Thursday, May 26, 2016

Hot Hump Day

It was warmer still on Wednesday. If it stayed the same temp as it was when I walked outside at 10:00 a.m. I would have loved it. But, it didn't.

I went to Newburgh Grill for lunch. I got a grilled ham and cheese sandwich and a side salad (it was too hot for soup). Then I went to Randazzo's. I wanted another yellow rose, more sweet alysium and a Roma tomato plant. The only thing I left with was the tomato plant. They were already sold out of the rest. :(

It was 82 and uncomfortable when I walked outside at 3:00 p.m.

When I got home after work, I treated the cat and changed clothes. Then I went out back to plant the tomato.

Naturally, my neighbor came to the fence to offer me his leftover plants. No hot peppers this time, but more tomatoes and cukes. I planted the cucumbers (mine already looked bad) and two more tomato plants. I'll take the three tomato plants left into work.

I ate some Puerto Rican chicken with rice and beans for dinner that Vicky gave me. Delicious!

I fell asleep watching an old movie on TCM. When I woke up for a bathroom break, I turned everything off and went to bed.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


It was an absolutely gorgeous day on Tuesday! We hit a high of 82 degrees (the record was 84 today) with almost no humidity. I could feel it even as I took the trash can out in the morning.

I went to Big Boy for lunch. I had the Classic Big Boy (first time in some 20 years) but got the broccoli and ham soup instead of fries (I'm still not certain that's a healthier choice).

From there I went across the parking lot and got two spray cans of flat black high heat engine paint at O'Rielly's (don't ask).

Walking outside in the afternoon was actually uncomfortably hot!

Back home after work, I go in the trash can, then treated the cats and gratefully changed into shorts and a tee. I went outside and watered all the container plants up front, the two new plants I put in and the hostas I moved. I also watered the mailbox garden. The sweet alysium is coming in nicely. I just wish I'd bought six more...


I also took pictures of the culvert cleanout for you.

The iris are blooming like crazy!!!

I cut more lilacs for the house.

Then I went out back. I watered the window box, the raised bed herb garden and the herbs (chives and oregano) in the ground. Then I stuck the hose (turned on low) in the reflecting pool and let it run for about a half hour. This not only cleans out the water, but the overflow waters the Japanese maple.

Back inside, I warmed up the rest of the steak, the grilled green onions and the sweet corn. It was a delicious leftover meal!

With nothing on TV, I watched the finale of The Voice (I occasionally watch it). I was hoping for the guy from Michigan (Al-Saadi - he plays a wicked guitar) but I knew who would win (Alisan), and she did. Then I went to bed.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

No Moaning, this Monday!

It was even warmer on Monday. I think we hit 80 degrees eventually, but it was warm and with a light breeze all day. Perfect!

I went to Ten Yen for lunch and got the chicken sub gum. I spent the rest of my lunch hour cruising Hines Park.

When I got home after work, I immediately changed into shorts and a tee shirt. I went out back and, using the plastic tubes and gutter screws (I couldn't find any aluminum gutter nails), I set up the soaker hose.  Then I turned it on for an hour.

I grabbed the wheel barrow, a shovel and my gloves. I went out front and dug away the winter debris from each end of the driveway culvert (it fills up every year). I also dug out the one dead rose (the yellow one).

Why does every yellow rose I plant die? I dunno...

I noticed the iris were starting to bloom, so I took some pictures for you.

Small ones on south side of garage

 I cut some more lilacs for the table, buttoned everything up and went inside.

I made a small side salad, topped with bottled Thousand Island dressing (just to be different) and warmed up two slices of the latest broccoli cheddar quiche.

I watched some TV, but went to bed at 10:00 p.m.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Suddenly Sunday...

Without the alarm, I woke up late on Sunday. I decided to make a big breakfast. So, I used aluminum foil to make two sections on a half sheet tray. I put three strips of thick cut bacon on one side and some tater tots on the other. I popped that into the oven. While that baked, I made two over-easy eggs. I put everything together and chowed down!

