2018 June 08 Friday

2018 June 08 Friday in Grimes Iowa

71° start with 87° around noon and still at 83° at 9 p.m.

No sunrise photo today. I woke at 3:30 which was too early even for me. I went back to bed and slept until Ella’s 7 o’clock alarm.

Bible reading and devotion writing took precedence over fixing breakfast. But breakfast was prepared and eaten before going to the cafe for coffee.

Another good turnout at the Grimes Senior Center today.

While at the senior center l received a call from the the insurance examiner. They would only replace Rudolf’s tailgate and not repair the side rails of the bed because they had been previously damaged. So instead of having repaired I’ll take the money and just look for a scrap yard tailgate.

I was able to grab some nice clouds shots this evening.

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2018 June 07 Thursday

2018 June 07 Thursday in Grimes Iowa

64° this morning with a high of 88°. It was about 75° by 9.

An inch of rain fell yesterday evening in a rather short amount of time

I stopped at Home Depot yesterday looking for supplies to build a coffee table storage area. Couldn’t find what I was looking for.

My next thought was that I might find something at Goodwill that I could disassemble and reassemble into what I’m looking for.

This is what I found for $4.99. I threw in the extra penny to round it to $5. Yep, I’m a big spender.

We took the Rudolf the rednose pickup in for some repair work on the tailgate.

Enterprise had a Jeep Cherokee for us to drive while Rudolf is getting his tail fixed.

Ella is still trying to figure out how to get in and out of it.

Stew Hansen Collision had us checked in and on our way in about half an hour.

We had time to go back to Cutty’s and meet up with friends at the cafe before going into Grimes and the senior center.

Six tables full of old folks for lunch today at the senior center. It must be the pie and ice cream dessert.

Ella had purchased a different suet cake at Bomgaars a couple days ago and the birds have gobbled it up. So we had to go buy some more. We don’t want to disappoint our guests.

Laundry day had come again. Living in a travel trailer has a few shortcomings. One of those is storage. There just are not enough places for everything. For instance, the laundry bag full of dirty clothes is stored in the shower tub. Another thing to be aware of is that you black and gray water tanks need to be emptied periodically. If they are not, the water backs up into the shower tub … which holds the laundry bag.

A laundry bag, as I found out today, that had been standing in several inches of water, it’s much, much heavier. And it drips.

Fortunately I had a plastic tub into which I could place the well soaked laundry. That way it didn’t drop all the way through the trailer or into the back of the loaner vehicle.

Clothes, clean, dry, and folded thanks tho my bride.

There were some interesting clouds this afternoon. However sunset was kind of disappointing.

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2018 May 31 Thursday

2018 May 31 Thursday in Grimes Iowa

Cooler again with 69° you get the day going. I last in bed until six this morning so missed any possible his sunrise photos. It reached a high of 91° with 81° at 9 p.m.

When we arrived at Cutty’s Cafe for coffee this morning, Sandy and Frances were there, later Keith, Stoney and Sue also arrived.

We stayed there until around 9:30 and then started toward the Grimes Senior Center. I ran poor Rudolf the red nose pickup through a car wash to get off the dust and bird droppings. Then a stop at the post office to mail a handful of birthday cards.

Elwood had already set up the Fast Track game and shuffled ask for decks of cards. He was ready. We had just begun to play when Joyce arrived and joined us.

Just before lunch Stoney and Sue arrived. Now that they are staying out at Cutty’s for the summer they are once again coming to the senior center.

Immediately after lunch we went to Walmart for a few things. I know it was only a few things because we only spent $95. Anytime we escape with spending less than a hundred probably means we forgot something. We did: a pair of charger cords for our phones.

Shortly after arriving home I received an email notifying that this week’s worship bulletins we printed Anna waiting at the church office.

Our Iowa home church, Union Park UMC prints the bulletins for our Cutty’s Worship services, I try to have them all formatted and emailed to the office Tuesday or Wednesday. I usually don’t have the sermon ready that early but I at least have a sermon title. I also have the scriptures, hymns, responsive readings, and sending forth/benediction as well as the order of service.

Once home again I did a few handyman things and then took a nap.

After supper the two of us played games until bedtime

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2018 June 06 Wednesday

2018 June 06 Wednesday in Grimes Iowa

70° this morning and reached 90 before the storm weren’t through and was 60 at 11p.m.

We had a full house for coffee this morning at the cafe.

And the Grimes Senior Center had a bunch for lunch also..

Around six a wild thunderstorm came through. By eight it was almost over.

