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~ Thursday, March 31, 2016 ~
~ So-So Weather Day ~
~ Very Nice Lotto Day ~
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~ Best Lotto Win for March ~
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A slow Morning getting started on Thursday, saying mosty Sunny and in the High 60s
Nothing planned for outside... Let's go do Lotto Scratchers... Not winning much for March
So off first to the Price Chopper, later to Minit Mart and again Price Chopper winning some along the Way
Started out with a $20 Bill in my Pocket, ended up with $95, must have won something...
Not in the order won but I did win a $5, $10, $15, $20, 20, and $50... That's $120 ain't it?
So a Profit of $100 and time to quit for the Day, can't win 'em all and I have proved that

And... I sent an Email on Wednesday to AeroGro with a Photo of my Garden 7 with one Lettuce Pod failing
They don't waste any time, got an Email back on Thursday and saying this:
Hello Donald, Thank you for your email
We are sorry the salad greens failed to germinate
We have submitted a replacement Salad Greens order for you today
You should receive it within a week to 10 days
So again, great Service, they have corrected every Boo Boo I have had so far
With AeroGarden Garden service problems and replacement Seed Pods, well they do say 100% Guaranteed

And into another Afternoon, what now? All that Rhubarb in the Freezer... Let's make a Pie!
Back to the Price Chopper for a couple things, needed some refrigerated Pie Crusts
A couple Apples to add in with the Rhubarb and some Candy and Nuts to celebrate my Winnings for the Day

Back home to start on the Pie, defrosted the Rhubarb, peeled the Apples, then into the Crust
Some Sugar and Flour and Nutmeg and Cinnamon added, on with the top Crust and into the Oven<
Off to the TV with a Margarita for an Hour, then back in the Kitchen to finish the Pie


~ Rhubarb Apple Pie ~ Looks Good ~

Out of the Oven to Cool on a Rack, then set out the Goodies for Dinner later
Soe more of that Smoked Pork Shoulder from the Freezer, French Fries and some Cole Slaw
Good way to finish off a profitable Day the Day before Pay Day... YEAH!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Wednesday, March 30, 2016 ~
~ Nice Warm Start for a Warmer Day ~
~ Planted More Cucumbers ~ Inside and Out ~
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~ New Lettuce Seedlings in AeroGarden 7, all but one doing Nicely ~
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Weather looking great again for Wednesday but not much of anything needed to be done outside
I started out checking the Indoor Gardens first thing, things going slow in some Gardens
Only those Five Seedlings in the Fifteen Slot Seed Starter, Four ready to plant outside
And they are shading the Slots that haven't sprouted yet, decided to replant Three of the open Slots
Maybe I can take a chance and plant the largest Two Seedlings up in the Cucumber Bed?

And then, maybe not, warm enough at 10 a.m. but not Sunny and they were saying some Rain for the Day
Starting this Afternoon and increasing chance toward the Night... Oh well, we shall see, shall we not?
And so, getting tired of waiting for the Cukes in the Seed Starter Kit, I'll try some Pots
That worked pretty well with the Pumpkins, so I'll see how the Cucumber Seeds will do in them


~ More Cucumber Seeds Planted ~ In Pots this Time ~

Weather looking almost like the Sun would peek out about Noon time... Lets go plant!
Tom the Maintenance Man, working upstairs, says better wait a few Days.. I says I got to go PLANT! NOW!
So I popped the two largest Cucumber Plants out of the Seed Starter, into a plastic box and headed out back
Dug a couple deep holes for the long Roots and slipped in the Plants, filled them in and watered them
Now hope for the Best, worst case, if the Cold gets them... I still have plants in the Seed Starter and more now in Pots


~ Cucumbers to Plant ~ And Planted in with the Radishes ~

And I thought that was about it for Gardening on Wednesday... Mixed a Margarita, catching up on TV
And... Admiring my Gardens in the Window... but... what about that Mint Plant? So much taller than the Rest
Already forgot how that happened, new Herbs in most of the Pods, that tall Mint Plant in just one
So, how about putting that in a Pot and starting something new in that Garden? Let's do it
Out to the Kitchen Table, that Basil looked done for, just toss it, then Plant the Mint in the Pot
And what for the Empty Pod in the Garden 4? Well I had some Oregano Seed, and some extra grow Sponges
So, some Oregano Seeds in the Sponge and that into a Pod base and that then into Garden 4... and see what happens


Basil in Garden 4 ~ Tossed out of the Pot ~ Mint Planted in the Pot ~

So, I started the Day with no plans, ended up busy pretty much busy all Day, what for Thursday?
Again no plans, Supposed to be in the 60s Today, (YThursday) 40s Tonight, should not have to cover anything outside
But I might get lucky again and find something interestung to keep me busy... Anyway.. Off to another fine Day

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Tuesday, March 29, 2016 ~
~ Warmer and Windy Day ~
~ Not Much Going On ~
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~ Harvested the first Rhubarb of the Season Monday ~
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Hey Hey! 47 Degrees at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, that's more like it... and high 60s today and more later in the Week
Didn't mention on Monday that I thought a couple of the Rhubarb Plants needed trimming
So I got off the long Stalks, cut off the leaves, rinsed well, cut into pieces and into the Freezer
I still have Rhubarb from last Year in the Freezer, I need to get a couple of Pie Crusts and use them up

And a check on the Seed Started Kit in the Kitchen, a little progress, not as expected though
I planted Fifteen Seeds, so far only Five have Popped up, may have to replant some of them
But then I can also plant the Seeds up in the Garden Beds when the Weather warms a little more


15 Seeds Planted ~ 5 Seedlings so Far ~

And then a run up the Hill in back to take the Covers off the Pumpkin Plants, they still look good
The Weather man said last night only one more Freezing Night expected, then maybe all clear

Then 64 Degrees and Sunny but very Windy at Noon-Thirty Tuesday... Warm enough but nothing much to do out in back
And BORED again and can't think of anything to do... Ho Hum....
Well, I reveived the little USB Keyboar for my Cell Phone, just something tp play with
But I opened the Package, opened the Keyboard and a Keybutton fell off, Oh No!
I saw that a little plastic that held it on was broken so I couldn't fix that, sent an Email
Got a reply, they said to send a Photo and they would look into it, came from China, took two weeks to get here
So I might get a new replacement sometime in April? No importante, only to play with anyway


~ Sent this Photo to Banggood.com for Replacement ~

So, a long boring day and not much else, 56 degrees now on Wednesday at 6:30 a.m and going to 73 they say
Nothing much if anything needs to be up on the Hill, do I need a Job or what?

