Animals, Dogs, Friends, History, Learning, Life, Nature, Thinking

Looking For a Rhythm

The sun was out for a bit but now we are back to the cold grey skies and rain.  I do see blue sky here and there.  The temperature is supposed to hit 70F (21C) today.  I know I am looking forward to it.  Not a big fan of fall weather in the middle of my summer.  I also need to empty the excess water from the potted plants.  Again.  I’m sure I’ll be mowing this week as well but that I don’t mind.  The joys of having a riding mower. 🙂

The meeting last night was another long one.  But I find it interesting to listen and watch the process of local government.  Chris teases me about how much I’ve picked up since starting with the paper (in a good way).  As a kid my friends and I would go sit in on the court cases then go home and do our own.  We would rotate who was judge, prosecuting attorney and defense attorney.  We really had fun with that.  One year it was most of our summer.

I was able to get some more writing done on my new story yesterday.  So far so good!  I am struggling not to get lost in the details.  Things that I can look up later to clarify or change.  I am just trying to get the story all down first.  I know I will get lost in the research on this one.  lol  Too interesting to let myself just look up this or that.

I can’t seem to stop yawning this morning.  One cup of coffee is not going to help.  Moose keeps looking at me hopefully to see if I am done since I spent so much time on here this morning with the article then this.  So I suppose I had better wrap this up and get them outside to play a bit.  Hopefully the weather does warm up as promised (the furnace has actually gone on a few times since last night).  The kids and I are tired of being stuck inside all day.  I hope you have a great day!  Thanks for reading and stay safe!

 

Creativity, Dogs, Emotions, Friends, Life, Thinking, Writing

Writing and Memories

The rain has been steady all night.  I managed to get all three Pittys out to go potty after breakfast (and they didn’t melt!).  After dark last night I opened one of the bay windows wide so I could hear the peepers sing.  When I can hear them at night I know Spring is here!  As an added bonus it seems that one of them was hanging out at our ponds behind the house!  So I had a front row seat to listen to him.

I am still bashing my novel around trying to figure out what to do with it.  Maybe it was just meant to be a short story or a novella?  I am not sure anymore.  I am curious what happens to the characters but I don’t know what happens to them.  Since pretty much the next few days are supposed to be rain filled maybe this will help me stay focused on the story.  I have my current issue of The Writer that I have been going through.  Actually most of my recent writing magazines are sitting here on the table with bookmarks at various points.

An odd coincidence happened yesterday.  I got a hankering for orange marmalade the other day and remembered to grab some when I was at the store (the absolute last jar!).  Well yesterday I cracked the jar to have some on my toast.  (And it was goooood.)  Later that night I happened to be looking for some thing in my office and I found the Paddington Bear that my best friend in grade school and high school gave me.  The tag on him said 1987 so it had to be my 15th birthday that she got it for me.  Everytime I remember her I also remember that she is gone.  She commit suicide about six years ago.  One of my other close friends was able to find out what happened for me.  I am still missing one of my other very close friends.  We are still trying to find out what happened to her.   After I found Paddington I just kind of sat in my office and went down memory lane for a bit.  It’s interesting to see what triggers different memories.  It might be a sound, a scent or some thing you hold in your hand.

I had better get myself moving.  I hope you and yours are well. Stay safe and thanks for reading!

Books, Creativity, Emotions, family, Friends, Gardening, Learning, Life, Nature, Reading

Focusing on the Good

I am not feeling too great this morning so I will just get to the good stuff from yesterday.  Dad and I had a really good chat.  I was feeling up to it to we talked for a few hours.  I received my surprise book from my friend in Scotland.  I started reading it last night.  It is different in a good way.  You can’t get into the story but you do in a different way.  It’s hard to explain.  He has a very unique voice that I am enjoying reading.  I think I may offer this one as a review book for one of my editors.  I also asked a friend in Traverse who was making masks how much to have him make me one and send it.  He is making it and sending it for free!  (He is my Minion buddy so it will be made of Minion fabric. <3)  Some of the seeds I planted in the egg shells are finally pushing their way up through the dirt!  I was getting worried that the “good idea” wasn’t going to work.  And I also figured out the correct way to grow an onion from scratch if you will.  Online they tell you to suspend it in water like an avocado but they just rot that way.  I got a small glass jar, put a few inches of dirt, dropped in the top of the onion (the bit you usually throw out when you cut an onion up) and covered it with more dirt.  Then I soaked the dirt with water.  A few days later I can see all kinds of roots growing through the dirt.  I am very pleased!  Hopefully it will warm up and stay there soon so I can start getting all these plants out there and get the outdoor seeds planted.

This is about all I have the energy for.  Thanks for reading!  Stay safe!

