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Choices, Choices

I feel like a deer in headlights right now. I had planned on just staying around the house today. I asked a friend if she was interested in going for a walk with Stella and I this morning around 10am earlier this week. She said no because she had to work. So I didn’t worry about it. Well I sleep in and I wake to a text from her asking where we are and if we are going for a walk. I respond with “give me an hour” since I needed to feed Stella and do this. No answer. No answer. Now she doesn’t know if she wants to go. I am trying to convince my brain that there really is no rush. We get there when we get there. But my mind is rushing around trying to put the day together if we are going for a walk.

I am sore from the past few days. It has just been busy and us being short staffed I am all over the place trying to help out. I did get pulled aside by both the store manager and the store owner on separate occasions complimenting my work skills and ethics. That was nice to hear. The manager meeting went well. A bit of dirty laundry was aired. I was pleasantly surprised that the parties involved followed my advice. A lot of things got discussed. I missed a little bit when I went up to help but I forgot to ask what was said. I heard something about June before I got out of ear shot.

I got a TON of photos yesterday. The sun was out, and life was good, so I was clicking away. I will share some today and some tomorrow. I also have some photos of the new edition, Nina. He had he named the first day. I had her as Jessie but she’s not my car so Nina it is!

I am determined to work on my novel today. I also need to mow the backyard. The front is turning into all sand as more and more ant hills take over. Stella and I walked through the front yard the other day to get mail and I kept finding ants on me long after we came back in the house. The backyard is full and lush. I do need to pick up all the broken limbs off the ground though. I meant to do that the other day. My swing might go up today too. I will need to check the forecast. I should wrap this up if I am going to get anything done. Thank you for your awesome support! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Where’s the Snooze Button?

Good gad… it is way too early! Bless Stella! She has not only gotten up to eat but she’s has stayed out here with me. She’s curled up in a ball beneath a blanket beside me. I desperately want to go back to bed!

Work was busy. I am grateful that my coworkers were willing to step up their game and help. Not only that but I even got a Happy Meal!😊 Today is going to be much the same I think. I hope we aren’t too busy because I want to be able to stay at the meeting. (Since I am opening manager I will be in cal as it were for any problems that happen.) I have my two lists of topics ready to present!

I just need to make it through my shift. I have no plans for tomorrow. I have things I want to accomplish but if I am too exhausted to be it. It will have to be an early night tomorrow anyway since I am opening manager again Saturday.

I ought to wrap this up and get ready for work. More repeat photos. I will try to get out and get some fresh ones taken later today. Thank you for taking the time to not only read but leaving comments as well! Stay safe!

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Digging into the Future

I am glad I pulled my plants in. We got a frost warning for last night. But I don’t think it got that cold. I saw no remnants of frost on anything and since it is very overcast there should’ve been something. That being said it is still a bit too chilly to put anything outside. My plants that were in the long window box have given up. They needed more root space than the box had.

Friday will be another busy day off. I want to get the gardens around the front of the house done and I want to get atleast one of the three raised beds dug out. I am still trying to learn to use the composter. Things are going in and getting turned. I want to get some Dairy Doo from one of the local gardening places. Yes, it is a fancy name for manure. I want to mix that in with the dirt in the raised beds. Once that has been put in I’ll let it sit for a few days before I plant anything.

Stella and I also should go for a walk that morning. I am hoping to not have anyone at the park again. If we do our one loop then that will be a 1/2 mile. I ought to call our friend and see if she wants to meet us there. I hope I don’t have too much planned. There is so much to do and since it is just me…

This morning Stella is behind me sleeping on her back. I got to meet her miniature doppelganger last night. Two of my close customers brought their mini pit and she looks just like Stella but at about half the size. She was a very sweet little thing! I snuck out to see her amongst the chaos of the night at work. I almost fell behind in my drawer counting because I was helping in the deli. I lost track of time. Breaks seemed to be late for everyone too but they were more than understanding.

