Saturday, September 30, 2017

Rice rice Baby!

I woke at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday. It was another cool start today. I got a cup of coffee and began the Blog post after checking out Facebook.

I was lazy and didn't start breakfast until 10:00 a.m. (I'm guessing that would technically be called brunch). I made two eggs over easy and some ham, with rye toast. Then I took my pills.

I shaved, showered and got dressed for inside work.

I put new sandpaper in the sanding block and got to work. When my arm began to ache, I heated up my brand and branded the bottom of the toy box. Then I went back to sanding.

By 2:30 p.m., the veneer edging on the entire toy box (minus the top) had been hand sanded flush. I moved the truck outside and began putting the edging on the lid in the garage (I built a fixture for it).

By 5:30 p.m., three sides were glued on, let dry and then were sanded flush. I had just cut the last piece when I got a text from Amanda.

She asked me if I'd had my soup yet (I had mentioned in a previous text exchange that would be my dinner tonight). I said, "No, why?" She said they were going to La Pita (a well-know Middle Eastern restaurant in Dearborn) and did I want to meet them there?

Hmmm... Excellent Middle Eastern food versus my homemade beef vegetable soup? Hell, yeah, I'll be there!

I told her I needed a shower as I was covered with sawdust. She said I didn't have time as they had to be back home for something. So, I used the air compressor to blow off the sawdust, changed into clean pants and a shirt and headed out.

Sidebar: It was only about 15 minutes from the house and I pulled behind her car.

The waitress brought menus and warm 4-inch rounds of fresh pita bread. I was tempted to finally try the chicken shwarma (my old cube buddy, Michelle, loved that stuff). but decided in the end I would order whatever Amanda did.

She ordered off the lunch menu (they let you do that) and got a grilled chicken breast, small house salad and rice. She passed on the acompanying huumus (there were pita chips on the table) and garlic spread (for the chicken). I said I'd have the same thing, but please include the huumus and garlic spread (I wanted to try the whole package).

I missed what Scot and Keldon ordered as I was stuffing my face with more pita bread. I hadn't eaten since breakfast.

Our food came and everyone's smelled fantastic. I tried the huumus and it was delicous. Then I tried the chicken without the garlic spread. It was nicely spiced and I ate about a third of it that way. Then I tried it with the garlic spread. That took it up another notch! I ate a little of the salad and it was good.

Sidebar: It was in a little dish. In fact, everything on my order was on a single plate when the waitress brought it.

But, it was the rice that made this a perfect dish. Now, I've had Middle Eastern rice in the past and it was good. This had the rice and the same spices I remember, but it also had pine nuts in it! This gave it a nice crunch in every bite. Excellent!!!

Amanda had eaten all she wanted on her plate but was cutting a piece of pita bread in half. then she filled it with some of her little salad. She urged me to try it, so I did. Not bad, LOL!

Sidebar: I'm not quite sure if this is something everyone does, or that's just an Amanda quirk.

I gave the rest of my huumus to Keldon (he loves that stuff). I didn't finish all my chicken, but all the rice was gone.

The waitress brought a box for Amanda (I gave her the rest of my chicken) and the bill. My share was $12.50 plus tip for a very outstanding meal.

I headed back home and got there around 7:30 p.m. Here was the conundrum: I was full, tired and sleepy. But, if I didn't finished the edging, I'd have to leave the truck outside overnight, which I don't like to do (security concerns).

So, I dragged my sorry ass inside, treated the cat and changed back into my sawdust covered clothes. I went out and plugged the iron in. While it heated up, I replaced the sandpaper in the sanding block. Then I went out and ironed on the edging, stopping every six inches to rub the glue in with my little wood block. I went back in the house and watched a little of a taped DIY show while it cooled down and set.

Then I went out and sanded it flush. I took apart the fixture, moved the sawhorses and pulled the truck inside.

Back inside, I treated the cat and took a shower. I laid on the bed to watch some more TV, but fell asleep about five minutes later.

Friday Follies

I woke up a little late on Friday, so I didn't eat breakfast. I just had a cup of coffee and my pills (I hoped I didn't puke).

I shaved, showered and got dressed for running errands. I left the house just after 9:00 a.m. It was chilly, but not cold enough for my current coats. I really need a nice, light jacket. I guess I'll check out golf jackets, like Jake suggested.

First stop was the Feed Store for 40 pounds of bird seed. I'm not going to start feeding them just yet, but thought I'd get it into the can before the weather really goes south.

Next stop was Westborn for more ham and rye bread.

Then I went to Home Depot. I could only afford two smoke/carbon monoxide detectors this trip ($89.00 for two!). I'll install the one in the bedroom to replace the one that failed and keep the other for when the office or downstairs one goes bad. I also bought a two foot by four foot sheet of 3/4 inch plywood that I had them cut in half. The reflecting pool cover I've used for years finally rotted out over the summer.

Finally, I went to Costco. I got a big bundle of paper towels, another big bundle of toilet paper and a 30-count box of Ensure. They only had vanilla, which I have not tasted yet. But both the chocolate and strawberry ones I have bought at CVS have an odd taste to them, so I guess it doesn't really matter.

I tossed the toilet paper and paper towel in the truck bed and headed for home.

I unloaded everything and treated the cat. I left the bird seed in the garage until I could get the wheelbarrow to take it out back.

It was 11:30 a.m., so I hopped in the truck and headed for "A little bit of soul" again. This time they were open!

I must say there were a few disappointments.It's not really a restaurant, it's more a take out and catering place. They did have five tables (four four-seat ones and one two-seat one). So, I told the woman taking my order that I would be eating in.

I ordered the catfish, red beans and rice and the mac & cheese. Second disappointment: She said the mac & cheese wouldn't be ready for an hour or so. This was one of the side dishes they had raved about on TV, so I was bummed.

My other choices were string beans (beans with beans and rice? I think not.), fried corn (never heard of that) or candied yams. I went with candied yams.

When she called my name, I went up and found my lunch in a Styrofoam takeout box, complete with a plastic bag that held a napkin, plastic knife and fork and a packet of salt and pepper. So, no photo of my lunch.

I asked her for a glass of water and she said they only sold bottled water. So, I bought a bottle.

They did give me a little container of hot sauce for the catfish. Speaking of which, the catfish was excellent!!!

Sidebar: I love catfish, breaded with cornmeal and topped with hot sauce. I used to make it at the house every now and then, until I realized I could still smell it weeks later, LOL!

The red beans and rice was bland, but I expected that. In terms of spicyness, soul food red beans and rice is the worst. Next comes Cajun red beans and rice (better). But the best I've ever had (and I've had a lot of it) is Puerto Rican beans and rice, with its mysterious sofrito seasoning.

Sidebar: I've never had it, but I have a lot of Mexican friends who swear by Mexican homemade red beans and rice. I'll have to try that one day.

I added a splash of hot sauce to the red beans and rice and that helped a little.

The candied yams were a poor choice; way too sweet for my taste. I should have ordered the fried corn, just to try it. So, all but two bites of the yams stayed in the container.

