Monday January 6, 2020

34 degrees with a stiff breeze and sunshine when I left for the gym. Temperatures in the mid 40’s today but breezy. The winds howled last night gusting well over 50 mph.

I worked on pulling all the table top stuff and pictures out of the closet until 11:30 or so. I stopped for lunch then had to go into town to a Friends of the Library meeting. Everything needs dusted/cleaned before it goes back on or hung back up. Not really all that much except for my Lilliput Lane cottages.

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Sunday January 5, 2020

33 degrees, sunny, and breezy. I went out to dinner last night with some friends around 6. When we came out of the restaurant it was spitting snow. There was just a little bit accumulated on the roads and grass. Did not last long but there was still a little snow on the deck and natural area this morning. Chilly and windy again today but sunny.

I worked all morning on the den. Always the worst room in the house since it’s where we live. Lots of dust and dog hair in every corner, on the lamp shades, etc. Weekly cleaning and dusting keeps it at bay but the yearly moving of furniture is a good way to start off the new year.

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Saturday January 4, 2020

50 degrees and partly sunny this morning. That was the high for the day. Temperatures are dropping this afternoon and winds picked up to 20 to 35 mph with 50 mph gusts. Low tonight in the 20’s.

I finished cleaning the dinning room, foyer, and hall bath. That took about five hours with a brief stop for lunch and a playtime outside for Colin. I’ve had enough for one day. I need to do a load of laundry and a few other things.

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Friday January 3, 2020

47 degrees, cloudy, and calm when I left for the gym this morning. Home then back to work my shift. Another very busy day. We’ve had off and on rain showers all day but temps in the low 50’s. Low in the mid 40’s with rain for tonight.

I’ve discovered a show I’ve not watched on Prime, The Royal. A British medical drama set in a small cottage hospital in the 60’s. It ran from 2003 to 2011. I love the music used in each episode. A lot of British bands I grew up listening to.

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Thursday January 2, 2020

I am reading Bury The Lead by Archer Mayor.

33 degrees with partly cloudy skies and calm when I left for the gym this morning. Grocery store stop on the way back home. Cleaned up and headed back to work my usual shift. As expected lots of traffic today with folks coming in to renew their memberships for good intentions to start exercising.

I’ve been going to the gym for 40 years. Every year the gym is always packed January and February with what I call folks getting the “exercise religion”. Most are gone by March.

The predicted rain finally arrived late this afternoon. Rain all night with temperatures in the low 40’s. Thankfully, no white stuff.

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Wednesday January 1, 2020

33 degrees, partly cloudy, and windy. Highs may reach 40 but winds will keep it chilly.

I read in bed from 9 to about 10:30. Not sure what time I went to sleep but woke up just a little after midnight. No fireworks last night to scare the dog.

Christmas decorations are put away for another year. I need to mix up another batch of suet for the birds this afternoon.  Watching the Rose Bowl parade first.

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Tuesday December 31, 2019

I am reading Death Trap by Sue Henry.

35 degrees, sunshine, and wind.  Winter has returned with temperatures today just making it to 40 with 15 to 25 mph winds. I volunteered at the bookstore this morning.

This afternoon I will start taking down Christmas decorations; the village, stuff on the table tops, walls, etc. The tree will wait until tomorrow.

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Monday December 30, 2019

51 degrees and cloudy with 15 to 25 mph winds when I left for the gym this morning. The wind blew the last of the rain and clouds out by mid-morning.  Windy but sunny and warm this afternoon.

I spent some time at my desk closing out 2019 spreadsheets and setting up the ones for 2020, paid some first of the month bills, and pulled all my 2019 paper files for the tax folder.

Next project. Tidy up the Christmas closet where I just tossed bins and wrapping stuff before Christmas. I pulled out the bins and ornament boxes to get things ready to tomorrow. The table toppers, Christmas tablecloth, and decorative towels that go in the foyer bathroom are in the dryer. Christmas towels, etc. are stacked in the bathroom ready to go back in the linen closet.



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Sunday December 29, 2019

54 degrees with drizzle when I took Colin out this morning. Rain and drizzle all day and tonight.

I spent the morning doing the deep clean in my bathroom and bedroom. After a lunch break I will do a quick vacuum of the rest of the house. Those rooms will not get tackled until next weekend after I get the Christmas decorations down.

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Saturday December 28, 2019

Another warm day with temperatures making it to 60 degrees this afternoon.

Frances and Al left for home around 11. I’v missed Bob a lot during the holidays so having them here makes it extra special. We had a lot of fun. Colin certainly enjoyed all the attention. I had a week off of the morning routine feeding and taking Colin out.

It is now time to start the first of the year deep clean.

I started in the kitchen this afternoon. I took everything off the island where the cook top is. I took the cook top apart and cleaned it along with that counter. Next, I took all the stuff off the counters and cleaned and reorganized them. I never use the toaster that was parked in the back corner. I will store it downstairs on the shelves. I made room for Al’s coffee pot to get it off the top of the fridge and moved my waffle iron back to the corner.

I still need to wipe down the cabinet fronts. I can do that this afternoon while a do a load of laundry.

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