dreams, Emotions, family, Gardening, Learning, Nature, Thinking, Writing

Trying to Tap the Tapped Out

I should be at work right now but they needed someone to close tonight so here I am. I’m only working the deli until 3pm then I am at a register til close. It was nice night to have to get up in the dark but I will miss having the afternoon and evening free. Friday will be the new day to try to mow the yard etc. When I got home last night (afternoon really) I was just too exhausted. That being said I did get the plants covered and the moveable ones inside so that the temperature drop did not hurt them.

Since I don’t have to be to work until noon once I finish this the game plan is to watch my videos for class so I can get as much done as possible. Then Saturday I will write my paper. Monday and Tuesday I have meetings so I assume that he will give them to me off. It is what he has done thus far. We’ll see.

I am trying to stay focused. I am trying to remember the goals I have set for myself as well as what I need to do. Part of me feels bad because there are times that I don’t have much energy to spend on the family. Chris has been awesome about keeping the kids busy and keeping up with the everyday stuff while I have been working this 7 day stretch. But I get home from work and I am just tapped out. I don’t like that feeling. And I still have two more days after this.

It sounds like they really want me to work in the deli. A well as everywhere else. I am temped to say no but I think the plan is that when we start to slow down that I have some place else that I can work so that I don’t lose hours. We’ll see. There is a lot to learn there.

I have a new leave growing on my orchid. I am so happy! I think I need to add more dirt to the pot but I don’t think regular potting soil is an option. I need to find out what I need to do. She might need a bigger pot as well. I worry about the shock of going from one pot to another. I have lost many plants that way. I will add a picture of the new leave and wrap this up. A fresh cup of coffee and then off to study. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Life

Sigh…

As I suspected… things are not going well. Laptop took forever to do it’s thing and I am forced to type something out quick on my phone. And I forgot to plug the laptop in to boot.

I only have a few minutes before I have to start getting ready for work. Again. I also need to write down my days that I cover meetings for the paper and turn those in. I haven’t even been able to get my cup of coffee down. 😳

I did get out early yesterday so that was nice. I hit home just before a storm went through. Nice thing is that meant I didn’t have to water plants when I got home.

Right, well I gotta get ready to go. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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

I’m Sorry…?! What?

Things are going to be a bit crazy this week so I’m not sure how long the posts will be. When I got my work schedule for this upcoming week I find that I am working 7 days straight. My next day off will be next Friday. I was hoping for a day off during the week to get some things done but I will have to make due. Things will have to get done either before or after work. I’m not looking forward to any of this but things need to be done around here and I can’t shirk. Tomorrow is going to be the real tough one. I close tonight and I have to be at work by 7am tomorrow morning (I am finally training in the deli). I also have my paper for class due Monday morning. I can’t get up earlier than 6am and expect my brain to function. Not with everything going on. So I will either have to figure out what to do after work tonight or try to get it all down on paper and type it in tomorrow sometime.

Trying to keep a positive attitude with all this is a bit much. I get things under control and even more things are piled on my plate. Moose doesn’t seem to do well in the mornings. I think he doesn’t eat because he will get sick. This morning he was licking his chops but refused to eat. Not long after that he wandered outside (he looked like he wanted to be sick). That’s another thing. I need to make puppy treats but when? I guess try to tack it on to everything Monday (I’m going to try to mow and then do treats… talking to Dad will need to wait until Tuesday or later).

On a good note I did get to come home an hour early last night. We were over staffed (they thought we would be as busy as we were on Friday and we weren’t by a long shot) so they were sending people home. I am glad. It was an extra hour of daylight with the family.

As I am looking at the clock I might be able to get atleast part of my paper done and handed in if I give it a go now. So I will stop here. Thanks for all the support and for reading! Stay safe!

Animals, Dogs, family, Gardening, Nature, Thinking, Writing

Planning

No one wanted to get up this morning. We all slept long and hard last night. Yesterday at work was as intense as Black Friday at Younker’s. We had lines pretty much my whole shift. I came home exhausted. I did get to spend some time with the family though so that was good. Hopefully the schedule will be out today. We lost some people so he had to redo the schedule last minute.

I still need to finish writing my piece for class. I did get my article done yesterday for the paper. Classwork is due Monday. I don’t have any meetings nest week so I may use that to get ahead in class again. It will depend on my work schedule.

