May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:56 pm by gruundehn

I spent all morning shopping and haven’t done a lot this afternoon yet. I did start in on getting the table and chair set put together but only just barely. Because of the shopping, that took three hours or so, a lot of what I normally do in the morning when I first get up didn’t get done until this afternoon. Thus, how little I got done on the furniture.

There has been a series of water main breaks at my apartment complex and the city water company has been trying to fix the problem. It is going on two days of active work and five days of water stoppages so far. There is another water stoppage tonight so that more work can get done. The timing is bad for me. I would be taking my shower during the time the water is going to be shut off, so my morning routine will get a bit busier since I have to leave before 7AM to have breakfast and be at the Election Integrity Commission at 9AM. So, tomorrow also, a lot of morning routine will get done in the afternoon.

I have not paid much attention to the weather lately. It is getting warmer as expected and it will soon be the summer rainy season. But, I do not subscribe to the daily newspaper any more, so I stopped looking at things like the annual rainfall and the temperatures. And, I find I am more relaxed and calm. Not that I ever was worried that there was going to be a weather catastrophe around the corner, but living in the desert, I worried about the rainfall. I know that Tucson has been in a drought for over twenty years and I know that the population of Tucson is growing and has grown steadily for decades. Just on the rainfall, Tucson cannot support its population and the population is still growing.


May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:42 pm by gruundehn

Not a lot going on in my life, other than the usual junk. I got some writing done today but not a lot. I had to go do a small bit of grocery shopping and the bus system was bad. Even though I used only one bus line, I made no transfers, it took a long time to get done what little I needed to do. I need to get a new bicycle, actually I am thinking of getting an adult tricycle with a grocery basket in the back. I can’t put them on the bike rack on the bus, so I would be a bit more limited as far as where I go with it, but the convenience and stability are great advantages. I have a bicycle now but repairing it is going to cost too much and a new trike would be better. I could have gotten my shopping done today in about a third of the time.

I just bought a new table and chair set; and need to put it together. It has a table and four chairs, all of which are in pieces. I bought a table and pair of chairs for my backyard a while ago, but this set is for indoors. It is a dining room set but I am going to have it in the living room. I don’t have a dinning room in my apartment, so the living room is where it goes. Once I can get that set up, no more furniture buying for a long time. I don’t really think about furniture, and I rarely use it, other than my chair and desk. However, I have realized that, even though I live alone and rarely have company over, a table and chair set is good to have.

April 9, 2018

April 9, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:03 pm by gruundehn

OK, not a lot done today. I started off to get some grocery shopping done and went to the Commissary to do it. I got there and the Commissary was closed for re-arraigning the store, installing new shelving, moving stock and so forth. So I returned home. About two hours gone, and because I started late it was early afternoon when I got home again. It would be nice if things didn’t go wrong, but that is an impossible dream.

I cleaned up some election stuff I had been working on and had a nice glass of Scotch. My nose does not work right, it never has, so I have a very bland sense of smell and taste. There are a few things I can smell and taste, and few of those I enjoy. The Glen Livet is something I enjoy the smell and taste of. I bought a bottle at the end of last month and just finished it off. Not every day, and not a lot when I do drink, but it is a pleasure to partake. I have so few real pleasures in food and drink, this was a welcome one.

I need to finish editing ELDER’S DILEMMA and get the five books gone over for the last time. When I finish this post, I intend to get ELDER’S DILEMMA finished. If I don’t, I have no clue as to when I will get it done. I think I can let MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY slide for a short while.

March 23, 2018

March 22, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 2:15 am by gruundehn

I spent all day grocery shopping. I went to two different stores and even then, I stopped off at a convenience store for something that wasn’t in either grocery store. Add in the trip time on the bus, and that is where the day went.

It was a nice day, weather-wise. This time of the year, and the Autumn season, are my two favorite times here in Tucson. Autumn more than Spring because Summer follows Spring and the summers here can be brutal. I stay indoors as much as I can during the summer season. I cannot stay indoors all the time, but I stay indoors as much as I can.

I have a couple of small projects I have to get finished tomorrow, plus a couple of larger projects that I have put off, so I will be busy but not with writing. That seems to be the story of my life lately. I may never get ELDER’S DILEMMA edited and finished off and combined with the entire Jesip Elder Saga for publication as it seems to be going now. I am not giving up, it is just that with everything else piling on right now, the future looks dimmer than it should.

August 18, 2017

August 17, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 12:58 am by gruundehn

Another entry in my not-so-daily blog. I am less than halfway through editing HIGH TREASON, so I still haven’t posted any chapters yet. I am falling behind and I need to get moving on this. I haven’t even worked on ELDER’S DILEMMA today, but I did get some done yesterday. One of the secrets of writing is to sit down every day and write something even if it is gibberish and gets edited out later. I never can get a constant writing time because I have too much else. I need someone to do all the other stuff so that I can just write. Not going to happen so I have to make the best of it.

I got some grocery shopping done yesterday and took an extra $20 so that I could put it on my laundry card and get laundry done today. And, not paying attention, I left the money in the tray. I hope whoever got it gets good use of it. I can be so stupid at times.

