Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hump Day

I woke up early again on Wednesday. This is getting ridiculous! I'm retired and should be sleeping in!!!

 I had a cup of coffee while I filled in the Blog post. Then I ate some oatmeal while watching the national news.

A cold front is supposed to move through today and bring our temperatures down to more reasonable, Fall-like highs and lows. So, I have one mission today: buy a room humidifier.

Sidebar: Years ago, I used to put the old one up in the attic for the summer and then try to reuse it the next year. They always failed at one point or another. So, now I pitch them in the Spring and buy a new one in the Fall.

I have bought them at various stores and, recently, at CVS. Never noticed much of a price difference, either at the stores or on the various makes and models. I thought I'd try Target this year.

Sidebar: My only requirement is that they hold a gallon of water and will last for 24 hours.

So, I shaved, showered and got dressed.

I went to Target and found one that looked like it would work. Then I bought something I haven't bought in a good 30 years! A pair of Wrangler blue jeans!!!

Sidebar: I used to wear them when we lived on the Palms Road farm and I worked in a factory. But they never fit right and I didn't (don't) have the hips or butt to hold them up. What I do instead is to take the worst pair of office pants I have and those become the ones I paint or stain things in. The second worst pair becomes the ones I work around the house in. This allows me to make quick trips to Home Depot without changing.

But, my worst pair was now three or four years old and have rips and tears in them. They are also two sizes too big. I threw them away. And, my second worst pair has all kinds of threads hanging from the cuffs and there's a hole in the ass area. So they are now my painting pants.

But the four remaining office pants I have are also too big. So, I broke down and bought blue jeans to work around the house in. Hopefully they will last longer.

I had seen a segment on Channel 4 news about a restaurant near me (not sure when it opened) called "Just a little bit of soul" that I wanted to try. It's on Plymouth Road, just east of Beech Daly (so right down the street). I had checked the online reviews and they got five stars!

I got there around 11:50 a.m. (they usually open at 11:00). But when I walked to the door, there was a hand written sign taped to the glass, saying they would be opening at noon today. I went back to the truck and listened to the radio. At 12:05 I walked back and the door was still locked. I stood there for a long time, hoping somebody would notice me. Finally I gave up and walked back to the truck. Just then, the owner opened the front door and called to me. She said they were having a problem and would probably not open until 1:00 p.m. I asked her if she thought they would be open at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday and she assured me they would be. I told her I'd be back then.

So, no soul food for me today! I went home and set up the humidifier after I put away the air purifier I use in the summer.

Then I warmed up a hotdog and the rest of the beans for my lunch. Not exactly soul food, but it filled me up.

I did more hand sanding on the toy box edging in the afternoon.

At 5:00 p.m., I washed up and changed clothes. I left at 5:45 p.m. to go to Bingo with Amanda and her mother. This had been planned before Monday's surprise hockey game.

Neither Amanda nor I won a damn thing (I have yet to win at all). But Fran (Amanda's mother) won about $50.00.

Afterwards, they wanted to get some ice cream. So, Amanda talked to somebody (the head Elk?) who said I could leave my truck in the parking lot. I climbed in the back of her car and we drove to the only Baskin Robbins she could find that was open after 10:00 p.m.

It was windy and cold, BTW. I should have brought a jacket but it was still warm at 6:00 p.m. and I never though of it.

Amanda got her usual shake, Fran got two scoops of ice cream on a waffle cone and I got one scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream on a regular cone. I finished mine before we got back to my truck.

We made our goodbyes and I drove home. I got there just after 10:30 p.m. I changed clothes, took my evening pills and watched the news. I turned the air conditioner off and the heat on. Then I went to bed.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


It was another hot one on Tuesday. in fact we broke the all time record of 91 degrees  on September 26. We hit 93!!!

Sidebar: It was also the hottest day of the year.

There will be a cold front moving through on Wednesday which will bring temps down to more Fall-like readings.

Despite going to bed at 12:30 a.m., I woke up on Tuesday at 5:30 a.m. and could not fall back asleep.

Because of my food excesses the night before, I chilled it at breakfast. I sliced up a Granny Smith apple and ate it with salt. It ws a tart, but tasty meal.

