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~ Saturday January 14, 2017 ~
~ A Little Ice Saturday Morning ~
~ Then some Hazy Sun at Noon ~

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Taking a look out front at 6:45 a.m. Saturday Morning, 26 Degrees and looked like a thin film of Ice on the Windshields
Couldn't see that there was much Ice out in the Street, they salted it on Saturday Afternoon
So the top for the Day supposed to be 31 Degrees and they are saying Snow later in the Day

~ Ice on the Windshields Saturday Morning ~

Didn't mention the finale for the Day on Friday, I decided to snip all the remaining Lettuce out of AeroGarden 6
Now all the Lettuce is gone in Garden 6 and 7 and now we can see the Pepper and Tomato plants grow
And I could see that there were three more tiny Plants in one Pod, popped them out so the big one would prosper

~ Lettuce all Harvested from Garden 6 ~

Then a little transplanting... I planted Chard in Garden 4 and only one Plant came up, then two Peppers
The two Peppers are in the back Pods and barely emerging, the Chard was in a front Pod and touching the Grow light
So I lifted the Chard out of Garden 4 and slipped it into a front Pod in Garden 6, see how it does there
And I can keep the Grow Light down low over the Peppers in Garden 4 to help them get started

~ Chard moved from Garden 4 to Garden 6 ~

Sometime after 9 a.m. I heard the little Tractor out front, the Maintenance Man was working on a Saturday
Tom was in the middle of the Street throwing Salt from the back of the Tractor to melt the Ice on the Hill

So I could head out for Lottos if I wanted to... but didn't feel like it was worth the effort just to lose another $20

~ Tom making it easy to get up the Hill ~

On to the Day, Noon time, 30 Degrees, hazy Sun and the Ice all gone... As Shakespeare would say "Much Ado About Nothing"
Well, they were saying that we would get Snow and more Ice later on Saturday, well we shall see, shall we not?

I took off to the Price Chopper to get some loser lottos, and that's just what they were
Now what to do the rest of this now brighter looking Day?

And as usual it turned out to not be much of anything to do, just cook some dinner and have some Wine
I kept an eye out the Window watching for that Ice they promised, and now was falling by Bedtime
But they were warning it would show up later and we would wake up to Snow... again... we shall see

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Friday January 13, 2017 ~
~ Another Windows 10 Insider Update! ~
~ And they say the ICE is on the Way! ~

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Well now, we get Windows 10 Inside Build 15002 on Wednesday and now Build 15007 on Friday
And it looks like that Bug thay dumped on me then is all gone for the Moment, I had found a 'workaround' anyway
I just read online Friday that this update is loaded with new Goodie Applications
Checking out the List of them online on CNET, I didn't find any that I would use much
Anyway they are there if I run into any need for them, they will also be added to the next general Release

And the big News for the Weekend seems to be the Weather, they are predicting ICE! Like we need that
They are saying the Freezing Rain starts on Friday Evening and then continues all weekend, but with a Warmup on Monday
So it looks like I need to get my running around done early so I can hibernate the rest of the weekend
The worse threat is if we get any Power Outage, that would just bore me to Death in this Cellar I live in

And, the Lettuce was about done in Garden 7, decided to snip all the rest and give the Tomatoes more room
Then next will be what Lettuce is left in Garden 6, one more Harvest due from there

~ Lettuce all Harvested from Garden 7 ~

And then, checking the Fridge, getting low on Vino Tinto, and Milk... better hit the Price Chopper...
So I headed out early... but the Fraidy Cats were already there, backing up at the Check out Stands...
Warning a couple days of Ice and they think the world is coming to an end, stuffing their Carts FULL
So, I got my Stuff, checked out at the Service Counter and headed back to my boring Day ahead

And did a little puttering around with this and that and did a little cooking, just nothing much
Finished out the Day as usual, checking out the window watching for the Ice to start and hadn't by bedtime
On to the Weekend then, see what trouble we are in on Saturday Morning with the Weather

