Sunday, December 8, 2013

Saturday's Story



It was 14 degrees F. when I woke up at 3:30 a.m. and couldn’t fall back asleep. And, the high today is only supposed to be 27! So, it was colder than:

 A witch’s tit…
A witch’s tit in a brass bra…
A well digger’s ass…
A well digger’s ass in a windstorm…
A nun’s hoo-hoo in the Yukon…
A po hoe’s hands…

Okay, I’m done now…

So, I filled out my shopping and errand list and headed out at 8:00 a.m. to my first stop: a long-needed massage. This did wonders for my poor, airplane-screwed-up back, but trashed my right shoulder, again. I’m not sure why this happens or what she does, but the massage dramatically affects the tear in my rotator cuff every time. As a result, I was a lefty for the rest of the day.

From there I went and filled my gas tank at the cheap station at Merriman and Five-Mile Road. I paid $3.29 a gallon for mid-grade. Sweet!

Next was a brief stop at Kroger’s. So brief, in fact, that I used the “self-scan” to check out. I dropped a dollar in my friend’s red kettle. Note: I know, I know… but he’s turned into a friend of mine. I was making a donation to him, not the Salvation Army, okay?

Then I stopped at Westborn to stock up my cold storage in the garage. I bought a 10# bag of Idaho potatoes, a 3# bag of Yukon Gold potatoes, a smaller bag of small red potatoes, a rutabaga and a bag of parsnips. I also bought 3# of yellow cooking onions, two red onions, three shallots and two heads of fresh garlic. That should do me for a while.

Next, I stopped at CVS for a prescription and some Christmas and Birthday cards. Finally I made a quick stop at Office Depot for my next year’s supply of Franklin Planner pages (yes, I am old school and still do that, but I admit I buy the cheaper Day Timer filler pages) and a 2014 calendar. I was back home just after noon.

Before I took my hat, gloves and already warm coat off, I went out back and refilled the bird feeder and the squirrel feeder. There was about half a suet cake left in the cage, so I let that be. I took an unproductive walk to the rear to try and locate those paving blocks I used to put on the rose winter covers, but still couldn’t find them anywhere. WTF did I do with them??? I honestly have no idea…

Back inside, I put everything away. I admit I feel somewhat smug, like some Alaskan trapper, knowing my larder is full for the winter ahead.

There are two thing I religiously do every year (probably the only things I do “religiously”) on the Friday after Thanksgiving. I always fill out my Christmas cards and update the new calendar for next year with birthdays, anniversaries, and house-hold chores (change furnace filters, seed the lawn, etc.)

But, as you know, for the first time ever, I wasn’t here on that Friday. So, I was going to do both today. But, nature interfered (I had to go pee) and I didn’t make it to the Post Office for Christmas stamps (I’ll go there Sunday morning). Instead, I filled out the new calendar for next year.

When I finished, I made myself a sandwich for my breakfast/lunch. Then I took a nice long nap. I love naps and wish I could take one on the weekdays as well. But for now, I have to squeeze them in on the weekends.

When I woke up it was getting dark (no surprise there, it gets dark now before I drive home after work). I went back to the Christmas card thing. I double checked all the addresses and then printed off the mailing labels. But my right arm was still messed up, so I didn’t try to hand write my signature on the cards. It’s still early enough that waiting a few days won’t hurt.

My stove is 12 years old now and it’s showing its age. I had to use touch-up paint on the one side (where I used to keep the trash basket) and today I realized it’s rusting on the side that touches the cabinets. The touchpad, where you set the timer or stove heat, is cracked. The grates are all tore up (the porcelain chipped off in places) and the drip pans are crap. I checked out just buying replacement grates and drip pans and found that alone would cost me over $150.00!

The upshot is that I decided it’s time to buy a new stove. Since I had to research that, I decided to check out dishwashers as well. My landlord bought the fridge, stove, washer and dryer new when I moved in, but the dishwasher was existing and old even back then. I found two on sale at Lowe’s that look promising, but I still need to comparison shop to make sure I’m getting a good deal.

I was hungry again, but didn’t feel like fussing with dinner. So, I warmed up a can of Bush’s Grilling Beans and ate that for my evening meal. I watched the hockey game and when it was over, I caught up some more on my taped shows. I watched the news at 11:00 p.m. and then went to bed.

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