~ Donald Lee Smith ~
~ AKA El Pato Donaldo ~


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~ 'El Pato says Quack!' ~                                                    ~ El Pato Donaldo ~ 1932 to 2017 ~

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~ Wednesday, June 14, 2017 ~
~ Dentist Day ~ Just Cleaning ~
~ Baked Gooseberry Pie ~ Pickled Jalapenos ~

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~ Out in Front enjoying Flag Day ~

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A long slow Morning before Dentist time... Got up a little after 4 a.m. Just went to Bed too early again
So, checked my Bank, Checked Facebook, checked my Mail, finished and posted Tuesday's Blog... ho hum...
Put a load of wash in the Washer, swept the Kitchen Floor and what to do then? ho hum...

Thought I heard a thunder rumble about 6:30 a.m. Could we be getting some Rain?
Checked the weather Forecast... said Partly Sunny and 76 Degrees, High of 89, that looked good
And off to the Dentist at 8:30 a.m. Checked in and signed up for their Dental Program, better price than Delta
Then in the Chair and the tedious Process began... a Tooth extraction is easier than a cleaning and over sooner
All that scraping and flushing and taking so long... My Mos Surgery didn't take that long
She finished and the Dentist came in, poked around for Five Minutes and then 'See ya in December!'

Well I was chatting earlier on Facebook with a couple of my Lady Fans, talking about Rhubarb Pie
And then I told them about Gooseberry Pie and they didn't know what that was... So I said I'll bake one
So I stopped in on the way home to get some Gooseberries... WOW $3.59 a Can, I got Two, that should do
And some Pie Crusts and Kool Whip to put on top, back Home to make the Pie, and pretty easy


~ Stuff to make the Pie ~ Where's the Kool Whip? ~

Put the Berries in the Pan, some Sugar, a little Flour, a little Allspice, simmer a while
Then into the Crust and Into the Oven... 45 Minutes later... We got Pie!
Now, when it cools and sets up, a Slice of that with some Kool Whip... yeah!


~ Looks like about a Week of Gooseberry Pie ~

On to the Afternoon and getting very warm... A quick hike out back... The Radishes didn't do much in the Cucumber Bed
And I still had some Mexibell Pepper Seeds so I planted some out in the Cucumber Bed, see what they do there

Then on the way back in I noticed Three nice Blooms on my Eggplant Plant in the Pot
I didn't get any edible Eggplants from my try in 2016, none since 2014 when I had a nice Crop


~ Blooms now on my Eggplant ~

I hope I get some this Year, I don't buy the big ones at the Store, seedy and bitter
I like to pick mine small and fix them my several ways and they are Delish!

I planted the Skinny Type in 2015 and I did get some to try out but the best ones were in 2014
And I hope I got the same kind in that Pot this year, I think I got the last Plant that Larry's Nursery had


~ Real Nice Eggplant in 2014 ~ And Crispy Oven Fried ~

Hooked up the Hose and back out front again, this time to water everything and most everything looking good
The Jalapeno Peppers looked kind of 'wilty' though so when I finished watering I picked all the Peppers
About the same as last time, maybe around 20 or so but small ones, but they are good too... Good and Hot!
I had some Pickle Brine left from last Time, and I emptied the Brine from the Jar of Pickled Peppers
Put the Brine in the Pot, rinsed and trimmed the ends off the Peppers and into the Pot to simmer
And then the new Peppers on top of the last ones in the Jar, filled up the Jar and Voila! ...now a full Jar of Jalapenos


~ Now a full Jar of Jalapenos ~

And again that was the last outdoor activity of the Day and it was a busy Day... On to Dinner
Some more BBQ Ribs nuked up with BBQ Beans and a Dinner Roll, quite ample
Another dose of 'Longmire' and then toddled off to Bed

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Tuesday, June 13, 2017 ~
~ Another Medical Start Tuesday! ~
~ Harvested Rhubarb and that was about It for the Day ~

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Checking the Weather as usual first thing... Wheee! 76 Degrees at 5:30 a.m. and going to 92 again!
Some July Weather to warm up June a bit too much, well July will be here in a couple weeks
So an Appointment again for my Semi-annual Urology Check, wonder if I'll get that Lupron Shot again?
It isn't so bad when they do it but then It's sore for Three Days or more afterward

And first thing Tuesday I fired up my Dell One and checked the Bank, checked Facebook and then the Mail
Sure is nice to have that Box running again and back to my old routine for now, then back to Dell Two for my Blog
I use the Dell Two mostly for Photos, Videos and Internet Pages... The Dell two for my routine Online stuff
I do my Banking and Bill Paying, Mail reading and Crosswords on Dell One, just have certain preferences for each

And off to North Kansas City at 9:45 a.m. Checked into the Urologist's Office at 10:15
Some paper work, a BP Check... and the Doctor will be in soon and he was with Good News and then some Bad News
The Good News, my PSA check was undetectible, just Great! The Bad News, he wanted me to have another Lupron Shot
But them some more fairly Good News, one more Shot in Six Months could be the last one
He left and the Nurse came in with that huge Needle! Bend over, a little twinge and it was all over, not bad at all
A quick checkout and headed back to Parkville, back home at 11 a.m. Then what?