The front of both my thighs were burning and it was hard to walk (back to my cane). I know what happened. It was going up and down the concrete steps several times to and from the East Club (with its food and restrooms) from way down in Row 9.

I was watching the morning news when I heard a short beep. WTF? I went and checked the phone (it was still on the charger) but nothing there. Hmmm... Weird.

It happened several time until I figured out it was the smoke detector. I got the step stool (I have one that holds tools inside). But it's a little tall and I could not step up on it with either leg. Damn!

So, I went and got the little step ladder Jake and Carla left me (the steps are lower). That worked! I got it down and changed the batteries. But, the test button didn't work and it still beeped every now and then.

So, I read the back of it and found the pattern of the beeps indicated the unit had failed from age and needed to be replaced. Sigh... Since I put all three in at the same time (when I moved in), I suppose I should buy three new ones.

But not today. I am not going outside if I can help it.

I ate another ham sandwich for lunch.

I worked and hand sanding more of the veneer edging on the toy box in the afternoon. I would rest for a bit whenever my arms ached too much.

Sidebar: There is a lot of edging on that sucker and I haven't even gotten the top edged. But, I still think I can get it done this week. Then I have to knock out a cradle and Betsy's shelves.

I had a hot dog with some Bush's baked beans for dinner.

I watched my Tuesday shows and went to bed at 11:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A Big First!

I woke up at the usual time on Monday. I thought I'd switch it up a bit for breakfast, so I made two eggs, over easy. I heated up two slices of the sandwich ham (too thin for this idea, but tasted good) and made rye bread toast. I ate it watching the news and it was pretty good (the food, not the news). More importantly, it was different (tired of the same old, same old).

I got dressed in my work clothes and got to work. I had to realign one of the veneer edging strips, so I heated that up until I could gently pull some of it free. I fixed its position, heated it up again and glued it down.  Then I added the last piece of edging to the toy box.

Sidebar: This board has curves in it and was a bugger to get right.

Amanda called me on her way into work, all excited. Turns out Mojo in the Morning (local radio station) was having a contest and the caller who dialed in at the correct  number won. She called and she won four tickets to the Red Wings preseason game tonight! She asked me if I wanted to go with her, Scott and Keldon.

Since I have never been to a live hockey game, much less one at the new Little Caesar arena, I said, "Sure!"

She only works until 2:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, so she went and got them after work. She sent me a picture of them after she picked them up and we both started researching  where we would be sitting. It was in Section 109, Row 9 in the East Club. They also came with a VIP parking pass.

So, at 5:30 p.m., I headed over to their place in Dearborn. When I got there, we all piled into her car and Scott drove us to the arena.

Parking was indeed free ($40.00 saved right there). We went through the security check and took the elevator to the main floor. While we walked to our section, I kept checking out the vendors. There were all kinds of food and beverage places. It really is quite huge.

We made it to the East Club and got another surprise. All the food, beer and wine was free! And, this wasn't hot dogs and burgers. Oh, no! The first thing I tried was the steak au poivre!!!

Sidebar: I don't mean to mislead you. Each serving came on a paper plate about three inches across. My steak au poivre, for example, was maybe a one inch cube of melt in your mouth steak and one baby fingerling potato cut in half, all topped with an excellent light sauce. It was fantastic, but more like an amuse bouche than a meal.

Scott and Keldon got a small paper tray and loaded it up with stuff. I would have been more than content to keep getting seconds and thirds of the steak, but Amanda kept bringing me thing to "try."

I lost track of everything I had, but I know I had some braised lamb on rice (excellent), a prosciutto and cheese plate, a BBQ pulled pork sandwich (about the size of an original White Castle slider) and some excellent mac and cheese. They had cookies and ice cream for dessert, but I passed. I was stuffed!

The Red Wings were already on the ice when we finally made out way to our seats. Here's some photos for you:

Finally, the game was over. The Red Wings won! Scott and Keldon went out to the car, while Amanda and I went to the Team Store. I bought them each a t-shirt to thank them for asking me (I could not have afforded those tickets) and bought myself one as well. On the way out, we found a last photo op.

Getting out of there (even though we were on the fifth level parking deck) was fairly quick (nothing like the hour it took Vicky to get out of the Fisher Theater parking structure).

