Thursday, April 19, 2018

Johnny Cash Hurt

Lazy Hump Day

I woke up after 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday.  I had a cup of coffee watching the Today show. I finally got around to making breakfast. I made three soft boiled eggs and ate them over torn bread, butter, salt and pepper. It was delicious!

It was sunny but cold during the morning.

I made a small salad for lunch.

I did a load of laundry (towels and my bathrobe).

I had two more pieces of fried Spam with Grillin' Beans for dinner.

I read while I half-watched DIY shows until the 11:00 p.. news. I watched that and the Tonight show until bedtime.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


My blood sugar was too low on Tuesday morning (74). So, breakfast was a mini-chocolate bar (per doctor's orders, I keep a bag of them in the house, just for these occasions). I laid back down for a while, then got up and ate some oatmeal.

I shaved, showered and got dressed in shorts and a t-shirt. I planned on staying home.

Jake called and we talked for a while. I did a load of laundry.  

I found I was running low on Cope (damn!) so I put some pants on and drove to the corner gas station. Since I was out anyway, I drove the couple of blocks on Inkster to Arby's. I got my usual Buffalo Chicken sandwich meal, small, with Dr. Pepper to drink.

Before going back in the house, I took the empty garbage container around back.

I ate my lunch, watching the noon news.

I read most of the afternoon. I ate my last hard boiled egg with horseradish (damn that shit is hot!) so I made eight more hard boiled eggs. I think (without knowing) they are a healthy snack.

For dinner, I heated up the last of the cabbage. I fried two thick slices of Spam and then plated my dinner.

Sidebar: Yes, Spam. I like Spam.

After I cleaned up the kitchen, I went back to reading until my NCIS shows came on. I went to bed at 11:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Rainy Days and Mondays

I woke up to the alarm set for 6:00 a.m.on Monday. I ate a quick bowl of cereal for breakfast and drank my coffee while I shaved. I had an 8:15 doctor's appointment with my eye surgeon.

I left in plenty of time, which was lucky. Because I got LOST! I thought it was at Farmington and Seven Mile. But when I got there, the office was not where I remembered it. So, I drove back and forth. Nothing! I finally gave up and went to Six Mile and there it was, almost right on the corner.

I didn't have to wait long. They put three different drops in both eyes and retook the pictures of my eyes. Finally, the doctor came in. He said the cataract on my right eye had gotten much worse since December, but he could fix them both.

The longest I had to wait was for the surgery scheduler (same as last time).

So, my right eye will be operated on 5/3/18 and my left on 5/17/18. Now I just need a driver.

Sidebar: I have lots of nearby friends who would gladly volunteer to drop me off. But I need someone who can stay during the surgery and these women all have jobs. But, wait a minute! Courtney volunteered, so I don't have to bother my brothers this time.

It was cloudy and overcast when I drove home, so I didn't need sunglasses in spite of my severely dilated eyes.

It was before 10:00 a.m.when I left the doctor's office, so I thought I'd stop at Bates and get a half order of biscuits and gravy. But, when I got there the place was dark and there was a note taped to the door. I assume it said they'd lost power.

Sidebar: Bates stops serving breakfast at 10:30 a.m.

I continued to drive south on Farmington Road and stopped at the Looney Bakery. The line at the drive through wasn't too bad. When it was my turn, I asked if they had any salt bagels left. They said they still had a few, so I bought four.

I drove I-96 to Beech Daly (to avoid the train at Inkster). I thought I was quite clever until I saw the traffic lights at Beech Daly and Plymouth Road were out and we all had to take our turn at the four-way stop thing.

Back home, the rain had taken a break, so I dragged the garbage container out to the road. It's supposed to rain again and then switch to snow overnight. While I was back there, I took some pictures.

I am pretty sure the branch hit the roof and bounced off (there are a lot of twigs and bark up there) but I couldn't see any signs of actual roof damage.

On the plus side, I can now sell the house as "Lake Front Property."

Back inside, I changed my clothes and ate two bagels.

I spent about an hour and a half with Verizon tech support, getting my phone back in order. My bad! When I switched from Spectrum to Wow, I immediately lost the ability to check my email on my phone (my old Spectrum email went away). So, I thought I could fix it. I tried, but by the time I gave up, I not only lost my email, but Facebook on the phone and the phone's camera wouldn't download.

I took a nap in the afternoon.

I walked out to get the mail around 6:00 p.m. and it was snowing!!!

I warmed up some of the Southern Bacon-Fried Cabbage for dinner.

I watched "The Desolation of Smaug" (a Hobbit movie) and then "Jurassic Park." I have seen both many times before, but I like them. I ended up snacking on both remaining bagel during the evening.

Then I watched a little of the Tonight Show before going to bed.

Monday, April 16, 2018

OMG Sunday

I woke up at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, after a restless night. Freezing rain had developed overnight. It was coating my trees. I had numerous branches down, including a long one that landed on the raised bed herb garden (it's been taking a beating from branches, recently).

The lake has moved from back by the play structure into the low spot in from of my vegetable garden.

Here's the view from the bathroom window at 8:00 a.m.

 Oh, and there are numerous power outages in both Livonia and Redford. Closest to me is the Inkster and Five Mile area.

And, it kept on raining and freezing...

I finally shoved, showered and got dressed.

Update on rain: 11:00 a.m. and water is moving up the fence line.

I was supposed to meet Amanda and Keldon for lunch at the Mexican Fiesta restaurant in Dearborn Heights. And Amanda was supposed to text me what time. I had seen on Facebook the roads were not icy, but when I still hadn't heard anything by 11:15 p.m., I figured Amanda had thought better of it. But, I got a text at 11:30 a.m asking me if I could make it thee by noon. She apologized, saying they got a late start. I said, "Sure!" (I'd already shaved and showered). So, I threw on some clothes and headed out.

It was still raining and there was a lot of standing water. There was a fallen tree limb (a big one) partially covering the little access drive from Plymouth to Telegraph (I drove over it, like the people before me). And there were numerous traffic lights out on Telegraph.

I had the beef enchiladas as Amanda and Keldon split a small nachos.

Sidebar: That was the biggest "small" nacho I ever saw, lol!

Amanda and I split the fried ice cream dessert (Keldon said he didn't like crunchy ice cream). She ordered two little containers of strawberries and honey on the side for dipping. First time I ever tasted it. It was pretty good!

We made our goodbyes and drove home through the rain and the four way stop dead traffic lights. I got home by 1:00 p.m. and changed clothes.

By 3:00 p.m., the water was close to the St. Francis statue!

At 5:00 p.m., I started my Sunday supper. I have been wanting to try this for a while. Now that I'm feeling a little better, I thought I'd give it a go. I making what they call Soouthern Bacon-Fried Cabbage.

First I did the prep work. I cored and chopped a head of cabbage. Then I chopped a large onion, minced two cloves of garlic and cut six slices of bacon into half-inch lardons. I also got my seasoned salt, onion powder, garlic powder and black pepper out of the spice cabinet.

I got out my 12-inch non-stick frying pan (I have one bigger, but no lid. This one didn't come with a lid, but the lid of my bigger stock pot fits perfectly). I cooked the bacon over medium-high heat until crispy. Pulled the bacon and put it on a paper towel covered plate. I reserved two tablespoons of the bacon grease and put the rest in the fridge (or you could discard it - I like to use it for fried eggs).

Then I sauteed the onion until soft (about four minutes). I added in the garlic and sauteed that about a minute more. Then I added the cabbage a little at a time, stirring in the onion and garlic mixture.

Sidebar: It didn't look like all that cabbage would fit!

I cooked the cabbage another four to five minutes and (thankfully) it started to wilt a bit.I added in two teaspoons of seasoned salt, a half teaspoon each of the onion powder, garlic and black pepper and mixed well.

I reduced the burner temperature to low and let it simmer (stirring occasionally) for about 30 minutes.

I added in the bacon just before serving. I couldn't think of a good side dish (I think this is a side dish, lol) so I sliced up a tomato go to with it.

It was really good! And the tomatoes (although they were an afterthought) helped to cut the richness of the dish.

I cleaned up the kitchen and then watched and/or listened to the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards the while reading until bedtime.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Shitty Saturday

It was raining like hell when I woke up on Saturday. I turned on the news and learned that its supposed to rain here like this until around 4:00 p.m. when it will change to freezing rain. Then, the cold front that is making its way down from the UP will freeze all the standing water.

Vicky was supposed to come pick me up this afternoon and take me back to her house. Evy wanted to make me a Puerto Rican dinner. Sounded good. I miss Puerto Rican food! But I sent her a text, telling her I didn't want her to be driving under those conditions (hell, I don't want to even be riding under those conditions). She wasn't mad. Her reply sounded grateful.

Amanda called and I told her to be careful (she has to work tonight). She said not to worry, she'll be fine (She's way too cocky at times).

The lake has returned out in the back. And, my driveway near the road is one big puddle.

