~ My Web Site Host ~ Try it, You will Like It! ~

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
~ Happy March Days are Here Again! ~

~ My BLOG Page Number 141 ~
~ El Pato Says 'Quack Quack Quack!' ~



~ Out Front in Gorgeous Weather filling Pots ~                                                         ~ El Pato Donaldo Viejo ~

~ 'Pato' means 'Duck' in Spanish ~ So: I am 'Donald Duck' ~ 'Viejo means 'Old' but forget that ~

~ A * NEW * Page for March, 2015 ~ Click Here for Previous Page ~

~ To My Parkville Home Page ~


~ Saturday ~ March 14, 2015 ~
~ And One More Gorgeous Weather Day!~
~ Smokin' Chicken Legs! ~
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Well it sure has been a busy week, time to rest a bit this Weekend?
Two new Vidoe Projects, three Coffee House Visits, some HTML Tutoring...
Well you can't just sit around idle just because you retired can you?

And so, Friday a Visit first with the Sanctuary Gang at the Coffee House
Then a side trip next door to English Landing Park where the Park Department has an Office
I saw two of the guys that were at the Burn at Platte Landing Park on Thursday
I told them then that I should burn a Blu-ray DVD of my Video for them
I gave the DVD to Terry, one of the guys setting fire to the Weeds and Grass Thursday
And they were very happy to receive it and surprised I had it ready so soon

~ A Blu-Ray DVD for the Guys at Parkville Street Department ~

On home then to wait for Director Bob to arrive for the Web Page Session

When he left I backed up in the Parking lot next door to unload three bags of Soil still in my Blazer
Then I headed out for my Lottos for the Day, drove home to see the Bags of Soil were GONE!
But... then I saw them up on the Hill in back in front of my Garden Beds
See what kind of service I get at Windscape Apartments! But then... I ~AM~ Special!

Then Friday afternoon I went up the Hill to spread the Soil in the last Bed
Now all ready to plant when I think it is safe enough to start the Garden Season

And then Saturday Morming, after catching up my BLOG... Off to the Price Chopper
Was thinking of all this nice BBQ Weather going to waste, let's see what's on sale
Picked up some Apples... on sale, Sweet Onions, Toothpaste, Milk, Ice Cream, Candy...
Then back to the Meat Counter, nice Chicken Legs, Family Pack... On Sale... Got a Pack of Ten Legs

Then down the Hill to the Fast Stop to get my Lottos, none to trade in
Back home to scratch off only a dinky $5... On to the BBQ Prep then
Opened up the Chicken Pack, rinsed and dried the Chicken Legs, then on with the BBQ Dry Rub
I left that to marinate some at Room Temp and then Outside to unload the rest of my Garden Stuff

Then started on adding new Soil to all the Pots out front, then about 2:30 in the Smoker with the Chicken Legs
That perfumed the air with Hickory Smoke while I kept on filling the Pots

~ All my Pots and Planters with New Soil ~

And I finally got all the Pots filled by the time the Chicken was ready to come out of the Smoker
Then some KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce painted on the Chicken Legs and into the Oven to hold warm til Dinner<

~ Chicken Legs with BBQ Dry Rub ~ After Smoking ~

I had been sipping a Margarita out on the Veranda while I was filling pots
But then decided to mix my usual Mahattan while I caught up with the afternoon TV News
And the afternoon dwindled away and then it was time for Dinner and a Movie
A couple BBQ Chicken Legs, some Pasta Salad and a hunk of buttered Cornbread with my usual glass of Wine
And that happened to turn out as the best Smoked Chicken I have done in awhile<

Finished off my late Movie with a dish of Cherry Nut Ice Cream and off to bed
And wasn't that a nice long, busy and thoroughly enjoyable day to finish off a really nice Week

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Friday ~ March 13, 2015 ~
~ Some Web Page HTML Tutoring ~ Another Busy Day ~
~ Another Gorgeous Weather Day! ~
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

