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~ Wednesday, February 21, 2018 ~
~ Still playing with my ICY Video ~
~ Another Cold Morning ~

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BRRRRRRRRRRRR!! Again... 14 degrees at 7 a.m. to start Wednesday... this is getting old!
Mike said the Ice would get worse as the night progressed, so when can I go for Lottos today?
Just heard a door slam, flipped on the Web Cam, the guy upstairs left, not slipping on the Hill anyway

Yesterday I was trying to download a copy of the 'Maple Leaf Rag' I liked
I tried three versions before I put one on my Video, that Tune was used in a Movie
What was that anyway? Oh yeah... 'The Sting'... Have you seen that one? Pretty good one
And I did see one I hadn't heard of... 'Kansas City Rag' and here is that one and it's on the Second Video too

~ Kansas City Rag ~

About 10 a.m. I headed out for my Lottos, this time the Fast Stop and chat with Navru again
I showed him my 'Icy Morning' Video on my Phone, got my Lottos and headed back to win $20
One more trip back to the Price Chopper, bought two $10 Tickets, lost on both, phooey for the Day

Then just coasting through the rest of the Day, was chatting with Sigi, asked him to take a look at my Icy Video
And tell me which Music he liked better, he liked the Ragtime, well myself, I'm not too sure
The 'Music Box Dancer' and 'Sleighride' on the first one seem to fit the Season better

And I made a mistake on one Tune in my second Video, I had said is was in the Movie 'The Sting'
I did some reasearch... No... it was 'The Entertainer' that was in the Movie, well they kind of sound the same
So I downloaded a copy of that one, and made a third Copy of the Video adding 'The Entertainer'
I kind of like that one, here's a copy of the Song, what do you think?

And that was about all for the Day again, just the usual Afternoon and Evening
Tomorrow... another Medical Appointment, a Cancer followup at North Kansas City Hospital
They just won't give up hunting for things they can charge to my Medical Insurance
Oh well, for now I am still on my feet... but for how long?

~ Wednesday ~ Cold and Busy ~

~ Tuesday, February 20, 2018 ~
~ Back to the Cold Days ~
~ An ICY Day and a new Video ~

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Lovely Weather ahead for Tuesday... starting at 31 Degrees at 5 a.m. and heading all the way up to 33... Wow!
Yesterday started out really nice at 62 Degrees, but then headed down all day with a dark Sky and light Rain
When I headed back from the last trip to the Price Chopper it was reading 32 Degrees, now today a bit worse

On to a slow Morning, I was playng on the Computer when I heard scraping outside, oh no, do we have Ice?
I flipped the Web Cam on, yep, Emily was out front scraping Ice off her Windshield, Oh No

~ Emily working on the Ice ~

It didn't look so bad, not much Ice I could see out there then, I started 'Video' on the Web Cam anyway
Checking the Weather again I saw the Temp had dropped to 25 Degrees, and then said 'Snow'... another Colder Day?

I took another peep on the web Cam now and then, decided to make a Video just for fun
I saw Emily leave and not slipping on the Ice, then another Neighbor left doing OK on the Hill
Then Tom, the Maintenance Manager showed up in his truck, parked across the steet, went in the Workshop
He came back out with the little Tractor and began salting the Street and I started working on my Video

I thought it didn't look too bad out there, maybe could go for Lottos, so I went out to salt the Sidewalk
But, then a cold freezing Rain was falling and there was more Ice everywhere so I cancelled the thought
Then back in to finish my Video and plan on staying Home and inside for the forseeable future

I had the Video finished and rendering when the Upstairs Neighbor came back for Lunch as usual
Flipped on the Web Cam again to see how slippery it might be for him out there, he did OK, no slip and slide

~ A lot more slippery stuff at 11:30 a.m. ~

And then at Noon my Video was ready and uploaded to Vimeo, and for the enjoyment? of any that read my Blog
Well it gave me something to do on a slow boring Icy Morning anyway

And that Morning stretched into the Afternoon before I got in the Shower, kept busy anyway
The Ice and Snow stopped, didn't warm up any, a very hazy Sun refused to appear in full
Decided to head out for far places (a Mile?) Poured some warm water on 1/4 inch of Ice on the Windshield
Took two trips to get it clear, put more Salt on the parking lot beside the Car
Fired up the Mercedes. climbed in and headed to the Price Chopper, roads not all that bad
Stopped by my Mail Box to send off an envelope with Three $20 Bills inside, to a friend in need
Well it came out of that $100 Win so it didn't hurt too bad, on to the Lotto Machine
Stuck $25 in the Machine for Five Tickets, back home to scratch off a single $10 Win
Won nothing the last Two Days, all of $10 for this ICY Day

