2017 August part 4

Saturday 26th 62º at 7 a.m. and overc2017-08-26_06.56.22.jpgast. The sun tried very hard to shine through. Tom did not work at the fee booth today. Ella went to the great niece’s baby shower.

While Ella was at the shower, Tom picked up some more items for his project of supporting our slide out rooms. This is an effort to avoid the problems that we have had with the floors separating from the walls. While he was out, he purchased some veggies and stew meat. He made the stew and separated it into two batches; froze one and refrigerated the other.

Sunday the 27th was our next to last worship service for the season at Cutty’s. It was titled “You Want to do Good? Here’s Your Checklist!” and is taken from Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16. If you’d like to read it, follow this link http://thomasewilliams.blogspot.com/2017/08/you-want-to-do-good-heres-your-checklist.html .

We came home to the smell of the crock-pot full of stew. yummy!

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Monday 28th After breakfast we went to Cutty’s Cafe only to find none of our friends were there. We sat and had coffee for a while and then Dixie came in so we visitted with her for a little bit before going to the senior center.

A few days ago I had asked John if I could borrow his Sawsall for my slide out project. In the afternoon Dawn called to say that she had the saw with her and was going to stop at Pet Smart in West Des Moines. We drove over there and picked up the saw.

On our way back home we stopped at Walmart to purchase a cutlery drawer divider 2017-08-30_06.29.31.jpgto install as a spice rack. Tom had done this before with a previous RV and it works very well in the small space beside the stove.

When we arrived home Tom did some work outside installing Photo: additional support for the awning rafters. He also placed L.E.D lights on the RV under the awning. Unfortunately, after they were up, they wouldn’t work. We haven’t figured out why they don’t work.

It was a nice evening to sit outside. So we did. And played more Fast Track until it started getting dark

Tuesday 29th As usual, we went to the Cutty’s Cafe for coffee. And again none of our friends were there. As we sat there having coffee, one other person came in. Hate is a Cutty’s member that Tom has checked in and out at the fee booth. We invited him to sit with us while he ate his breakfast. He had his dog leashed to his golf cart and wanted to sit so that he could keep an eye on him. The dog is a pit-bull rottweiler mix with an interesting brindle coat. John said that his face looks like a dry cake mix. It’s a funny way to describe it but not inaccurate.

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We stopped at the post office, hoping to find Tom’s medications from the VA. They hadn’t arrived.  We were concerned that they may have been shipped to our Texas address and not forwarded. So we called the post office in Texas and were reassured that if they were shipped there, they would be forwarded along with any other mail.

Tom worked an uneventful afternoon/evening shift at the fee booth. Ella played dominoes at the Adult Center in the evening.

Wednesday 30th   Tom woke around 4 a.m. and could not get back to sleep so he eventually gave up, got up, and started breakfast. Then, as soon as it was light enough, went outside to do some work on the patio. After Ella was up and around we began our normal routine of Cutty’s Cafe and Grimes Senior Center.

We stopped on our way home from the center for gasoline and a car wash. The months of construction to the property on our east border has made it hard to keep the truck clean because of all the dust in the air.

Shortly after we arrived home Kara arrived. A short time Krista got here. We sat on the2017-08-30_19.46.29.jpg patio, talked, and played Fast Track. This was the first time Krista had played the game. Since there were and even number of us, we played partners which is always fun. We had just finished the game when Karla arrived. We showed her the game and then played another game without partners … every man person for themselves.

We had a lunch of BBQ chicken and several salads then all of us went to Village Inn for Pie Rush Wednesday. We met up with Tom, Sue, Sandy, Francis, Keith, and Jean at Village Inn. Introductions were made and then we got down to the serious business of eating pie.

After pie, we all went out separate ways. It was nice to have time with our nieces.

It was dominoes night at Cutty’s and Ella went to play. Tom stayed home with an ice pack on his knee. It will be great when he gets to the orthopedic doctor and gets some relief from the pain.

Thursday 31st Tom worked 8-2:30 while Ella did our normal routine. On  the way home from the center, Ella stopped at the post office and got the mail. Tom’s meds from the VA arrived as did his test strips for checking his INR readings.

After work, Tom began his project of shoring up the slide-out rooms on the Sierra. This required crawling around on the ground under the RV which is exactly what his knee does NOT need. However, we are running out of time to get this project done. We will be gone to Colorado for about a week in mid September and then leave for Texas at the end of the month.

We had meatloaf at the Cutty’s Cafe for supper. It is very good meatloaf … almost as good as Tom’s.

2017 August part 3

Wednesday 23rd  56 degrees to start the day at 0824171922_HDR.jpg5:30. Tom went out in the very early light and put the awning up as well as the umbrella  over the patio table. We had breakfast at home: pancakes, bacon, and eggs.

