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~ Monday, May 14, 2018 ~
~ Planted those Sunflowers ~
~ And a HOT Day out There! ~

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~ First Rose on the 'Knock Out' Bush ~

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Off on what they say will be a HOT Day, pretty warm already when I set out for Lowes
All I needed was a sack od Potting Soil, loaded that up and headed back, stopped in at the Price Chopper
Just needed a couple things I forgot on Monday, Wine, Baggies and Ground Beef and of course Lottos

Picked up that stuff and headed home, unloaded, then back out to drag that bag of Soil out of the Blazer
Loaded up a half Pail of Potting Soil and headed up the hill, planted 28 Sunflower Seeds by the Bench
Layed Two Seeds in each Spot hoping at least One would pop up, then covered them with Soil
Put up a couple of little Fences to keep the Mowing Crew away and headed back in

~ 14 Seeds in each Spot ~

~ On each side of the Bench ~

Then back out front to hook up the Hose and Water everything on the Neighbor's side, and it needed it
Took a break and chatted with the Neighbor when he came out front to sample the Weather
Noticed the Tomato Plant in the Pot out front is doing twice as good as the Three in back
Why would the Plants like the Pots better than a roomy Raised Bed? Then got another Photo of the Tomato and Eggplent

~ The Race is On! ~ What's First? ~ A Tomato or an Eggplant? ~

Back in then to make Patties out of that pile of Ground Beef I got at the Price Chopper
Made Eleven large Patties for the Freezer and one more for Dinner later
And then... Back out front to finish Watering all of my Side of the Yard, a lot of Plants out there now
One more glass of Vino out there watching the Sun go away and the Clouds creep im, saying T-Store later
Then finished out the Day as usual, Dinner, TV and Music, now on to Tuesday

~ Another Good Day on the Way? ~



~ Sunday, May 13, 2018 ~
~ Starting Planting Sunflowers on the Hill ~
~ A Good Cooking Day ~ YUMM! ~

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~ First Morning Glory Climbing ~

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Oh Boy! Sunday Morning, 7:30 a.m. 73 Degrees and heading to 90, another Summer Day in Spring
Mike Thompson, Channel 4, was apologizing for the Freezing Temps in April and now about the Hot Days in May!
Yeah, warm January and February then Cold March and April... Crazy Weather this year

Well now, got up kinda late, after 6 a.m. Really! Just cruising slowly on the Computer with this and that
All done at 8:15, now what? Nice sunny Morning out there and warm too, thinking... Sunflowers on the Hill?
So, on with my worn out Converse All-Stars and headed up the Hill with my Sunflower Seeds

Trudged all the way up to my Bench wth my Trowel and Seeds, spent 20 Minutes or so digging
Made a little trench about Five Feet long on each side of the Bench, then decided I needed some Potting Soil
Thought it would be a good idea to lay the Seeds in the trench then cover them with fresh Soil
But all out of Potting Soil, would take a trip to Lowes later to get a new Bag

Then time to head out, first to the Fast Stop to kid with Navru and get my Daily Lotto dose
And it wasn't a heavy dose, only won back $15 for this attempt, on to the Price Chopper

For a change my Fridge and Freezer were no longer overloaded with good stuff, needed replenishment
So I tromped all through the Price Chopper getting some of this and some of that all I wanted was on sale
I got Turnips, Onions, Carrots, Burger Buns, some great Sale prices on Pork Chops and Bacon
Apple Juice for half price! Got 4 Half Gallons, Some Oatmeal Cookies, canned Corn and canned Green Beans
Was that all? Checked out and the Lady said I had saved $28 with the Sales Prices! Total Bill was only $36 something

~ Lots of Pig for under $10! ~

Back Home to start on an afternoon of heavy duty cooking... First Two Packs of on sale Bacon in the Ovem
I cook it all in the Oven and save all of the Bacon Fat for seasoning later, some real good stuff some throw away
Then I save the Bacon in the Freezer, use it later for any Dish needing it, like in the Green Beans today
After I took the Bacon out of the Oven, in with the Pork Chops and then peeled and sliced the Turnips to simmer

And then, time to take a TV break with the Chops in the Oven, poured un Vaso de Vino and on to CNN
About an hour later, back in to take the Chops out of the Oven and start on the Green Beans and Turnips
Set the Chops aside, saved all the fat from the Baking Dish, started on the simmered Turnips
Had drained the Pot, added Salt and Pepper and then a good splash of the Pork fat from the baking Dish

Set that aside, added some Bacon fat to the Skillet, in with a half a big Onion, chopped up
Then some chopped Bacon and then that super large Can of Green Beans, let that simmer and back to the TV

And then it was Dinner Time, back to the Kitchen to plate up a nice Roasted Chop, some Tasty Turnips
And some of the best Green Beans I have cooked for a long time, not as good as Mom used to make... BETTER!