The rain lightened up around 2:00 p.m. So, I put my rain coat on, opened the garage door and grabbed my hoe. I went out and, sure enough, the two trenches I had built for draining the end of the driveway were clogged with sticks, old grass and leaves. I cleaned them both out and the water started to run off.

Sidebar: The last thing I needed was to have a sheet of ice just before I have to go up onto the road.

Back inside, I made a salad for a late lunch (I had a bowl of cereal with blue berries for breakfast).

My daughter, Melissa called. She said it was snowing in Oxford. Oddly enough, it stopped raining around 5:00 p.m. I don't know if its all over or just the calm before the next storm.

I washed the bedding and ran the dishwasher.

I watched two old John Wayne movies.

I ate leftovers for dinner.

I watched Blazing Saddles again (first time in a long time). It was still funny as hell.

Then I watched the rest of the hockey game (Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins), the 11:00 p.m. news and then Saturday Night Live. I went to bed at 1:00 a.m.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Finally Friday

My insomnia kicked in again last night. I woke up at 2:00 a.m. on Friday. I finally fell asleep at 5:30 a.m. and then woke up at  8:30 a.m. It was sunny, but cool.

Sidebar: When I looked at Facebook, Betsy Knapp, who lives in Marine City (not that far north or me) said it was thundering and lightning and raining. WTF?

So, after a cup of coffee, I cut into the cantaloupe. I cut half of it into bite size pieces and covered the other half with cling wrap.

I ate some of it for breakfast and saved the rest for lunch.

I got cleaned up, but decided not to go anywhere. so, I read and putzed around all day. I mailed yet another check for a doctor bill. It finally started to cloud up around 3:00 p.m.

I started dinner about 5:30 p.m. I broiled some brats in the oven while I boiled some potatoes on the stove. I was making a Nigella Lawson recipe for Salt and Vinegar Potatoes.

Sidebar: The recipe called for whole baby white potatoes, which I didn't have. I had small Yukon Gold potatoes that I cut in half. That was my downfall!

After they are boiled, you put them on a oiled sheet pan and squish them a little with a fork. Her's, because they were whole and round, squished into little patties. Mine just fell apart!

But, I endeavored to persevere.  From there, I roasted then in a 425 degree oven for 20 minutes. Then I flipped then over and roasted them for 10 minutes more.

I put them on a serving platter and sprinkled them with apple cider vinegar and Kosher salt.

I plated my dinner and added some Dijon mustard for the brats.

The potatoes tasted good although they were a hot mess.

I left the kitchen mess to clean up in the morning and went back to half-watching DIY shows and reading until bedtime.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Thursday's Tale

My insomnia came back and I woke up at 4:00 a.m. on Thursday. I couldn't fall back asleep, so I gave up, got up and made a cup of coffee.

When it got light out, I saw it was cool and rainy. I decided there was nothing I needed that bad to go out in the weather and I would stay home for the day.

I had some oatmeal for breakfast.

I did some light housework and a lot of reading during the day.

I didn't really eat "lunch," I just snacked on fruit here and there. The plums were getting soft and were not as fantastic as when I first brought them home.

Sidebar: Don't buy four at a time. Buy two and eat them right away.

The rain went away, the sun came out and we  reached an incredible 76 degrees!!! I celebrated by opening up the windows after turning off the furnace to air the house out. Then I began the long chore of picking up the branches and sticks that had fallen over the winter. Pain in the butt, but it needs to be done before I can cut the grass. I got that big branch out back moved and most of the front yard done before I pooped out.

I saw on Facebook that it was National Grilled Cheese Day, so I made my personal favorite for dinner, along with tomato soup.

Sidebar: I was pissed at the photo I took. The back lighting from the under cabinet light made it look burnt, but it wasn't. I should have left the damn light off! I also should have checked the photo first before I ate dinner!!!

I closed the windows and turned the furnace back on. I was tired, but not sleepy, from all the unaccustomed outdoor work and fresh air. So, I stayed in bed, watching DIY shows and reading until midnight.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

National Grilled Cheese Day

So, Here's my entry: Sourdough bread slathered with mayonnaise (instead of butter), American cheese on one side, tomatoes in the middle and Munster cheese on the other. Served with tomato soup (of course).

Birthday Shoutout!

Happy birthday to my brother Joe!


I got the first good night's sleep I've had in ages and woke up at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday. It was cold with a light snow (flurries, actually).

I called my barber just after 9:00 a.m. The earliest appointment she had today was at 11:30 a.m. but I took it. I headed out around 11:00 and finally got my overgrown hair cut.

Sidebar: My barber said I looked like a hippy, lol.

From there I stopped at Kroger's. My list had a combination of things I needed and things I wanted, but the recent weather changes have wreaked havoc on my arthritis. So, I concentrated on things I needed before my legs gave out.

Sidebar: Both my dear brother Carl and Amanda have urged me to use the little electric carts. Amanda had even offered to either go with me to help or just give her my list and she would go shopping for me. But I am not ready for those options just yet.

On the way home, I stopped at my Subway and got a foot long BMT (their version of an Italian sub). After I put the groceries away, I ate half of my sub for lunch. I cut up some strawberries, added some milk and ate that for dessert.

I spent most of the afternoon with my feet up, reading.

Amanda needed gas in her car, so she came up to my corner gas station while Keldon was in Kung Fu down the street. Since she was that close, she stopped in for a few moments, just to say high. I walked outside to say goodbye and was amazed at how warm it was (we hit 60 degrees in the afternoon).

I made some crinkle cut fries in the oven and ate them along with the other half of the sub for dinner.

I watched the 1937 movie "The Adventures of Robin Hood" with Errol Flynn on TCM. It ended at 10:00 p.m., so I turned the TV off and read until bedtime.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


I was very confused on Tuesday morning. I was watching the early morning news and they had tons of pictures of snow covered lawns. So, I went into the living room and looked. I had NO snow!

I ate some cold cereal with a handful of blue berries for breakfast. Excellent.

This was the first time in seven weeks I didn't have to be anywhere. So, I relaxed until 9:00 a.m. Then I called my barber. There was no answer. Huh?

I called back at 9:30 a.m. and the owner, Victor, answered. I asked to speak with Michelle (my barber) and he said she was sick today. Damn! It's been almost a month since I got my haircut and I am getting really, really shaggy.

Plus, that means I couldn't work in a trip to Kroger's (they are literally across the street from each other at Five-Mile and Merriman). I had to think about my remaining road trip chores.

I finally shaved, showered and got dressed. I went to nearby locations. First the post office for stamps. Next the gas station to fill up the truck. And, finally, CVS to pick up my oral antibiotics.

Sidebar: In addition to that cippro, I will now be taking Doxycycline Hyclate.

My brother Carl butt dialed me on his phone.

I made a tuna fish sandwich (with onions) for lunch.

I fell asleep and took a nice nap while reading a book.

I made some buttered noodles with salt and Parmesan cheese for dinner. I ate that watching the news.

My brother Carl called to apologize for butt-dialing me, lol!

I read some more until NCIS came on. I snacked on the rest of the grapes while watching it..

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


My doctor's appointment wasn't until 10:00 p.m., so I killed some time after breakfast straightening the house.

I took along a shopping list for various stops I need to make soon.Victoria was supposed to stop by around 1:00 p.m. with lunch (it's her day off). So, I thought I'd make as many stops as I could until I needed to be home.

It was cold  and slightly snowing on the drive to the doctor's office.

I was sitting in the waiting room, waiting to see the doctor, when my favorite nurse, Kristen came out to get two patients for their infusion. She saw me sitting there and looked confused. She said, "John, I don't have any paperwork for you!" I said, "You forget you took my pic line out yesterday?" She laughed and then looked embarrassed.

Sidebar: I asked her on Sunday if she would be here today (they have several offices and nurses seem to rotate). She said, "Yes, why?" I told her I was going to say goodbye on Sunday if she wasn't. She said, "You're not going to get rid of me that easy! I'll see you tomorrow."

So, I finally got in to see the doctor. She checked and its still slightly leaking. She said she would call in the refill for the cippro and another for an oral antibiotic whose name I didn't catch. She said to plan on taking both for the rest of my life.

Sidebar: The first time she said that (a while ago), I was discouraged. But, (A) I have to take all my other meds for the rest of my life and (B) there isn't much rest of my life left.

I have to go back for a check up in a month.

Before I left, I stopped by the infusion room to say goodbye to Kristen. Before I could say a word, she gave me a great big hug and said, "Goodbye John, please try to stay healthy!" I  said I'd do my best, and if I was lucky, I'd see her in a month.

Sidebar: I wish now I would have taken a picture of her (when I first busted up my leg, I took pictures of all of the nurses that took care of me and still have the photos in an album). But, she is a tall (well, compared to all the short chicks I seem to hang around with today), willowy blond with a pretty face, a killer smile and a bubbly personality.

I left and headed back home. I decided I didn't have the time for Kroger's so I went to Westborn.

Sidebar: I have decided I need to eat more fruit. So, I bought three Granny Smith apples, four plums, a bag of seedless green grapes, a box of blueberries (for cold cereal),  a box of strawberries and a cantaloupe.

