Wednesday, August 16, 2017


I woke up to the alarm on Tuesday. I threw on some clothes and got the trashcan out to the road before 7:00 a.m. The new trash company had changed the routes. Sure enough, when I checked at 7:30, my trashcan was empty.

So, I walked out in misty rain and brought it back in.Yes, it was actually raining (or misting) here for a change! Later on, it briefly really rained here. When the sun came out (around 10:30 a.m.), I checked the gauge. We only got about 1/4-inch of rain, but that's a lot more than we had.

I shaved, showered and got dressed. Then I left the house around 11:30 a.m. to go to Gordon's Food Service to get more lump charcoal. I wrestled that from the cart to the truck bed and headed back home.

I thought briefly about filling my truck up on the way back, but I still have over half a tank so I said screw it.

Sidebar: Gas prices keep inching up (probably due to Labor Day).

Back home, I wrestled the charcoal out of the truck and into the garage. I made it as far as Amanda's wheels and set it down. That bag is big, bulky and heavy for an old guy with a bad back!

I changed into shorts and a t-shirt (it was getting hot).

I called the dealership to get an appointment. The service department asked me to hold on while they checked if they had the parts in yet to make the repairs (huh?). I was on hold for over five minutes when they came back and asked for my phone number. They said they would call me back when they got an answer...

Sidebar: Why would you issue a recall but not send the replacement parts to the dealers?

I went out and watered all the container gardens. I found two more ripe tomatoes. So, back inside, I made them into a tomato sandwich for lunch.

I ate it on the bed watching TV. The bed felt good, so I took a nap.

When I woke up, I walked out to get the mail. Now, it was hot and muggy.                               

Back inside, I found that in just the short few minutes it took to get the mail, Caley had managed to barf on the bed sheets. Dammit! I just washed them on Sunday!! But, I stripped the bed and started the washer. I started the dishwasher as well.

I cut the kernels of sweetcorn off the cob (like I have seen Jake do) on two ears of corn, hoping that would make them taste less tough. I warmed them and a brat up for dinner in the microwave. It might have been just my imagination, but they did taste better.

I made up the bed, but left the dishwasher for another time.

I watched both NCIS shows, but still wasn't sleepy. So I watched the news and then the Tonight show before finally going to bed.

Sidebar: The dealership never called back. Sigh...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Monday, again...

I woke up at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, after a long night's sleep. I ate two Eggo waffles with warm maple syrup and my pills for breakfast. Then I got cleaned up and dressed.

It was warmer than Sunday, but cloudy and overcast.

I was lazy (although I got plenty of sleep) so I watched the Today show until noon, then the local news.

The only mail I got was a recall notice on the truck. It was for the air-bag activation switch. Seemed important, so I put it on the fridge to make an appointment to have it done.

Didn't feel like leftovers just yet, so I made some elbow macaroni and ate that with butter, parley flakes and lots of salt.

I watched the Tigers lose another game and went to bed (disgusted) just after 11:00 p.m.

Monday, August 14, 2017


Well. I didn't make it to Office Depot at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, but I was there by 10:30. I bought a wired Logitech keyboard for $15.00.

Since I was that far anyway, I went up to Westborn and got eight ears of Michigan sweet corn for $1.99.

It was a perfect summer's day and I planned on grilling later.

Back home, I installed the new keyboard. Much, much better!

I did two loads of weekend wash while watching TV..

About 4:00 p.m., I started the charcoal.When it was ready, I grilled the sweetcorn.

 Then I grilled the brats and a small steak I had in the freezer and thawed out.

I ate part of the steak, a brat and two ears of corn. I was a little disappointed in the corn. It was grilled perfectly, but was rather tough. I guess its getting near the end of the season.

I watched the news and then Pulp Fiction, just for fun. Then I went to bed.

Sunday, August 13, 2017


I around woke up around 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. I made some scrambled eggs for breakfast. Amanda and her son Keldon swung by around 10:30 a.m.. I'm riding with them to  Redford Comic Con at the Redford Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

Sidebar: I don't usually go in for that kind of stuff, but they were both excited and it was only $3.00 to get in. Plus, she insists I need to get out of the house more.

Three people were dressed as the ghost busters. There were people with Star War light sabers and so on. Interesting group of people, lol!

They dropped me back home just before noon. I went out and watered all the container gardens.

I picked four small red tomatoes!

I swept and vacuumed all the floors.

I went out to read on the patio, but the wind was too chilly, so I moved inside to the lift chair,

When I got hungry, I made a simple tomato sandwich (just bread, mayo, tomato, salt and pepper).

They have been threatening rain all afternoon but, once again, no rain here.

I watched an old John Wayne and then went back to reading until bedtime.

BTW, I hate this stupid keyboard. When Office Depot opens Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m., I'm going to go buy a regular one!!!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sorry for the long delay

Nothing much happening around here except a bad keyboard.

Belated Birthday Shoutout

To my dear daughter, Carla on August 10. My keyboard crapped out on me and I had to get Jake's old weird one out of the attic.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


It was cold again on Monday morning.

I ate cold pizza for breakfast and more for lunch.

