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Trudging Along

I have been in my office long enough this morning that Moose has come in and is laying on the floor. Essie hasn’t felt good and has been in and out quite a bit. Stella has been snuggled up on the loveseat. I asked them to find someone else to cover my meeting this morning. Since I am still not feeling all that great I didn’t want to attend the meeting in person. The bathrooms are not close enough. Last night’s meeting was interesting though. OPA (Offshore Powerboat Association) is trying to get Elk Rapids to be a venue for what they are going to call the Triple Crown of Michigan. It would be the third stop for them in the Michigan tour. It sounds rather exciting. I was intrigued until the speaker compared it to nascar (all lowercase on purpose) and said it was the best of the best in the world. That left a very sour taste in my mouth. My intense dislike for nascar aside they are NOT the best of the best in the world. There are other racing venues that have much better drivers than that. I see I am inching toward my soap box so I will step back. Anyway it will be interesting to see how things turn out. They will have to move fast if they are going to keep with the projected race date of the end of August.

I left the memorial garden uncovered last night. It was misting when I got home from work yesterday. I was concerned that it would not rain and the plants really needed water. So I watered them. And lo! Bring in the storm! Over the course of the evening it poured rain and we even had thunder and lightening (much to poor Stella’s chagrin). It was still raining when we went to bed so I left the garden uncovered. Everyone looks ok this morning. I think I will keep it covered all winter and see what I find in the Spring. I can bundle the tarp so that they will miss the brunt of the Winter. I may sneak out to see if there is still veggies growing once in awhile. We’ll see.

I think I will wrap this up for today. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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A Little Surprise

Not feeling so hot this morning but off to work I go. I’ve been awake since 3am. All three pups are under blankets sleeping. Stella is on her back asleep. Goofball. We all had a busy day yesterday. If I wasn’t talking with one of my parents I was outside doing things. Chris made a very good chili for us as well.

In my wanderings outside taking photographs I found a grape tree. Yes, you heard me correctly. A grape vine had grown up a tree and along the branches. The grapes are high up (the deer probably ate the lower hanging bunches) so I got a ladder and got as much as I could from the branches I could reach. The grapes are plump and sweet. They have big seeds in them as well so I am trying to save them and then in the Spring I will try planting them along the fence line and see what happens.

It is supposed to rain today (I typed tonight because it is still dark out…). I hope it does. I need to water the memorial garden. I had intended to do it yesterday but by the time I remembered I had covered the garden up for the night. So if it has not rained by the time I get home from work I will break out the hose. I am tempted to try to uncover the garden before I go as well. The temperature is supposed to be quite nice today. We’ll see how much time I have once I finish this.

I have a meeting tonight that will be a Zoom meeting but the one tomorrow morning will be in person. Since I am not feeling that great I am thinking I might ask the paper if someone else can cover it for me. I don’t understand why they don’t Zoom it. I take that back, I do. Everyone is there at work anyway and since it is a morning meeting they might as well do it in person. They just have to walk down the hall. So it does make sense.

Moose is completely buried in his blanket. You would never know that he is there until he hears something and picks his head up. Even then you just see a nose and the gleam of two very tired eyes. I feel ya bub. I need to wrap this up so I can get ready for work. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Aging, Animals, Dogs, Emotions, family, Gardening, Life, Nature, Photography, Thinking

A Fall Day

I am embarrassed to say that I wasted my first cup of coffee this morning. Maybe I should say that I sacrificed it to the house spirits…. I fed the dogs then was trying to get organized to get on here and started the Keurig. Moose came out of the kitchen to get me when I heard the sound of liquid splashing. I had forgotten to put a mug beneath the spout. I hit the stop but the damage had already been done. When I started it up again it merely sputtered a few drops into the newly placed mug.

It is chilly enough that all three dogs are snoozing covered by their blankets. No snoring though and that is unusual for them. I am hoping that we can spend time outside today. The sun is out but the wind has picked up again. I would like to keep the memorial garden uncovered overnight but we’ll see. I covered it last night even though it was only supposed to get down to around 49F (9C). Good thing I did because it got down to 39F (3C).

I am thinking I might take Moose and Stella and go for a drive to get some photos of the colors around here. I thought about leaving early for work one day (I seem to be closing most of next week) and bring my camera but I don’t want to leave my camera in the car nor do I want to bring it in the store. And I don’t think my phone camera would do the colors justice. I may use my phone anyway. It’s better than nothing. The trees look like they are big flames with the colors in the leaves. The big hill I pass on the way to work is starting to noticeably change as well.

I think this is going to be a hard winter for a lot of us physically. I notice that on the cold days Essie seems to be hurting and I know that Chris and I do. Mom and Dad both have bad arthritis in various parts of their bodies and they are experiencing more pain as the seasons progress. I wonder if this will be the year I get the kids winter boots. I think I can swing it with bills. I just hate ordering via the mail because I would like them to try them on first. I am also curious as to how the kids will react to having them on. Lol.

I see that I have gone on a bit this morning. Thanks for reading and stay safe! And thanks for all the wonderful comments!

