~ Donald Lee Smith ~ My BLOG Page Number 231 ~



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~ The Month of December and the Year of 2018 are Leaving ~

~ The Twelve Days of Christmas ~


~ The Last Day of Year 2018 ~

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~ Monday, December 31, 2018 ~
~ New Years Eve 2018 ~
~ Gee but it's funny... How Time slips Away ~

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Hello New Years Eve, and Goodbye 2018, a pretty fair Year at that, I enjoyed most of it
What kind of Weather do we have to enjoy the last Day? On TV Sunday they said some Rain
Well the Forecast now backs that up, says Cloudy and 38 Degrees at 5 a.m.
Then Rain and will top at 39 Degrees later, sounds gloomy to me
Are they really stretching to make it that One Degree higher for the top Temp?

So what's on the Agenda for the Day? Just try to finish that last Blog Photo Video
It is already pretty well completed except for today's Photos if any and the Grand Finale
And I am going to start on that right NOW!

6:45 a.m. and FINISHED! I added Five Photos from Sunday, need a couple more Today
I already have the Finale set up so after I add Today's Photos (if any) I can render and upload
That's the last one of the Year, and then next Year? Quien sabe?

And... Time for Breakfast, a slice of the latest Pumpkin Pie with Cool Whip and it was De Lish!
Then off on that Cloudy Drippy Morning to the Fast Stop for my daily dose of Lottos
I chose Four potential Winners and gave Navru a $20 Bill, then some chat and 'Feliz Ano Nuevo'
And then headed back Home, still Cloudy and Drippy and Dreary, and back inside that warm cave
And scratched off my $20 worth of Lottos to win $15 back, should that be all for this Year?

Something to do then, try to find an end for my Video, peeked out the Window, hey! snowing out there in the Rain!
Maybe that would make a nice ending for the Year? Got some Video out the door with my Phone
Then added it to the end of the Timeline, that just might work, set it to rendering at 1:45 p.m.

And then uploaded to Vimeo and ready to watch on my TV at 4:30 p.m. (after the News)
On to New Years Eve, quietly, made some Cole Slaw, will gnaw on some Turkey with my Movie
I will Hit the Hay at my usual early Hours and just might wake up for the Fireworks at Midnight

~ Monday ~ Goodbye 2018 ~



~ The Last Two Days of Year 2018 ~

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~ Sunday, December 30, 2018 ~
~ Some Kitchen Garden Changes ~
~ Lost the Text for this Page ~

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~ Tomato Plant going Away ~

~ Tomato Plants in the Sack ~

~ Tomato Plant Roots in the Sink ~

~ New Pepper Planted ~

~ New Look at the Kitchen AeroGardens ~



~ The Last Three Days of Year 2018 ~

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~ Saturday, December 29, 2018 ~
~ Ooops Lost this Page ~
~ But found one Photo ~

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~ Where I took the Blazer for a Brake Job ~


~ The Last Four Days of Year 2018 ~

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~ Friday, December 28, 2018 ~
~ Primary Doctor Day ~ What for this Time? ~
~ And it was COLD Outside! ~

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~ Another Home away from Home ~
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Friday Morning, and we are running short on Days for the Year, looks like Four more left
Well I have had a pretty good year in spite of the Doctors and Hospital Visits, maybe the new one will be better?
And one more Doctor Visit for the Day, what for? I think just a follow up but I have a couple of questions for the Doc

So, 26 degrees out there at 6 a.m. Brrrrrrr again, back to the cold, and Sunny they say but only going to 29
I hope the Street isn't slick this Morning, it was misting some last night around 6 p.m.
I did have the Blazer started yesterday and charging in case it would be slick but then I took it to the Shop
So, hope it's OK but if not, the Doctor can wait until I can get up that hill

Off to the Doctor at 8:30 a.m. And the hill was dry but the weather was COLD...
Checked in, a short wait and here's the Call... Donald... for Lab... Oh that's what it's for
My Doctor sure likes to get me needle poked, and into the lab and here comes the needle
And ouch!, not a good poke, hurt worse than usual but over quick... Now no Apointment until May

Headed back... Stopped back by the Fast Stop for Lottos... Some Chat and lottos and headed for Home
Then worked my Lottos for a $5 and $40 Win and turns out I need that and more
Got a call from Chuck's Garage, told me what the Blazer needed and the Bill would be $310.46... OH NO!
Well I did have a little extra in the Bank this month but that will put a damper on the next 4 Days

~ Friday ~ Not Much Heppening ~



~ The Last Five Days of Year 2018 ~

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~ Thursday, December 27, 2018 ~
~ Windy Morning ~ Warmer Day ~
~ Another Doctor Day for Friday ~

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~ How many Now? ~ Looks like Seven ~
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Wow, woke up at 5:30 a.m. just not ready to meet the Day, slipped back to sleep
Woke up again, got up at 7 a.m. seems I am getting used to the new messed up clock time
And poured my Juice and into the Computer room, and now and then the Wind would be moaning outside
Checked the Forecast, huh, says Wind 15 mph, sounds like more than that, but the temp at 51... nice
And partly Sunny, topping at 57 Degrees, but Oh Oh... cold days on the way, Drat, I just don't like the cold

And I got a Call late afternoon, Doctor Day Friday and I thought I was all clear for the rest of the Year
This was my Primary Doc, another follow up on my last Hospital Visit I guess, he likes to check my 'Vitals'
And find some excuse to feed me some new Medicine, last time he said my Potassium was OK but 'salt' too high
Well, it's OK, I have a couple questions I wanted to ask him anyway, see if he has answers...

