Saturday, July 29, 2017


After more or less taking the week off, (other than doing laundry and making dinners), I figured I better get back to work.

Sidebar: In spite of leaving three voicemails, I was unable to get in touch with Erik. So, I am unsure where that's all at.

It's not supposed to rain until Wednesday or Thursday, so I spent the morning watering my gardens.

I made two hotdogs and a can of Bush's baked beans for a late lunch/early dinner.

Erik finally called me back and I'm picking up the the drill press Sunday morning.

I watched some taped TV and went to bed by 10:00 p.m.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Birthday party pictures

Busy Saturday

I woke up at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. I ate more toast (this time with Smucker's jam) and my pills for breakfast.

Sidebar: I would have just bought some of those Tennessee Pride biscuits (which I love), but now that I am unemployed, THEY ARE EXPENSIVE.

Sidebar: What was I thinking all these years?

So, when I put them back in the freezer at Kroger's, I decided next time I go shopping, I'll buy a roll of pork sausage and, using the ingredients I have at home, make my own biscuits. It's not like I don't have the time...

I watched the weather report and, yes, like they forecasted, there were heavy storms. But they were above I-696 and below I-94. Dammit!!! They missed my lawn again.

So, I did a load of laundry and waited for Amanda's call. We had agreed on Friday that, weather permitting, we would do something on a lake Saturday morning (either fishing or swimming). But when she called, she said it was raining in Dearborn (where she and Scott live).

We reviewed options (bearing in mind I had to be home by 2:00 p.m. for Yanessa's party). We finally settled on something called Hosanna Palooza, 2017. It was supposed to be an arts and craft display at a local Redford church, on grass (thank God), with live music and 60 vendors. She picked me up around 11:00 a.m. and we headed out.

It was less than 10 minutes away. It was sprinkling on the way there, but still no real rain.

When we got there, yes, there was live music. But it was Christian Rock. Doubt most of you have ever heard it, but it's gets kinda annoying after a few moments. Plus, apparently the rain threat had scared off most of the vendors.  There were like 10. One jewelry tent, and a candle place, an in-chair massage therapist and some hand-made garden tools...

We spent maybe 10 minutes there when I asked her if we could leave. I couldn't take that damn music, anymore.

So, we reviewed other options in the car. I suggested breakfast but then she said, "Archie's!" We high-fived and headed out.

Sidebar: We have had a long term debate about this. French onion soup. I love it, but only eat it alone. The cheese is stringing and gets in my beard. The only person I ever felt comfortable eating it with was Victoria. That's when I knew we were soul mates.

So, I said the best I ever had around here was at Applebee's. She said, "No way, Archie's has the best."

So, we went there. We both ordered the soup and the saganaki (the "opa" fired cheese shit) with pita bread.

I am sure we both looked stupid eating the soup. But neither of us cared and I think I found another soul mate. Or at least someone who doesn't care that I look like a slob.

Sidebar: Never argue with a waitress. That was the best French onion soup I ever tasted.

Then we went to Westland, looking for garage sales. (I think I  told you she is crazy about these) . We found four and one estate sale.

She bought a tin for Christmas cookies, a t-shirt for her son  and some books for him as well. I didn't see anything interesting. I am much more specific. I am looking for silverware. A friend told me the secret to determining what is actual silver (worth money) versus silver plated.

So, I'll let her drag my ass to garage sales (plus she's cute and fun to hang out with.)

We were back home long before 2:00 p.m. We played porch monkeys (her words, not mine) where we sit out front or on the back patio and she smokes a cigarette. Newports, my God! WTF?

A truck pulled in and the guy delivered my HDTV indoor antenna. I am going to dump my cable, Don't use it that much and can't afford it these days.

We made our goodbyes and I took a quick shower. Then I left for Yanessa's birthday party.

