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~ Thursday, June 14, 2018 ~
~ Back to another Hot Day ~
~ More Blooms on the Morning Glories and Pumpkin Vines ~

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~ Flag Day Today! ~ Mine is Flying! ~
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Thursday June 14, last Day of the first Half of the Month of June... 'Time Marches On'
Who besides me remembers those 'Time' Newsreels in the Good Old Days in the 30s and 40s?
At the Movies, usually a Double Feature, then Two Cartoons and a News Reel between
Cost 25 Cents to get in and a sack of Popcorn was a nickel, yeah, them was the Days!

~ Another Bloom on the Canna on Wednesday ~

OK Enough of that, what for Thursday? Temp at 72 at 6:30 a.m. heading back to the Heat at 94 later
And saying Four more Days in the 90s, after that then dropping back to mid 80s for a couple Days
Crazy Weather this year, July Temps in June, what's July gonna be like anyway?

OK, 7:30 a.m. The Sun peeking over the Gully again, time to check the Crops out back
Stopped on the way to the Stairs to get a Photo of the Morning Glories, Two more nice Blossoms

~ Now Two Blossoms on the Morning GLory Vines ~

Then the Cucumber Bed and see the First Cucumber to appear, how many more we gonna get?
Looks like Lots, many Blooms on the Vines in the Cucumber Bed and also in the Pepper Bed

~ First Cucumber of the Season ~

Next over to the Pumpkin Patch, separated the Cage Halves to get a couple Vines going the Right direction
Then a Photo of the new Blossoms for Thursday, still all Male Blooms, where are the Ladies hiding?

~ Four more Male Pumpkin Blooms ~

On the way back in, a Photo of the Cat Traps set next Door to catch the Stray Kitties
Talked to the Guy from the Parkville Animal Shelter Wednesday, he set the Traps
He said they try to catch the Stray Females, take them in to 'desex' them and then release them, again

~ Traps to catch the stray Cats ~

OK, that was all the Gardening for the Day, next off to the Price Chopper for my Lottos
Got $20 worth of Tickets and lost $20 worth of Tickets, not a good Lotto day fer sure, oh well... Tomorrow?

Well I replaced the dying Rhododendron with that Dwarf Spruce on Wednesday, what about that dead Asiatic Lily?
Thought I would run over to Riverside to see if Larry's Nursery had one, nope all gone
And they are in the Process of selling off the Spring stuff and will close for the Year last of June

OK, all done outside for the Day, now all done except the inside Afternon and Evening wind dowm
Remembered I still had some of that Super Pizza, had a piece of that with un vaso de Vino and TV
Then on to wind down another pretty fair Day... Yeah, not so bad, cudda won the Big One though

~ Hot Again ~ And more Friday ~



~ Wednesday, June 13, 2018 ~
~ One more Male Pumpkin Bloom ~
~ Replaced my ailing Rhododendron wth a Dwarf Spruce ~

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~ Only One new Bloom on Wednesday ~
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Wednesday Morning already and 6 a.m. Temp at 74 Degrees, that's comfy, hesding to 86... That's warm
A bit cooler on Tuesday and the same for today, better than those 90s lately fer sure
Headed out back for a Pumpkin Blossom check at 7 a.m. Only One new Bloom for Wednesday
Still waiting and looking for the Female Blossom to pollinate for a Pumpkin.. Yeah!

Heading back in, took a look at the Morning Glory Vines from the Deck, several past the top Rail
And they still want to climb but nothing to hang on to now unless they could reach out to the Tree

~ Morning Glory Vines want to climb Higher ~

And then down the Stairs and lookee there! First Bee Yoo Tee Full Morning Glory Blossom
First of many to come I am hoping, but they only open in the Morning... Oh Woe

~ First Morning Glory Blossom ~

The n time to head out for Lottos, decided the Fast Stop again, before that I was rummaging through my Drawers
And ran across a couple old T-Shirts I had made when I was doing my 'Recording Studio' work
Thought I would put it on the show Navru some of my 'Good Old Days' fun... Recording for amateur Bands
The one I had on had the Design on the Back, he didn't see it when I went in but I turned around to show him
And he liked it! and wanted one, well I had another one so I told him I would bring him one
So then I scratched off Two $20 winners, took them back to trade and gave him the Shirt... Gracias Amigo!

