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August 1, 2010, Sunday:
I got up at 5:00 am.

July 31, 2010, Saturday:
I got up at 5:00 am.

July 30, 2010, Friday:
I got up at 5:00 am.

July 29, 2010, Thursday:
I got up at 5:00 am.

July 28, 2010, Wednesday, I married Jane (1978):
I got up at 6:44 am when Elaine phoned me from the hospital. It was 78.8° in my room and 57° outside. I sent Ernie an email with Elaine's room and phone numbers. I checked my online messages. I prayed vocally. For breakfast, I had an egg sandwich, hash browns, a banana, and orange juice. I studied, and added to my web's Study Scriptures, Jeremiah 33, Jeremiah 34, and Jeremiah 35 (faithful men). I napped. My Case Worker phoned and set up an appointment to come to the house to see me on Thursday, August 5th. I studied, and added to my web's Study Scriptures, Jeremiah 36 (the burned scroll). The smoke alarm was set off my Margaret's heater because it had gathered dust. At 11:45 am, it was 77.9° in my room and 65° outside. For lunch, I had a tuna sandwich, nutty cookies, soup, and orange juice. I changed and packed for my water exercise class. Mike, the Elderplace driver, picked me up at 1:20 pm but said he had four other passengers to pick up. I had hoped to have had time to go see Elaine in the hospital before my class. We picked up Gary near 162nd and Sandy, We picked up one other man and a helper at Glendoveer. We got to the Medical Center at 2:30 pm, too late to try to visit Elaine. I got boiled eggs and two bottles of soda at the Restaurant and a Snickers bar from the vending machine. I tried phoning Elaine in her room, but got an "Only for Emergency Use" on the screen of my phone. I went to the pool office and paid my $2.50. I went to the locker room, changed my shoes, and showered. I only had to wait ten minutes poolside before getting into the pool. We did some different things, and something like a decathalon of exercises. I changed back into my street clothes, checked my blood sugar (122), and took my meds. My Elderplace driver, Mary, was waiting for me when I came out of the locker room. She already had everyone else loaded on the bus. We took everyone home in reverse order. I was home by 5:20 pm. For supper, I had garlic bread, spaghetti noodles with chicken nuggets, cake, chocolate pudding, and orange juice. In my room it was 79.9° while outside it was 77.4°. I caught up my web journal and checked my online messages. I copied photos from my camera to my computer. I phoned the hospital to check on Elaine and found out she is stll there. They transferred me to her room phone. We talked for about 40 minutes. They have been doing tests on her all day. She says her doctor will try to send her home tomorrow morning. I emailed Ernie the hospital's main number in case the one I sent him earlier did not work for him either. I IM'd Elaine's sister-in-law. I ate my Snickers bar and drank my Mtn Dew. I watched "NCIS".

July 27, 2010, Tuesday, Bugs Bunny debuted in "A Wild Hare" (1940):
I got up at 7:30 am. It was 77.0° in my room and 63° outside. For breakfast, I had an egg sandwich, French toast, a banana, vanilla yogurt, and orange juice. I checked my online messages. I received my 58,000th Rave on Sodahead. I watched an emailed video of a speech by Newt Gingrich. I watched "Primeval" on TV. For lunch, I had a grape jelly sandwich, ramen, Oreo cookies, and orange juice. At 12:15 pm, it was 79.9° in my room and 72° outside. I continued watching "Primeval". I put the SPD check I wrote on the 2nd in an envelope and put it in the mail box for pickup today. I phoned my County Case Worker and left a voice mail with my new phone number so she can phone me to set up a time to come see me. I watched "Eureka" and FOX News". For supper, I had green beans, corn, two chicken drumsticks, watermelon, and orange juice. At 5:20 pm, it was 86.0° in my room and 86.7° outside. I watched "FOX News" and Bones". At 9:50 pm, it was 87.8° in my room and 88° outside. I watched "Warehouse 13" and "Covert Affairs".

July 26, 2010, Monday:
I got up at 7:40 am. It was 76.3° in my room and 59° outside. I checked my online messages. For breakfast, I had an egg sandwich, hash browns, orange wedges, and orange juice. I continued checking my online messages. For lunch, I had an egg salad sandwich, lentil soup, and orange juice. I played solitaire, then napped for two hours. I checked my online messages. At 4:50 pm, it was 84.7° in my room and 84° outside. For supper, I had two small blueberry muffins, two filets of fish, peas, corn, watermelon, and orange juice. At 6:10 pm, it was 82.6° in my room and 88° outside. I continued checking my online messages while watching FOX News. At 8:05 pm, it was 83.3° in my room and 86° outside. I watched "NCIS", "Transporter", and "Covert Affairs".

[Full Moon]
July 25, 2010, Sunday:
I got up at 7:40 am. It was 75.0° in my room and 61° outside. For breakfast, I had an egg sandwich, frosted corn flakes with milk, blueberries, and orange juice. I checked my online messages. I napped for two hours. At 11:30 am, it was 73.9° in my room and 72° outside. I closed my window. I checked my online messages. For lunch, I had half a tomato and cheese sandwich, bean and bacon soup, blueberries, and orange juice. I shaved, dressed, and packed for church. I updated my web files to my Pocket PC.
I went out front and took photos while waiting for my ride. Larry and his wife picked me up at 1:30 pm.
In Sacrament meeting we had three talks:
* Br. Josh McCann: Joshua 1:9.
* Sis. Cheryll Cowgill: Spoke on the Creation.
* Br. Jay Richer: Spoke on the Fall, Life of Jesus, and the Atonement.
In Sunday School we discussed Elijah causing a drought, helping a widow woman, being fed in the wilderness, showing Israel who is the true God of Israel, and about the Still Small Voice of God.
In High Priest Group Br. Payne taught the lesson based on a talk, "Preparation Brings Blessings", by Thomas S. Monson. Larry locked up the chapel, then took me home by 5:40 pm.
For supper, I had green beans, a sausage with mustard, mashed potatoes with gravy, ice cream, and orange juice. At 6:15 pm, it was 77.9° in my room and 90° outside. I checked my online messages. I copied photos from my camera to my computer. I got bagels and some grape jelly from Tess for snacks. I watched "Hitch". At 8:30 pm, it was 83.5° in my room and 82° outside. I opened my window.

