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~ Friday, March 31 2017 ~
~ Goodbye March ~ April Showers Tomorrow ~
~ Fixed Errors in my Music Videos ~

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~ Peppers ~ Herbs ~ Peppers ~
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One more to go until Pay Day and I am ready TODAY! Where did all those March Bills come from?
Lessee, Friday today... what's happenin? Brrrrrr again, 43 Degrees and a top of 53 for the Day
Not what I wanted to hear, tired of this drab, rainy cloudy Weather, gimmee some June!

So out again to chase the Rainbow... First to the Fast Stop and did pretty good with a $5, $5 and a $20 Win
Took my Winners back to the Price Chopper and won back a $10, $15 and $15 Win, lookin good then
But one more try at the Minit Mart and lost $20 on the Tickets I bought there
So it looked lke I won a lot, actually I just got back the $20 I started with to try again Saturday

The rest of the Day was just this and that inside, some minor housekeeping Chores and then more Video editing
I had added all Eight of those Musical Videos together and rendered a File and uploaded to Vimeo and Facebook
Then I burned a DVD of that, played it back on my TV.. and Oooops! Some errors and things I didn't like
Left out a word or two, had a spelling error I couldn't stand, two much space between Videos too
A Video would end and there was just a bit too much pause before the next one, and I had one Video in the wrong place
It was supposed be the last after the Seventh one but was in the middle of the pack

So back to the Video Editor, Started on the 'June' Video which was to be the last one, added a missing Subtitle Word
Retimed some of the Subtitles with their Video scenes and then rendered and uploaded it again

Next the 'Roses are Red' Video, don't know how many would catch that misspelled word but it bugged me
I had Nine subtitles on that Video that spelled 'Violets' wrong... I just couldn't stand that
So I deleted One 'L' out of each of the nine Subtitle frames and VOILA! I liked that better

~ How do you spell 'Violets' anyway? ~

Then I rendered that Video again and then replaced the corrected ones back into the Composite
And then I burned another Blu-ray DVD of the whole thing... Success? would check later on the TV

Then Dinner planning time and TV Catchup Time, mixed my Margarita and settled back to watch
I decided to watch my corrected Video again and it did look better until the last Video, that 'June' one
And somehow I had messed up the Intro Titles to that one... Don't know how I did that... Back to the Editor?
NO! Not that late in the Day and after a Margarita and a Glass or two of Wine... Could wait until Tomorrow
So then on to Dinner and that was it for another busy and sort of productive Day, on to the weekend!
And a double Pay Day to look for on Saturday Morning! HOORAY!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Thursday, March 30 2017 ~
~ Bulletin! The Sweet Potato is Rooting! ~
~ March is Marchng Out, April is on the Way ~

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~ Roots starting after Four Days! ~
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Thursday Morning, out to the Kitchen to brew the Coffee, and what's that on the Shelf?
The Sweet Potato that I cut in half and set in Water is sending out roots already after 4 Days
That one I planted in Soil last year took a lot longer time than that to Sprout
Well, this one is not 'Sprouting' yet, just starting with Roots, so I'll be watching

So, I went to feed the Cat a couple nights ago, started to pour out some Cat food into the Pan
And the bottom fell out of tha Sack... What a mess, well... I carefully swept it all up
I put it in a Baggie and I won't tell the Cat It fell on the Floor, but then he isn't all that picky

~ OOOPS! Bottom fell out of the Cat Food Sack ~

And so, the Weather? Hadn't peeked out yet at 6 a.m. but the Weather online said light Rain
Well we have been short of Rain this month so the Plants in April will welcome it
And still cool, just a tad warmer to start at 51 Degrees but later only going to 55

I got my Morning Routine all taken care of and then scooted up to the Price Chopper for my loser Lottos
And that's just exactly what they were, Oh well, Pay Day Saturday... and then on to the rest of the Day

You know... I have made Eight of those musical Videos in the last Eight Days now
So I thought it might be a fun Idea to put all of them on one Blu-Ray DVD so I started on that
That didn't take long, added them all on one Timeline, then rendered the Video File and burned a DVD
Then went in to check it on my Player, looks great that way, so... I thought I would make one for Lewis
I made a Blu-ray Copy, printed off a Label and I'll take it down to the Coffee Shop on Friday Morning

~ A Musical Blu-ray DVD for my Friend Lewis ~

And then, I uploaded the full copy of the File to Vimeo just for the record, I have my Blu-ray DVD to play
Then I played the Download and saw a couple of errors, I think I can get away with them though
The Music sort of covers them up... But they did bother me a little... picky picky you know
And here is, the whole thing, no need to play it unless you have time to listen to all Eight Videos
(Which have all been posted on Vimeo, Facebook and my Blog)


And that was all he wrote for Thursday... First thing Friday down town to give him the DVD
Then my Lottos and then what?... something usually pops into my noggin... yeah...

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Wednesday, March 29 2017 ~
~ What! Made Another Video Wednesday before Breakfast! ~
~ And I Made one for Me in the Afternoon ~

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Well... I made that California Video for Diane McQueen on Facebook as she posts a lot of California Photos there
Then she made a Comment on my 'Roses are Red' Video... That one I made for the 'Rose Lady' Shayla Khan
I replied to Diane that I would make another one for her, what song did she like... and what Singer?
She said: "I left my 'Heart in San Francisco' by Tony Bennett", so I downloaded that Song and started on it
I posted my Tuesday Blog at 5 a.m. and started in on the Video, this one was easy and went fast, just had to find Photos that fit
I didn't add the Lyrics Subtitles, didn't think this one needed that, and so I was finished by 7:15 a.m.
Rendered, Uploaded and Posted to Facebook by 7;30 a.m. Wednesday and here it is! Who else wants a Video request?


