Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Another weekend over and it's back to work. And just in time for a weather warm-up of course. Most of the weekend was cold, windy and cloudy. Yesterday the sun came out, the wind died down and in the low 50's I was able to go outside and do some more yard work. And now that I'm going back to work, today is suppose to hit 70! and 80 by Friday! And of course, by the time my weekend rolls around again, it's suppose to drop back into the low 60's. Oh well.
Monday ended up as a lazy day. With crappy weather I was in no mood to do anything so I played on the puter all day. Craig did his usual bookwork and laundry, and for dinner made a tasty Tortilla Lasagna. It was very good and he made enough for leftovers, so that well be dinner tomorrow night.
Yesterday, with better weather, I did some more yard work, put out the deck furniture, and helped Craig change his PT Cruiser's winter tires to his summer tires.
We also picked up a balloon bouquet for our stylist Pat who is retiring Friday and dropped them off with a coupe of one time use cameras for the staff to take pics all week of her, them, customers, etc. for a final memento of her time with us. Friday I'll pic up and take in a cake we ordered and present her with gift cards we bought from a staff collection.
And for dinner it was Panko Chicken with fried cabbage and fried potatoes, yummy.
And... our first daffodil opened yesterday. In a couple of weeks, the yard will be bursting in bloom. Spring is nearly here!
Oh, and one more note, Mom has started her therapy on her newly healed fractured foot, and can take short walks. She's hoping to be well enough to go out to lunch with me when I go up for Easter. We'll see.
Now it's to the shower, and off to work!
Monday, March 29, 2010
And we finished the evening with another episode of Spartacus. It was a good day.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
I've just returned from cleaning the salon. You can tell spring is in the air. It smells so fresh out. And the birds are singing. I'm so excited! Now if it would just warm up! It's only 33 out right now and the high today is only going to be 50 with rain. Patience Wayne.
And as I said yesterday, here's the pic of the new pizza Craig made.
It's called a Chicken Cordon Bleu Pizza and was it ever tasty! For the recipe and more pics check out Cooking with Craig.
Of course, this is no substitute for 'real' pizza, but it was a tasty dish all on it's own.
Now it's time to take my shower and wake up lazy bones. We've got some grocery shopping to do, and our Michigan State Spartans are playing at 2:20 this afternoon.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
I know, an unusual afternoon post. That's because I got out of work very early today, and with it being to cold out, decided to get productive inside. So, I scrubbed the bathroom, and cleaned out Craig's puter. If you remember, I clean the inside of my puter once a year, usually sometime in February. And I did do mine, but for one reason or another never got around to Craig's. So today I did.
Here's the inside of his 'tower'. He has a mini tower. Isn't it cute? Well, underneath that large fan is a mass of fins.
Can you see the dust clogged fins behind the dusty fan blades?
And now, nice and clean. Quite the difference right? And now better air flow to keep the puter from over heating. So that's why it's important to open up the case once a year, and with canned air, blow all the dust out. Just make sure you hold the fan so it doesn't spin furiously and possible damage it. And that's your tech tip for today.
And last night we watched our Spartans win an exciting game against Northern Iowa to advance to the Elite Eight! Tonight we'll watch some of the other games and tomorrow we'll watch our Michigan state play Tennessee for a chance to go to the Final Four.
And Craig's making a new dish tonight, Chicken Cordon Bleu pizza. Doesn't that sound interesting? If it turns out, you'll see pics here tomorrow.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Work is fairly slow this week, but seems busier with the added staff, whom are fitting in very well. Between customers, we've been putting together details for an up coming stylists retirement. It looks like balloons, flowers, gift cards, a disposable camera to capture the day, and cake will be the plan. Her last day is next Friday. I wanted to get her a male stripper, hehe, but was over ruled.
It's cold out this morning, only 22, and the weather has returned to normal temps for this time of year.
But daffodils are beginning to bloom along with crocus, and dwarf dutch iris. Spring is slowing arriving in the north. And it's just a few weeks before our first mo-ho trip of the season.
I've got a long day at work today, with a mid day trip to the Alzheimer facility.
So, an uneventful week.
That's it for now.
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
What a difference a day makes.
