Ami-Ven's Birthday

A young Ami Ven went on a ski trip with her family to the Rocky Mountains. While the rest of her “expert skiing family” went off on the ski lodge’s many trails and ski runs, Ami, being this was her first time skiing adventure was forced to take a one-hour instruction class with a bunch of little kids. Her Mom, being a very protective Mom, had put so much insulation between Ami and the elements that she became so stiff she kept falling on her behind trying to learn the maneuvers their instructor was teaching. The younger children in the class seemed to enjoy Ami’s antics persistently laughing at her when she fell. To make matters worse after the class was through she was restricted to the Hansel and Gretel ski trail.
She went up and down the trail a few times. It was made easy to get back to the top grabbing on to the continuous rope-tow connected to a large red spinning wheel at the summit and a smaller one at the bottom.
The Hansel and Gretel ski trail was yellow taped off so the young skiers wouldn’t wander off trail, but one section of tape had been torn by a deer during the night’s heavy snowfall and was missing. This is where Ami made her grand exit from the beginner’s trail and out into the freezing cruel wilderness of the Rockies.
After a spell Ami noticed the rope-tow wasn’t where she expected it to be. She called out for help… nothing… she yelled… not a sound… she screamed until her lungs almost froze from inhaling the frigid dry air… growling, snarling, and yelping sounds came from the tree line just above her; a pack of wolves! The pack started slowly down the snow packed ridge towards her carefully sniffing the air.
Ami made a run for it and skied down the steep mountain slope as the wolves gave chase. Missing this tree and that rock, Ami thought she might have a chance of getting away, but a large boulder was planted right in her path and what she saw beyond it was a great fall of hundreds of feet and unquestionably death.
The wolves now had her encircled where she stood in front of the giant boulder with her ski poles pointed at them as they snarled, and snapped at her and each other. The alpha-male decided he wanted first pickings of Ami and turned towards the others with raised hair and yellow teeth showing. So fierce was the alpha’s glare that a young male skittered off whimpering with tail between his legs.
As the alpha-male was about to make his leap onto a frightened Ami, he suddenly stopped. There was a rumbling, the ground shook beneath Ami’s feet, and then darkness.
It was cold and dark and the back of her head hurt. She didn’t know how long she’d been out or which way was up or down, at least at first. She took her glove off and felt around. Ami discovered she was in a small crevasse of the boulder. Her back was against it and she could feel where it slanted up. She continued searching and felt something like a rug was lying next to her; the alpha-male!
He wasn’t moving. His head was buried under the snow of the avalanche that apparently struck them. Without a thought, Ami dug out the head of this wild creature of the mountains. His breathing was faint, but he was alive. She pulled him next to her to keep them both warm.
When the wolf finally woke he growled and snarled at Ami as she was petting him. He then settled down for a little while as Ami talked soothingly and continued petting.
“Okay Mister Wolf, we need to get out of here before we use up all the oxygen.”
With her broken ski pole she began digging into the snow above and next to the boulder. She kept clawing and digging at the packed snow to get free. Then the wolf figured it out and together they both dug and clawed until finally they broke through to see the brilliant blue of the mountain sky.
“Now don’t you eat me Mister Wolf,” Ami said knowing the wolf wouldn’t understand, but really, really hoping he would not eat her.
The wolf was the first one out and Ami could hear the growls of the rest of the pack. Maybe she should just stay here, she thought to herself.
The alpha-male came back to look down into the hole they had dug and gazed deep into Ami’s eyes. It was then she knew it was okay to come out.
She worked her way out of the snow refuge that had protected her and the wolf and into the daylight and brisk mountain air. The pack then surrounded her as before, but this time there wasn’t any snarling and snipping, they just stood there panting as the alpha-male came up to her. He nudged Ami along in a direction of what would turn out an hour later to be where she had left the Hansel and Gretel trail. It would have been a sight to behold seeing this young girl surrounded and protected by a pack of wolves, but no one saw, no one would ever know. Ami believed no one would believe her story and left that part out as her concerned mother attended to the bump on the back of Ami’s head.

Ami came back to the ski lodge the next season. She was eighteen now and could come and go as she pleased. The lodge had only one cabin available far from the others and she rented it for the weekend. She continued her ski lessons that day. She mastering some of its skills and progressed past the Hansel and Gretel trail and onto an intermediate one.
She was very tired that night and went to bed early, but was awoken a few hours later by an insistent scratching at the cabin's door.

June 2016


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June 2016


Wednesday 01-

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

Help Linda with swamp cooler at her house


Had to go back and install new pump at Linda’s house.


Thursday 02-

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells and went for one mile jog with Cassie.



Friday 03- 105 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, core trainer, went a round with the heavy bag and went for a mile jog with Cassie.


Saturday 04- 110 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

I took a whole year for me to understand what the Lake Fire experience really meant to me personally. It was finding friendship. Where a group of folks came together and with the training we had pulled off


Sunday 05- 110 degrees or more

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.


Monday 06- 109 degrees.

I did my stretches and went for a mile jog with Cassie.

I finally finished reading the entire textbook “Emergency Medical Responder” textbook so I can be ready for my summer EMT class on the 13th at Copper Mountain College.


Tuesday 07- cooling down.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I spent the rest of the day just mellowing out after reading the whole EMR textbook.


Wednesday 08-

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a short walk because we are going to Sherry’s. Cassie gets to play with her dog friends and me and Sherry will go shopping.


Thursday 09-

I took Cassie for a walk.

I have a doctor’s appointment at 9:45am and everything checked out okay.

I stopped off at Stater Bros to get a few things I missed at WalMart yesterday.

Friday 10-

I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.


Saturday 11- heating up.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog.


Sunday 12-

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.


Monday 13- 98 degrees

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile jog.

It is my first day of my EMR class and I feel like I am already behind.

Kelly called me to say that her dog Sitch had passed on and if I could bury him. I told her that for fifteen bucks the Animal shelter will cremate him and I will give you the money to have it done. I went on to say that I am getting too old to dig deep holes in the ground. I took the scooter over and brought her some bread and a few other things she was low on.

I took Cassie for a mile jog.

Spent the rest of the night working on homework.


Tuesday 14- 100 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

I went to EMR class and we learned, among other things, the correct way to remove gloves.

I went to Stater Bros and a woman collapsed of heat exhaustion in checkout line 2. I went over to see if I could help but there were two nurses and one EMT already there.


Wednesday 15- 93 degrees.

I did my stretches, core trainer and took Cassie for a walk.

In class we practiced head and chin tilt and chin thrust with the manikins.

I began studying and finished another chapter quiz and after taking Cassie for a mile jog. I then finished chapter 5 quiz... I need 3 more chapters and a unit quiz to do before the 19th... Yikes!

Ha! I am in the same class as Teresa and boy it is really a fast and involved class. I haven't been to school in a whole while and when this class came up I jumped at the chance to join... I forgotten over the decades that a summer class is a whole semester crammed into a month. Teresa even has a hydraulics class in the evening. She drive home after the 9-12 EMR class and drives to the college class at around 6pm I think. She looked mighty tired today, but she is a real trooper. Me, I'm lucky that I read the whole textbook before class began or I'd be way behind.

Thursday 16- 98 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a walk with Cassie.

I went to class and played with dummies giving them air. I don’t have to go until next Monday! Now to get going on the the quizzes. I need to finish chapters 6-8 and then the unit quiz before Sunday at midnight.

I took Cassie for an evening mile jog.

I finished quizzes to chapters 6 and 7 of the EMT class.


Friday 17- 100 degrees

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I finished chapter 8 and the quiz and then did the unit quiz.

I too Cassie for a mile jog.

I started chapter 9 and watched all the videos.


Saturday 18- 99 degrees with mid afternoon clouds.

I did my stretches, core trainer, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

I finished chapter 9 and 10 quizzes.

Movie night! Me and Cassie went to the community center to be with friends and watch “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!” starring Tura Santana.


Sunday 19- 103 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells, and went for a one mile jog with Cassie.

Studied chapter 11 and 12 and finished chapter 11 quiz.


Monday 20- 118 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a walk with Cassie.

I went to class and we practised breathing on dummies.

I took Cassie for an evening walk.

I went to the AHA website, took their courses and passed their test with only 2 questions wrong. I got my AHA CPR Certificate.


Tuesday 21- 113 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a walk with Cassie.

I went to class and we practised compressions and AED on dummies.

