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Getting It Done

Last night I didn’t sleep well. Or rather I would have if Stella hadn’t done her every little while barking routine. She did it about 3 times. Each time I was in a deep sleep. So now I am paying for it. On the plus side I did get a lot done last night after work. I got my workout in (and some extra routines as well), I talked to Mom, I got 2 videos for class watched and I got an appointment tomorrow morning at 8am to get new tires for Angus my Subaru. I have Thursday off and a meeting that night so I am hoping to sleep in. I can Friday as well but since I am getting my tattoo I don’t know if I will be able to sleep the night before.

I got a few photographs last night and one this morning (misty clouds going over the moon got a cool rainbow effect). I’ll share some of those with you. I switched up my class and I started my creative fiction course. It is intense enough that I feel like I am back in college. There is something like 36 lessons to it so information defiantly isn’t going to be crammed. I plan to go back and forth between the writing class and photography class. When I finish one of them I will add one of the other two waiting in the wings (guitar or creative nonfiction).

Truthfully I feel miserable this morning and would call in if I could. But I can’t so I just hope the day goes fast and well. I’m going to wrap this up and add some pictures. Thanks for reading. I hope everyone is well. Stay safe!

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So Many Choices aka Where Do I Start

This morning we slept in. Mostly. I was wide awake at 4:30am for no reason. But within a few minutes Stella had darted off the bed so I followed suit. Just in time to get her outside to throw up. But I got myself back to sleep by 5:30am the the girls wanted to get up just before 8am. Funny thing is I stayed up past 10pm last night despite being wiped out doing reading and research.

Have you ever had so much around you that you wanted to do and/or learn that you didn’t know where to start? That is very much me right now. I have two novels that I am writing and researching (the werewolf story seems to be getting the most attention right now), I got three more classes that I want to do (learning guitar, creative writing and creative nonfiction) as well as the photography class. Let’s not forget the photography class that I’m already doing and the new magazines that I got in the mail the other day. Oh and the abundance of potential photographs that seem to be jumping out at me. Then I also need to keep the girls and I active which means exercise routine for me and lost of chasing, tea kettle and toy throwing for them. And let’s not forget my all important family time. When did my life get so complicated? Lol.

This morning I took a bit longer in reading other writer’s blogs. I am making an effort to try to make more comments on blogs (I know that I like to hear from my readers so it’s only fair). And there were a lot that I was drawn to comment on. Keep up the good work everyone!

Nuts. Hang on. I’m out of coffee.

Ok, I’m back. I also had to give Essie a belly rub. Anyway, there is just so much to do! I’m not even sure where to start. I have the research that is ongoing for the werewolf novel as well as my resources from my personal library to help write it (the current reference I am using is Robert J. Ray’s The Weekend Novelist. I figure if I can just work on it my two days off a week (I am fully aware that I am going to probably doing something related to the novel every day because that’s just me) this book will give me help in staying focused. I hope. I have the article that I need to research and write today. I need to do my exercises. Dad wants to chat. I need to call Mom to see how her date went the other day (the first one in almost 30 years… I am very proud of her, it took a lot for her to go out). I need to watch atleast one more class in my photography course. I have narrowed down my tire search for my Subie but I keep forgetting to call around locally. And everyone is closed today. I also need to get the motorcycle hooked up to the trickle charger (it has been bitterly cold lately so I have put it off). And apparently I need to see to the bird feeder. The chickadees are getting very vocal when they see me. On that note dear friends I suppose that I should wrap this up. I have a few good photos I will share with you (oh and I need to get some more photos uploaded onto my online shop). Thanks for reading and as always stay safe!

Ed. Note: This is my 800th blog! Yay!

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Snowing…. I Mean Blowing In And Blowing Out

Good grief it’s early! I got home and couldn’t sleep. So I did my exercises (I wasn’t supposed to do them til tonight). THAT didn’t work because then I was really awake. Fortunately I received three magazines in the mail so I sat up and read those til way too late. I might have three or so hours of sleep. Yay me. It’s gonna be a long day at work. I will console myself with the thought that at this time tomorrow I will be blissfully asleep.

We have gotten quite a bit of snow over the past few days. It is about half and half with whether or not people like it. Having decent weather for so long spoiled us. But it has been such a bitter cold even some of the die hards are not liking it. More snow supposedly this weekend.

