During the night, I got up to go to the bathroom and thought the back yard light was on (it was so bright). But, no, it was just the wolf moon (as the Native Americans call it). But, tonight is a special treat as it is not just the full moon in January, but the closest the moon will get to earth in a long while. You could clearly see the features on the moon's "face."
I was smiling when I went back to bed...
I woke up early, posted the Blog and then tried to go back to sleep. I succeeded and woke back up at 8:30 AM. Now I have to hurry a tad as I have a 10:00 AM eye exam appointment.
So, I skipped breakfast (I did manage to sneak in a cup of coffee), shaved, showered and got dressed. Since I had to go out into the cold anyway (18 degrees F. at that time), I had a short list of errands to run.
I got done with the eye exam and picked out some new frames (still blinking and tearing from that damn glaucoma test). Then I headed to Kroger's for a few but much-needed supplies. Since I only had like eight items, I went through the Fast Lane (15 items or less) and got out relatively quickly.
Next came a stop at the Feed Store for some birdseed and then I headed home.
Back home, I brought in the groceries, treated the cats and then lugged the 40 pounds of birdseed out back. I cut it opened, filled the feeder and sprinkled some on the ground for the mourning doves, pigeons and squirrels. By 12:30 PM, I had changed my clothes and started the first load of the weekend wash.
I putzed around for a while, waiting to hang up the laundry. When I did, I put the second load (the bedding) in the dryer. Then I went and watched some new taped TV cooking shows. Somewhere along the way, I fell asleep and took a nice nap.
When I woke up, the dryer had shut off. So, I turned it back on for a bit to fluff the stuff up. Then I pulled it out and remade my bed.
I had just finished that when my friend B___ called. He's remodeling his half-bath off the kitchen. So, he got the wallpaper off, the flooring ripped out down to the sub-floor (he wants to tile it instead of using linoleum).
We happily talked about construction for a bit until we got to handicap toilets. He refuses to put in a handicap toilet because they only come in white and he has some sort of color scheme in mind. He claimed there was only one inch difference (but, while I was on the phone, I checked my two toilets and there was a three inch difference.)
I told him that if you have bad knees, it makes all the difference. But he said since I only come over two or three times a year and don't crap on the toilet anyway, if I ever did, he would personally come in and help pull me off it.
Wow! That's what friends are for!
I warmed up some of that pasta sauce I'd made out of my home-grown tomatoes, hamburger and sweet Italian sausage. The only thing it was missing was mushrooms, so I added a 4-ounce can of them.
Meanwhile I boiled a box of Barrila whole-grain spaghetti. Now, don't get concerned, I'm not going healthy. They were on sale once. So, I mixed the two together, plated some of it and wandered in to watch TV.
At 11:00 PM, I went back to the kitchen and made a brine (one cup water, one cup sugar into one cup boiling water). Once it had dissolved, I added that to my stock pot, inserted a whole chicken and added cold water to cover.
I stuck that out in the garage next to the metal garage door to set for the next twelve hours. Then I went to bed.