And then I was chatting with Mein Freund Sigi in Germany, he was asking what type of Music I liked
Well, mainly Classical ans OLD Country but some of the other stuff too, he mentioned Ragtime
I do like some Ragtime bur had none in my Files, trying to remember the ones I had heard
Started looking in Amazon Music and saw Scott Joplin's works, Maple Leaf Rag and Kansas City Rag
So I bought them and downloaded and added them to the Video I just made

So this is the one I added the Rags to and then uploaded to Vimeo, now have TwoVersions
Well the Rags are peppy but I kind of like the orginal music better, what do you think?

And then... What to dig up for Dinner, not a clue, must be something in there, Chicken I do know
I went in to set out the Chicken and some Dressing, then changed my mind and just did a Hamburger
Back to the TV to watch my new Video and then my evening TV with my Burger

Andthen... They lived happily ever after...

~ Tuesday ~ Cold and Busy Day ~

~ Monday, February 19, 2018 ~
~ Weather went from nice to Brrrrrrr! ~
~ Anoher Dreary not doing too much Day ~

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Well now, a very late start on my Daily Drivel for Monday after a very late Post for Monday
I had a busy Day on Sunday and busy Day Monday Morning getting all of the Day on my Blog
I wanted to get Navru's impromputu Video on, and that took some doing to collect the Files and edit it
And it turned out kind of cute, Navru likes it, I copied it on a Flash Drive and took it down to him
He also forgot to take the rest of the Ribs and Beans home with him so I took them down to the Fast Stop

I got my Lottos there and won nothing so I went back later for more... And he was having the Ribs and Beans for lunch
And sure does like my Cooking, he was telling the Customers there how good it was... Well Donaldo, take a Bow!

Then I went back by the Price Chopper for more stuff then next door to Walgreens for more stuff
And then... into the Afternoon already, needed to think up something for Dinner and get this Blog updated<
And what I thought up for Dinner was a Tamale and Chili, took both out of the Freezer to get it ready for later

Nothing much else to report of any interest except the Weather started at 62... Nice! and headed downhill all Day
By Afternoon it was down to 32 with a light Rain falling, Ice ahead? I didn't go back out

So I had my TV, Tamale and Chili and hit the sack way too early again, oh well, just another Day

~ Monday... Ended Dreary and Cold ~

~ Sunday, February 18, 2018 ~
~ Barbecue Day with a Visitor ~
~ One more Warm Day ~

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~ My Visitor on Barbecue Day ~

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Up at 5 a.m. on Sunday, took a couple Roasted Chicken Thighs out of the Freezer for my Guest
Then the BBQ Rub Dusted marinated Beef Ribs out of the Fridge to warm to room Temp

~ Ribs ready to Smoke ~

Then at 6:45 a.m. out to light the Smoker Burner, put on a Cherry' Loglet' and set the Ribs on the Grill
Still dark out there so I had to use my little emergency Lantern, handy some times

~ Ribs out in the Smoker at 6:45 a.m. ~

Back inside and 15 Minutes later, the gorgeous aroma of Cherry Wood Smoke drifting in my Window
Out again at 8 a.m. to add another Loglet and check the Temp, said 200 Degrees, turned it up a little

And then at 9 a.m. Time to head out for my Lottos at the Price Chopper, traded in a $15 Winner
Bought $30 more, headed back to see what I could see and WHEEEEEE!
No Winners on the Front Side but Three Winners on the back Second Chance Side... $50 Profit there!

~ Nice Wins on Sunday ~

So I just couldn't stop there, back to the Price Chopper to cash in and buy more
And this time I got a $100 Win and a $15 Win, just on another Roll for the Day

~ Another nice Sunday Win ~

And back once more to cash in that $115 worth, buy two more tickets for $15 and win back $10... Yeah!
So, that BBQ, out of the Smoker at 10 a.m. then covered and into the Oven for another three Hours
Also put some Chicken and BBQ Beans in the Oven to warm up, then the Ribs out of the Oven at 1 p.m.

~ Ribs out of the Oven at 1 p.m. ~

And Navru showed up about a half Hour later, Greetinga snd Salutations and let's get the Party started
He brought Bread and Pepsi, I dished up the Ribs, Chicken and BBQ Beans and on to an Afternoon of Entertainment

We watched a lot of my Videos Old and New and later a Movie, and a lot of chatter all the while
Just a really nice entertaining Afternoon and some good BBQ to boot, the Party finally ran down about 5 p.m.
And he headed up the Hill about a block away to his place, I finished out the Day with More TV and Wine

So add it up, $205 in Lotto Wins, nice warm Weather, good Company and tasty Barbecue, interesting Entertainment
All adds up to a better than average Day don't it? Yeah!