Creativity, Dogs, Emotions, family, Friends, Gardening, Life, Movies, the World, Thinking, Writing

The Good and the Bad

It is a steady rain this morning.  The skies have darkened since we got up.  It was another late night last night because I stayed up to see Chris when he got home last night.  Unfortunately my body was awake at 7:30am.  Yesterday was hard.  I found out that a dear friend died from COVID-19.  I shared the news on my Facebook account because it was honestly easier than having the conversation around twenty times over phone calls and messages.

I did get some time out in the sun in the afternoon.  It got warm and the sun was shining so out I went with a book.  Once 3pm hit it seemed that the dogs demanded I spend time with them so I packed up my goodies and we played and watched tv.  I found more documentaries on writers I admire (or just enjoy their writing) on Amazon.  The other day we watched one on Margret Atwood.  Last night I watched one on Neil Gaiman (I respect him even more after watching) and then one on Harlan Ellison (I am still not sure how I feel about him; a brilliant mind but no filter).  As I watched I complied a list of my heroes (in regards to writing).  So I am trying to use that as inspiration.

I got an article written last night and I hope to get more done today.  The temperature has dropped for today so I think it will be an inside day due to the rain.  If it stops later I might venture out and continue weeding one of the raised beds out back.  I did get all the indoor seeds planted in pots.  I have been taking them in and out of the sun everyday.  My Italian sweet basil is sprouting like crazy so I think I will have some inside and outside.  I always seem to do well with herbs from seed.  This will be the first time I will be doing other food stuffs from seed.  We’ll see how I do.

I also want to thank everyone who has been reaching out over the past few weeks.  It means a lot.  I should get myself together and try working on a review or my novel.  Thanks for reading.  I hope you and your family stay safe.  Have a great day!

Creativity, Dogs, Emotions, family, Friends, Life, the World, Thinking, Writing

Preparations

And here we are again.  It’s official.  I have lost my job at the lot.  As much as it sucks i put in two applications via the net yesterday while I was getting things together for whatever they were doing with supplies.  I still have things to bring home (weights and a tarp as well as a few other things) but I will have to go and send stuff back so I didn’t try to get it all in one go.  I still have things to donate but with the virus scares no one taking donations.  Hopefully I can be allowed to keep the stuff there until after.

I also found out that one of that gals I worked with at Younker’s is on life support due to the virus.  I am waiting for updates.  I don’t think her outcome will be good.  Mom keeps going to the grocery store for this or that every few days.  She says she is taking all this seriously but I don’t think she really cares.  And arguing with her will get me nowhere.  She will still go regardless.  On the plus side her two dogs might be able to lose weight now that she can’t give them all the treats and bones like she usually does because of lack of availability.

I really should make more of an effort with my writing.  I really really should.  I should be using it as a comfort and a release.  But my heart just isn’t in it anymore.  I stare at my stack of projects and meh.  Funny thing is a brought home a ton of pens from the lot and I can’t wait to use them!  Sigh.

Speaking of which I should touch base with the paper to see if everyone there is ok.  I still have to send in my word count from this month.  Another task for today.  We need puppy treats as well.  I made phone calls about some of my bills yesterday.  I need to make more today.  Alteast one because I did not have the number with me at the lot.

I really should get myself together.  Atleast for a little while.  Stay safe and as always thank you for reading!  Have a great day!

family, Friends, Life, Movies, Sports, the World

Another Day and Some Hockey Memories

This will be another short one.  I slept until my alarm this morning and then spent more time than intended reading the news.  Things are slowly grinding to a halt.  I went to the store for supplies yesterday and the shelves are becoming bare at the grocery.  No yeast there or at many stores so my bright idea of making bread from scratch may end up a bust.  Or just find a different kind of bread to make.  I posted on Facebook that I would make bread for people if they bought the supplies.  I would even deliver it if it was within a reasonable driving distance.

A nice thing that has come about (even though it will shut down the repo yard eventually) from all this in that many banks and such are waiving missed payments due to the outbreak.  I am not sure for how long (I got an email from my bank this morning but I’ve not read it) or what the details will be.  But I appreciate that the almighty dollar is not going to be in control with some of these bills.  Atleast not yet.

I watched two hockey documentaries last night.  One  was on Bob Probert and the other was on Grant Fuhr.  I met Probert when I was in high school (he has to come and sign autographs as part of his probation terms).  And I LOVE goalies and Fuhr has always been a favorite for me.  Watching those docs I remembered how awesome hockey was for me growing up (I even dated a hockey player for a while… sigh) and how hard it was for those guys coming up from the minors with all that talent and being exposed to all the attention and glam of the big leagues.  Amazing stories form most of them!

Nuts.  I need to shut up and get gone!  Thanks for reading!  I hope you have a great day!

Dogs, family, Friends, Holiday, Life, Thinking

Happy New Year! ❤️🥳

The morning has dawned chilly and bright.  It is nice to see the sun.  We stayed up too late to see in the New Year together but that is ok.  It felt good to be together and celebrate life.

