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~ Tuesday ~ January 14, 2014 ~
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Monday... Off to the Price Chopper first, back home to scratch off all losers... What happened to my Luck?
Well, there is always tomorrow isn't there? Well I believe so... (the Eternal Optimist that I am)
But, I did win $2 on the EZ Match numbers on the Show Me Cash... But nothing on the Drawing later
And then off to Pat's place at 9 a.m. Sunny and the weather looking good

So I gave Pat a piece of my Cake, she said it would pass for Inspection and Taste
Then off to the Kitchen to brew some Coffee for the impending Tune Up session
First get rid of the Sky Drive sign-on that was asking for ME to sign in
I couldn't remember that I had signed up for that on the Laptop when I was using it
Then I downloaded Photoscape so she could edit and enhance her photos
Especially reduce the size of the the file so she doesn't fill up the HD too fast

Then we took the Laptop into her TV Room to hook up the Laptop to the TV
Then I showed her how to play Videos and Photo Slide Shows on the TV, she was very pleased with that

So that was a pleasant Morning session and I was back home about noon time
An early Manhattan, then into the usual afternoon, exploring the innards of my new TV and what it can do
And also finding a lot of things on my AT&T U-Verse TV service that I hadn't used before
There is an unlimited array of services on there that would take up more time than I have
And I have all day to do it... Of course 90% of it are things I have no great Interest in anyway

Then I just wound up another TWO Manhattan Day with a super Hot Roast Beef Sandwich with Mashed Taters
And yeah... How Sweet it Can Be!

~ What Happens Tuesday? ~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Monday ~ January 13, 2014 ~
~ Monday, Monday ~
~ A Visit with Pat ~
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The usual Morning on Sunday, off early to the Price Chopper in warmer Weather to stock up on Lottos
On the way back the Sun was coming up and my Blazer Thermo read 43 Degrees... going to near 60!
Doggone! that's BBQ Weather but my Freezer and Fridge are stuffed now, no place to put it
I remember a couple times I was out Smoking stuff in some mild January Weather (have Video of that)

So back at el Rancho Pequeno to scratch off my Lottos, One $15 win, paid out $21... loss of $6
But adding up again, I am still hanging on to a slight lead for the Year, but for how long?
I have to wait now to enter any losers, hit my 5,000 monthly point limit over a week ago
I want to buy a full pack of the 'Monopoly Jackpot' tickets but have to wait til February First
With that one you can play a Contest online for each ticket, a lot of fun (for me)
But I can't play online now, I can't enter more Tickets as it says 'Ticket Not Recognized'... Darn!

OK, scatch that... I bought one of those Tickets and now it does accept them to play online
But it will not give me Prize Points for entering, but does give entries in a later Drawing
Anyway, I now have a stack of Loser Tickets to enter after February First

So, it was a very quiet and uneventful Sunday... all day...
Finished up the Day with some more of that Roast Beef and Veggies

Now this morning up the Hill and around the corner for a Visit with Pat Harris
She called to wish me 'Happy Birthday', I offered her some Birthday Cake
She has a slight glitch on her Computer for me to look at and invited me to Coffee and Chat
And I have a couple new things I wanted to show her on that Computer anyway
So that should be a fun way to spend a little time to start the Week

~ On to Conquer January! ~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Sunday ~ January 12, 2014 ~
~ The Day After ~
~ A Day Later and a Year Older? ~
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Out in the warmer Morning to Kicks 66 first, then next door to Gomer's for a jug of Vino Tinto
Traded my $37 win of Scratchers, $1 Lotto Birthday Coupon and $3 Show Me Cash win with J.P.
Gave J.P. a Five Dollar Bill for selling me the $20 winner Ticket, his idea to buy that one
And I bought $23 of new Tickets and headed home to scratch off NOTHING! Rats!

