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~ Wednesday, December 14 2016 ~
~ My Fourteenth Day of Christmas -
~ A Quiet Inside Day ~ And a Cold Day Outside ~

~ Ring my Chimes! ~

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Well Tuesday wasn't such a bad Day after all considering the Tooth extraction, second for the Year
I hadn't had a Tooth pulled for many years before that and I was a little concerned about the procedure
But it went quick and relatively painless so I wasn't as concerned about this latest one
The first was for Two Teeth and didn't seem to take five Minutes, this last one was breaking up and took a little longer
But it was over, headed back with the Gauze in place with pressure like the Doc said, left it in for the Two Hours
Then eased it out, no pain and no bleeding, just about over and done with, took a couple Aspirin a couple Hours later
So on to the usual day except avoiding any chewing when possible... Now on Wednesday, just fine... Mission Accomplished

And what for Wednesday, again no plans except my replacement Grow Sponges might show up at Walmart
I plan to plant some Lettuce and when my new Seeds arrive, Tomatoes and Peppers, checked for short Plants this time

And then on Thursday delivery of a USB Network Adapter is coming to try to get the Friend's Laptop back online
I checked on that after I gave up on fixing it, then found out about the external Adapter (if it works)
If it does, I'll ask him if he wants to keep my Super Laptop and get his old one back, what do you think he'll say?

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Well that chatter was on Wednesday until around 10 a.m. when I headed to the Price Chopper for a few goodies and my Lottos
I had a $5 Lotto to trade and $105 of my previous winnings still in my Pocket, bought $25 worth and lost all Five
Back then just to while away the rest of the Day with this and that... I cleaned out the empty AeroGardens
Was expecting my Grow Sponges but they didn't show up, today it says they were shipped to Walmart, so maybe later Today
Worked on Wednesday and Thursday's Blog awhile, then on to the afternoon, nothing special then, just a Burger
For Thursday... on the way... Maybe the Grow Sponges come... and I have a Network Adapter coming for my Friends Laptop
So that's enough for a 'not much' Wednesday, a busier Day for Thursday maybe?

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Tuesday, December 13 2016 ~
~ My Thirteenth Day of Christmas -
~ Dental Appointment Day ~

~ Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly ~

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Tuesday... and an even colder Morning, I've had enough of this... Quiero Mas Calor... Por Favor! A high of 28? No No No!
Some playing around wirh my new Video Editor, some changes, nothing that is wowing me so far though
I'll know better how I like it when I do my next Video... When that might come up, ya never know

~ Tooth Removal Center ~

And so, off to see the Dentist at 8:30, got there right on time, not too long a wait and in for my Cleaning
That is such a tedious process and takes the longest time usually... Finally time for the Dentist
He came in and got right to it, he didn't use a Needle for deadening, just swabbed on some Anesthetic
Then he started right in on the Tooth, no pain until he switched to the inside of the Gum
I felt a zing... gave a little 'yip' and then he swabbed some more on that side, that did it and he worked away on the broken Tooth
The Tooth has split all the way to the Gum and he had to remove it in pieces, took longer than last time
But it was over soon, stuck in some gauze for me to bite down on and see ya next time

~ To the Fast Stop for Lottos ~

Headed back the couple Miles to Parkville, passed my Home Road and headed on down the Hill to the Fast Stop
Traded in my $55 worth of Lottos and got $20 more, back then to scratch off only a dinky $5 Win<
OK... I only had one cup of Coffee to start the Day, what about Breakfast? Dentist was finished at 10 a.m.
He said keep pressure on the Gauze for Two hours, that meant nothing until Noon, so what then?

Well then...I got a bottle of that 'Boost' stuff out of the Fridge for breakfast, sipped it slowly
Later for sn early 'Cocktail' I had a glass of Apple Juice... then thinking... what's for Dinner... easy to chew
And so, I like Tater Soup and I got Taters and Onions and Celery and Butter and Milk and... and... I made some
But this time I thought I would make 'Cream of Potato Soup'... nothing to chew and tastes the same
So, I peeled Taters, diced them, sliced Celery, Diced Onions, put it all in the Pot and simmered until tender
Then I drained it, plopped it in my Food Procesor and pureed it all, then some Butter in the Pan, back in with the Tater stuff
Heated that up, stirred in the Butter, added Garlic Salt, Black Pepper then some Milk to the right consistency... Voila!

And back to the Computer to hunt up some Photos to make a Christmas Holly .gif Animation for Today's Blog
Took a lot more time than it may be worth but there it is above... How ya like that anyway?