July 24, 2010, Saturday:
I got up at 7:25 am. It was 72.5° in my room and 55° outside. I prayed vocally. For breakfast, I had half a muffin, an egg sandwich, oatmeal with milk, and orange juice. Joyce and Tess are care-giving today. The weatherman predicts 92° for Portland today (and 94° for tomorrow). I studied, and added to my web's Study Scriptures, Jeremiah 32. I checked my online messages. I listened to KKAD AM radio via the internet and napped. When I got up, it was 77.2° in my room. For lunch, I had baked beans, Oreo cookies, a bit of peanut butter and cheese sandwich, and orange juice. I checked my online messages, while listening to the radio. At 4:45 pm, it was 82.6° in my room and 90° outside. For supper, I had a blueberry muffin, baked potato, and orange juice. I watched "Glenn Beck", "Legend of the Seeker", "As Time Goes By", and "Ladies of Letters". At 10:00 pm, it was 85.8° in my room and 81° outside. I opened my window.

July 23, 2010, Friday, Ice Cream Cone introduced (1904):
I got up at 5:00 am. It was 79.7° in my room and 55° outside. I checked my online messages. I prayed vocally. I studied, and added to my web's Study Scriptures, Jeremiah 30 and Jeremiah 31. I copied photos from my camera to my computer.

For breakfast, I had two pancakes, an egg, orange wedges, and orange juice. I went out in front of Lois' place to wait for my ride. It was 5 minutes early. Lois came too. We picked up Burley then went to Elderplace. I was there by 9:05 am. I weighed 310.9 lbs. I gave my CBG monitor to the woman who weighed me and asked for more test strips. I went to the McKenzie Room and colored a wooded Ark with colored markers. I got Bibles from the Columbia Room and there were three in our Bible Study. We studied Matthew 10:24-42, finishing the chapter. I returned the borrowed Bibles, then went to the Sandy Room and sang karaoke. I had the fish dinner for lunch with bread pudding for dessert. I sang karaoke some more before leaving. Becca had another rider besides the participants, Tabitha. Ed was waiting when I got home. We watched "Dinotopia: Car Wars" on DVD. We watched "The Twilight Zone" and "Star Trek Enterprise" on TV. For supper, I had potato salad, two slices of pizza, watermelon, and orange juice. We watched "Stargate Atlantis". Ed left at 6 pm. I watched "Stargate SG-1", "NCIS", and "Eureka". At 9:45 pm, it was 87.4° in my room and 75° outside. I opened my window. I watched "Haven".

July 22, 2010, Thursday, Wiley Post flew solo around the world (1933):
I got up at 7:45 am. For breakfast, I had an egg sandwich, Cocoa Crispies with milk, blueberries, and orange juice. I checked my online messages. I napped the rest of the morning. For lunch, I had a grilled cheese sandwich, macaroni salad, orange wedges, and orange juice. I checked my online messages. I rearranged my shelves and hooked up the CRT monitor finally on the shelves near the middle of my bed for better visibility. For supper, I had potatoes, tortilla, orange slices, and orange juice. I watched "The O'Reilly Factor", "Stargate SG-1", and "Bones". I studied, and added to my web's Study Scriptures, Jeremiah 28 and Jeremiah 29.

July 21, 2010, Wednesday:
I got up at 6:10 am. It was 69.4° in my room and 55° outside. I checked my online messages. I prayed vocally for about 5 minutes. I studied, and added to my web's Study Scriptures, Jeremiah 26 (Jeremiah tried for treason).

At beakfast, Winda introduced a new part-time caregiver, Joyce. I had an egg sandwich, oatmeal, a banana, milk, and orange juice. I watched FOX News. I napped an hour. I studied, and added to my web's Study Scriptures, Jeremiah 27. I packed my bags for the water exercise trip. Mom phoned me to give me her new phone number. She is now using a cell phone as part of Becky's family plan. For lunch, I had a slice of pizza, chicken noodle soup, a banana, orange slices, and orange juice. My ride, MetroWest, was actually 5 minutes early. Susan, the driver, got me to the Medical Center by 1:50 pm. I went to the restaurant and bought boiled eggs, a bottle of Mtn Dew, and snickerdoodle popcorn. After eating the boiled eggs, I went back and bought an ice cream cone and ate it. I went to the pool office and paid my $2.50. I changed into my pool wear and showered. I went to the poolside and waited. This is apparently Sarah's last Friday leading the class. Brook, a worker from Elderplace Glendoveer, who organized the Write Around Portland writing group I was in, introduced herself to me. I told her she reminded me of my third wife (I hope she understood that was a compliment). Near the end of the class we played a game with balls (the object was to get the most balls on the other team's side of the pool). After changing back into my street clothes, I filled out a survey at the pool office. I checked my blood sugar and took my pills. I went outside and waited for my ride home. Minnie was picked up first. My ride showed up, then we picked up the same man as last week at the Renal Clinic. We took him home first, going out Halsey to 169th. I got home at 5:35 pm. For supper, I had two slices of bread, a noodle casserole, a banana, and orange juice. I sang karaoke for an hour and a half. I got comfortable and watched "NCIS", "Psych", "Burn Notice", and "Royal Pains".

July 20, 2010, Tuesday, Men land on the Moon (1969), Viking 1 lands on Mars (1976):
I got up at 7:00 am. It was 70.0° in my room and 55° outside. I prayed vocally for about 10 minutes. I checked my online messages. At 7:37 am, there was a brief power outage, enough to shut down my computer only. I rebooted it. Elaine sent me an Instant message saying she had gone to the E.R. Friday night by ambulance. I packed my bag for the temple.

