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~ The Donald ~ Year 87 ~                              ~ El Pato says Quack ~                        ~ El Pato Donaldo ~ 1932 to 2019 ~

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~ Thursday, February 28, 2019 ~
~ Last Day of a Cold Month ~
~ Latest Video Posted ~

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~ Vine getting Tired? Only 3 Inches since Friday 02/22 ~

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Almost the Day I have been waiting for but that's Tomorrow, new Month and Two Pay Days! Yeah!
Supposed to maybe warm up a bit in March but the first Week isn't looking so good
How long will it be before we start griping about the Heat? I can't imagine that yet

Yeah, look at that, 14 Degrees at 6:30 a.m. Saying Partly Cloudy and only gong to 29... NUTZ!
Well all I am going to do outside for the Day is a Trip down to the Fast Stop one more Time
The rest, trying to find something else to so Inside, I do have a Video to finish and Upload now

And that Video Rendered, uploaded to Dropbox and then to Vimeo and now here it is for you
That is, if you would like to be bored for maybe 7 Minutes, well the Music is nice anyway


And then, what next? The usual, off to the Fast Stop again, lots of chat with Navru and Customers
Kind of gets like a chat club down there at times, finally got my Lottos and headed home in that chill
Scratched off Five potentials and won exactly nothing, worth the trip? Only for the chat

Not much after that except ease into the Afternoon with the usual, just nothing happens much after Noon
I am sort of getting into a new Evening TV Routine, finding iteresting (to me) Movies on Amazon
And a few old Series TV shows I never saw in their first runs, what was I looking at back then?

Well so many 'Memories' now that I can't remember. HUH? Does that make sense?
Oh well, enough of The Day and the Month, let's go find March!

~ New Month and Pay Day Tomorrow! ~



~ Wednesday, February 27, 2019 ~
~ Cold and Cloudy ~ Phoooey! ~
~ A little more Video Playing Around ~

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~ A look at the back Side ~ Get Going there Vines! ~

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OK, now it's Wednesday, two Days til Pay Day and Hurray! Even with a big Blazer repair Bill, more money left!
Looks kinda gloomy out there with the Window Cam, yeah, Weather says 21 now, only going to 30 and Cloudy... NUTZ!
8 a.m. and all my Computer Morning stuff finished and now what? I see the Lady next door is heading out
Late maybe? She usually leaves a little before 7... And I see Tom's truck acrss the street he's at it again in the WorkShop

So what for me? Well a couple Photos to add to my Video, I'll have it finished Tomorrow and start on March
And for 'My Day' today, only thing planned is one trip for Lottos and nothing elae... yet

So only Two Photos to add today so far, the Planter above and the climbing Vines below
Seems I wouldn't have any Photos this Winter much except the Weather out the Window and the Kitchen Gardems

~ All the Vines climbing Now? ~

9 a.m. Ohhhhh, Temp dropped to 19, like we needed that, 21 was way cold enough for me
Anyway on with the Morning, made a short Video to add to my February Month Video
Now just the Photos I might get today and tomorrow and that February Video is finished, yes ma'am


I planted Tomato Seeds in three Pots and so far Five Seedlings have popped up
This one showed up on Wednesday Morning, when will we get a Tomato now?

~ One more Tomato Seedling ~

And there are Six Pots with Dahliah Plants now, Three gave up, Six still going but not great
Here is the best looking one so far, kind of a disappointing Experiment

~ Best looking Dahlia of All ~ So Far ~

And I planted Pepper Seeds Three times in this Pod and nothing ever showed up
In this last Planting I see Two Seeds (red) still not germinating but one tiny Green spot of Hope

~ Finally a Pepper going to Pop? ~

And then one more look at the Two other Pepper Plants in the Pots doing much better
So when are we going to get some peppers on those plants? I am waiting and watching

~ Peppers the last Day of February ~

And after adding those last few Photos to the Video, I renderd it and uploaded to Dropbox
When it had uploaded from my Computer in the Office Room I went in to watch it on the TV
And of course I saw Three errors on it, oh well, nobody's perfect, are they?

So I went ahead to finish up the Day with Dinner and more TV and held out til 9 p.m. Whew!

~ Wednesday Finished, let's try Thursday ~



~ Tuesday, February 26, 2019 ~
~ Nothing Special ~
~ Some Video Editing ~

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~ Two more Tiny Tomato Seedlings Pop Up ~

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OK, now Tuesday, looks good out there with the Window Cam... what does the Forecast say?
Brrrrrr... 19 Degrees at 7 a.m. but heading to 41, that's a bearable Temp and says Sunny... Great!
All my Morning updating stuff done at 7 a.m. and what's for the rest of this Sunny Day?
Well, Breakfast, a visit with Navru for Lottos and then what? Off to Independence to cash a Big Lotto?... I WISH!

