Thursday, June 30, 2016

Then it was Hump Day

It was almost chilly overnight, so I loved it. I stopped on the way to work and bought some yogurt for my mid morning snack.

Walking outside at 10:00 a.m. was beautiful.

I went to the Newburgh Grill for lunch. I got a cup of the tomato orzo soup and a patty melt. Both were delicious.

Then I drove into Plymouth to look at houses. Downtown was crowded and the park was packed. I had to keep stopping to let people cross the road. It's like the city of Farmington, with crosswalks everywhere, where the people have the right-of-way.

But some of the older houses are fantastic. It's an expensive place to live, but if I had the money...

My afternoon walk was warmer, but there was a nice breeze so I didn't mind.

Back home after work I changed and went out back. I got out  the lopping shear and went back to work, attacking the overgrown back garden. I probably got another third of it cleared before I decided enough was enough.

Back inside, I warmed up the rest of the tuna and peas and made a small salad. I topped the slad with Thousand Island dressing and had a nice light dinner.

Sidebar: Now, I can easily make a great, healthy salad dressing with olive oil and balsamic or red wine vinegar. But, I bought the Thousand Island dressing a while back for something (probably Reuben sandwiches) and now the expiration date is almost up. So, I'm trying to use it efore I have to toss it. I hate to waste food!!!

I watched some TV but went to bed early again.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Tuesdays Tale

It finally cooled off on Tuesday. Thank God! It was cloudy and overcast, but with just a 10% chance of rain.

Sidebar: Between May and June, we are over three inches of rain short here in Michigan. To all those smug Republicans who say there is no "global warming," bite me! The North Pole ice is melting, polar bears are dying and my garden is burning up!

I took the trash out to the road and left for work.

I had to go to the Livonia City complex, so I went to Sam's Place for lunch (they are next door to each other). I toyed with the idea of getting their homemade perogies, but it seemed like it would be too heavy on my tummy. So, I got a Coney dog with onion rings instead.

My afternoon walk was pleasant. It only got up to 74 degrees.

When I got home, I hooked up the drip hose and watered the vegetable garden (they had cut the lawn, finally).

I made tuna and peas for dinner.

I watched some TV but went to bed early.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Monday, Monday...

It was back to work on Monday. It was already hot and suppose to get hotter still. But, when I walked outside at 10:00 a.m., there was a nice breeze.

I went to Ten Yen for lunch. I got the almond chicken and took home what I couldn't eat. I had a plan...

I drove through the park back to work.

When I walked outside at 3:00 p.m., even the breeze was hot!

Back at home, there was no sign the lawn service had been there yet. So, I used the hose to water the herbs, but didn't stretch it out across the grass to water the veggies. I didn't want them to cut it with their mower.

Then I started to hand-water the front.

Sidebar: I am doing what I can, but almost everything looks stunted or wilted. The only exception is the mailbox garden.

I finished watering a little after 7:00 p.m. It was 94 degrees...

Back inside, I made a small salad. Then I took the leftover chicken and scraped off the breading. As I said before, this doesn't reheat well. I sliced up the chicken and topped my salad with it. It was delicious.

I watched some taped TV until the Detroit fireworks came on at 9:00 p.m. on Channel 4. It was a fantastic display! I suppose I missed the camaraderie of being in the crowd, but I was happy to be sitting in the air conditioning with just the cat.

Then I went to bed.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Sunday's Story

I woke up late on Sunday. I ate a piece of toast with my morning pills. I did the Sunday morning chores, but I was moving slow. My back and leg were still killing me.

I finally shaved, showered and got dressed. I headed back to Home Depot. I forgot a few things yesterday, plus I wanted to get some replacement inpatients for the ones that died in the hanging baskets.

Sidebar: It was already hot! Supposed to hit 90 degrees today with a threat of strong showers after 3:00 p.m.

Back home, I quickly changed into shorts. Then I went out back. I examined all three hanging baskets. All three had lost most of their blooms, but two had dead plants in them. So, I replaced them.


I had three left and no idea where to plant them. So, I put them in the veggie garden in the non-existent bean row.

Sidebar: None of the second planting of beans grew either! I must have bought sterile seeds.

Back inside, I wrapped a package to mail. The Post Office doesn't open until 12:00 p.m. on Sunday these days, so I waited a bit and then drove it over.

Back home, I made a salad for my lunch.

