Thursday, April 19, 2018

Johnny Cash Hurt

Lazy Hump Day

I woke up after 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday.  I had a cup of coffee watching the Today show. I finally got around to making breakfast. I made three soft boiled eggs and ate them over torn bread, butter, salt and pepper. It was delicious!

It was sunny but cold during the morning.

I made a small salad for lunch.

I did a load of laundry (towels and my bathrobe).

I had two more pieces of fried Spam with Grillin' Beans for dinner.

I read while I half-watched DIY shows until the 11:00 p.. news. I watched that and the Tonight show until bedtime.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


My blood sugar was too low on Tuesday morning (74). So, breakfast was a mini-chocolate bar (per doctor's orders, I keep a bag of them in the house, just for these occasions). I laid back down for a while, then got up and ate some oatmeal.

I shaved, showered and got dressed in shorts and a t-shirt. I planned on staying home.

Jake called and we talked for a while. I did a load of laundry.  

I found I was running low on Cope (damn!) so I put some pants on and drove to the corner gas station. Since I was out anyway, I drove the couple of blocks on Inkster to Arby's. I got my usual Buffalo Chicken sandwich meal, small, with Dr. Pepper to drink.

Before going back in the house, I took the empty garbage container around back.

I ate my lunch, watching the noon news.

I read most of the afternoon. I ate my last hard boiled egg with horseradish (damn that shit is hot!) so I made eight more hard boiled eggs. I think (without knowing) they are a healthy snack.

For dinner, I heated up the last of the cabbage. I fried two thick slices of Spam and then plated my dinner.

Sidebar: Yes, Spam. I like Spam.

After I cleaned up the kitchen, I went back to reading until my NCIS shows came on. I went to bed at 11:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Rainy Days and Mondays

I woke up to the alarm set for 6:00 a.m.on Monday. I ate a quick bowl of cereal for breakfast and drank my coffee while I shaved. I had an 8:15 doctor's appointment with my eye surgeon.

I left in plenty of time, which was lucky. Because I got LOST! I thought it was at Farmington and Seven Mile. But when I got there, the office was not where I remembered it. So, I drove back and forth. Nothing! I finally gave up and went to Six Mile and there it was, almost right on the corner.

I didn't have to wait long. They put three different drops in both eyes and retook the pictures of my eyes. Finally, the doctor came in. He said the cataract on my right eye had gotten much worse since December, but he could fix them both.

The longest I had to wait was for the surgery scheduler (same as last time).

So, my right eye will be operated on 5/3/18 and my left on 5/17/18. Now I just need a driver.

Sidebar: I have lots of nearby friends who would gladly volunteer to drop me off. But I need someone who can stay during the surgery and these women all have jobs. But, wait a minute! Courtney volunteered, so I don't have to bother my brothers this time.

It was cloudy and overcast when I drove home, so I didn't need sunglasses in spite of my severely dilated eyes.

It was before 10:00 a.m.when I left the doctor's office, so I thought I'd stop at Bates and get a half order of biscuits and gravy. But, when I got there the place was dark and there was a note taped to the door. I assume it said they'd lost power.

Sidebar: Bates stops serving breakfast at 10:30 a.m.

I continued to drive south on Farmington Road and stopped at the Looney Bakery. The line at the drive through wasn't too bad. When it was my turn, I asked if they had any salt bagels left. They said they still had a few, so I bought four.

I drove I-96 to Beech Daly (to avoid the train at Inkster). I thought I was quite clever until I saw the traffic lights at Beech Daly and Plymouth Road were out and we all had to take our turn at the four-way stop thing.

Back home, the rain had taken a break, so I dragged the garbage container out to the road. It's supposed to rain again and then switch to snow overnight. While I was back there, I took some pictures.

I am pretty sure the branch hit the roof and bounced off (there are a lot of twigs and bark up there) but I couldn't see any signs of actual roof damage.

On the plus side, I can now sell the house as "Lake Front Property."

Back inside, I changed my clothes and ate two bagels.

I spent about an hour and a half with Verizon tech support, getting my phone back in order. My bad! When I switched from Spectrum to Wow, I immediately lost the ability to check my email on my phone (my old Spectrum email went away). So, I thought I could fix it. I tried, but by the time I gave up, I not only lost my email, but Facebook on the phone and the phone's camera wouldn't download.

I took a nap in the afternoon.

