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Refunds and New Plans

Well I came home to an unexpected blessing last night. My meeting is not tonight but next week. So I get TWO days off from both jobs this week! And after Sunday’s chaos I am very very grateful! So I get to break up my various projects between two days. (Although next week won’t be so kind. Essie’s check up is Monday afternoon and the meeting is Tuesday night so I will have two days off in a row but something on each day.) I am excited to get things started.

My two books from Amazon arrived yesterday. Finally. I had to reorder them. They were shipped but deemed “undeliverable” for some reason. So I reordered them. I am supposed to get a refund for the first order. I’ve not seen it yet so I am worried that someone saw that the same books arrived and assumed that it was the same order. I think I will message them today to see what is going on…. I am on now. The individual at the other end of the conversation is trying to flirt. I just want my money back. 🙄 Aaaand I don’t know if the person understands that I did not receive the first order. Sigh….

I had hoped for sunshine today. But I guess Mother Nature decided otherwise. Since I started this the clouds have thickened and the temperature is dropping. Oh well. So do I take my swing out and put it up? I didn’t think it was supposed to rain today. It looks like it will try to shortly though.

Well that worked. I will get my refund. The email said 3-5 business days and it has been longer than that. So hopefully since a human did it it will happen. The weather app says no rain just clouds but these clouds say rain. I guess I could push my luck and water the back gardens. I also need to check the inside plants. We have three more tomatoes to eat! Yay!

I suppose I should wrap this up. One more cup of coffee and I will write back to my pen pal in the States. Maybe read a little. But I really want to be outside so maybe I will sneak out and put up my swing. I hope you have an amazing day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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A Little Here And A Little There

Another day. It’s cloudy but the sun is filtering through. I am hoping the day at work goes fast like it did yesterday. I am just plain tired. Weekends are always hard for me. I usually close and on Sundays I am usually always manager. I get home late and stay up even later to spend time with the family. I don’t get much sleep because I have to get up at a relatively decent time to get everything done before I head back out. I am grateful that I only live about 5-10 minutes from work. If I was doing this and working in Traverse (especially this time of the year with all the tourists) I would barely be functioning.

We got our first batch of tomatoes from the plants the other day. They have been ripening about one a day. The average size is about the size of a tennis ball. They are very sweet! I am looking forward to more treats from our gardens this year. I am very excited to see how the pumpkins do. i need more dirt so I can plant some hot peppers (the seeds are a variety pack). I plan to do those in pots so I can keep them year round.

I got a lot done yesterday before work on my novel. It doesn’t look like much but I am pleased. This is gonna take a while at the current rate though. I am just too tired most days to even attempt working on it. But I want to keep going at it. I know we will slow down once summer is over (which sucks because I haven’t really been able to enjoy my favorite time of year and I have plenty of time during the season I am not very fond of) and I will have more free time.

I got a letter from one of my pen pals and I want to read it before I have to go to work. So I need to wrap this up. I will share some more photos from my little trip on Thursday. Have a great day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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New Things, Old Feelings

Well I did it yesterday. After Chris got up I went to the art fair. I got some beautiful photos of the area. I had forgotten how much being by the water meant to me. As soon as I heard the waves on the sand I teared up. So much good has come when I am by water.

I also met some fabulous artists. The craftsmanship on so many of those pieces was AMAZING! It’s like when someone cooks something. You can feel the love and happiness put into the food. It is the same with the art. There were some there that had just as beautiful things but they felt different. So I got a few pieces from the ones that I liked. I wanted more believe me! I got business cards from each stall that I went to (one I didn’t have the funds to purchase her silver rings but there were a few rings that I really wanted) so I could either get more or just promote their stuff. All were very nice and explained about their art as well as the process.

As I said I took a ton of photos while I was there. Not of the event but of the area it took place. There were huge gnarly, wizened trees along the short cliff above the shoreline. There was the changing colors of the water as the depth below changed. There were the flowers (a magnificent red day lily that I found and now want). There was the ever changing shoreline as the waves rolled in. All this calmed and centered me. It made me happy.

I will share as many as I can over the coming days (there are a LOT of photos… I ran out the battery on my Nikon and took a bunch on my phone). Let me know what you think. I am excited because I now have some thing new to add to my photography web site! Thanks for reading and have a fab day! Stay safe!

