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The Busyness of Living

I am exhausted. Another day off would really help. Everyone is doing well. Bear is a smart boy and learning every day. Stella is patient and has not laid into him for anything. He got to see his Grandparents yesterday (they are the folks I got him from). Stella also got spoiled. They are dog lovers. They brought treats for both pups. Stella was over the moon because she had more people to love on her. Both pups played and got plenty of love.

My cold refuses to let go. I was up at 7am with a coughing fit. I ended up coming out into the living room and sleeping sitting up. Bear came with. It is the uncontrollable tickle that is the major problem. Anything and nothing can set it off. Nothing helps to calm it. Not drinking something, not throat/cough lozenges, not cough syrup or swallowing. I just cough and cough and freak everyone out. Like just now. There was nothing I could do to stop it. It continued for several minutes. It is very frustrating. It also seems to happen at the most inopportune times. Like when I am dead asleep or out in the midst of a lot of people.

Tonight will be another test for the pups. It will be about 7 hours before I get home tonight after Chris leaves. I am hoping that all will be well. Sadly I won’t have much time with them before we have to be back in bed. I am hoping that they will do what they are now for Chris tomorrow. Namely sleep and stay out of trouble. Bear wants to be doing something but he’s not pushing it. I say, “We have to be quiet. Daddy is trying to sleep.” That seems to get the point across and he settles back down. When Chris gets home at night he barks. Which is good because he is letting me know that there is someone coming in the house. But the problem comes in that he will bark every time he hears Chris until Chris settles in somewhere.

I guess I should get this posted. I am fighting to stay awake. I hope you have a great day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Doggie Duo

Oh my goodness! So busy! I was hoping not to have to go out today but I am out of medicine. And when I need to put more in my system that is when the coughing gets out of control. So I am getting better but I am not out of the woods yet! For as busy as I was yesterday things went pretty smooth. The biggest moment for me was when I came home from the second meeting. I put Bear (I have named him Archie Bear) in the cage because I wasn’t sure how he would do (he only gets into things once, he is told no and he listens). When I got home I was greeted by two dogs. Not one. Do you know that he got into nothing? I am so very proud! Part of me is waiting for the other shoe to drop. He is such a good boy! Tomorrow will be another test. I am closing so it will be a long day for them. Then we’ll see how he does with Chris while I am at work in the mornings. Right now he is snoring in my lap. I am thinking of using some of my sick time next week and take some extra time off (Chris will have the whole week off).

Bear will be a very big boy if he grows into his paws. He is just a big cuddle bug. He doesn’t like it when we bark/sing. He tends to hide behind me. He turned 6 months old yesterday. I called and have a vet appointment set up for him. He will need his rabies shot and he needs to be fixed. He’s not a fan of cars (he gets spooked when they drive by if he is out in the yard I guess). I had to pick him up to get him into the car to bring him home. Since I need to go get medicine I might bring them with. But I may not. I might just run to the store and run back. I do need to get him acclimated to going in the car though. Stella loves rides so that should help.

Winter has officially moved in. Snow, ice and wind have been our constant companions. Bah humbug. I am going to share some photos and then get this posted. Both pups are dreaming right now. Good grief! I hate to wake them to get the camera but….. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Big BIG Changes

This will be a somewhat brisk and possibly garbled post. So much has gone on in the past 24 hours! I have given my notice at the paper. As much as I love my job there I just can’t give them the quality articles that they deserve. I have so much going on with all my new responsibilities at the store I am cramming my life into my two days off. And when (like today) one of those days off has two meetings that makes everything harder. Today will be crazy because yesterday we brought home a new family member. His name is Bear (we both keep calling him Moose on accident because he is so much like him). He is 6 months old. He is a very good boy and listens for the most part. He is actually very well behaved for his size and age (at 6 months he is the same size as Stella who is 5 years). I had forgotten about the meetings when the opportunity to get him came up. So I will run to Elk Rapids for the first meeting and then come back home to hopefully a happy family (Chris and Stella are still in bed… Bear won’t sleep in bed so around 6am I came out here to sleep on the couch with him because he was crying). I don’t know what he will do on his own. We have a cage set up for him for when we are both gone (that will be later tonight when I go to my second meeting). But you see what I mean? my life is just getting so busy that I have to let somethings go. I sent an email to both the newspaper owner and my editor. I said I would work through the rest of the year but after the first of January I would be done. I haven’t heard anything yet.

