Saturday, July 22, 2017


Friday was yet another hot, muggy day. The weatherman said occasional showers, but it never rained here (again).

I did more computer work and some minor housecleaning.

Amanda sent me a text at 4:00 p.m. (she works until 5:00 on Friday), telling me she was hungry. I replied that I was NOT going to drive all that way to bring her food. She replied back (laughing) that she didn't want me to bring her food. She wanted to know if I'd like to go to dinner, since Scott had to work until 8:00 p.m.

Sidebar: I was getting a little tired of both hot dogs and hamburgers.

So, I cleaned up and put long pants on. She swung by around 5:30 and we went to Red Lobster.

I had my usual: The half order of shrimp linguine, a Caesar salad and those delicious biscuits. She had the shrimp scampi, a baked potato (?) and the Caesar salad.

Even though it was Friday night, it wasn't that crowded. So, we sat and talked for a long time.

Then she dropped me off and went on her way.

I found  a channel that was having a "Young Guns" marathon that had started at 7:00 p.m. So, I watched the rest of Young Guns and then Young Guns II and went to bed around 12:30 a.m.

Photo Bomb

Jake, photo bombing a picture of my mother and her favorite sons, LOL!

(Seriously, I think Carl was taking the picture)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Then it was Thursday

I woke up at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday. I ate some toast with honey for breakfast before taking my pills.

I spent some time on the computer before shaving, showering and getting dressed. Then I started cleaning the house.

I had a salad for lunch, and then went back to the computer.

Now, the project for today was both more computer work and fixing the front porch rocker.

Sidebar: That rocker is at least twenty years old and was cheap when I bought it back in St. Clair. I have repaired and repainted it several times.

Anyway, time got away from me and the next thing I knew it was after 3:00 p.m. I went out to get the mail and it was hotter then hell and hard to breathe.

On the way back in, I checked the container gardens and they were dry. This heat is sucking the moisture out of them!

Sidebar: What's throwing me off on the watering is that, every day on the morning news, they predict rain, but then it doesn't. WTF?

So, the rocker repair went on hold.

I hand-watered all the container gardens.  Then I watered the raised bed herb garden with the rain wand. Finally, I dragged the hose out to the vegetable garden and hooked up the sprinkler.

Sidebar: I have friends on Facebook who are posting harvests of double handfuls of green beans. I finally got three beans and two peas, LOL. I ate them onsite.

I went back inside, set the timer for an hour and laid on the bed, enjoying the A/C.

When the timer went off, I went back outside, shut off the water, wound up the hose and went back inside.

I warmed up the first burger for dinner and ate that with the last of the potato salad.

Sidebar: I ate it on a slice of sourdough bread, cut in half, with mustard and mayonnaise. It was thick and juicy and tasted excellent. But the Wendy's Junior Bacon cheeseburger was way more impressive,

I watched TV until bedtime.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Warm Wednesday

It was still hot and sticky, even when I woke up, on Wednesday. I had a long night of little sleep, again.

I shaved, showered and got dressed in shorts and a t-shirt. I made some scrambled eggs for breakfast.

I waited until after 9:00 a.m and then called the Redford Townships offices about my trash. It was still sitting out there, full. I got redirected to the new waste service.

Sidebar: The township switched waste pickup services in July.

I was on hold for at least 20 minutes (I was originally the 16th caller on hold), but I finally talked to a human. I explained that no one had picked up my trash and asked if they just wanted me to put it back out next week (not my favorite option). They took down my name and address and said to leave it out, they would send the "supervisor" truck to get it.

Sidebar: This pick up service offers free garbage and recycle cans than can be picked up with a robot arm. But, apparently, I have to go to their website and ask for them.

Then I went back to the computer and spent several hours trying to get my loan number for Nissan Finance. I am sure they originally sent it to me, but I can't find it! But, I finally got it and then got my payoff. I think with draining all my savings and a 401k distribution, I can pay this off. No way can I afford close to a $500.00 a month payment on just Social Security. But, there goes my safety net...

I went and took a nap.

I woke up at 3:00 p.m. I ate two hot dogs for a late lunch/early dinner.

At 4:30 p.m., I shaved, showered and got dressed in street clothes.  Then I putzed until after 5:30 p.m., when Amanda and her mother, Fran, picked me up for bingo.

While I was waiting, I checked outside and the trash had been emptied. So, I retrieved my trashcan and the mail. Damn, it was stifling out there!

