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~ Tuesday July 31, 2018 ~
~ The Last Day in July ~ Bye Bye ~
~ And the First Seedling in the new AeroGarden Planting ~

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~ Peeking out the Office Window, a Bit of Fog in the Gully ~

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Surprize! Flipped on the Kitchen Light first thing Tuesday Morning to put on the Coffee
Lookee there! Already something popping up in AeroGarden One that I just planted on Saturday Morning
So Two Days in the Garden, First Plants popping up the Morning of the Third Day, those Greens are eager!
Well as I remember, Lettuce was the most Productive Crop I had in those Gardens

~ First Seedlings in AeroGarden One ~

OK, Coffee on, Juice ready, checked the Bank and Facebook, finished and posted Monday's Blog
Now what on the Last Day of July... Well work my online Puzzles while I have my Coffee

And that all done by 6:45 a.m. And what's the Weather for Today anyway? Brrrrr.. says 59 now
But mostly Sunny and heading to 80 later, sounds pretty good at that, dontcha think?
Time to head out again to check the Crops, front and back, looking for that ripening 'Better Boys' Tomato
The Sun was trying to peek out of the Foggy Gully, Still quite cool at 7 a.m. Headed out back

~ Sun trying to break though the Fog ~

Checking the Plants in front, a new Bloom on the Morning Glory Vines, the only one
Not many Blooms over all from this Year's try, might try Trumpet Vines next Year, if there is a next Year

~ One lonely Morning Glory on the Last Day of July ~

Then around back, again turning the Corner a bright Yellow Flash again from the far end
One more large beautiful Male Pumpkin Blossom, and where can that Vine go from here?

~ One more Pumpkin Bloom and where to Now? ~

I saw that Better Boys Tomato looked ready to Harvest so I reached in for that, will be super in a couple more Days
Not many Better Boys Tomatoes this year but I planted them late and the plants were a bit too large for that

~ One more Better Boys Tomato ~ My Favorite Type ~

Then... on to the rest of a long busy Day, firstto the Price Chopper for my last Lottos for July
And only won $5, that just will not do but then I can try in August... Hey that's Tomorrow!
Next, not much else to do so I thought I would try finishing my July Blog Video
I went out front and took 20 Photos of my best looking Plants to add, then edited them, added to the Timeline
Got Screen Shots of the Photos on my July 31st Blog and added them, then tuned up the Finale and rendered the Video

Copied that Video to a Flash Card to show from my Living Room Computer to my TV, checked for errors
And there were a few Sub Title misspellings so back to the Editor to correct them, looked OK then

That took me well into the Afternoon, then I set up some Dinner, mixed my Margarita
And finished out the Month of July in the usual Afternoon and Evening manner... Ho Humm... Yeah

~ That's all for Tuesday ~ Bye Bye July ~



~ Monday July 30, 2018 ~
~ Just another pretty Routine Day ~
~ Kept Fairly Busy ~ And that was It ~

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~ Paw Paws on the Hill ~

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Monday again! Just about my favorite Day, especially when Pay Day is only two Days away!
And today's weather just like yesterday starting at 64 heading to 77, cool relief from last week
And again no plans except I need to get some Gas at the Minit Mart, get my Lottos there too

Then what? Well a look out back in that good looking Morning Sun, to see what I might see
And not much to see different from Sunday except no new Pumpkin Bloom, poor Vine is getting tired
Nothing ready to Harvest, saw that the Paw Paw Trees were really getting huge now but no Paw Paws
They were totally bare and looked dead all winter, now just overloaded with huge leaves

~ Paw Paws down to the Ditch ~

Then off to the Minit Mart, got my Gas, got my Lottos, headed back Home to hope... (for a Winner)
Nope, well a $10 one but that won't pay any of my Bills... Back to the Fast Stop
Tried again for some nice Winners, Ooops, a low Tire, what's that shiny thing in it anyway?
Headed back, dropped the Mercedes off at Chuck's Garage and headed down Bell Road on foot
I used to trot the Mile up to the Price Chopper now and then just for fun... (Fun>?)
Chuck's Garage is just across the Street from the Price Chopper, anyway I headed back
The Mile to Home isn't all that much but there are some mighty Steep Hills on the Way, up and down
I would get part way up a Hill, stop for a rest and then carry on, the worst one just before I get Home
Anyway, I made it again, maybe I should do what everyone says and get out and walk more... Nah, Ahm Tard!

Thought I would go out front to do some catch up Photos of my Plants to close out my July Video
Got 20 Photos, edited them and added them to the July Video Time LIne, almost done for the Month now
Already have the Finale done, just need to add whatever happens on the 31st to finish and Render
That took me until 3 p.m. They should have the Tire fixed, I drove my Blazer up to Chuck's to get the Mercedes
Paid for the Tire, walked around back to get the Car, left the Blazer there, get a ride later to pick it up
And that was just about all the action for the Day, and tired after that hike up those Hills

So, time to Mix that Afternoon Libation and see what's on TV to bore me the rest of the Day
I had called Pat earlier about a Ride to get my Car, she called back about then, said OK
Then down the Hill she came about 4 p.m. Headed back to the Price Chopper whee I parked te Blazer
I gave her the Aerogarden I had in put the Blazer for her to take home, Ta Ta and headed back

And the day ebbed on, finished the leftovers of that stuffed Pepper Dinner, still tasty
Finished a long, long, old Western Movie after three Days of trying, would get bored and take a break
Actually watched parts of three or more Movies and Programs before I wore out the Evening
Finally ended up with some more Music and hit the Hay about 8 p.m. Ho Humm...

