Friday, April 21, 2017

March 2017



March 2017

Wednesday 01- 62 to 42 sunny, but cool.
I did my stretches, core trainer, weight bench, punched the heavybag for a spell and jogged a mile with the dogs. I am still having pain in my right wrist and am keeping the weights lite.


Thursday 02- 68 to 45
Went to my doctor’s appointment. He wants me to take another lab test. I told him about the pain in my arm and wrist and he said to stop lifting weights for a while to see if it gets better,  Got some supplies at Stater Bros.


Friday 03- 74 to 48 degrees and clear.
I did my stretches and went on a mile jog with the doggies.
I started writing chapter 4 of my book.

Saturday 04- 71 to 45 windy.
I did my stretches and took the dogs for a walk because of the high winds. I also started to feel my allergies kicking in.
I finished chapter 4 of my book.

Sunday 05- 66 to 46 very windy
I did my stretches and just kinda stayed inside with the dogs because of the wind plus my allergies hit me hard.

Monday 06- 58 to 37  
I did my stretches and took the dogs for a mile jog. Still suffering from my allergies.
I had to drive back down to the doctor’s office to pick up a kit I need to take with me to the lab.

Tuesday 07- 68 to 70
Went to the lab in Yucca to have blood work done. I then went to the Sizzler alone missing Sherry who used to go there with me for linder we called it (lunch/dinner). I then went to Home Depot to gather 20 more paver for the laundry room and also purchased a Sawzall to cut wood.
I started writing chapter 5.

Wednesday 08- 75 to 53
Worked laying down the rest of the pavers.
I got a call from Marguerite telling me our Aunt Audrey had passed peacefully this morning at 5:30 AM and Marguerite and Justin were there by her side. I called family members to let them know of her passing.

Thursday 09-
I did my stretches, but that’s about all because my allergies hit me hard.
Wrote a little more of chapter 5.

Friday 10- 82 to 53 and hazy.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and took the dogs for a walk.
I continued to work on my book and finished chapter 5.

Saturday 11- 84 to 59
I did my stretches, exercised on the weight bench and punched the heavybag for a short spell.
I wasted the day on a friend who turned Troll on my FaceBook page ranting about my "List of Wants" I tried to calm him down when he started trolling to my cousin and other friends. Nothing I tried worked and he just grew worse. I told him not to use foul language on my Timeline and he unfriended me. He and his rantings and ravings are now gone and forgotten. I knew him in the 70s as an acquaintance. Shame it ended this way, but it was his decision and a wasted time for me when I could have been writing chapter 6.

Sunday 12- 86 to 59 clear and sunny skies.
I did my stretches, exercised with lite 5lb dumbbells, and took the doggies on a mile jog.     

Monday 13- 87 to 57 a bit hazy.
I did my stretches and worked on chapter 6 of my book.

Tuesday 14- 91 to 61
I did my stretches, worked out on the weight bench and punched the heavybag for a short spell.
I went to Stater Bros to pick up some supplies I needed and came right back home.
I took the dogs for an evening walk and then worked on and finished chapter 6 of my book.

Wednesday 15- 88 to 61 clear skies.
I stayed up very late writing to finish chapter 6 and slept in really late and got up around noon. My dogs were hungry and weren't none too happy about that. I did do my stretches. I spent over an hour on the phone with Home Depot and then T-Mobile getting things set straight about my accounts.
I saved the day when I took the dogs for a jog in the evening when it was cooler and then planted some cacti and watered the plants.
I will start chapter 7 tonight.

