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Digging into the Future

I am glad I pulled my plants in. We got a frost warning for last night. But I don’t think it got that cold. I saw no remnants of frost on anything and since it is very overcast there should’ve been something. That being said it is still a bit too chilly to put anything outside. My plants that were in the long window box have given up. They needed more root space than the box had.

Friday will be another busy day off. I want to get the gardens around the front of the house done and I want to get atleast one of the three raised beds dug out. I am still trying to learn to use the composter. Things are going in and getting turned. I want to get some Dairy Doo from one of the local gardening places. Yes, it is a fancy name for manure. I want to mix that in with the dirt in the raised beds. Once that has been put in I’ll let it sit for a few days before I plant anything.

Stella and I also should go for a walk that morning. I am hoping to not have anyone at the park again. If we do our one loop then that will be a 1/2 mile. I ought to call our friend and see if she wants to meet us there. I hope I don’t have too much planned. There is so much to do and since it is just me…

This morning Stella is behind me sleeping on her back. I got to meet her miniature doppelganger last night. Two of my close customers brought their mini pit and she looks just like Stella but at about half the size. She was a very sweet little thing! I snuck out to see her amongst the chaos of the night at work. I almost fell behind in my drawer counting because I was helping in the deli. I lost track of time. Breaks seemed to be late for everyone too but they were more than understanding.

Chris is very happy with his car. I will get some good shots with my camera either tomorrow before he leaves for work or Friday. Tomorrow’s post might me a bit short as it is the usual 6:30am to work thing. I wasn’t able to get any new photos yesterday so it will be a few repeats. Thank you for all the wonderful comments! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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I’m Sorry… What Just Happened?!

Life has been interesting. The friend I went to work to take home the other day? He has COVID. He was sick enough that he decided to go to the hospital. He is in bed rest for 5 days. He has a doctor appointment on Monday but I told him to call and tell them he has COVID since they probably will reschedule him. It’s a tough one because it is about his brain aneurism and he really shouldn’t put that off. I called and texted people I’d been in contact with to let them know (why his son, who lives with him did not call the store to tell anyone is beyond me… he talked to a coworker and told her) including the store owner and our store manager.

On a positive note I got a small patch of my gardens cleaned out. It’s the small one between the fence and the side porch. But I dug everything out except the flowers. I would like to put fresh dirt in there too. Dare I get a bag from work? Last time there was literally trash and clay mixed in. I might. One bag… maybe two ought to take care of it. I tried to get out before it got too hot but my car was finished maybe and hour and a half after I dropped it off. Once I got the call that my car was done I walked over (his shop I right around the corner from us). After talking for a bit I drove home and got back into the garden. I was almost done when I found out about my friend being sick so the whole phone call texting took more time. By the time I finally finished that small patch I was ready to drop. I think I overdid it a wee bit. But it’s done.

The lilacs are blooming as it the small apple tree in the back. I will get photos to share later today. Today’s batch will be repeats. I am always pleased every year to find various new plants that I did not plant pop up. I see by the clock I need to get my self moving. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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I’m Sorry…. Whaa?

Cripes, I can barely keep my eyes open. It was a long night at work. A long day period. But it had it’s good spots. Not only did I take Stella for a ride but we even got to finally walk the full loop at the park. So she was much happier today. My goal is to do it only a week. Morning’s seem best as there was no one there.

Work was busy. Especially since I had no carry out for the last hour. So that meant I had to pull and vacuum rugs, close up outside, and pull all the shades as well as my normal closing duties. When I go in this morning I get to see if my updates that I started before I left last night worked. Once I got got home I still had to shower and do a load of laundry.

I am sorely tempted to see if someone else can cover tonight’s meeting. I am going to try to though. Hopefully things go well.

I need to get this posted. I did get some photos yesterday. I will try to get them uploaded. If not then I will reshare what I have. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Spring Happenings🦋

I am wiped out. Yesterday at work was crazy. Between the people and all the chaos… Then I got home and Chris and I hauled a bunch of stuff out to the curb (tomorrow is our annual clean up day with the county, this year they are picking the stuff up at the curb instead of us hauling it to them). After Chris went to work I hauled a bunch more stuff out on my own. Funnily enough it is not my lower back that is sore. It is my upper back and shoulders. So hopefully that is a good thing showing that I did not over tax my lower back. I may need to go out and move things around though. It is funny watching people drive by and stop to take a look at what we have hauled to the curb. It’s like a rolling yard sale, but everything is free! The two AC units we put out there were gone within minutes. And I have to say that our yard looks a lot better. I hauled out stuff left by the builders (I use the term loosely) when they built our garage as well as just general stuff that had not been even looked at for years. Tomorrow sometime will be the pick up. They will have their work cut out for them looking at everything that has been hauled out. I hope they use all their trucks!

