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Brief and Teary

This is going to have to be very short as I don’t have much time this morning. I couldn’t bring myself to get up any earlier. I’ve only got a few hours of sleep as it is.

Yesterday did go pretty well until I was shown the puppies we were thinking about getting. Then it all rather fell apart.

Today is Dad’s birthday. He turns 80 years old. How can he be 80? I need to send him a text and email later today. I don’t want to wake him up with any of his phone notifications.

I will add some repeat photos and try to get some new ones later today. Thanks for reading and stay safe.

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Rambly Me

This morning has dawned a bit chilly despite the sunshine. I am enjoying my first cup of coffee. Stella got up long enough to eat and go outside. I don’t blame her. I can barely keep my eyes open myself. I woke up at one point to glance at the clock trying to figure out if I had the day off or not. Just today and tomorrow. But my brain also remembers the last day off. That would be last Friday. With everything that has been going on it has been a super long week.

We got a good rain last night, so everything looks fresh and happy. I will get out with the camera and get some photos to share. I didn’t get any yesterday. My days are all starting to mush together. I don’t like it when that happens. I feel like a paint mix of many colors that is just is slowly blending together.

Stella has come out to lay by me. She is getting loved on, so she is happy. Tonight will be the hardest. I am closing manager so I could be home as late as 10:30pm. Then back up at 5am for work the next day. I might be asleep by midnight. I might not. I will be tired enough. I am worried about her hips though. I should probably start giving her glucosamine again. When she stretches she has loud popping noises. She did that when we first got her because her hips popped in and out easily from the abuse she’d had. We knew that she would have problems as she got older. She will be like her sister and not let on that she is in pain.

This weekend will be the actual start of the silly season. The National Cherry Festival kicks off in Traverse City. No one wants to be anywhere near Traverse this time of year. I should probably wrap this up. I am not really focusing on this anymore. I will go and get a few photos to share then get this posted. Sorry for the rather long ramble. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Focusing on Forward

The person I want to talk to at the courthouse was not available today. So, I will try tomorrow. Meanwhile I am hoping to share some ideas about work with the store owner this week. Some of them are specific to my liquor department (I am bringing in new items and would like a small display on the counter), some I am incorporating other departments with mine (I would like do to a mixology class once a month and incorporate food pairings) and the last encompasses the whole store and possibly both stores (I will be suggesting a monthly newsletter). I am very excited about all the ideas. I realize that two of the three suggestions will probably be laid directly in my lap. But I am excited for them so we will see what happens. I think all three will benefit the store.

I did my first liquor order yesterday. As I wrote earlier, I added a few new things. Small but new. Hopefully those will sell and allow me to continue to add as the season goes on. It will be tricky though. I have to try to figure out what is selling to the locals versus what is selling to the tourists. Then I can lighten orders accordingly once tourist season is over. But it is doable.

I have spent a lot of my down time reading Duma Key. I had forgotten how really good it is. Especially if you can really relate to the lead character. I did get a few photos yesterday. I saw that my fairy rosebush was in bloom. It has been budding forever. I also had visitors in the form of butterflies and even a deer on the other side of the fence. She didn’t seem to mind me taking photos of her or talking to her.

Today has dawned a bit chilly. The temperature reads at 56F (13C). Yesterday it was almost 90F (32C). I watered my plants when I got home since we have gotten none of the promised rain over the past few days. My swing is out and I used it yesterday. It was weird to feel the tree move me when the strong winds shook it.

I see that I need to get myself together to get ready for work. I still have a few things around here that need to get done. Thanks for reading and thank you do much for the wonderful comments! They mean a lot. Stay safe!

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Pushing Reset

This morning has dawned damp and chill. Our much-needed rain started last night. I am grateful for it not only because of the plants and yard but because it keeps me inside. There is so much I still need to do outside! But on the other hand there is so much I need to do inside as well. The mouse cage needs to be cleaned (it has needed to be cleaned for a while now but I just haven’t had the time), the snake cage needs to be cleaned, floors swept, vacuuming done, inside plants tended to, office cleaned up, books and movies gone through…. you get the idea. Oh and let’s not forget my writing for class as well as working on my novel. This will be the only day I have to get my classwork done.

That being said I don’t expect to get everything done. I am content to take my time with life today. There has been too much rushing and cramming this past week. Even my days off were not my own. So today is mine to do with what I will.

