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~ December is Running Out ~

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~ El Pato Says 'Quack Quack Quack!' ~

~ Cornbread for the Last Supper of 2015 ~                                                 ~ El Pato Donaldo ~

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~ Thursday, December 31, 2015 ~
~ New Years Eve ~ Goodbye 2015 ~ A Good Year for Me ~
~ Ended the Year with Cornbread with Ham and Bean Soup ~
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~ First Mighty Mini Tom Harvest Wednesday ~
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New Years Eve Day... 29 Degrees at 7 a.m. but they say Sunny and going all the way up to 36! WOW!
Well these Cold Dark Winter Days can be quite depressing and it's hard to depress me
And it was another very wordy BLOG on Wednesday, how can I write so much about such little happening?
Well a lot of this stuff is kind of like a Journal for me, when did I buy that, when did I plant that
So on to Thursday and New Years Eve, no plans, just go with the flow, if it does flow

So far the Finger operation went well, and seems to be doing well, no pain just the bother of that big Bandage
And the bother of wrapping up the Hand to keep it dry in the Shower and a little hard to hold on to the Soap
Now a check up Appointment is on Monday, rebandage, then another on the 14th to take out the Stitches, hope that is all

Thought about making some Ham and Beans with the Ham Bone and Scraps from my Lotto Ham
So I took off for the Price Chopper for Beans and Lottos, Beans were on Sale, traded in my $15 of Winners
Back home to scratch off another $15 in Wins, even up for the Day, put the Ham Bone in the Pot to simmer

Then took a few Photos of the new Garden setup, it has changed about Six times since I bought the first Garden
I have several Cronic uncurable Diseases... Photoitis, Cumputeritis, Cookingitis, Lottoitis and now Aerogardenitis
Whatever I get into I seem to dive in deeper and deeper... But such fun to chase the Rainbows

~ The way it was December 24 ~ Moved for the New 7 Pod ~ The way it is December 31 ~

Well, it livens up the Living Room, not a lot of Production like I have said but better to look at than Flowers
At least you get to Snip a little something to Eat now and then and I love to grow things
And the Living Room view from my TV Spot keeps changing, so many changes since 15 years ago

~ Gardens 3,4 5 and 6 ~ And the new 7 way over here ~

On into a slow Afternoon of New Years Eve Celebration, how about that Feast!
I took the Bones out of the Ham Broth, added in Onions and Great Morthern Beans and lots of Ham pieces
While that was on Simmer I mixed up and Baked up a Dish of Cornbread to go with it

~ Cornbread and Ham and Bean Soup for New Years Eve ~

So later to finish up the Day and the Year, I dished up a Bowl of that super Soup and a hunk of Cornbread
Slathered Butter on the Cornbread, headed back to the TV and Finished New Years Eve with Netflix
And that was surely a tasty Dish to set before the King, that is Good Stuff there, Maynard!

~ Happy New Year! ~

~ Wednesday, December 30, 2015 ~
~ Harvested my First Mighty Mini Tomatoes ~
~ And a Visit to the Coffee House ~
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~ More Basil Harvested, Dried and Stored ~
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Up on another Cold Morning at 5 a.m. And they say staying Cold all day, and no bright Sun like yesterday
And what a wordy BLOG of Drivel I wrote on Tuesday, well it was a kind of busy day
Just took two Aspirin early Tuesday mornng, a little finger ache there, then two more about 9 a.m.
And that was it, no more since, except my regular one at Night, Finger feels no pain now

So, what for today? Email says Aerogarden Number Seven to be delivered, it's in Kansas City anyway
Looking for a couple more deliveries, none that I an anxious for, just kind of routine Stuff
I Picked my first four little Tomatoes, and they sure are Tiny but fun to grow anyway
Planned on taking them down to the Coffee Shop to give to Lewis Jonas for a giggle Gift

Headed Downtown about 8 a.m. Lewis Jonas and Marc and Anne Siebert were there, then Dean Jernigan joined in
I got a chance at first to catch Lewis up on some of my Garden Stuff, until Dean started in
Then the talk turned to Nature Sanctuary problems with the new Non-Profit Corporation Idea and the City's response
I didn't like that Idea from the very First, neither did Lewis, and it's already making Problems
The Sanctuary and Events have been Organized and Maintained by the Director and the Sanctuary Committee Volunteers
Now that the City will be more involved I can see that the Nature Sanctuary as we knew it will no longer be the same
But as I now have nothing to do with the Nature Sanctuary and Events, I am not involved and glad of it

And so, lots of chat and the Meeting broke up around 9 a.m. I headed North to the Price Chopper
Traded in $10 of Winners and won back $15, at least a $5 Profit, then on to another waiting period

Waiting for the FedEx man to deliver my Aerogarden 7 and then the Assembly and Planting of that one
While waiting I got this catch up Photo of AeroGarden 5 and 6... Show how the Tomatoes are progressing
My Garden Numbers are a little off now, I sold Garden Number 1 and gave away Number 2, now I have 5 total #3,4,5,6 and 7

~ Mega Cherry Tomatoes planted 13 Days ~ Heirloom Tomatoes planted 32 Days ~

And then... As the time slipped by, the FedEx Man showed up at 1:05 p.m. Gave me another big Box
Popped open the Box, unwapped the Goodies... OH OH WHAT'S THIS! Had three 'CFL' Grow Lights instead of the 'LED'
So I headed for the Computer to check my order, yeah, I goofed, I ordered an 'AeroGarden Ultra' instead of an 'Ultra LED'
Oh well, I don't think they would accept my mistake, might as well go ahead and see how it works out

So I went ahead and assembled it, added Water and Nutrient and Planted 7 Lettuce Pods and finished at 1:55 p.m.
And it is a tad better looking with a lighted Name on the Light Hood, maybe it will be OK

~ Newest Aerogarden Ultra ~ Planted and on the Way~

And then on to that Routine afternoon and Evening... GET A LIFE! Well, I like the one I have now
I was out of Tequila and went back to the Price Chopper for more, traded in my $15 Winner and won $15 back
Home to mix my Margarita then start on Dinner, decided on Chcken Breast, Smashed Tater with Gravy and Sweet Taters
Caught up with the news, then Nuked up that Dinner and finished it with a re-run on NetFlix, and twas quite Delish!
On to Thursday, New Year's Eve and the end of another overall quite good Year for me... Yeah

