Monday, October 31, 2016

Something to remember...

Slow Sunday

It had rained overnight and was still raining when I woke up Sunday morning. Plus it was much cooler (20+ degrees). It was supposed to stop sometime in the afternoon, though. So, I decided to put off going to the grocery store, yet again.

My back still hurt from yesterday's outdoor work, so I went through the Sunday morning chores s-l-o-w-l-y.

Jake called. We haven't talked in quite a while, so it took a while to catch each other up.

It finally stopped raining around 1:00 p.m. and the sun tried to come out.

I decided to just stay home and hurt, but in between watching the Lions lose and the Red Wings lose (bad day in the D for sports), I washed the bedding and the last load of the weekend wash. I mostly stayed laying in bed.

I made pierogies with sauteed onions for my dinner. Still can't find my beloved Mrs. T's (no, Carl, neither of my Kroger's carry them anymore), so my Sunday supper sucked.

I shut off the TV and read until bedtime.

Sunday, October 30, 2016


It was windy, damp and cold when I went for my haircut on Saturday. So, I blew off going grocery shopping (again) and just went home afterwards.

But it got warmer and sunnier so, by noon, I went outside and got to work. I got the wheelbarrow out of the shed. The tire was low. of course. So I took it up front, pulled the truck out of the garage (to get to the air compressor) and pumped it up.

Then I carefully picked up the urn (heavy) and dumped it in the wheelbarrow.

I took that out back, put the urn in the shed and the flowers and dirt on the compost heap.

I went back up front and did the same thing with the porch rail planter.

I noticed I never changed the wreath from summer's forsythia to my fall one, so I swapped it out.

So, the front is ready for winter.

I went in the back, then, and took down the kitchen window planter box. Again, the box went into the shed and the flowers and dirt on the compost heap.

I got the drip hose out of the vegetable garden and into the shed as well.

I took in all the little statues except for the young Shaolin monk. He's heavy and, by that time, with all the lifting and bending over, my back had started hurting. I decided that was enough for the day.

Back inside, I laid on the bed to rest my back. But, that was kind of boring. So, I turned on the Michigan/Michigan State football game. It was almost over (Michigan won, BTW) when the phone rang. It was my daughter, Melissa.

So, I moved to the couch where we talked for a long time. When we finished, I decided to take a nap.

I was hungry when I woke up. I had a head of cauliflower, so I cut that up and boiled it. I ate about half of it with just butter and salt.

I stayed up late (thanks to the nap) to watch Saturday Night Live, but was disappointed to learn it was a rerun. So, I went to bed.

Birthday Shoutout!

Happy birthday to my daughter Amy, my firstborn. Enjoy your special day!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Freaking Cold Friday

I woke up at the usual time on Friday. The temperature was only 40 degrees. Before I shaved and showered, I swept the whole house.Why, you might ask? Because today is the long-awaited replacement of my old, antique fuse box!

I pulled the truck out and rolled the bike out. But, I couldn't start the bike to get it back inside where the truck was! So, I locked the forks and left it in the driveway.

The guys showed up just before 8:30 a.m. They warned me that the electricity would be off for three to four hours. But, I had planned for that (sorta). I figured I'd just sit in my lift chair (where the light is the best) and read a book. So, that's what I did...

But, as the morning wore on, I became chilly. That's when it dawned on me: No electricity = no heat!!! So, I put a coat on and read on.

I left the electricians alone. But, I noticed there was an awful lot of sawing, drilling, hammering and pounding going on!

Sidebar: I did show them the existing ground on the water pipe under the sink. They went up in the attic and verified that it did, in fact, run to the fuse box. That saved me $100.00!!! Plus, not having an ugly ground wire run outside around the house.

Finally, they were finished and labeled the circuits.

Sidebar: I am a little mistrustful of some of the labels. Several of them say "General" and one says "Electric Stove." I don't know what "General" means and I don't have an electric stove outlet.

But, it's all up to code now and a hell of a lot better than what I had before. Plus, I have a whole house surge protector.

I coughed up my credit card for the extra $690.00 I owed them. They left just after 1:30 p.m. after sweeping up all the mess they made. They even pushed the bike back in for me!

So, a big shout out to Westborn Electric for a very professional job.

The first thing I did was to make a cup of coffee to warm up while the furnace caught up (it was 67 degrees in the house at that point). Then I walked around and reset all the electric clocks.

I was hungry, but had nothing quick to make for lunch. So, I made a run to Arby's (about a quarter mile away) and got a roast beef sandwich (with horsey sauce), curly fries and a cola. I took it home and ate it while Caley ate her snack.

The house finally warmed up. I was interested in the book, so I kept reading.

I made a three-egg omelet, seasoned with salt, pepper and fresh thyme and American cheese for dinner.

Then I watched the original movie "The Magnificent Seven" with Yul Brynner on PBS.

Sidebar: It's a 1960's remake of a Japanese movie "The Seven Samurai" made in the mid-50's.

When it over at 10:00 p.m., I went to bed.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Back to work..

Finally went into work on Thursday. My new office chair had come in and my co-workers had put it together for me!

