Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!!!

Monday, moanin'

I woke up at 5:30 a.m. and watched some of the news with a cup of coffee. Then I made breakfast: eggs over easy with three bacon strips and toast. Excellent!

I posted to the blog and then gave my daughter Amy her birthday shoutout. That was fortunate as I couldn't get back into the Blogger, later. I tried everything, but had to ask Jake for help in the end.

I started getting the trash assembled for tomorrow's pickup. I took that and the recyclables out back (without a jacket) and was assailed by the wind, cold and light rain! It seems it was a raw, brutal day.

So, I waited until after 1:00 p.m. to go out again. I needed to get my prescriptions from CVS (tired of getting those robo-calls). This time I dressed more appropriately, but it was still damn cold.

Sidebar: The overcast skies would have hindered a good, last paint job on the cradle so I put that on hold for a brighter day.

I read in the living room, with the fireplace going, for the rest of the afternoon.

I made another BLT for my early dinner. I ate that with some green olives and it was great.

I watched the movie "Death Proof" (one of my favorites) and exchanged a few texts until bedtime.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Birthday Shoutout!

Happy birthday to my firstborn, Amy. She will forever be everyone's older sister. Have a GREAT birthday!

Road Trip

I finally made my bacon on Sunday morning. I cooked the whole pound of thick cut bacon in the oven (after sprinkling it with coarse ground black pepper).

When it was done and on paper towels to drain, I made two pieces of toast. I ate three pieces of bacon with the toast. The rest of the bacon was left to cool and eventually ended up in the fridge.

I didn't really have any time to start anything, so I just did the normal Sunday morning chores. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed for a road trip.

Amanda and Keldon picked me up around 11:00 a.m. and we headed out, bound for Oxford and Dave and Melissa's house.

Sidebar: When Melissa and I talked on Wednesday, I asked her if they would be up for a visit this weekend. I meant a visit from me. But she insisted I invite Amanda and Keldon as well. That confused me! But I later learned she didn't want me making the long drive alone.

Why is everyone worrying about me these days???

Anyway, the "long" drive wasn't all that long. It was just like driving out to the cottage when Mom was still alive, but then driving eight miles further.

Dave was raking leaves when we got there. After introductions, we went inside for more introductions with Melissa.

The house is really, really cute, BTW. I believe the style is called a bungalow. It's a four bedroom (although one is now Dave's office) house with two bathrooms.

I wish now I had come to see it when they first bought it, as the "before" description is hard to believe when you look at it now. I should have taken pictures for you!!!

The downstairs is more or less complete (still some trim issues to resolve). Upstairs, only the bathroom has been touched.

According to Dave, they have had their problems with the remodel, but it turned out amazing (at least to me).

We had some pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw for lunch (along with the best carrot cake cupcakes I ever tasted for dessert). And, then we had to leave.

Sidebar: When I invited her, Amanda said the only problem was that she had a previous commitment with two other parents to go to a kid-friendly haunted house. So, we would have to leave at 4:30 p.m. I ran this by Melissa, not wanting to eat and run. She said that was fine as she probably would want to throw me out by then anyway.

But, Amanda had the event time wrong. It started two hours earlier than she told me (and I told Melissa). So, we had to leave at 2:30 p.m.!

So, we ate and ran... :(

On the way back, Amanda suggested I come with them. At first I said, "Sure." But, then I thought about it.  My back still hurt from toilet wrestling and my legs were hurting from the long walk in Greenfield Village. So, I apologized, but declined her offer.

Keldon changed into his costume at the house when the dropped me off. Then they were gone. I took an extra Celebrex and a nap.

I warmed up two slices of bacon and made a toasted BLT for dinner.

I laid down again after cleaning up the kitchen.

I watched the Lion's lose and then went to sleep.

Sunday, October 29, 2017


Since I fell asleep early, I woke up early at 5:10 a.m. I got a cup of coffee and read in bed until the news came on at 6:00.

It was still chilly, but the overnight rain had stopped.

I got another cup of coffee and filled in the Blog post.

I was really hungry and for some odd reason, I wanted bacon. But, the bacon was in the freezer. So, I got it out to thaw for brunch and ate an apple for breakfast.

I finally shaved, showered and got dressed for an errand or two.

