2019 August 18 Sunday

2019 August 18 Sunday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

This is in lieu of a sunrise photo today.

1-3/4″ rain overnight.0

Not many people showed up for breakfast at the Clubhouse today.

Our worship services are winding down for the season. Today, the 25th and September 1st are all that are left.

Follow this link to see today’s sermon.

After worship we went to Arbys for roast beef sandwiches and then home to eat them.

At 3 we went to Nita’s for an Upperroom bible study with friends from our Friendship Sunday school class.

On the was home we stopped at B-Bopp’s (local chain of great burgers).

I began working on next weekend’s sermon and bulletin.

That’s all for today.

God bless and g’nite

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Day 104 in Iowa

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2019 August 17 Saturday

2019 August 17 Saturday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

63° and cloudy that reached 86° even though still cloudy. A very brief spoty rain shower passed through I late afternoon that didn’t drop the temperature our humidity.

Not a very welcoming sky this morning.

Hello, Sunshine, feeling a little shy about showing your face today?

I dropped Ella and our dirty clothes off at the laundry on Cutty’s Main Street and them drove to Union Park UMC for a United Methodist Men’s meeting.

It was posted on the church website … however, I was there all alone. So I went back to Cutty’s cafe for coffee with friends.

Francis and Sandy, Sue, Ella,

Jean and Keith. Stoney was around somewhere out of camera range. We didn’t solve even one of the world’s problems today. It must be the weekend.

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The Clubhall (Townhall) meeting started at 10:30 and ended at 11:30. The members were given 5 minutes each (if they signed up) to address the board and members. The usual things like the need to repair roads and upgrade electrical systems. These concerns have been brought up I every meeting for the last 6 years (at least) and yet other than “we have discussed it” or “we are looking into our options”, nothing seems to move forward. Concerns were also voiced about a perceived falling membership.

We came home and cooked some steaks for lunch.

I worked some more on the truckbed box. I need to find a better name/description for this thing I’m constructing.

God bless and g’nite

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Day 103 in Iowa

2019 August 16 Friday

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2019 August 16 Friday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

63° overnight, 66° daybreak and 81° for thehigh

Cutty’s lake was nice and calm this morning.

Mr. Housefinch dining on thistle seed at our feeder.

Mr. and Mrs. Goldfinch dining with Mr. Housefinch

I was dreading putting the “roof” on the box. It is 3/4″ marine grade plywood and quite heavy.

However, using leverage and superhero strength (mostly leverage) this old man got it up, positioned, and screwed down … all by myself.

First coat of paint on most of it. Not looking too shoddy, if I do say do myself.

5-3/4 tables full at card jackpot tonight.

Only 3 cards to go to win the final round of Card Jackpot.

God bless and g’nite

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Day 102 in Iowa

2019 August 15 Thursday

2019 August 15 Thursday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

55° overnight, 63° by what passed as daybreak and 77° for the day’s high.

Ella & Tom, Tom & Sue, Francis, Francis & Sandy, Keith & Jean, and Bob were here for coffee this morning.

We did not go to the senior center today. I stayed home to work on constructing a box over the truck bed. Ella stayed home also … to be with me …?

She swept, mopped, and vacuumed while I stayed outside and out of her way.

I managed to get one side installed before the still ran out of power. That is why you should always have a back up battery pack our a plug-in drill. I have neither.

The drill charged enough to make a dozen shallow holes. But it was enough to drive some screws by hand. It’s not very stable but that is as far as I can go at the moment.

It only reached 77° under a cloudy sky. But it was humid enough that I had rivers of sweat running in my eyes.

Spaghetti night at the cafe. So here I am waiting to be served the food of the gods. I’m also trying to rehydrate.

God bless and g’nite

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Day 101 in Iowa

2019 August 14 Wednesday

2019 August 14 Wednesday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

It began completely cloudless. That cloudless sky had let yesterday’s heat bleed off into space overnight. 4that is why it was only 61° this morning. The clouds regrouped and overthrew the sun so that it only reached 75°.

The Coffee gang gathered at the cafe as usual this morning. Bob, Tom, Francis, Francis and Sandy, Sue, Ella, and I.

While at the cafe, we called to our Grandies group inn Texas. They meet every Wednesday. We gave then an update on our lives.

Fast Track was played at the center as usual.

I did not stay for lunch at the center. I left Ella to stay, eat, and play bingo. I went to Home Depot for some lumber and then home for lunch. I went to the center to get Ella just as the last round of bingo was being played.

This evening was domino night at Cutty’s. I went with Ella but did not play.

God bless and g’nite

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Day 100 in Iowa

2019 August 13 Tuesday

2019 August 13 Tuesday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

70° and foggy. Reached 86° but felt much warmer.

Breakfast of pancakes and eggs at home before going for coffee with Sandy and Francis, Bob, Sue, and the other Francis, and Ella an i at the cafe.Lunch at the senior center was kind of a bust for me because the sauce in the meat and rice contained onions.

After lunch we drove into Des Moines for this weekend’s worship bulletins.Came back through Des Moines to Verizon for a screen protector for Ella’s phone. And to get Hum activated on her phone.Stopped for ice cream at Colvers before going home.

Bamboo Buffet for supper with Lynn. We haven’t been able to connect with her this year as often as we’d like.

I almost missed the sunset this evening. I managed to capture this as we were leaving the buffet.God bless and g’nite

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2019 August 12 Monday

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2019 August 12 Monday in Cutty’s, Grimes, Iowa

70° and H.U.M.I.D! It briefly briefly tipped over into 80° but the humidity made it feel much warmer.

It rained early this morning and the clouds haven’t quite left yet.

Francis, Sandy, Sue, Ella, and I were at coffee this morning. “Little” Francis was here for a while and left. A short time later his daughter, Theresa, arrived. She stayed with us for a little while them left also.

We arrived at the Grimes senior center around ten this morning. We quickly got a game of Fast Track going.

Ella won the first one. I won the second round and then left Joyce and Ella to play by themselves while I worked on my blogs and sermon.

This was one year ago today (August12, 2018). I spent six hours in the emergency room due to an allergic reaction to onions. Now I carry an EpiPen everywhere I go.

This huge flower was abloom outside the senior center window.

As I was checking a man into a camping spot, he voiced some concern about finding a spot suitable for his handicapped daughter. I asked if she had mobility issues. He replied that she has Down syndrome.

I told him that, as Santa, the time I spend with “special needs” people is one of my special joys.

Later, he brought her to Santa. I’m so glad that my work shirt it’s red, though the beard and the smile “sell” most children that I am Santa.

I visited with her for a little while and asked her what she is going to do while she is here.

Her eyes lit up and with a broad grin she said, “Go to the Fair*!”

I asked if she had been good. And then told her that I knew she was almost always good. She told me she was going to have a birthday party. (Dad said, “In September.) I asked how old she was going to be. She held up one finger and said, “20.” Dad said 21.

I thanked her for coming to see me and she left, still grinning. As they were leaving Dad was saying, “See, I told you that Santa was here and he’s always watching. So be good.”

God bless and g’nite

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*Iowa State Fair