Wednesday 01- very windy. Exercised on the weight bench jogged and took Cassie for a jog.
I finished the second coat of paint on the new patio.
Thursday 02- very windy still. I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile jog.
Worked on the patio putting on a third coat of paint.
Friday 03- I called my doctor about the anti-inflammatory steroid pills Prednisone. I told him I’m only getting 2-3 hours of sleep a night, also it’s making me feel irritable and short-tempered. Oh, I got a whole lot of work on the patio and around the house because of the pills, but now I am feeling really burned out. He told me to stop taking them.
Saturday 04 and Sunday 05
Wow, coming down off the Prednisone is really bad. My body aches all over and has retained a whole lot of water which I’m expelling quite rapidly.
Monday 06- cloudy, windy, with evening showers. I did my stretches, jogged a mile with Cassie, worked out on the weight bench and punched the heavybag.
Tuesday 07- windy day. I did my stretches and took Cassie for a bike/run.
FedEx delivered 2 lithium batteries... one had 13.9 volts, but the other had .69 volts. I’ll have to call MightyMax tomorrow and ask them what’s up.
UPS delivered my GenZe E-Bike, but it didn’t have a battery! I called and got a hold of John at the company and he is going to ship me out a battery right away and also a lock for the bike for my troubles.
I put another coat of paint on the patio.
Took Cassie out for an evening walk.
Wednesday 08- still windy. I did my stretches.
Me and Cassie went for a walk with Kjtel and Bodie and ended up at her house watching two episodes of GOT.
I received two ML100-12LI - 12V 100AH Deep Cycle Lithium Batteries I ordered. One had a charge of 13.9 vdc, but the other had a charge of .69 vdc
I called customer service and was told to take the bad one to AutoZone and have it checked out, which I did. The store manager tried to test it and said to me the device he was using cannot detect any charge at all. I took the photos and emailed them to MightyMax for their reference. They emailed me a return UPS label I printed and taped on the battery package getting it ready to ship back to them.
Thursday 09- cloudy with a bit of wind. I did my stretches and jogged a mile with Cassie.
I went to Yucca Valley to the UPS store there with the bad battery to return it. Then I went to Home Depot to collect some wood I need for various projects.
Me and Cassie went for a night jog.
Friday 10- windy, cloudy with some rain. I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile jog.
UPS delivered the new battery that was missing for my new e-bike. I put it on charge right away and will test it out tomorrow.
I worked on building a frame for the fan vent for my little trailer. I didn’t saw through the roof to put it in because it might rain today.
I went to the Friday night movies at the community center. Mack, Pat, Steve, Melody, a girl who rides horses, Lana and her husband (I didn’t ask his name), and Kip showed up and we stood around yammer on and about this and that and other things. The movies were western horror film called “The Burrowers” (2008) , written and directed by J. T. Petty. Evil creatures live below the surface of the prairies in Dakota Territory around the 1870s and prey upon the living. I’ll give it an S- for kinda scary.
Saturday 11 and Sunday 12- not feeling well again... very tired and just stayed in the house. On Sunday I couldn’t get any sleep until 6am or so, and then slept until 4pm missing the poet reading at Space Cowboy Books.
Monday 13- nice warmer day. First day I really felt better since I stopped taking those anti-inflammatory Prednisone steroid pills on Friday the 3rd. I did my stretches, yoga, and jogged a mile with Cassie.
I went to movie night at our community center and watched “The Meg” (2018) directed by Jon Turteltaub and starring Jason Statham. It reminded me a lot of “Jaws” (1975) with those underwater shots with dangling swimmers’ legs. I could almost predict what was to happen next and most of the time I was right. I enjoyed the action and was nailed to my seat with anticipation a few times. Of course there were a few scenes that were over the top impossible.
Tuesday 14- warmer still but with a nice breeze. I did my stretches, exercised with the 10 and 20 pound dumbbells, and jogged a mile with my Cassie.
I did some writing in the book
Wednesday 15- a windy day outside. I did my stretches, exercised on the weight bench, and jogged a mile with Cassie.
I wrote a bit in my book.
Thursday 16- very windy. I did my stretches and jugged up the hill and back down with Cassie; too windy for our usual mile jog.
Friday 17- less windy but still very windy. Not feeling very well and couldn’t sleep last night; must be my allergies kicking in again. I did my stretches and that was about all.
Saturday 18- another windy but nice day. I did my stretches, yoga, and went for a mile jog with Cassie
I cleaned up around the house, and swept the floor of my utility trailer.
I stopped off at my neighbor’s house for a birthday party for Sophia; absconded with a few cupcakes.
I did my studies: the anatomy drawing book, pre algebra, Linux, practiced guitar, and read aloud from the biology textbook; trying to get back on point with my studies.
I did my nightly exercises (finally) and went for a night jog up the hill and back with Cassie.
Sunday 19- Windy! I did my stretches, core trainer, exercised on the weight bench, and went for a mile jog with Cassie.
I again cleaned around the house; swept out the bathroom and washed the small trash container in there.
