January 2017

January 2017



Sunday 01- 54 to 36 degrees with wind and rain.

I went into 2017 running down the hill in front of my house and then I went to bed.

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

I called a few friends and family to wish them a Happy New Year.

I started reading “365 Starry Nights” again. I had to really catch up towards the last part of the year on my reading because of all the distractions I had going on in and beyond my control. I really can’t say that the EMR class was a distraction because it was something I wanted to do and I did it very well.

https://youtu.be/_5dYqIHVJz0


Monday 02- 49 to 39 and a bit overcast.

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

I read a bit from my history book: a chapter on Alexander the Great and his empire. And a bit from my geology book: about igneous rocks- Intrusive and Extrusive rock types. (the difference between them is pressure, viscosity, cooling and amount of certain elements)

I did my stretches, exercised with 10lb and 20lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with the dogs.



Tuesday 03- 48 to 39 degrees and overcast all day.

I did my stretches.

I drove to Staters Bros in Twentynine Palms to get some supplies and roasted chicken to share with the dogs.

I went to turn on my iPad and it wouldn’t start up. It has been on charge for a few weeks. I’ll look into it tomorrow.


Wednesday 04- 54 and 35 some clouds.

I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie and Barney for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes. On our jog we met Roger driving in his old VW Bug along the way. It was getting hard for me to control the two anxious dogs and I tried to make them both sit as I talked to Roger. Then a large white diesel truck drove up making a lot of noise and my dogs started barking as the guy tried to ask us a question or other. Not being able to hear him he gave up and drove off. That’s when Barney got out of his collar and raced after the truck. I said goodbye to Roger and walked in Barney’s direction calling out his name, but the dog had disappeared. I figured me and Cassie would finish our jog and wait for Barney to show up at the house. After awhile I kinda got worried and grabbed Cassie and we both jumped into the truck and did not get more than 200 feet up the hill when I saw Barney running down to us. I got out of the trunk and down on my knees as he ran into my arms. I put the leash on and walked him to the dog cage and then went back and got Cassie and the truck.

I did a search on the web for “iPad will not start. The Apple site said to do this and that and I did what they said, but it still wont start: errors 4016, and then 4005, 09, 2009... I gave up for the day and will try running this on a different computer instead of on my MacBook.


Thursday 05- 64 to 41 with some clouds.

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

I drew a picture of a woman’s face; I’m trying to get back into my routine again.

Mess around the place fixin things. I put the mailbox out front back together after what the high winds a week ago or so did to it. I don’t get my mail there; it’s just a convenience for FedEx, UPS or folks to drop things off.

No joy on the iPad. I couldn’t get iTunes to load on my Win10 laptop, so I had to install it on one running Win 7. Still I got the same errors. I starting to think it isn’t worth my time anymore and will happily take a sledgehammer to the dang thing.

I took the dogs for an evening walk.


Friday 06- 52 to 36 and sunny.

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

I fiddled around the property doing little fix-it jobs and cleaning up a bit.

UPS delivered my Asus ChromeBook Flip. I unboxed it and used it the rest of the day instead of my MacBook Air. The reasons I wanted this is particular ChromeBook is it can run Android Apps, has a touch screen, 4GB of RAM, and turn into a tablet or viewed in tent mode.

I drew a face in a cave.

I read more of the history book about the beginnings of the Hellenistic era. I also read my geology book about shallow intrusive structures: volcanic neck, dikes and sills. Plutons: stock and batholiths forming from Diapirs.

I exercised with the 20lb weights and took Cassie for a night jog up the hill and back. Barney didn’t want to go out into the cold.



Saturday 07- 51 to 41 overcast.

I did my stretches. I think I’ve been feeling the effects of an allergy the past couple of days. My muscles have been sore and aching throughout my body.

I called family and friends throughout the day.

I drew a cat, a mouse and a vase.

I read more of the history book and finished the chapter about the Hellenistic era. The next chapter is the rise of the Romans which is very interesting to me. I also read my geology book about Bowen's Reaction Series. I then watched a whole bunch of Geology videos on Youtube, especially the ones about the Bowen’s Reaction Series. The authors of the book should have put Bowen’s Reaction Series at the beginning in the first chapter and make my understanding of the material to come in the chapters ahead more knowledgeable.


Sunday 08- 57 to 49 light clouds.

I did my stretches, exercised with the 20lb weights, and went on a mile jog with Cassie and Barney. I am still kinda down with the allergy, but the antihistamine I took last night seems to help. I can’t take them in the daytime or else I’d just sleep.

I did the Poop Patrol of the yard, worked in the garden a bit.

I drew the Earth from space.

I got out my old Sony PDA to see if it still was working, and it was. I put her on charge and will mess with it tomorrow.

I spent some time cleaning up the computer room. It is so cluttered with electrical components and old laptops it is hard to get into the place without knocking something over.


Monday 09- 67 to 46 lightly overcast.

I did my stretches, exercised with the 10lb dumbbells and took my doggies for a mile run.

I drew a wave.

Been going through my papers and things, throwing away what’s not needed.

I also messed around with my old Sony PDA again loading up a few books onto it.

I worked on a few of my books making corrections and adding a few items here and there.

I read more of the history book and started the chapter about the rise of the Romans. I also read my geology book and finished up chapter 11on igneous rock and took the chapter test.


Tuesday 10- 60 to 40 a few clouds.

I did my stretches, but I am still feeling sick. I fed the dogs and then went to WalMart to get some supplies because there’s some bad weather predicted in a few days and I wanted to get it over just in case I get any sicker. When I got back home I shared the roasted chicken with the dogs...

I read more of the history book and finished the chapter about the rise of the Romans.

I did a little work on the my books, not much cause I feel ill.


Wednesday 11- 67 to 45 clear and sunny.

I fed the dogs and stayed in bed. I decided to just rest and stay inside until I get feeling better... it’s an allergy or flu or something else.


Thursday 12 to Saturday 14... sick in bed. Rained here and there. Bottom of the hill is flooded again and cars are getting stuck.

While I been in bed I started the (hopefully) last edit of “Desolation”



Sunday 15- 62 to 40 degrees and rained a little bit.

I’m finally feeling better and did my stretches and worked out with the 20lb dumbbells.



Monday 16- 59 to 37 cloudy.

I did my stretches, core trainer, weight bench, punched the heavybag, and took the dogs for a mile jog.

I continued to work on the edit.


Tuesday 17- 61 to 39 degrees and nice sunny day outside.

I did my stretches and yoga.

I just worked on the book. I did take the dogs for a mile run in the evening.


Wednesday 18- 56 to 34 sunny.

I did my stretches.

I went to take the truck down to get it smogged, but the dang thing wouldn’t start. I tried to push the truck down to where I could jump it with the Cougar, but I couldn’t get it to budge. I then took the battery out of the Cougar and tried to jump it, but that didn’t work. So, I had to lift up my 80lb generator into my wheelbarrow that has a flat tire and work my way over to the truck so I could use a battery charger, but that was too weak of a charge... so I had to hook up another one that has a boost, but the clips were bad. I fixed it so they’d connect and finally got it started.

I got it smogged and it passed. I went and bought a hand dolly at Harbor Freight for moving the generator around... it took all that I had to lift the dang thing into the wheelbarrow... it even tipped over once and I had to lift it back in. I stopped at WalMart to get dog food and a few other supplies... roasted chicken for me and the dogs to share when I get home.

I continued to work on the edit of “Desolation”.

I decided to order a lighter 37lb 2 stroke 1000w generator from WalMart for about $100.



Thursday 19- 58 to 43 degrees.

I did my stretches and took the dogs for a mile jog.

I spent my time working on “Desolation” and I am up to chapter 11. Hopefully I can get this done and out of the way tomorrow so I can start on the other projects I want to do.


Friday 20- 56 to 43 with lots of rain.

I did my stretches and stayed inside.

The bottom of my hill is impossible because there is now a muddy lake there. A few folks got their cars stuck, but most turn around and go back.

I finished editing and now in communication with Bonnie who works on my covers trying to decided what we need and what goes where.


Saturday 21- 56 to 38 and sunny.

I did my stretches and took the dogs for a mile jog.



Sunday 22- 55 to 44 more rain.

The muddy lake has grown larger.

Had to dig a ditch around the back of the laundry room to drain the water building up and wanting to flood the whole dang room.


Monday 23- 56 to 34 rained all day long.

I did my stretches and stayed inside

I did more work on the book; just a tweak here and there.


Tuesday 24- 50 to 34 a nice day finally.

I did my stretches and spent the day with my friend Shanna and her three wonderful kids who come down from Mesa Arizona to visit friends.


Wednesday 25- 50 to 32

I did my stretches and took the dogs for a mile jog.

went to visit Loren & Cecilia Anderson and their daughter and husband who are traveling around the country in their two large RV motorhomes. We sat and jawed for a spell, me getting to meet all their animals and one fantastic parrot that loved to laugh at me. We all went to the Sizzler to have a wonderful get together and chow down. On the way to eat I did a quick stop at WalMart to pick up the generator I ordered from them online.


Thursday 26- 51 to 35

I did my stretches and took the dogs for a mile jog.

Bonnie posted two versions of the cover on FaceBook to see which ones folks liked. It ended up a draw and she merged both into one really nice cover for “Desolation” and all I need to do is publish it.


Friday 27- 50 to 34 with lots of afternoon wind.

I did my stretches and took the dogs for a mile jog.

I did a poop patrol which made the doggie happy.

I unpacked and fired up the new 2 stroke 1000 watt generator... once I figured which way the gas “on/off” lever was supposed to be turned.

