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My Happy Place

My day off! Yesssss! It will be hard to do anything other than read and write today. I got my research books (although I am angry with UPS as it was raining out and they left the boxes out in the rain so some of the books got some water damage) and I got a letter from my pen pal. Giggity! I almost skipped this but it is a serious part of my writing routine and I can’t.

I want to give a shout out and a thank you to tanyafyfe for sending me a message yesterday to let me know that the rock eating dog Ike is still with us. He has been adopted yet again by a third person who has paid for his surgery (again). I hope Ike stops eating rocks. He is a very lucky boy to have all these people willing to help him. (Go check out her blog http://tanyafyfe.com/)

Despite the cold Nature is pushing forward with Spring. Things are greener and fuller each day. It has been raining on and off for several days now so there has been a lot of growth.

After a miserable physical therapy appointment (my therapist has not given up per say but is at a loss as to what to do to help so we are just going to do the allotted amount so I can qualify to get the MRI done on my back to see what is going on) I came home and no one knew. I was home almost two hours when Chris and the girls got up. I was surprised that I was able to stay so quiet.

Even though I really need to work on my photography I need to work on my writing. I have been slacking on my beta novel reading again. So I will probably do another three chapters today. I am very excited about the research books I got! I managed to find just what I needed this round. And yes the photo does show a book teaching Norwegian. I am familiar with Italian (and I have language reference books because it is a language I hope to learn) but not so much with Norwegian. Since I am using both countries in my novel (yes it is getting bigger) I figured I should be familiar with the language (I plan to use brief bits of each countries language… yes I will translate). And since I have Norwegian blood in me…. why not!

Off I go to work on my novel and get my letter written to my pen pal (I still haven’t heard anything from my British one so I will assume after a few months that she is not interested in having me as a pen pal. Ah well. Thanks for reading and all the supportive comments! You folks rock! Stay safe!

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Putting It All Together

Such a day! The first part of my shift didn’t go all that well but it got better as it went along. When I got home I had the new issue of Rue Morgue waiting for me as well as my box of lotions from Bath & Body Works. Yay! I was also able to spend some quality time with the family. It has been a bit since we all spent more than a few minutes together. So the day ended on a good note. A coconut scented one too. I got a nice long shower in and I used one of my new lotions.

I have to make a special effort to remember what day it is. My schedule is all over the place since I took the promotion. I am a bit frustrated as I still have yet to get my keys and codes. If they are only going to train me for two days before letting me off on my own then I need to have all my equipment. I believe Wednesday and Saturday are my two nights I am manager this week. I also have to remember that I have a physical therapy appointment tomorrow morning. I set an alarm. With the way the days are blurring together I am worried about forgetting something. I made my car payment today as well. Before I forget that.

I am hoping that my day off Tuesday (I have a meeting that night to cover) will allow me to get my headspace cleared up. It feels like everything is rushing through changes and I am fighting to keep up. My big concern is the manager training. I don’t feel two days is enough before throwing me in the deep end. I talked to Matt (who is training me) and he has offered to stay with me one of the nights after close. I told him that I wanted to make myself a check list so that I had something to follow. I think that will be a big help having some thing to reference instead of trying to remember something I have only done twice.

I got a few photos taken yesterday. I found a rogue tulip in one of my gardens that has a big bud on it. I am excited to see what color it is! Hopefully the temperatures stay decent enough that it doesn’t die before it blooms. I also found a third type of daffodil in the garden! It has smaller flowers and blooms in clusters of three or so. Very delicate yellow color. I took some photos with both the Nikon and the cell phone camera of the sunset colors. There are almost no colors in the photos from the Nikon. Yet my phone camera can capture the colors. (Neither seems to capture the purples and blues for some reason.) I am still trying to work out that mystery.

Tomorrow’s blog should be at a regular early morning time since I have a physical therapy appointment. I’m still not sure about the rest of the week. I close all week but hopefully I can get myself to bed before 1am. I hope. Poor Essie. She can’t find a comfortable place to lay because she hurts (too much frisbee the past few days). You can see it’s her back legs and hips that are giving her trouble when she walks. Damn it. When I call to get their medicine tomorrow I will see if I can get her some pain medicine.

Ok, I am going to stop blathering on. Lol. Thanks for reading and thanks for the awesome comments as well as the support! Stay safe!

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Breaking New Ground

Everything is dark dark this morning. It keeps trying to rain. That might be why I am so sleepy. I was exhausted when I went to bed but could not fall asleep. I have drug out my copy of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and decided to go through that 12 week journey again. I am hoping to start improving my writing and photography. Not just the actual task but help my creativity expand. I find my self in a dry spell creatively so I am hoping that this will get me out of my own head.

