~ Donald Lee Smith ~



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

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~ Sunday, January 14, 2018 ~
~ We Had a 'White Christmas' on Sunday ~
~ An 'Inside Day' all Day ~

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~ Sunday Morning ~ Merry Christmas? ~

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Sunday, 16 Degrees at 6:30 a.m. and saying a High of 32 with light Snow, well we sure need some more Winter
Personally I have had far more than I ever wanted, give me some more April, May and June... Please
So on to the Morning Computer catch up, finish, upload and post Saturday's boring Blog
Check the Bank, check the Email, work the 'Jumble' Puzzle, the Crossword doesn't work on Sunday dammit
Finished my Coffee, started on Sunday's Blog and then what? A long Day ahead and no plans of any kind as usual

The day slipped on until 8 a.m. then I took a peek out the Door, yeah, that's a bit more than 'light' Snow
And still coming down at a pretty good clip, one look at that and I decided I didn't want to go out there
Don't need anything at the Store and I can do without my Lotto Tickets in that kind of Weather

Then I got a call from Navru about 10:15 a.m. He said he would see me in 10 minutes, well it took longer
He showed up about 10:40 and he unloaded his Laptop and we got down to Video Editing business
I showed him how to do things on my Computer and answered his Questions as he did the Editing on his Laptop
Well that is a complicated Program when you get down to it and I showed him a lot of the Basics he needed for his Video
Then he watched a little of my Year 2017 Video and then headed up the Hill to Home...

And that was it for a busy Sunday Afternoon... On to the rest of a kind of interestung COLD Day

~ Enough Weekend ~ I want Monday ~



~ Saturday, January 13, 2018 ~
~ Dumped Two Plant Experiments ~
~ Played with my Video Editor waiting for Navru to Show Up ~

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Starting out Saturday just a bit warmer than they Forecast but still COLD at 11 Degrees at 6:30 a.m.
Nothing much planned for the Day except Navru said he would come over in the Afternoon for a Video Tutorial
I gave him a copy of my Video Editor Program and he wants to try a Video of some of his Photos
It isn't all that difficult but a little tricky until you learn some of the ways to do what you want on that Program

Bye the bye... Did you ever wonder who taught my Video Duck to Quack? He was just a piece of Paper to start
So of course I had to make an Animation of the Photo and teach him to talk...


OK, now 11:30 a.m. what do we do now? Just got back from the Price Chopper and the Fast Stop
Hit the Price Chopper first for couple Items then The Fast Stop for my Lottos
Traded in a $15 Win for $25 more Tickets and then had some more Computer chat with Navru
He says he still might come by later today for some Video Editor edification... (what's that mean?)
Back home to work $25 in Losers and then what's ahead for the Day... AHA! Had an idea, that Rose/Potato experiment

Looked like the Rose thing wasn't working at all and the Pineapple Plant in the Pot was leaning over
So I thought I would junk the Rose attempt and move the Pinapple to the bigger Pot for more Room
And so, I dug into the big pot, pulled out the Rose twig, didn't see any sign of the Potato? Where did it go?

Went ahead to transplant the Pineapple and began pulling off some lower leaves, but then the Core fell out
The Leaves hadn't all died yet but it looked like it gave up too and so, now two empty Pots

~ The Way it Was ~ The Way it Is ~

After that fiasco not much going on except waiting to see if Navru showed up, he hasn't been on time here yet
Then it was 3:10 p.m. and of course, he hadn't called to cancel as I asked him to do if he wasn't coming
So I gave up on waiting for him at 3:30, mixed a Margarita, started working on some Turkey Hssh for Dinner
Then it was back to the TV to finish out the Day, first with a Movie and then again, Music with Andre Rieu

And what's tomorrow? This month has been fleeting fast

~ On to Sunday I think ~



~ Friday, January 12, 2018 ~
~ A Very Cold but Sunny Day ~
~ And not much going On ~

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~ My First Photo at age 86 ~ Look any worse than at 85? ~

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That was some Fun Birthday if you forget about the Weather... The Temp was diving for Antartica!
It was 48 Degrees when my Day started about 7 a.m. and then was down to 14 Degrees about 5 p.m.
And started with some Rain, then Snow amd some Ice here and there to try to ruin my Day but did not
Now we are back in the Deep Freeze for a few Days starting this Friday Morning at 6 Degrees at 7 a.m.