My friend B___ called and we caught each other up (not too much on my side, but they have been busting their butts on the boat).

I baked two more broccoli and cheddar quiches (one for Vicky's family and the other for quick dinners for me this week).

I took a nice nap in the afternoon. Then I started some charcoal up for my Sunday supper.

When the coals were ready, I grilled six ears of sweet corn. Next I grilled two bunches of green onions that I oiled and salted. Finally, I grilled the rib eye steak. I ate about half of the steak, most of the green onions (they were fantastic) and two ears of corn. It was a delicious dinner!

I watched some TV, but went to bed by 10:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Saturday Story

I didn't set the alarm on Friday night, so I woke up a bit late on Saturday. I filled in the Blog post and then made breakfast. I made an omelet with sharp cheddar cheese, cooked in bacon grease. It was good!

After I shaved and showered, I headed out for today's errands. First stop was the Nissan dealer in Southfield for my routine service. It was nowhere near the recommended miles (I don't drive that far) but way past the recommended date. So, I thought it might be time.

Sidebar: That got me thinking about the bike. When I bought it, they recommended I bring it back after 600 miles. They would change all the fluids and tighten all the bolts, the chain, etc. (Big Thumpers have a LOT of vibration). I still only have about 100 miles on it, but its been two years since I bought it. Maybe I should have it serviced? What do you think?

Anyway, I went to Telegraph and headed up to 12 Mile Road to the dealership. I had a 9:15 a.m. appointment. I took a book and sat in the waiting room. I had a cup of coffee, but forgot they offer free bagels. I could have skipped making breakfast!

Finally, they were finished. They replaced the cabin air filter, the engine air filter, the oil filter and changed the oil. They rotated the tires and inspected everything (tires, brake pads, etc.) Everything was fine, but they replaced the wiper blades.

Now, when I came in, they asked me if I wanted it washed (it's free). I would have declined (they only spray it down and I just had it washed and hand dried) but a damn bird pooped on the side of it at work (have I ever mentioned just how much I hate Canada Geese?) So, I said, "Sure!" That was a good thing!

It took over an hour (and another cup of coffee - damn, I wish I wasn't full, those bagels looked great!) but they finally called my name. It would have cost me $250.00 but I had a coupon for 10% off they had sent me, trying to lure me back. So, I paid $225.76.

I went out to the truck and the windshield was still wet. So, I turned the wipers on. The wiper on the right side clunked when it stopped! WTF? I tried it again and the same result.

So, I went and got the service manager. I told him I thought they put the wrong wipers on. So, he went and checked. Turned out the bigger wiper blade was supposed to go on the left side. He fixed them, but was pissed. He said he would find out who worked on it and fire him!

I said, "Whoa, dude! All your guys are under the gun to get these vehicles out as fast as they can. It's a simple mistake, nothing to fire anybody about."

He said, "Well, then I'll write him up!" I asked him not to use my name, because I would be coming back.

Sidebar: I don't need any disgruntled employee trashing my truck!

From there, I went to Kroger's. I was mostly there for the bone-in rib eye steak that they had advertised in their flyer, but I couldn't find any. So, I got the few things I needed and left.

From there, I went to Westborn. I got six Florida sweet corn, three bunches of green onions and a nice rib eye steak (I want to grill out on Sunday).

I got home about 12:30 p.m. and was bushed. I put everything away and then took a long nap.

My daughter, Melissa, woke me up with a phone call.  She thought it was funny that I sent an anniversary card to Dave on his birthday. I explained that it only said "Dave Montgomery" on my calendar, not "birthday." After we hung up, I changed it on the calendar.

Dammit!!! Getting old sucks!

I went out and planted my two new perennials. Unfortunately, only one of them had a tag (Kahori Dianthus).

So, I planted the other but don't remember what it is...

The lilac blooms are fading fast, but I took another picture so I can remember how beautiful it was.

I went out back and saw the hostas were coming in like gang-busters!

