Roscoe's Story

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“Ah, the lemon lady!”


This morning while I was raking leaves in the front yard a neighbor who was out walking her dogs stopped on the sidewalk and we had a chat. As we were talking she asked if I liked lemons. “Sure,” I answered, “Sylvia uses them all the time in her cooking.” She explained that the lemon tree in her back yard had plenty of ready fruit and said she'd be happy to bring some over.

She and her dogs went on down the sidewalk and I got back to my raking. Looking up a short time later I saw her coming back with a small bag. ““Ah, the lemon lady!” I called out to her with a smile. She set the bag of lemons down on a small table we have on our front porch.

After finishing my yard work for the day I carried my tools around back and brought the fresh lemons inside, setting them on the dining room table (seen above) for Sylvia to see when she got home from work.

And the adventure continues.

Posted 01/Dec/2020 ~ 13:50 Central Time #RoscoeEllis #blog #SeniorLiving #lemons

While I was sleeping...

White wins seems I won another Correspondence Chess game by the silent resignation of an opponent.

This game began back in mid-October when I pushed my White Queen's pawn to the d4 square. And it proceeded at a pretty good pace, considering we were playing with a 7-day per move time control. At a pretty good pace until my opponent chose to slink quietly away, without even a word, leaving me today with another won game.

In his defense it was clear the we were engaged in what was going to be a very long, frustrating endgame. Both our Kings had pawn clusters in which to hide, and we were nearly equal in terms of major pieces, though my lone Bishop did give me an advantage there.

If this game was played in the old days when our moves were sent back and forth via post cards, this particular endgame could easily stretch out through many long months, maybe a year or more. But now we play server=based games over the Internet for crying out loud. We could have knocked this game out inside a couple of months easy, even with our very relaxed time control.

Oh well, whatever...

The position of pieces at game's end is posted above, and our full move record is below:

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Bf5 3.Nc3 e6 4.a3 Nf6 5.e3 Nc6 6.Bb5 a6 7.Bxc6+ bxc6 8.O-O Ne4 9.Nxe4 Bxe4 10.Nd2 c5 11.Nxe4 dxe4 12.c4 Be7 13.b4 cxb4 14.axb4 Bxb4 15.Qa4+ Qd7 16.Qxb4 a5 17.Qb7 O-O 18.Qxe4 f5 19.Qd3 c5 20.Ba3 Rfc8 21.h3 cxd4 22.Qxd4 Qxd4 23.exd4 Rxc4 24.Rfe1 Kf7 25.Rad1 Rd8 26.Bb2 a4 27.Ba3 1-0

And the adventure continues.

Posted 29/Nov/2020 ~ 08:40 Central Time #RoscoeEllis #blog #SeniorLiving #chess

Now on my desktop...

New Pi

A brand new RaspberryPi 400 that was delivered during the 4th Quarter of this afternoon's IU vs. Maryland game.

It's been many years since I've used a Pi, but the setup of this device was super simple and using it seems very much like coming back home to a comfortable, friendly place.

This will become my primary computer for general home use. Heck, maybe it already has. Ha!

The adventure continues

Posted 28/Nov/2020 – 18:20 Local Time #RoscoeEllis #blog #SeniorLiving #Saturday #computer

Virtual Thanksgiving Day 2020

Thanksgiving 2020

Thank God for technology, and for big turkeys, too.

Sylvia and I spent a happy hour this morning video chatting with family a thousand miles away. None of us are able to travel due to Covid restrictions, but we were able to visit virtually. Watching the great grandkids play was so much fun, and it was nice to see everyone again.

Later today she and I will be sharing that scrumptuous turkey seen in the collage above. And this afternoon I'll be enjoying a footbal double-header. It WAS going to be a triple-header but the night game has had to be postponed until Sunday... due to Covid.

And the adventure continues.

Published on 26 November 2020, ~ 11:30 Central Time.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

Here's wishing a happy Thanksgiving Day for all my family and friends.