They predicated occasional showers in the morning, but more numerous ones from 2:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m.

None of that happened here in Redford.

The landscape folks showed up to cut my dead grass.

I was sick of pizza, so I made a can of chili for dinner.

I read a book for a while and switched to forgettable TV until bedtime.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Slowhand Sunday

I woke up at 5:00 a.m. on Sunday and could not fall back asleep. It was chilly in the house and I was glad to get my buck-naked ass into my robe for a trip to the bathroom.

I went back to bed and read until the news came on. I watched that for a couple of hours until I got hungry. So, I made some instant oatmeal to eat with my pills.

Sidebar: I wish I could remember the recipe Carla uses to make regular oatmeal in the microwave. We were just chatting as she made it and I didn't write it down. It would be a hell of a lot cheaper and a lot less sugar.

I decided to take Sunday off.


"Long-winded, occasionally ridiculous rant to follow."

Now, this goes back (at least in the bible) to when God was making the world. On the seventh day, he rested.

Now, in agrarian society, that made sense. Farmers work from dawn to dusk and they needed a break. So, they went to church and then took Sunday off. Other than my Mother, who was making roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy (God I miss that gravy) to feed an army.

But in today's digital world, nobody take a day off, even me who's supposedly retired.

So, I consciously became aware of what I was doing. Did I not check my email? Nope. Did I not respond to text messages? Nope. Did I not look at Facebook? Nope. Did I not watch TV? Nope.

But did I do it unconsciously and continuously, like I normally do? No. I did it deliberately.

People need some time to reflect, regroup and ponder.

**End of rant**

I took a long, nice nap in the afternoon. B___ called for the first time in a long time and we talked for a long time. He was surprised at my abrupt retirement, but had a lot of suggestions that I will take seriously.

I had a big meal planned, but decided not to go there (I was still pondering). So  I made a frozen pizza for dinner instead.

Then I watched TV until I fell asleep, still thinking of my Mother's gravy.

Sidebr: I used to pass on whatever dessert she made. Instead, I would butter two slices of white bread and dump the rest of her gravy on top and eat that for my dessert. No wonder why I am a Type 2 diabetic, LOL.


The first 68 years of childhood are always the hardest...

Sunday, August 6, 2017


I woke up at 6:30 a.m. in Saturday. It was 50 degrees outside, but still 71 degrees inside the house.

I watched the morning news shows under the covers and drinking hot coffee. I finally got up and made two Eggo waffles for breakfast.

Sidebar: Yes, I admit it, I bought more.

Then I shaved, showered and got dressed in working clothes (t-shirt but long crappy pants). I was waiting until it got 70 degrees outside. The day's project was to work in the garage, cleaning it up some, and I refused to do that wearing a coat.

I finally gave up waiting on the temperature and went out at 11:00 a.m.

Let me set the scene. When I am working on a project, it is my habit to just toss the wood scraps over the compound miter saw (it sits out away from the wall to allow me access to the shelves and tools). Over time, this creates a pile of wood pieces too small to use, but too big to throw in the trash. I like to cut them up and (eventually) give them to my brother Carl to use as kindling for his fire place.

Sidebar: There are NO "before" pictures. I am too ashamed at letting this go so long.

So, I pulled the truck out to the road, then moved Amanda's wheels and tires and the trash can. I got some empty boxes out of the attic and got to work.

I worked steady for a couple of hours (I told you I was ashamed) then my legs needed a break. So, I made another cup of coffee.

Sidebar: The last time I went to Sam's Club, they didn't have my favorite (Caribou). I am not sure if they just had a late delivery or if they dropped the brand like Costco did. Either way, I am down to seven k-cups left and have to do something...

I sat on the porch bench and watched the neighborhood kids play.

As the coffee ran out, I remembered something else I need to do. I had (hopefully) fixed the porch rocker for this year but the screws looked ugly. So, I went in the downstairs closet and (eventually) found a can of almond spray paint.

Sidebar: Not sure how old it was, but the cap broke apart while I was trying to get it off.

So, I sprayed the rocker, let it set 15 minutes and sprayed it again. I let it dry and set it back in place.
Now, Amanda has somewhere to put her purse when we play porch monkeys.

I finally got off my ass and went back to work. About two hours later, I finished up. I had two and a half boxes of kindling for Carl, sitting on 3/4-inch boards (my garage doesn't leak, but when I pull the truck in after a rainstorm, the water ponds.)

I swept up all the sawdust I could, then blew it out with the air compressor nozzle and finally used the leaf blower on it.

Sidebar:For some reason, the leaf blower works better than the air compressor.

 I pulled the truck back in and gave up for the night.

Dinner was simple, but delicious. I had bought two beautiful bunches of beets, so I cut the tops of of them. I cut the greens and the stems into manageable sizes and steamed them. I added a splash of white vinegar and some salt and ate them all...


I watched some forgettable TV until bedtime.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Finally Friday

I woke up at 7:45 a.m. on Friday (had a restless night's sleep). It was 78 degrees and overcast. I made scrambled eggs topped with ketchup (a childhood favorite) for breakfast.