Well that was some Fun Birthday Party for me on Wednesday and Thursday, Smokin BBQ, Baking Cake and a Visitor
And now the Holidays are over until when? Looks like 'Groundhog Day' in February but that's no big Deal
The Ones I am looking forward to are St Pat's Day for Corned Beef and the Big BBQ Day for me on Memorial Day
A few other ones in between I don't pay much attention to... Some I really like though... Like July 4th for more BBQ

Brrrrrrr... Welcome to the Ice Box called Parkville... 6 Degrees when I got up, still 6 degrees at 9 a.m.
Bright Sun pouring into my Window but still a chill in my Computer Room even with the Heat kicked up a notch
Guess it's time to cut me a Slice of my Birthday Cake and go get caught up on the TV News

A slow and cold Day but the Temp was slowly creeping up... Finally got the courage to try it at 1 p.m.
Online said 13 about that time, headed out in my heavy Jacket, found the door frozen shut on the Blazer
I had parked across the Street, didn't want to go back for hot Water so tried the other Door
It opened OK but then I had to fight to get over the hump in the front Seat, finally made it
Headed down to the Fast Stop, got my Lottos and then Navru and I had a long chat about this and that
Then back Home to work my Lottos for a $15 Win, well a loss of only $5... Better than nothing

And already into the Afternoon and just a tad thirsty, how about a Margarita, hadn't had one in over two Months
I hadn't been drinking excessively before, but after my Surgery they advised I cut back on Alcohol
I read up on it a little and then decided it might be a good idea, so didn't drink anything for a Month
Then started back on my Afternoon Wine a bit and that seemed to work out OK, so time to test out a Margarita

~ First Margarita since October 18, 2016 ~

And that was quite tasty and didn't seem to bother anything so now maybe I can have one now and then
Nothing much left of the Day except some Dinner, some more of my BBQ Pork and Cole Slaw
Finished that and one more Movie and off to a better night than usual, only woke up twice
Well, make that Three times counting the one when I got out of Bed Saturday morning

~ A Quiet after Birthday Day ~



~ Thursday, January 11, 2018 ~
~ Happy 86th Birthday to Me! ~
~ A Birthday Visitor Coming to Sample my Cake ~

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~ Anyone Want some Super Cake? ~

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Well now, a pretty nice happy busy Day on Wednesday, found a few things to do and a BBQ Day is usually a Happy Day!
And looking forward to a Happy Birthday today even with the Weather Forecast ahead... back to Winter
Starting out at 5 a.m. with 48 Degrees and light Rain, then the Temp dropping and Snow and maybe Icy Streets
So looked like if I wanted any Lottos I better do it first thing when the Price Chopper opens up at 6 a.m.

Headed out into that dark chilly Rain at 6:30 a.m. The Price Chopper was deserted but bright and ready
I hit the ATM then moved over to Lotto Machine Two to waste another $20 and headed out the Door
Back home to scratch off a Birthday Win of NOTHING! But I got a $1 Birthday Coupon in my Email

9 a.m. and the Temp was falling just as forecast, 32 Degrees and still light Rain...
Was doing a little of this and a little of that, just passing time, cleaning house a tiny bit
Then at Noon, checking the Temp again... Whooooeeee! Dropped down to 18 degrees with very light Snow
That was colder than they predicted it to be by that time, the bottom was dropping out

But Pat said the Cold and Snow wouldn't divert her Visit, said she would be here 12:30 to 1 p.m. or so

About 1 p.m. knock, knock, come on in and have a warm up and chat and snacks and TV
And that we did that for a long cold Afternoon, already in the 'teens'... The Day had started at 48 Degrees
And it wasn't a 'Movie Day' as usual, mostly watching Bobby Flay dancing around in the his Kitchen
Then my Birthday BBQ Video and other things that popped up on the TV, Pat made some Tea, I poured some Wine

I mentioned my Birthday Cake and Pat said she would like to sample some, I cut her a piece, she agreed it was great
And I hadn't had much to eat that Morning except a piece of my Birthday Cake so I suggested some Popcorn
Out to the Kitchen to get my big Pot and her Christmas Popcorn Gift, the first try at that didn't work out so great then
But I had stored the Bottle in the Fridge since then as is reccommended... And it came out much better
The first time a lot of unpopped kernels, this time hardly any at all, maybe it was the cold storage after all

And the Afternoon rolled on into the early evening and time for her to head back up that Hill