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Longing For Home

It was a good and restful night with Stella snuggled up on my pillow (only on the one side, she didn’t take up much room) and Essie along my legs and back. The only real disturbance was when Essie was stretching she was getting closer to my lower back and tailbone until she finally did kick it and caused severe pain. I was able to roll over and get my tailbone out of reach but it hurt from then on. I didn’t get mad because she to is in severe chronic pain and has been my shadow through this. Monday we’ll figure out what to do to ease her pain a bit. I know it won’t ever all go away but I want her to be able to do more if she wants to.

I keep forgetting to write a piece for the local paper, The Porcupine Press. I hope she will remember me but ultimately it will have to be my writing that speaks for me. If I write crap it won’t matter how memorable I was it won’t get published. I am wondering if I should use some of my vacation time soon. It’s only 20 hours but that would give me an extra couple of days off. But we are still in the busy season so I should probably wait. Maybe closer to my birthday.

Today I just really want to stay home and relax. I have to wait until Thursday to do that. I have Monday off but that afternoon is Essie’s appointment and then that evening I have a meeting. Followed by a meeting the next morning. Hang on. I hear a plane. Ok it’s not my plane apparently. Lol. I have a plane that will fly over several times if I happen to be laying out on a sunny day. No I am not offended. I feel a bit gratified to be on someone’s flight plane. And I find it a bit funny.

I had a very cool photo op this morning. Essie and I got up and went outside to greet the day. Essie was all alert and doing her thing. She quietly made her way to the back fence and just stood there. When I looked up there was a huge deer on the other side of the fence! I quietly stole back into the house (thankfully the telephoto lens was still on the Nikon), popped the cap off the end and stole back. I got a few photos before they bolted. Yes they. It turns out there was a second deer that I didn’t see a foot or so away hidden behind a bush. I snapped a few more photos but I don’t think I caught much. I’ll share the best ones.

The morning is slipping by too fast. I need to wrap this up and get some outside time in. I have three new plants to foster. Chris laughed at me when I brought them in last night. I told him it was either plants or puppies! 😁 I hope you all have a great day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Busy, Busy, Busy!

I can’t believe how late it is! When I finally looked at the clock it was after 10am! Essie really had to go out when we got up. She made a beeline right out the door as soon as I opened it. We got to bed a little after 1am. I didn’t even read before bed. I fell right to sleep. The fireworks weren’t too bad for the girls this year. Stella wasn’t happy but would settle somewhere and usually chill. Essie just laid by me and went to sleep.

Work was close to a 12 hour day. I got there around 11am and left not long after 10:30pm. We were busy and short staffed but the people were pleasant so that made things go well. The store owner stayed with us through close and helped out on registers as well as stocking a few shelves. That was a big help. And he got to see first hand how I did as a manager since I closed that night.

The temperature just keeps creeping up as I sit here and write. I am glad that the house has AC. Chris has been busting tail out on the garage. Since the builder royally screwed things up we had two things that had to be fixed before it could pass inspection. Chris has had the first fix done for a while. (The inspector came out and ok’s that then found another issue he apparently hadn’t noticed before (?!).) This one meant that the stairs to the loft had to be removed and redone. Chris will be finishing that tonight. So hopefully we can use all of the garage soon.

I haven’t had much of a chance to take photos lately but I will share what I have. I’m sorry for any repeats. I’m looking forward to Wednesday so I can just do nothing and try to recoup from the past week. My tailbone had me in tears at one point. I hope everyone has a great day! 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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Fun In the Sun

Well we are having more internet issues. Blue sky, sunshine and birds singing. What could possibly be wrong for the internet?! Sigh. I will type this out on my phone and hopefully it will get published. No internet also means I cannot read any of your posts. And from what I was able to glimpse via my email there are some really good posts today!

I got minor writing done but major landscaping. Chris headed out to the range and did some running around (brave man! The height of tourist season weekend and he braved Traverse! I guess the range was packed as well so sadly he didn’t get to shoot.). While he was gone I got the front yard and backyard mowed. Then I got the weed whacker out and did as much as I could. Which was a lot but not all. I am pleased with what I accomplished.

When Chris got back it turns out that he got me a hammock swing!❤️ Of course I had to try it out! The girls thought it was a game and we were having a grand time. Until the swing came off the branch and I landed on my butt. It was funny and I laughed. Until I discovered I had managed to land on my tailbone. I’m not sure if it is broken or merely fractured but it is seriously impeding my mobility. And stability for that matter. Sitting requires an effort especially since I try to have good posture when I sit. I have to angle forward so I’m not on my tailbone.

