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Puzzling It Out

This morning both pups are on the loveseat behind me. The morning has dawned dark. The weather zones for my state seem to have reversed this year. Normally up north here we get all the snow and cold for the winter. Lately, the southern end of the state has had all the fun. And they are welcome to it! We have had some snow and bitter cold to be sure but nothing like what is normal for us.

Mom and I talked for a few hours yesterday. She is so bored but doesn’t want to do anything. I mostly listened. We want to get together, but I need to make sure the car is ok first. That is all I need is the car breaking down in Traverse. But I am excited to give her her gifts. I think she will really like them,

The Girls did come over for a little while yesterday. It was good to see them again. We want to plan a girls’ day soon. I am going to push for the middle of February or so. I know that our anniversary is coming up but one of them is also going in for surgery at the end of the month. I think it would help to get us all together before then.

I read a little bit on a story idea but then I called Mom so really no writing got done yesterday. I haven’t been very good about that lately. Too much going on. I will have to figure out when to make time as my work week progresses. I am a bit disappointed in myself but to be honest I have tried. I just seem to sit and stare at the page as my mind goes over everything that is unrelated. After about 30 minutes of fighting myself, I just put my pen down.

My days off seemed to go so fast. Everything seems to go so fast anymore. I need to do bills today before work as well. I should call my mechanic to see about getting Angus in. But I won’t be able to until the end of next week. And that check needs to go to my car payment. We’ll see I guess. I will message him and see what he suggests.

I think I will wrap this up and try to get something done around here. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Back Home

A late post since I didn’t really fall asleep until after 5am. Archie is right back to his old self. Which means I am all over the place. Keeping him from playing and running around is near impossible. A side effect of his anesthetic is excessive whining. And he did. He paced and whined. Til around 7pm. For a while I think he was afraid to fall asleep. He finally fell asleep in my lap. All 88 lbs (40 kilos) of him. This morning it is like nothing happened. They want him to wear the cone of shame but he probably won’t. For one thing he hasn’t really bothered the area and for another he will destroy more of the house with it on. He is not the most agile pup right now. I hate that I have to work three nights next week. I don’t want him getting into things. I keep telling myself that it is just for that week. And I will end up with over time. Those three days are going to be atleast 10 hour days and I will still have two more days to work that week. I hope that will allow me to get the car in for possible repairs.

Mother Nature has decided it is winter again. The snow started coming down hard last night and left about an inch of snow. Right now it is snowing pretty steadily. The size of the flakes waxes and wanes. I am glad I can stay home today. I am weary of going all over the place on my time off. I have not heard from either parent in several weeks. Whenever I try to talk with Dad he doesn’t feel good (migraine etc) but tries to act like I am never available (sorry, I love you, but I work). Mom is still having issues with her phone. She is also not happy with me because she has freaked out because she can’t get her text messages to work with me and starts calling and calling til I answer. Then gets upset because I can’t talk because I am at work. The last time she did that I pointed out that I had called and left a message telling her that I would be at work so if she called back I probably would not answer. Four phone calls later (one after the other) I answered and told her I could not talk and that I had left a message. She was not happy with me. So there we are.

I have no idea what to do today. I did get the bird feeder filled and the plants watered. I also sprayed them with old milk. I was reading one of my gardening books and she recommended using expired milk diluted with water to get rid of bug issues on plants. It also gives them nutrients that they need but might not be getting. I did that and my plants look all the happier for it. I sprayed their leaves.

I had better get this posted. Oh and happy side note… the vet bill was less than the lowest quote for his surgery and shots. So YAY! Thanks for reading and thank you for all the love and support for Archie. He sends puppy kisses and snuggles! Stay safe!

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Not a Happy Camper

Apparently all my complaining is helping. When I went back to check my stock and back-stock after my deliveries yesterday everything was actually where it needed to be. I was able to thank the guys as well.