~ My Recording Studio Tee ~

And then... Several Days ago I saw one of my new Rhododendron Plants was ailing severely, no idea why
So I thought I would run over to Lowes to see what I could replace it with, found a nice ittle Dwarf Spruce
Back at the Ranch, I planted it while my Neigbor sat on his porch and watched, looks kinda cute

~ Goodbye Rhododendron ~ Hello Dwarf Spruce ~

Then it was watering out front Time, got half the front area watered then took 'Blog Break'
Later back out to finish watering and then more chat with the Neighbor, then gettng warm, back inside
Then a Cooking operation, some Pork and Cabbage and whatever else for Dinner
Then TV and wind down time, pretty fair Day again
~ Not as Hot ~ Nice Afternoon ~



~ Tuesday, June 12, 2018 ~
~ Checked the Pumpkin Blooms Again ~
~ Tried another Full Pack of Lottos ~

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~ And Again ~ Three more new Male Pumpkin Blooms ~
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Nice Day Monday, what for Tuesday? Well, Weather looks about the same, 79 at 10 a.m. heading to 90
Says 'Partly Sunny' but a hazy Sun to start the Day... Headed out back to check the Pumpkin Blooms
And there were Three more new Male Blooms and I think I see some potential Female Buds lurking below
Looks like one in that Photo, Male Blooms are on a long stem, Females close to the Vine

And then off to the Price Chopper, got $25 more Lottos, only won a $10 Ticket back
OK, now what for the rest of this long Day ahead?

Well, I saw Navru on Facebook so sent him a 'Hola Amigo' Message, he gave me a 'Hola' back...
So I decided to run down there to try my luck on Lottos, cashed in my $10 Win, bought $25 worth back
And only won $5... How's that for luck?... Not so good... So I still had winnings from my first full Pack
Decided to head back and buy another full Pack, he didn't have the one I wanted so I settled for another
They all pay about that same unless there is a super BIG ONE in that Pack

So got my Pack and headed home, poured me un vaso de Vino Tinto and worked all 60 Tickets
Got one nice $100 Win, the rest $5 to $25 for a total of $245, so I lost $45 on the Pack

~ Best winner in a Pack of 60 Tickets ~

Then decided to go cash out that $100 Ticket and put it in the Bank, also trade for a few more Tickets
On the way out, saw the Neighbor stting out, asked if he wanted me to get him some Lottos
Handed me $5 and I headed out, cashed in $120 in Tickets, bought me $20 more and the Neighbot his $5
Then next door to drop that $100 in my Checking Account and headed back, gave the Neighbor his Tckets
Then back in to try mine and a no go on that attempt and on into the Afternoon<

Another Glass of Vino, lots of TV, a good Dinner and again... that's all she wrote... Hasta Manana!

~ Same Weather ~ No Visitor ~ Nice Lotto Win ~



~ Monday, June 11, 2018 ~
~ A Visitor Again ~
~ TV, Movie and Pizza ~

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~ Three more Male Blooms ~
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Out back first thing to check the Pumpkins, and Three more new Blooms but all Male
Looks like several Female Blooms down close to the Vines though, will keep watching

Then off at 8 a.m. to the Fast Stop, Buenos Dias Amigo, como estas? Navru is learning Spanish
Some chat and then I bought $20 worth of Lottos and headed back to my Estate
And then scratched off a $25 Win... WOW! $5 profit! Now what for the rest of the Day?

Then I got a call from Pat, wanting to visit, watch Bobby Flay and eat Pizza
OK by me, set off to refill my Wine Cellar and get a couple Items for my Margaritas
So then, took time out to vacuum up some of those pesky Varmints crawling in under the Door

A little after Noon, put my Pizza Stone in the Oven to heat up for the Pizza around 1 p.m.
Then a call to the Minit Mart, "Put me a 'Classic Combo' Pizza in the Oven, I'm on the way to get it"
Set off for the Minit Mart, only about Five Minutes away, said 'Here I am' and she went to the Kitchen to get it
Brought out this huge Box, hot from the Oven and I headed for Home, took it out of the Box
Slid it onto the Hot Stone in my Oven and then waiting for my Guest

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~ Godfather 'Classic Combo' Pizza from the Minit Mart ~
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And then my Guest arrived, came in, got settled and we chatted and watched my stuff on the TV
Had enough of that and then time to chow down, took the Pizza out of the Oven, dished it up
Back to the TV to finish out the Afternoon with Dos Equis, a Margarita, and some great Pizza!
And more Videos, Music and a long, long Movie, and then time for 'Hasta la Vista' and up the Hill to Home

~ Hasta la Vista otra Vez ~

And then it was just another wind down until Bed Time to end another nice Day
So many end to end for the last couple weeks, yeah!

