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~ AKA El Pato Donaldo ~

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~ Saturday, September 30, 2017 ~
~ Some Computer Moving ~ Again ~
~ And Welcome Pay Day Saturday ~

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Saturday Morning, what for the Day? Well I had a very early start again, woke up at 1 a.m.
And started thinking about the new Flooring they will put in the Hallway in November
I have Wires from the Computer and TV running under the Carpet there now
The Carpet will have to come up when they put in the new Floor, what about those Wires?
One is the DirecTV Cable for the TV Receiver in the Computer room that I am not using
The other is an Ethernet Cable connecting the Computer in the Living Room to my Router
Wonder if Wi-Fi could handle that on the Computer, well the old HP in the Living Room doesn't have Wi-Fi

But, the new Dell that is now just a Spare does have that... So lets try that and I got up to see
Fired up the Computer, went to 'Connections'... Entered the Gateway Password and Wah Lah! On Wi-Fi now!
Then just swap the Dell for the HP, bring the HP back in the Office, try the Dell on the TV

I have been using the HP to play back Files on the Computer to the TV and watching Netflix and You Tube with it also
So, not too sleepy yet so I did that, unplugged the Dell, into the Living Room, unplugged the HP and Monitor
Plugged in the Dell, hooked up the Cables, fired up the Computer and the TV and it works and looked OK
And all happy with that idea so far, back to Bed for a couple more hours

And up again about 5:30 a.m. to start the Day, time to bring the HP and Monitor back to the Computer Room
Now it's the Spare again and the Dell is my source for TV Netflix, You Tube and Music Files on Dell 4

~ HP back in the Computer Room ~ Dell 4 now in the Living Room ~

OK, then had my Juice, poured my Coffee and it was time for my Daily Crossword Puzzle
That worked and time for some wiring removal, not all that easy... That DirecTV Man did some intricate wiring
One Main Receiver for the Living Room TV, a coupling to the Kitchen TV and another for the Receiver in the Computer Room
I never used the Computer Receiver as it had no Output compatible with the Computer Inputs
So I removed that TV Cable and also the Ethernet Cable to the Computer, now Wi-Fi connected, I didn't need any longer

Next Removed one Coupling as not needed for the Computer Room TV Receiver, changed the Coupling to the Kitchen TV
And then the job of crawling around on the Floor and finishing up the Wire rerouting all done at 9 a.m.
Then jump in the Shower and then head out to Walgreens, next the Price Chopper for the Last Lottos of the Month

Time Marches On... Got my Meds at Walgreens, got my Lottos at the Price Chopper, back home to win only $5
Looks like I'll have to cut back on Lottos this Month, Three unexpected Bills and they aren't small ones
One bright Ray of Sunshine on the Horizon, making the final Payment on one Account this Month

And then a very late Breakfast, so easy to put off Meals lately with hardly any Appetite
Took my Sandwich into the Living Room to catch up on the News, fired up the TV and... Oh Oh!
No Picture and the Screen says 'No Signal from your Receiver'... What did I mess up anyway
Had an idea what it might be, that Splitter Coupler on backward, checked and it sure was...
And so, I swapped the Cables and tried again and that was it, I had the Signal going in the wrong End

So actually for any thing happening It was all over before Noon, the rest of the Day was just coasting
I did run back down to the Fast Stop though, just a wild fling to trade that $5 Winner for another $5 Winner
So I have that one $5 Win to try once more time and that will be the start of a no Lotto Month...
I am going to try to cut back on the Lottos, haven't been winning much and I want to pay down some extra Bills

So then no trek out back, nothing to do out front, just ease into the Afternoon and Evening
And then say Goodbye to September and Hello to October First on Sunday Motning

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Friday, September 29, 2017 ~
~ Picked Peppers ~ Stuffed Peppers ~
~ No New Disposal Yet ~

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~ Plants in Front looking Good in late September ~
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Friday Morning, another cool one at 53 Degrees at 7:30 a.m. Warm enough later but no outside stuff planned
Supposed to get the new Disposer installed today... Hope it is early... Get it out of the way
And one more Day until Pay Day on Saturday both Pay Checks early next Month and I am ready
So... Off to the Fast Stop for the Last Lottos before Pay Day... Hope Hope... Had $25 of Winners to trade

Navru wasn't there, two other Guys, one in training, traded in my winners, then back to scratch
Then won a $5, next a $15 and then a $25! Eureka, good win the Day before Pay Day, ammo for another try

58 Degrees and Sunny at 10 a.m. and time to head out back to check things, don't expect any Harvest
Picked those Six Cucumbers on Thursday, some Tomatoes still Green, Radishes gowing, just checking
And things still looking good, a couple more Cukes on Saturday maybe, some Tomatoes ripening
Then Two nice Green Peppers ready to Harvest, picked those, stuffed Peppers for Dinner

~ Two Nice Green Peppers to Stuff ~

And a final look at the Pumpkin Patch, only Two Female Buds and they both failed, no Pumpkins
The Pumpkin Pie will have to come out of a Can for this Year, better luck in 2018? or worth even a try?

