~ Donald Lee Smith ~
~ AKA El Pato Donaldo ~

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~ Thursday August 31, 2017 ~
~ One Day Left of August ~
~ The only Memorable Activity... Watering the Plants out Front ~

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Well I usually have lots of Socks in my Dresser Drawer but Thursday Morning there were none
So the first order of business was to throw them in with all my Towels in the Wash
Cleanliness is the closest I can get to Godliness and I do like to be Clean

Then I mixed my Apple Juice and made my Coffee and attacked my Computer, aways first thing, to check the Bank
And it sure does look like a drought in there but should look Great on Friday with both IBM and SS Checks hitting
Then I will be rich for a Day until a couple Thousand in scheduled Bill Payments hit, and then back to Poverty
Well now, just may be that September will be my Month for the Big Lotto Win, been looking for it for 20 Years now

Then the Clock crawled around to watering time, I hadn't watered out front for quite a while, all that Rain we had
But for the last couple Days the Plants out front have looked kind of wilty, So I hooked up the hose and went at it
All watered nice and then back in for a little delayed Breakfast and what was next for the Day?

Well there wasn't much of anything 'next' for the last Day of August except wait for the First Day of September
Seems my Days have pretty well been finishing up about Noon time with just coasting after that, do I need a new Hobby?
Can't think of anything interesting for the present, just have to wait for an idea to move me a little

Anyway, it has been a pretty good cool Month of August and Summer is unofficially over on Monday
I guess I can hang out my Flags on Saturday and have a nice colorful Labor Day Weekend... ya spose?

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Wednesday August 30, 2017 ~
~ Two more Days until Pay Day ~ And I am more than Ready! ~
~ Dill Pickle Day Planned ~

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A boring Week so far... And almost through the Coolest and Wettest Summer I can remember
And just so-so Garden Crops, real disappointing Season for Tomatoes compared to last Year
But I have had enough for my needs and wants, just not a lot of surplus to give away
I think a nice Cucumber harvest is due for this Day, maybe make some Dill Pickle Spears

And out at 7 a.m. in 59 Degrees to trot out back to harvest the Cucumbers and a nice haul it was
Picked most all I saw at about the right size for 'Spears', a few more on the Vines left to grow a bit

~ Nice Harvest of Cucumbers for Pickles ~

I had some extra Cucumbers and a Pepper in the Fridge, so I sacked them up, took them down to the Fast Stop
Gave Navru a half dozen Cucumbers and a nice big Green Pepper, and he gave me a big Grin
Then I headed back up the Hill to the Price Chopper, needed some Vinegar and Dill Seed
Next... time out for a Biscuit and some more Sausage Gravy and the Morning non-news

Then it was time to make the Dill Pickles, I mixed and put the Brine on to Simmer and got the Jars ready
Next I Split the Cucumbers into 'Spears' and filled the Jars, finally in with the Brine and on with the Lids
Into the Fridge and in a few more Days, ready to sample...

~ More Cucumbers ~ Made Dill Pickle Spears ~

An early TV Time again, mixed my Margarita and loaded in an old Western and it seemed to go on forever
Another Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid Saga, how come Billy looks so different in so many Movies
Actually I think he looked kinda stupid, well, he acted that way too... Oh Well...

Coasted on to Dinner time and did another re-run on some Meatloaf and Mashed Taters
I didn't want to go to bed so early again but just got so sleepy I gave it up at 6 p.m.

And Thursday next and that's only one Day from Pay Day, already have all my Bills scheduled
Looks like it may be a better Money Month for September and only 30 Days to spend all I have

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Tuesday August 29, 2017 ~
~ Beautiful Day ~ Sunny and 77 ~ Nice! ~
~ Scratch Navru's Video ~

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And nothing to do on Tuesday... as usual lately... Where dd all my non-excitement go?
Well there never was much anyway around here in my Forest down in the Gully
The Big excitement for the Morning was heading to the Price Chopper for a Gallon of Vino Tinto
And then the Lady at Check-out asked what I did with my empty Jugs? Toss them I said
Oh, save then for me she said, she uses them for some Purpose, well I had this empty one back at Home
So I trotted back home, rinsed out my jug and took it back to her and she was happy for my effort
And that translated into all the action before Noon and my Good Deed for the Day

Then I decided to head down to the Fast Stop to see how Navru was doing with the Program I gave him
Just fine he says, loaded it into his Laptop and ready to go, then I asked when he was going to go do his Video
And he said he had decided just to use his Phone Camera and make his Video with that, Oh No!
I don't think he can make a decent Video for his presentation that way... (and it's an iPhone.. YUCK!) but he wants to try it

Then it was a little late in the Day at Noon to check on any Pumpkin Blooms, they only last one Day
But I headed out back to check anyway, didn't expect any Crops to Harvest either but let's go see
And... I saw quite a few Cucumbers that should be ready Tomorrow, a few Tomatoes ripening
A lot more Male Blooms filling the Pumpkin Cage but still no Females and then a surprise up in the Paw Paw Tree
I had counted Four Paw Paws on there earlier but Today about Four More, who gets them, Me or the Squirrels and Deer?

~ More Paw Paws Emerging ~

And again that was my Day, just like the usual non-happening Afternoon and Evening
I did play with the add-on Video Intro to Pat's pending Video Kitchen redo and got bored with that
Then it was just TV and What's for Dinner, that was it for Tuesday...

