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~ The Cucumber Vine up in the Tree Leaves Now ~                    ~ 'The Donald' ~ The Real One! ~ El Pato Viejo ~

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~ Friday, August 14, 2015 ~
~ To the Coffee House for a Mike Test ~
~ Delivered that - BIG - 'Big Boys' Tomato to Lewis ~
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~ That Latest 'Big Boys' Tomato for Lewis ~

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And off to the Coffee House at 8:15 a.m. Lewis was there with Marc Siebert, Nature Sanctuary Volunteer
I sat down, gave my Tomato to Lewis, explained my Project, some Chat and then Marc had to leave for other venues
Then Lewis and I had a nice Chat about what WE wanted to talk about, no others to defer to
Was hoping for Bob Fluchel and others to join in so I could test out my Wireless Mike but no-go
So Lewis and I ran out of small talk by 9:30 and we took off, me to the Price Chopper
I needed a couple Items and of course my Lottos, back home to scratch off three $5 Tickets
Not enough so I headed back to the Fast Stop for more... And traded for more and only won $5... Oh well

And on the way out, I got a new Photo of my Cucumber and Tomato Race and of course the Cucumber won
But Cucumbers can climb on their own and the Tomato had to have help to keep fron falling over

~ The Cucumber Won the Race to the Tree ~ As Predicted ~

So into the Afternoon, up to 87 Degrees or so, still not too uncomfortable, Sunny with a nice Breeze
The Coleus and New Zealand Impatiens were looking kind of droopy so out with the Hose again
I watered everything out Front and the Bushes I planted next Door, then the Roses and Rhubarb in my side Beds
A good drink of water for the Coleus and Impatiens and ten mninutes later they perk right up again

When I went back to the Fast Stop to trade Lottos earlier I had a Photo comparison with the Clerk there
He has the new iphone 6 and quite proud of it, me not so enthusiastic, I don't like anything Apple
I told I had read several places that my Galaxy S5 has a higher resolution Display and better Camera
And that the new Galaxy S6 an even better display and Camera and he didn't think so, so we had a test

~ The iphone 6 Photo ~ My Galaxy S5 Photo ~

So, whatcha think? In my 'not so humble opinion' I think the Galaxy Camera is a tad better?

And then what, to wind of the Photos for the Day, out once more to check on the Cucumber and Tomato Race
The Photo at the top was yesterday afternoon and now, Saturday it is farther up in the Tree

Off to see what Saturday might hold for me.. Always something isn't there?

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Thursday, August 13, 2015 ~
~ A Missed Video Opportunity ~
~ Picked another - BIG - Big Boys Tomato for Lewis ~
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~ Another Big Tomato for Lewis Jonas in a few more Days ~

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And what for Thursday? Not much to write Home about, this and that, just kept busy
After piddling around on the Computer, catching up with the Bank, Facebook, Email and my BLOG
I headed down the Hill to the Fast Stop, took my Video Camera to get a photo maybe
Went in to buy my Lottos and show the Ubekistan Guy my Camera, he is somewhat of a Techie
And was very interested in my Camera, he was investigating it and got this Pic of me

~ What? I only won a dinky $1.00 Lotto Ticket! ~ ~

That was a frame from the Video he was playing with, a dinky $1.00 win from the Day before
He asked what the Cam cost, he guessed about $900, I said double that would be closer to the #2,000 it cost

Then I told him that I saw a new one that I might like to have but won't be available until October
And he asked how much I would want for my current one, I said I would have to think about that
Not sure if and when I can buy the new one, and also I could use my present one for a second shot
I have been using my Canon DSLR along with my Panasonic to cover some of my Videos

And then what? This, that and the other, not much going on, was planning on another Video escapade
I got an Email about another City Dedication of repairs to the little Fountain down next to the Railroad Station
I wasn't so interested in the Ceremony but I thought I might get a Video, mainly I wanted to talk to the Mayor
The Parkville 'Time Capsule' Event is to take place Saturday August 22 and I want to try to get Video of that
I wanted to ask about their Sound System and also the deposit of my Videos in the Capsule
In an Email they said that the Donor would place the items in, I want Director Bob FLuchel to do it
They are Videos of Nature Sanctuary Events and I think he should do it, also I want to get Video of that

And so on to the Evening, I headed down to the Station about 6 p.m. Got some Video of the Fountain

~ The 'Spirit' Fountain at the Train Station ~

And then waited, they said they would have the Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. but no one arrived
I gave up amd headed Home, checked the Email again... HAH! was on the 12th and I was there on the 13th

And so, then I had my Margarita, then Sausage Sandwich and Corn Salad for Dinner
More Netflix TV and another Glass of wine and then off to Dreamland and do I have Dreams! Oh yeah?

