Sunday, December 24, 2017

November 2017

November 2017

Wednesday 01- 75 to 51
I did my stretches, lifted weights,went for a good mile jog, core trainer, sit-ups and punched the heavybag.
I rode the scooter to my mailbox on Border Ave to send out some check and other mail. Finally, sitting in my box after many months and an unnecessary visit to the DMV was my scooter’s registration!
I took the dogs for a nice evening mile jog... they were raring to go because it’s been a couple of day for them without a walk.
I wanted to watch game 7 of the World Series, but I have not a TV and couldn’t find anything free online to watch... just as well, my team the Dodgers lost to the Astros 5 to 1. A dang good gut wrenching World Series if I ever saw one! Both teams were evenly matched! I wanted my Dodgers to win... maybe next year.
I completed 2591 words on the new book 2...

Thursday 02- 76 to 49 degrees.
I did my stretches, sit-up, punched the heavybag and went for a good mile jog.
I took out the fuel filter of the truck. So, I placed a pan under the fuel filter and removed the connection to the pump. I then turned on the ignition and heard the hum of the fuel pump to prime, I checked the pan for how much gas came out; only a trickle. I tried this several time and believe it is now the fuel pump that is the suspect of my problems. I have now begun the task of removing the bed of the truck so I can get to the fuel pump from the top without dropping the tank. I have the bed liner removed so far, but need to find the right star shaped bit to remove the bed’s 6 bolts.
Kelly brought her dogs over to stay for a while until she finds a better place to live... long story.
I took the dogs out for a jog and forgot to do my sit-ups and punch the heavybag... dang.
I wrote a bit over 2000 words tonight of book 2.

Friday 03- 70 to 50
I did my stretches, lifted weights,went for a good mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag.
I worked around the yard doing this and that. I can’t do much on the truck until I get to town to get the right Torx tip to take the 6 bolts out of the bed.
I took the dogs for a mile jog and I remembered to do my sit-ups and punch the heavybag.
Kelly came by to feed her dogs and also brought chicken for us and I made gravy and mashed potatoes for dinner.
I wrote 2156 more words on book 2.

Saturday 04- 77 to 55
I did my stretches, core trainer, exercised with the 20lb dumbbells, sit-ups and heavybag, and went for a good mile jog.
Kelly came by to feed her dogs.
I wrote a bit over 2000 words for book 2.

Sunday 05- 76 to 56 degrees.
I did my stretches, yoga, sit-ups, punched the heavybag, went for a good mile jog, and rode my ebike a few miles.
I washed my laundry and hung it all out to dry.
Kelly came by to take care of her dogs. I cooked up some beans and rice to share for dinner. We sat outside and saw 13.5 satellites in 25 minutes!
I wrote 2241 words on book 2...

Monday 06- 75 to 55 cloudy
I did my stretches.
I rode the scooter to Yucca to get a shot. I also got a haircut at WalMart and the T-50 Torx socket I needed to take off the truck’s bed to have a look-see at the fuel pump.
I saw two new Sparks out front of the NAPA Auto Parts store in Yucca last week when I was getting a part for my truck and inquired within who they belonged to. They said the cars are theirs and use them to deliver parts. They liked them very much and was nice enough to give me a tour inside of one. When a parts store like NAPA says nice things about a car, you know it must be good. They also said the Ford Focus they used before they got the Sparks sucked :D
Kjtel came by for a visit.
Kelly came by to feed her dogs.
I wrote 2168 words on book 2...

Tuesday 07- 76 to 52 cloudy
I did my stretches, yoga, hit the heavybag, sit-ups, and jogged a good mile.
My neighbor Kjtel brought some trash from where some ass dump a truckload up the hill from me on the northeast corner of Winters and Bourland Pass. She found some receipts from AutoZone and WalMart. I called the local police department and they said they’d have an officer call me.
Kjtel invited me over for a nice vegetarian dinner which was mighty good!
Dogs escaped through the gate when I came home. I found them down at Chris and Patty’s homestead and brought them back.
The police finally called me at 9:30pm about the trash that was dumped.
I wrote 2163 words on book 2...

Wednesday 08- Scattered Clouds 75° | 52°
I did my stretches, yoga, sit-ups, punched the heavybag, went for a good mile jog, and rode my ebike a few miles.
Kelly came by to feed her doggies.
I dropped by with metal shears for Kjtel to borrow. She has a new washer and asked if she could test it out on some clothes I need washing. I had told her about the rats eating the wires of my $500 washer and I had only done one load of wash.
I’ve been in negotiations with several Chevy Dealerships trying to get the best price for the Chevy Spark I can get and finally came to a decent price for one and will pick it up on Friday.
I wrote 2030 words on book 2...

Thursday 09-
I did my stretches, lifted weights, went for a good mile jog, core trainer, sit-ups and punched the heavybag. On my jog I met a man riding a bicycle named Tommy whose mother lives in a house down the road on Bourland Pass.
Kelly was nice enough to take me down to the bank to get a cashier's check for the new Chevy Spark I am buying tomorrow. We had hamburgers and fries at Steak n Shake, very yummy.
I wrote 2168 words on book 2... 2320

Friday 10- Clear 75° | 48°
I did my stretches, core trainer, sit-ups, jogged a mile, and punched at the heavybag for a spell.
I took my doggies for a short walk before Kjtel came to pick me up and hual my butt down to the car dealership in Palm Springs to purchase my new Chevy Spark.
I wrote 1557 words tonight...

