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~ Wednesday, April 18, 2018 ~
~ A Nothing Day ~
~ Except for making more Enchiladas ~

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~ One Barberry out of its former Home ~

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~ I was so Busy doing this on Wednesday ~

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A warmer start but a cooler High predicted for Wednesday and I was wanting a warm one
But at least it is sunny and no Ice or Snow at least the the Day anyway
Had my Coffee and Juice, worked my Computer stuff, got cleaned up and headed down to the Coffee Shop

The friends I wanted to give DVDs to were not there but another Regular was and I talked to him a while
Then one more Joined us, and soon it was time to head out to work my Lottos, I bought them on the way
And I worked Five of them for Nothing... DARN! well I did make a dinky profit on Tuesday anyway

So the Lotto Score was, Traded in a $25 Win added a $5 Bill and bought $30 worth and it turned out to be ZERO
Back to the Fast Stop after that and bought $20 more, this time I won $25 so just a loss of $5 for the Day
But keeping up with the win/loss totals is a waste of time, I am going to buy them anyway

Before I headed out to the Fast Stop I went around back to bring my AeroCart and a Shovel back around front
I dug one Barberry out of it's Half Barrel and decided it was too cold to mess with so that was it for the Morning

Ans that was just about all the action for all Day on Wednesday just not warm enough for me outside
But a fair Day for cooking inside and I had a lof of Chiii in the Fridg and a few Corn Tortillas
Thinking Enchiladas but I needed Cheese and Sauce so back to the Price Chopper for that
Picked up a pack of Colby/Jack Cheese, a can of Enchilada Sauce and a bottle of Peanut Oil and all set
Back to start on that, shred the Cheese, chop op some Sweet Onion, Oil in the Pan to soften the Tortillas
Softened up a half Dozen Tortillas, some Sauce in the Dish, filles the Tortillas with Cheese and Onion
Wrapped them up, into the Dish, Chili on top and more Sauce and into the Oven for a half Hour or so and Ole!

~ One more small batch of Enchiladas ~

That was it, TV and Vino in the Afternoon, Enchiladas with my Movie and then finished the Day with Andre Rieu

Goodnight Irene Goodnight...

~ How about Wednesday? ~ Not Warm enough to Suit Me ~



~ Tuesday, April 17, 2018 ~
~ Planted Cucumbers ~ Added Compost to the Tomato Bed ~
~ A Trip to Lowes for Soil and Plants and Seeds ~

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~ Two Rhododendron Plants ~ To Replace the Crimson Barberrys ~

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~ A Sunny Day on Tuesday ~

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Tuesday Morning, is that a ray of Sunshine peeking in my Window? Why yes it is!
A chlly start at 33 Dgrees but heading to 74 they say, well good, I want to plant stuff
Thinking about a run over to Lowes for some Seeds, Soil and maybe some Plants
Still a chance for some cold Weather but I can't wait all Season to start

And off we go at 10 a.m. Sunny but still chilly out there, only 37 Degrees... On to the Price Chopper
Cashed in $30 worth of Winners and bought $20 more Potentials, then to the 'Juice' Department
Selected a Gallon of my new favorite Sangria Wine and headed to checkout, back home to scratch off a $15 Winner

~ My Load to Tote up the Hill ~

A late Breakfast and then headed out back around 11 a.m. to deliver my Compost and plant my Cucumbers
That was a pretty fair load for me in my AeroCart, hard to push so I pulled it like a Mule hitched to the Handles
I found out even more on 'Tire Day' how weak I have really become in my advancing stage of deterioration
But I got it up to the Garden Beds, parked in front of the Cucumber Cage, planted them and on to the Tomato Bed
Dumped all the Compost in the Bed, raked it out nice and smooth and then headed back down the Hill at Noon

~ Cucumbers Planted ~ Hoping for Nice Weather Now ~

And then off to Lowes to see what we can see... A smooth trip there, not much traffic that time of Day
Found a parking spot close to the Door and into the Garden Area to do my prospecting
And not a lot to see because of the Cold Temps we have been having, just the hardier Shrubs mostly
So I picked out some Flower Seeds for the Big Pot I grew the Sweet Potato in last Year
Heaved a big heavy Bag of Potting soil into my Cart then went looking for replacement for the failed Barberrys
Saw a couple of healthy looking Rhododendron plants, thought they just might do and prettier than the Barberrys
That was all for that Trip headed back Home to maybe plant some Seeds