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Reading through the news this morning has me feeling that I live in a state (being Michigan) of chaos. Plots to kidnap the governor and people lining the bottom of Trump lawn signs with razor blades were the most prominent. And now I hear gunshots out back… Is this election over yet? That being said no matter who wins is will be even worse for the first few months following the election because neither side will go peacefully.

The weather is supposed to get into summer temperatures today but this morning is still chilly with a LOT of wind. The day feels very weird too. The atmosphere is off. So it will be exciting to see what the day will bring. The kids and I got up at 6:45am so that I could make a phone call to work. I forgot to tell them about next week’s meetings. Now I need to make sure I remember to attend them. Monday night is a Zoom meeting but Tuesday morning is in person. Not keen on that but gotta go since I missed last month’s.

I got just about everything done on my to do list yesterday. The only things I missed were making puppy treats (I know, bad Mom) and working on my novels (bad writer). Housework got done, I talked to Dad, cleaned the mouse cage, tended to the gardens, played with the kids, got my hair cut… I really wish I had today off. I just want to relax.

My goal this morning is to water the houseplants and uncover the memorial garden. Hopefully the wind won’t blow the tarp all over once I have it put up. I want to watch atleast one class video (I got my story finished and submitted yesterday too) as well. I can’t believe how tired I feel this morning. The kids and I actually went back to bed after I called work this morning which is why this is so late in being posted.

I took a few photos yesterday that I will share. I hope everyone has a great day. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Photos and Puppies

I am off to a slow start this morning but I am not gonna push it. It is my day off and I will get as much done as I can. It was so nice to come home at 6pm yesterday! The pups and I played around the yard for a bit. Moose is getting better about taking him medicine. I was smart and wrote down things that I needed to get done today. I will work on things as the day goes on. I may try to Facetime with Dad this afternoon. It will depend on what I get done before then.

I am happy to say I have some more Fall photos for everyone. I know that is something a lot of my readers don’t have in their countries. It is amazing to think that Mother Nature does this whole color change every year. And the colors! I try to get photos when the sun is shining bright because it makes the colors that more spectacular.

I have Moose and Stella behind me on the loveseat. Moose has been getting jealous of the girls because they will be with me on the loveseat and he will be stuck on the couch by himself. So this morning while the girls were outside he settled himself on the loveseat. Stella was a bit put out but I pointed out that there was room for both of them so up she hopped. She feels that she hasn’t been getting enough attention. Sigh….

Good grief! I just turned around to scratch the dogs and I am met with Stella sprawled on her back with her back end facing me and her top half in some weird contortion so she doesn’t fall off. Moose is looking at me like she is taking up too much room and I need to fix it. My crazy babies… And Essie snores away in the man cave.

Ok, I am going to add some photos and post this. Then I need to finish up my short story for class and submit that before I go get my hair cut. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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A Weird Day

One more shift and I will have a day off. The only thing planned is to get my hair trimmed. I don’t know what the weather is supposed to be like (I have heard cooler temps all the way to almost summer ones). But I am looking forward to my hair cut. Nothing spectacular just a little off the ends. When I keep them trimmed up my hair seems to grow like crazy and I am curious to know what will happen.

Yesterday was a day. I got part of my story for class written. I had hoped to finish up this morning but I think that will have to wait for tomorrow morning. When I got to work I spent a good part of the morning putting up Halloween decorations. That was fun and I have gotten a lot of compliments on my handiwork. Later in the day I had an irate customer who later came back and apologized. I was both surprised and grateful. The customer even went so far as to tell my manager that I acted like a real professional. I got out of work to find out that Eddie Van Halen had died. For those of you who don’t know Eddie is considered a Rock God for his guitar playing talent. He was amazingly talented. Another musician, Johnny Nash known for singing “I Can See Clearly Now” (one of my all time favorite songs even when I was little) also died. An upswing to the day was after I got home I got a call from work. A customer I had been discussing beer with a few days ago had gotten a peanut butter porter that he did not like and left it at the store for me. I am still not used to being able to accept gifts from customers. It is kinda cool.

I had a very strange thing happen last night…. It was around the time Chris was due home from work and she did her little talk (she sounds like she is chewing her words). I woke up and listened to try to hear what she did. She did it again and I heard “Shhhh! Shhhh!” and Stella settled back in and fell asleep. I figured Chris was home and waited for him to come say good night. Nope. Chris came home about 15-20 minutes after that. On that note I am going to get ready for work. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Keeping It Together

Today is going to be a day of trying not to beat myself up for falling behind. There are times when you just can’t get it all done. I am upset with myself because I am falling behind in my classwork and things I need to get done around the house. I find it interesting that my mind automatically gravitates to what I did not do instead of what I did get done.

I try to let myself off the hook because of circumstance (me not feeling well) but my brain says that I am using it as an excuse. If I really wanted to get things done I could, sick or not. And this is true. So where do you draw the line? When do you let yourself feel that it is ok to let things go for a little while? That is the balance I am looking for.

