2019 August 17 Saturday


2019 August 17 Saturday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

63° and cloudy that reached 86° even though still cloudy. A very brief spoty rain shower passed through I late afternoon that didn’t drop the temperature our humidity.

Not a very welcoming sky this morning.

Hello, Sunshine, feeling a little shy about showing your grace today?

I dropped Ella and or dirty clothes off at the laundry on Cutty’s Main Street and them drove to Union Park UMC for a United Methodist Men’s meeting.

It was posted on the church website … however, I was there all alone. So I went back to Cutty’s cafe for coffee with friends.

Francis and Sandy, Sue, Ella,

Jean and Keith. Stoney was around somewhere out of camera range. We didn’t solve even one of the world’s problems today. It must be the weekend.


The Clubhall (Townhall) meeting started at 10:30 and ended at 11:30. The members were given 5 minutes each (if they signed up) to address the board and members. The usual things like the need to repair roads and upgrade electrical systems. These concerns have been brought up I every meeting for the last 6 years (at least) and yet other than “we have discussed it” or “we are looking into our options”, nothing seems to move forward. Concerns were also voiced about a perceived falling membership.

We came home and cooked some steaks for lunch.

I worked some more on the truckbed box. I need to find a better name/description for this thing I’m constructing.

God bless and g’nite

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2019 August 16 Friday


2019 August 16 Friday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

63° overnight, 66° daybreak and 81° for thehigh

Cutty’s lake was nice and calm this morning.

Mr. Housefinch dining on thistle seed at our feeder.

Mr. and Mrs. Goldfinch dining with Mr. Housefinch

I was dreading putting the “roof” on the box. It is 3/4″ marine grade plywood and quite heavy.

However, using leverage and superhero strength (mostly leverage) this old man got it up, positioned, and screwed down … all by myself.

First coat of paint on most of it. Not looking too shoddy, if I do say do myself.

5-3/4 tables full at card jackpot tonight.

Only 3 cards to go to win the final round of Card Jackpot.

God bless and g’nite

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Day 102 in Iowa

2019 August 15 Thursday


2019 August 15 Thursday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

55° overnight, 63° by what passed as daybreak and 77° for the day’s high.

Ella & Tom, Tom & Sue, Francis, Francis & Sandy, Keith & Jean, and Bob were here for coffee this morning.

We did not go to the senior center today. I stayed home to work on constructing a box over the truck bed. Ella stayed home also … to be with me …?

She swept, mopped, and vacuumed while I stayed outside and out of her way.

I managed to get one side installed before the still ran out of power. That is why you should always have a back up battery pack our a plug-in drill. I have neither.

The drill charged enough to make a dozen shallow holes. But it was enough to drive some screws by hand. It’s not very stable but that is as far as I can go at the moment.

It only reached 77° under a cloudy sky. But it was humid enough that I had rivers of sweat running in my eyes.

Spaghetti night at the cafe. So here I am waiting to be served the food of the gods. I’m also trying to rehydrate.

God bless and g’nite

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Day 101 in Iowa

August 14 Wednesday


2019 August 14 Wednesday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

It began completely cloudless. That cloudless sky had let yesterday’s heat bleed off into space overnight. 4that is why it was only 61° this morning. The clouds regrouped and overthrew the sun so that it only reached 75°.

Coffee gang gathered at three cafe as usual this morning.

Fast Track was played at the center as usual.

I did not stay for lunch at the center. I left Ella to stay, eat, and play bingo. I went to Home Depot for some lumber and then home for lunch. I went to the center to get Ella just as the last round of bingo was being played.

This evening was domino night at Cutty’s. I went with Ella but did not play.

God bless and g’nite

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Day 100 in Iowa

2019 August 13 Tuesday

rvingfulltimewithtomandella.com2019 August 13 Tuesday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa 70° and foggy. Reached 86° but felt much warmer.Breakfast at home and coffee at the cafe, then Lunch at the senior center After lunch we drove into Des Moines for thirds weekend’s worship bulletins.Came back through Des Moines to Verizon for a screen protector for Ella’s phone.Stopped for ice cream at Colvers before going home.Bamboo Buffet for supper with Lynn.God bless and g’nite

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2019 August 12 Monday


2019 August 12 Monday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

70° and H.U.M.I.D! It briefly briefly tipped over into 80° but the humidity made it feel much warmer.

It rained early this morning and the clouds haven’t quite left yet.

Francis, Sandy, Sue, Ella, and I were at coffee this morning. “Little” Francis was here for a while and left. A short time later his daughter, Theresa, arrived. She stayed with us for a little while them left also.

We arrived at the Grimes senior center around ten this morning. We quickly got a game of Fast Track going.

Ella won the first one. I won the second round and then left Joyce and Ella to play by themselves while I worked on my blogs and sermon.

This was one year ago today (August12, 2018). I spent six hours in the emergency room due to an allergic reaction to onions. Now I carry an EpiPen everywhere I go.

