Friday, February 12, 2016


Cold and windy again on Thursday, but its only going to get worse I hear. Brrr...

I went to Eastside Mario's for lunch. I haven't been there in a long, long time. All I remember is that there wasn't much parking, the food was good but pricey and the service sucked.

So, I gave it another shot. I was right about the parking (and this wasn't the day for a long walk outside). It was a little pricey, but I ordered off the lunch menu. I got the Mario Trio, which was a bowl (and I do mean a big bowl) of soup, a Caesar salad and a small loaf of fresh-baked ciabatta bread. I chose Italian Wedding soup (my favorite Italian soup) and, when I was done, the waitress asked if I wanted more! I declined, so she brought the salad in a big bowl, with tongs and a plate. The bread came first, BTW. So, there was plenty of food for $7.99!

And, I was in and out in 45 minutes. Now granted, the place wasn't full so maybe that's why the food came so quick. But, I'm putting Eastside Mario's back on the list.

Back home after work, I treated the cat. I decided it was too damn cold to work in the garage, so I did a few small chores in the house.

I continued the Italian theme for dinner. I cooked some fresh Buitoni mushroom agnolotti and warmed up some Bertolli alfredo sauce. I put the two together, added in some fresh parsley and plated it. I topped it with grated Parmesan cheese and ate a delicious dinner.

I was tired, so I watched a little TV but went to bed by 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Ash Wednesday

It was cold on Wednesday (9 degrees when I woke up) and windy. It was the wind that killed you! As a result all the side streets had frozen, making San Jose a short, but dicey drive.

It also lightly snowed, off and on.

Sidebar: Interesting snow facts: Our average snowfall in Southeast Michigan is 27.3 inches. Last year we had 37.8 inches. So far this year, we've only had 19 inches of snow!

It was 21 degrees at lunchtime, still with a wicked wind. I went to Big Boy and got a cup of broccoli and ham soup (because I was cold) and the chicken Caesar salad. Both were excellent!

I stopped at Home Depot on the way home and got the small sheet of plywood I needed for the kitchen.

Back at home, I treated the cat and did the Wednesday night wash.

I was still cold and really wanted a can of chili (homemade would have been better, but maybe this weekend). But my stomach is doing great and I'd like to keep it that way, LOL. So, I settled for a can of Bush's baked beans and buttered bread.

I watched the rest of NCIS and then NCIS New Orleans. I switched to the end of the Red Wings game and then went to bed.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Fat Tuesday

I was up early on Tuesday, so I thought I'd eat breakfast. I warmed up the left over tater tots in the microwave.


Those crispy golden delights turn to mush. Yuck!

It was snowing pretty hard when I drove into work and the roads were slippery. I saw a salt truck on Plymouth Road. It snowed off and on all day.

As I said, it was Fat Tuesday which, in Southeast Michigan, means paczki day! Somebody brought them in so, against my better judgment, I ate one. My better judgement was right!

Sidebar: No, I am not a big fan. It's my belief that most people buy and eat them because "they are here only once a year," not because they "like" them. If you've never had one, they are like heavy, dense, jelly-filled donuts. They sit in your stomach like a rock! No, not a fan...

I went to AppleBee's and got my new favorite there: French Onion soup and the three cheese chicken and penne combo.

From there, I stopped in Bed Bath and Beyond and got a new bathrobe.

On the way home after work, the temperature had gotten above freezing (barely), so the roads were just wet.

I got in the trash can and the mail and then buttoned the house up for the night.

I called my friend Leon and wished him a happy birthday. He's doing fine. Well, at least he thinks he is. He doesn't go to doctors. I wish I didn't.

I warmed up some of those pigs in a blanket and munched on them for dinner.

I started watching NCIS. But, I was warm and snug in my bed and I fell asleep before the end.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Caley hacked my Blog account!!!

True that!

Monday, Monday...

Monday showed up, no matter how hard I tried to wish it away. he weather was a repeat of Sunday; Cold in the morning, but not too bad (40's) in the afternoon.

I went to Ten Yen for lunch. Both girls giggled when I wished them "Happy New Year!" Then they wished me the same.

Back home after work, I changed clothes and watched the news for a bit. Then I began to gather up the rest of the trash from the various waste baskets. I checked the fridge and threw away a few things with doubtful dates.

Rather than throw it out, I ate the last of the liver sausage in a sandwich for dinner. I accompanied it with a small bag of salt and vinegar chips that Courtney gave me today.