I putzed around until 11:00 a.m., when I shaved, showered and got dressed.

Sidebar: They said there "might" be spotty showers but, of course, not here. 

I needed to go grocery shopping. My plan was to go on a weekday and after lunch hour.

Sidebar: I know lots of women (including my daughter, Melissa) who go shopping on weekdays at lunch time to avoid going on the weekends).

So, I left at 1:00 p.m. I was surprised at how windy it had gotten. When I got to Kroger's, I was amazed! The parking lot was more packed than Saturday morning. WTF?

But, I was there, so I braved the crowds.

I missed one item on my list (kitchen trash bags) and walked away $84.00 poorer.

Back home, I left the truck outside to unload it. I treated the cat and put everything away. Then I put the truck away and buttoned everything up for the night. It still felt warm, so I changed into shorts and a t-shirt

The project for today was to try and fix my fishing reel. It got messed up when Amanda and I were attempting to get my hook off a rock it was stuck on last week.

Sidebar: Should have just cut the line.

I took it all apart, but didn't see anything obviously stripped or broken. So, I put it all back together again.

Sidebar: Pain in the butt (too many little parts), but I'd really rather not buy a new one.

Seems to be working okay, but I won't know until I'm on a lake again.

I made myself a simple iceberg lettuce salad with bottled Italian dressing for dinner.

I went outside around 6:30 p.m. to get the mail and was freezing my ass off! I went inside and checked the temperature on the internet and it was now 64 degrees!!! It's supposed to go below 50 degrees overnight. Did Mother Nature think it was October?

I watched Rambo, First Blood for the millionth time. I started watching Rambo II, but fell asleep about halfway through. later, I woke up for a bathroom break, turned off he TV and went to bed for real.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Hot Thursday

It was supposed to be hot and humid with rain after 4:00 p.m. on Thursday. I woke up just before 7:00 a.m. I ate two slices of cantaloupe for breakfast  (I forgot I bought it and stuck it in the fridge).

Sidebar: My father loved to eat it with vanilla ice cream. I like to eat mine with salt.

I shaved, showered and got dressed in shorts and a t-shirt. There were branches down out back from yesterday's storm, so I went out back and picked them up before it got too hot.

Then I went out front and checked on the rocker. The glue had dried, so I got out the drill, bits and two sizes of deck screws. I pre-drilled the screw holes (to prevent splitting) and then screwed it all in place. I don't trust just the glue.

I ran a sander over the bottom (so there wouldn't be any bumps when rocking) and set it back in place.

I was sweating when I finished up. It was only 11:30 a.m. but already 78 degrees and sticky outside.

I ate leftovers for lunch and then took a break.

I got back up and started rearranging the downstairs, so I could get the toy box back in the kitchen to get back to work on it.

I finally got everything relocated and moved the toy box back (I don't remember it being that heavy!)

I took a break. It was a good thing I did because my daughter, Melissa, called. When we finally hung up, I started dinner. The night's gourmet entree was hot dogs and beans.

I had been been waiting since 4:00 p.m. for more rain. So, I was glad when, at 7:30, it began to thunder loudly. I got up and looked out the kitchen window. It was sprinkling. You could see the splotches of raindrops on the patio. Then it stopped! The thunder kept booming, but there wasn't enough rain to even wet the whole patio. Sigh...

Sidebar: In contrast, my brother Carl said he got over an inch of rain in Mt. Clemens from the same storm.

I found a NCIS marathon that took me to the 11:00 p.m. news and bedtime.

Thursday, August 3, 2017


I woke up at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday. I ate some toast and my pills for breakfast, then put on shorts and a t-shirt.  I hadn't made my bed yet, but I went and finished the Blog post. Then I heard a funny sound. So, I went and checked in the bedroom. The damn cat had barfed on the sheets!

So, cursing (I admit) I cleaned up the mess. She missed the blanket that normally protects the bed (I had just thrown it back). So, I sprayed the area with Spray and Wash and put both sheets and the pillow cases (might as well) in the washer and started a load.

It was supposed to start raining around 1:00 a.m., so I went out back and picked up branches that had fallen.

Back inside, I made up the bed. Next, I shaved, showered and got dressed. Then I drove my old clothes and books to the Goodwill.

Since I was that far west, I went to Time Out for lunch. I ordered a side salad.

Sidebar: Bob makes a pretty damn good side salad. It come with iceberg lettuce, two tomato wedges, two thick slices of cucumber, a healthy handful of two cheeses and lots of croutons. I used to ask for bleu cheese dressing, (my favorite), but found that a bit too thick. So, now I get raspberry vinaigrette.

I was just starting to eat when thee of my former coworkers came in: Lenore (my old boss), John Stanford (my last boss) and Courtney. Lenore and John waved to me on their way to a table in the high-top area, but Courtney came over and gave me a hug.

I finished up, paid my tab and went to the bathroom. On the way out, I stopped and chatted with them for a bit. It seems I'd forgotten a few personal items when I left, so I stopped by the old office and picked them up.

Since I was that far west, I drove into Plymouth and took Hines Drive all the way back to Inkster and then went home. There weren't a lot of people (probably too hot) but it was a pleasant drive and it relaxed me (as always).

