Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Back to work on Tuesday

It was a little chilly on Tuesday morning, so I wore my coat.

I went to Time Out for lunch and got a cheeseburger and fries. Amanda was finally back (she'd been sick last week) and it was nice to see her again.

Then I went to Lowe's and got the asparagus ferns and spikes.

Back home after work, I planted the porch rail planter and the kitchen window box.

I gathered up all the trash for tomorrow's pickup. I ate the sweetcorn, hot dog and brat for dinner. I put the rest of the ribs in the trash.

I watched NCIS and then went to bed at 9:00 p.m.

Memorial Day Weekend, Day Three

Spent Monday doing miscellaneous chores and laundry. Couldn't do the porch rail planter or the kitchen window box as I need the spikes and asparagus ferns. I'll get them at Lowe's on Tuesday.

Ate all the barbecued chicken and the beans for a late lunch/early dinner.

It rained about a half inch in the afternoon.

Memorial Day Weekend, Day Two

I just chilled on Sunday. Spent a lot of time on the computer (Caley kept me company, sitting on top of the computer itself).

After that, I watched a LOT of old war movies. When I got hungry, I ate more ribs and my pasta salad.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend, Day One

I was jarred awake at 3:30 a.m. with the smoke detector  in my room screaming "carbon monoxide warning." WTF? So, I jumped up and checked if I'd left the stove on. Nope. But the smoke detector in the office joined in the chorus, so I checked the furnace and the water heater. Nothing looked weird. The dryer is electric and it was off so that couldn't be the problem.

With nothing to blame for the alarm (and this was the first time I ever heard it) I cracked open the kitchen and bedroom windows (to shut off the smoke detectors) and went back to sleep.

Sidebar: Is there naturally occurring carbon monoxide? What the hell was that all about, anyway?

So, I woke up late and had to hustle. I wanted to be at Home Depot at 8:00 a.m., (before it got crowded) but it was almost 9:00 a.m. when I got there. Today I was only buying dirt and the plants for my planters. I'll get my veggies on Sunday or Monday.

I did good until I couldn't find any asparagus ferns. I walked up and down every damn aisle. But nothing. Who the hell doesn't sell asparagus ferns???

Then I went to Kroger's and got the makings for my Memorial Day go-to: another pasta salad.

Sidebar: I would have just gone to Westborn (my favorite market) but they don't sell cat treats. I am getting dangerously low and afraid of what Caley might do if I run out...

So, I was back home around noon. I left the truck outside to unload it.

Then I started making my pasta salad. After determining the "snap" point of the asparagus, I cut the ends off and cut the rest all into bite-size chunks. I boiled them for a quick two minutes and then dumped them into ice water (to stop the cooking process).

While the tri-colored pasta was boiling, I chopped up the veggies. Kroger's had three bell peppers on sale, so I bought a yellow, orange and red one. I diced them up and put half in the freezer for later. I did the same with the green onions (two bunches for whatever).

So, I put everything together and dressed it with Italian dressing. I taste-tested it and it was boring.I completely forgot to get some shredded Parmesan cheese. So, I drove up the the little grocery store on Joy Road, off of Beech Daly. They didn't have any shredded Parmesan,  so I got two tubs of feta cheese.

Sidebar: I also grabbed a tub of honey in the comb. Haven't seen that in years!!!

I added in the cheese and it was great. I put the salad in the fridge to get cold and went outside to plant the mailbox garden.

While I was out there planting, my neighbor (from two doors down) came over. She was admiring my planting and asked if I would like some food. She said her husband had barbecued way too much and a lot of invited guests didn't show. So, I said sure.

She brought me two big take-out boxes! There was potato salad (store-bought), more pasta salad (not as good as mine), sweet corn, baked beans, grilled chicken, a hamburger patty, a hot dog, a brat and lots of ribs. Plus, there was a slice of pie and a cupcake for dessert. So, I didn't even bother to grill anything for the rest of the weekend.

 I quit for the evening and chowed down.

Saturday, May 27, 2017


It was raining (again) on the way into work on Friday...

Sidebar: If April showers bring May flowers, what does May showers bring (other than lush lawns and a lot of weeds?)

I went to Big Boy's at lunch and got a Slim Jim, but with onion rings instead of fries. The onion rings were good, but not up to the standards of the Newburgh Grill.

Sidebar: BEST EVER!

My boss had already left for a weekend up north, so when my old boss came back from a meeting at 3:30 p.m., she told me to shut it down and go home, so I did.

Sidebar: Happy Memorial Day weekend!

When  I got home, I walked around the yard, making lists of the flowers, vegetable plants and hanging baskets I need.

I watched the last of the news and then made some of the fresh mushroom ravioli (I forget the fancy name and I don't care). I dumped Alfredo sauce on it and called it good (well, I did top with with grated Parmesan cheese).

