Wednesday, April 09, 2014

April 2014

Tuesday 01- still a stiff breeze blowing with clouds and colder.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile walk, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
Worked on editing the book.
Took Cassie for our evening walk where she saw her first Jackrabbit and it took all my strength to hold her back from chasing it.
I watched:
About A Boy Season 1 Episode 6 – About a Buble
Person of Interest S3 Episode 14 – Provenance
Raising Hope Season 1 Episode 6- Family Secrets
Once Upon a Time S1 E13 – Whatever Happened to Frederick




Wednesday 02- very cloudy and windy day!
I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a mile walk, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
UPS delivered DC charging unit for my Chromebook.
Finished editing chapter two on the Dolphin Queen.
I took Cassie for our evening walk.
I watched:
Raising Hope Season 1 Episodes 7-10 (what can I say, I like the show)




Thursday 03- still windy!
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile walk, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I went to Home Depot and bought me a new swamp cooler to keep the house cooler for Cassie. I may be used to the heat, but I don’t think she’ll be at first. They asked me at the checkout if I needed any help getting it into my car. I kinda felt like saying, “I exercise everyday and lift weights.” Glad I didn’t mention that; it took me over half an hour to get the dang thing into my small car. It would have slid in easily if it wasn’t just one darn inch shorter on the sides. I made it home with the hatch tied down and the swamp cooler kinda stuck in there. It took me using using 2x4x6 pieces of lumber as levers to get it out of the back; it was wedged in there pretty good after the ride down our bumpy roads out here.
I took Cassie for our evening walk and then rested the rest of the night.



Friday 04- light cold breeze.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile and a half run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I am still struggling with the editing of the book. It’s not so much that I gots to do it but there’s other things I needs to be doing now as well. (plus I’ve been watching way too much TV, something which I never do)
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my Cassie.




Saturday 05- nice but windy day.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile walk, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter.
I got a call from Doug Dorney asking me if I got the pics he sent of him and me in the army. I picked them up on Thursday when I went to Home Depot and will post a few of them on FB.
I took Cassie for our evening walk.
I am up to chapter 7 on my editing.


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Sunday 06- nice pleasant day.
I did my stretches, yoga, took Cassie for a short walk.
We went to visit Bonnie and Larry at their little home in Landers. We watched a wonderful movie called “Big Fish” (2003) and my eyes were teared up almost throughout the whole movie. Bonnie made up these fantastic burritos and cake with marshmallow topping that you could heat a whole city block of it! Larry gave me this RV toilet which can come in handy at my place.   




Monday 07- it’s warming up, but still cool in the night.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile and a half run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
Between taking Cassie for her walks, I did my taxes. What a mess! I thought I’d have it all done and mailed out by 1pm, but I finally finished it all at 5pm.




Tuesday 08- a little overcast.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile and a half run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I went down to Joshua Tree post office and mailed off my taxes. Since I was down that way I stopped of at WalMart to pick up a new belt because all my were chewed up over the years by dogs so I can’t blame those on her. One belt I had for forty years! I ended up buying a new blender because the one I have at home is starting to fail.
Cassie was happy to see me when I got home and I took her for a long walk.
I did some more work on my book.
Cassie is afraid of the dark and to break her of that I decided to take her on a long walk late on a very dark night around 11:30pm. We were about half a mile out from the house and everything was going well until we started to hear some large man running through the desert growing closer to us. This scaring the hell out of me and Cassie was barking up a storm. I knew he was large because of the pounding sound his boots made; if he wore any. I shined my flashlight in the direction of the heavy foot beats and a man’s deep voice said, “Just passing through.” Ha! just passing through and running blind over the desert and not following a trail! I turned Cassie right around and we beat feet back home and had my .38 revolver all loaded and ready. Cassie was spooked the rest of the night until we went to bed. So much for getting her used to walking late at night for a while.