When we got to their house, I didn't go in. I told Scott and Keldon goodnight (it was almost 11:30 p.m. and he wanted to get Keldon to bed since he had school tomorrow). Amanda and I made our goodbyes and she demanded I send her a text when I got home.

I got home just after midnight, sent the text and went to bed.

Monday, September 25, 2017


I slept in until 7:00 a.m. I went and made a cup of coffee and dumped the sock water (this time it was pink). I refilled that and took the coffee in to fill out the Blog post.

It was already 72 degrees. BTW.

I had two more waffles for breakfast. I did the Sunday morning chores. Then I went in and watched the Sunday morning news shows.

My leg doesn't hurt, but it does throb and ache.

I finally got around to shaving, showering and getting dressed. I re-bandaged my knee, this time adding Neosporin.

I was going out to get the mail I forgot on Saturday. But I couldn't find my cane! WTF? I looked everywhere (I usually hook it on one of the door knobs) but, no cane. I called Sandy's on the Beech to see if I left it here. Nope. I sent a text to Amanda to see if I left it in her car. She replied no, but I had it in my hand as I stood on the porch and waved goodbye. She suggested it might be under my bed.

Now, no way was I going to kneel down and check. So, I used a flashlight and a mirror. Nope.

I finally gave up and got the other one out of the truck.

I did walk as far as the mailbox. On the way back, I noticed the mums are blooming, beautifully.

The heat was oppresive. We actually tied the all time record for this day - 90 degrees.

Several people called or texted, asking how I was doing (thanks). I did get an invitation for a chicken and dumpling dinner that I regretfully declined. It sounded grest but Mt. Clemens seemed way too far away...

I thought I might work on the toy box, but that didn't happen, either. I mostly stayed in bed the whole damn day.

Late in the afternoon, I remembered there were clothes in the dryer, so I went to get them. There was my cane, hanging on the utility sink! I never thought to look downstairs!

For lunch I ate the other half of that Rueben and for dinner, I ate the rest of the leftover steak. I needed something to go with the steak but didn't have any easy choices. So, I baked some tater tots I found when cleaning out the freezer a while back. The steak was delicious. The tater tots tasted like shit. I added some ketchup to dip them in. Then they tasted like shit dipped in ketchup.

Sidebar: Can something like tater tots get freezer burn?

I thought I might watch a movie or something, but I only made it to 8:30 p.m. before I crashed.

Amanda called to check on me and woke me up at 9:30 p.m. I told her I was fine. We chatted for a short while (they had skipped the Renaissance Festival because of the heat and went swimming in a friends pool instead. Scott actually swan some - he has a bad knee) and then hung up. I turned off the light and went to bed.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Update on my adopted Puerto Rican family

The last time I talked with Vicky, she said somebody in Puerto Rico somehow got a message through to their family up in Detroit. They asked them to pass this along to Vicky's family. Seems they ran into one of Vicky's uncles in a store. He said everyone in Vicky's family were safe and sound!


I woke up on Saturday to the alarm. I had a busy day planned.

I shaved, showered and got dressed. At 8:40 a.m, I left for my 9:00 dentist appointment. It was just the routine checkup and cleaning, so it was no big deal.

Sidebar: It was no big deal, but I'm still not fond of all that scraping, LOL!

Since I was already on Ford Road, I went to the Kroger gas station (we don't have one nearby) and refilled my tank using my Kroger fuel points. That Friday road trip had used up a lot of gas!

I stopped at CVS. I had one of those robo-calls saying I had a prescription to pick up. When I went in, I said, "I have a bunch of prescriptions to pick up." She said, "No, you only have one." I said, "But my doctor said she would send all of them for refill." She said, "She did. But Blue Cross said it was too early to refill them all, except one."

So much for trying to get my pills before the Blue Cross insurance runs out...

I did a load of laundry before changing clothes. I dug out my old, loose-fitting Puerto Rico clothes as it was supposed to hit 90 degrees today and I was going to the Redford Octoberfest with Amanda and Keldon.

They picked me up just before noon (when it started) and we headed out. It is always in the parking lot of the police station at Five Mile and Beech Daly (maybe two miles away). So, it didn't take long to get there.