By the way, if you’d like to keep up on Tom’s sermons, you can do that by following this link http://thomasewilliams.blogspot.com/

After breakfast we went to Cutty’s Cafe for coffee with friends. We get together most mornings to check the obituaries and read the educational section of the paper (the comics). We discuss all the weighty issues of the day and solve most of the world’s problems before going out to create new ones. We share the latest gossip and maybe start some new ones. This season we have tried to solve the puzzle of what is going to be built in the land next to the resort. When they started working on it in the spring, it was an 80 acre bean field on slightly rolling land that had a stream at the south end. It pretty much mirrored the land that Cutty’s Resort is on (minus the 11 acre lake). Thanks to dozens of earth moving machines working 6-7 days a week, it is now nearly flat with a large holding pond at the south end. Rumors say that there will be a gas station/convenience store, strip mall, and warehouses. I’m trying to convince people (erroneously) that it will be an airport.

Before going to the Grimes Senior Center f or games and lunch, we stopped at Wallyworld to pick up an ice pack for Tom’s knee. Our living space is about the size of an efficiency apartment. You’d think it would be too small to lose things in. You’d be wrong. The other day, Tom had been sitting with his legs up and the ice pack on his knee. He took a nap. While napping, the ice pack fell to the floor. Ella picked it up and put it … somewhere. A somewhere that has eluded all of our searches so far. So we purchased a new one. We also picked up some S-hooks and cup hooks for a project that Tom had in mind.

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Look at the warning label on the ice pack made me chuckle. “For external use only.” Really? That had to put that warning on the ice pack. Have people tried to ingest these things, or in some other fashion (that I don’t want to think about) use them internally?
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Old position of the hanging flowers
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New place for the hanging flowers

After lunch at the center, we hurried to Village Inn for Pie Rush Wednesday with our friends (Sue, Jean, Sandy, and Francis). We didn’t stay long because Tom had to be at work at 2. When we got home Tom took a few minutes to move our hanging flowers to a new location.

It was a very slow evening at the fee booth. Very few new campers came in to register. Tom only had one rental unit to check in and no Coast to Coast guests.

Ella did some vacuuming, dishes and other household choirs before going to the Adult Center to play Train Dominoes with friends. They played from 7 to around 10.

Thursday 24th

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Tom checked his blood INR and glucose this morning and was pleasantly surprised that both were well in the “good” range. Surprised because he had been without his diabetes meds for a few days.

We went to the Cutty’s Cafe for breakfast. Ella had a breakfast burrito and Tom had a biscuit with sausage, egg, and cheese. We spent a little over an hour visiting with our friends there.  Then we moved on to the Grimes Senior Center for games and played games until lunch.

After lunch we made a trip to Costco to purchase some healthcare items. From there we stopped at Target to look for some household items that we couldn’t find. Ella did purchase a Baby Shower card for one of our great nieces. The shower is on Saturday.

From Target we went around the corner to Home Depot to purchase some lumber and to2017-08-24_15.57.21.jpg have a couple of keys made. We didn’t get all of the lumber that we wanted because the section we want to go to was blocked off while they moved some items with the forklift. Tom’s knee was bothering him by this time so we decided to forgo the rest of the lumber for this trip.

When we arrived home, Tom put his feet up and an ice pack on his knee.

After the pain subsided, Tom went out an unloaded the lumber from the  pickup.

Friday 25th Tom worked the fee booth from 8 to 3:30. It was very slow until 3 o’clock when 3 campers showed up at the same time. And that is the time when the afternoon shift comes in so we were in the middle of closing out the drawer for Tom and getting Dora logged on.

While Tom worked, Ella played at the Senior Center. She, being the smarter of the two of us, is fully retired whereas Tom works seasonal part time work for minimum wage. Grin.

As soon as Tom was off work we went to Strauss Lock to have two keys made. The two that we got from Home Depot didn’t work. Honestly, I couldn’t see the difference between the original and the copies … but the lock knew the difference. Hopefully, the new keys will work (haven’t tried them yet). We returned the keys to Home Depot for a refund.

In the evening we played Card Jackpot at Cutty’s Adult Center. After which we went to the cafe for ice cream.

Now this is just for fun:

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“I don’t know … it happened so fast … we were all standing in the yard when this pine tree fell over and took out most of my family. Oh the horror of it all!

 

 

2017 August part 2

Saturday 19th In my last post I had said that I took the RV awning down because there were severe thunderstorm warnings for our area with possible 70 mph wind gusts. Well, when I awoke this morning and checked outside … nothing … no sign of having had either wind or rainphoto_editor2_temp.jpg. Now don’t misunderstand me … that’s not a complaint … I was just surprised that the forecast had been SO far off.

We had put in a firepit/fireplace/grill on our seasonal site several years ago. Well, now that we’ve changed RVs, it is too close to the camper. I’m trying to find a new spot for it so that on those very rare occasions that we have a fire, it won’t be a hazard to the RV nor fill it with smoke. There is not a lot of space left on our site with this long and wide RV.

We went to the cafe for coffee at 8:00 and then to the clubhouse at 10:30 for a “club hall” (think town hall) meeting. People who want to speak to the board and membership are given 5 minutes. After that, the board will either immediately address the issue or add it to their agenda for the next board meeting. Once the members have addressed their concerns, board then shares what they have done about issues brought up in the previous club hall meeting. During the camping season, these meetings are held once a month.