Then I went out back and started to cut down the weeds in the back garden. I have ignored it and now there are tall picker bushes, small trees and weeds growing everywhere. I was going to rent a gas-powered weed wacker with the saw blade (like Jake and I used in the lot next door once) but decided just to use my lopping shears and a pair of sturdy gloves.

I got about 1/3 done before the heat got to me. So, I put everything away and went in and took a nap.

I woke up about 5:00 p.m. It was overcast and windy, but still no rain.

I boiled some Buitoni Mushroom Agnolotti and covered it with jarred Alfredo sauce for my Sunday supper.

We did get a brief shower around 7:00 p.m., but no heavy downpour or storms here. Dammit! We are officially 1 1/2 inches of rain short this month.

I watched a taped movie and went to bed at 11:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 26, 2016


I'm still thinking about how to cover up the scar on my upper right arm. I saw this and thought, "Hmmm..." What do you think?


It was supposed to be hot and dry again on Saturday, so I decided I had to water the poor front lawn. Dammit, there goes my water bill!

So, I threw on my shorts and t-shirt and dragged the hose around to the front. I got the oscillating sprinkler out of the shed and, by 7:00 a.m., I had it going. I had to fuss with it a bit to make sure the English garden got watered, too.

Sidebar: This sprinkler covers a large area, but takes a long time. I know from trial and error I need to run it for two hours to get the water down to the grass roots.

So, I went back inside. I made some scrambled eggs with chives for breakfast. I ate it watching the morning news.

Then I got to work. I stripped the bed and put the sheets in the washer. Next I dusted and vacuumed the living room. It looked so nice to be cat hair-free (for a little while, anyway), I decided to clean the whole house!

Sidebar: If you are stuck inside for hours, you might as well be productive.

So, I swept the kitchen and downstairs rooms.Then I filled the bucket up with hot water and Pine-sol.

Armed with a sponge and mop, I washed the downstairs bath. Next, I dumped the dirty water and refilled the bucket. Then I washed the kitchen counters and the floor.

That left me trapped in the bedroom, office and bathroom. So, I swept those floors. Unfortunately, I left the duster on the kitchen table.

At 9:00 a.m., I went out the front door. I went out back and shut off the water. Then I went in front and hauled the hose in back.

I set it up so it watered the grass between my patio and the fire pit slab. That took a lot more fussing and getting wet to set it up exactly right.

Back inside, the kitchen floor had dried.

So, I put the sheets in the dryer. Then I refilled the bucket and did the main bathroom sink, toilet and floor.

Sidebar: Picking the bucket up and out of the laundry tub hurt my back. Never noticed it before. So, I think I'm going to get a short hose and fill it on the floor.

I got the Wetjet and washed the bedroom and office floors with the wood floor solution. I went out back, shut off the water and reeled in the hose.

Then I shaved and showered. I had to sit in the living room for a bit until the bedroom floor was dry. But, I finally got dressed and I headed out into the heat on my Saturday errands. I was going to say my Saturday morning errands, but it was already afternoon.

I went to the gas station, CVS, Home Depot and finally Kroger's. I was amazed at how crowded both Home Depot and Kroger's were until I realized I'm usually there around 10:00 a.m. On the way home, I ran the truck through the "touch-free" car wash.

I left the truck dripping in the driveway while I unloaded the groceries. I put away the stuff that had to be refrigerated, then I grabbed a towel and dried off the truck. I pulled it back inside and put away the rest of the groceries.

By then it was almost 3:00 p.m. and I was hot and tired. Not only my back hurt, but by then my leg hurt. But, I got the sheets out of the dryer and remade the bed.

Then I took another shower and got dressed in my lightweight Puerto Rico clothes. I headed out to Mike and Courtney Esper's house. Their two boys, Aiden and Christian, birthdays are close together so they were having a joint birthday party.

They only live about five minutes away, so I got there just after 4:00 p.m. By then, I needed my cane.

There were several people from work there. Josh, his wife and two little daughters; Jeff, his wife and her three-year old son; Ashley, her husband and their little boy and Courtney's uncle. So, I had lots of people to talk to and I did.

They had a tent over the driveway, so there was plenty of shade. It was a nice sized party (maybe 20 people). It was supposed to be between 2:30 to 5:00 p.m., so I missed the hot food. But I ate a cheeseburger and some potato salad, anyway. I tried a glass of Courtney's homemade sangria.

Vicky and Yanessa showed up even later than me. I said, "Hola, Yanessa!" and she said, "What are you doing here?" I said, "I came for the birthday party." She said, "Me, too."