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Thursday January 12, 2017 ~
~ Computer Update Problem Solved! ~
~ And Back to the Cold... ~

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Twenty Degrees at 6 a.m. on Thursday and a projected high of 31, well we had a couple good warm Days anyway
And after an Icy Weekend it looks like we will have a few more back in the 50s next week

I got my Blog finished and posted on Thursday morning and then went online checking out the Windows 10 Insider Forum
And looks like several others had my problem with the last Update, and they found a solution
Seems that if you have a second Monitor plugged in, that causes the problem, and I had a TV plugged into Dell Two
And I had the HP connected to my Living Room TV also... They say unplug, reboot and that fixes it

So I went in to check the HP, fired it up, it was already fixed! That TV being off all Night
And when I rebooted with the TV off this Morning, that solved the problem there
Back in to unplug the TV from Dell Two, rebooted and again... problem solved, we're back in business!

OK, back to the real World, Christmas gone, New Years finished, Birthday over... No Holidays until when?
And no Appointments until February, free for another Month to do nothing, so what's for Thursday?

So nothing to do but chase Lottos and Cook and watch TV... Oh... and do the Laundry, such an exciting existence
Then off in the Chilly Day to the Price Chopper, Minit Mart and the Fast Stop trading small Lotto winners
Ended up with $25 of winnings but still a loss for the Day, back to the boredom
Did get a Photo of the Cannas in the Kitchen, just sitting on the Shelf growing quietly Day by Day

~ Cannas in the Kitchen doing Fine ~

Then some afternoon Cooking, decided to make some Hash with some of the Smoked Pork, that sounded good
Chunked up some of the Pork, then lots of Taters and Onions and into the Skillet, made way more than I needed
And I made some Wilted Lettuce to go along with the Hash, used my Home Grown Lettuce for that
I will have several more Dinners of that Tasty Hash for a few Days, and still more of that Pork is in the Freezer too

So one more Winter 'not much going on' Day, about two more Months of them looming, but we shall overcome

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Wednesday January 11, 2017 ~
~ Finished up 85 Fun Years ~
~ And Smoked Birthday Barbecue! ~

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Back when I was in High School they were talking about Halley's Comet returning and when
And I was thinkng... Ohhh I'll be OLD, I'll miss that, but guess what... I was still here
Yeah, I have seen 31,045 Days so far, and that's even counting 20 Leap Year Days
And most of those Days have been happy Good Days, so lucky for all those years and I enjoyed most all of them

Starting off the Day, cloudy but warm, sort of, but they say maybe 60 this afternoon
And checking my Email... an Ad by the Price Chopper, Sliced Pork Shoulder $1.49 a Pound... BBQ Today?
Then checking the Front AeroGardens, that Lettuce needed Clipping, and I clipped a Bowlful
And what to do with that, some more 'Wilted Lettuce' for Dinner? Needed green Onions for that

~ Lettuce to Snip ~ Lettuce Snipped and Ready ~

Off to seek my Fortune first, traded in $17 of wins for $25 more, only won back a $2 'Show Me Cash'<
Then over to Produce, showed mi Amigo Luis a Photo of the Lettuce I just Picked, told him I needed 'Cebollas Verdes'
He said no, we call them Cebollatines... or something like that... Back home I checked, no, didn't find that word
Typed in both Green Onions, then Scallions, both came back as 'Cebollas Verdes'... So there too!

And then back to the Meat Counter, picked out a nice pack of that 'On Sale' Pork Shoulder
Unpacked my Goodies, then dusted the Pork slices with some Dry BBQ Rub to season them up for Smoking later

~ Sliced Pork Shoulder on Sale ~ Dusted with BBQ Rub for Smoking ~

And finally got around to Breakfast at 9 a.m. More of that Prize Birthday Cake with Cool Whip
OK then Noon time and at 60 Degrees, ain't that WONDERFUL! Hickory Loglets lit up and the Pig in the Smoker
And it didn't take long for that Hickory Smoke to perfume the Atmosphere... I love that Aroma!