That big pillow looks uncomfortable, but it does force you to sit up straight!

Left for PT at 1:30 p.m. Again with the upper body exercises! But, the hot pack does take some ache out of my muscles.

Back home after work, I ate the lasagna Courtney had brought over on Wednesday. It was very good, and thanks!

I have the electrician coming Friday morning to put in my new fuse box, so I did some cleaning up.

I watched the Red Wings win their sixth in a row, then I went to bed.

Friday, finally...

LOL! See what I did there?

I felt like shit on Friday. Physical Therapy (PT) does that to you. The only comparison I can think of is the pinata at Yanessa's birthday party, AFTER all the kids whacked it with a stick. yeah, I'm that pinata...

I went to Time Out for lunch. I wasn't really hungry (again) so I skipped the fish and chips. Instead, I ordered a Reuben sandwich with a cup of the bean soup.

It's been a while...

.I did something to my left leg over the weekend and it hurt like hell. So, I stayed off it as much as I could.

Eventually, people began to call or text. Courtney and my boss Lenore stopped in to check on me (and to bring me lasagna).

Anyway, I'm back...

Friday, October 21, 2016

Bob Dylan - Babe, I'm In The Mood For You [Take 2] (1962 Freewheelin' Ou...

My niece Carolyn found it! LOL! I think I like Odetta's or even Miley's version better. I didn't remember, but this is too damn happy, LOL!

Birthday Shoutout!

Happy birthday to my dear daughter, Melissa! You stay cool, LOL!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

No pain, no gain...

It was raining on the way into work and it rained the whole damn day.

I went to Big Boy for lunch and got the chicken noodle soup and the Caesar side salad.

I left a little early to get to my first physical therapy session. I learned that their theory is that, from years of sitting at a computer, hunched over, my upper body muscles are weakened. This causes me to slump, unless I think about it, resulting in the pain in my mid-back.

So, all my exercises were targeted at my upper back and shoulders. I went in with back pain in about eight inches of my mid-spine. I came out with an ache from my neck to my butt! The only thing that felt good was the moist heat from the hot pack (or whatever its called).

Sidebar: These are waterproof canvas bags filled with clay and kept in hot water until use. They wrap them in towels and then apply them (in my case, on my back). They are heavy as hell, but once the warm, moist heat get through the towel, it feels wonderful!

I got home a little after 6:00 p.m. I ate a chicken sandwich I brought home from work. A vendor brought them in while I was out to lunch. It was from Pot Belly and was really, really good. I liked the bread much better than Jimmy Johns (and I like Jimmy Johns).

I watched a little TV, but went to bed early.

Seriously, again?

It wasn't as warm on Wednesday as it was on Tuesday. But it was sunny and less windy, so it turned out to be quite a nice day.

I left for "lunch" at 10:30 a.m. and drove to the Botsford Rehab Center for my evaluation. I told the boss I'd be gone about an hour. I was gone for 2 1/2 hours!

I blame that on the 20 page questionnaire you first have to fill out. Not only the usual questions like, the dates of all your surgeries or the medications you take, but your pain levels, does it affect you walking, sleeping, driving and so on.

Finally I got in to be evaluated. The range of motion exam was the worst. By the time it was finished, she had totally trashed my left knee and right arm's rotator cuff.

The results? My right leg is much stronger than my left and might left arm is stronger and more mobile than my right (big surprise). Oh, and my back is all screwed up (I think I mentioned that in my questionnaire).

So, I have nine therapy session scheduled for the next two months and three exercises to do at home. Sigh. But, if it helps, its worth it.

One thing she said did stick in my head. She asked if my chair at work had adequate back support. I said yes without thinking.

If you remember, I couldn't sit in the new mesh-backed ones that Facilities bought. Since they don't buy chairs for handicapped, I paid for an extra support and installed it, but that didn't help either. So, I gave that chair to Fred and my friend from Facilities, Michelle, smuggled me over an old style one. That worked better.

But, that chair is probably 10 years old, now. Could it be worn out? Could that be the source of my problems?

So, I went online and started researching orthopedic office chairs. I was shocked! Did you know you can pay $1700.00+ for a dumb chair?

I read through all the reviews and bought the "Best under $300.00" chair. Hopefully, it only has to last for the next two years, anyway. I had it sent to work, but I'll have to assemble it myself.

I didn't get any lunch, but thankfully, I had a yogurt in the fridge and an apple, so I made do.

My aches and pains (old and new) got worse during the afternoon. So, when I got home, my working outside plans got scrapped. I took an extra Celebrex and laid on the bed, watching the news.

I ate the rest of the chicken fried rice for dinner and watched the hockey game until bedtime.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Tuesday's Tale

I felt a lot better on Tuesday. I assume my GERD medicine  and my body are now becoming friends.

It was still warm out, but now more windy and only partly sunny in the morning. I was worried about my trashcan blowing away, so I kinda locked the wheels in a crack next to the road. Then I went to work.