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Monday August 28, 2017 ~
~ Nice Sunny New Day ~
~ No Video Day for Navru ~ Working Today ~

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~ Another Small Harvest for Monday Morning ~

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And finishing up my Morning Computer stuff, got a Facebook Message from Navru, he was working Monday
Said he had things to finish up there, he is the Manager you know, so no Video Trip for the Day

And then out back on that Sunny Cool Morning to check the Swamp out back, and the Crops enjoyed ths Showers
Found two more Tomatoes a little fat Cucumber, then a bigger one and a nice Green Pepper
Back inside with nothing to do, Hey! I have some refrigerated Biscuits in the Fridge, let's bake them
OK, did that, now where's the Sausage Gravy? OK, then it is back to the Price Chopper

~ OK, I have the Biscuits ~ Who has the Sausage Gravy? ~

Headed to the Price Chopper, decided to make my own Sausage Gravy, that stuff in the Jar just doesn't quite do it
I picked up a Pound of Oldham's Country Pork Sausage, wanted Medium Hot but accidently got Mild
That's OK, I'll just added a little more freshly ground Black Pepper and thought I would use up some Powdered Milk too
I had this big Container of Non-Fat Dry Milk to make Bread, haven't made that kind of Bread much so need to use it up

~ Here We Go ~ Home Made Sausage Gravy on the Way ~

So, thaw out the Sausage, crumble it up, into the Skillet, stir in some Flour and brown it all nicely
Then add some Milk to make the Gravy, add some Seasoning and we are ready for that Biscuit Tuesday Morning

~ Fresh made Sausage Gravy ~

From then on it was TV time again until Bed time... Just nothing else fun to do, I did whomp up some good Dinner
Lately I can't get interested much in the newer Netflix Movies, like Today's Society, just trashy
I remember the 'Good Old Days' and watch the old TCM Movies, better plots, better acting, just better

Anyway, got rid of Monday, can Tuesday be a better Day... I can hope so... Let's see what happens

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Monday August 28, 2017 ~
~ Nice Sunny New Day ~
~ No Video Day for Navru ~ Working Today ~

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~ Another Small Harvest for Monday Morning ~

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And finishing up my Morning Computer stuff, got a Facebook Message from Navru, he was working Monday
Said he had things to finish up there, he is the Manager you know, so no Video Trip for the Day

And then out back on that Sunny Cool Morning to check the Swamp out back, and the Crops enjoyed ths Showers
Found two more Tomatoes a little fat Cucumber, then a bigger one and a nice Green Pepper
Back inside with nothing to do, Hey! I have some refrigerated Biscuits in the Fridge, let's bake them
OK, did that, now where's the Sausage Gravy? OK, then it is back to the Price Chopper

~ OK, I have the Biscuits ~ Who has the Sausage Gravy? ~

Headed to the Price Chopper, decided to make my own Sausage Gravy, that stuff in the Jar just doesn't quite do it
I picked up a Pound of Oldham's Country Pork Sausage, wanted Medium Hot but accidently got Mild
That's OK, I'll just added a little more freshly ground Black Pepper and thought I would use up some Powdered Milk too
I had this big Container of Non-Fat Dry Milk to make Bread, haven't made that kind of Bread much so need to use it up

~ Here We Go ~ Home Made Sausage Gravy on the Way ~

So, thaw out the Sausage, crumble it up, into the Skillet, stir in some Flour and brown it all nicely
Then add some Milk to make the Gravy, add some Seasoning and we are ready for that Biscuit Tuesday Morning

~ Fresh made Sausage Gravy ~

From then on it was TV time again until Bed time... Just nothing else fun to do, I did whomp up some good Dinner
Lately I can't get interested much in the newer Netflix Movies, like Today's Society, just trashy
I remember the 'Good Old Days' and watch the old TCM Movies, better plots, better acting, just better

Anyway, got rid of Monday, can Tuesday be a better Day... I can hope so... Let's see what happens

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Sunday August 27, 2017 ~
~ A Visit from Navru ~
~ And the Rains came again... BLAH! ~

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~ Navru here for BBQ in May ~

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And so, what for Sunday? Checked the Weather, says mostly clear and sunny for the Day
I hope so, they were saying possible Rain Sunday Morning and this is Navru's Video Day at the Memorial
He's coming by to pick up my Camera and Tripod, need to show him how the Tripod works, lots of adjustments on that thing
Other than that, not a single Idea how to spend another long Day and even more boring... no Lottos
Extra Bills again for this Month and ran out of money to throw away on loser Lotto Tickets

9 a.m. Sort of cloudy out there for Navru's Photo plans, checked the weather again, shows light showers
But looking out my Window I saw no Rain... But then the Forecast says T-Storms roll in the Afternoon
He only takes one Day off a Week, so maybe it is going to Rain on his Parade...

