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A Weird Day

One more shift and I will have a day off. The only thing planned is to get my hair trimmed. I don’t know what the weather is supposed to be like (I have heard cooler temps all the way to almost summer ones). But I am looking forward to my hair cut. Nothing spectacular just a little off the ends. When I keep them trimmed up my hair seems to grow like crazy and I am curious to know what will happen.

Yesterday was a day. I got part of my story for class written. I had hoped to finish up this morning but I think that will have to wait for tomorrow morning. When I got to work I spent a good part of the morning putting up Halloween decorations. That was fun and I have gotten a lot of compliments on my handiwork. Later in the day I had an irate customer who later came back and apologized. I was both surprised and grateful. The customer even went so far as to tell my manager that I acted like a real professional. I got out of work to find out that Eddie Van Halen had died. For those of you who don’t know Eddie is considered a Rock God for his guitar playing talent. He was amazingly talented. Another musician, Johnny Nash known for singing “I Can See Clearly Now” (one of my all time favorite songs even when I was little) also died. An upswing to the day was after I got home I got a call from work. A customer I had been discussing beer with a few days ago had gotten a peanut butter porter that he did not like and left it at the store for me. I am still not used to being able to accept gifts from customers. It is kinda cool.

I had a very strange thing happen last night…. It was around the time Chris was due home from work and she did her little talk (she sounds like she is chewing her words). I woke up and listened to try to hear what she did. She did it again and I heard “Shhhh! Shhhh!” and Stella settled back in and fell asleep. I figured Chris was home and waited for him to come say good night. Nope. Chris came home about 15-20 minutes after that. On that note I am going to get ready for work. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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How much time is enough time? some mornings an hour is enough to get everything done. Apparently not this morning. I am in a mad rush to get this done and get out the door on time. I apologize for not being able to read as many of your blogs as normal. I am currently multitasking to try to get some photos downloaded to share. I am so not good with early mornings. I’m not sure if I am out at 2pm or 3pm. I’m really hoping 2pm.

Yesterday consisted of watching horror movies and playing with the dogs. I did get some stuff around the house done though. The dogs have fresh bedding through out the living room, laundry got done (not put away yet), two loads of dishes done and I made sloppy joes and put it in the fridge. I didn’t eat much yesterday, just sort of picked at things. I feel better than I did yesterday morning but still not 100% so we’ll see how the day goes. Moose was sick yesterday too. Hopefully he is better.

Ok, the last photo is downloading so I will wrap this up. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Still Smiling

Do you every get tired of pushing through? Of always being on top of things all the time? I do and today is that day. It’s cold and wet out (has been for days) and I don’t feel good. I just want to stay in bed and read. So I think I will. I have my shark bag filled with books and writing things so I can haul it wherever I need.

Yesterday’s shift really kicked my butt. Those extra two hours might not seem like much but They are. I did pretty well if I am to be honest. But the flip side of that is that I might get left on my own at one point. There is too much to da lately so I am hoping not.

Moose is snoring under a blanket on the couch. Stella is behind me on the love seat in a little ball (I just covered her up with the big comforter we use on the love seat). Essie is over in the man cave by the door sleeping. I brought the laptop out of my office and into the living room to work, It won’t be for long. I am going to finish this and then curl up and read. I think I might even put off my classwork today. I might get it written (we have to write a two page short story) but I don’t think I will have the energy to type it all in. I just wish I knew why I don’t feel good. It started at work last night.

I am hoping that if I lay low today I will feel better tomorrow. I need to since I think I am at work by 7am or some other ungodly hour (being up and writing at that hour at home is so much different than having to be functioning out in the real world with people). Granted I get out early but still.

I am happy to say that my Halloween cereals have come out! Everyone teases me (lovingly to be sure) because I am just a big kid when it comes to Halloween. I buy all kinds of stuff (they hoard the good stuff for the month of October) and I keep most of it up year round. And every year I seem to find some cool cheap stuff that makes me (and others) smile. Everyone likes my Day of the Dead sugar skull stress balls (I keep them in my pockets for when I need them). My Halloween socks are always a big hit too. Hmmmm… that reminds me I could be wearing some of my Halloween earrings to work. I might have to look into that. But not today.

I think I will post this and read for a bit. I hope everyone is well and staying safe. Thanks for reading!

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Late to Rise, Early to Work

This is going to be a bit of scramble. I slept in a bit since I didn’t have t be to work til 1pm. When I got up and checked my phone work had called. Soooo now I’m going in at 10am and staying until 7pm. I get an extra hour (more if I want to stay til 8pm). It’s gonna be a looooong day. I am struggling to get my brain to function (even with coffee). Atleast my back has eased up from last night. Standing over the sinks at work for all that time about killed my back by the end of the night.

