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The Breakroom / Re: Thoughts
« Last post by billthedog082 on July 30, 2022, 09:03:22 PM »
This is a story of how I haven't been spending my summer so far.  I have been posting contests on this site since, well, for a long time.  My particular favourite, PA Dailies, has had 4,182 separate posts.  I started posting on February 1, 2011, and never looked back.  The contest survived two hip replacement surgeries, various family events, other hobbies, and a bazillion other things.  For the first time, this summer, I took July off.  Took a break.  Didn't even think of it.  And for no good reason.  I didn't get any busier than usual, mostly because that would be physiologically and logistically impossible.   I just did some different things:

1.  I live on almost five acres of meadows and woodlands.   There has been no chemical activity on the property since greenhouse and regular farming came to a distinct and final halt with my father's death, in 1988.  Everything has run wild since then, and it's quite impressive how very wild it has become.  There is even a little stream that has found its way through.  There was no stream when the farm was active.  Gotta love Mother Nature.  There are now deer roaming free, as subdivisions spring up around us and drive them our way.  We have always had raccoons, skunks, possum, rabbits, and squirrels.  We now also have hawks and owls.  If one ever needs a small-set sample of the Carolinian forest, come to my place, we are IT.  So, I rented two hives of honey bees.  It seemed like the right thing to do.  My bee-guy, George, came down and took a look around, and said it would be an ideal location.  I live in hope.

Now we have all heard that honey bees are on their way out.  And those reports are no lie.  But, all pollinators are on their way out, including the very many different kinds of "wild" bees, who are solitary and whose sole job it is to pollinate.  If you have time, check out this clickable link to find out about the 20,000 types of bees.  (I had no idea, and I have been fascinated by bees since grade 3).

2.  In the fifties, while I was still a mere slip of a wee girl, my parents purchased the farm, and proceeded to eke out a living to keep us all fed and sheltered.  My dad and godfather built, with their own two hands, two large greenhouses on the property, which along with the rest of the farm, kept us alive, barely.  Don't let anyone ever tell you that working a small farm will guarantee early retirement.  The early retirement for most small-farm owners is provided by the full-time job they take on the side.   But I digress.  Those buildings are still there.  One is 100 feet long, the second is 75.  They are lacking all the mod-cons they used to have, including electricity and running water, never mind all the glass that has come down.

It was into the second building that I thought I would put start a bit of an agricultural adventure.  If you ask anyone at all that knows any little thing about me, it would be that I have always hated to garden.  It's backbreaking and thankless, and as my mom says, a constant war against Mother Nature.  Nevertheless, I thought I should do this, this summer.  It was egged on by George (remember? the bee-guy).  He has augmented his bee business by also donating to the bee receivers (like me) a few native-to-Ontario seedlings to plant to help Mother Nature along her way to getting healthier and happier.  I ended up with 12 dozen plants, of 20 varieties, to help me on my agricultural adventure.  On the whole, the plants are doing quite well, and by next year, there will be an impressive display of pollinator plants.  And not only will they be native-to-Ontario, but native-to-Niagara, so I can give seeds to my neighbours and friends to keep George's project alive.

I also have an edible agricultural experiment going, with 4 varieties of tomatoes with their companion marigolds, an eggplant, some potatoes, and a zucchini.  Exciting news on the zucchini front: after 9 male blossoms, the plant finally had a female blossom which somehow got pollinated, and now has a zucchini coming.  I'm going to be a zucchini grandma!!

3.  to be continued.....
 

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PogoAddiction Contests / Re: PA Daily Challenge ~ June 22 - 30
« Last post by paintnut2 on July 04, 2022, 10:15:32 AM »
Thanks Vikki

June 22:  Game: Dice City Roller HD, Challenge: Get a score of 750 points
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June 23:  Game: Snowbird Solitaire, Challenge: Complete any level in the Farmer's Fiesta event
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June 24:  Game: Spades HD, Challenge: Be on the winning team at the end of a round
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June 25:  Game: Crossword Cove HD, Challenge: Solve today's puzzle
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June 26:  Game: Canasta HD, Challenge: Win a hand with 2 canastas
(Bonus: If you get TWO Canastas with NO WILDS, mark the JUNE OR July Daily Challenge to which you choose to assign your Bonus with June 27 BONUS)
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June 27:  Game: Any game where you will ... , Challenge: ... complete a Summer Spades Badge Marathon badge
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June 28:  Game: Tri-Peaks Solitaire HD, Challenge: Win a game with a score of 265
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June 29:  Game: Jungle Gin HD, Challenge: Win a hand
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June 30:  Game: Phlinx II, Challenge: DIY (Do It Yourself) Make up your own challenge -  it can't be the same challenge as mine - when posting, tell me what challenge you completed, Challenge: Win a game with 2000 points
Note:  You cannot use a Bonus with this challenge.
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PogoAddiction Contests / Re: PA Daily Challenge ~ June 15 - 21
« Last post by paintnut2 on July 03, 2022, 05:56:29 PM »
Thanks Vikki

