Monday, April 30, 2018

Sunny Sunday

I didn't get out of bed until an amazing 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. It was sunny, but still cold. However, it was supposed to get up to 60 degrees today!

I made scrambled eggs for breakfast. Then I started a load of laundry.

I was reading my book in the morning, waiting for the temperature to warm up. I wanted to start picking up the trash in the yard.

I ate more pasta salad for lunch.

It did get up to 60 degrees but with a wind. Since it was supposed to get even warmer on Monday, I decided to wait until then to work outside (retired people can do that). But I did go out and got the trash from the front yard. I went out back and took pictures of the mess.

Also, I noticed some of the 4 x 4's that were next to the fence had floated out with the last rain/lake.

Back inside, I cut four baby red potatoes in half and put them in my largest sauce pan. I covered them with a bag of sauerkraut and slices of Polish kielbasa. I brought that to a boil and then let it simmer.

My daughter Melissa called. She was taking a break from raking her front yard. We talked of many things. 

I ate dinner, using horseradish with the kielbasa. It was very good. Nice Sunday supper!

Amanda called, asking if I wanted to go play Bingo. It was a last minute thing. I didn't feel like getting cleaned up, dressed and driving to Dearborn, so I declined (with regret). I wish she would have called me earlier!

Nothing on TV looked that interesting, so I went back to reading in the living room. I dozed off around 10:30 p.m. When I woke up at 2:00 a.m., I went to bed.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Cold Saturday!

It was cloudy and cold on Saturday. I had cold cereal for breakfast.

After 9:00 a.m., I called my barber for an appointment (I should have done that earlier in the week, BTW). The first opening she had was 11:00 a.m. So, I took it.

So, I killed time after I shaved, showered and got dressed. Then I went grocery shopping at Kroger's for a few items and finally got my haircut.

One of Amanda's friends was taking her and Keldon out for a birthday lunch after Keldon's karate class.

Sidebar: If you haven't noticed, Amanda's birthday celebrations seem to last a week or so.

She was going to text me when lunch was over (she estimated 12:30 p.m.) so we could meet at Bookstock in the Laurel Park Place mall.

Sidebar: This is the second or third time I have gone. They load up tables of used books by category and sell them incredibly cheap. I stole this photo from their website to show you. P.S. Don't let them fool you, it's a lot more crowded than that!

So, while I was waiting for her, I started the water for the pasta salad I was making for my weekend lunches and dinners. The water had just started to boil and I was just about to prep the veggies when I got her text (just after noon).

So, I turned the water off and headed out. Before I left, I threw the rolling walker in the truck bed. I had a feeling there was going to be more walking than the cane would handle. Plus, hey, I could always set the brakes and sit down while they searched for books they liked.

She said she would meet me at the California Pizza Kitchen entrance (the north end of the mall). They were waiting at the door for me. First thing we did was get a map of the book displays and learned the kids and young adult books were all in the food court (the south end of the mall). Damn! So, we had a long hike, just to start.

I sat down while Amanda and Keldon started looking for books and VHS tapes or DVDs. Finally, I got up to help them look. The first thing Amanda did after she found two or three she thought Keldon would like was to put them on my walker's seat! So much for sitting down, lol. Wish I hadn't broken the basket off years ago.

P.S. She said how handy the walker was and I should bring it along every time. It really is easier to walk with, but a pain in the ass to load and unload or to get up curbs or stairs, etc. But, it we have any adventures this summer or fall (art fairs, Octoberfest, apple orchards, etc. like last year, I think I will.

They loaded up on books and tapes (seriously) and I ended up getting a bag (that had to be returned at checkout) just to hold them all.

Amanda wanted to get a new cover for her cell phone, so I offered to watch Keldon when she went into the mall. I bought him a hot pretzel (I bought me one too but threw it away when I realized there was no salt on it. WTF?) I let him ride on a race car ride, he got a temporary tattoo, did some sort of craft thing and we finally ended up in the play area, where he had a blast and made new friends.

Amanda finally came back (she was filling out some survey or something to win a new Ford) so we started the long walk back. She kept saying I needed a chance to look at the adult books. I was tired by then and not really interested. But, I did check the mystery section out while she checked out. I found a hardcover one by Thomas Perry (one of my favorite authors) and grabbed it. My bill was $3.00. Keldon's was $42.00!!!

We made our goodbyes and I headed home.

