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~ Sunday, May 31, 2020 ~
~ Farewell to the Merry Merry Month of May ~
~ Spring has Sprung and Summer is on the Way ~

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~ Kitchen Plants on the Last Day of May ~

~ Oh what a Beautiful Morning ~ Oh what a Beautiful Day ~ I've got a Wonderful Feeling ~ Everything's Going my Way~


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Shall we have a Merry Farewell to the last Day of the Merry Merry Month of May?
Well I wasn't Merry every Day of May but a few had me grinning a lot... Yahoo!
Hoping for a Merry Weather Day to usher out a pretty fair Month for this and that
Except for that Virus and then the Riots on the streets... We do seem to live in a rather primitive World

Anyway, I'm in a good Mood for this last Day of May, will the Weather make me happier?
Oh, the first peek out on the Window Cam at 8:30 a.m. looks a bit Cloudy and Windy, what's the Forecast?
Well 64 Degrees now and says Cloudy, yep I see that, but later up to 79 and Sunny... I like that

OK, Sky bright at 10 a.m. but not quite Sunny and off to where for my daily Dose of Lottos?
And where to? Won nicely at the Price Chopper and Fast Stop on Saturday, so... Minit Mart or Grab and Go?
Well, try the Minit Mart... Cashed in my last $25 Ticket Win, bought by Sunday try...
Back Home to scratch off just a $25 Win, Oh well you know how this Game goes
So, try again, did I hit Machine one at the Price Chopper on Saturday? Let's try that one
And again, cashed in my last $25 Win... Back again to scratch again... and again, won only $25... RATZ!

One more try then... Haven't been winning at the Grab and Go, but shall we give them one more chance?
Yeah, Iheaded over there, then in gorgeous Sunshine, again traded in my $25 in Winners
Selected my potential Winners, headed back and then only scratched off $15 in Wins... Nutz... Time to quit

Then a late Breakfast, sampling my newly Harvested and prepared Rhuvbarb
Tasty but needs a bit more Sugar in the Sauce

~ Tasty Rhubarb Sauce but could be a bit Sweeter ~

Then a bit of Garden Work, if you can call my playing around 'Work'
A peek at one of the Knock Our Rose Bushes and doing well

~ Knock Out Rose with new Blooms ~

And a catch up Photo of those Morning Glory Vines, the leading Vine now at 40 Inches
Will need to attach sone strings soon to lead them to the Deck above

~ Morning Glory Vines now at 40 Inches ~

And a trot out back, decided to remove the old Cucumber Bed, leaning this way and that and slipping down the Hill
Removed and trashed the front gate, more work to do whenever the mood hits...

~ First Garden Bed on the Way Out ~

Enough of that for the Day, what else is going on, well the end of the Month and then End of my May Video
So... that Edited, Finished, Rendered and Uploaded, ready to bore everyone but me to death
And here it is for anyone that would like to be bored for about 25 Minutes... Well the Flowers and Music is Purdy


Then I burned a DVD copy to show Chris and Julie what I waste my time on
And on into my Gorgeous Afternoon, inside and out

After a late Afternoon 'News' catch up I toddlewd down to give Chris my DVD
Sat and had a short Chat and then back up the hill to finish out the Day with TV and Dinner
And overall a pretty nice Day to end the Month of May

~ Sunday ~ Goodbye Merry Merry May ~



~ Saturday, May 30, 2020 ~
~ Another Early Pay Day ~
~ Another Good Lotto Win Day ~

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~ At least the Two Basil Plants are doing OK ~

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Well closer to the usual wake up Time, finished my Dreams and peeked at the Clock at 5:20 a.m.
Then my Morning runaround getting all the Lights turned on, the Coffee on, updating my Blog and now 6:20 a.m.
Talking about Lights, I live in this 'Cellar' of an Apartment, Three small Windows in Back
Two sides of the Building are underground so not much light from behind, the front is open
A large Living Room Window but usually the Drape is closed for the TV, a small Bathroom Window
And a large Office Window, the Blind often closed, so with no lights inside, kinda dark

So first thing, on with my Bedroom Light, then Bathroom Light, Five Lights in the Living Room
Three Lights in the Kitchen Garden, on with the Light above the Stove and Sink and then
Into my Office Room and click, click click, Two on the Computer Shelf and One on the Desk
And then I leave them on all Day... I got my Light!

But what has that got to do with Saturday and Pay Day, Nice to see that IBM Check in the Bank
My SS Check will be in there Wednesday and I am still enjoying the Virus Charity Money now and then
So what's that got to do with Saturday? Nuthin, so what's the Weather for Pay Day?
Well just a bit chilly out there at 57 Degrees but says partly Sunny and heading to a pleasant 75 again

Same ole stuff... Check the Bank... check Facebook, check Email, start Today's Blog
Edit some Photos, add the latest to my May Video, almost finished with that one
Then 8:30 a.m. and on to the Day, where to for Lottos? Lost all the last at Price Chopper, try there again

Got my Tickets and back to scratch, first a $10 Win, then a $25, and then a nice $40 Win
That makes Four $40 Wins for the Merry Month of May

~ Number Four $40 Win for May ~

After a bit, of course that wasn't enough traveling for loot for the Day, backed out again
Saw Julie and Chris out front so stopped down there to brag about my latest Wins
Then off to the Fast Stop to bother Navru for more Wins, por favor

Cashed in my $75 in Wins Got another handful, zipped back to scratch a $5, $10, $10 and $15
Almost got my Money back... and That's enough wishing for Riches for the Day

And now I can't think of a another single thing happening on that gorgeous Day except...
That I waited and watched that Rocket take-off for wherever it was headed

