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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2018 May 13 Sunday

2018 May 13 Sunday in Grimes Iowa

Rain! We’ve had four plus inches of rain since we arrived in Iowa on May first. I have algae growing between my toes. On the way home from church rain so hard I could hardly see where I was going. Thank God by about two it started to clear up and by four we had mostly sunny.

We got home in time to fix lunch take about a 20-minute nap and for me to go to work.

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1 John 5:9-13
“‘If we accept the testimony of men, then the testimony of God is greater. For this is the testimony of God, which is greater: that he has testified about his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God, holds the testimony of God within himself.

Whoever does not believe in the Son, makes him a liar, because he does not believe in the testimony which God has testified about his Son. And this is the testimony which God has given to us: Eternal Life. And this Life is in his Son.

Whoever has the Son, has Life. Whoever does not have the Son, does not have Life. I am writing this to you, so that you may know that you have Eternal Life: you who believe in the name of the Son of God.”

Being a witness it’s a serious matter. So serious that it is one of the ten commandments*. Indeed it could never be my word against yours. There had to be at least two witness** to determine the truth.

At least twice Jesus claimed to be the Messiah of God.*** And twice the Jewish leaders tried to stone him because he claimed to be God.****

So we have Jesus’s testimony about himself. Now add God’s testimony that Jesus is his Son.*****

Now who do you testify that he is? Before you answer that read the words of Jesus, “Therefore, everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father, who is in heaven. But whoever will have denied me before men, I also will deny before my Father, who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32-33)

*Exodus 20:16

**Deuteronomy 19:15-20

***Matt 16:15-17 & John 4:25-26

****John 8:63-59 & John 10:32-42

*****Matt 3:17 & Matt 17:5

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2018 May 12 Saturday

2018 May 12 Saturday in Grimes Iowa

47° chilly degrees and more rain this morning with occasional gusts of twenty plus. Not a nice way to start the day. But any day in this side of the sod is a good day!

The patio is soggy and it is too cold to sit out there anyway.

Costco is where we purchase most of our nonprescription medications and supplements. This morning I started refilling my pill sorters for the next few weeks. That was when I realized that there were some supplements that I was out of it low on. Off to Costco we went. We managed to escape with only a $70 dent in our bank account.

One of the local eateries chains that like in Iowa is Pizza Ranch. The have a buffet with lots of pizza choices (or you can order one that’s not on the buffet) but my favorite part of the buffet isn’t the pizza it’s the fried chicken. Sorry, KFC and Popeye’s but the best chicken in town is at a pizza joint.

Some friends were celebrating their anniversary with a party at Cutty’s Adult Center today so we stopped in for a while.

After returning home and resting for a bit, we took our dirty clothes to the laundry room in the lower level of the clubhouse. I popped some corn the take with us along with a Rummikub game to keep us occupied while the clothes washed and dried.

While we were there one of our friends stopped me to ask for some spiritual and relationship guidance. This has been happening more often over the past few years. I’m not a trained counselor but I try to answer these kind of questions with pertainet Bible verses.

As we left the clubhouse we drove party around the lake. It was just beginning to rain again as we arrived home.

The laundry was brought in and put away. So it is now time to get the blog caught up while resting in the recliner.

MUSINGMay 12 2018


1 John 2:3-4
“We are sure that we know Christ if we obey his commandments. The person who says, “I know him,” but doesn’t obey his commandments is a liar. The truth isn’t in that person.”

What are His commanders? Here are a few.