I am slowly ticking things off my to do list for other writers. I finished the first read through of a novel (I am a beta reader for her… or a first reader). I need to read through a second time to get my notes together. Then I can send them to her. I feel bad because I am a bit behind schedule. I did send her an email explaining but I never got a response so I’m not sure if she even got it. I just hope that she did respond and I did not inadvertently deleted it. I try to go through all my junk mail visually to check that it is actually junk (I’ve had my favorites list end up in junk mail for whatever reason).

I have nothing slated for this week except for my physical therapy on Wednesday after work. I’m supposed to go see Mom afterwards. I hope I feel up to it. We’ll see. My goal is to work on the novels every day. Even if it is just a single character sketch. I also want to upload some more photos to my site. I need to reshare my site as well. It seems to have gotten lost in the internet. I don’t think I’ve had any one view it in a month or longer.

Chris did an amazing thing yesterday. I’ve been talking about how the deck really needs to get pulled up (boards have been broken through) but neither of us has ever followed through until yesterday. He got the whole thing done yesterday while I was at work! He said it took him about three hours. Poor Essie isn’t used to the last step down being so long (it is a full step down instead of the half step to get to the deck) and she is always surprised when she runs down them to go after her frisbee. I hope she learns it soon. I worry that she will hurt her back legs. She’s almost taken a tumble several times. I think we are planning on paving stones this time instead of wood. That will help with the girls’ nails. I keep them trimmed as best I can but them running on cement will make a big difference.

This is the photo Chris sent me at work when he was done 🤩

I will wrap this up for now so I can get a few photos downloaded to share. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Wipe Out

I apologize for not getting to read anyone’s blogs this morning. My meeting last night went for a total of three hours. With not much sleep I am exhausted physically and mentally. After today I just have my physical therapy evaluation in the morning. I am so tired I am writing this on my phone. I don’t have the energy to turn on the laptop.

So I lieu of me whining I am going to share some photos I took yesterday. I hope you like them. Stay safe and thanks for reading!

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Inclement Weather In and Out

Oh the weird world that is my lack of sleep! Last night Essie insisted that I bring my book in the bedroom and read in there. I had been reading on the loveseat. She would come and get me like she wanted to go outside but she would head for the bedroom. On the third hint is said ok and we all went in. Around 1:30am she started getting restless because she didn’t feel good (I guess she didn’t eat dinner). She was all over the bed then in and out of the bed. I offered to let her outside but she would not go. Finally around 2:30am she got up in a hurry and was getting sick. Chris got her outside in time. She seemed like she didn’t feel much better when she came in. She just sat down on the floor and looked so sad and woebegone… I sat on the floor and loved on her for a few minutes before she was ready to go back to bed. Stella meanwhile had gotten jealous of the attention and did a few quick short zoomies through the house. She finally got in bed with us and we tried to get back to sleep. Rotating cuddle bugs and my back kept me moving around the bed a lot.

Last night and this morning the fog has been very thick. You can barely see across our yard. I did discover something cool last night. We have several peepers in the big pond by the deck! So we get sung to every night. The light has to be out though. Very seldom will you hear them sing with the outside light on.

The grass is growing thick and green in the backyard with all this rain. The trees and plants are budding like crazy too. I had better wrap this up so I can get going. I hope you all have a great day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Wet and Foggy Sunday

This morning is chilly and very wet. The fog is making it’s way down the surrounding hills into our valley. My stress over the upcoming week have gone up and down. The Council President has declared a state of emergency so they will start doing Zoom meetings again. When I get home tomorrow night after work I don’t have to rush around and leave again. I will still have to drive to Elk Rapids the next morning for that meeting (that particular meeting never went to Zoom) but the other meetings will all be Zoom. Yay! I had decided to ask if someone else would cover atleast one of the meetings but if they are Zoom that makes it a LOT easier for me to do all three.

I talked to both my parents yesterday. That way they know what is going on if I don’t respond very often to emails and texts.

I got my voodoo doll yesterday. Dame of the Dead does custom one off pieces and she knew that I loved werewolves so she brought that theme into it. It turned out so well!!

I did some gardening yesterday as well. I got all my seeds in the ground with fresh dirt. So we’ll see how that goes. I planted three kinds of sunflower seeds in the rock garden and then flowers and food stuffs in the memorial garden.

Essie is softly snoring with her face partially covered. Little girl…❤️

I will add a few more photos and get this posted. Thanks for reading! I hope you have a great day and stay safe!