When I was done, I didn't see any trash container. So, I asked the lady behind the counter where I should put it. She said to just leave it on the table and she'd take care of it. I left her a two dollar tip, but I don't know why. It's not like she waited on me or anything.

Back home, I checked with Courtney Esper to see if she was back from Sam's Club yet. I am giving my old hunting coveralls to her husband Mike (he gets offers to go gun hunting, but doesn't have any camo).  Besides, they are insulated, so he could use them to shovel snow, etc.

Sidebar: It's big and bulky and takes up way too much room in my closet.

She was home, so I ran over there and dropped off the suit and a container of soup. She's not due to have her baby for another month or so, but has been having contractions (strong enough she's been at the hospital twice in the past week). So, we sat and chatted about work, about her new mini-van (they couldn't get three car seats in her old SUV) and about life in general.

I left and came back home. I treated the cat and then attempted to go up in the attic. With my weak right leg, I could only get up three steps. But, I'm tall enough I could reach up and put the three drawers I repainted for Vicky's flip house. I've never heard anything more about it and they've been sitting in the office for years.

I am determined to reclaim my office!!!

Amanda called around 3:30 p.m and asked what I was doing for dinner. I said I hadn't thought about it yet.

Sidebar: She's learning, LOL! She usually called between 5:00 or 6:00 p.m. and I have to tell her I already ate.

Anyway, she said she and Keldon would pick me up around 6:00 p.m. and they did. She suggested Archie's and said her Mom and Dad might be joining us and they did.

I ordered meatloaf, mashed potatoes and green beans off the Senior's menu (supposedly smaller portions). I went with their French onion soup as well.

What I got was three pieces of meatloaf smothered in gravy along with the sides. I ate all the potatoes and green beans, but barely made it through two pieces of meatloaf.

Sidebar: Amanda said I would love the potatoes, because they are real potatoes and hand mashed. They were excellent. He father said he didn't like their meatloaf, but it wasn't that bad.

Oh, Amanda got the pot roast, Keldon and her father both got fish with mac & cheese and her mother had a cheeseburger with onion rings.

After dinner, we went back to the house. Keldon needed to burn off some steam, so I challenged him to see how far he could throw the black walnuts into the field. He thought that was a great game (and I got some of them off my lawn, LOL!)

Amanda and I played porch monkeys until he got tired. Then they left.

Back inside, I had to treat the cat again. I tried to explain that I had not opened or closed the garage door, but apparently it now means any time I go outside. Sigh...

It was already 7:30 p.m. and I was bushed. So, I just watched TV until bedtime.

Friday, September 29, 2017


I slept in until 7:30 a.m. on Thursday. Finally!!! It was 51 degrees outside (in the 40's in the 'burbs).

I watched the news until I was hungry. Then I made some soft boiled eggs for breakfast.

I decided soul food could wait. It's too cold out there right now.

I eventually shaved, showered and got dressed. I did more hand sanding on the toy box, then I quit to make some soup.

Sidebar: this is a soup my daughter, Amy, "liked" on Facebook. It sounded good, so I thought I'd try it. But, if I ever make it again, I will have ALL the prep work done first. I thought I could wait on dicing the potatoes, but then had to pull the Dutch oven off the heat while I tried to catch up. Dumb...

So, I browned one pound of ground chuck, along with one onion (diced) and two cloves of garlic (minced). Then I drained the fat.

I added two diced potatoes, a box of beef broth (it called for three cups but I don't want a cup of beef broth sitting in the fridge), one 28-ounce can of diced tomatoes (with the juice), one can of condensed tomato soup, two teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce, one teaspoon Italian seasoning and a bay leaf.

I covered it and let it simmer for 30 minutes. When the timer went off, I tasted the broth and added salt and fresh ground pepper to my taste. Then I added three cups of mixed vegetables (fresh or frozen - mine were frozen). I let that simmer 15 minutes and then checked the potatoes. They were still a tad hard, so I let it simmer five minutes more. Note: the recipe said to simmer the soup 15-20 minutes until the potatoes were tender.

When the timer went off, I checked the potatoes. Much better! So, I pulled the Dutch oven off the heat and let it sit for a bit. I fished out the bay leaf, BTW.

I made a ham sandwich and ate that along with a bowl of soup for lunch. The soup was very good. It had a nice spicy flavor to it.

The afternoon consisted of some house cleaning and more hand sanding.

I had two bowls of soup for dinner and put the rest in the fridge after it cooled.

I fell asleep watching TV. I woke up at 11:00 p.m, so I watched the news and part of the Tonight show before going back to bed for real.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hump Day

I woke up early again on Wednesday. This is getting ridiculous! I'm retired and should be sleeping in!!!

 I had a cup of coffee while I filled in the Blog post. Then I ate some oatmeal while watching the national news.

A cold front is supposed to move through today and bring our temperatures down to more reasonable, Fall-like highs and lows. So, I have one mission today: buy a room humidifier.

Sidebar: Years ago, I used to put the old one up in the attic for the summer and then try to reuse it the next year. They always failed at one point or another. So, now I pitch them in the Spring and buy a new one in the Fall.

I have bought them at various stores and, recently, at CVS. Never noticed much of a price difference, either at the stores or on the various makes and models. I thought I'd try Target this year.

Sidebar: My only requirement is that they hold a gallon of water and will last for 24 hours.

So, I shaved, showered and got dressed.

I went to Target and found one that looked like it would work. Then I bought something I haven't bought in a good 30 years! A pair of Wrangler blue jeans!!!

Sidebar: I used to wear them when we lived on the Palms Road farm and I worked in a factory. But they never fit right and I didn't (don't) have the hips or butt to hold them up. What I do instead is to take the worst pair of office pants I have and those become the ones I paint or stain things in. The second worst pair becomes the ones I work around the house in. This allows me to make quick trips to Home Depot without changing.

But, my worst pair was now three or four years old and have rips and tears in them. They are also two sizes too big. I threw them away. And, my second worst pair has all kinds of threads hanging from the cuffs and there's a hole in the ass area. So they are now my painting pants.

But the four remaining office pants I have are also too big. So, I broke down and bought blue jeans to work around the house in. Hopefully they will last longer.

I had seen a segment on Channel 4 news about a restaurant near me (not sure when it opened) called "Just a little bit of soul" that I wanted to try. It's on Plymouth Road, just east of Beech Daly (so right down the street). I had checked the online reviews and they got five stars!

I got there around 11:50 a.m. (they usually open at 11:00). But when I walked to the door, there was a hand written sign taped to the glass, saying they would be opening at noon today. I went back to the truck and listened to the radio. At 12:05 I walked back and the door was still locked. I stood there for a long time, hoping somebody would notice me. Finally I gave up and walked back to the truck. Just then, the owner opened the front door and called to me. She said they were having a problem and would probably not open until 1:00 p.m. I asked her if she thought they would be open at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday and she assured me they would be. I told her I'd be back then.

So, no soul food for me today! I went home and set up the humidifier after I put away the air purifier I use in the summer.

Then I warmed up a hotdog and the rest of the beans for my lunch. Not exactly soul food, but it filled me up.

I did more hand sanding on the toy box edging in the afternoon.

