~ Donald Lee Smith ~ My BLOG Page Number 219 ~

~ "In the Month of June" ~


~ Halfway through June ~



~ 'El Pato says Quack!' ~                                                    ~ El Pato Donaldo ~ 1932 to 2017 ~

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~ Monday, June 18, 2018 ~
~ Monday, Monday ~ I Like Mondays ~
~ Some Modest Lotto Wins ~

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7 a.m. Monday Morning and I see the Sun trying to peek over the tall Trees in the Gully
79 Degrees now, saying going to 91, thought they said we might have some cooler Days?
Time to run out back before the Sun gets full up and it gets Hot back there, for sure...

And out back in beautiful Weather (for the moment)... Wish it would stay this way
And into disappointment, Cucumbers not doing so well in this persistent Heat after a good start
The Tomatoes are looking good, some extra Large ones on the Celebrity Plants
But the Pumpkin Vines after such a good start aren't doing as well, too much heat
A few more Male Blooms but still no Females and so still no Pumpkins in sight

On the way back in, more Morning Glory Blooms on one Vine, some potentials on another
I planted Two kinds, only have seen the Dark Purple ones so far, none of the Blue ones

~ More of those Purple Morning Glories ~

And then those Three Celosia orphans I rescued Thursday are looking really good
And the ones rescued and transplanted Sunday looking OK so far this Morning

~ Transplanted Celosias looking Good ~

And another look at the Two Canna plants that are blooming nicely for the Third Day
The Third had a smaller Bloom and then sort of faded back... to rest maybe?

~ Cannas Blooming Brighter on Monday ~

After a slow Morning time to head out for Lottos, this time Price Chopper
Bought Four of my Favorites, Won on all Four, not a Fortune but a nice Win
Won a $5, $5, $15 and a nicer $25... A $50 Win... Time to go back and check out the Fast Stop

Cashed in my $50 in Winners, bought $20 more, back home to Win anther $15, not too shabby

~ Lotto winners for Monday ~

And that was just about it for that HOT Day, just stifling for me... (what's that mean anyway?)
Back in for the rest of the Day, and the rest the same as usual, just nothing new after about 2 p.m.
Looking for a slightly cooler Day on Tuesday, not much but eery little bit helps

~ Ane HOT Monday ~ Maybe a Cooler Tuesday? ~



~ Sunday, June 17, 2018 ~
~ Hot Hot Day again ~
~ Potted some more Celosia Orphans ~

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And what to do on a Hot Sunday coming up, already 80 Degrees at 6 a.m. and heading to 92
Well I did have one Idea, those Three little Celosia Plants I rescued ftom the rocks are doing well
And there are more of them still in the rocks, and I have an empty Pot, but out of potting Soil
So I could run over to Lowes, get a bag of Soil and then go Celosia hunting and planting again

But first, 8:30 a.m. Time to go Fortune hunting, where to? Price Chopper Service Counter this time
Cashed in my $25 worth of Winners, headed to Machine One, stuck in the $25, bought Five Lottos
Back home to scratch off a $10 and $15 Winner, got my Money back, well that really isn't a Win is it?

The Day drifted on, not doing much besides a little of this and a little of that (very little)
So it was around 1 p.m. when I headed out to Lowes for my dirt... Dirt? Oh, I mean Potting Soil
And it was HOT, Weather said 91 but felt to me like 98 Plus... Anyway, I parked close
And there was a stack of Potting Soil right out front, went in , bought a Sack, drove right beside it
Dumped it into the back Seat of the Mercedes and headed on to a HOT trip back Home
The A/C Fan doesn't work in the Mercedes so as I said... it was HOT and I was dripping when I came in

That looked like a good time to mix a Margarita and start on filling a Pot with Soil
Then rescuing some more little 'wild' plants from the rocks in the yard
Back out for maybe Ten Minutes to fill the Pot with Soil, and that was enough for me
Back in to finish my Margarita and catch up on Bobby Flay, wish he didn't talk 'Baby Talk'...

And again, back out to dig Five more Celosia Orphans from the Rocks, then Pot them in one big Pot
Watered then gently but thoroughly and now we shall see if they like their new Home, I'll know Monday Morning

~ New Rescues from the Rocks ~

Then another try out front with a cool Glass of Vino Tinto, huge Clouds drifting over
With Clouds like that I can see people and animals in most all like this large one, am I nutz or what
I see at least one person and one animal in this one, can you?