Stella also was busy. She got the zoomies and went tearing through the yard several times. I threw the ball all over the place too. So hopefully she got her exercise. She still won’t eat breakfast and she didn’t eat all of her dinner either. But she ate and she seemed a little perkier. But there is still something bothering her. Depression? Anxiety? I’m not sure. But both of us will be home on Sunday so hopefully that will cheer her.

The grass in the backyard is actually green! The front yard not so much. But that is ok. We plan to get some grass seed planted this Spring. When we go over for Mother’s Day next Saturday I hope to get a general idea of what Mom wants out front in her yard. I told her I would help her get it all set up and seeded. I have gotten her some seeds for her garden. I want to get her some more but I need to get to the store. I need to start getting some dirt as well (for my gardens though). We sell mulch at work so I am thinking that once I get the front flower beds cleaned up (and I mean a good deep digging out) I will borrow both Chris and his truck to get some and get it spread out. If that does well I will do the same with the gardens across the back of the house. The other gardens will need to be weeded on a regular basis though. I need to decide if I want black or red mulch. Although I could just mix them…

I got some decent photos yesterday. The waxwings are not shy at all. They have no problems with me taking photos of them. Some of the birds, like the cardinals, are very shy when they see me come out with the camera. If it is just me no big deal but if I have the camera they will fly off. I still need to go to mhy neighbor’s and take a few photos of her trees. The way they are lined up is just so cool!

I should probably wrap this up and go check the bird feeder. It sounds like we have a new bird by the singing I just heard. Oh! I forgot to share! The birds nest that is in the awning over the motorcycle pad has been claimed by a robin so I might try to sneak a few photos over the next few weeks. Thank you for all your comments and support! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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And So Begins My Busy Season

I need days off from my days off anymore. I spent time outside again (the sun was out more often than not). I pulled out some of my gardening tools from the shed and contemplated where I needed to start. I also read and worked on my novel.

Stella was also very busy yesterday. She was running around the yard after her ball for quite a while. Then I got the idea that we would go for a walk on the property. It had been many years since I had walked the property and Stella had not been walked on it at all. So I put on her collar and leash and off we went. She did very well. I let her sniff where she would for the most part. I think we wandered for about 30 minutes or so. Once we got back to the house we played some more.

Since I had a meeting in the morning I decided that I would take her with to the night one. It usually isn’t very long and the weather was nice so I didn’t worry about leaving her in the car. And I took a puppy treat for her to check while I was inside. She did very well on her own and had a blast on the drive. Once we got home it was more playing while I watched some movies. As a result we are both pooped. I got up this morning and got both my articles written before I did this. Right now Stella is asleep on her back on the couch.

Some other fun things that happened yesterday… I got another bloom on my day lily that is potted inside, I have two more blooms on my orchid AND I got my replacement book and signed mask. (This sounds petty but I don’t like the autograph as well on the new mask… it looks rushed.) I started reading Kane Hodder’s biography then realized that I have several books that I am already reading. Including some that are research for my novel. So I guess we’ll see what happens.

I really don’t want to go to work. I have plenty to do here. I did get laundry and dishes (all except I think three things) done. I have yard work that needs to be done and more things around the inside of the house that needs to be done. There is also the novel that needs to be worked on. But none of that is paying the bills right now so I need to get myself together to go in. I’ll share a few photos from yesterday. (I hope. I noticed that WordPress isn’t letting me get the space back if I delete photos now. I’m not sure if this is a temporary thing or if they are trying to get me to upgrade my plan.) Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Let the Adventures Begin!

Ahhhh the adventures yesterday! It was busy enough at work that the day went by pretty quickly. Once I left work I headed straight to Mom’s. I got a few Gerber daisy plants for her to cheer her up. (It worked.) I also brought over their gifts from Christmas. (We made plans to get together several times but they all fell through.) The girls were thrilled to see me as I got lots of puppy love even before I got in the house. Her gash is about as long as my pinky… maybe a little longer. She said she has 9 stitches but I think it is a little more. She also has a pretty big bruise beneath her right eye. But she is ok and she is happy. We had a nice lunch together and chatted for a few hours. I also brought home 35 six packs of my favorite beer. I hauled these up from Mom’s basement and Mom took them out onto the porch so I could transfer them to the car. Why so many you ask? I can’t find it locally (for me) and Mom can. They usually have 2 six packs on the shelf at a time so she buys them both so that they will keep ordering them so I can still have my favorite beer. It used to be available all over up here but I guess I am the only one anymore that drinks it. So she buys them and stock piles them until we get together and I get them.

