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~ Wednesday, August 5, 2020 ~
~ Millipedes Annihilated? ~
~ Another NICE Weather Day! ~

~ Morning Glory Vines still Trying ~

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9 a.m. already... Where have I been since 5 a.m. Just now getting started on today's Blog
Well I finished and posted Tuesday then went tripping around the Internet with this and that
Posting stuff on Facebook and getting answers back and posting again, then watching my old Videos
Now ready to head out for Lottos in what kind of Weather? I see Sun out there
OK, Forecast says a comfy 67 Degrees now and only heading to 78 and Sunny, that sounds Great!

So, had that notice that Tuesday would be anti-bug Day, special crew showed up to blast the Millipedes inside and out
Lots of blower noise out front and the guy came in for just a short while to spray a little here and there
And the results? First thing only saw ONE Millipede crawling on the Kitchen Floor, dispatched that one quickly
Later one more on the Bathroom floor, and it was also removed and flushed... and no more all Day

Well that's where I left off Blogging before I headed out for Lottos...
Didn't add anything all Day and can't remember anything to mention now so.. That's it for Wednesday

~ Wednesday ~ A Good Day ~ What I Remember of It!



~ Tuesday, August 4, 2020 ~
~ Another Busy Morning ~
~ Great Weather Again ~ How Long will it Last? ~

~ Rose Blooms Again ~

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Well now, Two great Weather Days or has it been Three? and a couple more coming
Who ever heard of Weather like this in the usual hottest Month of August?
Well anyway, keep it going as long as it can last, Joe aready threatening hotter Days

So what are we getting today? Oh yeah, Sun out there at 8 a.m. looking great but says brrrrr... 59 Degrees!
Later creeping up to 75, that's OK, but then 'Cloudy?' Nope a little Sun would suit me

Well now, Facebook... Some like it, some say they don't, well depends how you use it I guess
I just use it for FUN... Post 'My own' purdy Photos, Videos of good times... And don't post Politics
And I do NOT post stuff that others post, most all my stuff is original

I do get a lot of 'Likes' on the stuff I post and haven't had many, if any, complaints...
And most all the 'Friends' I have listed on Facebook have asked me to be their Friend, I've asked very few of them
Surprised me to just get a couple new ones after I joined a couple USAF Groups and commented on them
Getting a lot of 'Likes' from this one... 'Lennie Cloud' from a USAF Group who added me as 'Friend'

~ New Friend from the USAF Group ~

And then since I gave Churchill Clark (relative of the 'Lewis and Clark Expedition' Clark) a few Likes on his Posts
And also posted several Photos and a Video of his River stop in Parkvile in 2015
He added me as 'Friend' and I am gettng a lot of likes from him on my Posts

~ Great Great Great Great Grandson of William Clark ~

And then all those Friends from the old Yahoo Kitchen Chat Room, some now on Facebook
Actually I am on Facebook because one asked me to be their Friend on Facebook... That is why I signed on
That was Number One Friend from the old Chat Room and still getting 'Likes' regularly... Sir John Thomas Whyte in Lomdon


So what's all that noise out front today? Oh yeah, got an Email saying they were after the Millipedes again
A Truck parked out front and some noise spraying along the Porches, hope it does some good
Been a few Thousand out there at least every Day, maybe a million overall?>

Hoo Boy, Lots of comments on Facebook posts today... Well kinda fun to get likes on my Posts
Time slipping away and I haven't lost any money yet on Lottos, so where to this Time?
Looks like I lost at the Fast Stop and won a little at the Price Chopper on Machine One
So looks like I try Machine Two there this Morning, Huh? And off I go into the Wild Blue Somewhere

Ok, tried Machine Two, got my samples, headed back to only scratch off $20, that surely will not do
So down the Hill to visit Navru for more, traded in my Winners got more and headed back
This time, Phooey all over again, but a tad better, a $15 and $17 Win...

~ Another Free Sample from the Fast Stop ~

Another look at that Basil Crop in the Kitchen, just raised the grow light on Monday
And already the Genovese Basil is almost touching it again and the Thai Basil needs to be clipped
So, a short project for the Afternoon, clip tha Thai Basil, pop off the Leaves to Oven dry and shred

~ Basil to Clip ~ Basil Clipped ~

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~ Basil Leaves ready for the Oven ~

Well that was about enough for another good Day, now just back off and try again tomorrow

~ Tuesday ~ Great Day (again) ~



~ Monday, August 3, 2020 ~
~ Another Great Weather Day and Kept Busy ~
~ Sunny and Cooler ~ D.N.P. ~

~ Basil at the Grow Light Again ~ And Trimmed Again ~

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~ Basil Crop ~ Dried and Crushed ~

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Adding a couple Items today not reported in Sunday's Blog, Too many Video Photos already on that Page
Harvested a bit more of the Basil in AeroGarden Two on Sunday, here's the before and after Photos
I had some Basil harvested earlier, I added the new cut, dried in in the Oven and crushed it to store for whenever

And then the Cucumber Vines in the Pot out front, gave them a chance to come back
Looks like they tried a comeback for a couple Days and then just gave up
Now new Morning Glory Seeds are planted in the Pot for a late in the Season retry

~ Cucumber Vines on July 18th ~ And on August 2nd ~

So Now it's Monday all over again and let's get on to Monday's Business, Business? Yeah, Monkey Bizzness
Great Weather again on Sunday, do we luck out again today? Oh yes! Cool and Clear at 60 Degrees at 6 a.m.
And then Sunny and only heading to 76 Degrees! Spring has returned if only for a Day!