For breakfast, I had an egg sandwich, hearty hot cereal, a banana, milk, and orange juice. I shaved and dressed for the temple. Steve and Larry picked me up at 9:20 am. We picked up Andy and Larry said a prayer for the trip. We got to the temple by 10:30 am. There were 30 patrons in our session: 14 men and 16 women. I did not participate in the Order of prayer. I put Elaine's and Christina's names on the temple prayer roll. Steve passed up my place in conversation, so we let Larry off at his place and then Steve still got me home by 1:50 pm. I changed back into my new red shirt. I booted my computer (Larry said he had a power outage at his place this morning too). Winda brought me a beef and tomato sandwich for my lunch. I checked my online messages. I watched "Enterprise". For supper, I had green beans, enchiladas, corn, cake, watermelon, and mango ice cream. I watched "Stargate Atlantis", "Stargate SG-1", and "Warehouse 13".

July 19, 2010, Monday:
I got up at 4:20 am. It was 71.1° in my room. I prayed vocally for about 15 minutes. I studied, and added to my web's Study Scriptures, Jeremiah 23 (on false prophets), Jeremiah 24 (good and bad figs), Jeremiah 25 (God's controversy with the nations). My internet connection is still not working.

For breakfast, I had egg wrapped in French toast, hash browns, and orange juice. I told Dan about my internet connection. He seemed to think the cable had a loose connection - it works now. I checked my online messages. I napped an hour and a half. I tried mapping my home teaching families on Google Earth but there was some error and it shut down losing all my work. For lunch, I had a tuna, onion, and tomato sandwich; potato salad, apple wedges, and orange juice. I found spare eyeglass nose pads and a thingamabob for keeping your glasses from falling off your face for Margaret. The nose pads helped, but the thingamabob was too loose to hold. I watched "Glenn Beck". Ed showed up just before 3 pm. We watched "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" on DVD. We watched two episodes of "Dinotopia". For supper, I had broccoli, macaroni salad, fish with tartar sauce, cake, watermelon, and orange juice. We watched two more episodes of "Dinotopia". Ed left at 7:45 pm. I watched "27 Dresses".

[First Quarter Moon]
July 18, 2010, Sunday:
I got up at 7:30 am. It was 77.9° in my room and 55° outside (my window had been closed all night). I opened my window. For breakfast, I had two doughnut holes, a doughnut, two slices of bread wrapped around scrambled eggs, and orange juice. I watched part of a History Channel program about a "Mayan" monolith on an island west of Chile among the Juan Fernandez Islands.

Fifteen years ago, archaeologist Jim Turner may have found one of the biggest ancient relics to ever be found in the history of archaeology. On a little island about 400 miles west of Valparaiso, Chile, Juan Fernadez Island is currently uninhabited in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Travel to the island is only possible during the months of November and December; clouds cover the mysterious island the other 10 months making visibiltiy impossible. What Turner discovered was a 150 foot high stone monolith. The weird thing about this stone carving was that the inscriptions appeared to be Mayan. Over 1,000 years ago, the Maya Empire ruled the area that is now the southern part of Mexico. Why would the Mayans carve this monolith thousands of miles south of where they resided?

After Turner had discovered the relic on the island, he did fifteen years of solid research in an attempt to decipher the inscriptions of the Mayans. On the top of the stone carving in Juan Fernandez Island, there were two carvings. The first carving was a symbol of the Mayan sun god, Kinich Ahau. The other carving was a jaguar, the symbol used by Mayans to designate the authority of their kings as a sign of royalty. While researching these two symbols, his journey led him to the ancient Mayan city of Palenque.

The two symbols had matched the symbols at the top of a stone temple in the ancient city of Palenque showing the sun god Kinich Ahau pointing south with an interesting inscription. The temple belonged to the ancient Mayan king Chan Bahlum II. He reigned from 684 AD to 702 AD. To ensure that his legacy lived on forever, he made this temple that had a riddle that was the missing link of deciphering what would happen in 2012. The inscription on this temple in Palenque matched the last twenty years of the Long Count of the ancient Mayan calendar which ended on December 21st, 2012, or the Winter Equinox of 2012. This missing link had been predicted to be discovered in the range of 1992 and 2012 by Chan Bahlum. Why is the date of December 21st, 2012 so important to eschatologists worldwide? The reason is that on that date the earth, the sun, and the center of the Milky Way galaxy will be in perfect alignment with one another. Predictions of all sorts of catastrophes upon this earth have been associated with this weird alignment that will occur in the solar system; such as floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and another possible Ice Age. Also, six months before that date, the planet Venus will make its orbit directly in between the earth and the sun. Many think that on this date that nothing can happen and that all of this is pure speculation. However, this new discovery may put an end to most, if not all of the speculation that nothing will happen.

What has been discovered is at the point at which the stone monolith was carved out on Juan Fernandez Island that this exact point is the only point in the world that gives a person a clear vantage point of both astronomical occurences that are to take place in June 2012 and in December 2012. The missing link proves that one must prepare themselves for these two astronomical occurences because they could signal a new era of upheaval throughout the earth. We must prepare ourselves for whatever may happen because if a group of people made something 1,300 years stating that 2012 is important with a precise astronomical accuracy that cannot be denied by science, then something of great importance will happen in 2012.

What I expect is that they have mistranslated some of the Mayan. I checked my online messages.

Here is a new way to look at a deck of cards!!