Off into the 30th Day of my 30th Year of Retirement, so much Fun! (Some of the time)

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Monday, March 28, 2016 ~
~ A Bit More Sunday Catchup ~
~ Warm Day ~ Planted Turnips ~ Swiss Chard ~ Scallions ~
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~ The Basil didn't like the Trip Outside on Saturday ~
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So, I wasn't quite finished with the Sunday Report but that Rant was getting way too long again
So, I'll see what I can remember about the rest of that Busy Afternoon... away we go

And not much at that, the usual Cocktail and TV Time, some more Corned Beef and Cabbage for Dinner
I think that uses up all the St. Pat's Day Corned beef for another Year...
Then some of Pat's Cookies for a finale and then off to bed

And now another COLD Monday Morning, but they Forecast Nights above Freezing for the next Week.. I hope
I had set out a Basil Plant Saturday to get a little Sun, too cold, didn't like it, not sure it will survive
And I had the Sweet Potato in the Pot covered bt it didn't look good after that COLD Sunday Morning
I didn't go u pthe Hill to check the Radishes and Pumpkins, sort of concerned what I will find today
I am always rushing the planting Season, I know better but that doesn't stop me from trying

So, 39 Degrees at 9 a.m. and out in front and then up the Hill to check the Farm... After the Cold Night
I had the Sweet Potato and the Pumpkins covered, checked the Sweet Potato, he didn't like the Cold, looks like


Some Cold Damage to the Sweet Potato ~ Think it will Recover ~

Then up the Stairs, and around back and then up the Hill, the Roses at the Side of the House look great!
And the Rhubarb in the next Bed looks good also, One plant looks ready to Harvest already
Next the Radish Bed, doing great with no cover, and the Beets look good, no Cold cover either
Then up the Hill to the Pumpkin Patch, a bit apprehensive, they like it warm... Off with the Cage and Covers
And they also looked just GREAT! So much better than I expected and growing nicely after transplanting too


Transplanted Pumpkin Plants could not look Better! ~

So, I had those eleven gorgeous Mega Cherry Tomatoes, wanted to give them to Lewis, called him at home
He said he would be there and I headed over to North Kansas City to his Apartment, he was waiting at the Door
Really nice upscale place, has all the extra amenities, he ushered me down the Hall to his place

Then introduced me to his Wife who I have met before at Nature Sanctuary Doings, a nice Lady
So I gave him his Tomatoes, the Wife was very impressed I grew them inside, I showed her Aerogarden Photos
Then some Chat, excused myself and headed on to other things waiting... Then back to Parkville

And then what... Look at that Gorgeous Weather, shivering all day Sunday... Summer back on Monday
And thinking of planting again, now what? I thought of Turnips... Anyone still eat Turnips? I do now and then
If you like them, there no better ones than fresh grown and picked, can eat them raw or in Stew or Buttered
So then, off to Walmart for Turnip Seeds and a couple other Items, decided on Scallion Seeds also

Headed back, stopped in at Minit Mart for Lottos, won a $25 Scratcher, profit of $5... every little bit helps
And then... Headed back on the Hill to plant, carefully spaced out the Swiss Chard Seeds I already Had
Then in the back of the Bed, I planted the Turnip Seeds, they are so tiny I just scattered them in a furrow
Then I sort of scattered the tiny Onion Seeds around in the Tomato Bed with the Beets, will have to thin them later


Planted Turnips and Swiss Chard in the Pepper Bed ~

That was all the Outside activity except that late in the Day I covered the Pumpkins and Sweet Potato
It didn't look like it would drop to the 30s but I wanted to be safe, and the low at 5 a.m. Tuesday is 47
Nothing left then except Afternoon and Evening festivities, I found a Lotto Prize Chicken Breast in the Freezer
So I set that out to thaw, seasoned it, put a Tater in the Oven to Bake, made some fresh Cole Slaw
That all turned out very tasty, ended the Day with another old TV Rerun on Netflix... Bye Bye

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Sunday, March 27, 2016 ~
~ Cold ~ Snow ~ Spring done Left! ~
~ A Busy Inside Day Though ~
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~ What? I thought Spring was Here! ~
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And so... Sunday Morning I took a look at the Weather on the Computer, said 33 Degrees and light Rain
Then took a peek out the Door... WHAT? Snow on my Windshield at the end of March!
I covered up the Sweet Potato and Pumpkins I set out, wonder how they are doing today?

Wandered out into the Kitchen for whatever on Saturday and noticed a stranger in with my Orange Tree
Didn't notice just when that started but it grew tall quickly, wonder what it is?
Maybe I'll just repot it by itself and see just what it grows into later?
Wish the Weather would warm up enough to get all these Pots outside in the Sunshine


What Popped up in my Orange Tree Pot? ~ A Bradford Pear Tree Perhaps? ~

And so, my Morning stuff done and off into the Wintry Day, still snowing at 10 a.m.
My Windshield was covered, I thought the Wipers would just wipe it off but not quite
Had to wait a bit until the Defroster melted it some and then off to the Price Chopper


Had to clear the Snow off to Drive to the Price Chopper ~

Traded my last $20 Win at the Service Counter for $20 more Tickets and then won $20 back
That isn't any profit is it? Well, I'll try again on Monday, don't want to lose all that again

Back home, now ain't that cute? My new little Spruce Trees all decorated wih Spring Snow
Maybe I can light up those little Christmas Trees with LEDs next Christmas...


