Then I was Bored to the Death by Noon, when I have no projects I am at a loss how to spend all this time
After 29 Years of Vacation I sometmes run out of interesting things to do, today I have an idea though
I saw a Post by a friend on Facebook of his Photo of the Rocky Mountains, reminded me of my trip to Pikes Peak
That was in 1972 and I got a few Photos... Never did copy those slides off, might be an idea for now
And then I started my Afternoon early, Mixed my Margarita before 1 p.m. That's a rare event...
And started on Dinner Fixing early too, only had Cookies all day so far... Sliced up a couple Cucumbers
Put them in my Vinaigrette and into the Fridge for an Appetizer later, and what's for Dinner?
Sipped my Cocktail, got bored wth afternoon TV, hotted up my Dinner early and then got Sleepy too soon
And headed to Bed for a nap, woke up a couple hours later, still sleepy and went on to Bed for the long long Night
So it wasn't my 'Lost Weekend' but maybe I can call it my 'Lost Thursday', sure was pretty much a nothing Day
Anyway I made it to Friday Morning now and what for this Interesting Day ahead? Only that Slide Copy Idea so far
But let's attack the Day and see what happens... HUH?
And it looked like it did a very good job when I went in to unload it, maybe have to try more of that Detergent
And it was a quiet Morning until about 10 a.m. Decided to head out back to check the Pumpkins
And the ground back there still is kind of wet and slippery, climbed the Hill to see the Pumpkins
And they aren't doing much at all, looked good to start but now not even giving out Male Blooms
Maybe just too much shade up there, last Crop I'll try up there under those tall Trees
Back down the Hill, saw another nice Cucumber, be ready on Thursday I am thinking, and a Pepper Plant needs support
Then the Cantaloupe patch, looking better every Day, vines trying to climb out of the Cage now
The sky was getting Dark while I was back there, and I heard a distant rumble of Thunder... more Rain?
Back down the Hill at 10:15 a.m. Sprinkling some when I headed out to the Price Chopper for Lottos
Then raining some, got my Lottos and headed back, even Darker, Streetlights came on about 10:30
And then the heavy Rains and Thunder came again, no watering again for a couple Days maybe
So on into a dull dreary Day until around 1 p.m... Sun began to peek out and I needed something to do
I just ran out of Price Chopper Raisin Oatmeal Cookies, how long since I baked any Cookies?... Long time
I like Raisin Oatmeal Cookies best, well I had Oatmeal but no Raisins... but everything you need for Sugar Cookies
Flour, Sugar, Butter, Egg, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Vanilla Extract... Let's get at it
Pretty simple process except the Sugar and Butter 'Creaming' is tedious, after that blend in the Flour
Form the Cookies and into the Oven for 10 minutes or so
OK, that's done, how are the Poblano Peppers doing? Found a couple tiny ones a couple Days ago
Wah Lah! (Voila?).. I don't speak French... I found Four more, now Seven and, lots more to come looks like
Oh, excuse me, after I took the Photos I found one more, so Eight as of Wednesday morning
So that was ptetty much it for a not much going on Wednesday, well I kept busy at that
I wrapped up that Day with some Beef Stew and 'Snacker Crackers' and off to Bed
So what's Today? Well Thursday, time to start on my July 14th Page, then I start the Second one on the 15th
Halfway through July already? Oh My... Time do Fly!
So, still dark and I couldn't use the Computers so I jumped in the Shower for my Morning Clean up
And I was done and then the Power came back on, then the Sun came out and I headed out for Lottos
And as usual lately, only won $5... So took that back to trade for a couple more and still only won another $5 back
When I got back the First time I saw my Neighbor wave and he walked up to my Place, 'Hey can you give me a Jump?'