She and Jeff's son are about the same age, so they hit it off famously. Usually, the other kids are either younger or older than her. But they played together in the sand box and he pushed her around in a little car.

I had been sitting, talking with Courtney's father. Vicky sat down across from me, next to Ashley. After a bit, Courtney's father said something in Spanish to Vicky so they chatted away for a while and I didn't understand a word, LOL!

Sidebar: He is not Hispanic, but Courtney's mother was Mexican, so he learned Spanish.

They opened presents (most were either books or clothes, primarily Batman). All the kids got dinosaur gift bags (the theme was dinosaurs - Aiden is into dinosaurs) and Courtney did it up right with all the cute decorations.

People started leaving and Courtney tried to get people to take cupcakes with them (she had bought too many, it seemed but then you wouldn't want to run out). I declined, said goodby to Courtney, Mike and the boys and Victoria and Yanessa (the other people from work had already gone) and drove home.

I took some water out to the mailbox garden and then quit for the night. I watched the news and then some taped TV, but went to bed early. I was beat.

Saturday, June 25, 2016


It was sunny and hot on Friday. At least the humidity was still low.

My old cubicle buddy, Michelle, had emailed me and Vicky, asking if her "peeps" wanted to do lunch today. I let her know we had already committed to joining some of the staff at the Fortune Buffet, but asked her to please come and join us.

Sidebar #1: As you may know, I am not that big a fan of buffets. Sure, you can eat all you want, but that just means you usually overeat. And, yes, the price is low, but the food is just so-so. Plus, I have to get my own food every damn day for breakfast and dinner. So, I appreciate sitting down at lunch and having people bring me my food.

Sidebar #2: But, Ken on our WAN team was telling Courtney and my boss, Lenore, how great it was. It has a sushi bar, large traditional Chinese food section, and a Mongolian grill. So, about 10 of us decided to try it.

We left just before noon. Vicky rode with me and Courtney drove Lenore. It's in a strip mall at Five Mile and Middle Belt, so it wasn't far. We got there first, grabbed a table for 10 and ordered our drinks (I went with my usual: Hot tea and water). We talked for about a minute about waiting for the others and then said, "Screw it!"

We hit the sushi bar first. I am no sushi connoisseur, but it was delicious! Courtney's husband, Mike joined us.

Then we hit the Chinese section. I tried a little bit of a lot of things. The new stuff was interesting. My old favorites were not that great. And, BTW, the hot tea wasn't nearly as good as at Ten Yen. Sigh...

Victoria finally called Michelle to see where she was. Turned out she was lost, so we talked her in.

She was seated and eating when Jeff showed up. The waiter told him he was too late and had to sit somewhere else. We all laughed.

Sidebar: I must admit, the waiter was very attentive. He whisked away your plate the moment you finished, and kept everybody's glass filled.

I was full, but felt silly sitting there while Jeff and Michelle ate. So, I got some fruit from the dessert bar.

Sidebar: Nobody else showed up, including Ken, whose idea it was in the first place!

Finally we all went back to work. All, I wanted to do was take a nap...

The afternoon passed slowly, but eventually it was 5:00 p.m. and I was headed for home.

I hand-watered the hanging plants out back, but I fear they are toast.

I did some computer work and then made dinner. I fixed a salad with the last of my lettuce and then warmed up a Marie Callender's chicken pot pie.

I watched some taped TV until bedtime.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Thursday's Tale

It was cloudy and overcast on Thursday. We got no rain here overnight, but there is a slight chance of rain today. We need it badly here...

I went to Applebee's for lunch. I got my favorite: the three cheese pasta with chicken and the French onion soup.

I drove back through Hine's Park and it was sad to see the vast expanses of browning grass.

It did rain briefly here in the afternoon. I had to go out and shut the truck windows.

But, by the time I went home, the sun had come out. I checked the rain gauge and there was only a trace in the tube. Sigh...

I had a few redskin potatoes that were sprouting, so I peeled them and made a little potato salad. My celery was limp and the whole thing needed more crunch. Radishes would have been a nice touch.

I ate that with the last brat.

I ran the dishwasher and did a load of laundry.

I watched some TV and went to bed at 10:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hump Day

I finally got off my ass and went into work.

I went to the Newburgh Grill for lunch. I had the tomato orzo soup and a mini Greek salad.

It was getting warm in the afternoon. I have been hoping for days that the predicted rain would show up. But, nothing...

So, when I got home, I started watering. I used the rain wand on the herbs. Then I attached the hose to the drip system in the vegetable garden. I carried a watering jug to all the flowers out fron and in back that looked like they needed it.

