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!

 

Animals, Books, Cooking/Baking, Dogs, family, Food, History, Learning, Life, Nature, Reading

Seeing More of Nature and Reading

The apple pie did not turn out as expected.  It was a bit juicer than promised in the recipe.  But still edible and still good.  We were blessed with full sun and warmth yesterday.  Which according to the weather app might be the last for a few days.  I finally got to see my little peeper that is hanging out in the pond gardens.  He is about the size of a thumb nail but he sure can sing!  That was how I managed to see him.  He was singing and his expanded throat is white.  I just hope that the resident garden snake leaves him alone.  We are getting all kinds of critters this year in the yard.  I had a chipmunk pop on the the deck right at my feet and just sat there and looked at me while I read.  The little one was so close I could feel fur!  Then the bird population has increased as well as the variety of birds.  We have cardinals (I think only once before have we had cardinals), red winged blackbirds, grackles… I could go on and on.  We even have hawks flying over head again.  It is so nice to just sit in the backyard and watch the animals.  They don’t even seem to mind the dogs when they are out.  We’ve had robins hanging out doing their thing while the dogs do theirs in the same area.

I managed to finish reading two books yesterday.  So that means I started two more.  Lol.  One of them is actually a restart.  That one is Lucrezia Borgia by Sarah Bradford.  I almost finished it last time.  But it has been long enough that I might as well start over.  I’m in the mood for some history reading.  The problem will come in when I start researching as I read or finding other historical stuff I want to read about.  I have numerous shelves in my library devoted to history.  I look around and see various books I have started for research and wonder if I should restart or just continue reading them.

Everyone is asleep here.  I woke up at one point in the night with Essie in the crook of my legs, Moose in the middle with his head on me and Stella (of all places) with her head on my pillow beside me and her snout in my head snoring away.  I had to try not to laugh and wake everyone up.  The breeze has become wind.  The tree branches are moving pretty freely right now.  They still look bare from a distance but when you get close you can see the buds.  So much for their “hottest spring on record” theory.  We still get frost at night.

Well my coffee is empty so I need to refill.  I think I will curl up with a book and a fresh cup of coffee.  I hope you and yours are safe!  Thanks for reading!

family, History, Life, Movies

Is It Over Yet?

This may be a short post.  Not feeling too great this morning.  The kids let me sleep in.  It’s dark outside even though the sun is up.  I did a little bit of reading but not much writing.  Chris and I spent most of the afternoon and evening together.  We finally watched “Ford Vs Ferrari.”  It was a really good movie.  I love the old Mustangs and I was lucky enough to have seen all of the ones they referred to in the movie in person (I grew up in the Detroit area and my parents are both history buffs).  So watching the movie for me was a bit like going down memory lane.

I don’t want to read for content today.  Atleast not right now.  I just want something to take my mind off being sick.  Chris made us chili yesterday and it was good but it doesn’t seemed to have helped.  Usually a good batch of hot (spicy) chili will help defeat a cold.  No such luck this time.  I am tired of taking meds that don’t help.  I have been eating oranges too.  I like them anyway but I figured the vitamin C couldn’t hurt.

Yeah I think I am gonna call it. Sorry this is so short. Have you watched any good movies or read any good books lately? Feel free to leave titles and authors to recommend. As always thanks for reading and I hope you have a great day!

Being Pagan, History, Holiday, Learning, Life, the World

Blessed Winter Solstice!

Today is the Winter Solstice.  It is the longest night of the year.  Many ancient structures are set around the Winter and Summer Solstices.  The structures show the sun cascading thru varioous portals to hit an exact spot that is only possible on that particular day. For Pagans it represents renewal of life as the sun becomes stronger and begins to overpower darkness and night.

The celebration of the Winter Solstice or Yule has many carry overs to modern Christmas.  The Christmas tree and decorating with holly for instance.  Originally the trees brought in were potted so that they could be planted outside in the Spring but the Evergreen represented just that life, rebirth and renewal.    Holly was brought into homes a protection against evil.  They also represent hope for the renewing sun.  Wreaths were made to represent the circle of life and the wheel of the year.  It would be decorated with symbols that represented what the family was hoping to achieve with the renewal of the the sun.

Looking into the history of various holidays (or holy days) is quite fascinating. To be able to see how traditions started and where they come from is something I will never tire of.

I hope everyone has a blessed Solstice! Thanks for reading!

Emotions, family, History, Learning, Life, Movies, Nature, Thinking

The Beginning…

Another late night last night.  This time we were up watching “Jaws” in honor of Shark Week.  We are still divided as the best way to view sharks.  I want to be in the water with them and Chris prefers to watch from a boat.  Chris because curious and fell in love with sharks because of that movie.  I on the other hand never really cared until I met Chris.  He is the one who taught me more about sharks (despite all the research and learning on ocean life that I had done on my own) than anyone else.  And you don’t want to watch a shark documentary with him either.  If there is a mistake he will find it and he will point it out.