Finished Chapter 12.

I took Cassie for an evening walk.

Studying chapter 13.


Wednesday 22- 110 degrees.

I did yoga and took Cassie for a walk.

I went to class.

I took Cassie for an evening walk.

I studied and finished chapters 13 and 14 quizzes.


Thursday 23- 112 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

I went to class.

I finished chapter 15 and took the quiz.

I took Cassie for an evening walk.

I started chapter 16.


Friday 24- 109 degrees...

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I finished chapter 16, took the quiz, and then took the midterm test.


Saturday 25- 107

I lifted weights and took Cassie for a nice walk.


Sunday 26- 106 degrees and hazy.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile run.

I went to redo the Midterm Exam (you get two chances). I had only missed a few questions but wanted better. Unfortunately I accidently clicked on the Final Exam for the class. I spent a scathing four hours completing the test of two-hundred questions and missed thirteen of them which I found out later wasn’t that bad, an A. The time was up would be up at midnight to redo the Midterm, but I was too tired after doing the Final Exam to really care. At least I don’t have to worry about doing the Final Exam at the end of the course.



Monday 27- 106 degrees and overcast.

I did my stretches and jogged a mile with Cassie.

I went to class, went back home, studied, walked Cassie, and then studied some more.



Tuesday 28- 108 and cloudy.

I got up earlier than I’ve been getting up because of the heat. I did my stretches and took a hose shower (the water was lukewarm) and then took Cassie for a walk. Way too hot even in the mornings to do any kind of rigorous exercises.

I went to class and passed the AHA hands on part so now I am certified.

After class I went to Stater Bros to get some supplies I was running low on.

I studied all day on chapter 21 and took the quiz. I also took Cassie for her evening walk.


Wednesday 29- 112 degrees.

I am really dragging this morning. I did my stretches and took Cassie for her walks.

I went to class and took some more vital signs... I still need a bunch more.

I took Cassie for her evening walk.

I finished chapter 22 and took the quiz. I started doing chapter 23.


Thursday 30- 103 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

I went to class and we had a lecture on splitting. Also how to roll a dummy supine from a prone position and secure it to a stretcher.




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


Swift are the clouds that lick the skies above, quick are the birds who fly through their tapestry, brilliant are the colors as the Sun sinks into the sea, lovely are the stars as they deflect darkness from our lives, beauty is the warmth I feel from my beloved sitting very closely by my side.

~RD


Life is about being creative




Avoiding toxic people




Living in the moment




Being happy with less




And be free to Dream of faraway places beyond imaginary borders... to be forever unbounded.




~RD



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may 2016

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May 2016


Saturday 07- I just got back from a month's stay in Torrance... I had to take care of my Dad and Stepmother who are 93 and 92. I finally convinced them to sell their house and go into a rest home (a lot more to the story)... So they're in a very nice rest home being taken care of and the house should sell for a nice price so they won't need to worry about the future.


Sunday 08- I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.


Monday 09- I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

I worked in the yard getting most of the large pieces of wood from my old roof of some 20 years ago into the dumpster for them to pick up tomorrow; fill the whole dang dumpster to the top.


Tuesday 10- I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew something: my home.

My HP laptop froze on startup after doing a Microsoft Security Update. I tried several different ways to get it going, but none worked. Thankfully I am good at keeping things backed up and decided to do a clean install and wipe the whole drive. Took awhile to complete, but now I can give it away to my Dad.


Wednesday 11- I did my stretches, too hot to go for a jog with Cassie.

Went to sherry’s house and we did our shopping whiles the dogs chased each other in the backyard.



Thursday 12- I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

I worked in the yard and around the house fixing this and that.

I was going to edit a chapter of “Desolation” but found out MS Office for my Mac had expired... I decided not to mess around with anything else and bought a year’s subscription to MS Office 365. I had to reinstall the whole program over again, but this version is a bit better than my old 365 I had on my Macbook Air.



Friday 13- I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.



Saturday 14- I did my stretches but it was too hot for me and Cassie to go for a jog.

Got to work clearing up the remains of the old roof out back... still a bit more to do.

I edited Chapter 11 of “Desolation” and posted it to FaceBook for my friends to read.

Took Cassie for an evening jog when it wasn’t so hot.


Sunday 15- I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile jog.

Cassie and me went for an evening jog.


Monday 16- I did my stretches and took cassie for a walk.

I continued to cleanup the yard raking up all the little pieces of splintered roofing wood and nails putting them in the dumpster that is quickly running out of room.

I took Cassie for an evening walk.


Tuesday 17- I did my stretches and took Cassie for a short walk.

I went to WalMart... got a haircut there and did some shopping.

Worked some on the edit of chapter 12 of “Desolation”.

I thought it over and decided to take the Emergency Medical Responder class at the college on June 13th. It’ll start at 9am and go until 11:45am 4 days a week for a month. I just felt I needed this class.


Wednesday 18- I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew something: a strange looking face.

I practiced my guitar for a short spell.

Edited chapter 12 of “Desolation” and posted it to FaceBook.

I finished reading chapter 10 on volcanism and extrusive rocks.

I started reading April’s chapter in “365 Starry Nights” and have a ways to go to get caught up.


Thursday 19- very windy!

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a mile jog with Cassie.

I drew something: a park ranger, well it looked like a park ranger when I got done.

I spent most of the day trying to register for an Emergency Medical Responder Course at Copper Mountain College. I made up my mind to just go for it and attend the class late last night. It’ll be for only a month; June 13 to July 13, 4 days a week Mon-Thurs from 9am to 11:50am. I'll have to radically change my sleeping habits for this class... can't be 10 o'clock Bob anymore for a spell. I went through the online enrollment and had to print out a worksheet I had to fill out, take a picture of and then email it back to admissions. I called admissions and they got the pics of the worksheet, but now I need to send them a copy of my AA degree to satisfy the reading 51 requirement, so I sent her a picture of my AA. She said she will email a form so I can take this “one class only” without having to go thru anymore requirements. So I had to print that out too and sign it and take a picture and send it back to them. That’s how we do online registration now a days. I bought the textbook on Amazon; set me back $120 some dollars. I still need to purchase a manual blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, and a pen light. Now the funny thing is that I now have an educational email address and the college uses Outlook 365, so when I went to check if there was any email a notification popped up saying since I was a student I could get MS Office 365 for free; I wish I knew that a few days ago when I paid $69 for Office 365!


Friday 20- I started changing my sleeping habits by waking up at 7:30am and will continue doing this until I finish the class on July 13th.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew something: a profile of a man’s head.

I was supposed to have my textbook for the EMR class delivered today, but it never came. I paid extra for the one-day delivery and called Amazon and got a refund for that.

I edited and posted chapter 13 of “Desolation” on FaceBook.


Saturday 21- I did my stretches, lifted the 20lbs dumbbells and took Cassie for a mile jog.

Movie night!!!

Cassie and me will be there again to see all our friends and eat popcorn, hot dogs wrapped in bacon in a bun covered in that hot mayonnaise they have there, let's not forget those tit cookies, and stand around yammer on and on and laugh about how bad the film was (the last movie "Mesa of the Lost Women" was bad, very bad... only 1 star out of 999 votes on IMDB, but it was well worth braving the cold winds that night to be with the desert folks under the starry night skies that I love. Unfortunately it was a full Moon that night, but fortunately the Moon, Mars and Saturn danced together making a nice little triangle for us all to gaze upon and wonder what it's all about... the movie I'm talking about, not life.



Sunday 22- I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk... my day off.

I edited and posted chapter 14 of “Desolation” on FaceBook.


Monday 23- I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I edited and posted chapters 15 and 16 of “Desolation” on FaceBook for my Friends to read. This is the first edit of the book and I expect there’ll be a lot of errors to correct.


Tuesday 24- I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and a mile jog with Cassie.

Finally everything came together; my book for the class and the pump up blood pressure thingy and stethoscope came from Amazon after many delays. Then I made two calls to the college and they said the messup was on their side and I was able to enroll in my EMR class.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

I started reading the EMR textbook and will continue to read it until I am done and before the class begins on June 13th.


Wednesday 25- windy with rain!

I did my exercises.

Went shopping with Sherry while Cassie played with her friends Willey, Barney and Abby.


Thursday 26- I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

UPS deliver my kit for the EMR class.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.


Friday 27- I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells and went for one mile jog with Cassie.


Saturday 28- I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.