Took a quick Hike out back, pulled Three tiny Radishes then all the rest of the no-gos out of that bed
Then around to the Side and clipped off all the Rhubarb that seemed ready to Harvest
Not much but it will make a small dish of Sauce, really tasty on Buttered Toast for Breakfast


~ Small Rhubarb Harvest for Tuesday ~

So I rinsed off the Rhubarb, into the Pot with Water, Sugar and Honey, simmered that until tender
Stirred in a little Allspice and then into the container and into the Fridge for later

And really that was about all for the Day except routine daily stuff, after the Doc Visit just an easygoing Day
So, off to restup for another fun Day.... Huhh? Starts off with a Dental Appointment!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Monday, June 12, 2017 ~
~ Out to Water First Thing ~
~ Dell Fixed my Dell One Desktop! ~ On the Phone ~

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Another bright Sunny Clear and Hot day on the way, saying 91 again... I would settle for mid 80s
And... out back at 8 a.m. while still shady at the Garden Beds and a nice breeze blowing
Watered everything real well, then around the Side and then dragged the Hose around front
Watered everything there from end to end, that should be about all the Gardening for the Day
Well maybe some clipping on the Bushes in front if I get in the Mood

And then off to find my Fortune and I did NOT... A mere $2 win on a $2 Ticket
And so, nothing to do unless I want to clean out another AeroGarden... Nah, not in that kind of Mood
Thought I would do more research into my Dell Two Computer Problem, no success since I killed it
I got on their Web Site, checked into Support, it said 'Software Problem.. call this Nunber'...
So I called, the lady asked for my Express Service Number, then I was connected to a Technician

I explained what I did to kill my Computer and what I did to fix it... He said OK, lets get into the BIOS
And I had it on Screen at that time, after my latest attempt to Boot, he started asking me about settings
Then telling me what settings to change and I followed along... After about Ten Minutes he said Power Off the Computer
And restart after holding the Power Off Button for at least Ten Seconds... and I had done that
Then he said 'Restart now'... I did and the 'Lock Screen' came up, I signed in and I was up and running

And I thanked him as much as I could and I felt like crying I was so happy to have that High Dollar Box going again
I had cloned the SSD with all the Programs and Data I had on Dell Two before I put the SSD back in Dell One
Now I have everything on Dell One that I have on Dell Two and I can go back to my regular Routine
I do this and that on Dell One, every Day... and then I do that other stuff on Dell Two most every Day... HAH!
Hi Yo Silver! ~ I'm Back in the Saddle Again!


~ Biggest Success of the Month! ~

And that was the Highlight of the Day, just winding down on a Hot Afternoon after that
I did some Bird and Maintenance people watching, more Parking Area work, always out there doing something
Was getting too warm so I moved back inside to use up the rest of the Day as usual
Pretty much the same old Routine after Margarita Time every Day... TV and then Dinner
Made a nice Salad, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Green Pepper, and Italian Dressing, then cooked up some Spaghetti and Sausage
A nice quiet finish to a really lucky Day, I am still exuberant over getting that Dell going
I was dreading maybe having to take it in for Service, that's against my Religion!
Anyway a great Day for me... May we have another Please?

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Sunday, June 11, 2017 ~
~ Off to Walmart to buy a Patio Set ~
~ Dressing up the Porch next to Mine ~

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Well Sunday Morning 5:20 a.m. Finished my Saturday Blog, Going to hot up my Coffee >>>
Sip, Sip, Sip... Ok got that, now let's Blog a little, what is there to do today?
Checked the Weather, Clear and 72 now, going to 90, well we don't need it quite that high
No plans much besides watering in Back and Front and going for Lottos, amd then what?
I could clean out and sanitize anther AeroGarden, did one on Saturday, have Three more to go

Well I didn't water in Back or go for Lottos, I went shopping online again, looking for that Patio Table like mine
Last time I checked they said 'Sold Out'... But I searched for Patio Table and Chairs and it popped up
And on sale for less than I paid last Year... First one was $97 and $49 for the Umbrella Base
This one they said was $88 amd $29 for the Base... I jumped in the Blazer and tooled out at 8 a.m.
Got some help inside, the Guy had a Cart and Riser, he headed up to the top Shelf and got one
Then into the outside Garden Room for the Base, again he headed to the top Shelf to bring down Three
Gave me one for my Cart... and those things are HEAVY, the Patio Set said 250 Pounds alone

Trotted up to the Checkout Station and then I asked for help loading, she said she would send someone
And I waited at the Door for Ten minutes at least and then just headed over to the lot, I was parked Close
I got my Cart up close to the Blazer and was going to try to wrestle it in when a Guy stopped to Help
I sure wouldn't have been able to do that myself, I thanked him profusely for his good Help!