OK, the Pig into the Smoker at Noon, how long, maybe a couple Hours? I checked it at 2 p.m. looked OK
So I brought it in, let it cool, packaged most of it and into the Freezer, saved out some for Dinner and later

~ Barbecue Out of the Smoker and Ready! ~

And that was all of the main Project for the Day and what next? Well, another Windows 10 Insider Update
With those Updates it is best to let it update one Computer before downloading to another
That way you can check it out for any obvious Bugs before updating another one but this time I did not
I didn't have anything to do right away on the Computers so I got all three Updating at the same time

Not a good idea, when it was ready on my Dell Two I tried it out.. Oh Oh, where are the Icons on the Task Bar?
So I could not do anything that I do on that Task Bar and that is a lot of things, like the Edge Browser
That pretty well shut me down for doing most of everything on the Internet... well then let's try Dell One
And I lucked out on that one, everything worked as before.. So then I checked the HP in the Living Room
Oh Oh, same-o on that one, no Icons on the Task Bar, just a little spinning circle like on Dell Two
Well for now I will do my Internet stuff on Dell One, like this Blog, until they send another Update

I have been getting those updates for over a Year now and really have had only a few real bumps that bothered much
I do like being in on the latest but I could shut off the Insider Program... well we shall see

So then, just finished out my Birthday Celebration with a big Salad and a Bun full of Smoked BBQ Pork
Yeah, Happy Birthday to Me and Hasta la Vista....

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Tuesday January 10, 2017 ~
~ Finally an Oil Change for my Blazer? ~
~ And a Warmer Day! ~

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Tuesday Morning at 53 Degrees! Can you believe that? well I love it! and 58 for my Birthday they say
And I have an appointment first thing for an Oil Change for my Blazer, haven't had one for years!
A couple weeks back I drove to the Oil and Lube place up next to the Price Chopper but they are closed for remodeling
Then the Monday after New Years Day Sunday I went downtown here and they were locked tight, closed on the Second for the First
So I went back down later and got an appointment for today, seems everyone around here has a waiting list

And I left about 8:15 a.m. so as not to be late.... HAH! I always get wherever too early, it's only a five Minute drive
There were two people waiting, one Lady that didn't have an appointment but they serviced her Car anyway
And another old Guy, even older than me, and they were having a hard time finding anythng wrong with his Car
But we were having a good talk about old times and then he set off in his Car about an hour later
And then finally the Lady left and I was next, but still I had to wait and wait as they needed a certain Oil they were out of
The Mechanic finished all but that and finally the Man showed up with the Differential Oil and I was done...
How long was that? Darn near three Hours, such quick Service, but the Man there said they were behind to start with

Then a quick trip down to the Fast Stop for Lottos, none won, and another stop at the Price Chopper
Got my Tequila and some Veggies and headed back for breakfast at 11 a.m. Yeah...

And that was about all the action for the Day all over again, I did harvest the first Lettuce from Gardens 6 and 7
Had more than enough for a nice Sandwich and I need to pick some more, beginning to shade the Peppers and Tomatoes
I hade a big Salad for later but I used some lettuce I already had in the Fridge, now I'll use the Garden Lettuce

So, almost halfway through January already and the rest of the month is clear of Appointments
Other than playing with Lottos, not much else to do the rest of winter
Well I need to get an Oil Change for the old Mercedes sometime, now off to my Birthday Celebration

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Monday January 09, 2017 ~
~ Sampled my Birthday Cake ~
~ A Special Deliver BirthDay Card ~

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A little warmer on Monday... 21 Degrees at 7 a.m. and going to 44... much better!
And first thing a sample of my freshly baked Birthday Cake... and the best one of this type so far!
I made one like it for Christmas but somehow this one is better, I think because I used a bit more Fruit in it
I think I have been baking this Cake since 2009 when I found the recipe online, I bake at least one a Year now

~ First Sample of my Birthday Cake ~

Off to the Races at 9 a.m. Headed to the Fast Stop... Traded in $20 for $20 and headed back
And won exactly NUTHIN all over again... Anybody want to send me Donations?

