Sunday, February 25, 2018

Friday and Saturday

More of the same old stuff. Nothing all that interesting. Sorry...

Friday, February 23, 2018


I went to the doctor's for my IV. I made it back just in time to get a half order of Bates biscuits and gravy. (they stop serving it at 10:30.)

It was delicious, BTW.

I left there and went to to Kroger's. I backtracked from there and dropped off my binoculars to Amanda for her concert.

Sidebar: She better not lose them or I will kick her cute little butt.

I stopped at Courtney's house and left the rest of the spaghetti on her back steps.Why? I love the spaghetti pictures of her boys and I didn't want to eat the leftovers. Back home, I took a well deserved nap.

When I woke up, I ate a sandwich for my dinner. Then I went back to bed. Not sure why, but I am almighty tired.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Wet Wednesday

It was still raining when I woke up on Wednesday. I ate some oatmeal with another banana for breakfast, then I shaved, showered and got dressed for my IV.

Sidebar: Did I ever tell you just how much I HATE bananas?

When I got to the doctor's office, I turned my phone to vibrate (like I always do - Amanda usually calls me on her way into work and I don't want to annoy the other patients.)

Sidebar: They told me to not use my cholesterol medicine, atorvastatin, while I was getting my infusions. Apparently, the combination will wreak havoc on my kidneys. Um...  nice to know about a week or so, later.

I stopped by Kroger's on the way home to get some mushrooms. Then I backtracked to Farmington to drop off the cable box, router and the remote. I am officially done with Brighthouse/Spectrum. Seriously? $160 bucks a month for basic cable and internet? I asked for a deal as I was now on a fixed income and they they said basically, "Fuck you." So, I switched to WOW and saved $50.00 for the next two years.

I got the mail. It was just more doctor bills. I had already hit up my saving to cover the last round, but I tapped into another $200.00 to pay more bills.

Sidebar: This is killing me... and I haven't even paid off my infusions, yet. I literally can't afford to be healthy.

I missed Amanda's morning call. So, I called her back. She was already at Time Out and refilling mayonnaise cups, lol!

She is going to the Ten-man county concert she won those tickets for on Thursday. Her seats are up in the balcony (which is too bad as she has a real fear of heights - she's never flown on an airplane, for example) and was trying to borrow some binoculars. I told her I had some that I used for hunting and bird watching. I said I would lend them to her as long as she didn't lose them in the mosh pit. You know how crazy these country concerts can be!

I sauteed the mushrooms in some butter. Then I pulled them off and set them aside. I added some olive oil and sauteed a sliced onion. I ate about half of the mushrooms while I waited for the onions to soften.

Sidebar: I am sure I have told you this in the past, but I love mushrooms. A farmer used to pay my dad to do his taxes with boxes of mushrooms (that's what he grew) and my Mom would fry them up and we feasted on them.

I pulled off the onions and browned a pound of ground chuck. When that was done, I poured off the grease and added back the onions and mushrooms and a jar of  Bertolli tomato and basil sauce (It was in my pantry and I was too tired to make anything then).

I made some thick spaghetti (I dislike the thin stuff like angel hair) and put the sauce into the pasta, I ate two big bowls, but realized I will have to eat this for the next week or so...

I missed yet another phone call from Amanda. That's when I realized I never turned the damn phone off of vibrate. I called her back and apologized..

I watched the Olympics until I fell asleep.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Tuesday and more rain.

After I went for my IV, I was kinda stuck in the house, waiting for the WOW guy.

I felt bad, because he had to climb the telephone pole in the rain.

Amanda stopped by with a buffalo chicken sandwich for me and a French dip sandwich for her from Arby's. We ate lunch in the living room while the WOW guy worked in the bedroom.

She left and then the WOW guy left. I went in the bedroom and watched more Olympics.

I had the rest of the chili for dinner. I fell asleep watching the damn Olympics.


Monday was the usual IV thing. It started raining and has been raining ever since.