I got my new pressure cooker out and decided to try something simple so I went with spaghetti. I used about half the water that I normally would use guessing it would work okay. I did what the instructions said and wanted for it to start steaming through the top thingy, that’s when you start timing.  I was waiting for the dang thing to blow up like those that them terrorist use taking me and half the house down, but it didn’t. When I figured it was time to turn off the flame and release the pressure valve. This is when a whole lot of steam came out shooting out. I jumped back as it rose high into the air of my kitchen condensing and dripping off the ceiling onto everything on the counter. Once this boiler had ceased to blow steam like a locomotive run amuck, I twisted the top off to find my spaghetti was cooked to perfection.


Saturday 28- 65 to 44

Potluck! There were a bit over twenty hungry folks showing up Teresa and Ken Sitz- tomales; Jeff Dongvillo- potato salad; Chris- veggie spaghetti, garlic bread; Mary- happy meatball mac, apple pie, fried chicken; John Lee- potato and mac salad; Yvonne Frances- frosted cake; Paul Cullum- roasted chicken; David and Agnes King- three kinds of hot wings; Jonalee- cookies and ice cream; Pat Horwath- zucchini; Rand Kidman- deviled eggs; Bob Deloyd- rice and cookies; Chat Aelion Israel and his three nieces brought grapes...

Anyways, this here was from a list Mary copied and gave to me to decipher for you as I was leaving to go home... I did my best, but could barely read it and may/for sure contain misspelled names... There was a lot of yammering going on and I met Rand who has lived up here for 26 years for the first time! I wish you the best writing this one up or just leave it just as is ;)


Sunday 29- 69 to 44 sunny.

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

I drew

I swept the house real good... lots of dog hairs.

Went for a walk alone listening to a lecture 1 on Cambridge University’s lecture series on Adaptation to Climate Change.

I read chapter 12 of the Geology book, and also got caught up on my astronomy reading.

I published “Desolation”


Monday 30- 62 to 41 degrees and lite wind.

I did my stretches, exercised with the 20lb dumbbells, and took Cassie and Barney for a one mile jog.

Did something, but forgot :)

Went for a walk, but took the dogs along and I listening to a lecture 2 on climate.



Tuesday 31- 66 to 44 degrees and sunny.

I did my stretches.

I went to Walmart to pick up some supplies.



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


I spent all my time editing and adding and editing over and over again my book “Desolation” and this is all the writing I did until I got the book done.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MTEEA60

December 2016

December 2016


Thursday 01- 58 to 39 and windy.

I did my stretches and took the dogs for a walk.

I went to town to do some shopping. I stopped off at WalMart to get supplies, and then on to Home Depot to get 20 12x12” cement pavers to place down on the ground where I am putting the new washer; still not sure where it’s going yet. I also bought a parasol clothes hanger and a toolset; I seem to be missing a few sockets.

For being good doggies, me and the dogs ate the whole roasted chicken I purchased at WalMart, and then I took them for a nice little walk.


Friday 02- 53 to 37 and still really windy.

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



Saturday 03- 58 to 42 degrees and windy, but not as much as the last two days.

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

Even though it was windy, I went to work patching the roof. I almost had it all done but the day grew dark.


Sunday 04- 62 to 43 degrees and no wind!

I did my stretches and me and my doggies went for a one mile jog.

I went back up onto the roof and finished doing the patch job. When I got done me and the dogs went for a nice walk.


Monday 05- 65 to 43 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, me doggies went for a one mile jog.

I got the Harley running and moved from the battery room to the garage whose roof I had patched the day before. This will give me more room to work on the bike and get it ready for spring. I began cleaning and moving stuff out of the battery room, but there was a whole lot of spiders and other crawling critters here and there so I decided to go to Home Depot to get some heavy duty bug spray. I also stopped off at WalMart since I was there and picked up some roasted chicken (among other stuff) to take home for me and the dogs to share. First thing I did was when I got home was spray down the battery room so I can start cleaning it out and laying down the cement pavers for the new washer.


Tuesday 06- 66 to 42 degrees.

I did my stretches and my doggies and I went for a one mile jog.

I started moving and placing the pavers in the battery room.

Me and the dogs went for a mile evening jog.


Wednesday 07- 55 to 41 degrees.

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

I worked moving all the rest of the pavers into the battery room.

I worked out with the 10lb dumbbells and took me doggies for a one mile jog.


Thursday 08- 60 to 43 degrees and clear.

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

I watered some of the plants that seemed to need watering and did some work around the yard. I cleaned out the wood stove that had gathered a bunch of ash already this season.

Me and the dogs went for a mile evening jog.


Friday 09- 60 to 41 and a bit overcast.

I did my stretches and took the dogs for a walk.

I went to town to get more cement pavers for the battery room floor. I also stopped to fuel up my truck and two 5 gallon gas containers.

Took the dogs for a walk when I got gone moving 15 of the 30 pavers to the battery room. Once I move and hookup the new washer I’ll rename it the laundry room.


Saturday 10- 73 to 42.

I did my stretches and took the dogs for a walk.

Moved all the cement pavers off the truck.

"Biologist Kelly Herbinson will be on hand to talk about wild desert tortoises and her favorite; Ants. Local herbalist Peri Lee Pipkin will discuss the medicinal uses of native plants that grow in our area. I picked up a copy of her book “Medicinal Plants of Joshua Tree and Surrounding Areas”. MDLT Nursery Director Madena Asbell will have native plants for sale."



I didn’t buy any plants because it’s winter, maybe during the spring I will.



"MDLT Conservation Director Frazier Haney will be in the house with interactive maps to discuss the Joshua Tree North Wildlife Linkage Corridor (pictured below): where it is in our Copper Mountain Mesa/Coyote Valley neighborhood, why it's important, what kind of animals and plants live there, and how each of us can help to make the corridor more successful."



I had a wonderful time listening to the lectures and learned a lot about our desert environment"




Sunday 11- 73 to 50 degrees.

I did my stretches and took the dogs for a mile run.

I started to place the pavers down and I found I was kinda short on the side. I decided to move them all around, but thought of a better plan and will use bricks to fill the empty extra space.



Monday 12- 73 to 47

I did my stretches, yoga and took the dogs for a walk.

UPS delivery

I finished laying the rest of the pavers down and got them all aligned.


Tuesday 13- 70 to 48

I did my stretches, exercised with the 20lb dumbbells, took me doggies for a one mile jog.

I spread out the fine sand I bought to fill in the gaps between the pavers.




Wednesday 14-

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

I went to Staters in Twentynine Palms because I forgotten to purchase eggs. I brought home chicken for me and the dogs.

I watered down the pavers so the fine sand would set between them.


Thursday 15- 68 to 49 degrees and really windy.

I did my stretches and took the dogs for a mile run.

I moved the new washer from the garage and placed it in the “laundry room” and uncrated it. The wind started to blow very hard out of the southwest just when I was walking the foam crating materials to the dumpster and had to run down a few escapees that gotten blown away.

The wind picked up and I brought the dogs inside. Later around 1am I heard the patio creak and I went outside to find the south side wall had come undone and I tried to brace it with 2x4s.


Friday 16- 67 to 38 very high winds!

Woke up to find that the south side patio wall had collapsed.

I did my stretches and that’s about all because of the high wind.

Because of the data breaches of Yahoo, I closed my account there and on MySpace where my account was still open.


Saturday 17- 51 to 30 degrees and still very high winds, but not as much as yesterday.

I did my stretches and took the dogs for a mile run.

I can’t work on the patio because of the wind.


Sunday 18-

To me it's winter when my cement pond freezes over... It did so this morning

I did my stretches and went right to work on the patio.

It took hard work, rocks and sticks for leverage, 2x4s to hold in place, bunches of nails hammered, and me keeping the dogs away who wanted to look on and supervise, but I got it done.


Monday 19- 53 to 35

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


Tuesday 20- 65 to 42

I did my stretches and took the dogs for a mile run.

Worked in the laundry room getting ready to hook up the new washer.

Linda called for my help tomorrow moving a few things in my truck; I said I would.

I took my doggies for an evening mile run.


Wednesday 21- 56 to 44 with rain... lots of rain!

I did my stretches. It was raining so me and the dogs just kinda stayed inside most of the day.

There was a break in the rain and I helped Linda move some stuff to Dhamma Dena retreat from her trailer she’s selling.

I fell hard. I clipped the corner of the wood stove and because of all the sand on the floor from the wind and then the rain, slipped. I hurt my right arm the one I had trouble with, right hip, twisted my right foot, and hit my head on the floor. I laid there for a few minutes assessing my injuries. Looks like I won’t be doing any exercising for a few days until things work themselves out.


Thursday 22- 50 to 41 with rain

It rained all yesterday and still raining today. The electricity and internet went out in Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms yesterday until sometime this morning. I still had power cause I'm on solar, but was forced to read books, but that was a good thing.


Friday 23- 57 to 44 with heavy fog.

We are socked in with heavy fog right now. Started late last night and it's still hanging around. Can't see more than a hundred feet or so. I've only seen this happen once since I've been up here and it wasn't this bad.

I took the dogs for a walk over to check on a neighbor’s cabin. My foot still hurts, but is healing.


Saturday 24- 53 to 36 with dark clouds overhead, cold wind and a bit of rain.

I did my stretches.

Just stayed inside with my doggies reading and watching videos.


Sunday 25- 48 to 33 nice and sunny day :)

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

My doggies, Cassie and Barney wearing their Christmas bandanas. They want to thank Carolyn Keyes Shaffer for the pretty bandanas

My landline telephone went dead on Christmas! I think it's because of the all the mud and water that settled in the road at the bottom of my hill after the bad weather hit. People in cars get stuck there and sometimes hit the green telephone box thingy... So I won't get any Merry Christmas call wishes on that phone.


Monday 26- 49 to 32 degrees with hazy skies.

I did my stretches, exercised with the 20lb dumbbells, took Cassie and Barney for a one mile jog.