Chris is very happy with his car. I will get some good shots with my camera either tomorrow before he leaves for work or Friday. Tomorrow’s post might me a bit short as it is the usual 6:30am to work thing. I wasn’t able to get any new photos yesterday so it will be a few repeats. Thank you for all the wonderful comments! Thanks for reading and stay safe!


Life and Loves

Yesterday was busy. I tried to relax between driving to doctor’s appointments. Stella’s went well. She is very healthy but she needs to lose a few pounds. She not badly over weight. Right now the little babe is curled in a ball under a blanket on the couch. I was surprised when she got up with me this morning. My friend’s doctor appointment was to tell him that he needs more blood work on Thursday. He also revealed to me that he thinks this is what might take him out. He’s exhausted and tired of fighting with it all. The sentence he said before that was, “I’m gonna tell you something and you probably won’t like it.” I told him that I would just enjoy the time that I had with him then. I’m used to driving in silence so he thought I was mad at him. I told him I wasn’t because I know that with everything going on then doctor appointment upon doctor appointment on top of that… That will put a big dent in your fortitude. I am not going to judge. We had a fun lunch? dinner? at Applebee’s.

By the time I got home I was exhausted both mentally and physically. I played with Stella as best I could. Which wasn’t much and she was not happy with me. But I did manage to cheer her up for a bit. (She knew it was my day off and I was expected to stay home with her.) Stella and I didn’t sleep well until Chris got home. Once that happened we were both out cold. The next time I looked at the clock it was 9am.

I’m not sure how late Chris will sleep. He is taking delivery of his new care this afternoon. He is like a kid at Christmas! I really am happy for him. I think he will love his new car like I love Angus. I will share photos at one point this week. I don’t think it will be too hard to get him to let me take some pics. I will need to get back in the bedroom and shower before work though.

I feel like I have no time to do what I want right now. I have about… 45 minutes before I need to start getting ready for work. I have stuff I wanted to take care of in the yard (branches need to be picked up so I can mow on Friday) and I need to work on my writing. Then there is Stella who needs some attention (you should see the look I am getting from beneath the blanket). But I need to wrap this up if anything is going to get done. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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The Eclipse of the Red Moon

I stayed up late last night to watch the lunar eclipse. I was a bit upset at first because I had missed the first half of it (everything I read said things would get started around 11:30pm, I stuck my head out around 11:14pm and the moon was half gone). It was wild to watch the moon disappear and then turn a deep red. I watched until a little after midnight. I had intended to go to bed not long after I got home but a coworker asked if I was going to watch the eclipse. It didn’t look too promising when I got out last night. Everything was clouded over. But after I got home I noticed that I could see the moonrise through the clouds. The clouds never did completely disappear but I was able to watch everything through the thin veil of clouds. I am glad I stayed up to watch.

Yesterday was busier than intended. I did another chunk of garden before work. After my shower I was chillin’ in front of the tv when Stella starts barking. We have company! Two of our dear friends stopped by to give us our wedding invitation. Since we hadn’t chatted in a while we all stood around and did so. By the time they left I had to hurry up and get dressed. I was almost late but that’s ok. I made it. Work was steady if not downright busy. I spent time in the deli helping out as well as hopping on a register to ring and helping at the gas window and courtesy counter.

Today will be going to the vet with Stella and then taking my friend to the VA hospital for his appointment this afternoon. I might try to garden after I get home. It won’t be hot so that will help. I do need to try out the tiller. I have everything I need to get going with it. But the tiller is for the back gardens. I am pushing through my side and front gardens. We’ll see. The thing is I will need to dig out a few things before I can use the tiller. So it comes down to what I want to accomplish today. I need to squeeze in time on my novel as I didn’t get any yesterday. The annoying part is I woke up at 5:30am and started peeking at the clock. I didn’t want my alarm to wake Chris. He has been working so hard and he needs his sleep. My mind started working around 6:15am. Around 6:23am I tried to drift off but my mind kept going so I gave up and got out of bed.