June 15:  Game: Jigsaw Treasure Hunter HD, Challenge: Complete any puzzle that includes nature
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June 16:  Game: Mahjong Sanctuary , Challenge: Win any level in the  Farmers Feast event

June 17:  Game: Jewel Academy, Challenge: Finish a level with 4 moves left
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June 18:  Game: Lumeno, Challenge: Win a game with a score of 110,000
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June 19:  Game: Pogo Mini Golf, Challenge: Complete any course
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June 20:  Game: Any game where you will ... , Challenge: ... complete a Garden Fresh Spectacular Showcase badge

June 21:  Game: Garden Blast, Challenge: Play a game
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PogoAddiction Contests / Re: PA Daily Challenge ~ June 8 - 14
« Last post by paintnut2 on July 03, 2022, 11:31:54 AM »
Thanks Vikki.  Back from an adventure to Brazil.  Am working on catching up.

June 8:  Game: Poppit! Party, Challenge: Play a game using the Hippie costume
(Bonus: If you end the game with 5 or less balloons remaining, mark the JUNE Daily Challenge to which you choose to assign your Bonus with JUNE 8 BONUS)


June 9:  Game: MONOPOLY Sudoku, Challenge: Solve a Beginner puzzle
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June 10:  Game: Stack'em HD, Challenge: Match 6 Yellow Chickens in one move
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June 11:  Game: Solitaire Blitz, Challenge: Earn 150,000 points in one game
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June 12:  Game: First Class Solitaire HD, Challenge: Earn 43 miles in one game
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June 13:  Game: Pogo Slots, Challenge: Win more than you bet
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June 14:  Game: Any game where you will ... , Challenge: ? win a game / hand / puzzle where the Pogo mascot is wearing a hat
I used Monopoly Sudoku
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PogoAddiction Contests / Re: Pogo Daily Challenges ~ June 27 - July 2
« Last post by billthedog082 on June 30, 2022, 06:27:41 PM »





Thursday's Daily Challenges:

(Please remember to modify your post each day, not create a new one, Thanks!)




Game: MONOPOLY Sudoku, Challenge: Score 600 points (win 100 Pogis!)

Game: Payday Freecell HD, Challenge: Place 50 cards in the foundation stacks (win 100 Pogis!)



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PogoAddiction Contests / Re: Pogo Daily Challenges ~ June 27 - July 2
« Last post by billthedog082 on June 30, 2022, 06:25:21 PM »





Wednesday's Daily Challenges:

(Please remember to modify your post each day, not create a new one, Thanks!)




Game: Poppit! HD, Challenge: Score 1,500 points (win 100 Pogis!)

Game: Quinn's Aquarium, Challenge: Get 4 Lock Tiles (win 100 Pogis!)



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PogoAddiction Contests / Re: Pogo Daily Challenges ~ June 27 - July 2
« Last post by billthedog082 on June 28, 2022, 05:13:32 PM »





Tuesday's Daily Challenges:

(Please remember to modify your post each day, not create a new one, Thanks!)




Game: Turbo 21 HD, Challenge: Get 4 Blackjacks (win 100 Pogis!)

Game: Pogo Daily Sudoku, Challenge: Complete 2 puzzles on medium diffculty level (win 100 Pogis!)



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PogoAddiction Contests / Pogo Daily Challenges ~ June 27 - July 2
« Last post by billthedog082 on June 27, 2022, 06:58:28 PM »





Monday's Daily Challenges:

(Please remember to modify your post each day, not create a new one, Thanks!)




Game: Lottso! Express HD, Challenge: Reach the first goal twice (win 100 Pogis!)

Game: Grub Crawl, Challenge: Complete 2 scenes (win 100 Pogis!)




Here are the guidelines:

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Each day, Pogo.com (or three) has two daily challenges where you complete the challenges, and earn tokens!

Complete the challenges each day, and then come back and post your screenshots in the thread. 

The contest will begin on a Monday, and end that Sunday.

You will make your initial post of your screenshots in the following format,
and then each day afterwards you will go into your post and modify it for the next day.

Below are examples of the screenshot:
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Please be sure to use the SPOILER (SP) button around each day of the week.


My completed challenges:

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Monday
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coming soon



Tuesday
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Wednesday
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Thursday
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Friday
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Saturday
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Sunday
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PogoAddiction Contests / Re: Pogo Daily Challenges ~ June 20 - 26
« Last post by billthedog082 on June 26, 2022, 01:00:37 PM »





Sunday's Daily Challenges:

(Please remember to modify your post each day, not create a new one, Thanks!)




Game: Snowbird Solitaire, Challenge: Win 8 games (win 100 Pogis!)

Game: Bookworm HD, Challenge: Spell 29 4-letter words (win 100 Pogis!)



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PogoAddiction Contests / Re: Pogo Daily Challenges ~ June 20 - 26
« Last post by billthedog082 on June 25, 2022, 10:07:15 AM »





Saturday's Daily Challenges:

(Please remember to modify your post each day, not create a new one, Thanks!)




Game: Jet Set Solitaire, Challenge: Finish 4 airport levels (win 100 Pogis!)

Game: Stack'em HD, Challenge: Remove 20 pink pigs (win 100 Pogis!)



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