~ Donald Lee Smith ~
~ AKA El Pato Donaldo ~

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~ Saturday, October 14, 2017 ~
~ More Working on my new Video ~
~ And this is a very long One ~

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~ The Bridge to South Padre Island ~

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Saturday Morning and more Photo Editing and Video Time Line set up planned for the first Activity
And a Surgery Consultation set for Monday with Doctor Oza, I looked him up online and he has great reviews
So, I'll see him Monday and hope for the Best for whenever I have to go in for the Operation

And, checked my Email, checked the Bank, checked Facebook, finished and posted my Blog
Then a Cup of Coffee, worked the Crossword Puzzle and then back to the... Ho Hum... Photo Editing

So I started in on that and again got hooked and edited Photos and then added them to the Timeline
Thought I should take a break about 11 a.m. And had no Breakfast yet, only some Juice and a Cup of Coffee
So I put a DVD in the Drive to burn a trial copy of what I had so far, and so far it was a lot
A lot longer than any Photo Video I had made so far, a lot more South Padre Island Photos than I thought
I have Photos of at least Six trips down there and several trips there I have no Photos
I took VCR Video of several trips and I lost those back when I lived in Saint Joseph

Well I keep saying it is longer, it isn't longer in play back time, it's longer in the number of Photos in it
And Photos don't take as much time to render as Videos do, also you can burn a DVD much quicker
So I kept at it until abuot 11:30 a.m. and then stopped for 'Breakfast'

Went back again to do more and had it all complete except for adding Music and fashioning an Ending
I wrapped it up about Three p.m. Set out stuff for Dinner then mixed a Margarita and headed to the TV
Began to hear T-Rumbles in late Afternoon, then in early Evening a LOUD BLAM! And the lights went out
It was totally Dark in the Living Room, I started to head to the Bedroom to get my Battery Lantern
And then the lights came back on, then it took Tem Minutes for the DirecTV to reset and start my Movie again
The storms continued for several Hours, must have gotten a ton of Rain out there
Anyway I just got way too sleepy to fight it and toddled off to bed, again much too early

And I woke up several times during the Night but still made it to 4 a.m before starting on Sunday... Away we GO!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Friday, October 13, 2017 ~
~ Coffee Shop Visit first Thing ~
~ Back to Editing Photos for Videos ~

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~ Canna up on the Hill with a Goodbye Bloom ~

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And a surprize to start the Day on Friday, I actually had a planned trip to the Coffee House
I had a couple Jars of Bread and Butter Pickles and a Blu-ray DVD as a gift for Lewis
He and his Wife liked the Musical Video I gave him some time back, but those had none of my Photos
This time I am giving him Two of my latest Videos on one DVD with Music added and all the Photos are mine

But before that I started on my Daily Morning Routine on the Computer and then did some more Photo and Video editing
And then headed Downtown around 8 a.m. to see what I could see on my Visit to the Coffee House
The Gang was at their usual Table with one Seat open and I was invited to take it among welcomes
Well I hadn't been there since I picked the first Season's Tomatoes and took them down to Lewis
I presented Lewis with his Pickles and DVD and then joined in the Conversation for about another half Hour

Then it was time to leave and I headed to the Price Shopper for several needed Items, then had some late Breakfast
And then back to the Photo Editing and setting them on the Time Line on my new Video
Stayed with that until about 2 p.m, that was quite enough for the Day, but progress was made

The Day turned out Sunny and Warm, 79 Degrees at 2:30 p.m. I headed out back to see what was what
And 'what' was Two nice little Cucumbers, big enough to Harvest, a few more might make it
And there are Four more Tomatoes I am watching and I might get a few Radishes from my Fall Crop

~ Two more Picked ~ Not Many More Coming ~

OK, time for that Margarita and what's for Dinner? Must be something good hiding in the Fridge or Freezer
Decided on a re-run of a Burger and I sliced a fresh Cucumber and added Italian Dressing for a Side
Back to the TV with a Glass of Vino Tinto to finish out the Day, then got a Phone call from NKC Hospital
The caller wanted to set up an Appointment for me with Doctor Oza to tell me about my pending Surgery
And that is now set for Monday at 2:30 p.m. More fun time at NKC Hospital, well an easy one this time