~ Pumpkin Crop a Total Failure ~ Next Year Maybe? ~

Later, two Peppers in the Fridge, Two just Harvested, time to make some Stuffing and roast them
Put out some frozen Burgers to thaw, brown the Burger, chop some Onions, parboil the Peppers
Stuff the Peppers, top with some Salsa and into the Oven, make some Mashed Taters later to go with, Yeah

And then, not satisfied with my nice Win, back to the Price Chopper to cash in that $45 and buy $25 more and win $20 back
Still had $40 in winners to buy more Tickets on Pay Day on Saturday... Very nice...

And then a wait for the Maintenance Man with my new Garbage Disposal, thought he would be by early
But the Day dragged on and he didn't show up, on into the Afternoon and I prepped my Peppers and made Stuffing
Mixed my Margarita early and started my Afternoon early, well I got up early...

So then Margarita time and finally about 4 p.m. a knovck on the Door, the Maintenance Man with no Disposal
He took a look, said he had just bought three, would be back Monday to install mine
And took a look around at my Floor which is in need of replacement and he saw that
He said he would plan for November to install new Kitchen Flooring, Hallway and even the Bathroom
I had planned to ask for the Kitchen Floor at least and wasn't expecting all he offered
But it sure would be nice and something good to look forward to, they are going to raise the Rent again

Then watched an early Movie then made some Mashed Taters and roasted my Peppers, slipped on to Dinner time
Dished up my Peppers and Taters anf back to do anothr episode of an old TV Show...Ho Hum...
And again, sleepy too early and off to bed too early, well get ready for the big Pay Day HAH!
So that was Friday and I am ready for the long Weekend this time so off we go

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Thursday, September 28, 2017 ~
~ Finished my Arabia Steamboat Video ~
~ More Cucumbers ~ More Pickles ~

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~ Is that Mold or a Pepper Popping? ~
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Well Now... Thursday Morning... And at it again, at what? Well that to be decided
Brrrrrr, a little chill in the Air, 50 degrees at 6 a.m. Thought it felt a little cool last night in Bed
Hit the Heat Thursday Morning to take off the Chill and get my new Video uploaded to Vimeo

Went to bed about 6:30 Wednesday Night, just got up way too early that Morning
Then I woke at Midnight wide awake, and thinking about my Video needing some tweaks
So I got up, fired up the Computer and set out to edit more of it... kept interested and finished it
Not happy with the Sound with the TV part or the Road Noise on my Video part
But I adjusted it here and there and you can get the idea of what's going on anyway

Back to Bed at 2 a.m. Got in three more hours of Dreams and back up at 5 a.m. to post my Blog
Then upload my Video to Vimeo so I could post it here on my Blog to irritate Sigi
Then post it on Facebook to bore everyone else that happens on it... Here... take a look


And then on to the Day, needed some Goodies at the Price Chopper, a deposit to the Bank
Then a try for some Winning Lottos to get me out of Debt... Fat Chance! But fun to try anyway
And at the Price Chopper I got my Winner Jug of Vino Tinto, a Winner Bottle of Triple Sec and Lime Juice
A Winner Carton of Milk, and a Winner Bottle of Marischino Cherries... All set for my Margaritas
But then Four Loser Lotto Scratch Tickets... Where did my Luck Go?

A bright Sunny Day but a tad on the Cool side when I headed our back to check the Crops again
Saw some nice peppers getting some Size and then picked Six more Cucumbers, two nice sized ones
Then Four funny shaped small ones, well, those sliced into Pickles, you won't tell the difference

~ More Funny Cukes ~ Make more Nice Pickles ~

And then, the Clock creeping on toward Noon, shall we make some more Pickles?
I had a Jar of Bread and Butter Pickle Brine in the Fridge and enough Cucumbers for a Jar or Two
All I had to do was put the Brine in the Pot to simmer and rinse and slice the Cucumbers
The Cucumbers in the Jars and then the Hot Brine and on with the Lids... OOPS! Only had One Lid
So back to the Price Chopper, needed Brat Buns too, got my Lids and Buns and $15 worth of Lottos
Back home to put the new Lid on the Jar and work my Lottos, better luck this time... a $25 Win!

Further into the Afternoon and I found a mess! Under the Sink, it had a mess from some time back too
My old Garbage Disposer had sprung a leak back then and caused a mess on the Cabinet Floor
They put in a new Disposer back then and all was fine until lately, the Disposer had begun to Leak
And I had stuff stored under there and didn't notice the newer Disposer had been leaking for some time
And had rotted the Floor of the Cabinet and the water had run out from under the Cabinet and along the Floor

So I chased down the Mmintenance Manager and gave him my Tale of woe, he said he would take care of it
Been there, seen that, done that, would bring me a new Disposer on Friday and see about the Cabinet Floor
I always got real good service from the former Owner and the new one seems just as good or better

So that was the last Event of the Day and will be the first one for Friday...