I ate at the Newburgh Grill. I still didn't trust my stomach, so I just had a cup of bean and ham soup. I seriously wanted more to eat, but restrained myself.

I stopped at CVS and got some cards afterwards.

In the afternoon, IT got much more cloudy and the winds picked up.

I had planned on making a cheese omelet for dinner (easy on the digestive system, right?) but I was really hungry. So, instead, I went to my Chinese take-out place and got another quart of chicken fried rice before going home.

Sidebar: They can't make an egg roll worth a crap, but they are OUTSTANDING at chicken fried rice. Ten Yen doesn't even come close (I've tried theirs). And, it's done in like five minutes!

Another sidebar: My little friend, the Chinese waitress at Ten Yen (whose name I have learned to pronounce, but not spell) told me a while back that real Chinese don't eat chicken fried rice. They usually eat pork fried rice. I have not independently confirmed this, but there you go. I am a first generation German-American so I don't know, but I like chicken fried rice, okay?

She also told me it was healthier to eat a good breakfast, then a big lunch (which may explain their portion sizes) but just a light snack for dinner. She said that explains the longer lives of Chinese.

It's kind of funny, but she has taken me under her wing and is always giving me advice to walk more and so on. I assume it's because the Chinese have a tradition of respecting their elders.

Anyway, back home, the winds continued to gust and my empty garbage was three houses down. I retrieved it and the mail and went inside to treat the cat.

I decided to work inside tonight, so I cleaned the stove top.

I ate some of my chicken fried rice for dinner. Then I watched my NCIS shows. In between the two, I watched an interesting show on PBS's American Experience about Nicholas Tesla (excellent).

I made myself go to bed at 11:00 p.m.

Odetta - baby i'm in the mood for you

Miley Cyrus: Baby, I'm In the Mood for You

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Odetta - baby i'm in the mood for you

In case you are wondering its a cover of an old Bob Dylan song


I still didn't feel great on Monday, but I went to work anyway.

It was a perfect 80 degree day, with just the right amount of breeze.

I went to Ten Yen. I wasn't hungry, but I knew I needed to eat. So, I ordered a cup of won ton soup and an egg roll. I ate all of the soup and half the egg roll before I felt I should stop.

The afternoon passed slowly.

But, finally I went home. As I said, it was gorgeous outside. But, I decided to stay inside until I felt a little stronger. So, I did some of the things I should have done over the weekend (laundry, cleaning, etc.).

I made a can of Campbell's chicken noodle soup for dinner.

I watched the Red Wings play a damn near perfect hockey game. They won 5-1!

Then I went to bed.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Wasted Days and Wasted Nights

Sidebar: Before anybody give me any shit about using the same titles for posts: after 8,682 posts, I'm running out of innovative, fresh new titles, okay? Hmmm... come to think of it, I guess I could have went with "Suddenly Saturday!" But that sounds like Saturday snuck up on me.

I'll work on it...

Anyway, I woke up on Saturday to the alarm. I didn't sleep well. Insomnia was kicking my ass.

As I mentioned, I had a 9:30 a.m. doctors appointment in Mt. Clemens (well, I think it's Clinton Township, actually). I couldn't eat breakfast. I knew better (it's something about a fasting blood sugar test). So, I leisurely got ready and headed out.  I took my usual route: Inkster to 8-Mile, 8-Mile to Groesbeck.

Sidebar: This is actually faster than using the expressways. If you maintain a steady speed of 50 mph, you sail through every light, especially on 8-Mile.

On Groesbeck, I got off on Utica Road and went straight to the doctor's office, just off of Metro Parkway.

I was about 10 minutes away when I got a call on my cell phone from the doctor's office, asking if I was okay. WTF? Apparently, the 9:30 a.m. appointment I wrote on my calendar was really 9:00 a.m.and my doctor was concerned.

So, I was late... But they did manage to fit me in. I surprised the doctor and myself with how good all the tests went! my blood pressure was a perfect 120/70. The nurse took it on both arms just to double check. My fasting blood sugar was high, but my AIC (2-3 month average blood sugar) was the lowest its ever been. Plus I lost a couple of pounds.

I did get yelled at for not calling in for a refill on my GERD medicine. I've been out for about a month now and it's caused me lots of problems.

I had originally planned on swinging by my brother Carl's place. But, it was already 11:00 a.m. and I was getting pretty sick (taking pills on an empty stomach). So, I drove home. I was about halfway there when CVS called and said my prescriptions were ready.

So, I picked them up. I also gassed up the truck before finally arriving home.

First thing I did after treating the cat was to take the GERD Medicine and ate some crackers. I was making spaghetti when I threw up the first time. I drank a big glass of water (dehydration is what landed me in the hospital last November). Then I threw the water up.

I finally finished the spaghetti and managed to keep some down. I got a couple glasses of water and a bucket (just in case) and went to bed. I basically stayed there the rest of Saturday and all of Sunday.

Sidebar: That really p*ssed me off, because I wanted to clean up the window box flowers, etc., and do other things outside.

What a wasted weekend!

Finally Friday

It was freaking cold Friday morning. I didn't notice it here, but when I got to work, all the grass was tipped with frost.

