Animals, Cooking/Baking, Creativity, Dogs, Emotions, family, Food, Learning, Life, Thinking, Writing

Trying New Things

Well this will be interesting… I guess the new template for the blog dropped today. Needless to say I have never taken the time to see what it’s all about since they told us about it back in June or so. So if this looks weird when I am done you know why. Lol.

Stella has been a bit of a pain since last night. After we went to bed every little while she would find something to bark at. She was constantly barking the hour that Chris got home. Then she was a mess when he came to bed smacking Moose and I with her tail. Ironically she is in my office with me right now sleeping at my feet. With her ball. Moose has gone back into the living room to sleep on the couch.

Yesterday’s work started with me freezing my butt off in the cooler to stock the grocery cases. Because no one thought to mention I should bring a jacket (I didn’t really find out that I was in grocery til that morning) I ended up buying one of the Torch Lake zip up hoodies (we mostly sell them for the tourists but I like it). Then I was courtesy counter the rest of my shift. This was the second day in a row there. The day before we had a call off. Annoyingly I am picking things up there so I am pretty good at it. So we’ll see how often I get put there.

I pause every once in a while to look at the “new tools” to the left on my screen for the blog. Hmmmm… it seems ok. It will take a little bit of hit and miss but I think that this might be a better version, once I learn where everything is. I thought that I might go back to the original editor on here but now that I am messing around I think I will keep the new one. I wonder what the phone app will look like. I usually write on my laptop then use my phone to add photos etc. I’ll let you know.

I am trying not to psych myself out. I have things to do but not an overwhelming amount. It involves a lot of phone calls as I tried to do the other stuff over the rest of the week. Last night I cleaned out the mouse cage instead of saving it for today. The only non phone things I have to do are get gas for the mower (please let it start!), grab my paycheck and deposit it (easy enough since I will get gas at work and deposit my check via my phone app) and make treats. Oh and I am making lasagna for dinner tonight. I have a meeting to cover at 7pm via Zoom so that will have to be taken into consideration as to how late we eat. But all in all not too much work. Mentally I still feel overwhelmed because I want a day of rest where I don’t do anything but hang out with the family at the house.

While Dad and I were talking last night I found out that I have actually put down roots here. Now that I am an active part of the local community (not driving all the way to Traverse City to work) I feel more connected. Even the short period of time that I have been at the grocery store I have my regulars. As a matter of fact I guess one of the guys went to management to make sure they did not overwhelm me by sticking me by myself in the gas window on my first days. He wanted to make sure I was going to stay and then asked me if I was staying. So it’s nice to be a part of that. If I need something I can usually find someone to help instead of freaking out trying to think if there is some place (usually expensive) in Traverse that I can get something or get something fixed. We really do have all we need here in tiny little Rapid City.

I usually look in the lower right of my screen for my word count to see how long I have been going on but that seems to have disappeared with the new editor on here. So I may have gone on a bit more than normal. Sorry about that! I’d better get going though. I need to work on my classwork and make my phone calls. Hopefully I can get all that and make treats before Chris gets up. I’ll probably take the kids to go get the gas and my paycheck as it is a bit chilly this morning and I’m sure they would like the break from staying at the house all the time. Sigh…. sorry. I see I am rambling on again. Lol. Everyone take care and thank you so much for reading!

Both photos are from yesterday morning as I headed to the Jeep to go to work.
Cooking/Baking, family, Food, Gardening, Learning, Life, Writing

A Short Day Off

I am sitting here drinking my blueberry coffee trying to wake up.  Tomorrow is going to be even earlier but I will be out of work by 3pm.  No idea how busy or slow I will be since I will be training in the deli.

Yesterday was a good day to spend at home with the family.  Chris and I did some running for kibble and such (I am making lasagna on Thursday).  I did get my classwork done as well as laundry put  away.  Oh and I got my high tops cleaned up.  The rest of the stuff I will probably try to get done by Thursday.

