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October 2015

Thursday 01- I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I went to WalMart to do some shopping for supplies and get my haircut by a pretty gal called Sara. Then I went over to Home Depot to get a liner to seal the gasket for my refrigerator and while I was there I looked at some new ones, I needed to go get measurements from the one at my home to see if the ones they had there would fit.

I got home around 5pm and split the whole chicken I bought at WalMart with Cassie.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.


Friday 02- I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

I went to Home Depot and told them I wanted the smaller 3.5 cubic foot one. This is even smaller than the one I have that broke down, but I never really had used its full capacity and this smaller one would conserve energy better than the older bigger one.


Saturday 03- I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I worked on truck trying to find the right tire size and ordered four rims and tires online. They will be shipped to me and I’ll have to find some shop to mount them.

Astronomy read month of May“365 Starry Skies” trying to catch up.

Geology- answering chapter 4 questions.


Sunday 04- I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I called family and friends throughout the day.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie I did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.

I spent a lot of time online trying to find a lite trailer to hook up to my truck so I can start my travels. Called a few sellers and made offers and they’ll get back to me or I to them.


Monday 05- it rained most of the day.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I started to rain about 1pm so that put a lid on what I was going to do outside cleaning up the yard.

I worked on getting my new book organized and edited.



Tuesday 06- I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

OnTrac Shipping arrived with my four new rims for the Ford F-150. I am still waiting for UPS to ship the tires from Ohio. I think there is a big storm holding up the shipment.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.

I read all of the month of June in “365 Starry Nights” trying to get caught up.

Geology; started chapter 5, Mountain Belts and Continental Crust: scanned through the chapter and read the summary and then read the introduction.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.

I practiced my guitar for a spell.



Wednesday 07- Rest up day for me so I did my stretches and took Cassie for all her walks throughout the day.

UPS arrived with my new 3.5cu. ft freezer. I had to move the old 5 cu. ft one outside and clean the dirty area where it sat for many years. Then I moved the new smaller one in and plugged it in and cooled down quite nicely. Moved everything out of the working Norcold fridge and took also took it outside.

FedEx arrived with my new study book “Chemistry a Molecular Approach” a very heavy book, must weight 15lbs.

I read all of the month of July in “365 Starry Nights”.

Geology chapter 5: size and alignment, thickness and characteristics of rock layers.

I started the chemistry book; read the preface, scanned through the whole book, and then read 1.1 of chapter one.



Thursday 08- warming up to 97 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I went to post office to get my book that was signed by Buzz Aldrin “

I went to AutoZone looking for a 2 inch trailer ball and electrical hookup for the trailer I might be buying. Met a man named Jones who knew a friend of mine called Rufus. We must have talked almost the better part of an hour about Rufus and Stoney. I did some shopping for supplies at Stater Bros. and gave Cassie a nice walk when I got home.

Saw a really bright bluish green earthgrazer around 2am when I let Cassie out to go pee.



Friday 09- I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I went to the 29 Palms fire station on Lear Ave at 5pm for their open house. I met some really nice people there. I was introduced to the teacher who is putting on an EMR class at the firestation in January and I might just take the course to add to my skills for CERT; EMR is one step below EMT and I believe mostly deals in triage. There wasn't anyone manning the 29 Palms CERT booth. I asked around but nobody seemed to know who even set up the booth. I belong to a different CERT group or I would have manned the booth and answered any questions. I won a raffle and received a Copper Mountain College Fire Club t-shirt and a smoke alarm.



Saturday 10- I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I finished reading the month of August in the “365 Starry Skies” and also ten days into October, so I’m all caught up.



Sunday 11- I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells and went for a mile run with Cassie.


Monday 12- I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.


Tuesday 13- I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.


Wednesday 14- I did my stretches and took Cassie for her walks.




Thursday 15- very heavy rain!

I was driving home from Yucca Valley in the evening after dropping off Cassie and taking Sherry out to dinner, when the clouds let loose with a wild torrent... I felt like I was on my way to Oz...

I made it home safe, but it was a wild ride with lightning strikes very close by with buckets of rain obscuring my vision; flooded roads made me take an alternative route home.


Friday 15 to Saturday 24- went to Torrance to take care of family....


YAY for me! I'm back home in the High Desert after a week down in Torrance to take care of a few things...

I arrived back here Saturday around 6pm...

Cassie is going to continue to stay at my friend Sherry's house and play with her three dog so I can clean this old shack up and fumigate it to get rid of all the crawly creepy critters; I was on the phone last night and saw a Millipede climbing up the wall!

Sunday 25-

I did my stretches



Monday 26- I've been really busy cleaning my house today... if I didn't do it, and I know for sure my dog wouldn't do it, the place would gather in a great big ball of dirt and grime to roll down the hill and over the cliff and bounce all the way down to the ocean where me and my dog would drift away... hopefully to Hawaii


Tuesday 27- I did my stretches and got ready to go to Sherry to pick up Cassie. We went to the Sizzler and then did a little shopping.

Cassie was glad to see me and very happy to be home; she whined as we I drove up to the front gate of our home.


Wednesday 28 thru Friday 30- very high winds.

My allergies knocked me out for a spell, probably brought on by the winds


Saturday 31- Was going to potluck when I noticed a flat on the left back tire on the Cougar. Took the scooter instead to potluck and will fix the tire tomorrow. We all had a wonderful time at the potluck.



***** Stuff I Wrote this Month******



Many are the moments that come to pass, of all nature's treasures we may fail to grasp. Sweet are the blossoms, quick are the bees, the sun shines down upon all of these, to bring life to a planet, a world that we share with life that be precious, yet fragile if not treated with care.

~RD



It's always tomorrow somewhere in the world and yesterday is yet to happen...

~RD



I shall build you a castle on vast green lands near a river where we can sit and listen to the sounds of life and dream under starry skies and feel content for the very first time.

~RD



I like to play, I like to ask questions, I like to create; the universe is my playpen unbounded...

~RD


I had a blind puppy once. I found him wandering through the desert bumping into everything. Skin and bones, I picked him up and carried him to my home. I had him a month and he'd go for runs with me and had the whole backyard mapped out in his head except for Fat Cat who would give him a good whack on the nose... ya see the puppy didn't know he was blind and thought this was the way of the world. The German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County had found a home for him with a couple who had just lost their blind dog. It was a sad day for me when I handed him over, but it was for the dog's own good and to a family who could give him the attention he needed... Happy tears :')  



Halloween Story: Pleasant dreams


I’ve been besieged by night demons who gather around and hover over me... waiting. Festering like the pox they do... somewhere between the cold creep of night and the twilight of dawn. They flow from mind to mind, haunting dreamers’ dreams with death and decay, want and dismay, greed and lust.

They cannot exist but only in this realm between realms, so they must be quick. Greedily fighting amongst themselves they do to be the first to gain entrance from without and probe a gateway within to spread their evil wicked sickness. Painfully I twist and turn in my bed, gasping for breath by the weight of their presence; like cold steel clamps tightening around my chest ever squeezing, crushing, suffocating the life out of me. Sweat pours from my body onto my bed sheets.

I can now feel their tentacles squirming throughout the hollows of  my mind to seize control and squeeze out those memories I try to hide. I resist as I can, but they begin to ooze their ugly wickedness into my thoughts, my dreams, my inner being. I can smell their hot moist breath like putrid decomposed flesh inhaling my life force and exhaling miasma and dripping viscid fluid onto my soul.

I always seem to awaken from this dreadful dream before some great catastrophe befalls me, like hitting the ground after tumbling over a cliff or being shot in the face by a mugger; I fear what would happen if I did not.

They are unaware I know of them and their nefarious ways. For I have seen them all; as a little child I was thought safe in bed, but awoke from a ghastly nightmare to catch a flitting glimpse of their pox scarred ghostly gray silhouettes scurrying away in fright and flight into the darken crevices and corners of my bedroom from which they came.

I take great personal risk in telling you of these hideous creatures of the night and to caution all who will listen; they’ll sweep in just as you wake in the realm between realms to scour your mind for any weakness and prey upon your sins. So be strong my friend and do no wrong to others or they shall seek you out and you'll become another evil force upon this world.

Take heed my words!

Pleasant dreams...

~RD



I don't see life as paths or roads to follow. I see life more as being on a little sailboat. You have your destination, but you are alone in a sea of wonder and at the mercy of the wind and waves. You set your course, tack back and forth and eventually arrive. Sometimes a fog bank rolls in you must stay calm and rely on your instincts and skill to proceed. There are treacherous storms you must fight through, larger ships you must avoid, and steep swells that want to drag you under before safe harbor you shall find.

~RD
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September 2015


Tuesday 01- Wednesday 02- Mostly Grieving for the loss of my Sister Donna who passed on August 26. I spent the time between the 26th and now writing and editing my heart out to relieve my brain of the thought of her passing.



Thursday 03-  Dentist appointment.



Friday 04-  An email I sent to my Family in Tucson about the flowers we sent to Florida for our Sister Donna’s viewing:

As you can clearly see the arraignment wasn't even close to what we expected to be delivered. I call 1-800 flowers  and told them this was unacceptable. They wanted to do an exchange and I told them not to do this because it could be upsetting to the Family and to just drop them off. They said they would do this and not ask for a return. They gave me 50% off, but I told them it wasn’t the money it is that they needed to get it right in the first place.

So tomorrow our Family in Florida should get what we wanted them to receive from us in the first place.

Love you all!

Your Brother Bob


This is what we ordered at $160:

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this is what we were sent:Donnas flowers (1).jpg














Email from Paula: Hello, You are quite right. There is a big difference between what we ordered... Everyone agreed with me.




Saturday 05- 1-800 Flowers still haven’t delivered the flowers to my Sister Donna. Spent. The Rep called the flower shop and told me he left a message to have the flowers done and delivered on Sunday.


Some nitwit left the front gate open when he rode to pick up his mail and forgot to close it when he came back. Later when he let Cassie outside for her nightly walk she ran through the open gate and off into the desert night before the nitwit could correct his mistake and close the darn gate. After trying to chase her down, the nitwit called for Cassie for over half an hour... Cassie, Cassie come home... Cassie. Then decided to ride the scooter down roads to try and find her. After riding around for quite a time the nitwit came back home with head and shoulders hung low for not finding his dog... then Cassie came up to him as he was putting his scooter in the garage. This nitwit is mighty happy to have his Cassie back <3



Sunday 06- Still no flowers sent to my Sister Donna. I called again and got the same reply that they were really sorry and will definitely have the flowers delivered on Monday morning. I call several times throughout the day to make sure; yes, yes they will be delivered.  



Monday 07- 1-800 Flowers still haven’t delivered the flowers to my Sister Donna. I even called them at 2am in the morning my time to see if they were working on the flower arrangement to have it delivered by morning in Florida; no answer. Call them the first thing when I got up and the lady rep called the flower shop and got a recording that they would be closed Saturday through Monday. Now why didn’t they just tell me that to begin with! I am sure the other Reps I talked to got the same recording.



Tuesday 08- Flowers delivered for my sister Donna finally! Just in time for my her burial. Now I feel a little better and can move on to other things. I love you my Sister Donna....



Wednesday 09- 103 degrees.

Did my exercises and took Cassie for a run.

It is my friends Larry and Bonnie’s first Anniversary. Larry built a garden arbor in their backyard without Bonnie's knowledge and even had the bubble machine going at the time and husband and wife confirm their vows... I thought that was something really special a man would do for the woman he loves.

I was fortunate enough to be asked to join the two lovebirds at the Sizzler today for their first Anniversary Dinner... The manager came out to wish them the best and the waitress brought out a chocolate-sunday they had to finish before they could leave and then sang an anniversary song to them.



Thursday 10- cloudy and cooler.

I received a package from Judy for my birthday in August. I thought that mighty sweet of her.

I had to visit the dentist again.



Friday 11- 101 degrees.

I actually cleaned around the place and did some laundry in the teeny tiny washer I have.



Saturday 12- 103 degrees.

I got a call from Kelly that she has a big yellow scorpion she caught under a bowl and sprayed huge amounts Raid under the bowl. She is still afraid to lift it to see if it is dead and I volunteered to come over and toss the poor thing out into the desert.


It was inside late at night when Cassie started barking. I went outside to see what it was all about; probably a rabbit I thought. Then I heard this muffled crying and great heaving of breath on the other side of the fence. I was about to go get my .38 when a woman’s voice called out for help. She had gotten lost in the desert for the past four hours and was tired and thirsty. I got her water and lent her my cell phone for her to call her boyfriend. He came got her 20 minutes later and all he did was holler at her and was being very mean, but he drove off before I could say anything.



Monday 14- 95 degrees with a few clouds.

I did my morning exercises and took Cassie for a mile jog.

I went to Burrtec waste services in Yucca to sign a waver so I can have a dumpster delivered to my home. I decided it is time to clean up the place after over 16 years of junk accumulating on my property. While I was out that way I went to the animal shelter not more than a mile away to get Cassie’s dog license. It was closed on Mondays but the kind lady saw me and said she’d handle it. I paid for three years so I won’t have to worry about that. Then I went down into Yucca, the waste place and shelter are up the hill aways, and went to a few car lots looking for a truck. I think I found a really nice one too, a 1999 Ford F150 6cyl with 140k miles on it. I talked to the sales guy and he had one of his mechanics go with me for a test drive. Drove mighty fine it did. When I got back home I went online to review other F150s and this one was priced about right compared to others I found. I called the sales guy and told him I wanted it. I might get it on Wednesday and they’ll come pick me up at home.

I took Cassie for her evening walk and for her nightly run after I did my exercises.



Tuesday 15- it rained all day long.

I stayed inside. I decided I didn’t want a tablet from AT&T that FedEx was going to deliver today and the AT&T Reps I catted with last night told me just to refuse the package and I will get a refund. Since it was raining I called FedEx and told them I refuse the package so the driver wouldn’t have to drive all the way out here if the roads became impassable.



Wednesday 16- nice cool day.

Jeff showed up around 12pm to pick me up and take me to the bank and then to the auto dealership. I paid and everything went well and I turned the key, the engine started, I drove it off the lot and immediately the battery light came on and off again and the dashboard controls went wacky. I drove it around the corner and back into the lot. We all had a look-see under the hood and found that the cable to the alternator may have come loose. We securely plugged that in and then the truck wouldn’t start at all. I spent another hour there with them; I figured it was a bad fuel pump. They gave me a loaner car and I drove over to Sherry’s house and we then we out to the Mexican restaurant for lunch. I drove back to the lot and they said it looks like a bad fuel pump and they’d have to order one. So I drove the loaner car home and a little shaken about the truck I had just purchased. It may be a blessing in disguise that it went out when it did right at the lot. Now it will be fixed.  



Thursday 17- 91/66 degrees.

I did my exercises and took Cassie for a mile run.

The dumpster was delivered to my home. Now I can start cleaning up the place and remove the junk I’ve accumulated here since 1997.  

I went to my 2pm appointment with my Dentist. All went well as expected.

I did my evening exercises and too Cassie for her walk.



Friday 18- 94/69 degrees.

Had to wait for a call from the auto dealer to see if my truck was fixed. It was an electrical problem where you can start the truck remotely had been disconnected wrongly by one of the previous owners and finally shorted out and burned out the fuel pump. I drove to Yucca in loaner car to pick it up. Drives nicely again.

Took Cassie for her evening walk.



Saturday 19- 100/84 degrees.

ARRRRR ya seafaring scurvy crew of misfits, it be the day we all been waiting fer... TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY!!!! Keelhaul ya and hang ya from the mizzen mast... ARRRRR!!!!!


I had a hard time sleeping and slept in later than I usually do.

I started cleaning up the yard and dumping trash into the dumpster. Moved the Harley from the garage to the battery room with the little scooter. Now I can kinda park both my Cougar and part of the truck under the roof of the garage.

Me and Cassie went to Movie Night at the community center to see “Hot Rods From Hell” (1967).... very bad acting is what made this film fun to watch with friends. The young 17 years old girl Tina Phillips was played by Laurie Mock who was born in Sept 1944, making her 23 at the time of the filming.

Very funny was the scene when "young" Tina was in bed getting horny (we all laughed), got up and stood at the open door to her bedroom to look at the bar across the parking lot where a band was playing and young people dancing and making out. Tina got dressed and then climbed out the window; why didn't she just walk out the door. We all wondered about that one.

I believed the actor who played the Dad was drunk half the time slurring his words, but then again in the movie he was taking medication for a bad back and overplayed it a little?

Had lots of fun there with my desert friends. Mary Helen gave me a Dalmatian scarf she found while cleaning up a 5th wheeler she and Steve acquired; I thought that mighty kind of her.

The hotdogs wrapped in bacon was a hit, along with other munchies. I spent $7 for all this; what a deal! :)



Sunday 20- 103/80

Cleaned the yard up some more and I almost have the dumpster filled already.

Talked to family and friends.

Took Cassie for an evening and night run.



Monday 21- heavy layer of clouds (Stratocumulus) and 95/74 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

Talked to my brother Kevin like I do everyday. He is also reading the Geology book that I have.

I went to work on cleaning my garage out so I can get the Cougar and truck even further inside and under the roof. I moved a whole lot of junk that needs to be sorted through; keep, giveaway, throwaway.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie. I did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.

I read one of my study books: Physical Geology: still working on chapter 4, about Plate Tectonics: Divergent & Transform Boundaries. Convergent Plate Boundaries; ocean to ocean, ocean to continent, and continent to continent Convergence. Backarc Spreading. The Motion of plates. Plate size. The attractiveness of Plate Tectonics (why is it a better theory that matches nature better) I remember when I was a child being taught the old static theory and always wondered why South America and Africa fit like a jigsaw puzzle.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.

I practiced my guitar for a spell playing my old songs.

I worked on editing my “Thought of the Week” book... Finally :)



Tuesday 22- 95/69 degrees clear skies.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

Turkey Vultures: I saw one just early this morning gliding up high over my home. Magnificent birds in flight to watch! Later, on my morning jog I saw a bunch of them off in the distance circling around something; maybe a dead jackrabbit.

I did more work in the yard and filled the dumpster some more.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie. I did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.

I read one of my study books: Physical Geology: still working on chapter 4, about Plate Tectonics: what causes plate motion, mantle plumes and hotspots.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.

I practiced my guitar for a spell.



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Wednesday 23- 98/74 degrees.. heating up a bit.

Kick back day! The First Day of Autumn (Autumnal Equinox) 2015

And Cassie's 2nd Birthday today!!!!!!!

We celebrated with hot dogs and a nice evening walk together :)

I called the Automobile Club and had them put the truck on my insurance; I almost forgotten all about it and thought I’d better get it done while I still had it in memory.


Thursday 24- 102/81 degrees.

