Monday, February 20, 2017


I slept in again and finally got up at 8:00 a.m. I made some soft boiled eggs for breakfast and watched the news.

About 10:00 a.m., I shaved showered and got dressed in my work clothes. I pulled the truck out so I could work in the garage. But, I noticed how dusty it was. So I drove it to the quarter car wash just down the street and ran it through the automatic wash bay.

I drove it back home and dried it off with a towel.

Then I went inside and set up my work table in the garage and assembled the second baby doll cradle.

I used the brand to mark them as "Handmade by Papa John" and the year. I still need to do the finally sanding, but we are close to being done.

I forgot to tell you, but on Saturday I stopped in the Honeybaked ham store and got a smoked turkey breast. So, today, I ate a smoked turkey breast sandwich for lunch.

I was watching the Red Wings game when I absentmindedly reached over and petted the damn cat. She bit me and I got blood on my sheets before I could get a bandage on!!!

The Red Wings won!

I had some of Michelle's dill pickle soup for dinner.

I watched a little TV before an early bed time.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunny Saturday!

I didn't sleep well and, as a result, I finally woke up at 7:30 a.m.! I got a cup off coffee and watched what was left of the news.

Then I made some scrambled eggs for breakfast.

I mostly farted around inside until noon. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed.

I left early for my 3:00 p.m. eye exam up in Farmington. I wanted to pick out some new glasses first.

Sidebar: This is NOT the year insurance will pay for them (it's every two years, you see). But I hate the ones I got last year. They are too small (or something) and they press up against my temples. Plus the weight of them on my nose seems to make my nose run. So, I decided to just buy new ones.

I was dreading this appointment, BTW. It's only been six months, but the eye doctor was worried about the progression of my cataracts. I have been operated on my shoulder, my back and my leg (repeatedly), but the idea of somebody operating on my eyes is frightening.

On the way up, the A/C kicked on. So, I shut it off and opened the window. People were out everywhere (walking, running, sitting on benches) enjoying the day.

It made me laugh. In South Carolina, people would be wearing coats and complaining about how cold it was. In Michigan, people are out in t-shirts and shorts, enjoying the warm day.

It took a while to find a parking space but I was eventually in the eye doctor's around 2:30 p.m. I signed in and spent a little time picking out my new frames.

The doctor was done early with his last appointment, so I got in early. My appointment went amazingly well. He was surprised (as was I) that my cataracts had remained the same!

He warned me if I saw any new symptoms, I should get in right away. But, I don't have to go back for a full year!!!

I told him I wanted new glasses and explained why. He warned me that my insurance wouldn't cover it and I said I didn't care.

So, he measured the frames I picked out for my bifocals. I always get the anti-scratch coating, but he urged me to buy the anti-glare coating as well. He said it would help with night driving.

After they came up with a price, the doctor knocked off $150.00! He said I was a long-term patient and, anyway, they should have caught that the last one didn't fit right. I can live with that.

On the way back home, I stopped at Kroger's and got a nice New York strip steak and some brats.

Once home, the light wind was coming from the west. So, I opened the west-facing window downstairs, one of the living room windows and my bedroom window to air out the house.

I got the drill and a wire brush attachment and cleaned the winter rust off the grill. Then I started some charcoal. I dumped it in and oiled the grill. Then I cooked the brats (for this coming week) and the steak.

I put the steak on an oval aluminum sizzler platter and stuck it in the oven on low.

I sauteed some mushrooms I had while I "baked" a potato in the microwave. I put some of the mushrooms over half the steak and ate it with the potato, dressed in butter and sour cream.

Sidebar: I was disappointed. I overcooked the steak (or left it in the oven too long). Don't get me wrong, it was delicious. But it was not medium-rare, the way I like it. I guess I'm out of practice.

I put the rest of the steak and the brats in the fridge.

I watched some TV until bedtime.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Finally Friday

It was cloudy and a little warmer on Friday morning.

Saturday is supposed to be awesome, BTW, in the 60's and sunny!!!

I went to Time Out for the Friday fish and chips.