10 a.m. Navru said he was on the way, by that time it was misting a light Rain and his Parade was postponed
But he came in and I showed him how to make the many adjustments on the Tripod, how to attach the Camera
And how to operate the Camera, then he asked me about the Video Editor, I showed him some Basics on how to use it
And gave him a copy of my latest Editor Program to copy to his Laptop, he wants to buy his own Video Camera
Then he headed back home, planning to do his Memorial Video on Monday if the Weather permits

And so, Navru left for Home, he only lives a block up the Hill from my place, what to do then?
Raining outside, no Projects to do Inside, a ho hum Day all over again, guess I need one more Hobby
I have listed over 20 Hobbies I earlier had on my Personal Web Page, I am down to about 5 now... lessee...
Number One always, Photography, now both Still and Video, then Web Pages and my Blog, and Gardening
Cooking and Smoking BBQ, my several Facebook Pages, what else, does Lotto Scratching count?
I retired from managing the Nature Sanctuary Web Page and covering their Events in 2015
Anyway I need another one besides wasting so much time on the TV Afternoons and Evenings

So what to do on the rest of Sunday, I was thinking of Chicken, how about a whole Chicken to cut in Half and Roast?
I used to do that a lot, split the Chicken then grill over Charcoal, pretty good stuff
So off to the Price hopper for a whole Chicken... but look at the Price now! Most running close to $10 each
Well they had some nice big Chicken Leg quarters on sale for $1.79 a pound, those will do, got a Four Pack

Back home to start on the Chicken Roasting and I decided to take all the Skin off
I have done that a few times recently and it works out very well, don't like that chewy Skin much anyway
Hotted up the Oven, dusted with BBQ Rub all over, then into the Pyrex Dish and into the Oven
Thirty Minutes in the Oven, out to flip over and back in for another Thirty Minutes, out for a Photo
And doesn't that look like a Dandy Dish to set before the King? Yeah I think so

~ Oven Roasted BBQ Chicken ~

You remember hearing that Dandy little Rhyme? That's a real 'Oldie' but then so am I
Looked it up for fun... Hah 18th Century and longer than the One Verse I remembered
"Sing a song of sixpence, a pocket full of Rye, four and twenty Blackbirds, baked into a Pie"
"When the pie was opened, the birds began to sing... and wasn't that a Dandy Dish, to set before the King!"

Oh yeah, I remember a lot of old stuff so many miss out on today, but you do learn a lot of things in 85 Years

And Now... A new Day and another New Week... and off we go!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Saturday August 26, 2017 ~
~ A Small Harvest ~
~ More Video Editing ~

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~ Small Harvest for Saturday ~ A Salad there Anyway ~

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Started Saturday piddling around on the Computer again, the usual, also some Video stuff
Then decided to run down to the Fast Stop to get my Lottos and show Navru his Video 'Intro' I had made
His Wife was there, they both watched my Intro and liked it, I told Navru is was just an Idea
He could tell me whatever he wanted on his own Video, it is a nice Start for what he wants to show though

Then back Home to scratch off nothing again.... and then trot out back for another check
And not much new except a couple of small Cucumbers and one ripening Tomato, picked those
Again back in to figure out 'What's to do Today?' And not any Ideas at 9 a.m. except junk the Fountain

Then I had another thought about Navru's Video, I had more driving Video that went by Union Station and the Memorial
So I added that before the Scenes of the Memorial and Downtown Kansas City already in the Intro, looking good
Next he's coming by Sunday Morning for the Tripod and my Camera then heading to the Memorial for his own Video

And the Day slowly made it's way into the long afternoon and not much going on again, started watching an old Movie
Went out with a Glass of Wine, dfed the Cat and then sat watching the Weather, nice Day mut muggy
Enough of that and back inside to thaw out some Meatloaf, make some Mashed Taters, had sliced some Cucumbers
Hotted that all up except the Cucumbers in a nice cool marinade, back to the TV to finish out Saturday

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Friday August 25, 2017 ~
~ No Harvest ~ No Gardening ~
~ Just a mostly Nothing Day ~

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~ Opening to Navru's proposed Video ~

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Well what happened to Friday? I opened up my Blog Editor to see only the Heading I made for Friday and nothing else
I usually start with a little prattle with my Coffee and add to my Blog as the Day progresses
In my advancing senility it is hard for me to remember what happened an Hour ago, much less Yesterday

Anyway I worked through my usual Computer start of the Day, check the Bank, Facebook comments, my Email
Worked my Online Crossword Puzzle and then what? Started on an 'Intro' to Navru's proposed Video
A couple Days back I was at the Fast Stop, and Navru asked if he could borrow my Video Camera
I wasn't too hot on that Idea but I thought then, what the Heck, let him give it a try

So he's coming by Sunday to pick up my Camera and tripod and then head to the Liberty Memorial
He wants to make the Video of Kansas City scenes from that location, and to get a good view of Downtown
Then he wants to send the Video back Home to Uzbekistan to show on some Public Venue there
You can get a good look at Downtown Kansas City's buildings from the North Wall at the Monument
And an even better one from the Top of the Memorial Tower, but his wife doesn't want to go up there

So... I have some good Video at that location and I thought I would make him an opening Intro shot
It was just something to play with, he might not want to use it but then he just might like it


That kept me busy about an Hour or more, and then I started on another Video Project, my 'Walk ons' in the 'SuperVan' Movie
I have a DVD copy of the Movie that someone made from a scratchy old VCR Tape obviously
Some time ago I had ordered several tries to get a Good copy, they all looked the same... terrible in quality
Anyway I am in a few Scenes and it was fun to do in 1976 and fun to watch (a little) now
So what I did was copy the Video files from the DVD, make a new Intro, add that to the Video
And then add some subtitles to my 'Walk on' scenes to say... Hey! That's Me! Kinda cute?
So I rendered that copy and made a new DVD to show on my TV, and I watched about half that in the Afternoon

~ One of my Walk on Scenes in SuperVan ~

And then what? No harvesting, no watering... I did take the Water Pump and Hose out of my Fountain
Might have use for that in something else sometime, need to take the busted Fountain carcass to the Dunpster
Then belatedly I headed out for my Lottos, this time to the Price Chopper and won nothing!
And except for trying to keep busy inside, that was the total of my experiences for the Day
That is... except for too much TV and Music and then much later... a good Dinner, but I did stay up until after 8 p.m. WOW!