Sidebar: It wasn't until I checked Facebook that I learned my great-niece Jamie Hugo and David Decker (from New Baltimore) were there at the same time! Couldn't figure out how I missed them until I realized we'd spent all our time in the kids section while they were probably at the other end of the mall in the adult section. I would have loved to see them.

Back home, I started the water boiling again while I prepped the veggies. I just made a simple one. I used a green pepper, a de-seeded cucumber, green onions and cherry tomatoes (cut in half). I added the tri-color pasta when it was cooked and cooled, then dumped about a half bottle of Italian dressing on it. I added salt and pepper to tasted, then put it in the fridge to get happy.

I waited a couple hours until I was starving (I had had no lunch) and then plated it.

It tasted great, but I realized I had cut both the green peppers and the cucumbers too big. But, nothing I couldn't fix with a steak knife while eating.

Since I now had a trash bag filled with veggie leftovers, I took the trash out to the container. I don't like the smell of that or leftover food in the house. It was still cold! On the way back inside, I realized my chives were almost ready to harvest for the first time (I usually get five or six cuttings from them. What I don't use, I freeze for the winter).

I read my book until the Stanley Cup playoffs came on. In retrospect, that was a mistake. They went into double overtime. I wanted to watch Saturday Night Live, but the 11:00 p.m. news didn't come on until after midnight. So, I ended up going to bed around 2:30 a.m.

Saturday, April 28, 2018


I wasn't feeling that hot on Friday morning (more throwing up and diarrhea). But I still had to take Amanda her birthday present. Her birthday was on Thursday, but they had family events planned. So, I ran it up to the restaurant and dropped off the T-shirt I had bought her. I didn't stay to eat.

Back home, I read a book until it warmed up some. Then I walked around in the yard.

Hyacinths so big they're falling over!

Same out front

Forsythia just started blooming today!

It did get to 67 degrees, which made it finally feel like Spring. But, then it starting sprinkling so I went back inside, and got my book again. Later on I washed the kitchen floors.

I made a fried egg sandwich for dinner.

I watched NCIS reruns until bedtime.

Friday, April 27, 2018

The past week...

Nothing interesting happened... I ate some spaghetti for most of my dinners and eggs or cold cereal for breakfasts.

Finally Thursday

Thursday started out all wrong. I cooked two eggs over easy in bacon grease. But, when I flipped the pan (to turn them over) one of the yolks broke. Damn! That meant I didn't have enough yolk to dip my toast in.

I shaved, showered and got dressed. The I headed out to Kroger's (finally). I bought everything I needed for the house. Then I grabbed a container of strawberries for Amanda.

So, I swung by Time Out to say goodbye. She, Annie and Angie are headed up north to Frankenmuth and the 80's revival.

Sidebar: I have had a long talk with her mother, Fran, about this. Since she will turn a mere 31 years old this year, there is no way she remembers the 80's. But, they get to dress up in silly costumes and boogie down. Its their weekend away from guys. I get that.

The triple A's rock on!!!

Back home, I put away the groceries and then took a nap.

I made some spaghetti for several nights dinners. My brother Jim called and we talked for a while.

I watched some DIY shows until bedtime. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Johnny Cash Hurt

Lazy Hump Day

I woke up after 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday.  I had a cup of coffee watching the Today show. I finally got around to making breakfast. I made three soft boiled eggs and ate them over torn bread, butter, salt and pepper. It was delicious!

It was sunny but cold during the morning.

I made a small salad for lunch.

I did a load of laundry (towels and my bathrobe).

I had two more pieces of fried Spam with Grillin' Beans for dinner.

I read while I half-watched DIY shows until the 11:00 p.. news. I watched that and the Tonight show until bedtime.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


My blood sugar was too low on Tuesday morning (74). So, breakfast was a mini-chocolate bar (per doctor's orders, I keep a bag of them in the house, just for these occasions). I laid back down for a while, then got up and ate some oatmeal.

I shaved, showered and got dressed in shorts and a t-shirt. I planned on staying home.

Jake called and we talked for a while. I did a load of laundry.  

I found I was running low on Cope (damn!) so I put some pants on and drove to the corner gas station. Since I was out anyway, I drove the couple of blocks on Inkster to Arby's. I got my usual Buffalo Chicken sandwich meal, small, with Dr. Pepper to drink.

Before going back in the house, I took the empty garbage container around back.

I ate my lunch, watching the noon news.

