Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tuesdy's Tale.

It was a sunny, windy day here. I took the trash out to the road and then left for work. I stopped at the Looney Bakery and got bagels and a tub of cream cheese on the way into work.

Our high temperature was 58 degrees, but the wind made it feel chilly when I walked outside.

It was Nate's (one of our techs) last day so, as is our tradition, they bought five pizzas and we had a farewell lunch. The pizzas looked and smelled wonderful. But, by that time, I had eaten 1 1/2 salt bagels with cream cheese. So, I had trouble eating just one piece.

Then I ran out to Larry's Foodliner to get some cat food and kitty litter.

Back home, I got the trashcan and mail back inside. I switched out the kitty litter and added the cat food to the self-feeder.

Chores done, I watched the news. When I got hungry, I fixed a can of Bean with Bacon soup.

NCIS was a rerun, so I watched the Red Wings hockey game. It was a good one and we won 3-1! So, I went to bed happy.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thanksgiving Weekend

Okay, so I admit it. The older I get, the more I realize just how much I am thankful for. Family, friends, the way I was raised... the list goes on and on. Wouldn't trade it for the world. So, I'll climb off of my soapbox and get on with the Blog.

Sidebar: I know this is like four days late. I apologize. I swore to Jake years ago I would not quit on this, but sometimes I just don't freakin' feel it, you know?

So, I took the turkey out of the fridge at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday to let it come to room temperature.

Sidebar: I usually push butter and maybe sage leaves under the skin. But (I learned too late) if you are using a dry brine, you have to do it before you add the brine. The salt tightens the skin up and you would just rip it.

I did rub the whole breast with a stick of softened butter before I stuck it in the preheated oven at 11:00 a.m. I put it in my roasting pan on a rack. Under it I put a lemon, cut in half, an unpeeled onion, also cut in half and a big wad of fresh sage. I poured a can of chicken broth in the pan as well.

About 12:30 p.m., I made my glaze in a saucepan. I put in 3/4 cup of bourbon, 1/4 cup of apple juice, two tablespoons of maple syrup and some black pepper corns. I brought that to a boil and then let it simmer for about 20 minutes until it was a thick, gooey mess. This was a riff on a Pioneer Woman recipe.

I trimmed my Brussels sprouts and cut them in half. I tossed them with olive oil, salt and pepper and put them in the oven to roast, along with the two halves of a acorn squash, cut side down.

At 1:00 p.m., I took the turkey out and brushed on the glaze. The turkey went back in the oven. I turned the squash cut side up, put in a pat of butter in each cavity, along with fresh thyme and rosemary.

I took the turkey out at 1:30 p.m. and tented it with foil, to let it rest. I let the Brussels sprout roast a little longer.

Somewhere in there, Courtney snuck in, dropped her dinner off on the front porch and sent me a text, saying it was out there. I swear that girl is a ninja. I never heard her. I even tested the doorbell when I went out to bring in her food. Worked fine.

Sidebar: Now, why would somebody bring me a Thanksgiving dinner when I was making a Thanksgiving dinner? Well, here's how it all went down. We were discussing menus. I said I was making a turkey breast. I had considered roasting a chicken at first, but I do like turkey. She said she was roasting a whole turkey because she liked the dark meat better. I said so do I but didn't need all the leftovers. And I admired her mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and green bean casserole ideas. So, since I was going in a completely different direction,she said she'd bring me some, along with squash pie for dessert.

Her husband, Mike, said, "Why in the hell doesn't he just come over for dinner?" She said she had asked me (and she did, repeatedly) but I refused.

Now, here's the thing. My food was either still roasting or resting. Hers was still hot and smelled fantastic.

So, I ended up eating hers for my thanksgiving dinner, along with some Brussels sprouts, LOL. Squash pie tastes like a mild pumpkin pie, BTW.

Later on, Vicky and Yanessa stopped by. Vicky gave me a takeout box filled with little dessert treats. Caley shot by from downstairs and Yanessa immediately tried to follow her. I told her not to, the cat was evil and would bite or scratch her.

I asked Yanessa about her skating (she's on a hockey team) and about her ballet class. She said she just learned a new dance. So, I got up and did a silly dance and asked her if it was like this. She laughed and said, "No, it's like this!" and showed me.

Pretty soon, Victoria joined us and we all danced around the kitchen.

As they were leaving, Yanessa stopped dead at the door to the living room (I almost crashed into her). I asked her what was wrong. She said she didn't want the cat to get her (maybe I overdid my warning). I said, "No the kitty is scared of you. She will only bite or scratch if you try to play with her."

Great, now I traumatized a three year old...

After they left, I snacked on the desserts. I should have asked Victoria where they came from. They were just little one-bite things but they tasted amazing. My favorite was the one that had raisins in it. But, that little smear of ice cream was amazing. Do you have any idea how long its been since I tasted ice cream? OMG, that shit is GOOD!!!

