Monday, May 21, 2018

Monday, Monday...

Sunday

I woke up early on Sunday, so I read in bed until it was light out.It was still overcast.

I had a cup of coffee and made over-easy eggs (fried in bacon grease) with toast for breakfast. Then I did the Sunday morning chores.

It sprinkled off and on all morning. It seemed to clear up around 2:00 p.m., so I drove to Westborn. I wanted to see if they had any sweet corn yet. Turns out they did! I bought five ears of bi-color sweet corn for $1.99. On the way to the register, I spotted some big, fat Michigan-grown asparagus. So, I bought a bunch of those as well.

It sprinkled again on the way home... I trimmed the sweetcorn and put it in a water-filled stock pot to soak.

Around 4:00 p.m.the sun came out. So, I got the new mower out and went to cut the rest of the back lawn. It took about 50 minutes. The mower walked right through the long grass. The only difficulty was I had to empty the grass catcher after every two passes.

I put away the mower and then read a bit in the living room with my legs up. Then I loaded up the charcoal chimney and fired it up (took a while to find some newspaper - I ended up using the Kroger circular).

When the coals were ready, I scrubbed the grate and oiled it. First I grilled a pack of Kogel's Vienna hot dogs for next weeks dinners. Then I grilled the sweet corn.

I shucked it outside (less mess), put it on a half sheet pan and stuck it into a 200 degree oven to keep warm. Then I grilled a small T-bone steak I had thawed out.

Lastly, I rubbed the asparagus in olive oil and grilled them. They really were beautiful!

Back inside, I cut the steak up (I can't eat that much meat at one time), put some butter and salt on the asparagus and buttered and salted an ear of corn. Then I plated my Sunday supper.

I had seconds of another ear of sweet corn and more asparagus. Then I declared the first barbecue of 2018 to be a rousing success!

I watched an old movie, "Smokey and the Bandit." Haven't seen it in years, but it was still funny. Then I watched the end of the Billboard music awards. I turned the TV off at 11:00 p.m. and went to bed.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

True!


Saturday

It rained off and on most of Saturday, so grass cutting or mower repair was out of the question.

I did three loads of laundry and some light housekeeping, instead.

The I read in the living room. I finished the book and got another one.

I had another bologna sandwich and the rest of the mac & cheese for dinner.

 I stayed up to watch Saturday Night Live but fell asleep halfway through it, dammit!

Friday

Friday morning, when I woke up, my eye ached! I had my eye guard (or whatever its called) taped on, so I know I didn't rub it. My eye was watering yesterday, which didn't happen either on the last operation.

I went to my post-op appointment at 10:30 a.m. and told them everything I'm telling you. They tried to give me an eye test, but other than the big "E" everything was too cloudy (I aced the right eye, if you remember). They said not to worry, sometimes it takes longer to heal than others. They said to keep doing the drops and set my next appointment for three weeks instead of two.

Heading back home, I was hungry, so I stopped at Bates and got a burger and fries (they stop serving breakfast at 10:30). Then I went to Kroger's and got a few items I needed.

Last stop was Home Depot. I decided to skip the porch planter this year and go back to hanging plants for a change. So, I bought some light chain and three hanging plants. I had to ask a biker in line in front of me to get them down. They were too heavy for me to pick them up and off the bar they were hanging on!

Sidebar: Because the front of the house faces east, I am limited to plants that don't need full sunlight. So, I picked deep red impatiens.

So, when I got home, I tried different lengths of chain to get them to the right height. I wanted to be able to water them, but not low enough they blocked the view of the road from either the porch bench or the couch. I finally got it right and cut the chain. Then I used tape measure (allowing for the difference in the porch height) to get the one to the left of the garage door.




I have yet to rant about what a pain in the ass reading glasses are. I figured I'd keep a pair next to the bed for reading my books. Turns out you need them every five seconds (looking at the phone, finding buttons on the TV remote, checking the herbs in your cupboard, etc.) I only had the one pair so I started wearing them up on the top on my head (like Amanda does with her sunglasses). But, I stopped at CVS on the way home from the doctor's and got three more cheap pairs. So. I have a pair in the office, one in the bedroom and one in the truck. The pair Melissa gave me is a roving pair, going where needed.

It was about 5:00 p.m. when I went out to cut the back grass. To my delight, the riding mower fired right up! I backed it out and started cutting the grass leaving long rows of grass clippings.

I got about 3/4 of the way done when I heard a weird noise and the blades stopped turning. Damn! I hoped the belt just came off, rather than it broke. It was getting late, so I put the mower in the shed and buttoned up everything for the night.

I made a bologna sandwich and some blue box mac & cheese for dinner. I watched some TV but went to bed by 1:00 a.m.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Next Operation

I was NPO since midnight, so breakfast wasn't a problem. I shaved, showered and got dressed. Then I waited in the living room for Courtney.

She picked me up just before 9:00 a.m. and we went to the surgery center. This time my nurse was a pretty blonde who was enormously pregnant. I told her that I normally don't ask women this (having made mistakes in the past), but when was she due? She laughed and said three weeks.

The routine was the same and in no time at all I was wheeled into the operating room. This time, though, the twilight sleep worked better and I slept through the whole procedure.

I offer to buy Courtney breakfast, but she said she'd have to take a rain check, as she had a dental appointment in Milford at 1:00 p.m.

She dropped me off. I drank a couple of gallons of water and ate more goulash for lunch. Then I went to bed.

Sidebar: As before, I was not to drive, not to drink and not to even do housework for the rest of the day.

I tried reading (with my new reading glasses, but I fell asleep. I slept for five hours!!! I woke up around 5:30 p.m. and I went out to get the mail.

I noticed that the lilacs were out. There were not as many blooms as last year, but they still smelled fantastic

 When I walked over, I noticed tulips that were not visible from the driveway.

I went out back and noticed the small iris along the garage were starting to bloom
.

And in the back yard, the lily of the valley in the wild garden were in bloom as well.

Before I went back inside, I got a few lilacs for my bedroom to bring that lovely smell inside.