So, how about some griping, I don't feel good, well, when did I last feel good anyway?
Maybe the year before I hit 80? As I remember I was doing great before then
So my advice to anyone and everyone, Do not get old, It ain't much fun... Well I am still having 'Fun'
Fun for me is Cooking, Gardening, playing Lottos, taking Photos, making Videos, writing my Blog
Fun in the past was a lot more of everything, been there and done that... Look at my Hobby Web Page!

So far my Brain seems to still be mostly OK but the Body is wearing out... Not much you can do about that
Anyway I am still at it at 87 Years, better than expected, outlived everyone in my Family except a few Cousins

~ 8 a.m. ~ Sunny and 21 Degrees ~

And off in the chilly but Sunny Morning heading to the Fast Stop again, Navru was in a happy mood
And we had a lot of chat with each other and some of the customers that popped in and out
I traded in my last $15 of Winners, bought $30 more and headed Home to win only $5... Dagnabbit!

Oooops... I forgot to stop in at the Price Chopper, all out of Glucerna, headed out again
Cashed in that dinky $5 Win, then stuck $25 into Machine Two and then picked up my Glucerna
And then back home to Win exactly NOYHING! Shudda stayed Home, but I wanted that Glucerna

On into the Day and Afternoon and what to do, well work on my February Garden Video, only a couple Days left
I had a couple Photos to add, then I went to the Kitchen and took a Video of the Morning Glory Vines
Added that to the Video Time Line, added some Music and a Finale, now just two days of Photos and Done!

Into the late Afternoon, News Finale, Weather Report and what's to watch? Checked Amazon Prime again
I wasn't getting much good from Amazon before but now I am watching some old TV Series and they are good!
And checking out new Movies that didn't look good at first but when I get into them they are Fine

So I found a good Movie, then a couple episoes of old TV Series and off to bed, later than usual

~ Tuesday ~ Yeah, a pretty good Day ~



~ Monday, February 25, 2019 ~
~ Bright Sun ~ I like That! ~
~ Made another 'Old Photos' Video ~

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~ Two on the Way ~ More getting Ready ~

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Monday, Monday, What for Monday... I give up... What? Well a slightly warmer Day
Colder at 17 Degrees at 6 a.m. but saying 43 for a top and that's better than Sunday
And at 6:25 a.m. not a thought for what to do all day except get some Juice and Lottos
Well I do have another Video underway, another one of McCormick Distillery in Weston
But this one not the Van Club Visit, a couple more Visits, one with IBM and more with Friends

So, why not? I started on that to while away a few Minutes... (few?)
Got 'immersed' again and l kept at it until I finished it... HAH! 9:30 a.m.
Set to Render and headed for the Shower, then out and back to set it to Upload to Dropbox

It takes a while to upload to Dropbox so I set out for the Price Chopper, for Juice and Lottos again
I sure am sopping up a lot of that Cranberry/Grape Juice, well I quit the Red Wine (for now)
Well it tastes to me quite a lot like Sangria Wine, I like it and hope it isn't 'Bad for You'

Got My Juice and Lottos and headed back to lose $15 and win $15... Oh well Pay Day Friday
And my Video was ready to upload from Dropbox to Vimeo and that I did and now ready for Viewing


So after that, nothing but routine to report so why report it...
Seems my Fun and Activities sort of dissipate after 1 p.m. Oh well, ya can't win 'em all

~ Monday ~ Some of this ~ Some of that ~



~ Sunday, February 24, 2019 ~
~ Sunny Morning ~ Cold Day ~
~ Just Keeping Busy Inside ~

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~ First Tomato Plants Popping Up ~

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Sunday Morning and busy early... Into the Kitchen to pour my Juice and put the Coffee on
And take a couple catch up Photos of the Morning Glory Vines and one of the New Tomato pop ups
Then edit the Video footage I got with the Window Cam of Pat's arrival and departure
Added that to Saturday's Blog, uploaded the Blog, then worked my online Puzzles

~ Vines Starting their Climb ~

Then took a look at the Weather forecast, bright Sun pouring in my window but...
Ohhh, the Temp at 28 Degrees at 9 a.m. and only heading to 33, was hoping for better than that


On to the Day, a load of Wash in the Dryer, a short Video of me at the Computer
See, I told you I was forgetting things, I said it was Saturday! Oh No!