~ What is in that Big Box? ~ Another Patio Set... What you going to do with That? ~

OK Then, a BIG Project for the Day, getting that thing out of the Blazer and then assembly, and not all that easy
I had to cut the Box open to take some Parts out, too heavy for me to pull that Box out of the Blazer
I finally got it all moved to the Porch and started assembly about 9 a.m. and kind of HOT out there to boot

~ My Side, New Table Chairs and Umbrella ~ Neighbor's Side, my former Table Chairs and Umbrella ~

And I worked on and off all Afternoon out there in that Heat and it was HOT! At 90 degrees or so
I did a lot of resting in between assembly steps and had a Boulevard Pale Ale and later a Margarita
Finally wrapped it up about 3:30 p.m. and entered my cool Cavern to cool off and finish the Day

Later, inside watching TV I heard someone on the Porch, went out to check, the Lady and Kids back from a Visit
Ans they were checking out the Patio Set and she was enthusiatically pleased with it and gave me a HUG!
She wanted to pay me for it, of course I said no way, Happy Birthday! Anyway I am tickled she likes it so much
Back in to finish up another busy great Day, nice Burger, TV Show and off to bed

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Saturday, June 10, 2017 ~
~ New Video of the Unusual Event ~
~ A Busy Day most all Day ~

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~ Sweet Potato Vine now Two Inches above the Deck ~

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Well now, so busy with the 'Unusual Event' on Friday I forgot to post my Sweet Potato Climb
I got a Photo when it was Two Inches below the Deck, on Saturday Morning, Two Inches above the Deck
Now at Six Feet, Fifteen Inches, a couple more Feet and it will top the Deck Rail
Several more Vines right climbing right behind... Next the wait for Sweet Taters in the Fall

I did finish the Event Video, burned a Blu-ray DVD and uploaded the File to Vimeo
I'll make a copy of the DVD for Tom, the Maintenance Man, he was in a lot the Scenes


I picked a couple more Little Peppers from the Pots a day or so ago and didn't post that Photo
Not much of a Harvest but I take what I can get... One more Jalapeno and some kind of Sweet Pepper
I don't remember what kind that was, checked back and couldn't find just what they are


~ Some kind of Green Pepper and another Jalapeno ~

I saw Tom, the Maintenance Man, across the Street, answering an A/C trouble Call on his Day off
I trotted over to give him the Event DVD I just had burned, he said he would show it to Mimi, the Owner
Then a late Breakfast and on to the rest of long Day ahead, what to do next?
Well a hike out back to check the Crops, Radishes in the Cucumber Bed doing nothing, Chard in the Tomato Bed same-o
But the Cucumbers are coming along, the Beets and Peppers OK and waiting for the new Beet Seeds to pop
And the Better Boys Tomatoes look the best, strong Bushes and Seven Tomatoes and getting bigger every Day

~ Seven nice Better Boys on the Way ~

Noon-Thirty, 83 Degrees going to 88, plenty warm and sunny out there and I didn't want to do any Garden work
Two and a Half Hours to use up before a Drive over to I-435 for my Computer Payment from Rion
So I had a late Lunch, a little TV and a little Net Cruising, checked the Windscape Apartments Home page
And guess who's front Yard is on their Web Site right up front? Well take a look


~ My Front Yard but not at it's Glorious Best ~

And at 3 p.m. I headed over to I-435, had a ittle Chat with Rion, received my Payment, bought some Lottos
Back home to mix my Margarita, scratch off $10 in Winners and then finish out the Day

Now what's gonna happen on Sunday?

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Friday, June 09, 2017 ~
~ Another Gorgeous Day ~
~ An Unusual Event at the Complex ~

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And 6:30 a.m. and aready starting to get bored, checked the Bank, checked Facebook, finished and posted my Blog
Cool morning but going to get HOT this afternoon... 87 they say... OK, I'll stay inside
Nice Weather Friday, nice Lotto Winnings, nice Food, what could be better for Friday? Win more I guess
Where to start, won on all my favorite Cards at the Fast Stop the last few Days, has to be Price Chopper or the Minit Mart
Have to get cleaned up, have some Breakfast and figure out that great problem later

And I headed to Minit Mart, traded in $24 of Winners and won back $15... Headed back for more
Traded in my $15 of Winners... only won back $10, this is NOT how I want to play this Game

Another Gorgeous Day, the Maintenance Guys out front repainting the Stripes and numbering the Parking Area spots
I headed out back to water everything again, especially the Beet Seed Tapes, good to keep them moist
Most everything looks OK, again especially... the Tomatoes, Six or Seven now and growing
Back around front I checked the Sweet Potato Vine, only Two Inches from the Deck now<
And picked another Jalapeno and another Pepper from another Pot, don't know what kind this is

Then quite a different Afternoon, an unusual occurrence at this Apartment Complex but something does happen now and then
he first thing was a Car parked in the Street next Door, a Lady and the Maintenance Guys were loading the Car
Bringing down stuff down from an Apartment on the Second Floor, and then a Police Car showed up
Then the Officer and the Maintenance Man talked to the Person for quite some time, then all was quiet