First thing Friday morning, down to the Coffee House again to meet Director Bob Fluchel
I had mentioned that we needed someone to take over the Nature Sanctuary Web Site in case I might 'Retire'
Bob had not found anyone willing to take over so decided to try some himself
I use pretty simple HTML Code and Page Formatting so I told him I could give a few basic lessons
So I took along my Laptop and sat down with Lewis until Bob showed up

Bob arrived, sat down and we let the Chat run down and a couple people leave before we started on the Lesson
Bob had wanted a small change on one of the Sanctuary Web Pages so I stepped him through it
He just wanted to change some text on the Nature Sanctuary 'FAQ Page' and that was a simple task
No HTML code needed, just some regular Text changes and all set, had him use my 'Core FTP' program to upload the Page
Director Bob's first personal upload to the Parkville Nature Sanctuary Web Site

Adding the HTML Code to a Web Page Editor program is a bit more involved
But I have short cuts I use every day on my BLOG, I do a lot of 'Cut and Paste' to add a Day's comment
And so do not have to enter all that HTML code each time I update a Page there

~ Parkville Home Page HTML Code ~ On the Editor Program ~

~ What that Page looks like on the Internet ~

Then later the Meeting adjourned, Bob went home to get his Laptop then came to my place to add some programs
I had copied all of the Nature Sanctuary Web Files to a DVD, Bob copied them to his Laptop
Then we connected his Laptop to my Wi-Fi, went on the Internet to download a couple Programs he would need
I use 'HTML Kit' for my HTML Editor and 'Core FTP' to upload my files to my Web Host
Both free Programs and more than adequate we need for our Internet Web Page needs

~ HTML KIT to Edit HTML Pages ~ Core FTP to upload Pages to Web Host ~

And so that project completed, Bob left for home and I went on to finish out another nice Day
I do not ever remember better weather for these early March Days, tempts me to plant!
But every time I do that, we get another set back for a later Cold Spell... So I'll wait

Now on to another super looking Warm and Sunny Saturday!

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Thursday ~ March 12, 2015 ~
~ One More Video Project ~
~ A Busy Busy Day ~
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

And how many more Gorgeous March Days are we gonna get, another one on Thursday!~
Well, the Weatherman says we might get some Rain today (Friday), but still warm at 60 Degrees
I headed out first to the Fast Stop to trade in my $50 Lotto Win, put $34 Profit in my Pocket
Back home to scratch off another $19 in Wins, back again for another $10 Win... Nice Day!

And then time passed by and I remembered thay were going to have a Grass Burn at Platte Landing Park
It was about two Hours after the start but I thought I would run down and see what's going on
The City Police had the Road Blocked and Park Closed but I told him I wanted Video for the Nature Sanctuary
He said I could drive on in but I wanted to get Video on the way to the Fire
Well that is a big Park and the fire was at the far end and it was a long walk back there
I got some long shots and then ran into a City Street Employee setting fire about halfway there
I got some Video there and then headed on farther, met two Nature Sanctuary Volunteers in a little G-Kart
They stopped to talk and then a City Truck showed up to join in
Then they headed on to the far end and I walked on back there getting Video on the way
The fire kept going out, but they got a lot burned too, not as spectacular as the Sanctuary burn
They were about finished for this third try at burning the Park Grass and headed out
I headed for Home, edited and uploaded what Video I got, not a lot but you can get the Idea
And the City Guys said they would like to have a DVD to show so I have a couple burned for them


And then... I had an idea about the transfer of the Nature Sanctuary Website to Director Bob FLuchel
I called him, told him my Idea and he said to meet him this Morning (Friday) for Coffee
I am not going to be around forever to run the Web Site, thought it would be a good idea to switch
Bob also wants me to show him how to code some HTML so maybe he can keep it updated when I can't
And that is the Project first thing this Friday Morning... Off to the Races!

