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~ Tuesday, March 14, 2017 ~
~ USB Cable Delivered and Checked Out ~
~ Now my 'Peeker Cam' is in Operation ~

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7 a.m. Tuesday Morning, 25 Degrees and what's all that noise out front, took a peek
A big Truck, backing up to the Parking area then loaded up the little Car the Guy upstairs drives
Wonder what the problem is, broke something on the Car or behind on the Payments?
He was standing in front of my place watching, a big Guy with one of those tiny English Cars

~ Neighbor watching them take his little Car (far left) Away ~

So what's for Tuesday? No ideas yet but it is still early, about out of Garden Ideas for the moment
I have that USB Cable on the way for my 'Peeking Cam' and got another Idea, I have Three Web Cams
One for each Desktop but I rarely ever use them anymore... So, one for the front Window...
And how about another in the Window in my Computer Room, be another quick way to see what's out front there
So just a little too far for the Cable I have, need another USB Extension Cable for that too

OK... Now 11 a.m. Where was I? Had some Biscuits and Sausage Gravy for a late Breakfast
And then scooted up to the Price Chopper in a very light Snow, quickly over and then some very hazy Sun
Bought $22 worth of Lottos back home to win $12 back, can't pay the rent with that... So what now?
Well my Email says that my USB Cable is 'Out for Delivery' finally, Snail Mail usually comes about 2 p.m
Two hours to kill before that and then 10 minutes to hook it up and try it out and then another long Afternoon

Just glanced out the Window, now there is a Red tiny English Car where the guy's Black one used to park
So whatever it was, it looks like he has it under control, wonder why that big Guy doesn't get a Car that fits?

~ Red Car where the Black One was ~ Loaner or a Trade? ~

Then into a very long, long Afternoon, waiting for that Cable... Really no hurry but I hate to wait
And I wanted to try out the Peeker Cam on my HP, i had just tried a 'sample' try on my Laptop
I had the HP in the Living Room fired up and I started checking the Mail about every Five Minutes after 2 p.m.
But that 'Delivered' green Bar was hung up on 'On the Way' all Afternoon, still there after 3:30 p.m.
So I says it has to be there by now and tooled up the Hill in my Blazer in that Cold Wind!
And yeah it was there, the only thing in the Box, back down the Hill to hook it up, this time to a better Web Cam
I had tried first with my oldest Cam, I have two better ones, sharper Picture, hooked one of those up

~ Looks a Lot better with a Better Web Cam ~

So that litle project is up and working, I kept the Web Cam View on the HP all Evening
When I would hear something out front I would give the Mouse a Clip and there it was, I saw one Car leave
Then another one return, pretty quiet evening after all, but the Cam is there in case I hear something I want to see

Now, what for Wednesday? Well... another Biopsy on the same Ear that was operated on December 29, 1916
I'lll cover that in a little more Detail on Wednesday's Blog... Hasta la Vista...

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Monday, March 13, 2017 ~
~ New Herb Pods Coming Today ~
~ USB Cable for my Peeper Cam on the Way ~

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Well what's the Weather in store for this Monday the Thirteenth? Good or what else?
Looks like the latest Insider Update messed up the Weather Icon on my Task Bar...
Had to click on the 'Edge Browser' to get it, and hmmmm, looks just like Sunday... 39 to start, 43 tops
Sometimes thinking of discontinuing that Insider update, fixes one thing and messes up another
They try changes on us first before subjugating the Public to their experiments

So what's in store for the excitement on Monday? Looks like my Herb Pods from Walmart
And later in the Mail, that USB extension Cable for my window peeper Cam, see how that looks on the TV

So, other than that, a run first to the Fast Stop for another try for Good Fortune before I go broke
And for this Month... poverty isn't all that far away, those extra bills and whatever
Well, before the Seed Pods get here I can do as I did on the last ones, prep the Garden so it's ready for them

And a run down to the Fast Stop to chat with Navru, traded in $9 of winners for $25 of winners
Not too big a loss on that Deal... Could have been a whole lot better this time of the Month
Then on to the wait for my Seed Pods to arrive at Walmart and my Cable to show up in the Mail Box
Seems like I am always waiting for something to arrive and I do hate to wait... I want it NOW!

So, piddling around with this and that, waiting for the 'Ready to Pick Up' notice from Walmart
Finally about 2:30 pm. there it was, printed out the Slip and headed out in that cloudy Cold for the Store
Found a good parking Spot not too far from the Door but still a fight against that Cold Wind to get in
Picked up a Cart that I really didn't need, got Some LED Bulbs and a Lamp Shade that needed replaced
Then that long Journey to the rear of the Store for my Seed Pods, got them quick and headed for Check-out
That was quick, no one in line amd back out into the Wind to the Blazer and headed back for Home

Back a little afetr 3 p.m. Replaced all the Bulbs in my Kitchen Ceiling Fixture, I like those LEDs better
Took one of the CFL Bulbs from the Kitchen and put it in the little Lamp in my Bedron, new Lamp shade too
Then ready for the New Seed Pods, the Garden was all prepped for them, just set them in and set the Timer

~ AeroGardens with New Crops Planted ~

Now Two new Crops in Garden 6 and 7... See how and when these pop up, Peppers can take a while
The Herbs should be germinating before the Peppers get around to it, we shall see...

