Saturday, June 17, 2017

May 2017

May 2017


Monday 01- 90 to 57
I did my stretches, yoga, and took Cassie and Barney for a one mile jog.

Tuesday 02- 94 to 69
I did my stretches and took the dogs for a mile jog.

Wednesday 03- 97 to 70
I did my stretches and took the dogs for a mile jog.

Thursday 04- 98 to 70
I did my stretches. I didn’t feel well this morning.
I started and finished chapter 14

Friday 05- 99 to 73
I did my stretches. I am still not feeling well this morning. Dogs are pissed I haven’t taken them for a walk in two days now.
I began and almost finished chapter 15.

Saturday 06- 83 to 48 very windy.
I did my stretches and exercised with the 20lb weights.
I finished chapter 15 and started 16... I’m not sure but I think this is the last chapter. Then I go back and add and edit to it and it should be around 50 thousand words.

Sunday 07- 62 to 45
I did my stretches and took the dogs for a walk just before it began to rain. I worked in the yard

Monday 08- 78 to 57
I did my stretches and walked the dogs. Barney slipped his collar and got away again. I called out to him, but he just ran off. He’s done this before. I walked back and put Cassie in the dog run and left the front gate opened. Barney came back an hour later and I gave him a treat just like I do with Cassie when she escapes.

Tuesday 09- 80 to 58
I did my stretches, exercised with the 20lb dumbbells, and took Cassie for a jog. I didn’t take Barney, he is being disciplined because he ran off on me yesterday on our walk.

Wednesday 10- 82 to 56
I did my stretches and took the dogs for a mile jog.
Seimi came by to chat for a spell.
I worked on my book trying to get somewheres around 50 thousand words... need 15 thousand more.

Thursday 11- 89 to 56
I did my stretches and took the dogs for a mile jog.
I worked more on the book.
Took the dogs for an evening walk.

Friday 12-  92 to 56
I did my stretches and went to WalMart, but first I went to get my mail at my mailbox on Border and it wes replaced with a new array of post boxes and my key didn’t work for my new box. I stopped the mail person and they said just for me to present my id at the post office and the wll give me a new key. Well to make a long story to the point the people at the JT post office said that I was live in 29 and shouldn’t have a post box there. I said but I’ve had my box there for almost 20 years. I told them I live on the border of 29 and JT, but that didn’t make a difference to the. I will find pieces of more information to present on Monday when I go to collect my mail at the post office that the mail carrier will pick up Saturday and bring to the JT office. Now I might have to change all my credit cards and bank statements to reflect the change... gosh, wait until Christmas time. We’ll see what happens on Monday. I just hope the cold hearted office folks at the office don’t give away my box until I can get this squared away...

Saturday 13- 90 to 56
I did my stretches and went to the poetry reading in JT only to find out the evert is to be tomorrow, Sunday, after driving all the way down there today, Saturday :(
I made a mistake... Subconsciously, but a mistake all the same... It never crossed my mind the event would be held on Mother's Day.
So I may or may not be going there tomorrow. My mistake. This will be my first year I won't be sending out a Mother's Day card, or a Father's Day card later in June.

Sunday 14- 84 to 53 and windy.
I did my stretches, put the dogs in their pen and went to the poetry reading where I was invited to read my poetry along with others who had their poems in issue#5 of Cholla Needles book at Space Cowboy Books in Joshua Tree. I, for the first time ever (except once in 1970 that got me kicked out a speech communication class in college) stood up in front of a bunch of people to read my poems...I even read the one from 1970 ;) I was surprised by how many folks came to listen to poetry... so now I am in Cholla Needles issue 2 and 5.

Monday 15- 73 to 51
I did my stretches and took the dogs for a walk. I am still not doing any weightlifting and the wind is too strong to go for a jog with the dogs.
I found my property tax statement and my water bill from the JTWD both stating my property in in Joshua Tree. I drove down to the post office and presented them both to the gal there incharge. She said, “You do live right on the border of Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree,” and handed me my mailbox keys. I profusely thanked her, because now I won’t have to change my address on my driver's license... among other things you can imagine. I asked about my mail and was told the driver went to collect it all today and she would tell the driver tonight to return the mail to the my mailbox tomorrow.

Tuesday 16- 79 to 47 degrees and windy.
Gotta get up early and go for a scan in Palm Springs. I took the dogs for a quick walk first before I left and made sure they had water in their dog pen where they will await my return. I would’ve preferred to let them run free in the yard, but Barney tries to dig out if I do.
I always get lost in Palm Springs so I left and arrived there an hour and forty-five minutes early just in case. I had to fast so I was really hungry and they had food show on the TV in the waiting room; kinda a bummer. Driving back home I stopped at the Sizzler for their salad bar and ate my fill. Tips
I walked the dogs before I took a long nap.