Today is officially the first day of September.  For me the first day of fall.  I am sad to see Summer go.  I will miss it.  But Fall has Halloween in it so I won’t fuss too much.  The next few weeks are supposed to be dry for us so that means I need to keep an eye on the plants outside to make sure that they stay watered.  More tomatoes are beginning to redden so I want to make sure we get a good harvest.

I see by the clock that I need to wrap this up.  I still need to repack my work bag (it finally got washed) and relace my shoes before work.  I’m sorry this is a bit short and a bit blah.  I hope you all have a great day and stay safe!  Thanks for reading!

Animals, Creativity, Dogs, Emotions, family, Food, Gardening, Learning, Life, Nature, Thinking, Writing

Do This Now or Do This Later?

While I am grateful to have today off I am fighting with myself over what needs to get done today.  I have been trying to keep on top of things in my life and not put things off that I can do today.  To be sure I can get it all done today and relax tomorrow.  But I also know that I will not really relax tomorrow because I have the meeting that I need to cover for the paper tomorrow night.  So now the question is do I just divide things up between the two days?  I am very proud of myself for keeping up with as much as I have with everything going on.  I don’t want to lose that.

I plan to get classwork done as much as possible this morning.  I will try do do a bit more tomorrow morning.  It is nice because Chris is asleep and the kids can chill with me or go outside so I have relative quiet to watch the videos from class and do the required writing.  If Chris is still asleep then the kids and I will be outside.  I notice that the humidity has really effected the garden so I need to go out and water everyone today.  I know that they are reflecting how I have been feeling.  I make it a point to talk to the plants and thank them for not dying on me lol.

The body is sore from work.  Not bad sore but using muscles that I haven’t in a long time (well except for my right arm, that pain is the tendonitis).  We tried to have a nice dinner after I got home from work last night but the meat I brought home did not taste right so that kind of spoiled things.  But it was still nice to spend time with the family.  I barely made it through one episode of Supernatural before I had to call it a night.

Two things I do need to do today are call Mom and talk and FaceTime with Dad.  It has been over a month for Dad and I due to his computer being down.  Mom and I have done random texts but yesterday she needed to talk and had to leave a voice message because I was at work.  I may put making treats off until tomorrow.  I don’t plan on going anywhere so I shouldn’t need to dole any out.  Besides I have the hot dogs I can use for bribes if needed.

I should probably get to my classwork while I have time.  Thanks for reading and all the support!  Stay safe!

Animals, Creativity, Dogs, Emotions, family, Food, Learning, Life, Nature, Photography, Thinking, Writing

Another Day

I am trying to find my words.  So much going on in my head.  Stella and Moose are in here with me again.  I found that miss thang (Stella) has been going potty in the hallway again.  There is no reason for it as she has ample opportunity to go before we go to bed and Chris is home not long after we go to bed.  Grrrrr.

I got my jack-o-lantern necklace yesterday in the mail.  Between that and me making snickerdoodles last night I feel like Fall is almost here.  And I am not ready for it.  That was the one draw back of my birthday as a kid.  It meant that the following week school started.

After I finished this yesterday I not only got my piece written for class but I also got all the reading and videos done for this week.  All I have to do is do the writing portion.  So the question is do I do it today and keep going or do I let myself have a rest day?  The thing is I have a meeting to cover next week and I don’t want to get behind.  We’ll see what happens after I finish this.

I spent a good deal of my day yesterday outside.  I did vacuum the house, get all the dishes done and get the vacuum blown out (because we have so much sand that gets tracked in as well as the dust I try to use the air compressor to blow the dust and dirt off every few uses).  Today I need to make puppy treats and clean out the mouse cage.  I am trying to keep busy instead of sit and do nothing.  For me it won’t be a time of rest but a time of over indulgence.  This way I can look and see that I did something.  Most of the stuff only takes a few minutes so if I just spend a few minutes doing something that needs to be done every little while then a lot can get done.

