Saturday, June 30, 2018

Full Friday

I didn't sleep well, so I woke up late on Friday (should have set the alarm). Part of my sleep problem were the damn fireworks people kept setting off until 2:00 a.m.

Anyway, I had to hustle to get to my 9:00 a.m. haircut. So, I skipped breakfast and coffee and hopped into the shower. I was out the door in 20 minutes and only five minutes late for my appointment.

I was out of the barber shop before 9:30 a.m. (and looking sharp, I might add) but I was starving. So, I headed down Five Mile to Farmington and went to Bates. I ordered the half order of biscuits and sausage gravy.

Sidebar: I know I have mentioned Bates makes it better that Leo's Coney Island and it's true. But, I can't figure out why. I have made this a hundred times and it's the simplest stupid recipe. The only thing I can think is that Bate's uses better pork sausage. Plus, Leo's cost $3.69 and Bates is $3.15.

Since I was on Farmington Road anyway, I went down to the Looney Bakery. I was hoping to buy a half dozen of salt bagels for the weekend. But, not that many people like the heavy salt taste, so they don't make a lot of them and they sell out early. All I could get were the last four.

From there I went to Kroger's. It was already uncomfortably hot and humid, by the way.

I had a large list (for me - about half a cart) and my legs starting giving out about halfway through the store. Now, normally, I would have just quit and got the other half tomorrow. But, today, it just pissed me off! So, I finished up and got in line. I lucked out and got right through. I pushed the cart out to the truck and left it sitting there while I sat in the truck with the A/C on, trying to recover.

I finally unloaded it and took off for home.

I left the truck outside and slowly unloaded it. The two steps up to the kitchen were killer! I got it all in (finally) but couldn't put anything away. So, I left it all sitting on the counter and laid on the bed to recover. I got up about 20 minutes later, afraid for the frozen and refrigerated stuff.

I put everything away and went back to bed with a salt bagel for lunch. I spent two hours in bed.

Sidebar: I have no idea WTF is wrong with my legs. I have a very little front yard and a self propelled push mower, but I had to quit when cutting it about half way through to rest my legs. I always hurt from both my hips to below my knees.

I got up at 1:00 p.m. and then left for my eye surgeon's appointment.

That went well. My left eye is also 20-20. The only disagreement was when the doctor suggested I get clear classes with bifocal readers. I told him I will be 70 years old this year and have been wearing glasses since I was seven. I'll be damned if I wear glasses I don't need. I'll carry around the readers. He finally said it's up to me.

I have to go back one more time in three months. They also made me an appointment with my normal eye doctor (it's required, although I don't know why) for July 10th.

I drove home and went back to bed.

I got up to water the hanging plants and the mailbox garden around 5:30 p.m. and got in the mail.

My daughter, Melissa, called when her dinner was in the oven (she was making chicken legs and pasta salad). We chatted for a while and I mentioned my leg problems. She asked when it started and I said February, maybe March. She suggested it was the Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) antibiotic my infectious disease doctor put me on. She said her husband, Dave's brother in-law was on it and ended up in physical therapy!

Sidebar: I did ask around after reading the potential side effects and most people who had taken it said they had no side effects.

I told her I had an appointment with her on July 9 and would discuss it. She said I could call her right away.

After we hung up, I thought about it. Since I am taking two oral antibiotics, I think I will just stop taking the Cipro and see if that helps. I'll talk to her at my appointment and ask for a less nasty replacement.

I made a DeiGiorno pizzeria thin hand-tossed pizza for dinner (they are smaller and perfect for me). I added some banana peppers (my favorite) and some black olives with just a little mozzarella cheese (if you add too much, I've learned, you end up with a soupy mess). I ate that with a Heineken, both of witch I bought today.

I spent the rest of the night watching TV.

I was watching the Tonight Show with Caley sleeping next to me, my arm over her (she insists on that). It dawned on me how cute a picture that would make. But I woke her up, reaching for the phone. And, when I went to take the picture anyway, my arms weren't long enough to get us both, lol! I need a selfie-stick!

Friday, June 29, 2018


I ate scrambled eggs for breakfast on Thursday. I hadn't slept well, so I was lazy and stayed in my robe until near 11:00 a.m. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed in shorts and a t-shirt.

