And then later on that Gorgeous Day, out back to check things, thought I would harvest the Swiss Chard for the last time
This makes about the Fifth harvest of Chard, I pulled up all the Chard Plants, snipped off the Roots and into my Sack
Next, put the Stems into a skillet with some sliced Onions, Olive Oil and Garlic Salt. let them simmer slowly
Then I added the Leaves and some Malt Vinegar, a little Black Pepper and Kosher Salt, more simmering
And it didn't look like I had as many Leaves as I thought, what else can I add? Hah! Celery and those Eggplants
I sliced a few pieces of Celery, and the Two little Eggplants, tossed them in, simmered more, needed more Vinegar
And then that was about it... another Taste, yeah that should do it... So a glass of Vino Tinto and back to the TV
Was that the end of Friday.. Hah! Not quite, but this is getting way too lengthy so I shall adjourn for this Day
I had more for Friday, but I'll catch up on the rest of this really nice busy Day on Saturday Morning... Pay Day!
So then, what's going on around back? Actually nothing much, almost ready to pick that Cantaloupe in the Tomato Bed
Some more Tomatoes ripening slowly and maybe Three more little Cucumbers in a Day or two
Three really tiny Eggplants that will go nowhere and a lot of Green Peppers getting some size
And so, why not Harvest a few of those Peppers, then make Stuffed Peppers for Dinner
OK the Peppers... Seems the ones I grow are long and skinny not short and fat that are easy to cut off the top and stuff
So I split them down the side and lay them open to Stuff... I did that to a couple and then simmered them a bit
So the stuffing, thawed that Bratwurst, crumbled and simmered with Onions and Rice and my own Ketchup I made
Then when the Peppers cooled a bit I spooned the stuffing into them and added a little Parmesan on top
Then it was about 3 p.m. and time to trek up the Hill to see if my Seeds were in the Mail Box yet
And the Seeds were not in my Mail Box yet... Doggone! Well, maybe today, they did give a range of dates
On toward Dinner time I made some Mashed Taters to go with the Peppers... and then put the Peppers in the Oven to roast
Later I assembled my little Feast... And it was ample, the Peppers just a little bland, needed a touch of Hot Sauce
But it served the need of the Day, on to the TV and the Finale of Thursday...
Finished my BLOG, Posted it, finished my Morning Routine, off to the Fast Stop, got my Lottos, only won $5
Then back home to wait for my TV Speakers and Tomato Seeds... And then another Idea hit me
The Cucamelons are sitting on the Bottom Shelf and way down from the Grow Light above... What to do?
Well then I had that little Shelf that was in the Kitchen, empty now, see if it would fit
And I measured and it looked like it would fit between the Orange Tree Pots so I set it in there
And set the Cucamelon Pots on the Top Shelf there, now should get more light, then what when the Vines start growing?
Well, will have to move the Shelf down as the Vines grow up... But that is an... IF they grow, wait and see
And... My new Tomato Seeds didn't arrive, maybe today, and that was all the action for Wednesday
Finished out the Day with TV and another good Dinner, now what's today? Thursday again?
Two more Days until Pay Day... Hoo Ray!
Ok then off to get some Gas and Lottos... Only a $10 Win on the Scratchers but Pay Day is Saturday... AHA!
Back home and a run out back to see what was going on and not much there either, Radishes bolting, doing nothing
Just about what I expected but I thought it was worth a try with the leftover Seeds, pulled them all up and tossed them
There are a lot of Peppers on the Pepper Plants now, I'll let them get a bit bigger, more nice looking Green Tomatoes too
And one little fat Cucumber in the original Cucumber Bed, a couple more little ones coming maybe and that will be it
Then 2:30 p.m. Wonder if my Tomato seeds are here yet? Headed up that steep hill, gets steeper every year
The Mail was there but no Seeds, Tomorrow maybe? But there were Two 'Rewards' in the Mail Box
One from AARP, a little Plastic snap Box, flips open to hold about 10 Credit Cards... I sure didn't need that
But a better one from from AT&T... Says go online to collect your Reward... What's that?... A $200 Debit Card!
