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~ Monday December 14, 2015 ~
~ Dentist First Thing ~ Got that Tooth Filled ~
~ New Aerogarden on the Way ~
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~ Basil Snipped Sunday Morning ~ For Pizza Sunday Afternoon ~
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Monday Morning 7 a.m. just posted my Sunday Drivel Page, next I head to the Dentist about 9:30 a.m.
Got an email from Amazon, my Aerogarden 6 has been shipped, I am on the 'Amazon Prime' fast track now
I get free 2 Day shipping and also their Videos and Music on my Computer, TV and Smart Phone with 'Prime'
And like the last Order, they say my Garden will be here on Wednesday the 16th, but the Pods I want come Frday the 18th
The Garden comes with 7 Herb Seed Pods, but I want to plant Mega Cherry Tomatoes, ordered them from Walmart
But by good luck the last Walmart order came early, the same day as the Garden, maybe I can luck out again

And on to the Dentist at 9:30 a.m. a Bit too early but I stopped at the ATM and then the Minit Mart for Lottos
Still too early but I was called in earlier than my Appointment, into the little room
Then to the procedure, not all that comfortable, some kind of clamp on the Tooth, then some grinding
Then some stuffing of the Tooth, took longer than I expected, finally I got to head home

Then scratched off my Lottos, darn! Only $10, and just dumped $225 more at the Dentist but only paid $69
Dental prices sure have gone up since the 'Good Old Days'... But my Dental plan eases that some

Dark and Cold Day, where did that Sunshine go... and Brrrrr, those nice 60s Temps
A boring Day after the Dentist visit, no Cooking Projects, got plenty in the Fridge and Freezer now
And more coming, I had a lot of loser Lotto Points and ordered a 7 Pound Spiral Ham from Omaha Steaks
That will take care of my Christmas Ham this year and at no cost after the loser Lotto itself

2:30 p.m. and nothing to do that I want to do... or have to do, just catch up on the TV and wait for a Visitor
A friend coming by after work for help with some things on the Internet, renewimg license plate and such

And then on to the usual p.m. Routine, mostly nuthin... Margarita and TV, waiting for the Visitor
So, 6 p.m. Visitor didn't show, let's have anorher Plate of Arroz con Pavo, better this time
It was really tasty the first attempt but a bit more Picante than I like, that 'El Pato Hot Sauce' maybe

So, finished up Monday, now Tuesday and off to another Doctor... To check that bent finger
This is the third one to see for that, see if anything happens this time

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Sunday December 13, 2015 ~
~ Busy Day ~ De-Hotted the 'Arroz con Pavo' ~
~ Made Pizza with that Fresh Picked Basil ~
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~ Mighty Mini Tomatoes on Sunday Morning ~
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Sunday Morning, again a lot of this and that and some of the other on the Computer until 11 a.m.
Some Chat with Herr Sigi Wulle, finished my BLOG and edited some Photos... Crosswords, Email and what else?
I checked the Gardens, the Basil in Aero 4 needed Harvesting again, fastest growing Garden so far!

I was talking to Pat Harris on Saturday, and she wants to buy my AeroGarden number One
So that is pending and then I thought I would like to have another AeroGarden Ultra LED lke my newest one
So I got on Amazon and ordered that and then on Walmart to order some Mega Cherry Tomato Seed Pods for that one

~ The Garden that Pat wants to buy ~ Another Like this on Order for Me ~

Two Cooking Projects planned for Sunday... De-hotting the Arroz con Pavo and baking a Pizza
So off to the Price Chopper, got $20 of Lottos, won back only $5, on to the Produce Department
Found some nice 'On the Vine' Tomatoes then around the Corner for a Jug of Carlo Rossi 'Paisano' Vino Tinto
Way back to the back for some Pizza Crust and a Half Gallon of Milk, then some Snickers Bars
Stopped by the Cheese Coolers for some Mozzerella, and finally picked up a package of Uncle Ben's Rice

So what first then? De-hot the Arroz con Pavo... I had one last package of Turkey slices, browned them up
Next, Chopped up some more Onion, then some Green Pepper, saute the Onion and Pepper in a little Olive Oil
Into the Pot with the Rice and some Chicken Broth, stir and then add the Turkey and Taste

After simmering all that for awhile, what to put it in? My next to largest Pyrex Dish would hold it
So I dunped in the previous Batch and then added the new Batch on top, stirred it up real well
Now almost twice as much as the first try even with taking a plate for Dinner on Saturday

