Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Birthday Shoutout

Happy birthday to my dear sister-in-law, Kathy Goerlich! Enjoy your day!!!

Monday Moanin'

I woke up on Monday, feeling like shit! My throat felt like I'd been gargling razor blades, my nose was running like a faucet and my face felt like somebody hit it hard with a shovel!

Sidebar: I can only assume I caught this cold from somebody in the theater yesterday.

I ate breakfast and took my pills. I put a pot of water on the stove, brought it to a boil and then turned it so simmer to get some warm moisture in the house. I gargled with salt water to ease the pain in my throat.

I put some pants over my shorts and hauled the trash and recyclables out to the road (before it started snowing).

The snow started falling around 10:00 a.m. It was just a slow, steady snow, the kind that can really build up the inches! The snow quit for a while at 12:30 p.m. (it was supposed to get worse from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.).

I thought I'd make some comfort food for lunch - Campbell's chicken noodle soup. But when I went to the pantry to get some, it was all gone! There was only cream of mushroom, tomato and split pea with ham. Not exactly the light, healthy broth I was hoping for.

So, I decided to make my own!

Sidebar: Yesterday, when I was going through the freezer, looking for a Sunday supper entree, I came across a bag of Tyson Oven Roasted Diced Chicken Breast. WTF? Then I remembered I'd bought it to make chicken salad sandwiches (I like chicken salad) but never used it.

So. I sliced up an onion, diced three celery sticks and three carrots. I salted them and sauteed them in olive oil until they were soft. I added a handful of the still frozen diced chicken and a box of chicken stock. I also added water (about 3/4 of the amount of stock).

I threw in a big handful of dried parsley (you always need more than you think) a pinch of red pepper flakes, a bay leaf, salt and a lot of fresh ground pepper. I let that simmer and get happy for about 20 minutes.

Then I brought it to a boil and added in a half bag of wide egg noodles.

Sidebar: I went with wide egg noodles, rather than Kluski noodles, as I had no plans to freeze leftovers. Wide egg noodles turn to mush once frozen.

I cooked the egg noodles for seven minutes. I taste-tested it and ended up adding more salt. I let it cool a bit, fished out the bay leaf and dished up my lunch.

It was pretty damn good just for using what I had on hand.

I had another bowl for dessert. Then I took a  long nap. When I woke up, my throat hurt again (I must be breathing through my mouth while sleeping). So, I gargled with salt water again.

It started snowing again around 5:30 p.m. It came down pretty heavy at times. I saw video on the local news of the mess it caused during the afternoon rush hour! Glad I was not out in that!!!

My friend B___ called. I answered the phone by saying, "Hello." he said, "What the hell is wrong with you?"

We hadn't talked in a while, so I filled him in on the operation that wasn't.. When we finally hung up, I heated up yet another bowl of soup for my supper.

Courtney sent me a photo of Mike, putting on the insulated hunting suit I gave him. He's not going hunting, he's just going out in the frigid cold to shovel the driveway and sidewalk. Note: She said it fits him perfectly (it was way too big for me these days - I'm melting in my old age). Glad somebody can use it!

I watched the Red Wings lose again. Then I switched to reading until a midnight bedtime.

Monday, December 11, 2017


I used to work in IT, so I know this...


I woke up at a more reasonable 6:30 a.m. I ate breakfast and took my pills. Then I did the normal Sunday chores, including stripping the bedding and starting the wash.

I shaved, showered and got dressed. Then I headed out to Home Depot. Backing out of the driveway, I slid halfway across the road! Apparently, the road had froze overnight and was now ice.

I inched my way to Plymouth Road, where the salt was still working.

I got some wood I needed and bathroom caulk.

Back home, I unloaded the truck and then shut the garage door.

I took the caulk and applied it to the edges of the wash cloth rack I had glued. I was not trying to hide the seams (the tile is blue/gray and the caulk white) but just make sure a washcloth (or whatever) will not snag on the rough edges.

Then I got another cup of coffee and watched the rest of the Sunday morning news. When the dryer was done, I remade the bed.

Amanda and Keldon came to pick me up for today's adventure: Watching the movie "Polar Express" at the Redford Theater. They couldn't get in the driveway as it was blocked by a USPS vehicle, delivering a package to me. I set in on the bed and we left. We grabbed a bite to eat and got to the theater early.

Sidebar: The nice thing about the Redford Theater is that the organist plays before the movie and during the intermission.  Yes, it makes the movie event longer, but it's way more laid back.

Both Amanda and I bought five tickets for the 50-50 raffle (first prize is $100.00, second is a t-shirt)

We took our seats and the organ started to rise. I am really fascinated by the organ, by the way. It is so very old and yet, beautiful.

