Sunday, August 20, 2017

Road Trip!

As I said, I overslept on Sunday due to late night reading. So, I woke up at 8:30 a.m.! That normally wouldn't be a problem, but I was supposed to be picked up at 9:30. So, no Blog, no breakfast, just hustle, hustle, hustle.

I was drying off in the shower when I heard the phone ring in the bedroom (should have put it in my bathrobe pocket). Of course, by the time I got to it, Amanda had hung up. I tried to return her call, but just got her voice mail. I went back downstairs (with the phone, this time) to brush my teeth.

She called back to say she and her son were on the way. So, I got dressed and closed the bedroom door. Just as it clicked shut, the doorknob came off again. Now it's easy enough to put it back on if the door is open. But closed? All I managed to do was make the other end fall onto the bedroom floor!

The mechanism inside the door is square, so I figured all I needed was a wide blade flat head screw driver. But I couldn't find one!

Sidebar: My garage and back room are a mess (as regular readers would know) and I was rushing. It's out there, somewhere.

Finally, I had a brilliant idea. I took the doorknob off the linen closet door and used it to open the bedroom door.

Amanda showed up just then, so I left the doors open (please don't puke on the bed, Caley) to deal with later.

I climbed in the car, wished Keldon a happy birthday (he turned eight years old on Friday) and we headed out to Ann Arbor.

Twenty minutes later we we there and looking for the Natural History Museum on the University of Michigan campus.

Finding it was easy. Finding parking was not. We finally got a spot that said we needed a parking permit. So, Amanda went inside to get on while Keldon and I sat in the car, chatting. She finally came back, hung it on the mirror and we went inside.

It's a beautiful old building, BTW.

Admission was free, although they welcome donations.

The first floor was just the lobby and gift shop with a beautiful stairway up. Luckily, they had an elevator, albeit a freight elevator with pads on the inside walls.

The second floor (and biggest) was dedicated to dinosaurs and fossils.

The third floor was all about Michigan's animals, fish and birds, along with native Americans.

The fourth floor was the planetarium. We killed a little time on the third floor waiting for 12:30 p.m. and the next showing.

Sidebar: That was not free, but Amanda bought the tickets, so I don't know what it costs.

Finally, it was time and we filed in. I was used to planetariums at, say, Cranbrook. So this one was very small by comparison. It just had two curved, padded benches. But the show was very interesting, informative and entertaining. After the usual star show, there were two short films. One was about how a single meteor could have killed off the dinosaurs and the other about the inside of a black hole.

After that, we stopped at the gift shop, where Keldon bought a dinosaur with some of his birthday money. Then we left.

I was starving, so I suggested lunch. We went to a nearby Wendy's. I got the junior bacon cheeseburger and fries. Amanda got the junior bacon cheeseburger (no tomato) and the baked potato and Keldon got the kids cheeseburger, fries and some sort of a shake.

Then we headed home.

Amanda dropped Keldon off at her Dad's (they are going to a second birthday dinner tonight for those who couldn't make it on Friday night) and then me. We sat on the porch for a bit and relived the day's events. Then she left to run some errands and I went in to fix the doors. I put the linen closet door handle (rarely used) on the bedroom door and the worn out bedroom door on the linen closet.

Then I lay down (my legs were killing me). I fell asleep and had a nice nap.

When I woke up, I called my friend B___ to wish him a happy birthday and we talked for a while. Then I finally filled out the blog.

I heated up more of the sloppy joe mix and recreated Friday night's dinner for my supper.

I watched TV until it got boring and then went back to my book. I read until 1:30 a.m. Then I made myself got to bed.

Saturday, August 19, 2017


Note: I apologize the the lateness of this post. I read a book late into the night, overslept and was in the shower when my ride called this morning to say she was on her way. So, I had to hustle just to have clothes on when they got here, much less writing the Blog post.

I woke up at 7:45 a.m. on Friday. I made a cup of horrible coffee and some oatmeal to eat with my pills.

Sidebar: I ran out of my preferred "Caribou" coffee. They stopped selling it in bulk at Costco a while back, so I joined Sam's Club. Now they don't sell it either! So, when I was at GFS, I bought a box of off-brand (called "Mosaic") that was advertised as having 100% compostable pods (a sore spot with most k-cup users).  It was 100% Colombian Arabica coffee. Now, I admit I am not a gourmet coffee drinker, but apparently, 100% Colombian Arabica coffee means "bitter as hell!"

I watched some of the morning news shows and then shaved, showered, dressed and got to work.