After that I came home, unloaded the beer in the garage (there is space and it is cold out there) then loaded up Miss Stella. It was almost 60F (15C) and sunny…. beautiful out. I decided that since Stella hadn’t gotten much play time over the past few days that we were going to go for her first walk. We went to a local park that had a paved pathway (with all the snow melt my car looks like I have gone mudding on the back roads). I used to take the first four dogs we had when we moved in here. (Yes I took them all at once and there were times I roller bladed with all of them. They were that good.) It looked different than I remembered. As we pulled in there was a guy letting his dog run all over. The dog listened to him and heeled when we pulled past them with the car. I parked as far away as I could from them (it had the advantage to being closer to the trail anyway) and we got out and headed up the trail. I heard him calling his dog several times once his dog saw Stella. He ended up leaving once he got his dog to come back. Stella didn’t even bat an eye. She was too enamored of all the new smells. Far up ahead I heard children. Sigh. Fine. We will walk as far as we can then turn around. Then one of the little snots comes running and weaving all over almost running into us. I asked him not to do that around my dog (this is her first outing into the real world outside of the car so I didn’t want to overwhelm her). Meanwhile I hear his mom yelling for him and here come two more kids. So I just turned right around and headed back to the car. We walked maybe a quarter mile though. She was very good all things considered. I told her to stop when the kid came flying at us and she did. All she did was watch him as he went by. Then she wanted to get back to checking everything out. She listened very well on the leash for the most part. I am excited to get her a harness. Then she won’t choke herself and if I pull on the leash she won’t choke.

After that we went to get some groceries and then headed home. Once there I had the epiphany to see if Dad want to chat. Then I would have an easier day today. He did. Yay! After a quick shower I let him know I was available. So we chatted for several hours. Dad is considering getting a small dog. I was pleasantly surprised. I think it would be good for him. He asked be various things about dogs and behaviors. I told him things that he would be expected to do… even if he didn’t feel good. He said he had a lot to mull over. I encouraged him to go to a shelter over a breeder. Beyond the obvious reasons if things don’t work out they can take the dog back and try to find it another home. I encouraged him to look online at different shelters and talk to people. So we’ll see what happens. I am excited for him. It will be someone who is there for him and he needs that. I said that it would be good to get into a routine as well… another thing that I think would be good for Dad.

Today should be a bit easier as I just need to get together with my neighbor and give her the dog outwear for her little guy and I will have company tonight for dinner and a movie. Either or both ladies could cancel. But that will be ok either way. The warm weather of the past two days has melted quite a bit of the snow (YAY!!!). I can hear a lot more birds singing at both the front and back of the house. A customer yesterday said she saw several robins so I am on the look out! I will take a few photos and then get this posted. I hope you all have an amazing day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Through the Looking Glasses

Well we now have around a foot (30cm) of snow. It came down hard over the course of yesterday. It lays in thick drifts all over, even in the trees. Stella looks so lonely when she goes out now. I wonder how Spring will be. I am thinking of getting her a harness and then she and I start going for walks at the local park. It will get both of us out. I mentioned it to Chris to see if he wants to go along.

Laundry is wreaking havoc in the utility room by the sounds of it. Things keep falling off the machine as it spins the clothes out. I have no idea why. It is not a different load than normal. Stella keeps getting spooked when something crashes to the floor. I think she is realizing that Essie isn’t coming home again. I am not sure how she is dealing with it. Over the past week or so they both got very jealous of each other. They could be close at times but I just don’t know. I also don’t know how she will react the next time she goes to the vet. Normally she likes to go because she is a very social girl but after this? I know that there was a big change in the dogs when I brought Minion’s body home. After that they didn’t want to go to the vet’s.

I just have to get through today and I have 2 days off. I am going to need my alone time to process everything. I am also going to design Essie’s memorial tattoo. It will be her paw in my hand (I have a photo) and I am getting under my left bicep so that when I put my arm down I she is next to my heart. I am also using some of her ashes in the ink. I want to come up with a tattoo that represents all of my fur babies over the years. I am thinking of maybe just a never-ending line of script of all their names. Just have it wrap around my body. I will also need to see how much this will cost. I have to make sure bills get paid.

The house is so quiet. Essie was such a big personality…. Stella is busy but it is a different energy than Essie. And the fact that we are all cooped up in the house doesn’t help. I wonder what Stella will do Wednesday when we are both gone to work. Tuesday night I have a meeting (please self don’t forget the meeting) so it will be a small taste for her on her own. I worry about her. I worry about all of us. Maybe I will take Stella for a ride tomorrow. Just a drive around then back home to get her out. I still have the blanket in the back seat from Essie (my seat covers are cold this time of year).

