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A Blip On The Radar

Well the sun is out today. It never came out yesterday and a cold wind blew away any warmth. I got the plants watered and some appointments set up and that was it. Right now Essie is sitting in the porch sunning. Stella just came in from doing that and is snoozing on the couch. The only thing I did do was watch horror movies to try to cheer myself up. It worked for a little while. I think I just kept myself “on” for too long. Especially after Sunday. I would like to know if the person is ok. I keep running everything over in my mind. I wouldn’t have done anything differently. I know I couldn’t have done anymore.

So I guess all this has put me in a funk. No sun yesterday and blue skies today doesn’t help. I have to keep my chin up. If I can make it through tonight I have Thursday off. I’m trying to get my birthday tattoo scheduled. He keeps changing days on me. It’s very frustrating. He said weekends were good so I took the day before my birthday, the 15th, thinking that Chris could go with. No joy. Well then I’ll go on my birthday. Nope. He doesn’t work on Mondays. (Insert swear words here.) So now we are on to Tuesday morning at 11am. So. He is very good at what he does. Getting the timing down is the bugger.

I think I will wrap this up. I don’t have much more to say. I think I’ll putter in the garden and read for a bit before I have to go to work. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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So What’s Going On?

And here we are in the early morning again. Sigh. Why you ask? Because a coworker has to take her granddaughters to school at 8am and she is scheduled to work at 7am. So I said that I would go in and work a few hours for her so she could do that. Then I will do a little running before going home for a few hours then coming back to be closing manager at 1pm. Hopefully I will be sleeping til my regular time the rest of the week.

So the MRI was yesterday morning and I received a call a few hours later asking me to call. After a little bit of phone tag I finally got to talk to a nurse. Apparently I have arthritis and a severely pinch sciatica nerve. I have another muscle relaxer to pick up after my first shift (I am expected to take both muscle relaxers every eight hours despite the fact that they make me go to sleep) and they are contacting a pain clinic in Traverse. Apparently I am getting some kind of shot. Hopefully it works better than the cortisone shot I had to get for my shoulder. It hurt to get it but did absolutely nothing for the pain. I am also nervous as it is in my spine so…

I called the paper and asked if someone else could take my meeting last night. They found someone who could. I thanked them both. I was gong to call my parents but in the end I just spent time with the girls. I fell asleep twice outside I have been so tired. But after my naps I did feel a little better. The girls and I watched “National Lampoon’s European Vacation” and then “Goonies.” It was my first time seeing “Goonies” and I had fun with it.

Nuts. I just looked at the clock and I need to get rolling. Thanks for reading! I hope you have a great day! Be safe!

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What Just Happened?

Yesterday was in no way what I intended to do. I did get the outdoor plants watered (several times because it was so very very hot out) but that was it. I had planned to lay out. Nope. During the first round of watering the plants we had an unexpected visitor come over. So I woke Chris and we all spent time catching up. When our friend left I was trying to pick up the house a little and I hear “Oh God!” from the living room and all I see is that Essie has collapsed and it twitching. I come running and trying not to freak out. (Essie had not eaten breakfast nor would she drink any water.) From then on I watched her like a hawk. Which turned out to be fairly easy as she was following me around all day. Maybe around 5pm or 6pm I managed to get her to let me put a cool washcloth on her (she hates baths and getting wet in general). She slept a lot. I stayed in the house most of the day. No writing got done because I was too worried about Essie. I finished reading the Tony Hillerman I had been taking to work. I started reading about old New Orleans (I didn’t do any research books because I knew I would not retain much). Late last night a little before bed I got Essie to eat a few strips of beef (think beef cut for stir fry) and she did drink a little water.

Mom was blowing up my phone texting what I should do for Essie as was another friend. Since Essie was resting comfortably I said thank you to both of them via text (they were both calling and texting) and shut off my phone. It was just too much. I know they meant well. But I knew they would be hurt no matter what I said if I did not follow their instructions. I would be a bad Mom. So I gave updates to everyone this morning. Mom will probably be mad at me for a few days. Oh and I guess she tripped and fell about halfway down the stairs again. So.