~ Another Hot Sunny Day ~ With a Visitor ~



~ Sunday, June 10, 2018 ~
~ Some Catch Up Garden Photos ~
~ A Visit from Navru ~

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~ Fifteen Tomatoes on the Plant in the Pot ~
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Another warm Sunny Morning, headed out front to check the Plants after my Morning wake up stuff
Got some shots of the Celebrity Tomato Plant and it's try for Tomatoes, and doing quite well at that

~ Celebrity Tomato Plant doing Fine ~

Most everything looking good except for that Rhodendron, wonder just what happened to it
Tom had sprayed some stuff for bugs a couple Days ago, wonder if he hit that plant with that stuff?

Then headed around back to check the potential Pumpkin Blooms I saw on Saturday
And yep, Two large Male Blooms wide open and waiting for the Bees... But no Female Blooms
Are we going to get that same runaround this Year, lots of Male Blooms but few and failing Females?

~ Male Blooms on the Pumpkin Vines ~

So the Pumpkin Vines looked like they needed more spreading room and I had a little piece of fencing
Pulled the Cage halves apart and attached that fencing between them, lots more room there now

~ Widened the Pumpkin Page for the Spreading Vines ~

So I dawdled around with this and that until 9:30 a.m. Past time to hit the Shower so that was the next item
Need to go spruced up to go seek my Fortune, where to this time, doing OK, about breaking even but no big Wins
So off to the Price Chopper, cashed in $25 of Winners, bought $25 of potentials, and won back $25
Well that ain't winning anything, let's head dwn to the Fast Stop again

Headed down the Hill to the Fast Stop, saw that Navru wasn't there so back to the Price Chopper to try again
Traded in my $25 Winner for Cash, put $20 in Machine Two and $5 in Machine One
Then back Home to scrath $35 in Winners from Machine Two and none from Machine One
Looks like time to hit Machine One with a good try and see what happens there

Got my Lottos from Machine One and headed back Home, Navru was waiting in my Yard
So he came in to the cool and we watched my Videos and chatted about this and that
Then he wanted to borrow one of my Spanish learning books, I gave him the best and easiest one
And he headed back up the Hill into the Heat and I headed back in to the Cool
Then I worked my new Lottos and lost on all of them, oh well, ya know how that is

And that is quie enough for Sunday, not a lot going on but an enjoyable Day for the most part
Now a New Day and New Week ahead, off we go!

~ Another Hot Sunny Day ~



~ Saturday, June 09, 2018 ~
~ Garden Watering Day ~
~ A few modest Lotto Winners ~

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~ What's wrong with my Rhododendron? ~
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And so, at least I woke up on Saturday Morning, wasn't feeling all that well Friday Evening
Maybe the waiting at the Doctor's Office just wore me out for the rest of the Day
Was feeling woozy after my Drive back to Parkville, then still more as I sipped my Wine and watched my Movie
And as I said, just gave up on Dinner then and hit the Sack, now feeling some better Saturday Morning

Another Hot Day in store, saying 77 at 7 a.m. then heading to 94 this Afternoon
I do think I should get out there and water out back first thing today, maybe the front too
So, out into that hazy warm Morning about 8 a.m. to water evreything out back again
And everything again looking better than the last time, Cucumbers blooming, Tomatoes getting bigger
Pepper plants looking healthy and some potential Blooms appearing on the Pumpkins
Those Pie Pumpkins have the best looking vines yet, I've been planting the wrong kind

~ Cucumbers Blooming Nicely ~
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~ Maybe new Blossoms on the Pumpkin Vines? ~

Then time to head out for Lottos, tried the Minit Mart again and traded in $25 in Tickets
Won back $35, not a bad deal that time, $10 profit anyway, then back to visit Navru at the Fast Stop
Cashed in my $35 Win and bought $25 in Tickets, only won back $20 this time, still a $5 Profit for the Day

Then dragged the Hose back around front, watered everything from one end to the other, most looking good
But looks like something drastically wrong with one of the Rhododendrons in the Barrels, the other Two look great
All getting the same amount of Water so what's causing this problem, bugs maybe?

Well, after the watering it was just sit back and enjoy the rest of the Day, not much going on
A late afternon visit with the Neighbor next Door, then just the usual wind down of the Day
And no idea of what's to do on Sunday... yet...