It was quiet that day, the guns and the mortars, and land mines for some reason hadn't been heard. The young soldier knew it was Sunday, the holiest day of the week. As he was sitting there, he got out an old deck of cards and laid them out across his bunk. Just then an army sergeant came in and said, 'Why aren't you with the rest of the platoon?' The soldier replied, 'I thought I would stay behind and spend some time with the Lord.' The sergeant said, 'Looks to me like you're going to play cards.' The soldier said, 'No, sir. You see, since we are not allowed to have Bibles or other spiritual books in this country, I've decided to talk to the Lord by studying this deck of cards.' The sergeant asked in disbelief, 'How will you do that?'
'You see the Ace, Sergeant? It reminds me that there is only one God.
'The Two represents the two parts of the Bible, Old and New Testaments
'The Three represents the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost.
'The Four stands for the Four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
'The Five is for the five virgins there were ten but only five of them were glorified.
'The Six is for the six days it took God to create the Heavens and Earth.
'The Seven is for the day God rested after making His Creation.
'The Eight is for the family of Noah and his wife, their three sons and their wives -- the eight people God spared from the flood that destroyed the Earth.
'The Nine is for the lepers that Jesus cleansed of leprosy He cleansed ten, but nine never thanked Him.
'The Ten represents the Ten Commandments that God handed down to Moses on tablets made of stone.
'The Jack is a reminder of Satan, one of God's first angels, but he got kicked out of heaven for his sly and wicked ways and is now the joker of eternal hell.
'The Queen stands for the Virgin Mary.
'The King stands for Jesus, for he is the King of all kings.
When I count the dots on all the cards, I come up with 365 total, one for every day of the year.
'There are a total of 52 cards in a deck; each is a week - 52 weeks in a year.
'The four suits represent the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.
'Each suit has thirteen cards -- there are exactly thirteen weeks in a quarter.
'So when I want to talk to God and thank Him, I just pull out this old deck of cards and they remind me of all that I have to be thankful for.'
'The sergeant just stood there. After a minute, with tears in his eyes and pain in his heart, he said, 'Soldier, can I borrow that deck of cards?'

I phoned Larry to make sure he is able to pick me up for church. I watched a History Channel program on Cro-Magnons and Neanderthals. They both lived in caves in Israel at different times. Were the Philistines Neanderthals? Or were Neanderthals long-lived antediluvian men? I napped about half an hour. I found my internet connection was not working. I packed a bag for church. For lunch, I had a doughnut, orange wedges, nacho noodles, and orange juice. I shaved, trimmed my eyebrows and around my ears, and dressed for church. I went out front to wait for Larry and visited with Willy. Larry picked me up at 1:30 pm.
In Sacrament meeting the talks were by:
* Br. Chase Crawford: He spoke on the first few chapters of the Book of Mormon. Nephi's family leave their home and depart into the wilderness. The sons return for the brass plates. Nephi slays Laban to obey the Lord.
* Sis. Rachel Anderson: Spiritual resumes. What position are we looking to fill? Acheivements: Callings magnified, Souls brought to Christ, Service rendered, etc. Mosiah 4:14-15. John 13:34-35.
* Br. Kyle Hansen: Just returned from his mission. Simply belief in God is not enough -- Jesus said, "Ye believe in God, believe also in me." We must repent and change. D&C 58. We must replace our bad ways with good ways. At baptism, we take upon ourselves the name of Christ.
In Sunday School, we discussed Rehoboam, Jeroboam, and Jehoshaphat.
I led the High Priest Group in discussing Priesthood Organization.
Outside, I took some photos. The sister who approached me a month and a half ago about the motorized chair cane to me again. This time I recognized her (should have recognized her the first time). She and her husband are still planning to get it to me. Larry locked up the building and got me home by 5:40 pm. For supper, I had an egg roll, noodles with chicken, blueberries, ice cream, and orange juice. My internet connection was still not working. I rebooted my computer. It still did not work.

July 17, 2010, Saturday, Disneyland opened (1955):
I got up at 5:11 am. It was 71.4° in my room and 54° outside. My new fan helped a lot. I prayed about ten minutes vocally. I studied Lesson 27 for Sunday School. Rehoboam, Solomon's son, was advised, "If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever." (1 Kings 12:7) Unfortunately, Rehoboam did not listen to good advice, but listened to his younger friends who counseled that he put greater burdens upon the people. He lost much of his kingdom when they rebelled. I studied, and added to my web's Study Scriptures, Jeremiah 20, Jeremiah 21, and Jeremiah 22.

I updated my web pages to the internet. I packed a small shoulder bag with things I would need for our outing and dressed for the trip to Hometown Buffet. For breakfast, I had oatmeal with milk, a banana, and orange juice. I closed my window. I checked my online messages. Maria arrived to help with the outing. I updated my web pages to my Pocket PC. The Tri-Met bus picked up Margaret and Martha. Patty and Willy went along as guests, And Winda went as a personal care assistant. I and my wheelchair rode in the van with Dan (who drove) and Maria. We arrived at Hometown Buffet near Clackamas Town Center a little after 10:30 am. The manager found us a suitable table and we got our meals. First, I got scrambled eggs, two Belgian Waffles, a piece of sausage, a triangle of hash browned potatoes, and a glass of milk. The second plate had more scrambled eggs and two biscuits with gravy. I got a salad plate with potato salad, peas, and chopped egg and scrambled them all together. Finally, I got a dish of no fat, no sugar frozen vanilla yogurt with strawberry syrup. I took my lunch pills at noon. I went next door to T J Max with Winda and Maria. I bought a red sport shirt, light and breathable for $7.99. The Tri-Met bus picked up everyone but Dan and me. We followed the bus until Dan turned off to get some gas. We got home about 2:40 pm. When I got to my room I turned my fan on Low, took off my shoes and socks, and updated my web journal. I copied my photos to the computer. I checked my online messages. I napped half an hour. For supper, I had a sloppy Joe, beff and barley soup, cake, and orange juice. I watched "Wizards of Waverly Place", the last half of "Die Another Day"., "NCIS", "As Time Goes By", and "My Family".

July 16, 2010, Friday, First atomic bomb detonated (1945):
I got up at 7:00 am. It was 74.5° in my room and 54° outside. I prayed for 20 minutes, but the first 10 were unuttered. I studied the second half of next Sunday's Priesthood lesson.

