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~ Friday ~ January 31, 2014 ~
~ Goodbye January ~ Income Tax Refund in February ~
~ New Keyboard was here Wednesday ~
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Kind of a busy start on Thursday again, and a warmer one, going to the 40's plus
Had some Yahoo Messenger Chat and wrote my BLOG, did a couple online Crosswords
Finally a late start out in the not so bad Cold weather but Cold enough
Stopped in at the Price Chopper first, needed a 1.75 liter of Sour Mash Bourbon
Kentucky Tavern was on sale $2.00 off and that's pretty good stuff, will last about the Month of February
Then I hit the ATM and headed to Kicks 66, got my Scratchers and headed back by my Mail Box
I had a couple Envelopes and the Package Box Key, so my Keybard was there
It was delivered as promised on Wednesday but no need to go up there then to get it

And then a Cup of Coffee, worked my Scratchers for a $16 win, but that's still a loss
Next I unpacked my New Keyboard and Mouse, just like the two I have and like very much
I saw it is on sale at Amazon for $39.99, about what I paid for the other two
That's a pretty nice Lotto prize for turning in loser Lottos, get some of my money back anyway

And my 1099R was in the Mail, let's do income Tax, right on time, IRS starts working returns today
I did the Turbo-Tax free edition online as usual, easy and fast, will get the refund quick
I don't pay much Income Tax on my Pension but still nice to get almost half of it back

And so, into the afternoon again but not quite as routine, first set out some Shrimp to thaw
Then mixed my Manhattan and got caught up with the news, later Sigi came on Messenger
That monitor on the shelf online comes in handy now, we had a little Chat and then off he went
Then Swamp Dog got on and we did a Video Chat for quite awhile, then that wore down

~ Comedy Channel on the TV ~ Sand Barge on the Monitor ~

Then I headed for the Kitchen to hot up my Fry Daddy, then deep fry a 'passel' of shrimp
Real tasty with that Spicy Cocktail Sauce, devoured every last tasty one...

That wrapped up another quite pleasant day, getting lots of those lately
And TWO Pay Days tomorrow... Hoo Ray! and still more in the Bank than last month!

~ Friday, Pay Day Tomorrow! ~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Thursday ~ January 30, 2014 ~
~ More Playing with HP Computer Two ~
~ No New Keyboard Yet ~
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And so, after my BLOG and my Morning Routine I was ready to head out the Door for my Lottos
But I was thinking it would be nice to use the old Computer Monitor so I could watch TV and Messenger at the same time
Just if I happened to get a IM from Swamp Dog or Sigi while I was watching my afternoon TV
So, I measured the Monitor, see if it would fit on a Book Shelf, sure, if I moved the Shelf up a little
Took off all the Books, out with the removable Shelf.. Moved 4 little pegs to the top notches
And lookee there, just enough room, then put all the Books back on the Top Shelf, the Monitor on the second
Then moved all the Books in the other Bookcase, moved them down one Shelf each
Then put all the Books back on the top Shelf that were on the second Shelf on the other Bookcase

Now... that done... Fed the Monitor Cables through a hole in back, DVI Cable down to the Computer
Then the Power Cable behind the TV to a Power Outlet, powered everything up and VOILA!

~ TV Showing Computer Desktop ~ Then with U-Verse TV on CNN ~

(See that black box to the left in front of the Window?
Anyone want a nice 42 Inch Vizio LED HD TV for a reasonable price? Like to get it out of the way!)

At one time, some time back, I had an extra Computer, older than this HP Two
And for a while I had it hooked to my TV and sitting behind the TV and out of sight
But the way I have it now is so much easier for Hookups and all... And it really isn't much in the way
Maybe it doesn't quite fit in with the Decor, but as you can see I don't pay much attention to that

And then... I headed out to Kicks 66 for my Scratchers, then back by the Bank to deposit that Drug Plan Refund check
I just love those unexpected but welcome surprize checks in the Mail
So then on back to el Ranchito to scratch off all DUDS Again, this is just not the way to go
And on into the Aternoon taking the Photos above, getting a head start on Today's (Thursday's) BLOG
So a late start, I had slept in until 6 a.m. and then after that Monitor hookup episode, on to the TV Afternoon at 1 p.m.

