And... what's the Weather for Wednesday, a cool start at 56 Degrees and topping at only 79 they say... Springtime!
Strange Weather for August as I have said a couple times, lots of Rain, lots of Cool, well that's 'Global Warming' I guess
And what's the Plan for the Day, again not a clue as of 5 a.m. Yeah, been up an hour, got up at 4 a.m.
Put a load of Laundry in the Washer, made my Coffee, had my Juice, finished Tuesday's Blog, posted it
And then edited the Video (again), set it to upload to Vimeo and then what?... Oh, Cuppa Coffee and my Crossword
So... I had my Coffee, worked my Crossword, then checked my corrected Video online at 6 a.m. WHAT! Still no Irises!
A minor point for most but not for me... I fired up my Editor again to check... AHA! It had the Iris Transitions
So, again I saved the File, then set it to Render again... Then checked the rendered copy before uploading to Vimeo again
And after this Fifth upload... this time it is OK... And I reposted the new copy to Tuesday's Blog, I want things right
And a late start to check out back, and nothing to report or to harvest, except more Male Pumpkin Blooms
The Vines really look good... We gonna get any Pumpkins or What?
And finally off to search for my Fortune, it has been hiding somewhere this Month I haven't found
Well it sure wasn't at the Price Chopper on Wednesday, only won a meager $10... on to the rest of the Day
That is where I left off writing my Blog on Wednesday, what about the rest of the Day, nothing much to blab about
It seems that most everything of any interest to me happens before Noon, the afternoons just coast downhill
And looking back over some of my recent Blogs it looks to me like I am writing more about doing less
So, Old People like to talk, too bad we don't have something Important to talk about
And also too bad we can't find anyone to wants to listen to our prattle.. Oh well, gives me a little to do
And what a Day and Night on Monday... A clouded out Eclipse, then a T-Storm, then Storms all Night
So much rain! I was concerned it would drown all my Crops and Flowers, it was just pouring out there!
And, all that Video I got on Monday, started editing it Monday but didn't get very far before the Storms came
I had Video from Two Cameras and I did a lot of Inserting the DSLR Video in to the Main Video
The Inserts were more interesting, my Video Camera was just set out in front on a Tripod the whole time
I wandered around with the DSLR Camera gettng Video Clips of this and that to add to the Front Scene
Kind of tricky getting the right clips inserted to the timeline of the Video Camera but I think it's OK
So I finished it about 9 a.m. then set it uploading to Vimeo to watch on my TV
While my Video was uploading I took a look out back to see what the Monsoon washed away, well it sure was wet back there
Not much new since Monday Morning except I saw a nice big Cucumber hiding, missed than on Monday
And the smaller one that was caught in the Netting, picked that one too, big enuogh anyway
Then on the way back in I picked another batch of mini Peppers from the Pot out front and pickled them
How many of these things have I harvested anyway?.. They just won't quit
Then my new Video was ready on Vimeo, fired up my TV and HP Computer in the Living Room to watch
My Videos play back best from my Computer on the Internet, with an HDMI Cable to my TV, less buffering
And it looked pretty good to me, not many things for me to gripe about except some scenes were too bright... (IMNSHO)
So, I edited it again, darkening some of the Front Scenes, rendered it again and uploaded it again
And then off to get my Lottos, very late for me to be heading out, Got my Lottos, then went next Door to Walgreens
Needed to pick up that stuff you have to drink for a Colonoscopy, no hurry, that's in October
All they gave me was an empty Gallon Jug with some Powder in the Bottom... I'll read the instructions later
And back Home to scratch off only another $5 Ticket... SEND MONEY!... I need my Lottos and I am not WINNING!
So, into the afternoon and thinking of what's for Dinner, well a rerun of the same thing Monday would do very well
And... those two Cucumbers I picked earlier, peeled and sliced them, made a Marinade and into the Fridge, that should go well
And then what? Thinking of that Video again??? Now what? I thought it needed some Subtitles, so back to the Editor
So I did that, added some 'cute' quips and then Rendered and Uploaded all over again, I wanna see this one...