Later I was out front sitting and sipping and enjoying the Weather and watching the Guys at work Painting Numbers
Now there were Three people loading the car next Door, someone in a Truck Showed up to help
Then now and then I would hear a loud 'Wail' or Scream from one of the people there
And the Sirens started off in the distance, and a Police Car, State Patrol, Ambulance and Fire Truck came down the Hill<
I had my Phone and took a Photo of this and that and then we had some action after they brought the Gurney out

~ Police and Ambulance Arrive ~ Gurney out of the Ambulance ~

~ Gurney gets loose and started Rolling ~ Chasing it down the Hill

~ Maintenance Man joins in the Chase ~ Stops before it hits the Gully ~

So what's the Story? I only got bits and pieces but have the main Idea... The Person in that Apartment had unsavory Guests
And some illegal activity was going on and the Renter was asked to move, relatives came to help
That was going along quietly until one Relative 'Lost it' and began to panic and scream, then the Ambulance was called
They settled that issue, things quieted down and the afternoon finished quietly

I was just out front enjoying the Day until the fuss started, got the Pics of the Gurney chase and went in for my Video Cam
Then I got some Video of the rest of the Activity, more to the Story than just taking the relative in the Ambulance
I got a hint of what was going on but don't have the facts and shouldn't repeat them anyway... on with the good things

And the good things were my afternoon Coctail, then the BBQ Ribs and Beans and Cornbread and TV and off to bed

(working on that Video, maybe post it tomorrow)

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Thursday, June 08, 2017 ~
~ One Week of June Gone ~
~ A Winner Lotto Morning ~

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~ More Cannas Blooming ~

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Thursday Morning 5:15 a.m. What's for the Day? Not a clue again, sure no watering due
No Medical Appointments until next Tuesday, what's with this Tuesday stuff anyway?
An Appointmnt for the last Three Tuesdaya and another next week,also two following Wednesdays
May 23rd Surgery, May 30th Surgery and Stitches out of the first, June 6 Stitches out of the Second
June 7 PSA, June 13 Urologist, June 14 Dentist... And I hope that does it for a while

And off to try my Luck again, to the Price Chopper... Spent $20 Won $10... Lost $10
Back to the Fast Stop, Traded in my $10 Win... Spent $10, Won a $5, $20 and a nice $40
That was a good start but I want more more more... So over to the Minit Mart for $30 More
And from that try I scratched off a nice $77 Winner... Yippee! And that should have been enough


~ Second Best Win of the Month ~

But back down the Hill to the Fast Stop, fun to harass Roos Beck there anyway win or lose
I had won most of my Favorite Cards he had but I bought three more for $15 and won $10 back
I started with a $20 Bill in my Pocket and ended up at Noon with $105, so not such a bad Day after all

Then thinking about Dinner, I still had a lot of BBQ Ribs in the Fridge, how about some BBQ Beans?
Back to the Price Chopper for some Bush's 'Grilin Beans'... they are pretty good with some pepping up
And I had that $10 Winner Card, cashed that in, Added $5, bought Three $3 Cards and Three $2 Show Me cash Tickets
Won $2 back on one Show Me Cash and a $6, $6 and a $10 on the $3 Cards... $9 profit on that deal
Turned out not to be any Fortune but it was a fun and lucky Dau trying...

And them there Beans, jazzed them up with Chopped Onions, Green Pepper, a Jalapeno just picked
Some Marinara Sauce I had left over and a Tsp of Cumin and we were on the way to BBQ Beans
For dinner, nuked up some Spareribs, had some BBQ Beans and Cornbread and un vaso de Vino Tinto.. Delish!

And on to the rest of that lucky and great weather Day and off to bed

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Wednesday, June 07, 2017 ~
~ Got my Semi-Annual PSA Test ~
~ More Garden Watering ~

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~ The Cannas are starting to Bloom ~

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Wednesday Morning I think, lemmee look, yeah 60 Degrees at 6:30 a.m. and going to 81 again
Nothing much planned except going to North Kansas City to try to get my PSA Test
Can't find the Test Order I need so I will stop by the Urology Office to see if I can get one
Then a block down the road to get poked in the arm again for my Urologist Appointment next Week

I headed that way around 10 a.m. Takes about 15 minutes, went to KC Urology first, got my Paper
Next down the Block to Quest Labs, a short wait and I was in the victim's Chair...
Then the elastic Band, the Poke, the wad of Cotton, the Tape and I was outta there!
Very friendly efficient person, knew what she was doing, only the slightest of a tiny sting

All clear now until next Tuesday when I see the Urologist and see if I get that Lupron Shot
Now that is NOT usually an easy one and I was sore for Three Days after the last one
And back to Parkville for Brunch and then what?, a gorgeous Day, what to do?