~ My Sunday Modification ~ De-Hot the Arroz con Pavo ~

Then I put it in the Oven to meld a bit, make sure every thing is cooked about right, then a Taste
And that Taste made the Grade, just adding more Rice and Turkey did the trick
Now I can say the Arroz con Pavo was a great success.... Very Tasty!
Now, with about Twice as much as I had on Saturday, had to store some in the Fridge and Freezer

Then a break with a Margarita and TV catch up session, already 3 p.m. The Day going faster than usual
And so then, let's make a Pizza... A bit easier, I had Italian Sausages in the Freezer, thawed and sliced two
Then browned the Slices, set them aside, rolled out the Pizza Dough, spread on the Marinara Sauce
Next added slices of Mozzerella Cheese, spaced out the Sausage slices on the Cheese, next the Tomatoes
Sliced them and spread them out between the Sausage slices, then Split the Basil Leaves, a slice on each Tonato
Last, some shredded Mozzerella sprinkled on around and between the Sausage and Tomatoes
Into the Oven for 15 Minutes, then out to cool and slice and enjoy with my Evening TV

~ My Pizza Constuction for Sunday ~ With my Fresh picked Basil ~

That finished up a busy Sunday, now Monday... How to start the Day? Well post this on Facebook
And then head over to Tremont Dental to try a filling in that cracked Tooth from a botched Root Canal

On to the New Day and New Week we go

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Saturday December 12, 2015 ~
~ Darker and Cooler Day ~
~ Made some Bright Colored 'Arroz con Pavo' ~
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~ Need to Snip Basil Again ~ Grow Light at it's Maximum Height ~
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Well lessee now, what happened on Saturday, first a call from Pat Harris offering a ride
She was going to Bob Fluchel's Service, I wasn't up to handling that just yet
And she said that she really likes her new Aerogarden, was thinking of buying another
I have been thinking of getting another Aerograden Ultra LED like my newest and largest one
So I offered to sell her one of my present 'Three Pod' Gardens for a nice price, that's pending

Then I headed for the Fast Stop to start my Treasure Hunt and it was a no go
Well Saturday was damp and dark, no so cold but just kind of dreary out there, not like Friday
So it was inside stuff again, tended to all the Gardens needs, snipped a little 'too tall' Basil
Also was thinking where could I put that new Garden if I did order one, Kitchen Table maybe?

And the Clock creeped around to Cooking Experiment time, I found that Recipe online I liked
It was some different than the one I made up previously for my Arroz con Pollo, I had everthing though
Except the Rice and a Red Pepper, back to the Price Chopper for that, got a huge Red pepper on sale
Then the Rice, I hunted for the 'Uncle Ben's Converted Rice' I always used, couldn't find a Box like that
Seems they have a whole new line of Rice, 'easy cook' and all knds of Seasonings, I did find a plain one

So then back to start the Process, they had a different way that I used before and a bit more complicated
And a couple Ingredients I didn't think I needed and one I wanted they didn't list.. Jalapeno Pepper
Started by mixing the 'Adobo Seasoning'... Kosher Salt, Cumin, Paprika, Black Pepper, Turmeric and Oregano
Set that aside and chopped up the 'Sofrito'... Onion, Red pepper, Garlic and Jalapeno Pepper
I thawed a lot of sliced Turkey then browned it some in the Skillet, then sprinked it with the Adobo
Next. Olive Oil in the Pot to saute the Sofrito some, then added in a cup of Pat's 'El Pato' Tomato Sauce
Then a Cup of Chicken Stock, then two cups of the Rice, stirred that all up well
Last in with all the Turkey to simmer some. was looking pretty good by then
Finally I poured it all in a Casserole Dish and covered with foil and into a slow Oven to wait for Dinner later

~ My Saturday Idea ~ 'Arroz con Pavo' ~ (Rice with Turkey) ~

Well it was a Mexican Fiest Day so I started my TV Session with a Margarita...
The afternoon waned and I plated a Helping of that Arroz con Pavo for Dinner, just the right Temp from the Oven
Poured ub Vaso de Vino Tinto and back to the Tv and a Movie, and what about that Turkey Experiment
And that Turkey was tender and tasty, really good, the Rice well seasoned but the Sauce a bit on the 'too hot' Side
Sometimes I get too generous with the Jalapeno Pepper and sometimes you get hotter ones than usual

It was a tasty Dish however and I'm going to try to tame the Temperature of the Spice down a little
More Rice, more El Pato Sauce, some Green Pepper and Chickedn Stock... No more spices though!
So that will be the Afternoon project for Sunday and then what's the adventure for the Morning?