Back inside, I ate the rest of the goulash for dinner. Then I went back to reading and/or watching TV. My nap allowed me to stay up until 2:00 a.m.! I taped on my eye guard and went to sleep.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Wednesday

I got up on Wednesday and had some oatmeal and coffee for breakfast. I read in bed until about 10:00 a.m. Then I went out in the back. It was already warm. I walked the backyard but it was still either damp or muddy in the low spots.

Well, it was supposed to be warm and sunny, so maybe I can cut it today.

I went out again at 2:00 P.M. and then 6:30. Still couldn't cut it. Damn!

Back inside, I made what my Mother called Goulash (now they are calling it "American Goulash")

First, I boiled a cup of uncooked elbow macaroni in my biggest saucepan. When it was cooked, I drained it and set it aside.

In the same saucepan, I browned a pound of ground chuck along with a small diced onion and two cloves of minced garlic. When the meat was done, I added in one 15-ounce can of crushed tomatoes and one 8-ounce can of tomato sauce. Then I added in one teaspoon of sugar, one teaspoon of Italian seasoning and salt and pepper to taste.

I had a bowl for my supper and saved the rest for tomorrow (when I wouldn't feel like cooking).

The recipe I was using said to sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top (which my Mother never did) so I tried that. Not bad!

I read in the living room until the 11:00 p.m. news came on. I watched that and then went to bed.

Tuesday

A thunderstorm woke me up at 3:00 a.m. I went to take a pee and saw the sky light up. So, I went to sit on the couch and watch the lightning. But other than the occasional light in the sky, there was nothing spectacular. I went back to the bathroom and got a great light show.

Sidebar: This makes some sort of sense, as storms usually move from West to East here in Southeast Michigan. The bathroom window faces West, the living room window faces East.

So, I put down the toilet lid and sat on it, watching the show. The rain pounded on the window and I could hear it on the roof.

Most of the time, the clouds diffused the lightning and it was just a bright flash in the sky. But, several times, I saw the actual, forked lightning strikes. Magnificent!

I sat there until my butt fell asleep. I decided my butt was smarter than I, so I got up and went back to bed.

I woke up at 5:30 a.m. I got a cup of coffee and watched the news. When it was light enough, I went out back and checked the rain gauge. We picked up just under another half inch of rain last night.

I read in bed until it was light out. Then I had another cup of coffee and some cold cereal for breakfast. I had the morning shows on while I read some more.

Around 10:30 a.m., I shaved showered and got dressed for town. Then I headed out to Home Depot for some more trimmer line. I bought a packet of sweet peas seeds on the way out.

Sidebar: The rain was gone, but it was still cloudy.

They I went to Kroger's (again) to try and find the elusive fried clams.

Sidebar: Amanda had told me Scott had made fried clams and tater tots for dinner. I asked her where she got them and said Kroger's. Now, I love fried clams. My friend B___ introduced me to them WAY back in the day when I was helping him remodel the farmhouse he bought off of the other end of Palms Road. He took me up I-94 to the end in Port Huron on a Friday night to the Howard Johnson's (long gone) where they had "all you can eat" fried clams and fries. We went there every Friday night until construction was done and I doubt if they made any money on either of us.

Around here, the only remaining Big Boy around here (Five Mile and Newburgh) still offers them "all you can eat" on Friday nights, but I've never made it there. I should.

Anyway, I went down the frozen food aisle the other day (you know, where they have several rows of freezers with potatoes, entrees, breakfasts, pies and pizza). I checked out the frozen seafood and didn't see squat (I even checked out the empty slots to see if they said "frozen clams.") Nothing!

So, I told her my Kroger didn't carry them. She said, "Bullshit! Every Kroger I've ever been to has them. They are right there with the other SeaPack stuff (frozen popcorn shrimp, etc.)"

I told her I never saw the word "SeaPack" and I spent a long time looking. She said, "Where in the hell are you looking? They are in the little freezer between the deli and the butcher counter!" Well, duh? That would have been nice to know.

So, I picked up a box of clam strips, a bag of Kroger-brand tater tots and a bottle of tartar sauce.

Back home, I sat on the porch and tried to put the new line into the trimmer. It was complicated! This trimmer uses two lines, both on the same spool. One is wound one way, the other the other way.

I kept track of how many times I turned the one way (80) and did the same the other way - I didn't want to do this again anytime soon.  I tried it out after putting it back together. It worked until I tried to advance the line. Then, BAM! One of the lines let loose and blew onto the lawn. I tried again and the same thing happened!

I gave up for the moment. I had promised Amanda to meet her for lunch, so I washed up and waited for her call.

Sidebar: We try to hook up at least once a week, since during the winter months, we don't go on many adventures.

She finally called (she had two tables come in at the end of her shift) and I left to meet her at Archie's (Plymouth Road between Merriman and Middle Belt).

Background: We often talk about food and area restaurants. She claimed that Archie's has the best omelets. I said, "We'll see!"

So, we ordered breakfast for lunch. I got a mushroom omelet with Swiss cheese, hash browns and rye toast. She got the mushroom omelet with American cheese, pancakes and white toast. Pancakes or hash browns were the side options, BTW.

Sidebar: Speaking of hash browns, I must say I liked the Archie's portion. There was a nice couple of spoonfuls on the plate and I only left a little bit. One thing I hate about most restaurants (Ram's Horn, Leo's Coney Island, etc.) is they give you half a platter of hash browns, pushing your eggs and sausage/bacon to one side. Who the hell can eat that much potatoes? Such a waste!

Amanda was right (she often is about food in the area). Nice big slices of sauteed mushrooms and just the right amount of cheese. It was excellent!

We said our goodbyes in the parking lot and I drove back home. It was about 3:30 p.m. I took the trashcan in the back and checked out the back yard. It was still muddy or wet in all the low spots, so no grass cutting back there today.

I went back to the trimmer. This time I only used two short pieces on line and it worked perfectly!

I wasn't hungry for dinner, due to my late lunch. I did eat an apple while I watched my NCIS shows. I watched the 11:00 p.m. news and the first part of the Tonight show before going to bed.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

True that!!!