Then I saw I was about out of Milk so I headed to the Price Chopper for Milk and TP and $10 more Lottos
And on the way to the Milk I saw Bacon on sale at $3 a pound off, grabbed a pack of Thick Sliced
Then back home again to scratch off NOTHING again! Oh well, still $19 ahead for the Year
And I did win some good ones this first 12 days... But good to just break even on the Lotto

Sunshine and 40 degrees on the way back from the Price Chopper... Goodbye to the overnight Ice
On to the Kitchen then to do some Slicing and Storing and rearranging things after the Cooking on Friday

On into a Double Manhattan afternoon, well it was my Birthday after all
And I didn't get a single Birthday Card but more Happy Birthdays on Facebook than any place before this year
I posted a Photo of my Birthday Cake and got greetings from all over the world
From Germany, England, Australia, Bangladesh, Iraq, and who else did I miss?
Well, people in several States from North Carolina to Utah and wherever, a friendly bunch of people

And it was a long and pleasant day but it wound up pretty early after that Birthday Roast Beef Dinner

I did get a late call from Pat Harris from the Nature Sanctuary Committee family
Wishng me a Happy Birthday, then inviting me up for Coffee on Monday
I need to see if I can fix a little hitch on her Laptop, also show her a few things she might like to know
So that will Start the Week, and another Trip to Kicks 66 will start today for me
We have a whole new year to use up so let's get at it!

~ Climb every Mountain! ~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Saturday ~ January 11, 2014 ~
~ Donald Lee Smith is 82 Years Old! ~
~ Anybody want Some Cake? ~
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Starting off nice today on January 11, 2014, my 82nd Birthday, with a Temp of 35 at 6 a.m. and heading to 46 Degrees
Friday was kind of cool and drizzly most of the day and I headed off first to the Kicks 66
They were out of most of my favorite Tickets so I only got one $5 and a $2 Show Me Cash 'EZ Match'
I won $3 instantly on the EZ Match, Then next door to the Price Chopper for the rest
There I bought a $5, $3, $3, $3, and $2... That was a total of spent $23 on Lottos

Next I bought a 1.75 liter of Kentucky Tavern Bourbon and a .750 liter of Sweet Vermouth
So then back home I scratched off a $5 win, then a $6, $6 and finally a nice $20 win
With that instant EZ Match win, that was a total of $40, a nice profit of $17 for the morning
And that $17 profit almost paid for the purchase price of that Bourbon and Wine of $22

And then into that dreary weather day... but kept busy with this and that and some Chat with Swamp online
Talking to him about wanting something special to cook for my Birthday, how about a Beef Roast?
So after Swamp Dawg ran down chatting I took off for the Price Chopper again
I started in Produce for a few things, needed Potatoes, Onions, Carrots, Celery and a big Green Pepper
Then a nice long Crusty Loaf of Italian Bread, next to the Meat Counter for a nice Beef Roast (on sale)

~ Why I Love my Price Chopper ~ All this for $19.20 (incl tax) ~

And so that took up the major part of the Afternoon, Flouring, Browning then Roasting the Beef Roast
First slicing up Sweet Onions and mincing Garlic in the Roasting Dish, then the Beef on Top
That makes a Savory Broth for Roasting the Veggies in after the Roast comes out

Then Peeling and Chunking up the Carrots, Potatoes, Celery, Onions to add to the Beef Juice when the Roast is done
A couple hours later, the Roast comes out to rest and the Veggies go into the Broth for an hour or so
And that was all done by Dinner time but I had been Sipping and Snacking and not ready for a big Dinner
So I just nibbled a bit of that Roast with a slice of Buttered Italian bread and that made do for the evening
And now, that feast all stored away and ready for Assembling and Nuking into a Birthday Feast today!

First thing on my Birthday, off to Kicks to trade in the $40 win for some BIG ONES!
Oh yeah... How Sweet it Is!