~ Anyway as Usual ~ Ever Onward and Upward ~

~ Tuesday, December 29, 2015 ~
~ On my Third Day of New Years Eve ~
~ Back from the Creekwood Surgery Center ~
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~ More Mighty Mini Toms Getting Ripe ~
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Tuesday Morning... Brrrrr... 18 Degrees and only going to 28 later... Me no like this
Well we did have some nice early Winter days though, can't have them all nice this time of Year
Saw two Neighbors having trouble getting started from the bottom of the Hill but they did make it

~ Out Front at 7:30 a.m. ~ Snow and 18 Degrees ~
OK, Tuesday, no Doctors scheduled for today and glad of it, had too much of that Stuff in December
And not too bad a Night after the latest Doctor Visit, a little discomfort, not much really
I still was not hungry on Monday after I got back, poured a Glass of Apple Juice, snacked on some of Pat's Almonds
Later another Glass of Juice and a few of Pat's Christmas Oatmeal Cookies and that was it

Off to bed at around 8 p.m. No pain so I didn't even take a Tylenol, then woke up around 1 a.m.
A little aching in the Finger so I got up and took a couple Aspirin, that took care of that
Then woke again, a little more Pain then and thought of taking some Tylenol but drifted back to sleep
Woke at 5 a.m. as usual, up and doing my early morning things, but no Pain then, had my Juice and Coffee
Then I typed an reply Email to Pay who had offered to take me to Surgery, and then some Pain started
Not much though, and I just took a couple more Aspirin, finished Monday's BLOG, started on this one
And at 6:30 a.m. the pain about all gone, and I hope stays away, not much overall anyway

Then a check of the Winter Gardens, added Water, the Aero 4 Garden needed Basil trimming again
Now in the Oven drying and the whole place smells like Basil, seems like every few Days

On with the Morning Routine, just a trifle more complicated, had to put a Baggie on my Hand
Taped it good and then into the Shower, and that went well, then the Shave and that was OK
And at 9:00 a.m. Sunny and 21 Degrees, waiting for Boss Bob to take me to get my Wheels
Then I have $20 worth of Winner Lottos to trade and get a couple items at the Price Chopper

Oh yeah, and I see my new LED Grow Light for Garden 3 was delivered on Monday, have to check the Mail Box
But about that time Boss Bob came down the Hill to take me to get my Blazer and the Mail man was here too
Bob asked him who he was looking for, he said 'Smith' and Bob says... 'He's right here' handed the Box in the Window
And we took off to the Creekwood Surgery Center Parking Lot and my Wheels, I got in to drive back
Boss Bob then headed down the Hill to head home early... I stopped back by the Price Chopper
I needed a few Items, got them and then traded in my Winner Lotto Tickets for Losers

Then on Home, mixed a Manhattan and opened my Box, then Went to install the new Grow Light
I took a Photo of before and after and you couldn't tell the difference, sure didn't look any brighter
But they say it's better, they say at least it lasts Six times as long and burns cooler

~ Replaced this CFL Grow Light ~ In the Three Pod Garden (right) ~ with this LED Grow Light

Now what else is coming? Well now, a new Backup Battery for my U-Verse Gateway, red light came on, says 'Replace Battery'
Then I have some Oregano Seeds on the Way from a Seed Company, a Filter Water Pitcher from Walmart
And then that new 7 Pod Aerogarden, from Bed, Bath and Beyond, third one of those to try, going to plant Lettuce in that one

That takes me into the late afternoon then, finish my Manhattan and whup up some Dinner, so much out there!
Tuesday, Pork Chop Hash and Kale, that looks pretty good, and got lots of Chicken and Ham and what else

So then I was rummaging around in the Fridge, saw that huge Bowl of Applesauce from a few days back
Sort of forgot about that, better use some, what for? Well I had a Pie Crust in the Freezer AHA!
So I thawed that out, flattened it out, then filled it with Applesauce and in the Oven
Now whatcha call that? Well I guess Applesauce Turnover will do, now that's waiting to for Breakfast

~ Latest Baking Attempt - Applesauce Turnover ~

That finished off another Day, now 23 Degrees at 6 a.m. Wednesday, thinking of picking a couple ripe Mini Tomatoes
And put the first one in a little Christmas Gift Bag and take it down to the Coffee House for Lewis
And then on with another chilly Winter Day, topping out at 29 Today they say...

~ Anyway as Usual ~ Ever Onward and Upward ~

~ Monday, December 28, 2015 ~
~ On my Second Day of New Years Eve ~
~ A Trip to the Creekwood Surgery Center ~
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~ I Have Plans for this Mighty Mini on Wednesday ~
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And... up at 5 a.m. on Monday, feeling maybe I had one Glass of Vino Tinto too many Sunday Night
And, couldn't have a Glass of Juice ot a Cup of Coffee to clear my Head, but it went away after some Computer time
Anyway, first thing I emptied the Chicken Broth from my Crock Pot and stored it in the Fridge for something later
Then finished my Sunday Blog, Posted that and then back to the Kitchen to carve the rest of the Chicken to store
On the way stopped to peek out the front Window... Oh KRAP! About an inch of Snow all over everything
That's all I need, a slick Trip to the Surgery Center, but that will be close to Noon

Checking the gardens again, That AeroGarden 4 is sure producing, not a lot but continually
Looks like the Basil needs to be pruned again, just did that a couple Days ago

~ Basil almost touching the Grow Light Again ~ Have to trim this plant every Day or So ~

On to the Cold and Snowy Day, headed out front in light Snow to clean the Ice off my Windshield
The Hill out front had been salted so no problen getting up, then to the Price Chopper for $20 worth of Scratchers
Then back home to scratch off $20 in Winners, even up, no profit again, then the wait to go see the Doctor
Just about a 20 Minute Drive and the Roads weren't too bad on the way over, parked across the Street
They wont let you leave without a Driver, So I was having Tom. Maintance Man, to come over after the Surgery
Then afterward Tom cod come over to drive me across the Street so I could drive back
They usually just use Propofol to put you out, and usually no problem driving when you wake up
But this time they used the Propofol first and then a Gas to keep you under and that has after effects

