Yes, the writing life is glamorous – ha! I awoke at 6 AM and got out of bed. I put on my house slippers, made a pit-stop at the “necessary room,” put my iPhone on the charger, and headed downstairs.
Once downstairs, I first placed my iWatch on the charger. Next, I collected a bag of trash from the kitchen along with a bag of recyclables. I exit the house via the kitchen door, I walked passed the swimming pool, opened the back gate and places the bags in the alley.
I returned to the back side of the house. Five more bags of recyclables and two more bags of trash awaited me. Carrying two bags at a time, I made four trips to deposit them in the alley. The trash collectors come about 8 AM and the recycle people between 10 and 2 PM. Mission accomplished. I come back into the house and lock the kitchen door.
Next, I put a new trash bag in the trash can and a new recycle bag in the recycle bin.
Then I headed back upstairs, got dressed, pick up my now fully charged iPhone, and made my way back downstairs.
Take My Morning Medications
I refilled the water bottle before going to the restroom to get my seventeen morning pills to take. Once retrieved, I spent the ten minutes taking the pills and glancing at the online version of the Dallas Morning News. My iWatch is now fully charged so I retrieve and put it on.
I tossed my MacBook in its black leather Coach bag along with the charger, noise suppressing headphones, and wireless mouse. I have an extra USB mouse in my computer bag in case I forget the wireless one.
A note I left on the table tells where I am going and what I’m doing. A stop at the mini-refrigerator gets me a Diet-Coke. I grab a new KN-95 face mask, exit via the front door, lock the front door, and put my computer bag in the back seat, get into my Mercedes, open my Diet Coke, turn on SiriusXM to channel 90 – NASCAR.
Drive to Starbucks
I drink half the Diet-Coke during the ten-minute drive to Starbucks. The NASCAR news of the morning updates me on the latest happening. I’m a NASCAR fan following the Joe Gibbs Racing team’s four drivers.
When arriving at Starbucks, the handicap parking space was full so I have to park where I have to cross traffic to get into the building. I get my computer bag, my navy-blue Cardigan, and cane from the back seat and wait until there’s a break in the stream of traffic to cross the parking lot.
Once inside, I claim my table. All twelve tables are empty. I go to the counter where several baristas greet me by name. The manager says, Good morning, Jimmie. After returning their greeting, I pull out my iPhone and open the Starbucks app.
The addion of funds to the app is my first order of business. I push a button and another $25 is on my Starbucks account. I order the Starbucks Eggs & Cheddar Protein Box and a large cup of blonde roast coffee.
While eating breakfast, I’m writing this post. When I finish, it’ll be time to get back to the daily writing as I head for achieving today’s word count on my pen name novel.
It’s Tuesday, July 26, 2022. Today is day 31 with temperarues100 degrees or warmer in 2022. We have not measured rain at DFW Airport for 51 days. We need rain and cooler weather in North Texas.
Outside, it was over 90 degrees F when I left the house before 9 AM.
Hot weather is blanketing North America. The high today in Vancouver, British Columbia, is 91 degrees F. I’ll arrive there in 22 days.
I’ll be in Vancouver for three days before going on an Alaska Cruise-tour where I’ll end up at Mt Denali and the Denali National Park. It’s 38 degrees F with light rain at Denali.
I’m sitting in Starbucks this morning wearing my cardigan sweater (see today’s selfie) as the AC is frigid.
It’s morning writing, a walk in AC comfort, a visit to the allergy doctor, Bible reading, more reading for pleasure, and an evening swim are part of the day’s agenda.
I have a dear friend whose mother passed away peacefully in the in-patient hospice care unit this morning. I’ve known this friend since 1970. Losing your mother at any age is tough.
The selfie is from today. FYI – My trifocals are for reading and computer. The regular or distance lease has no correction as my distance vision after cataract surgery is 20/20. I have to wear glasses for driving to read the dashboard.
My day begins with daily Bible reading. This morning I read read chapter four, five, and six the Book of Exodus from the English Standard version the Holy Bible.
Yes, I’m a regular Bible reader. Yes, I confess Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I’m a Believer, a Christian.
I’m at Starbucks at Coit and Campbell in Richardson, Texas. My classic oatmeal with brown sugar is yummy. The cup of Blonde Roast coffee amazing.
Most mornings I write at a Starbucks in the north Dallas Texas suburban area. I’ve written at dozens of locations over the years.
Morning writing is on my agenda for the next few hours. I’m working on the first draft on book two in my pen name historical fiction series. I’m about 22,000 words into a 80,000 word book.
I’ve been reading about grey hair recently.
Well, my whiskers have started looking like they have frosting on them. They facial hair is now about 60% grey and white and 40% brown. The hair on my head is changing as well.
The root (newest part of my hair) has areas that are turning grey. My research shows (besides me turning 69 in November) that typically the hair’s root turns grey when they have mostly died off having no more or very little melanin (the brown or black pigment in hair).
The middle of the hair will have a bit of melanin because it was produced when there were still some functional melanocytes, and the tip (the oldest part of the hair) will still be full of melanin from when it was produced.
From what I read stress and health – as well as aging – can cause the hair to turn grey. My guess is it’s my time unless the Covid and related stress has caused it.
From my research, if I cut my hair short, it would be very grey because of the newer grey roots. With it the length I have (about 18 to 20 inches) it could take as long as two to three years to all go grey.
On the other hand, I read that if turning grey is stress or illness related, remove the stress and recover from the illness and a majority of the hair will again start producing melanin and regain its pigment. Interesting.
Google grey hair and join me in information overload.
If you’re grey, how old were you when your hair started going grey? The average age for white men and women is mid 30s.
I’ll take what God gives me. The photo shows the greying/silvering of my mustache.
Remembering dates and events has always been easy for me. Maybe that’s why I’ve been fascinated by history all my life. This interest in people, places, events, and dates led me to earn an undergraduate degree in history.
When in seminary my church history teacher had me see the subject in a new light. On the white board in the classroom he wrote,
“History = HIS + Story.”
He then said, “History is an accounting of God’s activity amongst humankind and the accounting of their obedience, disobedience, and even defiance toward Him.” That’s why it’s important we remember the past.
Did you the Bible also teaches us to remember?
Psalm 103 teaches us to remember.
“Bless the Lord, oh my soul and all that is within me, bless His Holy name.”
“As a man thinketh in his heart, so he is.”
1. Remember His Forgiveness – Psalm 103:2, 10
“Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits”
“He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.”
Never minimize the forgiveness of sin in your life.
2. Remember His Healing – Psalm 103:3b
“and heals all your diseases,”
“By His stripes we are healed”
Remember who is The Great Physician.
3. Remember His Redemption – Psalm103:4a
“who redeems your life from the pit”
Remember who is your Redeemer.
4. Remember His Steadfast Love – Psalm 103:4b – 5
“and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
Psalm 103:4b -5
Remember who loves you unconditionally.
The Bible and history teach us of HIS love and HIS story.
Caregiving: Biblical Insights From a Caregiver’s Journey offers the Biblical guidance and support I learned in my 1001 day trip of caring for my late wife. The book helps you connect with the perfect love which casts out all fear, the love of Jesus Christ. God’s love that sustained me during those days.
Each chapter contains Scripture from the Holy Bible that touched my life, explanation and application of the verse’s Truth to daily living, a prayer using the Scripture I prayed during the travail, three directed questions for journaling, and a takeaway that the Lord showed me. I share how God and God’s Word guided and sustained my wife and me through this journey.