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~ Sunday ~ August 31, 2014 ~
~ August is Fading Fast ~
~ The Garden Beginning to Fade Too ~

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~ Seven More Better Boys ~ One More Beefy Boy ~

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And as August slips away so does the Summer Growing Season, looks like the Pumpkin Vines are finished
Just a couple Blooms on Friday and none at all on Saturday Morning and we ain't got no Punkins!

But the Cucumbers still look great after reviving from the Third Varmint attack
They should keep growing through September, may not be too late for a couple nice Cucumbers
The Better Boys Tomato vines don't look so peppy now though, a few more Tomatoes coming
They usually produce into October but this year's crop looks like it is giving up already

~ Pumpkin Patch on the Way Out ~ August 10 and August 31 ~

So what about the rest of the day? I can't remember, this senility is getting out of hand
Well, I do remember the girl next door moved out finally, her roommate left earlier
Now I hear the new Tenant will be a another nice Lady, nice Car, nice Job, that should be fine
And gone all day, nice and quiet like the girls there were, lucked out again

So, another nice day coming on, will be a bit on the warm side but looks pleasant
Then on to the Holiday on Monday and off to a new week

~ One Weekend Day to Go... ~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Saturday ~ August 30, 2014 ~
~ Pay Day Today! ~
~ And Another One on Wednesday ~

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~ Number Three (usable) Beefy Boys Tomato Picked ~

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So I wanted to get up on the Hill and water the Garden Beds Friday Morning but we had a little Rain shower
But it wasn't really enough Rain to do much good up there, tapered off and stopped
Then the Sun came out and we had another nice sunny and unusually cool day
But then Friday Evening it let loose with a nice fairly heavy steady Rain, the Garden will like that

And I had wanted to get up there and finish trimming the weeds under the Electric Fence
Now it is too wet to finish that, I was thinking maybe the Weeds were shorting the fence
But I have about given up the Idea of getting a Pumpkin this year, I had four that gave up
Now the Vines are kind of dying back, end of the Season and fewer Blooms
And unless there is a Pumpkin hiding in there unseen, I won't be getting a Harvest this season

Then Saturday Morning, the first runaround, to the Price Chopper for loser Lottos
And they were all losers but I had traded in $27 of Winners to buy then... So...
Then I went back to buy $20 more losers but I won $16 from them, still a little ahead

Next a trip out back and up the Hill to inspect the Crops, the Tomatoes look kind of seedy, dying back
But I did find seven more servicible Better Boys Tomatoes to pick, some pretty small
And then the Cucumbers, looking real Good, climbing again, lots of Blooms, may get a Cucumber yet

On the way back in I saw another ripe Beefy Boys Tomato and picked that
That brings the Total of Better Boys to 76 and the Beefy Boys to 4

So that's about it for the Saturday Morning Report.. On to find another Adventure... Ole!

~ Another Weekend? Oh No!... ~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Friday ~ August 29, 2014 ~
~ End of the Week! ~
~ Pay Day Tomorrow! ~

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~ What a Difference a Day Makes ~ Twenty-Four Little Hours ~

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What can I say about Thursday? Sure not much, A couple runs chasing Lottos and that was about it
Not even a walk up the Hill in back to check things, thinking of Mowing up there this morning
I played around some and added a few things to my Friend's new Laptop, he didn't come to get it
And no Cooking experiments along with no Gardening, is this like we do in Winter time, just lay around?
For dinner I just thawed out some Grilled Chicken, Cut up a nice Tomato and made some fresh Potato salad

On the way out this Morning I saw a flash of red from the Beefy Boys Tomato Plant
So I picked the Red Ripe one, two other nices ones will be ready soon, three usable ones picked so far
And out and up the Hill around 9 a.m. or so, saying 78 but feeling like 88 in the bright Sun
Then a few minutes of pushing tht Mower around I was dripping wet again, just can't take the Heat

So I got all the Mowing done that was needed, now need to use the Trimmer behind the Beds and around the Electric Fence
And the Cucumbers looked wilty and I need to drag the Hose up there again, maybe today
I then tried out the new Fence Tester with no results, Sun too bright or weeds grounding out the Fence
I'll try again after I Water real good back there and trim those Weeds some

~ Electric Fence Tester Tested ~

And now... into that Shower to wash off the Chiggers and head out for my Lottos
And finish out the last working day (for you unlucky people) of the Week