I was a little late. I dawdled  over my breakfast of toast and my cubicle buddy, Courtney's, fresh made raspberry jam. She gave me apple butter last week, so I was in heaven!

I went to Time Out for lunch and got the fish and chips. It was funny. I pulled in to the handicapped spot (it's in view from inside) and before I got inside, Dan, the owner, had grabbed the Dijon mustard and set it on my table. I explained that its only for the mushroom and Swiss burger and I wanted the fish and chips.

Then, before I was even seated, the waitress Nancy came up with a glass of water and the specials card. But, the other waitress, Amanda, said it was her turn to wait on me. Nancy told her, "There's another guy who just came in. You take care of him and I'll do John."

Amanda, who is much younger than Nancy, pouted and moved on. But, later, she stopped by and told me she spoke to Nancy and said she didn't appreciate her hijacking me. Nancy said she would give her my tip. Amanda replied, "I don't want his tip. I wanted to wait on him!"

Sidebar: Amanda and I have some sort of bond...

Anyway, it was kind of fun having them fight over me, LOL!

After work, I went to get my haircut. I always get that done on Saturday morning, but I had a doctor's appointment scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Both my barber and I remarked on how weird it was to be there on a Friday.

I should have went grocery shopping (Kroger is right across the street) but I was tired and my back hurt, so I headed home. It was late (maybe 5:30 p.m.) so the roads were crowded. Then I got stopped on Inkster for what seemed like the world's longest train Sigh...

I ate the rest of the chicken fried rice for dinner.

I saw a few more fruit flies. Rather that going the cling wrap/bowl route, this time I went with my nephew Jeff's suggestion and used a finishing nail to punch holes in a Mason Jar lid.

I'll dump it out when they are gone and keep it under the sink to use when needed.

My daughter Melissa called and there went most of the night.

I watched some TV but just could not fall asleep

Friday, October 14, 2016

Fall-like Thursday

We had a little rain overnight as a cold front pushed through, so it was decidedly cooler on Thursday. I wore my coat to work.

I went to Applebee's for lunch. I doubt I mentioned it before, but they now have a wood fired grille.Smells great in there. Instead of my usual order, I went for their "special" offer: a nine-ounce steak with two sides. I decided to go with garlicky green beans and garlicky mashed potatoes (to hell with my co-workers). For just $9.00, it was an excellent (though filling) meal.

I stopped at the Chinese takeout next to CVS on the way home and got some chicken fried rice.

Back home, I did the mid-week wash. Then I had an also excellent dinner.

After hanging up the clothes, I took the rest of the night off and watched TV.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Hump Day

It was warmer on Wednesday, as foretold.

I went to Big Boy for lunch and got the cup of chicken soup and the half turkey sandwich on multi-grain bread. The soup was good (after adding some salt) but I couldn't finish the half sandwich.

I finally got my estimate for the new fuse box. Recap: I already paid $849.00 for this job. But, they want an additional $790.00 to bring my electrical system up to code.

Sidebar: I don't think my brother Carl paid this much for his upgrade...

But, I'm tired of fighting with the old box (and I don't want the house to burn down), so I scheduled the job for Friday, October 28th.

Back home after work, I watched the news for a while. Then I went out back.

I took down the three hanging plants. They went into the compost heap. Then I pulled all the plants out of the raised bed vegetable garden. I chatted a bit, first with my neighbor Rick. Then I talked a longer while with his wife Tammy. Both complained about their garden's output this year and getting almost no tomatoes.

Sidebar: I had the same problem. I got a lot of cherry tomatoes, but no heirloom or Italian tomatoes.

They blamed it on the heat and no rain this year.

Maybe. But I watered and have always heard that tomatoes LOVE heat. So, I don't know...

Anyway I talked too long to get out the drip hose. A new project for the next warm day.

Back inside, I warmed up a can of chili for dinner. I tried the Wolf brand Jake recommended, instead of my usual Hormel. Hmmm... I think it had a better taste, but far fewer kidney beans. I don't know. I'm on the fence on this one.

I watched some taped PBS shows about ancient Greece and then went to bed.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Tuesday's Tale

I went into work on Tuesday. I had a problem though. The nose piece on my glasses broke off!

So, instead of eating lunch, I drove up to downtown Farmington where my eye doctor's office is. They fixed it for free and I headed back to work.

I had an apple at work from last week, so I ate that for lunch along with a bag of peanuts I bought from the candy machine out in the shop.

Back home, it was just over 60 degrees. I thought briefly about going out and cleaning up all the gardens for Fall. But, it's supposed to be in the 70's tomorrow, so I decided to postpone it until then.

I ate more of the sausage and sauerkraut for my dinner. Then I watched my NCIS shows until bedtime.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


I took Monday off. Not sure if it was the sauerkraut or just God hates me, but I woke up with bad diarrhea. So, I called in, not wanting to take a chance on soiling my truck seat.

When I wasn't in the bathroom, I stayed in bed. I only ate saltines crackers. Eventually, my stomach finally felt a little better. So, I took a chance and went to sleep for the night.

