Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Birthday Shoutout!

Happy birthday to my grandson, Carl V, who turns 23 years old today. Where did the time go?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


I woke up with the alarm on Monday. I had some cold cereal for breakfast and then shaved, showered and got dressed for my infusion.

Driving to the doctor's, I noticed that it was nice and sunny, but cold.

Back home, I took the trash receptacle out to the road. The recycle one was still almost empty.

Amanda called around noon. She offered to buy me lunch after her work. Free lunch? I said sure.

Since it was Monday, we went to the Big Boy on Six Mile and Newburgh. Why? Because the soup of the day on Monday is Canadian cheese, which is excellent. Along with a cup of soup each, we split a club sandwich.

Scott was bringing Keldon from school to the dentist around here someplace. She had some time to kill and wanted to check out some new work shoes. I offered to come with her and she accepted. So, we drove our respective vehicles to the Sears store at Seven Mile and Middlebelt.

She couldn't find anything at Sears, so we tried Kohl's.

While we were checking out their shoes, my phone rang. It was my dentist, wondering where I was.

Sidebar: Damn, I completely forgot my 2:00 p.m. appointment to get that little hole in my cap filled.

I told Cindy I was about 10 miles away. She asked if I could come in at 4:15 p.m. I said sure.

Kohl's was a bust, too. So she left for her dentist and I drove to mine. I had time, so I stopped at home to brush my teeth and start a load of laundry.

The filling didn't take very long and was virtually painless. The pain came when I had to pay the bill, lol!

I took Inkster back home. On a whim, I went to the Chinese takeout next to CVS on Plymouth Road. I got a quart of chicken fried rice. So, dinner was solved.

I watched the news for a while. When I got hungry, I ate a big bowl of the chicken fried rice.

When the news ended, I switched to reading in the living room, covered with a throw and a cat. When I started nodding off around midnight, I went to bed.

Monday, March 19, 2018


I was ill when I woke up on Sunday. I alternated between being freezing cold and sweating like a pig. Other than getting some coffee and a towel to wipe my face, I stayed in bed all day.

Sidebar: That was really a pity as it was  sunny and warm out for a change.

I ate some crackers and cheese when I got hungry. I also ate some Greek yogurt and a Honeycrisp apple.

Come Saturday Morning

I overslept on Saturday. It was because I was dreaming I was cold and just wanted to snuggle under the covers. When I finally woke up, I realized I was really cold! WTF?

I checked the thermostat and it was 67 degrees. I went downstairs to check on the furnace (which was running). The bi-fold door stuck so I ripped it off.

Sidebar: I am not apologizing nor explaining. I am merely reporting. I have anger issues at times.

The blower was running, but there was no flame. I tried turning it off and then back on (my IT training) but it didn't work.

I couldn't find Scott Pace's number, so I called Michelle. I got her voicemail. I left a message. Then I found Scott's number and called him. I got his voicemail. I left a message.

Sidebar: Remember this was like 7:30 a.m.

So, I got in the shower (at least that was warm). Sure enough, the phone rang. So, I totally soaked the little mat while I answered it. Scott said he couldn't come right away and I said I understood (its not like my pipes were freezing or anything) and I told him I had to get my stupid infusion anyway. So we agreed to meet around noon.

I got dressed and went to the doctor's.

On the way, I called Amanda. We were supposed to go to another Painting with a Twist with Keldon today and then she had a secret adventure planned for me.

Sidebar: Damn kid doesn't seem to understand that I like to be alone and stay in my house. She keeps dragging me places. Worse yet, I think my daughter Melissa is in on this effort as well!!!

Anyway, I'd already paid for my ticket at Painting with a Twist so I left her a message to take either one of her friends or one of Keldon's in my place. No sense wasting the money.

Sidebar: She took Megan, one of Keldon's classmates and his friend. They had a blast.

On the way back from the doctor's, I thought I'd stop at Bates for some biscuits and gravy (no sense rushing home to a cold house). But the little parking lot was full!

So, I went to Leo's Coney Island and got a half order with a cup of coffee. I was very disappointed. The gravy wasn't warm enough. I should have sent it back to get reheated. But, I was in a foul mood and just ate it anyway. Then I sat there for a long time, sucking down coffee refills and watching a cute waitress with nice boobs and an amazing butt.

I finally gave up, paid my $6.02 (plus tip) and went home. I changed clothes and got my tee-shirt of the day.

Sidebar: I usually wear a ripped up old one. But, after the Goodwill effort, I realized just how many tee-shirts I have that I never wear. So, I'll save the old ripped up one for something like painting and wear a new shirt everyday.

BTW, I bought a new tee-shirt (is that how you write it? I dunno. T-shirt, maybe?) just for Saint Patrick's Day.

Today's shirt (back)

Today's shirt (front) The barn is a local landmark and has a farmer's market in the summer.

Scott showed up around 11:30 a.m. He said he already knew what the problem was, based on our phone call (damn! He's good!). So, he took some gizmo off the back of the furnace and replaced it. I don't remember him telling me what it was, just that it was not the ignightor, which I thought it might be.