Now Friday Morning, back down to the Coffee House, I want to try out my new Wireless Mike Systen

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Wednesday, August 12, 2015 ~
~ New Graphics Card Installed ~
~ New Wireless Video Microphone Delivered and Tested ~
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~ Tuesday ~ Waiting for the New Graphics Card ~

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Wednesday already, halfway through another Week, my Time is just flying away
And I checked my Email and Online Orders. I went to the Amazon Site to check
And it said my Graphics Card I ordered was delivered Tuesday, HUH? Oh, maybe in the Mail Box
Well it was only the Card and my new Speakers and they are small and they do that sometimes
It was only 5:30 a.m. and I scooted up the Hill in the Dark, it's uphill and a Block away
So I drove up in the Blazer, Yeah I know Sigi, you would have jogged up there

And there was the Key in my Mailbox to the Package Box at the End and there was my Box inside
Hah! Something to start the Day, I unpacked, stuck the Card in the old HP, popped on the Side Cover
Plugged all the wires back in, slipped in the Install DVD, hoping for the Best

~ Out with the Old ~ In with the New ~

Hit the Setup Button and away the Install went, the Screen was still at that 1024 X 768 Resolution
A few seconds into the Install and the Monitor screen popped into 1920 X 1080p where it's supposed to be
And then I plugged in the new Computer Speakers, look great and sound better than the ones I gave to my Mexican friend
I had ordered a Card similar to my old one, a good low price, but they sent a later Better One!
So now my Old HP Desktop is looking and sounding better than ever and I am so HAPPY I could CRY!

But while my HP was ailing I started using the New Dell as my Main Computer, a few things work better on it
It is faster and has a bigger 1 TB SSD, Lots of Storage room, I copied all my Videos to the 1TB Hard Drive
Now I have that 225 GB of Videos stored in three Places plus on my Vimeo Site, safe enough

And then off on my Lotto Chase, had to get something at the Price Chopper so I started there
And back home to scratch off a nice $20 Win, got my Money back anyway, back to the Price Chopper
Traded for some more Cards, back home to scratch off a nicer $25... OK, let's try the Fast Stop
And I traded for more at the Fast Stop and then had a lengthy Chat about Computers and Smart Phones
Then back at the Ranchito to scratch off only a $5 Ticket, time to stop for the Day

Creeping up to Noon, and waiting for another Delivery, this time a Wireless Mike for my Video Camera
Seems I am always waiting for another new Tech Toy, something I want but do not need
And then just 5 minutes after 12, here comes the USPS Truck, I headed to the Door
No signature required, Mailman just dropped the Box and took off... So I opened it and tried it out
I did a short Video Test with my Canon DSLR with the Hand Held and the Lapel Mikes
And it sounds pretty good, I'll try a Test down at the Coffee house next time

~ Wireless Microphone System ~

~ The Hand Held Mike ~ The Lapel Mike ~

That was all the Tech stuff for the Day, I got online to order another Box of Omaha Steaks
And an Order of a big pack of AAA Batteries for the new Microphone System, they say the Batteries dont; last long
All that paid for with Loser Lotto Ticket entries, I had 14,000 Points again, at least something for my lost Money

Then I finished the Day as usual, had my Cocktail and TV News Catchup session, fed the Cat, Dinner and Netflix and off to Bed
Now Thursday Morning, what for today? Not a clue, let's go find out

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Tuesday, August 11, 2015 ~
~ Garden Inspection ~
~ Waiting for a new Graphic Card ~
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~ Trapped the Raccoon ~ Then Tom let him Loose ~

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And Tuesday Morning I did head up the Hill about 8 a.m. in bright Sun but surprisingly cool
I wanted to see if there was anything to Harvest and how the Cucumbers were doing... Well not so good
No more Deer damage was done to the Cukes in the Pepper Bed but the ones in the Cucumber Bed were falling down
The deer had eaten the Vines holding to the Trellis and they just let go and fell down
So I tried to hang a few back up but they were all tangled so I just left them as they were
I am not expecting much of a Crop now but you never know what might happen.. Oh Well