Monday Moanin'

I got up to the alarm at 6:00 a.m. on Monday. I ate a packet of instant oatmeal so I could take my pills without throwing up. I watched the morning news and was totally confused with the weather! The last time I saw it, they said Monday would be warm and dry, so I hoped to cut at least the front lawn. Now they were predicting thunderstorms!

I shaved, showered and got dressed for my eye doctor's appointment. I left the house at 8:00 a.m. It started to sprinkle on my way there.

This time the wait was longer, but the actual eye exam was just as quick. The thunder started while I sat in the waiting room. Then the rain came down in sheets.

This was a post-op for my right eye and a pre-op for the left. They gave me an eye exam on my right eye and told me it was a perfect 20-20! Of course, I will need reading glasses.

Sidebar: The technician said I could always go with bifocals with the reading prescription on the bottom and clear glass on top. Oh, hell no! I have worn glasses since I was seven years old (so 62 years now, lol). So, I think I'll tote around the reading glasses if and when I need them. She said then I should go to the drug store and try on some to see what works. She recommended 250.

I told her that my daughter, Melissa, had my back and already bought me four or five in different strengths for Christmas.

The other doctor came in, checked me out and cleared me for my next operation on my left eye this Thursday.

I left in a light rain a little after 9:30 a.m. I realized I was hungry so I stopped at Bates. The place was empty! I sat at the counter and ordered a half order of biscuits and sausage gravy and a cup of black coffee. I bullshitted with the waitress and the cook (they are both in full view from the counter) while I ate. Then I drank two cups of coffee while I watched the rain and the cars outside.

Sidebar: I eat a lot of biscuits and gravy and I think Bates has the best (at least so far).

I left and stopped at Kroger's to pick up a few items. That parking lot was only about half full! I got my stuff and got my ass home. The rain has stopped by then.

I treated the cat and changed my clothes. My back and legs still hurt from yesterday, so I laid on the bed and watched DIY shows for a long time. I also read the Owner's Guide for the new mower.

I also checked out the reading glasses. 250 worked and so did 275. I think I'll wait and see what works with my left eye before I buy two or three more (one for the house, one for the truck and one to carry, if needed).

Finally, around 3:00 p.m., I went out and filled the mower with gasoline and oil. I attached the pull cord to the handle (the only thing they didn't do). Two pulls and it fired right up!

I used the grass catcher (they don't recommend the mulcher or the side discharge chute with wet grass). My first pass was a disaster. I was concentrating on figuring out the speed control for the self propelled feature but after one row, I realized I was scalping my lawn!!!

I checked the Owner's Guide and found they had the rear wheels set at high, but the front wheels were set as low. I fixed that and then cut the front lawn. I had to empty the grass catcher twice and I couldn't get as close to things as I would have liked, but the mower worked flawlessly.

I put the mower away and got out the trimmer. I got one side of the driveway and the ditch done when the plastic string on the trimmer ran out. I spent way too long looking for the replacement string I knew I had, but never found it.

So, I gave up. I'll buy more at the Home Depot on Tuesday and finish the job.

Anyway, other than the trim, the lawn looked nice. It's a little longer than I would like, but I didn't want to wreck the grass by cutting it too short this time.

Back inside, I was finally hungry again, so I made tuna and peas and served it over wide egg noodles for dinner.

I watched an old movie until 11:00 p.m. Then I watched the news and the first part of the Tonight Show. Then I shut the TV  off and went to bed.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Re: Rainy Days and Saturdays post

For some odd reason, the post wiped out my edit when I tried to add in the food drive information and it won't let me update it (tried four times) It let me add "The Detroit" and that's it.

Here's the paragraphs I couldn't add:

"The Detroit news stations kept saying the Post Office was putting on a non-perishable food drive Saturday. I have participated in these before, but I usually get a note from the mailman in my mail. But, I grabbed a used Kroger plastic bag and raided my pantry. I hung the bag full of canned soups and chili on the hook I had put out on the mail box post (expressly for that purpose) a while back."

(later in the post)

"It was after 5:30 p.m. and the bag was still hanging there. WTF? The mailman usually comes before now. So, I walked out in the rain and, sure enough, the mailman had come. Apparently, this was a Detroit only food drive. I took the dripping wet bag back in the house (it had set out in the rain all day long) and hung it up in the garage to dry."

Sorry about that...

Sunday's Story

It wasn't raining when I woke up on Sunday, but it had rained again overnight. I looked outside and the lake was back, this time with two ducks!

Sorry its a bit blurry, but they were way in back and that's the limit to my camera's zoom.

Curious, I went out in my robe to check the rain gauge (I deliberately didn't empty it the entire weekend. I had just under three inches in the gauge!

I ate cold cereal for breakfast while I watched the morning news shows.

I putzed around until 11:00 a.m., doing Sunday chores, taking the trash out, cleaning the main bathroom and reading (I wanted to make sure it wasn't going to rain again). Then I shaved, showered and got ready to go shopping.

I have been completely unable to get the push mower started. Since I haven't used it in more than five years, I suppose that makes sense. I should have kept starting it yearly, like I did the riding mower and the motorcycle, but I didn't. I do have a lawnmower repair shop right down the road, but I know they will have to replace the air cleaner, the spark plug, the blade and fix the one wheel, even before getting to whatever is wrong. So, I estimate it would cost $150-200 and what would I have? A 15 year old push mower.

Sidebar: When I bought it, I could still push a mower. Now my legs are so shot, pushing it over the front lawn seems a daunting task

So, I checked out several places and found a relatively cheap self propelled mower ($269.00 for a Troy Built) at Lowe's. The Lowe's website said there was one left at the Westland store. So, I headed there after a stop at the Post Office (I had bought a tee shirt I wanted to send to Carla). I then took Beech Daly to Warren Road and Lowe's

But, when I got there, there was none left! Not even the floor model!!! I asked the guy to check if there was any in the back. He did and said, "No." Then he checked nearby Lowe's and said there were none, anywhere.They are all back-ordered.