OK Friday is done, let's go find Saturday

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Thursday, October 12, 2017 ~
~ More Video Editing ~
~ Not Much Else ~

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~ Cute little Tripod to hold my Phone Camera ~

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Again I had nothing planned for Thursday and it was another cold Dreary Morning
The Sun did come out in the Afternoon but I didn't go out to welcome it, just inside all Day
I started on my Photo Editing early, one nutty Idea leads to another, now several more DVDs on the way
Had One outing, I needed Wine and Milk so I headed out for that, got my Mail on the way back and that was it

Then back to Photos, this time I am doing Photos from South Padre Island and there are a lot of them
I am doing Videos of some of the trips that different Friends tagged along on, started with Frank, the first trip
I read about a Resort on South Padre Island owned by a Funeral Director in Saint Joseph when I was living there
It was then called 'Sea Island Resort' and sounded interesting so on my next Vacation time I headed there

My Friend Frank was on Vacation the same time I was and he wanted to tag along, never been to Texas
Well we liked it a lot and when we got back the Word got around and soon lots of friends wanted to go
Back then I had even more Photos and even some 'VCR' Video and I lost a lot of it in the following Years
But even then I ended up with over 100 35mm Slides of Five or Six of those trips

Before this Project I had wanted to start in on some San Antonio trips but wasn't happy with the Photos
But I wasn't satisfied with the Photo quality, thought I could maybe do a better job of copying the Slides
And use my Cell Phone Camera which takes 16 x 9 aspect Photos and would eliminate a lot of cropping
But I needed something to hold the Phone so I ordered a little Tripod and Holder that would do it
That was delivered on Thursday but I can wait until I finish the South Padre Photos I am working on

And besides the usual ho hum Routine, that was all the action for a long long Thursday

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Wednesday, October 11, 2017 ~
~ Someone likes my Van Video ~
~ And (Excuse Me) Now Planning another Video ~

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~ HOAVC Posted my Video on their Facebook Page ~

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Wednesday Morning and COLD again at 44 Degrees, a cold dreary Morning yesterday that did warm up some later
I sent a Link to my Video to the Heart of America Van Council on Tuesday, they replied this Morning
And sent them a Blu-ray DVD Tuesday afternoon, they also invited me to attend the next Truck-In in Missouri
It would be fun to try to get some Video of that, but quite a way to drive to get it and now mostly Old people attend

So I checked on their Home Page to see when it was and how far... well 105 Miles from Kansas City
And it is in late October, might be just a bit chilly on that Weekend, good thought though, but I'll pass
While I was on their Page I noticed my Video Link had been added there too, OOOOOH! Such Fame!

~ My Video on the HOAVC Home Page ~

Then... 8 a.m. That much done... Tuesday Blog Posted, Wednesday Blog started, so what's next, did I work the Crossword?
OK, hotted up a second Cuppa Coffee to work the USA Today Daily Crossword... Off we Go...
And finished that in 10 Minutes and thinking of another Video using my old Photos, I have a lot in San Antonio
So I checked out my Files and not satisfied with using them, I scanned them from 35mm Slides
Some not such good copies and I think I can do them better but that is a lot of copying to do
And to elimate the need to change the Aspect Ratio, I can use my Phone which takes 16 X 9 Photos
But I need a holder for the Phone and just ordered one from Amazon... So a new Project on the Horizon

Well I did have some Photos I took in Mexico that weren't too bad, I edited those to add to the San Antonio Video
That didn't take long, what next? I decided to add Two of my latest Videos to one DVD for my Friend Lewis
He really liked the Musical DVD I made for him so I think he would like the Plaza and Fountain Videos too
So I burned the DVD, made a Case Label and it's ready to take down to the Coffee Shop on Friday Morning