Hooked up the Hose, dragged it around front, watered everything real good, and most everything looks good
Then time to take the Hose out back... Had an idea, I had 25 more feet of Hose in my Pantry
I have been dragging the entire 150 feet of Hose back and forth from front to back
I thought I would hook the extra 25 Feet to the Hose in the rear, then I could leave the other 50 feet in Front
I did that and it makes it a bit easier, just unhook the front Hose and drag the rest out back
Then I watered everything out back including the Cannas I planted up by the Bench and they are all still alive

And that was about it for the Day, just use up the rest of the Afternoon and Evening and Good Night Irene

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Tuesday, June 06, 2017 ~
~ More Medical Stuff to Start ~
~ Made 'Seed Tape' ~ Planted Beets ~

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Tuesday Morning, 5 a.m. been up for an Hour messing around on the Computer, finished and Posted my Blog
Just checked the Weather, looks good, 70 Degrees at 5 a.m. and up to 81 later, that's better than the 92 on Monday
And first thing on the Schedule is a trip back to KC Cancer Center to take the Stitches out of my Cheek
Then back to stop by the Price Chopper for the Day's 'Loss Leaders', and I found Four of them

And then, a late Breakfast and a trot out back to look things over, saw a few more tiny Tomatoes and two Radishes
Then back inside to make some Seed Tapes to replace the Radishes I pulled, a few to eat the rest to throw away
Thought I would make some Radish Seed Tapes but I had used up all the Radish Seed but I had some Beet Seeds
And I like Beets, so I made 16 Feet of Beet Seed Tape, to plant Two Eight Foot Rows


~ Beet Seed Tapes to Plant ~

~ Ready to cover with Soil ~

Then a lot of noise out front, took a peek, the Maintenance Assistant was out from power washing the Parking Area
And they were using my own Hose they borrowed to do the Job... And I had wanted to water out back early
The Maintainance Man, Tom, waa next door trimming the Boxwood Bushes which really did need it
And I went out to pull some Weeds in my front Yard, The Bird Feed Seeds were germinatng all over the place

~ Tom Trimming the Boxwoods ~ Assistant doing the Power Wash ~

I mixed my Margarita at my regular 2 p.m. sipping Time, then went out to plant the Beet Seed Tapes
Not a big deal to 'plant' Seed Tapes, you just lay them in the Bed, cover with Garden Soil and then water them in
Just doing odds and ends the rest of the Day here and there, ended the outside activity watering in back

Finished up the Inside Day the usual way, not much changes in my Evening Finish up
And so what's for Wednesday? Let's go see

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Monday, June 05, 2017 ~
~ Another Monday Start ~ I Like Mondays ~
~ Some Shopping ~ Some Computering ~

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Well it was sure a lucky Day on Sunday, got my best Dell Desktop running like it used to... HURRAY!
And then later that $135 Lottery Win brightened up the Afternoon, now slightly ahead for the Month
I would sure like to keep that winning streak running a few Days, I'm paying extra on Bills this Month

And no Gardening activity outside for Sunday and really nothing much if anything needs to be done on Monday
Planning on making some Radish 'Seed Tapes. I could do that and have them ready to plant
I have some other things waiting for the Week, two Pickups at Walmart, Keyboard and Coffee Maker
Stitches out Tuesday at KC Cancer Center, PSA Test at Quest Labs in North Kansas City and what else?
Well, see if the Dental Office is open so I can sign up for their Dental Plan before my appointment next Week

And since I got my Dell Two back in shape I was thinking it would be nice to get the Windows 10 Insider update off of Dell One
I thought I could take the SSD out of Dell One, Clone it from Dell Two and put it back in Dell One with Windows 10 Home
So I did a successful Clone from Dell Two but when I put the SSD back in Dell One in wouldn't Boot
Now I am stuck with that, I tried a few things but so far, no go, but no big problem I have Three Running Desktops

~ Cloning the SSD for Dell Two ~

Checked online, I saw my Walmart Ordered was ready for pickup so I headed out, got a close Parking spot
But then walked that Half Mile back the Online Store Pickup Counter to get my stuff
Two packaqes I could handle without a Cart so then a long walk back to the Car and then headed for Home
Unloaded and unpacked my Stuff, a new Keyboard and Mouse so I could have one ready for the HP in the Living Room
And a cute little Coffee Maker to replace my old Gevalia Coffee Maker that finally gave up

On to a very Warm afternoon, thought it was time to pickle those Jalapenos growing in a Pot out front
Put some Pickling Brine on the Stove to heat up and then went out and Picked all the good sized Peppers
Washed them, cut off the stem Ends, into the simmering Brine for a few Mnutes and then into the Jar
Just made half the Jar, with that many Peppers I thought I would have the Jar full, well I'll grow some more

~Peppers to Pickle ~ Jalapeno Peppers Pickled ~

Went out to take the Trash to the Dumpster, Hey! Just a little on the warm side out there!
Dumped the Trash then headed around back to check, looking good, need to water out there on Tuesday
Saw another Bloom on the Cucumbers, picked one more Radish, need to get started on that Seed Tape
Back in for a Margarita and Afternoon TV.. Checked the Weather, no wonder it felt 'warm'... 92 Degrees!