~ Heading up that Steep Cold Snowy Hill to Home ~

After that just a very light Dinner to finish off a very Happy Happy Birthday

~ Ending a Happy Happy 86th Birthday ~



~ Wednesday, January 10, 2018 ~
~ The Day before the Day ~ Birthday on Thursday ~
~ Sampled my Cake ~ Smoked some BBQ ~

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Starting off at 38 Degrees at 6 a.m. and they are still saying going to 55 later... We shall see
Did my Computer Catch up and Puzzles and then checked my Email... And an Ad from Price Chopper
They had Pork Loin Chops and Country Style Ribs for BBQ on sale for $1.88 lb... Hmmmmm
Well they are saying maybe 55 Degrees later in the Day, nice enough to Smoke some BBQ outside?
Well I needed to stop in there for some Dos Equis Cervesa and a Gallon of Sangria and Lottos
So I'll just have to check out the Meat Counter and see what we shall see... HUH?

But first before my Shopping excursion I wanted to try my Birthday Cake
The last time I overbaked my Christmas Cake a little but it was still pretty tasty
This time I got it just right, and I think the best one I have made, just what I would call DNP!

~ Sample of my Birthday Cake ~

And off to the Price Chopper, didn't feel all that much warmer... brrr...
Got my Wine and Beer and headed back for the Pork... and all the stuff they said was on Sale... wasn't!
The 'Pork Loin Chops' were but the 'Country Style Ribs' I wanted were not marked down but I got them anyway
Back to put the Beer and Wine in the Fridge and then douse the Pork with BBQ Dry Rub, ready for the Smoker

Out front at Noon-Thirty at 50 Degrees and hazy Sun to light the Smoker Burner and put on a couple 'Loglets'
Then out with the tray Of 'Sliced Pork Shoulder'... The proper name for what they are calling 'Country Style Ribs'
That hunk doesn't come from anywhere near the Pigs Ribs... So I call it what it is...

Back inside to find something else to do, fifteen Minutes later I saw that Smoker was puffing away
And the aroma of Cherry Wood Smoke and Pork BBQ filling the Air, Oh yes!

~ Dry Rub on the Pork ~ Ready to Smoke ~

Then, I was on Messenger with Sigi bantering back and forth, I thought I would go out and get some Video to bug him
So I made a short Video and posted it on Facebook and a couple friends saw it and 'Liked' it
I decided I would make a more complete Video and started on that, and it was done about the time the BBQ was done
I rendered it and uploaded it to Vimeo to repost on Facebook and also for all my Friends just dying to see it

On into the Afternoon, decided to make some Cole Slaw to go with my BBQ, then the BBQ was ready for the Oven
Brought it in from the Smoker, brushed with KC Masterpiece Sauce and into the Oven for another Hour
Then it was time for a Glass of Sangria and a preview of my Video and on into my TV Afternoon


Later a hunk of that BBQ and a Dish of Cole Slaw and another Movie and I was ready for Bed
Had a really pleasant Pre-Birthday Day and on to a Happy Birthday on January 11, 2018... 86 Fun Years!

~ Wednesday ~ Busier than Expected ~



~ Tuesday, January 9, 2018 ~
~ Not as Warm as they Predicted ~
~ And just a little TV Cable Work ~

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Starting out 'My Day' on Tuesday Morning, 32 Degrees at 6 a.m. And saying warmer at 50 Degrees later
And they are saying 56 Degrees on Wednesday, is that for real? That's almost BBQ Weather
Finished my Morning Routine and headed out into some dreary but a tad warmer Weather
Dropped in at the Fast stop, more chat with Navru, says he will come over on Sunday for his Editing lesson
Traded in $20 of Winners, picked up my Lottos and headed Home, only worked $10 in Winners

The next big event my Ink Order was delivered and I installed the Cartridges. now the Printer can shut up
Kept telling me every time I got on the Computer that I couldn't print because the Yellow Cartridge was low

Then I got a Photo of me with the Iced Cake and then put the Lettering on with my 'Print Net' program
You will have to wait until my Birthday on Thursday to see the result... Can you wait?

Then into the rest of another long Day, but ending early, I got really tired crawling around on the floor
Some Day... whenever they put in the new Flooring I was going to have to reroute my Cable for my TV
A couple Days ago I removed the Carpet in the Hall that was covering the Cable, it was wrinking again
I decided I better reroute that Cable and get it out of posible 'tripping' way abd I started on that

It took a bit of crawling, climbing and rerouting but I got it almost done by TV time
All I need to do now it put a couple pieces of Tape to hold it in place by the front Door... Wah Lah!

