April 18, 2017

April 17, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 12:48 am by gruundehn

I decided that I need to go back through all the books I have written on Elder and make sure I have everyone detailed enough so that readers can picture the people; I know I never described Elder’s wife Constance. I am not looking forward to this but I know it needs to be done out of respect to the readers. I will probably wait to do this until all five books are done, but I need to do it.

I am ready, almost, to start painting some of my miniatures for TTRPG. I have a place to do it and I just need a couple of small items and I am off and running. I like miniatures for TTRPG and I even like miniature terrain to help with the imagery when playing. Some of the players in my group do not like terrain, saying that there is too much chance of knocking it over or it interfering with play. I intend to have terrain for the next campaign I run regardless. I am already planning the campaign, I have thought about starting campaigns in the past year but decided to not start the campaigns I was thinking about. However, I am torn between two different campaigns and two different systems right now. I can start preparing for each one and decide which to run as I get more involved with them. One of the two is going to interest me more and that is what I am going to finish and run.

Tomorrow I chew out, once again, the Pima County Board of Supervisors. I know that they hardly listen to me anymore but I won’t stop. Maybe I can make a difference eventually.

Tomorrow is also the monthly meeting of the Pima County Libertarian Party. Since I have not gotten an agenda for the meeting, I presume that the County Chair has been so busy with work that we are going to have to wing it again. I prefer an agenda that I can read ahead of time and use to plan. However, I am not the Chair so my wishes on this matter defer to his necessities.

I have diabetes and my blood sugar readings have been bouncing around like crazy. Part of the reason is I forget to take my medicine on occasion, usually in the evening. But there have been times when I take my medicines and my blood sugar readings are crazy. For example, for the last for days the evening reading has swung (positive or negative) almost 200 points relative to the previous day. Morning reading have been more stable but the evening readings are what have been the craziest.

March 15, 2017

March 14, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 2:06 am by gruundehn

I feel a bit of an idiot. I was expecting all day, indeed for several days now, to attend the monthly PCLP meeting tonight. But, today is the second Tuesday and not the third. The meeting is next week.

I did a lot of cleaning up and putting stuff away today. I now have a lot of clear space in the living room. I still have just the one chair so I sit in it when I work on my computer in the den and move it to watch TV or movies in the living room. Once I have enough cleaned up in the living room, I am getting some furniture for the living room. I am thinking getting just a few items and I do not want to spend a lot of money buying furniture I don’t need.

I hurt a lot, my knees are sore all the time and more so when I sit down or get up. My left ankle is always sore, especially when I walk. I do not like the aches and pains of getting old. If I had a wish, I would wish for good health before wealth.

I get my Social Security monthly payment tomorrow so I will be running all over town getting stuff purchased such as groceries. Plus, tomorrow evening I am meeting with my friends for some TTRPG, Star Wars. I enjoy gaming with them but the D&D system is getting to me. I have complained about this before, but here it is again: I do not want to ever play D&D (any version) ever again. I have played D&D, various versions, since 1977 and I want no more. For a couple of years I stayed away from D&D while my friends gamed but other than that, it has been constant and I have had enough.

 

March 11, 2017

March 10, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 12:14 am by gruundehn

Today was the first time in a long time that I was not scared to take a shower. The bathtub in my apartment is very slick and when taking a shower I have been afraid of slipping and breaking something. Even when I applied those little stickers I feared because those slipped. I got a rubber mat with suction cups on the bottom and it stayed in place and I got my shower without fear.

I spent about an hour and a half talking with a new Libertarian this morning. For those who do not know, or have forgotten since I don’t talk about it much, I am an officer in the County Libertarian Party. I routinely talk to the Pima County Board of Supervisors about what they are doing Running around wrong and I have my own YouTube channel where I talk about Libertarian issues. I just don’t mention it here much.

Running around after that meeting too a lot of time because of the bus system. Plus, part of the time spent was having lunch away from home because I could feel hypoglycemia coming on. I did not want to eat out, that gets expensive, but I like the idea of passing out on the street even less. The bus system in Tucson is not all that good, although the Transit Authority says that they are adding buses in order to improve service. I still wish I had never sold my car. Not the junker I had but the VW Rabbit I had long ago. It was a very thrifty car, 58 MPG of Diesel fuel but it had three very bad aspects. First, the roof was too low for me and my head pressed into the roof of the cockpit and second, while it got great mileage it had a weak engine. The least uphill meant it lost power, a lot of power. The third was it would not start in winter, which is why I got rid of it. I was stationed in upstate New York and it took a push start to get me going when the temperature was in the least bit cold.Here in Tucson that wasn’t bad, the weather is usually warm enough and there aren’t that many hills. But I would have had to keep it for another year while fighting the cold weather in upstate New York. Still, a totally paid off car that did not cost a lot to keep would be nice.