Moose has taken to not eating breakfast like me.  It seems to make him sick.  I guess Chris got him to eat his breakfast around noon on Sunday while I was at work and he threw it all up not long after.  But he will munch veggies and banana chips through out the day and eat dinner with no problem.  I don’t know if it is him or the food.  Either way it’s not good.  If it’s the food we have tried the two flavors available in kibble and the flavors in canned have been gone through (since it is for kidney disease it is limited because it is a special diet).  If it is him then that means his disease is getting worse and that it not good.  Since I don’t get paid til Friday (I hope… it will be my third pay day with no money if that is the case and I already have people calling for money from bills) I can’t take him to the vet.  So I guess we wait and see.

I’ve not taken many photos as my memory card has filled up once already.  I deleted a bunch but I still don’t have much room.  I need to get another memory card.  I am hoping Friday.  I also need to order more kibble for Moose.   That being said I will share the few photos I have taken.  Thanks for reading and as always stay safe!

Aging, Animals, Dogs, Emotions, family, Food, Life, Love

Essie, Moose and Stella

I guess today’s blog will be about the kids.  Today is Essie’s 10th birthday!  I can’t believe that we have had this little bundle of awesomeness for 10 years now.  Chris brought her home to me (or rather he stopped at my work with her) to replace me having to give up Lily Rose, another Pitty rescue.  Lily had bad separation anxiety and was destroying the house while we were at work.  There was nothing that helped.  So I got a little 7 week old puppy that I named Esmerelda May.  She has been with us ever since.  Baby girl has been through a lot in those 10 years.  She is one of the best dogs we’ve ever had.

Today we are also celebrating Moose’s birthday.  He turns 8 years old.  I rescued Moose locally before they put him down.  He was only 9 months old.  He has been my baby ever since.  He is too damn smart too.  There was the times he managed to open the sliding glass door and let himself and his siblings out.  And when he opened the side door and let everyone out.  Then there was the time he opened the oven…. you get the idea.  But he is my baby.  I can be gone for a few minutes and he is so butt wiggly happy when I get back.

Now we know today really is Essie’s birthday.  But I counted back from when I got Moose and that would make his birthday in July (if they are right about his age, I say that because the people I got him from it was their roommate’s dog and he couldn’t bear to give him away and asked them to take him to me).  So I decided that we would just celebrate both of them today.  If I have Stella’s age right she can celebrate with me as she was born in August.

And speaking of Moose and Stella there is a local restaurant named after them!  Chris and I stopped at one of our local places we might eat at every few months yesterday.  It was a fun train themed tiny place with really good food.  Imagine our surprise to find that the place as now called Moose and Stella’s and was now dog themed!  The décor was all dog stuff: plaques with sayings about dogs, dog bowls, dog photos etc.  When we got home I looked at my Moose and Stella and told them it was about time they picked up some of the bills since they have their own restaurant!  The food was amazingly good (I had one of Moose’s burgers) and we will definitely be going back.  I may need to see if I can get a tee shirt….

I will leave you with some photos of all three babies.  I am very blessed to be able to call them mine.  I hope you have a great day!  Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Animals, Creativity, Dogs, family, Food, Learning, Life, Nature, Photography, Writing

Butterflies and Writing

As I write this everyone is up.  Chris has gotten up because allergies.  The kids are up and about because Chris is up so that means that they don’t have to be quiet.  Meanwhile I am trying to do this (for once I am on time) but the dogs are insisting that I play because Chris is up.  Stella has gotten the hint and has gone outside to lay in the sun with her ball.  Essie and Moose have gone into Chris’s office with him.

I read through all of the current issue of Poets and Writers and am currently going through the current issue of Writer’s Digest.  I seem to be supplementing with various research books on werewolves.  I’m not sure why.  That is what seems to have pull for me right now.  So maybe I will incorporate this in the short story?  I hadn’t intended to but it might be a good spin to put on s cursed village.  I’ll keep reading and writing and see what happens.

