Friday, August 18, 2017

Breaking News!

They are starting emergency repairs on the Paint Creek Dam in Lake Orion. Authorities say there is no "immediate" danger the but original dam is starting to crumble and leak.


It started raining here around 8:00 a.m. It wasn't hard and didn't last more than a couple hours. I checked the gauge and I only picked up a quarter inch. Sigh...

But, after lunch (another tomato sandwich), it started raining again. This time it was a little harder and lasted longer. When the sun came back out, I checked the gauge again and I had picked up a total of just over an inch! That's what I'm talking about!!!

I spent some of the afternoon on the toy box. I got the veneer edging put onto the back. That was the hardest part, due to the curves (it's hard to keep even heat with a flat iron on a curve). It was also the longest run of edging. Since you can only heat up about six inches at a time before you have to stop and rub it with a smooth block of wood, it takes time.

I ate the rest of the sweet corn and brats for dinner.

Caley and I spent a quiet evening on the bed. She slept while I watched TV. That is, until the Saturday Night Live special came on. When I started laughing, she got up in disgust and went into the living room.

I went to bed after the Tonight show.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Wednesday Woes

I woke up at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday. I had some instant oatmeal (trying to use up the box) and my pills for breakfast.Then I shaved, showered and got dressed for a 9:30 a.m. haircut.

It started to get steamy during my haircut. Michelle (my barber for years) noticed it first.

Sidebar: The barber shop uses a screen door before turning on the A/C.

So, I left the place with great hair, but sweating.

I drove to the Secretary of State's office on Wayne Road. It would have been closer to go to the super center on Farmington and Six Mile Road, but that place is a mad house.

Sidebar: I finally got the release of lien from Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation for my paid-off truck. It said, in bold letters: Please note: In order to obtain a clear title, these documents must be taken to your local department of motor vehicles to complete the title transfer to you.

I waited over an hour (and that was just to get into the handicap seat). When I finally got my turn, the lady said, "Oh, honey, you don't need to have us do anything. Just staple the documents to your title and file it away."


I drove back home, taking Hines Drive to Inkster to calm down.

I had to go to CVS so, on a whim, I popped in next door and got my usual order of chicken fried rice. Then I ran the truck through the touch-less car wash.

I left the truck outside in the sun, treated the cat and then dried the truck off.

I still left it outside while I went inside and ate lunch. Then I changed clothes and designed the last two jigs for the toy box.

I went in the garage,opened the door (it was hot in there) and cut out the pieces I needed. I screwed the one together and used the brad nailer to assemble the other.

For attaching the birch veneer edging

For sanding the lid
I cleaned up the mess, set the jigs aside, put the saw horses away and pulled the truck inside.

Once everything was buttoned up, I went inside and took a long nap.

I ate the rest of the chicken fried rice for dinner.

I watched TV but the nap did me in. I couldn't fall asleep until 1:30 a.m.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


I woke up to the alarm on Tuesday. I threw on some clothes and got the trashcan out to the road before 7:00 a.m. The new trash company had changed the routes. Sure enough, when I checked at 7:30, my trashcan was empty.

So, I walked out in misty rain and brought it back in.Yes, it was actually raining (or misting) here for a change! Later on, it briefly really rained here. When the sun came out (around 10:30 a.m.), I checked the gauge. We only got about 1/4-inch of rain, but that's a lot more than we had.

I shaved, showered and got dressed. Then I left the house around 11:30 a.m. to go to Gordon's Food Service to get more lump charcoal. I wrestled that from the cart to the truck bed and headed back home.

I thought briefly about filling my truck up on the way back, but I still have over half a tank so I said screw it.

Sidebar: Gas prices keep inching up (probably due to Labor Day).

Back home, I wrestled the charcoal out of the truck and into the garage. I made it as far as Amanda's wheels and set it down. That bag is big, bulky and heavy for an old guy with a bad back!

I changed into shorts and a t-shirt (it was getting hot).

