2019 July 21 Sunday


2019 July 21 Sunday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

We had lots of wind and rain overnight. Several people reported downed trees and damage. There was a limb about 2″ in diameter and 8′ long wedged between the mirror and my truck’s driverside door. But no apparent damage.

The day started with a humid 70°and reached a high of a humid 77°. However, even with the humidity, it was a nice break from the high 90s.

There was a nice group at our campground worship service and many stayed to just talk afterwards.

We went to Casey’s (a local chain of convenience stores) for pizza. You may be thinking, “Oh, gas station pizza. Yuck!” But that is not Casey’s at all. They are a great pizza place that happens to also sell gasoline.

What is a day without a visit to Wal-Mart? We’ve been talking and planning to rebuild the king size bed that we have in our Iowa trailer. It takes up too much space in an already small room. Part of the planning is thinking about underbed storage. Our plan was to visit the new Menards in Grimes. However, when I got inside there was only one electric cart* and it wasn’t working. I couldn’t get anyone’s attention for assistance. So we left and went across the street to Wal-Mart. We came up with some possibilities.

However, none of them seemed to say, “Yes, this it’s exactly what we are looking for!”

Supper was a “catch as catch can” sort of meal where we both, separately raided the refrigerator.

We had several short rounds of rain in the late afternoon.

God bless and g’nite

*I’m overdue for a knee replacement (or 2?)

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2019 July 20 Saturday


2019 July 20 Saturday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

No relief from the heat overnight. At 82° and 80% humidity, Weatherbug says, “Warm and humid.” I find that to be quite an understatement.


Again the difference between the weather in Texas and in Iowa seem to be skewed in the wrong direction — again!

This is the final time that the whole Cutty’s Coffee Gang will be together this year.


Ted and Nancy are heading back to Florida ( where it is cooler).

Christmas in July at Cutty’s. I spent about a hour talking to kids today. We talked about how proud I was that they have been good … most of the time. We talked about want thinker favorite gift was from last year, and what they might want this year.

The storm approaching from The west.

An hour ago it was 86° and then a rain and windstorm blew through. After being in the 90s, 76° felt really good.

God bless and g’nite

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2019 July 19 Friday


2019 July 19 Friday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

White hot sunrise.

There were still long shadows as we made our way to the fee booth.

I picked up yesterday’s receipts and monies at the fee booth and took them to the office. Only to discover that the office was still locked. So I had Ella drop me off at the booth so that I could get everything unlocked, opened, and printed. Ella went back to the office with the things from the booth. Sometime later, she brought my opening money from the office.

102° in the shade that feels like 120°.




Card Jackpot tonight neither Ella nor I won even one round.

Invariably when I’m doing a panorama shot, somebody moves and we lose part of their body or something. In this case it was a complete loss of face of the gentleman in orange.

Study in orange and lace.

God bless and g’nite

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2019 July 18 Thursday


2019 July 18 Thursday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

81° and high humidity makes it feel like 85° at the break of day. Which is why there is still an excessive heat warning inn effect.

One of the blogs that I follow which is entitled “My Joyous Feature” had an interesting thought about pen and paper, about letting your thoughts flow onto the paper. In truth, I seldom write on paper. I enter my thought through my phone, tablet, or laptop. If I have paper in front of me, I doodle or sketch.

One of my lecture notes from Bible College turned into a drawing of a man rescuing a child from a fast-flowing stream, which I’m sure had nothing to do with the lecture.

I draw on napkins in restaurants and styrofoam cups make a great canvas.

I once went back to visit a place that I had previously worked many years before. I found some of my sketches of an employee hanging on a back room bulletin board. (The sketch not the employee.)

The real kicker was that this wasn’t the same building. The previous building had burned and the store moved to a new location. Which means, that, among all the things saved from that fire, where my sketches.

One of the other blogs that I follow, “Just Sketching” has a gentleman who sketches everyday, something from life. It is amazing how much he captures in these rough drafts. I have not developed that dedication and commitment … yet!

95° that feels like 110° in Iowa

94° and feels like 98° in Texas

Either way, it’s hot!

Niece Kara stopped to pick me up as I got off work at the fee booth this afternoon. She spent a couple hours with us, playing Fast Track.

I haven’t been notified that the worship bulletins are ready, but we drove across town anyway hoping that they were. They weren’t.

Once we returned home we played more Fast Track.

8:30 p.m. and still 95°.

God bless and g’nite

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2019 July 17 Wednesday


2019 July 17 Wednesday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

73° and 93% humidity with an EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING! still in affect. It had reached the upper 70s before the storm blew through. Then It quickly dropped to 65°. But managed to race up to 84° by afternoon.

Can you feel the heat coming from that white hot ball of fire this morning? Goodness gracious, Great Balls of Fire!*

I had the joy of working the fee booth from 8 to 2:30 today. The booth is basically a greenhouse than magnifies the heat of the sun. With the predicted high of 94°, this maybe a very “special” day. (as it turned out, the storm cooled it and the 94 never happened)

Around 11 o’clock these wicked looking clouds rolled in.

Then they took inn this shape.

And they brought wind and rain with them.

Just another fun filled day in Iowa.

I was off work at 2:30 and Ella as just returning from the Grimes senior center and Wal-Mart.

She beat me again. We played several rounds after we returned home and before my afternoon nap.

This is the Wednesday night Mexican Train dominoes group. They gather at Cutty’s Adult Center. Ella played while I relaxed on the couch and worked on Sunday’s sermon.

I missed whatever sunset there may have been tonight.