Parking was easy and we walked over to the building that housed the kids activities (all free, by the way). There was also a huge tent and lots of smaller ones that I assume were more geared for adults, but we never made it that far.

They had a mechanical bull surrounded by a bounce pad.

Keldon and the bull

Sidebar: I watched that for a long time and never saw anyone, large or small, stay on that thing.

Two giant bounce pad/slides.

They had face painting (I declined).

Pumpkin painting, crafts and a guy twisting up balloons.

Keldon got an ax and Amanda a flower

Then it was time for the hayride. Amanda and Keldon clambered up and then it was my turn. But the first step was too high and made my bad leg useless. They did have two hand holds, but it didn't help. I couldn't get up! Amanda rushed over and offered me her hand.

Sidebar: She is very good at helping me up off the floor if I have to kneel down or out of low chairs. But, no way could she lift me up. I outweigh her by a good 100 pounds. So, I refused.

Then, two guys working the hay ride boosted me up. Then they boosted me up to the wagon bed. As soon as I stood up and they let go, I lost my balance. I fell down and landed on my bad knee and split it open.

Amanda help me to the front of the wagon and a bale of hay, while one of the workers went to the first aid station. I sat there bleeding like a stuck pig. I totally freaked out the young kids sitting across from me (and their dad). Their eyes were as big as saucers!

My white short sock was rapidly filling up with blood and it had also splashed on my shoe. Thank god I was wearing shorts or I would have lost a pair of pants as well.

He finally came back with two gauze pads and two Hulk band-aids (it was the kids section, remember?)

So, Amanda wiped as much of the blood off as she could with just two gauze pads and put on the Hulk band-aids. 

I was still leaking blood, but just not as bad. 

Then we left on the hay ride. The tractor driver took us down thee side streets in the neighborhood (there are some beautiful houses back there, BTW). At one point, he turned onto the baseball field of St. Valentine's Catholic church.

This outraged the cute, chubby little girl sitting next to me (she couldn't have been more than five or six). She stood up and started yelling at the driver, "This is school property. You're not allowed to go on school property!"

We finally got back and every one got off. I was last. There were now four guys and Amanda standing in a semi-circle to make sure I got down safe. That was almost as embarrassing as falling the first time.

First stop for me was the bathroom to towel off the remaining blood. But, wouldn't you know it, it had an electric hand dryer, no paper towels. So I did the best I could with toilet paper and water.

It was really hot outside (Keldon's face painting was melting and dripping on his shirt) and we all decided enough was enough. I asked if anyone else was hungry and they were. So, we walked across the parking lot to Sandy's in the Beech (cute). Amanda got a patty melt, Keldon a corned beef sandwich and I got a Rueben. They were all oversized and we ended up taking half of each sandwich with us.

They dropped me off and I got to work. I washed the cut out with peroxide and put a large bandage on it. 

I put my sock in a bowl of cold water and washed off my shoe. I changed clothes. I got a bag of frozen peas out of the fridge, lay on the bed and put it on my leg to try and keep the swelling or bruising down.

I stayed there for most of the afternoon, other than posting my pictures. I did dump the sock water (it was bright red) and refilled it.

When I got hungry again, I ate two hot dogs and the last of the potato salad.

I fell asleep very early and slept until 11:00 p.m. I swapped out the sock water again (now it was light red). I watched the news and then Saturday Night Live. Then I went to bed for real.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Road Trip

I woke up at 6:00 a.m. on Friday. I had waffles for breakfast and then lazily got shaved, showered and dressed.

I left at 10:00 a.m. for Clinton Township and my doctor's appointment at 11:00. I got there one minute late.

I crushed that checkup!!! Blood pressure 120/80. I've lost 11 pounds. My A1C was 5.1 (she cut back the diabetes meds). And, she does take Medicare, so I don't have to find a new doctor!

Sidebar: It was funny. After she learned I was retired, she warned me about just staying in the house. She said that's how retirees get depressed. I laughed and said, "Don't worry. I have this friend Amanda who is constantly dragging me here and there."She said, "Great!"

I left there in a very good mood.

