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Deciding What Matters

We got up much earlier than I anticipated. But that is ok. I feel the need for my quiet time before the world wakes up. The pups have been fed and are off and on behind me sleeping (Archie has been up and down, I think he gets too warm up there with Stella). The morning is overcast and the temperature seems to be dropping. It is creeping ever closer to freezing. And I am ok with that today. I have today and tomorrow off but one of those two days I need to do some running. I have to go to Kalkaska to get some winter headbands to donate to the local Christmas event and Mom asked if I would stop by. I am feeling a bit exhausted and really want to stay hunkered in at home. So I am debating about going today (which leaves all day tomorrow to stay home) or tomorrow (which means no “day of rest” before my workweek starts). I am thinking tomorrow. I need to get my new boots treated so that they will be protected from all the mess I will be walking through over the winter. Once I get them cleaned and get the Sno-seal on they have to sit for a bit before I wear them.

I am also feeling the need to write today. I try to write every day but on those days when the mood hits I try to make an extra effort. And since the kids are snoozing that will make it a bit easier. I will probably pull out a few research books and read as well.

Things were slow enough at work that I put up the Christmas decorations. Only to find out that the closing shift manager had planned to do it that night. She wasn’t too happy with me. But if no one says anything then I am not a mind reader! I thought it would be a nice surprise for the store manager since he loves Christmas. Thursday will begin our nonstop Christmas music. Atleast it is not for several months in a row. Just a few weeks.

The family spent some quality time together last night. We had an amazing dinner while we binge watched “Wednesday” on Netflix. We agree that they did an amazing job with it. We both grew up with the original “Addams Family” and “The Munsters” tv programs. They did it justice and did not make it woke. It was modernized but still very true to the original. I highly recommend it!

If I am going to do some writing I ought to get cracking. Once our day gets going I will pass out bones. Archie seems to be doing better now that we have them again (the guys in the meat department ordered a whole box for me and it did arrive… originally we couldn’t find it, so I have enough bones for a few weeks). I also bought a bunch of turkey wings they were getting rid of. My goal is to make turkey soup from scratch. So I will need to get that big stock pot going soon as well. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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A Little Bit of Everything

Here we are at our usual dark o’clock Sunday morning time! Stella is beside me on the love seat and Archie is chewing a bone. I don’t know if today will be very busy at work. Yesterday certainly wasn’t with the exception of the two hours when everyone woke and did the mad dash to get stuff before the Michigan/Ohio game. I managed to get a lot done. Unfortunately that mean that all three of my carry outs were looking for something to do. It came down to having them clean shelves aisle by aisle. I have no idea if the night manager continued that or not.

Yesterday was also a time of reconnecting with old friends. I had several friends I’d not seen or talked to reach out yesterday. Some stopped by the store while others called or messaged. It was nice to catch up with everyone.

The pups went for their first walk together. I just took them out on the property but they both did really well (despite having to constantly keep the leashes from entangling). They both had harnesses on and I got shorter leads for both of them out. It was a beautiful day out.

I should probably wrap this up. Hopefully Archie stays out of trouble while I am gone. Yesterday he got into a plant and destroyed it while Chris was in the other room. I hope you have an maxing day! Thanks for reading and stay safe! (I’ll try to get some new photos to share over the next few days.)

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Doggie Dynamics

Another morning up before the sun. I didn’t sleep well as I slept light enough to wake whenever Archie got up. I kept the light on as well (but dim) in hopes that he would stay in the bedroom and sleep instead of getting into things. It was successful.

Stella is feeling left out. Everytime I go to give her love Archie is right there. When I let them out this morning she came in first so I loved on her as much as I could before letting Archie in. My goal when I get home is to take each of them for a walk on the back 40. I want to do them separately because if he freaks out I will need both hands. And I think Stella deserves a little alone time.

Our meat department at work specially ordered bones for us.❤️I am hoping that it will help him not chew on things he ought not to. We have been out at work so it has been several days since they have had any to chew. Which is about the time he started getting into things.

Aaaaaaand the clock tells me I have a few minutes before I need to be out the door. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Busy Day of Thanks

Both pups are trying to sleep behind be. Archie Bear is using Stella as a pillow and she’s not sure that she wants to do that. So they will each pick up their head and readjust.

Dinner turned out amazing! Chris smoked the turkey for several hours and not only was it moist but we had a time getting it onto a plate because it just fell apart. The whole dinner was the best he’s done so far.