Then to the Kitchen to check on the Plants there, a new Crop of Peppers had popped up
I planted Swiss Chard in that Garden some time ago and only One Plant popped up and going nowhere fast
So I decided to try a couple of Pepper Plants in the two back Pod spaces, see of they would work
I planted several Seeds in each Pod, the last of the Pickling Pepper Seeds, a few Days ago

~ New Peppers Popped Up ~

And that was just about all of the Morning... on to the warming Afternoon
And I was sipping my Margarita and watching the Non-News when I heard a knock at the Door
It was Pat, she had been out on the Trail for a walk, stopped in with a Gift for my Birthday, handed me an envelope
And inside was my Birthday Card, of which I receive very few... (like usually none)
Here is the Card, but somehow it turned into an 'Animation' when I copied it for my Blog

~ A Very Special Birthday Card ~

And then also in the Envelope was a Gift for my favorite Hobby
Didn't ring the Bell this time but it was fun to try

~ A Birthday Lotto Scratcher ~

And then she had to leave to take care of her Chores and Animals and trucked back up the Hill
The rest of my Day was just the usual Routine except that I had TWO Margaritas during TV Time...
And a piece of my Super Birthday Fruitcake for Dessert before heading off to Dreamland

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Sunday January 08, 2017 ~
~ I Heard You were Coming ~ So I baked a Cake ~
~ Italian Day ~ Made Spaghetti with Italian Sausage ~

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HAH! Heatwave on Sunday Morning, starting at 10 Degrees at 5 a.m. Was ZERO on Saturday Morning
And actually supposed to get One Degree above Freezing this Afternoon... And Tuesday just GREAT! 50s Maybe!

A first peek at the Lettuce Crop on Sunday Morning, doing fine, about ready to start Snipping
Have to watch that the Lettuce Leaves do not shade the Pepper and Tomato plants in the back Pods
The Lettuce is growing much faster than those rear Plants

~ Lettuce Crop after Three Weeks ~

On to another Day with not much to do, I did run up to the Minit Mart for more Loser Lottos
And then back to piddle around until I decided to bake my Cake, and that didn't take long
It didn't take long to get it into the Oven that is, took an hour to bake it and done by 10:30 a.m.

~ A Cake for my 85th Birthday ~

This Cake recipe looks complicated but really is so easy to do... Mainly just dump every thing into the Mixer
And then stir it up and pour into the Baking Dish or Pan, bake, out to cool, then wrap and enjoy for a Week or so

Later I was thinking of some Spaghetti and one of those Prize Italian Sausages for Dinner
But I didn't have any Spaghetti so decided to run up to the Price Chopper for that
But first I thought Pat would like some of my Cake so I cut off a big hunk, wrapped it in Foil
Then I called to see if she was Home, she was so I dropped that off on the way to the Store

And on to the Price Chopper, got my Pasta and headed back to make my Spaghetti Sauce from scratch
I had several containers of my Home Grown Tomatoes in the Freezer, ground up into Puree
Out with one of those and into the Pot, let that simmer to thicken some and then in with Onions and Peppers
I have several containers of various ground Peppers I grew also in the Freezer, I use them for this and that
Next I added some Olive Oil, Basil, Cumin, Oregano and Garlic Salt, last I dropped in an Italian Sauage

Into the rest of the Afternoon with my Cocktail and TV, at Dinner Time I simmered up some Spaghetti
Dumped the Spaghetti on a Plate, then the Sausage, topped it all with my own special Sauce and some Cheese
And I must say that Sauce was so much better than that stuff in the Jar at the Store... Oh yeah!

