Friday, July 3, 2015


The big news on Thursday was that we didn’t lose power in our building!!!

I had to replenish my stripping supplies, so I needed to go to Lowe’s. Therefore, I went to Newburgh Grill at lunch. Damn! Starting today, they are also closed for a week’s vacation.

If you remember, I gave up on Applebee’s and have recently been to Red Robin’s. So, I went to Max and Erma’s. I haven’t been there in, like, forever (back when B___ was still working, I think). But I still have their “Preferred Customer” card in my wallet (we went there every week or so, back in the day).

The place still looked the same, but the menu had changed. I found an old friend and ordered the grilled mushrooms and Swiss burger on a brioche bun, with seasoned fries.

Sidebar: I ordered the Erma size and the waitress asked if I wanted to upsize it to the Max size. I said, “God, no!”

I must admit, the food was excellent, albeit a bit pricey. And, I only left a few of the fries.

Then I went to Lowe’s. Besides the stripping supplies, I picked up more Wet-Jet liquid for the house.

Sidebar: When I “clean” the house, I wash the floors with Pine-Sol and a sponge mop. But, I touch up the kitchen spills and the bathrooms with the Wet-Jet.

We have a stretch of four-five days without rain coming, so I stopped on the way back to work and got the truck washed.

The afternoon passed slowly (half the people were on vacation), but I finally headed home.

Since I have Friday off for the Fourth of July, I spent some time on the computer, making lists of things to do, groceries to buy and reconciling my check register spreadsheet.

I had a head of cauliflower in the fridge that was looking a bit sad.

Sidebar: Did you know that when cauliflower starts getting those brown spots on them in the grocery store (and I mean even the high-end ones), somebody takes a chef’s knife and “shaves” them off? It’s true. I’ve seen it.

So, I quartered it, cored it, broke it into flowerets and boiled it until fork-tender. I put about half of it into a bowl, added a lot of butter and salt and ate a vegetarian supper.

Sidebar: It was delicious (I love cauliflower) but, both Caley and I will regret this in the morning. Cauliflower always gives me gas.

I was determined to clean out “some” of my taped shows, so I started either deleting them, stopped taping some series that I never get to or watching the rest.

About 10:00 p.m., I was hungry again. Rather than eat more cauliflower or a sandwich, I made some popcorn on the stove.

I fell asleep during the Tonight show. When I woke up for a bathroom break, I turned off the TV and went to bed for real.

Two Shoutouts!!!

Today you get a two-fer:

Happy birthday to my grandson, Joe!

Happy anniversary to Jake and Carla!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Groundhog Day?

It was cloudy and cool when I went to work on Tuesday.

I was having trouble with my wireless mouse, so I went and got another one. When Vicky came up for a cup of coffee, I casually asked her if they needed to be cleaned every now and then or something. She said it was probably just the drivers, and fixed it for me. It took a while, since it would work on some browsers, but not others. But, she finally got it working.

Sidebar: Monday’s brownout wreaked havoc on my poor computer and my productivity!

Then, at 11:50 a.m. (just when I was deciding where to go for lunch) the power went out!!! Again???

I quickly unplugged my CPU and then said, “Screw it! I’m going to lunch.” So, I did.

I ended up going to the Big Boy on Six Mile. Instead of my usual veal parmesan (I decided I wasn’t that hungry and that is a lot of food), I ordered the fish and chips. It did not even come close to Time Out’s dish. The breading was way too thick and way too crunchy. I ended up taking most of the breading off and just eating the fish. It left a mess on my plate, but solved my problem.

Back at work, everyone was still sitting in the dark. It turned out this time a semi hit a pole on Plymouth Road at Wayne. DTE said they estimated some of the building would be back up by 1:30 p.m. and the rest would be down until at least 6:30 p.m.

So, everybody sat around talking and sweating (it had gotten hotter and the humidity was going up as well). And, you try going to the bathroom in complete darkness!

Finally, at 2:00 p.m., my boss sent the four of us home.

I changed clothes and then set up a sanding station. Now that they have dried, I wanted to see if the older doors could be sanded smooth.

I realized that if I did the backs (which I have been ignoring so far). I’d lose my numbering system (each had a number written on masking tape on the back). So, I used a Sharpie to write the number and the measurement on the rack.

I got the doors almost smooth, but not perfect. Looks like I’ll have to do at least one more round of spot stripping.

By the time I got them all done, blown off and put back in the rack, it was 6:30 p.m.! So, I blew off my clothes, pulled the truck back inside and buttoned everything up for the night.

My friend B___ called and we chatted for a while. It felt good to be sitting down after standing up for four hours.

I was tired, so I just ate a couple more pieces of pizza for dinner. Then I watched TV until an early bedtime.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tuesday's Tale

I took the trash out, along with the kayak cardboard box on Tuesday. It was sprinkling on the way into work and it rained a little harder once I got there.

My computer’s power supplied had died yesterday, so one of our IT techs swapped my hard drive into another CPU. I don’t want to throw anybody under the bus but, through a series of errors (which now seem comical), it took almost two hours to get back up and running.

I walked outside in the damp air and puddles in the morning.

I went to the Newburgh Grill for lunch and got the ham and bean soup and a patty melt. Hey, it’s Tuesday!

Then I went to the CVS in the same strip mall and bought the six greeting cards I need for July (birthdays, anniversaries and one wedding). Damn cards cost a lot of money!!!

The predicted rain held off in the afternoon, but the skies still looked threatening when I got home and got the trash can in. So, I gave up on outside work or grilling.

So, with the house clean, I had to make up something to do. So, I washed down the stove and microwave.

I skipped leftovers and made a Digiorno Rising Crust Supreme pizza (adding ring peppers and more mozzarella cheese, as always). I ate about half of it, but definitely didn’t like it as well as their thin crust.

I watched a rerun of NCIS but then went to bed a t 9:00 p.m.