Friday, April 28, 2017

Finally Friday...

(With apologies to my poor, bored Brother Carl).


My nose was plugged up when I awoke, probably from having the windows opened Wednesday.  We have a lot of tree pollen around here.

It was overcast, but warm on Thursday. We were supposed to get severe thunderstorms, but we just had rain here in Livonia. Unfortunately, it started around 11:00 a.m. so lunchtime was a washout.

I did run over to Lowe's and got a hot dog on the way out.

It stopped raining and the sun came out around 2:00 p.m.

Going home, I damn near died. The expressway was very slow (I don't know why) and I was in the the second lane from the right. There was nobody near in the third lane, so I started to pull over. Just then, a pickup in the fourth lane had the same idea. So, to avoid hitting him, I pulled back into the second lane, only to find they had all stopped! I hit the brakes and smoked all four tires (I'm sure my new tires now all have flat spots)  and stopped inches from the SUV in front of me.

I think my heart was still pounding when I finally got home.

This night's cleaning adventure was the bedroom.

I ate leftover pizza I discovered in the fridge for dinner, watched a little TV and then went to bed.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Windy Wednesday

It was very windy on Wednesday, but gorgeous. We got to almost 80 degrees!

It was my friend Amanda's birthday, so I went to Westborn and bought a banana nut muffin for her. On the way back to Time Out, it dawned on me: What if she's allergic to nuts???

But, when I got there and asked, she said she wasn't allergic to anything and thanked me for the present.

I had a bowl of chicken noodle soup and then headed back to work.

Back home, I opened all the windows to air out the house. I started the Wednesday wash. Then I started sorting though book and put the ones I wasn't that impressed with in a box to donate. I am currently overrun with books!!!

I ate the last of the steak and the last of the pasta salad for dinner.

I watched a little TV, then I closed the windows and went to bed early.

Quote of the Day

“You can watch things happen. You can make things happen. Or you can wonder what the f*** happened. I don’t want to be the third one.”

~ Unknown

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Did You America Today

Tuesday's Tale

It started out overcast and a little chilly, but the sun came out mid-morning and we hit 71 degrees on Tuesday.

So, I got a quarter-pounder and had a picnic in Hines Park for lunch.

Back home after work, I retrieved the trashcan, got the mail and went inside. Once I changed clothes, I went out back and refilled the feeders.

Back inside, I started deep-cleaning the office. I had to empty the vacuum cleaner twice from all the cat hair! I vacuumed the computer, under the computer, the wall vents, etc., etc., etc.

When I finished, I warmed up more of that steak and the other ears of sweet corn. I ate dinner watching NCIS. Then I went to bed at 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Monday, monday...

It was chilly again on Monday morning, but warmed up to a beautiful 70 degrees in the afternoon.

I had a bowl of bean soup for lunch, then took a nice drive through Hines Park.

Back home, I started straightening the office. I was carrying boxes out to the garage (which doesn't need more boxes) when the phone rang. It was my old cubical buddy, Michelle. Sh asked me what I was doing and I explained. She said she was sitting in my driveway, but nobody answered the doorbell.

I apologized and opened the door. She had a 7:00 p.m. Tupperware meeting and thought she'd stop and visit, first.

She got a job at Lear and is still going to college, so she's pretty busy.

She wanted a photo with me, so I agreed, with the stipulation I got a copy.

After she left, I warmed up more of the steak and ate that with some pasta salad.

Then I watched some TV until 10:00 p.m.

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Sunday Story...

I woke up late on Sunday. I was lazy and drank too much coffee, watching all the morning news show.

I made breakfast around 10:00 p.m. I took the bacon off the club sandwich and warmed it up in the microwave while I made scrambled eggs. Excellent!

I finally finished the Blog post and then shaved showered and got dressed. I went to Westborn to get the tomatoes and cucumber I needed. I also bought a steak, sweetcorn and a piece of watermelon. Oh, and a jug of "Simply lemonade." I was in a summertime mood.

Back home, I changed into work clothes and started the last load of the weekend wash.

It was a gorgeous day, so I walked in the back yard for a while, picking up fallen branches.

It was a little early, but I started the charcoal for dinner. I sat on the patio, drinking lemonade, and waited for the coals to get hot.

Then I grilled the sweet corn. I stuck them in the oven (on warm) while I grilled the steak. I reluctantly went back inisde and had a great Sunday supper.

I cleaned up what little mess there was and then went and watched TV until bedtime.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Earth Day

It was a little chilly Saturday morning. I got cleaned up and headed out for a 9:30 a.m. haircut.

After that, I spent $33.00 at Kroger's, mostly restocking. I made the mistake of leaving the list on the kitchen table, so I tried to remember it.

Sidebar: I suck at remembering things these days...

On the way back home, I filled up the gas tank in the truck at the corner gas station. Then I ran the truck through the automatic car wash.

I left the truck outside to drip-dry while I unloaded the groceries. Then I finished drying it off with a towel.

As I put the groceries away, I checked them off the list. I forgot an English cucumber and some cherry tomatoes. Dammit! Oh, well, I'll run over to Westborn Sunday morning.

I changed into work clothes. It was sunny, but still cool out. So, I added one of the Dickies work shirts Jake gave me to my normal t-shirt. Fit nice and felt good.

Then I started drawing fixtures I will need to make the toy box (it's time). When you build stuff alone, it's sometimes a problem. I really need somebody to hold things while I nail or screw them together, but I hate to bother people to ask them to help.

I celebrated Earth Day by cleaning out the herb gardens.

Sidebar: Back in St. Clair, most of the herbs came back year after year. Here it's iffy. The sage is coming, but nothing else looks alive. It might be because they are in a raised bed. I dunno.

Back inside, I started making more pasta salad.

Sidebar: That worked out great for leftovers, unlike the potato salad. Both tasted great when I made them. But, the potato salad went nasty after two days. Mayo does not hold up well.

I tried something different today. I bought a bunch of asparagus, found their breaking point and then cut the good parts into bite sized pieces.  Then I blanched them in boiling water for four minutes (they were fat). I put them in an ice bath to shock them and stopped the cooking process, drained them and put them in the fridge.

I boiled a pound of tri-colored rotini. I drained that and cooled it off with water, twice. That went into the fridge as well.

I diced a green bell pepper and a red one. Then I cut up a bunch of green onions. I threw all that into the pasta as well as the asparagus. I added half a bottle of Kraft Italian dressing and a can of sliced black olives then stirred it up. Now all it needs is the cucumber and cherry tomatoes and I have dinner for the week!

Speaking of food, I was hungry. So, I warmed up a can of Bush's baked beans. I added a tab of butter (I like butter on beans - I don't know why) and ate them watching the 1968 movie, Hell Fighters, with John Wayne (another old favorite).

I went out into the garage and made my fixtures.

I cleaned the sawdust out of the garage and pulled the truck back in for the night.

I washed the glass tops in the living room and read in my chair until I was tired of it. Then I went and played on the computer until bedtime.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Finally Friday

It was colder and overcast on Friday, but at least no rain.

I had a turkey and bacon club sandwich for lunch. It was good, but way too big. So, I took half with me in a takeout box.

When I got home, I noticed the tree I planted out front last year was blooming.

Unfortunately, I forget what kind it is. When I get the time, I'll try and check the Blog.

I ate the last of the brats and the pasta salad for dinner.

I swept and mopped the kitchen floor after dinner. Then I read until bedtime.