~ Off We Go!... ~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Thursday ~ August 28, 2014 ~
~ Got My Friend's New Laptop Oriented ~
~ Pickled those Jalapenos ~

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~ Ten More Jalapenos ~

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Thursday, the week drifting away and Pay Day is Saturday, two days early
And what now... Well that Friend's Laptop showed up a little after 4 p.m. Wednesday and I fired it up
Made a few changes and additions to get it the way he should want it, no Bloatware on this one
So that is ready for him to pick up whenever, didn't seem to be in too big a hurry for it

And so... In the afternoon I pickled a jar full of Jalapenos, the ones I picked and some from the Freezer
And that Jar will last awhile and there will be a few more coming to pick later

Later.. what's for dinner? Some of that 'Omaha Steaks' Chicken? Fired up the little Grill again
That's four days in a row, a Burger, Hot Dog, Pork Chop and Chicken Breast
Giving that little Grill a workout and it is easier to do than the Big One

No Plans for Thursday except play with the new Laptop some, still tuning it up a little
I headed out for the Price Chopper first, needed a couple Items... and my Lottos
Did pretty good this time, won a total of $38, a nice $22 profit for a change
Now at 11 a.m. a late Post to Facebook again, but better 'Never than Late' as Sigi might say

~ Away We Go!... ~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Wednesday ~ August 27, 2014 ~
~ A Coffee House Visit ~ Then the Nature Sanctuary ~
~ Picked More Jalapenos ~ Forty-Three So Far ~

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~ Eleven More Tomatoes ~

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And it is Wednesday all over again, and starting off a bit cooler, but not to last
I headed out and up the Hill at 7 a.m. dragginh the Hose... The Sun not up and hot yet
And dead calm and cloudy, then a slight breeze and it got dark, felt like the Rain was coming
But it brightened up then and I watered everything up on the Hill
I was watering the Pumpkin Vines and got a surprise, looked like a good sized Pumpkin in there
But I checked closer, nope, only a flat Rock where I planted the Pumpkins

Then back in and did the rest my Morning routine, then saddled up and headed to the Coffee House
Lewis Jonas and Sanctuary Director Bob Fluchel were there, I joined in for awhile
Then Bob said he had to head to the Nature Sanctusry to work on the Entrance Kiosk
So I followed on behind and met him at the Work Shed there along with another Board Member

Then I watched them arrange the Materials and Tools then headed back to the Entrance
They started putting the Kiosk together while I watched and gave them my Expert Advice on Kiosk erection
I got a few Photos and as they were finishing up I headed off to Kicks 66 for my Lottos

~ Reworking the Entrance Kiosk at the Nature Sanctuary ~

Back home then, I headed back out and up the Hill again, while Waterng I saw I had Tomatoes to pick
And I harvested 14 more Better Boys Tomatoes and another 10 Jalapenos, now 69 Better Boys Tomatoes and 43 Jalapenos<
Then I rinsed the Jalapenos and added them to the ones in the Freezer
Then lined up the Tomatoes on the Kitchen Table to ripen up a bit for a photo later

And then... start the wait again for the Fedex Man, a Laptop I had ordered for a friend due for delivery
And so, that's all the news fit to print by 12:30 p.m. on this bright and sunny Wednesday

~ Away We Go!... ~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Tuesday ~ August 26, 2014 ~
~ Like Monday Again ~ More Heat! ~
~ Better Boys Tomato Count at 55 ~

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~ Two Cups more Rhubarb for the Next Pie ~

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So what for Monday? Not much of anything... all day... Too hot to do anything outside
Well, that was after heading up the Hill to pick those twelve Better Boys Tomatoes...
The count was eleven after tossing the one with Blossom End Rot, still 55 total so far, but slowing
Then just ran around the first part of the day chasing losing Scratchers, where's that big one this month?
Oh yeah, forgot, I did get that $100 win on August 8, then a $50 Win out of a full pack
But then nothing over $20 the rest of the Month but I did try...

