2019 September 10 Tuesday

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2019 September 10 Tuesday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

65° and thunderstorm. It rained overnight and continued until 10:30 in the morning. And still reached 83°. The sun made several spotty appearances throughout the day.

There was an inch and a half in the rain gage.

I worked eight to one-thirty again today. I will have all of tomorrow off.

Kara came for a while this afternoon. We took the Fast Track game to Cutty’s cafe and ate ice cream while we played the game.

Ella made broccoli cheese soup in the crockpot for supper.

God bless and g’nite

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Day 127 in Iowa. 68 days working

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2019 September 09 Monday

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2019 September 09 Monday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

65° and foggy. It rained overnight.

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Worked eight to one-thirty

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Day 126 in Iowa. 67 days working

2019 September 08 Sunday

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2019 September 08 Sunday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

60° and mostly cloudy.

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Coffee gang at Cutty’s cafe. We It ordered the scramble egg platter, quickly and then butt hurried to Union Park UMC. We’ve only managed to visit our “home church” once this year. I was overly concerned that we will be late because they were switching from summer hours to winter hours and i didn’t know what the hours were. I thought they might be 9 o’clock. They weren’t. Church started at 10:30. On the plus side, I did get to go to Sunday school.

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I found this newspaper clipping on our church bulletin board. It was from when Ella and I “visited” the senior center as the Clauses.

This afternoon was the Cutty’s Employee Appreciation Dinner. There were a lot more people than in the photos, because I forgot to get photos until 2/3rds of the people had left.

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Day 125 in Iowa.

2019 September 07 Saturday

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2019 September 07 Saturday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

60° and mostly cloudy. It topped out at 79° under cloudy skies and some early evening rain.

Pre dawn sky.

I can almost hear the music from the movie “2001” as the sun came over the horizon.

Our flower is blooming again. This is the third or fourth time that it has bloomed.

The coffee gang (Francis, Francis and Sandy, Sue and Tom, Ella and I) met at the cafe this morning. It’s open early today and tomorrow. The test of the week it opens at 11, which is why we have having coffee at at the clubhouse.

After coffee, we went to the Hy HyVee in Urbandale.

We needed to buy a Birthday cake and some ice cream.

Nap time was before lunch today. I had assembled some chili this morning and put it in a crockpot. I served it with cheddar cheese, corn chips, and flour tortillas.

Nieces Kara and Karla came for a visit this afternoon. It was a great day to sit on the patio an and play games

The Birthday party for Linnea was it at John’s house this evening. As you can see from the photos, most of the family was there.

We had some rain, so instead of sitting around the fire, we sat in John’s new garage. As you can see the garage is quite large and well lit.

God bless and g’nite

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Day 124 in Iowa.

2019 September 06 Friday

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2019 September 06 Friday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

60° and mostly cloudy.

There is no sunshine today, even when my weather app says it is 63° and sunny. My thermometer says 59° and by looking at the sky, I’m saying that is completely overcast.

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This is what I did yesterday. I added 20 more blocks to surround the outdoor fireplace. Now there is almost zero chance that the wood pile will catch a spark.

The coffee gang meet at the clubhouse again this morning. Tomorrow the cafe will be be open early enough for us to meet there for coffee.

Each of the area centers have a Wii bowling league, and once a year there is a big competition between the centers. This year our center will be hosting it. So we have been setting out table decorations with bowling themes Duane, a member, made pin, balls, and Wii remotes out of wood.

I worked from 2 until 9 today.

Meanwhile Ella did laundry and played Card Jackpot.

Here are some of the many … many geese that spend their au summers here.

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God bless and g’nite

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Day 123 in Iowa. 66 work days

2019 September 04 Wednesday

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2019 September 04 Wednesday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa 57° and mostly clear. Seventeen degrees difference than yesterday morning. The sun stayed awake today and it was 83° by 1 o’clock.

Another perfectly timed sunrise. Honestly, I woke up just minutes before taking the photo.

The coffee group gathered at Cutty’s clubhouse today because the cafe is on their “off season” hours now and not open early now.

We stopped at the post office before going to the center for gamer and lunch.

There was bingo after lunch.

From the senior center we went to Village Inn for pie.

I was so drowsy that I was glad to get home and take a nap. I slept for maybe five minutes. So, by 5 o’clock I was feeling like going to bed. However Wednesday is Mexican Train dominoes night.

I was too tired to be around fire and sharp instruments. We went to the cafe for pizza.

God bless and g’nite

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Day 121 in Iowa.