~ Happy Birthday to Me! ~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Friday ~ January 10, 2014 ~
~ Last Lotto Christmas Promotion Drawing ~
~ And I Did NOT Win! ~
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Well now, we are starting Friday with 34 Degrees and light Rain, makes me think of Spring already
But it won't last long, just Rain this Morning and Cloudy the rest of the day
And we have a lot more cold weather to endure before I can get some planting started

So, another COLD and dreary start to Thursday, I could do with less of this COLD!
Headed to the Price Chopper first for my Scratchers and Cake Icing and a Number (2) Candle
Back then to scratch off exactly NOTHING! Well, maybe that Show Me Cash for the Evening Drawing
But I usually win only a Dollar on that.. One time I did win $250, quite a surprize then

Then I called Humana Dental to cancel their worthless Dental Program that Extend Health led me to
And then got onlne to sign up with Delta Dental, costs more but a lot better coverage and benefits
Now I think I am mostly all set for my Medical, Dental and Prescription plans for the year

And on to the afternoon... Checking out my new TV, all kinds of goodies to investigate
I now have the TV inputing Audio to the Surround Sound Amp and now do not need the 'Bose Solo' system
Or the old 42 Inch Vizio for that matter that works fine but doesn't have the 'Smart Hub' stuff

And then about Noon or so I checked the Missouri Lottery Site, the Drawing Winners were posted
And I was not among them which was really no surprise but I was hoping for a Miracle
I guess I should be happy with the $1,000.00 I won on two of the first Drawings
And for the $250 I won on three Scratchers I already worked for this Month

About the only action for Thursday was playing with my new TV and Icing my Birthday Cake for Saturday
Hey... That's tomorrow isn't it? Well, I can patiently wait for that Occasion, like for the last 81 years

Feels good to have all the Items out of the way that come at the first of the Year
Nothing on the schedule now until the first Dental Appointment in March
So pretty much back to boredom until it warms enough to get the Garden Stuff going again
When does April start anyway?

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Thursday ~ January 09, 2014 ~
~ Lotto Christmas Promotion Drawing Today! ~
~ Made Cake and Apple Turnover Wednesday ~
~ New TV Delivered and I LIke It! ~
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And so, again first thing out to Kicks for my Scratchers and then the Price Chopper for my Cake fixins
Bought Cake Mix, Lemon Pudding Mix, Dried Pineapple. Cherry Flavored Craisins, Chopped Dates, Walnuts
Preparing to bake my Birthday Cake a couple days early... Well it will last until Saturday
Got $16 worth of Tickets, back to scratch off a $3 and a $10... Minus $3 for the Day

Checking online, I found that my TV was out for Delivery, they at first were saying Thursday
So I was waiting impatiently for that... I started on my Cake, so easy to do this recipe and so GOOD!
In the Oven at Noon and perfuming the place until 1 p.m. time to take it out to cool

When the Cake was done I had the Apple Tart ready for the Oven, I had a frozen bottom Crust
And two Granny Smith Apples on the table... I peeled and sliced them, then into the Pot
I like to precook the Apples a bit, added Sugar, Ginger, Cinnamon and Vanilla
And then into the Crust and into the oven for abou 35 Minutes, looks good, I'll sample that this morning

Then some entertainment across the street where that water main broke, was that last Year?
Anyway, looked like they were at it again, just a bit lower on the Hill than last time
And the water got shut off for a couple hours, was hoping it wasn't longer
But they got it fixed and started filling the Hole anout 4 p.m. or so

And then it had been a very long afternoon waiting for that New TV, UPS Man has been late the last couple times
But well after 4 p.m. I saw him heading down the Hill, had to wait for the BobCat Paving Machine to get out of the way
Then he backed in, opened the back door and lugged out a BIG box, that new TV for me
I had the door open waiting for him, he shoved it it, I signed his electronic receipt and off he went

So, I unpacked it, got out the Instructions first to read up on it a bit, then fastened on the Stand, all ready
Then I carefully wrestled that old TV off my Shelf, it is heavy! Set it aside and lifted the New one up
It is bigger but not near as heavy so I could handle that one... almost OK, plugged everything in and WAH LAH!