I drove my new truck (1999) to the dentist and I think this will be it for a spell... finally! I went to the post office to pick a replacement for the badly worn out copy of “365 Starry Nights” that I’ve been reading for many years. I ordered the new copy because the pages have all fallen out of the old and it was getting almost impossible to comfortably read, handle and sort through its scattered pages. I stopped by Staters Bros to get some supplies. When I went back to my truck I couldn’t get the dang key thingy to open the door. I tried different buttons on it, but still didn’t work. Interesting to me was every time I pressed the open button I would hear a chirp off in the distance; hummm. I then tried the key in the door but it wouldn't work. It turns out I was at the wrong Ford F150 when I noticed the sweater sitting there in the passenger seat; I don’t own a pink sweater. A lady walked by and I lamely explained to her what stupid thing I have done. So it was the chirp I heard in the distance which turned out to be my truck. I walked over to it and noticed the rear tail lights were on; I figured it was to show me where the truck was parked at night. Hearing what sounded like someone left their engine idling nearby while putting the groceries away I looked around to the nearby cars and saw no one. I only realized after getting into the driver’s side and looking at the RPM gage it was my truck that was idling. I had started the dang truck remotely by messing with the key thingy at while trying to get into the wrong truck. I kinda had the same thing happen when I first bought my Cougar and confronted a man who was getting into what I thought was my car which was actually parked five cars down; I kinda had to really apologize to the man for that one.



Friday 25- 104/76 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for her walks.

I spent a few hours trying to straighten out a billing problem with AT&T that I created by refusing a package that contained a tablet I decided I didn’t want.

I worked on my book for a long spell.



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Saturday 26- 102/74 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for her walks.

Potluck: great food, great friends, good times!




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Sunday 27- 102/71 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I called family and friends throughout the day.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie I did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.

I got out into the backyard to watch the Lunar Eclipse around 6:40pm as the Moon rose over my hill. It had already was at a crescent and as it climbed higher above the horizon the crescent slowly became smaller and smaller until at 7:12pm it had totally disappeared and the Moon was a blood red.



Monday 28- 103/72 degrees.

I got up really late and was unable to take Cassie for a jog or do my exercises because it was too dang hot.

I read one of my study books: Physical Geology: still working on chapter 4, about Plate Tectonics: the relationship between plate tectonics and ore deposits.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I practiced my guitar.



Tuesday 29- 102/71 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

The dump truck came and dumped my full dumpster and I started loading it up.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.

I worked on my “Thought of the Week” book.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.

I practiced my guitar for a spell.



Wednesday 30- 101/70 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a morning walk.

UPS delivered my new $49.99 Amazon Fire Tablet.

Me and Cassie went for a night run up and down the hill.




***** Stuff I Wrote this Month******



It has been my experience and has always amazed me that the majority of those who really desire to march our troops off to war have never been in the military.

~RD



If you forgotten what you can’t remember then did you really forget it?

~RD



You are the universe, so you already have everything you need. The choices you make of what you want and the person you become is up to you.

~RD



Death.... Always knocking, always stalking, collecting weary souls at each and every door, and yet we live until that knock, like that of a broken heart, knocks no more...
~RD



My motto: listen more, see beyond, and write like hell ;)

~RD



A box I received was awaiting for me, carefully wrapped with birthday wishes, ribbons and bows neatly tied. A pixie I see has taken a fancy to me, I open her gifts with love and respect, not even a rip, I gaze upon them with delightful joy. Behold me lie upon my bed the loving gifts of a woman in her prime; unraveled, unburdened, unbounded, unfettered and beckoning for my needs. I shout who am I to receive such bounty that cometh into my life, for such a fair beauty to see through a humble facade and still desire a convoluted soul as I.

~RD



The night Alexa lost her mind: How AWS outage caused Amazon Echo mayhem” by David Gewirtz

My Reply:

Excellent story and writing! Yes, I have had some strange going ons with Alexa. Sometimes she makes a loud low noise like a burp in the middle of the night. When I try to watch reviews and videos on how to use Alexa and they ask their Alexa a question, my Alexa comes back with the same answer... Well the same goes with "Hey Google" too :) What I'd really like to see is to change the name from Alexa to something more personal, like "Computer" in Star Trek, now that would be cool. I expect that in the next reincarnation of Alexa or update there'll be a way to store important info like turning on and off lights and the such... maybe hooking her up to your own home cloud as a backup would resolve the problem :)

Again, Love your writings!

~RD



When we find the courage to write and put it forth for the public to read and ponder, we dare climb out on that limb of life alone to dangle at the whims of others. The more we write and the more feelings we put into our words the farther out on that limb we go. We can sense the limb growing weak, but we continue to write and create because that's what we do and who we are. And when we climb too far out and the limb snaps it will be our real friends who will be waiting down there at the base of the tree we grew and the limb we broke to catch us falling.

~RD


Hey Ya (a love song)

You are the earth, I the moon, my love evolves around you.

Like the plow that turns the land that brings forth the life, you bring the best out of me. Among the stars in the sky you caught my eye, you are the light of my life.

I say hey ya, say hey ya, you are the light in my life.

I say hey ya, say hey ya, you bring the best out of me.

I’d climb the highest mountain just to call out your name, cause you're the girl that I love. You're the wind in my sails, the star that guides my way, you are the one that I adore.

Say hey ya, I say hey ya, you are the one that I love.

Say hey ya, I say hey ya, you are the one that I adore.

When we were young and so much in love, you were the girl of my dreams. When I grow old, to my final day, you’ll be my girl, my life.

I say hey ya, I say hey ya, you are the one that I love.

Say hey ya, I say hey ya, you are my girl, my life.



A Question of Race:

When the census worker interviewed me and asked what race I was I told her to leave it blank because I believe it really shouldn't matter to the government what race I was... Then a few weeks later another census worker came to do a follow up and read off my replies I gave to the other. When it came to race the other one put down white even though I told her not to. I told this worker and she reported it to her supervisor... Nobody needs to know what race you are and it should be forbidden to have that question, among others, on any employment application or government record... People are people so get over the race thingy I say!

~RD



I have fallen... I have taken a deep plunge into the darkest chasms where all light and hope is swallowed up whole and hidden, never to grace the green pastures again with my presences or lie in the tall grass to gaze at the clouds above, for I am forbidden... As I fall farther and deeper into this void I see reflections of my youth and of choices I've made, but I am forbidden to intervene... faster I plunge, I fall gaining much speed, all hope is now lost, all hope is gone, for I am forbidden... But who is this "who" who has forbidden me and taken away my right to be who I am, to fail or succeed, to make those choices of right or wrong? To hell with this I say and spread my arms become wings and soar up through the darkness and out of deepest chasm and into the brilliant light of actualization, for I am not forbidden to think for myself, because all along that "who" who decides and has held me back was in reality me, myself, and I.

~RD



Lost at Sea (a short story)

Lightning gathers upon the horizon, seagulls take flight and race away, dark clouds begin to roll with thunder, a great storm is now coming our way.

The storm be quick falls upon our sailing ship, a once blue sky has turned to gray, giant waves in sets they are ah building, the Captain commands us to hold fast and stay the course.

Not seek comfort or shelter in just left harbor, but sail beyond to distant shore, we advance through wild seas with awe and wonder, working the ship to its destination without remorse.

Be brave me lads, he shouts as the seas grow taller, praise those so hearty and so bold, for they be fearless and courageous to see what lies out yonder beyond the shore.

Bow crashing through humongous swells so steep, that quake and shudder timbers and tremble my feet. Where I’m stationed at the helm, I can feel vibrations from the down below, the sounds of the hull giving way to let in the sea, a sound so sickening it overwhelmed me.

A loud crack resounds throughout the ship, the main mast has splintered and shattered onto the deck, held now by rigging as it punches through the planking that used to be where I was standing, I am tossed to and fro and hit my head on the ship’s binnacle, I had fallen and bled, but now have risen.

Take heed I say as I shook my skull, to regain what senses if I had any left at all, and took command as I saw our Captain laid before me, or what had been the remains of him.

Man the pumps we’re taking on water, before the keel drags and weights us under, to the bottom we shall surely go.

Relentless waves now be pounding fore and aft decks sweeping helpless men over by the score, they drift away with other flotsam and jetsam, to vanish in the sea to be seen no more.

Useless now the rudder, no steerage to stay the course. The pumps have been taken over, not by men but by the sea, it fills the ship with cold gray water, abandon ship, I give the order as the deck sinks out from under me.

My thoughts now drift to a young maiden, in whose sweet soft hot loins my seed I planted while misbehaving, in a hayloft above the stables, by a cliff overlooking the sea, on one clear night when the moon was shining, she had asked me not to go sailing, but instead to stay and start a family.

~RD



The world holds many gifts and many sorrows... it's how you choose to view the world that makes all the difference... in you :)

~RD



Dreams of love are only a heartbeat, a word, a world away.

~RD



Knowing he would never see her again, he sat on the folding chair he had brought down to their favorite beach to stare at nothing as the sun crossed the brilliant blue sky above. He stood one last time to look back at the shore where they had first met, happy tears came to his eyes. He faced the ocean's breaking waves and walked into the sunset never to be seen again.

~RD



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Saturday 01- lots of humidity

I did my exercises.



Sunday 02- lots of humidity

I took the day off and worked on editing my book.



Monday 03- 106 to 77 degrees.

I did my morning exercises.

I updated my HP Stream 8” tablet with Win10 only after I had a successful update yesterday of the Dell 8” tablet that gave me so much trouble when I first bought it.



Tuesday 04- hot!

I did my morning exercises



Wednesday 05- hotter still

The road crew was still working on Winters road down more towards the community center. My car almost grounded out where they had already gone through with a bulldozer on Monday. I stopped to tell them about almost getting stuck and ask them if it was clear to go the otherway to Lear ave. They told me they didn’t work that area and they were doing the best they could. I told them I wasn’t complaining I just wanted to know if I can come home by way of Lear ave and Winters. They said they didn’t know.

Cassie and I went to town to visit Sherry and her three dogs, Barney, Abby and Willie. While they played outside me and Sherry ate at some Mexican resturant that had some mighty good food. They we did our shopping.

Instead of coming back home my usual way via Border to Winters road, I decided to come home by Lear and Winters road because I was afraid of getting stuck in the sand. This took me about ten miles or less out of my way to get home.


All the trails I created and walk on thru the years were washed away two years ago with the September 6th 2013 storm. I had made new paths I walk my dog Cassie down and now they were washed away by our last storm we had. We'll just have to start new footpaths through the desert...

I have video of "WAVES" coming down Winters just west of my home posted up on my FaceBook page; I have never seen waves on Winters road before. I couldn't get thru for a week until the road crew came and cleared it away, but when I tried to get thru it to go to town my little car bottomed out and almost gotten stuck. I stopped and talked with the road crew who were working farther west on Winters and told them. Now they have put some asphalt at some intersections but nothing at the bottom of my hill where most people get stuck... seems to me they just dug it deeper with no outlet for the water. It'll be interesting to see what happens after the next big storm comes through.




Thursday 06- it rained at 1am and came down pretty heavily for a short spell.

I did my morning and evening exercises.



Friday 07- high winds and a dust storm came through our area. So I just stayed inside editing my book and eating comfort foods.

I ate way too many donuts and other cakie bits that my stomach hurt really bad and I couldn’t sleep until late into the next morning.


Saturday 08- my birthday.

The phone was out (that’s my excuse for no one calling me) during the morning hours possibly because the road crew came back to redo the road where I and everyone else had a hard time going through and may have damaged the buried telephone lines. Thank you to those who tried to get through by phone, and to my Facebook friends for the many many birthday wishes.



Sunday 09-

I still felt bad from Friday's donut binge



Monday 10-

I did my morning and night exercises.

UPS delivered my new Acer 11.6” ChromeBook I ordered from Amazon.


Tuesday 11-

I did my morning and night exercises.

My refrigerator died and my food was starting to warm. I remembered I had an old one I took out of my camper that runs on AC and DC. I manhandled it into the house from my storage trailer, plugged it in and it worked! I quickly transferred my food from the non working refrigerator into the now cooling one...



Wednesday 12- 104 degrees.

I did my morning exercises.

I finished editing my book, but will have one more read through for mistakes I missed. Then I’ll publish it.

I watched the Perseids Meteor Shower... at 10pm didn’t see any, and then at 1am they were coming down. I saw some mighty fine earthgrazers



Thursday 13- 107 degrees.

I did my stretches and cleaned up to go to town.



Friday 14- 109 degrees.

I did my exercises.


Saturday 15- 111 degrees.

Movie night.



Sunday 16- too dang hot so I just stayed inside and edited my book.



Monday 17- 114 degrees.

I did my morning exercises.

I went to the dentist at 2pm, and then went shopping and also brought home some fast food from the Chinese shop in the Stater Brothers shopping complex.  

UPS delivered cover for HP Stream 8 I ordered from Amazon.



Tuesday 18 to Saturday 22- 112 to 110 degrees and hazy.

I did my morning exercises, and ran a mile with my Cassie almost everyday.

I spent many hours working on editing my new book “The Scalloped Edge” and finally finished the last edit before I do a read through.




Sunday 23- 106- 77 degrees,

I can not believe Windows 10 is even running on my Dell Mini 9. I have an SSD 32 GB storage and 2GB of RAM on the mini 9. The first time I tried to upgrade from Win7 I ran out of room even though I had a USB thumb drive for Windows.old and I delete Microsoft Office to gain more space and ran the upgrade again. I didn't think it would actually work and come up with some error. The upgrade took forever to complete but it worked as you can tell in the video. Also I forgot to add that the Edge browser works great and is fast. Win 10 works better and quicker than any OS I've had on the mini 9!



Wednesday 26-

I got word that my sister Donna passed away. We all knew it would be soon; she had hung on to this life for a very long spell, even longer than the doctors thought when they gave her days if not hours to live. I made calls to family members who may not have heard. I was going to cancel my trip to town I had planned, but my Brother and Sister said I should go and not be alone. Went to Sherry’s with Cassie. We went out to eat and then shopping... I probably wasn’t very good company.



Thursday 27-

Went to dentist... Ouch! I had to get pain pills afterwards and drove to JT from 29 Palms and the Pharmacist and waited until he said that the prescription had to be signed and not stamped. With a lot of pain because the anesthetic was wearing off, I drove to 29 and back to JT... and waited some more... once I had it in my hand and in the car I took one and quickly drove home. For the next few days I couldn’t exercise and was quite out of it.


Friday 28 to Monday 31

I spent all day editing “The Scalloped Edge”... My brother Kevin was a great help with the punctuations and such. We collaborated for over five hours on Skype to finish the book and then I published it on Amazon Kindle:

An under-equipped police department of a small desert community is faced with solving the bizarre murder of a chicken farmer. Following the killer's trail leads to uncovering a mysterious cult performing ancient sacrifices in the mountainous regions of the desert badlands.



***** Stuff I Wrote this Month******



To see beyond the starry realms and cast a course to guide our helm, to a faraway land, but yet so near, where elves gather and fairies take flight, leprechauns dance and unicorns play. To laugh at infinity's infiniteness and feel as we're one, while  playing a guitar with waves of electric lust, a song that is meant for only the two of us...

~RD



In reply to a mental condition called adulthood “sucking the life right out of you”:

Only if you let it... only if you forget to care... only if you forget the youth... the one that lies within you... the one that’s always there... and if you truly believe... who you really are... it really doesn't matter what others say... because you can still wish upon a star :)

~RD



if you perhaps break away

to trust someone enough to say

and have those words of love returned

those words you longed for

those words that speak

of a trusting soul you may seek...

~RD



Elyzabeth, I want to tell you a short story. It goes something like this:

We have had a few big storms come through here lately that virtually made it impossible for me to use Winters Road to go collect my mail. My sister Donna was going to pass away soon and I decided to just stay home by the phone to await the call. My spirit was very low at this time. The road crew spent 3 days repairing the road with bulldozers and large graders. So when they were done I made plans to go to town and visit my friend Sherry and leave my dog Cassie there to play with her three dogs while we went shopping and I bought much needed supplies.

At 11:20AM the call came from Florida that Donna had passed. I placed calls to the rest of my family to tell them the news or comfort them if they had heard about it already. I told them I was going to cancel my trip to town because I felt pretty down and out. My brother and sister both told me I should go ahead to town and be with someone at a time like this and not to be alone.

I was able to drive down Winters road to collect my mail and drove on to Yucca Valley to Sherry's. Feeling mighty sad I was going through my mail in her living room when I came across your card and opened it. To my surprise and delight it had all the signatures of my CERT Friends on it wishing me a Happy Birthday.

I cannot begin to tell you how uplifting this card was to me. This card you sent helped me get through a very rough day. Now when I start feeling down about my sister Donna, I open the card and smile, feeling good about myself again.

Thank you very much Elyzabeth!

Bob



As summer's heat melts away from my mind and becomes just a memory, the coolness of  September fills this space that summer left with the promise of autumn leaves.  Jack o'lanterns and trick or treat, turkey dinners too, and presents that do await under Christmas trees for wide eyed girls and boys. These are gifts for the months ahead, where water turns to ice and snow, we cherish these moments which fills the heart and sets our soul aglow.

~RD



Once a gift now has slipped these earthly bonds held tightly, set free to soar up high and lofty, to carry with you our love for such a kind soul as thee. We shall miss, but never forget your loveliness, your laughter and your smiles. So take flight our sweet Angel without a care or worry among the starry skies and be at peace again.

~RD



Snakes:

If one is in my yard I get a 5gal bucket and turn it on its side... I then "Talk" to the snake to calm it down and with a very long stick (I am very careful) push it into the bucket, turn it up right, put the lid on it and walk the snake about a mile away talking to it all the time. I then turn over the bucket and tell the snake it's alright to come out now, but don't come back to my yard. I respect all living critters...

~RD



Yes the eyes are the window to the soul and the gateway to what lies beyond that which we seek. When we look into each another's eyes we may see a reflection of ourselves; the mischief, the sparkle of happiness and youth that still remains waiting, wanting to be rekindled. To become more; to inspire, to be inspired, to create upon the vastness of this life a shelter to call your own and know you are not alone never ever again.

That’s what I see in your eyes.

~RD



Many hearts, many souls, but one moment...

~RD



The seas grew gray, rough and tossed, quickly reef the sails or all was lost. Waves swept the foredecks as my girl hauled in the jib, that was the last I seen of my darling Marilyn...

~RD



Tonight is the night to go out into the world of stars and planets, to gaze into the darkness of the void between you and infinity and enjoy the Perseid meteor shower in all its splendor

~RD



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July 2015

Aug. 2nd, 2015 03:44 pm
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Wednesday 01 thru Tuesday 07

I started getting back into the swing of things after volunteering them long hours at the Lake Fire. I’ve been doing “lite” exercises (I decided to add lite instead of light because it makes more sense and English is a dynamic language anyways). It seems those eleven days took more out of me than I expected. I have to remember I’m not twenty-four anymore.