They finally showed up and we headed ou to the Wolverine Sports and Conservation Club on Grand River and Inkster. They waned to show me playing bingo with what they called "machines."

Sidebar:It's basically a tablet. You get a lot more cards that are filled in electronically. But a LOT more expensive.

I also bought two sheets of cards this time, instead of the usual one I am used to. By comparison, Amanda and her Mom buy three.

But, by God, I spent four hours of intense concentration to not miss any numbers. I completely ignored the tablet.

Sidebar: I think this is why I like bingo. You can read or watch TV and your thoughts will wander to things (like money) that bother you. You cannot do this with real bingo. You have to focus.

At the end of the night, Fran had won $150.00 and Amanda $50.00. I still had nothing...

On the way home, we stopped at Wendy's. They were hungry (I was not) but we all ordered the Wendy's Junior bacon cheese burgers. They ate theirs in the car, I took mine home.

Amanda carried in my food for me. We said our goodbyes and, after they left, I ate mine.

Sidebar: First time I'd tried it, but it was really good.  Fries were cold, though.

I was wired from the bingo, so couldn't fall asleep until about 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


I woke up to the alarm on Tuesday. I had a scheduled haircut at 9:00, so I shaved showered and got dressed. I put the trash out to the road before I left.

I got my hair cut and then went to Kroger's and finally did my grocery shopping. I stopped at the bank and deposited my last paycheck (for some odd reason, they always mail the last one).

It was around 11:00 a.m. when I got home and it was already hot and sticky. So, I changed my clothes and stayed inside. I made some coleslaw and stuck it in the fridge to get happy.

About 5:00 p.m., I started some charcoal. I grilled four burgers (for later) and a package of hot dogs.

Back inside, I ate a hot dog with some coleslaw and some Kroger deli potato salad.

I went out to get the empty trashcan, but it was still full! WTF?

I watched my usual Tuesday night shows (both reruns) and went to bed after the evening news.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


It was warm and sticky on Monday.

So, I spent the day inside, on the computer, working on various financial strategies and paying bills.

Sidebar: the future does not look all that bright, LOL!

I ended up by starting to list the things I can cut.

I went to bed depressed and got little or no sleep all night long.

Slow Sunday...

It was supposed to rain mid-morning, so I stayed home. My legs were killing me. Plus, if you remember, I'd washed the truck and didn't want to mess it up.

When it hadn't rained by 3:00 p.m., I started hand watering the container gardens. First came the mailbox garden.

 As I watered each garden, I weeded it as well. Finally, I weeded the vegetable garden. That soil was do dry, I hooked up the sprinkler  and let it run for an hour.

When I was back here, I noticed a tree branch stuck in a tree.

I took that over to the fence. And that's when I saw a big cottonwood branch had crashed onto my fence.

I got up what I could lift, but had to leave the big one. I'll see if my neighbor wants it for his fire pit.

I went back inside and spent the rest of the day with my feet up, reading in my chair.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Saturday Road Trip.

I woke up to the alarm at 7:00 a.m. I ate some toast and ate my pills. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed.

I dressed in long pants instead of my Puerto Rican shorts as it was cool out. I went outside and sat on the bird house bench, waiting for Amanda.

We were going to the Wyandotte Street Art Fair. But, first, breakfast!

She arrived and we headed out.

We ate at Gest Omelettes, just down Plymouth Road before Beech Daly. She had scrambled eggs and hash browns, with white toast. I figured, hey, it's an omelet joint, right? So, I ordered the Southern Omelet, hash browns and rye toast.

Mine was good and I ate about half of it before my stomach said: Enough!!!

She insisted on paying and, since I am unemployed, I gave in.

Then we headed out. We got stuck in traffic with a bad accident trying to get on the Southfield freeway. But then we were on our way again.

While we were driving, I told her the amusing (I thought) story of me stuck on the grass yesterday. She was not amused. She was pissed. She said, "Why in the f*ck didn't you call me?" I explained I was working outside and don't carry my phone. She said, unless I was going to get a Life Alert necklace, I better start. Good point, I suppose...

When we were almost there, my stomach was acting up, so I told her the first thing we had to do when we got there was to find a bathroom. She said, "I'll find you a bathroom" and she did! We pulled into a Wendy's and I used their facilities.

When we arrived, I paid the $5.00 parking field and we walked over to the fair.

Sidebar: In my mind, I thought it would be like the ones we had in St. Clair: On the grass, in a park,with some 50 or 60 vendors. We'd take a stroll, check it out and then leave.

