1 December
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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We were up a few minutes earlier than usual this morning and with the cloud cover the entire walk was done in the dark. Maybe a hint of sunrise but certainly not sunup when we finished. That early start got me to Fry's for the week's grocery gathering at 7:00 and early for my 8:00 dentist appointment.

From there it was to the gas station across the street from the Golden 9 restaurant where I filled Desperado's tank. Across the street and fill me with a Veggie Omelet that was very good. This restaurant and the Cook E Jar are my two recommended places for breakfast in Casa Grande.

Drove all Interstate from there to the turn south on AZ 90. There was heavy traffic but no crazy drivers and no wind other than the back draft from the trucks. Arrived here around 12:30 and got the space that I wanted although the Park appears to be really filled up. This is not the route that I drove today but is the one that I would have if not for the dental appointment which was a detour from this route of 135 miles: Montgomery Rd, I-8/I-10 (114 miles), AZ90 & pic

“I like people who buck the system. Individualists. I often warn people: ‘Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, ‘There is no “I” in team.’ What you should tell them is, ‘Maybe not. But there is an “I” in independence, individuality and integrity.'” — George Carlin

Notice the left-wing media fawning over the death of former President George H.W. Bush.
That same media didn’t care for him at all when he was in office. They couldn’t wait to usher him out as a one-term president, and replace him with Bill Clinton...
Keep this in mind as the media swoons, fawns and preens over George H.W. Bush, calling you a racist if you don’t go along with it, as they did after John McCain’s death. This is the same media that called you a racist back in 1988 and 1992 if you voted for him. - The Media’s Sudden Love Affair With George H.W. Bush, Michael J. Hurd

2 December
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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I knew that I was moving into winter by coming back here in December. I also knew that I needed to buy some sheets to replace the set that I have on my bed that are worn through. So I went online last night and ordered a 190-Gram Cotton Flannel Sheet Set. Maybe it will arrive at the earliest date in the date range and I can pick them up on 6 December but if not then the next time I go to town.

They are going to be needed if the forecast is close to right. However, my experience with forecasts for Cochise County is they usually guess low for the high temperatures and high for the low temperatures. They think the low tonight will be 28° and tomorrow night 31. I'll be getting my basement heater plugged in sometime today which is forecast to remain cold all day - down in the 50s.

leftpic This February 1893 issue has been released in book form for some reason unknown to me. Some of what is in it I liked and some I could have done without. It is somewhat the same as The American Mercury magazine that H. L Mencken and George Jean Nathan published in the 1920s and '30s.

The Idler was an illustrated monthly magazine published in Great Britain from 1892 to 1911. It was founded by the author Robert Barr, who brought in the humorist Jerome K. Jerome as co-editor. It generally catered to the popular taste, printing light pieces and sensational fiction. The magazine published short stories, serialised novels, humour pieces, poetry, memoirs, travel writing, book and theatre reviews and interviews. It also included a monthly feature called 'The Idlers' Club,' in which a number of writers would offer their views on a particular topic. - Edited Wikipedia

Why are we letting ourselves be dragged into everyone’s quarrels — from who owns the islets in the South China Sea, to who owns the Senkaku and Southern Kurils; and from whether Transnistria had a right to secede from Moldova, to whether South Ossetia and Abkhazia had the right to break free of Georgia, when Georgia broke free of Russia?
Do the American people care a fig for these places? Are we really willing to risk war with Russia or China over who holds title to them? - Is Putin the Provocateur in the Kerch Crisis?, Patrick J. Buchanan

3 December
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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My shoes are starting to fall apart and my feet have been hurting for the past month. I checked to see when I bought them and it was about 7.5 months ago. That is about as long as a pair will last me.

Went online to see what they were going to cost me and found that they were at a Special price; about $40 less than the same shoe in a different color. Color! I do care, within a month they are dirt brown. Placed the order and think I will pick them up next week on shopping day.

It was freezing this morning but a little warmer than the forecast. The weather guessers have raised their forecast lows to be above freezing during the next 10 days so I'll unplug the basement heater tomorrow or the next day.

Curtains for the Clintons is a significent article. Not so much because what is said but who says it and where it was printed. This is a New York Times Sunday Opinion written by Maureen Dowd. She was anti-Clinton before it was cool but the Times would not have printed this Opinion unless the paper is also moving away from its prior Clinton aggrandizement.

leftpic This was the last Sherlock Holmes short story, one that was not at his best. I don't think the Holmes stories are his best writing but they are the ones that brought him fame.

