Friday, June 24, 2016

Thursday's Tale

It was cloudy and overcast on Thursday. We got no rain here overnight, but there is a slight chance of rain today. We need it badly here...

I went to Applebee's for lunch. I got my favorite: the three cheese pasta with chicken and the French onion soup.

I drove back through Hine's Park and it was sad to see the vast expanses of browning grass.

It did rain briefly here in the afternoon. I had to go out and shut the truck windows.

But, by the time I went home, the sun had come out. I checked the rain gauge and there was only a trace in the tube. Sigh...

I had a few redskin potatoes that were sprouting, so I peeled them and made a little potato salad. My celery was limp and the whole thing needed more crunch. Radishes would have been a nice touch.

I ate that with the last brat.

I ran the dishwasher and did a load of laundry.

I watched some TV and went to bed at 10:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hump Day

I finally got off my ass and went into work.

I went to the Newburgh Grill for lunch. I had the tomato orzo soup and a mini Greek salad.

It was getting warm in the afternoon. I have been hoping for days that the predicted rain would show up. But, nothing...

So, when I got home, I started watering. I used the rain wand on the herbs. Then I attached the hose to the drip system in the vegetable garden. I carried a watering jug to all the flowers out fron and in back that looked like they needed it.

I can't do much about my poor burned-up lawn.

I finished up about 7:30 p.m.

I warmed up a brat and make a blue box of mac and cheese for my dinner.

I went to bed around 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Father's Day and beyond

I took Father's Day off (except for more plant watering).

My brother Jim called to wish me a happy Father's day. As did Carla's mother. My daughter Melissa called and we talked for a long, long time. So long, in fact, that I missed a call from Michelle.

I ate the rest of the chicken. I was going to make some potato salad. But didn't.

I was going to go into work on Monday. But didn't. Skipped Tuesday, too.

Frankly, this is becoming embarrassing.

Saturday, at the zoo...

Since I always wake up early, I didn't set the alarm on Saturday. Naturally, I woke up late and had to hustle. I was supposed to meet Victoria and Yanessa at the Detroit zoo at 9:00 a.m. for our annual company "Cornerstone Schools walk."

I was about two miles away when she called and asked where I was.

Apparently, they didn't do the whole video thing about Cornerstone this year. They did have snacks and drinks, but then they just headed out.

So, I met them in an empty pavilion. Yanessa saw me first and started waving. So, I said, "Hola, Yanessa." She's bilingual, I'm not...

I grabbed two energy bars and a bottle of water and we headed out.

I'm not going to name all the animals we saw and I didn't take pictures. But we had fun.

Yanessa wanted to get her face painted, so we stopped for that.

So, we walked and we walked and it got hotter and hotter. We went to the polar bear exhibit and didn't see one damn bear. But the seals were fantastic and put on a great show. Since this as the second year we didn't see any polar bears, I told Vicky they probably didn't even have them.

Yanessa wanted to go on the carousel but she was too short to go alone. So, Vicky went with her. She rode on a turtle while I watched the stroller.

We finally made it to the new penguin house. I seriously wanted to go there, since I contributed $75 bucks last year to build it. It was almost cold inside,which I appreciated.

We checked out the penguins on top.

It was dark inside as well, so Yanessa asked me if I would hold her hand, I think she was scared. So, I did. (I can't refuse any request that starts with "Papa John...")

We finally got to the bottom (it's a long trip) and watched penguins soar over our heads. But, believe me, that $75.00 dollars was worth it!

At one point, Yanessa asked me to carry her. It felt nice, but that threw me off with my cane. Fortunately, Vicky noticed and took her from me.

We took the elevator back up rather than the long walk up ramps. Yanessa was proud to push the buttons.

There is a splash pad outside the penguin house, so Vicky changed Yanessa's clothes and she ran into it.

She kept running and when she got to the end where I was, I would clap which was cool. What was also cool was another little boy (whose grandma undressed him next to me) saw this and kept running up to me, grinning. So, I clapped for him, too.

Sadly, Yanessa's face paint washed off.

We were walking to the exit and talking about eating lunch.