~ A Slow Gardening Day for Saturday ~



~ Friday, June 08, 2018 ~
~ An Almost Nuthin Day ~
~ Doctor Vist in the Afternoon ~

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~ Vines reached the Rail ~ Now we need Blooms ~
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Friday already, where did this Week go so fast? And what's the Hot Weather going to be like today?
Oh! Not quite so Hot, 68 at 6:45 a.m. and saying 88 later, better than the 92 on Thursday (a tad)
And again, no Gardening needs to be done much Today, so what else? Just a trip over to NKC Hospital

Time again for that chat with the Urologist, he doesn't do much, just Talk then the Nurse gives that shot
But he said this time if my PSA was normal no shot needed, so why the chat? Oh well might as well go

So, that appointment at 2:45 p.m. mostly just killed time trying to win on Lottos, just won a couple small ones
Then just this and that waiting for Doctor Time, left at 2:15 p.m. just a bit too early as usual
And I got there early as usual, headed up and dropped in to see a Waiting Room filled with people
Checked in, got my Papers to update as usual, sat down to work them and wait

~ Waitng Room Full Waiting for the Doctor ~

After a few Minutes the Clerk announced that those waiting for Doctor Haggard could expect an Hour's wait!
WHAT! I thought of cancelling my Appointmnt and walk out but then thought... I waa already there might as well wait
Waited a full hour or more to be called in, did my 'sample' as usual, got my BP Checked and then waited for the Doc

~ In the Exam Room ~ Bored and still waiting for the Doc ~

And another wait of 20 Minutes... Lordy! Finally knock knock, he came in, greetings and then into his Laptop
Some questions and hemming and hawing, looks like one more Lupron Shot he says, HUH!
I said "Last time you said that Shot then would be the Last unless the PSA was high this time"
And the PSA was ZERO, so no Shot needed... He puttered around in his Laptop and finally agreed
So that was it, did nothing but say to come in again in Six Months, check the PSA again then

Looks to me he has too much to do, not much time for me and nothing needs to be done at present
Checked out, got my Lab request for the next PSA, and thinking about his next Appointment
Get my next PSA report in December, if it is OK, cancel the Doctor Appointment scheduled then
Then just get the next PSA from my Primary Doctor and if it is high, find a new Urologist

Back Home, late afternoon, not feeling all that well, set out Dinner and got a glass of Vino Tinto
Finished an old Movie, just still not feeling well, just skipped Dinner and headed to Bed at 7 p.m.
But a pretty fair night, a few interesting Dreams, not feeling so bad today (Saturday)
So let's go ahead and get this Weekend out of the way!

~ So then... just a Doctor Day on Friday ~



~ Thursday, June 07, 2018 ~
~ A Slow Morning ~
~ A Slower Afternoon ~

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~ First Vine reaches the top Rail ~
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Thursday Morning... What to do? and not a Clue... of what to do... Oh well
Mike said we might wake up to showers, but he was wrong again, so far anyway at 7:30 a.m.
Looks like another Hot Day, 72 Degrees at the moment, saying 91 later, these Afternoons have been TOO HOT!
So, watered out front on Tuesday and out back on Wednesday, what needs to be done today?... Nuthin

Took another hike down to the Fast Stop to chat and get some more loser Lottos
Back then to lose it all except One $10 Win... Oh well, now what else is there to do?

Decided to hike out back to check the Crops again but the Neighbor was sitting out front
So I sat and we talked about this and that and the other, then the Weather was warmimg some
Then I decided to head out back before it got too hot, and everything was still looking great, except the Radishes
Wanted to get 'progress' Photos of where we were at this time, So I got a good shot of all Four Beds

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~ Pumpkin Vines doing Fine ~
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~ Celebrity Tomatoes and Beets ~
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~ Peppers ~ Better Boys Tomatoes ~ Cucumbers ~
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~ Straight Eight Cucumbers ~
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And then was back inside to finish out a lazy Afternoon as usual, nothing happens much after Noon
And nothing much planned again for Friday except a Doctor Appointment in the Afternoon

~ So then a Doctor Day on Friday ~



~ Wednesday, June 06, 2018 ~
~ Birdbath Project Early ~
~ Nothing much Later ~

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~ Oh say can you see ~ By the Dawn's early Light ~ My Birdbath Fountain ~
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Wednesday, halfway through the Working Week already, and almost a Week of June gone
And a bizzy Day on Tuesday and a few things planned to start this Sunny Hot Day (they say)
I changed the spray Heads on the Bird Bath Pumps on Tuesday, they sprayed higher than the first I tried
And they were spraying the Water out of the Bath, had to add Water a couple times
Also the Pumps would pop up from the Bowl now and then so I just let them float
And kept them in the Center by setting little glasses around the edge

