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~ Tuesday, October 31, 2017 ~
~ Third Day at Home ~
~ First Freeze ~ First Snow ~

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~ Some Scattered Snow in the Area ~

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OK, Tuesday Morning, got up around 7 a.m. Started the Day with a little BORING TV News
A 'Nutrition' drink for Breakfast, got bored with TV and went back to bed for an hour or so
Then it was up again for the Day and a little more TV, nibbling and puttering around

Then into the 'Office' for a little Facebook, Bank, amd Email catch up posted Monday's Blog
Had some Apple Juice, first Cup of Coffee since coming Home, then on to more backed up Email
And then on to more Computer stuff, and working on November's Bill Scheduling and some big changes on the way
Then this Blog catch up and time to go back for some more Afternoon TV and see what else might cme up

And nothing else did come up, just the same old thing until Bed time, what a drag
Some Vegetable Soup for a meager Dinner, more TV and headed to Bed

~ There will be a Better Day Tomorrow... I Hope ~



~ Monday, October 30, 2017 ~
~ Second Day back Home ~
~ A Helpful Visit from Pat ~

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~ Last Day in the Hospital Saturday ~

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~ My Apartment for 10 Days ~ I Can't really reccomend the Experience ~

Back Home Saturday afternoon, just creeping along trying to adjust to my new circumstances, adapting to my limitations
This place is set up to meet my limited mobility quite well, everything close to the center Hall
I can walk without a walker and everywhere I go is close to something to hold on to

So, up and moving around on Monday Morning and I got a call from Pat, asked how she could help
Well I did need a few things from the Store, she said she would handle that and dropped in about Noon

We had a catch up Visit and after some time she headed off to the Price Chopper with my List
Then back with my Sack of Goodies, she unloaded and we visited some more, then she had to tend to Home business

And on through that long Day, some nibble time, some BORING.. TV time, some napping in bed on and off
Gave up around 7 p.m. and crawled under my covers for a fairly good night...

~ More Fun as long as it Lasts ~



~ Thursday, October 19, 2017 ~
~ Checking in the Hospital at 12:15 p.m. ~
~ Out in maybe Two or Three Days they Say ~

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~ North Kansas City Hospital ~

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Thursday Morning after a long Night... stayed up longer but it didn't help much
So up at 5 a.m. No Apple Juice, No Coffee, nothing to eat or drink until after, whenever that will be
They said it would be a 'Laparoscopic Connectomy' if I'll lucky... but possibly be open Surgery
So I looked 'Laparoscopic' up online, 'less invasive' they say, that looks good, but whatever will be will have to be

So, as usual, checked the Bank, Checked Mail, checked Facebook, Posted Wednesday's Blog
Can someone bring me a cup of Coffee while I work the Online Crossword for Today?
So, looks like the Day will just be getting ready for the Trip, get my Morning Clean-up done
Need to do a little Laundry, pack a few things in a Duffle Bag, then wait for Pat to drive me there

And this Blog will remain unposted until I get back... See ya then... Whenever

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Wednesday, October 18, 2017 ~
~ Flush Day Again ~
~ Working on my San Antonio Video ~

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~ 'Remember the Alamo' ~ I do, been there several Times ~

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OK What for the Day Before the Day? They said start the Flush at 8 a.m. with Four Dulcolax Tablets
And then drink that Half Gallon of Miralax startng at 10 a.m. 8 Ounces every 15 Minures until gone
I started my Day at 4:30 a.m. with a glass of Apple Juice, then a Cup of Coffee, hungry then at 7 a.m.
But they ordered... No Food for the whole Day! Oh well, that Gator Ade mix might help with that

And then what? Well now, I thought I had all the Kinks worked out on my Padre Island Video, nope...
I watched it again on my TV, saw several 'jumpy' transitions and one Photo not the right Size
So back to the Video Editor, checked every Photo and Sub-Title, found that one wrong size Photo
I resized that Photo, then fixed those transitions that weren't as smooth as they should have been
And then rendered the Video, copied to DropBox to upload to Vimeo, not burning a DVD just yet
I want to check it one more time on my TV, I am just too picky for small details but I want it right

So I started that about 5 a.m. and all done by 7 a.m. Now on to Flush Time, and what else to do on the Day before?
Well now, I had started a San Antonio Video, I can get back to that for a while... Charge!
And that was the Project for the Rest of the Morning, rendered and Uploaded the Video to Vimeo


Then I went back to check out my South Padre Island Video again and found even more Mistakes
About half the Photos on one Trip were not the right Aspect Ratio, how did that happen? No clue
So I went back to resize them, then rendered the Video for the upteenth time, hope it's OK now

And then a lengthy Call from the Surgery Nurse at the NKC Hospital, lots of questions about this and that
I answered them all, and they changed the Check In time too, 30 Minutes later... so all set now?

Back to the Videos, worked on both and they look OK, Uploaded them to Vimeo, I'll check them again on the TV
So I finally finished all my Gator Ade with Miralax and the results of that intake, a large outtake
Then it was just coast though the rest of the Day drinking only a little Water and a cup of Broth
Checked my San Antonio Video on my TV, looks good, didn't want to try the Padre Island done just yet

Found an old Movie I recorded on TCM and managed to stay up later watching that, then done with Wednesday
On to Thursday and my Hospital Adventure... Not really looking forward to enjoying that

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Tuesday, October 17, 2017 ~
~ Surgery Scheduled for Thursday ~
~ South Padre Island Video Finished ~

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~ Finally Up and Running! ~

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Ok now, what for Tuesday, get the Morning stuff finished and then go get a tank of Gas
And then take a quick run up to Platte City and back and then get my stuff for another 'clean-out'
Yeah, I can eat and drink today but Wednesday is another flush Day for that Operation Thursday
And they are saying to use the same Laxative I use a bit of every Day but they are saying a whole bottle
Not sure yet but I think that will be less than that Gallon of Salty stuff I did last time

And so until I took off North Tuesday Morning, I took another look at my latest Video on my Editor
I thought I finally had everything like I wanted in my South Padre Island Video and burned a DVD
But I played it back on my TV, got about halfway through and the screen went Black, did that on the first DVD too
So I made a mistake somewhere, don't know yet just what but I will fix it or else!