I sent a text to Courtney, since I didn't get any green bean casserole. She apologized and said she had an 8:00 a.m. doctor's appointment on Friday and would drop some off if I would be awake. I told her I'd make her coffee or hot chocolate.

So, Friday morning, before I even had time to brush my teeth, the doorbell rang. I threw on my robe and answered the door.

Now, normally, I would be embarrassed to be in just my robe. But, this was Courtney, she went to nursing school and has seen my scars before (don't ask).

I had half my turkey breast and half the acorn squash in baggies for her family so we exchanged foods.

I got my green bean casserole but she left before I could make her any coffee or hot chocolate. Sorry. I owe you one.

Sidebar: It could have been me not brushing my teeth, I suppose.

I took the rest of Friday off, other than cleaning up the Thanksgiving mess.

I wasn't anymore motivated on Saturday, other than watching the Michigan/Ohio State game. Disappointing. I'm sticking with "Roll, tide, roll." Just for Carla.

I did make some Grand biscuits. I used them to make turkey sliders, LOL! Thought it was an innovative use of left overs.

I happened to come across the Hatfield's and McCoy's series with Kevin Costner on the History Channel around 10:00 p.m. I watched one hour of it. Then I watched another hour of it. Then another and so on. Finally went to bed at 4:00 a.m. Stupid...

Sunday morning, I girded my loins (that hurts, sometimes) and went out into the frost to refill all the feeders. Back inside, I was seriously tired of turkey. So, I made four slices of bacon, two eggs over easy and some 12-Grain toast. I used the last of the toast to suck up the bacon grease.

Sidebar: Hey, yeah. I know. That's was totally wrong but it was delicious. I mean, first ice cream and then bacon grease? It's a slippery slope.

Sunday night, I warmed up the last of the green bean casserole and more of my turkey breast for dinner. I am planning on watching some TV. But, I also plan on being in bed by 11:00 p.m.


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Speaking of birthdays...

(which we weren't) yesterday was my friend Stephanie's birthday. Long time readers will remember she used to work with me and is a member of the West Branch biker broads I know. Also, if you remember, I made her a huge custom clock and then had her bike seat recovered. So, I thought I would show you my favorite picture of her and her bad-ass Harley custom scooter. She gives the greatest hugs!



Sidebar: I could NEVER pick that bad-boy up...

Good point!


Rainy days and Wednesdays...

It was cold and spitting rain on the way into work on Wednesday. I had to stop at Larry's Foodliner first as I had forgotten to get a lemon at Westborn yesterday. While I was there, I snagged an on-sale can of whole cranberries (I forgot those on my Thanksgiving menu).

I had gotten a letter from the Secretary of State office on Monday, letting me know I had to renew my truck and bike license plates. But, this time, I had to renew my driver's license as well. Which meant I couldn't just mail in the money, I had to go in.

Now, I usually go the one on Wayne, near Ford Road. It's small, usually understaffed and crowded. It is not a good experience. I was bitching about it on Tuesday when Courtney said the one in Canton was modernized, plenty of staff and normally quick.

So, I brought in my stuff and left at 11:00 a.m. I was thinking I'd have to either skip lunch or grab something at McDonald's on the way back. But, just before I left, Richie (one of our techs) came in and said he was going to Lee's Chicken (a famous local restaurant and seriously deserving of that title) and did anybody want anything?

Thank you, Jesus!

So, I gave him six bucks for a chicken dinner and headed out.

When I got there, the line was long and I was behind a group that included a Grandmother, a mother, a teenage son who was going to apply for his first license and an eight year old.  So, I couldn't really see where I was going or what was ahead. I was just going.

I spent some time enjoying looking at the butt of a young lady up ahead (I admit it, okay? Hey, I'm old, not dead.) I noticed people kept walking up in front of me and then walking back. WTF? Then I noticed there was a kiosk ahead. When I got closer, it's sign said, "Please enter your phone number to get your place in line." Dammit!

Sidebar: So, like, eight people who came in after me were now ahead of me. I punched in my phone number and immediately got a text thanking me. Technology, you gotta love it.

When I talked to the lady at window one, she directed me to take a seat and wait for my number to be called. While I sat there, I kept getting automated texts, giving me my appropriate wait time.

Sidebar: Is this in all SOS offices now? Have things changed that much in three years? I dunno.

It was finally my turn and I breezed through it (I'm always scared about the vision thing). She took my picture, showed it to me on a computer screen and asked me if I liked it. I don't remember that three years ago as an option, either. I said, "That's about as good as I ever look. So, sure."

Then she asked if I had had any seizures or fainting spells in the last year. Now, I KNOW nobody asked me that before. What is this? Age discrimination? I said , "NO!" paid my money and got the hell out of there.