I went to Home Depot to pick up 20 more pavers and I found some half sized pavers I needed. Before I stopped there I went to do a quick supply run at WalMart and got a roasted chicken to share with the dogs.

Them paver get heavy after carrying them out of Home Depot and my arms were tired, so I left them in the bed of the truck and will carry them into the laundry room tomorrow.



Tuesday 27- 54 to 39 and sunny.

I did my stretches and gave me and the dogs the day off from our jogging.

I picked up my landline phone and heard a dial tone! Yippi!

I unloaded all the pavers and moved them to the laundry room and put a few of the half sized paved into the ground so I could move the washer onto them and balance the machine. That all took awhile.

I swept the floor of the whole cabin... lots of dust and dog hairs.

I am putting together an old laptop of mine I’m going to give to a friend whose young child stepped on the one she had been using breaking it in two.


Wednesday 28- 61 to 42 degrees and sunny.

I did my stretches and took the doggies for a mile jog.

I hooked up all the hoses, threw a bunch of clothes inside the washer, turned on the generator and laid down the rest of the pavers while my clothes were being washed.

Did a poop patrol before sunset.

How deep the mud


Thursday 29- 64 to 41 slightly cloudy.

I did my stretches, yoga, exercised with the 10lb dumbbells, and took the dogs for a mile jog.

I mopped the whole cabin floors with Lysol.

Took the dogs for an evening walk.


Friday 30- 56 to 43 with light rain here and there.


Saturday 31- 57 to 43 with lots of rain in the evening hours.

I did my stretches and exercised with the 20lb dumbbells and took the dogs for a mile jog.



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


I get a lot of my ideas and inspirations from what people post here. Lately it’s been about people's negativity towards them. Here's a few of what I read:

Telling us something can't be done, you'll never amount to anything or you can't do this or that thing because you’re not smart or talented enough.

“getting smacked for saying my online thoughts and words”

“people put me down, and say I can't accomplish things”

Imagine if we didn’t ignore those who put us down, those naysayers to whom we cannot do anything right in their eyes. Such a sad sad world it would be... A poem never written, a story not told, an invention not invented, and art not created or performed.

I say ignore them naysayers and go out there and create something incredibly wonderful this New Year! <3

~RD



The end of the road looks hidden and gloomy as I walk this path of life’s final journey. I hear a cry, a shout, a wild winter’s scream, I stop to glance back to see what it all means, who might be following, stalking me down, who hides in the shadows to strike me a blow, to be left to die slowly on the side of the road.

Ascending now quickly into cold damp dreary hollow of forsaken souls from dark dismal dreams, attacked on all sides by evil swarms of screaming Banshees. I jump, I sprint, I windmill my arms to fight off this curse, to run away safely before it gets worse. I slow in my journey down this two legged highway, and come to a rest on an old wooden bench all weathered and gray. Across lies a field covered in thorns, I shall not tread there for my shoes are too worn. The old bench that I sit catching my breath is really a trap as its limbs they unwrap. With twigs for fingers they pick and they tear, shedding my clothes, my flesh and my hair. Reaching out grabbing and squeezing, the limbs are now closing blocking my view, from all that I love and friends that knew. Cherished loved ones whose paths I have crossed, now all have gone missing, perished or lost. I have no regrets on this wild road I have taken, what lies beyond a dream of a life, nobody knows unless they awaken.

~RD


To win gracefully without taking all the glory is a true triumph. To lose gracefully and not blame others is true leadership.

~RD


Confirmation bias has led us into a world of irrational conflicts justified by half truths and deceptions. Those who tried to be objective were silenced by both sides and now stand facing the precipice of history with a strong wind at their backs and compelled to watch as events unfold.

~RD


Life is like a doorbell... you either answer it or you don't.

~RD


On wings spun of glistening chrysalis web, fairies descending glide and soar around my bed. Wearing ballet slippers they do tiptoe dance, to sprinkle pixie dust upon my head. Fleeting dreams of white castles up high and secret forest effervesce throughout my mind. Oh, these fairies do love to romp and play as I sleep, taking me to exotic realms, the inhabitants I meet. Elves and fairies, trolls, pixies and nymphs, these are beings who truly exist.

A fairy dream is a memory that flutters and flows, then vanishes back into those realms we don’t know, forgotten now when we awake, waiting for us to open our minds, and believe in their magic, just one more time.

~RD




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November 2016

November 2016


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Cassie is very dainty and eats around her egg yolk saving it for last, while Barney gobbles his right up at the beginning


Tuesday 01- 72 to 48 a cool, cloudy and windy day.

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

I finally fixed the clock and have it altogether!

I connected the Raspberry Pi to the ethernet and it reset the date and time to the right one. So it is definitely a WIFI problem on the new OS install.


Wednesday 02- 73 to 52 degrees it was a little windy but died down in the evening... a sunny day it was.

I did my stretches and took the dogs for a morning and evening walk.

Took my friend Chris shopping; she and her mom Mary have no transportation.


Thursday 03- 80 to 58

I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells and took the doggies for a mile run.

I spent the day doing maintenance to the house; taking down the old battered fan, installing a porch light, getting the electric piano moved to the other side of the room where the old couch I threw away took up that space. I’ve been using the piano as a table and now it’s out where I can see and play it.

I took the doggies for their evening walk.


Friday 04- 81 to 59 clear and sunny.

I did my stretches, yoga, exercise with the 10lb dumbbells, punched the heavybag for a few rounds and then took my doggies for a mile jog.

Worked cleaning up the yard... still lots to do there.

I took my doggies for an evening mile jog.


Saturday 05- 82 to 59

I did my stretches and took my two wonderful doggies for a morning and evening  walk.

I mostly worked inside cleaning up the clutter.


Sunday 06- 82 to 54

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


I took my doggies for an evening mile jog.



Monday 07- 81 to 55

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

I rode my electric bike over to Frank and Mary’s, but they weren’t home so I left them a note.

I took my doggies for an evening mile jog.

Everything is in a state of flux dynamically spinning in a dance orchestrated by the laws of physics...


Tuesday 08- 82 to 53

Today is not the end of the world. We will continue on despite whoever gets elected. We are a just and honorable people with different views. I do not know who will win today. I just know that we love and are loved and that is what really counts in life, all else is just a facade.

~RD



Wednesday 09- nice and sunny.

I did my stretches and took Cassie and Barney for an evening jog.

I finished the first edit (or at least I think it’s the first edit) of my book “Desolation” sixteen chapters and over 60 thousands words.


Thursday 10- sunny again!

I took my doggies for a mile jog.


Friday 11- we’ve been having the greatest weather here for a week or so.

I did my stretches, exercised with the 20lb dumbbells and took the doggies for a nice jog.

With all the craziness going on in the world at this moment I believe it's only right to do a Free Promotion my very dark Science Fiction eBook “Rainbow at the End of Tomorrow: Book 1” for one week.


Saturday 12- 81 to 59.

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

I went to the community center where we were having our annual general meeting. This is where we elect our board members.

Teresa Sitz and I tallied the votes. Ken Sitz is President. Kip is VP. Christian and Rohini both share the Secretary duties. Jay and Stephanie are new board members. Mary Helen is Treasurer (not really sure how that's going to workout because she is not on the board. I talked to David King and he said something of paying her a dollar or some such and having one of the board members fill the position and MH do the accounting)

Jay approach me afterwards asking about the column and if I would ask Annelies if she’d be interested in letting him help or take it over. He checked off a list of his qualifications and awards he has won in journalism... I felt like taking back my book of poems I had just given him lest he start reading it to find my horrible grammar and run on sentences. Anyways, I told him it was Annelies column, how I enticed her into taking it over from me some years ago, and it was her decision. I think Jay is an excellent choice if Annelies ever wanted to move on.

I took my doggies for a mile jog when I got back home.


Sunday 13- 81 to 56 degrees.

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

Called Family and Friends.

Took the dogs on an evening nice walk.

Took pictures of the SuperMoon the biggest one since 1948.


Monday 14- 82 to 52 and clear.

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

I went to start cutting all this scrap wood I have outside into smaller pieces to fix in my wood stove, unfortunately my generator quit on me after only a few boards were cut. I wasted time trying to get the dang thing working again. I finally got tired and overheated and went inside to do something else.

I took my dogs on an evening jog.


Tuesday 15- 83 to 53

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

I left for town to the sounds of howling dogs. I usually put them in the dog pen, but this time I let them stay in the yard. When I got home Barney had almost dug a hole underneath the gate. I’ll have to do a little Barney proofing of the fence and gate. I got to town and got gas and a propane tank filled. Then to the Lab place to have some blood drawn... the Doc wanted to have the last results rechecked. Went to WalMart, Petco, and Home Depot for supplies.

The doggies and I ate a whole chicken I got at WalMart.


Wednesday 16- 72 to 46 overcast.

I did my stretches and took the doggies for a walk.

UPS Delivered my two new 120 watt flex solar panels to power the trailer.

I did the poop patrol with the new poop scooper I got at Petco... there was a lot of it.

I went out when it got dark to watch the Leonids Meteor Shower, but the wind was blowing hard out of the northwest which caused poor seeing. The brightness of the Moon and the now cold weather added to my difficulties, so I just went inside.

I finished October’s Journal and posted it.


Thursday 17- 67 to 41 degrees and mostly sunny with a bit of wind in the morning.

I did my stretches and took me doggies for a mile jog. It was cold and windy, but it felt good.

I went to the post office to mail a birthday card and pick up an Ulmer Germany Beer Mug I ordered on Ebay. I was stationed in Ulm Germany in 69. I then did some shopping at the Dollar Store and Stater Bros and then home to share some chicken I bought with my doggies.

We went for an evening walk.


Friday 18- 62 to 35

I did my stretches, exercised with the 20lb dumbbells and took my doggie for a mile jog.