Yesterday turned out to be a good day to work in the yard. Low 50's sunny, little wind. Scooped out more debris from the pond, trimmed back some more summer flowering shrubs, and cut some lower branches off the trees on the edge of my shade garden. Very few 'shade' loving plants like heavy shade. Most like some sun and this will allow morning sun.
I also had my annual physical and passed with flying colors. Although my Cholesterol was 208, that's the lowest since I started getting it checked. And even better yet, my HDL or 'good' cholesterol is suppose to be above 39, mine was 77, and the LDL or 'bad' cholesterol they want under 130, mine was 114. My Triglycerides are suppose to be under 150, and mine were a measly 83. And finally, my cholesterol/HDL ratio they want between 0.0-5.1, and I'm smack dab in the middle at 2.7. And of course, like I told you when Craig had his physical, we've done nothing to help improve our results. Last year we walked the mall, the big box stores, walked our buts off to try and get enough exercise which is suppose to lower your cholesterol. This year we haven't done zip! And we both had better results. Go figure.
And Craig's car needs a new switchy handle thingy which wasn't near as costly as he thought. So Monday's crappy 3's turned into Tuesday's Yaa's. What a difference a day makes!
So now I need to get ready for another work week. Later!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
That's right. 3 crappy C's. It's crappy cold, crappy cd rates, and Craig's crappy car. Read on....
It's another cold morning, with a high projected in the mid 50's. Didn't do a thing outside yesterday despite a near 50 day. It was very windy with the wind from the north, so it felt bitter cold. Instead, I took the front of the dishwasher apart. When you open the door, it feels like it wants to slam to the ground. It feels very heavy. So I assumed a spring helping the door close was broken. After some disassembly I discovered I was right. There's a spring on both sides of the bottom of the door. One is broke. So today I'll take it out and find a replacement, and I'll get 2 and replace the other one also.
We also moved a CD we had maturing. I swear I don't think the rates are ever going to stop going down. They were lower yesterday than just a few weeks earlier. We did find a money market acct. paying 1.55%. that was better than most banks 1 year rates so we'll let it sit there until hopefully some time soon, the rates start edging back toward some decent returns.
And then there's Craig's PT Cruiser. As we were coming out of the first bank, Craig noticed the fog lights were on. So he got in the car and fiddled with the switch and they went off. So on the way to the next bank, when ever he used his turn signal, the fog lights would come on but wouldn't go back off. Then when we got to the second bank, he shut off the car, and they came on again! Now his turn signal, lights, fog lights are all on the same lever, so apparently there's something loose inside of it. So this morning we take it in to have it checked out. You just know this is going to cost now don't you? Oh well, it's always something.
So that was was our day, and for dinner Craig cut up a sirloin steak and added it to a Beef Stroganoff Hamburger Helper. It was a tasty change from ground beef.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Well, despite watching basketball through out the afternoon, I still managed to clean the kitchen and vacuum. And speaking of basketball, Our Michigan State Spartans squeaked out a thriller of a win! If you didn't see it and want to see the thrilling end, check it out here.
But it looks like our big star Kalin Lucas will be out for the rest of the tournament. But with Coach Tom Izzo running the show, they still have a chance to go farther in this tournament.
And after watching basketball all afternoon, we had a delicious corned beef dinner with a baked potato and ginger honey carrots, and watched another episode of Spartacus. This is one good show!
Today, with the weather due to warm back up a bit, I hope to work in the yard. We'll see.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
I've just returned from cleaning the salon. The weather has done a 180. This is what we awoke to yesterday morning.
After nearly 2 weeks of spring like weather....BAM! In your face! But that's March in Michigan. Actually, we've had mostly warmer than normal weather for March so far. And next week is forecast for a return to the high 40s to low 50's. Spring is on it's way.
The other project I did on that beautiful Friday afternoon was re-putting down our fake deck.
I have no idea what this plant is. Maybe one of my gardening readers can help me out here. I've had this for a number of years and can't remember what it is. It's never flowered but this year there are numerous large strange pods getting ready to open. I can't wait to see what they look like!
And last, my Hellebore is budding up. So spring is slowly arriving.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
We had one more beautiful day yesterday, and since I got out of work early, I came home and made the most of it.
