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Why Is It Snowing?

This morning is very dark. I would need a light on if I were reading. And cold. It got cold yesterday but when the sun came out it made all the difference! I played as best I could with the girls. My back was very bad yesterday. Today is a repeat. I have physical therapy at 10:45am then work at 2pm. I will be doing the gas an courtesy counter so I’m not sure how that will go.

Yesterday I spent mostly working on my werewolf novel. (Good gad…. there is snow blowing across in a straight line outside.) I got research done and I worked on a few characters nd some back story. I am extremely happy with myself! I also went through the first chapter of the novel that I am beta reading and did my notes. Yay! I am not sure if I will be able to work on anything before work. It will depend on how physical therapy goes. This cold isn’t helping either.

I did get some really nice shots with both my cameras yesterday. I find it funny that I seem to use both my Nikon and my phone camera for things. I don’t exclusively use one or the other. For a while it was just the Nikon on the phone camera was for when I didn’t have the Nikon handy. But I find that each has it’s purpose in my photography. I like having both to use. I would like to figure out why the Nikon doesn’t pick up colors as well as my phone camera. For sunset colors I usually always use my phone camera. the Nikon either doesn’t pick up any color or washes out what it does pick up.

The snow is coming down hard enough that I can’t see past the line of trees on the other side of the back fence line. Yuck. Not a fan.

Chris made an amazing dinner last night! It was essentially marinaded beef. With it was refried beans (with herbs etc added) and Spanish rice. He did the beef on the grill. Yum! The flavors were all the way through the meat (which was wonderfully tender)…. sigh. No leftovers! Lol

I keep looking out the window at the sideways snow. Blah. I will wrap this up and get some photos downloaded. I hope everyone has a great day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

*edit* In the short amount of time it has taken to download the photos we have gotten about 1/2 an inch of snow.

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Rambling…

I got to sleep in for the most part. We did stay up rather late again. Today is my last day before I officially become an manager trainee. I have mixed feelings. However I’m trying not to think too much about it. That being said I’m meeting up with a former coworker on Tuesday to catch up. She too has gotten a promotion at her job. I texted her out of the blue last night and we got to chatting. We haven’t seen each other for several months.

I took a lot of photos yesterday and played a lot with the girls but not much else. No writing. No research. Nothing constructive. It felt good to do nothing but at the same time I was disappointed in myself. I am trying to follow a new writing system but I did nothing with it last night.

I did find an awesome bit of fossil in the yard while I was taking photographs. I believe it is a bit of coral. I shared it on a rockhound page that I belong to to see if anyone had any ideas. The twin centers are filled with crystals that sparkle when you move it. I am very excited about this find!

This weekend is the Annual Trout Festival in Kalkaska (about 10 minutes away). I don’t know how busy we will be at the store. I am curious as to how busy the festival will be. I guess they will be bussing people in and masks will be required, even outdoors. It can go either way. Regardless it is the beginning of trout season up here so there may be some flyfishing gear that will be coming out of the closet soon (and no it won’t be me).

The clouds have come out thick this morning. It was sunny when the girls and I got up but now it looks like someone covered the sky in great wads of dirty cotton batting. The temperature is nice though. I have the door open. My mind is wandering. I think I will wrap this up and then go outside and read for a bit. I should be writing but…. I hope all of you have a great day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Keeping Up

I was dead to the world when my alarm went off this morning. That rarely happens. My brain usually wakes me up a few minutes before. That way I don’t wake everyone else up too. Essie got up with me and Stella came out a few minutes later. After breakfast and going outside Essie went back to bed with Chris and Stella is out here with me.

Physical Therapy was an exercise in frustration. Not only did I have a new person I was working with (so I had to explain everything over again to clarify the notes of my original therapist) but he was almost 10 minutes late. Once we got talking he also gave conflicting advice. So.

Once I got back home I proceeded to knock out my list (my physical therapist would’ve given me grief… I was told I needed to not try to knock everything out all at once) I got the floor swept, mouse cage cleaned, dishes done, trash out, laundry done (and put away except for the comforter in the dryer), plants watered, bird feeder filled and the house vacuumed. The house feels better for the cleaning I got done. I got everything on my list done except for working on the notes for the novel I am beta reading. So that will probably get worked on tonight and Sunday (my next day off). I did get some photos taken as well.

