Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Saturday Story

I woke up to the alarm on Saturday morning. I had a lot to do before leaving for my haircut!

I took my pills and ate my toast. Then I threw on some shorts and a t-shirt. I got the sprayer from the garage and took it into the laundry sink. I rinsed it out and then loaded it with a mixture of water and Ortho GroundClear.

If you remember, I used the line trimmer on the driveway a few days ago. That and the hot sun has helped turn some of the grass yellow. But, today (before it gets windy) I'm going to kill it.

So, I took the sprayer out and worked long and hard (it was a lot of pumping up the sprayer again and again and bending over). It took all of the two gallons, but I finished it up! I took the "before" pictures.

I went back inside and put everything away. Then I washed my crocs in the laundry sink.

Sidebar: I once was sure I hadn't gotten any herbicide on my shoes and walked in the grass. I had little footprints of dead grass the rest of the season.

Back inside, the smoke detector in my bedroom announced it had low batteries. I appreciate it waiting until morning, LOL! But, I used the last batteries in the thermostat. So, I shaved, showered and got dressed. Then I headed out to get my haircut.

When that was done,  I stopped at Kroger's and picked up a few things I needed (mostly things that would go with the stuff in the freezer).

Next, I went to Home Depot. I got some AA batteries for my bedroom smoke detector, red spray paint that works on plastic, a Dahlia, two coleus and an unnamed plant that droops (I wanted wave petunias, but they were out). I also picked up a big bag of potting soil.

Somebody said, "Hey, your doctor said not to lift things that heavy!" I turned and it was Courtney. She, Mike and the boys were flower shopping as well. We chatted a bit and they went on their way.

I checked out and went to the truck. They were waiting in their vehicle and Mike insisted on loading the dirt into the bed. I thanked him and drove to the Post Office. I mailed a package and bought some stamps.

I went home and unloaded the truck. I treated the cat and put the groceries away. That's when I discovered I didn't have my stamps. Damn!

So, I drove back to the Post Office. The lady apologized and said she realized she forgot to hand them to me but I was pulling out of the parking lot. I told her it was no big deal as I didn't live far.

Back home for real, I had to treat the stupid cat again. Then I changed back into my shorts and a tee.

I got the one big pot out of the shed filled it half full of potting soil and planted my four plants. I watered the piss out of it and took pictures for you.

I got the soaker hose kit. I unrolled the 100 foot hose and laid it in the grass. You are supposed to do that and let it sit for at least an hour so it can soften and un-kink.

Next, I got out the black planter. I want that on the other side of the garage door, but I don't want it black anymore. So, I got two sawhorses and a sheet of plywood. I set it up there and brushed it off.

I gave it a first coat of paint. While that dried, I assembled the parts of my soaker hose system. I cut the various lengths to assemble the top "rail."

Then I cut the long runners and assembled them as well. I hooked the hose up and tested it for leaks. Perfect!

Note: I still have about 50 feet of hose left.

I gave the planter a second coat and left it to dry.

I went in to eat lunch. I made another turkey sandwich (they are quick, easy and good - and, I need to use up the turkey, LOL!)

I really wanted to take a nap, but it was supposed to rain starting this afternoon. So, I made myself go back out and give the planter the third and last coat. I set it in the shed to dry. It was getting really cloudy, so I locked everything up for the night.

Back inside, it was almost 5:00 p.m., so I started dinner.  I had some thin-sliced round steak that I dug out of the freezer yesterday. So, I sliced up one red and one yellow pepper and a big onion.I added 1/4 teaspoon each of chili powder and cumin to some canola oil and sauteed them.

While they softened, I cut the fat and the freezer burn off the steak slices. Then I cut them across the grain into 1/2 slices.

When the vegetables were done, I pulled them out, kept them warm, and cooked the steak. It took less than three minutes. I put the veggies and the meat in the same pan and set it on low.

I charred a 10-inch flour tortilla on the gas stove grate. Then I assembled my quick fajitas: I put the meat and veggie mix on the tortilla, topped it with some medium salsa, some Mexican mix shredded cheese and a little sour cream.

Note: I completely made this recipe up, so I could use up that steak. I am pretty sure real fajitas are more complicated, but it worked, LOL!

It wasn't the best fajitas I ever had, but it wasn't bad! I had another one just to make sure.

I sat in the living room for a long time, reading and watching it rain.

Then I watched a couple taped DIY shows and went to bed just after 9:00 p.m.

Sidebar: I checked the gauge Sunday morning and we got just under one inch of rain overnight in Redford! Yes!!!


  1. I too received about an inch of rain....and as I sit here on Sunday morning, probably got another inch.....Thank you God...
    How long in between the grass, dying grass and dead grass pictures?

  2. It just started raining here in Redford (10:45 a.m.). Those are not pictures of the "dead" grass. That's the live grass after I weekwacked it and the sun dried it out a bit. Give me a week and I'll show you what GroundClear can do, LOL!

  3. Where did the soaker hose system come from? I thought you had a regular soaker host wound around screws?

  4. @ Jake: I did. But the sun or something degraded the old soaker hose and it developed pinholes in several places. When I went to buy another one, this was cheaper. So, I went with that...