At 5:00 p.m., I washed up and changed clothes. I left at 5:45 p.m. to go to Bingo with Amanda and her mother. This had been planned before Monday's surprise hockey game.

Neither Amanda nor I won a damn thing (I have yet to win at all). But Fran (Amanda's mother) won about $50.00.

Afterwards, they wanted to get some ice cream. So, Amanda talked to somebody (the head Elk?) who said I could leave my truck in the parking lot. I climbed in the back of her car and we drove to the only Baskin Robbins she could find that was open after 10:00 p.m.

It was windy and cold, BTW. I should have brought a jacket but it was still warm at 6:00 p.m. and I never though of it.

Amanda got her usual shake, Fran got two scoops of ice cream on a waffle cone and I got one scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream on a regular cone. I finished mine before we got back to my truck.

We made our goodbyes and I drove home. I got there just after 10:30 p.m. I changed clothes, took my evening pills and watched the news. I turned the air conditioner off and the heat on. Then I went to bed.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


It was another hot one on Tuesday. in fact we broke the all time record of 91 degrees  on September 26. We hit 93!!!

Sidebar: It was also the hottest day of the year.

There will be a cold front moving through on Wednesday which will bring temps down to more Fall-like readings.

Despite going to bed at 12:30 a.m., I woke up on Tuesday at 5:30 a.m. and could not fall back asleep.

Because of my food excesses the night before, I chilled it at breakfast. I sliced up a Granny Smith apple and ate it with salt. It ws a tart, but tasty meal.

The front of both my thighs were burning and it was hard to walk (back to my cane). I know what happened. It was going up and down the concrete steps several times to and from the East Club (with its food and restrooms) from way down in Row 9.

I was watching the morning news when I heard a short beep. WTF? I went and checked the phone (it was still on the charger) but nothing there. Hmmm... Weird.

It happened several time until I figured out it was the smoke detector. I got the step stool (I have one that holds tools inside). But it's a little tall and I could not step up on it with either leg. Damn!

So, I went and got the little step ladder Jake and Carla left me (the steps are lower). That worked! I got it down and changed the batteries. But, the test button didn't work and it still beeped every now and then.

So, I read the back of it and found the pattern of the beeps indicated the unit had failed from age and needed to be replaced. Sigh... Since I put all three in at the same time (when I moved in), I suppose I should buy three new ones.

But not today. I am not going outside if I can help it.

I ate another ham sandwich for lunch.

I worked and hand sanding more of the veneer edging on the toy box in the afternoon. I would rest for a bit whenever my arms ached too much.

Sidebar: There is a lot of edging on that sucker and I haven't even gotten the top edged. But, I still think I can get it done this week. Then I have to knock out a cradle and Betsy's shelves.

I had a hot dog with some Bush's baked beans for dinner.

I watched my Tuesday shows and went to bed at 11:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A Big First!

I woke up at the usual time on Monday. I thought I'd switch it up a bit for breakfast, so I made two eggs, over easy. I heated up two slices of the sandwich ham (too thin for this idea, but tasted good) and made rye bread toast. I ate it watching the news and it was pretty good (the food, not the news). More importantly, it was different (tired of the same old, same old).

I got dressed in my work clothes and got to work. I had to realign one of the veneer edging strips, so I heated that up until I could gently pull some of it free. I fixed its position, heated it up again and glued it down.  Then I added the last piece of edging to the toy box.

Sidebar: This board has curves in it and was a bugger to get right.

Amanda called me on her way into work, all excited. Turns out Mojo in the Morning (local radio station) was having a contest and the caller who dialed in at the correct  number won. She called and she won four tickets to the Red Wings preseason game tonight! She asked me if I wanted to go with her, Scott and Keldon.

Since I have never been to a live hockey game, much less one at the new Little Caesar arena, I said, "Sure!"

She only works until 2:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, so she went and got them after work. She sent me a picture of them after she picked them up and we both started researching  where we would be sitting. It was in Section 109, Row 9 in the East Club. They also came with a VIP parking pass.

So, at 5:30 p.m., I headed over to their place in Dearborn. When I got there, we all piled into her car and Scott drove us to the arena.

Parking was indeed free ($40.00 saved right there). We went through the security check and took the elevator to the main floor. While we walked to our section, I kept checking out the vendors. There were all kinds of food and beverage places. It really is quite huge.

We made it to the East Club and got another surprise. All the food, beer and wine was free! And, this wasn't hot dogs and burgers. Oh, no! The first thing I tried was the steak au poivre!!!

Sidebar: I don't mean to mislead you. Each serving came on a paper plate about three inches across. My steak au poivre, for example, was maybe a one inch cube of melt in your mouth steak and one baby fingerling potato cut in half, all topped with an excellent light sauce. It was fantastic, but more like an amuse bouche than a meal.

Scott and Keldon got a small paper tray and loaded it up with stuff. I would have been more than content to keep getting seconds and thirds of the steak, but Amanda kept bringing me thing to "try."

I lost track of everything I had, but I know I had some braised lamb on rice (excellent), a prosciutto and cheese plate, a BBQ pulled pork sandwich (about the size of an original White Castle slider) and some excellent mac and cheese. They had cookies and ice cream for dessert, but I passed. I was stuffed!

The Red Wings were already on the ice when we finally made out way to our seats. Here's some photos for you:

Finally, the game was over. The Red Wings won! Scott and Keldon went out to the car, while Amanda and I went to the Team Store. I bought them each a t-shirt to thank them for asking me (I could not have afforded those tickets) and bought myself one as well. On the way out, we found a last photo op.

Getting out of there (even though we were on the fifth level parking deck) was fairly quick (nothing like the hour it took Vicky to get out of the Fisher Theater parking structure).

When we got to their house, I didn't go in. I told Scott and Keldon goodnight (it was almost 11:30 p.m. and he wanted to get Keldon to bed since he had school tomorrow). Amanda and I made our goodbyes and she demanded I send her a text when I got home.

I got home just after midnight, sent the text and went to bed.

Monday, September 25, 2017


I slept in until 7:00 a.m. I went and made a cup of coffee and dumped the sock water (this time it was pink). I refilled that and took the coffee in to fill out the Blog post.

It was already 72 degrees. BTW.

I had two more waffles for breakfast. I did the Sunday morning chores. Then I went in and watched the Sunday morning news shows.

My leg doesn't hurt, but it does throb and ache.

I finally got around to shaving, showering and getting dressed. I re-bandaged my knee, this time adding Neosporin.

I was going out to get the mail I forgot on Saturday. But I couldn't find my cane! WTF? I looked everywhere (I usually hook it on one of the door knobs) but, no cane. I called Sandy's on the Beech to see if I left it here. Nope. I sent a text to Amanda to see if I left it in her car. She replied no, but I had it in my hand as I stood on the porch and waved goodbye. She suggested it might be under my bed.

Now, no way was I going to kneel down and check. So, I used a flashlight and a mirror. Nope.

I finally gave up and got the other one out of the truck.

I did walk as far as the mailbox. On the way back, I noticed the mums are blooming, beautifully.

The heat was oppresive. We actually tied the all time record for this day - 90 degrees.