Repent – Matthew 4:17
Follow Me – Matthew 4:19

Rejoice when criticized – Matthew 5:11–12
Do visible good works – Matthew 5:16
Make amends – Matthew 5:23–25
Avoid sinful thoughts – Matthew 5:28–30
Be honest – Matthew 5:37
Turn the other cheek – Matthew 5:38–42
Love Your Enemies – Matthew 5:44–46
Be Perfect – Matthew 5:46–48
Don’t seek recognition – Matthew 6:1–18
Seek the eternal – Matthew 6:19–21
Judge Not -Matthew 7:1–3
Ask – Matthew 7:7–8
Do for Others – Matthew 7:12
Stay on the path – Matthew 7:13–14
Be careful who you follow – Matthew 7:15–16
Don’t fear physical death – Matthew 10:28
Invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: – Luke 14:12–14
Love the Lord – Matthew 22:37–38).
Love Your Neighbor – Matthew 22:39–40
Be ready for My Return – Matthew 24:42–44
Remember me – Matthew 26:26–28).
Be Born Again – John 3:5–7
Watch and Pray – Matthew 26:41
Feed My Sheep – John 21:15–16
Baptize – Matthew 28:19
Wait for God’s Power -Luke 24:49
Make Disciples – Matthew 28:19–20

For more of Christ’s commandments go to 50 Commands of Jesus which is where these were adapted from.

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2018 May 11 Friday

2018 May 11 Friday in Grimes Iowa

54° rain and wind to begin the day. Rain went away but temperature only reached 60°.

Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain . The pitter patter of a light rain welcomed me from my slumber. And shortly turned much angrier with wind and pelting rain. It didn’t last long and was gone by time to go to the senior center.

Games were played and lunch was eaten. Then we left so that I could get back and to work.

This is my supper at work. Yum!

No sunset photo but I got a shot of the foggy haze in the air.

MUSINGMay 11 2018



1 Peter 2:4-6
You are coming to Christ, the living stone who was rejected by humans but was chosen as precious by God. You come to him as living stones, a spiritual house that is being built into a holy priesthood. So offer spiritual sacrifices that God accepts through Jesus Christ. That is why Scripture says, “I am laying a chosen and precious cornerstone in Zion, and the person who believes in him will never be ashamed“*

This scripture passage brought to mind the old hymn, The Church’s One Foundation.**

The church’s one foundation
is Jesus Christ our Lord
we are his new creation
by water and the Word
from heaven he came and sought us
that we might ever be
his living servant people,
by his own death set free.

We now on earth have union
with God the Three in One,
and share through faith communion
with those whose rest is won.
Oh, happy ones, and holy!
Lord, give us grace that we
like them, the meek and lowly,
on high may dwell with thee.”

With Jesus as our foundation and 2000 years of living stones applied, what a mighty structure the church united must be. Indeed the Pew Report published these findings, “As of 2010, Christianity was by far the world’s largest religion, with an estimated 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31 percent) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth.”

But, dear Christian, before you pat yourself on the back, remember that it also means that ⅔ if the world is not Christian. Remember also: “The Lord isn’t slow to do what he promised, as some people think. Rather, he is patient for your sake. He doesn’t want to destroy anyone but wants all people to have an opportunity to turn to him and change the way they think and act. (2 Peter 3:9)

As a living stones we have an obligation to seek out those with hearts of stone*** and turn them into living stones.

*Isaiah 28:16

**Sarntlel J. Stone, 1866 adapt. By Laurence Hull Stookey, 1983 Adapt. © 1983 The United Methodist Publishing House

*** Ezekiel 36:26

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2018 May 10 Thursday

2018 May 10 Thursday in Grimes Iowa

52° with clear skies and ground fog as the day began.

Many years ago youngest daughter Heather gave us a gourd birdhouse. And, yes, that is exactly like it sounds like. It is a large gourd hollowed out through a small hole.

Last year I noticed that there were some small sticks inside the gourd. However I saw no activity. This year there are definitely wrens living in it. This morning I’ve seen a lot of coming and going from a pair of wrens. I assume that means that there are little ones to feed.

As my hearing has deteriorated I no longer great many of the birds see around me. But I can still hear the high trilling sound of these wrens. It makes me smile.

We took a little drive around the campground and just enjoyed the beauty

Now, this was an unexpected visit at the senior center. I don’t know all the details about what was going on so I’ll not comment at this time.

When we went back to the campground to check out the adult center.

This is where we hold our worship services from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

We stopped at Verizon to clear up a billing issue. Just before going to IHOP to have supper with a couple of my nieces.