The next step up (also a Troy Built) cost $299.00 and only the floor model was left. I asked if I could buy that. He said "Sure, and tell them at the register it is a floor model and to give you 10% off."

Sidebar: The only difference is the upgrade has variable speed (same engine, same size). Not sure what the advantage is. But with 10% off, it's the same price as I was willing to pay. So, I bought it.

I made one impulse buy. The one mini-blind in the bedroom had many broken blinds (mostly from Caley but a few from me). I could live with that, but now the mechanism that turns the blinds quit working. So, I grabbed the smallest one ($6.00) and headed to the check out.

I got my discount, paid with my Lowe's card and asked if I could get somebody to load it in the truck. A little later, a guy showed up and I watched carefully how he grabbed it to put it in there. I bungie corded it in and left for home.

I stopped at the Kroger gas station at Warren and Middle Belt and used my fuel points to fill up my gas can and the truck. Note: With gas prices continuing to creep up, I didn't feel like I had saved all that much.

I drove back on Inkster and was shocked going over the Hines Drive bridge. The Rouge River had flooded so badly that the gazebo in the park itself had water halfway up the posts! I wish I could have taken a picture, but there was no place to pull off and stop.

I was getting hungry but wanted a break from potato soup. So, I stopped at Arby's and got a buffalo chicken sandwich meal.

Back home, I left the truck outside and went in to treat the cat and eat my lunch. Then I went back outside.

My original idea was to ask my neighbor to help me unload the mower.  But he had company (two cars in the drive). So, I duplicated the Lowe's guy's handholds and managed to get it on the ground without dropping it.

Sidebar: I did get it down, but at a price. My back hurt the rest of the day.

My plan was to pop in the mini blind and then read the owner's manual for the mower.

But, when I went to put in the mini blind, it was too long. It was 32 inches and apparently, the old one was 30 inches! Damn!!!

So, since I knew the one I had just bought was the smallest they carried, I decided to move the holders it snapped into.

What a pain in the ass!!!

I had to use my stepping stool to get up and down, as well as a kitchen chair to give me something to hold onto. I couldn't get the screws to start, so I ended up getting a finish nail and used that to make an initial hole. It took almost three hours until I finally got the old holders off and the new holders on. Then I got the new blinds installed. I cleaned up the mess I'd made, put away all the tools and put the old mini blinds in the trash.

So, now my knees hurt, along with my back. It was after 5:00 p.m. so I took a long break laying on the bed.

When I finally got up, I warmed up another bowl of potato soup and put the rest in the freezer.

I watched the movie "American Sniper" until 11:00 p.m. and then went to bed. I had an 8:30 a.m. appointment at the eye surgeon's Monday morning.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Rainy Days and Saturdays...

As I said, in the last post, there was quite a thunderstorm early Saturday morning. It was still raining when I got out of bed, occasionally coming down hard.

I made scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast.

Amanda and Keldon stopped by briefly on their way to Keldon's 10:00 a.m. karate class and she dropped off the chocolate covered pretzels. I had ordered them from Keldon as some sort of school fundraiser. I felt bad she had to run through the pouring rain just to get to the porch (I told her I could just get them Monday). I ate about a third of them before it dawned on me to take a photo.

Sidebar: Diabetes be damned! They taste GOOD!!!

The rain lessened a bit, so I went to CVS and picked up $102.00 worth of prescriptions. BTW, I had just paid $3,184.24 to the Infusion Clinic yesterday for another bill. That puts me a just over $5,000.00 to date for this infection business.

Sidebar: I realized I can no longer afford to be healthy...

The Detroit 

I ate the other sweet potato for lunch (getting tired of potato soup). We had another thunderstorm in the early afternoon. But it tapered off and stopped altogether after 3:00 p.m.

My brother Carl called to check up on me.

I had potato soup (again) for dinner. Two things: I should have cut the recipe in half. And, the roux I added to the broth  turns into glue in the fridge. making it difficult to warm up the soup in the microwave.

I watched the evening news and then a movie. I watched the 11:00 p.m. movie and Saturday Night Live. After that, I went to bed.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Friday

I woke up late on Friday. It was cold and rainy all damn day. I had places to go, but decided it could all wait.

I had cold cereal for breakfast, potato soup for lunch and potato soup for dinner!

I either watched TV or read during the day. Then I watched the movie, "Red 2" at night. I had eaten an early dinner, so I made some popcorn for a snack during the movie.

A big thunderstorm woke me up at 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning and I listened to it for a long time before I could finally fall asleep again.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Thursday

It rained sometime in the night as the street was wet when I woke up on Thursday. I checked the rain gauge (yes, it's back outside) and it was only about 1/4 inch of rain.

I had oatmeal for breakfast again.

I tried to start the push mower but it wouldn't fire up. I thought my arm was going to fall off! I think I'll get some starting fluid tomorrow at O'Rielly's.

We are in for some colder weather the next three days, so I made some potato soup for dinner. It was pretty good! And, there are a lot of leftovers for the chilly weekend.

I watched TV until 11:30 p.m., then I went to bed.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Wednesday

I fried a sliced redskin potato in bacon fat. Then I added two eggs to the pan. I made some Italian bread toast and ate a great breakfast.

I watched the morning Today show. Then I finally got dressed and went outside.

I rolled the recyclable bin in back. The I opened the shed. After I took the wheel barrow out, I could get to the push mower. I replaced it with the snow blower and put the mower in the garage. Let's hope it starts!!!

I got in the mail and then shut everything up.

I started reading in bed again and promptly fell asleep.

I used the last of my meatloaf to make a meatloaf sandwich for dinner.

I went back to reading (this time in the living room) until the 11:00 p.m. news came on. I watched that and part of the Tonight Show. Then I turned the TV off and went to bed.


Tuesday's Tale

I had cold ceral and milk for breakfast.

I was supposed to meet Amanda for lunch at the Ram's Horn on Middle Belt and Joy Road at 2:00 p.m. So, I sent Courtney a text asking her if she would like some meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy. She said, "Sure!"