~ More Chop Dinners ~ Dinner for Sunday ~

Now what a good Sunday that was, a little Garden work, a lot of idle time,then a lot of Cooking time
And ending with the best Dinner of the Month so far, yeah, that's the way to do it

~ When is Monday? Oh yeah, Tomorrow ~



~ Saturday, May 12, 2018 ~
~ Planted my Radish Seed Tape ~
~ Nice Easy Day ~ And Good Weather Again ~

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~ Not Raining Now ~

And I moved the Tomato Pot and the Eggplant over, now I can see how it's doing
Without going outside into that lovely Morning
Here taking these Photos of the Eggplant and Tomato in the Pots

~ Eggplant and Celebrity Tomato looking Good! ~

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'Summer Time and the Livin' is Easy'... A whole week ahead they say with Temps in the High 80s
Is that going to make up for those freezing Days in April? What a crazy Spring this has been
So a lot of fine days in a Row this past Week, what's for Saturday? HAH! 76 at 7 a.m. 87 later!

And then... out and up the Hill to plant my Seed Tapes, layed then out in the Cucumber Bed... Ooops
What's this, I needed Six Feet of Tape and I only made Three Feet, was I asleep or what?
Anyway I went ahead and planted that Tape and then back in to make another Three Feet
Let the paste dry a bit before I take that one back up the Hill, don't want the seeds falling off

~ Half of the Seed Tape ~ Need to cover it with Soil ~

And what's going on next Door? Two guys moving stuff out, they just moved in about a Week ago
I heard from the Maintenance Manager that they had some kind of water leak in the floor of one Bedroom
So are they moving to another place or just until they fix the leak? (to be comtinued)

~ Moving already or What? ~

And then the Rains came, just a misty drippy Rain to start, then a couple rumbles and more Rain
A good time to head to the Price Chopper, I was in great need of Paper Towels
And I wanted some Lottos but no great need for those, not for those teeny three $5 Wins anyway
Back Home for some Breakfast and then the Rains drifted away and we had bright Sun! Great
Out front to get a Photo of the Morning Glories and Sunflowers, one Sunflower reaching for the Sun

~ Flowers getting ready to Climb! ~

And then out back to plant the other Three feet of Radish Seed Tape
That all finished in 15 Minutes and nothing else to do back there for the Day
Except thinking of planting Sunflowers up on the Hill by the Bench, when the mood hits

On through the Day, spent more time on my new Video and got it finished after a couple Hours
Copied it to a USB Card and played it on my TV, OK, that will do nicely to replace the earlier Video
Then out in front to sit and enjoy some more Birdie watching, than back in for the Rest of the Afternoon

Watching TV then, I heard some noise out front, took a peek, the guys moving stuff back in now
So what's going on anyway?, back to the TV, then later more Noise, the Neighbors were coming in
I asked them about the moving, she said they were getting some new Furniture, moving out the old, case closed

~ Moving Furniture back In ~

And so, back again to the TV, couldn't find anything on Amazon Prime I liked
Decided to go back in to my Computer and sign back up to Netflix, I like their Format better
Then back to the TV, found a Movie on Netflix and watched away until Bedtime, so there too!

~ Again... All she Wrote for Saturday ~



~ Friday, May 11, 2018 ~
~ A Stormy Morning ~
~ But another Nice Day ~

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~ Rainy Morning ~

Nice to see out front on my Computer without peeking out the Window
The upstairs Girls Cars are here along with my Blazer
The new Neigbor has left for Work, the other upstairs Neighbor has moved out
I need to move my Eggplant Pot amd Tomato Pot over so I can see them without going out

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The Weather said about like Thursday, it was 67 at 7 a.m. and heading to 88... plenty warm
Then I started hearing rumbles and the Rains came... And I watered good out in back Yesterday
That happens so many times... Like Mother Nature plans it that way, like... Let ME do it
At least I won't have to water out front Today and Rain water is more nutricious to Plants then City Water

So what's the plan for Today? Ain't none, have to run to the Price Chopper for a couple things and that's it
All cought up on my long running Blog Video, I added my latest Blog Photos to the Time Line Thursday
I need to hunt through my Web Pages for another Subject I suppose, but how many Adventures have I had anyway?

