Thursday, March 31, 2016

Simple...




Chillin' on Wednesday

It was  chilly in the house on Wednesday morning. Nobody remembered to turn the A/C off and the heat on when we went to bed Tuesday night!

Jake and Carla left for Jake's work, because Carla had a doctor's appointment (I'm not allowed on base these days, LOL!)

So, Whiskey and I just chilled. I watched the morning news, took the dog out to pee (her, not me), filled in the Blog post, drank too much coffee, shaved and showered and so forth.

When Carla returned, we did much of the same.

I finally mentioned lunch. She suggest that she could make me a BLT. I countered with getting a couple pizzas delivered to save her some work. That way, I explained, we could eat some for lunch and still have enough so she wouldn't have to make dinner.

Sidebar: I didn't realize at the time she had a menu planned. My bad...

But, being the gracious hostess that she is, she readily agreed.

So, we ordered them from Marcos (a fantastic pizza joint just down the road from here).

We got two large pizzas: a pepperoni, mushrooms and banana pepper rings (my favorite) and a meat lover's. It came with some cheesy bread and dipping sauce and we also bought a small order of some chicken wings (Carla loves chicken wings).

When it came, we fixed a plate and ate an excellent lunch. Then, after everything cooled, we put it all in the fridge for dinner.

I took a nap in the afternoon. Actually, Carla ordered me to take a nap. Seems like I was falling asleep on the couch.

I woke up just after Jake came home.

We repeated lunch for dinner and then we all sat around relaxing (well, Jake did do some work on the computer, but the rest of us relaxed). Then we all watched some TV but went to bed by 9:00 p.m.

I read in bed until I got tired and then went to sleep.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

True That!


On the Road Again...

I woke up early on Tuesday morning. I posted the Blog entry, ate some oatmeal for breakfast and downed my pills Then I shaved, showered and got dressed. But I didn't go to work...

I went to the airport instead. I'm flying down to South Carolina for a short visit with Jake and Carla (since we missed Easter this year).

It was cold in the D, so I wore my raincoat. I figured it could do double duty in SC should it rain. That was a mistake!

I also figured that, with the Belgium airport bombing, security at Detroit Metro would be intense, so I planned on getting there two hours early. That also was a mistake...

I left home around 7:30 a.m. for a 10:30 flight. I gave myself an extra half hour to find a parking space. I found one in less than five minutes!

And, five minutes after getting into the terminal, I began to sweat. I took off my raincoat and had to haul it around for the rest of both flights.

Also, there was no sign of increased security. In fact, there seemed to be less! They didn't have the drug/bomb sniffing dog going up and down the checkpoint lines and I didn't have to take my belt or shoes off!

At first I was pissed at myself for being over-cautious. Then I was pissed at my government for not giving a shit if I lived or died.

So, I sat there for two hours. I thought of getting some food, but I wasn't hungry. So, I bought a cup of coffee and then I sat and read...

I had almost half of my first book finished before I finally boarded.

The flight down to Charlotte was smooth and uneventful; clear skies and no turbulence.

I did have to hustle to get to the other side of the terminal and the next gate, though.

Sidebar: You usually land on time, then the pilot uses up half of your layover time taxing to the damn gate!

But I got there with just enough time to use the restroom before the sheduled boarding time. The scheduled boarding time came and went...

Jake sent me a text saying he would be late as he just picked up an unscheduled meeting. I told him not to worry as I was still on the ground in North Carolina.

It turned out our plane was sitting on the tarmac, being worked on by many maintenance workers. The computer had issued a warning upon landing and they had to re-calibrate all the systems.

It had something to do with the weight limit as, eventually, they asked for five volunteers to go on the 4:00 flight (with the promise of a $200.00 voucher). It was a full flight, but several people stepped up and took one for the team.

We finally boarded over an hour late. Then, they said the weight thing was better, so they let another passenger on. Five minutes later, they had another one board. All but one passenger boarded. But that one was scheduled to sit next to me, so I was grateful.

It's a short flight from Charlotte to Columbia (less than a half hour). I got my checked bag and walked outside to wait for Jake. He was there in less than five minutes, so our miss-matched timing all worked out in the end.

Carla had dinner already in the oven by the time we got there. I changed into something less sweaty and more comfortable. We sat and talked for a while, catching up.

Carla asked if we were ready to eat or should she hold it. I was hungry by then, so I voted for an early dinner.

She had made chicken enchiladas, but used tomatillo salsa instead of tomato based sauce. We topped them with fresh diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce and sour cream (I passed on the avocado). We had refried beans on the side. A splash of lime juice and we were good to go!

Sidebar: She said to make it correctly, (roasting the tomatilloes, etc.), it takes her a few days! I wouldn't have the patience, but it was worth it!!!


We watched a little TV and talked a bit, but went to bed before 9:00 p.m. I, for one, was beat!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Monday Moanin'

It was still raining when I left for work on Monday. But it wasn't that cold. So, I wore my thin raincoat.

Except, when I left for work, the wind had picked up and I was freezing! I went to the Newburgh Grill and got a cup of beef vegetable soup and a patty melt. I guess I just wasn't that hungry, since I couldn't finish the patty melt. I was embarrassed...

Sidebar: They always think the food didn't taste good. But I just can't eat that much anymore...

From there, I went to the Credit Union to get some cash. With cash in hand, I went and filled up the truck tank. It had stopped raining but I swear it either got a lot colder or the winds picked up. I was still back at work 20 minutes early, so I read a book until 1:00 p.m.

When I got home after work, I started a last load of weekend laundry.

I decided to forego the potatoes au gratin and the soup, but I did need to cook the asparagus. So, I lined a sheet tray with aluminum foil. I cut the ends off the asparagus and tossed them in olive oil. I sprinkled on salt, pepper and 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese. Then I tossed them some more.

They went into a 400 degree oven (along with a foil packet of some ham) for about 10 minutes. I plated everything and had an excellent meal.



I watched the rest of the news and then the Red Wings game. Finally, I went to bed.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Happy Easter!

I woke up late and was very lazy on Easter morning. For example, it was after 10:00 a.m. when I finally made breakfast!

I fried two slices of ham and then two eggs over easy. A cup of coffee and some toast and I was in hog heaven!

[pun intended]

I finally got off my lazy *ss and shaved and showered.

Then I went out back.

Sidebar: It was so nice to walk out the back door for a change. I've been going around the front for weeks now!

But, on a side note, my right arm hurts. Probably from picking up the 15-pane glass window. But I am proud of myself for not resorting to the opiates I got at the hospital. I freakin' rock!!!

Sidebar: The super glue has all worn off. I'm left with a three inch ugly weal of a scar. I am still taking suggestions for a tattoo to cover this!

Note to Jake: Popeye's spinach can will not cover this! I'm thinking maybe a 3-D butterfly.






Okay, so it looks better on her. I get that...


Anyway, I got the hose box out of the shed and hooked it up. I took the winter lid off the reflecting pool and put the hose in it. I turned the water on and filled it up.

I went back inside and got out the young Shaolin monk. I put him in his meditation place, next to the pool.

I refilled the feeders. There was a very brave, young squirrel who refused to leave (he probably had rabies) so I amused myself (and him) by tossing him a peanut every now and then.

I got out the window box and hung it up. Unfortunately, I didn't have any magic dirt to fill it up. Then I took all the patio furniture out of the shed and set it up as well. It's Spring, baby!!!

Note: It was sunny and 61 degrees here. I was mentally kicking myself in the ass for not going with my first Easter dinner idea, grilling a couple of lamb chops.

But, the damn weatherman said it was going to rain this afternoon, so I got the stupid Honeybaked ham.

Then I got the pruning shears and trimmed the Japanese maple.

I picked up a lot of fallen branches and chucked them over the fence. Which was stupid, I know. Because I already signed up with Jon Boy Landscaping for a winter yard cleanup and new mulch on all the beds. (I'm getting too old for that shit). I just don't like seeing them out there!