Once the meeting was over, we went to Pizza Ranch of lunch. Their buffet has the best fried chicken around (much better than KFC or Popeye’s).

We came home and Tom did a little work on the outside before coming in and taking a nap. He then worked from 3 to 10  at the fee booth. There were four different parties going on in the park. So there was a lot of guest traffic in and out of Cutty’s. Since we are a gated community, no non members are allowed into the park unless a member has called and added them to a guest list at the gate. We had nearly 100 guests plus people checking in to camp and into our rental cabins. It kept Tom very busy until around 8 p.m. At that point it slowed w-a-y down. This was just a “warm up exercise” for the coming Labor Day weekend. Labor Day is one of the BIG 3 camping weekends here and people start vying for prime sites about 2 weeks in advance.

Labor Day will also be the end of my preaching duties until spring unless called upon 2016-12-27_20.47.39while in Texas. From the first week of November until December 25th I will be wearing the red suit and sitting in the big chair with kids (of all ages) sitting on my lap. As a matter of fact, I’ll be attending Santa University in Colorado in September where I’ll be fitted for a new suit and accessories.

 

 

 

 Now for something completely different: Because of the problems we’ve had with slideout floors,  Tom decided to reinforce them on both the Sierra and the Excel. He has some light weight aluminum angle channels. These were cut from an eve through (also known as gutters by people outside the Midwest). They have been cut to fit the outside corners where the walls an floors are connected. They are thin enough to not interfere with the slideout operation. I don’t know why RVs aren’t constructed with some reinforced corners rather than just nailing them together. Since the walls and floor are made of particle board, a little water can make them swell and separate from the hardware.

Sunday 20th started by putting some short ribs and potato wedges into the crock-pot. From there we went to the clubhouse for a communal breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes and french toast. Ella had french toast with lots of syrup. Tom had french toast with no syrup. We both had a large sausage patty. While Ella was finishing her breakfast and visiting with friends, Tom went to the store for a baker’s dozen of donuts. The donuts were for the worship service.

Tom getting the music in que for worship

Coming home from the store, Tom pick up Ella at the clubhouse and we went to the adult center to set it up for worship. Tom’s sermon was “Ask a Butterfly, ‘Who Are You?’”

 

By the time worship was over, Tom’s knee was in a great deal of pain. So he came home took a hydrocodone, put an ice pack on his knee and sat with his feet up in the recliner. By one o’clock the sharp edge of the pain had let up and he cooked a couple ears of corn in the microwave and served up the ribs and potatoes.

After lunch we went back to the clubhouse … down to the laundry room on the lower level … and did laundry. We also sat and played a couple games of Fast Track. While he was waiting on the laundry, Tom used the Walgreen’s Photo app to send photos for printing. After the laundry was done, we drove to Walgreen’s and got them. They are for a photo display at the Grimes Senior Center. We’ll take them Monday.

 

With this cloud cover on the 21st, we didn’t think we’d have a chance of viewing the solar eclipse.

 

Monday 21st The storm that was predicted for Friday night got here last

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night. Lots of lightening was striking less than a mile away. There were also heavy rains that continued into the morning hours. When Tom checked the rain gauge it registered 2 inches and it was still raining slightly.

$$$ It was payday so we stopped at the office and picked up Tom’s check. Then we went to the Cozi Cafe diner for their breakfast special of two eggs, hash browns, toast and sausage or bacon. From there we went to deposit the check at the credit union. After that, it was back to Cutty’s Cafe to say good bye to Ted and Nancy. However, they weren’t there. So we went on to Grimes and the Senior Center.

Before going home, we went to Walmart for some groceries and other necessities. Why is it that as soon as you get home from shopping, one of you asks, “Do you know what we forgot to get?” We use an app called “Cozi Family Organizer for  our shopping list. It shares the list between our two smartphones. That makes it easy to separate and each go after specific items. When an item is checked off one phone it is automatically checked off the other also. Throughout the week, as either of us think of something, we can add it to our list. …. So, why do we still get home without something?

It had been raining and cloudy all day so we assumed that it was hopeless to try and see the solar eclipse. However, when we arrived home, the neighbors were sitting on their deck and staring into the sky. They said the the clouds occasionally parted and they could track the progress of the eclipse.  We have two large maple trees that obscure the sky from our RV site. We went and sat with them and watched. As promised, the clouds parted then we could see the disc of the moon as it passed before the sun.

Tom took on another project. Earlier I said that our fire pit was too close to the RV (as in photo one). So it is now moved, which open the walkway also. (photo two) And here it is in its new location (picture 3).

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Tuesday 22nd We had a little more rain overnight. That’s a good thing because we have been a little parched lately. Tom slept in again. After waking at quarter to four and deciding THAT was too early, he rolled over and slept until the alarm went off at seven. After breakfast, we went to coffee at Cutty’s Cafe. Susan was the only one there when we arrived but Dixie joined us a short time later.

We arrived at the Grimes Senior Center at 9:30 and had time to play one round of Fast Track before Tom’s appointment with the Public Health Nurse to get his toenails trimmed. By 10:30 he was back playing Fast Track. Lunch was at 11:30.

