~ Donald Lee Smith ~
~ AKA El Pato Donaldo ~

~ Just another August Day ~

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

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~ Monday August 14, 2017 ~
~ Some Veggies for Roos Beck ~
~ A Nice $50 Lotto Win ~

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And a new Day, a new Week and off we go... First to the Price Chopper for Lottos
Then around the Corner to P&G Hardware to see if they had any more Carpet Tape yet
I bought the last Roll a couple Days ago, nope, no Tape, maybe tomorrow the guy says

So back to El Ranchito Pequeno to scratch off $15 in Winners... Oh well...
Then I fed the Cat and took another Hike out back, same as Sunday except needed some housekeeping
I helped some eager Cucumber Vines find better places to climb than they had chosen
And I saw a couple nice Cucumbers and Peppers I could Harvest, already had some in the Fridge
Well, Roos Beck said he likes fresh Peppers for Salads and whatever so I decided to give them to him

And I headed back down the Hill to the Fast Stop... Traded in my Lottos, bought more
Then I asked Roos... Do you like Peppers?... Yeah! Do you like Cucumbers?... Yeah!
And I handed him the sack with my Loot, he peeked in took out a Pepper took a whiff and announced approval
So... 'Have a Good Day' and I headed back Home to scratch off only a $5 Win, well I now have $20 of Winnings for Tuesday

~ Harvest for Monday ~ A Gift for Roos Beck ~

Bored again... Decided to go back to the Fast Stop and try that last $20 of Winner Lottos
And this time a bit more luck.. Won back a nice $55 win, that's been a lucky card for me so far

~ And the Best Win for August... So Far ~

On into the afternoon, decided to use up some the boring Day fixing missing Photos in earlier Blog Pages
Some old videos were replaced ny new versions and were missing from the Pages
And sometimes I forget to upoad a Photo and it then is missing on a page, bothers no one but me though
Some few do scan through a Blog sometimes I think, but no one goes back to check earlier ones but me
But... I just want my online History to be as complete as it can be until it disappears forever

That again was pretty much it for the Day, had more of that Meatloaf for Dinner, had my TV and off to Bed

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Sunday August 13, 2017 ~
~ A Midnight Printer Fix ~
~ Meatloaf for a Change ~

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So, another busy Saturday but not all ended well... I didn't mention my Printer problem
The new 'Gateway' of course has a different Password than the old one so anything using WiFi needed changing
The AT&T Man changed the one for my DirecTV, I didn't remember using a Password for that
I must have set it when I first installed it... He offered to change my Phone but I told him I could do that
I didn't think about my Printer using the Password until I tried to scan my Winner Lottos... No go

So... how to change the Password for the Printer, checked the Manual, well you set it when you install it
So I got the Install Disk and started a reinstall... But it could not find the Printer, what's up?
I tried this and that and the other but couldn't get it going, tired of that, I went about the rest of the Day

And off to a restless night, woke up twice before Midnight, then thinking about the Prnter, got up to play with it
Stuck in the Install Disk, went through the steps, still couldn't find the Printer, now what?
Well they had an alternate procedure, use a USB Cable to install, so I tried that and finally got it going
Scanned my Lottos, added them to my Saturday Blog, finished my Blog and posted it and back to bed

Finally dropped off and made it to a little after 6 a.m. to start Sunday... here we go again
And the Weatherman says a Day just like Saturday, what a Cool unexpected start to the Month of August
Every Day since the last Days in July has been below average for this time of year, but enjoy it while it lasts

Then out into that cool Morning to water everything, front and back, and that I did thoroughly
I wanted to that on Saturday but then that 'Gateway' problem popped up, and then later wasn't in the Mood
So now it is done for the next few Days or when it gets hot again out there

And again, off to the Price Chopper to buy some more Carpet Tape... and... they didn't have any
And I bought the last Roll they had at P&G Hardware so it looks like a long trip to Lowes for some
But I did get some Food for the Cat and some Three in One Oil and a pack of ground Beef for me
And of course I traded in that $50 worth of Winners, bought $20 more and lost $10