Sunday 29- I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.


Monday 30- I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a mile jog with Cassie.

My current Amazon Prime account is due to expire on June 06, but I found out that I can get a student Amazon Prime account for 6 months for free and then continue for half price. So I sent them my college student email address and all is well.

I went for a evening mile jog with Cassie.


Tuesday 31- I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.


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


Two versions of the same poem below... one was too long and one that just didn’t say enough...

Long:

On the deck of subtle sorrows, be cast upon the seas of darkness, to sail blindly before the winds of treachery... stormy weather has prevailed.

Though strength is now our greatest weakness, to plow corporate fields for paltry rewards. They subjugate our populace for their corporate pleasures, and drag us under to dance as puppets, to that same old tune as was played before.

They squash and plunder all creativity and imagination, until their coffers are filled high with greed and hatred, until the planet’s resources are all dried up, and our free will that once was, is no more.

So please spare thy simple requests of absolution, spare us all your idiosyncrasies and delusions, that floats along with the rising tide, but share with us your reflections of independence, share with us your pride and sanity, wipe that sweaty corporate grime off your brow, or ye shall be doomed to a voyage under tyranny.

I claim to have no quick solutions, but to spit in the face of freedom’s aggressors, and ask ourselves are we to blame.

~RD

Short:

On the deck of subtle sorrows, be cast upon the seas of darkness, to sail blindly before the winds of treachery... stormy weather has prevailed.

So please spare thy simple requests of absolution, for ye are doomed to a voyage under tyranny. Though strengths are now our greatest weakness, to plow corporate fields for paltry rewards. They subjugate our populace and bring us under, to dance as puppets for their corporate pleasures, and plunder and squash creativity to overfilled chests of greed, until freewill is no more.

I claim to have no quick solutions, but to spit in the face of freedom’s aggressors, and ask ourselves are we to blame.

~RD



I stopped watching the Network News a long time ago. I don't want to be fed, I want to absorb the news from different sources, but it's all the same, it never changes, 10, 20 years, 40 years... it's all the same BS: wars, murder, rape, lost dogs... it never changes... you can still see the graffiti written on the walls of buildings and passageways in Pompeii; a city that was blasted off the face of the Earth almost two thousand years ago..

~RD



If there are any intelligent minded elected officials with a bit of common sense left in our Congress, they must have been squashed by the rhetoric of radical zealots, out spent by the greed of the money grabbers, or just bored to tears by the stupidity and ignorance of everyone else surrounding them.

~RD





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April 2016

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Friday 01- 77 to 55 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew a picture of me in the desert.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

I continued reading chapter 10 about volcanos of the geology book.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went night jog with Cassie. shooting

I played my guitar for a spell


Saturday 02- 81 to 57 nice weather.

I woke up feeling ill. I believe it’s my allergies acting up again. I did do my stretches, but that’s about it.


Sunday 03- 84 to 56

I’m still not feeling all that well, but it is my allergies and I can work through this.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.


Monday 04- 87 to 61

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew something a face of a woman.

I spent the afternoon cleaning up the yard. I got the dumpster almost filled with all the junk I collected over the years.

Hopped on scooter and went to mailbox to pick up a textbook on weather I ordered.

I read a little bit of the geology book.


Tuesday 05- 87 to 63 sunny.

I did my stretches, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

Worked in the yard digging up a whole lot of rotted plywood that originally came from the old roof I replaced when I first move out here.

I drew a house on a mountain side.


Wednesday 06- 88 to 57

Me and Cassie went to Sherry’s. We went shopping while Cassie got to play with her friends in the backyard.


Thursday 07- 79 to 66 degrees, some rain here and there but mostly sprinkles.

I did my stretches.

Worked out in the yard Generator cord broke, cut saw power cord with saw.


Friday 08- 69 to 55 rained most of the day.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

FedEx delivered a package containing a used laptop I aquired.



Saturday 09- 72 to 53 cloudy with spots of rain.

I worked in the yard and totally filled up the dumpster with most of the old roofing plywood from when I replaced the roof in the summer of 1997.

I edited chapter 10 of “Desolation” and posted it on FaceBook.


Sunday 10- lots of rain all day long.

I started editing chapter 11 of the Geology textbook on Igneous rocks.


Monday 11- I did my stretches, lifted weights, core trainer, went a round with the heavy bag and went for a mile jog with Cassie.


Tuesday 12- 80 to 51 degrees and mostly sunny.

I did my stretches.

I got a call that my Dad in Torrance saying he needed me to come down there to help. I talked to him about a plan I had already came up with when I was out there in October... selling the house in Torrance and finding a rest home for him and my Stepmother who are both in their early 90s. I said, “you can’t take the house with you so you might as well sell it and use the money to have a better quality of life in your final years.” He agreed with me.

I called Sherry to ask if I could leave Cassie with her while I am gone. She said she’d be glad to and that every time I leave Cassie there for a week or so that her dogs lose weight; Cassie likes to run around a lot.


Wednesday 13- 82 to 57

I dropped Cassie off at Sherry’s and will leave early tomorrow morning for the two plus hour drive to Torrance.


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


I am trying to do what I have to do, I already did what I wanted to do, so now when I get to doing what I was supposed to be doing in the first place I'll get to what I needed to do when I'm done doing that.

~RD


This poem I almost didn't share.

I feel I should/must maintain some sort of balance between good and evil, love and hate, greed and charity, life and death or become dull in my writings... good doesn't always prevail over evil. If I wrote about unicorns and fairy-dust all the time, I and everyone else would become bored:

Dreadful sobs of tormented sorrow pulse heavily from painful chest within, deepest are my rage of delusions stemming from Original Sin, that foul and noxious putrid odor that darkens what moral soul I have, sordid spittle from temple’s pulpit hides reality from those who seek, so blind are the lost and faithful who follow set path like timid sheep, those who came forward, honest and weak, those who had faith in what they believe, that the skies shall just open up as if to suck up their sins, I will cry for the passing of all my dear friends...  never to see them... never ever again.

~RD



Hoofprints in the sky

What happened to the unicorns prancing merrily in the heath, they been gone from the paddock, missing from the moor, are they hiding in the hinterlands because they come to us no more. Pixie rings and fairy dust, magic wands we use  to track, but they have taken to the skies and they are never coming back. With careful eye to see their path, a great labor we shall undertake, to look beyond the mountains, above the fairy dale, and if we are very lucky, and fate is on our side, shall ye see upon a cloudy day their hoofprints in the sky.

~RD




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March 2016 2 of 2

Wednesday 16- 79 to 54 degrees and sunny.

I went shopping with Sherry while Cassie got to play with her friends while we were gone. We had lunch at the Chinese all you can eat place and we both got pretty stuffed.


Thursday 17- 80 to 50 sunny.

I worked on garage replacing the lattice panels that was damaged by the storms we been having with 4X8 plywood panels.

I drew a birthday cake.


Friday 18- 86 to 54 hazy

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew an eye.

I replaced another lattice panel with plywood.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

I continued editing chapter 6 and posted chapter 5 on FaceBook for my friends to read.

I read a little of Chapter 9 of the Geology book.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went night jog with Cassie.

I played my guitar for a spell


Saturday 19- 87 to 59

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew my hand.

I worked on getting chapter 6 and posted it to FaceBook when I was done editing it. I then began on Chapter 7.


Sunday 20- 82 to 57

Day off!


Monday 21- 72 to 48

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I went shopping at WalMart and Home Depot.

I met Troy, John and Gary when I stopped to check out little car they had to see if they wanted to buy Jimmy’s little car.


Tuesday 22- very windy!

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew two people looking at each other.

Because of the wind I stayed inside the rest of the day editing and then posting on FB Chapter 7 of “Desolation”


Wednesday 23- still windy.

I did my stretches.

I worked most of the day finishing my Federal and State Taxes. The IRS kept rejecting my 1040 six times because of errors I made on the form 8962... and a few others here and there, but I got them all filed electronically...

Worked on Chapter 8...


Thursday 24- 78 to 49

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew the man in the Moon.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

I am still reading Chapter 9 of the Geology book.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went night jog with Cassie.

I played my guitar for a spell





Friday 25- 81 to 56

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew a spaceship going to the Moon.

I replaced another lattice panel with plywood.

Watered all the outside plants.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

I rode my scooter down to Lear Ave to pick up a package left there. I got down to the mail box and noticed that the back tire was a little squirrely and was low on air. I rode it back home very slowly and will filled it up with air on Saturday.