Reminder: Grumpy old man (Vicky's label, not mine) in his underwear, yelling, "Get off my lawn!"

I came back inside after locking up the shed.

I had a wonderful Easter dinner planned and bought. I was going to start with  broccoli and cheese soup, followed by broiled asparagus with Parmesan cheese, some ham slices, warmed and potatoes au gratin.

Instead, I took a nap.

I woke up from thunder after 8:00 p.m. I checked and it was raining like hell.

I thought about Easter dinner and then said, "Fnck it!" I made a ham sandwich with deli mustard, the last of the chips and a pickle. Certainly not the Easter dinner I had planned, but it was good!

I watched "Jaws" for the umpteenth time and then went to bed.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Saturday (Holy Saturday?)

Note: as a fallen away Catholic, I don't recall what today is called. Lets see... Jesus died yesterday but will rise again tomorrow. So, is it "Wait a minute Saturday?" or "Tomorrow's gonna rock your world Saturday?" I dunno....

Personally,I'm going with "Hang on Sloopy, hang on, Saturday."

Anyway, I slept in and had to hustle to make my 9:30 a.m. haircut appointment. From there, I went to the Honey Baked Ham store and redeemed a couple of my coupons (I still have a stash of them from work). I was going to just get the smallest ham I could for my Easter dinner but they were having a sale on the smoked turkey breast, so I got that too.

Sidebar: After I gorge myself on this, I'll freeze some and give the rest to Evy.

Then I went to Kroger's and spent an amazing $150.00 to restock.

Back home, I left the truck outside to unload it. I treated Caley on my first trip inside and then made trip after trip of groceries. I finally finished, locked the truck and shut the garage door. Wouldn't you know it, Caley was sitting in her treat spot and meowing loudly. Apparently, her trigger is the garage door going down. I debated with her a little, realized I wasn't going to win and then gave her a few more treats.

Sidebar: If she barfs on the bed, I swear I'll kill her!!!

Before I shut the garage door, I went out front with my camera, as I noticed some of the daffodils had bloomed. Not only that, but the hyacinths are about to explode!



Back inside, I decided to tackle the damn door window. My neighbor never came back so I guess its up to me!

So, I realized that, without the window, the door practically weighs nothing. So, I figured that I could take it off the hinges. lay it on the window and then screw the frame onto the other side.

But, try as I might, I couldn't get the first hinge pin out. And, I tried everything!!!

By then, I spent almost an hour of this and was seriously pissed. So, I caulked around the opening and went and picked up the window.

Sidebar: That was totally stupid. I'm not supposed to pick up anything more than 30 pounds normally and now only 10 pounds with my arm. But, I was frustrated!

I slid it in and held in place with tape. Then I went on the other side and screwed the frame on.






Finally, my house is secured again! Unless, of course, if you have a sledgehammer, LOL!

I made a smoked turkey sandwich for a late lunch. I made another one for dinner. My daughter Melissa called and we talked for a long while. Then I watched a little TV but went to bed early.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Let It Be - Aretha Franklin










Happy belated birthday to Aretha.. She turned 74 yesterday. I never knew this song was written for her, but then the Beatles issued a restraining order, saying they wanted to put it out. Theirs was great, but she nailed it!!!


Good Friday

I woke up late on Friday. It was chilly. I did check out back and found that my neighbor's dry well must be working, because the lake was disappearing fast. Sorry ducks!

I watched the morning news then I finally made breakfast (well, by the time I got around to it, I guess it would be brunch, LOL). I "baked" a potato in the microwave and then, when it cooled, I sliced it up. Next, I fried it in butter in my 10-inch skillet.

Meanwhile, I scrambled three eggs, adding in some frozen chives from my garden and salt and pepper.

I toasted the last two slices of rye bread (they were too big for the toaster) and had an excellent brunch!






I finally got cleaned up and went to the Post Office to mail a package. Then I went home.

I putzed around a lot, making lists, doing online banking, etc. I did finally finish and e-filed my taxes.

I took a long nap in the afternoon.

When I woke up, I was hungry. So, I made a simple salad and dressed it with bottled Italian dressing. I also made a can of Campbell's bean with bacon soup. Not a fancy dinner, but filling and satisfying.

I watched some DIY shows until bedtime. They inspired me, but not enough that I actually did anything!

Friday, March 25, 2016

RIP

Garry Shandling - I loved your humor!

IT Humor


Rainy Thursday

It was cool on Thursday morning. I checked the weather and they said spotty showers in the morning for southeast Michigan, with heavy rain moving in around 3-4:00 p.m. Upper lower and all of the upper penisula are under a winter storm warning, BTW.

NOT!

It started raining hard around 10:00 a.m. and never really stopped.

I had a couple errands to run at lunch time. Fortunately, I wore my rain coat. Unfortunately, it didn't matter. By the time I got in and out of the car a couple of times and then went to Ten Yen, I was soaked! The hot tea helped, though.

My boss sent us all home at 4:00 p.m., which was nice. But it was a slow go on the expressway, due to the rain.

Once home and changed, I started a load of laundry (I missed the Wednesday night wash).

I checked out back and the lake was starting to form again. I didn't see the ducks, but their flight might have been grounded.


I did some online stuff and then baked a frozen pizza for my dinner. I ate about half of it (my bad) while watching the Red Wings game. They beat the Montreal Canadians 4-3!

I watched the 11:00 p.m. news and found we had a record official rainfall of 1 1/2 inches at Metro (other areas got two inches of rain. Up north they got a foot of snow or more! I shook my head and went to bed.

Thursday, March 24, 2016


Weird Ass Sh*t!

It was 53 degrees when I woke up, but the temperature fell all day from there.

I had an 11:15 a.m. follow-up appointment  with my surgeon.

Sidebar: I never saw him after my surgery. I woke up in a big room with a lot of curtains. The nurses kept checking my vitals and, when they thought I was good to go, called Vicky.

So, I went into the exam room. The service dog wandered in and I petted her. She had a haircut since the last time I saw her.

The doctor came in and said, "Well, the good news is that the biopsy came back normal." I said, "So, did you get the damn mass out?"

He said there was NO mass!

Now, if you remember, my doctor felt it, I felt it and others felt it, My doctor even took several x-rays. And, he (the surgeon) also felt it.

But, he said it was inflamed scar tissue on my tendon!

I told him I'd never had an injury to my right bicep. So, how did I get scar tissue? He said he had no idea, but he didn't cut it out of my tendon as I wouldn't have been able to lift my right arm up. He suggested that, after the swelling goes down, if it's still noticeable, I get an MRI.

He gave me the pathology results and it said, "Dense scar tissue with adjacent fibrovascular tissue."

It also said, "A focus with foreign material and giant cell reaction is noted."

WTF? I know I'm old and forget a lot, but I never, ever, recall an injury to my right bicep.

I was back at work by 11:30 p.m., confused...

I went to lunch at Big Boy and got the cup of broccoli and ham soup, half a turkey sandwich on multi-grain bread and (this time) a Caesar side salad. Note: That was delicious, but too much food for me.

It started raining off and on in the afternoon, but helf off while I drove home.

I warmed up the lst of the corned beef and cabbage for my dinner.

I made myself finish my Federal and State taxes. Then I watched a little TV but turned it off early and went to bed.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Just a thought...



Tuesday's Tale

I woke up at 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday and couldn't fall back asleep. So, I finally got up and got going.

It started out chilly but warmed up nicely during the day.

I went to Applebee's for lunch. I ordered the French onion soup and the three-cheese chicken cavatappi. Both were excellent. As usual, it was difficult to eat the soup neatly.

After work, I was tired so I took a nap. Then I made another Reuben sandwich for my dinner.

I watched both NCIS and NCIS New Orleans and then went to bed.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Back to the Grind

It was freakin' cold Monday morning and didn't really warm up much all day.

Obviously, it was great to be back at work after four days off...

