Dogs, Emotions, family, Life, Thinking

Short

I find myself at a crossroads this morning. I have gotten little to no sleep last night due to being sick. Breakfast for the kids took me closer to 20 minutes because of constantly running to the bathroom. I close tonight at work. Do I call in or work and hope for the best? My stomach etc seems to have settled down. I am afraid to try to eat anything. Tonight at work should be interesting regardless because I am learning a new job and I am the only one there to do it. There are things about the job that I have no idea how to do and since I am the only carry out once I get there… I guess we’ll see. It’s too late to call in anyway. I try to call atleast two hours before my shift so they can find a replacement. Hopefully I don’t come home early.

I am also waiting on a phone call from Moose’s vet. We found two lumps on him (one I found yesterday morning) and they are being tested for cancer. He is also on new medicine for the next 10 days to see if he has a stomach ulcer. The new medicine has to have every 8 hours AND he can’t have it within an hour of his other medicine. So.

On the plus side he loves riding in Angus. Moose just settled in the back seat and laid there pretty much the whole time. I had to stop to give my meeting schedule for next week at work and he didn’t even sit up when I came back to the car. He just wagged his tail and stayed laying down in the back seat happy as a clam.

Ok. WordPress is doing some weird things as I type and it is making it twice as hard to get this written. And I want to spend some time with the kids before I go to work. So I’m going to wrap this short entry up. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Aging, Dogs, dreams, Emotions, family, Friends, History, Learning, Life, Nature, the World, Thinking

What We Can Learn

This morning is the opposite of yesterday. As bright as it was the shadows today are darker. The sky looks cold and about to cry. Essie doesn’t feel well this morning. She didn’t eat breakfast and has been outside several times. Moose and Stella are curled up in the pile of blankets on the couch. I need to pull out two of those blankets to go in my car, Angus, soon. Moose needs to go to the vet this morning to get further tests on his kidney disease. His medicine should arrive today as well. Lol. I just let Essie back in and she made a beeline for the couch and is currently looking for a spot to lay with her siblings.

As I was watching and chatting with customers it struck me that all the “old” people were once young and all the young people will (possibly) become old. I listen to the stories of the older folks and laugh with them at the antics they got away with when they were younger. Then there are the older ones that flirt shamelessly cheeky monkeys that they are. They all have stories to tell. They have lived adventures we never can, survived things that we can’t understand. To ignore them is a shame on us. No matter how old they still have things to teach us.

And the young do too. They can teach us how to live life instead of worry about every little thing (although the pandemic is making a lot of them grow up and worry too soon). Thy remind us that we have imaginations that can take us anywhere, we just need to follow our hearts.

I guess the point is that we can still learn from each other. If we make the effort. Stay safe and thanks for reading.

Dogs, Emotions, Life, Nature, the World, Thinking, Writing

Early and Brief

It is way too early. It is hard to keep my eyes open. I closed last night and am back at 7am. I get out at 3pm but I still gotta make it through the day. It has been snowing and the wind sounds really strong out there. And with the new restrictions it is hard to say how busy we will be. Yesterday we were busier than normal for a Sunday.

The article I sent out the other day is missing. Not only did it never arrive at it’s destination but I can’t find a copy of it anywhere. So when I get home I am going to have to rewrite the piece. It makes me mad because that piece was actually sent out o time now it is like 3 days late. The editor is being very understanding about it but I am really put out. Grrrrr…..

I am going to need to get the garage cleaned out if the snow is going to start in earnest. It needs to have things moved around and swept out again. There are nails etc from the repairs done on the tresses. Then we can start parking the vehicles in there. It will be nice not to have to brush the car off before work.

The latest ploy for getting Moose to take his medicine is working. I got some lactose free milk (some vet sites say he’s not supposed to have milk products) and I put his medicine in a small bowl of that (the medicine is white and they thought making it a mint flavor was a good idea… ha!). He has been drinking the bowl every morning and night for a few days now. I hope it continues. I am as tired as he is with trying to squirt it down his throat every morning.

I see by the clock that I need to wrap this up and get going for work. I hope you all have a great day and thanks for reading!