I wanted to get out and water some more, but didn't want to bad enough to do it
Looking for something to do, I ground up and froze several more Tomatoes, fully ripe
Don't want them to get overripe so I grind up a few before they do, still have plenty for me

So what else to do? I had a Grill Cover for my Smoker that I never use and wanted on for my new Grill
So I laid it out, measured and snipped then stapled one together for my little Grill
Not so fancy but it should work OK, the Grill sits out there in the Weather all the time

And to finish out the Day I tried the new Grill again, this time with an Omaha Steaks Pork Chop
Getting used the new one, this time turned out better that the first try with the Burger
And I had a nice Tomato with Salt and Sweet Basil to go along wth that, quite tasty

Now what today? I don't know, just won $10 at Kicks, maybe go trade that one?

~ On to the Week... ~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Monday ~ August 25, 2014 ~
~ Like Sunday ~ More Heat! ~ More Tomatoes ~
~ Snipped More Rhubarb ~

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~ Better Boys Tomatoes ~ Chilled with a Little Salt and Sweet Basil ~

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Another Hot One starting out Sunday Morning, they can knock this stuff any time to suit me
Mid 80s I can get used to but mid 90s... hold off on that please... Where is September?
And another late start, just staying up later and that is supposed to be better, was getting too much bedtime
But that throws my routine off the rest of the Day which again is no big deal

Anyway, off to Kicks 66 to start my Day, traded in $16 of Winners, back home to scratch off a $10 Win
Back to Kicks to trade that for two different Cards, scratched off another $10 Ticket
This time back to the Fast Stop to trade for two more Tickets, this time lost, time to quit

Then what? Well the stuff out front looking wilty already from the Heat the last couple days
So, hooked up the Hose, gave everything out front a good long drink
And, wandered out back to check the Crops, counted a Dozen more Tomatoes to harvest today
And on the way back in, snipped off some more Rhubarb to freeze for the next pie, got about two cups now

~ A Dozen More Better Boys to Harvest ~

Another very slow and very hot afternoon, I just hunkered down inside by the A/C
I wandered outside about 5 p.m. totest the new Gas Grill with an Omaha Steaks Beef Burger
It seemed to take little more time than I expected but the effort was tasty
and I tried the taste of the First Beefy Boys tomato along with that
I guess it was better a 'Store Tomato' but can't say I was overly Impressed
And I sure don't like the wrinkly shape of the fruit, no more of those for me to grow

So, at 7 ayem I trotted up the Hill in back, already pretty warm out there at sunup
And I picked those 12 Tomatoes I was eyeing yesterday, again they are small in size this year
And one had Blossom End Rot so I guess I can't count that one but the total is now... 55

Monday, Monday... Good! Off to a new Week and Pay Day on Saturday!

~ Weekend Gone ~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Sunday ~ August 24, 2014 ~
~ More Heat! ~ More Tomatoes ~
~ New Gas Grill Arrived ~

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~ Six More Better Boys - Total now 44 ~

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Saturday Morning, Hot! Hot! Hot! and a late start on my runaround, like 10 a.m.
Headed to Kicks 66 for my Scratchers, saw the Parkville Days Parade forming behind the Price Chopper
They line up on 63rd Street from Bell Road to Hiway 9, several blocks, then head down Hiway 9 to Downtown
I got my Tickets and headed back, later a little after 10 a.m. heard the Parade heading down Main Street

Next, already too hot to do anything outside, not even climb the Hill in back to check things
I checked my new Gas Grill order online, they said it was out for delivery so had to wait for that
So on through a long, long day, trying to find something to do, and not succeeding much
All day I could hear the Music from the Bands performing at the Festival way down on the River
Too bad it was so hot, might have wandered down that way to see what was going on

Finally late in the afternoon the Fedex man showed up with my new Grill
So that gave me something to do, assembling it, that took an hour, but something to do
I suppose today I should grill a Burger or something to try it out

~ My New Dinky Gas Grill ~

Then to finish the day Saturday I fashioned a sort of Reuben Sandwich with Swiss Cheese and Corned Beef on Rye
And on the side a small plate of Tomatoes dressed with Basil, Salt and Parmesan Cheese... Oh yeah

Then, just as I was preparing to eat, a knock on the door, the Mother of one of the Girls next door
She brought me a gift of a plate of Chicken and Rice... and a small box of home made Choco Chip Cookies
She wanted to thank me for treating the girls nicely during their stay here, they are leaving Tuesday
So I put the Dinner in the Fridge, hope it stays OK... Had a couple of the Cookies for Dessert

And so... Saturday completed... How sweet it IS! (Almost)

