Wednesday, February 04, 2015

January 2015

Thursday 01- overcast and cold.
I went to my trailer at the resort and swam for about twenty minutes and then went and sat in the Jacuzzi with my Brother for a long spell.


Friday 02- still overcast and cold.
Kevin and I took all the ornaments off the tree in my trailer and took the tree down to a park where it will be recycled.


Saturday 03- a little warmer but not much; at least the sun is out.
My Brother and I went to Barnes and Noble to cruise for any books of interest.


Sunday 04- Monday 05- Same reason I gave as before; 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.


Tuesday 06- overcast and cold.
My sister Paula and Mark are back from Florida and I am free to go back to my little trailer at the resort.


Wednesday 05- Friday 09- Again, 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.



Saturday 10- some rain on my drive back from Tucson.
I said goodbye to my brother Kevin and left the resort a bit after 10am and arrived at home some 7 hours later; usually I make it in 6 hours but now I have Cassie along and like to linger at rest stops along the way.
Started cleaning up the house; what a mess.


Sunday 11- rained all day long.
I did my stretches and worked cleaning the house up. I am not sure that I left it this way or gremlins sneak in while I am gone and spread dust and lint all over the floors.
I drove to my other mailbox on Lear Ave. to collect my mail there.


Monday 12- cloudy with sprinkles here and there.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
Sherry came by with my mail she so kindly collected while I was away in Tucson for over a month; it’s the longest I’ve been away from home since I’ve moved here in 97.
I tried to start the truck to move it out of the garage, I keep it there when I am away, but it wouldn’t start. I tried to jump it with the Cougar and that failed. So I’ll save that for another day.
I watched “Murder by the Numbers” (2002) on Netflix.


Tuesday 13- cold but sunny day.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I drove to Yucca to get some supplies because my cupboards were bare; got gas for the car, shopped at Staters and WalMart.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie. I am trying to get my routine back to normal or what I think is normal for me anyways.
I watched “The Gift” (2002) on Netflix.


Wednesday 14- nice sunny day and a bit warmer too.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, 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 am trying to get my routine back to normal or what I think is normal for me anyways.


Thursday 15- sunny day 63/41 degrees.
I did my stretches and took Cassie for her walk.
FedEx delivered my new Moto E cell phone from Republic Wireless for $99 and a $10 a month plan “UNLIMITED TALK / TEXT over WiFi + Cell. UNLIMITED DATA over WiFi.”
I watched “Thorne; Scaredy Cat” on Netflix.


Friday 16- nice sunny day and a bit warmer too.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I listened to Lecture 2 of Geography 130; what is the description of a household and how it affects the environment.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie.
I watched “Thorne; Sleepyhead” on Netflix.


Saturday 17- very nice and warm day.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I mostly talked to friends and family while I updated a couple of computers and did backups.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie.
I watched “Lara Croft Tomb Raider” (2001) and “The Forgotten” (2004) “Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)


Sunday 18- 67/47 degrees... a little overcast but warm.
I did my stretches and walked Cassie.
I watered most of the plants.
I ran the Harley and the scooter for around ten minutes.
I updated and posted my Journal for December 2014.
Worked on truck but I still couldn’t get it started.
I watched “Lara Croft Tomb Raider and the Cradle of Life” (2003)


Monday 19- 73/47 degrees.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: me and Cassie playing ball.
I listened to Lecture 3 of Geography 130; a discussion about lemmings and how or if their built in form of population control relates to human society and other animals.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and listened to lecture “Stars and Star Formation 1” from Astro 10P Fall 2006 UC Berkeley: Introduction to Astronomy given by Professor Joshua Bloom.
I called and talked to my Brother for a spell; we do this everyday.
I watered the rest of the plants and did some cleanup inside the house.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and we went for a night run.
Finally the veil of Cirrostratus clouds abandoned the night skies tonight and I was able to see the comet Lovejoy with my Celestron Skymaster 15X70 binoculars; very heavy to hold still for long periods of time. I couldn't see it with the naked eye. It was a very pale grayish blue green fuzzball with a faint tail extending about out about 20-30 diameters of the comet.
I watched season 7 episode 12 “Castle: Private Eye Caramba”
I started reading where I left off months ago at chapter 3 “Physical Geology: Earth Revealed 6th edition”; Submarine canyons.

Tuesday 20- 68/49 degrees. Later in the day it became very overcast, damp and chilly.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: Perspective of telephones poles residing down the road and disappearing into the mountains (looks like it was done by a four year old).
While I listened to Lecture 4 of Geography 130; fire and its effects or environment, I sweep and mopped the kitchen and livingroom floors and I also did my laundry. I had hung my hats out to dry on the fence posts and Cassie didn’t know what to make of them and barked until I came out and put one on my head.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and listened to lecture “Stars and Star Formation 2” from Astro 10P.
I got all caught up with my astronomy reading of “365 Starry Nights” by Chet Raymo. I have been reading this book daily every year for a very long time.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and we went for a night run.
I continued reading chapter 3 “Physical Geology: Passive and Active Continental Margins.
I read of chapter one of my old college history book “A Short History of Western Civilization”: The Minoan World.
I read a section of chapter 1 of “The Cell: a Molecular Approach”: about Electron Microscopy.
I read chapter 1.2 Scientific theory and the scientific method in “Astronomy Today; Fifth Edition” Earth’s Orbital Motion.
I practiced my guitar.