And that song slips into my head again... 'Gee ain't it funny... How time slips away'
Got into my editing and now it is 8:30 already and I am just finishing my cold Coffee now
Excuse me, I just need to hear that song again... Kinda makes me 'tear up'...


And another Hour and a Half slipped away, went to the ATM and then to the Fast Stop for Lottos
Traded in a $15 Win, added a $10 Bill and got Five Tickets and then won Two $15 Tickets
Lessee, I think that is a $5 Profit ain't it? So, haven't lost anything yet, so maybe try again?

Well now, 10:30 a.m. and I feel a bit depressed, that forecast sounded good, partly sunny and 57 degrees
It did warm up to 53 but still cloudy and that depresses me, I want some Sunshine, gimmee some Sunshine


Then... Not happy with my $5 Profit, decided to risk it all and back to the Price Chopper
Cashed in my $30 in Wins, bought $30 More and headed home with the gloomy Clouds departing
Pulled into my parking space in Bright Sunshine, now that is more what I like

~ A Sunny Day Appears ~

Then back in to scratch off anther $5 Win, oh well... Tried the second Card and Woweee! A $50 Win... I do like that
Then the next Two cards... no go... Then the third and last Card... Hah another $5 win, well I'll take what I can get
A Grand Total of $60 in Wins for that try... Gimmeee more!

~ A Post-Christmas Gift from the Missouri Lottery ~

Into a slow Afternoon, well that's not new... Decided to check the Blazer in case I needed it Friday
And the Battery was dead again, well hadn't started it in a long time so I drove the Mercedes over
Gave it a jump start and let it run to charge the Battery, then thought I would just take it to the Shop
Needed brakes, called Pat to see if she could give me a ride back, yes, she was going there to get her Truck
That worked out great, I gave her a ride to get her truck, she got her truck and gave me a ride home

So, that was pretty much -IT- for my Thursday, don't I just have a ton of fun?
Finished out the Day pretty much as usual, my Movie kept me up til around 7 p.m.
Then off to beddy bye to dream of winning that BIG ONE!

~ Thursday ~ Some of this and some of That ~



~ The Last Six Days of Year 2018 ~

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~ Wednesday, December 26, 2018 ~
~ The Day after the Holiday ~
~ The New Year Ahead ~

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~ A Wet Day after Christmas Day ~
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OK... What for Wednesday? Just find a big fat Lotto Winner, I need a new Car
My 1993 Mercedes still runs good but for how long? Even good things don't last
And my trusty 2002 Blazer, has seen better Days, now needs a Brake Job and new Fuel lines
Well I'll just put that on my wish list and keep buying Lottos

What kind of Weather are we having for the first Day after Christnas and the Sixth Day before 2019?
The Weather Man says we have had 15 Days of warmer December Weather than average, keep it up please
And today will help, 38 Degrees at 6 a.m. and heading to 53 later, but Cloudy and Rain...
Oh well, we shall have the warmth anyway, ya can't always, if ever, have it all

Slipping through the early Morning, then breakfast at 9 a.m. and a peek out the Window... OH NO!
I wanted to head up to the Price Chopper first thing for bread and Milk but...
There is a river running down the middle of the Street and my Mercedes doesn't like that
Ever since they resurfaced the Street it gets slick when it is wet and the Mercedes tends to skid
Seems it is geared too low, gets off nice and fast but tends to slip on wet surfaces

Anyway, the New Year is near so I did some more editing on my new Video... 'My Year in 2018'
And since Christmas is over and little new action is expected I went ahead and finished it
Now uploading it, but I don't want to play it until the last Day of the Year

Well then, a peek at the Kitchen Gardens, those Tomato plants aren't doing much
In Garden One lots of new Blooms look healthy but the plant looks kinda wilty

~ Garden One ~ New Tomato Blooms ~

And those Two tiny Tomatoes from Garden Two, only ripe ones harvested so far
Earlier I popped off a few green ones when trying to thin the Plant
Oh well, just a hobby anyway, not serious Gardening at all

~ Garden Two ~ Big Tomato Harvest ~

Oh, just noticed after I posted that Photo there, my repaired Finger is looking a lot better
Well it hs been a long time now, when was that anyway? Aha... the Operation was on October 12th

And so, about 1 p.m. I checked the Weather, looked like the Rain had stopped
I peeked out the Door, yeah, still wet but the river had stopped running down the Street
So, on with my Jacket and headed to the Price Chopper, Traded in a $5 Winner, added $20 for five Tickets
Then, picked up a head of Cabbage, a loaf of Bread, a carton of Milk, some Eggs on Sale, 99 cents a Dozen
And a half gallon of my new 'Wine', Cranberry/Grape Juice... Well I am on the wagon temporarialy

Back home top scratch off a $15 Winner, Oh well, and start on Dinner prep
Looks like a Roast Chicken Thigh, Mashed Taters and Green Beans... Maybe some Cranberry Sauce

Set that going and on to the Afternoon TV, sure quite a 'not much going on' Day... ho hum
Later, plated that Dinner, hotted it up some in the M/W and quite tasty, yes ma'am...
Then on to finish my Movie, checked out front about 5:30... Tree lights usually come on then
HUH? The ones on the little Spruces were lit but the two on the bigger ones were dark...
So, just a too dreary and cloudy Day to charge them up, gimmee some Sun tomorrow please

~ Wednesday ~ Rainy and Dreary ~ Oh Yes... ~




~ Tuesday, December 25, 2018 ~
~ A Quiet Holiday at Home ~
~ Christmas Day Everywhere ~

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~ Why the Chimes Rang ~
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Christmas Morning, Happy Holiday to You! Let's celebrate my 86th Christmas!
I wonder what gift I received on my first Christmas? Well I was almost a year old then
That would have been December 25th, 1932... yes ma'am...
I can remember one I got a few years later... a wind up Train on a track... Whoo Whoo!

