Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Monday Update

It had stopped raining by the time I let for work, but there was a lot of standing water on the roads. It was just in the 60’s with noticeably less humidity.

Before I left, though, I walked the back yard, picking up branches. Monday is the day they usually (usually, lol) cut the lawn (we had a wild, windy night). The kids they hire to run the mowers seem to get pissy about downed branches.

Now you may have noticed I never went to Kroger’s over the weekend. It was not because I didn’t need to go (I did!) but I was fixated on getting the garage finished.

So, I went on Monday at lunchtime. I got what I needed, plus a pound of pasta salad at the deli for my lunch.

I took everything home and put the perishables away. I was eating my pasta salad when I heard my neighbor fire up his lawn mower. Great, thought I!

So, I went out back, told him I was done and gave him my garage door opener. He said he’d probably start the inside demo (of the fake wall) this afternoon.

Sidebar: I had security concerns and seriously thought about this and realized that (A) I didn’t feel comfortable with giving him (or anybody, for that matter) the keys to the house, but that meant (B) I’d have to keep meeting him and letting him in and out.

So, I locked the man door between the garage and the house. That way, he can come and go as he pleases (like if he needed something from Home Depot) and lock and unlock the garage as needed.

Besides, you can’t copy a garage door opener like you can a key…

But, it dawned on me in the afternoon I never took down the outdoor light fixture! I was going to Sunday night, but I was hot and tired and I figured I’d just do it after work on Monday. Then I’d give him the opener. I jumped the gun, I guess.

Dammit! I’m sure he can handle it, but now I just feel stupid…

When I got home, there were three fat garbage bags in my driveway. WTF? I drove around them and parked the truck. Turned out they were loose insulation Rick had dug out from the fake wall. The wall was down and he had the new studs and 4x8 press board inside the garage, ready to install.  There was also a basement window sitting there.


I noticed he didn’t have all the insulation out so, after I changed clothes, I dug out the rest with a crowbar and filled up another half-bag. Then I swept up. I figured I owed him that after the light.

Speaking of which, I wondered what he did with it. So, I walked out back. He had set the light fixture off to the side and also took out the sistered 2x4’s and my downspout.

Back inside, I scrubbed my hands and arms (I hate insulation!). Then I cleaned out the fridge for tomorrow’s garbage pickup. I made a cucumber sandwich for dinner. My cucumbers taste so damn good I made another for dessert!

In the spirit of the wall repair project, I watched some DIY shows before going to bed early.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Sunday's Storm

I eased into Sunday morning. I had a cup of coffee and did the usual Sunday morning chores. Then, I decided I wasn’t that hungry, so I had another cup of coffee instead. I sat on the front porch in the rocker and drank it out there.

It was already warm, muggy and windy.

I finally shaved, showered and got dressed. I left after 10:00 p.m. for Costco and a k-cup refill. I came back home and putzed until noon.

Then I went to the Post Office and bought some stamps (my water bill took my last one).

Once back home, I changed into shorts and a tee. Then I went into the stifling garage and got to work.

Sidebar: I mentioned it was windy. But the wind was from the southwest and didn’t even enter the garage. I got down the other half of the pegboards and then the 2x2’s that held both sections out from the “wall.”

About that time, my neighbor walked over. He and his wife had driven by and saw me working.

We discussed the project and I told him I should be ready for him on Monday or Tuesday at the latest. It’s important that he get this done this week, as his other job is nearby (Inkster and Joy Road). After that, the next job is in Romulus and too far to move easily back and forth.

I took a break (well, I took a lot of breaks – drinking gallons of water and wiping my face with a wet washcloth) and watered the vegetable garden. They are forecasting storms tonight, but I don’t know if I believe them.

I got everything of the shelves and into boxes or the trash. Then I disassembled the shelves themselves and I was done!!!

I took a photo for you and had to laugh. I forgot the graffiti on the wall (it’s all over the attic as well). 

I gratefully went inside and into the air conditioning. I threw my sweat-soaked clothes in the washer and took a shower. Then I took the rest of the night off.

I ate the rest of the pierogies and onions for dinner.

The weather radio started going off around 7:30 p.m. It’s a very loud noise, designed to wake you up and save your life. But it’s very annoying if you are awake and watching TV three feet away from it!

The message was always the same: severe thunderstorm warning! The first time, I got up and looked outside. It was 93 degrees and windy (really windy) but sunny without a cloud in the sky. Eh…

I went to bed around 10:00 p.m. But the radio woke me up around 11:00 p.m. Dammit! I turned it off and then tried to go back to sleep. But, I heard a big boom of thunder. So, I went into the living room and watched the light show for a while. It looked like we were getting a decent amount of rain (and we need it here in Redford). I didn’t see any hail (thank God – my truck’s outside). When the storm started grumbling instead of booming, I went back to sleep.

Sidebar: I went out Monday morning and checked the rain gauge. I got almost 1 1/2 inches of rain last night! That should help the gardens and the lawn for a while.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Saturday’s Sad Story

I had trouble sleeping Friday night. I didn’t really fall fast asleep until about 4:30 a.m. I woke up feeling refreshed until I looked at the clock. It was 9:30 a.m.!

I had a 9:00 a.m. massage appointment. I sent a text to Margaret, apologizing and asked if she had any other appointments this weekend. But the next open spot is two weeks away! Which sucks as my back has been aching since I moved that damn main workbench.

By the time I ate breakfast (soft-boiled eggs), got cleaned up and dressed, wrote the Blog and processed my picture, it was noon. I decided that, since I didn’t have to go to Margaret’s, I’d run the rest of my errands on Sunday morning and get right to the garage project.

I spent some time sweeping up the sawdust, miscellaneous screws and smaller bits of wood. Sawdust was everywhere. I can see if I’m going to be serious about woodworking as a side job in retirement, I am going to have to invest in a dust collector system.

I had to laugh. This workshop has gotten so messed up! Too many projects and too little cleanup afterwards. But, it used to be organized!


I packed all the rest of the stuff on the wall into a box and then took down the tool holders. I used a step ladder to unscrew one of the two pegboards on that wall. 

Then the cell phone rang.

It was my friend B___, so I went inside, grabbed a glass of water, sat on the couch and took a break while we chatted. I was surprised to see it was already almost 4:00 p.m.

By the time we hung up, I had gotten used to relaxing. All thoughts of going back out and working had left my head. So, I took a nice nap, instead.

When I got up, I was hungry. This time I raided the freezer instead of the pantry and made pierogies.

Sidebar: Kroger’s has been positioning itself as a big seller of all things “Made in Michigan.” So, a while back, they stopped selling Mrs. T’s pierogies and just carry Dudek. They are okay, I guess, but I liked Mrs. T’s.

No offense, Michigan! Do better!!!

Everybody makes pierogies their own way, but I still use the Sue Plesz method. So, I sliced a sweet onion and fried it in butter while I boiled the pierogies. Then I drained the pierogies and fried them in batches (also in butter) until they had a slight crust. I plated some of the pierogies, topped them with the sautéed onions and added a dollop sour cream on them. A sprinkle of sea salt and I’m good.

I ate them watching a DIY show I’d never seen before, The Treehouse Guys. They build elaborate treehouses (well, duh!) and I found it fascinating. They kept showing episodes of it and I kept watching it until I went to bed at 11:00 p.m.