~ Clouds drifting over on Sunday ~

Then back in for the Finale of the Day, wrap it up with a Burger, TV and a Music Concert
Now let's go check out Monday

~ A HOT Sunday ~ What about Monday? ~



~ Saturday, June 16, 2018 ~
~ First Thing ~ Computer Trouble ~
~ Some Lotto Profit for a Change ~

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Now what? First thing Saturday... Uploaded my Friday Blog, then clicked to check it online
And Thursday's Blog came up, not Friday's... HUH? Went back to upload it again, still no go
So I checked it on Dell One online, there it was, Friday's Blog, so the upload was OK
But then working, or trying to work on Dell Two... Some things were slow, some things wouldn't work
What's this deal, hadn't see anything like this before

So, completed my Morning Computer stuff and headed out back to water everything
And I watered everything, the Cucumbers looked better after a night's rest in the Cool
More blooms on the Pumpkins but still no Female Flowers, looks like last year so far

~ Cukes looking Better Saturday Mornng ~

Then a couple Photos of the Cannas on the way back in, pretty Red Blooms
A few more Blooms on the Morning Glory Vine too, only One Vine producing Blooms so far

~ Blooms on the Cannas ~

And then, time to head out for my Morning search for Riches, the Fast Stop the first choice
Didn't do bad, won $45 on the first try, then back again to try again and won another $20
Then... 10 a.m. The whole Day still ahead, what to do? No idea at the moment... Oh Woe and HOT out there too

~ Fourth Good Win of the Month ~

And then, on the way out, Navru presented me with my Breakfast, more nice free Cookies... Yeah!

~ Delish Crunchy Cookies from Navru ~

Well then, unhappy with the Problem on my Dell Two Desktop I started looking around for fixes
Finally decided to try 'System Restore' a good old time refresher I hadn't used for a spell
I set the program to restoring, finally finished and I tried out the Computer... VOILA! Working again!

Ho Humm, on to the boring part of the Day, what to do? Too HOT outside fer sure... Too early for TV
So, I had made a opy of the New June Blog Video to check it out, saw some Photos misplaced
Time for some clean up Editing, changed a few Photos, changed the order of some others, looking better
Saved that Edit, 2:30 p.m. Time for something else... Well the Gazebo Bird Feeder was empty, could fill that
So, braving the Afternoon heat I took the Feed Sack out front, filled te Feeder with all that was left
Filled that Gazebo Feeder about halfway, that shoud last the Birdies about a Week
OK that was the Day, back in to cool off again and finish the Day same as always, Good Night Irene

~ A HOT Saturday ~ Hot Sunday Ahead ~



~ Friday, June 15, 2018 ~
~ The Last Half of June ~
~ And a Busy Day ~ All Day ~

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7:15 a.m. Blog finished and Posted, starting on Fridays... Sun peeking over the Gully
Gonna be anothet Hot Day they say so first thing up the Stairs and around back to check the Punkins
And the back Gardens not looking as good as on Thursday Morning, all that excessive heat maybe
I will have to get the hose backthere agan and water everythign again
Then a look at the Pumpkin Vines, about Five more Male Blooms but still no Females

Heading back in, at the top of the Stairs, that top Lily Plant looking dead after the Bug attack
So I decided to trash it, pulled it up, pulled the whole root ball up with it... but what is that?
A tiny white stem next to the dead one... Maybe some life left? Thought I would repot it and see

~ Is there some life left in this Asiatic Lily? ~

And then on Thursday I was pulling weeds out front, and what's that? Looks like some Flower Plants I planted last Year
Thought I would repot a few of those to see what might happen, you never know do you?