The weather here in Tucson, at least, is nice. Most folks elsewhere probably wouldn’t consider it nice. It is hot and dry. We could always use rain, but moderately hot weather isn’t bad either. Last time I checked, Tucson is well ahead of the 30-year average as far as rainfall goes.

I do not think that the world is going to hell in a handbasket, as the old saying goes. I don’t think that the present conditions are mush, if any, worse than in the past. Global communications has made it easier to learn of something that happens elsewhere. If no one pays attention to riots elsewhere, will they continue to happen? Interesting thought. I wonder if it is true.

July 4, 2017

July 4, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:48 pm by gruundehn

On July 2, 1776 the Continental Congress passed the Declaration of Independence, with the signing starting that day and continuing for several months as delegates arrived or got authorization to sign. On July 4, 1776 the Declaration was published to the public. So, July 4 has become Independence Day ever since. So, today we Americans celebrate our birthday. My Mother was born on January 14th but for some reason she always celebrated her birthday on January 13th. Same sort of thing.

So, what did I do yesterday? I got a little work done and played TTRPG with my friends. And once home, I had dinner and read email and went to bed. Real busy day. Not! What am I doing today? Getting work done on HIGH TREASON. I couldn’t post a chapter of GENERATION UPON GENERATION last Thursday and I will be late posting this Thursday because of a doctor’s appointment, but I am reaching the end of that book. I need to have HIGH TREASON done in a few weeks. And by done, I mean written, chaptered and edited. And I want to have a good start on ELDER’S DILEMMA when I start posting HIGH TREASON. I have another book or two kind of ready to work on, on both I have done a lot of work in the past, and I hope I can finish them quickly enough so that I can be working on HOUSE FOURTEEN while posting them and continue posting a chapter a week. However, once I start posting either MAGIC IN THE MONASTRY or THE GOD’S TALE, I intend to take down the Elder stories, edit them again and offer them for publication as a single effort. Five books averaging around 45,000 words for a total of 235,000 words roughly.

Since I have a backyard, I intend to watch fireworks tonight. I can sit in my backyard and watch them go off in some comfort.

Tomorrow I am going shopping. First to a department store to get a laundry cart, bring it home and assemble it. Then use it to go grocery shopping, perhaps twice. With some luck, that will last me the rest of the month and my next check can be grocery free and I can start seriously saving for the Libertarian Party convention next year in New Orleans.

June 29, 2017

June 29, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 10:06 pm by gruundehn

Spent all day going to, and from, a VA appointment. For an 11:45 AM appointment I left home at 10:00 AM and had lunch just before going into the VA Medical Center. Then, of course, I had to wait for a long time before I saw the doctor. The actual appointment went well and I learned a couple of things about my ankle so I might be able to improve its working. I just have to remember to do it. This is an issue, I think my memory is not what it used to be, but I can’t be sure as I don’t really remember. (Intentional bad joke.)

I have to go shopping for socks tomorrow and for feet my size, size 15 American measurement, that is hard. Socks for my big feet are rare, even online. And I like to buy crew socks in large packs as that means I can just grab a pair without having to worry about the match. I hate shopping for socks for this exact reason.

I ordered a political shirt and it came. It was exactly what I wanted except for one thing. The shirt is heavy cotton so I probably won’t wear it until late Fall or Winter. I might wear it once or twice during the Summer if the heat isn’t too high. The message on the shirt, my own message, is: I AM THE LIBERTARIAN THAT YOUR DICTATOR WARNED YOU AGAINST. I might buy a couple more but instead of YOUR DICTATOR use THE DEMOCRATS and THE REPUBLICANS. And instead of WARNED YOU AGAINST I might use DON’T WANT YOU TO TALK TO. I could easily get half a dozen or more done up.

If you have been paying attention to you will notice that I did not post a chapter today. I will try to get it posted tomorrow but with the hunting for socks, I might not. Next Thursday I should post even though I have another medical appointment as I can probably post after I get back, I will just stay up late as a result.

June 24, 2017

June 24, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 9:52 pm by gruundehn

Another hot day here in Tucson and I had to go grocery shopping. This being Saturday, the bus I would be using runs on a reduced schedule. From the time I got off the bus near the grocery store to when I had to be at the bus stop waiting for the bus was fifteen minutes or an hour and fifteen minutes. I couldn’t get my shopping done fast enough and I couldn’t stay in the grocery store for all the extra time needed, so I finished and went to a fast food place and had a hot fudge sundae. Lucky me, I had enough time to kill that the extraordinary wait for the sundae didn’t make me late for the bus. For some reason, I had to wait for almost twenty minutes for a hot fudge sundae, nothing else, just the one item.

I did watch a couple episodes of ARROW this morning and will watch a couple more later. The series is darker than what I remember the comic being, but I still like it. I always enjoyed the Green Arrow, Batman, and the Flash comics as a child. Both Green Arrow and Batman had exactly what they needed when they needed it, talk about planning ahead, and the Flash could do so much with his speed trick.

