Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Tuesday's Tale

I woke up at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday. The snow had stopped sometime in the night. According to the news, we got four inches of snow total from this Alberta clipper. But, I doubt I have three inches of snow out there (but, I'm not gonna check, LOL!) It was wicked cold and windy, too.

Health update: I still felt lousy, but my throat didn't hurt as bad. Baby steps, baby steps...

I had thawed out half of a small ham steak last night (getting a bit tired of chicken noodle soup) so I fried that up, along with two eggs over-easy, for breakfast.

I was feeling good enough that I finally shaved, showered and changed my shorts and t-shirt. It was probably all in my mind, but I felt much better afterwards.

About 11:30 a.m., the door bell rang. WTF? It was a guy from DTE (I made him show me his badge). He said he was here to swap out something on the meter. I seem to remember a letter a month or so back regarding this. He said I wouldn't lose power, he didn't have to come in the house and it would take him five minutes. I told him, "Go for it!"

I ate more chicken noodle soup for lunch. The noodles were already getting a bit mushy.

Background information: You might or might not remember this (it's been a while), but back when I still had the Volvo, my neighbor used to plow my driveway. He has an ATV with a snow plow on it and, after he did his driveway, he'd do mine. But, after I bought the four wheel drive truck and he watched me walk it out of the drive in eight inches of heavy, wet snow, he stopped.

That was okay, I didn't need it. I'd just shovel in front of the mailbox so the postman could bring the mail.

But, that recently all changed. Mi querido amigo, Vicky, had to turn in her beloved, but leased, Chevy truck  and is now trying to adjust to driving an Equinox (she hates it, compared to the 4x4 Silverado). And Amanda drives a Saturn Aura. So, I figured I would need to do something this winter to allow them access to the house. But shoveling the driveway by hand was out of the question. So was paying for a service to plow it, due to financial concerns.

So, a couple of months ago (when they were on sale), I bought an inexpensive electric snow blower. The box has been sitting in the garage all this time as I figured I wouldn't need it until January. But yesterday's 3-4 inches of snow and the predicted 5-7 inches that supposed to fall on Wednesday altered my timeline.

So, I managed to drag the box into the living room (the garage was too cold, trust me). I spent the afternoon drinking coffee and putting it together,

It's a greenworks corded electric snow thrower (I have plenty of 100 foot extension cords). I would have preferred the battery operated one, but couldn't afford it. Once I put it together, it looked like this.

It's not self-propelled (you have to push it) but it's light weight and I think it will do the job.

When I was done, I pushed it out the front door and put it in the garage. I put the box out to the road next to the recyclable bin. Then I went in and took a nap.

Sidebar: You may be wondering why I didn't do the driveway. It's because the last snow was the light, powdery stuff. I probably could have used the leaf blower to clear it off. Nobody will get stuck in this shit.

I ate the last two pieces of lasagna for dinner.

It was dark by the time both the recyclable bin and trash bin were emptied. So, I put on some pants and dragged them to the back. I also brought in the mail, but there was nothing there but sale papers (not worth the trip).

I watched my Tuesday shows and then the late night news to see if the forecast had changed (it didn't). Then I went to bed.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Birthday Shoutout

Happy birthday to my dear sister-in-law, Kathy Goerlich! Enjoy your day!!!

Monday Moanin'

I woke up on Monday, feeling like shit! My throat felt like I'd been gargling razor blades, my nose was running like a faucet and my face felt like somebody hit it hard with a shovel!

Sidebar: I can only assume I caught this cold from somebody in the theater yesterday.

I ate breakfast and took my pills. I put a pot of water on the stove, brought it to a boil and then turned it so simmer to get some warm moisture in the house. I gargled with salt water to ease the pain in my throat.

I put some pants over my shorts and hauled the trash and recyclables out to the road (before it started snowing).

The snow started falling around 10:00 a.m. It was just a slow, steady snow, the kind that can really build up the inches! The snow quit for a while at 12:30 p.m. (it was supposed to get worse from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.).

I thought I'd make some comfort food for lunch - Campbell's chicken noodle soup. But when I went to the pantry to get some, it was all gone! There was only cream of mushroom, tomato and split pea with ham. Not exactly the light, healthy broth I was hoping for.

So, I decided to make my own!

Sidebar: Yesterday, when I was going through the freezer, looking for a Sunday supper entree, I came across a bag of Tyson Oven Roasted Diced Chicken Breast. WTF? Then I remembered I'd bought it to make chicken salad sandwiches (I like chicken salad) but never used it.

So. I sliced up an onion, diced three celery sticks and three carrots. I salted them and sauteed them in olive oil until they were soft. I added a handful of the still frozen diced chicken and a box of chicken stock. I also added water (about 3/4 of the amount of stock).

