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Week of 30 May 2011

Latest Update: Sunday, 5 June 2011 2:00 p.m.


Monday, 30 May 2011

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Happy Memorial Day and Thank You to all the troops serving our country and to their families.

I had yard work to do at the folks house today. I decided to drive Old Blue to give it some drive time. I stopped at Lowe's to pick up a bag of mulch for the planter around the gas light pole by the street. While there I found a few bedding plants for the newly created planter around my dogwood in back and a planter I had yet to fill.

At the folks house I trimmed bushes, pulled weeds, and raked up all the clippings. It was already hot and humid at 9:30. I finished up around 11:30. Mom gave me a dry YMCA t-shirt that we too big for dad to wear out for lunch. We went to a new sub place, Firehouse Subs.

On the way back to their house I noticed the radiator temperature was running hot. I called Bob as I pulled out of the driveway to see if he wanted me to go to Merchants. We decided I might as well come home because it would have to sit there for awhile before they could even open the cap to see what's going on. The temperature fluctuated on the drive across town from just over halfway to almost full hot.

I planted the flowers and mowed the lawn. That's it for me for today.

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Tuesday, 31 May 2011

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Wednesday, 1 June 2011

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It may be the first day of June but it feels more like the first day August here in the Triad. Hot, sticky, humid, yuck! I met Betsy and Nancy for dinner last night at Big Shotz. We had a nice dinner and a chance to catch up on all our news.

Tonight I went to the Y. I just came in from watering. I only have three small beds in the front and one in the back plus a couple of planters. I was outside for perhaps twenty minutes including the time it took to bring the yard card up front. I was soaked when I came in.

When I got home last night Bob was watching Soap. He was into about the sixth episode. We watched a couple more before bedtime. I told it was fine with me if he wants to get more of them. We both watched it before we knew each other. I am sure we have watched it again together when they have run marathons episods but it has been a long time ago. It really is an excellent show. And, since we are watching the first season of Northern Exposure that we never saw, we are going to continue with it as well. We will rotate them in with the new stuff we are watching.



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Thursday, 2 June 2011

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I am reading a new Cynthia Riggs mystery, The Bee Balm Murders featuring 92 year old Victoria Trumbull who lives on Martha's Vineyard.

Bonnie came in to town to have lunch with me today. We walked up to Noma's for a nice lunch. It is hot and muggy again today with no rain in sight. This summer is starting out like last year, hot and dry. There goes my lawn, again.

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Friday 3 June 2011

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 A little cooler and not as humid today. Bob and I went to dinner at Zoe's then I mowed the lawn. I created major dust clouds as I went over the few small areas where I cannot get grass to grow.

Colin loves to chase his tail more than I can remember Duncan and Malcolm ever doing. He will keep at for five or ten minutes. Very often he pins it down with his paw then proceeds to bite the end of it. He has two speeds, wide open or asleep. He will chase the big purple ball down the hall for awhile then he will entertain himself with one of his toys. He will lay and growl and talk to the purple ball while fanging it to make it squeak.

When I came home this evening he was lying at the front door. He just laid there as I walked up on the porch wagging his tail but he did not get up until I opened the door to come in.

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Saturday, 4 June 2011

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An absolutely beautiful day to be outside. Temperatures were in the mid to high 70's with a nice breeze this morning when I started out in the yard around 9:30. It's only 83 now with 41% humidity. I mowed down the dead liriope I sprayed with Roundup two weeks ago then raked up all the dead clippings. Once all the dead stuff was cleared out I could see where I needed to spray again. Once I am sure I have it all dead I will order a couple loads of mulch. It will be easy to spread since the area is right next to the driveway.

I moved some primeroses, pulled weeds, and swept the sidewalk and gutter to finish off the front yard chores. I trimmed the liriope down in the back, swept the driveway, and washed my car after lunch. I had intended to wash the Blue but I was getting pretty tired at that point.

We have been trying to get Colin over his fear of the stairs to the basement. This morning I finally dragged him over to the top stair. Once I was holding him there he took off down the steps on his own. I had to do the same thing to get him to back up the steps. After I lured him to the bottom step with a squeaky toy with Bob at the top calling him, he came to the bottom step then took off to the top.

This afternoon while I was washing the car Bob brought him around to the back on his leash then took him inside to go back up the steps which he did with some coaxing. When I came out of the shower and was getting dressed Bob yelled, "it finally happened". Yep, he went down and back up, twice, without hesitation.

He is really getting to be long and tall. I am guessing he is close to 35 pounds by now.

Still need to fill the bird feeder, put clean linens on the bed, and water the plants in the front beds.



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Sunday, 5 June 2011

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A lot warmer today. I am glad I did my yard work yesterday. I gave Bob a haircut this morning before doing the weekly house cleaning chores. I fertilized the bedding plants and cedars I just planted, washed the Trooper, cleaned off my desk, and paid the bills. Bob may need my help this afternoon with the kits. Dinner to cook but that's about it for today.

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