I figured I could never eat that much and, as a mother of three small boys, she might like a break from making dinner.

So, I dropped it of at her house. Only the littlest boy, Isaac, was awake. I played with him a few moments and then left.

I had a Caesar's salad with grilled chicken breast on top that was delicious. Amanda had some kind of a chicken wrap with a side salad. We said goodbye in the parking lot and I drove back home.

I took a nap.

I scraped the insides of one of the sweet potatoes (that I baked with the meatloaf). I mashed it up and added butter and salt. I ate that for my dinner.

I watched my NCIS shows and went to bed at midnight.

Monday

I ate more oatmeal for breakfast on Monday. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed for a doctor's appointment (infectious disease) at 9:00 a.m.

I made it there just in time. I had a little wait until they put me in an exam room. Then I had a little more wait.

Finally, the doctor came in. She examined my leg. It only oozed (and then just a little) when she pressed hard on each side. She was happy! She had the prescriptions for the antibiotics refilled and asked me to make an appointment for two months from now. I shook her hand and said, "You done good, doc." She said, "No WE done good!"

I walked with the doctor on the way out. One of the nurses from the infusion room (not my favorite, she wasn't there today) came out and said, "Hi, John. Are you getting more sleep these day?" The doctor said to me, "Oh, do you know each other?" I said, After coming here for sseven weeks, I think I've met every infusion nurse you have." She said, "Oh, yeah."

Back home, I changed out of my clothes. I washed the bedding and another load of laundry (I should have done that on Sunday).

I ate more meatloaf mashed potatoes and gravy for dinner.

I half watched TV while reading until bedtime.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Even Slower Sunday

I woke up early on Sunday. I took off my eye shield and (it felt like) half the skin on my face. This tape is killing me.

When I woke up, I was already sweating. So, I checked my blood sugar. Damn! It was 50. So, I ate two packets of instant oatmeal for breakfast  (there's enough brown sugar to kill a moose in there).

Sidebar: Back in December, when I got kicked out of eye surgery for my blood sugar being too high, I wen to my doctor. She changed my L
osartan from 50 mg to 100 mg. I am pretty sure that's too much. I will talk with her, but am cutting it back to 50 mg.

It stared out a little chilly, but a nice day.

I went outside and cut the chives. It took me less than five minutes to cut them (avoiding the emerging blooms) and over an hour to cut them all into 1/4 inch bits.


But, the clouds moved in and it started to thunder around 1:00 p.m. I went outside to look for lightning but didn't see any. It started raining (and raining hard) around 2:00. I was going to sit on the porch and watch the storm, but the wind was whipping around and the bench was already wet.

Back inside, I heard a weird noise and checked outside. The rain had turned to hail! It lasted less than ten minutes but it was weird, watching it bouncing off stuff.

I made a meat loaf recipe Betsy Knapp posted on Facebook. It was stupid simple and I wondered if it tasted good.

Sidebar: I have made many a meatloaf in my time. Some with onions, or green peppers or some with mushrooms and, culminating (I think) with the bacon wrapped one I made for my Mother and brother Carl. Note: He was an executive chief (WAY back in the day) and told me it would be too greasy. I tricked him by baking it on a rack over a sheet tray. It was perfect!

But, like I said. this was almost too simple.

So, I hand mixed two scrambled eggs into 1 1/2 pound of ground chuck. Then I mixed a box of Stove Top stuffing (Savory herbs) and a package of Lipton's onion soup.

Sidebar: Betsy used Sage stuffing, but I went with the original recipe.

I added a cup of warm water and mixed that in. I let it sit for five minutes to let the bread absorb the water.

Then I mixed it with the ground chuck.

I put it in a bundt pan that I had pre-sprayed with oil.

Note: this is not important. Betsy baked hers in a cast iron pan. You could also use muffin trays to make individual serving. I was going for presentation.

While it baked for an hour, I made mashed potatoes with baby redskins (skin on) and warmed up some jarred beef gravy.

Oh, by the way, I stuck in the two sweet potatoes in the oven that have sitting around forever, after I punched them with a fork.

When it was done, I plated it on my biggest platter (it barely fit). I put the mashed potatoes in the middle and drizzled it with gravy.

It was delicious!

I read my book until bedtime. Who knows what I missed on TV. Who cares...

Monday, May 7, 2018

Slow Saturday

I woke up at 4:00 a.m. and couldn't fall back asleep (probably due to the long nap on Friday). So I read in bed until it was light out.

I went with my new morning routine while drinking a cup of coffee.

I started sweating (a sure sign of low blood sugar for me) so I checked my sugar level, It was 35!!! Normal is around 140, BTW. So I ate two mini candy bars. I keep them in the house per doctor's orders.

I went back to bed (in case I passed out) and started feeling better in 15-20 minutes.

I was hungry when I got back up. So, I went outside (in my bathrobe) and cut four chives.

Sidebar, the chives are starting to send out bloom buds. I really have to cut them!!!

Back inside, I snipped them into 1/4 inch pieces and added them to three eggs I had whisked. I soft scrambled them and ate them with two pieces of toasted Italian bread. OMG, I thought I'd died and went to heaven!!!

It was chilly when I got the chives (maybe it was because my whillie was hanging out there) so I went back to bed and book.

I read through lunch. I did my eye drops, though.

Sidebar: Only one is once a day. The other two are three times a day.

I watched the Kentucky Derby (I usually do). It was an exciting finish.

I fell asleep around 4:00 p.m. and woke up at 6:00. I was hungry then, so I ate the rest of the mac & cheese, with a little more milk (Yay!) to heat it in the microwave.

I read until bedtime.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Friday Post-Op

I woke up late (for me) on Friday.I grabbed a much needed cup of coffee and then went through my new routine. Three eye drops (spaced five minutes apart) and then my antibiotics.

Sidebar: I have to wait two hours after taking my antibiotics before I can take my normal meds. Pain in the ass.

I shaved, showered and got dressed for my post-op visit. Then I took my normal pills.