~ A Quick Breakfast ~ Rhubarb Sauce on Buttered Toast ~

10 a.m. Looked like the Sun was going to peek out, started looking for a possible Video
Thought of an Idea and started on that, found some new Photos to add and worked on that for an Hour
And then 11 a.m. Enough of that, time to get in the Shower and get the outside Day started

The sun sort of hiding some when I set out on my Journey to the Price Chopper
I picked up the Necessities of Life, TP, Peanut Oil and Bleach, then on to the Fun Machine
Picked out $25 worth of Tickets I did not need and headed back home to what? Don't know yet
Well to lose all but $10 of my Investment, then a second Breakfast, only Toast and Rhubarb Sauce for the First

Then time to play with my new Vdeo Again, good for killing idle Time anyway and made a good start on it
Bored with that I decided to hike out back to see what the Rain had done, everything looked good
Radishes looked a little slow like always for me, thought I should plant some more
The Pumpkin Seedlings looked a lot better overnight, really taking off now, hope, hope for a Pie

~ Pumpkin Seedlings looking Better after the Rain ~

Then back in to make some Radish Seed Tape
Mix up some 'Flour Paste', lay out the TP and drop the Seeds on
These 'Sow Easy' Seeds really do make sowing easier
Have something Red on them that makes them a bit larger

~ Making Radish Tape to Plant on Saturday ~

And so as it turns into Afternoon so does most activity for the Day, just the same old TV and Dinner wind dowm
Just finished another nice Day with a Chili Burrito and un vaso de Vino Tinto

~ Hasta Manana Babee! ~



~ Thursday, May 10, 2018 ~
~ Watered the Back Gardens ~
~ And that was about all She Wrote ~

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~ Pumpkins Looking Good ~

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Thursday? what for the Day, well first thing get out back on that Hill and water the Veggies
Just a little cool at 69 Degrees but the Sun was peeking over the Gully and headed to almost 90 they say
Well it wasn't cool when I got out back and started Watering with the Sun on my back, quite pleasant
First stop, the Cucumber Bed and all plants in that one looking good, then a good shower for them

~ Cucumbers doing well so Far ~

Next moved over to the Pepper Bed filled with a lot besides Peppers... Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Radishes
And most in here looking good, but the Better Boys Tomatoes haven't really done so good yet

~ Cucumbers, Peppers, Tomatoes and Radishes ~

Then the Tomato Bed, with Celebrity Tomatoes and Beets, Tomatoes look good, thinned the Beets<
I planted the Beets too close but thinned out they might do alright

~ Celebrity Tomatoes doing real well in this Bed ~

And then off to the Fast Stop for my Lottos, some chatter and then got my Lottos amd headed back
This time not a loss anyway, I did win a $10 and a $20, looks like maybe another try for the Day

On through another pleasant Day but not much going on after my Morning trek out back
Some visiting out front in the Afternoon with my Neighbor and that was just about it
Back in for TV and later Dinner and then Good Night Irene

~ Thursday same-o pretty much like Wednesday ~ One more GOOD Day ~



~ Wednesday, May 09, 2018 ~
~ More Watering ~ More Lottering ~
~ More Enjoying the Weather ~

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~ Morning Glories and Sunflowers ~ Which is Which? ~

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Wednesday Morning 9:30 a.m. What have I been doing all Morning? Just playing with this and that
My usual Mornng Routine stuff and then messing with that Blog Video, spending a lot of time on that
Most of that is done now, adding a page now and then won't be so tedious, something to do until 2019
Tried to upload that Video and no-go, not enough space on DropBox and really slow on Google Drive
So one more try, set it to upload on 'One Drive' and it started but was taking a lot of time

Well I don't need it on Vimeo anyway except to embed on Web Pages like this Blog

So, the Temp 73 now, saying it will climb to 87 Degrees later, that's pretty warm, Huh?
Thinking what's to do Today? Need some stuff at the Price Chopper, need Lottos at the Fast Stop
Maybe need to water but need a new Hose, maybe head to Lowes for that and so... Breakfast at 9:45 a.m.!

