Saturday, January 17, 2015

December 2014


Monday 01- 66/47 with thick overcast.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a mile walk, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I begun to sign and address the “Azure Sea of Dreams” to those of my friends who requested a signed copy and others.
I washed clothes with the little washer and it did pretty well; too bad the sun wasn’t out to dry them.
I took Cassie for her evening walk.



Tuesday 02- still thick with overcast.
I did my stretches, yoga, lifted weights, took Cassie for a mile walk, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
FedEx and UPS brought my new toys today; I had it with Microsoft Win 8.1 and that dang “Charms” thingie that keeps popping out every time I slide my finger too far to the right while I am writing and interferes with my thoughts; some are lost forever. I am switching to a Apple; I got a refurbished 2014 Macbook Air, 11 inch 1.4 GHz Intel Core i5 with 4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 and a 125GB SSD. (Be sure to turn on the firewall because it isn’t automatically turned on like in Windows). I also picked myself up a refurbished iPad Air 32GB and a iPod Touch 16GB Gen 5 all for a good price.
I continued signing and addressing the “Azure Sea of Dreams” to those of my friends who requested a signed copy and as Christmas Gifts.
Took Cassie for her evening walk.


Wednesday 03- cloudy with drizzles and rain later in the night.
I did my stretches, yoga, lifted weights, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I finished signing and addressing the “Azure Sea of Dreams” to those of my friends who requested a signed copy and others and ran out of books. If I missed anyone let me know and I’ll order more.
Played with my new toys.
Took Cassie for her evening walk.


Thursday 04- overcast and drizzly.
I did my stretches, yoga, and took Cassie for a walk.
I went to the post office in 29 Palms to pick up two packages and send out fifteen “Azure Sea of Dreams” to my Friends as Christmas gifts; I ran out of books and will have to order more, but that will happen after the first of the new year. To send out the books the postal person had to enter each address for each book! This took quite a while and I apologize to those waiting in line behind me. I then went to WalMart to pick up another “Toy” a iPad Mini for me I ordered online and had to stand in line for 45 min before getting service. I talked to people while waiting there which made the time seem to go faster. I then went to get my haircut at the hair cutting place there.


Friday 05- overcast and cold.
I did my stretches, yoga, lifted weights, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie. I even punched at the heavybag when we got back.



Saturday 06- 61/49 degrees.
I did my stretches, yoga, lifted weights, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I spent the day preparing to travel to Tucson Az. I had everything together by around 9pm, but it was cold and I felt kinda drained and the beginnings of a cold coming on.


Sunday 07- mostly overcast on the way to Tucson.
Cassie and I left home at 8am and arrived in Tucson around 2:30pm.
Me and Kevin had burgers at Carl’s Jr. like we always do when I first get to Tucson.
I went to the rec area to shower and wash the road off me even though I felt a cold coming on.


Monday 08- a little rain here and there.
Not feeling well at all but was able to go shopping with Kevin to get supplies for the my trailer and take Cassie for her walks.


Tuesday 09- I was sick in bed and have no recollection of what happened today. Kevin took Cassie for her walks.

Wednesday 10 to Sunday 14; very sick in bed.


Monday 15- overcast.
I did my stretches and yoga.
Me and Kevin took two large propane tanks to get new valves put on and get them filled up. We hooked up the two tanks to my trailer.


Tuesday 16- rained here and there.
I did my stretches and yoga.
Went to Camping World to get a new level type door lock for the broken one on the rear door and then to WalMart to get some shopping done.



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Wednesday 17- it rained all day long.
I did my stretches and yoga.
Cassie and I got stuck in a downpour while coming back from our walk and had to hide underneath an overhead trailer in the storage area.
Kevin and I went to the indoor Jacuzzi and soaked there for a long spell. I then took a shower in the rec area there. I am feeling much better today but still have a running nose.



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Thursday 18- a nice and sunny day!
I did my stretches and yoga. Kevin and I went to the pool where I swam a couple of laps and the sat in the Jacuzzi for a long spell. Took the bicycles out and road around the park for awhile.
Took Cassie for her walks.
Kevin, Paula and Mark, and Audrey got some Mexican food and brought it back to my trailer and had a most wonderful evening eating and yakking about Family.

Friday 19 and Saturday 20- not sure what I did those two day; probably sitting in the Jacuzzi and watched movies with my Brother like we been doing every night since I arrived in Tucson. We watched every decent movie that Netflix offers and started on the B movies.


Sunday 21-
Pancake Sunday!



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Monday 22- cloudy but nice.
Worked on roof and went to the Jacuzzi.
Me and Kevin went out and bought a Christmas Tree, lights and ornaments to hang on it. We had the tree all done and looking nice, but every time we leave to go somewhere Cassie tears them down. Paula and Mark came by to give my tree a look-see.