His doctor’s appointment was at 12:50. That left knee is still giving him lots of pain. He was refereed to a specialist, who is supposed to call with an appointment later this week.

Leaving the doctor’s office, we stopped at Walmart to pick up prescriptions and the things we forgot yesterday. Tom found one of those flat “as seen on TV” antennas and purchased it. We were half surprised that it really does work.

Once we arrived home, he did some work on the deck and yard. It’s beginning to look more like we want it to look.

Tom received a coupon from Village Inn for 25% off our entire ticket. So we went there for supper. The 25% came to a little over $5 which is what we tipped the waitress.

In the evening we sat at the picnic table and played more Fast Track. We are NOT addicted to this game … we could quit at any time … really!

2017 August part 1

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August 01 Tuesday was a normal day with nothing special going on.

August 02 Wednesday morning while haveing coffee with friends at the Cutty’s Cafe, we made arrangements to gather at Village Inn at noon for “Pie Rush Wednesday”. Then we went to the Grimes Senior Center for lunch. We asked to be served first because we had somewhere to be at noon. After lunch and pie, we hurried home so that Tom could get ready for work (2-9). While Tom worked, Ella played Train Dominoes at Cutty’s Adult Center.

August 03 Thursday  Our niece Kara came to visit so we stayed home from the Senior Center. We introduced her to the game “Fast Track” and I think she quickly became addicted to it. She stayed until it was time for us to go to the Cafe for supper. Once a week, they have a special dinner on Thursday evenings. This day it was meatloaf. It is very good (not as good as Tom’s) and very large slices. Served with a vegitable and a big baked potato, it is enough for two. Yes we have become that ‘old couple’ who go to a resturant and split a meal.

August 04 Friday Tom worked 3-10 while Ella played Card Jackpot.

August 05 Saturday The Nye family gathered at Cutty’s for a family reunion. It was held at the Adult Center. In the process of cleaning up and carrying things to the truck, we misplaced the keys to the storage cabinet in the Adult Center. This is where we keep all of our supplies for our worship service. It even had the laptop which has Sunday’s sermon on it. Not good … not good at all.

August 06 Sunday Because we had no key to the storage cabinet, our worship was interesting. No bulletins meant no hymn lyrics and no responsive readings. Tom was able to receive his copy of the bulletin and sermon on his tablet. We did the expanded Lord ’s Prayer by having the congregation recite one line at a time. Tom then read a scripture passage relating to that line of the prayer. That worked well without having a bulletin. We sang the first line of Amazing Grace from memory. We had people look up the scripture verses (Colossians 1:13-23 and Luke 9:28-36) in their bibles or on their devices. The sermon title was “The Visible Image of the Invisible God”. Again, didn’t need the bulletin.

Tom then went to work at the fee booth from 2 to 9.

August 07 Monday We did our usual Tuesday stuff at the Senior Center.

The full moon rose orange with layers of clouds. All that was missing from this view was the image of a witch on a broom.

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August 08 Tuesday Lunch and games at the Senior Center and then Tom had a Doctor’s appointment. His knee (the one he had surgery on in April) has been causing a lot of pain. He said the other day, “If the only way to get rid of this pain is to take the leg off … I’d consider it very strongly.” The pain had lessened by the time of the appointment but was still painful. He was told to take Tylenol every six hours, keep it iced, and elevated. If it doesn’t get better in a week, he is to make another appointment. It is a little difficult to keep it iced and elevated when he has a job (even if it is part time) as well as a lot of things to do at home (which is what caused the pain to flareup in the first place).

August 09 Wedn0810172001_HDR.jpgesday Tom had the day off and spent the afternoon installing “rafters” to our awning. One of our friends at Cutty’s made these for us about six or seven years ago for a different trailer.  Since they were made for a different size awning it took a little adjusting of the lengths to make them fit snuggly.  It was also nessasary to drill some holes in the awning roller tube. By the use of the rafters along with deflappers and multible tie-downs, we have had that previous awning withstand sustained 50 mph winds with gusts to around 60. When I know a high wind is coming, I still take them down.

Because Wednesday is when we get together to play dominoes, and because we still haven’t located the missing key to the cabinet in the Adult Center, we took two of our sets, a double 9 and a double 12. The set at the Adult Center has numbers instead of dots. Ours has dots. So it required people to actually count dots but we got through without too much grumbling.

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August 10 Thursday Tom is on blood thinners and needs to check his INR (International Normalized Ratio) which is a check of blood coagul tion. He normally does this at home on Thursdays so that he call in his results in time for the doctor’s to get back to him before the weekend (if they need to make a change in his meds). This also when he checks his blood sugar level. One finger stick … two tests.

August 11 Friday We gather to play Ca  rd Jackpot (think bingo with cards) at the Adult Center on Fridays. However, because of that missing key (all of the cards are stored in the locked locker), we gathered all of our decks of cards (and purchased a few more) so that we could still play. As we were getting ready to go, Tom went out to the truck and searched once more for the key. He moved the passenger as far forward as possible and then back as far as possible and guess what … that’s right … found the missing key next to Ella’s seat. Now the argument is, “Who lost it in the first place.”