I went outside to put some bills in the mailbox. It was noticeably warmer and muggy. I noticed some of the flowers out front looked a bit wilted. And, it's supposed to get really hot with no rain in the near future.

So, after lunch (leftover pasta) I dragged the hose around and watered all the gardens. It took almost two hours!

I reeled in the hose and took my sweaty ass inside. Then I took a nice long nap.

Dinner was more pasta.

I watched TV until bedtime.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Wet Wednesday

It was either sprinkling or sunny all day Wednesday. But, when I checked the rain gauge Thursday morning, I got less than a quarter inch of rain here.

Sidebar: Elsewhere in Southeast Michigan, they had heavy rains which I could have used.

So, I spent most of the day inside. I did take the kitchen trash out when it was sunny. But, I soaked my slippers getting to the trash bin.

I couldn't find a damn thing in the pantry or the freezer that sounded good for dinner.

Sidebar: I really, REALLY, need to go grocery shopping or give Amanda my list.

So, I went to the little grocery store at Beech and Joy roads and grabbed a box of Rigatoni pasta and a jar of Prego with roasted garlic and Parmesan. I came home and warmed up the pasta sauce and cooked the rigatoni.

I topped it with Parmesan Regiano and ate a bowl of it. It was just okay, but it filled me up

I watched TV until bedtime.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Then it was Tuesday

I had to go get some gas and Copenhagen on Tuesday morning. Since I was out anyway, I went to Leo's Coney Island for a half order of biscuits and sausage gravy.

Sidebar: Leo's is nowhere as good as Bates, but its a hell of a lot closer.

I was out cutting the front lawn when my neighbor, Rick, went by. I stopped him and asked if he could have his lawn mower mechanic friend stop by with a new belt for the riding lawn mower and have him put it on.

So, he called him after I gave him the model number and he told me the guy  would be over around 5:30 p.m. (after he got off work). Rick said it would be $40.00 for the belt and $60.00 for the labor (that's fair). I said fine (my back grass is at least eight inches long).

He said to leave my gate open, along with the shed and the key in the mower. That way, the guy could just drive it over to Rick's garage out back where Rick has all his tools and space to work on it and I wouldn't have to drive it over and then walk back. I said, "Sure, sounds good."

He didn't have it over there more than 20 minutes when Rick called and said I better get over there.

Sidebar: Uh, oh...

So, I walked over (Rick suggested driving my truck) and the mechanic pointed out several other problems. One of the blades had come off (and is presumably laying out back somewhere). The other blade must have hit it as it was bent almost 90 degrees. Plus, one of the pulleys was worn out as well as the shaft bearing! And, the bent blade had cut into the deck itself (he said he could weld that and then grind it smooth.

The mechanic suggested I let him take the deck rather than paying his boss for picking the mower up. I agreed. So he and Rick disconnected it (it wasn't easy) and then loaded it in his SUV while I sat in a lawn chair (my legs hurt from cutting the front lawn). I drove the mower back home and locked it in the shed.

I can't wait to see what this is going to cost me...

I had a can of Campbell's chicken noodle soup and a ham sandwich for dinner.

I watched the NCIS shows and then went to bed.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018


It was unusually chilly on Monday, so my oatmeal tasted good.

I had some cantaloupe for lunch and a salad for dinner.

I started reading one of Melissa's books.

I watched the Detroit fireworks.  Fantastic show!!!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Wednesday through Sunday

I took Wednesday through Sunday off. I did talk to my brother Carl, my friend B___ , my daughter Melissa and Amanda on the phone. I just chilled and ate sandwiches.


We picked up a half inch of rain overnight. So, I had to wait to cut the front lawn (Jake's idea and it makes sense).

The only people who called me back about the lawn said they weren't taking on new customers.

I met up with Amanda at Archie's for a late lunch after she got off at work. We both got the fruit plate. She had hers with scrambled eggs. I got a cup of their onion soup.

Back home, I cut the front lawn around 4:00 p.m.

I made yet another sandwich for dinner and then watched my NCIS show.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Monday Moanin'

Monday was as bad or worse, weather-wise, as Sunday. So, again, the front lawn remains uncut.

I ate cold cereal for breakfast.

I made a ham sandwich for lunch. Equally as tasty.

I finally got a call back from Brian (the lawn cutting service). He said he's been unable to hire enough workers this year and couldn't cut the grass!!! Uh, oh... Now the hunt begins.