Then I headed to Marine City. Betsy Knapp needs some shelves in her garage and her son, Erik, asked me to check it out. He lives in Massachusetts and it would be a little far for him.

I got off 1-94 at the Marine City exit and drove the 12 miles to Marine City. She was ready for me, so I sketched the two shelves to her specifications and then added in the measurements.

She also mentioned she'd like a handrail (I don't blame her. I was a little afraid walking down those steps and she's older than me). I asked if it had to be wood and she said, "No. Why?" I told her I could make one out of galvanized pipe that I thought would be more secure. She agreed.

Then I headed back home. It usually is a long ride, but this was worse. There was a stop and go traffic jam between I-75 and I-96.  Then, all three lanes on I-96 were stopped for a long while because of an accident. But, I finally got off at Beech Daly.

At the first light south on Beech Daly after the expressway, the entire street was block off! There were no detour sighs so people were going everywhere. I went through the neighborhood back to the service drive and went to Inkster.

I promptly got stopped by a long train. With nothing better to do, I counted the cars. There were 131 cars on that damn train!

Finally home, I treated the cat and collapsed on the bed.

Amanda called when she was leaving work to see how my checkup went and I invited her and Keldon to dinner to celebrate my check up. She picked Outback.

Sidebar: Since I have half of a beautiful steak in the fridge, that wouldn't have been my first choice.

But I had something called the Alice Springs chicken. It was a grilled chicken breast topped with mushrooms and bacon and covered with cheese. There was warm honey mustard on the side. It was pretty good.

I was back home around 7:00 p.m. I called my brother Carl to fill him in on the Betsy visit (they are old friends). I caught him playing bingo with Hannah, so I talked fast.

After we hung up, I changed clothes and watched some TV. I dozed off at 9:00 p.m., (it had been a long day) but woke back up at 11:00 p.m. So, I watched the news and part of the tonight show and then went to bed for real

Friday, September 22, 2017


It was already 68 degrees when I woke up at 5:00 a.m. on Thursday! This does not bode well...

I made hard-scrambled eggs covered with ketchup for breakfast. Note: I prefer soft-scrambled eggs when eating them as is, but that doesn't work well with ketchup.

I watched the morning news until 10:00 a.m., then I shaved, showered and got dressed in a t-shirt and shorts.

I ate a simple salad for lunch.

I took a bag of garbage out back to the trash can. It was hot, humid and hard to breathe. Since I was out there anyway, I finally got the wheelbarrow out to the compost heap, emptied it and put it in the shed.

I have a lot more leaves down. Oh, forgot to tell you, the weatherman said the reason the leaves are turning so early this year is that the trees were stressed this summer by the drought conditions.

Back inside, I started back hand sanding the toy box. I was moving right along until I found one strip on the front side that had split at the very bottom. Dammit!

Luckily, it's as easy to take off as it is to install. I heated it back up with the iron (six inches at a time) and pried it up with a putty knife. Then I replaced it with a fresh one.

The house was getting uncomfortable (we hit a high of 88 degrees here) so I turned the air conditioner on. Imagine that! Needing the A/C on September 21!

I took a break to let it cool and watched the news at 4:00 p.m. I shouldn't have laid on the bed as I never got back to work.

I did get up and fixed two hot dogs with potato salad for dinner.

I watched some DIY shows and went to bed at 10:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 21, 2017


I woke up early on Wednesday. I had a cup of coffee and two Eggo waffles for breakfast while I watched the news. Puerto Rico just got hit by Hurricane Maria.

Sidebar: I worry about all of Vicky's relatives down there, but especially her Aunt Mundy and her Grandmother. I'm not worried about flooding or storm surges as they live on top of a mountain in Arecibo. But, in 150+ winds, I'm not convinced being on top of a mountain in a little wood and stucco house is all that safe.

Fortunately, when her Grandmother started going downhill, her sons all got together and added on a hurricane room. It's a cement block addition to the back of the house (It's where I slept when we were there). It has it's own bathroom and a reinforced roof. Hopefully, that's where they hunkered down.

Unfortunately, all the cell towers blew down and power is out all over the island. So, it may be days or even weeks before we learn if they are safe.

I shaved, showered (more water on the floor) and got dressed.