So that was pretty well it for Tuesday, now another new Day ahead... Let's get at it
But first thing I have a little Garden project out front... Most of the Cannas in my 'Stair Planter' are doing great
But I noticed the one in the topmost 'Pocket' hasn't looked so good the past few Days
And looking down, saw that the Soil level in that Pocket had settled quite a bit
I though I would add some more Potting Soil and see if that would remedy the problem
And then on to the rest of the Morning, planning to Video some of the Eclipse around Midday
I don't want to try to get the actual Eclipse as it could possibly damage the Sensor in the Camera
There will be plenty of Professional Sources doing that... I just want to get some of the 'Night at Day' look
I planned to park my Blazer across the Street, set up my Video Camera in the Back, get a front View of my Building
Then let the Camera run for some time before during and after the Total Eclipse time
And maybe going up the Hill to my Bench in Back to get some footage with my DLSR as things get Dark
7 a.m. Really nice Morning, headed out back to check the Pumpkin Patch, more Male Blooms, no Females
And I saw some nice Cucumbers ready to pick, then got my Potting Soil and back out front
Added Potting Soil to most of the top 'Pockets' in the Planter, some were quite low, hope that helps
Then I got a Bag and headed back out to pick Two Peppers and Six Cucumbers, then jumped in the Blazer
And up the Hill to Bell Road and then down the Hill on Hiway 9 to the Fast Stop, traded in $30 of Wins
Got $20 worth back, then asked Roos if he liked my Peppers... Yeah! You like my Cucumbers? yeah!
I showed him the Photo above on my Phone, how many ya want? All of them he says
So I went out to the Blazer, brought in the Bag, gave it to him and 'See ya later'
And at 9:30 a.m. What's that noise? sounds like Thunder, and the forecast said mostly Sunny
Checked the online Forecast again and then it said T-Storms... Gonna mess up the Eclipse? We shall see
OK, about 12:45 p.m. I began setting up the Video Camera, and it began to cloud up a little, still some Sun
I got the Camera going about 12:50 p.m. and the Sun was fading as Eclipse time approached
Was that the Eclipse starting? Nope, I glanced up and the Clouds were increasing... Figgers
The Video Camera was running then and I took my DSLR out back to get the view from there
And about 1 p.m. the Shy was darkening from the Eclpse but also from increasing Clouds
Just as it began getting really dark from the Eclipse the clouds blocked out the Sun
I pointed my DSLR right at the Sun... I just got a glimmer of a small slice of the Moon covering most of the Sun
Then it was totally dark out back, and the street lights came on out in front... That was it
And I headed back out front, the Sky began to lighten and it was all over but the griping
Back in to start on my Video, disappointing however it might be, oh well, I got my Money's worth
I didn't spend a Dime but hundreds of people spent lots driving here for good view of the unevent
After that I mixed a Margarita, started playing with the Video and then the T-STORMS came
And I mean the Skies really opened up, torrential Rain and roars of Thunder right outside my Door
And it went on and on, I shut down the Computers, went in to start on Dinner, then the TV Satellite quit
What else could go wrong after such a beautiful start on the Day?
