Animals, Cooking/Baking, Creativity, Dogs, dreams, Emotions, family, Food, Friends, Holiday, Life, Love, Nature, Thinking, Writing

Being Thankful

Today is Thanksgiving here in the U.S. That got me thinking last night as I was falling asleep, remember what you are thankful for. I always try to find atleast one thing to be thankful for when I go to sleep at night. Some days there are a lot so I have to pick and choose. Some days I struggle to find one thing (it is usually that I got home safe to my family or that I have my family to come home to). Last night I had a cornucopia of choices. We were as busy as we’d been during the summer rush with the tourists. I was all over the store helping customers. The first part of my shift I was at the courtesy counter paired with one of my fave coworkers. We were singing and dancing and laughing a lot. The second half of my shift things really picked up and I was having fun with everyone. Despite being busy I still had energy so I came home and took care of the kids, cleaned the mouse cage, washed dishes, cleaned the rugs in the kitchen, swept and cleaned the floors in the kitchen as well as vacuumed. I also managed to get myself two articles to write (one is due today and the other Saturday). Trash also got taken out. Mind you I did strain my back by the end of the night and it was after midnight before we went to bed (my poor patient puppies) but so much got done that I don’t have anything that needs to be done around the house except making the pies (I am making an apple pie and pumpkin pie… the apple is from scratch including the crust but the pumpkin is out of a can since I didn’t get any pumpkins for Halloween this year but the crust will be from scratch) and stuffing for the turkey. So I can work on my articles and talk to family via whatever medium (Chris’s family will be either Skype or Discord, Dad ill be Facetime and Mom will be just talking on the phone). I guess the point of this long paragraph is that I have a lot to be grateful for.

I have an amazing family and equally amazing friends. I have probably one of the best jobs/workplaces ever. I was able to replace my car and get something that I never would’ve been able to without the Jeep having issues (I set aside a chunk of money to go toward the engine repair and that ended up going towards a down payment). I have three awesome dogs and have been blessed over the years to be Mom to so many pets. I am able to use my writing skills to earn enough money to pay bills (not just fun money). I have the best husband I could ask for. I wouldn’t have half of what I do or be the person I am without him. He has taught me so much over our life together and been there for me through so much.

I also have all of you reading this. I am very grateful for all of you because you read my work and share your thoughts and suggestions not just on my writing but on my life as well. I am blessed to have all of you! Thanks for reading! I hope you have a great day and stay safe!

Animals, Cooking/Baking, Dogs, family, Food, Holiday, Life, Nature, Photography, Thinking

Enjoying Life

I had too much fun at work. As a result I was exhausted when I got home. Lol. There was three of us in the deli and Linda and I were just laughing the whole time. She and I always have fun when we work together. She refers to us as “the dream team.”

When I got home Chris was putting the turkey in brine for a day to soak. When he gets home tonight he will put it in the smoker pretty much over night. Then it will go into the oven to finish baking. Meanwhile I will need to make an apple pie and pumpkin pie while the oven is free. Ooooo…. I almost forgot I have to make stuffing as well. I need to the bread heels from the freezer that I have been saving. Or… or I could try something new. I need to make a grocery list. I forgot to get the kids hot dogs last night.

Tomorrow will be busy but not. I will need to do my baking but I also want to just spend time around the house. The snow we got yesterday and last night will probably be gone by the weekend. I need to, sadly, put the blankets in my car for the dogs. I really like how cool and sporty the interior looks. I really hate to cover it up. But I don’t want it looking nasty before it’s time. It is probably a lot more durable than some of the other cars I’ve had but still. Moose has his new appointment at 11:45am next Thursday so Angus needs to be dog proofed before then. I am curious to see what the dogs think of him. Stella goes to the window and barks every morning when she is looking for Chris because she sees the new car. I can also sneak up on the dogs because Angus is so quiet.

I need to start getting ready for work. I did get some photos taken while it was snowing. I am working on trying to capture the falling snow in the photos. Sometimes it work and sometimes not. I used both cameras. The birds are getting more comfortable with seeing me point something at them. The small bird was outside the living room window and let me use my phone to get a few shots. I hope everyone has a great day! Stay safe and thanks for reading!

Animals, Dogs, family, Friends, Holiday, Life, Nature, Photography, Thinking, Writing

Making My Lists and Checking Them (Three or Four Times)

It was hard to get up this morning. I actually got to bed and to sleep when I needed to last night. As a result I went into hibernation mode. But the kids and I got up and everyone ate (yay!). They are back asleep dreaming their doggie dreams. I am looking toward working my mid shift in the deli. It will be much easier than either opening or closing. I just fill in.