And here's a tip to help make the day happier: TURN OFF THE NEWS! Seriously. It's mostly fake news, lies, and fear-mongering anyway, designed to keep you in a panic mode so you'll keep watching and listening (and watching those commercials).

As a former news junkie myself who is in the process of pulling away from that hubbub and hooplah, I find that the further away I get from it the happier and less stressd I am. There's no way to totally avoid it, of course, but a few minutes a day spent with reliable sources is all we need. It's all I need, anyway.

Much healthier for mind, body, and soul is focusing on little things, simple things. Smiling and waving to neighbors, listening to good music, reading, prayer, really relaxing.

I hope you all can find moments of simple happiness on this Thanksgiving Day. I know I will.

The adventure continues.

Published on 25 November 2020, ~ 20:45 Central Time.

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Is it time for me to move away from Wordpress?


Perhaps. At least, that's a question I find myself toying with these days.

I own the domain that currently directs to my website that uses as its CMS. I intend to hold onto that domain (had it for several years and kinda like it) but, honestly, I'm getting tired of wrestling with Wordpress on a daily basis.

I do intend to continue blogging. Perhaps pointing my domain to something simpler and more basic like this Roscoe's Notebook blog would satisfy me. Hmm... I wonder.

The adventure continues.

Published on 24 November 2020, ~19:10 Central Time.

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Simple, simple setup

My little Portal

My Portal-Mini was delivered earlier this afternoon and is now set up and ready for business in my room. The entire setup process was dead simple.

There are a few things this little device is capable of that I won't be using. It can connect to a user's Pandora and Spotify accounts, but I don't have either of those. And I can't use the Portal App because it requires having the Facebook App installed on my smartphone, and I don't (and I won't).

But I do have it running a screensaver of my FB photos. That's fun. And I've connected it to my Alexa account. So if Big Tech and the Derp State isn't monitoring me the one way it can do it by the other.

And the adventure continues.

Published on 21 November 2020, ~16:10 Central Time.

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Black Friday Shopping?

Portal Mini

Yep. Purchases made today qualify as “early Black Friday,” don't they?

Anyway, I had a quick chat early this morning with my daughter who lives 1,000 miles away and learned she's getting a FB Portal device. And I learned that my granddaughters who also live 1,000 miles away will be getting Portals, too.

Since there will be no travelling over the holidays, these little devices (well, my Portal Mini ordered this morning and that will be delivered tomorrow is small, though I understand the rest of the family is getting bigger models) will make it easier for us to be virtually together. It'll also make it easier to connect with friends and family elsewhere: the Philippines, Germany, ...

And the adventure continues.

Published on 20 November 2020, ~13:40 Central Time.

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White wins quickly

White wins

This Correspondence Chess game started in mid-October when I pushed my White Queen's pawn to the d4 square and ended today with my win as Black resigned.

Position of pieces at game's end can be seen in the graphic that leads this blog post, and our full move record is below.

1. d4 d6 2. Ng1f3 Ng8f6 3. g3 Nb8d7 4. Bf1g2 e5 5. dxe5 dxe5 6. Nb1c3 c6 7. O-O h6 8. Rf1e1 Bf8b4 9. a3 Bb4xc3 10. bxc3 Qd8c7 11. c4 e4 12. Nf3h4 Qc7e5 13. Ra1b1 g5 14. Nh4f3 exf3 15. exf3 Qe5xe1 16. Qd1xe1 1-0

The adventure continues.

Published on 19 November 2020, ~11:50 Central Time.

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Chess and Music

Chess music

Making this Wednesday the best day of the week (so far) I've decided to spend this afternoon working on my Correspondence Chess games with relaxing Boomer music playing in the background.

And with the exception of a gameshow break mid-afternoon (she and I have gotten into the habit of watching Lets Make a Deal together), this THIS is how I intend to spend the next several hours!

The adventure continues.

Published on 18 November 2020, ~12:50 Central Time.

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