~ Cucumbers on July 20 ~ And on August 11 ~

So then I headed to the Fast Stop to buy $20 worth of Scratchers, back home to win $15 back
Then I tried a Phllips 77 'Tanks' Game Card, entered it on my Phone... Hey a $5 Winner
So I headed to the Fast Stop with that, bought some more tickets and then lost them all... Win some, Lose most

Then back home for a late Breakfast, more Biscuits and Sausage Gravy, and again really Tasty

And so, expecting my new Graphic Card to be delivered, I popped the side Cover off the HP and took the ole out
Then to wait and wait for the Truck to arrive, still hadn't shown up by 1 p.m. so I hooked up the Hose
Then out front to Water everything really good and it needed it, a couple nice Tomatoes coming along
And the Eggplant in the Pot has revived and I see about six little 'Finger' Eggplants on there now

So back to waiting for the Delivery Man and I startyed on this BLOG... Waiting for a friend too
Wanted me to do some things on the Computer that he can't figure out, well maybe I can't either
Mixed me a nice Margarita about 3:30 p.m. and feeling no pain at 4 p.m. Who's going to get here first?

And so the Friend showed up but the Graphic Card did not, I got him all fixed up with his Computer correspondence
Then the Fed X Man showed up just as he left.. HAH! But it wasn't the Craphic Card, just a big Box oc DVD Cases

That was about it, whupped up some Dinner and back to the TV, then off to dream about a new Day

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Monday, August 10, 2015 ~
~ Trapped a Varmint on the Veranda ~
~ Now TV Trouble ~ (My Fault) ~
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~ The Cucumber Winning the Race to the Tree ~

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And Monday Morning, I thought I would run back up the Hill to check on some more Netting for the Cucumbers
But by the time I was ready to head up I thought it could wait until I was in the Mood
I heard some strange noises out front while I was writing my Daily Drivel, peeked out to see a Racoon
I had set the Trap that Boss Bob loaned me to catch it, and it worked, told him I had it
Then Tom called the Department of Conservation to come and get it, they said to turn it loose
And so, I can't leave anything out there the Varmints can reach, now I see they are eating my Zinnias

And then off to seek my Fortune, headed to Kicks 66 and they gave me a nice $35 Win for the Day
Back home then for a late Breakfast, Sausage Patty on an English Muffin nuked up nice and Hot
And then some Photos of the Raccoon and I made that Animated .gif up there in the Corner

OK, some more Tech Goodies on the Way, a 25 Pack of Blu-ray Blanks was delivered Sunday
And a Pack of DVD Cases is on the way too, just ran out of those, Large ones I Photo label and give away

Also after the last couple of Videos I did, the Speakers at the Events could not be heard very well
I thought I would try a Wireless Microphone up front to see how that would work out
They say that has been shipped and should be delivered Tuesday, that should be fun to try out

Then, my Problem with the old HP Desktop, I am guessing it is a Graphic Card failure
So I found one just about the same as the old one at a good price and ordered that too
And I checked on that, it's being delivered on Tuesday also, more fun installing that to see if it works

So on into the Day to cause more touble, what to do next? OK, Move the Blue Tooth Speakers to the New Computer
The new Dell was at the far end of my Computer Tables, I moved it to my usual working place
And moved the older HP to where the Dell was, so the nice Blue Tooth Speakers were still over there
But they sound better directiy in front of you at the Computer so let's move them over here...
Simple enough, just set the Speakers on the Shelf behind the new Dell, and only one power plug
And they sound Great... I have wired Speakers on the Dell also but the Blue Tooth adds something to a Video

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~ Blue Tooth Speakers above the New Dell ~

And that went well so what's next, well... Copy 225GB of HD Video from the HP to an external Drive
Then I could copy it to the new empty Hard Drive on the new Dell, and have it all backed up several places
So I started that Copy, would take a long time, 225 Gigabytes is a lot of Video, take a couple hours maybe