Wednesday 08-

Cassie and I went to Sherry’s house so she can play in the backyard with Willie, Abby and Willie while me and Sherry went to the Sizzler for lunch and then shopping for supplies.

 

Thursday 09 thru Sunday 12

I started editing “The Scalloped Edge” again. I had did a little bit before but needed to finish editing  “The Girl in the Cellar” which is the second book in the Copper Mountain Mesa series. “A little Desert Home” being the first.

I consistently did my exercises every day. I started feeling  pain in my muscles on Sunday and thought it was due to exercising too much.

 

Monday 13-  after I did all my exercises for that day I felt ill and on Tuesday I ran a temperature of over a 100 and slept most of the day. I canceled my dentist appointment for Thursday. Wednesday I did about the same, resting and staying in bed, but started feeling a bit better on Thursday after sweating it out in bed. On Friday I took Cassie for a couple of walks.

 

I get this alert over my cell beeping madly saying that there's a big dust storm headed my way. This is what the sky looked like...

Robert Deloyd's photo.

 

Here is what the sky looked like about 15 minutes later and moving closer really fast!

Robert Deloyd's photo.

 

Saturday 18- it rained all day long and into the night.

I was able to complete my morning exercises before it started raining. It started out with lighting and thunder that got so close to my home I could almost see the bones in my hand when I held it up to look at the electric skies. I had to disconnect my inverter to prevent it from being zapped like one did in another lightning storm last year. Then it rained all through the day darn day. I missed movie night at the community center. I think they went ahead and had it inside, but I’m still recovering from a cold and I’m not sure they’d allow Cassie inside the center. Once the lightning went by I reconnected the inverter and watched some videos on Python programing and some others on HTML and CSS webdesign.

 

Sunday 19- it was all bright and sunny so I put on my running shoes and took Cassie out for a run.

 

Monday 20- rained again.

Started again trying to edit “The Scalloped Edge” but ended up getting lost on the Internet of things.

 

Tuesday 21- windy with temps into the high 90s.

I did all my morning, afternoon and evening exercises.

 

A comment I wrote in response to an announcement for a new and “Better” Tablet...

To tell you the truth I am Tableted out… I have way too many tablets as it is and I will not go looking at anything new for a long spell… maybe in the next two years I might start looking to buy another, but right now the ones I own have and do everything I need. I have 4 Apples (the oldest I gave away), HP Stream 8 (that I like because it came with 200MB a month of T-Mobile for life), a Dell 8” that had problems from the get go, Lenovos, ASUS 8″ K011 (I like that one too), a Toshiba, Nexus 4 (mostly a phone but I use it like a tablet), Samsung Tab 2 and a whole bunch of others.

Seems like tablets grew too fast and I tried to keep up with the new this and that. Tablets have hit a barrier where there just isn’t that much new to add.

I found I really don’t like the 7″ ones but I like the 6″ and 8″ ones. But saying that I bought a Amazon Fire HD 7 just because it has the dang speakers separated so you can actually get stereo sound out of the darn thing, why other manufacturers haven’t done this is beyond me. Also while I’m ranting, why do they make tablets  so they’ll slip right out of your hands and onto the floor. The Amazon HD 7″ and 6″ ain’t made that way, in fact they’re pretty well built. Except for having a lousy user interface and no SD slot they’d be my choice.

I’d like to take all that’s good about each of my many tablets and throw them into a pot and with my magic wand create the one just right for me.

So if something new comes out between now and 2 years it better have an artificial intelligent that can hold a critical conversation with me (and I ain’t talking Siri, Cortana, Google or Alexa), cause otherwise I ain’t interested!

 

Wednesday 22- very windy, again with temps into the high 90s.

 

Thursday 23- clear with a light breeze and temps just over 100.

I did all my exercises throughout the day with Cassie tagging along.

 

I am trying something new call Haiku "a 17-syllable verse form consisting of three metrical units of 5, 7, and 5 syllables", and an App called Notegraphy for the background:

Robert Deloyd's photo.

 

Friday 24- temps around 100 degrees.

I had it all planned out in advance how I would spend the day. I had to get the Mercury Cougar smogged, a dentist appointment at 2pm and then to do some shipping at Stater Bros to load up on supplies. This was the order I had planned to do them. I figured it’d take an hour or more to get the car smogged; not so because there wasn’t any customers waiting and it took only 10 minutes. So here I am at 11:30 with two and a half hours to kill. I did my shopping very slowly and chatted with the employees working there as I shopped; I was in a very good mood having passed the smog test. It came to be 1pm and I didn’t want to keep the food I bought in the car so I drove to the dentist office where they would have just came back from and the door would be open. I carried my thermo lined bags of cold food into the office so they wouldn’t be exposed to the heat of the car sitting in the harsh sun. I actually got seen by the dentist early and was back home a little after 2pm to let Cassie out of her pin in my bedroom.

 

Saturday 25- temps around 102.

I gotten so into whatever I was doing that I forgot all about potluck at the community center. I was eating some leftover chicken around 6pm when it hit me that it was the last Saturday of the month.

Peggy calls to tell me to be on the lookout for two male boxer dogs that came over to her home but left.

Robert Deloyd's photo.

Later in the night I heard Cassie barking and went out to investigate and found one of the boxers and let him into the yard and put him in the dog pen.

 

Sunday 26- temps around 103.

I found the other boxer outside my gate wanting to be with his brother I guess. I let him in. I couldn’t get him into the pen and the other smaller boxer got out of the pen and they were both running around. I had to separate from the two males- they were giving her chase and she was running around with her tail between her legs.

 

Peggy sends out this email to everyone in the world:

“Two male boxers found in Copper Mountain Mesa 7/26. Brown and white. No collars. Not fixed. Need to find owners or maybe a temporary foster home.

Both appear trained, friendly and non-aggressive.

Bob Deloyd has both dogs right now and agreed to hold them until the shelter is open Tuesday 11am. But someone just informed me that the shelter wants money if you bring in a dog, which I don't have.

I posted them as "found" on Palm Springs Craigslist and on KCDZ Cruising Critters. No one has put them there as "Lost" : (

If anyone knows someone who lost or had stolen (or if someone can maybe foster) these very nice purebred dogs, please let me know.

Any help is appreciated. We will find out if they are chipped tomorrow.”

 

Later when the sun was low in the sky and it was cooler I went outside to play with the dogs. The Owner sees me playing with boxer dogs turns around and picks them up! Robert Deloyd's photo.

The owner was very happy to get them back and told me to thank you all. I told him all that we had done and what we had planned to do tomorrow. He said he'd make sure it wouldn't happen again.

 

Monday 27 to Tuesday 28-

Working on my book "The Scalloped Edge"... lots of editing to do!



Wednesday 29 to Thursday 30- Big fricken storm!

 

Just Before Storm... you can see it coming our way:

Robert Deloyd's photo.

Another storm is coming our way right now!

I'll probably be losing internet pretty soon...

 


And I was going to go to town today.

More Big Storm!

There were WAVES coming down Winters Road!!!!


It blew down one old abandoned house. The electric and internet was out and the cell tower nearby got spotty and calls were dropped.

 

Had a big storm come through here and lost internet and just came back on... the community lost power and are just getting it back on now. The internet is going in and out and can't post pics or video yet... maybe later.... 

Thursday wasn't as bad but there was a whole lot of lightning and some rain.

 

 

Friday 31- no storms but lots of humidity!

I did my morning exercises but it was too hot and muggy to do anything afterwards.

 

Sometimes I like to speculate on stuff that has no answers yet. Here is an article I was reading and thought I might look into it:

Over the past year, there's been a whole lot of excitement about the electromagnetic propulsion drive, or EM Drive - a scientifically impossible engine...

SCIENCEALERT.COM|BY FIONA MACDONALD




 

***** Stuff I Wrote this Month******

 

So fair this lass and in her prime for she held the reins to my heart and mind. Down on the parapet outside our bedroom we would sit with lantern lit and wait for darkness to unfold. Then we gaze into infinity’s eyes of what we call the starry skies. But this night she fell asleep a sleep so deep she slipped from chair to floor. I carried her to our bed of rabbit furs and goose stuffed quilts where our cat lie in comfort ever content.  Hold tight the bedsheets my love, I yelled, cause the angels have come to spirit you away. I beat them back their attack as I do for every night, cause what may be a soul so pure does not belong in the presence of me.

~RD

 

I am trying something new call Haiku "a 17-syllable verse form consisting of three metrical units of 5, 7, and 5 syllables", and an App called Notegraphy for the background...

A Haiku:  

Thought lost in the past / we write our words become on / if very nicely done

 

Another Haiku

boat drift softly about / then a big wave comes and breaks / a sinking feeling

 

I miss the fog more than anything else from the coast except for the many memories that fill my mind with sensations of wind brushing against my cheeks as it fills my sails, the smell of salt spray as the bow breaks over and past yet another crest on our way to the island.

~RD

 

You can be just as alone in the desert as you can be in a city surrounded by millions.

~RD

 

Changing one's life can change one's perception of the world. If change is what you seek the world around you is changing all the time.

~RD

 

I think of all the advances in science and technology in our lifetimes we have witnessed and it awes me to no end. But we have so much work to do on the social, environmental and political levels that if not solved may carry us all into a deeper and darker dark age than in the past.

~RD

 

May you have an awe inspiring fantastically marvelous spiritually enlightening meaningful life. Open doors to realms others fear. Sail beyond the sunset to stand upon the distant shores of faraway lands. Climb the highest mountains to shout down to the world below, "I am not like you". Never become complacent. Always question everything.  Dream, create and then cast your thoughts into words planting seeds in minds so others can absorb and question your visions. Build great long lasting friendships with people whose talents challenge you and you theirs. Never try to become like anyone else because you cannot be anyone else but you. May you find peace, happiness and meaning in your life.

~RD

 

It came from the sky!

The call came at night just after sunset to the Copper Mountain Mesa Police Department dispatch center. The new rookie Ami Ven was the only officer on shift at the time patrolling the town in an old 1974 Dodge Charger squad car. The city council wouldn’t approve the cost of any newer vehicles. The “Muscle Car” was like something out of an old ‘70s police TV show like Starsky and Hutch, Ami felt. Maybe she should wear her hair like Farrah Fawcett did back then. These old squad cars were kept running in perfect condition by Frank, a 59 year old master mechanic and part time fellow officer, who loved tinkering with anything mechanical.

“There’s several reports of a UFO flying in the skies in the vicinity of Winters Road and Bourland Pass,” announced the dispatcher’s voice over the squad car’s police radio.

“I’m on it. Be there in ten minutes,” was Ami’s excited reply. She has heard of UFOs being seen out in the desert and now was her chance to really observe one. She then punched the “pedal to the metal” for the first time ever in this ancient jalopy and was surprised to be thrown and pinned against the driver’s seat as the old Charger’s highly modified engine gulped fuel down its Holley four barrel carburetor to turn it into 450 plus horsepower. Rocketing down the road at eye watering speeds she arrived at the scene in five minutes.

She found the folks of this small desert community standing around in awe watching a small object zip across the sky, and then making loop de loops as if showing off.  Some spectators came excitedly up to her squad car as she opened the driver’s door with the emblem CMMP painted on its side.

“Do you see it?” asked one.

“Look it’s looping around again and now shooting off across the sky at tremendous speeds,” explained another.

Always the skeptic, Ami left the crowd of awed spectators and headed off in the direction of the object. She walked a quarter of a mile to where she found a string tied to a fence post. She cut it and the kite attached drifted off into the night sky never to do a loop de loop or fly across the night skies at tremendous speeds again.

Ami walked back to the crowd still gathered waiting for the “UFO” to return and Ami Ven didn’t say one word to them about it only being a kite.

~RD

 

 

 

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Lake Fire

Jul. 13th, 2015 05:25 pm
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June 20- Facebook post: My CERT team got called to support the firefighters up near the fire in Pioneertown, So I won't be on FB today or even maybe tomorrow...

(Little did I know that I’d be there around 11 days)



"The Lake Fire was reported just before 4:00 pm on June 17, 2015. The cause of the fire is under investigation. It is approximately 23,199 acres in size and burning in timber. It is currently 21% contained.

Mandatory evacuations include: Areas along Hwy 38 east of Angelus Oaks to Onyx Summit, Barton Flats, Seven Oaks, South Fork, Heart Bar, Rainbow Lane, Burns Canyon, and Rimrock. There is a voluntary evacuation in place for Pioneertown..

Highway 38 is closed between Angelus Oaks to Lake Williams.

All Hiking Trails into the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area have been closed due to the proximity of the fire to these trails. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is closed from Whitewater Preserve to Onyx Summit.

State Highway 38 will remain closed indefinitely due to reduced visibility and firefighting operations.

The fire remains active in the northeast. Today the fire made a push northwards toward the Rainbow Lane Area but at this time no structures have been lost.

Approximately 360 campers were safely evacuated from the Camp Oakes in the Lake Williams Area on June 24th. This was a precautionary evacuation due to the large number of campers. The San Bernardino Sheriff's Department is handling the evacuations. The American Red Cross Evacuation Center is located at the Big Bear Community Church, 40946 Big Bear Blvd, in the city of Big Bear. CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) are on-scene to meet campers at the evacuation center and help reunite campers with parents.

The south side of the fire continues to burn in steep and rocky terrain with minor growth downhill hitting areas of unburned trees and grass that ignite and then burn again downhill. Additional crews have been inserted into the Ten Thousand Foot Ridge and will proceed toward the eastern Forest Boundary.

Resources on scene include:

103 engines

3 air tankers

2 DC-10 VLAT (Very Large Air Tankers)

18 helicopters

4 support planes

54 crews

19 water tenders

8 dozers

1874 personnel assigned to the fire

There have been four firefighter injuries.

Fire management is under Unified Command with Cal Fire, San Bernardino County Sheriff, San Bernardino County Fire, Big Bear Fire Department and California Highway Patrol. The Incident Command Post is located at Big Bear High School."

Robert Deloyd's photo.





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I am a CERT volunteer up in Pioneertown helping with the Lake Fire. I've been working 14 hour shifts at the fire in support of the Firefighters supplying them with food and refreshments and helping with evacuations of Rimrock and Burns Canyon. In no time was I in any danger.



Below is a newspaper clipping from the Hi-Desert Star:


Lake Fire gives Morongo Basin CERT first live action

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Lake Fire gives Morongo Basin CERT first live action

Josh Allen Hi-Desert Star

Lake Fire gives Morongo Basin CERT first live action

Some Morongo Basin CERT members pose with Cal Fire firefighters outside of Station 38.

Posted: Friday, July 3, 2015 5:03 pm | Updated: 12:10 pm, Thu Jul 9, 2015.

By Josh Allen Hi-Desert Star | 0 comments

PIONEERTOWN — The Morongo Basin Community Emergency Response Team has been training for an incident like the Lake Fire since 2010.

From 9 a.m. June 19 until Tuesday, members of the local CERT chapter had a chance to put their training into action.

The team opened Station 38 in Pioneertown, and 52 volunteers spent over 1300 hours manning it around the clock.

They provided food, water, rest, information and support for firefighters and residents of Pioneertown.

Morongo Basin CERT Coordinator Nancy Guinn said the team did a great job in their first live action.

“It was the first time that we worked together in a live support-team environment,” Guinn said. “We did an outstanding job with teamwork, logistics and planning.”



This pic was taken on June 25 when there was a call for mandatory evacuation of Burns Canyon and Rimrock, and a voluntary evac for Pioneertown. Helping setup a Red Cross shelter at Copper Mountain College.


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Tuesday 30- Well it’s official, it is all over now!

I got the call at home this morning just before I went to bed after spending the night at Firehouse 38 in Pioneertown that we were closing down our operations there and I wouldn't have to come in tonight.

I have met some incredible folks these past 11 days and feel mighty proud how everyone came together from the Firefighters who did a magnificent job of putting out the Lake Fire, CERT volunteers who opened the firehouse so those fighting the fire had a place to eat and rest, Sheriffs who manned the roadblocks to keep the lookie-loos out of the way of firefighters and evacuees, families and business donating food and drinks. I feel mighty proud how everyone came together in a time of need, but that's what we do as Americans isn't it......

By the way I’m the old man standing at the back of the line to the right, behind all these wonderful people.


June 2015

Jul. 10th, 2015 04:32 pm
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June 2015
 
Monday 01- 95/66 with wind.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
Yesterday I started a new FaceBook page called “Rainbow at the End of Tomorrow” and been doing a little work on it today. Mostly it’ll have to sit on the back burner until I get my other books edited.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie. I did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.
I am doing a final read and edit of “Girl in the Cellar” and then I am going to publish it on Amazon Kindle.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round. 
 
 
Tuesday 02- 88/69 
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
Everything I ordered from Amazon and Motorola gets delivered today and I have no time to play with them all at once; a smart-watch, a ukulele, and a WIFI repeater that has a Rj45 socket. I did get the WIFI repeater setup and working.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie. I did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.
I am doing a final read and edit of “Girl in the Cellar” and then I am going to publish it on Amazon Kindle.
Watered some of the plants outside as the sun set.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round. 
 
 
Wednesday 03- 92/63
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
Installed Windows 7 on desktop running XP Home.
Updated Dell Laptop from release 10122 to 1013XX 
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie. I did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.
Updated the Dell desktop from WinXP to Win7 and installed all the updates.
I am doing a final read and edit of “Girl in the Cellar” and then I am going to publish it on Amazon Kindle.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round. 
 
Thursday 04- 91/63
Day off from exercising only did my stretches, Cassie and me went on our walks.
Worked on re-editing my book “The Girl in the Cellar”
I watered all the plants.
 
Friday 05- 99/62
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
Started cleaning the pool for summer.
 
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie. I did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.
I am still doing a final read and edit of “Girl in the Cellar” 
 
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round. 
 
Saturday 06- 95/70 
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
Started cleaning the pool for summer.
 
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie. I did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.
I am still doing a final read and edit of “Girl in the Cellar” 
 
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round. 
 
Sunday 07- 96/72
Day off from exercising. I even woke up late...
I worked intensely editing the book.
 
Monday 08- 101/68 degrees with rain and clouds!
Last night I went to bed at 3AM and then Cassie woke me up at 6AM and I couldn’t go back to sleep so I just stayed up. 
At 1PM I went to the dentist to have more work done and I gave the dentist my poem book “Azure Sea of Dreams” and wrote in it; Thanks for bringing back my smile...or something corny like that. I then went to WalMart and bought a bunch of supplies and a roasted chicken for me and Cassie to eat. I left her inside the house because of the heat outside and gave her a nice walk around sunset and another at 11PM...
Kevin sold my trailer in Tucson and deposited the money into my bank account.
It is 1:32AM and 85 degrees here and it just started to rain... Oh the Humidity!
Jose, Jose, Daniel, Jasuse, new owners 
 
Tuesday 09- 96/70
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I put shock treatment in the pool with the hopes that it will kill off the green stuff.
 