This time the organist was a woman.

They also had a huge display of model trains in front of the stage.

Finally, the movie came on. I had never seen it before or even read the book, but it was excellent!

At the intermission, they did the 50-50 drawing. Neither of us were even close for the $100.00, but Amanda won the t-shirt (which she gave to Keldon).

When the movie was over, they had Santa in the lobby with a photographer. I sat and watched the coats and her purse while they went out to see him. When they came back, Keldon ran back to check out the trains. That's when I noticed Amanda was crying. I asked her what was wrong and she said she realized this was probably the last year Keldon would sit on Santa's lap. I gave her a Kleenex and then gave her a hug.

The theater is run by volunteers, so at the end of the movie they announced that anyone who would stay and help clean up would be given a free ticket, with a popcorn voucher, to any upcoming movie if they volunteered. So, she asked me to watch Keldon and went to clean up the balcony.

Sidebar: What I didn't realize was that she told them she was with a handicapped old man and a little kid. She asked if she did three times the work, could we all get the tickets? They said yes, so we are all set for what she called our next "cheap date."

They drove me home and left immediately to go pick up Scott from work. While I was unlocking the front door, I saw another package on the porch!

I changed into shorts and t-shirt. I was rooting around in the freezer to see what I could make for my Sunday supper. I came across a box of Stouffer's meat lover's lasagna.  So, I preheated the oven to 375 degrees and went to make a salad (it took an hour to bake, so I had plenty of time).

But, when I took out the lettuce, it was squishy and black. Dammit!

I let the lasagna rest for the required five minutes and then served up a piece. It wasn't as good as homemade, but it was nice and spicy.

Since I didn't have my salad, I took a second piece instead, LOL!

I half watched a football game while I read in bed. I noticed my throat felt scratchy, but I thought I'd just used too much Copenhagen during the day.

I went to bed at 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Saturday Story

I stayed up too late reading on Friday, so I didn't wake up until 8:00 a.m. on Sunday! I had to hustle as I had errands to run, a lunch date and it was snowing.

So, I got some coffee, ate breakfast and took my pills. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed.

I drove to Kroger's in the snow. Side streets (like mine) were slippery, but main roads were salted and just wet. I got the few items I needed and decided to forego the Home Depot run. It was getting late.

I got home and unpacked the groceries. I had just finished up when I got a text from Amanda, saying they were on the way.

Sidebar: Amanda wanted to do some Christmas shopping for Keldon. So, she asked me if I could watch him for an hour or so (Scott was at work). She bribed me by saying she'd buy me lunch. I can easily be bribed with food, so I said yes.

They picked me up and we went to Archie's. I had second breakfast (two eggs over easy, hash browns and link sausage), Keldon had the kid's spaghetti and Amanda just had a cup of French onion soup.

She dropped us off at the house and went on her way.

Keldon spent some time reading me a book about monsters. He asked if he could read the next book to himself, so I got my book and we read by the fire for a while. He got bored with that and started playing with some action figures he brought. I kept hearing this weird electronic beep every five to ten minutes. I decided it must be coming from the office smoke detector

So, I grabbed the wood footstool and took it in the office. Keldon followed me there. He asked if he could try on my motorcycle helmet and I said sure (it's not like I'm using it, LOL). So, I took a picture for his mother.

I got down the smoke detector and set it in the living room to catch it beeping.

Sidebar: When the batteries are low, it normally beeps every 30 seconds and then says "Low Battery." So, this was weird.

A while later, the beep happened again, but not from the smoke detector now in the living room. So, I replaced it and took down the one in the bedroom. I put that in the living room.

Amanda got back around 2:00 p.m. We were talking while Keldon packed up his stuff and the beep happened again! But not from that smoke detector!!! They left and I was left with an annoying beep that comes from who knows where...

It had stopped snowing by then, but I didn't really notice when exactly it quit. I doubt if we got more than an inch here.

With my company gone, I got to work and cleaned the downstairs bathroom.

Sidebar: I use it daily, but clean it at random, so its never an easy chore.

Then I put up all the Christmas decorations. House looks "festive," LOL!

I was sitting on the bed, watching TV and eating dinner (the last of Kathy's cabbage soup) when the beep happened again! The bedroom smoke detector was still in the living room, so I finally figured it out! It was coming from the NOAA weather station! So, I replaced the batteries.

I cleaned up the dinner dish and went back to watching TV. The beep happened again! Disgusted, I unplugged the damn thing. I will have to find my owner's guide or go online to figure out what it is trying to tell me.