It is Saturday yet? Let's go see....

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Thursday August 24, 2017 ~
~ One more Cucumber Harvested ~
~ My Fountain is Gone! ~

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~ Cucumber picked Thursday ~ It's Twin on July 15th ~

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I guess now it is Thursday... Ho Hum... at 6:30 a.m. and 58 Degrees now and topping at 80 later
Are you sure this is August? Feels more like the Merry Merry Month of May
Got up at 4 a.m. Had all my Morning Computer stuff done at 6 a.m. and just cruising on the Net... as I said... Ho Hummmm
I need to find something to do, there is housework but who wants to do that? What sounds like fun?

Well let's go out back to take a look for something to harvest... And there wasn't much
One more Nice Cucumber, a twin for the one I picked on Wednesday August 15th, just the right size for most anything
Getting just enough for what I need myself and a few to give away too

Headed back in, then saw a few more new tiny Eggplants setting on... it's about time
I picked the last two on July 28th, the first one on July 21st, that's a month ago

~ Waiting for more Eggplants to Oven Fry ~

Saw the Fountain was low on Water, back in to get a couple Gallons, maybe one would have been better
I had just gotten back in, put the water can away and then BLAM! Oh Oh, I know what that was... AGAIN!
Second time the Fountain has fallen off the Wall this Year, it has done that how many times over the years?
Well, have to try again to find a way to keep it up there, I'll see what failed this time

~ Fountain Fall Down ~ Go Boom! ~

Then it was time for my first excursion to seek my Fortune, headed to the Price Chopper, won $10... Phoooey!
And back home to ponder the rest of the Day, cut up that Cucumber for Marinade again? Nope, take it to Roos Beck
So took it down to the Fast stop, gave it to Roos... Traded in my $10 win, only got back a $5 Win
And then I headed back Home and decided to check the Fountain, and No Way Jose!, damaged too much for rehab this time
How long have I had that anyway? I think I got it in 2007, and it cost me nothing, so the Birds and I will just have to do without

Well I can look around and see what a replacement would cost, a Dealer gave me that one for putting his Web Link on my Fountains Page

And that took me to 1:30 p.m. And then the long coast downhill for the rest of the long Day
I wasn't quite finished with my projects for the Day, what about those empty Aerogardens?
I had cleaned out the 'grow bowls' and had them sitting filled with bleach for disinfecting
So I emptied out the Bleach, filled with clean water and let them sit some more
Then emptied them again, rinsed well and set them back on the Bases and we are now ready for Plsnting time

~ Aerogardens now ready for Whenever ~

And then that was the end of my 'Work Day'... on to the Evening's Dining and Entertainment
What an easy life I do live even with those lengthy boredom periods... How Sweet it Is!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Wednesday August 23, 2017 ~
~ One more Upload of that Boring Video ~
~ No Harvests on Wednesday ~

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~ More Blooms ~ No Pumpkin Buds in Sight ~

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Wednesday Morning, what's happening Today? Would you believe starting the Day with another Video Edit?
I added the Video to my Tuesday Blog and checked it and I noticed that my 'Transitions' at the start were missing
This is just an 'Iris' between two Scenes for the transitional effect, I usually just use a 'Fade'
For my new Intros I have been using an 'Iris' between the opening Curtain and Pato announcing the Video
And on this one added another Iris between the Pato Intro and the Duck wearing Solar Glasses, kinda cute I think
So, I opened the Editor again, added the two Iris Transitions and uploaded for the Fourth Time!

And... what's the Weather for Wednesday, a cool start at 56 Degrees and topping at only 79 they say... Springtime!
Strange Weather for August as I have said a couple times, lots of Rain, lots of Cool, well that's 'Global Warming' I guess
And what's the Plan for the Day, again not a clue as of 5 a.m. Yeah, been up an hour, got up at 4 a.m.
Put a load of Laundry in the Washer, made my Coffee, had my Juice, finished Tuesday's Blog, posted it
And then edited the Video (again), set it to upload to Vimeo and then what?... Oh, Cuppa Coffee and my Crossword

So... I had my Coffee, worked my Crossword, then checked my corrected Video online at 6 a.m. WHAT! Still no Irises!
A minor point for most but not for me... I fired up my Editor again to check... AHA! It had the Iris Transitions
So, again I saved the File, then set it to Render again... Then checked the rendered copy before uploading to Vimeo again
And after this Fifth upload... this time it is OK... And I reposted the new copy to Tuesday's Blog, I want things right

And a late start to check out back, and nothing to report or to harvest, except more Male Pumpkin Blooms
The Vines really look good... We gonna get any Pumpkins or What?

And finally off to search for my Fortune, it has been hiding somewhere this Month I haven't found
Well it sure wasn't at the Price Chopper on Wednesday, only won a meager $10... on to the rest of the Day

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That is where I left off writing my Blog on Wednesday, what about the rest of the Day, nothing much to blab about
It seems that most everything of any interest to me happens before Noon, the afternoons just coast downhill
And looking back over some of my recent Blogs it looks to me like I am writing more about doing less
So, Old People like to talk, too bad we don't have something Important to talk about
And also too bad we can't find anyone to wants to listen to our prattle.. Oh well, gives me a little to do

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Tuesday August 22, 2017 ~
~ Edited and Uploaded my Eclipse Video~
~ More Cucumbers and Psppers ~

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~ Good old Down Home Cookin ~

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My TV Dinner for Monday Night, Smoked Ribs, Baked Tater with Butter, Green Beans with Bacon and Onions... Yummm!
Tastes better than it looks in the Photo but then it couldn't have tasted much better, just Great!

