Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunny Saturday!

I didn't sleep well and, as a result, I finally woke up at 7:30 a.m.! I got a cup off coffee and watched what was left of the news.

Then I made some scrambled eggs for breakfast.

I mostly farted around inside until noon. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed.

I left early for my 3:00 p.m. eye exam up in Farmington. I wanted to pick out some new glasses first.

Sidebar: This is NOT the year insurance will pay for them (it's every two years, you see). But I hate the ones I got last year. They are too small (or something) and they press up against my temples. Plus the weight of them on my nose seems to make my nose run. So, I decided to just buy new ones.

I was dreading this appointment, BTW. It's only been six months, but the eye doctor was worried about the progression of my cataracts. I have been operated on my shoulder, my back and my leg (repeatedly), but the idea of somebody operating on my eyes is frightening.

On the way up, the A/C kicked on. So, I shut it off and opened the window. People were out everywhere (walking, running, sitting on benches) enjoying the day.

It made me laugh. In South Carolina, people would be wearing coats and complaining about how cold it was. In Michigan, people are out in t-shirts and shorts, enjoying the warm day.

It took a while to find a parking space but I was eventually in the eye doctor's around 2:30 p.m. I signed in and spent a little time picking out my new frames.

The doctor was done early with his last appointment, so I got in early. My appointment went amazingly well. He was surprised (as was I) that my cataracts had remained the same!

He warned me if I saw any new symptoms, I should get in right away. But, I don't have to go back for a full year!!!

I told him I wanted new glasses and explained why. He warned me that my insurance wouldn't cover it and I said I didn't care.

So, he measured the frames I picked out for my bifocals. I always get the anti-scratch coating, but he urged me to buy the anti-glare coating as well. He said it would help with night driving.

After they came up with a price, the doctor knocked off $150.00! He said I was a long-term patient and, anyway, they should have caught that the last one didn't fit right. I can live with that.

On the way back home, I stopped at Kroger's and got a nice New York strip steak and some brats.

Once home, the light wind was coming from the west. So, I opened the west-facing window downstairs, one of the living room windows and my bedroom window to air out the house.

I got the drill and a wire brush attachment and cleaned the winter rust off the grill. Then I started some charcoal. I dumped it in and oiled the grill. Then I cooked the brats (for this coming week) and the steak.

I put the steak on an oval aluminum sizzler platter and stuck it in the oven on low.

I sauteed some mushrooms I had while I "baked" a potato in the microwave. I put some of the mushrooms over half the steak and ate it with the potato, dressed in butter and sour cream.

Sidebar: I was disappointed. I overcooked the steak (or left it in the oven too long). Don't get me wrong, it was delicious. But it was not medium-rare, the way I like it. I guess I'm out of practice.

I put the rest of the steak and the brats in the fridge.

I watched some TV until bedtime.


  1. Nice of the doc and is that green I see in the grass?

  2. Yes, it as nice. Mostly still brown grass, but some green here and there.