And then still chilly out there but the Sunlight gave me some courage to fight the elements
On with my Jacket and Cap and off to the Fast Stop, the last $25 in my Pocket into Navru's Register
And back home to pop open a Glucerna and work my new Lottos... and... Won back $30 this time

While I was at the Fast Stop Navru was asking abut Computers, wanted to buy one of mine
I told him he wouldn't want to pay what I would want for even my oldest Computer, it's loaded
Well all my Computers have SSDs and 1 TB Hard Drives and big Monitors, but I was thinking
I only use my Newest and least 'loaded' Computer just for my TV, maybe I could take a loss and let him have that one
I have a Third Computer in the Office Room I only use as a potential spare, it's my oldest
But it has more installed that makes it more valauable than my newest one and I would not want to let it go cheap>

So I quoted Navru a Price and he said he would drop by after work to check it out
And he showed up a little after 2 p.m. I fired it up and let him poke around
He had said he wanted a larger Screen than his Laptop and this one has that for sure
But then he thought it was too large, it's just right for a Desktop but he's used to that dinky laptop

So, he had to head home for lunch and invited me, but I wasn't the least hungry, so thank you
And he said he would think about it but I don't think my Box is what he wants
I don't really need it, I have a spare now but then again I don't really want to sell it, just doing a favor

And that was 'My Day' for Sunday and now I want some Monday, so let's go get some

~ Sunday ~ Busy Enough ~



~ Saturday, February 23, 2019 ~
~ A Visitor Day ~
~ Warmer and Wetter out There ~

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~ Six Vines Climbing now ~

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Well now... Look at that! 36 Degrees at 7 a.m. Saturday and heading to 50, they say
But saying we gonna get Rained on, well I think that's better than getting Snowed on
OK, Coffee and Juice, the Computer Routine, whats to do today, well a call from Patricia
'Hey! I am heading down there at 1 p.m. today to bother you again and watch Bobby Flay'
Well, one or two 'Bobby Flay' episodes and then maybe I can sneak in a Van Video or Two
Catch up on the latest and then watch a Movie, well it's raining out there, so inside it is

After my Morning Routine I was checking for Van Stuff I hadn't used in a Video yet
And I found some Photos of a couple 'Car Washes' the Club had done, to add to Club Treasury funds
So I edited them and then added them to my PXV Fun Times Video, rendered and uploaded

And then time to get wet and go try my Lotto luck at the Fast Stop
Navru was on his Phone again to Uzbekistan, talking to his cousin on Video Chat
He pointed the Phone at me so I could say 'Dubra Utra' to his Cousin, got a big grin from him
Then I traded in my $55 worth of Winners, bought $35 more and headed Home
Now I am gonna cry... I lost on all $35 worth of those duds... Oh Well, I am still ahead a bit

Time for a late Breakfast and some TV and then some Plant Watering in the Kitchen Garden
And time crept on until 1 p.m. and on the Window Cam I saw Pat coming down the Hill
Howdy and all that, then a peek at one of my Van Videos and then on to Bobby Flay
I was looking for one of my Videos on the Net and saw it wasn't uploaded
So while she watched Bobby I went to the Computer and got my Video to upload

Then another episode of Bobby Flay and then how about a Movie, I had several recorded
She wanted to see 'Gun Fight at the OK Corral' so I put that on, went to pop some Corn
So it was chat and Movie time until around 5 p.m. Then time to trot up the Hill in the Rain


On to my slow evening, hotted up somethng for Dinner and then back to the TV for some Amazon recordings
I am recording some old TV Series Programs and watched Three of them, ending with another 'Twilight Zone'
Off to Dreamland at around 9 p.m. been trying to stay up longer lately and good Night Irene...
~ Saturday ~ Pleasant Visit ~



~ Friday, February 22, 2019 ~
~ One Week of February to Go ~
~ No Van Videos to Edit ~

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~ This Pepper climbed to 12 Inches ~

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Friday and bright Sunshine in my Computer Room Window again but the Wind is moaning outside
What's the Weather gonna be anyway? Well 30 Degrees at 8 a.m. Not too bad, and heading to 40
But sayng mostly Cloudy, hope they are wrong on that, they are so far, just keep that Sun shining!

Out for Coffee, a check on the Kitchen Plants, one Pepper doing real good, the Second on the way
No action yet in the Third Aerogarden, Just nothing has come up in a month or more
And I Planted Pepper Seeds Three times in that one... Que te pasa?

That leading Morning Glory Vine again off the string and I placed it back, stlll growing
Looks like it grew maybe Six inches since yesterday

~ Going, Going... ~

And looks like Four more Vines at least on the way to the Second Shelf now
The Vines in the Planter l;ook like they are almost ready to climb
A small Project for the Day, tie a couple more Strings there to help them up

~ More Vines Climbing ~

Well now, I was commenting about the 'Likes' I was getting from Vantasia Vans members about my Van Videos
And it seems that Facebook took notice, gave me another Badge, first a 'New Member' Badge
Then a 'Conversation Starter' Badge... and Today... a 'Rising Star' Badge
I never had gotten any 'Badges' from my own page in all these Years, this Video thing has been fun!

