Monday, October 20, 2014

Then it was Sunday...

I woke up during the night and had trouble falling back asleep. But (thankfully) I finally did. I woke up for real at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday. The first day of the rest of my life.

I filled in the Blog entry and then went in search of breakfast. I decided on scrambled eggs and an English muffin. I went outside to grab some chives for he scrambled eggs and was shocked by how cold it was. I checked the thermometer on the rain gauge and it said it was 33 degrees!

Then I shaved and showered. I got dressed and took a quick trip to Home Depot. That was one of the few errands that didn’t get done on Saturday.

Back home, I started the rest of the weekend wash. I gave some serious thought about riding the motorcycle, but decided it might just be too damn cold.

I had a voicemail from B___, so I called him back. We caught each other up on projects, visits from our kids, etc.

When we finally hung up, I blew off both patios and the bird feeder area. Then I got out the lawn tractor and cut the back grass. Well, the grass hasn’t really grown in a while, so I mostly mulched up leaves.

Sidebar: My hands and face were freezing! Since the mower only goes like 5 mph, I can’t imagine what it would have felt like on the Big Thumper at 40 mph!

I came in at 12:30 p.m., covered in leaf debris. I disrobed downstairs and took another shower. Then I got dressed in my business-casual clothes.

I sat in the lift chair, reading a book, waiting on Vicky’s OMW text. She had a big server refresh at work today and we agreed to go to lunch when she was finished. Her first few texts sounded encouraging. But then there was trouble with the Wi-Fi. She didn’t show up until after 3:00 p.m.

She had been talking about a steakhouse in Northville, but couldn’t remember the name. So, rather than drive around aimlessly, we went to the Longhorn Steakhouse in Westland.

I had to laugh. She sent and received several texts from work people asking about the upgrade. Meanwhile, I had a call on the way from Guardian alarm, saying the motion detector in the office set off an alarm in Building 3.

Sidebar: I asked Vicky if people were working at Building 3 and she said there were cars parked in front.

Later, I got another call from Guardian, reporting the alarm was now coming from the shop man door. I told them I thought people were working, but I’d checked it out as soon as I could.

Disclaimer: By then, we both were too hungry for any picture-taking, so I took the following from their web site.

We got the Brew Pub Pretzel Sticks as an appetizer. They came with two dipping sauces, a bacon and mustard and the beer cheese. Both were excellent.

For our salads, she chose a Caesar salad and I had a salad with raspberry vinaigrette.

My main course was the six ounce Harvest Mushroom filet with a potato and leek Au Gratin. Vicky had the White Cheddar and bacon stuffed filet with a loaded baked potato. She said hers was perfect and I know mine was excellent!

I don’t normally eat dessert (and was too stuffed, anyway) but she got the molten lava cake topped with ice cream. She couldn’t finish it and ended up taking most of the cake home with her in a box.

From there, we drove to Building 3. Everybody was gone and the gates were locked.

I took Hines Drive back to Inkster Road so we could check out the fall colors. I had to laugh as they have already started to put up the fixtures for the Christmas Festival of Lights!

Back home, she took a tour of the house and the yard. Then we sat in the living room and chatted for another hour or so. She left about 6:00 p.m.

I put the last load of weekend wash in the dryer and watched the rest of the news. I was too stuffed from the late lunch to even think about dinner, although I’d thawed out shrimp. When the news ended, I checked and didn’t see anything that interesting on the TV guide, so I went back to reading in the living room.

I put away the rest of the laundry when it was dry.

I did start to get a little hungry around 10:00 p.m., so I made half of a turkey sandwich. I ate that with a pickle.

I switched back to the bed, still reading until about 11:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Meanwhile, in SC and the bike restoration

Jake was busy this weekend, working on the wheels and fenders. See photos below


It had rained overnight and Saturday’s forecast was occasional showers. I think Mother Nature is taking this “Fall Rains” thing a bit too far!

I woke up at 5:30 a.m. I filled in the blog post drinking a cup of coffee and then made another one to watch the news.

I shaved showered, got dressed and left for the (many) morning errands.

The first was a 9:00 a.m. massage. Then I went to the Honey Baked Ham place and got a sliced smoked turkey breast. Next I got my hair cut.

I stopped at Kroger’s and got some supplies. Westborn was next for a few veggies, some mushrooms and McClure’s pickles.