Wednesday 17- 79 to 53 and very windy.
I did my stretches, swept the floors inside the house, did the poop patrol, messed with my ASUS Tablet that wouldn’t turn on. Had to take it apart, disconnect the battery and reconnect it, and then it kinda worked but another problem cropped up and I finally just threw it in the trash.



Thursday 18- 81 to 57 with wind.
I did my stretches, core trainer, weight bench, hit the heavybag, and took the dogs for a mile jog.
Changed out the two old failing 6 volt deep cycle batteries for the new ones I bought a two months ago. I had the new ones ready when I used every ounce of energy of the old ones when they gave up the ghost.
Now I am having problems with my Lenovo Yoga Tablet yt3-850f “temperature too high will shut down” it says and shuts right down... of course I tried putting it in the freezer for half an hour and that didn’t work... I think something is wrong with the battery because it says 65030% charged not 100%... so after doing a complete factory reset that didn’t solve the problem, I put it in a test mode that will drain out the battery completely and I’ll find out tomorrow if it fixes the problem when I put a charge to it and reboot. If this doesn’t work... into the trash it goes after I tear it apart to see its innards.

Friday 19- 83 to 49 with wind.
I got up and took the dogs for a walk and then went right to work fixin my Mini Cooper needs a new timing chain tensioner replacement. To get to the dang thing I had to disassemble the air cleaner compartment, the throttle mechanism, and a bunch of minor things not mentioned in the repair manual; hidden bolts and the like.
While I was doing that I was also doing a few updates for a computer I am giving away to my friend’s son. He’s going to use it for school work, I hope he likes it. I also completed the poop patrol I started last Wednesday before the winds became too strong and made me stop.

Saturday 20- 90 to 67
I did my stretches, core trainer, weight bench, hit the heavybag, and took the dogs for a mile run.
I did my laundry and hung it all out to dry. I finished my laptop I’m giving to my friend’s son and will have it all packed up and ready to go the next time I go to the post office.
I am still cleaning up the yard and tossing stuff in the dumpster... an accumulation of 20 years of friends with good intentions bringing over stuff I don’t need, but they think I need... what I need now is to get rid of it all.



Sunday 21- 97 to 62
I did my stretches, yoga, and took the dogs for a mile jog.
I did another load of laundry... sure makes the job a lot easier having a new washer.
I cleaned up some more of the yard stacking old lumber neatly ready to cut into firewood.
I did some editing of my book “Upon Ashen Roads”, but just got too tired and quit early.


Monday 22- 100 to 73
I did my stretches, core trainer, weight bench, hit the heavybag, and took the dogs for a mile jog.
I started to work on my 2012 Zuma 50f scooter that fails to start. Now that I have the manual I hope to make some progress.
When not working on the scooter I was cleaning the yard. Still plenty of work to do there. Pretty soon I will start going through clothes I don’t wear and give them away.
I got really upset about the terrorist blast in Manchester at a concert full of teenage children and their mothers.

Tuesday 23- 102 to 70
I did my stretches... too hot to go take the dogs for a run.
I spent most of the day writing a poem called “Missing in Manchester: Souls of Sweet Children”

Wednesday 24- 102 to 70 with clouds and wind in the evening hours.
I did my stretches.

Thursday 25- 90 to 68 with winds.
Doctor’s appointment at 3pm in Palm Springs.

Friday 26- 89 to 62
Needed to get more blood drawn and tested.

Saturday 27- 91 to 58
I did my stretches.
Potluck and we all celebrated Cal Mayers’ Birthday with him by singing him happy birthday to you.

Sunday 28- 97 to 71
I did my stretches and took the dogs out for a walk.

Monday 29- 100 and 69 degrees.
Not feeling very well.

Tuesday 30- 98 to 70
I am still not feeling very well.
I felt better around evening and took the dogs for a mile jog, core trainer, weight bench, and hit the heavybag for a short spell.


Wednesday 31- 93 to 65 and a bit overcast.
I did my stretches.
I went went to Subway and then did some shopping before going to the doctor’s to get a shot.
I shared some chicken hindquarters with the dogs before taking them for a mile jog.