Off we go into the Dark, Wet, Rainy, but Warm Morning to find out

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Friday December 11, 2015 ~
~ A Super Spring Weather Day! ~
~ Some Outside Gardening Clean-Up ~
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And a really nice Weather Day dawning on Thursday, Weatherman said going to the middle 60s...
Headed out late in the Morning to search for my Fortune, Win some, Lose some, tried four places
And ended up with $70 of Winnings, no profit but I was using only the Money I had won before

On past Noon and it had warmed up nicely, the front Yard was looking kind of messy after the Cold weather
So I put on a long sleeve Shirt and went out to start 'depotting' the Pots, and there were a lot of them
Took my time, digging the dead plants out, sacking them to put in the Trash Bin
Got over half of them depotted, all but the Cannas, not sure yet what to do with those
I read that you can save the 'Rhizomes' to plant new ones in the Spring, easier just to buy new ones

~ These Pots all Cleaned Out ~ A Few More to Do ~ Might dig up the Rhizomes for Next Year ~

And that was it for outside doings after I took the dead Plants to the Dumpster
Back inside to see the Blinking Lights on AeroGarden 4 Blinking at me... Blue Light 'Water Me', Green Light 'Feed Me'
And the Dashboard on the AeroGarden 5 Ordering me to add Nutrient, So I fed and watered them

~ Blue Light says 'Water Me' ~ Green Light 'Feed Me' ~ Dashboard says 'Add Nutrient' ~

I Reset the Lights on Garden 4, hit the OK Button on Garden 5, then time to mix a Margarita... Yeah
Into the usual Ho Hum TV Afternoon, then thought up some Pizza for Dinner, then Wine, Movie and off to Bed

And now, Saturday Morning, thinking of all that Turkey still in the Freezer, what different Dish to make with that?
Got an Idea, I used to make some good 'Arroz con Pollo'... How about some 'Arroz con Pavo?' I'll give it a try
First to the Fast Stop to trade in a $25 Winner for more, then see what I need for my new 'Comida Mexicana'
I think I have everything here for that including some 'El Pato Salsa' that Pat gave me

~ A Gift from Pat Harris ~ I'll Try this in my 'Arroz con Pavo' ~

Ahora vamos a cocinar algo grande! Viva el Pavo!

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Thursday December 10, 2015 ~
~ One More December Week on the Way Out ~
~ A Little More Harvest again Thursday ~
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~ Harvested Dill stored in the Jar so Far ~
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And so what was Thursday? Except a gorgeous Fall Day... but Winter is coming soon
And looking at the Forecast, Friday going to 65 and Saturday to 68 but then starts downhill again
So I kept puttering around with this and that and it was after 10 a.m. when I set out for Lottos
Price Chopper first to win a nice $40 Ticket, then back again to win a $15 one, that was it
Then back to work out a really nice Day outside and a very slow Day inside

The Plants in the Kitchen had not been watered for a few Days so I tended to that
And then checked the Gardens in the Living Room, the Basil needed a bit of Pruning again
Looks like I have harvested a little something from those Gardens all Week, this time a little more Basil

Nothing the rest of the Day to brag about or gripe about, just a routine nice Day
Some Bourbon, some TV, some Wine, some Dinner... Ho Hum, off to bed early

Now Friday all over again, play time again today, then the Weekend, then a Dentist Appointment for Monday
Just going to try to fill that cracked Tooth instead of pulling it... Easier!
Then on Tuesday, an appointment with a Hand Specialist to check on that bent Finger I have

So... off again to find that Big One, wonder if it's hiding at the Price Chopper?

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Wednesday December 09, 2015 ~
~ Dentist on Wednesday ~
~ Another Dill Harvest ~
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Off to Tremont Dental at 8:00 a.m. Parked right in front, tried to open the Door... Door locked
So, I got ut my Phone, told Google to call Bernard Bruns, Dentist, she says OK and it rang
Are you open, sure she says.. The Door is locked... HUH, wait a minute, unlocked the Door for me
Said she didn't know how that happened, there were already other Patients inside...

OK, then in and wait a few Minutes and then the Hygienist invited me into the ltitle room
The the usual X-rays, scraping and scrubbing and polishing, then the Dentist came in
I have a cracked Tooth from a failed Root Canal that was not Crowned, he had suggested removing it
But this time he asked if it was bothering me, I said no, so he wants to try a Filling
And that was it for this Clean and Exam, I now have another appointment for the Filling

So on the way back I stopped im at the Price Chopper for $20 of Lottos, scratched off $20
Took that back again and got $25 more, added a $5 to my winners and got 5 Tickets, won two back for %15
So far for the Day, loss of $10... But took those back for more and got $15 more and lost $15 more

OK, do I quit then? HAH! So far spent $40 of my previous Winners, still had $40 of that
So back again to the Minit Mart for another run and this time I won back $35, only a loss for the Day of $5
And that was Winner money from my Good Days, so back again to where? Try the Minit Mart again

OK, traded in my last $35 Win for $25 more Lottos, this time won back $15... Still no big Win
Well, spent $105 and won back $90, lots of fun and only lost $15... not a really bad Day

So what's next? Picked more Basil and Lettuce on Tuesday, now the Dill was looking crowded some
OK let's snip some of that, from two Gardens, Number One and Number Four...