Saturday 11- Scattered Clouds 73° | 48°
I did my stretches, core trainer, sit-ups, jogged a mile, and punched at the heavybag for a spell.
When over to show my neighbor Kjtel my new car. I also helped move her washer to a shed.
I went to the Copper Mountain Mesa General meeting where we elected our board members.

Sunday 12- Partly Cloudy 71° | 50°
I did my stretches, lifted weights, went for a good mile jog, core trainer, sit-ups and punched the heavybag.

Monday 13- Scattered Clouds 75° | 50°
I did my stretches, went for a good mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag.
Took the dogs for an evening mile jog.
Took Cassie for a night run up and down the hill.

Tuesday 14- Scattered Clouds 82° | 55°
I did my stretches, went for a good mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag.
Kelly came by to feed her dogs.
I took the dogs for an evening walk with my neighbor Kjtel and her doggie Bodie.
I wrote over 4000 words for book 2.

Wednesday 15- Scattered Clouds 75° | 52°
I did my stretches. I thought it time to give my body a little rest
Kelly cam to feed her dog and we took all of our doggies for a walk.
I wrote over 4000 words for book 2 with a grand total of over 32,000 words so far.

Thursday 16- Partly Cloudy 75° | 53°
I did my stretches, yoga, situps and jogged a good mile.
Another 4000 some words written.

Friday 17- Partly Cloudy 75° | 57°
I did my stretches, went for a good mile jog, situps, and punched the heavybag.
Another 4000 some words written today. 40653 total words now written so far. Closing in on the 50,000 mark.

Saturday 18- Clear 66° | 46°
I did my stretches, went for a good mile jog, situps, and punched the heavybag.
Another 4000 some words written today.

Sunday 19- Clear 66° | 37°
I did my stretches, went for a good mile jog, situps, and punched the heavybag.
Another 4000 some words written today.

Monday 20- Clear 70° | 41°
I did my stretches, went for a good mile jog, situps, and punched the heavybag.
2000 some words written today. 49065 total words now written. Less than a thousand words to hit the 50,000 mark.

Tuesday 21- Clear 80° | 46°
I did my stretches.
I went to WalMart to do some shopping; Kelly rode along.
I completed the 50,000 words. Yay for me.

Wednesday 22- Clear 84° | 54°
I did my stretches, ran a good mile, situps and punched at the heavybag.
I worked on the truck and found a way of getting at the fuel pump by pulling, lifting, and sliding the bed onto the rear bumper, all by myself.

Thursday 23- Clear 84° | 51°
I did my stretches, lifted weights, went for a good mile jog, core trainer, sit-ups and punched the heavybag.
I replaced the fuel pump and the truck started right up. I put the bed back on and all is good. Took the whole dang day to do it.
Kelly came by to feed her dogs and we had dinner together.
Friday 24- Clear 86° | 54°
I did my stretches, yoga, went for a good mile jog, core trainer, sit-ups and punched the heavybag.
I was practising reading aloud from "Upon Ashen Roads" and found out that my publisher didn't put in our last edit that correct many errors!
Tomorrow I have to go out in front of people and read from a book I may have to pull. YIKES!

Saturday 25- Clear 81° | 53°
I did my stretches, went for a good mile jog, core trainer, sit-ups and punched the heavybag.
I canceled the reading.  Went to potluck.

Sunday 26- Clear 82° | 50°
I did my stretches, lifted weights, went for a good mile jog, core trainer, sit-ups and punched the heavybag.

Monday 27- really windy... less than a mile visibility at times.
I did my stretches, yoga, went for a good mile jog, sit-ups and punched the heavybag.
I had to go to Yucca Valley for a blood test.

Tuesday 28-  Scattered Clouds 66° | 45°
I did my stretches. I Ain’t feeling well...
I went to the post office in 29 Palms.

Wednesday 29- Clear 70° | 46°
I did my stretches, lifted weights, went for a good mile jog, core trainer, sit-ups and punched the heavybag.
I was on the phone to the Philippines today for 2 hours trying to get my new Boost Mobile phone activated; one helpful assistant hung up on me because she said she was never wrong... finally I managed to do it myself without their help.
Thursday 30- Scattered Clouds 66° | 45°
I did my stretches, yoga, went for a good mile jog, core trainer, sit-ups and punched the heavybag.
I finished all of my Christmas cards and getting them ready to send out.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, core trainer, situps, and went for a night run.
I did my studies: history, geology, astronomy, meteorology, played guitar and drew something: my neighbor’s dog Lilly.


**************** Stuff I wrote this month ****************

The Silent Room
Silent messages flow from each in the room, through electric conduits that sizzle hissing a code I can’t crack. They pass me by with a zip and a zap, those subtle messages I cannot catch, they drive me crazy as I stand all alone, is it me creating the silence that has befell the poor room? So silent this space, so active my mind, as this silence grows heavy their eyes avoid mine. When I do finally speak it is all out of sync, in a room full of scholars, I feel second rate. Am I the interloper invading their space? Am I the one who's so out of place? I know they're good people, it might be me who’s to blame, being all out of sorts on a different plane.
I do find it’s me as I sneak out the front door, now there's plenty of talking, jokes fly through the air, the party begins in earnest because I’m not there...
~RD

What does it all mean? What is it about life that we carry these images of fleeting mosaic shadows, a collage of meaningless yet mindful bits of curiosity into the realms of our inner self, to bring them forth upon the light of day to be scrutinised, examined, and then tossed into the warm backwaters of our soul...
~RD

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