That was about it... Dished up some Dinner, the TV came back on, more TV and off to bed, see ya Tuesday
All cleared up by 9 a.m. or so and then bright Sun and that humidity starting up
Another routine Morning, a Hop up to the Price Chopper for Vino Tinto, Milk and Washing Machine Ddetergent
And some more canned Cat Food and fresh Chicken Gizzards... All those vital necessities, ya know
And of course my Daily dose of Lottos, well I did win back $5 more than I spent this time
Back at el Ranchito pequeño, fed the Cat, another Hike out back to check things, things looking good
Looks like Monday will be a nice Cucumber Day, saw several that would be ready then
And one was stuck in the Netting, clipped the net so it wouldn't put a kink in the Cuke
Some poking around inside with this and that, decided to clean out the waiting Aerogardens
Had one already cleaned for some time, Three waiting, rinsed out the Tanks, some scrubbing
Then in with some Water and Bleach to disinfect and set them aside for whenever the urge to plant arises
And then on into another very slow afternoon, just trying to keep busy, and I started on my TV Movies really early
So then sip and snack for a few hours until time to dig up some Dinner, back to the TV... getting bored
Gave up on the Movies at 5 p.m. They were making me sleepy, listened to some Andre Rieu Concerts
I made that last until 6 p.m. and just gave in to my sleepiness and hit the Sack and as usual after that a restless night
Then woke up about every two hours all night to change dreams and back to try again, finally up at 5 a.m.
Well that was all of the Weekend, back to a new Week and I do like to start Monday all over again
Well then, out back I found a few nice ripe Cucumbers, picked those then back inside
Copied all 85 my Floyd Cramer Songs to an SD Card, Roos Beck likes the ones I had used on my Video
So I took then down to the Fast Stop along with the three Cucumbers I had harvested
Then picked out my favorite Lottos and headed back to scratch off a $10 Ticket
On the first trip to the Fast Stop Roos Beck had asked me what was the best Camcorder for him to buy
So I checked online whan I got back, found a great deal on a Sony with lots of extras on sale
Decided to go back to show him, picked a couple more Peppers to take down for him, he was tickled to get them
So then we talked CamCorders and he asked what Video Editor I had, well I have Three at least and copies of Two
If you haven't used one they can be a little hard to get started with, I told him I could show him how
So that's on the agenda for whenever he has the time for a lesson and a copy of the Program
And that was about it except for the usual wind down of every Day, find something for Dinner
And something to watch later on TV, getting to find much interesting on Netflix for me lately
For Dinner, more Mashed Taters and Stuffed Pepper, still one Pepper to go of the last ones I made
Made it through one more long and boring day in spite of keeping fairly busy... Ho Hum... What's for Sunday?
Before I left for the Fast Stop I took another hike out back to check my Female Bloom... And... Oh No!
It had fallen off the Vine, well sometimes the first ones do that so back to the waiting again
And then I headed to the Fast Stop, gave Roos Beck the CD and SD Card with the File of the Mex-Tune song
Thank you and I got my Lottos and headed back to Home... to work Four Dud Lottos... Oh well... DARN!
On into a gorgeous looking Day out there, fed the Cat, decided to go to the Price Chopper for Candy and Nuts
And then around the Corner to P&G Hardware for more Carpet Tape, got all that loot and headed back
Started on the Carpet and finally finished taping it down, hope that can stop that creeping for good
And then I got a Phone Call from Doctor Hsu's Office, had that CT Scan Wednesday she had the report, not so good
She said I had Diverticulosis, well I've had that for years now, and Kidney Stones, what? Again
I passed several many Years ago and had a couple Lithotrypsies to get rid of them
Now I guess I should check with my Urologist again about those, always something going on
But the main Gripe is they want to do a Colonoscopy, that ain't no fun, well the procedure itself is no big deal
I had that a few Years back too, the hassle is the 'Prep' all Day on the Day before... So I am schedued for October
And then on to the rest of a not much going on Day all over again, but I managed to last until about 7 p.m.
On into anther Night of Dream Dream and Dream, wake up from one then drop off to sleep for another
Some are tedious but sone are better than going to the Movies because I am in them... Oh well...
Up now at 5 a.m. Nice weather ahead, let's see what the new Day brings
And... A couple Days ago I took my Video Camera with me down to the Fast Stop to kid with Roos Beck
He wanted to take a closer look, asking how much I would sell it for, more than you would want to pay I says
I showed him how to turn it on and where the Record Button was so he tried it on me
And got some jerky Video... And lots of static noise! Some electronic equipment behind the Counter causing it
I told him about it later, he thought I was kidding, gonna take that Video down and show him
And then, off to the Fast Stop, showed Roos Beck his attempt at Video, and the Noise coming from behind the Counter
He asked what is that? I said some Electronic Interference of some sort... Who knows?