Sunday Moanin'

I stayed up late on Saturday, so I woke up late on Sunday.

Damn! This weekend is slip-sliding away!!

I watched most of the morning news, drinking coffee.

Sidebar: Hillary (who I dislike) got a lot of flack for calling Trump supporters "the basket of deplorables."

Bad, but "I could just grab her pussy" from Trump? OMG!

Please vote for Gary Johnson. He may not be all that and a bag of chips, but he is our only hope this year.

Sidebar: I feel like I am in the Twilight Zone these days. I LIKE IKE! (and JFK) and I'm standing by that!

I needed a refill on Cope so I drove to the gas station and got five cans. Since I was out anyway, I drove across the parking lot to CVS and got my yearly flu shot.

The pharmacist who gave me the shot was wearing a hijab, which is not unusual around here. But, her assistant, who rang me up, was also a Arab. She had long, flowing hair and a mischievous smile and I instantly fell in love.

Sidebar: I only mention this because I am noticing a pattern. First it was women from India, then Latinos and now Arabs. What's next?

I appear to be on a slippery slope and you white bitches better jump in, LOL!

Back home, I started making my Sunday dinner. I quartered four medium-sized Yukon Gold potatoes. I put them in the Dutch oven and covered them with a bag of sauerkraut. Finally I sliced up the rest of the smoked sausage (from the dirty rice).I brought it to a boil and then turned it on low.

Then I got busy on the weekend wash. I did the bedding and then a load of work clothes. Finallly I did all the towels and my bathrobe.

By then I was getting hungry, so I fixed a bowl of pure comfort food. My finger was still bleeding off and on and now my upper arm hurt from the shot. So. I called it a day (a very, very non-productive day, sigh...) I watched some TV but went to bed early (I didn't get my nap, today).

Sunday, October 9, 2016

At my age, I really need to remember this poem!

On the day I die a lot will happen.
A lot will change.
The world will be busy.

On the day I die, all the important appointments I made will be left unattended.
The many plans I had yet to complete will remain forever undone.
The calendar that ruled so many of my days will now be irrelevant to me.
All the material things I so chased and guarded and treasured will be left in the hands of others to care for or to discard.

The words of my critics which so burdened me will cease to sting or capture anymore. They will be unable to touch me.
The arguments I believed I’d won here will not serve me or bring me any satisfaction or solace.
All my noisy incoming notifications and texts and calls will go unanswered. Their great urgency will be quieted.

My many nagging regrets will all be resigned to the past, where they should have always been anyway.
Every superficial worry about my body that I ever labored over; about my waistline or hairline or frown lines, will fade away.
My carefully crafted image, the one I worked so hard to shape for others here, will be left to them to complete anyway.
The sterling reputation I once struggled so greatly to maintain will be of little concern for me anymore.

All the small and large anxieties that stole sleep from me each night will be rendered powerless.
The deep and towering mysteries about life and death that so consumed my mind will finally be clarified in a way that they could never be before while I lived.
These things will certainly all be true on the day that I die.

Yet for as much as will happen on that day, one more thing that will happen.
On the day I die, the few people who really know and truly love me will grieve deeply.
They will feel a void.
They will feel cheated.
They will not feel ready.
They will feel as though a part of them has died as well.
And on that day, more than anything in the world they will want more time with me.
I know this from those I love and grieve over.

And so knowing this, while I am still alive I’ll try to remember that my time with them is finite and fleeting and so very precious—and I’ll do my best not to waste a second of it.

I’ll try not to squander a priceless moment worrying about all the other things that will happen on the day I die, because many of those things are either not my concern or beyond my control.

Friends, those other things have an insidious way of keeping you from living even as you live; vying for your attention, competing for your affections.
They rob you of the joy of this unrepeatable, uncontainable, ever-evaporating Now with those who love you and want only to share it with you.

Don’t miss the chance to dance with them while you can.
It’s easy to waste so much daylight in the days before you die.
Don’t let your life be stolen every day by all that you believe matters, because on the day you die, much of it simply won’t.

Yes, you and I will die one day.
But before that day comes: let us live..
~ John Pavlovitz

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Saturday Story

I woke up during the night, off and on. But I did manage to fall back asleep. Then I woke up for real around 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.

My ToDo list was pretty full for this weekend, but I didn't care and putzed. I drank too much coffee and watched the news.

I finally shaved, showered and got dressed.

I went to the Post Office for more stamps and to mail a package. While I was waiting in line, I chatted with the young lady behind me who was an Arab. She didn't wear the hijab but was about five feet tall and cute as hell.

I put her into my "Missed opportunity because you're too damn old" category, LOL!

Back home, I left the truck outside so I could work in the garage. So, I changed clothes and got to work.

The first item was to redirect the extension cord that feeds the garage door opener. Why? Because it used to end up right next to the fuse box. Now, I don't think its illegal, but I don't want it that obvious when the Township inspector comes out to check out the fuse box (I assume this will need a permit).