I can't do much about my poor burned-up lawn.

I finished up about 7:30 p.m.

I warmed up a brat and make a blue box of mac and cheese for my dinner.

I went to bed around 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Father's Day and beyond

I took Father's Day off (except for more plant watering).

My brother Jim called to wish me a happy Father's day. As did Carla's mother. My daughter Melissa called and we talked for a long, long time. So long, in fact, that I missed a call from Michelle.

I ate the rest of the chicken. I was going to make some potato salad. But didn't.

I was going to go into work on Monday. But didn't. Skipped Tuesday, too.

Frankly, this is becoming embarrassing.

Saturday, at the zoo...

Since I always wake up early, I didn't set the alarm on Saturday. Naturally, I woke up late and had to hustle. I was supposed to meet Victoria and Yanessa at the Detroit zoo at 9:00 a.m. for our annual company "Cornerstone Schools walk."

I was about two miles away when she called and asked where I was.

Apparently, they didn't do the whole video thing about Cornerstone this year. They did have snacks and drinks, but then they just headed out.

So, I met them in an empty pavilion. Yanessa saw me first and started waving. So, I said, "Hola, Yanessa." She's bilingual, I'm not...

I grabbed two energy bars and a bottle of water and we headed out.

I'm not going to name all the animals we saw and I didn't take pictures. But we had fun.

Yanessa wanted to get her face painted, so we stopped for that.

So, we walked and we walked and it got hotter and hotter. We went to the polar bear exhibit and didn't see one damn bear. But the seals were fantastic and put on a great show. Since this as the second year we didn't see any polar bears, I told Vicky they probably didn't even have them.

Yanessa wanted to go on the carousel but she was too short to go alone. So, Vicky went with her. She rode on a turtle while I watched the stroller.

We finally made it to the new penguin house. I seriously wanted to go there, since I contributed $75 bucks last year to build it. It was almost cold inside,which I appreciated.

We checked out the penguins on top.

It was dark inside as well, so Yanessa asked me if I would hold her hand, I think she was scared. So, I did. (I can't refuse any request that starts with "Papa John...")

We finally got to the bottom (it's a long trip) and watched penguins soar over our heads. But, believe me, that $75.00 dollars was worth it!

At one point, Yanessa asked me to carry her. It felt nice, but that threw me off with my cane. Fortunately, Vicky noticed and took her from me.

We took the elevator back up rather than the long walk up ramps. Yanessa was proud to push the buttons.

There is a splash pad outside the penguin house, so Vicky changed Yanessa's clothes and she ran into it.

She kept running and when she got to the end where I was, I would clap which was cool. What was also cool was another little boy (whose grandma undressed him next to me) saw this and kept running up to me, grinning. So, I clapped for him, too.

Sadly, Yanessa's face paint washed off.

We were walking to the exit and talking about eating lunch.

Sidebar: There was a problem. We were in Royal Oak. I live in Redford and Vicky lives in the hood (west side of Detroit) so neither of us knew of any nearby restaurants.

BTW, I was still doing good, leg-wise.  We were still discussing lunch as we passed by the Train station. I casually asked why we never took the train. She said she didn't think about it... So I bought three tickets and we waited a bit.

The train ride was fun. We waved to people on the way and they waved back. But what we didn't know it was a one way ride to the far end of the zoo!


So we walked back. We did see some rhinoceros that we missed the first time. We also saw a living polar bear walking around (so I apologize to the zoo people). Yanessa passed out in the stroller and I started limping. I told Vicky I changed my mind. All I wanted to do was to go home and take a nap.

I also was sweating like a pig. My company hat was dripping and, believe it or not, even my cane was wet! I asked Vicky how far we walked. She checked her Smart Watch that I gave her and it said just .8 miles. Bullshit! She figured out why, though. The watch works off of your arm movement and most of the time she was pushing a stroller.

Sidebar: They had five of these Smart Watches they raffled off at work for the registered zoo walkers and I won one. As I said, I gave it to her. She's all into physical fitness and I'm not. Besides, I'm still trying to figure out how my phone works, LOL!

We got outside to the parking lot and got to my truck. We did our usual goodby (Yanessa was still sleeping). And I headed out on west-bound I-696. I took that to the Southfield and that to I-96. I got off on Telegraph so I could stop at Popeye's for some chicken and red beans and rice. I was tired, but still hungry! I got home just before 2:00 p.m.