And, that was it for the Day all over again, same old Afternoon Routine... and Evening... and Night

Good Night Irene...

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Sunday, June 04, 2017 ~
~ My Dell Two Desktop back to being Number One! ~
~ Won another Nice Lotto ~

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~ Everything back to Normal ~ (I Think) ~

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Well now, most everything on my Dell Two Desktop was back to running again with one Hitch
It would show the SSD on 'My Computer' but not the original Hard Drive, woke up thinking how to fix it
I had done some research on the Internet about the Problem, they say go to Disk Management and change some things
I had done that but with no success in changing the Hard Drive Letter as they suggested
But this Morning I went back and checked around some more, the Hard Drive said 'Offline' conflicting Drive Letter
I had tried changing the Letter but that didn't work, I right clicked on the 'Offline'... it gave an 'Online' option
I clicked that, the HD came Onlne and with a different Drive Letter... VOILA! Problem solved
Now as far as I can see, everything is back to Normal and I can use both Drives for Programs and Storage

So then I moved the new Computer to the far right 'Spare' position... and Dell Two back to where it was... far left
Now I can go back to doing wbat I was doing before on it, My Blog, Photos and Videos... How sweet it is! (For Now)
And maybe even a bit better, it has the production Version of Windows 10 and no more Insider Updates will mess things up

Then... On to the New Day... No plans... Kind of a Cloudy Morning but the temp at 72 Degrees and going to 80
Headed over to the Minit Mart for a Tank of Gas, then went in for my Lottos, got $20 Worth
Then back by the Price Chopper, needed TP and Gizzards for the Cat, got those and headed Home
Had a Cup of Coffee, worked my Lottos for NUTHIN! Then had a late Breakfast... on to a dukk Morning

Took a walk out back to check things, nothing special to report from back there, most looking good
Then what? Nothing fun to do much, and I didn't want to chores... Getting very Bored
Well, had plans to be mnore conservative on my Lottos for the Month, just go out ONCE for Tickets
Then live for the Day with what I then won or lost... Did it for three Days anyway, but not for the Fourth
I still had a few Bucks in my Pocket so I headed down to the Fast Stop to see Roos Beck again
Bought $25 worth and headed Home... Then worked Two Duds.. and BINGO! The third was a nice $100 Winner
So for the month so far... I am actually ahead of the Game, see how long that will last

~ Now a few More like this and I'll be a Happy Camper in June! ~

Just before I headed down to the Fast Stop the first Time, it started to Thunder a little
Then on the way back a little Rain, after a light Shower, back to hazy Sun...
And after winning tha4 $100 Ticket I posted a Photo of it on Facebook Messenger for Roos Beck
He answereed back 'Cool, you coming to cash it in?', I said 'On the Way' and was there in 5 Minutes
Cashed in the $100 Ticket, bought $40 More, back home to scratch off $35 in Wins, enough for the Day

2 p.m. Time for a Margarita, put the Gizzards on to simmer, put out some Enchiladas and Chili for Dinner
And then time to retire to the 'Theater Room' for some afternoon sipping and TV catching up

And again that was the Finale of another good Day...

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Saturday, June 03, 2017 ~
~ Another Nice Day ~
~ Some minor Chores ~ Another meager Harvest ~

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~ Look Mom! The First Cucumber Bloom! ~

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Well now, everything went well on another Gorgeous Weather Day Friday most all day
Got my Dell Two Computer back running on the original SSD and all my Programs and Data back on the Computer
Now I have FIVE... operational Computers, (like I need all that)... I do use Two Desktops at the same time
Like Rendering or uploading a Video on One and doing something online with the other
And the old HP in the Living Room I use to play my Music and Video Files on the TV, don't use the Laptop much at all
Now having Three Desktops in the Play Room is a bit of Overkill, but sure feels good to have a spare

So what for Saturday? Weather looks the same as Friday, Sunny and a high of 84, but no plans for the Day
Except to get out front and water everything again, watered out back on Friday

Oh... My My My! Took a peek at the Weather Forecast, next Ten Days, mid 80s to the 90s
Did Midsummer sneak in already? Sounds a bit on the warm side for June, hope the Gardens like it

Then off to the Price Chopper for a few necessities and a few unnecessaries, like Candy
And of course $20 worth of Lottos but I did win $10 back from that, on to the Day
I decided to add all my Videos, and there are a lot... To the Dell Two Hard Drive
Copied them from Dell One Hard Drive to an external Drive, then set the external Drive to copy them to Dell Two
And over 300 GB of Data can take quite a while... So on to something else

Hooked up the Hose again and went out back to water again, didn't need much from the watering Yesterday
But I got a Photo of the first Cucumber Bloom and picked a few more Radishes, then watered next Door
And brought the Hose around front then to water out there later in the Day

Pulled a few more Radishes while I out back, not a lot of them but they sure are Pretty
When I pull all the first batch I'll make Seed Tapes for some new Plantings