I threw in a big handful of dried parsley (you always need more than you think) a pinch of red pepper flakes, a bay leaf, salt and a lot of fresh ground pepper. I let that simmer and get happy for about 20 minutes.

Then I brought it to a boil and added in a half bag of wide egg noodles.

Sidebar: I went with wide egg noodles, rather than Kluski noodles, as I had no plans to freeze leftovers. Wide egg noodles turn to mush once frozen.

I cooked the egg noodles for seven minutes. I taste-tested it and ended up adding more salt. I let it cool a bit, fished out the bay leaf and dished up my lunch.

It was pretty damn good just for using what I had on hand.

I had another bowl for dessert. Then I took a  long nap. When I woke up, my throat hurt again (I must be breathing through my mouth while sleeping). So, I gargled with salt water again.

It started snowing again around 5:30 p.m. It came down pretty heavy at times. I saw video on the local news of the mess it caused during the afternoon rush hour! Glad I was not out in that!!!

My friend B___ called. I answered the phone by saying, "Hello." he said, "What the hell is wrong with you?"

We hadn't talked in a while, so I filled him in on the operation that wasn't.. When we finally hung up, I heated up yet another bowl of soup for my supper.

Courtney sent me a photo of Mike, putting on the insulated hunting suit I gave him. He's not going hunting, he's just going out in the frigid cold to shovel the driveway and sidewalk. Note: She said it fits him perfectly (it was way too big for me these days - I'm melting in my old age). Glad somebody can use it!

I watched the Red Wings lose again. Then I switched to reading until a midnight bedtime.

Monday, December 11, 2017


I used to work in IT, so I know this...


I woke up at a more reasonable 6:30 a.m. I ate breakfast and took my pills. Then I did the normal Sunday chores, including stripping the bedding and starting the wash.

I shaved, showered and got dressed. Then I headed out to Home Depot. Backing out of the driveway, I slid halfway across the road! Apparently, the road had froze overnight and was now ice.

I inched my way to Plymouth Road, where the salt was still working.

I got some wood I needed and bathroom caulk.

Back home, I unloaded the truck and then shut the garage door.

I took the caulk and applied it to the edges of the wash cloth rack I had glued. I was not trying to hide the seams (the tile is blue/gray and the caulk white) but just make sure a washcloth (or whatever) will not snag on the rough edges.

Then I got another cup of coffee and watched the rest of the Sunday morning news. When the dryer was done, I remade the bed.

Amanda and Keldon came to pick me up for today's adventure: Watching the movie "Polar Express" at the Redford Theater. They couldn't get in the driveway as it was blocked by a USPS vehicle, delivering a package to me. I set in on the bed and we left. We grabbed a bite to eat and got to the theater early.

Sidebar: The nice thing about the Redford Theater is that the organist plays before the movie and during the intermission.  Yes, it makes the movie event longer, but it's way more laid back.

Both Amanda and I bought five tickets for the 50-50 raffle (first prize is $100.00, second is a t-shirt)

We took our seats and the organ started to rise. I am really fascinated by the organ, by the way. It is so very old and yet, beautiful.

This time the organist was a woman.

They also had a huge display of model trains in front of the stage.

Finally, the movie came on. I had never seen it before or even read the book, but it was excellent!

At the intermission, they did the 50-50 drawing. Neither of us were even close for the $100.00, but Amanda won the t-shirt (which she gave to Keldon).

When the movie was over, they had Santa in the lobby with a photographer. I sat and watched the coats and her purse while they went out to see him. When they came back, Keldon ran back to check out the trains. That's when I noticed Amanda was crying. I asked her what was wrong and she said she realized this was probably the last year Keldon would sit on Santa's lap. I gave her a Kleenex and then gave her a hug.

The theater is run by volunteers, so at the end of the movie they announced that anyone who would stay and help clean up would be given a free ticket, with a popcorn voucher, to any upcoming movie if they volunteered. So, she asked me to watch Keldon and went to clean up the balcony.

Sidebar: What I didn't realize was that she told them she was with a handicapped old man and a little kid. She asked if she did three times the work, could we all get the tickets? They said yes, so we are all set for what she called our next "cheap date."

They drove me home and left immediately to go pick up Scott from work. While I was unlocking the front door, I saw another package on the porch!

I changed into shorts and t-shirt. I was rooting around in the freezer to see what I could make for my Sunday supper. I came across a box of Stouffer's meat lover's lasagna.  So, I preheated the oven to 375 degrees and went to make a salad (it took an hour to bake, so I had plenty of time).

But, when I took out the lettuce, it was squishy and black. Dammit!

I let the lasagna rest for the required five minutes and then served up a piece. It wasn't as good as homemade, but it was nice and spicy.

Since I didn't have my salad, I took a second piece instead, LOL!