And then, that was really all for the Day except the winding down in the Afternoon and Evening
I'll just post this Diatribe and get started on another Day... more iteresting? I doubt it

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Tuesday, October 10, 2017 ~
~ Finished my Van Club Video ~
~ A Few More Peppers and Tomatoes ~

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~ The Last of the Cucumbers ~ Maybe Three more Tomatoes to Go ~

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And what, pray tell, is for Tuesday? No Medical Appointments for sure, that Exhaust Pipe exam was tedious
But the only slight pains were those gals trying to find a place to stick their Needles
Some are just so good at it and others just can't handle the assignment well at all
I do wish they could find some other way to do those Examinations, stick here, stick there... Me no like

Anyway, back to my new Video first thing and had it done by 8:30 a.m. Then copied to DropBox to upload to Vimeo
While waiting for it to get to DropBox I sent an Email to the 'Heart of America Van Council', still in Business
I was Treasurer of that Organization back about 1976 in my Van Club Days, they still send notices of 'TruckIns'
I asked them if they would like me to send a Link to the Video when it was on Vimeo which should be by 9 a.m. Today
And also if they would like a free Copy of a Blu-ray DVD of the Video, well I like the attention I get sometimes

Then on to Breakfast and a little TV with more of that depressing News about the World falling apart
Back again on my Computer and I saw that my Video was in DropBox so I uploaded it from there to Vimeo
Now it is available for all the disinterested World to see, Do you want to see it? Well take a look here


And then it was 11 a.m. and what else to waste time on? These cooler Days sure have been moving slow
I think up something to do, spend a few rapt hours on it, then it's finished and instant Boredom sets in
Well then, how about another trek out back, nothing expected back there but you never know
Took a Bag with me in case, and needed it, Picked all Five Peppers and that is all of this Year's crop
And Three of the Six Tomatoed left on the Vines, my Garden is shutting down for the Season

Then I checked my Email, an answer back already from HOVAC about the Link and DVD offer... They said yes they would
So, I sent the Vimeo Link in Email, then ran off a DVD, into a Case, into a package and took it the Post Office

1:30 p.m. Time for an early Margarita, didn't have one on Monday... So I needed a catch up, and mixed it
Then put some stuff out to prepare for Dinner, had some Meatloaf in the Freezer, would try to make something of that
Then off to TV Time catch up again... I remember when we had REAL News people on TV... Ho Hum...

Some TV catch up and then back to the Kitchen to make a kind of 'Hash' with that Meatloaf
Into the Pot with some of my Tomatoes, Peppers, chopped... then added Onions and Garlic and Olive Oil
Chucked a Potato, browned it and added the Meatloaf and then all dumped in the Pot to meld
Then back to the TV at Dinner time, with a Plate of 'Hash' and a side Dish of sliced Cucumber with Dressing
And a quite Tasty way to end a pretty good Day after all

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Monday, October 09, 2017 ~
~ Colonoscopy Day! ~
~ Report - Not Good News ~

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~ My Vacation Home ~

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6:30 a.m. Monday, Bank Checked, Blog Posted, Crossword finished, Two glasses of Prep down
How mny more to go? Maximum is 8 to fnish, not sure if they all will be needed, waiting for 'all clear' now
And then wait for the trip to the Hospital at around Noon, what to do until then? Well no Food
The Morning, no Apple Juice, no Coffee, no Breakfast, just two glasses of gut wash by 6:30 a.m.
So then what? Let's go back and edit some more Photos, then test the 'Prep' and jump in the Shower

And again back to the Van Video with no Coffee, no Breakfast, just another glass of that stuff
So many Photos of those Van Club Years, and I am probably only using about 1/4th of them
Anyway that is more than enough than needed to bore everyone except me and away I went...