I didn't feel like another sandwich, so I turned the vent on and baked a pizza for dinner.

I took the trash out to the road when it was almost dark. I figured it would be cooler then - I was wrong. I'll take the recyclables out in the morning.

Due to my late night yesterday, I went to bed early. But, around midnight, I was woken up by a loud clap of thunder. So, I put on my shorts and a t-shirt and went out on the front porch. It was raining hard and the thunder and lightning were impressive. The storm didn't last all that long and when it was over, I went back to bed.

Father's Day

Father's Day was hot and muggy. It was 97 degrees here in Redford (and it isn't even summer yet!) so the lawn didn't get cut again...

Jake called to wish me a happy father's day and we had a nice chat. I miss those two.

I got a text from my son Jeremy and another from my friend Vicky. Both wished me a happy father's day as well.

I did the usual Sunday morning chores and the shaved, showered and got dressed.

I decided I didn't want to cook and heat up the house (the A/C was working overtime as it was), but I knew better than trying to get in at any restaurant today. So, I drove to the little grocery store at Beech and Joy (I should actually learn its name one day) and got some deli ham and turkey, lettuce and a bag of chips.

Sidebar: I should get to Kroger's, but it seemed too far.

Back home, I watered the hanging plants and the mail box garden, this time with Miracle-Gro. Then I got my sweaty ass back in the house.

I had a big turkey sandwich for lunch. I added some chips and a pickle slice to the plate. It was very good.

I should have done something productive (like clean the house). Instead I watched TV.

I cut the cantaloupe I bought last time I was at Kroger (it's been chilling in the fridge ever since) and ate half of it for dinner.

After the 11:00 p.m. news, I was checking the TV guide for something to watch and saw they had an NCIS - Los Angles marathon on. I was going to watch just one, but I got tricked! The episode I watched was "to be continued" so I had to watch the next one. That one was also "to be continued" so I didn't get to sleep until 3:00 a.m.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Steamy Saturday

I was woken up by thunder Saturday morning, but it was sprinkling when I looked outside. It stayed cloudy and occasionally raining until around noon. Which was a problem because I not only wanted to cut the front lawn (at least), but I needed to go to Kroger's.

I made fried eggs with toast for breakfast.

I did a load of laundry and cleaned the toilets while stuck inside.

I made and ate some popcorn for lunch.

I went outside around 2:00 p.m. to water the hanging plants and the mailbox garden. It wasn't that hot yet (we only hit a high of 84 degrees today) but the humidity made it feel oppressive. My legs are still not that great, so I decided to pass on cutting the front lawn (hoping the lawn service calls me back, dammit!)

Now, here's a weird thing. As I think I mentioned, Redford went to issuing us a big black trash bin and a smaller blue recycling bin a while back. You know, the kind the truck picks up rather than garbage guys. These are both very heavy duty.

Since I don't generate that much garbage now that I recycle (I try and do my part), I have taken to putting out the trash every other week. Made sense, because the trash bin could probably hold eight or more kitchen bags, so why go through all the trouble for two or three? So, this coming Tuesday, it will be time to roll it out to the road again.

Sidebar: The recycling bin takes even longer to fill up. It's usually just paper and the occasional glass jar or can.

Anyway, the kitchen trash was full, so I took the bag out back to the bin. When I opened the bin, almost every bag had been shredded open! There was shit everywhere!!! I immediately thought: rats!!! I was not about to stick my hands in there, but I checked all the sides to see if they had chewed through. Nothing!!!

Sidebar: When I thought about it, I doubted it. This is not a cheap $8.00 Home Depot plastic thing. This bin is thick. So, I will check it out after Tuesday's garbage pickup.

My question is, could a racoon (which we have around here) pick up the heavy lid, get inside and then get back outside?

Without the Kroger visit, I was forced to raid the freezer for dinner. I ended up with clam strips and tater tots. Sounds gross, but it tasted pretty good.

I watched a movie , the news and the Saturday Night Live before going to bed.

Saturday, June 16, 2018


Friday, we had a high of 84 degrees. But, with low humidity, it wasn't uncomfortable.