So, I snipped all the tallest Stems of Dill, put them on a plate in the Oven and dried them
Then on to a piece on waxed Paper, crushed them finely and then into the Little Jar I am storing it in
Maybe a couple Teaspoons in there now, takes a lot of Dill fronds to make any amount of product

OK that was about all the Gardening for the Day, on to my Cocktail and TV Time and then something for Dinner
Seems like after Noon it is about the same rest of the Day every Day, unless I have a Cooking Project
Anyway, that was most of Wednesday, now let's see what Thursday can bring.. the BIG ONE maybe?

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Tuesday December 08, 2015 ~
~ Nice Weather but just Inside Doings ~
~ Harvested more Lettuce and Basil ~
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~ Home Made Cream of Celery Soup ~ Good Stuff there Maynard! ~
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Well, I used some of my inside grown Dill in my latest try at Deviled Eggs on Monday
Forgot they were in the Fridge until Tuesday, nice Snack at TV time, nice subtle Dill flavor

Took off for Lottos at the the Fast Stop and then at the Price Chopper, didn't do much good
I think I should take off a day from buying any more, reset my Good Luck meter

What else for Tuesday? Sure not much... Tended to my Winter Gardens, needed some Water and pruning
They don't produce much in quantity but do keep me busy snipping here and there
The Lettuce had some large leaves again and I snipped some for my Turkey Sandwich
And the Basil needed pruning again, I got more of that to dry in the Oven, then crumble and store

~ More Lettuce and Basil ready to Trim ~ Enough Lettuce for another Sandwich ~

The Lettuce and Basil won't need much attention for a few Days but looks like the Dill might
A Plant in two Gardens looks like they could use some trimming soon and I see more little Tomatoes
The half dozen or so of those 'Mighty Mini' marble size Tomatoes won't make much of a Harvest
But they say they are very Tasty, maybe enough for an 'Hors d’Oeuvre' for a Snack at TV Time?

And so, same-o kind of Afternoon, snacked on my Deviled Eggs, then A Turkey Sandwich
And to finish off the Evening, knawed on another Smoked Turkey Leg and that was it

And what for Wednesday? Is it here already? Well, Dentist first thing and I don't care for that trip
Just a Check-up and Cleaning but maybe talk about removing that Tooth with the failed Root Canal
Been putting that off, not bothering me and I don't like the idea of removing it

But we shall see, what we then will see

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Monday December 07, 2015 ~
~ Working on a Memory Video of Bob Fluchel ~
~ Smoked those T-Day Turkey Legs ~
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~ Jalapeno Popped up Sunday Morning ~ And Bigger on Monday ~
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Forgot to mention my Celery Soup I made on Sunday, had some trimmed Celery in the Fridge, how about some Soup
Hadn't done that for Years so I checked online for a Recipe, found an easy one and I had all the stuff
Slice up the Celery, Some Onion, a Clove of Garlic, saute a bit in Olive Oil and Butter
Add some Chicken Stock, then stir in a couple TBSPs of Flour, finish with some Milk
Let that simmer a bit to thicken up, dish up and enjoy, that sure beats that stuff in the Can at the Store!

On to Monday then, started in the 20s but got up to 60 in some places, a Sunny and gorgeous Day
Out to chase my Lotto Luck, won a little at Minit Mart, on to the Price Chopper, won a total of $40
I had taken the Turkey Legs out of the Fridge to warm up, fired up the Smoker about Noon
In with the Turkey Legs and then enjoyed the Aroma of Hickory Smoke and Turkey for a couple Hours
The guy was doing some Painting in the Unit next door, the door open, remarked how good that Air was that Day
Back in then, I am editing previous Sanctuary Videos, trying to make a Remembrance Video of Bob Fluchel
That is a tedious process, clipping Scenes out of a lot of Videos over the Years, hope it looks OK later

And on through the Day, finally took the Legs out of the Smoker at 3:30 p.m. BBQ Sauced and then in the Oven
Then made some fresh Potato Salad to go with the Turkey, into the Fridge until TV Dinner Time
Had a Turkey Salad Sandwich for Lunch, a Margarita in between, then a Glass of Vino Tinto with Dinner