So on to the rest of the Day, had a Margarita, sipping slowly... Later some of that Cream of Tater Soup... Tasty
Some more playing with my new Video Editor... Some more TV... just lasting out the Day easily and slowly
The Tooth never really hurting at all, I did take a couple Aspirin when I felt the Anesthesia wearing off
Overall not a bad deal at all, the after effects even less than the last time
Then off to bed for a pretty good night... Hello Wednesday!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Monday, December 12, 2016 ~
~ My Twelth Day of Christmas -
~ Another Monday! Bring it On! ~

~ The Twelve Days of Christmas ~

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Monday Morning at last... I thought Sunday would never end... Up at 2:30 a.m. Hit the Sack a little after 6 p.m.
Long, long busy Day, and glad there is nothing on the 'To Do' list for me... so far, something always seems to pop up
Well, I just might try to download the Network Drivers to fix Bob's Laptop, no hurry for that, he is back in business
And now his Laptop is my Laptop and I don't need it for anything I can think of right away

A peek at the Weather.... BRRRRRRRRRRRRRR... again 16 degrees at 8 a.m. But they say it will go to 41, that's livable
I didn't even go get Lottos on Sunday, but I'll brave the Cold today to cash in $60 of winners and hope for more
And I just thought of an activity for Today... Clean out those two now vacant Aerogardens to replant
I have some replacement 'grow Sponges' coming, some Tomato Seeds ordered and some Lettuce Seeds here to plant

And so then some more Christmas Cake and off to the Day's first Project, cleaning out those AeroGardens
First getting the Water out, those Gardens are up high and heavy when full, pull out the Plant Roots
Then take off the Grow Pod Cover and dip out as much water as possible, then unplug the Pumps
And out to the Kitchen Sink to pour out the rest and clean them up for the next Crop, whenever

I opened the Pantry Door to get the Bucket and... WHAT'S THAT? One of the Cannas I put there is growing!
Growing in the dark but it is fairly warm in there, so what to do with that now? Maybe rescue it?

~ This Canna Plant didn't want to go to Sleep ~

Then a another Kookie Idea, the Pepper Plants on the Kitchen Shelf looked like they were finished, no new Blooms
So, maybe time to dump them, move the Tomato Plant over and put the Canna Plant there to see what it would do
And so... I picked the last pretty little Pepper off the Mexibell Plant, then cut the Two Plants out of the Pots
Moved the Tomato Plant over then got the Canna Pot out of the Pantry and set it on the Shelf and now... What?

~ Monday's Kitchen Plant Arangement ~

2 p.m. and all went well for the Morning, still was waiting for my new Video Editor Program
I didn't need it right away but I wanted to look it over, also I had to wait to leave until it got here
I needed a few things at the Price Chopper and also some new Lottos to waste Money on

And finally at 2:25 p.m. here comes the Big Brown Truck down the Hill, turned around and stopped in font
I opened the Door and watched the guy bring me the little Package, 'Thank you' and off up the Hill he went
So then I bundled up and headed for the Price Chopper, got my Lottos, got my stuff and headed back
And then... Lookeee Mom! I scratched off a $5 and $50 Winner, third $50 Win for December!

~ Third $50 Win for December ~

And that was it for another busy day, off to my usual afternoon and evening and Oh Oh... Dentist for Tuesday
An 8:45 a.m for my regular Cleaning and then out with a broken Tooth that ain't no good no more... Oh Well!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Sunday, December 11, 2016 ~
~ My Eleventh Day of Christmas -
~ More Computer Assistance for Bob ~

~ El Donaldo Viejo at the Keyboard ~

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~ Only Harvest from the Plant in AeroGarden 5 ~ All the Peppers from AeroGardens 6 and 7 ~

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And so.. what Day is this anyway? Oh... Sunday, I had to look up on top to remember, been up since 2:30 a.m.
Now 6:45 a.m. Sunday, I have been playing around with the Computer I am trading to Bob, adding files and all
I can't fix his Laptop, one of my few failures with Computer fixing, maybe later I can figure it out
That Laptop is a nice little Box but more of an entry level Computer, I bought a super Dell Laptop for myself
But I don't use it much, now and then I 'Mirror' it to my TV to watch stuff online and in the Files on it
So I thought instead of Bob tryng to find someone to fix his and charge a fortune, I would just trade
I woke up at 2 a.m thinking about it, couldn't get back to sleep so I got up and started in on it

I deleted a lot of my Files off of it that he wouldn't use and copied some of his from his Laptop to mine