Speaking of this weekend I have an article to write which will be featured on a web site. GULP. The editor is very passionate about what I am writing about (it is an online fantasy writer’s convention that is free) so I have been mulling over what to write all week. I will put pen to paper Saturday and submit it either Saturday night or Sunday some time. It is a short piece (about 500 words) but I need it to be good. The editor was really happy with the last piece I wrote for him.

I got a really cool shot of two different kinds of woodpecker sleeping in the trees just outside my window yesterday after I finished this. They are right across from one another (back to back) so whichever one you see first look across to the other side. I hate to circle them like people seem to do so I hope you see them both. One is the really big woodpecker and the other is a smaller breed of about half the size. I may monkey with it on the laptop to enhance things so you can see both. And it might be easier to see on something bigger than the camera screen or my phone so please let me know what you think.

I need to get going. Thanks for reading and as always stay safe!

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Sleep, But Not Enough

I am sorry this is so late. I had an alarm set for 7am but I just couldn’t do it. I have been so tired in the mornings regardless of when I go to bed. This morning it was just overwhelming. I got up before my alarm and just turned it off. I close tonight and have to be back at work at 6am tomorrow so I’ll need to get a bunch of pictures taken before work. Right now it is snowing hard.

I did get a lot done yesterday. I did my exercise routine, mailed out my car payment, played a little with the girls before work, got my article submitted, did research on tires for the Subie. Then after work I watched one of my videos for class, read the next chapter in the accompanying book, showered, played some more with the girls, worked on my novel, read more research for same novel and did some journaling.

Yesterday I took pictures mostly with my phone. I couldn’t get the lighting right with the camera and the pictures of the girls the phone was right there. If I’d gotten up to get the camera the moment would’ve been lost. So the photos I plan to share today are all from the camera on my phone.

As I reread my post am I doing too much? I don’t know. Maybe I need to find a happy medium. I think my original plan was to watch my videos for class on non exercise days since I am supposed to do that every other day. But I wanted to make sure that I kept up with both. I am trying to make sure that I don’t become too lazy. I know if I give myself free rein then I will end up getting nothing done.

Chris got me a trickle charger for the motorcycle. This keeps just enough juice going in the battery so that I can leave it in the bike instead of pulling it out for the winter. I need to get that installed. It has been bitterly cold out so I have been putting it off. Saturday I will have the whole day so I think that would be a good time to do it. I also need to take back bottles and cans. Well bottles. And I may do that today. If I load up Angus when I go start him to warm him up I can open the back and then load him up. If I leave a few minutes early then I can roll them in and get my money before work. Everything is beginning to build up in the corner we keep bottles and cans (we couldn’t return them for months and now it is just a habit of not returning them). So I think that will be the plan.

I am going to wrap this up. Again I am sorry for this being so late. I know I missed a lot of my early morning readers today. On the plus side I definitely won’t tomorrow! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Changing Mindset

It is hard to change one’s mindset when you have drilled it into your own head for years. I did some much at Younker’s that seemingly anything I did extra curricular I could turn into a imposition because I was doing too much and I hated my job. I didn’t matter if I enjoyed said activity or not. In the years that have followed that job it has been difficult to undo that mindset. But I am, slowly and brick by brick.

I started thinking about all this this morning after I got up. I was waiting for the girls to come in from going potty and the laptop to warm up. I was trying to go over what I could get done this morning and what I would need to do after work. My brain started getting anxious and angry. There was simply too much to do! I calmed my brain and looked at it all. I could get my article written, this written and my exercises doe before work. I had ample time. I could also get in my two photography classes after work. It would be only an hour. And this stuff wasn’t an inconvenience. These things were for me. They are to help me. And with the exception of the exercising I enjoy doing all of it. My mind was determined to not enjoy any of it. Because of past experiences. I have to keep changing my mind set. Once I get myself to seriously look at things instead of assume I can take another brick out of the wall. Having a job that I enjoy and don’t bring home every night helps more than you would think.

I just looked out the window and it is snowing big fat flakes. I still can’t seem to catch them in a photograph…. Some thing to work on in class. Since I have more to do yet before work I’m going to wrap this up. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Dropping the Ball

The sun is out so hopefully that is a good sign for the day. I spent a lot of yesterday and most of last night anxious about Mom and her girls coming over today. I didn’t sleep well despite my best efforts. And when I did sleep it was with weird dreams. The closer I get to them arriving (not til 2pm so I get a while to build up a good freak out) the more I worry. I hope that me worrying is a sign that things will go well. I would rather freak out for mothing.