I have a meeting tomorrow morning that I have to drive to. I am terrified that I will forget it with everything going on. Ok, I just set an alarm to get up at 7am and another for 8:30am so I can be out the door. I don’t know if I should dress for work or not. I think I will have enough time to come home to change.

So yeah…. I read and (thank you Chris) I watched several horror movies that I have wanted to see on HBOMax. Nothing else got done. It was better for my back to be sure. But there is still that sense of frustration from not get what I had planned done. So this morning I will try to get some writing done on the novel. To that end I will get this posted with a few photos. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Emotions Unmasked

I love Scooby Doo. I grew up with him and the Gang (not Our Gang). It is where I got my love of mysteries. I remember when we would get our Girl Scout cookies (always the Samoas) I was allowed three to last me through my episode. After watching Birds of Prey I asked if we could watch Scoob! since it was available. And we did. And it was good. And I cried. A lot.

Scooby and Shaggy are very much like Moose and I. Too much. I thought I was healed enough to enjoy the movie. I was not but I watched it anyway. The strain of being short staffed and such did not help. I stayed up way past when I should’ve gone to bed as well.

I think what started the whole thing was the “support dog” (it was an ankle biter and he had nothing on to indicate that he was a support dog like he is supposed to). I got the people in my line yesterday and we got to talking. It reminded me of Moose because he was very much my emotional support dog. And I miss him. Terribly.

And I apologize for the abruptness of all this. I got up at 6am and I have to be to work at 7am. Which means that I need to wrap this up and get out the door. I hope you all have a great day and thanks for reading. Stay safe!

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Sun and Fun

This is a late late post. I got up with enough time to feed the girls and let them out before I went to physical therapy. And after that I came directly home and went back to bed. We all slept til around 11am. Now that we are up I will do this and then head outside. It will be a hot one today with sun and humidity. I want to be able to be out in it for once.

Stella is laying on the floor beside me snoozing. I was scratching her before I started this. She wants attention and to play. The irises will be blooming this year. they seem to go every other year. So we’ll see if the day lilies bloom. Sometimes they alternate with the irises and other years I get both of them. My orchid is getting ready to bloom as well. I am very excited about that. i never thought I would have an orchid let alone be able to get it to bloom again.

Not much sleep was had last night but it was for a good cause. After I got home from work Chris and I watched the latest Godzilla movie Godzilla Versus Kong. I LOVED it! I don’t want to talk about it too much incase one of you plans to watch it. It is really really good!

I need to get outside for a bit. I will probably do some work in the gardens (I shouldn’t but oh well things are getting way over grown) and just try to relax. I hope everyone has a great day. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Hunting Monsters

Well I survived. I did pretty well too. I had a very irate customer leave laughing so I guess I did the right thing. The closing thing went fairly smoothly. Matt gave a few pointers here and there but pretty much left me to my own devices and just stayed incase I had questions. I said he would do the same on Saturday (I am grateful as it will be a very long day (11am-8pm but longer for me since I have to close up the store). Sooooo there we are. I’m not sure how busy we will be Saturday. We weren’t too bad yesterday but we had our moments.

I asked for either Saturday or Sunday of next week off so I could spend time with Chris. I’ve worked the past two weekends and my one weekend day was our one day together. We’ll see what happens.

There is nothing on the web site about tonight’s meeting. I don’t know if it is a Zoom meeting or in person. The last one got cancelled because they did not have enough board members present. So after I finish this I will have to call the government office. I also need to call the vet to get medicine for the girls. Today is their heartworm and flea and tick medicine dose due date. I will probably stop by work to get the girls their meat for dinner as well.