I ran over to the Kroger's on Ford Road to pick up a few items and, more importantly, get some cheaper gas. Kroger's has a gas station there where I can redeem my fuel points.

The wind made it freakin' cold, BTW!

I got my gas and then got my ass home.

I took the leftover roast beef and sliced it about 1/4 inch thick. Then I cut it in strips and cut the strips in half. All that went into the slow cooker. I added in two jars of Heinz savory beef gravy and two tablespoons of butter.

Sidebar: Why butter? I dunno,but Amanda told me it helps to break down and tenderize meat. So, what the hell.

I started the cooker on High, but once the butter melted, turned it onto Low.

Meanwhile, I set up the sawhorse and top in the back room. I put the cradle on top of this and opened the paint can. I feathered in all the drip spots I had removed and painted the insides of the heart with the artist's brush.

I stopped at that point and took a rinse-off shower. Then Amanda and Keldon picked me up for a planned visit to the Martinville cemetery.

Sidebar: I thought (and so did she) we were going to a real cemetery. But it turned out to be an elaborate Halloween display in someones front yard in Livonia. We talked to the lady of the house and she explained her and her husband buy props from haunted houses that go belly up. All are very elaborate and some are animated. Weird, but if you are really into Halloween, I guess I can see it. Here's just a few photos.

From there we drove back to my house. I got the truck and drove to their house (so I wouldn't need a ride back home). When Scott got off of work, we all piled in her car and went to Greenfield Village for their Halloween show. It was a lot of walking, but worth it. Here's a few more pictures for you.

It was almost 11:00 p.m. when we got back to their house, so I made my goodbyes outside, got in the truck and drove home.

I made an open roast beef sandwich for a late night dinner. The gravy/butter slow cooking did the trick and the meat was tender!

I put the leftovers away, soaked the inside of the slow cooker and went to bed.

Slight delay on Saturday's post

Saturday, October 28, 2017


I woke up at 5:30 a.m. on Friday. It was already 48 degrees, so it was much warmer than Thursday morning.

I had a cup of coffee while I filled out the blog post. Then I had two blueberry waffles for breakfast.

I shaved, showered and got dressed for an errand run. I was running low on both coffee and toilet paper, so I headed to Costco. I grabbed what I needed and was standing in the checkout line when I saw that they have the peanuts again. This was a conundrum!

A. I can't afford to feed the squirrels anymore and they have PLENTY of black walnuts for the winter.
B. But, I like to feed the squirrels.

In the end, I decided to compromise. I won't keep the squirrel feeder full, but I will give them a weekly treat. So, I bought a bag for $6.00.

Back home, I left the truck outside. I changed into my work clothes and started prepping the drips on the cradle for repainting.

I was surprised that a lot of them were still not completely dried! I decide that was because it's just been sitting in the cold garage all this time.

It took a couple hours, but I thought I finally had it ready for touch up or repainting. I put it in the back room to dry in the warmth of the house.

My legs hurt (and my back still hurt from toilet wrestling on Thursday), so I laid down on the bed and watched TV for a while. I got up at 2:30 p.m. and took a rinse-off shower. Then I got dressed for town again.

I left at 3:15 p.m. I was supposed to meet Amanda and Keldon at the Dearborn Historical Museum for yet another Halloween event.

Traffic was lighter than I thought, so I got there early. I parked and went inside to find a bathroom.

Sidebar: The Dearborn Historical Museum is small, but has a lot of interesting stuff. I checked it out while I waited for my partners in crime.

Note: Today was Keldon's Halloween party at his school, so Amanda left work early to attend.

She sent me a text, letting me know they had stopped to get lunch and would be there shortly.

They showed up and Keldon started doing some crafts (like gluing a ghost on a black paper plate)

Then he played some games and did trick or treating. But, it was a very small event and we were done in less than a half hour!!!

We had planned to get some food afterwards so Amanda asked if I was hungry. I skipped lunch, so I said yes. So, we went to La Pita. I ordered the chicken breast, with rice, a little salad, hummas, etc.

But they had eaten less than an hour before, so Amanda just got a side of rice (with the almond slivers, it's crunchy good) and Keldon ordered chicken strips. I ate my dinner, but both of them asked for boxes and took most of their food home.

Amanda checked for other Halloween events in the area.

Sidebar: Halloween is her favorite holiday, if you haven't already guessed that.