My Reward for changing over to Direct TV and I should have the Card within Three Weeks they say... Whoooopeee!
Then.... Margarita time and I hadn't done much but I did need some winding down time after that Hill climb
So then I wound down... And then made a fresh Salad, with that dinky Cucumber, a Mexibell Pepper off the Plant out front
A Tomato from out back, some of that Lettuce I bought for the Experiment and some Sseet Onion from the Price Chopper
Topped with sme Buttermilk Ranch dressing and finished off with a TV Movie... another good Day... Yeah
Then I was cruising online to see what you could do with the Mini Watermelons I planted Sunday
A lot more than I thought, I thought they would just be a Cute Plant to grow amd look at, here's what they say
So that's just great... I hope I can grow a ton of them, even put one in my Margaritas... Yeah!
Now if the ones I planted only do well, I have Eight more Seeds, need a place to plant them now
Not too much going on Monday afternoon, just puttering around with this and that, then doing something in the Kitchen
I went to add Water for a Plant ans reached for the Faucet, oooops, what's that wiggling from my Strainer on the Tool Rack?
It was a Snake and ite was glaring at me for disturbing it I suppose, well it's my Strainer and my Sink... GO AWAY!
So I got my Kithen Shears to grab it... it backed up and then jumped at the Shears and then fell on the floor
So I stepped on it and then clipped off it's head, Snakes don't belong in my Sink, so go away
Then the last effort at my planting project, I trotted up the Hill to the Mail Box, some letters but no Seeds
Well, maybe Today, then on to Afternoon, Cocktail, TV and finished the Day with Dinner and a Movie
Later the Rain stopped and I took a hike out back to check things over, things looked good
The Cantaloupe in the Tomato Cage is still looking good, the new Radishes too but I see no bulbs
I found one big Fat Cucumber hiding and two small ones, that now brings the usable total to 100
And I picked 17 more Tomatoes in various stages of ripness, that brings that total to more than 200 now
And then... as usual, Margarita Time... What happened to the Manhattans after 50 Years, well my Tastes do change as time goes by
OK I need a Planter... I have Potting Soil and Spagnum Moss already, and where do I put it anyway?
The Shelf in the Living Room is already full and the Shelf in the Kitchen is too small so off we go
I stopped in at Walmart for the same kind of Shelf that I have in the Living Room, a nice one
They had the same one but only in Black, I like the Zinc color better but they didn't have any
Anyway I lugged that one out to the Blazer and then headed next door to Lowes for a planter
Found a nice one for a nice Price, then headed back to the Ranchito to play the rest of the Day
Got to work then, took the stuff off the small Kitchen shelf, started assembling the new one
Guessing on the Height where I wanted to set the Planters and Aerogradens, So bottom Shelf on the bottom
The second Shelf at 27 Inches for the Planter, the Third Shelf at 18 inches higher to give the Plant room to grow
Also to set the Grow Lights on top of the third Shelf... Then the fourth 4 inches more above the lights
That gave a place to set the two Aerogardens where I will plant the Mini Tomatoes when the seeds arrive
And that about wound up my new Garden Experiment Day, time for that Afternoon Margarita and what's for Dinner?
