Books, Dogs, dreams, Life, Writing

To Sum Up….

Mom’s surgery went well.  Only problem we had was the fact that they were running behind.  Her appointment was for 1:45pm (which also meant no food or water after midnight the night before as well as not taking her meds) but she didn’t go in until almost 3pm.  So nothing to eat or drink until 4:30pm when we finally got to her place.  I stayed for a little bit to chat and eat then headed home.  Took me over an hour to get home!  So my poor pups who normally would’ve eaten at 4pm didn’t eat until almost 7pm last night.  Mom and I were both wiped out by the time we were done.  BUT I still managed to write most of my review for the Master Class (30 more words to go) and had a two hour FaceTime session with Dad.  Go me!

Mom gave me an interesting book about Jazz in Detroit from 1920-1960.  I thumbed through it while we were at the doctor’s.  It gonna be hard to ignore that one.  But I am going to have to with classes all next week and my review book came in the mail yesterday (I feel so real…. the book was sent from the actual publisher (Penguin)) so I started that last night as well.  That will be a fairly easy read as it is a short story collection.  I polished off two stories last night.  The collection deals with the apocalypse which is not really my cup of tea but the stories are well written and enjoyable.

I also got one chapter of my SCUBA class read.  I need to get online after I do this to look through that.  I keep intending to but I forget.  It’s gonna bite me in the butt if I don’t do it soon.  Then I will read another chapter in the class book.  I figured if I read one chapter a day I would be ok for Monday.

I am slowly building up my Twitter account.  I am really not sure about all the hashtags and such (or pound signs if you prefer) but I share this every day on there and I try to check it everyday.  I’m not too keen on it but if it helps get me more writing gigs then I need to do it.  Any help you guys can give is welcome!  I am assuming that the whole hashtag thing is so when people search for a subject when you use the hashtag before a word or a group of words your tweet will show up in their search?  I’ve not delved into this yet.  But I’d better get moving.  There is a lot to do before I go get Mom for her follow up appointment.  Cheers!


Dogs, dreams, Life, Writing

Feeling Fulfilled but Exhausted

I have gotten so much accomplished the last few days!  And so much more to go!  I’m not sure how long next week’s posts will be.  I will do my best to take pictures of the whole learning to dive experience.  I have also said I would do a blog post about a writing master class.  I have a week to do it but I am going to try to get it done over the weekend.  I don’t think that I can fit it in at all next week.

I still need to make puppy treats before I leave to take Mom to her eye surgery.  This time both her appointments are in the afternoon.  So I can sleep in a bit and still have part of my day once we are done.  The sky is overcast but that is ok.  I pretty much was outside all day at work.  It was beautiful out!

Despite getting a full nights sleep I am still tired.  I got up around 7:30am.  My eyes were still tired but I knew I wouldn’t fall back asleep.  Besides poor baby Essie needed out badly.  She kept coming back to make sure I was really getting up and once I was out of the bedroom she beelined for the door.

I checked the tree transplants when I got home yesterday and everyone is still alive.  They are still stressed but they are trying.  I hope they all do well.

I want to thank you all for following me on my journey.  Knowing that you folks care to read what I have to write as well as to find out what is going on for me and mine means a lot.  Cheers!


Dogs, dreams, Learning, Life, Thinking, Writing

Diving into Summer

Ohhhhh next week is gonna be a doozie!  I found out that my class is NOT 8-5 as I was originally told but 5-10pm.  That will free my mornings so I called up my manager and explained things to her and I will be working my usual shifts next week.  YAY!  I will have a paycheck!  The downside of all this is me getting home around 11pm every night and having to be up at 7am the next morning as well as find time to study (there are online chapters I will need to read).  I will also have to sacrifice one of my meetings for the paper.  I’m not keen on that but I can’t be in class and cover a 7pm meeting.  I sent an email yesterday as soon as I realized.  Sooooo…. I make no promises as to the content or quality of my blogs next week.  Some of them might just be photos I’ve taken.  Especially if I need to cram my reading in before work.