I packed and dressed for Elderplace. Winda brought me my next monthly batch of meds. For breakfast, I had an egg sandwich, mixed cold cereal with milk, a banana, applesauce, and orange juice. I went out in front of Lois' to wait for my ride. Lois' caregiver brought her out to sit in a chair on the porch to wait. Lance was on the late side. We picked up Burley, too, before heading to Elderplace. At Elderplace, I weighted 314.8 lbs. I bought 3 cans of diet Coke from the machine. I found four Gideon Bibles in the Columbia Room and took them to the Deschutes Room. Darlene joined me for the Bible Study. We studied Matthew 9:18-10:23. I returned the Bibles to the Columbia Room. I went to the Sandy Room and sang karaoke. For lunch, I had the Crab Louie salad. Becca had a load of 7 passengers and got me home by 2:35 pm. I went out in my wheelchair to look for a yard sale. I found it on Robin Way, but there was nothing that interested me. I continued down to Fred Meyer. I looked for karaoke CDs, but found nothing I liked. I bought a DVD of the movie, "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs". They had oodles of 20" box fans for sale at $19.99, but I thought they were too big for my room. I finally found the medium sized fans in the back of the Seasonal section. but they were more expensive. I found a 19" fan on a pedestal for $24.99 that I thought would do for me. It just stuffed in my bag behind the wheelchair with no room to spare. I ate a Snickers bar before heading back up the hill. At the top of the hill, I saw three fighter jets flying past the waxing crescent moon but my camera was trapped in the bag. I got home by 4:35 pm. I unpacked my bag. I assembled the fan and set it up. I tried helping Margaret with her phone but couldn't figure out how it was supposed to work. Winda showed her how. For supper, I had potatoes, beef with onions, cake, grapes, orange juice, and mango ice cream. Back in my room, I got comfy in front of my new fan and updated my web journal. I copied my photos to the computer. I checked my online messages. I watched "NCIS".

July 15, 2010, Thursday:
I got up at 5:45 am, thinking that the first tenth of the day should be a tithe to the LORD.. Hereafter, I plan to get up at 5:00 am, and dedicate the first two hours and a half of the day to prayer, study of the scriptures, meditation, and whatever the LORD. shall dictate. It was 79.9° in my room and 55° outside. I opened my window. I prayed for 15 minutes - surely the longest I have prayed at one time in a long time. I studied next Sunday's Priesthood lesson, #14, "Priesthood Organization", through the offices of the Aaronic Priesthood. I studied, and added to my web's Study Scriptures, Jeremiah 18 and Jeremiah 19.

"At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom,
to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it;
If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil,
I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.

And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom,
to build and to plant it;
If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice,
then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them."

-- Jeeremiah 18:7-10

I checked my online messages. For breakfast I had an egg, tomato, and onion sandwich; a toaster tart, a banana, and orange juice. I answered questions on Sodahead. I napped for about an hour. Ed showed up at 11:15 am. We watched "House". For lunch, i had a turkey sandwich, spaghetti, a banana, and orange juice. We continued watching "House". We watched "McGyver". For supper, I had green beans, beets, meat loaf, a banana, and orange juice. After Ed and I finished the first four "MacGyver" episodes, He left. I watched "NCIS".

July 14, 2010, Wednesday:
I got up at 7:40 am. For breakfast, I had an egg sandwich, oatmeal with milk, and orange juice. I checked my online messages. I created a new page for July 2010. I attempted to update my web site online but was unable to connect to the server. I watched FOX News. For lunch, I had chowder and a large plum. I packed and finished dressing to go to my water exercise class. I went out on the front porch and waited for my ride. I took photos of the moon, airplanes, etc. I waited 45 minutes outside and half an hour inside. I phoned Elderplace and they phoned MetroWest, and reported that my transportation was "minutes away". When it arrived, it was an hour late for the scheduled pickup. The driver made good time and got me there at 3:50 pm. I went to the restaurant and bought 2 boiled eggs as usual, two bottles of soda, and a bag of popcorn. I atet the eggs on my way to the pool, paid my $2.50, changed into my swimwear, and showered. I was only 3 minutes late getting into the pool. The class went well, though I had a couple of short cramps in my left calf. Sarah said it could be due to dehydration, so I had some water from the fountain before showeering and changing into my street clothes again. An Elderplace bus came for two others, and I waited, eating some of my popcorn and having part of a diet Pepsi. My ride came at 4:35 pm. We picked up a man at the Renal clinic and dropped him off at home before I got home. I took some more photos along the way. I was home at 5:30 pm. For supper, I had garlic bread, spaghetti, a banana, cake, and ice cream. I put my wet laundry out and got comfortable in my room. I caught up my web journal, copied my photos to the computer, and checked my online messages. I watched "NCIS".

July 13, 2010, Tuesday:
I got up at 7:35 am. It was 68.7° in my room and 54° outside. I finally got to pull a blanket over myself about 4:30 this morning. I checked my online messages. For breakfast, I had a scrambled egg sandwich, tater tots, and orange juice. I shaved, dressed and packed for the temple. At 9:15 am, Winda brought me my new DVD/VHS player that I have been waiting for. I opened it up and mostly set it up quickly. Steve picked me up at 9:30 then picked up Andy. We ran into some construction delays on the way, but made it to the temple by 10:35 am. I changed my clothes, got a name, and went to the chapel. Steve wheeled me to the endowment room on the 2nd floor. There were 13 patrons in our session: 6 men and 7 women. I took part in the Order of Prayer. After going through the veil, they said they didn't need me as a veil workier, so I went to the Celestial Room and waited for Andy and Steve, who came in shortly after. We took I-5 and I-85 home before 2 pm. Ed was there. I finished connecting my DVD/VHJS player. Then Ed and I watched part of my "Home Movie 1" tape. Then we watched "The Buccaneer" on VHS. Ed and I went to Cleary's (122nd & Glisan) where I treated him to dinner. He had the Meat Loaf special and I had two Pork Chops. We both also had green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, and corn chowder. With tip, it was only $25. It's looking like they are about done fixing Kane Street (257th). Back at home, Ed and I watched "Bell, Book, and Candle" on DVD. I updated my web journal and copied my photos to the computer. Ed left at 7:40 pm. I checked my online messages. I watched "Bones", "Warehouse 13", and "Covert Affairs".