And so, I checked in, then a long, long wait to be called to Surgery, then into the Prep Room
Next off with the Clothes, on with the Paper Gown and the Nurse started the IV, not bad
Then a long, long, longer wait and finally wheeled to the Operating Room, started the Propofol
And that was it, I was dreamimg about something just before I woke up. and felt fairly clear headed
But I was thinking not enough to drive back in that Weather... Anyway Tom showed up as they were unplugging me
On with my Clothes, the Nurse walked me to the Door, I climbed in the Truck, asked Tom to take me back
He was coming back anyway, still working on the Ice and Snow here, said he would take me back for my Blazer Tuesday
And I am glad I didn't try to drive back, there was more Snow and I was still kind of woozy

So then back about 4 p.m. Took a Photo and started typing this Drivel and it was not the easiest thing to do
That big Bandage on my Finger and my Hand still numb from the Pain Killer they stuck in my Finger
But not as bad as I expected, only that Bandage around one Finger, still can use the rest
If they had wrapped the whole Hand I surely would be up the Creek without a Paddle for a week or two

~ Before, Finger would not unbend ~ After, I want to see after this Bandage comes off ~

And they say that would be in Two weeks, one Week and a Office Visit, re-bandage and a week later the Bandage comes off
And then we shall see what we shall see... And a Photo of the results then, hoping for the Best ya know

OK, now 5:30 p.m. Monday, nothing to eat since 7 p.m. Sunday and I'm still not Hungry
And they said I could NOT have my Manhattan til Tomorrow... OK, I'll have some Juice and then see about some Food

And that I did, watched TV until 8 p.m. and then sacked out... What is all the Action tomorrow? (to be continued)

~ Anyway as Usual ~ Ever Onward and Upward ~

~ Sunday, December 27, 2015 ~
~ On my First Day of New Years Eve ~
~ I Roasted Chicken and Taters in my Crock Pot ~
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~ That Mighty Mini Tomato almost Ready ~
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Temperature on Saturday not so bad and rained later in the Day... That Morning 33 Degrees and topping later at 37
Then going to 35 on Sunday Morning and Monday Night down to the 20s and Teens for the next Week, Winter is fully upon us
I don't have to go for Surgery until 11:15 a.m. and should hopefully be above freezing by then

Yeah, I have a plan for that first ripe 'Mighty Mini' Tomato up there, maybe Wednesday... Take it down to the Coffee Shop
I haven't been to the Coffee House for about Six Weeks or more since I retired from the Nature Sanctuary
I haven't done any Photos or Video since 'Ghost Story Night' so not much to show or talk about there
But, when I got my first ripe 'Big Boys' Tomato last Spring, I took it down for Lewis Jonas
He said those were his Favorite Tomatoes to grow, then I took him my first ripe 'Better Boys' Tomato to compare
So I will take him that first tiny 'Mighty Mini' in the bottom of a big Sack, let him hunt for it
That should get a Giggle out of the Nature Sanctuary guys who should be there then

Ok, off into another Cold Dark and Dreary Day, at least the Streets were Dry
Ran around here and there trying for Lottos, won some, lost most... Oh well, Pay Day coming again
And a couple more Bills than usual but looking better than December did... so far anyway
If I would just stop buying all these goodies that I don't need... but why?
I'm not going to be around much longer and you can't take it with you so let's do it NOW!

So just nothing planned for the Day, I was poking around on the Computer... Hey that looks good!
Someone put on a Photo and Recipe for Crock Pot Roasted Chicken, that's an Idea!
Pretty simple too, I headed back to the Price Chopper for a nice looking Five Pound Chicken
They say bake yer Taters at the same time too, wrap in Foil and put in the bottom of the Crock Pot
That makes a 'Rack' for the Chicken... So I rinsed the Taters and wrapped and dropped them in the Pot
Next I rinsed and dried the Chicken, stuck some Onion and Garlic inside and Dusted good with Poultry Seasoning
Then the Chicken on top of the Taters, on with the Lid and on with the Power, then wait 5 or 6 hours

~ Checking the Chicken in the Crock Pot ~

And then I mixed my Manhattan and back to the TV for the Afternoon... Same-O as always
Finally time to take the Chicken out of the Pot and have a sample, and it was really... 'Falling off the Bone'
It didn't look so appetizing, no deep Brown Color like Oven Roasting and really the Taste was kind of bland
It was completely done though and a litle BBQ Sauce pepped up the Taste
I dished up my Sample, fished a Tater out of the Pot and Buttered it up, added Salt and Pepper
That took care of Dinner and now I can add a lot more stuff to my stash in the Freezer

And that was Sunday, now Monday Morning and around Noon, off to Creekwood Surgery Center
Nothing to eat after Midnight they say... so no Juice, no Coffee, no Breakfast
Was dreaming about this trip last Night and really not looking forward to the Day
Mostly thinking about limited use of my Right Hsnd for a couple Weeks... Won't like that at all

~ Anyway as Usual ~ Ever Onward and Upward ~

~ Saturday, December 26, 2015 ~
~ The Day after the Day ~
~ A New Year on the Way ~
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~ Lots more 'Mighty Minis' in Garden 3
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Saturday... 'After the Ball' was over... Well I didn't have a Ball on Christmas Day but I had a good time
As usual, over all these years, I had no one here to Celebrate with me but I kind of like that
Even all the Years back at my former House with all my Friends there, hardly anyone would ever visit on Christmas Day
Friends in and out most every Day except on Holidays, they go home to Family then and I didn't have any close

So I got my Saturday Morning Routine all done and headed out to the Price Chopper, for a little Chat and Lottos
And ran into an old Neighbor who moved away about three Years ago, lost weight and looking good
We had a little catch up Chat, then I got my Lottos and headed back, on another dark dreary Day
And then scratched off exactly NOTHING again! BAH HUMBUG!

