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Exploring

It’s a very late post for me. I just couldn’t fall asleep last night. I finally managed it around 1am. I was completely exhausted but I still could not go to sleep. I am a loss. Another odd thing going on… the girls aren’t eating all of their kibble. Atleast a quarter (sometimes more) of the food gets left. And they eat less if I leave them to it and go do other things. If I am standing in the kitchen with them they will eat more. I may try a new kibble on Thursday since I have the day off and can monitor them to see if they cope well with the change. I will gradually change over to the new stuff.

It is still cold here. Winter temperatures sadly. This year Spring has been through all seasons several times. Sometimes in the same day!

Work is getting busier. But we are going to have less people working soon. Two of the gals are going to nursing school so they will be working at the local hospital. I am very happy for them. We are also expanding the store. I am excited to see what they do with it. I am pushing to get a small garden center put in. I think I have gotten a favorable response so we’ll see. Naturally I have offered my services.

Not many photos have gotten taken so I may pick some old ones to share. I will try not to duplicate. I did bring home another plant. This one is a Gerber daisy. I love them! There is no scent to them (and really the hyacinth is scented enough lol) but they have such vivid colors and the days have been dark lately. Once things warm up I may try some night time photography. On a night where there are shooting stars etc. We’ll see.

I am working more on my creative side the past few days. I received my current issue of Poets & Writers yesterday. I spent some quality time reading that. I have found a few poets that I think I will read. I put their books on my wish list so that I don’t forget which ones I want first. Though not a poet myself I find that I drift back to that medium every little while.

But I do need to get this wrapped up so I can get going for work. Thanks for your wonderful comments! Thank you for reading and stay safe!

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Breaking New Ground

Everything is dark dark this morning. It keeps trying to rain. That might be why I am so sleepy. I was exhausted when I went to bed but could not fall asleep. I have drug out my copy of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and decided to go through that 12 week journey again. I am hoping to start improving my writing and photography. Not just the actual task but help my creativity expand. I find my self in a dry spell creatively so I am hoping that this will get me out of my own head.

I am slowly ticking things off my to do list for other writers. I finished the first read through of a novel (I am a beta reader for her… or a first reader). I need to read through a second time to get my notes together. Then I can send them to her. I feel bad because I am a bit behind schedule. I did send her an email explaining but I never got a response so I’m not sure if she even got it. I just hope that she did respond and I did not inadvertently deleted it. I try to go through all my junk mail visually to check that it is actually junk (I’ve had my favorites list end up in junk mail for whatever reason).

I have nothing slated for this week except for my physical therapy on Wednesday after work. I’m supposed to go see Mom afterwards. I hope I feel up to it. We’ll see. My goal is to work on the novels every day. Even if it is just a single character sketch. I also want to upload some more photos to my site. I need to reshare my site as well. It seems to have gotten lost in the internet. I don’t think I’ve had any one view it in a month or longer.

Chris did an amazing thing yesterday. I’ve been talking about how the deck really needs to get pulled up (boards have been broken through) but neither of us has ever followed through until yesterday. He got the whole thing done yesterday while I was at work! He said it took him about three hours. Poor Essie isn’t used to the last step down being so long (it is a full step down instead of the half step to get to the deck) and she is always surprised when she runs down them to go after her frisbee. I hope she learns it soon. I worry that she will hurt her back legs. She’s almost taken a tumble several times. I think we are planning on paving stones this time instead of wood. That will help with the girls’ nails. I keep them trimmed as best I can but them running on cement will make a big difference.

This is the photo Chris sent me at work when he was done 🤩

I will wrap this up for now so I can get a few photos downloaded to share. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Blue Skies

The sun is out and the day is warming up. I finally got my article written and sent in. I hurt bad enough from physical therapy that I just couldn’t sit and type until today. I still hurt but it is manageable.

My hyacinth is blooming at a rapid pace! And whenever you go to the door you can smell it’s Spring perfume! Lovely! I spent most of the day reading and playing with the dogs yesterday. I finished reading Servant of the Bones by Anne Rice and am almost done with The Christie Caper by Carolyn G. Hart. I still have several books that I am dipping into at the same time. Several are research books for my novels. What needs to happen today before work is atleast a page written for one of the novels.

Stella isn’t too happy with me. I shut the bedroom door while she was eating her breakfast. Essie has this habit of pacing for about half an hour before she settles somewhere in the morning after she has eaten breakfast and I have settled in to do my writing. The up and down on the bed and moving of the curtain have got to be annoying so I shut the door. I will be home when he gets up so the girls won’t get into anything. Stella will go right back to bed after breakfast and stay there til Chris gets up.

I did get some photos taken yesterday as well. I need to add more to my web site but I keep forgetting. I also need to get my memory sticks downloaded on to this laptop so I can add them from here as well as my phone.

This will be a short one as I want to get outside in the sun for a while before I have to go to work. I hope you enjoy the photos. I was able to read some new blogs out there today. It was nice to see new faces on my reading list! I hope you all have a great day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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PT Day

I am looking out the window into grey skies. The grass is a rich green. Fortunately there is no snow falling from the sky. Mother Nature seems to be confused again as to which direction the seasons are going. Last week at this time it was summer weather. Now it is a rain snow mix with winter temperatures.

I think Essie has finally settled somewhere. She has been in and out of the bedroom for the past 30 minutes. Out here for a few minutes then back in bed. Then back out here. Then in bed. I also notice that the girls are more needy when I bring the laptop out versus work on my phone.