I watered the hanging plants and mailbox garden out front and the raised bed herb garden, the chives and the oregano next to the reflecting pool and the kitchen window box out back. Then I got out the blower and blew all the dried maple seeds off the porch and in front of the garage. I took it out back and blew off the patio.

Those damn cottonwood seeds were floating around and they have been for the last couple of weeks. I have had a runny nose and watery eyes for the last couple of weeks as well. Coincidence? I think not!

So, I dug out the air purifier and plugged  it in next to the TV stand. Hopefully, that will help.

I got a box of hardback books and DVDs, plus a card from Melissa for Father's Day.

I had a salad for lunch, then I took a nice nap.

I ate a sandwich for dinner, then I watched TV until bedtime.

Friday, June 15, 2018


Thursday was a gorgeous day! Went out back to finally cut the grass. Made one pass around the yard when the belt that powers the blades broke!!!

I called the lawn service that I used last year to see if they would come out and cut it once or twice until I can get the mower fixed, but just got voice mail.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Getting over it...

I have been ill for the past several weeks, with my old friends, vomiting, diarrhea and insomnia. Which kept me housebound.

As a result, I missed the second check-up on my left eye surgery, two haircut appointments and a chance to buy Jake a birthday card in time (I did call him, though).

Sidebar: Jake's card really bothered me, because he and Carla sent me a nice Father's Day card.

I got calls, checking up on me, from my brother, Carl, my daughter, Melissa and my friend, Amanda. I also got a lot of texts from my friend, Vicky.

I finally felt good enough on Wednesday to go get my haircut. My barber mentioned she had never seen my hair or beard so long!

I stopped at Kroger's and got more Greek yogurt (I had run out and I think that's what triggered my problems).

Then I drove back home and took a long nap.

I was able to keep the yogurt down that I ate for dinner.

I watched TV until bedtime.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Birthday Shoutout

Happy birthday to my son, Jacob! Love you, man!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sunday, funday?

I have not felt well all week.  I missed two hair cut appointments and one eye doctor appointment. I did talk to my daughter, Melissa, my brother, Carl and my friend, Amanda. I also blew off a Tiger's game with Scott and Michelle Pace.

I was going to work outside this morning, but it was raining.

I  apparently suck as a friend.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Totally bummed tonight.

Aw, shit. I just heard Anthony Bourdaine killed himself at 61 years old. I loved his shows and had two or three of his books. Has the whole world gone mad?

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Okay, so this is weird

The thee fingers of my left hand are like dead and most of my arm is useless. Not quite sure if it's the massive antibiotics I am taking. I have tried to exercise them and massage them. Not even sure who to ask...

Johnny Cash Hurt

I still love this song.

Monday, June 4, 2018


It rained and rained hard most of Sunday morning. So, nothing got done outside.

I had turned the A/C on last week, but it was cold and windy for a change. I ended up turning the furnace back on.

I ate a brat and the last of the sweet corn, during the day.

I shaved, showered and got dressed, but never went outside, except to water the porch plants.

I did some reading, but mostly watched TV until bedtime.

That was my Sunday...

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Wednesday through Saturday

I felt like shit for the rest of the week and spent most of my time in bed, watching TV. I did notice that the hanging plants were drying out.

So, I watered the piss out of them and brought them back to life.

Also, there is a bush out back (whose name I forget) in blossom.

That was the highlight of my week.


I spent a lot of time outside on Tuesday. Unfortunately, my cell phone was still on the charger. Which meant I missed an invitation from Amanda to join her and her mother for lunch.

However, I did roll up to the little grocery store on Joy and Beech and got some celery and green peppers.

Sidebar: Why do they call the drawers in the fridge "crispers"? They either turn stuff into soggy shit or mold.

Anyway, I made a simple macaroni salad. When I had the macaroni cooked, I mixed it with chopped onions, green peppers, mayo and a little mustard. I stuck it in the fridge to chill.

Then I went back outside to plant the raised bed herb garden (along with my old friend, the shy gargoyle), the dead oregano garden (for over five years the oregano lived through the winter. It died though, last year) and the kitchen window box.

Let me see if I can figure out the before and after pictures...

Raised bed herb garden (before)

Raised bed herb garden (after)

Raised bed herb garden (after)
Kitchen window box (before)

Kitchen window (after)

Dead oregano

New oregano
I cleaned up afterwards and went inside for the night. I didn't feel good.