I couldn't find anything interesting at 9:00 p.m., so I read in the living room, surrounded by Christmas decorations and lulled by the fire. I dozed off and woke up at 12:30 a.m. I shut off the lights and fireplace and went to bed.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Finally Friday

I woke up at 6:30 a.m. on Friday. It was 31 degrees here, but the wind chill was 9! I had a cup of coffee, watched the news for a bit and then ate breakfast.

I finished the Blog post, did some work on the computer and then shaved, showered and got dressed for more errands.

Before I left, I called the surgeon's office to cancel today's post-op appointment and asked if I could do the left eye on the 21st. She said they couldn't do that without a release from my primary care physician! Dammit!!! I headed out...

First stop was the Hallmark store next to my Kroger's. It is the only place I've seen that sells specialty cards. I needed one in Spanish for Evy, Vicky's mother, and her family.

From there, I went to Home Depot. For some reason or another, I wanted to repair the soap dish in the main bathroom.

Sidebar: My house was built in the 50's and has one of those tile soap holders that has the little bar above it for your wet washcloths. Well, one day when I was still using that shower, I slipped and fell in the tub. I broke the little bar (cutting the shit out of my leg, I might add). Luckily, it broke into only two parts.

I first went into the tile section and asked the guy what type of glue or cement I should use to put it back together. He said he didn't have any idea, but the man in the paint department would know.

So, I went to the paint department and explained what I wanted to do. He said to wait right there and he went down one of the aisles. He came back and handed me a packet with Loctite Super Glue (never heard of that brand). He told me how to use it. Then I got a few more things and I checked out.

Last stop was CVS. I found a picture (looking for another picture) I wanted to have digitized. Unfortunately, their scanner was broken. I was hungry, so I swung by Burger King and got some chicken nuggets with barbecue dipping sauce.

When I got home, I ate lunch. Then I took a picture of the photo. I had to do some cropping, but it turned out okay.

This was a picture my Mother took out at Lake Orion in 1973 of me, Amy and Melissa and my beloved Sea Snark sailboat.

I called my primary care physician to explain what I wanted to do about the blood sugar problem. I didn't get to talk to her, of course, but explained to the receptionist what happened and what I now needed. She said she would talk to the doctor and have her call me back.

Then I glued the soap dish back together. Got some glue on my fingers (of course) but it's back together, at least.

I replaced the furnace filters. Had to wait until the furnace shut down and cooled a bit (that took a lot of tries - its still damn cold outside).

My legs hurt for some reason (maybe the change in humidity as it was supposed to snow after midnight) so I laid in bed, reading.

By 6:00 p.m. I decided I wasn't getting a call from my doctor today. I thought I'd try again tomorrow.

I warmed up the soup Kathy made and sent with Joe. It was an excellent cabbage soup!

I had an apple for a snack later while I read my book until until bed time.

Friday, December 8, 2017


I still soar these days,
            but not with wings of my own.
Though I try to deny,
            my time and energy have flown.

Now it’s younger people,
            and seen through younger eyes,
that help me see life’s treasures
            up there where beauty lies…


The operation that wasn't...

I woke up to the alarm on Thursday. I couldn't eat or drink anything since midnight, because I was supposed to have the operation to remove my left cataract.

I shaved, showered and got dressed. They specifically told me to wear a short sleeved shirt, so I did.

I sat in the living room, dying of thirst, and waited for my brother Joe. It was lightly snowing here, enough to cover the driveway.

Joe came right on time, bearing gifts: A container of soup from Kathy! Thanks!!!

We easily made it to the surgical center in plenty of time. I got registered and we sat and chatted in the waiting room until they called my name. I went in back and got into a gown (over my shirt and open in front) and a hair net. I got up on a table and they started prepping me.

One nurse hooked me up with a blood pressure cuff on my right arm, an oxygen tube in my nose, a heart rate clip on my finger and then went to stick on EKG cables. This was exacerbated by my t-shirt. She said I shouldn't have worn the t-shirt. I told her all they said on the phone was to wear a short sleeve shirt, they never mentioned a t-shirt.

Sidebar: The short sleeve shirt made sense as I thought it was so they could easily put an IV in my arm.

But, they tried to stick the IV in the back of my left hand. That attempt failed, so they tried my right hand and it took! They then switched the blood pressure cuff on my left arm.

Another nurse put nine different drops in my eye, one that burned like hell. 

They drew a little blood and the anesthesiologist came in to talk to me. He was still talking when the nurse came in and asked him to step outside the curtain.

Uh, oh... That's never good.

He came back in and said they couldn't operate on me today as my blood sugar way too high today!