First I cleaned out the pond. That means scooping out all the leaves and debris that blew into it during the fall and winter. I also scooped out about 6 dead frogs. Since the pond has a liner and is only 18 inches deep, the stupid frogs have no mud to bury themselves in and so freeze to death. The first year I put the pond in I scooped out over 50! Took buckets of dead frogs and dumped them in the creek. It was gross! I was ready to fill in the pond. But then, a Great Blue Heron found our pond and has since visited it regularly every year to keep down the frog population. Now I have just a few every year. I also cut down more grasses and perennials from last year, and cleaned up the path on the side of the yard near the creek and cut back ground cover and evergreens.
Top, before, bottom, after.
This path snakes along the side of the property, between my landscaped backyard, and the creek that runs along our lot line. Since our property is in an industrial area, even though the property on the other side of the creek is vacant, we may, at some point have a neighbor with a business that is unappealing to look at. So many years ago, we planted an evergreen screen along the side of the yard. This path is between that and the creek. It would have been nice to incorporate the creek in my landscaping, but only owning the property on one side made that not feasible.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Works been a little slow this week, and I'm getting out early today, so maybe I can get some more work done in the yard.
I also booked another camping trip. That's #9 with 3 more to book.
And tonight we'll watch our Michigan State Spartans as they, hopefully, start their deep run in the NCAA's. Quite a few higher seeds fell yesterday, and State's a risky #5 seed this year. The team just didn't seem to mesh together this season. Hopefully they'll get focused for the tournament.
Well, that's about all I know for now, so have a great weekend!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Yesterday was a very productive day! It was beautiful outside! Upper 50's, sunny and no wind. It was so good to be out in it. So, I started on my spring clean-up. First thing I do in the spring, is clean up all the sand and gravel that's thrown on the grass by the road from the plows and my snow blowing. As you can see in the first pic, almost no grass to see.
After I completed that, I trimmed the Little Princess Spirea bushes. (yes, that really is the name of the variety) Bushes that bloom in the summer should be trimmed in the early spring before any growth starts. They were getting too tall and wide for the area they are in. And Spirea's are easy to trim.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sorry I've been absent, but not much to tell you.
Work ended on a very busy note.
I was able to do my customer at the Alzheimer facility. I think they have a system figured out now.
The snow is completely gone and our pond is thawed.
If it ever quits raining, (5 days of off and on rain and drizzle) I'm anxious to get out and start doing spring clean-up.
Oh, and Craig and I, bored with the long winter, and way to wet to do anything outside, we decided to go to the new Fire Keepers Casino. It's near Battle Creek, about a 45 min. drive from Lansing. We'd been there one time before, back in the fall when we camped at Ft Custer State Park, which is on the other side of Battle Creek and didn't care for it too much. Well, we were lucky for a change, and came home with a nice amount of their money. And we ended up being there nearly 5 hours! We even had lunch there. I had a delicious Walleye sandwich and Craig had a quesadilla.
Today I leave Craig alone. We finally got our business returns from our accountant, and he's working on our personal tax returns today. So that means not saying anything unless he speaks first. ;-)
Well, I guess I had a little bit to say.
But that's all for now!
Friday, March 12, 2010
My new phone is on the right. It's even smaller than my old one. I like the fact that I don't have to open it up to see who's calling. There's a screen on the front that shows the number. My old one I had to open to see the # and then push the send button if I wanted to talk. This one I open to talk. Of course, it'll take 24 to 72 hours for the transfer to be completed and I can't use the phone until then. You'd think in this computer age, everything should be instantaneous. I don't understand why it'll take so long. But it's worth the inconvenience for such inexpensive good service.