I walked out to get the mail around 6:00 p.m. and it was snowing!!!

I warmed up some of the Southern Bacon-Fried Cabbage for dinner.

I watched "The Desolation of Smaug" (a Hobbit movie) and then "Jurassic Park." I have seen both many times before, but I like them. I ended up snacking on both remaining bagel during the evening.

Then I watched a little of the Tonight Show before going to bed.

Monday, April 16, 2018

OMG Sunday

I woke up at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, after a restless night. Freezing rain had developed overnight. It was coating my trees. I had numerous branches down, including a long one that landed on the raised bed herb garden (it's been taking a beating from branches, recently).

The lake has moved from back by the play structure into the low spot in from of my vegetable garden.

Here's the view from the bathroom window at 8:00 a.m.

 Oh, and there are numerous power outages in both Livonia and Redford. Closest to me is the Inkster and Five Mile area.

And, it kept on raining and freezing...

I finally shoved, showered and got dressed.

Update on rain: 11:00 a.m. and water is moving up the fence line.

I was supposed to meet Amanda and Keldon for lunch at the Mexican Fiesta restaurant in Dearborn Heights. And Amanda was supposed to text me what time. I had seen on Facebook the roads were not icy, but when I still hadn't heard anything by 11:15 p.m., I figured Amanda had thought better of it. But, I got a text at 11:30 a.m asking me if I could make it thee by noon. She apologized, saying they got a late start. I said, "Sure!" (I'd already shaved and showered). So, I threw on some clothes and headed out.

It was still raining and there was a lot of standing water. There was a fallen tree limb (a big one) partially covering the little access drive from Plymouth to Telegraph (I drove over it, like the people before me). And there were numerous traffic lights out on Telegraph.

I had the beef enchiladas as Amanda and Keldon split a small nachos.

Sidebar: That was the biggest "small" nacho I ever saw, lol!

Amanda and I split the fried ice cream dessert (Keldon said he didn't like crunchy ice cream). She ordered two little containers of strawberries and honey on the side for dipping. First time I ever tasted it. It was pretty good!

We made our goodbyes and drove home through the rain and the four way stop dead traffic lights. I got home by 1:00 p.m. and changed clothes.

By 3:00 p.m., the water was close to the St. Francis statue!

At 5:00 p.m., I started my Sunday supper. I have been wanting to try this for a while. Now that I'm feeling a little better, I thought I'd give it a go. I making what they call Soouthern Bacon-Fried Cabbage.

First I did the prep work. I cored and chopped a head of cabbage. Then I chopped a large onion, minced two cloves of garlic and cut six slices of bacon into half-inch lardons. I also got my seasoned salt, onion powder, garlic powder and black pepper out of the spice cabinet.

I got out my 12-inch non-stick frying pan (I have one bigger, but no lid. This one didn't come with a lid, but the lid of my bigger stock pot fits perfectly). I cooked the bacon over medium-high heat until crispy. Pulled the bacon and put it on a paper towel covered plate. I reserved two tablespoons of the bacon grease and put the rest in the fridge (or you could discard it - I like to use it for fried eggs).

Then I sauteed the onion until soft (about four minutes). I added in the garlic and sauteed that about a minute more. Then I added the cabbage a little at a time, stirring in the onion and garlic mixture.

Sidebar: It didn't look like all that cabbage would fit!

I cooked the cabbage another four to five minutes and (thankfully) it started to wilt a bit.I added in two teaspoons of seasoned salt, a half teaspoon each of the onion powder, garlic and black pepper and mixed well.

I reduced the burner temperature to low and let it simmer (stirring occasionally) for about 30 minutes.

I added in the bacon just before serving. I couldn't think of a good side dish (I think this is a side dish, lol) so I sliced up a tomato go to with it.

It was really good! And the tomatoes (although they were an afterthought) helped to cut the richness of the dish.

I cleaned up the kitchen and then watched and/or listened to the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards the while reading until bedtime.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Shitty Saturday

It was raining like hell when I woke up on Saturday. I turned on the news and learned that its supposed to rain here like this until around 4:00 p.m. when it will change to freezing rain. Then, the cold front that is making its way down from the UP will freeze all the standing water.

Vicky was supposed to come pick me up this afternoon and take me back to her house. Evy wanted to make me a Puerto Rican dinner. Sounded good. I miss Puerto Rican food! But I sent her a text, telling her I didn't want her to be driving under those conditions (hell, I don't want to even be riding under those conditions). She wasn't mad. Her reply sounded grateful.