~ Spaghetti with Italian Sausage ~

I don't use a recipe and it is a bit different every time but most always good!
And that was all that was worth writing about on Sunday... So on to the new Week... I do like Mondays

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Saturday January 07, 2017 ~
~ Baby... It's REALLY COLD Outside! ~
~ A Visit and a Short Trip on the Agenda ~

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Brrrrrrrrr again, exactly ZERO at 7 a.m. on Saturday but heading all the way to 26 this Afternoon
And a Visitor due this Afternoon and a trip over to I-435 for Lotto loser Tickets later
The Clerk there saves up Tickets for me that people toss away and I enter them for Prize points
And I have to take a Detour this time, the Hiway is closed for Widening, but I found a back way online

First, out to the Kitchen to make my Coffee, the Cannas there are doing OK, growing a little every Day
The one here had One Stem to start but now there are Five that have popped up

~ Canna in the Kitchen, now Five Stems ~

And, I need a Birthday Cake for next Wednesday but I'll bake it early, that's a lot of Cake to dispose of
I checked the Ingredients I had left from my Christmas Cake, I had everything here except the Lemon Pudding and Walnuts
Now when I get in the Mood, I'll toss them all together and bake my Cake, maybe today or tomorrow

~ Birthday Cake on the Way ~ Already had Everything but the Walnuts ~

And now a Week into the New Year, hadn't updated my Files for my Blogs to 2017 yet
The Files for any given Blog page have to be in the same File Directory as my 'blog.htm' Number and that grows to a lot of files
So I have been making a separate File for each Year, all the Files for my 2016 Pages are in a File 'Internet 16'
And Today, Saturday I started a file 'Internet 17' for all the Pages I have done and will do in the New Year
That makes it a lot easier to find a given File in the Directory when I need to find it

And then on to 1 p.m. when I saw Pat walking down the hill, started the afternoon Visit with my Computer on the TV
Catching up with my Blog and showing how my Computers are connected on my Network and Home Group
I can switch my HP Desktop now on an End Table to my TV, then click to the 'Home Group'
Then select one of the Computers in my Computer Room amd play back anything on either of them
Goes from the source Computer to the HP and then on to the TV to watch, sure can come in handy

And so, more Chat, Pat worked an online Crossword, then an afternoon Libation, back to the TV and Chat
And then that uphill climbing Time came back and she headed Home to tend to her Menagerie
And my Friend Rion had said he had more Loser Lottos for me so I grabbed my Jacket and headed out

Hiway 45 is the same as far as the last Intersection before hitting I-435 and is closed from there
So I took a left a short distance to the first Road West, took that and straight to where I wanted to go
Hardly any farther than the Hiway 45 Route which they are now widening for the last Mile or so

Into the Station, I had $30 worth of Lottos to trade in, did that and asked for Rion, he came out from somewhere
Gave me a big bag of Loser Tickets, some chit chat and I headed on back for the rest of the Day

And the rest of the Day was about the same as the usual Evening close-out, Dinner and and a Glass of Wine
Pretty nice Day after all considering the Weather, but... WARM on Tuesday maybe... then my Birthday

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Friday January 06, 2017 ~
~ 2 Degrees below Zero Friday Morning! ~
~ Another Inside Dull Day ~

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Friday Morning and COLDER! Two Degrees below Zero at 6:20 a.m. We could sure do with out that
The Day's top Temp to be only 17 and we still have all that Snow out there to deal with too, bring me some SUN!
I didn't get outside at all on Thursday and no hurry to get out into that stuff today either

So what there to do inside? Not much besides beng bored and looking at my Plants, maybe nibble and sip at something
Well first thing, I flipped on the lights for the Living Room Plants, that rescued Canna is looking great!
And Three more in the Kitchen coming along nicely too, here is the front one now after Four Weeks

~ Canna on December 12th ~ And January 6th ~

Bright Sun again but still bitter Cold at 10 Degrees when I headed Downtown for an Oil Change
And they were backed up until Tuesday so then I headed back up to the Price Chopper, traded in $20 of my Winners
And only won back $10 for the try, and that just won't help much at all and January will be another tight Money month
So what to the rest of that cold cold Day, topping out now at 16 they say... At first they said 17, lost a whole degree