Wednesday 09- getting a little hotter today.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile and a half run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I decided to fill up the cement pond with water again. Cassie been drinking out of the gray water I use on plants and I don’t think that’s very healthy; besides she likes to stand and soak her feet in it. I’ll figure something out I can do about the snakes, but they’re a part of the desert and kill off the rats, mice and other small critters.
I watered most of the plants. I saw a nonpoisonous red racer snake today. I heard they can travel at speed close to 7 mph and grow to 6 feet in length. This one paid me no attention and slithered off into the underbrush.
I took Cassie for our evening walk and listened to lecture Astro 21; I found out there isn’t any 18 19 or 20 lectures.




Thursday 10- much hotter than yesterday.
I went to Sherry’s house and left Cassie there with her four dogs to play while we ate at the Roadhouse Cafe we had their hamburger and fries which was mighty yummy and filling. We then went to Stater Bros to pick up a few supplies.
When we finally got home from Sherry’s, Cassie was too dang tired to go for a walk and slept for a few hours. I did wake her up for a short walk around sunset.
I watched Elementary Season 2 Episode 20 – No Lack of Void




Friday 11- cooled off a bit.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
Started editing my book again.
We went on our evening walk.
I worked all day Friday on editing my my book “The Dolphin Queen” till 4:30am in Saturday morning




Saturday 12- a little breezy and warm.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter.
I potted a few cactus and worked in the yard watering and cleaning.
Started up the Harley and scooter to keep the batteries full.
Then I spent a bunch of time saying hi to my Friends on FaceBook and calling folks on the phone.

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

March 2014




Saturday 01- windy and cloudy with a few sprinkles.
I did my stretches, yoga, lifted weights, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for 4 minutes. Then we went for a short walk through the desert.
Monday I will take Cassie down to get her spayed and I have some concerns about any surgery that’s done, even routine as this one appears to be, that something can go wrong. But I feel I am doing the right thing and it will be all over with and me and Cassie can get on with our lives.


Sunday 02- scattered clouds and wind.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a walk, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for eight minutes.
Because I am writing this a week later I don’t recall doing much else today except taking Cassie for her walks.


Monday 03-
I woke up at 7am to get ready to take Cassie down to get her spayed. I dropped her off at 8:30am and did some shopping for myself and Kelly who is getting over being sick with the flu and pneumonia. I went to WalMart to shop. I stopped at the McDonalds there and ordered an Egg Mcmuffin figuring it wouldn’t be much, but when I read the receipt for over $3.50 I asked for my money back; the lady manager gave me a mean face as she returned my money. Then on to another local supermarket for more shopping and drove all the way back to Kelly’s to drop off her groceries. I even shared some chicken hindquarters and potato wedges I bought (Which I thought was a nice thing to do at the time).
I went back to the Animal Action League's facilities to collect my Cassie. My heart dropped when I saw her being walked out of the trailer where they performed the surgery. She threw up twice being walked to my car and slept all the way back home; and for the rest of the day.
I started feeling a pain in my side but thought nothing of it; all I had was the chicken hindquarters and potato wedges to eat all day.


Tuesday 04-
Cassie is doing well today, a little stiff and the throwing up has stopped...
But now I'm very sick; Earlier this morning when I woke up and the pain in my left front side was unbearable. I was walking around feeling nauseated and all of a sudden I started to blackout and was able to stop my fall before I went unconscious. After a spell I got back up and I found I had lost hearing in one ear, but it came back after a spell and I went straight to bed. I think it was something I ate... kinda feels like food poisoning or something. Was feeling this pain in my left front side after eating the precooked chicken leg quarters from the deli at a local supermarket. The deli had just cooked it and putting under the heat lamp when I bought the chicken and the potato wedges. I was shopping for my Veteran friend Kelly and brought her a piece of the chicken and wedges to eat when I dropped off her groceries. I called her today and she said she had a similar experience as I and had passed out several times last night. I ain’t saying the chicken and potato wedges are what caused it, but when you have two people getting sick eating the same foods I don’t think it’s a coincidence.