And then I was still waiting for my USB Cable in the Mail, message online said oops, been a delay
Checking again Tuesday morning says maybe Wednesday now, oh well, no real hurry for that, just an idea

So then that wall of Monday except some of my Home Made Margherita Pizza for Dinner
And of course another Movie to close the Evening's entertaiment

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Sunday, March 12, 2017 ~
~ New Pepper Pods Coming Today ~
~ Delivered and Planted a Crop of Chili Peppers ~

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~ Canna Bloom at it's Best ~

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29 Degrees at 7 a.m. (formerly 6 a.m.) and Five more Days of COLD... Want no more of this
Pepper Seed Pods coming today, a little more Gardening in store and more Herb Seed Pods on Monday maybe
And a longer USB Cable coming to hook up the Web Cam in the Window to the HP Desktop in the Living Room
That Six Foot Cable just won't quite reach that far, so I ordered an extension Cable
But it worked OK to test out the Camera Setting with my Laptop

And a peek at the Red Canna Bloom in the Kitchen, just about at it's maximum for now
Has now started dropping individual Blooms as the Yellow one did, those all gone there for now

And one Red Popper Pepper on the plant removed from the Aerogardem started to ripen
That Plant doesn't look too good, not sure if it wll make it in it's new Home
The other repotted Pepper Plant looks pretty good so far

~ Red Popper Pepper Ripening ~

So, that messed up Time again, I reset all the Clocks, well I didn't reset all of them, several are idle, I don't set them
And I keep one at regular time, but I did reset Nine on Saturday, then the last one above the TV on Sunday Morning
So Ten Clocks reset, and the ones in the Computers and Telephone and Cell Phone reset themselves
Is there one in the TV too? Anyway, does anyone know what time it is around here?

~ Did you get all your Clocks Reset? ~

Moving along into the Day, hazy sunny and warming up a little... very little, made a run to the Price Chopper
Out of Vino Tinto, a necessity here, picked up a Gallon then a few odds and ends and some Loser Lottos
Checked Saturday's Mail on the way back... nada mucho, unloaded my loot and then what?
Well new Seed Pods on the Way, I prepped the AeroGarden, filled with Water and Nutrient, now just slip the Pods in
Checked onlne for my Shipmemt, out for delivery they said, and USPS will bring it, the little white Van
So then waiting, I started entering more Loser Lotto Tickets for Prize Points, not many left now
I have over 14,400 Points now, but nothing I want to order from the Prize Catalog yet...

1 p.m. and bored, what now? Well I was thinking about that Bottle of Rum on the Shelf since Christmas Egg Nog
Got an Idea, Invent a new Drink, a 'Rumarita'... Then got onlne just to check... DARN! Someone already invented it
And just about like I would Mix it only I add Angostura Bitters and a Marischino Cherry, thought I would try that
Mixed that up, back to the TV to sip until my Spicy Pepper Seed Pods got here...

So I mixed up that concoction and back to the TV to wait, and that 'Rumarita' experiment was OK
But I do think that my Margaritas are a little bit better, anyway, I have a way to use up that Rum

On to the afternoon, just a little after 2 p.m. a slight Knock on the Door, opened it, the guy was already back to his Van
And my Package was laying on the deck, brought it in, opened it, my new Seed Pods, opened that pack
Then stuck two 'Jalapeno' Pods, two 'Red Fire Chili' Pods and three 'Purple Super Hots' Pods in the Garden
Set the timer and away we went off to a new Chili Pepper Crop, all done by 2:15 p.m.

~ Jalapenos ~ Red Fire Chilies ~ Purple Super Hots ~

And then that was about it for the Day again, just finished the afternoon and evening and I did that
OK, Weekend done, let's go work on next Week...

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Saturday, March 11, 2017 ~
~ Started resetting all the Clocks ~
~ A Little Snow out Front ~

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~ Now Three Empty Aerogardens ~

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7 a.m. Saturday, my Clock on the shelf above says 8 a.m. but I reset it already, now how many to go?
I have Clocks all over this place, three reset so far this Saturday Morning... Lots more to go
Took a peek at the Weather online, says 27 Degrees and Light Snow, and a High Today of 35... You kidding me?
Then I took a peek out the Door... Yeah, very Cold and light Snow, still falling, very tiny flakes
Windshields and Car tops covered but the Street still looked clear... So... Now what?