I am pleased yet completely wiped out with everything I have accomplished over the last few days.  A lot of it was over the phone but I still did things.  I am not happy adulting sometimes.  But I do it.  I worry about the kids next week.  I don’t think they are going to be too happy with me only being home for two hours before I leave again for another six.  I keep telling myself that this will only happen for three days.  I also need to fit their training in each day before I go.  Good grief.  What have I gotten myself into?

Sorry this is so short.  I had to get my article written and sent in for the paper this morning.  My interview fell through with the author.  Hopefully we can contact another one.  Meanwhile I am getting a book to review.  I am very excited about that.  Please let the book arrive after next week….  Anyway thanks for reading!  I hope you have a great day!

Dogs, Gardening, Life

Sooooo Close!

I was soooo close to a good nights sleep!  So close!  We started getting rain around 5 or 6pm last night.  No biggie.  I went to bed a little early because I was pooped.  I even took a sleeping pill to ensure I would go off to slumberland.  All went according to plan.  Then around 2am BAM! out goes the power and I am beneath two scared Pittys.  Dammit.  Still no idea what happened.  Stella pretty much slept in the living room all night with no issues.  Moose and Essie it took some doing to calm down.  It did not help when the power came back on only to go off a few seconds later.  I have no idea how long the power was out for.  I just made a note of what time it went off so I could try to gauge how many hours I had to get sleep before my alarm went off.  (I understand that I could’ve indeed figured out the actual time from this but my sleep deprived brain figured only how many hours I had to sleep and that is as far as it got.)

Work will be pretty much dead.  I don’t think they remembered that I will be working today.  There was nothing scheduled for me today and the top of the page said “Lot Closed” so unless I have vehicles to clean it will be pretty uneventful.  That is not necessarily a bad thing.  I need to remember that I have a meeting tonight.  Which means I will either type in my article tonight or have to get up early in the morning to send it in.  It will depend on how I feel.  I also need to touchbase to find out times for SCUBA class as well as Mom’s medical stuff (she still hadn’t been told as of yesterday which makes absolutely no sense to me).

I got a lot of yard work done even before Chris got up yesterday.  I got the lilac tree moved as well as the two baby maples that were growing up in the enterance to getting beneath the house.  Lilacs are blooming like crazy.  I hope everyone survives their transplants!  Nuts.  I just looked at my phone to check the time.  I gotta get moving!  Have a great day!


Holiday, Life, Thinking

Remembering the Living as Well as the Dead

Well.  Here it is a bit before 7am.  6:40am to be exact.  Not much sleep.  Maybe two hours.  Chris came to bed as dawn was breaking.  Then Stella got up and headed for the door.  I guess she’s not feeling well.  I let her out and waited.  I looked at the clock and it was just turning to 6am.  I knew that by the time I was able to get myself to sleep again I would have to get up.  So I settled on getting up.  All three kids are back to sleep.  I might curl up when this is done.

Today is Memorial Day here in the States.  A day we take to remember and thank our military personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives so that we can continue to lead our lives in relative peace.  There will be parades and barbeques and sadly fireworks and gun fire.  The last two things are meant respectfully but anymore I don’t see the place for them.   There are more and more soldiers coming back with PTSD and I’m pretty sure fireworks and gun fire don’t help their situation.  I feel the same way with the 4th of July festivities.  We have a cannon in the park that gets fired every year.  They were testing it yesterday, much to Stella’s chagrin.  She got very pacey and anxious.  I can’t imagine someone with PTSD having to endure that.

We get so caught up in the traditions that we forget to question the need for change for the greater good.  Maybe we should rethink some of our traditions and find new ways to celebrate and say thank you.  I always wondered if the suicide rates for the military went up on days like today not just because of being reminded of people they lost but also because of the sounds of gun fire and fireworks.  I know that that could be a potent combination for someone who is already on the edge.

I am grateful for all the sacrifices that have been made over the years.  I cannot imagine what type of country I would be living in without them.  I just wish there was a better way to thank those that have “survived” and come home.  Some way to help them find the peace they so richly deserve.