I was there about an hour and a half. Not as quick as Courtney made is sound, but better than Wayne Road. And, with the people-watching, a nearby bathroom and the occasional automated texts, it wasn't bad.

When I got back to work, I had an excellent three piece chicken dinner, with mashed potatoes & gravy, mac & cheese and a biscuit waiting for me. It was way too much food and I couldn't eat it all, but damn it tasted good.

Our boss told us just after 3:00 p.m. that, if we at a point we could stop, to go home. Courtney split first and I followed about 15 minutes later.

It was raining like a bitch and I-96 was horrible. Then I saw taillights coming on in all four lanes. Oh, shit! I cut in front of another truck (he did honk, but, hey, it wasn't THAT close) and got off on Middle Belt. I took Schoolcraft to Inkster and saw police cars and flashing lights on the expressway below me.

Back home, the damn post office van was three houses down from me (so much for getting home early). Instead of pulling up to the box, all I could do was wait in the garage and then trudge out in the rain. Trust me, the mail inside wasn't worth it. 

Back inside, I treated the cat, changed clothes and started the Wednesday night wash. Then I got started on my dry brine.

Okay, so I never tried this, but have been intrigued. I've always either went old school, or did a wet brine.

So, I mixed together six tablespoons of kosher salt, four tablespoons of medium ground black pepper, one tablespoon of granulated sugar and one tablespoon of paprika.

I took the nine-pound turkey breast out of the fridge, where it had been thawing for a day.

Sidebar: Courtney teased me when I told her I took it out to thaw. She's doing a 16 pound (if I remember right) turkey and said mine should thaw in a couple of hours. NOT! There was still ice in the cavity.

I rinsed it off in the sink.

Sidebar: There has been a lot of discussion about this recently. The theory is that, by doing that, you splash bacteria all over the place. But, my mother and every other mother I know rinsed off poultry. So, I moved everything out of the way, rinsed it off, patted it dry with paper towels and set it aside.

Next, I sprayed the area with antibacterial spray and wiped it off with paper towels, which I threw away.

Then I rubbed the dry brine into the turkey breast and set it uncovered into the fridge for a minimum of 12 hours (up to two days).

I washed up and hung up the laundry.

I didn't really feel like eating, but my pills would make me puke if I didn't. So, I ate some cheese and crackers for dinner while watching the hockey game, switching to the SNL Thanksgiving show when I could. Both were great. Then I went to bed.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Update for Jake and Carla

We now have a walk-in Chik-fil-a in the Somerset Mall. I saw on the news tonight that the lines are long and the wait time is between one to one and a half hours!!!

Tuesday

It was cold (in the 20's, Jake) when I took the trash out to the road on Tuesday morning.

I need some Brussels sprouts for my Thanksgiving dinner, so I went to Westborn at lunch to get them. Since I was there anyway, and hungry, I got a container of soup and took it back to work.

Sidebar: They have a soup (six varying soups) and salad bar (you make your own) that is always busy at noon.

I chose chicken noodle soup again. The other soups sounded interesting, but they make excellent chicken noodle soup.

When I got home, I got the trash can and the mail in the house and then buttoned it all up for the night.

I did some holiday sprucing up after changing clothes.

I warmed up a can of Grillin' beans for dinner and ate half of it for dinner, along with a slice of buttered bread.

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

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Monday Moanin'

It was cold again on Monday. But, the cold wan't really the problem. It was the wind! Brrr...

I went to Ten Yen and got a bowl of won ton soup and an egg roll for lunch.

Back home after work, I spent some time going through the fridge, looking for expired items (tomorrow is garbage day).

I ate more of the goulash and again was disappointed in the texture of the macaroni. So, I threw the rest of it away.

I watched the news and then an old favorite movie, "Cliffhanger." Then I went to bed.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Interesting idea


Then it was Sunday

It was cold and very windy Sunday morning. But, at least there was no snow.

I got a cup of coffee and watched the news.  Then I did the Sunday morning chores. After stripping the bedding, I put it all in the washing machine.

I made soft boiled eggs for breakfast.

I swore I was not going outside, but when I saw the blue jays and squirrels keep checking out the now-empty peanut feeder, I relented. It had been fun to watch them on Saturday.

Since I was out there anyway, I did start the tractor and let it run for five minutes to get the Stabil in the carb.

My daughter Melissa called again and this time I answered. We chatted for a bit (well, a long bit).

I made old-fashioned goulash for dinner. The flavor was spot on but I overcooked the elbow macaroni and it tasted mushy. Dammit!

I binge-watched the Barnwood Builders on the DIY channel until bedtime.

All in all, a nice, relaxing day.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Saturday Story

After a beautiful day on Friday, the bottom fell out, weather-wise.  I think the high temperature was at 12:01 a.m. and it just kept dropping from there.

