Saturday, November 11, 2017


As I said in the prior post, it was damn cold this morning. As such, only oatmeal and coffee could warm me up.

Then I started cleaning house. Vicky and her mother, Evy, were coming around noon. Vicky is going to clean my computer of the viruses I have been plagued with recently.

So, I swept, vacuumed and washed all the floors. I also cleaned all the glass surfaces. I quit around 11:15 a.m. and then shaved, showered and got dressed. They pulled in a little after noon. I asked Vicky where the laundry was and she said, "Damn! I got it all ready and it was sitting by the door, but I forgot it!" Oh well, I was just trying to help...

I hung up their coats and we sat in the living room and chatted for a bit. Vicky gave me the Father's Day card she had been holding since that day. In it was a beautiful photo of Yanessa in her ballerina dress. Vicky said I was the only person who got an actual print. It touched my heart.

I offered them a variety of warm or cold drinks.

Sidebar: I knew Evy would pass on coffee. She dislikes what she calls "American coffee" which means any coffee that is not Puerto Rican, LOL.

They both jumped on hot chocolate. I asked if they wanted dark chocolate or milk chocolate. Vicky pulled up the sleeve on her shirt and said, "Whatever one is the color of my arm!" LOL! Milk chocolate it was.

After they finished, Vicky got to work. I dragged in a kitchen chair and invited Evy to sit in the Orion rocker. She declined and said she wanted to stand.

At one point, Vicky needed the administrator password. I had no idea what it might be, so I called Jake. When he told me what it was, I could have kicked myself. It was so simple I could have easily figured it out, had I tried. Sorry for bothering you at work, Son.

It took her about an hour. She said she failed to find the root virus, but Firefox quit locking up, those annoying "outbound" pop ups had stopped and everything was much faster. So, I was pleased, even if she wasn't.

I had bribed her with a lunch invite, so we went to Panera's (their choice, of course). I had  half of a steak sandwich with arugula and a cup of broccoli and cheese soup. They both got the broccoli and cheese bread bowl.

They dropped me off and headed home. I putzed around some and then went on the computer. Damn! She left her USB flash drive in the computer!

I called to see if they were close enough to turn around, but she said they were already home. She said she'd come back on the weekend, so she could bring Yanessa (who was in school today).

I took a short nap. When I woke up, I read for a bit until I got hungry. But, I wasn't hungry for just anything, I was hungry for Chinese! Not that stuff at Panda Express that Amanda and Keldon are so fond of, and not even the fried rice take out next to CVS I am fond of, But a real Chinese meal.

I was dressed, so what the hell? I headed out on the back roads (rush hour would still be going on, on the expressways) and eventually got to Ten Yen.

We had a love-fest reunion! They all wanted to know where I had been as they were worried about me. I said, "Admit it! You thought I was dead!!!" They all said no. But they thought I was sick or in the hospital.

I told them I was retired and rarely got over this far.

I ordered the almond chicken. I got two surprises that I should have known. The place was packed (Friday night, of course) and my dinner was $3.00 more than I was used to at lunch.

But, my meal was delicious. I ate until I couldn't eat any more, so I asked for a box and the bill. Then I headed home again (still on back roads).

I put the leftovers in the fridge after treating the cat. Then I changed into shorts and a t-shirt.

I watched TV until 10:00 p.m. then shut it off and went to bed. It had been a long day...

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