~ Smoked Turkey Legs ~ Yummm! ~

That wound up another great Day in Parkville, I'm living like a King, except where are my Subjects?
Usually enjoying myself all alone here but still having a great time, everything I want except the Big Lotto Win
I will have a new Neighbor, she stopped by to check a few thngs with Boss Bob on Monday
The former Tenant was quiet and no bother except she had to Tattle to Boss Bob about me feeding the Cat
I really can't see why Bob is so down on the Cat... Causes no trouble like the Deer, Squirrels and other Varmints

So a few more really nice Weather Days ahead, but then they say back to the Cold... Oh Well, Spring is coming
And I am Gardening inside for fun... And... two of my Seed Pods did not Germinate, I emailed the Company
Got a reply saying to confirm my address, they would be glad to replace them... AHA!
Also got an Email from the asking me to register my Aerogarden, I did that Sunday
They sent me a Coupon in Email, giving me a 20% Discount on my next Purchase from them

OK enough Drivel for the day... Off again to seek my elusive Fortune... Someday will be the Day! (Maybe Today?)

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Sunday December 06, 2015 ~
~ Saying Goodbye to Director Bob Fluchel ~
~ Prepped Turkey Legs for BBQ on Monday ~
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~ Removed the Dill Seed Pot to Snip the Stems on Saturday ~
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Pat Harris, Nature Sanctury Secretary sent me an email Saturday Morning, Director Bob Fluchel had passed away
So sorry to hear that, he was a Great Friend and a Great Guy, and what will we do without his leadership?
And then Lewis Jonas, retired Assistant Director called with the News, and inviting me to join the others at Coffee
I didn't think I could handle that right away, told him maybe Monday Morning, I was as sad as I have ever been
Then I got on my HTML Editor to add Bobs Photo and a Dedication of my Nature Trail Page to him

~ My Nature Sanctuary Trail Page ~

~ Bob waving Goodbye to me at Nature Day Camp 2015 ~

And then Sunday Morning, 45 Degrees at 7 a.m. Going to 52 Sunday then 56 Monday and 58 on Tuesday
Looks like I better take those Turkey Legs out of the Freezer... Barbecue Smoked Turkey Legs coming up

And, on Saturday I saw the Tomato Plants in the newest AeroGarden were looking great but where was the Jalapeno?
All I could see on Saturday was a tiny green Dot in that Seed Pod, then on Sunday Morning... there it was
Now see if it can catch up to the Tomatoes, do we get a Tomato or Pepper first?

Then off to the Lotto Races, back to the Minit Mart, no win over there on Saturday
This time only $5... That won't do... More running around, got a $15 Winner at the Price Chopper
Then I saw that I needed Gas, back to the Minit Mart for Gas and traded in those Tickets
And then won back $25, not too bad, at least I think I made a little profit for the Day with $45 in Wins

I did take the Turkey Legs out of the Freezer to thaw, then later, dusted with Dry Rub and back in the Fridge
The rest of the Day went on about as usual, same-o same-o, Ho Hum and then some Dinner

Now Monday Morning, took a peek at the Weather, BRRRRRRRR... 31 at the Moment but going to 58 later
The Turkey Legs are all prepped, when it gets a little warmer, out to Smoke them up real nice
But before that, off again to see if I can run that $40 of Lotto Winners I have up a little more
Lewis Jonas invited me to Coffee Saturday but I'm not ready yet to talk about Bob down there
Just don't quite think I could handle it yet, I hate to see a grown man cry...

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Saturday December 05, 2015 ~
~ 50s Today and most all next Week! ~
~ Maybe some Smokin BBQ on Wednesday? ~
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~ Buttered Turnips with Bacon... Yummm ~
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Good looking forecast at 6 a.m. on Saturday, going to 52 and then a high Wednesday of 58... BBQ Weather?
Well I'll take the Turkey Thighs out of the Freezer on Tuesday and then we shall see
And off to try to add to my Lucky first four Days of December to the Minit Mart to just win $5
And then down the Hill to trade in that $5 and then won only $10 back... No go on Saturday

And a check on the Gardens, the Lettuce needed to be clipped, some falling over and a lot of Dill too
But first some Watering and adding Nutrients, a couple of Lights were on requesting that
Then I snipped most all the Lettuce that seem needing to be snipped, then took out the Dill Seed Pod
A lot easier snipping the tallest Dill Stems off with that out of the Tank, then I put it back