I woke up late (didn't set the alarm) so I had to hustle to make my 9:00 a.m. haircut. My barber had called me on Friday afternoon to warn me they were doing some water main work at the corner of Five Mile and Merriman and it might be difficult to get to the barber shop.

She was right! The cops had the whole intersection blocked off. So, I ducked into the strip mall, l got into the alley behind it and took that to the barber shop. Good Lord!

But, I got my haircut!

It was a light rain when I walked out of the barber shop.

I went north on Merriman to Six Mile and took that to Middle Belt. Then I went south to Schoolcraft and Costco.

Sidebar: It was lucky I ate lunch with Vicky last week. She gave me back my Costco card. I had let her borrow it to buy water for Yanessa's birthday party back in July! I forgot all about it.

So, I bought some peanuts for the squirrels, some toilet paper and some paper towels (both in huge packages). Luckily, the rain had stopped, so I tossed the TP and paper towels in the truck bed and drove home.

I unloaded everything and then, since I had my coat still on, went out back and put some of the peanuts in the squirrel feeder. It was freakin' cold and windy.

I went inside and shucked my coat. Then I changed out of my clothes. I wasn't going anywhere else in this cold!!!

Sidebar: I usually can adapt to the weather changes when it happens slowly. But 71 degrees one day and 31 the next is brutal.

I did a load of laundry and fired the dishwasher up. Domestic chores done, I took a nap.

When I woke up, it was snowing!!! Didn't stick on the grass, but was covering the raised bed herb garden and the Chargriller cover. I was hungry. So, I warmed up the rest of the chicken fried rice and ate that watching the news.

I whined a little to Victoria on Facebook about my rehab situation. She basically told me to cheer up, shut up and go to rehab.

Sidebar: Puerto Rican's are very sensitive, LOL!

Then I watched some forgettable TV until bedtime.

Saturday, November 19, 2016


RIP

Seriously? Leon Russel died? I'm still processing Lenard Cohen's death. I wore a top hat every time I went to the bar in the 70's in honor of Leon (seriously). All my heroes are dying!!!

Friday

Sidebar: I would have said "Finally Friday" but since I only worked Thursday and Friday, that seemed silly.

It was still chilly Friday morning, so I wore my jacket into work.

But, I didn't need it when I walked outside at 10:00 a.m.

I went to Time Out for lunch. I ordered one of the specials, a turkey club sandwich. As usual, it was WAY too much food. So, I asked Amanda for a carry-out box for half the sandwich and the rest of the fries.

Sidebar: Amanda told me she had tickets for the Palace for a music show that got cancelled, so they gave her tickets for the Piston's game this weekend. She was going to take her father and her son. She seemed happy. Nice.

It was unbelievably warm in the afternoon. We broke the record of 69 degrees with a record high of 71! Not sure, but last time I checked, that was hotter than South Carolina.

But, it's all supposed to go to shit tomorrow. Cold and snow...

Sidebar: Michigan is bipolar...

I was halfway home when I realized that I left my food in the fridge. Dammit! There goes dinner.

So, I stopped into the Chinese takeout next to CVS and bought some chicken fried rice.

Sidebar: They know me, so they always just give me the chicken fried rice, no packets of soy sauce or fortune cookie. I told them years ago to save the money.

I watched the news and then reheated the fried rice. Delicious.

I watched the Red Wing lose a great game 1-0.

I wasn't tired, so I watched a taped movie (Lethal weapon, on of my favorites) and then went to bed.

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Weekend, plus three...

Saturday, I was all piss and vinegar. I got up, shaved and showered and headed out. I was going grocery shopping! First time in almost a month.

I stopped at the Feed Store before I got to Kroger's and bought a 40 pound bag of bird seed. I had them load it in the truck bed and then locked the tailgate.

Then I headed to Kroger's. Now, here's the downside of not going shopping on a weekly basis. You have to buy a LOT of stuff and by the time I grabbed two gallons of bleach, laundry soap, dish soap, dishwasher pellets, etc., I could barely move the damn cart.

I spent over $150.00 but according to my receipt, I saved over $30.00.

I barely got all the shit I bought into the truck.

Back home, I left the truck outside (the only way I can access the passenger side) to unload it. All in all, it was over two hours from me leaving to shop to finally pulling the truck back inside.

Then, I took the 40 pound bag of bird seed out of the back of the truck and totally blew out my back.

Stupid, stupid, stupid...

So, I spent Monday in bed. Then I spent most of Tuesday in bed (I did make it to Therapy) and Wednesday. I went into work (finally) on Thursday through heavy fog. I got there an hour early because I had to leave at 3:00 p.m. for my PT evaluation.

That didn't go as well as I'd hoped. Some things were  a little better but no dramatic breakthrough. They suggested a little more therapy, but they need to contact my primary care physician and ask for a new prescription. Then they need to check with Blue Cross/Blue Shield to see what they will pay for. They said they would call me and let me know how it all turns out.