Moose’s medicine is in liquid form. One would think that it would be easier to give him. Just shoot the medicine into his mouth and boom! Done. Nope. It tastes nasty so he doesn’t want to take it. He was a love this morning and stayed on the couch (versus me chasing him around the room) to do battle over the medicine. He took his medicine and I gave him some raw hamburger. After that he seemed interested in eating so I put his breakfast down for him instead of in the fridge. He did eat about half of it.

And that is all I have time for this morning. I gotta wrap this up and head out the door. Thanks so much for reading and stay safe!

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“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”

It has been a steady rain for over an hour now. Yesterday we had hail twice. Today is the first day of one of my favorite months. It is October. In October everyone else jumps on the horror/Halloween band wagon and I can revel in not only being able to watch more horror movies but I can get new Halloween themed stuff (sorry Hungee) for my life.

I have a long to do list for the day and with the weather that should help to get it all done. Some of the things are just simple phone calls or bill paying. Some things will take a little longer (like my classwork). But I am optimistic that it will all get done.

I don’t have any new photos to share from yesterday so I will have to try to get some taken today. The cold and rain are bringing out the colors so things are changing fast. I hear a blue jay outside my window as the rain slows down. I think he was eating some of the berries off of the bush in the pond garden.

I have earned another certificate with my creative writing courses. One more to go and I have the set! (That sounds like a bad joke…) I am very happy with myself. I have saved and printed all of them so far but my printer is only black and white so I may ask someone else to print them in color at one point.

I an trying to do too much at once right now. I am talking to a UK friend, this, downloading updates for my Nikon on to the laptop, petting puppies…. I should probably focus on one thing at a time. Lol. I did do some work on my surfing novel last night. It might not seem like much to others but it is a big step for me. That is another thing on my to do list. I want to try to get a few pages done on each novel. Last night I pulled my research books for each novel together and put them in bags so all I have to do is grab whichever I am working on and go. All in all I think today will be a very productive day.

On that note I will take a quick photo and add it to this post before I share it. I hope you are all having a great day. Thanks so much for reading! Stay safe!

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Some Positivity

This morning (sorry… I just had to stop and help Stella cover herself with a blanket) is darker and wetter than yesterday. Plants are in or covered up. The tomatoes are ripening at a steady pace now. I also need to pull some of the beans soon.

Yesterday morning I rescued a Monarch butterfly. She was hanging out on some of the plants in the sun in the memorial garden trying to dry her wings and warm up. But with the Fall weather then sun wasn’t doing much for either condition for her. I was able to coax her on to my hand and I put her on the basil plant (it is in the long box with the tomato plant and pepper plant) since it was in full sun. She stretched out there for a bit and was able to get warm and dry before taking off.

Last night was almost a full moon. I missed the awesome moon rise (a coworker came in to get some groceries and showed me some pics she had taken) but I was able to get some pretty impressive shots after I got home.

This morning all three dogs have been excessively needy. I’m not sure why. For a good portion of this Stella has laid in my lap or beside me. Moose and Essie have been sitting next to me for love and scratches. I’m not sure what is up. I finally got everyone to lay down. I can hear the gentle snores now. Lol. On a positive note I was able to get Moose to eat almost all of his breakfast. Most of it was fed to him but he ate a good amount on his own from the bowl. I am very proud of him.

I will add a few photos then try to get some classwork done. I hope everyone is have a good day. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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What to Do Next

The sun is out but it is deceptively cold out. I think I might, at the very least, bring in the orange plant. I can leave it by the door to get the sun. I may have to harvest what beans we have and cove the whole thing up by the looks of the weather. The temperatures here are dropping steadily. So do I leave everything out til I get home tonight (I close so after dark)? Or do I pull them in before I go and cover the memorial garden? I think I will leave everyone out and uncovered since the sun is out. It has been a few days since we have seen any sun and I think the direct sunshine will help more than bringing them in. I will bring everyone in tonight after I feed the kids.

I have gotten a lot of color photos between the two cameras. No Monarch butterfly yesterday so I am hoping that it is on it’s way to warmer climes. I need to check my blog capacity for photos. It may have been increased when I upgraded but I have been posting a lot of photos since then. I don’t know if deleting older photos would gain me more space or not. I hate to do it but….