It is dark but pleasant outside. I feel comfortable with the door open. The big question is do I do my running before or after Chris gets up? I can make good reasons for either. I guess it will depend on when the vet can have my medicine ready.

I feel guilty because I have not done my reading/critique on the novel I am beta reading because I have been working on my own novel. I am way behind for her. I sent her an email a few weeks ago apologizing for not having sent her a response yet and explained why. Is that a legit excuse?

Gah… I hear my neighbor across the street mowing. I need to think about mowing the backyard here soon. The front yard is a batch of unimpressive weeds. Short weeds at that. The back however is a receptacle for pounds of dog poop and is thriving. At the very least I need to get out the weed whacker and trim in the gardens. Hopefully the battery is still plugged in in the garage. I will have to check.

I took an after sunset photo when I got home last night. I only had my phone camera on me (I was taking trash out). I also took several of my patient pups last night. They didn’t eat until around 10pm (I didn’t get home until around 9:30pm and then had to cut up and cook the chicken for them). They both wanted to go right to bed but I needed to unwind so I found a werewolf documentary to watch. It was only an hour or so and it dealt with some local legends (we have the Dogman up here in Northern Michigan). They stayed out on the couch while I watched my program.

I suppose I should call the vet and then get my running done. Oh and call the government building to find out what is going on with tonight’s meeting. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Early Morning Whatsits

I’m not sure what will fill the page this morning. I don’t have any new photos. My brain is still trying to process being awake this early. I’ve actually been awake since Chris came to bed at 3:30am. I woke up and could not fall back asleep. I stopped looking at the clock at midnight last night.

Stella is asleep behind me on the couch and Essie has gone back to bed. A bit of a roll reversal. Essie also ate all of her breakfast while Stella did not. Odd. But I told both the girls that I would be home early even though I will need to leave about an hour and a half later for physical therapy. Essie just came out and took a quick tour out here. I haven’t heard her hop back on the bed though.

I started watching a lovely horror period piece called “Crimson House” last night. I am half way through it. I didn’t realize that it was a two hour movie when I started it. It has a stellar cast and I am really enjoying it. It’s a Victoria ghost story so far with graphic death scenes. But it is a part of the story. The graphic isn’t to be graphic. It is just what happens. If that makes sense. I can’t wait to get back to it tonight!

Mom and I are not hooking up this afternoon. She is trying to get her house ready to be seen by a realtor friend of mine to possibly sell it. The big dilemma at this point is what to do. She wants to move out here closer to us but she has to sell her house to have enough to make an offer on anything she might find out here. Soooooo if she does sell we need to find her a place to stay while she finds a new home out here. Normally we would have said she could stay with us but one of her dogs and one of my dogs wants nothing to do with the opposing side of dogs. We have tried several times to get them acquainted but so far no luck.

I have tomorrow off so this will be later (I hope) than I normally publish tomorrow. Hopefully I will have some new photos as well. But since I have no new photos this morning I will use some that I like from previous posts. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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A Little Better?

I finally wrote everything out in my journal. I feel a little better. Yesterday work was a mad house and that didn’t help. I couldn’t fall asleep until late. I just need to get through today and tomorrow. A friend at work has gotten us seating at on of the local restaurants for Saturday at 4pm. Yesterday was our 30th anniversary but we will be celebrating this weekend.

I got one article written and submitted and the interview questions sent out before work yesterday. When I got home (about half an hour late due to craziness at work) I printed the questions as well as her responses. I’ll read it over and tweak things. Then I can copy and paste things sprinkling what I need in. Hopefully I can submit it by tonight (I work til 3pm so I should be able to pull it off).

I am hoping I make it to work right now. My tummy isn’t doing too well. Since work is so close I’ll probably go to work and see what happens.

I mentioned earlier that we were celebrating our anniversary this weekend instead of on the day. I had hoped to have his two gifts for the actual day but no joy, I got him two Damascus knives that he wanted. I’ll share photos when they arrive. I received a leather satchel (buffalo hide) and a lovely leather journal. My satchel resembles the one Indian Jones carried in Raiders of the Lost Ark, one of my favorite movies.