Today is one of those days that I just want to stay home and work in the yard. There is a lot that needs to be done, especially will Fall coming on. I replaced the battery into the mower. Hopefully she will fire up when needed now. The flower beds up front and on the side of the house need to be cleaned out. I also need to remove a bunch of saplings that I have let go for too long. At this point I might just cut them down and worry about digging them up later. I need to go through the backyard and clean up the branches that have fallen from the various trees before I mow. I got rid of a pretty big branch that came down in the winds when I got home last night.

I need to research more about the milkweed plant. Pretty much all of them have pods now. Can I cut them down safely? I think I can with the ones that have had all their leaves eaten by the caterpillars but I’m not sure about the rest. I let them go wild so that the Monarchs and other critters would have some place to eat and stay. But now it is the end of the season and it just looks messy with the plants standing naked of leaves and falling over. The butterfly bush is going strong. I am very happy about that as the other four have died over the years. That again came down to knowing when to cut them back for the season. I cut them back at the wrong time and it killed them. Again more research. I find if I don’t do it as soon as I find out what to do then I manage to forget which season it is to cut things back. It doesn’t help that some of the plants I have get cut back in the Fall while others it is the Spring. What I need is just a day to work in just the yard. I could get a lot of the stuff done over the course of the day. Again this will depend on my days off. I try to mow when Chris is not here because of his allergies so if I have a week day off I can work on everything else until Chris goes to work then mow the yard. If I time it right I should be able to do the front and back the same day. We’ll see.

I see I have gone on a bit. The kids are bugging me to go outside with them. The sun has come out and is warming things up. Which means probably another busy day at work. Atleast the time goes faster that way. But I need to wrap this up and spend some time outside. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Animals, Dogs, Emotions, family, Gardening, Life, Nature, Photography, Thinking

Keeping It Together

This morning I am worried about Moose. I feel that there is something wrong that I cannot see. I don’t think he feels good. He is slightly off this morning. I can’t tell you what but he is. I need to get him in to the vet to get his blood checked again. I think I will leave a few minutes early in hopes that the schedule for next week is out so I can set up an appointment. If push comes to shove I will tell them I will be late coming in one day so I can take him in. My worry for him will probably be with me all day. Especially if we need to wait for an appointment.

I had a good chat with Mom yesterday. We hadn’t texted since Tuesday and I was concerned. I saw that she had read what I sent but I got no response. All is well. She is making great progress getting her backyard cleaned up. I am excited to see the results!

We ate our first tomato off the plant yesterday. It was soooo good! Sadly though I looked at the green pepper plant last night and it dropped the peppers that were growing so it doesn’t look like we will get any peppers. The ones in the memorial garden seem to be doing well but the nights are getting chilly and I worry that it will be too much for the plants. We will see!

I keep looking at Moose. He just looks so sad and venerable.

I was out taking photos of the sunset last night (I deleted some photos so that I had room for a few because of the colors in the sky) when our neighbor stopped by as he was walking his dog. We started chatting and I showed him some of the photos I had taken. He was amazed at all the technology that was available: being able to view and delete photos without wasting film, the amount of photos I could take with my 16GB memory card (332) and all the other fun things you can do with my camera. It was a fun chat. His dog Pumpkin actually came into the yard to greet me. She never does that to anyone. She always stays at the side of the road by him. I felt proud that she liked me enough to come over and see me.

I was able to watch the meeting last night. It was a near thing though. I could not find a link. It took a few tries before I did and then I couldn’t get the damn thing to work on my laptop so I was scrambling to get it to work on my phone at the last minute. It was a short meeting but I guess I need to get my bicycle ready or next month as we are going to pedal around to all of the parks in the Village and see what (if anything) needs to be done. I need to have Chris fix my front brake on my bicycle so I can ride it. The brake keeps sticking and gradually closes as I ride. Very frustrating when you are pedaling at speed.

I am downloading some photos from last night’s sunset. I am pretty pleased with the color results. My new memory card should be here…. Wednesday. So I will be able to start taking a lot more photos. Time to get ready for work. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Animals, Cooking/Baking, Creativity, Dogs, Emotions, family, Food, Learning, Life, Thinking, Writing

Trying New Things

Well this will be interesting… I guess the new template for the blog dropped today. Needless to say I have never taken the time to see what it’s all about since they told us about it back in June or so. So if this looks weird when I am done you know why. Lol.

