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Starting Over … Again!

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Once again I’m starting over on my blog. There was some difficulty with the previous hosting and none of the 475 posts would show up when RVingFulltimeWithTomAndElla.com was searched for. So I’ve switched to a different hosting platform and am trying to rebuild. Keep in mind that some of these posts go back to 2011.  That is a lot of posts to copy and paste. Please keep checking back. Thanks for your interest and your patience.

 

2018 June 17 Sunday

2018 June 17 Sunday in Grimes Iowa Happy Father’s Day

76° to start the day and 94° at noon. With the heat index at 99° at 6 p.m.

We had a community breakfast at the club house this morning. It was all-you-care-to-eat scrambled eggs, hash browns, toast, and sausage patties or ham slices.

We had twelve for worship today.

I had heard that there was a steakhouse nearby that God Texas style barbecue brisket. I decided to treat myself for Father’s Day. When we arrived, we found that it is closed on Sunday.

Nearby was the Shanghai Chinese Restaurant. We went there instead. For Father’s day they were giving each man a back scratcher.

Ella had something with scallops, shrimp, and crab. I had kung boa beef. Both were very good. Lunch came to about forty dollars. We brought home enough for another meal each.

We had just ordered our meals when I got a text from John asking if I wanted to go to the firing range for Father’s day.

The firing range is only five miles from the restaurant. Even with eating leisurely, we still arrived at the range ahead of them.

Ella and I got registered, I.D.ed, watched a training video, and signed papers to the effect that we weren’t crazy drug using criminals. And a waiver that declared if we got shot, it wasn’t the ranges fault. And if we shot someone, it was not the ranges fault.

I have not fired a weapon in over forty years. My first clip looked pretty good.

And so did the second clip particularly because the rifles had to be fired right handed.

I wasn’t as good with the pistols, even though I could fire them left handed. I’m left eye dominant. However, my shakey hands and short barreled weapons aren’t a good match anymore. In my twenties and with a military forty five, I was dead on. Them thar days is past.

I had fun. And thought for a moment that we were going to talk Ella into taking a couple shots. But no go.

I received calls or texts from the rest of my kids later in the day.

As I was getting ready for bed I found this .45 casing in my pocket. I knew that they were bouncing around but I never expected to find it in my pocket.

A hot sunset to end a hot day.

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2018 June 14 Thursday

2018 June 14 Thursday in Grimes Iowa

59° with rain and winds. Rain stopped about 7:30 a.m. But then returned around 10 with a vengeance. The whole storm of rain, wind, lightning and a little hail was over again by noon.

Then the temps jumped to a muggy 80° and stayed there until about sunset. With 76° at 9 p.m.

The folks at the cafe were busily getting things ready for tonight’s family meal with meatloaf. I ordered one which Ella and I split (the portions are generous)

The usual crew were at the cafe for coffee this morning.

Ella and I left the cafe about 9:45 and headed into Grimes and the senior center. We didn’t quite make it before the rain hit.

Ella quickly called Sue and told her the rain was headed her direction. She head ridden her wheelchair/scooter to the cafe and it was about a half mile drive at 6 mph back to her RV. She didn’t make it without getting drenched.

Upon leaving the center we stopped at Walmart for a few items. Two of the things on the list I couldn’t find. There were only two checkout lanes open. They REALLY want people to use the self checkout machines. But I waited patiently behind a man with two shopping carts piled high.

We arrived home just in time for Ella to change into her “Cutty’s Staff” t-shirt. She is n going to be doing site checks in the campground while the regular person it’s on vacation.

Site checks includes driving completely through the 80+ acre park and marking on a map which campsites are in use. It also means issuing citations for: failure to be out by 3 p.m. on their out day, not being on site at least six hours a day, improper parking, unattended fires it pets, and any other information of the membership rules.

When she returned home we had a short time before going to the cafe for our meatloaf, augratin potatoes, green beans, and dinner took roll.

After supper we drove into Des Moines to retrieve this coming Sunday’s worship bulletins from the church.

On the way home we stopped at Walgreens to see if we could find the two items not found at Walmart. I found one of them.

In the same shopping are was an Ace hardware where I purchased the remainder item. Ella, in the meantime, went into Dollar Tree and purchased some cheap prizes for our weekly being at the senior center.

The sunset in a cloudless sky.

A heat advisory just popped up on phone for Friday and Saturday. I work those two days and Ella will be out in it also. Pray for us and all those who work outside

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2018 June 16 Saturday

2018 June 16 Saturday in Grimes Iowa

76° to start the day and 95°(heat index of 105°) shortly after noon. Still 95 after sundown.

The sky was all shredded of orange this morning. At the orange sun shining on the maple tree was striking.

We are located between Bart Dudley and Don’t Fence

When I arrived at the fee booth this morning, I was very surprised to see the entrance gate standing wide open. As it turns out, the membergate’s key cards weren’t being read so the other entrance gate was left open so that our members could get through.

