Thursday, August 25, 2016


I went to work on Wednesday. I made it to around 11:00 a.m. and then my boss told me to go home. I spent the rest of the day in bed drinking water and trying not to throw up. This GIRD is kicking my ass!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Catching up

I couldn't fill in the Blog over the weekend. I somehow lost Firefox and couldn't figure out how to get to the Internet. Vicky suggested using IE but that's not in my programs.

It didn't help that I have been sick since Sunday morning.

I finally figured out that IE has been replaced by Microsoft Edge. So, I downloaded Firefox and I'm back in business.

I almost made it to work on Tuesday. I shaved, showered got dress and got in the truck. I pulled out of the driveway and then thought, "Oh, hell no." So, I pulled back in the garage, undressed and went back to bed.

But, I made myself go in on Wednesday. I'll let you know how that goes...

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Finally Friday

I got a lot of sleep on Thursday night, so I made it a point to get into work early. It was another hot, humid day.

Sidebar: I heard on WDET news that scientists have confirmed that, across America as a whole, this July was the hottest on record since records were kept (1885?). Oh, and that the polar ice cap is now mush (think the difference between an ice cube and crushed ice). No global warming? Get real. We are fncked. The only good thing is that I'm old enough that I'll be dead before it gets too bad...

Speaking about long-term problems, I also heard on the news that they are going to rebuild I-75. It will be a total gut and rebuild (entrance and exit ramps, over-passes, the roadway, etc. - like they did my section of I-96). The project is expected to take 14 years to complete!

Think about that for a moment...

Little Yanessa will be driving by that point.

So, any trips you wanted to take to Frankenmuth, or Birch Run, or bow hunting or to the UP (I-75 is the only expressway north) will be screwed...

That old Chinese curse (may you live in interesting times) has come true...

I went to Time Out for lunch and got the fish and chips. This time it was excellent as ever. It was slow there, so my waitress sat and chatted with me while I ate. She went to her concert last night (I forget who it was, not that I recognized his name). But, she got her nails done (not easy on a waitress salary) and was thrilled by him coming into the audience. She actually touched him! She had pictures to prove it.

Sidebar: Okay, that sounds silly. But, if you remember, I was the one who was struck dumb when meeting Michael Simon at the Roast (thank you again, Jake and Carla). So I understand hero worship.

She also showed me pictures of her son's seventh birthday and her current boyfriend's picture. He was smiling and she was proud of that.

From there, I went and got the truck washed.

Later in the day, around 3:00 p.m., we had a brief shower. So much for the car wash. I can't catch a break here.

I talked briefly with Michelle Pace. They are going to the Woodward Dream Cruise again this year this weekend (so is Fred).

I also chatted with Vicky. She finally tried one of the food trucks (never had the chance, but love the idea) on Campus Martius. She said she had an excellent corned beef sandwich and a drink for less than $10.00. The weather was perfect. So, she ate it on a bench in Campus Martius, listening to a young girl singing a song. Damn! That sounds excellent!

Back home, I treated the cat and changed clothes. I went out back and started harvesting the cherry and Italian tomatoes.

Sidebar: The Big Boy tomatoes Margaret had given me are now being attacked by the skunks (or whoever.

My neighbors were out harvesting their crops too. They offered me a butternut squash, which I appreciated.

I warmed up two brats and a can of Grillin' beans for my dinner. Then I watched the Olympics until bedtime.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Thursday's Department Picnic

I said I didn't sleep well and I meant it. I must have shut off the alarm on the clock and ignored the one on the cell phone, because I woke up at 8:10 a.m.!!

Which was a problem. Today was the department picnic. I had put together the dry ingredients for my macaroni salad but still needed to make the dressing.

So, I sent a text apologizing to my boss, put together the dressing and finished making my dish. Then I shaved, showered and went to work.

Sidebar: I got there at 9:40 a.m. Jesus! How embarrassing.

By this time, Courtney had already gone to Meijer's with my corporate credit card (she picked the lock in my desk with a paper clip - so much for security) and bought paper plates, napkins and plastic silverware.

But, for the first time in some nine or ten years, I didn't have to run around picking up lasagna or chicken (since I have the only department credit card). This years picnic was orchestrated by Dan Rotermund, who had joined the PeopleSoft team. He had Mediterranean food catered in (which I paid for on the credit card, LOL).

So, at 11:30, I drove my butt over to Rotary Park and joined my crew. Everything was set up!

Salad bar

The main menu was cicken skewers with a cucumber, garlic and yogurt sauce; ham and cheese stromboli; a broccoli, cauliflower and carrot vegetable medley; Patatas Bravas with garlic aoli and a Strawberry, walnut and arugula salad. This was all catered by Olivo, American & Mediterranean cuisine. Of course, as people showed up, the tables filled up with their personal offerings.

Finally, we all sat down to eat.

Dan had also set up some games!


Corn Hole

I tried to teach Courtney to play horseshoes with limited success (I blew out my knee on the first toss) and she taught me to play corn hole.

Sidebar: My first toss at corn home went right in the hole! Courtney's did the same! But, it was all downhill after that...

I went back to work the second time I needed the bathroom. There were bathrooms in the park, but not nearby.

They brought the leftovers back to our building and we set them on the folding tables for the mechanics to eat.

There was still a lot left by the time we went home. I took a small tray of the vegetable medley.

Back home, I messed around on the computer, (processing my pictures, etc.). I warmed up some of the vegetables for my dinner and ate them watching the Olymics. Then I went to bed early.

Thursday, August 18, 2016


It was another hot, humid day. My arthritis was officially killing me.

I went to the Big Boy and got the broccoli and ham soup with a half turkey sandwich on multi-grain bread for lunch.

It started to rain about 3:00 p.m. Naturally my windows were opened on the truck, so naturally I got wet closing them.

It had stopped by the time I left for home, but the freeway traffic was terrible  (stop and go all the way home).

There was a big puddle in my driveway, so I used the hoe to make a trench to the ditch.

I watered the container gardens on the front porch and the two big urns next to the garage door. They are all under the overhang of the roof, so do not benefit from rain.

I checked the gauge and we picked up a quarter of an inch from the afternoon storm.

I did a load of laundry and ate the rest of the steak with more sweet corn.

I watched the Olympics until bedtime, but didn't sleep well.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Tuesday's Tale

It rained hard here Monday night through Tuesday morning. I took the trash out to the road before leaving for work. In addition to the trash can, there was a garbage bag of debris from the drywall demolition.

I went to lunch at the Newburgh Grill. I had a cup of the ham and bean soup (my favorite) and a mini-Greek salad.

Then I went to Lowe's and returned the extra drill bit, so I got my $18.00 back. I turned around and spent it (and more) on a work light that costs $29.00.

Sidebar: I know Jake left me one, but it's in one of the boxes, somewhere.

It rained occasionally, but not long or hard in the afternoon.

Sidebar: This damn humidity is wreaking havoc with my arthritis! Both my knees and my left ankle are killing me.

So, when I got home, I got in the trash can and the mail. I treated the cat, took an extra Celebrex and quit for the night.

I did go out back to check the rain gauge. I officially got 1 1/2+ inches of rain here.

Sidebar: Some places got over three inches of rain. The news was filled with stories of flooded freeways, abandoned cars and people with flooded basements. So, I'll settle for what I got, thank  you.

I ate two more brats and the rest of the coleslaw for dinner.

I watched the Olympics until I fell asleep.