Well, have a good weekend!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Sorry I missed my usual Wednesday morning post. I got distracted. Tuesday, I let Craig sleep in and went and did some grocery shopping. We're starting to buy supplies to restock the mo-ho for this seasons trips. After I returned and woke up lazybones, I made us lattes, and we were out the door. With the first real break in the weather, (it's been near 50 the last couple of days) we decide it was a good time to get back into walking. The first park we went to we discovered they weren't plowing the paths, (yes, still quite a bit of snow on the ground) so we went to another which was plowed. Just getting into our walk, there was a puddle on the asphalt path from melting snow, so I went ahead and to the side, and Craig followed. But he didn't clear the puddle completely, and quickly discovered it wasn't water after all, but black ice! And down he went before I even knew it. Spilled his coffee as he slammed to the ground. He landed on his left hand. He got up, and appeared to be okay except for some soreness in his hand. Needless to say, he was done walking. We went back to the car and finished our errands. When we arrived back home, he started to ice his hand. He could move all his fingers, but they were very sore. I decide to be productive and cleaned the kitchen. He iced his hand for 20 minutes about every 2 hours and it seemed to be better. Wednesday morning, while I was on the puter, Craig got up much earlier than usual. He came in and showed me his hand. It was very swollen. he couldn't even bend his fingers to touch his thumb. He was worried he wouldn't be able to work. I quickly googled his condition and decided a warm salt bath for his hand was in order. That was suppose to bring down the swelling. He sat for 30 minutes soaking his hand while I showered and readied for work. After soaking, he was able to bend the fingers a little bit. I said take your shower and come to work and soak them more before he starts. He notified his first client that he could do her color, but may not be able to hold a brush to dry her hair. He gave her the option of rescheduling, or drying it herself. She really wanted the color and would be fine drying it herself. After he got to work and soaked it some more, his fingers got more flexible. He soaked again while her color was on, and by the time it came to finish her, they were moving enough for him to finish her up. The hand continued to improve during the day, and he was able to do everyone. I'll be interested to see how it looks this morning when he gets up. It was still quite swollen, but flexible. I'm thinking it'll stiffen up during the night.
It looks to stay slightly above normal for the rest of the week with rain in the forecast, so hopefully by this time next week, all the snow will be gone. At least, for the time being. I'm really jealous that all my southern readers are in full spring.
In other news, our current gas bill came, and for the month of February, we used 6.7 mcf compared to last years 11.2 mcf. This trend has gone on for 3 months now. Well over a 30% decline in gas usage! Now last winter was extra cold, but even compared to 2 years ago, we're down nearly 25%. The new furnace and extra caulking appears to be paying off!
And I'm going in early today so I can stop by Sparrow labs to have blood drawn. It's time for my annual physical in a couple of weeks.
That's all I got for now!
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
We are getting a tiny taste of spring. Our daytime temps have been near 50. We still have quite a bit of snow on the ground since it was so deep and the nights have been in the 20's. But the milder days are giving us hope.
I spent a lot of yesterday online. Don't you just love having the Internet?
First, I was checking bank interest rates in the area. We have a CD maturing next week. It looks like we'll put it in money market account. Cd rates are miserable. From a low 3.5% for a 5 year, to a measly 1.75% for a 1 year. I can get 2% in a money market so I'll set it there until (if ever) rates start to rise. I feel for people who are trying to live on their CD's interest.
Then I placed an online order for Salon supplies.
Next, we were looking for things to do on our first trip, which will be down near Detroit. We decided if the weather isn't accommodating for outside biking/hiking, we'll do the Ikea store in Canton, about 15 minutes south of the campground. Craig also wants to go to the Camping World store which is about 10 miles south of Ikea. And as our first trip tradition, we'll eat KFC for dinner the first night so I had to plot that on the map also. I would have preferred Popeye's, but there isn't one nearby.
So hopefully in the next few weeks, once the snow is finally gone, we can back the mo-ho out of it's winter parking spot, and start getting it ready for the season. Can't wait! About 6 weeks till our first trip!
I've also been busy downloading and installing new games on my laptop, so I'll have something to do in the morning on our trips, since lazy bones likes to sleep in.
And for dinner, Craig made a delicious stuffed meat loaf!
This was all that was left. He stuffed it with shredded Cheddar cheese and spinach. For the rest of the pics and recipe, it's here.
And we watched the movie 2012. Don't bother, it's really a lame film. Barely watchable.
And that's all I got for now!
Sunday, March 07, 2010
Why it was rusting, I haven't a clue. Except they just don't make things the way they use to. And of course, it took longer than expected. the little bolts that hold the door arms had star indents, so a regular phillips or straight screwdriver wouldn't work. I had to run home and get my drill set to get one that fitted. Why can't they make a standard for everything instead of needing hundreds of different tools? But anyway, when I went to leave for work, I couldn't get my cell phone to turn on. So I figured it was a weak battery, and plugged it in and took Craig's. Well, 3 hours later and still no power. So it's a bad battery or a dead phone. I went online to find a new battery, and I can get a new phone cheaper. Go figure. So I ordered a new one for $14.95. And when it arrives, I'll transfer my phone number and minutes. And that phone isn't even 1 year old! It is probably still under warranty, but with the time to send it in and wait for it to come back, it's worth it to just buy a new one.
