Saturday, October 6, 2018

Friday

I woke up with bad diarrhea and throwing up on Friday. I didn't dare to eat anything and was still sick when it was time to go the Henry Ford hospital. So, I called. Nobody answered so I left a voicemail asking for another appointment.

I took a long nap in the afternoon. I did a load of laundry Friday evening.  And I ate another ham and Swiss cheese sandwich and potato salad for dinner (first thing I ate all day.) I didn't stay up that late.

I was woken up by a heavy thunderstorm around 4:00 a.m. and couldn't go back to sleep.

Thursday

I didn't do a damn thing on Thursday except for making a sauteed mushroom, ham and cheese omelet for lunch. I had two ounces of mushrooms left from the Salisbury steak recipe. It was delicious!

Wednesday

It finally dried out enough so I could cut the front lawn. I was surprised at how many black walnut leaves have already fallen!

I made my slow cooker Salisbury steak. Unfortunately, I chucked the recipe so I can't tell you exactly how I did it. But, I put six ounces of sliced mushrooms and half of a sliced onion in the bottom. Then I layered the six patties on top. Then I mixed together 12 ounces of beef broth, a clove of minced garlic, two tablespoons of ketchup, two tablespoon of fresh Italian parsley, one teaspoon of Dijon mustard and a packet of McCormick's  brown beef gravy. I whisked it all together and poured it in the slow cooker. Then I turned it on low for the next five hours.

When  the time was up, I took the patties out and kept them warm. I mixed up some cornstarch and water and added that to the slow cooker. I turned it on high until the liquid had thickened. Then I added the patties back in  and turned the slow cooker on warm.

Then I peeled three large russet potatoes, cubed them and turned them into mashed potatoes. I put a patty and some mashed potatoes on a plate, topped both of them with the mushroom gravy and feasted!

I watched DIY shows until the Tonight Show came on. I switched channels and watched that until bedtime.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Tuesday (October 2nd)

It rained most of the morning on Tuesday. That was the third day of rain. I checked the rain gauge (which I not emptied since last Saturday) Wednesday morning and found I had gotten 1 1/2 inches of rain in the past three days.

I made a quick trip to Starbuck's and got a large hot chocolate (with whip) then stopped at the Looney bakery for some powdered sugar donuts (her favorite). Then I dropped both off at Time Out. Dan (one of the owners) was so happy to see me I stayed and ate lunch there. I had a cup of beef noodle soup and a grilled cheese sandwich with tomatoes on it. Sounds a bit weird, but it really tastes good. Next time I make grilled cheese at home, I'm gonna try it.

Back home, it was way too wet to cut the grass. So, instead, I made the patties for Wednesday night's dinner. I combined 1 1/2 pounds of ground chuck with an egg yolk, 1/4 cup of minced onions, 1/3 cup of Panko bread crumbs, three tablespoons of milk, one clove of minced garlic and salt and pepper to taste.

I divided that into six patties and then browned them over medium heat (about three minutes per side).

I let that all cool down and stuck them in the fridge.

I ate yet another ham and Swiss cheese sandwich (with Italian bread and Kraft Horseradish sauce) and a healthy amount of potato salad for dinner.

Sidebar: You know me and my troubles with deli potato salad.  I generally hate it and I don't make it myself as the mayo gets weird after a few days (I don't know how to make a small batch). But somebody (and I forget who) told me about Jack's potato salad. I only found two places that they have it (certainly not my go-to grocery store, Kroger's) but I can get it at VC Market (Six Mile and Inkster). It costs a bit more, but it's worth it. Tastes like homemade!!!

I watched my NCIS shows until bedtime.

So, this ain't working

Most of my notes were written without my reading glasses and are illegible. So, I'll summarize.

One of my doctor's test were for the nerves in my left hand. first it was shocking me (literally) and then needles. Turns out I have neuropathy and carpal tunnel in both arms, but it's only noticeable in my left arm and hand (some of which is numb).

Sidebar: I knew I didn't have a stroke!