I took I-96 to the Southfield and drove ten miles south to the Lincoln Park skating rink. Five minutes before I got there, it started raining like hell. Naturally, I had to park in back and walk to the front. I had to hunch over to protect my present (two books). By the time I got inside, I was soaked and the color had come off the wrapping paper and onto my arm. Everybody commented on my new tattoo, LOL.

It was a much smaller group that Yanessa's past birthday parties (maybe 20 people maximum). The kids skated and the adults visited. About 4:30 p.m., they brought out slices of pizza. After eating, Yanessa opened her presents. They kicked us out at 6:00 p.m. to make room for another party. I made my goodbyes and headed back home.

I took the rest of the night off.

Saturday, July 22, 2017


Friday was yet another hot, muggy day. The weatherman said occasional showers, but it never rained here (again).

I did more computer work and some minor housecleaning.

Amanda sent me a text at 4:00 p.m. (she works until 5:00 on Friday), telling me she was hungry. I replied that I was NOT going to drive all that way to bring her food. She replied back (laughing) that she didn't want me to bring her food. She wanted to know if I'd like to go to dinner, since Scott had to work until 8:00 p.m.

Sidebar: I was getting a little tired of both hot dogs and hamburgers.

So, I cleaned up and put long pants on. She swung by around 5:30 and we went to Red Lobster.

I had my usual: The half order of shrimp linguine, a Caesar salad and those delicious biscuits. She had the shrimp scampi, a baked potato (?) and the Caesar salad.

Even though it was Friday night, it wasn't that crowded. So, we sat and talked for a long time.

Then she dropped me off and went on her way.

I found  a channel that was having a "Young Guns" marathon that had started at 7:00 p.m. So, I watched the rest of Young Guns and then Young Guns II and went to bed around 12:30 a.m.

Photo Bomb

Jake, photo bombing a picture of my mother and her favorite sons, LOL!

(Seriously, I think Carl was taking the picture)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Then it was Thursday

I woke up at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday. I ate some toast with honey for breakfast before taking my pills.

I spent some time on the computer before shaving, showering and getting dressed. Then I started cleaning the house.

I had a salad for lunch, and then went back to the computer.

Now, the project for today was both more computer work and fixing the front porch rocker.

Sidebar: That rocker is at least twenty years old and was cheap when I bought it back in St. Clair. I have repaired and repainted it several times.

Anyway, time got away from me and the next thing I knew it was after 3:00 p.m. I went out to get the mail and it was hotter then hell and hard to breathe.

On the way back in, I checked the container gardens and they were dry. This heat is sucking the moisture out of them!

Sidebar: What's throwing me off on the watering is that, every day on the morning news, they predict rain, but then it doesn't. WTF?

So, the rocker repair went on hold.

I hand-watered all the container gardens.  Then I watered the raised bed herb garden with the rain wand. Finally, I dragged the hose out to the vegetable garden and hooked up the sprinkler.

Sidebar: I have friends on Facebook who are posting harvests of double handfuls of green beans. I finally got three beans and two peas, LOL. I ate them onsite.

I went back inside, set the timer for an hour and laid on the bed, enjoying the A/C.

When the timer went off, I went back outside, shut off the water, wound up the hose and went back inside.

I warmed up the first burger for dinner and ate that with the last of the potato salad.

Sidebar: I ate it on a slice of sourdough bread, cut in half, with mustard and mayonnaise. It was thick and juicy and tasted excellent. But the Wendy's Junior Bacon cheeseburger was way more impressive,

I watched TV until bedtime.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Warm Wednesday

It was still hot and sticky, even when I woke up, on Wednesday. I had a long night of little sleep, again.

I shaved, showered and got dressed in shorts and a t-shirt. I made some scrambled eggs for breakfast.

I waited until after 9:00 a.m and then called the Redford Townships offices about my trash. It was still sitting out there, full. I got redirected to the new waste service.

Sidebar: The township switched waste pickup services in July.

I was on hold for at least 20 minutes (I was originally the 16th caller on hold), but I finally talked to a human. I explained that no one had picked up my trash and asked if they just wanted me to put it back out next week (not my favorite option). They took down my name and address and said to leave it out, they would send the "supervisor" truck to get it.