~ New Samsung Smart TV ~

Next, checking out how to get everything going, this thing will do a lot more than the old one
I had to set up the Wireless to my Router, get the Vimeo TV Application installed and working
Then I got interested in watching my Videos online at Vimeo, does it better than with my DVD Player I think
There are other things that I didn't get around to playing with like the Web Browser but I have all day for that
Just pleased that everything works so far and better than my Old TV, especially the Surround Sound

So off now to Thursday, waiting for the disappointment of checking the Winners list in the Last Christmas Drawing
But I could win... (couldn't I?) Well, ya can't win 'em all but that doesn't stop me from trying

~ Off to the New Day! ~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Wednesday ~ January 08, 2014 ~
~ More Video Added to the Boat Ramp ~
~ Some Good News from the Urologist ~
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A little warmer Tuesday Morning at about -1 Degrees and on the way up a little
Did my Morning stuff and got in a little Video Editing on the Insert for the Boat Ramp Video
Did my Morning Clean-up and what all and headed to the Price Chopper for my Tickets
Got $17 worth and then back home to scratch off only $13 in Wins... Oh well
Some more Video Editing and then off to see the Doctor a bit after 9 a.m.
Got into the little room for my Nurse routine and then the wait for the Doctor...
And another long wait it was, well over a half hour... Was again thinking of walking out

But finally the Doctor showed up all smiles and attention, we just had a little Chat
Then he said, 'You ready for that Lupron Shot?' I says NO! He 'Says really?' I says you are the Doc, get it on!
He said I might not have to have more than a couple more Shots... maybe
So he left and in comes the Nurse with that LONG Needle all loaded up, Drop yer pants
Dropped my pants, zing, a little nip and all done, not bad at all
So as I left I said the Doc didn't mention my PSA level... She says it was undetectable!
And it just can't get better than that, maybe we got that Prostate whipped for a while now

So I headed on back... Stopped by the Riverside RED-X on the way back
Traded in my $14 of wins for $16 more Tickets and won back only $2, down for the day by $18

Well then, I went back to editing that new Video footage to add to the Boat Ramp Video
The Scenes that Don Kixmiller got added to the overall picture and also showed me in action
Then I burned him two Blu-ray DVDs, one of the Boat Ramp Video and one of my Coffee House Video he is in

And then on into the afternoon and 'what's for dinner', well some of that Shrimp I bought
I laid out a Dozen on a paper Towel then fired up my Fry Daddy, popped them in
Then a plate of good sized Shrimp and some Cocktail Sauce for dipping, pretty good stuff
Have to say those were about as good or better than my home-breaded Panko Crumb fried Shrimp

So a slightly warmer start on today at 21 Degrees but not going much higher they say
And no plans or commitments for today, have to dream up something to do
But for tomorrow... the last Lotto Christmas Drawing, can I win again? Not likely
But then that new TV is coming so that can be my Consolation Prize... Huh?

~ Anyway... How Sweet it Is! ~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Tuesday ~ January 07, 2014 ~
~ One More Nice Lotto Win! ~
~ Another Doctor Day Today ~
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So, off to Kicks 66 first thing... Bought $34 worth of my Daily ration of Lotto Tickets
Scratched off all losers but one $3 Win... Then the last Ticket... a $50 Win! Profit of $19
Now I could get used to that kind of Luck! Monday $100 Win, Sunday $100 Win... Monday $50 Win
And still ahead for the Month and still ahead for the Year! Have to try to maintain that
Well, no more Christnas Ticket buys after Today, entry Deadline today for the Promotion
So I can cut down Ticket buys by $11 now, just get my Favorties that I have been winning on
Well, I did have some nice Wins on the $5 'Happy Holiday' Ticket

And then at 10 a.m. off to see my Primary Doctor, see what he can do to me
Well what he did was make me wait for about an hour before he popped in for five minutes to see me
I have a lot of patience but this happened last time too, so... I like the Doc but...
If he is too busy and I have to wait this long, looks like it's time to find another one

And so... he just asked how I was doing, I did talk him out of one Prescription I was taking
It seemed to me to be doing more harm than good so he said dump it
So he said he would send my new prescriptions to my Pharmacy and I was out of there
That is... after five minutes of his time and an hour of mine