I worked on the roof patching where the rain leaks through onto the patio and garage.

I took the dogs for an evening mile jog.


Saturday 19- 66 to 37

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

I went to Potluck with my rice and cookies (I can’t cook). Dyan Carroll and Dorothy Jacobsen showed us their culinary skills with a delicious spread of salmon patties, turkey stuffing, coleslaw, cheddar cheese broccoli and carrot cake. Mary and Chris stirred up some mighty tasty stew. Susie tended bar and handed out out non-alcoholic Shirley Temples and Roy Rogers. Dave brought some Barbecue beans that were to die for (if you ate too many of them). It was Mary Koval’s and Dave King’s Mom’s birthday and we all got to sing Happy Birthday twice. There were around twenty hungry folks who showed up.


Sunday 20- 77 to 54 degrees. It rained a bit here and there and a lot during the night when I was asleep.

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

I worked in the yard and did poop patrol.

I took the dogs for a mile run.


Monday 21- 67 to 45 windy, clouds and getting colder.

I asked Semi to come over to my house to see Barney. Semi used to help Sherry out a long while ago and him and Barney are old friends. I thought it’d help Barney to see a friendly face.

ED drove by and stopped to say hello. I haven’t seen him since his wife rolled the car up my hill in 1998. I helped Ed cut his and daughter hanging upside down inside the car and we all waited for 45 minutes for the fire department. She lost her purse and her little dog.

I did my stretches, exercised with the 20lb dumbbells and took the dogs for a mile jog.

I did some yard work and then started writing Christmas cards to send out.

Me and my doggies went for a mile evening jog.

I finally broke down and bought a washing machine: “Samsung 4.2 cu. ft. High-Efficiency Front Load Washer in White, ENERGY STAR” from Home Depot online and they’ll deliver it on Wednesday Nov 30th. It was $499 and I thought it was a good deal.


Tuesday 22- 66 to 43 degrees and clear.

I did my stretches and took the dogs for a mile jog.

Post office, shopping at Stater Bros.

I took me doggies for an evening mile jog.


Wednesday 23- 70to 43 degrees and clear.

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

I ate the whole pie I had bought for the Thanksgiving dinner. What do you call it when you're stressed out about Thanksgiving and the pie you bought to take with you to the dinner is sitting before you on the kitchen counter and you look down to find you had just eaten it all?

I me doggies went for an evening mile jog.


Thursday 24- 63 to 47 degrees.

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

I wasn’t feeling up to going for a Thanksgiving dinner and stayed at home instead; I started doing a little work on my Harley. Then I started working on the Honda Generator that I need to get up and running for my new washer coming next Wednesday.

I me doggies went for an evening mile jog.


Friday 25- 63 to 42.

I did my stretches and took the doggies for a mile jog.

I took apart my Honda Generator and cleaned it all out, sprayed compressed air into the carburetor to clear out the jets, put it all back together, pulled the starter rope and it fired up on the second pull. I let her run for a spell to make sure it wasn’t going to stall and sputter to a halt. I think I’ll cut up some wood for the stove tomorrow.

I me doggies went for an evening mile walk.


Saturday 26- 67 to 48 windy and feeling colder.

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

I got the generator over to the woodpile and fired her up and used the circular saw to cut some firewood.

I took the dogs for a mile walk in the wind that was kicking up.


Sunday 27- 56 to 40 and really windy with clouds!

I did my stretches, core trainer, weight bench, punched the heavybag for a spell and took my doggies for a mile jog.


Monday 28- 60 to 37 with wind...

I did my stretches, lifted 20lbs dumbbells and took my doggies for a mile jog.

I did a poop patrol of the whole yard and collected a lot of the brown stuff.

I took my doggies for a walk... we would gone farther but for the wind blowing so hard.


Tuesday 29- 58 to 35 degrees.

I did my stretches, core trainer, weight bench, punched the heavybag for a spell and took my doggies for a mile jog.

I watered the plants in the yard and did a little cleaning up.

I worked on my Harley for a spell trying to figure out the wiring problem.

I worked out with the 10lb dumbbells and then me doggies went for an evening mile jog.


Wednesday 30- 59 to 36 and sunny.

I did my stretches.

I had to wait for the delivery truck carrying my new washer. They got here a bit after 1pm dropping off the new and picking up the old rusted one. I was then able to take my doggies for a nice long walk.


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


Poems we use to convey our sorrows of friends we knew of lovers we loved. These words we write wash over our being to relive those cherished moments of a life once bright, but now gone missing.

~RD


Shiny specks of rainbows fall upon my window sill... radiant rays of sunshine come and then go... Dust that gathers on that ledge... cries out to me an inner fear... reminding me the passage of a life... and the evanescing embers of my mind.

~RD


An Email I got from my friend Kula:

Hey Bob, Was the meteor shower cancelled? I got up early & it was an amazing clear sky but I saw none!

xxoo

My reply:

Kula, I called and was put on hold for about an hour. Then I was passed through the different multitudes of talking heads until I got The Supreme One. The Supreme One was on a conference call with Galileo, Newton, Einstein and Nicolaus Copernicus about the meteor shower and I was asked to join in.

"My Friend Kula wants to know why the meteor shower was cancelled," I asked the others sitting around their computer monitors.

"Well to answer Kula's question," replied Galileo Galilei to me, "The Supreme One over there was so stunned by the election results and forgotten all about the meteor shower."

The Supreme One looked a little red with embarrassment and we all thought it best to move on discussing other subjects of a purely spatial nature.

Thanks for asking <3

Bob


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October 2016

October 2016

Saturday 01- very windy.

yard

Sunday 02- windy again today but not as bad.

Last week I was helping out a friend pick up a generator on the west side of Border ave. We drove up to the house and there was lots of barking from behind the fence. The lady who lives there must have had 10 to 15 Siberian Huskies and all were friendly and wanted our attention. I stuck my closed hand in between the gate rails and was licked by everyone of them.

I took Kelly to WalMart, Home Depot, and I got gas at Arco.

Monday 03- kinda out of it for the next 3 days. All I remember is working in the yard on these days. What hit me was I almost called Sherry about something, maybe to go to the store or something and completely forgetting she has passed.

Tuesday 04-

FedEx

yard

Wednesday 05-

Yard

Fixed cord to saw.

Thursday 06- 83 to 58 degrees.

Had a nightmare that helped me get out of my slump.

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

I drew a woman’s face.

I went to Stater Bros.

I stopped off at Sizzler to tell our favorite waitress April of Sherry’s services. She was shocked that Sherry is gone and hugged me.

Then on to Bank of America to cash check, WalMart, and Home Depot to get paint for floor of cargo trailer.

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

I read “365 Starry Nights” trying to catch up to October.

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

I played my guitar for a spell.

Friday 07- 82 to 60 degrees and partly cloudy.

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

I drew a house in the mountains.

I painted the first coat of paint on the floor of my cargo trailer.

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

I read “365 Starry Nights” I fell so far behind, but I’m catching up.

I went outside around 8pm to watch the Draconid meteor shower, but the skies were overcast and decided to call it quits after half an hour.

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

I played my guitar for a spell

Saturday 08- 90 to 59 degrees.

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

I drew

I painted the second coat of paint on the floor of my cargo trailer.

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

I read “365 Starry Nights” just two month to catch up with.

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

I played my guitar for a spell

Sunday 09- 92 to 62 degrees.

My day off... I did my stretches and took Cassie for a morning and evening walk.

Monday 10- 93 to 63 with a nice evening breeze.

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

I drew

I did my stretches, lifted 5lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.

I finally got all caught up reading “365 Starry Nights”.

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

I played my guitar for a spell

Tuesday 12- 89 to 62 degrees

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

My brother wasn’t feeling good and went to his doctor. They kept him overnight for observation. So I spent the day sticking around the house in case he called needing me.

Wednesday 13- 90 to 60 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

The hospital decided to keep my brother for a bit longer until they find out what is wrong with him.

Thursday 14- 91 to 62 degrees.

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

I drew

I worked in the yard throwing stuff in the dumpster. Sadly my swimming pool I bought two summers ago was trashed by the UV rays and the desert heat; that went into the dumpster too. I kinda burnt myself out working and took Cassie for an evening walk and just rested the rest of the day.

Friday 14- 90 to 62 degrees.

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

Continued to work in the yard. Lots to clean up.

Saturday 15- 89 to 60...

It was a very nice service Sherry's family put on for her. Meeting all these friends, family and her coworkers who knew her and loved her. Many stood up and spoke about her, even I, telling story after wonderful story of Sherry's life. I felt after I left the service that I finally had some closure. I'll always think about her, but in a better state of mind without sorrow; she was a magnificent person...

I put up a video on my FB page that Sherry's Niece made. If you haven't, here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r32cIfI8Gqo

Warning: be prepared to cry when you watch the video.

Sunday 16- 90 to 60.

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

Mostly worked in the yard.

Monday 17- 87 to 59.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a morning and evening walk.

Roger Smith dropped by after the USDA food distribution and jawed about the community center and the goings on there.

Tuesday 18- 83 to 53.

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

Wednesday 19- 79 to 58 degrees and a very nice day it was!

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a morning and evening walk.

Simi stopped by to pick up a book he lent me and we sat around yammering for a spell.

I have a long ways to go working in the yard all day.



Thursday 20- 85 to 62 degrees.

Post office to get my packages I ordered from FreedomPop, Staters to get supplies, then to the 99 cent store to pick up Kelly some Halloween treats. I left them on Kelly’s door because she, her dogs and cats and car were gone. Maybe she left for good.

Friday 21- 85 to 59.