Creativity, Dogs, family, Gardening, Holiday, Life, Nature, Photography, the World, Thinking, Writing

Tinkering (or a Bit of Everything)

The sun is out again this morning. Yay! But I’m not sure if leaving the mums out was good or bad. I found mites on the one plant and put them both out yesterday morning. Vinegar and water did not work as they came back on two of my plants. The one plant I’m sure isn’t going to make it no matter what I do. But I’ve had it for a few years so I guess… It seems prone to the mites whenever I have to bring it in for the winter and I have no way to prevent it. I don’t want to go with the stuff they sell at the stores because it could hurt the dogs.

I spent the chunk of yesterday talking with Dad. A good thing but the problem is that I got nothing done that I was supposed to. And since I’ve not slept well the past few nights I was falling asleep not long after dark. So I went to bed much earlier than I intended. This morning I need to crank out the second article I was supposed to submit yesterday. I got my research done before Dad called but nothing more. I just hope it turns out ok.

I took photos at odd moments yesterday but I’ve not looked to see if they turned out. Most of them were the kids while I was talking to Dad. I will share what I have. I got a nice one this morning of the sun coming up. Not quite sure what just happened but the sun suddenly flooded the room. There are no clouds out so I don’t know why it was so sudden.

I need to expand my vocabulary. I find myself using the same words and phrases, some times in the same paragraph. I need more variety. I might get myself one of those desk calendars that you learn a new word each day. I’ll wait until after the holidays though.

I have been blocking these random text messages from strangers the past two days. I’m pretty sure that the video sent this morning was not something I needed to see if you follow me. I had another one yesterday. I blocked both numbers but I want to know how my number got in their hands to begin with. I’ve not had any problems until now with stuff like that. Mom has been getting texts like that two over the past month.

I guess I should stop here and add the photos so I have enough time to write the article and get it out to the editor. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Animals, Cooking/Baking, Creativity, Dogs, dreams, Emotions, family, Food, Friends, Holiday, Life, Love, Nature, Thinking, Writing

Being Thankful

Today is Thanksgiving here in the U.S. That got me thinking last night as I was falling asleep, remember what you are thankful for. I always try to find atleast one thing to be thankful for when I go to sleep at night. Some days there are a lot so I have to pick and choose. Some days I struggle to find one thing (it is usually that I got home safe to my family or that I have my family to come home to). Last night I had a cornucopia of choices. We were as busy as we’d been during the summer rush with the tourists. I was all over the store helping customers. The first part of my shift I was at the courtesy counter paired with one of my fave coworkers. We were singing and dancing and laughing a lot. The second half of my shift things really picked up and I was having fun with everyone. Despite being busy I still had energy so I came home and took care of the kids, cleaned the mouse cage, washed dishes, cleaned the rugs in the kitchen, swept and cleaned the floors in the kitchen as well as vacuumed. I also managed to get myself two articles to write (one is due today and the other Saturday). Trash also got taken out. Mind you I did strain my back by the end of the night and it was after midnight before we went to bed (my poor patient puppies) but so much got done that I don’t have anything that needs to be done around the house except making the pies (I am making an apple pie and pumpkin pie… the apple is from scratch including the crust but the pumpkin is out of a can since I didn’t get any pumpkins for Halloween this year but the crust will be from scratch) and stuffing for the turkey. So I can work on my articles and talk to family via whatever medium (Chris’s family will be either Skype or Discord, Dad ill be Facetime and Mom will be just talking on the phone). I guess the point of this long paragraph is that I have a lot to be grateful for.

I have an amazing family and equally amazing friends. I have probably one of the best jobs/workplaces ever. I was able to replace my car and get something that I never would’ve been able to without the Jeep having issues (I set aside a chunk of money to go toward the engine repair and that ended up going towards a down payment). I have three awesome dogs and have been blessed over the years to be Mom to so many pets. I am able to use my writing skills to earn enough money to pay bills (not just fun money). I have the best husband I could ask for. I wouldn’t have half of what I do or be the person I am without him. He has taught me so much over our life together and been there for me through so much.