I started on the Fix, thought I found it, I had burned the previous version of the Video instead of the last
So I checked that new DVD, Ooops, still leaving out one Trip, what could that be? the File was complete on the Editor
And then I got the Idea, I had burned the DVD from the previous file render and hadn't rendered the new Edition
So I set that to rendering, finished and then burned a new DVD from that and WAH LAH! Success finally!

Then 10 a.m. Back after my Trip and running around and Sunny and warming up, time to find something to do
I stopped at at Walgreens and got my Flush stuff there, then next door to the Price Chopper for Gator Ade
This flush should be a lot easier than last Week, I can mix my 'Smooth Lax' with Gator Ade as they reccommend
And this time is is only 64 Ounces, last time was 128 Ounces, a full Gallon to swish down

So, I took a walk out back to see what was what, and there wasn't much what to see
Three more Cucumbers that might make it, Two Tomatoes I an waiting to ripen and those Radishes
They say that Radishes are so easy to grow but I never seem to have great luck with them
And this it the first Fall crop I ever planted, they have lots of Leaves and who knows, maybe some Radishes in a couple Days>

So, a long Afternoon ahead and I got Interested again in my new San Antonio Video, got engrossed and worked on until 3 p.m
Edited Photos, added them to a new Video Timeline, and looking good 'In my Not So Humble Opinion'
Let's go get a Margarita and find something for Dinner later, Burger and Fries maybe?

And that was it for Tuesday... FLUSH Day on Wednesday...

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Monday, October 16, 2017 ~
~ Another Doctor Visit Today ~
~ But this one is just a 'Consultation' ~

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~ The little Rose out back still Trying ~

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A busy Weekend all used up, now starting on a Busy Monday, some Video Editing to start
Then that Doctor Appointment in the Afternoon, going to discuss my pending Surgery options
And so, hoping for the best but you have take what you get, the way that little Ball bounces
Anyway that is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Lots of time to work on that new Video Addition I thought up

And then, I needed a few Items again from the Price Chopper so I trotted up there to get them... (in the Mercrdes)
Picked up loot, got the Mail on the way back and then tried copying some more 35mm Slides
I wasn't happy with some of my San Antonio Trip copies and thought Maybe I could do better
So I set up my Projector and Camera and tried about Twenty slides, edited a few, not much better
So that re-copying process wouldn't justify all the effort so I gave up on that Idea

Then the Time just ebbed onward until about 1:45 p.n. Then time to head to NKC Hospital
Got there, checked in, then had to fill out about 20 Forms, NKC has all my Info from way Back
But this is a different Company with space in the Hospital so they had to start from scratch

Finally they called me in, sat on the Table, then the Nurse for her Data and then the Doctor came in
Quite friendly and personable and knowledgable it seemed to me, made me very comfortable
Then a lot more Questions, then the Verdict and sent me out to a Clerk to set up the Procedure
And that will be a Surgery Appointmen set for Thursday Afternoon for a Laparoscopic Colonostomy<
One negative note, the Paper she gave me said also... 'Possible Open', Hope we get by without that

Back Home at 4:30 p.m. A welcome Margarita, set out a Burger to thaw and get on to the Evening Dinner and TV
And looking for a better Day Tommorrow... and the next Day too

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ Sunday, October 15, 2017 ~
~ Finished my Latest South Padre Island Video ~
~ Picked a few more Garden Goodies ~

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~ Just Catchin' some Rays ~

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Sunday Morning at 48 Degrees at 5:30 a.m. and they say a cool but Sunny Day ahead, topping at 60
And no plans except to maybe finish my latest Photo Video, not a lot left to do but do a Finale
I need to add some more Music and design a bit different, maybe more interesting Finish

So I got my Morning started and then went back to my Video, added Music, added an ending and burned a DVD
And then hunting around for the Next One I found more Photos I left out of the First one
So I added those to the First Video, finished and rendered that one, now Two Videos of South Padre Island Trips

And that was accomplished by 11 a.m. or so, and looking great with all that Sun out there then
I wanted to go out back to check my Radishes after all that Rain Saturday night but still only 51 Degrees
Well I could wear a Jacket, so out I go... And Surprize... I found something! Three little Tomatoes
And three little Cucumbers, Two Tomatoes still on the Vines and maybe a couple more little Cucumbers
But the Cucumber Bed looks like it is all finished for the Season

~ Three Little Tomatoes ~ Three little Cucumbers ~

And then it was back to my Video Editing, some more Photos to add and an idea for another addition to One new Video
And then I got a Visit from Navru who was off for the Day, lives just up the Hill from me
I hadn't been the Fast Stop where he works since the First of October and he wanted to catch up
So I showed him what I was doing, how to change the Aspect Ratio of a Photo, then we went in to watch a couple of my Videos
Then he wanted assistance in copying a Musical CD, he had found some Music on my Computer he liked
So I copied the Album off to a CD, put it a Sleeve for him, more chit and chat and he took off back up the Hill

And then it was Margarita time and needed, had been a dry Day... Mixed that and back to the TV to catch up
After a bit of that, I found a nice Big Sausage and Bun in the Freezer, got that ready for Dinner
Then finished off the Day with that big Sausage and some more of my sliced Cucumbers with Italian Dressing

Farewell to a nice Day on Sunday...

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~



~ 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! ~



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