2019 September 03 Tuesday

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2019 September 03 Tuesday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

74° and overcast (even though th the weather app said it is clear). I can’t believe that it reached 89° without the sun ever showing its face!

Such a tiny pinpoint of light.

We skipped going to the cafe for coffee this morning. I was doing some end of the season bookkeeping for our worship services. We served 98 people this year.

Because we missed the cafe, we arrived early at the Grimes senior center. We helped set up chairs and table decorations.

We were playing Fast Track and Sue did something I’d never seem done before. She got all four of her “men” on the board and lined up one behind the other at the start of the game.

Shortened hours have kicked in at the fee booth. I worked 1-7 today. This Friday I’ll work a normal 2-9. However, the remainder of my days will be the shortened “off season” hours.

God bless and g’nite

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Day 120 in Iowa. 65 work days

2019 September 02 Monday

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2019 September 02 Monday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

66° and mostly clear. Reached 81° but humidity mass it feel like like 88. Our air conditioner ran a bit today, something it hasn’t done much of lately.

And quite surprisingly, we had a five minute rain pass through just after dark.

Good morning, you tiny yellow ball.

There was a communal breakfast at Cutty’s Clubhouse this morning. All you can eat pancakes and French toast. The usual gang was there.

The Tree Memorial ceremony took place at 10 a.m. this morning. I gave a short talk including a quote by Pope Benedict XVI about heaven and God keeping us in his mind and heart. Sue Stone had a poem about an oak tree.

I worked 2 to 9 today. The camping season is winding down. Starting tomorrow we will be locking the gate at 7 p.m. And soon it will not be unlocked until later than the current 8 a.m.

God bless and g’nite

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Day 119 in Iowa. 64 work days

2019 September 01 Sunday

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2019 September 01 Sunday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

60° and hazy. Haze turned to clouds, which became overcast. Reached 79° which caused the air conditioning to run for about 30 minutes today.

We had 14 worshippers today. It was our final day, until Memorial Day 2020.

Proof that Henry was here yesterday.

It was Carnival Day at Cutty’s Campground. There we lots of activities for children and adults.

We went to Pizza Ranch for lunch. I had chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, and dressing. Ella had several different pizza flavors including spinach. We both had dessert pizzas. I had apple with ice cream. She had cherry and apple (I think).

This was the sky at about 4 o’clock. Already dark and gloomy.

About 5 o’clock we went up to Cutty Cafe and fed, Lord I don’t know how many, children ice cream. Some were great grandkids, some were neighbors of great grandkids, some were relatives of neighbors to great grandkids.

There was a knock at the door, as I was cooking supper. It was the twins. The twins are some special needs people that we have known since they were 13 years old. They are now in their 40s. They normally do not attend our worship service because Pine Car Racing takes place during the same time slot every Sunday. And they race the the cars that they have built. It is a very important event in their lives.

However, this week, Pine Car Racing will be on Labor Day Monday rather than on Sunday. Because of the time change, they attended worship this morning.

They came to ask me some questions about heaven and judgement. Keep in mind that, even though they are two very large men with greying and thinning hair, they are mentally still children.

I tackled being judgemental first. I said that we are not not to judge other people, because if we do. God will judge us in the same way. (Judge not lest ye be judged. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Etc.) I also told them that we were allowed and encouraged to have discernment. To recognize good and bad.

They seemed to follow my thinking.

Next came the hard one, heaven. I said I don’t know what what heaven is like.

I don’t believe that it has pearly gates and streets of gold. That those are concepts to try and explain a spiritual world to someone who only knows the physical world. I said that, through the centuries, prophets, philosophers, and theologians have tried to understand it.

To show how difficultit is to do, I told them to imagine that they had to explain “snow” to a blind person who lived in the tropics. How could you do that? You could say it is cold. But he has know idea what cold means. It is white. But he is blind and doesn’t know what white is. Maybe you could say that it’s like the ash from a fire that falls softly upon you. But does he really know what snow is like? No.

Jesus often said, “Heaven or the Kingdom of God is like …” He always discribed it not as a physical place but in terms of relationships or concepts.

What I do know is, we are told to love each other, forgive one another, and even to love our enemies.

Think about about what it means to love an enemy. If you truly love them, are they still your enemy? Now that doesn’t mean that they will stop seeing you as their enemy … but that is their problem, not yours.

I hope that I explained my beliefs in simple enough concepts that these,”kids” could understand.

God bless and g’nite

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Day 118 in Iowa.