Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Scampy Trip

To Do Things Next Scampy Trip

7am - There are things that are inconvenient to do here in Apple Valley. Because the proximity to those things is far.

On our next Scampy Trip to the San Diego area, here are some of those things:
  • Go to Apple Store- Little iPhone needs a checkup to find out why his Personal Hotspot only works AFTER resetting network. Also, we bought a bunch of movie videos from iTunes. We have most of these videos stored on a 2 terabyte drive. We need help with the remaining movie videos.
  • Kaiser Permanente- The closest Kaiser dermatologist is in Fontana. Too far to drive! But in the San Diego area, dermatologists are close. The plan is to make a dermatologist appointment while still in Apple Valley for a San Diego area doctor.
  • Play golf- With my friend John! 😎

8am - Do you remember Weng?
First of all, the name "Weng" is not her real name! She got that handle on immigrating to the US. Her real name is, "Rowena." BTW, I like the name Rowena much better than Weng.

Rowena and I are close friends. We talked last nite on the phone for 1-1/2 hours! That's how close we are.

Rowena has a Christmas tree. But this is not the usual Christmas tree. Rowena does landscape gardening for a living. She brought home cut off branches from one of her projects in order to "construct" her Christmas tree.

The ornaments are credit cards! Ones that she saved because they were no good anymore. Wanna see that tree?

Rowena's Christmas Tree!

12 noon - A secret thing!
In this 12 noon Blog post, I am going to share a secret thing with you. But please! Don't tell anybody this secret. It's just for you.

Earlier this year, during my trip to Guatemala, I became ill. My doctors could not diagnose the cause this illness. But one of the symptoms seemed to be "a loss of my appetite."

My weight at that time, was 183 pounds. Gradually over several months, my weight went down. At my most recent Kaiser visit on November 17th, my weight was 158 pounds. That was my weight when I had 20 years.

Also, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and was receiving medication for that. At my last several Kaiser appointment my blood pressure was 113/66!

My physical condition has improved immensely since I began eating less food. And I attribute that weight loss to one single thing:

Being sensitive to the food that I am eating so that I am able to turn away from that food when I no longer feel hunger.

Implications of eating less food
What happened to me over the next several months changed my entire life! It seems that the way I make decisions, were greatly impacted by the simple act of consciously turning away from food when I was no longer hungry.

I began what I call, "Conscious Thinking" in all of my decisions. I learned that all of my decisions before this time, were kind of "subconscious." That means that I was not aware that I was making a decision.

Now, nearly all of my decisions now are conscious decisions. When I am deciding something, I am thinking: 
  • "Is this what I really want to do?"
  • "Is this really good for me?"
Well, that's it!
I am guessing that you may be thinking to yourself, "I do that all the time. What's the big deal?"

However, for me it is the biggest deal of my life! Changed everything!

Remember! This is a secret thing, only for you! Mums the word!

Note: In the 12 noon post above, I defined "Active Thinking." Active was not the correct word and has been replaced with Conscious. So the term is now, "Conscious Thinking."

6:30pm - Replacement Dish MODEM arrived!
On going to pick up my mail this afternoon, a package from was there as well. I believe that I Blogged to you more than a few times about my poor service. The package contained my replacement MODEM. My Dish internet service should now be back to normal.

Excitedly, I took out the old MODEM and put in the new. Nothing!! Only two of the four MODEM LEDs lit up.

When I phoned Dish for help, the tech told me that there was a setup routine in order to put a new MODEM into service. The tech worked with me for over an hour. But at the end, we are now back online!

Yaaaayyyyy! 😀



  1. How are Rowena's children doing?

    1. Hi HC,

      Rowena is thinking about Blogging again, later this year. Your question is better to be answered by her.

      Perhaps you may wish to tune in? I intend to put a link to Rowena's Blog on my site when that link is available.

      Tioga George


    2. Happy to hear Rowena may be going to blog again. Yea!! Glad your health is better.

  2. Another of my favorites by Cullen: To A Waterfowl.
    Whither, 'midst falling dew,
    While glow the heavens with the last steps of day,
    Far, through their rosy depths, dost thou pursue
    Thy solitary way?

    Vainly the fowler's eye
    Might mark thy distant flight to do thee wrong,
    As, darkly painted on the crimson sky,
    Thy figure floats along.

    Seek'st thou the plashy brink
    Of weedy lake, or marge of river wide,
    Or where the rocking billows rise and sink
    On the chafed ocean side?

    There is a Power whose care
    Teaches thy way along that pathless coast,—
    The desert and illimitable air,—
    Lone wandering, but not lost.

    All day thy wings have fann'd
    At that far height, the cold thin atmosphere:
    Yet stoop not, weary, to the welcome land,
    Though the dark night is near.

    And soon that toil shall end,
    Soon shalt thou find a summer home, and rest,
    And scream among thy fellows; reed shall bend
    Soon o'er thy sheltered nest.

    Thou'rt gone, the abyss of heaven
    Hath swallowed up thy form; yet, on my heart
    Deeply hath sunk the lesson thou hast given,
    And shall not soon depart.

    He, who, from zone to zone,
    Guides through the boundless sky thy certain flight,
    In the long way that I must tread alone,
    Will lead my steps aright.


    1. Hi Bill,

      I like "To A Waterfowl" also. I am very glad that you are sharing your love of poetry here!

      Language has changed so much. Even during my own lifetime. Example, Bryant's language.

      When I was in school, I read lots of Mark Twain. Recently I checked a few of his novels out from the library and found that I did not understand a lot of the language Twain used.

      When I was in Junior High School, I was wild about "Penrod and Sam", a novel by Booth Tarkington. Language that Tarkington used is also different than today's language.



    2. Intersting Goerge. I too am a fan of Tarkington, and Penrod, and I reently re-read both Tom
      Sawyer and Huck Finn. No matter the changes in
      language and style, great writers are always great!

    3. Hi again Bill,

      For your recent re-reads, you had no problems with language, as I am having?



    4. No George, I didn't, although I recognize that some of it is more - perhaps formal and archaic?- than current usage.

  3. Nice Xmas tree. Rowena is creative :-)

    1. Hi Rita,

      I agree! Rowena is a remarkable person.

      Tioga George


  4. But you change your mind a that the decision you had ahead of time?

    1. Hi Rita,

      I am sorry, but I don't comprehend what your question is about.

      You wrote:
      "But you change your mind a lot"
      What are you referring to that I changed my mind a lot?

      Then you wrote:
      "is that the decision you had ahead of time?"
      What decision? Are you asking about my 12 noon Blog post?

      Tioga George


      Please add to your comment and explain?