~ On to the last of the Weekend ~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Saturday ~ August 23, 2014 ~
~ Thumbs Down on the Miracast ~
~ Picked a Few More (nice) Tomatoes Friday ~

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~ One More Beefy Boys DUD Tomato ~

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And so, Friday morning after Posting my latest Diatribe, I started on my Miracast problem
Well, I found that I should have read the reviews before ordering it, I did see the specs and it looked good
But I want my Music and Video to run smoothly and not stop and start now and then
And I was quite happy with hooking my Laptop to my TV with that HDMI Cable
The You Tube stuff played fine and so did all my Videos and Music and Photo files on my Computers

I did see a reference to a 'Firmware Upgrade' and dived into that tricky process
I had version 2.4, this upgraded to 2.5 to fix some problems, well it didn't fix the 'latency' problem
So I read a few reviews, they said the same thing, I guess it's OK for some but not for me
For now I'll just plug in that HDMI Cable when I want to Listen and Watch the Internet on my TV
I have a Samsung 'Smart TV' and I can watch some Internet Stuff like Netflix and my Videos on that directly
But 'Searching' for Internet stuff is a pain with the Smart TV Browser and much easier on my Laptop to my TV
So maybe they will later fix it? For now I have my Smart TV and HDMI Cable

And what for the Day, was running here and there in that Hot Weather, I did run up the Hill to pick more Tomatoes
And to the Price Chopper for Lottos, no big wins again, oh well, Pay Day is coming next week

I ran off to Walmart to get an adapter Hose for my new Gas Grill that is due soon
And a little Multimeter to check if my Electric Fence was working, but found that won't work for that
I called the Plant to talk to a Tech on how to test the Fence... He said 'Touch It'
I says 'Besides that" He says buy a 'Tester or check the Blinking Light'... So I did and it blinked
So I will assume it is working and look for a dead Varmint in the Pumpkin Patch

And that was about all the excitenmet on another really hot day, hard to take after the cool we were having
Now today and tomorrow, 'Parkville Days' Downtown and in the Park, all kinds of activities
And they are saying more of that hot Weather and I don't have any urge to go down there
Was it just last August that I did wander through the Festival, then passed out at Pancho's Restauramt?
I am not really up to that again, but I think it was just heat exhaustion from no Water (or Beer)
Just checked, that was in 2012... My how time does fly... Well? Did I go last year?


Anyway, we shall just see, what we shall see, about this long hot weekend

~ On to the rest of the Weekend ~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Friday ~ August 22, 2014 ~
~ What? Watered Everywhere Again ~
~ New Wireless Toy Delivered ~

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~ More Bread Wednesday ~ Ain't that Purty? ~

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Well as I was saying, up the Hill to water before the Heat set in on Thursday and it did set in
A slow morning and then up to the Price Chopper for my Lottos and one dinky $3 Win
Then back to the Ranchito to wait for my new Wi Fi Thing... They said Thursday in the Mail
That can come at any time of the Day depending on the Mailperson they send
Sometimes 9 a.m and sometimes 4 p.m. so I kept checking all day, just something to do

Then for a late Brunch I constructed another BLT, I'm not keeping up with the Tomato Harvest
I already ground up and froze about eight Tomatoes that were getting too ripe yesterday
And then after the BLT I still had Thirteen on the Table, and looking really good

~ One More BLT Sandwich ~ How many is that Now? ~

Took a look out on the Veranda about 3 p.m. The Beefy Boys Tomatoes were looking Wilty again
And I just watered everything out front a couple days ago... but out with the Hose again to water everything
After twenty minutes and enduring that Heat, back inside to cool off and wait for my Mail

And one more trip up the Hill to check the Mail and my Package was there... Whooopee!
Back home to unpack and read the instructions... nothing to the Installation
Comes with a little USB Cable and has a HDMI Plug on one end. Plug the USB cable ina USB Port on the TV
Then plug the Adapter into an HDMI Socket... All done but the shouting

~ Belkin Miracast Adapter ~ Installed on TV ~

But then you have to connect, how ya do that? Well, turn on the TV, select the HDMI Source
A Belkin Screen comes on, says go to your Windows 8-1 Device to connect
So I fired up the Laptop, selected 'Devices' then 'Project to Device' and there it says Belkin
So I clicked on that, it says connecting and Wah Lah! There's my desktop on my TV

Then to test it I got online, went to You Tube, played a Jim Reeves song
And the Picture was Great... the Sound was Great... but then... It would stop and start
That certainly is not good when listening to a song... So I went to my VIMEO Site for a Video
And again, the Picture was Superb! The Sound Great! But... It would stop and start... NO GOOD!