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Wednesday, September 27, 2017 ~
~ Another Video... Maybe ~
~ Working on It ~

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~ Arabia Steamboat Museum in the River Market ~
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Wednesday Morning, halfway through the Working Week but then I don't work and I love it
And what's in store for Wednesday? I don't have a clue, what would you suggest?
Well cloudy and a little cooler to start, but it is getting to be that time of Year...
AHA, just had a thought, I was going to check the Green Bean Crop and forgot all about it...
Just wait right there, I'll run back and take a look, I need something new for Dinner

Did that, and forget that for a couple Days, there aren't very many and they're not very big
So what else is new? Well I was watching TV a couple Days ago and saw an interesting Program
It was about the Steamship Arabia Museum in Kansas City, the Boat they found across the River from Parkvile
There was a Dedication of a Memorial to that here in English Landimg Park in 2015, I got some Video

As soon as I saw that Program I hit record and got all of it, thought I would combine it and my Vdeo
I set my Camera up to copy the TV Program, the Video came out pretty good but the sound kind of Echos
I started on that Wednesday Morning, got tired of it and put it off until later, it might make a good Video

~ David Hawley on TV ~ And in my Video ~

And then later I got a second wind and went back again to do some more editing on the new Idea
I thought I would edit some of the Video I had taken in 2015 and add that after the TV Session
Worked on that for some time, got bored again and postponed the editing again

That took me into the Afternoon, I set out another Burger and Bun to thaw and mixed my libation
On to the TV and then on to Dinner and on to Bed too early again, oh well, rest up for Thursday's ordeal

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Tuesday, September 26, 2017 ~
~ A Rainy Morning ~
~ Made a New 'Old Photo' Video ~

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Well, wouldn't you know it... Watered everything real good on Monday and then it Rained on Tuesday Morning
Sat down to update my Blog... Whats that Noise? Is it Raining? Looked out the Window, Yeah, really coming down
And then it got quiet but the Sun didn't come out, checked the Weather, mostly Cloudy and cooler for the Day
But nothing planned for Outside anyway, maybe try some more on that Plaza Video

So I started on that... Went though most all the Photos I had of the Country Club Plaza
And I picked out a little over 50 of them to Edit, Started on that, finished about 9:30 a.m.
And then started assemblng the Video and Sub Titles, not as many Titles needed as the Arizona Video...
Kept at it and had it finished about 1 p.m. Time to burn a DVD and check it out, oops, a little timing off one Frame

So I went back to fix that, Rendered it and then posted it on DropBox to upload to Vimeo
While that was working I mixed a slightly early Margarita and watched some TV News...

I checked DropBox, it was there, so I got online and uploaded it to Vimeo for all the World to see
See how lucky you are to be able to see my multitude of Masterpiece Videos... Oh Ho! I am so Talented!
So you can try hard to enjoy this latest one... I tried anyway

~ My Latest ~ Maybe not my Greatest ~ Video ~

So that impromptu project used up most of Tueday, I did venture out for a couple of $5 Lotto Wins
The Afternoon and Evening was as always... Had a good juicy Burger with all the trimmings and got sleepy really Early
And that made for a restless Night, waking up too early and not being able to fall back to sleep...Oh well a nap later maybe

So... Goodnight Irene, Goodnight...

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Monday, September 25, 2017 ~
~ Five More Days to Pay Day ~ And I'm Ready Now! ~
~ And a Visit from Pat ~

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~ Pat watching me Edit Photos ~

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Monday, Monday, last Monday in September and I am ready for October... but not the Cold on the way
I am sort of ready for the Gardens to shut down though, losing interest in the dimishing Crops
But I'll need something else to Interest me and keep me a little busy... What? More old Photo Videos?

I do have one in mind, I have a Web Page of Brush Creek in the Country Club Plaza, lots of nice Photos
Would be nice to see those on my big TV instead of on a crowded Web Page, just might start on that
But that will have to wait until I water everything again, we had several hot Days and the Plants are thirsty

So I finished my Daily Morning Computer stuff, hooked up the Hose and headed out back
Watered everything really well, the saw several Cucumbers ready to Harvest again, picked them and headed back around front
Saw one of the English Girls upstairs out on the Deck, showed her the Cucumbers, said take your pick
She chose the largest, another perfect 'Straight Eight'... She only wanted that One, missing from the Photo below

~ Cucumbers picked Monday ~ Missing the Gift Big One ~

I dragged the Hose around front and then took a break and headed down to the Fast Stop
Navru wasn't there, the substitute Clerk said he was sick, Oh well, got my Lottos and headed back
And then turned the Water back on, watered everything out front, end to end, looking good

