Sunday, June 17, 2018

Steamy Saturday

I was woken up by thunder Saturday morning, but it was sprinkling when I looked outside. It stayed cloudy and occasionally raining until around noon. Which was a problem because I not only wanted to cut the front lawn (at least), but I needed to go to Kroger's.

I made fried eggs with toast for breakfast.

I did a load of laundry and cleaned the toilets while stuck inside.

I made and ate some popcorn for lunch.

I went outside around 2:00 p.m. to water the hanging plants and the mailbox garden. It wasn't that hot yet (we only hit a high of 84 degrees today) but the humidity made it feel oppressive. My legs are still not that great, so I decided to pass on cutting the front lawn (hoping the lawn service calls me back, dammit!)

Now, here's a weird thing. As I think I mentioned, Redford went to issuing us a big black trash bin and a smaller blue recycling bin a while back. You know, the kind the truck picks up rather than garbage guys. These are both very heavy duty.

Since I don't generate that much garbage now that I recycle (I try and do my part), I have taken to putting out the trash every other week. Made sense, because the trash bin could probably hold eight or more kitchen bags, so why go through all the trouble for two or three? So, this coming Tuesday, it will be time to roll it out to the road again.

Sidebar: The recycling bin takes even longer to fill up. It's usually just paper and the occasional glass jar or can.

Anyway, the kitchen trash was full, so I took the bag out back to the bin. When I opened the bin, almost every bag had been shredded open! There was shit everywhere!!! I immediately thought: rats!!! I was not about to stick my hands in there, but I checked all the sides to see if they had chewed through. Nothing!!!

Sidebar: When I thought about it, I doubted it. This is not a cheap $8.00 Home Depot plastic thing. This bin is thick. So, I will check it out after Tuesday's garbage pickup.

My question is, could a racoon (which we have around here) pick up the heavy lid, get inside and then get back outside?

Without the Kroger visit, I was forced to raid the freezer for dinner. I ended up with clam strips and tater tots. Sounds gross, but it tasted pretty good.

I watched a movie , the news and the Saturday Night Live before going to bed.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Friday

Friday, we had a high of 84 degrees. But, with low humidity, it wasn't uncomfortable.

I watered the hanging plants and mailbox garden out front and the raised bed herb garden, the chives and the oregano next to the reflecting pool and the kitchen window box out back. Then I got out the blower and blew all the dried maple seeds off the porch and in front of the garage. I took it out back and blew off the patio.

Those damn cottonwood seeds were floating around and they have been for the last couple of weeks. I have had a runny nose and watery eyes for the last couple of weeks as well. Coincidence? I think not!

So, I dug out the air purifier and plugged  it in next to the TV stand. Hopefully, that will help.

I got a box of hardback books and DVDs, plus a card from Melissa for Father's Day.

I had a salad for lunch, then I took a nice nap.

I ate a sandwich for dinner, then I watched TV until bedtime.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Damn!

Thursday was a gorgeous day! Went out back to finally cut the grass. Made one pass around the yard when the belt that powers the blades broke!!!

I called the lawn service that I used last year to see if they would come out and cut it once or twice until I can get the mower fixed, but just got voice mail.

Sigh...

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Getting over it...

I have been ill for the past several weeks, with my old friends, vomiting, diarrhea and insomnia. Which kept me housebound.

As a result, I missed the second check-up on my left eye surgery, two haircut appointments and a chance to buy Jake a birthday card in time (I did call him, though).

Sidebar: Jake's card really bothered me, because he and Carla sent me a nice Father's Day card.

I got calls, checking up on me, from my brother, Carl, my daughter, Melissa and my friend, Amanda. I also got a lot of texts from my friend, Vicky.

I finally felt good enough on Wednesday to go get my haircut. My barber mentioned she had never seen my hair or beard so long!

I stopped at Kroger's and got more Greek yogurt (I had run out and I think that's what triggered my problems).

Then I drove back home and took a long nap.

I was able to keep the yogurt down that I ate for dinner.

I watched TV until bedtime.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Birthday Shoutout

Happy birthday to my son, Jacob! Love you, man!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sunday, funday?

I have not felt well all week.  I missed two hair cut appointments and one eye doctor appointment. I did talk to my daughter, Melissa, my brother, Carl and my friend, Amanda. I also blew off a Tiger's game with Scott and Michelle Pace.

I was going to work outside this morning, but it was raining.

I  apparently suck as a friend.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Totally bummed tonight.

Aw, shit. I just heard Anthony Bourdaine killed himself at 61 years old. I loved his shows and had two or three of his books. Has the whole world gone mad?

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Okay, so this is weird

The thee fingers of my left hand are like dead and most of my arm is useless. Not quite sure if it's the massive antibiotics I am taking. I have tried to exercise them and massage them. Not even sure who to ask...

Johnny Cash Hurt








I still love this song.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Sunday

It rained and rained hard most of Sunday morning. So, nothing got done outside.

I had turned the A/C on last week, but it was cold and windy for a change. I ended up turning the furnace back on.

I ate a brat and the last of the sweet corn, during the day.

I shaved, showered and got dressed, but never went outside, except to water the porch plants.

I did some reading, but mostly watched TV until bedtime.

That was my Sunday...

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Wednesday through Saturday

I felt like shit for the rest of the week and spent most of my time in bed, watching TV. I did notice that the hanging plants were drying out.

So, I watered the piss out of them and brought them back to life.

Also, there is a bush out back (whose name I forget) in blossom.

That was the highlight of my week.




Tuesday

I spent a lot of time outside on Tuesday. Unfortunately, my cell phone was still on the charger. Which meant I missed an invitation from Amanda to join her and her mother for lunch.

However, I did roll up to the little grocery store on Joy and Beech and got some celery and green peppers.

Sidebar: Why do they call the drawers in the fridge "crispers"? They either turn stuff into soggy shit or mold.

Anyway, I made a simple macaroni salad. When I had the macaroni cooked, I mixed it with chopped onions, green peppers, mayo and a little mustard. I stuck it in the fridge to chill.

Then I went back outside to plant the raised bed herb garden (along with my old friend, the shy gargoyle), the dead oregano garden (for over five years the oregano lived through the winter. It died though, last year) and the kitchen window box.

Let me see if I can figure out the before and after pictures...


Raised bed herb garden (before)

Raised bed herb garden (after)

Raised bed herb garden (after)
Kitchen window box (before)

Kitchen window (after)


Dead oregano



New oregano
I cleaned up afterwards and went inside for the night. I didn't feel good.