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Putting It All Together

Such a day! The first part of my shift didn’t go all that well but it got better as it went along. When I got home I had the new issue of Rue Morgue waiting for me as well as my box of lotions from Bath & Body Works. Yay! I was also able to spend some quality time with the family. It has been a bit since we all spent more than a few minutes together. So the day ended on a good note. A coconut scented one too. I got a nice long shower in and I used one of my new lotions.

I have to make a special effort to remember what day it is. My schedule is all over the place since I took the promotion. I am a bit frustrated as I still have yet to get my keys and codes. If they are only going to train me for two days before letting me off on my own then I need to have all my equipment. I believe Wednesday and Saturday are my two nights I am manager this week. I also have to remember that I have a physical therapy appointment tomorrow morning. I set an alarm. With the way the days are blurring together I am worried about forgetting something. I made my car payment today as well. Before I forget that.

I am hoping that my day off Tuesday (I have a meeting that night to cover) will allow me to get my headspace cleared up. It feels like everything is rushing through changes and I am fighting to keep up. My big concern is the manager training. I don’t feel two days is enough before throwing me in the deep end. I talked to Matt (who is training me) and he has offered to stay with me one of the nights after close. I told him that I wanted to make myself a check list so that I had something to follow. I think that will be a big help having some thing to reference instead of trying to remember something I have only done twice.

I got a few photos taken yesterday. I found a rogue tulip in one of my gardens that has a big bud on it. I am excited to see what color it is! Hopefully the temperatures stay decent enough that it doesn’t die before it blooms. I also found a third type of daffodil in the garden! It has smaller flowers and blooms in clusters of three or so. Very delicate yellow color. I took some photos with both the Nikon and the cell phone camera of the sunset colors. There are almost no colors in the photos from the Nikon. Yet my phone camera can capture the colors. (Neither seems to capture the purples and blues for some reason.) I am still trying to work out that mystery.

Tomorrow’s blog should be at a regular early morning time since I have a physical therapy appointment. I’m still not sure about the rest of the week. I close all week but hopefully I can get myself to bed before 1am. I hope. Poor Essie. She can’t find a comfortable place to lay because she hurts (too much frisbee the past few days). You can see it’s her back legs and hips that are giving her trouble when she walks. Damn it. When I call to get their medicine tomorrow I will see if I can get her some pain medicine.

Ok, I am going to stop blathering on. Lol. Thanks for reading and thanks for the awesome comments as well as the support! Stay safe!

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Adulting Is Hard

I feel like I am underneath a brick wall right now. I didn’t get home until almost 10pm last night. Despite having done pretty much everything on Wednesday night I had a hard time remembering what needed to be done and in what order last night. Matt was very patient with me. It helps that our brains work the same way so he was able to help more than others could. Next week I am on my own. I won’t have a co-manager with me. I will have another manager working as cashier or at the gas counter but I am the lone wolf next week. Yay. I still don’t have my keys nor my codes. If I get them today I will feel a bit better about things. As it is I still haven’t been able to do everything because I don’t have my codes. We will see today when I get there.

I didn’t get to bed until late again. Getting home so late is hard because my brain won’t let me sleep for a few hours after I get home. Sooooo I’m gonna be lacking in the sleep department again for a bit. Essie and I still try to get up at 8am (that didn’t happen today mind you) because that is my quiet time to get my writing done. This is going to be difficult if I’m not get to bed until late. But I need to keep trying.

Today is International Female Ride Day. Besides how I feel it is supposed to rain. So my ride today will be a bust. I am disappointed. I had hoped to pull out Rogue (my motorcycle) and atleast shake some dust off my riding skills. Yesterday it was just going to be overcast. As of this morning it will be rain. But it might be a blessing in disguise. My head it just not in it with everything going on at work. And not sure about parking either. With construction going on with the building expansion employee parking has been squished into the main lot. No one wants to park near the entrance due to the craziness of many of the drivers. And I am not sure there would be a safe spot to park Rogue. So maybe that is ok. I can’t spend my whole shift worrying about whether or not some idiot has backed over my bike.

I got a load of laundry done and dishes caught up when I got home last night. So I feel good about that. The girls and I played a bit so they were a bit tired out when we went to bed. Although they we not happy with me leaving the light on for so long.

Monday I have physical therapy early and then I work that night. Such a joy that will be! But I do have Tuesday off so I can hopefully stay home and work on my writing. A bunch of my research books are due to arrive Monday. I am looking forward to that!

I went through my backlog of emails this morning as well. I deleted A LOT. I had things from two and three years ago. I kept some stuff like birthday wishes from various sources but I got rid of a couple hundred emails. Yay!