The other test was a stomach ultrasound. That revealed a growth on my pancreas. So, I had to get an MRI in Ann Arbor at St. Joe's. My greenfield filter wouldn't let me get one at St. Mary's. 

The MRI confirmed the tumor. So, my doctor had me go to a doctor at St. Mary's. He reviewed the MRI findings and said I needed a biopsy. But they don't do the kind I need at St. Mary's so he referred me to a doctor at Henry Ford in Detroit (my choice). The other two options were both in Ann Arbor which is father out.

That doctor's office called and said my appointment for a consultation was on October 5th. They also requested a CD from both the ultrasound and the MRI. I said, "Didn't the doctor at St. Mary's fax over my records?" She said he did, but that was the results. This doctor wants to review the actual test. So, I made another road trip after calling both places.

Sidebar: Pain in the ass, but at least I know the guy is thorough. 

Other stuff: Mike Esper installed the Trend Micro software and fixed my computer.

His wife, Courtney, is going to drive me to the biopsy.

I finally got out of the house on Friday night (September 28th). I met Amanda in Dearborn (fifteen minutes away) at Painting with a Twist. I had to go to the bathroom a couple of times during the two hour class, but it was fun! I told her I owed her some donuts and a hot chocolate for making me get the hell out of the house. Here's my painting:

 

I completely missed my son Jeremy's wedding to Stefani last Sunday (I wrote 3:00 p.m. on the calendar but it was at 2:00). That really sucked and I felt bad. But I did make it to some of their reception. It was a circus (really).

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Thursday, August 23rd

The wind was calm, so I sprayed the grass in the driveway with Ground Clear.

I ate two fried eggs with toast for breakfast.

I went to my appointment with Dr. Mehta (infectious disease doctor). I told her the damn yogurt was not working, so she discontinued the Cipro (side effects can be diarrhea and vomiting) and ordered more blood work.

Back home, I rested for a bit. Then I went out and trimmed the back yard. I also cut down the low hanging branches on the arborvitae that had been slapping me in the face when I cut the lawn.

I had a turkey sandwich for dinner and popcorn for a TV snack later.

Wednesday, August 22nd

It was chilly on Wednesday and I had to wear a jacket all day when I was outside.

I went to the bank to exchange about $5.00 worth of Canadian coins I had (probably left over from visiting Canada Cathy). They said there was an $8.00 charge for that! I took them back.

I stopped at Home Depot for some furnace filters. On the way out, I got a hot dog for lunch and ate it in the truck.

I harvested the chives again and snipped them into usable lengths while sitting on the bed.

I ate the rest of the steak and sweet corn for dinner.

Tuesday, August 21st

Sidebar: I am trying to update the Blog with notes I scribbled while computer was down.

At my request, I had a 9:30 a.m. appointment with Dr. Pop (my primary care physician). I told her to pretend I wasn't taking massive antibiotics and what would she diagnose this damn diarrhea and upchucking as?

So, she ordered a variety of tests and discontinued the metformin (side effects can be diarrhea and throwing up). She said if I wasn't better in two weeks, I'd probably have to have another colonoscopy and endoscopy.

I wasn't feeling good, so I skipped visiting either B___ or my brother Carl (my usual routine after driving this far) and left for home.

I needed to use the restroom, so I stopped at the National Coney Island on Groesbeck. Damn! They had a big sign that restrooms were for customers ONLY! So, I ordered a half order of biscuits and gravy.

Sidebar: They were pretty damn good. Bates is still first, now National Coney Island is second and Leo's Coney Island is a distant third.

I stopped at St. Mary's and picked up the stool kit I needed. Then I went to Best Buy and bought the antivirus software they used at work, Trend Micro.

I got home and was wiped out, so I took a long nap.

I tried to install Trend Micro, but it wouldn't load because of the McAffee that the Geek Squad installed.

I gave up and ate a sandwich for dinner.

I watched DIY shows until bedtime.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Update

Blog posts are officially on hold until computer problems have been resolved. I will take notes on daily occurrences, however.

