Tuesday, January 24, 2017


I drove to work through light rain again, Monday morning,

It was more like a mist by the time I went to lunch. I went to Ten Yen and got the almond chicken, with won ton soup and hot tea. Lunch was a long time coming, though. When the waitress brought it, she proudly asked me to take a bite It was really, really good. She explained it took so long as the cook had used a fresh chicken.

Sidebar: I was going to ask her just what they had been serving me before, but then thought better of it. I have learned the hard way that sarcastic coments are often misinterpreted by people to whom English is a second language, LOL!

But, as always, it was way too much food. So, I took the rest of it home in a take-out box.

The rain stopped in the afternoon, but the sun refused to come out (again!)

I stopped at the corner gas station and filled up the truck.

After getting home and changing, I stripped the bed and put the bedding in the washer. I should have done that on Sunday, but was too busy reading.

I watched the news until the washer shut off. I put the bedding into the dryer and went back to news watching.

I finally made the bed and ate the rest of my lunch for dinner, watching Jeopardy. Then I watched a taped show (Shark Tank, which Jake and Carla turned me onto). When that was over, I switched to reading until bedtime.

Birthday Shoutout!

Happy birthday to my brother Carl! Enjoy your day!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Still foggy Sunday

I woke up late (again) on Sunday. We were still socked in with fog. I could barely see the wall at the back of the property. and could not see Inkster road at all. Fortunately, I had no plans on going out.

I was going to make pancakes with pork sausage for breakfast. It sounded good on Saturday, but Sunday morning it seems like a big hassle (not to mention a big mess). So I ate some toast with orange marmalade with my pills, instead.

I did my usual Sunday morning chores, then shaved, showered and got dressed in my work clothes. I pulled the truck outside to give myself more room. But, I went back inside and watched the rest of the Sunday morning news shows.

Then I started reading. That was a mistake.

So, the cat and I spent most of the day on the lift chair, with the fireplace turned on.

I was going to make chicken breasts with a mushroom and garlic sauce (with rice on the side).

Instead, I made Melissa's cabbage soup (only two ingredients: chopped cabbage and Spicy V8 juice) and ate that throughout the day.

I eventually had to turn on the light so I could see my book. That made me realize it was getting dark. So, no real work  in the bathroom (again). I went out and pulled the truck back in. It was dripping wet, BTW.

I got more soup and a blanket and went back to reading in the living room.

I eventually fell asleep. When I woke up, Caley was still sleeping in my lap. I turned the soup off and went to bed.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Saturday, In the fog...

It was really foggy here when I woke up at an amazing 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning. It was weird, as the weather on the news I was watching kept shifting from 1/4 mile visibility to 0.

Sidebar: Okay I get it. It sucks out there. It was still quite foggy when I left on my errand run.

First stop was the Feed Store for 40 pounds of Michigan Mix bird seed. I had them put it in the truck bed and then locked it.

Sidebar: My theory is that no normal person could reach over and pick up 40 pounds of bird seed to steal it. However, if somebody could, I'd probably just let him have it!

Then I dropped $109.00 at Kroger's, mostly restocking. Filled up the truck, though...

I did stop at CVS to talk to the pharmacist. If you remember, I picked up some prescriptions last week. I just went in and got them, without thinking. But, after having the Blue Cross Blue Shield prescription plan for some 30 years, this year Spacely Sprockets when to a CVS prescription plan. And, I forgot all about it.

So, I went and showed my new card to the pharmacist (I was worried it would be billed back to Blue Cross Blue Shield, get bounced and I'd have to pay for it).

He said not to worry, their database is continually updated and they did charge it to CVS.

Back home, I left the truck outside to unload it. When it was emptied (except for the bird seed) I locked it and put the garage door down. Then I put everything away.

Before changing clothes, I went out back to get the wheelbarrow from the shed.

Sidebar: I have gotten a lot of flack by mentioning I carried the bird seed from the front to the back. So, I'm going to truck it back in the wheel barrow.

And, I did.

But, there were a lot of little branches down on the grass from the last few storms.

So, I put on my work gloves and picked them all up.

Back inside, I locked up and changed clothes. The truck was still outside, so the garage (and the saws) were all mine.

I took a short break to eat a bowl of the smoked sausage, potatoes and sauerkraut for lunch.

Then I went and finished the framing out of the bathroom window. It was a bit tricky as each board had different dimensions. It took a long time, but I got 'er done.

I was beat when I was done. So, I took off my sawdust-covered clothes and took a naked nap.

I woke up around 6:30 p.m. I ate another slice of broccoli cheese quiche for dinner.

I did a few chores around the house and then went to reading. I watched the 11:00 p.m. news and then SNL (which was hilarious). Then I went to bed.

For Carla!

True that!

Finally Friday

It was softly raining on the way into work on Friday. It was just above freezing here in Redford, so I wasn't plagued with any ice issues.

It did occasionally rain harder during the morning hours but had subsided to just an annoying drizzle by lunchtime. I went to Time Out to get my traditional Friday fish and chips.

It was still misty on the way home.