A friend of mine called me later that evening. We text, but don't call, so it was a surprise. We talked for a long, long time (my daughter, Melissa, long). When we finally hung up, I went to bed.

Friday, May 26, 2017


I totally missed red nose day this year!


It was chilly and raining on the way into work. And, it stayed that way all day.

I went to Ten Yen for lunch and got the almond chicken, with Won Ton soup and hot tea. Then I went to Lowe's. I bought the paint, rollers, etc., needed for painting the ceilings.

Sidebar: My daughter, Melissa, and her husband, Dave, have volunteered to come over on Saturday and paint the downstairs and kitchen ceilings. If you remember, they were coated with soot a couple of years back. Jake and Carla came back last year and wiped them down with those soot sponges. But, they still need to be washed with TSP and then painted with Kilz.

Now, what you don't know is that when I had the garage wall repaired, I had to put everything that was on the old wall (tools, painting supplies, etc.) in boxes and in the downstairs room. So, before I can wash the ceiling I have to find places for all this "stuff."

So, when I got home after work, I started moving things. I put the kitty litter, cat feeder and the water dish in the office, along with several boxes of stuff I need in the house. I moved the toy box from the garage to the living room for more room in the garage, then I started moving boxes.

I realized I did not have time to finish downstairs, much less clean out the kitchen (the little medicine bottles alone would takes hours to wrap and box up) and then wash the ceilings. So, I sent a text to Melissa, letting her know if they insist on doing this (which I appreciate), it would have to be another weekend.

I moved the cat stuff back downstairs so I didn't have to smell it. I was tired, so I ate the last piece of pizza and went to bed.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Carl, here's mine.

Hump Day

Went to work on Wednesday without a coat. It was a little chilly, but I was tired of dealing with it once it warms up.

I got an excellent bowl of split pea soup for lunch and then took a drive through Hines Park. There weren't as many people out, though. It was cloudy and looked like rain.

On the way back, I put $20 worth of gas in the truck. I'll fill it up at my corner gas station, where the gas is cheaper.

It started raining in the afternoon.

When I got home, I sanded the wood putty off the toy box. Then I did the Wednesday night wash.

I ate more of the pizza (cold) for dinner, watched a little TV and then went to bed.

The Sound Of Silence - cover by 11y/o Jadyn Rylee feat. Sina

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Then it was Tuesday...

Tuesday morning was cool, so I wore my jacket. But the sun heated it up and, by lunchtime, I just carried it out to the truck and left it.

I went to the Newburgh Grill for lunch and got a cup of bean and ham soup and a patty melt. Then I went to Lowe's and bought some light bulbs and a mop.

Back home after work, I attached the two-inch strip that will hold the hinges for the toy box lid.I filled in the nail holes with more stainable wood putty. I left that to dry overnight and pulled the truck back inside.

I baked a frozen pizza for dinner, after adding some banana pepper rings and more mozzarella.

I started watching the Voice to see who won, but fell asleep long before it ended.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Monday, Monday...

It was cool and cloudy Monday morning, but it did eventually clear up and warmed up.

I had a late lunch date at 2:00 p.m. We had agreed to meet at Archie's on Plymouth Road, so I drove through all of the construction. But, when I got there, I found out they are closed on Mondays. I sent her a text, letting her know. She suggested Duly's instead. Duly's is at Plymouth and Merriman, so I drove back through the mess.

Duly's is an old school diner and has been there for years. I got their potato soup and a side salad. She just got a burger (light onion, pickles and mayo) and a shake.

The afternoon passed quickly (I should take more late lunches, LOL).

I left the truck outside and changed clothes. I got out the saw horses and the track saw and cut out the top for the toy box.

I swept up the sawdust and pulled the truck back inside.

It was almost 8:00 p.m., so I watched the rest of Jeopardy while I ate two more hot dogs.

I fell asleep watching the Voice.

Monday, May 22, 2017


I was going to purchase the veggi plants and then plant them. However, it rained off and on all day, here.

So, I did little chores here and there and some housecleaning.

When I was hungry, I warmed up some hot dogs and opened a can of Bush's beans for the side dish.

I watched a couple old movies in the afternoon (when I should have been working on the toy box).

Dinner was two more hot dogs and the rest of the baked beans.

All this doing nothing made me tired, so I went to bed early.

Sunday, May 21, 2017


Saturday was overcast and a bit chilly when I left for my 9:00 a.m. haircut. Before I left, I stripped the bed and started the weekend wash. After my haircut, next came Kroger, where I was mostly was restocking on canned goods. So, I had a lot of little, heavy bags to load in the truck.

Sidebar: (and this p*sses me off) I completely ignored the shopping list where it said "tuna fish in oil - five cans." I still have two in the pantry but, not good... Not good...