So, I put some hooks in the ceiling and rerouted it to the other side. I secured it with wire ties. There was a lot of ladder work (up and down) and my legs hurt.

Then I went to wire in the switch in the garage. I was stripping off the outer covering when I slashed the sh*t out of my left index finger with a razor knife.

Three bandages later, it finally stopped bleeding. I decided to take a break.

My break turned into a nap.

I woke up and decided to postpone working on the switch until my finger heals. So, I pulled the truck inside and buttoned everything up for the night.

I didn't feel like making dinner, so just ate more coleslaw.

My nap let me stay up and watch Saturday Night Live. Then I went to sleep


As you may remember, mi querido amigo Vicky got a new job a while back. But, she got a much better offer to work for the Ilitch company (Little Caesars. Yeah, but he also owns the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League and Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball). Ilitch has been at the center of Detroit's downtown redevelopment efforts; he purchased and renovated the Fox Theatre and relocated his business headquarters (Ilitch Holdings) there. He also owns Olympia Entertainment.

She would be working in the same area (downtown Campus Martius), for more money, better benefits and hopefully, free pizza. So, she took it.

In keeping with traditional business practices, she told them she would need to start in two weeks (so she could give her notice) and gave her notice.

So, her last day would have been October 14.

This is normal, so you can train your replacement and so on.

But, yesterday, she sent me an email, asking that I not email her anymore at work (it was how we stayed in touch - I promised her when she left) as they let her go early.

So, she's basically fncked and losing a week's pay.

I wold like to think this is an isolated incident, but it's not.  When my friend, Tracey, gave her two week notice here a while back at Spacely Sprockets, her manager, Dennis, (no last names, please) told her to get the fnck out!

So, should you ignore the old two week notice? I dunno. I just know Vicky got screwed out of a week's pay...

Random Craziness...

Yesterday, on my afternoon walk, I had an about a five-minute conversation with a crow, perched on a telephone pole about ten feet from me.

Sidebar: In my 20's, I understood "crow." Not the actual words, but the meaning of what they were telling me. It was a Native American thing I was taught.

But, for the life of me, I didn't get him! Was he scolding me, encouraging me, warning me or what?

I've accepted I'm old and have lost a lot shit. But, I wish I hadn't lost the ability to talk with crows...

Finally Friday

Friday was the last of the summer-like days. I had the AC on as the temps are supposed to hit near 80 degrees! Saturday's high will be near 60, by comparison. More seasonal.

Sidebar: I am hoping this late surge of warm weather means a mild winter. But, you never know...

I ate lunch at Time Out and had my usual Friday fish and chips. I chatted awhile with my waitress, Amanda. She took her seven-year old to see the movie "Storks" and is getting her brake pads and rotors replaced on Saturday.

I went back to Ace Hardware and got some wire ties and electrical tape. Then I went back to work.

Back home, I spent a while working on the computer (it was payday - I get it in and pay it out, LOL!)

Mt daughter Melissa called and we talked a bit (LOL).

I mixed a bag of shredded coleslaw mix with a half jar of Marzetti Original Slaw dressing. Then I made another sandwich with the leftover tuna fish.

I ate too much coleslaw and my tummy hurt when I went to bed...

Friday, October 7, 2016

I'm just clowning around, here...

Strange World

It was another beautiful summer day on Thursday.

Around 9:00 I heard a helicopter. It didn't move away, so I went outside to see what was going on. It was slowly circling over the buildings and it said POLICE on the side.

I went back in and remarked how strange I thought it was. Courtney said they were probably looking for the guy who robbed a local hotel this morning (I hadn't heard about it).  Someone else came in and said Plymouth road was temporarily closed as well.

Sidebar: Why would anybody rob a hotel. Everything there is usually done with credit cards.

I had to go to the hardware store, so I ate at Big Boy again (its right across the parking lot). In the hardware store, the checkout lady was telling me about the hotel robbery and she said the guy was wearing (what else?) a clown mask!

When I got home after work, I turned the news on. The story got even stranger. Turned out the cops were in pursuit of the guy down Merriman Road when he started shooting back at them. I don't know if they stopped the pursuit so nobody else would get hurt, but the clown got away!

I worked in the garage while it was still light out, then I came inside.

I made a tuna fish sandwich for my dinner, watched a little TV and then went to bed.

Thursday, October 6, 2016


It was a another gorgeous day on Wednesday! Walked outside in the morning and it felt like July, not October.

I went to the Newburgh Grill and gave into temptation. I ate a chili dog with a side of onion rings

I left work at 3:00 to meet with an electrician. I am going to get my fuse box replaced, along with a whole house surge protector.

Sidebar: I bought this on Angie's List for $849.00. I have learned today that this was more of a down payment, rather than a fixed price.

He explained that, to meet code, he has to put in two grounds outside, etc., etc., etc. He's supposed to get back with me in a couple of days with the "real" price.

I did ask him what happened to the $849 price. He said that if everything is perfect and they just have to swap out the box. I said, "If everything was perfect, why would somebody want to do that?" He laughed and said, "Good point."

But, I really do need to upgrade this. So, it is what it is.

