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~ Five Lines - Times 2 ~ Another Nice Win Monday ~                              ~ 'The Donald' ~ El Pato Viejo ~

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

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~ Monday, September 14, 2015 ~
~ Started Moving the Garden Beds ~
~ Picked Cucumbers and made more Pickles ~
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~ That Nice Lotto Win for Sunday ~

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Out on my Treasure Hunt again, to Kicks 66 to win a $50 and $10 Ticket, then the Price Chopper for a $5 Win
Once more to the Fast Stop and won a $5 and a $10, how much is that? $80? I think there was some Profit there
So my 'Wild Goose Chase' was getting tamer... I still had the Itch to try, when did I ever not?
And then back once more to the Price Chopper and then won a $5, $10 and a $20... $115 for the day and some profit
So, once more, down the Hill to the Fast Stop... I wanted a Winner I have to go to Independence to Cash
And this time a complete No-Go... But as they say... It was Fun waren't it?

So I had a couple things to say to the Complex Manager and I stopped in the Office
And we had our chit and chat and me bragging about my last three days Winnings and then...
I told him I was about to give up on my Garden back up on the Hill, big Trees growing fast and too much shade
He said maybe he could have some Tree trimming done, I said a waste of money, for what little I grew
And then he suggested moving the Beds down some, I said it had to be a lot, maybe the edge of the drainage Ditch
And that I didn't think he would approve that, he said it's out back, no problem, go ahead! Just what I wanted

~ Big Project Ahead for Me ~

~ Step One, Pry up the Base ~ Step Two, Sub Base Goes Here ~

~ One Almost Down ~ Two to Go ~

So, up the Hill to get started, took off the Front and back Gates of the Cucumber Bed, pried up the Base, separated it from the Sub Base
Took the Sub Base down the Hill to check the new position of the Bed, back up to take off the Trellis and side Frames
Enough for the Day, back in to cool off... Next... Level the Sub Base, attach the Base, then move all that Soil down the Hill
That will be something to start on Tomorrow (Tuesday)... if the Weather and my mood are satisfactory

While I was up on the Hill I saw a few more 'nubbins' and one good sized Cucumber, found a couple more out frnt
So, I had some Pickling Brine left from a week or so ago in the Fridge, I put that in a Pot to Boil
Then I sliced up all the Nubbins and Cuke and plopped them in the Pot, let those simmer a bit and into a Jar

~ More Cucumbers Monday ~ Then More Pickles ~

That was about it for Projects for Monday, on into the usual Afternoon and Evening, another nice Day

And now starting on Tuesday, what? Up that Hill to work on the Garden Bed moving again? Let's go!

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Sunday, September 13, 2015 ~
~ One More Very Nice Day ~
~ One More Very Nice Lotto Win! ~
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~ When KCPL Shuts off the Juice ~

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Cool and a bit on the Cloudy Side for Sunday Morning and no plans again for anything
And off to the Price Chopper again for Batteries for my Lantern and Lottos to play with
Won $5, back again to trade and won $15... Back again to trade that $15 and then...
At the Price Chopper I won a $15 and a $20... $55 for the Day... even up

Then a resume of the Plants in the Pots out front from June to August, no place to go now
A couple more 'Nubbin' Cucumbers on there now and a nice Crop of Big Boys Tomatoes I am waiting for

~ Big Boys Tomato Plant and Cucumbers ~
And at Noon, just Gorgeous again, Sunny and 73 Degrees, I could get used to that kind of Weather
So, I had that $35 worth of Winners just sitting here, I'll try $20 of that at Kicks 66...
Traded for $20 of Lottos and $15 Cash at Kicks 66... At least I would have $15 for Lottos on Monday
Back home to scratch off the First Ticket... WIN ALL! Twenty $5 Winners, that's the way to Travel.. Yeah!
And then two Losers and then a $10 Winner, $110 Win on that Haul, $165 for the Day, that's not all profit of course

And then a later than usual Margarita and 'What's for Dinner?' How about a Burger?
Needed some big Bakery Buns so back to tha Price Chopper for those, set out a Burger to thaw
Had my Burger and fries later, then some TV and then some playing around with my Phone
I set it to 'Mirror Screen' with my TV, then explored 'You Tube' playing all kinds of Songs on my TV
Some of those Videos on there are spectacular and my Vizio Sound Bar really plays Music well
I had it cranked up loud, I hope the Neighbors enjoyed it as much as I did

And it's Monday all over again... Let's go buy some Lottos!

