2019 September 23 Monday

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2019 September 23 Monday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

52° and foggy. It turned into 79° ash and mostly sunny

Not much off a sunrise.

Once more we met at Casey’s for coffee

Jerry and I beat Joyce and Ella two out of three Cannes.

Pasta with Italian sausage, mixed veggies, pineapple, French bread, and chocolate milk was today’s menue at the senior center.

I backed Rudolf the red nosed pickup as close as I dared to the deck, so that we could load more stuff into the topper

Sunset

Post sunset

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2019 September 22 Sunday

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2019 September 22 Sunday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

64° and rain and more rain.

High water here and there.

Union Park UMC sermon by pastor Caesar David

Yes I worked today from 1:00 – 7:00 pm. I thought I’d walked into a hornets nest, when I arrived at the fee booth. Two women were fighting over the same camping spot.

Person X had register and paid for a different site. They changed their mind and wanted a spot that was currently occupied by person Y, who was due to checkout today. Person X told the attendant either that the site was empty or soon would be.

The fee booth attendant did something that shouldn’t have be been done. They checked Y out of the site and transferred X to that site. Y should not have been checked out unless they had dropped their site card at the booth, or the park ranger be verified that it was empty.

To complicate matters further, person Z had been waiting at that site for Y to move.

X & Z were yelling at each other and the attendant. Each was claiming the right to the spot. And both were threating to give up their membership if they didn’t get their way.

The attendant ask me what they should do. I said that I didn’t know what to do. It was messed up beyond my knowing what to do. I told her that it was her mistake that created all of this, and she was going to have to deside who got the site … after … Y finally moved. She moved the problem up the line to our supervisor. Who made a discussion which, of course, satisfied one and pissed the other off.

There were literally, with no exaggeration, hundreds of empty camping sites. These women were fighting over it like it was the backdoor to heaven.

We were invited to John and Dawn’s for supper tonight. It will probably be the last we see of them until spring when we return to Iowa.

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2019 September 21 Saturday

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2019 September 21 Saturday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

72° and completely overcast and headed for a predicted high of 76°

This is what we have instead of a sunrise today.

I called Amber to wish her a happy birthday and we spoke for a little over half an hour. I got brought up to speed on the grandkids also.

Today’s topics for discussion at Cutty’s Coffee Club at the cafe were, tiny houses/park modle RVs, RVs, hoarders, hot sauce, kids in church, absent friends, and accidents.

We made a stop at the Wal-Mart pharmacy for Ella’s pills and to get our flue shots. Yes, I got mine also.

We drove to Prairie City for tenderloins. I haven’t had a really good breaded pork tenderloin sandwich in a long time. (For you southerners, a tenderloin is like a chickenfried steak with pork.) They were well worth the half hour drive and the half hour standing in line. The sandwiches were about 9″ in diameter and the meat was 3/8″or more. We also had the frog eye salad. That was neither a typo nor an autocorrect fail. The frog eye salad had mandarin oranges, mini marshmallows, mayo, and tapioca (the frog eyes).

As you can see in the photos, it’s a very small ice cream shop. We arrived around 12:30 and were seated at the counter about 1:00. When we left at 1:45 the place was still full but there was no longer a waiting line outside in the rain … yeah people stood out in the rain to get into this place … that’s how good the food is.

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2019 September 20 Friday

rvingfulltimewithtomandella.com2019 September 20 Friday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

66° at dawn and 88° officially. But the thermometer my truck read 92° in the shade.

Once again we had the Coffee Club at Casey’s. The Cutty’s cafe is only open Saturday and Sundays now.

Playing games at the senior center.

I worked on repacking and restacking things in the truck to topper this afternoon.

This evening we played Card Jackpot. I won several rounds and Ella also won.

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2019 September 19 Thursday

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2019 September 19 Thursday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

Rain again. 68° low and 76° high with lots of rain.

Cutty’s Coffee Club at Casey’s again this morning.

Ella and Joyce playing Fast Track

Grimes senior center

About 5:30 in the afternoon.

Cracker Barrel I didn’t get a picture of Lyn or Ella but I captured the food. I was not able to eat all of mine.

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2019 September 18 Wednesday

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2019 September 18 Wednesday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

The day began at 76° around midnight and had only cooled to 73° at daybreak. It reached just short of 90 even with a couple rounds of light rain.