And thinking ahead again, I need to bake my Birthday Cake and I needed Buns for my new Burgers and Sausages
So I headed right back to the Price Chopper for that stuff... Brat and Burger Buns, and Cake Makings
I got all that stuff and then back to unload and get on to the rest of another nothing Day
Into the Afternoon with another Margarita, put out a Burger to thaw and then slowly used up the Day

Got a call from my 'up the hill and around the corner' neighbor Pat, time for another chat visit
So I wound up the rest of the long Evening with my Burger and looking forward to a visit Saturday afternoon

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Thursday January 05, 2017 ~
~ And we got the Snow ~
~ My Lotto Prize Delivered ~

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Thursday Morning, 10 Degrees at 7 a.m. and we got SNOW! Several Inches anyway
Mike on Channel 4 News last Night said we would get snow by Morning and we got Snow by Morning
And Tom, our Maintenance Manager was out front of my place at 6:30 a.m. blowing Snow off the Veranda

~ Maintenence Man Blowing Snow at 6:30 a.m. Thursday ~

And so, I don't think I will be heading out anywhere soon, not even for Lottos, I'll wait it out a bit
The only event for today is that my latest Prize Order of Omaha Steaks Meats is being delivered
That is if the Big Brown Truck can slide down the Snowy Hill to my place, I think he can

When I took the Photos above about 6:30 my Walk hadn't been cleared, I shoveled it after the last Snow
But looked out later.. the Walk was cleared and also the Windshield on my Blazer... Super!

~ We get Good Service Here ~ He Blew the Snow off my Walk and my Blazer ~

Noon Time and Gorgeous Sunshine but a bitter 15 Degrees... but going to hit a top of 18 later they say... Oh WOW!
And Tonight a sinking drop to 7 Degrees... But looking ahead, a nice warmup for the Day before my Birthday...
But then a Drop for My Day on Wednesday January 11, well anyway, not near as cold as today

On through a slow Afternoon, finally about 3:30 p.m. the Big Brown Truck slides down the Hill
Gets turned around and then a girl jumps out with my Big Box and lugs it to my Door
I says set it right down there and thank you... and away she goes, lugged that big Cooler Inside then

And then I opened it, took out the Dry Ice and tossed it, then began unboxing the Goodies
Then I emptied some of the really old stuff from the Freezer to make room for the new Stuff
Stacked all the goodies in the Freezer and saved out one big Bratwurst for an Evening Dinner treat...

~ Another Load of Goodies from the Missouri Lottery ~

An afternoon Cocktail, some TV and a glass of Vino Tinto and then time to grill that Bratwurst
The Bratwurst on a big Bakery Brat Bun, topped with Mustard some Tater Salad along side... Scrumptious!

The first Sample of many more Days of consuming that huge Cooler Box full of Burgers and Sausages
~ And How Sweet it Is! ~

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Wednesday January 04, 2017 ~
~ Back to the Cold ~
~ And Snow on the Way ~

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A cold cold Morning... I don't like the teens... or the twenties, give me the 70s any Day
Well Wednesday was not the Day for that for sure, still only 19 at Noon and they say colder on Thursday
And it was a Day for staying inside and not doing much of anything, what did I do all Day?
Well I can't remember much of anything so I must not have done much of anything

I did go out Three Times for Lottos and losing every one of them, oh well just NOT a lucky Day
The rest of the Day just lolling around waiting for Bed Time, managed to stay up a little later
So now, Thursday Morning, have an Email saying my latest Lotto Prize will be delivered
At least something a bit different for Dinner Thursday Night

And... another Email about the Page I made of my 1963 Visit to Los Angeles, kind of interesting

"Donald, I just saw your site about your trip to Los Angeles in 1963, specifically Dorandos Restaurant in Hollywood.
Joseph Dorando was my grandfather. I was just just a youngster, 8, when he was killed in the Restaurant.
After that the Restaurant closed as his wife at the time was unable to remain open. That occurred in Feb 1964.
You must have been there just prior to the incident.
I have fond memories of going there every Sunday night for dinner and walking to the Ranch Market across the street,
although those memories are a bit cloudy nowadays. Anyhow, just a note to say thanks.
I get goose bumps and tears just looking at the photo... Mike"

