Sunday, September 7, 2014

Early Saturday Morning

I woke up at 2:30 a.m. on Saturday and could not fall back asleep. I tried every method I knew, but finally gave up at 4:00 and starting reading.

I hate insomnia!

I finally got up, checked various Blogs and Facebook, responded as appropriate and then filled in my Blog entry.

I had already made up this week’s ToDo list and the grocery shopping list, so I printed them off. About 7:00 a.m., I thought I would check the rain gauge, but then I realized I never dumped it after the last rain. Dammit!

I got another cup of coffee and sat in the living room, waiting for the sunrise. It comes later and later these days, sigh…

When the sun rose, I enjoyed it for a while and then shaved, showered and got dressed. Then I headed out for my first stop, my haircut.

Again, as I was driving, I was surprised by the number of darkened business establishments and traffic lights that were out (just seconds away from my house!) I must be on a different, very stable grid.

My barbershop is at Merriman and Five-Mile and my barber asked if I came in from the north. I said, “No, why?” She said there were trees and branches all over the road at Merriman and Six-Mile. She said it looked like a tornado hit, or a war zone!

Sidebar: I knew the lightning was impressive and the wind did kick up, but I didn’t notice it was that bad a storm…

From there I went to Kroger’s to get some things. I have decided to try and empty my fridge freezer before buying any more meat or seafood. It’s full but it’s hard to remember what’s in there. No sense letting things in there getting freezer burn.

Next stop was the gas station to top off the truck’s tank and refill the two gas container.

Finally, I went to CVS and picked up three of the four prescriptions my doctor just refilled. I’m not sure why there was only three, but the lone pharmacy lady seemed a bit stressed (there was a line before and after me) so I’ll call and ask later. I’m not out, so it was no big deal.

I got home and unloaded the truck, outside. Then I locked the truck and shut the garage door. I just put away the groceries when the phone rang. It was a dear friend and we talked a long while, catching each other up.

Then, I walked out back. With all the evidence of a severe storm, I wanted to see how bad it was in my yard. I didn’t have even a single branch down! I checked the rain gauge and there was just under an inch of water in it. But, I don’t know how much was from this storm or the last. I did empty it, though.

I also grabbed two green peppers from the garden for Sunday’s dinner.

Back inside, I went out to the garage and did more cleaning/straightening up (this farm is a mess!) I pulled the truck inside, shut the garage door and went in to take a nap. Insomnia is easily remedied on the weekend!

I woke up just before 5:00 p.m., just in time to take a call from my daughter Melissa.

Her husband, Dave and her step-father, Jim had just finished roughing in a new family room. The old one had mold issues and single-pane windows, so they demoed it. Melissa’s job was to fill up the 20-yard dumpster with the refuse.

I tried to explain just how much fun Jake and I had filling dumpsters up when we were leaving St. Clair, but she refused to believe it. Instead, she was focused on just how sore she would be tomorrow.

I stole this picture from Facebook so you could see what they did.

Please note: I again offered my assistance for any finish carpentry work. Okay, so I’m a crip. I can’t lift anything over 30 pounds or swing a framing hammer, but give me light molding, a chop saw and a nail gun and I’m there!

When we finally hung up, I went out and watered all the container gardens. I found the little arrow I had made in St. Clair lying in the grass. Okay, so the winds must have been strong as it usually sits on the window ledge on the porch.

Sidebar: I had to demo the front steps to the porch in St. Clair, but didn’t have time to replace them. So I roped it off so nobody got hurt and hung a handmade arrow on the rope. For some reason, I liked the arrow and took it with me. I laid it on the window ledge and forgot about it.

So, I predrilled two holes and screwed it to the siding, near the wreath site. I had just changed the wreath from my spring wreath to the fall one. I hate to admit it, but its time.

Back inside, I started dinner. I sautéed a pound of ground chuck (from the freezer) and when it was brown, I added the seasoning packet from the Old El Paso Stand ‘n Stuff box.

I thin-sliced the rest of the Romaine lettuce. I baked the taco shells, per instructions. Then I assembled the tacos while the refried beans heated up in a saucepan. I added shredded sharp cheddar cheese, the taco sauce, the lettuce and finally, the salsa my new cube buddy, Courtney had given me.

Sidebar: She said she had canned 27 pints of salsa from a ton of grape tomatoes they had bought. She gave me a HUGE baggie of them. I have been eating them as snacks ever since.

I plated my dinner (three tacos and a helping of refried beans). It was delicious!

I ate that watching DIY shows, and then switched to reading until bedtime.


  1. Tacos sound great! I haven't had refried beans in a minute.

  2. You definitely need to top them with fine-diced onions and a lot of hot sauce, but they make a great side dish!