From there I went to Home Depot and they did have pots of flat leaf parsley (thank God). So, I bought two.

Back home, I left the truck outside to unload it. Then I just left it outside. I treated the evil cat and changed clothes.

Then I went to get some photos of the farm iris that are now in bloom.


The lilac blooms were dying out, so I cut them all off (the only way to ensure the lilac will bloom next year) and took them all in the house. They looked like shit and the smell is all but gone, but I stuck them in a mason jar with some water and set them on the sink.

As I said, sadly, only the sage survived the winter in the raised bed herb garden. So, I dug out the dead roots, worked up the soil and replanted flat leaf parsley, basil, rosemary and thyme, just before it started to rain today.


Sidebar: The funny thing is, sage is the one herb I use the least, LOL!

Back inside, I put the bedding in the dryer and emptied the dishwasher. Then I played around on Facebook for a while. When the dryer stopped, I remade the bed.

It was too late for lunch and too early for dinner, but I didn't have breakfast and I was hungry. It was raining, so grilling was out. So, I broiled some Kogel's Vienna hot dogs in the oven and made some blue box mac & cheese on the stove top. I ate two hot dogs and too much mac and cheese.

I had planned on working on the toy box, but I decided to take a nap. I reset the alarm for 5:00 p.m. as I had an important appointment this evening.

I woke up 15 minutes before 5:00. I reset the alarm (so I wouldn't be late on Monday) and putzed a bit. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed (again). I said goodbye to Caley and got in the truck and headed out.

I was headed for the Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center (part of Wayne State Community College) in Taylor.Tonight was Yanessa's first dance recital. She has been attending the Taylor Dance Company for a while now.

I got there in plenty of time, but no handicapped parking available (too many proud grandparents, I suppose). So I parked about a half mile away (just kidding, but it felt like it) and hiked in.

Now, Vicky was supposed to meet me in the lobby, but she called while I was walking in and said she was backstage with Yanessa and they would have my ticket up front. So, I went to the table and said, "You have my ticket. It should be under J-o-h-n G-o-e-r-l-i-c-h, bought by V-i-c-t-o-r-i-o L-a-s-s-o." He looked through the five or six he had and handed me the one that said "John."


I went inside the theater, which was huge and looked for Puerto Ricans. Nothing. My elderly usher suggested calling and asking Vicky to stand up and wave (brilliant). But Vicky was still backstage and said the family got here early and had gotten great seats. But, the usher's wouldn't let them save two for me or her. So, she said sit anywhere and she would find me. And she did.

Sidebar: I had expected a High School gym stage or something. But this was like Broadway, with extensive sets and stuff. The kids ranged from, say, three to maybe fourteen years old.

Of course, Yanessa's routine was my favorite. She seemed startled at first with the stage and the audience (as did most of the younger kids). But she pulled it off.

My second favorite was the "Jack in the Box" routine. Vicky missed this as she was back stage checking on Yanessa's breathing.

Sidebar: Yanessa went into the hospital Tuesday night with pneumonia and wasn't released until Thursday at 6:00 p.m. But she desperately wanted to do this.

Anyway, the "Jack in the Box" routine was little (LITTLE) kids that were each in a box. Most of them popped up and down with the music cues, but the one girl on the right never moved. She just stood there and hung onto the box sides with both hands. I loved her... I understand fear...

I missed Vicky's second favorite, a Hawaiian dance, due to a bathroom break. She said it was great.

Anyway, it was a perfect night of tap, ballet, gymnastic, jazz and contemporary dancing.

You were told (and it was on the program) that photo's and videos were forbidden, so I didn't take any (I'm German and we do what we are told). But I did take a photo of the program. However, somebody sitting next to me (but I'm not naming names) did take some and posted them on Facebook.

Illegal Photo

To be fair, I saw hundreds of parents with their cell phones up when their kids were on stage, LOL.

Anyway, it was an awesome production. When it ended, Victoria went to collect Yanessa and I went into the lobby to wait for people I knew. And they eventually showed up. Lots of hugs and shaking hands (been a while since I've seen most of them). I loved seeing Myla again (she's Vicky's niece and my buddy from the Puerto Rico trip adventure).

But my favorite was when I said I was leaving and Vicky hugged me. She was holding Yanessa at the time, so I hugged her and kissed Yanessa on the cheek (who giggled) at the same time. Happiness overload!

I humped the two miles to my truck and headed home. About 30 minutes later, I sent the Puerto Rican obligatory text to Victoria, letting her know I made it home, alive.

Sidebar: No, they are serious about that. If I didn't send it or failed to respond to her text or call, she'd drive over here to see what's wrong (and she has a key).