I should wrap this up. I need to delete some of my old photos from when I first started this blog as I am running out of space to upload my new photos. So there may be a few posts without photos in the near future. Hopefully not but we’ll see. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Feeling Good

The first night of training is under my belt. It lasted about an hour and a half longer than if I was just on the floor but that’s ok. I did learn a lot. I just have to retain it. I have today off then I got at it again on Friday. On of my coworkers was so funny. He’s maybe 16 or 17 years old and kept going on about how I was growing up so fast when he learned that I was doing the training. He’s just a sweet nut! Lol.

I did manage to eek in my Morning Pages yesterday. That is also one of the reasons I was up so late. Between me and Stella getting up several times to go outside I think we got to bed around 2:30-3am. Essie was up and ready to go at 8am. So here we are. I am glad I have to day off. I plan to work on my novel as well as take notes on the book I am beta reader for. I am behind a few days so I need to reread atleast three chapters today. I also need to see if Dad will Facetime. He is having a very hard time of it lately. He is scared that it is an onset of Alzheimer’s. Living alone with no real contact with the outside (he lives in Montreal and they are under quarantine) is also a contributing factor. But it happened to his mother and he has been terrified of it ever since. And getting a response from his doctor is near impossible. So I will try to help if he can deal with the physical pain (he has arthritis in his neck and back as well as fused discs for starters). We’ll see.

I remembered to put in my events that I had for next week even though I got my physical therapy time wrong. I wrote 8:15am instead of 8:45am. I had forgotten to grab my note paper when I left for work so I was winging it. So I hope the schedule for next week is ok. I am paranoid that I got my days or times wrong. Which I did but not too bad. My brain is still worrying on it though. Unfixable mistakes is what the brain is worried about.

I am going to (hopefully) share a short video clip with you. We have the two ponds in the backyard. This year we have two peepers that are living there. Right now they are in the big pond but I have heard them in the smaller one as well. Last night I was able to record them singing together. I hope the clip posts!

I didn’t get any photos before work so I don’t really have much new to share. I did get a cute picture of Essie with my phone. I was shocked that she actually posed for the phone photo. she normally won’t look at the camera if she knows that I am using the phone camera. I will make it a point to get some new photos today. I do need to download photos onto my laptop both off my phone and camera. My phone has over 11,000 photos. Holy crap! And yes most of them are dogs photos. Don’t judge. Lol.

I’d better wrap this up so I can get it posted. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Treating Myself

It has been a busy morning after a rather sleepless night. Last night was filled with late night Stella barkings and early morning storms so I didn’t get much sleep. We had rumbles of thunder all afternoon and early evening yesterday. But it really hit last night in the wee hours. With Moose gone both girls pant and shake during a storm.

I woke to find several messages (that I still need to reply to) from friends and I have written the article for last night’s meeting and sent it in. The skies are grey and the weather is cool. I am glad that I filled the bird feeder yesterday. It has been busy this morning with a multitude of feathered friends!

We went to Moose and Stella’s for lunch. I had a Moose burger that was called the Bad Boy. Yes I cried (several times) and the burger was delicious.

Yesterday was actually pretty fun. I did get all my running done (except for going to Bath and Body Works, I caved and ordered online after I came home) and arrived at lunch on time. My friend was in bad shape worried that her cancer may have come back. She had two doctors appointments that afternoon. But we sat and talked for a long time over lunch (I was concerned because she hardly ate anything despite being hungry). As we were getting ready to leave she asked if I wanted to go to a resale shop. Well yaaaa! Lol. So off we go! A pile of books and a trinket box later we part ways with the promise to make this a regular thing. We are heading to a used bookstore in Interlochen for our next adventure.

The trinket box is in the right top corner

I got a lot accomplished once I got home too. I got things ordered that I needed or wanted to as well as finally getting the printer hooked up to the new laptop. That last part took some doing. I had two plugs that were supposed to go into the laptop but I did not have the right sized port for on of them. I was pretty sure that I could do the wi-fi thing with it and not have to plug it in to the laptop but Mom didn’t give me any paperwork so I had to wing it via menus and my install wizard on the laptop. But it works! And I think that Chris can use it from his office as well. We haven’t tested that yet.

I also treated myself to several things. I got a pair of very fun shoes (I usually don’t do much in the way of clothing or shoes I just wear the same stuff til it wears out) that are really comfortable. I’ll wear them to work today (my first day as a manager on the floor). I also ordered some research books for the novel and a bikini. Now that last item might not seem like a big deal. I live in my bikinis during the warmer months. A few years ago I found a place that makes bikinis that fit everyone, not just the tiny models. It is called Fused. I have wanted to try one for a long time. I belong to their group online and it is a very warm and supportive community of women. This is my dream bikini. I hope. I opted for a surprise bottom piece. But I am very excited! I also treated myself to my coconut scented lotions from Bath and Body Works. When I worked at Younker’s one of their stores was just outside our front door so I could get them when I ran out. Sadly I have been out for probably a year or longer. But I couldn’t justify spending the money on myself. So I splurged on myself yesterday.