And I was waiting all day for that Keyboard and Mouse I don't really need, I used one from my Dell Computer
And maybe the Postman left it up the Hill in the Package Box but I was thinking it was too long to fit

So, I left the Computer on and signed in to Yahoo Messenger, Sigi did check in a few times
And then Swamp Dog came on to Video Chat awhile, then it was just TV and Dinner time
Another fairly busy and pleasant Day, maybe another better one today?
Oh yeah, that Monopoly Jackpot Drawing tomorrow, have a lot of entries, maybe a Chance?
And then the usual Monthly 'Happy Day' on Saturday when both Checks hit the Bank... YEAH!

~ Now it's Thursday... ~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Wednesday ~ January 29, 2014 ~
~ Wednesday a Little Warmer? ~
~ Keyboard and Mouse Arrive Today ~
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A little better start for Wednesday, Weatherman said would be 18 but in Parkville it was 8 degrees
But going to the 40's next couple days then sinking back to the 30's, how much more of this?

I need a few big Lotto wins to bring me back toward breaking even, was nice being ahead for awhile
Well, I am trying, I have a $10 win to trade in this Morning, maybe J.P. can do me some good
But Money wise I am doing good for the Month, about as much left as I had after that big win last month

I thought the new Keyboard would be here for sure on Tuesday but no, I checked today online
They say it is at the Kansas City Office and delivery will be today
No real need, I have that Old Keyboard and have been using one of my newer ones anyway<
But will be nice to have one sitting there and ready when I fire up the 'Old Box', well it's only a 2008
I am going to have to stop calling it the 'OLD' Computer, works like a new one now, I'll call it 'HP Two'
And it was my 'Super Computer' before I got my HP Pavilion Elite HPE in 2010
It has a speedy Processor, two spacious Hard Drives, fast Graphics Board and Blu-ray Burner
I could do all I do now on that old Box, just at a little slower speed, I have 16 GB Ram on both newer ones

And I think it's the best idea I have had recently for watching online stuff on my big TV in the Living Room

And also now, Messenger Chat, I spent most of the afternoon chatting with Swamp Dog in North Carolina
I mixed my Manhattan and relaxed on the Couch while we settled most of the World's problems

~ TV Messenger Chat with Swamp Dog on Tuesday ~

He was scratching off Lotto Tickets, showing some of his Junque and Relic Collection
I was on the Couch, sipping my Manhattan, taking Photos and playing Music from files on HP Two
Can do all kinds of Multi-tasking while still on Chat, go online to look up things, whatever
Hooking up that Computer opened up all kinds of afternoon entertaimment

So many things to do on TV already with AT&T U-Verse, hardly know where to start
300 TV channels, most I never watch, lots of Movie Channels, now Netflix Movies again
And now all my Computer Files and online Stuff, Chat, Games, Web Pages... just too much
But still I mainly watch my favorites, CNN, Travel Channel, Food Channel, History Channel, Comedy Central... Ho Hum...

Then Again... How Sweet Can it Get!

~ Now it's Wednesday... Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Tuesday ~ January 28, 2014 ~
~ Another Frigid Day Monday and Today~
~ Not Much Going On ~
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Monday was a pretty much nothing day again, waiting for that new Keyboard and Mouse all day
And then updating some Special Events pages on the Parkville Nature Sanctuary Web Site
Then a few more updates to the old HP Computer and playing Music and Videos all afternoon
I can access Programs, Music, Photos and Video files on the other two Computers on my Local Area Network
And then play them back from the Old HP Computer to my new Samsung TV, very handy
And yesterday I was online at You Tube and played some Music files in full Screen, quite impressive
It isn't much fun for me watching my Videos and all on the Computer Monitors
But watching them being played back in Full Screen on my TV from my comfy Couch is great!