And I added my special Christmas Video I made a few years ago for this Day of Christmas

~ The Original Album and Recording ~

I had this same old 33 1/3 Record I would play at Christmas at my Saint Joseph home for the Holiday
'Why the Chimes Rang' narrated by Ted Mallone many years ago, I found the same recording online
And used it for the Story and Music and added Photos that I thought were appropiate for the Video
I played it again this Christmas Eve and think as much of it now as I did then of the story and narration

And... up and not quite at 'em at 5:30 Christmas Morning, Ho Hum ...what a lot of Dreams
And no bad ones to spoil the mood either but I can't remember just what they were
So, what's for the Holiday? And I have nothing planned, just find a place open for Lottos
Lately I have just been getting them at the Price Chopper and the Fast Stop, rarely now at the Minit Mart
The Price Chopper will be closed for Christmas so looks like the Fast Stop again

Well the Weather looks better than they reported on the news, 38 degrees at 6:30 a.m.
And heading to 49 later but cloudy, nutz! But not saying rain like the weather man said

OK... Off to the Fast Stop, most everything else close is closed for the Day
A lot of chat with Navru, interrupted by Customers of course, but I spent about an hour there
We do a lot of discussing our different opinions about this and especially that
Then I traded in my $15 worth of Winners, added a Twenty and got Seven Tickets
At home I scratched away and came up with WOW! $15 in Wins! Phooey for that try

And then... gorgeous Sun out front but what to do the rest of the long Day ahead?
Well, not much... Some TV catchup with the News and whatever, some sampling of Pat's Goodies gifts
Some nibbles of the Christmas Ham with my Evening Movie, just taking the Day very easy and slow
Just an easy Afternoon and Evening quietly using up the Holiday... And that was it... Feliz Navidad...

~ Tuesday ~ Yes a Merry Christmas! ~




~ Monday, December 24, 2018 ~
~ A long and quiet Day before the Day ~
~ Christmas Eve in Parkville ~

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~ Christmas Eve at El Pato's Casita ~
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Monday Morning, slept in again until 7 a.m. And what's to do Today? Just whatever comes up
And the Weather Sunny at 10 a.m. but a chillier Day than Sunday ahead, well not bad, a top of 48
All my Morning stuff done... except Breakfast, and any time now a trip to the Fast Stop
I need to wish my Muslim friend Navruzbek a Merry Christmas and get a couple Winner Lottos

So off to the Fast Stop, some chat with Navru starting off with 'Feliz Navidad'
And then I asked him if he knew what 'Yule' was and how the Pagans celebrated that
And how the Christians took over the Pagan Celebration time to make it Christmas

So we talked about that and looked stuff up on our Phones, always some discussion down there
And that was with more interruption than usual... a unusual crowd of Customers coming in
We finally ran down and I got my Lottos and headed back home, he was out of a couple of my favorite Cards
And I only won ONE $5 Ticket... so I have to go back to the Price Chopper to try the Cards he didn't have

So, again no plans for the pre-Christmas Day, well maybe a special Dinner for Christmas Eve
Shall we have Turkey or Ham, I have plenty of both, Turkey from Thanksgiving and then my Christmas Ham
OK, let's have Turkey tonight and then Ham for tomorrow, that should suit

And that Dinner closed out my Christmas Eve, along with a Movie and some Music
Then off to some more Dreams and then Christmas Day all Day tomorrow

~ Monday ~ Ho Hum Again... ~




~ Sunday, December 23, 2018 ~
~ The Day before the Night before Christmas ~
~ Two Days to Christmas ~

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Ho Ho, Sunday Morning and already 7:45 a.m. as I start my Blog, slept in until 7 a.m.!
Lots of dreams and I guess I wanted to get them all in, now I can't remember any though
Out to the Kitchen first thing, poured my Juice and Coffee, turned the Plant Lights on
And look there, the latest Morning Glory Seeds I planted popped up in the little Pot
I want to see if I can get them to climb up the pole on the Shelf, don't have very high to climb though

~ And Now How many in there? ~

8:30 a.m. all my Morning computer stuff done, except check the Weather... AHA! 30 now 47 Later
And Sunny, that brightens my Morning for sure, had way more than enough Clouds lately
And off to the Price Chopper for Lottos, traded in $25 in Wins, added a $10 and got Seven Tickets
Only won Two $5 Tickets, Phooey... And phooey on the crowd at the Price Chopper
I am glad I am not like the Herd of people that crowd the stores on the last few Days before a Holiday
The Parking Lot was full to running over and every Checkout lane at the Store had a long line, yeah... Phooey
What were they doing Friday and Saturday? Why wait until the last minute to fill your cart?
I had everything I needed for Christmas Dinner in my Kitchen for a week at least