~ Yes, Sunday was a Nice Day! ~

~ Saturday, February 17, 2018 ~
~ A Warmer Busier Day ~
~ Barbecue Day Planning ~

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Don't tell me, another Weekend again... Just don't like Weekends much now
Used to be a getaway fom Work to have a couple free days to play around with this and that
But since March 1, 1987 I have every Day of the Week to play around and do this and that
Also the Stores get crowded on Weekends, but I tend to go early to avoid them anyway

So I found something to keep me busy for several hours on Friday but that Video is done now
The only thing on the schedule besides my Daily Lottos is to make some more BBQ Beans
And last thing of the Day to dust the Beef Ribs with BBQ Rub for overnight marinating

So what's the Weather for the Day? Looking good... 31 Degrees at 7 a.m. Says Sunny and 54 Degrees later
But is also says light Rain at the moment, have to take a peek out front... Hang on there...
Don't have to get out of my Chair, just flip on the Web Cam in the Window

~ Rainy Morning Saturday ~

Yeah, all damp out there, and looks like maybe a little Ice on the Windshields
I think Mike on Channel 4 said maybe a little light snow in the morning but all gone later

Off to chase the Rainbow at 9 a.m. and 34 Degrees, a bit warmer anyway, need a couple items at the Price Chopper
And of course my Wallet draining Lottos, but just wait... I'll get that BIG ONE some lucky Day
Well this was not that lucky Day, only won $5, that just won't do, so back to the Fast Stop

A lot of chat with Navru between Customers in and out, traded in my $5 Ticket, bought more
Then back Home and this time I got a $15 win, not enough for a profit for the Day... Oh well

Out to the Kitchen to work on Sunday's BBQ Beans, Oil into the Pot, chopped up half an Onion
Dumped the Onions in the Pot and when they softened added a Can of 'Grillin Beans', and then
Added the Beans I had cooked earlier and were just a bit overseasoned, might not need additional seasoning

Off to another TV Afternoon of News and hunting for a Movie on TCM, I like their old Movies
I get one from Amazon Prime now and then but it takes time to find one I want to watch

OK, to wind up the fairly busy and warmer Day... Found some goodies to hot up for for Dinner
Finished that and then an Evening Concert with Andre Rieu and last back to the Kitchen
Put the Beef Short Ribs in the big Pyrex Dish and Dusted well with BBQ Rub, covered and into the Fridge

~ Ribs Dusted with Dry Rub ~

Put the Beef Short Ribs in the big Pyrex Dish and Dusted well with BBQ Rub, covered and into the Fridge
And all ready for the BBQ on Sunday except Smoking the Main Course all Day

~ Barbecue coming on Sunday ~

~ Friday, February 16, 2018 ~
~ Finally Finished that HTML Video ~
~ Sunny but Cold Again ~

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Friday Morning, 5:20 a.m. Just finished editing that tedious boring Video... Let's go watch it!
Well, have to wait a bit, uploading to DropBox at the moment, but at least it is finished
I had it all done on Thursday but one Music addition I couldn't decide on, so I put it off
Woke up Friday and had an Idea how to do it, fired up the Computer first thing and did it
And it worked out fine, rendered the File and set it to upload to DropBox

Then a peek at the Weather and... Yeah, Mike was right, cold again, 27 Degrees out there
And only going to hit 37 Degrees if we are lucky enough to get that much... Oh well

Then Coffee and Online Puzzle time, and still only 5:30 a.m. Who gets up that early anyway?
Puzzles finished, Video ready, went in to check it on my TV from the Living Room Computer
And ooops, about five errors, well... minor at that but I am picky.. so back to the editor
There were three Screen Shots with a thin white line at the top edge, easy to fix that and I did
Then the Music not loud enough in one scene, turned it up a bit.. and then ONE misspelled word... fixed that

And Rendered again, Uploaded to DropBox and then to my Vimeo Video site... and here it is

Not as boring as I expected it to be and just about what I wanted to show
And just a little bit entertaining and interesting (for me at least)

Then out into that Sunny but Cold Morning to head to the Price Chopper, just for Lottos
Got my usual Four Tickets... back home to scratch off NUTHIN for the second Day in a row
Well now, that wouldn't do, hadn't visited Navru for a while, headed down to the Fast Stop
Bought $20 more Tickets, then won a $5, $5 and a nice $100 Ticket, third for 2018
So I spent $40, won back $110, nice $70 Profit for the Day, now let's quit while we're ahead

