Saturday, April 25, 2015

Finally Friday!

It was cold here on Friday morning: 29 degrees F. at Metro! The official record for this date was 27 degrees, so we got close. Hey, if you can’t be warm, you have to revel in the cold.

Sidebar: They said it was 22 degrees in Mt. Clemens, so my brother Carl beat the record!

However, the upside was that it was finally Friday and finally sunny.

I went to lunch early as I had to go to the Credit Union (and Friday at noon at the Credit Union sucks). I managed to get in and out and still had time to stop at Time Out for a bite.

I ordered off the specials menu (I usually do) and got the 1/2 pound bacon and BBQ sauce cheeseburger. I substituted the fries for some chicken noodle soup.

Sidebar: I often wonder if I’m really saving any calories by going with soup instead of fries. I think I am, plus I love soup. But, I don’t know… Noodles, thick broth, chicken and veggies? That’s not exactly low-cal!

But, Nancy, my waitress brought me a bowl instead of the cup I’d asked for (they all love me). So, I ate that, chatting with Mandy (the other waitress today).

I was full before Nancy brought out the burger. So, I did something I rarely do. I cut it in half and asked for a take-out box. I ate the one half. It was fantastic, but messy. Thick- cut bacon on top of melted cheese on a fat burger drenched in BBQ sauce – perfect!

I packed up the other half (including the pickle I couldn’t eat, lol!) and wished everyone a good weekend.

The afternoon passed slowly (as Fridays-Paydays always do). But I finally was headed home. The sun had super-heated the truck cab, but it was only 53 degrees outside.

I got home, treated the cat and changed clothes, while watching the weather. Then I went outside to cut the front lawn.

Sidebar: I did wear a jacket. I’m just sayin’.

I was pleased the mower fired up on the first pull (take that, Mr. Carbon Sparkplug!)

Sidebar: The push mower has a foam air filter.  I don’t replace it. I wash it out every fall (before putting it up for the winter) with dish detergent. I squeeze the p*ss out of it and then let it dry. Next, I saturate it with plain old motor oil and squeeze it out again. Then I put it back in.

That, and the annual treatment of STA-BIL every fall seems to help the mowers over-winter.

Sidebar: I can’t speak to the tractor’s battery. I’ve had to replace it three times. If I had electricity out in the shed, I’d buy a Battery Tender, like I use on the bike. We’ll see…

I finished up out front with the blower and was inside at 7:41 p.m. I still need to rake out the front gardens, but it looked nice. Note: It wasn’t that long yet, it just looked shaggy.

I warmed up the other half of my burger and ate that while I watched some boxing. When the match ended, so did my interest and I went to bed.

Friday, April 24, 2015


It was cold on Thursday. 35 degrees F. at lunchtime! I went to the Big Boy on Six Mile and Newburgh and got the veal parmesan with a Caesar side salad. I couldn’t finish all the pasta, but it was excellent!!

The wind picked up in the afternoon. That, the cold and the occasional bursts of light snow put an end to my hopes of cutting the front lawn.

But, when I got home, I did dig out the mower and the gas can before I pulled the truck in. That way I can take advantage of the next time the weather gods smile on me. The front lawn really needs cutting!

Sidebar: Maybe a little less fertilizer this fall?

I watched the news. Since I had a big lunch, I wasn’t really hungry. So I just made myself a fried egg sandwich.

I turned on the Red Wings game and watch them blow an early 2-0 lead and lose in overtime. Disgusted, I went to bed.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

My Windsday!

It was cold and windy again on Wednesday. About 9:30 a.m., it started snowing hard.

Now, that’s not all that funny, but what was funny as the Spacely Sprocket lawn crew was out there, cutting the lawn for the first time. LMAO!

Sidebar: I need to do that as well… But, not in a snow storm.

I had to go to Best Buy to check something out, so I headed down Wayne Road at lunchtime. Now, besides Ten Yen (I’m afraid to eat Chinese for a while until Carla forgets she can’t get it in SC), there are lots of restaurants and fast food places down that way. I thought about it and decided I wasn’t all that hungry.

So, I ended up eating inside a McDonald’s. I got a quarter pounder with cheese and a medium fries. I can’t remember the last time I ate this, but it was damn good!

Next I went to Best Buy and then back to work and read until 1:00 p.m.

There were occasional snow showers and what looked like sleet at one point all afternoon. Oh, and the winds were still fierce. Pure Michigan!

Back home after work, Caley had barfed on the bedspread. Sigh…

So, the Wednesday Night Wash got delayed and I washed the bedspread, instead.

Sidebar: That was fun to say in my head and then type.

Jake and Carla called. First on the home phone and then, when I didn’t answer, on my cell. I explained to them the home phone is really screwed up and it never rang.

Sidebar: I will say this again! If you want to call me, use my cell!!!

After we hung up, I made dinner. I just heated up a can of Campbell’s split pea and ham soup and ate that with crackers.

I dried the bedspread twice and then threw it back on the bed.

I skipped the TV and read until bed time.