Now guess what? ...I'll show you in my Sunday BLOG the next nutty ldea I have after receiving more new Seeds on Saturday
And if you want to take a minute, you can Click on this Link and see what this Idea is all about
So I put the Brine in the Pot to simmer to boiling while I sliced up all the Cucumbers I had
Then the Cucumbers in the Pot with the Brine, heated them up to the boiling point
Then spooned the Pickles and Brine into the Jars, had just enough to make two more Pints
Now wait a Week to taste and see what this Brine experiment made of the latest Pickles
And so... it was sunny and very warm and I should have watered some, back and front Plants need it
But it was just on to a nothing much Afternoon and Evening but pleasant inside anyway
I finished the three Hour long old Movie... 'It's a MAD MAD MAD MAD World' that I had recorded from TCM
I saw it the Year it came out on a trip to California in 1963 and at the Pacific Cinerama Theater in Hollywood
The Theater had just opened in 1963... Several of the Actors in the Film were there, two just two rows behind me
So, another pretty Day, Sunny and Warm, headed out to the Price Chopper for a couple things
And a few Lottos, bought $20 worth with a Tuesday $20 Winner, won $20 back, no profit there
Then back to take a Trek out back to see what was what... Radishes look like they're starting to bolt
I just have no great luck with Radishes... ever, looks like... But I found a HUGE Cucumber in the Tomato Bed
Right at 8 Inches, the perfect size for a Straight Eight type of Cucumber and it's number 92, will I get 100?
OK what next, what about those newly Harvested Tomatoes, had a few on the Table waiting also
Got out my Food Processor, chopped up the Tomatoes, into the Pot and then half a big Onion
Then found a couple of Poblano Peppers in the Fridge, chopped them up and added to the Tomatoes and Onions
Then added Salt, Sugar and some Herbs and into the Pot to simmer down, this will be a Tomato cooking Sauce, not Salsa
Sent him a Facebook Message, you want a Printer? Sure he says... So more waiting to hear when he wanted me to deliver it
So I got a Message again a litte later... He says 'Sounds Good' So I headed over there about 3:30, traded in a Winner Ticket for $5
Then he gave me Five more, Four were to pay for the Printer, then out to drive to his Car, he loaded the Printer and I headed Home
Scratched off One $5 Winner, lost the other $20... And my Friend Rion got a $150 Printer for $20, but I got rid of it anyway
Then back to play with my new TV, hooked it up and checked it out, found it would not do what I mainly bought it for
But before it got here I was checking online and found it probably would not, needed a HDMI out which very few TVs have
But I believe now I know what I do need and evreyone is out of stock at the moment... A Hauppage 'Colussus' TV Tuner Card
I don't need that right away and don't use that feature much anyway, but just another fun gadget to play with
And on to the rest of that busy and fud Day, mixed a later than usual Margarita and then found something for Dinner
Now stating on a new Thursday... Where did this Week go so fast anyway? Another Weekend looming up...
And no plans again but I just get Ideas, was thinking about those Three empty AeroGardens in the Kitchen
So, what to plant in those? I thought I would try some Mini Cherry Tomatoes again, just for fun
The ones I tried really didn't do much but were fun to watch them try, so I got online and ordered Seeds
15 Seeds for $1.90, a ton cheaper than ordering a Seed Pod Kit from Aerogarden or Walmart...
And I am already trying my home constructed Seed Pods, let's do some more
I still have a lot of Seeds here, what might be good to try? Decided to plant Swiss Chard in Garden 4
That is a 6 Pod Garden, just might make a Crop big enough for one Serving anyway, I started on that
So, out to the Kitchen, filled Six empty Grow Pods with Spagnum Moss, added two Seeds to each
Added a little Water to dampen each Pod, set them in the AeroGarden 4, added Water and Nutrient and GO!
Now when the new Mini Tomato Seeds arrive I'll plant them in AeroGardens 1 and 3 and we're back in action
And we can talk endlessly about a lot of things, and then a catch up on Photos, BLOGS amd Videos
And a Musical interlude playing some Classical Music of which I am an aficianado... (really)
Finally the party ran down about 4:30 p.m. I then gave her a couple Pints of Pickles, a Pint of Salsa
A Pint of Relish and some frozen Enchiladas I had stored away in the Freezer, but still tasty...
Then to the rest of my Day... Not much more than hotting up some dinner and watching some more TV
Now... what Day is this? So busy lately and I can't even remember what happened the Day before
So that's why I try to write everthing down before I forget it... Getting old does have some negative sides too
Then took a hike out back, I check back there most every Day, never know what I might find, Monday not much
The Radishes look better, but still all leaves, don't see any Radishes yet, not betting on it
To wind up the Day I made a fresh Salad with the Cucumber and Tomatoes I harvested, added a Mexibell Pepper and Onion
Topped with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing, went well with my Pork Chop Taters and Broccoli
And another pleasant Day for Monday and now a try at a nice Tuesday... Let's go win that BIG ONE!