This morning I am writing back in the living room. All three kids are happily snoozing instead of wandering back and forth every few minutes to see me. Although I am still expected to stop every little while and love on everyone. Sigh… snots. Lol.

I have a friend that is trying to get me to go on a color ride next weekend. Truly I want to go but I don’t want to go. I want to take photos of all the colors but I also want to ride my bike. I cannot do both. I suppose I could ride on back and click away as a passenger but…. and I have no idea if I will have the time off. And I also have classwork that I need to keep up with. I usually do that on my days off. Oooooo…. and another problem. He wants to leave at like 9am. Which means I would be going on my own since Chris works nights. And I do my classwork in the morning while the house is quiet. I guess I am gonna have to say no then. Maybe we just do our own color tour sometime soon.

I need to wrap this up so I can try to get some classwork done before work. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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A Little Bit of Everything

This morning Moose is very restless. He follows me around and can’t seem to find a comfortable spot around me (or anywhere) to lay. We’ve been up since 7am when Moose got me up to go outside. It is still overcast from the rain. We got hit hard yesterday morning with the storms making the sky dark enough to be night. It was really wild.

I seem to be only to sleep for patches of 5 hours at a time. I had to take a sleep aid at three different times over the course of the night to get any sleep. So while I waited for the medicine to kick in I worked on my novels. I didn’t make much head way but I got some things worked on before I fell back asleep. So I may pull those out at various times today and jot some notes.

I got some of my classwork done before work yesterday since we were up so early. I might have one or two more videos and then the written part to do today. I plan to finish that up after I post this.

The colors here are changing so fast… I try to take a photo everyday of this one tree across the street every day (it was one of the first to start changing) to demonstrate this. I’ve also been taking photos of the hills behind us for the same reason. Eventually I will sit down and put them together in chronological order and share them.

I just glanced at the clock and it is later than I thought. I need to get going so I can get my classwork done before Chris gets up. I have a few more photos to share with you as well. The peach colored flower is my new favorite. I think I might make it a tattoo at one point. So off I go! Thanks for reading and as always stay safe!

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I had planned to ride in today but not now. I woke up every hour exactly an hour apart (:47 after the hour). No idea why. Then 5am wide awake. So here I am. Moose’s diagnosis was what I had feared. He’s lost 11lbs in two months and all his bad levels for kidney disease have essentially doubled. So. Moose had a horrible time at the vet’s office as well. Nothing they did or did not do. Moose was just that scared despite his anxiety meds. And all he did after I left for work was sleep. All he has done since the vet’s is sleep. I got them out playing for a few before I had to leave for work yesterday but…. and he won’t eat again this morning. It’s new food (courtesy of the vet) and I even put some egg in it. He barely ate any dinner last night. I know he was beyond stressed yesterday but I am very concerned that it is going to have long lasting effects on his disease.

I closed last night and I have to be back at 8am today. I am going to request an early out of they can manage it. I am working both the deli and the second cash register all day. I am so tired (but can’t sleep) and emotionally drained.

I talked to Mom the other day on the phone. I thought about trying to Facetime with Dad today after work but I just can’t. I am in dire need of some me time. And that, sadly, is all I have this morning. I have some more photos I will share. I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Season Changes

I am trying to look past the lack of sleep and anxiety. I am trying to keep a level head about things. But the combination of all of it is kicking my butt. The closer we get to Moose’s appointment the more irritable I get. I also have a stress headache.

Be that as it may I got some good photos yesterday of the color changes around here. If I can manage it I will leave early for work and take my camera. The road to work it just a riot of color. Our little valley here seems to always stay greener longer (for which I am grateful). I can see the trees change daily. The colors seem to be changing fast now that they have started. That usually means a very cold winter. Regardless I will share some of the photos I took. I really do need to sit down more with the book I got to go with the camera. I tried to go through it from first page to last but I found myself impatient because I had discovered a lot on my own. I want the nitty gritty as it were. But I don’t know the proper terms to be able to ask the right questions so I am going to try again.

I did start watching some videos for class the other day. I have to say that all the classes so far have been very good. I am looking forward to seeing what the capstone class will be about. It has a very vague explanation of a class that you work one one piece of writing.

I am trying to write this and upload some photos. The camera battery is low so I’m not sure how many I will be able to get. I only chose five (yes just the five…. sorry movie quote reference lol) to try to share some of what I took but the battery light keeps flashing ominously at me. But I might just make it.

I might have time to start another video for class (yay! I got all five before the battery died!) before we head out for the vet appointment. So I will post this and see what I can learn. Thanks for reading and stay safe!