The off to see the Wizard... well anyway... Navru at the Fast stop, did some chat again
Bought $25 worth of Lottos, had a $5 Win to trade in, back home to scratch off $25 in Wins, even up anyway
And then I hooked up the Hose and watered everything real good out front, looking good

Back in to check the Video upload progress to One Drive, Hey Hey! It was there finally
Theb the quick upload from One Drive to Vimeo, choose the 'Thumbnail' Scene, get the Imbed Code
Then Imbed on my Blog, and this is mostly for my Record, anyone who has seen my Blog has seen these Photos


And then what, not much for the Rest of the Day, a long chat out front wth my Neighbor
A run back to the Price Chopper to try for more luck and got more losers, then off to TV Land

And the usual TV and Dinner ending to one more nice Day, how many in a row now?... Just fine!

~ Wednesday ~ One more GOOD Day ~



~ Tuesday, May 08, 2018 ~
~ First Quarter Blog Video Revised ~
~ Caught up the Second Quarter ~

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~ First Quarter Blog Video Finished ~

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Well what? Again I didn't start this Bog until Noon and whooopeee! 81 Degrees and heading to 86!
I finished my Morning Computer Routine, worked my Puzzles and started on editing that Video again
Added some Photos and a short Video clip, fixed some errors and added some Comment
Set it to render and took off for my Lottos, this time the Price Chopper, got my Four Tickets
Back to scratch off a $10 and $20 Win, that's a good start, time to stop now?

I had made a Flash Card copy of my Video, time to take a look at that and see if it's OK to upload
And I took a look, and it sure takes a while, how many Photos on there anyway? I counted 160
So I set it to upload to Dropbox, now the First Quarter Episode of 2018 is finished
And April, first Month of the Second Quarter is edited and ready on my Second Quarter Video Timeline
So now I can just add the Photos as I take them and add them to my Daily Blogs, easy enough
This is going to be the longest Video to finish of all (If I Finsh it) on Decenber 31st

So, I had finished up the Day by about 3 p.m. so out front to enjoy the rest of the Sfternoon
The Weather was Cloudy and Windy but nice and warm, the Neighbor was out on his Porch
I dragged my Chair over there to chat until we were both ready to head back inside

This was just time to set out something for Dinner later and get caught up on the TV non-happenings
A fairly pleasant Day over all, just enough to keep me busy most all Day

~ Tuesday ~ One more OK Day ~



~ Monday, May 07, 2018 ~
~ Primary Doctor Visit first Thing ~
~ Planted Cucumbers Again ~

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~ Nice Triple Header Lotto Win ~

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Monday, Monday, my Favorite Day, although the past Week was pretty favorable too, exceptional Weather!
But then that Flourouracil Treatment was kind of uncomfortable, starts after a few Days
And progresses as the Treatment takes effect, but now I have stopped that as of yesterday
Now I am at maximun ugliness but should start looking better as the skin heals

So, what's the good Weather for Today? Sunny and 64 Degrees, heading to a top of 83, now that's plenty warm
Don't think anything much needs to be done in the Gardens, looks like a leisurely Day
That is after I get back from seeing the Doctor and see what that's all about
I wsn't aware I had any Primary Doctor Appointment scheduled... but there's always something

Did some work (work?) on my Second Quarter Blog Video, Got the first half of April Done
I'll catch up on April and then have to go Day by Day after that to finish it on December 31st
OK, off to see the Doc at 8:0 a.m. or so, got there too earky as usual
But a shorter wait to be called in than usual also, so even up, into the ittle Room
The Nurse came in to do her Duties and then the wait for the Doctor, too long, but shorter than last time
So the usual Questions and pecking on his Laptop, some chat, and off to get my 'Labs' again
They sure do like to poke holes in me, this time just a 'Follow Up, amd another one in August now

Headed back, stopped in at the Price Chopper for Lottos, bought $30 worth, won back $50, not too shabby
Then on to the Day, headed up on the Hill to plant the Cucumbers I had planted in Pots
Added One to the Cucumber Bed, the rest there doing OK for now, then added Six to the Papper Bed
Now the Pepper Bed is doing Double Double Duty, I have Four Pepper Plants, Three Tomato Plants
Six Cucumber Plants, and a lot of Radish Seeds already popping up in that Bed, but it is still the 'Pepper Bed'