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Wednesday ~ March 11, 2015 ~
~ Coffee House Again ~
~ Mayor Jim Brooks pays a Visit ~
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

~ One More Nice $50.00 Lotto Win ~

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

And one more nice day starting on Wednesday, Director Bob Fluchel said he would be at the Coffee House
And I had a DVD of the Prairie Grass Burn for Lewis so I headed down there...
Lewis and Dean Jernigan were at the regular Spot, I sat down and gave Lewis his DVD
And the Chat proceeded awhile and then Bob Fluchel came in to join us
We had quite a lengthy and animated discussion then former Mayor Jim Brooks came in

~ Former Mayor Jim Brooks Drops in for Coffee ~

Jim has moved to Florida and built a new House there, he was back to settle the sale of his former place
We talked for another Hour and then Jim left, we kept on until near Noon
Then we all went our separate ways to finish out the Day

I headed to the Price Chopper for my daily Lottos and came back to scratch off NOTHING!
Well, they say you can't win 'em all but I like to try anyway
And it was a Gorgeous day, had been near 80 on Tuesday, went to the 70s on Wednesday
I went up the Hill out back again to add one more Bag of Soil, looked like that bed could use more
So I headed back to Lowes for more Soil, four more Bags, then two new Pots and some Wild Bird Seed

But then I wasn't feeling like any more hill climbing and hauling soil
So I decided on one more run to try one more Lotto Ticket and then Won that nice $50 Crossword
And then just kick back and enjoy the rest of that unseasonably Warm day
And... another one forecast for Today! How good can this get?

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Tuesday ~ March 10, 2015 ~
~ Busy Busy Tuesday ~
~ New Video ~ Prairie Grass Burn 2015 ~
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

~ Pat Gave me my first Crop of 2015~

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

I left off Tuesday Morning, working on that lengthy 24 minute Prairie Grass Burn Video
Well I hope it will at least be interesting for the people involved
I finally got it all edited and combined Don Kixmiller's footage with mine
Then burned a DVD for Director Bob Fluchel, then set the Video to render to my file to upload
Then I called Pat Harris to see what was on her agenda, she was heading to the Nature Sanctuary
She was going to help Director Bob Fluchel clean up trash there
I asked her if she wanted to Preview the new Burn Video and she came over to my place

So we watched the Video and then she left and I burned a second DVD to make copies
And then I headed to the Nature Sanctuary to give a DVD to Bob Fluchel

Then back to el Ranchito and did a little more Garden work up on the Hill in back
Just another Gorgeous day and it hit 70, and will beat that again today!

~ Another Garden Bed Prepped on Tuesday ~

And that pretty well rounded up a busy Tuesday with the usual afternoon routine
Now this Morning, I burned two more DVDs, posted copies of the Video on the Sanctuary Home page
And the link on my own Home Page and then embedded it here to bore Sigi


And now... Wednesday Morning, heading down to the Coffee Shop with a copy of the DVD for Lewis Jonas
And Bob Fluchel said he will be there for more Chat and news... Off we go!

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Monday ~ March 09, 2015 ~
~ More Gardening Early ~
~ Prairie Grass Burn 2015 ~ In the Nature Sanctuary ~
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Well that little episode of Soil Haulng up the Hill pretty well exhausted me yesterday
My new Aerocart is easier than Boss Bob's Wheelbarrow but that hill is just as steep
I got five Bags hauled up there and one spread out, thought that might be enough
Figured I would start again up there Monday Morning and see if I needed any more there
I got eight Bags but I need some to fill Pots around front too, so off up the Hill early

~ The Garden Project waiting for Monday ~

Up the Hill in back at 9 a.m. Still in the upper 30s and a bit chilly but bright Sun
I pulled up the old plants and raked out the old Leaves and Trash
Dumped in and spread two Bags of new Soil in the Tomato bed then on to the Pepper Bed
And again pulled up the old Plants and raked out the Trash and that was enough for the Morning
Back in at 10 a.m. and the Temp had risen to 48 Degrees, another nice day ahead

Then finished up my Morning routine and headed to the Fast Stop for the Day's Lottos
No big winners to start the Week, well that's the eay the Cookie crumbles or whatever
Then just puttering around until 1 p.m. and time to head to the Nature Sanctuary
A lot of Volunteers already there to help with the Prairie Grass Burn

I parked at the PNS Tool Shed lot and walked over to the 'Prairie area'
Then it was just wait around and get some Video, waiting for the Fire Marshal to arrive
He showed up sometime around 1:30, a little preliminary Instructions and away he went
He set the Prairie Grass afire and then I got a lot of Video of the guys containing the Fire
They finished sometime close to 3 p.m. and I head home to start editing the Video

I got a lot of that done by 5 p.m. then started on my evening winding down
Now 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, diving back into the Video, have a good start, just need to finish up and uplooad

A busy Day on Monday and another busy start to Tuesday... away we go....