I read most of the afternoon. I ate my last hard boiled egg with horseradish (damn that shit is hot!) so I made eight more hard boiled eggs. I think (without knowing) they are a healthy snack.

For dinner, I heated up the last of the cabbage. I fried two thick slices of Spam and then plated my dinner.

Sidebar: Yes, Spam. I like Spam.

After I cleaned up the kitchen, I went back to reading until my NCIS shows came on. I went to bed at 11:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Rainy Days and Mondays

I woke up to the alarm set for 6:00 a.m.on Monday. I ate a quick bowl of cereal for breakfast and drank my coffee while I shaved. I had an 8:15 doctor's appointment with my eye surgeon.

I left in plenty of time, which was lucky. Because I got LOST! I thought it was at Farmington and Seven Mile. But when I got there, the office was not where I remembered it. So, I drove back and forth. Nothing! I finally gave up and went to Six Mile and there it was, almost right on the corner.

I didn't have to wait long. They put three different drops in both eyes and retook the pictures of my eyes. Finally, the doctor came in. He said the cataract on my right eye had gotten much worse since December, but he could fix them both.

The longest I had to wait was for the surgery scheduler (same as last time).

So, my right eye will be operated on 5/3/18 and my left on 5/17/18. Now I just need a driver.

Sidebar: I have lots of nearby friends who would gladly volunteer to drop me off. But I need someone who can stay during the surgery and these women all have jobs. But, wait a minute! Courtney volunteered, so I don't have to bother my brothers this time.

It was cloudy and overcast when I drove home, so I didn't need sunglasses in spite of my severely dilated eyes.

It was before 10:00 a.m.when I left the doctor's office, so I thought I'd stop at Bates and get a half order of biscuits and gravy. But, when I got there the place was dark and there was a note taped to the door. I assume it said they'd lost power.

Sidebar: Bates stops serving breakfast at 10:30 a.m.

I continued to drive south on Farmington Road and stopped at the Looney Bakery. The line at the drive through wasn't too bad. When it was my turn, I asked if they had any salt bagels left. They said they still had a few, so I bought four.

I drove I-96 to Beech Daly (to avoid the train at Inkster). I thought I was quite clever until I saw the traffic lights at Beech Daly and Plymouth Road were out and we all had to take our turn at the four-way stop thing.

Back home, the rain had taken a break, so I dragged the garbage container out to the road. It's supposed to rain again and then switch to snow overnight. While I was back there, I took some pictures.

I am pretty sure the branch hit the roof and bounced off (there are a lot of twigs and bark up there) but I couldn't see any signs of actual roof damage.

On the plus side, I can now sell the house as "Lake Front Property."

Back inside, I changed my clothes and ate two bagels.

I spent about an hour and a half with Verizon tech support, getting my phone back in order. My bad! When I switched from Spectrum to Wow, I immediately lost the ability to check my email on my phone (my old Spectrum email went away). So, I thought I could fix it. I tried, but by the time I gave up, I not only lost my email, but Facebook on the phone and the phone's camera wouldn't download.

I took a nap in the afternoon.

I walked out to get the mail around 6:00 p.m. and it was snowing!!!

I warmed up some of the Southern Bacon-Fried Cabbage for dinner.

I watched "The Desolation of Smaug" (a Hobbit movie) and then "Jurassic Park." I have seen both many times before, but I like them. I ended up snacking on both remaining bagel during the evening.

Then I watched a little of the Tonight Show before going to bed.

Monday, April 16, 2018

OMG Sunday

I woke up at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, after a restless night. Freezing rain had developed overnight. It was coating my trees. I had numerous branches down, including a long one that landed on the raised bed herb garden (it's been taking a beating from branches, recently).

The lake has moved from back by the play structure into the low spot in from of my vegetable garden.

Here's the view from the bathroom window at 8:00 a.m.

 Oh, and there are numerous power outages in both Livonia and Redford. Closest to me is the Inkster and Five Mile area.

And, it kept on raining and freezing...

I finally shoved, showered and got dressed.

Update on rain: 11:00 a.m. and water is moving up the fence line.

I was supposed to meet Amanda and Keldon for lunch at the Mexican Fiesta restaurant in Dearborn Heights. And Amanda was supposed to text me what time. I had seen on Facebook the roads were not icy, but when I still hadn't heard anything by 11:15 p.m., I figured Amanda had thought better of it. But, I got a text at 11:30 a.m asking me if I could make it thee by noon. She apologized, saying they got a late start. I said, "Sure!" (I'd already shaved and showered). So, I threw on some clothes and headed out.

