Thursday, March 30, 2017

Hump Day

It was sunny, but cool on Wednesday. I was feeling a little better.

I had the chicken salad pita, but swapped the fries for some chicken noodle soup for lunch.

After work, I tried to unscrew Amanda's old toy chest. Every screw (and there are eight of then) broke when I was unscrewing them. I tried to console myself by reminding myself the damn thing is almost 30 years old.

Sidebar: I am no longer confident I can repair this. But, I will use it as the pattern for the new toy box/bench.

I ate two pieces of pizza for dinner and then watched TV until bedtime.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Tuesday's Tale

Still wasn't feeling all that great, but went to work on Tuesday. But, I spent a lot of time in the bathroom, on the toilet.

Sidebar: Since I wasn't throwing up, I don't think I have the flu or that nurovirus (sp). I think I just kept eating the chicken past it's time.

I got a bowl of cheesy potato soup for lunch.

Back home after work, I saw my neighbor, Rick, out picking up the winter's dog poop in his yard. So, I went out and apologized about the tree disappearing. He said it was no big deal, he was only going to cut it in four-foot lengths for his fire pit. He said he only burns maple wood in his wood burning furnace to keep the creosote down.

We talked about my ceiling painting and he said he'd send a guy over to give me a quote in the next week or so.

I made a frozen pizza for dinner, adding black olives and banana pepper rings, plus more mozzarella cheese. But, I couldn't even finish one piece of it.

I went to bed early.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Monday Moanin'

I didn't feel that much better on Monday, so I sent a text to my boss, saying I was taking the day off. I didn't even shave or shower, just went back to bed.

Around noon, I heard all this commotion outside. Then I remembered that this was the day Jon Boy was cleaning out my gardens. So, I watched them for a while.They'd put a big tarp next to each garden and first blow then hand rake all the leaves and sticks on to the tarp.  They'd carry the tarp out to the truck and dump it. And then repeat.

In the back, guys were picking up the fallen branches. Then they got their chainsaw and cut up the tree! Not quite sure how to explain this to poor Rick.

They even picked up all the trash!!! Good job, guys!!!

Vicky called me from her work and we chatted for a bit. She told me she had more to say, but should get back to work and that she'd call me later, after work. So, she did. We talked for about an hour.

I made some Campbell's split pea with ham soup for dinner. I got all the trash assembled for tomorrow and then went back to the TV until bedtime.


I started going downhill on Sunday. I just didn't feel that good. I went out to fill the bird and squirrel feeders. I did that and then decided to cut up the fallen tree. I got out my little electric chainsaw and set it on the bench while I got the oil. My neighbor called out to me (he and a buddy were sitting on his deck, but I didn't notice them) and said, "Hey, I'll cut that up if I can keep the wood." I said, "Sure!"

I put everything away and went inside. I started sweeping the kitchen floor. I got that done and did all the usual Sunday chores, but I was dragging it. So, I went and laid down on the bed.

Other than bathroom trips, I stayed in bed the rest of the day.

I threw the rest of the chicken away, just in case. I made a can of Campbell's chicken noodle soup for a late lunch/early dinner. I washed the pan and went back to bed.

It was a very unproductive day...


I set the alarm on Saturday. I had a 9:00 a.m. appointment at my dentist for a cleaning.

Sidebar: I hate getting my teeth cleaned, but who doesn't.

It was still raining when I got done at the dentist office. But, I needed some stuff from Kroger’s (just down Ford Road), so I got wet walking in and out of the store.
It was more of a mist than a rain by the time I got home. While I was unloading the truck, I noticed how pretty the crocus out front looked. So, I took a photo of them.

 I saw the hyacinths were coming up nicely.

Finally, I took a photo of the emerging tulips.

But the biggest surprise was that daffodils had already bloomed! They were beat down some by the rain, but still looked pretty.

It was after 1:00 p.m., so I made a quick chicken sandwich, started the weekend wash and went to take a nap.

After my nap, I started washing the windows so I can finally install my burglar alarm system (I've been paying on it for two months now).

I let those dry while I hung up or folded the first batch of clothes.

Then I watched the evening news, a couple of taped shows and was alseep by 10:00 p.m.

Finally Friday

It was noticeably warmer on Friday.And, no rain or snow in the forecast today!

Sidebar: the weekend's supposed to suck.

I went to Time Out for lunch for my usual Friday fish and chips. Amanda was back (she had that norovirus that's been going around that everybody keeps calling the flu).

Sidebar: This is particularly wicked. Amanda, for example, spent a day in the hospital getting an IV with antibiotics.

I must have flinched when she went to hug me hello, (It's been a week since I've seen her) because she assured me that her doctor said she wasn't contagious. Um... Okay... I was seated and she was standing, so it was a bit awkward.

Sidebar: I try to soldier on...

I ate my dinner, paid my tab and then went to the restroom to rinse out my bridge. Walking out, I noticed my old boss, Lenore, Courtney and her husband, Mike, sitting on one of the high top tables. So I stopped and chatted for a bit.

Then I waited in the aisle for Amanda and her goodbye hug. The kid has hug issues.