Decorated for Christmas but it isn't here yet ~

So the Snow stopped, the Sun peeking out a little at Noon but still saying 34 Degrees
They said a high of 49 but that was still a long way off at Noon, maybe the the Sun will peek out some more
I was watching the Birds at the Feeders out front, quite a crowd at times, and several kinds
Saw a big black Crow strutting down the street, he took off, lots of Sparrows feeding on the ground
Several Chickadees and Titmice at the Gazebo and new Tube Feeder too... Then a Downy Woodpecker (I think)
A couple of Big Blue Jays, then several Cardinals showed up, Male, Female and a couple young ones, the Red not as bright


Downy Woodpeckers ~ Young Cardinal ~ Cardinals ~

And so, this drivel comment is again getting long, do I need something else to do? Well I found a few minutes worth
I did decide to transplant that Seedling that popped up above... Found it had a long thin Stem
And that ended in a round hard ball of a Seed about 1/2 inch round, then a tap Root from the bottom of that
And so... Looked like one of those Bradford Pear things that fall off the Tree all over the Yard
Maybe one fell in that Pot when it was outside and sprouted into a Tree Seedling, let's watch and see

Well now I am going to wind this up for the Day on Sunday, I'll finish the rest of Sunday on Monday Morning
You think you can wait that long for more of my relentless Diatribe of nothingness?... Hasta la Vista!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Saturday, March 26, 2016 ~
~ Another Windows 10 Insider Build to Start the Day ~
~ A Visitor with an Easter Gift ~
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~ Is it Time for This Yet? ~
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Well seems I got the Insider Windows 10 latest Build 14291 about a week ago and here comes Build 14295
I haven't checked out all the new Stuff in Build 14291 except some new Browser Extensions
Just have to see what happens in this Build when I run across them, I don't use a lot of that stuff
I had the new Build downloading in my Dell One Desktop then and three more to go after that

OK... 9 a.m. and the third Update was in progress, just got back from the Price Chopper
Out in that dreary Drizzle to trade in my last $30 win for $20 more and only won $5 back
Checked the Basil I set out yesterday, looks OK and so does the Sweet Potato in the Pot
Maybe if the Drizzle stops and the Sun comes out, I might go up on the Hill to check the Pumpkins

Well, the drizzle didn't stop soon and it was Cold and Wet back there so no backyard farming for Saturday
Later I got a call from Pat Harris, wanted to come over and visit, said she had a gift for me
And the Rain had stopped but was still dreary and Cold when I saw her coming down the Hill
Welcome, come in and chat... she gave me the Cookies... Dee Lish! Gracias por tu generosidad!


~ Cookies for Easter from Pat ~

So then a long Afternoon of pleasant chat, my Videos and TV and Computer and Nature Sanctuary goings on
And I caught her up on Lewis' Medical trouble, then we called and talked to him together
Another dreary Day warmed up by good Company and Conversation, she headed up the Hill and I headed to the Kitchen

I found some home made Pork and Bean Soup, my own Mix... Hotted that up with Cornbread for a nice cold day warm-up Dinner
Some of those Cookies then for Dessert and off too early again for Beddy Bye... NOW IT'S SUNDAY!

Fired up the Computer, hit the Internet and this Bunnny was staring at me on the Bing Browser
Aha... It IS Easter... isn't it? and I fotgot to color my Eggs!.... Off to the new Day!


~ The Bunny reminding Me that it's Easter Morning ~

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Friday, March 25, 2016 ~
~ Pumpkins Transplanted to the Patch ~
~ Thinned the Beets ~
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~ New Lettuce on the Way ~ One Plant Hesitating ~
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Finished my Morning Routine on Friday Morning, out into the Chilly Sunshine with Frost on my Windshield
Headed down to the Coffee House at 8:45 a.m. Did not see Lewis' Car out front... What is this?
So I called his Cell Phone, only got Voice Mail, so called his Home Number, his Wife answered
Is Lewis there? No, he is at the Hospital... No No No! Enough of this Hospital stuff, well not too bad
He checked in because of Gall Stones, that requires surgical removal of the Gall Bladder
I read if they can do a 'laparoscopic surgery' it results in faster Recovery, hope they can do that one
And so, back to el Ranchito with my Gift of Tomatoes, maybe I can deliver them to his home Saturday

And so, on with the Chilly Day warming up to 38 Degrees at 10 a.m. Took the Cover off the Sweet Potato Pot
Saying 46 for the Low Friday Night and 38 the next Two Nights, wonder if I could dare to plant my Pumpkins?
Well, I am always rushing the Season, guess I can replant if we do get a couple of Freezing Nights


~ Pumpkin Plants ready for the Trip up the Hill ~

And so, about Noon-Thirty. Bright Sun and 49 Degrees, out and up the Hill to the Pumpkin Patch
Tossed off the Cage and then planted them, nice soft tilled soil, and Pat's Compost underneath
I didn't separate the Seedlings, well I don't go by the Rules, just let them, fight it out who wins


~ Pumpkins Planted ~ Cold Please Go Away! ~

And then I stopped down at the Tomato Bed where I planted the Beets, the Seedlings not doing much in there
But they needed thinning like most Beets do, and I spent a few Minutes doing that
Then two beds over, got a new Photo of the Radishes and they are doing as good as can be expected


~ Radishes Looking Good ~

So then what? That was just about it, I did set a Basil Plant out front to get a little Sun
No more Freezing nights for about a Week, still rushung the Season, a couple more ahead in a week
Saying two nights below freezng Saturday and Sunday, April 2nd and 3rd but that could change