Anyway,  I changed clothes. I thought about eating something but wasn't really hungry. I decided what I was was really tired. So, I didn't bother with the TV. I shut off the lights and went to bed at 9:30 p.m.

It was a good day...

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Finally Friday

Friday was overcast and chilly.

I went to Lowe's at lunchtime and bought most of the herbs I needed for the garden. Unfortunately, they did not have any flat leaf parsley (this happened last year at Home Depot, BTW).

Sidebar: I don't get it. Tons of curly parsley (which is just a garnish) but no flat leaf (or Italian) parsley!

Back home after work, I put the herbs in the garage (I'll plant them this weekend). I treated the cat and changed clothes.

I raided the freezer and made a chicken pot pie with a side of sweet corn for dinner.

My daughter Melissa called and we talked for a long time.

I started watching TV but fell asleep during the show I had turned on.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Even windier Thursday!

It was 70 degrees when I woke up on Thursday and windy.

The wind kept getting stronger all morning (we were under a high wind advisory) and by lunchtime it was sustained winds of 30 mph with gusts up to 55 mph!

I went to Lowe's and got a new dryer plug. I was told that might be the cause of the dryer tripping the breaker, so I'll swap it out over the weekend and see if that fixes it.

Back home after work, it was 86 degrees outside and 80 degrees inside! I opened a few eindows to let the breeze in, but that didn't help the temperature any.

Sidebar: All this high wind is a result of a slow moving cold front. Once it passes, it will be much cooler.

I ate the last two brats and the last of the eggplant for dinner.

I laid on top of the sheets with the bedroom fan on, but still had trouble falling asleep.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Windy Wednesday

It was warm and windy on Wednesday. Forecast was for close to 90 degrees, so I turned on the air conditioner before I left for work.

The wind picked up during the day and, as I took a ride through Hines park at lunch, it was rocking the truck.

When I got home, the house seemed warm. I checked and it was 77 degrees inside. The A/C had never kicked on! Played around with the thermostat and checked the breaker, but no luck. Looks like I'll have to call Scott Pace again.

Sidebar: No real emergency. Not like having the furnace go out in the middle of winter.

I used the nail set and made sure all the nails in the toy box were deep. Then I filled the holes with stainable wood putty.

I ate some more of the steak and the last two ears of sweet corn for dinner. I mixed mayonnaise and horseradish as a condiment for the steak.

I watched a movie and went to bed.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Warm Tuesday

I woke up at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning with a loud clap of thunder. The storm continued, so, I gave up and got up. I sat in the living room, drinking coffee and watching the lightning.

It had eased up and was just sprinkling by the time I took the trash out to the road. It was still quite cool, but I knew it was supposed to get hot today. So, I left my coat at home.

I got a burger for lunch and then went over to the Livonia mall and Jos. A. Banks. They were having a sale, so I got four new short sleeve shirts for the summer. It was "buy one, get one half off."

It got warmer and warmer as the afternoon wore on. We finally hit 87 degrees here!

I got the trash can and the mail in when I got home from work. Then I changed into a t-shirt and shorts.

Sidebar: There was a postcard from Jos. A Banks. The shirts I just bought are now all half off this weekend. Sigh...

I went out back and took the lid off the reflecting pool. I hooked up the hose and filled up up. I also set the young Shaolin monk back up.

Sidebar: He's still crumbling, but I hate to throw him away!

I ate two bratwurst and two ears of sweet corn for dinner.

I watched NCIS and then went to bed.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Monday, Grilling...

It was warm on Monday.

I got a chicken salad pita for lunch that I could not finish.

Amanda came to my work after she was finished at hers to check out a car Joe Pozniak had for sale. It's a Mazda 6 and she liked it. Joe said he'd have it running in two weeks (the timing chain broke) and she could take a test drive then.

Back home after work, I noticed the purple liliacs on the south side of the garage were out, as well as all of the lilies of the valley. One bunch of tulips are still hanging on as well.

I took the steak and brats out to come to room temperature. Then I got the charcoal lit.

After cutting it into 3/4 inch slices, I grilled the eggplant first, turning and basting it frequently. I grilled them about 10 minutes, until they were soft.


Looked like hell, but tasted good. Then I grilled the sweet corn.

Finally I grilled the steak and brats.

I ate a little of the steak, one ear of sweet corn and a slice of eggplant.

Sidebar: The eggplant was good, but I think I prefer it breaded and fried.

I watched TV until 10:00, put away the leftovers and then went to bed.

Birthday Shoutout!

Happy birthday to my son-in-law Dave!

Sidebar: I hope I got this right. Last year I mixed up his birthday with their anniversary...

Monday, May 15, 2017


I slept bad again (I think I'm going to bed too early). I was up at 3:30 a.m. and was unable to fall back asleep. So, I read until the news came on at 6:00 a.m.