And what a Day and Night on Monday... A clouded out Eclipse, then a T-Storm, then Storms all Night
So much rain! I was concerned it would drown all my Crops and Flowers, it was just pouring out there!

And, all that Video I got on Monday, started editing it Monday but didn't get very far before the Storms came
I had Video from Two Cameras and I did a lot of Inserting the DSLR Video in to the Main Video
The Inserts were more interesting, my Video Camera was just set out in front on a Tripod the whole time
I wandered around with the DSLR Camera gettng Video Clips of this and that to add to the Front Scene
Kind of tricky getting the right clips inserted to the timeline of the Video Camera but I think it's OK
So I finished it about 9 a.m. then set it uploading to Vimeo to watch on my TV

While my Video was uploading I took a look out back to see what the Monsoon washed away, well it sure was wet back there
Not much new since Monday Morning except I saw a nice big Cucumber hiding, missed than on Monday
And the smaller one that was caught in the Netting, picked that one too, big enuogh anyway

~ Going to Marinate these for Dinner ~

Then on the way back in I picked another batch of mini Peppers from the Pot out front and pickled them
How many of these things have I harvested anyway?.. They just won't quit

~ Another Crop of Mini Peppers ~ And Peppers Pickled ~

Then my new Video was ready on Vimeo, fired up my TV and HP Computer in the Living Room to watch
My Videos play back best from my Computer on the Internet, with an HDMI Cable to my TV, less buffering
And it looked pretty good to me, not many things for me to gripe about except some scenes were too bright... (IMNSHO)
So, I edited it again, darkening some of the Front Scenes, rendered it again and uploaded it again

And then off to get my Lottos, very late for me to be heading out, Got my Lottos, then went next Door to Walgreens
Needed to pick up that stuff you have to drink for a Colonoscopy, no hurry, that's in October
All they gave me was an empty Gallon Jug with some Powder in the Bottom... I'll read the instructions later

And back Home to scratch off only another $5 Ticket... SEND MONEY!... I need my Lottos and I am not WINNING!
So, into the afternoon and thinking of what's for Dinner, well a rerun of the same thing Monday would do very well
And... those two Cucumbers I picked earlier, peeled and sliced them, made a Marinade and into the Fridge, that should go well

And then what? Thinking of that Video again??? Now what? I thought it needed some Subtitles, so back to the Editor
So I did that, added some 'cute' quips and then Rendered and Uploaded all over again, I wanna see this one...


And then went on to set up Dinner for later, sliced up a couple Cucumbers I picked that Morning, and into the Marinade
Mixed a Margarita and back to the TV, my Video was uploaded for the Third time by then
And it about suited me that time, it does take a little time waiting for the Sun to come back out bright
But I added a little background Music then to relieve a bit of the boredom... Anyway, now it is History

So that was pretty well it for Tuesday, now another new Day ahead... Let's get at it

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ A Special Eventful Day ~ Solar Eclipse Day! ~

~ Monday August 21, 2017 ~
~ Solar Eclipse 2017 ~
~ Picked more Cucumbers and Peppers for RoosBeck ~

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~ Lots more Male Blooms ~

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Monday Morning all over again but a special Day ahead, Midnignt comes at 1:08 p.m.
But they say only lasts a couple Minutes and then Daylight again... Hmmm what does the Forecast say?
AHA! Forecast for partly Sunny, maybe we can see some of it... I do have plans to record some of it

But first thing I have a little Garden project out front... Most of the Cannas in my 'Stair Planter' are doing great
But I noticed the one in the topmost 'Pocket' hasn't looked so good the past few Days
And looking down, saw that the Soil level in that Pocket had settled quite a bit
I though I would add some more Potting Soil and see if that would remedy the problem

And then on to the rest of the Morning, planning to Video some of the Eclipse around Midday
I don't want to try to get the actual Eclipse as it could possibly damage the Sensor in the Camera
There will be plenty of Professional Sources doing that... I just want to get some of the 'Night at Day' look

I planned to park my Blazer across the Street, set up my Video Camera in the Back, get a front View of my Building
Then let the Camera run for some time before during and after the Total Eclipse time
And maybe going up the Hill to my Bench in Back to get some footage with my DLSR as things get Dark

7 a.m. Really nice Morning, headed out back to check the Pumpkin Patch, more Male Blooms, no Females
And I saw some nice Cucumbers ready to pick, then got my Potting Soil and back out front
Added Potting Soil to most of the top 'Pockets' in the Planter, some were quite low, hope that helps

Then I got a Bag and headed back out to pick Two Peppers and Six Cucumbers, then jumped in the Blazer

~ Don't need more Pickles or Relish ~ Gave these to Roos Beck ~

And up the Hill to Bell Road and then down the Hill on Hiway 9 to the Fast Stop, traded in $30 of Wins
Got $20 worth back, then asked Roos if he liked my Peppers... Yeah! You like my Cucumbers? yeah!
I showed him the Photo above on my Phone, how many ya want? All of them he says
So I went out to the Blazer, brought in the Bag, gave it to him and 'See ya later'