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Sunday ~ March 08, 2015 ~
~ Another Gorgeous Day! ~
~ Started on my Garden Bed Prep ~
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Another nice sunny Day starting, 46 degrees at 10 a.m. On the way up!

Off into the blue first to the Fast Stop, plopped down $16 for Lottos
Back home to scratch off $18 in Wins... Wow! $2 Profit
Can't settle for that, back to the Price Chopper for more, spent another $16
Put that $2 profit in my Pocket, scratched off $20 this time... Then a $6 Profit
Let that rest?, no way Jose, back to the Chopper, this time to the Machine

Went back to the Price Chopper to trade... Bummer.. That $20 Winner was $10
Traded for some more, this time only won a $10, now behind some, time to do something else

So a really nice Day, decided to start on preparing my Garden Beds for this Season
Headed to Lowes and they had their Garden Supply area open for business
I loaded up 8 Bags of Garden Soil and headed back, then a few Treks up the Hill in back

That new Aero-Cart sure comes in handy, easier than Boss Bob's heavy Wheelbarrow
It is still a heavy haul for me up that steep Hill in back but I got 5 Bags up
Then I dumped one on in the Cucumber Bed and leveled it out, looks good

~ One Garden Bed Ready for Spring Planting ~

So, that was enough for the Day, sipped a Margarita out front on the Veranda
Now tomorrow, maybe a couple more Bags toted up there, Three each in two more Beds
And then the Prairie Grass Burn at the Nature Sanctuary in the Afternoon
Looks like maybe a nice busy Day all over again and the Weather looks good

Off we go to rest up for the Big Day Tomorrow!

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Saturday ~ March 07, 2015 ~
~ Another Nice Lotto Win! ~
~ A Nice Warm Day Saturday ~
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

~ One MOre $100 Win!~

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Now that's more like my kind of weather, almost 40 at 9 a.m. Then 59 at 2 p.m.
And a few more days like that they are saying, good Weather for the Burn on Monday

So I set out for the Fast Stop to find my Fortune, some Chat with Bobby from Uzbekistan
Then back home to scratch off a $100 and $5 Win, that's the way I like it!
Back to the Price Chopper to trade, pocket $89 and head home to scratch off a $5 Win
Took that one back to the Fast Stop to trade again, this time only won $10
And not giving up on the Pot at the end of the Rainbow one more time at the Price Chopper
This time only a $6 Win and time to give up for the Day... But wins of $126, cost of $64
That isn't a bad profit for the day of $62, could be worse

And not to let that Warm Sunny Weather go to waste, I put my Indoor Garden outside
They should get some more Sun the next few Warm Days, then soon... outside for the Spring Weather!<:P>

~ My Indoor Garden outside for some Sun ~

So, nice Day, I headed back to the Price Chopper for Triple Sec and Lime juice
I had some Lunazul Tequila in the Fridge, had decided to make a Margarita
Back home to mix that and get on with the Afternoon with TV.... News.... and stuff
Then for Dinner I nuked up a hunk of that last 'Stacked Enchiladas' I had in the Fridge

And on to finish out a better than usual March Day and more to come today and tomorrow

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Friday ~ March 06, 2015 ~
~ Another Nature Sanctuary Meeting at the Coffee House ~
~ My Trees got a Horrible Haircut ~
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