We talked about gas prices, ice cream, the Royals, RVs, and Lord only knows wha while having coffee at Casey’s this morning.

Then to the dentist for Ella’s rebuilt plate with one new tooth in it.

I worked from 1 to 7 today.

The fee booth was engulfed in Monarch Butterflies for a minute or two. It was kind of amazing to be in their migratory path, if even for a short time.

After work Ella came after me and we went to to Cutty’s Adult Center so the ladys could play Train dominoes.

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2019 September 17 Tuesday

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2019 September 17 Tuesday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

Another hazy day, which means another day of high humidity. 70° it reached an uncomfortable 92°.

The Cutty’s Coffee Gang met at Casey’s this morning. We did not stay long because we had dentist appointments early this morning.

I had a teeth cleaning.

By this masked person.

While that was happening, Ella had several molds made of her teeth and an extraction.

Having had a tooth pulled, she was restricted to Jello, pudding, and yogurt. None of which we had at home. Therefore we had to go to a grocery store. We took an extended circuitous route to get to Walmart. We took the roads less traveled. We went Saylorville Dam, down through Johnston to the Walmart in Grimes.

Once at home we played several we played several variations of Fast Track. We took naps after which I did some cleaning on a couple of things that we will be taking with us to Texas this year.

In the early evening we went to Grimes for ice cream at Heavenly Delites.

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2019 September 16 Monday

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2019 September 16 Monday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

70° with haze from the 100% hum humidity

Cutty’s Coffee group discussing restaurants in various towns. Since the cafe is is now closed Monday through Thursday – tail end of the campus camping season – we’ve been gathering at the clubhouse. The plan for tomorrow it’s to gather at Casey’s.

Joyce and Ella playing a slow game of Fast Track at the senior center in Grimes

Sharon, Jerry, and ? puzzling over the right piece.

Solitare and coloring

Coloring and cutting cutting.

Crocheting potholders?

Wii bowling too! There is always something to do at the Grimes senior center.

We did laundry today. By “we” i mean Ella. By “doing laundry” I mean playing games who3le the machines ran.

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2019 September 15 Sunday

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2019 September 15 Sunday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

Looks like am interesting week after ashes ahead, weatherwise.

65° overnight and 72 by daybreak under a clear sky. Even though the predicted high was 83 we reached 89.

This used to be a house until Saturday when it blew apart. No one home. No one hurt.

However, these homes and this church previously had windows and doors. My family members live in three houses just across the street from that church. Their things were shaken and rattled but no real damage. Our church is just a few blocks away from the blast but never suffered any damage.

Union Park UMC had an outdoor service and lunch today. The theme was a focus on creation.

I worked 1 to 7:25 today.

Ella got to spend time with soon some family of her first husband. They were celebrating a 40th anniversary.

God bless and g’nite

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2019 September 14 Saturday

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2019 September 14 Saturday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

59° overnight and 63 by daybreak under a clear sky.

Last night before bedtime, Ella mixed up some bread pudding. This morning after breakfast, she baked it.

I started a crockpot of chili this morning also. We were preparing for the potluck.

We went for coffee with friends at Cutty’s Cafe. We weren’t able to stay long because we needed to go to the store for bowls for the potluck.

While at Wal-Mart, Ella purchased some vitamins and supplements. I purchased some firewood to be used at the United Methodist Men’s Hobo supper on the 26th.

I took time to cover the outdoor fireplace this morning … and fell doing it. I tripped over one of the awning tie-down straps and landed on my and landed on my left side. I I wasn’t really hurt but I did twist I wasn’t really hurt but I did twist my I wasn’t really hurt but I did twist my back I wasn’t really hurt but I did twist my back I wasn’t really hurt but I did twist my back I wasn’t really hurt but I did twist my back a little I wasn’t really hurt but I did twist my back a little bit I wasn’t really hurt but I did twist my back a little bit.

The unforcasted nonrain arrived right on nonschedule. The the rain arrived at noon just as we were starting the potluck.

The End of the Season potluck went on as scheduled in spite of the rain.

I Worked from 2 to 9. I was surprisingly busy. Quite a few people were coming out to camp and watch television. The annual Iowa State vs Iowa football was today. There is nothing like the in-state rivalry to to bring out the tailgaters and the outdoor televisions. They also had a large projected screen on Main Street.

God bless and g’nite

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Day 131 in Iowa. 66 working days