So, I finished Glass Number 8 for Monday, total of 16 glasses... Had to run to the John a couple times
Then into the Shower, Shampoo and Shave and get dressed to go, meantime back to the Photos
I was adding Photos and Music to the Editor Timeline about then when I heard the knock on the Door
Invited Pat in to see what I was doing for the next Video, she like what I had so far, then it was time to head out
Got there early, up to the 7th Floor and checked in, ready for a long wait, but called in quickly
The Nurse led me to the little Roomlet with Bed and Curtain, asked a bunch of questions
The pulled the Curtain while I undressed and robed up, then back in to hook me up to the IV

Then she invited Pat in to Chat and keep me company while we waited fot the Main Event
Finally right on the dot... I could see the big Clock just outside the Room showing 2 p.m.
Then they wheeled me to the Operating Room, more Hook-ups and they were ready, I had done this before
I said then, the easiest procedure I ever had in a Hospital.. The Nurse turned on the Propofol and I was gone...

And then I was awake and back in another little room and Pat was there too... Nurse said the Doctor would be in shortly
And then he was there and not looking all that happy and said he didn't have good news, I had expected that
Then he explained what he found, showed me some Photos, said he would schedule me with a Surgeon later
I handled the verdict quite well, stuff usually just rolls off me, my brighter side is aways just around the Corner
Then I got dressed, Pat went down for her Truck, they wheeled me to the Door and we headed for Home

Back Home about 4 p.m. Pat came in for some Apple Juice and a couple of my Videos, we had a good time
Then about 5 p.m. she had to head back up the Hill and I had to find something for Dinner
No food for two days but I still wasn't all that hungry, found some Dinner, watched TV and then headed for Bed

And that was that... Busy Morning, Hospital Afternoon, not with good news and now off to another Day

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Sunday, October 08, 2017 ~
~ Prep Day begins ~
~ Starvation Diet until Monday Evening ~

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A bit cool at 52 Degrees at 5:20 a.m. on Sunday Morning... Winter is thinking about sneaking in
So I had my Apple Juice, checked the Bank, read my Email, checked Facebook, finished my Blog
Posted my Blog, sipped my Coffee and worked my online Crossword puzzle and all done by 6 a.m.
It sure looks like a long long Day ahead, so many of them lately, do I need a Job or what?

And then a start on my next Challenge, drink a Gallon of 'Chalk Water' before Monday's Event
I am scheduled for a Colonoscopy at 1 p.m. Monday Afternoon at North Kansas City Hospital
So I mixed up my Powder in that Gallon Jug and put it in the Fridge to cool, thinking better cool than warm
Then I am supposed to drink Half this Afternoon and the other Half on Monday Morning...

~ That Challenge before the Event ~

And then, later, my friend Patricia volunteered to deliver me to the Hospital, and stay until they release me
They insist someone drive you and stay with you through the entire ordeal, I know few now that can do that
I had the same procedure about Ten Years ago and my Brother handled that chore, he is not able to now

And so what for the Day? Did my morning cleanup and then set off to the Price Chopper for some Chicken Broth
That was to be my Lunch and Dinner for the Day, the Gut Flusher solution for my Vino Tinto
I called it 'Chalk Water' but it actually is colorless and tastes salty... yuck...
But in the Middle of the Afternoon I did mix a Cocktail with a shot of Tequila and one of Triple Sec, both colorless

And then what to do for that long long Day ahead, thought of another Photo Video Project, my Van Club Days
Three or more Years of Van Club Meetings, 'Truck-Ins' and other fun Events, a whale of a lot of Photos to edit
So I started in on that, got engrossed and kept at it for most of the Day but no way near finishing

Into the late Afternon then and TV Time, I had that 'Colorless Cocktail' to start and then started on the 'Flush'
They said to drink 64 Ounces of the Flush, an 8 Ounce Glass every ten minutes until accomplished
I started that at 5 p.m. and kept at it, but took a bit more than 10 minutes between Glasses
I finally got it all down about 7 p.m. and the trots started and kept coming until Bedtime
Was pretty clear by 8 p.m. and then off to Bed about 9 p.m. a bit later than usual and on purpose
I thought that would give me a better Night and mostly did but did have to get up for several more trots

So that was it for that long long prep Day, will start on that last 64 Ounces of tha gunk in the Morning