~ Monday ~ Another OK Day ~



~ Sunday July 29, 2018 ~
~ Another Pumpkin Bloom ~ One more little Tomato ~
~ And a Rainy Day to Water my Gardens ~

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~ Another Pumpkin Bloom for Sunday ~

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Sunday, Sunday, What we gonna do on Sunday, seems I did it all on Saturday, a busy Day
Oh Oh, says 67 and light Rain at 7 a.m. then a Top of 77 with T-Storms, Brrrrrrr
Well at least I won't have to water the Plants, woke up at 2 a.m. to hear T-Booms and Rain

Then out at 8 a.m. on a drippy wet Morning to take out the Trash, then a Hike out back
Again turning the corner and at the far end of the Gardens a bright Yellow flash

~ What do I see way over there? ~

Got a quick Photo there and then trotted over to get a close up and the latest try at a Pumpkin
Nice big beautiful Blossom but again going nowhere, one Day to try and then gone
Then noticed a nice big Better Boys Tomato turning Color and a dinky Celebrity Tomato ready to pick

~ Tiny but Ripe and Ready ~

Out into that light Rain again at 10 a.m. to seek 'The Pleasures of the Day', all out of Vino and Lottos
Headed to the Price Chopper, cashed in $25 worth of Winners and bought $25 of prospects
Trundled my Cart to the Liquor Department and loaded up a gallon of Sangria Vino Tinto
Checked out, headed back, unloaded and worked my Lottos for a dinky $10 Win... Oh well, I have my Wine

~ The Pleasures of the Day ~

And then, 11 a.m. the Morning almost done and no more Plans... Ho Hummm all over again... what to do?
Well now, those stains on the Bathtub left by the Flooring Worker, maybe clean them up?
There was a sort of trim the former Maintenance Man had stuck on the Tub, 'Jose' peeled it off
Scraped a lot of the old Adhesive off but didn't get it all, so maybe I can get the unsightly rest of it<
Worked on that a while, got it looking better but not like I want it yet, try again later

And what else? Getting to be a really boring Afternoon, why do I always need something to do?
Again, thinking of Gardens, was thinking of ordering some more Tomato pods for later in Garden Two
But then, I had some other Seeds and some empty Pods to use, so I checked on what I had
Some Jalapeņo Pepper Seeds, yeah... Put Two Seeds in each of Three Pods and into the Garden Bed
Now see if they come up, and if they do and get too big I can transfer them to Pots to play with

~ Jalapeņo Peppers now in Garden Two ~

OK then, enough fun for the Day, What's for Dinner? Had some Tater Salad left in the Fridge, thawed a Burger
Made that do at TV and Dinner Time and wound up another pleasant Day for me

~ Sunday ~ Good Enough ~



~ Saturday July 28, 2018 ~
~ AeroGardens Planted Again ~
~ New Crop delivered Saturday ~

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~ AeroGarden Planted with Salad Greens ~

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Up and at 'em Saturday Morning and first thing put a load of Laundry in the Wash
Then finished cleaning up the AeroGarden Pod Bed, filled the Bowl with Water, added Nutrient
Set the timer and off we go to wait for a Crop of 'Salad Greens', the Pod Label doesn't say what kind

Another Pod Shipment arrives in the Afternoon and the Second Garden will be planted with Two Cherry Tomato Plants
I wasn't paying attention, I could have gotten Six Pods for just a little more, But I can add Pods later
As the Plants mature I can added more to keep the Garden going, more than just the One Crop

Headed out at 7:30 or so to put my old Foot Stool in the Car, take the Trash to the Dumpster and head out back
No new Pumpkin Bloom but what's that? A Cucumber hiding on top of the Cucumber Cage, got a Photo
Picked it and brought it in for another Photo and a Salad later, best one so far

~ Peek a Boo! I see You ~ Nicest Cuke Harvested so Far ~

And then I headed down to the Fast Stop and got an immediate $10 win...
Traded in a Ticket that I thought was a $10 Winner was actually a $20 Winner
So I had $30 to buy More possibles, and then won a $15 and a $10 back, not such a bad deal at that

And I see I am not the only Home Gardener on Facebook, a few others show up now and then
Just today I got an Email from Kenny Kim from the old Yahoo Kitchen Chat Room
Sent me Photos of what he calls his 'Humble Little Garden'...


Looks like some Melons, Cukes, Tomatoes and Peppers in there

~ Kenny Kims 'Humble Little Garden' ~

Moving right along, finished cleaning up the Seed Pod Bed in the Second Aerogarden
Filled it with Water and Nutrient and set the Light and Start/Stop times, Ready for the Pods
Then at 11 a.m. Knock Knock, the Amazon Man dropped off my Package and scooted on up the Hill

~ Tomato Seed Pods to Plant ~

Popped open the Pack, stuck Two Seed Pots in AeroGarden Two, set the Garden Type and away we go, Took maybe Five Minutes
Now Six Pods of Salad Greens in Aero One and Two Pods of Cherry Tomatoes in Aero Two, can add more pods later

~ Salad Greens and Cherry Tomatoes Planted ~

And then got the Idea of working on my July Blog Video again and started on that, stayed with that until 1 p.m.
And what's next? Been an interesting Day (for me) so far, then slipping into the Afternoon
Then I had a new Idea for Dinner, those Two Largest Peppers in the Pot out Front, how about stuffing them><
Haven't tried that for quite a while and I had some Meat Loaf to stuff them with. let's try that

Trotted to to pick the Peppers in the Pot... A little paring and into the Pot to Simmer a Bit
Then stuffed with seasoned Meatloaf, Onions and stir in a slightly beaten Egg
A dollop of Ketchup on top and into the Oven to bake for maybe a half Hour or so

~ Peppers on May 28 ~ Picked July 28 ~ Stuffed July 28 ~

After I took the Peppers out of the Oven I put a Tater in to Bake, should go good with the Peppers
Back to the TV to catch a session of Bobbie Flay with a Margarita to make the Program go down easier
I sure wish he would learn to say 'Cumin' and 'Chorizo' properly... But what can you teach a New Yorker anyway

Finally that was pretty much all of that busy Saturday, now a rest up for Sunday? Don't bet on it

~ Busy Enough on Saturday ~ Let's Rest up on Sunday ~



~ Friday July 27, 2018 ~
~ Main Event of the Day ~ One more Pumpkin Bloom!~
~ And a Visit from Patricia ~

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~ A Bloom for Friday and Two more on the Way ~

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Friday Morning, really early, like 1:30 a.m. Woke up and bored with my Dreams so I got up
Finished and Posted Thursday's Blog, started on this one, decided to poke around on the Computer
Catching up with my Blog, I got a Facebook Message from Sigi in Germany, well it was Daytime over there
So exchanging some Chat with the usual insults and inanities for a few minutes

And so, Thursday Afternoon I was thinking of what and when to plant something in those AeroGardens
Got online to Amazon to see what was what, decided to order Salad Greens and Cherry Tomatoes Seed Pods
And I just checked my Email at 2 a.m. Says they are going to be delivered today, that's fast ain't it?