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie. I did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.
I am still doing a final read and edit of “Girl in the Cellar” 
My new neighbors Daniel and Jose came by to see if I had any PVC pipe that would fit their pipe that broke... I did and was happy to help them.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.
 
Wednesday 10- 95/69
I did my stretches.
I took Cassie down to get her rabies parvo shots. I met Sherry there getting her Willie his first shots. We then drove to her house to drop the dogs off to play in her backyard while we went shopping at WalMart and the Tractor Store. We got Chinese takeout and ate it at her house. 
 
Thursday 11- 96/68
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I went to the dentist.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie. I did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.
I am still doing a final read and edit of “Girl in the Cellar” 
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.
 
 
 
Friday 12- 101/79 degrees.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I put shock treatment in the pool with the hopes that it will kill off the green stuff.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie. I did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.
I am still doing a final read and edit of “Girl in the Cellar” 
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.
 
 
 
Saturday 13- 104/78 degrees and a bit of sprinkles.
I did my stretches, took Cassie for her walks, and worked on the book.
 
 
 
 
Sunday 14- 104/79 
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I’ve been noticing water around the pool and I think it may have a leak.
I called Family and Friends throughout the day.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie. I did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.
I am still doing a final read and edit of “Girl in the Cellar” 
 
 
 
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.
 
 
 
Monday 15- 103/79 to Tuesday 16- 105/76 
Same stuff I been doing; editing the book, taking Cassie for her walks and exercising.
 
 
 
Wednesday 17- 
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thursday 18- 104/80 degrees
Because of all the smoke in the air and the heat I thought it best we stay in the house the rest of the day.
This is what the Sun looks like over my house right now. I can look directly at it through the smoke from the mountains. Ash is beginning to fall around me from the fire. The temperature should be 100 degrees now but it's only 78 degrees. My solar panels are just keeping up with my refrigerator, the only time this happens is when there is snow covering them or heavy smoke:
 
 
I finally finished my 7th book The Girl in the Cellar 
 
Smoke rising from the San Bernardino mountains today.
 
 
My home with smoke clouds from the fire in the mountains
 
 
Another angle of my home with smoke clouds
 
 
 
 
 Friday 19- 110/78 degrees with smoke.
I don't know if you can tell from this picture but the smoke has gotten worse while the temperature keeps going up. 105 right now expected to go as high as 109... I'm inside with Cassie.
 
 
 
 
 Saturday 20- lots of smoke!
My CERT team got called to support the firefighters up near the fire in Pioneertown, So I won't be around today or even maybe tomorrow...
 
* I will write about the Lake Fire separately...
 
 
***** Stuff I Wrote this Month******
 
 
I enjoy writing... it flows out of my brain into my fingers as they fall upon the keyboard to gather into some kind of framework like building a house.
First you need the framework.
Then you add the plumbing, put electrical wiring in the walls and then paint it. This is called editing...
Don't care much for editing...
But you wouldn't want to live in a house with only the framework completed.
Once you have it all built you must go over it again and again until making sure everything works correctly and the paint dries smoothly. Once all this is done it is ready for others to move into. I don't get writer's block. I don't do this for fame or money. I would rather call myself a storyteller than a writer because that's who I am.
~RD
 
 
Write what you want to say not for what you think other people want to hear... unless you're stuck writing obituaries. 
~RD
 
 
The only thing that set us apart from our biological selves is our intellect and it is the only thing that’s going to save us from ourselves. 
~RD
 
 
 
 
I am and always will be a night person. Even as a young child I would stay up late into the night in my bed staring at the room's ceiling lost in thought thinking of adventures and wondering about the world and my place in it. Then abruptly being awoken at 6:30am in the early morning having to get ready for school... and they wondered why I always fell asleep during class. Tis a great folly to think one size fits all.
~RD
 
 
Time is lost to those who wait
so do it now before it's too late
lost in thought as time ticks away
slipping into darkness on our finale day
all the stuff of life we let pass us by
words to friends and family left unspoken
at our loss their hearts now be broken
no more chance to play at having fun
a tinge of guilt for creativity left undone
we pray we wish for just one more day
then into the night we quietly fade away....
~RD
 
 
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May 2015

Jun. 1st, 2015 11:52 pm
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May 2015


Friday 01- 94/67

Still sick in bed from the flu and the internet keeps going in and out and then finally stopped around 8pm. I slept most of the day anyways.

I watched a DVD movie “2012”




Saturday 02- 96/65

I did light exercises and took poor Cassie for a walk. She’s been a mighty fine girl trying to keep me happy in my sickness and curling up next to me while I sleep.

I mostly just stay in bed hoping this all goes away before my dentist appointment on Monday.

I watched a DVD movie “Sahara”




Sunday 03- 91/64

Buried Sherry’s cat.




Monday 04- 87/63

I went to the Dentist and had four implants drilled and screwed into my upper jaw. It didn’t start hurting until I had my prescription filled at Star Pharmacy (Codeine). Dentist said not to anything but rest for a few days and no exercises.

I watched a DVD “U571”(2000)

Climbed up on the roof at night and somehow fixed the WIFI antenna and now I have the internet again.




Tuesday 05- 89/58

Bed rest and pain pills.

I watched season 7 episode 22 of “Castle”.



Wednesday 06-

Cassie and me went to visit Sherry and I helped her buy a new TV and set it up while Cassie played with Barney and Abby outside.

I watched season 4 episode 22 of “Person of Interest”.



Thursday 07- very windy!

Still not exercising because of the sutures on the four implants still hurts a bit and can’t chew anything yet.

I went to the post office to mail out a promised signed book “Azure Sea of Dreams” to a friend and pick up a package that contains a mobile hotspot I ordered from Freedompop just in case my WIFI goes down again. The service is cheap but it works very well out here in the desert when I tried it out.

I watched season 3 episode 23 of “Elementary”.



Friday 08- 67/50 degrees.

I’ve been sleeping very long hours (12-13 hours + naps) since the dentist did the four implants in my upper jaw. I think my body is trying to heal itself. I have no energy at all. I have been taking Cassie for a few walks here and there but at no set schedule.



Saturday 09- 78/48

I tried to do my exercises but the pain pressure on my upper jaw was too much.

I just let Cassie go romp in the yard all most of the day.



Sunday 10- 86/58

I watered the plants and filled the pool.

I took Cassie for some short walks.



Monday 11- 88/62

I did light exercises; my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile walk, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for a round.

I might have done too much and rested for the rest of the day.



Tuesday 12- 82/56

I took Cassie for her walk and waited for the WIFI repair guy to come out and replace my cable and antenna. He came around 1pm and was very nice and pleasant.



Wednesday 13- 80/54

I did my stretches and took Cassie for her walks. I still feel weak recovering from having the flu a few weeks ago and the work I had done at the dentist on Monday the 4th.



Thursday 14- very windy 70/56

Dentist appointment to put two implants into my lower jaw. It didn’t hurt at all until after I got home and in bed. I’ll be down for a couple of days taking codeine and letting my jaw heal. All the painful stuff at the dentist is done now!

I took Cassie for a short walk when I got home.



Friday 15- 63/49 degrees with wind.

Took it easy because of the new implants; very painful.

No walks today, I just let Cassie loose go in the yard.



Saturday 16- 70/50 with wind.

After taking Cassie for her walks I slept most of the day and missed Movie Night at the community center. I probably wasn’t up to it anyways because of the codeine I took for the pain. The two lower implants are more painful than the four upper ones.



Sunday 17- 81/52 more wind.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile run.


Monday 18- 81/57

Because of my dentist visit Thursday I didn’t do much of anything today except take Cassie for her walks.



Tuesday 19- 82/60

I took Cassie for her walks.

I drove my little scooter down to my postbox on Lear ave. to pick up a package I ordered from Amazon.



Wednesday 20- 83/59

I did light exercises and took Cassie for a mile run.



Thursday 21- 83/56

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile run.

I had to get ready to see the dentist at 1pm she is going to remove the sutures from the implants. I got there 45 minutes early and waited around. I went to the Dollar Store next door and bought a few things for the dog. After the dentist removed the sutures I went to Stater Bros to pick up a few more items. I even stopped off at Burger King for a hamburger to take home... kinda like a celebration of sorts for getting over the worst and hard parts of the orthodontist procedure and the fact I haven’t eaten anything solid for the past two weeks or so since this whole dentist thing started: it was my decision to have it done anyways.



Friday 22- 73/53 rain!

I did light exercises: my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for a minute or so.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook” and I drew something: Teeth smiling.

I read one of my study books: History: Greco-Roman Civilization- Literature. Brady Emergency Care- Chapter 2 Well-being of the EMT-Basic.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie.  My player’s battery was out of juice so I waited until we got back to listen to History lecture (The Roman State and the Christian Church). I did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.

I read a couple of pages from my encyclopedia (I had started this maybe fifteen years ago and didn’t get very far).

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie.

I practiced my guitar for a spell.

Did some editing of my book “The Scalloped Edge”.



Saturday 23- 81/58 with a little bit of wind in the evening.

I lifted weights, Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for a few minutes.

Somebody a mile from my home had a wild party that started at 3pm and blasted away music until 8am Sunday morning. The music, especially the fast deep thumping of the drums, was so loud it came through my thick walls to keep me awake most of the night. They have done the same last year but it wasn’t this loud. If it’s only one night once a year I can deal with it and let them have their fun.



Sunday 24- 86/59

Talked to my brother Kevin. He said the guy came out to look at my trailer and wants to purchase it. I told him I accept the guy’s offer and to send the Arizona DMV paper so I can get it notarized and sent back. For the past many months I’ve been searching for a piece of land to buy to put the trailer on, one of many alternatives I came up with and to sell it was one of them. The person we called to ask about moving the trailer was instead a buyer of park trailers and rents them out on his property.



Monday 25- 89/65 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I worked on my computer installing Windows 10 release 10122 from 10049. It took all day to download the dang thing and at 3am in the morning it finished only t0 get hung at 18% on the install. I left it that way and went to sleep hoping it would continue and be done when I awoke in the morning.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie while listening to a history lecture (the later Roman empire). I did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.

I practiced playing my guitar.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.



Tuesday 26- 89/68 with a few clouds.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for spell.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook” and I drew something: an old face.

I found the fix for the Windows 10 release 1022 and went into command prompt typed in a few lines after I ran a program downloaded from sysinternals. I rebooted the system and after awhile it went pass the dreaded 18% and on to 19% as I let my breath out and on to completion. This release has a new lighter browser called Edge and I now have sound!

I took Cassie for a walk while listening to the last history lecture in this series (Twilight in the west) now I’ll have to find a new lecture to listen to. We spotted a horneytoad on the trail and I held Cassie back as it ran under some scrub, she would have eaten it, and we sat down to watch it crawl around for a short spell.



Wednesday 27- 93/69

Cassie and I went to Sherry’s. I needed to cash a check at the bank and get a notary to sign an Arizona DMV document for the trailer I own and send it to my brother Kevin by two day FedEx so he can sell it to the buyer. Afterwards Sherry and I went to Walmart to do a little shopping. We ate a couple of quarter-pounders with fries at Sherry’s house I had bought at the McDonald's in Walmart.

We got back home around 7pm and Cassie was so burned out from playing with Barney, Abby and Sherry’s new puppy Willey, she quickly fell asleep.



Thursday 28- 96/72

I called the dentist when I woke up at 10:10am and they asked if I can come in at 11:00. I said yes, throw on my clothes, brushed and cleaned up, put Cassie in her dog pin, jumped in the Cougar and made it there with 5 minutes to spare.

After the dentist I went to the post office in 29 to get a 14W 5V portable solar panel that charges cell phones, tablets and such.

I stopped by Kelly’s house for a short visit and say howdy to all her critters.



Friday 29- 97/69

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I swept the floors of the house removing a large amount of Cassie hair.  



Saturday 30- 100/72

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile and a half run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I got cleaned up and cooked up my special chili casserole surprise and made my way over to our wonderful community center for potluck. Good times with good friends!

I took Cassie for a walk when I returned from potluck.



Sunday 31- 99/71 degrees

I did my stretches and took Cassie for her walks.

I spent most of the day on Skype with my brother Kevin and a realtor working out the details of a home purchase in Tucson Arizona we might buy.  

I watered all the plants just before and after sunset.



***** Stuff I Wrote this Month******


Illusions are what you make of them. So as long as you are happy, who should be the wiser and who should really care?

~RD



I've been of the belief that globular star clusters are remnants of smaller galaxies cannibalized by larger galaxies like our own Milky Way and some of these globular clusters may contain large black holes at their center.

~RD



Self doubt is time wasted on a fruitless journey down to the trivial backwaters of obscurity.

~RD


"Everything that can be invented has been invented" someone once remarked back around the1880s.

We only know 5% of what makes up the Universe and physics is still in its infancy; basically to say "The door marked “faster-than-light travel” has been slammed in our face and welded shut" is pure hubris....

~RD


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April 2015

May. 6th, 2015 12:53 am
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April 2015



Wednesday 01- 86/55

I did my stretches.

Cassie and I went to help Sherry with setting up her swamp coolers. Later Sherry and I went to Del Taco while Cassie played with Barney and Abby.



Thursday 02- 77/53

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

I went to the dentist to have a checkup.

I took Cassie for an evening walk.



Friday 03- 77/54 windy.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

Kelly is sick again and needs for me to pick up her prescriptions at Star Pharmacy; took about an hour and a half altogether.

I took Cassie for an evening walk.


Saturday 04- 86/54 hazy with wind.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I planted the cactus that has been sitting in buckets since Roger gave me them the day before I had to leave for Tampa Florida.

I finally got the Dell Laptop with Win10 to update to Build 10049; heard others were having that problem too.

I took Cassie for an evening walk.

I practiced my guitar.

I updated all my online journals and now I am up to date with everything.

Tomorrow I will start being more consistent with my workouts and get back into my routine. I will also finish those three books I got to edit.



Sunday 05- 80/47 high clouds and lots of wind.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I put all the garbage I had collected from the yard into the Gross Polluter (my truck) to take to the trash dumpster over at Stoney’s.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: a strange face....

I installed Microsoft Office 11 (part of Office 365) on my MacBook along with Outlook and OneNote.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I practiced my guitar for a spell.

I started editing the first chapter of “The Scalloped Edge” but I really should be editing “The Girl in the Cellar” which comes second in the series where “The Scalloped Edge” comes third.



Monday 06- 71/47 degrees and windy.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook” and I drew something: another strange face.... I guess I am into strange faces now.

I collected all the glass jars (maybe 100s of them) and put them in the trash. I was going to make a glass garden out of them all which never materialized after ten or more years of storms and broken shards of glass poking out here and there- it was time to get rid of the whole mess.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I cleaned the kitchen counter which isn’t no small feat; I get lazy at times and the grime builds up... I need a maid.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I practiced my guitar for a spell.

I finished editing the first chapter of “The Scalloped Edge” but will start editing “The Girl in the Cellar” which is second in the series; the first is “A Little Desert Home”.



Tuesday 07- 69/47 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook” and I drew something: Cassie.

I did my laundry in the tiny washing machine.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I have these books stacked up on a table by my bed which I will call my study books. I started reading each where I left off earlier in the year when I had gotten distracted by events more important to me. I hope to read a little of each every night. I read two of my study books: Astronomy (Pallax), and Molecular Biology (molecular composition of cells).

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I practiced my guitar for a spell.

I started editing chapter one of “The Girl in the Cellar” which is second book in the series; the first is “A Little Desert Home”.



Wednesday 08- 70/49 degrees with wind.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook” and I drew something: a sad face.

UPS arrived with my 32Gig SD drive and a battery pack for charging cell phones and tablets I bought on Amazon.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I read one of my study books: history (Greek civilization around 500 BCE).

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I practiced my guitar for a spell.

I finished editing chapter one of “The Girl in the Cellar” which is second book in the series; the first is “A Little Desert Home”.



Thursday 09- 73/47 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook” and I drew something: a sad face.

I stopped off and got gas at the Arco in 29 before I went to the dentist for my 3pm appointment. Then when all that was done I went to Staters to get a few supplies and some fried chicken that I shared with Kelly when I dropped by her house. She is still a little sick from the flu but is feeling better now.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I read one of my study books: Geology (Plate Tectonics).

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I practiced my guitar for a spell.

I started and finished editing chapter two of “The Girl in the Cellar” which is second book in the series; the first is “A Little Desert Home”.

I watched “Elementary”.



Friday 10- 79/58 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook” and I drew something: a coffee cup and spoon.

I did some cleaning up outside... lotsa work to do out there.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie while listening to a history lecture (Spartan society) kinda where I left off listening to it on the bus. I did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I read two of my study books: Molecular Biology (carbohydrates, and lipids) and Astronomy (measuring distances by geometry, and chapter review).

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I practiced my guitar and also working on a new song called “Riding in the Rain”.

I started and finished editing chapter three of “The Girl in the Cellar” which is second book in the series; the first is “A Little Desert Home”.



Saturday 11- 80/58 degrees.

Sherry dropped by to say hi to me and Cassie.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook” and I drew something: a flower with the sun shining above...

Jimmy and Clarice are at their cabin this weekend so I moseyed on over to say hi and yap with them a short spell.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie while listening to a history lecture (Greek religion and their gods). I did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I read two of my study books: Geology (history of the theory of plate tectonics), and History (the Peloponnesian War 431-404 BCE, decline of the City-States 404-336 BCE, Macedonian conquest of Greece).

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I practiced my guitar for a spell.

I started and finished editing chapter four of “The Girl in the Cellar” which is the second book in the series; the first is “A Little Desert Home” the third is “The Scalloped Edge”.




Sunday 12- 86/61 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook” and I drew something: a flower in a vase...

Called Family and Friends.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie while listening to a history lecture (Greek culture). I did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I read two of my study books: Desert Survival chapter one, and Molecular Biology (nucleic acids- DNA and RNA are part of the nucleic acids).

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I practiced my guitar for a spell.

I started and finished editing chapter five of “The Girl in the Cellar” which is the second book in the series; the first is “A Little Desert Home” the third is “The Scalloped Edge”.

Watched the season 5 episode 1 of “Game of Thrones”: the wars to come.



Monday 13- 89/59 degrees with wind.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook” and I drew something: Saturn, stars and a telescope...