I bought off of a download RPG site a copy of the latest version of TRAVELLER. I have been playing TTRPG for 40 years now and I started with D&D and I have gotten to hate that system. I haven’t read the rulebook for TRAVELLER yet but I am hoping for something I can enjoy. I am also collecting the HARN setting and HARNMASTER system. With those two I should be able to have something that is not D&D for future play.

I still want to go out into my backyard and enjoy the scenery, the Catalina Mountains, but I still have bees and even through they have been identified as drones and thus without stingers, I hesitate. I am paying a slightly higher rent because I have a backyard and I am afraid to use it.

June 22, 2017

June 21, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 12:46 am by gruundehn

Tucson is in a desert. The Sonoran Desert to be exact. So, it gets hot in the summer. It is summer, today has been hot, over 45 degrees C. And there is enough moisture in the air to make it miserable, and perhaps to trigger rainstorms. As I was just out, I looked to the east and saw beautiful dark clouds. Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain.

I got some shopping and bill paying done today. I forgot my shopping list so I wandered around in the store trying to remember what I wanted. Plus, there was a whole part of the list that I did not even try to remember. I lost my uniform ribbon bar with all the award ribbons a few months ago and I need to replace it. I wear my ribbons when doing something “veteran” such as carrying the American Flag at church on specific occasions such as Memorial Day, Veterans’ Day, and Independence Day. So, Friday I will have to go back with the list and replace what has been lost.

Tomorrow is posting day, another chapter in GENERATION UPON GENERATION goes up. Friday I have to get a lot more done on HIGH TREASON. Saturday is going to be a binge watching of ARROW Season One. I hope to finish that season off and start on Season Two. I have Season Three as well, and intend to buy Season Four soon. I have the first two seasons of FLASH and intend to buy Season Three soon as well. Once I am caught up with the backlog, I can just watch episodes when I but a new season but only one episode a day, binge watching kind of dulls my mind.

At the Libertarian Party meeting last night I mentioned an idea that I am toying with. I just might run for political office. Specifically, the County Supervisor office for the District I live in. The incumbent is a Democrat, one of three on the five position Board. Since the District overlaps the incorporated area of the City of Tucson, the County does very little for the amount of property taxes the District generates. Since I would make the composition 2-2-1, I would be a swing vote. Especially as, being a Libertarian, I would agree with the Democrats on some issues and with the Republicans on some issues. To make a selfish point, I could bring home more bacon to the District that the incumbent can. I hate to put it that crudely, and I do not like the concept of selling myself on those terms, but it is a good back-up to running on the issues. I will have to think on it.

June 3, 2017

June 2, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 3:39 am by gruundehn

Spent most of today shopping. I have one of those laundry carts that I use to carry groceries in, especially if I intend to get a lot of groceries, and it broke. It actually broke when I fell on it during a bout of hypoglycemia a few months ago, but today it got so much worse that I am going to finally replace it before shopping again. I did do some shopping without it this afternoon but the grocery bags the store provided were weak and broke under the weight of my canned goods. Thankfully, a young woman (young to me, she mentioned being 35 and I am 67) stopped and helped carry the bags to my apartment. Without her help I would have had to drop a couple of bags of groceries off (and hope that they did not get stolen) while taking one bag home and getting a cloth bag I have and doing a second trip.

I haven’t gotten any writing done today because shopping took so long. And relaxing after getting home took longer than I expected. Trying to get my arm to stop hurting is not something done in a minute. Back about four years ago I tripped and broke my arm, I now have a rod helping hold the broken section together and that rod was put in through my shoulder. My shoulder has never healed right. Neither has the right arm. So, since I use my cane with my left hand, anything I carry is carried by the arm that isn’t quite healed from four years ago. A heavy weight, groceries for example, makes it hurt. And I have to use the cane to keep from tripping and falling again. Being old and having joint and bone and muscle problems is a pain (pun intended).

Tomorrow I play TTRPG with my friends. As much as I am growing to hate D&D, I enjoy being with my friends. I am gathering material for a campaign I want to run, using another TTRPG system. I like the campaign setting and I do not mind the play rules very much. I had wanted to just use the setting with a set of rules I like but I don’t think that is going to work. So, I am gathering all the material I need, setting and system both.

My feet are long and narrow and I think that they are getting longer as I age. I used to be American size 13 and now the shoes I am wearing are size 15, and I think that my feet are getting too big for them already since I feel like my toes are rubbing against the end of the shoes. If it isn’t one thing, it is another as far as my body goes.

It is almost bedtime for me. I used to go to bed after the late news but now I go after the earlier late news. Confused? I used to watch the entire 10 PM newscast and perhaps a bit of one of the talk shows, but now I watch part of the 9 PM newscast and go to bed after the weather report. I get my news from so many sources anymore that watching the newscast isn’t that big a deal. So, I watch to see what the weather is going to be like when I get up. I don’t pay attention to the forecast for more than the next day as the weather service cannot be accurate for more than 3 days anyway and usually less. So, I see what the weather is going to be like when I get up. For the rest of the day I use the weather applications on my computer.

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