~ Lettuce and Dill to be Harvested ~ Then after Harvest ~

~ Lettuce and Dill Harvested ~ Then to Dry and Store ~

And then the Dill in the oven to dry, then store in the Jar, Hey... Maybe some Deviled Eggs with that dill?<
Next, looks like some of that Basil in AeroGarden 4 needs to be harvested soon, getting guite bit of that
Ok then on to MargaritaVille and the TV, only One Margarita left in the Tequila Bottle looks like

Then, thinking about Dinner again and that Turkey Salad waiting in the Fridge
And what would go with that? How about some Fried? Yeah I can do that, peeled and slice a Potato
Warmed up the Oven to keep the Fries Hot and then fired up my Fry Daddy, in with the Taters
A few Minutes later, Fries out and on the paper Towel and salted and into the Oven
Then a couple Slices of Nature's Harvest Bread on the Plate, piled it up with Turkey Salad
And then on the other Slice, all the Lettuce I picked earlier in the Day, lookin' good!

~ Turkey Salad Sandwich with my Home Grown Lettuce ~

And it was good, back to finish out the TV Session with my Sandwich, Fried and a Glass of Vino Tinto
Then, Goodnight Irene... Good Night...

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Friday December 04, 2015 ~
~ Another Winning Day ~ Ya Believe That? ~
~ And what Else? ~ Beef and Turnips ~
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~ A Couple of Real Nice Wins on Thursday ~
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And a better looking Morning on Friday but still in the 20s... But warmed up nicely later
And the usual Morning Startup, another of my routine ruts... But I like to keep up with things
Check the Bank, then Facebook for Comments and then Email and on to my Daily Drivel which I enjoy if no one else does

And the Morning Check on the AeroGardens, My continuimg Winter Project now, is the 'Bubbler' running?
Need water, need Pruning or Harvesting? Hey the Tomatoes in Garden 5 need the Grow Caps removed
The Tomatoes are looking good but no activity with the Jalapeno Seed Pod as yet, but... wait

~ Tomatoes in AeroGarden 5 ~ Grow Caps Off Friday ~ Where's the Jalapeno? ~

And then it was off again on my Treasure Hunt and I dod find some more, started with the Minit Mart, didn't win much there
Then back to the Prive Chopper, kept winning enough to keep going, back three times for a total Day win of $70!
And on the last time I bought some Goodies with the Winnings of the Day before, and had plenty of those
Needed some Potatoes and Onions and a few Turnips, Who eats those anymore?... Well I like them now and then
Picked up a few other needed items and then some 'Snickers Minis' and Mixed Nuts for TV Snacks

Almost time for my Afternon TV Session but I did the Turnips first, have them for Dinner later
With some more Broccoli and what else, hadn't decided that yet... On with the Turnips
Turnips can be bitter if you do not peel them properly, there is a faint 'ring' just under the skin
You need to peel just under that ring when peeling so a Pottao Peeler doesn't quite do it, use a Paring Knife
Then slice and into the Pot and simmer until just tender, don't overdo it, they cook Fast
Then drained and into the Pot with some chopped cooked Bacon and Butter to finish... Good stuff there, Maynard

Back to the TV and later back to the Kitchen to finish up my Feast, still had some of that Roast Beef
It needed some pepping up so I pot some slices in a Bowl, added chopped Onions and a little bit of Jalapeno
Just a dollop of Ketchup and some 'Wooster Sauce', nuked that a couple minutes to juice everything up
At Dinner Tine loaded up a Plate with that Beef, Buttered Turnips with Bacon and some more Broccoli... Good Stuff!

So that finished off Friday and the Week, now back into a weekend, they sure come around often these Days
Question of the Cold Morning... Where to find that Winning Lotto Ticket today?

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Thursday December 03, 2015 ~
~ But Baby! It's Cold Outside ~
~ A Winner Lotto Day! ~
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~ Plants in Pots getting Water and Miracle-Gro ~
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And a Cold start at 27 Degrees but a nice warm-up later and off to the Races... the Race against Poverty
The Race I almost lost in November but as usual I survived to gamble another Day
But, I slipped out of that Losing Streak for the first few December Days winning a Total of $380.00
And off to the Price Chopper Thursday Morning to start again and won some, back then to the Mimit Mart
Won again and back to the Price Chopper three more times and one time down the hill to the Fast Stop
I won a Total of $25 at the Minit Mart, $105 at the Fast Stop and $160 at the Price Chopper
That was a win of $290 and it cost $65 for Tickets, not a bad profit at all... (and Fun)