Amanda called and I told her to be careful (she has to work tonight). She said not to worry, she'll be fine (She's way too cocky at times).

The lake has returned out in the back. And, my driveway near the road is one big puddle.

The rain lightened up around 2:00 p.m. So, I put my rain coat on, opened the garage door and grabbed my hoe. I went out and, sure enough, the two trenches I had built for draining the end of the driveway were clogged with sticks, old grass and leaves. I cleaned them both out and the water started to run off.

Sidebar: The last thing I needed was to have a sheet of ice just before I have to go up onto the road.

Back inside, I made a salad for a late lunch (I had a bowl of cereal with blue berries for breakfast).

My daughter, Melissa called. She said it was snowing in Oxford. Oddly enough, it stopped raining around 5:00 p.m. I don't know if its all over or just the calm before the next storm.

I washed the bedding and ran the dishwasher.

I watched two old John Wayne movies.

I ate leftovers for dinner.

I watched Blazing Saddles again (first time in a long time). It was still funny as hell.

Then I watched the rest of the hockey game (Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins), the 11:00 p.m. news and then Saturday Night Live. I went to bed at 1:00 a.m.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Finally Friday

My insomnia kicked in again last night. I woke up at 2:00 a.m. on Friday. I finally fell asleep at 5:30 a.m. and then woke up at  8:30 a.m. It was sunny, but cool.

Sidebar: When I looked at Facebook, Betsy Knapp, who lives in Marine City (not that far north or me) said it was thundering and lightning and raining. WTF?

So, after a cup of coffee, I cut into the cantaloupe. I cut half of it into bite size pieces and covered the other half with cling wrap.

I ate some of it for breakfast and saved the rest for lunch.

I got cleaned up, but decided not to go anywhere. so, I read and putzed around all day. I mailed yet another check for a doctor bill. It finally started to cloud up around 3:00 p.m.

I started dinner about 5:30 p.m. I broiled some brats in the oven while I boiled some potatoes on the stove. I was making a Nigella Lawson recipe for Salt and Vinegar Potatoes.

Sidebar: The recipe called for whole baby white potatoes, which I didn't have. I had small Yukon Gold potatoes that I cut in half. That was my downfall!

After they are boiled, you put them on a oiled sheet pan and squish them a little with a fork. Her's, because they were whole and round, squished into little patties. Mine just fell apart!

But, I endeavored to persevere.  From there, I roasted then in a 425 degree oven for 20 minutes. Then I flipped then over and roasted them for 10 minutes more.

I put them on a serving platter and sprinkled them with apple cider vinegar and Kosher salt.

I plated my dinner and added some Dijon mustard for the brats.

The potatoes tasted good although they were a hot mess.

I left the kitchen mess to clean up in the morning and went back to half-watching DIY shows and reading until bedtime.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Thursday's Tale

My insomnia came back and I woke up at 4:00 a.m. on Thursday. I couldn't fall back asleep, so I gave up, got up and made a cup of coffee.

When it got light out, I saw it was cool and rainy. I decided there was nothing I needed that bad to go out in the weather and I would stay home for the day.

I had some oatmeal for breakfast.

I did some light housework and a lot of reading during the day.

I didn't really eat "lunch," I just snacked on fruit here and there. The plums were getting soft and were not as fantastic as when I first brought them home.

Sidebar: Don't buy four at a time. Buy two and eat them right away.

The rain went away, the sun came out and we  reached an incredible 76 degrees!!! I celebrated by opening up the windows after turning off the furnace to air the house out. Then I began the long chore of picking up the branches and sticks that had fallen over the winter. Pain in the butt, but it needs to be done before I can cut the grass. I got that big branch out back moved and most of the front yard done before I pooped out.

I saw on Facebook that it was National Grilled Cheese Day, so I made my personal favorite for dinner, along with tomato soup.

Sidebar: I was pissed at the photo I took. The back lighting from the under cabinet light made it look burnt, but it wasn't. I should have left the damn light off! I also should have checked the photo first before I ate dinner!!!

I closed the windows and turned the furnace back on. I was tired, but not sleepy, from all the unaccustomed outdoor work and fresh air. So, I stayed in bed, watching DIY shows and reading until midnight.