So I thought I would empty the Bowl, dry the Bottom, put some Carpet tape on the Bottom
Then set the Pump on the Tape and see if that would hold them in place<
Then for the overspray problem, put the Spray Heads back on that I tried at first
They didn't spray as high, maybe that would help the overspray problem some

Next, there were a couple branches in the Tree next door, shading the Fountain there
So I got my little Step Ladder. climbed up a couple steps and lopped them off
Then time to head out for my Lottos, this time the Fast Stop, bought Four Scratcher Tickets
And One 'Show Me Cash Easy Match'... It was an instant $3 Winner, maybe more at Draw Time?
Back home to scratch off Four Losers, back in the loser Isle again

And then... Hooked up the Hose, dragged it out back and watered everything back there
And everything in the back Garden looking pretty good, had to help some Cucumbers reach the Trellis
The Pumpkin Vines are looking better than any I ever Planted, hope they do sonething this year

About 8:30 then and everything I had planned was done, so then what?, the Fountains started up
So I got a Photo then set up the Video Camera for a short Video of the Front in June...


So, on to a slow not much doing afternoon, too hot out there anyway, 87 at Noon, heading to 92
And I had filled the Birdbaths about 8 a.m. The pumps were spraying about 24 inches into the Air
Very impressive but shooting wather over the side of the Bowl too, was almost empty about 11 a.m.
I poured another Gallon of water into both Baths, then a little after Noon, empty again
Well that won't do, Didn't plan on hauling water out there all Day and so...
I popped the Spray Heads off the Pumps. that gave a nice little Bubbling output and OK by me

~ New Fountain Look with no Spray Head ~
Into the same old late afternoon and slow evening, not much happens after 2 p.m. around here
So TV, Dinner, maybe a Movie, maybe a Music Concert, and off to dream of another new Day

~ Is it Thursday Yet? ~



~ Tuesday, June 05, 2018 ~
~ Sunny and Warmer Day ~
~ Working on the Bird Bath Fountain Pumps ~

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~ The New Look Out Front ~
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6 a.m and I think it is Tuesday, and the Weather Man says it will be a Sunny One
60 Degrees at 6 a.m. heading to 88 later and that again is just a tad on the warm side
Hope to see the Bird Bath Fountains will pump their full Height Today, never reached that on Monday

Ho Hum... 6:30 a.m. Finished and posted Monday's Blog, checked the Bank, Facebook and Email...
Then worked the Crossword and Jumble, finished my Coffee, now what? Is this going to be a long, long Day?
The only Project I can think of at the moment is maybe to water out front

Ok, Shower, and Shampoo and clean Clothes and out to find my Fortune, where will it be Today?
Time to try Machine One at the Price Chopper again, traded in $20 worth of Winner Tickets
Bought $20 more and headed Home to scratch... and scratched Three duds
And then on my Favorite 'Crossword' Ticket I hit a $20 Win, well, can't stop there, no profit
So I headed back to cash in that $20 one and try some more at Machine Two and add a $10 Win for good measure

Cashed in my $30 worth of Winner Tickets, stuck $30 in Machine Two, headed Home to WIN!
Well, out of Five Tries, Four duds and One $15 Win, Oh well ya can't win 'em all but I sure like to try
Bright Sun, saw on the way in that One Fountain was shooting nicely, the other one on the way
So then time head back out to see if I could get a Photo or Two

~ My side ~ Their Side ~
The Sun was bright and unshaded on my Side but the Tree was shading the one next Door
So a heavy-duty Project to start, cut some of those shading Branches off that Tree
They were hanging out too far in front anyway and after trimmimg it looked better

Back out again around 1 p.m. into that bright Sun and Heat... But lots of shade on the Porch
Started watering on my end plus the Stair Planter, watered everything on my side very well
And then on the other side clear to the end and beyond to the Planter out by the Stairs

Then back inside in the Cool, then 2 p.m. time for a glass of Vino Tinto and some TV
And start thinking of what's for Dinner all over again, lots of stuff to choose from

~ The End of another Good Day ~



~ Monday, June 04, 2018 ~
~ A Couple of Nice Lotto Wins ~
~ A Quiet, Not Much Day ~