~ My Car in front of Dorandos Restaurant in 1963 ~

Well I don't think I heard of that after I got back even though I did watch Steve Allen on The Night Show
He often mentioned going to Dorandos Restaurant across the street from the Broadcast Studio

Anyway, on to another Colder Day, let's get rid of Winter as fast as we can

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Tuesday January 03, 2017 ~
~ Better Weather than Expected ~
~ Three more rescued Cannas popping Up ~

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Was happy to see the Snow that was Forecast isn't supposed to show up, Had that short trip up the Road pending
And they are widening the Hightway on a leg of that Trip, possible it is closed and a detour required
We will see if that is so around 8:30 a.m. when I am on the way, just a slight jog on the way anyway

Out to turn the Kitchen Shelf Grow Lights on and make the Coffee, saw Three more Cannas Popping up
Maybe a little more Color in the Kitchen Gardens the rest of the Winter

~ Three more Cannas Emerging ~

Then on to my Morning Computering and my Blog for Monday and starting on this one, then my Crossword
Jumped into the Shower at 7 a.m. Getting ready for my Journey up North, appointment at 9 a.m.
Left a bit early, got there early, got right in and right out and back home at 9:30 a.m.
And there were signs saying Highway 45 was closing on Tuesday, January 3rd, but hadn't yet
And no Snow as predicted, was 32 degrees at 7 a.m. but dropped to 28 when I got back and now more cold coming

Well it was a cold dark day and no plans for the rest of the Day, bored already so I went to buy Lottos
So I decided to try a full Pack again, you usually just win back a little more than half the Cost
But that Big One might be hiding in that Pack and I do like the anticipation of winning big sometime
Back to the Price Chopper, got a full Pack of 60 Tickets and headed back to scratch, scratch and scratch
When I was finished I had scratched off the biggest one, a $100 Win and a Total of $250, a loss of $50
That's the biggest win I have had in a full Pack, now I still have that $250 to try for more big ones

~ Nicest Win for all of this Year! ~

And that was the very Finale of the Day, on to the rest of the Afternoon and a so-so Dinner
Now Wednesday, back to the Cold and they say Snow starting later Tonight, no plans except to win another Big One... and Soon!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Monday January 02, 2017 ~
~ First Monday of the New Year ~
~ Nothing going on but a little more Garden Arranging ~

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Oh My My... 41 Degrees at 6:30 a.m. on Monday Morning... and 54 later, now I can live with that
Have to head Downtown to get the Oil changed in the Blazer sometime this Morning...
Probably doesn't have much Oil left in it, I can't remember when I last changed it

And so... I trotted out to the Kitchen for a Cup of Coffee, took a look at the Living Room Plants
The Cucamelons were looking ragged and going nowhere but making more Vines, enough of that for now
So I decided to cut them all down and throw them out, a fun experiment while it lasted
Didn't look lt was going to produce any 'Melons'... Maybe I can try some Seeds outside later


~ Cucamelons at their Maximum ~ Replaced with the Rescued Canna ~

So I cut down all the Vines, stuffed them into a Trash Bag, removed the Pots from the Shelf
And then brought in the most advanced Canna Plant to fill in the Missing space on the Shelf

Then off to Glen's Auto Lube for my long delayed Oil Change and what's this? Locked up and says Closed!
So? I thought the Holidays were over... it IS the Second of January ain't it?
OK then, on to the Price Chopper for a ton of Goodies I needed and a few I didn't and of course my Lottos
Back to unload and then scratch off exactly NADA! DOGGONE, bad way to start the Month

Well then 11 a.m. and No breakfast yet, time for some Biscuits and Sausage Gravy to face the rest of the Day
And did that and what else? I checked the Missouri Lotto Site to check on my latest Loser Ticket Point Prize
And they say it is Processing, another Cooler of Kansas City Steaks various Meats, got Nine of them so far
Some of them I ordered Two or Three times, the ones I liked best, I thought that would make an interesting (to me) Animation
So I got on their Site, looked up all my past Prizes and took Screen Shots of then, then made the Animation


~ My Nine Coolers of Omaha Steaks Meats ~ Some I Ordered more than Once ~

And then the Afternoon and the Rains came, and we got quite a bit, good that the Weather was above Freezing
Nothing left for the rest of the Day but the usual... They said it would rain all afternoon and well into the Night
And that today it would turn to Snow, I didn't like that, I had to make a quick run out of Town in the Morning
But now, Tuesday Morning the Temp is at 36 and going to 43 and just Cloudy, no Snow... so good!