I half watched a football game while I read in bed. I noticed my throat felt scratchy, but I thought I'd just used too much Copenhagen during the day.

I went to bed at 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Saturday Story

I stayed up too late reading on Friday, so I didn't wake up until 8:00 a.m. on Sunday! I had to hustle as I had errands to run, a lunch date and it was snowing.

So, I got some coffee, ate breakfast and took my pills. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed.

I drove to Kroger's in the snow. Side streets (like mine) were slippery, but main roads were salted and just wet. I got the few items I needed and decided to forego the Home Depot run. It was getting late.

I got home and unpacked the groceries. I had just finished up when I got a text from Amanda, saying they were on the way.

Sidebar: Amanda wanted to do some Christmas shopping for Keldon. So, she asked me if I could watch him for an hour or so (Scott was at work). She bribed me by saying she'd buy me lunch. I can easily be bribed with food, so I said yes.

They picked me up and we went to Archie's. I had second breakfast (two eggs over easy, hash browns and link sausage), Keldon had the kid's spaghetti and Amanda just had a cup of French onion soup.

She dropped us off at the house and went on her way.

Keldon spent some time reading me a book about monsters. He asked if he could read the next book to himself, so I got my book and we read by the fire for a while. He got bored with that and started playing with some action figures he brought. I kept hearing this weird electronic beep every five to ten minutes. I decided it must be coming from the office smoke detector

So, I grabbed the wood footstool and took it in the office. Keldon followed me there. He asked if he could try on my motorcycle helmet and I said sure (it's not like I'm using it, LOL). So, I took a picture for his mother.

I got down the smoke detector and set it in the living room to catch it beeping.

Sidebar: When the batteries are low, it normally beeps every 30 seconds and then says "Low Battery." So, this was weird.

A while later, the beep happened again, but not from the smoke detector now in the living room. So, I replaced it and took down the one in the bedroom. I put that in the living room.

Amanda got back around 2:00 p.m. We were talking while Keldon packed up his stuff and the beep happened again! But not from that smoke detector!!! They left and I was left with an annoying beep that comes from who knows where...

It had stopped snowing by then, but I didn't really notice when exactly it quit. I doubt if we got more than an inch here.

With my company gone, I got to work and cleaned the downstairs bathroom.

Sidebar: I use it daily, but clean it at random, so its never an easy chore.

Then I put up all the Christmas decorations. House looks "festive," LOL!

I was sitting on the bed, watching TV and eating dinner (the last of Kathy's cabbage soup) when the beep happened again! The bedroom smoke detector was still in the living room, so I finally figured it out! It was coming from the NOAA weather station! So, I replaced the batteries.

I cleaned up the dinner dish and went back to watching TV. The beep happened again! Disgusted, I unplugged the damn thing. I will have to find my owner's guide or go online to figure out what it is trying to tell me.

I couldn't find anything interesting at 9:00 p.m., so I read in the living room, surrounded by Christmas decorations and lulled by the fire. I dozed off and woke up at 12:30 a.m. I shut off the lights and fireplace and went to bed.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Finally Friday

I woke up at 6:30 a.m. on Friday. It was 31 degrees here, but the wind chill was 9! I had a cup of coffee, watched the news for a bit and then ate breakfast.

I finished the Blog post, did some work on the computer and then shaved, showered and got dressed for more errands.

Before I left, I called the surgeon's office to cancel today's post-op appointment and asked if I could do the left eye on the 21st. She said they couldn't do that without a release from my primary care physician! Dammit!!! I headed out...

First stop was the Hallmark store next to my Kroger's. It is the only place I've seen that sells specialty cards. I needed one in Spanish for Evy, Vicky's mother, and her family.

From there, I went to Home Depot. For some reason or another, I wanted to repair the soap dish in the main bathroom.

Sidebar: My house was built in the 50's and has one of those tile soap holders that has the little bar above it for your wet washcloths. Well, one day when I was still using that shower, I slipped and fell in the tub. I broke the little bar (cutting the shit out of my leg, I might add). Luckily, it broke into only two parts.

I first went into the tile section and asked the guy what type of glue or cement I should use to put it back together. He said he didn't have any idea, but the man in the paint department would know.

So, I went to the paint department and explained what I wanted to do. He said to wait right there and he went down one of the aisles. He came back and handed me a packet with Loctite Super Glue (never heard of that brand). He told me how to use it. Then I got a few more things and I checked out.

Last stop was CVS. I found a picture (looking for another picture) I wanted to have digitized. Unfortunately, their scanner was broken. I was hungry, so I swung by Burger King and got some chicken nuggets with barbecue dipping sauce.

When I got home, I ate lunch. Then I took a picture of the photo. I had to do some cropping, but it turned out okay.

This was a picture my Mother took out at Lake Orion in 1973 of me, Amy and Melissa and my beloved Sea Snark sailboat.