I watched the hockey game. We won 3-0! I went to bed at 10:30 p.m.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Superbowl Sunday

I woke up early on Sunday. It was cold but supposed to warm up nicely, later. I got a cup of coffee and then watched the morning news.

I gave up at 9:00 a.m. and then started the Sunday morning chores. Then I stripped the bed and started the first of three weekend wash loads.

I was refilling the cat's water dish when I noticed her automatic feeder was almost out of food. Crap!

So, I shaved, showered and got dressed. I went to the closest place, CVS. Since I was there anyway, I got more toothpaste, mouthwash and Q-tips. By then, it had warmed up nicely.

Back home, I inspected inspected the front gardens before going inside.

I changed into work clothes and, well, got to work! I cleaned the house by vacuuming and washing floors and toilets.

I put everything away and took a break while things dried.

Then I got back to work on the kitchen floor.

I was going to make a chicken dish with wild mushrooms, but decided not to. So, I fried up the mushrooms anyway for later.

Sidebar: I was going to make this same dish last weekend, but didn't. By Tuesday, the crimini, shiitake and oyster mushrooms I had bought went bac and stunk to high heaven!

Then I got going on my snacks.

I spread out Pillsbury Crescent rolls dough on a floured board. I used a pizza cutter to turn it into squares. I put a line of spicy mustard on each.

Sidebar: That was a mistake. I should have used a brush and smeared it everywhere.

The I rolled Little Smokies into each square. I put them on a half sheet try, covered with foil, and baked them off.

Meanwhile i made a cheese ball. I mixed a square of softened cream cheese with 8 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese and two tablespoons of horseradish in the food processor. I poured the mixture onto a piece of parchment paper and formed it into a ball. I stuck that into the freezor to harden

The pigs in a blanket were done. So, I made another half sheet tray of tater tots.

I had two small ramikins of dipping sauces: more spicy mustard for the mini-dogs and a ketchup/horseradish mix for the tater tots.

I took out the huge cheeseball and rolled it in pecan pieces. I put that on a platter and added crackers.

By then, the game was on and I was missing commercials!

Sidebar: I already missed Lady Gaga singing the national anthem. I'm not of fan of  hers, but I head later she was outstanding.

I gathered up my snacks and headed in.

I had already remade the bed and cleaned the house so everything smelled great.

The game and halftime show was okay.

The dogs and tater tots were excellent. But the cheese ball sucked. I should have just bought a little one at the store.

I watched the game until it ended around 10:00 p.m. and then went to bed after cleaning up the kitchen and putting away the leftovers. The cheese ball went into the trash.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Quote of the Day

"One of the difficult things for egocentric Man to face is that he is a minor character in every biography but his own."

~ Trevanian

And the hits just keep on coming!

I woke up without the alarm at a surprising 6:30 a.m. I had had a lot of trouble falling asleep, but when I did, I really did!

I watched the news while drinking a cup of coffee and eating a slice of toast, topped with peanut butter.

Then I shaved, showered and got dressed. I left the house just in time to get to Costco when it opened at 9:30 a.m. It was cold, but clear, BTW.

I got the peanuts for the squirrels and then went on the hunt for some diapers.

Sidebar: One of the techs at work is having his second child. So, instead of the usual baby shower, they are giving him a diaper party. Never heard of it but, oh, well, I’m in - team player!

Sidebar: That last sentence seems like it had way too many commas, LOL!

So I walked to the back, where the bulk toilet paper and paper towels are. Never having bought baby diapers, I was guessing, okay? Couldn’t find them. Finally, I saw a store employee and asked where they were. She said up in the front near the Pharmacy.

So, I walked up front. Still couldn’t find them so I asked the very attractive (but very young) pharmacy clerk where I could find diapers. She looked me up and down and then asked, “Adult or baby?”

I thought that was uncalled for…

So. I got my “baby” diapers and checked out.

I was way too early for my 11:00 eye doctor appointment in Farmington, so I stopped at the Tuesday Morning store up there to window shop and kill some time.

I ended up buying a set of cotton sheets for this summer (my old ones are about worn out).

I still got to the eye doctor early, but that gave me time to give them my broken glasses so they could put them into the new frames. It turned out that the broken frames were still under warranty, so I didn’t have to pay for them. Hurrah!!!

My eye exam took longer than usual, due to a complication. Remember me once telling you the doctor had said I was getting cataracts, but the good news was that I’d be dead before they got too bad?