From there I went to PetSmart to get the special kitty litter pellets I need for my Tidy Cat Breeze litter box system.

Finally, I stopped at CVS for a bunch of stuff.

Back home, I switched out the kitty litter box. Then I washed all the fruit. I ate one of the plums and it was fantastic!!!

I was going to set the table, but I didn't know who all was coming. Then Vicky called to see if I was awake (not funny). So I asked if it was her, Evy and Yanessa or just her and Evy. She said Yanessa was back in school after Easter break and Evy was staying home. I said then I will just put out two plates. She said, no, she'd already eaten, she just wanted to bring me lunch. I said, "Well, thank you!"

She said she was going to pick up some Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken (she knows I love it) and what sides did I want?  Well, I haven't had it in probably a year and have no idea any more what sides they offer. So, I told her to surprise me.

So, when she got here, I stuck the box in the microwave to keep warm while we visited.

We sat in the living room and talked for a couple hours. Then she said she had to go pick up Yanessa. She asked me to call and let her know if I liked the lunch. We hugged goodbye (well, we hugged hello, too, come to think of it) and I waved goodby from the porch.

Then I ate my lunch. Well, I ate half and was getting full, so I saved the rest for dinner. It was three pieces of chicken, a side of mashed potatoes and gravy, another side of mac & cheese and a big biscuit. Freaking fantastic!!!

I called her up to tell her so and thanks again. She had me on speaker phone, so I was talking to all three of them at once. It was confusing, but cute.

I did a load of laundry and cleaned the downstairs shower. Then I read a book until the news came on.

When the news ended, I warmed up my dinner. It wasn't as good the second time around, but it was still really great.

I cleaned up the dishes (I never know if you should microwave food in a Styrofoam container, so I don't) and then read on the bed while listening to the Voice. I snacked on the grapes and ate another plum.

I watched the 11;00 p.m. news and then went to bed.

Monday, April 9, 2018


I was feeling much better on Sunday. No more throwing up.So, I shaved, showed and got dressed. The I drove to the doctors'. I got my last infusion and then my pic removed. It was still very cold, but nice and sunny

I still have to go in on Monday at 10:00 a.m. to get my new prescriptions of the oral antibiotics, though.

I  made some canned soup for lunch and dinner.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Thursday through Saturday

I was supposed to have my last antibiotic in fusion on Thursday and get my pic line removed.. But I wasn't feeling well and started throwing up. That continued until Saturday So, I missed Courtney Esper's retirement party on Friday night.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Hump Day.

I had a really bad night of insomnia. I finally fell asleep around 6:00 a.m. I woke up around 3:00 p.m. which meant I missed my infusion and lunch with Amanda and Keldon. I apparently suck as both a patient and as a friend.

It had snowed overnight or during the morning. No big deal, but the grass was coated when I finally woke up.


I did go and get my infusion on Tuesday. It was really cold and raining. I was surprised it wasn't snowing.


I took Monday off. No infusion. I stayed home.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Easter Sunday

I was way too early for my infusion on Easter Sunday (I usually am). So, I stopped by the Looney bakery and asked if they had any salt bagels left (they never do on my way home).  She said they still had three!!!

So, I bought all three and a tub of cream cheese.

I got my infusion and then headed home. Once I got there, I slowly (slowly) ate all three (each bite slathered with cream cheese.) That was my Easter dinner.

Sometime in the afternoon, Amanda called. Her and Keldon were going to  some restaurant to meet her parents and wondered if I was home. She wanted to wish me a happy Easter. I said, "Um, sure.."

So she pulled in, left the car running with the kid inside and ran in. She gave me a big long hug and a smooch, said Happy Easter and then left.

That was probably the nicest Easter present I ever had.

Later on that night, when I was hungry, I ate a couple of hard boiled eggs (with just salt - the horseradish is gone). I really need to go shopping.

Saturday's Story

After my infusion, I came back home and chilled for the rest of the day. Sorry about the cat thing. I am seriously too pissed about the Friday post right now.

Friday Road Trip

Look, I had like two pages of my Friday blog written. It was a long day. But the damn cat walked across the keyboard and just deleted it. I am not going to fill it back in.

Good Friday?

Okay, so I'm a fallen-away Catholic, I admit. But, I did spend a year at the Sacred Heart Seminary studying to be a priest and memorizing more bible verses than a Jehovah's witness. So, let's review.

Jesus Christ, your Lord and Savior, was arrested today some 2017 years ago. He was scourged (we'd call it whipped, these days) and made to wear a crown of thorns (crude, but they hadn't come up with waterboarding back then, I guess).

Then he had to lug his own cross up the hill where he was crucified by nailing his wrists and feet to that cross.

Sidebar: Nobody gets nailed through their hands. They can't take the weight.

He chats a bit with the two robbers who were crucified along with him.

Then a soldier come by and stabs him with his spear.

I assume at this point he bleeds out and dies.

So, why is this called Good Friday?

Can somebody explain this to me???

Friday, March 30, 2018

Rainy days and Thursdays

It was rainy and cold on Thursday...

My infusion time had been changed to 2:30 p.m. today so I could see the doctor.

That annoyed me as it would be a long wait at the house. But, then I realized that I had lots of other chores to do.

So, I left the house around 11:00 a.m. First I stopped at Time Out to pick up my fudge. Keldon's school was selling it for some fund raiser. It was Marshall's Fudge from Mackinaw (family owned since 1923). I got two kinds: Chocolate English Walnut and Chocolate Cherry Cordial.

From there, I drove up to Farmington and my eye doctor's. I had fallen asleep reading and apparently rolled on my glasses. Both lenses had popped out and the frames were bent. So, I was wearing an old pair. It took them quite a while, but they eventually fixed them (for free).

Sidebar: Love you guys!

I was going to go grocery shopping, but I couldn't find my list! I was also going to get my haircut, but then realized that my barber doesn't work on Thursday.

I did fill up the gas tank on the truck. Then I leisurely drove to Barnes and Nobles to kill more time. Next I drove to the doctor's, but I was still an hour too early. So, I sat out in the truck and read my book until I had to use the bathroom. So, I went inside, apologizing for being a half hour early and used the john.

They took me in early, anyway.

My doctor came in during what I thought was my last infusion. She said they had checked and in the six weeks of this antibiotic, I had missed six days. She said my leg wasn't leaking, but she felt I would really benefit by having the full six weeks. So, she asked if I would come in for one more week. I reluctantly agreed.

I drove home in hard rain. I didn't feel like making dinner, nor did I feel like eating out. So, I stopped at Kroger's and picked up a BBQ rotisserie chicken and a tub of potato salad.

Back home, I treated the cat and changed clothes. I started a  load of laundry and found my missing grocery list in the pocket of one of my dirty shirts.

I had the chicken and potato salad for dinner. The chicken could have used a spicier BBQ sauce and the potato salad was a bit boring. But, it all tasted good and I have leftovers. It still cost me less than a basic chicken dinner at, say Popeye's (which I love).

I watched the Nightly News.

I read until the NHL came on (Red Wings against the Sabers) and we won!

Based on Amanda's recommendation, I tried some of the Chocolate Cherry Cordial fudge for dessert (just a few thin slices - I am a Type 2 diabetic, after all). OMfreakingG!!! Fantastic!!!

I went back to reading until about 11:00 p.m. and then went to sleep.

Thursday, March 29, 2018


It was overcast and cold on Wednesday morning. I went to the doctor's but forgot my short grocery list. So, I just went back home after my infusion.

I spent most of the day reading in the living room

I made a can of Campbell's chicken noodle soup. I ate half for lunch with some crackers and the other half for dinner (with an apple for dessert.)

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday

Okay, so I skipped my infusion on Sunday and Monday. Usually its my favorite nurse, Kristen, calling me asking if I am okay.  This time it was the doctor.

I promised her I would be there on Tuesday and I was. Then I came back home and went to bed.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Saturday, in the park. I think it was the fourth of July

Sidebar: None of that is true.It was the 24th of March and cold as hell. But, I wished it was the fourth of July and I was in a park.

 I didn't do squat. I skipped my infusion. I am sick to death of this shit. Either heal me or let me die, dammit.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Thursday and Friday

Thursday and Friday were non-events.

Except, I got a "Fraud Alert" call on my credit card. They asked me if I had ordered anything from blah, blah, blah. I said no. So, they told me to cut up the card, they would deduct the charges and send me a new one.

Sidebar: This is like the fourth or fifth time somebody hijacked mt credit card.

I am starting to get really pissed!!!

Wednesday and Puerto Ricans

Vicky and her mother Evy came to the house after my infusion. We went out to eat a late breakfast at Leo's Coney Island. I had a full order of biscuits and gravy with a cup of coffee. Victoria had two eggs over easy, hash browns and turkey sausage patties and her usual café con leche. Evy got pancakes with link sausage.

Vicky mentioned that, since she was this far anyway, she would like to go see Courtney. I said, "Sure, why not?" She decided to take them donuts as a treat, so we stopped at the Looney bakery for a dozen. Miracle of miracles, they still had a salt bagel left, so I bought that for later.