Amanda called just before I was leaving. She was on her way into work and usually does.

Sidebar: It's not that we either have that much to say, it's just a way to keep in touch (much like me and Vicky). Plus, I enjoy listening to her cuss out the other drivers. lol.

So, I went in for my post-op appointment. I had to laugh. Yesterday we wasted 15 minutes or so, trying to find a parking space. Even the handicap spots were all taken (not that I had my mirror sign with me) and we ended up parking in what was essentially an alley for deliveries in the rear of the offices and walking in the rain to the front (but Courtney is a trooper and never complained once).

Today, the front lot had about five empty slots and the side lot was only half full. I parked in one of the two open handicap spots.


I got in quick. A friendly nurse (or whatever they are called. Technician? I dunno, but he's got a LOT of them) gave me a quick eye exam. I freakin' aced it, even though the vision in my right eye was still cloudy.

Note: My dear brother Carl told me he had the same thing, but it went away in a couple of days. So, I asked her about it. She said. "Oh. it will go away in couple of days." I said, "I understand that, but what causes it? You guys don't wash the new lenses first?" She turned around quickly, but saw I was kidding. She said, "No, it's caused by swelling from the operation" and then she laughed.

She checked the pressure in my eye and said it was within normal limits. She said to wait a few moments for the doctor to check me.

He was in there in about a minute. He checked my eye again with that little "put your chin in this strap and lean forward" light thingie and checked out my eye. He said, "Looks perfect!" He said he would see me again at the pre-op for my left eye.

That's scheduled for May 14 at 8:30 a.m. (groan) and the surgery is May 17th.

All in all, I was there only eleven minutes!

By then I was starving (I forgot breakfast) so I stopped at Bate's Burgers. Luckily, I got a seat at the counter.

Sidebar: There's nothing wrong with eating at the ledge around the windows, but you are looking out at the street. But, at the counter, you can watch the employees in a constant ballet, knocking that shit out. Plus there is some sort of camaraderie with the fellow dinners. My son, Jeremy, tried to explain that to me years ago, but I didn't understand then.

I got a double hamburger and a small order of fries. Note: A double hamburger doesn't mean two patties, It just means a thicker patty. It comes with grilled onions and pickles and you add your own ketchup and/or mustard. You pay when you order so I gave her my $4.78 and waited for my food.

It took about three minutes. I added mustard to my burger (Amanda would have puked - she hates mustard) and ketchup to the fries and dug in.

The stool next to me was then empty and an older woman sat down. We chatted a bit (mostly about the wind) while she ordered and then ate. I finished and left a double tip. I usually tend to over-tip waitresses (it's a hard life) but these women especially work their ass off!

I stopped in at Kroger's and got a few items I needed for the weekend. From there, I headed to Petsmart to get the pellets I need for this month's kitty litter. Since I was there, I stopped in at Famous Footware to check out their slippers.

Sidebar: I have been wearing the same slippers that Carla's brother gave me for a Christmas present years ago. They finally gave out (blew a hole in the sole) and I had to pitch them. I've been using my crocs since, but rubber doesn't feel that good in bare feet.

I ended up buying some Minnetonka mocs with rubber soles They are fuzzy inside (which I could have done without) but oh, well.

Sidebar: Regarding the wind: It was like a 30-40 mph with gusts up to 60. I was walking into Petsmart (with my cane) and a gust hit me and almost blew me over!!!


I got my kitty litter pellets and then I headed home.

I treated the cat and then put away the groceries. I switched out the kitty litter pellets and took them and the recyclables out to the bins.

Speaking of the wind, a number of small branches now littered the backyard I'd worked so hard to clean up. I count them as "small" if I can just pick them up. "Large" means I have to cut them up first.

But what amazed me was that in the front yard, the wind had blown off the bark from the maple next to my yard! Who the hell ever heard of that?

Back inside, I laid on the bed to read. That was a mistake as I fell asleep. I woke up at 7:00 p.m. and FREAKED OUT! I thought it was morning and I'd slept all night without my eye guard. But, I heard kids playing and my eye was still in it's socket so I guessed it was okay.

Sidebar: I got firm instructions about sleeping, but nothing about naps.

I made the blue box mac and cheese for dinner. I was trying to use up the milk before I have to pitch it. But that only took a quarter cup. I really miss the days when I was "Lechero" and could give the leftover milk to Vicky's family, instead of pouring it down the drain.

I watched a movie (The Hobbit: Battle of five armies) until bedtime.

Before I went to sleep, I had a text from Vicky saying, "Hey, everything okay?" Shit! I forgot to tell her goodnight. I texted her back that I was just stupid and forgot. Buenas noches, chica.

Sidebar: When she was thinking about changing jobs, one of her concerns was that we would not stay in touch. I promised her we would text each other good morning and good night every day. And with few exceptions, we always have.

I taped on my eye shield and went to bed.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Uncle Kracker - Good To Be Me ft. Kid Rock [Official Video]


I know I'm old and fucked up. Just went through yet another surgery. Still have another to go. And there's this damn infection to worry about. But, I'll tell you the truth. Damn, it feels good to be me!

P.S. It would be cooler if Kid Rock wanted to ride in my truck, but oh, well...

Love me some Uncle Kracker...


Thursday's Trip

I woke up at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday with the help of the alarm. It had rained hard overnight and was still drizzling.

I couldn't eat breakfast today. I have been NPO since midnight, because today I am having the cataract on my right eye removed.

So, with my tummy grumbling and a wistful glance at the coffee maker, I went and shaved showered and got dressed.

Courtney came and picked me up around 8:50 a.m. It was raining hard again. She had stopped and got herself a coffee and brought a sliced up apple for me in case my blood sugar was low after the surgery (I couldn't take my meds this morning).

The parking lot was full as always. Even my handicap sign wouldn't have helped! We ended up parking in the rear of the building in a driveway for deliveries to the building (along with others) and walking in the rain to the front and the Surgery Center.