Another great sunset.

MUSING May 10 2018


James 5:13-16
“If any of you are having trouble, pray. If you are happy, sing psalms. If you are sick, call for the church leaders. Have them pray for you and anoint you with olive oil in the name of the Lord. (Prayers offered in faith will save those who are sick, and the Lord will cure them.) If you have sinned, you will be forgiven. So admit your sins to each other, and pray for each other so that you will be healed. Prayers offered by those who have God’s approval are effective.”

My first heading for this scripture reading was PRAY PRAY PRAY. Because the word ‘pray’ was used three times and ‘prayer’ twice. Clearly the writer of this letter was including the readers to pray.

However, as I re-read an meditated on it I realized that a more proper heading would be DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Because these calls to pray were in response to a need.

  • If you are sick

  • If you’ve sinned

  • If you’re happy

I know that if we were happy we were to sing a Psalm. So technically it doesn’t say to pray if you’re happy. But the Psalms are prayers. They are songs of gladness, worry, fear, exaltation, and the whole range of human emotions.

So whatever situation you are in, don’t get stuck there. Prayerfully do something to move you forward.

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2018 May 08 Wednesday

2018 May 08 Wednesday in Grimes Iowa

62° and clear. And climbed to 73 by the afternoon with a mostly cloudy sky.

Liver and onions for lunch today’s flex meal at the center. The regular meal was a Chief salad. We played bingo after lunch until it was time to go to Village Inn.

We arrived about fifteen minutes before Lila, Sandy, and Francis arrived. We weren’t able to say to long because I needed to get back to Cutty’s to work the afternoon/evening shift at the fee booth.

While I worked the fee booth, Ella planted her Mother’s Day flowers.

And then there was the sunset.

2018 May 08 Tuesday

2018 May 08 Tuesday in Grimes Iowa

64°, breezy, and overcast to start the day. It became very windy in the afternoon with gusts of 30+ mph. The sun came out and the temperature topped out at 83° by three o’clock. And then it became completely overcast again.

We went to the senior center for games and lunch. Ella also had her blood pressure checked by the public health nurse.

Joyce, Ella, and I played Fast Track.

While several teams played Wii bowling

Every though the outside temp reached the low eighties, our trailer stayed relatively cool because of the shade provided by two large maple trees. As the season progresses and the sun moved further north, we will have more sun until midway through the day. That coupled with higher outdoor temperatures will mean more time with the air conditioner running.

Ella has been having trouble with the nosepiece of her glasses. So we went back to where she bought them and had it repaired.

She head some prescriptions on order. So when she received a text that they were ready, we went to pick them up. At about the same time, I received a text from the pharmacy in Texas that it was time for me to reorder my medications. When Ella got hers she just asked to have mine filled here. Sometime in the next few days I’ll go back and get mine.

Son John and grandson Brandon came by to take Ella to by some plants for Mother’s Day. Shortly Ella called and told me to come up to the Mexican restaurant near Walmart.

As I was leaving the campground I saw two fire trucks, lights flashing, sitting in the parking lot across the street.

Then I met up with the rest of them at Panchero’s for some burritos.

Here is a photo of the sky about an hour before sunset. I’m glad I took it because it was the last time I (almost) saw the sun.

MUSINGMay 08 201


James 4:2-7
You want what you don’t have, so you commit murder. You’re determined to have things, but you can’t get what you want. You quarrel and fight. You don’t have the things you want, because you don’t pray for them. When you pray for things, you don’t get them because you want them for the wrong reason–for your own pleasure. You unfaithful people! Don’t you know that love for this evil world is hatred toward God? Whoever wants to be a friend of this world is an enemy of God. Do you think this passage means nothing? It says, “The Spirit that lives in us wants us to be his own.” But God shows us even more kindness. Scripture says, “God opposes arrogant people, but he is kind to humble people.” So place yourselves under God’s authority. Resist the devil, and he will run away from you.