I changed clothes after treating the cat. Since it was Friday, I had my usual computer chores: Making up the grocery list (from the Kroger flyer and from recipes I plan on making) and the errands I need to run come Saturday morning.

Sidebar: I rarely do the ToDo list anymore. It's gotten so long it's embarrassing.

I was getting very tired of broccoli and cheddar quiche, so I made some smoked sausage with sauerkraut and potatoes for dinner.

I started watching the hockey game, but fell asleep (again) before it was over. We were losing the last time I remember.

Friday, January 20, 2017


It was another gloomy dawn on Thursday. I went to Big Boy for lunch and got the chicken noodle soup and the Caesar side salad.

Around 2:00 p.m., the sun came out!!!

Back home after work, I watched the news. I ate another piece of quiche for dinner and then ran the dishwasher (another fun-filled night!)

I read until bedtime.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

January Thaw...

Well, the January thaw has set in.

Sidebar: Scientists cannot seem to agree why, but it does occur almost every year in Michigan (maybe elsewhere, but I've never lived "elsewhere.") So, for at least the next 10 days we will be way above the normal temps. And the only precipitation will (might) be in the form of rain.

I support this!!!

It was again damp and dreary on Wednesday. But, warmer!!!

I talked with a co-worker who is at another building. It seems his stepson (he just remarried) has a bed somebody made for him that mimicked Thomas the Train. He said they has posted it on Craig's list (the boy's a little too old for that) and everybody wanted to know if it could fit a twin sized mattress. It couldn't.

So, he said he could extend the headboard and foot board, but asked me (as a woodworker) about extending the mattress slats.

Sidebar: I had to laugh, but didn't. It just reminded me of working as a carpenter, back in the day. All the old timer's used to ask the new guy to get the "board extender" and then laughed at you when you came back, embarrassed as fnck (Yes, I fell for that, too.)

Now, I had to go to Lowe's at lunch (for light bulbs, if you remember) so I said I'd check on 1 x 4's prices, but that I thought it would be cheaper (and safer) to just replace them.

My old cubicle buddy, Michelle, stopped by to say hi and chat for a while.

I went to Time Out for lunch and got a grilled chicken sandwich with Swiss cheese and a cup of chicken noodle soup.

Then I went to Lowe's and picked up my light bulbs. I checked and an 8-foot 1 x 4 costs $3.22.

Back at work, it was a long afternoon.

When I finally got home after work, I refilled the bird and squirrel feeder and put out a new suet cake. Then I switched out the kitty litter. Finally, I went in the garage and installed the new light bulb in the garage door opener.

I watched the rest of the news and then made dinner. I adapted a recipe and made a broccoli and cheddar cheese quiche. Well, I made two, actually, since I had two store-bought pie crusts. If you are making two, you will have to double the ingredients like I did.

I preheated the oven to 350 degrees F. I pricked the bottoms of the pie crusts and pre-baked them for 10 minutes (I don't like soggy crusts). Meanwhile I steamed a bag of frozen broccoli florets. I added a chopped onion to my skillet and cooked them slowly until they softened. I added in the broccoli and a teaspoon of minced garlic. I let get warm.

Meanwhile, I beat four eggs. I added them to 1 1/2 cups of milk, one teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper and one tablespoon of melted butter.

I put the broccoli mixture into the pie crusts (on a half-sheet pan) and topped it with 1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese. I topped that with the milk mixture and baked it for 40 minutes (when the center was set).

Then I cut into one and ate two slices for dinner. It was pretty good!

I turned on the hockey game, but fell asleep watching it.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Slip-sliding away!

They said on the news that the temperature would be just above freezing to the rain we were getting all night wouldn't freeze here. That wasn't quite true, as I learned the hard way taking the trashcan out to the road, Tuesday morning.

Then I drove into work, slipping and sliding. But, I made it without breaking anything on either me or the truck.

I was unlocking the door to work when there was a huge clap of thunder and lightning lit up the sky. The rain came down like buckets and I was soaked before I could get in the building.

I wasn't feeling all that great (my sinuses throbbed all day).

I did go to the Newburgh Grill and got a bowl of bean and ham soup for lunch. It was still damp and dreary, so I drove right back to work. I was supposed to get a light bulb for the garage door opener, but it can wait.

I retrieved the trashcan and buttoned up the house for the night.

I washed the two loads of laundry I should have done over the weekend,

I watched NCIS, read from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. (not that impressed with "Bull") and then watched NCIS New Orleans. Then I went to bed.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The rest of the tale

I had to get my haircut on Saturday morning. Since I was out, I stopped at Kroger's and stocked up on soup and tissues. Then I went home. Other than eating, I spent the rest of Saturday, all of Sunday and Monday in bed. I had to get the kitchen trash bucket as I was filling up the little bathroom one too fast.


Friday was not as cold. I went to Big Boy's for lunch and got broccoli and cheddar soup and half a turkey sandwich for lunch.

When I got home after work I wasn't feeling well. So, I laid down for a bit. It finally dawned on me that I was getting the head cold everyone has been passing around at work. I made some Campbell''s chicken noodle soup for dinner and then to bed.