Roscoe's Notebook


Sylvia on her couch

13 April 2020 ~ 15:50

Earlier today I chatted over FB Messenger with one of Sylvia's older brothers in the Philippines. This is the first time he and I have “spoken.” Nice guy.

Of her four brothers, I've now spoken with two, and have gotten on very well with both. I met her youngest brother face to face years ago when his boat docked near Houston, and we've chatted over the Internet several times since. And now I've chatted with her oldest brother: he's almost exactly my age.

He told me he was watching TV with his daughter and asked how we were doing. I told him we were watching TV, too: me in my recliner and Sylvia from her big red couch. He was happy to see the photo I sent him of her there, mask in place and cuddled under her brown blanket.

Sylvia on the couch

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So now I'm a masked man.

03 April 2020 ~ 13:00

At least I can be a masked man when I have to be, when situations require me to mask due to CCP-flu pandemic regulations.

my mask

Sylvia made this mask for me as well as a matching mask for herself. Thank you, Sweety.

Since she and I are both senior citizens, and since our local health-related restrictions are becoming stricter, we will probably need our masks on those infrequent times when we have to be out in public.

#SevenTwoProject #SeniorLiving #mask #pandemic

Nice while it lasted

31 March 2020 ~ 13:15


Weather-wise it's a nearly perfect day in my little pocket of South Texas. Temperatures are in the 70s, the sun is shining, a light breeze is blowing. So I set up a recliner on the back patio and cast my gaze across the back yard while listening to the little Sangean portable radio.

It was nice and relaxing for a short time ... until the next door neighbor's dog went into one of his stupid barking fits. So I'm back now in the sanctum sanctorum of my home office.

#SevenTwoProject #backyard

“Eww! That is NOT the prettiest thing I've seen this morning!”

30 March 2020 – 17:45

That's what I told the nurse on the other end of the line. She giggled and replied, “Well, I think you have it set up properly.”

I am scheduled for an appointment with my primary care physician in a few days. It's just a routine appointment and I'm not even to see the Doctor himself, but his Nurse Practitioner.

His office called me this morning and told me they were starting to use tele-health services and asked if I would be willing to meet with the Nurse Practitioner over the phone. Heck, yes! I'm totally fine with staying home instead of being driven downtown to the office, then waiting, then being driven back home.

The girl from his office then asked what kind of phone I had: an iPhone or an Android. And she asked if I'd be willing to download the duo app, as that's what the Doctor likes to use. So...

Me, on duo

I'll be waiting by my phone for the office to call me at the time of my appointment. And we'll see how it goes.

#SeniorLiving #SevenTwoProject #health #technology

Eight hours before Noon on St. Joseph's Day

19 March – 12:30

Last night was a particularly bad one for sleep in the Roscoe-verse. There was far too much insomnia in it. One long spell ended about 03:45 when I prayed The Apostles Creed and entered it into my HabitShare app.

Prayers before Noon

Later in the morning, after Sylvia had left for work, I prayed what has become a common combination for me: 1 Our Father, followed by 3 Hail Marys, and 1 Glory Be.

Even later in the morning I did 5 Decades of the Rosary, the Joyful Mysteries, and ended with the Salve Regina.

Though it took me eight hours to do, I was able to pray a full decade of the Rosary, from the Creed to the Salve, on St. Joseph's Day.

#SeniorLiving #SevenTwoProject #prayers #apps #MyHabits

After cleaning up the poop...

17 March 2020 – 13:00

... left on my front walk by that horrible old man's dog, I decided, “What the heck, as long as I'm out here with rough clothes on,” that it would be good to get some more yard work done.

I had already mowed a patch of the highest grass prior to taking care of the “poopy” chore. So now I hauled out the weedeater, the blower, and a couple of hand trowels...

Yard tools

... and got to work. And I must admit that after that bit of mowing, and cleaning, some trimming, uprooting a few obnoxious weeds, and blowing the sidewalk and driveway clean, things do look (and smell) a bit better out front.

#SeniorLiving #chores #yardwork #SevenTwoProject

Next time the cut will be closer.

11 March 2020 ~ 13:00


The midday temperature in my little corner of the world is moving steadily up through the 70s, the sun is shining brightly, and the yard called out for attention. So I hauled the mower out of the shed and went to work.

The side yard needed the most work so I made some quick passes over it and it does look better now. The rest of the yard can wait for another week or so.

Before putting the machine away I adjusted the wheels to let the blades set much lower. The cut will be close to the ground and the results much more noticeable the next time I mow the lawn.

#SeniorLiving #SevenTwoProject #chores

ScreenShotSunday, because...


... why not?

Long, long ago it used to be something the “cool kids” did, as I remember it. Though way back then when both the Internet and I were much younger it was called desktop sharing, or some variant of that.

Anyway it seems to have come back into vogue, sort of, in one of the Internet communities I've been haunting lately. And since I've committed to my own little photo-sharing project, my posting this screenshot is an easy way to fulfill half of this week's obligation to it.

This screen shot shows three favorite desktop apps running in the Xfce desktop environment of the Linux Mint operating system I most frequently use. Those apps shown are, of course: the Liferea RSS reader, the Whalebird Mastodon and Pleroma desktop client, and the Discord chat app.

#SevenTwoProject #ScreenShotSunday

Saturday morning chore

Barber Shop

This morning found me at my neighborhood barber shop for a sorely needed haircut.

The shop is located almost exactly one mile from my front door, so when I have to walk there and back I get a healthy workout. But when I can catch a ride, like this morning (thank you, Sylvia), it's just a few minutes out of my day.

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... always makes me happy.

The graphic above shows the position of pieces at the end of a Correspondence Chess game I won this morning with a Rook-Bishop combination check mate of the Black King.

This game was played at a server-based chess club where I play all my chess these days.

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