And at 9:30 a.m. What's that noise? sounds like Thunder, and the forecast said mostly Sunny
Checked the online Forecast again and then it said T-Storms... Gonna mess up the Eclipse? We shall see

OK, about 12:45 p.m. I began setting up the Video Camera, and it began to cloud up a little, still some Sun
I got the Camera going about 12:50 p.m. and the Sun was fading as Eclipse time approached
Was that the Eclipse starting? Nope, I glanced up and the Clouds were increasing... Figgers
The Video Camera was running then and I took my DSLR out back to get the view from there
And about 1 p.m. the Shy was darkening from the Eclpse but also from increasing Clouds
Just as it began getting really dark from the Eclipse the clouds blocked out the Sun
I pointed my DSLR right at the Sun... I just got a glimmer of a small slice of the Moon covering most of the Sun
Then it was totally dark out back, and the street lights came on out in front... That was it
And I headed back out front, the Sky began to lighten and it was all over but the griping

Back in to start on my Video, disappointing however it might be, oh well, I got my Money's worth
I didn't spend a Dime but hundreds of people spent lots driving here for good view of the unevent
After that I mixed a Margarita, started playing with the Video and then the T-STORMS came
And I mean the Skies really opened up, torrential Rain and roars of Thunder right outside my Door
And it went on and on, I shut down the Computers, went in to start on Dinner, then the TV Satellite quit
What else could go wrong after such a beautiful start on the Day?

That was about it... Dished up some Dinner, the TV came back on, more TV and off to bed, see ya Tuesday

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Sunday August 20, 2017 ~
~ T-Storms to start the Day ~
~ Another Not Much going on Day ~

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Sunday Morning, woke up at 5 a.m. to see a flash of Light in the Dresser Mirror... then the Rumble
And then the Rains and Rumbles went for over an hour, no watering needed for Sunday for sure
Then a peek at the forecast, said Partly Sunny and a high of 94, gonna be muggy out there

All cleared up by 9 a.m. or so and then bright Sun and that humidity starting up
Another routine Morning, a Hop up to the Price Chopper for Vino Tinto, Milk and Washing Machine Ddetergent
And some more canned Cat Food and fresh Chicken Gizzards... All those vital necessities, ya know
And of course my Daily dose of Lottos, well I did win back $5 more than I spent this time

Back at el Ranchito pequeño, fed the Cat, another Hike out back to check things, things looking good
Looks like Monday will be a nice Cucumber Day, saw several that would be ready then
And one was stuck in the Netting, clipped the net so it wouldn't put a kink in the Cuke

Some poking around inside with this and that, decided to clean out the waiting Aerogardens
Had one already cleaned for some time, Three waiting, rinsed out the Tanks, some scrubbing
Then in with some Water and Bleach to disinfect and set them aside for whenever the urge to plant arises

~ Cleaned up all the Aerogardens ~

And then on into another very slow afternoon, just trying to keep busy, and I started on my TV Movies really early
So then sip and snack for a few hours until time to dig up some Dinner, back to the TV... getting bored
Gave up on the Movies at 5 p.m. They were making me sleepy, listened to some Andre Rieu Concerts
I made that last until 6 p.m. and just gave in to my sleepiness and hit the Sack and as usual after that a restless night
Then woke up about every two hours all night to change dreams and back to try again, finally up at 5 a.m.

Well that was all of the Weekend, back to a new Week and I do like to start Monday all over again

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Saturday August 19, 2017 ~
~ Picked Peppers and Cucumbers ~
~ Video Talks with Roos Beck ~ Wants a Video Cam and Editor ~

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~ Everything (including the Canna) all Red next Door ~

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Saturday Morning, 67 to start, heading to 92 and Sunny... And at 6 a.m. can't think of anything to do
Just check out back, then head out for Lottos and then what? Some housework could be done but who likes that?
So I would just coast along and see what pops up of interest, if anything

Well then, out back I found a few nice ripe Cucumbers, picked those then back inside
Copied all 85 my Floyd Cramer Songs to an SD Card, Roos Beck likes the ones I had used on my Video
So I took then down to the Fast Stop along with the three Cucumbers I had harvested
Then picked out my favorite Lottos and headed back to scratch off a $10 Ticket

~ Cucumbers for Roos Beck ~

On the first trip to the Fast Stop Roos Beck had asked me what was the best Camcorder for him to buy
So I checked online whan I got back, found a great deal on a Sony with lots of extras on sale
Decided to go back to show him, picked a couple more Peppers to take down for him, he was tickled to get them
So then we talked CamCorders and he asked what Video Editor I had, well I have Three at least and copies of Two
If you haven't used one they can be a little hard to get started with, I told him I could show him how
So that's on the agenda for whenever he has the time for a lesson and a copy of the Program

And that was about it except for the usual wind down of every Day, find something for Dinner
And something to watch later on TV, getting to find much interesting on Netflix for me lately
For Dinner, more Mashed Taters and Stuffed Pepper, still one Pepper to go of the last ones I made

Made it through one more long and boring day in spite of keeping fairly busy... Ho Hum... What's for Sunday?