~ Fly Me to the Moon! ~

Then as usual, nothing else but trying for something to while away the rest of the Day

~ Saturday ~ More Nice Weather ~



~ Friday, May 29, 2020 ~
~ Another Early Trip to NKC ~
~ Great Weather Day ~ Oh Yes! ~

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~ Knock Out Rose with a few more Blooms ~

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Yeah, one more Trip to NKC Hospital for a Scan to check if that Kidney Stone is still in there
Then another Appointment Monday, this time at St. Luke's Hospital up North to see the Urologist
Usually I See him at their Office in NKC, seems they have Three locations to choose from
Normally I wouldn't have to drive all the way to NKC for a Scan either, but the closest one is Closed

Anyway, up an hour earlier again, woke up at 4:20 a.m. and started this long Day...
Get this Day finished up and out of the way and then another earlier Pay Day on Saturday
No hurry for Pay Day this Month, I still have a hunk of that $1,200 Check that Trump sent me
Well, he didn't send it, he is just taking credit for it... The Demos are mostly to blame for that

So what else is on the Agenda for Friday? Is there one? Only the Scan, and Lottos, no Garden Plans
The Kitchen Garden has all been refurbished, just have some Trays on the way and not needing them much now
The front Garden has been watered well by the Rain and doesn't need anything but admiration
And I think now and then about doing something out back but my back pain dampens that thinking

And off to NKC Hospital ay 7:30 a.m. And 'Oh What a Beautiful Morning', the start of a beautiful Day
Yep, the Sun was Bright, not a Cloud in the Sky and the Temp was comfy... can't get much better
And not a lot of traffic on the way, which I like immensely

Arrived right on time, checked in, got masked and tripped down the Hall to the Imaging Room
A modest wait, a short trip through the CT Scanner and headed back to Riverside and the Red-X
Stopped to trade in my last $70 of Winners for another handful and headed to Parkville
Home at 9 a.m. and then scratched off $47 in wins, Oh well, a Good try anyway

Some chat with Chris waiting for his Ride again, then got a couple Photos out front
And then around the Side, hey is it Rhubarb Harvesting time? Let's get the Shears
Snip and snip and off with the Stems and Leaves and it's time to make some Breakfast Sauce

~ Rhubarb Crop ready to Harvest ~

Harvested, chopped and ready to make Sauce and so easy, just Sugar, Water and a bit of Nutnmeg, yeah
So Some Rhubarb Sauce on Buttered Toast for Breakfast on Pay Day... Yum!

~ Rhubarb Crop ready for Sauce ~ And Sauce ready for Breakfast ~

That Sauce after simmering doesn't look all that appetizing but if you happen to like that taste...
You sure can't find anything like it at the Price Chopper, quite distinctive, yes ma'am

And now at 6 a.m. Saturday I can't think of much of anything to add after that
As I have said so many times, Time just slips away for me after mid-afternoon...
And it did again on Friday... Now on to Pay Day

~ Friday ~ Can't ask for Better Weather! ~



~ Thursday, May 28, 2020 ~
~ Counting Down to Pay Day ~
~ And Lady Luck Smiled on Me ~ Again ~

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~ Road River running again Thursday ~

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Yeah, Pay Day early for June on Saturday this Month but no hurry, still have that freebie Money
Did pretty good on Lottos this Month without it, not as good as last Month though

Peeking out on the Window Cam, the Road River is running again, more rain, hope it doesn't drown my Garden
Most all out there is looking good... Lessee... Says 65 now, 72 later and of course... RAIN

OK some catch up Garden Photos Inside and out... The onions out front Wednesday looking good
Shouldn't be long until we can pull a few 'Green Onions' from that Pot

~ Onions on the Way ~

Then in the Living Room, a few Blooms on the Jalapeno Plants and lots of Blooms on the Tomato Plants
Will be some time though before those miniatures will be ready for Harvesting

~ Lots of new Tomato Blooms ~

And then in the Kitchen, the Swiss Chard is growing but seems to want to lay down on the Job
I am thinking if and when I get a Harvest, all the Crop there might just make one modest seving

~ Is that enough Chard for a Serving? ~

Then, doing a little Photo and Video editing, time slipping way, 9 a.m. and raining out front, phooey
Big decision ahead, where for Lottos today? Where did I win yesterday? Price Chopper and Fast Stop
Lost all the last Three times at the Grab and Go, maybe forget that place... But I did win a BIG one there
OK, didn't play at the Price Chopper Service Counter Wednesday, let's try there

Now what? Headed out into that drizzle about 10 a.m. for the Price Chopper
Cashed in $25 in Wins added $15 and got my Lottos at the Cash Counter... Thank you...
Back home in the drizzle abating to scratch off absolutely NUTHIN! DRAT! So... Now what?

Well, nuthing to do, so went back out in that drippy Day to try the same place and the same Tickets again
This time won back $35... no profit but makes me feel a bit better... Oh well, can't win 'em all

And, on the way back in I saw my Morning Glory Plants looking so perty I had to get another Photo
And those things must like the rain as they are growing like weeds... Or is a Morning Glory a weed?

~ Morning Glory Vines going Thataway! ~

OK, the Day slipping away... Headed to the Fast Stop for one more try, traded in my $35 worth
Some Chat and then a Gift of Four boxes of Cookies... HAH! And headed Home with my Tickets and Gift
Then worked my Tickets and won all my Money back, no profit though, well I have the Cookies

~ One more Gift from the Fast Stop ~

Time slipping away into the Afternoon again and I remembered that I needed some Gas
The Rain had stopped but still Cloudy and cool... and off to the Minit Mart... got my $20 worth of Gas
Then headed in and traded my last $35 Win for $35 more, Never say Die!... And headed back

Happily scratched away and the First Ticket was a $50 Win! HURRAY! Then I got Two $5s and a $10
So Happy ME! I got close to breaking even for the Day, I think I only lost $5 after all that scratching

~ Lady Luck smiled on me Again! ~

Then the Day slipped into TV Time and shut down most all the action...