I think I will wrap this up and see about getting Stella out of bed so we can go to the vet. Thanks for reading and stay safe! Oh and did anyone else see the eclipse? What did you think?

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Just a Little More Time

I am just so tired this morning. I have packed too much into the past few days. That is a good thing and a bad. I don’t have much energy for anything around here and I really need to get going on my gardens. I got that one small patch done Friday and I’ve not done anything else.

It is much cooler this morning. It got comfortable enough last night that I turned off the AC in the living room. I have several windows wide open as well as the sliding glass door. It should be decent tomorrow as well. My mind is scrambling ahead to what I need to get done both today and tomorrow. My fingers are trying to figure out which thoughts they are supposed to type. I hope that I just have the vet appointment tomorrow. I think my friend should stay home this coming week. He pushes himself too much (yes, I know, listen to your own advice). If he has to stay home then I can work on another stretch of garden as well as my novel (and I did get a page written last night before I fell asleep). I think I will work on another stretch before work. I need to shower anyway.

Stella and I went for a bit of a walk yesterday on the property. She was patient with me when I wanted to stop and take photos. There are a lot of things blooming and they just look so beautiful. In return I let her (mostly) pick our route. There were spots under branches and such that I wouldn’t fit that she wanted to sniff. I let her go as far as her lead was long. She came back tired and, I hope, happy. I know once Chris came to bed last night it was Stella and I sharing my pillow. I didn’t mind. Neither of us takes up much room.

If I am going to get anything done outside I should wrap this up and get out there. A big thank you for all you kind words and support! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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I’m Sorry… What Just Happened?!

Life has been interesting. The friend I went to work to take home the other day? He has COVID. He was sick enough that he decided to go to the hospital. He is in bed rest for 5 days. He has a doctor appointment on Monday but I told him to call and tell them he has COVID since they probably will reschedule him. It’s a tough one because it is about his brain aneurism and he really shouldn’t put that off. I called and texted people I’d been in contact with to let them know (why his son, who lives with him did not call the store to tell anyone is beyond me… he talked to a coworker and told her) including the store owner and our store manager.

On a positive note I got a small patch of my gardens cleaned out. It’s the small one between the fence and the side porch. But I dug everything out except the flowers. I would like to put fresh dirt in there too. Dare I get a bag from work? Last time there was literally trash and clay mixed in. I might. One bag… maybe two ought to take care of it. I tried to get out before it got too hot but my car was finished maybe and hour and a half after I dropped it off. Once I got the call that my car was done I walked over (his shop I right around the corner from us). After talking for a bit I drove home and got back into the garden. I was almost done when I found out about my friend being sick so the whole phone call texting took more time. By the time I finally finished that small patch I was ready to drop. I think I overdid it a wee bit. But it’s done.

The lilacs are blooming as it the small apple tree in the back. I will get photos to share later today. Today’s batch will be repeats. I am always pleased every year to find various new plants that I did not plant pop up. I see by the clock I need to get my self moving. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Finding the Good in the Bad

I know there will be some of my readers reading this to hear about some of the drama and trauma of yesterday. I am choosing not to write about that. Instead I am choosing to write about the good that happened.

I have a dear friend that is in recovery. I have done my best to be there for her as much as I can. Last night was one of those times. I asked her to come over as much for me as for her to be honest. I don’t know if the neighbors were happy with us or not (I haven’t heard any complaints so I think we are ok) but that doesn’t matter. We had a blast! We talked and played and danced and sang. When she came over I had a few goodies waiting for her. The big thing that I wanted to give her was a beautiful abalone butterfly necklace. I wanted her to remember that she was an emerging butterfly no matter what. And that she was loved. She’s been through a lot of crap in her life. I wanted her to have something with her that would remind her that she is loved. That she is worthy. She had a good cry over it. I guess no one had ever given her anything nice before.