And so, just checking the new AeroGarden 6, was a little concerned about the Tomato Seedlings
They hadn't seemed to grow any the last couple Days but now show some signs... and the Mint Popped up

~ Checking the Plants in AeroGarden 6 ~

And, then checking stuff online again... Saw an Ad for a new Water Filter Pitcher, watch the Video and get a free one
Usually best not to pay attention to free Stuff, but it looked interesting, I watched the Video some
Then saw it was promising a bit too much and checked the online Reviews and looked negative to me
But then, interested in a Filter Pitcher, I checked a few, the Brita looked good, so I ordered one
Probably just will use it for Coffee Water, our Kansas City Water rating is pretty good but a little filtering is OK

OK now. what all is on the way? I have seed Pods coming for Pickup at Walmart and added the Pitcher to that
And that LED Grow Light for AeroGarden 3 from Sears and that new 7 Pod 'Aerogarden Ultra LED' from Bed Bath and Beyond
I think that's all scheduled for now, all coming next week starting on Tuesday...
Then on into another long afternoon, what then for Snacks for TV and Dinner later?

Well, some of Pat's 'Cranberry Bread' with a Glass of Wine, later made some 'Pork Chop Hash'
Into the Skillet with Onions, Green Pepper, Potato and a Pork Chop all cubed up, good stuff there Maynard

And that was all for Saturday, what for Sunday? I do not see any great Activity looming for the Day
But I'll get through this one and what for Monday? Not sounding pleasant, scheduled for Surgery on a Finger
Biggest problem anticipated with that is the Bandage on my Right Hand, hope they will keep a couple Fingers loose
Otherwise a full Hand Bandage will make life difficult for a couple Weeks, even typing! Oh No!

Oh well, like someone says... This too shall pass and life grow sweeter".... and off we go again!

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~

~ Friday, December 25, 2015 ~
~ Christmas Day 2015 ~ Number 83 for Me! ~
~ I Had Myself... A Merry Little Christmas ~
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~ My Christmas Card from Missouri Lotto
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Finally... Christmas Day and so far the Best Christmas Week I have had in several Years, busy and happy
New Years Day Next and then Seventeen Days from Today... I'll bake another Cake for my Birthday!
Coffee, Computer and Blog, then off to seek my Christmas Fortune but sure did not find it
I cruised by the Price Chopper to see a rare sight, only happens once a Year, Parking Lot empty!

That left only two choices for Lottos, the Fast Stop and the Minit Mart, so down the Hill to the Fast Stop
Loaded up my Lottos and headed back to scratch off NOTHING! No way to Celebrate Christmas Day

On to a quiet but busy inside Day, just puttering with this and that and the other, nothing special
Catching up on a few Inside little Chores I had been putting off, then taking a break in the Afternoon

And I ordered another Item online, going to switch my CFL Grow Light in Garden 3 to LED
It is very obvious that the Plants on the Gardens with LED Lights grow much faster and larger
And I am now all ready for the new Seven Pod Garden on the way, have a piece of Carpet to set it on
So my Lettuce Pods were in the Mailbox from Thursday, I have more Pods on the way to Walmart
And that big 'AeroGarden Ultra' and LED Grow light to be deliverd next week, seems something is alays on the way

And so, I wrapped up Christmas Day with a nice Dinner and Glass of Vino... What next? HAPPY NEW YEAR!

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~

~ Thursday, December 24, 2015 ~
~ On my Sixth Day of Christmas ~
~ Celebrating Christmas Eve 2015 ~
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~ My Basil Christmas Wreath ~ More Snipped from Garden 4
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And another early start and long Computer Morning, up at 5 a.m. still at it at 9 a.m.
Checking Email, Facebook comments, my Bank, shopping online, ordering Oregano Seeds, working online Crosswords
Finishing Wednesday's BLOG, Posting it on Facebook, and then starting on Thursday's BLOG

Then a look at my AeroGardens, see one Tomato turning color in Garden 3 and a couple new ones in Garden 4
The new Mega Cherry Tomatoes just starting in Garden 6 and the Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes in Garden 5 looking great!
I added some Water to Gardens 2, 3, and 5... the larger plants using a lot of water now

~ One Mini Cherry Tomato turning Color ~ New Ones in Garden 4 ~

I wanted to add some Oregano to one of the Gardens, none available as Seed Pods from AeroGarden
So I ordered a packet from a Seed Company online, I had a Seed Pod order coming from Amazon on Thursday
That pack has six Lettuce Pods, three kinds of Lettuce, planned to do some Garden updating with those

Planned to plant more Dill and some of that Lettuce, would sort of like to have another Large Garden
I sold that first three Pod Garden to Pat, She now has two, maybe she would like a third one?
I saw some more different Seed Pods that I would like to Plant but they all take a 7 Pod Size Garden

So on to the Morning about 9:30, finally jumped in the Shower to wash off Yesterday and get the new Day going
So, off to the Price Chopper for a Jug of Vino Tinto, drank all of Pat's Chianti Gift on Wednesday
Picked out some Lottos, my Friend Rion at the Service Counter bought me one for Christmas
Ooops, sorry, that One lost but Two of the ones I picked won $25... Then I needed to go back for Milk and Juice
Traded in my $25 of Winners, bought $20 more, and then won that nice $50 One... Merry Christmas!

I was expecting delivery of more Seed Pods and a few Plants in Garden 4 were ebbing
Decided to Harvest and then dump two Lettuce and one Dill Pod, plant something else there

~ Last Lettuce and Dill Crops from Garden 4 ~

Maybe more Dill and Basil as they did well there, and the Lettuce was only so-so
And since I had Six Lettuce Pods on the way I thought it would be nice to plant them all together
So guess what? (But don't tell anyone), I ordered another Seven Pod 'Aerogarden Ultra LED'
And I thought I would give my Three Pod AeroGarden Number 2 to Pat for Christmas so she would then have Three
I called, asked her if she would like to have it... Sure, so I took it on my Second Price Chopper Trip

On into the Afternoon, since I have a new Garden on the way I rearranged the Gardens I had
Since Two Three Pod Gardens were gone from the Shelf on my Stand I moved the Six Pod 'Harvest' Garden there
Now I can place the new large Garden where the Harvest Garden was and I hope that will be all the Gardens for now

~ New Garden Arrangement ~ Replaced Two Three Pod Gardens with the Six Pod 'Harvest' ~

And then... Twas the Night before Christmas and all thru my House, not a Creature was stirring, I ain't go no Mouse
And the Stockings were not hung by the Fireplace with care, I have a Furnace, there is no Chimney there
So off to the Kitchen to find something nice, I had some Fruitcake... I cut off a slice
Back to the TV to see what I might... Then Cocktail and Dinner and to all a Good Night!

