Checking the Weather... Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr... Says 52 out there, this is the first Day of Autumn, not of Winter!
And only going to 74 Today, well that is some better anyway, wonder how the Pumpkin Vines will like this?
And so, when I was trying to get back to sleep I was thinking of my back Gardens for next Year
I wasn't sure before last Spring I would plant again this year but changed my mind as the Season started
And then with the crazy Weather we had this Year, had the worst Garden season since I started back there
So I was thinking again... keep going next Year or just start dismantling the Cages?
Put the Coffee on at 5 a.m. I had the Pot in the Dishwasher and that's when the Load was done
Then I worked my Puzzles, finished that and went out to the Kitchen at 6 a.m. to Harvest some Lettuce
I had three Pods of Lettuce in that Garden with Two Tomato Plants, and the Tomato Plants get big
And then off to the Price Chopper for my Daily $20 worth of Losers, but instead had a little Luck
Scratched off a $10 Winner, then two Losers and then a beautiful $100 Winner!
So of course I had to go back and cash in that Beauty and trade for more...
Down the Hill to the Fast Stop, Bought $30 More, cashed in my $110 to pay for them
Back Home then to Scratch off $20 in Losers and One $10 Winner, still ahead for the Day
So, what's for Dinner, lots of stuff packaged in the Freezer now, take your choce
Decided on some of that Beef and Cabbage to heat up at TV Time
And again, that was pretty much 'My Day'... Good Night Eleanor...
So, Usual Morning Routine done, headed out front at 9 a.m. Quite comfy at 67 Sunny Degrees
Caught a Photo of the Flowers on the Neighbor's side, some left but others holding on
Then a Bucket of Plant Clippings from Thursday up to the Trash Bin, dumped it in, then out back
Greeted by Two more Pumpkin Blooms, another Double Header but why so far apart on the same Vine?
Off to the Price Chopper, needed my best Pain Killer I use every Day... ASPIRIN, works for me
Been taking one a Day for at least 70 Years... Now and then when I have a pain here or there
Got my Aspirin, got my Lottos, headed back to scratch off nuthin again, Oh well, won the last Two Days
And why didn't the Smoke Alarm go off? Battery says it is OK, just get that Smoke outta here
Left the front Door wide open, turned on the Ceiling Fan in the Office and in the Bedroom
Turned on the A/C and set the Fan to continuous running on the Thermo, then sat of Front for a while
After enjoying the cool Weather for a good while I headed back in to dump the black Sugar in the Pot
Gonna take some heavy scrubbing to get out the rest caked on the sides and bottom...
AND... DO NOT LEAVE THE STOVE ON AND LEAVE THE BUILDING!
Well that was about all the News fit to print on Friday, finally the Smoke dissipated but the odor did not
Thought I would run up to the Price Chopper and get a stinky Candle to see if that would help
They had some big fat ones for $4.99, one flavor was on sale for $3 so of course I got that one
Why was just that one on sale? After I had it lit for awhile I could see why, not the best Scent
Not unpleasant but not exceptional, said something like 'Fresh Melon', anyway it worked to some degree
And 7:15 a.m. My usual Computer finishing time... Back Garden checking time? Bet we got Blooms
I saw several on Wednesday that looked like they would be ready soon, how many Today?
Out into the Morning at 7:30 a.m. and 75 Degrees... Heading to 93 later they say, about like yesterday
Tossed my Trash in the Bin, back in front of the Building next Door, saw my Roses staging a comeback
And down the Hlll to the Fast Stop, 'Dubra Utra' to Navru, bought $20 in Tickets, headed Home
Last time there on Tuesday I won $25, $5 profit, this time I won a $15 and $20... $15 Profit
And set for the Day, getting too hot already for work outside (work? that's what I do for fun)
Set a couple Chicken Thighs and a Biscuit to thaw, Biscuit for Breakfast, Chicken for Arroz con Pollo later
Had my Biscuit and Sausage Gray and the Morning TV News catch up, decided to start on my Rice
I got the 'Uncle Ben's Original', my favorite Rice I use for everything, just the Best IMNSHO...