I ate about half my chicken then I went to bed. I got up after 5:00 p.m. I watered the front container gardens and got the mail. I got two Father's Day cards, one from Carla and one from Melissa. Thanks! I went back to bed for the night.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Finaly Friday!

There were no clouds on Friday morning and the temperature was supposed to soar! But, at least it's not supposed to humid.

Sidebar: Not only here, but out West and in the South, the heat is supposed to be brutal. I am definitely NOT a Summer or Winter guy. I like the mild temps of Spring and Fall. So, where the hell should I live? Tennessee? Or do the "Snow Bird" thing and stay in Michigan in the summer and stay in Puerto Rico through the winter? I dunno...

Spain. Maybe Spain...

Or maybe Malta. They have some beautiful women there...

But, I digress.

Miss Victoria asked me where I was going to lunch. I said I didn't know.

Sidebar: I really don't know until I leave at noon. Then I decide.

So, I suggested several restaurants. She turned them all down. She said she wanted "something light, but not a salad." She finally settled on Panera. She got her usual broccoli and cheese soup in a bread bowl. I got a half of chicken salad sandwich with a cup of clam chowder soup. The sandwich was excellent. The soup? Meh. We ate outside in the shade.

Sidebar: I wish I lived closer to Mount Clemens. My brother Carl found a fantastic restaurant if you want a half sandwich and soup! I forget the name, but it was great.

The afternoon passed slowly, as a Friday and payday usually does. It was hot when I walked outside in the afternoon.

I went and got my hair cut after work. I originally scheduled this for Saturday morning, but I forgot Saturday was the zoo walk.

So, I got home late. I treated the cat and then went out to check the plants. Nothing seemed to need water yet (but the next rain forecasted is on Tuesday and its supposed to be in the 90's until then, here in Redford).

Sidebar: There goes my water bill, sigh...

My friend B___ called and we talked a long time, catching up.

I warmed up the rest of the steak and sweet corn for dinner. I was out of horseradish, so I topped the steak with A1 Sauce.

I fell asleep watching TV.

Friday, June 17, 2016


I mixed the dressing with my macaroni and fixin's before I left for work on Thursday.

It was a gloomy day, with occasional showers but no real rain.

We had the Building cookout at noon. The burgers were perfect and I ate a little of everything (except for my macaroni salad and all the desserts). Needless to say, I overate.

Sidebar: Big shout out to whoever made the taco salad! It was the best I ever tasted!!!

I gave my leftover macaroni salad to my boss before I went home.

I said I skipped the many desserts and I did, but I took a piece of the Tres Leche cake home with me.

I checked the rain gauge when I got home. It was sprinkling again when I did but, sadly, there was less than a 1/4 inch of water in in. Damn! My grass does look better, but I need a real rain here.

I spent some time cleaning up the kitchen, running a load in the dishwasher and doing the Wednesday wash (a day late).

I warmed up some of my leftovers (sweet corn and summer squash) for my vegetarian dinner.

Sidebar: I forgot the cake in the fridge.

I watched some TV but went to bed before 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Well, that explains it...

The daughter of my other friend Leon, Erin, (you remember her wedding at her baseball field last year) posted this on Facebook. It's how she tells her young students (she's a teacher) about being "gay." Now, as I have said before, I don't know anybody who is definitely gay.

But, I think that is a beautiful explanation.

She got a LOT of shit on Facebook, but I think that explains it.

Can't we all get along?

Hump Day

I woke up early again on Wednesday, dammit!

We were supposed to get thunderstorms in the morning and then severe thunderstorm in the afternoon. It did rain around 9:00 a.m., for about a half an hour, but then it quit.

Sidebar: My lawn and gardens really need some rain...

I went to Big Boy at lunch. My stomach was still not feeling great, so I thought a light lunch of a cup of broccoli and ham soup and half of a turkey sandwich on multi-grain bread would hit the spot.

The place was a madhouse! I stood there for a long time with a bunch of other people, waiting to be seated. That is, until one of my favorite waitresses snuck me in. She cleaned off a booth for me and asked if I needed a menu. I said no and gave her my order.

Sidebar: I noticed as I was waiting that there were a lot more waiters and waitresses than normal. WTF? I also notice that they were carrying TONS of the classic Big Boy Burgers on their trays. Hmmm...

That's when I noticed a tri-fold promo on my table. Apparently, because it's their 80th anniversary, any classic Big Boy Burger was just 80 cents with any Coke product on June 15th. Sigh...

The afternoon showers never occurred.

So, when I got home, I did a little more watering. Then I blew off the porch, both patios and the fire pit area.

