2018 May 25 Friday

2018 May 25 Friday in Grimes Iowa

69° to start the day and 82° by noon. And an unofficial 90° around 3 p.m. them dropped to 81° by 9. Looks like an air conditioned night.

We arrived at Cutty’s Cafe just before nine and set up our Fast Track game while we waited for some of our friends to arrive. We also shared a scrambled egg platter with sausage.

Before too long Francis and Sandy arrived. A short time later Jean also joined us. Getting together with friends is one of the best things about spending our summers at this resort.

We visited for a while and then it was time to leave for the senior center too play and eat with more friends.

After lunch we stopped by the post office and then headed to the Eastside. Our home church, Union Park UMC, prints the bulletins for our Cutty’s Worship Service. It is such a blessing for us that we don’t have to pay to have the bulletins duplicated.

While we were on the way back home, we received a phone call from Kara, my niece, she had planned to come out Cutty’s to visit us. However, it appeared that the dog sitter her son had hired, had not been around for twelve hours. So Kara was going to let the dogs out for awhile. While Kara was there the sitter arrived.

Since Kara was going to arrive later than originally planned, we did some shopping before going home.

The sun cranked up the heat as we stepped out of Walmart. The sign at the bank read 90° as we headed home.

We were just putting things away when Kara arrived. We went to the Adult Center and played Fast Track until around 5:30 when Kara had to leave.

Then it was time for us to return home and fix supper.

So sunset came like a pastel watercolor.

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2018 May 23 Wednesday

2018 May 23 Wednesday in Grimes Iowa

It was 65° and partly cloudy to start the day.

Today we boarded a bus at the senior center and went to the Iowa State fairgrounds for Senior Fest.

There were seventeen seats on the bus and only one small space in the back bench was empty. And that was because we were one short. Joyce didn’t go.

It is a good thing that our bus driver had a sense of humor because we kinds of gave him a bad time.

Bingo was how I passed my time. I played game after game and never won. Ella played once and walked away with a bag of goodies.

Since the Grimes center is small, we were paired with the West side center. Our theme (each center hasa different theme) was Hawaii. So leis grass skirts, Hawaiian shirts, and these way-too-small straw hat were plentiful.

For lunch we had baked chicken, potato salad, baked beans, and an orange.

Considering that there were thousands of people here, the food line moved very smoothly.

It was about 1:00 when we loaded back into the bus and headed back to Grimes.

We had a different driver for the return trip. She had never been to our building before so relied on the final turn from the passengers.

Ella an I hurried from the center to Village Inn for Pie Rush Wednesday and time with friends.

Then around 6:30 we went to Cutty’s Adult Center and played Mexican Train.

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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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