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

Sami came by with some 6 glass bricks I wanted. As we were sitting there jawing there was a truck towing a water trailer coming up the road. All of a sudden the trailer’s axle came off with both tires still connected and rolled down the hill. The driver tried to tow the wheeless trailer to the side of the road, but the truck’s back tires started digging in and had to stop. Sami and me walked on down to the bottom of the hill to help the driver move the axle over to her trailer that she unhooked. She said she knew someone with a flatbed that will come out to move it later.

My Brother Kevin was released from the hospital and is home now resting.

Martie, Sherry’s sister, called tell to say she was bringing Barney down tomorrow. I told her I’ll be down there with bells on to take him to his new home with me and Cassie.

OnTrac was supposed to deliver a package today and like usual they didn’t... said it was the wrong address. I called Amazon and complained again. The rep called OnTrac who said it was too far for their driver to go. I told the rep that last time they said I turned down the package. The rep called OnTrac back and had them schedule a delivery for Monday.

Saturday 22- 91 to 62 degrees.

I got up and did my stretches and got Cassie in the truck for the ride to Sherry’s house in Yucca Valley to pick up her boyfriend Barney to live with us. As I drove with Cassie towards town I noticed that the water trailer the lady left behind was still there. I am thinking now it may be a traffic hazard and someone could plow into it in the night.

Sunday 23-

I woke up wondering what Barney liked to eat and was thinking about calling Sherry to ask her. Dang, I never thought things like this would happen to me. I must be getting senile.

I did my stretches, lifted lite weights, yoga, took Cassie and Barney for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes. I was a little concerned that Barney wouldn’t keep up with us on our jog. If he couldn’t we’d all walk back to the house. Barney was out there sniffing the ground back and forth as we jogged; I guess that’s a hound dog’s nature. Seem to me he really liked getting out jogging and howling at nature.

Monday 24- rained most of the day with lots of lightning.

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

OnTrac finally dropped off my package just as it started to sprinkle a little

Started to rain and then a lightning storm came and knocked out the internet and cell phone service in our area. I had to look around for Barney who had decided to take cover under a desk inside the garage. I found him shivering and brought him inside to calm him down. Cassie was oblivious to the lightning and thunder. One struck so close I could swear it hit the house.

Tuesday 25- a little windy after the remainder of the storm finally passed through.

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

I called Mojavewifi to see when the internet would be up and I got a recording saying it might be down for folks and the are working with Edison and the power outage to get it all fixed. No problem, I’m getting a lot of work done on my books.

Wednesday 26- a nice sunny day.

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

My neighbor Stevie stopped by with her kinda sort of granddaughter; she’ll have to wait until Stevie’s grandson gives her a ring, and we were yapping about this and that and I asked about her internet. She said it has been up with no problem after the storm. I called Mojavewifi and Tina said they have a repair guy come out by 2pm tomorrow.

Well it's been over five days since that lady left her water trailer almost in the middle of the road. I got a little mad when I seen a few cars almost hit it and one car went off the road to avoid the trailer. In the evening when I walked the dogs I opened the tank and drained out about 250 gallons the lady said she had in it. Later when it was empty I cut the tie downs and rolled the water container off the trailer. Then I used the two long 4x4s that tank sat on to use as levers to pivot and tipped the trailer off the road. It was kinda heavier than I thought and kept slipping towards the burm as I lifted it. I finally get it to its tipping point and let it go. It fell off the road and not on me.

Thursday 27- 79 to 60 and sunny.

I did my stretches and walked the dogs.

I went into Yucca to get a blood test at the lab down there. I stopped in and they said it would be a two hour wait. So I filled up my truck and a five gallon of gas and went to WalMart to get a 5 gallon propane bottle and some supplies. I even stopped off at Staters Bros to get some chicken for me and the dogs.

Jeff and Robert from down the street came by and I asked them to help me get the little bit of the water trailer still sticking out off the road. They were more than happy to help.

Joe from Mojavewifi arrived to put in a new receiver that most of blown out during the lightning storm last monday. I am back online again!!! Yeah for me! I did get a lot of editing done on my book “Desolation” while internet was out.

My dear old friends Frank and Mary came by to tell me they were moving up here for good... I think that’s great! Now I’ll have someone up here to bug.

Friday 28- 87 to 62 with some very nice clouds.

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

Saturday 29-

I made two trips giving Mary and Chris a ride to Potluck; Best yet... ate too much!

Sunday 30-

Got sick stuffing my face yesterday and then today with potluck leftovers.

Monday 31-

Felt better mile jog with the dogs

Upgraded my Raspberry Pi 3b OS from Raspbian to Pixel... now I am having trouble with the date and time shows February 2016 no matter what Linux commands I try to change it. Went to online forums and other folks are having problem... looks to be wireless. I will try Ethernet connection tomorrow to see if that corrects it.

I took apart a broken Timex battery operated alarm clock. One of the leads came undone, but it is late and will have to wait until tomorrow (have to save my batteries charge for tonite)

From the very smallest quantum to the stars in all the galaxies in our universe we are connected. There are many levels to our existence. Every man, woman, child, dog, cat, bird, insect, tree, blade of grass, bacteria and virus; all living and the nonliving, the intrinsic quality of belonging in the moment are linked together, entangled .

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

There are some very nice folks out there in the world... finding them is kinda like buying a carton of eggs; you just have to sort through them all first and toss out the cracked ones ;)

~RD

From the very smallest quantum to the stars in all the galaxies in our universe we are connected. There are many levels to our existence. Every man, woman, child, dog, cat, bird, insect, tree, blade of grass, bacteria and virus; all living and the nonliving, the intrinsic quality of belonging in the moment are linked together, entangled .

~RD

I don’t mind helping people who are trying to help themselves, except for the ones trying to help themselves to my money.

~RD

Scientist say they found a Dyson Sphere: Nah...

Dyson Sphere; is the great stuff of  science fiction... you just never know what you’ll find out there in the universe. Think about this... the Earth is growing much more silent now that we are using less open broadcasts like AM radio and broadcast television. Everything is becoming more digital and compressed as the Earth grows silent. Someday the noise of Earth will just blink out and will no longer be heard in the vastness of space. So what should we be looking for when we seek out advanced civilizations?

~RD

The Truman Show (my thoughts)

The perpetuated lies defined Truman's reality as he knew it to be. As it is in our own realities we are being manipulated and fed through mass media and false belief systems.

I think most of us hide behind the convenient illusion of time instead of living in the moment.



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September 2016

September 2016


Thursday 01- 108 degrees

I did my stretches, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog. I did try punching the heavy bag for a little bit but it hurts my right arm that I believe has tennis elbow or some such, so I’ll just discontinue boxing for the two weeks I am giving my right arm time to heal.

I swept the bedroom and bathroom floors.

I went over to Sherry’s house with Cassie to do a poop patrol and helpout.

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


Friday 02- 104 degrees; nights are finally cooling down some at 71 degrees.

I did my stretches, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog. We found a bunch of nails again on the road of Borland Pass. This is the fourth time in the past two months. I picked them all up.

Needing some fresh fruits I went to Stater Bros again. I found out this morning that Monday is Labor Day and wanted to beat the holiday crowds that usually show up.

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


Saturday 03- 106 degrees.

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

I got a call from Sherry’s friend Kathy telling me that Sherry was taken to the hospital after Kathy called the paramedics when she found her in respiratory distress. Sherry told Kathy to have me pick up a bag of dog food and ten 25 pound bags of cat litter. Kathy also told me there was no rush, that there was already enough to last over a week and she would be feeding the dogs. I told her I’d pick some up on Wednesday and do the poop patrol and change the water for the dogs.

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


Sunday 04- 101 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench without the weights... situps and leg curls, stuff like that, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

I tried to call Sherry’s cell phone and it went right to message. Kathy told me later Sherry had turned it off because she had a very hard time talking on it.

I started writing a new book called “Upon Ashen Roads”; I do this when I am stressed.

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


Monday 05- 96 degrees!

I did my stretches, weight bench... situps and leg curls, stuff like that, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

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


Tuesday 06- 95 to 69 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench... situps and leg curls, stuff like that, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

On our jog we met a man driving by and he stopped to chat for a spell. His name is Brett and he is staying at the first house on Winters Rd about a mile east of me. Brett told me that the previous owner, John, had been in the hospital and passed a few months ago. Brett’s friend had bought the place, but he couldn’t take the heat and asked Brett to stay there and fix it up. I kinda knew something was up a six or so months ago when I drove by and saw two women cleaning out the place.

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



Wednesday 07-

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

I went to Sherry’s house to take care of the dogs. I went out and bought 50LBS of dog food and nine bags of 25LBS each of cat litter (found out I was shorted one bag and went back and got a refund for it). I did the poop patrol, changed the water and fed the dogs.

Kathy called telling me that Sherry may not be coming back home for a long time. The hospital is going to move her to a skilled nursing home with rehab this Saturday. I will wait until they get her all settled in at the nursing home and then go down there for a visit.


Thursday 08-

I did my stretches, weight bench... situps and leg curls, stuff like that, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

Medical canceled Kelly’s benefits because the paperwork she was supposed to fill out was never delivered. Her car is in the shop being fixed and she needed a ride to the Welfare office in Twentynine Palms. We stopped off afterwards to get falafels at Palm Kabob House on Adobe Rd. Very filling and tasted great!


Friday 09- 100 to 74 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench... situps and leg curls, stuff like that, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

Kathy called to give me an update on Sherry and it doesn’t look good, but we can only hope for the best and see if Sherry how she does in the skilled nursing home and rehab. Kathy said she wouldn’t be able to take care of Sherry’s critters for two weeks after the 21st. I told Kathy I’d come by every other day to feed the critters as she already had a friend who said the same. We will coordinate the days in the coming weeks.