And then, I just finished out the Day as usual, Margarita, Some TV and something good to eat... Finito!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Thursday, March 24, 2016 ~
~ Harvested Mega Cherry Tomatoes ~
~ And that was all She Wrote on Thursday ~
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~ Fifteen Mega Cherry Tomatoes Harvested so Far ~
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Well the man was saying another cold Morning Thursday at 37 Degrees, not quite... was 42 at 6 a.m.
And saying light Rain... warming later to 61, that won't be fine Veranda Sitting Weather like Wednesday
But nothing planned for Outside for Thursday, thinking of planting the Pumpkins on Monday
A couple more nights in the 30s predicted until then and maybe all clear after that

Woke up at 3:30 a.m. to a LOUD BANG of some sort... No idea what... Tried to go back to sleep
But I went to Bed early again and was all slept out I guess, so I gave up and got up
Mixed my Juice, made my Coffee, back to the Computer, did my Email, checked the Bank and Facebook
Then worked two online Crossword Puzzles... Then? Well, out to the Kitchen to load and start the Dishwasher
And next... Rion at the Service Desk has been giving me loser Lotto tickets to enter for Prize Points
The Sratchers are easy but the Draw Tickets take more time so I did all the Scratchers earlier
And I had quite a stack of Tickets left to enter so I started on those... BORING! But I got a lot entered
I have about 12,500 Points now and lots of Prizes available for that, but nothing I want right now

On to 7:30 a.m. then and checked the Temp... HAH! Now at the 37 Degrees the Weather man predicted
I peeked out to check the Light Rain they said was happening... Not raining then but the Street was wet
And COLD out there... Brrrrr... Nothing like yesterday afternoon... Bring my Spring back

So, I picked the Eleven red ripe Tomatoes from Garden 6, got that nice Photo up there, looking good!
So far, picked Two for Lewis but he wasnt there, ate them myself, Wednesday gave Two to my Neighbor
With the Eleven I picked Thursday that makes Fifteen so far, checked the Garden, now 15 more coming along

9:30 a.m. Out on a Dam(p) Cold Morning... Brrrr, off to the Price Chopper to try my bad luck again
And that's just what I got... now a long dark wet cold Day ahead with no plans at all... BORING!
Oh well, thought I might just download all my Internet Site files for backup in case I needed it
I did have a Boo Boo once where I lost my Internet Files from my Computer and got them back from my Domain

I do all my Web Stuff on my Dell Two Desktop and usually have all the latest files there
But it would be nice to have the entire Web Site on the other Two Desktops for backup also, and so...
Most everything including the latest uploads are on my Dell Two, I started downloading them on my HP Desktop
When that finishes I'll put them on my Dell One and then have most all my Web Files on Three Computer Hard Drives

Then on through a long, cold, boring, no nothing Day, the only activity wad picking those Tomatoes
Looking good on the Kitchen Table Friday Morning, thinking of taking them down to Lewis at the Coffee Shop
That is... if he shows up, the last two times I took Tomatoes... he wasn't there... So...
Again, temp below freezing Friday Morning but not as Cold as predicted.. at least not at 6 a.m.

Off now to Friday and the Weekend, and sure hoping Pay Day shows up soon

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Wednesday, March 23, 2016 ~
~ Planted new Dwarf Spruce Trees ~
~ Picked a Couple Mega Cherry Tomatoes ~
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~ Two Little Evergreens for Out Front ~
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Another Gorgeous Day in the 70s ahead but a Cold Night in the 30s, one of the few left I am hoping
Again lights on in the Aerogardena and checking the Plant Progress, a couple more lettuce Sprouts popped
And one more Cucumber Seedling, want to see them all up... If any fail I'll put another Seed in the Pod


~ Cucumbers in the Seed Starter on Day 3 ~

The Mega Cherry Tomatoes can be picked any time now, I picked two and gave them to a Neighbor
I might picked them all, try again to take some down to Lewis at the Coffee Shop<
I tried that the last Two Wednesdays and he was not there, I'll call first of I go Friday


~ Ready for Harvest any time Now ~

Then off to the the Price Chopper to find my Fortune, it sure was not there again today
Nice day ahead and what can I do outside... not a lot but I had these two big new Pots to plant with something
I was thinking aloud when Pat was here on Tuesday, thinking about planting small Evergreens in them
So off to Lowes to look around, they had lots of kinds and all different Prices... I liked the Dwarf Alberta Spruce
So I chose two that looked about the same, bought them loaded them up and went next Door to Walmart
Needed a few Items there, handy, they are right next door, hardly have to find a new Parking spot but I did closer to the Door
Got my stuff there and then headed back, time to plant again... Started in on that, done in a half Hour
I think they will be just right, and only get maybe 4 or 5 feet tall and are Winter hardy
Will be really nice to see something green out front all year, hope they do well, maybe be Christmas Trees?
Just as I finished Boss Bob came by, he liked them, he asked if I might want to plant some next Door
I had planted Knock Out Roses there last Year but they aren't doing well at all

And on into that DNP Day, a few clouds and kind of breezy but warm up in the 70s
I mixed my Margarita and then sat out front watching the Bridies in that fine Weather
Nothing else much to add to that, just the usual slow Afternoon and Evening to wind up another Day

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Tuesday, March 22, 2016 ~
~ Sunny and Warm ~ I Like It ~
~ A Visit with Pat ~
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~ New Lettuce Popping up on Tuesday ~
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Up and at 'em at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, ready for another nice Day... Oh yeah! Saying 74, just my Temp!
Checking the Gardens first thing... Cucumbers peeking up a little more and what's the new Lettuce Doing?
AHA! Planted on Sunday, first seedlings popping up on Tuesday, we'll soon be picking Lettuce again