July 12, 2010, Monday:
I got up at 7:15 am. It was 76.6° in my room and 57° outside. I checked my online messages. For breakfast, I had two pancakes, two eggs, applesauce, and orange juice. I phoned Mom and talked to her for 13 minutes. She told me some about her trip down to see my Aunt Marjorie in San Diego. The missionary Elders came over to play the piano and sing for us. Lunch was a bit late because of that. I had a casserole and Ritz crackers and orange juice. After lunch, I took my wheelchair up Hale St, then down Powell and Burnside. I backed up 1st St to the USBank. I cashed my check and got a roll of quarters and 4 Sacagawea dollars. From there I went to Dairy Queen and had a strawberry sundae. I headed for Cartridge World, but changed my mind and went to Office Depot. There I bought ink cartridges for my Printer, an ergonomic and spill resistant keyboard, and a DVD movie, "Bell, Book, and Candle" starring Jimmy Stewart. From there I went to Dollar Tree where I bought snacks, toiletries, and etc. I called Broadway Taxi and they responded within 35 minutes. I showed the driver how to get to my place and gave him a $3 tip (only $10 total. I was home by 3:15 pm (about 2-1/2 hours). I gave Winda a bottle of Cranberry-Apple cocktail and a dozen face masks (for stopping infections and pollution). In my room, I unpacked, mixed some sugar free lemonade, made out my tithing on the check, hooked up the new keyboard, and updated my web journal. I copied my photos to the computer. For supper, I had garbanzo beans, Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, honeydew melon, apple strudel, and orange juice. I checked my online messages. Erin is back in Coquille, Oregon from her camping trip to Crater Lake with her fiance, bringing photos with her. I took two of her photos of the lake, had the computer stitch them together, then sent the panorama photo back to her. At 6:45 pm, it was 74.7° in my room with the window open and 66° outside. I watched the new DVD movie, "Bell, Book, and Candle". Steve called and will pick me up tomorrow at 9:30 am for the temple.

[New Moon]
July 11, 2010, Sunday, Total Solar Eclipse in South Pacific:
I got up at 7:40 am. It was 79.3° in my room and 63° outside. For breakfast, I had an egg sandwich, four doughnut holes, cornmeal mush, milk, and orange juice. I checked my online messages. I napped for two hours. For lunch, I had two tacos, ice cream, and orange juice. I shaved. packed, and dressed for Church. I hooked up the speakers Maria gave me to the TV, providing my own adapter for power. Dan beat me to the front door. At church, I gave Br. Christiansen my monthly donations. In Sacrament, Br. Mumford spoke on the 9th Article of Faith. Br. Monnie of the Stake High Council spoke on the fact of America being the Promised Land, foretold and prepared for the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In Sunday School we discussed Solomon's wisdom and his foolishness, and how we have gifts of the Spirit that are based on our keeping the commandments. In High Priest Group I was sustained as a Group Instructor. Veraun taught the lesson on Priesthood, what it is, how it is obtained, how to use it, and what blessings flow from it. We had our Munch and Mingle pot luck dinner outside in the covered picnic area. I sat at a table with another family. I let a little girl, "Lexy", take some photos with my camera. Then her brother took two photos of her. I had two sugar cookies, a salad of strawberries, spinach, onions, almonds, and vinegar (very good), steamed rice, a large tamale, and Cream Soda. Dan drove me home by 6:15 pm. It was 81.7° in my room and 77° outside. I updated my web journal. I copied my photos to the computer. I watched "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire". I checked my online messages. Becky is back home from her California trip. I watched "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix".

July 10, 2010, Saturday:
I got up at 7:40 am. It was 78.8° in my room and 61° outside. For breakfast, I had a scrambled egg sandwich, tater tots, a banana, applesauce, and orange juice. I checked my online messages. I phoned Dan for a ride to church tomorrow and reminded him of the pot luck afterward. I napped fairly comfortably for an hour and a half. It was 75° in my room and 70° outside. For lunch, I had a chicken, lettuce, and tomato sandwich; tomato soup; and orange juice. I watched "Legend of the Seeker" and"Bones". I got a check from Child Support and an Order to Terminate Income Withholding (for Child Support). Elaine and I talked via Video Call for half an hour. For supper, I had stew, cheesecake, and ice cream. Elaine and I talked for another two hours via Video Call. I watched "Secrets of the Mountain".

July 9, 2010, Friday:
I got up at 7:00 am. It was 81.9° in my room and 61° outside. I checked my online messages. For breakfast, I had an egg sandwich, a banana, cocoa crispies with milk, and orange juice. I shaved and dressed for Elderplace. I soaked my hat and went out in front of Lois' place to wait. Lance picked me up, but Lois had to wait for a second bus. We picked up several people at Chestnut Lane, We got to Elderplace about 9:30 am. I weighed 308.1 lbs. I borrowed Bibles from the library and took them to the Deschutes Room. No one showed for the Bible study, I returned the Bibles to the library. I asked an activity person in the Columbia Room if it would be a problem if I began singing karaoke early. It wasn't. I used their karaoke CDs, ending with three patriotic songs, singing for over an hour. I had the baked salmon for lunch. I soaked my hat in the sink again. Brenda needed to get someone home to O'Hara's. I mentioned that my bus (#23) stopped at O'Hara's and they traded me to Stephen's bus (#17). Stephen took me home first (he had only one other passenger. Stephen got me home by 1:30 pm. It was 77.5° in my room and 86° outside. I updated my web journal and checked my online messages. The DVD/VHS Player I ordered has arrived in Portland. I copied my camera photos to the computer. Larry phoned to remind me that he won't be in down Sunday and that he broke a rib on Monday working in his yard. For supper, I had broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, chicken nuggets, fried rice, chocolate chip cookies, and ice cream. I watched FOX News. At 6:30 pm it was 79.3° in my room and 95° outside. I watched "NCIS" and "Eureka". At 10 pm, I opened my window as the temperature outside was finally lower than the temperature in my room (82.9°). I watched "Star Trek: Next Generation".