Ruben the scraper dropped by to see if I had any scrape for him. There was quite a bit and I helped him get it all in his truck. He showed me pictures of his family who live on a ranch in Guatemala. He still wants to buy my old truck and maybe I’ll sell it to him this time I told him but I still need to think about it.  

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie while listening to a history lecture (the Peloponnesian War and the rise of Macedonian 431-338 BCE). I did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I read one of my study books: Western Garden Book (how plants grow).

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I’ve been going outside with my binoculars lately and watching bright Venus grow near the Pleiades as the winter constellations drift down into the western horizon. Jupiter is in Cancer right now and I saw the open cluster M44 the Beehive.

I practiced my guitar for a spell.

I started and finished editing chapter six of “The Girl in the Cellar” which is the second book in the series; the first is “A Little Desert Home” the third is “The Scalloped Edge”.

Watched a Netflix movie “Collateral Damage”(2002) Arnold Schwarzenegger. is a fireman whose wife and child are killed by Colombian terrorist and he seeks revenge.



Tuesday 14- 75/49 degrees and very windy.

I did my stretches. I was too windy and I needed a day off of exercising anyways so I just gave Cassie morning and evening walks.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook” and I drew something: a plant in a pot.

UPS delivered my new HP Stream laptop..

I read one of my study books: Astronomy (ancient astronomy).

I started and finished editing chapters seven and eight of “The Girl in the Cellar” which is the second book in the series; the first is “A Little Desert Home” the third is “The Scalloped Edge”.

I watched season 5 episode 2 “Game of Thrones”...



Wednesday 15- 67/50 degrees with winds.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook” and I drew something: a man pointing at a flying saucer...

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie while listening to a history lecture (Hellenic society). I did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I read one of my study books: History (Daily Life in Greece).

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I practiced my guitar for a spell.

I started and finished editing chapter nine of “The Girl in the Cellar” which is the second book in the series; the first is “A Little Desert Home” the third is “The Scalloped Edge”.

I watched season 4 episode 20 of “Person of Interest”.


Thursday 16- 73/45 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I went to Yucca Humane Society to get Cassie her dog license only to find out that her rabies shot was only good for one year and had expired last month. I’ll have to get her shots and license later. I went to back to cash a check and then did some shopping for supplies at Stater Bros, Home Depot and WalMart. On the way back I ran into a swarm of bees on HWY 62 peppering my windshield with their innards.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook” and I drew something: a racing car...

I read one of my study books: Composting (Introduction).

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie while listening to a history lecture (Alexander the Great). I did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I practiced my guitar for a spell.

I finished editing chapters ten and eleven of “The Girl in the Cellar” finishing the book. Tomorrow I’ll start editing  the third book in the series “The Scalloped Edge”.

Watched season 3 episode 20 of “Elementary”.



Friday 18- 81/52 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook” and I drew something: another woman’s face; I’m really bad at drawing faces.

Spent an hour or two on the phone with Microsoft trying to get the new Office 365 on my new HP Stream. The product code only updates the ones I already have for my MacBook Air and a tablet for another year. I have to use the new product code for the HP Stream on another email account the rep says to me. (so much for having everything in one place like they advertize). So they canceled the Office I have for the Mac and the Tablet and I have to start all over again but with two accounts.... hmmmm. I finally got the email they sent with a link to redo everything and now I have Office 365 on my MacBook Air on one account that isn’t linked to my Office 365 on the HP Stream and iPad account.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie while listening to a history lecture (The Romans). I did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

Cassie was barking at something and I went out with my flashlight and it turned out to be a big yellow scorpion she was holding at bay on the other side of the fence. I decided to bring Cassie inside and let the scorpion go its own way.

I read one of my study books: Astronomy (the geocentric universe)

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I practiced my guitar for a spell.

I finished editing “The Girl in the Cellar” which is the second book in the series. Now I’ll start editing  the third is “The Scalloped Edge”.

I watched a Dutch film called “App”(2013) on Netflix.. three out of five stars.


Saturday 18- 86/61 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

Sherry came by with doggie biscuits for Cassie. I told her about the tortoise we saw on our walk. I believe it was the first one I’ve seen in years.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook” and I drew something: a jet plane.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie while listening to a history lecture (conquering the Mediterranean). I did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I read one of my study books: Biology (proteins- made up of chains of amino acids. There are 20 amino acids and can fold up to give proteins their unique 3D shape).

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I practiced my guitar for a spell.

I finished editing chapter two of the third book in the series “The Scalloped Edge”.

I Watched the movie “Unforgettable”(1996). I didn’t like the ending...



Sunday 19- 90/61 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook” and I drew something: a bird flying over a city.

I called Family and Friends.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie while listening to a history lecture (Roman political structure). I did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I read two of my study books: History (Impact of empire on culture and politics in the mid-republic to 62 BCE), and Scats and Tracks (intro, taking field notes and preserving tracks).

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I practiced my guitar for a spell.

I finished editing chapter three of the third book in the series “The Scalloped Edge”.

I heard what sounded like heavy drops of rain on my roof but don’t remember there being any clouds. It turns out it was these big moths that were doing some kind of mating ritual, This happens every year but this year seems they are out in spades.



Monday 20- 88/60 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook” and I drew something: a girl and stars at night.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie while listening to a history lecture (violence and civil war: fall of the republic). I did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I read two of my study books: Geology (plate tectonics: how do we know that plates move), and a field guide to desert holes (introduction).

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I practiced my guitar for a spell.

I finished editing chapters four and five of the third book in the series “The Scalloped Edge”.

Tuesday 21- 70/61 degrees with rain, lightning and thunder.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a two mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes. There were dark clouds coming in and it started sprinkling on our run.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook” and I drew something: a jet plane.

A heavy storm cell passed through our area with lots of lightning. The breaker to my AC inverter clicked off and I lost electric power right (If you didn't know already I am on solar panels and batteries to power everything) I went to the battery room and disconnected it from the batteries because the lightning was so intense around our area I didn't want it to blow out another inverter. Thank goodness the inverter still worked after I turned it on later. My friends Larry and Bonnie who live ten miles away didn’t hear any thunder or get any rain, that’s just how it is out here in the desert I guess.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie while listening to a history lecture (monarchy at Rome- the age of Augustus). I did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I read one of my study books: Biology (the central role of enzymes as biological catalysts).

My Internet went out and wasn’t able to get it back up until 3pm Wednesday.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I practiced my guitar for a spell.

I finished editing chapters six, seven and eight of the third book in the series “The Scalloped Edge”.



Wednesday 22- 77/51 degrees.

Happy Earth Day!

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook” and I drew something: Earth Day.

I finally got my Internet connection back. When we had the lightning storm my provider’s nodes went down and had to be reset and somehow mine wasn’t sent the reset; at least that’s how I understand what the gal said when they called me. No problem... it was kinda nice to be off the “Grid” for a spell.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie while listening to a history lecture (monarchy and empire). I did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I read one of my study books: Humanure (crap happens).

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I practiced my guitar for a spell.

I finished editing chapter nine of the third book in the series “The Scalloped Edge”.

I watched season 5 episode 3 “Game of Thrones”...


Thursday 23- 75/54 with a little rain, lightning and thunder.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

I dressed and got ready for the dentist appointment; I wanted to get out of here early to beat the storm that may flood our dirt roads and miss my appointment.

I went to Staters to get a few supplies and waste a little time. I got to the dentist an hour early but they took me right in and we were done with what they had to do in about half an hour.

I drove home in the rain but it stopped a mile from my house. I had disconnected my inverter just in case lightning struck near my home. I connected it all back up only to find that my Internet is down again, dang. I got my T-Mobile hotspot up and running after paying ten dollars for one Gig of data for a week so I’ll have some kinda Internet until I get my regular one up and running again.

Took Cassie for a walk when I got home.



Friday 24- 77/51 degrees with lots of wind.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook” and I drew something: a windy day.

I went to WalMart to get a few supplies and a pool cover I hope is big enough.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie while listening to a history lecture (State and society in the high Roman empire). I did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I read one of my study books: History (Greek religion).

Too windy for a night run.

I watched season 3 episode 21 of “Elementary”...


Saturday 25- 62/51 degrees with clouds and rain.

Sherry came by on her rounds and said howdy to Cassie and me.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I started cooking up my Chili Supreme Surprise Casserole.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook” and I drew something: the Internet.

I went to potluck and was there with my friends feasting away at the succulent food everyone brought.

It was just too windy with sprinkles and just too stuffed from all the great food at potluck to do my exercises but I did take a short evening walk with Cassie.

I watched season 5 episode 4 of “Game of Thrones”...



Sunday 26- 76/56 degrees no rain, just windy.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook” and I drew something: a happy laptop.

I was sweeping up the floor and sat on my glasses that I had left on the bed. Spent the next 45 minutes soldering them back together.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie while listening to a history lecture (crisis and recovery of the Roman Empire). I did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I read two of my study books: Astronomy (the Copernican Revolution), and Brady Emergency Care (module 1 chapter 1: introduction to emergency medical care).

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie, did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

I practiced my guitar for a spell.


Monday 27- 83/57 degrees.

I woke up with a slight sore throat and thought I’d be okay and pushed through the day... almost...

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook” and I drew something: sick in bed.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie. I did some pullups and punched the heavy bag for a round.

After a while I started feeling badly and just watched “Tracks”(2013) about a woman in 1977 who walks across the vast deserts of Australia to the Indian Ocean, 1,700 mile trek. A very wonderful movie.



Tuesday 28 through Thursday 30-  82/56 degrees.

                                Sick in bed....

Not feeling well I decided to lie down for a little while and went to sleep and not waking up except to use the bathroom until 1pm the next day. I tried to work on my books and my studies but found it hard to concentrate because of a bad headache and gave it up for the rest of the week.


***** Stuff I Wrote this Week******


You'll never create something new and original by following others. Walk a new path and surrender yourself to its magnificence...

~RD



Life is not about collecting shiny trinkets and selfish desires or being subservient to someone else's dogma. Life is about friendships, loved ones and the interesting people we meet along our journey through life. If it wasn’t for our compassion, our creativeness, our curiosity, to have loved and to have mourned, the planet would be just another lonely rock adrift in the cosmos.

~RD



Yup it's spring alright with all it’s colorful hues of reds and yellows and greens, the smell dirt being worked, of fresh cut grass and the fragrance of flowers lingering in the clean spring air.

~RD



I believe currency is the intrinsic value you yourself place on a 'thing' and what you are willing to give up to acquire it.

~RD



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March 2015

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March 2015



Saturday 07- 80/49 degrees Tucson.

I arrived back to Tucson around 8:30am and Kevin my brother was waiting there in the parking lot to take me back to the trailer park, but first I had him take me to Carl’s Jr. for a big burger because I’ve only been eating those power bars except when I bought some crackers on the trip back from Tampa. We got back and I sat in the Jacuzzi for a long spell to soak off them buses off of me.



Sunday 08- 81/50

My day of rest after my ordeal on the buses.



Monday 09- 79/55 degrees

I did my stretches and Kevin and I took Cassie out for a mile walk.

We went shopping to get some supplies.

Took Cassie for her evening walk.



Tuesday 10- 80/52 degrees

I did my stretches, yoga, walked a mile with Cassie and my brother, lifted weights, swam five laps in the pool and rode my bike around the trailer park two times; I could have rode farther except my butt still hurt from being on a bus for four days straight.



Wednesday 11- 81/58

I did my stretches, yoga, Kevin and I walked Cassie 2 miles down to the bridge and back.

We went in my car and filled it up with gas for my trip home and then stopped off at WalMart to pick up a few things.

Me and my Brother took Cassie for a mile evening walk.



Thursday 12- cloudy all day, 79/59 degrees

I did my stretches and me and my brother Kevin took Cassie for a mile walk.

I did some driver updates on my Sony laptop.

We took Cassie for a walk down in the wash and saw a few little cottontails rabbits hopping around that Cassie wanted to chase, but I held her back. Paula said that Cassie caught and ate a lizard while she was staying with her while I went to Florida.



Friday 13- 81/57 degrees Tucson.

I did my stretches and we took Cassie for a mile walk before we went to soak in the Jacuzzi.



Saturday 14- 83/59 degrees Joshua Tree.

I got up at 3:30am and put the rest of what I was taking back to home into the car. I walked Cassie over to my brother Kevin’s trailer to tell him goodbye and had an uneventful 7 hour trip back to Joshua Tree.

Spent a few hours putting stuff away and watering my plants in the patio and laid down for a spell.

Found a dove’s nest with two babies in it on a shelf right by my front door. I have to be careful now not to upset them and keep a curious Cassie away from them.

I got back up to do a few more chores before I went to bed for an early sleep.



Sunday 15- 85/59 degrees with some clouds.

Cassie woke me at 3am; she had wet the bed... Bummer! I let her outside and replaced the bedding and put the wet ones outside. I was still too tired to deal with doing anything more. I didn’t get mad at her but will have her sleep on the floor or in her kennel for a few days until she cons her way back on my bed. Besides it’s only the third time this has happened and it was a long trip back home.

The parents of the baby doves were gone so I did my stretches, core trainer, lifted weights, punched at the heavy bag, and took Cassie for a mile run.

I was going to spray down the wet blankets and let them dry out but decided that I may as well just put them in the swimming pool and let them soak in there while I replace the water that has already evaporated away. I will fish them out tomorrow to dry.

I called Family and Friends to let them know I am back home. Then I went to work on a Dell desktop running Windows XP that Kula gave me and another Dell Laptop I recently bought that I am experimenting with Windows 10 on.

I took Cassie for her evening walk.



Monday16- 86/58 degrees with light scattering of clouds.

Baby dove parents were on the nest so I just did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

Fished all the blankets out of the pool and set them out to dry. Then I started using the vacuum apparatus hooked up to the pool pump to clean out the residue that had gathered on the pool’s bottom; dirt from high winds, bug parts... stuff like that. Had to clean out the filter many times and I still have some more cleaning to do once all the suspended filth from my vacuuming settles to the bottom again.  



Tuesday 17- 80/66

I did my stretches.

Cassie and I went to get my mail that Sherry has been picking up for me while I’ve been gone for a month. Cassie got to play with Sherry’s dogs Abby and Barney and I know she would be tired when we got back home, hence the no walk for her in the morning today.



Wednesday 18- 77/68 degrees.

Baby dove parents were on the nest so I just did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

I dropped by at Kelly’s to say hi and we bought some fried chicken at Staters and then went to Burger King for fries and cokes and ate the chicken there.



Thursday 19- 80/57-

Baby dove parents were on the nest so I just did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile run.

I worked cleaning the swimming pool vacuuming it out what had settled from the last vacuuming I did. Now I’ll have to wait until debri settles again to see if it needs cleaning again.

Took my scooter to bring Kelly some bird seeds for her dove that has a nest built but no eggs yet.

Cassie and I went for our evening walk.



Friday 20- 82/57 degrees.

I did my stretches, yoga, core trainer, lifted weights, punched the heavy bag, and went with Cassie for a mile run.

Collected all my tax info and made an appointment to see an tax accountant next Tuesday at 2pm.

I took Cassie for her evening and night walks.



Saturday 21- 86/57 nice sunny day.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

There were three places I was supposed to be or was asked to attend today; all conflicting in time relative to each other that I could only go to one event. These weighed so heavily on my mind that I went into brain overload and attended none of them. I think I still need some downtime after my month of travels to Tucson and Florida.



Sunday 22-  79/56 cloudy and the wind has picked up mid-afternoon.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.



Monday 23- 79/57 degrees with lots of wind throughout the day.

I did my stretches, yoga, core trainer, lifted weights, and took Cassie for a mile walk.

I called the doctor’s office and was told he signed the jury summons. While I was there I went next door and made an appointment to see the dentist next week on Thursday. I mailed the summons at the post office, stopped to fill my car, picked up a few supplies at Stater Bros and two Big Fish sandwiches at Burger King to share with Kelly if she’s home. She was outside fixing her swamp cooler getting it ready for summer; she needed the break and was happy for the surprise lunch I brought.



Tuesday 24- 80/57

I did my stretches.

I went to Yucca Valley to get my taxes done and dropped Cassie off at Sherry’s house to play with Barney and Abby. It took about an hour for H&R Block to do my taxes; I usually do them myself but this time it was more complicated than I could handle. Afterwards I took Sherry out to dinner at Carl’s Jr. and then picked up Cassie and headed home.

On the dirt road to my house a couple were stranded in their car on the side of the road. I gave the guy a ride to their house down by Aberdeen and Border to get his truck and tow their car back home.

I noticed when I came home at night one of the baby birds had left the nest. It was very windy and cold so I decided to take the one baby left by itself into my house nest and all where it could be warm. I went looking for the other baby and heard it tweeting and looked all around on the ground but finally found it with one of its parents perched high overhead on a beam of the patio keeping it warm. In the morning I took the nest back outside, the baby climbed onto my offered finger and I put it back in the nest. Then I heard the other one tweeting at me from a railing of the patio and it also climbed on my finger and I placed it back onto the nest with its sibling.



Wednesday 25- 83/59

I did my stretches and took Cassie for all her walks today and then mostly kicked back for some much needed downtime.

I did vacuum the pool’s bottom again and it was still dirty after it all settled. I will get some shock treatment for the water next time I visit WalMart.



Thursday 26- 89/60

I got up early to go to a doctor’s appointment in Twentynine Palms. I then went to Star Pharmacy to get my pills. I went to WalMart to get supplies and have my hair cut.

I took Cassie for a nice walk when I got back home.



Friday 27- 91/62

I noticed that the baby doves have left the nest so that makes me an empty-nester now.

I did my stretches, yoga, lifted weights, and went for a mile walk with Cassie.

I had to fast during for twelve hours and went down again to Yucca Valley to get lab tests my doctor ordered. I went to the bank there to deposit some checks I received.


Our little community's Saturday Potluck...

'Our little community's Saturday Potluck <3'





Saturday 28- 92/61 degrees.

I did my stretches, yoga, lifted weights, and went for a mile run with Cassie.

Cooked up my special chili surprise casserole supremo for potluck today.

I overfilled the pool with water while I talked to my brother. I then used the excess water by the buckets full to water the plants.

I then went to potluck where there was some mighty good food and mighty fine folks to yammer with.



Sunday 29- 92/63 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile walk.

I finally got the “Gross Polluter” (my truck) working and moved it out of the garage and parked it outside. Now I can park the Cougar underneath where it is nice and shady. I also moved the Harley there too so I’ll have more room to start working on it.

I put the pack of shock treatment into the pool and tomorrow I’ll clean the bottom again and take some PH samples of the water.



Monday 30- 90/63

I did my stretches, yoga, lifted weights, and went for a mile run with Cassie.