Sidebar: There was a problem. We were in Royal Oak. I live in Redford and Vicky lives in the hood (west side of Detroit) so neither of us knew of any nearby restaurants.

BTW, I was still doing good, leg-wise.  We were still discussing lunch as we passed by the Train station. I casually asked why we never took the train. She said she didn't think about it... So I bought three tickets and we waited a bit.

The train ride was fun. We waved to people on the way and they waved back. But what we didn't know it was a one way ride to the far end of the zoo!


So we walked back. We did see some rhinoceros that we missed the first time. We also saw a living polar bear walking around (so I apologize to the zoo people). Yanessa passed out in the stroller and I started limping. I told Vicky I changed my mind. All I wanted to do was to go home and take a nap.

I also was sweating like a pig. My company hat was dripping and, believe it or not, even my cane was wet! I asked Vicky how far we walked. She checked her Smart Watch that I gave her and it said just .8 miles. Bullshit! She figured out why, though. The watch works off of your arm movement and most of the time she was pushing a stroller.

Sidebar: They had five of these Smart Watches they raffled off at work for the registered zoo walkers and I won one. As I said, I gave it to her. She's all into physical fitness and I'm not. Besides, I'm still trying to figure out how my phone works, LOL!

We got outside to the parking lot and got to my truck. We did our usual goodby (Yanessa was still sleeping). And I headed out on west-bound I-696. I took that to the Southfield and that to I-96. I got off on Telegraph so I could stop at Popeye's for some chicken and red beans and rice. I was tired, but still hungry! I got home just before 2:00 p.m.

I ate about half my chicken then I went to bed. I got up after 5:00 p.m. I watered the front container gardens and got the mail. I got two Father's Day cards, one from Carla and one from Melissa. Thanks! I went back to bed for the night.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Finaly Friday!

There were no clouds on Friday morning and the temperature was supposed to soar! But, at least it's not supposed to humid.

Sidebar: Not only here, but out West and in the South, the heat is supposed to be brutal. I am definitely NOT a Summer or Winter guy. I like the mild temps of Spring and Fall. So, where the hell should I live? Tennessee? Or do the "Snow Bird" thing and stay in Michigan in the summer and stay in Puerto Rico through the winter? I dunno...

Spain. Maybe Spain...

Or maybe Malta. They have some beautiful women there...

But, I digress.

Miss Victoria asked me where I was going to lunch. I said I didn't know.

Sidebar: I really don't know until I leave at noon. Then I decide.

So, I suggested several restaurants. She turned them all down. She said she wanted "something light, but not a salad." She finally settled on Panera. She got her usual broccoli and cheese soup in a bread bowl. I got a half of chicken salad sandwich with a cup of clam chowder soup. The sandwich was excellent. The soup? Meh. We ate outside in the shade.

Sidebar: I wish I lived closer to Mount Clemens. My brother Carl found a fantastic restaurant if you want a half sandwich and soup! I forget the name, but it was great.

The afternoon passed slowly, as a Friday and payday usually does. It was hot when I walked outside in the afternoon.

I went and got my hair cut after work. I originally scheduled this for Saturday morning, but I forgot Saturday was the zoo walk.

So, I got home late. I treated the cat and then went out to check the plants. Nothing seemed to need water yet (but the next rain forecasted is on Tuesday and its supposed to be in the 90's until then, here in Redford).

Sidebar: There goes my water bill, sigh...

My friend B___ called and we talked a long time, catching up.

I warmed up the rest of the steak and sweet corn for dinner. I was out of horseradish, so I topped the steak with A1 Sauce.

I fell asleep watching TV.

Friday, June 17, 2016


I mixed the dressing with my macaroni and fixin's before I left for work on Thursday.

It was a gloomy day, with occasional showers but no real rain.

We had the Building cookout at noon. The burgers were perfect and I ate a little of everything (except for my macaroni salad and all the desserts). Needless to say, I overate.

Sidebar: Big shout out to whoever made the taco salad! It was the best I ever tasted!!!

I gave my leftover macaroni salad to my boss before I went home.

I said I skipped the many desserts and I did, but I took a piece of the Tres Leche cake home with me.

I checked the rain gauge when I got home. It was sprinkling again when I did but, sadly, there was less than a 1/4 inch of water in in. Damn! My grass does look better, but I need a real rain here.