~ TV Messenger Chat from my Comfy Couch ~

And so this morning, Bing Weather said 0 Degrees, and it felt every bit of that outside
Just needed to make a quick trip to Walgreens Drugs and then to the Price Chopper for Lottos
And still on my losing streak the last few days, only won $10 today, a loss of $8... Oh well

But then a surprise, a refund deposit from the Dental Program I cancelled, all I had paid in
And then a nice check from my new Medical plan, refunding a Drug Plan Premium
I still do not understand it but I think I really lke my new Medical Programs

And now, heading into the Afternoon and still waiting for that new Keyboard amd Mouse
But no real need, I can use a wireless Keyboad and Mouse from one of the other Computers
Just would be handy and it was Free from the Missouri Lotto for Loser Ticket Entries

~ And on to Tuesday... ~ And... Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Monday ~ January 27, 2014 ~
~ And a Busy Sunday ~
~ Getting that Old HP Computer up to Date~
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After my BLOG Sunday, on to more updating that old Computer, will I ever get it up to date?
Well what it does it does very well, but I can't add any more RAM, can't use more anyway, it has a 32 bit OS
So, can't upgrade to Windows 8, so Windows 7 has to be it for the rest of it's life
It is a little slow on the Internet but does get there and is great for Photos and Music and Videos

Tried to download Explorer 11, says the OS needed Windows Service Pack 1, so that was the first project
So then I tried to upgrade to IE 10, but the same thing, says it has to have Service Pack 1

Then I tried to Download Windows 7 SP 1 several times, didn't seem to work
Every time I had been turning it on it had Upgrades to install, well it was just sitting idle for a Year
So finally after another Upgrade Download it said 'Configuring Service Pack'... AHA I finally got it!

Then after it shut down and restarted a few more times, it said Service Pack One installed....Hooray!
Then I downloaded Internet Explorer 11 and this final time it worked, and IE 11 looks great!
So now I have it running like I want and better than I expected

I don't have to load the Hard Diak with a lot of Programs and Data, I have it on my Network
I can look at Photos and play Music and Vidoes from the data on the Dell or the HP Hard Disks now
Even run Programs that are on the other Computers and no need to have them installed on the old one
So this is one of the best Ideas I have come up with since I started buying Sliced Bread!

Now since I have Internet Explorer installed I can hear the Music with the HTML 5 tag on my Web Pages
On the left the HTML Player doen't even show up on the page... on the right (arrow) the Player now works

~ Same Page ~ Left with Internet Explorer 9 ~ Right with IE 11 ~

And so, some people don't like Music on a Web Page and some people don't like -MY- Music anyway
But I like it and have a song at the top of most of my Web Pages, How would my USAF pages be without the USAF Song?
Anyone still running Windows XP, or Windows 7 with Explorer 9 now can't see the Music Player, and maybe don't want to anyway
But for lots of the new Internet Media using HTML 5, everyone needs Explorer 10 or 11 to see it, and it's FREE
Well, you have to be running WIndows 7 or 8 to download it... Anyway... To each his own

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Can you see the Music Player above between the Yellow Lines? The HTML Music Player tag is there
And if you can't see it, you can't hear my 'Pay Day' Happy Days are Here Again song... awwwww...
Maybe you would rather not.. OK, at least you can play or not with the Player Controls

~ Monday Again... GREAT!~ As Always ~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Sunday ~ January 26, 2014 ~
~ A Busy Saturday ~
~ Tuning up the Old HP Computer ~
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A warmer start to Saturday and supposed to be a warmer Sunday today... Maybe 54 degrees they say
Well that's MY kind of January Weather but the bottom drops out again tonight and Monday, sayng 7 tonight
We have been on that up and down Roller Coaster of temps all month now

Anyway, what about the rest of Saturday? Busy all day with that old Computer
I headed out first to get a passel od Scratcers and then lost on every one of them
Stopped in at the Price Chopper for this and that and then some of those
And on the way back I checked the Mail and the Windows 7 from Swamp Dawg was there

So installing that and updating and then playing with the Computer lasted well into the Afternoon
It is wonderful (to me) what you can do with a Computer hooked up to a large screen TV
Watch my Videos and Photos and play the Music files, and it is also networked to my other Computers
So I have access then to all the files on the other two Computers from that old HP

And I can play and surf on the Internet, can see all my Web Pages but with a hitch I can fix
When I Installed Windows 7 it had Internet Explorer 8 on it, so I updated to IE 9
Then I found that when I went to my Web Pages with the HTML 5 Sound Tag, the Music would not pley
Actually it doesn't even show the HTML 5 Player at the top of the page... Oh well...