I edited chapter 8 and posted it on FaceBook for my friends to read.

I continued reading Chapter 9 of the Geology book. Got caught up on my astronomy book.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went night jog with Cassie.

I played my guitar for a spell


Saturday 26- 82 to 49

I did my stretches.

I drew a UPS truck driving on our dirt roads.

I went to potluck and brought rice and cookies. I also brought a dozen eggs for the kids to dye them for Easter, something the community center does almost every year, but I didn’t know I was supposed to boil them first. I met Trevor, Jodi, Dave King and we chatted for a spell while the kids colored all the eggs except mine.


Sunday 27- 81 to 50 wind is starting to blow.

I did my stretches.

I worked of the garage getting it ready for the high winds predicted tomorrow.

I rode the scooter down to collect my mail at Lear Ave. to pick up another package. This time the scooter’s tire held air.


Monday 28- 71 to 46 and very windy!

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I had just gotten done with my exercises when the winds started to really blow.

I drew my bedroom.

UPS delivered the Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Starter Kit--Clear Case Edition.


Tuesday 29- windy with rain.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, and took Cassie for a one mile jog. This is all the exercises I did today because of the rain.

I hopped on the scooter to go down to my mail box on Lear Ave to pick up the

book “Programming Arduino Getting Started with Sketches” I had ordered.

I drew me riding my little scooter to the mailbox.

Finished reading chapter 9 atoms, elements and minerals of the geology book.

I hooked up the Raspberry Pi 3 and booted it to Noobs and got online, but I couldn’t get the Bluetooth keyboard working. I’ll have to check into that later.


Wednesday 30- 65 to 46 still windy.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew some cactus flowers.


I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie. On my jog I saw some kinda smoke way down on Winters road near Lear Ave… but before I got over the hill and saw the smoke I heard some loud booms…

Because I am on solar I wouldn’t have known unless someone told me later in the evening that all the electric went down in our area and in 29 Palms.

I started reading chapter 10 about volcanos of the geology book.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went night jog with Cassie.

I played my guitar for a spell


Thursday 31- 73 to 53 windy.

Not feeling well today... must be my allergies kicking in because of all the wind.

I drove to the post office to pick up a package and then went to Burger King and had a double cheese burger. After I pigged out I went to Stater Bros and got a few supplies.

I drew a person wearing glasses.

I continued reading chapter 10 about volcanos of the geology book. I started reading “Programing Arduino: Getting started with sketches” by Simon Monk.

I played my guitar for a spell



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


Oh sweet child my Amberlyn, pouty lips ride above dimpled chin... rosy cheeks that grace the day, that’s my bonny Amberlyn.

She wears no makeup painted upon her face, why conceal such beauty that would hide beneath, she’s as genuine and fresh as a mountain stream that runs its course into the raging seas.

Yellow threadbare dress hangs down to her skinny knees, it flutters in the summer breeze, plain and simple for all to see, that’s my bonny Amberlyn...

A tattered felt hat reigns up high on pixie ears where flowers rest, patches adorn old denim vest, a small gold chain holds a peace sign between modest breasts, the calming smell of jasmine completes her scent.

She masters each obstacle that stands in her way, to save the Earth she likes to say, with all her effort she’ll embrace that day, cause that’s how I’ll always remember my sweet sweet bonny Amberlyn.

~RD



Brittle leaves once green and glittered with shine, now colored to golden reds and yellows have now fallen away, to float so lightly to the ground on a harsh winter’s day. Hedgehogs nestle in nests built of twigs and leafs cuddling their young, waiting through winter’s fury for the warmth of the sun.

The creek is now frozen, there’s snow on the ground, the night has grown silent, cause the snow dampens the sounds.

An owl swoops in searching the night, upon barren branch it perched in the haloed moon light, alert is heighten as wide eyes seek, small prey that stay hidden and not wanting to be eat, to starve off hunger and last through the cold of another winter’s day, the owl moves on, the hedgehogs are safe.

The sun makes its appearance, the air begins to warm, white snow has melted that once covered the ground, is finding its way to the creek that now babbles on. The wait for spring is not far away, as sprouts crack through once frozen earth to give birth to a new day.

That day has arrived, spring has appeared, with chirping of birds and buzzing bees, life has arisen and flourishes in the trees, that are now covered in their new shiny green dress, and the hedgehogs with their young have come safely out from their nests.

~RD


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  • Current Mood: amused amused

March 2016 1 of 2

March 2016


Tuesday 01- 84 to 54 mostly sunny.

I was doing my stretches and yoga when Sherry called to say her car still wasn’t working after a friend charged her battery last night. I asked her if I could come by and see if I can fix it. I checked her battery with my voltmeter and it registered at 12.24 VDC, but when I had her start the engine it dropped to 11 VDC and died. I brought my truck around and jumped start the battery and got her engine started. I wanted to see if she had a bad alternator so while the engine was still running I disconnected the battery and the engine kept running, meaning that the battery was bad and not the starter or the alternator, but I wasn’t sure that the alternator was actually charging the battery. This I did later when we put the new battery in and the alternator was charging the battery at 14.5 VDC.

We went and picked up the new battery, had breakfast/lunch/dinner at the all you can eat Chinese Restaurant and went shopping at WalMart while Cassie played with her friends Barney, Abby and Willy in Sherry’s backyard.

On the way back home I saw a large meteor streak across the sky 45 degrees overhead towards the northeast while I was headed north. It was a bright green in color leaving little puffs behind.


Wednesday 02- 86 to 56 and hazy.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew a yin yang symbol.

I drove to the post office to pick up a package. Went to Stater Bros Market to get a few items I didn’t get yesterday at WalMart. I had lunch at Burger King.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

I completed chapter 7 in the Geology book.

I played my guitar for a spell doing some new stuff I made up.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went night jog with Cassie.


Thursday 03- 82 to 55 with evening winds.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew a clock.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

I started reading Chapter 8 of the Geology book.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went night jog with Cassie.

I played my guitar for a spell


Friday 04- 81 to 54 with a bit of wind coming out of the northwest.

I got up and called Jimmy and Clarice who were in Yucca Valley and on their way to their cabin. I would meet them there and help unload the trailer full of furniture and nicknacks they were towing. Then me and Jimmy loaded the trailer up with old tires that their evicted renter, and probably their last renter, had been collecting on the property. When we were done we visited and jawed for a long spell catching up on our lives. Jimmy and Clarice will take the old tires to the community clean-up in Sunfair on Saturday.

I then left and worked on my yard tossing a whole bunch of junk away and cleaning up a pile of broken glass out of windows frames someone had brought over ten years ago without asking me if I wanted them. Kinda like, “Here’s some windows for you,” and just dropping them off.

I worked on Chapter five and posted Chapter two on FaceBook for my friends to read.


Saturday 05- 75 to 57

I went to Bonnie and Larry for dinner. Bonnie cooked up some mighty fine spaghetti with garlic bread that I consumed greedily.


Sunday 06- very windy!


Monday 07- 54 to 42 degrees, wind and rain


Tuesday 08- 67 to 43 with wind.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew a woman’s profile.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

I read continued reading chapter 8 of the geology textbook.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went night jog with Cassie.

I played my guitar for a spell


Wednesday 09- 78 to 47

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew my bedroom.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

Around 11pm I saw some red flashing lights over by my neighbor’s house that I believed to be from emergency vehicles. By the time I got my paints on and jumped into the truck they must have left because there was nothing to be seen of them when I arrived.

I read more of chapter 8.

I did some editing of my book.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went night jog with Cassie.

I played my guitar for a spell


Thursday 10- 81 to 57 very nice!

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I went to the post office in 29 Palms to pick up a package containing a rubberized cover for my Galaxy Tab 3 and then did a quick stop at Stater Bros to do some shopping. I brought home some chicken for me and Cassie to eat.

I drew a pyramid and some squares.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

I read more of chapter 8...

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went night jog with Cassie.

I played my guitar for a spell


Friday 11-  76 46 wind and rain.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

And then the storm passed through.

I did my taxes... what a darn hassle!


Saturday 12- 71 to 42

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew a rocket to the Moon.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

I’m almost done reading chapter 8 in the geology textbook.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went night jog with Cassie.

I played my guitar for a spell.


Sunday 13- 73 to 54 and hazy.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew a guitar.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

I finished reading Chapter 8 of the Geology book.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went night jog with Cassie.