And so, headed back to cash in my $53 worth of Winners and buy more
This time some more luck, I spent $19 more and I won another $35, total profit then of $35
So then I dropped by the Proce Chopper for some goodies, like 2.5 Pounds of Shrimp on sale
Then back home for the afternoon and some Video Editing, Video from another Sanctuary Committee Member to work on
And so, then adding up the wins and losses for the days, after spending I was still $28 ahead for the day

Now.. Tuesday Morning, at 5 a.m. Bing Weather says it is One below Zero, AT&T Net says One Degree
In any case it is COLD again but supposed to warm a bit today, maybe all the way to 30 Degrees!
Anyway, this morning at a little after 9 a.m. I will head to North Kansas City to see the Urolkogist
Then trade in that $35 win and buy some more Lottos... Last day to enter the last Christmas Drawing

~ So... One More Doctor Day Today ~ And Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Monday ~ January 06, 2014 ~
~ Snow and Cold on Sunday ~
~ Doctor Day Today ~
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It was still 10 Degrees when I got a path shoveled to the Blazer, the Snow swept off the Windshield
The Blazer warmed up and then I got headed to Kicks 66 In 4WD, Streets plowed but still snowy

~ Five Inches of Snow and 10 Degrees Sunday Morning ~

J.P. was all alone at the Station for the Morning, he got my Tickets for me
Then back again to do my Scratchin'... 4 Losers and then a nice Bonus Crossword, lotsa words
Kept getting the Good Letters and added up to 8 words for that $100 Win again
That adds to the $100 'Happy Holidays' Scratcher Win I got on January First
Checking back I saw I had another Bonus Crossword $100 Win on December 17th!
And then before that the $500 Christmas Promotion check on December 12th
And then in November that first $500 Christmas Promotion Check, A couple of lucky Months there

~ Lookee ~ This one is Nice Enough to Frame! ~

So I had to run back to Kicks to Cash in that $100 Ticket, buy two more $5 Tickets
Then gave J.P. a Ten Dollar Bill for selling me my Winner and also for Loser Tickets to enter

Next back home to scratch off two Losers, and then on to some Chat on Messenger with Swamp Dawg
And a late Breakfast, some Blog catching up writing, then what?
Just couldn't leave well enough alone, had to try my luck again at the Price Chopper
Only two days left to enter those Christmas Losers for the Drawing on Thursday
So I got $25 more Tickets, scratched off $18 in Wins... Lost what... $7? Time to quit

On into the afternoon, so what's for dinner? Thought this, then that, then the other
Just had a second Manhattan while I thought about it, finally just wanted some simple Tater Soup
So I started on that, simmered up a big Bowl and made do with that to finish the Day

So, Monday Morning at 8 a.m. 10 Degrees Below Zero, the Blazer all warmed up and heading out to Kicks 66
And then off to see the Doctor about 10 a.m. No big deal this time
They just need some Lab work to check things for Prescription renewals
But tomorrow, the Urologist for my PSA Review and probably another Lupron Shot

~ So... Doctor Day Today ~ Doctor Day Tomorrow ~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Sunday ~ January 05, 2014 ~
~ Some Warmer Weather ~ (Saturday) ~
~ Gardening in January? ~
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Much nicer at 32 Degrees Saturday Morning than those Teens the last few days... But it won't last
So off to see the Wizard... Nope... Kicks 66 for some LOSER Tickets and I lost all but $2
Stopped back by the Price Chopper for a couple Items, back to find some Breakfast
Oh Oh, forgot a couple things, back to the Chopper to get them... and a few more Tickets
DARN! All losers again, now I am behind for the Month... That big win didn't last long
Well, behind on Winning Tickets, not cash in the Bank, still nicely ahead of last month on that

So now what to do all day? Not a clue... Then I thought of making Seed Tapes
I had checked online to buy them but there weren't many choices and the ones they had were high Priced
There were several sites that said 'Make your Own'... Well I had done that some time ago
So let's give it a try, a Roll of Toilet Paper and some Flour Paste and away we go
A little boring but I got Six Tapes made, Cucumbers and Radishes... 6 feet of Cucumbers and 8 feet of Radishes

