2018 August 13 Monday

2018 August 13 Monday in Grimes Iowa

66° and hazy at the day’s beginning.

Hives aren’t any fun. Last night I kept finding myself scratching at the rash, which I’m not supposed to do. I told Ella that I needed one of those cones they put on dogs to keep them from bitting at the itches. She said, “except they’d be on your hands.” I got up and put a pair of socks on my hands. It worked okay over night. But I don’t think I can work at the fee booth with socks (or gloves) on hands.

Here are my life savers for today.

I’ve taken my steroid tablet for the day, and the first Benadryl.

Filed under thank you God. I got in Rudolf the red nosed pickup this morning, pushed on the brake in preparation for starting. Pedal went all the way to the floor. I’m out of brake fluid.

Ella dropped my off at the fee booth and then went up to the cafe. Don, who works in maintenance, was there and put some break fluid in Rudolf. After work, I’ll buy a bottle and top it off.

As I comb my beard, some hairs are pulled out.

When I look at them, it’s easy to see why it becomes tangled.

The weather alert / civil defense Sirens started going off about 10: 39 this morning. I have no idea what reason it was. normally they check them at noon on the first Saturday of the month. and since this is neither noon or Saturday I’m really kind of confused about what’s going on. As I was typing this, Ella called to ask me why the Sirens were going off. I’ve checked the weather and there is nothing but sunshine and blue skies.

I never did find out the reason for the Sirens.

After work, I bought some brake fluid, filled the truck with gas and ran it through the car wash.

Ella had BBQed chicken thighs in the Crock-Pot and we had our lubber (lunch/supper) at about four o’clock. Q

I took more Benadryl and a nap that Can lasted until 7:30. It was nice to wake up before bedtime.

G’nite y’all!

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2018 August 11 Saturday

2018 August 11 Saturday in Grimes Iowa

66­ and hazy this morning. The sun looks somehow fake this morning as if some cosmic prankster substituted an orange ball in place of the sun.

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Thursday Cutty’s Campfire Cafe had a meatloaf dinner and it was very good. Unfortunately for me it was also full of onions.

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I have a allergy to onions that causes anywhere from a mild scratchiness of the throat to swelling of the throat. I didn’t know that it was full of onion until Friday morning when I woke with a scratchy throat. It wasn’t severe just an irritant. There was a small piece of the meatloaf leftover and I took it for my supper at work last night. That has turned out to be an unwise choice. This morning I woke with a very sore and swollen throat and my lips are also swollen. In the photo I am not trying to accentuate the lips … that is just how they look this morning. Also I itch all over, which is something new.

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It was feeding time at and below the bird feeders this morning. However, right after I took this photo, a grackle flew smack dab into the window with a loud thump. He was dazed but seemed okay. It did frighten the other creatures away, however. I guess I shouldn’t have cleaned the glass so well.

Looking through photos from years gone by.

August 2011 great grandma Ella with Charlotte and Lorelei.

This was about August 2012 when our pickup was being repaired after a yellow post at Walmart “ran into it.”

2013 Tom liturgist during State Fair themed service at Union Park UMC

Sunset August 2017

G’nite y’all!

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2018 August 12

2018 August 12 in West Des Moines and Iowa

66° at days beginning and reached a high of 92° and does to 77° at bedtime.

I snapped this photo as we were leaving home on the way to emergency room at Methodist West Medical Center.

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This morning I woke 4:30 with lips, tongue, and throat swollen. I had a terrible time sleeping because I itch all over.

6 o’clock came and I awakened Ella and told her that I lneeded to go to the emergency room. I had Ella call Stoney to ask him to cover the worship service for me. Unfortunately he was taking Sue to the emergency room at Mercy West. We are sitting in the ER at Methodist West which it’s just .3 miles from where we are.

They got a PICC line in and a shot of Benadryl, steroids, and something else pepsin or something like that.

As is got closer to time for worship, Ella called out to Cutty’s and told them to hang a sign on the door of the Adult Center saying “No worship today”. I really hated to do that but I could hardly talk. I guess the only bright side here is that I have next week’s bulletins and sermon ready.

Another shot of Benadryl at about 11:15. It had started working on the swelling. However the itching has subsided and I have a rash all over my body, on arms, face, on my head, and in my beard, as well as the non public parts.

Having had neither breakfast not lunch, when we left the ER around 2, we went to Village Inn for lunch we them took the prescriptions to the pharmacy. We them shipped for a time. Shortly after 4 I received a text message that the prescriptions had been filled. So we went back, got the prescriptions, and checked out. Came home I rested while Ella went to water some plants for some friends who are out of town. Beyond that I did nothing of importance until bedtime.

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.G’nite y’all!

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2018 August 10 Friday

2018 August 10 Friday in Grimes Iowa

68° and mostly clear at 4:30 this morning. Got a little hazy and climbed up to 80° and stayed there until sundown.

My CPAP machine ran out of distilled water over night. That means that my sinuses and throat were extremely dry this morning. When that happens then all my mucus making cells go into hyperdrive to make up for lost time. And I got the nose drips.

