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Trying to Get My Wayward Ducks in a Row

I finally got the photos from my camera transferred to the computer.  I also transferred the photos from my old Kodak digital/film camera.  On there I found photos of a very tiny Essie (she was only a few months old) as well as photos of Maxie Joe, Molly Rose and Dante.  I am over the moon about this as I don’t have many photos of Max and Molly (they were before cell phones became a thing and I could just whip out my phone and take a picture).

Moose is in the office with me now, sound asleep.  I so wish I could stay home today!  I just have to get through this shift and I have a day off.  Scary to think the day after tomorrow is my birthday.

We have another Jennifer that just hired in at the store.  I go by Jen so that makes it easier.  I am frustrated though because she pretty much spent the whole time bagging.  She would always manage to drift off from where they were training her so she could bag.  And no one said anything.  I kept my mouth shut.  I mean I would have a line and instead of going to the other register and asking people to go with her to the other lane she stayed and bagged for me.  A few times I suggested that she go over to do that but then someone else would do it.  So I’m not sure if they are deciding where they are going to put her or what.  On the other hand the store owner bought us lunch yesterday.  Not long after I arrived I was handed a menu and told to pick something out.  It was really good!

I have so much I need to catch up on Saturday!  I need to do some stuff around the house (Chris and I need to move the non functioning ACs out of the way) and I need to do my classwork.  I have not done anything this week.  I tried after work but once I get the kids tired out I am too brain burnt to focus on much of anything.  Soooo the piece I am supposed to write is due Monday in the wee hours and I work pretty much all day Sunday.  I feel bad asking Mom to not get together Saturday but I may need to so I can get everything done.

I think I will wrap this up for today.  I need to get things together for work and see if I can atleast watch a video for class.  Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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A Little Visitor

I hurt and I am so very very tired.  Work is short handed and we have been madly busy lately.  It will but quiet a lot of the time but then we get hit with these rushes where people are lined up down the aisles.  Everyone is friendly and we chit chat but once the day is done… I am tempted to ask Mom to wait on getting together Saturday even if it is for my birthday.  I am glad that I don’t have any meetings next week.  I need a little break from doing two jobs for a few days.  I am proud to say that I can do it though.

We had a small visitor yesterday in the yard.  I’m not sure what type of bird it was but Essie pointed it out (She stood on the boards next to the long planter on the deck and leaned as far out as she could sniffing until I noticed and asked her what was up, then she looked down towards the ground and I saw the little bird).  I got some photos with both my phone and the camera to try to find a way to identify what type of bird it was.  I left a note for Chris so he could try to keep an eye on it. I guess it was gone by the time he got up.  I hope it flew off.  There were no feathers or anything to suggest a struggle so I am hoping for the best.  I will share some of the pictures.  If anyone knows what kind of bird it is please let me know.

Moose is back to not eating breakfast.  He eats dinner so atleast there is that and he is losing weight.  I need to order him more food on Friday.  Tomorrow I guess.  The week has gone by pretty quickly.

I decided to sit in my office this morning.  Moose has been with me pretty much the whole time.  Stella has been in here a good part of the time.  Essie will pop in to see if I am done every once in a while.

I need to see what I need to do for class.  I keep forgetting about that when I get home.  I will put a post it note in the car.  I might end up cramming Friday night and Saturday.  I am going to stop here so I can get a few things done before work.  I was able to read some of your blogs (finally!).  Keep up the good work!  As always thanks for reading and stay safe!

Animals, Dogs, family, Life, Nature, Thinking, Writing

Ready, Set….RUN!

First off I apologize for not being able to read blogs this morning.  I had an article I had to write and get in to the paper.  This will most likely be a short post since I am running.  Not late but I just need to keep up the pace to get to work on time.

Yesterday was full!  I was able to spend about an hour or so at home after the meeting.  I got to do my running as well.  Then work and and I came home to busy pups.  After they ate dinner we played til about dark.  I made the choice to stay up til midnight to watch the night sky for the big show but between 11:30pm and 12:30am all I saw were 7 comets and 1 shooting star.  I was a bit disappointed but it was still beautiful to see all the stars.  That’s one of the many things I really love about being here in the middle of nowhere.  When it’s dark it is dark and you can see soooo many stars!

