Thursday, November 30, 2017

Wednesday

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

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

That's when all the fun began!

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Fran's Birthday

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Monday, Monday

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

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

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

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

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

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






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

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

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

Monday, November 27, 2017

Sunday

I woke up at 6:00 a.m. again on Sunday. I had a cup of coffee while watching the news. Then I posted my much shorter Blog post. I made some oatmeal for breakfast. Then I did the weekly Sunday chores.

After I emptied the dishwasher, I shaved, showered and got dressed in shorts and a t-shirt. I was going to go and get the wood I needed for Betsy's shelves today. Its sunny, but cold and windy.  However, tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and a high of 50 degrees! So, I think I'll get them tomorrow.

I cleaned both toilets (always fun) and mopped the main bathroom floor. Then I took a break, listening to the news and reading on the bed.

Amanda called and said she and Keldon would pick me up around 12:30 p.m.  This time, we were going out to the Cranbrook Institute of Science. So, I got dressed in more Cranbrook-type clothes and read until she got here.

We took Telegraph to Lone Pine Road and got there in what seemed like no time. It was sunny with no wind when we got there and we agreed to walk the trails after we finished.

They had a family pass, but I had to pay $7.00 to get in. First, we started with the Chocolate exhibit (just what a diabetic needs, right?) It was interesting, going from the Maya's spicy drink, to the expensive European drink, to milk chocolate and finally to today.









We were still too early for the planetarium, so we stopped at the little (and I do mean little - sandwiches and soup only) cafetiere in the Institute of Science. I got a chicken salad sandwich on a croissant and Amanda and Keldon split a turkey club. My chicken salad was just so-so, but the croissant was fantastic! Both Amanda and Keldon raved about their turkey club, but I have had enough turkey, thank you.

Then we went to the Planetarium and saw "The mystery of the Christmas star." It was a fascinating scientific study of both the "star" (if that what it was) and the true date of the birth of Christ, based on the bible, astronomers from Babylon (writing on clay tablets) and Chinese astronomers.




Turns out best guess for the real Christmas is September 15, 7 BC.

Sidebar: The Roman guy who invented our Julian, present day, calendar screwed up.

So, I'm thinking, that lets me off the hook for Christmas cards and presents this year. I missed the real Christmas. :(  Sorry! My bad...

Oh, and by the way, the "star" the Magi followed?

Sidebar: the Magi, which we represent as three in number and kings? No where does it state there were three of them, only three gifts. And there is no indication they were kings, probably just interested astronomers.

The star? A comet was eliminated, as was a meteor.  Most likely it was an overlapping of the planets Saturn and Jupiter (I forget what that is called). It occurred back then (happens every 800 years) and would have been bright enough to excite interest. Plus, it would have lasted a long time.

We left the planetarium and went outside. The wind had picked up and none of us had hats or gloves, so we decided walking the trails would have to wait for another day. Instead, we headed home...

They dropped me off around 3:45 p.m.

Sidebar: Short trip, not too much walking and interesting. Nice adventure!!!

I decided to make some turkey broth/soup so I could pitch the leftovers before trash day Tuesday. So, I headed up the the little market at Beech and Joy and bought some celery (I had used all mine on Thanksgiving). Back home, I filled up both the squirrel and bird feeders while I had my coat on.

Back inside, I changed clothes and then took a nice nap.

When I woke up, I had a cup of coffee and got out my medium-sized stock pot. I put the turkey breast carcass in it and added chunk of unpeeled celery, carrots and onions. I put in enough water to cover everything, plus a handful of whole black peppercorns and another handful of dried parsley (my fresh parsley is dead and gone). I brought that to a boil, then turned it to a simmer. I set the timer for three hours.

When I got hungry, the stock still had an hour to go yet. So, I made a turkey sandwich.

When the timer went off, I poured everything into a colander, covered with cheese cloth and set in a large bowl.

Note: The cheesecloth did NOT stay in place as I'd hoped.


 I sauteed some peeled carrots, diced celery and a diced medium onion in butter.

When they were soft, I added a lot of turkey and some of the stock. I brought that to a boil and threw in a half of a bag of Kluski noodles. I set the timer for 18 minutes. When it went off, I ladled up a delicious bowl of turkey noodle soup.


I read in the living room and went to bed around midnight.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Belated Birthday Shoutout

Happy birthday to Logan Garcia, who turned four on Saturday!

Saturday's story.

I woke up at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday. I grabbed a cup of coffee and watched the news for a while. Then I got another cup of coffee and started to process Friday's photos.