Back inside, I started making a macaroni salad. The Building 3 summer picnic is tomorrow and I signed up to bring one.

So, I boiled a box of large elbow macaroni. While that was cooking, I roasted three red peppers on the stove grates.

I drained the macaroni in a colander and rinsed it with cold water. I set it aside.

Then I added in the red peppers (chopped fine), 1/2 cup of Wickles pickles, 1/2 cup of black olives, chopped fine, and three finely sliced green onions (both white and green).

Now I know how the mayonnaise dressing gets watery in the fridge overnight. So, I just mixed it up in a jar, to be added in the morning.

The dressing was 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, one tablespoon of red wine vinegar, three teaspoons of sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, lots of fresh ground pepper, 1/4 cup of milk and a splash of the pickle juice.

I put the bowl of the macaroni and fixin's in the fridge along with the bottle of dressing. I'll put it together Thursday morning.

For dinner, I cut the ends off of two summer squash, sliced them thin and sauteed them in butter. I sliced up the rest of one of the two steaks I had grilled and heated them up in the microwave.

While they warmed, I mixed up some horseradish and mayonnaise for a steak dressing.

I plated everything and ate a delicious dinner watching Jeopardy.

I couldn't find anything interesting on TV after that, so I switched to reading until I fell asleep.

The damn weather radio woke me up at 4:00 a.m. A severe thunderstorm was hitting Munroe. I went to the bathroom and saw the security light was on. Two very fat raccoons and their smaller child (pup? welp?) were waddling over to the reflecting pool for some water. I didn't turn the light on so as not to scare them off...

It was raining and there was lightning, but I didn't seen any hail. I tried to got back to bed, but it was no use...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


I was still sick on Tuesday, but I went into work.

I went to Newburgh Grill for lunch. I got a cup of the bean and ham soup and a grilled ham and cheese sandwich. I could only eat half the sandwich. My stomach was torn up.

They said there was a "chance" of rain in the afternoon. But, nothing showed up.

So, when I got home, I started watering. I finished up around 7:15 p.m.

I took some pictures of the grass in the driveway after the GroundClear application.

Back inside, I made a small salad and warmed up the last of the leftover meatloaf and a baked potato. I couldn't finish that, either.

I read until bedtime.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Monday Moanin'

I was sick on Monday, so I took the day off. I mostly stayed in bed all day.

Grillin' and chillin' on Sunday.

I did all the normal Sunday chores, then I made some soft-boiled eggs for breakfast. I got the corn in some water and took out the steak and brats to come up to room temperature.

I fired up the charcoal chimney and grilled the corn first. I stuck that in the oven to keep warm while I grilled the brats and the steak

My stomach was hurting so I just ate a couple ears of corn and a small piece of the streak. Both were good.

I took another nice long nap. I watched a little TV when I woke up, but there wasn't anything all that interesting. So, I went back to reading.

Finally Saturday

I woke up early on Saturday (like always). I tried to fall back asleep but that didn't work, Finally, at 6:00 a.m., I turned on the news.

It's supposed to be brutally hot today (okay, so not by SC standards, but still...) and rainy. So, after I shaved, showered and got dressed, I headed out.

First stop was the corner gas station. Jesus Christ! I spent $2.69 per gallon!!!

Sidebar: I checked the mpg when I got home. Still at 15.5 mpg, which is normal for my city driving but hard on my wallet! Whose idea was it to buy a damn pickup? Oh, yeah. Never mind...

Next was Kroger's to pick up a few things.

Sidebar: No, Jake, they don't sell Duke's sausages here, yet. I might try the Kroger's on Ford Road. They carry stuff that the one in Livonia doesn't.

Sidebar #2: I went to their website when I got home, figuring I'd just order some from there. When I clicked on the "original" I got this message: "Out of stock due to popularity... We can't craft batches fast enough!"

From Kroger's, I went to Westborn. I got some sweet corn to grill on Sunday, some grated Parmesan cheese and a very expensive chunk of Blue cheese.

Sidebar: I have been craving blue cheese...

Next stop was the Huntington Bank. I wanted to know EXACTLY when I will pay off this stupid PMI insurance.

Sidebar: They don't have to tell you when its done. They just keep billing you and that ain't right.

But there was nobody there.

I did get a phone number to call next week. Apparently, the people I need to talk to don't work on weekends.

Then I went to Home Depot. I got two new furnace filters and some Miracle Gro fertilizer.

Finally, I stopped at CVS and picked up five prescription refills.