The closest one was at St. Matthews Lutheran Chuck and School on Venoy in Westland (a lot closer to my house). So, we both headed out in our vehicles in the rain.

When we got there, the place was packed! We went up and down two hallways, collecting candy and then went into two separate rooms so Keldon could play games.

Keldon, in a no-hands donut eating contest
The back of Amanda and Keldon's heads while they checked out yet another game.

 We went through the Haunted Hallway (which was NOT scary, LOL).

Line for the Haunted Hallway

Group shot in one of the game rooms

We finally had enough and decided to leave. We said goodby in the rain and I drove home.

I changed clothes (yet again) and watched some lame TV until I fell asleep.

Friday, October 27, 2017

True Story!


It was damn cold outside on Thursday morning (36 degrees here and below freezing elsewhere). I made scrambled eggs for breakfast with rye toast. I topped that off with my second cup of coffee and I was ready to go!

I ran the dishwasher after loading the breakfast dishes. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed.

I left for an errand around 10:30 a.m. I was on Ford Road so, on a whim, I stopped in at Dos Hermanos restaurant and market for lunch. I had my usual enchiladas. Best Mexican rice I ever had (not quite as good as Puerto Rican, of course). Had to drink the whole glass of horchata (rice water) myself instead of sharing it with Vicky. But, just being there brought back a lot of happy memories. Good times... Good times...

Sidebar: We convinced Michelle Pace to come with us once, so I was thinking about her as well.

I got back home around 12:30 p.m. I left the truck outside, thinking I would do some painting on the cradle. But, I used the toilet and it rocked. That reminded me I had another project that needed to be addressed.

So, I went to take the toilet off. If you remember, one of the bolts that hold it to the floor flange had rusted through. Well, on the other one, the nut had rusted to the bolt! I tried everything: pliers, channel-locks, vice grips and even a small pipe wrench. Nothing would budge it and all I managed to do was to round the nut.

I couldn't find Jake's electric grinder (it's in one of the boxes that are everywhere). So I ended up using the Dumore and a stone wheel. It took forever and I wore the stone down, but I finally cut it off.

I disconnected the water line to the toilet, flushed it one last time and then pulled it off.

Sidebar: That sucker was heavy!

I set it on a towel to catch the water and proceeded to scrape off the old wax from the flange. I used a putty knife, but it took a long, long time.

I put in the new bolts and the wax ring assembly. I started to put the toilet on (still heavy) but realized I had the assembly on upside down. I set the toilet back on the towel and reversed the assembly.

I picked up the toilet (again) and set it in place. The toilet was about an inch off the floor!!! I checked the instructions and it said if the toilet wouldn't sit flush, I needed to take out the black insert inside the assembly. OMG!!!

I took off the toilet, took off the assembly and removed the black insert. I picked up the toilet one last time and set it in place. I put the washers and nuts on the bolts and tightened them down.

The toilet was secured, but seemed like it tipped forward. So, I got a level. I determined it was, so I stuck a toilet shim (yes, they make those - I've used them before) in the front. I hooked the water line back up and floshed the toilet several times. No leaks!!!

I still needed to cut the bolts down so the little white caps would fit, but it was already 5:30 p.m. and my back hurt. So, I quit for the day.

I got the mail and pulled the truck inside.

I washed up and made the last two hot dogs for dinner. This time my side was a can of Bush's baked beans.

I watched the hockey game after calling Melissa to confirm my weekend visit.

We lost the hockey game, so I switched to reading until bedtime.

Thursday, October 26, 2017


I woke up early again on Wednesday. I had some oatmeal for breakfast and then ate a plum for dessert.

I putzed around a while, waiting for the garage to warm up. I did the Wednesday wash and made some coleslaw (bag of shredded cabbage and carrots, topped with a jar of sauce). The coleslaw went into the fridge to get happy.

I finally pulled the truck out. I moved the downed branch in the front yard.

Then I got to work. There were several dried drips (both in the white primer and the gray paint) that I had to fix. I painted them and then painted the whole crib except for the inside of the hearts.

Sidebar: I had painted the primer inside the hearts, but I realized the brush was too big to fit.

So, I put some town clothes on and went to Michael's. I bought a half-inch artist's brush.

Back home, it was already almost 5:00 p.m. and I was bushed. So, I pulled the truck back inside and changed clothes.