Sidebar: My phone takes huge photos, so I have to reduce each one to post them here or on Facebook.

It took yet another cup of coffee to write out the rather lengthy Blog post. I finally shaved, showered and got dressed for an errand run. I left the house just before noon.

Errands done, I realized I was starving. So, I stopped at the Ram's Horn at Middle Belt and Joy Road. I ordered blueberry pancakes with a side of sausage links. The service was good and the food tasted great. I left there satisfied and headed home.

When I got home, I found the cat had barfed on the bed! The bedroom door doesn't always close tight. What was worse was that it had leaked through the blanket and onto the top and bottom sheet. I stripped the bed and put everything in the washer.

I did some minor cleanup and then started reading my book while watching the Michigan/Ohio State game (we lost). I put the bedding in the dryer when the washer finished. Then, back to the book

I was hungry, but not starving. So, I make a turkey sandwich for dinner.

I fell asleep reading in my chair. When my bladder woke me up, I went to the bathroom and moved to the bed.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

One of my favorites! Ice Cube - It Was A Good Day

Black Friday

I woke up Friday morning and, after having a cup of coffee, was going to start the dishwasher. So, as is my routine, I ran the hot water in the sink until it was hot.

Sidebar: That way, when I turn the dishwasher on, it has instant hot water.

Imagine my surprise when both sinks began to fill with water! Not only water, but herbs and junk I had run through the garbage disposal last night. My guess is that I didn't run the water long enough night after using the disposal.

Greatly annoyed, I shaved, showered and got dressed. Then I headed to Home Depot for some Draino or something. I was a little surprised at the number of cars in the parking lot at 10:00 a.m. until I got inside and saw all the Black Friday stuff in the aisles.

I couldn'd find anything that talked about "standing water" so I got some Zep drain cleaner. Back home, I looked at the mess and decided I would bail out the sinks first and then try it. But, I didn't have the time then. My ride was on the way.

So, I just washed the dish rack in the laundry tub.

Amanda and Keldon picked me up around 11:30 a.m. and we headed out. The plan was to get a light lunch and then go to a Painting with a Twist kid's class for Keldon. Then we would head to Pontiac and take a tour at the Organization for Bat Conservation.

We stopped at Buddy's in Dearborn (Amanda and Keldon both love their broccoli soup). I ordered the minestrone. And we all shared a plate of french fries covered with cheese and bacon.

When the soup came, Amanda started stirring Keldon's (to cool it down) and found what looked like dumpling in it. She tried to smash them, but there were too many of them. I told her they had screwed up the roux. She asked the waitress for another bowl while she checked hers. The next bowl was the same way.

The manager came over and apologized, saying they had just hired a new guy to make the soups. She offered to swap them for either the chicken noodle or the minestrone, but both Keldon and Amanda said no. They specifically came here for and wanted that soup! So, bummed, Amanda ordered a side salad and Keldon the mac and cheese from the kids menu..

Before we left, the manager brought over another bowl of broccoli soup and this time it was perfect. So, they shared it

We were still early for the painting class, so Amanda filled up the tank in her car. Then we parked and walked over to Starbucks, where she got a hot chocolate. Keldon and I wanted water, but we decided to buy it at the painting class (where it's cheaper).

We walked back to Painting with a Twist and got our aprons on. The rest of the group slowly got there and then we started.

Now, this was for kids seven and up, so it was a rather simple thing - a turkey. But, it was only a 1 1/2 hour class, so I felt rushed. I was still painting when they asked everybody to come up for the group photo. So, I messed up my outline on the feathers (Amanda and Keldon didn't even get that far).

What we were trying to paint

Amanda' masterpiece

Keldon's masterpiece (not bad for an eight year old)

My hot mess!
So, we got our coats and then left (They practically threw us out). This was not as much fun as the last class!!!

We set our paintings in the trunk and headed out to Pontiac. We were early, the place was still closed and locked and I had to pee. So, Amanda pulled into a Goodyear store. I told her they wouldn't let us pee, but she went in anyway (she had to go, too). Sure enough, they told her it was for customer's only! She got mad and said, "I got an elderly man in the car. Am I supposed to buy a tire so he can pee?" But, they insisted.

Sidebar: I wasn't that thrilled to be described as an "elderly man, lol!"

So we went into a nearby restaurant, that was nearly empty. The waitress started over and Keldon said, "No thanks, they just have to pee!" She said, "Well, go ahead, then." And we did.

We parked at the bat place, but a guy came out and said we were in the wrong parking lot. So, she pulled out and we found we were driving the wrong way on a one-way street! Yikes!!!

