Day 61: Friday With Roses

Well, today I think I will skip anything about working today. I did start at 6ish and finish in the early evening online with video conferences. I did have the migraine headache late this afternoon and had to take a short nap to stop the visual effects. Only a dark room and sleep will stop it.

At 11:00AM this morning I was at our church, First United Methodist Church. I have not driven into Beaverton since the lockdown. Strange to see Beaverton so empty and everything closed. Dan Gray was not able to meet me there, so I just replaced the Gay Pride Flag. I also looked at the small amount of graffiti the door had acquired. They look like gang work and the local youth group is already planning to remove it.


I did get a complaint that I put the flag back as it was and did not move the flag higher to put it out of reach. I did not have a ladder, and I prefer not making it a challenge to steal the flag. I can always buy more (I have replaced more than five flags). I find it a version of the turn-the-other-cheek lesson for us and whoever takes the flag. I bought the pole about a year ago when the last one was stolen, and I have a spare flag. I will order a new pole soon to be ready for the next time. I also have a back-up flag holder too.

The flags I buy are well made in the USA. Oddly, the pole is imported from Indonesia (!?). I don’t mind replacing them.

I have a USA flag on my house using the same set-up. One of my USA flags was stolen. One was lost when bad weather sucked it out of the holder and dropped it on the roof. I found it six months later when it finally fell off the roof. We had the same thing happen at the church and recovered the flag on the other side of the church. We extra tighten the screw on the holder to hold the flag in.


I am not political about this. I just like the look of flags. To me, flags are so old school and yet seem to create an emotional reaction still. Put merely, flags are cool!

I went to Giovanni’s in Beaverton for lunch, pick-up. I used my Apple device to just call them and gave my order. I waited in the car listening to the radio and calling friends while waiting for them to make it. I then, following all social distancing process and wearing a mask, went in to pay for my lunch. They make great chicken parmesan, and I ordered chicken alfredo fettuccini for Susie, both with salads and garlic bread. Giovanni’s was full, all the marks for standing six-feet apart were full when I left. We hope they make it through the emergency and at least lunch was busy for them–I like their food, and they are local.

The weather turned nice, and the rains got most of our roses to bloom. Here are my roses, and I have linked them to descriptions in case you have to have one.


This is my first successful Mister Lincoln’s rose. I planted this in the fall, and it is struggling a bit, but I finally get the first rose.

David Austin’s Herbalist rose is one of my most magnificent roses. It flowers early and late and continues throughout the summer. I read it got its name as it looks much like the old rose The Apothecary Rose, a gallica rose that blooms only once a year–mine died a few years ago.


Just behind this rose, and I suspect an unkillable rose (it is ignored and mistreated) is a Moss Rose. It blooms with a beautiful scent and thus is near the master bedroom window. It blooms heavy and then just once in a while after that. It will bloom fully this weekend and next week. I will have the window open!


The once bloom rose is in the backyard as it spends most of the year just being thorny sticks. But it has started to flower and is one of my favorites. This is an old rose and is named for the villain in the Three Muskateers: Cardinal Richelieu. The rose bloom is getting old and has turned pink. The blooms start out purple.


My only Rugosa rose is also blooming. It will repeat bloom. I have few roses that are later than these, and China Rose is in flower, but a bit faded now. It will burst out again soon.


Leaving the flowers, I also received a new game today. I have never done the crazy train board games that simulate the 1800s stock market and robber baron railroad building. Scott Peterson published a simplified version, 18Chesapeake, on Kickstarter, and today I received my copy. I read the rules and am excited to try out a new style of game. There are far more complex and very long 18xx games that include short selling and take-overs, 1817 being the monster version. I will see if I want to dive in that deep after playing 18Chesapeake. Scott Peterson, until now, hand made 18xx train games to order, which were very expensive with long lead times. He is now mass-producing them and sells them on this website.


The stock market was up and down today. JC Penny’s finally went bankrupt today. My losses did increase in my retirement 401K account to -7.5% for the year. Oil futures are back up to $30 plus a barrel.

Following the news, more than one-thousand five-hundred people died from the virus today. The infection reports have increased, sadly. The curve is back on a positive slope. This is one of the new works from the lockdown and from Asia, I think: The Lord Bless You and Keep You (John Rutter).





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