Then over to take a look at the Punkin Patch, Hey Hey, they're on the way! Six out of Seven seeds popped up
Nothing showed there Sunday, that watering must have woke them up... One more tried but didn't make it, looks like

~ Pumpkin Seedlings Popped Up ~

And that was just about all the Gardening for the Day, back inside to play with my new Video
Then it was just some Porch sitiing to enjoy that fine Weather Day and the rest of the pleasant Day
But thn nothing but the same old thing until Bedtime all over again, now we can try to find something for Tuesday

~ Monday? ~ One more great Weather Day



~ Sunday, May 06, 2018 ~
~ Watered the Gardens ~ Front and Back ~
~ Harvested Rhubarb ~

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Sunday, Sunday... What do we do on Sunday? Go water out back first thing... and then what?
Maybe go see Navru and trade in that nice $25 Win I got on Saturday? Well that too
Weather looks great again, 65 at 6 a.m. and 85 later, that's close to being a bit too warm

And got a call late on Satuday... great news! My Primary Doctor wants to see me again
What's this for? I didn't have any Appointment set up that I remember... and it is first thing on Monday
Maybe he is just needing to make a Payment on his Cadillac? Oh well, let's go see... (Monday)

Well, first thing wasn't Watering, it was Lottering, headed down to the Fast Stop
Some chat with Navru then traded in my $25 Win on $25 more Tickets, won back $30... WOW!
Then back Home to chow down on some Biscuits and Gravy before venturing out back

And then out back on a very warm Sunny Day to water the Pumpkins, Beets, Radishes, Tomatoes, Peppers and Cucumbers
And the Rhubarb on the way back to the Front, that Rhubarb looks like Tomorrow's Breakfast to me

Inside to pick up the Shears and back out to Snip all the Good Sized Rhubarb Stalks
A stop on the Table out front get a Photo and a Leaf Snip and then inside to make the Sauce

~ Rhubarb to Harvest ~ Rhubarb Harvested

Rinsed then Chopped, into the Pan with a little Water and a good Dash of Sugar... Voila! Rhubarb Sauce!
Let that simmer a bit to thicken, then cool, then into the Fridge for Breakfast on Monday!

~ El Pato's Famous Rhubarb Sauce ~

Out then later to water everything in front and there is a lot to water out there now
Seems a lot of stuff out there just appeared by itself though it took several Days to plant it all
About 30 Pots and planters now with something in them and how many Plants? Maye 60 or so?

While I was watering the Neighbor was sitting in his Chair enjoying the Weather
I would stop every now and then to rest and chat a bit, finally got everything out there watered
Back in for TV Time, I had my 'First Quarter' Blog Video done and on a DVD and played that
Ooops... Several Photos duplicatd, how did I do that, had to correct that of course
A little disappointed in the Video, Lots of good Photos but not much Dialog explaining them
Anyway, it gives me a History of what is going on around here and seems to be quite a bit for an Old guy

Again that was porety much My Day for Sunday, completing a very nice Weather Week!
Spring finally Arrived but a few Weeks late and the Gardens are behind time but now will catch up... Hope?

~ Sunday? ~ Pretty Nice Day ~



~ Saturday, May 05, 2018 ~
~ Walgreens swapped my Defective Tank ~
~ Another Gorgeous Out Front Day! ~

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Well now, lookee here, 1:30 p.m. and hadn't started on my Saturday Blog, needs a little catch up
Another really good looking Day and up to 81 Degrees at 1 p.m. and full bright Sun all Day
Did a little more done on my latest Video before setting out for the Day
Got one more Page of Screen Shots snapped and edited... Have one more Page to complete the first Three Months
I was thinking of making a separate Video of each Quarter year, so each would not be overly long to watch
So I'll add that latest edited Photos to my Time Line, thn just one page more will finish the first Quarter

Then I headed out to Walgreens to pick up the Prescription for Poop Powder for my next Colonoscopy
Then I asked the Cashier what could be done about that defective Propane Tank, she called the Manager
I explained it to him and he said to bring it in and they would exchange it for another... GREAT!

So then, over next door to the Price Chopper for aome Lottos, won some and then loaded up the Tank
Headed back to Walgreens, the Manager loaded up my new Tank, then next door again to trade Lottos
Traded my Winners for more Winners, Might have come out even for the Day, who cares? I am looking for that Big One!