I will share pictures of everything as it comes in. I should wrap this up before it gets much longer. I hope you all have an awesome day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Why Is It Snowing?

This morning is very dark. I would need a light on if I were reading. And cold. It got cold yesterday but when the sun came out it made all the difference! I played as best I could with the girls. My back was very bad yesterday. Today is a repeat. I have physical therapy at 10:45am then work at 2pm. I will be doing the gas an courtesy counter so I’m not sure how that will go.

Yesterday I spent mostly working on my werewolf novel. (Good gad…. there is snow blowing across in a straight line outside.) I got research done and I worked on a few characters nd some back story. I am extremely happy with myself! I also went through the first chapter of the novel that I am beta reading and did my notes. Yay! I am not sure if I will be able to work on anything before work. It will depend on how physical therapy goes. This cold isn’t helping either.

I did get some really nice shots with both my cameras yesterday. I find it funny that I seem to use both my Nikon and my phone camera for things. I don’t exclusively use one or the other. For a while it was just the Nikon on the phone camera was for when I didn’t have the Nikon handy. But I find that each has it’s purpose in my photography. I like having both to use. I would like to figure out why the Nikon doesn’t pick up colors as well as my phone camera. For sunset colors I usually always use my phone camera. the Nikon either doesn’t pick up any color or washes out what it does pick up.

The snow is coming down hard enough that I can’t see past the line of trees on the other side of the back fence line. Yuck. Not a fan.

Chris made an amazing dinner last night! It was essentially marinaded beef. With it was refried beans (with herbs etc added) and Spanish rice. He did the beef on the grill. Yum! The flavors were all the way through the meat (which was wonderfully tender)…. sigh. No leftovers! Lol

I keep looking out the window at the sideways snow. Blah. I will wrap this up and get some photos downloaded. I hope everyone has a great day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

*edit* In the short amount of time it has taken to download the photos we have gotten about 1/2 an inch of snow.

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Rambling…

I got to sleep in for the most part. We did stay up rather late again. Today is my last day before I officially become an manager trainee. I have mixed feelings. However I’m trying not to think too much about it. That being said I’m meeting up with a former coworker on Tuesday to catch up. She too has gotten a promotion at her job. I texted her out of the blue last night and we got to chatting. We haven’t seen each other for several months.

I took a lot of photos yesterday and played a lot with the girls but not much else. No writing. No research. Nothing constructive. It felt good to do nothing but at the same time I was disappointed in myself. I am trying to follow a new writing system but I did nothing with it last night.

I did find an awesome bit of fossil in the yard while I was taking photographs. I believe it is a bit of coral. I shared it on a rockhound page that I belong to to see if anyone had any ideas. The twin centers are filled with crystals that sparkle when you move it. I am very excited about this find!

This weekend is the Annual Trout Festival in Kalkaska (about 10 minutes away). I don’t know how busy we will be at the store. I am curious as to how busy the festival will be. I guess they will be bussing people in and masks will be required, even outdoors. It can go either way. Regardless it is the beginning of trout season up here so there may be some flyfishing gear that will be coming out of the closet soon (and no it won’t be me).

The clouds have come out thick this morning. It was sunny when the girls and I got up but now it looks like someone covered the sky in great wads of dirty cotton batting. The temperature is nice though. I have the door open. My mind is wandering. I think I will wrap this up and then go outside and read for a bit. I should be writing but…. I hope all of you have a great day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Exploring

It’s a very late post for me. I just couldn’t fall asleep last night. I finally managed it around 1am. I was completely exhausted but I still could not go to sleep. I am a loss. Another odd thing going on… the girls aren’t eating all of their kibble. Atleast a quarter (sometimes more) of the food gets left. And they eat less if I leave them to it and go do other things. If I am standing in the kitchen with them they will eat more. I may try a new kibble on Thursday since I have the day off and can monitor them to see if they cope well with the change. I will gradually change over to the new stuff.

It is still cold here. Winter temperatures sadly. This year Spring has been through all seasons several times. Sometimes in the same day!

Work is getting busier. But we are going to have less people working soon. Two of the gals are going to nursing school so they will be working at the local hospital. I am very happy for them. We are also expanding the store. I am excited to see what they do with it. I am pushing to get a small garden center put in. I think I have gotten a favorable response so we’ll see. Naturally I have offered my services.

Not many photos have gotten taken so I may pick some old ones to share. I will try not to duplicate. I did bring home another plant. This one is a Gerber daisy. I love them! There is no scent to them (and really the hyacinth is scented enough lol) but they have such vivid colors and the days have been dark lately. Once things warm up I may try some night time photography. On a night where there are shooting stars etc. We’ll see.