I got a really cool shot of a bird flying and the moon coming up. I will have to tweak it to get everything so you can see it the way my eyes did. I hope I have enough time before I need to get ready for work. I am downloading as I type this. For some reason my keys are not backlit anymore on the laptop. Damn it.

Stella is pulling an Essie. She is in and out of the bedroom and outside. I need to get going for my day. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Early Morning Whatsits

I’m not sure what will fill the page this morning. I don’t have any new photos. My brain is still trying to process being awake this early. I’ve actually been awake since Chris came to bed at 3:30am. I woke up and could not fall back asleep. I stopped looking at the clock at midnight last night.

Stella is asleep behind me on the couch and Essie has gone back to bed. A bit of a roll reversal. Essie also ate all of her breakfast while Stella did not. Odd. But I told both the girls that I would be home early even though I will need to leave about an hour and a half later for physical therapy. Essie just came out and took a quick tour out here. I haven’t heard her hop back on the bed though.

I started watching a lovely horror period piece called “Crimson House” last night. I am half way through it. I didn’t realize that it was a two hour movie when I started it. It has a stellar cast and I am really enjoying it. It’s a Victoria ghost story so far with graphic death scenes. But it is a part of the story. The graphic isn’t to be graphic. It is just what happens. If that makes sense. I can’t wait to get back to it tonight!

Mom and I are not hooking up this afternoon. She is trying to get her house ready to be seen by a realtor friend of mine to possibly sell it. The big dilemma at this point is what to do. She wants to move out here closer to us but she has to sell her house to have enough to make an offer on anything she might find out here. Soooooo if she does sell we need to find her a place to stay while she finds a new home out here. Normally we would have said she could stay with us but one of her dogs and one of my dogs wants nothing to do with the opposing side of dogs. We have tried several times to get them acquainted but so far no luck.

I have tomorrow off so this will be later (I hope) than I normally publish tomorrow. Hopefully I will have some new photos as well. But since I have no new photos this morning I will use some that I like from previous posts. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Exploring

It’s a very late post for me. I just couldn’t fall asleep last night. I finally managed it around 1am. I was completely exhausted but I still could not go to sleep. I am a loss. Another odd thing going on… the girls aren’t eating all of their kibble. Atleast a quarter (sometimes more) of the food gets left. And they eat less if I leave them to it and go do other things. If I am standing in the kitchen with them they will eat more. I may try a new kibble on Thursday since I have the day off and can monitor them to see if they cope well with the change. I will gradually change over to the new stuff.

It is still cold here. Winter temperatures sadly. This year Spring has been through all seasons several times. Sometimes in the same day!

Work is getting busier. But we are going to have less people working soon. Two of the gals are going to nursing school so they will be working at the local hospital. I am very happy for them. We are also expanding the store. I am excited to see what they do with it. I am pushing to get a small garden center put in. I think I have gotten a favorable response so we’ll see. Naturally I have offered my services.

Not many photos have gotten taken so I may pick some old ones to share. I will try not to duplicate. I did bring home another plant. This one is a Gerber daisy. I love them! There is no scent to them (and really the hyacinth is scented enough lol) but they have such vivid colors and the days have been dark lately. Once things warm up I may try some night time photography. On a night where there are shooting stars etc. We’ll see.

I am working more on my creative side the past few days. I received my current issue of Poets & Writers yesterday. I spent some quality time reading that. I have found a few poets that I think I will read. I put their books on my wish list so that I don’t forget which ones I want first. Though not a poet myself I find that I drift back to that medium every little while.

But I do need to get this wrapped up so I can get going for work. Thanks for your wonderful comments! Thank you for reading and stay safe!

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Blue Skies

The sun is out and the day is warming up. I finally got my article written and sent in. I hurt bad enough from physical therapy that I just couldn’t sit and type until today. I still hurt but it is manageable.

My hyacinth is blooming at a rapid pace! And whenever you go to the door you can smell it’s Spring perfume! Lovely! I spent most of the day reading and playing with the dogs yesterday. I finished reading Servant of the Bones by Anne Rice and am almost done with The Christie Caper by Carolyn G. Hart. I still have several books that I am dipping into at the same time. Several are research books for my novels. What needs to happen today before work is atleast a page written for one of the novels.