Sidebar: Pontiac seems to have a lot of those.

Fortunately the street was four lanes, and people just pulled over until we could get off.

We parked in the right parking lot and went in. The tour lady asked if we wanted to get stamped on our hands, so we said sure.

I like to think of it as a bat tramp stamp, lol!
When enough people showed, we started the tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and patient with all the kid's questions. Along with the bats (who were mostly rescued) they also had a two toed sloth and a skunk. The sloth made no attempt to move, even when tempted by grapes, so we never saw him up close. But the skunk cooperated.

Little brown bat from Michigan

Another Michigan bat

Descented skunk
Sloth in the corner
Bad photo of this bat

Vampire bats!!!

Bat from Egypt, sleeping
Fun facts I learned: The little brown bat eats up to a 1,000 mosquitoes every night and vampire bats can only drink blood. If they drink even water, they will die!!!

Sidebar: They feed these cows blood from a nearby slaughterhouse.

When the tour was over, Amanda bought a hoodie and Keldon got a book. I didn't buy anything.

It was after 6:00 p.m. and Keldon was hungry. So, we stopped at a Wendy's on Telegraph (heading home). Keldon got two cheeseburgers and fries from the kids menu. Amanda got a burger and a baked potato and I got the chicken nuggets with barbecue dipping sauce and fries.

They dropped me off around 7:30 p.m. I went inside to bail out the sink. To my surprise, the water was gone, leaving a mess of gunk and herbs. I wiped it out with paper towels and added in the drain cleaner. I changed clothes and waited for it to work. I kept checking on it, but it wasn't going down.

I was reading in the living room when I finally heard a glugging sound. I went and checked and it had worked. Thank God! I thought I'd end up taking the trap out.

I ran the hot water for a long time. Then I cleaned both sinks with a Brillo pad, rinsed them off and put the dish rack back, and went to bed. It was close to midnight.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving

I woke up at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, Thanksgiving. I had a cup of coffee while I filled in the Blog post and then posted some Thanksgiving messages on Facebook.

I had another coffee and watched some of the parade on TV. First time I've seen it in years! I'm usually at Jake and Carla's for Thanksgiving and they don't televise it down there.

I finally started my Thanksgiving dinner. First I made the cranberry sauce. I kind of combined three recipes, BTW. First I dumped the 12 ounces of fresh cranberries onto a half sheet pan and went through them, discarding the few mushy ones (important step, folks). Then I reserved about half a cup of them.

I zested an orange and then squeezed the juice from it (about 1/2 cup). I put that in a sauce pan along with 1/2 cup of water and 3/4 cup plus two tablespoons of sugar. I brought that to a boil and added the cranberries and a cinnamon stick. I turned the heat down and let that simmer for about 10 minutes (until most of the cranberries had burst open).

I took the pan off the heat, fished out the cinnamon stick (while talking with Jake on the phone) and put in the reserved berries. When it was cool, I put it in the fridge to chill.


Then I went outside and got some sage, rosemary and thyme (if I still had any parsley left, I could have written a song!)


I was using an Ina Garten recipe for an herb roasted turkey breast.

I mixed the herbs with three cloves of minced garlic, Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and two tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice I loosened the turkey skin and pushed the herb mixture under it. I turned the oven onto 325 degrees.

I got out my roasting rack and put the orange and lemon skins in it, along with a stick of celery (my idea, not Ina's). She suggested putting a cup of white wine in the pan, but I didn't have any. So, I put a can of chicken broth in. I set the turkey breast on top of the rack and when the oven was ready, I stuck it in.

I also varied from her recipe by melting a stick of butter and basted it several time.

Out for basting.

I still had leftover mashed potatoes, so I heated them in the microwave. I also heated up some frozen mixed vegetables (couldn't find any frozen corn, like I wanted). I made a bag of Pepperidge Farm stuffing, but used turkey stock instead of the chicken they recommended. I also warmed up a jar to turkey gravy.

While the turkey rested, I made some crescent rolls, which I completely forgot about as I plated my dinner.



The smoke alarms reminded me about the rolls. I ate dinner watching the Lions lose to the Vikings. I went back for seconds of the turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. I topped it with a piece of store-bought pumpkin pie.

I was in a turkey coma, so I left the mess and took a nap. When I woke up, I went to see what kind of mess my kitchen was in.







Damn!

It took me over an hour to clean up the mess.