He was going to get rid of his old SUV and couldn't get it started, so I drove over and got him going
Then when I got back the Second Time he had a jug of my favorite Wine to give me, ahora tengo mucho Vino tinto
And then, sometime after 1 p.m. here comes my new Dishwasher, Tom started unhooking the old One
Then went to find the Painter working in another Building, to help him take out the Old and Bring in the New
So, let's see, what's coming up this week? A new Windshield for the Mercedes coming
And Boss Bob ordered me a new Dishwasher... What else? To be Announced...
So then off to find my Fortune at the Fast Stop... It was not there, only won $5
And nothing else planned for the Day, what about those Disneyland Photos? Make another Web Page?
OK, set up the Copy Equipment to start on that... I had 101 old 35mm Slides of Disneyland to copy
And I copied away for some 54 Slides and then the rest were not so good, somehow out of focus
So I skipped those and started editing the Photos, the 35mm slides didn't quite fit the DSLR Aspect Ratio
And that took the greatest amount of Time, finally assembling them on the Web Page and Uploading
So all that was finished about 4 p.m. Margarita and TV Time... and thinking about 'What's for Dinner'
Here's the New Disneyland Web Page with the 44 Year Old Photos...
~ To My Disneyland Web Page ~
So then, took a look out front, the Wind had blown over the little Umbrella over the Pepper Pot
And blew a Branch off the Tomato Pot with a big green Tomato attached, tried to put it back and the Tomato fell off
No problema, decided to make Fried Green Tomatoes with it, easy enough, Sliced it, Floured it, Eggwashed it
Covered with Panko Bread Crumbs asd set aside to set up before Frying, then Oven fried with Olive Oil
And that was it for a busy and delicious Monday, now another New Day to find something to do
And now it is Sunday Morning at 7:20 a.m. and the Sun is peeking over the Gully, what to do today? Thinking of watering out back
Starting out at 76 Degrees then, but they say going to 92... another Hot Sunny one in Store, so water is probably needed
And so, wrote my BLOG, Had my Coffee, Worked my Crossword, then what? Well yeah, out back to Water
Watered everything back there, then dragged the Hose out Front, but it didn't look like watering was needed
So then it was time to cash in some Lottos, buy more and lose more, no profit for Sunday looked like
And then, on to the Afternoon and poking around in Facebook, saw a second Post about Knotts Berry Farm in the Old Days
Well I had been there in the 'Old Days'... If 1972 was in the 'Old Days' and I had some 35mm Slides I took then
So, why not copy off the Slides and then make a Web Page to show them my stuff way back in the Old Days
So I set up the Screen, the Slide Projector and my DSLR peeking over the top of the Projector to the Screen
And I copied about 20 Slides, advancing them on the Projector then snapping a Photo on My Canon DSLR Camera
And that was enough playing around for Sunday, let's have a Margarita and fix up something to eat
What's to eat? Had my Margarita, then some of those fresh Cucumbers I cut up in Vinaigrette Sunday Morning
They are tasty all by themselves as an Apperizer, then I hotted up some BBQ Smoked Chicken and made a Sandwich
That and had some more of that 'Gift' Potato Salad, pretty Tasty, I don't make mine quite like that
Then a Glass of Vino Tinto and a Movie and an old TV show and Sunday was all done for me
Now... Monday, new Day, new Week. new Adventures? Well anyway, more simple fun times is all I need
So, Saturday Morning, cloudy bright at 7 a.m. Time to run out back and check that big Cucumber
And there were Four Cukes ready to go, don't want them to get much larger than the Big One here
Well that was a lot of tough Beef and it would make a massive stew, so let's get with it
Took most of the Beef out of the Freezer, nuked it enough so I could cut it, chunked it up some