That was Christmas Eve, now Christmas Morning, off to celebrate the Holiday I go
Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo!

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~

~ Wednesday December 23, 2015 ~
~ On my Fifth Day of Christmas ~
~ Blood Test and EKG for the Finger Doctor ~
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~ 'Santa Patricia' gave me a BIG KISS for Christmas! ~ Devoured that Tuesday Night
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Wednesday Morning, finished my Morning Routine and then headed for North Kansas City, What For?
The Nurse said go to the NKC Hospital Pavilion for 'Tests' I guess the Needles again?

~ Garden Number Four ~ Looks like Harvest Time Again ~

But first, another Peek at Garden Four, the most Productive Garden yet, snipped Lettuce, Basil and Dill so far
Looks like the Lettuce is about finished, I have more to plant, a little more Dill still there
Needed to pick that Dill and some more Basil, the Tomatoes are blooming but none showing yet

And so, off to North Kansas City. the NKC Hospital Pavilion, a huge imposing Edifice
Walked in the Lobby, a turn to the left and there was the Lab... Checked in and got stuck in the Arm
And then the Lady said I had to have an EKG... What for, It's still ticking
So back out to the Lobby, took the Escalator to the Second floor... left down the Hall
Checked in and waited, the Guy called me, put the Stickers on, ran the Machine, said go on Home
But I stopped by the Minit Mart and got $20 worth of Tickets, back home for Coffee and scratched off $35

Had another piece of my Fruitcake and then headed down the Hill to the Fast Stop to trade in $20
And then only won back $15, and that was the time to quit, there is always a Tomorrow... or not?

Nice and warm, about 60 at Noon so time to De Pot those Cannas? Went out and cut off the Stems
Tried to pull up the Roots... and wouldn't budge, big Rhizomes in there I suppose?
Don't know nuch about those, have to read up some more... And... then it started to rain a little... Oh well

And then, the Basil was almost touching the Grow Light in AeroGarden 4 again so I snipped that
Lots of Basil and Dill snipped from that garden but looks like the plants are waning some
I have some new Seed Pods coming on Thrsday so I might be doing some replacements
I would like to start some Oregano but none available from Aerogarden.com
I have some Seed Pods that have Seeds I don't want, might buy some Seeds and replace those

On to the Afternoon, dried the Basil in the Oven, then stored in the Freezer, have lots now
Had my afternoon libation, then set out some of that 'Arroz con Pavo' and finished the evening with that

Now Christnas Eve Morning and no plans for the Day today, just kick back and enjoy
And lots of my Cooking and Pat's Gifts to enjoy all day and many days to come... How Sweet it Is!

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~

~ Tuesday December 22, 2015 ~
~ On my Fourth Day of Christmas ~
~ I Ate that Big Chocolate Kiss ~
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~ Here's a Piece of 2015 Christmas Fruitcake for You ~
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Starting off another pre-Christmas Day, been more Christmasy here this year than ever so far
First a re-cap of Santa Pat's visit on Monday, quite a pleasant afternoon, I don't get many visitors
I am sampling a Cup of the Special Blend Coffee she brought and here's a rundown of all the other Goodies

~ Back Row ~ Christmas Crunch ~ Banana Apricot Bread ~ Chianti ~ Cranberry Bread ~ Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies ~
~ Front Row ~ Special Coffee ~ Pistachios ~ Cashews ~ Pistachios ~ Special Coffee ~
~ Center Front ~ Russell Stover Solid Chocolate Bar ~ On Top of the Cashews a Giant Hershey Chocolate Kiss ~

Well that Russell Stover Chocolate Bar didn't last Long, downed that at TV time after Dinner Monday... and GOOD!
And lots of tasty Snacks there that will last through Christmas for sure, she baked those Specials in the little Sacks

And so Tuesday a quiet Day, cloudy and Cool, no plans, no projects, I checked those AeroGarden 6 Tomato Popups again
A few more Seeds in each Pod had popped up, the Pod on the Left looks like 4 Seeds, I snipped three out of the one on the Right
Looks like One more on the Right almost ready, l'll check Tomorrow and clip all but the Tallest Plants in each Pod
So they say to keep only One Seedling in each Space for maximum growth and production

~ Left Pod, Sprouts to Snip ~ Snipped Three on the Right ~

And then... off to the Lotto Races, Price Chopper and Minit Mart, kept winning, kept buying
Ended up with $65 in Wins but only $5 in Profit, but I am chasing that Big One... and SOMEDAY!

Then on into another long dreary afternoon, these Cloudy Days are depressing, but the Sun WILL shine again
Nothing needed to be Cooked or Baked, just mix a Cocktail, sip at TV Time and enjoy a good Dinner later

Then I got a Phone Call, a Nurse from Creekwood Surgery Cennter with a hundred Questions
Why do they have to know all that stuff? Just working on one little Finger next Monday
Anyway she finally ran down and asked when would I like to take my Tests? Tests? What's that
I don't know what they are testing for but I am heading over to NKC Hospital Pavilion Wednesday Morning
Get their Tests done and then what another Day will bring... Hope it is unbounded Riches... Yeah!