Today I get out at 6pm so that will be nice for all of us.  I plan to crash early because honestly I am wiped out this morning.  I will take coffee with to drink at work.  I need to text Mom as well.  One of her dogs went in for AC surgery yesterday and she is picking her up today.  I also need to find out what time we are meeting Saturday.  Honestly I hope she changes her mind.  I would like to stay home.

I see by the clock that I need to get moving.  Sorry this is so random and short.  Thank you for all the comments!  As always thanks for reading and stay safe!

Emotions, family, Life, Nature, Photography, Thinking, Writing

Time to Breathe Is When?

I’m sure yesterday was supposed to be my day off lol.  I got a lot accomplished.  I got my classwork done as well as a myriad of things around the house.  This morning I got my article written and once this is done I will head out to another meeting.  Once that is done I will either come home for a brief spell before work or I will head right to work.  It will depend on how long the meeting is.  I am tired just thinking about it.   I also need to stop and get dirt and fix a screen for the bay windows on the way home (this will also depend on the length of the meeting).  Oh and gas up the Jeep.

I don’t know how long or short my hours will be for work.  They are very short handed.  The paper has suggested that I might be able to pick up two more meetings at one point.  I said I would run it by work to see if it would be ok.  They are night meetings.  We need the money but I don’t know if I should.  This week is so busy.  I’ll wait and see.  They may not need me to pick the meetings up anyway.

I did finally get my phone and camera to pair up.  I just uninstalled the app on my phone and reinstalled it.  I still can’t get it to pair with the Jeep.  But I do have some fab photos of the sunset last night as well as some cool ones of a butterfly that came in the house a few days ago.  I will post those and wrap this up.  Time is getting on and I need to get to the meeting.  Thanks so much for reading and stay safe!

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Setting Priorities

The day has dawned muggy and warm.  A continuation from yesterday and I am ok with that.  Yes I was in AC most of the day but I really like heat and humidity.  No idea why.  Chris calls me his hot house flower. ❤  I notice he is in a much better mood since I started back to work.  Poor guy.  I am glad to see his mood improving though.  I guess Moose missed me too.  We are in the living room and I am sitting at the short table and he has been snuggled next to me for a while now.  The kids were very good while I have been at work.  The problem this coming week will be dinner for them.  I will be at work when thy usually get dinner and Chris will be at work as well.  Do I have Chris feed them before he goes to work or wait til I get home?  I asked Chris to feed them before he goes to work but that might be too soon after breakfast.  Especially if he has to leave early for some reason.  Soooo maybe I will tell him that I will feed them when I get home.  We can try that for a few days and see how they do.  Hopefully Stella won’t chew anything up.  She ate a towel the other night.  She has started eating things she ought not to again and I’m not sure why.  It is very frustrating.  Because there is nothing I can do.  She will eat random stuff and I can’t dog proof the whole house from her.

I still can’t get the new phone to connect with the camera so I think I will uninstall and then reinstall the app.  Nothing that they have suggested works.  The new phone seems to have a problem connecting via Bluetooth with a lot of things.  I still haven’t got it to connect to the car and it took a good hour or more before I could get it to connect with my speakers.  I haven’t tried my helmet yet.  I need to drag out the instructions.  It should be in my stowed gear.

I still have to finish my story.  I got most of it written yesterday before work but I had no energy to finish it once I got home.  I was going to do it before I did this but changed my mind.  I will do it once I finish this.  There is a lot I need to do today around here.  Chris was a jewel and kept up with dishes so I won’t have to day yesterday’s dishes today.  That being said I need to do laundry, wash the ceiling fan…. hmmm I wonder if Chris did as it’s not spitting dust bunnies anymore…. Vacuum and I want to try to clean the spots off the carpet from Stella.  I want to try to putter a bit in the garden as well.  The tomatoes are doing fabulously.  I see some green peppers coming in as well. (I will try to share photos if I can get everything paired again.)

Ok, I see by my word count that I have gone on a bit.  Sorry about that!  Thanks for reading all the way through!  As always stay safe!