"His Last Bow", published in September 1917, is one of 56 short stories about Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It was first published in Strand Magazine as "His Last Bow. The War Service of Sherlock Holmes", and, amongst six other stories, was collected in an anthology titled His Last Bow: Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes. The narration is in the third person, instead of the first person narration usually provided by the character of Dr. Watson, and it is a spy story, rather than a detective mystery. Due to its portrayal of British and German spies, its publication during the First World War and its patriotic themes, the story has been interpreted as a propaganda tool intended to boost morale for British readers. - Wikipedia

4 December
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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The weather gurus forecast low was more in line with their usual guesses. They thought it would be above freezing but it was below that when we went on our walk this morning getting down to 30.8° before we finished. They continue to forecast the lows to be above freezing during the next 10 days. They also think there is a chance of rain on Friday which is not good, that is shopping and laundry day. I hope they are wrong about the rain and right with their low temperature guesses.

105 year old lady's advice.
"For better digestion I drink beer.
In case of appetite loss I drink white wine.
In case of low blood pressure I drink red wine.
In case of high blood pressure I drink scotch.
When I have a cold I drink Schnapps."
"When do you drink water?"
"I've never been that sick!"

leftpic rightpic This is another collection of seven short stories. There were three of them that I had read before. I read two of those again because I did not recognise the title, skipped the third one because I did. They are all good stories, I even enjoyed rereading the two after getting started on them and realizing that I had read them before.

There are six short stories in this collection. Mr Jerome had a preface that asked readers and critics to not think they are all humorous since that was what had become expected of him.

Though Jerome K. Jerome achieved literary fame on the strength of his humor writing, this collection of tales spans humor and a number of other genres. The title story, "John Ingerfield," is regarded by critics and fans alike as one of Jerome's finest works. - Book promo at Amazon

5 December
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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A warmer morning walk. The low was not in the 40s as the weather gurus expected but it got close at 39.2°. I think the cloud cover helped keep it warmer during the night and then will make it colder during today. The Friday forecast continues to be a chance of rain with a high temperature in the 50s - not good.

I am doing not much of anything. I do have the VA eye exam tomorrow which will either confirm or deny that I need cataract surgery. If I do then I need to find some way to get to and from the VA hospital in Tucson where I assume I'll have to go. There is also Patches to consider. If I don't need cataract surgery then I would like some alternative that will improve my vision which is certainly not getting better.

The 2018 U.S. International Mathematical Olympiad Team took first prize in this year's competition, with Russia and China placing second and third. The individuals won 5 gold medals and one silver with their combined scores taking the Team Title.

Their names do not read like stereotype American names. I have guessed at their ancestry but you might note that there does not appear to be a European, Central American or Mexican name among them: Adam Ardeishar [Indian], Andrew Gu [Indian], Vincent Huang [Chinese], James Lin [Chinese], Michael Ren [Indian], and Mihir Singhal [Indian]. Gu, Huang, and Lin are returning team members from 2017 and Lin earned a perfect score.

A good article, MSM Is Getting Weirder, More Frantic, And More Desperate By The Day, by Caitlin Johnstone. She has her sights set on bringing down the MSM and this is just another broadside, I applaud her efforts.

I do not subscribe to the belief that the shift in behavior of the media is due to an establishment hatred of Trump; despite the rhetoric and the narratives, Trump has been protecting establishment interests just as reliably as his predecessors, and everyone who knows anything about Russiagate knows that it will never lead to the removal of Trump from office. A much more logical explanation is the need to manufacture support for the geopolitical agenda of isolating Russia and shoving it off the world stage to stop it from protecting China’s rise to superpower status, and in cold war the use of propaganda becomes even more important than in hot war. But I also think there’s more to it than that. I think a large part of the frantic urgency that we are seeing from the establishment propaganda machine is nothing other than an attempt to regain control of the narrative.

6 December
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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I can't see very well because of the dilated eyes but think I can get this posting typed. The VA eye exam seemed to the the most thorough exam that I have had. The conclusion has been postponed until an even more thorough exam can be done by the VA Ophthalmology people in Tucson on 15 January 2019. The VA Clinic here said that the cataracts do not look bad enough for surgery but they do not know why I can not see very well.

I stopped at Sunny D's for breakfast on the way into town for my appointment. Then stopped at my UPS Store on the way home and picked up all the mail that they have been holding. Also got the three packages that have been delivered this past week; Leapknot Coffee, flannel sheets and new Keen shoes. I have one more order coming in next week and that should be my contribution to the Holiday consumer shopping totals that are so important for the US economy.

7 December
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: December 7, 1930

The bottom flannel sheet does not fit Desperado's mattress as well as the Wal*Mart sheets did and they did not fit very well. Putting them on is just as difficult, but OOOH how soft and warm.

The new shoes made a world of difference on the two walks that I have now done with them. I could tell that my feet were not lining up with the rest of my body. Feet hurt, ankles hurt, legs hurt - I should have bought them over a month ago. Not a good excuse but I didn't want to chance the delivery to High Chaparral and the Casa Grande Post Office did not seem a good alternative.