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August 12 Saturday  While Tom was at work and Ella was somewhere (sorry I don’t remember what she was doing) John (son) capencil_sketch_1503057633851.jpgme out and took the Excel from storage. He took it home to make sure it was ready for the trip to Texas. While he was here, he also put the small storage shed together. What a great guy he is.

 

August 13 Sunday Tom’s sermon was And How Are They to Hear?” based on Romans 10:5-15.  It was nice to have the bulletins and laptop back in service again. Tom worked 2-9.

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August 14 Monday Coffee at the cafe and lunch at the center then Tom worked 2-9.

August 15 Tuesday We had a Williams Family reunion planned for 4 p.m. However because there were isolated rains in the area, many of the family decided to postpone it to a later date. I even booked the Lodge at Cutty’s so that we could be out of the weather. But some said they had to have a grill. And since the Lodge is on Main Street there was no place to put a grill.  The new date is September 9th at our place. When I talked to Kara, I said to come on over to our place and we could have a mini reunion of our own. She had a couple of her granddaughters with her. They wanted to go to a movie. They came over later and we had a nice visit.

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August 16 Wednesday Our niece, Kara came to visit with two more of her grandkids in tow. The kids swam at the indoor pool at the Clubhouse while Ella and Kara played Fast Track. Tom stayed home and made pizzas for them to eat once the swimming was over. After lunch, we just sat and visited. Somehow the topic centered on ghosts and dreams. This was one of the few Wednesdays that we have not gone to Village Inn for Pie Rush Wednesday. Later in the evening, John brought the Excel back to Cutty’s and back into storage. He had checked the wheel bearings and brakes and found them to be ready for travel.

August 17 Thursday On the way into the Grimes Senior Center, we stopped at our storage space to retrieve some trunks and storage bins that will now go into our shed that is on our seasonal site. We found that we couldn’t get the key to turn in the paddle lock. It had rusted too badly. We left it for the time being and went on to the center for games and lunch. After lunch we stopped at Ace Hardware to purchase a paddle lock. Instead, Tom found a pack of four locks that are keyed alike. We went back to our storage spaces and had the manager cut off the rusted lock. After the trunks and storage boxes were loaded into the truck, we replaced that lock with one of the new locks. Then we went to our second storage space and changed our lock there also. Arriving home, we unloaded the trunks etc and put them in the shed and then locked it with the third lock. The fourth lock went on the tool box in the truck.

August 18 Friday Tom worked 8-3:30

August 01 Tuesday

August 02 Wednesday

August 03 Thursday Kara came to visit and we introduced her to the game “Fast Track”.

August 04 Friday

August 05 Saturday The Nye family gathered at Cutty’s for a family reunion. It was held at the Adult Center. In the process of cleaning up and carry things to the truck, we misplaced the keys to the storage cabinet in the Adult Center. This is where we keep all of our supplies for our worship service. It even had the laptop which has Sunday’s sermon on it.

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August 06 Sunday Because we had no key to the storage cabinet, our worship was interesting. No bulletins meant no hymn lyrics and no responsive readings. Tom was able to receive his copy of the bulletin and sermon on his tablet. We did the expanded Lord ’s Prayer by having the congregation recite one line at a time. Tom then read a scripture passage relating to that line of the prayer. That worked well without having a bulletin. We sang the first line of Amazing Grace from memory. We had people look up the scripture verses (Colossians 1:13-23 and Luke 9:28-36) in their bibles or on their devices. The sermon title was “The Visible Image of the Invisible God”. Again, didn’t need the bulletin.

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August 07 Monday

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August 08 Tuesday

August 09 Wednesday Because Wednesday is when we get together to play dominoes, and because we still haven’t located the missing key to the cabinet in the Adult Center, we took two of our sets, a double 9 and a double 12. The set at the Adult Center has numbers instead of dots. Ours has dots. So it required people to actually count dots but we got through without too much grumbling.

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August 10 Thursday

August 11 Friday We gather to play Card Jackpot (think bingo with cards) at the Adult Center on Fridays. However, because of that missing key (all of the cards are stored in the locked locker), we gathered all of our decks of cards (and purchased a few more) so that we could still play. As we were getting ready to go, Tom went out to the truck and searched once more for the key. He moved the passenger as far forward as possible and then back as far as possible and guess what … that’s right … found the missing key next to Ella’s seat. Now the argument is, “Who lost it in the first place.”

August 12 Saturday

August 13 Sunday Tom’s sermon was And How Are They to Hear?” based on Romans 10:5-15. Tom worked 2-9.

August 14 Monday

August 15 Tuesday

August 16 Wednesday Our niece, Kara came to visit with two more of her grandkids in tow. The kids swam at the indoor pool at the Clubhouse while Ella and Kara played Fast Track. Tom stayed home and made pizzas for them to eat once the swimming was over. After lunch, we just sat and visited. Somehow the topic centered on ghosts and dreams. This was one of the few Wednesdays that we have not gone to Village Inn for Pie Rush Wednesday. Later in the evening, John brought the Excel back to Cutty’s and back into storage. He had checked the wheel brearings and brakes and found them to be ready for travel.