Sorry.

Monday, August 20, 2018

The Sunday Story


I woke up late again after another long night. I had a cup of coffee while watching the morning news. Then I ate some Eggo blueberry waffles, still watching the morning news.

Sidebar: The Sunday morning news lasts until noon!

I finally got dressed and went outside. The battery for the trimmer was fully charged, so I trimmed around all the rocks that line my front gardens. That left a hell of a mess, so I got out the push mower and cut near the rocks to disperse the grass. Then I got out the blower and cleaned off the tops of the rocks. It looked great!!!

I was on a roll, so I got out the cordless chain saw and cut up all the rest of that pine tree. I put the logs in back (so they don’t disappear). I still need to cut the stump as flush as I can get to ground level and split about five or six of the bigger logs. But, at least the dead tree is gone.

They were predicting occasional spotty showers in the afternoon. So, I skipped lunch and started my early dinner around 3:00 p.m. I took the steak out so it could come to room temperature. The I fired up the charcoal chimney and drained the water that the sweet corn was soaking in.

When the coals were ready, I cleaned and oiled the grate. I put the corn on (five ears just fit, BTW), got a glass of Simply Lemonade and got comfortable on the patio.

It took longer than usual (the Michigan corn was much fatter than I was used to) but the corn was finally done. I shucked it outside and put it on a half sheet tray. I popped that into the oven (170 degrees) to keep them warm while I cooked the steak.

I seasoned the steak with salt and pepper (that’s all you ever need) and grilled it to medium rare. Then I took it inside, added a pat of butter to the top and let it rest for five minutes.

I posed the steak and one ear of corn for a photo shoot. I used my camera, forgetting that, since the hacking incident, neither of my USB ports are working. So, I can’t show you, dammit!

Then I really prepared my plate. I cut the steak in half and sliced that half into strips. Then I cut the corn off the cob on two ears (way too much corn) and topped it with butter and salt. Finally I feasted!

The steak was perfect and the sweet corn was juicy and, well, sweet. I was stuffed (mostly with sweet corn) but happy.

By then, the rest of the food had cooled so I put it away in the fridge. I cleaned up the minimal mess, started the weekend wash and quit for the night.

I watched TV until bedtime.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Fall


Just a joke I thought was funny

Why should you never fight a dinosaur?

You'll get jurasskicked!

Saturday

I woke up around 7:00 a.m. after another restless night. I had a cup of coffee while watching the news. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed for town. I had errands to run!

It was sunny, warm and humid, even at 9:00 am.

First stop was Bate's Diner. I had to get that flour taste from yesterday's biscuits and gravy out of my mouth. So, I ordered a half order of them. OMG! Perfect biscuits topped with delicious gravy that had huge hunks of sausage in it. No doubt about it. If you want biscuits and gravy, Bate's is the best!

I stopped at Kroger's but just to use their bathroom. So, my next real stop was Westborn. I bought five ears of Michigan sweet corn (they were 10 for $3.00 but I can't eat 10 - I don't even have room on the state park grill to cook 10) and a small bone-in rib eye steak. I wanted a rutabaga for later in the week, but they didn't have any. So, I bought a head of cauliflower instead. I also did an impulse buy of a big bunch of radishes (they looked great).

Next stop was at Costco for paper towels and much needed toilet paper.

I drove home and unloaded the truck (after I treated Caley so she would shut up, lol).

I put everything away, except for the toilet paper. I have to figure out where to put that big package!


The grass was still damp, so I decided it was time to deal with the computer. I need it clean of viruses so I can start changing passwords. No point in doing that if the bad guys can see what I'm doing.

The problem is I don't know any Roush techs these days who might live nearby. Mike Esper came to mind, but he's like Jake. Neither one has worked as a tech for years (Mike runs a data center) and probably doesn't have the latest anti-virus software.

I gave up in the end and called the Geek squad. Of course they tried to talk me into getting their protection plan ("it even covers remote start in you vehicle," etc.) I explained I just wanted one-time assistance. They finally gave up and worked on my computer.