I called my primary care physician to explain what I wanted to do about the blood sugar problem. I didn't get to talk to her, of course, but explained to the receptionist what happened and what I now needed. She said she would talk to the doctor and have her call me back.

Then I glued the soap dish back together. Got some glue on my fingers (of course) but it's back together, at least.

I replaced the furnace filters. Had to wait until the furnace shut down and cooled a bit (that took a lot of tries - its still damn cold outside).

My legs hurt for some reason (maybe the change in humidity as it was supposed to snow after midnight) so I laid in bed, reading.

By 6:00 p.m. I decided I wasn't getting a call from my doctor today. I thought I'd try again tomorrow.

I warmed up the soup Kathy made and sent with Joe. It was an excellent cabbage soup!

I had an apple for a snack later while I read my book until until bed time.

Friday, December 8, 2017


I still soar these days,
            but not with wings of my own.
Though I try to deny,
            my time and energy have flown.

Now it’s younger people,
            and seen through younger eyes,
that help me see life’s treasures
            up there where beauty lies…


The operation that wasn't...

I woke up to the alarm on Thursday. I couldn't eat or drink anything since midnight, because I was supposed to have the operation to remove my left cataract.

I shaved, showered and got dressed. They specifically told me to wear a short sleeved shirt, so I did.

I sat in the living room, dying of thirst, and waited for my brother Joe. It was lightly snowing here, enough to cover the driveway.

Joe came right on time, bearing gifts: A container of soup from Kathy! Thanks!!!

We easily made it to the surgical center in plenty of time. I got registered and we sat and chatted in the waiting room until they called my name. I went in back and got into a gown (over my shirt and open in front) and a hair net. I got up on a table and they started prepping me.

One nurse hooked me up with a blood pressure cuff on my right arm, an oxygen tube in my nose, a heart rate clip on my finger and then went to stick on EKG cables. This was exacerbated by my t-shirt. She said I shouldn't have worn the t-shirt. I told her all they said on the phone was to wear a short sleeve shirt, they never mentioned a t-shirt.

Sidebar: The short sleeve shirt made sense as I thought it was so they could easily put an IV in my arm.

But, they tried to stick the IV in the back of my left hand. That attempt failed, so they tried my right hand and it took! They then switched the blood pressure cuff on my left arm.

Another nurse put nine different drops in my eye, one that burned like hell. 

They drew a little blood and the anesthesiologist came in to talk to me. He was still talking when the nurse came in and asked him to step outside the curtain.

Uh, oh... That's never good.

He came back in and said they couldn't operate on me today as my blood sugar way too high today!

So. they all started disconnecting me. They gave me back my glasses and cane and kicked me out! I was pissed!

Joe drove me back home and gave me a router table and two bar clamps he said he didn't need. Thanks! Sorry for making you drive all that way for nothing.

I called Vicky (she asked me to) and she started laughing. I said, "What?" She said, "See, I told you I have to drive you." Maybe next time...

I sent a text to Amanda (she asked me to) and she was pissed. She asked me what blood sugar had to do with eye surgery. I said I never thought to ask.

Sidebar: I know diabetes has an effect on your eyes as my eye doctor always does some test and faxes the results to my primary care physician. 

So, I have another surgery date on December 21 for what was supposed to be my right eye. I was going to call and ask if we could make that my left. I figured I could get the blood sugar down in two weeks. I'll just watch what I eat and drink and check it every day.

Sidebar: I am guilty of drinking way too much peach flavored ice tea and that has a lot of sugar in it. But, they do sell a diet version of it.

When I called, they still had their "the office is closed today for the Holiday (Thanksgiving I presume). So, I'll try calling tomorrow to cancel my tomorrow's post surgery appointment and run my idea past them. If the phone is still messed up, I'll drive over there.

I had a big drink of water and ate breakfast. Then I went back to bed. I finally fell asleep. When I woke up, I had a container of yogurt and an apple for lunch.

I exhanged texts from Jake and told him about the day.

I putzed off in the afternoon. I put the tab on the truck and put the new registration and insurance in the glove box. Then I washed the stove top. Should have done that after Thanksgiving dinner, because it took a lot of elbow grease to get the crap off of it.

I went out and got the mail. It had stopped snowing, but was still damn cold!

I had some canned chili for dinner. I missed a call from Melissa, so I called her back and told her the story of my non-surgery.

I had a lot of trouble falling asleep, but finally dozed off at 12:30 a.m.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Hump Day...

I woke up late on Wednesday. It was 31 degrees here.  I had a cup of coffee and then shaved, showered and got dressed to go to town. There was still some running around I needed to do before my eye operation on Thursday.

So, it was windy as well.

I mailed the rest of the Christmas cards at the Post Office. Then I filled up the gas tank on the truck. Finally, I went to CVS and got a birthday card I'd forgotten.

