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Here we are at our first dark o’clock post. Archie is actually chewing a bone in the dark. Stella is of course sleeping beneath her blanket beside me. I actually woke up to my alarm this morning. It is going to be a long day!

The customer I told you about yesterday that lost her husband came in not long after I got there. We chatted and I gave her a big hug. Then I gave her sister (whom I work with) a big hug before she left later that afternoon. It was hard not to cry. But work kept me all over the place for pretty much the whole shift.

The repair guy never arrived yesterday. Never called to say he was held up at another job either. Chris had to call to find that out. After Chris was running late for work then they recommended he call someone else since the guy was only working a half day today and had Friday off. Neither of us were impressed. What did impress us though was the fact that two bags of puppy treats and a toy were left on the counter and they were still there when I got home last night. I was almost 20 minutes late too. I am very proud of both my babies!❤️🐾

Today will be another busy one. I have people to call, stock to put out, inventory prep to figure out…. Speaking of which I need to send in a last minute word count. Well updated. So I should wrap this up. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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A Little of This and a Little of That

This is later than intended. I let myself peruse more of not only the news but also our blogs. The day is overcast and gloomy. I don’t want to spend the day doing nothing, but it is so blah. We got a dusting of snow last night. Just enough to make everything white. Archie seems to want me to either pet or play with him, he doesn’t care which. Stella is asleep on her back behind me.

I need to see if my coworker is still willing to swap days tomorrow. I made a mistake and was looking at the wrong meeting. The meeting for this month will be tomorrow night. My one night a week that I work. I will lose about three hours but it is my last meeting for Parks and Rec. They have been one of my favorites to cover over the years. I want to tell them goodbye. Parks and Rec as well as the Harbor Commission I have gotten close with several of the people over the years. The other two meetings I don’t think anyone will notice I’m gone.

Archie is restless and getting on my nerves. He has gotten yelled at and is now sitting on the other side of the room giving me the sad eyes. He has reached the restless part of his morning. He wants to be playing or at the very least getting attention.

Weirdest thing last night before bed… I opened the door to let the kids out one last time before bed and I saw a deer jumping over the fence to the outside of the yard. It seems that we get more animals inside the fence since the “real” fence has gone up (it was chicken wire before). The dogs didn’t really seem to care.

We have someone coming to look at the fridge and oven tomorrow. Hopefully it will be an easy and inexpensive fix for both. Archie is laying with his head in my lap. My laptop has just gone into power saver mode so I guess that is my cue to wrap this up and ger it posted. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Moving Through December

It is crazy how fast this month is going! I need to start buying my gifts for everyone. The last step in organizing the Secret Santa happens today. The last person gets to draw a name. Then it’s on to organizing the potluck.

Gah! I just found out that there actually was a meeting the other day. The Government Office was wrong. I am kind of bummed. I wanted to say goodbye to everyone. The flip side is that the recording for the meeting has already posted (bless them!) so that means I will crank out three articles Monday. I need to set myself an alarm so that I don’t leave work and just come home and stay. I will forget with everything going on.

I have (not so) little Archie sleeping next to me on the loveseat. He is dreaming about chasing something. I told him tomorrow at this time we would be sound asleep. I do need to make sure I have enough time for my articles. I need to make sure my earbuds are charged so I can watch the mattering recordings as well.

I should wrap this up and head to work. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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One Thing and Another

This morning it is just Archie and I on the love seat. I just looked outside and it seems to have changed from rain to snow outside. I just hope the snowfall doesn’t thicken until after I get to work. I don’t like driving in the dark as it is. Blinding snow will not help.

I think pretty much everything in the fridge either has going bad or is bad. The fridge has been limping along for a bit. Things just aren’t staying cold. The freezer is keeping things frozen for the most part. I’m not sure what we will do. Christmas is right around the corner and there are still gifts to buy. I need to replace the other set of brakes on my car as well.

I don’t know if I missed a meeting last night or not. There was nothing in their Facebook page (they list the meetings every week with times and dates). I called to verify and was told next week was the meeting. But when I looked at their transcript for last month’s meeting it said the meeting was scheduled for last night. I sent an email to my editor to let her know the situation. I guess we’ll see next week!