On into the Afternoon and it was time to start work on the Meatloaf... that's why I bought the Ground Beef
I haven't done one in quite awhile and it used to be one of my regulars, getting too much BBQ lately
So, everyone knows how to make Meatloaf like their Momma did and I started on mine with a few additions
Ground Beef in the Big Bowl, in with Chopped Onions, Green Pepper, Salt, Pepper, Panko Crumbs, Egg, Milk, Salsa
Did I forget anything? Mix it all up nicely, into the Pyrex Dish and form a nice Loaf and into the Oven

~ Meatloaf to be ~ Meatloaf to Serve ~

And again that was all of the action, such as it was, for the Day, on to the TV Evening
Started on a kind of tedious boring Movie, finally finished that, along with a Meat Loaf and Mashed Tater Dinner
Finished the Movie about 7 p.m. still too early to hit the sack, started on an Andre Rieu Ccncert
Really got into that one, lots of Music and surround Sound, stuck with it about an Hour before shutting down

And that wound down the Weekend, what's the plan for the new Week? Well, nothing on Monday
But another Doctor Appointment for Tuesday, a Gastro Enterologist, see why I have a bellyache all the time
See if he has any luck at it, my primary Doctor couldn't do much good... Oh well...

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Saturday August 12, 2017 ~
~ AT&T on the Job Saturday Morning ~
~ A new Router/Modem Installed at 9 a.m. ~

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~ Bounty Harvest for Saturday ~

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After the Disaster Friday I started Saturday with no Internet access, how can anyone live like that?... But then I had an Idea
Could it be the Power Adapter, the Modem showed no lights... I thought I might have another one
I keep stuff like that just in case... So I checked and found one the same Voltage and Amp capacity and tried it
And VOILA! The power Light came on binking... that means it was looking for a Signal, then came on solid, means it found one
Then more blinking Green Lights and finally Online! I lucked out and I got online to do my Morning Routine

Still the AT&T Man would show up, and with a new Router/Modem, mine is very old and he will probably want to replace it anyway
And then I can continue living happily ever after... until sonething else breaks down

So the AT&T Man showed up at 8:30 a.m. Half hour early but I was ready, I need my Internet to live
He had a nice big Box with him, unpacked a new Router/Modem, unplugged the Old, plugged in the New
And then the long wait for the new One to boot up and finally, back on the Internet and on to my Saturday

~ New 'Gateway' Up and Running ~

Another Sunny Saturday... Just about like the Weather Friday... Nice... I am happy now... (for the present)<
The Morning passed slowly, didn't head out for my Lottos until Noon, and shudda stayed home, only a $5 Win
Time then for another run up the Stairs and around back... Run? When was the last time I ran anywhere?
Green Beans grew a little, three Cucumbers in that Bed I am watching and a couple peppers
And I picked a little almost Golf Ball sized Tomato, but it was Red and Ripe... And ready
The Cucumber Vines are really looking Good, thick and healthy and should be ready to start on Pumpkins

And again into a boring afternoon... Decided to go get some more Carpet Tape and finish that Job
Headed back to the Price Chopper, thought I would cash in that $5 Win and try for more, spent another $15
Headed back home, forgot to get my Tape, well there's always Tomorrow... Huh? Maybe...
Back then to mix a Margarita and work my new Lottos, Hah! A $15, $15 and $20 Win... Total $50... so nice

~ Best Win of the Day ~

And then it was Dinner planning time, and what for Saturday? Still had stuffed Peppers
So, mashed some Taters, chopped up some Cabbage for Cole Slaw, hotted up the Pepper for Dinner
Dished that up and back to the TV to finish the Day with anther old Movie... Good night Saturday

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Friday August 11, 2017 ~
~ No Internet or Netflix all Day ~

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Friday Morning 73 to 83 Degrees for the Day and that is so... Nice... and Sunny to boot
The Coleus out front sure have liked this cooler weather lately, those 90s were getting to it
And a late start just fooling around on the Computer, somehow I lost some Files. probably when my Computer died
I have a lot of my Photos on my Web Site though so I spent spent time downloading them from the Site

Then I had some Breakfast and set out for the Price Chopper to try my luck again, had none on Thursday
And this time a little better, scratched off a $25 and $5 win for a profit of a whole $10... WOW!
So then, fed the Cat and took another walk out back for my Morning checkup of the Progress back there

Everything looking good, saw more Cucumbers getting some size, one little Tomato Ready
A huge Bloom on a Pumpkin Vine.. Male of course, new Green Beans doing fine, looks like
And so back inside to try to find something to do the rest of the Day