~ Not a Good Day for sipping a Margarita out Front ~

And some more puttering around after Blog Time, emptied and cleaned out the Two empty Aerogardens
All ready to plant again, now OK... Where are my Seed Pods? I see the Peppers are in Kansas City Kansas now
And they updated my Walmart Delivery by one Day, maybe Monday now? Always waiting for some delivery it seems

Slow Morning, had a couple Cookies with my Morning TV News, didn't get in the Shower until 11 a.m.
Oh yeah, one more Windows 10 Insider Update, just had one a couple Days back, they sure are coming often lately
And now I have that one installed on all the Computers except the HP in the Living Room, starting that one Now!

Then another Idea just popped up... When I watched TV from my Futon I could see out the front Window
Now in the new Chairs my back is to the Window and I can't see what's going on out there
Well, let's put a Web Cam in the Window and get a peek anyway, I have three Web Cams I rarely ever use
And I have that Computer in the Living roon, let's try that, I put the Cam in the Window, hooked it to my Computer

~ Web Cam in the Window ~ Picture on my Computer ~

And then I tried a short Video to see what that would look like, well gives a fair Photo
Might be useful for something sometime, I'll try some more playing around with that

~ Image from Video on Web Cam ~

Well now, late Afternoon got here pretty quickly on Saturday, kept busy at not much of anything
4:20 p.m. Time for that Margarita and that that Plate of Food all prepared out of the Fridge to warm up for Dinner
And that about all she wrote for Saturday...

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Friday, March 10, 2017 ~
~ Back to the Cold Weather ~
~ Repotted a Pepper from Aerogarden 6 ~

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~ Tiny Peppers from Aerogarden 6 ~

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Friday Morning, Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! 28 Degrees at 6 a.m. and they say a top of 43 for the Day
And more Cold for the next Four Days or so, maybe even Snow on Saturday, I can sure do without that
So a Cold Weekend to work through and as of yet nothing to work on to pass the Time

And after about three or four no success Crops in AeroGarden 4, I thought I would try some Aerogarden Pods again
I got online and ordered a mixed Herb Kit, those seem to work better than most, they did before anyway
I have plenty of Sweet Basil groing in a Pot now but they send Five other Herbs I could use some of
So in a Week or so, that will be a new Crop starting in the Kitchen

And I sure would like to have some Weather outside warm enough to set some of my Pepper plants outside in Pots
Four Pepper plants I planted with my own Seeds are growing too tall for the Aerogardens
The only hope for good crops from them now is to remove them from the AeroGardens and plant in Pots
But then no place to put the Pots to get plenty of Light to keep growing... Oh Woe!

Well. let's try it anyway... Brought in a Pot from Outside, made a deep Hole in the Center for the Pepper
Then cut the supports for one Plant in Garden 6, the largest, set it in the Pot, put in a stake to hold it
Started tying up the branches and a big one broke off, then got one tied, then tied up two more

~ Pepper Plants to Move ~ Tall Pepper Plant now in the Pot ~

Now the Plant is in a Pot and we shall see what happens, sure would be nice to be Warm enough for it outside
The Second Plant in the Garden was much smaller and spindly and wasn't going anywhere, out with it too
Now another Empty AeroGarden and a thought how to fill it, those Herbs I ordered for Garden 4
That order has 7 Pods, Garden 4 only has room for 6, so I'll put them in the larger Garden, more room to grow

And then, all that puttering around finished by 9 a.m. On with this exciting Day... Where to next?
Well, one nutty Idea leads to another, what about those Pepper Plants in Garden 7, same situation
One Plant getting too Tall, the other one not doing very much, so... Out with the small one
And into a Pot with the Larger one, Now two Pepper plants in two Pots in the Kitchen
And so, no plans at all at 6 a.m. and then two new projects completed by 11 a.m.

~ Peppers to Move ~ Left one to a Pot ~ Right one to the Dumpster ~ Pepper Plant now in the Pot ~

And the second Pepper move looks better than the first one, I should have potted the other one earlier
Also now I have two empty Aerogardens to do something with, the first, the Herbs on the way
And what can I put in the other one that will do better than the last few Crops? I'll look online

Well that didn't take long... Ordered a 7 Pod Assortment of Chili Peppers from Amazon and they said Delivery Sunday
That's way ahead of when the Herbs will be here, I'll have that new Crop planted two days from now

OK, enough Gardening for the Day, kept pretty busy at it after all... Time for the Afternoon News catch up
News? what's New about it? Same old boring stuff every Day griping about Trump... well shudda voted HER in then
Seems enough of you did not so the Media can hopefuuly shut up and ride it out!