Well now, played around on the Computer for 45 Minutes, getting sleepy again, time to head back to Dreamland
And at 2:15 a.m. ... 'Good Morning Irene'... 'Good Morning Irene', 'I'll see you in my Dreams', and back to Bed

Then at 5:30 a.m. Up again for the Day, put on the Coffee and poured my Juice
Took a while to get back to sleep and then Wow! What a dream that was, glad to wake out of it
Then Time to take a look at the Friday Weather and work my Puzzles and figure out what to do all Day
It just might be an AeroGarden planting Day when those Seed Pods I ordered Thursday get here

Looks about like the Thursday Weather starting at 63 Degrees at 6 a.m. heading to a comfortable 83 tops
That's nice Gardening Weather but nothing needs doing out there except check the Pumpkin Blooms again
Drank my Juice and poured my Coffee and worked my Puzzles, then ready for the new Day at 7 a.m.

Headed out back at 8 a.m. Cloudy then but the Sun came out a bit later to brighten the Day
Could see a bright Yellow Pumpkin Blosson as I turned around the Corner in back
Trotted to the far End of the Garden Beds to get a Photo, first One of the Day, not the last for sure
Then headed back around front for a Photo of the many Blossoms on the Eggplant in the Pot
Are we ever gonna get an Eggplant on there anyway?, a couple started but fell off

~ Lots of Blooms on the Eggplant in the Pot ~

Then time to check the 'Pod Beds' on the AeroGardens, they had developed a sort of crust on the Pot Slots
I thought I would try a Vinegar Solution, see what that might do, checking this Morning, looks like it worked
Checking my Email again, the Salad Greens Pods are on the Way, the Cherry Tomatoes on Saturday
So I should be able to plant the Greens this afternoon, maybe the Tomatoes on Saturday

~ Cleaning up the AeroGarden Pod Beds ~

And then a call from Pat, she had asked me to record some Movies with Steve McQueen, I already had a couple
Then on Thursday I saw more on TCM and recorded them, I told her that, she said she would be over at the usual Time
So back to the Price Chopper once more for a couple things and then waiting for my Seed Pods and that Visit

~ My Visitor for Friday ~

And at 1 p.m. Knock Knock... Come In... Look who's Here! If I knew you were coming Ida Popped some Corn!
A little catch up Chat and then on to the Movie, went through about Ten Steve McQueen Titles and she chose one
About 20 Minutes of that and I went out to the Kitchen and did Pop some Popcorn, Salt and Butter and Yumm

Then about 2 p.m. a knock on the Door, Amazon delivered my Seed Pods, took a look and back to the Movie
Finally finished that long Movie, I showed a few real old Nature Sanctuary Videos and then Curtain Down Time
Pat headed up the Hill and I headed to the Kitchen to get some Dinner going, then more TV and Music
And again it was time to say bye bye to Friday and get ready for Planting on Saturday

~ Friday ~ Another nice Visit from Pat ~



~ Thursday July 26, 2018 ~
~ A Cooler Day for Thursday ~
~ The Plants seemed to Enjoy It ~

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~ Front Gardens looking good in spite of the Heat ~

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Well Surprize, Surprize.... First thing Thursday I get an Email from Kenny Kim
The Korean from the old Yahoo Kitchen Chat... "Hi don , I read your blogs time to time. Thanx, Can."
At least someone reads my Blogs now and then, Oh well, it's mainly just a record of non-happenings for me anyway

And so now it is Thursday and Mike says we are in for a string of cooler Days, well the Plants will like that
Was a bit on the too Hot side yesterday but today it is 69 at 6 a.m. and topping at 82... Brrr! We'll freeze!
Again no early plans for the Day except to check to see if we get the Fourth Pumpkin Bloom in a row
A new Bloom on that one surviving Vine on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday so what today?

Back out back first thing to check on the Pumpkin Blossoms and no new Ones, but a couple on the way
Just about no hope now for any Pumpkins again this Year, just have to buy one at the Price Chopper

~ No New Bloom for Thursday ~ But Two More on the Way ~

Same for a good crop of Cucumbers, I had way more than enough last Year but this year just a few nubbins, Oh well
But better luck with the Tomatoes, quite a Harvest already and I counted 30 more on the Way
Just a few every other Day or so but enough for Salads, Burgers and some to store in the Freezer

~ Just Not a Good Season for Cukes this Year ~

And then out the Door at 9 a.m. The Neighbor, Bill, was out on his porch, gave me a $10 Bill for Lottos
I headed down to the Fast stop in a sprnkling Rain, in to get our Lottos and have a long Chat with Navru
Finally headed back, gave Bill his Lottos, came in to work mine for a $15 Win, lost $5 again
And then a late Breakfast, some of the Loot that Navru gave me at the Fast Stop

~ More Free Goodies from the Fast Stop ~

Then just cruising through the rest of a cool wet Cloudy Morning, brightend up in the Afternoon
Still a quite agreeable Temp at 81 Degrees at 2 p.m. and what did we do then?
Oh Oh, Took two of those Semi-retired AeroGardens out of the Closet and set them on the Kitchen Shelf
Cleaned them up and are we now back into the Indoor Gardening business? Well... Thinking about it

~ Two AeroGardens back on the Kitchen Shelf ~

So then just coasting into another let down Evening, What's for Dinner? Well, more Meatloaf
And some of my Garden Salad and of course smashed Taters and TV and one more Glass of Vino Tinto
And that was all she had to write about Thursday... So Good night Irene... Good night

~ Thursday ~ Completed ~



~ Wednesday July 25, 2018 ~
~ Nothing Special ~ Just a nice Hot Day
~ And keeping slightly Busy ~

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~ And another Pumpkin Bloom ~

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A more tolerable Weather Day on Tuesday with a slightly lower high Temp and low Humidity
They should put a cap on the Temperature for an allowable ceiling of 85 Degrees, would be nice
Well now Mike says we are in for a Week of Temps in the 80s instead of these 90s lately
And my Garden plants and I are sure looking forward to that, oh yes!