I ate two more hot dogs and a bowl of coleslaw for dinner.

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

There was nothing interesting on TV, so I watched a movie on my DVD player: "The Thirteenth Warrior." It's one of my favorites.

When it was done, so was I. I turned off the TV, shut off the light and went to bed.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


It was in the mid-50's and raining when I woke up on Tuesday. The high today was only predicated to be in the mid-50's, BTW.

I made soft-boiled eggs for breakfast.

I watched the news until 9:00 a.m. Then I called my barber. The next appointment she had open today was at 11:30 a.m., but I took it. I swept the kitchen floor (I had tracked in sawdust) and started a load of laundry. I finally shaved, showered and got dressed. Then I left to get my haircut.

From there, I went to Kroger's. It was raining hard, so I put on my raincoat before exiting the truck.

I got the few things I needed and made two impulse buys: plums and a roast.

Sidebar: I like plums and they were on sale. As for the roast, the weather seems to be calling for one!

I checked out and went outside into brilliant sunshine? What the hell? Oh, yeah, Michigan weather.

I got home just before 1:00 p.m. I left the truck outside and unloaded the groceries. I got out the round slow cooker (it's a small roast, but all I need). I cut up two Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut up three carrots, peeled two cloves of garlic and threw everything into the slow cooker. I seasoned the roast with just salt and pepper and put that on top. I added in half a can of beef broth and a touch of Kitchen Bouquet (my Mother's umami secret).

I turned the heat to High so I could eat dinner at a sensible time. Then I made some split pea and ham soup for lunch.

Sidebar: My Kroger no longer carries this soup!!! I have to go to that little grocery store to buy it now. Seems Kroger drops anything that not enough people buy. But, personally, I love that stuff!

While I still had my go-to-town clothes on, I went to CVS to pick up my prescriptions. I gave them my new insurance card to put on file. They messed around a while and finally came back. They said they would fill the prescriptions now that I had insurance. I said I'd be back. She asked if I wanted the Celebrex filled. I said, "Of course! I can't move without it. Why?" She said all the other co-pays were normal, but the Celebrex was $90.00! I said, "No, no, I take the generic brand." She said, "That is for the generic brand!" Damn!!!  I told her again I cannot function without it, so I'd pay the co-pay.

When I left the store, I found the rain had returned and the wind had picked up dramatically. Damn near blew me over!!!

Back home, I had branches down in the front yard. I figured I'd move them when the rain stopped.

I changed into my painting shorts and t-shirt but realized two things. One, I left the window open in the garage and it was really cold in there. Two, I left the paint can on the garage floor, so the paint is cold, too.

It was getting late, so I closed the window, took the paint inside to warm up overnight and gave up on the whole painting today thing. I pulled the truck inside and buttoned it up for the night.

I put the clothes in the dryer and moved on to other little things.When the dryer stopped, I folded /hung up the clothes and put them away.

I checked the internal temperature of the roast. It was just over 150 degrees (the high end of medium rare and the low end of medium). So, I pulled it out and put it on a platter. I used a slotted spoon to take out some of the veggies and cut some slices of the roast. It  looked so pretty I took a picture!

I posted this on Facebook and got a lot of responses. Leon said he had made beef stew, but everyone else seemed to share my "Fall Feast" idea.

I plated up my dinner after I made a mixture of equal parts mayonnaise and horseradish to sauce the beef with. Then I ate it. The veggies were outstanding. The beef tasted great, but was a little tough. I think if I had the time to cook it on LOW, it might not have been that tough or maybe it was just the cut of beef. It was a boneless beef top round roast, but I bought it more for the size than the cut.

I let everything cool and then put the roast in one baggie and the veggies in another. Both baggies went into the fridge and I washed the slow cooker. Then I settled in to watch my NCIS shows.

About 8:45 p.m., I got a text from Amanda. It was just a photo of a box of Cheez-Its I sent her a question mark back. She said that was her dinner, but my roast looked so good she wanted some.

Sidebar: She and Annie have a weekly date to watch "girly" shows that Scott doesn't like. So, he stays home and plays video games and she goes to Annie's to watch their shows. Annie lives about a mile from me, BTW.