Hmmm, speaking of Dinner, I better set something out to thaw, the Day already has slipped to 2 p.m.
What sounds good? I have Turkey and Ham and Chicken and Pork and whatever, Pork? yeah I'll have a Sandwich
And maybe BBQ Beans or Tater Salad to go with it... Heading to the Kitchen now >>>

That ended another nice Weather Day and a not much gong on Day as usual
And tomorrow? Hah! Christmas Eve and get my Stocking hung bt the Fireplace I do not have
But I think that Santa already hit my place the Day that Patricia visited

~ Sunday ~ Ho Hum Again... ~




~ Saturday, December 22, 2018 ~
~ A Video of Pat's Visit ~
~ Three Days to Christmas ~

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~ Pat's Christmas Visit Friday ~
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Well now, a new project first thing, up at 5:30 a.m. Poured my apple Juice, checked the Bank and Facebook
And on Friday I had the Window Cam working when Pat came down the Hill and also heading back up
So why not make a Video and add the Photos of Pat's Gifts, I started on that before Coffee
And had it finished and uploaded by 8:30 a.m. Now what's left to do on Saturday?
Well one thing, head down to the Fast Stop to cash in that $55 win and try for a bigger one
At this time of year I always need more money to pay the added end of Year Bills

Hey Hey, Forecast says Cloudy but bright Sunlght is pouring through my office window!
The Temp is only 38 but maybe that Sun will warm up the Car for me on the way to the Fast Stop
And not too uncomfy on the way up the Hill and down the Hill to the Fast Stop
A lot of chat with Navru and then traded in $55 worth of Winners, bought $35 worth of Tickets
Then won a very nice $100 Ticket and followed with a fair $10 Win, headed back to cash in

~ A very nice Christmas Goodie from Navru ~

Cashed in my $110 worth of Tickets, got $20 more and headed to the Price Chopper
Got my Lettuce and Juice and headed home, this time to scratch off only a $10 Win
Still a pretty good showing for the Day, I do think I made some profit there

And, that was the Day, all the action, if any, was in the Morning, just the usual afternoon
Eased through the Afternoon and finished the Day with another Amazon Prime Movie
And Sunday tomorrow? Thinking another dull Day in store for that Day

~ Saturday ~ Nice Win... then Ho Hum ~




~ Friday, December 21, 2018 ~
~ Christmas Time Visitor Today ~
~ Four Days to Christmas ~

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~ Christmas in 2017 ~
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What for Friday? Well, says partly Sunny, 31 Degrees at 6 a.m. and only going to 43 for the High
Well we did have some nice warmer Days in between anyway, pretty nice for December
And we had our Snow earlier so no White Christmas, that's OK by me

What else for the Day? I need a first run up to the Price Chopper for a couple Christmas Party items
Might drop off Pat's Pumpkin Pie on the way, so in case she walks down here she won't have to carry it Home

Other that no plans for the Day, just have a nice Visit keeping Pat entertained
I have a lot of Christmas stuff to show but will do what she wants to see and do

Ans she called about 8 a.m. 'Are you OK with a Visitor today?' 'Well yes... Come on down'
So that's set for about 1 p,m, her usual time of arrival...

Into the shower to get ready for the Day, Bright Sun in my window then at 8:45 a.m.
A little Blogging update and some Screen Shot editing, then time to head to the Price Chopper
Just got my Lottos and a box of Chocolates for my Guest, had a $5 Winner to trade
Added a $20 and bought Five Tickets, HAH! won on Three, a $20, $20 and a $15... Not too bad

~ Three Small Ones ~ Make a nice Bigger One ~

12:20 p.m. Popped some Popcorn in case my Guest might want some, I think she is bringing Goodies
I have some here as usual, so should be well equipped for the Afternoon

Just a few minutes before 1 p.m. here comes my Guest down the Hill in sunny warmer Weather bearing Gifts
I had the Window Cam on and made a short Video of the start and end of her Visit for Holiday times

~ A Sack full of Holiday Goodies ~

And like the Magi she came bearing Gifts for the old and needy, lots of Holiday Goodies
I layed them all out on the Kitchen Table to get a Photo remembrance of her generosity

~ The Christmas Goodies all wrapped up ~

Then I unwrapped then all to show what a variety of good things there were to chose from
What shall we try first? They all look so tempting and tasty...

~ All unwrapped and what shall we try First? ~

I was watching as she walked down the Hill, opened the door just as she reached out to knock
Then 'Buenos Dias' and she said 'What are you cooking?'... Well yes, Popcorn, to be prepared for Party Time
So chit and chat and first off we went to my Computer Room to play the Crossword
We put the same one on two Computers, we had a race to see who could finish first... (who won? ...Shhhhh)
Then it was on to the TV show, so much stuff to catch up on including 'Beat Bobby Flay' for her
I dished up the Popcorn and she watched Two episodes, also my November Blog Video
And then on through the rest of the Afternoon with this and that and some of the Other

The festivities wound down and finished with a third episode of Bobby Flay
Then I brought the new Pumpkin Pie out of the Fridge, she installed it in her Pie Carrier
Then it was 'Hasta la Vista' and she began the long climb back up the Hill to Home

My Day was pretty much done by then, some Nibbles, some TV, some sampling of Pat's gifts
And then off to dreamland to try to rest up for more good Days to come