I was puttering around on the Computer when it says 'No Internet' and I was stuck offline
Well I have been experiencing short outages for a couple Weeks, Internet shuts down a few minutes, then pops back on
But this time it did not come back on, I went on to do other things, then tried again and still off so I called AT&T
They said do a Modem 'Reboot', I did, no luck, they said to do a 'Reset'... I did that and the Power LIght came on Red
It is usually Green, well then the power light went off and would not come back on

The Lady at AT&T said she would put in a Service Order and the Man would bring a new Modem Saturday Morning
So I was without Internet all Day, could not access Netflix or You Tube from the Net to my TV... Oh Woe was ME!

~ The old Gateway with a Problem ~

On to an Internetless Day, got my Lottos, finished installing the Hall Carpet, that's a relief
Then the long Afternoon and Evening with my DirecTV, but no Internet for Netflix or You Tube
I made do with the News and Cooking Shows and Turner Classic Movies I had recorded... Ho Hum
Finished off the Day with Burger and Fries and hoping for a quick Internet fix

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Thursday August 10, 2017 ~
~ Another Meager Harvest ~
~ A little Videoing ~

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~ Harvest for Thursday Morning ~

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Got my Morning start finished and then took another Trot out back... to see what I could see
And I saw that we had some more Rain overnight, everything all wet back there, picked a small Tomato
Checked the Pumpkin Patch, rearranged a couple Vines, two new Male Blooms, still no potential Pumpkins
Then picked a couple funny looking Cucumbers, well they still can taste good anyway
And then in the Pepper Bed, I saw the Green Bean Seeds were germinating, planted them August 4th

~ Green Beans Popping Up ~

And then back in to jump in the Shower and get the Day officially started with a trip to the Price Chopper
I was all out of 'Vino Tinto' and that is a staple in my Kitchen, need that Vitamin 'W' doncha know
I got my Lime Juice and Triple Sec on Wednesday, forgot that I was about out of Wine

And then, at the Price Chopper, got my Lottos at the Service Counter then on through the Produce Department
Around the corner to get a Gallon of my favorite Carlo Rossi 'Paisano' Vino Tinto... (Red Wine)
And back through the Pharmacy Department and picked up a Six Pack of 'Boost' on sale, supposd to be 'good' for you

Back home to scratch off no winners and wonder what to do the rest of the Day, That carpet job maybe?
Nope just didn't feel like crawling around on the Floor just then, find something else
Well I needed another 'Leaving home and arriving back' scene for my 'Pat's Kitchen' Video in progress
So I set up my DSLR Camera out front on a Tripod, started it up and did my 'walk on walk off' scene to the Blazer and back in
Put it in my Video Editor, well the color was different and the daylight not quite right
So I gave that up until the Sun came out better then tried the Scene with my Video Camera
That one came out better, not quite what I wanted but it is just a couple Minutes and it should do
Now just waiting for them to finish the rebuilding Job and I can go back and finish the Video

And then on to other things but there just weren't other things that I wanted to do... Ho hum... these boring Afternoons
Just another same-o Afternoon and Evening and now another Day to see what I can get going

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Wednesday August 9, 2017 ~
~ More Carpet Taping ~
~ Another nice Lotto Win ~

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~ Almost finished with this Repair Project ~

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And Wednesday Morning... Started early on my Carpet Rehab job and almost have it finished
Looks like I will have to get some more Carpet Tape, I am putting a lot more down this time
But doesn't that look a lot better so far? And will look even better after I run the Vacuum over it

So them what? Needed a couple things at the Price Chopper so headed that way... got Lottos on the way in
Then some Bananas, a Bottle of Triple Sec, Milk and Lime Juice... That was all for the moment

Back home to scratch off a surprize and welcome $40 Win... needed that Boost fer sure
Then I took that down to the Fast Stop to trade for a $20 bill and $20 more Lottos
And then only won $15 back, time to quit that for the Day and find something else to do

~ Nice 'Double Header' Lotto Win! ~

And then what? Another trot out back to check the Gardens again, and nothing of import to report
So back in to try to find something to while away the rest of the Day, didn't feel like crawling on the Floor again
And the Afternoon creeped along, drifted into Evening, Margarita, Snacks and finally Dinner
If anything happens around here of interest it is usually before Noon

So that was pretty much all of Wednesday, anything happening on Thursday?