Then... Out in the bright Morning Sun at 9 a.m. in 53 Degrees, the Sweet Potato in the Pot looks OK
Back then to the 'Outback' and the Radishes also... doing great... only a few more Nights in the 30s left now
I had a couple little Brackets to screw on to the Pepper Bed Base, that didn't take long
Now I can say that the Garden Bed move down the Hill is complete, now just routine maintenance

And ooops. almost out of Vino Tinto, need to run up to the Price Chopper for that
And I got my Jug of Gallo Paisano Vino and talked to Luiz (en Espanol) and of course got $20 of Lottos
Back hime to scratch off a $25 Win, so back to Minit Mart to try again...
This time only got a $15 win so I was back to my original $20 Cash

Back home, nice Day progressing and then that eternal Question, what to do today?
About that time I got a call from Pat, wanted to come over to check on my Gardens and stuff, OK Great! Come on over
Then I headed out in the warm Sun to take the Trash to the Bin, change some Soil around in the Pots out front
Got my Loppers and trimmed the Bushes I had planted out front, at my place and the unit next Door
And I was finishing that up when I saw her coming down the Hill, had a chat out front then headed out back

Saw the Beets popping up a bit, nothing in the Pepper Bed planted yet, then the Radish Crop doing great!
On up the hill to take a look at the Pumpkin Patch which will be planted soon, then a rest on my Hillside Bench
I got a photo of the Rhubarb on the way back in, one plant almost ready to Harvest already
The second Plant doing OK, and the third one that was hiding has decided to grow back once again


~ Third Rhubarb Plant decided to Pop Up ~

I was getting thirsty as it was about my usual Cocktail time but we decided on a Negro Modelo Cervesa, very refreshing
Then checking all the Indoor Gardens and then to the TV and Computers to check on this that and the other
And watching a recap of some of Bates Motel I have been watching... and she agreed with my assessment... Terrible!
On through the the pleasant afternoon, then time for her to take care of her animals as usual
And then for her get ready for the Nature Sanctuary meeting that evening at City Hall

For me, a glass of Vino Tinto and find something for Dinner, turned out a nice one, another Pork Chop
Some 'Greek Fried' Potatoes and another huge bowl of Wilted Lettuce from the last Harvest
Was tasty but so much I could not finish it all, the rest can be used but not as good as the fresh wilted stuff

And that finished another great Day, great Weather, good Company and good Eats and Drinks... I'm in Heaven!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Monday, March 21, 2016 ~
~ Cold Morning ~ Much Warmer Day ~
~ Out in the 'Outback' Again ~
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~ A Lettuce Harvest Review ~ January 28 til March 20 ~
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And 32 Degrees again at 7 a.m. on Monday Morning but warming nicely to 62 later... they said
It looks better for the whole Week now with the Daytime Temps in the 50s, 60s and even two Days in the 70s
But 30s Nights on Wednesday and Thursday and even Snow maybe on Thursday Night... ENOUGH OF THIS!
I am rushing the Season as usual but I want to get stuff going out there! Like my Sweet Potato in the Pot out front

The Pumpkins I started in Pots are big enough to Transplant now but the Weather isn't raady
And I planted my Cucumbers inside on Saturday, hoping to get then outside in maybe three Weeks
Looks like I can harvest a few 'Mega Cherry' Tomatoes any Day now and I have that new Lettuce Crop planted

And that first Lettuce Crop, what a Winner! And from a failed AeroGarden where they were first Planted
I didn't think that Planting would survive and Miracle-Gro sent me Seven new Lettuce Pods to replace them
But the first ones grew and produced and I did not have to replant and used those Pods for my second Planting on Sunday


~ Just Planted when Power went out on January 11 ~ Coming back with new LED on January 14 ~

And then the Lettuce was growing fast and ready for first Harvest on January 28, more January 29, and January 30
Kept coming back strong, snipping some for Sandwiches and Wilted Lettuce every few days until it began to wear out in March


~ Then the First Harvest on January 28 ~ And again January 29 ~ Ready for Wilted Lettuce ~

But... back to the Present, Monday Morning... Checking the Front Room Plants. that Basil really growing
But what is it with the rest of the Plants in that Garden?... looks like Three Duds...
Can't remember if I planted all those at the same time, but three doing nothing, the Curley Parsley a little
And the Mint Plant in the Center just a little more, have plans for that Garden... today!


~ Going to Transplant that Basil Plant ~ Replant the missing Ones ~

Then checking the Cucumbers out in the Kitchen in the Seed Starter Kit, Hey Hey! What is that?
Just planted those Seeds on Saturday Morning, looks like Three popping up already on Monday!
You can see the tops of the Seeds not sprouting yet, tan colored, but the 'white looking'... are Seedlings!


~ Cucumbers Popping up in Two Days! ~

OK, out front in the Sun to take the Sweet Potato out of the Little Pot and install it in the Big Pot
The Weather is supposed to be nice for a few Days, another Freeze coming but I'll cover the Plant overnight


~ Sweet Potato in the Little Pot ~ Sweet Potato in the Big Pot ~

Back inside to tend to that Basil in Garden 4, Pulled out the Pod but the Plant broke off at the base of the Stem
And it was loaded with big Leaves, so I snipped them all, put them in the Oven to dry
Then put Four new Herb Seed Pods back in that Garden, and hoping for better luck this time

And then warming up nicely, out back to work on the Braces for the Pepper Bed, wasn't the strongest Cage I built
That was easy enough, most drilling and screwing on the Braces sitting down... then needed a couple Screws in the top ends
I had to twist the upright while drilling and then putting in the Screw, just then Boss Bob came out back
'Whatcha doin now?' he says... 'Just screwing around' I says... Then he helped, held the upright straight for me
Then I drilled the Hole and tapped in the Screw and all done for the Day back there, did all I had wanted to