Time to mix a Margarita and do my TV Catch up as usual, OOOPS! TV says 'No signal, set up your Wireless Receiver'
So, it has done that a couple times, no big deal, I did the setup process... And waited... OOPS... No Go!
That was on the Kitchen TV, tried the Living Room, same thing, 'Set up yuor Wireless Receiver', did it again
And still No Go, must be the Gateway or the Wireless Access Point, Gateway is OK, Wireless to Laptop works
SoI called AT&T, described the Problem, he checked the Systen remotely, said everything looks OK
Said he would send a Technician, would be there about 4 p.m. OK, so I then watched Netflix on my TV from my Laptop

And then thought... Maybe the Ethernet Cable to the Access Point? Switched that... OOOOPS! I found the trouble
When I hooked up the External Drive I shut off the Power to my Ethernet Switch that powers the Access Point!
My BAD! I hooked it up, it worked! I called AT&T and got the Service Call cancelled

And then I mixed a second Margarita, got Dinner started and then lived happily ever after!
More Computer stuff coming today, let's see what else I can mess up!

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Sunday, August 09, 2015 ~
~ Moving Files to the New Dell ~
~ The HP Desktop Ailing at the Moment ~
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~ Two 'Win-All' Tickets in a row ~ Now that's Luck! ~

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Sunday Morning, working on the new Dell Desktop, copying files and whatever, did my BLOG on it
And maybe not so bad now that the HP has been relegated to third Class now, it has been a good old Box for eight Years
I bought that one with Vista installed when it was released in 2007, and everything worked on Vista and I liked it
I added a new Graphcs Card, Video Editor and Blu-ray burner to edit HD Video and burn Blu-ray DVDS
Then later a new Monitor to match the two Dells and added a 500GB Solid State Drive to speed things up
And along the way, upgraded to Windows 7, then Windows 8, 8.1 and finally Windows 10 and it handled them all
Lately ran into a couple problems, on my Sony Vegas Video Editor the Sound Track went blank
It still works but you couldn't see where the Audio level was set, that happened on the Dell One Desktop also
But that is still working like it should now on the new Dell Two, that is an advantage

So, time to start using this new Power House, i7 Intel Processor, 16 GB of RAM, came with a 1TB Hard Drive
And I added a new 1TB Solid State Drive, so plenty of Storage and speed, Video editing should be faster

The off to seek my Fortune, first to the Fast Stop, picked out two Cards, they didn't have my Favorite
So then to Kicks 66 to get some Gas and buy two more, then back by the Price Chopper for Biscuits
I had some cooked Sausage, planned on Biscuits and Sausage Gravy, got some Pillsbury Flaky Buttermilk 'Grands'
Then set them to bake whie I worked ny Lottos for $15 and made some Sausage Gravy for Breakfast
Then out of the Oven, split and covered a Big Biscuit with Sausage Gravy and set to... Pretty tasty stuff

~ Biscuits right out of the Oven ~ Ready with Sausage Gravy ~

Noticed after Breakfast I was all out of Tequila, lots of Margaritas lately in this Summer weather
Back to the Price Copper, traded in my Lottos for more and headed to the Liquor Department
Talked to Antonio on the way to the Tequila, more Sanish practice then around the corner for a bottle of Lunazul
That's the best 100% Blue Agave Tequila I could find at the lowest price, and got $15 in rebates so far with that

Then out front there was a Table set up for Free Samples and Coupons for 'Nature's Harvest' Bread, and that's good stuff
And I got a Free Loaf, Four $1.00 off Coupons and a Photo og the Latd giving out the Samples, good deal

~ At the Price Chopper - Free Samples ~ Free Bread and $1.00 Off Coupons ~

Back then to scratch off another $5 Lotto win and get a Photo of the Cucumber and Tomato 'Race'
Like I predicted te Cucumber Vine is 6 Inches ahead, but it has tendrils to grab on and the Vines aren't as heavy
Then back in and wonder... 'What's for Dinner?', Mix a Margarita and catch up on TV non-News

And 'What's for Dinner' was a BBQ Shredded Pork Sandwich on that 'Nature's Harvest. Bread,toasted and some French Fries
The off to dream of winning Lotto Tickets... Now Monday and time to go buy some

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Saturday, August 08, 2015 ~
~ A Rainy Stormy Morning ~
~ OOOOOPS! Another Computer Problem ~
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~ The Next 'Big Boys' Tomato for Lewis ~

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Saturday Morning and I was wanting to head back up the Hill to put more Screening on the Cucumber Bed
But As I was finishing Friday's Diatribe I heard some Thunder rumbles off in the distance
And I peeked out the door at 6:30 a.m. to see a flash of Lighting and it wasa beginning to rain
So I didn't think it would be a good time to be up there at that specific moment... Huh?