I played my guitar for a spell


Monday 14- very windy!

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes, but Cassie and me didn’t go for our one mile jog because of the high winds.

My friend from overseas called 5 minutes after I sent them a Skype message. So I thought they called because of the message, but they haven’t been on Skype for months and just happened to call me!


Tuesday 15- 73 to 46 degrees and hazy.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew St. Peter's Cathedral in London (I did it from memory from when I was there in the late 70’s and what I drew don’t look nothing like it)

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

I finished editing chapter 5 and started editing chapter 6. I also posted chapter 4 on FaceBook for my friends to read.

I started reading Chapter 9 of the Geology book.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went night jog with Cassie.

I played my guitar for a spell.


  • Current Mood: amused amused

February 2016 2 of 2

Monday 15- 78 to 54 degrees and overcast.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew something: a secretary.

Worked on editing book.

I did some stretches and went for an evening mile jog with Cassie.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells and went for a mile jog with Cassie.

I am now reading chapter 7 of the geology book and played the guitar for a bit.



Tuesday 16- 80 to 54 hazy.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

I drew something: Cassie.

Worked on editing book

I did some stretches and went for an evening mile jog with Cassie.



Wednesday 17- 82 to 57 large clouds forming in the evening.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a nice walk.

I messed around with an old Apple Macintosh SE I have had for a long while and decided to see if it still works. I had it out in the trailer in a box, but the dust from the winds and many years of storage had worked its way into the computer. I need to clean the two 3.4 inch drives and find the OS disk to boot it up, but before all that I have to purchase a T-15 torx screwdriver to open the case up.

Worked on editing book and finished chapter one.

I did some stretches and went for an evening walk with Cassie.



Thursday 18- 71 to 49 cloudy.

Shopping with Sherry.... Cassie gets to play with her fur friends.



Friday 19- 74 to 49

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew something: a man’s profile.

Worked on editing book

I did some stretches and went for an evening mile jog with Cassie.



Saturday 20- 75 to 51

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew something: I tried to draw a woman in a dress and made a total mess of it.

Worked on editing book and finished chapter two.

I did some stretches and went for an evening walk with Cassie.



Sunday 21- 80 to 53 with wind.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I started worked on editing chapter three of my book and trying to stay focused. Told friends on FaceBook I’ll be away for a while but will check in from time to time and also post the edited first chapter.

I did some stretches and went for an evening walk with Cassie.



Monday 22- 81 to 53 very windy until late afternoon.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes. It was way too windy to take Cassie for a one mile jog so we went for a short walk.

I drew something: a face looking at me.

I’m reading a chapter in the geology book.

I played my guitar for a spell

The wind died down in the evening so I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

I worked editing my book.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went night jog with Cassie.



Tuesday 23- 69 to 47 overcast.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew something: I tried to fix the drawing I did on the 20th and made a bigger mess of it.

I’m reading a chapter in the geology book.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

Worked on editing my book.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went night jog with Cassie.

I played my guitar for a spell



Wednesday 24- 72 to 50 sunny.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drew something: two houses on a country road during sunset.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

I’m reading a chapter in the geology book.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went night jog with Cassie.

I played my guitar for a spell



Thursday 25- 78 to 52

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

UPS delivered a case for my Kindle Fire.

I drew something: Earth and Moon.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

I read more of the geology book

I worked editing chapter three of my book

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went night jog with Cassie.

I played my guitar for a spell



Friday 26- 81 to 55 mostly sunny.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I posted Chapter one of “Desolation” to FaceBook and also made a copy of “A Little Desert Home” ebook available for free on Amazon for 5 days so folks reading the new chapters and would help  get to know the characters. "Desolation" is the 4th and last book in the "Copper Mountain Mesa Series" and connects into the "Rainbow At the End of Tomorrow Series"

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

I drew something: a woman’s profile.

I read some more of the geology book (too bad I didn’t write down what chapters)

I played my guitar for a spell working on a certain rhythm I made up.

I finished editing chapter 3 of Desolation; you never really finish editing, there is always something to change, correct or add.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went night jog with Cassie.



Saturday 27- 82 to 56

Naomi, Brian, Kayla and Courtney came by for a visit.

Sherry came to visit Cassie. I can always tell when Sherry drives up because Cassie wines.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile run.

It is potluck day! I cooked up a pot of rice and brought a box of cookies with me. I signed and gave away a few “Azure Sea of Dreams” to my friends at potluck. I kept calling out between bites to everyone that the food was really great. Unfortunately, I got so involved in a conversation with Charles, Dave and Pat that I didn’t notice the time and missed out on getting seconds of the fantastic food. It was probably just as well because by the time I arrived home I realized how full I really was. Dave told me earlier that he was having problems with his fuel system so I followed him home; he only lives just around the block... about a mile.



Sunday 28- 83 to 58

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

I drew something: a man driving a car.

I read more of the geology book.

I played my guitar for a spell still working on a certain rhythm I made up.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went night jog with Cassie.



Monday 29- 83 to 56

I went to sleep at 3am and Cassie woke me up at 6am to go outside like she does every morning, but this time I couldn’t co back to sleep and laid there until 7qm and decided to just get up and my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I finally got my HP G72 17” laptop to upgrade to Windows 10. I tried multiple times before and it would go for hours and just die and revert back to Win 7. So I installed Win 10 using a USB thumb drive this time and it is working just fine.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

I finally cut the branch that was growing too close to my WIFI antenna; got that off my To Do list.

I drew something: an odd looking cat.

I read more of the geology book I haven’t wrote down what chapter or what’s it about.

I played my guitar for a spell still working on a certain rhythm I made up.

I finished Chapter 4 and will begin chapter 5 tomorrow.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went night jog with Cassie.





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


Dim has the Earth become, not as bright as yesterday's, a bit of gray replaced this light, once shining brightly from a friend who passed away....

~RD


Writing is a creative art where words come from our heart and the darkest depths of our being, to take twenty-six letters of the alphabet and turn them into some kind of meaning, and if by chance we arrange them just right they may be worth your reading.

~RD



Stop focusing so much on who you are but on what you can become.

~RD



High above some lofty forest, shadows cover moonless midnight, bleak depression settles into madness, a deeper darkness shall you not fear. Passionate sorrows harvest what’s left of my life, it withers away at pitted soul. Deeply entrenched my vile desires, retained against a fortress of trepidation, now released upon an unknowing world.

Blighted coldness and worms do creep, over old bones of what’s left of me, for now it be said that I have fled and the laughter has ceased to be. Angst and regret crust over wounds running deep and eyes of wonder sparkle no more. Love has trickled away from once mortal life, and keeps me from loving thee.

~RD



When I go out at night I bask in the light of a billion stars and some of that light is from galaxies millions of light years away. Most I cannot see with my naked eyes, but I know their light is out there to be seen, you just have to know where to look.

~RD



They call me 10 o’clock Bob around here. I’ve been a night person all my life and would fall asleep in class in grade school and high school and had very lousy grades. No one understood why I had bad grades because supposedly I scored high on the mandatory IQ test they had us take. It wasn’t until I went to college that I excelled because I had planned my classes during the afternoon and evening hours and did my homework while working on a graveyard shift. I think kids with the same problem as I could benefit by getting up later in the day for school, but until our school system discovers that one size does not fit all when it comes to circadian rhythms, kids will be likely to fail and be called lazy as I was. Yes, 7am is an ungodly hour for some of us!

~RD


We always end up where we’re supposed to be given the choices we make, be it a nine to five job, bringing up a family, writing and publishing books or homeless in some dank dark back alley covered in cardboard cuddled up with our last bottle of cheap wine. Everyone has a chance to excel, but not everyone takes it.

~RD



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  • Current Mood: amused amused

February 2016 1 of 2

February 2016



Monday 01- 47 to 30 with very high winds and some scattered showers.

I did my stretches and mostly cleaned up around the insides of the house because of the storm outside.



Tuesday 02- 54 to 34

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

Worked in the yard for a spell and fixed a few things that the wind blew down. Shoveled compost into a 50gal barrel.

I did my studies; drew a man’s face. I read some of chapter 6 in the geology book.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.

Found out my friend from my old neighborhood and high school passed away. It put a damper on the projects I had planned for tonight and wrote a poem instead.



Wednesday 03- 54 to 37

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a mile jog with Cassie.