I did my laundry in the little washer and hung them out to dry. I cleaned the pool’s bottom again with the vacuum thingy.



Tuesday 31-

I did my stretches, yoga, lifted weights, and went for a mile run with Cassie.

I worked in the yard cleaning and also cleaning inside too.




***** Stuff I Wrote this Month******


There are no limits or boundaries to the creative mind... there are only boundless possibilities.

~RD



I for one didn't give the government, or anyone else for that matter, the right to make moral judgements on my behalf of what I can or can't do as long as I don't hurt anyone in doing so.

~RD


I like where I am living now hidden from brewing storms of societies' harm, but my roots extend everywhere, my branches are lofty thrusting out high above feeding off the brilliant sun to bear the weight of leaves and fruit which provides a blanket of warmth and a bit of shade for the Earth below.

~RD


You and only you create the person you are by the choices you make and the paths you follow.

~RD


Isn’t it all a wonder we as humans have evolved to stand in awe of the universe and have ventured out to visit and explore our own little part of it.

~RD

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I like where I am living now hidden from brewing storms of societies' harm, but my roots extend everywhere, my branches are lofty thrusting out high above feeding off the brilliant sun to bear the weight of leaves and fruit which provides a blanket of warmth and a bit of shade for the Earth below.

~RD



We just got back Home after being away for about a month. Cassie stayed in Tucson with Mark and Paula while I took Greyhound buses to Tampa Florida to see Friends there. It feels mighty good to be back home in good old Joshua Tree California!

'We just got back Home after being away for about a month. Cassie stayed in Tucson with   Mark and Paula while I took Greyhound buses to Tampa Florida to see Family there. It feels mighty good to be back home in good old Joshua Tree California!'




Seems when I am gone the Doves take over..

'Seems when I am gone the Doves take over <3'





The two baby doves are growing up fast.

'The two baby doves are growing up fast :)'





And getting bigger :)

'And getting bigger :)'





I saw them flapping their wings this morning. I will have Cassie in the kennel when outside and have her on a leash and supervised until baby doves gain their strength to fly away....

'I saw them flapping their wings this morning. I will have Cassie in the kennel when outside and have her on a leash and supervised until baby doves gain their strength to fly away....'





I noticed when I came home last night that one of the baby birds had left the nest. It was very windy and cold so I decided to take the one baby left by itself into my house, nest and all, where it could be warm. I went looking for the other baby and heard it tweeting and looked all around on the ground but finally found it with one of its parents perched high overhead on a beam of the patio keeping it warm. In the morning I took the nest back outside, the baby climbed onto my offered finger and I put it back in the nest. Then I heard the other one tweeting at me from a railing of the patio and it also climbed on my finger and I placed it back onto the nest with its sibling.

'I noticed when I came home last night that one of the baby birds had left the nest. It was very windy and cold so I decided to take the one baby left by itself into my house, nest and all, where it could be warm. I went looking for the other baby and heard it tweeting and looked all around on the ground but finally found it with one of its parents perched high overhead on a beam of the patio keeping it warm. In the morning I took the nest back outside, the baby climbed onto my offered finger and I put it back in the nest. Then I heard the other one tweeting at me from a railing of the patio and it also climbed on my finger and I placed it back onto the nest with its sibling.'




I am an empty-nester now...

'I am an empty-nester now :'('


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The Bus ride to and from Tucson, Tampa Florida and then back to Tucson was an experience because of all the delays caused by the winter storm Thor and I was only able to catch catnaps here and there along the way. we were woken up in the middle of the night by some kinda federal police who came aboard carrying weapons and asking us what country we came from; everyone (even the folks who didn’t speak English) answered “The United Stats of America”. Interstate 10 was closed down on our way to Dallas and we were awoken again and put up at a hotel somewhere between here and there. After trampling through a quarter mile of snow and slush we arrived at the hotel; I don't know why the bus driver didn't park closer. It was two people to a room and that’s when I met “The Supreme Leader” who was to be my room mate. In our room he told me about how he was going to build his empire in Tucson and spread his kingdom throughout the world. He wanted me to be his political adviser and ambassador to the USA and probably the whole world for that matter, but all I wanted to do was go to sleep at the time. He kept persisting and asked me if I was married and had any kids- I said no. So now he wants to send me to Malaysia to get married to a couple of women and have lots of children; like I can see this really happening. Somehow I loss track of this empire builder when we got a call on our room phone saying our bus was leaving.

There were two buses now and we were told that the other bus would be leaving sooner than the one we were on and if anyone wanted they could switch and arrive at Dallas sooner. I decided to take advantage of this and was first in line to board the other bus, but then I noticed the driver having problems started the motor, so I left and boarded my original bus. The driver never did get that bus started and all the people on that bus had to board our bus now. There were too many and we were asked if there would be volunteers to stay behind; I wasn’t one of the eight who stayed behind.

We finally made it to Dallas or was it Huston, and stayed there for about ten hours or so. This is where I met “The Stranded Young Woman” who started out from some northern state, I think it was Nebraska, and gotten stranded in Utah because of the winter storm for a few weeks in a hotel paid by Greyhound. She was supposed to be home on January 27 and here it is already late into February, so I didn’t feel so bad about the delays and having to change my hotel reservations several times.

The rest of the trip to Tampa Florida was okay getting catnaps and listening to lectures on my iPod until we arrived at Tallahassee where we were treated very unkindly by the so called “Home Security” who made us empty all our luggage and then lineup on a yellow line which was in the way of the workers trying to load and service the bus we were to board; I and others got bummed several times by the workers.

Finally I arrived at Tampa for a visit with my sister Donna and her Family there:  her husband Roger (who was away on business), her son Mitch, Mitch's wife

Frances, their oldest daughter Sarah - she's 10, youngest daughter Laura - she's 7, and Frances' Mom Louise. I had a wonderful stay there and was fed some mighty fine Cuban cuisine for dinner cooked up by Louise.  


The Hotel:

My first room was near a stairwell where there was traffic all night. The room also smelled and I was looking for body chalk outlines on the rug. I asked and was moved to another room; the heater didn't work, the faucet handle came off in my hand, hardly any WIFI which kept going out anyways, TV had only 4 or 5 local stations, the door latch was just hanging by one screw..... it felt like this was a sinking ship and the crew was doing all they could to keep it afloat.

One of the hotel workers there told me the hotel was in the hood, but the new owner is trying to change it into a family hotel.

I had borrowed my sister’s expensive car and I felt nervous having it park there in the lot and would move it in front of my room when that spot became available. One night there was a lot of noise outside my room so I opened the door a bit to take a peek outside to see what the commotion was all about, only to see a "crack whore" who was out there soliciting looking back at me. I quickly shut the door and stayed inside my room and only looked out the curtains to check on my sister’s car the rest of the night.

I stayed there for five nights and because of the delays caused by the winter storm Thor, I was charged almost five-hundred dollars for the room caused I didn’t book it seven days in advance.

On Thursday my sister had a doctor’s appointment and I would have the day free, so my FaceBook buddy Bonnie Tilley-Khan came all the way over from where she lives Lithia, Florida to take me out to lunch at a steakhouse down the street. We chatted for a long spell and I signed her book I wrote for her. She gave me a care package that was most appreciated.

I continued to visit my Sister and her family until the finale day came when Mitch dropped me off at the Greyhound bus terminal and I was off again on another four days adventure because of the storm. When you have very long waits at bus station you usually find people you can trust to watch your stuff and you watch theirs while you use the restroom and such. I met some very nice people along the way back to Tucson; there was Connie a grandmother from somewheres in Texas; Chris, Dalton and a couple of host of others whom I trusted. There was the Clown Faced Man: looked like he gotten mighty drunk one time in his younger life and was taken advantage of by some evil tattoo artist, but then again maybe he had it done to himself; I kinda avoided him anyways.

We got all the way to Birmingham and the storm was so bad they wanted all to go back to their origin of departure; mine being Tampa to wait out the storm. I wanted to stay in Birmingham just in case the roads opened, but my two traveling companions convinced me to just make it back to Montgomery Alabama where there is plenty of fast food places and maybe a hotel we could chip in to stay at. Well it was better than staying in Birmingham where we weren’t wanted anyways. So about forty or so folks got back on the bus headed back to where they first came and we, my traveling companions and I, to wait out the storm in Montgomery; a two hour ride. We got to Montgomery and each of us took turns going to get food at a gas station convenience store next door. I asked if anyone wanted hamburgers from the McDonalds, my treat. Chris said that he was told Greyhound would be feeding us here so I didn’t go; if I had I would have missed the bus (Connie, bless her heart, said she would make them hold it until I had gotten back with the burgers) because not more than an hour after our arrival at Montgomery we were told that the roads had cleared to Houston and there was a bus leaving in ten minutes to Birmingham. There were only about ten of us out of the original forty or more on that bus and it made me and my traveling companions wonder how many people went all the way back to all parts of Florida.

After the bus left Birmingham it took another route than the one I originally took (Interstate 10) to get to Tampa and stopped at a bus station somewheres I don’t remember where. That’s when I met “The Station Fairy”. I was kinda giddy from all the traveling and loss of sleep and when I enter the station there was a security guard checking people with a wand. I tried to go around him remembering my bad experiences at Tallahassee, but he stopped and turned to me and said, “Stop I have to wand you,” to this I replied, “Warn me about what?” which in turn he replied, “No I have to wave this wand over you,” and I came up to him and asked, “Are you the station fairy?” Then I told him it was a long bus ride and I was just having a little traveling delirium. He laughed and waved his wand over me and said, “You may pass into the magic kingdom now.”

Somehow we finally made it to Houston and then Dallas and said our goodbyes to each as we went our separate ways. I was dishearten to leave Connie at the station, she had to wait another 10 hours for her bus, and mine was leaving. As I stood in line to board I saw her sitting by all herself and I almost decided to stay with her and wait for another bus, but it has already been a long journey for me and she would be home before I would anyways.
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Sunday 01- 71/50 sunny with scattered clouds.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I finished work on the Sony laptop installing Win 8.1 and Microsoft Office 2007.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and listened to lecture “Neutron stars and Black Holes 1” from Astro 10P.

I finished reading chapter 4 of “A Short History of Western Civilization”: The origins and development of the Greek city-state polity.  

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and Cassie and I went for a night run.


Monday 02- 75/51 nice and sunny

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a two mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

Had to deal with a few govt health care bureaucracies over the phone to figure a few things out.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: Cassie.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and listened to lecture “The Galaxy” from Astro 10P.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and we went for a night run.

I started reading chapter five of “A Short History of Western Civilization”: War, politics, and the failure of Greek city-state policy.

I started reading chapter 4 of “Physical Geology”: Plate Tectonics.

I started reading a chapter 2 of “The Cell: a Molecular Approach”: The chemistry of the cell..

I continued reading chapter 1 in “Astronomy Today; Fifth Edition”: The measurement of distance.


Tuesday 03- 74/47 sunny!

I did my stretches and then we went to Sherry’s house with Cassie.



Wednesday 04- 78/55 clear skies.

A day of rest.

Worked on the laptop doing a refresh and reinstalling Win8.1. I suspect that the drive is going bad. I did a backup of all my files to an external drive and to Google Drive I the ‘cloud’ before I began.



Thursday 05- 75/49 clear skies.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something:

My laptop drive is still giving me problems so I ordered a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD to replace the defective drive.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and listened to lecture “The Galaxy” from Astro 10P.

Kelly called asking me to drop by to help her with something.



Friday 06- 79/54 slight clouds.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

I then went over to Bonnie and Larry’s house for lunch/dinner and watched a movie called “Never Was” (2005) nice movie.

My friend Roger dropped by and he gave me a bunch cactus to plant.

The ISS passed over our area at 5:33pm but the clouds came in at sunset and by the time it flew past the skies were overcast.



Saturday 07- 76/54 some evening clouds.

I did my stretches and worked in my cactus garden.



Sunday 08- 76/50

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I worked in my cactus garden again.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and we went for a night run.



Monday 09- 78/52 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

FedEx arrived with my new SSD drive and I used the included DVD to clone the drive but kept getting errors from the source drive; this took many tries and many hours and I had to run it overnight for one last try, but for all my efforts I couldn’t clone the drive.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and we went for a night run.



Tuesday 10- 75/53

I did my stretches, yoga, took Cassie for a walk.

I spent the rest of the day working on my laptop and finally found a way to load Win8.1 on to the new SSD drive; it is unbelievably fast now.

I ordered Greyhound tickets to take me to see my sister Donna and her Family in Tampa Florida. I will be leaving from Tucson and my sister Paula will watch Cassie while I am gone.



Wednesday 11- 74/52

I did my stretches, yoga, took Cassie for a walk.

My good friends Tom and Kula came for a visit and we sat in Carrolls restaurant in Yucca Valley yapping for four hours.

I got back home and packed my car for tomorrow’s drive to Tucson.


Thursday 12- 75/54

I finished packing and me and Cassie left for our long journey to Tucson. I made a place in the back of the car for her that would be more comfortable for both of us. We left a little after 11am and arrived in Tucson around 6:30pm.

My brother took me out to a Chinese restaurant; the food was very good and welcomed after the long drive and only eating a powerbar.



Friday 13- 77/52 degrees and had some morning rain in Tucson.

I did my stretches, yoga and took Cassie for a nice little run.

Kevin and I went to the Greyhound bus terminal and picked up my tickets for the trip to Tampa on the 23rd.

We then went to WalMart to find a better backpack for my trip to Tampa.

Getting back to the resort we went to the weight room and worked out and then I swam 10 laps in the pool. We sat in the Jacuzzi for a spell.



Saturday 14- 81/55 degrees in Tucson.

I did my stretches, yoga and took Cassie for a nice two mile run down to the bridge and back.



Sunday 15- 80/51.

I did my stretches and did my yoga. Kevin and I took Cassie for a walk

Later that evening Kevin and I visited the weight room.



Monday 16- 72/50

I did my stretches, yoga and took Cassie for a mile run.

I worked on cutting out all the bad ceiling and searching for my sunglasses

I swam five laps in the pool, sat in the Jacuzzi and rode my bike twice around the resort.



Tuesday 17- 72/46

I did my stretches, yoga and took Cassie for a nice mile run. I am getting my routine down for Tucson.

I worked on repairing the roof with this rubberized sealant and roof repair tape most of the day. I still have the eastside to finish but it isn’t as bad as the side I just did.

Kevin and I went to the Jacuzzi and it felt good to soak all the roofing debris off my body.



Wednesday 18- 78/49

I did my stretches, yoga and took Cassie for a nice mile run.

I finished the eastside of the roof repair; I just hope I did enough of a good job that it wont leak anymore.



Thursday 19- 79/45 degrees in Tucson.

I did my stretches, yoga and took Cassie for a mile run.

Kevin and I went shopping to get me better shoes for the trip to Tampa.

Dang second time this week Cassie got out the door and ran from me; she has this thing for an old hound dog around the corner and I alway catch her there.



Friday 20- 75/53 degrees.

I did my stretches and called my sister Lynn to wish her a happy birthday; we chatted for over an hour.

Kevin and I took Cassie for a morning and then later a night walk.

We went to the store to buy some stuff for my trip to Tampa; I remember someone telling me about carrying baby wipes on long bus trips so I got some of those.

Kevin barbecued a pound of salmon and I cooked up some rice for dinner; we both are trying to eat better.


Saturday 21- 78/55

I did my stretches and yoga and took Cassie for a mile run. Later in the day I swam ten laps of the pool, lifted weights, rode my bike two times around the resort and sat in the Jacuzzi for a spell.

Me and Kevin went to have dinner at Mar and Paula’s house and Audrey also came over and we yammered on for a long spell about this and that and other important stuff; I had a mighty wonderful time there with my Family.



Sunday 22- 76/53

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a long walk. Then later that evening took Cassie over to Paula and Mark’s house where she will stay until I come back from Tampa where I’ll be visiting my sister Donna and her Family; this will be the first time she hasn’t sleep my bed since she was a puppy and I will miss her dearly.

I packed for my trip to Tampa Florida tomorrow.



Monday 23- 69/52

I did my stretches and finished packing and we drove to the bus station where I found that my bus was canceled because of the ice storm on Interstate 10 past El Paso. I had to call and have Kevin come back to pick me up. I have new tickets for tomorrow leaving at 11am if the weather gets better; Kevin will call the bus station early in the morning to find out.

Then I had to change hotel reservations at Days Inn and spent an hour on hold and finally had them cancel for those days, but when I went to make new reservations they put me on hold again, so I bypassed them and made my reservations online through Hotels.com in less than 15 minutes.



Tuesday 24- 61/40 degrees Tucson.

On my way to Tampa Florida!

I will post the trip to Tampa Florida and back separately in my journal.
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Thursday 01- overcast and cold.

I went to my trailer at the resort and swam for about twenty minutes and then went and sat in the Jacuzzi with my Brother for a long spell.



Friday 02- still overcast and cold.

Kevin and I took all the ornaments off the tree in my trailer and took the tree down to a park where it will be recycled.



Saturday 03- a little warmer but not much; at least the sun is out.

My Brother and I went to Barnes and Noble to cruise for any books of interest.



Sunday 04- Monday 05- Same reason I gave as before; not sure what I did those two day; probably sitting in the Jacuzzi and watched movies with my Brother like we been doing every night since I arrived in Tucson. We watched every decent movie that Netflix offers and started on the B movies.



Tuesday 06- overcast and cold.

My sister Paula and Mark are back from Florida and I am free to go back to my little trailer at the resort.



Wednesday 05- Friday 09- Again, not sure what I did those two day; probably sitting in the Jacuzzi and watched movies with my Brother like we been doing every night since I arrived in Tucson. We watched every decent movie that Netflix offers and started on the B movies.




Saturday 10- some rain on my drive back from Tucson.

I said goodbye to my brother Kevin and left the resort a bit after 10am and arrived at home some 7 hours later; usually I make it in 6 hours but now I have Cassie along and like to linger at rest stops along the way.

Started cleaning up the house; what a mess.



Sunday 11- rained all day long.

I did my stretches and worked cleaning the house up. I am not sure that I left it this way or gremlins sneak in while I am gone and spread dust and lint all over the floors.

I drove to my other mailbox on Lear Ave. to collect my mail there.



Monday 12- cloudy with sprinkles here and there.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

Sherry came by with my mail she so kindly collected while I was away in Tucson for over a month; it’s the longest I’ve been away from home since I’ve moved here in 97.

I tried to start the truck to move it out of the garage, I keep it there when I am away, but it wouldn’t start. I tried to jump it with the Cougar and that failed. So I’ll save that for another day.

I watched “Murder by the Numbers” (2002) on Netflix.



Tuesday 13- cold but sunny day.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drove to Yucca to get some supplies because my cupboards were bare; got gas for the car, shopped at Staters and WalMart.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie. I am trying to get my routine back to normal or what I think is normal for me anyways.