~ From His Laptop (left) ~ To Mine (right) ~

I had to download and Install a Word Processor Program he had and was using on his Laptop
Got it going pretty much as he would need except his Email, but he was having trouble with that anyway

And... I have this older HP Desktop that is just a spare machine for me now, just sitting there
I thought I would replace the Laptop where it had been and use the HP Desktop the same way
And so Saturday evening I did that, finally got it moved, set up and working and I like it better there
It is Faster, fits the TV Screen better, all around a lot better set up for me than the Laptop was

~ Desktop installed on the End Table ~

And... I guess I didn't add this to my Saturday Blog... After Bob brought his Laptop over I headed to the Price Chopper
A little late in the Day to go for my Scratchers but I had pretty good luck, a $10 and a $50 Win!
In fact, the last Three Days I didn't lose all my Money and any profit is better than that

~ Second $50 Win for December ~

OK then, called Bob to tell him I couldn't fix his problem with Email, somehow the Password got changed
I knew the old one, he knew the old one, but he didn't know if he changed it... or if... what to
So he said maybe a new Account then, didn't need anything on the old one, so I set him up on MS Outlook... All set

Then I called him, said he was ready to go, said he would be over, he showed up, gave him a run down on the changes
All he had to do was enter his Net Work Password when he got home, showed him how to do that
And in case he could not do that, I gave him an Ethernet cord to so he could just plug it into his Router.... No password needed

That was all of that, time for a Margarita and something to much on later, decided a nice Burger and Cole Slaw again
So he has my better Laptop, hoping he got it hooked up, I like using my spare Desktop the way I did my Laptop
So for the moment I think I can say..."All Missions Accomplished'... and we all lived happily ever after

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Saturday, December 10, 2016 ~
~ My Tenth Day of Christmas -
~ Some Indoor Gardening Again ~

~ Jetzt Spiele ich ein Weihnachtslied fr Sigi ~

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~ Some Of Pat's 'Cookie-Ettes' for Breakfast ~
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Twas Party Time on Friday, and a fine time it was... Saturday some AeroGarden overhauling again
Those overtall Jalapeno Pepper Plants just don't look so pretty anymore, leaves all crowding at the top
Decided to harvest whatever Peppers I could find and clear out the Plants and clean up the Gardens to try again
For now I'll just leave the Micro Tom Tomato Plant rubbing the Ceiling, lots of Blooms might do something

So first before starting on that, needed to do some online Shopping to see what I might plant next in those two Beds
There is a bigger Choice at the AeroGaren Site but they charge for Shipping, Walmart has a few of those
And they have free Store Pickup... and I have a lot of Credit there... and so? Well now... let's look

So, I got online to Walmart, what I wanted was just priced too high for what you get... so what next?
I looked around for 'Short Plants'... got on Burpee's Seed Site, found a couple plants that might work
And a whole Pack of Seeds for each to try, had to pay too much for Shipping but a better deal at that
Then back to Walmart to order a replacement Seed Pod kit, the ones I made of Spagnum didn't work so good

Next a break for Breakfast, I tried some of Pat's 'Cookie-Ettes'... One word... Delishush! Chewey litte Mounds
The Cookies filled with lots of tasty Fruits and what else?

And then off to work on the living room AeroGardens... all way overgrown because of the choice of the wrong Seeds
At first I thought I would leave the Tomato Plant as it was full, of Blooms, but then I started clipping the Pepper Plants
And several Tomato stems fell over... I would have to tie them all up to something... decided to just pull that one too
Then I lowered the Grow Light to just above the Pepper Plants already there, give them more light, maybe they will grow

~ Now the Peppers have the Bed all to Themselves ~

And, back to the Pepper Plants. picked all the Peppers, then clipped off all the Stems and Branches and Leaves
And saw that the Cucumelon Vines that were hiding were really climbing back there, added some String to the Hooks on the Ceiling

~ Gardens 5 and 7 Empty of the Jalapenos ~ Cucamelons now with ways to Climb Higher ~

And on through a cloudy cold Day but a tad warmer than Friday... Way up to 31 Degrees at Noon... Better that 20s though
So, got a Phone Call from a Friend, has Computer problems again... No Internet connection, I said bring it over
And he brought it over, I started running Anti-Malware Programs. I told him it might take awhile if he other things to do
He did, working on a Car... So he left me to try to find his Computer Glitch, I did find a lot of Malware
I got rid of that but it was not the Problem, couldn't connect to Wi-Fi... or Ethernet by Cable... I was stuck
I decided it was a Computer Network Adapter problem and I couldn't fix that... so what to do? Give him my Laptop...