I did some work in the yard trying to get things sorted out and decide what goes and what stays.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for an evening mile jog with Cassie.

At 4pm I got a call from Linda Sibio that some folks in a truck got stuck in the wash next to her house. I took my truck and shovel and went to have a look-see and the truck was buried up to the undercarriage. Neighbor Paul Smith show up to help and we had the truck up and out of the wash within an hour or so. The people in the stuck truck had been there since 11am trying to get it freed.

So again things I had planned to do didn’t get done. I will try again tomorrow.



Thursday 04- 56 to 30 degrees and mostly clear skies.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile jog.

Worked in the yard for a spell throwing more stuff into the dumpster.



Friday 05- 62 to 37

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

Still doing yard cleanup.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.



Saturday 06- 69 to 44 light breeze.

Sherry dropped by to say hi to Cassie and give her some treats... I was still asleep when she came.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells and went for a mile jog with Cassie.

Did some editing to my book.

I did some stretches and went for an evening mile jog with Cassie.



Sunday 07- 72 to 49 sunny.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

Worked on the book going through some edits.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.



Monday 08- 74 to 50

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went mile jog with Cassie.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.




Tuesday 09- 77 to 50 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

I drove to town. I picked up my prescriptions I called into Star Pharmacy. While I was there I walked over to the post office and mailed my property tax and the DMV renewal for the Ford F-150. The Joshua Bike Shop was nearby so I checked to see if they could order a mountain bike from Trek. The owner said the by-in just to sale Trek was $30,000 and his shop was too small to afford that, but he had others I looked at. One was a fat bike that I took for a spin, I mean this thing had some monstrous tires on it and I road through some soft dirt without a problem; $1200 was the only problem.

Then I went to WalMart and did my shopping and got a haircut while I was there. I bought a 32 inch Vizio television that can connect to wifi and has HDMI.

When I got back home I hooked up the TV, but only after me and Cassie ate the roasted chicken I bought at WM.

Finally after a long wait the weather was nice enough to take my telescope outside for the second time. Since I bought the scope it has been either too windy, overcast, hazy, or raining. I tried out the new cell phone hookup device to the scope and was able after some fiddling around take some pics of Jupiter.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie.

It was a very productive day.



Wednesday 10- 77 to 48

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

UPS delivered a Sony DVD, CD, AM/FM player and an Arduino UNO R3 Board Module with starter kit.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went mile jog with Cassie.




Thursday 11- 77 to 49

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went mile jog with Cassie.

UPS delivered a very nice flashlight that my Brother Kevin bought for me.

I did my stretches and went evening mile jog with Cassie.

I did my stretches and went for a night jog with Cassie and I got to test the new flashlight while on the jog. It has a strobe function that really tripped Cassie out.



Friday 12- 77 to 53

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

UPS delivered my computer monitor and I connected it up to my desktop computer. It also has an HDMI port and I’ll be able to run my Raspberry PI on it and do some of the lessons in programing it.

I drew something: house and sun.

I did some stretches and went for an evening mile jog with Cassie.

I watered the plants outside since the weather is getting warmer.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells and went for a mile jog with Cassie.

I finished chapter 6 of the geology book and all caught up with the astronomy too.

I practiced the guitar playing some of the old songs I made up and had recorded to cassette. I had forgotten all about those old songs, but now I have a working cassette player and can retrieve them all.



Saturday 13- 83 to 46

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I done some editing of the book.

I drew something: a man and houses.

I did some stretches and went for an evening mile jog with Cassie.

Sherry showed up late this Saturday and gave Cassie her treats and gave me a couple of pieces of pizza; now I won’t have to worry about what to cook tonight.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells and went for a mile jog with Cassie, I accidentally clipped the leash onto her dog tag ring instead of the collar ring and it broke coming back down the hill on our jog. She was gone like a convict mistakenly released from prison. She stay in and around the property and did come back. I gave her a big hug and a few treats on being a good dog for coming back to me.

I finished my online journal for January and posted it.

I started reading chapter 7 of the geology book and played the guitar a bit.



Sunday 14- 79 to 56

Day off!

I drew something: a truck and mountains.


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January 2016

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An end of an era... The Gross Polluter being towed away. Farewell my beloved truck!

Friday 01- 50 to 30 degrees and clear.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I began reading “365 Starry Nights” by Chet Raymo.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.



Saturday 02- 52 to 32 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.



I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.



Sunday 03- 61 to 42 nice day.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I got a call from "Microsoft" telling me I had a virus on my Windows computer... I know damn well Microsoft isn't going to call me, besides I've been using my MacBook as my main computer for the last year... so I kept the guy on the line asking him all kinds of really technical questions I knew he couldn't answer (I was having fun) finally the guy gave up on me and hung up after I asked him to get me in touch with his supervisor or someone who knew what he was talking about.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.



Monday 04- 56 to 36 degrees fog moving in late evening.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I read a bit of the geology book.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.



Tuesday 05- 54 to 41 degrees heavy fog in morning hours lasting throughout until 3pm when moderately continuous showers came and lasted into late evening.

I woke up and there wasn’t any AC power, the batteries down and not taking a charge from the solar panels. I went out to the battery room and found all the connections were corroded and I had to clean and reconnect them back up to the batteries.



Wednesday 06- 49 to 41 degrees and rained all day long.

Watched a few Netflix movies...



Thursday 07- 53 to 36 with clouds and scattered rain.

I went to Walmart and Home Depot to get supplies and stopped off at the Mobile station to fill my two 5 gal propane tanks and get gas.



Friday 08- 53 to 37 clear and windy.

I did my stretches and jogged a mile with Cassie.

I did my stretches and went for an evening jog of a mile with Cassie.



Saturday 09- overcast.

I did my stretches and jogged a mile with Cassie.

I did my stretches and went for an evening jog of a mile with Cassie.



Sunday 10- rained here and there throughout the day.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.



Monday 11- 57 to 36 clouds and some rain late at night.

I did my stretches and took the rest of the day off and just read and surfed the web.


Tuesday 12- 59 to 36

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I took my microscope out for the first time and looked at squiggly things

I did my stretches and went for an evening walk with Cassie.



Wednesday 13- 60 to 41

We went to Sherry’s house and Cassie played with Barney, Abbey and Willie while me and Sherry went shopping and had lunch/dinner at the Sizzler.



Thursday 14- 62 to 44 mostly sunny.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.

I practiced playing my guitar for a while.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie.



Friday 15- 63 to 44 and really really windy!

Just stayed inside and messed with computers and read.



Saturday 16- 64 to 44 cloudy.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

Kelly called and needed her tire fixed. So I went over to her house and worked on it. She didn’t have a tire iron so I couldn’t take the tire off, I would have to plug it with it still on the car. We jacked it up, inflated the tire with my air pump, but couldn’t find a nail or any place it was leaking air from. I had her get some soap and water and brush and I splashed the tire with the concoction. It started bubbling from where the rim connects to the tire and I could see a dent in the rim where she may have hit a curve or something. So she needs a new rim. It’s a slow leak and will hold air until she gets to WalMart later today. I told her to get that green fix a flat stuff to seal the leak until she gets a new rim. She also needs to get a tire iron and air pump.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie.



Sunday 17- 60 to 47 cloudy.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.

I read one of my study books: Astronomy.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie.



Monday 18- 63 to 45 mostly cloudy.

I spent most of my time helping the guy who bought my old truck (the Gross Polluter)  get it out of my front yard, hooked up to his truck and making it able for him to tow it away. He has a use for it and it was sad to see it just sitting there wasting away. Kinda like an end to an era for me.



Tuesday 19- 59 to 44 cloudy with rain.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.

I worked outside for a little while. Eventually I get this place cleaned up.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a night run with Cassie.



Wednesday 20- 62 to 43 overcast.

I took Cassie for a one mile jog.

UPS delivered my package that contained a selfie stick and a wool watch cap.



Thursday 21- 64 to 43 overcast.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I drove the truck to the post office to pick up a package that contained a gadget that will hold my smartphone’s camera to a lens of my telescope or microscope. It should be interesting what I can video of the micro and macro worlds.



Friday 22- 59 to 44 and overcast.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I started working on putting my front porch back together after all the storms we’ve had lately blew parts of it away, mostly the wooden lattice was destroyed.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.


