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~ El Pato says 'Quack ~ Quack ~ Quack' ~                                                                    ~ El Pato Donaldo ~ 1932 to 2016 ~


~ Sunday, February 14, 2015 ~
~ Made a Ton of BBQ Beans ~
~ And Baked Cornbread to go with the Beans ~
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~ What is that Big Bright Ball up in the Clouds? ~
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Sunny and near 40 Degrees and warming up fast on Sunday... Good, I need to fill up my Gas Tank
And it is usually Windy and Cold up on that Corner at the Minit Mart
After a slow Morning startup I headed to the Price Chopper, need to do something with my last Smoked Ribs
I hotted up a big one for Dinner Saturday night, but it was chewy and kinda tough
So I thought I would chop the rest of them up and make a passel of BBQ Beans and they will make a lot
I needed Beans for that, picked up three Big Cans of Bush's Best Baked Beans, none better to start with

So out to the Kitchen around Noon for one of my favorite activities... cook up something GOOD!
I had Four huge Ribs with a lot of FAT on them, my plan was to simmer some of that fat out of them
The saute some Onions and Jalapenos in that, along with the Rib Meat, started dicing the Rib Meat
Then a big Onion and then a large Jalapeno, not the little ones I just pickled
After that in with some Beans, stir it all up, add some BBQ Sauce then later see what Spices it would need

Oh Oh, would need some Cornbread to go with those BBQ Beans, back to the Price Chopper
Decided on the Easy stuff this time, got three Boxes of 'Jiffy' Corn Muffin Mix, on sale three for $1.00
So easy and good too, mixed that up with Egg and Milk and into the Oven.. then back to the Beans
And... They did need some Spice, I added Cumin, Basil, a little Chili Powder, some Garlic Salt
So, that did it, I just let the Beans simmer very slowly on Low for quite awhile
Then let them cool, some in a bowl for dinner three Boxes of Beans to store in the Freezer


~ Super Special BBQ Beans ~ And some Tasty Fresh Baked Cornbread ~

Nothing much left to do on Sunday afternoon and Evening except for TV and Dinner as usual
More Episodes of 'Breaking Bad'...Watching the whole Series for the third time!
A bowl of tasty BBQ Beans, a hunk of Buttered Cornbread... Yeah, good some home Cooking to end a good Day


~ And More Stuff to Store in the Freezer ~

And then all this Stuff into the Freezer for whenever and off to Beddy bye we go!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Saturday, February 13, 2015 ~
~ Picked and Pickled Jalapeno Peppers ~
~ Tended to all the other Garden Needs ~
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~ Lookee them there Purdy Peppers! ~
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Well I managed to have another fairly busy day doing not much of anything on Friday
And now Saturday, not a clue of what to do all day to keep from being bored
I have all the Tech Toys that I want but do not need and I still run out of things to do real quick

So, I had a $10 Scratcher and a $2 Lotto Ticket to trade, traded for a couple more at the Price Chopper
And lost my $10 but I have a 'Show Me Cash' that might win Saturday Night, don't count on it

I had Six Swiss Chard Pods that I seeded and planted in my Garden 4, having a problem getting them started there
So far only Three growing and I replaced the Three others once, they didn't start so I replaced them again Saturday

And the Jalapenos in Garden 5 were at just about the right Size I like, so I picked all but one smaller one
Those Eleven would make a nice half Jar of Pickled Jalapenos so I made some Brine and Pickled them...
Very nice first Crop of Jalapenos from my Indoor Winter Garden 5, the Tomatoes in that Garden not doing much yet


~ First Crop of Jalapenos from Garden 5 ~

And bored again, I headed back to the Price Chopper for more Lottos. and this time I won $25
Made a $5 Profit, ain't that wondeful, then this morning checked my Lotto tickets online and won NUTHIN!

Loss for Saturday was hmmm, about $15 overall, I can handle that

Long TV afternoon with a Margarita and mucho Vino Tnto, warmed up some BBQ Ribs for Dinner
Got sleepy and turned in way too early for a very long, long but fairly comfortable night

Now looks like.. On to a nuthin much Sunday all over again

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Friday, February 12, 2015 ~
~ A Visit to the Coffee Shop ~
~ Some more Indoor Plant Piddling ~
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~ Look in the Center ~ new Leaves beginning to Grow ~
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And a Visit first thing to the Parkville Coffee House, hadn't been there for a couple Weeks
Dean and Lewis were there along with Ann and Marc Siebert, having a nice chat for me to interrupt
There were four chairs at the Table... Lewis reached over to the next Table to borrow one for me
So then Ann and Marc left and we got into some more chat, actually some about me this time
And then the party broke up and I headed for the Price Chopper, had a $2 Ticket to cash in
Then I won another $2 on a Show Me Cash 'EZ Match' and won my money back for tomorrow's ticket