So out in the Dawning light to trot around back for the Hose and I saw another Pumpkin Bloom on the one Vine left
There has been a new one every Day this Week and looks like maybe a couple more on that Vine getting ready

Then back around front to water everything in sight, and a catch up Photo of the Celosia the Bugs got to

~ Celosia after the Bug Attack June 29 ~ And now on July 25 ~

After watering everything, a Blog catch up and then into the Shower in case I picked up any chiggers out there
Then off to the Price Chopper to cash in my Lottos, buy another and a bottle of Triple Sec
And then head to the Bank to deposit some Winnings, did that and then out in the front of the Bank for a Photo

~ Construction July 25 ~ And I Give Up ~ What is It? ~

Then, finally time for Brunch at 11 a.m. Busy Day so far not doing much of anything
Next Time to try again at the Fast Stop, bought Four Tickets, asked Navru if he could use a Bed Spread
I had an unused one that would go good with the Twin Bed I gave him, he said sure, Ok, later then
So I headed Home to win a $20 Lotto, packed up the Spread and some Matching Sheets and headed back
Traded for Four more Tickets, told Navru his Stuff was out in my Car, he came out to load it in his Car

~ A Bed Spread like this one for Navru ~

On my way out he gave me a couple Bottles of Tea. Now I have Tea for Two, but I'll drink it all
Then on the way back I happened to notice a Sign out from of that new Constuction project
Said 'Ace Hardware Coming!'... Good! The P&G Hardware here wasn't quite the place for me
Now we will have Access to 'Ace is the Place with the Helpful Hardware Man!'
Back Home then to scratch again and back in my Rut for the Day, lost all $20... Phooey!

~ Tea for Two ~ From Navru ~

And again, the Sun might as well set at 3 p.m. for me, just the same old wind up most every Day...
~ And that was all she wrote on Wednesday ~



~ Tuesday July 24, 2018 ~
~ An Easy Tuesday ~
~ Another $50 Lotto Winner ~

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~ Another Hopeful Pumpkin Blossom ~

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6:16 a.m. Ho Humm, I am not ready for Tuesday yet, those tedious dreams, where do they come from?
Anyway, what's the Weather gonna be? Ho Humm again, just about like Monday, 68 now, heading to 89
Well that sounds better than 95 anyway and I have no outdoor plans anyway

And at the Moment, no indoor plans either and this place sure does look a lot better than a week or so ago
And looking better makes me feel better, the condition of things was just depressing
And every little thing I have been doing since makes the place look better and me feel better

7 a.m. Time to take out the trash and check the back Gardens... Lookee one more Pumpkin Bloom
And another Better Boys Tomato and a dinky Cucumber, well enough for a small Salad anyway

~ Another Bounty Harvest on Tuesday! ~

On the way back in, some more Morning Glory Blooms up on the Deck, how purdy!
And then I picked another Celebrity Tomato off the Plant in the Pot and my hike was finished

~ More Blossoms up on the Deck Rail ~

And then a quick trip down to the Fast Stop for my Daily Dose of Lottos, bought Four
Back Home to scratch off One $10 Winner, Oh Well, Lady Luck wasn't even grinning on Tuesday Morning

Then a catch up look at the Rescued Celosia plants from the Pebbles, all Plants looking good
Also the Second Pot of Plants came back that the bugs tried to gobble up

~ First planted June 22 ~ And on Tuesday Morning July 12 ~

Sneaking on toward Noon and I was bored... Nothing new about that... I get bored easy with no Ideas
And lose money when I get Ideas, buy a Tech Toy I don't need or go hunting for more Lottos
This time I went Lotto Hunting again at the Price Chopper and brought home an acceptable Win, Yeah!

~ Nice Winner for Tuesday ~

2 p.m. Margarita Time again... I mixed my Margarita but put it in the Fridge while I made Tater Salad
Peeled and Cubed a big white Tater, into the Pot to Simmer whle I diced up Onions, Celery and Green Pepper
Into another Pot with Three Eggs to Boil, then made the Dressing, Spin Blend, Mustard and some home made Relish
Dressing in the Bowl, Diced Vegs, then the Taters, then the Eggs, stir Well and looking great, hope it tastes that way!
And some BBQ Ribs out of the Freezer and into the Oven to get all warned up for Dinner

Then my Margarita out of the Fridge and on to the Afternoon TV at 3 p.m.
The usual wind down and by 7 p.m. it was time to ring down the Curtain on a fairly nice Day
And get those tedious Dreams out of the way and get ready for another nice Day

~ Wednesday Here I come ~



~ Monday July 23, 2018 ~
~ Some Heavy Duty Moving Again ~
~ Flipped the Living Room Carpet End to End ~

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~ One more lonely Pumpkin Blossom ~

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Monday, Monday, looks just like Sunday, 66 Degrees at 6:30 and heading to 87 all over again
And what shall we do Today? Well I watered everything in Front on Sunday, now time to drag that Hose around back
You know back in November and the rest of last Year I was thinking no Garden this Year, just not feeling up to it
But as Spring Weather approached that changed as usual, got to get out there and plant something
And I got in a pretty nice planting of things I wanted but the Weather just wasn't right for this year

Out about 7 a.m. to water in back, the Sun peeking over the Gully, dragged the Hose around back
Gave everything back there a good drink and back in to get the rest of the Day started
One more Tomato turning Color back there and a Male Pumpkin Bloom showing it's beauty
But still no Female Blooms to take advantage of it

OK, on through the slow Morning and nothing interesting to do by 11:30 a.m.
No Gardening needs, no Cooking needs, no Shopping needs, ran out of handy Lotto money... Ho Humm
Well, thinking of that Living Room Carpet, looked a little bumpy and discolored on one end
Thinking that end was under the big Chairs before I removed the Carpet... Maybe if I turn it around?

~ Problem end of the Carpet ~

Nothing else interesting at the moment so I started on that, had to move a few things all over again
Moved out Two Wooden Chairs, One end Table and the big Coffee Table, then began to roll up the Carpet
Rolled it close to the big Arm Chairs, tilted the Chairs over the Carpet and finished rolling it
Then scooted the Chairs back to the Window end, slid in the big Coffee Table, the Two other wooden Chairs
Finished the move by scooting the end Table back in, on with the Clock and Lamp and VOILA!
And the improvement was minor but to me it looks a bit better, oh yeah

~ Color more even on the other End ~

That took me to Margarita Time and see what do I have out there to whup up for Dinner anyway?
And I found something for Dinner, back to TV until Dinner Time, an adequate repast and off to bed

~ Monday ~ Good Enough ~ Let's try Tuesday ~



~ Sunday July 22, 2018 ~
~ Another Tomato and a Cucumber ~ Ole! ~
~ Busy around the House and Garden ~

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~ A Tomato a Day? ~

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Well now, sfter starting off thinking of nothing much to do on Saturday I kept busy most all Day
And since the impetus of that new Flooring this place is looking better every Day so far
With that Bed out of that Closet it opened up a place to store other things in the way all over
And also gave me the go ahead to throw out a lot of old mostly useless stuff in here
It seems like starting over in a bew place and it sure gives me a great feeling... Oh yeah!

