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Almost There

I only have a few minutes before I need to get ready. It feels like I just got home. I did get my inventory done with the exception of the damages. I had two vendors nice enough to count their own stuff but they did not put any prices so I had to do it anyway (good thing I did since he put some of the beers together that were different prices).

I do get a three day weekend this weekend. I just need to make it through today. I will go in and do my liquor order and then crank through my damages. Hopefully the back won’t give out. It was a near thing yesterday. Too much heavy lifting and doing that lifting in cramped spaces.

I guess I’ll wrap this up. I still need to take photos for the newsletter for work and get that written up. I will try to remember to take the photos today. I have been hauling my camera back and forth for three days now. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Tail Chasing

Gah… who set an alarm for this early? I thought the kids would go to bed with Chris but both Stella and Archie have stayed up with me.

Yesterday went quickly despite a long shift. It was crazy busy at times. I had to rework my beer backstock because despite my notes asking for them to pay attention to where they put things they just shoved my delivery wherever. I have another delivery tomorrow of both beer and liquor so there isn’t really much I can precount, A hurry up and wait. I don’t want to save it til the last minute but the way things are scheduled I have to. And Friday is my short shift with no extra help. I’m not sure how all this is going to get done.

I talked to everyone about getting me stuff for the monthly newsletter as well. I think I will bring my camera and take a few photos today. If I remember I will take some of the beer cave. A lot of you have asked about it.

I gotta wrap this up and get ready to go. Wish me luck! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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The Craziness of It All

The temps are on an upward trend. There is even rain in the forecast. Which means that there is going to be a lot of melted snow. The weather has been so weird! Archie just loves it. The only weather he doesn’t like to be out in is rain. But if I go out with him I can usually coax him out. Stella wants none of it. She will go running around playing with her brother in most weather though. For that I am grateful.

Yesterday was a bit underwhelming. My neck issue has turned into a migraine issue. It is a little better today. I am hoping that the heat from my shower will not make things worse. I need to take my shower before work because it is just going to be too crazy to do it before tomorrow night. I am going in at 11am instead of my usual 12:30am. It will make for a long day but I need to start my inventory prep as best as I can.

I did get work on my novel done. It is mostly back story. Oh and I ordered a few research books. I know nothing about the people of Norway so I got a map and a few books to research them. Part of the novel I think is going to take place there. As I tried to write I had more questions than I had answers.

Oh boy… I just got an email asking if I had a meeting last night. I think they forgot that I quit. Aaaaand I am an idiot. It is still December. BUT they did not have a meeting this month so I am covered. Times like this I am so glad that I quit. There is too much going on. It is hard to keep all the balls in the air. My editor was very nice and sent me back a very nice email thanking me for the past four years. Wow. Four years.

Nuts. I just looked at the clock. I need to get into the shower if I am going to have enough time before work. I also need to water my plants and check the bird feeder. That will probably need to be filled as well. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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I am becoming frustrated with WordPress. I seem to have problems almost daily. And it is the same set of problems. They fix it for a while and then it comes back. They have tried to tell me it is my system, but I have done what they recommend, and nothing works. Some of my computer savvy friends have suggested that it is too many changes on their end are causing the issues and that the problems I am experiencing are not being addressed just temporarily fixed until another change comes down the pipe. Regardless of the what and whys it makes me want to change servers.

I did manage to sleep in. I didn’t make it very late last night. I tried but my body refused. Right now I have two tiny bundles behind me. Great big Archie is in the same size ball as Stella. Both are snoozing away. I’m not sure what today’s goals are. I do want to work on my novel. I am still waiting on the last of the delayed Christmas gifts to arrive. They should’ve been here yesterday but no one seems to have gotten any mail yesterday. Another project is my plants. All need to be watered, some need to be repotted and I think it is about time that I replace the food spikes from 6 months ago. My tomato plant that I was so proud of seems to be on the way out.

Gah… I have a catch or fluid build up on the right side of my neck that I can’t seem to get rid of. It hurts and inhibits me turning my head. I am not sure what to do about it. I have tried rubbing it out but only seems to last as long as I am rubbing. Hot and warm water do not help. As a matter of fact that seems to make it worse.

The big push through this week is going to be inventory. It has to be done by Friday. I get several deliveries Friday so that needs to be stocked so I can get it counted. My distributors have been over ordering my stock (despite me leaving several notes as to when our inventory was) so it is going to be a major pain. I already told Chris that I am not sure what I am doing on Friday. Since it is a major delivery day I am also getting the kids who are supposed to stock said product from the distributors. They don’t arrive at a set time so I need to figure out when I can count my beer backstock (having inventory the day before a major alcohol holiday is a bad bad idea). I don’t want to have to come back after my shift but I may have to. I can get liquor done easily (but I order my own stock so…). I received three pallets of beer yesterday. That is not all going to fit out. I am getting more Friday. I also need to educate everyone on how to use a deduction sheet. Once my backstock is counted nothing should go out. But with New Year’s this weekend that is going to take a big chunk of my sales. So I have to put up a deduction sheet. Not everyone knows how to use them. Sooooo my work will be cut out for me.

