Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer Solstice

It was noticeably cooler on Wednesday and still no rain.

I had a bowl of potato soup for lunch.

When I got home, I decided to try and fix the dryer.

Sidebar: An electrician at work told me"something" was arcing in it, tripping the breaker. He said it's usually the power cord, so I bought a replacement one.

I put a blanket on the floor and gently laid the dryer on it's face. I unscrewed the cover that the cord went into and then disconnected the old one.

Sidebar: All little screws that I was worried I would drop and lose.

Then I put the new cord on, put the cover back and stood it back up.

I started the Wednesday wash.

Next I got the charcoal lit and took out a steak I had thawed the night before. I grilled that. I didn't have any sweetcorn to grill, so I made some frozen sweet corn on the stove. Dinner was pretty good!

I put the clothes in the dryer, turned it on high and turned it on. About halfway through the cycle, it popped the breaker! Dammit! So, I turned it on medium and finished drying the clothes.

I watched a little TV, but was asleep by 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Chillin' on an extended weekend

I had a scheduled haircut appointment at 9:00 a.m. I had to cancel as Scott and Keith said they would be here around 8:00 a.m. to install my new air conditioner. They didn't even ring the doorbell (they know the back gate is really unlocked). I only knew they were there when I got a cup of coffee and glanced out the the kitchen window. They were already unhooking the old one.

So, I went outside and chatted with them. It took about three hours but I finally had a new 2 1/2 ton unit!

Best of all, they only charged me for a two ton one.

I called my barber after they left and she said if I could make it by 11:30, she had an opening. So. I hopped in the truck and took off.

Sidebar: Kroger's is on the way to the barber and I need supplies. But when I drove by Kroger's it was PACKED! So, I just got a hair cut and then went back home. I spent the rest of the day cleaning the house and enjoying the cool air.

My daughter, Melissa, called to wish me a Happy Father's Day.

Sunday I just chilled. I did water the container gardens. I started to get sick in the afternoon. By the time it was 6:00 p.m. I had diarrhea and was throwing up.

Monday, I stayed home. I was sick as a dog. Amanda stopped by (she was worried about me). She also gave me a Father's day card.

Tuesday, I went into work, but was still throwing up. It was embarrassing. I ordered soup for lunch but couldn't eat it. Then I went to the Chevy dealer and picked up Amanda's wheels (she bought them but couldn't fit them in her car). I'll drop them off at Belle Tire Wednesday morning.

I watched NCIS and then NCIS New Orleans Tuesday night.


Friday was hot and sticky, too.

I had my usual fish and chips for lunch.

After work, I treated the cat, changed into shorts (no shirt) and sweated. I ate the last of the chop suey and watched TV until bedtime.

Friday, June 16, 2017


It was another hot, sticky day on Thursday. It sprinkled in the morning and only added to the humidity.

I had cold chicken salad on a pita for lunch, then took a drive through Hines Park. It was apparently too hot for even the joggers! The grass is burning up fast and it looked sad.

It was 79 degrees in the house when I got home. It had apparently rained recently in Redford as the patio was wet.

I had bought a 6 ounce bag of Tyson fully cooked chicken chucks on a whim a while back. So, tonight, I warmed it up in the microwave, while I warmed up some chow mein vegetables on the stove. I mixed them together while I made some Uncle Ben's rice in the microwave. I put them together, set half of it aside for another day, added soy sauce to the first half and had an excellent, quick dinner.

I was watching an interesting show (whose name I wrote down) about ancient weapons when my daughter Melissa called. I pushed "record" and we talked for a while.

When we finally hung up, I opened windows and went to bed.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Hump Day

It was hot and sticky again on Wednesday. The humidity was made worse by a brief shower around 9:00 a.m.

I talked with Scott Pace (my heating and cooling guy) He said my house's square footage (1,300 sq. ft.) is just a little bigger than a two ton unit, so he will bring over a two and a half ton unit and install it on Saturday morning. He apologized for not being able to do it any quicker but said he had a lot of jobs scheduled between now and then. I told him not to worry, I won't melt.

I had a cheeseburger for lunch. A vendor came in for a meeting while I was out and brought lunch. So, when I got back, Lenore had saved my a turkey and bacon sandwich, a pickle, a bag of chips and piece of Grand Traverse Bay pie (cherry crumb) for my dinner. Thanks!