Back home, it took forever to unload the truck.  But, I got 'er done!

After I put everything away, I took the sheets out of the dryer and remade the bed.

The rain never came, so I started watering gardens, containers and so on. I was tired, so, when I finished watering, I took a nap.

I warmed up the moussaka for my dinner. It was delicious!

I read in the living room until bedtime.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Birthday Shoutout!

To my son, Jacob

We have walked a long, crooked road together and,WE MADE IT!

I love you, son...

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Too funny! Thanks, Stephanie (love you babe!)


It warmed up again on Friday. I didn't like it...

I took in the hanging plant and gave it to Courtney.

I went over to HR in Building 7 and picked up my hat and tee-shirt for next weekend's zoo walk. It's to raise money for the Cornerstone schools.

Sidebar: After the death marches Jake and Carla dragged me on, a walk in the zoo seems like a walk in the park!

Victoria stopped by and asked if I wanted to go to Time Out for lunch for the fish and chips. I said sure. So we did. It was excellent, although the fish fillets were smaller than usual. I'll have to talk to Dan (the owner) about that!

We still had some time left, so we drove down through Hines Park while we chatted.

My friend Michelle from Facilities came by and gave me some Moussaka (a Greek baked eggplant dish) she had made. Thanks!!!

Back home after work, I watered some of the plants that needed it. Then I hustled back inside to the A/C!

I wasn't really hungry (I still felt stuffed from lunch) so I skipped the moussaka (I want to savor it) and just put some peanut butter on celery sticks. I at that watching some TV, but went to bed by 9:00 p.m.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Finally Thursday!

(It's been a long weekend.)

It was much cooler on Thursday. I loved it!

I went to Big Boy for lunch. I was really hungry, so I got the veal Parmesan with a Caesar side salad. I ate most of it, LOL!

I stopped on the way home after work at Home Depot and bought the right color hanging plant for the suet cage hook.

Sidebar: Even though I had a picture on my phone of the original pink hanging pots, I bought the wrong color (red) on Tuesday. I'll give the other one to Courtney.

Then I stopped at CVS to pick up my prescriptions (I called them in on Sunday). They said they didn't have any record of me calling them in! WTF? So, I asked hem to refill them and told them I would pick them up Friday night.


At home at last, I hung up the new plant, after watering it. I put the red one in the truck.

I grabbed some catnip for Caley. She's weird (but you know that). Scruffy used to eat it (normal) but Caley doesn't. She just rolls on it.

Sidebar: The flash went off on the phone, so she looks as evil as she is...

I warmed up some refried beans and diced an onion. I charred two flour tortillas on the gas stove and then assembled my dinner. I topped the beans with the raw onions, a splash of hot sauce and some shredded cheese.

It was easy-peasy and delicious.

I read until a 9:00 p.m. bedtime.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Hump Day

Background: I got two letters on Monday. One was from my Township Clerk, urging me to register for an Absentee ballot. Apparently, the new law that forbids voting a straight ticket is predicted to cause major headaches and long lines when voting. So, I did...

Sidebar: I will miss voting. I always got there before 7:00 a.m. and stood in a short line, chatting with my neighbors. It was kinda fun...

The other was from the Township as well. It told me I needed to make an appointment to get my water meter replaced. Um, okay...

But what pissed me off was a "Second Notice" taped to my front door, telling me the same thing! It said if I didn't respond within 48 hours, my water would be shut off!!!

I checked and the first letter was postmarked May 31.

Sidebar: Is this my problem that the letter took this long to get here?

So, I called on Tuesday and scheduled a two-hour window (3:00 p.m. to 5:00) for them to come today. My boss said no problem.

Anyway, I took all the stuff out of the sink cabinet before I left for work.

It was deliciously cool today.

I went to lunch at AppleBee's and had the three cheese chicken pasta and the French onion soup. I stopped on the way back to work and got the truck washed.

I left work at 2:45 p.m. and went home. They guy wasn't there yet, so I started watering the container gardens. I had just finished out front when he pulled in.

I did ask him why they needed the upgrade (I was here when they first put in the remote reader one). He said the current model (he called them the "old ones") were mechanical and required somebody to drive past the house with a reader to record the water usage. The new one is digital and transmits the information to the Internet.

So, some poor smuck is gonna get laid off...

Old meter

New meter

Location of the old sending unit (near the road on the north side)

New transmitter, right under the kitchen window.

He was gone by 4:00 p.m. I went out back and hooked up the soaker hose in the vegetable garden.