And that was Tuesday... Hotted up some more Turkey and finished the Day with another Movie

~ Tuesday Finito ~ What's Next? ~



~ Monday, January 8, 2018 ~
~ Oh Happy Day! ~ Nice Weather and I Baked my Cake ~
~ And my Bills all Paid ~ Still a Hunk of Money in the Bank ~

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Checked my Bank first thing Monday as I usually do... And looking great, I thought I might have a problem
I made a large Transfer from my new Bank on the 3rd, then schedued a lot of Bills on the Fifth
They say it takes Three Days to transfer but on the 7th it still wasn't there... And those Bills were getting paid
But this Morning that hunk was in my Bank and all the Bills are paid and I am in Heaven for the Day at least
And there just happens to be about $400 of that last $500 Lotto win still waiting in the Bank for me!

So what for Monday, Monday? Nice Weather it looks like... 28 Degrees at 5 a.m. and going to 51 later
And they say Sunny and Four more Days of over 50 after Today... HURRAY!
Only plans so far are a Trip down to the Fast Stop for you know what and then to the UPS Store
Need to run over there to drop off that Heart Monitor package I decided to dump

9:15 a.m. Bright Sun out there, but the Temp dropped a Degree to 27, that just will not do
Anyway off to the Fast Stop if I see Navru's Car is gone, otherwise to the Price Chopper
Have to stop in there anyway, decided to bake my Birthday Cake, only three Days to go now

And Navru was at the Fast Stop and had a question or Ten about the Video Editor Program I gave him
So I gave him a few tips as he has the Program on his Laptop there and invited him to stop by for a lesson
I got my Loser Lottos and headed out, he said he would stop in at my place later today

Next at the Price Chopper, I had most I needed for my Cake except a few Items, picked them up
Lemon Instant Pudding, Walnuts, Spice Cake Mix, Icing, and a Carton of Eggs to replenish my supply
Then back home to unload and saw I forgot the Crisco to grease the Pan, then thought... Pam Baking spray instead

So I headed back out but first way over to the UPS Store to ship back my discarded Heart Monitor
Then back by the Price Chopper for my Pam Spray and $20 of winner Lottos this time

And 1 p.m. Cake Mixed and in the Oven to Bake, I'll have to have a few Samples before my Birthday
Takes me a week to eat all that Cake... And Pat is coming on my Birthday on Thursday to get a sample

1:50 p.m. Cake out of the Oven and looking good, better than the last one that got a little 'over browned'
I hope the Inside is done completely, I did test it with a knife and it came out clean...

~ Birthday Cake fresh out of the Oven ~

Now the question is... to Frost or not to Frost, it looks so good to me as it is
But lettering would show up better with white Frosting, don't ya think?

Well, I got some Phots of me holding the Cake to make a .gif Animation wit the Lettering
And then I frosted the Cake to do the same thing, lettering on the Frosting, see which I like better

~ Birthday Cake Frosted ~

And time slipping on... Navru said he would drop by at 5 p.m. for a Video Editor Lesson
I should have known better, I wind down about that time of Day and he is always late
So now at 5:15 p.m. Leaving the Computers for later and heading for the TV...
And then at 5:20 p.m. I get this on 'whatsapp' "Hi Donald sorry wanted to let you know I just got off work now"
He wanted to come over about 6:30, that's my Dinner and TV time, so we rescheduled for later...
Then it was Time for me to roust up dinner and get back to my TV....

And that was about it for Monday... Moving on now ....

~ Monday ~ All Over ~



~ Sunday, January 7, 2018 ~
~ Warmer and Rain? ~
~ Unpleasant Weather Day ~

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Sunday all over again and they say a warmer Day, well 33 Degrees at 6 a.m. and saying gonna Rain
And saying 40 Degrees at 4 p.m. But the Ground is still frozen and we might get some slick stuff too
But they say that Monday will be Sunny and reach 49 Degrees, now wouldn't that be nice?

Misting Rain and 35 Degrees at 10 a.m. when I set off on my Sunday Trek, I saw again Navru was not at work
So I headed first to Walgreens Phamacy for some 'SmoothLax' and then next Door to the Price Chopper
Got my $20 worth of Lottos and then back home out of that warmer but wetter Weather
Mixed a Glass of Apple Juice with my SmoothLax and worked my Lottos for NADA!
And then what for the rest of the Day, not a clue at 10:30 a.m. ...Cold and Wet and Dreary out there

Way up to 35 Degrees at 1 p.m. and still light Rain and dreary Clouds but still COLD!
Well... Nothing to do, nothing of interest... and griping about two losing Lotto Days
So I headed out into that miserable Weather again to try one more time... Back to the Price Chopper
Got $20 more of my Favorites and back to scratch one more time and this time I won $30
So that cut my Losses for the Day to $10... Well I won't cry over losing $10...