Then we booked another camping trip. You can only book state parks 6 months in advance. I was 4 days late and there were only 9 spots left in the campground, but we got a pretty good one.
So that was my busy morning. And the rest of the day, I'm not doing much. Except catching up on my blogs, and playing games.
Friday, March 05, 2010
It's been a so-so week work wise. Not overly busy, but no drama either. The only interesting thing that has happened was last evening. Craig and I were home from work for about an hour, when we received a call from one of the new stylists. She had just left the Salon and locked up, and when she was leaving in her car, noticed that the now empty coffee shop 2 doors from us had the door wide open. Being late (around 9pm) and dark, she didn't want to venture in, so went home and called me. I knew that earlier in the day, there had been workers roaming around the mall doing something, so I expected that someone forgot to lock the door when they were done. But it shouldn't have been left open. Since the landlord lives in Detroit, (about a 2 hour drive from Lansing) I didn't want to bother him with something not very important. I mean the space is empty. Nothing for anyone one to take, and the only business in the entire mall open that late was a restaurant/bar at the other end of our wing. So most likely, no one would even have seen the door open. So Craig and I decided to drive back in and check it out. When we arrived, sure enough, the door was wide open. Upon further inspection, found that the door had no closer rod on it meaning there was nothing to shut the door automatically after you open it. So I closed it and could tell it might just open back up on it's own, so I looked around and found a rock to prop up against it. With that done, we went back home. I'll call the landlord this morning so he can get someone out to lock it back up.
And for dinner the last 2 evenings, we had left over turkey tetrazzini. I think it was almost better the 2nd and 3rd time!
And that's all I got for now.
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
The rest of the day was spent pretty much on the puter catching up on blogs, surfing, and playing games.
The weather forecast for the upcoming weekend is calling for 40's! Maybe spring is on it's way!
For dinner we had bacon burgers. Lean turkey burgers with lean turkey bacon. Really quite good! And with home made oven fries.
So a short post today, since life here is pretty boring right now. But sometimes, boring is good!
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
The temps have been a little more moderate this week. Highs in the low 30's. Still around a foot of snow on the ground.
I did manage to get some work done yesterday. I scrubbed down the kitchen.
I also called and spoke to my Mom. She seems in good spirits. Has a few more weeks of healing before they can start working on her walking again. In the meantime she's getting therapy to keep the joints moving so it'll be an easier transition.
And then I spent the rest of the day playing a new game I downloaded, Traffic Giant. Another city building game where you build bus and train routes to satisfy the city population. I can play these games for hours!
Also, while we were watching TV Sunday evening, we started hearing a series of beeps. 3 beeps every 10 seconds or so. Finally tracked it down to our security keypad. The trouble light was on. I don't even know what the trouble light is for! So Craig called the alarm company, but only got the monitoring person who said all our systems checked good and we'd have to call Monday morning and speak to a service tech. So this morning Craig called and they ran a check on our system, and it said we have a weak battery. So it's good we don't need a service call. They recommended a place to go and get a new one. Batteries Plus.
It's a NP7-12 and of course you need to go to a special battery store to get it. But I checked online, and with shipping, it'll be nearly the same price. So today we'll go pick one up and replace it. And for dinner yesterday, Craig made a delicious stew!
I should have taken a pic before he added the biscuits, but I didn't. He uses refrigerated dinner rolls instead of making dumplings. The main difference is after the stew is done cooking on the stove, you add the rolls and put in in the oven so they'll brown. And did I say they it was delicious?
And that's all I got for this morning!
Monday, March 01, 2010
Another fairly lazy Sunday. I did manage to clean out some kitchen drawers, but not much else. Played games on the puter, and we did finish puzzle #7. This one was fairly easy and fun to do. Just 2 more puzzles, and it'll be spring! (we hope)
Also booked a couple of more camping trips. Cedar Point in August, (love the coasters!) and back to Holly State Park for the Michigan Renaissance Festival.
And Craig made a new dish, Turkey Tetrazzini casserole. He gave me the honor of putting it in the oven just so I couldn't take a pic of him.
I must admit, the guy knows how to cook! It was yummy! And plenty of leftover for the work week. And for the recipe, it's right here!