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Saturday, October 07, 2017 ~
~ Stormy Night ~ Then Sunny Day ~
~ Picked a Tiny Crop of Green Beans ~

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~ Missed this nice Cucumber on Friday ~

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Once again, off to bed way too soon, just so sleepy and bored, same old TV stuff
And so, woke up about 9 p.m. and is that Thunder, thrre Days of wet so far and here's more
Slipped off to sleep again but woke up around Midnight, thinking about all the moving ahead
Where to put this and that and the other while they are replacing my Floors, but that is late November
Anyway, wide awake and got up at 1 a.m. to putter around until I got sleepy again

Did whatever I could find that was interesting in doing and gave up at 2 a.m. to head back to Bed
Back up at my usual time of 5 a.m, made my Coffee, did my Computer stuff then what about that IRS thing?
They sent a Form I had to return by November 1st so I dug around online to see if I could make Payments
And it looks like you can so I printed off a Form, filled it out and back in the Envelope to send off Monday

Finished my Friday Blog, I posted it and then started on this one for Saturday
And then what? Looks like another long and dreary Day... How do you spell Sunshine? I want to order some
And then I got another Photo Video Idea, I have Photos of all those old South Padre Island trips
I read of a Resort on South Padre Island owned by a Businessman in Saint Joseph, was interested
So next Vacation time I asked a friend of mine if he would like to head to Texas and the Beach
And of course he wanted to head out, a tour of South Texas and ending at the Island for a Week

We had a good time, and decided to back another time and other Friends heard about it and they wanted to go too
So we took trips every Year for some time... Whoever was off work and wanted to sample the Beach life
I started on that and got Photos from Two of my Trips edited and needed a break, a ton of Photos to go

Then, Surprize Surprize! The Sun peeked out about 9 a.m. Took some of the Dreary off
So I went went out back to check again, not expecting anything but found a nice Cucumber I missed on Friday
And then, the late Green Beans I planted didn't get enough Sun behind the Pepper Plants
So, not many Beans and not very much size but I picked them all anyway, a couple Forkfuls there maybe

~ My Entire 'Bumper' Green Bean Crop ~

And that was it for Saturday, just the rest of the Day stumbling around the place here and there
Little catch up chores doing this and that until TV Time and the usual after that
Still had some of that Chicken Cacciatore so I hotted up some for Dinner, sleepy again too early and conked out

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Friday, October 06, 2017 ~
~ Shut Down the Aerogardens ~
~ Some more Cucumbers ~

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One week of October almost gone, and what exciting thing is in Store for Friday?
Well not much as of 6:30 a.m. anyway, maybe something later? Like clean up under the Sink?
It sure is ugly under there now and the Maintenance Man said he would take care of it
I was thinking about doing it myself but he said on Thursday that he would be back later to do it
Morning stuff done, on to the Day, and thinking ahead on my Flooring Rebab on the way in November
There will have to be a lot of heavy Furniture moving then and I already started on that
The Project won't start for another Month but some of this stuff here needs to be moved anyway

So I started a couple Days ago, emptied one of the big Shelves in the Kitchen moved it into the Hall
Friday Morning then, I disassembled it and stowed it in a corner of the Bed Room for now
Later I will have to take the TV off the other Shelf and move it, but for now, just move the AeroGardens
I just replanted two of them but not much success with the plantings after 16 Days... so out they go
I did remove and replant the one little Pepper in a Pot with not much hope for it but it tried at least
Then I emptied both Gardens and moved them to a little Shelf I had moved to the Bed Room before

~ The little pop up Pepper now in the Pot ~

And what next? Well I moved the Kitchen TV to where it was before on the Second Shelf, it was on the top Shelf
I adjusted the Height of the Shelf then moved the TV down to it and Wah Law, the morning's Projects complete
Now the only things on that entire Shelf are the TV and Sound Bar

~ TV alone on the Shelf for Now ~

Then it was about time to head for the Price Chopper, almost out of Tequila and low on Milk
And I sure can not do without those necessary Staples... Got a half Gallon of each and headed back
Stopped for my Snail Mail on the way back, what's this letter from the IRS?... Smelling trouble there?