I said its all in the fridge (I practice safe food). She said that's what microwaves are for. I said, "So you want to come over, eat dinner and miss your shows?" She said, "No, silly. I was hoping to stop over, pick up some food, take it back to Annie's to warm up and watch the show."

I told her to give me time to put my pants on. I opened the front door (after I put my pants on, LOL) and took out the leftovers and a paper plate. She showed up then, so I let her tell me how much food she wanted (not a lot - she eats like a bird). I asked her if she wanted some sauce with it. She asked what was in it. I told her mayonnaise and horseradish. She said, "You had me at mayonnaise, but lost me with horseradish."

I covered the paper plate with cling wrap and aluminum foil, handed it to her and she left. I put the leftovers away, while shaking my head...

Sidebar: Thinking of putting a sign up out front: "Papa John's Takeout."

I watched the rest of NCIS and then NCIS New Orleans. I watched the 11:00 p.m. news and the monologue on the Tonight show. Then I went to bed.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Monday, monday...

It was chilly and overcast Monday morning. I had oatmeal for breakfast, in case you were wondering.

I watched the morning news. I was determined to stay in bed and under the covers as long as possible.

When the news ended (Dammit), I finally shaved showered and got dressed. Then I headed out in light rain.

Sidebar: It was supposed to rain like hell around 1:00 p.m. and then rain off and on through Wednesday.

I took the I-96 expressway to I-275, and then got off at Ford Road. I backtracked down Newburgh to Lowe's. I got what I needed and headed home.

It was still just sprinkling, so I stopped at Time Out and got a bowl of creamy potato soup for lunch. I mentioned the three days of rain to Amanda and asked her if she ever got her crappy wipers replaced. She said she did, so I was relieved.

Back home, I left the truck outside. I treated the cat and changed into my crappiest shorts and t-shirt.

Then I went out and painted the underside of the cradle. Obviously, with the two rockers, eight rocker braces and the bottom itself, that was the busiest part to paint. So, I took my time (I'd really like to NOT put on two coats). When I finished up, I washed the paint brush and closed up the paint can. Then I went back inside.

I had paint here and there on my clothes, my hands and my arms.  I took off the shorts and t-shirt (saving them for tomorrow) and took a shower.

I got dressed in a fresh t-shirt and shorts. Then I took a break. I laid on the bed and watched some taped DIY shows. I had one of those apples we picked for a snack (after I washed it). I don't remember the variety, but it was good.

I waited maybe three hours until the rain let up a bit (and the cradle had a chance to dry a bit) and then I pulled the truck back inside.

I had to treat the cat again (of course). I was going to round up all the trash for Tuesday's pickup. But I realized it wasn't worth it. Now that I am recycling and I have those two big bins, I just don't have that much actual trash to make it worth taking out to the road.

Sidebar: I currently have three kitchen trash bags in the bin and that's not even half full!

So, putting out the trash and the recyclables is now an every other week event and I don't mind.

The heavy rain had come back when I realized I forgot to take a picture of the cradle before I pulled the truck in. So, I went in the garage and took a couple. I couldn't get the right angle with the truck in the way, but you get the idea.

It doesn't look as dark as I feared. It kinda looks like something you would see in a Home Decorating magazine, so maybe she is onto something, LOL!

I warmed up some of the prosciutto and peas pasta for dinner.

I couldn't find anything interesting on TV, so I grabbed a book and read until bedtime.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Sunday, Sunday...

It was warmer than usual when I woke up on Sunday morning. I took my time easing into the day, since I can't do any work in the garage until after 9:00 a.m.

Sidebar: I would not start sanding before 9:00 a.m. any more than I would cut the grass. Both make too much noise. When the weekend comes, I let people sleep in!

So, I shaved, showered and got dressed in shorts and a t-shirt. Then, I did the Sunday chores, ran the dishwasher, swept the kitchen floor and so on.

Finally, I pulled the truck outside and set up my workshop. I sanded the wood putty flush with 120 grit sandpaper on the orbital sander. Then I sanded every surface of the cradle with 220 grit paper until the whole thing was smooth as a baby's butt.

It was almost noon when I started painting it with white primer. When I was done (well, there are a few drips I will have to attend to once it dries), I took some photos for you.

It looks nice white and I kinda hate to paint it slate gray. But, the customer is always right, right?