It was still raining and there was a lot of standing water. There was a fallen tree limb (a big one) partially covering the little access drive from Plymouth to Telegraph (I drove over it, like the people before me). And there were numerous traffic lights out on Telegraph.

I had the beef enchiladas as Amanda and Keldon split a small nachos.

Sidebar: That was the biggest "small" nacho I ever saw, lol!

Amanda and I split the fried ice cream dessert (Keldon said he didn't like crunchy ice cream). She ordered two little containers of strawberries and honey on the side for dipping. First time I ever tasted it. It was pretty good!

We made our goodbyes and drove home through the rain and the four way stop dead traffic lights. I got home by 1:00 p.m. and changed clothes.

By 3:00 p.m., the water was close to the St. Francis statue!

At 5:00 p.m., I started my Sunday supper. I have been wanting to try this for a while. Now that I'm feeling a little better, I thought I'd give it a go. I making what they call Soouthern Bacon-Fried Cabbage.

First I did the prep work. I cored and chopped a head of cabbage. Then I chopped a large onion, minced two cloves of garlic and cut six slices of bacon into half-inch lardons. I also got my seasoned salt, onion powder, garlic powder and black pepper out of the spice cabinet.

I got out my 12-inch non-stick frying pan (I have one bigger, but no lid. This one didn't come with a lid, but the lid of my bigger stock pot fits perfectly). I cooked the bacon over medium-high heat until crispy. Pulled the bacon and put it on a paper towel covered plate. I reserved two tablespoons of the bacon grease and put the rest in the fridge (or you could discard it - I like to use it for fried eggs).

Then I sauteed the onion until soft (about four minutes). I added in the garlic and sauteed that about a minute more. Then I added the cabbage a little at a time, stirring in the onion and garlic mixture.

Sidebar: It didn't look like all that cabbage would fit!

I cooked the cabbage another four to five minutes and (thankfully) it started to wilt a bit.I added in two teaspoons of seasoned salt, a half teaspoon each of the onion powder, garlic and black pepper and mixed well.

I reduced the burner temperature to low and let it simmer (stirring occasionally) for about 30 minutes.

I added in the bacon just before serving. I couldn't think of a good side dish (I think this is a side dish, lol) so I sliced up a tomato go to with it.

It was really good! And the tomatoes (although they were an afterthought) helped to cut the richness of the dish.

I cleaned up the kitchen and then watched and/or listened to the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards the while reading until bedtime.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Shitty Saturday

It was raining like hell when I woke up on Saturday. I turned on the news and learned that its supposed to rain here like this until around 4:00 p.m. when it will change to freezing rain. Then, the cold front that is making its way down from the UP will freeze all the standing water.

Vicky was supposed to come pick me up this afternoon and take me back to her house. Evy wanted to make me a Puerto Rican dinner. Sounded good. I miss Puerto Rican food! But I sent her a text, telling her I didn't want her to be driving under those conditions (hell, I don't want to even be riding under those conditions). She wasn't mad. Her reply sounded grateful.

Amanda called and I told her to be careful (she has to work tonight). She said not to worry, she'll be fine (She's way too cocky at times).

The lake has returned out in the back. And, my driveway near the road is one big puddle.

The rain lightened up around 2:00 p.m. So, I put my rain coat on, opened the garage door and grabbed my hoe. I went out and, sure enough, the two trenches I had built for draining the end of the driveway were clogged with sticks, old grass and leaves. I cleaned them both out and the water started to run off.

Sidebar: The last thing I needed was to have a sheet of ice just before I have to go up onto the road.

Back inside, I made a salad for a late lunch (I had a bowl of cereal with blue berries for breakfast).

My daughter, Melissa called. She said it was snowing in Oxford. Oddly enough, it stopped raining around 5:00 p.m. I don't know if its all over or just the calm before the next storm.

I washed the bedding and ran the dishwasher.

I watched two old John Wayne movies.

I ate leftovers for dinner.

I watched Blazing Saddles again (first time in a long time). It was still funny as hell.

Then I watched the rest of the hockey game (Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins), the 11:00 p.m. news and then Saturday Night Live. I went to bed at 1:00 a.m.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Finally Friday

My insomnia kicked in again last night. I woke up at 2:00 a.m. on Friday. I finally fell asleep at 5:30 a.m. and then woke up at  8:30 a.m. It was sunny, but cool.