~ Thursday ~ Enuff is Enuff ~



~ Wednesday, May 27, 2020 ~
~ Some Repotting in the Kitchen Gardens ~
~ Some Clouds ~ Some Sun ~ More Clouds ~ More Sun ~

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WHAT! Wednesday already? And running late this Morning even after an early start at 4:30 a.m.
Woke up a bit early, wide awake so just gave up and got up... Got my Juice and hit the Internet
Checking on Facebook, saw a Post from a guy wanting everyone to X a list showing how many US States they visited
Well I ain't gonna mess with no simple list like he had, so I made a Map to show my Visits and Travels
Found a map to copy on the Internet then added my States with an asterisk, lived in Four and Visited Twenty
And I have driven in Seventeen of those Twenty States, yeah, been there and done that

~ I've been Everywhere Man ~

So, making the Map and cruising the Net, that took me until 6:30 a.m. and just finished editing Tuesday's Blog
And starting todays repetition of nothing much going on around here as usual, like what's the Weather

Getting a bit useless to watch Channel 4 Waather the Night before, it's kind of confusing
They cover so much here and there and if and when that I really don't know what the Weather is going to be
That is, unti I read my Morning online Net Forecast and look out the Window in the Morning

So, what's it say now? 63 Degrees now, mostly Cloudy and 76 Degrees later and Cloudy... OK... Phooey!

~ Wednesday Morning at 6:30 a.m. ~ Roses Bloomimg ~

Then... 8 a.m. Surprize! Something to do for the Day, checked my Email, says my Order was delivered
HUH? Didn't hear anything out front last Afternoon, looked out, my Garden Package was there
Unpacked the new Plants, in tiny Pots, set them on the Shelf for a Photo
Need to put them in bigger Pots and then rearrange the Plants on the Shelves

~ Latest Three new Plants ~

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~ New Plants Repotted ~

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~ Latest Look in the Kitchen Gardens ~

And that I did, and all done in early Afternoon, outside the Sun shining bright and warm
I have all the Plants where I want them at present, used a couple trays for the new ones from under other plants
They weren't really needed there, so no hurry for the new Trays and I have the look I want for now

And I think it looks better now than for quite some time... yeah?

~ Wednesday ~ Yep, Nice Day Overall ~



~ Tuesday, May 26, 2020 ~
~ Some Rain ~ Some Sun ~ Some Fun ~
~ One more Lotto Winner ~

~ Now Blooms on the Jalapeno Plant ~

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The Day after the Day again, What's the next Holiday now? Next 'Flag Day' display will be June 14th
My how Time flies! And then the BIG One! Independence Day, July 4th

Lemmee see now, It's Tuesday? And joyful Weather News, cloudy now at 66 Degrees at 7 a.m.
Says 74 later and Rain Showers, like my Plants need that after all the watering I did on Monday
Not a thing planned for this Day as usual, well except my Lottos... and that really isn't a plan
Just try to find a place to buy them that I didn't win at the Day before

OK, My Puzzles... The Crossword was about my usual time but the Jumble was 1.25 Minutes
It really isn't much fun when you get the words that quick and easy, Oh well I AM a Genius after all
And so modest and reserved about the fact... Yes ma'am...

And, Time Slips Away... again... A catch up on the Kitchen Plants waiting for the latest changes
What's it going to look like with three more Plants on the shelves? If they fit...

~ Latest Look at the Kitchen Plants ~

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~ Peace Lilies Tuesday Morning ~

Finally got around to heading out for the Usual, this time the Price Chopper Machine Two
Traded in my Winners, got my new load and headed Home to win back only $20... Oh well... (or NOT Well)
And of course that would not do, still had $1,100 of thate Freebie Money to play with
This time a Visit to Navru... Did my trade and then a lot of chat about this and that
And then headed back, stepped out into a light Rain Shower to go in and Win back my Money
And I scratched off Two $20 Wins and a nicer $40 one, made a little profit there

~ Sixth Nice Win ~ Second $40 for May ~

Well that $60 wasn't quite enough to satisfy my urge to Win the Big One so back again
I needed some Chocolate Nibbles anyway so back to the Price Chopper, just got Two $10 Tickets this time
Then got my Candy, checked out and headed back, this time won $20 and $17, a little more profit there... Hah!

OK late afternoon by then and time for some Nibbles and TV News Catch-up all over again

~ Tuesday ~ Better than average Day ~



~ Monday, May 25, 2020 ~
~ Memorial Day ~
~ Last Week of the Month of May ~

~ Flags out for Memorial Day last Year ~

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Monday Monday and Memorial Day 2020, will we have some Holiday Weather?
Oh NO! My Forecast says 68 Degrees now at 6 a.m. and Cloudy...
And then later, says Rain but heading to 73 Degrees, not exactly my type of Holiday Weather
Peeked out the Door, my Missouri Flag was all wet and drooping, decided not to put out the American Flags

~ Not my Style of Holiday ~

Lessee... What's happenin' today? Well, new Kitchen Garden Trays on the way
But the new Plants won't be delivered for a few more Days, so nothing to do there
The Plants out front could use some water but it is raining some and that takes care of that
So not much left to do except gripe more about the Weather

~ Swiss Chard on Monday Morning ~

Still playing with those silly Quizzes in my Email and doing quite well it seems
I don't know a lot of the Answers so I take the best guess and come out right most of the time

~ Well Mom didn't raise no Dummies ~

So then, off to the Fast Stop to bother Navru, got him off his Laptop and finding me Winner Lottos
Got my tries and headed back, he didn't find many, only won $5 back... so... Try again?

