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Holiday Cheer

It has been snowing since yesterday morning and we have about 4 inches (10 cm) of snow so far. It hasn’t let up much so we’ll see how much we end up with. Today is Christmas. That means I don’t have to hear Christmas music when I got to work on Sunday! Whoo hoo! It will be nice to get back to “normal” around here. Looks like the wind is going pretty good. The snow is blowing across the window instead of falling from the sky to the ground. I also need to go out and check the bird feeder. It should be ok but I may need to replace the suet on one side.

The other night I kept dreaming about trying to find one of my best friends from school. We lost touch when Chris and I still lived in Louisville, Kentucky. The last I heard from her she was going to have to go home and face her family because she wasn’t able to make it in Chicago. At one point she asked me to come and live with her there but I couldn’t. There was so much wrong with the way her family treated her and for her to have to come back to them…. I honestly wonder if she is alive. I put out the word to fellow classmates that I am still in touch with and no one has heard anything from her but me. A few times I have been tempted to send a letter to their address but I’m sure they have moved since then. I still might. I would really like to get back in touch with her. Short of hiring a private investigator I’ve tried everything else.

I am excited to give Chris his stuff when he gets up. I am grateful that Mom and I could go in together to get it for him. It is something that he really wants but could not get for himself. I like it when I can do things like that for him. He usually just gets stuff himself. Once he gets up the kids can get their gifts as well. Chris got them 2 toys each at the store the other day. I’m pretty sure that some of them squeak so I’ll wait to give them out.

I have a whole day in front of me. What shall I do? I know that I will be on the phone a lot but I would like to spend some time writing, even if it is just putting some of my short stories into WordPerfect. I have already used the program to do my word count for the paper. That was amazing to not have to count article by hand! Almost as good as not having to brush all this snow coming down off my car the next time I go to work!

I think I will wrap this up as I need some more coffee and I see that the holiday messages are coming fast and furious on my phone… oh and Chris is awake! Merry Christmas!

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Options Options

The start of a busy day. The kids are back asleep. Essie won’t eat. I think she has an upset tummy. Moose keeps trying to eat his sisters’ food and I have to remind him that it makes him sick so if he wants to eat he needs to eat what is in his bowl. After this little speech he usually eats atleast part of his meal. Stella has been actually taking her time when she eats lately. No more of the furious gulping down of food.

I sat down and tried to figure out my Christmas shopping. Most of it is done but I do want to pick up a few more things here and there. I want to set a time to get together with Mom for a bit and exchange gifts.

I think I have Moose’s medicine schedule for the day in my head properly. I decided to just take it day by day since it can be so damn confusing with the timing of each medicine and trying to work around my work schedule. I had to call the vet again yesterday afternoon AGAIN since no one called me to with test results. Grrrr. Since they got their new staff members I haven’t been happy there. But I don’t want to throw my hands up and walk away after over 20 years there.

I have my meeting in another hour. This is the one meeting that for whatever reason has been in person through the whole pandemic. But it will be a nice drive in the Subie. I am looking around my office for music to bring with. I can actually have time to listen to more than one or two songs before I have to stop the car and get out. I’m not sure what to bring though.

This morning is dark dark. Someone said snow before the week is out. But the question is will it stay? So far it hasn’t even when it has been colder temperatures. We shall see. I still need to clean the garage out enough to get the vehicles inside. I especially want to make sure to sweep and get up any stray nails from the repairs. I would also like to at the very least replace some of the old and/or broken stuff on the Pearl this winter. I know that I need to go through her engine but if I can get some of the little things done maybe I can work up to that. I have the space heater from the trailer and there is a full tank of propane for it so I can heat the garage if needed.

I am happy to report that I was looking at the wrong schedule for tomorrow (why they put both of us, Jen and Jennifer, right beside each other on the schedule is a mystery). Jennifer is the one working at 6am. I work at 10am and get out at 6pm, just in time to fly home and feed the dogs before the meeting. Fortunately this is a Zoom meeting.

I see by the clock that I need to give Moose his next medication and get ready to get out the door. Thanks for reading ! Have a great day and stay safe!

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Music and Creativity

I have a song stuck in my head so I have turned on Pandora to get rid of it.  I am listening to my Spanish Guitar Station.  Like me the sun doesn’t know if it wants to stay out or not.  We got awakened by rain and a bit of thunder in the wee hours this morning.  It was supposed to be dry but SURPRISE!  It has made everything feel that much more comfortable.  Last night it got warm once I shut the house up for the night.

I am considering trying to send out my two novellas to be published.  I need to type them into the computer first but if there is interest that might get my motivated enough to keep things up consistently instead of in fits and starts.  I am going to to work on my classwork today but that might wait until Chris has gone to work.  This morning I feel the need to be outside.  So I will probably take my notebooks out and do my writing out there.

We have two tomatoes on the big tomato plant!  I am so excited.  I am anxious to see what else we will have to eat.  I have had my plants grow big and beautiful but no food.  So we will see.  I think we will have a good crop this year.  Some of it might be late due to my planting the seeds later but it is supposed to be a warm Fall so it might just turn out ok.

I really hate the ads on Pandora.  I am tempted to try the free ad free on but I don’t want to get sucked into the monthly fee.  I may though.  I like having my guitar music to listen to as I write.  I have a lot of CDs but nothing to play them on sadly.  I miss my stereo!  I used to listen to my jazz, classical and acoustic guitar CDs while I wrote.  Pandora does a decent job but it is a hodge podge versus me playing the songs I want to hear.  Just being able to hear my CDs again would be worth it.

I think I will stop here and head outside.  It’s too nice to be inside.  Thanks for reading and stay safe!