That brought the Day up to 1:45 p.m. then what? Time to rustle up something in the Kitchen to gnaw on
And that I did... And finished out a long Dreary Day and off to Dreamland once again

~ Sunday ~ Finished ~



~ Saturday, January 6, 2018 ~
~ More Nothing to Do ~
~ Warmup on the Way? ~

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6 a.m. Saturday and 13 Cold Degrees out there but way up to 32 later and a warmup on the way!
Saying up to 40 on Sunday and then warmer every Day until next Thursday... Goodie Goodie!
I need some warmer Weather, getting low on Gas in the Blazer and the Minit Mart is on a windy Cold Corner
But first, need to find some Winner Lottos, maybe the Fast Stop? I saw that Navru's Car was in front of his House
So he wasn't at work so I decided to head to the Price Chopper instead, splurged on $40 worth of Lottos
Got my regular Four $5 Tickets and Two $10 ones for a lark, and the Lark flew away, lost it all

So then it was just killing time all the rest of the Day until it warmed up some around 2 p.m.
Then I headed to the Minit Mart for Gas, sunny but not all that warm and a cold wind blowing
Got my Gas and headed home and that was about it for the Day except the usual Afternoon and Evening
Just bring me some Spring, that just might make me happy... Click below to wish Irene a Good Night

~ and then... Good Night Irene... Goodnight ~

~ Not much of a Saturday ~



~ Friday, January 5, 2018 ~
~ Just Soup and Movies ~
~ A Bit Warmer Start to Friday ~

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13 Degrees to start off Friday at 6 a.m. but only going to 25, a little better Saturday, saying 33
That would be the first Day above freezing in how long? way too long to suit me
And not one single thing on tap for Friday except go hunt for Winner lottos..
Oh yeah, I need a Gallon of Wine and Juice too, that means a trip back to the Price Chopper

~ Pineapple first Planted ~ Trimmed on Friday ~

And then, that Pineapple I planted in December, looked good when I planted it
I have been watering it and have a good Light on it but some leaves were dying out
So I trimmed them back and now we will see what it does if and when

10 a.m. The Blazer warming up, time to head out for my Wine and Lottos at the Price Chopper
Way up to 18 Degrees abd bright Sun, well it looks warm out there anyway
And it was warm in the Blazer when I headed out, but really COlD when I got out at the Store!
There is most always a stiff wind blowing up on that Corner and it was blowing a real Wind Chill!

In the Price Chopper, cashed in $15 worth of Lottos, Bought $20 more, headed to the Liquor Department
Got a Gallon of Sangria and then headed for the Apple Juice and Lookee there!
At the end of the Aisle was a big stack of huge Bottles of Apple Juice and my regular Brand
I usually pay $1.99 for a 64 Ounce Bottle, here these 96 Ounce Bottles were 99 Cents each...
'Limit Two' and I got my Limit and headed for Checkout, later I needed some Milk
So I headed back to the Price Chopper and got Two more 99 Cents Bottles while they were on sale

~ My Apple Juice on a Super Sale! ~

Got my on sale Juice and the Milk I needed and back to el Ranchito... Then how about some Soup
Digging around in my Fridge I saw I had a surplus of Celery, how did I get so much left over?
Well let's make some Soup, what kind of Soup? How about Potato, Celery and Onion, that should do
Diced up a big Potato, then a bunch of Celery and some Onion, all into the Pot
Then in with some Olive Oil and Butter, let that simmer a bit to soften, then Salt and Pepper
Add some Milk to make the Soup and simmer on low for a good while... Presto... La Sopa!

Then 2 p.m... Time to pour a nice Vaso de la Sangria and on to a slow Afternoon

Started my TV Afternoon with a Bowl of that Soup, and watching Movies, Soup good, Movies so so
Later at Intermission time I hotted up a Turkey Leg for a simple Dinner and one more Movie
Then I wound up the Day with some more of Andre Rieu Concerts, where do all those people come from?