I stopped at the Complex Office to tell Boss Bob I received the Dishwasher Rack he ordered for me
He said he would be right down to install it himself... Back then to carry out my Trash
And he was there about the time I headed back in, Ten Minutes later my new Rack was installed

Had only Juice and Coffee so far that Morning, time for a late Breakfast
Snipped some more recently grown back Lettuce, enough for a Sandwich and assembled one
That Lettuce I thought was waning is staging another comeback, more ready to snip again

Then a peek at the Plants in the Kitchen, only three left now after dumping the Mini Toms and Parsley
My Two Orange Trees and Pinepple Top that is beginning to grow new Leaves in the Center


~ Only Three Plants left in the Kitchen for Now ~

Those plants are waiting for Spring when I can set them back outside, now thinking a Sweet Potato Vine
I had a Sweet Potato on the Kitchen Table in 2014 that started to sprout. I planted it in a pot
And Vines soon starting growing, I took it outside in Spring, tied some Twine on for it to climb
And it climbed to the Deck above by midsummer, when it began to die back in October I dug it up
And dug out a BIG Sweet Potato, kept digging and found all those below in that Pot, gonna try again


~ Growing in the Pot in March ~ In the Pot in July ~ Harvested these in October ~

And then, what do suppose I did? HAH! I headed to the Price Chopper for some Sweet Potatoes
And there they are... Two to bake, One to plant... Not the way you are supposed to but the way I did
I had a Pot ready, close by, I leveled the Soil a bit, layed the Potato in and covered it with Soil
A little Water, and set it on the Table and now we wait and see... what happens


~ A Sweet Potato planted to see what Happens ~

OK, then, mixed a Margarita, some TV News, a Slice of Ham out to thaw, some Caulifower to heat up, a Sweet Potato to bake
And that was that for Friday, good enuff Day!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Thursday, February 11, 2015 ~
~ Mighty Mini Cherry Tomatoes Finished ~
~ Harvested the Parsely in the Pot ~
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~ The Last Harvest of the 'Mighty Mini' Cherry Tomatoes ~
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Thursday already, where did the week go? And a Third of February used up too
I am ready for Spring already though this Winter hasn't been all that bad this Year
But we can still get some Snow and Ice and Cold until well into March...

These Inside Winter Gardens sure have been giving me something fun to do in Winter Time
I don't know why I like to grow things so much, I am a First generation City guy though
My Parents and their Parents were all started out on Farms way back when

So, one Aerogarden wanting Water and another wanting Nutrient on Thursday, always want something
The 'Mighty Mini' Tomatoes weren't going anywhere fast after the transplant so I decided to terminate them
Picked off all the remaining usable Tomatoes, they go into the Jalapeno Jar with the others
That three Pod Garden just isn't really big enough for Tomatoes, even those midget ones


~ The 'NOT' Grande Finale for the Mighty Mini Tomatoes ~

And then that Parsley experiment in the Pot, so slow to take off and go anywhere
Sitting on the Bottom Shelf in the Kitchen, noticed it was about as tall a it would get
So I just harvested the whole thing. snipped the leaves and dried them in the Microwave
One more Crop finished for now, what's next... Harvest some Jalapenos?


~ Parsley ready to Harvest ~ Harvested ready to Dry ~

So what else exciting? You Kidding! What did I scrounge up for Dinner if anything...
Oh yeah, I got this huge Cauliflower at the Price Chopper on sale about half price
Couldn't pass that up, looked up an online recipe, to do it a little different than usual maybe
So, I simmered the Caulifower, made the Sauce, assembled the Dish, on with the Cheese and Crumbs
Out of the Oven, on a Plate with a hunka Chicken and Corn, yeah, pretty much the same old Caulifower
But tasty and good for you... they say... and off to a better night for a change

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Wednesday, February 10, 2015 ~
~ Updated my Indoor Garden Video ~
~ Just Garden Tending after That ~
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~ The New Thai Basil Crop doing Great ~
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Wednesday Morning 20 Degrees at 6 a.m. Brrrrrrrr... But they say going to 50... Now that I like
And nothing on the Agenda for Wednesday... Is that good or bad? Well I have had more than I want of Doctors lately
I could use a nice big fat Lotto Win just about now, no good ones for quite awhile now

Took a look at that new Planting of Thai Basil first thing, a slow start but really going now
Had to raise the Light Hood two days in a row this week, and that Lettuce Crop in Garden 7 is still Growing

Having a slow start getting the Swiss Chard starting in Garden 4, using Pods I seeded myself
I planted Six Pods, and only two popped up, several days later I replaced the Seeds in the other Four Pods
And then only One of those popped up, Three to go, maybe those seeds are getting too old

So, got all my first thing in the Morning Routine finished... then what? AHA!, had some Video to Edit
Sometime during my TV watch on Tuesday Evening I decided to add the latest changes to my first Indoor Garden Video
Got my Tripod out, set the Cam on the Tripod and already had thought out the moves, so on with the Show
Finished what I thought would cover the action, put the Cam away and finished the Day with TV

Wednesday Morning I stuck the SD Card in the Computer, copied off the Video Files, fired up my Editor
Not much editing needed on the new Video, just needed to add some still Photos and Sub-Titles
Then rendered to .mp4 and Uploaded to Vimeo, posted it on Facebook and for all you lucky people, on here!

