2019 June 26 June

2019 June 26 Wednesday in Cutty’s, Grimes, and Johnston, Iowa

I waited a long time for the sun to appear through the cloud cover and this is as close as it came. That yellow spot really isn’t the sun. It is only a small reflection of sun on the clouds. Shortly thereafter even that faint hope of sunlight was swallowed up by clouds.

Our home has been invaded by tiny-tiny ants, what my mother always called “sugar ants”. So this morning, as we were leaving for the day, I set off a bug bomb.

I haven’t actively looked for ants but at the same time I’ve not seen any ants since returning home in the evening. No flies either.

We took a drive along the lake this morning. It is a calming way to settle my soul for the challenges of the day. If I were a smarter man, I would also spend time, after work, along the lake.

However, after my day of work, Ella, who had lunch and games … including bingo today … at the Grimes senior center, picked me up and we went to the Village Inn in Johnston.

The Cutty’s Cafe coffee group moved to Village Inn for pie in the afternoon. There were four more that left before I thought to take photos.

This evening Ella went to Cutty’s adult center to play Mexican train with four others.

During that time I worked some on the message for the July 7th worship service.

I missed the sunset but was able to capture some of the afterglow.

God bless and g’nite

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2019 June 25 Tuesday

2019 June 25 Tuesday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

66° and sprinkles this morning

What a pallet of colors in the morning sky.

Oatmeal for breakfast.

Today’s gang at the cafe. We were late arrivals today because Ella slept in until 9. I had an intentional “do nothing” day. I wanted a day when I didn’t feel pressured to be somewhere or do something. That’s not to say that I didn’t do anything. The first thing I did was to remove the tool box

from the bed of the pick up. It is similar to the one in this photo. Except I have a plywood tonneau cover on my truck. Also the box and contents weighs close to 200 pounds. I did not empty it for unloading. Instead I used leverage and muscle to remove it by myself. Not bad for a 70+ year old man.

We stayed at the Cafe until after noon. We ordered “the heavy” pizza for lunch. It has everything … all of the pizza toppings. I ordered ours without onions or jalapenos. Because of my allergy to onions and Ella’s dislike of jalapenos, they had to go.

Our neighbor’s are getting new rock for their drive/parking.

I need a couple of large wood eyescrews. There it’s a new Menards in Grimes so we decided to look for the hardware there. We found that, though the parkinglot was full, they don’t open until next week. The cars belong to all the people hired to stock the new building.

We need a candle for our worship service so we stopped at Wal-Mart in the off chance that they would have the hardware and candle. Ella found a battery operated very realistic candle and I struck out on the hardware.

The rest of the afternoon was taken up with nap and boardgames

I like the way that the dying sun was framed buy the free branches.

God bless and g’nite

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2019 June 24 Monday


2019 June 24 Monday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

The Cutty’s Cafe coffee bunch this morning.

The sky this morning just before an unexpected, undereducated rain shower went through.

Dwayne joined us to play Fast Track this morning. With his help, I defeated Ella and Joyce, which I seldom do on my own.

Not a very large crowd today. Actually I didn’t want to be there either, but I bowed under pressure from Ella to be there for Joyce’s birthday.

God bless and g’nite

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2019 June 23 Sunday

rvingfulltimewithtomandella.com2019 June 23 Sunday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

62° and more rain overnight and cloudy in the morning.We had breakfast at home but went to the clubhouse for coffee with our friends who were having pancakes and French toast.Then we went up to the adult center and got it set up for worship. We have a “Coffee Shop” type of service where we are seated around tables.There were only four there today, which is always a little disappointing. I think it was a good sermon on the Triune God. I will have to record it and post it to my YouTube channel later.

For lunch I fixed pan fried steak, brown rice, and corn. It was good. So the photograph came a little too late.I worked 2-9 today. When I arrived at the fee booth, there were trailers and cars in line out to the street waiting.Normally Sunday’s are busy with people checking out not in. However, Independence Day is coming up and people are jockeying for position to see the fireworks that will be shot off over our lake on July 6th. Campers can only be on a site for a maximum of 14 days. So by coming in today, they will not have to leave or move until July 7th, the day after the fireworks.

Sundog* in the sky.

God bless and g’nite

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*A sundog is a concentrated patch of sunlight occasionally seen about 22° to the left or right of the Sun. Sundogs often form in pairs on either side of our daytime star when sunlight refracts through icy clouds containing hexagonal platecrystals aligned with their large, flat faces parallel to the ground.

2019 June 22 Saturday


2019 June 22 Saturday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

59° in the morning with a blank paper sky. Reached 77 under that same sky.