Finally on to the nice Sunny Afternoon, up to 45 Degrees at 2 p.m. and what's to prepare for Dinner?
So much stuff in the Fridge and Freezer again... Decisions, decisions, and it's all good!
Well, 2 p.m. and time for a Margarita and some TV News to catch up and think about it later

I was sitting there sipping my Margarita, watching TV, noticed more Lettuce was ready to be picked
Just had picked enough for a Sandwich on Tuesday now enough for another one, got this last Pic from My Couch

~ Lettuce on Tuesday ~ Lettuce Snipped Tuesday ~ Lettuce back again on Thursday ~

So what Sandwich to put it on? I had a bag of clipped Turkey Meat... Let's make Turkey Salad
The Turkey in a Bowl, in with some chopped Onion, some Home Made Green Relish, Mustard and Spin Blend
I had boiled two Eggs, chopped up and stirred that into the Turkey... Wah Lah! Turkey Salad Sandwich for Friday

So then what for Dinner Thursday? OK, More Turkey on a Plate, Gravy on Top, Sweet Potatoes and Buttered Broccoli
And some fresh Cranberry Sauce on a slice of Home Made Bread.. We eat good around here!

So what lies ahead for Friday?, sure was on a winning streak on Thursday, had $10 in my Pocket on Thursday Morning
Now Friday Morning Bright and Early (Me, not the Weather) and I have $200 in Cash in my Pocket and a $10 Ticket
So first thing I'll hit the Minit Mart with $10 Cash and a $10 Winner, see what happens then
Then, win or lose, see if I can keep that $190 in my pocket for another Day... Hard for me to do!

Now again off to seek my Fortune... Charge!

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Wednesday December 02, 2015 ~
~ One More Dark Dreary Cold but not Wet Day ~
~ Just Inside Doings Again ~
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~ Candied Sweet Potatoes for Tuesday~
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And again Dark and Dreary and Cold Tuesday Mornng, at least no Rain for once
And off to see the Wizard at 8 a.m. The Lotto Wizard at the Price Chopper that is
I had a $10 Winner to trade in on some bigger Winners... I was going to buy three
But I saw a NEW $5 Card that looked interesting so I spent $20 for Four Tickets
And back home... That new Card was a bust... Oh Well, But I did win a $20 Ticket back

Then some Indoor Winter Gardening, Nutrient Light was on in one Garden, took care of that
And then Watered the Others that needed that... And saw Two Plants had popped up on the newest Garden
A Tomato Plant in each back Corner and just a tiny Dot which might be the Jalapeno in front

~ AeroGarden 5 with it's first Crop in just 4 Days ~

And then, the pots on the Shelf in the Kitchen, the Orange Trees woke up and started growing
One was poking up through the Shelf, needed to lower that Shelf a couple Inches
So I took all the Pots off and moved that Shelf down, pretty easy to do with the clip on Supports
While I had the Pots on the Table I added a little Potting Soil and Watered them with Miracle-Gro
Then back on the Shelf, that should take care of the Gardens until Tomorrow at least

~ My 'Pot Garden' in the Kitchen ~

And off to the usual afternoon except for a Visitor again, the guy upstairs
He wanted to use my Computer to apply for a Jon at UPS and Fed EX, they were hiring for the Holidays
So I mixed my Manhattan and watched TV while he was bust at that, gave him some of my Pumpkin Bread when he left

Then to finish out the Day, I whupped up some more Pizza to go with my Vinto Tinto and Movie

Today... Thursday... I see my SS CHeck is in my new Bank, Bills getting paid on the 5th
And COLDER out there... Brrrrrrrr... in the 20s. that I can get by without but I want those Lottos

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Tuesday December 01, 2015 ~
~ Pay Day Today ~ Bills all Scheduled ~
~ Pumpkin Bread and Sweet Potatoes ~
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~ Basil Snipped just 19 Days after Planting in Garden Number Four~
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Woke up at 2 a.m. Couldn't get back to sleep, got up to play on the Computer a couple Hours
Got sleepy again and back to Bed until 6:30 a.m. That's more like it, now what?
Money in tha Bank again but have to watch it closely this Month, my Health Re-embursement Account runs out
That means I'll have to come up with extra Money for my Medical Accounts and then that County Tax too
And so, only one Project set for the Day, bake some Pumpkin Bread, wanted to do that Monday but no Walnuts

So off to the Price Chopper in SUNSHINE, and a little warmer at 35 Degrees, looked better anyway
Walking though the Produce Department I saw Sweet Potatoes on sale, great, I'll candy some later
Then I picked up a Bottle of Triple Sec for my Margaritas, then some Walnut pieces
Next a Loaf of that great 'Nature's Harvest' 7 Grain Bread with a $1 off Coupon
Then a Dozen Eggs, picked up $15 worth of Lottos and headed for Home
And then back home to scratch of a nice $40 Lotto Win, a nice Start for December