Archie is letting me know that I have been at this too long. He is sighing and his paw is on my shoulder nudging me. I have a few new photos to share. It has been dark and dreary here. I hope you have a great day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Blizzard, Day 1

Well the people that thought the storm was bs aren’t laughing. We have about 5 inches (12 cm) of snow. It is still coming down. The wind is constantly changing. Sometimes it’s not even there. And this is supposed to go through Christmas Eve.

I’ve no idea how work will be. I told some of my coworkers that if it was bad not to come in. I don’t think we will be that busy. Especially if they close roads off. I know my deliveries are cancelled and I am ok with that. I’d rather everyone be safe at home. Especially since many people have a full house for the holidays.

Today is my short day. Tomorrow will be my early early day. If we are slow today I may do my order this morning. It will be better than getting up at 4am tomorrow. And if we get hit as hard as predicted I have no idea if they will keep us open. Especially if they close roads.

Everyone is snuggled in but me. I did not sleep well. Time to put on my big girl pants and head to work. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Spreading Smiles

I tried to sleep in. I really did. But I just wasn’t meant to. Last night was late but worth it. I had forgotten that we invited the Girls over for game night. We thought about it last Sunday but I had my meeting in the morning so staying up wasn’t much of an option. This Sunday I had no prior commitments. We ended up making up our own rules for the game (aka none) and ended up in tears at times because we were laughing so hard. The pups were ready for bed almost as soon as darkness fell. Unfortunately for them it was a few hours later that we actually went to bed. It has been a busy week for all of us. With various meetings and events going on outside the house to all the unexpected company we have enjoyed.

Yesterday’s work shift went pretty well too. I got gifted some amazing goodies. Even better I got to give gifts and spread some much needed smiles on my own. I got some yummy cookies and a bowl of homemade mac and cheese (that will be my comfort food later today) as well as some melt-in-your-mouth chocolate truffles and an awesome collection of knife shaped ornaments with horror icons on them.

I need to nurse my banana tree. Somehow (I think when poor Archie got spooked by something) it got pushed over in the pot. It doesn’t feel like the main stem is broken so I have propped it up and given it some extra food to help it heal. I need to sit down and get a plan together for everything. I’ll start with the basics. Who needs to be repotted, what am I going to plant where for my upcoming gardens, where and what kind of greenhouse I am going to put up.

Archie’s new bed arrived yesterday. I had intended to keep it til Christmas but he couldn’t get comfortable yesterday morning so I decided that I would give it to him after I got home from work. I also gave Stella her new body pillow. Both have gone over well. They both love the new huge dog bed. It is big enough for both of them to stretch out on. This morning I have put a few blankets on there for him.

I just glanced at the clock and saw the time. I need to wrap this up and write my little article on Santa’s arrival at our store on Saturday. I hope the photos turned out (I’ll share some here). Then it will be on to my novel I think. I am very excited about that. Ahhhh the first snowplow of the season! (It just rumbled by.) Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Prattling On

Freezing rain is how yesterday morning started. What little snow we had is gone. This morning there was a light dusting on the porch. More like someone has just shaken something out on the porch.

It is my short day today. A lot will happen but it will be brief. My hand feels better so I am going to try to use it more today.

I won’t be playing the role of the Grinch. As fun as it could have been I am grateful all I will do tomorrow is take photos and leave. Then Monday I will write and send in the article along with this month’s invoice. I can use that toward Archie’s vet appointment on the 2nd of January. I still will need to get him fixed but he will have all his shots and be microchipped after that.

I got my Horror Haul box yesterday. It has two items that are my new favorites! I got a beer stein/mug that is from the Slaughtered Lamb Pub in An American Werewolf in London and a cool long sleeve tee that features the Creature From the Black Lagoon (one of my favorite Universal monsters). There were other things in the box (I seem to be getting quite the scarf collection between my horror box and my Supernatural box) but those two are my favorites.

I seem to have run out of time. I forgot I need to put air in my tires before I head out as my low air light has come on. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Mother Nature Bites Back

Not sure if this will post or not as the power has gone out. A wild and windy night has turned into a wild, windy and wet morning. The wind is getting really bad. Last night when I tried to get into the house after work it ripped the screen door from my hands. Apparently the handle caught my hand because I have a nice hole/gouge just below my middle finger. I think I finally got it to stop bleeding while I was asleep. I went through several bandaids.

This morning I had to go out with Archie or else he would go out to go potty. Stella just flat out refused to even consider it. I knew Archie couldn’t hold it so I am glad I got him out. I discovered someone peed on my shower rug. Stella was very intently sniffing it as I was brushing my teeth. When I leaned over to see what she was doing I got a big whiff. I was too tired to yell at anyone.

I didn’t sleep well between my hand and the dry cough I managed to get. Once Chris got home things seemed to settle down. I was so out that my alarm had to wake me.

Nuts. I just realized that I won’t be able to bring Archie Saturday to be my Max. With my hand there is gonna be no way to control him and my camera. And act all Grinchie.