The first Video was three Minutes long, I added another 4 Minutes, the first Video on January 20th
This one on February 9th and shows all the changes I made to the Gardens and locations since the first one

The rest of the day pretty routine, make a couple trips to the Minit Mart and the Price Chopper
No special Cooking, just some Meatloaf, Green Beans and Potato Cake from the Fridge and Freezer
Again trying to use up some of thet Stored Surplus in there, can't seem to keep from cooking way too much

Some better on the Medical front, looks like. Only taking Aspirin now, no more Percoset
Again had a better Day and night on Wednesday, and sure hope this goes away as fast as it can

~ Now Off to the New Day and Good Fortune! ~

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Tuesday, February 09, 2015 ~
~ A Visit with the Primary Doctor ~
~ Then more Puttering on a Quiet Day ~
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~ A few more tiny Toms from the Plants in the Pots ~
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Tuesday Morning Sunny but back to the Cold... But I think I see March coming this way
Starting my BLOG update at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, waiting for my Doctor Appointment at 11 a.m.
I made a quick run to the Price Chopper to update my Lottos, only won back $10, still in that slump

A peek at the Gardens early, those Jalapenos looking great, will soon be time to pick some
I don't want them to get too big, looks like there are close to a dozen on that plant now

The Lettuce Garden said it wanted some Nutrient this Morning, I added that, they are using a lot of Water too
I am now wanting to start the relacement Lettuce Crop, the Crop there now I think is just about finished
I snipped enough for more Wilted Lettuce on Sunday, then enough came back for a Sandwich on Monday
Now maybe I'll let it go for a couple more Days then clip it all and start the replacement Pods

And then... What else of no importance? I did pick several more 'Mighty Mini' Cherry Tomatoes a Day ago
I think those plants I repotted in the Kitchen are on their way out too, was fun but I won't try them again
I picked Four more of those dinkies on Tuesday, what to do with them? I have been putting them in with the Jalapenos
Then they go good on Cheese and Crackers or in the Wilted Lettuce, have a peppery Tang to them

And then... off to see the Doc at 11 a.m. Got there too early as usual and had to wait the more than usual time
Got called in by a young Mexican guy to do the preliminaries, had a nice little chat
Then that very long, long, long wait for the Doctor, my appointment time was 11:15, he didn't come in unti after 12:15
Just what so these people do anyway? They never spend much time with me... They just book them to heavily I guess

Anyway, this was just a followup that I didn't think was necessary, but good to get on record
He asked a few questions, listened to my Chest add Heart and that was about it, said they had to do a X-ray in six Months
He did write a prescription for analgesic Chest Pads to place over the painful area, which I will not fill

So not much worth the Hour and a half of my not so busy day, off to get my Lottos
And that wasn't much worth the trip either, spent $20, won back $10, then spent $10 and won back $5<
On to the rest of the slow Day and nothing to write home about, now into Wednesday and what?

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Monday, February 08, 2015 ~
~ Quiet Day on Monday ~
~ A Better Monday Night ~
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~ Lotsa Jalapenos Getting Bigger in Garden 5 ~
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Where was I? Monday was a slow Morning, no hurry to do anything or go anywhere
And it took quite awhile to get everything (anything) going for the Day, tired of this Pain in the... Chest
Really not bad most of the time, but when I get in the wrong position... OUCH!
Going slow on those Oxycodone/Tylenol Pills, taking only one now and then, as of yesterday 5 so far

After my usual Morning Computer checking I thought I would correct a few more Web Page Links
Worked on that awhile, boring stuff so I did a little Garden tending, another Garden saying 'Add Nutrient'

Finally got all my morning Routine taken care of, headed out after Noon for my Lottos
Saw the old Guy coming out of his place next Unit over just as I got in the Blazer, beeped to give him a Ride
He was headed to the Price Chopper to go to work, I was headed there for a loaf of Bread
I cashed in $7 in Wins, bought $20 worth of Scratchers and a $2 Show Me Cash Ticket
Got my Bread and headed back into that really slow Afternoon, and just puttered away the Day

So they say do not drink Alcohol when taking that Percocet, I made a Pot of Tea
And I sipped a glass of that while I was doing my TV Catchup, not quite a satisfactory sub
My Margarita and Manhattan do a much better job as TV sippers... but hang in there

The Day slipping away and I decided to take another Percocet at 4 p.m. First of the Day
Then I thawed out a premade Burger for Dinner, had a glass of Apple Juice instead of Wine
Lasted out my long evening TV Session and Movie, one more Percocet and off to bed at 8 p.m.