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Tuesday August 8, 2017 ~
~ Picked Tiny Peppers ~
~ Started on my Carpet Project ~

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~ More Tiny Peppers to Pickle ~

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Is it Tuesday already? What happened on Monday? I'll have to check my Blog
Oh yeah, I picked and Stuffed more MaxiBell Green Peppers and they were Delish!
And so... Tuesday MOrnng, still cool at 65 Degrees at 8 a.m. Tiy sure this is August...
Well it was Sunny and going to 80 later they said and that's my kind of Weather fer sure

Yesterday Afternoon I was looking for my Printer Ink, checked online to see if it had been delivered
Still didn't say 'Delivered' at 3:30 p.m. Way later than usual, headed up the Hill to check
And there was a Truck with some Construction equipment on a Trailer in Front of the Mail Boxes
Maybe he had blocked the Mailman when he showed up, no Driver was in sight, so I gave up on my Ink

Anyway, I finished my usual Computer Stuff, put a load of laundry in the Washer and set off for my Lottos
I had checked my Mail again and this time it said my Ink was there... Hurray! Off to the Price Chopper
I picked up Four Lottos and stopped to get my Ink on the way back, fed the Cat
Won One Lotto, lost Three, then installed my Ink Cartridges, then what for the rest of the Day? Ho Hum...
I have that Carpet taping to do but I'm in no hurry to do that, tedious work on my knees
And that isn't much fun anymore, ya think I may be getting Old? Well I think so

Sunny and warming, time to head up the Stairs to check out back again, first thing to do outside lately
Things looking OK, a couple future Peppers and Cucumbers on the way, a few Tomatoes, nothing to Harvest
Then finished the trip on the way back in, picking tiny Peppers from the Pot, what to do? Pickle them too?

~ Yeah, I Pickled Them... ~

Didn't feel like doing much om Tuesday.. just feeling blah.... But I did a little more on the Carpet repair
Pulled all the Tape off, rolled up the Carpet, did a little Wire repositioning, now ready to Tape down again
Thought I just might get back with the project on Wednesday if I got in the Mood

~ More Carpet retaping to Do ~

And then I started my old TV Movies early, and had Dinner Early and was really sleepy about 6 p.m.
Was watching some of my own Videos when I heard a knock on the Door, was my neighbor from the next Building
He had visited Monday asking advice about external Computer storage, just happened I had an extra 'Media Drive'
Has 160 GB Storage and USB in/out... I hardly was ever using it and I also have others, so I offered it to him free

And he had come back for it... He came in, I showed him how it worked and then we had a long chat
We watched my HP Computer output on my Big TV, I showed him some of my Web Stuff and Videos
And he seemed to enjoy that, was very interesting to talk wiht, finally he took off with my external Drive

Well that woke me up wome, not so sleepy after that and I had another Glass of Wine and more TV
And managed to stay uplonge than I have for many Days, and made for a better Night, need to do more of that

So now, on to conquering Wednesday and maybe getting that Carpet back down to cover those ugly wires... Tally Ho!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Monday August 7, 2017 ~
~ Monday, Monday... I like Mondays ~
~ Some Carpet Fixing ~

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~ Busy Bee at work in a Pumpkin Blossom ~

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Well now, 10 a.m. and just starting on my Blog, if I don't add to it as the Day goes along I forget what happened
I was just sort of busy playing on the Net before I got in the Shower and then headed off to seek my Fortune
That was again the Price Chopper, bought $20 more possibles and only won $15 back, not a total loss
And then what? A late breakfast and a trip out back to check again and nothing much new except a couple more Pumpkin Blooms
A busy Bee was at work flitting in and out of the Blooms, I guess no worry about hand pollenating
I have seen Bees up there about every morning I have checked for a Female Blossom, still nary a one...