Thursday 16- 88 to 60 degrees.
I had a dream about that girl again last night. She isn’t a young girl any longer, just a year or two younger than me, but I remember her as she was in her youth and beauty. In my dream I had taken her out to dinner at an outside cafe. I excused myself from the table to wash my hands in the restroom while she sat there at the table with a bright smile all dressed up and looking very pretty. There was a couch there in the restroom and I laid myself down to rest for a second. Next thing I know someone was pounding on the door yelling, “Get up, get up! You’ve been in there for hours.”
I rose quickly and went outside to find my girlfriend sitting in a yellow taxi about ready to drive away. Just then, her father drove up (played by Ed Asner) and told me how dare I abandon his lovely daughter. Dumbstruck, I stood there as she stepped out of the taxi and went to her father’s car and sat inside, her father shut the car door on her side and drove off. The taxi driver came up and asked for a tip, and then the waiter came and handed me a bill for $119 and said the cafe doesn’t take credit cards. (I’ve included this dream into my book)
I did my stretches, took the doggies on a mile jog, I only exercises that didn’t hurt my wrist: exercised on the weight bench, did pullups on with the core trainer punched the heavybag for a spell.  

Friday 17- 91 to 61 a little hazy.
I did my stretches and took the dogs for a walk.
I watered the plants
I continued to write and finish Chapter 8.


Saturday 18- 89 to 59.
I did my stretches, took the dogs on a mile jog, and hit the heavy bag.
Today they are taking my father and stepmother’s ashes out to sea. My sister Leeanne was there with her family, along with others. My father and stepmother made it very clear it was their wish we not have any kind of ceremony. My sister Lynn and I respected their wishes, but we also respect and understand those who didn’t and their need for closure.

Sunday 19- 91 to 61 clear
I did my stretches.
I did the poop patrol of the yard.
I wrote and finished chapter 9.

Monday 20- 87 to 63 hazy
I did my stretches, exercised with 20lb dumbbells, and jogged a mile with the dogs.
I started chapter 10.

Tuesday 21- 81 to 57 hazy
I did my stretches and yoga.
I worked out in the yard for a spell and watered the plants.

Wednesday 22- 71 to 51 very windy.
I did my stretches, worked out on the weight bench, core trainer, and took the dogs for a mile jog.
I worked on chapter 10 and finished it, now working on chapter 11.

Thursday 23- 73 to 49 still a bit windy.
I did my stretches and took the dogs for a nice walk.
I continued to work on Chapter 11...

Friday 24- 74 to 50 with wind.
Doc’s for shots, shopping. I bought two new 6 volt deep cycle batteries... the old ones are dying quickly.

Saturday 25- windy
Potluck was pretty nice with around fifteen starving folks showing up at our community doors to share and eat what was being shared. It was Dyan’s birthday so we all stood up to sing her Happy Birthday while she sat there in her seat being embarrassed by all the attention. She received many gifts and many hugs from her friends. Chris and Mary brought fried chicken and hot dogs with all the fixins. Dorothy and Dyan cooked all day over a hot oven to bring us all carrot cake, turkey stuffing, braised cabbage, and a yummy casserole. David King concocted a pear walnut thingy.  John Lee brought us two gallons of tea to swallow it all down with. There was some yammering going on about this that and other things that ain’t fit to print here, but we all had a wonderful time doing it.

Sunday 26- windy
I did my stretches.

Monday 27- 78 to 48 very windy.
I did my stretches, weight bench, punched the heavybag, and took the dogs out for a mile run.

Tuesday 28- 71 to 52 and still a bit windy.
I did my stretches, yoga, punched the heavybag, and took the doggies for a nice jog.
I wrote a bit of chapter 11...

Wednesday 29- 80 to 53 degrees and still windy.
I did my stretches, but stayed inside because of the wind and my dang allergies.

Thursday 30- 82 to 48 and really windy!
I did my stretches.
I drove to the post office to pick up a package containing a shop manual for my Zuma F50. I then went to Staters to get some supplies.

Friday 31- 70 to 48 finally with no wind!
I did my stretches, took the dogs for a walk, and spent the rest of the day working online on my taxes. The automatic tax thingy sent back my Fed return 7 times because of form 8962, what a mess and unintelligible are the instructions for that form. I also did Calif State without a problem.


