Aging, Dogs, dreams, Emotions, family, Friends, History, Learning, Life, Nature, the World, Thinking

What We Can Learn

This morning is the opposite of yesterday. As bright as it was the shadows today are darker. The sky looks cold and about to cry. Essie doesn’t feel well this morning. She didn’t eat breakfast and has been outside several times. Moose and Stella are curled up in the pile of blankets on the couch. I need to pull out two of those blankets to go in my car, Angus, soon. Moose needs to go to the vet this morning to get further tests on his kidney disease. His medicine should arrive today as well. Lol. I just let Essie back in and she made a beeline for the couch and is currently looking for a spot to lay with her siblings.

As I was watching and chatting with customers it struck me that all the “old” people were once young and all the young people will (possibly) become old. I listen to the stories of the older folks and laugh with them at the antics they got away with when they were younger. Then there are the older ones that flirt shamelessly cheeky monkeys that they are. They all have stories to tell. They have lived adventures we never can, survived things that we can’t understand. To ignore them is a shame on us. No matter how old they still have things to teach us.

And the young do too. They can teach us how to live life instead of worry about every little thing (although the pandemic is making a lot of them grow up and worry too soon). Thy remind us that we have imaginations that can take us anywhere, we just need to follow our hearts.

I guess the point is that we can still learn from each other. If we make the effort. Stay safe and thanks for reading.

Creativity, dreams, Emotions, Friends, Life, Nature, Photography, Thinking, Writing

Feeling a Bit Blah

Despite getting sleep over the past few days I am feeling rather poorly. But I need to keep moving forward. There are things to do and no rest for the wicked. Work has been slowing down quite a bit. Last night we got out an hour early because everything in the deli was done and clean. We had to fill in things here and there but nothing major, especially with three people in the deli.

Still no word from the friend who wants back into my life. I’m not on social media as much as I was so if he expects a rapid response he will be disappointed. If he still works his same hours they are the complete opposite of mine right now. He is going to bed when I get up and vice versa. Time will tell I guess.

My two articles were a hit. I will share the links. The editor misspelled my last name even though I corrected him after the first misspelling. Despite that if I can get more gigs that are like that (interesting yet not a strain to fit in) I might do some more. The Horror Tree – Horror Tree is a resource for authors that lists open markets, articles, interviews, original fiction, and more! I wrote the one on R.L. Stine and the one on Penguin/Random House buying Simon & Shuster.

The woodpeckers seem to be especially happy when I put suet out. The days are getting cold enough that the ice I tossed from the bottom of the freezer is still out there in one piece. Nothing has melted. The sun is out today so we’ll see if that will do anything.

I apologize for such a short post. I just can’t seem to focus very well this morning. I will add the links and some photos I took this morning. The clouds looked kind cool this morning when I let the dogs out. I hope everyone has a great day! Stay safe!

Emotions, Friends, Learning, Life, Love, Thinking

Open the Door or Keep It Locked?

This morning I awakened to a dilemma. I received a friend request from a friend… well an ex friend I guess. We were really close for a few years (too close sometimes) and we had a big falling out. Blocked phone numbers and the whole deal. It hurt because I really did care about the person but the drama that started! That was what finally got to me. Funnily enough I was not the one that ended the friendship. He was. And while I missed him I did not miss the drama. I think about him and hope he is doing well. This morning I look at my phone and there is a friend request from him. After a few years he wants to be part of my life again. SO the big question is do I let him back in? I don’t know what to expect. If I thought he had matured some and wasn’t going to blow my phone up at all hours I might consider it. But I just don’t know. And truthfully I have been content not to have the drama.

I guess looking at it the answer should be pretty straight forward. There seem to be more negative possibilities than positive. But he was a good friend and I do miss him. So. I worry that I will create unwanted drama if I let him back in. Things for the most part are going pretty damn well. I am getting my head in a good place and I am content with how things are. Isn’t that when things like this happen? When you get too comfortable then something pops into your life to “spice” it up? I don’t want… I don’t want to do the same thing over again.

When I went to bed I had planned on telling you about my peridot pendant I got for myself and the new book but that kind of fell by the wayside. Ok. I did it. Fingers crossed.

Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Dogs, Emotions, Life, Nature, the World, Thinking, Writing

Early and Brief

It is way too early. It is hard to keep my eyes open. I closed last night and am back at 7am. I get out at 3pm but I still gotta make it through the day. It has been snowing and the wind sounds really strong out there. And with the new restrictions it is hard to say how busy we will be. Yesterday we were busier than normal for a Sunday.

The article I sent out the other day is missing. Not only did it never arrive at it’s destination but I can’t find a copy of it anywhere. So when I get home I am going to have to rewrite the piece. It makes me mad because that piece was actually sent out o time now it is like 3 days late. The editor is being very understanding about it but I am really put out. Grrrrr…..

I am going to need to get the garage cleaned out if the snow is going to start in earnest. It needs to have things moved around and swept out again. There are nails etc from the repairs done on the tresses. Then we can start parking the vehicles in there. It will be nice not to have to brush the car off before work.