So now what? Don't know if I can overcome that, have to search, but an HDMI Cable will still work
An HDMI cable from the Laptop to the TV does the same thing and I have that
Just that it would be handier not to have to hook up the Cable to do the same thing

Oh well, win some, lose some... We shall Overcome! Meeting adjourned

~ Friday... On to the Weekend...~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Thursday ~ August 21, 2014 ~
~ Still More Tomatoes ~
~ Bought a Stand for my New Small Gas Grill ~

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~ Second Beefy Boys Tomato ~ Six More Better Boys ~

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And so another late start, this is getting to be a new Habit, looks like it's 6:30 lately
First thing Wednesday I headed up the Hill to pick Six more Tomatoes I was watching
And then I was posting on Facebook and started getting comments from a Friend
Kind of a mild but friendly argument about our ISPs... I like AT&T, she doesn't at all
Anyway, I get a message... Call me... with a Phone Number so here I go

And we had a nice and very long talk, starting with the ISP Situation and then about everything
First she would not believe that I am 82 Years old and still doesn't want to believe that... (But I am)
So we talked for an Hour and 29 Minutes!, finally had to beg off, had things to do
Then I finished my Morning routine and headed to the Price Chopper for a couple things again
And back home to Scratch off $12 worth of winners... By then getting too hot to go out and water

So something to do? I was out of Bread so I set up the Machine to Bake another Loaf
Then decided to go shopping again while that was baking... Maybe Walmart or Lowes had what I wanted?

Well, I have that Small Gas Grill coming to replace the Big one I gave away
But it needs something to sit on so I went to Walmart to see what I could find
I looked around a bit in the Garden Shop for a 'Stand' and then in the Shelving Department
And there it was, just the thing for the Job and less than $20, up and out and away
Back then to put it together and with no Tools, set it outside, ready for the Grill to arrive

~ New Stand for my Small Gas Grill and Tank ~

My Bread was done so I dumped it out of the Pan to Cool and then Slice and Freeze
Lately I have just been using one of those Big Slices at a time and it keep nicely in the Freezer
Then on to my TV afternoon, Cocktail and Snacks, and Snacks turned to to be Dinner
One of those tasty spicy Pickled Sausages I made with some Town House Crackers and Cheese
And then all I wanted was a Bowl of that Potato, Celery and Onion Soup and off to bed

And so, first thing Today, up the Hill at 7 a.m. and 80 degrees to Water everything before it gets Hot
Weatherman says it might hit 97 Today and I don't care for that...

Anyway now off to get me some Big Winner Lottos... Ole!

~ Thursday... Still at It ~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Wednesday ~ August 20, 2014 ~
~ Picked a few More Tomatoes ~
~ Fixed my Garden Bench Footrest ~

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~ First Beefy Boys Tomato ~ Four More Better Boys ~

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Well it sure was hot out there Tuesday, they were sayng 86 Degrees at 1 p.m. and it felt to me like 96!
And not much doing much outside in the Morning, not even a trip up the Hill to check the Crops
I Headed to Kicks 66 for my Lottos and then the Price Chopper for a couple Items of need
Back to only win a $5 Ticket, not doing so good this Month so far, well I did get a $100 Win August 3rd

And then what, well I sawed a couple pieces of wood for my Garden Bench Footrest and screwed them on
I had made the first ones too narrow and the Rest was rocking when I tried to use it
Other than that the only other chore was doing a couple loads of laundry

Then waiting for my new Tech Toy, a Belkin Miracast Video Adapter... What is that?
Well a kind of Wi-Fi Adapter for my TV... I can send from everything from my laptop to my TV
It acts as a Second Monitor, but has great Sound and Picture through my TV and Surround System
I can do the same thing with an HDMI Cable which I have but with this thing... no Cable needed

So, nothing much the rest of the day, just the usual afternoon routine
Waiting around for my Wi Fi Thing, but it never showed up, now they are saying tomorrow