*************** Stuff I wrote this Month **************

Walking into the ballroom her beauty was such, as if light focused on a prism burst into vibrant colors bedazzling those in her presence ~RD

We are where we’re supposed to be because we either left where we were or ended up staying where we are.
~RD
It doesn't hurt to dream of the impossible because sometimes the impossible can come true. We live in a world full of what was once impossible dreams.
~RD

I had a dream about that girl again last night. She isn’t a young girl any longer, just a year or two younger than me, but I remember her as she was in her youth and beauty. In my dream I had taken her out to dinner at an outside cafe. I excused myself from the table to wash my hands in the restroom while she sat there at the table with a bright smile all dressed up and looking very pretty. There was a couch there in the restroom and I laid myself down to rest for a second. Next thing I know someone was pounding on the door yelling, “Get up, get up! You’ve been in there for hours.”
I rose quickly and went outside to find my girlfriend sitting in a yellow taxi about ready to drive away. Just then, her father drove up (played by Ed Asner) and told me how dare I abandon his lovely daughter. Dumbstruck, I stood there as she stepped out of the taxi and went to her father’s car and sat inside, her father shut the car door on her side and drove off. The taxi driver came up and asked for a tip, and then the waiter came and handed me a bill for $119 and said the cafe doesn’t take credit cards.
~RD

My Wants:
I want a world free from hunger
where no one goes hungry because they are poor
I want a free educational system
where students aren’t drowning in debt
I want good healthcare for the impoverished
that never denies or turns them away
I want an end to belief systems
pointing out differences of color gender and race
I want a society based on merit and creativity
instead of money and greed
I want an end to countries dependent on bullets and bombs
killing man woman and child
I want a new paradigm without money
sucking up resources and spitting out waste
I want everyone safe on this little planet
that spins happily around this vastness of space
I want all of these and I’ll probably want more
until there’s no need for want anymore
~RD

Oh pale the day as darkness creeps upon thy bedsheets
though yonder chamber glistens boldly
beckons ye with dance, drink and merriment.
~RD

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

February 2017

February 2017


Wednesday 01- 68 to 47 hazy.
I did my stretches, core trainer, weight bench, punched the heavybag for a spell and jogged a mile with the dogs.
I cut up a whole bunch of wood for the wood stove. I used the new 2 stroke 1000 watt generator and it cut right through the old 2X4s without any problem; that kinda surprised me.
I did the poop patrol and collected a whole bunch of...
I took the dogs for a walk and listened to the rest of the lecture 2 on climate.
I went online to find that all four books I ordered were either inside or outside at my mailbox on Lear. I jumped in the truck and drove down there right away just incase they were sitting outside... thankfully the mail person was able to get them all inside: two books on latin, one on microscopy, and a new and better keyboard that lights up for my Microsoft Surface RT.


Thursday 02- 65 to 47 hazy.
I did my stretches, yoga.
I went to the post office to pick up my Alphasmart NEO2 mobile word processor I ordered on Ebay.
I started listening to lecture 3 while I walked a mile with the dogs.


Friday 03- 70 to 46 degrees and clear.


Saturday 04- 66 to 46

Sunday 05- 63 to 41
I did my stretches, core trainer, weight bench, punched the heavybag for a spell and jogged a mile with the dogs.


I exercised with the 10lb dumbbells and took the dogs for a walk while I listened to lecture 4 in the climate series, but because of their rowdy misbehaving and continuous barking I shortly had to march the dogs right back and continue walking on my own.

Monday 06- 64 to 53 a very sad day for me and my family.
I did my stretches, exercised with the 20lbs dumbbells and took the doggies on a mile jog.
I called my Dad to see how he was doing only to find he passed away fifteen minutes earlier. I was on the phone to family and friends for all day.


Tuesday 07- 72 to 53 with a few cloud and wind.
I did my stretches and mope around the house all day and called family.