I need to wrap this up. I am hoping to remember everything I have going tomorrow as well…. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Mitigating the Migraine

I’ve had maybe an hours sleep. With the weather changes the headache has become a migraine. I just want to curl up and be left alone.

I have both pups wrapped around me on the love seat. Chris is asleep in bed. I would give a lot to stay home with them today.

I have to stop at the post office on the way home. Our neighbor on the corner sent me a text last night letting me know that our mail person told her she needs to put her mailbox with ours. She has one by her house. No one sees a need to move it. I done want her mailbox on our property. That means she (or her boyfriend) will be stopping out front at all hours. They have a sketchy relationship. We don’t need that drama out front. So I need to find out what is up.

All is set for me to get out a little early Sunday so I can cover the Kids Christmas Party. I just need to figure out if I am stopping by home before I go to the park. Probably not. I will just have to bring my camera to work with me.

We drew names for the Secret Santa yesterday. I think there are three people left that need to draw names. Everyone seems very excited about it. I also am pulling the pot luck together I guess. Someone asked me to ask the manager if we could have one this year so I did. Now somehow I am in charge of it.

I think I will wrap this up and try some more medicine for my head. Thanks for reading and stay safe.

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Shuffling the Holiday Cheer Around

The winds have been blowing since yesterday. The power has gone out and come back on. We got a little of the promised rain last night but with the temperature drop what precipitation we get will be snow. We are also under a winter storm advisory. Things are starting to get interesting.

Yesterday found me all over the place. I did get most of my running done but I got home a few hours later than I hoped. Mom and I spent time chatting over coffee at her place then we went out to lunch. We both had a very good time. Times like this I wish she lived closer. She needs to get out more than just to the senior center and the store.

I have also agree to add two more articles for the paper this month. I asked if they wanted someone to cover the Kids Christmas this weekend and Santa is coming to the Village Market on the 19th. They said yes. So I will be covering both along with photos. I enjoy doing articles with photos. So Sunday after work I will buzz over to the park and do my thing. I need to remember to bring my camera to work. The event starts at 1pm so I will have missed the first hour. I am tempted to ask is the night shift manager would mind coming in early so I can get there when it starts. I would like to get some photos of Santa arriving. I will talk to her today when I go in. I also need to drop off the stuff I got yesterday from Mom and my friend for the event.

Despite having two days off I have not touched my novel. Part of me is angry with myself but then there is the feeling that there is something cooking with it. That is needs to be left alone for right now. So I am not going to beat myself up for not working on it. I am going to trust the process.

I need to figure out a way to make sure I don’t forget my extracurricular activities. I get so much going and then I will get lost in the daily regular projects and completely forget the extras. Like I need to draw names for the Secret Santa at work today. Which reminds me, I should bring something to draw from. A Santa hat or some such. I could bring a stocking. That also reminds me that I need to get a stocking for Archie (I kept saying Moose in my head). This is why I have tons of lists all over the place..

I ought to wrap this up. My mind is whirling with things that I need to do. I did not get any new photos yesterday so it will be some repeats. Sorry about that. I hope you have a great day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Feeling Good

Well yesterday was a full day for me! I did laundry, dishes, watered the plants, filled the bird feeder, swept the kitchen, played with the pups AND made my first turkey soup from scratch! It turned out really well. I boiled all the wings and made my own broth then once I got the meat off the wings (I let them cook for several hours) I added all kinds of fresh stuff: potatoes, onions, mixed veggies and even fresh herbs from my garden. This time I added about half a stick of butter for a nice rich flavor base.

Stella is beside me on the love seat smiling. I have covered her up and wadded a blanket for a pillow beneath her head. She was so cute when she nibbled the blanket before trying to cover herself up with it.

Archie is on the floor chewing a bone. He has been very good about giving Stella her space this morning. Last night he decide that he wasn’t close enough to me (Stella was beside me) so he wedged himself across the top of my head. There wasn’t any room so he would whine every little while until I finally scooted down further on the bed. Then he oozed himself further onto my pillow.

I have a full morning planned. As soon as I post this I am headed to Kalkaska then to Mom’s with a few stops in between. My goal is to be home by noon or so.