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Saturday, September 12, 2015 ~
~ One more Gorgeous Cool Fall Day ~
~ And Nothing Much Happening ~
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~ Orange Trees ~ In February and September ~

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Saturday, Sunny but Cool... in the 50s to start... Where did Summer go? Well it is Saptember after all
First to the Price Chopper, bought $20 worth of Lottos, won $20 back, even up, that's no win
Back this time to Machine Number One at the Price Chopper, three places to buy Tickets there
So, $20 more Tickets and won back $30... Am I ahead now or what? Time to quit anyway

On the way back I stopped for Friday's Mail, new free Checks from Discover Bank
I already received my Debit Card, they say I get Cash Back for Debit Card use and writing Checks
And they gave me a $50 Deposit just for signing up, sounds like a Winner Deal to me

On into a long pleasant day again, nice and cool, I tok a walk up the Hill in back
And the Beds look dreary, Cucumbers all dead in the Pepper Bed and the other plants there doing nothing
Then on the other end, the original Cucumber Bed, the Plants all dead or dying in there too
The Cantaloupes I planted in the Tomato Bed aren't doing much, but still green and growing
Then there are quite a few small tonmaroes still trying in th Tomato Bed, just might get a few more there
Overall, the worst season I have had back there, hardly worth the effort and not much fun this Year
I believe the cause was just way too much rain and now increasing shade fron the tall Trees back there
I would like to move the beds down to the center of the back yard, just behind the drainage Ditch there
They would get Sun all day there and would do a lot better, but I don't think Boss Bob would allow that

And then, everyone keeps telling me to get a Case for my new Phone, I don't really want one
But, tthey have some Cases that don't cover up the usability and good looks of the Edge
I checked quite a few online, nice prices but the shipping is half the price
So I wook a ride up North to Walmart to check them there, and they had NO Edge 6+ Cases yet
Then, at the last short sStorm power outage I was thinking one of those LED Lanterns would be nice
I looked around for them, there were quite a number of those available, I picked out a nice one
Batteries not included of course, I'll have to get some at the Price Chopper

I did get some nice Clothes Hangers at a really low price, those big thick ones
I have a lot of those new T-Shirts now and was running out, now that's fixed too

Then on to the rest of the Afternoon and Evening, the usual nice end for another nice Day

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Friday, September 11, 2015 ~
~ One Gorgeous Cool Fall Day ~
~ And Nothing Much Happening ~
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~ Putting the Time Capsule to Rest ~

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Not much going on Friday Morning after all the excitement on Thursday
And not much happening at Noon either, made a trip to the Price Chopper fot some Items
And bought $20 worth of Lottos and won $30 back, so that wasn't enough and I headed to Kicks 66 to trade
Again $20 worth of trades and $10 Cash, only won $15 back this time, profit only $5 for the Day

Then just waiting around for the UPS Man, expecting a new Remote for an AT&T U-Verse TV Receiver
They replaced two so far, some buttons quit, abd now this will make the third one
Outside in front, it looked like the Tomato Plant in the Pot was leaning a bit, needed to fix that
Already had a rope in front and back, needed one on the Cucumber Pot side, out then to do that

So that only took about ten Minutes, back in to wait some more, boredom setting in again
I had that $15 worth of Winners to trade but had to wait for the UPS man some more, he comes about Noon usually

And the Man showed up at 12:15 p.m. with my new Remote, I unpacked it, pulled out the Battery slip
Then checked it on the DVR I have attached to one of my Computers... all Systems GO... So off to Kicks again
Traded my $15 Win for $15 more Tickets and then won another $15 back... even up... oh well

Put out another 'Omaha Steak' to thaw and mixed another Margarita for the Afternoon TV Catch up
I was playing around on the new Phone, decided to try 'Screen Mirroring', easy to do and interesting
Kind of like the 'Side/Sync' with the Phone and my Computer, not exactly alike though
I can see what's happening on the Phone on my big Screen, mostly playing back Internet stuff
But I still think the best way to do all of that is my Laptop connected with an HDMI Cable
Then all the stuff on my computer can be displayed and worked with... and also everything on the Internet

And again that was about of Friday, into the afternoon, on to the Evening, made a fresh Salad
My fresh picked Cucumber, Red and Green Peppers and Sweet Onion from the Price Chopper, Ranch Dressing
Baked me some Oven Fries, grilled that 'Omaha Steak'... A Glass of Vino Tinto and some mroe TV
Oh Yeah... How Sweet it Is!