~ Blog Page and Home Page ~ No HTML Sound Tag or Player ~

I thought about it, then checked to see this morning and I found items on the net from people that had that problem
So the project for today is to see if I can Install IE 10 or 11 on that Computer
I have IE 11 on my Dell with Windows 8.1 and slso on my HP running Windows 7
So I should be able to download IE 10 or 11 to that old Box today... something to play with

But then, maybe some don't the like music on my Pages anyway but more people have IE 8 and 9 on their Computers
And can't hear it anyway, oh well, like I say, Computers are not ready for the General Public yet
Maybe someday they will get it right? Can only hope, now it's all about Tablets and Smart Phones (Yuck!)

Project for Sunday... Upgrade that old Box to Internet Expelorer 10 or 11 (I Hope)

~ But for Me ~ As Always ~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Saturday ~ January 25, 2014 ~
~ A Long Coffee House Meeting ~
~ A Bit Warmer on Friday ~
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And so Friday Morning, about 9 a.m. I was working a Crossword Puzzle online
And thinking I better get cleaned up, Don Kixmiller might call sometime
I asked him to call me next time he headed to the Parkville Coffee Shop Downtown
I had a couple Blu-ray DVDs I had made for him that I wanted him to have
And what then? He called just a few minutes later... ESP or what?

Anyway, I said I could be there in a half hour and jumped in the Shower
Got all cleaned up and ready, grabbed my Canon DSLR and headed out about 8:45
Five Minutes later I srrived and Don Kixmiller and wife Dianne and Lewis Jonas were there
I got the Photo above, then Dianne said Mayor Jim Brooks was in the back room working
He is also a Building Contractor and was doing some rehab work in the back of the Shop

~ Mayor Brooks at work at the Coffee House ~

Dianne said I should get a pic of that so I went back to ask him if he would mind, apparently not
And then after a bit, Don and Dianne left, Lewis and I were left to chat
After sometime later I was ready to leave but Lewis got a call from Nature Sanctuary Director Bob Fluchel
He was on the way, I had a couple things to ask him so I stayed until he showed up
And then we talked on and on, didn't get out of there until after Noon!

And then... I headed up the Hill to Kicks 66 to pick up my daily supply of Scratchers
Back home to scratch off NOTHING... again... Well still plenty of cash in the Bank this month<

On to the Day, Swamp Dawg popped up on Video Call Messenger and we had another long Talk
He was showing some of his Junque collection, and I was countering with some of my Artifacts
I was having my afternoon Manhattan along with our Chat, that finally wound down late afternoon
Then into the Kitchen to hot up something for dinner, then finish a Netscape Movie and off to bed

And what for today, Saturday? Swamp is sending me that Windows 7 Program, hope that shows up
And I am expecting my new Lotto Prize Keyboard and Mouse, that might show up too
So off to another pleasant day? First to the Price Chopper, need a few more Items again... and then?...

~ As Always ~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Friday ~ January 24, 2014 ~
~ COLD COLD Thursday! ~
~ 1 Degree to Start ~ Top of 15 ~
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Thursday... Checked the Temp at 7:30 a.m. before heading out... (Which Jacket to Wear) Bing Weather said 3 Degrees
So, my heavy Jacket, got in the Blazer, started up and the Temp in there said 2 Degrees... going down
By the time I got to Kicks 66 (5 minutes) the Temp was down to 1 Degree.. Brrrrrrrrr

I got my Scratchers and headed back, still 1 Degree and sunny but a top of 14 Thursday they said
Then scratched off my Daily Lottos, got Two fair Wins, a total of $21.. got my money back anyway

And then some online Chat with Sigi and Swamp, rolling around on my Chair, a Caster broke off!
Well, I remembered I needed Vino Tinto and TP so back to the Price Chopper to hit the ATM
Then got my TP and traded my Scratch Winners, Then headed to Gomer's for a jug of Vinto Tinto
Next back by P&G Hardware to see if they had a Caster to fit my office Chair
And they had one almost Identical, got home and I installed it... Chair fixed!

Then I scratched off my new Scratchers, two nice Wins but ony $19 so I lost a little more
I need another BIG one to stop this downward slide I am on now, be nice to be ahead for the Year again

More apple Pie for Breakfast but getting the growlies about Noon Time, see what's to do for Dinner
Well, that Shrimp was good a couple Days ago and the BBQ Ribs on Thursday, how about some Fish?
I still had three nice Swai Fish Filets in the Freezer, set one out to Thaw, then Bread with Panko Crumbs
And then on to the Afternoon TV Routine and what else? Same-O Same-O routine

And there wasn't much else, early to bed and a fairly nice Night, but chilly
Had to get up and nudge the Thermo up a little to get warmed up and back to sleep
And now at 6 a.m. Friday, a tad warmer outside, 9 degees, hit a high yesterday in Parkville of 15 Degrees
And a Heat Wave Warning today!... Might get up to to 44 Degrees!