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Friday August 18, 2017 ~
~ My First Pumpkin fell off the Vine ~
~ More Doctoring Scheduled ~

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~ My Potential Pumpkin fell off the Vine ~

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First thing on Friday Morning... When I showed Roos Beck the Video of Pat's Kitchen he liked the Music
He wanted me to send him the Tune, he said send it on Facebook Messenger, well I don't think you can send a File
Well, yes you can, I tried it, but I don't know if he can copy the File from there
So I burned him a CD and copied the File to a SD Card, I'll take them down and see if he can use them

Before I left for the Fast Stop I took another hike out back to check my Female Bloom... And... Oh No!
It had fallen off the Vine, well sometimes the first ones do that so back to the waiting again

And then I headed to the Fast Stop, gave Roos Beck the CD and SD Card with the File of the Mex-Tune song
Thank you and I got my Lottos and headed back to Home... to work Four Dud Lottos... Oh well... DARN!

On into a gorgeous looking Day out there, fed the Cat, decided to go to the Price Chopper for Candy and Nuts
And then around the Corner to P&G Hardware for more Carpet Tape, got all that loot and headed back
Started on the Carpet and finally finished taping it down, hope that can stop that creeping for good

And then I got a Phone Call from Doctor Hsu's Office, had that CT Scan Wednesday she had the report, not so good
She said I had Diverticulosis, well I've had that for years now, and Kidney Stones, what? Again
I passed several many Years ago and had a couple Lithotrypsies to get rid of them
Now I guess I should check with my Urologist again about those, always something going on
But the main Gripe is they want to do a Colonoscopy, that ain't no fun, well the procedure itself is no big deal
I had that a few Years back too, the hassle is the 'Prep' all Day on the Day before... So I am schedued for October

And then on to the rest of a not much going on Day all over again, but I managed to last until about 7 p.m.
On into anther Night of Dream Dream and Dream, wake up from one then drop off to sleep for another
Some are tedious but sone are better than going to the Movies because I am in them... Oh well...
Up now at 5 a.m. Nice weather ahead, let's see what the new Day brings

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Thursday August 17, 2017 ~
~ Found my First Female Pumpkin Bloom ~
~ Picked and Pickled Jalapeños ~

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~ Another Look at my little Rescued Rose ~

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And so, Thursday Morning, no Doctor Appointments... Good! So what is the Weather like for the Day?
Slept in a bit for a change, so now at 7:30 a.m. we have 66 degrees, says Sunny today but none yet
The Days getting shorter already? Seems the Sun may be peeking up behind the trees in the Gully now

And... A couple Days ago I took my Video Camera with me down to the Fast Stop to kid with Roos Beck
He wanted to take a closer look, asking how much I would sell it for, more than you would want to pay I says
I showed him how to turn it on and where the Record Button was so he tried it on me
And got some jerky Video... And lots of static noise! Some electronic equipment behind the Counter causing it
I told him about it later, he thought I was kidding, gonna take that Video down and show him

And then, off to the Fast Stop, showed Roos Beck his attempt at Video, and the Noise coming from behind the Counter
He asked what is that? I said some Electronic Interference of some sort... Who knows?
Then I showed him Pat's Kitchen Rehab Video, Part one and Two, then I got my Lottos and headed back
And scratched off no Wins and I sure do need some now, extra Bills again this Month, do I need to get a Job?

Then, another trot out back to check, not expecting much, found a couple of odd lookimg Cucumbers
So then over to the Pumpkin Cage, some Vines needed a little rerouting, lifted off the Cage
I was moving the Vines around where I wanted them to go and then what to my wondering Eyes would appear?
Voila! Lookeee Mamma!... A Female Bud, first one, have to keep an Eye on that one, might open on Saturday maybe?
And I hope a Bee finds it when it does open and I'll watch to Hand Pollenate anyway

~ First Female Pumpkin Bud ~ See the Potential Pumpkin? ~

And then, back around front on the way back in, I saw some more Peppers on the Jalapeno Plants in the Pots
Transferred those from the Aerogarden and they have been quite productive out there, more to pickle now

~ Couple of Odd Cucumbers ~ Lots of Nice Jalapeños ~

And then on into a busy Afternoon for a change, in the Kitchen doing this and that
I peeled and sliced up one of those Cucumbers and into some Vinaigrette for a Dinner add-on
I had a few ripe Tomatoes, I chopped them up, simmered a while and into the Freezer for late whatever
And those Jalapenos, rinsed, stems removed, into the Brine and then into the Jar and more Jalapeños I don't need

~ One more Jar of Pickled Jalapeño Peppers ~

Got caught up with my little chores and retired to the TV for the Rest of the Day
And so, not such a Bad Day on Thursday, see what we can dig up for Friday... First a peek at that Pumpkin Bloom!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Wednesday August 16, 2017 ~
~ CT Scan for Wednesday Morning ~
~ Not such a Fun Afternoon... Blah... ~

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~ One More Cucumber on Tuesday ~

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First order of the Day, head over to I-29 at 8:30 a.m. to check in to Tremont Imaging for a CT Scan
See if they can find what's giving me a daily bellyache... Several tries already have had no success
I hope they can find the answer this time so I won't have to do that Colonoscopy, not that it is so bad
But such a hassle getting to the Hospital and back and all the time it takes to do it, not to mention the 'prep'
The CT Scan for Today is easy enough except for the IV they do for the 'Contrast agent' they inject

So, yesterday, only my Juice and Coffee in the Morning and then nothing to eat or drink until 3:30 p.m. when I got back home
Not their order, I don't eat before I go to the Doctor, the order of today though is 'Nothing to eat or drink after Midnight'
But I don't have much appetite and yesterday's lack of food didn't bother me, and I finished the Day with a nice Dinner