Courtney had brought me in some homemade chicken pot pie on Monday, so I ate that for dinner tonight. It was really good, especially the crust. Oh, and I realized I never reported on her peach cobbler. It was excellent.

I watched some TV, but went to bed early.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Quote of the Day.

"Never check an interesting fact."

~ Howard Hughes.

Saturday, November 12, 2016


Finally Friday

It was chilly again Friday morning, but we still haven't hit freezing yet here in Southeast Michigan.

So, I walked inside at 10:00 a.m.

I went to Time Out for lunch. Because of my physical therapy schedule, I haven't been here in three weeks. Both Nancy and Amanda mobbed me. I told them I had been in PT and asked, "You thought I was dead, didn't you?"  They both denied it. Amanda said, "No, but I was worried you were sick or in the hospital."

I ordered  the fish and chips (of course). During my meal, Amanda stopped back and showed me pictures from Halloween (she was a witch and her 7 year old was a mummy), he father's birthday party last weekend and told me all about going to the casino with her mother. She won $150 but her mother won over $400.

So, reunion over, I went back to work.

I did walk outside (with my coat on) in the afternoon.

Finally it was 5:00 p.m. and I went home.

I worked on my ToDo list and grocery list while I listened to the news on the TV in the other room. When I was done, I watched the rest of the news until 7:00 p.m.

I made tuna and peas with wide egg noodles for dinner.

I watched a little news, but went to bed early.

Friday, November 11, 2016

The number of third party votes was not enough to nationally tip this election.

So, bite me, whiny Democrats! I did what I thought I had to do and I think that's what elections are supposed to be all about. Deal with it...

God Bless our Vets!


Thursday

It was cold on Thursday morning. I know, because I had to stop for gas on the way into work.

But, the sun came up and I was able to walk outside in the morning.

I went to Newburgh Grill for lunch. For some odd reason, breakfast sounded good, so I got two eggs over easy with sausage links, has browns and rye toast. I couldn't eat all the hash browns and toast, but it hit the spot!

After eating, I went and got the truck washed.

The wind really picked up by lunchtime, BTW.

I walked inside in the afternoon as the wind gusts made walking outside difficult.

Back home, the wind had taken down a lot of my remaining leaves.

I heated up a can of Wolf's chili for dinner.  This time the beans to meat ratio was much better. I must have just gotten a weird can the first time.

I watched the Red Wings win and then I went to bed.

Monday, monday...

Monday was cold and rainy, here in Southeast Michigan. I didn't go into work. Just didn't feel like it.

When I got hungry, I mixed some turkey breast into a jar of turkey gravy. I would have liked to pour it on white bread, but I didn't have any. So, I made some wide egg noodles and poured it over them.

Sidebar: It was good, but I am officially so over turkey!

I watched a lot of DIY shows until bedtime.

RIP Leonard Cohen

His most famous song was Hallelujah, of course. But my favorites were Suzanne, Bird on a Wire and Everybody Knows.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Wednesday

I woke up to find Donald Trump was our new president. I was not surprised...

I voted my conscious. I voted for Johnson. I knew he wouldn't win, but I hate this stupid two-party ONLY system. I refuse to vote for idiots or liars. And, I refuse NOT to vote. Now its time to come together. Let's see what Trump can do. Or, work your ass of for the next four years to defeat him with a viable candidate. We are all Americans and this is how democracy works, folks. Somebody wins, somebody loses.

End of rant.

It was dark, cloudy and chilly on the way into work.

I skipped lunch and went to PT at 1:00 p.m. The therapist beat me up. 

I stopped at Westborn on the way back and got a cup of chicken noodle soup. I was hungry.

On the way back home, I stopped at CVS to get some more vitamins. (I use the CVS generic brand of Centrum Silver, if you're interested).

I got a quart of chicken fried rice from next door and went home.

I watched the news until it was done and then ate dinner.

I watched some DIY shows and then went to bed.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Tuesday

I took the trash out to the road on Tuesday morning and then headed into work.

It was supposed to rain most of the day and it was sprinkling at 10:00 a.m. when I walked outside.

If you remember, I had to turn down lunch with Victoria last Friday (due to PT). We had agreed to meet today. But, by noon, when I hadn't heard anything from her, I just got my coat and was heading out to the Newburgh Grill. Just as I hit the outside door, my phone rang. It was her. She had just dropped Yanessa off at school and asked me to wait for 15 minutes and then head out to Leo's Coney Island (next to Home Depot). So, I did.

Once we hooked up, we went inside. We were busy chatting, so when the waitress came to take our order, I just said, "A small Greek salad." She asked if I wanted chicken on that and I said sure. Vicky ordered breakfast.