So that's about it for news... (if ever any) I'll head out about Sunlight for my Tickets again

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Thursday ~ January 23, 2014 ~
~ Nice Start on Thursday ~
~ Everything Going My Way! ~
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And so, Wednesday, a better start for the Day. Headed out to Kicks for my Lottos
Stopped the Price Chopper for some WOW Prices on canned goods, picked up a sackful
~ All this Good Stuff for $3.88 ~

Then I Picked up the Snail Mail, an interesting looking Envelope from Extend Health
The Medical Program Plan finder that IBM turned us over to with all new Plans

And so, nuked a second cup of Coffee, worked my Tickets, awww... Only $11 in wins, no profit
But then in my loser discards I found a live $5 Card.. HAH! Still no profit though
Then I opened my Mail, HAH again! A check from Extend Health for $245.00, I can use that for sure
Kind of strange how that works, IBM gave me a $3,500 Health Allowance for the year
Then someone (Extend Health? maybe) takes $245.00 out of my Checking Account for my monthy Premium
And then they (Who?) take a payment from my IBM Health Allowance and then send me a check
I still do not understand it, but I have a better Medical plan (I think) and get my premium back from IBM

Ok, then talked to Swamp, he is sending me my Windows 7 Program back and I sent him postage
I might get that on Saturday, that will keep me busy a couple hours maybe

Then I was thinking, I don't like the old Keyboard or Mouse on the old Computer
I like the Logitech ones I bought for my HP and Dell Computers, and I saw one on Mo Lotto 'Points for Prizes'
So I checked that out... Sure, same one like the two I have and for 5,400 Points and I had 5,800 Points!
And that now is on Order and might be here on Saturday with my Windows 7 from Swamp Dawg

Yeah, most everything going my way On Wednesday... Took that Check to the Bank to deposit
Then found I had $60.00 more in the Bank than I thought I had, things looking up for the Month
And stopped by Kicks to trade my $16 in Wins for more, scratched off $25 from those, a bit ahead then for the day

Then on to the Day, put some Ribs in the Oven for later, mixed my Manhattan
So, Swamp's Windows 7 on the way back, My new Mouse and Keyboard maybe Saturday
Freezer and Fridge stuffed full, more Money left in the Bank than I thought
Oh yeah, again... How Sweet it Is! I DO like these HAPPY DAYS!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Wednesday ~ January 22 2014 ~
~ Computer Troubles Again ~
~ But I Fixed Most of It ~
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Let's see now, Tuesday? Well I tried a piece of that Apple Pie... It's OK but not anything special
And then, I headed to the Price Chopper, needed Shrimp Cocktail Sauce and Milk
And of course my daily Scratchers, well I didn't NEED them but I sure like to Scratch them
Back to el Rancho Pequeno to scratch off a very lonely $5 win, on a losing streak now

And then, I was playing around with the Old Computer I hooked up to my new TV
I was having great luck with most things, like watching my Videos on the online Vimeo Site
But I couldn't get the Internet Explorer Browser to load to browse other sites
Any Site that had a direct Link (like Vimeo) would work but not with the IE Browser
So that was the Project for the Day trying to find out why

So I tried a System Restore... And that made things worse, then a lot of programs would not load
Then I gave up and did a System Recovery... That worked but it went back to the original Vista
I had upgraded that Computer to Windows 7 but the Recovery Partiton was for the Vista program
But most everything worked then on Vista except my Vimeo Site and they said I needed to upgrade my Browser
I tried to do that but again MS wouldn't do it for me.. I gave up then for the time being

I did have the Windows 7 Program that I had upgraded with but I sent that to Swamp
Well, he doesn't need it now, has that Computer I bought for him so I'll have him send it back
Then try to get Windows 7 Back on the Old Computer and see what I shall see

And then I adjourned for the Afternoon, had more Shrimp out to Deep Fry
Mixed my usual Libation and headed out to 'Mi Cocina' (Kitchen) to get that Feast started

And so, I copied all my Music and Photo files on an external Media Drive that fits into the old Computer
It also works with a USB connection so handy in transferring Data

~ Media Drive with Music and Photo Files ~

Anyway, I popped it in the Media Bay of the old Computer, fired up the TV and watched Musical Side Shows
First click a 'Play All' on a Music Folder, then a 'Slide Show' on a Photo file
Then sit back and enjoy Beautiful Photos and Music on my BIG New TV!... nice...