I spent some time cleaning up the kitchen, running a load in the dishwasher and doing the Wednesday wash (a day late).

I warmed up some of my leftovers (sweet corn and summer squash) for my vegetarian dinner.

Sidebar: I forgot the cake in the fridge.

I watched some TV but went to bed before 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Well, that explains it...

The daughter of my other friend Leon, Erin, (you remember her wedding at her baseball field last year) posted this on Facebook. It's how she tells her young students (she's a teacher) about being "gay." Now, as I have said before, I don't know anybody who is definitely gay.

But, I think that is a beautiful explanation.

She got a LOT of shit on Facebook, but I think that explains it.

Can't we all get along?

Hump Day

I woke up early again on Wednesday, dammit!

We were supposed to get thunderstorms in the morning and then severe thunderstorm in the afternoon. It did rain around 9:00 a.m., for about a half an hour, but then it quit.

Sidebar: My lawn and gardens really need some rain...

I went to Big Boy at lunch. My stomach was still not feeling great, so I thought a light lunch of a cup of broccoli and ham soup and half of a turkey sandwich on multi-grain bread would hit the spot.

The place was a madhouse! I stood there for a long time with a bunch of other people, waiting to be seated. That is, until one of my favorite waitresses snuck me in. She cleaned off a booth for me and asked if I needed a menu. I said no and gave her my order.

Sidebar: I noticed as I was waiting that there were a lot more waiters and waitresses than normal. WTF? I also notice that they were carrying TONS of the classic Big Boy Burgers on their trays. Hmmm...

That's when I noticed a tri-fold promo on my table. Apparently, because it's their 80th anniversary, any classic Big Boy Burger was just 80 cents with any Coke product on June 15th. Sigh...

The afternoon showers never occurred.

So, when I got home, I did a little more watering. Then I blew off the porch, both patios and the fire pit area.

Back inside, I started making a macaroni salad. The Building 3 summer picnic is tomorrow and I signed up to bring one.

So, I boiled a box of large elbow macaroni. While that was cooking, I roasted three red peppers on the stove grates.

I drained the macaroni in a colander and rinsed it with cold water. I set it aside.

Then I added in the red peppers (chopped fine), 1/2 cup of Wickles pickles, 1/2 cup of black olives, chopped fine, and three finely sliced green onions (both white and green).

Now I know how the mayonnaise dressing gets watery in the fridge overnight. So, I just mixed it up in a jar, to be added in the morning.

The dressing was 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, one tablespoon of red wine vinegar, three teaspoons of sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, lots of fresh ground pepper, 1/4 cup of milk and a splash of the pickle juice.

I put the bowl of the macaroni and fixin's in the fridge along with the bottle of dressing. I'll put it together Thursday morning.

For dinner, I cut the ends off of two summer squash, sliced them thin and sauteed them in butter. I sliced up the rest of one of the two steaks I had grilled and heated them up in the microwave.

While they warmed, I mixed up some horseradish and mayonnaise for a steak dressing.

I plated everything and ate a delicious dinner watching Jeopardy.

I couldn't find anything interesting on TV after that, so I switched to reading until I fell asleep.

The damn weather radio woke me up at 4:00 a.m. A severe thunderstorm was hitting Munroe. I went to the bathroom and saw the security light was on. Two very fat raccoons and their smaller child (pup? welp?) were waddling over to the reflecting pool for some water. I didn't turn the light on so as not to scare them off...

It was raining and there was lightning, but I didn't seen any hail. I tried to got back to bed, but it was no use...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


I was still sick on Tuesday, but I went into work.

I went to Newburgh Grill for lunch. I got a cup of the bean and ham soup and a grilled ham and cheese sandwich. I could only eat half the sandwich. My stomach was torn up.

They said there was a "chance" of rain in the afternoon. But, nothing showed up.

So, when I got home, I started watering. I finished up around 7:15 p.m.

I took some pictures of the grass in the driveway after the GroundClear application.

Back inside, I made a small salad and warmed up the last of the leftover meatloaf and a baked potato. I couldn't finish that, either.

I read until bedtime.