No, this was on Biddle Avenue, a city street, some five blocks long with hundreds of vendors and thousands of people.

 Then we started walking, or rather shuffling.There were too many people to take a decent step (I think that's what did me in). I occasionally took photos of things that interested me.

This one was oil on canvas and, had I the money, I would have bought it. Beautiful!!!

These were all done with spray paint!

At one point, we stopped and got some fresh-squeezed lemonade that was deliciously refreshing. By then it was hot in the sun.

Anyway, we walked, and walked and walked. Just after turning back, my knees started to give out. I kept stumbling. At one point, she had to grab my arm to keep me from going down.

Note to self: Next time bring the rolling walker, not just the damn cane.

Near the end, she asked somebody going the other way what they were eating. She was behind me and so I didn't hear their response. I asked her about it and she said "Strudel! And it's just ahead!!!"

Sidebar: I don't know shit about strudel.

But we finally made it to the strudel tent and she bought half a piece of cherry (they had apple and something else as well). We had until they got it out of the oven. She offered me some, but I declined. Too much sugar. It looked like puff pastry, wrapped around cherry pie filling and then dusted with powdered sugar.

She kept moaning as she ate it, until I thought she might have an orgasm.

We finally (FINALLY) made it to the car and I gratefully sat down. Amanda still had some strudel left, so she said she was going to throw it away before we left. She asked again if I wanted it. At first I said no, then I said, okay, one bite.

OMG! That was the best damn dessert item I ever tasted! No orgasm, but I definitely moaned.

We made three stops on the way home. One at her place in Dearborn (so I could go pee) and two at yard sales (the girl is a yard sale junkie). On the other hand, she spent just $12 on twelve t-shirts for her son's next school term, so I guess it's worth it.

We were slowed by a major accident on the Southfield, just a mile from our exit onto I-96.

But, we finally got home. We sat on the patio to decompress while she smoked a cigarette. Then we made our goodbyes and she was gone.

I took an extra Celebrex, took my clothes off and went to bed. It was 4:30 p.m.

Now, here's the sad thing. I had a private, personal invitation to a birthday party for Victoria's brother Luis that started at 5:00 p.m. It's been a long time since I've seen these folks or ate that delicious food! But, I got the invite on Friday, when Wyandotte was already locked and loaded. I told Vicky at the time I was already booked, but I would see what I could do.

But, there was nothing I could do. I was trashed.


My daughter, Melissa called (we had been playing phone tag for the last few days) We talked for a long time.

Then I went to sleep.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Finally Friday, LOL!

I woke up at 7:30 a.m. on Friday. I ate some toast and honey for breakfast while I watched the news.

I finally got around to getting shaved, showered and dressed.

I wanted to wash the truck. I'll probably be doing it in the driveway with the hose soon enough, but today I used the touch-less one just down the street. But, before I did, I went to the Checker's (just in front of CVS) and got a cheeseburger for lunch. Then I ran the truck though the car wash. I drove it home and left it in the driveway.

I ate my burger and most of the fries and then went out and toweled it dry.

Back inside, I changed into my shorts and t-shirt. After a rest on the bed, I went back out into the heat.

I got the wheelbarrow out of the shed and went back to weeding.

It didn't take much, bending over and pulling weeds, before my back started hurting. Then I had what I thought was a brilliant idea! I'd weed sitting down!!!

Now that has it's own problems. You don't have nearly as much leverage sitting as standing. But, I got a full wheelbarrow.

Then came the real problem: getting back up. I tried several ways to do it with no success. Finally, I tried holding onto the wheelbarrow and tipped it over on me.

Sidebar: I really hate looking stupid in front of my neighbors.

But I used the tipped over (and now more stable) wheelbarrow to help me up. I reloaded it and then dumped it in the field next store.

Sidebar: Next time, I'll remember to take my cane out with me.

I put the wheelbarrow back in the shed, locked it and went back inside.

I was sweating like a pig, so after another rest on the bed, I took a rinse-off shower.

I used the rest of the ham and onions to make scrambled eggs for dinner. It was much better than yesterday's omelet!

When it was dusk, the fireflies came out. They are never as numerous as back on the farm at 24 Mile Road, but I like watching them.

I watched the movie "Alex Cross." It was set in Detroit. Now here's the funny thing. Just this week, one of the news stories was about an abandoned church with amazing architecture in Detroit. Well, in the movie, there was a kickboxing match in that same old church!

I went to bed at12:30 a.m. after watching the news and the Tonight Show.