So. they all started disconnecting me. They gave me back my glasses and cane and kicked me out! I was pissed!

Joe drove me back home and gave me a router table and two bar clamps he said he didn't need. Thanks! Sorry for making you drive all that way for nothing.

I called Vicky (she asked me to) and she started laughing. I said, "What?" She said, "See, I told you I have to drive you." Maybe next time...

I sent a text to Amanda (she asked me to) and she was pissed. She asked me what blood sugar had to do with eye surgery. I said I never thought to ask.

Sidebar: I know diabetes has an effect on your eyes as my eye doctor always does some test and faxes the results to my primary care physician. 

So, I have another surgery date on December 21 for what was supposed to be my right eye. I was going to call and ask if we could make that my left. I figured I could get the blood sugar down in two weeks. I'll just watch what I eat and drink and check it every day.

Sidebar: I am guilty of drinking way too much peach flavored ice tea and that has a lot of sugar in it. But, they do sell a diet version of it.

When I called, they still had their "the office is closed today for the Holiday (Thanksgiving I presume). So, I'll try calling tomorrow to cancel my tomorrow's post surgery appointment and run my idea past them. If the phone is still messed up, I'll drive over there.

I had a big drink of water and ate breakfast. Then I went back to bed. I finally fell asleep. When I woke up, I had a container of yogurt and an apple for lunch.

I exhanged texts from Jake and told him about the day.

I putzed off in the afternoon. I put the tab on the truck and put the new registration and insurance in the glove box. Then I washed the stove top. Should have done that after Thanksgiving dinner, because it took a lot of elbow grease to get the crap off of it.

I went out and got the mail. It had stopped snowing, but was still damn cold!

I had some canned chili for dinner. I missed a call from Melissa, so I called her back and told her the story of my non-surgery.

I had a lot of trouble falling asleep, but finally dozed off at 12:30 a.m.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Hump Day...

I woke up late on Wednesday. It was 31 degrees here.  I had a cup of coffee and then shaved, showered and got dressed to go to town. There was still some running around I needed to do before my eye operation on Thursday.

So, it was windy as well.

I mailed the rest of the Christmas cards at the Post Office. Then I filled up the gas tank on the truck. Finally, I went to CVS and got a birthday card I'd forgotten.

Back home, I washed the old tabs for both the bike and the truck. I got the new ones on Tuesday and wanted to make sure they stayed on.

For lunch (and dinner) I made the blue box of mac & cheese and broiled the Ballpark hot dogs (yuck) in the oven. I ate two hot dogs (mustard ketchup and sweet relish, this time) and some mac & cheese for lunch.

I stripped down and put on my robe. Then I did the Wednesday wash. I watched some taped DIY shows until the dryer stopped. Then, I hung up or folded all the clothes.

I had two more hot dogs (mustard and onions, this time) and more mac & cheese for dinner.

Couldn't find anything on TV that sounded interesting so I read until and early bedtime (should have taken a nap.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


I woke up with the alarm on Tuesday as I had a 9:00 a.m. haircut appointment. I skipped breakfast, shaved showered and got dressed for town.

Sidebar: That makes me sound like I live on a ranch somewhere out West, but you know what I mean.

It was 53 amazing degrees with gusty winds and falling temps. After my haircut, I stopped by Kroger's to pick up some things I needed. Not a big shopping trip, just things like sour cream, milk, eggs, etc. What really pissed me off is I wanted some hot dogs. But this Kroger's no longer carries the Kogle's natural casing dogs. Dammit!

Sidebar: It was not only windy, but there were occasional higher gusts of wind. One of them damn near knocked me over when I was walking back to the truck! Luckily, I had both hands on the cart.

From there, I stopped at CVS to get the last prescription of eye drops I need for after my surgery. All told, it cost me close to $140.00 for the damn eye drops.

Sidebar, it was 43 degrees at noon.

Back home, the trash still had not been dumped.

I made a simple salad for my lunch. It was just head lettuce and bottled dressing. I should have grabbed some cherry tomatoes (they are still sweet this time of year) and a cucumber when I was at Kroger's.

I keep my jeans on (to get the trashcan and mail, later) and began today's project: Filling out my Christmas cards.

I finished up as it was getting dark. I went out and got the mail and the trash can.

Back inside, I changed into shorts and a t-shirt and did a few chores, like emptying the dishwasher, cleaning the counters, and so on.

I warmed up a can of Campbell's split pea and ham soup (something else my Five-Mile Kroger's no longer carries).

I watched my Tuesday shows, read a bit and then tried to sleep. It didn't come easy, as I kept thinking about my sister. It should have been her birthday, today.

But I finally fell asleep.