Gardening, Life, Nature, Photography

Looking In and Out

I did not get but two things done off my list.  Mind you they were the two important ones but still.  Mom and I had a good long talk.  I went to bed very early in hopes that sleep would help to get rid of whatever I have.  I’m not feeling very good about myself this morning.  I feel like I am selling myself short.  I know I’m not doing all that I can.  I know part of it is fear of failure.  But the other part is laziness.  I’m sure there are other factors in there as well but those are the main two.

My anxiety is coming back.  It has kicked in in the wee hours the past few mornings waking me out of a dead sleep.  Right now I am all over the board mentally.  I am trying not to focus on much of anything because if I do focus I will fall apart.  I don’t want this to be a negative post.

I took some photos yesterday which I will share.  While I was out I was looking up into the sky and saw that there was a rainbow around the sun.  I did get a picture but you aren’t able to see the colors very distinctly.  It’s still a mice photo.  I also took one of the sunset tulip.  It was starting to open.  I just love the colors!  The buds on the lilacs are popping like crazy as well.  I did not take a picture of those yet.  I may later today.  I hope everyone has a good day.


Dogs, Life, Nature, Thinking, Writing

Snap, Crackle and Pop

Such storms last night!  I know the rest of the country has had much worse but at 3:30am my kids woke me pacing and being extremely agitated.  I had no idea what was wrong.  I heard the distant rumble of thunder but it could be  barely heard.  The kids were up and down from the bed as well as pacing in and out of the room.  When the storm finally hit even Stella was shaking.  And Stella is usually never bothered by these things.  Moose did calm down and actually fall asleep but the girls were up and shaking.  There was a lull a little after 4am but just as I was drifting off there was a loud crash of thunder that shook the house so I was back up comforting the girls and Moose.  I was finally able to get to sleep around 5am or so.  Essie needed to go out around 7:30am.  I got up and left the door open (I am soooo grateful for our fence!) going directly back to bed.  I got one more hour before Essie was trying to nudge me out of bed.  Apparently Moose wanted me up too because he helped.  Stella was no problem getting up and out of bed either.  Mind you all three are asleep now as I write this.

It is cloudy right now but it is supposed to be a beautiful day with temperatures up into the 80s (F).  Our close friend is turning 40 today and we are supposed to go to his party.  I ma not sure if I am up for it.  I am wiped out.  Especially since Chris is planning to take the bike (it would have to be both of us on his because I am in no condition to pilot my own).  We are out of meds as well.  I don’t know that I will go.  I may send Chris on his own.  If I do stay home I may try to get the short story into WordPerfect.  Then I can start shopping it around to different places.  I think it is good enough to get published in a magazine but I’m not sure if it is good enough for an anthology.  But I won’t know either way if I don’t ask.  I have a few more stories I want to get in there as well but I will start with my favorite.  I completely forgot to ask the paper about format!  Nuts!  I had intended to start writing my articles in WordPerfect instead of just typing them in an email but I wanted to know what format to use.  Oh well.  I have a meeting Tuesday night to attend then I can turn in my word count for the month.  That will be my car payment and part of car insurance.  It will depend on how much I get.

I never did get anything from my other editor about doing an interview.  Ok.  I just shot out an email.  Better to do it now before I forget.  They have got so much going on right now I feel for them.  But I need to get on the ball again with my writing.  Being sick I just haven’t had the energy to do much of anything.  I need to try to find the energy to try to do something.  Even if it’s just researching a place to send my stories or writing out a query letter long hand.  Something.  That is one of the reasons I hate being sick.  I get too comfortable doing nothing.  What makes it more frustrating is the forward momentum I had.  It is slowly petering out.  I was going great guns before I got sick getting finances together and programs for the computer etc.

I will let myself read for a little bit this morning then there are things I need to print up for both Mom and myself as well as things I need to scan and send to family.  I have gone through all my Gideon Oliver mysteries and I’ve delved back into Ngaio Marsh and Superintendent Rory Alleyn.  It has been many moons since I have read her books.  Sadly I have been devouring them at a rate of one a day.  They are small print and between 250 and 300 pages each.  Yes work has been that slow.  And yes I should be writing then.  Ok, I am procrastinating getting things done.  I hope everyone has a great day!