I called the dealership to get an appointment. The service department asked me to hold on while they checked if they had the parts in yet to make the repairs (huh?). I was on hold for over five minutes when they came back and asked for my phone number. They said they would call me back when they got an answer...

Sidebar: Why would you issue a recall but not send the replacement parts to the dealers?

I went out and watered all the container gardens. I found two more ripe tomatoes. So, back inside, I made them into a tomato sandwich for lunch.

I ate it on the bed watching TV. The bed felt good, so I took a nap.

When I woke up, I walked out to get the mail. Now, it was hot and muggy.                               

Back inside, I found that in just the short few minutes it took to get the mail, Caley had managed to barf on the bed sheets. Dammit! I just washed them on Sunday!! But, I stripped the bed and started the washer. I started the dishwasher as well.

I cut the kernels of sweetcorn off the cob (like I have seen Jake do) on two ears of corn, hoping that would make them taste less tough. I warmed them and a brat up for dinner in the microwave. It might have been just my imagination, but they did taste better.

I made up the bed, but left the dishwasher for another time.

I watched both NCIS shows, but still wasn't sleepy. So I watched the news and then the Tonight show before finally going to bed.

Sidebar: The dealership never called back. Sigh...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Monday, again...

I woke up at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, after a long night's sleep. I ate two Eggo waffles with warm maple syrup and my pills for breakfast. Then I got cleaned up and dressed.

It was warmer than Sunday, but cloudy and overcast.

I was lazy (although I got plenty of sleep) so I watched the Today show until noon, then the local news.

The only mail I got was a recall notice on the truck. It was for the air-bag activation switch. Seemed important, so I put it on the fridge to make an appointment to have it done.

Didn't feel like leftovers just yet, so I made some elbow macaroni and ate that with butter, parley flakes and lots of salt.

I watched the Tigers lose another game and went to bed (disgusted) just after 11:00 p.m.

Monday, August 14, 2017


Well. I didn't make it to Office Depot at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, but I was there by 10:30. I bought a wired Logitech keyboard for $15.00.

Since I was that far anyway, I went up to Westborn and got eight ears of Michigan sweet corn for $1.99.

It was a perfect summer's day and I planned on grilling later.

Back home, I installed the new keyboard. Much, much better!

I did two loads of weekend wash while watching TV..

About 4:00 p.m., I started the charcoal.When it was ready, I grilled the sweetcorn.

 Then I grilled the brats and a small steak I had in the freezer and thawed out.

I ate part of the steak, a brat and two ears of corn. I was a little disappointed in the corn. It was grilled perfectly, but was rather tough. I guess its getting near the end of the season.

I watched the news and then Pulp Fiction, just for fun. Then I went to bed.

Sunday, August 13, 2017


I around woke up around 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. I made some scrambled eggs for breakfast. Amanda and her son Keldon swung by around 10:30 a.m.. I'm riding with them to  Redford Comic Con at the Redford Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

Sidebar: I don't usually go in for that kind of stuff, but they were both excited and it was only $3.00 to get in. Plus, she insists I need to get out of the house more.

Three people were dressed as the ghost busters. There were people with Star War light sabers and so on. Interesting group of people, lol!

They dropped me back home just before noon. I went out and watered all the container gardens.

I picked four small red tomatoes!

I swept and vacuumed all the floors.

I went out to read on the patio, but the wind was too chilly, so I moved inside to the lift chair,

When I got hungry, I made a simple tomato sandwich (just bread, mayo, tomato, salt and pepper).

They have been threatening rain all afternoon but, once again, no rain here.

I watched an old John Wayne and then went back to reading until bedtime.

BTW, I hate this stupid keyboard. When Office Depot opens Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m., I'm going to go buy a regular one!!!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sorry for the long delay

Nothing much happening around here except a bad keyboard.

Belated Birthday Shoutout

To my dear daughter, Carla on August 10. My keyboard crapped out on me and I had to get Jake's old weird one out of the attic.