And back at the Ranch, well it's a Ranchito to me anyway, my Estate for the present and pretty nice at that
Backed the Blazer up to the Walk, trundled my AeroCart to the Tailgate, rolled the Tank in
Pushed the Cart over to the Smoker, amd sort of rolled and lifted the Tank out, well it's HEAVY!
Then hooked up the Hose from the Burner to the Tank, turned it on, lit the Torch and PHOOOOSH! HAH... It Works!

~ Hey LOOK! It Works! ~

OK, that out of the way, took a hike out back to check the Crops and they look thirsty
And that will be the first thing on Sunday Morning, if it doesn't rain before that
To wrap up the Afternoon outside I poured un Vaso de Vino and sat out in the Beautiful Weather again
Postponed my rest for a few Minutes and went in to make some more Nectar for the Hummingbirds
And dumped a Jar of Seed in the Feeder Gazebo and then back to absorbng Nature until TV Time

~ Can Sunday be as Great? - Let's go See! ~



~ Friday, May 04, 2018 ~
~ Fixed my Smoker(?) ~
~ Two more Impatiens Planted ~

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~ Latest Impatiens Planted ~

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Friday? Wow this Week went fast... Lots going on, been busy with the Gardens
Looks like another good Day, 57 Degrees at 7 a.m. Going to 78 and partly Sunny, yeah NICE!
Have several Ideas runnng around, just see what happens later, just taking it easy...
Thinking about how to fix my Smoker Burner, Must be the Valve or the Burner stopped up
Well the Burner is getting old and they are inexpensive, the Valve costs about as much

Was thinking that I gave my little Gas Grill to Navru and I don't think he is using it at all
Might drop down there to trade Lottos today and see if he might give it back
The Burner I use in the Smoker is from a small Grill like the one I gave him, Burner and Valve both

So my first trip was down to the Fast Stop to trade in my two $20 winners and buy $20 more
Asked Navru of he was using the Grill, hadn't even once, so I asked for it back
He was OK with that, so I stopped at his place on the way back and picked it up
Back home to scratch off a dinky $5 Win and started on getting the Burner and Valve out of the Grill

Took the burner from my Smoker to check if it was stopped up, nope, air flowed through freely
So I hooked the Valve from the repo Grill to the Burner, hooked up the Hose to the Tank and tried it
Still no go, so now what? Tied a bag on the Tank outlet, turned on the Gas and NO Gas coming from the Full Tank
So the problem was in the Propane Tank Valve, not in my Valve and Burner, so what do I do now?

About that time the Neighbor guy came out to chat, So we sat and chatted until about Noon
Then I excused myself and headed back to Larry's Nursery, I wanted a couple more Impatiens
Wow what a crowd he had on Friday... long line to checkout... I got Two Impatiens and got in line
Finally got to the Csshier, paid my bill and headed home, then planted my two new Plants
That should just about finish all the Planting out front, just wait now to see the results

Later the Neighbor came back out, had a seat and we finished the Afternoon, chatting
And enjoying another gorgeous Spring Weather Day until his Daughter came home about 4:30 p.m.
Then it was back inside for TV Time and getting something ready for Dinner and Movie time
Not a lot accomplished on Friday but still busy enough to prevent any boredom
So...One more very pleasant Day outside in that gorgeous Weather... Gimmee MORE!

~ Friday ~ All Week just Great! ~



~ Thursday, May 03, 2018 ~
~ S.S. Pay Day ~
~ Some BBQ on a nice Day ~

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~ BBQ Ribs ~ Roasted not Smoked ~

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The week almost gone again and most all my Gardening all caught up for the moment
I thought I would have to water today but Mike said on the News last nght we would have T-Storms
I heard them rolling through about 8 p.m. on Wednesday night but don't know how much rain we got
Now I see this Morning they are saying T-Storms today, so maybe no watering needed

And what to do today? Not a clue, most everything has been done to my Gardens
In front and out back that need to be done for the moment that I can think of...
Except I have some Sunflower Seeds left, I was thinking maybe plant some up on the Hill by my Bench

So where to go for Lottos, I had a dinky $5 Winner, headed down to the Fast Stop
Picked out Four of my Favorite Tickets, won Two Twenties back, not so bad

