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.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Weekend Update

I didn't set the alarm Friday night. With my random sleep patterns, I woke up way to late Saturday morning. So, forget the Blog, I hit the shower. I took a super quick one (head, pits, crotch and rear end) I made it to my 9:00 a.m. haircut at 9:02.

From there, I went to Kroger's and bought a bunch of groceries. It had started snowing by then, so I skipped the Feed Store (birdseed) and the gas station (gas). I left the truck outside to unload it. By the time I emptied it and pulled it inside, it had switched to rain.

I made an interesting supper on Saturday: Fettuccine Alfredo with Bacon. I put the pasta in my pasta pot and while it was cooking I cooked three slices of bacon that I had chopped into lardons. I cooked it until crisp then removed the bacon from the pan, reserving the drippings. I added a teaspoon of minced garlic  and cooked that for a minute (stirring constantly). The I covered it with one tablespoon of A/P flour and cooked it for about 30 seconds (again stirring constantly). I slowly added one cup of milk, still stirring. I cooked that about two minutes until it was bubbling and slightly thick.

I reduced the heat to low and gradually added 2/3 cup of grated Parmesan cheese. When it had melted, I stirred in some salt and added in the pasta. I ended up adding about a 1/4 cup of my reserved pasta water to thin it out some. I sprinkled the top with the bacon, some Italian parsley and black pepper.

It was very good. I was going to roast a chicken on Sunday, but ended up eating the pasta again  instead.

I slept in again on Sunday. It was foggy outside when I did get up, so I decided to stay inside.

I cleaned the house and did the weekend wash (it's so nice to have my washer working again!)

I tried taking a nap Sunday afternoon but the phone woke me up. So, I talked with Melissa instead.

I watched some taped TV shows Sunday night and went to bed after watching the news at 11:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Oh, crap!

I just heard that Chuck Berry died yesterday. He was more than a rock and roll legend, he was a life coach to me. He kept telling me. "Johnnie, be good!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

It was warmer still on Friday, St. Patrick's Day. But the weather was supposed to get bad around noon.

I went to Time Out for lunch. Dan had promised me that they would have a corned beef and cabbage platter. Since I didn't have any corned beef and cabbage in my slow cooker (I have learned the hard way that you are talking WAY too many leftovers), I figured this was as Irish as I could get today.

Sidebar: I did wear a green shirt...

I had to smile. Amanda had a plastic green bowler hat on, a green tie hung around her neck and two temporary tattoos (Shamrocks, one on her cheek and one just above the neckline of her shirt). She looked so cute, I asked her if I could take her picture. She said yes, so I did.

Sidebar: I didn't ask if I could post it here, so sorry.

My lunch came and it was HUGE!

Sidebar: As I have often complained, they always give you too much food (like Ten Yen). I can never eat it all. Sometimes I ask for a takeout box, but usually, I just let it go...

There was a huge whole redskin potato, half of a giant carrot, a big wedge of cabbage and it was all topped with thin sliced corned beef (the kind they make their Reuben's with).

It was delicious! I ate as much as I could without exploding. But I left about half of the potato, some of the carrot, a lot of cabbage and three or four strips of corned beef.

Sidebar: I could have finished the potato if I had just asked for a pat of butter. I learned that as a youngster. Whenever my Mother just served boiled potatoes, my Dad would get a pat of butter. He'd cut off a piece of the potato, pick up some butter with his fork, stab the piece of potato and pop it in his mouth.

I paid my check and was headed for the door, when Amanda showed up, demanding her hug. So, I hugged her and then left. BTW, her silly hat fell off during our embrace.

Sidebar: Lets talk about the hugging thing for a minute. I know it sounds like I'm hitting on a 29 year old kid, or she's sucking up to an old guy to get better tips. But it's not like that.

It started out a couple of months ago. I have to sit in the alcove where they have three regular tables. The rest of the place has high tops and they kill my knees. My old massage therapist, Margaret, who used to run restaurants, explained to me once that you can get more people in a space using high tops (which made/makes no sense to me).

Anyway, I was walking out along the short side of the bar, when Amanda came barreling around to get an order. I was on the right side, so I expected her to step left and continue on. Instead, she looked at me, gave a long pause, and then hugged me. I was freaked out!

Now, at my age, I've had a lot of hugs. Some of them were exuberant (Like my old cubical buddy Michelle or my new one Courtney, where they practically jump on you).

Sidebar: This is especially scary if you have a fused spine.

I also had a lot of lovely, friendly hugs (like Carla, Evy, Victoria and even Yanessa, who hugs my leg).

I've also had some sexy hugs (but its been a while and I am not naming names).

But this is more like a long, sweet, sad hug which I never understood until she mentioned that she had lost her Dad last year. I think I am a fill-in. Which I understand and is okay with me.

Sidebar: When I was just a kid I heard a Frank Sinatra quote that made sense to me and still does: "Whatever gets you through the night - booze, broads or religion." Personally, I prefer broads, but booze is easier to come by these days, LOL!

Anyway, from there I went and got the truck washed. Yes, I knew it was supposed to snow this afternoon, but I wanted to get the salt off the truck and clean the crap off the new tires.

It started snowing round 2:00 p.m.

Back home after work, the bedroom door was opened (it does that sometimes with temperature changes) and the damn cat had puked on the green blanket. I laughed (ha, ha!) and threw it in my restored washer.

I ate the rest of the pasta for dinner.

I was tired, so I dozed off watching TV. I woke up here and there and watched some of the news, a little bit of the Tonight show and some of the Late Night with Seth Meyers.