Wednesday 21- 64/42 degrees with clear skies.
I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk; it’s kinda my day off.
I drove to Yucca Valley with Cassie for her to visit Sherry’s fur folk while we went shopping and had lunch/dinner at Carrows Restaurant.
I got home just in time to take some pics of Venus and the Moon together before they set to the west.
I spent some time on FaceBook with my friends there and zipping around the web looking at this and that, whatever tickled my fancy.
Cassie is so tired after playing with Sherry’s three dogs that all she did when we got back was sleep.





Thursday 22- 62/42
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
While I listened to Lecture 5 of Geography 130 I sweep and mopped the bedroom and bathroom floors.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and listened to lecture “The Death of Stars 2” (don’t know what happened to 1) from Astro 10P.
Got all ready for Joey’s birthday party; put Cassie in the inside kennel to keep her warm, grabbed my guitar and put in in the trunk and drove on over. I had such a fantastic time with my friends Joey and Piper and new friends Julie and Tracy. I handed out my book and autographed them for all there. There were 66 candles on the cake that lit up the whole house; very cool! I was having such a great time of it I didn’t noticed it was way after midnight and I had to leave.  
I got home and left the front door open so Cassie could make a beeline to go pee when I let her out of the kennel and she did just that.


Friday 23- 65/45 clear skies.
I woke up late around noon and by the time I got out of bed I was way behind my schedule; must have been that contact high I got at the birthday party. I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
Folks called me and spent what time I had yapping away with them.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and we went for a night run.


Saturday 24- 66/48 clear skies and a bit windy.
I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.
I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: Winter.
I listened to Lecture 6 of Geography 130.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and listened to lecture “The Fate of Stars 2”(no fate of stars 1) from Astro 10P.


Sunday 25- 72-52 clear with clouds moving in later in the day.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I messed around with my computers.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and listened to lecture “Brown Dwarfs and Stellar Explosions 1” from Astro 10P.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and we went for a night run.
I read of chapter one of “A Short History of Western Civilization”: The Era of Small Nations 1200-800 B.C.E.: Phoenicians, Arameans, and the Hebrews.
I continued reading chapter 3 “Physical Geology: The Mid-oceanic Ridge and Fracture Zones.
I read a section of chapter 1 of “The Cell: a Molecular Approach”: Subcellular Fractionation.
I continued reading chapter 1 in “Astronomy Today; Fifth Edition”: Astronomical Timekeeping.
I practiced my guitar.

Monday 26- rained all day long.
I did my stretches and took Cassie for her morning and evening walks. I just messed around on FaceBook and catching up on some science videos on YouTube. I setup my home phone to transfer calls to my new cell phone instead.

Tuesday 27- 63/48 and overcast.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: Rain.
I listened to Lecture 7 of Geography 130: Thomas Malthus who wrote about the relationship between population and economics.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and listened to lecture “Brown Dwarfs and Stellar Explosions 1” from Astro 10P.

Wednesday 28- 62/42 and overcast again.
I did my stretches and walked Cassie in the morning and evening. (day off for me)
I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: faces.

Thursday 29- 65/63 and still overcast.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I listened to Lecture 8 of Geography 130: Malthus, Adam Smith, and Karl Marx.
I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: House on a cliff.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk.
I finished reading chapter 3 “Physical Geology:seamounts, guyots, aseismic ridges, reefs, sea floor sediments, crust and ophiolites, age of seafloor and plate tectonics.
I read chapter 3 of “A Short History of Western Civilization”: The Great Empires: Assyria and Persia 800-300 B.C.E.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and Cassie and I went for a night run.
I continued reading chapter 1 in “Astronomy Today; Fifth Edition”: Motions of the Moon.
I practiced my guitar.
I read a section of chapter 1 of “The Cell: a Molecular Approach”: Growth of animal cells in culture, plant cells in culture, viruses, and review of chapter one.
I watched season 3 episode 13 of “Elementary: The one that got away”.
I started listening to new lectures (1) of “Legal Studies 103 Spring 2007 UC Berkeley (Legal Studies 103 Theories of Law and Society”: 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen: Modern Legal Liberty and Modern Legal Equality.

Friday 30- 58/49 with rain all day and fog in the morning.
I did my stretches, yoga, core trainer (all my other exercise equipment was wet) and took Cassie for a short walk.
I was going to edit one of my books but my Sony laptop kept freezing up so I did a refresh that took three days because of the overcast skies and not enough sunlight on my solar panels.
I began reading chapter 4 of “A Short History of Western Civilization”: The origins and development of the Greek city-state polity.  

Saturday 31- overcast with a bit of rain here and there.
I did my stretches and yoga and took Cassie for a walk.
I had to make calls to friends and family while I prepared a meal for our community potluck; my secret chili casserole surprise. there were about fifteen folks showing up and we had a great time yakking and yammering about the rain and other goings on. Car battery.....

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

I tend to be optimistic about pessimistic people

I believe currency is the intrinsic value you yourself place on a 'thing' and what you are willing to give up to acquire it.

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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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