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Then out to the Kitchen for the Project of the Day, Wow, took almost Ten Minutes
A couple of those Plants look like their climbing Vine is appearing, so any day now... Huh?

~ More Strings for the Vines to Climb ~

Then the clouds came back and off again to get Lottos, headed to the Fast Stop again
Navru was on his Phone with some friend or relative in Uzbekistan, does that a lot
So no Chat, just cashed in my $10 worth of Lottos and got $30 back and headed Home
Then I scratched off a real nice $50 Winner then a dinky $5, Oh well I can use that too

~ Another Nice Winner for February ~

Nothing going on much after that, this will have to do for the Day
I did have a pleasant Afternoon doing a lot of nothing though

~ Friday ~ Busy Enough ~



~ Thursday, February 21, 2019 ~
~ Sunny and Warmer ~
~ And now Uploading Videos Again ~

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~ Looking Better out there this Morning ~

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Warmer Today? Well Forecast says 24 degrees at 6 a.m. about what we have been having
But then they say it's going up to 42 Degrees, that sounds good to me... but... Mostly Cloudy

Well now, I see my Upload Limit has been reset, now have 5 GB of Space I can use
And I have Three more Videos to upload, been wait for that reset for a couple Days now
Here's one I just uploaded this Morning, and two more are waiting...


So... guess what? I watched that Video above and found another error after two edits!
One word... 'Fit'... I left out the letter i... Who would notice or care? Only me but...
Put it back in my Video Editor, added the letter 'i' then rendered and uploaded all over again!

And now... 8 a.m. Bright Sun flooding in my Window and they said 'Mostly Cloudy'
Well I'll take the Sunny Days any time they want to send me some! Yessir!
But the Temp is still hung up at 4 Degrees..

And how do the Kitchen Crops look this Morning, not much going on except the Morning Glory Vines
So far the Dahlias experiment in the Pots isn't doing much, several just gave up
And the others just growing ever so slowly, do they need some Sun, Fertilizer or what?

~ Dahlia going nowhere Fast ~

The leading Morning Glory vine jumped off the String again and was touching the Ceiling
So I helped it back on the String again, and then it will escape again later... Betcha

~ Touching the Ceiling ~ Back on the String ~

9 a,m. No hurry for breakfast so I started editing Van Photos again, only one Video left (I think)
Selected Van Party Photos to make the next one, they were 4X3 Ratio but trimming to 9X6 size would leave out to much
So that would leave a black Frame around them, well just live with it... HAH!
So, I added them to the Time Line, added the Entro and the Finale and then the Music
Set to Render and Upload and Wah Lah! Again, one more Video and I think the last of this Van Club Series


And then, Noon plus, off to seek my Fortune at the Fast Stop again, last time there it was only $5
Some chat with Navru and Customers, traded in my $60 of Winners, bought $30 to try
Then up the hill and around the corner to the Price Chopper for some Juice and Milk
Then headed Home to scratch off all my Winners... HAH! Only Two $5 ones, Oh well

Then into another nothing to do but warmer Afternoon, just piddling around again until TV Time
As far as much activity of any Interest (to me) I am definitely a 'Morning' person
On to Dinner and a Movie ot two... Hasta manana

~ Thursday ~ Van Videos all done (I Think) ~



~ Wednesday, February 20, 2019 ~
~ More Snow Tuesday Night! ~
~ But a Warmer Day Wednesday ~

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~ A Snowy Wednesday Morning ~

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Wednesday Morning, up at 6 a.m. and the first thing I hear outside was Tom's little Tractor
He's been running up and down that Hill out there all Week Salting and plowing Snow
And it was looking really good Yesterday until... I looked out the Window Cam last Night
And... Oh No! Lookee that! Lots more Snow coming down and blowing around out there, got some Video


And out in the Kitchen to get my Coffee, look at that Morning Glory Vine!
It wants to climb higher but there just isn't any place to go except along the String
I help it grab hold of the String now and then, it won't do it by itself
And... There are several more Vines below just reaching the middle Shelf, I am watching...