My new cane had come in while I was home, so I opened it up. It looked nice and felt solid (it's oak). But its about two inches too long. They recommend cutting it to length, so I'll do that when I'm feeling better. I'll also take a picture when I'm home.

I went to the Newburgh Grill for lunch. I got the beef vegetable soup and a mini-Greek salad.

The afternoon passed slowly and I was very tired. Four days of napping does not prepare you for nine - ten hours of staying awake.

Back at home, I should have been bustling around, getting the trash together for tomorrow's pickup. Instead, I laid on the bed and watched the news, occasionally dozing.

I finally got up at 7:00 p.m. and reheated a plate of the corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots. I kicked it up a notch by adding a tablespoon of horseradish on the side as a dipping sauce.

I took the cane photo for you, but couldn't quite capture the detail work. Sorry! :(


I couldn't find anything interesting to watch on TV, so I caught up on more taped DIY shows, while occasionally dozing.

Sidebar: I know now that I'm getting older. 20 years ago, having a minor surgery would not have kicked my butt this much!!!

I ended up watching the monologue on the Tonight Show, then shut everything down for the night and went to bed.

Monday, March 21, 2016


Birthday Shoutout!

Happy birthday to my grandson, Carl V!!!

And, the Sunday Story

I woke up late on Sunday. I was tired of biscuits and gravy, so I used the last three green onions. I sliced them thin and fried them in butter while I scrambled three eggs. I put them together and toasted some of the rye bread.

I ate breakfast watching the morning news (I'm a news junkie, if you haven't noticed.) I ate one slice of toast topped with orange marmalade (for my Mother) and the other spread with blackberry jam (for the family farm).

Now, that doesn't sound like much work, but it tired me out! This pain medicine protocol is working (I have yet to resort to the prescription opiates they gave me) and my arm doesn't even hurt. But, I am almighty tired...

I woke up to a soccer game on TV. It was Manchester Union versus Manchester City. I watched it for a while (Jake and Carla turned me on to soccer in an English Pub down in South Carolina). The problem is I don't know the rules, so I am confused. I should ask my great niece, Haley, to explain it to me.

I finally got around to filling in the rest of the Blog entry.

Then I shaved and showered. I got dressed, but was not planning on going anywhere. And, I didn't.

I did sweep the kitchen floor and the Sunday chores. I ate a grilled cheese sandwich for my lunch.

I took a nap in the afternoon.

I warmed up the corned beef and cabbage from my Sunday supper.

I talked to my daughter, Melissa, in the evening. I started watching some taped DIY shows, but turned the TV off and went to bed, instead.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

True Story!


West Branch Biker Chick Humour


Saturday's Story

Saturday was cold when I woke up (29 degrees here in Redford). And, since the high is only supposed to be 39 degrees today, it wasn't going to improve much!

So, I stayed in bed a long time, watching the news. Finally, I got hungry, so I heated up more biscuits and sausage gravy. I ate that with a cup of coffee.

Finally, I got my lazy ass out of bed and shaved, showered and got dressed in my work clothes (work-around-the-house clothes, not go-to-work-at-Spacely-Sprockets clothes).

Sidebar: My old pants are heavily frayed at both cuffs, have a belt loop ripped half off and have paint splattered all over them. You could ask Vicky or Evy's opinion, but I know I look like a bum. I don't care. These are my weekend work clothes, dammit!

I checked out the feeders from the main bathroom window. I saw my dear friend, the little red headed woodpecker, eating away at the suet cage and it made me smile. The sparrows were eating at the bird feeder, but I was puzzled by the squirrels. They were under the bird feeder, looking for spilled seeds, instead of eating the peanuts in the squirrel feeder! So, I grabbed my bird-watching binoculars and went back to the window.

That's when I saw three separate blue jays flying in and grabbing a peanut, flying off to crack them open to eat them and then flying back. They are big and mean and the squirrels are afraid of them.

Sidebar: Yesterday, when I filled up the feeder, I found the plastic insert I made laying on the ground. It wasn't broken, it had just been slid out. I couldn't understand that, as the feeder is not that wide and a squirrel could easily reach in to get the last peanut.

But today, as I watched, I saw the blue jays slide it up with their beaks! That explained that...

It was about 10:30 a.m. and I was already thinking about dinner (hey, its never too early to plan. right?)

I have enough of the corned beef and cabbage for two big dinners. But, do I really want to eat corned beef and cabbage two nights in a row? As a foodie, I think not!

So, I briefly thought about changing my clothes and then said, "Screw it!". I pulled the truck out (first time in three days) and headed for that little grocery store on Joy Road and Beech Daly. It's small but never crowded and I didn't feel like dealing with Kroger's or Meijer's. Plus, I like flirting with the Arabic checkout girl, LOL!

I don't trust their produce much (I've been burned before) but I bought a head of lettuce. I need to eat a few more salads as I swear I'm getting fatter, just sitting around. I bought some Italian dressing (for the upcoming salads) and another bottle of Thousand Island dressing (it's a little store and they didn't have Russian dressing, nor did I expect they would). I bought a bag of off-brand sauerkraut and a loaf of bakery rye bread. I wanted some Swiss cheese slices, but they don't have them pre-packaged. So, I went to the deli and got a half pound of Swiss cheese, sliced thin.

Finally, I got a bag of Better-Made Wavy chips. You guessed it (so did the deli lady), I'm gonna make a Reuben sandwich for tonight's dinner!

Back home, I treated the cat, put everything away and filled in the Blog entry to date.

It's hard to believe (at least for me) but that little trip tired me out! So, I took a nap instead of doing the myriad things I had planned.

When I woke up, three crows had replaced the blue jays and were also harassing the poor squirrels.


Sidebar: I live in the hood, here, and it's a tough life!

I had a couple of texts, asking how I was doing and did I need anything. Nice to know people who care...

So, I eventually made myself dinner. I buttered the outside of the rye bread and then put Thousand Island on the insides. I added a slice of Swiss cheese, then some drained sauerkraut, corned beef and another slice of Swiss cheese.

I heated the sandwich up in my 10-inch frying pan until the bread was golden brown and the cheese was melting. I plated it with some chips and a McClure's pickle and ate a fantastic dinner!!!


Everything after that was anticlimactic.I watched the last half of "Deliverance," a very disturbing old movie and why I try NOT to stop for gas in West Virginia. Then I went to bed.
 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Resting up on Friday

I was hungry Friday morning. Since I had the day off, I decided to make biscuits and sausage gravy. The sausage gravy was home made, but I cheated on the biscuits. They were from a Pillsbury roll.


The hospital called to see how I was doing. I said fine, except for this ever-expanding bruise. They asked if I took blood thinners or aspirin. I said no, my family just bruises easily. They asked if I had made a follow-up appointment with the surgeon and I said I didn't know I was supposed to.  They suggested I call and check, so I will, later.

Speaking of my surgery, my arm is mostly a dull ache, unless I extend it to pick up something or its close to taking my pills.

Sidebar: According to the discharge papers, I'm not supposed to pick up anything over 10 pounds! Since my spinal, the limit was 30 pounds, so I'm sliding backwards... But, I don't know just how long this will be in effect (I really have sh*t to do).

It was much colder today. I guess that should teach me not to rely too much on past 60 degree days in March! I had to turn the thermostat up as it's programmed and normally goes back to 68 during the weekdays.

Before I could call the surgeon's office, they called me. So, I have an appointment for next Thursday to get the results of the biopsy and a follow up. I'm not worried about the biopsy, but was wondering how long until this Super Glue falls off or do I have to have it removed... I'm old and used to stitches!


I finally got around to shaving and showering about 9:30 a.m. I was grateful as, for the last three days, I have had to shower with Dial antibacterial soap (per doctor's order). I'm an Ivory Soap guy, so, not only does it smell funny, but it breaks my skin out.

I scrubbed and I scrubbed to get the betadine solution off my right arm. They slavered it on me and my arm looked like I was a Puerto Rican.