~ A Few more Radishes Harvested ~ Where are the Rest I planted? ~

Back out front at 1:30 p.m. to clean out the Fountain Bowl, stuff falls in and then clogs up the Pump
So when the Fountain trickle gets slow I go out and siphon all the Water and Gunk out of it
Then brush out the sides of the Pump and fill it back up and we're in the Water business again
And I was going to water out front some but at 85 Degrees it was just bit on the too Warm side for me<

So 2 p.m. A Margarita and some TV Catchup... Put out a burger to thaw, sliced an Onion and a big Tomato
Got some Ball Park Buns at the Price Chopper first trip, now all I have to do is grill that burger later

3 p.m. back out front to finish watering everything, then was sitting and enjoying the View when I heard some peeping
Looked over at the Bird House... A new Birdie in there? Looked like it, went in for my Camera
Waited and waited, the Birdie didn't peek out again but Mama Bird showed up and started feding it
So I got a Photo, can't see much except the Mama Bird but seems we have a new Tenant for the Bird House

~ New Tenant and Offspring in the Bird House ~

And then back in at 4 p.m. to finish the Afternoon, then grill up my Burger and load it up
Some Potato Salad and fresh Radishes to go along wth the Burger, and of course some TV to finish up the Evening...
One more pretty nice Day used up but more coming... Yeah!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Friday, June 02, 2017 ~
~ Another Pay Day! ~ SS Paid Early ~
~ New Tomatoes Showed Up ~

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~ Spotted Three tiny Tomatoes so Far ~

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7 a.m. Friday Morning, June Second, and my Social Security check was early, I expected it Saturday
But I am still Money Poor but Computer Rich, I do love my Tech Toys and I do have way more of them than I need
Someone did say though that you can't take it with you, so I'll have a great time while I am here!

67 Degrees at 7 a.m. and lookee there... Whooopeee! Going to 85 they say... That will be nice for Veranda sitting
So what's for the Day, no plans yet except for running over to Tremont Dental to sign up for their Dental Plan
I cancelled my Delta Plan and there's sounds a bit better, and I need to sign up before my next Appointment, June 14th

And off to the Races again, what to do with that messed up SSD I removed from Dell Two?
Well that thing wasn't cheap although 1 TB SSDs have come down in price... Let's 'Clone' it again
I already had formatted it, and I had my original Samsung SSD Install Disc on the shelf
So I used that to Install Samsung Magician and Migration Program in Dell Two, then started the Clone Process

Then it should end up with all the Program Files and Data from the Dell Two Hard Drive
And then I could install it back as it was originally and have two complete systems in that Computer
But as before, the SSD would be speedier than with the HD as it was before the Windows 10 update disaster
With one great advantage, the Windows 10 version would then not be in the Insider Update Program

Off at 9 a.m. to see the Dentist about signing up for their Dental Plan
Doors all locked and no Sign... They much be on Vacation, well I have an appointment on the 14th of June
Back by the Minit Mart to get $20 worth of Tickets, only won back $5 and back to el Ranchito

The SSD Disk Clone was finished when I got back and I installed the SSD in Dell Two from whence it came
I fired it up and now my Dell Two Desktop is booting back with the same SSD as before and with most all my Files
It took me quite a while to solve this latest problem but I finally got it done without professional help

Bright Sun and 83 Degrees out there at Noon-Thirty and I headed out back to look around, Hey! Got three Tomatoes already!
And on the way back, a catch-up Photo of the Sweet Tater... Now at 56 Inches high and still climbing

~ Sweet Potato Vine now at 56 Inches ~

Then a phone Call from Pat, she is heading over for another Visit a little after 1 p.m.
And will probably be walking, have to be careful not to melt in this Sun and Heat!

And right at 1:30 my Visitor Arrived, came in for a catchup Chat, then a Crossword on the Computer
And a walk out back to check the Gardens and water the Plants, back in to watch old Nature Sanctuary Videos
Some of the first ones I did way back, and not in HD, they got better as I got better equipment
And that continuted on until late Afternoon when she headed back up the Hill to Home

Nothing after that except the usual Evening Routine, found a big Bratwurst and Bun and some Potato Salad
Then a Movie and stayed up until 8 p.m. Good... Would have a better and shorter Night

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Thursday, June 01, 2017 ~
~ June is Bustin' Out all Over! ~
~ And there is Money in the Bank ~

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~ Lots of Jalapenos in the Pot ~

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I got that Photo of the Jalapenos in the Pot on Wednesday when I was doing the Garden Chores out front
There are at least Twenty Peppers in there, and some getting good sized now, pickled Peppers on the way?
And there is a Second Plant I put out in a Pot, not quite as large but lots of Peppers on it too