This is a color photo. However this morning’s sky makes it look like a study in black and white. I ran it through a paint app and it made it look like this

which is at least more interesting.


bacon and


Yesterday’s rain … Before today’s came through.

At 8:15 pm I saw lightening through the cloud cover but never heard thunder. Shortly after that the rain began.

This one could take a while to pass through.

God bless and g’nite

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2019 June 21 Friday


2019 June 21 Friday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

Happy 1st day of summer!

64° and About to get hit with more rain.

Nope! No sun. It slept in this morning, I guess.

We didn’t go to the cafe for coffee this morning. I had to go to work and Ella stayed home because of the rain … and the rain still to come. But we had coffee at home.

Have you ever noticed how vivid and crisp the colors are during and after a rain? Well our colors have been vivid for long enough. I’m ready for the burnt yellow grass of summer!

9:30 and it appears that we may be half way through the rain.

I just heard a role of thunder that must have lasted a full minute. It would build in volume, then fade, then rebuildand fade repeatedly but never total stop. I’ve never heard it like that before.

Around 11 the rain petered out but the gloom lingered.

72 soggy degrees for the high today.

Everybody ready to playCard Jackpot. Think bingo with cards.

I won one round. I’m rich! Almost a dollar. Ella won about a dollar and a half. We each put in seventy five cents. So we came out about a dollar ahead … this week.

God bless and g’nite

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2019 June 20 Thursday


2019 June 20 Thursday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

54° and foggy

The sun burnt a hole through the early morning fog.

This rain looks cleaner titan the last rain in the gauge.

Some of the flowers that are around the fee booth. One gal manages all of the flowers and shrubs on this 11+ acre resort. She does a remarkable job.

I worked from 8 – 2:30 today. And then we went into Des Moines to get the bulletins for Sunday the 30th’s worship service.

These flowers are from a small bed at Union Park UMC.

I’m wearing a small heart monitor for the next week. A couple years ago I had a new kind of heart procedure preformed.

They are now doing follow up research on those who underwent the surgery. I feel great. (Well, I don’t feel great, but that it’s just the arthritis talking.) I’ve only good things to say about the procedure.

Before, I couldn’t do even the simplest of exertion without being completely out of breath. Afterward I’ve not had that problem. Plus my risk of stroke is greatly reduced.

God bless and g’nite

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Day 24

2019 June 19 Wednesday


2019 June 19 Wednesday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Des Moines, and Johnston, Iowa

62° and cloudy that turned into rain and 72°.

No sunrise today. The picture above was taken at 8:46 this morning. It was about an hour before the rain started.

The rain let up some between 1:30 and 3:00. Shortly thereafter someone tore a big hole in the clouds and let the water gush out. That was just in time for us to be on the way to Union Park UMC to pick up this weeks bulletins.

In addition too the heavy rain, the windshield and side windows fogged over. That’s a double whammy when you are trying to see the vehicle in front of you on the interstate.


It continued to rain after I checked the rainguage. I don’t know if the rain it’s really coffee colored or I just need to clean the gauge.

God bless and g’nite

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2019 June 18 Tuesday


2019 June 18 Tuesday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

62° and cloudy

Interesting sunrise before the sun hid behind the denser, darker clouds.

We took a little drive along the lake this morning before I was dropped off at work. The lake looked so calm and peaceful even under the overcast sky.

A little tweaking of the color balance and exposure makes it almost postcard perfect.

About 8:30 a light rain passed through, too light to even settle the dust.

My niece, Kara, came for a short visit today. She is working far too many hours for someone 62 years old and is looking very worn

Around 3:00 we had a pretty substantial rain that lasted several hours. However, when I checked the rain gauge it had only a few drops in it.

Not much of a sunset but got a little color after all.

God bless and g’nite

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Day 23

2019 June 17 Monday


2019 June 17 Monday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

61° that became 79°.

Predawn was nice this morning. However, as the day went on, it was just a bright grey overcast.

It was another work day for me. However, Ella was able to go for coffee at the cafe this morning and then to lunch at the senior center. She brought a glass of ice from the cafe as she was leaving this morning.

As I was balancing the cash and trying to get checked out of work, a sheriff’s car with lights but no siren came rushing to the gate. I raised it and they stopped to asked it I knew about a disturbance. I said, “No” and they zoomed into the park. As I wss closing the gate, my second shift replacement shouted, “Here comes another.” I just barely stopped the gate from closing before the second squad car roared through. Then a third came in, more slowly and without the lights. He stopped to say he was here to see the manager. Shortly after that a fourth car came in. While this was happening, I received several calls from the head of the security department asking me for the names of people on various sites.

I finished checking out and came home without knowing what was going on. I’ll have to hear the rumors tomorrow.

God bless and g’nite

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