~ My Poor Tree ~ Scalped! ~

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

A super long meeting at the Coffee House Friday Morning
I didn't have anything special to report but I had a sort of Invitation from Director Bob
As we adjourned the Meeting on Wednesday he said 'See you on Friday'
So I showed up extra early on Friday, and had my Laptop, Lewis was not there yet
I got my Coffee, sat down and then Lewis came in and we had a nice 'parleevoo'
Much later then Bob Fluchel showed up and the heavy duty meeting commenced
He had his IPad as usual and I had my Laptop using the Coffee House Wi-fi
And as the subjects wandered fom topic to topic we would look things up online
Really we get into the Computer Online Eductation phase quite readily
How did we ever get along withut the Internet, we learn so much from that source now

And we ran on until about 11 a.m. when everyone had a place they had to go
Not me, just my Lottos and home for another long boring Afternoon

It had warmed up nicely, a start to some really nice weather for a few Days
I had a note on my Door on Wednesday, asked us to park across the street Friday Morning
They were coming to trim the Trees out front starting at 8 a.m Friday Morning
And so when I got back, they had finished butchering the trees in front of my Place
I guess those guys know how to cut trees down, but they sure are not expert 'Trimmers'
Those trees were just lopped off about halfway up and just look terrible now
I hope they will look better when they leaf out this Spring

~ My Trees ~ March 2015 ~

~ My Trees ~ October 2009 ~

That was about it for the Day, routine afternoon and Evening as usual
No plans for Saturday or Sunday but a 'Prairie Burn' scheduled for Monday at the Nature Sanctuary
Supposed to be warm and I plan to do another Video... Tally Ho! and Charge>>>>

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Thursday ~ March 05, 2015 ~
~ A Runaround Late Wednesday for a Prescription ~
~ And Walmart Today to Get It ~ And Did Not ~
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

What a late Prescription runaround yesterday that I did not get around to mentioning!
I had ordered a couple refills for the Walmart Online Pharmacy on February 16th
And that had not shown up as of yesterday, I got online to check the Order
And the Tracking number said delivered to the Mailbox on February 20

So what then, off to the Postoffice to see what they would NOT do and saw a long line
So I got in line, finally reached the Counter and recited my tale of woe
The guy headed for the back, came back and said someone would be right out
Yeah right out, about 15 minutes later he comes out, I tell him the sad news
He says he needs the Tracking Number? HUH" It's back home in the Computer

So I went home, looked up the Number and headed back, still a long line
But I waved my Paper, said 'Only a Second' and went to the Counter and gave her my Number
She headed to the back, came back and said she would be right out... yeah another ten minutes
He took my number, headed for the back, finally came back with a piece of paper
Asked for my Phone Number, said he would check more and then call me... HAH!

I'll never get that Shipment... now what to do? That was the last refill on that script
Well, I headed to my Doctor's Office, told the clerk my Problem, she called for help
And, problem solved (I hope). They called in a 90 Day Script to the local Walmart Pharmacy
So this Morning I headed up there to see if I could get it, I hope... I need that one

AND... More frustration, they had my new Prescription but said they could not fill it until March 13
The one that got lost was the last 90 Day refill and had not expired yet... So then what?

Well, enough of that sad Tale, let's bake another Apple/Raisin Turnover
I had a frozen Pie Crust in the Freezer and some Strudel filling in the Fridge
Pre-heat the Oven, thaw the Crust, fill with Apples and Raisins and into the Oven
A half hour later, out to cool then warp and ready for Breakfast on Friday

~ That's Enough for Thursday ~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Wednesday ~ March 04, 2015 ~
~ Another Coffee House Chat Session ~
~ Some Nice Lotto Wins ~
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

~ Sweet Basil after Clipping ~ On the Way Back ~

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

A peek at the Sweet Basil, clipped for Harvest on February 9, now on March 5
It is trying for a Comeback and on the way but wants more Sunshine... So do I
A warmer Week ahead next Week, maybe we will get some and it can go outside a few hours

Back to the Cold on Wednesday Morning, ready to head out when I uplugged my Phone from the Charger
And saw I had a Missed Message from Lewis Jonas... I called back... You comimg to Coffee today?
Just heading out, be there in five minutes... and out into the 22 Degrees to the Coffee House

Lewis was there with Director Bob Fluchel, I joined the Party
And we had a nice long conflab about this, that and the other, told them about my Session with Bruce
They know Bruce rather well and could sympathise with me about the patience it takes

And so, I had my Laptop and Phone with me and Bob had his IPad and we did a 'Show and Tell'
We finally ran down after a good Sessiom and headed out about 9:30 a.m.