Piddled around on the Computer, Posted ny BLOG, finished my Morning Routine and then set out for my Fortune
And I headed for the Price Chopper and bought four Cards for $20.00, back home to try them out
I had one of the new 'Monopoly' Cards, had not won even one so far, scratched on this one
Got about halfway through the Numbers, then one said 'WIN ALL', that means every amount on the Card
So I scratched off all the Amounts, HAH! Fifteen $5.00 Prizes, that is a nice $75.00 Win!

So back to the Price Chopper to trade that one in at the Service Counter, got another Monopoly Card
Back again to scratch some more, again got a little more than half the numbers scratched and another 'WIN ALL"!
Now what is the Chance of that happening, rare I would think, scratched the Amounts again
And there were ten $5.00 Wins and five $10.00 Wins, that makes it a $100.00 Win doesn't it!
Then scratched off the last Card, that only a $5.00 win but that made a Total of $180.00 for the Day!

And then the Rain stopped, the Sun came out, and turned into another beautiful Day
And then playing around on the Computer... OOOOPS! What is this? Everything oversized, what changed the resolution?
I have the same Model HD Monitor on three Computers all set to 1920 X 1080 resolution and working fine
Now this older HP had reset the Resolution to 1024 X 768, went to change it back, only offered a 1280 X 1024 Max
And said... 'Reccommended Setting 1024 X 768' That just ain't gonna do it on a 23 Inch HD Monitor
And since that, I have been searching for a remedy and what to do to get my HD Resolution back

~ The Hp looks like This ~ Supposed to look like this ~

Well, I did most all my Video and Photo work on that HP Desktop, I have that new Dell sitting idle most of the time
And it is loaded with Goodies and faster than the older HP, so I swapped their places on my Tables
That HP had all my latest Photos and Internet Documents on it, I have been copying them to this new Dell
I had already installed most all my Programs on tne new one, now most all the Photos and Documents installed
So now the new Dell is my Main Computer and really nice that it was Loaded and ready to take over
What about the old HP, well lots of stuff stored on there I can copy anytime I need it, maybe I can fix it too?

Now on to see what I can do to make Sunday a Happy Day!

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Friday, August 07, 2015 ~
~ And One More Coffee House Chat ~
~ More Varmints into my Cucumbers ~
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~ Another Tomato for Lewis ~ He Likes It! ~

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OK, now Saturday Morning, what happened to Friday? Well now, another busy start to another Gorgeous Day!
6:30 a.m. I planned to go down to the Coffee House to deliver a couple of Video DVDs to Dean and Bob
And I wanted to see if I had another ripe Tomato to give to Lewis Jonas, so up the Hill in back
Took a look at the Cucumber Bed... OH NO! What happened to that! More Varmints at lunch
Ate all the Leaves off all the Vines they could reach from outside the Cage, must have been Deer

~ Now What Varmint Did This? ~

So, I picked the one ripe Tomato and headed back down to get some Netting I had used for the Cage
And I rolled some over the Top of the Cage, stapled it down, need to hang some over the back next time up there

And then finished my Morning Routine and headed down to the Coffee House, Dean, Pat and Lewis were there
I gave Lewis the little Tomato, Gift Wrapped, he seemed quite pleased with it, a big one next time, maybe

Then I presented Dean with the Video of my long walk through the Nature Sanctuary in 2009, several think it is the best
I had one more Video DVD for the Barbara Lance Family to give to Bob Fluchel to deliver
He had not arrived yet and it happened then that former Mayor Kathy Dusenberry came in and chatted with the Guys
I showed her the DVD Case and said that she should have been there... Told her it was for the Lance Family
She said she was going to visit them that Day and would be happy to take it to them, a lucky break

So, then the Chat went on until after 10 a.m and then away we went, me to the Price Chopper for Lottos
Hey Hey, a lucky one... a nice $25 Win, after three losing Days, still behind for the Month.. Oh well

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Thursday, August 06, 2015 ~
~ A Visit to City Hall ~
~ One More Better Boy Tomato ~
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~ Parkville City Hall ~