Wednesday 05- Thursday 06- Sick!
I've been feeling a little better now after staying in bed with Cassie all day Wednesday and Thursday. I guess that's good thing because she's not to be active and I unable to play with her. I can get up for short periods to let her go pee and stuff.




Friday 07-
I am still very weak from being sick but want to continue my routine so did very lite exercises; my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a short walk, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes.
I went back to bed afterwards and only got up to take Cassie for short walks.



Saturday 08- cloudy at times with a nine breeze.
I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk. This is about all we did today because I am still feeling weak. I’ve been eating soup, bananas and oatmeal all this week and I decided to go for it and made me a peanut butter sandwich!



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


Sometimes we have so much to do we don't know where to start and we feel overwhelmed and get bored.


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When I was sick with the flu a while back and very sick last week I started watching some new shows and catching up on some others I missed.



Sunday 09- a little on the breezy side.
I did my stretches and took Cassie for a short.
We drove over to visit Jimmy and Clarice who were cleaning up their rental.
I updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter.
I watched a pilot of a very interesting new show called “About a Boy”.



Monday 10- nice sunny day.
I am feeling better from being sick but want to continue my routine so did very light exercises; my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes.
I decided to build steps to the front door instead of the one I slapped together and was waiting for someone to step on it the wrong way. It took over four bags of cement that I poured into what I already had there.
I finally got around to editing my third book “The Dolphin Queen” in my sci fi series.
Watched season 6 episode 16 of “Castle”; in the belly of the beast.



Tuesday 11- another nice day but I can feel a change coming.
I did my stretches and took Cassie for a nice long walk; kind of a cool down day.
I worked on cleaning up the mess from making the new steps to my front door.
Did a little editing of my book between playing and walking Cassie.
I watched season 1 episode episode 10 of “Intelligence”; Cain and Gabriel.


Wednesday 12- a cool breeze blows through.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes. I am still doing light exercises building my way back.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie.
I worked on my book.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night walk with Cassie.
I watched Season 1 episode 1 of “Cosmos”; standing up in the Milky Way.




Thursday 13- dark clouds here and there, but still the temps were in the low 80s.
I did my stretches, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run.
I watered the outside plants... I don’t have any inside ones.
I went to WalMart and had to leave Cassie in the dog kennel.
Kelly’s




Friday 14-
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile and a half run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes. I am still doing light exercises building my way back.
UPS delivered me  a new MP3 player I bought at Amazon and and I loaded it up and now I am back to listening to Astronomy lectures (Astro 7a lectures)again on my walks and runs.
Continued to work on the book.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with my backpack. I did the core trainer when I got back.
Watched season 2 episode 18 of “Elementary”; the hound of the cancer.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run.




Saturday 15-
I did my stretches, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run.
I cleaned up the yard and messed around with editing my book in between walking Cassie. I also listened to Astro 7a lecture 4 on my walk. I am too dang tired to do anything else.
I watched episode 11 of “Helix”; black rain. I actually fell asleep at 9pm while it was downloading into the player and woke up at 2:30am and watched it after I took Cassie out to pee. I went back to sleep after watching the show.




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


We only live in the moment... the past is just a memory and the future is only a dream. ~Robert DeLoyd


Most creative people must strive to overcome entropy to bring order into their lives by focusing on the mundane and bringing out its hidden magnificents.
~Robert DeLoyd


Someday the word hate will no longer be used and fade away into the deep darkness of souls that no longer walk this world.
~Robert DeLoyd

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Sunday 16- a beautiful day.
I my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, core trainer and a half run, punched the heavybag for two minutes and took Cassie for a mile run while listening to lecture 5 of Astro 7B.
I did a little work on the book between taking Cassie for walks.