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August 17 Thursday On the way into the Grimes Senior Center, we stopped at our storage space to retrieve some trunks and storage bins that will now go into our shed that is on our seasonal site. We found that we couldn’t get the key to turn in the paddle lock. It had rusted too badly. We left it for the time being and went on to the center for games and lunch. After lunch we stopped at Ace Hardware to purchase a paddle lock. Instead, Tom found a pack of four locks that are keyed alike. We went back to our storage spaces and had the manager cut off the rusted lock. After the trunks and storage boxes were loaded into the truck, we replaced that lock with one of the new locks. Then we went to our second storage space and changed our lock there also. Arriving home, we unloaded the trunks etc and put them in the shed and then locked it with the third lock. The fourth lock went on the tool box in the truck.

August 18 Friday Tom worked 8-3:30

 

August 01 Tuesday

August 02 Wednesday

August 03 Thursday Kara came to visit and we introduced her to the game “Fast Track”.

August 04 Friday

August 05 Saturday The Nye family gathered at Cutty’s for a family reunion. It was held at the Adult Center. In the process of cleaning up and carry things to the truck, we misplaced the keys to the storage cabinet in the Adult Center. This is where we keep all of our supplies for our worship service. It even had the laptop which has Sunday’s sermon on it.

August 06 Sunday Because we had no key to the storage cabinet, our worship was interesting. No bulletins meant no hymn lyrics and no responsive readings. Tom was able to receive his copy of the bulletin and sermon on his tablet. We did the expanded Lord ’s Prayer by having the congregation recite one line at a time. Tom then read a scripture passage relating to that line of the prayer. That worked well without having a bulletin. We sang the first line of Amazing Grace from memory. We had people look up the scripture verses (Colossians 1:13-23 and Luke 9:28-36) in their bibles or on their devices. The sermon title was “The Visible Image of the Invisible God”. Again, didn’t need the bulletin. ,

August 07 Monday

August 08 Tuesday

August 09 Wednesday Because Wednesday is when we get together to play dominoes, and because we still haven’t located the missing key to the cabinet in the Adult Center, we took two of our sets, a double 9 and a double 12. The set at the Adult Center has numbers instead of dots. Ours has dots. So it required people to actually count dots but we got through without too much grumbling.

August 10 Thursday

August 11 Friday We gather to play Card Jackpot (think bingo with cards) at the Adult Center on Fridays. However, because of that missing key (all of the cards are stored in the locked locker), we gathered all of our decks of cards (and purchased a few more) so that we could still play. As we were getting ready to go, Tom went out to the truck and searched once more for the key. He moved the passenger as far forward as possible and then back as far as possible and guess what … that’s right … found the missing key next to Ella’s seat. Now the argument is, “Who lost it in the first place.”

August 12 Saturday

August 13 Sunday Tom’s sermon was And How Are They to Hear?” based on Romans 10:5-15. Tom worked 2-9.

August 14 Monday

August 15 Tuesday

August 16 Wednesday Our niece, Kara came to visit with two more of her grandkids in tow. The kids swam at the indoor pool at the Clubhouse while Ella and Kara played Fast Track. Tom stayed home and made pizzas for them to eat once the swimming was over. After lunch, we just sat and visited. Somehow the topic centered on ghosts and dreams. This was one of the few Wednesdays that we have not gone to Village Inn for Pie Rush Wednesday. Later in the evening, John brought the Excel back to Cutty’s and back into storage. He had checked the wheel brearings and brakes and found them to be ready for travel.

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August 17 Thursday On the way into the Grimes Senior Center, we stopped at our storage space to retrieve some trunks and storage bins that will now go into our shed that is on our seasonal site. We found that we couldn’t get the key to turn in the paddle lock. It had rusted too badly. We left it for the time being and went on to the center for games and lunch. After lunch we stopped at Ace Hardware to purchase a paddle lock. Instead, Tom found a pack of four locks that are keyed alike. We went back to our storage spaces and had the manager cut off the rusted lock. After the trunks and storage boxes were loaded into the truck, we replaced that lock with one of the new locks. Then we went to our second storage space and changed our lock there also. Arriving home, we unloaded the trunks etc and put them in the shed and then locked it with the third lock. The fourth lock went on the tool box in the truck.

August 18 Friday Tom worked 8-3:30

August 01 Tuesday

August 02 Wednesday

August 03 Thursday Kara came to visit and we introduced her to the game “Fast Track”.

August 04 Friday

August 05 Saturday The Nye family gathered at Cutty’s for a family reunion. It was held at the Adult Center. In the process of cleaning up and carry things to the truck, we misplaced the keys to the storage cabinet in the Adult Center. This is where we keep all of our supplies for our worship service. It even had the laptop which has Sunday’s sermon on it.