Then I showed him Pat's Kitchen Rehab Video, Part one and Two, then I got my Lottos and headed back
And scratched off no Wins and I sure do need some now, extra Bills again this Month, do I need to get a Job?
Then, another trot out back to check, not expecting much, found a couple of odd lookimg Cucumbers
So then over to the Pumpkin Cage, some Vines needed a little rerouting, lifted off the Cage
I was moving the Vines around where I wanted them to go and then what to my wondering Eyes would appear?
Voila! Lookeee Mamma!... A Female Bud, first one, have to keep an Eye on that one, might open on Saturday maybe?
And I hope a Bee finds it when it does open and I'll watch to Hand Pollenate anyway
And then, back around front on the way back in, I saw some more Peppers on the Jalapeno Plants in the Pots
Transferred those from the Aerogarden and they have been quite productive out there, more to pickle now
And then on into a busy Afternoon for a change, in the Kitchen doing this and that
I peeled and sliced up one of those Cucumbers and into some Vinaigrette for a Dinner add-on
I had a few ripe Tomatoes, I chopped them up, simmered a while and into the Freezer for late whatever
And those Jalapenos, rinsed, stems removed, into the Brine and then into the Jar and more Jalapeños I don't need
Got caught up with my little chores and retired to the TV for the Rest of the Day
And so, not such a Bad Day on Thursday, see what we can dig up for Friday... First a peek at that Pumpkin Bloom!
So, yesterday, only my Juice and Coffee in the Morning and then nothing to eat or drink until 3:30 p.m. when I got back home
Not their order, I don't eat before I go to the Doctor, the order of today though is 'Nothing to eat or drink after Midnight'
But I don't have much appetite and yesterday's lack of food didn't bother me, and I finished the Day with a nice Dinner
OK... Finished and posted Tuesday's Blog, started on Wednesday and then heard T-Rumblngs outside, then Rain
Good, won't have to water for a couple more Days, lots of cool Days and Rain for August, very unusual
Do you suppose that is some more of Al Gore's 'Global Warming'... I saw him on TV recently, fatter Face and dumber Head
Jumped in the Shower at 7 a.m. to get all clean and pretty for my CT Scan, still booming and Rainimg at 8 a.m.
And at time to leave at 8:15 a.m. it was really pouring down! How to get to the Blazer without drowning?
Well I had no Umbrella, but I had a Cap... and I remembered I had a Raincoat in the Closet
I hadn't had that on for at least the last 17 Years I have lived in Parkville, but came in handy that Morning
So I set off in that Downpour, a real Gully Washer, I don't remember ever seeing Rain as heavy as that
Rained buckets all the way to the Imaging Center, let up just as I got there and got out to walk to the Door
I checked in, sat down to wait, then here comes a gal with two large Cups of Water and Iodine at 8:30
She said drink all of the First One and half of the Second One and they would wait an hour for it to take effect
HUH? Wait an hour? Well it had to absorb into the Colon, it contained the 'Contrast' medium she said
So I chugged the one and a half Cups, no color and no taste of any Iodine... and then the long wait
I chatted with Sigi on Facebook Messenger now and then until finally at 9:30, here she comes
Trotted back to the Scan Machine Room, I asked the Gal if that Drink replaced the Contrast IV... Nope she said
It was for a different Scan, still had to do the IV Contrast... DARN! Anyway she poked me, hooked me up and away we went
Then I slid into and out of the Big Whirring Machine Four times I think, finally she said 'All done, put your pants back on'
And off again, it had stopped raining but when I got in the Blazer and headed back, the torrential Rains started again
And all the way back to the Minit Mart, I stopped in for Gas and Lottos, and the Rain quit again as I walked in the Store
Then on the way Home, here comes the pouring Rain again, let up just as I reached my Door at 10:30... Good!