It was 81 degrees in the house when I got home from work. I went out back to check on the vegetable garden and found that some critter had been feasting on the newly planted eggplants!

I ate half a sandwich, changed my shirt and left. I decided to join Amanda and her mother, Fran, at the air conditioned bingo hall. for the evening. I had fun again, but didn't win anything, again. At least I was cool!!!

We left around 10:00 p.m. and it was noticeably cooler. So, when I got home, I opened a couple of windows, turned on the bedroom fan and went to bed.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


It wasn't as hot on Tuesday (high of only 84 degrees) but it was more muggy.

I had a side salad for lunch with raspberry vinaigrette. I didn't want anything hot. This time I brought a bottle of water as Livonia is still under a boil-water situation.

After work, I took the truck through the touch-less car wash next to the house. I drove it home and dried it off with my special truck towel.

Then I started to water all the container plants, front and back.

When the sun began to set, I dragged the hose to the vegetable garden and watered it for an hour. No sense watering it in direct sunlight and having half the water evaporate

A/C Update: Still over 80 degrees in the house and the A/C been running constantly for two days straight. Might need more freon (expensive these days). Since it was here when I got here, I have no idea how old the unit really is. So, I decided to give up on repairing it again and will call Scott Pace in the morning and buy a new one.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


I couldn't find my glasses Monday morning, so I wore my back-up pair to work. It was already hot at 7:00 a.m.

There is a boil-water notice for Livonia, so I had to drink a Vernor's at lunch with my BLT.

Back home after work, the A/C hadn't kept up with the afternoon heat and it was 81 degrees in the house! Which was still better that the 92 degrees outside. I turned on the fan and started hunting for my glasses.

Sidebar: I lose them at least once a month. I generally find them on the bed, under the bed, on the computer desk, on the bathroom sink, etc.

But they were no where to be found!

Just then I got a text from Amanda, asking me what I was doing. I told her sweating my ass off and hunting for my glasses. She said she and her friend Annie were at the Outback Steak House. She said they couldn't finish their "bloomin' onion" and did I want the rest? I said sure.

When she pulled in, I told her the house was hotter than outside (there was at least a breeze outside) and suggested we sit on the porch. So I sat on the bird bench and she sat in the rocker. She reach down to the little rattan table and said, "Are these the glasses you looking for?" I'll be damned!

After she left, I heated up the bloomin' onion and ate too much of it. I turned on the fan in the bedroom and tried to fall asleep. It took a long, uncomfortable time...

Monday, June 12, 2017

T-Shirt and Pass

Weekend Update

I had to go to my optometrist on Saturday. The nose piece on my glasses was bent in and has been annoying my nose. I tired to fix it, but was afraid I'd break it. He's up in downtown Farmington and they open at 10:00 a.m., so I headed out about 9:30. They fixed it in no time and I headed back home.

I went to Home Depot and got three more eggplant, some fertilizer and some tree fertilizer stakes. The place was a madhouse and I spent more time in line, trying to check out, than I did getting my stuff.

Back home, I changed into shorts and a t-shirt. I went out and planted the eggplant. I mixed the fertilizer into the dirt and then watered the garden. While the square head sprinkler was doing its thing, I hand-watered all the container gardens.

I shut off the hose and reeled it in. Then I went inside. It was already too hot!!!

Sidebar: We have at least three days of temps over 90 degrees and humid coming up. It's not going to be pretty.

I took a nap in the afternoon. The doorbell woke me up. It was Amanda who was on her way home after an unusual Saturday workday. The restaurant was registering folks for a car show at "The Barn" on Sunday.

Sidebar: "The Barn" is an old barn on Middlebelt and Chicago and is usually a farmer's market on weekend. Jake and Carla introduced me to it years ago.

Anyway, she brought me a t-shirt and a VIP pass to the show! [Photos to follow]

I was hungry after she left, so I made a pizza. I ate some of that watching an old movie.

It was already hot on Sunday morning when I woke up. I ate some toast with honey for breakfast.

I got cleaned up and decided to check out the car show. But, when I drove there, it was packed!!! And, where I would normally park, it was roped off with more old cars displayed. There had to be at least 1,000 vintage cars everywhere. I gave up and drove home.

I stayed inside in the air conditioning the rest of the day, watching movies and eating cold pizza.

Birthday Shoutout!

Happy birthday to my son, Jake! Happy birthday, dude!