Sidebar: When I looked at Facebook, Betsy Knapp, who lives in Marine City (not that far north or me) said it was thundering and lightning and raining. WTF?

So, after a cup of coffee, I cut into the cantaloupe. I cut half of it into bite size pieces and covered the other half with cling wrap.

I ate some of it for breakfast and saved the rest for lunch.

I got cleaned up, but decided not to go anywhere. so, I read and putzed around all day. I mailed yet another check for a doctor bill. It finally started to cloud up around 3:00 p.m.

I started dinner about 5:30 p.m. I broiled some brats in the oven while I boiled some potatoes on the stove. I was making a Nigella Lawson recipe for Salt and Vinegar Potatoes.

Sidebar: The recipe called for whole baby white potatoes, which I didn't have. I had small Yukon Gold potatoes that I cut in half. That was my downfall!

After they are boiled, you put them on a oiled sheet pan and squish them a little with a fork. Her's, because they were whole and round, squished into little patties. Mine just fell apart!

But, I endeavored to persevere.  From there, I roasted then in a 425 degree oven for 20 minutes. Then I flipped then over and roasted them for 10 minutes more.

I put them on a serving platter and sprinkled them with apple cider vinegar and Kosher salt.

I plated my dinner and added some Dijon mustard for the brats.

The potatoes tasted good although they were a hot mess.

I left the kitchen mess to clean up in the morning and went back to half-watching DIY shows and reading until bedtime.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Thursday's Tale

My insomnia came back and I woke up at 4:00 a.m. on Thursday. I couldn't fall back asleep, so I gave up, got up and made a cup of coffee.

When it got light out, I saw it was cool and rainy. I decided there was nothing I needed that bad to go out in the weather and I would stay home for the day.

I had some oatmeal for breakfast.

I did some light housework and a lot of reading during the day.

I didn't really eat "lunch," I just snacked on fruit here and there. The plums were getting soft and were not as fantastic as when I first brought them home.

Sidebar: Don't buy four at a time. Buy two and eat them right away.

The rain went away, the sun came out and we  reached an incredible 76 degrees!!! I celebrated by opening up the windows after turning off the furnace to air the house out. Then I began the long chore of picking up the branches and sticks that had fallen over the winter. Pain in the butt, but it needs to be done before I can cut the grass. I got that big branch out back moved and most of the front yard done before I pooped out.

I saw on Facebook that it was National Grilled Cheese Day, so I made my personal favorite for dinner, along with tomato soup.

Sidebar: I was pissed at the photo I took. The back lighting from the under cabinet light made it look burnt, but it wasn't. I should have left the damn light off! I also should have checked the photo first before I ate dinner!!!

I closed the windows and turned the furnace back on. I was tired, but not sleepy, from all the unaccustomed outdoor work and fresh air. So, I stayed in bed, watching DIY shows and reading until midnight.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

National Grilled Cheese Day

So, Here's my entry: Sourdough bread slathered with mayonnaise (instead of butter), American cheese on one side, tomatoes in the middle and Munster cheese on the other. Served with tomato soup (of course).

Birthday Shoutout!

Happy birthday to my brother Joe!


I got the first good night's sleep I've had in ages and woke up at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday. It was cold with a light snow (flurries, actually).

I called my barber just after 9:00 a.m. The earliest appointment she had today was at 11:30 a.m. but I took it. I headed out around 11:00 and finally got my overgrown hair cut.

Sidebar: My barber said I looked like a hippy, lol.

From there I stopped at Kroger's. My list had a combination of things I needed and things I wanted, but the recent weather changes have wreaked havoc on my arthritis. So, I concentrated on things I needed before my legs gave out.

Sidebar: Both my dear brother Carl and Amanda have urged me to use the little electric carts. Amanda had even offered to either go with me to help or just give her my list and she would go shopping for me. But I am not ready for those options just yet.

On the way home, I stopped at my Subway and got a foot long BMT (their version of an Italian sub). After I put the groceries away, I ate half of my sub for lunch. I cut up some strawberries, added some milk and ate that for dessert.

I spent most of the afternoon with my feet up, reading.

Amanda needed gas in her car, so she came up to my corner gas station while Keldon was in Kung Fu down the street. Since she was that close, she stopped in for a few moments, just to say high. I walked outside to say goodbye and was amazed at how warm it was (we hit 60 degrees in the afternoon).