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~ Three Vines reached the Deck Rail ~ One over a Foot Above ~
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Monday, Monday... I like Monday! And it will be a cooler Monday, 57 Degrees at 7 a.m. only going to 79 they day
Well that is certainly in my comfort range and that's all that counts for me...
Finished my Juice amd Coffee and Computer stuff before 7 a.m. and headed out front

The Fountain Pumps came with Four different Spray head patterns, I had installed one that looked good
But I thought I would try another that looked like it gave a wider Spray

~ Other Spray Heads for my Bird Bath Pumps ~

I headed out before the Sun was up so it wouldn't be pumping and spray on me
The Window Web caught me changing one of them that was a little tough to change
I had to take it back inside to use a tool to pop the Spray Head off to try another one


And then... again, this year the Millipedes are back, started a few Days ago and lots of them
I put Carpet Tape down inside and outside the Door to catch them and it helps a lot
On Sunday I put Tape in front of the Neighbors Door also, catching a lot of them overnight
Thought I would get out there and try some 'Sevin' Spray along the Porch and see how that goes

~ Pesky Millipedes are back Again ~

And off to the Price Chopper for necessities like Wine and Milk and a few other things
Then of course my non-necessities that cost so much, $20 of Lottos, only won $10 back
The Sky had brightened up some but still no full Sun but the Pumps were spurting now and then

So, nothing else on the Agenda at the moment, let's go see Navru, traded in my $10 Win and added a bit more
Then back Home to scratch off the first One... $100 Winner!... now that's more like it
Scratched off a couple more Losers and then Whooopee! A $40 Winner, and I do like that... $105 Profit

~ The way I like them! ~

Well then not much going on the rest of the Day, Hazy Sunny to Cloudy all Day, but comfy Weather
The Sun never got bright enough for the Bird Bath Fountains to go full blast, the sunnier, the highter they go
They just start with a spurt, spurt, then as the Sun gets brighter they spray continuously
And when the Sun did get bright in the Afternoon, they were shaded by the trees so just spurt spurted all Day

Then not much happening until Bed time but it was a nice easy Day all Day anyway

~ Twas a Hazy Sunny Day and Cooler ~



~ Sunday, June 03, 2018 ~
~ A Bizzy Sunday ~
~ Great Weather ~ Lots of Doings ~

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~ Bird Bath Pump Imstalled ~
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And a nice enough Day for Saturday, what's ahead for Sunday? I'll check the Weather
AHA! 53 Degrees at 6:30 a.m. that's just a bit cool, but Sunny and 85 later and that sounds great!
No plans yet but I got a message that my Bird Bath Pumps would be delivered today
Will be fun to see if and how they work in the new Bird Baths out front and if they will get any Birds to visit

So... Scooted up to the Price Chopper to trade in $20 of Winners for $15 worth of losers, win some, lose most
Back at el Ranchito and headed out back to tie up one more Tomato branch I saw was drooping
Then hiked up to the Bench to check on the Sunflowers I planted up there, forget it, ain't doing anything
Back down to notice something was eating the leaves off my Asiatic Lilies, need to spray them

And then... cleaned out the Bird Baths, seeds and leaves falling in them from the Trees
Filled them up again, takes One Gallon for each Bath, leveled one up just a tad
Next, just wait around for the Bird Bath Pumps to be delivered and then maybe plant more Beets out back

9:30 a.m. Amazon still says 'Ready for Delivery'... So I hooked up the Hose and my 'Sevin' Sprayer
The Bugs are eating up my Rose Bush out front and nibbling on the Asiatic Lilies too
So I sprayed them all really well, hoping now for the Best, those Lilies were not cheap

And then trekked out back again to plant Beet Seeds all across the Front of the Pepper Bed
Now see if they do any better there than the Radishes did, at least you can eat the Beet Leaves too

~ Beet Seeds planted in the Pepper Bed ~

And then HURRAY! Checked my Email again, my Package is out for delivery so that's the next Project
Well not quite, I was then sitting out front watching the Hummingbirds flitting back and forth to the Feeder
And again thought of adding a Perch to the little Bird House, my old one had that
So I found a Stake that would work, plugged in my Drill to charge and sawed the Stake to the right size
Took the House out of the Tree, opened it up to check and a Wasp flew out, WATCHIT!
There was a Wasp Nest inside, I kicked it out, drilled a Hole and plugged in the Perch
Hung the House back in the Tree, now... Come on Birdie, it's ready for occupancy!