And then fry up that 'passel' of Shrimp and end the day with a Feast... Oh Yeah!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Tuesday ~ January 21, 2014 ~
~ Apple Pie Day on Monday ~
~ Got my Old HP Desktop Back ~
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Off on a Sunny and warmer Morning on Monday, a Holiday and no Snail Mail again
This Holiday always sneaks up on me, January First is -MY- January Holiday
Oh yeah, then the Eleventh... My Birthday... -MY- Personal Holiday!

And so off to Kicks 66 and my Scratchers and 'Show Me Cash' ticket from J.P.
Then I was thinking of those Gala Apples I bought Sunday, (on sale) How about a Pie?
So I stopped in at the Price Chopper next to buy a couple refrigerated Pillsbury Crusts
That would be the Cooking Project for the Day, get out the Peeler, Corer, Slicer
I will have to make a newer Animation of that Machine, the one up there is my old one
And it would Core and Slice but not Peel, so I bought a new one, but just like that one

And then Swamp Dawg got on Video Call on Yahoo Messenger and we talked for a long time
Mostly about his Medical problems but did get around to Computers and what not

Finally I signed off to go make my Pie, got out the Crusts, Apples and my Peeler, Slicer, Corer
Peeled and sliced up five Gala Apples, into the Pot with Sugar and Spices, whatever
Let that warm up a bit to soften the apples and made Syrup then into the Pie Crusts
Into the Oven then for about an hour and then Voila! A new crumbly Crust Apple pie

~ The Latest Apple Pie ~

And then I got back to my new Computer Set-up, I guess I hadn't mentioned that
I had sold my best old HP Desktop Computer to my friend who I was assisting on Sunday
He liked his Laptop better and wasn't using the HP Desktop, so he gave it back to me
We'll trade for one of my TVs or work out something, meanwhile I hooked it up to my new TV

~ Old Computer ~ New TV ~

And that looks like it might be a good idea, it is connected to the Internet and Homegroup
And I can see my Photos, Videos and also my Web Pages on the Living Room TV now
I had that set up that way with my former Laptop and it added a lot of Entertainment

And that was pretty much the Day for Monday, I wrapped it up with a Roast Beef and Mashed Tater Dinner
And after all... How Sweet it Is!... Isn't it?

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Monday ~ January 20, 2014 ~
~ January Thaw for Sunday ~
~ A Good Day for Barbecue! ~
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Slow start on Sunday... Ho Hum... Yeah, those winter Doldrums Days
Well I checked the Weather, Hey Hey... Only 28 degrees at 6 a.m. but says going to 60 Degrees!
Sounds like Smokin' Weather and a good day for Barbecue... What we gonna get?
First to Kicks for my Scratchers, then next door to the Price Chopper to see what was on sale

First to Produce, nice Gala Apples for sale, picked up a sack of those, maybe make a pie?
Then one of the Mexicans was spraying the Vegetables, saw some bright red Radishes, had to have some
Next back to the Meat Counters, look there, good looking Baby Back Pork Ribs and on sale!

Headed home to unpack the Ribs, rinse and dry and then brush with Wooster Sauce
Next sprinkled good with my 'El Pato' home made BBQ Dry Rub and let warm up to room temp

Then to work my Morning's Scratchers, one $5 and one $6 win, no profit again
And increasing my loss for the month, but still not so bad on the 20th

And then, off on another Computer assist assignment, just to get his Email going
But that took awhile, some people aren't ready for Computers... (and I am beginning to doubt if I am)

And then... on the way there I stopped in at the Fast Stop to trade in my $11 of Winners
Back home, first thing get those ribs into the Smoker, then mix a Manhattan
And then work my new Scratchers for a $15 Win, gained a little there