I read my book in the living room for a while, then moved to the bed. I went to sleep around midnight but never turned the TV on.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Jungle Day

I woke up late again on Wednesday. So, no Blog posting yet. Vicky and her mother were supposed to pick me up at 9:30 a.m. Unfortunately, they got here early. Fortunately, I was wearing a robe when they rang the bell. They waited in the living room while I got dressed.

Then we hopped in the truck and started the long journey to the Great Lakes Crossing mall.

Sidebar: Our friend and ex-coworker, Michelle Pace, was getting off work at noon for Thanksgiving. So, we agreed to meet her at the mall for lunch. But the jungle girls (Vicky and Evy) wanted to do some Christmas shopping first.

We got finally there and easily found a parking space (I have heard horror stories about people who went there on the weekend and had to park a mile away).

We started walking up one side and then down the other. Damn, that place is big!

Whenever they found a store to investigate, I would give my legs a rest and sit on a bench. I should have gotten one of those handicap scooters!

I use a wireless phone charger and I must not have set it on there correctly, as my phone died about halfway down the first side. So, no pictures of the restaurant or the reunion. Sorry.

We met up with Michelle about 1:00 p.m. at Johnny Rocket's. It's like an old-fashioned diner. I ordered the Route 66 (a mushroom and grilled onions burger and fries). I didn't notice, but they also served Tater Tots as a side. Evy and Michelle ordered theirs plain, while Miss Vicky got hers topped with bacon and other stuff.

My burger was okay, but no where near as good as the one at Miller's Bar the other night.

We ate and talked. Michelle has several serious operations coming up (hopefully in December). We finally said our goodbyes to Michelle and she left, out into the snow.

We continued our shopping.

In the end, Vicky (have I ever told you just how nice she is?) bought some winter boots (with high heels, LOL!!! She's such a fashionista!) a Thanksgiving and a Christmas dress for Yanessa, and a gift card for Myla. Evy bought a Thanksgiving shirt.

Sidebar: Vicky told me I had to describe her as nice in the Blog, LOL!!!

We finally left. It wasn't snowing, it was sunny again! We got on I-75 and immediately ran into rush hour traffic (it was about 3:00 p.m.). It took a long time to get my ass home.

When I got there, I put my feet up in my lift chair. My legs were killing me.

About 6:00 p.m., Amanda sent me a text, asking if I had dinner yet. I said, "No, why?" She said she wondered if I wanted to meet her and Keldon for a quick dinner at Wendy's after his karate class ended.

Sidebar: She likes Wendy's. Not only is it cheap, but she can get a baked potato. Girl loves her baked potatoes.

So, I ran up to the Wendy's at Middle Belt and Joy road. I was about "bugered" out, so I ordered a chicken sandwich, fries and a strawberry lemonade. It was pretty good. When we were finished,  I wished them both a happy Thanksgiving and went back home.

Dinner done, I spent the rest of the night either in the lift chair or my bed, with my feet elevated. My legs were trashed. I went to sleep a little after midnight.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tuesday's Tale

I usually wake up between five and six o'clock. The one day I have a 9:00 a.m. haircut appointment, I oversleep! I raced through getting showered and dressed (I skipped shaving) and still got there ten minutes late.

After my haircut, I went to Kroger's. I got everything I need for my Thanksgiving dinner. Man, that is expensive!!!

Last stop was the cleaner's to pick up my coat.

I left the truck out to unload it. Then I got the bed rearranged so the cradle would fit in it. I pulled it in the garage, in case it snowed.

Amanda sent me a text, saying she'd be here around 6:00 p.m. to help me load the cradle up. She was, and we put the cradle on top of the canvas I had spread out. I topped the cradle with visqueen, folded the canvas over it and used a bungie cord to secure it.

Then I followed her to Annie's house in light snow. We carried the cradle inside and she oohed and awed over it.

I put the canvas and visqueen in the cab and headed home.

I spread the canvas out to dry in the garage. Then I went inside and treated the cat.

I made a bologna sandwich for my dinner and ate it watching NCIS.

I was tired, so I didn't stay up for NCIS New Orleans, but went to bed, instead.

Monday

Monday was cold again. I ate some oatmeal for breakfast. I putzed around, read my book and did some light housecleaning.

Amanda was supposed to come at 6:00 p.m. to pick me up for Painting with a Twist. But she called around 4:00 and asked if she could come early so we could get something to eat.

She rolled up at 5:00 p.m. and we headed for Dearborn. She wanted to take me to Miller's Bar for dinner.

I didn't tell her but I had been there before. A long time ago, Jimmie Neal (our MOS copier guy), a very attractive helper and I ate lunch there when we were doing an audit on the copiers downriver.