I think I will wrap this up and see if I can do some work on my novel. Thanks for reading and I really appreciate the outpouring of love. Much love back to you all! Stay safe.

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Silliness With My Pups

Essie has jammed herself up on the love seat with her sister. At first she got on the side where Stella was so she ended up sitting on her. I was able to coax her to get up on the other side (which was interesting because she has problems getting up on things because of her hips and legs). Now both are asleep. Oh I spoke too soon. Essie is sure that because I have Stella behind me on the love seat (mind you I am sitting on the floor at the table) she is missing out on quality love. Nothing will convince her otherwise. Pitbulls can be very silly. But I love mine with all my heart.

Work was hard yesterday due to pain. The strained tendons in my heels and legs are getting worse and my back is starting up again. I hate to go back to the doctor. I have racked up enough medical bills that I need to pay. And I am getting tired of throwing pills at it. Atleast I got sleep last night. But that means I am back to no exercising again.

A year ago at this time I only had one more week with Moose. I wouldn’t do anything differently. Other than fix it so he never got sick in the first place but you don’t know about kidney disease until it is there. I am requesting the 4th of January off so I don’t have to be around people. If I end up ugly crying out of the blue I don’t have to explain it to anyone. I might take a treat out to his grave. His ball and the little whirly gig I put on his grave are still there.

Somehow this post ended up being about my babies. I miss my older ones and love the ones I’ve got. With the exception of one I believe all the dogs I have ever had are buried out back. Well two. I have Dante’s ashes here in the house. The other dog, Stranger, went missing when we lived in Cedar. I try to go out and tell them I miss them and still love them but it can be hard. I had better stop before I start crying. I did not intend for the post to go this way. I will share some photos of my fur babies past and present. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Where Oh Where Has The Internet Gone?

We still have no internet but I will write my blog none the less. My “days posted” will be back at one on here but I know I wrote every day regardless.

The wind is gone. I don’t know if anyone lost power around here. Thankfully we did not. But there will be a lot of clean up. Branches and random things are all over the place. What I thought was a trampoline that had blown over is actually a tent. I was going to get it a try to save it for whomever list it but the base of it is shredded. It’s still there at the back gate looking forlorn.

The skies are grey with a little blue in them so they don’t look so stern. All the snow is gone but the temperature has dropped. It is cold out there! Everything looks so gloomy.

The girls are both under blankets. Stella is asleep but Essie keeps looking at me because I am sitting on the loveseat beside Stella. She thinks I should be sitting next to her.

I was able to do a workout yesterday! That is one thing being sick helped with is my back. I will have a twinge here and there but so far I can function again. ❤️ It felt good to be able to exercise. It is a small 10 minute or so routine. Nothing dramatic. My body is sore but a good sore.

I hope everyone has a great day! I don’t know when this will post. Chris us angry because he just paid the bill. He isn’t able to play any of his games. Everything is online. Thanks so much for reading! Stay safe out there!

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Here, There and Everywhere

Have you ever been woken up in the middle of a dream and you can’t get you mind out of the dream space? That is me this morning. I got out of work early last night (yay! for team work) but we stayed up til our now usual time of 1am. I covered the girls up with blankets so that their eyes were covered too. Meanwhile I continued reading. I have pulled out a novel that I read many years ago but I remember nothing about, The Northbury Papers by Joanne Dobson. It is one of those academic cozy mysteries. (I have a soft spot for the academic world where you can do research and learn.) It is a well written novel.

As much as it sucked to have COVID I think the time off alleviated the swelling in my spine. My body aches like it has worked out, not like it is in pain. So I am hoping that I can maaaaybe start to exercise again. Working in the deli last night was a big deal for me physically. I didn’t have any of the usually problems that I had previously. We’ll see how today goes. I am going to spend some time in the kitchen as I need to make muffins with the freeze dried fruit for work. Some will have to be sampled here as well of course… 😁

Essie had me almost in tears last night. She got down off the couch after sleeping beside me for a while and her back legs would not work. She was all but dragging her back end. Things improved when she got going a bit but still. She thought she could jump on the bed (we have it on the floor) but she barely got her front paws on top. I know she is 11 years old but I am not ready to lose her. Moose’s one year anniversary is fast approaching. I can’t believe my baby boy has been gone a year already. But I cannot see me without my dogs.

It is starting to mist snow. The flakes are so fine it looks as though someone just blew a bunch of dust off of their hand. The wind seems to have died down. The other day snow devils were all over the place. In strong winds you expect a few but they were popping up everywhere you looked. I don’t have any new photos to share so I will save this and pull out my camera. I hope you have a fab day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!