I just had toast with orange marmalade for breakfast, with my pills. Then I refilled the pill box, wound the clock and watered the plant.

Sunday morning chores done, I watched the news until noon. Then I did the weekend wash and swept the kitchen floor.

I put the sweetcorn in a stock pot filled with water. I melted 1/3 stick of butter and added 1/2 teaspoon of Italian dressing, garlic powder and salt, along with 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper. I was going to brush it on the eggplant.

It was almost 5:30 p.m., so I thought I would lay down until 6:00 p.m. I work up at 9:30 in the dark!

So, no grilling today...


I woke up early on Saturday, without the alarm (3:30 a.m.). I read until the news came on and then watched that for a while.

I made scrambled eggs for breakfast. This time I didn't add a splash of Worcestershire (although I highly recommend that) or cook them soft (which I have grown to love as well). I cooked them hard and topped them with ketchup, like I ate them as a child. Different for me now, but tasted great.

Then I shaved, showered and got dressed. I needed to get the truck's routine maintenance done (should have done it last Saturday, but the cleaning lady was here).

Sidebar: It was an absolutely gorgeous Michigan morning...

I stopped at the corner gas station and filled up the truck at the more reasonable price and then went to Tamaroff Nissan at 12 Mile and Telegraph. All it needed this time was an oil change and tire rotation (and it didn't even need the rotation as the tires were brand new). But, I let them do it anyway...

I got there at 8:45 a.m. for a 9:00 o'clock appointment. I had brought a book, so I sat in the customer lounge, drinking free coffee, eating a free bagel and then drinking some free bottled water, reading my book.

They called me at 9:35 a.m. to tell me the truck was done, washed and outside with the keys in it. All I had to do was pay $62.82 and I was gone.

I got off Telegraph at 6 Mile Road and headed west. I stopped and Gorden Food Supply (GFS) and bought two new half sheet pans for $15.45.

Sidebar: I like to keep three on hand (they are handy) and wash them when I'm done. But if they get too grotty (is that a word?) I just pitch them. They are too damn cheap (at least now while I still have a job) to give a shit about.

Next I went to Westborn and got five sweetcorn (smaller than I'd like - Florida crap. Not like the foot-long Michigan sweet corn in August), a huge hot house tomato from Alberta, Canada (I pictured Canada Cathy, back in the day and had to buy it -  ah, memories...), some brats from Dearborn Sausage Company and a way too expensive Porterhouse steak.

Sidebar: We have two beautiful weekend days coming up and I need to grill!!!

I left the truck outside after unloading it. I had work to do.

So, I treated the damn cat and changed clothes.

I went back in the garage and cut two pieces of a used 2x4. Since it was used (it had rough holes in it where it was screwed to something), I used the palm sander to clean it up. Then I muscled the toy box back downstairs and set it on the 2x4's.

Before I started working on it (I need to fill in all the nail holes with stainable wood putty) I had to find the nail set I just bought.

Sidebar: With the air gun, not all the nails go below the wood surface. I think I must flinch or something.

I searched high and low but could not find it!!! Dammit!!!

I was pissed, tired and disgusted. So, I laid in bed, reading until I took a nap.

It was getting late so I decided to grill on Sunday. I sat on the patio, reading, until it got dark.

I went inside and watched a couple of taped TV  shows and then went to bed.

Saturday, May 13, 2017


It was a beautiful day in Southeast Michigan. It was crisp in the morning, but by 10:00 a.m., you didn't even need a jacket!

I had a cup of chicken tortilla soup and a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch, then took a leisurely drive through Hines park.

My low fuel light came on in Plymouth. So, I pulled into a gas station. They wanted $2.45 per gallon!!! I can get it on my corner for $2.23. So, I just bought $5.00 worth of gas, rather than filling the tank.

Traffic was bad going home and I don't know why.

I ate the rest of the chicken fried rice for dinner and watched a little TV. But, I was in bed and asleep by 9:00 p.m.

Friday, May 12, 2017


It was sprinkling on the way into work on Thursday. But it turned out to be another beautiful day.

I got a bowl of creamy potato soup for lunch and then went to Meijer's again. This time I bought six new white t-shirts. My old ones (with sweat stains on the armpits) will become shop rags.

I had to stop at CVS on the way home, so I popped next door and bought a quart of chicken fried rice.

Back home, I treated the cat, changed clothes and watched the news.

When I got hungry, I warmed up a bowl of chicken fried rice and ate that for dinner. Delicious!

I watched the taped NCIS New Orleans and then read until bedtime.

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Wednesday started off chilly again. But, once again, It warmed up nicely.

I had a cheeseburger with coleslaw for lunch. Then I went to Lowe's and bought a one inch putty knife.