Back home, it was after 1:30 p.m. with no sign of rain. I changed into shorts and t-shirt again. Then I did one of today's projects. I cleaned the glass surfaces on both nightstands, the dresser and the mirror in the bedroom.

The skies darkened and I thought it would rain. Then the sun would come back out! This happened again and again. It was very frustrating for a guy with a burnt up lawn!

I went out to try and fix the front porch rocker. I've done this many times before as well as painting it several times. But, frankly, this time I don't think I can save it.

Sidebar: This rocker is very old. I carted it here from St. Clair.

This time the one rocker cracked apart in several places.

So, I moved it to the garage apron and filled the various cracks with glue.

I clamped it together and carried it to the front porch (in case it does rain) to dry overnight.

I'll try and screw it together once it's dry.

I put away the glue and washed up. It began to thunder and, around 4:00 p.m., it finally rained! And it rained hard!!!

It only rained about an hour. But, when it was over, I had just under an inch of rain in the gauge. Thank you, rain gods!!!

I ate the other half of the Subway sandwich for dinner.

I could find anything that sounded interesting on TV. So, I read until bedtime, first tin the living room and then on the bed.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

"I'm your handyman..."

I set the alarm for 6:30 s.m. to get the trash out to the road by 7:00. The new trash guys pick it up early and I missed it last week.

Then I threw on some clothes and was at the Home Depot by 7:30 a.m. I was standing in the plumbing section, trying to figure out which replacement to buy, when a Home Depot guy offered to help. I told him I had a Crane toilet and he said he was not familiar with what that looked like. I told him I'd taken a picture of the inside before I left home and showed it to him. He said, "Oh, okay. You want this one."

Sidebar: Thank God for cell phone cameras.

Back home, I got to work. Hardest part was get up off the floor (twice) and by 9:00 a.m. the toilet was fixed!

Sidebar: The new toilet guts don't have that big bulb on the long rod. Now they use a float on the tube itself.

I finally shaved, showered and got dressed in shorts and a t-shirt. I went out and retrieved the trashcan.

I checked on the front container planters and, sure enough, they were dry. So, I hand watered them and then the ones out back. I used the rain wand to water the raised bed herb garden as well.

I got dressed in town clothes and went and got my haircut at noon. I realized that, with my early start this morning, I hadn't eaten breakfast nor taken my pills. So, I stopped at the Subway's on the way home and got a foot-long BMT.

Sidebar: I haven't had one in a long, long time.

When I got home, I changed back into shorts and my t-shirt (it was getting warm out there), took my pills and ate half the sandwich. The other half will be Wednesday's lunch or dinner.

I took a break and started reading my book on the lift chair in the living room. It was so nice sitting there, with Caley purring on my lap, that I fell asleep.

I woke up to the doorbell. It was Amanda and it was almost 4:00 p.m.

She said she was supposed to hook up with her girlfriend, but Annie got hung up at her work. She asked if she could hang out for a bit, rather than driving back home to Dearborn and then back here. I said sure.

So, we sat on the front porch and chatted.

When it was after 5:00 p.m. and still no sign of Annie, I suggested going out for dinner. We finally agreed on Olive Garden (haven't been there in years, either). So, I changed into town clothes for the third time today.

We ordered an appetizer (calamari, stuffed mushroom with clams and toasted beef and pork ravioli), the obligatory salad and bread sticks and split an entree of ravioli di portobella. When they brought the entree, it was already on two plates (rather than on one with an extra plate), which I thought was nice.

Sidebar: Everything was excellent, except for the stuffed mushroom with clams.  We both agreed they were disappointing.

Neither of us could finish the ravioli di portobella, so Amanda took the rest home in a box.

Back on San Jose, Annie finally sent a text that she was home, so Amanda left. I changed back into shorts and t-shirt again, LOL!

I watched the rest of the news and then read my book until NCIS came on. Then it was back to the book until NCIS New Orleans. I read my book for an hour afterwards and then went to bed.

Sidebar: For weeks now, I have had real problems falling asleep. Then I saw something on one of the news shows that said if you watch TV or work on the computer, then try and fall asleep, it can be difficult (too much stimulation) Hmmm... So, for the past two days, I have been reading for the last hour of the day and it really helped!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


I woke up just before 7:30 a.m. on Monday. I ate some toast with my pills for breakfast. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed for town.

I had to go to the Credit Union. so I left around 10:30 p.m. I took care of business and decided to go to Time Out for an early lunch. When I got there, both owners asked me where I've been. Bob said, "Since you retired, we never see you!" I told him that, since I retired, I can't afford to eat there! Amanda said it was like old times.

I got a cheeseburger and a cup of chicken noodle soup. Both were good, but I couldn't finish either one. Amanda suggested taking the cheeseburger home, so I did.

Back at home, I changed clothes and started today's project: Cleaning out the bedroom closets. I made good progress, getting rid of junk and bagging up clothes that don't fit or I never wear to give to Goodwill.

I took a walk in the afternoon. Then I got the trash ready for tomorrow morning.

