Animals, Books, Creativity, Dogs, dreams, Emotions, family, History, Life, Love, Photography, Reading, the World, Thinking, Writing

A Day For Me

The sun is out in earnest this morning. And it will have a time of it warming things up. It was almost cold enough for frost this morning. That being said it is supposed to warm up quite a bit for the next few days so I may uncover the plants in the memorial garden and pull out the ones I brought in. I am hoping the nights stay as warm as they say or warmer. I don’t want to bring them all in and out everyday.

Today is 9/11. It feels like a somber day for those of us that were alive when the 9/11 bombings happened here in the U.S. It seems as though we have gone from outside enemies to inside enemies since then. With no end in sight. I had to unfollow a fellow blogger this morning because of the posts they were writing. They were getting angrier and angrier. Anyone that did not do and think as that person did would incur the wrath of God because that person was right. I don’t need to see that on my feed. That type of thinking is part of the problem. It certainly is NOT part of the solution.

It feels weird not watching the clock to see how much time I have before I need to get ready to go. A good weird. I got a bunch of stuff done last night after I got home so that will be less I have to do today. I do need to see if I can get the mower going today. If not I may ask for help from our neighbors across the street.

I feel like I want to work on my writing today. I got inspired by a documentary on Amazon last night about the controversial Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark. I had all three books as well as the on based on the movie (thanks Mom!). I really love the art and the content. For those who have never read the books they are a collection of scary stories and folktales from all over. This type of book is what got my love for horror started. Just sitting around telling stories to each other in the dark (or with just a flashlight). I still have my first collection that I convinced my parents to buy me (they were still married so I had to be in the single digits with my age). It was at the local bookstore in Ferndale, Michigan called “Paperback Books Unlimited.” This place was a staple of my childhood. I snuck a peek at my first Fangoria Magazine there as well. My parents tried to take me there as often as they could. I just dug the book out of my shelves. It was printed in 1973 so I had to be around 5 or 6 years old. Some Things Strange and Sinister edited by Joan Kahn is the book.

I have always loved short stories because they are small bites that you can snack on if you aren’t in the mood for a full novel (or don’t have the time). It has been a long time since I last wrote a short story. The last one I sent out into the world was college and was a runner up in a contest. They were only going to print the winners but they liked mine so much they made and exception. I still have the copy of the magazine. I have a few done that I need to polish and get out there. But, again, I need to get myself a copy of WordPerfect. Everything is digital now. Very few places will accept hard copy sent through the mail. So I need a reliable program that I can edit and send my work on. That may be something I save up for. I need to make sure bills get paid and Moose has a vet appointment coming up.

Ok, I see that I have talked quite a bit. I will wrap this up and share a few photos. I hope you have a great day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Aging, Animals, Books, Dogs, Emotions, family, Friends, History, Life, Thinking

The Big Day

Well the day is finally here!  It is hard to believe that I turn 48 years old today.  So much has happened over the course of my life… and so much is yet to happen.  I really am at a loss as to what to write about this morning.  I have spent a bit on Facebook this morning saying thank you for my birthday messages.  It gives me the warm fuzzies to know that people take time out of their day to wish me a happy birthday.  ❤

I think Moose is not happy.  Stella has taken to coming in the office with us in the morning.  Her spot seems to be at my feet under the chair.  He stretched and I told him “Good stretches!” and then Stella stretched as well.  Lol.

I’m sitting here looking at all the things I have collected over my years.  I have so many memories packed into my office!  And not just mine.  I have stuff from my parents trip to Italy as well as things from my Aunt Rita (well she was my great aunt).  I guess you could say they are little cast offs from people I care about.

Do you ever sit in a room and look at things and just let your mind wander?  That seems to be what I am doing this morning.  Mom sees my room as cluttered because there is so much but to me it is my history made accessible.  My book shelves are crammed full and then some but they are organized.  I have my knickknacks pretty much all over.  I have flags, posters, autographs, framed photos, license plates etc on the walls.  I even have a bunch of flies that Chris tied stuck to my corkboard.

Since my mind doesn’t seem to want to stay focused I will share a few “full” photos of my office.  It is my happy place.  Thanks for reading and have a great day!  Stay safe!

 

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!