Sidebar: I have a LOT of putty knifes, but they are all in boxes, somewhere...

Back home, I refilled the squirrel feeder for the last time until fall. The bird feeder will continue to be refilled until the seed runs out.

I ate the rest of the three cheese tortellini for dinner. Since I was such a pig on Tuesday, I made a salad to go with what was left.

I watched a taped TV show, but went to bed at 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tuesday, Tuesday

It was cold when I took the trash out to the road. But, it was sunny and warmed up nicely by noon.

I got another bowl of potato soup for lunch and then went to Meijer's in Westland. I needed some pesto sauce, but couldn't find any.  So, I bought some olive oil, basil and garlic pasta sauce.

I missed my haircut on Saturday (dealing with the cleaning lady), so I called and made an appointment for one at 5:00 p.m.

I got home and got in the trashcan and the mail. I watched the news for a while (I actually dozed off for about 20 minutes).

Note to self: Stop staying up so late reading!!!

Then I made my fresh three-cheese tortellini and covered it with the pasta sauce. It was excellent and I ate way too much!

I watched NCIS and went to bed.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Monday, monday...

Monday, it was finally sunny. But still cold. In fact we had a frost/freeze warning for Monday night.

For lunch, I went and got a bowl of some great potato soup. Then I went and got the truck washed (its not supposed to rain all week).

Back home after work, I started ironing on the veneer edging. I laid the toy box on it's face and did the two back edges. But that killed my poor back. So, I quit for the night.

I warmed up the sausage and sauerkraut for dinner.

I read until bed time (although I stayed up too late - almost midnight) The book was interesting...

Monday, May 8, 2017


I slept in late on Sunday. When I finally woke up, I got a cup of coffee and made some scrambled eggs for breakfast. Next I did the Sunday morning chores.

Today was sunny for a change, but cold!!!

I had to kill some time (the pharmacy at CVS doesn't open on Sunday until 10:00 a.m.) so I leisurely shaved, showered and got dressed.

Then, I headed out to Kroger's. I got the few things I needed and went to CVS. In addition to the prescription they had called about, I got more toothpaste and mouthwash.

I was home by 10:45 a.m. I treated the cat, put away the groceries and the changed into work-at-home clothes.

I had left the truck outside after I unloaded it, so I went into the garage and set up the saw horses. Then, using the jig saw, I cut the poplar wood into the two armrests. I used the palm sander to finish shaping them. I moved the bench into the kitchen and test fit them. I left them sitting in place for a photo shoot.


Sidebar: I can't attach the arms yet. I have to iron on the veneer edging first.

Then I cut and attached the three 1x3 inch supports for the top. I didn't take a picture of that.

My back was still hurting from Saturday, so I decided that was enough for today. I put everything away, swept the garage floor and pulled the truck back in.

I changed out of my dusty clothes (BTW, thanks Jake! Those Dickie's work shirts are really coming in handy) and into shorts and a tee shirt.

I took another Celebrex and laid on the bed, reading. I eventually fell asleep and had a nice nap.

When I woke up, it was 4:30 p.m., so I got my Sunday supper started. I cut up five Yukon Gold potatoes and threw them into the Dutch oven. I topped that with a bag of sauerkraut and slices of a ring of smoked sausage. I brought that to a boil and turned it down to simmer.

I went back to reading for another half hour, then I dished up dinner. I ate too much.

I went back to reading in bed until 8:00 p.m. when I watched NCIS Los Angeles. When it ended at 9:00, I went back to reading and I read until 10:30 and bed time.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

A Different Kind of Saturday

I woke up early on Saturday. I shaved, showered and got dressed in my working at home clothes. There was no errand run. Today was different.

I have been trying to keep the house clean and still get other things done. So, both have suffered. I made up my mind to work on the toy box today, so I got in touch with a woman I know who has a housekeeping and landscaping business. She was coming at 9:30 a.m. to clean the house for me.

I pulled the truck out and set up my saw horses. I ran the vacuum cleaner one more time (I've been cleaning all week in preparation for her visit - I didn't want her to think I was a slob). I also ran the dishwasher, so the counter was ready. I didn't really have enough to justify running it, so I added all the removable parts from the Keurig.

Sidebar: I don't remember the last time I cleaned the Keurig and that's not good. I don't want to be drinking yucky coffee!

She showed up closer to 10:00 (she had to stop and get gas). I told her to ignore downstairs (It's packed with garage stuff). I also warned her about Caley, but she said she and her husband have five cats). I said I'd be in the garage and told her the air compressor was loud. I let her borrow my vacuum cleaner and a bucket (why make her haul hers inside?) and she got to work!

And, so did I!