And so, off this time to the Price Chopper for my Lottos and traded in a $10 Win and $10 Cash
And then only won $15 back, a $5 loss... Where's my pre Pay Day Winner? I need a big one
I started on another Musical Video and soon got bored with it, I got a good start but got mired down
The Song just doesn't have a good bunch of Photos that I can fit to it... maybe later

And all wet and cold again, March is so undependable, well when isn't the Weather that way
So then, nothing else going on, I took another look at that Kansas City Video again
Trini was just looking for 'them' 'Crazy little Women there'... and he was gonna get him one
So that didn't offer much opportunity for some scenes to fit the Music... So I just went with K.C. Photos
And it didn't turn out too bad when I checked the Video at about 2 p.m.... How about a Margarita?

Then I played the Video back, found a couple things that needed attention and I needed another Photo
Fixed that, then Rendered the File to .mp4, saved it to my Hard Drive Video File, then made a copy on an SD Card
Then played it back from the HP Desktop to my TV, hey, that ain't so bad, then uploaded it to Vimeo


And now there it is... Ready for the whole World to be bored with it on the Internet...
But it was fun for me to do something on this dark wet cold and boring Day... Ohhhhh 3:30 p.m Sun peeking out!

Mixed my Margarita and off to the TV, then the News and the Forecast said Storms on the way
So the Sun went away and the Rain came back... And they say will stay a while... Oh well off to Tomorrow

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Tuesday, March 28 2017 ~
~ Finished my 'Roses are Red' Video ~
~ Then made a 'California Here I Come' Video! ~

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Tuesday Morning... starting just like Monday, 49 Degrees at 6:30 a.m. and only going to 57, except no Rain
At least the Sun was shining Inside on Monday with a lot of fun entertainment most all Day
I did get a phone Call I didn't mention, Kansas City Cancer Center with my Biopsy reports
They did three Biopsies and Two came back positive, the one I thought was most likely was not? (she said)
So now Two Surgeries scheduled for TWO separate Days, I thought they would do them at the same time
No, they get to charge for two trips and I have to go through that tedious procedure twice

Well no plans for Tuesday so I started on the 'Roses are Red' Video again and got hooked on it
I had to look on the Internet for a lot of Photos, then edit them, change the aspect ratio
Then fit them on the Timeline to match the Music and Lyrics, took a break about 10 a.m.
Headed down to the Hill to the Fast Stop once again, some chat with Navru, showed him my Videos
Then traded in the Two $10 Winners I got from him Monday for Four more Tickets and then won another $10 back

Back home then to finish the Roses Video, render it, upload it and then post it on here for your rejection
I also posted it on Facebook and got a very nice reply, a Facebook Friend Shayla Khan posts lots of Rose Photos

So I told her I made the Video for the 'Rose Lady' Shayla, and she was very pleased...
Shayla Khan: "Donald ...... I'm just so deeply touched ! You made a video for me ??? Don't know how to thank you.
And the song, it's overwhelming. Thank you from the core of my heart."


So how about them Apples? Some people seem to appreciate my efforts now and then
Another Facebook Friend in California, posts lot of Photos of the places there on Facebook
I thought I should make a Video for her, so I downloaded Al Jolson's song...'California here I Come'
And played with that all afternoon, I just couldn't quit, finally finished it about 4 p.m and uploaded it


And then a late Margarita and TV Time and a late Dinner and a late Hour when I finally gave up for Bed
But then still, all those Dreams all night, woke up to Rain about 2 a.m. Still raining when I got up at 5 a.m.

So now, Wednesday Morning and all Wet out there, and going to start on ANOTHER Musical Video 'by request'
I will tell you all about that in Wednesday's Blog... Can you stand the wait?... HAH!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Monday, March 27 2017 ~
~ A Visit from Pat ~
~ A Start on another Video ~

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Monday Morning... starting just like Sunday 46 Degrees and only going to 58, where did Spring go!
And it looks like it is going to be like that all Week, will be next Thursday before we hit 70 again they say
A peek at the Herbs and Peppers in the Aerogardens and Pots in the Kitchen, so far success with all the Pods
That Pepper in the Pot is doing Great, not sure of what kind I planted in there and I didn't say in any earlier Blog

~ I think either a Mini-Bell or Red Popper Pepper in that Pot ~

And all of the Plants in the AeroGardens have germinated and now the wait to see what they produce...
Always something planted inside or outside here to watch grow

~ Herbs in Gardens 6 ~ Peppers in Garden 7 ~

Then a look out front, cloudy and all wet out there, the Forecast did not mention Rain
I don't want another dark dreary wet Day but they say we do need the Rain, well the plants do I guess

And a Call about 10 a.m. from Pat asking if I was receiving Visitors... I said of course, if they don't want to borrow money
So she said she would be over at the usual time, abut 1 p.m. or so, I headed out for Lottos
Down the Hill to the Fast Stop, Navru was off to a meeting, the clerk said, also mentioned Vavru was the Manager
Well doesn't see he has been working there very long but sure did get promoted fast

Back to scratch my Tickets, won $10 this time, sure could use a big one before Pay Day
Then I decided to start on another Musical Video while waiting for my Visitor, they are fun to do
Pat showed up when I was maybe a fourth of the way into my Video, I showed her the process to make them
Then we went in to the Living Room to catch up on all the other new things I have been playing with