~ New Perch for the Mama Birdie ~

And then it was just trying to find other things to do while I waited for my Solar Fountain Pumps
Usually I get my Amazon Deliveries around Noon or a little Later but this one was taking forever
So most everything else done, I mixed a Margarita and sat out front watching the Hummingbirds
And there were plenty of trips to the Sugar Syrup Feeder for several Birdies of different sizes

I gave up close to 3 p.m. and headed back in to the cool to catch up on TV, turned on the Window Web Cam
Then around 3:30 I saw a Truck headed down the Hill, walked out to receive the Package as the guy walked to the Door
So I sat out front, opened the Package, assembled the Pumps by hand, no tools needed, set them in the Baths

And by then the Trees had shaded the Bird Baths and so nothing happened for quite a while
Then the Sun slowly receded behind the Tree and a little Sunlight hit the Bath next Door
Then a little spurt, then another, then as the Sun covered the Pump a nice little spray popped up

The Sun moved off and the Spray stopped but I waited and watched as the Sun began hitting the Bath in front of my place
Then that Pump started with a spurt, then a bigger one and then a steady spray and I got that Photo
Time to head in then for Dinner and the Finale of the Day, another very busy and enjoyable Day

~ More Gorgeous Weather Sunday ~



~ Saturday, June 02, 2018 ~
~ Stormy Saturday Morning ~
~ Wet Morning but Sunny Warm Afternoon ~

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~ Flowers out Front on Friday Afternoon ~
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Woke up Saturday Morning about 4 a.m. to Thunder and Lightning and what sounded like heavy Rain
Drifted back to sleep until about 5 a.m. gave up and got up for the Day
Still storming a little then and the Rain had backed off, but I got some Video with the Window Web Cam
Made this .gif Animation Photo below just for fun from the Video

~ Saturday Morning at 5 a.m. ~

Finished and Posted Friday's Blog and started on this one, checked the Weather
At 6 a,m. still saying 'Severe T-Storms' but all was quiet outside then
Thought I would water out front this Morning but sure doesn't look like that is needed now

Then worked my Puzzles and drank my Coffee, then at 7 a.m. some Rumbles and a whining Wind
But then about 8 a.m. all quiet, Rain stopped, Wind died down but they still said T-Storms out there
Time to head out for Lottos at 9 a.m. and with the Sun trying to peek out of the Clouds...
Picked up $20 worth of Lottos, back home to Scratch off NUTHIN! DRAT!
That just wouldn't do to satisfy my taste for Riches, headed back for more tries
The Neighbor was out front as I left, he buys Lottos too, I asked if he wanted me to get him any
Yep, and he had a couple of Winners in his mobile Chair seat and handed them to me

So, I had dedided to shoot the Works again for a full Pack... Cashed in his winners, bought his tickets
Then asked for a full Pack of the new Card that I liked but hadn't won on yet
Headed back, the Neighbor was still out front, I gave him his new tries and headed in to try mine
Scratched away and hit a nice $100 Winner and then $155 more lesser ones, lost $45 on that deal

~ First Good Win for June! ~

And then it was out and up the Hill in back to check on the Tomato Plants I had tied up
They looked a lot better after a couple Days getting used to standing up instead of falling over

~ "Celebrity' Tomatoes looking Better after Tying ~

So I got a Photo and then harvested all of the tiny Radish Crop, just can't have any luck growing them
The Beets in the front of the Tomato Bed are doing fair so far, but not a bunper crop

~ First Radish Crop ~ I just can't grow Radishes ~

Back around front then, the Neighbor was sitting out enjoying the cooler Weather
The temp just right with a nice light Breeze blowing, we talked for a while then I headed in
I cleaned the Radishes and put them in the Fridge then put some Frozen BBQ Ribs in the Oven
The last ones I did were a bit fatty and I wanted to melt some off, then added some BBQ Sauce

So that was about it, later I had those Ribs and some BBQ Beans at TV time
| Closing out another fine Weather Day on Pay Day

~ Gorgeous Weather Saturday ~



~ Friday, June 01, 2018 ~
~ June is Here! ~ Pay Day Today! ~
~ Another Bird Bath ~

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~ And then there were Two ~ One for the Neighbor's Side ~
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Well this sure is 'Good Friday' not only my IBM Check in the Bank but also my SS Check early
Sure does look good to see that oile in the Bank again if only for a short time... Yeah!
So, the usual Computer catch up Friday Morning, then get my Bills scheduled to be paid
Uploaded my Blog Video to Google Drive then to Vimeo for all the World to see
Here it is for the Record but it is 30 Minutes long so best to watch it on my TV