Pat's Sewer Cleaners showed up promptly at 9:00 a.m. Fortunately, one of the guys on the truck had been here before.  So, I didn't have to spend a lot of time explaining the outside cleanout. I just ran a 100 foot extension for them and left them to it.

They ran the cutter out to the road and then, for the first time, ran it up into the house.

Sidebar: They usually came inside and use that cleanout and make a mess. Not that the downstairs isn't already a mess.

I helped out by running the water in the main bathtub and flushing toilets when requested.

Results: There were some, but not a lot, of roots in the line out to the road. He said the line in the house was installed with too little angle for proper draining. As a result, sludge builds up (something the cutter is not meant to deal with).

He said if it happened again soon, he would suggest a high-pressure water treatment ($500.00) to blow the sludge out to the road. If not, he said I should at least have them come out yearly to clean it out.

I gave him $210.00 and shook their hands. Then they went on their way.

I took a rest on the bed for an hour. Then went to Kroger's and got a package of hot dogs (I'm tired of brats) and some buns. I plan on grilling that steak today and hate to waste charcoal. I did an impulse buy of a bunch of beautiful radishes. I also bought a pie pumpkin. Back home, I made a ham sandwich for lunch. I hard boiled some eggs and boiled some Yukon Gold potatoes

It was still overcast, but getting warmer. So, I went outside. I put the pie pumpkin on the bottom shelf of the porch rack (looked bare after putting away the flower pots). Then I got some Indian corn that I've had for years (used to hang it up on the porch) and set it on the top shelf. Hmmm... Not bad.

I went out back and put away the all statues along with two of the three patio chairs and the tables.

Then I got the wheelbarrow and took down the kitchen window planter box. That was tough! I got the wheelbarrow back as far as the shed when I ran out of gas.

I locked everything back up, went inside and made a quick potato salad. The dressing was mayo and mustard with fresh thyme and chives. I stuck that in the fridge and took a nap.

It was sunny and hot when I woke up at 4:00 p.m. My back hurt (that window box is not only heavy but up high).   I took the steak out to come to room temperature and started the charcoal.

I grilled the dogs first and then, after seasoning it heavily with salt and pepper, (its a really thick steak) grilled the steak.

I let the hot dogs cool and then put them in the fridge while the steak rested.

Then I plated my dinner. A sliced piece of the steak, some potato salad and some radishes. Excellent!

I cleaned up the kitchen and quit for the night. I went to bed early (I was still beat) at 10:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

My nurse for the past week.

Monday, Moving Around.

Monday, I shaved showered and (for the first time in almost a week) got dressed in street clothes! I ate an Eggo (just butter, no syrup) and headed out.

I was taking my application for Medicare Part B to the Social Security office. I got there about 9:20 a.m. and the place was packed. However, it only took an hour or so to get waited on.

Sidebar: Way better than the Secretary of State office!

Turned out I missed another part of the application that my ex-employer needed to fill out. Damn!

So, they printed it off for me and I took it to my old HR. Keri said she would fill it out and mail it back to me this week. Then I have to take both back to the Social Security office.

Back at home, I saw the Township had finally dropped off the new trash and recycling bins (the ones they can pick up with a mechanism on the the truck).

So, I guess I'm going to finally be a responsible adult and recycle, lol.

I spent some time transferring the trash from my old trash can to the new one. I put the recycle bin on Jake's patio. Then I went in and laid down for a bit.

When my legs felt better, I went out and watered the container gardens (for the first time in a week).

Back inside, I watched some TV and then took a nap.

I made some rice for dinner (I thought it would be easy on my stomach) and managed to choke down about half of it.

Then it was more TV until bedtime.

Monday, September 11, 2017


I did manage to eat half a packet of instant oatmeal for breakfast and not throw up. But, I can't shake the diarrhea.  Which leads me to suspect this is some kind of intestinal bug.

I spent the day chugging Pepto Bismol, instead of going to the family reunion.

I had half a can of Campbell's chicken noodle soup for lunch and the rest for dinner.