I stopped by the Fast Stop first for my Lottos and then back for a second cup of Coffee
And then scratched off $28 in Winners, $12 Profit, then sampled a couple of my Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Then headed out again for the Price Chopper to trade for a second Round, Spent $16, won $15
A loss of $1, so the Profit for the day was then $11, time to quit?

Well, I was low on Gasoline so I headed back to Kicks 66 for gas and to trade
So I stuck in my Kick Back Card, and the display was SLOW... then I stuck in my Phillips 66 Card
And then it wanted my Zip Code and the Display was S L O W..... then it said 'One Moment Please'
And it was COLD! and the COLD Wind was blowing and the Display was NOT moving
So I just gave up and went in to trade Lottos, traded that $15 Win and $1 Cash for $16 more
Then back the in the warm to scratch off Two $15 and a $6 Win... Hooray, $31 Profit for the Day!

And that was time for a sane and practical person to quit... But did I? Of course not
I went nback to trade for $16 more, this time only won $5 back, a loss of $11
Anyway I ended up with a nice Profit of $20 for the Day, not bad and fun for me

Then the rest of the Day as Usual, TV Time and off to bed and those Techical Dreams...

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Tuesday ~ March 03, 2015 ~
~ Another Computer Session ~
~ And a Nicer Warmer Day ~
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

So what happened on Tuesday? Oh my, so long ago I forgot, but it was warmer
Really not much going on all Day, the usual runaround in the Morning, winning nothing
Then I decided to bake come Cookies, haven't done that for awhile
Headed back to the Price Chopper for Sugar, Oats, Vanilla, Raisins, Milk and Butter
And fortified with more ingredients I started on the Cookies
I was thinking first of simple Sugar Cookies but then changee my mind to Oatmeal Raisin
They have a few more ingredients and a litle more involved in the Baking Process

Anyway, add this, whisk that, then cream this together and then fold in this and then all mixed
Then the messy part forming the Cookies, onto the Baking Sheet and into the Oven
Took three Baking Session to get all 24 Cookies baked, then Cooled and sampled

~ Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Lots of Them ~

And so, I had done more Maintenance on Bruce's Laptop, deleting stuff, adding stuff
And it was looking pretty good to me when he called and said he would come by to get it

So he showed up, I had the Laptop hooked to my TV with an HDMI Cable so we could both watch
He fired up the Laptop, liked the new sign in Screen Background and the Desktop Background I added
Then we started reviewing the changes I made, I had added a few Programs including Yahoo Messenger
And he liked all of the stuff I had added, getting rid of junk on there cleaned it up nicely
And several additions made it easiet to get to where he wanted to go on the Internet
So he packed up and left happy and I went on to finish my Day with TV and Snacks

And then... Everyone lived happily ever after...

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Monday ~ March 02, 2015 ~
~ We're on the Way to April! ~
~ Sunday Snow mostly all Gone ~
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Well, a pleasant busy Morning and a weird busy evening and not much in between
A nice sunny Morning, the snow disappearing fast, and warmed up nicely later
I didn't have anything special to talk about but I thought I would drop by the Coffee Shop
Lewis was there alone reading his paper, a little later another friend of his dropped by a few minutes
Then City Alderman Jim Werner joined in and the friend left and we then had a nice long chit and chat

We wound down about 9:30 and headed out, I headed for the Price Chopper to cash in $123 of winners
I bought my $16 of Daily Lottos and put $100 of the 'Pack Winner' money in the Bank
Then back home to scratch off nothing and then on to the long dull day ahead

Nothing much going on until late afternoon when I got a call from Bruce Duffin
He is a long time Volunteer Worker for the Nature Sanctuary, had a Computer problem
He wanted to bring over a used Laptop he bought from a friend for me to check over
I told him it was not a good time, the evening was my 'KickBack TV Movie' time
But he said he would only take a few minutes for me to check out his Laptop, I said OK