Sidebar: When Courtney told her boys that Papa John was coming over, they said, "Is he bringing donuts?" So, now I'm stuck with that, I guess...

We had a nice long visit. Christian was a dinosaur so he made his arms look little and he growled a lot. Vicky and Evy hogged Isaac (the baby) until I finally got to hold him at the very end.

Amanda called. She left work early to babysit Annie's newborn, Rease. I had told her I was with Puerto Rican's in the morning but to let me know what she wanted for dinner and I'd drop it off. So, Courtney, Vicky and Evy all yelled "Hello, Amanda!" into my phone.

So, we eventually left. I got a nice hug from Courtney and, when they dropped me off, a hug from Vicky and Evy as well. I was about hugged out, lol!

I went to the nearest Tubby's. There is one on Grand River off of Inkster and another one at Stark and Plymouth Road. I'm not really sure which is closer. But, I go to the one on Grand River (I "feel" like its closer). I got her a mushroom and steak sub, no tomato with extra sauce. Then i drove to Annie's to deliver it.

Rease was sleeping so we watched some TV while she ate half of her sub.

Sidebar: She didn't tell me what size (6-inch, 8-inch or 12-inch) so I went with 8-inch. I'm pretty sure there's a joke in there somewhere, but I wouldn't touch it with a 10-foot pole, lol!

The baby eventually woke up. Amanda changed him and gave him to me.

Sidebar: They have a seriously sophisticated baby monitor. You can see the little munchkin on the display in the living room.

I did my usual Papa John moves. I have had four kids and learned early on that baby's can read your facial expression. So, while he was looking intently at me, I would give him a big smile. He smiled back! We did that for a long time. Cute little kid!!!

I told Amanda to tell Annie if she ever needed a babysitter to let me know. I also told her I could burp a baby better than her.

I finally left and got yet another hug and a smooch.

Back home, I cooked up some potatoes and a ham slice for dinner. I mashed the potatoes with milk, butter, dried parsley and a raw egg (I always do). I made some jarred pork gravy and applied it liberally to the potatoes and ham steak.

I skipped TV and read a book in the living room until bedtime. I ate my salt bagel for a treat.


I got my usual infusion on Tuesday. It was sunny. but cold. And the wind was fierce. It cut right through my leather coat!

Back home, the damn cat had thrown up on the bed. So, (pissed off) I threw the blanket and the downstairs towel and wash cloth in the washer.

Sidebar: I really was pissed and didn't hit the spot on the blanket with Shout! As a result, when I took it out of the dryer, the stain was still there! Dammit!

Amanda had to work yet another double shift. She did her usual (Monday and Tuesday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) but then had to go back to work a party for 20 people at 6:00 p.m. They specifically asked for her (she is a damn good waitress).

Sidebar: These were the guys who put on the car show at the barn (a local landmark on Middle Belt and a farmer's market in the summer).

So, during her break, she called and asked what I was doing. I said, "Nothing." which is what I am usually doing at 2:00 p.m. We agreed to meet at Mason's, a sports bar at Farmington and I-96, for a late lunch.

I had never been there before. Amanda likes to surprise me with new places (It's part of her "get the old guy out of the house" program that my brother Carl and daughter Melissa supports)

Sidebar: I am on to both of you.

Anyway, I was torn between the patty melt, the Detroit coney or the three sliders. I eventually went with the three sliders topped with grilled onions. Amanda ordered the same, but with cheese. We split an appetizers of cheese filled potato skins. By the time I ate a potato skin, I could barely finish one slider. So, I took my two remaining slider and one potato skin home with me. Amanda took hers into work for her dinner.

The cat had barfed on the blanket again. This time I treated the old stain and the new one with Shout and washed it again along with the bedding.

I heated up my two sliders after taking the pickles off (hot pickles are just weird) for my dinner.

I ate the remaining potato skin as a treat, watching NCIS. NCIS New Orleans was not on, so I ended up watching Bull (Not a favorite) and went to bed at 11:00  p.m.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Birthday Shoutout!

Happy birthday to my grandson, Carl V, who turns 23 years old today. Where did the time go?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


I woke up with the alarm on Monday. I had some cold cereal for breakfast and then shaved, showered and got dressed for my infusion.

Driving to the doctor's, I noticed that it was nice and sunny, but cold.

Back home, I took the trash receptacle out to the road. The recycle one was still almost empty.

Amanda called around noon. She offered to buy me lunch after her work. Free lunch? I said sure.

Since it was Monday, we went to the Big Boy on Six Mile and Newburgh. Why? Because the soup of the day on Monday is Canadian cheese, which is excellent. Along with a cup of soup each, we split a club sandwich.

Scott was bringing Keldon from school to the dentist around here someplace. She had some time to kill and wanted to check out some new work shoes. I offered to come with her and she accepted. So, we drove our respective vehicles to the Sears store at Seven Mile and Middlebelt.

She couldn't find anything at Sears, so we tried Kohl's.

While we were checking out their shoes, my phone rang. It was my dentist, wondering where I was.

Sidebar: Damn, I completely forgot my 2:00 p.m. appointment to get that little hole in my cap filled.

I told Cindy I was about 10 miles away. She asked if I could come in at 4:15 p.m. I said sure.

Kohl's was a bust, too. So she left for her dentist and I drove to mine. I had time, so I stopped at home to brush my teeth and start a load of laundry.

The filling didn't take very long and was virtually painless. The pain came when I had to pay the bill, lol!

I took Inkster back home. On a whim, I went to the Chinese takeout next to CVS on Plymouth Road. I got a quart of chicken fried rice. So, dinner was solved.

I watched the news for a while. When I got hungry, I ate a big bowl of the chicken fried rice.

When the news ended, I switched to reading in the living room, covered with a throw and a cat. When I started nodding off around midnight, I went to bed.

Monday, March 19, 2018


I was ill when I woke up on Sunday. I alternated between being freezing cold and sweating like a pig. Other than getting some coffee and a towel to wipe my face, I stayed in bed all day.

Sidebar: That was really a pity as it was  sunny and warm out for a change.

I ate some crackers and cheese when I got hungry. I also ate some Greek yogurt and a Honeycrisp apple.

Come Saturday Morning

I overslept on Saturday. It was because I was dreaming I was cold and just wanted to snuggle under the covers. When I finally woke up, I realized I was really cold! WTF?

I checked the thermostat and it was 67 degrees. I went downstairs to check on the furnace (which was running). The bi-fold door stuck so I ripped it off.

Sidebar: I am not apologizing nor explaining. I am merely reporting. I have anger issues at times.

The blower was running, but there was no flame. I tried turning it off and then back on (my IT training) but it didn't work.

I couldn't find Scott Pace's number, so I called Michelle. I got her voicemail. I left a message. Then I found Scott's number and called him. I got his voicemail. I left a message.

Sidebar: Remember this was like 7:30 a.m.

So, I got in the shower (at least that was warm). Sure enough, the phone rang. So, I totally soaked the little mat while I answered it. Scott said he couldn't come right away and I said I understood (its not like my pipes were freezing or anything) and I told him I had to get my stupid infusion anyway. So we agreed to meet around noon.

I got dressed and went to the doctor's.

On the way, I called Amanda. We were supposed to go to another Painting with a Twist with Keldon today and then she had a secret adventure planned for me.

Sidebar: Damn kid doesn't seem to understand that I like to be alone and stay in my house. She keeps dragging me places. Worse yet, I think my daughter Melissa is in on this effort as well!!!

Anyway, I'd already paid for my ticket at Painting with a Twist so I left her a message to take either one of her friends or one of Keldon's in my place. No sense wasting the money.

Sidebar: She took Megan, one of Keldon's classmates and his friend. They had a blast.

On the way back from the doctor's, I thought I'd stop at Bates for some biscuits and gravy (no sense rushing home to a cold house). But the little parking lot was full!

So, I went to Leo's Coney Island and got a half order with a cup of coffee. I was very disappointed. The gravy wasn't warm enough. I should have sent it back to get reheated. But, I was in a foul mood and just ate it anyway. Then I sat there for a long time, sucking down coffee refills and watching a cute waitress with nice boobs and an amazing butt.

I finally gave up, paid my $6.02 (plus tip) and went home. I changed clothes and got my tee-shirt of the day.

Sidebar: I usually wear a ripped up old one. But, after the Goodwill effort, I realized just how many tee-shirts I have that I never wear. So, I'll save the old ripped up one for something like painting and wear a new shirt everyday.

BTW, I bought a new tee-shirt (is that how you write it? I dunno. T-shirt, maybe?) just for Saint Patrick's Day.

Today's shirt (back)

Today's shirt (front) The barn is a local landmark and has a farmer's market in the summer.

Scott showed up around 11:30 a.m. He said he already knew what the problem was, based on our phone call (damn! He's good!). So, he took some gizmo off the back of the furnace and replaced it. I don't remember him telling me what it was, just that it was not the ignightor, which I thought it might be.