Ribs in the Smoker about 2 p.m. A little late in the day to start on that
Then was talking to Swamp all afternoon, sipping my Manhattan, then a glass of VIno Tinto
Then the ribs out of the Smoker about 5 p.m. Then sauced, wrapped and into the Oven
Then a couple hours later... looked like this:

~ Baby Back Ribs ~ Smoked, Sauced and Ready! ~

Then to wrap up the Day, a couple Ribs off the bigger end of that Slab
And just a couple slices of Italian Bread and Butter with a last Glass of Vino Tinto
And I said Goodbye to Sunday and the Weekend... Now off to Kicks again!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Sunday ~ January 19, 2014 ~
~ No Projects on for Today ~
~ Well, Maybe a bit more Computer Assistance ~
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Well the big project for Saturday was cancelled, and wasn't what was planned anyway
This friend that needed help is just too busy and not sure what he wants... Computerwise
I got the idea he wanted his Wife's new Laptop (that I ordered for them) Set up and configured
But it turns out now that mainly he wanted to set up and find out how to do Email on -his- Laptop
So I might get over there today and work that out for him, real easy with AT&T anyway

But, other than that I was busy a good part of the day with talking to Swamp Dawg
His mother bought a new Computer with Windows 8 and she was having trouble getting started
One factor was that she had a very slow Internet connection and couldn't update to Windows 8.1
So she took it to Swamp's house and he worked on it all day trying to get it going
I spent a lot of time on Video Call during the afternoon while he poked this and that
Then I signed out and then he called me later that evening on the phone
And after quite a long time with him poking the wrong buttons here and there I got him going
That can be a bit difficult when you can't see the screen and what he is trying to do

So now today, the day of rest? I have nothing planned except maybe to set up that Friend's Email
Now off to get my Scratchers and then think up something else to do today

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Saturday ~ January 18, 2014 ~
~ Computer Project on for Today ~
~ Looking for a Busy Afternoon ~
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Friday Morning, the usual Morning Routine and then off on another chilly 18 Degree Morning to Office Max
I needed some DVDs for whatever and a Flash Drive for a Recovery Drive for my Dell XPS Computer
Picked up 50 DVD+Rs on a nice Sale then an 8GB Flash Drive and it was also on Sale

Then I stopped in at Kicks 66 on the way back for another $18 worth of Scratchers
Back home to scratch off one $15 winner, down another $3 for the Month (and Year)
Then I started on the Recovery Drive install and found it takes a minimum of a 16GB Drive
So I put that off until I made another trip to Office Max to buy a 16 GB Drive

And that one was on an even better sale than the 8GB, then back to the Ranch
Stuck that in the Dell and started the Recovery, and done in good time
Then what for the rest of a long long day? Well, some more Web Page Editing

On into the usual routine TV and Manhattan afternoon, and whats for dinner
Had dinner way too early and to bed way, way to early, need to put off that last meal til later

So what today? Off to get my Scratchers early then wait for the afternoon Computer tune up session
And a busy one anticipated, a new Laptop to get started up for a friend
First, for safety, to create some Recovery disks in case something goes wrong
And, it came with Windows 8 Installed, need to upgrade to Windows 8-1 before adding Data and Programs
Next copy the Data he wants to keep from his old Computer Hard Drive to an external Hard Drive
You can do that with a direct connection between Computers but I want to play it safe
Then from the External Drive, load the Data onto the new Computer Hard Drive

Next, either load the Programs he wants to the new Computer or show him how to to it
And finally a little teaching session, he wants to be sure how to send email... HUH?

Well he is an excellent professional Mechanic but a little hesitant about computers
So all that will take a couple hours, I expect and then back home to finish the Afternoon

~ On to the Challenge of the Day! ~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Friday ~ January 17, 2014 ~
~ End of an Uneventful Week ~
~ Computer Project on Saturday ~
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So, what was happening on Thursday? Not a whole lot as usual, gimmee a project to work on!
Talked to Swamp quite awhile on Messenger, his usual ails and gripes, what a life!
But he likes to talk to someone about them even if there is nothing to do to help

And then, after a late Morning Routine off to Kicks 66 all over again, picked up $18 worth of Lottos
I used my 'Reward Card' of $20 from AARP to buy a few gallons of Gasoline, sure didn't go far
Then back home to scratch off a welcome Total of $15 but still lost that $3
That is unless the Show Me Cash drawing would bring me something... And it did not