Then a late Breakfast and started on my new project, not sure if it will work out or not
It would easy to do in SD Format, all the Photos in 4 X 3 aspect already, but not in 16 X 9
I would have to edit all of them and in some would have to cut off part of the Photo I would like

Anyway I thought I would try and started on that, editing the Photos, and then I got a Call from Pat
She hadn't been here for quite some time, so busy with the redo of her Kitchen, but the Worker had the Day off
So she wanted to come down and catch up on what all she had missed sinced the last time
Of course I answered... come ahead and be my Guest... Then popped some PopCorn and mixed a couple Margaritas
Then I went ahead with my Photo editing until I heard her knock on the Door and the Visit began
I invired her into my 'Office' to show her what I had to do to edit the Photos for my Vidoes

Enough of that and we retired to the Living Room to catch up on several of my Home Videos she had not seen
Then it was Movie Time, she wanted to see the re-run of 'Bullitt' that I had recorded earlier
So I Iced the Mzrgaritas, brought the PopCorn out of Oven, still nice and Warm and tasty and off to see the Movie

She enjoyed the Movie along with our chat, she likes my PopCorn too, said it was 'Perfect'! ...Well it was good...
That brought the Afternoon to 5 p.m. and time to head up the Hill to take care of her evening chores
She accepted a gift of some more Pickles and a few Cucumbers, and headed for Home

Then on to the rest of my Evening, fed the Cat and what's for Dinner, found some Ham and Sweet Taters
That would do for the Evening TV session, first a catch up on the boring non-news, so tiring but I watch it anyway
Later hotted up a nice Dinner, finished my TV and off to Dreamland all over again... Goodbye Monday

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Sunday, September 24, 2017 ~
~ Sunday about like Saturday ~
~ Finished my Arizona Video ~

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~ And Here it is ~ As I Said... A very Tedious Project ~

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And Sunday was a Video Editing Day just like all Day on Saturday, but I get into it and just can't break away
So first I had a very long Chat with Kim, who used to chat on the Yahoo Kitchen chat and has been missing
We had a bit of a falling out and stopped communicating, but now he contacted me again on Facebook Messenger
And while I was finishing up my Morning Computer stuff we had a chat for a couple Hours at least

Then I finished my Morning Routine, had a little Breakfast and ran up to the Price Chopper for my Lottos
Spent $20 and won $20 back, just not doing so hot in September, need a new Month and more Luck
Then back to my latest Video project... Found more Photos and did a lot more editing, finally all done with the edit
Then added Titles and some Music that I thought would fit and did a Render and burned a DVD

While I watched the DVD on my TV I had an upload started to DropBox to transfer to Vimeo
Then took an Afternoon break, mixed my Margarita and set out something for Dinner later
Watched TV, fed the Cat, a second Margarita and watched my new Video again and Oh Oh!... Mistakes I overlooked
One Subtitle mispellled and another misplaced on the wrong Photo and one Photo with the wrong Aspect Ratio
So of course I had to fix that, did the re-edit, re-upload, had Dinner and back to my TV
Then I posted it on Facebook, and gave up and hit the Sack and moved on to prepare for Monday

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Saturday, September 23, 2017 ~
~ Worked on my new Video ~
~ And that was just about All ~

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~ That big old Speed Graphic and Me ~ On Top of Camel Back Mountain ~

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Well, Saturday? I did have a little Breakfast, went out for my Lottos, won $5.. WOW!
No need to check out back again... So back to my Video, a tedious but fun (for me) Project
I started adding Photos and subtitles to my Timeline on my Video Editor, finding new ones to edit
I had the ones in my 'Arizona' Photo File, and more in my 'Apache Trail' File and others here and there
And all had to be Edited and have the Aspect Ratio changed, worked away for a long time
I even had to rescan a few from the 8 X 10 Photos in an old Album I still have
And then convert them to 1920 X 1080 with the rest and I pretty well finished that before I quit for the Day

Then on to an uneventful usual Afternoon and Evening, Dinner, Movies, Bedtime
Oh what a busy busy life I do live... Back to the Video on Sunday

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~





~ Saturday, September 23, 2017 ~
~ Worked on my new Video ~
~ And that was just about All ~

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~ That big old Speed Graphic and Me ~ On Top of Camel Back Mountain ~

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Well, Saturday? I did have a little Breakfast, went out for my Lottos, won $5.. WOW!
No need to check out back again... So back to my Video, a tedious but fun (for me) Project
I started adding Photos and subtitles to my Timeline on my Video Editor, finding new ones to edit
I had the ones in my 'Arizona' Photo File, and more in my 'Apache Trail' File and others here and there
And all had to be Edited and have the Aspect Ratio changed, worked away for a long time
I even had to rescan a few from the 8 X 10 Photos in an old Album I still have
And then convert them to 1920 X 1080 with the rest and I pretty well finished that before I quit for the Day