Bear (I keep calling him Moose… sigh) is wandering checking things out again. He has pulled out most of the bones from their toy box. He and Stella seem to be getting along well. He is a bit too busy for her sometimes. And a bit too much in her business. But no fighting or anything. And I need to get this posted. Posts this week are apt to be a bit crazy so I apologize now. I will get photos of everyone today (hopefully). Sorry about no pics today. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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First Snow Brings New Hoodies

Our matching hoodies arrived yesterday!❤️ A bright spot to this crazy week. We all love them! They are so squishy soft both inside and out😍 Stella still has hers on (I do too for that matter). I notice that neither of us has gotten hot wearing them. Any hot flashes that have started while wearing it quickly disappeared. Stella’s fits just right and the sleeve length is perfect. I also like that her whole belly is covered. There is also a small slit for her leash just behind her hood (it also has strings to tighten it like our hoods do).

Not long after I got home our sweet friends decided to stop by. What was supposed to be a few minute visit was more like an hour but no one noticed. It was good to have them over. I also received a crocheted headband to keep my ears warm as a gift. She started masking them a few weeks ago not long before we all went to see “Rocky Horror Picture Show” together. She has been going great guns ever since. She can crank one out in about 30 minutes.

The only negative from yesterday was getting a tail end (say the last several inches) of Stella’s tail wagging at full force right across my left eye. It felt like getting snapped by a whip. It hurt like hell and woke me out of a dead sleep. My eye watered for a good 30 minutes and feels like it is still swollen. I am not sure about bruising as it is dark still. We’ll see what I look like when I get into my car.

Which I need to do soon. I will share photos tomorrow of all this. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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This cold is kicking my butt. A messed up sleep schedule isn’t helping. I may come home early today. We’ll see how things go. We have a winter weather advisory through tomorrow morning at 7am. Things will be interesting.

I think I might have to change my day to meet the two pups. Maybe back to Monday. Right now when I lay on my back everything drains into my throat and lungs. So that means I am starting the coughing portion of the process. I will say that every day seems to be a different thing!

I need to stay at work long enough for our carry out to get there. We normally don’t have one until around 9am. But we’ll see how I feel.

I am excited about Sunday though! The local fire department is doing a pancake breakfast to raise money in Sunday morning. The store donate a bunch of sausage links for it. When one of the guys came to pick it up he invited us down. I asked how long it lasted since I worked the morning shift. He said 11am. I frowned and said I was sorry I was going to miss it. So he offered to bring us all breakfast!😍 It is going to be so yummy! I will see if anyone who is working will want to give some money (I’ve already got some set aside).

The clock is telling me I need to wrap this up and get ready for work. Hopefully I can feel better as the day goes on. Thanks for reading and stay safe.

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Craziness… But Fun

Today is Veteran’s Day. We are grateful for the military that has fought for and protected us. Most of my family members are military.

Today is the complete opposite of yesterday. We had Summer temperatures yesterday with sunshine. Today it is cold, dark and overcast. We are supposed get a snow storm this weekend. This will be a short post for several reasons. One is that I have less than 7 percent of my battery power left in my laptop. I am too tired to pull it all back into my office and plug it in. Also Stella is asleep behind me. The second reason is that I am not feeling any better. I need to rest as much as I can since this will be another 10 hour shift with me being back at 6:30am on Saturday. We are talking about maybe going to see the new pup together on Sunday after work. Hopefully I will be on the mend by then.

Craziness reigned again at work yesterday. Reps arrived to talk, business was booming despite very limited parking, orders arrived, issues needed to be handled, new phones are still now working properly nor has anyone been properly trained to share with others…. Madness I tell you! Lol. Everyone was in a good mood because the weather was so nice. That helped tremendously! I also got to change the gas prices again. This time they went down (I was asked my opinion and I said that we would sell more gas if it went down because so many of the locals drive a long distance to get to their jobs that people would actually go out of their way to gas up for cheaper).

Ok, battery is almost at 1 percent. I am sorry this is so brief and all over the place. Thanks for reading and stay safe.

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Craziness and Options

This medicine has me all over the place mentally. Part of me is still asleep, another part is trying to wake up while yet another part is already trying to get through my day. I made it through yesterday but it was crazy. When I got there I found out that about half of the parking lot was blocked off. So that meant parking on the grassy hills on the other side of the store (by the time I got out my car had sunk about 1/4 inch). Then there was the fiasco with the new phone system. They were trying to get it installed and teach everyone how to use it. Since I had just me to run various things so others could get taught I never got to go back and learn. By the time I got back there the guy had started packing it all up. He knew I hadn’t been back yet.

I almost didn’t get my cigarette order done and my liquor barely got stocked because I was seemingly needed everywhere. Not long after my shift started someone cut a finger on the meat slicer in the deli. So that was a while filling out the accident report and then making sure all was well. (It wasn’t serious thankfully.) it just seemed to be one thing after another.