~ Third $100 Win of the Year ~

Well I didn't quit I went back to the Fast Stop to cash out my #110 worth of Winners and buy $10 more
Navru asked when we were going to do BBQ again, Sunday maybe? He looked on his Phone, said looks like cold
So I looked up the Temp when I got Home, Computer said 62, and I lost the $10 Ticket I bought last
And decided to go to the Price Chopper to look for BBQ possibilities, they had Beef Ribs on Sale
So I bought a pack of Six Ribs, then went back down the Hill to tell Navru that BBQ was on for Sunday

~ BBQ on Tap for Sunday ~

So, I will dust the Ribs with BBQ Rub on Saturday Evening and then out in the Smoker early on Sunday
And also on Saturday make up some more of those BBQ Beans he liked so much at our last BBQ Session

Well again I pretty much shut dwn in the Afternoon, just the usual winding down of the Day
And again, all my latest projects finished and no plans for any more (for now)

~ Weekend on the Way ~

~ Thursday, February 15, 2018 ~
~ Halfway through February! ~
~ More Video Editing ~

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Well the Forecast looks great at 8 a.m. 59 Degrees and heading to 62 Tops, I hope it gets there
So Spring has Sprung, at least for Today but they are saying back to the 30s on Friday... Oh well
No plans except to run out for Lottos and then get back to that tedious Video project

And off to the Price Chopper, cloudy and damp but warmer... Nice for Friday at least
Got my Lottos, then Apple Juice and Milk, some chit and chat with the Cashier as always
Back to el Ranchito to scratch off exactly NOTHING! Can't pay the Rent with that!

Then I started on my Video again, spent a couple more Hours at it, getting close to a finish
But I was getting a litle bored with it and decided to take a break, until Tomorrow maybe

Then I was thinking of Dinner but what, maybe some Chicken, ain't got none, I'll go get some
Back to the Price Chopper, back the half mile to the Meat Counter, and Chicken Thighs on sale as usual
Picked up a nice pack of Eight Thighs and headed to the Checkout, out and then back home

Unloaded, rinsed and trimmed the Chicken, into the big Pyrex Dish, dusted with BBQ Rub and into the Oven
Back to the TV with a Margarita for about 45 Minutes, back to the Kitchen to flip the Thighs
TV again with a fresh Glass of Sangria, 45 more Minutes of so-so TV and out to the Kitchen again
Thighs out on a Plate to cool, one on a plate for Dinner with Dressing and Broccoli

Once more to the TV for an Andre Rieu Concert and Dinner, final act... Seven Thighs in a big Bag
Then into the Freezer and for me... 'Good Night Irene... Goodnight'...

~ Friday Tomorrow... Whoopeee! ~

~ Wednesday, February 14, 2018 ~
~ Happy Valentines Day! ~
~ Some Progress on my Video ~

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Valentines Day, my least celebrated Holiday of the Year I think, I never did much on this One
Wednesday already, this Week is passing fast, I have been busier than usual these last few Cold Days
And already this Morning I made some progress on my Video with my latest Idea, looking good so far
My Idea of making Screen Shots is working out, I added 16 of them of my Blog to my Timeline already
Now just need to get some of my Home Page and that should be enough to show off my Web Pages online

And I must be getting Old, I waited until it warmed up nice to get Gas on Tuesday
Got to the Pump, opened the Gas Cap, reached for my Credit Card... WHAT! No wallet!
So, back home, put it off until Today, supposed to be warm again... Yeah just took a look... 45 right now!<
And going up to 58 Degrees they say... I can head out first thing to get my Gas... (If I take my Credit Card)

Well I headed out first to the Price Chopper for my Lottos and a few other Items, then to the Minit Mart
This time I had my Credit Card and I got my Gas and headed home to scratch off only one dinky $5 Win

Then I started on my Video again and made 26 Screen Shots of my Home Page, added them to the Timeline
Next decided to retry the last Video I made of updating a Blog Page, and I tried about Five times
I finally got one that still is not what I wanted but might pass if you aren't too picky
And then that was the end of that after about Three long Afternoon Hours to do that much
All I have left to do now is add my talking part and the sound recording isn't all that good
I am using the Web Cam Microphone and the Timeline Recorder in my Video Editor

On to the rest of the Afternoon, TWO Margaritas! And then a Glass or two of Vino with Dinner
So... a nice warmer Day and busier than usual and maybe a nicer Day ahead for Thursday?

~ Thursday Here we Come! ~

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