Well now when was that? When I changed the Carpet in the Hallway... Looked it up, was on February 1Oth
Yeah, put the Living Room area Rug in the Hallway and taped it down, but apparently not enough Carpet Tape
Carpet on Carpet tends to creep ya know, and this one started a few months later, finally enough to bother me
So that meant an entire job of retaping with a lot more Tape this time, back to P&G Hardware for Tape

~ Hall Carpet Slipping ~

So I stopped in at P&G Hardware and got my Tape... then next door to Walgreens for Smooth-Lax
Then back to el Rancho Pequeno... And decided I didn't want to do any Carpet work, at least that Afternoon
So then what's for Dinner? I saw some nice Peppers out back about ready for something so I went back to pick them
Then I put some Ribs from the Freezer in the Oven to thaw and roast a little, already were Smoked
Decided to cut all the Meat off the Bones, chop it up and stuff the Peppers with that, sounds good to me

~ More Peppers to Stuff ~

And then... Trimmed and put the Peppers in the Pot to pre-boil a little, chopped up the Rib Meat
Into another Pot with the Meat and some chopped Onion and Salsa, let that heat thoroughly
Stuffed the Peppers and then into the Oven, simmered up some sliced Carrots, hotted up some Mashed Taters
And then I dished it up and finished off another so-so Day at least with a great Meal...

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Sunday August 6, 2017 ~
~ A Week of August almost gone Already ~
~ And a Stormy Night ~

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~ Harvest for Sunday Morning ~

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And a Stormy Night like they Forecast and a restless night, woke up at least Four times
Finally just gave up and got up a little after 4 a.m. Just need to stay up longer if I can
Checked the Weather, 64 Degrees at 5 a.m. and looks like the Storms may be gone, just says Cloudy

So my early stuff done, out into that glum dreary cool wet Morning and headed to the Price Chopper
Traded in my $20 Winner for a $10 Winner and $10 in Losers... Oh well... Someday!
And before using up any more of that boring nothing to do Day I headed out back to check things<

A little cool and a lot of wet back there... slosh slosh across the little backyard Creek
And again most everything looking great, they liked the Rain, looks like... Some Peppers back there almost ready
And I found Five nice Cucumbers for more Pickles, I can't keep up eating them fresh
And then two little Peppers from the Plant in the Pot out front, I'll just throw them in the Pickle Brine too

So I started on the Dill Pickles before Breakfast, Had a Pint of Dill Brine in the Fridge
I sampled one of the Dills I made last week, just a ittle on the mild side and needed some sweet too
So I put the Brine in the Pot, added some more fresh Dill I had and more Dill Seed and a Tablespoon of Sugar
See how that works... Then set the Pot to simmer a bit and sliced up the Cucumbers, then... wait for the Brine to cool

Then time for a Banana and Oatmeal Raisin Cookie and a glass of Milk, yeah... and a shower after that

A Shower, Shampoo and Shave and clean T-Shirt and back to the Kitchen again to pickle
The Cucumbers in the Jar, then in with the Brine and on with the Lid, hoping these will be better than the Last

~ More Dill Pickles ~ Ole! ~

And actually that was all there was for Sunday... Ho Hum and then some... Seems any action around here is in the Morning
If I get that bored so quick on a Summer Day, how did I get through those inside Days of Winter?
I sure don't want any hard work, but I sure do like to find fun things to keep me occupied... Oh well

Well I did play around with an older external 'Media Drive'... I have all my old and new Videos stored on it
I did find a lot rendered to .m2ts that wouldn't play on my TV, when I get that bored I could convert them to .mp4
Anyway with the usual 'not much' Afternoon and Evening activity, I finished out the long Day

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Saturday August 5, 2017 ~
~ Just another Rainy Day ~ They Say ~
~ So just Putter Putter away the Day ~

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~ My little Baby Tomato ~

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Brrrrrrr... Cloudy and 63 Degrees at 9 a.m. and they are saying T-Storms for Saturday and Sunday
So I won't have to water the Crops, but they don't need it anyway as I just did that, front and back
Got my early stuff done and what next, let's go get some Lottos, where this time?