So what for today? first thing up the Hill to pick some Better Boys tomatoes, Total now at 38
And one more Beefy Boys from the Pot out front, the Total now a 2
And then what? Saying it will hit 95 today, best I get back up the Hill and water good first
Then do my Lottos runaround and then no more plans for the rest of a late Summer Day

~ Wednesday... Let's Go Again! ~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Tuesday ~ August 19, 2014 ~
~ Picked a Few More Tomatoes ~
~ My New Gas Grill is Gone ~

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~ Baked a Rhubard Pie Sunday ~

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And Sunday was a BIZZY BIZZY Day... What for Monday? Not as much going on and back to the Summer Heat
All this Week they are saying over 90 Degrees and it was close to that at Noon, and felt like it
We have been having great Cool July and August Weather this year, now we're back to Summer temps

Well, a visitor Sunday Evening, a friend came to pick up my new Gas Grill
Some bad Weather blew his Grill over and damaged it, he needed one that works
And I owed him for some recent repair work he did on my Blazer so I just paid him with my Grill
I used it several times, worked OK but uses more Gas than I need to waste for a single Burger or Steak
And the clean-up afterward was far more than I have to do on my Smoker.. so a good Goodbye

So another slow Morning start, been staying up later watching Movies and old TV shows
I had a bit of luck on my last trip to the Price Chopper Sunday afternoon and won $25
So I cashed that in and got more Lottos at KIcks 66 again, only won $9... No profit

Then back to the Computer to do some shopping, my Mechanic Friend wanted me to find him a Laptop
And I did find a great deal at Dell, a great Laptop and $200 off.. and I get a Ebates Rebate too
Has more than he needs, RAM, Processor, Hard Drive and DVD Burner, list price $579.99
But with that $200 off, $379.99 plus shipping, just at $398.00...
You have to catch those Super Deals when they pop up, check again and they are gone

And then with my Gas Grill gone, what if I want to Grill a single Burger or Steak out there now and then?
Well I found a nice little single burner Gas Grill online for $31.33 Including Tax and Shipping
And so, Earlier I wanted to water with Miracle-Gro up on the Hill but was way too hot at 3 p.m.
ButI did go up and pick four more Better Boys Tomatoes, been a few every day lately
And I finally got a ripe one on my Beefy Boys Plant on the Veranda, Seven bad ones so far
So far the score is Beefy Boys One and the Better Boys count is at Thirty-Two usable ones!
I used some Better Boys for my Pasta Sauce but still have Fifteen nice ones on the Table

That was about it for Monday, didn't get back up the Hill to do my watering
But Mother Nature took care of it for me, I woke up about 3 a.m. to Lightning, Thunder and Rain
So that leaves me with no Plan for the Day but I'll find something to do
Oh yeah, that Foot Rest I made for my Garden Bench doesn't quite suit me, I'll fix that
So off to the new Day's Adventures... Ole!

~ Tuesday.. Let's Go! ~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Monday ~ August 18, 2014 ~
~ Sunday ~ Made Rhubarb Pie ~
~ Made Pasta Sauce and Eggplant Parmesan ~

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~ Better Boys Picked Saturday ~

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And again a late start on my Sunday Morning Routine, not up until 6:30 a.m. or so
Headed to the Price Chopper about 9 a.m. for my Lottos... Traded in $15 worth of Winners
Back home for a Slice of Pineapple Pie and then worked out $12 more Winners...
Took that back to Trade and this time won only $5, time to quit for the Day

And then, back up the Hill for another check on things, about the same as Saturday
I saw three more Tomatoes that would be ready Today... A couple Eggplants that didn't look so good
Some more Peppers getting some size, but nothing promising in the Pumpkin Patch
More Cucumber Blooms and keeping an eye on that Swiss Chard, maybe a small Harvest coming

And then on the way back in, snipped off some Rhubard that was ready for Pie
Several Stalks made about a Cupful and I had about four more Cups in the Freezer
And I had a Bottom Crust in the Freezer and a Top Crust in the Fridge so set to making that Pie
Into the Pot with the Rhubarb, some Sugar, then after it was simmering, added a Corn Starch Slurry
The Rhubarb then, into the Crust, the Top Crust added and into the Oven for about an Hour

Somehow started thinking about those little Eggplants up on the Hill, not growing much
So I went back up and picked them, one was bad, tossed it, also picked a couple Green Peppers, and now what?
Well, that little Eggplant would make one serving, but of what? I did Ratatouille last time
Not big enough for that, but enough for one serving of Eggplant Parmesan
But I didn't have any Pasta Sauce, or Mozzerella Cheese, I would need some of that..
So let's go get some Cheese and then make some Pasta Sauce