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Thursday, September 10, 2015 ~
~ Parkville Missouri Time Capsule 2015 Burial ~
~ More Video ~ One More Scene to Add ~
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~ Time Capsule Goes Here ~

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Thursday Morning, up at 5 a.m. and Blogging away, that Posted, worked a couple online Crosswords
A Glass of Juice, a cup of Coffee and on to the usual Morning Routine... Ho Hum
After that... the first thing on the Agenda, to head to City Hall at 8:45 a.m. to finish my Video
On Wednesday after I called City Hall, I got another Email from Alysen at City Hall
She was announcing the time and place for the Burial of the Time Capsule
And sent to the Officials at City Hall and included me in the Notice... How about that?

From: Alysen Abel Public Works Director
To: Tim Blakeslee, Alan Schank, elpato6125@sbcglobal.net
CC: Lauren Palmer, Nan Johnston
When: Where: RSVP: Thursday, September 10, 2015 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
City Hall Flagpole: Accepted: (Change) Save: Sep 9 at 1:58 PM
Placement of the Time Capsule by the flagpole in the southeast corner of City Hall

And then... I packed up my Video Camera and headed for City Hall and the Video Project ahead
To try to get the final scenes of the Capsule Burial and add them to the Video I have for the Finale... TAH DA!

Arrived at City Hall about 15 Minutes early, got a few preliminary shots and waited
The City Street Truck arrived, the guys started removing the temporary top and signs
Next they brought out the Time Capsule and were joined by Alysen Abel and Tim Blakeslee
Alysen is the Parkville Public Works Director, Tim is her Assistant Director
They wrapped the Capsule in a protective cover and lowered it into the resting place
Alysen used a Golden Shovel to toss in the first Soil, then finished by the Street Crew
Everyone got a Phone Photo and then a final word by Alysen and the Mission was accomplished

Then I stopped in at Kicks 66 for a my Lottos, another tiny $5 Win, not much luck this Month so far
And back home to start on the Video addition, edit, add subtitles, render and upload
Alysen said she would let me know when they place the Concrete Cap and the Marker
Then I can get a couple shots of that and then this and the final scenes to finish the Video


OK, into the afternoon, another Margarita and 'What's for Dinner?' Hey! Eggplants in the Pot again
I picked these five little Jewels, just right for an ample serving with a hunk of Chicken
So I peeled the Eggplants, cut into Cubes, then dipped in Flour, Eggwash and Italian Panko Crumbs
Some Olive Oil in a Casserole, in with the Eggplant and into the Oven for about an Hour to crisp up

~ Breaded and ready to Bake ~ In the Rough ~ And Served with a Hunk of BBQ Chicken ~

I had a hunk of BBQ Chicken ready to Hot up, Into the M/W with that, the EP out of the Oven and plated
Poured a Glass of Wine, put an Episode of 'Breaking Bad' on the new TV and finished a great day
And that Crispy Oven Fried Egglant was even tastier than that Smoked BBQ Chicken... Yeah!

Now.. Friday already, what can I find to do that is close to the fun I had on Thursday? Let's go see!

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Wednesday, September 09, 2015 ~
~ Playing with the New TV ~
~ Time Capsule to be Buried Thursday ~
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Off we go on Wednesday Morning to seek my Fortune, where is it anyway? Been looking over 80 Years now
I headed to the Price Chopper as I needed a couple Items there anyway and for the Day only won $10
And then when I came back, Boss Bob was across the Street, yelled 'I want to see your new TV'
Then when he was finished over there he came to my place, checked out the TV
He said he had just bought a Samsung 4K UHD but flat screen, several things were dfferent on mine

And I had my Bike sitting in the Living Roon, I had moved it so I could haul the TV
Told him I was going to get rid of it, only rode it twice since I bought it, he said 'How Much?
I told him I was going to sell it to my Mechanic Friend, he said he would give me $30 and that was fine woth me
So he paid me and said he would be back for it later, wanted to give it to a relative, so I got rid of that

And then about 2 p.m. I checked my Email, I should have checked earlier, well I did, a lot earlier
And I got this Email from the Parkville Director of Public Works, asking when -I- want to place the Time Capsule

From Alysen Abel, Director of Public Works, Parkville MO, To Donald Smith
Today, September 09, 2015 at 9:47 AM
Don, the hole has been dug. Do you want to place the Time Capsule this afternoon? Or tomorrow?
Alysen

And so, when I saw that I called City Hall, and told her that just anytime would be fine for me
And she said that the Street Crew goes home about 2:30, so would I want to do it tomorrow, Thursday
And I said 9 a.m. would be perfect... So lookee there... -I- set the time for the Time Capsule to be buried
Oh Lord! It's hard to be humble.. So I don't even try