And a better Night, no sharp pain getting in and out of Bed, just enough to know it was still there
Woke up four times during the Night, no really deep continuous sleep since I fell
Finally gave up and got up at 4:30 a.m. and actually feeling the best for several Days
And so... What for Tuesday? The ER Doc said to do a follow up with my Primary Doc in about a week
I called, I have an appointment I don't think I Need at 11 a.m. today... Oh well
So... on to Tuesday... 'This too shall pass... and Life grow sweeter'

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Sunday, February 07, 2015 ~
~ Sunny and Mild out There ~
~ One More Small Lettuce Harvest ~
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~ Fourth Try at Wilted Lettuce ~
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Sunday Morning looking good, the Sun shining Bright and above 40 degrees early on
The Morning taking a long to see some Sun, got up way too early but felt better out of Bed than in
Lying down is the hardest part... And bending over... And not sitting upright... Worst thing I have had for awhile
Just standing, sitting straight, walking, no problem at all, but a twist, a bend, leaning back... Whoooopeee!
So it finally got to 9 a.m. when Walgreens opens and headed straight there after getting some stuff at the Price Chopper
But, walked back to the Pharmacy... CLOSED! Do I have to go all the way to Walmart, then a Lady asked me if I found everthing
I said everything but the Pharmacy, she said they open later, she would check and headed toward the Back
And she said 10 a.m. OK, I headed home to work my Lottos and wait again, back at 10 and got my Prescript

So, took a pill, hoping for the best and looking like a very long and boring day ahead
And all I won was a $2 'EZ Match' on a 'Show Me Cash' and $5 on a Ticket... I want more Days like yesterday ($50)
So a little puttering around and nothing else to do so back to the Computer and my Web Pages
I have a LOT of Web Pages, several hundred, and most all have Links to my other stuff and Parkville Nature Sanctuary
I gave up the Nature Sanctuary Web Domain to the City, now their Site has left out 99% of what I had for the Sanctuary
Many Web Pages of Photos, Activities, Events, 90 some Videos of Work Days and Events... So I saved a lot of that...
I have a Web Page I made of my first Trail Walk in 2007, So I added a link to the 'Photo Page' I made when I took over the Site
There are Links on that Photo Page to most of the Web Pages of Work Days, Events, Videos and whatever
So, I have been working at changing all the links on most all my Web Pages that go to the City Site
And then they go to my 'Trail' Page which has the Links to my Nature Santuary Pages and there are a LOT of those

So after I took my Pill I started again with that Project, had already changed about Twenty or so
Started at the end of my list of Pages with the 'W' and worked backward... Making good progress
Got about another Twenty Pages changed, back up to the 'S' and started getting Sleepy, enough of that
Nothing else planned and though I spent lot of time in Bed the night before, did not get much sleep
Decided to give up and take a Nap, the Pill was working and no Pain and I slpped into bed easy

Had a good Nap, best sleep in Five Days, on into the rest of the Afternoon, then some Dinner, some TV
An Hour before I decided to head back to bed, another Pill and away I went, not much pain but no sleep much either
Was keeping track of the timing of the Pills. they say don't take too much, I woke up right on time for another Pill
Got up to take that one and back to Bed... Not sleeping much but made it this time to 4 a.m and got up

And WOW, sure feelng woozie, that Pill doing that?... Started on my Computer stuff anyway
And didn't get very far, had my Apple Juice and brewed my Coffee but decided to give up and went back to bed
This time got a better Sleep, woke up and got up just a little before 7 a.m.

So then, feeling some better, got my Coffee, finished my Morning Computer stuff, finished this BLOG
Posted the BLOG to Facebook.. and on to the rest of what I hope will be a better Day...and backing off those Pills

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Saturday, February 06, 2015 ~
~ Not much going on Saturday ~
~ And... NOT a Better Saturday Night ~
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~ New Basil Crop doing OK ~ Planted January 19 ~
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So, I usually start my BLOG on the Day before I post it, and finish it the next Morning to post
This time I didn't type anything on Saturday so I have to try to remember what I did or did not do
Now it is Sunday Morning and what did I do on Saturday?, this Rib thing isn't helping me remember much
Lemmee see, I fell Wednesday, Hospital run on Thursday, Pat's visit on Friday...