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So Thursday Morning I finished burning a few more Blu-ray Video DVDS, two for City Hall and one for Bob
I took two to the City Hall about 10 a.m. but the Director, Alysen Abel was out at a Meeting
I stopped by the Price Chopper for four more Loser Lottos, still no luck much for August
So I did some piddling around back at home then headed back about 1:45 p.m. She wasn't back

~ Alysen Abel ~ Parkville Public Works Director ~

I waited about ten minutes and she walked in the Front Door, we had a few words and I handed her the DVDs
She was quite gracious, thanked me and I headed back home again, another Mission Accomplished

A really nice Day Thursday Sunny and Moderate, only 84 Degrees at 3 p.m. On into the afternoon
I mixed a Margarita and started on this Diatribe, if I don't start early I forget what I did, not that it matters
So, next item on the afternoon Agenda, figure out what's for Dinner and looked like another Pork Chop
The Coleus was looking wilty again so I hooked up the Hose and watered everything out front
While I was out there I saw the old guy next Building out on his front Deck and he waved at me
So I shut off my Hose, poured a glass of Vino Tinto and headed over there to chew the fat until time to cook
I had one Pork Chop left from the last batch I did in the Smoker, and still looking Dee Lish! What to go with it?
So I whupped a Dinner and that was it, I baked a big white Potato, hotted up that Pork Chop
Brought out the chilled Cucumbers, poured another Glass of wine and back to the TV
And that was a satisfactory end to another good Day, now back downtown this Morning, Friday
I had a Video DVD for Dean Jernigan and another for Director Bob Fluchek to send to the Honoree in the Video
So, I wanted to see if there was a Tomato ready to take down to Lewis Jonas, I headed up the Hill at 6:30
And I checked the first Cucumbers and saw some Varmint was playing Havoc with my Cucumbers!
Eating all the leaves off it could reach... So I picked one ripe Tomato and headed back down for some Screening
I stapled some to the Top of the Cage, that should do until I can finish it later

And then... Off to the Parkville Coffee House for the fourth time this Week

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Wednesday, August 05, 2015 ~
~ And One More Coffee House Meeting ~
~ A Blu-ray DVD for Bob Fluchel and a Lively Chat ~
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~ Some of my Latest Harvest in a Jar ~

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Wednesday Morning I packed up a Video DVD for Bob Fluchel and Dean Jernigan and headed down to the Coffee House
Lewis Jonas was there alone, so I sat down to Chat, I hadn't intended to stay long, then Bob Fluchel came in
He had a large Photo of an early plat of Riss Lake and Dam to show us and that took some time
And then I presented him with a copy of the Latest Video which he graciously accepted as usual
And then watched some of the Video online from my Cell Phone and was quite impressed with my coverage
Well I did get the Event covered fairly well but I was disappointed in the excessive contrast in the lighting there
The Sun was very bright from the setting sun and the Picnic Area was in deep Shade and the Camera couldn't quite handle it
Anyway Bob said the Story was covered quite well and liked the Video very much

~ This Video is meant for Family and Friends of Barbara Lance ~

And on to a very lively and pleasant Chat, Dean was not there so Bob and Lewis were listening to me a bit more than usual
I like to talk Tech Stuff, they would rather talk Sports, Local City News, Family and Nature Sanctuary Stuff... Oh well
And then that liveliest Chat of the Month went on until about 10:30 and we all headed out

While I was there, Bob suggested that the Barbara Lance family might enjoy having a copy of the Video
And at the Lance Tribute, Public Works Director Alysen Abel, said she would like a Copy of the Arabia Marker Dedication
Alysen was the Emcee at both Events, intoducing Guests and Dignitaries, so I thought she would like Videos of both
So this Morning, Thursday, I made Copies and Case Lables for three more DVDs, I'll try to give two to Alysen today
And then take the one for the Lance Family down to the Coffee House for Bob on Friday

And now what for Thursday? Try for some Winner Lottos? Won only $5 on Wednesday, a poor start for Auguast

~ Off I GO! ~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Tuesday, August 04, 2015 ~
~ Another Coffee House Meeting ~
~ Picked Cucumbers ~ Made Pickles ~
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~ A Nice Slice of Tasty Blueberry Pie ~