And so easy to prepare the Rice, into the Pot with Water, Rice and a tad of Butter if desired
Then bring to a Boil, reduce Heat and simmer for 20 Minutes and VIOLA! Arroz exceliente!
My Recipe for this Dish is very simple, most of the Seasonings are in the Salsa Verde
The Meat is Roast Chicken, chopped up, added to the Cooked Rice, then the Salsa is stirred in
Then ready for heating and Dinner any time the desire for excellent Cooking is requested... (HAH!)
And yes it is Wednesday, 'Halfway through the Working Week', whatever that was...
I used to have a job but it wasn't much work, just driving around and fixing things... yeah, FUN!
And really not, in this middle of the Week, not one single Idea of what to do all this coming HOT Day
It was 94 on Tuesday, hottest Temp on that Day in 45 Years, and Mike says it will hit a record 95 Today!
7 a.m. Morning Computer stuff all done, what's next... Breakfast or an out back Trek?
The Weather looks just like Tuesday, 73 to 94, well 95 is the Record for the Date, a chance at that
Despite the Heat Today it looks like winter is going to creep in, the Sun is coming up a little later every Day
Forecast says Sunrise at 7:03 a.m. but it is 7:15 now and the Sun hasn't peeked over the gully yet
Time for a quick run out to check the Pumpkin Blooms before it does...
Up the Stairs, around back, around the Corner and only One Pumpkin Bloom for Wednesday
But one right next to it will make it's Debue Thursday... And the Female Bud is leaving... Oh Woe
So the usual Evening, finished with my Dinner and another Musical Concert... and 'How Sweet it Is'
(or WAS... anyway)
How about a look at my Garden in the Closet, how is that going? Well not going very well
See why I called it an 'Experiment'? I didn't know if it would work and it didn't... very well
Only one Onion looks like it's going anywhere and the Radishes grew too tall too fast and fell over
Well ya can't win 'em all and this interlude sure doesn't look like a winner
Sampled some of Navru's gifts with the dumm TV News and back to the Computer
Edited a few Blog Screenshots and then nothing on the Agenda for what's left of the long day ater 11 a.m.
And the Day slipped on by, just diddling with this and that, decided to go out front and water
Should have done that a week or more ago, everything very thirsty, and some Plants just wearing out for the Season
I have a few Pots and a couple Planters that need to be cleaned out already, usually wait til the first Freeze for that
So I'll get back out when it's cool and do that... I thught a couple Cannas were retiring but starting to Bloom again
Mabe this good watering will revive them and also the Coleus which are looking tired
Trash dumped, then around back, WOW! Lookee at those bright Blooms! Of course all Male
That Vine I took off the Cage is now over 9 feet long and really getting with the Program
The Vine that was producing the earlier Blooms is still at it with one Bloom today and going the other way
And that tiny Female Bud is still going but not at all sure how it will do now
Back at el Ranchito to work my Lottos for a win of $15... WOW! $5 Profit!
And then, just settle back and take it easy, catch up this Blog and oooze into making my musical Video
And I started ooozing into the mood, plinked around on the Keyboard, made a few test Recordings
I didn't like the results of any of them, finally decided to just play the Melody and let the Machine do the rest
So I tried that a couple times, decided the last one would have to do and finished my Video with that
No great Concert performance but it should satisfy Don Kixmiller's Request... (I hope)
So here it is... What do you think of this try? (No, don't tell me)
Ok, now 3:45 p.m. My Video now on Vimeo... I can watch it on my TV... Pretty good try, me being modest at that
And I need to do something new for Dinner, I put a Chcken Thigh out to thaw, what can I do with that?
How about 'Pasta con Pollo Picante'... How do you do that? I don't know, let's try...
I put the Chicken in the M/W to speed up Thawing, put the Pasta in Boiling Water
Cubed up the Chicken, already had some Salsa Preparada, with my Tomatoes, Onions and a little Jalapeno
Drained the Pasta, in with the Chicken and Salsa... Finito! Just keep warm for Dinner later
Such a bizzy Day all Day on Saturday, nothing big, just this and that, pretty much all Day
For today just can't think of anything much to do, like most Days, and what's Winter going to be like?