Had a terrible night on Wednesday, a little better on Thursday, Friday the same, Saturday maybe not quite as good
I am sure getting tired of this latest event, a real pain in the... Uhhhh Chest!
I didn't think I would need to fill that Percoset Prescription, but the Tylenol and Aspirin don't work so good
So the first thing today, a run up to Walgreens to fill that Script, see if that can make a better Night

Ok, So I did get up to the Price Chopper later than usual to trade in that $50 Lotto Win
Got $20 more, only won $25 back, that won't pay the Rent, went back to trade again, only Two $5 Wins back
Oh well, can't win 'em all fer sure... Still slightly ahead the last Two Days

The rest of the Day, just puttering around, nothing much going on, had a Manhattan, caught up on the TV
No Cooking projects, snacked through the Afternoon, got sleepy early, went to take a nap
Woke up at 6 p.m. All the lights on... what time is it anyway? Oh... Nap time not bedtime...
Well I didn't feel like any more TV or Dinner or what, so I turned off the lights and back to Bed

So that made a way too long night and not a happy one, got up to take Aspirin a couple times
Finally gave up at 3:30 a.m. and got up to catch up on the Computer and stuff...
Checked the Banks, Facebook, Email... Worked a couple Crosswords... then this Diatribe
Now a little after 5 a.m. Posting this to Facebook and then a long, long, long Day ahead... Ho Hummmm.... already

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Friday, February 05, 2015 ~
~ A Visitor from the White House ~
~ And Look Mom! More Lettuce! ~
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~ Lots More Lettuce for Wilted Lettuce ~
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Starting on Friday's BLOG at almost Noon, a busy Thursday Morning so far, lots of Diatribe in that last BLOG
But some people actually read it and I have a History on here that comes in handy for me at times
And up early after a slightly better Night, even got some sleep... Took a Tylenol at Bedtime
Have a Prescript for Percoset but not going to fill it, I have Tylenol and Aspirin, that works OK
And so, missed getting my Lottos on Thursday, headed to Price Chopper for them today, Friday

Got a Call from Pat just before leaving, she had read my BLOG and wanted to catch up on the Details
And said she wanted to come down later, so that will be Movie time, wants to see my 'Super Van' Movie
The one I 'Starred' in, in 1976... (not quite the Star...) and she likes 'Dos Equis' Cervesa so I wanted to get a Six Pack
Picked up my Lottos and Six Pack and headed back to scratch off a $10 and $40 Win, that's more like it

Got a call from Boss Bob (Owner/Manager) while sitting in front of the Price Chopper
He wanted to know how I was doing after my 911 Emergency Run, told him as good as might be expected
At least on Friday I was able to drive for my Lottos, rarely ever miss a Day for that

OK Noontime, that Lettuce was ready again, the 5th Pick, picked more than enough for more Wilted Lettuce
Wonder how long that Garden is going to Produce... Best continuous Crop yet


~ Lettuce more than Ready Again! ~ And after I clipped it Friday ~

And on into the Afternoon, started on my TV Catchup... Around 2 p.m. decided to have my Mahttan... sip sip
And then I saw Pat coming down the Hill a little after 3 p.m. I left the Door unlocked so I wouldn't have to get up
The hardest thimgs I try to do now are getting up and sitting down, getting in and out of bed... Oucheeee!
So she knocked I says come on in... And the party started... I 'mirrored' my Phone to the TV first
I wanted to show her the before and after Photos (above) that I just had made of the Lettuce Garden
That Galaxy S6 Edge+ sure takes great Photos and then they look even greater on that 4K TV... Yeah!

So then I went to the Kitchen to get her a Dos Equis Cervesa as I continued with my Manhattan
Then I fired up my Super Van Movie, this is a DVD Copy of a VCR Tape that I found on the Net
Originally I had a VCR Copy I bought way back in 1976 but lost it somewhere and replaced it with the DVD
The original was better that this copy I now have in Image Quality but it is still fun to watch

So on into the Movie, I had made a copy with my TV Editor and added subtitles noting where in St. Joseph the scenes were
That added to the fun of the Movie, as they had mixed up locations that did not fit where they were actually
It is a silly Movie but fun and Pat thoroughly enjoyed it and I had more fun than usual rewatching it
I could explain where they actually were and what was happening that not knowing St. Joseph you could miss
Also pointing out my own walk-on scenes that you could miss easily if not pointed out

And then the Movie finished, I showed her a re-run of the last two short Videos I made
And then it was time for her to head back up the Hill to take care of her Animals and make Dinner
She already had a Cat, Dog and Horse and all the Birds out in the Trees but now babysitting a Mule for a friend
Has a very busy life attending Home and Work duties and helping out at the Nature Sanctuary
And always a great visit when she comes over so I can brag about my Toys and Videos and Photos

And then... Oh, I also had a Dos Equis when my Manhattan ran low but then I poured a Glass of Vino Tinto
I plated up some Meatloaf, a Potato Cake and made my Wilted Lettuce again, a large bowl this time
And it was quite tasty but not quite as much as the last two tries, seems that always happens
Anyway, finished the Day with more 'Breaking Bad' and off to bed for a less painful, somewhat better night
Actually got in a little real Sleep... Still hurts to sit and stand and reach for things... and will for awhile
But today somewhat better that yesterday so far and a ton better than Wednesday night... On now to better times!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Thursday, February 04, 2015 ~
~ Again a Windows 10 Insider Update ~
~ Then a Bumpy Ambulance Ride to the ER ~
~ And a Long Long Tale of the Event on Thursday! ~
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~ Didn't we just do this last Week? ~
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And here it comes... another Windows Insider Build Number 14257, third in the last two Weeks
And glad to see this one, two Errors at least from the last Update are fixed
One was a 'Error Notice' that would pop up from time to time, didn't seem to bother anything
The other was no HTML5 'Audio Controlls' on that Song I put up on top, only my Comment showed
Now that's back, probably didn't bother anyone that checked that out, only the 'Insider Build' was affected
And now I see it is back working again... And a couple new Items added that I probably won't use