~ What's This? ~ Making Seed Tapes ~

Nothing much else to do on Saturday so I was thinking about why I didn't have my TV connected to my Surround Sound System
But I was playing my DVDs and my Videos through the Samsung Surround System with great Success
Not too long ago I bought that Bose TV Sound System to play my TV Sound with, worked good with Movies
But a bit too much Bass at times with regular TV, so I thought I would hook it up to the System again

~ Bose 'Solo' TV Sound System ~

So my Blu-ray DVD Player was hooked to the Samsung HDMI(1) input, I plugged the U-Verse TV Receiver in HDMI(2)
Turned it on and the DVD worked as Usual but no TV Signal... Now what, I worked with the 'Setup' feature
And tried this and that and the other and no success... So I switched the DVD input and TV Input and WAH LAH!
Looks like the thing has some automatic Set-up when you plug in a Device, so now TV works through my Surround Sound

And it sounds OK to me, maybe better than the Bose System... but now I can switch from one to the other
I can watch TV with only it's own Speakers, With the Bose Solo, or turn on the Surround System and use that
Simpler just to watch plain TV with no Surround, but with DVDs or Videos, turn on the Bose or the Samsung Surround

~ That Looks Pretty Simple ~ Huh? ~

And so... Sunday Morning, COLD again at 10 degrees at 5 a.m. and 4 inches of new Snow
All over again, scoop a Path to the Blazer, sweep off the Snow and head to Kicks 66 (later)
First my Coffee, BLOG and maybe work a few Crosswords online, then that usual Morning Routine
And then... Off we Go... Into that Wild White Wonder!

~ Another Sunday to Endure ~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Saturday ~ January 04, 2014 ~
~ New TV on Order ~
~ Deep Fried Swai & Fries for Dinner ~
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Friday? Starting off COLD again with 10 Degrees when I headed off to Kicks 66
And I got my daily ration of Lotto Tickets and some Chat with J.P. and then back inside
And scratched off a lonely $10 Win, had some Chat with Swamp Dawg and then a piece of Pie
Still have two pieces of that Christmas Mincemeat Pie left.. Oh Oh forgot to check the Snail Mail

So then I headed back to the Price Chopper to trade in my $10 win for another shot at Good Fortune
And then picked up my Mail on the way back... Nothing of interest
Scratched off my Trade-in tickets, no go, a loss for the day (so far) (still ahead for the Month)
Then into my 'BORING' period, like mid-morning til Noon when I spend too much
So I headed back to the Price Chopper, needed some Toothpaste too so... Got $20 more Tickets
Scratched off another $10 of winners, loss for the day then $26.00, still ahead for the YEAR though

And then what else can I spend money on? Well how about that 'OLD TV' I've had for a few years?
I have a Samsung Blu-ray DVD Player that has that 'Smart Hub' and I can watch Internet on that
But wouldn't it be nice if I could just watch the same thing on my TV without firing up the Sound System?
So I took a look on Amazon and found just what I wanted... New Samsung 46 Inch LED Smart TV for CHEEP!
About HALF what I paid for my Vizio 42 Inch TV in 2008 that won't do as much or has the better Specs
So of course I just ordered it... Amazon says it is on the way, HOORAY!.. Next Thursday!

~ New Samsung 'SMART TV' on Order ~

And so next... What's for Dinner, how about some of that gorgeous 'Swai' white Fish filets I picked up on sale
That is fine tasting Fish and not expensive but Price Chopper had it for $2 a pound off, can't beat that!

~ Some Fine Swai White Fish Filets ~

So the 'Fish and Chips' was a good way to wind up and other Cold Day that did warm up some
Now Saturday Morning, the Temp at 32 Degrees... Really that warm? But says might snow on the afternoon
Well then, as George Bush said... Bring it On!