Back home, I washed the old tabs for both the bike and the truck. I got the new ones on Tuesday and wanted to make sure they stayed on.

For lunch (and dinner) I made the blue box of mac & cheese and broiled the Ballpark hot dogs (yuck) in the oven. I ate two hot dogs (mustard ketchup and sweet relish, this time) and some mac & cheese for lunch.

I stripped down and put on my robe. Then I did the Wednesday wash. I watched some taped DIY shows until the dryer stopped. Then, I hung up or folded all the clothes.

I had two more hot dogs (mustard and onions, this time) and more mac & cheese for dinner.

Couldn't find anything on TV that sounded interesting so I read until and early bedtime (should have taken a nap.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


I woke up with the alarm on Tuesday as I had a 9:00 a.m. haircut appointment. I skipped breakfast, shaved showered and got dressed for town.

Sidebar: That makes me sound like I live on a ranch somewhere out West, but you know what I mean.

It was 53 amazing degrees with gusty winds and falling temps. After my haircut, I stopped by Kroger's to pick up some things I needed. Not a big shopping trip, just things like sour cream, milk, eggs, etc. What really pissed me off is I wanted some hot dogs. But this Kroger's no longer carries the Kogle's natural casing dogs. Dammit!

Sidebar: It was not only windy, but there were occasional higher gusts of wind. One of them damn near knocked me over when I was walking back to the truck! Luckily, I had both hands on the cart.

From there, I stopped at CVS to get the last prescription of eye drops I need for after my surgery. All told, it cost me close to $140.00 for the damn eye drops.

Sidebar, it was 43 degrees at noon.

Back home, the trash still had not been dumped.

I made a simple salad for my lunch. It was just head lettuce and bottled dressing. I should have grabbed some cherry tomatoes (they are still sweet this time of year) and a cucumber when I was at Kroger's.

I keep my jeans on (to get the trashcan and mail, later) and began today's project: Filling out my Christmas cards.

I finished up as it was getting dark. I went out and got the mail and the trash can.

Back inside, I changed into shorts and a t-shirt and did a few chores, like emptying the dishwasher, cleaning the counters, and so on.

I warmed up a can of Campbell's split pea and ham soup (something else my Five-Mile Kroger's no longer carries).

I watched my Tuesday shows, read a bit and then tried to sleep. It didn't come easy, as I kept thinking about my sister. It should have been her birthday, today.

But I finally fell asleep.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Slow Monday

I woke up at my new normal time. I had a cup of coffee, then I made some scrambled eggs for breakfast.

Vicky called me. She still wants to take me to the hospital and said that the earlier, the better. However, if its 10:00 a.m. or later, I will have to rely on my brother, Joe.

She was off work today, taking Yanessa to the doctor at 2:00 p.m. (the earliest they could fit her in). She said she would call or text me when the appointment was done.

I didn't feel like doing much, so I didn't.

I had a boloney sandwich for lunch.

Vicky sent me a text. It's only bronchitis, thank God. We were both afraid it was another asthma attack. I don't think I could see little Yanessa in that big hospital bed with an IV in her arm again. It broke my heart.

Yanessa. last time...
I took a nap. Then I took the trash out to the road before it got dark. I didn't have enough recyclables to bother with.

I ate the last of Courtney's turkey rice soup for dinner.

It was supposed to rain hard, starting around 7:00 p.m., but it only sprinkled here.

I read until bedtime.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Sunday's Story

I woke up late again on Sunday. I am blaming this on the the damn Super Moon! I had oatmeal for breakfast. I filled in the rather lengthy Blog post. Then I started on the Sunday chores.

Amanda sent me a text, saying she had finally found someone who wants the tires and rims.

Sidebar: Thank God! Those damn things have been taking up space in my garage since last spring when she got her new car. She had them listed on Craig's List and had only one guy ask about them and then never texted back.

She had agreed to meet the lady (yes, its a lady) halfway between Adrian and my house. So, she wanted to know if I would help her load them in her car or drive them there in the truck. I told her no way would they fit in the car, so I would drive them there.

Sidebar: Sounds like I was just being a nice guy, but I really just wanted them out of the garage!

She said she would be here around 3:00 p.m. and we would drive out to Karl's Cabin.

Sidebar: She wanted to meet her in a public place. There are too many Criag's List murders.

I had time, so I vacuumed the living room and moved all the kitchen chairs in there. Then I swept the kitchen and main bathroom floors. Finally, I filled a bucket with hot water and Pine Sol and mopped both floors.

Sidebar: It's been a long time since I did that. I usually just spot clean with the Wet Jet.

I was shocked at just how dirty the water was when I finished!!!

Then I shaved, showered and got dressed. Amanda showed up right on time and we loaded the tires in the truck.