I made some crinkle cut fries in the oven and ate them along with the other half of the sub for dinner.

I watched the 1937 movie "The Adventures of Robin Hood" with Errol Flynn on TCM. It ended at 10:00 p.m., so I turned the TV off and read until bedtime.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


I was very confused on Tuesday morning. I was watching the early morning news and they had tons of pictures of snow covered lawns. So, I went into the living room and looked. I had NO snow!

I ate some cold cereal with a handful of blue berries for breakfast. Excellent.

This was the first time in seven weeks I didn't have to be anywhere. So, I relaxed until 9:00 a.m. Then I called my barber. There was no answer. Huh?

I called back at 9:30 a.m. and the owner, Victor, answered. I asked to speak with Michelle (my barber) and he said she was sick today. Damn! It's been almost a month since I got my haircut and I am getting really, really shaggy.

Plus, that means I couldn't work in a trip to Kroger's (they are literally across the street from each other at Five-Mile and Merriman). I had to think about my remaining road trip chores.

I finally shaved, showered and got dressed. I went to nearby locations. First the post office for stamps. Next the gas station to fill up the truck. And, finally, CVS to pick up my oral antibiotics.

Sidebar: In addition to that cippro, I will now be taking Doxycycline Hyclate.

My brother Carl butt dialed me on his phone.

I made a tuna fish sandwich (with onions) for lunch.

I fell asleep and took a nice nap while reading a book.

I made some buttered noodles with salt and Parmesan cheese for dinner. I ate that watching the news.

My brother Carl called to apologize for butt-dialing me, lol!

I read some more until NCIS came on. I snacked on the rest of the grapes while watching it..

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


My doctor's appointment wasn't until 10:00 p.m., so I killed some time after breakfast straightening the house.

I took along a shopping list for various stops I need to make soon.Victoria was supposed to stop by around 1:00 p.m. with lunch (it's her day off). So, I thought I'd make as many stops as I could until I needed to be home.

It was cold  and slightly snowing on the drive to the doctor's office.

I was sitting in the waiting room, waiting to see the doctor, when my favorite nurse, Kristen came out to get two patients for their infusion. She saw me sitting there and looked confused. She said, "John, I don't have any paperwork for you!" I said, "You forget you took my pic line out yesterday?" She laughed and then looked embarrassed.

Sidebar: I asked her on Sunday if she would be here today (they have several offices and nurses seem to rotate). She said, "Yes, why?" I told her I was going to say goodbye on Sunday if she wasn't. She said, "You're not going to get rid of me that easy! I'll see you tomorrow."

So, I finally got in to see the doctor. She checked and its still slightly leaking. She said she would call in the refill for the cippro and another for an oral antibiotic whose name I didn't catch. She said to plan on taking both for the rest of my life.

Sidebar: The first time she said that (a while ago), I was discouraged. But, (A) I have to take all my other meds for the rest of my life and (B) there isn't much rest of my life left.

I have to go back for a check up in a month.

Before I left, I stopped by the infusion room to say goodbye to Kristen. Before I could say a word, she gave me a great big hug and said, "Goodbye John, please try to stay healthy!" I  said I'd do my best, and if I was lucky, I'd see her in a month.

Sidebar: I wish now I would have taken a picture of her (when I first busted up my leg, I took pictures of all of the nurses that took care of me and still have the photos in an album). But, she is a tall (well, compared to all the short chicks I seem to hang around with today), willowy blond with a pretty face, a killer smile and a bubbly personality.

I left and headed back home. I decided I didn't have the time for Kroger's so I went to Westborn.

Sidebar: I have decided I need to eat more fruit. So, I bought three Granny Smith apples, four plums, a bag of seedless green grapes, a box of blueberries (for cold cereal),  a box of strawberries and a cantaloupe.

From there I went to PetSmart to get the special kitty litter pellets I need for my Tidy Cat Breeze litter box system.

Finally, I stopped at CVS for a bunch of stuff.

Back home, I switched out the kitty litter box. Then I washed all the fruit. I ate one of the plums and it was fantastic!!!

I was going to set the table, but I didn't know who all was coming. Then Vicky called to see if I was awake (not funny). So I asked if it was her, Evy and Yanessa or just her and Evy. She said Yanessa was back in school after Easter break and Evy was staying home. I said then I will just put out two plates. She said, no, she'd already eaten, she just wanted to bring me lunch. I said, "Well, thank you!"