And the Afternoon and Evening took me through THREE Margaritas, I think that's a record...
Usually only One and a couple Glasses of Vino Tinto will do me, but that was a long Movie
But now Saturday Morning and seem to be no worse for wear... off to the Weekend

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Thursday, March 09, 2017 ~
~ One more Nice Weather Day ~
~ Nothing Going on Though ~

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Thursday Morning, 38 Degrees at 6 a.m. Then a nice warm Day at 72 and then Five Days of COLD! And maybe Snow
Well you never know what Weather that March will bring, then the April Showers and then the Flowers in May

And the Living Room didn't stay 'Plantless' very long, only that one Canna Plant for a Day and now a Pepper Crop
Hopefully that is, planted 24 Pepper Seeds on Wednesday, now see how many pop up and make Pepper Plants

~ Potential Pepper Crop Hiding behind the Chair in the Living Room ~

OK, now 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, finished and posted Wednesday's Blog, checked the Bank, Facebook and Email
Worked my online Crossword Puzzle, now what to do? Bored already... I need a project but what now?
OK, I'll throw a load of Laundry in the Washer and check the Plants in the Kitchen... whoopee!
OK, that's done... I'll enter a few Loser Lottos until I am ready for Breakfast and then out for Lottos again

Then out to seek my Fortune... unsuccessfully as usual, only $10 in Wins, that's the Lottos for the Day
And not much to do around the old Home Place either, just piddle around, enter loser Tickets and Watch TV
Hoping that Friday will be a little more interesting

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Wednesday, March 08, 2017 ~
~ One Week of March down the Drain ~
~ Planted Pepper Seeds in Pots ~

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~ Canna Bloom opening up Wider ~

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Wednesday Morning and again no plans at all, March is not my favorite Month, mostly just waiting for April
I used to call February the 'Nothing' Month but this year I kept fairly busy at this and that
And a few little things done in March so far but eased off some from February for the first Week in March
And thinking ahead, not too eager about finding new Plants for all those empty Pots out front
And also for that Matter, getting something planted out back in those now empty Beds
But that attitude does seem to change when the warm and boring Spring Days appear

Now, changing my Garden attitude already talking about it, checked online about growing Peppers
I have been buying Plants at Larry's Greenhouse over in Riverside to replant out back
I have a Pack of 'Maxibell' Green Pepper Seeds I bought for the AeroGardens, I wanted Mexibells not Maxibells
Maxibells are way too big to plant in the AeroGardens, I am thinking of planting those in Pots for Transplants
And... guess what? Planting them Today! as soon as I get my Morning Routine all finished and my Lottos lost

Well I did not wait that long, let's get at it, I went out front to bring in a Pot of Soil
Then a Pail from the Pantry and a small sack of Spagnum Peat moss, mixed it all together in the Pail
Next, Eight plastic planting Cups, left over from previous years, filled them with Potting Soil
Then Three Maxibell Pepper Seeds into each cup, a little Soil on top, watered the Cups
And to finish, put the Tray and the Cups back under the Grow Lights under the Shelf in the Living Room

~ New Crop of Mexibell Peppers on the Way? ~

Then a little running around, headed down to the Fast Stop for Lottos, Navru asked if his Grill was here yet
I ordered a small Charcoal Grill for him from Walmart, told him I would pick it up, save the shipping cost
I said I would head over as soon as they said it was ready for Pickup, so that was the Adventure for the Afternoon

Nothing to do so I started entering the loser Lotto Tickets that Rion gave me, Points adding up now
I would enter a pile then check Walmart, no go on that until a little after 1 p.m. 'Ready for Pickup'
I sent Navru a Facebook Message, 'Heading to Walmart', he replied 'Thank You' and on to the Store
Picked up a Cart, headed for the Pick Up Station, got the box, loaded up and headed back out
Messaged Navru again, 'Picked Up, Heading for the Fast Stop', he replied 'Thank You' and off I went

Back at the Fast Stop about 1:45 p.m. Gave Navru his Grill, he paid me the $20 it cost, bought $20 of Lottos
And I headed on Home for the rest of the Day, won $10 from my latest Try and had done my Good Deed of the Day

And that was it for Wednesday, had some more of my Home Made Pizza and then TV and then Beddy Bye
Now anything happening on Thursday? Time is just flying again...

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Tuesday, March 07, 2017 ~
~ Tuesday ~ Starting with Bright Sun! ~
~ Fixed a Windows 10 Insider Bug First Thing ~

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~ The Basil needs Clipping Again ~

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These Cloudy Dreary Mornings lately have been depressing, nice to see that Bright Sun
And another High Temp record of 77 Degrees was set on Monday despite the Blustery Wind and Rain later
Starting a little cooler on Tuesday with 40 Degrees at 8 a.m with an expected high of 61... Oh well
And just what we need again, a Weather Fire Wind Warning, strong westerly Winds all Day
Not much danger of any range Fires in Parkville but that Wind is getting tiresome too

And so what's new? The latest Windows 10 Insider Update has been failing to finish on my Dell One Desktop for several Days
So I got online to see what might be wrong, one article says a small percentage of Computers need a Registry change
And gives you step by step how to do that... I started on that Tuesday Morning, opened 'Command Prompt'
Then I copied and pasted the Changes needed in the Registry, rebooted and started the Update again

On through the Update Download again, it started over, ran through the Install and did not hang up this time
So after trying to Install it for several Days and no go... VOILA! Success this Morning!