I always found it funny that for all our knowledge we know less about our oceans than we do about other planets.  But is that good or bad?  What would we do with the knowledge?  Or would we continue to dive deeper and deeper to bring things up to study them that are better left alone?  I don’t mean horror movie monster I mean the last of a species or just plain we don’t need to kill something to learn about it.  I know, you can’t have it both ways.  You either gain the knowledge or don’t.

Sharks are fascinating though.  Oldest animals (I use the term very loosely here) on the planet virtually unchanged for thousands of years.  Ok, millions.  I just did some nosing around and sharks are actually older than trees!  The oldest is the Goblin shark.  They are 118 million years old.  How about that!  Amazing that Nature created “perfect” animals that never had to change in millions of years.  Imagine if that had been humans.  What if we had never changed?  Where would we be?  What would we be?  Something to ponder…

Well happy beginning of Shark Week!  Cheers!

History, Learning, Life, Thinking

You Can’t Change History

Everyone seems to be going to extremes.  Not many are willing to compromise.  It’s all or nothing.  Which can be a good thing in certain circumstances.  The things that come readily to mind for me right now is the defacing of our Civil War Memorials.  People protest that they want the monuments torn down, they spray paint or disfigure them somehow.  It is part of our history.  You cannot change that history nor should you.  Mistakes from our past are there to learn from.  Those people died fighting for what they believed in.  If the South had won the war what would’ve happened?  Would we be thinking any differently?  Would society be any different?  And what about any good that those people did?  Did you know them?  No?  Then who are you to lump them all together and call everyone listed on a war monument racist.  You don’t know.  You weren’t there.  You making that call makes you a racist too so you might want to turn that spray can on yourself.

I’m sorry for getting on my soap box.  It was something I saw in the news this morning.  People want everything right and they want it right now.  No one seems to try to see both sides of it.  No one is looking for a gradual process.  It’s all in your face.  That has a tendency to irritate and piss me off.  I am as intolerant of it as these people seem to be of whatever their current issue is.  It shows a lack of thinking and disrespect for everyone.

 

Meanwhile… I tried to get sleep last night but from 11pm-3am (that’s when Chris got home) Stella kept hearing things and barking.  If she didn’t then Essie did.  So I got maybe four hours of solid sleep.  At times it was hard to get back to sleep because my mind would start and then the anxieties would set in.

After this is done I will finish up my online stuff for scuba class.  I’m not sure if I am going to do any testing or not tonight nor how long I will be at it.  Atleast that will be done and out of my hair.  I don’t want to go tonight but I can’t keep backing out.  I keep trying to find an excuse not to go.  I need to see if Mom and I are hooking up at one point as well.  And remember to bring my mask so I can exchange it for a different one.

I am looking again for a third job.  I need the extra money because what I am making now with the two I have is not covering my share of the bills.  Soooo I am not sure what I am looking for.  Another part time gig that won’t interfere with the other two.  Ha ha ha.  Good luck!  Oh well, there’s got to be something out there.

I guess this kind of makes up yesterday’s lame but short post.  I hope everyone has a great day!  Cheers!

 

family, Friends, History, Learning, Life, Nature

Michigan and Me

I slept in a little.  But I actually went to bed on time.  It has been raining steadily for a while now.  Rain is supposed to fall through the weekend.  Water levels are already at a new highest mark in most of the areas.  Many docks are in trouble with the rising water.  I know that there are many places much worse than us.  But for us this is something new.  Living on a peninsula is like liking on a protected island.  Our upper peninsula is not even connected to anything like the lower peninsula is.  It’s just out there in the middle of the lakes.  I think Michigan is a cool state to live in despite all the BS with politics, finances (pay rates, insurance costs, cost of living etc) and road issues.  There is our history, our location, our seasons…. I could go on.

One of the cool things I get to do being from Michigan is that I always have a map handy (pardon the pun, sort of).  If you look at the palm of your right hand you are looking at a map of Michigan.  Put the palm of your left hand thumb pointing up, long side of your hand down and place that over the top of your right hand.  You now have a complete map of Michigan.  I live just below the pinky tip of your right hand.