Wednesday 08- 78 to 54
I did my stretches, exercised with the 20lbs dumbbells and took the doggies on a mile jog.
I finally got out there and dug a hole for the clothes hanger thingy that looks like an umbrella when you unfold it. I had to mix cement for the post holder that obviously the umbrella post slips into.  
Barney was frantically barking and I went outside to see what was up; Cassie had somehow gotten herself on the other side of the gate. I walk the perimeter of the fence and found where she had made it over the fence by pulling it down from the iron fence posts. I did a quick fix of it and will by more fence ties tomorrow.


Thursday 09-
I did my stretches.
I went to WalMart to get supplies and a haircut. Then on to Home Depot to get 20 more pavers for my laundry room and some wire ties for the fence where Cassie got out.
I got home and shared the roasted chicken with Cassie and Barney, and then we all went for a short walk.
I talked with my cousin Marguerite catching up on things and life in general.


Friday 10- 80 to 58
I did my stretches, exercised with the 20lbs dumbbells and took the doggies on a mile jog.
I unloaded the pavers from the truck and laid and positioned them on the ground. That’s a whole lot of work.
Did the Poop Patrol of the yard... I think I need to cut down on the amount of food I feed them doggies.


Saturday 11- 66 to 52 degrees with clouds.
I did my stretches, core trainer, weight bench, and punched the heavybag.
I worked in the yard in the back gathering old junk and tossing it into the dumpster.
I took the dogs out for a short walk.

Sunday 12- 66 to 49 and cloudy.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie and Barney for a one mile jog, core trainer, punched the heavybag for three minutes, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and rode my electric pedal assisted bike for 3 miles. I did all them exercises that I do in the morning. On my ride with the bike I met Fonsel who bought and is weekending at the home of my old neighbor who played the Australian musical instruments didgeridoo and bullroarer at night and built a fortress for his cat.
This will be my first Sunday in many years that I didn’t call my Dad.
I went around the with silicone sealer filling in some holes where water leaked inside the house and laundry room.
I talked with my sister Lynn for a long spell about our family.


Monday 13- 69 to 51
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie and Barney for a one mile jog, core trainer, punched the heavybag for three minutes, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and rode my electric pedal assisted bike for 3 miles. Again I did all them exercises that I ever do.

Tuesday 14- 70 to 48
I did my stretches.
I went to Yucca Valley to checkout a car and bought it.


Wednesday 15- 71 to 49
I did my stretches
I went back down to Yucca Valley to pick up car I bought. The old Cougar was falling to pieces bit by bit.


Thursday 16- 72 to 50
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie and Barney for a one mile jog, core trainer, punched the heavybag for three minutes, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and rode my electric pedal assisted bike for 3 miles. Met my neighbor Trent.


Friday 17- 65 to 45 windy and a bit of rain
I did my stretches, took Cassie and Barney for a one mile jog with the doggies, and exercised with the 20lb dumbbells.
Dug a deeper trench around the back to drain rainwater from the big storm coming our way.
I called AAA to insure the Mini Cooper and also uninsured the scooter that’s not working now.

Saturday 18- 51 to 46 with drizzles and moderate rain.
Brian and Naomi Kayla and Courtney came by for a quick visit.


Sunday 19- 56 to 43 with early morning drizzles and then a few cloud.
Dogs escaped, mend fence, mile run, lecture 5.... Busy day.

Monday 20- 70 to 49
I did my stretches, core trainer, took the dogs on a mile jog, exercised on the weight bench, punched the heavy back for about three minutes, rode the bike, and did my yoga.
Struggled with the little 2cycle generator washing close in the side loading washer; not enough power to run it. I finally got the larger Honda Generator running and was able to finish getting the washer to cycle all the way through to the end.
I took the dogs for an evening walk and listened to lecture 6 the last one on the Cambridge University’s lecture series on Adaptation to Climate Change.
Did some reading of my text books:
I started writing again and added to “On Ashen Roads” and getting familiar again with the first chapter.