~ Braced the Corners of the Pepper Bed ~

So, another busy, productive and fun day in the warmer Weather and more of that to come
Time for the Afternoon and Evening routine again... Finished out a better than average Day... Now let's do Tuesday

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Sunday, March 20, 2016 ~
~ Another Cold Morning ~ Bring me some more Spring ~
~ A Surprisingly Busy Day! ~
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~ Some Chicken Roasted for Sunday ~
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A Cold looking Morning again on Sunday, not quite as Cold as predicted but too cold for me
I have things I want to do outside and I don't want to wait until June to do them.. So get wth it Weather!
I started the Day as usual, chasing the Rainbow but I couldn't find it and right now I need it
So got my Loser Lottos, back for Breakfast and start looking for something to do, first those Mega Tomatoes
Some more getting ripe, I harvested Two nice ones so far, (ate then...) Now have several ready in a few Day more now


~ Catching up on the Mega Cherry Tomatoes ~

About the time I headed out on my Second trip for Lottos I was thinking... I want some Chicken
I got some Coffee Beans earlier, now I headed back to the Meat Counter, thinking I wanted a 'Roaster' Chicken to split and roast
Well, all those were a bit on the Pricey side, still looking, what else? Aha! Big Chicken Leg Quarters for $1.49 a pound
That should do, got a Package of four BIG ones for $7... That's more like it... Headed back home

So, then I trimmed the Chicken, plopped it in the big Pyrex Dish, seasoned with Poultry Seasoning and BBQ Rub
Into the Oven for 45 Minutes, then out, flipped them, then seasoned the other Side, back in for 30 Minutes
Then out of the Oven to Cool, got that pic above... and then... wait for Dinner to Sample my Latest

So then... I mixed a Manhattan, was catching up to the TV News and whatever, looking at my Lettuce Garden
It was getting tall again and I had raised the Grow light, the new leaves were smaller though
And it was looking like the Plant was about finished producing so well, had many Harvests so far
And so, I thought it was time for a final Harvest and then replant for another nice Crop


~ Last Lettuce to Harvest ~ And Harvested ~

Then... I snipped all the usable Leaves, trimmed and rinsed and stored them in the Fridge in a Baggy
Next, pulled all the Pods and dumped the Roots and stubs of the Stems, emptied the Grow Bowl, rinsed it out
Filled the Bowl with Water, added Nutrient, put the top of the Bowl back and inserted all new Lettuce Pods
Did the 'New Crop' setup, on with the Lights and now... An tis uh payuh shun... When do we get the new Crop?


~ Lettuce Pods to Plant ~ Pods Planted for the Next Crop ~

A long and busy Afternoon, finding stuff to do besides planting the new Crop, managed TWO Manhattans before Dinner
Got the Chicken out of the Oven, those Chicken Leg Quarters are Huge! I cut the Legs from the Thighs
Two Legs or one Thigh was enough for a Dinner Serving and I opted for a couple Legs with Napa Cabbage Slaw
I did something right this time, that 'Roasted' Chicken was the best Tasting for quite some time

Finished up the TV Evening and then off to Bed... another Cold Morning due on Monday Morning... BAH!

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Saturday, March 19, 2016 ~
~ A Cold Morning ~ Spring didn't last Long
~ But... Planted my Cucumbers ~
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~ Cucumbers planted in the Seed Starter Kit ~
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Saturday Morning... 33 Degrees... better than what the Weatherman predicted, he said in the 20s...
Hit the sack too early Friday Night, up at 4 a.m. on Saturday, well... some things need to get going again
Mixed my Appple Juice, put on the Coffee, checked my Bank and Email and Facebook...
And then, got out my Cucumber Seeds and AeroGarden 3 (with Seed Starter Kit) and planted my Cucumbers
Hoping in three Weeks the Weather is nice enough to plant them outside if all goes well in the Seed Starter

Then back to the Computer to finish up my Drivel Page for Friday and post that to Facebook
And then checking my Internet Speed again, looking good, back up to 23 mbps where it should be
After I called AT&T the first time, and thought it was fixed... it slowed again, I called back
So she was checking around and the Speed headed back up with no tinkering... No idea what was going on
Maybe some line trouble or something wrong with the AT&T Gateway... the Router/Modem... always something

Getting ready to head out at 8 a.m. for my Lottos, checked the Temp... HEY! Fell to 29... now we can't have that!
Well looks like the Sun is peeking over the Gully, maybe it will warm up a little?


~ Maybe going to have some Sun on Saturday? ~

Then I headed to the Price Chopper to cash in my Show Me Cash and buy another for tonight
And Rion made a Payment on his Computer there so that would buy my Lottos for the Day at Minit Mart
I got my favorite four Tickets at the Minit Mart and headed back to scratch cff of a $15 Win, that won't quite do
Time to try again at the Fast Stop... I needed a BIG ONE... Had extra Bills again for March

And I did try trading my $15 Wins for more from the Fast Stop... and nothing... not a winner Day again

Then coming down the Hill after the Fast Stop trip I got a new Photo of the Trees in Bloom again
And... The Tree Trimmers last Year, and the Complex Manager and Maintenance Man this Year, who tried to trim our Trees
Sure aren't going to win any Tree Trimming Prizes, they should have just let the Wind blow them over... if and when


~ Trees in March 2012 ~ Trees in March 2015 ~ and in March 2016 ~

And... on Yahoo Messenger with Sigi, he tried to send me a couple Photos. didn't work, so he sent them Email
I don't know what, when or where, he didn't say a word... Just the Photos... HUH Sigi?
It looked in the Photo like there was glare from a Window so I thought he was on another Train trip
So I asked him... 'Was you on the Choo Choo, Charlie?' And he says 'Ja'


~ Sigi on the River ~ On a Trip Somewhere? ~

Nothing much the rest of that cold and boring Day, just the usual afternoon and Evening
And cold again Sunday Morning, warming up a little, but not enough and looks like two more freezing nights ahead
I want to get my Sweet Potato out into the Pot in Front and the Pumpkins up on the Hill soon
Hope this Cold doen't get to the Radishes that are looking Good and the the Beets just now popping up

Maybe some real spring Weather after this next chilly week?