Several people called or texted, asking how I was doing (thanks). I did get an invitation for a chicken and dumpling dinner that I regretfully declined. It sounded grest but Mt. Clemens seemed way too far away...

I thought I might work on the toy box, but that didn't happen, either. I mostly stayed in bed the whole damn day.

Late in the afternoon, I remembered there were clothes in the dryer, so I went to get them. There was my cane, hanging on the utility sink! I never thought to look downstairs!

For lunch I ate the other half of that Rueben and for dinner, I ate the rest of the leftover steak. I needed something to go with the steak but didn't have any easy choices. So, I baked some tater tots I found when cleaning out the freezer a while back. The steak was delicious. The tater tots tasted like shit. I added some ketchup to dip them in. Then they tasted like shit dipped in ketchup.

Sidebar: Can something like tater tots get freezer burn?

I thought I might watch a movie or something, but I only made it to 8:30 p.m. before I crashed.

Amanda called to check on me and woke me up at 9:30 p.m. I told her I was fine. We chatted for a short while (they had skipped the Renaissance Festival because of the heat and went swimming in a friends pool instead. Scott actually swan some - he has a bad knee) and then hung up. I turned off the light and went to bed.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Update on my adopted Puerto Rican family

The last time I talked with Vicky, she said somebody in Puerto Rico somehow got a message through to their family up in Detroit. They asked them to pass this along to Vicky's family. Seems they ran into one of Vicky's uncles in a store. He said everyone in Vicky's family were safe and sound!


I woke up on Saturday to the alarm. I had a busy day planned.

I shaved, showered and got dressed. At 8:40 a.m, I left for my 9:00 dentist appointment. It was just the routine checkup and cleaning, so it was no big deal.

Sidebar: It was no big deal, but I'm still not fond of all that scraping, LOL!

Since I was already on Ford Road, I went to the Kroger gas station (we don't have one nearby) and refilled my tank using my Kroger fuel points. That Friday road trip had used up a lot of gas!

I stopped at CVS. I had one of those robo-calls saying I had a prescription to pick up. When I went in, I said, "I have a bunch of prescriptions to pick up." She said, "No, you only have one." I said, "But my doctor said she would send all of them for refill." She said, "She did. But Blue Cross said it was too early to refill them all, except one."

So much for trying to get my pills before the Blue Cross insurance runs out...

I did a load of laundry before changing clothes. I dug out my old, loose-fitting Puerto Rico clothes as it was supposed to hit 90 degrees today and I was going to the Redford Octoberfest with Amanda and Keldon.

They picked me up just before noon (when it started) and we headed out. It is always in the parking lot of the police station at Five Mile and Beech Daly (maybe two miles away). So, it didn't take long to get there.

Parking was easy and we walked over to the building that housed the kids activities (all free, by the way). There was also a huge tent and lots of smaller ones that I assume were more geared for adults, but we never made it that far.

They had a mechanical bull surrounded by a bounce pad.

Keldon and the bull

Sidebar: I watched that for a long time and never saw anyone, large or small, stay on that thing.

Two giant bounce pad/slides.

They had face painting (I declined).

Pumpkin painting, crafts and a guy twisting up balloons.

Keldon got an ax and Amanda a flower

Then it was time for the hayride. Amanda and Keldon clambered up and then it was my turn. But the first step was too high and made my bad leg useless. They did have two hand holds, but it didn't help. I couldn't get up! Amanda rushed over and offered me her hand.

Sidebar: She is very good at helping me up off the floor if I have to kneel down or out of low chairs. But, no way could she lift me up. I outweigh her by a good 100 pounds. So, I refused.

Then, two guys working the hay ride boosted me up. Then they boosted me up to the wagon bed. As soon as I stood up and they let go, I lost my balance. I fell down and landed on my bad knee and split it open.

Amanda help me to the front of the wagon and a bale of hay, while one of the workers went to the first aid station. I sat there bleeding like a stuck pig. I totally freaked out the young kids sitting across from me (and their dad). Their eyes were as big as saucers!

My white short sock was rapidly filling up with blood and it had also splashed on my shoe. Thank god I was wearing shorts or I would have lost a pair of pants as well.

He finally came back with two gauze pads and two Hulk band-aids (it was the kids section, remember?)

So, Amanda wiped as much of the blood off as she could with just two gauze pads and put on the Hulk band-aids. 

I was still leaking blood, but just not as bad. 

Then we left on the hay ride. The tractor driver took us down thee side streets in the neighborhood (there are some beautiful houses back there, BTW). At one point, he turned onto the baseball field of St. Valentine's Catholic church.

This outraged the cute, chubby little girl sitting next to me (she couldn't have been more than five or six). She stood up and started yelling at the driver, "This is school property. You're not allowed to go on school property!"

We finally got back and every one got off. I was last. There were now four guys and Amanda standing in a semi-circle to make sure I got down safe. That was almost as embarrassing as falling the first time.

First stop for me was the bathroom to towel off the remaining blood. But, wouldn't you know it, it had an electric hand dryer, no paper towels. So I did the best I could with toilet paper and water.

It was really hot outside (Keldon's face painting was melting and dripping on his shirt) and we all decided enough was enough. I asked if anyone else was hungry and they were. So, we walked across the parking lot to Sandy's in the Beech (cute). Amanda got a patty melt, Keldon a corned beef sandwich and I got a Rueben. They were all oversized and we ended up taking half of each sandwich with us.

They dropped me off and I got to work. I washed the cut out with peroxide and put a large bandage on it. 

I put my sock in a bowl of cold water and washed off my shoe. I changed clothes. I got a bag of frozen peas out of the fridge, lay on the bed and put it on my leg to try and keep the swelling or bruising down.

I stayed there for most of the afternoon, other than posting my pictures. I did dump the sock water (it was bright red) and refilled it.

When I got hungry again, I ate two hot dogs and the last of the potato salad.

I fell asleep very early and slept until 11:00 p.m. I swapped out the sock water again (now it was light red). I watched the news and then Saturday Night Live. Then I went to bed for real.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Road Trip

I woke up at 6:00 a.m. on Friday. I had waffles for breakfast and then lazily got shaved, showered and dressed.

I left at 10:00 a.m. for Clinton Township and my doctor's appointment at 11:00. I got there one minute late.

I crushed that checkup!!! Blood pressure 120/80. I've lost 11 pounds. My A1C was 5.1 (she cut back the diabetes meds). And, she does take Medicare, so I don't have to find a new doctor!

Sidebar: It was funny. After she learned I was retired, she warned me about just staying in the house. She said that's how retirees get depressed. I laughed and said, "Don't worry. I have this friend Amanda who is constantly dragging me here and there."She said, "Great!"

I left there in a very good mood.

Then I headed to Marine City. Betsy Knapp needs some shelves in her garage and her son, Erik, asked me to check it out. He lives in Massachusetts and it would be a little far for him.

I got off 1-94 at the Marine City exit and drove the 12 miles to Marine City. She was ready for me, so I sketched the two shelves to her specifications and then added in the measurements.

She also mentioned she'd like a handrail (I don't blame her. I was a little afraid walking down those steps and she's older than me). I asked if it had to be wood and she said, "No. Why?" I told her I could make one out of galvanized pipe that I thought would be more secure. She agreed.