Back home to unload and then check out my Mail, one Welcome, a refill of my Belly Ache Pills
Checked the IRS Envelope, and yeah, trouble... The Finance Company for the Van I gave back to them
Filed a 1099 saying what I owed and they wrote off was Income, what a Robbery! Anyway the IRS says I owe $1,602.00
So I checked in to their Web Site, trying to see if I can make payments, looks like maybe, I'll work on that

And, then... I saw a couple Cukes out back on Thursday that might be ready so I headed out back with my Sack
Yeah, Seven more, Two nice straight ones and the rest kinda weird shapes but edible anyway... And one Ripening Tomato

~ One Tomato ~ More funny Cukes ~

Then 2 p.m. Margarita time again so I put off everything else til Saturday, back to the long Afternoon and Evening TV
But I did get a few things done that I thought needed to be done but lots more to come later (In November>

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Thursday, October 05, 2017 ~
~ Chicken Cacciatore for Dinner ~
~ New Speakers Delivered ~

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Well sure a slow draggy Day on Thursday, rainy again amd cloudy and dreary
Almost Noon time when I started on this Blog Catch up, doing this and that and mot much of it
Started on a new Video idea Twice, gave up early on both, just not in that Mood as yet
I did move some stuff from one of those Shelves in the Kitchen, starting on making room for later
The only activity of much interest was a visit from the Maintenance Man and the Flooring Contractor

They came in to deliver some Good and some not so Good News about the changes to my Apartment
I thought they were just going to replace the flooring in the Kitchen, Hallway and Bathroom
But they also plan to do the Living Room too and there is a lot of heavy stuff in there to move
Tom tried to minimize the problems, said he would help but there is a lot more that I will have to do

I don't know how long it will take them, they said they would do it in Two stages
But I am thinking I will be without the Computer and TV in the Living Room for at least Two Days
But I have quite a lot of time to think about it, saying it will be late November for the overhaul

And moving right along (at a Snails's Pace) and waiting for my new Computer Speakers to be delivered
My Email said they are out for delivery by AMZL... Not what is that? I looked it up online
So it is Amazon's own Delivery System and not getting good reviews from what I read, we'll see

Then thinking again of what's for Dinner that isn't so boring as my stuff lately, well I have some Chicken
And a thought popped up... Chicken Cacciatore? what's that? Have I cooked that before... maybe
I looked it up, pretty much just another Italian Sauced Dish, I can do that, but needed a Green Pepper
I had some out back so headed out, Picked three small ones and lookee there, a few more Tomatoes

~ A few more Tomatoes and Peppers ~

Was going to start on that and a knock on the Door, a guy in a Car had just left a Box out front... My first 'AMZL' Delivery
So I had to take a look and then hook up my new Speakers... Worked OK, sound just fair
But most of the time I use the Sound that comes from the TV Surround Sound System

~ New Speakers for the Living Room Computer ~

So then I started on the Cacciatore, my own variation like most of my Recipes...
I check online for Ideas and then take off on my own interpretation, it's mostly all good
Started by chopping up some of Green Peppers and Onions, into the Pot with some Olive Oil
Next some chopped Garlic and then some of my chopped Tonatoes, some herbs and spices
Let that simmer a bit and added some chopped Chicken,all done but some slow cooking for a while

~ Il mio tentativo di Pollo Cacciatore ~

And then it was just coast into late Afternoon and then Dinner time, hotted up a Plate of that Concoction
It was OK, plenty of tasty Chicken chunks, seemed to need a bit of an Italian Sauce boost
I have enough left for a second Dinner, just might add some more Sauce and check that out
I just can't quite hit a Home Run with every experimental Meal I try, better luck next time

And first Week in October just about gone, Time do Fly, having fun or not

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Wedesday, October 04, 2017 ~
~ A New Pepper Plant! ~
~ New Video Uploaded ~