~ Friday ~ Christmas Party Time ~




~ Thursday, December 20, 2018 ~
~ Pumpkin Pie Day ~
~ Five Days to Christmas ~

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~ Two More Pumpkin Pies to Be Baked ~
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OK, What's for Thursday... Just bake a couple Pumpkin Pies is the only thing on the menu
Pat is visiting on Friday and I am baking the last two pies for us, she liked that last one
And NO Medical appointments... and for the rest of the Year also and I do like that
My last concern of the Year was that discovery of an aneurism and now that worry is gone

So... my new Christmas Tree lights, they are now on the little Spruce Trees
I didn't get them out until the Afternoon and it was too cloudy to charge them up
So they didn't light last Night, hope we get some Sun to charge them up today, says clear now
Temp now 39, heading to 45 but also says cloudy for the Day, hope that 'clear' hangs on a while

OK, headed out into that 39 Degree Morning, dreary and cloudy, yuk... Gimmee some Sun
Checked the new Tree Lights, made sure they were turned on, held my Hand over the power unit, lights turned on
Then checked the second one on the Hill, same-o... Lights now charging on both sets

Then off to the Fast Stop, found a Dime in the Parking Lot, then Bueos Dias and Dubra Utra
Traded in a $10 Winner, added a $20 Bill and bought 5 Tickets, then some chat and headed back
Scratched away, doggone, only Two $5 Winners, I could use a big one just about now
Oh well, on to the Day and what to do, Nothing I can think of at the moment...

And then I put the Frozen Pumpkin and Pie Crusts out to thaw for my Afternoon project
After a couple Hours, back to the Bakery to make Pie, In the big Bowl with Four cups of Pat's Pumpkin
Then sugar, Evaporated Milk, Eggs, Cinnamon, Ginger and Cloves, is that it?
Into the Oven and back to the TV, some Bobby Flay Cooking and then time for the Pie
Two more Pumpkin Pies from Pat's Gift Pumpkin

~ A Pie for Donald ~ A Pie for Patricia ~

5:30 p.m. After watching Channel Fox 4 News for the Weather Forecast... Out front to check the new Lights
They look a little oversized on the smaller Dwarf Spruce but about right for the Larger one in the Hill
Looks like a little repositioning would help too but Babee... It was cold outside

~ Christmas Lites on Two more Dwarf Spruce Trees ~

And then, the Thursday Finale, found some nibbles and sips and finished my Movie and hit the Sack again

~ Visitor coming on Friday ~




~ Wednesday, December 19, 2018 ~
~ Doctor Day Today ~
~ Six Days to Christmas ~

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~ Here again at 10 a.m. Wednesday ~
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7:30 a.m. Wednesday, had my Juice and started on that Leaf Blower Video I didn't finish
Don't know why but it was recorded upside down and you can't see much that way
But my Video Editor has an application for that and I got it turned right side up for you
Not that there is amything that special about seeing Tom blow leaves around in the street
But a little Video adds to the story and I do like to tell stories, ya know


9:10 a.m. Just out of the Shower, nice.... Now just waiting to head out in that 45 Degree Weather
Kind of hazy Sun out there at the moment, saying mosty Sunny for the Day, I'll go for that
Hoping for the best, maybe that Aneurism isn't big enough to be concerned about
I have had more than enough of Hospitals the last Year and a half to suit me for a long time

~ Great News from Michael K. Deiparine, M.D. ~

Off to North Kansas City Hospital at 9:30 a.m. Easy traffic, got there early (as usual)
Checked in, a short wait and into the little Room, the questions and the tests and the 'Doctor will see you soon'
And in comes the Doctor and his Nurse, a really friendly guy, asked his questions and checked here and there
Then said, yes an Aneurism but not large enough for treatment... We'll check again in a Year!
Now... at age 87 (almost) what better news than that can be expected for the next Year?
That sure brightens my outlook on life from what it was when I heard I had that condition, yes ma'am!

On to the Day, clouding up and not getting much warmer then, if at all, well 51 at Noon, not all that bad
Waiting for my new Tree Lights to be delivered, wanted to put them on the Trees but... a little cold and windy
A piece of Apple Pie and some TV News sounded better for the moment, lets get that late Breakfast down

So, checking the Email, see when my Lights would get get here, said they shipped USPS and it was already here
That meant up in the MailBox, so I tooled up there and got my Lights, unpacked them and untangled them
What a mess of wires and plastic Fireflies, got then unwound and took one set out front

~ Power Unit and Lites for my little Spruce Tree ~

Then I braved that now cloudy and cold Afternoon and put the Lights on the new little Tree in the Tub
Almost too many lights for that little Tree, just kind of dropped them on, need to adjust later

So what about that other Tree? My back was hurting... but... Braving the Chill, back out again
Climbed up the steep parking lot next door, stepped over the curb next to the Tree
Set the Power Unit in the Ground and then wound the lights around the Tree, a little neater this time
Now, really cloudy, don't know if the units will charge, and light the Lights tonight
I'll take a peek when the Trees in front light up, if they do, and then check the new ones

And that took me until about 4 p.m. Time to close the activities for the Day and ease into bedtime
So, made a Turkey Sandwich, dished up some BBQ Beans, found a Movie and TVed until Bedtime
Kind of a busy day after all, as I barely remember on Thursday Morning...

