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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!

Animals, anxiety, Creativity, Dogs, Emotions, family, Gardening, Life, Nature, Photography, Reading, Thinking, Writing

The Death of Time

I’m not sure how intelligible next week’s blogs will be. So I apologize now. There may be quite a few that are just photos. Monday I work until 6pm, go home, feed the girls, drive to Elk Rapids for a meeting then come home and write the article. I have a meeting at 9am in Elk Rapids the next morning and I work at 10am. I’ve already told them I will be late… I will write the article for that meeting that night. Wednesday I have to be to work at 6am (which means a 4:30am wake up). I have a meeting at 6:30pm that night in Elk Rapids. Oh and I have a physical therapy evaluation appointment Friday morning at 10am. After today Friday will be my next day off. And for those asking Elk Rapids is about a 20-30 minute drive depending on traffic.

Yesterday I didn’t get called into work until around 9am. And we were busy from the get go. It seems like most people lost power yesterday (it covered several cities apparently). So not only were people panicking about food but gas as well. At one point I was waiting on the gas window and the courtesy counter at the same time. 😳 After work I zipped home to say goodbye to Chris then I zipped back to work to get groceries.

My goal is nothing today. Yesterday before work I got part of a scene done for my novel. I might pull that out. I may putter in the garden. I may do some housework (I did get the layer of ice out of the bottom of the freezer yesterday). I may just sit and read. I don’t want to start thinking I have to cram all kinds of stuff in today. Although I had better take a lot of photos so I have something to share with you all! Lol

I just thought of the title for this post. I thought it might be too serious or too morbid sounding but it fits. This next week time will cease to exist! Lol. I will add some photos and get this posted. Thank you for your kind words and support! Thanks for reading and stay safe!❤️

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

Powerful Even When Powerless

Well this morning has started out very interesting! Total silence outside (there are people back down the two track to the west that have a generator going 24/7). I also got a text from work saying they had no power. And I have no idea when this post will upload because apparently our internet is out. My phone did not charge last night so I am on the floor in the living room plugged in to my speed charger. Incase you haven’t guessed we have power. I stuck my head outside and there are a few people with no lights but not many. I am guessing either Cherryland Electric or Consumers Energy is having the problem. Unless it is something work specific now that I am thinking on it. I think work has the same electric company we do.

Essie got up with me and ate some breakfast but Stella hasn’t gotten up at all. I’m not sure if she’s mad at me or if it’s the new dog food I am mixing with our regular stuff. Or both.

I have the window open slightly and I’ve been listening to a bat search for food. Nature is definitely in Spring mode!

I had to bury a rabbit yesterday. It showed up next to the house yesterday morning. Essie was barking like she was trying to get something to react to her. It was the rabbit but it was in really bad shape. By the time I got back home from town it had dragged itself a few feet from where it had been and was all but gone. About an hour or so later it died. I buried it out behind the garage and put a chunk of cement on the grave so hopefully it won’t get dug up.

I didn’t get a whole lot done yesterday due to not being able to breathe properly (funny considering yesterday’s blog title). I did get the way to Moose’s grave cleared completely and I got fresh dirt mixed in around the memorial garden. That was probably too much to do but I needed to do something. I played as much as I could with the girls.

I got a lot of photos though. Both with the phone camera and the Nikon. I will sift through those and share what I can. It is so wonderfully quiet this morning…. being able to hear the bat hunt in the front yard is really cool.❤️ I need to download photos so I can (oooo! an owl is out there too!) be ready for work whenever the power comes back on. Thanks for reading and stay safe! I hope everyone has a great day!

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Weeding Things Out

My brain is still back in bed. My body is struggling to wake up. Need more coffee…

The girls did very well with their vet appointment. Both have put on weight but it is muscle according to the doctor (it better be with all the playing! Lol). Stella gained 4lbs and Essie gained 3.5lbs. I had to double check the paperwork. They are both on heartworm medicine and flea & tick medicine. So hopefully no issues in that realm this year.