I did have to move the bike so he could get in, so I got to drive it up into the garage twice! I put about 12 feet on the odometer, LOL!

I ate the last of the steak and squash for dinner.

I had all the windows opened again while I did the Wednesday night wash and ran a load in the dishwasher.

I watched a little TV but went to bed early.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Waylon Jennings - I`ve Always Been Crazy

Now I'm on some kind of Waylon kick...  I blame Jake for this outbreak! What's next? Willy???

Sidebar; I really have always been crazy, but it did keep me from going insane.


The news said it was foggy again on Tuesday, but I didn't see any around here. The sun came out and it was a beautiful day.

I went to lunch at Big Boy. I got a cup of chicken noodle soup (to be different) and the half sandwich (grilled three cheese with tomato).

When I left the restaurant, there was a guy about my age standing behind my truck. WTF? When I walked up to the truck, he said, "Is this your truck?" I had a fleeting thought that maybe he backed into it or something. I said, "Yes" and he said, "I want to show you something." I thought, "Oh crap! He really did back into it!!!"

I walked to the back and he pointed to his SUV parked next to me. In his trailer hitch was a very faded claymore mine!

He said, "I'm a veteran, too, and just wanted to shake your hand!" Not wanting to get into a long discussion, I shook hands and said, "I'll be damned. I never saw anybody else who had one." He said, "Me either. That's why I waited for you." As I drove off, he was still standing there, giving me a big thumbs up.

When I got back inside from my afternoon walk, Michelle from Facilities was waiting for me. She'd been at her computer all day (including lunch) and want to take a break, so she walked over for a visit.

When I got home after work, it was still nice out, but breezy. I opened all the windows to air out the house (it gets stuffy with the furnace on).

I called Jake and Carla to make sure they would be okay with this hurricane bearing down on them. Jake said that, since they are about 90 miles from the coast, all they are expecting is a lot or rain and  high winds.

I ate half of the remaining dirty rice and shrimp for my dinner. I watched NCIS and then a little of the Vice-presidential debates. Both candidates came off as jerks (especially Clinton's choice). Disgusted, I turned it off and went to bed.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Monday Moanin'

It was cool, damp and foggy on Monday morning. I woke up late, so the Blog post was, too.

I ate two pieces of that loaf Tammy gave me. I still couldn't figure out what it was, LOL! It's not banana nut. I don't think it's zucchini bread. But, it was moist, tasty and excellent.

The fog had mostly burned off when I took my morning walk, but it was still damp and cool.

I went to Ten Yen for lunch, but I wasn't that hungry. So, I just got a bowl of won ton coup and an egg roll.

It was still damp and cool when I walked in the afternoon.

When I got home, I finally figured out how to get the lid back on the wet-vac. Then I used it to clean the cat hair off the living room furniture. The sun finally came out!

I warmed up more of the steak and squash for my dinner. I mixed equal amounts of horseradish and mayo for a dipping sauce for the steak. Yum!

For lack of anything better, I watched The Voice until 10:00 p.m. and then went to bed.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Sunday's Story

I woke up at an amazing 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. I ate my pills and forgot about breakfast.

Sidebar: Always a bad thing to do with Gerd. I'll be barfing my guts out or shitting my brains out, later...

I live such a wonderful life...

It was sunny today, so I pulled the truck outside, got the wet-vac and vacuumed it out. I was very disappointed at the suction of the wet-vac. So, I opened it up and found both the big paper filter and the smaller foam one clogged with cat hair! I turned on the air compressor and blew them both off.

I put it all back together, but couldn't get the top to lock in place. I struggled with it for a while and then said, "Fnck it!" I pulled the truck back inside and shut the garage door. I'll get back to it another time. For some reason, I woke up cranky and have no patience today.

I was drinking another cup of coffee and looking out the kitchen window when I saw another plastic bag on the fence. "Oh, no!" I thought. "Not another butternut squash!" But, when I went outside, it was a little loaf of some kind of bread.

So, I made a sign up and laminated it. I hung it on the fence for Tammy.

I took a much needed nap. Then I got busy making my Sunday supper.

I saw a interesting recipe I wanted to try. So, I thawed out a pound of large shrimp.

NOTE: The recipe called for two pounds of fresh, large shrimp, heads on. But, this is Redford, not New Orleans.  So, I made do. But, I'll give the the ingredient measurements from the original recipe.

I peeled and deveined the shrimp, reserving the shells and tails. The shrimp went back into the fridge and the shells and tails into a pot of water. I brought the water to a boil and then reduced the heat to medium. I cooked that for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. I skimmed the froth off as it rose to the surface. Then I strained it and reserved one cup of the shrimp stock.

I a large skillet, I melted five tablespoons of butter. I added two tablespoons of finely-chopped, fresh rosemary leaves, 1 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, two teaspoons Cajun seasoning, two shallots, minced, and four cloves of garlic, minced. I cooked that, stirring constantly for about a minute or so (until fragrant).

I added the shrimp stock, 1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 cup of hot sauce and two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice.

I added in the shrimp and cooked them just until they were pink and firm.