Stella has been a bit of a pain since last night. After we went to bed every little while she would find something to bark at. She was constantly barking the hour that Chris got home. Then she was a mess when he came to bed smacking Moose and I with her tail. Ironically she is in my office with me right now sleeping at my feet. With her ball. Moose has gone back into the living room to sleep on the couch.

Yesterday’s work started with me freezing my butt off in the cooler to stock the grocery cases. Because no one thought to mention I should bring a jacket (I didn’t really find out that I was in grocery til that morning) I ended up buying one of the Torch Lake zip up hoodies (we mostly sell them for the tourists but I like it). Then I was courtesy counter the rest of my shift. This was the second day in a row there. The day before we had a call off. Annoyingly I am picking things up there so I am pretty good at it. So we’ll see how often I get put there.

I pause every once in a while to look at the “new tools” to the left on my screen for the blog. Hmmmm… it seems ok. It will take a little bit of hit and miss but I think that this might be a better version, once I learn where everything is. I thought that I might go back to the original editor on here but now that I am messing around I think I will keep the new one. I wonder what the phone app will look like. I usually write on my laptop then use my phone to add photos etc. I’ll let you know.

I am trying not to psych myself out. I have things to do but not an overwhelming amount. It involves a lot of phone calls as I tried to do the other stuff over the rest of the week. Last night I cleaned out the mouse cage instead of saving it for today. The only non phone things I have to do are get gas for the mower (please let it start!), grab my paycheck and deposit it (easy enough since I will get gas at work and deposit my check via my phone app) and make treats. Oh and I am making lasagna for dinner tonight. I have a meeting to cover at 7pm via Zoom so that will have to be taken into consideration as to how late we eat. But all in all not too much work. Mentally I still feel overwhelmed because I want a day of rest where I don’t do anything but hang out with the family at the house.

While Dad and I were talking last night I found out that I have actually put down roots here. Now that I am an active part of the local community (not driving all the way to Traverse City to work) I feel more connected. Even the short period of time that I have been at the grocery store I have my regulars. As a matter of fact I guess one of the guys went to management to make sure they did not overwhelm me by sticking me by myself in the gas window on my first days. He wanted to make sure I was going to stay and then asked me if I was staying. So it’s nice to be a part of that. If I need something I can usually find someone to help instead of freaking out trying to think if there is some place (usually expensive) in Traverse that I can get something or get something fixed. We really do have all we need here in tiny little Rapid City.

I usually look in the lower right of my screen for my word count to see how long I have been going on but that seems to have disappeared with the new editor on here. So I may have gone on a bit more than normal. Sorry about that! I’d better get going though. I need to work on my classwork and make my phone calls. Hopefully I can get all that and make treats before Chris gets up. I’ll probably take the kids to go get the gas and my paycheck as it is a bit chilly this morning and I’m sure they would like the break from staying at the house all the time. Sigh…. sorry. I see I am rambling on again. Lol. Everyone take care and thank you so much for reading!

Both photos are from yesterday morning as I headed to the Jeep to go to work.
Animals, Creativity, Dogs, Emotions, family, Life, Nature, Photography, Writing

Gratitude

This morning’s coffee of choice is the BOLD (says so on the outside of the box) vanilla cream puff.  And at 6am I need all the bold (sorry BOLD) I can get.  I am becoming a night person again but I still have to get up early in the morning to have my writing time since that is when everyone is asleep.  It is so weird being up when it is dark out…

Today I will share some short video clips of the hummingbird encounter from yesterday morning.  I had a few minutes to sit outside with the kids before I needed to get out the door for work.  As I sat there a hummingbird came right up to me and hung out for a bit.  I was even able to take some photos (they are “live” photos but in order to share all of the moments I just changed them to video).  It was very cool!

Another big thing happened yesterday… (drum roll please!)  My blog hit over 1000 followers!  🤗 I am so excited!  It was a milestone that I wondered if I would ever hit and I have so thank you to everyone!  It is so awesome to think that over 1000 people around the world read what I write!