~ Thursday ~ More Pumpkin Pie for Patricia ~




~ Tuesday, December 18, 2018 ~
~ Another Gorgeous Warm Day! ~
~ Seven Days to Christmas ~

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~ Shall I Sing for You? ~ Maybe Later ~
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Well now, stayed up later than usual watching that old Western Movie, ho hum...
Hit that sack about 9 p.m. latest for a long long time and then up about 6:45 a.m.
And a peek at some even better Weather for the Day, 34 Degrees at 7:30 a.m. and heading to 56...
Are you sure this is December and a week before Christmas? Well I am NOT Dreaming of a White one

8:15 a.m. and I am bored already! Must be something interesting to do, done with my Morning stuff
Eased through my Puzzles super fast this time, ho hum, just poured my Coffee, what's to do now?
Tomorrow Morning is scheduled already though, another Dcctor Appointment at 10 a.m at NKC Hospital
On my last CT Scan they saw an 'aortic aneurism' and my Primary Doctor said I should check that
I read up on that procedure online, not a minor thing to discover and not something I want for sure

They will check the size of the enlargement and may determine whether it is urgent or not
I'm not sure that I want to undergo the endoscope 'Stint' treatment and certainly not the 'open' procedure
But let's not dwell on negative things, let's go get some winner Lottos... where today?

Something else for Wednesday... There are two Dwarf Spruce Trees I planted beside the ones in pots
The one in the Tub next door and the one up the Stairs on the other side, candidates for Lights
So on Monday I ordered new Lights for each of those trees, to be delivered Wednesday
So after I get back from the Doc and those lights are delivered, another small project awaiting

~ My little Spruce Trees ~ Waiting for Lights ~

And off to the Fast Stop again, showed Navru some of my Videos, some chat and I bought six more Lotto Tickets
Headed back in to the warming Sunny Day, yeah... Home to scratch off $25 in Winners, close but no Cigar
And then out front for a little clean up work, and really nice in that warmer temp and sunshine
Got done some of what needed to be done and then a break, my back was hurting some, in for a couple Aspirin

~ Quite a mess of piled up Leaves out Front ~

Back out again after a short rest, just couldn't waste that good weather out there
Usually the Maintenance guy blows the Leaves off the Porches and out into the Street
Maybe too busy with other things and I was getting tired of that mess out front, so sweep sweep sweep

~ Big Pile swept out of the Corner of the Porch ~

So, I started on my side where most all the leaves always are, got most off the porch, into the Yard
Then some more pain so I headed back in for some more sit down time, out again, I got most all the leaves off my side

~ Waiting to be swept into the Street~

Then my side was looking some better, just needed to get that pile farther out
Went out to do again to do that, almost all I wanted to do for the Day, time for something else easier

~ Looking just a little bit Better ~

And just as I got that Pile swept into the Street, here comes Tom, the Maintenance Man, driving down the Hill
He gave me a wave and pulled in to the Work Shop behind the Building across the Street

~ The Pile I got out into the street ~

Came out later with a huge Blower strapped on his back, headed over to my place and started blowing leaves
And then blew off all the ones in front of my place and also the Building next Door
So my little effort of sweeping a few Leaves off my Porch turned into a really big project

~ Tom with the Right Machine for the Job ~

So all those Leaves flying away from Tom's Blower needed a Video to show what was going on
That gave me another project to later edit that wideo and show you, maybe on Wednesday?
I used my Phone Cam to catch him blowing the Leaves here, there and some way over there too
That was the big event of the Day and my back was feeling like it too<

And then the usual Afternoon and Evening wind down, TV, Dinner, Movie, gave up about 7 p.m.
Took my Pills and off to Dreamland and I'll sing you a song before I hit the Hay


~ OK, I'll Sing it Now ~ Cuz I Wish You a Merry Christmas ~


~ Doctor Day again Tomorrow ~



~ Monday, December 17, 2018 ~
~ Can you Believe? ~ Another Gorgeous Warm Day! ~
~ Eight Days to Christmas ~

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~ Rhododendron bearing up well in the Cold ~
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Well I could sure get used to this... Nice sunny warm Weather at Christmas time, yes ma'am
Chilly at 31 Degrees at 6 a.m. but sunny again and headed to 55, gimmee more!
Well they are saying two more Days in the 50s after Monday... Great!
But still mostly temps in the high 40s until Christmas and beyond, keep it up!

OK, here we go again, Sunday's Blog updated and Posted, a start on Monday's
Sipped my Juice, started on my Coffee, worked my Puzzles, checked my Bank and Email
And now at 6:30 a.m. What's to do? Bored already... And no ideas so far for this long but nice Day ahead
Well I have a $15 Winner Lotto to trade and the Fast Stop is due so that will be the first stop

But before I head out... Later after my Shower and maybe some Breakfast... How abut Ace Hardware?
They finished the Store and opened for Business a few Days ago and I have Photos from the start
So how about an animated .gif, OK let's do it... how about this one?

~ Ace Hardware from June 26 to December 15, 2018 ~

OK... 8:30 a.m. and my Morning startup is almost complete, except Breakfast and that can wait
And what feels better... than stepping out of the Shower, a nice close Shave and into clean clothes?
Yeah, ready to greet the World... But first a trip up the Hill and then down the Hill to the Fast Stop
Whoops... the Temp dropped to 28 Degrees but the Sun is bright, and sposed to warm up fast... DO IT!