~ That Vine keeps on Truckin' ~

And then, back to the Van Videos, started on the 'LeaVANworth' Video, not as many Photos in this one
So it went smoothly through the Morning and WAH LAH! I had it rendering at 10:45 a.m.
But you will have to wait a day or two, (like you wanted to see it anyway) to see the latest Masterpiece!
I have totally used up my Weekly 5 GB of Video Space on my Vimeo Upoads limit

And then what? Hey! 35 Degrees out there, maybe we will get some snow melting done
The Street looks clean but wet, pretty sure with all the Salt is isn't slippery
And then, a Glucerna for Breakfast and back to another Video, the last One? well close for sure

OK, Started on another Video, this one in Phoenix Arizona, not too many Photos didn't take too long
I finished it, uploaded it to Drop Box and then went in to the TV to Watch both the new ones
And I found errors n both, not big ones, easy to fix, back to the Computer to do that

Then... 3 p.m. Out front in that Sunshine to scoop some snow off the lot at the side of the Van
And off the Hood and Windshield, then at 3:30 set off for the Price Chopper, cashed in a $5 Win
Hit the ATM for Ammo and then the Machine for Lottos and headed back to test my Luck
Andnot so bad, First Ticket was a $40 Win! Then the Second one was a $20 Win, keep going
But they were all Duds, NUTZ!.... But anyway that was a #30 Proft, nothing to gripe about

~ A Couple Nice Winners for February ~

And 4 p.m. Day was about over, time to figure 'What's for Dinner' and back to the TV

And... Guess what? I watched my latest upload on one of my Van Videos and OH NO! A (minor) glitch
One Song did not have enough Volume to suit me, went back to the Editor and boosted it some
Then Rendered and Uploaded it for the THIRD time... Good Night now Irebne...

~ Wednesday ~ Two more Van Videos ~



~ Tuesday, February 19, 2019 ~
~ Just a Little Warmer ~
~ And One more Van Club Video ~ The Ninth One so Far ~

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~ Some Neighbors have to go to Work ~

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Well now, an early Start! Woke up about 1:30 a.m. Tried to get back to sleep, but thinking about that Video
And a couple Ideas how to get some crowd Sound and needed a few more Songs and had Ideas how to do that
Just couldn't fall asleep ao I gave up and got up... about 3 a.m. Let's get at that Video
I did my Daily Start first, Coffee, Juice, Blog, the usual Morning Routine and then ready to 'Video' at 4 a.m.

And then... HOORAY! Finished and set to render at 5 a.m. Now what to do the rest of this potentially loooong Day?
Shhhhhhhh.... Don't tell me I might have more Van Photos to make another Video, I just might have
Anyway now, what's the Weather for the Day, 22 Degrees now, and heading up to 32 Degrees, but cloudy
If we had a little Sun to go with that it might not be such a bad Day after all
I need some Gas for the Blazer and that is a cold Windy corner up there to be pumping Gas

OK. Now 6 a.m. and a lot done already, went out to put on another Pot of Coffee
And a peek at that Marigold Vine past the top of it's String, felt sorry for it
So I fastened another String to the Pole and taped it to a Vent about Four Feet away
Doesn't give much more height but maybe it will creep along the String? Well we shall see

~ Vine at 5 a.m. ~ Vine at Noon ~

And... 6:30 a.m. new Video uploaded to Vimeo and now I can show the World... Well at least Vantasia Vans
Now, do I have any more Photos for any more Videos? I just might have but nothing extra interesting


So... I checked my Van Photo Files, yeah, two more Video subjects at least
One, customizing my 1975 Van and another some our Van Club Parties here and there
Oh yeah, just thought, a Mini Truck-In and Parade in Leavenworth Kansas, so three more maybe?

Started on my 1975 Van Video fixing up, same ole routine, editing to size, correcting Color
Adding the Photos to the Time Line and there she goes, and... Finished at 11 a.m.
So, I uploaded it to Drop Box but my Weekly upload limit to Vimeo is full so have to wait a Day or so
But I can watch it on my TV from Drop Box, just can't post it here or on Vantasia's page

Now, finally, says Sunny but the Temp is only 26... Need Gas though so I'll brave the Weather for that
And pick up my Lottos there while I am at it... Then at the Minit Mart, that Cold Wind was Blowing
But I held on to the Gas Handle til the Blazer was full, save another trip for a while
Then in to get my Lottos, and then next Door to the Price Chopper for Glucerna, I was all out
Then back Home to be Welcomed by my missing Cat

~ Long Time Missing Cat is Back ~

So el Gato was mewing at me, asking for Breakfast... So I got a Burger from the Freezer and defrosted it
Took it out for for him and it was gone in a Flash, then got another one for him for dessert
That Cat used to hang around here all the time, now been gone for at least a Year
Wonder where it's been and now how long will it stay this time?

On to another Video Editing Afternoon, those Vantasia Vans People with their 'Thank Yous' and 'Likes' keep me going
As I mentioned, I have had more 'Likes' from them that I have ever gotten on my own Facebook Page
During the long Afternoon I made some Corrections on the 'Parade Video and the 'My Van' Video
Got them Rendered but I can't upoad them yet, waiting for my Upload Limit to be renewed
So Video editing time ran out and TV Time began and have been watching more interesting Movies lately
And the Weather has been more interesting but sure uncomfortable, got another Snow window Cam Video
That one will have to wait for my Upload Limit too darn it... I cold increase it but they want more MONEY!