I have an alarm set on my phone for tonight. I have a meeting at 7pm. With everything going on I’m pretty sure I would forget. It won’t go in until next week’s paper but I still plan to send my work count in ASAP. Since I don’t have a car payment until January it will be Christmas money. ❤️

I need to start making my lists for everyone. I also need to figure out what (if anything) I am doing for my peeps at work. Cards? Gifts? I’m just not sure. I had a former associate from Younker’s message me fir my address last night. She and I became good friends.

I need to get going. I didn’t get any photos yesterday with the Nikon but here is what I did get with my phone. The one is from the gas window at work. It was dark all day except for that few minutes of time.

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

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

Watching Nature

Nothing got done yesterday. We worked on the 3D shark puzzle and are doing an elongated game of chess (someone moves a piece and walks away to do something then the other player wanders up at one point and moves a piece on the other side and leaves). But for some reason I feel like I’ve been hit by a Mack truck. I can’t give you specifics as to what is wrong. I just feel bad.

I just spent the past few minutes taking photos of the birds outside my window. I now have both a male and female woodpecker that come here. It has been just the male for a long time. All kinds of little birds are hanging out this morning as well. Now that the woodpeckers have moved on the little ones are coming to the feeder. I need to get the other feeder and get it put out soon. Hopefully next week.

Part of me is tempted to leave a bit early for work and sit in my car with the manual when I get there. I never did get to that yesterday. Part of it is that I feel bad leaving the kids outside (or in for that matter since they are stuck in the house pretty much all the time) and not spending the time with them. So if I leave early I can spend a few minutes atleast programming stations into the radio (I did reset the clock the other day).

Well now a big ole blue jay has moved in on the bird feeder. This could be kinda fun this winter. It is something to watch and it’s not that far into the yard to keep the feeder filled. A small bird thought about coming in the house yesterday. S/he held on to the side of the door frame and kept sticking her/his head in to check things out. I kept telling it that it didn’t really want to come inside. I didn’t want to spook it. The dogs didn’t seem to care lol.

It looks like the sun is coming out to try to warm things up. I should try to get some stuff done around here before work. I hope you like the photos of the visitors! Thanks for reading! Stay safe!

Animals, Books, Creativity, Dogs, Emotions, Guitar, History, Learning, Life, Nature, Photography, Reading, Thinking, Writing

Lost In the Bread Crumbs

The promised wind from the past few days seems to have arrived today. Winnie the Pooh would refer to it as a “rather blustery day.” My relocated bird feeder is still holding strong wedged on the branch of the maple tree. The clouds are moving around swiftly so we’ll see how that affects the weather. The ponds are icing over.

There is so much that I want to read and research and learn. I’m not sure where to start so I peck at everything like a chicken. A little here and a little there. Usually not the same subject each peck. Which limits my learning because that peck might be a book but if I don’t finish reading the book and start another that has caught my attention…. which is what I tend to do. There are research books I bought a year ago that I still haven’t finished reading. I have beginner guitar music and lessons, learning Italian, keeping up with my French, all my varied history books and biographies…. all been read a little but never finished.

I am watching Moose and hoping he is dreaming. He has been my shadow since we went to bed last night. I don’t think he feels good. When he was outside eating some of the small bit of snow we got parts of his body started shaking. I thought he was cold but then I noticed that it was just random places he was shaking. Not all over like he was cold. He is doing it again now but I can possibly contribute it to dreaming. Right? Some of the muscle shakes do not coincide with his dreaming. I may be reading too much into this but there it is.

I feel scattered. So much I want to do, things that need to be done, things that should be done. All seemingly to be done now. What to do? How to chose? I try to calm my mind and pick one thing off the important list and try to do that. Then maybe something off the list just below that. Some days this works. Other days panic sets in and I give myself a stress headache and do nothing but berate myself because I’m getting nothing done.

I can say that the birds have found the feeder in it’s new spot. I am glad. When I find a replacement I will try to hang it from one of the branches of the maple trees. I got a few photos of birds at the feeder (just outside my window yay!). One is a woodpecker (red head) and the other is a chickadee (tiny one). A lot of chickadees but there is one little blue bird trying to defend from all comers. Let me see if I can get a picture… I got a few shots that I will share. I’m gonna need to get that other bird feeder asap with the battles that are going on out there. Sheesh!

I’m going to upload the photos and try to get one thing off my have-to-do list. I don’t work until 2pm so that will give me some time. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Animals, dreams, family, Life, Movies, Nature, Photography, the World, Thinking

Getting a Bit of Knowledge

This morning is the complete opposite of yesterday morning. Dark dark skies. We also have a wind advisory but the wind is barely moving anything right now. Damn, the birds can’t find where Chris put the feeder (turns out it was Stella that ate the suet) and neither can I. I’ll have to go look for it and find a spot in the area that it was to put it up higher. I need to replace the feeder. I can only put suet in it as someone broke on of the sides and now only one suet packet because Stella all but tore the one side off. On the plus side if I can find one that comes with a hanger I can put it up in the maple trees right there so it will be in the same area. Not to mention I can give them both seed and suet then. The general opinion is that it will be a hard winter so the little critters will need food and water.