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Drivel for Friday, March 18, 2016 ~
~ A Nasty Weather Day ~
~ And another Windows 10 Insider Update Build 14291 ~
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~ Good Day for staying Inside watching TV ~
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The Weatherman said maybe Sleet and Rain for Friday Morning, looked out at 6 a.m.
40 Degrees and cold but the Streets were Dry, but still saying Rain for the Day... BAH HUMBUG!
A little Rain would be OK but Warmer temps would be nice to go with it, and I did want to go out back again

So... off to a boring day, hit the Minit Mart for all Losers except a $2 Show Me Cash... 'Essy Match'
Then trying online again, Internet seemed awfully slow.. less than 2 mbps... What's the Deal
Checked the other Computers, same thing, rebooted the AT&T Gateway, still slow, checked a little later
OK the Speed back up but not quite to top, now getting 17 to 18 mbps, usually at 22 mbps

And then it slowed to a crawl again, I called AT&T... So they talked me through resetting the Gateway
Had to go through some changes on a Site she said to check, changed some numbers and then FAST again!
And then what? Checking for Updates I saw another Window 10 Insider update was ready, happening often lately
I have only had Build 14279 for a week or so and now another one, Build 14291, and I started updating all the Computers
Wonder if they will mess up anything on this one, I have had really good luck overall

Got all the Computers updated, into the boring Afternoon all over again, just piddling around
Sipping my Maragarita, watching TV, checking out my Gardens in the front Window too
Seeing a couple more Tomatoes turning Color, the Lettuce tall again, picked some for a Sandwich on Thursday
It is still going strong but the plants not as full as before, thinking to replace them soon
I have a another full Seven Pods of 'Salad Greens' waiting to be planted when I do pull those

That was about it for a nothing much cold outside Day, on to Dinner, made a Corned Beef on Rye Sandwich
And some 'Cole Slaw' made with Napa Cabbage and Ranch Dressing... pretty tasty!

OK.. Now it is Saturday and the Coldest Day in a Month... Brrrrrr... 33 at 5 a.m. and a top of 45 on Saturday... Where did my Spring go?

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Drivel for Thursday, March 17, 2016 ~
~ Another Nice Weather Day ~
~ A Bit More Garden Bed Work ~
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~ Pumpkin Seedlings coming along Nicely ~
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Sunny but a bit cooler to start on Thursday, no plans for the Day, did my Morning stuff
Hit the Minute Mart for my Lottos, fun to try but only a $5 Win, enough for the Day
Caught up on all the indoor Gardens that needed attention, a little here, a little there
Thinking about the Pepper Bed in back, without the gates fastened on it leans a bit to the left in Back
Needed something to brace it, headed to Lowes, couldn't find just what I wanted, needed to improvise
Got some wire for another use, got some metal 'Hanger Tape' for the Braces, some Bolts to fasten them on
Fashioned what I thought would work, then out back to attach them, got the front ones fastened on
Decided that was enough for the Day and headed back in, would finish them today, Friday
But this Morning turned off Colder and threatening Rain, just put that off until nicer Weather, no hurry anyway

Then just some puttering around inside and then into the afternoon Routine... Ho Hum... all over again
Decided on a Chicken Sandwich for Dinner with some Potatoes cooked up like warm German Potato Salad
Only with my take... with Onions, Bacon, some of those little pickled Tomatoes I made from my Mighty Minis
For my Sandwich, I used the Mega Cherry Tomatoes I didn't give to Lewis and some of my fresh picked Lettuce
Topped the Sandwich with 'Spin Blend', and then those Potatoes were quite tasty, some of my experiments work well

Kind of a ho hum Day but sometimes that is enough, there is always tomorrow... isn't there?

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


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~ Cruising Down the River ~


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~ Wednesday, March 16, 2016 ~
~ Another Visit to Parkville Coffee House ~
~ More Tomato Samples for Lewis ~
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~ First Mega Cherry Tomatoes Harvested for Lewis Jonas ~
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And a busy Morning on Wednesday getting that lengthy BLOG for Tuesday finished and posted
How can I write so much about so little of importance going on? Well it's important to me
So, that finished I picked the two ripe Mega Cherry Tomatoes and got ready to head down to the Coffee Shop

I didn't see Lewis' Car out front at the Coffee House but I went inside to check
There were Three other Nature Sanctuary Volunteers there but no Lewis, I sat down for a few minutes
They didn't know why Lewis was not there, usually he's there on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
So I caught up with the Chat awhile then I headed back up the Hill for my Lottos supply
Traded in $10 worth to Rion at the Price Chopper and headed back to scratch off a win of $25... Nice start
Back then to Minit Mart for more, this time only won $10, decided to trade that in at the Fast Stop
This time a little better... won $40... Back once again to trade and won NOTHING... still ahead a little though

So, a nice looking Day outside but just a tad chilly for gardening on the Hill, decided to work inside
I want to use that new 'Seed Starter System' that came with Pat's new Garden to plant Cucumbers
But there was a Crop of Thai Basil in it, but reaching the Grow Light, decided to transplant it
Brought in a Pot from outside, Popped out the Plants, set them in the Pot... Looking good
Now I'll have the Aerogarden all cleaned out and ready for the Cucumbers to plant soon


~ Thai Basil in the Aerogarden ~ Now in the Pot ~

Warming up and Sunny, headed out back to check the Gardens, the Radishes looked ready to thin
So I spent a few minutes at that, looking good, checked the Beets, now a few popping up here and there
Hope what few cold nights we have left will leave these two Crops alone