And a little Carpet Project before Breakfast, tape down that Area Rug in the Bedroom, won't stay put
That didn't take too long, roll it up on one end, a few Strips of Carpet Tape and back down, looks better

And then, another Sweet Basil Harvest, that plant really producing now, took the Pot to the Kitchen
Then I snipped all the larger Leaves, put them in the Oven to dry and put the Pot on the Kitchen Shelf

~ Nice Sweet Basil Harvest Again ~

So where to go for my Daily Lottos? Hadn't been to the Minit Mart lately, decided to try there
Got my Lottos and stopped on the way back for a couple things at the Price Chopper, I am in there every Day!
Picked up my Stuff at Price Chopper back home to scratch off a dinky $10 Win... Oh well...
Picked up my Snail Mail on the way back and finally got some Crunchy Raisin Bran for Breakfast
And what else to be done, just nuthin... Checked online again... Huh? Says 'Restart Now'?
So then, wouldn't you know, I have been trying several days to get Build 15042 to work on Dell One
And I got that done first thing Tuesday and now here comes Build 15048... See if this one works without help
I got that newest Upgrade started on all Four Computers, took awhile but I got them all running just fine

So then a little more inside Gardening, that little Pepper I separated from the other just decided to quit
I decided to remove it and try some MexiBell Seeds in that pot... I tried them in the AeroGardens earlier
But the Plants were just too large and I removed them from the Gardens and planted something else
I planted 4 Seeds in the Pot this time, will pull the extras when they pop up, then take the Pot outside when it warms up

~ One Pepper Plant separated from the other earlier ~ Mexibell Peppers to plant in the Pot ~

And now, all the Plants are out of the Living Room except one Canna, no place to put it in the Kichen
That Basil Plant now has a nice home in the Kitchen under the TV with plenty of Light
And just not eager to restart that AeroGarden 4 after two or three total failures lately

Well that is way too much Drivel for Tuesday already, let's go dig up some for Wednesday

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Monday, March 06, 2017 ~
~ Monday, Monday, Nice Slow Warm and Windy Monday ~
~ And it WAS Windy! ~

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~ The Red Canna Bloom ~ Not as Showy as the Yellow One ~

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Monday Morning, New Day, New Week, hoping for some new Adventure, not much happening lately
But then it doesn't take too much to keep me happy, just some little Project to keep me awake
And lessee, what little Project for Monday? Nothing in sight just yet, except go hunt winner Lottos

And finishing up the Morning Routine and heading out, first to the Price Chopper
Picking up $15 in Wins and of course that wasn't enough, so I headed back down the Hill to the Fast Stop
And some chat with Navru, still raving about my Chicken and wanted to know when we could do it again
I said maybe next time some Smoked Beef Ribs, and some nice warm Day, whenever we get another one

On the way back I checked the Price Chopper to see if they had any Beef Ribs and they did not
They are not as popular as Pork Ribs and they don't usually stock them, I asked and they said they could order for me
So when the right Day shows up in the Forecast, I'll give then an order and I'll try smoking them again

On to another not much doing Day, I did some trimming and taping of the Carpet I moved to the Hallway
I need to do that in the Bedroom too, the Rug I put there is slipping out of position

So, on Sunday Mike Thompson, Channel Four News, said we were in for a warm and Blustery Day and that was right on
And when I was catching up with the Afternoon News I glanced out the Window and saw my Patio Table out in the Bushes
The Wind had blown over the Umbrella and took the Table with it, I went out to rescue it
The Maintenance Manager was at the next Building, he came over and set up the Table, I was recovering the Umbrella
He set the Table back where it was, I put the Umbrella Pole back in the Holder but left the Umbrella off
That is the first time that ever happened after many months of sitting out front in the Weather

~ The Wind rearranged my Patio Table and Umbrella ~

Back to the TV and I checked Channel Four again at 5 p.m. for the Weather and this time Mike said a Storm was on the Way
Not just for here, but a wide area to the North and South was under a Tornado Warning starting at 7:30 or so
Back to my TV Programs and a little after 7 p.m. the Sirens sounded, then I tuned to Channel Four again
They were following the progress of the Storm, I saw the Storm outline on the Screen touch Parkville just at 7:30
I heard the Wind and peeked out the Door, Wind blowing like Crazy and starting to Rain, back to the TV
Watched the TV as the Storm moved off to the East, then all done except for Some Rain and Thunder Rumbles

That was all the action for me for the Day, finished my TV and Wine and hit the Sack about 8 p.m.
So we got some of the Rain that Mike said we needed but we didn't need any high Winds but we had them all Day
And that was all of Monday, what do we have in store for Tuesday?