First I did the routine house chores (swept the kitchen and wood floors, vacuumed the rug, emptied the dishwasher, etc.). I may be retired, but I refuse to have a messy house, dammit! Then I got started back on the toy box.

I got the veneer edging on one side of the front facing edges. That's when I realized I was running out of the edging. I searched high and low, knowing (or maybe hoping) I'd bought two rolls. But, if I did, I couldn't find the second roll.

So, I changed into my "town" clothes and headed for Home Depot. I bought the second roll. It was after 12:30 p.m., so I bought a hot dog on the way out and ate it in the truck for my lunch.

Since I was out anyway, I headed to Kroger's to pick up some some things. I left there $29.00 poorer and went back home.

I treated Caley, changed back into my shorts and t-shirt and put away the few groceries. Then I went back to work on the toy box.

I finally finished the other side of the front facing edge (I told you this is a time consuming, labor intensive, precise process). I had the material to go on, but not the will. So, I took a nap instead.

I woke up near 6:00 p.m. I watched the news until I was hungry. So, I made dinner. I had thawed out a pound of ground chuck, so I browned that, drained the grease off and added a can of Manwich.

Sidebar: I know you can make a delicious sloppy joe yourself, but I didn't have the patience or time. Plus, Manwich tastes good to me.

I filled up one of the buns I had purchased earlier and plated it with pure Michigan: a McClure's pickle and Better Made potato chips.

It was excellent!!!

I couldn't find anything interesting on TV, so I shut it off. I read my book until I forced myself to put it down and turned the light off at 2:30 a.m.!

Sidebar: I am becoming my Mother! My Mother used to complain she couldn't stop reading because she wanted to see what came next and thus went late into the night. I guess the apple didn't fall far from the tree...

Friday, August 18, 2017

Breaking News!

They are starting emergency repairs on the Paint Creek Dam in Lake Orion. Authorities say there is no "immediate" danger the but original dam is starting to crumble and leak.


It started raining here around 8:00 a.m. It wasn't hard and didn't last more than a couple hours. I checked the gauge and I only picked up a quarter inch. Sigh...

But, after lunch (another tomato sandwich), it started raining again. This time it was a little harder and lasted longer. When the sun came back out, I checked the gauge again and I had picked up a total of just over an inch! That's what I'm talking about!!!

I spent some of the afternoon on the toy box. I got the veneer edging put onto the back. That was the hardest part, due to the curves (it's hard to keep even heat with a flat iron on a curve). It was also the longest run of edging. Since you can only heat up about six inches at a time before you have to stop and rub it with a smooth block of wood, it takes time.

I ate the rest of the sweet corn and brats for dinner.

Caley and I spent a quiet evening on the bed. She slept while I watched TV. That is, until the Saturday Night Live special came on. When I started laughing, she got up in disgust and went into the living room.

I went to bed after the Tonight show.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Wednesday Woes

I woke up at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday. I had some instant oatmeal (trying to use up the box) and my pills for breakfast.Then I shaved, showered and got dressed for a 9:30 a.m. haircut.

It started to get steamy during my haircut. Michelle (my barber for years) noticed it first.

Sidebar: The barber shop uses a screen door before turning on the A/C.

So, I left the place with great hair, but sweating.

I drove to the Secretary of State's office on Wayne Road. It would have been closer to go to the super center on Farmington and Six Mile Road, but that place is a mad house.

Sidebar: I finally got the release of lien from Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation for my paid-off truck. It said, in bold letters: Please note: In order to obtain a clear title, these documents must be taken to your local department of motor vehicles to complete the title transfer to you.

I waited over an hour (and that was just to get into the handicap seat). When I finally got my turn, the lady said, "Oh, honey, you don't need to have us do anything. Just staple the documents to your title and file it away."


I drove back home, taking Hines Drive to Inkster to calm down.

I had to go to CVS so, on a whim, I popped in next door and got my usual order of chicken fried rice. Then I ran the truck through the touch-less car wash.

I left the truck outside in the sun, treated the cat and then dried the truck off.

I still left it outside while I went inside and ate lunch. Then I changed clothes and designed the last two jigs for the toy box.

I went in the garage,opened the door (it was hot in there) and cut out the pieces I needed. I screwed the one together and used the brad nailer to assemble the other.

For attaching the birch veneer edging

For sanding the lid
I cleaned up the mess, set the jigs aside, put the saw horses away and pulled the truck inside.

Once everything was buttoned up, I went inside and took a long nap.

I ate the rest of the chicken fried rice for dinner.

I watched TV but the nap did me in. I couldn't fall asleep until 1:30 a.m.

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.