~ Thinned the Radishes on Wednesday ~

And then, a few things needed to finish the netting on the Cucumber Bed... the Deer got to my Cucumbers last year
The Bed isn't very tall on the back side and the Gate didn't reach to the top, most of the top was open on the back
The area inside those red lines was all open and the hill behind the Bed is much higher than the front
And the Deer could reach in and eat the tops of the Cucumber Vines, I think I have that solved now


~ Finished the Netting on the Cucumber Bed ~

And it was about 2:30 p.m. then, time to stop that nonsense and go back in for a Margarita and TV catchup
And what's for Dinner? I have to work harder clearing out that Freezer and stop cooking so much
I make a little progress and then a super Sale or Holiday shows up and I cook another big batch to store

Well, I suppose if that is my biggest Problem I'll just have to live with it and be happy in my Surplus

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Tuesday, March 15, 2016 ~
~ Missouri Primary Election Day ~
~ Let's Go Vote ~

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~ Two Cilantro Plants sprouting in AeroGarden 1 ~
When I plugged in the external Air Pump for Pat's 'Refurbished' AeroGarden I saw a couple new Seedlings
So it looks like my Idea worked, got it going for $9 and she got a complete new one
I wonder if her new Tomatoes in the new One are popping up yet, they should be


~ Sweet Potato in the Pot looks Good ~

And a peek at the Sweet Tater in the Pot, going great so far, sure would like to get it in the big Pot out front
The one I started first isn't doing anything so far, I didn't do it like they say but I do experiment
So they say we have another cold spell on the way before this one goes outside, hope this is the last Freeze
I am ready to go now! I am betting on March 21 for moving stuff outside

A long morning and finally headed out about 10 a.m. Down the Hill to Parkville Presbyterian Church
That's the only time I go to Church, that's where you go to Vote in Parkville
Not very many people there, found a parking place close, not many inside either, no wait at all
I got my Ballot, only one Office to Vote on, President, Marked my one Dot and finito
Who did I Vote for? You know I don't talk Politics much on my Pages... But it sure was NOT her!


~ Missouri Primary Election Voting Place ~

And a couple more gorgeous Days ahead until the Chill sets in on Friday, saying a couple of 30 Degree Nights then
I am totally through with Winter this year, I want Nights in the 50's and above from now until October
So back out on the Hill about 1 p.m. Tuesday, more Netting adjusting, a little tricky on that slope around the Beds
I spent most of an Hour back there before heading back in around 2 p.m. thinking I needed to go to Walmart again

So then on to Walmart, visiting there quite a bit lately, well some things of the same quality are lower Priced
And I need a lot of spare change to keep the Lotto Scratchers coming, got my stuff and headed out
And then I got something I wasn't counting on, take a look, what ya think that is?


~ My Surprise 'Free Sample' at Walmart ~

I also picked up a new Finch Feeder there... My old one sort of fell apart, this one looks more sturdy
I moved the small Hummingbird Feeder over and hung the new Feeder where the old Finch Feeder was


~ The latest Feeder Line-up out Front ~ Nothing around here stays the Same ~

And that was enough of that, my Afternoon was behind time, mixed my Margarita and set some Corned Beef out
This will make the third Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner so far and St. Pat's Day isn't until the 17th

Well, I start early and make the Special Sales Days last... Merry Christmas!

Time to close out Tuesday and start thinking of Wednesday, have my eye on two Red Ripe Mega Cherry Tomatoes
The plan is to harvest them Wednesday Morning then take them down to surprise Lewis at the Coffee Shop
Then on to another good Day, I am having something good happen most every Day now... while they last


~ First Mega Tomatoes to be Harvested March 16th ~

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


~ Monday, March 14, 2016 ~
~ Opthalmologist First Thing ~
~ Great Weather Day Again! ~
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~ Waiting for the Eye Doctor ~ That's not Me Sigi ~
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Off to see Susan at 8 am. and in dense FOG out there... But I made it again in good time, too good 15 Minutes early
So the usual Sign In and wait, then the Eye Check and wait again for the real Doctor... the Oothalmogist
Anyone can run the Eye Test Machine, but I wanted to see the one that can fix your Eyes if they are broke
She is the one that operated on my Eyelids and Cataracts then stuck in the Implants which fixed most everything

So another wait and I was ushered into Rer room, another Clerk first catching up the Computer Records
Then Doctor Susan came in, more checking around, a new Lens prescription and back out into the Fog

And foggier still, she had dilated my Eyes then... Hard to see for half a day after... But the Fog actually helped some
Bright sun popping out when I got back to Parkville and warming fast, needed to get out in that
Set a few Plants out Front for the Sun first, hope the sun is not too strong for them yet
Three more Pumpkin Seedlings popped up, now 9 Seedlings in there, Sweet Potato growing nicely too
Then a late Breakfast, took a few Tools and headed out back around Noon at 57 Degrees...


~ Pumpkins ~ Sweet Tater, Swiss Chard and more Chard ~ ~

Only 63 Degrees and in a T-Shirt but that bright Sun warmed me up, had some Netting to staple on the Cucumber Bed
Got that finished and that was enough for the First time, maybe out later, back in to rest up for the Next attempt

But that was the last outing, thought about going back to finish that Netting but felt better inside
And Garden time outside is getting closer but still plenty of time to finish a few things
So I was doing a little research on planting times online... Now some doubts emerge
I was lookig at PUmpkins and they said that they do not taske well to transplanting seedlings
And that is what I was planning... Well I'll try anyway... I can direct sow later if it doesn't work...
I didn't see much about transplanting Cucumbers either and I am planning Seed Starting for those too

Anyway again that was about it for Monday, a not very productive Day but ya can't win 'em all
So what on Tuesday? Missouri Primary Day and I'll head down this Morning sometime to save the World
Not much hope for doing that but I'll do what I can while I can... Off I go again...

~ Ever Onward and Upward! ~


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