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

Lie still the night, burn bright the stars, overbearing sadness crept beneath a sea of darkness, a spark of love relieved this pain, but fading thoughts ceased to be no longer ~RD


Missing in Manchester: Souls of Sweet Children
Joy and merriment ended its quest, with a device strapped to some loser’s chest. Lurking outside waiting for a concert’s completion, fed by lies and untruths of a religious deception, to rip the innocence of young girls from our hearts and our minds, and remind us of evils of a self-righteous kind.
Drowning us in sorrows of bright futures gone, are bedrooms adorned in pink bows and ribbons with patched teddy bears, once full but now empty, their essence moved on.
In their love and compassion for life will always remain, a beacon to guide us on journeys not made. Souls of sweet children passed gently through the night, as parents searched pleading not my child be taken, not my child tonight.
~RD


Life is like a popsicle... before you know it all you’re left with is the dry stick.
~RD


Somehow black and white photos brings out the colors of our imagination...
~RD


Blistered lips, tattooed parchment skin peeling, lusting for just a drop; the ants will finish what the desert began. ~RD


At times we reflect upon life and our journeys around the Sun. Standing on this seemingly sturdy ground beneath our feet, yet just a tiny speck of water and dust of a thin shell, like that of slag floating around on molten iron. We either can stand in awe looking out to the vastness of the universe and absorb its oneness and peaceful happiness, or detach ourselves from its moment to become lost with ignorance in the realms of infinity.
~RD

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

April 2017



April 2017

Saturday 01- 77 to 54 very nice with a bit of breeze.
Tanner sign- Doug poem & guitar

Sunday 02- 84 to 58
I did my stretches, yoga, core trainer, took the dogs for a mile jog, and punched the heavybag.
I cleaned up the yard some and did the dreaded poop patrol; most of the poop was buried in the sand by the high winds we’ve had the past week. I had to hunt them down and dig them up.
Just finished doing my Federal and State Taxes... I am glad that's over and done with! I felt like stuffing all the forms and that incomprehensible 8962 into a envelope and sending it off to the IRS with a note: You made up all this complicated jargon and rules, here you go figure it out and let me know how much I owe.

Monday 03- 88 to 51 and windy again
I did my stretches.

Tuesday 04- 77 to 54
I did my stretches, exercises with the 20lb dumbbells, took the dogs for a mile jog, and punched the heavybag for a spell.
FedEx delivered my 20 watt solar panel I opened it up and found it was shattered.

Wednesday 05- 80 to 50
I did my stretches and took the dogs for a nice walk morning and evening walk.
I emailed the business that sold me the broken solar panel. Alex said that he will replace my broken 20 watt panel with a 30 watt panel and will ship it right away.

Thursday 06- 87 to 52
I did my stretches and took the doggies for a mile and a half jog.
Late in the evening I had just starting writing chapter 12 of "Upon Ashen Roads" when I got distracted by our missile strike against Syria... strange how I am writing fiction of that area right now... I'll try and continue chapter 12 on Friday night....

Friday 07- 81 to 57 overcast.
I did my stretches and took the dogs for a walk.
I am still distracted by the strike against Syria to write.

Saturday 08- very windy 73 to 47 degrees.
I did my stretches.
I went to the "Full Moon Desert Acoustic and Poetry" out in the windy desert tonight and met some really nice people and had a wonderful time.

Sunday 09- 72 to 48 still windy, but not as bad as yesterday.
I think I got sick from the cold wind last night. I just stayed inside. I took an antihistamine that knocked me out.
I did some writing on chapter 12 but still distracted by events in the world and only gotten 186 words written.
Monday 10- 68 to 45
Still sick and stayed inside. I did my stretches and messed around with my computers.

Tuesday 11- 83 to 56 with afternoon clouds.
I felt better and did my stretches, weight bench, core trainer, punched the heavybag, and took the dogs for a mile jog.
I watered all the outside plants.

Wednesday 12- 86 to 57 windy.
I did my stretches and took the dogs for a mile jog.
I went WalMart to do some shopping.

Thursday 13- 81 to 55 windy in the evening.
I did my stretches and took the dogs for a mile walk.
I cleaned up the yard and threw a bunch of stuff in the dumpster.
I took the dogs for an evening walk.


Friday 14- 75 to 51 with a lite breeze.
I did my stretches and took the dogs for a mile jog.
I went to the post office in 29 to pick up the 30 watt solar panel sent to me as a replacement for the 20 watt panel that had shattered in transit to my home. I also stopped at Stater Bros to pick up a few items I couldn’t get at WalMart the other day.
Took the doggies for an evening walk.

Saturday 15- 81 to 58
I stopped taking the antihistamine pills last night. The pills make me very tired and lazy the next day. I think they may be worse than the allergy symptoms that I experience. I  did my stretches, yoga, took the dogs for a mile jog, and punched the heavybag for a long spell.
I finally cleaned the kitchen counter and stove very good. I have neglected most cleaning in the house lately.

