Monday, February 27, 2017

Slow Sunday

I finally woke up for real at 6:30 a.m. after waking up every damn hour all night long. I seriously need to reset my internal clock!

I made soft boiled eggs for breakfast. In case you haven't noticed, I've loved soft boiled eggs since my childhood.

I did the normal Sunday morning chores, then I shaved, showered and got dressed.

Weather check: It was cold and windy at 29 degrees. At least it was sunny and not snowing (yesterday was brutal). Thank God I didn't have to go out today.

I watched the news until 10:00 p.m. Then I turned off the TV and turned on WDET. I started cleaning the house.

My friend B__ called. So, I shut off the radio (I had it really loud to hear over the vacuum). We talked for a long time, catching up.

When I checked my phone after we hung up, I realized I'd missed a couple of texts from Jake and a call from Melissa yesterday when my phone was turned off. Sorry...

I also realized how tired I really was and that Ann Delise on WDET wasn't cutting it. So, I went hard core and put on Paul Simon's Graceland album (you can call me Al), my go-to inspiration for cleaning, back in the day. I finished up at 2:30 p.m. and dumped all the cat hair into the trash can.

I managed to vacuum the entire house and then made more coleslaw mix (I use just half a jar of the dressing per bag). I let that get happy in the fridge. And then I took a well-deserved nap.

I woke up at 5:30 p.m. and started dinner. I was cold and wanted warm comfort food, so I made some chicken noodle soup. I had thawed out some boneless, skinless chicken thighs.

NOTE: This is not a recipe, nor was I following one. I was winging it.

So I sauteed two diced celery stalks, a big diced carrot and half of a large onion, also diced, in a chunk of butter and a little olive oil. When they were softened, I added the pouching (sp) liquid I'd saved from last weeks pulled chicken adventure. I added another box of chicken stock and two cups of water. I threw in the chicken thighs to let them simmer (I am not going to try and spell "pouch" again, okay?)

Here's where I think I fncked up. In addition to salt and pepper, I threw in a bay leaf. Big mistake!

I let that get happy for a half an hour or so. Then I took out the thighs and set them on the cutting board. When they cooled, I diced them up. I threw them back into the broth along with a handful of fresh flat leaf (or Italian) parsley and three minced garlic cloves.

I put in half a bag of Kluski noodles and let that go for a while and then tasted it Damn!

It tasted a bit too... Heavy or something. Not sure if it was using chicken thighs or the bay leaf, but something was off. But, I still managed to eat two bowls of it and then put the rest in the fridge.

I watched a little TV and went to bed at 11:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Saturday Show.

I didn't sleep well again. I also didn't set my alarm (I always get up early, so why bother?). Of course today, I slept in (after waking up all night long) and had to hustle to make my 9:00 a.m. haircut.

From there, I went to Kroger's for a few items. Finally I hit up Costco for more peanuts for the squirrels. I got home around 11:00 a.m.

I put the tab on the bike after unloading the truck. Then I went out back and refilled the feeders. I have a lot of branches down and several wet spots in the back yard


Oh, by the way, the cold front that caused the bad weather yesterday decided to stay. It was snowing occasionally, with a stiff wind and temps in the low 30's in the morning.

I stripped the bed and washed the sheets and pillow cases. Then I made myself a turkey sandwich for lunch.

Next, I changed out of my "Saturday errands" clothes and into something a little more polished. I left the cat and the house at 12:45 p.m. and drove to Vicky's house. Believe it or not, we were going to the opera!

I got a hug from Evy, Vicky and Yanessa and then we all piled into Vicky's truck. We drove the few minutes from Mexican Town to downtown and the Michigan Opera House.

When we got there, Vicky paralleled parked on the street. But we didn't know how long the show lasted and we didn't want her to get a parking ticket, so both Evy and I urged her to use the opera house parking structure. That turned out to be a big mistake. But more on that later.

We walked the chilly street and joined the throng entering the Opera House. It is a beautiful old structure, BTW. I got a couple of pictures before we were told that all cell phones had to be turned off.



That's right. You guessed it. We were going to see the Broadway production of the Lion King!


It was fabulous! I've never seen the movie, but I loved this so much. I was fascinated by the costumes, the set and the story.

At the intermission, Vicky and Yanessa went off to get some popcorn and water, while I went to find the men's room. Unfortunately, while we were in the first balcony on the second floor, the men's room was in the basement. Lots and lots of steps with my cane and a waiting line a mile long...

But, I made it back in time.

At the end of the show, we joined the masses heading back out. There was a guy playing a trumpet on the sidewalk that fascinated Yanessa.  Then we joined the long line to get into the elevator at the parking structure. We were on Level Six, by the way. So, we finally got on the elevator and up to the right level. We piled back into the truck and got in the line to go down and out.

It moved about one car length every couple of minutes. That's when Victoria kept reminding us that, had she keep her street parking spot, we would be at the restaurant by now. Sigh... Yanessa fell asleep before we got back on the street.

The origianl idea was to eat dinner at Pegasus in Greek Town but, even though it was only 5:30 p.m., it was packed. So, Vicky checked out so other restaurants around town. Same thing. 

We ended up eating at Los Galanes in Mexican Town, about five minutes from their house. Their parking lot was full and we ended up parking on the street and walking in the bitter cold. We had to wait a bit for a table, but they had a bench so it was no big deal.

Yanessa was still asleep in Evy's arms, but she finally woke up and ate all the tortilla chips while we waited for the food!