I was in my robe and back in the bedroom when I saw I had a text from Courtney, telling me to go look on my porch. WTF? Before I could respond, I got a call from Vicky who said, "Go look on your porch!" I told her to give me a damn moment to get my pants on.

When I did, I went and checked and found an Edible Arrangement in a lovely yellow vase. The card said, "Heal up fast! We miss you already!" and was signed by Lenore (my boss), Jeff, Victoria and Courtney. The nice part was that nothing was dipped in chocolate, like they usually are (Type 2 diabetes, and they remembered).



I work with some beautiful people!

Sidebar: I am going to have to take Fred to task and ask him why he didn't kick in, LOL!

I ate most of it for lunch. Then I took yet another short nap.

Sidebar: I have done nothing but nap since my surgery.

When I woke up, I thought I really needed to go outside and get some air. So, I went out and refilled all the feeders. I took a look around and saw just how much trash had been added to the normal winter mess by the high winds.

So, I got some gloves, my stick with the nail in it and a garbage bag. I started on the north side, walking to the back, picking up trash. At the rear garden (next to the wall) it was much worse, of course.

I got about half way down the wall when I saw it! The high winds had snapped a large bottom branch off my flowering tree!!! Dammit!


So, I took the bag of trash in the house and got the bow saw. I sawed it off left-handed (not easy, but better than ticking off my right arm) and managed to get it over the fence. I quit at that point.

I rested up watching the nightly news. When it ended at 7:00 p.m., I went and made dinner. I breaded the last two tilapia fillets and baked them along with some tater tots.

Sidebar: I have decided I hate tilapia! It is too thin and seriously b-o-r-i-n-g! Give me some catfish or cod!!!

Although, I must admit I bought some frozen mahi mahi for an Asian dish I've yet to make. We'll see...

Anyway, I made some tartar sauce for the fish and topped the tater tots with ketchup. It was a boring meal but filled me up.

I cleaned up the mess and tried watching some TV. But, I couldn't get interested in anything, so I read until I fell asleep.

Friday, March 18, 2016

St. Partick's Day

I slept lousy again overnight and so woke up early on Thursday. That's normally okay, but since I couldn't eat or drink anything after midnight, this was torture.

The only pill I could take this morning was the generic Protonix with just a "sip" of water. Then I took the three Tylenol and three Advil that were part of the pain protocol. I skipped the epilepsy drug (the side effects scared me).

So, to distract myself, I cut up the veggies for my slow cooker corned beef and cabbage. I was using a recipe my daughter Amy had posted on Facebook. I had bought the smallest corned beef I could find (2.6 pounds). Since her recipe called for a 4-6 pound corned beef, I cut everything in half.

So, I put in one pound of quartered red potatoes, three medium carrots, thick-sliced on the bias, half of a large onion, chopped, and six large whole cloves of garlic. Then I added the corned beef. the pickling spices (included with the corned beef) and one tablespoon of brown sugar.

I topped that with one bottle of Guinness Stout and enough hot water to cover the meat. I set the house keys next to the slow cooker so I wouldn't forget to turn it on before I left.

Then I shaved, showered and got dressed. I picked out a likely book and sat in the living room, reading and waiting for my ride.

Vicky showed up just after 7:30 a.m. I turned the slow cooker on low, grabbed my book, cane and coat and headed out.

I explained to the hospital staff that I was early (I was supposed to get there by 9:30 a.m.), but my ride had to get to work.

So, I sat and read until they called me. I got ready by stripping down to just my socks and put everything I had on into a bag. Then they checked all my vitals. My blood sugar level was 220, which we all agreed wasn't too amazing, since I hadn't taken my morning meds. They decided to give me a shot of insulin and asked if I wanted it in my arm, buttocks or stomach. I picked stomach, having had to administer it here for weeks after my spinal fusion.

I got an I.V. and the nurse nailed it on the first try! Both of us were impressed (I have crappy veins).

I met with the anesthesiologist, who explained I wouldn't be totally anesthetized, which explained why I didn't need someone in the waiting room (Sorry, Carl). I would be in some kind of twilight sleep and my arm would be numbed.

The surgeon also talked to me and he used a marker to show the location of the mass and made some sort of squiggly mark on my arm.

Sidebar: If it doesn't wash off, I'm going to tell everybody it's a Chinese symbol for "Fierce Warrior!"

Then they wheeled me into the operating room. I got the sleep shot in my I.V. and then they numbed my right arm. They could have waited a bit for the I.V. to work, because that hurt like hell.

I don't really remember the operation at all, until they started to sew my muscle back together. Damn, that really hurt!!!

Note: They are dis-solvable  stitches. The actual incision was closed with surgeon's glue (Super Glue) to prevent infection.

They were able to get the whole mass out, thank God!

Sidebar: This was excellent news, as the surgeon kept saying if it was too attached to the muscle, he would just do a biopsy, close me back up and order more tests. I really didn't want to do this twice!!!

I was in recovery around 11:30 a.m. and they called Vicky, telling her she could pick me up around noon. They asked her to call when she got there. I eventually was told to get dressed. Then I sat in a wheel chair for a bit, until Vicky's call.

But, of course, I was two stories up and away so, by the time they got me down to the lobby, Vicky was inside and looking for me.

On the way home, I explained to her it was like when you go to the doctor's. You have a specific appointment time but then you wait in the waiting room, then they put you in an exam room and the doctor sees you when they are ready. Same here. They don't want somebody standing around in the lobby until your ride gets there. Their time is important, not yours.

She offered to take me to lunch, or stop and get anything I needed. But I told her all I wanted to do was to go home. So, that's where she took me.

Once inside, I ate two slices of toast then I took my normal meds and more Tylenol and Advil. Then I laid down for a while. I noticed my incision was starting to bruise, so I took a photo for you around 2:30 p.m.


I watched TV and dozed until around 4:00 p.m.The I got up and added some wedges of Savoy cabbage to the slow cooker. I set the timer for an hour and went back to bed.

Vicky called as she was leaving work to see if I needed anything. I thanked her but said I was all set. Nice kid! 

When the timer went off, I took out the contents of the slow cooker, sliced the corned beef (well, tried to slice it - it literally fell apart) and made a plate up for my dinner.

It was delicious! Happy Saint Patrick's Day to me!!!

Savoy Cabbage

Corned Beef

St. Patrick's Day Dinner




B___ called and I filled him in on today's events.

I watched the hockey game and then I tried to fall asleep. All I could manage was short naps all night long (moving my arm wrong would wake me up).

As I was filling this out on Friday morning, I noticed my bruise had expanded, so I took another photo for you!



Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!


My Lucky Charms are my family and friends!

Hump (Dump Trump) Day

I finally fell asleep on Wednesday and slept through the alarm! I barely made it to work by 8:00 a.m.! It was overcast and very windy at first, but the sun finally came out.

I went to Ruby Tuesday, just for something different. I haven't been there in years (B___ and I went there once or twice when he still worked here). All I remember was that they had an excellent salad bar.

And they still did! But, I didn't feel like a salad. It took a while, but I finally ordered a Buffalo chicken sandwich. It didn't come with bleu cheese dressing and the three large chicken tenders were topped with Swiss cheese (both of which I thought was weird). But the chicken was nicely spiced and it came with a nice side of fries. So, I had a delicious lunch.

The winds were still howling, but it was sunny, so I stopped and got the truck washed on the way back to work.

Just as I was pulling onto Market Street, it started to pour. I was soaked by the time I limped in from the truck (and it's the closest parking spot!)

It probably rained for less than a half hour and then the sun came back out. The combination of sun, 60 degrees and a LOT of wind in the afternoon dried the truck nicely. Other than some spots on the window glass, the truck looked perfect!

Back home, I didn't do much. I was too screwed up and hurting. I warmed the up last hot dog and the rest of the baked beans for dinner. I wtched a little TV and then tried to sleep around 9:00 a.m. It was still windy...