Chris and I spent some quality time together just hanging out. We grilled some steaks (well he cooked them in the smoker) and our side was some baby potatoes in spices. It was good to just spend some time together. We even managed to tire Stella out between the two of us! At one point after chasing her ball she hopped back on the couch, let go of the ball so it was beside her and rolled over on her back going promptly to sleep.

I have a bunch of irises that are blooming this year. It is rather cool because I transplanted a lot a few years ago so each year a different area blooms (my irises seem to bloom every other year). I am going to sneak out in the rain to get some photos to share with you today. I am very proud of what I have gotten done so far with all my plants and gardens. I just hope I keep my momentum for the whole season!

I see that my laptop battery is running low so I need to wrap this up. I also think I am going to use my laptop in the kitchen nook today. My first draft for class will be with pen and paper but I think I will put it into digital form in the kitchen nook (my brain keeps calling it my garden nook for some reason). So, off to click some quick pics to share and get this posted. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Ian a hot mess this morning. My phone doesn’t seem to want to recognize my finger this morning and that makes it difficult to type. Being so tired that I can’t see correctly isn’t helping.

I stayed later than I intended yesterday. The whole thing was not the best. (Sorry, my wording this morning is off.) I got there to find out the reservations had been changed. That meant I was the only one there. After I messaged everyone they began to slowly arrive. It was no big deal to them because most of them lived in the area and the few that did not were staying several days. It was a big deal to me because I was driving almost three hours one way.

Lunch went well. I caught up with part of my family. The long table made it difficult to talk to everyone. Afterwards we decided a handful of us would go to Bronnor’s. (This is a Christmas store that people from all over the world to visit.) I had not been there since I was little. This also shows my love for my family as I am not a fan of Christmas. Working at Younker’s ruined my love of Christmas. Working retail showed the ugly greedy side of Christmas.

I knew they would take a long time to wander (the place is massive) but my Aunt said she would drive me back to my car and come back to finish shopping. I think I stayed an extra hour. That got me home around 7pm.

I am tired enough that I am considering asking the night manager to come in early so I can go home. Anyway I need to wrap this up. Thanks for reading and stay safe! Hopefully tomorrow’s post will be more coherent.

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A Little of This, a Little of That… Oh and Some of This Too

The temperature is climbing quickly today. I am bouncing between writing this and talking to my friend online. She is in the hospital waiting for her man to come out of surgery. They found cancer in his kidney so they are going in to remove what they can and see what comes next. He should be coming out of surgery soon so I am trying to keep her occupied.

Miss Stella is not happy that I am doing this. She wants to be the center of my world and get love n’ scratches. As soon as she got up she made a bee line out the door and stayed there for quite a while. Once she got too hot she came in and laid in front of the AC for a bit. Now she is on the love seat behind me.

Since Chris got the backyard mowed I think I will do the front after he goes to work. I will also do my best to knock out the last of the front garden. I don’t think it will take too long. I will need to cut the tree back though. And that means climbing on the ladder. I am not looking forward to that part but it has to be done.

Well this has turned into a busy morning! As I was wrapping up that last paragraph I got a call from a cow working asking if she could stop by and get some of my lilacs to send to her daughter. Her daughter wanted them for her wedding (I guess she got married on Memorial Day) but it was to expensive to send them via a florist. As a surprise my friend is sending some she got locally. Problem was after the rain and heat we got over the weekend most of the lilacs are spent. My purple bushes are still looking good but the white ones are really wilted. She took several bunches to send. She was so excited!

And now my train of thought has completely derailed! Lol. Ah well. I will see about adding some of my photos from the other day on here then get this posted. Have a great day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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A Little Ping Pong Ball

I am still not a morning person. Try as I may. I enjoy mornings for the quiet and solitude but I will never be a morning person. Early mornings just seem to make me tired. Regardless I can never seem to get to bed so get sleep.

Work has been crazy. Today I think will be worse with the schedule we have. But not my call. I hope I am wrong. I keep telling myself that I have tomorrow off.

I did get a LOT of new photos to share. I took my camera and walked around our property after I got home from work. I left Stella at the house. I don’t think she minded too much because she was panting hard from playing. I think I got some good shots. I don’t have time this morning to share them but I will start sharing tomorrow.

I am sorry for the randomness of this post. I can’t seem to get my mind to focus. I should probably wrap this up and get going for work. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Finding Center

I sit here this morning enjoying some coffee and a biscuit. (A bit of a tee hee here. One of Stella’s nicknames is Biscuit and she is the biscuit I am referring to. She has been in my lap since before I started this.) The morning has dawned chilly and dark. I am of two minds about it. Last night my anxiety was up because my mind felt like I had to turn around and get up for work the next day.