God bless and g’nite

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*You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain

Too much love drives a man insane
You broke my will, oh what a thrill
Goodness gracious great balls of fire
I learned to love all of Hollywood money
You came along and you moved me honey
I changed my mind, looking fine
Goodness gracious great balls of fire
You kissed me baby, woo, it feels good
Hold me baby, learn to let me love you like a lover should
You’re fine, so kind
I’m a nervous world that your mine mine mine mine
I cut my nails and I twiddle my thumbs

I’m really nervous but it sure is fun
Come on baby, you drive me crazy
Goodness gracious great balls of fire
Well kiss me baby, woo-oooooo, it feels good
Hold me baby
I want to love you like a lover should
You’re fine, so kind
I got this world that you’re mine mine mine mine
I cut my nails and I twiddle my thumbs
I’m real nervous ’cause it sure is fun
Come on baby, you drive me crazy
Goodness gracious great balls of fire

2019 July 16 Tuesday

rvingfulltimewithtomandella.com2019 July 16 Tuesday in Altoona, Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

68° and 93% humidity at daybreak is why there is still an EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING!

Teach us to number each of our days so that we may grow in wisdom. Return, LORD! How long…? Change your plans about us, your servants. Satisfy us every morning with your mercy so that we may sing joyfully and rejoice all our days. (Psalms 90:12-14)



Once again the weather in our two homes is similar.

Ten of us gathered at prairie meadows casino for their senior breakfast buffet. The food was good, varied, and plentiful. The waitstaff were prompt, polite, and professional. The price was much higher than I had been led to believe. Apparently, there is special pricing if you are a card carrying clu member. Ella and I are not. Nor does our budget allow for such extravagances. The $5 meal for two with a Burger King coupon, is something of a treat for us.

We have quite a large family of house finches that visit our finch feeder. We only occasionally are treated to the bright yellow flash of visiting goldfinches.

Can I claim spousal abuse if Ella repeatedly beat me today … at Fast Track?

I like the camera flais from the bright sunlight throughthe trees.

However, the sunset was so much more amazing. It aroused a conforming feeling a campfire in a cave to drive back thedark unknown.

God bless and g’nite

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2019 July 15 Monday


2019 July 15 Monday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

70° and sticky this morning. Weatherbug claims the humidity is at 80% but it feels higher than that! We slept with the doors open during the night but it never really cooled off inside. We will be gone until afternoon so I’m leaving the air conditioner off until we return.

Gracious good morning.

The lake as viewed from the clubhouse windows.

Due to the change of cafe hours (see yesterday’s post), some of the coffee gang gathered at Cutty’s clubhouse this morning. We made plans to meet at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino for breakfast tomorrow. Evidently they have a senior buffet that is good and reasonable. It will be the first time for Ella and me.

The Grimes senior center crowd today. The Wii bowlers were bowling the gamers were gaming, the puzzlers were puzzling, the talkers were visiting, and the pianist was preparing to play.

After leaving the center. We stopped at Wal-Mart for some staples such as milk, eggs, and bacon. Plus some less staple items that were desired but not needed.

Once we were home the a/c went back on and we chilled out all afternoon.

God bless and g’nite

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2019 July 14 Sunday


2019 July 14 Sunday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

There were no clouds to capture the various colors of the sunrise, just some leaves to lessen its intensity.

Once a year our worship service is moved from the Adult center to the Clubhouse. Because once a year they use the adult center to count and tally all of the votes for board members. Since we were in the clubhouse we made use of the large round tables and used them to serve communion “family style.”

We had just returned home from worship when Heather called. She and Austin had just returned home from Alaska. While they were hiking in a glacier, they were married.

Liberty Hill, TX

Grimes, Ia

I received the following email today.

Due to the job market and the low unemployment all around us, the issue of attracting people to our seasonal part-time positions has forced us to temporarily reduce hours at Cutty’s Store & Cafe.


Store & Cafe Hours:

Monday 11am – 7pm

Tuesday 11am – 7pm

Wednesday 11am – 7pm

Thursday 11am – 7pm

Friday 11am – 10pm (Food until 9pm)

Saturday 8am – 10pm (Food until 9pm)

Sunday 8am-3pm

That means that the Cutty’s Coffee Gang will need to find a new morning watering hole.

I worked 2-9 at the fee booth. It was a very slow day. Sue was here covering the middle shift. As we weren’t busy, I asked if she wanted to leave early. She did. So slow that I asked Ella to bring a board game and help me pass the time.

As the day started, in like manner, it ended.

But wait! At the last some stray clouds wandered near the sun.

God bless and g’nite

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2019 July 13 Saturday


2019 July 13 Saturday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

Burnt orange sky this morning and even though Weatherbug says “partly cloudy” in reality it is completely overcast.

The lake isn’t quite as calm this morning as it was yesterday. However, it is still peaceful to my soul.

We were missing some of the regulars at coffee this morning. Tom called this morning to say that Sue had be sick early this morning so they wouldn’t make it to coffee. The core group includes Tom and Sue, Ted and Nancy, Keith and Jean, Francis and Sandy, as well as Ella and me. We occasionally are joined by any combination of the following, Jim, Bob, Dean, Lila, Luella, and others.

There were some interesting clouds in the afternoon sky.

One advantage to working until ten at the fee booth is being able to keep an eye on the setting sun.

I got home and found Ella ready to play a round of Fast Track before bed.

God bless and g’nite

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2019 July 12 Friday


2019 July 12 Friday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

70° and cloudless at sunrise

Look how calm the lake was this morning. It was nearly a perfect mirror.

I worked the first shift today and so missed the gathering at the cafe. Likewise I will miss lunch at the senior center.

However, I was present for Card Jackpot this evening. Ella won a nickle round.

God bless and g’nite

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