I uncovered the memorial garden for a few hours yesterday. It warmed up and the sun came out. It will be warmer still today so I plan to uncover it before work and then cover it back up once I get home. The plants are thriving still despite the hard frosts (I had to scrape the ice off my windscreen yesterday morning). I thought I would have to water them yesterday but the dirt was just moist enough to keep all the plants happy.

I am going to try to get my classwork done before work this morning. I have to get a short story written and submitted. It was due in the wee hours on Monday (something like 2:36am…. why such an odd hour I have no idea). So I will need to reset my deadline and try again. I guess that is one of the keys…. keep trying.

I am happy to report that Moose ate all his breakfast this morning. He actually came into the kitchen and waited for me to get it ready with his sisters like he used to do. He’s not gotten sick so I am hopefully that we are moving in a positive direction. I told him yesterday that if he ate his breakfast he wouldn’t be so crabby before dinner because he was so hungry.

I need to get over to my class web site to get done what I can before work. Thanks for reading (and the support). Stay safe!

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Looking at Things

The kids are all back asleep. The rain is coming and going beneath the chilly sky. So much is happening in the rest of the world, both good and bad. It can be hard to stay focused on one’s own goals with all that. I think that is why I read so much. I just need to step away from it all. No worries other than turning the page to see what happens next.

I had a meeting last night that was supposed to be a tour of the local parks via bicycles but because of the weather it ended up being on Zoom. I think everyone was disappointed. It would’ve been nice to get out and about to see what had been done to the different parks and what still needed to be done.

There are still questions as to what will happen to various events we have locally. Trick or Treating will be the latest one. Another big one will be the Christmas event that they have for the kids. I don’t know what they can do if that can’t happen. That is for the local families who might not otherwise have a Christmas. The kids get presents and meet Santa, everyone gets hot food and drink and there is spot where families can go to get cold weather wear if they don’t have any (Mom made a whole bunch of scarves last year).

I did get some photos taken yesterday. I uncovered the memorial garden to find open flowers and new buds ready to bloom! The tomato plant that is inside is starting to ripen it’s fruits but the one in the memorial garden is actually blooming flowers to turn into tomatoes! I will share some photos of that and the beautiful flowers that are blooming out there. ❤️

I am going to add some photos and then post this. Thanks for reading! Have a great day and stay safe!

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“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”

It has been a steady rain for over an hour now. Yesterday we had hail twice. Today is the first day of one of my favorite months. It is October. In October everyone else jumps on the horror/Halloween band wagon and I can revel in not only being able to watch more horror movies but I can get new Halloween themed stuff (sorry Hungee) for my life.

I have a long to do list for the day and with the weather that should help to get it all done. Some of the things are just simple phone calls or bill paying. Some things will take a little longer (like my classwork). But I am optimistic that it will all get done.

I don’t have any new photos to share from yesterday so I will have to try to get some taken today. The cold and rain are bringing out the colors so things are changing fast. I hear a blue jay outside my window as the rain slows down. I think he was eating some of the berries off of the bush in the pond garden.

I have earned another certificate with my creative writing courses. One more to go and I have the set! (That sounds like a bad joke…) I am very happy with myself. I have saved and printed all of them so far but my printer is only black and white so I may ask someone else to print them in color at one point.

I an trying to do too much at once right now. I am talking to a UK friend, this, downloading updates for my Nikon on to the laptop, petting puppies…. I should probably focus on one thing at a time. Lol. I did do some work on my surfing novel last night. It might not seem like much to others but it is a big step for me. That is another thing on my to do list. I want to try to get a few pages done on each novel. Last night I pulled my research books for each novel together and put them in bags so all I have to do is grab whichever I am working on and go. All in all I think today will be a very productive day.

On that note I will take a quick photo and add it to this post before I share it. I hope you are all having a great day. Thanks so much for reading! Stay safe!

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Some Positivity

This morning (sorry… I just had to stop and help Stella cover herself with a blanket) is darker and wetter than yesterday. Plants are in or covered up. The tomatoes are ripening at a steady pace now. I also need to pull some of the beans soon.

Yesterday morning I rescued a Monarch butterfly. She was hanging out on some of the plants in the sun in the memorial garden trying to dry her wings and warm up. But with the Fall weather then sun wasn’t doing much for either condition for her. I was able to coax her on to my hand and I put her on the basil plant (it is in the long box with the tomato plant and pepper plant) since it was in full sun. She stretched out there for a bit and was able to get warm and dry before taking off.

Last night was almost a full moon. I missed the awesome moon rise (a coworker came in to get some groceries and showed me some pics she had taken) but I was able to get some pretty impressive shots after I got home.

This morning all three dogs have been excessively needy. I’m not sure why. For a good portion of this Stella has laid in my lap or beside me. Moose and Essie have been sitting next to me for love and scratches. I’m not sure what is up. I finally got everyone to lay down. I can hear the gentle snores now. Lol. On a positive note I was able to get Moose to eat almost all of his breakfast. Most of it was fed to him but he ate a good amount on his own from the bowl. I am very proud of him.

I will add a few photos then try to get some classwork done. I hope everyone is have a good day. Thanks for reading and stay safe!