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~

~ Monday December 21, 2015 ~
~ On my Second Day of Christmas (Sunday) I Baked a Cake ~
~ On my Third Day of Christmas (Monday) I had a Guest ~ With Gifts ~
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~ My Delicious (as usual) 2015 Christmas Fruitcake ~
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And that was quite a Busy and Fun and Productive Weekemd, smoking Ham, baking Fruitcake, tending Winter Gardens
I don't really have anything now to do the rest of my Days before Christmas but kick back and enjoy
And so, Monday Morning, Dark and Wet but not so cold at 40 Degrees or so, but Misty as I set out for the Price Chopper
At Dinner on Sunday I had that Ham, the orange Sweet Potatoes and the white Turnips, needed some Green
I didn't have any then so I decided to buy some for Today, and the Chopper had plenty
Collards, Turnip Greens and Kale all for 99 Cents a Pound, then some higher priced stuff
Mustard Greens at $1.99 and Swiss Chard at $2.99... WOW! I grew some of that stuff a Year ago for Cheap
Anyway, Kale is supposed to be one of the Best Healthwise so might as well get the cheap stuff
It all looks about the same after you cook it, taste a bit different, but cheap tastes real good

~ All this Gorgeous Kale for $1.29! ~

Well I did a Taste Test on the Fruitcake, I would give it about a Grade A, That's good stuff, Maynard
I went back for some more Lottos, stopped at the Office to give Boss Bob a sample
So, the Lottos Wins for Monday a measley $15, that won't pay the rent fer sure
On to the Day, needed to adjust the Growing Lights on the Kitchen Shelf and then start on those Greens

I had two Bunches of Kale, should be plenty... Rinsed and set on a towel to drain
Then, I had some minced Turkey, sliced some Onion, put that into the Skillet with Olive Oil
Let that simmer a bit then dumped it in the Kale, quite a pile, way above the Skillet Rim

~ Fresh Kale into the Pan ~ After Five Minutes ~ After Twenty Minutes ~

It was piled higher than it looks in that first Photo but in just a few Minutes had wilted down in the Skillet
And was just enough for the other Ingredients when it simmered down, then I poured it into s Bowl to serve later

Then with Dinner on the back burner for way later I tended to other things, one to get a Photo of the new Crop
Just like the Seed Pod Label says, germinates in 4 Days and the Mega Tomatoes had popped up<
They say only put two of those large Tomato Plants in the Garden but I stuck in a Mint Pod too, no sign of it yet

~ AeroGarden 6 Mega Tomatoes ~ Planted Four Days Ago ~

And then I got a Phone Call, my neighbor Pat from up the Hill and around the Corner and across the Street
"Are you receiving Visitors", she asked... "But of course, con mucho gusto"... I replied, come on down...
I went back to working on today's BLOG, soon I heard a tap at the Door, she had walked down the Hill
And came in with a big Sack of Christmas Goodies! Mein Gott im Himmel! I never get Christmas Presents
Well yes I did last Year, she did the same thing, makes a silly old man wanna cry!
Well, I left most all my old Friends in St Joseph when I moved and my Family is dwindling away
And it takes time to make new friends in a new location but when you find one it is special

So then I unloaded the special Christmas Sack with all the wondrous Gifts inside, quite an inventory
Then on to a pleasant afternoon of Chat and TV and a glass of Wine for She and a Margarita for Me
When she had to leave to tend to her Home and Pets I cut her a large Hunk of my Christmas Cake to go
I have a nice Photo of all her Christmas Gifts, I'll add it to my Tuesday BLOG

Then it was time for Dinner to wind up the Day, Pork Chop and Buttered Carrots and some of that Kale
And yeah, it came out quite well on this attempt, I should do Greens more often, tasty and good healthwise too

A really good start on Christmas Week on Monday, now off to another good Day

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~

~ Sunday December 20, 2015 ~
~ On my First Day of Christmas (Saturday) I Smoked a Ham ~
~ Baked my Fruitcake Sunday ~
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~ See... Just enough Lettuce snipped for my Balogney Sammich ~
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Sunday Morning, still thinking of that Smoked Ham and how good it was... and so much left to enjoy
I'll store the rest of the thick sliced narrow end Pieces in the Fridge
Then separate and store the large end Slices in the Freezer for days to come

And is Today the time to bake my annual Super Fruitcake? I thought Yes, then No.. and then Yeah
But I need a bunch of Ingredients, Spice Cake Mix, Nuts, Craisins, Pineapple, I have Raisins
Also have one can of the Apricot Nectar needed and always have Bourbon here to add... and so...

So off first to the Price Chopper, got everything except the Milk... Darn
Next popped over to the Minit Mart for a Tank of Gas and my Lottos, only won $5 again
Home then and another Lunchtime Breakfast, tried some of my Applesauce with Toast on the Side, very Tasty
Then I started on my Fruitcake, quite a bit more complicated than my Applesauce...
Nothing difficult though, just one step at a time, dump all the wet and dry Ingredients into the Mixer
Stir well, then beat the Batter for two Minutes, then beat in the Eggs one at a time
Finally fold in the Fruits and Nuts and pour into the Pan, then into the Oven for 55 Fragrant Minutes

And I took the Cake out of the Oven right at 55 Minutes testing done with the Knife
So, I forgot the Milk, had to run back to the Price Chopper for that, also some Candy anf Nuts for TV Snacks
And I traded in that $5 Winning Ticket for one more, then won back my $20, even up for the Day... HAH!

Back to the Kitchen, time to separate and store the rest of that Ham, more for Dinner later... Yeah
And so that Chore progressed, trimming and slicing and slipping the Ham Slices into Bags for the Freezer
And I now sure have quite a stack of those in the Freezer and some thick Slices and Chunks in the Fridge
There will be plenty of Ham in the Smith Household well into 2016

So the Cake cooled, I wrapped it in Foil to sit overnight and taste Test in the Morning
I have Baked a lot of those Cakes since the first one I tried in 2007, then at least one every Year since

~ Here is the Recipe, just mix this Stuff and pour in a Tube Pan and Bake ~

Then finally on to Dinner, again some of that Ham, Sweet Potatoes and Turnips with Bacon... Yum again
And that wound up another Busy and productive Weekend, now and easy downhill ride to Christmas

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~

~ Saturday December 19, 2015 ~
~ Sunny and Mild and Smokin' Ham ~
~ A short Visit with Pat ~
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~ Tomatoes and Jalapeno doing well in AeroGarden 5 ~
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And another late start on Saturday, just messing around on the Computer and managing my Gardens
Picked a little more Dill and put it in a slow Oven to dry and store for later
Finally set out for the Price Chopper about 10 a.m. Needed Tequila and Angostura Bitters for Cocktails
And of course picked up $20 worth of Lottos and only won $15 back, Oh well Pay Day coming next Year

And I set out my Ham to get up to Room Temperature to smoke outside, mixed up some Ham Glaze
And I got a call from Pat, trying to add a file to an Email, told her I would head up the Hill
And bring her one of my Three Pod Aerogardens she wanted to buy, and then up up and away around the Corner
And took the Aerogarden in, got the Email going and headed back to tend to a very late Breakfast
Let's call it Lunch, I snipped some lettuce and made a Cheese and Balogney Sandwich, fresh and delish!

