Monday, July 16, 2018

Slow Sunday

I woke up at 3:00 a.m. with diarrhea. Nice. On the plus side, I did wake up. That could have gone horribly wrong...

This happened about every two hours. I finally gave up and got up at 8:00 a.m. I ate breakfast, but threw it back up.

When I still wasn't better at 10:00 a.m. (even after eating yogurt), I sent a text to Amanda, cancelling today's adventure. I was supposed to go with her and her friend Angie to the Plymouth Art Fair. But I figured that wouldn't go well with shitting and puking.

She said to stay home, feel better and she would just go with Angie.

So, I finally made my pasta salad. While the tri-colored rotini cooked, I prepped the veggies. I ended up using grape tomatoes (halved), two bunches of scallions (cut on the bias), two baby salad cucumbers (never saw them before, but Meijer's had them - I left the peel on them and cut them into little rounds), one yellow pepper, diced) and finally, a summer squash (I bought a long, straight one, cut it into rounds and then quartered each round). I tried to make everything approximately the same size.

I added some sliced black olives and the now cold pasta. I tried something new for the dressing: Kraft Tuscan House Italian dressing. I added in some shredded mozzarella cheese. I mixed everything together, then taste-tested it. Needed salt and pepper, so I added that. Then I stuck it in the fridge to chill.

Sidebar: It dawned on me later some feta cheese would have been a nice option. Not that I had any.

Then I did some of the Sunday morning chores. I wound the clock, refilled my pill box and stripped the bed. I did a load of laundry and then washed the bedding.

I saw on Facebook that Amanda had found the jeweler she was looking for. She got her ankle bracket fixed and bought the ankh ring she had been wanting.

Sidebar: It's an ancient Egyptian symbol (I had to look it up). I don't know what it means, but it looks like this:

Anyway, I commented on her post, saying I was sorry I couldn't have been there. She said, "Don't be. It's way too hot out here!" I said I wouldn't know, as I hadn't been outside. She said, "Good! You stay inside!!!"

Sidebar: Why are there so many of my young women friends who are so quick to boss me around. I'm old, not stupid. I know how to handle hot weather. Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing and drink a lot of water. I had already picked out my Puerto Rico clothes to wear.

I tried the pasta salad for a late lunch It was really, really good. Only complaint I had was some of the yellow pepper pieces were too big. The raw summer squash was a nice touch.

I would have stayed inside, but I had to water the porch plants and the mailbox garden. Amanda was right! It was stifling out there.

I made up the bed and returned my daughter Melissa's call from yesterday. But, I just got her voicemail.

I had bought two summer squash, but only needed one. So, I sliced up the other one and sauteed it in butter (like my Mother used to do). Man, I love that stuff! I'll have to buy some more while they are still in season.

Some time after 8:00 p.m. I heard occasional thunder. I'd get up and check, but it wasn't raining here. This happened all night long. Apparently, the storms moved all around me. But I never saw any rain.

Because of my broken sleep last night, I went to bed at 11:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Saturday's Story

Saturday was warmer still, along with higher humidity.

If you remember, Vicky was supposed to come out Friday. She had to cancel but said she's come on Saturday, which would be better anyway as Yanessa would be back home.

Sidebar: Yanessa has been up with Daniel's parents in Traverse City for the past week (a yearly tradition).

Well, when she called on Friday it was at 9:30 a.m. So, I shaved and jumped in the shower after a quick breakfast. I got dressed and then went to Looney Bakery so she and Yanessa would have something to snack on. Back home, I waited and I waited...

I was checking Facebook when I learned her cousin had come into town and they were all over at her uncle's house! I waited another hour and sent her a text, asking if she was still planning to come by or could I go grocery shopping (I need some produce).

She said she was still coming and she needed some things, too, so maybe we could go grocery shopping together. Unusual, but interesting concept, so I said sure.

She got here a little after 1:00 p.m. without Yanessa. She said her grandparents decided to stay one more day. We sat and talked for at least an hour, just catching up.

Then we went grocery shopping. I was almost out the door when I remembered I had just put on my pants on and didn't have my house key. I grabbed the keys off the dresser.

While I normally go to Kroger's, she had coupons for Meijer's so we went there instead. She was amazed at how big our Meijer's was compared to hers.She also said ours was much less crowded. We each took a cart and took off.

As I said, I only needed produce, so my shopping didn't take long. I waited for a while and then went looking for her. She just had one of those smaller baskets, but filled it with a variety of "stuff." I helped her look for things.

She used those self checkout things (I never do, I always screw it up) so I did, too. My bill came to $12.00. I reached for my wallet and found I had left it home! She said she had my back, so I told her to put in a $20, I'd keep the change and then pay her the $20 when we got back home.