~ My New Blog Video ~ Long and Boring ~

Checked the Weather... 70 Degrees at 7 a.m. and heading to 96! WOW, that's HOT ain't it?
Well not much outside Gardening planned except to water the new Peppers out Back
So another long day ahead to find something to keep me interested, hard to do lately

Waited a bit too long to water out Back, already Sunny and getting HOT back there
But I hooked up the Hose and got at it and watered everything really well, and all Looking Good
Then pulled the Hose back around front, might water out there again on Saturday

Then it was Lottos time, off to the Price Chopper to waste some of my new Money
Bought my Tickets, only scratched off a dinky $5 Win again... I wanna big one

And, I liked the look of the new Bird Bath out front but the Birds don't seem to
I haven't seen any swishing in it yet but then I can't watch it all Day, can I? Well no

I bought the last one they had on display in the Garden Center, thought I would get one for next door
Checked online Thursday, showed none avaiable there, checked again Friday, yes, they had one there
So I took off for Lowes, checked the Shelf, yes, now there were Two there, I put one in a Cart
Checked out and headed home, unloaded and set it up in the yard next door, leveled it and filled it
And then we lived Happily Ever After... Yeah!

And then again in the early Afternoon, that was pretty much all for the Day
I played around on the Computer some, later mixed a Margarita and went out front
Thought I would just sip my Libation and watch the Birdies and enjoy the Weather
But that Weather was just too uncomfortably hot to enjoy much so I gave up and went back in the cool

And then rest of the Day wasn't much to write Home about, same ole Afternoon and Evening
So, let's give it up for the Day Irene... Goodnight...

~ Very Warm Friday ~



~ Thursday, May 31, 2018 ~
~ More Early Garden Work ~
~ The Merry Merry Month of May is on the Way... Out! ~

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~ Pepper Bed Weeded ~ Going to plant more Peppers ~
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Last Day of May, what's on the Way? The Weather looks good, 69 at 8 a.m. on the Way to 85
Somehow those 80s look much better than those 90s, that's just a bit of overdoing it
And what's on the Agenda, first thing just trot out back again and finish weeding the Pepper Bed
Then just see what else can keep me busy and interested the rest of the Day

One thing is to wrap up the Second Quarter Blog Video... but ahead of schedule, it's getting too long now
The first Quarter Blog is 22 Minutes long and was a bit tedious getting to the end watching it
It looks like the April and May Photos have taken up 40 Minutes now and still a Month to go
Going to revise the Title and call it 'My Spring Blog of 2018' for the First Quarter and start another One for a 'Summer Blog'

So, 7 a.m. headed out back in the cloudy but comfy Weather to weed away a half Hour
I got several of the Cucumber Plants in that Bed poked into the Side Mesh so they could climb
Then pulled most of the Weeds out of that Bed, and saw there was an open area in the Center for more Plants
How about a few more Peppers in there? Decided to head over to Larry's Nursery to see what I could find

8:30 a.m. Up the Hill to the Price Chopper, got $30 worth of Potential Winners
Back home to scratch off Two $10 Winners... The others did not meet their potential

Then off to Larry's at 9 a.m. to hunt for Four nice Pepper Plants... OLE!
And there were Hundreds of nice Pepper Plants and all on sale at half price, maybe I buy later next year?
So I picked out Four nice looking 'Bell Boy' Peppers and headed back to Parkville

~ New Pepper Plants to Plant ~

Back Home, took my Trowel and the Peppers out back, dug Four Holes, popped in the Peppers
And now looking good and the Bed full up with goodies, Radishes, Cucumbers, Peppers and Tomatoes

~ New Bell Boy Peppers Planted ~

Back out front after Planting, the Neighbor was out taking the Morning cooler Weather
I sat and chatted with him until the Temps started getting a bit on the warm side and then back into the cool
So, I edited and posted the new Photos I took out back on my Blog, started thinking of the new Summer Blog Video
I added the latest Photos to Blog Video Two, made a Finale, rendered it and made a copy on a Flash Memory Card
Then I started on the Summer Blog Video... June, July and maybe August depending on the length
Got a good start on that, new lead in and added a few Photos and some Music, on the way again

On to the usual finish of the Day and to say goodby to the Month of May...

~ The End of the Merry Merry Month of May ~



~ Email Me at elpato6125@sbcglobal.net ~