I headed south on Middle Belt (its two words now, according to the new I-96 signs) to Garden City and the Lucky Dog Daycare and Dog Grooming. It’s a dog grooming/boarding place that Tracey goes to. They are having a food drive (both human and pet) for less fortunate people. So, I filled up a Westborn bag of canned items on my pantry shelves and dropped them off. I don’t have any cat food to spare, lol!

Finally, I stopped at CVS and then went home. It was 12:30 p.m., BTW.

Before I put away the groceries, I took a few moments to go through my fridge freezer. I threw away anything that had ice crystals in the baggie (mostly veggies).

I went in to change clothes and found Caley had barfed on the bedspread. Dammit! So, I cleaned up the mess, sprayed the spot with “Shout” and washed it.

Sidebar: Caley is approaching the “Three Strikes and You’re Out” limit with bed-barfing. But, there are caveats, of course. When Scruffy was alive, I couldn’t pin bed-barfing on a particular cat, so she always got a pass. And, the three strikes rule applies to humans. Since cats have nine lives that would translate to “Twenty-Seven Strikes and You’re Out.” So, it’s difficult to keep track. But I’m watching you, barf girl…

I went to address my daughter Melissa’s birthday card and realized that I have almost two pages of my address book devoted to their various addresses and even more phone numbers. But, I don’t have their new address in Oxford. So, I called the last phone number I have written down and it was disconnected!

So, I called her Mother and got their current address and a phone number. We had a weird connection and I didn’t even recognize Fran’s voice. But, we had a good conversation in spite of that.

I got the card out to the mail box in time. On the way back in, I saw that both mums were now blossoming, so I took a picture for you.

I made a sandwich with the last of the salami, cheese and rye bread that Jake and Carla had bought for my lunch.

I put the bedspread back on the bed. It looked inviting and I decided that a nap sounded good, so I took one.

It was sprinkling again, so cutting the back grass wasn’t going to happen. I did blow the leaves off the patios so I can cut them up tomorrow (hopefully).

I checked the garden. The radishes are spindly and I still don’t see any blossoms on the peas. But there are small green beans coming in. Unfortunately, it’s supposed to be below freezing Sunday morning. So, they might not make it.

On the way back in, still checking plants, I saw that I had some new growth on the chives. So, I snipped a big handful.

Inside, I cut them into short pieces and took out a stick of butter to let it warm up.

I made a turkey sandwich with sourdough bread, smoked turkey, lettuce and mayo for my dinner and ate that with a pickle as well. Both were delicious.

I watched a couple half-hour taped shows (my recorder is filling up!) but my back hurt. So, I moved to the living room, my chair and a book.

Before I got comfy, I went out in the kitchen and mixed the snipped chives with the butter and a little sea salt. I put the mixture on a piece of wax paper and formed it into a roll. I stuck the compound butter into the freezer.

I read for a while and then went to bed around 11:00 p.m.

Quote of the Day

"Friendship is like peeing on yourself. Everyone can see it, but only you get the warm feeling that it brings."

~ Author Unknown

Saturday, October 18, 2014

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Finally Friday, and it couldn’t come too soon. It had been a long week. It was drizzling on the way into work (yet again).

Damion, one of the techs, and his wife had had twins a little while back. Now, it was just during the time when Michelle was leaving and Courtney coming on board, so we didn’t do anything to celebrate.

But they decided to have a surprise diaper party for him. I had never even heard of such a thing, but everybody younger swore it was a real thing, like a baby shower only after the baby arrived.

So, I bought a box of diapers on Thursday and, Friday morning, stuck them into Courtney’s car. My boss had scheduled a tech team meeting, conveniently at 11:30 a.m.

Sidebar: Damion is on-site at Building 73, so we needed to lure him down to us.

Courtney made a reservation at Kicker’s and lugged the mound of diapers over there. She arranged them on a table, wrapped them with crepe paper ribbon and put some balloons on the table.

We showed up and then Jeff brought Damion, offering to buy him lunch. He was actually surprised!

I had a cup of lobster bisque and a Philly cheese steak sandwich with fries, none of which was memorable.

The winds had picked up, making the afternoon walk uncomfortable.

And, when I got home after work, I saw that my driveway and the front lawn were covered with more leaves! So much for my mulching…

I spent the early evening filling out the ToDo list, the grocery list and the errand list, while listening to the news on the TV.

I made a batch of the chili mac & cheese for dinner and ate about half of it.

I turned on the Red Wings game. They won and looked pretty good doing it. Then I went to bed.