My friend did come over. It was the photo of the two pups that I sent the got her over here. I took a picture with my phone of both of them looking out the window. Then I sent it to her saying that they were looking for her. I guess she was planning on not coming until I sent that. I am not above cheating! But she was glad she came over and I am too.

Archie is starting to get into things. He ate part of my pillow and I caught him eating mail off the table after I went to bed. We are thinking he is going through another growth spurt. I gave him an extra bowl of kibble yesterday afternoon and and extra bowl this morning. He was going through his breakfast as if he was starving. I hope we have bones at work. That seems to help him a lot. I also hope that he doesn’t get into anything while I am gone.

I should have an order to put out today. I think my misship for my liquor will be ours. I never got a call back. I will try again today. I don’t think we will be too busy (my heart goes out to the retail workers doing Black Friday, I don’t miss it AT ALL) but I will have lots to do. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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A Day Out and About

I guess I should’ve plugged in the laptop after yesterday’s post. We’ll see how far we make it before the battery goes dead. Yesterday was a busy day. Chris and I spent some much needed time together doing early Christmas shopping. I came home with new boots and three new pairs of jeans. I really love my new boots! I have been dreading replacing my old boots because I don’t do frilly. I don’t need all the designs, colors and stitching on them. I just want a basic boot that is hard working (I wear my boots year round with the exception of Summer). And I think I got that in the new pair. They are comfortable even before being broken in.

Other goodies we came home with included a double bowl holder for the dogs as well as a new collar and harness for Archie Bear. He likes the new collar but is very unsure of the harness. It is the same one that Stella has but in red. I was over the moon about the bowl holder. It is supposed to be for a food bowl and water bowl but I am using it for their meals. It is so much easier for them to not have to bend all the way down to the floor when they eat! And Archie doesn’t chase his bowl around the room when he eats either. I wanted to make one from spare wood but I never got around to it. For me it was worth every penny. It is also easier to feed them. They are face to face instead of side by side as Bear tends to try to help Stella eat her food once he has finished his. This way she knows where he is as she eats. (I stay with them and keep him out of her business until she has finished eating.)

It was good to spend time with Chris. We do it so seldom with our work schedules. We chatted here and there but were content to just sit in silence while we drove (although the drive home we were singing to ZZ Top). We will have company for Thanksgiving this year. I invited a friend over (the same friend that lives down the street and has been having problems). It will be interesting to see how Archie Bear does with a new person. I want to take them both with me to work today but I’m not sure how long I will be. Atleast an hour. I don’t want them in the car for that long. But Stella needs to get out and I want to get Bear used to being in a car.

Well the battery is about gone. I will take a few quick clicks with the camera and add them to this post. A big thank you to everyone that has reached out over the past few weeks. It is great to hear from my readers! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Doing a Bit of Planning

I did get up earlier this morning. Around 8am. But I was in bed by 6:30pm. I felt decent when I got up but, as the day wore on I felt worse and worse. So I hunkered down in bed and read. I couldn’t keep my eyes open past 8pm. I may have been asleep even before that. But I am up and ready to try again!

Poor Archie Bear is trying hard to adjust to our schedules. Both pups are on the love seat behind me. Archie is ready to get his day started once he has eaten his breakfast. Unfortunately that just means he can run around outside for as long as he wants but he has to be quiet once he comes back in. And he tries to be quiet but once he gets going on a bone (it seems to be his morning toy of choice) all bets are off. He is learning the words “shhhhh” and “quiet” though.

Stella is curled up in a wad of blankets wearing her hoodie. I still need to size Archie Bear for his. I am dragging my feet for two reasons. 1. He really doesn’t seem to get cold when he is outside. He goes tearing through the yard playing. 2. He is still growing. With as big as he is at 6 months old I’m not sure how big he will get. I know we will go through several collars.

Oof. Bear has draped himself over my left arm. So I am trying to type this one handed. I want to figure out who we are getting gifts for this year. And I have pulled together a Secret Santa pool at work. And I am doing a horror Secret Santa thing as well. I almost forgot. I have ideas for all of it but I need to organize myself. And do I want to send out cards this year? If I am doing that then I need to start getting addresses. (Since I seem t be going whole hog here, if you want a card too send me your address and I will do my best to get one out to you!)

