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!

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!

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!

Animals, Dogs, Emotions, Life, Nature, Photography, Thinking

Watching Nature

Nothing got done yesterday. We worked on the 3D shark puzzle and are doing an elongated game of chess (someone moves a piece and walks away to do something then the other player wanders up at one point and moves a piece on the other side and leaves). But for some reason I feel like I’ve been hit by a Mack truck. I can’t give you specifics as to what is wrong. I just feel bad.

I just spent the past few minutes taking photos of the birds outside my window. I now have both a male and female woodpecker that come here. It has been just the male for a long time. All kinds of little birds are hanging out this morning as well. Now that the woodpeckers have moved on the little ones are coming to the feeder. I need to get the other feeder and get it put out soon. Hopefully next week.

Part of me is tempted to leave a bit early for work and sit in my car with the manual when I get there. I never did get to that yesterday. Part of it is that I feel bad leaving the kids outside (or in for that matter since they are stuck in the house pretty much all the time) and not spending the time with them. So if I leave early I can spend a few minutes atleast programming stations into the radio (I did reset the clock the other day).

Well now a big ole blue jay has moved in on the bird feeder. This could be kinda fun this winter. It is something to watch and it’s not that far into the yard to keep the feeder filled. A small bird thought about coming in the house yesterday. S/he held on to the side of the door frame and kept sticking her/his head in to check things out. I kept telling it that it didn’t really want to come inside. I didn’t want to spook it. The dogs didn’t seem to care lol.

It looks like the sun is coming out to try to warm things up. I should try to get some stuff done around here before work. I hope you like the photos of the visitors! Thanks for reading! Stay safe!

Animals, Books, Creativity, Dogs, Emotions, Guitar, History, Learning, Life, Nature, Photography, Reading, Thinking, Writing

Lost In the Bread Crumbs

The promised wind from the past few days seems to have arrived today. Winnie the Pooh would refer to it as a “rather blustery day.” My relocated bird feeder is still holding strong wedged on the branch of the maple tree. The clouds are moving around swiftly so we’ll see how that affects the weather. The ponds are icing over.

There is so much that I want to read and research and learn. I’m not sure where to start so I peck at everything like a chicken. A little here and a little there. Usually not the same subject each peck. Which limits my learning because that peck might be a book but if I don’t finish reading the book and start another that has caught my attention…. which is what I tend to do. There are research books I bought a year ago that I still haven’t finished reading. I have beginner guitar music and lessons, learning Italian, keeping up with my French, all my varied history books and biographies…. all been read a little but never finished.

I am watching Moose and hoping he is dreaming. He has been my shadow since we went to bed last night. I don’t think he feels good. When he was outside eating some of the small bit of snow we got parts of his body started shaking. I thought he was cold but then I noticed that it was just random places he was shaking. Not all over like he was cold. He is doing it again now but I can possibly contribute it to dreaming. Right? Some of the muscle shakes do not coincide with his dreaming. I may be reading too much into this but there it is.

I feel scattered. So much I want to do, things that need to be done, things that should be done. All seemingly to be done now. What to do? How to chose? I try to calm my mind and pick one thing off the important list and try to do that. Then maybe something off the list just below that. Some days this works. Other days panic sets in and I give myself a stress headache and do nothing but berate myself because I’m getting nothing done.

I can say that the birds have found the feeder in it’s new spot. I am glad. When I find a replacement I will try to hang it from one of the branches of the maple trees. I got a few photos of birds at the feeder (just outside my window yay!). One is a woodpecker (red head) and the other is a chickadee (tiny one). A lot of chickadees but there is one little blue bird trying to defend from all comers. Let me see if I can get a picture… I got a few shots that I will share. I’m gonna need to get that other bird feeder asap with the battles that are going on out there. Sheesh!

I’m going to upload the photos and try to get one thing off my have-to-do list. I don’t work until 2pm so that will give me some time. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Animals, dreams, family, Life, Movies, Nature, Photography, the World, Thinking

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!

Animals, Creativity, Dogs, Emotions, family, Life, Nature, Photography, Thinking, Writing

Sorting Through

The sun is out today. That is a good start. Yesterday seemed to get more tangled as the day progressed. The inspector was late (over an hour) coming to the house and no one could find him or get ahold of him. The fixes that Chris did passed. Yay! But the stairs have to be redone. Wait…. what?! Why wasn’t this brought up before? So we are back to square one. On the plus side we won’t have to pay for any inspections (the gal that is at the office is very nice and easy to talk to). But…. Then I get home to find that the print I inadvertently ordered arrived. I was excited. The tube was the size for a regular poster. Then I opened the tube. The print inside was about 8×10. 8×10. Not at all what I expected. Or wanted. So I shot off a message to her on Messenger. I was as polite as possible but I was blunt. A few hours later (she lives in Hawaii) I got a response. She was apologizing and offered to send another print for free (oh and she had talked about it being very expensive to send things from Hawaii and she said she would cover the cost of shipping…. it was $5 to send the tube). I haven’t responded to her yet.

I am hoping that today goes a little smoother. The nearby gun shots are a bit much. They sound like they are next door rather than in the far back where everyone seems to normally shoot.

I put out some suet for the birds since the weather has turned to bitter cold. Someone was desperate to get to one of the cakes as the metal grill holding it to the bird feeder has been pried almost off. Racoon? I hope it wasn’t Stella. I think she is the only one that Chris let out after we went to bed. The suet cake on the other side is fine.

I think I might brave the cold and try to get a few photos today. I didn’t take any yesterday with everything going on. Looks like some of the birds have found the suet. I hear chirping outside my window and looked to see some little sparrows hanging around the feeder and eating the remaining berries off the bush.

Moose is asleep behind me. He doesn’t like the click of the mouse but he is ok with the clicking of the keys as I type. I need to get my article written and turned in for Thursday’s meeting. That is my only real to do today. I should water the plants too. I think some of them have dried out a bit with the furnace going. I’m looking around my office and wondering if I should take some of my stuffed animals and pose them outside. I have a teddy bear in a bomber jacket and leather hat that might look cute frolicking outside. Then there are all my dragons that I could pose…. and my unicorns. And I’d forgotten about all the Minions in the bedroom. That could be a fun scene. So may be that will a fun thing I do today. And I might try writing a short story from one of the prompts I found. We’ll see. I’m also looking at my desk and wondering if I would ever want to refinish it. It wouldn’t be hard. Dad and I refinished an old treadle sewing machine. We redid the wooden base that it sat in as well as the wooden case that went over the machine when it wasn’t in use. I miss sewing on that. I made all kinds of clothes for me and my stuffed animals. (I had very few dolls when I was little. I preferred animals even then.)

Anyway… I should get this posted so I can get things started around here. I hope everyone is having a great day. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Life, Photography

A Photo Finish

This morning is going to be more photos than words. It is an early work day for me and I just couldn’t get up any earlier to do this. I was able to read some of your blogs this morning. Today is the final inspection for the garage. It is raining pretty good outside. All things considered today will be an interesting day. Did I mention it’s Friday the 13th as well? Normally I don’t have a problem with the date but it is 2020 and I don’t trust it.

So enjoy the cool clouds I saw last night. I hope everyone has a great day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!