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this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

eventually 5 great days

two years ago we made this trip
we liked it so much we decided to return for more

last year we had planned to return but the trip was
canceled because of my ruptured disk
the injury that can humble you if its bad enough
and makes you appreciate your health even more

we had two concerning events happen to us on the way
that you know could have been signs of bad things to come

first as we were leaving texas into new mexico heading north
to albuquerque
i noticed a band of clouds forming to the west
you know out there you can see for miles and miles

as we drove farther away things got darker
the raindrops started falling lightly
the kind that are big but just make big spots on the dust
on the car
then as we got farther along it all seemed to be behind us
with the sun ahead of us as we heading north

looking through the cars rear view mirror the sky was dark
if you live in the midwest of south
you recognize those clouds
they were so dark they were black
back over clovis new mexico where we had just driven though
we felt this kaboom the car seemed to shift some on the road
i thought a big sonic boom had hit us
looking north as we were traveling it was so clear
dark behind us

after arriving a few hours later we found that when watching the
local news in alburquerque that tornadoes had hit all over the place
where we had just driven

later in texas we had a friend stay at the country n
she likes it there
its quiet
theres plenty of veggies readily available for eating and
lots of fresh eggs for breakfast
also her horse is kept at the next door neighbors ranch
so it all was a good deal for her
the storm hit

our house has a metal roof
the rain sounds so soothing on it when it hits the roof
if it hails
it scares the bigievies out of you
just ask my wife she as she has been known to huddle in our
brick shower made of recycled brick from an old farm house
a perfect storm shelter

my understanding is that she our friend got in the shower with
a margarita and the newspaper and rode out the storm
problem is the electricity went out for 12 hours
a rural problem some of you are familiar with
which made for an interesting night at the country n
with no electricity no ac and
no lights as we had taken all our flashlights etc with us

the one tornado a few miles north was this one above 

family lifted by tornado inside house near the country n

the other tornado even closer a mile or two away west of here
lifting this new house up with all four family members in it
and dropped house and folks 100 yards away
a wizard of oz moment not in kansas but in texas

after these storms
things settle down for our trip

we got up early the next morning
had a good breakfast good fresh shower our coffee and tea
loaded the car
carefully packing the car just right
for our much anticipated arrival in southern utah at the organic vineyard orchard
and ranch
where we would interact with the wwoolfers
do long hiking into the hills looking at anasazi indian artifacts
and working on the ranch
along side the other wwoolfers doing pruning of grapes

so we were all packed
my cup of coffee in hand
fresh bottles of water
my wife shes asmiling face with her hot green tea
ok we said lets go and get to the wonderland

wheres the keys
dont you have them
no you had them
smiles all gone
oh we have that lockbox key stored away on the frame
i looked under there
she looked
i looked
she looked
no keys
well i said 30 minutes later
we have our triple a card i just renewed it
lets call them to break in for us
i was dirty hot sweaty and not in a good mood
of course we know who really locked them up right
my wife she wasnt smiling
she said wait a minute
lets try one more time
down she got with her fresh white shirt now quite dirty and black
and sweaty
her hands looked like some kid who had been playing in the dirt box
she dug around
then since her hands are smaller she found the ledge on the bumper
where i had put them when we had our bumper repaired

there next to my computer case in our trunk
set the car keys
of course right where she put them right wink wink

we were both worried that things would not go well for the
rest of the trip

we were wrong
more tomorrow

the organicgreen doctor

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