And so, on into the new Day on Thursday after that rough Night with hardly any sleep, just pains
Got my Morning stuff done, then got a knock on the Door about 9 a.m. Boss Bob checking on my Fall on Wednesday
He asked how I was doing and by then I was feeling better, ready to head out for my Lottos
He was insisting I go see the Doctor, could be serious, I wasn't so sure... And I was feeling better

And that was until I got in the Blazer, began to back out and turn up the Hill... Noooo...
That was painful at that Seat angle and then when I turned the Wheel and saw that wasn't going to work
So I pulled back in, cancelling my trip out for Lottos, what to do all day then?

Just puttered a bit more, here and there, Online... Offline, just a boring Day, so on to the TV
That was painful, Seat height and angle giving me pains, got a few Cushions and Pillows to try to help
Finally got a bit more comfy caught up with the news, but got sleepy about 2 p.m. from no sleep Wednesday Night
And I headed to the Bedroom for a Nap... But I couldn't even get in Bed, any position was giving me sharp Pains
Was OK when standing, walking and sitting up straight but no way I could lie down with those pains

So what to do, go to the Doc for advice or treatment? Well he would just send me to another place for a CT or MRI
And I couldn't drive to get there anyway, so I called the Doctor and asked what to so
The Triage Nurse said the best thing was to call 911 and go to the Emergency Room... Well OK... Did that
And within two minutes a Parkville Policeman was at the Door, and then down the Hill came a Fire Truck and Ambulance
Looked like about 15 People there and then Tom the Maintenance Man showed up,"Finally gave in and going?" He says
Yep... and they wheeled out the Gurney, I told them I could walk OK and sit up straight but not lie down
So they sat me on the Gurney, raised the back, strapped me in and away we went to NKC Hospital

And they took the longer wrong way down the Interstate for a bumpy ride... I told the Attendant that
Three miles shorter and less traffic on Hiway 9, she said she had a new Driver, she would let him know
We got there,wheeled me into the little Room, slipped off the Gurney onto another then the ER Routine and details
Got all hooked up, told them my woes and a wait for the next Person, came in asked his questions... left
And other Person, asked Questions, filled out Data on a Work Station there, said the Doctor would be in

Then the first of several long waits, he finally showed up, asked his questions told me the X-Ray next
And then a really long wait, wait, wait... At last the Attendant came to wheel me to X-ray
Three easy standing up X-rays and then back to the little Room to wait. wait, wait and wait
Finally the person that entered the Data came in, entered more Data and then said the Doctor will see you in a bit

And then after another very long wait and another Person came in, said they were finished and the Doctor would be in next
So, who to call for a ride back Home? I called Pat but she wasn't home, called Lewis, he said sure
I told him they were finished but I would call again when I was ready to leave... OK... then a longer wait
But after an hour still no Doctor and Papers so I called Lewis back... said it's taking them a long, long time
He lives close by and said he would head over anyway, I didn't want him to do that but...
So still more wait, and wait... I called Lewis again, he was out in the Parking lot, waiting...
Called and told him I didnt know what the holdup was, he said OK, no problem, but I was very unhappy he had to wait
I wanted to tell him to go on home, I would just take a cab back but I knew he wouldn't accept that

So more wait and wait! They have an inroom phone for the Nurse, I called... Did they forget me or what?
She said no, just extremely busy, she would check and see, more wait and wait and then Lewis came in
Well that was better after he waited in the Parking lot for over two hours! we did have a nice Chat
And then FINALLY, way after 7 p.m and the Doctor came in with the Papers and good news, well sort of

He said I had a healed Rib break on the right Side (from 30 years ago) But no break on the new one on the left spot
And it wasn't a full break, was a 'contusion' or cracked Rib but just as painful, and the treatment the same
Gave me a set of Instruction Papers, a prescription for Percoset and wished us well... We headed back to Parkville

Back home at 9 p.m. So sorry Lewis had to wait like that but he said OK, no problem, a great friend!
He came in, I packed him up with some Smoked Chicken Legs and off he went, told him I would see him at the Coffee Shop