~ Another Weekend Here ~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Friday ~ January 03, 2014 ~
~ Happy SS Pay Day Today! ~
~ What? Turkey Hash? ~
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So... how was Thursday?, well not so bad but SO COLD! Starting off with Snow and 3 Degrees
But the Streets were in pretty good shape, headed to the Bank first to deposit some Winnings
Then next across the Street to Kicks 66 for my Daily Scratchers
Next around the corner to the Shear Palace for that long delayed Haircut
Seems I put that off about as long as I do my Dental Appointments

Then I scratched off the Morning's supply of Scratchers, Won $20 but that wasn't any profit
And... then entered some more Loser Tickets until time to head to Platte City
The Interstate wasn't bad either and I made good time, then 15 minutes there and I was on my way back
Time then for a 'Brunch', I hadn't had any breakfast yet... And then all Missions accomplished by Noon

And that 3 degrees at 7 a.m. on Thursday?, later I heard on the Radio we hit 1 Below earlier
But it went higher in the afternoon than expected for a top.. all the way to 18!

And so back to entering loser Scratcher Tickets, J.P. had given me a lot of $20 ones so they added up fast
So already this month I have 4,353 Lotto Prize Points and also 530 Entries in the last Christmas Promotion
It was beyond my hope to win two of the first three Drawings, for $1,000, not likely to win the last one
But I can sure hope for that, it IS possible and I would sure fall off my chair!

So then it was Cocktail Time and I talked to Swamp Dawg for an hour or so on Instant Message
Then it was 'What's for Dinner' time and I decided on Turkey Hash, easy and fast
So I whupped up a plate of that, was OK but I have done better, that was it for a COLD Thursday

Now Friday the Third, Social Security Pay Day and $3 higher than I had expected
Well now, every extra dollar can buy me another Lotto Ticket.. and someday... THE BIG ONE!

~ Another Weekend coming? ~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Thursday ~ January 02, 2014 ~
~ Happy Lotto Day New Years Day! ~
~ Starting this Year off Right!~
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First thing checked to see that my IBM Check was in the Bank, then finished off the Online Bills
Then as it was the First of the Month... I could start entering Loser Tickets again
So I entered all the Losers in that Full Pack I bought last, found three $3 and a $5 Winner I had overlooked!
Then again, headed out to Kicks 66 to start the Year's Lottos off, traded in $14 of winners, bought $29 worth
First off won a $2 on an 'EZ Match', then a $3 'Bearing Gifts', a $5 Bingo and a $100 'Happy Holidays'
I am keeping track this Month... So far... Ahead $82.00, would like to maintain that lead!

Then on to a very COLD and uneventful day, I did go cash in my Winner Tickets and bought a couple more
This time I spent $15 and then won back $15 but this morning I see I won $1 on 'Show Me Cash'
That makes me $107 ahead for the Month now, see If I can maintain or improve that lead

That was about all the Lotto action for the day... Later my Manhattan and what's for Dinner?
Well I had about half that last Shrimp Scampi left so I nuked that up and it wasn't half bad

And so, onto the Day Today... Busy start planned, off to put some of those Winnings in the Bank
Then to Kicks 66 for more Scratchers and the Shear Palace for my semi-annual Haircut

And, overnight the bottom fell out of the Thermometer, 3 Degrees F at 7 a.m. this Morning
Overnight we got about an Inch of Snow but our Street was salted twice overnighht and is OK
But then I have to drive that 40 mile round trip to Platte City again about Noon
That won't be much fun and they say the Temperature High for the day might reach 11F

Oh well, it was a Lucky day on the First and another Happy Day tomorrow when my SS Check hits the bank

Off to enter more Scratcher Loser Tickets now... and might find another Winner in there?