Back in the car, she said she was hungry. I asked her what she wanted as we have a lot more restaurants around here since work in Livonia (I named off about 10 of the new ones within a mile). She said she'd really like to go to Red Lobster.

Sidebar: Both Yanessa and Evy are allergic to seafood, so she never gets it at home.

So, we went there. She ordered an appetizer (Lobster and Langostin pizza) and we both ordered the Linguine with Shrimp Alfredo with the Caesar Salad (we always did).

The food came, but no appetizer. Two older women came in and sat across from us, but nobody came to take their order. The waitress never came back to refill my water. We waited and waited for the bill. Finally the manager came up and explained to the women their waitress had abruptly walked out of the restaurant!

After he took their order, I caught up with him and asked for our bill. She paid it (no tip) and we drove home.

I carried my groceries in and went to get her the money for the groceries and lunch. She said to forget it. I said, "Don't be silly!" She said "All those years we worked together you never let me pay for lunch. So, I'm buying today!"

We made our goodbyes and she drove away. I was beat from the grocery store, so I changed into shorts and a t-shirt and took a two hour nap.

I was still full, so I skipped dinner, just had a snack. I watched TV but fell asleep during Saturday Night Live. When I woke up, I turned off the light and TV, then went to bed for real.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Friday

Vicky was supposed to visit Friday morning. So, I got cleaned up and waited for her. But, she called around 10:30 a.m. and apologized. It seems she had previously agreed to give a girlfriend a ride, but forgot about it. I told her it was no problem, we can always do it another day.

Still no rain, so I watered the herb gardens, the hanging plants out front and the mailbox garden.

I ate a ham sandwich for dinner, then watched TV until bedtime.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Thursday, July 12

I cut the front lawn on Thursday. We still haven't had any rain, so it didn't really need it. But, it might rain on Monday and I don't want it to get away from me.

The back grass gets cut.

Apparently, my lawnmower mechanic couldn't find any lawnmower service to cut the back grass, so his boss at  the repair shop sent his kid over with a huge walk-behind mower on Friday.

Sidebar: I only know this because my neighbor Rick told me.

He didn't do the nice straight lines like a regular lawn service (or I do), but he got it all cut down. I paid him $50 for cutting it and another $10 to trim it.

So, that's done.

An Exciting Fourth of July

The fourth of July didn't start out ll that exciting. It was a pretty normal day. Temps were in the 90's and still no rain.

But, about 9:30 p.m., I grabbed a beer and went out back to watch the fireworks from the patio. Some were quite impressive!

When they slowed down, I went back inside, only to hear somebody frantically ringing the door bell. WTF? I opened the door and there was a kid hopping around like he had to pee. He said, "Mister, your bush is on fire!"

I followed him outside (I should have gotten the fire extinguisher from the kitchen first). By the time I got out there my neighbor, Rick, had put it out with his fire extinguisher. Two more neighbors showed up. Then the Redford Fire Department rolled up.

They insisted on walking through the house, even though I told them I had three smoke detectors. They said it was procedure, so they did.

I felt bad for the bush. It was an arbor vitae I had planted there when I first move here. Fortunately, it was on the corner of the vestibule, which is stone.

I took a picture for you the next morning.


Friday, July 6, 2018

Tuesday

Tuesday was much more exciting. Amanda stopped by and we sat in the A/C and bullshitted for a bit. I bought her lunch at the Brunch Cafe - Newburgh and Six Mile. What I liked about it is you don't need to eat a ton of hash browns. They  also offer a fruit bowl. I got the eggs Benedict with the fruit bowl and she got a mushroom omelet, also with the fruit bowl. I ate her honey dew melon (she doesn't like them) and she gave me a big piece of her omelet (It was delicious).

Back home, she left and I went to refill the cat's water.

I lost my balance and crashed into  the exercise machine. It's got cables and I was stuck there for a while.  I finally got free and crawled to the steps. I used the hand rail to get back up. I have a foot long bruise on my left thigh, a  wicked bruise on my left arm and a nasty looking red left eye.

I bought a cheap-ass steak at Kroger's. Now, normally I prefer a bone in rib eye steak about a half inch thick. But, this month I have even more medical bills and $500.00 for the mower repair.

So, I Googled it. It was a beef chuck shoulder Texas broil choice. They said you either needed to cook it fast or low and slow. Two hours and it would be tough. They also said a marinade would not work. Just salt.

So, I salted it and then I went to bed.

Monday

Nothing much happened on Monday.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Sunday's Story

It was a little cooler on Sunday (only 90 degrees) but no less humid on Sunday. So, I mostly stayed inside in the air conditioning.