I am working more on my creative side the past few days. I received my current issue of Poets & Writers yesterday. I spent some quality time reading that. I have found a few poets that I think I will read. I put their books on my wish list so that I don’t forget which ones I want first. Though not a poet myself I find that I drift back to that medium every little while.

But I do need to get this wrapped up so I can get going for work. Thanks for your wonderful comments! Thank you for reading and stay safe!

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Mmmfff… whaaat?

It’s dark both inside and out. I managed to get to sleep but Stella kept barking at weird times. I went to bed not feeling that great and woke up same. I have written myself a note so I remember to go to get my labs done after work.

I just want to sleep until…. whenever. Until I finally catch up. My focus isn’t all there. But I hope to be able to work on my novel(s) when I get home tonight. We’ll see. I have a bag for each of them with the current lot of research materials. I add as I go for the research stuff. I am trying to do research if I’m not actively writing in the novel.

I got my meeting next week added to my time off requests. I’d almost forgotten with everything going on. If I had remembered I would have made my doctor appointment for that morning. Oh well. We’ll see how the schedule looks. Hopefully I get next Monday and Saturday off. Not Monday and Tuesday.

Yesterday ended up being a beautiful day. The sun came out and it warmed up some. Problem was the wind picked up quite a bit. But the sun made a huge difference so we’ll take it! Tomorrow is the first day of Spring. The weekend is supposed to warm right up so we’ll probably be very busy.

I need to wrap this up so I can head out the door. Thanks for reading and thanks for all the comments! It’s awesome to hear from my readers! Stay safe!❤️

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Pinball Mind

I feel like I am on an island chronicling my stay. Lol. Day 6 of 6. The end is in sight! I close tonight then I have the next two days off. I am so tired though… I will get sleep tonight. I will not binge watch CSI. Lol. I do have a new short story collection that got released today. It dropped on my Kindle this morning so I made sure that it downloaded.

Sweet…. I forgot (with everything I had going on this week) that I had a meeting next Tuesday. Thus I had not handed in a note for my schedule next week. But I just sent a text to the store manager and he has taken care of it. It still feels weird to have my job take care of me.

I find that I am feeling better now that I am journaling again as well as doing this. So I guess I need to keep it up. I had a good talk with Mom last night. We took some trips down memory lane. She was really pleasant. Not that she isn’t normally but she was very positive and good energies. It was good conversation.

I am sorry this is a rambling piece. I am just so ready for a day off that my mind is all over the place. I got the plants watered this morning before I did this. My orange plant and my avocados are doing really well too. I got both of the orchids watered. One takes four ice cubes in her pot and the smaller one gets soaked in water for 15 minutes.

I worry about friends and family in Texas. They currently have Michigan weather and they are not at all equipped for it. Not even the transplants. It will be a wild ride for everyone this winter it seems.

I’ve not done much with the camera this week. I have taken some photos of the girls and my plants with my phone. I will probably share those instead of repeating some of my outdoor shots. Since I have all the focus of a bee on a windscreen I am gonna wrap this up. Stay safe and thanks for reading!

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Being an Example

I have been doing so much this week that I have just set myself an alarm to make sure that I am not late for work. Essie is upset with me too. I just stepped out of my office to do something and she came running up to get love and play. Then she kind of looked at me. I told her I still had to do this and write my article. She looked at me one more time then went back to the couch and laid down. I was two hours late coming home last night because someone called in. I figured it was easier for me to stay than for them to find someone to work a few hours. Don’t laugh but I had Chris tell the girls that I would be home late. I know they can read the clocks and know what time to look for me.

Now I don’t know which way is up. I have another long day today which is going to be longer now that I see work has done a 10% off your grocery order today. We will probably be busy. But I have tomorrow off. And tomorrow I HAVE to write the book review and article for my online editor. I blew it off Wednesday to talk to Dad. Too many writing projects due at once. If I can get them written early then I can use the rest of the day to play with the girls and spend time with Chris.

I don’t have any meetings next week but (depending on how I am scheduled) I will be working straight through til next weekend. Wednesday is our anniversary (30 years if you can believe it!) but we are going to celebrate next weekend. The schedule will be out either today or tomorrow. I also need to spend some time on my classes. The frustrating thing is that the problems I am having with my photography will be addressed in my classwork. The same for my writing (oh and I do need to make more of an effort for my novel, it thinks that I don’t love it anymore). Sigh.

Next week should be easier even if I am working. I can pace myself to get writing done in the morning and late at night before bed. Classwork I can do after work when I work mornings. I just need to stay focused. On that note I do need to write the article for the paper and get that sent in. Thanks for reading and stay safe! And thank you for all the wonderful comments!