Roscoe's Notebook


Happy Birthday, USA!

Independence Day 2020

From my front porch to where ever you are, I wish you a safe and happy American Independence Day.

The adventure continues.

Published on 04 July 2020, this is my post number 41/100/365 of the blogging challenge.

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Hey, Dummy! Lose the stupid hat and put on a shirt!


Reaching back into the archive of old photos recently provided by my sister, I find... me. Very long ago and far away.

I'm guessing this picture was taken in 1965, more or less. Sometime in the mid 60s anyway, when I was in high school. I can vaguely remember making that hat by taking an old felt fedora, wetting it repeatedly, and slowly stretching it over... a big bottle of some kind, I think. Have no idea about the pins, buttons, or doodads decorating it.

The photo was taken of me standing in the front yard of the big family house in the small town neighborhood where I grew up.

And now the adventure continues.

Published on 02 July 2020, this is my post number 40/100/365 of the blogging challenge.

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Flag Corner


Many of us are conducting more of our business online these days, and that sometimes involves participating in online webinars or meetings with our presence shared via webcams. The webcam in my home office is situated so that this corner of the room shows as the background.

This morning I hung another flag to make the corner more appropriately express my loyalty and attitude.

And the adventure continues.

Published on 29 June 2020, this is my post number 39/100/365 of the blogging challenge.

#100DaysToOffload #flags #photograph #SevenTwoProject

Summer of '66?


Or maybe it was the summer of 1965, I don't remember. But that skinny boy in the picture above was me standing in front of the family house over a half-century ago when I was a Junior or Senior in High School.

My sister has taken upon herself a project of digitizing some old photographs and slides that our parents had collected when they were alive. And she's emailing the image files to me and our remaining siblings. How nice of her! She tells me there are approximately 400 pictures all together.

Earlier this year I “sort of” committed myself to a #SevenTwo photo sharing project. With my January birthday placing me well within the ranks of septuagenarians, I decided to post two photos every every week for the remainder of the year. But that was before the CCP-flu pandemic put the world on lockdown and me under strict self-quarantine. Not being able to leave the house with my camera I quickly ran out of current images to post and that project fell by the wayside.

Maybe with these old pictures my sister is sending I'll be able to do a #ThrowbackThursday for awhile, satisfying one picture to post per week of the #SevenTwoProject. And if I stretch my imagination a bit, maybe I'll be able to scrounge up something else for the other picture. Hmm...

The adventure continues.

Published on 25 June 2020, this is my post number 36/100/365 of the blogging challenge.

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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

#SevenTwoProject #Sylvia

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.

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