And that was that for the Day, finished the Afternoon and Evening as usual... Off to Bed... Busy Sunday ahead

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Friday, December 09, 2016 ~
~ My Ninth Day of Christmas -
~ A Coffee House Visit ~ A Visit from Patricia ~

~ Ich habe ein Weihnachtslied auf meinem Blog fr Sigi heute ~

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~ At the Parkville Coffee House
(On March 27th, 2015) with Don Kixmiller, Lewis Jonas, Bob Fluchel, Dianne Kixmiller and Pat Harris ~
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BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR...... Another Cold Morning on Friday... 12 Degrees... I can sure get along fine without that!
And only 29 for the Day's High? Well they say back up to maybe 39 on Saturday... A bit more than that would help

So, the Week is winding down, and I have had a few busy Days playing with that new Video, now no plans again
I guess I need to look up some more AeroGarden Seed Pods to renew Gardens 6 and 7... Their Seed Pods this time
And... I had burned Three DVDs of my new Christmas Video, I wanted to give one to Lewis Jonas and Pat and Don Kixmiller
So I called Lewis to see if he was at the Coffee House, yes he was and so was Don Kix... I headed down there
But first, the Windshield and Windows of the Blazer were all iced up and it was COLD! I started it up and went back inside
Ten Minutes later... all clear and warm and I headed downtown, got a place to park right in front

Went in to see Lewis and Don at the usual back Table and joined in, some chit and chat and I handed them each a DVD
And explained how I had made it, both Lewis and Don said their Wives would sure enjoy it when I described it

Then when we were about to leave I got a call from Pat... Doing anything this afternoon? Nope just a Movie with you I said
She said she would be over at 1 p.m. her usual Visit time and then I headed for the Price Chopper
I needed some Dos Equis Cervesa and some Snacks to nibble on at the Movie... Checked out and headed Home
Time then to get a few odds and ends done before we started our long Movie Afternoon watching 'The Magnificent Seven'
Her choice of the Movies I had recorded off DirecTV earlier.. I thought later I would show her my new Video

And right at 1 p.m. a knock on the Door and someone all wrapped in layers of Coats and Scarves was there
Well Baby... it was COLD outside... And she had walked the three blocks from her Castle up on the Hill
She came in, took off about three Coats and gave me a package of Cookies and Cake, then we got comfy in front of the TV
I had just mixed my libation and I asked her to name her poison for the presentation, she said she would try my Margarita also
That mixed and with lots of various Snacks on the Coffee Table... on with the Afternoon Showing

She was a little behind on my Christmas Blogs with all the Songs and Christmas Photos
So I had my Laptop hooked up to the Big Screen and I started showing my Blog from my 'First Duy of Christmas'
And playing each Christmas song as it showed up as I advanced the Blog from Day One to the one I just Posted
That was this one as I had posted it early just to show her... and I finished this part Saturday Morning

OK, Finished the Blog and Started on the Movie... a long one and we chatted about as much as they did on screen
Finally the Curtain went down and then I wanted to present my 'Why the Chimes Rang' Video on Blu-ray DVD
And it looked and sounded great on my TV and she did enjoy it... And then I gave her a copy to take home

Then Afternoon creeped on to time to go Home to take care of the Animals, I gave her some of my Cake to take
I offered a Ride up the Hill but she wanted the exercise, even as Cold as it was... so Hasta Luego...
A very long and pleasant Afternoon of Chat and Music and Video and so then it was...
Merry Christmas to All and to All a Good Night!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Thursday, December 08, 2016 ~
~ My Eighth Day of Christmas -
~ Dentist Visit Postponed ~

~ Dashing through the Snow! ~

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~ 'Why the Chimes Rang' by Ted Malone ~
~ My Christmas Video Finished ~
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Thursday Morning, starting early at 4:30 a.m. Dentst Appointment looming ahead, where's my Coffee
And it was a cold Morning out there Baby! 14 Degrees and some of that Snow left, not inviting
So I got my Coffee, finished my daily Computer checking, then started on my new Video again
My Appointment was for 9:45 a.m. so I had a few Hours to work on it, needed more Photo scenes to finish

I would listen to the Sound Track I had put on my 'Timeline' to get an idea of a Photo to add
Then I would get on the Internet to hunt for a Photo that would fit the activity going on in the Story
That would take some Time to find what I wanted, when I did I would get a 'Screen Shot' sent to my Computer
Then I would resize and adjust the colors in the Photo and then add it to the Timeline in the Video Editor
It took a couple hours but I finally finished the Video, Burned a DVD, then Rendered the File and uploaded to Vimeo

