Friday, October 31, 2014

Still on a Halloween Theme

Happy Halloween!


It was another cold, dreary morning. But this time there was no rain. The sun did come out briefly, but soon it was gone.

I went to lunch at Time Out. One of the specials was an “Old German Cheeseburger with fries.” Being an old German myself, I had to try it. I did ask the waitress what that meant and she said the patty had onions, green peppers and carrots in it. Hmmm…

I skipped the fries and had a cup of excellent chicken noodle soup instead.

The “Old German Cheeseburger tasted like meatloaf with cheese on it. Really, really good meatloaf, though. Since I like meatloaf, it was delicious. But, I still don’t know what exactly made it an “Old German Cheeseburger.”

I left there and went to fill my truck up with gas. I paid $2.79 per gallon!!!

I had a call from the Nissan dealership. My splash guards came in. So, I set up an appointment for 5:30 today (the service department is open late on Thursdays) to get them installed.

I left work at 4:30 p.m. to (hopefully) beat the rush hour traffic. I got to the dealer just after 5:00 p.m. In less than 45 minutes, I was back on the road, heading home.

I had checked them out at the dealership and then once again in the garage. They are more subtle than I thought they would be (I thought they would stick out more from the fenders). I like them!

Front - Before

Front - Before

Front - After

Front - After

Rear - Before

Rear - Before

Rear - After

Rear - After

Since I ate the last of the Pasta Alfredo with bacon last night and it was late for making a real dinner tonight, I opened a can of Dinty Moore Beef Stew. I warmed that up on the stove and then ate it with buttered bread.

I watched some taped TV, but turned in before 10:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Dreary Hump Day

I drove through light rain on the way into work Wednesday. And that kept happening up to and even as I was driving home at 5:00 pm.

I went to Time Out for lunch (I was 30 minutes late, trying to deal with a crisis in Facilities) and got a bowl of baked bean soup. Sounded interesting, but wasn’t. I had added a chicken salad pita and that was as good as always.

As I said, it was sprinkling on the way home, so I didn’t even bother to check the mulch.

I watched the news, drinking a cup of coffee to take the chill off.  Then I read in the living room with the fireplace going. It had been just a raw day!

I gave up and went to bed at 10:00 p.m.

Birthday Shoutout!

Happy Birthday to my fabulous first-born, Amy!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cinnamon Buns on a Waffle Iron

The Tuesday Tale

It was still warm on Tuesday morning. I took the trash can out to the road and headed into work early.

I took in my waffle iron. Courtney had seen something on the Internet she wanted to try but they don’t own one. She brought in a roll of Pillsbury Cinnamon buns

We fired up the waffle iron and, when it was ready, Courtney put two uncooked buns on it (we later decided you could have done four, but she didn’t know how much the dough would spread). Two minutes later, they were done. She spread a little of the frosting that comes in the tube (she kept the can of frosting on top of the waffle iron to melt it a little). She cut each one into fours (so there would be enough to go around) and we taste-tested them. Then we had people coming into work taste them when they showed up.

Delicious! All of the flavor of regular cinnamon buns, plus a unique, crunchy texture from the waffle iron. Everyone who tried them loved them. Plus, the office smelled delicious!

I let her borrow the waffle iron (I haven’t used it in a couple of years) so she could make some for her husband, Mike. She took a picture for her Facebook page and I stole it for the Blog.

It started raining about 8:30 a.m., accompanied by thunder and lightning.

I went to the Newburgh Grill and got some bean with ham soup and a patty melt for lunch. It was still raining, but not as hard as earlier.

The rain had stopped by the time my afternoon walk was scheduled. But the wind had picked up and the temperature was dropping.

When I got home after work, I retrieved the trash can, treated Caley and went out back. I was scouting out alternative Game Trail camera locations. I finally decided on the trunk of one of the mature arbor vitae.

But there was a problem (of course). Some of the low branches would trigger it in the wind. So I went and got the loppers and cut off the problem branches. Then I attached the camera, aiming it towards just west of the raised bed herb garden. I am hoping to avoid the many, (MANY) videos of squirrels and birds by the feeders I had been getting.

Back inside, I watched the rest of the Nightly News, after I realized the bulb auger would be useless tonight. It rained hard here and you can’t dig with an auger in mud.

For dinner, I warmed up some of the pasta with bacon from the weekend. I topped it with grated Parmesan cheese. It was still excellent, even after being refrigerated.

I watched NCIS live, then shut the TV off and read until bedtime.