So then it was Cocktail and TV time and on into another glorious Afternoon weather wise
Had my Cocktail, sample of the new TV and later a nice Dinner and off to Dreamland
And... I dreamed I was setting up at City Hall for my Video and my Mike Battery was dead!
So then I woke up at 5 a.m. as I was running around in my Dream for a good Battery
And I will be sure to check that before I head to City Hall today (Thursday) for the Time Capsule Burial

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Tuesday, September 08, 2015 ~
~ New 4K Curved TV Arrives~
~ Assembled ~ Installed ~ And I Like It! ~
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~ More Tomatoes on the Way ~

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Up and at 'em again at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, looking for my new 4K Curved Screen TV
Didn't really need it, just wanted to see if it looks any better than the Samsung Smart TV I have now
I figure I might as well get all the new Toys I want to try while I am still here
They say you can't take them with you, and who gets all this stuff when I head out anyway?

I was waiting for that Email that says come and get it, they said maybe today the 8th
So then, a couple days back I got another update for Windows 10, it is back to putting the 'Build Number' on the Screen
This one says 'Windows 10 Home Insider Preview' and 'Evaluation Copy Build 10532'
So maybe they are still using us 'Insiders' to test out new Builds before general Release?
Don't see much difference in the latest, they did change the background color on the Start Button
It was Black Letters on White, now it is White Letters on Black... I like that, looks sharp!
And I think that Cortana is respondng better now as they said she would over time

~ Latest Windows 10 Build ~

And then, after my Computer Session I went out and trotted up the Hill in back to check the Crops
The stuff back there has not been doing well at all this Year, Varmints and too much Rain
I did get a few Tomatoes, a couple small Eggplants and some Cucumbers, then someone stole my Tomatoes
Now I have a few Tomatoes coming on backthere again and I picked those Cukes up there in the Corner

Then off to the Fast Stop for my Lottos, traded a $20 Winner for one $5 Winner and three $5 Losers
That just ain't the way that I like to do business... BAH!

And on into that very nice but slow moving Day, trying to find something to pass the time
And checking my Email about every fifteen Minutes for that 'Here it is' Email
So, working on this BLOG on a catch up just a little after Noon. I heard a 'Bloop' on my Phone
I finished the sentence I was working on and checked my Email and there it was, 'Come and Get It'

I already had taken my Bike out of the Blazer to make room so I jumped in snd headed down the long Trail East
Parkville is on the far West Side of Kansas City North and Sears is on the Far East Side
So it is quite a trip but I made good time, got there, they loaded my TV and I headed back
And I backed up in front to unload the TV, and just then Tom, the Maintenance Man, drove up
Jumped out and came around to help me carry that heavy thing into my Living Room
We set it down, I had aready taken the older TV Off the Shelf, Tom said to call when I put the New one on

Then I took my time unpacking it, then attached the Stand, plugged in all the Wires and turned it on
And it came on, and then stepped me though all the preliminary Set Up, then said 'Ready to Go!

That was just at 2:30 p.m. I called Boss Bob for help, he said he would send Tom down at 3 p.m.
Then I finished getting my Wireless AT&T U-Verse Receiver, Netflix and Vimeo set up on the TV
Right at 2:45 p.m. I got a knock on the Door, Tom said he saw I had the Box out front so stopped to help
So he came in, he grabbed one end, me the other and we set it on the shelf, just fits perfectly

~ My Own 'Liberty Memorial' Video on my new TV ~

And I spent the rest of the Afternoon and Evening exploring and enjoying the latest Tech Toy
And finding it far more than I expected, it is just great! Picture is bigger, brighter. Color is great
The scene 'Draws you in' just like they say, even giving 3D appearance without any 3D Media
So I am really tickled that Kelly gave me the idea, best thing I have bought this Month! HAH!

Today, back to more setting up, they say I can use my Phone for Media Streaming too... Off I GO!!!

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Monday, September 07, 2015 ~
~ Labor Day Monday ~
~ New 4K Curved Screen TV on Tuesday? ~
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~ Cat asking 'Where's my Dinner?' ~

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Monday Morning, had my Flags set out ready to put out front Labor Day Morning, what? Is it Raining?
Peeked outside, yeah all Dark and all Wet! Postpone the Flag raising please
So just puttered around, finished writing my BLOG and a few Computer maintenance things
Then headed to the Price Chopper for my Lottos, back to scratch off a $10 and $15 Win
Back to cash those in, hit a different Lotto machine and then back home to scratch off nothing
Oh well, $5 Profit for the Day anyway... But that won't pay the rent

Then a phone call from a friend that will not stop talking, so I worked away on the Computer stuff
I had the Phone on 'Speaker' so I could keep listening and doing stuff here and there on my Files and Web surfing