So then a really long afternoon of Chat and Music and Movies, with a Margarita for each of us
Pat enjoyed my Tequila concoction but as usual one was sufficient, usually for me too but I needed a Second
Well, that was a long long Movie and only got halfway through before she had to head up the Hill

And so it was a drab wet chilly Day outside but a nice long and entertaning Day Inside
And it looks like the Forecast for Tuesday will be about the same except no Rain... and... away we go

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Sunday, March 26 2017 ~
~ Planted a Sweet Potato for 'Slips' ~
~ Made another Musical Video ~

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~ Starting another Sweet Potato Crop? ~
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Sunday Morning, another cloudy cool Day starting at 46 Degrees and only going to the upper 50s
Did the usual early Morning Routine, and trying to think up another Musical Video, I think they're fun
Maybe 'Take me out to the Old Ball Game'... that might make a cute one...

Off to the Price Chopper first thing, out of several of my important regular things, Milk, Wine and Candy
Got those and a few other Items, and of course my Daily Loser Lottos, whatever happened to my Good Luck?
Thinking of planting another Sweet Potato so I got one, and some more Cabbage, I do like my Cole Slaw

Back then for another late Breakfast... at least I didn't wait until Noon like on Saturday
Then I planted my Sweet Potato, easy enough, like it said on the Internet, cut it in half, stick in some Toothpicks
Set it in Water... Then when it developes 'Slips', separate the slips from the Potato and plant them in Soil
I didn't do that on the Two Potatoes that I have planted beofre, I just planted the whole Potato and that worked OK

And then I started on My Ball Game Video, I had the Music File, looked for others but couldn't find any better one
So I started my Video Editor and inserted my Music, then I made Subtitles of all the Lyrics... and next just needed Photos
And then back to the Net to look for some that would work with the Music...

That wasn't all that difficult, I only needed about 10 Photos, and I found most that were our KC Royals
Then edited the Photos some, changed the aspect ratio of all to 1920 x 1080 to fit the Video Frame
Then rendered the file, and uploaded to Vimeo, took a look, Ooops!, needed a little more editing
Corrected a few things, rendered again, uploaded again, then played it on my TV, yeah that's OK and that one was EZ!


That was about it for Sunday... Put out a Burger to thaw, made some fresh Cole Slaw and then on to the TV and Music
Tested out all my new Video Musicals, played from Vimeo on my HP Computer hooked to the TV
Looked pretty good to me, Four new Videos in a Week, some fun to do them, so what's going to be the next one?

Well some other nutty Idea will pop up... Now on to Monday and a whole new Week and Saturday Is Pay Day!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Saturday, March 25 2017 ~
~ Started on a June Musical Video ~
~ And Finished and Uploaded It ~

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~ My new June Video now Ready ~
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Well there is sure not much to drivel to talk about on Saturday, spent most all Day playing with Computers, TV and Vidoeos
I started on that June Video and got immersed in finding compatible Photos online, then timing them with the Song
And then adding the Lyrics Subtitles to match the Music, takes a bit of doing but I really get into it

So I have a Video for my Blog for April First, already on this Page, One waiting for May Day's Blog
And the one I did Saturday for June First... Now what can I dream up for July... Are there any July Songs>

I did get out once to head to the Price Chopper for no Lotto Winners at all... This has not been a lucky Month
Oh yeah, I watered the Pepper Seeds I planted to use out back, they are popping up nicely now
Seeds in Nine of the Pots I planted Seed in popped up and sever in some that I willhave to pull out

~ Maxibell Pepper Plants on the Way ~

That is about the only other thing I did besides the Video and then waiting for my new Ethernet Cable
And I checked Online around 2 p.m. Said 'Left in the Mail Box' so I tooled up the Hill to get it
Unwrapped, then easy hookup to the TV and the Ethernet Switch I moved into the Living Room, time to test it out
Tried the messed up new Smart TV Vimeo App again, great, played smoothly with no Buffering, got that fixed

But still that Vimeo Application is not ready for Prime Time, the old one worked much easier and better
With the new One, it will now play the first Video just fine then get a Black Screen and locks up
And no button on the Remote will get it going, have to shut off the TV and start again... Oh well...

I do have an application that does work fine, I fire up the HP Computer in there connected to the TV
I go online to 'My Videos' on Vimeo and then can play any of the Videos in my Collection with no problem

So last thing, my Evening Movie, with a big Hot Dog with Mustard and Relish, some Tater Chips and then off to beddy bye

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Friday, March 24 2017 ~
~ Added the Lyrics to my Showers Video ~
~ And... Made another little Video for the Merry Merry Month of May ~

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~ You can't Win 'em All ~ Red Popper Pepper is Giving Up ~
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Well now, you just can't hardly get better Weather than we had Thursday but Friday looks good too
Starting an 62 Degrees and going to 71 or so, sounds good to me and what is there to do out there?
Well something to do in here, take the failing Red Popper in the Pot outside and dump it
It was getting way too big for the AeroGarden so I gave it a chance in a Pot, and it didn't make it

~ The Peppers left on the Pepper Plant ~

Then another note from yesterday, I needed a few things from the Price Chopper late in the afternoon
And there was a solid line of Cars trying to get in the Parking Lot which was just about all full up
I got a Parking spot about a mile from the Door and trudged in, found the reason was a Super Sale going on
A bit tedious with all the traffic inside and out but I found that everything I wanted was on a really good Sale
It was billed as a 'Six Hour Sale' and I just happened to luck in on it at the right time

Then on the way back I stopped at the Mailbox, someone called from across the Street... It was Navru from the Fast Stop
He walked over to talk, I asked what he was doing here... Visiting a friend... and was maybe moving in there
He said they were going to move to a House and he might be moving in that Apartment... and so... my new Neighbor?