Then a very late Breakfast, still working on that Birthday Spice Fruitcake, not much left now but still Tasty!
And then back to my 'HTML-Kit' program to tidy up a few more Web Pages, and then found more of them to do
But after a couple pages that gets old too and I don't think I will ever get them all corrected

So what today? Well run up to Office Max for some DVDs and a couple Flash Drives
I have a 'Service Call' for Saturday to do a few things for a friend with a new Laptop
I need to make him a 'Recovery Drive' first, then upgrade to Windows 8-1... It came with Windows 8 installed
And then, transfer all his old Data and maybe install his Programs back on that machine
But for me that's fun to do and will keep me occupied all Saturday afternoon for sure

~ Friday already! ~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Thursday ~ January 16, 2014 ~
~ Thursday Already? ~
~ Time Flies Even When You're NOT Having Fun! ~
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Well I manage to have a (little) fun most every day, some more than others
Wednesday started off without much fun, off to Kicks 66 to buy another $18 worth of Scratchers
And won another $2 on a Show Me EZ Match but nothing else, so that puts me on the losing side
Now I am down by $26 for the month, winning only that $2 for Wednesday, but less than a $2 a day loss
But that's not bad, making it to the 15th before losing anything on the Lottery!

And now knee deep in the Winter Doldrums, most all the first of the Year duties done
Nothing going on in the Nature Sanctuary and nothing doing back there in the Garden Plots
And I have always said that the coming February is a NUTHIN month, still more not happening
So I guess we will just have to plod on to March when the world does begin to wake up a little

Wednesday for me was Thanksgiving for me again, Turkey and Dressing and Cranberries for dinner
One more hunk of Roasted Turkey and that will finish up that last Turkey Day for sure
OH NO! I just remembered I have an oversupply of my Turkey Tetrazzini experiment in the freezer

So, on with a Thursday I haven't a clue how to use up, talk about being in a rut!
Just another day starting out at Kicks 66, chasing my Pot of Gold at the Rainbow that has no end

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Wednesday ~ January 15, 2014 ~
~ Second Page for January ~
~ Time Flies When You're Having Fun! ~
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Oh? This is fun? Well all I can find for the moment, I gave up on the Casino for now
But I am sure scratching the Lottos... Off to Kicks for some more on Tuesday Morning
And I was chasing my Tail on Tuesday, I bought $18 worth at Kicks, won $15
Back to the Price Chopper to trade for $15 More, back to scratch off another $15
So then back to Kicks again for another three $5 Tickets, this time NADA!
So the loss for the day was $17 as I did win $1 on the Show Me cash Drawing Tuesday night

And so, this month I have been keeping careful tabs on wins and losses
A bit tedious as I am going to scratch anyway win or lose, for me it is the thrill of the chase
So at the halfway point in January I have spent $559.00 on lottery Scratch Tickets
And I added up Wins and Losses and I have won a Total of $549.00, total loss for the Month... $10
Now tell me where else can you buy as much entertainment as that for $10?
And just wait, someday I am going to win that BIG ONE!

On the way back from one of those escapades I saw Pat out in the Yard
I stopped in to ask her if that pesky 'Sky Drive' Sign-in had reappeared and it had
I had been thinking, we had restored some things in her Re-Cycle Bin after I had deleted Sky-Drive
And accidently restored Sky-Drive too, so we went in and for sure I deleted it this time

And then on into a nice quiet boring afternoon for another Two Manhattan day
Going to have to stay with a One Manhattan day, two makes me sleepy too early

Well, that super helping of Deep Fried Shrimp didn't help to keep me awake
I am not even making a dent in the big sack of Breaded Shrimp yet, that is a lot of Shrimp
They are pretty fair sized and I laid out 15 of them to Fry, hotted up the Fry Daddy
I did haf at a time,, only takes two minutes to do them up brown and crispy
Then a dip in that Shrimp Cocktail Sauce and Wowie!, they are really Tasty!

And a lot more still available for whenever, and that was all of Tuesday... Off to Wednesday!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Tuesday ~ January 14, 2014 ~
~ Computer Assistance Rendered ~
~ Is it Tuesday Already? ~
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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! ~


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