Thursday, October 5, 2017

Working Wednesday

I woke up at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday.  It was going to be a busy day, so I just had a bowl of oatmeal with my pills. I filled in the Blog post while drinking my second cup of coffee. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed for house work.

I moved all eleven cabinet doors from the office to my bed. The office was mine again!!!

I got out the vacuum and got up all the cat hair in the office. Since I had it out anyway, I continued on and vacuumed the whole upstairs floors.

Sidebar: Do you remember Lynn, the woman who deep cleaned my house earlier this year? Well, if you do, you might also remember that I paid her $60.00 up front to weed my garden. She got sick, and had several operations and, with recovery times, that never happened. So, I contacted her last week and asked if she was able to do light housecleaning. She said she couldn't move furniture (like she did last Spring) but, other than that, sure.

Lynn was supposed to come over at 9:30 a.m. and the irony of cleaning the house before the cleaning lady showed up was not lost on me.

She sent me a text saying she was running late and she got here around 10:00. We chatted for a bit, then she got to work. And, so did I.

I was replacing the downstairs toilet seat. Sounds simple, right?

NOT!!!

The plastic bolts did not fit into the holes on the seat.

Sidebar: I suppose that's what you get when you buy cheap and I bought the cheapest one I could find.

So, I spent a good hour sanding the flanges on the two bolts to get them smaller, but still round.

I finally got them to fit and bolted the seat on. But, now the decorative caps wouldn't go on! I figured that, since I am the only one who uses it, I didn't care. I may revisit this at a later date, but for right then, I was done.

Lynn was telling me about some wooden rolling cart her neighbor was throwing out that she rescued. She want to turn it into a cat palace (she and her husband are cat people) but she figured she needed some lathe strips. I told her I had some left over in the garage, so I dug them out for her. I set them by the front door, so she wouldn't forget them.

She left around noon. I gave her an extra $20.00 for gas (they live about 35 minutes away in Warren) and handed her the lath strips (one was about two feet long, the other was more like four feet) after she hauled out her cleaning supplies.

About a half hour later (I assume when she got home) she sent me a message saying she forgot the lath strips on my porch! I told her I'd get them inside and she could either pick them up if she's out this way soon, or I would drop them off. Sigh...

But, the good news is that I am much more prepared for Jeremy's upcoming visit on Sunday.

I took a break and ate some of the macaroni salad for my lunch. It was okay, but there were two problems. One, it needed more salt (easy fix). And, two, it was too sweet for my taste. Nothing I could do about the sweetness this time. But, next time I make it, I'll cut the sugar amount in half.

I took a rest after eating and watched a couple of taped DIY shows. Then I got back to work.

I put half the cabinet doors in the hallway and pulled down the attic stairs. I made sure my cell phone was in my pocket, in case I fell. Then I climbed up the first three steps (all my legs will do these days) and reached up to put the first door up. I did manage to get all six of them up, but it wiped me out.

I rested a long while, then I got the step ladder and took down the old smoke detector in my room. I was going to put up the new one, but it involved drilling holes, etc. and that was enough for one day!

It was already after 6:00 p.m. so I started dinner. I had bought five chicken legs on my last grocery run, so I thought fried chicken and macaroni salad would be perfect.

But, I wanted to try something. Years ago, when Jake and Carla still lived in Westland, I watched Carla's mother make her fried chicken. She did it in just a little oil in their cast iron pan. And, she didn't bread it at all. She just sprinkled on salt, pepper and garlic powder. It was delicious!

So, I made up some of Paula Deen's house seasoning that they used to use in their restaurant, back in the day. It's one cup salt, 1/4 cup black pepper and 1/4 cup garlic powder. I cut that in half so I could fit it all into a shaker jar.

I put about an inch of canola oil in my Copper Chef pan (first time I used it). The sides on the pan are almost four inches high and I thought it might contain the grease splatters better that the two inch sides on my cast iron pan.

While the oil heated, I patted the chicken dry and seasoned them on all sides. I put them in the oil (I had it on medium heat, BTW), keep turning them and checking it with my instant read thermometer. When I got 160 degrees internal temperature, I pulled them from the oil and put them on a rack over paper towels to let the grease drip off.

I plated two chicken legs and a big helping of the salad. Then I ate dinner. It was excellent!!!

I still had some salad left when I finished the chicken legs, so I got one more and ate that as well.

I laid on the bed and began watching some TV. But, I immediately crashed.

Sidebar: Not sure if it was from all the exercise I had or a food coma.

The phone rang at 8:30 p.m. and woke me up. It was Amanda, just checking in on me. I told her about my day and that I was fine.

But, now I was awake. So, I put away the two remaining chicken legs and dumped the cooled oil into my used oil jug.

Sidebar: The copper chef pan cleaned up perfectly with just wiping it out with a soapy sponge.

I watched more TV and then went to bed for real at 10:00 p.m.

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