I ordered my usual beef enchiladas, Evy got the steak fajitas and Victoria got the pollo milanesa (a breaded flattened chicken beast topped with cheese and a Spanish sauce). Yanessa got a little off of everyone's plates. My enchiladas were good, the fried bean were fried beans, but I was very disappointed with the rice.

Sidebar: I don't want to sound prejudiced, but Puerto Rican rice is much more flavorful than Mexican.

We made the short trip to their house. I went in, only to make my goodbyes (it was about 7:30 p.m. and already dark and I don't do dark driving well). I got my usual hugs from Vicky and Evy and an enormous one on my leg from Yanessa. I also promised to send a text when I was in my house (it's a family thing).

I was home and had sent my obligatory text, so I got the sheets out of the dryer and made the bed up.

I looked for anything interesting on TV but didn't see much. My legs hurt (from all the steps, I guess), so I just went to be.

It was a good day.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Belated Friday Post

It was warm again on Friday, but I wore my raincoat. There was a threat of severe thunderstorms (even possibly a tornado) beginning around 5:00 p.m.

Instead of going to lunch, I went to the Secretary of State office. Dispite all my searching, I cannot find the "safe" place I put the bike tab.

Sidebar: I remember it vividly. I got the truck and bike tabs in the mail in mid-December. It was cold that day. I had the garage door open so I could get to the back of the truck. I washed the truck license plate off and dried it. Then I went into the house to warm up. I went back outside and put the tab on. I thought about the bike and then said, "Screw it. I'm not going to ride it for the next four months!" So, I took the registration off to laminate it and put the tab in a safe place.

It was so safe even I can't find it!!!

Anyway, I went to the one on Wayne Road at 11:00 a.m. It was crowded (of course), but this time I decided to use the handicapped spot. I got my ticket (#89) and they were on #41. However, there were three handicapped people in front of me. By the time I got there, the woman had disappeared!

I think she went on break or something., since she came back about 15 minutes later. It cost me just $5.00 but as I was leaving they were calling for #81. So, it wasn't all that much faster.

I stopped at Arby's and got a roast beef sandwich meal. I ate that at my desk.

It started raining early here (around 3:00 p.m.) We had thunder and lightning with lots of rain and dramatic winds.

Courtney's husband went home and sent her a picture of hail at their house (about two miles west of me) but we didn't get any hail at work.

Luckily, there was a brief pause went I went home. But, when I got there what I thought was snow piled up around the west side of the house turned out to be hail.




And, the high winds had stripped needles off my pine trees and plasered them onto the house siding!



Looks like I'll have to power wash the house come real Spring.

I decided to do the weekend wash (minus the bedding) early as I would be busy on Saturday. As you know, my washer is screwed up. But when I put it in the dryer, the dryer wouldn't start! WTF!!!

I kept trying different things until I finally checked my new fuse box. Sure enough, the lightning (or something) tripped the fuse. Remind me why I paid extra to have a whole house surge protector?

I ate the last of the brats for dinner. I was tired again and went to bed early.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Thursday

We broke another temperature record on Thursday. It was already 58 degrees when I left for work, so I didn't wear a coat.

It was sunny, so after lunch I took a drive through Hines Park again.

We hit a high of 67 degrees in Redford.

After getting home, treating the cat and changing clothes. I opened the windows.

I made another smoked turkey sandwich for dinner and ate it watching the news.

I was really tired, so about 8:30 p.m. I closed the windows and went to bed.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wednesday

It was a little foggy on Wednesday morning and stayed overcast all day. But, it was warm again! I think we hit 65 degrees. In Michigan? In February?  Unbelievable!!!

Sidebar: On the other hand, I remember this happening two or three years ago. All the trees started to bud and then it got cold again. We lost most of the apple and cherry crop that year. So, unless it stays warm, this is not a good thing.

I ate a bowl of some really great split pea and ham soup at Time Out for lunch. I was supposed to pick up a toy box to repair and change into a bench, but Amanda forgot to ask her old man to load it into the car. I told her I'd try again tomorrow.

Back home after work, I refilled the feeders. Then I walked around to check on the gardens. The hostas are starting to pop up. Then I checked on the crocus and found this on Jake's patio:






I ate the last of the chicken fried rice for dinner.

I cleaned the main bathroom and then watched some TV. But, I went to bed early.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Tuesday Tale

It was still unseasonably warm on Tuesday, but it was cloudy and overcast. As  usual, I took the trashcan out to the road before I left for work.

It was sprinkling at lunch time, but finally sunny on the way home. I left the truck outside and retrieved the trashcan and the mail.

Inside, I changed clothes and went out to the garage. I did the final sanding on the two little cradles. They looked pretty good!

I cleaned up the area and then pulled the truck back inside.

I ate the last of the steak with mushrooms and the other potato for dinner.

I watched both NCIS and NCIS New Orleans and then went to bed.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Monday

It was a little cooler on Monday (low 60's) with a breeze. So, we didn't break any records today. But, it was nice and sunny.

Courtney was very proud of the cheesy potato soup she'd made over the weekend so she brought me in some.

I went to Time Out for lunch and got just a Reuben sandwich. They are big and I could only eat half of it. So, Dan brought me a take out box and I took it out. I took a drive through Hines Park before returning to work.

When I got home after work, I washed my bloody sheets.

Sidebar: There seems to be something wrong with my washer. It doesn't spin the clothes as good as it used to be. So, they are dripping wet when I take them out and I have to dry them twice as long. I have to start searching for a repairman, I guess...

I ate the soup (it was good, BTW) and ate the half sandwich for my dinner.

I came across a good movie (The Hobbit - Battle of the Five Armies) an I watched it from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Then I went to bed.