October 20, 2016

October18, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , , at 3:03 am by gruundehn

I am not watching the Presidential “debate” tonight. It isn’t a debate and no good will come of it. Now, if Gary Johnson had been allowed to join in that would be different. Clinton and Trump have done little but sling mud and Johnson has tried to speak exclusively to the issues. If he had been in the debate, he could have actually done some good for the country.

The monthly Pima County Libertarian meeting was last night and the County Chair is going to go to a new man, actually a former Chair who is getting active again after holding elective office. Already he is working to get the party active and growing, and he doesn’t take office until January. It looks like I will be more active as well, which means I may not have as much time for writing. But, as it stands now, other things keep pulling me away from my writing anyway so it probably won’t make too much of a difference.

I did pamper myself today and I got a massage, an hour-long one. I felt great afterwards. I need to become a millionaire so I can get a good massage daily. The only problem with that is that when I go out for a massage, I eat out and given the portion sizes in restaurants, I overeat.

I got my first toy for the TOYS 4 TOTS campaign and I spent some time today searching for number 2. I bought nothing but I did search. I donated four toys last year and I intend to donate more this year, even if just one extra. I enjoy doing this as I believe that private charity is better than government welfare. I am donating what I want to donate, not paying some bureaucrat to do something I disapprove of.

Some years ago I was hoping to join a monastic order, an order of canons, but it fell through. When I was first talking with them, they said that they would help me on my spiritual path. I had a suggestion of a possible problem (note how tentative this is) and they told me don’t bother, try again in two years. Needless to say, it has been over two years and I haven’t spoken with them again. I mention them, and I am not going to name the order, as I have come to the conclusion that I may need to form my own order. I am writing the Rule now, taking a lot from the Benedictines, when I can. How I am going to set this up, I don’t know but it is a goal worth striving for. Maybe I’ll use my nonexistent metal detector and discover a pirate treasure on the nonexistent beach here in Tucson.

Let’s see, I am writing novels, I am posting them chapter by chapter on a blog, I am working on a Rule for an order of canons, I am writing a web comic (I won’t be doing the art, someone I know will) and I am involved in politics (soon to be much more involved). When I retired I didn’t expect to be more busy than when I was on active duty.

 

August 15, 2016

13th Sunday after Pentecost, 2016

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 1:21 am by gruundehn

It seems that most of the time, when I post on this blog, I am complaining about something. Well, I’m old and that is the cliché. I don’t normally complain about much but it seems that my sleeping problems and the other health issues are taking over my life. And I hate that. I would rather just get on with life.

Turning out these posts every day is hard. It isn’t that I don’t do stuff but for the most part, it is the same stuff every day. There are various things that I do that are different such as tomorrow I chew out the Pima County Board of Supervisors and Tuesday I attend the monthly Pima County Libertarian Party meeting but those are the exceptions. I am not one who does exciting adventures every day. I just get on with it and that makes a slice of life blog boring the way I thought. Which is why I started posting just once a week because I didn’t see where my life was greatly exciting. Maybe interesting to some people who wanted to see how others live but not exciting.

I did put another video up on YouTube today. The title is Leave me alone! So far I don’t have a lot of views on those videos and only one subscriber but I expect that as I post more videos, there will be more views, something like an avalanche. I doubt I will ever be as popular as some of the big names, but the idea is to get the ideas out there and start people thinking. And I hope that I do exactly that.

When I started this blog I posted on Wednesdays as well as Sundays. The Wednesday post was a political rant. Since I started the YouTube videos I deleted those posts. So, with this blog getting an update every day, at least so far this month, and my goal of a short video every day, I haven’t kept up with that but it is the goal, and my writing, I can be busy every day doing stuff from start to finish. I do take some time in the evening to relax and unwind, usually by watching a video or playing solitaire or reading. I have a lot of books, if you watch any of my videos you can see a small fraction of my books in the background. I hate to throw books away but I am going to have to start getting rid of a lot of the books I no longer read. Once my apartment is less cluttered, I can start in on some other projects I want to do but which I do not have the space to do now.