I think I may work in the yard tomorrow and get some seeds planted. I don’t think we got the promised rain at all. We need it. That being said the gardens are coming alive in rapid fashion this year! The best example is the daffodils. They are starting to bloom this morning.

I got my research books yesterday and I can’t say that I am happy with them. The one book is not a book at all but an empty journal. No place did it say that it was an empty journal. I need to do a bit more research on the other two because terms they use I have not heard before and I don’t trust that they know what they are talking about. I am tempted to send the whole lot back.

So the big question today is do I write or garden before work? I think I will try to do both. If nothing else I will bring the plants back outside. But I do need to make more headway on the novels. Maybe one finished character sketch.

Mom and I talked for several hours last night. By the time I went to bed I was exhausted. I tried watching a movie (thankfully it was something I’d seen before) but I kept falling asleep. That’s right. It was The House That Dripped Blood. A lovely Hammer film with a wonderful cast that included Christopher Lee, Ingrid Pitt and Peter Cushing among others. One of my favorites! After the long day I was glad to close my eyes.

I think I will do one more cup of coffee then pay bills and do some things around here. I hope you enjoy the photos! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Highlights

Yesterday’s highlight was coming home and finding a letter from my penpal that lives in Maryland. Even though her letter was full of her and her life as well as being a little over five pages it still feels woefully short. I really enjoy talking to and learning from a person who has no preconceived notions. We haven’t seen each other nor talked other than our letters. We can just be ourselves and reveal the vulnerable stuff. Having to wait for a response for a few weeks makes each letter that more special.

The bad news did the week is that since my order took so long to fill it got cancelled. So I am back to square one for a laptop. it is very frustrating because I really liked the one we finally chose. Sigh.

After work I come home and get the girls for their vet appointment. Annual physicals and then heartworm as well as the flea and tick medicine. I keep getting worried about Essie. She finally ate this morning (she didn’t eat breakfast or dinner yesterday) but my concern is the lumps she has been accumulating. I know dogs get fatty masses as they get older but she collecting them like rare baseball cards. I just hope her cancer doesn’t come back. Right now she is softly snoring on the couch.❤️

No rain but the wind has picked up again. We need the rain though. Rain has been predicted off and in this week but everything seems to be in constant flux. Speaking of which in need to get the flux out of here. I hope everyone has a great day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Animals, Dogs, Life, Nature, Photography, Thinking

Animal Shenanigans

The wind has really picked up today. I had the door open but the neighbor was revving something trying to get it to??? Stay running? I don’t know but it was very loud and a bit early in the morning for that. I am extra irritated because I work with her. I have no idea who she has staying with her but I will be glad when they are gone.

Essie is this tiny ball sleeping. She hasn’t eaten breakfast. I am taking them for their annual check up tomorrow after work. With the mosquitoes so early this year we are getting heartworm medicine. We are going to get flea and tick medicine this year as well. I think I have found some ticks on Stella or at the very least places where she has been bitten. I think this will be the first time in many years we have had to do this.

The Robins are enjoying all the torn up earth where Stella runs to catch her ball. Much easier to find worms. More and more birds are singing in the mornings and during the day. It is a nice change.

I have several photos to add. I could wish for a bit more light on some. I will try to tweak them on the phone before I put them in here. All in all though I got some good shots taken. Thanks for reading! Stay safe!

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Travels Great and Small

It looks as though we will have another beautiful day.❤️ We want to grill today so I need to slide to the store before 1pm. I feel kinda bad because it is Easter but there it is. I am leaning toward taking the motorcycle (pardon the pun) but it will depend on the temperature (the frost still hasn’t melted) and my body. Right now it hurts. I might take Angus (my Subaru) for groceries then take Rogue (my motorcycle) out got a ride later today. We’ll see.

Maybe I need to wear my helmet cover 🧐

I want to spend time on my writing as well today. Even if a few pages are all I do. I started fleshing out some of my characters the other day. I still don’t see them clearly in my mind’s eye so I know more work needs to be done.