Back to the Fast Stop to try the ones I did not win and this time got $30 back
Out to try again, saw Julie and Chris waving so I dropped down there for a chat
Then his Ride showed up, he left anf I headed for the Price Chopper this time
Got $40 worth from the Service Counter, back again to scratch off a $5, $10 and $17 Winner

Hey, some Sun out front... and time to hook up the Hose, do some cleaning and watering out front
Then... Hosed a lot of leaves and stuff from the Parking Area and watered a couple Plants
Had a brief sit in with the Cat and enjoyed the Cloudy bright Sunshine and warmth
And then got the latest Photo of the Morning Glory vines on their way to the Shy

~ Leading Morning Glory now at 24 1/2 Inches ~

And a couple Photos of the Front Gardens while the Cat posed here and there
After I took the Photos in the Clouds the Sun came out to change the look everywhere... Oh Well

~ Memorial Day 2020 ~

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~ The Cat enjoying the Day ~

And that was enough out front for the Holiday, not the best Day of the Month so far but adequate
Back in for the TV windup, then saw the Amazon delivery Man out front, opened the door
Watched him bring my package to the Door, Thank You and opened it up, a bit of disappointment
I thought I had ordered a pack of Six Trays for my new Garden Plants. is was only one larger one
Well I can use that one too and did, then ordered the Six Pack I need for the Kitchen

Back to the TV and Dinner and Movie and that was it for a pretty good Monday

~ Monday ~ Not bad for a rainy Start ~



~ Sunday, May 24, 2020 ~
~ Another Sunny Warm Day ~
~ And Busy Enough ~

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And it is Sunday all over again, will it be as nice as Saturday or is that too much to wish for?
Looks cloudy out the Window, what the Forecast say? That dancing Guy on Fox 4 didn't make much sense
My online Forecast now says 72... Great! and mostly Sunny but I see no Sun out there
Later says heading to 82 Degrees but says mostly Cloudy and I sure do not want that

So... what plans do I have for the Day? For one try to get that new Grow Light dimmed a bit
And I would like to get my Pumpkin Bed out back cleaned out if my back will handle it
And of course go try to find some decent Lotto Wins for a change

Out on a warmMorning to take a peek at the Morning Glory Vines... Looking good
And on the way all the way up to the Deck again, hopefuul with gorgeous Blooms

~ Morning Glories on the Way ~

OOOOOPS? again, what happened to the Bird Feeder I filled a couple Days ago?
Now sitting on the ground, I hope not broken, have to check to see why it let go

~ OOOOOPS! The Bird Feeder fell from the Tree ~

And Oh Yes! 9 a.m. and out the Window I see bright Sunshine... Now if it just hangs around
I do know the Plants out front will enjoy it and I sure will as always

OK, about 9 a.m. or so, thought of a way to dim tha new Grow Light and started the process
Just slip in a sheet of plastic screen type material I had used for another Project
I had the Light hanging under the Shelf, but this time I layed a sheet of the Screen on top of the Shelf
And set the light above the Screen. the edge of the Light resting on the Trays on both sides
But still has a glare from the space between the trays... So... I had an old plastic Computer Keyboard
I disassembled it, cut a piece of plastic from one side, cut it to fit between the Trays... and it works!

~ Donald (the Genius) Dimmed the Grow Light ~

So what do you think? Here is the way it was on Saturday... Too bright

~ New Grow Light Installed ~ Too Bright! ~

And kind of busy all Morning so finally around 11 a.m. heading out to look for Lottos
And I found some at the Price Chopper but not many Winners, just a $10 and $15 Win but better than nuthin

So, I headed back to pick up the ones that I didn't win... This time 5 more tries
And scratched off Three $5 Wins, no Profit for the Day, just even up

On through a long sunny warm Afternoon, took out the Trash and then saw Chris out front Waving
So I trotted on down there, Juie was out front also... I took a seat for some chat
A bit later here comes Navru and Family trotting down the Hill for their daily walk
They stopped out front to chat with us, then back up that Hill to home
The Sun was bright and warm when I headed down but the Clouds began to roll in as the Afternoon waned

~ Up the Hill from Chris' Place ~

Then it was time to head back Home to finish out the Day as usual
Then a News catch-up, some Dinner and a Movie and finished a pretty good Day, shall we do another on Monday!

~ Sunday ~ More Nice Weather ~



~ Saturday, May 23, 2020 ~
~ I have my Sunshine ~ I love my Sunshine ~
~ New Grow Light Installed ~

~ Oh what a Beautiful Morning ~ Oh what a Beautiful Day ~ I've got a Wonderful Feeling ~ Everything's Going my Way~


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Saturday Morning, 'Let's get started here!' Like my IBM Boss used to say...
Up late at 6 a.m. and got started roaming the Internet and posting a few things on Facebook
And now it is 7:15 a.m. and I need to pour my Coffee and get started on this late report...
OK, sip sip... What's the Weather, HEY! It looks like we got SUN out there! After how many Cloudy Mornings?
Oh my yes! Says 60 Degrees and mostly Sunny now... Then heading to 84 and Sunny! I LOVE IT!
I must have missed what Joe was saying last Night on the News or he was wrong about today

Anyway...What was that Video problem on Friday? I wanted to add a couple Photos to my May Video
So I opened my Video Editor, wanted to open my May Video and the May.vf File wasn't there?
What's a .vf File, well that's the unrendered copy of the new Video I am working on and it disappeared
Where and how... no Idea, it has happened before and I lose all of the Video I have been working on... DRAT!