Back then, we went at lunch time and it was packed. It's a favorite of Ford executives.

But, at 5:30 p.m., we got right in.

Miller's is a strange place. Been owned by the same family for 75 years! They don't have menu's and mostly just serve burgers and fries They only have a small flatop for cooking, so the wait for your food is long. And, when they bring you your burger, it's not on a plate. It's on a piece of waxed paper! As are the fries or onion rings. You can get a hamburger or cheese burger, but no lettuce or tomato. There are pickle slices on the table. And, if you want onion on your burger, the waitress brings you a slice of onion on waxed paper. Plus, you don't get a bill. It's on the honor  system. When you are done eating, you walk up to the bar, tell the bartender what you ate, and he tells you what you owe.

But the burgers really are fantastic!!!

From there, we went to Painting with a Twist. There were four Arab girls who came a little late, but painted with us. They were rowdy and fun.

I don't like my painting. I should have painted more leaves! And I don't understand why the road is blue, not brown.

This is what we were supposed to paint
This was my painting.
I think I will ask what kind of paint they use and buy some at Michael's to fix mine.

The class ended and Amanda drove me home. We got to my house around 10:30 p.m.

My back hurt from sitting three hours on a stool (with no back support). I was tired but not sleepy, so I watched the news and then the Tonight show. I turned that off and tossed and turned until I finally fell asleep.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Seriously!!!


Sunday's Story

I woke up around 6:00 a.m. I got a cup of coffee and watched the news. Later on, I ate some waffles for breakfast, with more coffee.

It was damn cold with occasional snow showers all day long. I don't think it ever got above 35 degrees.

It was winter! I did the usual Sunday morning chores, including washing the bedding. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed in shorts and a t-shirt.

I took the rest of the day off! I sat in the living room with a throw across my lap and the fireplace on. I read and drank water, iced tea and/or hot chocolate.

I mixed the hard boiled eggs into the tuna pasta salad and ate that for lunch..

I did take a break to watch the Lions win a good game.

It was more tuna pasta salad for dinner. I noticed the mayo was getting watery so, I probably will throw the rest away.

I watched the Red Wings lose, still reading but in bed.

I went to sleep around 11:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Come Saturday Morning...

I woke up for good at 5:00 a.m. The heavy overnight rain had stopped (at least for a while). I read in bed waiting for the 6:00 a.m. local news.

I made some scrambled eggs for breakfast and put blackberry jam on the last to pieces of toast. I ate those for desert.

I moved the cradle upstairs for the photo shoot. It was awkward to carry and I bumped the rocker bumpers on one side.

Sidebar: Not as awkward as the one I made for Vicky, which was much larger. Speaking of Vicky, when she was over, she was looking at it and played with it. She said, "This one rocks better than mine." That made me feel bad, but in my defense, it's hard to get them perfect when you rough-cut them with a saber saw and try to smooth them to perfection with a belt sander.

When I looked at the photos, I saw two white spots on the rocker bumpers "Oh shit!" I thought, "I hope that's just a reflection!" I went to look and it was not. I bumped off the slate gray paint and the white primer was showing.

So, I threw on some clothes (I still had not shaved and showered) and ran up to Home Depot around 10:30 a.m. I was glad the rain hadn't resumed. I spoke too soon. I paid my $1.43 and walked out into light rain.

Back home, I thought about starting lunch. I decided to make a tuna noodle salad and it has to chill before eating. So, I boiled some small sea shell macaroni.

While that cooked, I drained two cans of tuna fish and put that in a bowl. I diced up half an onion and some celery. I grabbed a handful of frozen peas, too. That went into the bowl as well. I added about 1/2 cup of milk to 1 1/2 cups of mayonnaise and two tablespoon of dill pickle juice (you were supposed to use dried dill weed but I didn't have any). I mixed that all together and then mixed it into the tuna fish bowl.

When the pasta was done, I drained it and then rinsed it several times in cold water. When it was cold, I put it in the tuna fish bowl and carefully folded it together. I tasted it and realized I forgot salt and pepper. I added that and stuck it in the fridge.

I did a load of laundry and mopped the main bathroom.

I ate lunch around noon. It was pretty good, but I felt like it was missing "something."

I touched up the paint on the cradle and then took a break. I had the Michigan Spartans football game on while I read in bed. I fell asleep but a call from Amanda woke me up. She had to work today and noticed the heavy rain had turned to snow! I looked out the window and, sure enough, it was snowing.