She said she was going to pick up some Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken (she knows I love it) and what sides did I want?  Well, I haven't had it in probably a year and have no idea any more what sides they offer. So, I told her to surprise me.

So, when she got here, I stuck the box in the microwave to keep warm while we visited.

We sat in the living room and talked for a couple hours. Then she said she had to go pick up Yanessa. She asked me to call and let her know if I liked the lunch. We hugged goodbye (well, we hugged hello, too, come to think of it) and I waved goodby from the porch.

Then I ate my lunch. Well, I ate half and was getting full, so I saved the rest for dinner. It was three pieces of chicken, a side of mashed potatoes and gravy, another side of mac & cheese and a big biscuit. Freaking fantastic!!!

I called her up to tell her so and thanks again. She had me on speaker phone, so I was talking to all three of them at once. It was confusing, but cute.

I did a load of laundry and cleaned the downstairs shower. Then I read a book until the news came on.

When the news ended, I warmed up my dinner. It wasn't as good the second time around, but it was still really great.

I cleaned up the dishes (I never know if you should microwave food in a Styrofoam container, so I don't) and then read on the bed while listening to the Voice. I snacked on the grapes and ate another plum.

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

Monday, April 9, 2018


I was feeling much better on Sunday. No more throwing up.So, I shaved, showed and got dressed. The I drove to the doctors'. I got my last infusion and then my pic removed. It was still very cold, but nice and sunny

I still have to go in on Monday at 10:00 a.m. to get my new prescriptions of the oral antibiotics, though.

I  made some canned soup for lunch and dinner.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Thursday through Saturday

I was supposed to have my last antibiotic in fusion on Thursday and get my pic line removed.. But I wasn't feeling well and started throwing up. That continued until Saturday So, I missed Courtney Esper's retirement party on Friday night.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Hump Day.

I had a really bad night of insomnia. I finally fell asleep around 6:00 a.m. I woke up around 3:00 p.m. which meant I missed my infusion and lunch with Amanda and Keldon. I apparently suck as both a patient and as a friend.

It had snowed overnight or during the morning. No big deal, but the grass was coated when I finally woke up.


I did go and get my infusion on Tuesday. It was really cold and raining. I was surprised it wasn't snowing.


I took Monday off. No infusion. I stayed home.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Easter Sunday

I was way too early for my infusion on Easter Sunday (I usually am). So, I stopped by the Looney bakery and asked if they had any salt bagels left (they never do on my way home).  She said they still had three!!!

So, I bought all three and a tub of cream cheese.

I got my infusion and then headed home. Once I got there, I slowly (slowly) ate all three (each bite slathered with cream cheese.) That was my Easter dinner.

Sometime in the afternoon, Amanda called. Her and Keldon were going to  some restaurant to meet her parents and wondered if I was home. She wanted to wish me a happy Easter. I said, "Um, sure.."

So she pulled in, left the car running with the kid inside and ran in. She gave me a big long hug and a smooch, said Happy Easter and then left.

That was probably the nicest Easter present I ever had.

Later on that night, when I was hungry, I ate a couple of hard boiled eggs (with just salt - the horseradish is gone). I really need to go shopping.

Saturday's Story

After my infusion, I came back home and chilled for the rest of the day. Sorry about the cat thing. I am seriously too pissed about the Friday post right now.

Friday Road Trip

Look, I had like two pages of my Friday blog written. It was a long day. But the damn cat walked across the keyboard and just deleted it. I am not going to fill it back in.

Good Friday?

Okay, so I'm a fallen-away Catholic, I admit. But, I did spend a year at the Sacred Heart Seminary studying to be a priest and memorizing more bible verses than a Jehovah's witness. So, let's review.

Jesus Christ, your Lord and Savior, was arrested today some 2017 years ago. He was scourged (we'd call it whipped, these days) and made to wear a crown of thorns (crude, but they hadn't come up with waterboarding back then, I guess).

Then he had to lug his own cross up the hill where he was crucified by nailing his wrists and feet to that cross.

Sidebar: Nobody gets nailed through their hands. They can't take the weight.

He chats a bit with the two robbers who were crucified along with him.

Then a soldier come by and stabs him with his spear.

I assume at this point he bleeds out and dies.

So, why is this called Good Friday?

Can somebody explain this to me???