I checked the Tomatoes in the Pot out Front on the way back in from Lottoing
And it looks like I am going to get a nice Harvest soon, I counted at least 19 Tomatoes on that plant
Several pretty good sized and will be ready in maybe a Week or so, lots of little ones coming on now

The Rain stopped about Mid Day, even got a little temporary Sunshine, I put the Flags out for the rest of the Holiday
And on into another Afternoon, needed to whup up some more BBQ Beans to go with another Chicken Leg
Out to the Kitchen to start on that, my BBQ Beans are sort of the same Recipe but turn out diffrent each time
But with the Stuff I put in them, they always turn out Tasty and Spicy, goes good with any kind of BBQ

So I cooked a new Batch of BBQ Beans, then decided to convert some Ham and Bean Soup in the Freezer
That should work OK, the 'Soup' is more just Ham and Beans than soupy Soup, just need to change the flavor some
Chopped more Onions, added BBQ Sauce, couple slices of Bacon, some Ketchup, simmered that all together
And came out tasting different but really very tasty at that, invented a new Dish, what ya call that anyway?
'Ham and Bean Soup BBQ Beans' maybe, anyway will go good with a lot of things, besides, they say Beans are good for you

And that was about it for Monday, now Tuesday, hoping for notice from Sears to come and get my TV
Seems I am alwais waiting for delivery of some thing New... Yeah... the AN TIS UH PAY SHUN!

Off to a new Day we go!

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Sunday, September 06, 2015 ~
~ New 4K Curved Screen TV on the Way ~
~ Labor Day Monday ~
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~ More 'Little Fingers' Eggplants' to Deep Fry ~

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Well now, where was I? Didn't mention the TV I ordered yesterday, should be here on Tuesday
I am pretty strong willed in what I am interested in but I can adapt, I like to keep up on the new stuff
As in a Cell Phone, a little over a year ago I was saying who needs a 'Smart Phone'?

My little dumb Flip Phone could make calls. who needs to play Games and Text on a Phone anyway
Then I was reading online about what the Galaxy S5 could do, Hey! Maybe I could use that
So I headed out the same day to AT&T and bought one and was tickled to death with what I could do with it
And then a year or so later I read about the newest Galaxy S6 Edge+... Ohhh yeah!
So the first Day it was released to Sales, back to AT&T and got one on the very first available Day
And I was tickled with the Galaxy S5... But with the Galaxy S6 Edge+... I am now overwhelmed and then a lot more!

But back to the TV... I read about the new 4K TVs and the Curved Screens, but who needs that?
Not much 4K Media available anyway and the Curved Screen seemed superfluous to me
My Samsung 46 Inch 'Smart TV' isn't very old and does everything I want and need... but...
As I mentioned we were out Friday shopping for a TV for Kelly, here and there, for the best Deal
And at Walmart, Kelly was absolutely fascinated with a Huge Curved 4K TV on display, to me... Ho Hum
But when we got back he ranted on and on about this and that, especially 'white' rendition, I wasn't interested much
So I told him I would get online and check out the things he said were so thrilling to him

And I got online on Saturday to check them out, AHA, the curved Screen had nothing to do with it
The improved Picture was due to the 4K Technology and was the same on their Flat or Curved Screens
Then I got online to look at the ones at various Stores and saw one at Sears at a terrific Price
And their Flat and Curved Screens were close to the same Price so I ordered the Curved one anyway
So when I set it up, I'll see if I am as thrilled as Kelly was, anyway, that's why I bought a TV I do not really need

And on to the rest of the long, warm and pleasant Day... Again nothing much going on
Now Monday, Labor Day... I was ready to hang out my American Flags but it's all wet out there
So, it looks like it's going to rain on someone's Labor Day Parade.. Oh well...

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Saturday, September 05, 2015 ~
~ A Surprize Email for the City of Parkville! ~
~ Cooked up my Eggplant 'Fingers' ~
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~ One more nice fat 'Nubbin' for a Salad ~

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Checking my Email Saturday Morning, one was the 'Parkville News Update' I get now and then
And reading down the Page! LOOKEE THERE! They posted a link to my Time Capsule Video I made for them
That was a pleasant surprize to be recognized for my coverage of the Event even if they did not mention my Name

~ My Time Capsule Video Posted on the Parkville News Update Email ~

Well, the Video does start out with ~ Donald Lee Smith Presents ~
And I am wondering if they added the Copy I gave them of this one to the Four Videos already in the Capsule