Well that trip was fun but not profitable, lots of repartee with Navru, then traded in $15 and $15 of Winners
Got 6 Tckets, headed home to win my $30 back, that's not the way to win, just a way to break even

But never being satisfied... back to the Price Chopper to try again, traded in my $30 Win
Bought 6 More Tickets, headed back and scratched them off to win a $10 and $50 Ticket... Yeah!

~ Yeah... I am happy with That! ~

And just thinking, maybe that lonely new little Dwarf Spruce Tree is wanting some Lights for Christmas
The two older ones have had Lights the last Two Christmases, might have to look into that, ya spose?

~ Is my little Spruce Tree yearning for Lights? ~

Back inside, and that Morning Glory experiment, I planted about six Seeds in that Pot
And so far only Two have germinated, so try again, planted Four more Seeds, and hoping

~ Planted Four more Morning Glory Seeds ~

2 p.m. After a busy Morning, into the slow Afternoon and what's for TV and Dinner
Well a long tedious old John Wayne Western... looked very young in that one...
And for chomps was a huge Roasted Turkey leg that I couldn't quite finish... Good though

And another better than average Winter Day and Mike says more to come

~ Monday ~ Another Nice Warm fairly busy Day ~



~ Sunday, December 16, 2018 ~
~ Another Sunny Summer Day in December! ~
~ Nine Days to Christmas ~

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~ A Piece of Pie for Breakfast ~
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Sunday again, kind of a restless night, well those endless dreams, always...
Really nice Weather for Saturday, what will we get today? Click... Oh! Looks good!
32 Degrees now at 6:30 a.m. Heading to 54 and that will be NICE! And for the next few Days, more 50s plus

~ Forecast Looking Good! ~

Well now a look at the Tomato Plants in the Aerogardens in the Kitchen, just doing so-so
The Pepper Plants I planted in them earlier are going great in the Pots I put them in
They were getting too big for the Gardens, the Tomato plants aren't as big but aren't making many Tomatoes
The smallest center one in this Garden isn't going anywhere much at all, just need to pull it
And make more room for the Two larger plants if and when...

~ Plant in the Center ~ Going nowhere Fast ~

10 ayem and Sunny... Off to the Price Chopper for Nuts and Lottos, have everything else for my Cake and Pies
Traded in $10 in winner Lottos, added a $20 Bill and got Six more Tickets for that $30
And my Walnuts, on sale, nice... Headed for Home to scratch, and scratched off a $5 and $15 Win
Not bad but cudda been better, actually doing better than I thought I would on my Bills this month

OK, had a piece of that Apple Pie, pretty tasty, and five pieces to go and then what's next
Pat is coming to visit soon, thought I would ask whether she would like Pumpkin Pie or Spice Fruit Cake
Then I could have that ready when she comes, going to bake both before Christmas though

And I was thinking a Ham for Christmas, actually from now to Christmas, takes me some time to eat a Ham
I took a peek online at the Price Chopper Ads, Hey Hey, Smithfield Ham on sale $1.38 a Pound!
So I headed up there fast, no hurry, a big stack of Hams back there, and I got a 9 Pounder for $12
Headed back to hot up the Oven and dump it in, maybe some Ham for Dinner tonight?

~ Ham to Bake for Christmas ~

Unwrapped that Ham and into the Oven for an Hour and more, need to warm it up good
Then out and brushed with Glaze, and ready to eat whenever the desire arises

~ Christmas Ham ready to eat the next Ten Days ~ (or More)

How about some Christmas Ham and BBQ 'Grillin' Beans' for Dinner Sunday Evening?
So, then some Afternoon TV, then started carving that Ham, well it was already spiral Sliced
But still needed a lot of trimming, actually I like an unsliced Ham better, do my own slicing
It turns out neater with my own electric Slicer and with less little pieces here and there

I got that chore done, stored most all of the Ham in the Freezer and fridge
Saved enough out to make a Sandwich to go along wth my BBQ Beans for Dinner

So that was a pretty good Sunday, now my favorite Day is on the way... Favorite next to Pay Day that is

~ Sunday ~ Another Nice Warm Day ~



~ Saturday, December 15, 2018 ~
~ Nice Sunny and Warm Day ~
~ Ten Days to Christmas ~

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A fair night and up at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday and they are saying a nice Sunny Warm Day... Hooray!
Kind of chilly out there now at 26 Degrees but heading to 54, I can take a lot of that
What's to do Today, no idea yet but one Day I need to bake a couple more Pumpkin Pies
And again I need to bake one of my Superb Christmas Spice Fruit Cakes, oh yes...
I give away samples of that Cake now and then and I have a request for another one this Month

Just checking on Facebook, they had one of my Video 'Memories' posted today
Seems a good Idea to repost it here too, one of my better Christmas Videos.. Yes Ma'am


And then, after my Postings and Puzzles, some work (work?) updating my December Blog Video
Nope that's not work, that is pure enjoyment for me to be creative in my simple humble ways
And then on to another tasty Navru Breakfast of gift goodies from the Fast Stop

10 a.m. and look what's coming in my Office Window, what's all that bright Light anyway
I think it means we are going to have another fine Day away from this usual Wintry Weather

~ What a Wonderful Sight to See ~ On a Chilly December Morn ~

And then time to head out into that Sunshine, I just have to have my Lottos, win or lose
But always hoping for a Win... Is this the Day that Lady Luck will shine on me?
Traded in a $10 Winner, added a $20 Bill, got Six Tickets, then a $40 Win and a $10 Win
Lady Luck done gave me a $50 Smile, yeah! And Merry Christmas to me!