I opened a small can of beans and ate them with the rest of the cheeseburger for dinner.

I realized that my toilet tank is leaking into the bowl! No wonder why my water bills suddenly got so high. I didn't feel like getting dressed again, so I decided I'd go to Home Depot in the morning and get new guts for it. I need a haircut anyway.

I watched TV and went to bed after the 11:00 p.m. news.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Sunday Road Trip

So, I woke up on Sunday around 7:30 a.m. I ate the last two Eggo waffles for breakfast, took my pills and started the Sunday morning chores. I also started the last load of weekend wash (cat threw up on the bed).

Then I shaved, showered and got dressed. I sent a text to Erik just before 11:00 a.m., asking if it was too early to come get the drill press. He said, "No, that's fine." It was at his brother Forrest's house in Fair Haven, just off Marine City Highway and Palms Road.

So, I plugged the address into the phone and headed out. It took me just over an hour (it was a hike!)

When I got there, both Forest and Erik were off, running errands. So, I sat outside and chatted with their mother, Betsy (who I've know all my life). They were setting up for another outdoor party. Apparently, they had one yesterday, too. I suppose its a going away party for friends and family to say goodbye to Erik, who is heading back to Massachusetts (I think) tomorrow.

Sidebar: Betsy told me my brother Carl was supposed to come today, LOL!

Forest, came back first, with tons of ice (it looked like they had seating for 50 people in the garage and outside). He said the drill press was heavy and he wanted to wait for Erik to help him load it.

Erik finally showed up. He had made a run to a farmer's market for more sweet corn. Apparently they had bought enough for both days, but left the uncooked corn outside. During the night, raccoons ate it all up!

So, he showed me all the features (which I will never remember) and then they loaded it. I used the truck bed extender to lock it into place between the tailgate. I made my goodbyes and then started backing out of the driveway when I heard a crash! I forgot to lock the tailgate. I took care of that and headed home.

Another hour and I was back home with my prize.

Now, how to unload it?

I went out to water the vegetable garden and saw my neighbor, so I asked him if he could help me.

Sidebar: I figured I could take the light end (if there was one). He said he had a buddy coming over soon and they would get it out. Problem solved.

About an hour later, the doorbell rang and they easily got it out of the truck and onto the garage floor.

Now, I just have to figure out who's going to pick it up when I get the garage finished and want to bolt it to the work bench, LOL!

I made the mushroom agnolotti with Alfredo sauce for my Sunday supper.

Side: Yes, brother Carl, the package suggests Buitoni marinara sauce.topped with Parmesan cheese. But, I like it this was.

I watched a variety of shows on TV and then went to bed at 11:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Saturday, in the park...

(and no, it was NOT the fourth of July - it was the 29th.)

I woke up around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday. I made soft boiled eggs for breakfast. Next I shaved, showered and got dressed, and then headed out to Kroger's for a quick shopping trip. I didn't need much, just some cat food and dish detergent, so, it was in and out and I was headed back home.

About 11:00 a.m. Amanda pulled in and we were off on our latest adventure. We were originally supposed to go swimming, but my trip to Kroger's convinced me it was too damn chilly for that. After a few texts, we had decided to go fishing instead.

So, I loaded up my tackle box and fishing pole and we headed south on Telegraph, going damn near all the way to the end and the state park in Flat Rock.We stopped at a gas station just before the entrance and bought some night crawlers.

We walked (and walked) to a a spot she liked, but the steep incline and rocky surface proved a bit too much for me and she had to help me down. I couldn't stand on the rocks, so I ended up sitting down on the shore and fishing from there. Next time I will bring a chair. It was beautiful, though, and not too hot, with a nice breeze.

I had lots of activity (way more than Newburgh Lake) but never actually hooked a fish. But Amanda  caught two little ones!

I gave up after a couple of hours and she help me up and back to level ground and a park bench. I watched her fish until she was done and it was nice to sit in the sun. Then we made the long trek back to the car.

We grabbed some lunch at a restaurant called Pete's Place on the way back home.

She said her and Scot were having a bonfire that night and invited me over. I told her my legs were trashed and I'd have to pass. All I wanted to do was take a nap.

So, I got in a short nap and then called Carla to see how she was doing. I just got her voicemail. Then I called my daughter, Melissa, and we talked for a bit.

I checked on my gardens and found the container ones were dry. So, I watered them, this time mixing in some Mirical-Gro fertilizer. The herb garden and vegetable gardens were both still damp, so I left them alone.

But I did find a nice yellow summer squash, so that became dinner, sliced thin and sauteed in butter.

I watched TV until 11:00 p.m. and then went to bed.

Saturday, July 29, 2017


After more or less taking the week off, (other than doing laundry and making dinners), I figured I better get back to work.

Sidebar: In spite of leaving three voicemails, I was unable to get in touch with Erik. So, I am unsure where that's all at.

It's not supposed to rain until Wednesday or Thursday, so I spent the morning watering my gardens.

I made two hotdogs and a can of Bush's baked beans for a late lunch/early dinner.

Erik finally called me back and I'm picking up the the drill press Sunday morning.