Headed out into a chilly light Rain to the Price Chopper, the Cat was waiting out front
So I went back in to get him some Breakfast, looked for a dry spot to set it down on the Porch
And jumped in the Blazer and took off up the Hill, swish swish all the way

Parked in front in the Loading Zone, who wants to get wet for just buying a few Lotto Tickets
Traded in $25 worth of Winners for $20 more and headed back, welcomed just as I walked in with a T-Boom
Poured a cuppa Coffee, worked my Lottos, Three losers but a nice $20 Win, got my Money back anyway

Had a few Tomatoes not being used right away, including that little One... Didn't want them to overipen so I chunked them up
Ran them a few seconds in the Food Processor, then simmered a bit, into a box and into the Freezer
Then anytime I need some Tomato Puree for something... that supply grows all season

And... the Sun came out in early Afternoon, looked quite nice out there again but still all wet
But the Forecast said the T-Storms would roll back in overnight and more on Sunday

And I wasn't feeling all that top notch and I just idled through the rest of the Day
The Storm started up again quite fiercely, teeming pouring Rain and Thunder, I started watching TV
And for one of the rare times, the satellite Receiver was blocked by the heavy Clouds and shut down
But no big deal, I flipped on the HP Desktop in the Living Room and watched Netflix on the TV
I watch a lot of Movies and You Tube that way, works great, just as good or better than DirecTV

So I started the Movies earlier than usual and got all sleepy much earlier too
I whupped up some Dinner, had that and the hit the sack way too early so a long long might ahead
Just gonna have to try staying up longer... But... What do you do when you get bored and sleepy?

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Friday August 4, 2017 ~
~ Planted Green Beans ~
~ Then sipped Wine And watched the Birdies ~

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~ Green Beans Yesterday? ~ Nope, about 45 Years Ago

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Out at 8 a.m into a very cool and Sunny Morning on Friday at 57 Degrees topping at 77 they say
Back to Springtime, and for the rest of the Week all 70s and lower 80s... Am I in Heaven now?
Then up the hill and out back, took a Pot with me, needed to transplant a Pepper plant again
I planted a Pepper Plant that I took out of an AeroGarden earlier and put into the back of the Pepper Bed
And that's where I wanted to plant my Bean Seeds... so I put it in the Pot, see what happens there

So then I layed out the Green Bean Seeds in a row and covered them with new Potting Soil
I thought that would be easier and better than digging a furrow in the older Garden Soil

And then back in at 8:20, I needed Gas in the Mercedes so I thought I would get my Lottos there too
So I headed off to the Minit Mart, got my Gas, went in for my Lottos and headed home
Oh WOW! I scratched off a $10 Winner... what can I do with all that Cash? Yeah, buy another loser

So off then into another long long day with nothing to do and I didn't feel like doing anything anyway
Well I did need more stuff from the Price Chopper, don't I always? I don't buy much but I buy often
This time I needed TP and TP... Toothpaste and Toilet Paper... and some Baggies and Milk and...
Lessee, oh yeah, Fruit Juice and I got some Cranberry Juice on Sale, usually I buy Apple Juice

Then back home and headed into the Afternoon, thinking of future Dinners, Did some more COTC in the Microwave
Tried that twice before, liked the ease and results so I did a couple more Ears, then shucked them
Sliced the Corn off the Cob added Salt, Pepper and Butter and into a container and into the Fridge

Next mixed my Margarita and watched some TV News, then decided to take a glass of Wine out front and watch the Birdies
The weather was just unbelievable for August, Sunny, in the upper 70s and a nice cool Breeze
I sipped my Wine, enjoyed the Weather and the Flowers and then the Cat came to join me

~ My Afternoon Libation ~ The Cat comes to Join Me

And the Hummingbirds were flitting around, some weird behavior I thought... One would come to feed then would take off
Then another flitted in and sat on a twig above the Feeder, when another one flew in to Feed... it dove down to the Feeder
And the one Feeding took off in a flash with the other one following... What's the deal anyway?
I watched them do this about three more Times, got some pics and then decided to go back in to watch more TV before Dinner

~ Hummingbird flies in ~ Perches on a Limb

~ Another Birdie flies In ~ First Bird spots It ~ First Bird dives off Perch, both fly away ~

Then the rest of the Afternoon, as usual another Glass of Wine, some Dinner and more TV
And sleepy way to early and to bed way too early which made a long long Night

So what's on the Agenda for another Saturday coming up?... No Idea as usual... Bring it on...