By then my Ham was warmed up some and I headed out front to vacuum the Wood Ash from my Fire Pot
Then I lit the Burner, added on a Hickory Loglet, took the Ham out to the Smoker, brushed on some Ham Glaze
Then all set to enjoy the Aroma of Hickory Smoke and Ham for a couple Hours

So, back inside with a Margarita at TV time, went out a couple time to brush on more Glaze
Something like two Hours later, the Ham was looking good, brought it in to Cool

~ That Prize Ham in the Smoker ~ Glazed and Smoked ~ Come and get it! ~

And a -second- Margarita and back to the TV until Dinner time, and then out to the Kitchen
I 'deboned' the Ham, cut around the end of the Ham that wasn't sliced and then sliced that up
Set aside the larger Sliced part until later to finishing slicing and storing the large Slices in the Freezer
And then for Dinner, I dished up some of the thick top Sslices I had made, added some Candied Sweet Potatos
A dish of Potato Salad, a hunk of my toasted home made Rye Bread and a glass of Vino Tnnto
And I can say in all non-modesty that was the best tasting Spiral Cut ham I have prepared... Oh yeah!
I don't know if it was the Ham itself or something I might have done right but this one was really GOOD!

And now Sunday, a little warmer ahead and what shall I do to liven up the Day.... let's go see!

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~

~ Friday December 18, 2015 ~
~ Mo Lotto Prize Ham Delivered ~
~ Made Apple Sauce with on Sale Apples ~
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~ Another Windows 10 Insider Build ~
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And out in the Chill to see what the Morning would bring, and it brought Sunshine
But that cold Weather, Brrrr, Bring back those 50s and 60s... Please
Stopped in at the Price Chopper, hit the ATM and then the Lotto Machine, saw Luis over in Produce
Trotted over to say Buenos Dias, he was unloading Apples from Boxes, hey look at that Price!
How long since I had seen a price like that? 39 Cents a Pound, couldn't pass that up, got a half Dozen
Total for that was $1.63 including Sales Tax... Wunderbar!

So what to do with the Apples, I just finished a Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Bread
How about Apple Sauce, I like that and no need for a Crust , I like Apple Sauce with Toast
And so, a couple hours later... Wah Lah! Apple Sauce!

~ Apples on Sale at Price Chopper ~ Then Apple Sauce Next ~

And waiting than for the Big Brown Truck all over again, finally after 1 p.m. I heard it across the Street
Went to the Door, here came the Man and my Cooler, why park way over there?
Anyway, I got the big white Cooler Box with my Lotto Prize Ham. opened it, took out the Dry Ice
Dumped it on the Walk out front in the Sunshine to evaporate and set out the Ham to start to thaw
They say it is already thoroughly Cooked and ready but I think it is better Hickory smoked a little
And so, put it in the Fridge to thaw, going to 50 degrees today, might smoke it this afternoon (Saturday)

~ Lotto Prize Ham, Cooked and Spiral sliced ~ Might Smoke it Some ~t

And that was all the excitement for the Day, usually tapers down in the Afternoon about Cocktail time
So then scrounging around in the Fridge to use up some leftovers, then back to the TV
Another Week all gone, and Christmas next Week? Oh how time do fly! Merry Christmas
I usually hae my special Fruitcake all baked up and ready by now, maybe I should try for that again
Well now, I just might do that today! Off we go into the Not so Wild Blue Somewhere!

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~

~ Thursday December 17, 2015 ~
~ Another Windows Insider Build ~
~ Made a Burrito with that Arroz con Pavo ~
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~ One More LED Seven Pod AeroGarden ~
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Thursday, one more Week waning, and my Days have been flying by this Year... Is it December already?
So a Visitor and new Packages arrived on Wednesday, but nothing planned for today... Oh Woe
And more Woe, I just received what they were saying was the Biggest and Best AeroGarden
So I get online Thursday Morning to register my new Garden and WHAT! Now they have a new NINE Pod Garden!
And now they are saying that -it- is the Biggest and Best, Ya just can't stay a Winner very long
So now, Christmas is coming, would someone like to buy me one of those?

~ The New AeroGarden 9 Pod 'Bounty' ~

On to the Day, a routine Morning Routine as usual, but... Got online and the Internet was deathly SLOW!
I checked my Internet Speed, Oh WOE again... I usually show 18 mbps, now showed 2.58 bps, that's crawling speed
So I got on the Phone with AT&T, talked to the automated Man and gave him my problem, he said he would check my line
Asked a couple question, I said yes and no, he said I should try rebooting my Router, hadn't thought of that
Then the Robot talker asked if I would like him to reboot it for me, I said sure, go ahead
So my Router turned off, then began to light a few Lights, finally all came on and I tried the Internet again
And then back up to Zip Speed, back in the Saddle again, I'll remember to try that if there is a next time

Then off to the Price Chopper, more winner Lottos needed, well they didn't have any, another down Day... Woe again
On to the Day, needed to get some Breakfast and then the Plants in the Kitchen looked Thirsty
Easiest way to do that is to take them all off the Shelf and water them on the Table
Lots of effort for so little production, those Plants aren't doing anything close to the AeroGardens
And then puttering around again, saw an update available on the Dell Number Two... started that
What? They are back to the Insider Updates. this one Build 11082, that label in the Corner is back on the Desktop
And after updating the first Computer, installed the Update on the other three, I like to keep current

That was just about it except for Cocktail, TV and Dinner and this time made a Burrito
I have lots of that Arroz con Pavo left, thought it might make a good Burrito and it did

~ A Tasty Burrito with Arroz con Pavo ~

So another pretty good but cold Day taken care of, and a colder Morning today... Brrrrrr Coldest of the Season
And what in store for Thursday? Got an Email saying my Lotto Prize Christmas Ham was to be delivered
So, head out for my Lottos and then hang around for that Delivery... Off we go... Into the Wild Cold Yonder!