I asked him if it was time to replace the furnace, so he looked around and found it was installed  in 1996. So, it's 21 years old. He said it's not the age, but the level of carbon monoxide it emits. So, he let the furnace run a while and then put a handy-dandy tester next to the outlet in the downstairs bathroom.

Sidebar: I told him I have carbon monoxide testers in all the smoke alarms. He said that didn't really matter as I would be dead before it ever went off. Um, good to know. I told him I have a cat and if she's ever dead, I would leave the house immediately.

While we were waiting, Scott carefully put the door back on. Thanks, man. My bad...

His test device (which cost almost $400 because I asked) showed a level of 0.02. He said that NO CO2 was the norm, but it wouldn't kill me. However, if I wanted to replace the furnace it would be about $2K.

He mentioned that I wouldn't be using it all that much anymore and we could talk about it in the Fall.

We were bullshitting in the garage when he mentioned the kayack. I told him I bought it to go fishing on Newburgh lake, but never could figure out how to get in it or, worse yet, how to get out of it. I mean, I could ask Amanda (she's helped my ass up more times than I like to recall) but what would she do while I was fishing?

Anyway, he said he was too fat, but his skinny brother would like it. So, I traded it for the furnace repair.

Sidebar #1: Scott is not fat. He is just huge. He's shorter than me, but I have never properly shaken his hand. It's just too damn big. The only vestige I have from working in the factory is my wrists.

Sidebar #2: Jake told me at my age and severely diminished income, I need to learn to barter. I think I just did!!!

Sidebar #3: I was telling Amanda about the furnace going out and how I traded the kayak for the repair"Oh no! I was going to ask you to borrow that this summer!". I said, "Why in the hell didn't you tell me that?" She said, "Because it's winter!" I suppose there is some sort of logic here, but I still felt bad.

I went to a nearby deli that was offering St. Patrick Day dinners. I bought corned beef, roasted potatoes and cabbage for $11:00. I thought it was cheaper than buying the ingredients and making it myself. Plus, there would not be those damn leftovers.

The corned beef was excellent and the roasted potatoes were great. But the cabbage was overcooked and mushy. I didn't care. I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner!

I was feeling a little weird, so I laid down and watched TV for the rest of the night.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Friday's Road Trip

Friday morning, I had cold cereal (I prefer Honey Bunches of oats with almonds, myself) for breakfast. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed for my morning infusion.

My favorite nurse told me the test results came back and I do NOT have clostridium difficile (a nasty bowel infection that's hard to cure). That's good news/bad news. If I don't, why have I had constant diarrhea for the last three months?

Back home, I chilled for a moment and then hit the road to make my 12:45 p.m. appointment with my primary care physician.

I totally misjudged the time. In my defense, I have always gone on Saturday (since I was working) and traffic was a lot heavier. But, I was close with 45 minutes to spare. So, I decided to get lunch.

There were no fast food joints nearby, so I settled on a Chinese restaurant at Garfield and 16 Mile called May Hong. I know Ten Yen has spoiled me, but really? The won ton soup had a weird sweet flavor to the broth. And the chicken sub gum was mostly celery and carrots.

Sidebar: Carrots? Who the fuck puts carrots in a Chinese dish?

Worst of all was the rice. It was white rice!!! WTF???

So, seven bucks and a tip later, and pissed off, I went to the doctor's.

I spent some time at the window, changing my insurance.

It took a long while but I finally saw my doctor. She was concerned and ordered an EKG and blood work.

I passed the EKG with flying colors.

Sidebar: I always do. If and when I die, it will not be because of my heart. HEART STRONG!!!

They took about a gallon of my blood and then I met with the doctor again. Apparently, my giving the infectious disease doctor her card worked, because she was up to date on my treatment.

She said the stool sample I gave them (don't ask) only checked for clostridium difficile. so she gave me a mail in kit (thank God) to check for other problems. She doubled up on my blood pressure medicine and asked me to come back in two weeks.

I drove back home (you have no idea how difficult that is with impaired vision).

BTW, my friend B___ told me if I get in a wreck and they can prove I have cataracts, I  am screwed. But, Vicky and Amanda were working. Courtney is home with her three kids and everyone else is far away.

When I got home, I changed clothes and took a nap.

When I woke up, I thought I would make a frozen pizza. But that seemed like a lot of work. So I ate cheese and crackers again and fell asleep watching TV.

Friday, March 16, 2018


I woke up before the alarm on Thursday. Since I had the time, I made scrambled eggs for breakfast.

It was cold, but sunny on the way to the doctors. The sun warmed up the inside of the truck nicely! The sample I gave them yesterday was sent to the lab, but the results had not come in. So, more waiting and wondering...

When I got out of there, it was still cold, but cloudy. So, now it felt as cold as it was.

I stopped by the house to brush my teeth before proceeding to the dentist.

Sidebar: When I called and made the appointment to get my tooth looked at, Cindy asked me if I broke my tooth or loss a cap. I didn't know. Luckily for me, when it happened, I had put it in my shirt pocket (not wanting to gross out our waitress). So, I dug my shirt out of the dirty clothes basket and took it with me.