I asked him if it was time to replace the furnace, so he looked around and found it was installed  in 1996. So, it's 21 years old. He said it's not the age, but the level of carbon monoxide it emits. So, he let the furnace run a while and then put a handy-dandy tester next to the outlet in the downstairs bathroom.

Sidebar: I told him I have carbon monoxide testers in all the smoke alarms. He said that didn't really matter as I would be dead before it ever went off. Um, good to know. I told him I have a cat and if she's ever dead, I would leave the house immediately.

While we were waiting, Scott carefully put the door back on. Thanks, man. My bad...

His test device (which cost almost $400 because I asked) showed a level of 0.02. He said that NO CO2 was the norm, but it wouldn't kill me. However, if I wanted to replace the furnace it would be about $2K.

He mentioned that I wouldn't be using it all that much anymore and we could talk about it in the Fall.

We were bullshitting in the garage when he mentioned the kayack. I told him I bought it to go fishing on Newburgh lake, but never could figure out how to get in it or, worse yet, how to get out of it. I mean, I could ask Amanda (she's helped my ass up more times than I like to recall) but what would she do while I was fishing?

Anyway, he said he was too fat, but his skinny brother would like it. So, I traded it for the furnace repair.

Sidebar #1: Scott is not fat. He is just huge. He's shorter than me, but I have never properly shaken his hand. It's just too damn big. The only vestige I have from working in the factory is my wrists.

Sidebar #2: Jake told me at my age and severely diminished income, I need to learn to barter. I think I just did!!!

Sidebar #3: I was telling Amanda about the furnace going out and how I traded the kayak for the repair"Oh no! I was going to ask you to borrow that this summer!". I said, "Why in the hell didn't you tell me that?" She said, "Because it's winter!" I suppose there is some sort of logic here, but I still felt bad.

I went to a nearby deli that was offering St. Patrick Day dinners. I bought corned beef, roasted potatoes and cabbage for $11:00. I thought it was cheaper than buying the ingredients and making it myself. Plus, there would not be those damn leftovers.

The corned beef was excellent and the roasted potatoes were great. But the cabbage was overcooked and mushy. I didn't care. I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner!

I was feeling a little weird, so I laid down and watched TV for the rest of the night.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Friday's Road Trip

Friday morning, I had cold cereal (I prefer Honey Bunches of oats with almonds, myself) for breakfast. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed for my morning infusion.

My favorite nurse told me the test results came back and I do NOT have clostridium difficile (a nasty bowel infection that's hard to cure). That's good news/bad news. If I don't, why have I had constant diarrhea for the last three months?

Back home, I chilled for a moment and then hit the road to make my 12:45 p.m. appointment with my primary care physician.

I totally misjudged the time. In my defense, I have always gone on Saturday (since I was working) and traffic was a lot heavier. But, I was close with 45 minutes to spare. So, I decided to get lunch.

There were no fast food joints nearby, so I settled on a Chinese restaurant at Garfield and 16 Mile called May Hong. I know Ten Yen has spoiled me, but really? The won ton soup had a weird sweet flavor to the broth. And the chicken sub gum was mostly celery and carrots.

Sidebar: Carrots? Who the fuck puts carrots in a Chinese dish?

Worst of all was the rice. It was white rice!!! WTF???

So, seven bucks and a tip later, and pissed off, I went to the doctor's.

I spent some time at the window, changing my insurance.

It took a long while but I finally saw my doctor. She was concerned and ordered an EKG and blood work.

I passed the EKG with flying colors.

Sidebar: I always do. If and when I die, it will not be because of my heart. HEART STRONG!!!

They took about a gallon of my blood and then I met with the doctor again. Apparently, my giving the infectious disease doctor her card worked, because she was up to date on my treatment.

She said the stool sample I gave them (don't ask) only checked for clostridium difficile. so she gave me a mail in kit (thank God) to check for other problems. She doubled up on my blood pressure medicine and asked me to come back in two weeks.

I drove back home (you have no idea how difficult that is with impaired vision).

BTW, my friend B___ told me if I get in a wreck and they can prove I have cataracts, I  am screwed. But, Vicky and Amanda were working. Courtney is home with her three kids and everyone else is far away.

When I got home, I changed clothes and took a nap.

When I woke up, I thought I would make a frozen pizza. But that seemed like a lot of work. So I ate cheese and crackers again and fell asleep watching TV.

Friday, March 16, 2018


I woke up before the alarm on Thursday. Since I had the time, I made scrambled eggs for breakfast.

It was cold, but sunny on the way to the doctors. The sun warmed up the inside of the truck nicely! The sample I gave them yesterday was sent to the lab, but the results had not come in. So, more waiting and wondering...

When I got out of there, it was still cold, but cloudy. So, now it felt as cold as it was.

I stopped by the house to brush my teeth before proceeding to the dentist.

Sidebar: When I called and made the appointment to get my tooth looked at, Cindy asked me if I broke my tooth or loss a cap. I didn't know. Luckily for me, when it happened, I had put it in my shirt pocket (not wanting to gross out our waitress). So, I dug my shirt out of the dirty clothes basket and took it with me.

It turned out to be a cap!!! Which meant I wouldn't have to pay $2-3K out of pocket to have it capped.The dentist did say it had a slight hole in it that would need to be filled, but he could cement it back on for right now. So, they did that. Then I got my cleaning and my x-rays (previously scheduled for next Saturday).

Paying cash, I got a 15% senior discount. I paid $186.00 for today and made an appointment set up for next Monday at 2:00 p.m. to have the cap filled. That will cost another $110.00. So, I really lucked out!!!

I dropped off the bag of clothes at the Goodwill. Then I got the truck washed (to get rid of the salt) on the way home.

Once home, I changed clothes and got back to work. I swept the office, hallway and the bedroom wood floors. Then I mopped them with the Swiffer Jet wood cleaner. So, I was effectively stuck in the living room, kitchen and downstairs.

I began to clean the Keurig with more white vinegar. This takes a while, so in between, I washed all the glass surfaces in the living room. Once the Keurig tank and guts were clean, I started the dishwasher to clean the part of the Keurig where you place the cups (there were enough dishes and I was running out of silverware).

I moved everything out of the kitchen except for the table and swept the kitchen floor with a broom. Then I ran over it again with the electric sweeper. By that time, the wood floors were dry.

So, I got another bucket of hot water and Pine Sol and mopped the kitchen floor. That trapped me in the office, bedroom and bathroom.

My legs hurt, so I put my feet up on the bed and watched rest of the news.

Once the kitchen floor was dry, I moved all the chairs back in from the living room.

Amanda had called and asked if I wanted to go to dinner with her and Keldon after karate, but I told her I had too much stuff to do. So, I made a blue box of mac & cheese for dinner.

I ate that watching TV. Later on I had some grapes and half an apple for snacks.

I was tired and went to bed at 11:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Working Wednesday

I left for the doctor's an hour later on Wednesday. They had called and asked if I minded coming in later as they had overbooked my usual time by mistake. I really didn't care, except it meant I lost an hour on a day I swore I would get more of my lengthy ToDo list whittled down.

It was cold, but clear.

On the way back home, I stopped at Westborn for more grated Parmesan cheese. Since I was there anyway, I got some green graples and four HoneyCrisp apples.

I also stopped at CVS for some AAA batteries. The ones in my blood pressure cuff quit on Tuesday (but they were over a year old).

I got home just after 12:00 p. So, I ate a sandwich for lunch. Then I changed clothes and got to work.

I started with the Wednesday wash. Then I swept the downstairs floor. Upstairs, I cleaned the humidifier with white vinegar.

By then, the washer had stopped. I put the clothes in the dryer and got a bucket of hot water and Pine-Sol. I grabbed the mop and mopped the downstairs floor (first time in a long, long time). By the time I finished the water in the bucket was black!

Next, I started going through my clothes looking for things that no longer fit. I finished going through my dresser, the bedroom closet, the office closet and the downstairs closet. I filled another garbage bag! I put that in the truck to take to the Goodwill.

The floor was dry when the dryer went off, so I hung up or folded all the clothes.

I thought about it and decided to wash the downstairs floor again (that black water freaked me out). So, I prepared another bucket and mopped it all again. This time the water was just gray. I can live with that.

Note to self: Wash this floor every two weeks or so!

I was tired and hungry and it was after 6:00 p.m. So, I warmed up another bowl of Melissa and Dave's eggplant and artichoke. I topped that with some of the grated Parmesan cheese and dug in. Still deliciously different.

I cleaned up the kitchen. My legs were tired (I should have taken a break in there somewhere). So, I decided to quite for the night.

I watched TV until the news at 11:00 p.m. I watched that and then went to bed.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Then it was Tuesday

It was damn cold Tuesday morning! I had oatmeal for breakfast and then shaved, showered and got dressed for the doctor's. I got my infusion and then left to get my haircut.

From there, I stopped at Kroger's and got a few things I needed. Then I went home.

Amanda had to work a split shift (10:30 - 2:00 and then 5:00 to 10:00) due to a large party. Since it was Tuesday, she asked me if I wanted to meet her at Panera's for a late lunch.