We got our food and my salad was awful! Big chunks of tomatoes and cucumbers I had to saw through with a knife to fit into my mouth, a weird dressing and overcooked chicken. I wish I'd ordered breakfast!

We chatted for almost two hours, then I reluctantly brought up I had to go back to work. We made our goodbyes in the parking lot and I headed back.

It was sprinkling on the way back (it never did really "rain" here, at least during the day).

Back home, I dragged the trash can back inside and got the mail.

I treated the cat and changed clothes. Then I emptied the dishwasher.

I warmed up Courtney's Chicken Parmesan with pasta for dinner. I added some salt and topped it with grated Parmesan cheese from Westborn. It was excellent, but very filling!

I started watching the election results and did that until I fell asleep. I woke up for a bathroom break and the results were still not finalized. I turned it off and went to bed.

Sidebar: I should have watched the hockey game, instead. the Red Wings won!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Monday

I drove through thick fog to work on Monday morning. I never saw it this bad around here before. Reminded me of Port Huron. But it finally burned off around 10:00 a.m.

Courtney has brought me in two dinners: Meatloaf with rice and chicken Parmesan with pasta. Then my friend Michelle in Facilities brought me some pumpkin soup (she said it tastes like pumpkin pie without the crust). So, I'm good for dinner until Thursday. Thanks, ladies.

I went to Ten Yen for lunch. With PT, I haven't been there is almost a month. And, as I feared, my favorite waitress was worried about me.

Sidebar: When you are my age and don't show up, everybody assumes you died.

I had the almond chicken and it was a good as I remembered.

I drove home through the gathering gloom. Before I treted the cat and changed my clothes, it was dark. I hate Daylight Savings Time!

I ate Courtney's meatloaf for dinner. It needed salt (of course - she has small boys) but was good. Thanks again.

I did another load of laundry (laundry never seems to stop) and watched a little TV, but then went to bed early.

Monday, November 7, 2016

I still can't get the damn key out of the fuel door! Any ideas???

Photos from the weekend

I finally downloaded them from the camera...

Cleaned out the state park grill with the transfer shovel for the winter

The new grill cover. Butted up to the raised bed herb garden, I think the wind will break over it.

Carl's herb scissors

Six blades to make short work of fresh herbs

Ran the push motor to get the Stabil in the lines

Had to charge the tractor battery.

Throw Away Sunday.

My back was still killing me on Sunday morning. So, I didn't do much. I got the Sunday morning chores done and one load of laundry (which I didn't bother folding).

The only thing I did was to take apart the drying rack for Miss Victoria's doors. I have been putting up with that damn thing for two years now. I put the last five doors in the house and decided I could use the rack for storing wood in the garage (I think) until I need it again.

Finally, you can walk around in the garage with ease!!!

I went to the gas station and filled up a two gallon can (after I put the appropriate amount of Stabil in it). I filled up the push mower tank and ran it for five minutes (to get the treated gas in the lines). The battery was dead on the tractor, so I got the 100-foot extension cord and the battery charger and hooked it up.

Next, I got the bike keys and unlocked the gas cap. I topped that tank off and well. That's when I ran into trouble!!!

I couldn't get the key out of the gas cap!!! Somehow, it was stuck in there and still is. Any suggestions would be welcome...

Disgusted, I gave up. I have been wanting to roast a whole chicken for several weeks now. But, that would involve me going grocery shopping. Instead, I went to Popeye's and got the three piece meal (spicy, with red beans and rice on the side) and that was my Sunday supper.

I watched the Lions beat the Vikings in overtime (just so I could tease Amy). I went out in the dark to get the extension cord in. Then I spent the rest of the night in bed, resting my back.

Road trip (the long and winding road...)

I woke up to the alarm on Saturday morning. I had a lot of things to do.

First order of business was breakfast. I made scrambled eggs and toast. Then I shaved and showered.

After I got dressed, I left the house at 8:30 a.m. I had a long drive in front of me. I had to get to Shelby Township, by Dequinder (sp) off of M-59. I didn't bother putting her address in the phone yet, because I knew it would route me I-96 to I-75. But I drove to Lake Orion for years and I know how to get to M-59 from my house.

I got on Telegraph and headed north. I got off on the route to Square Lake Road and then hit I-75. I crossed three lanes of traffic and got on M-59. Then, when it was safe, I pulled onto the side of the road and entered Mel's address into my phone.

Sidebar: In case you were wondering, I was going up to my great nephew, Adam Hugo's, house to buy Mel's old Kindle Fire. Do I need a Kindle Fire? Did I need the kayak or the motorcycle I never ride? I buy shit that sounds good, okay? Besides my daughter Melissa has always bugged me about buying a Kindle. I suspect it's so she can just buy me books for my birthday or Christmas but whatever.