The latest ploy for getting Moose to take his medicine is working. I got some lactose free milk (some vet sites say he’s not supposed to have milk products) and I put his medicine in a small bowl of that (the medicine is white and they thought making it a mint flavor was a good idea… ha!). He has been drinking the bowl every morning and night for a few days now. I hope it continues. I am as tired as he is with trying to squirt it down his throat every morning.

I see by the clock that I need to wrap this up and get going for work. I hope you all have a great day and thanks for reading!

Creativity, Dogs, family, Gardening, Holiday, Life, Nature, Photography, the World, Thinking, Writing

Tinkering (or a Bit of Everything)

The sun is out again this morning. Yay! But I’m not sure if leaving the mums out was good or bad. I found mites on the one plant and put them both out yesterday morning. Vinegar and water did not work as they came back on two of my plants. The one plant I’m sure isn’t going to make it no matter what I do. But I’ve had it for a few years so I guess… It seems prone to the mites whenever I have to bring it in for the winter and I have no way to prevent it. I don’t want to go with the stuff they sell at the stores because it could hurt the dogs.

I spent the chunk of yesterday talking with Dad. A good thing but the problem is that I got nothing done that I was supposed to. And since I’ve not slept well the past few nights I was falling asleep not long after dark. So I went to bed much earlier than I intended. This morning I need to crank out the second article I was supposed to submit yesterday. I got my research done before Dad called but nothing more. I just hope it turns out ok.

I took photos at odd moments yesterday but I’ve not looked to see if they turned out. Most of them were the kids while I was talking to Dad. I will share what I have. I got a nice one this morning of the sun coming up. Not quite sure what just happened but the sun suddenly flooded the room. There are no clouds out so I don’t know why it was so sudden.

I need to expand my vocabulary. I find myself using the same words and phrases, some times in the same paragraph. I need more variety. I might get myself one of those desk calendars that you learn a new word each day. I’ll wait until after the holidays though.

I have been blocking these random text messages from strangers the past two days. I’m pretty sure that the video sent this morning was not something I needed to see if you follow me. I had another one yesterday. I blocked both numbers but I want to know how my number got in their hands to begin with. I’ve not had any problems until now with stuff like that. Mom has been getting texts like that two over the past month.

I guess I should stop here and add the photos so I have enough time to write the article and get it out to the editor. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Creativity, Emotions, Holiday, Learning, Life, Nature, Photography, the World, Thinking, Writing

Working On Writing

It feels strange to not have the over head light on as I write. Not only is it daylight but the sun is actually out. So much is going through my head this morning. There are things I need to do and then there are things I have to do. The have to do stuff requires me to put my big girl pants on. And we all know how I feel about dragging those on! All kidding aside it is serious enough that I’m… not worried so much as I don’t want to hear that I am right in this instance. (I am purposely being vague, sorry.) As to the need to do I have an article to write. I get frustrated sometimes because I feel like I am working in a vacuum. Outside of the paper I get no real feedback on my writing when I send it out. They either like it or they don’t and request changes or find a polite way to say no to the piece. I have no writing group to turn to anymore to throw out suggestions and tell me when something isn’t working right on the page. I miss that.

I need that give and take as a writer. I’m not sure what to do about it. There is nothing locally and I’m not sure I want to try to set something up in Traverse City with winter coming on. Well that won’t work either way regardless. COVID has everyone either concerned or angry it seems. It would be fun to have a monthly Zoom meeting and everyone either email a few pages before said meeting or just read it out loud at the meeting. But finding the writers and a time that works for everyone (depending on the size of the group)…. that could be difficult. Especially with the holidays coming up.

I have a web site I could try to set things up on but everyone is from all over the world and not necessarily consistent. I would like a group of the same people to meet not just a rotation of fellow writers. I want to get a feel for someone’s writing and watch them grow. Not try to gauge if this or that comment will set someone off or if this is what they really meant when they wrote that. So I just don’t know.

Oof…. I just realized how late this post is! Sorry about that! I’m a few hours behind. Which reminds me that I need to get going on my article as well. I will try to get some new photos to share for tomorrow. I did get a few of this morning’s sunrise. Not great but I loved how the sun was gradually lighting things up. Thanks for reading and as always stay safe!

Life

A Quick Stop

This will be another short one. Moose took twice as long to eat his breakfast this morning. It is still dark out but my head is killing me so I am wondering if are supposed to get rain. My back isn’t happy either. I had problems bending over to give Moose his medicine. So today at work should be interesting. Physical issues aside I will be the one in charge of the curb side shopping today. The regular gal is off. I’m not sure how much will get ordered since she let all her customers know that she had the day off (they are very particular some times since they have been used to her and how she shops for them). I know Wednesday she was overwhelmed with orders (atleast 20).

I want to bring atleast one cd with me for the car. That is the one thing on the radio I haven’t done yet. Do I pick classical? Jazz? I’m leaning toward jazz. Then there is my rock and roll or my audio books. The choices!

Nuts. I just looked at the clock. I need to get going. Thanks for reading! Stay safe!