A review I left on Amazon for the TP-Link range extender (Technical stuff ahead)

It worked for a few months and then I couldn't connect. The website the instructions told me to connect to "tplinkextender.net" has a damn virus! Another website I was directed to "tplinkconnect.net" was for sale! I finally ended up at http://tplinkrepeater.net and still couldn't get into the device. It seemed it just stopped transmitting its wi-fi signal.... I did a reset on the device and was able to receive a signal and then was able to log into tplinkrepeater.net as admin with my Mac Air. It was almost finished when a popup said my Adobe Flash was out of date. I didn't click on that and closed the browser. I decided to try reseting it and try again on a different computer running Win 10. I got it to load up and there wasn't any popups for outdated flash, but a weird search site replaced the TP-Link site. I shut down my browser and opened it again, no problem. I went and connected my desktop ethernet cable into the TP-Link Range Extender and I was connected to the internet, but when I opened the browser it said I have a virus and to call the number they provided for tech help. I couldn't open another tab. I closed the browser without clicking on the notice and unplugged the ethernet cable and restarted my desktop. I opened up the browser and the notice popped up again. So now I have some kind of malware I have to deal with all because I used TP-Link's websites to get access to their device! I am dumping this and getting something a little more dependable...



Saturday 23- 61 to 44 overcast, high winds after 7pm.

Sherry came by to visit with Cassie and fed her a bunch of dog biscuits.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a mile run with Cassie.

I did a reset of Windows 10 on the desktop to be rid of whatever the system caught when I tried to connect to the TP-Link website. I’ll just connect the desktop to an ethernet cable hooked to my router instead of the TP-Link WiFi Extender. Another time waster I am not going to deal with again. It’s too late to send it back, but I might just send it back to the company and tell them to shove it.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a nice long walk, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.



Sunday 24- 60 to 41 degrees.

I did my stretches and messed around the yard and on the patio. I mostly kicked back and read tech stuff online.



Monday 25- 44 to 40

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.



Tuesday 26- 60 to 39

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and went for a mile run with Cassie.

I worked on the front porch painting it white before I put the lattice on. Tomorrow when I go to town I’ll get some flathead wood screws to hold the lattice down.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.


Wednesday 27- 50 to 43 degrees and overcast.

I did my stretches.

Me and Cassie went to Yucca Valley to visit Sherry, Barney, Abbey and Willey. Sherry and I went to the Sizzler before we went shopping and Cassie got to play with her friends in the backyard. She was very tired when we finally went home.


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Thursday 28- 68 to 44

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I finally finished the patio by screwing in the lattice. This took a few hours because I had to work around cactus and other pointy plants.



Friday 29- 68 to 50

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.


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Saturday 30-  52 to 50

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I went to potluck and had a mighty fine time there with the folks in my community. We all got pretty stuff like always. I like to thank Mary and Chris for putting it all together and continuing our potluck tradition.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and did some pullups and punched the heavybag for a round.



Sunday 31- 49 to 29 lots of rain and wind.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes. I had just finished punching the heavy bag when the rain started to fall.

The rain had stopped for a spell and I decided to do my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening jog with Cassie. Unfortunately the wind picked up as we went for the job and as we jogged across the crest of the hill, little pieces of sand and grit was hitting me in the face and stung when they hit.



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



I treat dogs and people alike... some will smile while some may bite.

~RD



I feel like I am stuck in a carnival surrounded by clowns and carnies; barkers shouting out their persuading pleas of solicitations to entice me away from my life’s calling and divert me into some shady tent for a dog and pony show. All the while, off in the distance, the dim sounds of a fading parade reach out and beg for my attention.

~RD



Green with fluorescence that rips across cresting waves, white is the ocean that pounds upon the shore. The sea sweeps over castles built of grainy sand, but a love can last forever, when a heart is gently cradled, sitting on a beach in silence, holding hand in hand. Your eyes sparkle with Moonbeams as we gaze into the night, hair that glistens with stardust, when I run my fingers through their lovely locks. Moist lips and eager cuddling that first kiss brings has begun, when I hold you closely, our heartbeats come as one.

These are memories I cherish, whenever I think of you, I tingle in delight with the love we kindled, and the love that we had. If I ever fall, I shall rise back upon my feet, for such a love conquers all, from whatever darkness seeks.

~RD


I lie in silence upon my bed, as cold sweat flowed down from my head, to drip and soak on silken sheets, frozen with fear the death I may meet. A feeling of grief, a wave of sorrow, has shaken me right down to my marrow. A dream of  dread, still lingers and seeps, had woken me from this horrid sleep. I am startled, I am stunned when a tap tap tapping at my door begun, then a foreboding cry I heard echo off darken walls within... Lenore! Lenore! Never more!

~RD


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December 2015


Tuesday 01- 56 to 32 degrees

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a 1.21 mile jog at 18:36 min/mi, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening 1.12 mile walk at 20:38 min/mi with Cassie.

Cleaned up the yard some. I got rid of the ashes that have accumulated from burning leaves in a barrel and tossed them into the dumpster.

Too dang cold to go for a night jog.

Read more of chapter 5 in geology.

I put two of my ebooks up for free for 5 days: “Azure Sea of Dreams” and “A Little Desert Home”. 5 days free is all they give you...



Wednesday 02- 61 to 38 degrees, clear skies.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a 1.22 mile jog at 17:21 min/mi, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening 1.09 mile jog at 17:45 min/mi  with Cassie and did some pullups and punched the heavybag for 3 minutes.

I finished reading chapter 5 of the geology book.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and took Cassie for a .50 mile jog up the hill and back at 20:13 min/mi.



Thursday 03- 64 to 40 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a 1.20 mile jog at 17:39 min/mi, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk 1.07 mile jog at 21:50 min/mi  with Cassie and did some pullups and punched the heavybag for 3 minutes.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and took Cassie for .53 mile jog up the hill and back at 19:06 min/mi.



Friday 04- 60 to 41 degrees low clouds all day.

I did my stretches, yoga, took Cassie for a .63 mile jog at 19:56 min/mi, core trainer.

I went to my doctor’s for a checkup. I had to be there at 10:30am and I am not a morning person so I had my brother Kevin call me at 9am, but he lives in Tucson where it’s an hour later and he called me at 8am... oh well, it was a nice dream I was having too.



Sunday 06- 61 to 42 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a 1.20 mile jog at 17:02 min/mi, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening 1.09 mile jog at 17:32 min/mi  with Cassie and did some pullups and punched the heavybag for 3 minutes.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and took Cassie for a half mile jog up the hill and back at 19:08 min/mi.



Monday 07- 71 to 47 degrees

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a 1.20 mile jog at 17:02 min/mi, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I went to the dentist, but first stopped at AutoZone to get replacement tail-light that burned out, got gas, and made it to my appointment right at 2:30.

I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening 1.09 mile jog at 17:32 min/mi  with Cassie and did some pullups and punched the heavybag for 3 minutes.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and took Cassie for a half mile jog up the hill and back at 19:08 min/mi.

I think I pulled a muscle in my right chest and will lay off lifting weights for a a few days.


Tuesday 08- 75 to 49 degrees. A nice sunny day.

A day off exercising! My chest muscle isn’t as painful as last night; I think it was caused by the new type of pull ups I am trying to ease myself into.

I removed the burned out tail light and replaced it with a new one. I unhung my front door that kept scraping against the floor and took a saw to the bottom to cut a quarter of an inch off. The door closes fine and doesn’t rub against the floor.



Wednesday 09- 76 to 50 degrees.

I woke up and me and Cassie went to visit Sherry and her dogs, Barry, Abby and Willie. While Cassie was out playing with the gang, me and Sherry went shopping and ate lunch/dinner at the Asian Buffet. Sherry gave me a bed she didn’t need any longer along with some sheets and blankets. Like always, Cassie was very tired after her visit playing with her fur friends and slept all the way home and the rest of the night.



Thursday 10- 54 to 49 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a 1 mile jog. Note: I am not going to time myself the the new watch thingy anymore because it’s just too demanding to keep a log here on it.

I took the old crummy mattress that must had been pre WWII and threw it into the dumpster. I moved the new bed into the bedroom and set it up after giving the bedroom floor a good cleaning. Very nice to be sleeping on a comfortable bed.



Friday 11- 54 to 40 cold and windy with dark clouds.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a 1 mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag.



Saturday 12- 60 to 36 degrees.

I took Cassie for a mile jog.