James is an interesting writer who pulls no punches. He tells it like he sees it and is not concerned about being politically correct. We need people like James to correct us when we’ve gone astray. Does he make you uncomfortable? Good.

A preacher’s job has been described as: to make the comfortable uncomfortable and to comfort the uncomfortable. I’ve heard it so many times and in so many different ways.

I’ve heard it so many times and in so many different ways. Get out of your comfort zone. Success happens outside the comfort zone. You can not change without doing something new. You can not grow where you are comfortable because true growth requires pushing against the resistance. These sayings are true for your physical life, emotional life, your financial life, and most certainly for your spiritual life.

The way of the world is: Don’t make waves. Go along to get along. Do what you have to do to make yourself comfortable. The way of the world makes you lazy. Don’t be a lazy Christian.

Feed your spirit on the word of God. Exercise your spirit by doing those things that Christ commanded us to do. Start with the great commandment (Matthew 22:36-40). Get out your bible and look it up. Now read Matthew 25:31-46. And the last commandment of Jesus is found in Matthew 28:19&20.

Start with the great commandment (Matthew 22:36-40). Get out your bible and look it up. Now read Matthew 25:31-46. And the last commandment of Jesus is found in Matthew 28:19&20.

James challenged his flock to change. To which I’ll say, Amen.

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2018 May 07 Monday

2018 May 07 Monday in Grimes Iowa

51°and clear that climbed to 76° by 1:00 p.m.

Our day started with a drive to Altoona. We met with Tina at Perkins for breakfast. She and her daughter will be returning to Germany tomorrow. They have been here for two months (while we were in Texas) so that Tina could shadow some lawyers. She is working as a midicator in Germany and wanted the experience here. One of the law firms offered her a job. However, because of family obligations, she is not in a position to move from Germany.

We left breakfast in time to get to lunch at the Grimes senior center. We played games, ate, and played more games.

Once we got home we spent some time sorting through stuff and game up with a large box of items to donate to the church rummage sale.

As we were going through things, we found some bottles of out of date medications. I checked on the internet and found that Walgreens would take them for disposal. I dumped them into a sandwich bag. Tore off the labels from the bottles and threw them away.

At 5:30 we had an employee meeting at Cutty’s clubhouse. We filled out new paperwork and got our employee handbook.

Once we left the meeting we drove to Walgreens to dispose of the pills. I was told that without the pills in their original bottles they couldn’t take them. The pharmacists advice was to just throw them in the trash. I doubt that is the approved method. But I did it anyway.

I got a nice photo of the sunset.

MUSING – May 07 2018


James 3:3-10
“We put bits in the mouths of horses to make them obey us, and we have control over everything they do. The same thing is true for ships. They are very big and are driven by strong winds. Yet, by using small rudders, pilots steer ships wherever they want them to go. In the same way the tongue is a small part of the body, but it can brag about doing important things. A large forest can be set on fire by a little flame. The tongue is that kind of flame. It is a world of evil among the parts of our bodies, and it completely contaminates our bodies. The tongue sets our lives on fire, and is itself set on fire from hell. People have tamed all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and sea creatures. Yet, no one can tame the tongue. It is an uncontrollable evil filled with deadly poison. With our tongues we praise our Lord and Father. Yet, with the same tongues we curse people, who were created in God’s likeness. Praise and curses come from the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, this should not happen!”

Like every child I would occasionally ”talk back” to my mother. When I had gone to far, Mom would say, “You’d better watch your mouth!”

I had a sister who was fifteen years older and when I had “pushed her buttons” she would say, “you’re breeding a scab on the end of your nose, boy.”

In my teenage years, I found it easy to talk my way into fights. I remember one person telling me (in a threatening way), “Don’t let your mouth make promises that your first can’t keep.”

At seventy plus years my mouth still gets me in trouble. James said it best, “no one can tame the tongue.” Even though my tongue still occasionally becomes unbridled, now a larger percentage of the time it is used to praise God and be in service of the LORD.

Sometimes it is best to just bite your tongue and remain silent.

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