We drove out to the meeting spot and got there before 3:30 p.m. (the agreed upon meet time). And we waited... and waited... and waited. Finally, Amanda (who had to be home in time to get Scott to work) sent her a text. The lady said she was still about a half hour out. Amanda told her to hurry, please, as she had to get Scott to work. So, we waited...

I told her it was too bad that we didn't know this earlier as she could have bought me lunch for hauling the tires.

Finally, she showed up. She shoved $250.00 in Amanda's hand and we all transferred the tires to her truck. Then we raced home (and I do mean raced) to get Amanda's car and let her pick up Scott.

On the way back, she was telling me how stressful the past few days have been. She said she needed a break and would I like to go to Bingo with her and her mother. I figured I could always finish housecleaning on Monday, so I said sure.

So, we agreed to meet at the Elk's Club at 6:00 p.m. I got there first and got a text from her. The Southfield freeway was closed, so she was coming on surface streets and would be late. Also, her mother decided to stay home, so we would need some daubers.

I went in and got my stuff and the daubers. The place was pretty full, but I got us a place way in the back. She showed up about 15 minutes late (we had already played a couple of games). She was pretty wired when she got there (she had problems with Keldon doing his homework before she left), but Bingo requires concentration and she settled down after a bit.

Neither one of us hit a Bingo, but she won $30.00 on those silly tickets you rip open.

When the game ended, she offered to buy me breakfast. I said I was just kidding about buying me food for hauling the tires. She insisted it was only fair, so we drove separately to Ram's Horn. She had French toast and bought me blueberry pancakes.

I got home about 10:30 p.m. It was too late for television, so I read until bedtime.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Dino Saturday

It was cold on Saturday morning. I stayed snuggled up in bed reading until 8:00 a.m. Then I had to hustle, so no Blog post again!

I ate some scrambled eggs for breakfast, then shaved, showered and got dressed for a road trip.

Amanda and Keldon picked me up at 10:00 a.m. and we headed out to Ann Arbor. We were going to the University of Michigan's Museum of Natural History and Dinosaur Discovery Day.

We made it easily enough but could not find a close parking space. We parked in the street (about a half-mile away) but Amanda was worried her car would get towed. So, she called the museum and asked where the closest parking lot/structure was. The told her to come back and they would come out and give her a map.

When the lady showed up, she saw the handicap tag (I hung it up at the street parking in the handicapped spot) and said, "Oh there's a handicap spot right back here, but you have to feed the meter."

So, we pooled all our change and were okay for 90 minutes. Amanda said she'd go to the gift shop later and break some dollar bills to feed the meter again.

Sidebar: In that meter, at least, a quarter bought you eleven minutes. Don't know if its the same everywhere else in Ann Arbor.

We went inside. This exhibit was free so we rode the elevator to the second floor and started in on all the activities. Please note: It was incredibly warm in the museum. Amanda carried their coats, but I kept mine on and seated it out.

Activity Tables

The two of them rubbing a crayon over a fossil

Keldon doing some sort of electrical science experiment

The two of them coloring papers that will eventually become a dinosaur hat

Dino "Dig" #1
Dino "Dig" #2

Live dinosaur!

End of the exhibit
Amanda went and got more quarters for the parking meter and bought three tickets to the Planetarium show. We stood in line and finally got in. What was nice is that the air condioning work! So, it was nice and cool for a change.We had an interesting lecture about the constellations and then they started the movie. We were all disappointed as it was the same one we saw the last time.

We left there and headed back. We took a chance and stopped off at Karl's Cabin in Plymouth. Last time we tried to go there, the place was packed. It still looked pretty busy, but Amanda had called Annie and she said come on in!

Sidebar: Annie is the restaurant manager there when she's not being Amanda's BFF.

Keldon got the mac and cheese and a fruit bowl off the kid's menu. Amanda and I both ordered the same thing: a pulled pork sandwich with a side of coleslaw and a cup of soup instead of the fries.

The soup was mushroom bisque and (seriously) the best mushroom soup I ever tasted.

The pulled pork sandwich was just as good. It came with little cups of both regular barbecue sauce and what they called North Carolina (vinegar based) barbecue sauce. I put the coleslaw on top of the pulled pork and added some regular barbecue sauce. Excellent!

We left there. Amanda stopped for gas and then they took me home. It was close to 4:00 p.m. My legs were a little sore (I tried to sit for a bit anytime I saw a bench in the Museum). I treated the cat and changed clothes.

I laid on the bed to rest my legs and read until I fell asleep.

When I woke up, I felt better. I warmed up the rest of Courtney's turkey rice soup for dinner. I tried to take a picture of the Super Moon, but this was all I got.

I watched TV until Saturday Night Live came on. I let the DVD record it and went to bed, instead.

Hello December!