Put it in a Pot, added some beef Stock and a Can of Diced Tomatoes and set it to simmer
Then the Veggies, sliced some Celery, some Carrots, some Potatoes, some Onions, that should do it
I put that stuff into my Crock Pot, added a little Beef Stock and fired it up, on high for 4 Hours
And then it was about time for an afternoon Libation, what shall we have? Well still have some Lunazul Tequila
And so, a Margarita mixed and chilled and back to the TV for some non-news all over again
That CNN can sure run the dayights out of any trouble that pops up, I think they make it worse
Anyway, what can I do about it, well just sip my Margarita and bear with it til Movie time
So the time slipped by and the Crock Pot turned off and set itself to 'Hold Warm' until I was ready for Dinner
That time arrived and I dished up a healthy Dish of Beef Stew and Veggies and had 'Snacker Crackers' on the Side
And that treatment sure did tender up that tough Beef Roast, and the Veggies were Delish if just a bit on the salty side
And the Better Boys Tomato Bed... Lots of big ones in there now... Waiting to see those Ripe and Red
One Vine has reached Six Feet, several more on the Way, as far as they can go up, will have to lean over the top from there
Anyway that finished out the Day and here's another Weekend to waste... Ho Hum and away we go
And I was thinking of trading in my Winner Lotto at the Fast Stop Thursday Morning
There is a Auto Glass business just next to the Price Chopper, I thought I would stop in there
Safelite had rescheduled me for next Thursday, I wanted to check that other place for a competitive price
And so, Thursday Morning, the AeroGarden came on in the Kitchen at 4:55 a.m. and woke me
Light not all that bright but it shines through my Bedroom door, well I usually get up at 5 anyway
So I got up, started the Coffee and heard Thunder Rumbles, well no watering needed Today
That kept rumbling on until around 7 a.m. Must be getting a nice Rain out there...
And we did, all dreary, drippy and wet out there when I headed to the Fast Stop for Lottos
Cashed in for $50, $30 in my Pocket and $20 for more Lottos and then to the Glass Place
And good News there... Lower price and they can have it done about the same time as the Safelite reschedule
They had to order the Windshield from Omaha, take Six days maybe but that's about the same time
Bored again and nothing planned, except to wait on some Dockers Slacks and Lee Jeans from Sears by UPS Delivery
But then, don't I need some more Lottos? After all it was winner Money I lost, and had $30 left
So back to the Fast Stop where I had won NOTHING, got $28 more Tickets and headed back in the Sunshine
Saw the UPS Big Brown Truck just outside of my Drive to my place, wonder if he dropped off my Package or not
The Rain all gone and not sunny bright and gonna get HOT again, well it got HOT at Home, scratched off another $50 Win!
So not much except to enjoy the sunny Weather the rest of the Day, a bit on the warm side but just barely bearable
No need to water with all that Rain to start the Day, really made things muggy in the afternoon
Went back once to check the Gardens, found one nice Cucumber to pick, three more might be ready Friday
Heading back around front, saw the girl next Door tending her Garden in the Porch, gave her the Cucumber
She has Cucumbers in a pot but not producing yet and I have a bowlful of them in my Fridge now
And that was about all, later some more BBQ Ribs, Pasta Salad and one of my big Red Tomatoes
Just sliced it, cut into segments, some Salt and Basil and chilled in the Fridge... and really Tasty!
Now on to Friday and another Weekend, no plans, just let it happen... Off we go!
Waiting for the Safelite Windshield Man to call, had a little T-storm at 7, then all quiet at 8 a.m.
He was scheduled to be here sometime from 8:00 to Noon on Wednesday, nothing yet at 8:20 a.m.
Spoke too soon... The man called at 8:25 and said he didn't want to come over if it was raining...
