Tuesday, April 13, 2021


Available through https://www.irs.gov/refunds or a mobile app at the links below, you can check on the status of your income tax refund using IRS2Go.  All you need in your Social Security Number, your filing status, and the exact amount of the refund you're claiming.  



Tuesday, April 6, 2021


I've pronated (ankles collapse inward) my entire life and it's a major cause of wearing out my shoes, particularly sneakers.  I noticed my new pair was starting to show the same signs, so my wife gave me some moleskin, I cut out a couple of small strips and adhered them as shown below.  The moleskin is thin enough not to bother my feet (and I have very sensitive feet), so it's unnoticeable.  Time will tell if the moleskin also starts to wear out, but even if it does, it will be simple to remove it and repeat the process.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Cutting Ceiling Tiles

I watched a few YouTube videos on measuring and cutting ceiling tiles to fit, both along an edge and recreate the notch that sits in the track.  The video at the link below was the easiest and most useful, although this guy makes the cutting look like a walk in the park.  It's also brief, clocking in at under two minutes.


Friday, April 2, 2021

Ahi Tuna Tacos

The Ahi Tuna taco shown below is from our second visit to Nokomo's Sunset Hut in Nokomis, Florida.  On the first trip, we had their Grouper tacos which were the best we've ever eaten, apparently so good that I forgot to take a picture of them.  Assuming we can find a place nearby to spend a month or two next winter, Nokomo's will be our go-to restaurant.


Wednesday, March 31, 2021


Stores used to be filled with shoelaces of all types, but the last two times I went searching the selection at Walmart and Meijer was extremely limited.  But I found what I was looking for at the New Balance store at Roderer shoe center on Stroop, in this instance, a replacement for the strings in my golf shoes.


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Whacking Grasses

I remember seeing someone last year use their string trimmer to cut back their bushes and thought I would give it a try this spring on cutting back the grasses that hide our gas regulator.  I usually use the hedge trimmer to cut the top half of the grasses then get down on my hands and knees with a pair of pruning shears to cut the bottom half a few inches above the ground.  I am happy to report that the string trimmer method, while not a walk in the park, is a fraction of the work.  After I raked up the mess I made, I finished the job, as usual, with the lawnmower, leaving an inch or less of last year's grasses in the way of this year's crop, which is 4-5 weeks will once again be taller than the meter.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Vinyl Flooring

Our basement remodel includes the removal of OMG shag carpeting and the installation of the Great Lakes floating vinyl flooring shown below.  We haven't had any water issues so far, but this is waterproof, perfect for a basement.  Installation is easy, as long as you keep the boards perfectly aligned.  Slide and drop in place, then a few light taps with a rubber mallet is all it takes.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Egg And Salad Sandwich

I've been jonesing for an egg salad sandwich and as fate would have it, we had both hard-boiled eggs and leftover Dorothy Lane Market 7-layer salad, so instead of having an egg salad sandwich, I concocted an Egg and Salad Sandwich instead, satisfying my craving and helping reduce the number of plasticware containers in the refrigerator.  

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Shoe Laces

I remember a time when stores were filled with shoelaces of all styles, colors, and lengths.  But in the last several years what is pictured below (Walmart in this case) is what I find, a partial rack with an extremely limited selection and, of course, never having what I need.  Are people all wearing flip-flops, sandals, or going barefoot?  What gives?

Friday, March 19, 2021

Pistachio Crusted Chicken

Our hostess and dear friend Grace prepared us her twist on baked chicken, adding some of her personal choices to make it even better.  She bumped up the pistachios from a cup to a 16-ounce bag, used Ritz crackers instead of bread crumbs, and added two-thirds of a cup of orange juice.  Add a baked potato (seen below before loading it up) and we were treated to a culinary masterpiece.

Nuts, they're not just for snacking!  Who knew?