Haven't tried any of the Leapknot coffee yet. I got it out of the bag and into my vacuum container which has worked well to keep coffee fresh. It smelled great!

We cut the morning walk short at the halfway mark because we were getting wet. It was not raining very hard but buy the time I started driving to town it was hard enough that we would have got soaked if had continued.

Decided to do laundry first. The laundromat was not open when I drove past it the first time; raining and dark. It was still not open when I did find it the second time but the woman that opened up late pulled in right after I did. Got started writing up today's posting while that chore was being done.

From there I went to Café Olé where I got their Chorizo and Egg Scramble with their very good home fries. The place was packed when I got there but the service was quick and the noise was outrageous.

That was my next stop. At the VA Audio Clinic to get the 'Restaurant & Crowd' function reactivated in my hearing aids. When I had the Show Low VA try and improve my hearing they disabled those functions which filter out some of that noise. The guy here also found the problem with my right hearing aid that probably was there when I had Show Low try to fix my problem back in July. Need to send the aid back to the manufacturer, will get it back in a couple weeks and will see if the problem has been fixed.

Grocery gathering at Fry's. Then a quick stop at the Christmas Tree Lot that is being run by a couple that I met in Casa Grande that live full time in a 'Skoolie' with their two homeschooled daughters.

8 December
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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That didn't take long. I got my new shoes into mud within the first 24 hours of wearing them. Tried to do our usual afternoon walk along AZ 82 and got into mud almost as soon as stepping off the pavement. Retreated and did the walk through standing water within the Park to wash the mud off.

Patches got her feet cleaned off as well but she needs mud flaps on her front legs. She throws muddy water up and back all along her belly. A dirty dog is a happy dog, so she is happy.

In the month since the day before the midterm election the Dow Index is fallen then bounced and as of Friday is down over 1,000 points. "The technical indicator of a recession is two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth as measured by a country's gross domestic product (GDP), although the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) does not necessarily need to see this occur to call a recession." - Investopedia

So, technically the US is not in a recession and the NBER will probably not declare that it is until sometime late next year. About the time the 2020 presidential primary campaigns start to warm up. There will be are a lot of economic reporting spin after the first quarter 2019 shows negative. During the second quarter there will be a lot of investment in Hopium and vast amounts of blame placed on President Trump. It will be an exciting News Cycle.

9 December
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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The two pixel art drawings are moving along ever so slowly. The second one in the series of four has been much more difficult to draw than the first one. It is looking good and I could probably finish it in another 3-4 days.

There is the Japanese theme one however which is even more difficult. I have only completed about one sixth of it. I'll be working on it for the next few days until it starts to exasperate me. Will not give up on this one, I think it is going to look very good.

Ocasio-Cortez and the Coming Leftist Dictatorship by Michael J. Hurd is just a preview of what is coming. Occasional Cortex does not have the good sense to keep her mouth shut. There is also Auntie Maxine but most of the Democrats that are going to use their Congressional powers to punish those that do not agree with them stay quiet about what they are going to do.
We have a serious problem on our hands if tyrants like Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow Democrats mean what they say, that they will use government punishment to shut down mockery of or disagreement with the rulers in power. It means that anyone with a different point-of-view is now an enemy of the government.

10 December
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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I have erroneously used a lot of Verizon data these past couple of days. Found that my Paperwhite had firmware updates that could have been done automatically if I were to keep my Paperwhite connected to WIFI all the time. Two night ago was the first time that it has ever been connected to WIFI and that did not do it.

The manual update procedure is much too complex for this old codger. I would have been better off having a 5th grader do it for me. Finally got it done on the third try. Which gave me a Paperwhite that I had to learn how to use again.

That was not too difficult. I have not discovered all that may have been changed but the adjustment to font size and how bold it can be is great improvement now that I am becoming vision impaired to go along with my hearing impairment.

I downloaded a long novel from the Cochise County Library to be read on my now New Paperwhite. So far everything works about the same as before but as I said above the text is now even more readable.

Made continuing progress on the Japanese theme pixel art project yesterday but it is very slow. I'll do some more drawing on it today and tomorrow and then think I'll switch back to the other drawing. I can only stay motivated for either of them for a few days at a time since the progress is so slow.

Colder that forecast this morning with the low down to 35 versus the 40s that the weather guesser thought it would be. They are guessing lows at just above freezing in a couple of days. I may connect my basement heater again for those days since their guesses are usually high it will probably freeze.

11 December
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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The low this morning was 40° but felt warmer than that. Perhaps it was due to my wearing my wool capote expecting another cold morning like yesterday. The forecast for tomorrow morning and Thursday morning is freezing so I'll wear it again and also will be plugging in my basement heater to protect water pipes.