Courtney and Lenore left at 3:30 p.m. to pick up Janet's cake. Her retirement party was tonight.

Back home, my old cube buddy Michelle called me to see if I was at the party. I laughed and asked her, "What do you think?" We talked for a long time, mostly about her going back to college.

I mae a chicken sandwich for dinner and watched a little TV before going to bed.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Then it was Thursday

I woke up at 4:30 a.m. and decided it wasn't worth trying to fall back asleep, only to have the alarm go off at 5:15. So, I stayed up.

Once the sun came up, it was sunny and warmer with highs back in the 40's for a change.

I went to Big Boy's and got a Slim Jim with fries for lunch. The sandwich was excellent, the fries were soggy. You can't win them all, I guess.

I walked across the parking lot to Bush's grocery store and bought two big tomatoes (you can't buy tomatoes at a party store where I live).

Once home, I emptied the dishwasher and did the Wednesday night wash after treating the cat and changing clothes.

I made a great BLT for dinner with a couple of slices of the tomato, some leaf lettuce and two warmed up slices of bacon on toasted sourdough bread.

I thought I had a bag of crinkle-cut fries in the freezer, but the bag turned out to be Tater Tots. I figured, "What the hell!" and baked a serving as my side. Weird, but tasty.

I watched TV for a bit but wasin bed and asleep by 10:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 23, 2017


It was clear, but damn cold on Wednesday. The wind didn't help matters, either.

I got to work at 7:30 a.m., but then left at 8:00 a.m. to pick up Nichole (our admin at Building 3) from Belle Tire. I am paying it forward, you see. She's getting four tires on her car, but paying considerable less than I did.

I went to Newburgh Grill and had a cup of the tomato orzo soup and a mini-Greek salad for lunch. Both were good, although I couldn't finish the salad.

From there I went to Lowe's and picked up some wood and supplies for that bench. Today is the last day until next Tuesday that doesn't have rain in the forecast.

I had the 4x8-foot sheet of plywood cut down enough so it would fit in the truck. I'll cut the rest with my track saw.

Sidebar: They really need to replace their saw blade! Each cut knocked off splinters that I will have to deal with. I was not pleased.

I was going to stop and buy a lemon for dinner, but the whole cutting and loading wood took too long. So, I figured I'd just buy one on the way home.

However, on the way home, I went down Plymouth Road and tried to go to the 24-hour Foodliner. But the parking lot was roped off and tore up by large construction equipment. Dammit!

So, I continued down Plymouth Road until I had a bright idea. Party stores sometimes sell lemons and limes. So, I pulled into the Wine Barrel and, sure enough, they had one lemon on the checkout counter, so I bought it for a buck.

Back home, I unloaded the wood from the truck be and stored it safely away for the weekend.

After watching some of the news, I started dinner. I was using a recipe from Bon Appetit for "No-fail roast chicken with lemon and garlic."

Sidebar: While I was preheating the oven, I baked the rest of the bacon for BLT's.

Following directions, I made a slice of  the loose skin between the leg and breast on both sides. I had already patted the chicken dry, so I salted the hell out of it, everywhere. I put it in my big cast iron skillet and arranged the lemon halves (seeds removed) and a head of garlic, cut in half as well. Then I poured a half stick of melted butter on the chicken.

I also cut my last butternut squash from the neighbor's, took out the seeds and put butter in each cavity.

I stuck everything in the pre-heated 425 degree oven and set the timer for 45 minutes. It wasn't quite done by then, so I added another 10 minutes. That was a bit too long, LOL!

But, it all was delicious!!! I ate way too much and, when it cooled, put the rest in the fridge.

I watched a little taped TV, but went to bed by 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tuesday's Tale

It was foggy when I woke up on Tuesday, but it had dissipated by the time I took the trashcan out to the road and then drove to work.

At lunch time, I had to go to the Credit Union to take out some money and pay my taxes. So, I stopped on the way back at Arby's and finally got my buffalo chicken sandwich. I have been craving that since Jake brought it up. It was messy to eat, way too spicy, but wonderful!

Back home, I got in the trashcan and the mail, then went inside to treat the cat.

I watched the news until it ended. Then I heated up the last of the fettuccine Alfredo with bacon for dinner.

I watched NCIS and then went to bed at 9:00 p.m. I was tired.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Birthday Shoutout!

Happy birthday to my grandson, Carl V! Enjoy your special day!!!


I was late for work on Monday. I had slept badly Sunday night and either shut off the aarm and went back to sleep or never set it at all.

I went to Applebee's for lunch and got mu usual:  The three cheese cavatappi and the French onion soup.

It looked like it was going to rain all afternoon, but it never did here. But all the snow finally melted.

I stopped and filled up the truck after work. Back home, I watched the news while I ate more of the fettuccine Alfredo with bacon. That gave me just enough dishes to run a load through the dishwasher.

I took a non-snow picture of the fallen tree for you.

When the news was over, I gathered up all the trash for tomorrow morning. I watched Jeopardy and then two taped NCIS shows. Then I went to bed.