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Rolling with the Punches

Well it must be a work day. The sun is out. Sigh… Oh well. The plants will be happy. Normally I write my article before I write this but I can’t seem to wake up. Yesterday tapped me out. I don’t think the girls are too happy with me either. I didn’t spend much time at the house yesterday. I left a little after 1pm, came back a little after 4pm only to leave again around 6pm and get back around 9pm. Then I was awake until 2am.

I did get everything done that needed to be done. Including getting a floating appointment for Essie on Monday. I asked for pain meds for her. I am also contemplating x-rays. So the vet tech is going to our doctor and let me know what is what. Part of my problem is that everyone was chatty with me and I of course returned in kind. I was actually able to go into the vet’s office so I was catching up with the ladies there.

Lunch was the high point of the day. It was so good to see my friend! Our last lunch was the end of April. We decided to get together once a month. Well this was our second outing together. We both needed this little respite. We have been dealing with similar type problems. So it was nice to be able to complain and cry to someone that knew what it was all about. She and I both teared up several times during our talk. The food was AMAZING! I had another Moose burger (yes I was teary). This time I had the Firecracker. And it was goooooood! Fresh cut jalapeños with hot pepper jack cheese and a lovely spicy sauce….. sigh. My mouth is watering again! I also had a cappuccino while we chatted then a spiced chai latte when we left. Both were delicious! We sat at or usual table because it was one of those tall ones as neither of us could sit very well nor for very long. As it turned out she was equally stressed and tired from her medical travails. She had just had her 5th and final radiation session that morning.

I see by the clock that I need to get this done so I can get that article written. I hope you all have a great day! Thank you for all the support! As always thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Bits of Joy

This morning dawned and I hurt. Stella was asleep beside me with her head on my pillow. Essie was at my knees snoozing. I really didn’t want to get up but my tailbone wasn’t letting me sleep. And I did need to get up because I had stuff I needed to do before work. Today’s big project is two batches of rice crispy treats. I should’ve done them last night so all I had to do was cut them up but I was too tired and I wanted to spend time with the family. Yesterday was VERY busy at work. I also have the new record for this year (I also believe it is only second in the store’s history) for a total sale of $997 and change. I believe that the high score (if you will) is $1047 and change.

Essie’s birthday was a success. The cupcakes turned out very well and were a big hit at work. I am really glad that I took the time to do everything and share at work. It brightened up everyone’s day. Everyone is beginning to feel the strain. The cupcakes brought many smiles. It was also a coworker’s birthday so that worked out well.

I really want to thank my readers for reaching out. I means a lot that you know only enjoy what I write but that you also take the time to comment. I don’t feel like I am writing in a vacuum. It also helps me to get motivated about my writing projects outside of this. Now I just need to find the time! I am carrying around a piece of paper that has a bunch of notes on it about a short story. I jot things down as they come to me.

The pains from my back and tailbone are getting to me. I’m going to add a few photos and wrap this up. I hope you have great day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Birthday Blues

Today is Essie’s birthday!❤️🐾 My baby girl has turned 11 years old. I am so happy she came to us!

After work last night I made cupcakes. This morning I will frost them with little 11s on top. (If I think about it I will take a picture.) I am taking the surplus cupcakes to work. Everyone is excited. Lol

Once again I am writing this on my phone because the internet is going on and our. It’s like trying to catch a wave… sometimes there is a lot of internet then it peters out to all but gone then it slowly comes back. Sometime is just stays gone. Grrrrr.

My post the next few days might be short. Like this morning. I have a lot to do yet before work so I will share a few photos (if I can get everything to work) and be done. It is our busiest time at work and truthfully I am exhausted. And it has barely begun. We just don’t have the staff and those we do have are being worked long and hard. We are now open until 9pm. So that means even longer shifts.

I hope you all have an amazing day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

A quick edition! Here are the cupcakes

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Sleepless In Michigan

Once again I am struggling with the early morning hours. I got my MRI for the morning thinking I would have the rest of the day. But I am so very very tired… I literally fell asleep while going through posts this morning. I’m not much better now. Part of it is that I stayed up so I could spend time with my family. Not late but enough that my lack of sleep from the night before has seriously caught up with me.

Yesterday the back got to the point I was going to be immobile. My leg would not work after a spasm (and my back was spasming a lot) and we were busier than all get out. It was just two of us from 7am until 10am and we had lines most of the time. There was no one in the deli til then either so I did a few orders in between waiting on customers. Everyone was very nice though. My coworkers were awesome. By the end of the shift I was miserable and almost in tears. I almost couldn’t drive myself home.