The Rain pretty well much stopped about 11 a.m. Took a hike out back to check those Tomatoes I was watching
And they were about right for Harvest, as I mentioned before, not as many Tomatoes this year
And I think it was my fault, did a bit too much 'Missouri Pruning' which is supposed to help
Well, I was just not feeling well for some reason, just tired and that pain had returned some
Spent the rest of the Day just sort of vegetating, puttering around passing the time
I did make some Super Tater Soup, just got the urge, that's good stuff when the mood hits
Did have my Afternoon Margarita and a little later some of that Super Soup, turned out that was Dinner
An episode of a new Series I found on Netflix, after that a Musical interlude and then off to Bed
Feeling better Thursday Morning and what shall we find exciting to do today?
First thing was to head out back again, checked the Crops. found another nice Cucumber, Green Beans looking good
More Male Pumpkin Blooms. a couple Tomatoes ripening, more Peppers getting ready
And I got that Enail from Pat, saying they were working on her Kitchen that Day and I was welcome to come by for more Video
So I took off for the Fast Stop to get my Lottos first and then stopped back by Pat's Mansion for the Video addition
Got aome more Video of the latest rehab renewal and then headed back down the Hill to Home. to work my Lottos
And I scratched off exactly NUTHIN! DARN! But I started editing the Video... Got it done after some time
Decided to burn her a Pre-View DVD, did that and then when it was time to head to the Doctor, dropped it off
And then I was on the Way to my Appointment at 1:15 p.m.... And that's quite a trip way over there
Got there, checked in and a short wait for the Nurse and then the Doctor came in, very nice person
Don't remember if I mentioned it but when I called for the Appointment I was offered a sub in a few Days
But I like this Guy, he did an Endoscopy on me a couple years ago so I had to wait over three Weeks to see him
So he started in on a lot of Questions and a lot of trying for me to remember to answer them
Finally got the idea of what was going on, now the next step... a CT Scan on Wednesday Morning at 8:30 a.m.
Then depending on the Outcome of that... A possible a Colonoscopy... And depending on the results of that?
We just have to wait to find out and I do hope for the best answer
So, that pending Video, after I burned Pat's DVD I set the Video to render again to upload to Vimeo
That takes quite awhile so I thought it would be done when I got back, of course it was and here it is
well that wound up that busy Day, off to another early one Wednesday Morning
So back to El Ranchito Pequeno to scratch off $15 in Winners... Oh well...
Then I fed the Cat and took another Hike out back, same as Sunday except needed some housekeeping
I helped some eager Cucumber Vines find better places to climb than they had chosen
And I saw a couple nice Cucumbers and Peppers I could Harvest, already had some in the Fridge
Well, Roos Beck said he likes fresh Peppers for Salads and whatever so I decided to give them to him
And I headed back down the Hill to the Fast Stop... Traded in my Lottos, bought more
Then I asked Roos... Do you like Peppers?... Yeah! Do you like Cucumbers?... Yeah!
And I handed him the sack with my Loot, he peeked in took out a Pepper took a whiff and announced approval
So... 'Have a Good Day' and I headed back Home to scratch off only a $5 Win, well I now have $20 of Winnings for Tuesday
Bored again... Decided to go back to the Fast Stop and try that last $20 of Winner Lottos
And this time a bit more luck.. Won back a nice $55 win, that's been a lucky card for me so far
On into the afternoon, decided to use up some the boring Day fixing missing Photos in earlier Blog Pages
Some old videos were replaced ny new versions and were missing from the Pages
And sometimes I forget to upoad a Photo and it then is missing on a page, bothers no one but me though
Some few do scan through a Blog sometimes I think, but no one goes back to check earlier ones but me
But... I just want my online History to be as complete as it can be until it disappears forever
That again was pretty much it for the Day, had more of that Meatloaf for Dinner, had my TV and off to Bed