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Tuesday's Tale

Tuesday was overcast, but with no fog here. I hauled the trashcan and the old window frame out to the road before I left for work.

I was feeling crappy, by the way. My knees, hips and both elbows hurt. This is the second day without Celebrex (per my surgeon, taking Celebrex will effect my Thursday surgery). I wish I had my cane (yeah, it's that bad) but I can't find it.

Sidebar: I can always tell when I forget to take my meds. It shows up in the late morning and gets worse in the afternoon. That was Monday... The idea of not taking Celebrex for three freaking days is scary!!!

So, I went online and ordered a new oak cane. I paid an extra charge to have it shipped in two-days.

Sidebar: My brother Carl had bought two oak canes, one for himself and one for my Mom years ago. He forgot me!!! When I mentioned this after Mom died, he said I could have her's. Um, no, it's too short! By that time, he forgot where he got it... Sigh...

The one I bought is not nearly as study, but it will work.

Before I left for lunch, Vicky sent me a message, asking where I was going. I asked her if she forgot her lunch and said I planned on Big Boy. She said she was going to the gym for lunch but wondered if I would bring her something back. I told her the menu was online, and to just let me know what she wanted. She picked soup, but wasn't too sure about either the broccoli and ham soup (is there cheese in it - I don't know) or chicken noodle.

I got my favorite waitress and finally ordered the meatloaf. The meatloaf was perfectly seasoned, but the mashed potatoes weren't real and the gravy was over powering. I'm just saying...

I got Ms. Victoria a cup of both soups.

When I got home after work, I left the truck outside and hauled the trashcan in. Then I went over the garage with a fine tooth comb and found my cane! I had hung it on the frame for the compound miter saw and it was covered with sawdust. It looked like one of the tubes that make up the frame, which is why I missed it.

I pulled the truck inside and went in to treat the very impatient cat.

I warmed up a can of Bush's beans and ate half of it with another hot dog for my dinner.

I watched NCIS and then tried to sleep. But, I would wake up every time I turned over.

I was pissed and bored. So, I got up in the middle of the night and watched a thunderstorm. Then I tried to sleep some more...

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Mr. Dupee Memories...


He was my neighbor in Columbus, MI and had a 100 foot row of asparagus, He dropped off boxes of it at our door each Spring and we ate it every way we could think of. Our pee smelled nasty for a month, LOL!

Monday

It was foggy here on Monday, which is unusual. What was even more weird is that it stayed foggy until about 10:00 a.m.

I got an update from Paul on the mechanic (I still have never heard his name). Paul is the building manager and stayed with him at the hospital until his family could be located and then show up. He is off the ventilator and out of Intensive Care.They moved him from St. Mary's to a hospital closer to his home and he is talking and walking (a little). He had 90% blockage so he is lucky!

I got a survey in the mail from Home Depot, asking me how my home appointment went. It had the name and phone number of the Detroit area manager. So, I tried to call him and discuss my lack of service. THE PHONE NUMBER LISTED HAD BEEN DISCONNECTED!!! So, I took the survey and gave them a zero and a piece of my mind. I'm going to Lowe's...

I went to Newburgh Grill for lunch. Then I walked down to CVS and bought some Dial soap (I have to shower with Dial soap the morning of my operation).

When I got home after work, I treated the cat and changed clothes as I always do.

Sidebar: I don't know why I keep telling you that. I think you should know it by now.

I used the painter's knife to scrape as much of the caulk off the back door as I could. Then I got the trash ready for tomorrow morning. I went through the fridge as well and pitched the lettuce and some things that were past the expiration date.

I ate leftovers for dinner. I turned two of the hot dogs into chili dogs with Hormel no-bean chili, chopped onions and mustard. No, its not the same, but they were good.

I watched a little TV but went to bed by 9:00 p.m.

Monday, March 14, 2016


Rain, rain, go away!

It was raining when I woke up Sunday morning. And, it supposed to rain all damn day! Sigh... I had outdoor stuff to do. Plus, I'm pretty sure my neighbor won't be over to help install the door window.

I ate some oatmeal and then took my morning pills. Now that I know that Celebrex aggravates my GIRD, I try not to take it on an empty stomach.

I did a load of laundry and then wrapped a package to mail.

I remembered at the last minute that I needed to change the time on the programmable thermostat. I did all the rest of the clocks yesterday afternoon.

Sidebar: Friday, we were talking about Daylight Savings Time in the office. My boss suggested that anybody who forgets to change their alarm clock has to buy donuts on Monday. Courtney asked if anybody actually had clocks that didn't link to the Internet. Silly child!

Other than the computer, my cell phone and the cable box, I have clocks in every room of my house that need changing. One is a 100+ year old mantle clock from my Grandmother that I faithfully wind every Sunday.

Sidebar: If I don't wind that clock, my mother will die. Just ask Jeremy or Jake!

I headed out in the rain after noon (that's when the Post Office opens) and mailed my package. I sat in the parking lot and reset the clock in the truck display!

Sidebar: This is actually the first time I accomplished that. Never having read the Owner's Manual (hey, I'm a guy - who reads Owner's Manuals?) I have always relied on Vicky to do that (she owned a Nissan Altima before she brought her Chevy truck). But, I have watched her do it for two years and finally pulled it off myself! Sounds stupid, I know, but I was freaking proud!!!

Back home, I had another diabetic episode. My doctor warned me about these. Since I haven't been able to get my blood sugar under 200 since that stupid episode in December, she added another med to my prescriptions, but said that now I had to watch for low-blood sugar. She said if I felt faint or dizzy, I should eat some candy.

She was concerned that I live alone.

So, I had one at work on Thursday. I bent over to get something and damn near passed out. I ate two pieces of candy (they have a lot of candy at work) and felt much better.

But today, I felt light-headed again. Now, I don't have candy at home (I'm a freaking diabetic for God's sake) so I just ate two teaspoons of sugar and that seemed to work. Before I did, though, I checked my reading. I was at 95!

Sidebar: If there are any young, hot chicks who  want to watch over an old man, let me know.

Back home, I succeeded in getting off the old window frame by using my mini-prybar, a painter's knife and a lot of luck. I put it in the garage for Tuesday's trash. Then I swept up all the fresh glass I'd dislodged.

I put the last load of the weekend wash and ate a hot dog for lunch. By then it was after 2:00 p.m. and I thought it would be a perfect time for a nap. And it was!

When I woke up, I put the clothes in the dryer. The doorbell rang and it was my neighbor. He was on the way to take his wife to dinner and asked about the door window. I told him to forget it for today as it was raining and he'd end up outside in it during the install.

I warmed up the rest of the steak and the second baked potato for my Sunday supper.

I put the laundry away and checked the TV menu. I found "The Hobbit: The desolation of Smaug" was coming on at 8:00 p.m. It lasted until 11:30 p.m. but my nap helped me make it through! Then I went to bed.

Sunday, March 13, 2016


Stood up!

I woke up early on Saturday. But when the sun came up, it was beautiful. I had my list, so I hit the ground running!

I went to my 9:00 a.m. massage appointment. Margaret and I talked about spring, gardens and the 24 heirloom tomatoes she's got growing to transplant. She came outside with me and we walked around her front gardens.

Next I got my hair cut. Then I went to Kroger's and got my groceries. Finally, I stopped at Home Depot and got some caulk. I raced home because it was almost noon and a Home Depot rep was supposed to be at the house at 12:30.

Sidebar: I had inquired what a tub liner would cost (my tub looks like crap but I damn sure don't want to take it out) and they said that somebody would have to come to the house.

Bear in mind I not only got an email, reminding me of the appointment, but I also got a phone call to make sure I'd be here.

You guessed it! Nobody showed up!!! I sat in the living room (so I wouldn't miss them) for an hour. I was p*ssed!!!

I started some charcoal around 4:00 p.m. No, it wasn't all that warm, but it was so sunny it pretty much begged you to go outside. I checked on my gardens and found the crocus on Jake's patio had gotten bigger and some of the crocus bulbs I planted last fall were now flowering.