Oh!  Before I go I want to give a shout out to the paper I work for, the Elk Rapids News, because of the 1/4 page blurb on watching out for motorcycles.  They know I ride and am not assuming that it was put there due to me.  The state of Michigan is doing a program this Spring and Summer to promote motorcycle awareness.  There will be things in magazines, newspapers, the radio and other media.  I am pleased and I hope that the campaign works!  Cheers!


Dogs, Gardening, Life

Sick but the World Is Still Beautiful

I am not sure what to write this morning.  I got nothing done that I had intended.  I spent as much time as I could outside.  Yesterday was the worst day of this whole sickness mess thus far.  Muscle aches, hot/cold, temperature off and on, and so desperately tired all day no matter how much sleep I got.  Oh and the cough and inability to properly breathe.

I’m not sure if I’m better this morning or not.  I feel better but there have been many mornings where I’ve felt better only to come home and feel even worse than the day before.  I am hoping that things improve and continue to do so.  Yesterday’s shower helped a little.

The kids have been good for the most part.  I was awakened by Stella eating one of my pillows in the living room last night.  The girls have wanted to play more than I have really cared to.  Moose has been by my side the whole time.  And if he’s not with me then he is in the dog bed.  He seems to really like the location.  It is secluded, quiet and he can watch things going on outside.  There are plenty of blankets to hunker down in if he feels cold.

I did walk around the yard a bit.  The plants are starting to bloom and the trees are filling out.  The maple trees are almost fully leaved.  It is so awesome to see that after this past winter!  I will share some of the pictures of the yard and get ready to head to work.  I hope everyone has a great day!


Aging, Friends, Life, Thinking, Writing

Ahhhh the Beautiful Sunshine!

I will receive my first interviewee sometime today from my new editor.  I have until the beginning of July to turn in the finished product.  I am grateful for that length of time because whatever I have makes breathing and talking difficult.  Things are migrating from my sinuses to my chest.  I have also dug out a 10 year old short story that I am going to put into WordPerfect and then try to find a home for.  It is one of my favorite short stories.  Once I get my own full version of WordPerfect I will start the arduous task of typing one of my novels in.  Atleast it will be a start.

We got hit with a bit of a storm last night.  I’m not sure if Chris out ran it or just managed to beat it here.  I heard thunder around 10:30pm but this hit maybe 3 minutes after Chris walked in the door.  If he did manage to miss it I’m grateful.  He rode his motorcycle in to work.  It was a beautiful (if windy) ride in for him.  He said it helped his attitude as well.

We are going to a 40th birthday party for a friend this weekend.  A friend that cannot be 40 years old.  I remember when we met him and he was in his teens.  I also remember when he turned 21 because he was then out adult beverage buyer, lol.  But 40?  I’m sorry.  That can just not be!  Where has the time gone?  I was surprised when he turned 21…

I’m sorry this is so short.  I am constantly coughing trying to get the crud out of my chest and my sinuses are filling again.  Feeling winded just typing this so maybe a good cough outside (hopefully Chris won’t hear and can get some sleep) and a nose blow will help.  I hope everyone has a great day!


Dogs, Life

Feeling Like the White Rabbit

Good grief!  I am running soooo behind!  I didn’t sleep well but I did manage to fall asleep at the very end so that my alarm woke me up (it has been a few years since I had to do an alarm but I always set it in case of this, whew!).  Now I am scrambling to get it all together.  The rain isn’t helping.  Just making us all more sleepy.  Gonna need extra coffee this morning!  lol

Yesterday turned into a beautiful day.  I didn’t feel all that great but I spent a lot of time outside reading.  I got laundry done and put away and a load of dishes done.  I also got in about 15-20 minutes of training.  Our neighbor’s dog Ellie stopped over to say hi so I was able to have a nice chat with the neighbors and play with Ellie.  Ellie looks a bit like a Pitty and her Dad is having his first exposure to the anti-Pitbull crowd.  So that was a big topic we covered in our chat.  People don’t realize it until they get exposed to it, how bad the anti-Pitbull people can be.  I chose to educate as I went along.  Thus many of my friends and acquaintances have given Pitties a chance.

Well nuts.  This will be a short one!  I will throw on a few pics of the kids.  I hope everyone has a good day!