Since I was awake, I worked on the sermon for this coming Sunday.

When Ella came out and started rattling Panda around, u realizes how late it was.

Normal morning except going to Burger King for breakfast. They really need to hire some help. It appeared that there was only one person running the counter as well as the drive though and one working the kitchen.

There was time for coffee with the gang at the cafe before going the the senior center.

I had time for a short nap before going to work at 3:00 p.m. I worked until 10.

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G’nite y’all!

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2018 August 09 Thursday

2018 August 09 Thursday in Grimes Iowa

76° and sunny by the time I got up.

No Sunrise photo today because I slept in. Around four this morning my phone fell from the shelf over the bed and landed on my nose! That is not the kind of wake up call I expect. So I went back to sleep until reawakening about quarter after seven. By then the sun had already risen.

My blood work all looked good today. Glucose was a little high but after eating that huge piece of sour cream raisin pie last night, I wasn’t surprised unfortunately my eating habits got out of whack this week and the scale showered a gain.

Most of the usual game were there for coffee this morning.

Then lunch and games at the senior center.

meatloaf supper at Cutty’s Cafe this evening

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2018 August 08 Wednesday

2018 August 08 Wednesday in Grimes Iowa

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I woke around 4:45, got out of bed and began straightening the covers on my side. Though she seldom stirs when I do this, today Ella asked what time it was. When I told her she said, “I’m not getting up. Well I’m getting up, but not staying up.” And proceeded to go into the bathroom. While she was up I finished making my side of the bed and dressed.

After closing the bedroom door, I turned on lights in the kitchen and started a dozen eggs to boil. I’ve discovered the way to have perfect boiled eggs (neither soft yokes nor green from over cooking). Completely cover the eggs with cold water then, over medium low heat, bring it just to a boil. Turn off the heat and let the water cool for at least twenty minutes. I then refrigerate until needed.

Once the eggs were done, I got my laptop and sat at the table to work on the coming week’s sermon. I opened the window share so that I could see the sky it was still quite dark.

As I wrote, I also kept an eye on the sky. About 5:15 a little color began to appear.

by 6:00 the sky looked like this.

By 6:20 it looked like this.

Ella got up and we are breakfast about eight.

We meet up with the hand for coffee as usual.

Went to the senior center for games and lunch as usual

Liver and onions for lunch. I scraped the onions from mine because of a food allergy.

Played bingo after lunch.

Went to Village Inn for pie with term of our friends.

Rested a shirt time before going to the adult center for Mexican Train.

Went from playing dominoes back to Village Inn to visit with Lyn.

Got home about 11:15. Long day.

G’nite y’all!

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2018 August 07 Tuesday

2018 August 07 Tuesday in Grimes Iowa

62° start and extremely clouds. It made it up to 76° by noon in spite of the clouds. Clouds broke apart slightly around 2 and the temp jumped to 81° with 75% humidity

I worked 8-2:30 today while Ella went to the senior center.

She came to get my at 2:30 and we went into Des Moines for the worship bulletins. There folks at Union Park UMC were setting up to host National Night Out.

I would have liked to have stayed. However it was 2 1/2 to 3 hours before the event and I was hungry and in real needed of a nap.

We ordered a pizza from Cutty’s Cafe and then came home first a nap. The remainder of the day was just relaxing.

G’nite y’all!

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2018 August 06 Monday

2018 August 06 Monday in Grimes Iowa


66° and rain (not much but loud)

Coffee with friends at Cutty’s Cafe.

Games and lunch at the senior center.

Ice cream at Heavenly Delights

I worked on the sermon for the 12th, finished the bulletin, and email it for printing

Gnite y’all!

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2018 August 05 Sunday

2018 August 05 Sunday in Grimes Iowa

66° start and a brief wind and rain event. It was 86° at noon and reached 92°

I conducted worship service at Cutty’s. Ella took a photo of m me with my mouth open. Not flattering but accurate.

For lunch we went to Hibachi Grill and Buffet. I ate some poor baby octopi, a dead bird, and part of a cow and a spring roll … Got to get my veggies.

While we were eating, Ella emailed some photos for development at Walmart. When we arrived, they weren’t ready. We did some shopping

And then some sitting and waiting.

And finally just forgot about the email and printed them from her phone.

They were photos from the balloon festival. She going to take them to the senior center tomorrow for the “State Fair Photo Contest” … really just to share.

G’nite y’all!

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2018 August 04 Saturday

2018 August 04 Saturday Nye Family Reunion in Grimes Iowa

75° start and mostly overcast.

Coffee with friends just keeps growing. There were a dozen see one point. Standing in the background is Stoney, (left to right back row) Nancy, Sandy, Francis, Keith, and Sue in blue and white blouse but hidden behind Jean.

(near row left to right) Ella, Ted, and Jean. (not in the picture) Gail, Bob and myself.

After coffee, Ella and I came home to get some last minute things ready for the Nye Reunion.

We were invited to John and Dawn’s campsite for pizza. Brandon was there and so was Cindy. We stayed until about 9:30 which is time for old folks to be in bed.

G’nite y’all!

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