I have found a possible pup for us. He is just down the street on Valley. He looks very much like Moose. There are only two boys. One looks like Moose and the other is a brindle like Stella. I am hoping to go meet him Monday or Tuesday. If it goes well then I will bring him home to meet Stella and Chris. There is still the pup downstate but I’ve not heard back from his owner. I like both options but I am leaning toward the local one. If something happens or it doesn’t work out they are just around the corner (literally). I would hate to drive all the way downstate for things not to work out once I got him home.

I should wrap this up. Wish me luck today. Thanks for reading and stay safe.

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What Just Hit Me?

I am hoping that this is just a really bad cold. I can’t call in because there is no one to cover my shifts. I would give a lot to have the next few days off but it’s not gonna happen. I didn’t sleep much despite being tired. My body just aches to the point of hurting. Stella has been very patient and stayed by my side pretty much all day yesterday. This morning she is behind me on the love seat under a blanket.

Despite feeling crappy I did get some things done around the house. I caught up on dishes and I got my plants watered. I was going to try to clean the mouse cage out but I just ran out of energy. I won’t be able to tackle it until I get home from work tomorrow. I need to get the turtle cage and snake cage done as well. Those will have to be different days.

I tried to go through my media on here yesterday but I did not get very far. I underestimated the emotional toll of going through all my photos. I did as much as I could. So that will be another project for another day. Even if I do it once a week. I tried working on my novel but I did not get very far. I ended up with a lot of notes in my journal. Atleast it is something.

This week’s liquor order was very small. The lion’s share was not available from my one distributor. I mean nothing was available from them. I have no idea what is going on with them. This isn’t the first time either. I am going to sit down with the store owner and see what he thinks. That won’t be until Friday though. I still might shoot him a text. I might call the distributor as well to see what is up.

I suppose I will get this posted so I can try to get ready for work. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Stella is behind me under a blanket sleeping. It is a good day for it. The sky is a bit overcast and we had a hard frost last night so there is an icy glaze to the world outside. I got research reading for my novel done yesterday. I took a few notes as I went. I am thinking I might keep doing that today. It seems to be help generating ideas.

The bird feeder has been nonstop busy! I am glad I can help the little ones. I will probably need to refill it today. The waxwings are arriving in droves it seems. So far… four different birds? Maybe six since there are two different woodpeckers that are hanging out. I will start to take photos of them here soon. I need to save and delete my photos from my blog. That way I will have more space for the new ones (I have also decided that after this 12 month period is done I am going back to the free version of WordPress as the extra money I am paying gets me nothing). I even trimmed back some bushes so I’ll have a clear view to the bird feeder.

Honestly all I want to do is sleep. I’m not feeling any better. I am just trying to fake it and get through my days. I should water my plants once I get this posted. Now that the furnace is going the house is drying out. I usually need to water my plants twice a week. A few need to be repotted but that will have to wait. I should trim a few down too.

I have two meetings next Monday so that will give me all day Tuesday to get my other stuff done. Oh nuts… I forgot to send in my word count for last month. So that also needs to go one my list. I don’t know how much I will get done but I will try. Mom and I were texting a bit yesterday. She has a doctor’s appointment today and will probably be out doing a bunch of running so calling her won’t happen. I could see if Dad wants to chat. The last few times he hasn’t felt good so it was a no go. Right now I am not up to it. We’ll see how I feel later this afternoon.

I should get this posted. I am sorry for all the repeat photos. I am going to clean out my media once I get this live and I should be able to get new photos to share on a regular basis. I have a bunch of stuff on my camera to download and share. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Fall Is Here

My body is rebelling again. If I am not feeling sick to my stomach then everything hurts. The sharp pain in my right side is getting more persistent as well. My back woke me several times over the night. For some reason my throat is sore as well. The time change hasn’t helped. I am really hoping that we finally do away with it.

My phone has been blowing up the past few days with messages from various friends that I haven’t talked to in a while. It feels pretty good to know that I’ve not been forgotten about. Several friends are moving forward in exciting ways and wanted to share. I am so happy for them!

The winds are picking up again. I cleaned up the branches in the backyard after I got home so Stella doesn’t accidentally impale herself. I also got the bird feeder filled and back up in the maple trees. The chickadees found it within minutes. Then the woodpeckers and blue jays. I need to make sure that I am keeping an eye on it daily. Payday I need to get some suet to put in either side of the feeder.

The trees are all but naked with the winds we have had. Everything just looks so sad. I think I will be looking into building myself a very basic greenhouse for the backyard. Just something to keep food growing in year round. I will start with deciding which plants I want to start with. Once I figure that then I can work on size and what type of containers I will need to set up. I am a bit excited!

Miss Stella has gotten up and apparently requires my undivided love so I had better wrap this up for now. Thanks for reading and stay safe!