Courtney grabbed two seats for us while I checked in. A $125.00 co-pay and a lot of signing later, I went and sat next to her. She was laughing and I asked what was funny. She pointed to the huge espresso machine sitting on the counter for  the people waiting on patients. We chatted for a bit and I used the restroom once.

Then they called me in. I put on a gown and a hair net while they checked my vitals. One of the nurses and the doctor remember me. "Weren't you here a couple of months ago?" "Yes, you threw me out!"

They put all kinds of drops in my eye (some of which that stung like a bitch!)

They gave me my twilight sleep stuff in my IV and wheeled me into the operating room and the doctor came in. It was weird, because I could see the circle his scalpel was making! The operation took about five minutes.

Then they rolled me into the recovery area. A very kind nurse brought me a glass of ice water (they had other choices, but all I wanted was water). They called Courtney in and we chatted again until they decided I could leave.

Courtney told them she would get the SUV, rather than have them push me that far in a wheelchair. So, she went to fetch it and the nurse pushed me outside under the portico to wait. I got in and we took off. She asked me if I needed her apple and I told her no, what I really wanted was breakfast. So, we went to the Leo's Coney Island near the house.

She got some sort of egg scramble (I forget the name) that she described as a deconstructed omelet. It had scrambled eggs, hash browns, feta cheese and spinach. I tried a bit and it was pretty good! I went with a half order of biscuits and sausage gravy. She grabbed the bill and we argued a bit. My argument that she had done a lot for me today and I wanted to pay eventually won out.

She walked me in the house, carrying the little plastic bag that had my eye shield and some tape in it. I have to tape the shield onto my eye before I got to bed so I don't rub my eye in my sleep.

Sidebar: That should make falling asleep easy, lol!

I was told not do do anything (even housework) so the first thing I did was to take the right lens out of my glasses. Looking through the prescription lens was awful. I got the lens out, but couldn't get the screw back in! I tried and tried, growing increasingly irritated. So, I quit for a while and just wore the glasses flopping around.

I put in my three eye drops (badly). I kept missing my eye, because I couldn't see where the droppers were.

I went out to get the mail and took a picture of the tulips the rain had opened.

I read my book for a long time, sitting in the living room. This wasn't easy because I had to keep my right eye closed.

I ate the rest of the cold pizza for a late lunch.

I eventually went back to my frames and got the damn screw in (after many tries).

I watched the evening news.

Update: I would like to report that I could see as well out of the right eye as the left with my prescription lens. But, I can't tell. My vision out of the right eye is cloudy (I had read in the surgeon's handouts that that is normal). I can tell you that for reading, my right eye is useless, so I assume reading glasses will be required.

My brother Carl called to see how I was doing. I mention the cloudy vision and he said he had had the same thing, but it went away in a couple of days.

Sidebar: There were a couple of hilarious messages on Facebook between him and Courtney about me.

I warmed up the last of the kielbasa and sauerkraut for a late dinner. I put in my three eye  drops again.

I watched an old favorite movie, Tombstone, until 11:00 p.m. Then I watched the nightly news, leading into the Tonight show. When I started getting drowsy, I taped on that eye shield and went to bed.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Wednesday

I woke up at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday. It was warm by then and getting hotter. In fact, it was just about a repeat of the day before, except that it was cloudy.

After breakfast, I read until the temperature hit 72 degrees. Then I went outside to work in the yard.

My back was really killing me, so I figured the last batch of trash could wait another day or two. Instead, I started raking the back gardens to get off the leaves and pine cones from the mulch.

I worked until I got sweaty, then I decided that was enough.

I went back inside and took a shower.

I had skipped lunch, so I made an early dinner. I baked a  frozen pizza after adding banana peppers and more mozzarella.

It started to rain, so I sat on the front porch and watched the lightning.

I went to bed after the 11:00 p.m. news.

May Day

I woke up late again on Tuesday. I seem to have entered a new sleep cycle rhythm, where I can't fall asleep until 1 or 2:00 a.m. and then sleep to 7 or 8:00 a.m.

I watched the morning news while eating oatmeal with coffee for breakfast.

It was already warm out. So, I turned off the furnace and opened all the windows to air the winter out of the house (I should have done that yesterday).

I didn't shave or shower, but just got dressed in my work clothes and went out to the backyard. Since my back still hurt from yesterday's trash collection, I decided to concentrate on picking up branches on the lawn.

Sidebar: Yes, I would still be bending over, but there are a lot less branches than there are pieces of trash.

The first thing I did was to use the electric chainsaw to cut up that big branch. I saved the nice-sized pieces for Scott and Amanda's bonfires.

Then I walked the yard, picking up branches. It took about an hour, but I finally had the backyard ready to mow (if you don't count tons of twigs and pine cones).

I shaved, showered and got dressed. Then I left to meet Amanda for lunch at Daly's when she got off work. She only works until 1:30 or 2:00 p.m. on Monday's and Tuesday's. I had a cup of their cream of potato soup (it's excellent) and a Junior Daly Dog (it's a regular-sized hot dog - the Daly Dog is a foot-long).

Back home, I put on shorts and a T-shirt, then I did a load of laundry. I laid on the bed and read for a while. I tried to take a nap (I knew I'd be out late) but that didn't work.

At 5:30 p.m., I made myself a sandwich with the last of the egg salad. I cleaned out the bowl it was in and started the dishwasher.

At 6:00 p.m., it was 84 degrees outside and 76 degrees inside the house.

I washed my face and pits with a wash cloth and got dressed for this evening's festivities. Vicky and I were going to the Fisher Theatre to see "On Your Feet!" The Emilio & Gloria Estefan Broadway musical.


The problem was, they didn't change Vicky's work days yet (That usually happens on the first of the month. So, she had to work until 7:00 p.m. and the shows starts at 8:00 p.m. That would be cutting it close!

I didn't know what time she got home from work (she always says "It's like 15 minutes or so") so I got there at 7:15 p.m. I just sat in the truck (not wanting to bother Evy or Yanessa). Vicky showed up at 7:23 p.m. She asked me to come inside because Evy would want to see me, so I did.

Yanessa was glad to see me, until she realized her mom and me were leaving without her.