So then, I had a Chicken leg, glass of Wine, another Pain Pill and off to Bed... and it wasn't easy
I did manage to get in Bed in sort of a sitting position propped with Pillows, managed to slip down later
And I had a better night but not a lot better, much better now after getting up and starting this boring Drivel
Today... See if I can drive and go get my Lottos, and then into another not so comfotable Day... Ole!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Wednesday, February 03, 2015 ~
~ A Few More Mini-Toms ~
~ I Fall Down ~ Go Boom! Ouch! ~
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~ Eight more little red Jewels ~
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Checking the online Discover Bank Wednesday Morning... SS Pay Day... my SS Check is in the Bank
Made my Bed, put the Laundry in the Washer, made my Coffee, finished my BLOG, now what?
AHA! Picked the Eight ripened 'Mighty Mini' Cherry Toms in the Kitchen, that makes 21 so far
Was wondering just how those transplanted Plants will work in those Pots, so far, so good

Headed out to the Price Chopper, got my Lottos, back to scratch off just $10.00
Stopped for the Mail on the way back, my new Wrist Watch was there, why would I need a Watch?
Every place I look around my place there is Clock or two staring at me, about 12 or more
And in the Computers, my Phone... So what time is it anyway... Well I saw this Special Ad in the Mail for a Watch
Can choose Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines and it's a great big heavy thing so... Just for the fun of it


~ My Supersize USAF Watch ~

Of course I got the 'USAF' Watch, then tok a half Hour to set everything, kinda tricky
It has Digital Time, LED Light, Cronograph, Alarm... And also Analog Hands which I like best anyway
So I got it set, headed back to the Price Chopper to show it to Rion, he had a bunch of Big Watches
And traded in the $10 Ticket for two more losers and then on into the afternoon

Mixed my Margarita and was watching TV when I saw Boss Bob pull in the parking area next Door
He saw me smoking those Chicken Legs and said to save him one, well I had more than plenty
So I decided to take over a few for him, had a Dishwasher repair request also

I headed up the Hill, the Painter was out front, I asked where Boss Bob was and he pointed upstairs
Well I guess I was NOT watching my step then and I tripped on the Curb and fell HARD on my Chest!
Oh that HURT! Worst fall I ever remember... I had to lay there for five Minutes or more before I tried to get up
The Painter asked if I needed help but I finally managed to get up and staggered to the stairs to sit

And I was hurting... Thinking that I might have cracked a Rib... Stabbing sharp pain
I had planned to trot on up the Stairs to give Bob the Chicken Legs but I asked the Painter to ask him to come dowm
And Bob came down the stairs to the Landing where I was sitting, I gave him the Legs, 'Gracias' and he took them to his Truck
Then I asked him what I had in mind in the first place, that Dishwasher Rack that needed replacement
He said he probably had one or two and would send Tom over with one, then the Painter walked me back to my Place

The Painter made sure I got down the Stairs and inside safely.. I asked him if he would like some Chicken legs
Why Shore... So I sacked up a few for him, then here came Tom with the Dishwasher Rack... I get Service around here
But I had the Dishwasher running, he said he would be back today, Wednesday, to install it... Mission accomplished

And, I had set my Dinner out to nuke later, back to the TV to finish my Margarita, and not feeling good at all
So I gave up on the Dinner Idea, took a couple of Tylenol and hit the Sack... Well... Slipped in carefully
And into a very long and rough Night, I could only lay in one position without stabbing Pain
If I tried to move even an inch to a new Position I got a stabbing Pain in my Chest... I mean OWWWWEEEE!

Really got hardly any sleep at all.. Just kind of drift off and then pop right back... BORING!
So about 11 p.m. worked my way carefully out of Bed to get up for a couple Aspirin and slip carefully back in
And again about 2 a.m. Finally got up at 4 a.m. to start the Day (very Slowly) took a couple more Tylenol
Now.. a little after 5 a.m. taking it easy at the Computer... need to put the Coffee on and feeling just a tad better
That is... unless I get in the wrong position or cough a little but... Oh well, like they say...
"This too shall pass... and Life grow Sweeter" ...Well I hope it doesn't take too long

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Monday, February 01, 2015 ~
~ 1/12 of 2016 Gone ~ Welcome to February!
~ Starting the Week with a Hair Cut ~
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~ First Chard Seedling on Sunday ~ And on Monday Morning ~
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Sunday Morning, Garden Grow lights on at 5 a.m. Garden 6 asking for 'Add Water Now!'
So I watered that one, about a half Gallon! Then watered the other 7 Pod Gardens
When the plants get that big they use a lot of Water every Day and getting bigger every Day
First look at the new Chard planted, only one Seedling so far but it tripled in size overnight
And look at that Lettuce Crop, picked some three Days in a row and it's back to the top again
Need to pick some today, Monday, or I will have to raise the Light Hood again


~ Look at that Lettuce Grow! ~ Saturday after Clipping ~ Monday Morning ~

And then. puttering around Sunday afternoon, saw that the Dill in the Pot wasn't going anywhere fast
That was just an experiment anyway, decided to clip it and dry it and plant something else
I had Swiss Chard in one Pot and one Aerogarden and thought I would add a couple more to that little Pot
You need lots of Chard Leaves to make a decent Serving even just for one Person... So... Get with it!