July 8, 2010, Thursday:
I got up at 7:45 am. It was 79.3° in my room and 64° outside. My blood sugar was 111. For breakfast, I had and egg sandwich, half a muffin, a banana, cream of wheat, milk, and orange juice. I checked my online messages. Ed showed up about 8:40 am. We watched "Mimic 3: Sentinel" and "Dragon Wars" on TV. At 10:45 am, the power blinked out for a moment and I had to reboot my computer. For lunch, I had a chicken sandwich, potato salad, celery, and melon. Ed left at 12:30 pm to get something to eat. I watched "A Sound of Thunder". We watched "In the Name of the King". At 5 pm, it was 87° in my room and 97° outside. Ed left. For supper, I had stew, cheesecake, ice cream, and orange juice. I watched "Reba" and "Eraser". At 9 pm, it was 90° in my room and 90° outside. I opened my window.

July 7, 2010, Wednesday:
I got up at 7:45 am. For breakfast, I had three pancakes, an egg, and vanilla yogurt. I folded the egg in one pancake and layered the other two with yogurt. I told Tess about the fish we once had in our centerpiece (now empty). I looked up the photo and made a desktop background of it. I checked my online messages. I napped an hour and a half. At 11:15 am, it was the same temperature in my room as it was outside, 79°. I closed my window. My room never got below 76° last night with my window open. I checked my online messages. For lunch, I had an egg salad sandwich, chili, cookies, and orange juice. I started getting ready for the water exercise class. I soaked my Indiana Jones hat in cold water to keep myself cool. The Elderplace driver, Ralph, showed up before I expected - my fault. He dropped a woman off two blocks from my stop then me. I was an hour early. I got two boiled eggs, a bottle of Mtn Dew, and a bar of dark chocolate from the restaurant. I ate the eggs. I went to the pool office and paid my $2.50. then took my shower. I went to the pool with 45 minutes to wait. There were only a dozen people in the class. Afterwards, I showered and changed into my street clothes. Matt, the Elderplace driver, met me as I was going to the entrance. He loaded me on the bus where another woman was waiting. He dropped her off, then picked up his grandson Hayden from a day care, then drove me home by 5:15 pm. Tes fed me supper: corn, ground beef with onions and something green, a cupcake, a banana, and orange juice. When I got back to my room, it was 83° in my room and 93° outside. I soaked my hat again. I checked my online messages. I watched "Bones". Elaine phoned and we talked for half an hour. She is having problems with her computer, but I couldn't help her. At 9 pm, it was 84° outside and 86.2° in my room. I opened my window. I watched "NCIS".

July 6, 2010, Tuesday:
I got up at 7:30 am. I checked my online messages. For breakfast, I had an egg sandwich, oatmeal with milk, an apple turnover, and orange juice. I shaved, packed, and dressed for the temple. I moved my clock and hung it over the closet. I went out front, waited for my ride, and took photos. Steve picked me up and then picked up Andy. We got to the temple about 10:30 am. I changed into my temple clothing, got a name, and went to the chapel to wait for the session. Steve took me up in the elevator to Room 2. There were 36 patrons: 15 men and 21 women. There were a few going through for the first time. I wasn't going to join in the Order of Prayer since there were so many but there was one Sister extra and the gap was in front of me, so I filled it. I might have been able to do some veil work but I needed to use the restroom instead. When I came out, Steve and Andy were coming from the Celestial Room and it was all over. After I changed back into my street clothes, I checked my blood sugar. It was high enough I didn't need to eat yet. I took photos in the arboretum and outside. I took photos on the way home, too. Steve got me home by 1:50 pm. I changed out of my white shirt. Tess fed me lunch. I had, a hot dog, a cupcake, and tomato soup. I went to my room and updated my web journal. About 2:30 pm, a MetroWest driver, Jenny, came to take me to the podiatrist, the appointment I thought was yesterday. I phoned Elderplace to verify I actually had an appointment there tody, then put my shoes on and packed what I might need and went with Jenny. She drove me down Powell and got me there at 3:15 pm. Marty was there to meet me. The doctor saw me right away, inspecteed my feet, and trimmed my toenails. Stephen the Elderplace driver was waiting when I got out. I sang old songs. We dropped off a lady from Ohio at the Glendoveer Elderplace before taking me home. I was home at 4:34 pm. I caught up my web journal. For supper, I had broccoli, chicken nuggets, baked potatoes, ice cream, and orange juice. I copied my photos to the computer. I checked my online messages. At 7 pm, I tried contacting Elaine by Voice Call, but she was Oiffline. I watched "Warehouse 13".

July 5, 2010, Monday:
I got up at 7:25 am. I checked my online messages. For breakfast, I had an egg sandwich, puffed wheat with milk, a banana, and orange juice. I listened to AM radio. Ed showed up at 10:40 am. Elaine got on Windows Messenger, but we were unable to set up a video call. Ed and I watched FOX News. For lunch I had a BLT sandwich, potato salad, cookies, and orange juice. I installed Corel Photo Album 6 software that Andy gave me. I got ready for my podiatrist appointment.Ed left at 2 pm and I went out on the porch to wait for my ride. I took photos of flowers and airplanes. They were supposed to pick me up at 2:15 pm, but though I waited until 3:30 pm, no one showed up. The sun shone through off and on and it was pleasant enough. I copied my photos to the computer. I moved my printer to the shelves next to my bed. I raised my TV by about 9 ". For supper, I had cake, chili, and watermelon. I watched "The O'Reilly Factor". I cleaned up the stuff in the middle of the floor of my room and organized my closet (somewhat). I figured out how to start a video call on Messenger but Elaine did not answer. I checked my online messages. I watched "NCIS". I tried the video call a couple more times until Elaine went offline. I watched "Bones". Elaine contacted me by IM - she was talking to her brother on the phone. I will try another Voice Call tomorrow night at 7 pm.