Monday 17- a hard wind started blowing dust and sand around noon.
I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile and a half run while listening to lecture 6 of Astro 7B.
I updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter.
We kinda kicked back the rest of the day; too windy for walks today.
Watched season 1 episode 3 of “About a Boy” and season 6 episode 17 of “Castle”; the way of the Ninja .Intelligence S1 E11 – The Grey Hat




Tuesday 18- a windy day again!
I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile run while listening to lecture 7 of Astro 7B.
Cassie started making stomach growling noises and didn’t eat her breakfast; must have been something she ate in the yard. I kept a worried eye on her and finally in the evening she started to eat again. I kept her quiet during the whole day.
I watched “Person of Interest”; S3 E17 – /. and “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life” (2003).


Wednesday 19- very spring like day.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile and a half run while listening to lecture 8 of Astro 7B, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes.
I did a bunch of repair work around the house. I fixed an old shortwave radio.
We went for a night run.
I watched “Lara Croft Tomb Raider” (2001)


Thursday 20-
I my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, core trainer and a half run, punched the heavybag for two minutes and took Cassie for a mile and a half run while listening to lecture 9 of Astro 7B.
I took Kelly shopping at WalMart and treated her to her birthday dinner at the Chinese Buffet. We left at 4pm and I got home around 11pm. I had to leave my poor Cassie in the dog kennel for all that time, but she was mighty happy to see me when I finally got back home.




Friday 21-
I my stretches, yoga, core trainer and took Cassie for a mile and a half walk while listening to lecture 10 of Astro 7B.
I worked around the yard cleaning this and that.
We went for our evening walk while I listened to lecture 11 of Astro 7B
I did some editing on my book.







Saturday 22-
I my stretches, yoga, core trainer and took Cassie for a mile and a half walk while listening to lecture 12 of Astro 7B.
I updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter.
We went for our evening walk while I listened to lecture 13 of Astro 7B.




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



I pound long sturdy stakes into the ground so the shelter I am putting up is stationary and strong. Exhausted by my efforts I fall asleep with bow and axe by my side to awaken hours later to a night sky full of stars as they transverse their sparkly way across the heavens. The Sun now climbs over the mountains to light the day and spend many hours giving life to the land before it falls back into the vast sea again. A stiff wind blows and I seek refuge only to find all my provisions gone and my shelter has been torn and ripped away from those stakes I so battered with considerable diligence into the ground. As the night falls upon my meager camp I hear the cries of wolves as they catch scent of me and circle around for the kill. Having no weapons now because of the sudden storm I panic and flee, but they run me down; for once in my life I know the true meaning of impermanence.
~Robert DeLoyd

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Sunday 23- a delightful day.
I my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, core trainer and a half run, punched the heavybag for two minutes and took Cassie for a mile run while listening to lecture 13 and 14 of Astro 7B.
I worked around the yard with Cassie trying to interrupt by getting me to play fetch with the ball; how can I resist.
We went for our evening walk while I listened to lecture 14 of Astro 7B. I keep seeing this pretty yellow flower at night, but when I for to take a picture of it in the daytime I can never find it. Very confusing for me until I discovered that this one particular flower only blooms in the night time!




Monday 24- a very nice spring day!
I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile and a half run while listening to lecture 15 of Astro 7B.
We went for our evening walk while I listened to lecture 16 of Astro 7B.
I was in a movie watching mood “Intelligence” S1 E12 – The Event Horizon and Castle Season 6 Episode 19 – The Greater Good, Once Upon a Time season 1 episode 7 - The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.




Tuesday 25- a wonderful breezy spring day!
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile and a half run while listening to lecture 17 of Astro 7B, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes.
I worked editing chapter one.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie. I did the core trainer when I got back.
I finally finished editing chapter one of “The Dolphin Queen”, I slowly went over it correcting errors and adding to it. I hope to start on chapter two tomorrow.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells and we went for a night run.
I practiced my guitar.
I watched: Person of Interest S3 E18 – Allegiance
About A Boy Season 1 Episode 5 – About a Plumber
Once Upon a Time S1 Episode 8 – Desperate Souls
Started reading chapter three of “Physical Geology: Earth Revealed 6th edition”; The Sea Floor.