Then on to an uneventful usual Afternoon and Evening, Dinner, Movies, Bedtime
Oh what a busy busy life I do live... Back to the Video on Sunday

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Friday, September 22, 2017 ~
~ A Small Harvest ~
~ Started on another Photo Video ~

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~ That Bounty Harvest for Friday! ~

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So it's Friday... What we gonna do... Well first the usual, check out back, not expecting much
And there wasn't much to comment about... except... the Cucumbers and Tomatoes seem to be waning now
And no hope for a Pumpkin, Phoooey! I had a pretty good Cucumber Count, over 80, very few Tomatoes, a few Beets
Some Swiss Chard and what else? Oh, some nice Peppers, gave most away... Now a new crop of Radishes... maybe
For Friday then, I picked Three more funny shaped Cukes and one small Tomato, well that's a small Salad anyway

And then, into the Shower as usual, then out for Lottos, headed to the Price Chopper... Nope, lost my $20
Back to the Computer to do some Bill Payment Scheduling, see how much I may have left to play with for October
And it doesn't look much better even after paying off a good sized Account, an unexpected Charge on my new Phone

So, it's only money, but every Dollar is fun for me... Off to the Fast Stop to play again
And a lot of Chit and Chat with Navru as usual, now he wants a rerun on more Barbecue, maybe the last September Weekend?
Anyway, got $20 more Lottos and headed Home, this time scratched off $15 in Wins, a little ammo for Saturday

And on to the Day, no plans... Then thinking of all those Arizona Photos I have... When stationed there in 1952
Traveled all over the State, taking Photos everywhere with my big Pacemaker Speed Graphic Camera
I had made several Web Pages with some of them, not all though, how about making a Video of them?
So a new Project, started on that, they were taken on 4 X 5 Inch Film though and would have to be changed
I started changing them to a 16 X 9 Ratio, that's 1920 by 1080 resolution for a full screen Video shot
So I spent a couple hours at that using up a lot of the Afternoon, did about a Hundred Photos

And then on to the usual Afternoon and Evening wind up, and staying up a little later
So on to Saturday and with something planned to do... Work on that Video

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Thursday, September 21, 2017 ~
~ Three more Cucumbers ~
~ Made more Pickles ~

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~ Three more funny Cucumbers~

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And now Thursday and what for the Day? Don't have a clue as of 6 a.m. Just did my Computer checks
One was that charge on my latest AT&T Bill for Mobile Insurance which I don't buy, I try to be careful
So as I mentioned in my last Blog, I got on their online Chat Service and a very nice Person, Rachael, answered
Cancelled my Insurance and then we had a lengthy chat about my Web Site, Blog and Hobbies, very nice
A very pleasant person but then most all my Contacts with AT&T have been considerate and successful

Back to the Daily Drivel... did a lot of little odds and ends on Wednesday, harvesting, cooking
Just the usual puttering around that has to be done now and then, I did keep fairly busy though

So, Thursday Morning... 76 degrees at 8 a.m. Time to trot out back again, see if I still have a Hose
I usually make sure to move my Hose off the Lawn when the Mowing Crew is due, but they were off schedule
I was watching TV when I heard them out back late on Wednesday Evening, should I run back there?
Oh well, I was comfortable inside, just wait and see what happens... So... first order of the Day

Climbed those steep Stairs, trotted out back, and saw that my Hose had not been moved or had it been damaged
Looks like the Mower went right over it and the Blade was too high above to chop it up any
And so checking the Crops again, Three more funny looking Cucumbers, sure not typical 'Straight Eights'
So I will add those to the ones in the Fridge and make more Pickles after I get my run around done

~ Cucumbers to make Bread and Butter Pickles ~

Off to the ATM for some Cash, then to the Minit Mart for some Gas and some Lottos
And then back Home to scratch off one little $10 Winner, oh well, some Ammo for a try on Friday
And then I couldn't find my recipe for Bread and Butter Pickles so back to the Internet to find one
Found one, not exactly like the one I have been using but maybe will work OK, got RAVES on my first try
So I sliced the Cukes, into a big Bowl with Kosher Salt and Ice like the recipe directed

This one also called for Turmeric and I was all out, so back again to the Price Chopper for some
Then I mixed the Brine and put it on to simmer while the Cucumbers crisped up and absorbed the Salt
And then my POWER went off! Then came back on.... then Off again... C'mon... then Off and stayed off
So stuck with no Computer, no TV, no Stove, no Lights, no A/C! How can anyone live like that!
Well we didn't have any Tornado, no Hurricane, not even a T-Storm... Oh well... It was kind of Windy