Well, fortunately I still have all the Photos and Videos I used in the Video and so... Start all over
Had to remake the Intro, add and space all the Photos and Videos, add the Titles and Sub-Titles and Music
So I worked away on it and got it all redone before I headed out for my Lottos about 10 a.m.
And this time... I rendered and 'saved' what I have done so far, this gives me a .mp3 Video copy in a different File
So if I do lose the .vf File, I can add the .mp3 File to my editor and then add the new stuff after that... AHA!

8:30 a.m. Computer Start to the Day all done, what now? The Question of the Day as usual
Well, a peek at the Kitchen Gardens, just read that my new Grow Light is out for Delivery now
And the Swiss Chard in Garden One is looking like we just might get a small Crop after all

~ Swiss Chard in Garden One ~

And... A 'Quick Trip' to the Price Chopper to spend more of my non-wealth... got my Lottos
And back to scratch and scratch and win absolutely NUTHIN! DRAT!
But we have a gorgeous warm sunny Day out there so let's find something to do

The Plants are looking better every day out front, the Tomatoes moved out front are producing
Not the big one in the big Pot from Larry's, but all the ones moved from the inside AeroGardens

~ Seven Tomatoes on this Transferred AeroGarden Plant ~

And the Lily Plants in the Stairway Planter are taller than ever and getting ready to blast open
Then we will have a Week or more of their Golden Beauty to enjoy

~ Blooms getting ready to Pop on the Stair Lilies ~

Took a little hike out back to check things, didn't do any gardening back there last Year
The Bbeds now full of Weeds, was thinking of maybe planting Pumpkins just for the fun... Fun?
Pulled some of the weeds out of the Bed, getting it ready to mow the weeds inside... (maybe>
Played with that a while, then my back started hurting enough to want to sit down and think about it

2 p.m. What to do? Thought I would check on my Amazon Grow Light deivery in my Email
There was a new Notice, says you are the Next Stop, looked out my window and there it was
Trotted to my Door, had it open to welcome the Delivery Man as he walked up, now... Install it

~ Amazon on the Way ~

Out to the Kitchen with my Package, opened it, read the Instuctions, clipped some hanger Wires
Hung it under the top Shelf, plugged it in and Ta Da! It works! But Oh NO! Way too bright!
Well it said it was the brightest LED Grow Light available but I don't want that much bright!

So I read the Instructions again, said how to dim the Light, BUT... My Light does not have that button
Well I have an Idea how I might get it dimmed down a bit, maybe work on that on Sunday

~ New Grow Light Installed ~ Too Bright! ~

That was it for Gardening for the Day, the Weather great out front so I headed out to sit and enjoy
Then the Cat wandered up to lie down and enjoy the Afternoon, and the Birds at my Feeder, with me

~ Cat and Donald enjoying the Afternoon ~

Enough of that and back in to finish out the Afternoon and another pretty good Day

~ Saturday ~ Sunny and Warm... ~ Yes Ma'am ~



~ Friday, May 22, 2020 ~
~ Says Just another Rainy Day ~
~ Yep ~ Some Rain for the Garden ~ Some Afternoon Sun for Me ~

~ Kitchen Herbs doing OK ~

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Friday? What's for today... Don't know yet, my new Grow Light comes on Saturday though
But not a sure date on the Three new Plants on the way to use the new Light
Well all of them won't be under the new Light, maybe one of them, don't know yet until I see their size

~ New Plants on the Way ~

And another Day on Thursday with lots of Clouds with a little peeking out of the Sun, any better today?
Oh No! 62 Degrees now at 7:45 a.m. (where did the Morning go?) Then 70 Degrees later and saying light Rain
Well the Plants out front could use a little light Rain but some afternoon Sun would be nice too

Und mein Gott im Himmel! Says Saturday will be Cloudy, then Three Days of 'Rain Showers'...
And then Three Days of 'Light Rain'... My Fowers and Veggies sure ain't gonna like that any more than I will
It says my type Weather won't show up until May 30 with 75 Degrees and Sunny!

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And! What after that? Now it is Saturday Morning... I got busy with redoing a Video then
Worked on it all Morning and after finishing that I took off my Lottos
And then didn't add anything to my Blog all Day and finished the Day as usual with no more Blogging

OK... I'll post this one then start on Saturday's Blog and cry about why I had to redo the Video

~ Friday ~ Busy Morning ~ The usual Afternoon ~



~ Thursday, May 21, 2020 ~
~ Cloudy Cool Morning ~ A little Afternoon Warmth and Sun ~
~ Some Gardenimg Inside and Out ~

~ A Knockout 'Knock Out' Rose ~

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~ More 'Knock Out' Buds on the Way ~

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An early start on the Kitchen Garden Thursday Morning first thing, in to flip on the Grow ights
And had to make a few changes as I had moved a few of the Connections from where they were
I had removed all but two of the Flourescent Lights and moved some of the Connections around
And now the Shelves are ready for the new Light ordered on Wednesday

OK, another bizzy Morning but kept at it until 9:30 a.m. and then... out of the Shower
And ready the get out there and use up this Day with a gloomy start, but a bright spot in the Sky
Oh yeah, the Weather report... Say 60 out there now and Cloudy, heading to 71 and still Cloudy
And saying Tomorrow light Rain... Where did the Sun go?