~ Opening Scene on my Time Capsule Video ~

And then What? Off to the Fast Stop for a start on the Day's Lottos, got into a heavy duty Discussion of Phones
I can't understand the dedication of people to the iphone 6 and it's outdated Specifications at such a Price at that
Do they say... They would rather see a Dim, Fuzzy LED Screen of 326 DPI, than the Bright Sharp OLED Screen of the Calaxy S6 at 577 DPI?
And rather take Videos and Photos with an 8 mp Camera than one with a 16 mp one like the Galaxy S5 and S6?
Well I guess it is because Grandma had an iphone and she got along with it alright

Anyway I got my Lottos and back home for only a $10 Win, back to the Price Chopper for another $15 Win
Back again to the Price Chopper for a $5 Win, then finally to Kicks 66 for a $10 Win
So Winners totalling $40 but still no profit... Oh well, still have most of the Month to go

And ...'What's for Dinner'? I set out the next to last slice of the last Pork Roast I did in the Crock Pot
Next I picked those three little Eggplants from the Plant in the Pot out front. thought I would Batter them and Deep Fry
Then with some Fresh Cucumbers and Tomatoes, That should be a Dandy Dish to set before the King

And that is what I did, peeled and cut the Egglants into one Inch pieces, dredged in Flour
Then dipped into Egg Wash and then into Panko Crumbs, set it the Fridge to set up
At Dinner Time I put that Pork hunk into the M/W, the Eggplant into my 'Fry Daddy'
Warmed the Pork to juicy Tenderness, the Eggplant to Crispy Fries, plated and back to the TV
And that was really a Dandy Dish to set before the King, but he didn't show up so I ate it all!

And now it's Sunday, what's to do today?

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Friday, September 04, 2015 ~
~ Another Visit from Kelly ~
~ Made Bread and Butter PIckles on Thursday ~
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~ New Burial Site at City Hall for the Time Capsule ~

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Lessee, what was all the action on Friday? Well an unexpected early Visitor for one
I was finishing up my early Morning Computer routine when I heard a Car door close outside my Window
Then a quiet Knock on my Door, who could that be this early? Well, it was Kelly, off work for the Day
He used to be a Checker at the old Apple Market back when I first moved to Parkville
The Apple Market was closed and torn then to make room for the the new Price Chopper
And I think it was around 2002 that Kelly was working at the old Apple Market

Anyway, he came in, I made Coffee, we chatted and then I had to Shower and get ready for the day
And it was a long and chatty 'Show and Tell' day, Phones,, Computers, Web Sites and TV stuff to Demo
Then he wanted to go shopping for a new TV, We hit KMart, a no go, then found one he liked at Walmart
He lugged that back to the Blazer then back to 'Mi Ranchito' for a Manhattan before he headed for Home

I don't think I mentioned that on Thursday I made 'Bread and Butter' Pickles, easy enough to do
I used to make real fermented Kosher Dill Pickles in a Stone Crock back at my Saint Joseph House
But Mom liked Bread and Butter Pickles so I used to make then for her, back then I 'Canned' them

So, I had about half a dozen nice Cukes in the Fridge, I put some 'Brine' on to simmer
Couple cups of Sugar, Cider Vinegar, then Celery Seed and Mustard Seed, a little Kosher Salt
Then used my Electric Slicer to slice up the Cukes real nice and even, into the Brine for a few Minutes
Let them cool and then just filled a Jar to the brim exactly and then into the Fridge
No need to 'Can' refrigerator type Pickles, they keep well in the Fridge for quite awhile

~ More Bread and Pickles ~ Tasty... Yeah! ~

So then after my Company left, another Manhattan and a Glass of Wine and more of those super 'Beans and Franks'
As I said when I first concocted them, the best of that Dish I have ever made that I can remember
Have to try to remember what I did to make them so good this time

Anyway again, off to another Weekend and go for some Lottos, not having any luck at all this Month

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Thursday, September 03, 2015 ~
~ Another Sunny Hot but Pleasant Day ~
~ Got a Photo of the new Time Capsule Site ~
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~ I Bested 'Jimmy Dean' on this Egg and Sausage Sandwich ~

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Up and NOT at 'em on Thursday Morning, no plans for the Day, all the Micro Cell excitement was for Tuesday
So I finished my long tale of Tuesday, then started on my Wednesday, headed to Kicks 66 for my Lottos
And for the Second Day in a row, won only a single $5 Ticket... Bah Humbug!