I then added the 1/2 cup of amber beer and seven more tablespoons of butter. I stirred that until the butter melted into the sauce.

Sidebar: I never even heard of amber beer before, but I found a bottle in the craft beer section at Kroger's.

I was going to make Cajun red beans and rice as the side, but the recipes I found seemed WAY too complicated. So, Instead, I made a box of Zatarain's dirty rice. I did add about half a link of smoked sausage, chopped (in place of Andouille sausage, which Kroger's doesn't carry).

It finally all came together  and I plated my supper.

The shrimp were quite spicy, but delicious! And the rice was a nice side.

I watched a forgettable movie and then the 11:00 p.m. news before finally going to bed.

Sunday, October 2, 2016


I gotta share this. This is my (crap. what?) great nephew (?) Joshua ( son of Lee Ann, Carl's kid) on his first homecoming. Priceless!!!

Oh, to be that young again...

Living alone, I am often faced with this problem!


I woke up at 4:00 a.m. and couldn't fall back asleep Saturday morning. It was overcast, but not raining (for a change) when I headed out for a 9:30 a.m. haircut.

From there I went to Kroger's and it was packed! Next I stopped at Westborn for some lemons, eggplant and grated Parmesan cheese.

Finally, I went to Home Depot. Since I was there anyway and hadn't eaten breakfast, I bought a hot dog on the way out and ate it in the truck.

I got home about 11:30 a.m. and left the truck outside to unload it. As I was doing that, the sun came out!!!

I was pumped! So, I put everything away and changed into work clothes And, instead of freezing the strip steak I'd bought on sale, I stuck it in the fridge.

I went out front with my pruning shears and trimmed up the forsithia. There are two bushes on the south side of the driveway that were here when I first got here. Both are a little out of control and have a lot of dead branches. So I cut them WAY back (from about five feet tall to maybe three feet).

Sidebar: Everything was really, really wet as was I by the time I was done.

Back inside, I changed out of my wet clothes into shorts and a t-shirt. Then I started the weekend wash.

I took a break and watched a couple DIY shows. Then I took a nice nap.

When I woke up, it was a little more cloudy, but there were still peaks of sunshine. I turned the oven on to preheat while I cut one of my neighbor's butternut squash in half. I cleaned out the seeds and put a big pat of butter in the cavity. Then I added some brown sugar (I know, I know). I scored the flesh so the butter/brown sugar mix would (hopefully) premiate the whole squash.

I stuck that in the oven and went out to fire up the charcoal chimney. I took the steak out to come to room temperature. I seasoned it with salt and pepper.

Son of a bitch! Before the charcoal was ready, it started to rain.

Time to regroup. I got out the cast iron frying pan and heated it up. I added a little canola oil and butter and, when it was close to smoking, I added the steak. Using the CORRECT tongs, I turned it after getting a nice sear on the first side.

Sidebar: I forgot to mention this, but on Friday, Miss Victoria informed me I was now allowed to use the stove and oven again. She's funny...

I put the steak on a platter to let it rest while I dealt with the squash.

I cleaned out one squash (the other will go in the fridge when cooled) and plated my dinner.

It was excellent, even without the smoking flavor it should have had.

As I downloaded the pictures from the camera, I found two I hadn't retrieved. One was to show you how nice the mailbox garden looks.

The other was the macaroni salad I made for the family reunion that I then had to eat by myself.

I cleaned the dinner mess up, remade the bed and folded the rest of the laundry.

I watched some more TV and then went to bed early.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Rain, rain go away!

It sprinkled on the way into work but seriously rained in the afternoon on Friday.

Sidebar: We are in a very weird weather pattern here in Southeast Michigan. I heard the name for it, but promptly forgot it. There is a stationary low stuck in the Ohio valley. Due to the jet stream, it is sucking up moisture from the Atlantic and swirling it around. Detroit is directly in it's path. This is causing the rain and the unusual effect of weather coming in from the east (normally weather comes in from the west, here).

I think Mother Nature is trying to make up for the lack of rain (and my water bill) this summer.

I ate lunch at Time Out and got their mushroom and Swiss burger. Of course, they didn't have any Dijon mustard (I need that on a mushroom and Swiss burger), but I brought in a bottle from my pantry. The owner, Dan, laughed his ass off. He put it up high on a shelf and told the waitresses to remember where it was when I requested it.

The burger was delicious, but huge huge (1/2 pound) and I could barely finish it. I left most of the fries on the plate.

From there, I went to the Burlington Coat Factory. I was looking for a lightweight, Fall jacket. It was a wasted trip. I'll try Kohl's, next.

I drove home from work in heavy rain. After I got the truck in, I treated the cat and then went out back to check the gauge.  I had close to another inch in it, so I've gotten almost five inches of rain since Wednesday. I am damn glad I don't have a basement!!!

I spent the early evening making lists (grocery, ToDo, etc.) on the computer.

I warmed up a big bowl of my ham and bean soup for my dinner. I put two four-cup containers in the freezer for later in the winter.

I watched a little TV, but went to bed early.