Then.. he showed up a half hour after he said he would be here, and went to the wrong building
The Lady there set him straight and he came to my place and the lengthy ordeal started

He had this Weird looking Sony Vaio, plugged it in and started it up, had a GARISH Desktop
And all kinds of superflous Icons and Taskbars on it, had 'Godzilla' as the Browser
And the online Browser went to some AVG Search Engine instead of his Yahoo Page

~ That Laptop ~ After some Clean-up ~

So I said... Whatcha wanna know and do? And he really didn't know
Seems he wanted to know all I knew about Computers in a half Hour... Oh well
He doesn't seem to have a very clear idea of the Basics of Computerology...

Anyway I started in, first changing that hideous Desktop Background and making the Icons smaller
Then I installed Internet Explorer 11 and set his Home Page to Yahoo where it belonged

Did a few more clean-up things and we fnally ran down after a couple hours
But there was more he needed on that Box so he left it with me to work on today
It seems the poor guy is way out in left field when it comes to Computers
And a lot of other things too... Oh well, we can't all be geniuses... or can we?

Off to the Rest of the Week >>>>

~ Once More ~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Sunday ~ March 01, 2015 ~
~ Welcome to March ~ I'm Ready for April! ~
~ Not a Lot of Snow on Saturday ~
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Sunday Morning and Cold again but barely an inch of Snow
What panicked that bunch of Idiots that flooded the Price Chopper Saturday Morning?
They usually have a good crowd on Saturday and Sunday Morning but I have never seen anything like that day!
The Parking Lot was FULL, and the Store full of people... Carts stuffed FULL
And backed up to fill the wide aisle behind the Check Out lanes, you could not get past them

~ 10 a.m. Sunday ~ The Snow that Panicked the Crowd at the Price Chopper ~

We had a forecast of light Snow all day Saturday, stopping and resuming on Sunday
But the Forecasts I saw didn't say anything like a Road Closing Blizzard or close to it
And what is this? These people need all that Food all at once, no planning or stuff at home?
I have at least a month of Food ready to be Warmed up in my Freezer and Fridge
Well, I got my Lottos and headed back home, all I needed was Coffee and Eggs anyway
I went back at 3 p.m. then and the store was back to normal
Possibly even with a few less than on a normal Saturday afternoon

Well, I didn't do much on the Lotto Binge for the Day, won nothing on the first Round
Then only a single $15 Win on the Second try and only another $15 Win on the third try
So about a $20 Loss for the Day, I'll try again with Bobby, the Uzbeki, at the Fast Stop

So Sunday Morning, out on a bright Sunny Morning, the Street all clear
I tried first at the Fast Stop for Lottos, only won a $3 Ticket, went back to try again
And this time I had a nice $21 Win... so back to the Price Chopper to Trade for more
This time I won $25 worth... am I ahead? Who keeps count anyway

So, it was Pay Day Saturday, let's just buy a full Pack again and look for the Big One
Got that and headed back to scratch off 60 Tickets, won $175... lost $125... about the Usual
And the Big One was not hiding in that Pack (as usual) Biggest Win was that $50 one

No Big Deal, that's my only Vice (that I admit to) and I now have $198 in Winners to trade for another chance

Monday tomorrow... Off to a new Week! CHARGE!.....

~ Once More ~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Saturday ~ February 28, 2015 ~
~ IBM Pay Day is Here ~ SS on Tuesday ~
~ Some More Snow ~
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

~ Is this an Elm Tree? ~

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Nice to see that IBM Check in the Bank on Saturday Morning although I did have money left
I got a couple more Accounts paid off this Month so things should get a little better
But I just LOVE to spend money so I wouldn't bet on that

And a close look at what I thought was an Orange Tree in that Pot
It was the first plant to pop up in that Pot and I had only planted Orange Seeds
But it popped up near the edge and I planted the Orange Seeds in the Middle
When the Orange Seeds did pop up, the first Plant did look about the same
But as the first Tree grew it looked more and more different
So I checked Tree Leaves online and now I think it may be an Elm Tree Seedling