~ Dill in the Pot ~ Dill Harvested for Drying ~

So... Monday Morning all over again, I like to start the New Week, get the Snail Mail working again
And a plan to start the Day, get my semi-annual Haircut... I had a scalping the last three Cuts
But decided to let it grow out a little so I skipped a couple Months, getting kinda shaggy
So I'll stop in at the 'Shear Palace' first and then a block or two over to get my Lottos at the Minit Mart

Even after picking Lettuce Three Days in a Row... Needed harvesting again... Picked a bigger Pile this time
Enough this time for 'Wilted Lettuce', put in a Bag in the Fridge until Dinner fixing time


~ Picked More Lettuce Monday ~ And three Dinky Tomatoes ~ Enough this time for 'Wilted Lettuce'

Don't have any Bacon to use in the Lettuce but have lots of Ham, that will work, got some Green Onions
Recipe calls for Lettuce, Green Onions, Bacon Grease, Vinegar, Water, Sugar, Salt and Pepper
I will mince some Ham, add some Olive Oil to make the 'Grease' for the Dressing
Add the Olive Oil, Vinegar, Water and Sugar to the Grease, bring to a boil and pour on the Lettuce and Onions

But back to the Day, headed over to the Shear Place about 9 a.m. Got a nice Trim, then got my Lottos
Won nothing, not a good way to start the Month... Then on with the puttering around with the Gardens
And then what's to cook for later? Freezer stuffed again and I just baked that huge Meatlof
Have most of the Prize Ham in there waiting... But I always want to cook... And the Weather was nice.... so...
Back to the Price Chopper for some Chicken Thighs but they had some Legs at a terrific price...79 Cents a Pound!
So I got a big Pack of those... Back to rinse, dry and dust on some BBQ Dry Rub and into the Smoker at 1:30 p.m.
Back to the TV... and about 5 p.m. went out to bring in the Chicken and wait for Dinner


~ Nine Gorgeous Chicken Legs Smoked to Perfection ~

I was planning on a couple Chicken legs, Potato Cake and a bowl of that Wilted Lettuce
But after a couple Margaritas and a couple Chicken Legs to gnaw on I put that big Dinner off
Had some more Snacks and then headed off to beddy bye a bit on the early side
The Feast to be continued on Tuesday... Off we Go!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Sunday, January 31, 2015 ~
~ Third Lettuce Harvest in Garden 7 ~
~ Made a Gorgeous Meatloaf ~
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~ First Swiss Chard Seedling in Garden 4 Popped up Sunday ~
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Well now, maybe my own seeded Pods will do OK in Garden 4... Worth a try anyway
AeroGarden has quite a variety of Seed Pods but no Swiss Chard that I could find
And those Chard Leaves are the highest priced Greens at the Store and Tasty too
They won't grow too tall for that Small Garden if I keep snipping them... I hope
Not too expectant of the Chard plants in the Pot but three more Seedlings in there Sunday

And then, that third Lettuce Harvest on Saturday, piled all that on my Ham Sandwich and it was GOOD!
Really getting some production out of that Lettuce Garden, three kinds of Lettuce in there
And then look at it again on Sunday Morning, not like much was picked at all


~ Does it look like I Harvested that Garden Three Days in a Row? ~

Lots of Lettuce for three nice Sandwiches... Maybe try some 'Wilted Lettuce for a change?
Takes a lot of Lettuce to make a nice serving of that though


~ Lettuce Harvested Thursday ~ Friday ~ Saturday ~

And a catchup with the Jalapenos... I see a new Pepper most every Day and some getting some Size
Looks like this is going to be a productive Plant, not so sure about the Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes there


~ I Count at least Six Peppers in There ~

Into the quiet afternoon, but keeping at the Gardening now and then all day
And then got the Idea of a Meatloaf for Dinner, haven't done that for a long time
Back to the Price Chopper for a few Items then, needed Onions and a Green Pepper from Produce
Then some Washer Detergent, some Freezer Bags, then back by the Meat Counter for the Meatloaf Stuff
Got a Pound of Ground Pork and two Pounds of Ground Beef, I like to mix the Pork and Beef in Meatloaf
Then a half Gallon of Apple Juice and off to the Checker and back to Home...

Assembled that Meatloaf from a Pound of Pork and Beef, saved out a Pound of Beef for Burgers later
Added in Chopped Onion, Green Pepper, Ketchup, Cracker Crumbs, Eggs, Salt, Pepper and Garlic Salt
Sigi said I have to use chopped Garlic too but I didn't have any, that Garlic Salt with Parsley works good
Then into the Oven for an Hour or so, back to the until the Buzzer Beeped and Wah Lah! Meatloaf Supreme!


~ A Super Meatloaf to end January 2016! ~

That was the Day again, kept busy all Day, finished up making Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans with Ham and Onion
A big hunk of that Meatloaf, a Glass of Vino Tinto, and another Day in Heaven completed...

~ HELLO FEBRUARY~ ~

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


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