Amanda won some free tickets to a country-western concert so I rode up to Southfield with her to pick them up.

We ate lunch at a Greek restaurant. I'm not sure if she used to work there but she knew everybody and talked with most of them. One of the waitresses sat in our booth and ate her lunch with us. I had a lamb gyro and Amanda got a chicken gyro. We shared some fries.

Back home, I watched the Olympics.

I ate some of Melissa's chili for dinner.I think she said it was made with goung turkey, but I couldn't tell.

Sunday Supper

Since I went to bed early, I missed Amanda's good night text. Unlike Vicky (who works early and texts me each day around  8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.), Amanda's texts comes around midnight.

Anyway, she said she had gone out for gas and it was snowing!

Sidebar: I need to stop watching the Olympics and take a look look outside now and then.

Sure enough, when I woke up, there was a light coating of snow. But no big deal.

I don't remember what I had for breakfast, but I know there were no bananas involved.

Sidebar: I have like four left from the bunch I bought. I decided I'd rather have diarrhea that eat them. So, maybe I'll make them into banana bread or something or just throw them out.


I shaved, showered and got dressed and left for my infusion appointment.

Sidebar: My brother Carl asked me why I still shower and shave daily, since I'm retired. I told him that (A) I am very hairy and look like a bum if I don't shave daily and (B) I don't want to stink. Makes me kinda glad I don't live closer to him, if you get my drift...

I drove straight home after the doctor's.

I cleaned both bathrooms while I waited for Amanda.

Let me set the scene. Scott was at work. His parents were down from Oscoda and staying at their house. They wanted to take Keldon shopping (to stores they don't have up there). Amanda's other BFFs (I know I'm one because it said so on my candy, LOL)  had just gone to Benihana's and she was telling me about it a few days ago. I mentioned that I had never been there (I don't think) and asked her what it was.

That was a mistake, maybe.

So, today's adventure (read that as get the old guy out of his house) was a trip to Benihana.

Sidebar: She told me it was expensive (and it was) but not if you looked at it as dinner and a show. Because the chefs are in front of you and do put on quite a show.

She had made reservations for us at 2:00 p.m. So, she picked me up and we got there early

Sidebar: I am still not sure where the hell we were. It was on Haggerty off of Eight mile. So, I don't know if it was Northville, Farmington Hills or Novi. They all tend to run together.

We finally got seated and I watched the chef working the table next to us. He was Asian and didn't do anything spectacular, other than making delicious looking food.

Sidebar: I was starving...

We had interesting table companions. There was a guy who worked in construction, his wife (a retired teacher) and their daughter who worked as a waitress. She and Amanda instantly bonded.

Sidebar: Waitress talk. You ever say, "How are you doing" and they just say "I'll have a water." Etc, etc.,etc...

The other two were black women. One as a real estate agent and I never heard what her friend did.

Finally, the Asian chef left and our chef showed up. He was a black kid, from France and only 19 years old! But he was good.

Sidebar: He asked me if I liked egg rolls. I said sure. So he flipped his spatula upside down and rolled an egg down it. Cute.

We had some soup first and then a salad.

Sidebar: Amanda didn't like the ginger salad dressing so asked for another bowl of soup instead. She ate most of it and I finished the rest, lol. I liked the salad dressing, BTW. I thought it was refreshing.

Then our chef got busy. I don't remember the name of what I ordered but it was scallops and a steak (medium rare). Amanda ordered the same thing (medium well), except with shrimp. I asked for shrimp fried rice, while she ordered chicken fried rice (two bowls so she could take some home for the guys).

The chef dished out the veggies. It was zucchini and onions. I had to laugh. Amanda picked out every piece of zucchini and put it on my plate. He also fried some mushrooms before my scallops and steak. The food was excellent. My share of the bill was $45.00 not including the tip. But, for a once in a lifetime thing, it was worth it.

I was really stuffed. She dropped me off and I took a nap.