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The Death of Time

I’m not sure how intelligible next week’s blogs will be. So I apologize now. There may be quite a few that are just photos. Monday I work until 6pm, go home, feed the girls, drive to Elk Rapids for a meeting then come home and write the article. I have a meeting at 9am in Elk Rapids the next morning and I work at 10am. I’ve already told them I will be late… I will write the article for that meeting that night. Wednesday I have to be to work at 6am (which means a 4:30am wake up). I have a meeting at 6:30pm that night in Elk Rapids. Oh and I have a physical therapy evaluation appointment Friday morning at 10am. After today Friday will be my next day off. And for those asking Elk Rapids is about a 20-30 minute drive depending on traffic.

Yesterday I didn’t get called into work until around 9am. And we were busy from the get go. It seems like most people lost power yesterday (it covered several cities apparently). So not only were people panicking about food but gas as well. At one point I was waiting on the gas window and the courtesy counter at the same time. 😳 After work I zipped home to say goodbye to Chris then I zipped back to work to get groceries.

My goal is nothing today. Yesterday before work I got part of a scene done for my novel. I might pull that out. I may putter in the garden. I may do some housework (I did get the layer of ice out of the bottom of the freezer yesterday). I may just sit and read. I don’t want to start thinking I have to cram all kinds of stuff in today. Although I had better take a lot of photos so I have something to share with you all! Lol

I just thought of the title for this post. I thought it might be too serious or too morbid sounding but it fits. This next week time will cease to exist! Lol. I will add some photos and get this posted. Thank you for your kind words and support! Thanks for reading and stay safe!❤️

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Powerful Even When Powerless

Well this morning has started out very interesting! Total silence outside (there are people back down the two track to the west that have a generator going 24/7). I also got a text from work saying they had no power. And I have no idea when this post will upload because apparently our internet is out. My phone did not charge last night so I am on the floor in the living room plugged in to my speed charger. Incase you haven’t guessed we have power. I stuck my head outside and there are a few people with no lights but not many. I am guessing either Cherryland Electric or Consumers Energy is having the problem. Unless it is something work specific now that I am thinking on it. I think work has the same electric company we do.

Essie got up with me and ate some breakfast but Stella hasn’t gotten up at all. I’m not sure if she’s mad at me or if it’s the new dog food I am mixing with our regular stuff. Or both.

I have the window open slightly and I’ve been listening to a bat search for food. Nature is definitely in Spring mode!

I had to bury a rabbit yesterday. It showed up next to the house yesterday morning. Essie was barking like she was trying to get something to react to her. It was the rabbit but it was in really bad shape. By the time I got back home from town it had dragged itself a few feet from where it had been and was all but gone. About an hour or so later it died. I buried it out behind the garage and put a chunk of cement on the grave so hopefully it won’t get dug up.

I didn’t get a whole lot done yesterday due to not being able to breathe properly (funny considering yesterday’s blog title). I did get the way to Moose’s grave cleared completely and I got fresh dirt mixed in around the memorial garden. That was probably too much to do but I needed to do something. I played as much as I could with the girls.

I got a lot of photos though. Both with the phone camera and the Nikon. I will sift through those and share what I can. It is so wonderfully quiet this morning…. being able to hear the bat hunt in the front yard is really cool.❤️ I need to download photos so I can (oooo! an owl is out there too!) be ready for work whenever the power comes back on. Thanks for reading and stay safe! I hope everyone has a great day!

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Time to Breathe 🌺

This morning I woke to a lovely text from a coworker seeing how I was doing (we don’t work together that often). I sent her a text back wishing her a fab day with lots of love.

Loooong sighhhh…. a day off. I am running into town as soon as I post this so I can be back before Chris gets up. I will mail the books back to Amazon (I researched both authors and their topics, they were legit but some of the things they said just did not sound right and so I could not read the books… I tried). I was going to try to ride the bike but I heard/felt a snap and pop. I am having problems standing so I don’t think me riding is a good idea. And that makes me angry as I got myself all geared up mentally.

Today will by writing, maybe some gardening (with the back I’m not sure though) and things done around the house. The big task though is finding another laptop. Again. Fingers crossed that there is something I like.

Mom and I were going to hook up today but she decided not to. I think it was the early morning get together. And that is fine. Her sleep schedule has been way out of wack the past few days.

Sorry this is short. I let myself sleep in. But now I need to finish my coffee and get this posted so I can get out the door and back home ASAP. Thanks for reading and stay safe!