So let's try that cool Weather on a drive to the Fast Stop, traded in %60 in Wins
Bought $45 more then back to scratch and scratch and scratsh off NOTHIMG!
Oh well, needed some stuff at Walgreens so headed back, got my stuff and then next door
Tried my luck again at the Price Chopper, did a little better, scratched off $20 in Wins

Then some inside stuff, dried and packaged that Basil I had harvested earlier
Then trimmed, chopped and simmered some litle Tomatoes from the front garden and into the Freezer<
And then what? Filled that Hummingbird Feeder, I filled it Sunday and it was empty Monday Morning!
HUH! So quick? What's drinking all my Sugar Water? Well let's take some Video, see who's sipping

Hung up the Feeder, took a seat out front to enjoy the Weather with the Cat and watch the Feeder
And in just a few minutes, here comes a Hummingbird to take a sip.. OK let's set up the Camera
Then took a couple Photos out front, plants looking good and caught the Camera setup too

~ Camera setup to Catch the Birdies ~

And then a long shot to catch a wider view of the front Gardens, and the Cat watching
Most everything looking pretty good out there halfway through the Year

~ Longer View of the Front Gardens ~

That was about all of Monday except the usual Evening TV winding down
And Joe Lauria on Channel 4 saying maybe a couple more Days of heavenly Weather
And I sure will enjoy that... Yes ma'am...

~ Monday ~ Could hardly be Better ~ (Except for Lotto Wins) ~



~ Sunday, August 2, 2020 ~
~ A Look at the Front Garden Plants ~
~ Then a Start on my August Video ~

~ A Welcome to August out Front ~

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Now it is Sunday, the Second Day of August and what's the Weather? Saturday was Gorgeous!
And I kept busy inside and out and here and there... Fast Stop, Minit Mart, Next Door... most all Day
Now they are saying 68 cool Degrees out there now at 7 a.m. Partly Sunny and heading to a pleasant 78
Now that sounds like a D.N.P. Day all over again, hope they don't disappoint me

And starting early on thse Photos to add to my August Video Timeline and here thay are
Will get 'Screen Shots' from this Blog, edit them and add to the Timeline on the Video

~ The 'Vegetable Corner' out in Front ~
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~ Now a Parade of the Largest Coleus Plants ~
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~ Here is a Knock Out Rose ~
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~ And a Pink Popcorn Rose ~
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~ Then a White Popcorn Rose ~
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~ And another Knock Out Rose ~
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OK, done with the Flower Parade here that I will add to the Video, now 7:30 a.m. Time for Coffee yet?
Yeah, I'll get a cup and then work on my Video, why do I think that is so much FUN!

And done with that at 8:20 a.m. My new Video now 4 1/2 Minutes long with the Intro
Then a short video and 14 Photos installed and some nice Floyd Cramer Music and it's lookin' and sounding good
Then I made a Video of me making the Video... HUH? Yeah, finished but I can't upload it now
I used up all my Limit with my last edit of my July Video, have to wait until my Limit resets

Kept playing on the Computer until around 10 a.m. or so and then headed out for my Lottos
Navru not at the Fast Stop on Sunday so I headed to the Price Chopper, got my daily supply of maybes
Then back to scratch and lose all but Ten Bucks! That just will not do... Grabbed some Virus Maney and headed back
Got another handful and this time won back $40, now that's more like it but not such a big Deal
I didn't win on my Favoite $10 Ticket so went back for Two more of those and won $10 back on both

That was about it for the Day except a little gardening, clipped some Basil from a Kitchen AeroGarden
Then out front to remove the dying Cucumber Vines and planted new Morning Glory Seeds in the Pot

And then that was it for any more activity except see what's on TV

~ Sunday ~ Another D.N.P.Weather Day ~



~ Saturday, August 1, 2020 ~
~ Hello Month of August ~
~ Double Pay Day Today ~

~ A Ray of Sunshine on the First Day of August ~

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Cool Weather is welcoming me to the new Month and Joe Lauria says it will be a Cooler than normal August
Well I like it comfortable so I hope he doesn't get it too cool to suit... What's for Today?
Oh yes, cooler, now 64 Degrees at 7:30 a.m. then heading to 81 tops, nah that ain't bad

Well now, excuse me while I go pay all my Monthly Bills online... See if I have any money left for Lottos
Oh yeah... I do still have a handful of that Virus Money they sent, now waiting for more