I grilled some hot dogs (for next week) and a rib eye steak (for tonight). I "baked" a russet potato in the microwave and them put it on the grill to crisp the skin a bit.

Dinner was delicious!

I cleaned up the kitchen and then watched some DIY shows until bed time.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Here's a thought...


A weird-ass Friday

I left early for work on Friday. It was a lot more chilly than the past few days, BTW.

Since I'm the only one in the department entrusted with a corporate credit card (or maybe the only one stupid enough to say "Sure, I'll do that.") I had some shopping to do.

So, first I stopped at Larry's Foodliner and bought three jugs of orange juice. Then I went to the Looney bakery and got four dozen doughnuts and two dozen muffins.

My shopping spree did not end there as, at 9:30 a.m., I went to Biggby coffee and got five boxes of various flavored coffee. I dropped all of that off at our Building 12 (the museum) for our quarterly "All Hands" meeting.

Courtney had already gotten the table cloths on and everything set up. So, we hauled everything in and were ready when everybody started to show up.

The presentation went well and I think my boss had the best (she had asked me to edit it and I couldn't find a damn thing wrong with it - not even a comma!)

Unfortunately, when she was done, she made a point of thanking me and Courtney for our efforts.

Sidebar: I asked her last year not to do that, but she now does it just to piss me off! Seriously!!!

After the meeting ended, I talked to Bill Meir, the head of our ERP group. He has been off work for a while and came in walking with a cane. Apparently he had something done on his hip. I told him, "Hey I am the official department crip and you are NOT going to get my handicapped parking space!" He laughed his ass off.

So, we started to pack up all the leftovers (and there were a lot; we over-bought). I sent two dozen donuts to Building 73, for example.

When I walked out, there was a fire truck in front of Building 4 (next to my Building 3). I saw a guy outside and asked what was going on. He said a mechanic had a heart attack. Then I noticed there was an ambulance at the rear of the building.

When I got inside, I found out it was not any mechanic onsite. He was on loan from Building 15. My friend, Carl, a Building 3 mechanic, was visibly shaken (he was working alongside the guy). Fortunately, some folks knew CPR and they had worked on him for five minutes before the EMT's showed up.

They worked on him for 15 minutes and he was still unresponsive But, he finally got a pulse and they transported him to St. Mary's.

That put a bit of a damper on the day...

Update: Last I heard, he was on a ventilator and they were "chilling"  him out. Later they will see if there was any  brain or physical damage.

I went to Ten Yen for lunch. Then I went to Best Buy and bought a cheap radio/CD player for the garage.



Sidebar: The boom box Carla left me finally crapped out last year. I loved listening to WDET on the weekend while I worked and I do leave it on the stereo in the living room. But, I can't hear it out in the garage. So, I broke down and spent $35.00. I needed music back in my life!!!

It was a payday, so when I got home after work, I did some online financial stuff. Then I did the grocery and ToDo lists.

I watched a stupid, lame movie and went to bed halfway through it.

Friday, March 11, 2016

WTF?

I have donated to Wounded Warriors in the past. My impetuous was Mary WonderNubs, an EOD tech who got both her arms blown off, trying to disarm an IED.



Note: She is a Facebook "friend" and one of my heroes. I don't "know" her and never will...

I saw on the news tonight that two of the senior execs at Wounded Warriors are being investigated for their taking funds from the project!!!

What's next??? I picked beans for Forgotten Harvest. Are their execs eating four star dinners on my dime?

Is WDET (where I am a sustaining member) a secret front for ISIS?

I am both pissed and bummed...

LOL! Right...


Thursday

It was cooler and raining on Thursday morning. But, the majority of the rain was south of us, so we didn't get the washout we were forecast.

Vicky and I went to lunch at the Newburgh Grill. I got a Reuben sandwich and onion rings, for a change. Then we went to the nearest dollar store and bought tablecloths, napkins, plates and cups for Friday's "All Hands" meeting.

My low gas light came on, so I went to the gas station and got a shock! Gas was now $1.95 a gallon. I think I paid $1.59 the last time I filled up.

I stopped at CVS and got the prescription my surgeon called in on the way home.

I was tired so, other than emptying the dishwasher, I didn't do much after I got home. I ate leftovers and watched the Red Wings game. Then I went to bed.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

I totally forgot to tell you...

When I was in the doctor's office yesterday, He asked me if I'd met Christine. I said, "Is that the receptionist?" He laughed and said, "No." So, He opened the exam room door and said, "Christine! Get in here and meet my new patient, John!"

Then, a little black dog walked in! She kinda looked like a poodle. He said she was a service dog and helped to reassure patients. I petted her while we talked.

First time I ever saw a dog in a doctor's office!

Hump Day

We broke the record here for the highest low (if that makes any sense) on Wednesday morning. It was 51 degrees on the way into work! I checked and we were actually warmer than Jake and Carla in South Carolina.

We also broke the record of 68 degrees on this day when we hit 70 degrees in the afternoon.

I went to work early since I had a doctor's appointment this afternoon, so I wanted to make up the time. Courtney said later I got there at the "ass-crack of dawn." Never heard that one, but she said her dad says it all the time...

I went to lunch at the Big Boy. I got a cup of the broccoli and ham soup, a dish of coleslaw and a half of a turkey sandwich on multi-grain bread. Excellent!

Sidebar: Courtney, after she asked where I went for lunch and what I ate, said, "Well, that sounds healthy." I explained that I didn't think of it as "healthy," I just thought it sounded good.  God forbid I start eating "healthy!"

I went to my doctor's (well, surgeon's)  appointment at 2:00 p.m. I took along a list of my meds and a list of my surgeries and approximate dates (I had to guess on the surgeries - who remembers that shit?).

Sidebar: If you ever have to go to a different doctor, be prepared. You have to fill out a lot of information you (at least I) can't remember on the spot.

I liked the guy, which is important. And, for the first time ever, he had a service dog in the office who is supposed to calm your nerves. I played with her a bit and she did!

So, my surgery is scheduled for March 17 at 11:00 a.m. So much for celebrating St. Patrick's day!

He's going to try and remove the lump in my right bicep. He agreed with my doctor that it's not attached to my bone (which is good) but seems to be deep in my muscle (which is bad). It's about one inch wide and two inches long and cigar shaped, BTW.

He said if it's easy, he'll take it out. But if it's hard, or looks weird, he might just do a biopsy and close me back up. Let's hope it's an easy removal!

I went back to work and then went home.

I refilled the feeders (before the projected rain). That was good as I talked to my neighbor about installing the window in the door. I asked him what he would charge me and he said, "Don't be silly. It won't take 15 minutes." Cool!

Victoria brought me in some chicken and rice Evy had made, so I didn't have to worry about dinner. It was delicious.

I heated up two of the corners of the new tiles. and then put 25 pound hand weights on them (the corners of self-stick tile have less glue on them). I need to repeat this until they are all level.

I watched some taped DIY shows ans went to bed at 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Voting Day

I woke up early on Tuesday. I always try to be at my precinct before 7:00 a.m. and today was the Michigan primary. So, I hustled.

I got there on time, but the doors were locked! WTF? So, I walked around the building and rapped on the lighted window. A very young man (he couldn't have been 18) opened the door and profusely apologized. He said their chair-person (I hate that term, BTW) had a medical emergency during the night. As a result, they had no ballots! He asked if I would please come back a little later as somebody was bringing the ballots. I said, "Sure!"

He thanked me and shook my hand. He said some folks had gotten really, really angry and went off on him. I said, "Hey, shit happens."

So, I went to work.

I took an early lunch and went back at 11:00 a.m. (I figured I'd beat the lunch crowd). The parking lot was full and my heart sank. But, this place is a township center and when I got in the voting room, there was only one person in front of me! Everybody else was somewhere else.