This morning I hauled my sore and still exhausted tush out of bed and drove over to drop the car off. My mechanic had been up late as well doing an emergency repair on our mail lady’s Jeep. We both looked wiped out. I know I felt the better of both of us. (I just feel so good inside after last night despite the late hour that we stayed up til.) After I finish this I think I will do one of two things. I want to work on my gardens along the front and side of the house. They are looking very scraggly and unloved. The other thing is my novel. I am looking wistfully at my chair and table outside. I should do the gardens first as the temperature is supposed to get extreme again today. I can write in the house or wait til closer to evening if I want to sit outside to write. Ooooo! I can put my swing back out!

So I guess I will wrap this up and get my self outside. I do have some new photos to share (finally!). Tomorrow’s post might be a bit short as it is another 6:30am work day. I want to thank everyone for their support. It means a lot! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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No More Naps

Ok my friends, this might be a bit all over the place. The phone’s battery is not completely charged and neither is mine. I am exhausted from the past few days. We are getting busier and busier and then there is the clash of personalities. The new people aren’t fitting in. The people who work maybe once a week are acting like they are in charge, telling the new people what to do and how to do it. Coworkers getting sick.

I’m not feeling all that great. I don’t know if I should see if someone can take my meeting tonight or not. By then end of the night last night food wasn’t staying in my system very long. I guess we’ll see what happens. Thankfully I get out at one. I need to get myself home right after work so we can get the AC units in. Chris has to leave early again and with the temperatures Stella is getting too hot in the house when we are gone.

I should start getting ready to go. It will hopefully go quickly at work. No new photos today, although I did take a few. Once again I have my mystery tulips appearing. I haven’t planted any yet here they are! They are beautiful though. I will share more tomorrow. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Springin’ Thunder

What a mess. Thunder and lightening when I got home meant a freaked out pup. And then she was warm because the house had been closed up. I finally gave up and gave her some Benadryl so that she would sleep around 1am. More storms today and tonight. Since I have to be back at 6am tomorrow morning I don’t see me getting much sleep. But there it is. Yesterday was chaos for most of the shift. The gas pumps crashed once again. We had new people training. We got busy enough for all three registers to be in use at one point. And we aren’t even in to tourist season yet.

On the plus side I was commended by the store owner for my efforts and told that I would be getting a raise. The phrase used was “a significant raise” so I am a bit excited to see what happens. The store owner also he would kick in some money for the barbeque that I have planned. That will help with the meat portion. Unfortunately the event has been put off until June 10th now. At the rate we are going it will be shelved. It is going to be our busy time and everyone is pretty much going to want to go home after work instead stop off at a barbeque (free or not). We’ll see. With several people graduating it is hard to find a decent date for everyone in June. I’m not going to offer it later since we just get busier as the summer goes on. There is no point. We’ll see.

I am dropping off my car to get the brakes done Friday morning at 9am. I have the day off so that will make sure I stay home to get things done. So any running I need to do I ought to do Thursday after work. I might get some gas for my little tiller and give that a whirl on Friday. I may or may not leave a few minutes early and go to the Dollar General to get a few things. I have several graduations this month myself and I have a few gift ideas but I need supplies to pull it together. I also need to remember that I have a meeting Thursday night.

I got no writing done yesterday. I tried. I just sat and stared at the blank page for about 15 minutes. My brain was too fried after work. I will try again today. Things have cooled off (mostly from the day yesterday as it reached 90F (32C) because it is the same temp as it was at this time yesterday) so it is comfortable. Stella is asleep on the couch. I have a window open as well as the sliding glass doors so there is a nice cross breeze.

Chris brought home a bunch of stuff from Mom’s Monday night. A small composter was part of the goodies. I have that set up in the yard. It may move once I figure out what I am doing (Mom also included “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Composting”). It is so nice to see all that green outside! I have moved a few of the plants out there to stay for the season. I might move a few more out there today. But for right now I need to wrap this up and get some work done on my novel. I hope you have an amazing day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!