OK... Finished and posted Tuesday's Blog, started on Wednesday and then heard T-Rumblngs outside, then Rain
Good, won't have to water for a couple more Days, lots of cool Days and Rain for August, very unusual
Do you suppose that is some more of Al Gore's 'Global Warming'... I saw him on TV recently, fatter Face and dumber Head

Jumped in the Shower at 7 a.m. to get all clean and pretty for my CT Scan, still booming and Rainimg at 8 a.m.
And at time to leave at 8:15 a.m. it was really pouring down! How to get to the Blazer without drowning?
Well I had no Umbrella, but I had a Cap... and I remembered I had a Raincoat in the Closet
I hadn't had that on for at least the last 17 Years I have lived in Parkville, but came in handy that Morning

So I set off in that Downpour, a real Gully Washer, I don't remember ever seeing Rain as heavy as that
Rained buckets all the way to the Imaging Center, let up just as I got there and got out to walk to the Door
I checked in, sat down to wait, then here comes a gal with two large Cups of Water and Iodine at 8:30
She said drink all of the First One and half of the Second One and they would wait an hour for it to take effect
HUH? Wait an hour? Well it had to absorb into the Colon, it contained the 'Contrast' medium she said
So I chugged the one and a half Cups, no color and no taste of any Iodine... and then the long wait

I chatted with Sigi on Facebook Messenger now and then until finally at 9:30, here she comes

Trotted back to the Scan Machine Room, I asked the Gal if that Drink replaced the Contrast IV... Nope she said
It was for a different Scan, still had to do the IV Contrast... DARN! Anyway she poked me, hooked me up and away we went
Then I slid into and out of the Big Whirring Machine Four times I think, finally she said 'All done, put your pants back on'

And off again, it had stopped raining but when I got in the Blazer and headed back, the torrential Rains started again
And all the way back to the Minit Mart, I stopped in for Gas and Lottos, and the Rain quit again as I walked in the Store
Then on the way Home, here comes the pouring Rain again, let up just as I reached my Door at 10:30... Good!

The Rain pretty well much stopped about 11 a.m. Took a hike out back to check those Tomatoes I was watching
And they were about right for Harvest, as I mentioned before, not as many Tomatoes this year
And I think it was my fault, did a bit too much 'Missouri Pruning' which is supposed to help

~ More Tomatoes on Wednesday ~

Well, I was just not feeling well for some reason, just tired and that pain had returned some
Spent the rest of the Day just sort of vegetating, puttering around passing the time
I did make some Super Tater Soup, just got the urge, that's good stuff when the mood hits
Did have my Afternoon Margarita and a little later some of that Super Soup, turned out that was Dinner
An episode of a new Series I found on Netflix, after that a Musical interlude and then off to Bed

Feeling better Thursday Morning and what shall we find exciting to do today?

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Tuesday August 15, 2017 ~
~ Doctor Day again ~
~ Added more Video to Pat's Kitchen Re-Do ~

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~ My Back Garden on Tuesday ~

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Tuesday Morning, 7 a.m. No plans for the Day yet except that Gastro appointment in the Afternoon
Got an Email invitation to do some catchup Video at Pat's, could do that on the way back from my Lottos
I had that nice Win from Monday to cash in, maybe I can luck out again before Pay Day, money is getting short again

First thing was to head out back again, checked the Crops. found another nice Cucumber, Green Beans looking good
More Male Pumpkin Blooms. a couple Tomatoes ripening, more Peppers getting ready

~ Green Beans doing OK so Far ~

And I got that Enail from Pat, saying they were working on her Kitchen that Day and I was welcome to come by for more Video
So I took off for the Fast Stop to get my Lottos first and then stopped back by Pat's Mansion for the Video addition
Got aome more Video of the latest rehab renewal and then headed back down the Hill to Home. to work my Lottos
And I scratched off exactly NUTHIN! DARN! But I started editing the Video... Got it done after some time
Decided to burn her a Pre-View DVD, did that and then when it was time to head to the Doctor, dropped it off

And then I was on the Way to my Appointment at 1:15 p.m.... And that's quite a trip way over there
Got there, checked in and a short wait for the Nurse and then the Doctor came in, very nice person
Don't remember if I mentioned it but when I called for the Appointment I was offered a sub in a few Days
But I like this Guy, he did an Endoscopy on me a couple years ago so I had to wait over three Weeks to see him

So he started in on a lot of Questions and a lot of trying for me to remember to answer them
Finally got the idea of what was going on, now the next step... a CT Scan on Wednesday Morning at 8:30 a.m.
Then depending on the Outcome of that... A possible a Colonoscopy... And depending on the results of that?
We just have to wait to find out and I do hope for the best answer

So, that pending Video, after I burned Pat's DVD I set the Video to render again to upload to Vimeo
That takes quite awhile so I thought it would be done when I got back, of course it was and here it is


After I finished with the Doctor I headed North, then back West and then North again to JCPenny
I had ordered some special Jeans and they were ready for Pickup, got those and headed for Home
Finally back home about 3:30 p.m and then tapered off the the rest of the Day and evening
A nice Fresh Margarita, a TV Catchup, and then more Meatloaf, Corn off the Cob and Beet Greens... yeah
The only thing I had to eat all day, I usually don't eat anything before I go to Doctor

well that wound up that busy Day, off to another early one Wednesday Morning

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ 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! ~


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