And then... Money business, I am closing my BOA Bank Account, just too unhandy overall
But my SS Check was deposited there again, should go back to Commerce Bank next Month
So I paid my Bills online from BOA then headed way over East to their ATM to take out most Cash
Then back to Commerce to deposit in that Account, next Month all Checks go to Commerce again

Then, nice Day, thinking of BBQ again, headed back to the Price Chopper to see what was what
And that was a nice Pack of Pork Spareribs on sale, back to splash on some Dry BBQ Rub
Then out front to light the Burner in the Smoker, HUH! Wouldn't light, tried this and that
And no luck, well no time to be hunting for repairs, had to get those Ribs in the Cooker
So I fired up the Oven and stuck then in there to Roast, OK but no Smoke flavor, Oh Well

~ BBQ TV Dinner on Thursday ~

And then while the Ribs were Roasting I made some fresh Cole Slaw and BBQ Beans
Then out front with a Glass of Vino Tinto into that fine warm but Windy Afternoon
No company from next door that Day, just the Birds flitting around for company

The back in for the News and waiting for Dinner to finsh... tick tock...
At Movie time I plated some Ribs and Beans and dished up some Slaw and took my Dinner to the TV
And everything was just delicious, but that of course would be expected

And that nicely wound up one more nice Day, we have been on a Roll this fine Week...

~ Thursday ~ Yeah, another Good Day ~



~ Wednesday, May 02, 2018 ~
~ Back to Larry's for more Garden Ammunition ~
~ Then to Lowes for a Pot and Soil ~

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~ Impatiens, Bromeliad and Begonias to Plant ~

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And what kind of Weather shall we have on Wednesday? Lemmee look... Ohhhhhhh! Looks Good!
66 Degrees at 6 a.m. and later climbing to 82... but cloudy, well still comfy to work outside
Not a lot of plans for Wednesday except a trip over to Larry's first thing
I wanted a couple New Zealand Impatiens, maybe more, have to check how many empty Pots I still had
Most of the big ones are already potted for the Season... lots of smaller ones left
And most eveything has been planted out back that I wanted, now see how it does this Year

So off to Larry's first for a few Flowers to complete my Front planting project
Got two New Guinea Impatiens, one big Bromeliad and Eight Begonias, that should about do it for this Year
Back home to pot the Bromeliad plant, then the Two Impatiens, getting low on Potting Soil
And also needed a big Pot for the Azalea I got on Tuesday, so off to Lowes again
Found a nice big Pot and loaded up a big bag of Potting Soil and back to el Ranchito

First loaded up the big Pot with Soil and planted the Azalea, then the Begonias in seven more small Pots
The neighbor came out while I was potting the Begonias and we chatted while I finished planting
Then I set the new Plants all along the Porch between the others already there, looking good
Then the Neighbor left and I went back inside to finish up the Day, another nice one

~ Wednesday ~ One more Busy Day ~



~ Las Flores son Bonitas! ~

~ The Merry Merry Month of May! ~



~ Tuesday, May 01, 2018 ~
~ Now the Merry Merry Month of May! ~
~ Happy Month Day to Me! ~

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~ Happy 3,037th Month for Me! ~

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Happy May Day, Happy Month Day, what are we gonna plant Today!
Well so far I have planted 43 Flowers out Front and still a lot of empty Pots left
Heading back to Lowes first thing to find something for that big empty Pine Tree Pot
And a few more other plants to fill those Pots if I see something that looks good
I want some 'New Zealand Impatiens' to plant, might have to go back to Larry's for those

OK, moving along, working my Puzzles and then 'what's that noise?', Sounds like Rain
Peeked out with the Web Cam... Yeah, pretty good Rain going and then some T-Rumbles
The Forecast didn't say anything about T-Storms for the Day, but I guess a little Rain won't hurt

~ Rainy Morn in Parkville Town ~

A little Shower first thing and then all clear and it turned into a rather nice Day
Sunny, Windy, then Cloudy and then Sunny again and I kept busy most all day again
Then off to Lowes again, wanted something to replace the Norfolk Pine and something for the other big Pots<

Headed into a windy Lowes Garden Center to look around, decided on another Rhododendron to replace the Pine
Then a couple of Azaleas for the other big Pots and I saw a cute little Bird House, that would be fun
Back to unload and start to work, work? No this is fun, potted the Rhododendron first
That looks pretty good in the center of the Front, should get bigger and bloom nicely (I hope)