~ What are those 'Wild' Plants? ~

So I looked up my Plants from last Year, yes, they look like the leaves on my Celosia Plants
Some Seeds must have dropped from the Plants as they matured late in the Year

~ Maybe Celosia Plants? ~ Repotted to see what Happens ~

And maybe they will try again for 2018? Were not the best Plants I had in 2017

~ The Celosia Plants in 2017 ~

And then time to take down the American Flags and put the Missouri Flag back up
Well, wait a minute, the back of the Missouri Flag was sort of faded, thought of buying a new One
But the Front of the Muissuri Flag still looks good, how abut pittig under the English Girls Flag?
So I took it off the Pole and hitched it up on the end of the Deck and it looks good there... to me

Cruising into the Afternoon, heard a mottor running outside my Window, took a look, big Fire Truck
So what's going on? Went out to see the Maintenance Manager and two Firemen walking toward the Gully
Walked next door then saw them out back, went out back to ask, AHA... Fire Inspection time, no action

~ Nope, Just doing a Fire Inspection ~

Passing by my Garden Beds I saw my poor Cucumbers really Drooping, I watered back there couple Days ago
So, looks like I better water out front again and then drag that Hose out back again Saturday and give all another good drink

~ My Cucumbers just don't like this 92 Degree Heat ~

Out to water the Front Garden at 2:30 p.m. Hot Sun and 93 Degrees, at that time most of the Plants in shade
Good thing, that's about all those tall Bradford Pear Trees are good for, and a few Blooms in Spring
THen watered abot ut a Third of the plants and then dripping wet, came back in to cool off... It is HOT out there

And back out one more time at 3:00 p.m. More progress this time, finished watering everything out front and really well
So then... Time to call it a Day for outside and finish up inside in the Cool, how about a Margarita to start?
And later hot up some of those goodies I have stashed in the Fridge, maybe some of that Pork and Cabbage, Spinach and Bacon maybe?
Well first, that Margarita and a Fake News Catch Up and then a wind down to Dinner... Yeah!

~ A Busy Friday ~ Another Weekend Already? ~



~ Thursday, June 14, 2018 ~
~ Back to another Hot Day ~
~ More Blooms on the Morning Glories and Pumpkin Vines ~

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~ Flag Day Today! ~ Mine is Flying! ~
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Thursday June 14, last Day of the first Half of the Month of June... 'Time Marches On'
Who besides me remembers those 'Time' Newsreels in the Good Old Days in the 30s and 40s?
At the Movies, usually a Double Feature, then Two Cartoons and a News Reel between
Cost 25 Cents to get in and a sack of Popcorn was a nickel, yeah, them was the Days!

~ Another Bloom on the Canna on Wednesday ~

OK Enough of that, what for Thursday? Temp at 72 at 6:30 a.m. heading back to the Heat at 94 later
And saying Four more Days in the 90s, after that then dropping back to mid 80s for a couple Days
Crazy Weather this year, July Temps in June, what's July gonna be like anyway?

OK, 7:30 a.m. The Sun peeking over the Gully again, time to check the Crops out back
Stopped on the way to the Stairs to get a Photo of the Morning Glories, Two more nice Blossoms

~ Now Two Blossoms on the Morning GLory Vines ~

Then the Cucumber Bed and see the First Cucumber to appear, how many more we gonna get?
Looks like Lots, many Blooms on the Vines in the Cucumber Bed and also in the Pepper Bed

~ First Cucumber of the Season ~

Next over to the Pumpkin Patch, separated the Cage Halves to get a couple Vines going the Right direction
Then a Photo of the new Blossoms for Thursday, still all Male Blooms, where are the Ladies hiding?

~ Four more Male Pumpkin Blooms ~

On the way back in, a Photo of the Cat Traps set next Door to catch the Stray Kitties
Talked to the Guy from the Parkville Animal Shelter Wednesday, he set the Traps
He said they try to catch the Stray Females, take them in to 'desex' them and then release them, again

~ Traps to catch the stray Cats ~

OK, that was all the Gardening for the Day, next off to the Price Chopper for my Lottos
Got $20 worth of Tickets and lost $20 worth of Tickets, not a good Lotto day fer sure, oh well... Tomorrow?

Well I replaced the dying Rhododendron with that Dwarf Spruce on Wednesday, what about that dead Asiatic Lily?
Thought I would run over to Riverside to see if Larry's Nursery had one, nope all gone
And they are in the Process of selling off the Spring stuff and will close for the Year last of June

OK, all done outside for the Day, now all done except the inside Afternon and Evening wind dowm
Remembered I still had some of that Super Pizza, had a piece of that with un vaso de Vino and TV
Then on to wind down another pretty fair Day... Yeah, not so bad, cudda won the Big One though

~ Hot Again ~ And more Friday ~



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