Back home to brew up the Sauce... Now this ain't your Uncle Luigi's Ragu, some Real 'El Pato' Pasta Sauce
Many ways to make Pasta Sauce and I do it a little different each time but this was the BEST in a long time
I started by mincing up some of my Home Grown Tomatoes and Peppers in the Food Processor
Then I let that Mixture simmer and reduce in a pot while I started on the rest of the Sauce
I chopped up some Onion, Green Peppers and Garlic, into a Pot with some Olive Oil to saute
Then added a 15 Ounce Can of Tomato Sauce and a half of an 8 ounce Can of Tomato Paste
That Tomato Paste is what really makes the Pasta Sauce just right for me, I have been forgetting it lately

Next added the Pepper and Fresh Tomato mix to the Pot and finished off with Basil, Oregano and Cumin
Let that simmer a bit and then... The Best Pasta Sauce I have made in Years!

~ Real Homemade Pasta Sauce ~

And then I was ready for the Eggplant Parmesan, my variation on the Dish, several ways to make it
I peeled and sliced the Eggplant, dusted with Flour, dipped in Egg Wash, then Panko Crumbs
Then fried lightly in Olive Oil til nice and brown, then into a Casserole Dish
Then put a Slice of my Tomato on each Slice of Eggplant, some Shredded Mozzerella and then my Sauce
Then some more Mozzerella and a final topping of Grated Parmesan Cheese and into the Oven

~ Eggplant and Peppers ~ Eggplant Parmesan ~

And then, that Eggplant Parmesan on a Plate and a Glass of Paisano Vino to sip
And what a tasty Dish that turned out to be... Again that Homemade Sauce is the Best!

Nice way to end a nice day.. Yeah how Sweet it is!

~ Monday Again! OLE! ~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Sunday ~ August 17, 2014 ~
~ Three More Tomatoes Saturday ~
~ Sliced and Stored the Corned Beef! ~

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~ Better Boys Picked Friday ~

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So what happened Saturday, must not be much, I can't remember much... Lemmee see
Well, first, I slept in late and Sigi asked me where I had been... Well, in bed...
So dawdling around with a late Morning Routine, it was 10 a.m. before I headed out to Kicks
And did I win anything? Yeah a little because I cashed it in at the Price Chopper later

So I headed up the Hill when I got back, most everything looked OK, some more Cucumber Blossoms
Couldn't see any potential Pumpkins and I picked three more Tomatoes, 28 Total so far I think
And I counted at least 60 more on the Vines, best crop in there since I built that Bed

~ More Cucumbers Blooming ~

And finally Breakfast at Lunch time, another BLT Sandwich, planning a Corned Beef on Rye later
About that time I decided to head back to To the Price Chopper to trade my single $5 Lotto Win
This time I did a little better, won $15 but still no profit for the Day
And then what? Decided to slice up that Hunk of Corned Beef, got out my Electric Slicer
Not a whole lot to slice but the Slicer makes nice Slices, finished up and packaged most for the Freezer
That Corned Beef was really tender and almost falling apart, I piled the loose pieces on a plate

~ Corned Beef in August ~

And after a TV Catch-up Break I started on Dinner, peeled a Potato and Carrot, sliced up some Onion
Then some Cabbage and dunped all in a Pot with the Broth from simmering the Beef
Finally dished that up on a Plate with that Pile of Corned beef, buttered up a Slice of Rye Bread
And finished a pretty nice Saturday with a Saint Pat's Day feast in the middle of August

How Sweet it Is! (Sometimes) (well actually... Most of the Times)

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Saturday ~ August 16, 2014 ~
~ More Tomatoes Picked Friday ~
~ Hey! More Corned Beef! ~

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~ Better Boys Picked Thursday ~

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And out again on Friday.. and up the Hill, every Day now, looks like
Just wanted to check things, most looking good, can't see any new Pumpkins yet... If any!
But five more Tomatoes I was eyeing Thursday I picked on Friday, pick them before they crack on top
I used up another one on Thursday in a Salad, they sure are Tasty! Oh yes...