Then... Off to the Price Chopper and I believe the Service Counter is the Target for Lottos
Got all of the $5 Tickets and One $10... back to Win back only $25, no way to make me Happy

OK, back to the Gardens, the Swiss Chard in the Pots in the Kitchen was fading away
Maybe it wants some Sunshine? Took the Pots out front to try that a while

~ Swiss Chard out front with the Onions ~

And those Marigold Vines getting ready to climb, put a couple of strings in the Pots
Add helped a couple Vines to take hold, now let's see them climb up to the Deck

~ Helping the Morning Glory Vines Climb ~

And some chat again with Chris, out front to enjoy a little Warmth and some peeking out a bit from the Clouds
Back in then at 3 p.m. Work Day done then? Well no more Garden ideas for the Moment
Now waiting for the New Grow Light and Three more indoor 'Fresh Air' Plants for the Kitchen

And then... Same as ways... Good Night Irene and everyone else...

~ Thursday ~ Another Day Busy Enough ~



~ Wednesday, May 20, 2020 ~
~ Busy Day ~ Most All Day ~
~ Kitchen Garden Changes Again~

~ One Chard Plant giving Up? ~

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Well now... bizzy early Morning... 7:15 a.m. already and all done except starting on Today's Blog...
First a Photo of that Swiss Chard Plant in the Kitchen giving up, never saw one do that so early
All the rest in that AeroGarden looking OK except kind of sprawling around, always something with Gardening

Then had my Juice, sipped my Coffee while finishing and posting Tuesday's Blog, then working my Puzzles
Getting Screenshots of all those Photos I had on my Blog for Tuesday and entering them on my May Video timeline
Then I added the Video of Pat's Visit to the May Video, and IMNSHO... it's looking good

And another Photo of the latest in my Kitchen Garden and it's looking good too
I have Three of the new Plants on the Shelves and I don't know their names... Duh...
Guess I'll have to look them up, my order didn't say what they were but I know the peace Lily
I put that one in the Living Room Garden where the larger one was, I moved it to the Kitchen

~ Mid-May Look at the Kitchen Garden ~

Also I am giving up on the Swiss Chard I tried in the Pots there, just isn't working
The Vegetable Plants I have tried inside in Pots just don't seem to do much of anything

~ Marginata ~ Snake Plant ~ Peperomia ~

And... Was thinking of replacing those old, and now looking dimmer, Flourescent Gro-Lites in the Kitchen
Don't know where and when and why I first bought those, anyway, now I just ordered a replacement
Kind of high priced but I stll have that $1,200 they gave me for the Virus and have used NONE of it yet<
Said it will be here Tomorrow, want a peek at what it looks like?

~ New Grow Light on the Way Tomorrow ~

So, new Lights on the way... Why wait until they get here, started on adjusting the shelves
The Flourescent Lights were on a second Shelf, took off the Lights, then took off the Shelf
And I had removed the Imitation Christmas Plant, put the Snake Plant in it's place, put the Succulents back

~ New Look on the Top Shelf ~

And all that done by 10 a.m. and no check on the Weather yet... But... looks cloudy out there... DARN!
OK, says 63 now and Cloudy, only heading to 69 and still Cloudy, Sun ain't gonna shine on me today
And it's time to put on my Shoes and go hunt up some Winners, and where to? I think Machine Two at the Price Chopper

Got my Lottos losing done, didn't lose it all but close to most... On to the Afternoon
Back in the Kitchen and doing this and that to change the Kitchen Garden around for the new Light
And new Plants that I ordered to fill a couple gaps on the Shelves, that continued to TV Time

On to finish the Day the usual way, ho hum and closed down the operation for one more Day

~ Wednesday ~ Yes, a Busy Day All Day ~



~ Tuesday, May 19, 2020 ~
~ New Inside Garden Plants ~
~ A Video of Pat's Visit ~

~ Tomato Buds in Garden Three ~

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Lessee... I think it is Tuesday Now, let me check the Forecast... Yep and a slightly better Day... Maybe
Says 55 Degrees now, a bit cool... and Cloudy but heading to 69 and 'partly' Sunny... Yep we could use some Sun
And as usual no plans... except I do have some new Kitchen Plants coming Today

Well now, I had my Window Cam going and my Video Camera set up in my Living Room on Monday
To get a little Video of the latest Visit from Patricia, my Visitor from the Mansion up on the Hill
I got Video of her arrival but then the visit got going and didn't get more pictures
So I just Edited the arrival Video and then added pictues of many other Cookie Visits and here they are


And another one of those Tests that show up in my Email and they sure got the AGE right
They are wrong about the 'Wealthy' but right about the 'Spoiled'
Also about my Credit Cards being in Debt... But I pay NO attention to Fashion...
But the 'Motto' is pretty close to what mine is fer sure...

~ Another Silly Test ~

And off to the Price Chopper for Lottos and came back to only win $10... Phoooey
Back a bit later to check on a Prescription and try Lottos again, this time won back %35<
Back up the Hill a third time, this time to try my luck ay the Fast Stop and won back $37
But no profit on any of those tries, but not a total loss either

A few Photos out front on the way back in, most doing well in this Merry Month
Are we finished planting out there or do we need a few more Pots filled?

~ First Knock Out Rose Bloom ~

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~ Morning Glorys ~ Preparing to Climb any Day ~

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~ Big Tomato Plant getting Bigger ~

And then here comes my latest Amazon delivery, my new Plants for the Kitchen Garden
So then I had an Afternoon project to work on a for few minutes... (More than a few)
Unpacked the Plants, then moved them to bigger Pots, then one in the Living Room
And the other Three on shelves in the Kitchen, now looking pretty good

~ New Peace Lily in the Living Room ~

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~ New Plants in the Kitchen Garden ~

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~ Peace Lily Plants now in the Kitchen ~

And that took me to Channel 4 News time with the Weather Report... Bizzy Afternoon...
Then the usual finish to a busier than usual Day, feel like I did something
I sure don't want any hard labor but I do like to keep busy with something I call fun