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


Saturday 10- 103 to 75 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench... situps and leg curls, stuff like that, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

Kathy called to tell me Sherry, my best friend up here in the desert, had passed away in her sleep around 2:30PM. I told her I will call her friends to let them know. I feel very very broken....

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

I wrote a poem for Sherry and posted it to FaceBook: The dreaded news came much sooner, my shock unexpected, the die has been cast, phone calls to be made. The day drew weary, the sky has dimmed, there was so much to say, fond memories to share, of friends who we knew and places we’ve been, but not a word to be heard from the other side of darkness.

I took Cassie for a night run up the hill and back. This seemed to calm my mind along with the writing.


Sunday 11- 101 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench... situps and leg curls, stuff like that, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

On our jog Cassie saw a white truck parked up at the top of the hill that looked like the county truck Sherry drove and Cassie dragged me over to it. Finding out it wasn’t Sherry’s Cassie laid down in the shade of it while I talked to the driver. His name was Jeff and lived down east of me. He’d stopped to get cell reception as he can’t from his property.

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


Monday 12- 100 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench... situps and leg curls, stuff like that, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

Worked around the yard throwing crap I don’t need into the dumpster.

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

I put my phones to record messages only... just don’t feel like talking to anyone right now.


Tuesday 13- 110 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench... situps and leg curls, stuff like that, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

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


Wednesday 14- 104 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench... situps and leg curls, stuff like that, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog.

I tinkered and got my Honda generator running again.

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


Thursday 15- 96 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench... situps and leg curls, stuff like that, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog, but had to cut it short because there was a black but more bluish in color Toyota Tacoma like Sherry’s personal truck parked across from our jogging path on Borland Pass; kinda freaked me out and Cassie was dragging me to it. I decided to walk Cassie back home in the opposite direction.

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


Friday 16- 98 degrees.

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

I had to go to town to get supplies.

I asked about AEDs (Automated Electronic Defibrillator) at WalMart, no one knew what I was talking about not even the assistant manager. One salesperson asked if it was the thing you stick in your thigh; an EpiPen. I explained what the were and the assistant manager said management would get back to me by phone with an answer. I thought it was strange that a store the size of WalMart wouldn’t have a AED.


Saturday 17- 100 degrees and Sunday 18- 103 degrees

I did my stretches and took Cassie for her morning and evening walks.


Monday 19- 101 degrees with lots of humidity.

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

I went to mail off birthday cards. On the way back I talked to David, Jeff, Mike, and Dawn about Sherry. Our little community flew the US flag at half staff today in remembrance to Sherry Rotruck and her volunteer work she did at the USDA food distribution and helping out local residents in need. I thought that was mighty nice of them and took a picture of the flag.

I went for an evening mile job with Cassie.


Tuesday 20- rained and drizzled all day long.

I did my stretches, yoga, and took Cassie for a one mile jog. It had just began drizzling when we started our jog.

I just got word that services for Sherry Rotruck will be held on Saturday October 15th at the Yucca Valley Community Center from 1 to 3pm in the Yucca Room.


Address: 57090 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA 92284


Please pass this on to all of Sherry's Friends


Wednesday 21- rained all day

I did my stretches. It stopped raining for a few hours and the ground was firm so me and Cassie went for a one mile jog. I heard the electricity has been out for several here and there beginning sometime yesterday when a power pole was struck by lightning somewheres in Landers and got a call earlier today telling me their electric is still out.


Well we needed the rain and there hasn't been any heavy showers that I know of.


Thursday 22- sunny 85 to 56 degrees and windy, lots of wind.

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


Friday 23-

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

It is cooler outside and I was able to work in the yard all day.


Saturday 24-

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

I went to Potluck.


Sunday 25-

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

I worked more in the yard

Me and Cassie went for an evening mile jog.


Monday 26-

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

Yard moved trailer with only a few dents made along the way.

I went for an evening jog with Cassie and I twisted my right foot and limped back home. Now I can’t lift weights or jog! I think my right arm is slowly healing and getting stronger though.


Tuesday 27- 80 to 69 degrees... partly cloudy.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk... right foot still hurts.

Kelly car is in the shop getting fixed and asked me for a ride to her Doctor’s appointment at 2:45pm in Rancho Mirage. I didn’t get back home until 8pm after shopping at WalMart.



Wednesday 28- 87 to 67 with some evening clouds.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk. My foot still hurts but is feeling better than it did yesterday.

I did some more work out in the yard throwing stuff away. The cleanup is finally coming along quite nicely. While I was cleaning up the yard I was reinstalling Windows 7 on my HP laptop that didn’t like the new Win 10 special upgrade they just released.

Took cassie for an evening walk.


Thursday 29- 92 to 69 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted light weights, yoga, took Cassie for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for one minute. (trying to get back into lifting weights slowly as not to hurt my right arm as it heals)

I did my stretches, lifted 5lb dumbbells and went for my evening one mile jog with Cassie.


Friday 30- 91 to 71 degrees.

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

Kelly frantically call me to say Edison disconnected her landlord’s bootleg electric setup and now has no power. She called around and found a friend who happen to have a generator she could borrow. I drove her over there to pick it up. I also got a five gallon can of gas from my house and an extension cord to plug into her refrigerator until I can get a male to male cord and plug it into a wall socket and power the whole house.


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Gosh how I gonna miss Sherry... We've been friends since I moved up here. The past few years we would get together twice a month or more so Cassie could play with Barney, Willy and Abby while we went shopping and had linder (lunch and dinner) as Sherry would call it, usually at the Sizzler.


She would always stop by on Saturdays in her County Truck doing her rounds. She would give Cassie treats and we would talk for a spell. One Saturday in July when I was still taking my EMR class Sherry showed me her right leg was swollen. We had studied up on this in the class and told her to go see her doctor right away. She got a second opinion and finally saw her doctor who gave her Lasix to reduce the water she was retaining and she seem alright after that for a while.


Towards the end I took her to her doctor and the ER down at Desert Regional a couple of times when both legs were swollen; Kathy and Jan Bonner also took her on her many trips down the hill to her doctor and ER. All the ER did was stabilize her and send her back home which kinda pissed me off (there's more to that story). September 03rd Kathy found her in respiratory distress and called the paramedics. They finally admitted her to a hospital room at Desert Regional that evening. I took care of Sherry's critters when Kathy couldn't. Kathy also told me Sherry had turned off her cell phone because she couldn't talk and mostly slept and didn't want visitors. Later in the week, Wednesday it was, Kathy called telling me that Sherry may not be coming back home for a long time and the hospital is going to move her the a skilled nursing home on Saturday 10. I was thinking that once she had gotten settled in I'd go down there for a visit at the nursing home, but that dreadful call came at 3pm on Saturday 10th telling me Sherry had passed around 2:30PM...

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




The dreaded news came much sooner, my shock unexpected, the die has been cast, phone calls to be made. The day drew weary, the sky has dimmed, there was so much to say, fond memories to share, of friends who we knew and places we’ve been, but not a word to be heard from the other side of darkness.

~RD


Art can be just a few lines drawn here and there, but it's really how our minds perceive them. If we just take our time to ponder and imagine, these little lines drawn on a piece of scrap, can tell us wondrous stories... and a peek into the mind of the artist.


~RD


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August 2016

August 2016


Monday 01- 112 degrees.

I did my stretches, lifted the 20lb weights, took Cassie for a one mile jog.

Cassie and me out for a ride this evening on my new Sondors Ebike


Tuesday 02- 109 degrees.

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


Wednesday 03- 112 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

We went to Sherry’s so she and I could go shopping while Cassie played with her friends. We did shopping and had linder (lunch/dinner) at the Sizzler.


Thursday 04- 109 degrees.

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


Friday 05- 104 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for her morning and evening walk.


Saturday 06- 105 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench, took Cassie for short walk, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.


Sunday 07- 108 degrees.

I did my stretches and yoga. Took Cassie for her walks.

Tonight I sat in my camping chair under a beautiful starry night. I was looking through my Celestron 15X70 Skymaster binoculars watching as the waxing crescent Moon sank behind and beneath the San Bernardino Mountains near to the west revealing pine trees and boulders on the ridges. I then turned to see Mars in Scorpio where it outshines Antares which is sometimes mistaken for Mars; it’s a good time to compare the two.

I alway find it hard to find the constellation Hercules, but I then recall it is between Corona Borealis and Vega; here you will find M13 the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules. In my 15X70 binoculars it appears as a tiny dust ball. In a decent telescope you will see somewhere around 300 thousand stars. M13 is 25 thousand light years away.

Later, I was looking for the coathanger asterism in the constellation Vulpecula when a meteor flashed across my binocular lens and it was the only meteor I saw tonight. The coat hanger asterism lies about four fingers at arm's length from the Constellation Aquila towards the bright star Vega. I like the coathanger asterism because it’s sometimes hard to find.


Monday 08- My Birthday! 105 degrees.

I did my stretches and lifted the 20lbs dumbbells and took Cassie for a walk.

I spent some time on FaceBook replying to all the birthday wishes my friends posted there.

I’ve been recently looking for a travel trailer and maybe do some traveling. I went to Yucca Valley to see one, but it wasn’t what I expected. We talked for a spell about the trailer and other things and I told them it is my birthday today. The lady who was selling the trailer, and her Mom and Dad sang happy birthday to me! I taken by their kindness I gave the lady a signed copy of “Azure Sea of Dreams”.

I then went to WalMart to get my haircut and a roasted chicken to share with Cassie.

Tonight was hazy with the smoke from the Pilot Fire in the San Bernardino Mountains. I smelled it last night around 1am and went outside to see if it was a nearby house on fire, but didn’t see any signs of a fire at all. Also the Moon seemed brighter tonight as it shined on the suspended smoke particulates, so the seeing wasn’t all that good. I did see three satellites; one was a tumbling piece of space debris.