Then I checked my Email, a nice Note from Parkville City Hall about the Time Capsule

"Don, I believe the street crew will be working on placing the time capsule sometime next week.
I will get a specific date and time from them and let you know.
The location has moved to the Southeast corner of City Hall, in the green space by the flag pole."
Alysen M. Abel, P.E. Public Works Director

So I thought I would take my Video Camera and see if they have that area marked off yet
Then when they dig the Hole and drop in the Time Capsule I'll try to get some Video to conclude that Project

And off to Parkville City Hall, Alysen said the site would be at the base of the Flag there, and there it was
So I got some preliminary Video of where they would dig and then bury the Capsule when and if

And then a Block or three and around the Corner to the Price Chopper, again needed a few Items
And I traded some of my Winner Lottos for more and headed back to scratch off NOTHING, no Luck this Month yet!
So I took a few more Winner Tickets and headed down to the Fast Stop, buy Lottos and bandy with the Clerk
And again back home to scatch off NOTHING! How can anyone live like that>

Next I uploaded my Video to my Computer, started editing the Video and adding it to the Original Render
That done and saved for Later when I get the Video of the Undertaking

~ New Site at Parkville City Hall ~

And so, that again was about it for the Day, Ho Hummmm, another Sunny Hot Day
I did try another of those Lotto Prize 'Omaha Top Sirloin' Steaks, and a Baked Potato
I stuffed that Tater with Butter, chopped Onion and Bacon, some Good! Yeah
Now what to do on Friday? Not a Clue on what to Do!

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Wednesday, September 02, 2015 ~
~ AT&T Micro Cell Delivered ~
~ Installed, Activated and it Works ~
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~ AT&T Gateway Modem/Router ~ AT&T Micro Cell ~ TV Receiver Access Point ~

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Wednesday Morning, dark out there, then we had a little Rain Shower on the Way to the Price Chopper
I needed Milk and Eggs and traded in $25 of my Winning Tickets to win back only $5, not a good start
So then back to el Ranchito Pequeno for Breakfast, Sausage and Egg on a Biscuit... Yummm

And then just fooling around on the Computer and whatever, loaded a load of Tees and Shorts into the Washer
Sorted up some papers and stuff on a Shelf, found a nice empty Photo Frame, 'El Pato' deserves that nice one
A friend who knew the 'Duck' was my Mascot mailed me that on a piece of Paper in an Envelope
I unfolded it, printed out a nice Photo and put it a cheap Paper Folder to sit up on the Top Computer Shelf
Later I made an Animation of him flapping his Wings and Quacking for my BLOG Logo
Now he is back on top of my Computer Shelves and looking a lot better

~ El Pato in his old Frame ~ Now in his New One ~

Wednesday dragging along, kinda boring from the start, waiting, waiting, waiting for the UPS Man again
The Micro Cell is not going to do much for me until I call or someone calls me but I wanted to set it up
I like to play with new Tech things, not many that I need to add now, got all kinds of stuff I don't really need
My two main Addictions I guess, Tech Toys and Lotto Scratchers... Well, what else to do but Garden and Cook?

And finally about 2 p.m. and Margarita time the UPS Man shows up with my Package
Opened it up, Fast Start Guide, Micro Cell, Ethernet Cable and Power Suppply, off to the Computer Room then
I had one empty Ethernet Port left, connected that and then the Power Supply, Powered it up
And then got online with ATT&T to Activate, they have a Site that steps you through it
Answer the Questions and then Start and it starts it's Activation,

~ Power Up ~ Software Update ~ Location Verification ~ Activation ~

And the Install Indicator began to creep across the Screen, Software Update took awhile, then the Site Verification
Message came on,"This can take up to 90 Minutes, relax awhile"... Finally it stopped... Congratulations, Activation Complete!

~ Before - One Tiny Bar ~ After - Five Full Bars ~

I was watching the Phone as the Cell was being Activated, just before the Activation Stopped all Five Bars popped up
And so, it sure does the Job, I have the strongest Cell Signal in the Area now, my own Private Cell Tower!
And it IS Private, it will only work with the Phone numbers you provide in Activation

So I had to try it out, called my Friend Kelly, he said it sounded great, we talked for awhile
Then I signed off for the Afternoon TV, then 'What's for Dinner' and finished off another Good Day

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Tuesday, September 01, 2015 ~
~ Goodbye Summer ~ Autumn is Here ~
~ And a Happy Pay Day Today! ~
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~ More 'Nubbins to make Eggplant Parmesan/Mozzerella ~

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Tuesday... Tuesday... What did I do on Tuesday... Not much, well I went out front and made a little Video
My Vegetable Crops aren't doing much good this Season but the Flowers out front never looked better
So I thought I would just get a little Video to ejoy them on my BLOG and TV too


And then I headed out to get my Daily Ration of Lottos, bought four Tickets, lost four Tickets
And wanting to again try for that elusive BIG One, I tried another full Pack, out $300 quick
I know that is not the most profitable thing to try, you usually only win one $40 or $50 and win about half back
Actually a pack now and then has to have one of those BIG ones it it, I just haven't found that Pack yet
But it is the thrill of the Hunt they say, and the anticipation, this time I won $160, lost $140
Anyway now, I have that $160 of Winners to keep trying with and I just might hit a BIG one?