Sidebar: This pick up service offers free garbage and recycle cans than can be picked up with a robot arm. But, apparently, I have to go to their website and ask for them.

Then I went back to the computer and spent several hours trying to get my loan number for Nissan Finance. I am sure they originally sent it to me, but I can't find it! But, I finally got it and then got my payoff. I think with draining all my savings and a 401k distribution, I can pay this off. No way can I afford close to a $500.00 a month payment on just Social Security. But, there goes my safety net...

I went and took a nap.

I woke up at 3:00 p.m. I ate two hot dogs for a late lunch/early dinner.

At 4:30 p.m., I shaved, showered and got dressed in street clothes.  Then I putzed until after 5:30 p.m., when Amanda and her mother, Fran, picked me up for bingo.

While I was waiting, I checked outside and the trash had been emptied. So, I retrieved my trashcan and the mail. Damn, it was stifling out there!

They finally showed up and we headed ou to the Wolverine Sports and Conservation Club on Grand River and Inkster. They waned to show me playing bingo with what they called "machines."

Sidebar:It's basically a tablet. You get a lot more cards that are filled in electronically. But a LOT more expensive.

I also bought two sheets of cards this time, instead of the usual one I am used to. By comparison, Amanda and her Mom buy three.

But, by God, I spent four hours of intense concentration to not miss any numbers. I completely ignored the tablet.

Sidebar: I think this is why I like bingo. You can read or watch TV and your thoughts will wander to things (like money) that bother you. You cannot do this with real bingo. You have to focus.

At the end of the night, Fran had won $150.00 and Amanda $50.00. I still had nothing...

On the way home, we stopped at Wendy's. They were hungry (I was not) but we all ordered the Wendy's Junior bacon cheese burgers. They ate theirs in the car, I took mine home.

Amanda carried in my food for me. We said our goodbyes and, after they left, I ate mine.

Sidebar: First time I'd tried it, but it was really good.  Fries were cold, though.

I was wired from the bingo, so couldn't fall asleep until about 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


I woke up to the alarm on Tuesday. I had a scheduled haircut at 9:00, so I shaved showered and got dressed. I put the trash out to the road before I left.

I got my hair cut and then went to Kroger's and finally did my grocery shopping. I stopped at the bank and deposited my last paycheck (for some odd reason, they always mail the last one).

It was around 11:00 a.m. when I got home and it was already hot and sticky. So, I changed my clothes and stayed inside. I made some coleslaw and stuck it in the fridge to get happy.

About 5:00 p.m., I started some charcoal. I grilled four burgers (for later) and a package of hot dogs.

Back inside, I ate a hot dog with some coleslaw and some Kroger deli potato salad.

I went out to get the empty trashcan, but it was still full! WTF?

I watched my usual Tuesday night shows (both reruns) and went to bed after the evening news.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


It was warm and sticky on Monday.

So, I spent the day inside, on the computer, working on various financial strategies and paying bills.

Sidebar: the future does not look all that bright, LOL!

I ended up by starting to list the things I can cut.

I went to bed depressed and got little or no sleep all night long.

Slow Sunday...

It was supposed to rain mid-morning, so I stayed home. My legs were killing me. Plus, if you remember, I'd washed the truck and didn't want to mess it up.

When it hadn't rained by 3:00 p.m., I started hand watering the container gardens. First came the mailbox garden.

 As I watered each garden, I weeded it as well. Finally, I weeded the vegetable garden. That soil was do dry, I hooked up the sprinkler  and let it run for an hour.

When I was back here, I noticed a tree branch stuck in a tree.

I took that over to the fence. And that's when I saw a big cottonwood branch had crashed onto my fence.

I got up what I could lift, but had to leave the big one. I'll see if my neighbor wants it for his fire pit.

I went back inside and spent the rest of the day with my feet up, reading in my chair.