On the other hand, I like books. I like the way they feel. I like the way they smell. I like dog-earing pages to know where I left off. I like going to Borders and buying the latest Lee Child book (there used to be a LOT more book stores). In short, I like books. I can't imagine reading on a damn tablet. Oh, did I mention she warned me it was pink? I don't think Caley will judge me...

Google said I'd get there in an hour. So, I added in another half hour to allow for traffic, construction, etc. But, of course, none of those things happened and I ended up there at 9:30 a.m. instead of the 10:00 a.m. we'd agreed upon. Dammit!

So, after a bit sitting in the truck, I went to the front door. I knocked first and then saw there was a door bell. I pushed it but didn't here anything inside except a woman yelling, "Come in through the garage!"

The garage door was open (security concern!) so I did. I walked in the house to find Mel on her knees, changing the baby's diaper on the living room carpet.

Mel was just like I pictured her (I've only known her on Facebook). She is a lovely, young lady and mother. I never did see Addison, although I heard her. And the baby (whose name I forget) refused to wave high to me (despite both Mel's and my urging). But, at one point, she smiled at me. Her smile went all the way to her chubby cheeks and up into her eyes! Beautiful!

I exchanged some cash for the kindle and then headed out. I was thrilled to meet Mel, but was disappointed not to see Adam (I think I've seen him, like, twice in my life at Mom's Christmas parties at Donna's house, back in the day).

I got back on M-59 and headed east. The morning sun in my eyes was a bitch, so I put on my clip-on sunglasses. M-59 when I got back on it was still an expressway but then turned into a four lane highway. Traffic was a total bitch (but I knew it would be). I was headed east to Mt. Clemens and my brother Carl's house.

So, I got there an hour early. I was apologetic but Carl said it was great as he was hungry. I let him drive (hey, its his town) and we went to a nearby restaurant whose name I forget (it had a very small parking lot. I remember that!). Carl got a breakfast special and I got a half order of corned beef has topped with an egg. It was good, but since I ate a big breakfast (for a change), I couldn't finish it.

We went back to his house and sat and talked until about noon. He had an interesting story about the garage next door catching fire. It burned down like four of his maple trees and melted the plastic on his house window!

He gave me three things: An herb cutting scissors with like six blades on it, an antique wood vise from my broth Joe and a container of his home-made split pea soup!

Then I headed home. It took a while, of course, and by the time I got home, I'd put 110 miles on the truck.

I changed into my work clothes and went outside. I got the patio chairs and tables put into the shed, the hose box blown out (I decided to leave it in place for the winter).  I put a foam cover on the outside faucet.

I put the new cover on the Chargrille smoker and am going to leave that on the patio for the winter (I need the room in the shed). With the recent rains, there was some moisture and surface rust on the bottom of the main grill and the smoker unit. So, I got the wire brush attachment for the drill and cleaned that up. Then I sprayed it with penetrating oil.

I got the can for the bird seed out of the shed as well. I still need to buy some bird seed and peanuts for the squirrels, though. 

So, I'm all set for winter outside.

I went inside and took a long nap. I had tried very hard to sit up straight in the truck, but my back was killing me.

It was dark when I woke up. So, I did my last chore for the day, setting all the clocks back an hour. Then I warmed up the split pea soup (its was excellent, BTW. Thanks!)

I watched a little TV but then went back to sleep. It was a long day.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Souper Friday...

It was chilly Friday morning, so I wore my jacket. It was completely unnecessary by the time I left for PT at 12:30 p.m.

As promised, Courtney brought me in some of her broccoli and cheese soup.

Victoria sent me a text, letting me know she and Yanessa were out running errands and suggested we meet for lunch. Damn! I told her I'd love to, but I had to go to therapy. Then, at noon, my old partner Michelle showed up (she was in the area). So, we chatted for a little bit, then I excused myself to go to therapy.

I finally rotated through the therapists and got back to the original one who evaluated me in the first place. I really like her.

Back home after work, I was sore, but not hurting. Since I finally ate all the leftovers, I had Michelle's Chicken Soup with Kale and Chorizo and Courtney's Broccoli and Cheese soup for dinner. Both were excellent! Thanks, ladies.

I watched a little taped TV but went to bed early.

Friday, November 4, 2016


Thursday

Thursday was another damp, chilly day. It wasn't really cold, but several times when I was outside, I wished I'd worn a jacket.

I went to Big Boy for lunch and got a cup of chicken noodle soup with the Caesar side salad. Then I went to the mall.

Jos. A Banks was having a "buy one, get one free" sale, so I bought six new pairs of pants. My old ones aren't worn out yet, but they are getting too big. Without a butt to hold them up, I am always in danger of losing them and have to keep hitching them up. It's becoming annoying.

My late night sport's watching caught up to me in the afternoon and I struggled to stay awake.

I ate the last hot dog and the rest of the beans for dinner.