Animals, Dogs, Emotions, family, Learning, Life, Thinking, Writing


I am fascinated by the eclectic group of bloggers that I follow on here.  There is always such an amazing variety of things to read and learn about!  I only wish I had more time to read all of them.  Be that as it may I still read as many as I can everyday so thank ou to everyone for expanding my horizons!

Work is going well.  This is my second time working at a local grocery store.  My first was many many moons ago when I was still living with Mom after I first moved up here.  Not much has changed but it still takes some getting used to.  Things are a lot more lax than what I have been used to but I think it makes for a more comfortable working atmosphere.

I am mad at myself because I did not request my birthday off (a week from today) and now I am working.  I did not realize that it was so close.  One of the managers said that they would try to make my birthday as pleasant as possible.  Good grief… I just added up mu hours for next week.  I am going in the deep end of the pool.  Mind you I’ve not held a full time job in the real world for about three years now.  I am scheduled for 43 hours next week (I’m sure lunches will be deducted so figure atleast 40 ours).  I worked all weekend and then I only get Monday off then my next day off will be Saturday.  Sigh…

I have to remember to message Chris tonight around 4pm to remind him that he needs to feed the dogs.  I wrote everyone’s names on the canned food that way he knows who gets what.  Chris hasn’t fed them since Moose got on his new diet so I need to make sure that Moose gets the right food.

I did promise some photos last post so I will add those and then get gone.  I still need to write my story for class and hand that in.  With the shifts I am working it is going to be a struggle to keep up with classwork and the paper.  So I guess we will see.  Thanks for reading and stay safe!

ed. note   The new phone is not connecting with the camera and I don’t have the time to try to figure it out so no photos today.  Sorry! 😦

Animals, Dogs, Life, Writing

A Shorty

This is going to be a short one this morning.  I am running late.  Moose won’t eat but I’m pretty sure he’s the one that threw up in the living room last night.  He’s sleeping on the couch beside me.  I decided to do this out in the living room again so the kids wouldn’t pace back and forth.

Work went well but I didn’t sleep very good.  I’ve been awake since 5am.  I’m just really worried about Moose.  I still have to write my story for class.  I’ve not had a chance yet.  I did get some nice photos of a butterfly that came in the house while I was feeding the dogs last night.  I don’t have time to share them today but I will try to share them tomorrow.  The blog will probably be short tomorrow as well because I have to get that story written before work.

I see by the clock that I need to wrap this up.  Thanks for reading!  Stay safe!

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Pick Up Your Skirts And Go!

I haven’t been able to read as many of everyone’s blog posts as I would’ve liked but I did the best I could.  Moose wouldn’t eat this morning and then when I did get him to eat something he threw it up and then some.  So I need to leave a note for Chris to keep an eye on him.  I will try to call the vet when I get home from work.

I still have no new phone.  It has been delayed yet again.  If they put it off again I am going to call the facility to see what is going on.  The past two days they have bumped delivery to the next day at the last minute.  It makes me very angry because my screen is broken badly enough that I am worried about pieces coming off and out.  I work until 2pm today so I don’t know if I get a break or lunch with such a short shift.  If I do I may make some phone calls then.

I feel rushed even though I’m not so I am trying to slow things down mentally.  I set clothes and that out last night so I should be fine.  I also pulled together a …. I just got an email saying that my things had arrived.  Hang on while I check the porches.  Sneaky devils!  They must’ve dropped it off while I was doing this.  Kudos to them for not getting the dogs going!  Well I need to get off of her and atleast get the new phone on the charger so I can get everything transferred when I get home.  As always thanks for reading and stay safe!


Liebster Award Nomination

Yesterday I received a nomination for the Liebster Award from whose writing is clear and fresh, like getting a letter from an old friend.  Thank you so very much for thinking that my writing is worthy!  I am forever grateful!

The Rules 

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers that you think deserves the award.
  4. Ask 11 innovated questions to the ones you have nominated.
  5. Remember to notify your nominees once you have uploaded your acknowledgement post.

Questions and My Answers

1.What is happiness according to you?

Happiness according to me is being content with my life and what is going on in it, both good and bad.

2.Which one memory of yours will you always cherish?