So he was working on another job then, said he would call me later to see how the Weather was
If still dripping I would have to take it over to their Garage and I don't want to do that
So he did call, said it was still sprinkling where he was, could he reschedule... Well OK
And then, the Sun came out bright and hot and it was beautful the rest of the Day
That sun was HOT! the little Pepper in the Pot looked Great at first but the Sun was getting to it
So I took the Chair and Umbrella out again to help it tolerate the Morning again, gets shady in the Afternoon
Needed something to do, took the big Bag of Frozen Rhubarb out of the Freezer and into a Pot
Measured out Eight Cups, added two Cups of Sugar and a Teaspoon each of Cinnamon and Nutmeg
Then set that on a low Burner to heat slowly, to defrost the Rhubarb then simmer it a bit
After a while it was more tangy sweet Rhubarb Sauce, I like it even better than in a Pie
And those Cucumbers I picked first thing, peeled them, sliced and into the Sugar, Water and Vinegar
Salt and Pepper and some dried Basil and into the Fridge to crisp up for Dinner, they sure are good
And then... into the warm Afternoon and BORED again, no Project ahead except Dinner
I had been to Three places for Lottos, winning a few small ones and going back to trade
Ended up around 3 p.m. with only a dinky $5 Ticket to cash in, so back to the Price Chopper
They had just 0pened a new pack and I got number #059, last Ticket in the pack, they start at #59 amd work down
Usually I have found the first #000 and last #059 Tickets don't usually win, but this one did... And nicely
Back Home and not too hopeful, scratched off all the Letters... But the LAST one got the Bonus Box
Usually the Bonus Box is only a $5 Win but occasionally a good one, this one was a very pleasant $50!
And what for Thursday? Thinking of trying a more local source for my Windshield, just a mile up from my place
And a Package of some new things from Sears, Jeans and Dockers on the way by UPS, delivered today
And I have that $50 Lotto to trade for better Winners... Yeah! Off to the Races then!...
So, I really have enjoyed this last Holiday Weekend, My Flags and Flag Fans, my Barbecue and the Weather
The Smoked Ribs, the Smoked Chicken, the very cool Weather on July 4th, 80 Degrees Weather on the 4th is rare
I didn't go to the Parade, I didn't see the Carnival, I heard very few Fireworks... But it was still an enjoyable Weekend
So what is planned for Tuesday then? Well a trip to Optimum Therapy and Performance Center
I was scheduled for two sessions this Week, well I didn't think it would help my imbalance problem
I could call and cancel this Morning but I want to go in person to tell the Doctor that I want to postpone for now
I tried to tell her before the first Visit that I didn't think it would find my physical problem and I still do not
And so, off to the Therapy place at 8:30, checked in, one of the Ladies came out, said she would do my Therapy that Day
And then I recited the long tale of why I wanted to postpone the Treatments until I saw the ENT Doctor
Of course she wanted to talk me out of it and also wanted to do her treatment of the Day and I declined
So I thanked them for their attention and advice and headed out for other parts
Stopped in at Minit Mart for my daily Lottos dose and then over to the 'Shear Palace' for a hair cut
It had been so long since the last one they had to use a Lawn Mower but I look pretty now
That was that, then I headed Home, stopped in at the Complex Office, told Boss Bob about my Dishwasher
He said Tom would be down later to check it out, I told him no hurry and headed down the Hill
And I put on a cup of Coffee to heat and then worked my Lottos... HAH! First one a $25 Win!
Tried the Second and another $25 Win... on a roll, but the Third was a DUD... one left, my favorite
So it was looking good, getting lots of good Letters but finally only a $5 Win, still a $35 Profit for the Day
And then what? a Long hot day ahead... saying it would top in the 90s the next few days or more
Decided I could try my luck some more so I took my Wins down to the Fast Stop for another Try
I traded in $55 for $30 Cash and $25 worth of Lottos, headed home in the heat... then in the 90s!