I wanted to wish all my readers a very Happy New Year and say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support this year!  Life was less than kind some times and being able to share helped.  All your kind comments mean so much.  And being able to share all the good times as well… Thank you for letting me tell my story.

The snow plows are rumbling up and down the street this morning.  We got probably another  inches between the last two days.  Chris went across the street and plowed our neighbor’s driveway then came and did ours.  Once that was done he gave them the gift card we got them for our local Cajun restaurant that we all like.  It’s not much but they have done so much for us this past year.  We just wanted to tell them thank you.  I have to admit it was fun cooking things and trading back and forth with them.   I think my favorite was the apple butter.  It brought back so many great childhood memories!  My Gramma Morin was the one who made that every year and it was soooooo good!

The kids are all sleeping.  I hope this year can be better for them as well.  I am still trying to figure out what needs to be done for Essie and Stella. Maybe a soft muzzle for Stella and continue with her training. Once the garage can be used and we get stuff out of the house I may bring the cage back in. I will put Stella in there when I go to work and when Chris gets up he can let her out. We will have to come up with something. (Also that means I can bring Moose to work with me on occasion and leave the girls at home without worrying. Moose would love the one on one time like Essie did.)

I hope the New Year holds as much good as we can handle! Thanks for reading!

Emotions, family, Food, Friends, Holiday, Life, Thinking

Family Traditions

Today will be steady if not busy.  Once I get home from work Chris and I will go to the store and get groceries for Christmas dinner.  It will just be us and the kids again this year.  I’m sure we will talk with family and friends over the course of the day.  I need to remember to go across the street and wish them a Merry Christmas.  (Our neighbor’s knee surgery went well and he is home.)

Mom and I were talking and holidays just don’t seem to matter as much since Grams has been gone.  She was the one who made it all special.  We did pretty good for a few years when we moved out here to Rapid City but then animals died and kids grew up.  So we are back to being separate for the holidays.  So I guess that means it is time to start new traditions.

It will give me something to think about.  I will ask Chris as well.  Maybe we will start the orange tradition again.  Oranges in our stockings like when I was little.  Nuts.  I just looked at the clock.  I thought I had more time.  I hope everyone has a great day!  Cheers!

Creativity, Food, Friends, Gardening, Life, Thinking

A Practice

I think all of us should have some kind of practice.  Something we do that we enjoy.  We don’t necessarily have to be good at it.  Just enjoy what we are doing.  I find it helps me get out of my own head. I try to find things other than writing.

My husband enjoys fly fishing and tying his own flies. He is a prime example of repetition making you better. I remember one time we were out together and someone asked him if they could photograph him casting his line. I thought that was so cool!

I find myself looking to do things that are not related to writing. Especially if I get stuck. You have seen the photography I have done. Gardening is another thing I enjoy. I like helping things grow and thrive (although with our limited sun they are not very happy and I’m not sure what to do to help them).

There is so much out there to experience… even without going far. Some people enjoy origami. I have a tiny crane that a friend made me from a sugar packet. I also have a dollar bill that has been folded into a ring by a carnie that I met (carnival worker). That is something from another country that one could try that is fairly simple to learn.

Others enjoy cooking. Mom and I are of this ilk. I remember she planned a whole Indian meal for a party (India Indian not American Indian). It was amazing! Then there were the Formula One brunches when I was growing up. Everyone would come over on Sunday to watch the race. Mom would pull together some wild recipes for everyone to graze on while the race was on.

There is so much out there to try! What do you do? Or what would you like to try? If it’s something you’d like to try why don’t you take a step toward that? Look up instructions online or look up to see if you can take a class somewhere.

Let me know what you do and what happens. I would be excited to hear your results!

Cheers!

family, Friends, Holiday, Life

A Small Town Christmas

Yesterday was a success for the kids.  Even the weather cooperated.  The donations for the toys was exceptional and there were a large amount of warm weather wear donated for the kids as well.  Even if they showed up with no gloves or coat they were coaxed over to the boxes to pick something out.

There was Christmas music, a small choir who would sing, hot chocolate, hot dogs, and cookies to eat.  A huge bonfire was lit to keep everyone warm.  Families walked around chit chatting waiting for Santa to arrive.  And arrive he did.

In the distance was the faint jingle of sleigh bells.  As the sound grew louder you could see the orange of the small tractor pulling a sleigh.  In the sleigh sat Santa happily waving to everyone.  Soon after all the kids were lined up to sit in his lap and tell him what they wanted for Christmas.

The event lasted from 1pm until 4pm.  Kids played in the snow making snowmen and having snowball fights.  If they got too cold they would go get some hot cocoa and stand by the fire.  But within a few minutes they were back giggling and laughing in the snow.

I am grateful that everything was a success.  They put a lot of hard work into it.  There was even a sleigh ride for a quarter.  For a few hours families could enjoy the holidays instead of wondering where money for the next bill was going to come from.

I need to get ready for work. Have a great day!