Stella isn’t too happy with me. I shut the bedroom door while she was eating her breakfast. Essie has this habit of pacing for about half an hour before she settles somewhere in the morning after she has eaten breakfast and I have settled in to do my writing. The up and down on the bed and moving of the curtain have got to be annoying so I shut the door. I will be home when he gets up so the girls won’t get into anything. Stella will go right back to bed after breakfast and stay there til Chris gets up.

I did get some photos taken yesterday as well. I need to add more to my web site but I keep forgetting. I also need to get my memory sticks downloaded on to this laptop so I can add them from here as well as my phone.

This will be a short one as I want to get outside in the sun for a while before I have to go to work. I hope you enjoy the photos. I was able to read some new blogs out there today. It was nice to see new faces on my reading list! I hope you all have a great day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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PT Day

I am looking out the window into grey skies. The grass is a rich green. Fortunately there is no snow falling from the sky. Mother Nature seems to be confused again as to which direction the seasons are going. Last week at this time it was summer weather. Now it is a rain snow mix with winter temperatures.

I think Essie has finally settled somewhere. She has been in and out of the bedroom for the past 30 minutes. Out here for a few minutes then back in bed. Then back out here. Then in bed. I also notice that the girls are more needy when I bring the laptop out versus work on my phone.

I go in this morning for my physical therapy evaluation. Part of me is looking forward to it and hopefully some answers. The other part thinks that it is just going to get worse again. But in order to get an MRI to see what is wrong I have to go through physical therapy. Wouldn’t you want to diagnose the problem before you start doing any treatment? The whole thing is just frustrating. Hence my attitude. I also have to leave extra early because I am supposed to get the 15 minutes early for paperwork and then extra early on top of that because they have expanded the hospital massively since I had PT there for my shoulder so I have no idea where I am going in the buildings.

I did sleep in a bit but the fact that I still had to get up to an alarm irks. It doesn’t feel like a day off. I am just tired, I hurt and thus crabby. I’ve tried to keep my crabbiness to myself but it will slip out once in a while.

If I am going to download photos I need to wrap this up. I hope you all have a great day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Wipe Out

I apologize for not getting to read anyone’s blogs this morning. My meeting last night went for a total of three hours. With not much sleep I am exhausted physically and mentally. After today I just have my physical therapy evaluation in the morning. I am so tired I am writing this on my phone. I don’t have the energy to turn on the laptop.

So I lieu of me whining I am going to share some photos I took yesterday. I hope you like them. Stay safe and thanks for reading!

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Learning a New Thing

Here I am back on a laptop trying to get used to writing that way again. I think I have everything imported or downloaded that I needed. Now I just need to remember to use it all. I do need to figure out what to do about the printer. I am missing a certain type of port on this laptop for be able to plug it in. I am not sure if I can use it without it or not. Something to do this weekend.

Yesterday was very hectic for me. Work was busy. I was only 45 minutes late after the meeting. I thought it would be longer. Then the day actually flew by but I am so very tired from everything going on. Tonight’s meeting is at 6:30pm so I might be able to get to bed a little earlier. I work at 9am tomorrow til I think 5pm. Then the dreaded physical therapy evaluation at 10am Friday morning. But I can sleep in the following two days.

This keyboard is just a little off from what I am used to so I have to go back (which takes longer because those keys are in different spots completely from my old laptop). But I am happy with my purchase. I do need to see if I can adjust the screen brightness. I did not realize how bright it would be in the dark this morning. I am too tired to go set it up in my office so I just moved it to another corner of the table so it won’t reflect into the bedroom. I will try to remember to take some photos of it as well as get some more details for tomorrow’s post. And it is bright. I just walked away to get some thing and coming back to it in the dark is blinding. Ouch!

I feel like I am being rushed this morning. And I just discovered that Me touching “save draft” on here does not save it to drafts on my phone app. That is frustrating. I will have to add photos after I post it then. Normally I would save it to drafts then access it via my phone app to download the photos I add. No more apparently. That being the case I will quickly finish this so I can add photos before I leave. My left shift button doesn’t feel right when it’s pressed. Oh well… I need to get gone. Thanks for reading and stay safe!