So what for Sunday, startng like Saturday, nothing in mind to do as of 7:30 a.m.
Did have for em what is a late start, woke p at 5 a.m. but just driftd back to sleep until 6:40 a.m.
So whatever comes up to do I have had a restful start to get on it, whatever and whenever

And so what's the Weather? Saturday was just a tad cooler, Oh, Sunday looks the same... 67 now 87 later
Well, let's pour the Coffee, work my onlne Puzzles and get on with the Day...
Drifting on to 'Let's go get some Lottos' time and all I had accomplished was a load of Wash
Well let's take out the Trash too on the way back from the Price Chopper after I get my Tickets

Got my $30 worth of Tickets, dropped off my Trash on the way back, Worked my Lottos for a $20 Win
Ain't no way to win that BIG one, so then, what else on that loverly Morning?
A quick walk out back to check things in the 'Out Back'... Still some hope things will improve
Well that 'Better Biys' Tomato was ready to pick, and SURPRIZE! A Cucumber big enough to Harvest
And another one looking like it will re ready in a couple Days! Only picked two dinky ones so far
That Cucumber I picked and a Tomato will make a nice Salad this Afternoon... you bet

~ One Cucumber Harvested ~ And One to be in a Couple Days ~

A peek at the Morning Glory Vines on the way back in, a pretty Bloom on what looked like a dead Vine
At least Six Vines climbed to the Deck Rail but not very many Blooms at all in this Hot Weather

~ One lonely Morning Glory on a wilted Vine ~

So just diddling around all Morning took me yo 10:45 a.m. and no Breakfast yet... HUH? Didja forget?
Well not exactly, I did put out a frozen Biscuit to thaw for some Sausage Gravy whenever

Finished my late Breakfast, out of Milk... Gotta have Milk, so back to the Price Chopper
Cashed in my $20 Win, bought $20 more maybes, got my Detergent, Milk, Peanuts and Clusters
Headed to Home Sweet Home to scratch off my $20 back again.. and onward to Noon

Then another Idea, I had a 'Runner' Carpet that I had used in a couple places before, now just idle
Where could I use that? In the Kitchen maybe, not needed there but maybe useful for 'Decor'
The Runner was in my Bedroom, took one Minute to pick it up and carry it to the Kitchen
And 30 Second to roll it out and VIOLA! Hey! Looks prety good there don't it?
Also, when standing on it, nice and soft and may be just right on my Feet when working at the Sink

~ That Carpet Runner back in Service ~

Then on into another long Afternoon, just coasting along, s little ot this and a little of that
I had may Afternoon Margarita and then around 3 p.m. the Front Yard was getting shaded
So I hooked up the Hose and headed back out front to Water everything very thoroughly
And that was all the action for another Day, back into the Cool to finish out the Evening as usual, ho humm

~ Enough Sunday action to keep me Busy ~



~ Saturday July 21, 2018 ~
~ Some Impromptu 'Stuff' Moving ~
~ Making this Place Neater ~

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~ The One and Only for Saturday ~

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Saturday all over again and what adventure is in store for this lovely Day? Lovely? Let's go see
Well nice now at 6 a.m. at 66 Degrees, not as nice later at 89 or so
And what's to do on this potentially lovely Day? I think I have a Tomato ready to pick out back
After that, not a clue (yet)... All the Apartment messing around is all done now for the Present<
So let's have a Cup of Coffee and work the Puzzles on the Internet and think up something later

Ho Hum... 6:30 a.m. and bored already, this is gonna be a long Day looks like
Drank my Coffee, worked my Puzzles, finished and posted my Blog, well I could run out back
That 'Better Boys' Tomato I saw a couple Days ago should be ready and I can check the other stuff

Out to take the Trash to the Dumpster and then around back to check the non-crops
And not much going on, looks kinda sad back there compared to last Year with that endless supply of Cukes
But I did pick the only little Better Boys Tomato and saw another one coming along

And then, out into another cool and Sunny Morning, headed to the Price Chopper
Traded in that dinky $5 Win from Friday and added a Twenty and stuck the Bills in Machine Two
Headed back Home in anticipation of winning that Big One and was so let down with NO WINS at all!<
On to a late Breakfast of some of that Free Spam that Navru Gave me from the Fast Stop

An adequate Breakfast and then I thought of several things to do, move more stuff from there to here
All that room now in the Office Closet, could use that to move some things where they shouldn't be to there
The extra Shelf in the Bedroom, the Aerogardens sitting on it, the Aerogarden sitting on the Clothes Dryer
The old PCjr Computer sitting on the Cabinet in the Hall, and that Red Carpet that started out in the Bedroom
Then spent some time in the Living Room, how would it go in the Hall, just stuff here and there and I started moving it

Moved most all of that and there was still Room in the Closet and things looking better in several rooms

~ On the Left ~ Center ~ Right ~

~ And up on the Shelf ~

From the Bedroom, then Living Room and now Hall Carpet after the third Move, how's it look in there?
I have had Three different Carpets in that Hallway, Two still in Use

~ Carpet out from under the Bed and into the Hall ~

OK... Kept busy with that Idea until 1 p.m. and again, what to do all Day?
Sunny and Hot out front, nothing to do out back, No Videos to edit, no more Photos to take
Nothing needs to be Cooked, what else can I do to keep from going even more dotty?
AHA... These Photos I just added here to my Blog? Well get Screen Shots and edit them
Then add them to Timeline of the July Blog Video I am working on

~ Photos on this Page on my Video Timeline ~

And that sidetrack took me up to 1:45 p.m. and that's about time to think of 'What's for Dinner' and Margarita Time
Oh yeah, forgot, I have some more Tomatoes to chop up and freeze and store with the rest of those in the Freezer
So I rinsed and chopped and stored those Tomatoes, now three containers full of Tomatoes for Salsa