My daughter Melissa called and we talked for a long, long time  (2 1/2 hours).

After we hung up, I ate more pasta salad for dinner. It finally dawned on me that it probably needed hard boiled eggs. I was done eating by then, but I hard boiled the last three eggs I had. I put them in the fridge to chill.

I read in the living room until 10:00 p.m. Before I went in to watch TV, I went out on the porch. Both the rain and snow had stopped, but it was windy and cold.

I went to bed around 1:00 a.m.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Finally Friday

I slept in until after 7:00 a.m. on Friday! I made a cup of coffee and watched the national news (I missed the local news, so I had no idea what's going on around me).

I messed around a long time on Facebook and then wrote the Blog.

I ate two packets of oatmeal (I didn't feel like messing around with making eggs) and started a load of laundry. Then I unloaded the dishwasher.

I ate an apple while I folded the clothes.

Then I got to painting. Man, I wish I had thought of the foam bushes about two coats ago! They left none of those annoying brush lines. It took me almost two hours, but it was finally done!!!

Disclaimer: These photos were taken Saturday morning, after the paint dried.




I cleaned up the mess (and me) and took a well-deserved break.

Sidebar: Both my legs and my right bicep were hurting.

I ate the left over meatloaf and the other half of the acorn squash for dinner.

I watched the Red Wings win and then I went to bed. I let Saturday Night Live tape.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Then it was Thursday...

I woke up at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday. I had a cup of coffee as I finished the Blog Post.

I made some oatmeal for breakfast and ate it watching the morning news. Then I loaded the dishwasher (I had left pots and pans soaking overnight) and turned it on.

I shaved, showered and got dressed for a Home Depot run.I went over there and got two 3-inch foam brushes, more latex gloves and a box of WetJet pads.

Sidebar: It was colder than I thought. It was the wind. I should have worn a hat and gloves!

I was back at 12:20 p.m. I changed into my painting clothes. I was hungry, so I warmed up some of yesterday's mashed potatoes. They were still delicious.

Sidebar: I did something different with the potatoes: I used the ricer to mash them. It caught all the potato skins. I also used the Bon Appetit mathematical method for the liquid, although I cut it in half. To serve eight people, you use 4 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, 2 cups of whole milk and 1 cup of butter. You warm the milk and butter mixture on the stove (you can add fresh herbs to infuse it - I didn't). You add that to the riced potatoes, mix it well and the potatoes are smooth as silk and delicious!

I went downstairs and mixed up the paint (again). My goal was to complete painting the cradle today, so I can deliver it and move onto Betsy's shelves.

But when I laid it on its side, I saw more areas of white I'd missed. Dammit!

So, I painted those and feathered the edges. I poured the paint back in the big can and washed the brush. I have to wait another 12-16 hours to finish. :(

My brother Joe called and we chatted for a while, mostly catching each other up on our various health issues, LOL! Gee, it's fun to get old!!!

I got dressed and left at 4:30 p.m. This time I brought my hat and gloves.

Sidebar: Today was the anniversary of Amanda's beloved Grandmother's death. She said she was going to the cemetery after work. Scott was working and I didn't particularly want her wandering around in the dark cemetery alone.

So, I met her at the restaurant when she got off work. We drove to the cemetery (on Five Mile between Levan and Farmington Road) but the gates were locked! There was a sign on them saying it was winter hours and it closed at 5:00 p.m.

She was totally bummed.

I told her we could always go next Monday or Tuesday (when she gets off at 1:30 p.m.). It was not the same, but she agreed.

She stopped at Buddy's Pizza on the way back to get two bowls of broccoli soup to go for her and Keldon's dinner. Then she dropped me off to pick up my truck.

On the way home, I dropped my winter coat off at the cleaners.

Back home, I changed clothes again and started dinner. I had a 1/2 pound of ground chuck left from the meatloaf. so I formed that into a large patty.

I sliced up an onion and fried that in my big skillet. I pulled that and then fried the ground chuck patty. I plated the patty, topped it with the onions and added A1 sauce on the side. It was good, but I was stuffed when I was done.

I read for a long while, then switched to some football game. I sorta watched it while I continued to read. I went to bed at 11:45 p.m.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wednesday

I slept in a little on Wednesday. I got a cup of coffee and watched a bit of the news. I was getting tired of the same old breakfast, so I ate two slices of peanut butter toast. Then I filled in the Blog.

I heard a weird noise and the cat came running out of the living room. I looked and it was the lawn service. But, this time they had two mowers, both with rear baggers, and one guy with a gas-powered blower.