I went back to watching the Olympics when I woke up. I didn't feel like eating a real dinner, so I just made some popcorn and ate that instead.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


I just overslept  on Monday (seriously) and Tuesday. will post when I get back from the IV. Quit picking on me, dammit!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Happy (?) Anniversary

It was on this day in 2012 I had my spine fused.

Saturday's Story

Saturday's breakfast was oatmeal with no banana. I just couldn't bring myself to eat one.

I got back from the doctor's office around 10:30 a.m. I sent Vicky a text, letting her know I was home and changed my shirt.

The cat had barfed on the blanket on the bed. I got the chunks off and threw it into the washer.

Vicky and Evy picked me up around 11:00 a.m. and we headed out to Waterford to see our friend, Michelle Pace.

We got there in less than an hour. Michelle's mom let us in (Scott was at work). Michelle was sitting in a recliner, covered with a blanket. She gave each of us one of her famous hugs.

She said she was very sore, but otherwise doing okay. We sat and visited for a couple of hours. She was disappointed that Yanessa wasn't there, but Vicky explained it was Daniel's (her father) birthday and she was over there. Michelle suggested she bring her the next time and the three of them could go roller skating. I said I'd sit and watch...

We made out goodbyes (this time Michelle got up to hug each of us) and headed back out. There was some major construction on  south-bound Telegraph, but Vicky's handy GPS took us on a short detour and we avoided the worst of it.

We got to my house and, after more hugs, I went inside. I threw the blanket in the dryer and got in the truck. I ran over to CVS to get my prescription.

Since I was out anyway and hungry, I stopped in at Arby's and got a buffalo chicken sandwich meal.

I ate that watching more of the Olympics. It was delicious, but somewhat messy.

The rest of the day I spent reading and half-watching the Olympics.

Since I had eaten lunch so late, I wasn't hungry until about 9:00 p.m. I didn't bother making anything, I just ate two hard boiled eggs with some horseradish.

Since I missed my nap, I went to bed at 11:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Friday Follies

Friday's breakfast was cold cereal topped with a sliced banana.

I stopped at Home Depot on the way back to get a light bulb for the living room floor lamp. The old one burned out and all I had was the super bright daylight bulbs I use outside. I bought a soft white LED. It's supposed to last for 13+ years. So, it will probably outlive me, lol!

I also stopped at CVS to pick up that prescription my doctor was supposed to call in. But CVS didn't get that call. So, when I got home, I called the doctor's office. It took a while, but they finally called it in. I still had one more day's pills, so I'll pick it up on Saturday.

I ate another sandwich for lunch. Then I took a nap. I set the alarm for 4:30 p.m., just in case.

I left the house at 5:00 p.m. and drove to Time Out. Amanda waw just getting off work, so I switched to her car (she likes to drive - I don't).

We had finally come up with a new restaurant to try! So we went to Northville and the Guernsey Farms Dairy. A lot of people go there just for the milk and ice cream, but they also have a restaurant.

Sidebar: You get a cup of ice cream for dessert with any meal. Amanda got the salmon (what else?). I was supposed to get fettuccine Alfredo with shrimp. But they messed up my order and it came with a piece if salmon on top. The waitress took it back to get the order right. But, by the time the shrimp was ready, the Alfredo sauce had thickened. They heated it back up (probably with a microwave). So, the shrimp were excellent. The fettuccine Alfredo, not so much.

We both asked for our ice cream to go, so we could share a strawberry sundae. Now, that was fantastic!!! It had strawberry ice cream layered with the lightest cake I ever tasted.

Amanda bought a tub of cookie dough ice cream and a gallon of chocolate milk for Scott and Keldon. She said I had to try the chocolate milk, so I bought a little half-pint of it (the size you get for school lunches).

We got a little lost on the way back, but we figured it out. All part of the adventure, lol! She dropped me off at my truck and then we both went to our respective houses.

Back home, I put the ice cream in the freezer and the milk in the fridge. I watched the Olympics and read a bit. I ended up going to bed at 1:00 a.m.