August 06 Sunday Because we had no key to the storage cabinet, our worship was interesting. No bulletins meant no hymn lyrics and no responsive readings. Tom was able to receive his copy of the bulletin and sermon on his tablet. We did the expanded Lord ’s Prayer by having the congregation recite one line at a time. Tom then read a scripture passage relating to that line of the prayer. That worked well without having a bulletin. We sang the first line of Amazing Grace from memory. We had people look up the scripture verses (Colossians 1:13-23 and Luke 9:28-36) in their bibles or on their devices. The sermon title was “The Visible Image of the Invisible God”. Again, didn’t need the bulletin. ,

August 07 Monday

August 08 Tuesday

August 09 Wednesday Because Wednesday is when we get together to play dominoes, and because we still haven’t located the missing key to the cabinet in the Adult Center, we took two of our sets, a double 9 and a double 12. The set at the Adult Center has numbers instead of dots. Ours has dots. So it required people to actually count dots but we got through without too much grumbling.

August 10 Thursday

August 11 Friday We gather to play Card Jackpot (think bingo with cards) at the Adult Center on Fridays. However, because of that missing key (all of the cards are stored in the locked locker), we gathered all of our decks of cards (and purchased a few more) so that we could still play. As we were getting ready to go, Tom went out to the truck and searched once more for the key. He moved the passenger as far forward as possible and then back as far as possible and guess what … that’s right … found the missing key next to Ella’s seat. Now the argument is, “Who lost it in the first place.”

August 12 Saturday

August 13 Sunday Tom’s sermon was And How Are They to Hear?” based on Romans 10:5-15. Tom worked 2-9.

August 14 Monday

August 15 Tuesday

August 16 Wednesday Our niece, Kara came to visit with two more of her grandkids in tow. The kids swam at the indoor pool at the Clubhouse while Ella and Kara played Fast Track. Tom stayed home and made pizzas for them to eat once the swimming was over. After lunch, we just sat and visited. Somehow the topic centered on ghosts and dreams. This was one of the few Wednesdays that we have not gone to Village Inn for Pie Rush Wednesday. Later in the evening, John brought the Excel back to Cutty’s and back into storage. He had checked the wheel brearings and brakes and found them to be ready for travel.

August 17 Thursday On the way into the Grimes Senior Center, we stopped at our storage space to retrieve some trunks and storage bins that will now go into our shed that is on our seasonal site. We found that we couldn’t get the key to turn in the paddle lock. It had rusted too badly. We left it for the time being and went on to the center for games and lunch. After lunch we stopped at Ace Hardware to purchase a paddle lock. Instead, Tom found a pack of four locks that are keyed alike. We went back to our storage spaces and had the manager cut off the rusted lock. After the trunks and storage boxes were loaded into the truck, we replaced that lock with one of the new locks. Then we went to our second storage space and changed our lock there also. Arriving home, we unloaded the trunks etc and put them in the shed and then locked it with the third lock. The fourth lock went on the tool box in the truck.

August 18 Friday Tom worked 8-3:30.  There were sever thundrstorm warnings for the Screenshot_2017-08-18-18-24-10.pngarea so Tom took down the awning rafters down and undid the tie-downs.

 

When they were predicting wind gusts up to  70 mph, it seemed like a good time to put the awning away. After climbing up and down on the step ladder, Tom’s knee started aching again. So while Ella went to play Card Jackpot, he stayed home and iced his knee.

 

 

 

 

 

Good night and God bless.

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2017 July part 4

25th Tuesday  Tom worked 8-2:30.  After work we went to Walmart for

groceries. Afterwards we went to shopping for a garden shed. The rules at Cutty’s Resort state that all sheds on Seasonal Sites must be no larger than 7’x7’, be resin (plastic), and removable. Home Depot and Lowes didn’t have much selection. We found a 4’x6 shed at Menards for around $300.

 

26th  Wednesday  The day started with coffee with friends at Cutty’s Café.  In the midst of discussing and solving all the world’s problems, we made plans to meet at Village Inn for “Pie Rush Wednesday” at 3:00. We played Fast Track and ate lunch at the Grimes Senior Center.  After lunch we went back to Menards and bought the shed. In hindsight, I wish we’d paid a little more and gotten a better quality shed.  We had a few more items to purchase at Walmart. Ella bought a watch on which she can actually read the time. What a concept!

With the Hitchhiker finally completely empty, we had it moved into storage.

In the evening we played Train Dominoes at Cutty’s

 

27th  Thursday coffee at the Café and more games and lunch at the senior center. Then Tom worked 2-9. While Tom was at work, Cutty’s staff moved the Excel to storage and the Sierra onto our Seasonal Site. Ella was unable to get the 3 slides out. When Tom got home, he couldn’t get them out either.

28th  Friday Tom went out early (still dark) in the morning and pulled the pickup close enough to the Sierra’s batteries to give them a “jump”. With that assist, they were strong enough to get the slideouts out.

We went for coffee as usual but also ordered breakfast at the café.

While Ella worked on organizing in the trailer, Tom worked an odd shift from11-7.