And then scratched off a $5, $10 and another $5, lost $5 0n that Deal... Oh well... always tomorrow
On the way out last time I saw that the transplanted Poblano was suffering a bit from the Direct Sunlight
I had watered it well on Monday but for the Sun and 90 plus Heat I propped a little Umbrella on a Deck Chair
Quite a sudden change of Climate for it since moving it outside, hope it can withstand the change
The Mercedes came with a cracked Windshield from my Friend Bob, kinda bothers me as I drive
So the 'Safelite' Man is coming at 8 a.m. Wednesday to replace it, next I would like to have the Car roof repainted
The Paint is faded some on the Hood, Roof and Trunk, other than that the exterior looks good
After that... Water the front Plants and then... what? Another really hot Day in store
Took a look at the Poblano Pepper in the AeroGarden... Looking better after moving out the Competition
Maybe they just didn't get along together, sometimes a Divorce makes thing better
And the Poblano I moved to a Pot out front seems to be happier with the situation too
So back to the Ranchito... Lit the Burner, put on a Hickory 'Loglet' and back inside to trim the Chicken
Trimmed the Chicken, dusted it good with BBQ Dry Rub and back out to the Smoker, and the Burner was OUT!
AHA! Well I refilled my spare Tank about a week ago so the Day was saved, hooked up the full Tank and back in business
And so, to finish off a very satisfactory Independence Day... Smoked Chicken, Cornbread, Potato Salad
And Fresh picked Cucumbers in Vinaigrette like Mom used to make... But she didn't call them that
The Chicken, spicy, moist and tender, creamy Potato Salad, mellow Cornbread and crisp fresh Cucumbers
Whoever had it so good! I got it made in the Shade!... Happy 4th to You too!
OK then, I didn't go this Year but how about a Parade in Downtown Parkville in 2011, that was a good one
So I'll finish up the Day with an Old Corny Video... But I like this Home Town stuff... So!
And then off to the Price Chopper, got Lottos and Ball Point Pens, my last one ran out
Back home, the Pen worked... the Lottos did not, where did all my good luck go anyway
And on the way back in I saw that nice Tomato in the Pot, not quite full ripe but I picked it anyway
It looked so inviting I was afraid someone might steal it, like the last One, and it will ripen fine on the Table
And by the bye... I switched to Progressive Insurance for the Mercedes and Blazer, gave me the best Deal
I don't like 'Flo' in their TV Commercials but Money talks louder than she does so I'll bear with it
When I had State Farm Insurance I was in their 'In Drive' Program, they monitor your driving with a little 'Spy'
And if they think you drive well enough they give you a Discount, so Progressive has the same sort of offer
You plug this little thing under your Dash and it tattles on you, I took out the State Farm gizmo and stuck in the 'Snapshot'
Sunday Morning I got an Email and it had a report already for Saturday, drove 1.91 Miles... (Price Chopper and back)
They give you a Discount to start and after 6 Months raise or lower your Premium, then you send it back
And now Monday... Independence Day and no Plans except to take it Easy, a busy Week after that
So off for the Holiday and a BANG BANG to you too!
And the Rain continued all Day and they were saying all Night and Sunday too, Enough Enough!
So then it was an all day 'Trying to find something to do' Day... And really not much to do
I was sitting there watching TV in the Afternoon, looking over at my Plants in the Aerogardens
Somehow one Poblano Pepper Plant grew over twice as Tall as the other one and I had the Grow Light raised above that one
And the Garden looked imbalanced, I decided to put the tall Plant in the Front Center Pod and tied it up
Later when the Garden beds out back dry up some I will plant the other Pepper Plant back there
Or if it doesn't look like enough room back there, I'll just put it in a Pot and see what happens
And so, time slips by, now Sunday Morning and all dripping wet and dreary out there
Looks like a long, wet and boring Day all over again, they are dampening my 4th If July Weekend for sure
And they were sold out of the Flag I wanted, just the Plastic Poles left, so I headed next door to Lowes
And they had the Same kind as the last one I bought from Walmart except the Pole was White color
But you can't hardly tell it out in the Sunlight, and now each Post has it's own Flag
And the Clock moved on to 3:30 p.m. Time to take the Foil off the Ribs for the Final Hour in the Oven
After that I'll take them out to cool some, my Slab will be packaged for the Freezer, having a Burger for Dinner
I still have some BBQ Ribs from the last Smoking, these will just add to that stack in storage for a long time
The second Slab I promised to my Neighbor, he was so happy with the last sample of BBQ I gave him, now enough for him and his Wife
Waiting for my Ribs to finish, I got a call from my Mechanic Friend Bob, he asked what I was having for Dinner
I said I smell BBQ Ribs but they are for later and I will have a Burger, said 'What do you have to go with it'
Oh several things here... He had just been to a Company Party and had big bowls of Potato and Pasta Salad
Asked if I would like some... Why Shore! He was already heading my way, showed up, dished out a container of each
Then I had two large containers of Potato and Pasta Salad to go with my Burger and the BBQ Ribs later
Decided then to take a Hike out back, I noticed a Cucumber about ready on Thursday, yeah it was ready and three smaller ones
So I picked those and headed back inside for my Burger, first then a Salad of Cucumber, green Pepper Onion and Ranch Dressing
And so... A Happy Independence Day to you too!