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Sunday, March 05, 2017 ~
~ Cloudy but Mild Sunday ~
~ A Lot of Nothing for the Day ~

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Well we had a busy and fun Saturday, what is in store for Sunday besides those dismal Clouds and blustery Winds
At least it will be fairly mild with a high in the 60s, that would be great with some Sun
But you never know what March will bring, the undecided Weather Month, Let's switch to April soon

Changed my '2032-2017.gif' on this Page again with more Photos, like we needed any more... And larger Dates
I've done the Dates on each Photo three times now, maybe I can stick to this easier to read one
The latest .gif is on this Page and also on a Video on my VIMEO Site, the one I did for New Years Eve

And remember a few days ago I posted this Item in my Blog for an earlier attempt:
"I made a re-run of my 'Auld Lang Syne' Video I made for new Years, I had originally used an 'Animated .gif' for Photos in that
But the .gif started repeating the Photos before the Song ended so I redid it using separate Photos instead of that .gif
And it looks a lot better (to me anyway)... And decided to redo the .gif of the one I have on this page, more photos in it"


~ Latest Video with new larger Dates ~

And finally about 10 a.m. I got out of the House and ran up to the price Chopper for Lottos
I did well on Friday and Saturday and I got a nice $25 Win to start Sunday, only a $5 Profit though
Now should I stay with that $5 Win or go back and chance a $20 loss or greater Win?

And a tiny bit of Gardening early in the Day, one of the Pepper Plants is not looking so good now
I also gave upon the Pineapple top, most make it but this one was doing nothing so I pulled and dumped it
And again the Swiss Chard in Garden 4 is doing nothing at all, time to give up on that one too, looks like

And that was about it for Sunday except for TV, Hotted up a little Hash and Mashed Taters for Dinner
Sometimes those reworked Dinners can be quite tasty, that one sure was, then some Wine and an old Movie

Now, Monday again? These days are sure flying by... But when does Spring show up?

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Saturday, March 04, 2017 ~
~ Gorgeous Day for a Barbecue ~
~ And a Fun Time Afternoon ~

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First thing on the Agenda, rinse and trim the Chicken Thighs, into the Pyrex and dust with BBQ Rub
Cover with Foil and into the Fridge until about an hour before the Afternoon Grilling
Then off to the Price Chopper for Lottos, just won $10 that time, back Home to load the Gilling Pan with Charcoal
And then I needed a few Items I overlooked so back at the Price Chopper, to pick them up and trade Lottos again
This time a bit luckier, a $40, $20 and a $5, that made $75 of Wins for the Day, a little profit there someplace

Then 1 p.m. took the Chicken out of the Fridge, took the Foil off to bring it to room Temperatue
All set then, just wait for my Afternoon Barbecue Guest, Navruzbek

~ Chicken BBQ Rubbed and Ready ~

On to the afternoon doing this and that and some of the other, time moved along slowly
Then Navru showed up about 2:45 p.m. with a bag of Goodies for Salad and Grapes for Nibbling, I started the Charcoal
He made a salad of Tomatoes and a large Red (Green) Pepper, then out front to wait for the Fire
I had a Margarita already started and he opened a bottle of Fanta, out in that Gorgeous Weather

~ Navru waiting for Chicken BBQ ~

And then I put the Chicken on the Grill, we sat and chatted and enjoyed that Pre-Spring Weather
I had put too much Charcoal in the Pan, the Fire got too hot and set the grease under the Charcoal Pan on fire

~ A Hot Time in the Smoker on Saturday ~

I hadn't thought of that and didn't clean it out before starting the Charcoal Fire as previously was done
But, no harm done, I moved the Chicken off the Charcoal, poured Water in the Smoke Chamber, the Fire went out
I let the Chicken grill until it looked about done, then back inside to heat another Half Hour in the Oven

Time for BBQ... Navru Loaded up his plate with Chicken, Salad, and Dinner Rolls and back out front
So, Dinner at the Table out front in the Spring like Weather, Navru really did like my try at BBQ
And then, back inside for a long Afternoon and Evening run down with Computers, Music, Videos, and Chat
I have so many Tech Toys to play with and enjoy, and then the Evening ebbed, time to head Home
And Navru liked that Chicken so much that I wrapped up three more Chicken Thighs for him to take Home
The Finale of a really nice Afternoon with my friend Navruzbek from Uzbekistan... who likes by BBQ!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Friday, March 03, 2017 ~
~ SS in the Bank ~ Richer for a Day ~
~ One More Canna Rescued ~