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And another busy Morning before I headed down to the Coffee House to try to catch Bob Fluchel for some Names
I finally got down there at 9:30 a.m. cutting it close, usually adjourn around that time, but they were still busy
I had already added some City People's names to the new Video, needed some Guests, and I thought I had them
But, Bob called one of the Sisters and she verified who was who by my description in the Video
I had a little more Business with Bob and got that done and then we all departed to Our Own Day

I then headed to the Price Chopper for a few Items and of course my Lottos and again no Winners
So then back home to start on my Cucumbers, before I left for the Coffee House I trotted up the Hill and picked these

~ Cucumbers Harvested Tuesday ~ Made Pickles and Cucumbers in Vinaigrette ~

And what to do with those Beauties and Uglies? Make Pickles and then some in Vinaigrette for Dinner later
The Pickles were easy enough, put some Cider Vinegar and Sugar, Salt and Pickling Spice on to simmer
Then I used my Electric Slicer to make nice even Slices, sliced up all but one big one, fast and easy
I used most Slices to fill the Jar, the rest in a Bowl for the Vinaigrette, and one left over for the Fridge
Then I poured the simmered Brine into the Jar and sealed it to cool for storage in the Fridge

Then on into another long afternoon, started raining later as they promised, well time for a nice Rain again
Finally Dinner with a Pork Chop, Sweet Corn and a few of those fresh Cucumbers to finish off the Day

So now, Wednesday Morning, finished a Blu-ray DVD I had promised to Dean Jernigan of a Fall Walk in the Sanctuary
Finished adding the Names to my latest Tribute Video and now burning a DVD of that for Director Bob Fluchel
I'll trot that down to the Coffee House and then get on to my new Day... Yeah!

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Monday, August 03, 2015 ~
~ Coffee House Meeting ~
~ Baked my Frozen Blueberry Pie ~
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~ Some Varmint got into my new Sack of Bird Feed ~

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I headed down to the Coffee House a little after 8 a.m. Wanted to see if the Director, Bob Fluchel was there
Nope, just Lewis and also Sanctuary Volunteers Mark and Ann, but they were just leaving
So I sat down and showed Lewis a few things on Windows 10 I had just discovered, super easy way to search
So I was doing that when Dean Jernigan came in, he was elected President of the new FOPNS Non-Profit organization

So we then had a good time looking up things on the Internet, bothering 'Cortana' to do so
Sometimes she helped, sometmes not, depending on the request, but it's noisy there, hard for her to hear at times
Anyway the Party ran down a little afer 9 a.m. and we headed out, me to the Price Chopper
I got my Lottos, only won a $5 Ticket, then had a piece of that Blueberry Pie I baked on Sunday
That first fresh one I baked was OK but somehow this one I froze and then baked later was better
Maybe just my imagination but this one seemed sweeter and with a deeper flavor, whatever that means

Then back to my Tribute Video, I had made some minor changes but didn't get to add the names I wanted yet
So I rendered it again after those changes and uploaded for a third time, to replace the copy that was there

Nothing much after that, into a long afternoon, a call from a friend, wanted to talk ny ear of and did for an hour!
And another friend called, someone sent him an E-Check and he didn't know how to retrieve it
I happen to have his email sign-on so I signed on, retrieved it and printed it from the PDF
So he came by later to pick it up and was happy thst I could do it... Well did I ever tell you I was a Genius?

So then, a cooking session, I had some meat Chili I made from Turkey Meat, ever hear of that?
It was mainly just diced Turkey and Spices so I worked to enhance it... Yeah! back to the Price Chopper
I picked up some Tomato Sauce, Diced Tomatoes and Red Beans and a few othet items
Back to el Ranchito to work on my Chili, some chopped Onions in Olive Oil, dump in the thawed Turkey
Let that heat awhile, add some Tomato Sauce and Diced Tomatoes, taste test and then add some Chili Powder
Yeah... that's GOOOOOD! A bowl of that with some 'Snacker Crackers' was a fine finish to the Day

Off to a fine Tuesday now.......