~ A Nice Early Christmas Present ~

Out of the Price Chopper and over in front of my Bank to get another Photo of the new Ace Hardware
And yes, they did open before Christmas, now what do I need over there?

~ Ace Hardware ~ Open for Business! ~

Into the Afternoon, lined up a few lights on my Christmas Trees out front
A couple were hiding and others too close together, well it was dark and cold when I hooked them up
Then thinking ahead, need to bake a couple Pies and a Cake, need some goodies for that
And then some Apples on the Table, need to make a Pie while they are in fine shape
Off to the Price chopper to get all I was missing, but couldn't find any Apricot Nectar
Have to try some kind of substitute for that, maybe won't be noticable... it's so good anyway

2 p.m. started on my Apple Pie, I got some rolled up Piecrust for that
I got frozen crusts for my Pumpkin Pies I will do later, then got out my Peeler, Corer, Slicer
And started getting the Apples ready for my pie... Then the apples in a pot
I like to precook the Apples a bit so they will be nice and tender after the Pie bakes
Then some Sugar, Cinnamon and Allspice in with the Apples, let them get nice and juicy
And then into the bottom Crust, the top Crust, crimp the edge and into the Oven at 3 p.m.

~ And then ~ An Apple Pie ~

4 p.m. We got Pie! Looks good, now let it cool nicely and maybe try some for the Days Finale at TV time
So, that Pie will last a few Days, what then, bake the Pumpkin Pies for me and Pat
Or Bake that special Christmas Spice FruitCake that everyone that has tasted it... likes a lot?

Well that decision can wait until I get in the mood to bake something again...

And that's all for Saturday Folks...

~ Saturday ~ Nicer Warmer Day ~



~ Friday, December 14, 2018 ~
~ Put the Christmas Lites on my Dwarf Spruce Trees ~
~ Eleven Days to Christmas ~

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~ Power Units and Tree Lites Ready ~
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Hey Hey, Friday again, what we gonna do this Week End? Hah! You kidding
I guess I need another Hobby but what's left now that I haven't tried? Something easy though
So far this Winter it has just been this Blog and my Kitchen Gardens

Some good news from the TV Weather man, says we have a Week or more of warmer Weather ahead
I can sure use as much of that as they want to throw my way, I just don't like the cold

Feel just a bit of a chill this Morning, what's for Today anyway?
My computer Weatherman says 35 Degrees and Cloudy now, Sunny and 48 later, I guess I can handle that
But at this precise moment I can't think of anything to keep me busy and interested

Oh, just thought of something... Wouldn't take much time though, my Dwarf Spruce Christmas Tree lights?
Wonder where I stashed them? I guess I could hunt them up and hook them up, Huh?

OK, I found them in the Pantry, now we wait until it warms up a bit out front
Then some Sun to charge them up and some Night time to show them off

~ Christmas Tree Lites Ready to Install ~

I set the lites on the Table for a Photo, pointed toward the Kitchen Garden lights
After a few Minutes I went back to flip one Power Unit over and the lights flashed on for a second
So looks like they are eager to light up my Dwarf Spruce Christmas Trees for the Third Year


Buzz Buzz, then a call from Patricia, hadn't heard from her for a while, been busy pre-Christmasing with friends
We had a nice long chat, saying she would visit soon to get caught up with my 'Beat Bobby Flay' recordings
And she hasn't seen my November Blog Video yet, maybe she will watch that boring episode also

'Funny... How time slips away'... When you're having fun, like making that Video Clip

Well made it to 10 a.m. anyway and brighter out there, maybe we will get that Sun
Time for Breakfast, no appetite again but ya got to eat they say, and something good for me?
So how about some Raisin Bran, they say that's healthy for you, tasty anyway

Headed out into that Sunny Day about 11 a.m. for the Price Chopper and my Lottos
Splurged and bought Five $5 Tickets, and back to see what Lady Fortune brought me
Well now, nice, a $10 and #20 Win but that's only a $5 profit, need to do better than that
So, headed out again to the Fast Stop, and saw that the new Ace Hardware was open for Business!
On down the Hill to the Fast Stop, Buenos Dias and Dubra Dien... And cashed in my Tickets
Then a lot of chat with Navru and Customers that wandered in and out, finally headed back
This time only scratched off one $10 Winner from Six Tickets, that sure won't pay the rent

Had warmed up some and still bright Sun, let's go hook up the Spruce Tree Lites
Dug away some pebbles, dug a little hole for the Power Unit stake, mounted the Two of them
Then placed the Lights on the little Spruce Trees, might take some rearrangement later<
So all done with the chores of the Day (What chores?) and on into the Afternoon

Decided to try another T-Day Dinner, still most of that Turkey and Dressing in the Freezer
Set out some of that stuff to thaw and then on to a TV afternoon

5:30 p.m. Took a look out front to see if my Christmas Tree Lites were working, yep, let's get a Photo
Not all lined up just perfect but that will do for a start, just a bit chilly out there
Maybe take another look on Saturday, supposed to be nice and warm around Noon, yes sir...

~ Christmas Tree Lites ~ Ready for Santa ~

And then, my latest T-Day Dinner... Turkey, Dressing, and Cranberry Sauce, and one more Movie
And I will see you again on Saturday...

~ Friday ~ A Busier Day ~



~ Email Me at elpato6125@sbcglobal.net ~