I watched TV for most of the day, but went to bed early.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Tuesday Through Saturday

I got sick on Tuesday (not sure why but with vomiting and diarrhea). I stayed that way until Saturday. It dawned on me that Pepto Bismal might help So, I bought some on Saturday. It helped with the vomiting, but not the diarrhea. So, I had to call Carl and cancel my participation in the family reunion on Sunday.

I was not on the computer  the whole week (no Blog, Facebook or even email). I mostly laid in bed wishing I was dead.

Monday, resting up...

I spend most of Monday with my legs up, either in bed or in the lift chair and eating Celbrex.


I went to Arts, Beats and Eats with Amanda on Sunday. Scott had to work and Keldon was spending the day at his Grandparents.

That was a total mistake!

Seriously, my legs gave out.. It was embarrassing. I had to keep finding places to sit. Yesterday's State Farm wore me out. Sorry, kid, I tried my best...  

Saturday's Story

I woke up 20 minutes after the alarm went off at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday. so I overslept a little. I ate some oatmeal with my morning pills and the shaved, showered and got dressed. So, I was ready when Amanda called at 10:00 a.m. to say they were on the way.

I said goodbye to Caley and hopped in her car (she likes to drive. I don't).

Sidebar: There are only, like, five people in the world I am not afraid of being a passenger with: Jake, Carla, Amanda, Vicky and B___. Everyone else and I am constantly freaking out and grabbing the dashboard, LOL!

We got to the Suburban Showplace in Novi. For the first time, I remembered my handicap sticker, so we got a good, close parking space. The line was small and we were in in no time. All the animals were inside and the smell hit you as you walked in the door. It took me back to my Dad's dairy barn, LOL, and was not unpleasant to me.

There were goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits, chickens and, of course, dairy cows.

We walked the entire space. My legs were giving out, so in self defense, I suggested we get some lunch. Keldon had nachos and cheese, Amanda got a small order of mac & cheese and I got a big, warm soft pretzel. I ate about half of the pretzel and gave the rest to Keldon (that kid can eat, LOL!)

Sidebar: Amanda said the mac & cheese tasted like shit. It looked like they just dumped the nacho cheese on top of elbow macaroni. So, I told her to pitch it and she eventually did.

Then we went outside to the carnival area. Now, whatever pass Amanda bought for Keldon allowed him to go on most rides. And he did. Meanwhile, I tried to find benches to sit on. My legs were trashed (should have brought my rolling walker).

Saturday, September 2, 2017


I woke up late on Friday (again). I had oatmeal with my pills for breakfast.

I shaved, showered and got dressed. I had a few errands to run. Primarily CVS and the gas station for Cope.

I wrote out a shopping list for Kroger's but that seemed daunting. I don't like to be daunted, so I skipped that.

Back home, I took another "Papa John nap." Those are the kind where you try to take a nap, but somebody always calls or comes over and wakes you up.

This time it was Amanda. She called and said her and Keldon were coming over around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and dragging my ass to the Michigan State Fair.  Um, okay, I guess.

Sidebar: I used to love going to the State Fair, back in the day when it was on Eight Mile Road and you walked in and out of all the the barns. But now it's at the Suburban Showplace in Novi. Not sure how that is going to work.

Since I didn't go to Kroger's, I had to rely on my pantry for dinner.  So, I heated a can of Bush's Grillin' beans, topped it with two pats of butter and ate that.

I watched more TV, but set the alarm and went to bed early. I was not going to let her see me in my robe again!

Then it was Thursday...

I overslept on Thursday. It was chilly outside, so I decided I could do all my errands on Friday. I have gotten very lazy since I retired, LOL!

I had soft boiled eggs for breakfast.

After that, I spent most of the day on the couch, reading, with a blanket.

Sidebar: Yes, I know. I need to finish the toy box. I have two projects behind it. A cradle for an expectant Mom and garage shelves for Betsy Knapp.

But, I'm retired, so I get to take a break now and then, right?

Sidebar: Okay, the toy box is an embarrassment.  It should have been done two months ago. I guess I suck at being retired.

I took a nice, long nap in the afternoon. I was awaken by the phone. It was my friend, B___, checking in. Neither of us had much to say, so it only lasted about 20 minutes. He did suggest I go to an orthopedic surgeon when I told him my back was getting worse.

I watched too much TV, too late.