So about 8:30 I was ready to jump in the Shower to get ready for my Appointment, I got up out of the Chair... OUCH!
That Shot was hurting like last time, not bad when they did it but overnight got a lot worse
So when I got out of my Chair I could hardly walk for the Pain, I could just sort of wobble along
Didn't look like a good idea then to head out in that Cold for the Dentist, I called and rescheduled
The Lady was very sympathetic and Scheduled me for next Week, that hip should be a lot better then

On into the Morning then, took a couple Aspirin, got something to eat, did some more Photo editing
And then around 1 p.m. I headed out (carefully) to get me some Scratchers, won nothing on Wednesday
Sunny but still only 23 Degrees and that for me is super COLD! But the Sun had warmed up the Mercedes a little
On to the Price Chopper for $20 worth of Lottos, back to win a $5 and a $25 Ticket, well, a $10 profit anyway

A little Garden work in the Afternoon, one of the Jalapeno Pepper Plants in Garden 6 wasn't going anywhere
Too many leaves on the other plant and it was shading the second one, so I clipped it out
I can see only One Pepper on the second Plant, and only Seven on the Plants in Garden 7 now
Those Seeds I used were for Plants way too big for the AeroGardens, I'll clip them all and plant something new
Same thing with the Tomato Plants in Garden 5, but they have a lot of Blooms and I'll wait to see what they do

On to the Evening routine, scrounged me up some Grub and finished off another busy day... but not doing much

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Wednesday, December 07, 2016 ~
~ My Seventh Day of Christmas -
~ Another Visit to NKC Hospital ~ Just Routine ~

~ 'Christmas on Main Street' in Parkville ~

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~ First Snow of the Season on the Roses ~
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A long slow Morning on Wednesday to start, Had my Apple Juice, a Cup of Coffee, finished and posted my Blog
Did my Morning catching up on the Computer, all's well so far this Month with the Bill Paying
28 Degrees and Cloudy at 7 a.m. They were right on the Temp but they said maybe some Snow and we didn't get that
And as I had to drive to North Kansas City... I am happy with that turn of events

And so, my Appointment wasn't until 11:00 a.m. so I had some time to waste, so I started on my new Christmas Video again
Well it is a 'Video' format with no actual Video on it, just a lot of Stills I found on the Internet and edited
And it is a Christmas Story narrated by Ted Malone I found online and downloaded several years ago
I actually had the original 45 Record of the Story about 35 years or more ago at my Saint Joseph house, later damaged

~ A Copy of the Record Cover of my old 45 Record ~

I have usually played it once a Year ar Christmas time, I thought I might make a Video of the Story and add Photos
So I have been working on that for about three Days, did more on Wednesday Morning, maybe finish it on Thursday>
So I adjourned that project about 10 a.m. or so Wednesday Morning to get ready to head over to North Kansas City
And the Snow they promised started in, just really fine flakes but steady all the way to the Hospital Complex
I left at 10:30, got there right on time as usual, checked in, waited a bit and then called in for the 'sample'

~ The Room where I was Attacked and Punctured ~

Then into the Room to wait for the Doctor, he showed up, a good PSA Report, but he suggested another Lupron Shot
He left and then the wait for the Shooter... She showed up with the Weapon, said drop them and bend over
So I complied, bent over aprehensively... The swabbing and then! The Injection and it didn't hurt at all!
I told her I didn't believe it... I never got a shot that was that easy... She deserves a Medal or a Kiss

And so, headed back to Parkville, stopped at the Riverside Red X to trade for my Lottos
Back at el Ranchito to scratch off nothing, then something to eat and back to my new Video production
And then I worked all afternoon, just got into it and didn't stop until 5 p.m. It took a lot of searching and editing

It was finally time for my belated Margarita and Dinner fixing, some TV and Vino Tinto and finally off to bed
So, what's coming up for Thursday? Hah...Dentist Appointment and that ain't gonna be no fun!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Tuesday, December 06, 2016 ~
~ My Sixth Day of Christmas -
~ Never Fear ~ Tuesday is Here! ~

~ Jingle Them Bells Santa! ~

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~ Look What the Lottery gave me for Christmas! ~
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Well a busy Day on Tuesday doing a lot... but not of a lot of inportance... except to me
And look at that Lotto Ticket I won... NICE! I sent my Friend in need that $20 on Monday... and then I won $85 in Lottos
That has happened more than once before, a coincidence maybe... but a nice one at that