I watched “The Gift” (2002) on Netflix.



Wednesday 14- nice sunny day and a bit warmer too.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie. I am trying to get my routine back to normal or what I think is normal for me anyways.



Thursday 15- sunny day 63/41 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for her walk.

FedEx delivered my new Moto E cell phone from Republic Wireless for $99 and a $10 a month plan “UNLIMITED TALK / TEXT over WiFi + Cell. UNLIMITED DATA over WiFi.”

I watched “Thorne; Scaredy Cat” on Netflix.



Friday 16- nice sunny day and a bit warmer too.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I listened to Lecture 2 of Geography 130; what is the description of a household and how it affects the environment.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie.

I watched “Thorne; Sleepyhead” on Netflix.



Saturday 17- very nice and warm day.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I mostly talked to friends and family while I updated a couple of computers and did backups.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie.

I watched “Lara Croft Tomb Raider” (2001) and “The Forgotten” (2004) “Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)



Sunday 18- 67/47 degrees... a little overcast but warm.

I did my stretches and walked Cassie.

I watered most of the plants.

I ran the Harley and the scooter for around ten minutes.

I updated and posted my Journal for December 2014.

Worked on truck but I still couldn’t get it started.

I watched “Lara Croft Tomb Raider and the Cradle of Life” (2003)



Monday 19- 73/47 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: me and Cassie playing ball.

I listened to Lecture 3 of Geography 130; a discussion about lemmings and how or if their built in form of population control relates to human society and other animals.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and listened to lecture “Stars and Star Formation 1” from Astro 10P Fall 2006 UC Berkeley: Introduction to Astronomy given by Professor Joshua Bloom.

I called and talked to my Brother for a spell; we do this everyday.

I watered the rest of the plants and did some cleanup inside the house.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and we went for a night run.

Finally the veil of Cirrostratus clouds abandoned the night skies tonight and I was able to see the comet Lovejoy with my Celestron Skymaster 15X70 binoculars; very heavy to hold still for long periods of time. I couldn't see it with the naked eye. It was a very pale grayish blue green fuzzball with a faint tail extending about out about 20-30 diameters of the comet.

I watched season 7 episode 12 “Castle: Private Eye Caramba”

I started reading where I left off months ago at chapter 3 “Physical Geology: Earth Revealed 6th edition”; Submarine canyons.


Tuesday 20- 68/49 degrees. Later in the day it became very overcast, damp and chilly.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: Perspective of telephones poles residing down the road and disappearing into the mountains (looks like it was done by a four year old).

While I listened to Lecture 4 of Geography 130; fire and its effects or environment, I sweep and mopped the kitchen and livingroom floors and I also did my laundry. I had hung my hats out to dry on the fence posts and Cassie didn’t know what to make of them and barked until I came out and put one on my head.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and listened to lecture “Stars and Star Formation 2” from Astro 10P.

I got all caught up with my astronomy reading of “365 Starry Nights” by Chet Raymo. I have been reading this book daily every year for a very long time.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and we went for a night run.

I continued reading chapter 3 “Physical Geology: Passive and Active Continental Margins.

I read of chapter one of my old college history book “A Short History of Western Civilization”: The Minoan World.

I read a section of chapter 1 of “The Cell: a Molecular Approach”: about Electron Microscopy.

I read chapter 1.2 Scientific theory and the scientific method in “Astronomy Today; Fifth Edition” Earth’s Orbital Motion.

I practiced my guitar.


Wednesday 21- 64/42 degrees with clear skies.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk; it’s kinda my day off.

I drove to Yucca Valley with Cassie for her to visit Sherry’s fur folk while we went shopping and had lunch/dinner at Carrows Restaurant.

I got home just in time to take some pics of Venus and the Moon together before they set to the west.

I spent some time on FaceBook with my friends there and zipping around the web looking at this and that, whatever tickled my fancy.

Cassie is so tired after playing with Sherry’s three dogs that all she did when we got back was sleep.






Thursday 22- 62/42

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

While I listened to Lecture 5 of Geography 130 I sweep and mopped the bedroom and bathroom floors.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and listened to lecture “The Death of Stars 2” (don’t know what happened to 1) from Astro 10P.

Got all ready for Joey’s birthday party; put Cassie in the inside kennel to keep her warm, grabbed my guitar and put in in the trunk and drove on over. I had such a fantastic time with my friends Joey and Piper and new friends Julie and Tracy. I handed out my book and autographed them for all there. There were 66 candles on the cake that lit up the whole house; very cool! I was having such a great time of it I didn’t noticed it was way after midnight and I had to leave.  

I got home and left the front door open so Cassie could make a beeline to go pee when I let her out of the kennel and she did just that.



Friday 23- 65/45 clear skies.

I woke up late around noon and by the time I got out of bed I was way behind my schedule; must have been that contact high I got at the birthday party. I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

Folks called me and spent what time I had yapping away with them.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and we went for a night run.



Saturday 24- 66/48 clear skies and a bit windy.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: Winter.

I listened to Lecture 6 of Geography 130.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and listened to lecture “The Fate of Stars 2”(no fate of stars 1) from Astro 10P.



Sunday 25- 72-52 clear with clouds moving in later in the day.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I messed around with my computers.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and listened to lecture “Brown Dwarfs and Stellar Explosions 1” from Astro 10P.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and we went for a night run.

I read of chapter one of “A Short History of Western Civilization”: The Era of Small Nations 1200-800 B.C.E.: Phoenicians, Arameans, and the Hebrews.

I continued reading chapter 3 “Physical Geology: The Mid-oceanic Ridge and Fracture Zones.

I read a section of chapter 1 of “The Cell: a Molecular Approach”: Subcellular Fractionation.

I continued reading chapter 1 in “Astronomy Today; Fifth Edition”: Astronomical Timekeeping.

I practiced my guitar.


Monday 26- rained all day long.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for her morning and evening walks. I just messed around on FaceBook and catching up on some science videos on YouTube. I setup my home phone to transfer calls to my new cell phone instead.


Tuesday 27- 63/48 and overcast.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: Rain.

I listened to Lecture 7 of Geography 130: Thomas Malthus who wrote about the relationship between population and economics.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and listened to lecture “Brown Dwarfs and Stellar Explosions 1” from Astro 10P.


Wednesday 28- 62/42 and overcast again.

I did my stretches and walked Cassie in the morning and evening. (day off for me)

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: faces.


Thursday 29- 65/63 and still overcast.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I listened to Lecture 8 of Geography 130: Malthus, Adam Smith, and Karl Marx.

I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: House on a cliff.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk.

I finished reading chapter 3 “Physical Geology:seamounts, guyots, aseismic ridges, reefs, sea floor sediments, crust and ophiolites, age of seafloor and plate tectonics.

I read chapter 3 of “A Short History of Western Civilization”: The Great Empires: Assyria and Persia 800-300 B.C.E.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and Cassie and I went for a night run.

I continued reading chapter 1 in “Astronomy Today; Fifth Edition”: Motions of the Moon.

I practiced my guitar.

I read a section of chapter 1 of “The Cell: a Molecular Approach”: Growth of animal cells in culture, plant cells in culture, viruses, and review of chapter one.

I watched season 3 episode 13 of “Elementary: The one that got away”.

I started listening to new lectures (1) of “Legal Studies 103 Spring 2007 UC Berkeley (Legal Studies 103 Theories of Law and Society”: 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen: Modern Legal Liberty and Modern Legal Equality.


Friday 30- 58/49 with rain all day and fog in the morning.

I did my stretches, yoga, core trainer (all my other exercise equipment was wet) and took Cassie for a short walk.

I was going to edit one of my books but my Sony laptop kept freezing up so I did a refresh that took three days because of the overcast skies and not enough sunlight on my solar panels.

I began reading chapter 4 of “A Short History of Western Civilization”: The origins and development of the Greek city-state polity.  


Saturday 31- overcast with a bit of rain here and there.

I did my stretches and yoga and took Cassie for a walk.

I had to make calls to friends and family while I prepared a meal for our community potluck; my secret chili casserole surprise. there were about fifteen folks showing up and we had a great time yakking and yammering about the rain and other goings on. Car battery.....


***** Stuff I Wrote this Week******


I tend to be optimistic about pessimistic people


I believe currency is the intrinsic value you yourself place on a 'thing' and what you are willing to give up to acquire it.


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Monday 01- 66/47 with thick overcast.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a mile walk, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I begun to sign and address the “Azure Sea of Dreams” to those of my friends who requested a signed copy and others.

I washed clothes with the little washer and it did pretty well; too bad the sun wasn’t out to dry them.

I took Cassie for her evening walk.




Tuesday 02- still thick with overcast.

I did my stretches, yoga, lifted weights, took Cassie for a mile walk, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

FedEx and UPS brought my new toys today; I had it with Microsoft Win 8.1 and that dang “Charms” thingie that keeps popping out every time I slide my finger too far to the right while I am writing and interferes with my thoughts; some are lost forever. I am switching to a Apple; I got a refurbished 2014 Macbook Air, 11 inch 1.4 GHz Intel Core i5 with 4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 and a 125GB SSD. (Be sure to turn on the firewall because it isn’t automatically turned on like in Windows). I also picked myself up a refurbished iPad Air 32GB and a iPod Touch 16GB Gen 5 all for a good price.

I continued signing and addressing the “Azure Sea of Dreams” to those of my friends who requested a signed copy and as Christmas Gifts.

Took Cassie for her evening walk.



Wednesday 03- cloudy with drizzles and rain later in the night.

I did my stretches, yoga, lifted weights, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I finished signing and addressing the “Azure Sea of Dreams” to those of my friends who requested a signed copy and others and ran out of books. If I missed anyone let me know and I’ll order more.

Played with my new toys.

Took Cassie for her evening walk.



Thursday 04- overcast and drizzly.

I did my stretches, yoga, and took Cassie for a walk.

I went to the post office in 29 Palms to pick up two packages and send out fifteen “Azure Sea of Dreams” to my Friends as Christmas gifts; I ran out of books and will have to order more, but that will happen after the first of the new year. To send out the books the postal person had to enter each address for each book! This took quite a while and I apologize to those waiting in line behind me. I then went to WalMart to pick up another “Toy” a iPad Mini for me I ordered online and had to stand in line for 45 min before getting service. I talked to people while waiting there which made the time seem to go faster. I then went to get my haircut at the hair cutting place there.



Friday 05- overcast and cold.

I did my stretches, yoga, lifted weights, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie. I even punched at the heavybag when we got back.




Saturday 06- 61/49 degrees.

I did my stretches, yoga, lifted weights, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I spent the day preparing to travel to Tucson Az. I had everything together by around 9pm, but it was cold and I felt kinda drained and the beginnings of a cold coming on.



Sunday 07- mostly overcast on the way to Tucson.

Cassie and I left home at 8am and arrived in Tucson around 2:30pm.

Me and Kevin had burgers at Carl’s Jr. like we always do when I first get to Tucson.

I went to the rec area to shower and wash the road off me even though I felt a cold coming on.



Monday 08- a little rain here and there.

Not feeling well at all but was able to go shopping with Kevin to get supplies for the my trailer and take Cassie for her walks.



Tuesday 09- I was sick in bed and have no recollection of what happened today. Kevin took Cassie for her walks.


Wednesday 10 to Sunday 14; very sick in bed.



Monday 15- overcast.

I did my stretches and yoga.

Me and Kevin took two large propane tanks to get new valves put on and get them filled up. We hooked up the two tanks to my trailer.



Tuesday 16- rained here and there.

I did my stretches and yoga.

Went to Camping World to get a new level type door lock for the broken one on the rear door and then to WalMart to get some shopping done.




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Wednesday 17- it rained all day long.

I did my stretches and yoga.

Cassie and I got stuck in a downpour while coming back from our walk and had to hide underneath an overhead trailer in the storage area.

Kevin and I went to the indoor Jacuzzi and soaked there for a long spell. I then took a shower in the rec area there. I am feeling much better today but still have a running nose.




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Thursday 18- a nice and sunny day!

I did my stretches and yoga. Kevin and I went to the pool where I swam a couple of laps and the sat in the Jacuzzi for a long spell. Took the bicycles out and road around the park for awhile.

Took Cassie for her walks.

Kevin, Paula and Mark, and Audrey got some Mexican food and brought it back to my trailer and had a most wonderful evening eating and yakking about Family.


Friday 19 and Saturday 20- not sure what I did those two day; probably sitting in the Jacuzzi and watched movies with my Brother like we been doing every night since I arrived in Tucson. We watched every decent movie that Netflix offers and started on the B movies.



Sunday 21-

Pancake Sunday!




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Monday 22- cloudy but nice.

Worked on roof and went to the Jacuzzi.

Me and Kevin went out and bought a Christmas Tree, lights and ornaments to hang on it. We had the tree all done and looking nice, but every time we leave to go somewhere Cassie tears them down. Paula and Mark came by to give my tree a look-see.



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Tuesday 23- sunny but windy and cold.

I took Cassie for a 3 mile walk down the wash that runs by the resort. Checked out the tree house and talked to its occupant Andy who says the city is evicting him. I took some pictures of the tree house.


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Wednesday 24-

Eggnog over at my sister Audrey and John’s home.



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Thursday 25-

Kevin and I actually cooked a turkey with all the works for Christmas. We went over to our sister Audrey's house to visit her and John and their family and ate some smoked turkey. Then later we went back to my trailer for dinner and had enough turkey to last us four more days; I am sick of turkey until next Thanksgiving and Christmas.




Friday 26- sunny but cold at night!

I did my stretches and yoga. Later I did a couple of laps in the pool and sat in the Jacuzzi with my brother Kevin for a spell.

We made two huge turkey sandwiches each and gave some leftover turkey to Cassie.




Saturday 27- sunny but below freezing at night.

I forgot to reset the electric blanket last night both me and Cassie woke up 7am to a very cold trailer. I took her outside so she can do her morning thing and we both climbed back under the covers with the blanket turned up on high.

My brother Kevin came by for breakfast like he always does and I made oatmeal and eggs for us.

I took Cassie for a long afternoon walk. On our walk a lady told me that Cassie barks all the time when me and Kevin leave her alone to go places. I apologize to her and went to my neighbor and did the same, but she said it didn’t bother her; just in case she was being nice I will purchase a small kennel to keep her in the house. I was keeping Cassie outside in the Arizona room that we fortified because every time we keep her in the house alone she tears up stuff and I come home to a mess.

On our way to visit our sister Paula for her to show me how to take care of her pets while she and Mark are gone for six days, we stopped off at Petsmart where I bought a small kennel for Cassie to stay in while I am gone. I will set it up in the house and put some of her chew toys in there for her.

Kevin and I went shopping and ate burgers at Carl’s Jr. and then came back to my trailer to watch some dumb movie.



Sunday 28- 55/26 degrees.

Kevin and I went to get his propane tanks filled and then went to WalMart where I bought some dog food for Cassie and some blue jeans for me.


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Monday 29- 60/34 degrees Tucson.

I did my stretches and yoga.

Cassie and me went for a long walk in the wash next to the resort and took lots of pictures of the plant life, the tree house, and found a grave I believe belongs to a dog called Sunshine (1977-1990).

I swam a bunch of laps in the pool and sat in the Jacuzzi for a spell.

In the evening Kevin and I rode our bikes around the resort.


Tuesday 30- 56/34

My sister Paula and her husband Mark took a flight out to Florida to visit our sister Donna and then Mark’s Dad who lives nearby. I am now staying at their house to take care of their two dogs Willow and Dingo who love to play fetch.


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Wednesday 31- snow!

New Year’s Eve was at my sister Paula’s watching the dogs. I brought all three dogs inside early because the whole neighborhood was under attack and bedlam prevailed throughout the city of Tucson. The nextdoor neighbors were trying very hard to blow up themselves and their house. Cassie wasn’t bothered by all the explosions because we live right next to the Marine Base in Twentynine Palms and they blow up stuff all the time. Around midnight it started to snow and I thought that was quite amazing way to start the new year.

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Monday 17-  64/42 scattering of clouds.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I worked in the yard. Fired up the old Harley and let her run for a long spell; the same with the old truck. Cleaned the pool a little bit and filled it with water. Watered most of the plants.

Took Cassie for her evening walk.

Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 2352 words; 48262 total so far.. 1738 remaining :)



Tuesday 18- 66/46

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile walk.

FedEx arrive with this Toshiba 7” tablet that runs with Win 8.1. I’ll have to mess around with it later because I am too busy writing.

Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 2542 words; 50804 total and I am done with the book and the 50,000 words!



Wednesday 19- 67/50

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

FedEx came with my little washer I ordered on Amazon; I haven’t had time to use it yet.

Took Cassie for her evening walk.



Thursday 20- 62/40 a little wind and clouds.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I fixed Kelly’s tire and we went shopping and I didn’t get back until 1am in the morning.

I took Cassie on her evening and night walk.







Friday 21- 66/48 degrees, windy and overcast.

I Have Just heard that a very special Friend of mine has passed away. We were childhood friends and went into the Army together. He was in very much pain when I last spoken to him and is in a better place now among the angels.

Just ain’t feeling up to doing anything.




Saturday 22- 61/49.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I went to pot luck and had a nice time with my friends there.

I took Cassie for her walks.




Sunday 23- cold and windy.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

Called Family and Friends.

Took Cassie for her evening walk.



Monday 24- another cold and windy day.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I helped Kelly with sick dog Lilly and ended up taking her to the Vet. She is looking better now these last couple of days and looks like she’ll recover.



Tuesday 25- 69-50

I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a mile walk, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

Shopping again with Kelly; an all day adventure...

I took Cassie for a walk when I got home.



Wednesday 26- 72-49

I did my stretches, yoga, lifted weights, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I went to get my mail on Border Ave.

I went to Kelly’s to hook up another propane tank cause the one she was using was running low.



Thursday 27- 74-51 degrees.   

Thanksgiving! Stuffed myself at Kelly’s; she is a very mighty fine cook!



Friday 28- 74-49

I woke up late and did my stretches and took Cassie for a walks.

I had turkey burnout and sugar withdraws.



Saturday 29- 68-45

I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I worked in the front yard cleaning it up. I’ll need to call the junk guy to pick up all the metal.



Sunday 30- Windy all day long.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile walk, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I cleaned around inside the house.

I took Cassie for her evening walk, but short because of the high winds.



***** Stuff I Wrote this Week******



There’s no limit to stupidity; people set their own limits

~RD



Sometimes I feel like a crushed empty beer can tossed out on the highway of life.