I watched two documentaries yesterday. One was on Steampunk and the other on a specific horror convention in St. Louis. “Vintage Tomorrow” was about the Steampunk culture and movement. I find myself using the term movement with that documentary because the people interviewed had thought about what being involved with Steampunk meant to them and how it could be used as a tool to better the world. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Steampunk it is a cross between all things Victorian with steam and metal. But the mindset behind it goes much deeper. It is a very good documentary and on Amazon Prime for those of you interested.

The second documentary was on a horror/sci-fi convention in St. Louis called “Contamination.” There have been plenty more that have come to the city since but this was one of the first to arrive and thrive. “Contamination: A Convention Story” covers I believe the second year that it was there. It reminded me of why I really really want to try to make an effort to get to one of the horror conventions. All the cool goodies for sale and just to see all the awesome costumes and be around people who like the same types of things. Not to mention the star factor. You can meet one of your icons and actually talk to them. It would be like getting to meet Joe Hill. You are no longer looking in from afar. Just to be able to be submersed in all that for a few days…. sigh. The documentary interviews not only the people who put it all together but the stars who attended and the average attendee. The interviews were interesting and I thought it was cool that the stars had taken the time to be a part of the convention. A lot of them really enjoyed the experience, most actually. If you are interested this was also on Amazon Prime.

As promised I took a lot of photos yesterday. I will pick out a few to share this morning and use more tomorrow since I’m pretty sure that I won’t be taking any photos before work. I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Animals, Creativity, Dogs, Emotions, family, Life, Nature, Photography, Thinking, Writing

Sorting Through

The sun is out today. That is a good start. Yesterday seemed to get more tangled as the day progressed. The inspector was late (over an hour) coming to the house and no one could find him or get ahold of him. The fixes that Chris did passed. Yay! But the stairs have to be redone. Wait…. what?! Why wasn’t this brought up before? So we are back to square one. On the plus side we won’t have to pay for any inspections (the gal that is at the office is very nice and easy to talk to). But…. Then I get home to find that the print I inadvertently ordered arrived. I was excited. The tube was the size for a regular poster. Then I opened the tube. The print inside was about 8×10. 8×10. Not at all what I expected. Or wanted. So I shot off a message to her on Messenger. I was as polite as possible but I was blunt. A few hours later (she lives in Hawaii) I got a response. She was apologizing and offered to send another print for free (oh and she had talked about it being very expensive to send things from Hawaii and she said she would cover the cost of shipping…. it was $5 to send the tube). I haven’t responded to her yet.

I am hoping that today goes a little smoother. The nearby gun shots are a bit much. They sound like they are next door rather than in the far back where everyone seems to normally shoot.

I put out some suet for the birds since the weather has turned to bitter cold. Someone was desperate to get to one of the cakes as the metal grill holding it to the bird feeder has been pried almost off. Racoon? I hope it wasn’t Stella. I think she is the only one that Chris let out after we went to bed. The suet cake on the other side is fine.

I think I might brave the cold and try to get a few photos today. I didn’t take any yesterday with everything going on. Looks like some of the birds have found the suet. I hear chirping outside my window and looked to see some little sparrows hanging around the feeder and eating the remaining berries off the bush.

Moose is asleep behind me. He doesn’t like the click of the mouse but he is ok with the clicking of the keys as I type. I need to get my article written and turned in for Thursday’s meeting. That is my only real to do today. I should water the plants too. I think some of them have dried out a bit with the furnace going. I’m looking around my office and wondering if I should take some of my stuffed animals and pose them outside. I have a teddy bear in a bomber jacket and leather hat that might look cute frolicking outside. Then there are all my dragons that I could pose…. and my unicorns. And I’d forgotten about all the Minions in the bedroom. That could be a fun scene. So may be that will a fun thing I do today. And I might try writing a short story from one of the prompts I found. We’ll see. I’m also looking at my desk and wondering if I would ever want to refinish it. It wouldn’t be hard. Dad and I refinished an old treadle sewing machine. We redid the wooden base that it sat in as well as the wooden case that went over the machine when it wasn’t in use. I miss sewing on that. I made all kinds of clothes for me and my stuffed animals. (I had very few dolls when I was little. I preferred animals even then.)

