Monday, August 13, 2018


I had another rough night. I got up at 6:30 a.m. and made a cup of coffee. I sipped it watching the morning news. But, I fell asleep again. and woke up at 8:30!

I ate the remaining three muffins for breakfast after heating them one by one in the microwave.

I spent a very frustrating morning trying to get my sound to work on the computer. I checked the connection (thinking the cat might have knocked it loose) and then ran the Microsoft diagnosis three times (and you have to restart every time). If I had the actual discs, I would just reload the drivers, but with this cloud crap, I'm not sure how to do it!

Never got it to work...

Marsh Power Tools called to say the Sawzall was ready. I asked what was wrong with it and she said debris had gotten under the brushes, so all they had to do was clean it out. I asked how much it would cost me and she said $28.00. Sweet! I told her I'd pick it up tomorrow.

I ate another sandwich for lunch.

I re-read the recipe for the salad I was supposed to make on Sunday. There was a foot note I had missed regarding the balsamic vinegar. It said you could use regular balsamic vinegar but it will darken the mozzarella. They suggested using "golden" balsamic vinegar.

So, I put on my pants over my shorts and drove to Westborn (I figured if anyone would have it around here, it would be Westborn) Sure enough, they did! So, I bought it (luckily, it only came in a small bottle).

I was going to do so work outside, but it was just too damn hot. So instead, I walked around the back yard, picking up fallen sticks. I hope to cut the lawn tomorrow and don't want to mess up the mower. I piled them in the fire pit. I took the trash and the recyclables out to the road.

I picked a load of basil for the salad on the way back in.

I laid on the bed for a while to rest my legs. Then I got up to start on the salad.

Now, like most things I make, I cut the recipe in half. But, let's pretend you are making the whole recipe.

I chopped up 1/4 cup of basil (I picked way too much and that went in the trash - now my trash smells great!) and mixed that with 1/4 extra virgin olive oil. I added in one pound of those cherry-sized mozzarella balls. I added salt and pepper to taste, covered the bowl and stuck it in the fridge.

Note: You have to let it marinate for at least 30 minutes.

I went and watched a DIY show.

After an hour, I took it out. I added in one pint of grape tomatoes (you can also use cherry) and 3 tablespoons of the golden balsamic vinegar (as I said, you can also use regular or white balsamic). I tossed it all to combine. I taste-tested it and added a little more salt and pepper.

You are supposed to serve it immediately, so I took a quick picture and ate it. It was delicious!

I cleaned up the minimal mess and noticed it was getting dark. That gave me an idea! As you know, I have not been feeling well for eight months now, so I missed a lot of the Spring and Summer fun stuff. That included bonfires. So, I grabbed the camera, went out back and lit the sticks and pine cones.

It was very nice, peaceful even, until the mosquitoes found me. Unfortunately, I was stuck out there until the fire died down (didn't want to set anything on fire). Finally, it died down enough I felt it was safe to get my itchy ass inside.

I watched TV until bedtime, scratching all the way.

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