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~

~ Wednesday December 16, 2015 ~
~ AeroGarden Number Six Delivered ~
~ Seed Pods at Walmart also ~ Planted Now ~
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~ More Dill and Lettuce to Harvest Tuesday ~
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Tuesday afternoon, Checking the Gardens again, noticed the Tomatoes in Garden 4 were outpacing the ones in Garden 3
And they were planted 20 Days after the ones in Garden 3... So Why? Looks like the LED Lights made the Difference
The LED Grow Lights are now in the Highest Position, the ones in Number 3 still a little lower
Overall, the Number 4 Garden has outproduced all the Three Pod Gardens with the CFL Grow Lights
I have two kinds of Tomatoes growing, Mighty Mini Cherry Toms in Gardens 1, 3 and 4 and Heirloom Cherry Toms in Garden 5
~ 3 Mighty Mini Tomatoes Planted in Garden 3 October 21 ~ 2 Planted in Garden 4 November 11 ~

The last I planted was a replacement for a harvested Lettuce Plant in Garden 1, now just up a few days
Here below are the Two Heirloom Cherrys I planted in Garden 5 on November 27, they look hardy and healthy now

~ Two Heirlooom Cherry Tomatoes in Garden 5 ~ One Jalapeno ~ Planted November 27 ~

So on to the Day... on Wednesday... Off to Minit Mart for more loser Lottos, well I did win $15 the first time
Then back to the Price Chopper to trade that $15 of Winners for one $5 Winner, so no go for the Day
On to the Day then waiting for my new Aerogarden, I checked the Email again for the new Seed Pods
And it said that they had been delivered to WalMart about 11 a.m. Good, lucked out again

So... the Big Brown Truck then brought my Garden about 1 p.m. Then I headed to Walmart
Picked up my Seed Pods and headed back to assemble and plant my new AeroGarden
Got a Phone call just as I walked in the Door, a friend was heading over for Computer assistance<
He got here just a few minutes later so I had to put off the Garden for awhile

He needed assistance renewing an Auto License online, then was shopping for a new Tablet
He had been to Sam's Club and found one he liked for $179... I found the same one online at Walmart for $149
So then I showed him how to order it online and get it shipped to Store, no shipping Charge, saved him $30

He left and I mixed a Margarita and started on my new Garden, easiest of all, just snap in the Light shaft
Pop the Grow Light on Top, plug it in the Base and plug the Garden into the wall Socket... WAH LAH!
Then the planting, the 'Dash Board' on the front tells how step by step to plant then set the Timer
First fill with Water, a lot of that, then add the Nutrient, then all ready to plant the Pods

And not much to plant, it is a 7 Pod Garden and 7 Herb Pods come with it but I had those 'Mega Cherries' to plant
They grow quite large and they say plant only two in the Garden, I did than but also popped in one Mint Plant
They say to plant in the two outside Pods and I did, but I thought one small plant in front Center would be OK
I set the Timer and away we go, how long until more Tomatoes pop up... Have quite a Garden growing now

Then on to Dinner, and the TV again to finish off another successful Day... Now on to Thursday!

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~

~ Tuesday December 15, 2015 ~
~ Off to another Doctor ~
~ Dill Touching the Grow Light - More Snipping Needed ~
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~ More Dill and Lettuce to Harvest Tuesday ~
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And up at 5 a.m. Tuesday Morning... Woke just before the AeroGarden Lights came on
That's for Gardens 1 to 4... Number 5 comes on about 8 a.m. Took a look and saw Number 4 blinking
Been growing a lot of stuff in that Six Pod Garden, takes a lot of Water... 'Water Me Light' blinking again
So I filled that one up then saw the Nutrient Light on in Garden Number 2, and fed that one
And looked like I needed to snip some more Dill in AeroGarden 4
Then mixed my Juice and put the Coffee on, then did my Computer Morning stuff

Posted my BLOG, finished my Morning Routine except no Breakfast, I don't eat before I go to the Doctor
And then off to see the Hand Specialist... then after a half hour I found that you can't get there from here
I have driven all over Kansas City and it is a lot of Area, 317 Square Miles but never in that area
And it is all twists and turns and no stright shots to get there and I got lost
I had to stop twice to get directions, I overshot the turn off by several miles
Finally found the place, and as I had started early was only about 10 minutes late

So I checked in, and then waited about a half hour to get seen, a shorter wait for the Doctor
He came in, took a look, had the answer in five minutes, 'needs Surgery' and I was out
So the Clerk handed me a bunch of Folders and Instructions and I was out and headed back

Had no Breakfast so an early Lunch, I snipped all the tall Stems of Dill in Garden 4
And then the tallest Lettuce Leaves, used those to make a Sandwich for Lunch
That Garden Number 4 has been the best Producer of all so far, but Dill, Basil and Lettuce ebbing now
But the Mighty Mini Tomatoes just started to Bloom and there are a lot of them on there

So I put the Basil in the Oven to dry, and got on with the rest of the Day
Same-o kind of Afternoon, started watching the Republican Debate later, got bored with that
Hotted up some of that last Pizza for Dinner and then off to dream about Wednesday

Now Wednesday Morning, checked on my new Garden and Seed Pods, UPS says my Grarden out for Delivery
Then checked Walnart for my Seed Pods, AHA! They first said Friday but now it's out for delivery Today also
So after my Morning Routine, go get some Lottos, wait for my Garden then later head to Walnart for the Tomatoes
Then plant 'Mega Cherry Tomatoes' in my new Aerogarden 6 and then live happily ever after

~ Ever Onward and Upward ~

~ 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 ~

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