After measuring, I put light pencil marks where I needed to shoot the nails. I carefully put a light coat of Carpenter's glue on each piece and nailed the first side to the back. I repeated that on the other side. Then came the tricky part, putting in the front piece (with glue on both ends) without getting glue on the other boards. But, I pulled it off!

Next I had to put in the 2x2's that the floor of the toy box will be nailed to. There was a miscalculation there, but I think I have a way to fix it (after the glue dries overnight).

Finally, I got out the track saw and cut out the bottom. I glued the tops of the 2x2's and tapped the floor down with a hammer (tight fit). Then I nailed it in place.

Meanwhile back inside, Lynn was busting her butt! She spent nearly an hour in the bathroom (the first room she tackled). When I told her I had just cleaned it a couple of days before, she said "Well, you really don't get the grout on the floor clean with just a mop!" I looked and she was on her hands and knees, scrubbing the grout lines with a small brush. She then moved to the office. After dusting and then vacuuming cat hair with the attachment, she mopped the floor with a combination of very warm water, Murphy's oil soap and a couple squirts of white vinegar (I asked).

I think she spent the most time in my bedroom. The dust and cat hair were all over the nightstands, dresser, bookcase and, especially, the TV stand. She sat on the floor and washed the whole thing, including the pipe rack Jake made for me years ago.

Sidebar: She washed so thoroughly that, after she left and I went to watch the Kentucky Derby, I found she had inadvertently unplugged the jack in back of the cable box, LOL! I had to reboot it (which takes about 20 minutes).

Back in the garage, I cut 3/4-inch quarter round molding to mount next to the top of either side. Amanda wants arms on this one (the old one didn't have any) and I'll need a bigger base to attach them to than just a 3/4-inch piece of plywood.

I was running out of things to do but Lynn had just started on the living room. So, I got a piece of scrap wood to design the arms. I totally screwed the first one up! So, I made another.

Sidebar, this was a lot of jigsaw cutting and rough sanding.

I did get a good design, I think. Since I now had an 1 1/2 inch base, I made the arms 2 1/2 inches wide. I think that won't snap off, no matter how much pressure you put on the outer, unsupported edge.

By then, I had been standing on the cold cement floor for five hours and both my knee and back were killing me. So, I put everything away and came inside. Lynn was busy, pulling every damn piece of furniture in the living room out, vacuuming behind it and washing the baseboards.

Speaking of vacuuming, I showed her how to empty the vacuum the first time when it was totally clogged with cat hair. She emptied it three times after that!!!

I sat in the office and farted around on the computer. But that got old and she was still finishing up in the living room. So, I told her I had to lay down for a bit (I explained the fused spine) and got my book. The bed felt heavenly...

When she finally got to the kitchen, I told her not to worry about washing the fridge. I have tried several times and the soot is just too embedded. She laughed and said, "I love a challenge!"

Sidebar: She explained to me that she always starts with the mildest cleaning products and kicks it up a notch from there as needed.

She called me in about 15 minutes (just when I was dozing off) to check out the fridge. I swear to God it was whiter than when it was new and I had just moved in!!!

When she was finally done, she had washed all the appliances (including the vents on the stove and the microwave), cleaned the counters, washed the table and chairs and the floor. The stainless steel sink gleamed like they were brand new.

She spent just over six hours here and never really took a break. So, we discussed the fee. She had originally quoted me a price of $85.00. I told her I'd give her $100.00 for gas money (she lives in Warren). But, I told her that was now ridiculous and gave her $200.00. After 6+ hours of busting her but, she deserved it.

I also asked her about her "landscaping" thing. I showed her the garden (between me and Rick and Tammy's house) that's now infested with crab grass.

Sidebar: When I, Jake and Carla did the Bobcat thing back in the day, I laid down a layer of landscape fabric before we applied the mulch. I don't know if it degraded or the layers of mulch have turned into dirt. But, it's a big problem...

She said it might take four hours to weed that garden and she gets $15.00 per hour. And, she didn't know if she could get back next Saturday. So, I suggested I just give her $60.00 right now and she can come and fit it into to her schedule, without me being here. I told her if it took less, just keep it, and if it took more, let me know and I'd send her a check. She agreed and then left...

She is a very OCD, interesting person... The perfect cleaning lady!

She was gone and the kitchen floor was drying, so I got my jacket on and headed out. I went to Home Depot and bought some poplar wood for the armrests (they don't sell birch).

Sidebar: I think that poplar will look better than pine.

On the way home, I stopped at Arby's (I hadn't eaten all day and was starving!) I got a Buffalo chicken sandwich (on a pretzel roll bun) curly fries and a Doctor Pepper to drink.

I ate my early dinner watching the Kentucky Derby and then ran white vinegar through the Keurig. Next I ran water through it three times to get the vinegar out of it. The Derby over, the same channel went into the Stanley Cup finals, so I started watching that. But, I fell asleep before the game was over. Long day...