~ Orange Tree Seedlings? ~

So, I had my Coffee, posted Friday's BLOG, headed out in a light Snow to the Fast Stop for my Lottos
Bobby the Uzbeki was there, I got my Lottos and headed back home
Scratched off ALL LOSERS... then had a piece of my Apple Strudel

Saw I was out of Coffee and Eggs so I headed back to the Price Chopper in a bit more Snow
And the Parking Lot was STUFFED! Went inside and the Store was STUFFED!
Never saw that many people lined up several carts deep at every Check-out
What's going on? Just a little snow forecast, don't these people plan ahead a little?
Oh well, just because my freezer is STUFFED, doesn't mean everyone's is

So I just got some more Lottos and headed out, that line would take a half hour at least
Back home I poured my last cup of Coffee and worked a single $15 Win, on to the Snowy Day

And then I got a Phone Call from Lewis Jonas, he had been to the Hy-Vee Store
First he said he and his Wife had enjoyed the Apple Strudel that I gave him
Then he said he talked to a Lady at the Store, she said she had seen his Photo on the Internet
One of my Photos... She wanted to thank him for all his work in keeping the Nature Sanctuary so nice
So two more nice compliments, I have opened up the Nature Sanctuary to a lot more People
With my Nature Sanctuary Web Site and Facebook Page and all the Photos and Videos I have posted
Oh Lord it's hard to be Humble!

Anyway, that's enough of this Saturday Morning Drivel, Off to the rest of this Snowy Day

~ Once More ~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


Note: I have removed the links here prior to January 1, 2014 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'

~ January 01 2014 to January 14 ~ Page Number One Hundred Fourteen ~
~ January 15 2014 to January 31 ~ Page Number One Hundred Fifteen ~
~ February 01 2014 to February 14 ~ Page Number One Hundred Sixteen ~
~ February 15 2014 to February 28 ~ Page Number One Hundred Seventeen ~
~ March 01 2014 to March 14 ~ Page Number One Hundred Eighteen ~
~ March 15 2014 to March 31 ~ Page Number One Hundred Nineteen ~
~ April 01 2014 to April 14 ~ Page Number One Hundred Twenty ~
~ April 15 2014 to April 30 ~ Page Number One Hundred Twenty-One ~
~ May 01 2014 to May 14 ~ Page Number One Hundred Twenty-Two ~
~ May 15 2014 to May 31 ~ Page Number One Hundred Twenty-Three ~
~ June 01 2014 to June 14 ~ Page Number One Hundred Twenty-Four ~
~ June 15 2014 to June 30 ~ Page Number One Hundred Twenty-Five ~
~ July 01 2014 to July 14 ~ Page Number One Hundred Twenty-Six ~
~ July 14 2014 to July 31 ~ Page Number One Hundred Twenty-Seven ~
~ August 01 2014 to August 14 ~ Page Number One Hundred Twenty-Eight ~
~ August 15 2014 to August 31 ~ Page Number One Hundred Twenty-Nine ~
~ September 01 2014 to September 30 ~ Page Number One Hundred Thirty ~
~ October 01 2014 to October 15 ~ Page Number One Hundred Thirty-One ~
~ October 16 2014 to October 31 ~ Page Number One Hundred Thirty-Two ~
~ November01 2014 to November 14 ~ Page Number One Hundred Thirty-Three ~
~ November15 2014 to November 30 ~ Page Number One Hundred Thirty-Four ~
~ December 01 2014 to December 14 ~ Page Number One Hundred Thirty-Five ~
~ December 15 2014 to December 31 ~ Page Number One Hundred Thirty-Six ~
~ January 01 2015 to January 14 ~ Page Number One Hundred Thirty-Seven ~
~ January 15 2015 to January 31 ~ Page Number One Hundred Thirty-Eight ~
~ February 01 2015 to February 14 ~ Page Number One Hundred Thirty-Nine ~
~ February 15 2015 to February 28 ~ Page Number One Hundred Thirty-Nine ~
~Email Me at elpato6125@sbcglobal.net ~