2018 May 20 Sunday

2018 May 20 Sunday in Grimes Iowa

55° and overcast to start the day. It got up to 63° for the high and remained overcast.

We attended church at Union Park UMC this morning and had a hamburger lunch in the fellowship hall after the service.

Laundry was done at Cutty’s laundromat on main Street.

Since it is next to the cafe, we took our Fast Track game over there and played while the clothes washed.

Ella beat me three out of for games. We also shared a milkshake while we were there.

The rest of the day was a rest day.

No sun at sunset. So no photo.

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2018 May 19 Saturday

2018 May 19 Saturday in Grimes Iowa

57° to start the day with clear skies that slowly clouded over. It reached almost to eighty degrees by noon. We had about an hour long rain come through between 2:30 & 3:30 and the temperature dropped to seventy. Then the sun broke through once again.

I worked eight to two thirty today. It was very busy with a huge graduation party, two birthdays, and a welcome home party had an endless stream of visitors coming into the park. That also meant that the phone was very busy too with members calling to more people to the guest list.

After work I went to the the clubhouse where a clubhall meeting was in progress. There were questions and a few answers.

Then it was time for a short nap before supper.

For supper Ella heated some peas and some riced cauliflower with cheese. While she did that I went Arby’s for some bourbon BBQ brisket. We discarded the buns to cut out the carbohydrates.

Not many photos Saturday’s sunrise and sunset weren’t pretty today.

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MUSINGS- May 19 2018


Acts 2:14-21
“Then Peter stood up with the eleven apostles. In a loud voice he said to them, “Men of Judea and everyone living in Jerusalem! You must understand this, so pay attention to what I say. These men are not drunk as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning. Rather, this is what the prophet Joel spoke about: ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour my Spirit on everyone. Your sons and daughters will speak what God has revealed. Your young men will see visions. Your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour my Spirit on my servants, on both men and women. They will speak what God has revealed. I will work miracles in the sky and give signs on the earth: blood, fire, and clouds of smoke. The sun will become dark, and the moon will become as red as blood before the terrifying day of the Lord comes. Then whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’’”

Every good newspaper editor knows that you start the article with the most important part. First you paint the picture with broad strokes and then drill down to the details. This is done because most people read a headline and a few following sentences and then skip to the next thing that catches their eye.

If I were Peter’s editor I would ask him if the most important thing that I am to take away from this article is that the disciples weren’t drunk?

No, of course not. The important part of this story was (and still is) “whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”. That should come right under the headline 3,000 People Saved.*

However, Peter was a fisherman not a newspaper man. Nor was he, until that very day, a preacher. Even as a preacher he could have used some pointers on a proper outline and using bullet points. But then he had 3,000 converts that day which goes to prove, if you are led by the Holy Spirit, miraculous things can happen … no matter what you say.

Here is what I want you to remember … if the Holy Spirit says, “speak”, speak. And, I know, I buried the lede**

*Acts 2:41

** lede – noun – the opening sentence or paragraph of a news article, summarizing the most important aspects of the story.

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2018 May 18 Friday

2018 May 18 Friday in Grimes Iowa

59° calm and clear morning today.

Mr House Finch at our feeder.

While Mrs Finch kept an eye out up above.

We get quite a few birds here in addition to the house finches, there are gold finches, Orioles, Downey woodpeckers, several varieties of sparrows, wrens, white-eyed grackles, and an occasional. Flicker. Then below the feeder you’ll find; robins, brown thrushes, more grackles, cowbirds, Cardinals, blue Jays plus rabbits, squirrels and ground squirrels. As I was writing this, I looked up and a male Cardinal was on the top of the hook above the feeder. Knowing how skittish they are with even the slightest movement I took a quick shot which makes it appear he’s sitting on my travel mug in the foreground.

I worked the morning shift (8-2:30) today. I prefer mornings for several reasons. One, I’m a morning person. By eight o’clock I feel that the day it’s half over. Plus the cash drawer is always right when I get there; which sad to say isn’t always true for the afternoon shift. Mistakes happen and it may take some time to untangle the knot. I’ve made my share.

The traffic at the fee booth is different in the morning also. Less people checking in … more checking out. Mornings are also when most people come to pay the electric bills on their seasonal sites, buy golf cart license plates and/or yearly tags. I think more folks come to check out basketball and tennis equipment while it is cool in the morning also.

In the evening e played cards jackpot at Cutty’s Adult Center. 1 won twice (9 nickels total) which means it only cost Ella and I combined sixty cents to play.

The sun was just about to set when we came out from our games.

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2018 May 17 Thursday

2018 May 17 Thursday in Grimes Iowa

62° and mostly clear this morning. Tried very hard to reach 83° today. Altogether a nice day with just enough breeze to be comfortable.

On the way to the senior center, we stopped at the post office. I received more meds.

As usual we played games and ate. We had a special speaker today. Honestly, I don’t know what he talked about. Because after he started with some lame jokes, I quit listening. I spent the time reading my emails and checking out Facebook.

Ella had a pencil portrait of her mother in a glass covered frame. She had taken it to the Grimes senior center for Mother’s Day. However, after she brought it home she broke the glass and damaged the frame.

This afternoon we went to Hobby Lobby and got it in a new frame with new glass.

Then we went to Nathan and Beth’s so we could see the great grand kids. This is the first time in over seven months that I’ve seen them.

When we returned to Cutty’s, we went to the Fireside Cafe for pizza. I ordered “the heavy” which is topped with every ingredient that they have (except onion to which I’m allergic). I then scraped the toppings from the crust and ate only the toppings. Trying to avoid the carbohydrates but get the protein and veggies.

That’s all for today. Goodnight y’all.

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2018 May 16 Wednesday

2018 May 16 Wednesday in Grimes Iowa

58° and clear this morning. I worked at the fee booth from 8 to 2 today. I had a new employee with me so that I could continue his training.

After work we went to Village Inn for pie. Tom & Sue, Sandy & Francis, Keith & Jean, Gail, Luella, and Ella & I all gathered for pie and conversation.

In the evening Ella and I went to Cutty’s Adult Center to play Mexican train dominoes. We were the only ones there. We played a couple of games while we waited. After a while we gave up and put everything away.

The sun was getting low in the west as we came out of the Adult Center.

We need a few groceries so it was up to Walmart. The sun was setting as we left there. I pulled over to the side of the road while Ella snapped a photo.

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2018 May 15 Tuesday

2018 May 15 Tuesday in Grimes Iowa

59° and hazy to start with. The sun came out about 11:00. We reached out high of 76° be 2 p.m.

We started our day with dentist visits for both of us. After a checkup and cleaning, my teeth are good to go until September. Ella gets to go back shortly to have cavities filled.

We headed to the Grimes senior center with just one stop to check for mail. It was early as we arrived at the center so we helped get things set up. Renee, the site manager is on vacation for a couple of weeks. So Mary, her sub, was glad for the help.

Lunch was another carbohydrate laden meal of pasta and bread. I ate the veggies and the pasta to get what protein I could from the meat sauce. Before going to work, I ate some cottage cheese to bring the protein intake up.

And here I am at work waiting for campers to arrive or depart.

It was a slow day at the fee booth.


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