I woke up to the alarm on Friday, December 1. I ate a piece of buttered toast along with my pills for breakfast. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed for my 8:30 a.m. doctor's appointment.

Sidebar: This is why there was no Blog post yesterday. No time!!!

The offices of the OSM (Ophthalmic Special of Michigan) is at Six-Mile and Farmington. I had an appointment for many tests and to meet with Dr. Nate Kleinfeldt, M.D. The building houses not only his office, but his surgical center.

I was impressed with his office! There are like twenty technicians, so you didn't spend much time waiting for the next test. I had every eye test I ever knew of, plus one I never heard of (measuring the thickness of my cornea lens). They dilated the hell out of my eyes.

I spoke briefly with the surgeon. He said I would be in twilight sleep, the operation itself taking about five minutes (wow!) and he would do one eye first and the other two weeks later.

The longest wait I had was to speak with the scheduler, and I told her so. They need two of them!!!

Anyway, he only operates on Thursday, from 6:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Since you can't take your meds before the operation, they try to schedule diabetics first. And, you have no idea what time you surgery is, because they call you the night before to let you know! That's a problem!!!

Vicky has first choice for driving me (the person has to stay there, BTW. They can't drop me off and then pick me up). She said she'd take the day off by switching with somebody else (they are open seven days a week). But, she has to get Yanessa to school, so a potential 6:00 a.m. appointment would be difficult.

Amanda is my second choice. She volunteered to take off work, but she doesn't even start work until 11:00 a.m. So, I 'd decided to talk to Vicky (she will be upset - she likes to drive me to the hospital) and then talk with Amanda.

It was very sunny, so I had to use those silly sunglasses they give you just to drive home.

When I got there, I grabbed the last two four-cup containers of soup and drove over to Courtney and Mike Esper's house. We agreed to swap soups (her's was turkey and rice). I had a hell of a time reading the house numbers, so I took a chance and went to the house with a Spartan flag on it, LOL!

Sidebar: I left the truck parked so that it covered half of their driveway. My bad.

We chatted a while and I told her my story. She said, if need be, she would drive me. I said that's ridiculous, you have three kids under three years old! She said Mike could watch the two older ones and she's take Issac with us. I agreed that would be my backup plan.

Just before I left, Mike came home. Because of the fncked-up way I parked my truck, he had to jump the curb and drive on the lawn. He has a truck, so it was no big deal, but I still felt stupid.

Back home, I got inside and warmed up some of her soup for my lunch. It had a lot of carrots in it and not as much rice as I would have used. But, after adding salt and pepper (she doesn't use any because of the kids) I ate it. It was excellent!!!

I took a long nap. When I woke up, I had a text from Amanda. Scott had just totaled their other car!!! So, they will have to figure out how to get Scott to and from work, Keldon to and from school and karate classes and Amanda to and from work

So, she has moved back in the listing of who can drive me on Thursday. Sigh...

I got an evening call from my daughter, Melissa, who wanted to know how the doctor's appointment went. I told her the details and also the problem with a ride there and back. She volunteered to take the day off, but said she would have to come the night before and sleep over. No way, she said, would she wake up at 4:00 a.m. and drive here. I thanked her, said I'd let her know and we hung up. So, she's my other back-up plan (I forget what number we're talking about anymore, lol!) I went back to reading in bed.

I ate a late night snack and went to bed.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Then it was Thursday

I didn't sleep well Wednesday night. I probably shouldn't have taken that nap! I was wide awake at 1:00 a.m and didn't fall back asleep until after 4:00. Then I woke up for good at 6:00 s.m.

So, I was dragging it all morning. I ate oatmeal for breakfast and had two cups of coffee.

It started raining around here about 9:00 a.m., but quit by noon.

I had a baloney (or bologna, if you prefer) sandwich for lunch.

I spent most of the day trying to work out the best way to cut the 1x4's so I end up with the least scrap. I'm sure my brother, Carl, would appreciate a box of kindling wood  but I'm not sure Erik Knapp, who is paying for time and materials on this project, would.

I ate some soup for dinner.

I half-watched TV while I half-read my book until bedtime.

Thursday, November 30, 2017


It was sunny, but not as warm on Wednesday. I read in bed and then got up at 7:00 a.m. I ate cold pizza, washed down with hot coffee while I watched the news.

It was sunny, but not supposed to get above 50 degrees today. So, I didn't even bother getting ready for my How Depot trip until noon. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed for a plywood run. Then I went to Home Depot.

That's when all the fun began!

I got a cart and got down the last piece of cheap ($8) 1/4 inch plywood. I took it to the saw and asked the guy to cut three pieces 15 7/8 inches length-wise. He cut the first two, the the last one was short! He said, "Oh, I must have measured it wrong. Can you get another one?"