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Tuesday 23- sunny but windy and cold.
I took Cassie for a 3 mile walk down the wash that runs by the resort. Checked out the tree house and talked to its occupant Andy who says the city is evicting him. I took some pictures of the tree house.

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Wednesday 24-
Eggnog over at my sister Audrey and John’s home.


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Thursday 25-
Kevin and I actually cooked a turkey with all the works for Christmas. We went over to our sister Audrey's house to visit her and John and their family and ate some smoked turkey. Then later we went back to my trailer for dinner and had enough turkey to last us four more days; I am sick of turkey until next Thanksgiving and Christmas.



Friday 26- sunny but cold at night!
I did my stretches and yoga. Later I did a couple of laps in the pool and sat in the Jacuzzi with my brother Kevin for a spell.
We made two huge turkey sandwiches each and gave some leftover turkey to Cassie.



Saturday 27- sunny but below freezing at night.
I forgot to reset the electric blanket last night both me and Cassie woke up 7am to a very cold trailer. I took her outside so she can do her morning thing and we both climbed back under the covers with the blanket turned up on high.
My brother Kevin came by for breakfast like he always does and I made oatmeal and eggs for us.
I took Cassie for a long afternoon walk. On our walk a lady told me that Cassie barks all the time when me and Kevin leave her alone to go places. I apologize to her and went to my neighbor and did the same, but she said it didn’t bother her; just in case she was being nice I will purchase a small kennel to keep her in the house. I was keeping Cassie outside in the Arizona room that we fortified because every time we keep her in the house alone she tears up stuff and I come home to a mess.
On our way to visit our sister Paula for her to show me how to take care of her pets while she and Mark are gone for six days, we stopped off at Petsmart where I bought a small kennel for Cassie to stay in while I am gone. I will set it up in the house and put some of her chew toys in there for her.
Kevin and I went shopping and ate burgers at Carl’s Jr. and then came back to my trailer to watch some dumb movie.


Sunday 28- 55/26 degrees.
Kevin and I went to get his propane tanks filled and then went to WalMart where I bought some dog food for Cassie and some blue jeans for me.

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Monday 29- 60/34 degrees Tucson.
I did my stretches and yoga.
Cassie and me went for a long walk in the wash next to the resort and took lots of pictures of the plant life, the tree house, and found a grave I believe belongs to a dog called Sunshine (1977-1990).
I swam a bunch of laps in the pool and sat in the Jacuzzi for a spell.
In the evening Kevin and I rode our bikes around the resort.

Tuesday 30- 56/34
My sister Paula and her husband Mark took a flight out to Florida to visit our sister Donna and then Mark’s Dad who lives nearby. I am now staying at their house to take care of their two dogs Willow and Dingo who love to play fetch.

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Wednesday 31- snow!
New Year’s Eve was at my sister Paula’s watching the dogs. I brought all three dogs inside early because the whole neighborhood was under attack and bedlam prevailed throughout the city of Tucson. The nextdoor neighbors were trying very hard to blow up themselves and their house. Cassie wasn’t bothered by all the explosions because we live right next to the Marine Base in Twentynine Palms and they blow up stuff all the time. Around midnight it started to snow and I thought that was quite amazing way to start the new year.
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Thursday, November 06, 2014

November 2014


Saturday 01-Welcome to November!
Sherry came by with breakfast from the Community Center.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I worked on a leaky regulator to my kitchen stove but still smelled propane.
I started writing my book for National Novel Writing Month; wrote 2713 words.


Sunday 02- cold and windy.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
Called friends and family.
I cleaned out the wood stove getting it ready for winter and did a few chores here and there.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie.
Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 2421 words.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.


Monday 03- still cold and windy.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I went to town to fill propane tanks, Staters Bro to get groceries, WalMart to get my money back for the shopping bag I left on my last visit, and then to Home Depot to get chlorine tablets for my pool.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie.
Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 2766  words; 7900 total so far..


Tuesday 04- same as yesterday.
I did my stretches.
I worked around the yard doing cleanup.
Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 3236  words; 11136 total so far..
Took Cassie for all her walks!


Wednesday 05- warmer today and less wind.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a mile walk, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I went over to Bonnie and Larry’s home for lunch and a movie.
Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 3275  words; 14411 total so far..


Thursday 06- 87/54 degrees; really nice.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and took Cassie for a mile run.
I worked in the yard still lots to clean up and I am going to get rid of all the stuff I’ll never use.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie.
Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 2538  words; 16949 total so far.

Friday 07- 82/57 degrees.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I went to the post office to send three books out as a test before I send a whole bunch. It cost $2.80 to mail each of them.
Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 3007  words; 19956 total so far..
Took Cassie for her evening and night walks.