It turned out to be a cap!!! Which meant I wouldn't have to pay $2-3K out of pocket to have it capped.The dentist did say it had a slight hole in it that would need to be filled, but he could cement it back on for right now. So, they did that. Then I got my cleaning and my x-rays (previously scheduled for next Saturday).

Paying cash, I got a 15% senior discount. I paid $186.00 for today and made an appointment set up for next Monday at 2:00 p.m. to have the cap filled. That will cost another $110.00. So, I really lucked out!!!

I dropped off the bag of clothes at the Goodwill. Then I got the truck washed (to get rid of the salt) on the way home.

Once home, I changed clothes and got back to work. I swept the office, hallway and the bedroom wood floors. Then I mopped them with the Swiffer Jet wood cleaner. So, I was effectively stuck in the living room, kitchen and downstairs.

I began to clean the Keurig with more white vinegar. This takes a while, so in between, I washed all the glass surfaces in the living room. Once the Keurig tank and guts were clean, I started the dishwasher to clean the part of the Keurig where you place the cups (there were enough dishes and I was running out of silverware).

I moved everything out of the kitchen except for the table and swept the kitchen floor with a broom. Then I ran over it again with the electric sweeper. By that time, the wood floors were dry.

So, I got another bucket of hot water and Pine Sol and mopped the kitchen floor. That trapped me in the office, bedroom and bathroom.

My legs hurt, so I put my feet up on the bed and watched rest of the news.

Once the kitchen floor was dry, I moved all the chairs back in from the living room.

Amanda had called and asked if I wanted to go to dinner with her and Keldon after karate, but I told her I had too much stuff to do. So, I made a blue box of mac & cheese for dinner.

I ate that watching TV. Later on I had some grapes and half an apple for snacks.

I was tired and went to bed at 11:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Working Wednesday

I left for the doctor's an hour later on Wednesday. They had called and asked if I minded coming in later as they had overbooked my usual time by mistake. I really didn't care, except it meant I lost an hour on a day I swore I would get more of my lengthy ToDo list whittled down.

It was cold, but clear.

On the way back home, I stopped at Westborn for more grated Parmesan cheese. Since I was there anyway, I got some green graples and four HoneyCrisp apples.

I also stopped at CVS for some AAA batteries. The ones in my blood pressure cuff quit on Tuesday (but they were over a year old).

I got home just after 12:00 p. So, I ate a sandwich for lunch. Then I changed clothes and got to work.

I started with the Wednesday wash. Then I swept the downstairs floor. Upstairs, I cleaned the humidifier with white vinegar.

By then, the washer had stopped. I put the clothes in the dryer and got a bucket of hot water and Pine-Sol. I grabbed the mop and mopped the downstairs floor (first time in a long, long time). By the time I finished the water in the bucket was black!

Next, I started going through my clothes looking for things that no longer fit. I finished going through my dresser, the bedroom closet, the office closet and the downstairs closet. I filled another garbage bag! I put that in the truck to take to the Goodwill.

The floor was dry when the dryer went off, so I hung up or folded all the clothes.

I thought about it and decided to wash the downstairs floor again (that black water freaked me out). So, I prepared another bucket and mopped it all again. This time the water was just gray. I can live with that.

Note to self: Wash this floor every two weeks or so!

I was tired and hungry and it was after 6:00 p.m. So, I warmed up another bowl of Melissa and Dave's eggplant and artichoke. I topped that with some of the grated Parmesan cheese and dug in. Still deliciously different.

I cleaned up the kitchen. My legs were tired (I should have taken a break in there somewhere). So, I decided to quite for the night.

I watched TV until the news at 11:00 p.m. I watched that and then went to bed.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Then it was Tuesday

It was damn cold Tuesday morning! I had oatmeal for breakfast and then shaved, showered and got dressed for the doctor's. I got my infusion and then left to get my haircut.

From there, I stopped at Kroger's and got a few things I needed. Then I went home.

Amanda had to work a split shift (10:30 - 2:00 and then 5:00 to 10:00) due to a large party. Since it was Tuesday, she asked me if I wanted to meet her at Panera's for a late lunch.

Sidebar: Panera's soup of the day on Tuesday is chicken and rice which I had never tried, but Amanda said it was great.

So, I met her over there a little after 2:00 p.m. Before I left, I threw a big bag of my old (too big) pants in the truck.

She was right! The soup was great!

She asked me what I was doing the rest of the day and I said I was dropping off some clothes to the Goodwill (across Middlebelt). She said she would tag along and see if there were any good clothes for Keldon.

She bought an amazing amount of clothes for Keldon and three pair of jeans for herself for $38.00!

Then she left to get a pedicure and I went home.

There was a threat of snow between 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., but all we got around here were a few flakes, every now and then.

The doctor's office called and asked if I could come in for my infusion at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday. I said sure.

I went out later and took the trash and recycle bins around back. I got in the mail as well.

I ate that leftover Reuben sandwich and fries for dinner. I heated the sandwich in the microwave and the fries in the oven (so they wouldn't get soggy)

I watched my usual NCIS shows and went to bed at 11:30 (after the news).