Next... The City hasn't buried that Time Capsule yet, waiting for an OK from the underground Utiities check
I thought I would run down to the Train Station and see what the site might be like, got some 'before' Video
They had a semicircle drawn on the Grass where they wanted to put it, looks like a Cable runs straight through it
The Assistant City Administrator said he would Call me when the bury it, hope he doesn't forget

~ Looks Like they will Have to be Careful if they Bury it Here ~

Then on into another hot afternoon about 90 or so, Coleus loking wllty again, they are my indicators
So I dragged out the Hose, gave everything out front another good Drink, using lots of water out there this Year
Then it was Cocktail Time again, another Margarita, that has been replacing my Daily Manhattan as of late
But that cool Lime Juice really hits the tasty spot on these warm Summer days...Oops... now Fall Days

Then on to TV time, Dinner Time and later...Bed Time... Now... my AT&T Micro Cell comes today! (Wednesday)


~ Monday, August 31, 2015 ~
~ Last Day of August ~ Goodbye Summer ~
~ Made Eggplant Parmesan/Mozzerella ~
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~ Cucumbers and Big Boys Tomato way up in the Tree ~

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Monday Morning, last Day of the Month... Pay Day on Tuesday HOORAY! Made it again
Well I did have a pretty good Lotto Month, I may have made a profit... too much Math to find out
Checked my Email, says my AT&T Micro Tower will be delivered Tuesday! Hooray again!
I want to see how well it solves my low Phone signal down here in the Gully

Then, finished my Coffee, worked my online Crosswords and up the Hill out back to water again
Just hardly any good crops at all back there this year, just too much Rain and not enough Sun
And a few days back I saw I had some nice Tomatoes getting big and then Saturday I saw they were GONE!
Now What! Squirrels take one bite and go, Deer can't get in there... WHO STOLE MY TOMATOES!

~ Where did my Tomatoes Go? ~ Cantaloupe Plants look Good ~

So then back in and into the Shower to wash off any adventurous Chiggers from up there
And then off to Kicks 66 for my final August day of Lottos, and only won a dinky $5
Then next door to the Price Chopper for some Goodies, stuff to do up some more 'Eggplant Parmesan/Mozzerella'
I had those two little Nubbins I picked up on the Hill and several more in the Fridge
So that should be enough for a small Casserole of my 'Especial Berenjenas con Tomates y Queso

And, on into the pleasant afternoon although a lot warmer than the last few Days
I was out front checking my Cucumbers and Tomatoes in the Pots, some small Cucumbers setting on
And some more nice 'Big Boys' Tomatoes, be another week or more for then, make up for the missing ones out back
And then we had a little Breeze and the Tomato Stake was wobbling back and forth some... Oh Oh...
One Pot full of Tomatoes fell over one year, had to pick all the green ones, so what to do

So, I had some Plastic Rope, and a couple big Rocks out front, let's get at it
I hefted two big Rocks over from next Door, tied a Rope from the Rock in front to the Stake
And then repeated the process in the back, looks solid, that might hold them...

~ Tomato Plant Blew over in 2007 ~ I tied this 2015 Pot down and hope for the Best ~

So that was about it for outside, let's cook some Eggplant Nubbins, started by putting some Olive Oil in a Casserole
Put that in the Oven to heat while I peeled and cut the Nubbins in half, then into a beaten Egg and Olive Oil
Next, covered the Eggplant with Pankos Crumbs, into the reheated Olive Oil and then more stuff on top
Like first, some more Panko Crumbs, then a layer of Mozzerella Cheese, then sliced Red Ripe Tomato slices
Some more Cheese, then a layer of chopped Bell Pepper and Sweet Onion, then om top, Parmesan Cheese, looking good!

Into the Oven for maybe a half Hour, smelling great, then out looking really Tasty

~ 'Some more Especial Berenjena con Queso y Tomates ~

Now Tuesday Morning, was looking for my AT&T Micro Cell to be delibered today
But the reschedued it for Wednesday, well I have been doing with a low Phone Signal for 15 Years
Maybe I can hold out for one more Day... Now Pay Day Today... off to my Lottos!

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


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