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Wednesday and Halfway through the Working Week... another nothing planned and clueless Day for me
Well, usually something comes up to keep me busy until a little after Noon Time, then coast into the Afternoon
I do have a new Banking Account, I can keep busy for a while changing a lot of my Accounts to that one
But just had a thought, instead of paying some of my Accounts with that, make a Deposit from there to my old Account

And, then a Morning surprize, checking the new Plants in the AeroGardens, hadn't been any yet
But One Plant did pop up in AeroGarden 2, when did I plant those anyway? Lemmee look
Well, not as far back as I thought, planted those on September 19th, so took 15 Days to germinate
So no sign of the Herbs I planted the same Day, they are still Sleeping, the Seeds too old maybe?

~ A Pepper Plant Peeking Up ~

Well now, then into another long long Day working om my new Video, I just get mesmerized in doing them
Pretty much done about 1:30 p.m. and copied it to a SD Card and mixed me a Margarita and went to watch it on TV
OOOPS! Video looked good... but several mistakes in Sub-Titles, can't have that, so went back to fix them
So I thought I had it all fixed, rendered it again, and watched it again and DOGGONE! One word left out

Once more at the Editor... Added the word 'City' to one Sub-Title and remdered again and uploaded again
While waiting for it to upload, checked out in la Cocina for 'What's for 'Dinner', must be something good there

I set out what I found for Dinner, I am getting too many 'warm-ups' lately though mostly it's good
I just have been plating more than I can eat and then save the rest for another Day, have to slow that down
Anyway, checked again and that Video was all set on Vimeo, time to check it out again on my TV


And it looked great on the TV, those old Photos look a lot better on that Video than they do on my Web Pages
Seems also that changing the Aspect Ratio from 4 x 3 to 16 x 9 gives a better view of the scene... wider is better
So what the count now? Four new Videos in the past Week from my old Photo files and they all look good
OK now, what can I dig up for another one, so many Photos but not all suitable for a Video, I'll look anyway

And that was it for Wednesday, see if I can find something constructive to do on Thursday

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Tuesday, October 03, 2017 ~
~ More Cukes and Tomatoes ~
~ New Monitor Delivered ~

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What Day is this? Oh yeah, Tuesday, Computer Monitor Delivery Day... Ordered another One
Not that I really needed another, just wanted to have one for each Computer, just in case
My Dell 4 was just sitting there as a Spare and didn't need one, I had moved that one to the HP
I was using the HP in the Living Room to show Files on my TV and it was handy to have a Monitor there also

But then I wanted to remove the Ethernet Cable from the Computer Room to the Living Room and use Wi-Fi instead
The HP is my oldest Computer and doesn't have Wi-Fi so I moved the Dell 4 there and put the HP back in the Computer Room
So it was sitting there and looking Bare wth no Monitor... so... Wah Lah! Ordered another Monitor, needed or not

OK, time moving on, hadn't been out back for a couple Days, let's go look, nothing ready to pick before
But Surprize, Surprize, Four more Cucumbers and Five ripe Tomatoes, hadn't picked any Tomatoes for a while
Harvested them and back in to round up some Breakfast and then wait for the FedEx Man

~ More Cucumbers ~ More Tomatoes ~

Then I started on another 'Still Photos' Video, started editing more Photos, that got old real quick
So I just gave up on that and then waited and waited for the FedEx Man and he finally showed up around Noon-Thirty
Brought a huge Box to the Door and I opened it up and started assembling it, no tools needed for this one
Just three parts and the Cables, and the Stand snaps into the Base and the Base snaps into the Display
Plugged in the Cables ran the install CD and we were in business, looks good...

~ New Dell 24 Inch Monitor ~

And again, after Noon it is usually just kick back time... and it was again... I need a new Hobby
So, Cocktail, TV, plan something for Dinner, feed the Cat and finish out the Day on the TV... Ho Hum...

