Thursday, October 1, 2015

Wednesday’s Woes

I woke up once early Wednesday morning around 3:00 a.m. for a bathroom break. I fell right back asleep and slept until 7:30! I completely ignored the alarm clock that had been going off since 5:30 and the alarm on the cell phone that goes off at 5:45.

What made it worse is that the low fuel light came on during the evening drive home on Tuesday but I ignored it. I figured I'd just fill up on the way into work.

All in all, I didn’t get to work until 8:30 a.m.

I walked outside in the morning and it was chilly.

I went to Max and Erma’s and got the Southern Fried Chicken salad again. Then I went to Lowe’s and bought four more bags of mulch.

Back at home after work, I used my four small cucumbers and an onion to make a salad, like my Mom used to make. I sliced everything thin (unlike my Mother, I used the mandoline). I tossed them in a bowl and made the dressing. I used 1/2 cup of white vinegar, 1/2 cup water, 1/3 cup of sugar, salt and pepper. I poured that on my veggies and stuck it in the fridge.

Sidebar: This has to sit for at least an hour and the longer it marinates, the better it tastes.

So, I went outside to work. I raked around the black walnut tree and then added three bags of mulch. I took the last bag back to the shed for touch ups.

Speaking of black walnuts, I have a bumper crop this year. The damn things are everywhere and the squirrels just can’t keep up! So, I got out my nut wheel and got started. It was after dark before I finally got the front yard and driveway cleared.

I piled them up in the field next door for the squirrels

I’ll have to do the side lawn tomorrow.

Back inside, I ate more leftovers, but this time with my cucumber salad. It was excellent!

I watched some of the movie “300” but I turned it off when I got sleepy and went to bed.


  1. You are working like a mad man, but it looks excellent!

  2. can't you eat the black walnuts?

    if so, how do you crack them?

  3. @ Carla: Thanks!
    @GPF: Of course you can eat them (Mom used to use them for baking). You crack them by tearing off the green outer skin, which dyes your hands black from the tannin. Then you smash them with a hammer on a concrete surface. They are not open inside, like an English walnut, but honeycombed. so you have to dig out the meat with a nut pick.

    All in all, its a royal pain. I know because Mom had me do it as a kid

  4. Hey now! Black don't crack.