Well, he lied…

Turns out the one in my left eye has already gotten bad enough to require surgery now. He would refer me to a place in Livonia they recommend where they use state of the art procedures. Unlike my Mother, I would be out of commission for about two weeks for the first operation (left eye) and then have to have the right eye done a couple of weeks later.

I asked him if it could wait until after Easter. He said yes, but I shouldn’t wait more than six months.

Sidebar: The Easter question was for two reasons. First, I already have my plane tickets to visit Jake and Carla. And then, this is a medical procedure. So, I’d like the bills I am paying for doctors to catch up. I’d like to know how much of my Blue Cross Blue Shield deductible I’ve paid, so I know what this will cost me and budget accordingly.

Then, I picked out my new frames – plastic, so they won’t break so easily!

Sidebar: I was driving home, feeling sorry for myself (getting old is a bitch) when I remembered something my Mother had told me. She said the good thing about having her cataracts removed was that she didn’t have to wear glasses anymore. Wait! What? I just paid $180.00 for a pair of glasses I won’t need in six months? Dumb!!!

I had left there with my clip-on sunglasses (I had those damn drops put in) and drove to Kroger’s. I ended up leaving them on in the store, so I assume I either looked really cool or really dumb! I’m leaning towards dumb…

I got home and was putting the groceries away when my daughter Melissa called. I asked if I could call her back so I could get the meat put away. I called her back and talked for a long while.

We hung up around 4:00 p.m. and I went out back to refill the feeders and suet cage. I threw some extra peanuts on the ground to pay back the squirrels that had been waiting for so long.

Back inside, I took a long nap. I woke up just after 6:00 p.m. It was way too late to start the chicken noodle soup I’d planned on, so I ate the last of the leftovers and made a side salad to round out my meager meal.

One benefit of my nap was that I managed to stay awake and watch SNL.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Jake, I finally figured it out!!!

You know how you occasionally have complained (well, commented, anyway) that I have an extra blank line in the beginning when posting the Blog?

Now, I normally write this in Word and then copy it into the Blog. Well, this week, I was home and lazy, so I just wrote it into the Blog itself.

Then, then reviewing it, I noticed this: Written directly into the Blog, no extra line. Cut and paste: one blank line.

Why is that?

Finally, Friday

(It’s been a long week…)

As I said, I woke up, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Friday. I had a cup of coffee and some peanut butter toast for breakfast. I stopped in at the Saint Mary’s off-site laboratory (Farmington and Oaklawn) where I used to get blood drawn when my doctor was in Richmond. They open at 7:00 a.m. and there’s usually nobody there, except the nurse. There wasn’t today, so I got the blood work done that Tri-County asked for.

Sidebar: I missed doing it on Monday and the rest of the week sucked!

I still got to work a half hour early.

Vicky made it in today. She looked dead tired, but said Yanessa is doing better, up, playing and talking her head off. She said Yanessa’s breathing still sounds weird, but the antibiotics seem to be working.  Poor little kid! Her Abuela (Grandmother) is watching her today.

It’s been over a week since my procedures, so today I can have roughage again. I went to the Newburgh Grill and got a cup of clam chowder (so-so, but I knew that going in – ain’t nobody beats my clam chowder) and a Mini-Greek salad. Believe me when I tell you, I enjoyed the hell out of every beet, red onion, pepperoncini, Kalamata olive, lettuce and feta cheese in that roughage salad!!!

From there, I went and got the truck washed again.

Back at work, I spent the afternoon working and being amazed at how good I felt.

Back home, I got a letter from Tri-County, letting me know all (ALL) the polyps they collected from top and bottom were benign. I suspected as much, but whew!

I spent a while making up my Saturday grocery shopping list. It’s not small, but I have things I need, things I want and things to snack on for the 50th Super Bowl.

Sidebar: I am NOT a big football fan (give me hockey any day) but I plan on watching. I probably told you this already, but I actually watched the first Super Bowl. Fran and I were visiting some friends at the time and Chuck turned it on. I have no idea who was playing, but we watched it while we chatted. So, I thought, maybe I should watch this one. I don’t care who wins, but it’s the commercials and the half-time show that are interesting…

Then I did the ToDo list: Depressing!

For dinner, I ate the bean and ham soup my friend Michelle M. brought me in on Monday (roughage I couldn’t eat) and then the rest of the chicken fried rice.

I watched a show on Druids on the National Geographic channel and went to bed at 10:00 p.m.