Good times! On that note I will wrap this up. Not sure when it will post. Hope you all have a great day! Thanks for reading! Stay safe!

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Time to Relax

There is an annoying little squirrel chittering away in the maple trees beside the back of the house. We have that one and then the chipmunk that chitters when he gets spooked and runs through the yard. The squirrel is loud enough that I have trouble hearing the birds. I don’t mind sharing but don’t mess with the groove we have going. Loud chittering can be done in another tree in the yard (we have plenty). NOT the trees right by the open door.

An day off. I’m not sure what to do with myself. There is so much that needs to be done. I need to finish that beta book review and review my friends book. I keep putting both off claiming mental fatigue. The thing is I said I would do this for both of them and I am not. No stipulations were given. So those two need to get done today. I am halfway through the novel so if that takes me say two days I will be ok with that. But those two things really need to get done.

I keep getting reminders of Moose both here and at work. It is very hard not to cry. If I am at home I will cry. But at work I still need to keep it together. I miss my boy very very much.

I need to make notes of whom to call Monday. I have to call the nurse and tell her that I never received a call from the pain clinic for my back. I have the number of another doctor that a coworker uses for her back issues (they are similar to mine) and she loves him. So I may ask for a referral. We’ll wait to see what the pain clinic does (if anything). I am not enamored of driving to Traverse this time of year. Alllllll kinds of tourists have begun to swarm up here from all over. I don’t mind sharing but it is ugly up here with everyone venturing out for the first vacations since COVID hit. We have more people in our little town than ever before. My problem is that they come up here and feel entitled to all this. I’m sorry but you aren’t. Then there is the mess that they make and leave. This is our home. You need to respect it and us. You don’t go to someone else’s house and just throw things all over and leave do you? No. So don’t do it here. I want a card that has all that printed on it so I can hand it out.

The girls are sleepy this morning. We are overcast and supposed to get some much needed rain. I want to wash my car so that will help. Lol. With the mayfly hatch the other day the front of my car is just covered. Then there is all the mud. He’s tan so you don’t see anything until you get up close. Then you see how dirty it is. The outside plants need to be watered as well. I’d better get going. Projects await! Have a great day! Stay safe and thanks for reading!

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Adding Some Spice

I’m sorry I cannot work today. I have too much research and stuff to do at home. I got my research books yesterday before work and the one is precisely what I need for the novel. It is entitled “She-Wolf A Cultural History of Female Werewolves.” I only put it down last night because I was falling asleep. I also got my first package from The Mysterious Package Company. They have different scenarios that you can chose from. Most of them are horror related or can be dubbed scary. You get these boxes every month with clues and small mysteries that relate to the big one you are solving. They have been around for many many years. To my knowledge they are the first ones to do the mystery mailed to your house thing. I have wanted to do this for a long time. I have been on their email list and have seen various packages come and go. Well one that I wanted to try came back. It deals with Cthulhu (H.P. Lovecraft) and the Yellow King. Essentially a two for one deal. For the Yellow King I received a statue, a coin and a well worn book with a sheet of intercepted code. As I read the book I noticed that there are coded notes through out the book. I got a Cthulhu coin as well. I’m not sure how long this story goes on (I think I will receive things for several months in the mail) but I am very excited to finally be able to do this!

So you see I just can’t fit work into my schedule!

The girls have been very patient with me. I know that they need to play more especially since they are being left alone longer with me on nights all the time but they don’t push and they haven’t chewed up anything. They have also put up with me staying up late reading and writing in bed. They also let me sleep in usually. This morning Essie was ready to go almost as soon as the sun was up…. which is early. I am going to try to make more of an effort to play before work today. Essie has pretty much stayed outside since she ate. Stella is sleeping in front of the bedroom door.

Normally at this point in my week I would say I only have three more shirts to go but two of those shifts I am manager and I will be alone. Matt will be there closing but he isn’t going to stay after to help me. Which I completely understand. I will still be able to call or text him if I need to. Friday will be the real bear. I am my own closing cashier. I am not at all sure how that is going to work since there are things I have to do as manager as we get closer to closing time. It seems as though everyone’s shift is wonky atleast one day (usually more) this week.

The sun is out so I think I will follow Essie’s lead and go outside for a while. Hopefully the wind isn’t too cold like it has been over the past few days. We are still getting freeze warnings at night.

I hope all of you have a great day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!