~ Tuesday ~ Bizzy most all Day ~



~ Monday, May 18, 2020 ~
~ Visitor Day ~ It's been a Long Long Time ~
~ Nice Catch-Up Visit ~

~ And then there were Five ~ (Rose Buds) ~

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So, got a call from Pat on Sunday, she's been hibernating at Home for about six Weeks, no Trips to work
Well I haven't taken any trips to work for over 33 Years now and I don't miss those IBM service calls at all
I started on my Sixth 'way of Life' in 1987 when I retired from IBM on March First in that year
I kind of feel like the kitty Kat who lived Nine Lives, and most are listed on my Web Pages

And so what's the Weather going to do to us today, sure seems we never know lately what it's going to do
Oh well... Seems it says it will be just about like Sunday, but Sunday wasn't just like they predicted
Saying 55 Degrees now at Coffee Time at 6 a.m. Then top at 63 and still saying Cloudy... Oh well... (NOT well)

Well now, 6:30 a.m. and the Crossword was so-so and the Jumble was so easy... Now what?
OK, work some more 'Tests' in my Email, keep yer brain awake a little maybe? Well something to do
And Ooooops... Again? Number 111 in the Top 150 in Missouri, well my Mama didn't raise no Dummies
Jerry and Jim weren't all that bright but The Donald was a shining Star!

~ Well them there Tests is EZ! ~

Oh No! Not another one, well this one did test my figgering a bit... Surprized I got it right
Wish I could take their appraisal seriously, would make me feel kinda smart!

~ This one just a bit Trickier! ~

And... In and out of the Shower and off to the Fast stop to win my Fortune
Traded in my Two free $2 Tickets and my free $5 Ticket and $20 in Winners, bought a handful
And headed back to scratch off a total of exactly ZERO! DANG! Oh well just a $15 new Cash loss

Another peek at the Tomato Plants moved outside from the Aerogarden, and producing now
All have some tiny Blooms and Two Plants have tiny Tomatoes now, they must like it out there

~ Tiny Tomatoes on the Way ~

Then drifting on into the Afternoon as as Pat's arrival time approached I set up my Video Cam inside
And got my Window Cam ready to catch her arrival... Get ammo for another Visit Video...
So about 2 p.m. Knock Knock, started my Cam and opened the Door, will see if I got any good Video

And then, a Gift of more Cookies, then the long afternoon catching up with my new Vidoes
And a few old Ones and then some Bobby Flay... And some Popcorn I had ready and warm in the Oven

On through the Afternoon until time to head back up the Hill to take care of the Puppy
And wind down the rest of the Day with her Home duties

For me, just wound down the rest of the Day, finishing off the Popcorn and then some Ice Cream with my Movie
And talk about a weird Movie! with a nutty Donald Sutherland off on some Island somewhere!

Enuff of that ... and Good Night Irene...

~ Monday ~ Nice Visit Day ~



~ Sunday, May 17, 2020 ~
~ Some Clouds ~ Some Sun ~
~ A Pretty Good Day ~

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Is it Sunday again already? Seems like just a couple Days ago it was the Day that my Crossword wouldn't renew
Wonder why that's the only Puzzle on that page that I can't work on Sunday? ...Nuts
There are other Crosswords here and there but that's the one I like... (cuz it's easy maybe?)

As I remember I had a pretty good Day whiling away the Day on Saturday, except all the losing on Lottos
Well you can't have many of those Winning Days like I had Friday it seems... That was a whopper Day
And then the last Two trys at the Grab and Go, no Winners! Makes me want to give up that location

OK... enuff griping, what's the Weather for this Loverly Day? Oh well, says Cloudy again..
And not as warm, 59 now and only heading to 69 later, things could be better to brighten my Day

Then, a peek at the Kitchen Garden and what's the 'better' way to grow Swiss Chard inside?
Doesn't look like planting it in Pots is working very well, or is it those weak Grow Lights?
Been thinking of replacing those things anyway, very old now and I don't think work all that well

~ Swiss Chard in the Pot ~ Not doing Much ~

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~ Swiss Chard in the Aerogarden ~ Doing Better ~

And, then out in a brightening Day but still cool, time to check my luck at the Price Chopper
Loaded up my Cart first, Candy, Glucerna, Apple Juice. Cran/Grape Juice and Oatmeal Cookies
All the necessities of life... Then traded for some Lottos, headed home to unload and win back $32...

Well that wasn't enough losing so I headed back to try for more and won back $35... Still no profit
One more time down at the Fast stop, traded in my $35, and won back only $20 but enough 'Points' to get a Free $5 Ticket
Then Two more 'Points' entries for Two more Free $2 Tickets, and that was enough wasting Money for the Day

Then into a long pleasant Afternoon but with nothing much to do, Ho hum... and Oh well
Did get a call from Patricia, says she will visit tomorrow and I shall report on that episode then...
Goodbye to another Weekend

~ Sunday ~ Yep, Another Nice Day ~



~ Saturday, May 16, 2020 ~
~ Some Lottos ~ Some Losers ~
~ Some Nice Weather ~ Some Front Gardening ~

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~ Filled the Feeder with Seed ~

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WHAT! Saturday agan? And halfway through the Merry Merry Month of May already!
Time sure do fly, if you are having fun... or not... at least I do have some
And is this going to be a fun Weather Day? I think Joe said Rain again...
AHA! Sun now peeking over the Gully a little at 7 a.m. Temp says 62 now and mostly Sunny
But for the Day says 74 Degrees and Cloudy, Temp sounds OK, not so happy with the 'cloudy'

And now 7:30 a.m. and ready for some action of some kind to start the Day, what shall it be?
That is, besides where to get my starter Lottos, that will be the Service Counter at Price Chopper
And my Wallet is still stuffed with the Wins I piled up on Friday... Yeah! I got the ammo!