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Wednesday ~ January 01, 2014 ~
~ Happy New Year! ~
~ Próspero Año Nuevo! ~
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Out early New Years Eve Morning, headed to Kicks again at 7:30 a.m.
Traded in what I thought was a $15 win... AHA! It was really $20... Got my daily supply of Tickets
And then on to the Price Chopper for my Coffee Filters and Apple Juice
Back home to pour a second cup of Coffee and work my Scratchers for a win of only $4
But then checking my funds left for the Month, I saw even after my Purchases I was $13 ahead of Tuesday!
In fact, I had more money left in the Bank at the end of 2013 than any year since 2,000!
See Sigi I am not going Broke playing the Lotto yet, and looking for that last Christmas Drawing too

And so on to the New Years Eve Day... What to plan for Dinner? Well I have some Shrimp in the Freezer
Lessee I made Shrimp Cocktail first, then Shrimp Scampi, not such a wild success, what this time?
OK, what about Crusted in Panko and Deep Fried? Yeah! But I needed Oil for my Fry Daddy

So off to the Price Chopper again, had to stop by the Lotto Machine for the last Scratchers of the year
Then headed to the back to check the Fish Counter.. Hey Swai Filets on sale at $2.00 a pound off!
Picked up a pack of four large Filets for about $6... A good deal!
Then on to the Cooking Oil and picked up a large bottle of Peanut Oil and headed home

Back home to scratch off all DUDs on my last Lotto buy... Oh Well, got a New Year to work on them now
So then I mixed up my Manhattan and started on the Shrimp, had set them out on Paper Towels to thaw
Set out some Flour Dip, Egg Wash, and Panko Crumb plates, each Shrimp into the Flour, Egg Wash then Panko
Set them on a paper towel on a Plate and into the Fridge to set up

On to an afternoon of interesting TV then finally to Dinner, hotted up that Fry Daddy
Then into the Pot with half the Shrimp (11) to Fry up nice and Crusty, then the last half (11)
And the Grand Finale, a Dish of Seafood Cocktail Sauce and back to the TV with the Feast
And the Finale WAS... GRAND! All 22 of those Panko Crusty Deep Fried Shrimp were SUPER Dee Lish Shus!

And what a Happy Way to end a Happy New Year's Eve for 2013! On to the New Year!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

~ Tuesday ~ December 31, 2013 ~
~ New Years Eve! ~ Tonight! ~
~ Happy 2014 to You! ~
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A Sunny but Bitter Cold start for Monday... Brrrrr... 13 degrees on the way to Kicks 66
But a good start to a winning day... $27 of Wins from Kicks... Maybe the 'Show Me Cash' Draw Tonight?

And then I called Swamp Dawg to tell him the Computer was beng delivered... He already had it
Well it was 10:30 a.m. there in Mayberry, North Carolina, he lives in that Town they called that on TV
And he was busy with getting everything hooked up and turned on, said he would Yahoo me when he got it Going

Well then I decided as I had not had Breakfast I would like a Ham Sandwich.. But I had no Ham!
Well I knew how to fix that, headed back to the Price Chopper and bought a 'Cure 81' Small Ham
And I traded in my Scratchers for more and this time only scratched off a $20 Win... lost a few

So back at El Rancho Pequeno I unwrapped that Ham, got my Slicer out snd sliced it all up
Packaged, then most in the Freezer and some in the Fridge, that 'small' Ham made a lot of slices
Then toasted a couple slices of Whole Wheat Bread, fried up a slice of Ham, made that Ham sandwich

And then, back to the Price Chopper for a couple more forgotten Items
And have to go back this Morning for Coffee Filters and Apple Juice, that should do it for the year
And I traded that latest $20 win for four $5 tickets, won $15 on two
Won that $27, $20 and $15 for the day but actually a loss... Oh well...

Was kind of hoping to have my IBM Check in the Bank today, no hurry but it is the last day of the year
But it should be here tomorrow and maybe the Social Security deposit will be early this time
I am just curious to see what the new amounts will be for next year

Now this Morning, a tad warmer at 25 Degrees, and maybe going to the 40's.. Nice
So I'll find something to use up this last day of the Old Year
And then get ready to jump into the New One! Off we Go!

~ I am Ready! Come on 2014! ~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~

Note: I have removed the links here prior to January 1, 2013 as the list was getting too long
But all those pages are still available, just go to "page.htm" and add the page number after 'page'

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