Wednesday 26- windy day!
I my stretches, yoga and took Cassie on a mile walk.
I haven't heard from Kelly for a couple of days, we were supposed to go to the store on Monday, and thought she done died. I went to her house to check up on her. I called and called and there was no answer. I have the keys to her house so I let myself in. I saw her lying stuff on the bed and thought the worst but then she stirred a little and then woke up.




Thursday 27- a little breeze but nice.
I my stretches, yoga and took Cassie for a mile walk.
I took Kelly to the Social Services, then to the DMV where she finally got her car registered and her drivers license renewed; a very big leap for her for her and hopefully for the best. Now she can go places on her own and has the independence to do what she wants without depending on other people. We went shopping at The Pet Store, Vons, WalMart and ate burgers at Carl’s Jr. This time I got home just after the sun set and was greeted by yelps, whines and wagging tail of Cassie.
I watched “Below”(2002); an American submarine mistakes a British hospital ship as an enemy ship and sinks it and the officers try to cover it up during World War II. and Once Upon a Time S1 E12 – Skin Deep




Friday 28- a very nice day.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile and a half run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes.
I updated the Copper Mountain Mesa Website and sent out the Newsletter. I finally fixed WinXP problem that was causing a delay in my publishing the website.
I went over to Kelly’s to dig a hole and bury another of her cats called Tortie; she was a loving cat and was over 25 years old.
I took Cassie for a walk when I go back home.
I did some editing on my book.
I watched movie “Mud” 2012 Matthew McConaughey, and “Helix” S1 E13 – Dans L’Ombre.








Saturday 29- sunny day.
I my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.
I was inside the kitchen cooking for the potluck Memorial we’re having for Violet Jonas when I heard Cassie barking at something and I went outside to investigate and found it was a Mojave Green rattlesnake... I was yelling at Cassie to stay away from the snake and she kept going back barking at it. I yelled so loud I scared her away from me getting to her. Finally I calmed down enough and called in the sweetest voice I could manage and she came and I picked her up and carried her into the house. I caught the snake with a bucket and broom, and went back inside to check every square inch of Cassie. I don't believe she was bitten... can't find any punctures and she is acting normal.
I ran back into the house to grab a camera so I can show Vet what kind of snake it was, took the snake about a mile away and let it loose. Then I remembered to take a picture of it as it crawled underneath the bush.
Talk about heart failure. I can't believe how stressed and upset I was... I think I scared Cassie more than the rattlesnake!





After three hours and Cassie acting her normal self I thought it was okay to got to the memorial.
There was a whole lot of family and friends showing up to say goodbye to Violet. There was lots of food there for all. I gave Chris Jonas my condolences for losing his beloved wife Violet.
I dropped by Kelly’s and dropped her off some potluck leftovers and told her about the events of the day and how upset I was over Cassie and the snake. Then I went back home and tried to mellow out for the rest of the night,



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Sunday 30- dang windy! Dust in the air!
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile and a half run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes.
I was told that water in ponds draws snakes, so I emptied both ponds until I come up with a better idea. My heart is still beating fast after yesterday when Cassie encountered the Green Mojave snake. At least all she did was bark at the snake alerting me to it. She peed in the house a couple of times since the incident, something she hasn’t done in a while, and has been staying away from the bushes on our walks, which is a good thing. The peeing in the house not so good but I just clean it up and don’t bother her about it; she stopped doing that after a couple of days.
I watched:
Marvel's The Avengers 2012
Raising Hope S1 E5 – Happy Halloween




Monday 31- not as windy as yesterday.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile and a half run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for two minutes.
I went to post office to get keyboard for broken one on old Toshiba laptop and a Palm Zire 71 that I picked up for $20. Spent the rest of the day replacing keyboard and messing around with Zire.
Took Cassie for a walk.
I watched the movie “Tora! Tora! Tora!” (1970) American-Japanese war film about the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Goodby to March!