There are many but one that comes to mind is the trust jump from my first dog Buffy while we were out in California.  She and I were climbing out on the rocks along the ocean.  There was a couple foot drop that I had to make.  I thought she would stay up there and wait but she insisted on coming with.  She jumped about three feet down and into my arms without a second thought.

3.What is the latest thing that made you laugh your belly out?

I don’t even remember what he did or said but Chris was being goofy to make me laugh and it worked.

4.Which embarrassing moment makes you laugh even now?

When I first started riding I couldn’t figure out why the engine would die when I would put it into first gear when I would get ready to go.  Chris had to explain that I had to have the kick stand up before I put it in gear or else the engine would die.  It took me about a week to break the habit of not putting the kick stand up last.

5.What about Mother Nature do you admire the most?

Everything really.  Despite all the damage humans do She is still letting us live here and still in control.  The season changes, the flora and fauna, the different climates all over the world… What’s not to admire?

6.What is the first song that comes to your mind now?  Can you share it?

The song that comes to mind is actually snippets of many. I enjoy listening to acoustic guitar and I have several albums as well as a Pandora station.  I have my favorite guitarists like Ottomar Liebert, Jesse Cook and Charo (yes the coochie coochie one, she is a very accomplished Spanish guitarist).  My brain will play snippets of various songs to make one new song as my day progresses.  So no, I can’t share it.  Lol.

7.What do you do when you cannot fall asleep?

What usually works for me is doing math.  I will either add numbers or do multiplication.  Trying to work out the math problems works my mind enough that it focuses on just that and it is easier to drift off to sleep.

8.Have you ever miserably failed in delivering a joke?  How did the experience go?

Not since I was a kid.  And that was many moons ago.  I truly don’t remember.

9.Is there anyone in your life you want or wanted to apologize to?

There has been.  I try my best to apologize sooner rather than later.

10.What is the one thing you are proud of?

Still being here and all that I have accomplished in my almost 48 years.  I have been able to follow many of my dreams and do many wild and crazy things that most people have not.

11.  Can you share one of your classic jokes or pick up lines?

I don’t tell jokes really.  As to pick up lines it’s usually, “Ooooo!  A puppy!  Can I hold it?”  😉


My Nominations



My Questions For the Nominees

  1. What is your best memory from childhood?
  2. What is you favorite author and why?
  3. What got you into writing?
  4. Who are your idols?
  5. What is your favorite thing to do?
  6. What was the best compliment you ever got?
  7. What is your favorite season and why?
  8. What was the first book you ever read?
  9. What was the best advice on writing you ever got?
  10. What keeps you going?
  11. What is your favorite way to unwind at the end of a long day?
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Good Things Happen So Why So Sad?

I am happy to say that I got the job.  I start tomorrow morning.  This will mean I need to get up extra early on work days to make sure I keep up with this.  I have also been nominated for a Liebster Award.  (I will do a separate post to take care of the qualifications for that.)  You would think that I would be over the moon with all these blessings.  But the truth is I woke up in a funk.

Last night I had the kids running around the house and playing for a few hours.  I thought that they would tire out but lo! as soon as I would get up to get something or do something they were all ready to go again.  I had a good long chat with Mom last night too.  My new phone should arrive today.  So why the depression?

I think I spent all my energies yesterday and I have none today.  I didn’t sleep badly but one of the last dreams I had was a motorcyclist getting accidentally beheaded in front of us on the road.  (No idea where that came from.)  Everything just feels blah.

I let the paper know about the new job that way if they need me for other meetings they know I might not be available.  And my writing petered out just like that.  Oh, that’s another thing that hit me this morning.  I am going to have to buckle down with the classwork as well.  If I plan to keep going with the online classes I need to make sure I get my classwork in on time.  Now I know that all this is possible, I really do.  But I just feel like a deer in headlights right now.

I work all weekend.  Sunday I close so that means Chris will have to feed the dogs.  So I will have to make sure that he remembers to give Moose his food and not what he feeds the girls.  This will be the first time he has fed the kids in months.  It’s not a big deal but it feels like it is.

I promised that I would get the Liebster award qualifications done this morning and I still have some videos to watch for class so I had better wrap this up.  Thanks for reading and thanks for all the well wishes!  As always stay safe!