Now, Thursday Morning, June 1, New Month, New Day, New Ideas... And the Weather app on my Computer says it is Raining
So, as expected I woke up at 3:00 a.m. and couldn't get back to sleep, I tried but gave up and got up at 3:40 a.m.
Mixed my Juice, made my Coffee, checked the Bank... The Money was there! Hurrah!
Then checked Facebook and then what? Well when I woke up I was thinking of my ailing Dell Two Computer
Had tried several things several times and with no success, well I thought of something a bit dfferent

I had tried several times to fix the corrupted SSD that wouldn't Boot, no success with any try
But I thought this time I would remove the SSD and try to install a new copy of Windows on the Original Hard Drive in that box
So after my Online checks and Apple Juice I started on that, took the Cover off, took out the SSD, put the Cover back
I had a copy of Windows 10 I got online at Microsoft, I had installed on a Flash Drive
I Booted the Computer to BIOS and then Booted from the Flash Drive and set it to clean install Windows 10
I had tried that with the SSD but it wouldn't work, but it did start with the original Hard Drive
And it took quite a while but it installed and now for the present it is working again! WAH LAH!

~ Posted on Facebook from my newly Fixed Dell Two ~

And... that was done before 5:15 a.m. AHA! Now what's for the rest of the Day?
Well now, just a short while back I had Three Great Desktops and a pretty nice Laptop all in service
Then that Windows 10 Insider Update and my try at a rollback wrecked my Dell Two Desktop
And that was my Number One newest and best Desktop, and tried many times to fix it and no go
So I bought this Dell Inspiron Desktop to do my Blogs and Photos, I would do my Videos on the Dell One Desktop
But now the Dell Two is back in Service, only no Programs on it, so it was a spare at the Moment but ready to load up

~ Now have FOUR Desktops ~ Three in my Play Room ~ The HP in the Living Room ~
~ And the Laptop ~ Wherever it Is ~

Busy morning, only 8 a.m. and I already did a day's worth of Projects, now startng another One... No... TWO!
Started loading Programs I want on the rejuvenated Dell Two... And started copying Files from Dell One to add to Dell Two

I installed a few Programs, copied my Documents to an external Drive, set that to copy to the Dell Two Documents
And then I headed out back, wanted to check a few Radishes I noticed the Day before that looked about ready
And they were ready, a couple even popped open from the Rain we had overnight and maybe they drank too much Water
And the Two Garlic Cloves I planted last year and popped up this Spring weren't doing anything so I popped them out
Two little Bulbs, no cloves... wondering if I can use them for anything? I'll let them dry out snd see then

~ First Radishes and a bonus of Garlic Bulbs ~

2:30 p.m. What a successful Computer Day!... Got my Best Dell Desktop running again, got most all of my Programs back
And loaded it with most all the Photos, Documents and Music that I want and need, what a WINNER... DAY!
The only thing missing in Dell Two is the 1 TB SSD that I had installed, but it has the original 1 TB Hard Drive
And it should now be able to do anything I want to do on a Computer... HAH!

And then I just coasted to the End of that very busy pre-Afternoon Day... Margarita, Mexican Dinner, Vino Tinto
Again, got sleepy early and hit the sack too early... Oh Well, give another early start to the New Day!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Wednesday, May 31, 2017 ~
~ Last Day of the Merry Month of May ~
~ Then June will come Bustin' Out all Over! ~

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~ The Humming Birds are Back ~

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So... now it is Wednesday... One Day left in May and then it is June, June, June!
And Pay Day by the Way... and all out of Money again, (well I do have Credit Cards)...

Bye the Bye... Haven't seen a lot of the Humming Birds this Year, maybe Three or four single Visits earlier
But sitting out there on Tuesday I saw one little Ruby Throat come by Four or Five times while I was out there

Started this Gorgeous Day out front watering all the Plants and then around back to do the same
Saw out back that it was time to tie up the Cucumber Vines and a couple of Tomato Plants needed another String
So I got my String and Clippers and went back out to do that, and then on the way back in did the same for the Sweet Potato
I Tied another String to the Sweet Potato Trellis for another Vine to climb, now about 5 or 6 Vines trying

~ Showing Cucumber Vines where to Climb ~

~ Keeping the Tomato Plants Straight ~

On to a just this and that Day, no big Projects, just keeping busy, did some Laundry, straightened up the Kitchen a bit
Some rearranging of the stuff in the Freezer, getting out stuff for 'What's for Dinner', some Computer stuff
On into the Afternoon and a 'Boulevard Pale Ale' out in that again Gorgeous Weather, and watching the Birdies
Looks like a different Bird at the Birdhouse, new Tenant?, looked like she was feeding one inside

And as I slipped on through the Afternoon I saw the little Ruby Throated Humming Bird again
He kept flitting in and out, lots more than usual lately, I thought it was time to post my Video again
I did post one of my Videos on Facebook early, the 'Downy Woodpecker' invading the Feeder
So now a repeat of the Ruby Throated male from some time back... Just for the Birds!


Well that was about it for the last of Wednesday and the last of May, just close out with Dinner and TV
And I did that quite easily but got sleepy early and hit the sack again way too early
But that means I get to start the First of June before the Birdies get their worm... off we go!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


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