Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 21 March 2011
Latest Update: Sunday, 26 March 2011 2:10 p.m.
Monday, 21 March
is definately here in the Triad. Though it's not unusual for it be warm
enough to wear shorts outside in late March I just hope it is not a
preview for another long, hot summer.
Carolina and Duke made it through the NCAA to the round of 16. Both
teams will have to play better this week if they plan to advance; each
winning very close games after loosing big leads. We've watched more
episodes of Gossip Girl and Burn Notice over the weekend.
Be sure to check out the kit picture on Bob's page today. Didn't I do a great job putting on those labels?
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
The warm weather is about to come to an end
with a cold front that is pushing throught right now. We have
thunderstorms coming in as I type this. I left work at 4:30 to come
home and mow before the storms got here. It's roughly 78 degrees but we
are to drop down into the 50's tonight with a high tomorrow of only 59
compared to the last few days of 80's.
Last night I went to the Y and we are watching more Gossip Girls. Not much else to talk about.
Thursday, 24 March 2011
We had a series of storms move through last
night and of course the worst one was last night after we went to bed.
Malcolm was just frantic jumping up and down off the bed and/or lying
on top of me clawing at my hands and arms even though I was petting and
comforting him. Even though I hate to use drugs from now on when
we have bad storms late at night I am going to give him one of his
calming drugs. Not only is he beating me up but I hate for him to be so
All told we had over an inch of rain the worst of which fell during the
night. The part of being up half the night with the storm for me was
not getting a good nights sleep. I want to stay up late tonight to
watch the Duke game that does not come on until 9:45 because they are
playing on the left coast.
I am reading Skeleton Hill, a Peter Diamond mystery, from my TBR shelf
by Peter Lovesey. Needless to say this 2009 book, being his
latest until later this year, was very hard to come by. I checked
online with the library for awhile but finally gave up then I sort of
forgot about it until I ran across it in my bookstore notebook earlier
this year. I finally ordered a copy online from Border's but after two
months it never did ship even after I did a follow-up call to the 800
number after they assured me it would ship the next day. I stopped by
the store a couple of weeks ago to see if they could check on the
order. With the help of a very nice person in the store we finally
managed to get the order cancelled with their 800 service number.
Imagine my surprise when the store called a week later and told me the
book had come in. I think perhaps when the girl who was helping me try
to cancel the order may have reordered it; which is fine with me. Of
course all this took place before I started looking at Kindle options
which I will do from now on. Oh well. I love this series set in Bath.
Diamond always includes a lot of interesting stuff about Bath centered
around the solving of the mystery.
Friday 25 March 2011
Saturday, 26 March 2011
Please take a moment of silence as my friends
and colleagues at work morn the loss of a very dear lady to cancer this
morning. She battled ovarian cancer for several years with such a brave
and positive attitude. On April 16 our local Hospice will be having
their annual run/walk event to raise money and honor those who are
fighting or have lost the battle to cancer. I am one of about 12 people
who had already signed up on Mary's team. Now we will be walking in her
memory. I will be participating in the 3.5 mile walk.
It's a cloudy, cool day. Great for working out in the yard. As I was
leaving this morning to run out to Lowe's for some stuff I saw my
neighbor hacking away at the forsythia bushes that run along our
driveway that I have to trim back several times during the summer. She
decided it was time to cut them back to the ground so they could come
back out. They planted them when they moved in about 40 years ago. As
will a lot of bushes, they need to be cut back once in awhile to let
the new growth come out from the bottom. Unfortunately the birds lost a
great place to nest and hide during the winter but it will grow back
pretty fast. By the time I got back home her husband was out helping.
The hedge runs all the way down the back property. They got about five
of them trimmed back that run along the driveway. I helped them haul
the brush to the street.
The main bushes had put out a lot of little bushes. I dug about ten of
those up and transplanted them along the other side of our property
where I have wash problem. I don't mind if they spread out and take
over that side of the yard since I've decided I want a hedge along
there to seperate our yard from the neighbors.
At Lowe's I purchased four quick growing cypress trees and two red
flame nandinas. I put the four cypress trees in a line along the side
yard by the house in front of the neighbor's trash bins. They will
block our view of their messy trash from the kitchen window once they
grow up. I may go back and get more to continue on down the hill with
them. It is not as good as a ten foot high wood fence but it will work.
There is still a lot of the forsythia hedge for them to cut back. I can
grab some more of the off shoot bushes and continue up the hill toward
the cypress trees.
I am working on redoing that whole natural area of the yard by the deck
where I also have the wash problem. I'm not sure where I want to put
the nandinas plus I was too tired to mess with those today after all
the other digging and planting.
Sunday, 27 March 2011
Winter temperatures have returned to the
Triad. Today's high will only make it into the upper 30's with wind
gusts making it feel like the low 30's. We had roughly half an inch of
rain last night.
I caught up on my ironing this morning followed by the usual house
cleaning chores. I helped Bob put a new blade on my lawn mower but I am
afaid the mower itself is history. I hit a root while mowing last week
and thought I had just badly bent the blade. I got it cranked back up
but of course with the blade bent it made a hell of a racket and
vibrating something terrible. I pused it rather than used the self
propel to finish the left side of the front. Even after we changed the
blade it still sounds horrible. I guess it did some damage to the crank
shaft. I called the lawn mower guy out to take a look just in case it's
not something fatal.
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