Then it was time for that Dinner Prep, set out a Plate of Meatloaf, Sweet Corn, Green Beans and Mashed Taters
A Margarita with TV Catch up first, then Dinner hotted up for the Finale with a Movie

~ And that was all for Saturday ~



~ Friday July 20, 2018 ~
~ The Bed in my Blazer to Deliver to Navru ~
~ And a No Noise Day for a Change ~

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~ Lots of Tomatoes so Far ~

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Friday again, what to do Today? Not a clue at 6:30 a.m. but the Day is young, very young
A nice cool start at 68 Degrees but not lasting long, heading again to 90 for the Top
And now all the Construction and Destruction Apartment Work is done for now... I think
All I have to do is get rid of that Twin Bed Mattress and Frame and then I can live happily ever after

About 8 a.m. or so, out into a cool Morning with bright Sunshine to vist with Navru
Some Chit and Chat, and he said he would be by in the Afternoon to pick up the Twin Bed...
So back home to scratch off my single $5 Winner and then decided to load the Bed into my Blazer
Kind of a big Job for an old codger but I managed to get it out of the Closet and into my Blazer.. See there?>>

~ Bed out of my Closet and into the Blazer ~

Then I decided to go back and show Navru his Bed ready to deliver, just then the Neighbor came in
He asked if I had any Winners to trade yet, I said, yeah a dinky $5, he gave me $15 in Winners to trade for him
Back to the Fast Stop to get $15 of Tickets for the Neighbor and $25 more for me
And showed Navru the Photo of his Bed all loaded up and ready, then back home to scratch off $5 again, Oh well

On the way back I drove up beside the Bank in front of the Price Chopper to get another Photo
What ever they are building there is pretty good sized, that area has been waiting for a Building for years now

~ More Work on the Hiway 45 Location ~

So then into a long hot afternoon just watching TV and stuff waiting for Navru at 5 p.m.
He knoked on my Door just a little before 5 p.m. His wife was with him and his SUV was backed up to the Curb
He had the rear doors open... HUH? I already had the Bed loaded and had shown him down at the Fast Stop
Why would he think we had to reload into his SUV? I said I'll haul then up for you and away we went
Up the Hill and around the Corner and we were there and we all unloaded the Stuff, I helped a little
But they carried the Parts up the Stairs and into the Apartment, then profuse Thanks and see ya later

And so, that was pretty much the long Day for Friday, back to TV and Dinner.. Ho Hum and hasta la vista

~ What? Another Weekend? ~ BLAH! ~



~ Thursday July 19, 2018 ~
~ Closet Ceiling Finished ~
~ More Room in my Office and now in the Closet Too ~

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~ And Two more nice Celebrity Tomatoes on Thursday ~

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Thursday already, what for Today? That Closet Ceiling finished I do hope, and get that Bed out of here
First though, head for the Shear Palace, way overdue for another Hair Trim, I'm getting shaggy
And of course another Try at a Fortune, getting too late to be of a great advantage to me

Are we gonna be lucky again with a cool Day?... Nope looks like back to the Steam Bath, 74 now 94 later
Maybe I'll take a run out back now at 6 a.m. to see how much good the Rain did yesterday
Out in the light of Dawn to check, nope not much change, looks like no hope for Cucumbers, the Peppers not doing much
The Tomatoes doing fair, pick a few every Day or so, got Two more nice ones this Morning
And the Pumpkins? looks like we cam forget them again for the Season, my Pumpkin Patch is just a Grass Patch now

~ Pumpkin Patch now a Grass Patch ~

Back around front, the Pepper Plants in the Pots are doing better than the ones are out back
Two on OnePlant, Four showed up on the other, glad I rescued these poor Peppers earlier
The only ones that survived from the Seeds I planted inside and was going to toss but didn't

~ Peppers in the Pots looking Good! ~

Off to the Fast Stop then to get my Daily Dose, asked Navru if he still wanted that Twin Bed
His wife was there, she said they could use it in their 'Guest Room'... What's that" I don't have one
Then used $30 of my Winner Money to buy $30 worth of Tickets which turned out to be $30 worth of Losers
Next it was time for my semi-annual Hair Cut at the Shear Place and I had to wait for three Cuts to get in the Chair
Didn't take much time for Karen to cut what little Hair I have left and I headed home

On through a really boring Day, and into the Afternoon, went to get more loser Lottos about 1 p.m.
When I got back... Tom, the Maintenance Man was working on my Closet Ceiling and about finished
I went ahead working my Loser Lottos, and he was done about the time I usually mix my Margarita

~ New Ceiling Finished ~

So, Tom finished the Ceiling, but didn't paint it, well no one can usually see it anyway
He put the Shelf back up that I took down years ago so I could put the Mattresses in, then on with the Doors
Now back to a usuable closet and another place to store the Junk I should really throw away
But there are some Items with potential use or sentimental value that I want to keep, at least for now

And then it was Curtain Down time for the Day, mixed my Margarita, sipped it watching an old Movie
Finished that Movie, went to the Kitchen to set up Dinner to watm later, mixed a SECOND Margarita
And back to the TV for another Movie until Dinner Time, hotted that up, then closed down for the Night Closet Ceiling Finished

~ What? Friday again so Soon? ~



~ Wednesday July 18, 2018 ~
~ Another Noise Day on the Way? ~
~ And One more very nice Lotto Win! ~

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~ My Office Room is a bit Crowded ~

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Lessee now, I think it is Wednesday and glad to be past that noisy messy Day on Tuesday
But Tom says they will be back to put a new Ceiling in my Closet, so again a little more Noise?

And I have that Mattress and other Twin Bed Parts still in my Office Room, sure want to get rid of that
Hoping Navru can come and get it Today and then I might be back close to normal in here

Well we had a cooler, cloudy and wet Day most all Day on Tuesday and what's for today?
Hey, looks about like Tuesday, cooler starting at 72 and maybe hitting 84 and mostly Cloudy
After my watering Monday Afternoon and that cool cloudy wet Day on Wednesday the front Plants look refreshed
They were sure looking wilty and stressed after that string of over 90 Degree Days we had

Was really sleepy at 7 p.m. Tuesday Evening but didn't want to go to bed but I gave up and went anyway
And an uneasy Night at that, woke up about Four times, finally gave up and got up at 4:30 a.m.
So that makes for another long Day ahead and with no plans except the usual Lotto hunt
I do need some stuff at the Price Chopper though, stop in there first and then down the Hill to the Fast Stop

Decided to head out early, opened the Door at 6:30 a.m. and the Rain started pouring down
Welcoming me out to get wet, well I could wait a while for that, see how long that lasts

~ A Rainy Wednesday Morning ~

And it didn't last long, and a nice Morning drink for all the Plants out in Front and out in Back
Then at 7 a.m. Headed first to the Price Chopper, got my stuff, then headed down the Hill to see Navru
At the Fast Stop I selected my Winning Lotto Tickets and headed out to see pouring Rain again
Waited until it lightened up bit and headed back Home to put my Biscuits in the Oven
And then work my Lottos for NUTHIN! Where did the Winners all go, this just will not do!