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Finally Friday

It was still raining on Friday. Still cold and windy as well. All of which sucked as my replacement lens came in. So, I had to drive up to Farmington to my eye doctor at lunch.

It seemed to take them a long time to switch them out. So, I sat thee, waiting a trying to find an interesting magazine.

I grabbed something to eat on the way back.

The afternoon passed slowly, as they always do when it's Friday and payday.

I was chilled when I got home, so I made another can of chili for my dinner. This time a added shredded sharp cheddar cheese and some hot sauce to it.

My daughter Melissa called and, as usual, we talked for a long time.

When we finally hung up, I read my book in bed until I started nodding off. So, I turned out the lights and went to bed.

Friday, May 5, 2017


Thursday was miserable. It was cold, windy and rained all day here.

When I got home, I checked the rain gauge (with binoculars from inside the house, LOL). I had just over one inch so far and its supposed to rain Friday and Saturday as well. All Southeast Michigan is under a flood watch.

As most of you know, I have had wild rabbits (in the early days), groundhogs, skunks, foxes and a belligerent possum (who still shows up and hisses at me) visit me, even though I live in Redford (a close suburb of Detroit). And, I've seen hawks eating pigeons. But, tonight, I glanced out the kitchen window and saw a wild, female turkey under my bird feeder! She saw me at the same time and wander off by the time I grabbed the camera. Excuse the poor camera work, but I was blown away!!!

  Then she came back!!!

I was still cold and damp, so I warmed up a can of chili for dinner.

I watched more taped TV until bedtime.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Hump Day

It was finally sunny on Wednesday. But, it wasn't all that warm.

I had a bowl of steak noodle soup for lunch (never heard of that one before). It was pretty tasty, but had too many green peppers in it for me.

Then I took a drive through Hines park to look at the flowering trees.

Back home, I refilled the feeders and did the Wednesday night wash.

I called my friend B___ back and we chatted for a while.

I ate the last of the lemon shrimp pasta for dinner. Then I watched the NCIS New Orleans I had taped the night before.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


Tuesday was a raw day. It was windy, cold and with occasional rain. It was a miserable day to go outside.

I took the trashcan out but was a bit concerned it might blow away.

I had a cheeseburger and a side of coleslaw for lunch and then went to CVS for a card.

Back home, I got the trashcan back inside and then gratefully stayed inside for the rest of the night.

I warmed up some of the shrimp pasta for my dinner (it still tasted great).

I watched NCIS and then went to bed.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Monday Moanin'

It was raining on the way into work on Monday. Around 9:00 a.m., it started raining hard!

Luckily, it stopped around 11:00 and the sun came out. That allowed it to finally warm up into the 60's.

In the afternoon, the wind picked up. And, by the time I was headed home, it was sprinkling again. Sigh...

I made my shrimp dish for dinner. First I peeled and deveined them. I sauteed the shrimp in olive oil with some salt and pepper. I cooked them until they were pink (about two or three minutes) and then set them aside.

I cooked a pound of spaghetti and drained it, reserving some of the pasta water. I whisked together the zest of one large lemon, the juice of two lemons, 2/3 cup of olive oil and 2/3 cup of grated Parmesan cheese. I tossed the pasta with the lemon sauce, shrimp and some of the reserved pasta water. I topped it with fresh basil

Sidebar: This is a Giada recipe and she also topped hers with fried capers. But, it was getting late, so I skipped that.


I watched TV until bedtime.

Monday, May 1, 2017


Sunday was rainy and cold.

I did run out to the Post Office and, since it wasn't raining then, I stopped at the quarter car was and vacuumed out the truck.

I forgot to thaw out the shrimp I'd planned for dinner. So, I ended up making a blue box of mac and cheese for dinner. I needed to use up some of the milk before it expired.

I watched some TV, read a little in the living room and generally just chilled.

Saturday's Story

I was supposed to have a cleaning lady come in at 9:30 a.m. of Saturday (which is why I have been doing all the cleaning this week, if that makes any sense). But the starter went out on her car earlier in the week, which put her behind. So, she asked if we could reschedule to next Saturday and we did.

I ran errands in the morning. It was chilly! I went to the Feed Store for birdseed, Westborn for two lemons, fresh basil, an eggplant and I treated myself to a Blueberry muffin.

Next I went to Home Depot and finally the corner gas station to fill up the truck.

When I got home, I did a quick walk in the front yard and discovered two tulips I had missed and that the lilacs were beginning to bloom.

I was lazy and watched a movie in the afternoon after filling the bird and squirrel feeders.

I thought it was a good day for chili, so I opened a can of Wolf brand chili and warmed it up for dinner.

I read in the living room until I got sleepy. Then I went to bed.