Anyway, interesting and bizzy Day for Tuesday, and still have a few things to start on for Wednesday... CHARGE!>>>>

~ Tuesday ~ Another Busy Day for Me and Tom (the Maintenance Man) ~



~ Monday, February 18, 2019 ~
~ Another Cold Day ~ Still 25 Degrees at 2 p.m. ~
~ Made One more Van Club Video ~

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~ Now at the TOP! ~ Where to Now? ~

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Monday again, my Favorite Day, get that usually boring Weekend out of the way
I didn't feel that way back in 1987, had to get up and head out to fix IBM Machines
Now it's just do what I feel like and also get those Crowds out of the Stores

And a peek at the Weather for Monday... MY GAWD! It was 8 Degrees out there at 8 a.m.
And chilly in my Office Room too, hang on a sec while I hit the Thermo... And get my Coffee
Sip Sip, ahhhh... and that Furnace is humming away, get some of this chill off

~ When are these going to Climb? ~

That first Morning Glory Vine has reached the top of the String, no where to go now
And another Vine about half way up now, and those in the Planter, one is leaning on a String now

And so, a busy Video Day again on Sunday, and getting way more 'Likes' on my Posts in Vantasis Vans page
Well I have posted Seven Van Videos on there so far and have gotten more likes there
Than I have gotten all Year on my own Facebook Page, they do love Van Stuff
Well I did too and spent a lot of time at it the Three Years I was head of our Club

OK, 9 a.m. Got a late start, didn't get up until 7 a.m. but my Morning stuff all done
And what's the Plan for Monday? one more Van Video but will take my time at it
Need to get a few other things done along the way, like a shower and breakfast... huh?

So, I started on that Video, not so many Photos again on this one, I edited all of them
Then added them to the Video Time Line, added Music, an Entro and Finale and Voila!
Rendered and set to Upload to DropBox and then to my Vimeo Site and here it is


And so, after uploading that Video what's next? Warm up that Blazer and go get Lottos
It had warmed up some outside with some Bright Sun overhead, felt warmer than the 20 some Degrees
This time back to the Fast Stop much later than usual, like 1 p.m. Navru getting ready to leave
Traded in $35 of Winners bought $30 back, headed Home to win back only $5 of thet effort, NUTZ!

And then what? Thinking of one longer Van Video, Van Parades in downtown Saint Joseph
Several Parades and a lot of Photos to edit, so I started on that and kept at it all afternoon
Then I started editing the Video, adding Phtos and getting then arranged in proper order
Mesmerized again...and l kept at it until 6 p.m. Whew! And by then almost finished
I had all the Photos on the Time Line, and the Entro and the Finale and one Song... What else needed?

Well more Music on the Timeline and I thought maybe some way to get some Parade Noise
And had several Ideas for that but that was enough for the Day, time for Dinner and TV

Did the usual and stayed at it until 8:30 p,m, and off to Dreamland and there were plenty

~ Monday ~ Really Busy Video Day! ~



~ Sunday, February 17, 2019 ~
~ Another Cold Day ~ Still 25 Degres at 2 p.m. ~
~ Made another Van Club Video ~

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~ Snow at 6 p.m. Saturday ~

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Well now, kind of a busy Day on Saturday but I didn't write all the Daily Drivel
Just skip the hum-drum stuff, I just want to have a record of the bigger events... if and when
And... After that messy Snow Friday, Saturday wasn't so bad at all, bright Sun and the Streets in good shape
And... It didn't feel near as Cold at the Thermo said it was

Now what's for Sunday? Was Snowing again Saturday Evening at my TV Time, how much more did we get?
Says 23 Degrees and partly Sunny, HEY! Just saw the Snow Plow Truck pushing a Neighbor's Car up the Hill!
So... slick out there for now, I'll just wait til they get that Ice melted off out there

Now the View out front at 7 a.m. from the Window Cams, not so bad at that
And not saying any more Snow for today

~ Not much Snow from Last Night ~

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~ View from Living Room Cam ~

Out to the Kitchen for Coffee and a catchup on the Kitchen Plants
That leading Morning Glory Vine had reached Six Feet and One Inch
Now where does it go from here? Just hang out in space, no more String

~ Where to Now? No more String ~

A closer look, HAH! Now more Vines climbing the Strings and half way up already
Well they sure did a lot better (so far) than those no-go Dahlias

~ And More Vines Climbing ~

So what's there to do? Another Video, I have a few Photos from the Spring Fever Truck-in
I remember there was a lot going on at that one... but... I only had a few Photos, what happened?
Well, that was 40 some years ago, a lot of water over the Dam since then, anyway I made the Video