Then I headed back home. It usually is a long ride, but this was worse. There was a stop and go traffic jam between I-75 and I-96.  Then, all three lanes on I-96 were stopped for a long while because of an accident. But, I finally got off at Beech Daly.

At the first light south on Beech Daly after the expressway, the entire street was block off! There were no detour sighs so people were going everywhere. I went through the neighborhood back to the service drive and went to Inkster.

I promptly got stopped by a long train. With nothing better to do, I counted the cars. There were 131 cars on that damn train!

Finally home, I treated the cat and collapsed on the bed.

Amanda called when she was leaving work to see how my checkup went and I invited her and Keldon to dinner to celebrate my check up. She picked Outback.

Sidebar: Since I have half of a beautiful steak in the fridge, that wouldn't have been my first choice.

But I had something called the Alice Springs chicken. It was a grilled chicken breast topped with mushrooms and bacon and covered with cheese. There was warm honey mustard on the side. It was pretty good.

I was back home around 7:00 p.m. I called my brother Carl to fill him in on the Betsy visit (they are old friends). I caught him playing bingo with Hannah, so I talked fast.

After we hung up, I changed clothes and watched some TV. I dozed off at 9:00 p.m., (it had been a long day) but woke back up at 11:00 p.m. So, I watched the news and part of the tonight show and then went to bed for real

Friday, September 22, 2017


It was already 68 degrees when I woke up at 5:00 a.m. on Thursday! This does not bode well...

I made hard-scrambled eggs covered with ketchup for breakfast. Note: I prefer soft-scrambled eggs when eating them as is, but that doesn't work well with ketchup.

I watched the morning news until 10:00 a.m., then I shaved, showered and got dressed in a t-shirt and shorts.

I ate a simple salad for lunch.

I took a bag of garbage out back to the trash can. It was hot, humid and hard to breathe. Since I was out there anyway, I finally got the wheelbarrow out to the compost heap, emptied it and put it in the shed.

I have a lot more leaves down. Oh, forgot to tell you, the weatherman said the reason the leaves are turning so early this year is that the trees were stressed this summer by the drought conditions.

Back inside, I started back hand sanding the toy box. I was moving right along until I found one strip on the front side that had split at the very bottom. Dammit!

Luckily, it's as easy to take off as it is to install. I heated it back up with the iron (six inches at a time) and pried it up with a putty knife. Then I replaced it with a fresh one.

The house was getting uncomfortable (we hit a high of 88 degrees here) so I turned the air conditioner on. Imagine that! Needing the A/C on September 21!

I took a break to let it cool and watched the news at 4:00 p.m. I shouldn't have laid on the bed as I never got back to work.

I did get up and fixed two hot dogs with potato salad for dinner.

I watched some DIY shows and went to bed at 10:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 21, 2017


I woke up early on Wednesday. I had a cup of coffee and two Eggo waffles for breakfast while I watched the news. Puerto Rico just got hit by Hurricane Maria.

Sidebar: I worry about all of Vicky's relatives down there, but especially her Aunt Mundy and her Grandmother. I'm not worried about flooding or storm surges as they live on top of a mountain in Arecibo. But, in 150+ winds, I'm not convinced being on top of a mountain in a little wood and stucco house is all that safe.

Fortunately, when her Grandmother started going downhill, her sons all got together and added on a hurricane room. It's a cement block addition to the back of the house (It's where I slept when we were there). It has it's own bathroom and a reinforced roof. Hopefully, that's where they hunkered down.

Unfortunately, all the cell towers blew down and power is out all over the island. So, it may be days or even weeks before we learn if they are safe.

I shaved, showered (more water on the floor) and got dressed.

Pat's Sewer Cleaners showed up promptly at 9:00 a.m. Fortunately, one of the guys on the truck had been here before.  So, I didn't have to spend a lot of time explaining the outside cleanout. I just ran a 100 foot extension for them and left them to it.

They ran the cutter out to the road and then, for the first time, ran it up into the house.

Sidebar: They usually came inside and use that cleanout and make a mess. Not that the downstairs isn't already a mess.

I helped out by running the water in the main bathtub and flushing toilets when requested.

Results: There were some, but not a lot, of roots in the line out to the road. He said the line in the house was installed with too little angle for proper draining. As a result, sludge builds up (something the cutter is not meant to deal with).

He said if it happened again soon, he would suggest a high-pressure water treatment ($500.00) to blow the sludge out to the road. If not, he said I should at least have them come out yearly to clean it out.

I gave him $210.00 and shook their hands. Then they went on their way.

I took a rest on the bed for an hour. Then went to Kroger's and got a package of hot dogs (I'm tired of brats) and some buns. I plan on grilling that steak today and hate to waste charcoal. I did an impulse buy of a bunch of beautiful radishes. I also bought a pie pumpkin. Back home, I made a ham sandwich for lunch. I hard boiled some eggs and boiled some Yukon Gold potatoes

It was still overcast, but getting warmer. So, I went outside. I put the pie pumpkin on the bottom shelf of the porch rack (looked bare after putting away the flower pots). Then I got some Indian corn that I've had for years (used to hang it up on the porch) and set it on the top shelf. Hmmm... Not bad.

I went out back and put away the all statues along with two of the three patio chairs and the tables.

Then I got the wheelbarrow and took down the kitchen window planter box. That was tough! I got the wheelbarrow back as far as the shed when I ran out of gas.

I locked everything back up, went inside and made a quick potato salad. The dressing was mayo and mustard with fresh thyme and chives. I stuck that in the fridge and took a nap.

It was sunny and hot when I woke up at 4:00 p.m. My back hurt (that window box is not only heavy but up high).   I took the steak out to come to room temperature and started the charcoal.

I grilled the dogs first and then, after seasoning it heavily with salt and pepper, (its a really thick steak) grilled the steak.

I let the hot dogs cool and then put them in the fridge while the steak rested.

Then I plated my dinner. A sliced piece of the steak, some potato salad and some radishes. Excellent!

I cleaned up the kitchen and quit for the night. I went to bed early (I was still beat) at 10:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Terrible Tuesday

I woke up early and got the trash and recyclable bins out to the road. Then I had a cup of coffee and some oatmeal and started watching the news.

I was going to wait to retrieve the trashcan (they pick it up first) but I couldn't. They left it standing in the road! So, I went and got it.

Note: I am now going to keep both on Jake's patio. Not as convenient as inside  (especially in the coming winter) but it does free up much needed space in the garage.

Back inside. I watched Donald Trump's address to the United Nations. Then I got the brilliant idea to wash all the bedding (I missed this on Sunday). I went back to watching TV.

Then I heard a weird, gurgling sound. WTF? I went and checked and water was gushing from the floor drain!!!

I scrambled to get the many cardboard boxes (there are a lot of boxes from the garage downstairs) out of the way of the water. I put the bedding in the dryer and retreated upstairs.

I got out my phone book and called Pat's Sewer cleaner (my guy). This used to happen almost every year until I took down that maple tree up front and I always called Pat's (my old landlady recommended them).

They said they could be out after 8:00 p.m. tonight or at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow. I chose tomorrow.