Well then I was thinking... always thinking up something to change... ALWAYS! Decided to add Lyrics to my Video
So I fired up my Video Editor again and added them, and it took some time, but I have lots of time
Rendered the Video, uploaded it, took a look, Oh Oh... A couple wrong Words, edited it again, took a look
OOOPS! a couple more wrong Words, the process all over again for Three or was it Four more Edits, Renders and Uploads?
Well I am picky like the Test I took says, they said 'Perfectionist'... Well I don't get things perfect but give it a try

And so, into the Afternoon and I had my April Video finally close to the the way I wanted it
So, I have a Recording of Nelson Eddy singing the Merry Merry Month of May'... How about a Video with that?
It is a really old recording and kind of 'Reedy' Sound but with a lot of pretty Flower Pictures it does OK
So I finished that one and uploaded it to Vimeo, now ready for the Public on my Blog on May the First!

~ Nelson Eddy singing for my new May Video ~

Finished that one just in time to head over to the Station on I-435 for Tions Computer Payment
A bag full of loser Lotto tickets to enter for Prizes and $15 of new Tickets to take home, scratch and lose

Then not much left for Friday except one more Corned Beef Dinner... Tasty! and still more in the Freezer
So what's to do for Saturday? HAH! Maybe start on another Musical Video for the Month of June? Yeah...

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Thursday, March 23 2017 ~
~ Improved the Photos in my Video ~
~ More Rose Bush Trimming ~

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~ Bird having a Bite at my Feeder ~
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OK... Thursday Morning, I had posted my little April Spring Video on Facebook and got some 'Likes' already
But I was not happy with the fuzzy Photos I borrowed off the Internet... So I finished and Posted my Wednesday Blog
Then started hunting up better Photos on the Internet with the same themes and found several much better
And I edited them, then fired up my Video Editor program and deleted the fuzzy ones and replaced them
Rendered the Video to my Files then replaced the first Video on Vimeo with the Revised one
So, take a look at the new Edit and tell me is isn't a lot better... I dare ya!


Taking a peek at the Weather Forecast and better than they said yesterday, starting at 48 Degrees but going to 76
Just might have to find something to do outside for the Day, trim that last Rose Bush maybe
10 a.m. and a quick run down to the Fast Stop to buy $20 worth of lottos and win $15 back
Another $5 loss to start another Day... Then 10:30 a.m and hazy Sunny and 56 Degrees out there
OK, let's take a few snips on that last Rose Bush that needs a really good trim, they grew a lot last Season

~ Knock Out Rose ~ Trimmed ~

A litle more work than it looks like to trim those Bushes full of thorns and get the clippings into the Cart
And clipping the stems again to fit into the Cart so there won't have to be several loads
But I got the job done about Noon, only needed to haul the Cart down to the Gully to dump it

And I took a break sitting out beneath my Red Umbrella watching the Birdies having lunch at my Feeder
I can put about a Quart of Seed in the Feeder and they will clean it out before Sundown

That was all my outside doings for the Day and what a gorgeous Weather Day it was again, over 80 degrees
The rest of the Day just puttering around with this and that, and then another 'minor?'... Electronics project
Well it wasn't all that minor, some carpet work again involved, Wires to my TV and living Room Computer
I had to run an Ethernet Cable and a DirecTV Cable under the Carpet in the Hallway
The Idea was, the new Vimeo Application on my 'Smart' TV has been changed and has problems
It is a Wireless Connection from my Router to the TV that gets the Smart TV Apps from the Internet
Most Apps run OK but the Vimeo downloads run at high speed, and their new App 'Buffers' when using Wireless
So the Video would start and stop and I can't stand that.. So, maybe an Etheret Connection might help
But adding that extra Cable would take a lot of doing, the Router only has Four Ethernet Connections
And I would need Seven to hook everything up, I already had a 'Switch' to take care of that but all Socket in use<

I would need Four in the Computer Room and Three in the Living Room and my Router and Switch could only hand Six
That would work if I moved my Switch to the Living Room and didn't use an Ethernet Cable for my Laptop
So I set up the Wiring that would work... Cables to Two Desktop Computers and my Ooma Receiver in the Computer Room
The Fourth connection to a long Cable under the Carpet to the Ethernet Switch that I moved to the the living Room
With the long Cable hooked to the Switch that left Three Connections open... for the HP Computer, the Smart TV
And the 'Mini Tower' Signal extender that I moved to the the Living Room... Now all set for the TV Ethernet Cable
I would need a 15 Foot Cable for that so I ordered one, then checked all the other devices, all were working

And now, the new Cable comes Saturday and will see if the Ethernet Connection will stop the 'Buffering' on Vimeo
And if it won't... all that rewiring effort would be useless... Oh well, shall we see then?