I did my studies: the anatomy drawing book, pre algebra, Linux, practiced guitar, and read aloud from the biology textbook.
Cassie and me went over to Kjtel and Bodie’s house to have a long walk, dinner, and watched the last 3 episodes of Game of Thrones. It was mighty fine show and sad that it ended.
I did my nightly exercises.
Monday 20- still windy but not as windy as yesterday. I did my stretches, exercised with the 10 and 20 pound dumbbells, and jogged a mile with Cassie.
I went to the post office to pick up a part I ordered for my Honda Generator, went to Stater Bros (I ran out of butter) and picked up a few other items.
I took Cassie for an evening walk.
Kelly my Guest came over for dinner and a movie.
I did my studies, practiced guitar, and read aloud from the biology book.
Again, I did my nightly exercises.
Tuesday 21- cold and windy. I did my stretches, yoga, and took Cassie for a mile jog.
I replaced the starter rope assembly of the Honda Generator with the new one I picked up yesterday. It was a bit of a challenge getting the nut off the rotor shaft but a little ingenuity and patience I got it all together, done, and working.
They looked a little thirsty so I watered them all the plants outside; they be happy now.
My sister Lynn called and we talked for over an hour about this and that and other things.
Kjtel came by with Bodie and we went for a walk all bundled in coats and scarves to keep warm in the cold wind.
I remembered to do my nightly exercises.
I did my part of my studies; mostly some online pre-algebra course, and the anatomy coloring book.
Wednesday 22- rained most of the day and was mighty cold. I did my stretches and took Cassie out for a short walk between the rain showers.
I did some of my studies...
Thursday 23- windy and cold. Took Cassie for a walk.
Drove truck back and forth on the driveway I’m creating to pack it down.
I did my studies.
Friday 24- a very nice day finally. I did my stretches and went on a mile jog with Cassie.
Saturday 25- another very nice day but with a tiny bit of wind. I did my stretches and went for a mile jog with Cassie.
I made my rice and headed on down to our community potluck. We were all happy and surprised to see Mary Kobal take up her usual seat at our dinner table after a two year respite. She arrived bearing peach and key lime pies along with a jolly old smile planted on her face being glad to be back home among her desert friends.
Chris VanNortrick stirred up her magical bean casserole. Cal Mayers and his daughter Tina brought a fruit plate full of fruity goodies. Elizabeth West with her Grandson in tow prepared biscuits and gravy for us to quickly devour. Yvonne Francis thrilled us with an Italian bean salad and her famous dump cake. Dyan Carroll loaded our plates with her amazing spicy but mild tamales, a tasty mac and cheese, along with a tossed green leafy salad. Charles Lange, Bruce Chronister, Gil Aiken, Mack Dodd, John Jacobsen, and Bruce Kroeze, donated huge amounts of kindness, friendship and support for our little community. We hope y’all had a wonderful Memorial Day as we did.
I did my nightly stretches.
Sunday 26- really really windy. I am lucky because just before the high winds hit I did my stretches, core trainer, exercised on the weight bench, punched the heavybag, and went for a jog with Cassie my sweet doggie. And then all hell broke out as 60 MPH gusts hit our area!
I did my nightly stretches.
Monday 27- windy again, even rained a bit here and there. I did my stretches.
Jimmy called and we talked for over an hour. I cooked breakfast while we talked. I was so into our discussions that I forgotten to turn off the gas to the pan I cooked the eggs in. I only noticed after filling the room with grease smoke, making me open all the windows to air my little cabin out.
Cassie and me were invited over to Kjtel and Bodie’s home to watch two episodes of HBO’s series “Chernobyl” wow! Can’t wait to see the rest!!! Very intense!
I did my nightly stretches.
Tuesday 28- a nice windy day. I did my stretches, yoga, and took Cassie for a mile jog.
Wednesday 29- a wild and windy day. I did my stretches.
Thursday 30- windy still. I did my stretches, core trainer, exercised on the weight bench, punched the heavybag, and went for a jog with Cassie.
I did my nightly stretches.
Friday 31- a bit breezy and warmer. I did my stretches, yoga, and jogged a mile. It was too hot for Cassie to go along but I’ll make it up to her tonight.
I drove to Yucca to pick up a port-a-potty like you see on construction sites. Paid Hamid (a very nice easy-going fellow) $250 for it.
I first stopped off at Bank of America to withdraw the money and found out they are shutting down this bank on September the 9th. The closest BofA is in Desert Hotsprings 40 or so miles away! I decided to close out my savings account and thinking of going to another bank or credit union with my checking and money market account too.
Cassie and I went for a bike/run. She was overjoyed because we haven’t done it for a while.
****************** Poems May 2019 *****************
Never give up! Never stop learning! Never stop asking questions! Never let others stand between you and your goals!
The writing of a book is never complete even after it is published. There’s always something nagging at the author’s mind of a bit of a thing to add or change. This is why the souls of writers haunt the halls of libraries, coffee shops, and old bookstores... they just can't seem to let it go.