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Thursday August 3, 2017 ~
~ Pay Day again! ~ SS Check in the Bank! ~
~ And more Bills going Up! ~

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~ Two more little Tomatoes for Thursday ~

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Well some good News on Wednesday but then more bad News than good as usual
I read online that we get the highest SS raise in several years, like $28 a Month for me
But then I see my Gas Bill went up $5 a Month and then I got an Email that my Web Site charge goes up
That eats up about half of my SS raise and I bet my rent will go up to eat up the rest
Maybe I just better give up on retirement and get a Job and go back to work

At least we got a break from the super Hot July Weather we had, first week in August was a relief
Now they say today will be 83 Degrees, but the next Four Days will be in the upper 70s... Great!
The cooler weather was obvious in the Plants out front, didn't look so 'wilty' as they did in the super Heat spell

And where to go for Lottos on Thursday? Thought I'd try the Fast Stop again, I did get that $40 Win on Wednesday
But I can skip that one and choose others for another chance at grabbing the Golden Ring
So I headed down the Hill again, got Four more Lottos and won Two back for $10, a loss of $10
Then back to check the Crops again after the watering Wednesday and still looking good
Picked two small but ripening Tomatoes, saw the Vines in that Bed were now at Six Feet
That is as high as the Trellis goes but they can go up and over and down the Back side

~ My Tomato Plants now at Six Feet Tall ~

The Pumpkin Vines sure show their like of the new Extension, bigger Vines and lots of Blooms again
But still nary a single One Female Bloom and that means no Pumpkins in sight as of yet

~ More Pumpkin Blooms but still all Male ~

And then back around front and down the Stairs and a catch up Photo of my Coleus Planter
Still growing nicely, bushing up and look great in the Cool Mornings but don't like the Mid Day Heat much

~ My Stairway Planter Project looking Great! ~

I needed some stuff again at the Price Chopper, headed back to get that, Sweet Corn on a better Sale and I got more
And beautiful big Red Radishes, and some Celery and Carrots to snack on during Afternoon TV instead of Chips<
And of course more Milk and Apple Juice, just can't keep that in stock, and still forgot a couple Items

Headed back and then stopped in again at Pat's place, had a couple questions she answered for me about the new Video
And gave me some Green Bean Seeds when I mentioned I wanted to try planting some in my Pepper Bed

And on back home to finish out the Day, just cruising through the long Afternoon as usual
I did go out front to sit and sip a glass of Wine, saw a Hummingbird come twice to the Feeder
Somehow they like the type of Feeder I started with and the one I have now but didn't like one other I had

~ They didn't like this One ~ But they do like this One ~

And then... that again was just about all of Thursday except the usual ending with Dinner and TV... Ho Hum...
So Two more Days and this first week of August is gone >>>

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Wednesday August 2, 2017 ~
~ Watering Day again ~ Front and Back ~
~ One more nice $40 Scratcher Win ~

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~ All the Cannas survived up on the Hill ~ Two have Bloomed ~

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Hey Hey... 66 Degrees at 6 a.m. Nice cool morning for August, but going to 86 later
Still a tad better than in the 90s, the last few cooler Days have been a nice break
And again, nothing on the Agenda except just might water the Plants again, haven't had to for several Days
First thing Wednesday, a load of Laundry into the Washer and then on to my Computer Morning

After that, headed down to the Fast Stop to trade in Four of my $5 Pack Winners on Monday
Back to scratch off a nice $40 Winner, made a quick $20 Profit there for a change
That makes two $40 Winners from that Pack, one in the Pack and one from a $5 Winner from the Pack

~ Two nice $40 Twin Wins ~

I stopped at Pat's Palace on the way back to drop off the Kitchen Rehab DVD I made for her
She wasn't there, was at work at her part Time Job in midtown Kansas City
But her Kitchen construction guy was there working away and I left the DVD with him
Back home trotted out back to check again, looking good, nothing special going on yet
A Photo of the Climbing Sweet Potato Vines on the way back in, with all those Vines it may be the biggest Harvest ever

~ More Vines reached the Deck this Season than Ever ~

And then... time to hook up the Hose and start watering after several Days, got all the Front watered
And then back in to while away the rest of the Day until late Afternoon when I went out back to water
Most all in shade back there by then and actually a nice cool breeze now and then
After that everything front and back all watered, should hold things for a couple Days anyway

All that was left of the Day was to drag something out of the Fridge and hot up for Dinner
Pretty fair Day after all but nothing special for sure

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Tuesday August 1, 2017 ~
~ Welcome to August ~
~ And another Pay Day that I did Need ~