I stopped at CVS to get more mouthwash. Since I was there anyway (and had no real dinner plans), I stopped into the China House (next door to CVS). I ordered a quart of chicken fried rice. Well, I didn't actually order it. I just opened the door and both the mother and the daughter yelled, "Chicken fried rice?" I nodded and went to CVS.

Back home,  I stuck my chicken fried rice in the microwave. I'm pretty sure it's not true, but I believe is has insulation enough to keep it warm for a while.

I treated the cat and went out back to refill the feeders. It was sunny by then, but still cool.

Back inside, I ate my dinner watching the news. The other half of the quart went into the fridge for weekend lunches.

I checked the TV guide (nothing) so I went back to taped shows and gout caught up on the "Vikings." Then I went to bed.

Friday, February 17, 2017


It was a bit warmer on Thursday. But, it was overcast on the drive in and stayed that way for most of the day.

Courtney came in (briefly). Her daycare called about an hour later and said Aiden (her two year old) was throwing up. So, she went to get him and worked from home. But, she did bring me in some lasagna!

I went to the Newburgh Grille for lunch and got a cup of tomato orzo soup and a patty melt.

Back home, I started the Wednesday wash a day late. I watched the news for a bit. I made a simple salad and topped it with bottled Italian dressing. I warmed up her lasagna and had an excellent supper.

Then I washed the kitchen floor. Which meant I couldn't put the laundry in the dryer. Sigh... I should have thought that one through.

So, I watched taped TV until the floor was dry. Then I put the laundry in the dryer and went to bed.

Thursday, February 16, 2017


It was cold again on Wednesday. After Tuesday's 50 degree high, this was disappointing (and cold!)

I went to Big Boy's and got the cup of soup (chicken noodle) and the half of a turkey sandwich for lunch. Then I went across the parking lot to the Ace hardware and bought (another) nail set punch.

Sidebar: I have two or three of them but with the house in such disarray, I can't find one.

Back home after work, I watched the news (depressing). Then I got a call from Vicky. We talked for a long time. The biggest news was that Yanessa has pneumonia. Poor kid! But, she's on the mend.

I ate the last of the pulled chicken for a late dinner. I read for a bit and then went to bed. 

Birthday Shoutout!

Happy birthday to my brother Jim, who turns 80 today!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentine's Day

It was chilly, but clear when I dragged the trash can out to the road on Tuesday.

I went to Time Out for lunch and got a burger. Amanda gave me a little bag of white chocolate bark she had made the night before. She put something pink in the melted chocolate and then swirled it around with a toothpick. It was very pretty.

Sidebar: She did not make this for me, BTW. She made it for her boyfriend and their seven year old son. But, she warned them not to eat it all because she was bringing some in for me.

It was an amazing 50 degrees when I got home after work. So, instead of cleaning the house, I spent some time outside in the back, picking up fallen branches.

Then, back inside, I swept the downstairs, kitchen and the bathroom.

I warmed up Michelle's cabbage soup. I think I got the end of the pot, because there was very little cabbage, mostly just sausage. The broth was much thicker than Melissa's version, but it was excellent!

I watched NCIS  (it was continued onto NCIS New Orleans) but I went to bed.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!!!


It was chilly Monday morning, but it warmed up nicely.

My friend Michelle from Facilities dropped off two kinds of soup: Cabbage and dill pickle. I didn't see her (I was in the bathroom), so I sent her an email, thanking her. She wrote me back and said the cabbage soup was a riff of mine (well, my daughter Melissa's really). She said she didn't have any spicy V8, so she used half a bottle of tomato juice and have a bottle of Bloody Mary mix. Since this was going to be dinner for her and her husband, she threw in some sliced sausage as well. Sounds interesting!

The dill pickle soup sounds interesting as well. I think that's a Polish dish.

I went to Ten Yen for lunch. I wasn't that hungry, so I just got some won ton soup and an egg roll. Then I took a drive through Hines Park back to work.

Back home after work, I had planned on cleaning the house (I have sawdust tracked everywhere). But I started watching the news instead. My leg hurt.

I got a call from both my brother Joe and his wife, Kathy.

I made an executive decision that cleaning the house could wait.

I ate some more of the barbecue chicken sandwiches for dinner and went to bed early.