This huge flower was abloom outside the senior center window.

God bless and g’nite

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Day 98 in Iowa and work day 53

2019 August 11 Sunday


2019 August 11 Sunday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

75° and cloudy at the start of day. Got up to 82° in spite of all the clouds.

Breakfast was a drive through at Burger King. $4 for 2 sausage egg and cheese croissan’wichs, small tater rounds, and a small coffee.

We conducted worship at Cutty’s adult center as we usually do on Sunday mornings. Today’s message was “Faith“.

Lunch was at home. Shredded beef, on a tortilla with cheese, sour cream, and salsa.

Worked from 2 to 9. We head some excitement late afternoon when the power went out for large sections of Cutty’s West side. More Mid America power trucks came in just before I locked the gate for the night

The eastern sky painted by the setting sun

Does anyone else see a puppy with one paw in the air?

God bless and g’nite

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Day 97 in Iowa and work day 52

2019 August 10 Saturday


2019 August 10 Saturday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

54° start

Eggs and bacon. Bacon and eggs.

I worked 11 to 7 today. That meant that I had time to go for coffee this morning. Sandy and Francis, Ella and I were all that were there today.

In honor of the Iowa State Fair in progress, Cutty’s theme for three weekend was the fair. Our own Varied Industries Building was the big pavilion on Main Street.

As we were finishing our coffee, the venders were setting out their wares.

I left to fill Rudolf’s tanks while Ella examined the goods. After getting gas, I returned to the cafe and waited for Ella. As I waited, I ordered a “Heavy Pizza” to go. The heavy had everything – all the toppings. I ordered with no onions and no jalapenos.

No onions because I am allergic and no jalapenos because Ella doesn’t like them.

Ella arrived just as the pizza arrived. It was nearly time for me to start work. We drove to the fee booth, parked, and are the pizza. Then I went to work.

It was busy but not crazy busy today. I actually left work at 6:30 because Julie was alright alone forthe remainder of her shift. She worked 3-10. Teri had worked the morning shift and left at 3:30.

God bless and g’nite

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Day 96 in Iowa and work day 51

2019 August 09 Friday


2019 August 09 Friday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

54° start and 85° high.

I worked 8-3:30 today

Ella played card.jackpot this evening and can home broke. She lost the entire $.75! Grin.

I went to Wal-Mart to pick up my prescription and a few perishables. I returned home before I realized that I didn’t get my meds. So back I went.

Saw some interesting clouds as I was coming out of Wally world fire the second time.

God bless and g’nite

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Day 95 in Iowa and work day 50

2019 August 08 Thursday


2019 August 08 Thursday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

68° and cloudy. “Another cold front will also trigger showers and thunderstorms from the central Plains into the Midwest. Afternoon temperatures will be 70s and 80s because of the clouds and rainfall.

More widely scattered and less organized thunderstorms will develop this afternoon across the Midwest.” (By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West)

The sun peeked hopefully over the horizon and was quickly swallowed by hungry clouds.

For breakfast I fixed scrambled eggs, bacon, and cheddar cheese in flour tortilla shells. I had intended to add salsa, but I forgot. I just served the salsa as a side.

After breakfast we went to the cafe and found more of the gang had returned. Sandy and Francis, Stoney and Sue, Bob, Ella and I.

At the senior center, we had Swedish meatballs with potatoes and gravy*. Except the the meatballs were missing allspice and cardamom. The gravy had neither milk, cream, or sour cream in it. It was just a gelatinous brown mass. You can call a cow a horse. But that doesn’t make it a horse. *And these were not Swedish meatballs.

I mentioned to Ella that I would like to build a higher box on the back of the pickup so that we can haul more stuff back and forth. I have already built a box in the truck bed. (See photos above) I just want to raise it 18″-24″.

She suggested that we should just look for a topper for the back of the pickup.

Good idea! So much simpler!

We drove across town to the only place I knew that actually sold those pickup topper shells. He had only one that would fit our truck and it was the wrong color. Our truck is charcoal gray and the topper was burgundy. It was also $685 which was more than I intend to spend. I can build my raised box way cheaper.

Next Ella suggested we ask son John, the mechanic. We drove to his work and only interrupted him for a few minutes. He said that was probably the best price that we would pay anywhere. And he didn’t know of any others. But he would ask around.

We drove a long and twisted route to get back to Cutty’s. While we were in town we went to the Beaver Bend area of Urbandale and stopped at Snookie’s Malt Shop.

I had two “Sheldon Cooper” moments at Snookies today. First of all I’m bothered by the two “S”s that are upside down in this sign.

Secondly, I ordered a medium chocolate malt and was given a small. When they discovered the error, they brought an additional small malt. With leaves me wondering, after I drink the appropriate amount of the second malt to equal a medium, what am I to do with the remainder? It seems dishonest to drink more malt than I paid for. Suggestion?

The remainder of the day was spent in mind numbing tv watching.

God bless and g’nite

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Day 94 in Iowa