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You have to love Johnny Carson, I would stay up and watch his show and feel like crap the next day from little sleep. Present day late night talk shows are a joke , waste of time, liberal crap
 

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Matt, the axe throwing looks cool. Wish I could do it but I'd probably do the equivalent of rolling a 1 in D&D and drop it on my foot somehow. Not throwing anything with my injured rotator cuff though. Doctor said it should heal in 8 weeks, but to do exercises for it.

I've always loved that Carson clip.

Went to the doctor for checkup. Everything was good but my sugars. He's prescribed Metformin for insulin resistance (which runs in my family) to see if that helps. He also recommended Almond milk instead of regular milk (total fail on that one-- it has a nasty aftertaste) and rutabaga instead of potatoes in beef stew (gold star on that one because it tastes better than potatoes).

Visited my friend after doctor's appointment and tried to help him locate his sewer line. Someone came by with a dowsing rod and found two potential areas. We think the one on the left is more likely the area. Guy marked the spots and watched us digging for a few minutes. Then he found some piece of metal to try to poke in the ground-- recommended we get one of those rods with a handle to poke around. So, off to the hardware store we went. Poked around 4ft deep- no dice. Poked inside the 3' deep holes- still nothing. We poked about 2" apart over several feet. Tried to poke in the ditch but got eaten up by fire ants. None of our local plumbers have those $1k+ detectors where they run something down the sewer line and then use a receiver to pick up where it is. Thought about using a metal detector and running an auger through as far as it would go but I don't think the metal detectors will detect more than 4' deep and we're not sure if the one my friend has even works.

Went to walmart for groceries & I was hoping pharmacy would be open but they closed early. Dropped my brother off with our friend and went home to cook for Mom. Derped and forgot to put the potatoes in the microwave. I was happily cooking away and went to get potatoes out when microwave beeped and realized the potatoes were sitting next to the microwave instead of in it. Durrr. Popped them in and waited. Decided to add some eggs this time. Mom couldn't decide if she likes it better with or without eggs (it was hamburger meat with velveeta mixed in with mashed potatoes and butter).

While I was home, my brother was cooking beef stew with carrots, mushrooms, and rutabaga. I brought over a little of the leftovers from what I made, and brought an empty container for some of the stew to bring home. The rutabagas are delicious. Stew was great. I ate too much. LOL. Friends liked the food I cooked but were full from the stew.

Came back home and was relaxing when there was a catastrophe. My procrastination came back to bite me. The tank for my toilet that needs to be installed has been sitting in a box on top of my armoire since 2008. I recently had the urge to move it, but because of my injured rotator cuff, I couldn't reach up high enough. Anyway, two of my brother's cats decided to have a knock-down drag out fight and they knocked the tank down. Box tore, it flew out and broke. Lid seems ok but tank is busted all the way through right where the trip lever goes. Hope the trip lever isn't damaged. Now I have to spend another $90 on a new tank. Ugh. I'm seriously thinking of making my brother pay for it since it was his cats. They likely wouldn't be fighting so much if they were neutered.

I was planning to install the toilet next week (which is when I was hoping my friend would have time to help me finish fixing up the waterlines). Some time this week or weekend I need to finish putting the floor leveling in. I procrastinated too long on it. I'm thinking of getting some sort of additive again though because the top layer we did last time has cracked a little and isn't as sturdy as the stuff with the additive. I'm seriously considering just getting the self-leveling stuff and finding out the ratio to mix it in small batches and pouring it over. I'll need to level my closet flange first though. Checked it with a level and it slopes down to the right.

Earlier this week I did some major cleaning. It was significant enough that my mother actually thanked me and said I did a lot of work (she usually finds something I missed and complains that it wasn't good enough so I was asking "Who are you and what have you done with my mother?"). My brother was supposed to do that cleaning but I was tired of tripping over stuff.

Btw, anyone have inexpensive suggestions for finding a sewer line? We think it's clay. Seriously tempted to get an earth auger but not sure if we could justify the expense-- but it would help with putting in gate posts....
 

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Last week I ordered a new toilet tank to replace one that broke. I arranged for in-store pickup from HomeDepot. It was busy in the store & there was a very rude customer shoving people out of the way & yelling at the clerk. I told her to calm down & explained it wasn't the clerk's fault that the shipping people messed up her order. I waited until I got home and waited a couple days to unload the tank. It was in a large box so we opened the larger pristine looking box and my brother went to take the smaller box with the tank out of the bigger box by grabbing the cutouts for handles. Immediately he said "It's broken! and I need a bandaid". It cut his finger. We were both going to get our Covid vaccines but decided to take it back to HomeDepot. So we took it back & I told them not only was it broken, but it cut my brother's finger. They apologized and issued a refund, but told me I'd have to order another one myself (I figured they would re-order).
Tonight I called HomeDepot's # to ask if they could package it better. Clerk said they weren't able to give such instructions but was horrified that the broken tank caused injury (probably worried we would sue). She said that the protocol should have been that they would re-order and issue a discount. So she re-ordered it for me and gave a discount. Should arrive April 1. I might pick it up April 2 since April 1 is an unlucky day in my circle of friends (although, it is my sister's birthday). It's the day my best friend had his wreck and also the day his house burned. He said it was also the day he fell off a tower at work.
Vaccine shot was completely painless. Only side effects were feeling tired & arm feeling bruised. My arm was already injured from me pulling something-- injured my rotator cuff & deltoid so I told the nurse to give me the shot in the arm that was already sore.
I think I forgot to take my meds yesterday so I just took them and need to get something to eat. My brother made beef stew with rutabaga, mushrooms, and carrots.
 

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Sounds like an English or Nigerian stew recipe, loaded with good stuff for health. Friday is Good Friday, and at our house all Fridays are "Happy Fridays" according to the dogs, so maybe the next arrival will be better.
 

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Alas, the stew is all gone, but we have some brussels sprouts with bacon that I'm about to eat. I slept all day. Not sure why I was so tired, but I was. My friend didn't leave his house yesterday. He told everyone to consider him dead to the world & not to ask him for anything because he wasn't leaving the house.
He also said there was no one to watch "fatman" (the baby) if he went somewhere so he couldn't leave.
 
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