Chris was a jewel and took care of me as best he could once I got home. We had steaks, corn on the cob and pasta salad for dinner. The girls were very good too. Essie followed me everywhere. I slept pretty well once I got to bed. I am limping again this morning but not as bad as last night. I have to be there by 8am for the MRI. I still have another…. 45 minutes before I have to go. Apparently I overestimated how long my morning routine would take. Both girls have eaten breakfast and gone back to bed.

My rock collection is growing through no fault of my own lol. One of my customers is a rock hound like myself and brings me stones from his various “therapy sessions’ as we call them (because just wandering in the woods or along the water looking for rocks is a great way to decompress). When I got out of work I had a small pile of rocks piled next to my car. It made me smile and grimace at the same time. I thought it was so sweet of him to do that but I also had to bend down and get them off the ground, something my body was loathe to do.

I should get going. I can use this extra time to take off my jewelry and such for the MRI. It will save time at the hospital. Hopefully we get the results soon. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Putting On the Big Girl Pants

The day has started out later than I thought it would. I didn’t get any real sleep until the last say three hours. I couldn’t get comfortable and my back was not happy. So I kept turning over like an alligator in a death roll. Or maybe I was making blanket sushi. I don’t know. Every little while I would need to untangle. Or dangle. A foot or a leg because I would get too hot. Anyway I finally looked at the clock around 6:00am or so and told myself to atleast stay in bed until 7am so my day wouldn’t be so long. Well I finally fell asleep solidly. When I next cracked an eye it was going on 9am.

I feel like there is so much that I need to do and so little time I have to do it. I made some progress on my novel but it was stop and start with everything going on here. I would catch an idea and start to work with it then something would happen or need my attention and it would be gone. It was frustrating. I also need to get working in the yard despite my back. The grass is too tall and the flower beds need attention desperately. I also need to get some more seeds planted. Not all of them survived our second winter temperatures a few weeks ago. A lot did surprisingly. Which also means more dirt. My goal is to try to get some of this stuff Saturday after work. Since I get out at 3pm. I work in the deli that morning so I will already be dirty so I might as well keep going. Hopefully the back will be ok. Regardless this stuff needs to get done. I also need to get things done inside like vacuuming and cleaning the multitude of blankets as well as our bedding in the master bedroom.

So after physical therapy tomorrow I will set up my doctor’s appointment for next week to see if I can get her to do the MRI. If not I’m not sure what I am gonna do next. Just wait and see what happens at the appointment and go from there I guess.

I need to start the banana bread soon so it will be done before I leave for work. It can bake while I am in the shower. The bananas won’t last much longer so it is today or they go into the trash. Looks like the sun is trying to come out and stay. We are supposed to have summer temperatures today. Sigh, Mother Nature is all over the place but I don’t blame her. It is way too peopley out anymore. It stresses you out.

I will add a few photos and get this posted. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Is It Saturday Yet?

And so it begins….yesterday was hell on many levels. We were short staffed (we only had four people between the deli and front line workers), the tourists are starting to arrive (this is a mixed bag as some are very nice then there are the others that are just there to “enjoy the peace and quiet” by making more noise and mess) and the CDC lifted the mask rule. A lot of folks aren’t happy about wearing a mask. I get it. I’m not either. But ever since the announcement yesterday afternoon we have had people coming in without masks proclaiming that they no longer had to wear them. Well guess what? Our bosses said that they still had to be worn in the store so you have to have them on when you are in the store! Oh and by the way you have to have proof that you were vaccinated to not have to wear the mask. You can’t just opt out. And tonight I am closing manager.

The doctor needs to figure out what is going on with my back. Normally I can fake my way through work then just nurse my back at home. Not so yesterday. It hurt going into work and by the time I was done I just wanted to cry. Once home I could barely walk. A shower didn’t help either. This morning is rough going. And it will be another 10+ hour day.

The girls have been very sweet. Right now Stella is laying next to me on the floor. Essie has been in and out this morning (this sun is out and the temperature is rising at a steady rate). She is my little sun bunny. Both of them have been keeping an eye on me.

A bright spot yesterday is that my new lounge chair arrived. I am finally replacing my old one. It is 6 or 7 years old and in need of repairs. The new one is a lovely convertible chair. It can be stretched out so I can lay in the sun or set up as a zero gravity chair. I tried it out last night. It is wonderful! It even has a small removable pillow. I am hoping to spend quality time using it tomorrow.

Sadly I have to leave the house tomorrow. I need to get groceries and the ingredients for Saturday’s dinner. Armadillo eggs. Yep. I thought the same thing when I heard it. In short it is jalapeño peppers (cleaned out) stuffed with cream cheese, wrapped in a layer of Italian sausage which is in turned wrapped in a layer of bacon. This is smoked for several hours then (I believe) grilled. We are both looking forward to this culinary delight! I just don’t want to leave the house let alone go to my place of work on my day off. Oh well!