So everything came to a Halt, mixed a Margarita and went outside, and wouldn't you know... a HOT and Windy Day
So I sipped my Margarita, got bored finally and went back inside, sat down to cry and then! The lights cane back on

I guess that lasted about Two Hours, more or less, way too long, just very hard to take all that when I am so wired up
So then... back to the Pickles, hotted up the Brine again, drained and rinsed the Cucumbers
Poured the Hot Brine over the Cucumbers and then ladled the Pickles into the Jars, the Brine on top
Voila! More Pickles for Gifts! Now who gets these? Well one Jar for me maybe

~ Another Try at Bread and Butter Pickles ~

And that was just about it for Thursday, just the regular routine after that, managed to stay up until 8:30
Trying now for 9 p.m. That's when the AeroGarden lights go out for the Night, haven't made it yet
And so, another Day gone, almost another Week and almost another Month, time do fly don't it?

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Wednesday, September 20, 2017 ~
~ Picked Peppers ~
~ Picked One 'DNP' Straight Eight Cucumber ~

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~ Brought the Pineapple Plant in for the Winter ~

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First Mission for the Day, bring the Pinepple Plant in from the Veranda to the Kitchen
Pineapples do not like cold Weather at all, so a few Months in the Kitchen then back out front
Here is what that Pineapple Plant looked like when first planted in April of this Year

~ Pineapple Ready to Plant ~

And then a trot out back, the Pepper Plants were shading the new Fall Green Bean crop
They were about finished making Peppers for the Season anyway, picked all the Peppers and tossed the Plants

~ Peppers from the Discarded Plants ~

When I was around in back of the Cage I saw a really nice Cucumber hiding behind a Pepper Plant
And doggone near perfect for that type, straight and 7 1/2 Inches, 1/2 Inch more it would be Perfect
Well it will taste perfect for Dinner, sliced and in some spicy Vinaigrette... Yeah!

~ That Cuke hiding behind a Pepper Plant ~ Best looking 'Straight Eight' of the Season ~

So, that new Cucumber for Dinner, and I have several more in the Fridge, need to make more Pickles
I have enough Dills for now, maybe make some Bread and Butters again... Needed Vinegar
So back to the Price Chopper for Vinegar and Chicken Gizzards for the Cat... and Lottos of course
And back at the Ranchito I scratched off a $20 Win, even up for the Day, decided to visit Navru for another try
So I traded in my Winner, got $20 more and then a lot of chat about this, that and the other

Back home again, this time only a $15 Win, time to quit while I hadn't lost it all
Then it was a busy Afternoon, didn't get around to making the Pickles, too much other messing around
Mostly just like every other Afternoon except not much time for being bored

So that was pretty much the Day on Wednesday, now Thursday, first thing I checked my new AT&T Bill
Just upgraded my Phone and several new Charges... One I saw that Mobile Insurance had been added
So I paged the online chat person, and a delightful person named Rachel answered...
She removed my Mobile charge and then we had a very pleasant and lenghthy chat, best ever I have had with an AT&T Rep
I have been with AT&T since my first Phone with Southwestern Bell in 1962, then through all the Companies revisions
I have had generally great service through all those Years but this was the best Service call I have had
Makes you feel they really care about their Customers... Anyway... off to the new Day

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Tuesday, September 19, 2017 ~
~ More Storms starting Early ~
~ Picked Cucumbers ~ Planted Herbs ~ Planted Peppers ~

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So... I woke up again during the Night with more T-Boomies and pouring Rain
And it continued into the Morning, still booming at 6 a.m. so.. Stop already!
I didn't get out back to slosh around on Monday Morning and it should be sloshier again today
But really not much to check on back there, but I like to see if there is anything ready to harvest

9 a.m. 70 Degrees, Sun peeked out and then hid again but the Forecast says Sunny and 87 later
And off to the Price Chopper again, got $20 worth of Lottos, won $20 back, even up
So then what? So bored lately.. do I need another Hobby? I have several now but still can't keep busy
Well anyway, time to wade through the Creek out back and check the Crops again...

And things still looking good back there, a few more Tomatoes on the way, no luck on the Pumpkins
And lookee there, my new Fall Crop of Radishes popped up, will we get any? Spring Crop wasn't good
And then three more funny looking Cucumbers, the Cucumbers the most productive crop for 2017, about 80 so far

~ New Fall Crop of Radshes ~

And of course some more Cucumbers to Use... How this time? Have lots of Pickles already

~ Now... What to do with These ~

Moving right along, (at a Snail's pace), still a lot of Tuesday left to use up before TV Time
Thinking of Wnter Gardening again, do I have any Seeds for the AeroGardens? Take a look
Well yes, three Herb Pods, Thyme, Dill and Parsley, well they didn't do much the first time
Well, they are just leftovers, let's try again, filled the Grow Bowl, added Nutrient
Placed them in the Garden, added 'Spacers', Set the timer, on and off Light times, Now what?