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Wednesday, March 22 2017 ~
~ Made a nice little Spring Video ~
~ Windows 10 Insider Updates Over Now? ~

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~ New Mexibell Pepper in the Pot now Showing Up ~
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Out to the Kitchen to make the Coffee Wednesday Morning, saw one of the Pepper Seeds in the Pot came up
Here is where my Blog comes in handy for me, I can't remember just what kind I planted in that Pot
Just checked my Blog for that Info, planted Four Mexibell Seeds on March 7th, three popped up
Pulled the other Two, gives that largess Seedling the whole Pot to expand in now

And the Basil in the Pot under the TV was about to reach the Grow Light there so I snipped off the top Stems
Will snip the Leaves and then dry them in the Oven and added them to the ample supply of Basil I already have
I haven't needed to buy any for well over a Year now... I need to grow some Oregano now

~ Another Genovese Basil Harvest ~

And I got an Email from my friend Patricia Wednesday Morning, she took a trip way out West, just got back
I'll hear all about that now in a few Days when she comes by for a catch up Visit

Cruising the Web Wednesday Mornng I saw an article saying that my Windows Insider Updates are due to slow down
And that we had received FIVE Updates in the last TEN Days... And this last one Build 15063 has no expiration Date
Now they are getting ready for update everyone again, and the Insider Program just might be about over

What now, that BLAH time of the Morning again with nothing to do... A bit cool for playing outside
I have a Knock Out Rose Bush left to trim and also that nutty project I thought up during the Night
And only a $5 Win at the Price Chopper, I need a Win big enough to go to Independence again (over $666)
I only had to there once for a $1,000 Win, I wouldn't mind another trip with a bit more to collect

And then, another Idea, make a little Video for April, the Month on the way and what might the Theme be?
Well of course, April Showers, so instead of posting the Song up on top, I posted my musical Video
First downloaded Al Jolson's rendition of 'April Showers' for the Music, then hunted up Photos on the Web to fit the Music
And I added a little of my Garden Video from last Year to round it out, I think it fits the bill

Well it did warm up aome on Wednesday but not enough to tempt me outside to play
Mike Thompson says it might hit 70 Today, still thinking about that new Project, some heavy duty digging though
What I was thinking is to move two of those Knock Out Rose bushes out back, and replace then with my Dwarf Spruces
I'll think about it some more before I begin tht task... on to the Day...

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Tuesday, March 21 2017 ~
~ That 'Wild Cat' Stopped in for Dinner ~
~ More Peppers Popping ~

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~ All the Pepper Seeds in Garden 7 popped up except for One ~
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Is it Tuesday already? Where did Monday go... Oh yeah, that was that busy Day yesterday
And another record high Temp in the 80s for the First Day of Spring! How many now? Lost count already
But a cooler Day again for Tuesday starting at 49 Degrees at 7 a.m. and saying a top of 63, well... that will do

First thing a peek at the Peppers in AeroGarden 7 and all the Seeds have Germinated except for One Pod
And I expect that last One any Day now, I have had good luck with the Pods from Aerogarden for the most part

Then, bragging a little... I solved another Computer Problem all by myself on Monday...
For the last week or so I could not upload Videos to Vimeo
I could open the Vimeo Upload site, select the Video but then the upload just would not start
So several times I had to upload using an alternate method, using 'Dropbox' but that isn't so handy to do

Then I decided to Email Vimeo for a solution, they responded but as usual could not help with their suggestions
So I was thinking, all these Windows 10 Insider Updates, things quit working but later will after the next update
Maybe they messed up something in the 'Edge' Browser I was using to upload, I tried then using the old Windows 'Internet Explorer'
And it worked! HAH! So I will just use that until they get the bug out of the Edge Browser which I use for everything else

And... Looks like that 'Wild Cat' is back... The Cat that used to stop by for Dinner every Day departed some time back
The last Photo I have is one in November 2015, he started skipping Dinner and then just left, quit coming for Dinner
I would occasionaly see one that looked like him in the area and a few Days ago I saw him again out front but he ran off
So I thought I would set some Cat Food out front and see what happened, it was gone the next morning, So I did it again
I set some more out the next Day and it was gone too, and last evening I looked out to see him on the Porch
So I told him to wait a sec and I would get him some Dinner, he was there when I took it out, looks like he is back for now

~ That Cat resting on my Bench in 2015... Waiting for Dinner ~

On to a nothing Day, just ran down to the Fast Stop to lose another $20 on Dud Lottos, just when I need a good Win
Hazy Sunny at Noon, 54 Degrees, not much urge to get out there and do anything, one more Bush I could trim
Ok, then do some Laundry, there always seems to be a load or two to dump in, started on that
And on to the rest of the Day, and guess what? Another Windows 10 Insider update, that's 3 or 4 in just this week!
Got Builds 15060, 15061, and 15062 all this past week and on Tuesday Build 15063, wonder if it fixed my Vimeo upload yet?

Nothing else to report the rest of the Day except the Afternoon and Evening TV and my Cocktail and good Dinner
And got another nutty Project idea when I woke up in the middle of the Night...
I won't mention it because then I just might attempt it... and it might not work... And so, stay tuned

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Monday, March 20 2017 ~
~ New Pepper Popped Up! ~
~ They say Spring Starts Today ~

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~ First Mini Jalapeno Arrived! ~
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Well it just doesn't get nicer around here than it was on Sunday, now if would just stay like that
Really warm enough for anything but again... not too Hot to make things miserable, was around 80 Degrees
Now Monday again and I like Mondays... Get a new Week going again... Starting at 65 and going to 82... WOW!