Sidebar: Panera's soup of the day on Tuesday is chicken and rice which I had never tried, but Amanda said it was great.

So, I met her over there a little after 2:00 p.m. Before I left, I threw a big bag of my old (too big) pants in the truck.

She was right! The soup was great!

She asked me what I was doing the rest of the day and I said I was dropping off some clothes to the Goodwill (across Middlebelt). She said she would tag along and see if there were any good clothes for Keldon.

She bought an amazing amount of clothes for Keldon and three pair of jeans for herself for $38.00!

Then she left to get a pedicure and I went home.

There was a threat of snow between 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., but all we got around here were a few flakes, every now and then.

The doctor's office called and asked if I could come in for my infusion at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday. I said sure.

I went out later and took the trash and recycle bins around back. I got in the mail as well.

I ate that leftover Reuben sandwich and fries for dinner. I heated the sandwich in the microwave and the fries in the oven (so they wouldn't get soggy)

I watched my usual NCIS shows and went to bed at 11:30 (after the news).

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


On Monday morning, my blood sugar was really low. So, I ate a piece of hard candy I keep for emergencies.

My infectious disease doctor always sees me on Monday. I was supposed to be done on March 19, but I am still leaking and she thinks I should probably go for another week after that at least.She also said my blood pressure was still too high and suggested I go see my primary care physician.

Sidebar: I'm falling apart!!!

Back home, I rolled the trash can and the recycle bin out to the road before we get the promised snow.

Then I called the dentist. Earliest they can get me in is Thursday. I said I'd take it.

Next, I called my real doctor and got an appointment for Friday at 12:45.

It was lightly snowing, then it came back a bit harder. Still, nothing is sticking on the ground.

I had soup for lunch, then I took a nap.

When I woke up, I watched a DIY show and the the news.

I made some of that eggplant and artichoke pasta Melissa brought me for dinner. It was different, but very good! I still have a ton of it left. That was a big container!

I messed around on the computer and wrote out another check to another doctor. Then I went back to the TV.

We had a few snow squalls blow through and by the time I went to bed at 11:30 p.m. the grass and driveway were covered.

Monday, March 12, 2018


I went to my doctor's on Sunday and got my antibiotics. When they checked my vitals (they do every day) my blood pressure was really high. They checked it again a half hour later and it was still high.

I wasn't feeling all that good. So, I went home and went back to bed. I stayed there most of the day. I was either freezing or sweating.

I took out the pasta with eggplant and artichoke that Dave had made to thaw for dinner. But, it was in a big container and was still frozen when I went to warm it up. So, I just ate crackers and cheese with yet another hard boiled egg.

Sidebar: I had to call Melissa to see what it was called. It wasn't labeled and I forgot. We chatted for a bit then I went back to bed.

It was a complete waste of a Sunday.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Shitty Saturday

After my infusion on Saturday, I was back home around 10:00 a.m. I swept the kitchen floor and did two loads of laundry.

Sidebar: With these daily trips to the doctors, I keep running out of clothes. And don't get me started on how much gas I have to put in the truck!

Amanda called from Keldon's karate class (right down the road, next to Chin's Chinese restaurant and across from Roush Building 50 on Plymouth Road). She said she and Keldon were going to lunch at Chili's and did I want to come. I said sure.

We met there at 11:30 a.m. I got my usual: A buffalo chicken sandwich, but with Bleu cheese dressing instead of their normal ranch (some traditions must be sacred) and fries. Keldon got the mac & cheese off the kids menu with a side of Mandarin oranges. Amanda, after much hemming and hawing, ordered the chicken fajitas (she is still worried about eating hard food with her temporary tooth).

So, I'm happily eating away when I take a bit of my sandwich and break off MY tooth! WTF? It was a soft brioche bun and a chicken breast. Nothing hard. I went in the bathroom and checked. Sure enough, it was the top tooth on the left side of my two front teeth!

I went back to the table and yelled at Amanda, telling her she had somehow infected me. She made me smile and said, "Yep, there's a gap." Then she said something I thought was odd. She said, "Well, the good news is that you don't smile that much, so nobody will notice."


They left to go see the movie "Ferdinand" at the dollar show near  their house. I declined and went home.

I turned all the clocks ahead in the house (there are eight in all). But I completely forgot the one in the truck.

I watched some TV. I wasn't all that hungry, so I just ate some pretzel rods dipped in yogurt for dinner. I went to bed around 11:00 p.m., so I missed Saturday Night Live.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Finally Friday

I woke up early on Friday. I had no internet!!! But, I didn't have time and just left early for the doctor's. My favorite nurse was there and we did a little flirting.

Sidebar: Not that it matters. As I told you before, I generally fall in love with one of the nurses while I am in the hospital or in treatment. But, she's married and I am like 40 years older than her. So, it was harmless.


On the way back home, I stopped at the Looney Bakery and bought a dozen donuts and two glazed donuts in a separate bag. I tried to buy a salt bagel, but once again, they were sold out.

From there, I drove to Courtney and Mike's house to drop off the box of donuts. I had a rather long, intensive chat with her son Christian about his pirate ship toys, my cane and boo-boos. Courtney seemed okay, so that made me feel better.

Mike pulled in, just as I was leaving. I asked him how the hell he knew I had brought donuts. He laughed and said he didn't.

Sidebar: I was on the road and truckin' when I saw Courtney's Tupperware bowl and Mike's cell phone charger (from my hospital stay). They were sitting right next to the box of the donuts, but I forgot them.

I stopped at Starbuck's and got a large hot chocolate for Amanda. Then I drove to Time Out. I gave her the glazed donuts (she's afraid to eat anything hard) and the hot chocolate.

I was a little early but they know me. So, I ordered the Reuben sandwich and fries off the Special's menu.

Sidebar: It's a little, old trivia that I know, but did you know the original Reuben did NOT have Thousand Island dressing on it? It was Russian dressing. Not common these days, but you can still buy it.

I ate half of the sandwich and half of the fries (I whispered to Amanda the ones at the Black Label Tavern were a lot better - she laughed and she said she knew that). I got a box and took the rest home.

On the way home, I stopped at Home Depot and got some furnace filters. I was supposed to switch them out March 1st. I normally do every three months on the dot (it's written on the calendar), but I missed it on March 1.

Back home, I tackled the internet problem.The new WOW setup is really different from Brighthouse so I had four or five unused cables by the computer. I finally realized that it's all controlled by the DVR box under the TV which provides my computer internet wirelessly. So, I unplugged that. I gave it a few moments and plugged it back in. It took while to reboot. But, when it did, I was back online!

My time working in IT was not misspent!!!

For dinner, I passed on leftovers and ate two hard boiled eggs slathered with the new horseradish I bought. Man that was hot!!!

I watched some TV, but then my daughter Melissa called. We talked a long, long time. When we finally hung up, I went to bed.

Friday, March 9, 2018


Sidebar: I want you to know that I did not NOT post the blog earlier due to my neglect. I lost my internet and couldn't.

So, on Thursday, I went to my infusion. I did eat a bowl of cereal and milk for breakfast around 6:00 a.m. But on the way home at 10:00 I was hungry. I was going to stop at Bates for some biscuits and gravy, but their little parking lot was full. So, I stopped at my Leo's Coney Island (next to the Home Depot on Middlebelt) and got a half order and a cup of coffee (I usually never order coffee in restaurants, but it was snowing, windy and really cold). It cost me $6.02, but it was  worth it.

Back home, I did a load of laundry, unloaded the dishwasher and started putting the newest dirty dishes inside.

Now, Amanda had a school field trip with Keldon in the morning (at High Velocity in Canton) and a dentist appointment in the afternoon (she lost a visible filling and was really embarrassed about it). I knew all this.

Sidebar: She always volunteers to drive some of the kids to their field trips.

So, after the field trip, she dropped Keldon and the other kids back at school and called to ask if I wanted to go to lunch. I said sure, even though she sounded pissed.

Sidebar: I have been married twice and can handle pissed off women (sometimes - otherwise, I just divorce them, lol.)

So, she showed up around 12:30 p.m., still pissed. We sat and talked for a bit while she vented. Seems like High Velocity is a three story building with sports activities. On the second floor, Keldon started coughing, so she went out to the car to get his inhaler. But, when she got back, the teacher said he couldn't finish the field trip, because he walked to the railing and spit over it onto the first floor. So, he had to just sit there and read, while the rest of the kids played.

I tried to explain that was a boy thing and boys will be boys. That wasn't working, so I gave up.

We talked about lunch and finally (it was a long discussion) decided on the Black Label Tavern (Plymouth Road past Farmington). We went there once before and she was there with her family another time.

She was worried about eating anything hard (because of her tooth), so she got the pulled pork sandwich with some of the best damn fries I ever tasted (we often share food if we think its good). I got the loaded baked potato soup and something they called the "Very Berry Salad."

That was the best salad I ever had! It had sliced strawberries, big black berries, blueberries, dried cranberries, raisins, crunchy nuts, and feta cheese with a very light raspberry vinegaret dressing over wild greens.