After Tom was off work, we went to Cutty’s Adult Center to play Card Jackpot. We arrived shortly after they had played the first round. Normally there are 4 to a table. When we got there all the tables were full so we started a new table with just the two of us. There was so much “table talk” going on that the Caller was repeatedly asked to repeat what they had said. Several people asked to keep the talk down so that they could hear what cards were being called. After two rounds, Tom gave up and went to the café. Ella followed. We ordered a pizza. When we finished eating we saw that the Card Jackpot had finished. Several people were still complaining about the noise. However, we were the only ones who gave up and left.

29th  Saturday  There was a Block Party in our area and we had planned to attend. However, a friend’s grandson, who had been born premature, died after 17 days. Tom was asked to read the scripture verses at the funeral on Saturday.

We created a screen between our “yard” and the neighbor’s RV.  We hope to plant some climbing plants here next spring

30th  Sunday Tom preached in the morning. His title was “I Can Not be Severely Shaken” which was taken from Psalm 62. We took the truck to the car wash to remove the bird droppings. As they begin migrating, the birds stop at the trees in the campground and leave unwelcome “calling cards” on vehicles, RVs, patios and furniture. For lunch we stopped at Subway. Then Tom worked at the fee booth from  2-9.

31st  Monday would have been Tom’s mother’s 110th birthday if she hadn’t died in 1994. We did our normal routine of coffee, games and lunch. We also took more items to Union Park United Methodist for the rummage sale.

 

2017 JULY part 3

Grimes Senior Center

Thursday 20th  We had a white elephant gift exchange at Grimes Senior Center today. Ella got an Easter egg themed candle holder and I got a bottle of foot spray with most of the information in some Aramaic language.In the evening John, Brandon, and Nathan came out and moved the hide-a-bed from the Hitchhiker to the Sierra. Then manually pushed the slideout out so that we could empty the food stuffs and cleaning supplies that were stored in a cupboard that had been inaccessible with the slideout in. Once that was done, they pushed it back in so that it could be moved back into storage.

 

Friday 21st Tom worked at the fee booth from 8 to 3:30. We called Jim (the man who had expressed interest in buying the Hitchhiker) and told him that it was empty and available. He said he needed to check with his partner. In the evening we played card jackpot. Tom won one and a half nickel jackpots. (Split one because there were two winners)

Saturday 22nd was an unusual day for us. Cutty’s theme for the weekend was Christmas in July. Santa Tom wore the red suit and sat with kids while their family took photos. I was amazed at how many said they wanted Hatchimal for Christmas. I thought that FB_IMG_1500740584069-1.jpgFB_IMG_1500739214266-1.jpgphase was past. Also had requests for fidget spinners which didn’t surprise me because that seems to be the current craze in toys. Santa had one little toddler (not yet talking) who came coming back to just sit on my lap for a while. Then he would get down and run around and then come back to be picked up again. Santa also got lots of hugs. In the evening Santa changed into red jogging pants and a Hawaiian print shirt to ride around the campground with three loads of kids and adults on the hay rack while we sang a few Christmas songs. The same toddler who had sat on my lap in the morning rode most of one trip sitting on my lap again. Santa has a real fan in that one.

Sunday 23rd Tom preached a Christmas themed sermon and then worked at the fee booth from 2-9. Ella spent a good part of her day sorting through more “stuff”. When Tom came home she had things boxed to move from the Excel to the Sierra, and several bags of things to take for the church rummage sale. Ella and Tom may not have lost weight this summer, but the RVs sure have. It is still hard to believe that we had accumulated so much extraneous stuff.

 

 

2017 July part 2

Photo: Monday morning (17th) while I (Tom) was working the Fee Booth, the club receptionist called to say that there was a message on the voice mailbox for me. On Friday (after business hours) Mark from Methodist Hospital had called and said that a patient requested a visit from me. That and the phone number was all that was said. I immediately called and went to Mark’s voice mail. I left my name, the reason I was calling and my personal phone number. I tried several times during the day but always went straight to the mail. I was very curious as to who from Methodist Hospital was trying to reach me.

Tuesday morning I was once more at work in the Fee Booth and during a lull in activity, I called the number again. It was picked up by Mark (that I discovered was the hospital chaplain) and he explained that one of my church members had been admitted to the hospital. You need to understand that every Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day I preach at Cutty’s Resort. When he told me for whom he was calling, I thanked him and let him know that this person had been moved to hospice. After my shift was over, Ella and I went to visit with Marion and his wife at the hospice. He was very weak and tired so we didn’t stay long. We held hands and prayed together and then gave Jan a hug and let them know that if there was anything we could do to help, we would.

Wednesday was my day off and I had plans to finish unloading the Hitchhiker and get the Sierra and Excel ready to be moved. However with the actual temperature around 98 and the “feels like” temperature at 110, we didn’t accomplish as much as I’d hoped. I did

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6:00 p.m. after we’d finished for the day it “cooled down” to only 103.

manage to get everything (that I can by myself) out of the Hitchhiker. We also made a lot of progress in getting things sorted into categories: keep in Sierra, keep in Excel, donate to church rummage sale, and throw away. We stowed a lot away in the Sierra, carried things to the Excel (not put away) and some things in the pickup to go to church. And we also took some time to go to Village Inn with friends for Pie Rush Wednesday.