Yesterday got harder as the day went on. It doesn’t help that I will only have one day essentially off and at home in two weeks, give or take. It is for a good cause and the store manager told me about it. But it will be hard. I will worry about the dogs as well because not only will I be working my normal days off but I will be closing.

I don’t want to go to work. I am stressing too much. And my heart hurts. So far my car has had no change. But I still need brakes and engine work done. I don’t think the fridge has turned off since I’ve been home from work. I think that might need to be replaced soon. I still need to get Chris an anniversary gift. That is coming up soon. No idea where all this money is going to come from.

Sorry all my posts seem to be downbeat. I can only fake it for so long. I hope you have a great day. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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What Now?

Things are off this morning. Outside it looks like someone has sprinkled confectioners sugar all over. I am concerned with my car, Angus. By the time I pulled into the church parking lot Monday the engine did not sound right. I am hoping that the rest will make a difference. I’ll find out when I leave for work. I don’t have the money for car issues right now. I have to have the money for Archie’s vet appointment this coming Monday. I only hope that everything will be ok until then. But the next paycheck has to go toward my car payment.

I had my little to do list written out for yesterday but I did one thing on that list. Everything else is unaccounted for. Writing did not go as planned not did working with my plants. What I did manage to get done got done right before bed. I feel like I need another day off. But I close tonight and open tomorrow. I need to make sure that I only get what we need at the store. No treats for any of us. They are calling me on Friday to let me know the specifics for Archie’s surgery. I will need to remember to put the water bowl up on Sunday before we go to bed.

I hope that the kids don’t get into anything while I am gone. It seems more likely to happen when I am upset. And I am. Friday will also be the one year anniversary of Essie’s death. Did I mention how much I hate the month of January? I was looking at the calendar earlier and thought to myself that it is a good thing that I quit the paper. I would’ve had two meetings that someone else would’ve had to cover for me.

I have no new photos to share. It has been dark and very blah here. So I will share older ones. We seem to have a winter storm watch going on. The snow is coming in from the north. I know this because I can barely see across the road to the front of the house (which is north) and if I look out the back (this is south) things look clear with no snow. It doesn’t seem to be moving either. It’s almost like our road is the divider and the snow won’t cross it. Weird.

I need to wrap this up and atleast get my violet repotted before it dies. I was supposed to do that yesterday. Both pups are behind me asleep. I hope you have a good 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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There Goes the Neighborhood

I am hoping to get this written and posted before anything gets too crazy. The temperature is near freezing, the wind is strong enough that even the biggest trees are bending sideways and it is a rain snow mix coming down. The skies are dark as if it were dusk, not midmorning. Stella is curled up behind me in several blankets.

I took yesterday for myself. I made some headway on my novel. I think the story has become much bigger and more involved that I planned. I will go over some of it today but not too much. Things need to stew in the back of my mind for a bit. I did take Stella for a walk. We only did one loop (so 1/2 mile). It was too cold with that wind. It cut through everything! I also got most of my outdoor furniture into the shed for the season. The only thing still out is my aqua chair by the sliding glass door. I just couldn’t tuck it away yet. I may tomorrow if the weather lets up.

The big excitement was my quarterly Supernatural box arrived. Sadly I wasn’t too impressed. There were a few things (like the awesome flannel shirt, rib cage pin and special calendar that glow in the dark) that I really liked but the rest was a bit meh. What I like about the company though is they will send out an email asking what you liked and didn’t like with every box. I have a good response for them this box! Unfortunately I did not make it to the next round in my horror competition. I was in first for a bit but then fell back to second which is where I finished. I am super proud and grateful for making it as far as I did though.

I seem to be developing one of those weather headaches. Bah humbug. I have things to do! Oh well. I will just have to deal with it. I buzzed around and got the house as best I could (I need to vacuum only Chris gets up, as I forgot yesterday) so that if we end up losing power we will be caught up (laundry, dishes, etc) and batteries/back up stuff charged. I am also thinking of getting another case of water to keep stashed. For some reason I feel the need to have things stocked up for emergencies this year. I also need to pack my yearly winter emergency bag for the car. It won’t be as necessary as I live so close to work but still. I started doing it when I was working at Younker’s.