I need to wrap this up. (Pardon the pun.) Sorry about the complaining. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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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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Travels Great and Small

It looks as though we will have another beautiful day.❤️ We want to grill today so I need to slide to the store before 1pm. I feel kinda bad because it is Easter but there it is. I am leaning toward taking the motorcycle (pardon the pun) but it will depend on the temperature (the frost still hasn’t melted) and my body. Right now it hurts. I might take Angus (my Subaru) for groceries then take Rogue (my motorcycle) out got a ride later today. We’ll see.

Maybe I need to wear my helmet cover 🧐

I want to spend time on my writing as well today. Even if a few pages are all I do. I started fleshing out some of my characters the other day. I still don’t see them clearly in my mind’s eye so I know more work needs to be done.

The Robins have been here and singing since we got up. Spring is definitely here! I wore shorts to work yesterday and several people commented. I compared myself to a Robin saying that if you saw me in shorts you know Spring is here. That brought many smiles. 😁

I miss loading up the dogs in the car to go for a ride.

My boys❤️🐾

I am trying to be positive… I am debating about doing some yard work today. I don’t want to do too much uncovering if we are still getting frost at night. I found a bud yesterday and the daffodils, tulips, irises and day lilies are growing up fast! I am very excited! Since my irises seem to bloom every other year this year should be the big bloom. I have a smaller batch that blooms when they don’t. No idea how I managed to do it. Lol. I think I will work with my roses this year too. So I need to dig out the book Mom got me.

Looking at the clock I guess I need to get crackin’ if I want to get to the store and get things done around here. I just want to thank everyone for the awesome support!❤️ Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Coconut Creamer vs Snow

I am glad that I filled the bird feeder. I woke up to about 2 inches (5cm) of snow. The crows overhead sound as annoyed as me at the unwelcome intrusion of it. It should all be gone again either today or tomorrow (temperature and possibly some rain) but it is disheartening all the same. Winter just needs to go away. When I opened the door to let the girls out to go potty Stella stood there and looked at me after she saw the snow. I did coax her out though.

My small consolation in all this is my coconut creme creamer in my coffee. I will be drinking a lot of coffee today with that in it. My big splurge yesterday.

I don’t know if any of my readers are horror fans like myself but if you are there is an amazing social media site called Slasher. I had to download an app for my phone and it threatens to suck me in like Facebook did but it is so cool to have someplace to go to talk about and see horror everything! I belong to a few Facebook groups that are horror based but this place covers a lot more ground. There are musicians, film makers, writers, fans, artists…. it is an amazing collection of people and work! Everyone so far has been super friendly. I’m very excited!

Seriously?! I heard a blue jay just squawking and now I know why. It’s snowing out. Even the birds are sick of it! Snow is no longer pretty. White or otherwise. (As I take a large sip of my coconut flavored coffee and glare out the window…lol)

I need to do some work around the house today. Dishes, vacuum etc. I also need to figure out when to make my appointment to fix my phone screen tomorrow. I’m going to be out and about so I might as well go to Traverse and get it done. It’s under warranty so I’m good there. I had hoped to look at laptops as well. I just want to stay home. It’s all I can do not to cancel my doctor appointment for tomorrow.

Books need to be read and worked on as well today. I am going to try to finish my one book review and get that sent in to various places. So I guess I should stop procrastinating and do my thing. I’ll add a few photos. I tried to get one of the crows this morning but he started to take off as I took my photo. Then I couldn’t adjust my lens fast enough to get anymore as they flew away (more joined as he flew). Take care! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Photos Over Words

This morning I feel like I’ve been hit by a Mac truck. I spent most of the night tossing and turning from an upset stomach. I think I’ve had maybe four hours of sleep. But bills have been paid and my medical information sent in. I also talked to both my parents yesterday. I tried to make reservations at various restaurants for Mom’s birthday but no one is taking them. It’s first come first serve. So here’s to hoping that we can get in somewhere.

I ordered some nail clippers for the dogs as the ones we had have disappeared. The girls’ nails are getting too long and I’m not taking them to the vet to have it done when I can do it at home. I can hear Essie pacing the house. I’m not sure what is up. She walks through the kitchen to the far window and back. Sounds like she is back on the couch. But for how long?

I am cashier and carry out from 11am until 7pm today. I hope we are slow but with the sun out I think it might be a steady day. I’ve not felt this bad in a while. But like I said I have sent in my medical information so once they receive it they can call me and set up an appointment. Hopefully it won’t cost an arm and a leg. And hopefully we can find out what is wrong.

There’s not much to talk about with this mental fugue I have. So I will share photos that I took yesterday. I read as many blogs as I could this morning. I wish that WordPress would let me read more but ??? anyway thanks for reading and all your comments! Stay safe!