The young man was still there, along with an even younger girl. I asked him how the chair-person was and he said he didn't know, nobody else had shown up to help and he was in charge. I told him he was doing a great job.

I was in and out in five minutes (we had no ballot initiatives so it was pick a party and mark one name).

So, I went to Home Depot and picked up the door window. I thought it would be in a box, safely wrapped up, but, nope, it was just the window. And, it didn't even have the screws that hold the two frames together attached! An associate offer to help me load it and I took him up on his offer. I went back in and got two hot dogs for lunch.

I drove home and dropped the window off. Man, that sucker was heavy!!! There is no was I will be able to install this alone. Best case scenario is I get my neighbor to help, worst case I have to pay Home Depot folks to do it.

It was incredibly warm outside (70 degrees) and I had to put the A/C in the truck on!!!

I had a 6:00 p.m. dentist appointment, so I ended up driving home in the dark from Ford Road in Dearborn.

I warmed up the last of the clam chowder and had a delicious dinner. I watched the two NCIS shows (both reruns) and then went to bed.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Monday Moanin'

I woke up with the alarm on Monday. It was unusually warm and I had no problem with that.

Courtney was off today, dealing with plumbing problems. So, Jeff played jazz all day. Sweet!

I dealt with health issues all freaking morning.My doctor had said she never got the blood test results from Tri-County so I called and asked them to forward them to her.

Then I called St. Mary's and asked them to refer me to a general surgeon. They gave me three. I called the one who's office is in the hospital and made an appointment.

I called my doctor's office and let them know the Protonix prescription was never called into CVS. So, they sent that over.

Home Depot called to let me know the window came in.

CVS called to let me know the Protonix  was ready.

I went to the Newburgh Grill for lunch and got split pea soup and the mini Greek salad. It was warm (54 degrees!) so I drove through Hines Park on the way back to work.

When I got home, I checked on the gardens (the snow was all gone) and found the crocus on Jakes patio was just starting to bloom. So, I took a picture (just to annoy my Brother Carl).



Speaking of pictures, Vicky asked me to take one of the doors she and her Mom worked on. I couldn't fit them all in, but I took as many as I could.



I finally got off my butt and made the New England clam chowder soup for dinner. Delicious!!!

I went to bed around 9:00 p.m.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Belated Birthday Shoutout!

Happy birthday (on Sunday) to Jyl! I hope you had a good one!!!

Sunday

I woke up early on Sunday. I ate some oatmeal for breakfast, THEN I took my meds. I watched the morning news while I drank a cup of coffee.

I finally shaved, showered and got dressed in my work clothes.

I swept and then vacuumed (with the wet-vac) the downstairs. I wanted to be sure and get all the glass up before Yanessa shows up.

The crew was supposed to show up around 1:00 p.m. So, at noon, I turned the oven on and baked some chocolate chip cookies. I was going to make clam chowder, but didn't get to that...

I pulled the truck outside in case we needed to use the garage. Vicky and Evy showed up a little later, but no Yanessa! It turned out her dad decided to pick her up at the last minute.

Fortunately, Vicky managed to eat a LOT of the cookies.

We went downstairs and Vicky and her mom added the accent stain to all the doors I had painted. I was just the adviser. It was fun to watch them work and interact. Unfortunately, since I don't speak Spanish, I had no idea what they were saying

My daughter Melissa called twice. I thought I shut off the phone but I guess I didn't.

Sidebar: When she called the second time, Vicky said I should answer it or the cops would come and smash another window, LOL!

When they finished, we sat in the kitchen and chatted. I had a cup of coffee and they both had some tea.

I sent home the rest of the cookies, and the goldfish crackers and the bananas I bought for 'nessa snacks.

When they left, I called Melissa back and we talked for a long time. She said she could hear us talking while I fumbled around, trying to turn the cell phone off.

When we hung up, I was tired. It had been a long day. So, I pulled the truck back inside, buttoned everything up and went to bed.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Saturday story

It was snowing when I woke up to the alarm on Saturday. I stumbled around in a fog (I slept lousy last night) until I had my first cup of coffee. I didn't eat, but took my pills (I had to fast this morning). I turned on the news at 6:00 a.m.

They immediately scared me with how many accidents there were in and around Detroit. Apparently, there is black ice along with the snow. So I decided to leave early for my doctor's appointment in Clinton Township.

Sidebar: One thing I know is that Wayne County is terrible with winter plowing and salting. I saw that clearly when I lived in St. Clair, Michigan. On my way to work, I would go through St Clair county on I-94 on a snowy day and the roads would be plowed and salted. Same thing on I-94 through Macomb county. But the moment you hit I-94 and 8-Mile, everything changed to treacherous. 

So, I was afreaded...

I hustled and left at 8:30 a.m. But the roads here were just wet. And they were just wet all the way. I got there way too early for my 9:45 a.m. appointment. So, I sat and waited... and waited... and waited...

My only consolation was that the woman who had a 9:15 a.m. appointment was still waiting with me.

Sidebar: I know this annoys some people, but not me. Medical shit happens. Doctors get stuck on their hospital rounds or the previous patient required a lot more attention. I wouldn't want to be in with a doctor who said "Crap, I got a 9:45 a.m. with John. I'll get back to you after you reschedule."

Finally, I got called in by my favorite Hispanic nurse. It turned out this my not a normal checkup, but my physical. So, I had a lot of blood drawn, an EKG, etc., and, when my doctor showed up, a prostate exam.

Sidebar: A prostate exam with a woman doctor is a funny thing. The many ones I've had with male doctors, they just ask you to drop your drawers and bend over. But, my doctor gives me two sheets, asked me to drop my drawers and put one on the table and to cover myself with the other and to roll over on my side, facing the wall. Then she leaves the room and knocks on the door a bit later, asking if I was ready. Then she does the procedure.

Doc, I ain't that shy!

Anyway, we talked a lot about my GIRD diagnosis. I told her about my online searches and how I'd changed my habits (not drinking so much coffee, eating yogurt every day, eating dinner earlier, etc.) She said those were good moves, but then she dropped the bomb! She said one of the side effects of Celebrex was GIRD!!!

I said, "Well, then I'm fncked! Because I can't function without Celebrex!" She said she understood, but never, ever take it from now on until after I eat something.  Got it!

All my blood work came back okay. My cholesterol was great, BTW. 

Then we finally talked about the one thing I cared about: This stupid lump on my right bicep. I told her that Carla had said it you could move it, it wasn't bad and she agreed. But, after feeling it, she said she wanted some x-rays.

So, my chica took some. Afterward, I told her they wouldn't work because she didn't say "Take a breath and hold it!" before each one. She laughed (a lot).

My doctor reviewed them (apparently they did work) and came in to talk to me. She said it is not attached to my bone (that's good) but it seems to be interfering with both my  blood vessels and nerves (that's bad).

Sidebar: This may explain my shoulder pain of late. I thought it was my rotator cuff.

She said it has to come out. She recommended that I call St. Mary Mercy and ask for a "general" surgeon (she knows I live far away). She also gave me  the name of a surgeon out in Clinton Township in case I couldn't find one. I asked if this would be out-patient surgery and she said she doubted it...

Dammit!!!

This getting old sucks!!! I was supposed to die before I hit 30 years old. WTF did I do wrong?

I headed back home in the snow. Normally, after making this hike, I would drop by B___ or Carl's house, but I was depressed. First cataracts and now this? Besides, my Puerto Rican crew is supposed to come over on Sunday and I had to clean the house.

Now it was over two hours, so it was after noon that I had spent at the doctors and I was starving!!! So, I pulled into a National Coney Island on Groesbeck, somewhere south of Common Road. I ordered two eggs, over easy, sausage and hashbrown with rye toast.

It was delicious and I left my very attentive waitress a big tip.

Sidebar: Leave your waitress a big tip. They deserve it!!! My sister-in-law Betty taught me that!

I stopped at Home Depot and got some paint brushes, etc. for tomorrow.

I finally got home. I treated the cat and then took a nap.