The gate continued to cause problems until the head of our maintenance got there around noon. He quickly had it operating as it should.

Yep, it was another sweltering day.

Ella came to start the site checks about quarter to three. I asked her to wait until I could go with her. We started at 3 and by working together we were done in a little over half an hour. Here’s a map of most of our travels.

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2018 June 13 Wednesday

2018 June 13 Wednesday in Grimes Iowa

61° start 82° high and 72°at 11 p.m.

The usual coffee in the morning at the cafe and lunch at the senior center. Today however we also had pie with friends at Village Inn.

Then we came home so that I could work on the sermon for Sunday.

At seven we went to the adult center to play Mexican Train dominoes.

Fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars right across from the entrance to the campground.

We received a call from Lyn. She was in Des Moines buying supplies for her business

Fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars right across from the entrance to the campground.

We received a call from Lyn. She was in Des Moines buying supplies for her business Lake Robbins Ballroom. She wanted to meet up with us at Village Inn. So we went back at about nine forty five.

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2018 June 11 Monday

2018 June 11 Monday in Grimes Iowa

65° and a gentle rain that started last evening and continued into late morning. It cleared enough for the temp to reach 80 humid degrees. Then the cloud cover came back. Intermittent rain and 74° at 9.

This is a work day for me. So I couldn’t join

I tried to get a photo of the rain on the glass door behind me, but it doesn’t show up well.

Ella wrote:

This has been a rough day for me. As a preacher’s daughter annual conference has always been a rather emotional time for me. It was the time when we learned if we are moving or not.
Those days are over but this year our pastor and good friend here in Iowa is retiring, so today was the day to say goodbye.

Since we’re considering spending more time in Texas it also means we may be leaving what had been our home church for almost 25 years.

Two of our pastors in Texas are leaving us this year also. One is retiring and the associate will be leaving us for a church of her own.

For all three pastors it is a good move and starting a new chapter in their lives. We wish them well as they move on.

Our church here in Iowa is rather in limbo at the moment the pastor that we are slated to get, is in Korea and hasn’t received his Visa yet. They are preparing for a new parsonage family but we don’t know when.

Here are photos from pastor Lee’s going away service at Union Park UMC.

In Texas, everything should be going a lot smoother and they’re planning for our new pastor’s first Sunday on July 1.

Yesterday our worship service at Cutty’s campground was small. Only four people including Ella and I. It is discouraging when so few arrive.

There is a new rule this year that prohibits putting signs out in the campground to advertise our services. I’m sure that the lack of signs has made an impact. However, people inviting people had always been the best advertising in the past anyway.

Six years ago, I felt led to begin these worship services. Now I’m beginning to wonder if maybe that time is over.

We have been discussing limiting our time here in the summer, instead of spending five months, making it a few weeks at a time throughout the year. Perhaps the dwindling attendance at the worship is another indication that it is time for a change.

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2018 June 12 Tuesday

2018 June 12 Tuesday in Grimes Iowa

68° and clear after another night if rain and wind.

I’m working at the fee booth from 8-2:30 today.

Ella followed the normal weekday schedule of coffee with friends at Cutty’s Cafe (actually it was only her and Keith) and then games and lunch at the Grimes Senior Center.

She came to get me at 2:30. I had a couple errands to run in the campground and then we went for a late lunch for me and early supper for her. We went to Pizza Ranch©.

I know, I’m on a high protein low carb diet. Why would I go to a pizza place. The same reason I always go there…for the fried chicken. I also had cottage cheese, boiled eggs, green beans, and strawberries. Okay, I had one slice a dessert pizza and ice cream also.

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2018 June 09 Saturday

2018 June 09 Saturday in Grimes Iowa

74° start with 92° by 3 p.m. and 83° at 9 p.m. Hot and sticky all day.

It wouldn’t be an officially started day without coffee at the cafe with friends.

A couple days ago I won some prizes at bingo. I let Ella pick out what she wanted. She got a bottle of marinade. Last night before bed I put a couple steaks in Ziploc bags with the marinade. This morning I seared them on both sides and put them in a crockpot. Steamed some broccoli and corn and head a nice lunch with cantaloupe for dessert.

Before going to Nathan’s, with Ella’s help, I wrestled the entertainment up the steps and in the living room.

That’s not really what I had in mind for the living room. It’s way too large. My plan is to disassemble it and make a coffee table.

Nathan, with help from his dad and a neighbor, were running a phone/data line to the garage.

Great grandma gave the boys a stick horse today. Toy or weapon? You decide.

After leaving Nathan’s we made a stop at Dairy Queen for blizzards.

In the early evening Ella stops in line for cotton candy

Watched Family Feud live under the shelter in Main Street.

Got a nice sky shot just before sunset.

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