Dad and I had a nice talk yesterday.  I had to hang up with him because my phone kept getting hotter and hotter.  I am hoping if I replace the battery all will be well.  I don’t want to get another phone.  So for now I will keep an eye on the phone.  I have to get the Jeep in for repairs first.  Hopefully Tuesday or so I will be able to get it in.  Chris’s truck is supposed to be done Monday.

I am afraid to turn the AC on.  It was making weird noises last night so I turned it off.  I is on most of the time either as a fan or for actual AC.  We could be down to no AC (which is bad with the dogs) and no dishwasher.  Luxuries to be sure but the AC is what I am most concerned with because of the dogs.  It can get very hot in the house even with the windows open.  None of them enjoy water other than to drink so putting out the kiddie pool that we had for Minion won’t make a difference.  And there is only so much ice that can be made at a time.

We had a monarch butterfly in the yard yesterday.  So that makes three different kinds of butterfly.  I need to get a reference so I can tell the difference instead of just by color.  I know that there is a butterfly that is similar to the monarch but the pattern on the wings is slightly different.  I always enjoy learning stuff like that.  I wasn’t able to get many pictures but I got a few.

I’m going to wrap this up.  I need to get to the grocery store for things for dinner.  I will download a few photos before I go.  I am frustrated with the monarch photos because whenever I pressed the shutter button the photos would go out of focus. Thanks for reading!  Stay safe!  I hope you have a great day!

Animals, Cooking/Baking, Dogs, Exercise, family, Food, Gardening, Life, Thinking, Writing

Another Beautiful Summer Day

The sun was out.  The clouds seem to have rolled back in.  And that is fine with me.  I got started on another story yesterday so after get as much as I could on paper I went and worked in the gardens.  I will probably do the same today.  I need to go get kibble for the girls and canned for Moose.  I will call the vet to see if they sell the canned food there.  I’d rather save the $20 coupon for the bag of kibble when I order it.

I kept the kids busy yesterday so everyone was ready for bed by the time the sun went down.  I have been trying to do some kind of exercise every day.  Yesterday I got Chris to try the hula hoop that I got.  I did it too to show him I wasn’t any better at it than he was.  We both had a good laugh.  I try to do about 15 minutes or so a day with it since I can do it while I watch tv at night.

The marinade I threw together for the steaks I got turned out awesome!  I made a yogurt pie as well.  A very simple recipe that I got from my Grams.  Graham cracker crust, small tub of Cool Whip and two fruit at the bottom yogurts (it has to be the fruit on the bottom stuff… and if they are tiny like the current Yoplait size get three).  Just mix up the yogurt and then mix the yogurt into the the Cool Whip.  Put it all in the crust and refrigerate until firm. Voila!

I am feeling rather restless this morning.  I will probably take atleast Moose with me to the store.  I need to get Essie another frisbee so I won’t do the curbside pick up this time.  I may splurge and get the kids some toys too.  They never last long but they make the kids happy while they do last.  I think I will wrap this up and try to get out the door and back before Chris gets up.  I hope you have a great day!  Thanks for reading and stay safe!

 

Animals, Books, Dogs, Exercise, family, Food, Life

Exercise and Food

We got up late but that was more because I ate something bad for dinner.  Around 10pm my tummy wasn’t happy.  I got to the point I couldn’t sleep around midnight and pretty much tossed and turned (gently to be sure) til almost 3am.  I still feel wrung out this morning.  I am grateful that coffee and water are staying down.

I think I understand another reason I read The Howling so quickly.  There was only on story.  The Terry Pratchett stories always have multiple storylines going on top of the satire.  It can be too much to plow through the whole Watch series in a few days.

I am contemplating (again) starting to run again.  When I lived downstate I ran with my Mom and my best friend over the course of a summer.  It was fun.  I would like to try again.  But I also want to take the dogs (one at a time) but that means I need to get them each a harness.  I would prefer to have the dog there to try said harness on instead of trying to order by measurements.  I think they need harnesses to begin with since it will make things easier all around it I want to start taking them outside of the home for exercise on a regular basis.  But I also need to have things replaced around the home as well.  And get the Jeep fixed (we are getting Chris’s truck in first since he drives more than I do).  So I guess do I spend the money and get good shoes and some harnesses for the kids or wait?