[Last Quarter Moon]
July 4, 2010, Sunday, Independence Day:
I got up at 7:50 am. I took photos of my room. For breakfast, I had an egg sandwich, corned beef hash, applesauce, two doughnut holes, and orange juice. I checked my online messages. I found they had updated the Ward boundaries online. For lunch, I had two hot dogs in a hoagie roll, dill pickle, potato salad, and apple wedges. I shaved, dressed, and packed for Church. Larry picked me up at 1:30 pm. I bore my testimony in Testimony meeting. I walked from the back of the chapel to the front and back again to my wheelchair to do so. Sunday School was about David's great sins. At 4 pm my blood sugar was 76. I took my meds and ate a couple of bites of the cheesy bread before noticing it had moldy spots on it. In High Priest Group, I was set apart as a Quorum Instructor by Larry speaking for the Presidency. I was given my Home Teaching assignments: 6 households. I bore my testimony again in the Quorum. Larry got me home by 5:30 pm. He will be out of town Tuesday and next Sunday. My blood sugar was 98. For supper, I had a cupcake, some variety of chili, and ice cream. I caught up my web journal. I checked my online messages. I watched "Greatest American Hero". Elaine finally made it onto Facebook. I took a photo of my home teaching assignments and emailed it to my home teaching companion with my schedule. I added my home teaching families to my cell phone contacts list with their numbers and addresses. The neighborhood fireworks started in earnest at 9:30 pm. I watched the Fort Vancouver fireworks on TV.

July 3, 2010, Saturday, Dog Days begin:
I got up at 6:00 am. I checked my online messages. I ate a cheesy bread roll. I dressed and packed for the Flag Raising. Larry picked me up at 7:30 am. The Flag Raising was great. A Boy Scout color guard unfolded and presented the flag. They raised it and we all saluted to the Star-spangled Banner. There were two patriotic talks and a choir number, "God Bless America", Then we all sang "America, the Beautiful". Then we had breakfast with pancakes, sausages, scrambled eggs, orange juice, and little donuts. Two winners of the "Why I Love America" essay contest read their essays as we finished eating. I took lots of photos. Larry brought me home at 10:15 am. He went back to the church to clean the church building while others went to various service projects until noon. I sang karaoke for a while. I copied my photos to the computer. For lunch, I had a fish sandwich, cake, and orange juice. I began rearranging my room. I moved the black cabinet, the small bookshelves, the TV. and the bed. For supper, I had a large chicken drumstick, broccoli, macaroni and cheese, cake, ice cream, and orange juice. I rebuilt the large bookshelves and hooked up the computer again using the old monitor, temporarily. I put the bedding back on the bed. I checked my online messages. I watched "As Time Goes By", "My Family", and "New Tricks".

July 2, 2010, Friday, Amelia Earhart reported missing (1937), A UFO crashes near Roswell, New Mexico (1947):
I got up at 5:35 am. I checked my bank account and found my Social Security Disability had been deposited as expected. I wrote checks to my Church, for my room & board, and to S.P.D. I added 4 hours of minutes to my TracFone account for $29.99. I checked my online messages. I ordered a refurbished DVD/VHS Player from Amazon.com, which should be delivered within ten days. I packed and dressed for Elderplace. For breakfast, I had an egg sandwich, a banana, puffed wheat cereal with cinnamon and milk, and orange juice. I shaved. I went out in front of Lois' place to wait for the bus. Lance picked us up about 8:55 am. When I got there, my weight was 310.6 lbs and my blood pressure was 142/72. I fetched Bibles from the library and one from the Columbia Room for the Bible Study. I went to the McKenzie Room and had a cup of cocoa. Then we had the Bible Study in the Deschutes Room. There were four of us this time. We studied the first half of Matthew Chapter 9. I sang karaoke from my own CDs in the Sandy Room. I had the breaded fish for lunch. I went out front to wait for Becca's bus to arrive. She pulled in at 1:10 pm. She loaded a couple of women before me, and a man after me. The mand was upset and warning of God's wrath for not leaving him alone. I got out my "Highway Hymns" hymnbook and began singing. He became quiet and stayed that way the whole trip as I sang hymn after hymn. When Becca got to my place, she thanked me for the singing. She said the man had a smile on his face as she took him off. Becca got me home by 2:15 pm. Ed was waiting for me. We watched "The Adventures of Merlin" on TV. I checked my online messages. For supper, I had Salisbury steak, corn, mashed potatoes with gravy, carrot cake, a banana, and orange juice. Ed and I continued watching "Merlin". Ed left at 7 pm. I continued watching "Merlin".

July 1, 2010, Thursday:
I got up at 7:50 am. For breakfast, I had an egg over easy on a slice of French toast, a banana, applesauce, and orange juice. I sang karaoke in my room. I checked my online messages. I watched "U-571". Ed showed up at 11 am. We watched "8 Below" and "Burn Notice". Ed left at 5 pm. For supper I had Jo-jo's, fish filets, coleslaw, cake, and ice cream. I watched "NCIS", "Bones". I checked my online messages. My daughter wrote the following, which made me feel good, on Sodahead:
"I still have questions, and I've gone to the same church my whole life lol. I think what settled it for me was that I couldn't imagine myself in another church (I've visited a couple others), and because of how strong my dad feels about the church with what he's experienced. And I know he wouldn't lie about it."