~RD


Go rest now and have sweet dreams of turkey and dressing smothered in gravy, with apple and pumpkin pies cooling on the oven's top to be gobbled down with whip cream by hearty appetites already stuffed. Candied yams and string-beans await to be put on your plates. Enjoy the anticipation in your children's eyes as they gaze upon all the food set on a table with loving hands. May we be at peace with our neighbor and at ease with ourselves.

~RD




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Thursday 06- 87/54 degrees; really nice.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and took Cassie for a mile run.

I worked in the yard still lots to clean up and I am going to get rid of all the stuff I’ll never use.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie.

Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 2538  words; 16949 total so far.



Friday 07- 82/57 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I went to the post office to send three books out as a test before I send a whole bunch. It cost $2.80 to mail each of them.

Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 3007  words; 19956 total so far..

Took Cassie for her evening and night walks.


Saturday 08- 83/58 clear

I did my stretches and walked Cassie.

Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 5072 words; 25028 total so far: at the halfway mark!

I took Cassie for her evening and night walk.


Sunday 09- 83/57 clear

I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a walk, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for a minute.

Called Family and Friends.

Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 2533 words; 27561 total so far..




Monday 10-  79/54 clear.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and took Cassie for a mile run.

I continued working in the yard.

Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 2616 words; 30177 total so far..



Tuesday 11- 78/53

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile walk.

Kelly needed help with a ride to her Doctor’s down the hill to Rancho Mirage. I left the house at 1:45pm and didn’t get home until around 8pm.

Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 2506 words; 32683 total so far..



Wednesday 12- 76/53

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I worked in the yard mending fences.

Took Cassie for her evening walk.

Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 2572 words; 35255 total so far..



Thursday 13- 78/53 a little wind and clouds.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for her walk.

Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 2800 words; 38055 total so far..

I took Cassie on her evening and night walk.


Friday 14- 70/51 degrees, windy and overcast.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my morning run with Cassie.

Took Cassie on our evening walk.

Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 2720  words; 40775 total so far..



Saturday 15- 75/49 with blowing wind and dust.

I went early over to Sherry’s to help her stack a cord of wood in her backyard. Cassie got to play with Sneakers, Barney, and Abbey; she should be able to sleep soundly tonight.

I then went to visit Jimmy and Clorice at their cabin. I was pretty tired when I left to take Cassie back home and fell asleep and missed going back for dinner over there.

Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 2129  words; 42904 total so far..



Sunday 16- cold and windy.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

Called Family and Friends.

Took Cassie for her evening walk.

Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 3006 words; 45910 total so far..
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 I’ve been very busy going to Tucson and back, working on my house and yard, getting another book ready to publish and I started writing another book for National Novel Writing Month where we have to write 50,000 words in a month starting November 1st. As of right now I have written 14,411 total so far..



Sunday 19- 86/60 degrees with rain and lots of it in Tucson.

I did my stretches and yoga.

Rained all day with thunder and lightning so Kevin came by and we played guitar and watched movies on Netflix.



Monday 20- 85/69

I did my stretches and yoga.

Kevin and I went to Guitar Center to get new strings for my guitar, stopped off at Carl’s Jr for a burger, and filled both our vehicles with gas that is at $2.97 a gallon right now.

We did a few laps in the pool and sat in the Jacuzzi for a spell.

We took Cassie for a walk at around 11pm to watch the Orionids meteor shower but didn’t see a one; just too much light pollution in Tucson, hell you can’t even see the Milky Way like you can back home in Joshua Tree.



Tuesday 21- 85/61

I did my stretches and yoga.

We went shopping for supplies.

Kevin and I lifted weights, swam many laps in the pool, sat in the Jacuzzi and talked to our new friends Gram and Winn.

Had sloppy Joes for dinner and took Cassie for a bike ride. The new harness works a lot better for her pulling me once around the resort. We dropped her off back at the trailer and did a couple of more circuits around the resort.



Wednesday 22- 88/57

I did my stretches and yoga.

We ran out of food and went shopping.

Sat in the Jacuzzi for a long spell.



Thursday 23- 92/63

I did my stretches and yoga.

Me and Kevin went Bookman’s and I bought a paperback book signed by Robert A. Heinlein “I will Fear No Evil” for $20; too cool! And to the Mall, but there wasn’t a bookstore there and made the place feel kinda empty. I can imagine a time in the not too distant future when bookstores will be a thing of the past like drive-in movies and the milkman.



Friday 24- 93/63 Tucson

Me and Kevin drove to Veteran’s Cemetery in Sierra Vista in Arizona to pay our respects to Joseph Frad who was laid to rest there earlier this year.



Saturday 25- 92/59

I did my stretches.

Kevin and I played guitar for a long spell.

We went went to the pool and swam a few laps and afterwards sat in the Jacuzzi.



Sunday 26- 92/60

Kevin, me and Cassie went over to Paula’s and Mark’s house to eat dinner.


Monday 27- 84/62 and cloudy.

I did my stretches, worked out at the weight room, and played pool with Kevin (He won). Later we swam a few laps and sat in the Jacuzzi for a spell.



Tuesday 28- 85/57

Getting ready for the trip back home in Joshua Tree. We went to Home Depot to pick up some bug bombs that Kevin will set off after I leave, foam wraps for the water pipes, and a few other items.



Wednesday 29- in car 78 degrees driving back to Joshua Tree.

Cassie and I said our goodbyes and left Tucson at 5:30AM. We had an uneventful drive which is a good thing and arrived back home to Joshua Tree a little after 12pm.

First thing I did was water the poor thirsty plants and then cleaned the floors of the house; it seems some windstorm came through while I was gone and a fine sand covered everything.





Thursday 30- 84/59 degrees and cloudy- Joshua Tree.

Mail, gas, WalMart.

Shared roasted whole chicken with Cassie.

I did more cleaning of the house. I have found where the wind and sand came into the house and messed it all up; I blame the mess on the new swamp cooler and high winds and not me... well I should have covered the cooler up.

Washed car.



Friday 31- 84/56 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drove to my mailbox on Lear to collect my mail....

I did a very good


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Saturday 01-Welcome to November!

Sherry came by with breakfast from the Community Center.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I worked on a leaky regulator to my kitchen stove but still smelled propane.

I started writing my book for National Novel Writing Month; wrote 2713 words.



Sunday 02- cold and windy.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

Called friends and family.

I cleaned out the wood stove getting it ready for winter and did a few chores here and there.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie.

Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 2421 words.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.



Monday 03- still cold and windy.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I went to town to fill propane tanks, Staters Bro to get groceries, WalMart to get my money back for the shopping bag I left on my last visit, and then to Home Depot to get chlorine tablets for my pool.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie.

Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 2766  words; 7900 total so far..



Tuesday 04- same as yesterday.

I did my stretches.

I worked around the yard doing cleanup.

Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 3236  words; 11136 total so far..

Took Cassie for all her walks!



Wednesday 05- warmer today and less wind.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a mile walk, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I went over to Bonnie and Larry’s home for lunch and a movie.

Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 3275  words; 14411 total so far..


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There was a lot going on these past two weeks and a lot of gaps in my journal; I am only going to give the short version.

I bought an old but usable trailer for a good price and the lot rent ain’t all that bad in Tucson. It is parked across from my brother Kevin’s trailer at a nice resort. There’s a large pool and all the amenities you would think a resort would have. I am doing this to get better acquainted with my biological family, two sisters and a brother, who live here in Tucson. My home in Joshua Tree will remain my main home and I will spend most of my time there and travel to Tucson every now and then for a month’s stay.




Sunday 05- 96/68 degrees.

I did my stretches.

I called Family and Friends.

I went for a 2pm swim.

Kinda rested today.

Took Cassie for her walks.




Monday 06- 95-67 degrees.

I did my stretches and too Cassie for her walk.

I drove my scooter over to Stoney’s to do my laundry and while waiting for the clothes to dry took a paperback edition of “Azure Sea of Dreams” over to Kelly. She asked if I’d mind going shopping with her to pick up a few things and I said no problem. I went down to Lear Ave to collect my mail, got clothes out of drier and took them home and drove my scooter to her house. We went to to Star Pharmacy to get her meds, and then to Pet Plus to get cat food, Vons and WalMart.

I got home around 10pm. I had to make a call to my Brother to receive some disturbing news (private Family stuff) and called a friend who needed to talk.

Took Cassie for a 2am walk.


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Tuesday 07- 91-64 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I went for a 20 minute swim.

I worked for a spell on my book “Thoughts”.



Wednesday 08-  89-61 degrees.

Got everything together for my trip to Tucson.



Thursday 09- 91/69 degrees.

Traveled to Tucson; left at 9am and arrived by 3:30pm. Ate at Carl’s Jr with my brother Kevin. I then saw the trailer in person for the very first time. Not too bad, a lot of minor fixing, and it is located in the area of the resort that allows pets.



Friday 10- 94/60 degrees Tucson.

lifted weights.

Went shopping to supply new trailer.



Saturday 11-  90/59 degrees Tucson.

Swam for 45 minutes, sat in the Jacuzzi for a spell and walked around the resort with Cassie.



Sunday 12- 90/58 degrees Tucson.

I made breakfast and we walked Cassie.

We did the weight training circuit and played a game of pool (I won).

Kevin and I worked on front door which Cassie figured out how to open and we broke it; now we can lock it from the inside but can’t get in from the outside. We removed the leaky old swamp cooler from the roof and will replace it with a skylight I brought from my other home on Copper Mountain Mesa. We created a big mess inside the kitchen area and where we dropped the cooler from the roof that I’ll clean up tomorrow.

My sister Paula and her husband Mark came by with dinner and some supplies for the trailer; it was great seeing them and I gave them a signed copy of my new book.



Monday 13- 85/51 degree Tucson.

I did my stretches.

I still needed some supplies from Ace Hardware and we looked around at a couple of thrift shops for a coffee table but there was none to be found.



Tuesday 14- 84/58

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk. She is still trying to get adjusted to Tucson as I am and wakes me up 3 to 4 times a night.

Kevin and I went shopping to get more supplies for the house. I mailed off a certified letter to the Ca. tax franchise board to make sure they get my 2011 return this time. I bought a Trek mountain bike for Cassie to exercise with.

Me and Kevin worked out in the weight room for a spell.

Went for an evening bike ride with Cassie towing me :)




Wednesday 15- 90/61 degrees Tucson.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

We went to Ace Hardware to return the door fixture that we bought there several days ago and got one that might work. I also bought sun screen fabric to cover the rest of the Arizona room walls so Cassie can’t see outside very well.

We finished putting up some heavy wire webbing all along the walls of AZ room today.

Went swimming and sat in the Jacuzzi for a spell.

Yes the bike was the best thing I bought for Cassie; she gets a mighty fine workout and lets me sleep at night ;)

I used the bike helmet for the first time tonight.



Thursday 16- 89/60 degrees Tucson.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

Kevin and I finished installing the skylight where the swamp cooler used to be.

We went swimming and then hit the Jacuzzi.

Took Cassie out for a ride. She can really tow me easily around the resort, but I need to get her a better harness to make it comfortable for her.




Friday 17- 90/62 with a little rain Tucson.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

Last night when I was putting stuff away I noticed a small tub under the kitchen  sink that was filled with water. I tracked the water down to leaky faucet so me and Kevin went shopping at Home Depot for a new sink faucet. I let Kevin did most of the work installing the new one.

We also went to Petco to get a new harness for Cassie.

It has been a busy week so we just sat in the Jacuzzi for a long spell. The resort was putting on a pool social and a lady who puts on these events asked us if we were there for it. We were the only ones there sitting by the pool so we told her we were; we wondered what the treats on the table next to where we were drying off were for.


Saturday 18- 90/57 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

We found out that the door device we bought at Ace Hardware wouldn't fit and took it back and found a new clip for the old lock and saved me $20. Took it back home and me and my brother Kevin installed it.

My sister Audrey came by for a visit and we yapped for a long spell about family stuff. I gave her a signed copy of “Azure Sea of Dreams” she had no idea I've written.



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Sunday 28- 96 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did a little work on the new book; kinda resting my mind today.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie. I did the core trainer when I got back.





Monday 29- 90-72 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a walk, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes.

I went for a cold swim around 4pm.

Linda H. came over to get her mail that I collected for her over a month or so. We took Cassie for another walk together and then we said goodbye.

I worked a bunch on “Thought of the Week” now that I have the okay from the Editor.

I took Cassie for her evening and night walks.




Tuesday 30- 88-64 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

My brother called to tell me we/I brought the trailer at the resort in Tucson.

I worked a bunch more on the “Thought of the Week” book (working title) I really want to get this one done, but do a nice job, too.

Took Cassie for her night end evening walks.




Wednesday 01-  89-61 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a walk, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes.

I was going to go for a swim when I noticed that the tire on the right rear was totally flat. I jacked the car up and took off the tire, the tread looked fine but couldn’t find a nail. I noticed the inside wall looked like it was ground off and I couldn’t see that it was from the front side. I spent four hours at WalMart to get a new tire and replace the battery I didn’t trust. I’ll go swimming another day.

I worked on the book “Thoughts” some more.




Thursday 02- 91/69

I did my stretches and since we were going to Sherry house and would be playing with Barney, Sneakers and Abby I decided Cassie would have enough exercises and didn’t take her for a walk.

I got to her house and let the dogs play while we went to the Sizzler and then on to Stater Bros. to pick up some Doctor Pepper that is on sale.

I got back home about 6pm and all Cassie did was sleep the rest of the night giving me some uninterrupted time to work on my book.


Friday 03- 94/70 degrees

I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a walk, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes.

I went for a cold swim around 4pm.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie. I did the core trainer when I got back.

I really pushed it and worked on the book and I am almost done.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie.




Saturday 04-  96/68 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a walk, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes.

Except for taking Cassie for her evening walk I have completed getting all the thoughts down on “Thought of the week” but there are a few things I’ve written in my columns I also want to include in it.




***** Stuff I Wrote this Week******



To take to the forest and live among nature, to feel free not to listen to the babble of others and not be bothered by the loneliness others may feel in what is the great expanse of the universe is the greatest freedom of all...

~RD



I could write a thousand word poem and it still wouldn't describe the light that shines from within you.

~RD




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Azure Sea of Dreams in paperback now on Amazon!


 

Sunday 21- 96 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I got a email that said my paperback version was up and ready to sell on Amazon.

Took Cassie for her evening and night walks.




Monday 22- 99 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a walk, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes.

I started working on a new book (working title) “Thought of the Week” where I go grab all the good stuff I wrote for 11 years on my column I wrote for the Hi-Desert Star. I had one year almost done and I remembered I should email the Star to ask about Copyrights. I emailed the editor of the paper and attached a sample of what I was attempting to do.

I took Cassie for her evening and night walks.




Tuesday 23- 100 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

My brother called to tell me we/I brought the trailer at the resort in Tucson.

I worked a little more on the “Thought book (working title)” I really don’t want to do too much until I find out about the Copyrights from the Editor.

Took Cassie for her night end evening walks.



Wednesday 24-  96 degrees with clouds.

I went to bed at 3am, Cassie woke me up at 5am, let back in at 7pm, let back out at 9pm and then she woke me up at 11am to be let in... but this time I couldn’t go back to sleep because I had lots on my mind. So I got up at 5am and did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I made breakfast and drank coffee, was working on my new book (working title) “Thought of the Week” and fell asleep and slept until 2pm.

I hadn’t heard from the Hi-Desert Star about the Copyrights and called the editor a little bit before 4pm. She said it wouldn’t be a problem and my email to her had gotten lost in the hundreds she gets everyday; I remember I had that problem before with the Star when I added an attachment to one of my columns.



 

I made the eBook “A Little Desert Home” available on Kindle for free for 5 days.


 

Thursday 25- 101 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I wasn’t feeling to well, kinda down today so I mostly stayed inside and rested. I worked a little on the new book.

 

I made the eBook “A Little Desert Home” available on Kindle for free for 5 days.

I took Cassie for her evening and night walks




Friday 26- 97 degrees.

I did my stretches, took Cassie for a walk.

I went to update the website with Annelies column and found she had written there are now two websites for Copper Mountain Mesa. I went to that other website to find Annelies column was also posted there and archived which made my website kinda redundant. So I wrote a “Farewell Message” on my website www.coppermountainmesa.com instead posting Annelies column:


Our Little Community; I created and have faithfully been running the CopperMountainMesa.COM website for many years since the beginning of November 1999 and haven’t missed writting one column for over a decade; it was a labor of love to me for many years.

I have kept updating the website without fail since Annelies Kuiper took over writing the column for me in February 2011. The past few years I have grown mighty weary of the responsibility of doing these weekly updates and until this day I was looking for someone responsible to take over. I have found there is a new website that kinda duplicates my own hosted by Teresa and Ken Sitz at CopperMountainMesa.ORG who I believe can do a wonderful job of taking over the responsibilities of keeping “Our Little Community” informed throughout the next fifteen years and into the future. The Archives on my website will remain current up to this date and no more will be posted there; this will give the new website access to them.

I will keep the CopperMountainMesa.COM website and use it for my own writings, songs I’ve composed,  Journal, books I have written which I used Copper Mountain Mesa as a setting for my charaters (6 books so far). I have many projects which have been sitting on the back burner of my wood stove waiting patiently for this free time to arrive for many years and arrive it finally has.

I now gracefully bow out and hope only the best of success for the new website.

Respectfully,

 

Bob DeLoyd

www.coppermountainmesa.com


 

 

 

Saturday 27-  94 degrees with clouds and wind.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

I made my mystery chili casserole and went to potluck where there was some might good food to share among my good friends. I will be sending a list to Annelies of all the wonderful food that was made so she may write about it in her column if she would like.

After potluck




***** Stuff I Wrote this Week******


A Short Story

There was 24 hours of sunlight when I was there in Narvik. Children played in the streets at 3am and vodka filled the air from the never closing bars as I walked the streets. I was being followed. I saw glimpse of a person slipping back behind a corner of a building or ducking into a doorway every time I looked over my shoulder. I had my 9mm Beretta tucked into my waistband and I pulled it stealthily out careful so others couldn’t see it to make sure the safety was off and a round was chambered ready to fire.

~RD



In a reply to a post on never hitting a woman

I only had to hit a woman once and that was when she was being carried swiftly down the Colorado River screaming help. Because she was deaf she didn’t hear the siren blast the dam attendants use as a warning when they release large amounts of water from the dam. While everyone else on shore just watched her float by I dived into the river to save her life only to have her climb on top of me pushing me down deep into the water; she was in a panic state of mind. I tried a couple of time more, but the same thing would happen and I was getting physically tired and worried I would drown if I didn't do something. So I hit her hard but opened handed on the side of her head stunning her and I was just able to get us both to shallow water and walk her to shore where we both collapsed of exhaustion. Some people would say I should have done this and that, but I had no experience at this at that time; I do now.

~RD




Flowers always amaze me, astonishment is waiting those who stop to look closely.

~RD


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