2019 July 28 Sunday


2019 July 28 Sunday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

71° and mostly cloudy,

Morning clouds almost adds more color to a sunrise.

Our Sunday service was cut short. Other than Ella and I only one other person arrived and he quickly, left feeling sick. The good news is … I now have next week’s service done.

We had Pizza Ranch buffet for lunch. Ella had Pizza. I had The chicken, which is the real reason I go there.

I got in a short nap before going to work from 2-9.

Some light rain moved through during the sunset hours so no photo tonight.

God bless and g’nite

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2019 July 27 Saturday

rvingfulltimewithtomandella.com2019 July 27 Saturday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

71° and clear in the morning. This is a day off for me. Shabbat shalom!We went to Cutty’s cafe for coffee and fellowship, a usual on my essays off, though Ella goes nearly every day. Once we were finished correcting all the worlds wrongs, we headed for home

We drove around some of the park on our way home.

I took Rudolf the red nose pickup to Jiffy Lube for an oil change, in the mean time Ella did some lite housework.I returned in time for lunch. However, we both were still full from breakfast, so we went to the cafe for ice cream. Now that is a good lunch!

Then it was home to watch tv or playgames and for me to put the final touches to tomorrow’s sermon.

God bless and g’nite

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2019 July 26 Friday


2019 July 26 Friday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

63° and mostly cloudy and reached 88° with done high gusty winds.

I worked 8-3:30 today. We were kept moderately busy all day which is the way I like it.

Friday night is Card Jackpot art Cutty’s adult center. We had four tables of four each. Each table had a deck of cards. The cards are dealt so that everyone has 13 cards. There is a deck of oversized cards that is shuffled and then turned over 1 at a time and that card called (like in bingo) the person at each table who has that card discards it into the center of the table. The person(s) who discard their final card yells, “Jackpot”. They win the pot for that round. If there are more than one winner, they split the pot. There are 10 rounds at a nickle and the final round is played for a quarter.

God bless and g’nite

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2019 July 25 Thursday


2019 July 25 Thursday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

63° and mostly cloudy, except on the eastern horizon. It reached 81° before an early evening rain shower moved through.

Morning sunshine a little later than usual today

This was the gang at Cutty’s cafe this morning. We were down a couple (see yesterday’s post) but still were able to come up with some words of wisdom.

Ella and I were dressed as Mr and Mrs Claus today. It was Christmas in July at the Grimes senior center. I had a few folks sit on my lap for pictures. In the same community center as the seniors group, a very large group (40+?) of pre teens were practicing a play. I walked in wearing the full Santa suit and surprised them. I didn’t stay. I was just dropping in to make sure they were going to continue to be good for the next 6 months.


Photos of Santa and friends.

In the evening, we drove up to the cafe and found some of the usual suspects, who had come up for pulled pork sandwiches.

We had gone for a drive when Ella decided that she needed to feed the ducks. There is female white duck that has two yellow and two black ducklings.

Lyn, a long time friend called and asked if we wanted to meet for Chinese for supper. Yes. Sowe made arrangements to meet at 6:30 at the only Chinese restaurant in Grimes. We arrived a little early and saw the sign that read, “We close today”. I called to tell Lyn and we made plans to meet at Cozy Cafe.

We ate and visited until after they had locked the doors. It is nice to have friends like that.

God bless and g’nite

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2019 July 24 Wednesday


2019 July 24 Wednesday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa 68° and clear.


We gathered for The planting of this tree.it is in memory of or friend Sharon Seeman, who died recently. The planting was done at Cutty’s Des Moines Campground just before we drove to her Catholic church in Madrid, Iowa.

The funeral cerimony for Sheron Seemans. At the Catholic church in Madrid ( pronounced Mad’-rid not Mu-drid’), Iowa.

The luncheon after the service gives an idea of the number of lives that she touched.

These 2 are scenes from “The Last Supper.” Ted and Nancy are heading back to Florida very early tomorrow morning and will not be back until next spring. This group of people have shared a lot of experiences this year and will continue to have more, until in the fall when to go our separate ways for fall, winter, and spring. Some stay in Iowa, many of us go South to Texas or Arizona to escape the cold and snow.

God bless and g’nite

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2019 July 23 Tuesday


2019 July 23 Tuesday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

58° and clear. What a relief to wake up to cool air.

Hello, Sunshine!

This is the photo I took last evening. Below is the stylized photo that Google made from that pic. Which picture do you like most?

House finches on our feeders.

A short drive along the lake.

Flowers at Grimes senior center.

Playing Fast Track at thesenior center.

We stopped at UPUMC to reserve the fellowship hall for the Nye Family Reunion in August. We planned to hold it at Cutty’s but, even though Ella was they at the exact earliest minute the adult center could be reserved … it had already been reserved … as had the lodge also. I wasn’t some answers as to how that can happen. I will bring it up at thenext clubhall meeting.

Wolfe Eye Clinic for Ella’s annual exam. She had cataract laser eye surgery about 10 years ago.

After a short nap at home, we drove to Granger, Iowa for a visitation for a friend who died last week. Her funeral idea tomorrow.

From there we drove to Love’s for gasolineand Denny’s for supper

God bless and g’nite

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2019 July 22 Monday


2019 July 22 Monday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

65° and clear


The Grimes senior center received day old bread from the local Subway. The center wraps them and we are allowed to take them home. I skillet toasted some for breakfast this mourning. Reality good.

I worked the fee booth from 8 to 3 today. My shift was other at two thirty. However, I had someone come in shortly before a pay with 2 $100 bills which took all my change. That meant I was unable to close out my drawer at shift change. I had to send somebody to the office to break the hundred dollar bills so that I could balance my drawer. And they set up all ones and fives, $200 worth of ones and fives. It took extra time to count and ruin a tape.

So, shortly after 3 I arrived home ants ate lunch.

Then I took a 10-15 minute nap.

Then I let Ella me at more games of Fast Track. Yes, I won a few also!

The sun, low on the horizon, shining up on the bottom leaves.

God bless and g’nite

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

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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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