I do have several new photos to share. Hopefully I have enough room in my media. If I don’t I will update as soon as I get home. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Deciding What Matters

We got up much earlier than I anticipated. But that is ok. I feel the need for my quiet time before the world wakes up. The pups have been fed and are off and on behind me sleeping (Archie has been up and down, I think he gets too warm up there with Stella). The morning is overcast and the temperature seems to be dropping. It is creeping ever closer to freezing. And I am ok with that today. I have today and tomorrow off but one of those two days I need to do some running. I have to go to Kalkaska to get some winter headbands to donate to the local Christmas event and Mom asked if I would stop by. I am feeling a bit exhausted and really want to stay hunkered in at home. So I am debating about going today (which leaves all day tomorrow to stay home) or tomorrow (which means no “day of rest” before my workweek starts). I am thinking tomorrow. I need to get my new boots treated so that they will be protected from all the mess I will be walking through over the winter. Once I get them cleaned and get the Sno-seal on they have to sit for a bit before I wear them.

I am also feeling the need to write today. I try to write every day but on those days when the mood hits I try to make an extra effort. And since the kids are snoozing that will make it a bit easier. I will probably pull out a few research books and read as well.

Things were slow enough at work that I put up the Christmas decorations. Only to find out that the closing shift manager had planned to do it that night. She wasn’t too happy with me. But if no one says anything then I am not a mind reader! I thought it would be a nice surprise for the store manager since he loves Christmas. Thursday will begin our nonstop Christmas music. Atleast it is not for several months in a row. Just a few weeks.

The family spent some quality time together last night. We had an amazing dinner while we binge watched “Wednesday” on Netflix. We agree that they did an amazing job with it. We both grew up with the original “Addams Family” and “The Munsters” tv programs. They did it justice and did not make it woke. It was modernized but still very true to the original. I highly recommend it!

If I am going to do some writing I ought to get cracking. Once our day gets going I will pass out bones. Archie seems to be doing better now that we have them again (the guys in the meat department ordered a whole box for me and it did arrive… originally we couldn’t find it, so I have enough bones for a few weeks). I also bought a bunch of turkey wings they were getting rid of. My goal is to make turkey soup from scratch. So I will need to get that big stock pot going soon as well. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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A Little Bit of Everything

Here we are at our usual dark o’clock Sunday morning time! Stella is beside me on the love seat and Archie is chewing a bone. I don’t know if today will be very busy at work. Yesterday certainly wasn’t with the exception of the two hours when everyone woke and did the mad dash to get stuff before the Michigan/Ohio game. I managed to get a lot done. Unfortunately that mean that all three of my carry outs were looking for something to do. It came down to having them clean shelves aisle by aisle. I have no idea if the night manager continued that or not.

Yesterday was also a time of reconnecting with old friends. I had several friends I’d not seen or talked to reach out yesterday. Some stopped by the store while others called or messaged. It was nice to catch up with everyone.

The pups went for their first walk together. I just took them out on the property but they both did really well (despite having to constantly keep the leashes from entangling). They both had harnesses on and I got shorter leads for both of them out. It was a beautiful day out.

I should probably wrap this up. Hopefully Archie stays out of trouble while I am gone. Yesterday he got into a plant and destroyed it while Chris was in the other room. I hope you have an maxing day! Thanks for reading and stay safe! (I’ll try to get some new photos to share over the next few days.)

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Doggie Dynamics

Another morning up before the sun. I didn’t sleep well as I slept light enough to wake whenever Archie got up. I kept the light on as well (but dim) in hopes that he would stay in the bedroom and sleep instead of getting into things. It was successful.

Stella is feeling left out. Everytime I go to give her love Archie is right there. When I let them out this morning she came in first so I loved on her as much as I could before letting Archie in. My goal when I get home is to take each of them for a walk on the back 40. I want to do them separately because if he freaks out I will need both hands. And I think Stella deserves a little alone time.

Our meat department at work specially ordered bones for us.❤️I am hoping that it will help him not chew on things he ought not to. We have been out at work so it has been several days since they have had any to chew. Which is about the time he started getting into things.

Aaaaaaand the clock tells me I have a few minutes before I need to be out the door. Thanks for reading and stay safe!