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Mapping the Days

Essie is in my face insisting I not do this. It is day seven of seven in a row and you can tell the girls are done with it. Essie will usually wait until I am done writing this before demanding her love but this morning… Stella is asleep on her back on the couch. With the top of her head wrapped in a blanket no less. Silly puppies!

I don’t know how tomorrow is going to go. There is just so much to do! My appointment is at 7:30am (no idea how long this will take), Mom and I are supposed to hook up (I was hoping for lunch somewhere in the middle but apparently we are doing it at her place), go to the bank, get an oil change and be home before Chris goes to work. I am hoping to be able to do this before I leave but I am getting up at 5:30am so I hope I have enough time. Tomorrow’s post might be very brief.

I keep watching the clock. I have to be to work at noon today. I think I am a mere cashier so hopefully I can get out sooner rather than the usual later. I am tired. Mentally and physically. No sleeping meds tonight so I can be functional on little sleep. Needless to say the novel has been collecting dust. I’ve not done much journaling either. No writing might be part of my problem.

I am messing around with some of the settings on here to see if I want to change anything. I kinda like the big “E” on the first paragraph. Doing it on each would be a bit much. I need to spice this page up as well as my photography site. I also need to upload more of my photos. I share them here and don’t put them on my actual photography site. 🙄 The girls are really getting restless. I might cut this short. I’m sorry this is more of a whine today. No cheese and crackers to share either.😂 Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Time to Relax

There is an annoying little squirrel chittering away in the maple trees beside the back of the house. We have that one and then the chipmunk that chitters when he gets spooked and runs through the yard. The squirrel is loud enough that I have trouble hearing the birds. I don’t mind sharing but don’t mess with the groove we have going. Loud chittering can be done in another tree in the yard (we have plenty). NOT the trees right by the open door.

An day off. I’m not sure what to do with myself. There is so much that needs to be done. I need to finish that beta book review and review my friends book. I keep putting both off claiming mental fatigue. The thing is I said I would do this for both of them and I am not. No stipulations were given. So those two need to get done today. I am halfway through the novel so if that takes me say two days I will be ok with that. But those two things really need to get done.

I keep getting reminders of Moose both here and at work. It is very hard not to cry. If I am at home I will cry. But at work I still need to keep it together. I miss my boy very very much.

I need to make notes of whom to call Monday. I have to call the nurse and tell her that I never received a call from the pain clinic for my back. I have the number of another doctor that a coworker uses for her back issues (they are similar to mine) and she loves him. So I may ask for a referral. We’ll wait to see what the pain clinic does (if anything). I am not enamored of driving to Traverse this time of year. Alllllll kinds of tourists have begun to swarm up here from all over. I don’t mind sharing but it is ugly up here with everyone venturing out for the first vacations since COVID hit. We have more people in our little town than ever before. My problem is that they come up here and feel entitled to all this. I’m sorry but you aren’t. Then there is the mess that they make and leave. This is our home. You need to respect it and us. You don’t go to someone else’s house and just throw things all over and leave do you? No. So don’t do it here. I want a card that has all that printed on it so I can hand it out.

The girls are sleepy this morning. We are overcast and supposed to get some much needed rain. I want to wash my car so that will help. Lol. With the mayfly hatch the other day the front of my car is just covered. Then there is all the mud. He’s tan so you don’t see anything until you get up close. Then you see how dirty it is. The outside plants need to be watered as well. I’d better get going. Projects await! Have a great day! Stay safe and thanks for reading!

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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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Early Morning Blues and Greys

There was a hard frost this morning. The skies are clear and cold. I have been awake since 4am despite my best efforts. And as soon as my body decided it was awake my brain started up. I did try all my little mind tricks to get back to sleep but no joy. I had hoped since I went to bed much later than I should have (binge watched the Formula 1 series Drive to Survive on Netflix) I would be able to sleep through longer than the usual four hours before my body wakes itself up.

I let the doctor talk me into physical therapy. Well it’s more like I have to do physical therapy if I want to get an MRI. Apparently you can’t find out what is wrong until you try to fix it first. 🙄 More test results are pending.

I did get some really good photos yesterday though. The birds were VERY busy at our bird feeder yesterday. I will share those today. I uploaded a few more photos to my Picfair page as well.

I see that I need to get going (wake up way early yet still not enough time?). I need a few extra minutes to download the photos. Hope you like them! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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New Adventures!

Tomorrow is my big day! Tomorrow I get Moose’s tattoo. I will share a photo probably Saturday morning. It has been a month today that I lost my Moose. And not a day goes by that I don’t think about him. I miss him.

Well yesterday was an adventure! I had to go get new tires for Angus, my Subaru Crosstrek. I got there a little early. Once I checked in I noticed that they put my car on the lift but nothing was going on. Mechanics came out and talked with the guys at the desk. Had I told them the wrong size tire? (I was pretty sure I had not but still.) I got called up to the desk and things were explained to me. My tires had been ordered when I made the appointment Monday but they still hadn’t been delivered (I guess they normally get deliveries every day but this week seemed to be an exception). At this point I’m thinking I will have to reschedule. Then he drops the bomb. Would I like to upgrade to the next tire in the Cooper line up for the same price? (He looked at his manager who looked a bit sick but ok’ed it.) Why yes I would thank you! What made all this so amazing was the fact that they had matched a lower price from another shop to begin with. That was $30 or so cheaper. The upgrade to my tires was about $32 a tire so you figure another $128? So I saved about $160 yesterday. AND I was able to come home for an hour or so to spend time with the girls before work.

Then when I got to work I was the greeter at the door. Or as I liked to call it… the Mask Police. For the most part everyone was nice. I had one or two that were stinkers but they left. What really happened is that I ended up chatting with everyone for most of the day. When I am at a register I have a limited time frame to talk to people. But at the door I can literally stand around and talk as long as I want. And I did lol. I met some very interesting people as well. There was the guy fresh from the east side of Chicago who did repo work (who knew that I would be able to carry on that conversation!) so we exchanged stories. The conversation with him started with “What are these things?” (he was looking at boxes of Paczkis). I learned some new and interesting stories about some of my regulars (interesting fact… most of the guys have ridden motorcycles). I even talked fire arms with one of our older patrons. I think I went up a few notches with him because I could talk about them intelligently (thank you Hungee). All in all it was a fun day. And it blew by!

The only bad thing last night was Essie being sick. No idea why. When I got home she wouldn’t eat dinner and you could hear her tummy gurgling and grumbling a few miles away. It was LOUD! We played a bit but she got up twice to get sick then the last time she just spontaneously got sick on the bed. That was around 1:30am. This morning she is fine. She had a good appetite and everything. She also wanted to get up at 8am. Momma was not. Momma was sleeping hard. Ah well. I can try again tonight right? Lol.

This has turned into a long one. Sorry about that. I will share some cool photos I took when I got home from getting the tires. The sun was blazing and we had a hard frost from the night before. Thanks for reading and stay safe!