Now... Can I dream up something to do on what's the next Day now... Oh Wednesday already... Let's go see

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Monday, October 02, 2017 ~
~ More Work on my USAF Video ~
~ Finished That One ~ Looking for another Subject ~

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Monday, Monday, I do like Mondays... A new Day, a new Week and a new Month to discover new things
Another nice Day ahead, and what's in it for me? Back to that USAF Video and I started early on my Luke AFB Photos
And there were a lot of them to edit and resize, I wanted a 1920 x 1080 aspect ratio to fit the wide Screen
But some vertical Photos couldn't be set to that so they would have to have some Black area around the Picture
Anyway I started out on that, got them all edited and then started adding them to the Timeline
Got about half added by 9:30 a.m. Then getting tedious so decided to take a break, lots of Photos left to add
And I have lots of time to do it, headed out to cash in a couple tiny Lottos at the Fast Stop

I am trying to get rid of some old stuff I have here, not using it amd taking up space, one an old VCR/DVD Player
The VCR broke a tiny Belt, wouldn't work anymore but the DVD player worked OK, so I took it with me
Asked Navru if he could use it, he said yes, was happy to get it for free, he came out to the Car to get it
I traded for a couple of small Lottos and headed back to my Project

This time I started on the Photos from Randolph AFB, my last Assignment, got them all sized and added to the TimeLine
Added a Sub Title to each of the Photos, added an Animated .gif of my AF Photos I had made earlier, added that
Then some music, an ending and was finished! Time to render and upload

When that was rendered to an .mp4 File I copied it to an SD Card, took it in to check it out on my TV
Looked good for the most Part, but there were a few spelling errors on some Sub Titles, had to fix that
Fixed all the errors I could find, then rendered it again, then uploaded it to Vimeo... So what ya think of it?


On into the Afternoon and then here comes the Maintenance Man with my new Garbage Disposer, started in the Install
And was all installed and running in Twenty Minutes, that over for now, what about the Floor?
Tom said he would be back with the Floor Man on Thursday to see what they could plan for my place
It doesn't look so bad here overall after 17 Years but it does need a new Kitchen and Bathroom Floor

Easing on toward Evening then, put out some Dinner, mixed my Libation and headed for the TV
And that wound up another busy Day, nice to have an interesting Project to work on

And... Goodnight Irene... Goodnight

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Sunday, October 01, 2017 ~
~ Worked on my USAF Video ~
~ New Garbage Dsposal Monday? ~

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And what for Sunday, gimmee an Idea, well I did have one, start on another Old Video, I do have all those old Photos
Too bad I don't have any Relatives that want to see them, but then I am very happy with no Family anyway
So let's check the Weather, starting at 60 and topping out at 78, looks like a nice mild Day ahead
Well I had that $5 Lotto Winner and planned to cut back this Month, but wanted to trade in that One
And I needed some Goodies so I headed to the Price Chopper for them, picked up the Goodies
Then traded my $5 Winner for a $3 Scratcher and a $2 'Show me Cash', Won back $8, not bad for the price

Back home for Breakfast and then started on my new Video... Lots of old USAF Photos to edit
Worked away on my AF Career sequence starting Basic at Lackland AFB in Texas, then transferring to Oklahoma
Lackland was overcrowded with recruits for the Korean War so our Unit was transferred to Sheppard AFB to finish
Finishing Basic then I was sent to Lowry AFB in Denver, Colorado for Camera Tech Training

I Finished Editing the Photos for that much then started on my first Assignment at Scott AFB in Illinois
After Editing those Photos I started adding them to the Timeline on my new Video, finished that much
And then rendered the first try at the Video to .MP4, copied the File to an SD Card to watch on my TV
That was looking pretty good to me and then I was ready to start on the next Base transfer to Luke AFB

~ The first Look at my new Video on my Computer ~

That took me well into the Afternoon, time to put that aside for the Day, take a break, have a Margarita
And nothing to brag about after that, just the same old winding down of the Day, but sure a busy one
Some Dinner, some evening Entertainment and then to Bed to rest up for Monday

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ 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! ~





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