I plan on doing much the same things today that I did yesterday. Drawing the Japanese theme pixel art, reading the book from the library and cooking some 'linner' meals. I made up breakfast servings yesterday so that will be the only difference.
Sarah, if the American people ever find out what we have done, they would chase us down the street and lynch us. – President George H.W. Bush to Sarah McLendon, Journalist, in 1992 Press Corps Interview, when he was asked about Iraq-gate and Iran Contra

I think Bush 41 was too optimistic. The American people know what has been done but are too phlegmatic to any chasing much less any lynching. Read Signs of Coming Collapse: Citizens Worldwide Revolt Against Taxation & Illegal Aliens by Jeremiah Johnson for his take on what is happening in Europe. The American people are not yet willing to risk everything they have but I think the election of Trump was a 'sign'.
In order for a nation to continue, it needs to maintain all of the elements that made it a nation. Those elements can be found within the borders, language, religions, and culture of its people. When the laws that are made within a nation to protect its citizens and maintain it are flagrantly disobeyed or circumvented by its politicians, courts, and legislators, it is time for that nation to return to the grass roots and exercise their rights...The instabilities we are seeing are a precursor of things to come, and the Parisian cab driver was correct…in order to change an evil, sometimes you have to be willing to risk everything you have.

12 December
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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All the News can focus on is the fight in the White House. It was a fair fight with two Democrats against President Trump. Vice President Pence was in the room but all the pictures I have seen make him look like Charlie McCarthy and he remained speechless.

The Establishment would roll over him in a New York minute. I can only hope that the rumors turn out to be true and Trump drops him from the 2020 ticket.

I brewed my first cup of Swummy Blend coffee from Leapknot Roasters this morning. I have been drinking Folgers Black Silk for the last week and this was so smooth in comparison. It is a medium roast coffee, like Arbuckles, that claims to be mellow, balanced and nutty. I like it, I think I'll go brew another cup.

The low was a pleasant 42° this morning. I was overdressed with my capote but will need it tomorrow morning if the forecast for a freezing low comes true. The high temperatures have been great, in the 60s, and are forecast to continue. So far winter has been very nice.

I quote the closing to How Democracy Is Losing the World by Patrick J. Buchanan. The people of the world, except those in the US, are going to be laughing at the antics of The Establishment trying to get rid of President Trump during the next two years. The Establishment will have to kill him, I see no other way for them to achieve their goal.

Yet, for the next two years, we will be preoccupied with whether paying hush money to Stormy Daniels justifies removing a president, and exactly when Michael Cohen stopped talking to the Russians about his boss building a Trump Tower in Moscow.
We are an unserious nation, engaged in trivial pursuits, in a deadly serious world.
13 December
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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Aanother shopping day with just a little other running around town. There was breakfast at the Landmark restaurant which had a big crowd of Army personnel. I expect that at Café Olé but not usually at the Landmark although they do have big crowds in the morning.

Grocery gathering at Fry's was quick and easy. Then stopped at my UPS Store and picked up an order of hulled barley and oat groats from Mulberry Lane Farm. The last batch of 'linners' that I cooked up was sans oat groats and I had about a cup of hulled barley remaining.

The last stop before getting back to the Park was at RV City. There I got a thumb latch for the sewer hose compartment. The one that had been on there apparently fell apart and dropped off. Also made an appointment to get my bathroom faucet replaced and have the sink drain cleaned out.

I checked the basement heater this morning and it was working as designed. The low temperature was 34° and the Thermo Cube turns on when the temperature drops below 35 and then shut off again when above 45. It was on when I checked it and unplugged before going to town. It is forecast to be colder tomorrow morning so I'll be plugging it back in later today.

“We read to know we’re not alone” - William Nicholson
"It’s also why I write." - Both quotes are from Peachy Keen and Cool as a Cucumber in a Banana Republic by Doug “Uncola” Lynn, a good blog posting. Some fine food for thought.

“President Trump has canceled the White House holiday party for the media, making the decades-old tradition a victim of his increasingly contentious relationship with major news organizations.” - Fox News
Bravo! President Trump continues to fight back!

14 December
Quail Ridge RV Resort
Huachuca City, AZ
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Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: December 14, 1930

This morning was colder than yesterday but not by much. It felt a lot colder so I checked my basement heater as soon as we finished our walk and it was off although it felt like it had been on. I checked it again about 30 minutes later and it was on so it had heated that compartment to a temperature of 45° and shut off. Then since the outside temperature was 31 or less it reached 35 and cycled back on again. Perfect!

I did no pixel drawing yesterday, neither project. Did a lot of reading on my Paperwhite. There is never any pressure to finish a book downloaded from Gutenberg or some of the other free book websites but the Cochise County Library has a book return limit. The novel that I am now reading is a long one so I can not dawdle. It is also a good book and I am motivated to keep reading to see what is going to happen next. I'll be doing some drawing today.