Tuesday 21- 72 to 47
Wrist hurts decided not to do exercises today. I cleaned yard instead and threw a bunch of stuff I don’t need anymore and useless to anyone else into the dumpster.
I got my delivery of the Haynes Repair Manual for the Mini Cooper.


Wednesday 22- 66 to 39 very windy with gusts past 40 MPH
I did my stretches. Still my wrist hurts.
I had to go up on the roof to repair a few holes that once held a solar panel and are not causing a leak into the house.
I did the dreaded Poop Patrol.


Thursday 23- 52 to 34 and still windy.
I did my stretches.
I went to town and bought more 20 more pavers for the laundry room.


Friday 24- 57 to 36
I did my stretches and took the dogs for a walk.
I laid down all the pavers and almost have the whole laundry room floor covered with them. I probably need about ten or so more to finish it off.


Saturday 25-
At our potluck we had almost 20 hungry souls showing up to feast upon the grub we brought to share. Our theme this month was pink and red to celebrate Washington's birthday and Valentine’s Day. Birthday gift bags were given out to those folks whose birthdays fell in December, January and February... we gotten a little behind on the bag thingy. The list of food that was lovingly donated is just too long to include here. It was mighty good grub to be sure; me and Cal was shoveling it in like coal into one of them old steam locomotives going up a steep grade. So, we’ll just thank those who contributed their fine cuisine: Mary and Chris including their three relatives from Santa Ana, Dyan and Dorothy and son John, Cal, and Bruce. Everyone donated a few bucks to help offset the cost of electricity and the little nicknacks Mary provides. Everyone was yammering about this and that, but mostly about the road vote. I explained it was a good thing to vote yes and raise it up to $60 a year instead of keeping it at the $20 we been paying over the last two decades or more. I also told the folks who rent to tell the owners of the property to vote yes on the ballot and mail it in.
I continued to write chapter two of “Upon Ashen Roads” and I think I finished the chapter.


Sunday 26- 59 to 43 with clouds with a bit of rain.
I did my stretches, used lite weights on the weight bench; my wrist still hurts, punched the heavybag for a minute, and took the doggies for a mile jog.

Monday 27- 55 to 42 with rain.
I did my stretches.
I worked writing chapter three of “Upon Ashen Roads”.

Tuesday 28- 62 to 39 with a bit of cold wind.
I did my stretches and took the dogs for a walk.
I worked writing and finished chapter three of “Upon Ashen Roads”.


***** Stuff I Wrote this Month******


Hollywood can make dreams, but falls short on reality.
~RD


When folks come out to the desert for the first time and can really see our dark night skies without all the light pollution, they always seem to ask, "What is that cloud going across the sky?" Just the words “What is that cloud” tells me they know it’s something other than a cloud.
"Why that’s the Milky Way," I reply and then I get into my astronomy mode to answer their questions and point out all kinds of interesting facts and a few constellations I know.
Kinda makes me wonder about some of those who live in the cities who have never experienced firsthand the vastness of the universe and hardly ever look up in awe towards the night sky.
~RD


Upon starry sky
Crescent lies the Moon
On calm waters shimmer
Beams of silver dance.
~RD


You are my soul
You are my life
You are why I wake in the morning
You are why I sleep peacefully at night
You are the one
You are the only
Because you are the one I Love
~RD


Love is our tapestry, displayed from walls for all to see. Words alone cannot express our love, but a blessing from above.
Threadbare through the ages of life’s adventures, struggles and pain, these tattered threads we shall mend, this tapestry woven with love will never end.
~RD

Love is like a waterfall
that flows over mountains tall
gathering strength
it rushes to the sea
to wash upon distant shores
by windward breeze
of faraway lands
to live as one
no longer just a me
this love I truly seek of thee
To cast away all sorrows and pain
and spread the burden
share any shame
To know someone deeply
desiring only the best
To enjoy only harmony, trust, comfort and love
as we lay together at peace and at rest
~RD


I'm more of a rattlesnake than anything else... I watch, I listen, I know my environment... you see me curl up you better tread lightly.
~RD

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