Anyway… I should get this posted so I can get things started around here. I hope everyone is having a great day. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Animals, Creativity, Dogs, Emotions, Life, Photography, the World, Thinking, Writing

Finding What Needs to Be Done

Another early morning. The kids have eaten and gone back to bed. Moose did not eat breakfast but he did take his medicine. A lot got done yesterday but not what I had hoped. I seem to have chosen keeping the house clean over my writing. I did journal quite a bit and I even had a few ideas on the story but no real work on the novel. But I did put pen to paper more than normal so that is a good sign.

Last night’s meeting was changed to tonight. Hopefully it will be a short one since I have to be to work early. We’ll see. It is a meeting that I have never covered before so I have no idea what to expect. The kids will be happy since this means I will be home. I know I will be.

Speaking of being happy… I have been talking with a lot of my creative friends (mostly on Facebook) and I am not the only one going through a bout of depression and problems creating. There are a lot of us out there who feel like we’ve hit a wall of some kind. That makes me feel a little better but it also makes me wonder what the cause is. There are too many for it to just be a coincidence. Something to ponder.

Since I need to wrap this up…. I took photos last night with both the Nikon and my phone camera so see the difference. I thought the results were interesting. Let me know what you think. I was surprised at the difference. The first group are from the Nikon and the second group are from the phone camera.

Sorry this is a short one. I hope everyone has great day. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Animals, Creativity, Emotions, family, Life, Nature, Thinking, Writing

Lickety Split

Yesterday I fell way short of my word count. I got some writing done before work but after work I was too anxious and could not concentrate. So much going on here lately. I did play a lot with the kids last night. That helped. I have a bunch of bug bites I am trying desperately not to scratch. Apparently the bugs did not all die on Sunday with the storm. Shame. Lol. The worst are the two black fly bites on my neck.

Our small frog is still living in our pond. Poor guy, I cleaned the leaves out of both ponds thinking that I was helping and I pulled him up from the depths. He just kind of looked at me like, “Really?” I did apologize to him.

I set an alarm for myself for tonight. I have a 7pm meeting and I am willing to be that I would forget otherwise. I also remembered to write a note about my three meetings next week. I just need to remember to put it in the office once I get to work today. I also need to remember to get groceries either today or tomorrow. I will check the list and if we can go til tomorrow (I get out at 2pm) I will do it then. I would like to see Chris since I haven’t really since Sunday.

It is about time for me to get ready to go. I’m not sure how short tomorrow’s post will be. Be safe and thanks for reading!

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Bits and Pieces

We slept in a little later this morning since I don’t work until 1pm. Sleep last night was much better than the previous night. Yesterday we actually had the sun out for awhile in the afternoon which seemed to improve everyone’s moods. I tried to get some decent shots of the sun coming through what is left of the leaves. (I have to admit that taking photos outside makes me sad because the leaves are all falling off the trees and the weather is becoming bitter cold.)

I covered two meetings last night for the paper. Both were fairly short but interesting. I need to do my word count today and send it in. Then I can make my car payment. Today before work I hope to get bills paid. I will do what I can and finish tomorrow since I have the day off. I also want to try to get some more research done for the novel for NaNoWriMo since that is mere days away. Speaking of days away I need to figure out what to do for Chris for his birthday. It is a week from today. Aaaaannd I have no clue what to get him. As usual. Lol.

I got some really cool photos of the moon last night. The clouds looked like waves on a beach. I tried both the Nikon and my phone. Of the two the phone did a better job of getting the shot. It’s still not what I wanted but it was better than nothing.

I got my cool skull from my friend the Dame of the Dead yesterday. I love it!

Moose has been with me here in my office all morning. He normally is in and out (mostly out). Every once in a while I look at him and realize what a big dog he is. I have always had big dogs (Max was a chocolate lab/Akita mix and he was 130lbs) so I don’t think of them as big or small. They are my dogs. But this morning I look at Moose on the floor by me and he looks like such a big boy.

I’m thinking I should go through and get rid of things in the closet I can’t or won’t wear. It will take some courage on my part. As Chris will tell you I am fighting growing older tooth and nail. There are things I need to get rid of because I will use them as ammo for self abuse. I have enough of that as it is. So one day soon I will sit down with a trash bag and go through my closet (sorry our closet). I can promise you that I will be keeping pretty much all my tees and tank tops. I have many many years of memories wrapped up in all of them. Mom suggested making a quilt but I can still wear them one and two do you know how many quilts I could make?! Not to mention I won’t want to put them on the bed because I don’t want holes in said tee shirts. So.

I should wrap this up so I can get bills paid and play with the kids for a bit before I head to work. Stay safe and thanks for reading!

Ed. Note: I guess I have used up all my photo slots on my blog. I will try to subtract a few so I can add a few.