~ And that was more than Enough of Friday ~



~ Thursday, January 4, 2018 ~
~ Part Two of the 2017 Video Uploaded ~
~ And more Cold Weather ~

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Thursday... all Day... 5 Degrees at 7:30 a.m. Saying just above Freezing for Saturday and a bit warmer after that
And that just can't happen too soon for me, the cold bothers me this Winter more than ever
But a tad of good news first thing, I checked Vimeo, my upload Limit had been reset for the Week
Then I could upload Part Two of my 2017 Video, no real need but just for the Record (for me)


Moving right along on another COLD COLD Day... 10:30 a.m. clear up to 8 Degrees and a hazy Sun
Time to head out to the Bank to move a little Cash from one Bank to another
Don't much like the 'other' Bank I am trying out, but they offered me $150 to try
A much larger Bank than my local one but much less Service that I like... Oh well

Then at my preferred Bank, deposited $400 from my not so handy Bank to my easy to use local Bank
Then down the Hill to say Good Morning to Navru (in Russian) and then get my Lottos
Back in the Cold, stopped for my Mail, just those crappy weekly Ads and back Home
Then acratched off a mere $15 in Lotto Wins, would sure like to see that Big One!
And... 11:30 a.m. All the way up to 13 Degrees and nothing to do for the next 8 or more Hours of Thursday

And that is just about what I did for the rest of the Day, just TV, nibbles and sips
And just barely existing in this long wait til Spring and some Weather you can exist in outside
On to Friday, can that be any better? Never know until you try...

~ Friday looks like another Boring Cold Day ~



~ Wednesday, January 3, 2018 ~
~ Another Pay Day ~ SS Deposit Arrived ~
~ A Slightly Warmer Day ~

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A first look at the Weather Wednesday Morning, a tad better at 17 Degrees at 6 a.m.
And going all the way to 24 later, then two more Days of 20s and then several after that in the 40s!

I had set my Part Two File of the 2017 Video to upload to Google on Tuesday Afternoon
This Morning I see it has been uploaded to Google but I can't put it on Vimeo until they raise my Limit
No hurry anyway, no one around here to see it and I have the DVD ready in case there ever was

Then finished up my Tuesday Blog, uploaded and then time for Coffee and online Puzzles
OK, 6:30 a.m. That finished, now what, any plans for the Day? You kidding... I do wish...
Well, I could take that Monitor Package over to UPS to send it, and I didn't win any Lottos at the Fast Stop
So I could head down there to try again, I won my $40 worth at the Price Chopper on Tuesday

Oh what a slow Morning, only 7:30 and I am bored already! Just worked all the Email Quizzes too
And there is a chill in the Air in my favorite Room but the Furnace just kicked on again
Still 17 Degrees at 7:30 but feels as cold in here as the 3 Below on Tuesday

Finally, Sun shining brightly but not feeling any warmer than Tuesday, I headed out for Lottos
Into my Blazer and up the Hill, saw Navru's Car in front of his place so decided to go to the Price Chopper instead
Won $40 out of Machine One on Tuesday, would try Machine Two on Wednesday
Got my Lottos and headed back, nope, only scratched off a dinky $5 for the Day!... BOO HOO...

On through a not much going on Day, was thinking about that Pine Tree in the Living Room
In the corner by the Door, maybe just a bit in the way and not a good view of it from my Chair
So, move it, nothing stays in the same place very long around here, just look around...

~ My Gift (not Given) Pine Tree in a Better Place? ~

Already thinking of Dinner at 2 p.m. I had already put out a roasted Pork Chop to thaw
Thinking of some Mashed Taters to go with it and I have some Cole Slaw in the Fridge too
Maybe some BBQ Sauce on that Chop, hot that up when I dish out the Taters and Slaw, Yeah!

And so that was pretty much all of Wednesday, nothing special to write Home about
I write too much that doesn't mean much of anything to anyone anyway... But... Fun for me...

~ Tomorrow is another Day ~



~ Tuesday, January 2, 2018 ~
~ Day Two of the New Year ~
~ Let's get at It! ~

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Well, let's wait a little before we get at it, it is 3 Below Zero out there at 7 a.m.
But HEY! Saying Sunny and a high of 22 Degrees, haven't seen that for a few long cold Days
And then, Three more Days in the 20s and then a Week after that of 30s and above!