I had yogurt with fresh black raspberries for breakfast. My raspberries are coming in fast and I am trying to beat the birds to them - I never win (wish I knew how to make jelly or jam).

Sidebar: I did talk to Amanda later on in the day and told her if she wanted some black raspberries, to feel free to drop by and pick all she wanted during the next few weeks.

I ate some more leftover pizza for lunch.

I was almost out of large and small band-aids (not good for a klutz like me) so I put on some pants and went to CVS. It was unusually crowded. On the way home, I go the truck washed at the hands-free car wash.

I left the truck in the driveway and went back inside. I treated the demanding cat and grabbed a towel. Then I went back outside and dried the truck off. It looked great, for a change.

Sidebar: Ever since I quit working, my truck has suffered. At work, I'd get it washed two or three times a month at a real car wash. Now it just sits there with crap on it. It's a shame. I have the time so I suppose I could wash it myself. But the problem is the hose is in the back of the house. Pulling it up front is no big deal, but winding 75 feet of hose back up is a bitch!

Anyway, I left it outside to make sure everything was dry and went back inside.

About an hour later, I pulled it inside and walked around with my camera (I wanted to show my brother Carl the difference between this year's clematis and last year). Last year it was glorious, this year it's puny.

Black raspberries
More black raspberries
Day lilies are starting to bloom

Day Lilies
Under-performing clematis
Oh, by the way, the clematis out back did grow up the trellis but did not produce a single bloom. Must have been a bad Spring for clematis here in Redford.

I went back inside and watched DIY shows until supper time.

Now, my plan was to make Seared Lemon Garlic Butter Scallops from a recipe I got off the Internet. But the only scallops I could find at Kroger's were the SeaPak frozen ones which were already called Lemon Garlic. So, I had to adjust.

I cooked the scallops according to the instruction in the frying pan. Meanwhile, I heated up three tablespoons of butter, 1/4 cup of white wine (out of those little bottles - not a big wine drinker) and the juice of a whole lemon. When the scallops were done, I dunked them in the saucepan and gave them a bath.

I did one of those 90 second Uncle Ben microwave packets of long grain and wild rice.

Finally I plated them up.

It was excellent!!!

I watched stupid TV until 1:00 a.m. and then went to bed.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

The heat is on...

Let's review: It was 89 degrees and a little muggy on Thursday. It was 93 degrees with 86% humidity on Friday. And it's supposed to be 97 degrees with high humidity today.

So, I stayed inside as best as I could in the air conditioning.

Sidebar: Come on, interruptible electrical power, don't fail me now!!!

I ate a bagel for breakfast and the last of the pasta for lunch.


But about 3:00 p.m., my neighbor sent me a video text he got from the mechanic. I am going to try and upload it.


He said the guy (I should learn his name - on the other hand, I still don't know the name of the grocery store at Beech and Joy and I've been going there for years, lol) needed to know the model number of the tractor. He said they were both next door in the pool (nice), so I grabbed the shed key and met them outside.

The mechanic said the deck and the tractor don't match! I asked how that would be possible as I bought it brand new from Lowe's. He pointed out there were four numbers under the model number and that meant it was reconditioned. WTF? He said it happens all the time. He also said whoever rebuilt this deck put the one pulley on upside down which is why it ate into the swing arm.

I got screwed, I guess.

Once he had the information he needed, they asked if I'd found the other blade. I said no. I'd walked about a quarter of the grass on the south side but didn't (or couldn't) see it. So, they said, "Let's take a walk!"

Sidebar: My daughter, Melissa, suggested using my magnetic disc in the tall grass.

So, the mechanic took the south side, Rick took the north and I walked up the middle. I found it next to the maple whose roots grow above the ground. Oddly enough, it wasn't damaged (which eliminated the theory the other blade got bent by it. The mechanic said it looked perfect, but he would match it up to a new blade. If it was, he would just sharpen it and I saved $25.00. Yes!

So, they went back to the pool and I went inside. I was feeling pretty good until I went into the bedroom...

CALEY SHIT ON THE BED!!!

I could have killed her. I should have killed her. But, I just yelled at her instead. I cleaned it off with toilet paper and then stripped the bed. I put everything in the washer, sprayed the mattress pad (which was not wet) with Fabreeze and sprayed the room with air freshener.

I put a towel on the mattress pad over the Fabreeze spot and took a nap while the washer did it's work.

When I woke up, I put the bedding in the dryer and went out front to water the hanging plants and the mailbox garden. I brought in the mail while I was at it.

I ate cold pizza for dinner. Then I watched TV until bedtime (after SNL). Firewoks were still going off at 2:00 a.m. I know because I was trying to sleep.