I am trying to do atleast a few exercises a day.  Last night it was way hot for all of us (I still enjoyed it) but I still did some exercises.  And apparently I did enough to still feel it today which is good.  It means I am working the muscles I want.  I think I am going on bout all this exercise stuff because I am really not feeling like doing much of anything after last night.  But we shall see.  I need to wish my neighbor a happy birthday before they leave for the day so I am going to wrap this up.  Thanks for reading!  Stay safe and have a great day!

Animals, Cooking/Baking, Creativity, Dogs, Emotions, family, Food, Life, Writing

Feeling Scared

This morning’s anxiety is due in part to Moose.  He’s been sick the past two mornings and doesn’t eat breakfast.  He does eat dinner.  This morning he has been very pacey.  This started around 7am.  I finally gave up and came out to the living room with the girls after I let him outside.  He hasn’t laid down and slept since we came out here.  He just stays in a spot for a few minutes then he will get up and wander around to another spot.  I have already called the vet and left a message.  I am very concerned.  There is something wrong.  I just don’t know what.  He comes to me every little bit and stays a few minutes for love then wanders off.  He will do a partial stretch then plop down in the middle of it.  He’s finally drinking some water.  But not very much.  And he has wandered outside.

I just don’t know what to do.  All this seems to be symptomatic of kidney disease.  My concern is that it is progressing way too fast.  I may call the vet’s office back and added a few new issues.  I just don’t know what to do.

The other concern is my writing.  I am stymied mentally.  I seem to get flashes here and there but not very often.  I just do the paper anymore.  Things are all messed up all over due to the COVID-19 so there isn’t much to cover outside of the virtual meetings.  I’m just grateful I can still do that.  Atleast it is writing.

Moose has wandered back in and laid down on the floor (he is usually on the couch but this morning he seems to prefer the floor) in front of me.  I think he actually shut his eyes and let himself fall asleep.  He is my baby.   If anything happens to him…

Oh, the dinner I prepared (Chris did sear the meat then slow grilled it) was a big hit.  It turned out really really good.  I’m going to wrap this up and call the vet again.  Thanks for reading!  Have a great day and stay safe!

Animals, Cooking/Baking, Dogs, family, Food, Life

In a Fine Fettle

Things have gotten complicated here.  Last night I managed to break my toe (a heavy mug fell and the rim hit just above the main joint of the big toe that connects it to the left foot… twice as it bounced).  Feels lovely this morning.  But more importantly there is something wrong with Moose.  I have been up since around 6am with him.  He has gotten sick numerous times and won’t eat.  I thought we could go back to bed but he just laid on the floor beside me until him tummy made him get up.  Then back outside he went.  I finally gave up around 7am as he was getting sick a lot.  So here I am.  I don’t know what to do for him.  I will call the vet tomorrow even if he gets better today.  All these things are symptoms of his kidney disease getting worse.

It is still cool out so I will wait to put the plants back out.  I had them out yesterday since it was sunny and warm.  We didn’t get frost last night but it was a near thing.  I’m glad I brought them all in.  I still have seeds that I need to get out.  My concern is that I have planted seeds and seedlings alike and their growth compared to the ones in the containers is stunted.  I can’t help thinking that the ants have something to do with it.  I even put the good dirt down when I am planting in the gardens but every time a few days later a bunch of ant mounds show up all over the area I just planted in.  It’s very frustrating.

Since today is Chris’s day off I will be making another Mexican dish (his choice).  It will be a bit different from the recipe since I couldn’t find the meat they called for and I added a spice or two.  The dish is called carne asada.  I even made my own pico de gallo last night.  (I was going to do it today but I thought it might taste better if it sat a day or so.)  Hopefully it all turns out.  I will let you know tomorrow.  Speaking of which I should get to it.  I have to make the marinade and it has to soak for atleast two hours.  So thanks for reading and I hope you have a great day!  Stay safe!