The blower guy pushed the leaves in front of the mowers and the mowers followed each other. The lawn was rapidly getting leaf-free.

It didn't dawn on me to take a picture until it was almost too late. In the picture, the blower guy and one mower are on the right, while the other mower is on the left. Slick!

I put on my junky clothes and started on the crib again. This time I was covering all bare spots (from the orbital sander) with paint and feathering the edges. I used a two-inch foam brush for this, BTW. I think I got all the spots, but with the lighting and my bad eyes, I just don't know.

Paint's got a 12-16 hour drying time before the second coat. So, I put the lid on the can and cleaned up.

I quit around 1:00 p.m. I heated up a can of chili for my lunch (it was chilly and had just started raining).

After eating, I tried to sew the button on my pea coat tighter.  I need to send it to the cleaners (should have done it in the Spring) and don't want to lose the button. I had two problems with this project:

1. I had to literally tear the linen closet apart to find a needle (I had plenty of thread).
2. I had to thread a needle with bad eyes (took me almost 15 minutes).

I finally got working on it and discovered I didn't have enough thread. Dammit! So, I went back to square one, threading the needle (eventually) again.

I finally got it done.

As I said, it was raining.  I sat in the living room with the fire on, reading. I had a throw on my legs and Caley in my lap. Naturally, I fell asleep.

When I woke up, I started boiling some Yukon Gold potatoes for dinner. I warmed up the other cabbage roll as I mashed the potatoes. Then I ate my supper. It was pretty good!

I watched taped DIY shows until 11:00 p.m. and then watched the news. Then I went to bed.



Tuesday

I woke up early on Tuesday. It was supposed to be a nice day (a high of 49 degrees and no rain). I had a cups of coffee while watching the news. Then I made another cup of coffee and breakfast. I threw on some clothes and took the trash and recyclables out to the road.

I made some waffles in the toaster, but kicked them up a notch. Instead of the usual Michigan maple syrup, I topped it with sarsaparilla syrup. The syrup was from the little crate of Southern goodies that Jake and Carla gave me.

The sarsaparilla syrup was more watery than maple syrup (it's mostly used in drinks) but had a fascinating flavor!

I washed up the dishes from yesterday's meatloaf dinner. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed for my eye exam.

I left at 10:30 a.m and got to the doctor's two minutes early. I went right in and he asked me, "What's up? You're not scheduled for your next eye exam until February 2018."

I said I wasn't sure when it started, but about two weeks ago, I noticed I was losing my vision. I told him, "Forget road signs, I can't read the letters on the Television cable guide (eight feet away). I can't make out faces of people 20 feet away. And, what scares me the most, I can't tell if a stoplight is red or green until I am right on top of it."

So, he started an extensive cataract exam. Turns out both eyes were worse. He was especially amazed at the deterioration in my right eye (which was always the better of the two). He said they are almost identically bad. He dilated my eyes, of course and checked again.

He said he would have the girls out front make an appointment with the surgeon and handed me my coat and cane. I said, "What about the eye exam and new lenses?" He said there was no sense wasting the money. Once I had the cataracts removed, he would check and see if I needed reading glasses.

The girls up front took down all my new insurance information and got me an appointment for December 1 at 8:30 a.m. for my pre-surgical exam.

My visit today only cost me a $20.00 co-pay as this was now a medical problem. Beat the hell out of the $85.00 exam + lenses that I expected to pay.

I had promised to call both Amanda (who knows first hand I have vision problems) and Vicky (who is my designated driver for local hospital runs).

I called Amanda first, from the doctor's parking lot. She said I sounded bummed.

Sidebar: I have had more surgeries that I can count and none of them (even when they said they were going to amputate my leg) bothered me that much. But this is somehow different. They are going to cut up my eyes, for God's sake. What if something goes wrong?

She asked me where I was and I told her I was sitting in the truck in downtown Farmington. She said to come back down Farmington Road and she'd meet me at Bates Burgers and buy me lunch.

Sidebar: I have passed it a million times but have never eaten there. It's an old school diner, no tables, just stools along the outside windows and the inside counter. It has a very, very small parking lot (which may be why I never stopped in).



So, I got there just before Amanda pulled in. We went inside and sat at the counter. Amanda knew all the waitresses, so she chatted with each of them. We both ordered a burger (hers with light onion and pickles, mine with grilled onions and pickles) and fries.

Sidebar: Amanda said, "I thought we'd share the chili cheese fries. I can't eat them all." I said, "I really not that fond of chili cheese fries." The waitress overheard us, so she split an order of fries onto two plates and put chili and cheese on Amanda's. Nice.