Ok then, Thursday Morning... Firing up the Computer... Says 'Restart Required'... Aha another Windows 10 Update
So soon after the last one... Didn't see much new in that one... so I started the Install
That finally finished and I started writing my BLOG... But.. everything was crawling so slow
And some features of my HTML Editor wouldn't work, well that would certainly not do so I rolled it back
I had trouble similar to that on a previous update but the next one fixed it, now thinking of dropping the Insider Program
So what plans for the new Day, actually nothing until about 1 p.m. Another Medical Appointment
Still working on a fix for my Imbalance problem, nothing found so far to fix it, Two more tries scheduled
Today a trip to a 'Therapy' place for evaluation... I do not want any long term Therapy treatments
But they said there it would maybe help determine the cause... My personal opinion will be something else
And a late start for Outdoors, first a walk up the Hill in back to check the Crops, no Female Pumpkin Blooms
A couple Cucumbers coming on nicely, some big Tomatoes but not ripening yet, the Cantaloupes looking good
Then down the Hill and across the Street to get my Blazer and off to the Price Chopper
Got my Milk and Apple Juice, traded that $25 Lotto for $20 more, back to scratch off another $25 Win
And then, decided to give the back Garden Beds a good drink of Miracle-Gro to pep them up
Went out to hook the Miracle-Gro Sprayer up to the Hose, saw that a neighbor had set up a Tent back on the Hill
Probably the one that has the Canoe, just trying out the Tent... Then back in to turn on the Water
Then watered the Cucumber Bed, the Pepper Bed, the Tomato Bed and the Cantaloupe Bed with Miracle-Gro
And a catch up Photo of the Sweet Potato Vines, three at the Top now and more climbing, no place higher to go
Looks like a better crop of Potato Vines than the one in the Pot in 2014 producing Ten Potatoes in the Pot
And then at 1 p.m. , the Event of the Day, to the 'Fun House'... Optimum Therapy and Performance Center
My Primary Doctor is sending me all over Town to try to find what my imbalance problem is, no one has found it so far
Had a MRI Brain Scan, a Doppler Carotid Ultrasound, Physical Therapy Exam, and Scheduled for an Ear Nose and Throat Exam
He had schedued another one at a Neurologist but I cancelled that Deal, had one last year that didn't help
So I checked in, filled out their Forms and then was diredted to a room by Brandi Jacksom, Doctor of Physical Therapy
There a lot of questions and then the fun began, stand there, do that, turn this way, do this and that
Lay on the Table, more turning, twisting, lift this, drop that, tighten your stomach and try this
And then that ordeal was over and I headed the two Miles back home to finish out the afternoon
A welcome Margarita after none Tuesday because of the Toorth Extraction, they said No Hot Drinks or Alcohol for 48 Hours
Well it wasn't 48 Hours yet but close enough for me, and then had a Glass of Wime or Two after that
That was about it for Thursday and the Last Day of June... Let's welcome in July on Friday... It is a double Pay Day!