So then I just slid AeroGarden 6 over to the right side of the Shelf, next the AeroGarden 7 Mexibells
The grow bowl there was full of Water too so I got a little tubing to siphon it out
Next lifted the Garden up to the Shelf and poured the Water back in... Now that looks a lot neater...
Now I have another empty AeroGarden, what to plant next in that? No Idea for now, I'll think about it
And also those three empty AeroGardens in the Kitchen, well Winter is on the way, I'll think of something
And so, I got Seven empty Seed Pods out of my Pantry, stuffed them with Peat Moss, planted Lettuce Seeds in the top
Filled the Empty Grow Bowl with Water, added Nutrient and set the Pods in the Grow Bowl places... Voila!
Bright and Sunny and off to the Minit Mart for Lottos, how nice... a $100 and $5 win, that's the way I like it
Then back home and out front to start harvesting the Herb Crop, haven't done that lately
I think they are done for the Season, I don't want to bring them in and I have a lot of Herbs anyway
And then I started on the tranplanting of the Peppers and it went fast, maybe Twenty Minutes?
I dug out the Dahlias that were in the Pots, mostly finished for the Season anyway, didn't do very good
Then I dug a hole to the bottom of each Pot, went in to bring out the Pepper Plants one at a time
Then carefully set the Plants in the Center of the Pots and filled in around the Roots with Soil
Now I'll watch the Temps close as the Weather cools and bring them inside if gets too cold
More Evening TV with my new System and then that was all for Saturday, now Sunday to use up...
So, what about that new Mexibell Pepper Project? Might be too wet out there to do that today
And it might not be a good idea but I don't like what the Plants are doing in the Aerogarden now
Looks to me like the Leaves need more Light and need to spread out to get it, so on with the nutty Idea
Some of my experiments have worked rather well, some just gave up and failed, but worth a try I think
Since I picked most all the Poblanos off that Plant I put out front it hasn't been blooming much if any
And the Two Mexibell Plants out there haven't produced much more either, thought I would dump the Mexibells
Then put the two new Mexibell Plants now in the AeroGarden out front in those Pots
On to another Project but not by me, AT&T is scheduled to install 'Direct TV' this morning at 9 a.m.
I have had AT&T U-Verse TV ever since it started in my Area and quite pleased with it but they kept raising Prices
All the Cable and Satellite Companies do it, start you off with an introductory Price and then keep raising it
Every time AT&T has done that I call and they worked something out for a while then it goes up again
The last Bill I got was a whopper, price went way up and I called to complain and the guy in India said he fixed it
But then the next Bill was even higher so I got online to chat with an AT&T Rep, he said to call the 'Loyalty Group'
I called, waited a long time, then talked to a Supervisor and he offered several suggestions...
AT&T had bought 'Direct TV' and has been boosting it and offering a cash Bonus, but I liked my U-Verse
But this guy said I could get as good a Program Package as I now had and at a much lower cost
So I signed up for that, they are coming to swap out my present Equipment and install the new today
And I do hope I can be as happy with the new arrangment as I have been with U-Verse (except the Cost)
So... I headed out earlier than usual to get my Lottos, wanted to get everything done before the AT&T guy showed up
This time to the Price Chopper, won $25 on Three Tickets and lost on One, that's a $5 Profit for the Day (so far)
Then I ran around unhooking the Three Receivers for my AT&T TV, waiting for the new Direct TV install at 9 a.m.
