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Week of 13 June 2011

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Monday, 13 June 2011

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I took these pictures this past weekend at 17 weeks old weighing 35 pounds. Everyone comments on his ears. In the  picture I posted of him at 12 weeks he has them flopped over. He is very expressive with them; up like they are but more crossed over, spread out, or he can hold them together to make them look like a little cap.








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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

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Things are rather hectic at work. Mom and dad had a planned outing with the local AARP group to go to the North Carolina Zoo in Ashboro. Since Frances did not get to go with us to Hilton Head I thought she might like to take the day off and go with them. With things at work being of off and on busy the last four weeks or so I was not real comfortable taking a whole day right now. Plus, I've been out half days a lot lately taking dad to the High Point for his hearing stuff and Colin to his vet appointments. We have several big litigation cases going. I've had to do a lot of document production on a "drop everything it needs to be done now" basis.

I talked to Frances earlier in the day. They seem to be having a good time. I know dad is accident prone but we are both very fortunate to still have them active at 88 and 82 years old.

I am reading a new author from my TBR pile. Sometime back I picked up a three book omnimbu of the first three books in Emily Brightwell's Mrs. Jeffries mystery series. I started the first one today at lunch. They are set in the Victorian time period, one of my favorites. Mrs. Jeffries is the head housekeeper for Inspector Witherspoon. Her and the household staff assistn Witherspoon in solving his cases. I'll let you know how I like it as I get further into it.

We have been watching a new series, Army Wives, excellent show.



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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

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Thursday, 16 June 2011

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Back to hot and somewhat muggy after a couple of nice days of low 80's. I left work at 2:30 to pick up dad for his follow-up visit in High Point at the hearing aid place. For his age, he is doing really well with them. His audiologist hooked the aids up to her computer to see how his noise levels were doing. They the percentages of the types of environments he has been in such as noisy backgrounds, quiet backgrounds, no noise, etc. We can sit and talk in a normal or even lowered tone of voice and he hears really good.

We were back in Winston by 4:30. Al is home so he picked up mom and they met us at K & W for dinner. He took them home. I mowed the lawn and watered the plants.

We watched two episodes of Big Love, the HBO show about a ploygamist family in Utah. It was pretty good so I guess Bob will get some more.

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Saturday, 18 June 2011

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Bob and I drove down to Raleigh this morning to attend MakerFare NC. Back in 2008 Bob went out to the big MakerFare put on by Bob's pubisher O'Reilly Media. State MakerFare's are popping up all over the US as independent events but sanctioned by O'Reilly. Since Bob's editor, Brian, was going to be there, we drove down for the event which is about one tenth the size of the one in CA. It was great for me to meet Brian in person. The exhibits ranged from geeky to crafts and in between.

We left down there around noon, stopped for gas and a snack on the way home, getting back around 1:45.

It is hot today, low to mid 90's. It has been a very busy week for both of us. I think I'll watch the US Open golf match, read, and relax this afternoon.

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Sunday, 19 June 2011

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Happy Father's Day to my 88 year old dad. I am meeting the folks and Frances for brunch later this morning. I've done the weekly house cleaning while Bob worked on the laundry.

Bob has pictures up on his page from our trip to Raleigh yesterday. We had a short but fairly nasty storm roll through yesterday afternoon around 4:30 with gusty winds and rain. We had about 3/4 of an inch here and only a few limbs down. Mom and dad's side of town had some trees down and they lost power which was still out last night when he called about 9:15. They were at an outdoor band concert when the storm came up but got to the car just before it hit.

On the national music news front I was saddend to read of the death of Clarence Clemmons who played sax for Bruce Springteen's E-Street Band. I am an avid fan of his music with or without the band and really loved "the big guys" sax.



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