I watched some taped TV and went to bed by 10:00 p.m.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Birthday party pictures

Busy Saturday

I woke up at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. I ate more toast (this time with Smucker's jam) and my pills for breakfast.

Sidebar: I would have just bought some of those Tennessee Pride biscuits (which I love), but now that I am unemployed, THEY ARE EXPENSIVE.

Sidebar: What was I thinking all these years?

So, when I put them back in the freezer at Kroger's, I decided next time I go shopping, I'll buy a roll of pork sausage and, using the ingredients I have at home, make my own biscuits. It's not like I don't have the time...

I watched the weather report and, yes, like they forecasted, there were heavy storms. But they were above I-696 and below I-94. Dammit!!! They missed my lawn again.

So, I did a load of laundry and waited for Amanda's call. We had agreed on Friday that, weather permitting, we would do something on a lake Saturday morning (either fishing or swimming). But when she called, she said it was raining in Dearborn (where she and Scott live).

We reviewed options (bearing in mind I had to be home by 2:00 p.m. for Yanessa's party). We finally settled on something called Hosanna Palooza, 2017. It was supposed to be an arts and craft display at a local Redford church, on grass (thank God), with live music and 60 vendors. She picked me up around 11:00 a.m. and we headed out.

It was less than 10 minutes away. It was sprinkling on the way there, but still no real rain.

When we got there, yes, there was live music. But it was Christian Rock. Doubt most of you have ever heard it, but it's gets kinda annoying after a few moments. Plus, apparently the rain threat had scared off most of the vendors.  There were like 10. One jewelry tent, and a candle place, an in-chair massage therapist and some hand-made garden tools...

We spent maybe 10 minutes there when I asked her if we could leave. I couldn't take that damn music, anymore.

So, we reviewed other options in the car. I suggested breakfast but then she said, "Archie's!" We high-fived and headed out.

Sidebar: We have had a long term debate about this. French onion soup. I love it, but only eat it alone. The cheese is stringing and gets in my beard. The only person I ever felt comfortable eating it with was Victoria. That's when I knew we were soul mates.

So, I said the best I ever had around here was at Applebee's. She said, "No way, Archie's has the best."

So, we went there. We both ordered the soup and the saganaki (the "opa" fired cheese shit) with pita bread.

I am sure we both looked stupid eating the soup. But neither of us cared and I think I found another soul mate. Or at least someone who doesn't care that I look like a slob.

Sidebar: Never argue with a waitress. That was the best French onion soup I ever tasted.

Then we went to Westland, looking for garage sales. (I think I  told you she is crazy about these) . We found four and one estate sale.

She bought a tin for Christmas cookies, a t-shirt for her son  and some books for him as well. I didn't see anything interesting. I am much more specific. I am looking for silverware. A friend told me the secret to determining what is actual silver (worth money) versus silver plated.

So, I'll let her drag my ass to garage sales (plus she's cute and fun to hang out with.)

We were back home long before 2:00 p.m. We played porch monkeys (her words, not mine) where we sit out front or on the back patio and she smokes a cigarette. Newports, my God! WTF?

A truck pulled in and the guy delivered my HDTV indoor antenna. I am going to dump my cable, Don't use it that much and can't afford it these days.

We made our goodbyes and I took a quick shower. Then I left for Yanessa's birthday party.

I took I-96 to the Southfield and drove ten miles south to the Lincoln Park skating rink. Five minutes before I got there, it started raining like hell. Naturally, I had to park in back and walk to the front. I had to hunch over to protect my present (two books). By the time I got inside, I was soaked and the color had come off the wrapping paper and onto my arm. Everybody commented on my new tattoo, LOL.

It was a much smaller group that Yanessa's past birthday parties (maybe 20 people maximum). The kids skated and the adults visited. About 4:30 p.m., they brought out slices of pizza. After eating, Yanessa opened her presents. They kicked us out at 6:00 p.m. to make room for another party. I made my goodbyes and headed back home.

I took the rest of the night off.

Saturday, July 22, 2017


Friday was yet another hot, muggy day. The weatherman said occasional showers, but it never rained here (again).

I did more computer work and some minor housecleaning.

Amanda sent me a text at 4:00 p.m. (she works until 5:00 on Friday), telling me she was hungry. I replied that I was NOT going to drive all that way to bring her food. She replied back (laughing) that she didn't want me to bring her food. She wanted to know if I'd like to go to dinner, since Scott had to work until 8:00 p.m.

Sidebar: I was getting a little tired of both hot dogs and hamburgers.

So, I cleaned up and put long pants on. She swung by around 5:30 and we went to Red Lobster.

I had my usual: The half order of shrimp linguine, a Caesar salad and those delicious biscuits. She had the shrimp scampi, a baked potato (?) and the Caesar salad.

Even though it was Friday night, it wasn't that crowded. So, we sat and talked for a long time.

Then she dropped me off and went on her way.

I found  a channel that was having a "Young Guns" marathon that had started at 7:00 p.m. So, I watched the rest of Young Guns and then Young Guns II and went to bed around 12:30 a.m.

Photo Bomb

Jake, photo bombing a picture of my mother and her favorite sons, LOL!