The AT&T guy called a little after 9 a.m. and said he was on the Way, showed up and took a look around
Then had to run back to the Shop for something, their place is just a Mile up the Road back of the Price Chopper
Came back with a new Satellite Dish and started tuning it in out by the Rhubarb patch, then started on the Wiring
One thing I have to give up with this system is the wireless Receivers but that's really no big deal and costs less
So finally the Installation was complete, checked it out and I like it, I thought U-Verse TV was Great but this is better
Best is that (so far) it costs less and has more Channels and easier and better recording controls
On thing missing though is that my Computer TV Tuner won't connect to the TV Receiver they put in my Computer Room
The Tuner has a Coax input Connector and there is none on the back of the Direct TV Receiver, a small loss though
I would occasionally record a TV Program from the U-Verse DVR to the TV, for the present I can't do that now
So the rest of the Day was getting familiar with the new Remote and where my favorite Channels were
They all have different Channel numbers but easier overall as they only have three numbers
And one extra bonus is a $200 gift Card they will send in Six Weeks for signing up, that will buy a few Lottos
That was pretty much it for Friday, what now? Another Weekend? Let's get at it
Just had an Idea though... Looks like the Cucumbers have about given up, how about a Slide Show of all the Harvests?
Doesn't look like much just showing a Day's picking at once but they did add up this Season... all those Pickles and Relish!
Ok, so I'll just finish my Morning Coffee as I start on that Project
And so... that didn't take long... Last sip of Coffee and the .gif was finished and uploaded to Facebook
Want to take a look, Cucumbers from April until September and still might get a few more, maybe a couple today
Count fast, how many can you see in those Photos... I counted 79, that would make a lot of pickles and Relish
And then what? Make some more Dill Pickles... I still have some Home Grown Dill I can use... on to Thursday's Project
The same old easy way I do it, I had the recipe I used before, this time the Brine a little different
I took a little liberty wth the Ingredients... We shall see if my Substitutes will work, they usually do
So, mix the Brine, put it in the Pot to Simmer, slice the Cukes, when the Brine is just at boiling in with the Slices
Then stir them around a little while they heat up to simmer, then spoon into the Jar... Wah Lah!
Well that's it for this Day, let's get on to the next now
I didn't get the newly re-edited Video on my BLOG on Tuesday afternoon so I am adding it here
Just took another look at it... After 36 new fades I see I missed one, wonder if anyone will notice?
I might try to change that, but it will take some re-timing of the Finale, just to make ME feel better
So Iheaded back up the Hill and on tothe Fast Stop for my Mornng Lottos, only won $5 again, just not a good Month so far
And back home for a late Beakfast and what to do all the rest of that long wet Day?
Then, an Idea, the Plants out front are about at their maximum for this Season, been thinking of doing a catch up Video
The Rain had gone away, the Sky brightened and we were finally then getting some hazy Sun
And that hazy Sun that sneaked in would even out the contrast from the Sun and Shade, a good time to try the Video
So I backed my Blazer across the Street for more Camera room, toted my Camera and Tripod out front
And spent maybe twenty Minutes covering every view that I could think of, then back inside to edit
Nothing much doing the rest of the Day, I did hike out back to check things, all OK but all wet, nothing to Harvest
Radishes looking a little better, still not thinking I will get much of a fall Crop of them
I did pick a couple of ripening Tomatoes from the Plant out front, had to have something to show on here
On to Dinner time, another Hot Dog and Potato Salad was just right, then sipping a Glass of Wine and watching TV
TV was boring so I started watching my own Videos on Vimeo on my TV, the three Garden Videos I had made this Season
Another Idea, put them all togeher as One... HAH! Took my Vino Tinto back to the Computer, fired up the Editor
Added the three Garden Videos, did a little clipping, took the back gardens out of one and then rendered the Combo
Set the Video to upload to Vimeo, then back to the TV for some more Andre Rieu Concerting, a while later I checked the Upload
It was ready, so I played it back on my TV and that was just what I had wanted, to watch my Garden grow all season
The front Plants now just about at their peak, and as the weather cools all downhill from here
But that is the way that Mother Nature has it set up and we just have to go with the flow... and on to another new Day