We left in Vicky's SUV (because she knows where things are in Detroit and I don't).

Sidebar: I am pretty confident in getting around Redford, Livonia, even Plymouth and Novi. But Vicky always amazes me, driving around Detroit. She goes here and there, cuts down little side streets, across to this other street and always ends ups where we need to go. But then she's lived there all her life.

I offered to pay for parking, but it turned out the Fisher Theatre parking structure is free for patrons (in Detroit, free parking is amazing!)

Sidebar: I know spell check doesn't like it, but they do spell it "The Fisher Theatre."

We walked in after 8:00 p.m. down a beautiful hallway.

The lobby was packed! WTF? I thought we were late? Turned out there were "opening night delays."
The lobby was also impressive, with huge, high ceilings and balconies.


They finally opened the doors and we streamed in and were seated. We had great seats, BTW, although I was a bit confused. I thought out tickets were in the center section, but we ended up on the right side. Still, it was in Row C, right next to the stage.

It still took a long time, just looking at the curtain and the theatre itself.


Finally, the show started. As with the Lion King, you were first instructed to shut off your phones and no pictures were allowed. Sorry.

I sort of thought it would just be like a collection of hits, but the plot was much more complex. It literally documented Gloria Estefan' life, from childhood. It was fantastic! The dancing, the songs and the story line were amazing!

Sidebar: In most of the dances, the women were wearing short shirts and twirling a lot. I have not seen that much underwear in 20 years! I loved it!!!

At intermission, we stayed in our seats. Finally, I said I might go to the restroom. Vicky said she might go get something to drink. I offered to bring her something back and she no, she needed the walk.

They did a chime thing to let you know intermission was almost over, so I hurried. When I got back, Vicky wasn't there! She finally showed up, without a drink.

It turned out that they only took cash and she didn't have any. So, she went and finally found an ATM. But, by the time she got back, they were closed.

The second act was much more intense, ending up with her accident and relearning to walk after a year.

All, in all, the show was a memorable experience.

Vicky took a couple of selfies. Please note that other than the ceiling in what I call the grand hall, all the photo credits go to her. I find it difficult to manage just to stay erect, using a cane plus taking photos.



Sidebar: Old white guy with a pretty Puerto Rican!

Due to the late start, we got back to her house at 11:30 p.m. I visited for a bit (both Evy and Yanessa were still up). I tickled Yanessa's feet and I think she forgave me for kidnapping her mother. We all hugged goodbye and I promised to call or text when I got home so I left.

There are two ways to get off of I-96 to get to Vicky's house. I went back to the one I took to get there. The west bound ramp was CLOSED!

Hey, no problem. I turned around went went down Vernor to Clark Street to the other exit I know (almost to Vicky's house again). CLOSED!!!

Okay, so how to cope? I thought I'd just drive north (I have an excellent sense of direction) until I hit a familiar road then go west, hoping to hit I-96.

I finally came across Rosa Parks Blvd, so I turned onto that. I drove and I drove north.  I didn't see any street I knew (well, truth be told, I couldn't read the street signs).

So, I turned around.

Sidebar: This was a three or four lane highway, okay?

As I did, Vicky called me. She asked if I was  home. I said no, I'm lost. Just then, I had a cop with his lights flashing behind me, so I asked if she could call me back.

The cop asked if I knew why he had stopped me. I said, no, but that I was damn glad to see him. I told him I was seriously lost. He said I must be as I was driving the wrong way on a one way street!!! I gave him my license, registration and proof of insurance while his female partner stood on the right side of the truck, shining a flashlight inside.

I waited while he ran my plates. He came back and said I should make an immediate U-turn, go to the next light and take a left. In a mile or two I would come across the entrance ramps to I-96.

Sidebar: My plan worked and I was so close!!!

I thanked him, did my U-turn and, following his directions, found I-96 and headed home. When I got there, I sent Vicky a text, took off my clothes and went to bed. It had been a long day...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Last Day of April, Thank God!

I woke up late in Monday. I putzed around for a while after having my first cup of coffee. I finally ate breakfast so I could take my pills.

It as a cool morning but, after I shaved and showered, I got dressed for outside work. Then I read in my chair.

I ate the last of the pasta salad for lunch. I checked the temperature and it was over 70 degrees. So, I grabbed my light jacket, some work gloves and the stick I made (a long dowel with a sharpened finish nail on one end) for picking up trash. A fresh big, garbage bag completed my outfit.

I started up at the rear of the house and picked up trash. And, when I say "picked up" I mean that literally. My pick up stick just works about half the time. The rest I have to bend over and pick it up by hand.

Sidebar: I used to blame all the trash on the folks who go the retraining job center next door. And, I still think it's true with the chip bags, cigarillo and candy wrappers. But I the think the Styrofoam take-out trays and coffee cups are probably from the big rig truck drivers who park and sleep back there.

When I got the rear of the house done, I worked down the fence line and into the rear garden (the worst). I got about three quarters of the way done before the garbage bag was overflowing and my back was killing me. So, I stopped for the day. I put the garbage bag in the trash container and rolled it out to the road. Then I went inside.

I washed up and then read for a while. But, the weather was just too nice. So I went out front and played solo porch monkey for about an hour (not nearly as much fun as when there are two of us). I people-watched and greeted a few neighbors.

I finally went inside and began making a simple dinner. I made an egg salad sandwich filling with chopped hard boiled eggs, small-diced celery (I like a crunch in my egg salad) and small-diced green onions. To that I added a little yellow prepared mustard, mayonnaise (of course), a little paprika and salt and pepper to taste.

When I got the seasoning just right, I put it on some french bread I had and ate it. Excellent light supper!

I half-watched TV while I read my book. Since The Voice was on, this was easy (I just listened to the singers).

At one point, I went back on the front porch for a bit. It was a little too chilly for sitting, but I was glad I did. The full moon was beautiful!

I turned the TV off at 10:00 p.m. and went back to reading. I quit reading and watched the 11:00 p.m. news, then the Tonight Show. When that ended, I went to bed.