Wednesday, January 18
United Parcel Service delivers!
After the “man in brown” hands me the box and turns to leave, I run inside, grab the camera, and catch these shots (shooting into the sun) of the truck rolling away from our desert home.
Did you know that UPS trucks run on propane?
Says it on the side of the truck. Anyway . . . .
Excitedly I tear open the long box and find the red gingham oil cloth neatly wrapped around a cardboard cylinder. Immediately I put the oil cloth on my folding table.
Beautiful! Just what I hoped it would be!
Thursday, January 19
Rain is expected for today. The weather forecast is written in the sky.
View to the southwest at Midland LTVA, near Blythe in southeastern California
As is our daily morning habit, Reg and I take off for a walk. We make our way between the creosote plants all the way to the other side of Midland Road. On the return, when the Best Little Trailer is not far ahead of us, I call Reggie to me.
“You’ve been a good little boy, Reg.” I pat him on his polka-dot back. Calmly he looks up at me. He knows what’s coming.
“I’m going to unhook you and I expect you to be a good boy, okay?”
I am very impressed with Reggie these days!
Already near the conclusion of three walks, I’ve let Reggie off the tether and he behaved very well. My plan is to let him off-leash after we’ve walked enough to take the wildness out of him. I start with a calming talk including “good boy” said a few times while patting him. Then I unhook him, adding “Now be a good boy, Reg.”
I unhook the tether and Reggie walks ahead of me toward home.
Sometimes he runs to our campsite at zoom speed, turns, and runs back to me.
I cheer him as he returns to me. After these successful episodes I stay outside in my lounger or putter near the BLT while he gets a drink and wanders around the campsite, pretty much worn out and not interested in running anywhere. I also give him a treat. It’s obvious he’s very proud of himself.
Again this morning he behaves very well!
Time for the photo shoot!
I move the folding table next to the lounger, straighten the new oil cloth, and set up a still life arrangement. I hurry because the breeze is becoming stronger and rain will fall soon.
“Come here, Reg.” I hook him on the tether and toss Duck L’Orange to keep him from walking out of the photo.
The oil cloth is thicker than most picnic table cloths and it tends to stay smooth. I’m very pleased with my purchase!
My Verizon bill is going to be outrageous this month!
I’ve been live-streaming video on my laptop of the events leading up to tomorrow’s inauguration and there’s no doubt I’ll do so throughout the weekend.
For those of you who pray, I invite you to join me in prayer, regardless of your politics, for the safety of our new president, vice president, their families, anyone attending the ceremonies and inaugural balls, and all those visiting our nation’s capitol. I also invite you to pray for the men and women working to maintain peace in Washington, D.C. during this historic event.
These are exciting times!
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