I made some boxed mac and cheese and warmed up two more brats for dinner.

I put everything back under the sink,cleaned up my dinner dishes and unhooked the hose. I read in the living room until I went to bed.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


It was wonderfully cooler on Tuesday!

Sidebar: I always tell people I like Spring and Fall because I'm too "hot blooded" for summer. That may or may not be true, but I suspect its just because I am too fat and tend to melt in the heat...

I went to the Newburgh Grill for lunch. I got a cup of bean and ham soup (my favorite) and a coney dog (I was hungry!)

I had a lot of time left, so I stopped into the Town Peddler (on Plymouth Road) and checked out their offerings. 

I stopped at Home Depot on the way home and bought another hanging plant (for the suet cage hook).

I warmed up two grilled brats from the freezer while I baked some tater tots in the oven. I plated them, added some ketchup for the tots and Dijon mustard for the brats and ate a great dinner.

I watched a little TV, but crashed early. I was beat...

Cleaning up, this and that...

Things I forgot to mention:

- My fortune cookie on Monday said, "A clean tie attracts the soup of the day." As one who wore a suit and tie daily for years, I can attest to that!

Sidebar: I still object to the term "Fortune Cookie." Back in the day (60's or 70's), they actually gave you a prediction: "You will become rich!" "You will marry Cheryl Tiegs."  (Okay, so maybe I made that up...) But, today, these are just observations, not predictions.

- I put away the suet cage for the summer. that gave me another hook for a hanging plant.

Sidebar: Just what I needed, another plant to water...

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Love van Gogh!

Monday Moanin'

I woke up early on Monday and couldn't go back to sleep. So, I finally just got up and finished writing the Blog.

I checked the rain gauge (like I told you) and then got ready for work.

It was another warm, windy day. There was a possibility of rain after 3:00 p.m.

I went to Ten Yen and got the Almond chicken. I ate half of it and took the rest home for dinner.

I walked outside both times, but at 3:00 p.m. it started sprinkling. So, I went inside to get my truck keys (I had the windows cracked open) and warned everybody else.

Naturally it stopped and I left work in an overheated vehicle.

But, it sprinkled again on the way home.

I went out back after changing and watered the two hanging plants (I forgot to do that yesterday).

Then I went out front and moved one of the sweet alyssum (since I can't seem to find more) to balance out the mailbox garden.

Back inside, I warmed up the almond chicken (Note: This doesn't warm up well - crust turned soggy) and ate dinner watching the end of the news.

It did rain a little more, but nothing to write home about.

I stayed up to watch a show my daughter, Melissa, had told me about, "Houdini and Doyle." It was pretty good!

Then I went to bed at 10:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Rainy Days and Sundays...

I made some scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast, for a change. Then I stripped the bed and threw the sheets and pillow cases in the washer. I shaved, showered and got dressed.

My first stop was to see if Hines Drive was open. I still thought I might have a chance to ride the bike before it rained. But...

So, I turned the truck around and headed to Home Depot. On the way, I took another photo of the Holiday Express Inn. It's coming along nicely.

The planter I painted is smaller than the first one, so I just bought another dahlia and the droopy plant. They had some impaitents in hanging baskets on sale, so I bought two for the shady back yard.

I went over to Meijer's to look for a yellow rose and more sweet alyssum. They were out of both. Worse yet, I was right in the middle of the plants when the misters overhead came on! I was dripping wet when I left.

Back home, I was unloading the truck when I heard the thunder. I quickly got the painted planter out of the shed and into the garage. I hung up the two hanging planters in a light rain.

Back in the garage, I filled the red planter with potting soil and planted the two flowers. I watered the hell out of it and set it in place.

So, that's it! I am done with annuals this year. But, I am pleased with the results.

It didn't rain long here.Which was disappointing.

Sidebar: I checked Monday morning and I didn't even get a 1/4 inch of rain on Sunday.

But, I told myself that I had to clean the house because of the rain, so I did it anyway. I remade the bed when the dryer was done and put the last load of weekend wash in the washer.

I dusted, swept and vacuumed.

The next step would have been washing the floors, but I decided to take a nap instead.

I woke up around 5:00 p.m. and was hungry. So, I warmed up the fajitas mixture and made two more for dinner.

Then, I was stuffed and didn't feel like washing floors. So, I watched the news and then the movie, "The Hobbit, an Unexpected Journey." Its a three hour movie (at least on TV with commercials) so it was bedtime when it was over.

I guess I'll wash the floors tomorrow night...