I noticed that Cassiopeia was up way to the northeast. By following a string of stars, about a fist length from the brightest pointy tip of the sideways “M” southeast (at this time). And as you follow these stars you have to drop down a bit till you find three stars in a straight row that almost lead right to the Andromeda Galaxy. I always use this method when seeing is poor to find the galaxy, but I am sure there are other better ways of finding it. You can actually see the Andromeda Galaxy on a clear night with the naked eye if you don’t look straight at it and use the rods of your eyes instead of the cones. This technique is called Averted Vision. The Andromeda Galaxy being 2.4 million light years away is the farthest object you can see with the unaided eye.

I was about to go back inside when a very bright orange yellow meteor zipped out of the southwest almost making its way to Cygnus before it vaporized leaving behind a very nice translucent tail to rapidly fade into the darkness.

The winds have shifted and I can smell the fire again. I am wondering if my CERT team will be activated.


Tuesday 09- 106 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for her walks.


Wednesday 10- 104 degrees.

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


Thursday 11- 105 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk and then went to my Doctor’s appointment. The Doc is setting me up for all the test and shots I need for the EMT class I may take next spring semester.

I stopped at the Health Club and registered for their Silver Sneaker program that my new health insurance covers.

We actually had a cloud burst a little after 2pm and it rained for about fifteen minutes. Pretty cool to go out there and dance in the rain.

Cassie and I sat outside and watched the Perseid Meteor shower. I couldn’t stay up late because I had an appointment to go purchase a cargo trailer in Redlands and had to be there before 1pm.


Friday 12- 108 degrees.

I woke up early, took Cassie for a walk, and then drove down to Redlands 80 miles away to pick up a 6X10 cargo trailer that I will convert into a travel trailer. I was worried that I’d have trouble driving up the 62 hwy grade, but with one eye on the temp gauge and going a bit slower up the hill than I usually do I didn’t have any problems. It looks much bigger in person than it did online.

I took Cassie for a nice long evening walk.


Saturday 13- 109 degrees.

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

Sherry dropped by to say hi to Cassie and while we were yapping Roger Smith stopped by and we yapped some more in the heat blistering Sun beating down upon us.


Sunday 14- 111 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench, yoga, took Cassie short walk (it was 101 degrees by 10am), core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.


Monday 15- 113 degrees.

I did my stretches, worked out with the 20lb dumbbells and took Cassie for a walk.

Did some cleaning around the house; even with the swamp cooler pumping away it was still too hot to do much of anything.


Tuesday 16- 109 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a short walk, too hot already this morning when we got started.

I drove to the college to check out the textbook for the Medical Terminology class. I decided right then and there that it would be too much added on to what I want to do to get my already written book “Desolation” edited and published.

Went to Stater Bros while I was out and picked up some chicken for me and Cassie.


Wednesday 17- 108 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench, went for a one mile jog alone; just too hot (103 degrees) for Cassie to come along and I don’t think she minded one bit, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.


Thursday 18- 103 degrees.

I did my stretches.

Got a call from my Stepmother’s friend Smita telling me my Stepmother had passed away. I called to inform my Sisters of her passing. I wrote a poem for my Stepmother Aki who we all loved. She had made the decision to discontinue her chemo and went into hospice, so her passing was expected but still saddening.


Friday 19- 109 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

I then went down to Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage to have lunch with my sister Leeanne and our very good friend Robin. I found out after a few miles from my home that the air conditioner on the Cougar was not working and I was cooking all the way down to Rancho Mirage where it reached 114 degrees that day. I made it okay but felt a little off. We ate at the buffet and yammered on and on about this and that... getting up to date on things. We stayed there yakking for almost two hours until I started feeling out of sorts and decided it was time to say our goodbyes. I got out to the car, opened the door where a blast of hot air hit me and the insides were like a oven and I was the turkey needing basting. The steering wheel was hot to the touch all the way back home. I had to drive with the windows open, which wasn’t much help seeing it was over 110 outside. I had planned to do a little shopping when I got to Yucca Valley, but only got gas and drove on home. I was still sweating and that’s a good sign, but once home and out of the car I ran water from the garden hose all over my body to get me cooled off.

Only after the sun went down did I take Cassie for a walk.


Saturday 20- 107 degrees.

I did my exercises and took Cassie for a walk.

Later in the evening when it was cooler we went for a mile run.


Sunday 21- 93 degrees and cloudy; a few sprinkles in the morning!

I did nothing except take Cassie for her walks.


Monday 22- 101 degrees.

I did my stretches, core trainer, weight bench, and punched the heavybag for three minutes. Too hot for a walk or a run for Cassie and I decided not to go myself.


Tuesday 23- 99 degrees in 29Palms and 114 in Palm Springs.

I got up early and did my stretches.

I took Cassie over to Sherry’s to be among her own kind for a few days. I spent the day taking Sherry to the doctors and then to the ER at Desert Regional and didn’t get back home until 10:30pm. I left Cassie there for a ‘stay over’ and will pick her back up on Friday.


Wednesday 24- 101 degrees with haze.

I did my stretches, weight bench, yoga, went for a mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

In the evening I rode the Sondors electric bike 6 miles!


Thursday 25- 103 degrees and hazy.

I did my stretches, yoga, went for a mile jog, exercised with the 10lbs dumbbells, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.


Friday 26- 100 degrees with clouds here and there.

I did my stretches, went for a mile jog and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

I went to Yucca Valley to have some lab work done for the EMT class in spring semester. This is just in case I want to take the class I have to have it done.

I then went to WalMart to get a few supplies.

Cassie was staying at Sherry’s and I went to pick her up and have spaghetti that Sherry cooked up for me and Kathy that was mighty good.


Saturday 27- 93 degrees.

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

I went to Potluck and got pretty stuffed on the mighty fine grub there.

Venus Jupiter conjunction... I've been watching these two grow closer every night and thought I'd take a few pictures.


Sunday 28- 99 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a morning and evening walk.


Monday 29- 106 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a morning and evening walk.


Tuesday 30- 107 degrees.

Went to Sherry’s and dropped Cassie off there so I can go to the lab in Yucca Valley to have some blood work done for the EMT registration requirements. I did some shopping at WalMart and then back to Sherry’s to help clean-up her yard (poop patrol)... I bought two California burgers at Carl’s Jr and some ice cream from Stater Bros to share with Sherry.



Wednesday 31- 103 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a short walk before I had to go to town in Twentynine Palms: Post office to pick up two packages, Stater Bros. to get a few things I missed yesterday and then on to the ER at hospital for a chest X-Ray; another EMT registration requirement.



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


Passive are the shallow waters, which runs beneath the realms of mortals, a sea without sympathy that observe our plight, as we silently slip beneath a shroud of darkness and into an abyss of eternal light.

~RD


They say if one door closes another opens... sometimes we may linger a little longer than we should... in a memory of what once was and seemed to always be, but now recognizing it never really was. Feeling not abandoned, but alone, yet smiling at your good fortune. I am comfortable with my solitude, but I still find myself standing in some damp darken corridor of my mind wishing this sealed door in front of me just might open a crack... allowing a small ray to bleed through, a bit of that sunshine of bliss I used to bathe in with thee, to shine upon my soul, to brighten these darken corridors of my mind once again...

~RD


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July 2016 3 0f 3

Friday 15- 109 degrees.

I did my stretches, weight bench, yoga, went for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

Saturday 16- 117 degrees.

I woke up late and did my stretches, lifted 20 pound dumbbells, yoga, went for a one mile jog, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes. It was too hot for Cassie to go outside.

Movie night! “Ace in the Hole” (1951) starring Kirk Douglas as a 20 minute hard boiled egg reporter who lost his job in New York and is now stuck in a small town newspaper waiting for a big news break.


Sunday 17- 112 degrees.

I did my stretches.


Monday 18- 107 degrees.

I did my stretches and then went to Copper Mountain College to pick up a packet, but the lady who hands out the packet wasn’t there. I will have to try again tomorrow.

I went to Sherry’s to pick up Cassie and Sherry made some mighty fantastically fine spaghetti which I ate two plate full and took some home. Cassie is on a diet and ain’t gonna get any.


Tuesday 19- 111 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

I went to the college and picked up the packet for EMT, but the lady there said she didn’t think I’d have time to get all of what is required done before the start of the semester on Aug 15. There’s a full physical, a whole lot of shots, a background check, lab tests...


Wednesday 20- 116 degrees And Thursday 21- 117 degrees.

I did my stretches: too hot to do anything else...


Friday 22- 116 degrees.

I woke up early and went for a mile run, core trainer, punched the heavybag, and worked on the weight bench. Cassie isn’t feeling well and I had her stay inside while I did my exercises.

Linda’s car broke down on Coyote road and I went to help.


Saturday 23- 118 degrees Sunday 24- very hot indeed!

I didn’t do much these two days I can remember... just too dang hot to do anything.


Monday 25- 114 degrees.

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

I am turning 65 next month and have to setup a provider with Medicare. I’ve been looking at two programs and decided on the one called Scan. I called the sales rep Christie and she asked to met me locally. I needed to do some shopping at Stater Bros so I told her Burger King would be just fine, but I needed an hour to clean up. She said that was perfect and she could wrap things up with her client she was with now. We met an hour later at BK and I signed up for the Scan program which gives me gym privileges at the local health club right there at the shopping center.

Tuesday 26- 113 degrees

I got up early and did my stretches, weight bench, went for a one mile jog with Cassie, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.

Sonors Fat Bike arrived and I started to assemble it.

Lenovo Yoga 11E arrived and I got it all fixed up with the latest updates.

Went to take Cassie for a walk, but the delivery person left the gate open and she was gone like a paycheck in Vegas. I could chase her down and I knew if I paid her no attention she’d come back. So I went back to working on the bike. She came up to me in fifteen minutes and licked my leg.