A slow morning getting caught up on the Computer again and then out to try my Luck at the Fast Stop
Showed Navru his Video of Friday's Visit, he seemed to enjoy it, got my Lottos and headed Home
Saw Chris out front and stopped by to empty the rain water out of Julie's Garden Pots
Then bored Chris with some of my latest Photos and Videos and then up the Hill to Home
And the Cat was on my Table out front to welcome me back so I took his Photo

~ El Gato enjoying the Morning Sun ~

Then a catch up Photo of another try by the Blossoms on the Morning Glory Vines
And a bit of a better showing than usual lately on these hot Days

~ More Blossoms on the Morning Glory Vines ~

And then inside to work my Lottos and scratched away to win NOTHING! What a way to start the Month
Oh well, I heard somewhere we have nother Virus Check coming some time, but when?
I think I'll use a little later to go back and try again for a Win for the Day, OK?

And then, I had rendered and uploaded my July Video but found a couple flaws in it
Not big but not like I wanted, so back to work... (Work?) Nope, back to recreation
And piddled quite a while over a few minor details, finally think it might do
So, rendered and uploaded again, now check it on the TV to see if I can settle for the latest attempt

Then back to the Fast Stop, Got another $30 worth and headed to the Minit Mart for Gasoline
Try my new Credit Card, I lost the old one someplece.. Got my Tank and headed back
This time to scratch off a ... Wait for it... WOW! %10 Win, first for the Day!

Well now... Dagnabbit! Tried to upload my edited Video and it says this would exceed your upload limit
The last upload brought my total to 4.9 GB, my weekly limit is 5.0 GB, so my editing added a bit too much
So I have to wait until my Limit resets (when?) or burn a DVD to check it on my TV

Oh yeah, I can upload it to DropBox, then I can watch it on my TV with my Living Room Computer... AHA!
OK I did that and the last Editing was OK... And now my Month of July is ready for who? Well Me, for one

Then 3 p.m. and does anything stay the same around here? Maybe sme things but most not for long
Like my Garden stuff here and there and some over there too, what abut AeroGarden Three?
Not very happy with that last crop of 'Salad Greens' not very productive and messy looking
So I pulled the rest of the Pods, dumped them and planted two new Tomato Pods, see what they do

~ Salad Greens Leavng ~ New Tomato Pods Planted ~

That took me until about 3:30 p.m. Time to give up and idle down the rest of the Afternoon
Except that I didn't idle... Was thinking about a Photo catch up of the Plants out front
To show on my August Video how things looked on the First Day of the last Month of Summer

So I went out to get about Twenty closeup Photos of the best looking Plants
Back in to upload to the Computer, then edit and get them ready for the Video
And then for sure it was time to give up and head to the TV and finish out a much busier day

~ Saturday ~ A Busy First Day of August ~



~ Friday, July 31, 2020 ~
~ A Gardening and Harvesting Day ~
~ Last Day of July at Last ~
~ A Sunny Hot Cloudy Cool Wet and Dry Month ~ Whew! ~

~ Early Visitor Friday Morning ~

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Well what today?, the last Day of the Month and another Pay Day tomorrow?
And leaving the Month with a good handfull of cash still left in the Bank again
And some of that Virus money left too, trying to keep that as a spare

Well I would like to see a peek of sunshine, Thursday wasn't all that bright
The Weather page now says 70, Cloudy and heading to 81, well maybe we can survive that

So, sitting at my Computer doing my Morning runaround on the Internet I heard a noise out front
A peek out on the Window Cam and there is Navru and Family on tour again, just leaving
So I went in, opened the front door for a short visit and chat and ended up with a Video


The Video on my Web Cams not as good as with my Camera but it served the purpose
And had the Video edited, rendered, on my Vimeo site and on my Blog by 10 a.m. Not bad timing, Huh?

Wow... another long Morning playing on the Computer, then into the Shower and all shined up
Headed to the Fast Stop, cashed in my $32 in Wins, got my Daily supply of maybes
And maybe that wasn't such aa good sample because I only won $5 back, so now what?

Well let's go out front and harvest some more of those tiny Tomatoes

~ One more Crop of Tiny Tomatoes ~

And, those Tomato Plants in Garden One, one twice as big as the other, what's going on?
It seems the other Plants like this are doing better in pots outside now, and so...
I removed the larger Plant and planted it in a Pot, I'll try it out front and see what it does

~ Out of the AeroGarden ~ Into the Pot ~

So that leaves Six Pod spaces in the AeroGarden to plant something else, and what might that be?
Well I took a look at my Seed Pot, Cucumber seeds, Cantaloup Seeds, Glower Seeds, Swiss Chard Seeds
And Hey! Jalapeno Pepper Seeds, that might do... See how they do and transplant if they get too big
So a couple seeds in a new Pod and into the AeroGarden and all planted and ready to go!

~ AeroGarden One ~ New Jalapeno Crop Planted ~

And... That was just about it for the last Day of July and a nice cool one...
Time to go see what noise Trump made today and then find a passable Movie to end the Month

~ Friday ~ Byw Bye July ~



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