And that was another quiet Second Day of the New Year, well quiet is good sometimes...

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Sunday January 01, 2017 ~
~ New Year - New Month ~ New Day ~
~ Happy New Year! ~

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Starting off my New Year at 22 Degrees at 7 a.m. Sunday Morning, saying Sunny and a high of 46, that sounds good
No plans for the Day but thinking a Lube Job for the Blazer Monday Morning, then a trip to Platte City on Tuesday
Then someday soon another Lube Job for the Mercedes, get all the Hardware in good shape for the rest of the Winter

And then before I headed off to seek my fortune I took another peek at my Pickling Peppers
Also known at the 'Christmas Tree' Pepper and later we might get to see why that is... if we get Peppers
Anyway we now have a lot of Blooms in there and that could mean a lot of little Peppers on the way


~ Lotsa Blooms ~ Lotsa Peppers Maybe? ~

Off to the Minit Mart for Lottos, just won a $15 one there so back to the Fast Stop
And then just a $5 Winner there and back home to pout about not getting the Big one
What a nothing going on, boring Day for the First Day of the New Year

Said 40 Degrees and partly Sunny but looked more hazy Cloudy to me, so let's take out the Trash at least
Took out the Trash, weather a bit warmer, the Holidays mostly all gone, let's take down the Christmas stuff
Took the Solar Lights off the Dwarf Spruce Trees, brought them in and put them on the Shelf and they turned on
Looks like they still think the Holidays are working... Then I brought in my Wreath and Bells and Lights
Now I'll will have to find a place to put them until Next Year's Holidays


~ Christmas Tree Lights want to Stay on! ~

And that took me until Margarita Time and... What's for Dinner? Well I am a bit tired of Turkey and Goose
Still quite a bit of that in the Freezer and lots of Ham and Beans, a few Burgers and Hot Dogs
So, looks like Hot Dogs for Dinner along with some Potato Salad I made Saturday Afternoon

And again the rest of the Day was OK but nothing to write home about... So now it's Monday
Got to go get the Blazer all lubed up and then find something to do for another boring Day

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Saturday December 31 2016 ~
~ News Years Eve Day all Day! -
~ And a Happy Pay Day Too! ~

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So for the Day I thought I would whup up a quick little Video for New Years Eve, lotsa photos of ME!
Well now 'Auld Lang Syne' .... Memories of Days long Past, and for me some not so long past
I have so many good Memories it is easy to forget what few bad ones I endured, seems they were short lived
So many good times and things I have enjoyed and still enjoying, that far outnumber any bumps in my smooth road of Life

And... all my Morning Computer catchup and that Video and my online Crossword completed by 7 a.m.
Looked like this would be another very long Day, must find something to do... but what?

And it was a quiet News Years Eve Day and a quiet night too, didn't wake to hear any Fireworks if there were any
Just a tiny bit of Gardening, added Nutrient to Gardens 5, 6 and 7... Watered the Dwarf Spruce Trees out front
Then in the Kitchen in Garden 4, only one Swiss Chard Plant in six Pods so far, so I pulled out two Pods
Added Pickling Pepper Seeds to those and set them back in, try for something that will grow maybe

Then a trip to the Minit Mart for Lottos, No Go, so back to the Price Chopper for a couple things
And a $15 Win this time, not ending the year with much of a Win

Later... Dinner and watched some of my Videos to end out the Old Year, then off to Bed to rest up for the the New

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


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