~ Flowers to Plant in the Pot ~ To Climb to the Deck ~

Planted a few Sunflower and Morning Glory Seeds in the big Pot, now see what happens to them
That was all the outside work, will get back with that on Wednesday, hoping to plant the Rhododendrons
Then maybe find somethng else to play with in the Gardens

On to the rest of the Day to get fed and bored with TV, then entertained with Dreams, Good Night Irene

~ A Warmer Tuesday ~ How about Wednesday? ~



~ Monday, April 16, 2018 ~
~ A Ray of Sunshine for Monday ~
~ Mexican Fiesta Dinner Day! ~

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~ Pork Shoulder to make Chili ~

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~ Musica Mexicana! ~

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Monday, Monday! 26 Degrees at 7 a.m. Sunny and expected to hit 51 later, sure better than Sunday
Maybe I can get that flat Tire on the Blazer worked on, been idle most of the Month
Figgered I would check with Chuck's Garage to see if and when and what will it cost?

So off to seek my Fortune and some meat to make Chili, made a big Pot of Sauce on Sunday
And found some sliced Pork Shoulder with a nice Sale Price and grabbed a big pack of that
Then some Milk and Apple Juice. my loser Lottos and headed back, a phone call from Pat on the way

I had called and asked if she wanted me to drop off the little free Trees I gave her
I didn't get the Call until I was Home, called her back and then she said she would drop over later
I put the Pork in the Oven to roast and then here she comes with a couple big Buckets of Compost for my Garden
Dumped the Compost into my AeroCart, came in to get her Trees and headed back up the Hill for chores on this Sunny Day

Then it was Tire pumping up and removal Time, I was thinking of taking it to a Repair Shop next to the Price Chopper
But then I thought, a friend had said he would come over, drive the Blazer to his Shop and fix the Tire
That was over two Weeks ago but the Weather has been terrible for outside work and he is always busy anyway
So I thought when I get the Tire off, I would drive over and drop it off in front of his Shop
Then it would be a nice Surprize for him when he got home from his regular job... HUH?

So out into that still chilly morning but with a bright warm Sun overhead to hook up the Air Pump
Then place the Jack under the Frame, jack it up and pop off the Wheel, toss it in the Mercedes and head out
My Pork was roasted about that time and I chopped it up in my Food Processor and into the Pot
Then I dumped in a pot of Sauce I made the Day before, that didn't look like enough so I poured in a Can of Tomato soup
Took a taste, yeah that just might do it and I set it on to heat a while to meld the flavors

~ Ground Roasted Pork ~ Ground Pork with Sauce ~ Makes Chili Picante! ~

And then I headed out to my Friend's place, stopped in at the Fast Stop on the way for $20 more Tickets
Got to my destination and rolled the Tire to his Shop Door and headed back, then worked my Lottos for a $30 Win

OK, work done for the Day, a Glass of wine, got some stuff on my Blog and then back to the TV for the rest of the Beautiful Day
Then time to try that latest batch of Chili, first with a Chili Burrito and Vaso de Vino, Bueno! Son delicioso!
And some more TV, then how about another sample? Hah!, Had a Tamale left, So, Chili con Tamale, otra ves... Sabroso!

~ Chili Burrito ~ Burrito Ready ~ Chili and Tamale ~

~ Chili Tamale Dinner Finale ~

Finished my Dinner, finished my Wine, finished my busy Day, time to listen to some Music
And then it was Time to give it all up until Tuesday and away we go!

~ A Warmer Tuesday Maybe? ~



~ Sunday, April 15, 2018 ~
~ Union Station Video Finished ~
~ Miserable Weather Ahead ~

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~ June 11 2017 ~ Table Set Installed next Door ~

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Halfway through the Month of April and still waiting for some Spring Weather
Old Man Winter still hanging on like he doesn't know his welcome wore out last November
But two more Days of Misery and then it looks good for maybe a Week? Hope, Hope!
Well it sure doesn't look or feel good for this Sunday, starting at 28 Degrees at 7 a.m.
Light Snow and only going to a top of 36! Just what is going on?