By then, it was beautiful outside. According to the weatherman, this will be the unofficial last day of summer, LOL! I decided to celebrate since I am not looking forward to winter. So, I figured I'd use the grill one last time.

But, I didn't have anything thawed out to grill. So, I changed clothes (but still wearing primer here and there, LOL) and drove to that little grocery store on Joy and Beech Daly.

Now, I wouldn't buy meat there (too scary), but I thought packaged hot dogs would be okay. Of course, they didn't carry my brand, but I did find natural casing Dearborn brand dogs. I grabbed them and a package of off-brand buns - that's all they carried) and headed for the checkout.

But to get there, I had to pass the counter for JayDee's soulFOOD.

Sidebar: That's how she spells it.

Sidebar: I think I told you they have a little soul food takeout restaurant inside the store. They don't open until 11:00 a.m., so I have never seen their offerings before. It all looked pretty tasty, but I was grilling today!

I decided to compromise and bought a side of mac and cheese. A medium takeout container cost me almost $5.00, so it better be good!

Back home, I changed back into shorts and a t-shirt. I sat on the front porch in the rocking chair and drank a Lipton's peach ice tea while I people-watched.

It was 76 degrees, BTW. It might feel like summer, but it gets dark early these days. So, I started dinner.

I had a container of Brussels sprouts for another dinner that I never made. So, I trimmed them up, put them in a big baggie with olive oil, salt and pepper.  I shook that up and put them on a foil covered half sheet tray. I set the stove timer for 45 minutes (I didn't cut them in half, like I usually do, so the roast time was twice as long). I set another timer for seven minutes to remind myself to shake the tray so they didn't burn. I did that every seven minutes until they were done.

I started the charcoal. When the coals were ready, I dumped them and then cleaned and oiled the grill. Next I put the dogs on. I grilled them to perfection!

I pulled the Brussels sprout out and let everything rest a bit while I heated the mac & cheese in the microwave. I plated two hot dogs, some of the Brussels sprouts and some of the mac and cheese.

Oh, my, that all tasted good!!!

Sidebar: The mac and cheese was made with shells rather than elbow macaroni. I was a little afraid it would be made with Velveeta, but I could taste at least two different cheeses. Not sure it was worth the money, but it was damn good. In fact, it was the only thing that I ate seconds of.

I let everything sit to cool (except for the mac and cheese - that was gone, LOL!) and started watching a football game. Vicky sent me her usual good night text (we exchange daily morning and evening texts in lieu of visiting) and added  an emoji. It was sleeping with z's coming out of its mouth. I responded by texting, "Buenas noches, chica. That's exactly how I feel!"

And I did. I know this because I fell asleep about 10 minutes into the game.

I woke up around 10:30 p.m. I put the food away, cleaned up the kitchen counters and went to bed for real.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Saturday's Story

I woke up early on Saturday morning. I ate some breakfast and my pills. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed for a road trip.

While I was waiting for my ride, I pulled the truck out and set up my work shop. I was hoping to paint the cradle (or at least prime it) today. Annie's shower is on Sunday (tomorrow).

Amanda was a little late, but she and Keldon showed up at 9:45 a.m. Amanda took a selfie of herself with her witch hat on in the living room.

Then, I hopped in the car and we took off for Maybury Farm in Northville.

Sidebar: If you remember last weekend's post, we showed up here only to find it was cancelled due to rain.

I'll just let the pictures (a combination of hers and mine) speak for themselves.

Good band playing old favorites
Obligatory face painting

Keldon's turn
Big-ass horse!!!
Baby lambs
Hayride selfie

Bee hives on the hayride

Soy bean field and fall colors on hay ride

Beginning of the dreaded corn maze
Costume contest (he didn't win)

We got there early enough there were no lines to the various games and crafts tents. Keldon painted a pumpkin and a paper plate fish. He played various ring toss and golf games. He and his mother both made beeswax candles. We all made corn husk dolls (I'll take a picture when it finally dries).

Amanda and I both had a hot dog (Keldon said he wasn't hungry). The hot dogs were terrible! They were cooked on a charcoal grill and that's hard to mess up. Only thing I can think of is that they used really cheap hot dogs.

We looked at all the animals until it was time for a hayride.This wagon (I should have taken a picture, dammit) did not have a step, it had stairs!!! Perfect!!!