I got nothing done yesterday. No writing. No reading. No exercising. I played a lot with the girls and spent the evening after work with the family. I need to atleast get my workout done today. I did find out that a friend at work’s mom is a writer. She and I chat once in a while when she comes in to shop. We both love the same horror icons too. But she does her own vlog (video blog) and a book that she edited is being released soon. I am super excited for her! If I can figure out how to get the link here I will share it (my laptop is not connected to social media so I need to do it with my phone).

Today seems to be loaded with anxieties for me. My mind is just dredging up all kinds of worries right now all the sudden.

The little birds are comfortable enough with me now that when I got to fill the feeder they just hop to a branch to be out of the way. I could reach out and touch them if I wanted to. I always talk to them to tell them what I am doing. Especially if I am getting the scolding chirps. Lol.

I will add a few photos and put this out. I’m sorry it’s not more. My heart just isn’t in it today. Too busy freaking out. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Many Many Projects

Well I am up earlier than normal (I don’t have to be to work until 2pm). The girls are back asleep. I thought I might try to sleep later but once my mind started working forget it. I’m not feeling very motivated. I talked with both my parents yesterday (I am beginning to think this is a form of procrastination for me). Dad apparently got inspired to start working on his big “to do” list. Mom and her crew are supposed to come out Monday afternoon to exchange gifts and to introduce the girls (she has two girls as well). I have all of Monday morning to write but I start thinking that it will mess up my writing rhythm (you have to be writing to have a rhythm to mess up self) and and and…. I am making excuses.

I notice that a lot of my plants are beginning to die despite my best efforts. I think a part of it is because it gets so dry during the winter and the lack of sun. Another problem is mites. I get rid of them for a while but then the little s.o.b.s come back. I have tried all the natural stuff I can think of. So I guess once again I will dump the dead plants outside and keep cultivating the survivors. I am really disappointed. Both my orchids are still doing well and the two avocados are going strong. I notice that my Christmas cactus is budding again as well. So all is not lost.

Today I need to fill the bird feeder again. All is quiet out there. Usually there is atleast one small bird hanging out. A very light dusting of snow is falling from the sky. You have to look hard to see it. Part of me wishes I was already at work so I could have the rest of my day but I have Monday off regardless so I guess it’s no biggie. Today is also an exercise day. Bah humbug. But I am noticing a difference (for the good) so I will keep going with it. I am tempted to do it before work just to have it done but if late evening has been working for my body I kinda hate to change that. (For those that have been asking about the workout it is in the January/February 2021 issue of Women’s Health pages 88-93.) So I guess I’ll wait til I get home to do my workout.

I also need to add some photos to my shop. I didn’t do that yesterday. The biggest pain is adding the title, description and then five tags so people can search for it and find it. Twelve photos can take 15 minutes or longer. Then I wait a day for them to ok the photos before they add them to my shop. So I suppose I ought to do that. I’d better get myself motivated and get stuff done before work. Thanks for reading and all the lovely comments! Stay safe!

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Snow Squalls Inside and Out

Apparently Mother Nature is catching up with all the snow we were supposed to have already. We got another lake effect snow storm last night. The bottom step of the porch is now flush with the top of the deck. The top of the step is about 4 inches from the top of the deck. Poor Essie is almost up to her tummy in snow. I might have to start putting on the winter coats that Mom made them. The wind makes things ever colder. It took a lot of coaxing but Stella went out to go potty. Normally she would turn around and go back to bed after breakfast with weather like this but I was able to get her out without having to push her out the door. Essie was a jewel and just went out.

I am a bit angry with myself. I haven’t worked on my novel like I promised myself. Yesterday I Facetimed with Dad then I chatted with Mom. Mind you it has been a few weeks since I have been able to talk with Dad (I also helped him doing his online groceries since he has been putting it off for a long time…. I won’t say how long just trust me) and Mom and I haven’t talked in a week or more. So this was a good thing. But that was my evening. Work was busier than busy so by the time I put my phone down I was exhausted. I finished up the last of the laundry and a quick load of dishes and headed for bed.