Walking into the Kitchen to put the Coffee on, saw that little Jalapeno Pepper popping up, pretty quick for Peppers
And another Red Fire Pepper just now showing in another Pod, now Herbs and Peppers on the way all over again

Beautiful Monday Morning, Bright Sun and 66 Degrees and headed out to the Price Chopper... all out of Vino Tinto
Got my Wine and Lottos and back to el Ranchito Pequeno, the Golden Barberry Bushes looking great on the way in
Bright Green for now, will turn Golden later, best they have looked this early so far and gave me an Idea
I pruned those Bushes a Week or so ago, now looks like the Popcorn Roses need a trim, project for the Morning

~ Golden Barberry Bushes getting ready for the Season ~

Ok then, out front several times to attack the Rose Bushes, trimmed the Two in the Pots (easy)
Took a little more time to trim the bigger one on the Far end of the Porch, then one of the Center ones
One of the two left to do in the Center, one on the other far end of the Porch when I get in the mood again

~ One of the Rose Bushes in front of the Door Trimmed ~

And after a rest in one of my Red Chairs out in that record warm weather, I trimmed the second Bush in the Center
That leaves only one to do out front now, and that won't be long...

And that Red Popper Pepper Plant in the Kitchen, lost about half the Plant, broke off moving it from the Aerogarden
And since then it hasn't being doing very well, Leaves drying up and falling off, but had a few Peppers on it
Several fell off when I moved it, tossed them, but picked Two ripe and One green one off to use
Used then on Monday, added them to my Corn Beef and Cabbage re-run Dinner, they added some hot Pepper taste
Now about Six Peppers left on the Plant, don't know if they will be usable or not

~ Red Popper Pepper Plant ~ Peppers Harvested for Dinner ~

Between trimmings I added some Seed to the Bird Feeder out front, then had my Margarita watching the Birds flit in and out
I heard on the TV later that we had another record high Temp for the Day, what is this? Global Warming really here?

Back in to do a TV catch up and they were reporting a Fire, quite a big one and I watched that for two hours
Something blew up in an Apartment Complex under Construction then embers from that fire set a Dozen Homes on fire

~ Apartment Complex on Fire in southern Kansas City, Kansas ~

Then I headed out to the Kitchen to nuke up another Corned Beef Dinner... a great one, and those Peppers helped liven it up
A busy busy and nice Day in Parkville, and many more on the way, Spring his here! Never Fear!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Sunday, March 19 2017 ~
~ Another GORGEOUS Day on the Way! ~
~ Finished that Garden Bed Fix ~

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~ Bradford Pear Trees now in Bloom ~
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Some leftover News on Friday Night in Downtown Parkviile that I left out of Saturdays report
I was watching Channel 4 News on Friday night when they showed this crash on TV, I was too slow to catch it
So I thought I would run down Saturday Morning and get a Photo but forgot all about it
Then I saw that a Nature Sanctuary friend had posted a Photo on Facebook and that reminded me
So I headed downtown about 2:30 p.m. Saturday to get a Photo and they had the Window all boarded up by then
And then my Saturday Blog was so full of Photos anyway I put off incuding my Photo until my Sunday Blog

~ Channel 4 Photo ~ My Photo Saturday Afternoon ~ Channel 4 Photo ~

OK... Now Sunday Morning and dark and wet and Cool outside with 49 Degrees at 8 a.m. but saying a top of 80!
The way it looked and felt at 8 a.m. it didn't seem that would be likely but great of it would happen
My plan was to get out back again and finish getting that Tomato Bed back in shape, but now? Maybe later...
So, there is also that Spy Cam Video to re-edit so I can start on that first thing anyway

And then I did that, redid the whole thing and shortened some of the boring scenes a bit
Then set it to upload to Dropbox, now since my Vimeo upload won't work so I have to use that


The Rain stopped and the Sun came out, and getting warmer, looks like out back work after all
First I ran off to the Price Chopper to scratch off a $15 Win which was actually a $5 loss
Back Home for a late Breakfast and then what? Up the Hill and out back?

And at Noon, I did head out back with a Sack full of Tools and stuff, Hammer, Drill, Screws and whatever
Had to dig some more under the bottom of the Base, then pound the Base back under the Garden Bed
Then a couple of Straps to hold the Base in place under the Bed, then last, fasten on the front Board of the Bed and Finito!

~ Saturday ~ Sunday ~

And then on into the Afternoon, mix a 'Rumarita' then think up something to eat later, but what?
Well it was something easy, Sausage on a Bun and some Chips and a Glass of Voni Tinto, easy and sehr gut!

Is it Monday yet... ?

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Saturday, March 18 2017 ~
~ A little more of Friday Added ~
~ A Gorgeous Weather Day! ~

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A little more to add to my Friday Blog, it was getting way too long for one drivel report...
So a catchup on Friday afternoon now, it was 72 Degrees and a little Hazy in the Afternoon, decided to trek out back
Those Orange Trees I transplanted look like goners but maybe the roots are stll alive, just another experiment
But Surprize Surprize! That Garlic I planted last year and thought had died is popping up now
I had read online that you plant it in the Fall for the Next Year but I planted it much earlier than that
So... Now the first sign of a Crop out back this Year and I will keep an eye on that for sure

~ The Garlic Planting survived the Winter ~

And then, noticed the Base of the Tomato Bed wanted to slide down the Hill a bit, another Project ahead
That will take some digging inside of the Bed to back off the Soil and then some heavy duty pounding to get the Base back

~ Need to get that Base back where it Belongs ~

And I left off my Friday Blog saying I was going to watch the St Patricks Day Parade which I had recorded
I mixed a Margarita and then played back some of the Parade, too long to watch the whole thing but I got the Start at least