~ First Winter Crop Planted ~ Herbs ~

OK, did that do it? Hey? Don't I have some Mini Bell Pepper Seeds too, I shall look
Why yes and quite a few of them, and still three empty Gardens... Let's get at it
The Pepper Seeds were not in Pods like the Herbs, I had some do it yourself Pods, so in they went
Same routine adding Water and Nutrient and setting Times, and then... Two new Crops planted

~ Second Winter Crop Planted ~ Mini Bell Peppers ~

And so, a slightly busier Day after all, then 2:30 p.m. Time for a Margarita and see what Trump messed up
A Burger and Bun out for later and whatever would go good with that, Cucumbers maybe, or Tater Salad?

And again that was... as Eleanor Roosevelt would say "My Day"... (Do you remember that?)

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Monday, September 18, 2017 ~
~ Rain Rain Go Away ~ Donnie wants to go outside to Play ~
~ And a really BLAH Day most all Day ~

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Monday Morning, cloudy at first then looked like the Sun was coming up, out to find Winners
And I didn't find any at the Price Chopper... I wonder if there any for me anywhere?
Still 66 degrees at 10 a.m. Took another peek at the Weather, then it said T-Storms...
We don't need any more right away, maybe they could put it off a couple Days, still quiet for the moment

Well the quiet ended at 11 a.m. while I was watching TV, lost the Signal from DirecTV again
Doesn't happen very often but a nuisance when it does, looked out to see heavy Rain
And a few Minutes later... the first rumble of Thunder, looked like it would be a dreary Afternoon out there

~ Monsoon Season all over Again ~

Well it did clear up some in the Afternoon but not bright sun and real warm, Ho Hum... again
And it surely was a dreary dull Afternoon for me, thats two in a row now, hope Tuesday will improve
Anyway early to the TV and then a long long afternoon, sneaking along into Evening
Something hotted up for Dinner and then off to Dreams and Dreams

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Sunday, September 17, 2017 ~
~ Rain all Night Saturday and Sunday Morning ~
~ A Quiet Day after the Saturday Night Monsoon ~

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Well now, a few Thunder Rolls last night when I was watching TV, later woke up at 10:40 p.m.
Lots of Thunder Boomies and Lightning flashes and sounded like a teeming Rain out there
A restless Sleep and I heard Storming most all night, all quiet then about 4 a.m.
And all cloudy and wet when I got up at 5 a.m. So... cancel that watering out back I was going to do

Nothing much going on again then, I put a couple loads of Laundry in the Washer
An early trip to the Price Chopper for Wine, Eggs and Milk... Well Wine is a necessity ya know
And I happened to win $25 in Lottos, $5 more than what I spent anyway and I got a free $5 reward Ticket online

A slow and not much doing Morning, Noon time and what to do, getting really bored... Oh excuse me
I need to put a load of Laundry in the Dryer and put the second load in... Hooo Hummmm

Continuing my exciting Sunday, I put the load cf Colors in the Dryer and put a load of Whites in the Washer
And then took the trash out to the Dumpster, dull drab and cool Day out there adding to my fun
Took a big smoked Chicken Thigh out of the Freezer for later, what to go with that? I have some Potato Salad...
Crawling toward 1 p.m. then, time to give up?... Mix a Margarita and catch up on the TV?

Well, I had finished a slight revision to Navru's Video, Burned a DVD and Printed some Photos for him
So I sent him a Facebook Message, 'You busy? I have something for You'... He said 'No, be right down'
He just lives up the Hill from me and wssn't working Sunday, I was going to drop them off there
But he came tooling down the Hill, I gave him his Video things and off he went and happy with what I had done

So then, Margarita time and I watched some 'Beat Bobby Flay' on the TV, then another Episode of 'Breaking Bad'
I am watching the entire Series now for the third time, just an engrossing Program and such bad people!

Then it was Chicken on a Bun time with a side of my latest tasty Ptato Salad and then time to sneak off to Bed
Now off to Monday and hopefully a better Day with possibly more to do... (I doubt it)

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Saturday, September 16, 2017 ~
~ Edited a Video for Navru ~
~ More Peppers and Cucumbers ~

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~ Navruzbek and Wife at Park University ~

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Saturday Morning 8 a.m. Slept in later than usual for a change and I did go to Bed early at that
A warmer start for the Day at 72 Degrees and another warm one at 87 later they say
But October is just around the corner now and soon it will be brrrrrr time again

Well maybe a little Video project for the Day... Navru was going to get some Video at the Liberty Memorial
Wanted to make a little comment for his Family back in Uzbekistan, I had made an Entro and Exit Video for him
But he said he couldn't find time to do that and so he did it at Park University here
Well I have some nice Video of the University and would try to do it with our local scenes

Anyway... up the Stairs and around back to pick some Cucumbers and Peppers for Navru
Then sacked up the Goodies and headed down to the Fast Stop to present them to him