An hour later, most of the water had slowly gone down the drain. Now my only question was did I dare take a shower?

I decided against it. Caley will just have to put up with me!

I went back to hand sanding the veneer edging on the toy box.

When I got tired of woodworking, I watched some TV.

I ate the rest of the beans with bread for dinner. Then back to more TV until bedtime. I had trouble falling asleep worrying about just what this sewer clanout would cost me.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September 19th

Monday Moanin'

I woke up early again on Monday. The first thing I did was to unplug the cable box and let it sit while I filled in the Blog post.

Then I plugged it back in and let it reboot while I drank a cup of coffee. I crossed my fingers and turned it on. I'll be damned! The pictures came back on!  I watched the morning news to celebrate.

Now, I have to go to the Social Security office again today with my completed employer forms. Last time I tried to "beat" everyone else there and went at 9:00 a.m. The place was packed though and I was there an hour and a half. However, when I was leaving, I noticed the waiting room had cleared out some.

So, my thinking today was to go a little later. I finally got off my ass and shaved, showered and got dressed. I left at 11:00 a.m. and drove through some sprinkles. It was cool outside, BTW.

When I got there, the parking lot was half empty! Inside, there were, like, 10 people waiting. I was in and out in less than 15 minutes!!!

Sidebar: So, now I am signed up for Medicare Part B. I still need to review my options and come up with my Part D (private insurance) plan.

It was still cool and spitting rain. But, since I was on that side of town, I went to Randazzo's for two mums.

Sidebar: As you probably know, I usually get my plants and flowers from either Lowe's or Home Depot. But, I remember this spring, when I was shopping at Lowe's and a guy asked the price of a flat of flowers. The Lowe's guy said $15.00. The guy dropped it like a hot potato and told me on the side that Randazzo's had the same flat for $8.00. That stuck in my head...

I do want two mums' for the front, but don't want to pay a fortune for them.

So, I found two two-gallon mums in the color I wanted for $3.99 apiece. Then I went across the street to Lowe's and got two cheap plastic pots (also in the color I wanted) for $5.99 apiece.

Back home, I went out back with the wheelbarrow and got some dirt from the plants I had just thrown out. In front, I re-potted the mums. I decided where I wanted them and placed them accordingly.

Satisfied, I went inside, changed clothes and ate a ham sandwich for lunch. Just after I cleaned up the kitchen, Amanda called. She said she was at Arby's (less than a quarter mile from the house) getting a sandwich (she likes their French dip) before she went home and did I want to join her for lunch. I said I wished she'd called me 20 minutes ago (I love their Buffalo chicken sandwich) but I just finished lunch. She said, "Oh, well. Maybe next time."

I changed clothes and took a nap.

When I woke up, it was still cool and drizzling. So, no grilling today.

Since Tuesday is trash day, I drained the sweet corn and threw it away (been soaking for three days now). Then I went through the freezer and threw away any meats that had freezer burns. I also emptied two soup containers that had old bean soup in them. That gave me a lot more room!

When I got hungry, I warmed up a can of beans. I ate half of the beans with a slice of buttered bread.

I watched the Nightly news. Then I watched a movie I'd taped called "The Grey." It's an excellent movie Jake and Carla turned me onto a while back.

It got over at 9:30 p.m., but I wasn't tired. So, I turned on the Lions game and watched them win! Then I went to bed.

Monday, September 18, 2017


I woke up early on Sunday. When the sun finally came up, I saw it was foggy outside.

I putzed for a while (not sure why, but I have to ease into the day these days - probably from having to hustle all those years). I filled in the Blog post and then I did the Sunday morning chores.

I diced some of my ham and made a ham and cheese omelet for my Sunday morning breakfast. It was pretty damn good!

I finally got around to shaving, showering and getting dressed in shorts and a t-shirt. It was supposed to be 83 degrees and sunny today!

I had planned on working on the toy box in the afternoon, thinking it would be too hot outside. But when I took the recyclables out back, there was a nice breeze.

So, the toy box can wait (it's waited this long, after all). I got the wheelbarrow out of the shed and, of course, the tire was low.

So, I turned on the sir compressor and backed the truck out. Since I had the room to reach them, I put away the summer decorations and forsythia wreath and put up the fall ones.

Then I screwed on that silly pumpkin.

Next, I started emptying the container gardens into the wheelbarrow. I dropped the containers off at the shed and took the dirt and plants all the way back to the compost heap. It took three trips.

I did get the hanging plants out back done, but I was too wiped out to do the kitchen window box. So, I buttoned everything up and went inside. It was almost 3:00 p.m. and I practically passed out on the bed.

If you remember, I was going to grill today. But, I was too beat. I'll try again on Monday. Instead I ate more pasta salad and went back to bed.

I was watching a taped movie when, just after 9:00 p.m., the picture froze. I waited for it to come back, but it didn't. So, I tried changing the channel. The picture was blank! I checked and they were all blank!!! The TV guide worked, so I knew the cable hadn't gone out.

But, I didn't feel like calling in or messing with it, so I turned it off and read a magazine until 10:00 p.m. and bedtime.

Sunday, September 17, 2017


I woke up at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday. I tried falling back asleep, but it didn't work. So, I got a cup of coffee and my muffin and filled in the blog.

Note to self: Next time, cut the muffin in half. It was delicious, but then I was stuffed.

I watched some of the morning news. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed to go to Kroger's.

Sidebar: It is an amazing weekend, weather-wise (with highs in the 80's, it feels more like July than September). Most of the smaller maples are starting to turn colors already. But I saw one yesterday on Five Mile on the way to Westborn that blew me away. Unfortunately, I was already past it so I couldn't take a picture.

But today, I turned down a side street so I could sneak up on it.

Kroger's wasn't packed, so I got in and out in a hurry. I did make one impulse buy. They had a beautiful t-bone steak on sale. I know, I know, I said, "All pasta salad, all weekend long." But, this probably is the last weekend this year to grill.

Kroger had already stopped selling sweet corn so I stopped at Westborn and got some sad looking corn I know I will regret. I also bought some good looking peaches.

Back home, I unloaded the truck and pulled it inside. It was still cool when I left, but it was hot now!

Speaking of falling leaves, my black walnut (always the first to go) has been raining yellow leaves for the past two weeks.

I put away the groceries and changed into work shorts and a t-shirt.

I decided to have some lunch before getting into a project. So, I dished up my first bowl of pasta salad. First impression? It needed way more salt (but I knew that). And, I put in too much broccoli and not enough green onions.

Note to self: Next time, measure! Winging it doesn't always work.

I rested on the bed while my lunch digested.

Now I fully intended on getting to work, hand-sanding the veneer edging on the toy box. But it was way too nice outside. So, I went out and sat on the front porch for a long while. It was hot, but there was a nice breeze.

Without my fellow porch monkey to talk to, I people-watched. I watched the people across the street come and go, cars and motorcycles passing, little kids playing and so on. Some of my neighbors passing by waved, which made me feel good.

When I finally went back inside, it was already 4:00 p.m.!