Time then for Pumpkin Bread, a little more complicated but no Kitchen Mixer Needed
Measure and stir the Dry Ingredients, then the Wet Ingredients, stir together, add the Raisins and Walnuts
Pour into the greased Pan and into the Oven for an Hour or so, savoring that Baking Aroma

~ Pumpkin Bread right out of the Oven ~

So then... Back to the Gardens... AHA.. The 'Water Me' Light was on in one Garden, did that
Then, how about picking some Lettuce for a Salad or Sandwich? Looks like some needed to be thinned
Always looks like more Lettuce is on the Plant then after you snip it, into the Fridge for later

~ Lettuce Needing to be Pruned ~ May be Enough for a Sandwich ~

And then... How about some Sweet Taters? Will go good with the other T-Day Stuff I have on hand
Peeled a couple nice Sweet Potatoes, sliced and into the Pot to simmer a bit, then into a Casserole
Pour over some Ham Glaze I had in the Cupboard and bake until nice and Bubbly
I usually make my own Candied Sauce but the Ham Glaze had most all the stuff I use in it

So, the usual late Afternoon and then Dinner, I had some more Roast Beef with my Sweet Taters
And that 'Ham Glaze' I had in the Cupboard worked rather well to 'Candy' the Sweet Potatoes
So I kept warm and busy most all day on Tuesday, not so bad, and now a new Day after Pay Day today

Let's get at it!... CHARGE! and off to the Races!

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


~ Monday November 30, 2015 ~
~ November is Leaving on the Midnight Special ~
~ That's Pay Day on Tuesday! ~
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~ Dill and Basil Snipped on Sunday ~
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Dark and Wet again out there Monday Morning but not quite as Cold at 35 Degrees
What is this now... Three or Four Rainy Days hovering around near Freezing but no Snow
Well I can handle that, I'm in no hurry for Snowy slick Streets yet... if ever

And what for a New Day and New Week? Again no plans for the Day as usual lately
So off in that Dark, Wet, Cold, Rainy Weather again to try my lately lack of Luck
And true to form, I lost my $20 in Winning Tickets that I traded in, better Luck in December... I Hope

On into that long dark Day, at least the Rain stopped, maybe some Sun one of these days?
Took a peek at my Aerogarden Number Four, the Plants in that thing are really going to Town!
I raised the Grow Lamp on Sunday, but Monday the Basil, the tallest Plant, was almost touching the Light
The grow instructions say, don't wait, prune... Well there were some pretty good size Leaves on that Basil
And the other Plants were somewhat behind so I clipped the top cluster of Basil Leaves
Just where they said to clip, just above the next growing cluster, this takes off the top but lets other Leaves grow
And those leaves into the Oven to dry and then add to my Basil Jar, every bit helps to fill it

OK, starting on Dinner really early, I have so much now to choose from, how about Roast Beef, Potato and Carrots?
Put a Carrot and Potato in the Pot to simmer, some Beef out of the Freezer, sliced the Beef, added Onions and Gravy
The Idea here, Potato, Carrot, Beef and Onion all on the plate, warm Beef Gravy over all, kind of a Beef Stew
Peeled the Potato and sliced it, sliced the Carrot and Beef, spread the chopped Onions and Gravy around
Ready to Nuke later and that has to be GOOD...

So... a long TV afternoon, still Cold. Dark and Rainy out there and one long gloomy Day
I had Dinner all prepared and just waitng for a later Nuking, was sipping a second Margarita
Usually just one Cocktail in the Afternoon but I started earlier on that Gloomy Day
Anyway... Knock knock on my Door, my upstairs neighbor needing a ride for a Job Application
Where to? 'Toy's R Us'... Where is that? Looked it up on my Computer... AHA... Way over there
So I put my shoes on and we headed out, that is quite a distance from my place but made good time
And when we got there, found that you had to apply online, so back to the Ranch with the .url

Anyway, back to finish out my long long Day, noticed one Garden 'Nutrient' Light was on
So I aded Nutient and then Water to the other Gardens and noticed one more tiny Tomato
That made Three on that Plant and then I noticed a really tiny fourth just appearing

~ Number Three Tomato on Monday ~

And then the Day's Finale... Nuked up my Roast Beef Dinner, then hit the sack way too early
Then woke up way too early, wide awake and ready to start the day at 2:30 a.m. OH NO!

Anyway, it is Happy Pay Day and the start of a whole new last Month of the Year
'Merry Christmas!'

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~


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