~ More Cucumbers and Peppers for Navru ~

And he copied his Video take from his Laptop to an SD Card for me to edit into the final Video
Back at el Ranchito I started in on the Edit, copied the Video to my Computer, then opened my Video editor
Made an Entro from some of my previous Park University footage, then added Navru's Video next
Then finished the Exit with a couple Photos of downtown Parkville... Added some music, then rendered it
Uploaded it to Vimeo and then back down to the Fast Stop, showed the Video on my Phone, asked him what Music he wanted
He liked what I had done, gave me a title of the Music he wanted, back home to re-edit the Video with his music
Then copied it to an SD Card, took the re-edit back so he could copy it to his Laptop, Mission Accomplished

And that project kept me busy until about 2 p.m. and then just coasted through the rest of the Day
I thought I would like a nice Burger for Dinner so I headed back to the Price Chopper for ground Beef and Buns
Back home then to fashion up Fourteen Burgers out of that pile of Meat, Twelve into the Freezer, One in the Fridge
And One for Dinner later, then I made some fresh Potato Salad, then a Margarita and back to the TV

And that was just about it for all of the Day on Saturday... Can Sunday be as busy?

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Friday, September 15, 2017 ~
~ Nice Lotto Win ~
~ Just a Kick Back Day ~

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~ Nice Start for Friday ~

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Back out early Friday Morning to water everything again, looks like another Cucumber out there for Tomorrow
Nothing else much going on, most plants look OK, a few more Tomatoes and Peppers on the way
Then off to the Fast Stop again, I only won a $5 Ticket there Thursday... try again
And a better result this time, a $5, $10 and $40 Win... Won some ammo for another try

So, I needed a tank of Gas for the Blazer, headed to the Minit Mart, traded in my Lottos
Put $35 Cash in my Pocket, bought $20 mote Tickets and this time lost all of it... well still ahead

After than and for the rest of the Day, not much except piddling around and killing time on the TV
My main reason for doing this Page is to remind me when I planted something, harvested something
Cooked something special... Rarely some special Event... So for Friday I can remind me that I did a lot of nothing
Except one very long afternoon and evening of Old TV Shows and Movies and looks like the same thing for Saturday
So let's head off into Saturday and at the moment can't see how it will be a much different Day

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Thursday, September 14, 2017 ~
~ KC Skin and Cancer Center Check-up Day Again ~
~ More Cucumbers and Pickles ~

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~ Six More Nice Ones ~ The Stright ones for Dill Spears ~

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It was that time to get 'Manhandled' by Mary again, she checks here and there and everywhere
Freeze this, Biopsy this, and what is this over here?... just a real fun time in that place
Headed out for the Fun House at 8:30 or so Thursday Morning to see what she could see

Got there a little early as usual but then the wait was short... The girl came in the Door... "Donald?'
Yes Ma'am, here I am... and followed her to the torture chamber, a few questions and then Mary, the N.A. came in
The usual poking around, more questions and then she reached for her Weapon and began firing

Zip... Zap... Right Arm, Left Arm, then Forehead, Cheek One and Cheek Two, was she trying to empty the Chamber on me?
Even more on the top of my Head, she must have fired that thing 30 times, more than ever
And that stuff does STING! And the hurt does not fade away fast either, just tapers off a bit
They call it 'Cryosurgery' which means 'Freezing with liquid Nitrogen' but it feels more like Burning... OUCH!

She finally ran out of gas and I checked out and headed back, stopped in the Fast Stop to cry with Navru
Some chit and chat, got my Lottos and headed back home, still hurting, and I took a couple Aspirin to see if that would help

OK... Then a belated trip out back, I saw some Cucumbers on Wednesday that should be ready on Thursday... yeah they were
And a final Goodbye to the Female Bud I was hoping for, turned Yellow, didn't drop off yet but it's gone
But I picked another Six nice Cucumbers, looked like another Dill Pickle Day then, will get at that
And I need to get back out there first thing on Friday Morning to give those Plants another watering

So then the time slipped away to Pickle time, that doesn't take long, I mixed the Brine, put it on to simmer
Then cut the Cukes into 'Spears' and slipped them into the Jars, this time One and a Half Pints of Spears
And then some of the bent ones into Slices for another half Pint of Sliced Dills

~ More Dill Pickles for Pat ~ Some for Me ~

That was really all the action for the Day, set out some BBQ Ribs and BBQ Beans and Cuke Slices for Dinner later...
Then caught up on the News with my Margarita, then an early Episode of Breaking Bad, then a Movie with Dinner
Talk about the same old, same old, Afternoon and Evening... yeah.. every Day it seems

Anyway... a pretty fair Day except for the Morning torture... No more Medical now stuff until October 9th
And no plans except for watering again for Friday Morning... off we go!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



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