So, I got the kitchen set up for the sanding project tomorrow. I shoved the table back and got out the vacuum cleaner (to suck up sawdust). Since I am doing this by hand, I figured I could control it. Plus, if I do it in the kitchen, I can sit on a chair.

Sidebar: Normally, with veneer edging, you use a razor blade knife to trim it. But, that's for straight edges (like a shelf). There are almost no straight edges on this piece, just curves. So, the only alternative is to hand sand it flush with 150 grit sandpaper. Also, you might be wondering, "He had an orbital sander and a belt sander, so why do it by hand?" Because, the vibration might crack the veneer.

I was hungry again, so I ate more pasta salad. This time I ate around about half the broccoli.

I cleaned up the kitchen and ran the dishwasher.

I went in to watch the news, but sports games had run over and it wasn't on. So, I watched DIY shows until an early bedtime.

It wasn't as a productive of a day as I'd hoped, but it was a good day!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Finally Friday

(Just kidding, LOL. When you're retired, Friday's no different from any other day).

Once again, I had to wait for the light fog to burn off Friday morning. So, I posted to the blog, paid some bills and made up my grocery lists.

Sidebar: I still don't think I could walk the entire Kroger store with a big grocery list and then stand in line. So, I decided to break the list in half. I'll get half at Westborn today and then the other half at Kroger tomorrow.

I had decided to make a big pasta salad, so I don't have to do much cooking this weekend.  So, most of the Westborn list was veggies. I also got some Granny Smith apples (for snacks next week), sour cream and a tub of grated Parmesan cheese. I made two impulse buys: One of their big, beautiful blueberry muffins and, from the deli, sliced ham, provolone cheese and a loaf of rye bread.

I stopped at Home Depot on the way back. I needed more sandpaper for the toy box and a faucet aerator (the one in the main bathroom sink was messed up). Since I was there anyway, I got a hot dog on the way out and ate it in the truck for lunch.

Back home, I unloaded the truck. I put the ham, cheese and sour cream in the fridge. I left everything else on the counter in the bags they came in and went and laid down.

The new landscape company called. He said he thought they could match JonBoy's price, but wouldn't know for sure until he talked with his guys after they cut it once. I said, "Fair enough." He said they'd be out sometime this afternoon and then they'd figure out the final price and what day I'd get on the schedule.

I took a trip out back to the recycle bin.

Sidebar: This is all new to me and I need to get a system in place so I'm not constantly walking out there.

I turned around to go back inside and saw a large branch had crashed on the shed roof!!!

It took a lot of work to get  it off. Then I inspected the damage. I was lucky the branch was bowed. No roof damage, but the gutter is bent to hell and the roof vent slightly flattened.

I went back inside a took a rest. I heard the sound of lawn mowers around 2:30 p.m. Thy were here and gone in a flash. I went out and walked around and it looked fantastic!

I cleaned the main bathroom after I installed the new aerator.

I started to make the pasta salad. I cut up all the veggies while the pasta water was heating up. But, I realized I couldn't stand up long enough to actually make the pasta. So, I turned the water on low and went and laid down again.

My daughter, Melissa called around 6:00 p.m. I must have dozed off as I couldn't get to the phone before she hung up. So, I called her back. We talked for a bit, then my phone battery started to die.

So, we made our goodbyes and I went out to finish the pasta salad. Once the pasta was cooked and cooled, I mixed it with halved cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions, diced green pepper (would have looked better had I used a yellow one, btw), broccoli florets and sliced black olives. I added salt and pepper and dressed it with bottled Italian dressing.

I taste-tested it and it need more salt. But I decided to let it sit overnight (so the pasta can suck up some of the dressing). So, I covered it and stuck it in the fridge.

I watched some TV. When I got hungry, I made myself a ham sandwich (excellent). I went to bed around midnight.

Friday, September 15, 2017


I woke up early on Thursday, but kind of eased into the day (when you're retired, you can do that).

I filled out the Blog post and then did some online banking. When the sun came up, there was a light fog.

Finally, I shaved, showered and got dressed in shorts and a t-shirt.

I decided that my main project today was to clean the house (it's been two weeks and there was cat hair everywhere).

So, after the morning news ended, I got out the vacuum cleaner and got to work. I had to empty it twice just vacuuming the living room rug and furniture! Then I vacuumed the downstairs walk-off carpet.

Next, I swept the kitchen floor and all the wood floors.

Then I had to lay down for an hour...

I did get a call from one of the other two grass cutting services. We chatted for a while (he said he had picked up a lot of former JonBoy customers). He said he would swing by when he had the chance, check out the yard and give me a quote. I asked him to please hurry as the grass was getting way too long.

When I had rested up, I went into the kitchen and cleaned the microwave, the stove top and the kitchen counters. I decided to wait until tomorrow to do the dusting and glass cleaning.

The sun had burned the fog off and it was another lovely day. So, I went out front and sat on the porch for an hour or so.

Sidebar: It was funny. I had posted on Facebook that I was sitting on the porch, enjoying a gorgeous day yesterday. So, when Amanda called to check on me (Victoria and Amanda do this on almost a daily basis), she said, "I see you're playing porch monkeys without me?" I told her it wasn't as much fun without someone to talk to, but it was too nice to stay inside.

Back inside, I drank a bottle of Ensure for lunch and took a nap.

Then I did a load of laundry while watching DIY TV shows.

I couldn't figure out what to make for dinner that was bland, but I ended up "baking" a potato in the microwave. I had to eat it with just butter, salt and pepper as I am out of sour cream. It was bland, all right. In fact, it was boring.  But I did manage to eat about half of it.

I watched more TV (I swear I'm going to get bed sores) and went to bed at 10:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Birthday Shoutout!

Happy birthday to Joe's wife, Jerica! Hope you have a great day!!!

I'm so pissed!!!

On Wednesday, I realized the one thing I forgot to do on Tuesday was to get my flu shot. So, I shaved, showered and got dressed in town clothes. I left at 9:00 a.m. (when the pharmacy opens) and walked in.

Sidebar: I drove there and back in a light, misty rain. That was the remnants of Hurricane Irma, as displayed in Michigan,  according to the weatherman.

What I didn't realize was that, until 10:30 a.m., there is only one pharmacist. So, I had to wait a bit for people dropping off or picking up scripts. But that's the danger of walk-ins, I guess.

I signed several forms and got a ton of printed off information. I have to pay for this myself and I guess that's why.

Back home, I treated the cat and changed into more comfortable clothes.

Sidebar: Speaking of clothes, as much as I hate the thought, I may have to buy more pants. The ones I used to wear to work are getting too big and continually threaten to fall down (I have no butt to hold them up). Since leaving work, I have lost an amazing 20 pounds! Luckily, I won't need as many, just a couple of pairs.

I had a birthday card to mail so, after the sun came out, I walked it out to the mailbox. On the way back inside, it struck me just how long my grass was getting. WTF? Then it dawned on me I hadn't see the grass cutters in a while.

Sidebar: I had noticed that last month, but I thought they didn't bother. The lack of rain had left the lawn burnt up, so I figured they just thought there was no point.

So, I went inside to call and complain. I got the number from my little address book and called. I got the standard recording, "You have reached this number in error. Please check the number and try again." So, I did. Same thing!