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Sunday, August 02, 2015 ~
~ New Video almost Finished ~
~ Potting Soil and Plant Watering Day ~
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~ Cucumber and Tomato in the Pots having a Race to the Top ~

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Sunday Morning... another Hot Day on the Way the Man says, well it is August I believe
And... I started out the Morning by making a few minor changes to my Tribute Video and uploaded the 'Beta' Copy
It looks pretty good, the Lighting wasn't so good but that doesn't interfere with the Story too much
But I am not quite finished, I want to add the names of two Daughters that were there
So I am going to try to see if Director Bob Fluchel is at the Coffee House on Monday and knows them

I headed out for my Lottos, on the way out I saw the new sack of Birdfeed I left on the Veranda was torn open
Now, what nasty Varmint did that, thinking a Squirrel, Raccoon or Possum, don't think a Deer would do that
So now I'll have to sweep it up and store it in a safe place like I should have a few days ago

And so, on to the Fast Stop to talk with the Uzbekistan guy, had some chat, got my Lottos and headed back
Spent $20, scratched off only a $10 Win, then was down $25 for the Month... Not a terrific start

And whatever happened to my Orange Tree experiment? I about forgot about them, put them in Pots out front
And they didn't do much where I put them, just got a little water now and then, but now seem to be waking up
So I put some more potting Soil in the Pots, moved them where they would get a bit more Sun, just see what they do

~ Orange Tree Plants in February ~ And in August ~

Then back out front in the afternoon, 92 Degrees but shady on the Veranda, decided to add some Soil to a couple more Planters
And it looked like 'Hose Day' again, some Coleus and Patiens looking droopy again, don't like the heat after the cool start

So then I put the new Soil in several Pots, mixed a Margarita and cooled off catching up on TV News
Then back out to see the Cat was waiting for Dinner, took him a plate of Kibbles and Gizzards
Then I hooked up the Hose and watered everythig out front again, these hot days are hard on the Plants
Oh yeah, swept the Bird Food, put it back in the Bag, put the Bag in an old foam Cooler and under my little Patio Table
Finally back in to rustle up some grub for Dinner to finish out another pretty busy Day...

Now on to the new Week and first thing down to the Coffee Shop to find some Names to add to my Video

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Saturday, August 01, 2015 ~
~ August is Here Already! ~ And Pay Day ~
~ I Must be Having Fun ~ My Time is Flying ~
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~ Bob and Alysen at the Tribute to Barbara Lance ~

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Saturday Morning and all was well in Parkville Missouri USA...
Nice looking Morning, Sun was bright and the Temperature climbing fast, and what for this hot day?
Well, I started out adding names to my latest Video, I think I have most I wanted, I needed two more
There were two Daughters there of the person who was Honored and I didn't know which one was which
So Maybe Bob Fluchel can help me on that, maybe he will be at the Coffee House on Monday

So that was that... I headed out for my Lottos, first to the Fast Stop and I won a dinky $5 again
Took that back and then won $15... Took that back to the Price Chopper and then won $40... Nice
And I bought me some Candy and Nuts and Ice Cream... Then took that $40 winner back to Kicks 66
And this time only won another dinky $5 Ticket, so for the Day a loss of $15, I can handle that

And then, on the way back in I noticed the Tomato and Cucumber Plants in the Pots were having a climbing Race
On Friday the Tomato was ahead , Saturday the Cucumber caught up, they are even at the moment at 5 feet 4 inches
And I am betting on the Cucumber, that Tomato Plant has more to pull up as it climbs... Anyone wanna Bet?

And so, I kept track in July of what Lotto Card won what, I didn't keep as good a total of what I spent though
Anyway it looks like I made a profit for two months in a row, That I surely can handle very well
I know mostly exactly what I spent on winning ticketa and what I won on them, I didn't keep track of the losers
But as I usualy spend $20 on Tickets daily I can come close to an estimate, anyway I do it for fun, but profit is nice<

And so, the Totals look like this... My Total Winnings in June were $2,300.00 with that $1,000.00 Win added
The Total Wins for July were $1,315.00... And those Winning tickets cost me $495.00, not looking so bad!

I didn't keep count of the Losers but I buy at least four Tickets a Day, that would be $620 and 99 of those were Winners
And if I lost all those Tickets the Total losers were $620.00, subtract that from my Winnings and I still have a profit of %695.00
But this month, I am trying harder and I will try to keep an exact Total of hat I spend and Lose... HAH!

So nothing more to complain about on Saturday, see what I can dig up for Sunday....
Oh Boy! They are Saying Sunny and Hot and with a Flood Warning, well the River is a mile away and downhill

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


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