~ The Saint Patrick Day Parade in Kansas City ~

And one more Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner and that finished off the Day on Friday
Now Saturday Morning, let's get on with a new Day, starting a bit cooler and a predicted lower High Temp but nice

Still playing with the Web Cams, I had that Video from the 'breakin' on Friday, so decided to edit it
I had finished that and then more noise out front, fired up the Cam again, the Girls back from England
So I added a little more Video of them to the edited one and uploaded to Vimeo, and oops, found some more things to edit
So I will work on that again Sunday and maybe include the Video on my Blog then

And then off to the Day again, a quick run to Walgreens and then the Price Chopper for a few Items
And back Home to find something to do for the rest of the Day, well first another Windows 10 Insider Update
I got one about three Days ago and then another one on Friday and that last one was a dud!
It slowed everything way down, Programs and the Internet too, so what's going on anyway?
That was Build 15060, I decided to roll it back to the last Update and hit the Update button... But then...
Already one Day later... another Update, Build 15061... So I got that one installed and it fixed everything

On to the Day, and another nice Day, Sunny and 51 degrees at 11:30 so I headed out bsck for a little Garden Work
And it was very little Work at that, about 20 Minutes of digging in that Bed was plenty for me
The Soil all the way to the bottom of that Base at the front edge has to be removed and I got a lot of that done
But that was enough for me to start the Project and there is plenty of time left to finish it... back inside

~ More done to get that Base back where I want it ~

Back out again at 1 p.m. for another half Hour, just about there for the Digging, next some Pounding and Screwing
And I think that is about enough for the Day, there is always Tomorrow... isn't there? A couple more anyway

That was about all to gripe about for Saturday, a pretty nice Day overall, on the usual Afternoon and Evening then
And it looks like Sunday will be even better Weatherwise!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Friday, March 17 2017 ~
~ And a Jolly Saint Patrick's Day to ye All! ~
~ Playing with the Peeker Cam ~

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~ And it WAS Saint Patrick's Day on Friday! ~
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A second Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner on Thursday Evening and probably the third one Tonight
Like Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners, it only happens once a Year so I make the Holidays last

The Main event of this Friday Morning will be to jump in the Shower, get all nice and fresh
Then get these ugly Bandages off, (they have to stay on 24 Hours)... Then replace with Band-Aids
That won't be quite as gariah as these big white Cotton Bumps... Oh yeah... and try to shave around them...

After that to the Minit Mart, need a tank of Gas and then my Lottos, I have $25 of winners to trade
Then no plans until my second USB Cable gets here, I used the first one to hook up the Cam in the Computer Room
Speaking of that Cam, playing around with it on Friday Morning, not so good a [icture at 6:30 a.m.
Kinda dark out there, and a reflection of the Cam 'Blue On Lite' and some of the backlit Venetian Blind
Easy enough to get rid of the Blue light, slipped a rubber band over it on the Web Cam, harder to do with the Blinds
So then a Guy left from upstairs, then later one acrss the streeds and then at 7:30 getting light
And the Guy, next Building, took off in his truck, last the Big Guy upstairs got in his Tiny Car and left


And getting back to the latest Crops planted... Nothing going on in AeroGarden 7 with the Prppers
But the Herbs don't wait long like the Peppers... Here the Basil and Thyme popped up after just 3 Days
But it will take a while before there is anything to Harvest

Well they said leave the Bandages on for 48 Hours, that would be about Noon, but I gotta get going
So at a little after 10 a.m. into the Shower and then getting this Show on the Road

~ Looks a bit better with Band-Aids instead of those Pressure Bandages ~

> OK, 11 a.m. and heading out and WOW! Sunny and 66 degrees... and do I like that... yeah and then some
Got my Gas and went in to trade for Lottos, lost more on that Deal than I paid for m Gas... Oh well
Back to wonder what else there would be to do for Saint Pat's Day? Just hook up that new USB maybe

In to check my Delivery n the Computer, heard a noise out front, fired up the Peeker Cam, hit 'Video'
And what it that Guy doing out there? Walking around the upstairs Girl's Car poking at the Windows
The girls are back in England for a Break, is that Guy trying to break in the Car or What?
I watched him go to his Car look inside, get something, take it out and work on the Girl's Car Windows

So, I didn't want to call the Police fr that, I called the Owen and asked her fr Tom's pjhone
Told her waa was happening, she says yes, that's the Girl's Boyfriend trying to get something for them
Ok great, the guy kept at it and not getting in, I went out to talk to him, nice friendly Guy at that
He had given up and called AAA to come and unlock the Car, then AAA showed up and got it open
The AAA Man left and the Friend left and they all lived happily ever after, and I got some Video... HAH!