It took them over an hour and cost me $49.00, but they finally said I was all set. I checked it out and everything I'd saved was gone! No documents, no pictures, no bookmarks, etc. Damn!

I sent a text to Jake, asking how I restored my computer for the external hard drive. Then I called the Geek squad to ask WTF. They checked and said, "Sir, all your saved data is there. If you remember, we had you log in as admin so we could work on it remotely. If you restart your computer and log in as John, your data will be there."

Okay, I admit, I felt stupid as hell. I sent another text to Jake, asking him to disregard the first text (although it would be nice to know how to do that if I ever need it).

I warmed up the leftover sausage, potatoes and onions for a late lunch.

I never did get outside. About 4:00 p.m. it started clouding up until it was really dark. I watched DIY shows on TV.

A quick but noisy thunder storm blew through. I didn't notice the time though as I was eating dinner (the last of the leftover pepper steak and rice).

Sidebar: It did seem quick, but when I checked Sunday morning, I had picked up a much needed half an inch of rain!

I went to bed after Saturday Night ended.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Fucked up Friday

Friday just sucked.

It was another drizzly day. It stayed damp all damn day, so no outside lawn work happened.

I was tired of eating my own cooking, so I took a walk across the vacant lot to Markos Cozy Diner(it's not really a diner, it's a variation on a Coney Island) around 10:00 a.m. Now I've eaten breakfast there before. I've had their two eggs over easy, link sausage and hash browns. It's been a while, but as I recall, the link sausage wasn't the greatest (but I am picky about pork sausage). And I think I ate an omelet there once.

But, this time I ordered the biscuits and sausage gravy. It came and I dug in. Crap! The biscuits were fine, really good in fact. But that gravy? It tasted like uncooked flour with the occasional random little bit of sausage! I could barely choke it down. I gave up halfway through (and it was just a half order) and asked for the bill. I left the waitress a good tip (it wasn't her fault) and walked back home.

Later on in the afternoon, I got hacked! I was looking at Facebook and saw a partial recipe that sounded good. So, I clicked on the link. Everything immediately froze. I couldn't even shut down the browser.

Sidebar: In hindsight, I should have just shut off the computer and restarted it. Instead, I clicked on the "Microsoft" link.

Sidebar #2: I am telling you this, not so you can laugh at me, but just warning you Facebook users.

I gave him access to my computer (hey, the techs at work used to do that to solve problems) and he said I had no firewall! I argued with him and he showed me. He said I needed a Microsoft software product that cost $199.00 per year or $699.00 for a lifetime. And, that I needed to buy a firewall immediately!

So, I bought the lifetime software. My credit card sent me a notice, saying this was an unusual purchase and did I really want to make it. I said sure.

So, when he went away, I shut off the computer. But this firewall business bothered me, so I sent a text to Jake (who set the computer up for me) asking about the firewall. He asked why I was asking and I explained. He said I got hacked and sent me a link that explained the scam.

Sidebar: I assume the reason I had to buy the firewall immediately was to give them time to process the charge.

So, I immediately contacted the credit card folks and explained. They said they would flag my account and when the charge came through, they would reject it. One down, one to go.

Jake also pointed out there was no telling what had been installed on my computer. Now I did sit here and watched what he did with the cursor, but I suppose that's no guarantee. Jake said it needed to be scanned for viruses.

Sidebar: The problem is I don't know a nearby tech. Mike Esper is close, but he's like Jake. They have been out of the tech end of IT for years. And Vicky works, has Yanessa and Evy to take care of, etc.

In the end, I sent a message to Vicky, asking for help. As of this moment, I have not heard back...

For dinner, I peeled and parboiled some russet potatoes and sliced a large onion. I sauteed the onion first, then pulled it and set it aside. Then I fried the potatoes in butter and then set them aside as well. Finally I cut up some smoked sausage. When the sausage was heated, I added the potatoes and onions back in, warmed everything back up. I seasoned it with salt and pepper and had a decent meal.

I watched TV until bedtime.