So... Messed around on the Computer tryng to get Photos for a new Video, found a few good ones online
I need more that will be hard to find to use with the Story I am using them for... So far looks good
So... much later than usual I headed out for my Lottos, first time out I won $15, went back to try again
Then I got that nice $50 one at the Price Chopper, thank you so much

On into the long Afternoon and it was after 3 p.m. before I got around to mixing my Margarita
By that time it was also time for... 'What's for Dinner'... So much stored away to choose from
Well I just decided to have a couple Hot Dogs, had a 'passel' of them in the Freezer I got on sale
Might as well start using them up, so I hotted up a couple in the Skillet then put them in the oven to keep warm
Back to the TV to have an 'hors derve' of Town Crackers and Cole Slaw... real tasty for a atart
Then later, one at a time, a Hot Dog on Bun with Mustard and my Salsa Picante, a light Dinner it was
But finished with a dessert of one of those 'Boost' health drinks the Doctor gave me

So not an outstanding Day but a busy and satisfying one, and a nice Lotto Win to boot...
Not what? Wednesday, an Appointment at the Urologist and probably another Needle jab where I sit
Oh well... Get it over with and try to find something 'Happy' to do later.. CHARGE!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Monday, December 05, 2016 ~
~ My Fifth Day of Christmas -
~ Monday ~ Monday ~ I Love Monday! ~

~ Feliz Navidad y Prspero ao Nuevo ~

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~ The Jungle in the Living Room ~
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Monday Morning... 35 Degrees at 7 a.m. Sunny and a top of 54 for the Day, I suppose we can live with that
But saying 29 Degrees and Snow for Wednesday and we can certainly do without that... I have to drive to North Kansas City
An Appointment for my semiannual visit with my Urologist and another Shot where I sit... Ouch!

And a first thing look at the Jungle in the Living Room, lots of leaves but short on Crops
Some Blooms and one tiny Tomato in AeroGarden 5 (left)... A few Blooms and One Jalapeno I can see in Garden 6 (Center>
And in Garden 7 (right) some Blooms and so far Seven Jalapeno Peppers growing, some good sized
In the Kitchen, one Mexibell I missed when I picked the three on Saturday and a few Blooms on the Tomato Plant

So it looks like I haven't had very good luck choosing my own Seeds to plant in the AeroGardens
So when these Plants give up and I get in the Planting mood again, I might just try some more Aerogarden Seed Kits

On to the Day, needed a few things at the Price Chopper so I headed there first, a Money Order, some Apple Juice
And some Cool Whip to jazz up my Christmas Fruitcake which needs a little help this Year
Picked up my stuff, got my Money Order headed Home to scratch my Tickets and eat my Cake

So the $20 Money Order was for a Friend in the 'cooler'... And I won a $20 Ticket back to pay for that
And then a $5 Win for a slight Profit for the Day, should I go back and trade that one?<
Well, maybe after I eat another Hunk of that Fruitcake with some Cool Whip on top

~ Fruitcake with Topping ~

And that was a little better, the Cake alone seems to get better a Day later and the Cool Whip adds to that
And now I have more than a week of Christmas Fruitcake left to enjoy when the mood hits
And then another Hike... (in the Mercedes) down the Hill to the Fast Stop to trade Winners
Traded in my $25 worth of Winners, a Fiver back into my Pocket, Four more Tickets
This time won back $15, and that is still even up for the Day, time to quit and regroup

On into another uneventful Afternoon, the fun times this week come on Wednesday and Thursday
Wednesday the Urologist Visit and Thursday the Dentist... Into each life some Rain must Fall
Anyway, time to work up something for Dinner, found a little Plastic Box in the Freezer, wonder what that is?
Popped it open, AHA! Looked like Turkey diced up, what to do with that... How about some Hash?