Quite a busy and pleasant Day inside on Monday for the First Day of the Year, celebrating my New Year of 2018
Winning $70 in Lotto Scratchers, some good nibbles and sips, working on my Video some more<
And good company with a visit from Pat for a long Afternoon of Chat and Entertainment
Watching my long Year of 2017 Video and then an old Movie to wind up New Years Day


I got my Part One of that long Video uploaded to Vimeo on Monday but now not enough space to upload Part Two
Just checked and see it hasn't raised my Limit yet, don't know what day it changes
But no hurry, I have the DVD to watch and no one is probably going to watch it on Vimeo anyway except me

And so... 9:30 a.m. WOW! Clear up to 2 Degrees! Went out to start the Blazer. a couple errands to run
Was 'talking' to a guy on FaceBook about Video Editors, he needed a 'Vegas Architect' editing Program
I had one I wasn't using so I said I would send it... so the first trip down to the Post Office
Then back up the Hill and back down the Hill to see Navru about more Winners, he gave me $65 worth on Monday

Some Chat with Navru, getting to be a regular habit, then traded in a $5 Winner, got $30 worth of Lottos
Back Home to sip Glucerna and scratch of $30 in Losers, Oh well... Lost it all
And... I had a Medical Appointment Wednesday at NKC Hosptal again that I didn't think I needed
Also there is something wrong with the Blazer, (Leaking something), so I didn't want to drive way over there
So I called and cancelled the Appointment, the Doctor will have to do without his Mercedes payment

And more, thinking I had enough of that Heart Monitor routine, I packed up all the Stuff
They included a return Envelope so that will be another trek over to UPS when I get in the mood

Then thinking of dinner again, I seem to be getting a bit more of an appetite lately
I was out of Bread and Milk and wanted a Green Vegetable to go with more Turkey later
Saw some Brocoli on sale, got three big Bunches, got my Bread, got my Milk and More Lottos
Back home this time to scratch off $35 in Wins, plus a free $5 Ticket after I entered ny losers

Then I looked online for Broccoli Ideas, found one that looked good... 'Roasted Broccoli'
Started on that, cut off the Florets, into a Bowl, drizzle with Olive Oil, add Salt and Pepper
Toss to coat and into the oven for 25 Minutes, came out looking good, will try some at Dinner

~ Oven Roasted Broccoli for Dinner ~

Afternoon slow down time as if I wasn't moving slow enough already... As per usual...
I set my 2017 Year Movie to upload to 'Google Drive', no room on 'DropBox' and had no luck with 'MS One Drive'
Then on to my afternoon TV and later hotted up a plate of Turkey and Dressing, added a pile of that Broccoli
Dinner with a Movie and later More Music with Andre Rieu and later off to Bed... Good enough Day

~ I Think Tomorrow is Wednesday ~



~ Monday, January 1, 2018 ~
~ New Years Day 2018! ~
~ 365 More Days to Waste! ~

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~ HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018~

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Happy Frigid New Years Day! Eight Degrees below Zero at 6 a.m. and going down!
But they are saying Sunny and a top way up to 10 full Degrees later, WOW!
I don't thimk it made the High on Sunday and that High wasn't forecast very high anyway
And so... what for New Years Day? No plans... just coasting as usual, do have a Visitor coming

After I checked that DVD of my Video on Sunday Evening I went back to the Editor to fix it
Then after my corrections I just left it to Render and Burn another DVD and went back to the TV
And I hope that I cought all the boo-boos this time, that's the 4th or 5th DVD I have made

Oh No! 7:30 and the Temp dropped to 9 Below... Do I dare to get in that Shower? Brrrrrrr...
Well I did, and I have to... Makes me feel good and besides I have company coming
I got all the early Morning stuff done and then headed down to the Fast Stop first thing
Some chat with Navru, showed him my New Years Fireworks Video (above) and traded in $55 worth of Lottos
Bought $30 more and headed back for my Glucerna and Lotto scratching... and whoopee, won $65 worth!

~ Nice Win on the First Day of the Year! ~

Back home and checking the Fridge realized I forgot to buy wine, all out and a long afternoon ahead
Back out in that Sunny but frigid Day and back to the Price Chopper, picked up a Gallon of Sangria
And traded in for more Lottos but this time only won back $5... Oh well ahead of Sunday anyway

Then the Day trickled on toward the Afternoon, Pat was coming at 1 p.m. I popped some Corn at 12:30
I dumped it in my big Stainless Bowl, Butter and Salt and into the Oven to hold warm

And then Pat showed up at 1 p.m. She walked down from her place in that Cold... Not for me Babe!
She brought two Bags of Fancy Popccrn too, so we were well stocked for the Video afternoon
I was doing something on the Computer so she came in the Room and worked some Quizzes while I finished
I had set my Part One re-Render of my Video to upload and then we retired to the Living Room