Wednesday 27- 117 degrees

I did my stretches, exercised lifting 20lbs dumbbells, and took Cassie for a mile jog. Stayed in the house the rest of the day to keep cool.


Thursday 28- 116 degrees.

I did my stretches, core trainer, and went on a mile jog with Cassie.

I posted this on FaceBook seeking friend’s opinions:

The Fork in the Road


I've been busy the last couple of weeks trying to decide on a few things. It’s also been very hot here. There are two things I need to decide between doing: should I continue on the path towards EMT or get back to what I was doing before I took the EMR class; I was writing poems and books. I have 8 books self-published on Amazon, another I’m still editing, and I need to do a rewrite of them all, weave them altogether until I feel comfortable, re-publish and then sink a few bucks into promoting them.


The EMT part of my problem is that it’s something I’m interested in because I like helping people, but I am going to be 65 on the 8th, so to what end will the EMT be helpful... I really don't need a job in it. The EMR class gave me enough knowledge to save lives and get the patient ready for transport.


My biggest problem is that I can only focus on one Big thing at a time; I tend sink my whole being into these “Big Things”... little things I can deal with mostly, but it’s EMT or rewriting my books :)


I am not trying to impress you, I’m just trying to make you see my problem... kinda like using you as a sounding board. That's what people do, that’s how we help each other. Writing this to you helps me put this all down into words and is already helping me come to a decision. The fall semester starts Aug 15 and I won’t be able to take the EMT class this fall, but maybe a medical terminology class and then EMT come spring semester, so I need to come to a decision.


Friday 29- 116 degrees.

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

I spent two hours writing my friend Ami-Ven a birthday story. She has been doing this on her blog for many years for her friends, so the last couple of years I decided to return the favor.


Saturday 30- 114 degrees.

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

I went to the community Potluck and we all got pretty full on the mighty fine grub everyone brought. Charles called to say he couldn’t make it that his car broke down in Yucca Valley at the Big O Tire. I went after potluck to give him a ride home.


Sunday 31- 112 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

Charles called to ask if I’d pick him up and take him down to Yucca to pick up his car; I said yes and drove him to Big O where they had fixed his car. It turned out to be a bad alternator and needed to be replaced.


Goodbye July. You’ve been a very interesting month with the EMR class where I met new people and found that I still had it in me at the college level.



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


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 onto 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 door.


To be continued?



The Fork in the Road


I've been busy the last couple of weeks trying to decide on a few things. It’s also been very hot here. There are two things I need to decide between doing: should I continue on the path towards EMT or get back to what I was doing before I took the EMR class; I was writing poems and books. I have 8 books self-published on Amazon, another I’m still editing, and I need to do a rewrite of them all, weave them altogether until I feel comfortable, re-publish and then sink a few bucks into promoting them.


The EMT part of my problem is that it’s something I’m interested in because I like helping people, but I am going to be 65 on the 8th, so to what end will the EMT be helpful... I really don't need a job in it. The EMR class gave me enough knowledge to save lives and get the patient ready for transport.


My biggest problem is that I can only focus on one Big thing at a time; I tend sink my whole being into these “Big Things”... little things I can deal with mostly, but it’s EMT or rewriting my books :)


I am not trying to impress you, I’m just trying to make you see my problem... kinda like using you as a sounding board. That's what people do, that’s how we help each other. Writing this to you helps me put this all down into words and is already helping me come to a decision. The fall semester starts Aug 15 and I won’t be able to take the EMT class this fall, but maybe a medical terminology class and then EMT come spring semester, so I need to come to a decision.


What is Art? It’s more like what you believe Art is to you. I believe Art has many mediums an artist can use to express their creativity and depth of feeling. What a spectator sees as Art is up to that individual's tastes and their acceptance to new ideas. Art may hang on private walls, hotel lobbies, or foyers of museums gathering dust or be as fleeting as a mime's antics in a park. Great art is what makes you suddenly step back in awe, to ruminate on the artist's message, to rip apart your ideology and lay it bare before you like a blank jigsaw puzzle you need to rearrange to become whole again.


~RD

July 2016 2 0f 3

Monday 11- 104 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for mile jog.

In class we did a simulated extraction from a car and also a medical emergency.

I took Cassie for her evening walk.

I studied for my hands-on exams.


Tuesday 12- 106 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

In class we started our hands-on exams with the Medical Emergency. I believe I did well. Tomorrow we will have the other hands-on tests that I keep practising in my head and watching the videos over and over.

I went to Stater Bros to get back my $45 they overcharged me for the two chicken hindquarters. I didn’t notice the overcharge until I got home

On the way home I was pulled over by an officer of the law for speeding... 74 in a55mph zone. I really didn’t noticed I was speeding because my mind was on other things like the on-hands exams of today and tomorrow, but I do believe him. He was very kind and since I wasn’t an ax murderer he let me off with a warning. He said he just wanted me to get home safely. I did have to sign the warning and he asked if I would display it in my car to remind me not to speed, because the next time he wouldn’t be so kind. I have the warning displayed on my visor now.

I took Cassie for her evening walk.

Linda came over to have me look at her Kindle Fire and see why it’s not charging. It was a bad USB cable and I gave her a new cable for it. She also gave me some avocados.

Wednesday 13- 107 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

It’s the last day of class and we had to pass three hands-on tests to get my EMR certificate. I was quite nervous, but passed all three. The three hands-on tests were; coming on scene with a victim lying on the floor... what steps do you take; how to correctly and quickly hook up an oxygen cylinder to a regulator, connect it to a non rebreather mask and apply it to the patient’s face; demonstrate correctly how to save a patient with a cardiac failure using CPR, face-to-mask, bag-valve-mask, OPA (oropharyngeal airway), use a suction device, and AED (automated external defibrillator). I think I did good. I had already received an A on the online test portion.

I went to the end of class barbecue at 5:30pm and mingled around with my classmates until 8pm. Everyone was dang happy the class was over, especially me.


Thursday 14- 108 degrees.

I did my stretches and got ready for me and Cassie to go visit her doggie friends at Sherry’s while her and me go do some shopping.

I had to take a friend to the ER down at Desert Regional in Palm Springs. I sat in the waiting room for two hours observing the sick people and the medical personnel working. I was talking or being talked to by a crazy person I was trying to get away from. Then to top it all off there was a young man, nicely dressed, but with gang tattoos, having been escorted outside by security. The guy wouldn’t leave and got down on his knees and was yammering something to the sky. The security had him there for almost an hour until police arrive. Then after another half an hour they handcuffed him to a wheelchair and brought him into the ER. I didn’t find out what his problem was because I had to deal with the guy who said he was good friends with the John F Kennedy. I didn’t get home until after 8pm. Sherry said it was okay if Cassie stayed with her dogs for a few days so she could lose a few pounds running and romping around.




...and the universe opened up before him, a rift between life, physics, and of what is, was, or will be. Into the dark abyss he spiralled seeing gray shapes of his past as if watching some bizarre silhouette puppet show being played out before him. Down down down he went legs and arms flailing as he tried to control his descent. Time had no place here, an endless nothingness, an intimate relationship with infinite realities yet to be born.


~RD


Old friends are little treasures we safely tuck away, unlike like our enemies we keep at bay. Old friends are always ready, and never lost, unlike money or old shoes, old friends are neither spent nor ever tossed. They be here for us and us for them, when the time is right they just show up, and that’s just the way it is.

~RD


Sometimes you have to devote your whole being when your journey suddenly ends at a crossroad. Deciding which road is a detour, weighing your odds for this road or another. Standing at the precipice of your destiny, the harsh cold forbidding winds of fate blowing hard against coat and hat as you lean in and take that first step forward.

~RD


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July 2016 1 0f 3

July 2016


Friday 01- 102 degrees.

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

Studied and finished Chapter 26 and its quiz and then began chapter 27.

Saturday 02- 106 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

I went to the community first Saturday breakfast. I got there around 8am and started taking folk’s vitals for my EMR class. I needed to fill out the whole sheet with vitals for twenty some people, I had seven left to do and I got them all filled out and done.

I finished chapter 27 and all the quizzes. Now to work on the acronyms they use in the EMS field.


Sunday 03- 104 degrees.

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

I had to do a couple of rewrites for class. I started trying to remember all those darn acronyms.


Monday 04- 106 degrees.

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

I did some studying of them acronyms, but I’m about burned out on the whole EMR studying thingy that I’ll just spend a little time on them today and do something other than studying and maybe play the guitar or whatever; besides I finished all the chapter tests... I just have the hands on test to complete and I believe we’ll be studying these in the rest of what’s left of the class.

I took Cassie for a nice long walk.

The internet went out so I ended up studying the EMR book anyways.


Tuesday 05- 105 degrees.

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

I went to class and we practiced bandaging and placing a patient on a backboard.

I took Cassie for a nice long walk.


Wednesday 06- 101 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.

I arrived at class at 8:20am. We trained on providing oxygen to a patient via HVM and NRM.

I went to Stater Bros to do some shopping but they overcharged me $45.00 for two chicken hindquarters. I didn’t notice the overcharge until I got home. I called them up and they said no problem just bring in the receipt. I will also bring in the now empty box of chicken too, just incase.

I took Cassie for a nice long walk.


Thursday 07- 105 degrees.

I did my stretches and took Cassie for a mile jog where she slipped her collar and ran off. Gosh, all these thoughts went through my mind about having to chase her down and missing class until I got her back, but I just sat down and called to her and she finally came to me. I petted her and told her what a good doggie she is.

I made it to class on time.


Friday 08- 103 degrees.

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

I studied for my hands-on exams.


Saturday 09- 101 degrees.

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

I studied for my hands-on exams.


Sunday 10- 105 degrees.

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

Studied...


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.