Geminid Meteor Shower: Very clear where I am (and cold) saw a bunch here and there when I went out with Cassie so she could do her business. Should be better tomorrow night.



Sunday 13- 61 to 35 degrees, windy all day with clouds moving in during the late afternoon.

Geminid Meteor Shower: Went out again Sunday night (just got back in 1:30AM)... saw more meteors then I think I've ever seen in one sitting. Dang cold too!



Monday 14- 54 to 34 degrees with lots of wind.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lbs dumbbells and ran a mile with Cassie.

I mostly watched various TED Talks on Youtube.

UPS delivered my new microscope. I am going to start a new hobby! I’ve been watching videos courses online on how to use one; there’s a lot more than I thought.



Tuesday 15- 49 to 29 degrees. Still windy, but not like yesterday.

I did my stretches and went for a mile run with Cassie.

I went shopping for supplies.



Wednesday 16- 50 to 29 degrees.

I did my stretches, took Cassie for a 1 mile jog.

I cut up a whole bunch of wood for my wood stove.

USPS delivered my telescope.

My neighbor’s golf car broke down and he came to my fence at 5pm asking for a tow to his house. I couldn’t keep Cassie from barking at the guy. I had stopped by his house to say welcome to the neighborhood when he and his family just move in about six months ago, but they didn’t seem all that friendly and have never dropped by my home and I hadn’t heard from them since.



Thursday 17- 54 to 32 degrees with clear skies.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a 1 mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag.


Friday 18- 61 to 32

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile run.

UPS delivered my 8 inch Dobsonian telescope!


Saturday 19- 64 to 32

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a 1 mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag.

Right now I assembled the 8 inch Dobsonian telescope and I am checking out the optics right now. I will assemble the frame tomorrow and the scope should see first light tomorrow night


Sunday 20- 56 to 37 degrees with clouds throughout the day, but cleared in the evening.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walks.

I put the frame together and mounted the telescope. I took it outside into the night sky where it saw first light. I adjusted the finder scope, checked out that everything was in order and turned her 8” mirror onto Andromeda Galaxy and a few other objects. There was hardly any adjusting to do and I didn’t even have to collimate the main mirror. A car had just drove past at high speeds on our dirt road when I was having the most fun I’ve had in a long time. I got worried about dust from the road and packed her up and put her safe inside the house. I will have to devise a plan to keep the dust out of the DOB when outside.



Monday 21- 62 to 46 degrees and cloudy.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a 1 mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag.



Tuesday 22- 66 to 46, very windy and cloudy today. The strong winds woke me up several times during the night when part of my garage roof came apart and I had to go out to fix it. I finally got to sleep and didn’t wake up until 1pm... My whole day was gone before it started.

It was after nightfall and I took Cassie out to go pee when I saw my neighbor’s truck go up the embankment and get stuck there. I saw that she wasn’t going to get it out herself so I got my shovel, threw it in the back of my truck and went over and dug her out. It only took me about ten minutes, no more and she was on her way.



Wednesday 23- 62 to 40 degrees mostly sunny.

We went to Sherry’s house to go shopping for supplies at Stater Bros. and sacks of dog food at the Tractor Supply store while Cassie played with her fur friends.



Thursday 24- 61 to 38 degrees, cloudy.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a 1 mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag.



Friday 25- 45 to 29 degrees, very windy and cold outside.

I got a telescope and microscope that Santa Claus... err UPS and FedEx brought me.

Me and Cassie stayed inside and watched TED Talks on YouTube and other interesting stuff.



Saturday 26- 46 to 30 degrees, just as cold and windy as yesterday if not worse.

We stayed inside again because of the high winds.

I started going through my boxes of old receipts, bills paid, from as far back as 1997 when I moved up here; some even older from the 70s. It was many boxes packed one upon another taking up my space and adding to the clutter that seems to be affecting my progress. I sat there for three days tossing this and that, I mean who needs to keep a telephone bill from June 2001? I kept all my tax filings, correspondence, birthday, holiday Christmas cards, photos, and little mementos to remind me of those lost to me throughout the years, but the rest went into my woodstove and kept my home warm for three days. I do not know why I kept all these receipts and such; it was kinda like I felt some corrupt entity was waiting, watching for a weak moment to take everything from me. Or maybe I was just lazy, but I now took heed to these words I heard spoken once before, “If you don’t clean up your mess eventually someone else will have to do it for you.” I now feel free of this baggage whose weight weighed heavy on my soul.



Sunday 27- no wind finally! Still a bit cold.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a 1 mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag.



Monday 28- 53 to 35 degrees mostly sunny.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for all her walks.

I had to go to the dentist office because a screw worked its way out of my implant. I left my house early and went to the post office to pick up some packages there and then shopping at Stater Bros before my dentist appointment.



Tuesday 29- 54 to 33 sunny.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag.



Wednesday 30- 53 to 30 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile jog.



Thursday 31- 53 to 29 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag.

I finished reading “365 Starry Nights” by Chet Raymo.

I'm getting ready to go for a run up the hill in front of my house in 2015 and run back down it in 2016... I think it's a good way to run out the old and bring in the new



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


Do not abandon your dreams.

A new year is upon you. A time for reflection. To re-evaluate and renew what works and let go of what doesn't, be they things, people or addictions. Walk away from their drama to make room for new beginnings. Eliminate those distraction seizing control of your life, carrying you farther off your course to flounder in the gray turbulent seas of uncertainty and denial to become the flotsam and jetsam washed upon the shores of self-pity and doubt. Make your destiny your own, follow your dreams and no others.

~RD



A steady hand on the tiller, a cup of hot coffee to fight off the chill, a stiff breeze to fill her sails, and a warm bed to come back to is all I ask.

~RD



The beginnings of a Poem Story?

Come along ye children let me recite thee all a tale, of an enchanted land not too far over there. Deep in the forests, beyond civilization’s cold reach, surrounded by thickets of bramble and moss tapestry trees, lies a mystical clearing where fairies truly appear, so ye not be frighten cause there’s nothing to fear.

There be flowers always blooming, grass taller than you, where spring always lasts throughout the whole year. A stream runs on through it, as calm as you please, do ye hear water bubbling across rocks and small boulders in the sweet summer breeze?

Little girls with elfin ears slumber upon mushroom caps laden with goose down filled soft satin sacks. Each one is combing each other’s long golden hair spun from strains of diamonds which are precious, added silver for its shine and gold that be rare and so hard to find. Their hair glistens and sparkles filling the dark void which threatens to devour and to destroy, their small little meadow that they call home with such joy.

They comb as they watch and start laughing at the boys with three hoof toes go dancing and a prancing, and a clowning, speaking in rhyming prose. Singing and playing their flutes to find the right tune, which will impress and lure the girls lying pretty off of their shrooms, and into the meadows to enjoy in the fun and frolic together as if they were one.

~RD



I am lucky to remember what I said or what I thought I would have said if I said it.

~RD



My response to an article “Ebook Reader Innovation was Stagnant in 2015”:

Well they haven’t upgraded the paperback for many decades now. Still no backlighting, same antiquated way to turn the page, and the memory storage hasn’t been improved since the papyrus era and takes up much wall space (good for insulation). My biggest complaint is you can’t change the font size and the pages yellow over time. Paperbacks tend to lose bookmarks if you drop them, but the dogeared ones stay put. The good news is that the page refresh hasn’t been affected since neolithic times.



I met a homeless woman sitting on blankets in front of Walmart with her little dog. I noticed people walking past her trying to avoid eye contact. I went in and did my shopping and came out the same door hoping to see her. She was still there and I stopped and asked her if she wanted anything from McDonalds. She wanted fries and a coke and she watched my groceries for me while I went inside. I chatted with her for a long spell to find out her story, as newspaper columnist like you and me like to do. It was a sad story about how she fell off her horse and broke her back a few years ago. She lost her job at the Eisenhower Hospital, has to take these horrible meds for pain, and her boyfriend had just kicked her and her dog out and she is now living in her car. I gave her ten dollars. I would have liked to have done more.

More should be done... there shouldn't be any homeless people in America unless they want to be (I've met a few fellow Veterans like that).

There is a lot of land out here where the homeless could setup tents or have them provided in a safe environment. Maybe purchase a large lot and work with the county to get around some of the code restrictions. There should be state, county and federal service counseling for programs that they qualify for, on site.

I believe it can be done if we want to do it... or maybe it's just me fantasizing; I do a lot of that.

Bob



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