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The Eclipse of the Red Moon

I stayed up late last night to watch the lunar eclipse. I was a bit upset at first because I had missed the first half of it (everything I read said things would get started around 11:30pm, I stuck my head out around 11:14pm and the moon was half gone). It was wild to watch the moon disappear and then turn a deep red. I watched until a little after midnight. I had intended to go to bed not long after I got home but a coworker asked if I was going to watch the eclipse. It didn’t look too promising when I got out last night. Everything was clouded over. But after I got home I noticed that I could see the moonrise through the clouds. The clouds never did completely disappear but I was able to watch everything through the thin veil of clouds. I am glad I stayed up to watch.

Yesterday was busier than intended. I did another chunk of garden before work. After my shower I was chillin’ in front of the tv when Stella starts barking. We have company! Two of our dear friends stopped by to give us our wedding invitation. Since we hadn’t chatted in a while we all stood around and did so. By the time they left I had to hurry up and get dressed. I was almost late but that’s ok. I made it. Work was steady if not downright busy. I spent time in the deli helping out as well as hopping on a register to ring and helping at the gas window and courtesy counter.

Today will be going to the vet with Stella and then taking my friend to the VA hospital for his appointment this afternoon. I might try to garden after I get home. It won’t be hot so that will help. I do need to try out the tiller. I have everything I need to get going with it. But the tiller is for the back gardens. I am pushing through my side and front gardens. We’ll see. The thing is I will need to dig out a few things before I can use the tiller. So it comes down to what I want to accomplish today. I need to squeeze in time on my novel as I didn’t get any yesterday. The annoying part is I woke up at 5:30am and started peeking at the clock. I didn’t want my alarm to wake Chris. He has been working so hard and he needs his sleep. My mind started working around 6:15am. Around 6:23am I tried to drift off but my mind kept going so I gave up and got out of bed.

I think I will wrap this up and see about getting Stella out of bed so we can go to the vet. Thanks for reading and stay safe! Oh and did anyone else see the eclipse? What did you think?

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I’m Sorry… What Just Happened?!

Life has been interesting. The friend I went to work to take home the other day? He has COVID. He was sick enough that he decided to go to the hospital. He is in bed rest for 5 days. He has a doctor appointment on Monday but I told him to call and tell them he has COVID since they probably will reschedule him. It’s a tough one because it is about his brain aneurism and he really shouldn’t put that off. I called and texted people I’d been in contact with to let them know (why his son, who lives with him did not call the store to tell anyone is beyond me… he talked to a coworker and told her) including the store owner and our store manager.

On a positive note I got a small patch of my gardens cleaned out. It’s the small one between the fence and the side porch. But I dug everything out except the flowers. I would like to put fresh dirt in there too. Dare I get a bag from work? Last time there was literally trash and clay mixed in. I might. One bag… maybe two ought to take care of it. I tried to get out before it got too hot but my car was finished maybe and hour and a half after I dropped it off. Once I got the call that my car was done I walked over (his shop I right around the corner from us). After talking for a bit I drove home and got back into the garden. I was almost done when I found out about my friend being sick so the whole phone call texting took more time. By the time I finally finished that small patch I was ready to drop. I think I overdid it a wee bit. But it’s done.

The lilacs are blooming as it the small apple tree in the back. I will get photos to share later today. Today’s batch will be repeats. I am always pleased every year to find various new plants that I did not plant pop up. I see by the clock I need to get my self moving. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Finding the Good in the Bad

I know there will be some of my readers reading this to hear about some of the drama and trauma of yesterday. I am choosing not to write about that. Instead I am choosing to write about the good that happened.

I have a dear friend that is in recovery. I have done my best to be there for her as much as I can. Last night was one of those times. I asked her to come over as much for me as for her to be honest. I don’t know if the neighbors were happy with us or not (I haven’t heard any complaints so I think we are ok) but that doesn’t matter. We had a blast! We talked and played and danced and sang. When she came over I had a few goodies waiting for her. The big thing that I wanted to give her was a beautiful abalone butterfly necklace. I wanted her to remember that she was an emerging butterfly no matter what. And that she was loved. She’s been through a lot of crap in her life. I wanted her to have something with her that would remind her that she is loved. That she is worthy. She had a good cry over it. I guess no one had ever given her anything nice before.