So, I Googled JonBoy Landscaping. They didn't have a website, but I got the short, Yahoo description. Yep, I had the number right. Then I noticed at the bottom of the blurb, it said something like, "No longer at this location" or "No longer in business."

Wait, what? They went out of business a couple of months ago, but didn't tell me? No phone call, no letter? I have been a loyal user for like 10 years. I even paid them a small fortune to put those flagstones around my front gardens. I paid them for leaf cleanup in the Fall. I never missed a payment. And you guys just sneak off without mentioning it???

I was pissed!!!

When I calmed down, I thought, "What do I do now?"

At first I thought, "Hell, I'll just cut it myself if I can get the mowers to work." Then I thought, "Who are you kidding? You could probably cut the back grass on the riding mower. But no way could you walk the front yard with the push mower."

So, I went to Home Advisor and picked the three closest landscape companies to me with the best reviews. I tried calling all three and just got voicemail. So, I used the webite form to send them all emails, asking for a quote.

One of the companies (Something or another landscaping and tree service) did call me back. The guy said they no longer did grass cutting or landscaping, only tree removal.  One down, two to go.

It was sprinkling again when I went out to get the mail at 4:30 p.m.

I ate the last of the egg noodles for dinner. I started watching some TV, but fell asleep around 8:00 pm. I slept until 1:00 a.m. Then I couldn't fall back asleep until 3:00 a.m.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tuesday's Tale

I woke up to the alarm on Tuesday, so I could take the trash out to the road.

Sidebar: Now that I have that new big trashcan, I think I'm going to start taking it out Monday night. That sucker's big enough I doubt a racoon or a cat could knock it over.

Health-wise, I think I'm doing better. Still plagued with diarrhea, but no more throwing up. But I am very weak. For example, after taking the trash out to the road (Note: trashcan has big wheels and was only half full) I had to lay down for about a half hour to rest. Same with showering (and I have a shower chair); I had to rest after my shower as well. This is ridiculous!

I ate some apple sauce for breakfast.

I called the barber at 9:00 a.m. (I'm two weeks overdue and very shaggy) and lucked out. She had a 9:30 appointment open. So, I got dressed, grabbed my grocery list and headed out.

Sidebar: I think I forget to mention that, after missed my last two appointments, my barber called me to see if I was okay. I thought that was nice and I thanked her for that.

I had planned on going to Kroger's, but I was exhausted after my haircut. So, I thought about it and realized I could do without milk, bread, eggs, sour cream, etc. All I really needed was (of course) toilet paper, lol.

So, I stopped at CVS  and picked some up. I made an impulse buy of a six-pack of Ensure.

Sidebar: After my spinal, my doctor had me drink that stuff for a month or two to build up my strength. I thought it might help in this situation.

Back home, I laid down for a while after changing clothes. Then I ate the rest of the rice for lunch.

In the afternoon, I went back outside and fetched in the trashcan and the mail. It was a balmy 76 degrees, so I sat on the front porch for a while.

For dinner, I made wide egg noodles with butter, salt and parsley flakes.

Sidebar: I am trying to make and eat bland foods.

It was very good and I ate more than I thought I could.

I watched TV but made it an early bedtime.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

My nurse for the past week.

Monday, Moving Around.

Monday, I shaved showered and (for the first time in almost a week) got dressed in street clothes! I ate an Eggo (just butter, no syrup) and headed out.

I was taking my application for Medicare Part B to the Social Security office. I got there about 9:20 a.m. and the place was packed. However, it only took an hour or so to get waited on.

Sidebar: Way better than the Secretary of State office!

Turned out I missed another part of the application that my ex-employer needed to fill out. Damn!

So, they printed it off for me and I took it to my old HR. Keri said she would fill it out and mail it back to me this week. Then I have to take both back to the Social Security office.

Back at home, I saw the Township had finally dropped off the new trash and recycling bins (the ones they can pick up with a mechanism on the the truck).

So, I guess I'm going to finally be a responsible adult and recycle, lol.

I spent some time transferring the trash from my old trash can to the new one. I put the recycle bin on Jake's patio. Then I went in and laid down for a bit.

When my legs felt better, I went out and watered the container gardens (for the first time in a week).

Back inside, I watched some TV and then took a nap.

I made some rice for dinner (I thought it would be easy on my stomach) and managed to choke down about half of it.

Then it was more TV until bedtime.

Monday, September 11, 2017


I did manage to eat half a packet of instant oatmeal for breakfast and not throw up. But, I can't shake the diarrhea.  Which leads me to suspect this is some kind of intestinal bug.

I spent the day chugging Pepto Bismol, instead of going to the family reunion.

I had half a can of Campbell's chicken noodle soup for lunch and the rest for dinner.

I watched TV for most of the day, but went to bed early.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Tuesday Through Saturday

I got sick on Tuesday (not sure why but with vomiting and diarrhea). I stayed that way until Saturday. It dawned on me that Pepto Bismal might help So, I bought some on Saturday. It helped with the vomiting, but not the diarrhea. So, I had to call Carl and cancel my participation in the family reunion on Sunday.

I was not on the computer  the whole week (no Blog, Facebook or even email). I mostly laid in bed wishing I was dead.

Monday, resting up...

I spend most of Monday with my legs up, either in bed or in the lift chair and eating Celbrex.


I went to Arts, Beats and Eats with Amanda on Sunday. Scott had to work and Keldon was spending the day at his Grandparents.

That was a total mistake!

Seriously, my legs gave out.. It was embarrassing. I had to keep finding places to sit. Yesterday's State Farm wore me out. Sorry, kid, I tried my best...  

Saturday's Story

I woke up 20 minutes after the alarm went off at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday. so I overslept a little. I ate some oatmeal with my morning pills and the shaved, showered and got dressed. So, I was ready when Amanda called at 10:00 a.m. to say they were on the way.

I said goodbye to Caley and hopped in her car (she likes to drive. I don't).

Sidebar: There are only, like, five people in the world I am not afraid of being a passenger with: Jake, Carla, Amanda, Vicky and B___. Everyone else and I am constantly freaking out and grabbing the dashboard, LOL!

We got to the Suburban Showplace in Novi. For the first time, I remembered my handicap sticker, so we got a good, close parking space. The line was small and we were in in no time. All the animals were inside and the smell hit you as you walked in the door. It took me back to my Dad's dairy barn, LOL, and was not unpleasant to me.

There were goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits, chickens and, of course, dairy cows.

We walked the entire space. My legs were giving out, so in self defense, I suggested we get some lunch. Keldon had nachos and cheese, Amanda got a small order of mac & cheese and I got a big, warm soft pretzel. I ate about half of the pretzel and gave the rest to Keldon (that kid can eat, LOL!)

Sidebar: Amanda said the mac & cheese tasted like shit. It looked like they just dumped the nacho cheese on top of elbow macaroni. So, I told her to pitch it and she eventually did.

Then we went outside to the carnival area. Now, whatever pass Amanda bought for Keldon allowed him to go on most rides. And he did. Meanwhile, I tried to find benches to sit on. My legs were trashed (should have brought my rolling walker).