Sunday 16- 88 to 60
I did my stretches and took the dogs on a mile jog.
I am still feeling like crap because of my allergies. Don’t really feel like doing anything, plus my Doctor said two visits ago that I shouldn’t lift any weights for awhile because of my pain in my wrist, so I cut weightlifting down to maybe two or three times a week. I hope it starts getting better soon.

Monday 17- windy
I did my stretches and took the dogs for a mile jog.
I finished chapter 12 after a long delay. I wrote over two thousands words.

Tuesday 18- windy still.
I did my stretches and took the dogs for a mile jog.
I got interested on Hawaii. Just sell everything and move there with the dogs. I spent a bunch of hours online looking at property. I even contacted a realtor about one. Just a dream right now and there ain’t nothing holding me here in the desert anymore. All my good friends I had here have gone on to a different dimensional plane of existence than I.

Wednesday 19-  windy
I did my stretches and took the dogs for an evening mile walk.
Played around with my computers. I have so many I think I’ll start giving them away or maybe sell them on ebay.

Thursday 20-  82 to 52 windy
I did my stretches and took the dogs for a walk.
I did the poop patrol and cleaned up a few areas outside.

Friday 21- 87 to 60
I did my stretches, yoga, core trainer, took the dogs for a mile jog, did the weight bench, and punched the heavybag for a bit.
FedEx arrived with a package containing a Panasonic ToughBook.
Watered the plants.
I did some leg stretches, exercised with the 20lb weights, and took the doggies for an evening mile jog.
Wrote over a thousand words in chapter 13 finally. I now know how the book is going to end.

Saturday 22- 88 to 63
I did my stretches, worked out with the 10lb weights, and took the doggies for a mile jog.
I did this and that and other things  today that needed being done that I’ve haven’t done but needed to do, eventually.
Took the dogs for a nice evening walk. Everything is in bloom now and Cassie and Barney are sniffen at all the flowers.
I finished chapter 13.

Sunday 23- 91 to 60 and windy.
stretches


Monday 24- 84 to 60 and real windy. So windy in fact I had to let the dogs inside.
I did my stretches and worked on chapter 14 of “Upon Ashen Roads”

Tuesday 25- 82 to 55 and still windy.
stretches

Wednesday 26- 86 to 53 and windy.
I did my stretches and took the dogs for a walk.
I went to my Doctor’s appointment in Palm Springs where they drew more blood from me. I did some shopping at WalMart and didn’t get back home until 8pm. The Doggies not happy with me so I took them for a evening walk.

Thursday 27- 82 to 62 very windy again... kinda getting tired of all the wind.
I did my stretches, took the doggies for a mile jog.
Seime came by for me to help him on his laptop because the sound wasn’t working; I fixed it for him,

Friday 28- 76 to 52 with wind...
I did my stretches and took the dogs for a mile jog.

Saturday 29- 76 to 51 with lite wind
I did my stretches and took the dogs for a walk.
I cooked up a pot of rice, gathered the cookies I bought and headed down to the community center for our monthly potluck. There were about twenty hungry denizens of the desert there waiting to dig into the feast set before them on the table. There was Yvonne’s yummy banana pudding; Dorothy's delicious Mexican casserole, Cal’s healthy fruit platter; someone made a chocolate cake that magically disappeared; Chris and Mary’s fried chicken and pea salad; cookies from Joyce and John Lee, who journeyed from Santa Ana to enjoy the wonders of our desert. We have no music or entertainment of any sort except the pleasant chattering of desert folks yammering on and on about this and that and other important things pertaining to their lives. It’s a wondrous feeling to be among them.

Sunday 30- 87 to 62 sunny day.
I did my stretches, core trainer, weight bench, punched the heavybag, and took the doggies for a mile jog.


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

The cord that binds has been tied off and cut, but forever remains a link to a mother’s heart.
~RD

At this moment in history the news media thrives on opinions of reactionaries, not on a sense for fairness or any impartial coherent reporting. For good or bad we alter the world by just being alive and trying to rationalize and internalize the information we acquire. How we change the future is up to us by the seeds we sow. Plant the seed of knowledge and watch us grow. Plant the seeds of deception to watch the world wither and die.
~RD


I like dogs because they have no political ambitions. Cats on the other hand I'm not so sure of...
~RD

Create and enjoy life so others may enjoy it with you...
~RD

Life is not to be wasted on mundane and irrelevant demands put upon you by others. Treat life as a wondrous journey not a racetrack to the end. Be awed, be creative, be inspired and inspire others, ask questions and question everything, love and be loved along the way to journey's end.
~RD


Come live in the desert with me and enjoy the beauty, silence, and grandeur of endless horizons. It's simply awesome to behold. Then ponder as you gaze out into the desert’s sparse habitat how so much can survive with so little. Did you know the kangaroo rat survives without drinking water?
~RD

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