So... peeled and chumked a Tater, sliced a stick of Celery, some Onion, diced up those little Mexibell Peppers
The Veggies into the Skillet with Olive Oil, let that saute a bit, then in with the Turkey. a dab of my Salsa on top
Let that hold warm until Dinner time, made up some new Cole Slaw... All ready when hunger hit during Movie Time

And that wopund up a fairy nice Monday, there have been better but you can't have Heaven all the time
No plans or Appointments for Tuesday, just another Day to find something to do... Oh yeah, I have to holler at the Gas Company

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Sunday, December 04, 2016 ~
~ My Fourth Day of Christmas - I Start Early and make it Last! ~
~ Just some more Puttering Around ~

~ We Wish You a Merry Christmas

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~ Breakfast for Sunday ~
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A dismal Morning to start off Sunday, they said Rain but about all we got was damp Steets and dreary Clouds
And another long start on the Day taking lots of time on the Computer with more Christmas Photos and Videos
Maybe overdoing the Christmas theme this year but I just got into the mood so I keep at it
I did get a little Breakfast before heading out for a few Lottos, tried my newly baked Fruitcake
And it tastes pretty good, but I think the last Year's one was better, not sure why but seems that way

So I did trot up to the Price Chopper, traded in $10 worth of winners for $20 more hopefuls
Then back home to Scratch off a $10 and a $5 Winner... Well that will buy Three more for Tomorrow
On to the rest of another steadily puttering around Day, Put away the washed Clothes, added water to the Plants

Did a little tying up on the Micro Tom Tomato Plant in the Living room, getting so tall, looked like it might fall over
The got a Photo, now at 46 Inches tall and just 7 Inches from the Ceiling, then what?

~ Micro Tom Tomato Plants heading for the Ceiling ~

On into another TV and Movie Afternoon, was thinking some Chicken, Turkey Dressing and Gravy for Dinner
A Slice of my newly baked Bread, toasted, buttered and with some Cranberry Sauce on top... Yummy...
Before that, a Margarita and some more News catch up, later I have a Movie Recording that I can stop and start
Then I can leave in the middle and still get back and not miss anything in between... Love this Technology

That's all for Sunday... Come on Monday, get something interesting going on

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Saturday, December 03, 2016 ~
~ My Third Day of Christmas - I Start Early and make it Last! ~
~ Baked my Annual Super Fruitcake ~

~ Santa Claus is Coming to Town ~

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~ Last Mexibells on the Kitchen Plants ~
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Out to the Kitchen to make Coffee, saw the remaining Mexibells in the Pots were turning Red
So I harvested them... No more Peppers or Blooms on the Plants yet but they are nice and Green, so wait and see
Not many Peppers from those two Plants and very small too, but I found ways to spice up some things with them

Then I took more time than usual messing around on the Computer Saturday Morning, editing some Photos to add to my Blog
Cropping and adding Christmas Borders to Photos I have to 'Christmas Up' for my Christmas Days Blogs
Like those on this Page of Jim Reed in his Santa Claus roll at the annual Santa Trek in the Nature Sanctuary
But now, Jim no longer does the Santa Trail Trek and I no longer take Videos of Nature Sanctuary Activities
It was a lot of fun while it lasted but it seems all good things must finally come to an end

So what to start off Saturday, well that fresh Baked Loaf of Bread needed to be sliced and put away
Maybe a slice of that for Breakfast with some 'Whole Berry' Cranberry Sauce, that sounds good

And an Idea for later on Saturday... Back to the Price Chopper to get all the stuff for my Special Christmas Fruit Cake
I found that Recipe online, made the best Fruitcake I ever tasted and lots of people I shared it with agree
Much different than the usual brick of stuff they call Fruitcake at the Store, better Texture and Taste

And off to the Price Chopper for my Cake Makins... Lots of stuff, Cake Mix, Dried Fruit, Nuts, Pudding, Apricot Nectar
Lots of stuff I needed and a couple things I didn't were on Sale so I took advantage of those
Back then to get a Photo of most all that goes into my special Cake and then started on the Project

~ Most Everything needed for my Christmas Fruitcake ~

Time slipped away fast on Friday, not doing much of anything special but just kept busy at this and that
So it was after 3 p.m. that I started on my Cake, they call it 'Easy Fruitcake' and that it surely is
The only thing that takes any time at all is greasing and flouring up the Tube Pan and chopping up the candied Pinepple
They just say put all the dry ingredients into the Mixer, add the Oil, Brandy, and Apricot Nectar
Beat on high for two Minutes, then add the Eggs one at a time, last fold in the Fruits and Nuts
Then into the Tube Pan, into the Oven for am Hour and VOILA! My famous and tasty Christmas Fruitcake!
They give instuctions for making a Powdered Sugar Glaze but I prefer it with no Icing... So much flavor just in the Cake

~ Finished Saturday Afternoon ~ Waiting to taste a Hunk Sunday Morning ~

That was it for a not doing much but busy all Day Saturday, the rest of the Day just routine
Now another Weekend... Man that Week sure went fast!... Is Christmas here tomorrow? HAH! I am ready