(Seriously, I think Carl was taking the picture)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Then it was Thursday

I woke up at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday. I ate some toast with honey for breakfast before taking my pills.

I spent some time on the computer before shaving, showering and getting dressed. Then I started cleaning the house.

I had a salad for lunch, and then went back to the computer.

Now, the project for today was both more computer work and fixing the front porch rocker.

Sidebar: That rocker is at least twenty years old and was cheap when I bought it back in St. Clair. I have repaired and repainted it several times.

Anyway, time got away from me and the next thing I knew it was after 3:00 p.m. I went out to get the mail and it was hotter then hell and hard to breathe.

On the way back in, I checked the container gardens and they were dry. This heat is sucking the moisture out of them!

Sidebar: What's throwing me off on the watering is that, every day on the morning news, they predict rain, but then it doesn't. WTF?

So, the rocker repair went on hold.

I hand-watered all the container gardens.  Then I watered the raised bed herb garden with the rain wand. Finally, I dragged the hose out to the vegetable garden and hooked up the sprinkler.

Sidebar: I have friends on Facebook who are posting harvests of double handfuls of green beans. I finally got three beans and two peas, LOL. I ate them onsite.

I went back inside, set the timer for an hour and laid on the bed, enjoying the A/C.

When the timer went off, I went back outside, shut off the water, wound up the hose and went back inside.

I warmed up the first burger for dinner and ate that with the last of the potato salad.

Sidebar: I ate it on a slice of sourdough bread, cut in half, with mustard and mayonnaise. It was thick and juicy and tasted excellent. But the Wendy's Junior Bacon cheeseburger was way more impressive,

I watched TV until bedtime.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Warm Wednesday

It was still hot and sticky, even when I woke up, on Wednesday. I had a long night of little sleep, again.

I shaved, showered and got dressed in shorts and a t-shirt. I made some scrambled eggs for breakfast.

I waited until after 9:00 a.m and then called the Redford Townships offices about my trash. It was still sitting out there, full. I got redirected to the new waste service.

Sidebar: The township switched waste pickup services in July.

I was on hold for at least 20 minutes (I was originally the 16th caller on hold), but I finally talked to a human. I explained that no one had picked up my trash and asked if they just wanted me to put it back out next week (not my favorite option). They took down my name and address and said to leave it out, they would send the "supervisor" truck to get it.

Sidebar: This pick up service offers free garbage and recycle cans than can be picked up with a robot arm. But, apparently, I have to go to their website and ask for them.

Then I went back to the computer and spent several hours trying to get my loan number for Nissan Finance. I am sure they originally sent it to me, but I can't find it! But, I finally got it and then got my payoff. I think with draining all my savings and a 401k distribution, I can pay this off. No way can I afford close to a $500.00 a month payment on just Social Security. But, there goes my safety net...

I went and took a nap.

I woke up at 3:00 p.m. I ate two hot dogs for a late lunch/early dinner.

At 4:30 p.m., I shaved, showered and got dressed in street clothes.  Then I putzed until after 5:30 p.m., when Amanda and her mother, Fran, picked me up for bingo.

While I was waiting, I checked outside and the trash had been emptied. So, I retrieved my trashcan and the mail. Damn, it was stifling out there!

They finally showed up and we headed ou to the Wolverine Sports and Conservation Club on Grand River and Inkster. They waned to show me playing bingo with what they called "machines."

Sidebar:It's basically a tablet. You get a lot more cards that are filled in electronically. But a LOT more expensive.

I also bought two sheets of cards this time, instead of the usual one I am used to. By comparison, Amanda and her Mom buy three.

But, by God, I spent four hours of intense concentration to not miss any numbers. I completely ignored the tablet.

Sidebar: I think this is why I like bingo. You can read or watch TV and your thoughts will wander to things (like money) that bother you. You cannot do this with real bingo. You have to focus.

At the end of the night, Fran had won $150.00 and Amanda $50.00. I still had nothing...

On the way home, we stopped at Wendy's. They were hungry (I was not) but we all ordered the Wendy's Junior bacon cheese burgers. They ate theirs in the car, I took mine home.

Amanda carried in my food for me. We said our goodbyes and, after they left, I ate mine.

Sidebar: First time I'd tried it, but it was really good.  Fries were cold, though.

I was wired from the bingo, so couldn't fall asleep until about 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


I woke up to the alarm on Tuesday. I had a scheduled haircut at 9:00, so I shaved showered and got dressed. I put the trash out to the road before I left.

I got my hair cut and then went to Kroger's and finally did my grocery shopping. I stopped at the bank and deposited my last paycheck (for some odd reason, they always mail the last one).

It was around 11:00 a.m. when I got home and it was already hot and sticky. So, I changed my clothes and stayed inside. I made some coleslaw and stuck it in the fridge to get happy.

About 5:00 p.m., I started some charcoal. I grilled four burgers (for later) and a package of hot dogs.

Back inside, I ate a hot dog with some coleslaw and some Kroger deli potato salad.

I went out to get the empty trashcan, but it was still full! WTF?