We got off the hayride at the corn maze. It was divided into two parts (1-7 year old  and 7- adult). We did the 1-7 year old one first. It was fun, but the walk wore me out. So, when we completed that and they wanted to do the adult one, I passed. I sat on a bench and waited for them.

Sidebar: When they got back, Amanda said the adult one wasn't any harder than the little kid one, just longer.

We got back in time for Keldon to enter the costume contest. He was disappointed he didn't win, but got over it.

We finally had enough and headed back home, which was good. Amanda had to work a short shift this afternoon and I had to work on the cradle.

Back in Livonia, we all hungry. So, we stopped at Daly's for a quick lunch. I had a Philly Cheese Steak sandwich (that was delicious) and shared some of Amanda's chili cheese fries (not a big fan of chili cheese fries, myself).

Back home, they took off and I changed clothes. My plan was to finish-sand the cradle and prime it. Then I'd set the alarm and wake up really early (so it would be dry by 11:00 a.m.) and paint it.

But, whe I was sanding it, I found three places in need of wood putty (how the hell did I miss those?) So, I sanded the cradle and then put on the wood putty. It had to dry overnight, so cradle work ended at 6:00 p.m. I disassembled the work shop and pulled the truck inside.

Sidebar: You may be wondering why I pull the truck in at night and not just leave it outside, as I have in the past. Well, there have been a rash of broken windows and cars and truck being robbed (usually just for change) in nearby Livonia. I don't need that kind of hassle, so the truck goes inside.

I changed clothes and took a rinse-off shower. I started watching the Michigan football game but promptly fell asleep.

When I woke up, I was hungry but didn't feel like leftovers and "dinner." So, I made a tuna fish sandwich with small diced onions and served on toasted sourdough bread. I ate some green olives with it and it was perfect!!!

I watched the 11:00 p.m. news and then went to bed.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Finally Friday

I woke up early again on Friday. It was a little chilly (mid 40's) but supposed to warm up to near 70 degrees later.

I made a fried egg sandwich for my breakfast. Then I got dressed in work clothes (figured I'd shave and shower later).

I pulled the truck outside and got my space organized to work on the cradle.

Sidebar: More and more I wish I'd built a workshop out back when I was working and had the money!

I finish-sanded the two rockers. Then, with great difficulty, I screwed them onto the cradle bottom.

Sidebar: I like to screw them on, rather than just nail, because I assume they will take the most stress.

I took a break and had a cup of coffee sitting on the porch rocker.

Back at work, I cut out eight braces for the rockers. I used the brad nailer and glue to attach them.

I let the glue on those dry while I filled in the screw holes with wood putty. Then I double-checked I hadn't missed any nail holes. Found two I forgot to putty (whoops).

It was after 1:00 p.m. and I was hungry. But, before I made myself some lunch, I wanted to tighten the bolts holding down the toilet in the main bath.

Sidebar: Ever since that two week bout of diarrhea a while back, the toilet rocks a little when you sit on it. Even Amanda has mentioned it. I assumed all my mad dashes and dives to it loosened the bolts.

But, when I took the little decorative cap off, half of the bolt came with it. It had rusted completely through!!!


So, I drove to Home Depot and bought a toilet wax ring kit that came with new bolts. On the way out, I bought two hot dogs. I topped them with mustard and onions and ate them in the truck before heading back home. Lunch solved!

I was tired, so I didn't attempt to fix the toilet then. Instead I took a long nap.

When I woke up, I put the garage back in order and pulled the truck inside. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed.

Amanda had to work until 5:00 p.m., so she picked up Keldon from her mother's afterwards. Then they both picked me up. That's when I learned that our dinner plans had changed ("if it's okay with you"). Seems her mother and father were joining us (no problem) and the restaurant had changed.

Instead of Archie's or Daly's (good food, low prices) we were meeting at Outback ("if it's okay with you"). Now, I am not impressed with Outback's food (mediocre at best) or prices (don't forget, these folks all have jobs - I don't). But, what could I say?

After dinner, her folks went home and we wen to to Michael's (all their Halloween stuff was discounted 50-70% and Amanda loves Halloween.

They dropped me off around 8:00 p.m. I thought briefly about working on either the toilet or the cradle, but decided against it. I fell asleep watching some taped DIY shows. I woke up just after 11:00, so I watched the news and the Tonight show. Then I went to bed for real.