I also have all of you reading this. I am very grateful for all of you because you read my work and share your thoughts and suggestions not just on my writing but on my life as well. I am blessed to have all of you! Thanks for reading! I hope you have a great day and stay safe!

Animals, Cooking/Baking, Dogs, family, Food, Holiday, Life, Nature, Photography, Thinking

Enjoying Life

I had too much fun at work. As a result I was exhausted when I got home. Lol. There was three of us in the deli and Linda and I were just laughing the whole time. She and I always have fun when we work together. She refers to us as “the dream team.”

When I got home Chris was putting the turkey in brine for a day to soak. When he gets home tonight he will put it in the smoker pretty much over night. Then it will go into the oven to finish baking. Meanwhile I will need to make an apple pie and pumpkin pie while the oven is free. Ooooo…. I almost forgot I have to make stuffing as well. I need to the bread heels from the freezer that I have been saving. Or… or I could try something new. I need to make a grocery list. I forgot to get the kids hot dogs last night.

Tomorrow will be busy but not. I will need to do my baking but I also want to just spend time around the house. The snow we got yesterday and last night will probably be gone by the weekend. I need to, sadly, put the blankets in my car for the dogs. I really like how cool and sporty the interior looks. I really hate to cover it up. But I don’t want it looking nasty before it’s time. It is probably a lot more durable than some of the other cars I’ve had but still. Moose has his new appointment at 11:45am next Thursday so Angus needs to be dog proofed before then. I am curious to see what the dogs think of him. Stella goes to the window and barks every morning when she is looking for Chris because she sees the new car. I can also sneak up on the dogs because Angus is so quiet.

I need to start getting ready for work. I did get some photos taken while it was snowing. I am working on trying to capture the falling snow in the photos. Sometimes it work and sometimes not. I used both cameras. The birds are getting more comfortable with seeing me point something at them. The small bird was outside the living room window and let me use my phone to get a few shots. I hope everyone has a great day! Stay safe and thanks for reading!

Animals, Dogs, family, Friends, Holiday, Life, Nature, Photography, Thinking, Writing

Making My Lists and Checking Them (Three or Four Times)

It was hard to get up this morning. I actually got to bed and to sleep when I needed to last night. As a result I went into hibernation mode. But the kids and I got up and everyone ate (yay!). They are back asleep dreaming their doggie dreams. I am looking toward working my mid shift in the deli. It will be much easier than either opening or closing. I just fill in.

I have an alarm set on my phone for tonight. I have a meeting at 7pm. With everything going on I’m pretty sure I would forget. It won’t go in until next week’s paper but I still plan to send my work count in ASAP. Since I don’t have a car payment until January it will be Christmas money. ❤️

I need to start making my lists for everyone. I also need to figure out what (if anything) I am doing for my peeps at work. Cards? Gifts? I’m just not sure. I had a former associate from Younker’s message me fir my address last night. She and I became good friends.

I need to get going. I didn’t get any photos yesterday with the Nikon but here is what I did get with my phone. The one is from the gas window at work. It was dark all day except for that few minutes of time.

I hope you have a great day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Animals, Dogs, Emotions, Life, Nature, Photography, Thinking

Watching Nature

Nothing got done yesterday. We worked on the 3D shark puzzle and are doing an elongated game of chess (someone moves a piece and walks away to do something then the other player wanders up at one point and moves a piece on the other side and leaves). But for some reason I feel like I’ve been hit by a Mack truck. I can’t give you specifics as to what is wrong. I just feel bad.

I just spent the past few minutes taking photos of the birds outside my window. I now have both a male and female woodpecker that come here. It has been just the male for a long time. All kinds of little birds are hanging out this morning as well. Now that the woodpeckers have moved on the little ones are coming to the feeder. I need to get the other feeder and get it put out soon. Hopefully next week.

Part of me is tempted to leave a bit early for work and sit in my car with the manual when I get there. I never did get to that yesterday. Part of it is that I feel bad leaving the kids outside (or in for that matter since they are stuck in the house pretty much all the time) and not spending the time with them. So if I leave early I can spend a few minutes atleast programming stations into the radio (I did reset the clock the other day).