So as usual, I just don't quit, BORED today! Back to the Price Chopper and forked over $30
Bought Four $5 and One $10 Ticket, headed home to scratch off a $5 and $100 Win from the $5 Tickets
So that figures out to be a $50 Profit and I can almost be happy with that

~ $100 Winner Number Five for July! ~

Another look at my closet Ceiling after the A/C man was finished yesterday
The Black Hose is hooked to my Air Conditioner, the White Striped one to the Neighbor's
The Second White striped Hose is a new extra one for me in case mine goes poop
In case that ever happens they will not have to tear down the Ceiling again to fix it

~ New A/C Hoses Installed ~

Well that was all the excitement for the Day, Tom came by at 4 p.m. Told me no Ceiling Today
He got too busy with other Tenant problems of more importance, so maybe Thursday?

And Navru didn't show up to take the old Bed, I sure would like to get it out of here
I'll go down there for my Lottos on Thursday and holler at him, and get some Winners for a change

So on to Dinner and TV, Some more Meatloaf, Mashed Taters and some of that Gift Corn from Navru
I had hotted up some with Onions, Green Peppers and Butter and it was just super stuff!

So that was it for another busy Day and maybe a slower one on Thursday, so on to the new Day!

~ Thursday already Tomorrow? ~



~ Tuesday July 17, 2018 ~
~ That Ceiling Project in my Office Closet ~
~ Meatloaf and Tomatoes into the Freezer ~

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The usual start to the Day, up at 5 a.m. and Coffee and Computer, a load of Clothes in the Washer
That done into the Shower and into clean Clothes and off to Platte City at 8:15 or so
Stopped in at the Fast Stop on the way for my Lottos and then on up Hiway 435, made it in record time
Finished my Business in Five Minutes and headed back to see Tom unloading the new A/C for upstairs
So there will be some noise upstairs and they may have to come in my place to move stuff out of a Closet

Then another Cup of Coffee, worked my Lottos for a $15 Win, no big ones for several Days now
A cooler start to the Day, 81 degrees at 10 a.m. and only going to top at 87 they say
Nothing needs to be done outside, maybe a walk out back to check the Veggies for another ripe Tomato
And inside later, now have enough extra Tomatoes on the Table to grind up and freeze

But before that... Time to slice up that Meatloaf and wrap it up for the Freezer for later
Leaving some in the Fridge for a couple Dinners, ended up with 10 large Slices

~ Big Meatloaf for many Dinners to Come ~

And then the A/C Installers came to start on their project, came in my place, took off the Closet Doors
Then chopped up the Closet Ceiling and put it all in a big Sack and started moving the A/C Pipes above
And that took a lot of noise, cutting and pounding, like last Wednesday all over again


~ My Closet Ceiling in the Sack ~

~ Where the Ceiling Was ~

And then they left... To work Outside and Upstairs where the new Air Conditioner Unit goes
But then one of the Guys would pop in and out to pull a Hose through or pound on something
They finally seemed to get everything needed done in my Closet but left a big mess in there
I new that Tom or that Crew would clean it up but I jumped in and did it myself including Vacuuming

All quiet again, what's next, well that load of Tomatoes on the Table
Washed them, trimmed them, and chunked them and then into the Food Processor
Loaded them into a couple Containers and into the Freezer with two previous packs already there

~ Tomatoes for Chopping and Storing ~

And that took me until 2 p.m. Is that the time for a Margarita? You betcha... Excuse me while I mix...
Well, first I wanted to take a look out back, see if there were any more Tomatoes ripening
And yes, Four more, Two little ones and Two nice bigger ones, the Neighbor was out when I came back
Asked him if he wanted a couple Tomaters, 'Why Shore', so 'Wait til I get a Photo and I be back'
So, I got my Photo... See it down there? And instead of a Margarita I grabbed a Dos Equis Cervesa
Thought I would chat a bit out front... Gave him Two Tomatoes (the big ones) but it was too humid for me
He gave me a few Lotto Tickets to trade for him and I headed back into the cool for the rest of the long Afternoon

~ And Four more for Tuesday ~

And that's all she wrote until Dinner, decided on some Mashed Taters to go with a slice of that Meatloaf
Served that up at TV time and that was all for the Day... Hasta la Vista...

~ Next Noise Event coming Wednesday ~



~ Monday July 16, 2018 ~
~ A Bounty Crop of Sweet Corn! ~
~ Not much else Going On ~

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~ That Gift of Sweet Corn on my Porch Monday Morning ~

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Now that nice Monday I was looking for has arrived... At least I hope it is nice anyway
It started with a generous Gift of 16 Ears of Sweet Corn! I saw a Message online from Navru from the Fast Stop
Saying 'I left you and Patricia a Gift of Sweet Corn, and have a good Evening', I guess I didn't hear him knock

~ Navru's Corn ~ My Tomatoes ~

First thing I went out to water everything out front, most everything looking OK even with the Heat on Sunday
And the watering finished I picked two more Celebrity Tomatoes from the Pot out there

~ Two more Tomatoes Monday Morning ~

Then I shucked the Corn, cut off some bad ends and dumped the Cobs into the Crock Pot
Added water to simmer a couple hours, then after that, cut off the Kernels and freeze them

~ Corn Shucked and into the Crock Pot ~

Then I headed down to the Fast Stop to trade for some new Lottos, only won $5 back this time
I asked Navru if he could use the Twin Bed I needed to remove from my Office Closet, he said he could
And that he would come and get it Tonight, it has to be moved on Tuesday Morning
Then on the way back I stopped to get another Photo of the latest Construction on Hiway 45