So, had my Apple Juice, had my Computer check and then I looked at my new Video again
Just slipped back into editing it as a new Idea popped up about what to add here and there
And I kept going and I had it finished and set to render at 8 a.m. HUH? I did that in only an Hour? Mein Gott!
So while it was rendering to a file on my HD I finally poured my Coffee and hit my Daily Puzzles

8:40 a.m. Finished my Coffee and Puzzles, back to the Video Editor to copy the Video file to Dropbox for upload
And then burned a DVD to check it out on my TV... The slowest part of uploading a Video is the upload to Dropbox
I used to upload direct to Vimeo but somehow that won't work since I got Windows 10 or they changed something
Anyway the Upload to DropBox was finished at 9 a.m. Then I sent it to Vimeo and chose the Thumbnail on the Cover


So what do you think of this one, I think it worked out just fine, better than seeing those Photos on the Web Page anyway
They look a lot more impressive on my large Screen TV than dinky images on the Web Site and you get Music too

Then on into that drab dreary cold afternoon... I was catching up an my TV when I head someone next Door
Wondered if it was my new Neighbor moving in, no it was the one moving out and She was here this time
Not the guy that moved out her heavy stuff including my gift of the Table set, well now it -IS- a Gift
I was thinking the guy that moved it out didn't know I moved it over there to brighten up that side of the Porch
And it was meant as a Gift for her to use and enjoy but not to haul off somewhere else

I went out to see what was going on and greeted my former Neighbor, obviously now I know she thought it was her Gift
So it really isn't what it cost me, I juat happened to see a Set like that at Walmart on a super sale
And I bought the new Set for my side and moved the older set over to my Neighbor's side
So it isn't just the cost of the old set, just the sadness of seeing that bare empty corner all over again

So on to Dinner and the TV finally, and off to Dreamland once again

~ Any Better Weather set for Monday? Probably Not ~



~ Saturday, April 14, 2018 ~
~ Another Video Started ~ Union Ststion Kansas City ~
~ Some more good Cookin' ~

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~ Bradford Pear Trees trying to Brighten a drab Day ~

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Well now, Saturday and another look at the Weather, a cooler start at 38 Degrees but warming to 57
Nothing like the Heat wave we had on Friday, then the T-Storm, Sunday only a High of 36 Degrees! You kidding?
And Saturday, Sunday and Mondays Nights in the 30s, but then the Night Temps look OK and I can Plant outside

My Morning Routine routinely done and I headed out in the cold for my Lottos, had a free $5 Coupon and a $25 Winner
Traded in my $30 worth, won a $25 Winner back, so as the Coupon was free... Even up for this try

And then what, cold and dreary looking out there again, when is Spring going to hang around a few Days?
Well, let's have a Donut and think about something to do... AHA, just thought of something
The Union Ststion in Kansas City has been in several of my Videos but not showing the Interior in any
So I have a Web Page of that and will make another Video of those Photos... Need to get some interior Video sometime

Thinking ahead for something different for Dinner, still have some roasted Chicken Thighs
Was thinking Chicken Salad Sandwich, hadn't done that for quite awhile, looked up the Recipe just to remind me
Yep, easy enough and I had everything here to do it, chopped up Onion, Celery, Green Pepper and Chicken
Put the Veggies in a Bowl, added some Spin Blend and mixed it up, then tossed in the Chicken and into the Fridge

Later saw I had a can of Biscuits in the Fridge I've been bypassing, popped them out and into the Oven
Makes something handy to add for a quick easy Breakfast, an Egg or maybe some Sausage Gravy?

~ So what if they are out of a Can ~ Mighty Tasty at That! ~

Then I went back to the Movie Studio to work on my latest Video, first all the Web Page Code Editing
Get the Photos spaced right for the Screen Shots, then edit all the Screen Shots to Screen Size
Then add Video, Photos and Music to the Time line, an Entro and Exit and Wah LAh!... Well I worked until 4 p.m.
Now have all the tedious parts finished, just need to find some music to fit the theme and done

Then it was Vino and TV time, then Dinner and Movie Time and a Music Concert for dessert

~ Tasty Chicken Salad Sandwich for a Change ~

Finished the Day wth that Delish Chicken Salad Sandwich, and have more for another One, yeah good choice
The end of a bad Day outside but a pretty nice busy Day inside but pleeeeze! bring on the Spring!<>

~ Back to the COLD on Sunday... BLAHHH! ~



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