We talked about my eyes while we ate up as Amanda had to go to back to work. I paid the tip and over-tipped the waitress. That splitting the fries thing was beautiful.

Back home, I called Vicky. She said, "So I need to pick you up on December 1?" I said, "No, that's just an exam. I'll get the two surgical dates then, I'd guess." We chatted a bit more and then hung up.
My tummy was full and I was bummed. It was nice outside and I should have done outside things, but I took a nap instead.

When I woke up, it was still light out and I felt guilty. So, I went out and picked up more black walnuts.

They finally came and got the recyclables, so I took the container out back. Still no trash pickup and it was almost 4:30 p.m.!

Back inside, it was getting dark.  I wasn't hungry so I nibbled on some snacks.

I got a cup of coffee and watched the nightly news programs.

I heard the garbage truck outside at 7:30 p.m.!!! I went out and put the container in the back.

I came in and got ready for bed. I watched NCIS, but NCIS New Orleans wasn't on, dammit! I watched DIY shows until 11:00 p.m. and then the news. I turned the TV off after the monologue on the Tonight show and went to bed.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Monday moanin'

I woke up late on Monday. I grabbed a cup of coffee and watched what was left of the local news.

Another cup of coffee later, I finally got the Blog up to date. Whew!

I made soft boiled eggs for breakfast. I called the Nissan dealer about the scratch in my hood. They suggested I bring it in to see if it could be rubbed out before I use any touch-up paint.

I shaved, showered and got dressed around noon. I had a lunch date and two errands to run. At least it wasn't raining.

Sidebar: We were talking about soup at Bingo. Both Amanda and her mother said the best soup they ever had was the Canadian Cheese soup at Big Boy's (Six Mile and Newburgh). I said I'd been going there for years and never heard of it. They said it's only served on Monday, so Amanda volunteered to meet me there after her work shift.

So, that's what we did. She ordered a bowl of the stuff! I ordered the "Pick Two" and got a cup and a Caesar side salad.

I wouldn't say it was the best soup I ever ate (I love too many different kinds of soup), but it was definitely the best cheese-based soup I've tasted.

We split up after eating, both having errands to run.

I went to my bank and cancelled a savings account. Why? Well, it was only fed by my paycheck (gone now) and the balance was $62.00. That meant they started taking out $5.00 per month since it was below some baseline dollar amount. So, I thought I'd close it while there was still some money in it.

It took a while, but I was seated at the bank lady's desk, so I didn't mind. Plus I walked away with $62.00!

Then I went to Target and exchanged the two flannel shirts I bought for the right size. That meant standing in several lines, so not a good as the bank.

I got home around 3:00 p.m. My legs were tired and I didn't feel  like painting the damn crib. So, I took a nap instead.

When I woke up, I started on dinner. I wanted to make a mushroom meatloaf. I couldn't find a recipe I liked, so I mashed together three recipes, LOL!

First I diced a medium-sized onion. The I fine diced an eight ounce box of sliced button mushroom (the real recipe called for a pound, but that seemed excessive).

Then I ripped three pieces of soft while bread into tiny bits. I topped them with 1/2 cup of V8 juice. Note: only the oldest recipe (and it was older than dirt) called for adding tomato juice, instead of milk. That sounded interesting, but all I had on hand was V8 juice (I like to drink it). I also added two eggs after I whisked them.

I added in 1 1/2 pounds of ground chuck and mixed the mess together with my hands. I shaped it into a loaf in my Pyrex glass pan.

I let that bake for 45 minutes (at 350 degrees) while I prepared the acorn squash.

I stuck the squash in, cut side down when the timer went off. I reset the timer for 30 minutes. When that went off, I took the squash out, turned them over and added butter and fresh herbs to the cavity.

That went back in the oven with the timer set for another 30 minutes.

I warmed up some jarred beef gravy (the mushroom meatloaf recipe recommended that that as a topping, rather than a ketchup-brown sugar one)

The timer went off and I pulled everything from the oven. I drained the grease off the meatloaf.

I cut off two slices of meatloaf, but it just fell apart (maybe I should have added more ground chuck?). I cleaned the herbs out of one half of the squash and plated it, topping the meatloaf with a drizzle of gravy.

The meatloaf was excellent. I think the squash wasn't ripe when they picked it, though. It tasted too bland.

I had a third slice of meatloaf and then put away the leftovers.

I put water in the pans I'd used so they could soak overnight.

I read in the living room until bedtime.