And I checked out the Corn the Neighbor dumped, most all gone, the Varmints have been busy
Well Squirrels and Birds too I guess... I saw a flock up them up there on top of it
And I saw a Cat lying in the Woods behind the Pile, watching for a Bird Dinner I guess

~ The Dumped Corn on Wednesday ~ And on Friday ~

I was thinking of watering on the Hill Friday but it sure looked and felt like Rain
And the Painter Guy that works here now and then said it was going to rain all Weekend
So I decided to just hold off and see what Mother Nature could do for my Garden

And what for the rest of the Day? Just some of this and that as usual
I was checking out my Freezer, saw some home made Rye Bread, how can I use that?
Well, get some Corned Beef of course, off to the Price Chopper again
Picked up a few items I was needing and a nice 'Boyles Famous Corned Beef'
I put that in the Crock Pot to cook all day and made some Potato Soup for Dinner

~ Corned Beef? ~ This Ain't St Pat's Day ~

I do like my Potato, Celery and Onion Soup... Just hit's the spot when I am in the mood
And, I let the Crock Pot simmer all afternoon and well into the Night when I got up to shut it off
Now today I'll slice it, make that Sandwich on Rye and store the rest...
I did have only Four sliced of Bread in there, Now I'll add a pile of Corned Beef
And also Bake more Rye Bread today, that Freezer will NEVER get unstuffed!

Oh well. I will never die HUNGRY at least!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Friday ~ August 15, 2014 ~
~ Halfway through August ~
~ And Another New BLOG Page ~

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~ Some More Jalapenos about Ready ~

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Out and up the Hill first thing Thursday Morning, noticed several ripening Tomatoes on Wednesday
So I thought I might get about Five more so I headed up to pick them, turned out there were Ten ready
I like to pick them just before fully ripe as some tend to crack if you leave them too long on the Vine
They ripen fully on the Table in a couple days after that, now a total of Twenty picked so far
A few more turning Color now and a lot more green ones on the Vines

And that was about it for the Gardening on Thursday, might run up and Water some more today
On to a very nice but uneventful day, not a single project in sight, just run around Treasure Hunting
And no Cooking Experiments, that Freezer is stuffed with Goodies again, just thaw and warm up
Late afternoon I thought I would take another look up on the Hill, decided to pick the Jalapenos
Not bothering to pickle them so far this year, I read that they freeze well so I'm doing that

~ More Jalapenos for the Freezer ~

So then I wrapped up that fine Day with a Salad with of my Tomatoes and Peppers
And a Pork Chop from Omaha Steaks
And on to the Halfway point in August, the Time has been flying for me this Year
And what a pleasant type of such unusual cool Summer weather, like never before
If this is 'Global Warming' I sure do like it!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Thursday ~ August 14, 2014 ~
~ Making a Garden Video Wednesday ~
~ Video Finished and Online ~

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~ My Laptop Works up on the Hill ~

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And so, on to Wednesday, another gorgeous day in store and what to do? No Projects planned
Headed first to Kicks 66 to get the Lottos out of the Way and no Luck again
Back to scratch off a measly $2 Win, that sure ain't gonna pay the Rent, where's my Big Winners?

And then... Wanted a look up the Hill, unplugged my Zapper in case I might accidently touch it
Checked everything out, looking good, just might get some Swiss Chard after all
Those Pumpkins? May be a little late in the Season for them to mature...
But the Tomatoes are looking good! and some more Peppers getting ready to Harvest

~ Some Sweet Peppers Getting some Size ~

Then I thought it was about time to try to get a Video of my Plantings and all
And that View from my Garden Bench up on the Hill too, so I started out next Door
This Video will have to go by Stages to get the Best Lighting for each area so it might take a few Days
Then I can Edit the Video and get everything in the order I want, the final cut starting in front

Wednesday Morning I started in with the Plants I planted at the Next Buiding for Boss Bob
Then I set up the Tripod at the bottom of the Hill to get a Panoramic View of the Back Area
Next up the Hill to get some Video of the Garden Beds, front and back, that was all for the first try

Well, I didn't stop there, I went back out and got more Video on each trip, even with the uneven lighting
And I actually got it finished, Edited and Uploaded, made a DVD and this Morning posted on Facebook
Well, it could have come out better but pretty much shows everything to date this Season so far

And so, on to the Day, the 14th of August? Time to start another Page all over again
So lets' get to that now.. Charge!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


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