Or so we thought.

It came through in segments. The first being there longest and hardest.

We made it to Village Inn twice today. Once at 2:30 with Sandy and Francis, sure and Stoney, Luella and Lila, and my niece Kara and one of her clients, Vivian, who happens to be Stoney’s cousin. Then around eight Lyn called. She was at Menards and wanted to know if we wanted to go to Village Inn for pie. The storm has let up so we said “sure”. We got home about eleven which is way late for us.

Keep your powder dry.

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2018 June 04 Monday

2018 June 04 Monday in Grimes Iowa

56° this morning and 78° by noon under mostly clear skies.

They were prepping the outdoor pools this morning, as we were going for coffee. It made me smile.

You can tell that you are at a resort when the sign at the cafe not only reads “No shirt, no shoes, no service,” but also read, “Swimwear must be covered.”

Sandy and Frances were just polishing off their biscuits and gravy breakfast. Keith arrived shortly after we did then Sue on her scooter and Stoney on his golf cart.

We visited for a while and then said that we were going to the senior center.

Our first stop was to fill the truck’s gas tank. While I was doing that granddaughter Audrie called. She had gone to work (riding with a co-worker) only to be reminded that she had requested the day off. It is her anniversary.

We took her home and earned some hugs and kisses.

It was late enough that we weren’t going to make it back to the Grimes Senior Center for lunch. We went to Bonanza instead. I had the buffet and Ella had the steak and buffet.

From there we went to Walmart to exchange a package of ant traps that I bought a couple days ago. When I got home the other day, Ella asked if I had already used one. The package said that there were four but contained only one.

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2018 June 03 Sunday

2018 June 03 Sunday in Grimes Iowa

61 chilly degrees this morning. 17 mph wind with gusts to 25. I actually had to kick the furnace on for a little bit before we took our showers.

I mixed some shredded chicken and salsa in with the scrambled eggs this morning. Then added cheese and wrapped it in an extra large flour tortilla shell. It made a nice protein packed breakfast without a lot of carbohydrates. And tasted good too.

It is Sunday so I preached this mornings at our campground. And then worked the fee booth from 2-9.

Through some freak if scheduling, I will then have seven whole days without working for pay. It’s really nice to have the time off … but not so nice for the bank account.

Ella made stuffed peppers for our lunch today.

There is a recent visitor to our bird feeder. It has a single white stripe on each wing. I believe it is a redwing blackbird without the red wing.

I’m too tired to think of anything else to say. So to quote Forrest Gump, “That’s all I have to say about that.”

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2018 June 02 Saturday

2018 June 02 Saturday in Grimes Iowa

63° and torrential rain this morning. After dropping ¾” of rain,

it moved on to the west.

This morning I was lazy and lay in bed until nearly 7:00 today. Then I decided to clean and move things around on the kitchen counter. Then I sat and worked on my morning MUSINGS.

The result was, I didn’t have breakfast started by 8:00. When I realized that it was after eight, I woke Ella and asked if we were going to the Cutty’s Cafe for coffee this morning.

About 8:30 arrived for coffee. Sandy and Francis, and Don we already there. I ordered a medium breakfast pizza for Ella and I to share. Sue came wheeling in in her electric scooter. Stoney wasn’t with her.

As we were leaving we meet Stoney on his golf cart as he headed to the cafe. We stopped him and sang Happy Birthday to him.

I left Ella at the RV and took Rudolf the rednosed pickup to Jiffy Lube™ for an oil change. It was past time, but it had to wait for the checking account to refill. Funny how fast money drains out of that account. To little money. To long month.

After the oil change I stopped at Walmart to purchase some pest spray. Ella has seem ants around her side of the bed. I suspect it has to do with the Werthers, Rice Krispy bars, and Chocolate Drops that she carries to bed with her. (Don’t tell I said that.)

I had just got back in the truck at Walmart when Ella called to say she need for the chicken she was fixing. And also some sandwich bags. So back into the store I go. While I was there, I also bought some canned meats.

After taking the food stuffs home, I wrestled the fifth wheel receiver hitch out of the bed of the truck. I have a work order in for the campground maintenance folks to examine and repair.

As it dropped to the ground from the truck, it turned upside down. I could clearly see that it is short one spring on the jaws. That probably explains why it opened up and my fifth wheel trailer fell on the bed of my truck.

I hope I can get that taken care of before I go back to Texas.

Sunset and another hour and a half of work at the fee booth. 3-10 today.

And the day it’s done.

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