Out to face the Cold at 1 p.m. Just have to have my Lottos, not too bad, started the Blazer
Let it warm up to melt the Ice off the Windshield then tooted up to the Price Chopper
Traded in my $35 in Winners, bought $25 more and headed back, to scratch off $25
So that's not really a Win, just got my Money back. like last time, $35 spent, $35 won back
So it isn't a loss either, but not as much fun as winning something

And what else to do on that Cold Day, already made one Van Club Video, what about another?
This one was a little easier, not a lot to do with editing the Photos this time
It would cut out too much of the Video Photo to trim them to Video Frame Size of 1920 X 1980
So I left them the original Size and just edited the Color and focus a bit
That leaves a black area on both sides when played back but a lor of old TV Movies are like that too
So I kept at it and had it uploaded by TV Time, yeah, a busy Video Day


Then it was just find some Dinner, watch a Movie and another Episode of 'Mcguyver'
And then again off to Dreamland and my own deep sleep video

~ Sunday ~ Bizzy Video Day, Oh Yeah! ~



~ Saturday, February 16, 2019 ~
~ But Baby, It's COLD Outside ~
~ And ~ Another Van Video ~

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~ After Tom blew the Snow off my Windshield ~

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Well, Snow Snow Snow all Day on Friday, got quite an accumulation, my Blazer was covered
But a peek outside about Evening Time, lookeee there! My windshield was clear!
Well, almost clear, looks like Tom blew the Snow off, then we had some more after that
See, I told you I get super good Service around here, Hooray for me!

Later I heard some more noise out front, flipped on the Window Cam and there was Tom again
Plowing the Snow off of our Parking Lot, so I started the Cam Video and got his good deed


So, on to the Morning, got my Juice, made Coffee, the same old Computer Routine
And than what? Here's what Don Noone said on the Vantasia Facebook Page
"Don you are doing a awesome job. Please keep them coming"... Well now I do like Compliments
I have a few more Van Photos from the Old Days but only enough for maybe a couple more Videos
So what do I do when I use up all of them? Well go to a Truck-In for more Video I guess

And then, after finishing up my Coffee, I started on another Video, a trip to McCormick Distillery
Back in the Good Old Days they used to hold an Open House on Sundays and had Tours and free Samples
I thought that might be a good trip for our Van Club so I mentioned it and away we went<

Started on that Video about 7 a.m. Got mesmerized with it, kept at it and finished about 11 a.m.
Set it to render, had me a Glucerna and started on this Blog, now excuse me, need to Upload


So, on through the Morning, bright Sun and warming up a tad, Street looked good
About Noon decided to head out to the Price Chopper, needed some Juice again
Hit the ATM there, needed Lotto Cash, got my Juice and headed to the Fast Stop
Traded in $15 of Winners, bought $35 more Tickets, Navru watched one on my Van Movies
Then I headed Home in that bright Sun, not bad at all, scratched off $35 in Wins

On through the Afternoon, then it was Movie Time, I had the Window Cam on too
I like to see who is coming and going out front and thn later, ohhh look! Snowing again
So I flipped the Cam on to Video, that was too purdy to pass up... take a peek here


Well that was about all for Saturday except... I did plant some Tomato Seeds
The Dahias gave up in the Pots in the Kitchen, I replace them with mini Tomato seeds
See if they can do any better than those Dahlias did which was nothing... Bye Bye..

~ Looking lots Better on Saturday ~



~ Friday, February 15, 2019 ~
~ The COLD is Back ~
~ And Lots of Snow ~

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~ Nice Sunny Thursday Morning ~

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Woke up at 3:35 a.m. just a bit early, tried to get back to sleep, no go... Up at 4 a.m
Well, woke up during the Night thinking that my new Van Club Video needed some changes
So, mixed my Juice, put the Coffee on and started on the Video, moved some photos around
Added some sub-titles, looking more like I wanted it, finished and rendered at 6 a.m.