B___ called and woke me up. I spent a long time whining about my health. But he sympathsed. He has his own issues.

Then I started to clean the house. It wasn't easy, because I still have all that soot to deal with. So, it's clean, but looks dirty.

I gave up and ate some dinner. I just reheated the cauliflower, topped it with butter and salt and called it good.

I didn't see anything on TV that was interesting so I went to bed.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Finally Friday!

It was clear and cold on Friday.

Michelle Pace couldn't make Lenore's birthday lunch yesterday, so she came in today and we did it all over again. This time, Fred joined us as well.

We went to Richards, a place I usually avoid like the plague! Why? Because a LOT of Spacely Sprocket employees go there. It's got good food and lots of it at a reasonable price. But, I go out to lunch to get away from work.

But, today, it worked out in all our favors.

I had the fish and chips with clam chowder soup. The soup wasn't as good as mine, but one of the better ones I've had lately. The fish and chips were decent, but not as good as Time Out (and Vicky said her fish had a lot of bones).

Sidebar: Vicky, Michelle and I had the fish and chips, Fred had a turkey sandwich with fries, Lenore got the perogies special and Jeff had a double cheeseburger with fries.

When we asked for our checks, the waitress said they had all been taken care of! WTF? Then Andy, our CFO, stopped by the table on his way out and we thanked him for paying our bills.

The afternoon passed slowly, but the sun warmed it up to 37 degrees by the time I left for home.

I treated the cat and changed into work clothes. Then I went out in the garage and cut down all the tiles. With the adjusted blade tension, this actually worked!!!

So, I laid the old and new tiles. Now, when I was checking out online information about using self-stick tiles on plywood, they all recommend rolling it afterwards with a 100 pound linoleum roller. Of course, I could rent one, but I couldn't lift one. So, I used my baking wood roller and tried to put my weight on it. Whether it was enough or not, I don't know, but all the tiles seem to be sticking.

I cleaned up and heated up the last of the chicken chop suey for dinner. I watched the movie "Cliff Hanger" that I had taped, then went to bed.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Jake, this is what you need!!!


Carla, right?


Winter Wonderland

It was cold when I woke up on Thursday (19 degrees here, but single digits outside the metro area).

It started to lightly snow around 10:00 a.m. But, it was a picture-perfect snow (looked like a snow globe snow) just softly snowing. It wasn't sticking on the vehicles or the driveway, so I enjoyed looking at it. I know that, sooner or later, winter will be gone.

We took my boss out to lunch for her birthday. The group consisted of Courtney, Jeff, Vicky, my boss and myself. We went to Thomas, a nearby restaurant. I got the "perogies of the week" and the French onion soup. Both were good, except the onions in the soup were diced rather than sliced. That was a bit weird.

It was still snowing, BTW.

It was still snowing on the way home, too. I took Plymouth Road so I could stop at Larry's Foodliner and get some mushrooms.

It was too cold to work in the garage for long, so I just adjusted the tension on the band saw and called it good.

Back inside, I watched the end of the news. Then I used the mushrooms, the last of the left over chicken, jarred alfredo sauce and penne past to make dinner. I plated it and tried it. It tasted flat. I should have added garlic powder to the chicken (it was cubed and fried, seasoned with just salt and pepper, if you remember).

I watched TV until 9:00 p.m. and then went to bed. It was still snowing, but with very little accumulation. Pretty...

Thursday, March 3, 2016


Wednesday

It was cold here Wednesday morning, but the snow had stopped. I checked and we barely picked up two inches, here in Redford. But, when I left for work, my street was frozen snow over frozen ice and Plymouth Road wasn't much better. So, I crawled to work.

It never got over freezing, but the sun was out. That brightened my spirits. :)

I went to Big Boy and splurged on the "all you can eat" fried clams  I say "splurged" because you know me, I couldn't even finish the first plate. I ate all the clams, but left half the fried and two of the three hush puppies.

Sidebar: When I was in my mid-20's, I helped B___ remodel the old farmhouse they had bought in Adair. There was a restaurant in Port Huron (right at the end of I-94 where it stopped at Gratiot or whatever it's called up there). I can't remember the name, but I think the roof was red. It's long gone now, but they used to offer all you can eat fried clams. Together, we would eat our fill! We probably  forced the place to close!!! I love fried clams...

When I got home, I treated the damn cat and changed clothes. I painted the plywood it's second coat.
Then I tried cutting down one of the tiles with the band saw. That didn't work so good. I may have to rethink this method.

I did the Wednesday night wash. I was tired of leftovers, so I made some Hormel chili for dinner.

I watched a taped TV show and went to bed around 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

In like a lion, out like a lamb...

...and I'm holding you to that, March!!!

It had snowed overnight and, according to the traffic reports on TV, the roads were a mess. So, I hustled.

I dragged the trashcan out to the road through the snow (less than an inch here, so far) and then headed out. But the roads weren't bad, just slushy.

I stopped at the St. Mary offsite lab and got more blood drawn. Nice nurse and she got it in one try! She was from India and I love their sing-song accents.

I kept checking outside and the weather reports. All hell was supposed to break loose, with freezing rain, then 3-6 inches of snow here (6-9 inches north of eight mile). But nothing was happening at noon. So, I went to the Newburgh Grill and got split pea soup and a patty melt for lunch.

It started raining about 2:00 p.m., but it wasn't freezing, just rain. Good, that will lower the snow amounts! But then, it started freezing around 4:00. Dammit!

It was snowing when I left work.

It took about five minutes when I left to scrape the ice off the windshield. I slowly made it to I-96 and then slowly made it home. I never got over 45 mph!

I was on Inkster and almost home when I was thinking about how difficult it was to scrape my windows, standing on the running board, when it hit me! How the hell was Vicky going to scrape the windows on her truck? And, why the hell didn't I go and scrape them for her?

I felt like an asshole, so I sent her a text, apologizing for my oversight when I got home. She replied after 8:00 p.m., telling me not to worry as she just opened her doors and stood inside the cab to reach the windshield. She also said she just got home!!!

My right shoulder was killing me from the scraping, so I took the night off. I ate leftovers for dinner and watched NCIS. Then I went to bed at 9:00 p.m. It was still snowing...

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Thoughts on MSG?

I have been eating MSG since I was in my 20's and first introduced to real Chinese food (Thanks, Danny and Bunny. RIP.)

But, then, a while back, it was decided by "experts" that MSG was bad. Whoa! WTF?

I thought about it...

"Experts" has said once that butter was bad. Then it was margarine and butter was good again. The same thing happened with eggs.

Sidebar: Why you so "expert," experts? (Nod to Carla, LOL!)

So, I decided to hell with it! MSG makes things taste GOOD!

Even marathon-running vegans gotta die of something, right? Why not enjoy the ride (however brief)?

So, I hereby declare my support for MSG! Real Chinese food, forever!!!

Every four years, they give you an extra day...

and it's a Monday??

It was cooler, but still windy on Monday.

The Home Depot guy called around 9:30 a.m. He said, based on the measurements, he thinks he found the manufacturer of my back door. And, they do sell a replacement window! I bought it on the spot! He said it would probably be in next Monday.

I went to Time Out for a quick lunch. I had a pulled pork sandwich and fries (the soup didn't sound that interesting). Then I went to Lowe's and got more sanding belts. The wind had picked up and I had trouble opening the truck door against it!

Back home after work, I changed clothes and got to work! I replaced the sanding belt, turned on the wet-vac and sanding the board equal to the sub floor. Then I made a mixture of 2/3 primer and 1/3 water (so it soaks into the wood) and painted the board its first coat.

I cleaned up. Then I cored the cauliflower, cut it into florets and boiled it all. When it was fork tender, I drained it. I put half of it into a bowl, topped it with butter and salt and had an excellent "Meatless Monday" meal.

I started watching the Red Wings game. I made it through the first two periods. But it was almost 10:30 p.m. and I was tired. So, I turned it off and went to bed.