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~ The Blooming Canna a Day Later ~

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Saturday Morning catching up... What did I do on Friday, didn't write anything, must have been busy
A warmer start but still felt cold, supposed to be Warner on Saturday, BBQ with Navru planned then
Well I needed a couple more things for that, set out for them at the Price Chopper and Lottos of course
Later I headed down the Hill to cash in a couple Winners and got some nice Winners from Navru, like $50 worth!
Last trip for Lottos was over to I-435 to get a Computer Payment and the last winner from Rion, total for the Day $90

I kept busy with this and that for the rest of the Day, nothing special, did see another Canna in the Pantry
I already have Four rescued and two are Blooming, I pulled that one out and removed all the Rhizomes
And the one Stem that popped up, put it in another Pot, thinking now of planting some of the Rhizones out back

~ Another Canna popped up in the Pantry ~ And into a new Pot ~

Oh yeah, I did make a re-run of my 'Auld Lang Syne' Video I made for new Years, I used an animated .gif for scenes in that
But the .gif started repeating the Photos before the Song ended so I redid it using separate Photos instead of that .gif

And it looks a lot better (to me anyway)... And decided to redo the .gif of the one I have on this page, more photos in it
So I might start on that Saturday Morning, and then get my Barbecue Project going, Navru coming about 2 p.m.

Now Saturday Morning... 8 a.m. 46 Degrees going to 71, need that warm Temps for today outside
So, on to post this drivel and get the Day going good

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Thursday, March 02, 2017 ~
~ Bright Sunny Day ~ A bit Warmer Too ~
~ Getting Ready for BBQ on Saturday ~

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~ Preview of a Coming Attraction ~

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Just keep your eye on that Spot there, a couple more Days and that thing will be Gorgeous
And on to the Day, a run to the Price Chopper for Lottos, a $5 Win, can't buy Sigi a Ticket with that
A couple things to do today, Scrub first with the steel Brush and put the Smoker Grills in the Dishwasher
Get ready for the BBQ Session Saturday with Navru... Need some Hickory Wood too, but not for Saturday
This time I will Grill the Chicken instead of Smoke it, doesn't take near as long as Smoking

Out into the bright Sun and warming Day to put some Seed into the Gazebo Bird Feeder again
Then around the Side of the Building to check on the Rhubarb and it is looking good
Then back around front to do some pruning on the Golden Barberry Bushes, had a spurt of growth last Year
Will soon be time to attack the Knock Out Rose Bushes, they really did have a lot of growth, more than the Barberries

~ Rhubarb Coming along Nicely ~

Back in then to take the Smoker Grills out of the Dishwasher and install them back in place
Also set a pan for the Charcoal in the base of the Smoking Chamber, this will be Grilling not Smoking
Now all set for BBQ Saturday except buy the Chicken and some Rolls, Some Vino Tinto for me, some 'Fanta' for Navru
Nothing much to do then except go shopping again, to Gomers for Wood, out of Hickory, got Cherry instead
Next Door to the Price Chopper for Rolls and Chicken, forgot to get the Fanta, do that Friday

And that was about it for Thursday except the usual drag out end of the Day, more Pizza and a sip of Wine

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Wednesday, March 01, 2017 ~
~ Never Fear ~ March is Here ~
~ A Nice Lotto Win ~

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My Favorite Day of the Month... PAY DAY! I manage to spend just about all my Money every Month
So it is nice to have the Bank refueled on the First and the Third... And hope it lasts 31 Days
And I am still hoping for that big Lotto Win after scratching for it for over 20 Years now
But then, I manage to get all my Bills paid without it but it would be nice to have a new Mercedes

Well now, I am liking that new Sound Bar in the Kitchen, sounds a tad better than the other one
And I like the Remote Control a lot better, a bit larger and seems more responsive now
As soon as I had it installed on Monday I messaged my friend Rion... Hey need a Sound Bar?
He replied quick... Heck Yeah, I have been looking for one, so he showed up on Tuesday to pick it up

OK, got my Morning started, had a piece of that Apple Turnover, OK but not exceptional
Then I headed for the Price Chopper for my daily dose of losers and that was what I got
Well, I'll fix that... Headed back to buy a Full Pack of those Lucky Seven Cards I liked
Scratched through the whole Pack in about 20 Minutes to Win back $216... Lost $84
But I could win that back and more when I buy Lottos with those Winners, the best one a nice $77 Win

~ Nice win to Start the Month ~

And that was just about it for Wednesday, just idled through the rest of the Afternoon
Started my Movie watching early, the News was just too boring, all they can do is gripe about Trump
Gets a little tedious to hear all the Liberal Press cry about us Conservatives, and they are most all Liberals
And now all the Women Commentators they have on TV... Wow... They won't let their Guests finish their replys
They barge in and interrupt with their gabble when the guy tries to give his answer, what happened to Civility?