Courtney sent me a text, saying she had made broccoli and cheese soup for dinner and did I want some. I told her I already ate, but she could feel free to bring me some into work on Friday. Thanks!

I started watching a special on the Galapagos islands at 8:00 p.m. but I fell asleep before 9:00.

Sidebar: I woke up and it was still on, so I thought I'd just dozed off. Then I glanced at the clock and it was 12:40 a.m.! Apparently, they reran it. So, I taped it, shut everything down and Caley and I went to bed for real.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Wednesday

It was damp on the way into work, but still warm. It started raining around 11:00 a.m.

I skipped lunch again so I could go to therapy. I was lucky as I had the same therapist that brutalized me on Monday. I told her how much pain I was in a few hours after our last session. She said it made no sense, but maybe I pulled a muscle or something. So, we went through the same exercises, but slowly and watching for anything that felt painful. Nothing did.

The low fuel light came on during the ride back to work, so I stopped and got some gas. $1.97 per gallon on credit!

Sidebar: I usually pay cash for the discount, but I didn't feel like walking in the light drizzle.

Back home, I watched the news. I had planned on vacuuming but I was tired.

I ate the last of the hot dogs for dinner while I watched the hockey game. During commercials and in between periods, I switched to the World Series final game. By the time the hockey game was over (we lost), I was hooked as the Cubs were winning.

Then Cleveland tied it up, so they had to go into overtime (groan). The Cubs finally won (first time in 108 years) and I finally got to bed around 12:30 a.m.




Just a thought...

I think we should outlaw all pre-shredded cheese. Let's make America grate again!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Summer in the City...

It was unseasonably warm when I took the trash out to the road on Tuesday. And, it just kept getting warmer...

I had to go to the Credit Union at lunch. I don't mind paying for the fuse box with a credit card, but I'll be damned if I pay interest on it!

Then I deposited the cashier's check in my bank and went across the street to eat at a crappy Mexican restaurant.

Sidebar: I said crappy and I meant it. The food is tasteless and they have no hot sauce to give it any zip. But, they have three things going for them: the portion size is small (which I like), the food is cheap and they are FAST.

It was 74 degrees at noon.

By the time I got home, it was 77 degrees!

I quickly changed clothes and got to work outside. First I bailed out the reflecting pool with a bucket and then a cup. I threw in a couple of pieces of wood in it and put the lid on it. Then I set a patio block on top of it to hold it in place.

I put the piece of plywood in front of the crawl space vent like I do every winter to keep the cold wind out.

Then I went to pick up the young Shaolin monk to take him in the house. He crumpled apart in my hands! Damn!

Discouraged, I just went inside for the night.

My brother Carl called to tell me he just got back from his Miejer's. He said they have every kind of Mrs. T's pierogies you could imagine (including a spinach and feta cheese one, which sounds awful). I thanked him and told him I would check out my own Miejer's.

I ate a couple of hot dogs for dinner. I watched NCIS, then switched to the World Series game until 10:00 p.m. when NCIS New Orleans came on. When that finished, I went back to the baseball game. By the time it was over, it was after midnight, which is why I overslept, which is why this post is late...

I can't sleep (again)

Can we all just admit we may have taken this "Anyone can grow up to be President" thing a bit too far?

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

I CAN PROVE IT!!!

If Donald Trump really did like gays and had ANY gay friends, they would have insisted on fixing his hair and makeup by now. No tea, no shade...

Monday Moanin'

It was cool and overcast when I woke up and stayed that way all day here.

I stopped at Larry's Foodland (24 hours!) on the way into work and grabbed a few items that I really needed for the house.

My friend Michelle from Facilities stopped by to show off this year's costume (she dresses up every year. LOL) and to give me some soup. This year she was a 1920's flapper. With her fringe dress, nylons with seams in them (I actually remember those), headpiece and old jewelry, she looked fantastic! She rocks Halloween!

The soup was a new one she tried for the first time. It's called "Chicken Soup with Kale and Chorizo" and she said it was pretty good. She also emailed me the recipe. Thanks!

I skipped lunch and went to therapy.

I got a different therapist (again) and she said she had a few new exercises she wanted to try. So, I did maybe three of the original ones and the rest were all new. Nothing that extreme, but definitely different.

My back muscles started to hurt in the afternoon. By the time I got home, it felt like I had pulled every muscle in my back and butt! I actually had difficulty getting out of the truck in my garage!!!

So, I ate a Celebrex and laid on the bed for two hours, watching the news.

Then I made hot dogs with a can of Grillin' Beans for the side. I ate two hot dogs and some of the beans for my dinner.

I didn't see anything interesting on TV, so I read in bed until around 11:30 p.m. Then I went to sleep.

Birthday Shoutout!

Happy Birthday to my son, Jeremy, who always seems to be #StuckinTraffic