I watched my usual Tuesday night shows (both reruns) and went to bed after the evening news.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


It was warm and sticky on Monday.

So, I spent the day inside, on the computer, working on various financial strategies and paying bills.

Sidebar: the future does not look all that bright, LOL!

I ended up by starting to list the things I can cut.

I went to bed depressed and got little or no sleep all night long.

Slow Sunday...

It was supposed to rain mid-morning, so I stayed home. My legs were killing me. Plus, if you remember, I'd washed the truck and didn't want to mess it up.

When it hadn't rained by 3:00 p.m., I started hand watering the container gardens. First came the mailbox garden.

 As I watered each garden, I weeded it as well. Finally, I weeded the vegetable garden. That soil was do dry, I hooked up the sprinkler  and let it run for an hour.

When I was back here, I noticed a tree branch stuck in a tree.

I took that over to the fence. And that's when I saw a big cottonwood branch had crashed onto my fence.

I got up what I could lift, but had to leave the big one. I'll see if my neighbor wants it for his fire pit.

I went back inside and spent the rest of the day with my feet up, reading in my chair.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Saturday Road Trip.

I woke up to the alarm at 7:00 a.m. I ate some toast and ate my pills. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed.

I dressed in long pants instead of my Puerto Rican shorts as it was cool out. I went outside and sat on the bird house bench, waiting for Amanda.

We were going to the Wyandotte Street Art Fair. But, first, breakfast!

She arrived and we headed out.

We ate at Gest Omelettes, just down Plymouth Road before Beech Daly. She had scrambled eggs and hash browns, with white toast. I figured, hey, it's an omelet joint, right? So, I ordered the Southern Omelet, hash browns and rye toast.

Mine was good and I ate about half of it before my stomach said: Enough!!!

She insisted on paying and, since I am unemployed, I gave in.

Then we headed out. We got stuck in traffic with a bad accident trying to get on the Southfield freeway. But then we were on our way again.

While we were driving, I told her the amusing (I thought) story of me stuck on the grass yesterday. She was not amused. She was pissed. She said, "Why in the f*ck didn't you call me?" I explained I was working outside and don't carry my phone. She said, unless I was going to get a Life Alert necklace, I better start. Good point, I suppose...

When we were almost there, my stomach was acting up, so I told her the first thing we had to do when we got there was to find a bathroom. She said, "I'll find you a bathroom" and she did! We pulled into a Wendy's and I used their facilities.

When we arrived, I paid the $5.00 parking field and we walked over to the fair.

Sidebar: In my mind, I thought it would be like the ones we had in St. Clair: On the grass, in a park,with some 50 or 60 vendors. We'd take a stroll, check it out and then leave.

No, this was on Biddle Avenue, a city street, some five blocks long with hundreds of vendors and thousands of people.

 Then we started walking, or rather shuffling.There were too many people to take a decent step (I think that's what did me in). I occasionally took photos of things that interested me.

This one was oil on canvas and, had I the money, I would have bought it. Beautiful!!!

These were all done with spray paint!

At one point, we stopped and got some fresh-squeezed lemonade that was deliciously refreshing. By then it was hot in the sun.

Anyway, we walked, and walked and walked. Just after turning back, my knees started to give out. I kept stumbling. At one point, she had to grab my arm to keep me from going down.

Note to self: Next time bring the rolling walker, not just the damn cane.

Near the end, she asked somebody going the other way what they were eating. She was behind me and so I didn't hear their response. I asked her about it and she said "Strudel! And it's just ahead!!!"

Sidebar: I don't know shit about strudel.

But we finally made it to the strudel tent and she bought half a piece of cherry (they had apple and something else as well). We had until they got it out of the oven. She offered me some, but I declined. Too much sugar. It looked like puff pastry, wrapped around cherry pie filling and then dusted with powdered sugar.

She kept moaning as she ate it, until I thought she might have an orgasm.

We finally (FINALLY) made it to the car and I gratefully sat down. Amanda still had some strudel left, so she said she was going to throw it away before we left. She asked again if I wanted it. At first I said no, then I said, okay, one bite.

OMG! That was the best damn dessert item I ever tasted! No orgasm, but I definitely moaned.

We made three stops on the way home. One at her place in Dearborn (so I could go pee) and two at yard sales (the girl is a yard sale junkie). On the other hand, she spent just $12 on twelve t-shirts for her son's next school term, so I guess it's worth it.

We were slowed by a major accident on the Southfield, just a mile from our exit onto I-96.

But, we finally got home. We sat on the patio to decompress while she smoked a cigarette. Then we made our goodbyes and she was gone.

I took an extra Celebrex, took my clothes off and went to bed. It was 4:30 p.m.

Now, here's the sad thing. I had a private, personal invitation to a birthday party for Victoria's brother Luis that started at 5:00 p.m. It's been a long time since I've seen these folks or ate that delicious food! But, I got the invite on Friday, when Wyandotte was already locked and loaded. I told Vicky at the time I was already booked, but I would see what I could do.

But, there was nothing I could do. I was trashed.


My daughter, Melissa called (we had been playing phone tag for the last few days) We talked for a long time.

Then I went to sleep.