Animals, Cooking/Baking, Creativity, Dogs, dreams, Emotions, family, Food, Friends, Holiday, Life, Love, Nature, Thinking, Writing

Being Thankful

Today is Thanksgiving here in the U.S. That got me thinking last night as I was falling asleep, remember what you are thankful for. I always try to find atleast one thing to be thankful for when I go to sleep at night. Some days there are a lot so I have to pick and choose. Some days I struggle to find one thing (it is usually that I got home safe to my family or that I have my family to come home to). Last night I had a cornucopia of choices. We were as busy as we’d been during the summer rush with the tourists. I was all over the store helping customers. The first part of my shift I was at the courtesy counter paired with one of my fave coworkers. We were singing and dancing and laughing a lot. The second half of my shift things really picked up and I was having fun with everyone. Despite being busy I still had energy so I came home and took care of the kids, cleaned the mouse cage, washed dishes, cleaned the rugs in the kitchen, swept and cleaned the floors in the kitchen as well as vacuumed. I also managed to get myself two articles to write (one is due today and the other Saturday). Trash also got taken out. Mind you I did strain my back by the end of the night and it was after midnight before we went to bed (my poor patient puppies) but so much got done that I don’t have anything that needs to be done around the house except making the pies (I am making an apple pie and pumpkin pie… the apple is from scratch including the crust but the pumpkin is out of a can since I didn’t get any pumpkins for Halloween this year but the crust will be from scratch) and stuffing for the turkey. So I can work on my articles and talk to family via whatever medium (Chris’s family will be either Skype or Discord, Dad ill be Facetime and Mom will be just talking on the phone). I guess the point of this long paragraph is that I have a lot to be grateful for.

I have an amazing family and equally amazing friends. I have probably one of the best jobs/workplaces ever. I was able to replace my car and get something that I never would’ve been able to without the Jeep having issues (I set aside a chunk of money to go toward the engine repair and that ended up going towards a down payment). I have three awesome dogs and have been blessed over the years to be Mom to so many pets. I am able to use my writing skills to earn enough money to pay bills (not just fun money). I have the best husband I could ask for. I wouldn’t have half of what I do or be the person I am without him. He has taught me so much over our life together and been there for me through so much.

I also have all of you reading this. I am very grateful for all of you because you read my work and share your thoughts and suggestions not just on my writing but on my life as well. I am blessed to have all of you! Thanks for reading! I hope you have a great day and stay safe!

Animals, Cooking/Baking, Dogs, family, Food, Holiday, Life, Nature, Photography, Thinking

Enjoying Life

I had too much fun at work. As a result I was exhausted when I got home. Lol. There was three of us in the deli and Linda and I were just laughing the whole time. She and I always have fun when we work together. She refers to us as “the dream team.”

When I got home Chris was putting the turkey in brine for a day to soak. When he gets home tonight he will put it in the smoker pretty much over night. Then it will go into the oven to finish baking. Meanwhile I will need to make an apple pie and pumpkin pie while the oven is free. Ooooo…. I almost forgot I have to make stuffing as well. I need to the bread heels from the freezer that I have been saving. Or… or I could try something new. I need to make a grocery list. I forgot to get the kids hot dogs last night.

Tomorrow will be busy but not. I will need to do my baking but I also want to just spend time around the house. The snow we got yesterday and last night will probably be gone by the weekend. I need to, sadly, put the blankets in my car for the dogs. I really like how cool and sporty the interior looks. I really hate to cover it up. But I don’t want it looking nasty before it’s time. It is probably a lot more durable than some of the other cars I’ve had but still. Moose has his new appointment at 11:45am next Thursday so Angus needs to be dog proofed before then. I am curious to see what the dogs think of him. Stella goes to the window and barks every morning when she is looking for Chris because she sees the new car. I can also sneak up on the dogs because Angus is so quiet.

I need to start getting ready for work. I did get some photos taken while it was snowing. I am working on trying to capture the falling snow in the photos. Sometimes it work and sometimes not. I used both cameras. The birds are getting more comfortable with seeing me point something at them. The small bird was outside the living room window and let me use my phone to get a few shots. I hope everyone has a great day! Stay safe and thanks for reading!

Animals, Dogs, family, Friends, Holiday, Life, Nature, Photography, Thinking, Writing

Making My Lists and Checking Them (Three or Four Times)

It was hard to get up this morning. I actually got to bed and to sleep when I needed to last night. As a result I went into hibernation mode. But the kids and I got up and everyone ate (yay!). They are back asleep dreaming their doggie dreams. I am looking toward working my mid shift in the deli. It will be much easier than either opening or closing. I just fill in.

I have an alarm set on my phone for tonight. I have a meeting at 7pm. With everything going on I’m pretty sure I would forget. It won’t go in until next week’s paper but I still plan to send my work count in ASAP. Since I don’t have a car payment until January it will be Christmas money. ❤️

I need to start making my lists for everyone. I also need to figure out what (if anything) I am doing for my peeps at work. Cards? Gifts? I’m just not sure. I had a former associate from Younker’s message me fir my address last night. She and I became good friends.

I need to get going. I didn’t get any photos yesterday with the Nikon but here is what I did get with my phone. The one is from the gas window at work. It was dark all day except for that few minutes of time.

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