I need to wrap this up. I don’t have any new photos to share. It is warming up and the snow melt just looks messy. I will share some older ones and try to get some fresh photos for tomorrow. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Paws to Regroup

Well this is a late late post today. I decided that I was going to not look at the clock and just sleep as much as I needed. That meant about 12 hours, give or take. I am not sure if it was all good sleep as at times I woke up in pain but that’s ok. I need all I can get. Both pups were even in bed with us when I woke up. Right now Archie Bear is chewing a bone. Stella is behind me asleep. I don’t know if the bone chewing is too loud. I don’t want to wake Chris up. Bear is trying to keep himself occupied. The other option is the squeaky toy with the working squeaker. I had to take that one away.

The snow has stopped but the wind has picked up where the snow left off. It is definitely winter! I need to try boots on Bear (I may wait since his paws don’t seem to have a problem with the cold whereas poor Stella was trying to play with only three paws on the ground yesterday) as well as size him for a hoodie. Stella was wearing hers yesterday because it got a nasty cold once that wind started, even with the sun out.

I am trying to find a balance for the two pups. Stella needs to get out for atleast a car ride soon. Bear doesn’t like cars but he might be ok if Stella was with him. Also, should I take Stella on her own? Does she need some “no Archie Bear time”? I want to get him used to going for car rides for something other than going to the vet’s. I try not to give more attention to one or the other but there are times that it happens. With several days in a row off I am hoping to get some training and such in.

I need to send some photos to Archie Bear’s Grandma as well. She asked for the occasional update and some photos. I feel like I have been crazy busy and not gotten anything done. By the time I get home I am pooped but I try to spend quality time with the pups before I have to go to bed. I also try to fit in keeping in touch with family and friends which has sadly fallen by the wayside. I respond to text messages but the responses are usually brief. Part of me is glad I decided to step down from the paper for next year. I will miss it though.

I just remembered that I need to clean out some space for new photos if I am going to add any. That means I need to wrap this up. And the pups are getting restless. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Who Turned Out the Lights?

This is gonna be a short me it seems. Archie Bear and I fell asleep on the love seat. So I have almost no time to write this. I just gotta get through today and I have four days off. This is my mantra for the day.

I don’t know how busy we will be since Mother Nature has given us about a foot of snow, give or take. We have a bit of wind to move it around as well. We went in spurts yesterday as people tried to venture out between squalls.

I guess this is all I have time for this morning. Tomorrow I will need to delete a bunch of photos so I can share some more current ones. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Falling Asleep at the Wheel

We have another Winter Storm Warning again. Good grief. I just stopped my phone because I fell asleep. Fortunately it was in my lap so it didn’t do much. Bear is out here with me. Stella stayed in bed so I will wrap her bowl and put it in the fridge.

Just today and tomorrow and I get a mini vacation. I said I would go in on Wednesday and do my cigarette order. Thursday is Thanksgiving here so we will be closed and I don’t want to have to try to do a crazy cigarette order on Friday when I come back. My order yesterday was messed up as it was. I need to call about that later today.

Beat knocked on the door to go out several times yesterday. I am very proud! He is learning things very quickly!

I took some new photos yesterday. I am going to try to share them today rather than wait. Since I keep falling asleep I had better do that now while I still can. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Ed. Note: not enough room for new photos so it will have to wait. Not enough time.

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Crazy Makes Crazy

I don’t know who I am more disappointed in, Mother Nature or the Weather Channel. My phone went all red last night with storm warnings. We were supposed to get all this snow etc. we barely got dusted. Up to a foot of snow was the prediction.

I am sitting here falling asleep as I write this. I got to bed at a decent time but my body is playing catch up still. So it just feels like there is never enough. Just a few more days and I will have a mini vacation. I am taking Monday through Thursday off next week. Hopefully my content on here will improve. Both pups are out here with me. I am looking forward to having family time next week.

I am doing more at work as I seem to have inherited the various Red Bull reps that have been coming. Red Bull is now distributing their own product instead of relying on a second party. There have been several while they try to get everything started and get a feel for this new addition to their work. The current rep is very nice and very ambitious. He wants to add all kinds of things. I have been helping where I could but I now seem to be the middle man with him and various people in management. He kept me busy the last portion of my day.

Speaking of that I just looked at the clock and I need to get my backside in motion. I have more stuff waiting for me at work and who knows what they weather is going to be like. Thanks for reading and stay safe!