I go in this morning for my physical therapy evaluation. Part of me is looking forward to it and hopefully some answers. The other part thinks that it is just going to get worse again. But in order to get an MRI to see what is wrong I have to go through physical therapy. Wouldn’t you want to diagnose the problem before you start doing any treatment? The whole thing is just frustrating. Hence my attitude. I also have to leave extra early because I am supposed to get the 15 minutes early for paperwork and then extra early on top of that because they have expanded the hospital massively since I had PT there for my shoulder so I have no idea where I am going in the buildings.

I did sleep in a bit but the fact that I still had to get up to an alarm irks. It doesn’t feel like a day off. I am just tired, I hurt and thus crabby. I’ve tried to keep my crabbiness to myself but it will slip out once in a while.

If I am going to download photos I need to wrap this up. I hope you all have a great day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Wipe Out

I apologize for not getting to read anyone’s blogs this morning. My meeting last night went for a total of three hours. With not much sleep I am exhausted physically and mentally. After today I just have my physical therapy evaluation in the morning. I am so tired I am writing this on my phone. I don’t have the energy to turn on the laptop.

So I lieu of me whining I am going to share some photos I took yesterday. I hope you like them. Stay safe and thanks for reading!

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Learning a New Thing

Here I am back on a laptop trying to get used to writing that way again. I think I have everything imported or downloaded that I needed. Now I just need to remember to use it all. I do need to figure out what to do about the printer. I am missing a certain type of port on this laptop for be able to plug it in. I am not sure if I can use it without it or not. Something to do this weekend.

Yesterday was very hectic for me. Work was busy. I was only 45 minutes late after the meeting. I thought it would be longer. Then the day actually flew by but I am so very tired from everything going on. Tonight’s meeting is at 6:30pm so I might be able to get to bed a little earlier. I work at 9am tomorrow til I think 5pm. Then the dreaded physical therapy evaluation at 10am Friday morning. But I can sleep in the following two days.

This keyboard is just a little off from what I am used to so I have to go back (which takes longer because those keys are in different spots completely from my old laptop). But I am happy with my purchase. I do need to see if I can adjust the screen brightness. I did not realize how bright it would be in the dark this morning. I am too tired to go set it up in my office so I just moved it to another corner of the table so it won’t reflect into the bedroom. I will try to remember to take some photos of it as well as get some more details for tomorrow’s post. And it is bright. I just walked away to get some thing and coming back to it in the dark is blinding. Ouch!

I feel like I am being rushed this morning. And I just discovered that Me touching “save draft” on here does not save it to drafts on my phone app. That is frustrating. I will have to add photos after I post it then. Normally I would save it to drafts then access it via my phone app to download the photos I add. No more apparently. That being the case I will quickly finish this so I can add photos before I leave. My left shift button doesn’t feel right when it’s pressed. Oh well… I need to get gone. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Quick, Quick!

This morning I have Stella up with me who wants attention. This is the same pup who seemingly barked at everything once we went to bed last night. I am exhausted. Work knows that I will be late because of this morning’s meeting. On the plus side my article for last night’s meeting has been written and sent in.

So I will add a few photos and get this posted so I can get to this morning’s meeting. Hopefully it doesn’t last longer than an hour. Please don’t let it last longer. I will write that article after work. Then I just have one more meeting.

Essie is out here with us now. Silly pups….

I hope you all have a great day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Inclement Weather In and Out

Oh the weird world that is my lack of sleep! Last night Essie insisted that I bring my book in the bedroom and read in there. I had been reading on the loveseat. She would come and get me like she wanted to go outside but she would head for the bedroom. On the third hint is said ok and we all went in. Around 1:30am she started getting restless because she didn’t feel good (I guess she didn’t eat dinner). She was all over the bed then in and out of the bed. I offered to let her outside but she would not go. Finally around 2:30am she got up in a hurry and was getting sick. Chris got her outside in time. She seemed like she didn’t feel much better when she came in. She just sat down on the floor and looked so sad and woebegone… I sat on the floor and loved on her for a few minutes before she was ready to go back to bed. Stella meanwhile had gotten jealous of the attention and did a few quick short zoomies through the house. She finally got in bed with us and we tried to get back to sleep. Rotating cuddle bugs and my back kept me moving around the bed a lot.

Last night and this morning the fog has been very thick. You can barely see across our yard. I did discover something cool last night. We have several peepers in the big pond by the deck! So we get sung to every night. The light has to be out though. Very seldom will you hear them sing with the outside light on.

The grass is growing thick and green in the backyard with all this rain. The trees and plants are budding like crazy too. I had better wrap this up so I can get going. I hope you all have a great day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Wet and Foggy Sunday

This morning is chilly and very wet. The fog is making it’s way down the surrounding hills into our valley. My stress over the upcoming week have gone up and down. The Council President has declared a state of emergency so they will start doing Zoom meetings again. When I get home tomorrow night after work I don’t have to rush around and leave again. I will still have to drive to Elk Rapids the next morning for that meeting (that particular meeting never went to Zoom) but the other meetings will all be Zoom. Yay! I had decided to ask if someone else would cover atleast one of the meetings but if they are Zoom that makes it a LOT easier for me to do all three.

I talked to both my parents yesterday. That way they know what is going on if I don’t respond very often to emails and texts.

I got my voodoo doll yesterday. Dame of the Dead does custom one off pieces and she knew that I loved werewolves so she brought that theme into it. It turned out so well!!

I did some gardening yesterday as well. I got all my seeds in the ground with fresh dirt. So we’ll see how that goes. I planted three kinds of sunflower seeds in the rock garden and then flowers and food stuffs in the memorial garden.

Essie is softly snoring with her face partially covered. Little girl…❤️

I will add a few more photos and get this posted. Thanks for reading! I hope you have a great day and stay safe!