At least no Daily morning Trek out back for One thing and no Gardens Front or Back
HAH! Just thought of something, noticed the plants out front needed Water, I can plan to do that early
7:30 a.m. Headed out back, greeted by Two new Pumpkin Blooms and I saw a Female Bud on a Second Vine
Got a couple Photos and headed back in, that's all for Out Back on Sunday
And into the Afternoon and I thought I would work on that Video I want to make of a Song for Don Kixmiller
And it turned out to be a larger task that I had imagined, I didn't want to record part of God Bless America
What they play at Ball Games and other Events, I wanted to include the Starting words that most omit
I wanted to find that online to start my Video and I would play the usual part after, so on with the Hunt
And I found one that should do, then I started my Video on the Editor, adding some Photos and Video clips
That took most all the Afternoon and I am not quite there yet, more on Monday maybe
Next set up Dinner, I still had some Roast Beef and Cabbage in the Fridge but not enough Cabbage in it
So I chopped up another quarter Head of Cabbage, added Onions and Bacon and simmered that
The added the leftover Beef and Cabbage to heat up later for Dinner
Then the usual Afternoon, slipping on into the Evening, had my Dinner and closed the Show again with Andre Rieu
The first half of September really flew by for me, and that cold Weather is headed this way already
Not this Week though, some Summer still hanging around, to keep my Garden hopes up back there
But everything is already gone except for a few Tomatoes and that Pumpkin Vine that keeps teasing with new Blooms
Mike says hot today, let's look... Well 70 now at 7 a.m. Sunny and 89 later, I guess we can live with that OK
So, Blog finished and posted, now Coffee to sip and Puzzles to work before the Trek out back
Before my Garden Trek a Peek at the Kitchen Plants... Oh Oh, Lettuce in Garden One is shading the new Peppers
Going to have to move the Peppers or pick some of those Lettuce Leaves, yeah, make a Sandwich
And... Decided to move those Two Peppers from the shade of the Lettuce to the open space in Garden Three
There is more Lettuce growing in the back Pods in Garden One and it will make more Shade
That carried me until 2 p.m. What next? This is usally the Start of my wind down Time with a glass of Vino Tinto
And setting out something for Dinner later and what might that be Today? Several choices in the Fridge and Freezer
Excuse me while I head out to the Kitchen and play around a while...
3 p.m. and still at it... I had Roast Beef in the Freezer and Cabbage in the Crisper... An Idea?
How about ~Roast Beef~ and Cabbage? Well I didn't have any Corned Beef, let's try that, I'm Game
So I set out the Beef to thaw and then thought I would Process and Freeze the Tomato collection on the Table
That didn't take long, rinsed the Tomatoes, cut them in Chunks, into the Processor and into the Container to freeze
Movie and Dinner Time, tried that Beef Special Dish, not bad, but not exactly Saint Patrick Day type
Later closed out the Evening again with Andre Rieu, he just plays good stuff for me
Worked my Crossword and Jumble, checked Facebook, a few nice Comments on my Silly Videos
Now creeping up on 7 a.m. What's the Weather? Checking the Window Cam, looks OK, what's the Temp?
Well a cool 69 degrees now, heading to a very warm 89 later, mostly Sunny, looks like a nice Day
A Peek into the Office Closet, and the Onions seem to be doing OK, the last time I tried I got plants but no harvest
And 7 a.m. Time again to head out back for the usual Pumpkin Run, this is getting old and no Pumpkins
Up the Stairs, around back, turn the Corner and Surprize? Well no, just another Gorgeous Pumpkin Bloom
Noon Time... Busy Morning, a bit of Garden action, some Photo editing, some Video Editing
Now what for the long Afternoon ahead, again out of Ideas for the Moment...
Well the Idea department shut down for the Day, I played with my Keyboard a litle more
Caught up with the News, set out some Dinner to Hot up later, then just wind down the Day
Out to the Kitchen to pour a Glass of Wine, just noticed how bright the Kitchen looks now
Some Gardens to Watch, some Flowers to enjoy while I am producing my Gourmet Meals, yes Ma'am