I put away the wheel barrow and the shovel, but didn't shut and lock the shed (my bad).

I went back inside and washed up. Then I made a big salad for my dinner.

I was just about to go to sleep when I took a pee. That's when I saw the shed door was still up. Damn! So, I walked out back, turning on all the motion detector lights. So, I was lit up all the way out back and on my return. I was pissed at myself for forgetting, but glad the lights all worked.

Instead of sleeping, I watched Saturday Night Live. I was very impressed at the musical guest, Courtney somebody or another. She was excellent. Then I went to bed.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Finally Friday!

It was another lovely day in Michigan on Friday!

Sidebar: They would be wearing long-johns and shivering in South Carolina, but I'll take a sunny, 68 degree day, any day!

Before I left for work, I cut more lilacs and took them in. They are starting to die off, so this is probably the last time I can perfume the room.

Sidebar: that was fun to say out loud, LOL!

We had a major meltdown of our phone system today. We are in the middle of transitioning from the old Avaya phones to, building by building, VOIP phones. But, today, the Avaya phones couldn't call the VOIP phones and vice-versa.

Also, Courtney came in, sick as a dog! I asked her why she was here and she said, after taking two days off last week (no daycare) she couldn't afford staying home. I get that.

Sidebar: As much as I understand her position, I will be really pissed if I get sick before I go on my short vacation! Stay home, sickies!!!

Unfortunately, this was the day we were all going to have lunch at Los Tres Amigos to say goodbye to Damion. He was a tech at Building 3 and then moved to a Business Analyst at Building 4. But, he got a better (managerial) job, nearer to his house with more money.

Courtney finally gave in and went at home at 11:00 a.m. All the managers, the telecom guys, our Director and the PM on the project camped out in my office and said they couldn't make the luncheon.

I took Vicky and went to the restaurant. I knew Michelle (my old cubicle buddy) was coming but I didn't know Michelle from Facilities would also be there! So, I got a lot of hugs!

Sidebar: Riley didn't hug me, but maybe he's shy in front of other people.

The last time I was there, I got the luncheon special: an enchilada, beans and Mexican rice. Afterwards, I was still hungry. So, this time I got the #12 combination: two enchiladas, beans and Mexican rice. This time I was stuffed!!!

The gang was still there when I got back (sigh). They had ordered pizza and worked through lunch.

The afternoon was busy, which helped make it pass quickly.

There were two slices of Happy's pizza left, so I took them home with me.

I worked on the computer for an hour or so. Then I went outside.

Sidebar: I had noticed that my kitchen window was dingy when I looked out of it. Normally, I use the Windex product that hooks to your hose to do the outside in the Spring. But, now, I already have the window box planter up. So, I hosed the rear windows down with just water.

Back inside, I washed the inside windows with Windex. 100% better!!!

I made a small side salad and ate that with the pizza for dinner.

Again, there was nothing interesting on TV. So, I went on Netflix and watched an episode of Hercule Poirot. Then I went to bed.

Friday, May 20, 2016

As I get older and thoughts of death crowd in...

I like this! Written by Henry Scott Holland (27 January 1847 – 17 March 1918)  who was Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford.


Thursday was perfect, weather-wise. I went to Time Out for lunch and got their mushroom Swiss burger.

From there I went to Lowe's. I picked up some long gutter nails (for the soaker hose) and two impulse buys (perennial plants). One the way back to work, I stopped and got the truck washed. It's not supposed to rain until next Wednesday or Thursday!

When I got home, I changed clothes and went outside. I used the blower to clean off the front porch, garage apron, both patios and the fire pit slab.

I tried several locations for my two new plants. When I had what I thought was the perfect places, I marked each one with a stone (I'm resting my shoulder until the weekend). I watered the two pots and put them in the garage.

Back inside, I warmed up my dinner. Vicky had brought me in some chicken with rice and pigeon peas. Delicious!

I couldn't find anything interesting on TV, so I read until bedtime.