~ More new Construction on Hiway 45 ~

Juat poking around for a couple hours until the Corn was done, then thought of a Meatloaf to go with it
Back to the Price Chopper for a couple pounds of ground Beef and some Panko Crumbs
When I got back it was time to take out the Corn, let it cool a bit and then cut it off the Cob
Into a couple small containers and into the Freezer for later, decided to have Green Beans with the Meatloaf
Then I started on the Meatloaf, how many times have I done that? many, many but not lately

I spread out the Meat in my large stainless Bowl, then Salt and Pepper and piled in the stuff, lots of stuff
Chopped Onions, Green Pepper, Panko Crumbs, Eggs, Tomato Ketchup, did I forget anything? Into the Oven
An Hour later, out to cool and wait for Dinner, back to the TV for some Afternoon 'Entertainment' (huh?)
More like a Cartoon with Trump acting like an Idiot over in Helsinki, he needs mental treatment

On then to the Finale, Meatloaf and Green Beans with some 'Breakig Bad' TV and then a better Movie
And then that's all she wrote for a fairly pleasant Monday... (except for the Weather)

~ Next that Closet Deal on Tuesday ~



~ Sunday July 15, 2018 ~
~ Halfway through July ~
~ A Pleasant Afternoon with Patricia! ~

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~ Greeted by a new Bloom on the Canna Sunday Morning ~

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Sunday all over again and halfway through another Month, and another Hot Day predicted
71 Degrees at 5:30 a.m. and heading to another 94 Degrees Day later, Oh Woe!
I need to get out front early and water all the thirsty Plants out there all over again
I only got around to dumping a Bucket of water in the Tomato, Eggplant and Pepper Pots Saturday

And then the first chore of the Day at 6 a.m. I moved that Suitcase and File Cabinet out of the Closet Friday
Gave the Suitcase to Navru, decided later I could use the File Cabinet for something and found a place
Just fits perfectly between my Desk and Computer Table, could be handy there for something

~ New Home for the old Filing Cabinet ~

Out at 7:30 a.m. into a bright Morning with the Sun peeking over a foggy Gully
Headed to the Minit Mart for a tank of Gas and a few Lottos, got my Gas, got my Lottos
Back to scratch off a $20 Winner, then time for some Breakfast before heading back out front

~ Two new Tomatoes and the First Pepper ~

Saw Two ripening Tomatoes and a nice looking Green Pepper in the Pots on the way out
So I picked them to add to the Bounty on my Kitchen Table... The Tomatoes will ripen more
And that Green Pepper will go good in a Salad wth a fully ripe One... Oh yes

OK, hooked up the Hose, headed out back for the Hose and Whooppee! What's that? A flash of Red in the Tomato Bed
Walked over and saw Seven ripe Tomatoes of various sizes and picked them all, pulled the Hose and headed around front
The Neighbor was sitting out, I stopped to chat a bit, he asked if I had gone for my Lottos
I said 'Yeah and won a Nice $20 one', he asked of I was going back, I said 'Might as well try again'

He gave me money to buy some for him and I postponed my Water Chore and headed back to the Price Chopper
Cashed in my $20 Win, bught $20 more for me and $10 for him, back home, gave him his Lottos, inside to woek mine
And I scratched off another $25 in Wins, Hooray! Then took a Photo of my newly picked Tomatoes

~ More Celebrity Tomatoes Sunday ~

Then entering my Lottos for Prizes and Drawings, I got a call from Pat, 'I'm bored, you receiving Visitors today?'
'Why shore, come on over'... Said she would be over about 1 p.m. and on to the rest of the Morning with this and that

And at 1 p.m. Knock Knock Knock, Come in... Well Well Well, Look who's here... Haven't seen you in many a year!
If I knew you were comin I'da baked a cake, baked a cake, baked a Cake, If I knew you were comin Ida bake a Cake
How jado, howja do, how jado?

And then the Party started and lasted until after 5 p.m. And a good time was had by all
First off a freshly mixed Margarita ao sip with some catchup Chat and then the TV and my latest Videos
And then some Bobby Flay TV Cooking and then a Crossrord and some Tests Games on my Computers

Next a finish to the Movie we got halfway through last Visit, with some fresh Popped popcorn
Finally a sample view of 'Breaking Bad' and then it was time to head up the Hill to home to feed the Animals

And for me to wind up the Day, made some Cole Slaw, into the Fridge until I could heat up some Ribs in the Oven
Then I finished that Episode of 'Breaking Bad' and todded off to Bed for a Dream filled Night... WOW!

~ Now Looking for a nice Monday ~



~ Saturday July 14, 2018 ~
~ One more nice $50 Lotto Win ~
~ Finishing up after the Flooring Project ~

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~ $50 Win Number Four for July! ~

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Friday Evening, was a bit tired and sore from all the moving stuff around activity
After a little Vino Tinto and some Supper I was sleepy and went to bed early again, about 6:30 p.m.
Seems I have been moving stuff in and out and around, here and there, for about a Week or more
And still at it with some of the stuff out of the Closet, moved into the Office Room and Hall

So... First thing Today, after another really Hot Day Friday, the Plants out front look thirsty again
Took a peek at the Weather for today... Nice out there now at 73 Degrees, topping a bit cooler than Friday at 88
That isn't really very cool but sounds a lot better than 95

Next some more moving, moved the Books to the TV Shelf and fastened the dark Curtain behind to hide the Wires
Then loaded some more throwaway stuff into the AeroCart and trotted it up to the Dumpster
Time to go get Lottos yet? Well I took that large Suitcase out of the Closet, I'll never use it, maybe Navru could
So I got a Photo of it, drove down the Hill to buy some Lottos and show Navru the Photo
Sure he could use it, I offered him the File Cabinet too but he didn't think he had a place for it
Then back home to work my Lottos, won a nice $50 one and headed back to the Fast Stop

~ My never used Suitcase for Navru ~

Gave Navru the Suitcase, he really liked it, then I cashed in my $50 Win and bought Three More
Back Home to lose on all three, then hunt up some late Breakfast and get on with the rest of the Day

Then what about the rest of the Day? Not much to write Home about, just putting stuff back here and there
And I hooked up my 'Shark Rocket' and vacuumed the Carpet I had put back in the Living Room
Overall it looks quite nice around here compared to a few Days ago with that new clean Flooring

~ Another not quite so busy Day ~



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