OK, now on to Friday, did we get the Winter Weather Forecast predicted? Lemmee look at the bad News
Yeah, 14 Degrees at 6 a.m. and saying the High will be 20 Degrees, and some Snow accumulation
Well, that's Winter Weather fer sure, a peek out on the Window Cam... No Snow yet

So, after I finished uploading the Video on Thursday Afternoon I called Don Noone
He is the Vantasia Facebook page Adminstrator, saw my Video, messaged me and asked to call him
I did and we had a nice Chat all about Van stuff, asked me to come to their next Truck-In to take Video
I would like to do that but it is quite a long way for me to Drive now, getting old ya know
There are Two Truck-ins coming to that Location, One in March and one in May
Three Trails Vans 'Freeze Out' and then Vantasia Vans 'Spring Fever'... Well we shall see what goes

So, what is there to do on a Cold Friday, how about another Van Video? I have more Photos
I found Photos of Two Truck-Ins, both on Campgrounds close to Lakes, which Lakes? Can't remember
I can't remember the names of the Truck-ins either but the Photos still work, that's what counts
Not near as many Photos as the National Truck-In so it should go fairly quickly

So I started on that, edited all the Photos to match the Video Frame and a little Color correction
Then added them to the Time Line, added an entro and finale and Voila! Finito! And Uploaded
First to Dropbox and then to Vimeo and then 'Shared' it to my Blog Page... Wanna see?


And that all finished about Noon time and what's the Weather? Hey, Temp at 14 Degrees and saying Snow
Peeked out the Window Cam... YEAH! We got Snow, a lot of it and Tom out there blowing it around
And the Snow Plow Truck up and down out there Salting the Street, here we go all over again

~ Photo out the Front Door ~

~ Photo down the Hill ~

~ Window Cam Living Room ~

~ Window Cam Office Room ~

3 p.m. Time to shut down the Video Studio and Blogging Room and go Cook and catch up with TV
15 Degrees and still Snowing and I don't need Lottos that bad... Always Tomorrow... Ain't there?

And that I did, Got my News catch up, then found a new TV Series on Amazon Prime I kinda like
And watched an episode of that while I heard Tom out front plowing snow way after 6 p.m.
Been out working in that 'Teens' Weather all day in that Snow... Hard worker
And he is the 'Maintenance Manager' and surely does manage the Maintenance!

~ Lots of Winter Weather on Friday ~



So Kiss Me my Sweet
And so let us part...
And when I grow too old to Dream...
That Kiss will live in my Heart



~ Thursday, February 14, 2019 ~
~ Warm Morning ~ Cold Evening ~
~ Spring was Nice for One Day ~

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~ Vine now 17 1/2 Inches above the Top Shelf ~ 63 1/2 Inches above the Pot ~

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Starting my Day Thursday with 40 Degrees at 7 a.m. Saying a top of 47 later
And then heading back down the rest of the day and Winter comes back tonight
Then Friday back to the Deep Freeze, starting the Day Colder and saying a High of 21
And then heading for the deep Freeze and Snow, after that Four more days in the 20s... DRAT!

Well I guess I am back in the Van Club Days for a while, getting more 'Likes' on the Vantasia Facebook Page
I posted Two Videos and one of my Van Web pages and another of Me with a Camera at a Truck-In
And getting more action on those that I ever got on my own Facebook Page

~ Taking Photos at a Truck-in in the 70s ~

Well now, seems I have been forgetting to add my Blog Photos to my Two current Videos I'm making
My Monthly Garden Video and my Year 2019 Video... Nothing else to do so I started catching up on that
Doggone, I was way behind, I had 30 Screenshots to edit and post on the Two Video Editor Time lines

So I kept on at that until 11 a.m. That kind of stuff keeps me busy for a good while
Then the Temp was up to 51 Degrees and bright Sun! Great, time to head out for my Lottos and snail Mail
And out into that GORGEOUS DAY! Can't we just have a little more of that? Nope, it's still February
Headed to the Price Chopper, cashed in $15 worth of Winners, bought $35 more possibles
While I was at the Machine here comes Jim Reed, past Director of the Nature Sanctuary
Hello and how are you and some catchup Chat, hadn't seen him for several months, a long time
Anyway got my Lottos and headed back out into that spring Day, dreading what they say about Friday
Back home, scratched off $20 of Wins from my $35 worth of Tries, Oh well, won more than I lost

Well a long nothing Day ahead, what's there to do? And then I got an Idea make a Video
I thought I might have enough Photos stashed away in my Files about a particular Truck-in
Like The NSVA National Truck-In when? 1977? I had a lot of Photos from that one so I started in
I had to edit all those old Photos to fit the Video Screen, and adjust Color and Focus
That took a good long time but I kept at it, finally started on the Video Time Line
Added all the Photos, a beginning and end, added Music and set it to Render at 4:30 p.m.


So, what about the Weather, I saw our bright Sunshine had gone away, what's the Temp now?
Brrrrrrrrrrrr... Checked the Forecast online, said 29 Degrees, well they were right about that
Supposed to keep droppng and then Friday with more Cold and some Snow... Back to Winter time again

Then on to TV Time, got some News catch up then watched my new Video on the TV, lookin good
Some Dinner and another Movie and then off to Bed... looking for Winter on Friday

~ Thursday ~ After Noon... Back to Winter Time ~



~ Email Me at elpato6125@sbcglobal.net ~