The Robins have been here and singing since we got up. Spring is definitely here! I wore shorts to work yesterday and several people commented. I compared myself to a Robin saying that if you saw me in shorts you know Spring is here. That brought many smiles. 😁

I miss loading up the dogs in the car to go for a ride.

My boys❤️🐾

I am trying to be positive… I am debating about doing some yard work today. I don’t want to do too much uncovering if we are still getting frost at night. I found a bud yesterday and the daffodils, tulips, irises and day lilies are growing up fast! I am very excited! Since my irises seem to bloom every other year this year should be the big bloom. I have a smaller batch that blooms when they don’t. No idea how I managed to do it. Lol. I think I will work with my roses this year too. So I need to dig out the book Mom got me.

Looking at the clock I guess I need to get crackin’ if I want to get to the store and get things done around here. I just want to thank everyone for the awesome support!❤️ Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Making Plans

My April Fool’s article from last year has finally been published! The paper didn’t do an April Fool’s issue last year due to the pandemic hitting hard. I have to say that this one and the one from the year before about sharks in the lakes are my favorites! The shark one is actually based in fact. A shark could survive in our lakes (not all sharks are salt water).

More and more birds are arriving. There was a big beautiful Raven in the deck yesterday along with a Robin. Several Robins have been hanging out the past few days. My bird book has been busy as I try to figure out who the new visitors are. I am hoping to be good enough with my camera that I can get some photos of the hummingbirds this year.

I have started a new bit of research for the werewolf novel. I truly don’t know how much of all this will end up in the book. A good part of this research is to flesh out my characters and their backgrounds. One of my problems is that I haven’t experienced some of my locations and I want to get things right. I know I won’t get everything right but I want to do as much as I can.

I have to keep clock watching this morning. I usually have Saturdays off but I work today and have tomorrow off. I also need to leave myself enough time to load up the car with bottles. I have to make sure I have enough for the girls’ vet appointment on Tuesday. I will probably ask to pick the medicine up on Thursday (the office is closed on Wednesdays). That will be a big load off my mind. With the early Spring this year I want the girls on both heartworm medication and the flea and tick medicine. I think we will need it this year. Normally we don’t worry about it.

My mind really wants to stay home. I am already thinking on the novel and the gardens outside (the weather might be staying warm enough that I can uncover the plants and ground without worrying about them getting too damaged by freezing at night). The packets of seeds that I have are whispering to me….

But I need to get some pictures downloaded for here (and try not to add more to my Picfair account just yet… not enough time). Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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

Sealed In

It’s like we’ve been sealed into the gloomy skies this morning. I let the girls out and you could see a bit of blue sky like you were looking through the crack as a lid of clouds closed up on a bowl of dark clouds. Looking out now there is no blue sky to be seen.

I need to call and get the girls in fir their annual physicals. I think this year we will do the flea and tick medicine as well as heartworm. With the mosquitoes coming out as early as they have I don’t trust any of the bugs. I will call today to see when I can get them in. Hopefully soon.

My appointment is tomorrow morning. More tests had better be run because I am miserable. The pain is getting worse. Trying to do just basic stretches brings tears from sharp pains. My mobility is almost nil in the morning.

I keep hoping for an email saying my laptop has shipped. There was supposed to be a delay but no one has said when or how long. According to the site it is supposed to get here the beginning of next week. Is that correct or is the delay longer than that? I’m not sure. I do hope it arrives on my day off so that I can get familiar with it and get a few programs installed.

I did get quite a few photos yesterday so I will be able to pick and choose what to share. The skies were very photogenic all day yesterday. It was wonderfully warm despite the wind. The grass is getting greener and the plants are growing taller. ❤️🌱 Spring is pushing it’s way in. I even heard the peepers the other night!

I’d better wrap this up. I hope you like the photos! Thanks for all the support and for reading! Stay safe!