Saturday 08- 83/58 clear
I did my stretches and walked Cassie.
Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 5072 words; 25028 total so far: at the halfway mark!
I took Cassie for her evening and night walk.


Sunday 09- 83/57 clear
I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a walk, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for a minute.
Called Family and Friends.
Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 2533 words; 27561 total so far..


Monday 10-  79/54 clear.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and took Cassie for a mile run.
I continued working in the yard.
Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 2616 words; 30177 total so far..

Tuesday 11- 78/53
I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile walk.
Kelly needed help with a ride to her Doctor’s down the hill to Rancho Mirage. I left the house at 1:45pm and didn’t get home until around 8pm.
Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 2506 words; 32683 total so far..

Wednesday 12- 76/53
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I worked in the yard mending fences.
Took Cassie for her evening walk.
Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 2572 words; 35255 total so far..

Thursday 13- 78/53 a little wind and clouds.
I did my stretches and took Cassie for her walk.
Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 2800 words; 38055 total so far..
I took Cassie on her evening and night walk.


Friday 14- 70/51 degrees, windy and overcast.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my morning run with Cassie.
Took Cassie on our evening walk.
Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 2720  words; 40775 total so far..

Saturday 15- 75/49 with blowing wind and dust.
I went early over to Sherry’s to help her stack a cord of wood in her backyard. Cassie got to play with Sneakers, Barney, and Abbey; she should be able to sleep soundly tonight.
I then went to visit Jimmy and Clarice at their cabin. I was pretty tired when I left to take Cassie back home and fell asleep and missed going back for dinner over there.
Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 2129  words; 42904 total so far..

Sunday 16- cold and windy.
I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.
Called Family and Friends.
Took Cassie for her evening walk.
Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 3006 words; 45910 total so far..


Monday 17-  64/42 scattering of clouds.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I worked in the yard. Fired up the old Harley and let her run for a long spell; the same with the old truck. Cleaned the pool a little bit and filled it with water. Watered most of the plants.
Took Cassie for her evening walk.
Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 2352 words; 48262 total so far.. 1738 remaining :)


Tuesday 18- 66/46
I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile walk.
FedEx arrive with this Toshiba 7” tablet that runs with Win 8.1. I’ll have to mess around with it later because I am too busy writing.
Continued writing my book for the National Novel Writing Month; wrote 2542 words; 50804 total and I am done with the book and the 50,000 words!


Wednesday 19- 67/50
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
FedEx came with my little washer I ordered on Amazon; I haven’t had time to use it yet.
Took Cassie for her evening walk.


Thursday 20- 62/40 a little wind and clouds.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I fixed Kelly’s tire and we went shopping and I didn’t get back until 1am in the morning.
I took Cassie on her evening and night walk.






Friday 21- 66/48 degrees, windy and overcast.
I Have Just heard that a very special Friend of mine has passed away. We were childhood friends and went into the Army together. He was in very much pain when I last spoken to him and is in a better place now among the angels.
Just ain’t feeling up to doing anything.



Saturday 22- 61/49.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I went to pot luck and had a nice time with my friends there.
I took Cassie for her walks.



Sunday 23- cold and windy.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
Called Family and Friends.
Took Cassie for her evening walk.


Monday 24- another cold and windy day.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I helped Kelly with sick dog Lilly and ended up taking her to the Vet. She is looking better now these last couple of days and looks like she’ll recover.


Tuesday 25- 69-50
I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a mile walk, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
Shopping again with Kelly; an all day adventure...
I took Cassie for a walk when I got home.


Wednesday 26- 72-49
I did my stretches, yoga, lifted weights, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I went to get my mail on Border Ave.
I went to Kelly’s to hook up another propane tank cause the one she was using was running low.


Thursday 27- 74-51 degrees.   
Thanksgiving! Stuffed myself at Kelly’s; she is a very mighty fine cook!


Friday 28- 74-49
I woke up late and did my stretches and took Cassie for a walks.
I had turkey burnout and sugar withdraws.


Saturday 29- 68-45
I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I worked in the front yard cleaning it up. I’ll need to call the junk guy to pick up all the metal.


Sunday 30- Windy all day long.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile walk, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I cleaned around inside the house.
I took Cassie for her evening walk, but short because of the high winds.


***** Stuff I Wrote this Week******


There’s no limit to stupidity; people set their own limits
~RD


Sometimes I feel like a crushed empty beer can tossed out on the highway of life.
~RD

Go rest now and have sweet dreams of turkey and dressing smothered in gravy, with apple and pumpkin pies cooling on the oven's top to be gobbled down with whip cream by hearty appetites already stuffed. Candied yams and string-beans await to be put on your plates. Enjoy the anticipation in your children's eyes as they gaze upon all the food set on a table with loving hands. May we be at peace with our neighbor and at ease with ourselves.
~RD



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