Oh Oh, was I talking Politics? I usually keep Politics off my Pages, just irritates people anyway
Well let's get back to Food, that last Pizza was pretty good but I made it better
I sliced up and grilled some Italian Sausage, added it to the Pizza and then it was really good!

And then I got Sleepy early and toddled off to bed too early and that does make the Night way too long
What for Thursday? not much going on until Saturday, planning to Grill some Chicken with Navruzbek
The friendly guy at the Fast Stop, out of the blue asked if we could do a BBQ sometime, well sure...
So that looks like the only activity on the Horizon for the next few Days... On to Thursday then

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Tuesday, February 28, 2017 ~
~ February leaving at Midnight Tonight ~
~ New Basil Crop ready to Harvest ~

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Here we go again, Spring is back for Tuesday, 60 Degrees at 6 a.m. They say might set a new Record Today
The record is 78 Degrees, thay say a top today of maybe 77, well come on... let's get at it!

And so... Peeked under the Shelf in the Living Room Tuesday Morning, had a Pot of Basil setting on two Pots
Raising the Pot up to get closer to the Grow Lights there, well it had grown to touch the Lights
So I took the Pots off the Shelf, now the Basil has plenty of room, also has grown tall and can be harvested any time
Is it time to make another genuine 'Margherita Pizza' wih Tomatoes and Sweet Basil?

~ Sweet Basil ~ Ready for Harvest ~

And on to Yesterday, I didn't mention my trip up the Hill to Pat's Mansion... TV Antenna trouble
Well I haven't used an Antenna for 20 years or more, what do I know about those things?
In St. Joseph I had a real tall one up on top of my House with a Motor to turn it
Was only necessary once to point it to Kansas City, then I was all set, but then came Cable

So, just back from the Doctor and got Pat's call, anytime today she said, I said now?, she said OK
Up the Hill and around the Corner, in to look at the setup, Antenna hooked up OK
Turned on the TV to check the Settings, all set to Antenna, so what's the problem, checked the Manual
Aha? Initial Setup, I had it set up for my AT&T U-Verse Receiver, so let's do Setup again
Worked through the Process, came to 'Scan for Channels' got that going and it started finding them
I was pretty sure we were on the way then, it continued to Channel 50 and Away We Go! and the Picture came on
So, I sure don't know it all but can usually work through a problem to some sort of success

On then to the Fast Stop for some Lottos, talked to Navru about our BBQ Plans, looks good for Saturday
They are saying 70 Degrees, that should be great, grill some Chicken out in the Smoker then
Then back Home to scratch off $15 in Wins, need to go back to the Minit Mart for some Gas and another try

And another Culinary Idea, all that Basil ready to Harvest, let's make another Margherita Pizza
Lessee, need some Sauce, Mozzerella Cheese, some Plum Tomatoes, looks like a trip to the Price Chopper
Off to the Price Chopper to get my Pizza stuff, back to set it aside and do something with the Apples I got the Day before
I had one refrigerated Pie Crust in the Fridge to do something with so decided on an Apple Turnover
So I peeled, cored, and sliced the Apples with my little hand crank Peeler, then, into the Pot
Added some Sugar, a little Butter, Nutmeg, Cinnamon and let it simmer, rolled out the Crust on a Cookie Sheet
Piled the Crust high with the apples and into the Oven to Bake and half an Hour later all done

~ Apple Turnover ~ That will make Three Breakfasts ~

And then, out to take the Trash to the Dumpster, wheel the Cart around back, then check the Orange Trees
And after a few Nights in the 20s and 30s I expected the worst, and it was bad enough but not all gone yet
As usual I was fooled by the early Spring Weather and as usual I received some disappointment
It's the Roots that count and they were down in the Soil, maybe they can recover, if not, well they had two seasons

~ Orange Trees after a Week out in the Cold ~

Last Event of the Day, bake a Pizza, a bit more involved than the Turnover, a few more Ingredients to trim
I split the Basil Leaves in half, sliced up the Tomatoes, layed out the Cheese, opened up the Pizza Sauce
Rolled out the Pizza Dough, pre-baked for 8 Minutes, then on with the Sauce, a layer of Cheese, the Tomato slices
Another Layer of Mozzerella and then topped with the Sweet Basil Leaves, bake another 15 Minutes and Voila!

~ El Pato's Margherita Pizza ~ With Home Grown Basil ~

OK then, TV Movie and Pizza Time, cut the Pizza into Four large Squares, One on the Plate, a Glass of Vino Tinto
Back to the Movie to enjoy the Pizza and wind up another busy Day, not too shabby at that

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


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