 

I have always loved Michigan history.  Be it heard from my family and friends (I was the weird little kid that was always allowed to sit with the adults into the wee hours because I would be quiet and just listen to the stories) or school and museums (Dad got a yearly pass for he and I at Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum when I was a kid; it didn’t matter if he couldn’t afford it every year that pass was a priority for him for me).  My grandparents (my Mom’s parents) had a place up in Cheboygan when I was little.  We would come up during the summer once in a while.  If I was lucky we would make a trip to Mackinaw Island.  This has a fort and the Grand Hotel and…. the history there is amazing!

I grew up in the Detroit area.  Another history mecca.  The stories I have listened to from people who were there during it’s heyday… Meeting the music makers and shakers, helping to make that history, living it.  And I spent a lot of my childhood in Ann Arbor as well.  Another awesome historical place (and yes I am extremely biased when it comes to colleges… Go Blue!) that continues to make history.  My state might be relatively new (182 years) but we are no less rich in our history for it.

Thank you reading my history lesson.  I didn’t go into great detail about things as I would go on a lot longer than you wanted to read.  I do hope that I have given you some highlights and maybe even something to look up to get more information on.  As always if you have any questions or comments please feel free to share!

 

Emotions, History, Life, Writing

Off to a Busy Start!

Welcome to March!  This will be a bit short today as I am running behind.  Or atleast I feel like it.  The computer is running slow so it has taken forever for things to load.  I looked to see what I had today at work and  I have almost 10 pick ups of various kinds today.  I am gonna be busy!

I got a call from the Elk Rapids Historical Society yesterday.  A wonderful lady (who also writes on occasion for the paper as it turns out) is doing some research for me for my article.  I am super stoked!  I could find nothing online and since the owner knew nothing much of the history I was on my own.  Thank goodness for Historical Societies!!!!

So the plan this weekend is to go over the history of the place and what the new owner is doing to the new building and massage it into a feature article for Monday.  Then I can send it in and we have a few days for any changes.  I don’t think the owner trusts me to write this article.  That’s ok.  I’ll do the best I can and that is all I can do.

I am concerned from all the loud cracks that have been coming from the ceiling the past few days.  It’s like big chunks of ice breaking off.  Loud cracks.  But it is in the middle parts of the roof.  Not the edges where something might fall off.  I just heard one over my office.

Ok friends… I’d better get moving so I can get an early start at work!  Have a great day and here’s to a warmer March!

Creativity, History, Holiday, Learning

Spring Is in the Air

Today is Imbolc for those of us who celebrate according to the Gaelic Pagan calendar.  It is halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.  Other Pagan traditions will call today Candlemas.  The average Joe on the street might call it Groundhog Day.

Today Pagans looked forward and find Spring, new life, new beginnings.  It is also a day to celebrate Brigit.  And yes for many Catholics this is St. Brigit.  Except that this is Brigit before she became a saint.  This is Brigit when she was a goddess.

Brigit has always been a favorite of mine because she represents healing, poetry, new beginnings, fertility and smithcraft.  I look to her for guidance with my writing when I am stuck.  She is the daughter of the Dagda and wife of Bres in Irish mythology.  Some consider her to be a triple goddess because she is said to have two sisters of the same name but whereas she was the poet, one sister was the healer and the other was the smith.  Most people agree that these are just different aspects of the same goddess.

I love this holy day (holiday) because it represents hope for the year to come.  I can look forward to Spring and Summer.  I can look forward to green grass, gardening, new life and hopefully new things to write.  It has been a positive day in the very doldrums of winter.  May today be the same for all of us.  Blessed be and Blessed Imbolc!

Emotions, History, Life, Thinking, Travel

The Beginning of the End or Repeat Episode?

No idea if construction on the garage will continue today or not.  Things in the world seem to be very depressing.  I took a quick glance through the news clips while my laptop loaded up what it needed to and China is going back to commercial whaling, Russians that are their “best and brightest” are being chased from their homeland, I won’t even get into the messes over the wall and Trump that are going on here.

We were watching the 2016 episodes of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown last night.  We stopped after the London episode (mostly because I had to try to get some sleep to get up early).  That episode happened at the same time Britain pulled out with their Brexit vote.  That under lying panic you see there is a lot like what is going on all over today.  Then there were all the signs at how he was doing.  Hindsight sucks.  Being someone who suffers from depression etc. watching the episodes I can see his unhappiness.  The one that really gets you thinking about it is the Buenos Aires episode where he goes to see a shrink (because apparently that is what everyone does there if they can afford it).  The questions he’s asked and his answers are very telling.  But again, hindsight.

Is the world repeating itself?  Are we in one big depression (not just economically but emotionally as well)?  How many of the “signs” of this situation would we see by watching old news episodes?  Things just seem to be spinning faster and faster out of control.  It’s little things now but they will get bigger.  When will it stop?  Will it stop?

The world is becoming an even scarier place to be.  I am curious to see where we end up.