I went back and there was 1/4 inch masonite ($10 and too heavy) or better 1/4 inch plywood ($12). I was trying to get down the plywood from the second shelf when it slipped. It fell on the floor, crushing one end and giving me a large sliver. I pushed it to the side and tried to get another one.

A helpful employee (not the saw guy, who I thought should be doing this since he messed up) asked if I needed a hand. I said thanks and stood nearby to help him. He wasn't looking at me and just pulled it backwards, hitting me in the head and knocking my glasses off.

He was embarrassed and worried I was hurt. I said I was fine, but could he please find my glasses (I was more worried about them than me). They were fine, though.

First guy cut the plywood to the right size, I picked up some screws I'll need and then checked out. I secured them in the truck bed (my one fear was they were so light they would blow out) with the bed extender, a bungee cord and my warning flag/bungee cord. I drove home slowly but eventually got there.

I unloaded them and pulled the truck inside. Then I took the trash can and recycle bin around back (they still weren't dumped the last time I checked Tuesday night). While I was doing that, the mail lady came. She waved and said hi, so I went and got the mail as well.

Back inside, I changed clothes after treating Caley. I got the sliver out and then I warmed up some soup for lunch.

The soup made me sleepy, so I took a nap.I read in bed for a while after I woke up.

I talked with my friend, B___ and my daughter, Melissa on the phone.

I ate a turkey sandwich for dinner. Then I went back to reading until bedtime.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Fran's Birthday

Tuesday was Amanda's mother's, Fran's, birthday. So, Amanda took the day off work to take Fran to Bingo. Fran asked if I could come along, so I did.

Sidebar: Apparently, there is a Bingo game going on someplace every day.

I assumed we would be going to breakfast beforehand., so I didn't eat when I took my pills. That was a mistake!

They picked me up around 10:00 a.m. and we headed out to the American Legion Hall, Post 409 in Allen Park. Amanda made one stop to buy a helium birthday balloon. She wanted to tie it to her mother's chair.

We got there early, but not in time for breakfast. Fortunately, they sold food there (they all do). I got a BLT (closest thing to breakfast they had) and Amanda and Fran split a turkey club. I managed to eat mine before they started.

Neither I or Amanda won anything, but Fran won $50.00! Nice birthday present.

Sidebar: Twice I needed only one number to win! I have never been that close before!!! Damn!

Unfortunately, Fran forgot she had to renew her driver's license this year. So, Amanda checked the SOS website where they have a bar chart (I did not know this) of how busy each office is. It said the one on Joy Road (across from that little market I'm always talking about) wasn't that busy. So, we took her there and dropped her off.

Sidebar: It looked pretty busy to me, but nobody was standing.

While she was waiting, Amanda drove me home. She still tried to talk me into coming to the birthday dinner at Outback. She said her Dad wanted me to come (probably so he had another guy to talk to - Keldon has bronchitis and Scott is staying home with him). I still begged off, for two reasons:

1. I am not that fond of Outback. I think it is pricey and the food is mediocre, at best.
2. I really don't like to be involved with family events.

So, I got home around 3:30 p.m. I changed into shorts and a t-shirt and sat on the porch for a long time, reading in the rocker. Why? It was an amazing 65 degrees and sunny!!!

Back inside, I pulled the truck out. I thought I would start on the shelves, but I really didn't feel like it. So, I pulled the truck back in, LOL!

Sidebar: Caley was happy as she insists on getting a treat anytime the garage door goes up and down.

I was pretty tired of turkey, so I made a frozen pizza for dinner.

I watched my usual shows and was asleep with the light off at 11:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Monday, Monday

It was 7:00 a.m. when I woke up. Unfortunately, the mess I left from yesterday's soup making was still there.

Sidebar: I was hoping elves or even Caley might have cleaned it up overnight!

But they didn't... So, I washed the big bowl, soaked the big stock pot and everything else went into the dishwasher. I turned the dishwasher on and then made some scrambled eggs for breakfast.

I shaved, showered and got dressed for a trip to Lowe's. I thought I'd wait until after 1:00 p.m. when it was supposed to hit 50 degrees. I ate some soup for lunch and then headed out.

At Lowe's, I probably looked at 100 six foot 1x4's to find the 27 straight ones I need. I loaded them in the truck and headed home. It looked like rain, so I skipped buying the plywood I needed.

Back home, I swept the garage out and set some boards on the floor to put the new boards on (if I drive in after it rains, the floor puddles up).

It was after 5:00 p.m. when I finished. I took both the trash and recyclable bins out to the road. Then I buttoned up everything for the night.

Back inside, I changed into shorts and a t-shirt. I sat in my chair with the trow on my lap. I also had the cat on my lap and the fireplace turned on. I read there until I got hungry, then I made a turkey sandwich.

After eating, I switched to reading in bed until I fell asleep.