I already had the Complete Video on a DVD and that was sitting in my Player waiting for Show Time
We got Drinks and Bowls of Popcorn in the Kitchen, then got comfy in the 'Theater' and started the 55 Minute Show
Pat enjoyed my efforts and hummed along with the many Songs along with the Photos and Videos
Finally the Fireworks New Years Finale and the Video received mild applause from Pat

After that she was engrossed with a 'Burpee' Seed Catalog I gave her as I wasn't going to use it
She really liked it and was covering every page looking for goodies that might be nice to try
Then I found a Movie I had recorded that she wanted to see and I played that the rest of the Afternoon

Closed to 5 p.m. it was time to wind up the entertainment and for her to trudge back up that Hill
Overall for me a Good Christmas and a Happy New Years Day... Now on to 2018 to see what we will see

Here is Part One of my 'Year in 2017' Video

~ Welcome to 2018 ~



~ Sunday, December 31, 2017 ~
~ New Years Eve 2017! ~
~ Feliz Aņo Nuevo a Todos ~

Wow! Waking up on New Years Eve Morning to a Temperature of 1 Degree at 6 a.m.
And then on to a Sunny Day with a High Temperature of all of 6 Degrees!, see what 'Global Warming' does!

So... what are we going to do on this frigid Day to celebrate the New Year, I can see Nothing but just exist
Well now, just had another nutty Idea... That Year long 2017 Video, it's finished unless I add something Today
It is now at 55 Minutes long and 6.8 GB, too long for me to upload to Vimeo with my 'Plus Plan'
I get to upload 5 GB a Week on my Plus Plan... It costs $20 a Month to upgrade to 'Pro' and not worth it to me
I have never made a Video yet that exceeded 5 GB until this one... and so... Decided to split into two Uploads
A good place would be in July in the Video, make an 'Intermission' and then make a second Upload of the last half

So that's a good Project for the Day... Wouldn't take much time, except for the new Renders of the two halves
When I decide later in the Day if nothing else needs to be added I can make a DVD Copy of the whole thing
Then I can watch the DVD on my TV from my DVD Player and also the Two Uploads on Vimeo from the Internet

Lookee Lookee! Temperature dropped to One Below ZERO Degrees at 8 a.m. Not my idea of the way to go... I want WARM!
Anyway I Started on splitting my Video... Made a Copy 'One' and Copy 'Two' of the entire Video
Then deleted the last half of Copy One and the first half of Copy Two after the Month of July on the Video
Next added an "Intermission' at the 'End' of Copy One and a new opening 'Intro' for Copy Two
And then the tedious process of Rendering both Copies and then later uploading them to Vimeo

Both Parts were finished by 11 a.m. and I started Rendering them, Part One done at 11:30 a.m.
On with Part Two and then off to the Price Chopper for my Lottos after warming up the Blazer, Temp up to 3 Degrees!
Well the Blazer was a bit optimistic, Thermo in there read 7 Degrees. then on to the ATM
Took $40 out of the ATM, Cashed in $15 worth of Winners, headed for Lotto Machine Two
Got my Lottos and headed back into that bitter Cold and back to my warm Hacienda
Got a Bottle of Glucerna to sip and worked my Lottos for a $5, $10 and $40 Win, not too shabby

And then I got a Call from Pat, nothing to do on New Years Day and wanted to come down to see my new Video
That is just when I had wanted to show it to her, freshly finished and just the right Day to watch it

Speaking of which, when I got back the latest Render was done and I set it to upload to DropBox
Well that didn't work, only a 2GB Limit on Dropbox, have to find another way, 'One Drive' or 'Google Drive'?

OK, later... I tried One Drive, couldn't get the file uploaded, then tried Google, it wouldn't load either
So as of the moment I an stuck with no upload to Vimeo, just have my new revised DVD to play but that works fine

On with the rest of the Day, was thinking of another Turkey Dinner for later
Set out the makings for Dinner and then went back to the TV to check out my latest DVD of the Video
Well I thought I had it the way I wanted it but... One part again needed a bit more Music Volume
And another Part needed to have the Volume turned down a bit, and then a boo-boo, one wrong Photo
That happened when I made Part One and Part Two, so back to the Editor to correct that and then Burn another DVD

And on finally to Dinner and finished out new Years Eve, I gave up and went to bed after that busy Day at 7:30 p.m.

~ New Years Day Tomorrow ~



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