~ What is that Guy doing out There? ~
Then I checked my USB Cable Order at 2 p.m. They said 'Left in the Mailbox' so I went up to get it
Hooked it up to the Computer in the Living Room, now I have full Web Cam coverage of the Parking Area
Just might come in handy some time, like the attempted 'breakin' today... Hee hee hee

Well this is enough of this Drivel for one Day... Lets go get some more Corned Beef and Cabbage
And watch the Kansas City Saint Patrick's Day Parade on the Telly... Rumarita to sip first, please

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Thursday, March 16 2017 ~
~ First Saint Patrick's Dinner on Wednesday ~
~ Many more to Go ~ That was a BIG Corned Beef! ~

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~ Twill be Saint Patrick's Day on Friday! ~
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Well now, quite a Day on Wednesday... That ordeal at the Cancer Center and then my Corned Beef Feast
I put the Corned Beef into the Crock Pot at 10 a.m. and it cooked all Day, had some Dinner about 7 p.m.
The Corned Beef was about the best I have done, so Tender and Tasty, and the Veggies just right
And the Veggies just right, well done but not to the mushy stage, the Cabbage not overcooked either
If any complaint, there were just was too many Veggies, Carrots and Potatoes, the Parsnips just about right

But I figured with that big Corned Beef might as well use all the Veggies while they were fresh and tasty
So I had that first sample Dinner Wednesday Evening and Thursday Morning I put the rest all away for later
Now I have maybe Five or Six more Dinners from that batch, I always cook way more than necessary

And what now for Thursday, again not a clue, but at least Mike says it will warm up some
Now 34 Degrees at 6 a.m. and maybe going to 62 later in the Afternoon, sure will beat the last two Days

Still experimenting with the Web Cams... I hooked up one to my Dell Two Desktop in another Window
Either one of them will cover just about the whole Parking Area out front and my Mercedes across the Street too

~ The View out front from the Computer Room ~

OK now, talk about a slow slow doing nothing Day, just idling along, just out twice for Lottos
First to the Price Chopper for $20 worth, and only won $10 back, so then down the Hill to the Fast Stop
Traded in that $10 for $20 more and then had some Chat with Navru and an old guy who hangs around there
He likes to talk to me, I'm two years older but he has a touch of Senility and can't remember that
He says I am younger than he is and I have to tell him every time I see him I am two Years older<
Anyway, back at el Rancho Pequeno to work $25 worth of Winners this time, got enpugh to play tomorrow anyway

And that was it for the Day before the Day except another serving of that Corned Beef and Cabbage
The Corned beef was just as tasty but the Nuked over Veggies didn't have quite the Zip as those fresh out of the Pot
Quite good enough anyway and another Serving in store to Finish out Saint Patrick's Day on Friday

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Wednesday, March 15, 2017 ~
~ Another Dermatologist Appointment ~
~ Corned Beef and Cabbage into the Pot ~

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Wednesday Morning 21 Degrees and a top of 42, let's get that Spring Weather going... PLEASE!
Well the Forecast does say back in the 60's for the rest of the Week at least and I really want some of that!

And so at 11:45 a.m. today, back to Kansas City Skin and Cancer Center, that little bump returned
Now, all over again for the same thing... I had 'Mohs Surgery' for a Squamous Cell Carcinoma on December 22nd
That started from a little bump I noticed on my Ear, they did a Biopsy and scheduled me for the Surgery
The Doctor did his Surgery in ONE step that time, sometimes it takes several retries on the same Day
I was happy on that Day but not so much since, they say that 'Mohs Surgery' is usually 99% effective
Well this was one of the 1% ones, the original Surgery healed up fine in a Month or so (I thought)
But a few weeks ago I noticed the same type of bump in the same place had popped up again

So I called, I explained to the Nurse, she scheduled me for another Biopsy and that isn't really fun
I asked the Nurse, it is in the Same Place and the same symptoms, why do a Biopsy?, it has to be the same thing
She said no, they couldn't do that, had to have the Biopsy before they could do the Surgery
Yeah, so they can charge for both Procedures... Again! Wonder if I can sue for Malpractice... get some money back?

Well a long Morning to run through until that Appointment, what is there to do on Wednesday?
Oh yeah! Saint Patrick's Day coming Friday, have to get going on that... Off to the Price Chopper
Corned Beef and Cabbage always on Sale, first stopped in Produce, Picked up some Carrots, Parsnips
And a big head of Cabbage and headed back for the Corned Beef, found a nice one for about $14...

~ Aye Laddie! Tis Corned Beef and Cabbage on the Way! ~

Still had some time before my Appointment so away I went, peeling, slicing and chunking the Veggies
Then the Corned Beef into the Crock Pot, the Veggies on top, a little Water and fire it up
We should have Corned Beef, Cabbage and all the trimmings ready by 6 to 8 p.m. or so

OK then. off to the Fun House at 11:15 a.m. to let Mary see what she could see, and it was a lot
I was expecting ONE Biopsy and she did THREE! And then about FIFTEEN Cryosurgeries and they STING!
And the worst part was when she was cauterizing one of the Biopsies, and that DID Burn!
That was the worst trip I have made to the Cancer Center so far and there was no Surgery this time

~ Three Biopsies (bandages) ~ And Lots of Cryosurgeries (red spots) ~

And the Cryosurgeries feel worse afterward than when she does them, back at the Ranchito, first thing was a couple Aspirin
Then hurting from the Biopsies and those FIFTEEN Cryosurgeries... Yeah! Where is my Margarita?... QUICK!

On into the Afternoon, the Crock Pot steaming out a pleasant Aroma, yeah, I wedged the Cabbage to add later
Would check the Pot again around 6 p.m. Maybe add the Cabbage then you don't want to cook it to death<
And around 2 p.m. the Cryosurgery stinging wearing off, the Ear Biospy still hurting a little
So 2 p.m. is Margarita time, maybe that will help a little... Wednesday will be a 'Rumarita' subbing though

And that did help, by 3 p.m. the pain was all but gone and stayed that way from then on, including all night
On to the rest of that long Afternoon and completing the Day with a sample of my Corned Beef and Veggies
Let's draw the Curtain on Wednesday and see what Thursday has in store

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ 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! ~


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