~ New Rhododendron in the Center Spot ~

Then I Planted one of the Azaleas in one other big Pot then saw there was only that One big Pot left empty
Oh well I'll find a spot somewhere for that last orphan if I look hard enough

~ One of two Azaleas Potted ~

And then that cute little Bird House, back in the same Tree where the other House fell out
That didn't take long to find a way to hang it fron the same spot on that Tree

~ Cute little Bird House open for Occupancy ~

While I was at one end of the Porch potting the Azalea I saw a few popups in the Pot there
I planted Morning Glorys and Sunflowers in that Pot, wonder which these are?
I have grown both before but dont remember what the Seedlings look like, but we will see, huh?
Well I looked them up on the net, AHA! Three Mornng Glorys and one Sunflower so far

~ Morning Glories and Sunflowers popping Up ~

And then, time to back off, take a rest on my chair out front, enjoy the Weather and the Birdies
A short time later the older Gentleman that moved in next door came out, I invited him over to sit
And he did and then we had quite a lengthy first Chat, well I had met him the Day before
His daughter brought him out to meet me and we exhanged a few Greetings and so on then

This time he was in no hurry and we had many things to comment on and the Weather to enjoy
I was telling him about my Garden out back, a bit hard for him to navigate up the Hill back there to see
I told him I could show it to him on my TV, he agreed and we came in to watch several of the Videos I made here

Then he headed back home and I went out back to finish my Pumpkin Patch project, that went smoothly
And didn't take a lot of time and I raked it smooth and then planted Seeds and put the Cage back on

~ Pumpkins Planted! ~ Now lets grow some Pies! ~

Then back inside to wind up that long and busy Day, making great headway front and back
Looks like maybe another Trip to Larrys on Wednesday... Ole!

~ Tuesday ~ Busy Again ~



~ Monday, April 30, 2018 ~
~ April saying Adieu Today ~
~ Another Gorgeous Planting Day ~

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~ Back to Larry's Nusery to Shop ~

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Monday and the last Day of this sort of unpleasant April, not the best Month I have seen
But again, nt the worst either but just nt the kind of April I am used to
So is May going to act properly or mess up like the last couple we've had this Year?
Let's go find something to do that's fun on Monday, Monday

Headed down to the Fast Stop for my Lottos and had an extended Chat with Navru
He was in a talkative mood and we pretty well chewed up the rag

Back at el Ranchto and a nice Brunch and then out back to attack the Pumpkin Patch
Got the weeds pretty well dug up, neded the Rake and went back around front to get it
Took a rest on the Porch and then was looking and decided to go get some more to Plant

~ Cleaning out the Pumpkin Patch ~

Headed back to Larry's and what a Crowd he had for Monday, looked as bad as a Saturday
I hunted around, found 16 Coleus Plants and Three Cannas to plant, headed back

~ Cannas and Coleus for out Front ~

Then... Plant the new Stuff or go back and finish with the Pumpkin Patch?
Decided to start on the Porch Plants and wait for the Pumpkin Patch, it could wait
Took my Time on that Gorgeous 79 degree Afternoon, pulled the Planters and Pots next to my Table
Sat in one of my Comfy Chairs and potted away, first the Three Cannas in the Three big Pots
And then Twelve Coleus plants in Three Planters, then One more Coleus in each of Four more Pots
Lessee now, that was Nineteen more Plants for this Seasons display of my Horticulturist Talent

Making quite a bit of headway with my Gardens so far, Planted those Twenty-four Plants on Friday
Then Three more Tomato plants, an Eggplant and Radishes and Beets, back Gardens about full now
Just sort of have to nurse those Cucumbera along that got the false Start

Then time for a Glass of Vino into sitting out front in Paradise, except for being a bit Windy
The neighbor Lady came out, saw me and went back in to bring out her Father to meet me
He is actually older than I am, he is 89 and uses a 'walker'... He came out and the Lady introduced us
She left an then we had a nice chat about this and that and the other, seems to be a nice person
He was OK with me putting some of my Plants over on their side as they didn't have any

Then he went back in, I dragged ot the Hose and watered everything out front all over again
That was it for the Day, I adjourned the Gardening Activity and went on to TV and Dinner Time
A very good Day overall, yes ma'am

~ Monday? ~ Busy Planting Day... Yeah! ~



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