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Friday, December 02, 2016 ~
~ Ny Second Day of Christmas ~
~ Baked a Loaf of Bread ~

~ Silent Night ~

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Friday Morning... 25 Degrees at 7 a.m. and a high of 48, yeah Winter finally sneaked in for sure and 'Baby... It's Cold Outside!'
And taking a Peek at the AeroGarden 5 Crop, finally a 'Micro Tom' Tomato and it is really 'Micro' in size (so far)
Wonder how high it will get and how many there will be... The plant is way too tall from lack of enough Light
Same as the one in the Pot in the Kitchen, they need some Sun, those are full size Tomato Plants, only with tiny Fruit
The Plant in the Kitchen is now at a height of 22 Inches, the one in the Aerogarden is at 43 Inches
And then to add more Light to the Kitchen Plant, I hooked up the Grow Light from the Defunct 7 Pod Garden that died

~ Micro Tom in the Kitchen Pot Blooming ~ And now with more Light ~

So what shall we do on Friday, Money in the Bank, Bills all scheduled to be paid and no Plans again
But that doesn't stop the Day from slipping by and changing my Blog for December took some of it
Adding New Photos, New Music, some more Garden Photos... love it! Gives me something to and gives me more Memories
I now have 85 Years of personal History on the Internet and really no close Relatives to look back at it
And so it was around Noon when I headed out for Lottos, I had a $25 Winner to trade, and the new Quick Trip is open now
They built a huge new Quick Trip just across the street from the Minit Mart, AHA! another choice for Lottos
Oh No! Forget that! I cashed in my $25 Ticket... Where's your Lottos?.. and they only had maybe 8 Ticket choices
Most places have about 25 Cards... They only had ONE of the ones I wanted, so I got that one and headed for the Minit Mart

And back at El Ranchito to finish out the Day, thought I would have some Spaghetti with Sausage...
And some home Baked Bread would go good with that, and make a slice 'Garlic Bread'... So I started up the Bread Machine
Mixed a Manhattan and went on to a late TV afternoon, the Bread wouldn't be done until 6:30

~ Almost Ready, Nine Minutes to Go ~ And now ready to cool a bit and Slice ~

OK, nuked up the Spaghetti, sliced off the end of that new Loaf of Bread, lathered with Butter and some Garlic Salt
Back to the TV to enjoy that Dish with the last half of 'Rebel wthout a Cause'... Then some Andre Rieu Music for the Finale

Now... my Third Day of a Happy Christmas is here, what adventure might this nice Cold Day bring?

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Thursday, December 01, 2016 ~
~ My First Day of the Christmas Season ~
~ Another Pay Day ~ SS Check a Day Early ~

~ Somebody Ring my Bells for Me ~

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Brrrrrrrrrrr... Thursday Morning and 28 Degrees, well they said it was coming and I could tell inside
I had to bump the Thermostat up a notch to take off the Morning chill, won't be fun to head out into that

So I got my new Printer up and working on my Dell Two Desktop, printed a few DVD Case Label Photos
Two will go off to Carolyn today and I told Pat I have a better Santa Trek Label for her too
And then this Morning I started off by Installing the Printer Softwsre on Dell One... Back in the Printer Business

So what then? Lemmee see... I had $20 in Winners, off to the Price Chopper to trade for more
Bought $20, won $15 back.. $5 Loss, Oh well... Back to the Fast Stop and got another $20 Worth
This time won $15 Back, what's that now a $10 Loss? Back to the Ranchito to head into the Afternoon

Decided on some Chicken and Dressing for Dinner, needed some Gravy so I made some fresh
Then chunked up a big Smoked Chicken Thigh, put some Dressing on the Plate, covered it all with Gravy
Covered that with a Bowl to wait to be nuked up hot and steamy and tasty at Dinner Time

And then I got a Facebook message from my friend Rion, I'll be at work at two, I have a lot of Lottos for you
Well, that's 'loser' Lottos for me to turn in for Lottos Prizes, decided to head that way around 2 p.m. to get them

And so, I got there, traded in $15 worth of Winner Lottos and a couple $5s, won back $25... Even up
Then the Clerk called for Rion, he came out, handed me a huge Bag of Loser Lottos, take lots of time to enter those
Then I headed back to Parkville, time for a Margarita and a TV catch up

Next the Finale for a Nice December First... A Fiesta Dinner of Smoked Chicken and Turkey Dressing
Covered with some tasy Home Made Turkey Gravy and some tangy Cole Slaw on the side
A more than ample repast to close the Day... Oh yes...

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

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