I am going to wrap this up for today. Thanks for reading and your continued support! Stay safe! ❤️

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Getting a Bit of Knowledge

This morning is the complete opposite of yesterday morning. Dark dark skies. We also have a wind advisory but the wind is barely moving anything right now. Damn, the birds can’t find where Chris put the feeder (turns out it was Stella that ate the suet) and neither can I. I’ll have to go look for it and find a spot in the area that it was to put it up higher. I need to replace the feeder. I can only put suet in it as someone broke on of the sides and now only one suet packet because Stella all but tore the one side off. On the plus side if I can find one that comes with a hanger I can put it up in the maple trees right there so it will be in the same area. Not to mention I can give them both seed and suet then. The general opinion is that it will be a hard winter so the little critters will need food and water.

I watched two documentaries yesterday. One was on Steampunk and the other on a specific horror convention in St. Louis. “Vintage Tomorrow” was about the Steampunk culture and movement. I find myself using the term movement with that documentary because the people interviewed had thought about what being involved with Steampunk meant to them and how it could be used as a tool to better the world. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Steampunk it is a cross between all things Victorian with steam and metal. But the mindset behind it goes much deeper. It is a very good documentary and on Amazon Prime for those of you interested.

The second documentary was on a horror/sci-fi convention in St. Louis called “Contamination.” There have been plenty more that have come to the city since but this was one of the first to arrive and thrive. “Contamination: A Convention Story” covers I believe the second year that it was there. It reminded me of why I really really want to try to make an effort to get to one of the horror conventions. All the cool goodies for sale and just to see all the awesome costumes and be around people who like the same types of things. Not to mention the star factor. You can meet one of your icons and actually talk to them. It would be like getting to meet Joe Hill. You are no longer looking in from afar. Just to be able to be submersed in all that for a few days…. sigh. The documentary interviews not only the people who put it all together but the stars who attended and the average attendee. The interviews were interesting and I thought it was cool that the stars had taken the time to be a part of the convention. A lot of them really enjoyed the experience, most actually. If you are interested this was also on Amazon Prime.

As promised I took a lot of photos yesterday. I will pick out a few to share this morning and use more tomorrow since I’m pretty sure that I won’t be taking any photos before work. I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Another Day

Moose is snoring behind me. Essie is trying to sleep in the man cave but every once in a while she goes outside. She’d not been feeling well. Stella is hunkered in on the couch amongst the blankets. I’ve only gotten a few hours of sleep despite my best efforts.

The sun brightens everything up despite the heavy cloud cover. The warm day we had yesterday will help bring out the Fall colors. I found a small frog beside one of the ponds yesterday. It is about the size of your thumb nail. I was pleasantly surprised to find it. It has been very cold at nights and some of the days haven’t been that warm. I also broke down and brought in the hummingbird feeder and cleaned it. It is down until next Spring. All I have to do tomorrow is my classwork and work on my novels.

I am trying very hard to be positive right now. I am tired and I don’t much feel like going to work but I have to. Bills gotta be paid. Today is Mental Health Day apparently. It has popped up in my news feed as well as several blog posts from fellow bloggers.

I started watching Netflix’s next haunted house series The Haunting of Bly House. I have to say I like it better than the first series they did. It is much more creepy and the plot twists are not only very good but believable. In their first series, The Haunting of Hill House, some of the twists were just put in to make things unpredictable (or so they hoped). Some of them weren’t very believable in the world they created. I have three more episodes to go. What I also like is that you can binge watch if you want or dole it out. The story is compelling enough to keep you coming back. Bly House is haunted but by what…. or whom?

I guess I will wrap this up and put a few photos in (I should check to see how much room I have in my gallery on here). I hope everyone has a great day! Stay safe and thanks for reading!