Archie’s grandparents (the couple I got him from) want to come and see him either today or tomorrow. She’s going to let me know today what’s up. I told her I would have treats for her pups when they came over. I hope I have enough treats. I started handing them out yesterday and then several more people expressed interest. So I’m either going to have to say no or buy some gloves to wear on my hand.

The rain is lashing at the back windows. I wonder if the power will go out again. I need to wrap this up. I have to hold the phone with my hurt hand and it is letting me know my time is up. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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The day feels off. I’m not sure why. It could be just the wind that has picked up stirring things about. I always seem to feel weird on windy days. I hope the day goes well. Not having to look ahead and see when my next meeting is feels off too. Both pups are behind me on the love seat asleep.

I am hoping that I will work more on my novel now. I noticed that my words were more sparse when I tried to work on my novel while I was writing articles. I was unconsciously paring my wording down like I do when writing my articles. Minimal description and very cut and dry. I didn’t like it but I couldn’t seem to get out of the habit. When I covered the meetings I wrote what happened. I didn’t add any emotions to it. I didn’t fluff it up. To me that wasn’t reporting. As a result my fiction dried out. I think that is why I stayed away from it so often. It was hard to constantly switch gears between the two. I may pull out some of my creative non-fiction books to revisit.

Yesterday was spent cranking out over 1000 more dog treats. I think I am going to revisit what I had decided to give everyone. I have since added some names to my list and I really don’t want to make more treats. I also haven’t pulled any out for my two. I gave them a little from each batch (I adjusted the peanut butter content… and no it didn’t seem to matter) but I haven’t made any for them. It was all gifts.

I am excited for the kids Christmas goodies to arrive. I am getting Stella a new body pillow (Archie has chewed open the end of the one she has) and Archie is getting a great big dog bed. He seems to have taken to laying on Stella’s body pillow on the floor (we tied up the open end). I may give them to them early. It’s not like they know anything about our holidays. I just realized this will be Archie’s first Christmas!

I had intended to get more photos yesterday but I didn’t get any. Well I did of the kids with my phone camera but those photos take up a lot more room on my media then when I take them with the Nikon. So once again I will be resharing photos instead of giving you new ones. Sorry about that.

Today will be a long day for the kids. Chris needs to leave early for work so it will be an 8 hour day for them. I am hoping I can get out at a decent time. I don’t think we’ll be too busy. I just need to make sure everything is done. My phone has just informed me that we have a winter weather advisory until 10am tomorrow. We’ll see if anything comes of it. The way the season has gone thus far I don’t think we need to be too worried.

I should wrap this up and try to get some writing done. Even if it is just research. I hope that if I keep pushing myself I will do it. Thanks for reading! Have a fab day and stay safe!

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Coming to an End

Well, that was my last long morning. I got my last two meeting articles written and sent in. Saturday is the Christmas thing at work. That will be my last article. It kinda makes me sad. I will miss being in the thick of things. I was able to say goodbye to several people though.

I gave Archie a bone to keep him busy while I wrote my articles. Stella was content to sleep (bless her). Now that I am trying to write this he has decided that he has finished his bone and wants my undivided attention. I loved on him a bit, now he’s outside. I am still a bit in shock that I have written my last articles for meetings. Sorry if I keep coming back to that.

I have about another 800 treats to make for gifts. I have over 250 made but I also know that some of them won’t come out right (and my resident testers need to test some from each batch). I cranked through as many as I could before last night’s meeting. So I need to get more done today. I may have added to my batch. I just remembered another pet parent I work with. I am not really fond of her but it would be rude to not give her some. So I guess I am looking at another 200 (she has several dogs and I figured about 50 per pup). I also promised Chris peanut butter pancakes (he smelled the treats baking yesterday and thought I made him breakfast). So a lot of baking is gonna be happening today. If I can get it all done today I will try to take them to work tomorrow. I’m going to have to carry some of the treats in the car because they are for customers/friends.

I am happy to report that I got even more Christmas shopping done yesterday! Go me! And as a reward the shipping gods have got my Supernatural box arriving today! YAY!!! I have my Horror Box that shouldn’t be that far behind it.

I still haven’t broken down and gotten a tree. I would prefer one we can plant outside (1. because it like the idea and 2. I know Archie will drink the water for tree). The problem there is that I need a place to plant it. Yes we have 5 acres but we have so much pine that the ground is becoming acidic. So I don’t want to plant it on our property.

Dad texted me yesterday telling me that he now has to move to a care facility. I feel bad for him because that was one of the reasons he gave for wanting to move there. They don’t shuffle their older people off to care facilities. But that is just what they are doing. I will try again to see if he wants to talk today. I can’t not.

Speaking of which, my dear friend that lives down the road and I chatted yesterday. It had been since Thanksgiving that I had heard from her, It turns out that she went into a dark place but she did reach out for help. Her son also called her and asked for her help as his Mom. He is in a mental health facility and wants her to come down to Arizona for a few months to help him get himself together. She is slated to leave within a week or so. He will pay for her rent doe a few months so she doesn’t lose her place and her job has agreed to hold her position for her. I told her I was very proud of her. I think going to be with her son could be the best thing for her right now.

I guess I should wrap this up and get it posted. Thanks for reading and stay safe!