This headache is becoming a bit much so I will wrap this up and get it posted. I enjoy reading your posts this morning. Keep up the great writing! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Running Running Running

This will be another short one. Yesterday was busy. Work was steady but I got as much done as I could since I was gas and not manager. Everyone else seemed to disappear when needed to I had plenty to do.

Last night’s meeting went a bit longer than expected. And it was busier than expected. Fortunately I checked the web site to make sure the meeting was still on so I found out in enough time that not only had the meeting moved (we were meeting in Veteran’s Park…. as well as several other spots) but the time had changed as well. So I left here at 5:30pm and walked back in the door around four hours later. I was wiped out from my first job but after walking, driving and such for the meeting I went pretty much straight to bed.

I am running behind so I will wrap this up. I will try adding a photo or two if I can. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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We Like to Move It Move It

It feels like Sunday because that is the only day I get up this early. I need to watch the clock to make sure I give myself enough time to get to Mom’s. I also need to remember to call as I am leaving. One of the nice things about Angus is being able to talk and drive.

The rain has been non-stop since yesterday. And I’m ok with that. I makes me hunker in. I left work early because I felt that sick. Unfortunately I shared with Chris so he is sick too. We have been able to spend some quality time together the past two days and tat has been much needed. I didn’t make it much past 7pm last night. Even though I got sleep I still want more.

My granddaughter was born yesterday afternoon. I got two photos. I don’t have any details other than she is here.

Stella came out here with me. I’m surprised. I have covered her up. Aaaaand I see by the clock I am running out of time. Thanks for reading and stay safe.

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Stella is beside me in the dark, dreaming of chasing something. She is all bundled up in blankets because it is that cold. I just wanna stay home and sleep. It was a late close last night. Then as I was finishing up I happened to check my phone and my tattoo artist’s wife and youngest daughter had been in a serious car accident (I’m pretty sure I heard the sirens) last night and the shop is closed until further notice. So I need to make sure my buddy knows that we aren’t getting any ink this afternoon. He doesn’t do the whole social media thing so he would have no idea.

My brain wouldn’t let me sleep. If I didn’t wake myself up then my surroundings did. I can barely keep my eyes open. But I am out at 2pm with no plans. As cold as it is now 47F or 8C) it is supposed to get up to 85F (29C) as our high today.

I see by the clock that I need to get this wrapped up. Thank you for all the love and support.❤️ It means a lot. Thanks for reading and stay safe.

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Who Hit The Fast Forward Button?

Yesterday was too much. It all got done but I am wiped out. I still need to write both my articles for my meetings. I will conquer that after I post this. I am glad that Mom cancelled because I didn’t have a lot of downtime as it was. I got my order placed and my shelves stocked in record time so I came back home before my first meeting. Chris was up by the time I got home from Traverse and we ended up trying to get the truck to the engine shop. We didn’t even make it to M-72 before I saw the engine smoking. So we limped it to the local plant nursery and got it towed from there. Once back home we discussed what still needed to be addressed regarding the loan for the roof replacement. Once he left for work I puttered around the house til my second meeting.

Stella is sick again. This time she has a sore throat. I thought her barking seemed off. She is coughing a lot and she can’t “talk” like she normally does. It is a gruff hoarse sound instead of her usual voice. We tried singing and playing tea kettle yesterday and she ended up coughing more than anything. She’s sleeping a lot too. I am giving her honey every little while so I am hoping that helps. I don’t want another trip to the vet’s office. If she doesn’t improve in a few days then I will call the vet to see what they suggest.

We have one last hurtle before replacing the roof. An appraiser is coming out tomorrow morning. Once that is done we should just need to sign paperwork. We are hoping to get the roof done before the snow flies. I am not sure how far out the roofers are as far as scheduling. October would be nice.

I am wrapping this up so I can get my articles written. Thanks for reading and stay safe.