I need to figure out when in my routine I can do my writing. Tonight I have my exercise routine that I have to do (ugh) and I can fit that in. Why is it so hard to squeeze in my novel? I have made myself get up early to do this. Mornings first thing aren’t good for the novel. I tried. So that leaves afternoons and evenings. I can’t do it right after work because of the girls. So maybe go to bed a little earlier and work on it there? I’d like to do it every night but maybe every other day I have to work on the novel but if I do on the “off” days that is ok too. (I’m trying to break up my to do stuff so that I’m not jamming all kinds of new stuff in at once and getting overwhelmed.)

This post is taking me longer than normal. I keep hearing things at the bird feeder behind me and I have been trying to get a few photos in. Fortunately I have my extended lens in so I can stay sitting and still get a good picture through the window. I did take a few while I was talking with Dad last night as well. I’ll get those added and get going for work. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Finding the Creativity

This morning is dark, cold and windy. I just want to stay in bed and sleep. Stella started barking at things around 3-3:15am this morning. Chris pulled in not long after that. But her barking was as if a stranger was at the house. It was very bizarre, even for her.

I am at a loss for words this morning. My head is still trying to fall back asleep. I had a hard time falling back asleep after Stella finally stopped barking. I found myself thinking about Moose and his death and then my mind traveled back through the years to all the dogs I’ve had and their respective lives and deaths. Tears were shed before I finally fell asleep.

Essie is now eating on a regular basis again. I am very grateful. So I guess the new eating program is kibble, broth (low or no sodium) and canned for breakfast while dinner is beef or chicken with the corresponding broth flavor and kibble. I may change it up once the weather warms up but for now that is what we are doing.

I have one lone new photo to share. Last night the sunset was amazing and many many of my friends noticed it. Facebook had a ton of sunset photos from my local friends. I caught sight of it at work last night and snuck out to get a picture. The photo doesn’t do the colors justice. It was also one of the 13 new photos I uploaded to my new photo shop. I am excited about my little shop. It is getting traffic already! It would be cool to be able to make money of the two creative loves I have.

I did my new exercise routine last night. I did the required amount of reps as well. I just did one set of each the other day when I started because some of the moves were new to me and my body. I was sore but not bad. Last night I really had to push myself through two of the moves because they were difficult for me to do one rep let alone three. But I did it! Yay! The plan is to keep doing the “week 1” workout until I can manage to get through it like I’m supposed to, as in doing the moves correctly. My body is not able to get through the full scope of some of the exercises so I want to be able to do them fully before I move on to the next round of exercises.

Well I see I need to move it and get ready for work. I’ll add the photo from last night and then get this posted. I want to thank all of you for your continued support and your wonderful comments! It is great to be able to meet other bloggers and their passions! Thanks for reading and as always stay safe!

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Setting Goals

The bird feeder is mighty busy this morning! Our latest group of visitors seem to be mourning doves. That is rather surprising to me. They are very visible this time of year one and two I don’t really like them (they were the ones that would hang out and poop on the cars and motorcycles before we got the garage built). Both myself and the dogs tend to chase the mourning doves off when they arrive. And they haven’t been around very much for the past few years.

As it turns out I have the day off. So here are my goals… Work on the novel, start my exercise routine, do some photography (this includes delving back into the Dummies Guide for the camera), do some housework and pull out one of my guitars and practice. I don’t know how much I will accomplish but I can get it all done today should I so chose without using up my whole day.

It is snowing again. I think that is big reason that all the birds are hanging out. So I guess I ought to add checking the bird feeder to the to do list. I filled it the other day…. and holy crap it’s almost empty! I looked at it from my window here and I can see a lot of trees through the windows. So fill the bird feeder….

I am also trying to mentally make plans for riding season. It will be here before I know it. And this year I need to kick my fear habit and just ride. Being close to work will help. It is a short jaunt and if I want to “go around the block” I can after work (I am already looking forward to more sun and warm weather). Regardless… I need to break through the mental block that is holding me back. I can’t justify doing track days if I’m not putting the time in on the road.

All that being said (or written as the case may be) I need to get started. I did get a bunch of cool photos yesterday so I will pick some to download from the camera and see what I took on the phone and add them to the post. I hope you all have a great day and thanks for reading! As always stay safe!