Don’t get me wrong. I love my job (mostly). But so much has been going on at work and I have been giving 200%. We are getting busier and busier with Memorial Day coming up. This is the start of our busy season and we are lacking in help. I know everyone is. It amazes me though that people go through the effort to get hired but once at the job don’t feel the need to work. They want to stand around and get paid for it. If you have them actually go and do something (aka work) they get resentful and decide that they will quit. A lot of the younger kids coming in are like this. And to be fair I am leading by example. I am constantly on the move at work. I also have no problems working with them if it is a big project. There are also underlying currents shifting at work (this doesn’t affect the new people). Marriages are waxing and waning (have no fear, ours is good) and there are more management shifts going on.

I inadvertently slept in this morning. I guess I needed it. I usually try to take Stella for a walk on Friday mornings at the park. I still may. I really don’t want to go anywhere. I just don’t know ia a walk on the property will give her the same satisfaction. And there have been several deer sneaking along the back fence line. I don’t know if I want to try to hold her back if we encounter one out there (I know, I know… go buy the harness for her so I can use a sturdier leash).

I am not going to have any plans for today. Just things I would like to do. I talked to both my parents yesterday since I got out so early. Well early-ish. I am going to have overtime on this week from staying over for various reasons. So unless something happens I should have the whole day for just Chris, Stella and I. We have brats and kabobs for the grill for dinner tonight. The rest of the day is fair game.

Stella has seen something. No idea what. She is silently staring out the window with her hackles up. I should wrap this up and see about getting us to the park. If no one is there then we will do our 1/2 mile walk. If there are people there then we will probably some back home and walk on the back 40 hoping for no deer. I don’t have many new photos to share but I have a couple. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Nature’s Wake Up

I have peepers on one side of the house going and birds on the other. The peepers slowly become silent as the sun becomes more prominent in the sky. I am so tired. We were very busy and I had all new people so if I wasn’t ringing I was putting out fires. All being said everyone did pretty well. Ohhhh! I hear a peeper right outside the sliding glass door! ❤️

I have the month of June off from the paper. I am excited about going to class again. Writing and having to have it done as a requirement I think will help me immensely. Pages will be required each week. so I will have to find time somewhere. I don’t know as I am looking forward to my road trips. Driving to Ohio is considerably longer than going to Bay City and staying in state but still. I promised and this will probably be the last time I see my aunt.

Since I have most of the day to myself, once I get home I should put pen to paper. I have tomorrow off (thankfully). If the weather continues to be rainy then I will be out of the gardens and on the page. If the rain lets up I will sneak out and weed like crazy. That wet dirt will make things so much easier!

I need to wrap this up and get out the door. I appreciate all your comments! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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June Fun In The Sun

It looks like it wants to rain. I hope it does. I repotted a bunch of plants yesterday and pulled everyone outside. They could all use the rain despite my watering them all yesterday. I think I will need to check everyone every day now. Not all of them need to be watered every day but I find a lot of them are drying out quickly. The big repotting project was the peppers. I separated them into the long window box and several pots. They all seem to be handling the move well.

I decided I am going to take the month of June off from the paper. I have so much going on this month I would miss several of them as it is. I hope they can find someone. I just sent the email so we’ll see how it goes. It will be one less thing that I have to juggle. I said I would be able to step back in for July.

I paid for my class this morning. So I need to remember that I have class on Thursday nights all of June. Hopefully I continue to get Fridays off! I need to let my boss know what is going on too. There are also graduations that I have been invited to and I need to make it to Bay City to see my aunt. Aaaand I guess they changed the date for one of my graduations. I need to get next Saturday off. Fudge. I was told one date and now it is another. Right.

My goal for the writing class is… well there are two. The first is that I will have a publishable finished piece when I am done. The second is that I will have some momentum for my novel. I seem to have petered out. I am just so exhausted all the time. I’m tired of cramming everything in as well. So June will be my month to try to prove that I can write with things going on around me.

I also need to set up an appointment to get my tattoo fixed. That will happen on the first. I will message as soon as I get up. I will get the appointment set up hopefully before I go downstate. But we’ll see if he puts me off. I love all the other work I have gotten from him. Just no portraits. I don’t know how our relationship will be after this.

I still have some quiet time left so I think I will wrap this up and pull out my novel. Maybe push for a page of writing today. Warm up some coffee and get to it! Thank you for all your kind words and support! Thanks for reading and stay safe!