I took home most of the soup (I can't eat all that much these days. My stomach is all messed up.) But I finished that salad!

She took home half of her sandwich for Scott and then we left.

We sat in the living room and bullshitted for a couple of hours. Then she left to get Keldon, drop him off at her mother's and go to the dentist.

I was texting my friend Courtney when she mentioned that she had a miscarriage yesterday.That bummed me out. But, as I told her, she already has three boys under four years old and maybe it was time to give her body a break. She just laughed and said her and Mike were going to try again in the Fall.

Amanda sent me a text after the dentist. It didn't go well. They could only do a temporary filling and she'll need either a crown or a bridge, neither of which are cheap. So, I was bummed again.

I used the last of Melissa's lunch meat to make a huge turkey sandwich with Swiss cheese, lettuce and mayonnaise for my dinner, along with one of her pickles.

I watched "Young Guns" and "Young Guns II" and then finally fell asleep around 1:30 a.m..

Thursday, March 8, 2018


I finally have something to tell you. Amanda picked up myself and her mother, Fran and we went to bingo.

For the first time, I won one! I think Amanda was more excited  than I was. I had to split the payoff with another lady, so I only got $30.00. But, I got to yell Bingo!

Monday and Tuesday

It's getting to be that my infusion is the most exciting thing in my days. Monday and Tuesday were no different...

I am counting on this dry spell ending once I can get outside and do some gardening or woodworking. It just needs to be warmer and I need to feel better.


After the doctor's, I went to breakfast with Amanda and Keldon. I met them at the Big Boy's on Ford Road in Dearborn. But there was long line and a 35 minute wait. Keldon had a birthday party to get to, so we left there and went to Leo's Coney Island (also on Ford Road). I had a full order of biscuits and sausage gravy, Amanda had a half order and Keldon got two eggs over easy, bacon and dry wheat toast.

That was the highlight of my day.


Saturday was yet another boring day. After the doctor's, I did some cleaning and washed the bedding. I also did some reading in the living room.

Belated Birthday Shoutout

I completely missed Jyl's birthday on Tuesday! Sorry. :(

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Hump Day

I went and got my IV on Wednesday. As usual, I turned the cell phone to vibrate, as Amanda usually calls me on her way to work and I don't want to bother the other patients.

Sidebar: this will become important a bit later.

From there, I went to the Nissan dealership to get the truck serviced. I had already scheduled the appointment because, it's no where near the mileage, but long past the due date. I figured it might take an hour or so, but they said there had been a recall on something or another on the transmission and it might take two hours! I got my estimate for $60.00 (the recall was free).

Sidebar: I know that's a little more than at one of the instant oil change places, but they also rotate the tires, check tire depth and the brakes, etc. Plus, I paid for the extended warranty, so if anything ever comes up, I have a record of all my service dates.

I said, "Okay" and went and got a cup of coffee and a really good bagel in the waiting room.

They came back an hour and a half with some dirty filters ( my air cleaner and the cabin filter). They both were dirty and they asked me if I wanted them replaced. I, of course, said, "Sure."

I finished my book and was bored af by the time they came to tell me the truck was ready. My $60.00 estimate turned out to be $186.42!!! WTF? The filters weren't that expensive, it was the labor.

So, what? You had to hire a midget to climb up the duct work and replace the cabin filter?

I paid the damn money and was home after 2:00 p.m.

I checked the phone and saw I missed a call from my brother Joe. The phone was still on vibrate.

We talked for a long time. I assured him I was doing okay. He said they were headed out in a few days for yet another cruise, this time for China and Japan. I wished them well and took a nap.

Sidebar:My sleep cycle is all fncked up. I can't stay awake in the afternoon and can't sleep during the night.

Amanda's call woke me up. She was just leaving Keldon's karate class at 6:30 p.m. and wondered if I wanted to get some dinner at Daly's (an old school restaurant at Plymouth and Merriman - been there for years.)

So, I agreed. But, it was not pleasant. I was still pissed about the cost of the truck and she had had a bad day at work.

So, neither of us was a good dinner companion. Poor Keldon!

We left and continued our debate texting at home. At one point I wrote "If I wanted to spend dinner with a bitch, I would have asked one of my two ex-wives." Yeah, not cool.

Later on, she sent a text asking me if this was our first fight. I saw that and couldn't keep from laughing. So, I sent her a text apologizing. She responded that she was sorry as well.

I tried to watch the first episode of a mini-series about the death of Tupac and B.I.G. Notorious that I had taped. 

But I fell asleep in the middle of it..

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Tuesday's Tale

I woke up early again on Tuesday. I ate some scrambled eggs for breakfast while watching the morning news. I finally shaved, showered and got dressed for my morning IV.

I called my barber and got an appointment for a haircut while I was still hooked up at the doctor's. So, I went there and got one. Then I stopped at Kroger's for some milk, eggs and a head of cauliflower.  I drove home dodging potholes. I was on Inkster when I saw a cargo van that hit one, shredding his tire. He didn't stop, but just kept riding on the rim!

I went for another late lunch with Amanda. We went to Olive Gardens (her choice, not mine). I had the eggplant Parmesan while she ordered something that looked suspiciously like chicken quesadillas (I forget what it was called). She offered to come home and help me with the fallen tree branch, but I told I would be okay.

So, when I got home, I went out back and cut up the fallen branch. I threw it all over the fence as it came off a tree from there.

Back inside, I changed clothes and started a load of laundry. Then I took a long nap.

When I woke up, I cut up the cauliflower. I briefly thought about roasting it in the oven, but just boiled it instead. I ate most of that with butter and salt for dinner.

My friend B___ called and we talked for a while. He said the weather in Arizona was ten degrees less than the 60 degrees we had up here! So much for being a snowbird.

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

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Monday Moanin'

I slept like crap, waking up almost every hour on the hour. I finally gave up at 5:00 a.m. and got up.

I ate some oatmeal watching the news. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed. I was way too early for my 9:30 a.m. IV, but was tired of being home. So, I went and got the truck washed first. It's supposed to be nice (sunny and warm) until Thursday.

I always see the doctor (in the IV room) on Monday. She asked me how I was responding to the IV antibiotics. I told her the yogurt fixed the throwing up, but I still have diarrhea. She asked how often and I told her I didn't really pay attention. She said to pay attention and if it's more than five times a day, I should tell the nurses. Then they can check me for something or another (I forget the medical term) and, if I have it, they will need to administer yet another antibiotic to kill the bad bacteria in my stomach.

I was not happy about that.

She checked out my leg and said it was still leaking, but not as much. She said she thought the current treatment of the IV and oral antibiotics was keeping it down, but that I should realize I would most likely have to take oral antibiotics for the rest of my life.

I was really not happy about that!

On that happy note, I drove home.

I went out back to see if I had any branches come down with Sunday's high winds. There were small ones here and there, but a big one broke off a tree in the vacant lot next store and landed on the sailboat.

I'll get it down tomorrow when its supposed to be 60 degrees.

On a brighter note, the crocus and daffodils are popping up, so Spring is right around the corner.

Amanda asked if I wanted to go to lunch after she finished work at 1:30 p.m.  I was sick to death of being in this house alone, so I immediately accepted. We met at Panera's. She had her usual broccoli and cheese soup while I went with the baked potato soup.

Back home, I watched some DIY shows and then the news. I made a can of roast beef hash with grilled onions for dinner.

My brother Carl called to see how I was doing. I told him the latest news and he said he bet I really regretted that bike ride back in the day. I thought about it afterwards. In spite of me smashing the shit out of my leg and having to be trucked out to an ambulance on the hood of a jeep, I don't. It was a good day and I have a picture just before the accident to prove it (if I could only find it).

I switched over to the SYFY network and watched the Lone Ranger (the one with Johnny Depp as Tonto) until 10:30 p.m. I messed around on the computer for a while and then I went to bed, hoping to get some sleep..

Monday, February 26, 2018

Sunday's Story

I ate more cold cereal with the last of the damn bananas for breakfast on Sunday. Then I left for my IV.

Back home, I did a load of laundry and started cleaning the house. I got the brilliant idea to use the self-cleaning feature on my oven. Unfortunately, this set off the smoke detectors. It was warm, but windy so I opened some of the windows to air out the smoke. That got out the smoke, but not the smell.

I made a ham sandwich for lunch.

I ate half a can of chili for dinner while watching TV. Then I went to bed just after midnight.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Friday and Saturday

More of the same old stuff. Nothing all that interesting. Sorry...

Friday, February 23, 2018


I went to the doctor's for my IV. I made it back just in time to get a half order of Bates biscuits and gravy. (they stop serving it at 10:30.)

It was delicious, BTW.

I left there and went to to Kroger's. I backtracked from there and dropped off my binoculars to Amanda for her concert.

Sidebar: She better not lose them or I will kick her cute little butt.

I stopped at Courtney's house and left the rest of the spaghetti on her back steps.Why? I love the spaghetti pictures of her boys and I didn't want to eat the leftovers. Back home, I took a well deserved nap.