And so... Backed out into the Cloudy Morning, saw Chris out front so dropped down for a chat
And then off to the Price Chopper for chat and Ticket cashing and choosing and headed back
And then scratched off $30 in Wins, well now, still had $120 of Fridays Winnings and so
Off to the Grab and Go we Go to see what we shall see

And back from the Grab and go to work my Tickets to a dinky $15 Win, ain't no way to make me happy... Drat!
But still had $100 of those great Winnings from Friday to waste on more Tickets

So out on another trip to lose more Money, this time the Minit Mart, traded in my $30 Win
Got a few more tries and headed back to scratch off one single dinky $10 Win, nutz and phooey!

Well enough of that, if not a bit too much, let's check out front, about time to fill the Bird Feeder
But we need some Bird Feed, off to the Price Chopper, and they had a bargain, 18 Pounds on sale for $5.99
I had checked at Ace Hardware but their cashout line was too long, and a 10 Pound Bag there was $8.99

So then back at el Ranchito, cleaned out the Feeder, filled it and got a couple Photos out front

~ First Knock-Out Rose Bud on the Way ~

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~ AeroGarden Tomato moved out front decided to Produce ~

Then back inside and time to wind down the Day with more TV, catch up on the non-news
Find sonething to have for Dinner and a Movie to end the Day... And then the Day was done...

~ Saturday ~ Not Bad at All ~



~ Friday, May 15, 2020 ~
~ A Little Rain ~ A Little Sun ~ and Warm ~
~ Lucky Lotto Day ~


~ Lady Luck Grinned at Me Again ~

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~ What's in Here? ~ Onion Plants from Julie ~

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A very nice Spring Day for Thursday, what is Joe giving us for Friday... halfway through May?
Well my Morning Forecast sounds better that he did, 64 Degrees now at 6 a.m.
Heading to 75 later but mostly Cloudy, well maybe better than the T-Storms he was muttering about

On through a slow Morning and then off to the Price Chopper, stopped to chat with Chris first
Then off we go, traded in my single Winner left from Thursday and got new tries from the Machine
Back to scratch off a $10, then a $15, then a $5 Win, and then my last one... Hah! $77 Win
Nice try, $107 in Wins and that's $57 Profit! Now that's the way I like to play!

~ Second $77 Lotto for May ~

Well can't sit on that Win, need to see the Cash and maybe win another one?
Back out to head for the Fast Stop, traded in my Winners, pocketed my Profit, bought more tries
This time back to first scratch off a $40 Win! Great! Then a $17, then a $15 and wow, look... a nice $25 Win!
How much is that, lessee, Hey $97 and ain't that great! Pocketed $87, bought one $10 and won back on that!
Without going through all the Math, that surely is a nice Profit for the Day, How much? just that my Wallet is FAT!

~ Second $40 Lotto for May ~

Cloudy but bright and it warmed up a little and out front to putter around
Hooked up the Hose and used the Jet to sweep some leaves and dirt out of the drive and into the Street
And then planted some Onions that Julie gave me, she had more Plants than Pots, so one more Crop
Then some sitting out front enjoying the warmth and View, if not the Sun... a little Sun now and then


That was pretty much the Outside Day, later back in to wind down as usuaL
On to another Weekend already, yeah Time Do Fly!

~ Friday ~ Yeah... Nice enough Day ~



~ Thursday, May 14, 2020 ~
~ Hey Hey! Some Sunshine! ~
~ And Baby! ~ It was Warm Outside! ~


~ Open up your Heart and let the Sun Shine In! ~

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~ Super Tomato Plant doing OK ~

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Looks like it is Thursday and almost halfway through May and is it Spring yet?
Well the Weather is sposed to warm up a bit today finally, 65 now at 6 a.m. and Cloudy
Later warming up to 73 but says T-Storms, do we need Rain? Well I need to fill my Fountains
So what for today? No Ideas yet, and excuse me while I pour a cup and go work my Puzzles

And, all of that Morning stuff done, off we go to find our Fortune and It wasn't at the Minit Mart
I don't know why I bother going over there, don't seem to win much and their Ticket Display ain't to my liking
Anyway, traded in a couple Winners got a few Tickets and back home to stop by and chat with Chris
We got the World's problems settled and then I worked my Lottos and HUH! Only a single $10 Win

Guess what? I have been taking two things every Day that they say may help against that Virus Bug running around
They say that Vitamin D prevents our immune systems from becoming dangerously overactive
And so healthy levels of Vitamin D may protect against developing severe complications from COVID-19
Also I take Losartan, that they say blocks a specific cell receptor that the coronavirus might exploit
Preventing the deadly virus from binding to cells could significantly alter the patientís recovery time
And can also help curb the spread of the pandemic... So if true, I have a head start against it

~ My Head Start against that Bug ~

3 p.m. and Sunshine and 79 Degrees, been doing a bit of Gardening out front, filling the Fountains
A little trimmimg here and there, a little selective watering, refilling the Hummingbird Feeder
And sitting on the Porch and enjoying the warm Sunny Weather for a change
While doing that, tried a little Phone Cam Video to record the Garden Progress and fine Weather

Then saw that Julie was out front next door, planting flowers in pote so I trotted down tth Hill
Chris was out too, just resting and observing the action, I pulled my chait out under the Tree
And we visited while Julie did the hard work, digging and planting, enough of that and back up the hill

On to finish out the Day as usual, tried some more of that Hash or Stew, whatever it was...
And of course some more DUH! TV.... Good Night All...

~ Thursday ~ A Loverly Sprng Day! ~



~ Email Me at elpato6125@sbcglobal.net ~