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~ More Peppers to Stuff ~

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That monthly welcome sight first thing, checked the Bank and my IBM Deposit was there and just in time
A couple of extra unwelcome Bills in July made things just a bit tight but as usual I managed to survive quite nicely
Now what is on tap for the First Day of a new Month, well I could render and upload what I have of that new Video
It will be some time before they finish, Maybe I can show Pat what I have so far and what it might look like
And I will have a little Project to start the Day anyway before I head out for my Lottos

So, I poured my Coffee and finished out my Preview Video, added a temporary ending and then rendered it to .mp4 to Upload
And burned a Blu-ray DVD for Pat and uploaded the Video to Vimeo and here it is for all to ignore

And then I headed for the ATM at the Price Chopper, got my $20 Daily ration of Lottos and lost them all
Oh well, it is only Money, which I could use a lot more of... Yeah! I need a new Car!
Anyway headed out back again to check things over, more Pumpkin Blooms but as usual no Females
I showed a few more Cucumber Vines where to climb, then picked a couple more nice Green Peppers
Those will go good stuffed with Chili along with some more Mashed Taters for Dinner

On to what looked like a boring Day, just nothing to do but the weather was really nice
So I was thinking I just might do another experiment with a full deck of Lottos, se if it was hiding a Big One
I have bought quite a few full Decks of 60 Cards, never have had one winning all my money back
But you never know when One might hit, looks like very rare to get anything over $100, I ony won One $1,000 One
Anyway I trotted back to the Price Chopper to buy a full Deck of my current favorite Ticket
Started scratching away, didn't take all that long and no big one, in fact not as good a haul as usual
This time not as lucky as the last one, only won $165, made a loss of $135... Usually don't win much more than half back<
Anyway I have $165 worth of Winners to traded in on more possible Winners

Nothing else of any import going on the rest of that long and what turned out to be a boring Day
I did finish up with stuffing those Peppers and with some delish mashed Taters and it was good good!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Monday July 31, 2017 ~
~ Goodbye to July ~
~ Hello to Tomatoes and Cukes ~

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~ More Cucumbers and Tomatoes ~

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Well it has been a long hot Month and not as many Lotto Winners as in June, that was a lucky Month
And one more hot Month and then maybe we'll see some more temperate Days in September, Fall is on the way!
Well it did feel like Fall walking out the Door into that cool Morning... Very nice
And a quick trot up to the Dumpster with a couple bags of trash and then around back to see what there was to see
And lookee there, a couple little Cukes hiding in the Leaves, and three Tomatoes waiting to be Harvested, and that I did
Then a quick trip down the Hill to the Fast Stop to get some Lottos and back to scratch off $15, Loss of $10

The Cat was waiting for me out front and I didn't have any Gizzards left, so I headed back to the Price Chopper
Picked up some Chicken Gizzards and a few really nice looking Ears of Corn on the Cob... for Dinner later
Then back to feed the Cat and then see what I could get busy with to break into the new Day

Well now, I had those Photos of Pat's Kitchen Project, I had the idea of making a Video for her
But, I accidently had my Phone's Camera Aspect Ratio set to 4 X 3.... HD Video is 16 X 9...
So I thought I would run up there and just do some Video instead of the Still Photos I had
That I did, she and her Contractor were working away on the Project, I got some Video then
And when I left, she gave me the Photos of 'Before' and 'Start' that she had taken and I headed back

So then I had the ammo to start on the Video, first her Photos were also 4 x 9 but I changed the Width to 1920p
And then cropped the height to 1280p, that fits the Video Aspect Ratio to fill the Screen
You do lose some of the original Photo top and bottom but not noticibly so

So then I started on the Video Editing... With some Clips of some Party Videos I had made earlier
Since her Kitchen had been the Center of several Nature Sanctuary Parties and Meetings I added those Clips
Then I used Pat's Photos as the start of the Reconstruction and then I added my new Video, looking good so far
Now after they Finish I can get Video of that, add it and she will have a fun Video of her Project to show

And I worked on that Project until I used up all I had to start with then on to the rest of the Day
About all left to do was prepare Dinner and catch up on the News and then the Entertainment later
I made a nice fresh Salad, nuked up an ear of Corn, had that with sme BBQ and Cornbread and that was all she wrote

And that Finished up the last Day in July and now the this last Blog Page of the Month.... On to August!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~Email Me at elpato6125@sbcglobal.net ~