When I woke up, I ate a sandwich for my dinner. Then I went back to bed. Not sure why, but I am almighty tired.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Wet Wednesday

It was still raining when I woke up on Wednesday. I ate some oatmeal with another banana for breakfast, then I shaved, showered and got dressed for my IV.

Sidebar: Did I ever tell you just how much I HATE bananas?

When I got to the doctor's office, I turned my phone to vibrate (like I always do - Amanda usually calls me on her way into work and I don't want to annoy the other patients.)

Sidebar: They told me to not use my cholesterol medicine, atorvastatin, while I was getting my infusions. Apparently, the combination will wreak havoc on my kidneys. Um...  nice to know about a week or so, later.

I stopped by Kroger's on the way home to get some mushrooms. Then I backtracked to Farmington to drop off the cable box, router and the remote. I am officially done with Brighthouse/Spectrum. Seriously? $160 bucks a month for basic cable and internet? I asked for a deal as I was now on a fixed income and they they said basically, "Fuck you." So, I switched to WOW and saved $50.00 for the next two years.

I got the mail. It was just more doctor bills. I had already hit up my saving to cover the last round, but I tapped into another $200.00 to pay more bills.

Sidebar: This is killing me... and I haven't even paid off my infusions, yet. I literally can't afford to be healthy.

I missed Amanda's morning call. So, I called her back. She was already at Time Out and refilling mayonnaise cups, lol!

She is going to the Ten-man county concert she won those tickets for on Thursday. Her seats are up in the balcony (which is too bad as she has a real fear of heights - she's never flown on an airplane, for example) and was trying to borrow some binoculars. I told her I had some that I used for hunting and bird watching. I said I would lend them to her as long as she didn't lose them in the mosh pit. You know how crazy these country concerts can be!

I sauteed the mushrooms in some butter. Then I pulled them off and set them aside. I added some olive oil and sauteed a sliced onion. I ate about half of the mushrooms while I waited for the onions to soften.

Sidebar: I am sure I have told you this in the past, but I love mushrooms. A farmer used to pay my dad to do his taxes with boxes of mushrooms (that's what he grew) and my Mom would fry them up and we feasted on them.

I pulled off the onions and browned a pound of ground chuck. When that was done, I poured off the grease and added back the onions and mushrooms and a jar of  Bertolli tomato and basil sauce (It was in my pantry and I was too tired to make anything then).

I made some thick spaghetti (I dislike the thin stuff like angel hair) and put the sauce into the pasta, I ate two big bowls, but realized I will have to eat this for the next week or so...

I missed yet another phone call from Amanda. That's when I realized I never turned the damn phone off of vibrate. I called her back and apologized..

I watched the Olympics until I fell asleep.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Tuesday and more rain.

After I went for my IV, I was kinda stuck in the house, waiting for the WOW guy.

I felt bad, because he had to climb the telephone pole in the rain.

Amanda stopped by with a buffalo chicken sandwich for me and a French dip sandwich for her from Arby's. We ate lunch in the living room while the WOW guy worked in the bedroom.

She left and then the WOW guy left. I went in the bedroom and watched more Olympics.

I had the rest of the chili for dinner. I fell asleep watching the damn Olympics.


Monday was the usual IV thing. It started raining and has been raining ever since.

Amanda won some free tickets to a country-western concert so I rode up to Southfield with her to pick them up.

We ate lunch at a Greek restaurant. I'm not sure if she used to work there but she knew everybody and talked with most of them. One of the waitresses sat in our booth and ate her lunch with us. I had a lamb gyro and Amanda got a chicken gyro. We shared some fries.

Back home, I watched the Olympics.

I ate some of Melissa's chili for dinner.I think she said it was made with goung turkey, but I couldn't tell.

Sunday Supper

Since I went to bed early, I missed Amanda's good night text. Unlike Vicky (who works early and texts me each day around  8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.), Amanda's texts comes around midnight.

Anyway, she said she had gone out for gas and it was snowing!

Sidebar: I need to stop watching the Olympics and take a look look outside now and then.

Sure enough, when I woke up, there was a light coating of snow. But no big deal.

I don't remember what I had for breakfast, but I know there were no bananas involved.

Sidebar: I have like four left from the bunch I bought. I decided I'd rather have diarrhea that eat them. So, maybe I'll make them into banana bread or something or just throw them out.


I shaved, showered and got dressed and left for my infusion appointment.

Sidebar: My brother Carl asked me why I still shower and shave daily, since I'm retired. I told him that (A) I am very hairy and look like a bum if I don't shave daily and (B) I don't want to stink. Makes me kinda glad I don't live closer to him, if you get my drift...

I drove straight home after the doctor's.

I cleaned both bathrooms while I waited for Amanda.

Let me set the scene. Scott was at work. His parents were down from Oscoda and staying at their house. They wanted to take Keldon shopping (to stores they don't have up there). Amanda's other BFFs (I know I'm one because it said so on my candy, LOL)  had just gone to Benihana's and she was telling me about it a few days ago. I mentioned that I had never been there (I don't think) and asked her what it was.

That was a mistake, maybe.

So, today's adventure (read that as get the old guy out of his house) was a trip to Benihana.

Sidebar: She told me it was expensive (and it was) but not if you looked at it as dinner and a show. Because the chefs are in front of you and do put on quite a show.

She had made reservations for us at 2:00 p.m. So, she picked me up and we got there early

Sidebar: I am still not sure where the hell we were. It was on Haggerty off of Eight mile. So, I don't know if it was Northville, Farmington Hills or Novi. They all tend to run together.

We finally got seated and I watched the chef working the table next to us. He was Asian and didn't do anything spectacular, other than making delicious looking food.

Sidebar: I was starving...

We had interesting table companions. There was a guy who worked in construction, his wife (a retired teacher) and their daughter who worked as a waitress. She and Amanda instantly bonded.

Sidebar: Waitress talk. You ever say, "How are you doing" and they just say "I'll have a water." Etc, etc.,etc...

The other two were black women. One as a real estate agent and I never heard what her friend did.

Finally, the Asian chef left and our chef showed up. He was a black kid, from France and only 19 years old! But he was good.

Sidebar: He asked me if I liked egg rolls. I said sure. So he flipped his spatula upside down and rolled an egg down it. Cute.

We had some soup first and then a salad.

Sidebar: Amanda didn't like the ginger salad dressing so asked for another bowl of soup instead. She ate most of it and I finished the rest, lol. I liked the salad dressing, BTW. I thought it was refreshing.

Then our chef got busy. I don't remember the name of what I ordered but it was scallops and a steak (medium rare). Amanda ordered the same thing (medium well), except with shrimp. I asked for shrimp fried rice, while she ordered chicken fried rice (two bowls so she could take some home for the guys).

The chef dished out the veggies. It was zucchini and onions. I had to laugh. Amanda picked out every piece of zucchini and put it on my plate. He also fried some mushrooms before my scallops and steak. The food was excellent. My share of the bill was $45.00 not including the tip. But, for a once in a lifetime thing, it was worth it.

I was really stuffed. She dropped me off and I took a nap.

I went back to watching the Olympics when I woke up. I didn't feel like eating a real dinner, so I just made some popcorn and ate that instead.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


I just overslept  on Monday (seriously) and Tuesday. will post when I get back from the IV. Quit picking on me, dammit!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Happy (?) Anniversary

It was on this day in 2012 I had my spine fused.

Saturday's Story

Saturday's breakfast was oatmeal with no banana. I just couldn't bring myself to eat one.

I got back from the doctor's office around 10:30 a.m. I sent Vicky a text, letting her know I was home and changed my shirt.

The cat had barfed on the blanket on the bed. I got the chunks off and threw it into the washer.

Vicky and Evy picked me up around 11:00 a.m. and we headed out to Waterford to see our friend, Michelle Pace.

We got there in less than an hour. Michelle's mom let us in (Scott was at work). Michelle was sitting in a recliner, covered with a blanket. She gave each of us one of her famous hugs.

She said she was very sore, but otherwise doing okay. We sat and visited for a couple of hours. She was disappointed that Yanessa wasn't there, but Vicky explained it was Daniel's (her father) birthday and she was over there. Michelle suggested she bring her the next time and the three of them could go roller skating. I said I'd sit and watch...

We made out goodbyes (this time Michelle got up to hug each of us) and headed back out. There was some major construction on  south-bound Telegraph, but Vicky's handy GPS took us on a short detour and we avoided the worst of it.

We got to my house and, after more hugs, I went inside. I threw the blanket in the dryer and got in the truck. I ran over to CVS to get my prescription.

Since I was out anyway and hungry, I stopped in at Arby's and got a buffalo chicken sandwich meal.

I ate that watching more of the Olympics. It was delicious, but somewhat messy.

The rest of the day I spent reading and half-watching the Olympics.

Since I had eaten lunch so late, I wasn't hungry until about 9:00 p.m. I didn't bother making anything, I just ate two hard boiled eggs with some horseradish.

Since I missed my nap, I went to bed at 11:30 p.m.