Well now a big ole blue jay has moved in on the bird feeder. This could be kinda fun this winter. It is something to watch and it’s not that far into the yard to keep the feeder filled. A small bird thought about coming in the house yesterday. S/he held on to the side of the door frame and kept sticking her/his head in to check things out. I kept telling it that it didn’t really want to come inside. I didn’t want to spook it. The dogs didn’t seem to care lol.

It looks like the sun is coming out to try to warm things up. I should try to get some stuff done around here before work. I hope you like the photos of the visitors! Thanks for reading! Stay safe!

Dogs, Emotions, family, Life, Travel

A Big Step

Today may be the big day. After I am finished with this I am going to clean out the Jeep. Chris is going to follow me into Traverse incase something happens with my engine and I have two vehicles to look at. Hopefully I can get things done in one.

I am being vague about everything because I need this car shopping to be over. I need that issue off my plate so that I can concentrate on other things. So wherever you are please have a good thought for us today. I have looked around and consulted with both Chris and our mechanic on my choices and been given the thumbs up. So….

If all goes well then I will stop by Mom’s for a little bit. We’ve not seen each other for a while. I can see her two pups as well. Depending on when I get home I may call Dad on Facetime. We’ll see. And I might take the kids for a ride. See what they think of the new vehicle.

Despite getting sleep my eyes are sore and I have a constant ache just behind my left ear going from the top of my head down. I’m not sure if it is from wearing masks or not. I notice that it seems to flare up when I have a mask on.

The sun is out so that is a good sign. Despite getting up early I feel like I’m behind. I should wrap this up and get the car cleaned out. Everything will just go in a trash bag for now. I forgot to grab a box from work. It shouldn’t take long but I am becoming antsy. I need to get Chris up in a little over two hours. I think I will let the kids out in the yard while I clean out the Jeep. We’ll see. Sorry this is all over the place. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Animals, Books, Creativity, Dogs, Emotions, Guitar, History, Learning, Life, Nature, Photography, Reading, Thinking, Writing

Lost In the Bread Crumbs

The promised wind from the past few days seems to have arrived today. Winnie the Pooh would refer to it as a “rather blustery day.” My relocated bird feeder is still holding strong wedged on the branch of the maple tree. The clouds are moving around swiftly so we’ll see how that affects the weather. The ponds are icing over.

There is so much that I want to read and research and learn. I’m not sure where to start so I peck at everything like a chicken. A little here and a little there. Usually not the same subject each peck. Which limits my learning because that peck might be a book but if I don’t finish reading the book and start another that has caught my attention…. which is what I tend to do. There are research books I bought a year ago that I still haven’t finished reading. I have beginner guitar music and lessons, learning Italian, keeping up with my French, all my varied history books and biographies…. all been read a little but never finished.

I am watching Moose and hoping he is dreaming. He has been my shadow since we went to bed last night. I don’t think he feels good. When he was outside eating some of the small bit of snow we got parts of his body started shaking. I thought he was cold but then I noticed that it was just random places he was shaking. Not all over like he was cold. He is doing it again now but I can possibly contribute it to dreaming. Right? Some of the muscle shakes do not coincide with his dreaming. I may be reading too much into this but there it is.

I feel scattered. So much I want to do, things that need to be done, things that should be done. All seemingly to be done now. What to do? How to chose? I try to calm my mind and pick one thing off the important list and try to do that. Then maybe something off the list just below that. Some days this works. Other days panic sets in and I give myself a stress headache and do nothing but berate myself because I’m getting nothing done.

I can say that the birds have found the feeder in it’s new spot. I am glad. When I find a replacement I will try to hang it from one of the branches of the maple trees. I got a few photos of birds at the feeder (just outside my window yay!). One is a woodpecker (red head) and the other is a chickadee (tiny one). A lot of chickadees but there is one little blue bird trying to defend from all comers. Let me see if I can get a picture… I got a few shots that I will share. I’m gonna need to get that other bird feeder asap with the battles that are going on out there. Sheesh!

I’m going to upload the photos and try to get one thing off my have-to-do list. I don’t work until 2pm so that will give me some time. Thanks for reading and stay safe!