Essie keeps wandering in here to get love or to see what I am doing.  Silly pup.  I got home from work last night and was able to get a bunch of stuff done off my list.  I am also trying to get Dad to FaceTime today (I almost wrote tomorrow because it is dark outside still) after I get home from work.  Tomorrow is just too full.  And most importantly that is supposed to be my day with Chris.  I don’t want to spend it on the phone (Dad and I literally can talk for hours).  So we’ll see if I get an email back today.  It sounds like he is getting his new laptop set up as close to his old computer as he can get.  Jean Luc has got him a special account set up on Amazon so he can make his own purchases (no more PayPaling me the money yay!).

I had better get going.  I just looked at the clock.  Thanks so much for reading and following my blog!  Stay safe and have a great day!

Cooking/Baking, family, Food, Gardening, Learning, Life, Writing

A Short Day Off

I am sitting here drinking my blueberry coffee trying to wake up.  Tomorrow is going to be even earlier but I will be out of work by 3pm.  No idea how busy or slow I will be since I will be training in the deli.

Yesterday was a good day to spend at home with the family.  Chris and I did some running for kibble and such (I am making lasagna on Thursday).  I did get my classwork done as well as laundry put  away.  Oh and I got my high tops cleaned up.  The rest of the stuff I will probably try to get done by Thursday.

Today is officially the first day of September.  For me the first day of fall.  I am sad to see Summer go.  I will miss it.  But Fall has Halloween in it so I won’t fuss too much.  The next few weeks are supposed to be dry for us so that means I need to keep an eye on the plants outside to make sure that they stay watered.  More tomatoes are beginning to redden so I want to make sure we get a good harvest.

I see by the clock that I need to wrap this up.  I still need to repack my work bag (it finally got washed) and relace my shoes before work.  I’m sorry this is a bit short and a bit blah.  I hope you all have a great day and stay safe!  Thanks for reading!

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

What to Do First?

I am so behind!  Lol.  I finally got almost a full night of sleep (a coughing fit was to only real interruption… air too dry) and the kids let me sleep in until almost 9:30am.  And since it is my day off I read a few more blogs than normal.  And here it is almost 10:30am and I haven’t even posted to my blog let alone looked at my classwork.  Normally it would be all be done by now buuuuuut….  The kids aren’t helping as Stella and Essie wander in every few minutes to try to get me outside.  I told them if the sun came out today (it has been cool, overcast and rainy the past few days) we would spend some quality time outside.  My babies.. Chris has also been a gem with everything he is doing around the house to help.  ❤

I made up a whole to do list for today.  There are a few things that I may put off til Thursday.  It feels like so much needs to get done.  But I guess now is as good a time as any to start prioritizing everything.  I still haven’t talked to my parents since last week.  No, Mom and I talked the other night after I got home.  That taught me that I shouldn’t do that on days that I work.  Trying to catch up on everything just before bed is a bad idea.  Mom messaged me that I should talk to them about my hours.  I will mention to them that I have worked every weekend since I hired in.  I was told that I would not be expected to do that but I have.

I can’t believe that tomorrow is the first day of September already.  Tomorrow is Tuesday but since today feels like Sunday since Chris will be home with me the week will be off.  I’d rather have my week off and spend time with him.  Tomorrow also is the 29th birthday of my eldest son (wherever he is).  I am constantly amazed at how much time passes.  So I guess that is a sign to make the most of what I have.  And as I type that Stella has come in to put her paws on my chair to remind me to go outside.  Again.  Lol.  So I suppose that I will try to get through my classwork and then outside we go.  (If I was still ahead with my classwork I might let this week’s slide but I’m not.)  Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Gardening, Life, Nature, Photography

Garden Talk

This morning we are all out in the living room.  The door is open on this chilly morning.  It was very windy and just as cold yesterday.  Everything is overcast so it will be interesting to see what the day brings.

Not much to tell this morning but I did take a bunch of photos of how well the garden is doing last night.  We have even more tomatoes (some are even turning red now) and the green peppers in both gardens have buds that have turned into little tiny peppers that grow bigger by the day.  The beans are also starting to come in.  We have gotten a lot of rain the past few days and that has helped tremendously.  The only down side is that the grass has grown too.  I am going to have to see if I can coax the mower to life one more time.

Since I am running short on time before work I will wrap this up but I will share the photos I took last night.  Thank you to everyone for reading and stay safe!