This morning I hauled my sore and still exhausted tush out of bed and drove over to drop the car off. My mechanic had been up late as well doing an emergency repair on our mail lady’s Jeep. We both looked wiped out. I know I felt the better of both of us. (I just feel so good inside after last night despite the late hour that we stayed up til.) After I finish this I think I will do one of two things. I want to work on my gardens along the front and side of the house. They are looking very scraggly and unloved. The other thing is my novel. I am looking wistfully at my chair and table outside. I should do the gardens first as the temperature is supposed to get extreme again today. I can write in the house or wait til closer to evening if I want to sit outside to write. Ooooo! I can put my swing back out!

So I guess I will wrap this up and get my self outside. I do have some new photos to share (finally!). Tomorrow’s post might be a bit short as it is another 6:30am work day. I want to thank everyone for their support. It means a lot! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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No More Naps

Ok my friends, this might be a bit all over the place. The phone’s battery is not completely charged and neither is mine. I am exhausted from the past few days. We are getting busier and busier and then there is the clash of personalities. The new people aren’t fitting in. The people who work maybe once a week are acting like they are in charge, telling the new people what to do and how to do it. Coworkers getting sick.

I’m not feeling all that great. I don’t know if I should see if someone can take my meeting tonight or not. By then end of the night last night food wasn’t staying in my system very long. I guess we’ll see what happens. Thankfully I get out at one. I need to get myself home right after work so we can get the AC units in. Chris has to leave early again and with the temperatures Stella is getting too hot in the house when we are gone.

I should start getting ready to go. It will hopefully go quickly at work. No new photos today, although I did take a few. Once again I have my mystery tulips appearing. I haven’t planted any yet here they are! They are beautiful though. I will share more tomorrow. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Like a Patchwork Quilt

This morning I am very frustrated. I went to bed exhausted. 4:30am wide awake. Now that I have to head out to cover a meeting I can barely keep my eyes open. Right now I am a mess. I found out that a dear friend is in the hospital due to a minor heart attack. My talk with Mom last night after I got home from picking another friend up at the airport did not go well. By the time we hung up I was very frustrated. Mom complained that she couldn’t do this and that but she really wanted to. If only… She refuses to apply herself to anything. She will even cancel needed doctor appointments because she doesn’t feel like going anywhere that day. If you give her a solution she immediately comes back with a counter problem to that solution.

I found some baby pictures of Essie yesterday on here when I went through to delete any duplicates and not so good photos. That made me a bit teary. I miss all my fur babies. I’m sorry I am kind of all over the place this morning. My mind is already going on what I need to do today. The sun is out again so it should be another beautiful day. The tiller has been put together so I might get some gas and give that a go this afternoon. I need to remember to call about brakes for my car tomorrow as well.

See what I mean? My mind is on everything but this. I got a good 20 minutes on my novel yesterday before my mind wandered off. The last 10 minutes it thought about everything but the novel and characters. Maybe working in the yard is a good idea today. Then my mind can wander and my hands can do something constructive. Maybe I’ll start in the front yard along the house. I need to try to write the article for this morning’s meeting today so I only have one article to write tomorrow morning (I have another meeting tonight). We’ll see how that goes.

I should wrap this up. I see by the clock it is time to try to get myself together and head out. Thanks for reading through my muddle. Stay safe!

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Let the Busyness of Living Commence!

I sit here nursing my first big mug of coffee for the day. I look across the room at my little tiller that I need to finish putting together. I got it out of the box and everything laid out when Mom called last night. She cancelled for today. I am a bit upset because I raised a bit of a stink because I requested the day off and did not get it. Then a coworker offered to work it for me so I could spend the day with Mom. However I cannot message that coworker and offer to take my shift back because I said I would go and pick a friend/coworker up at the airport a 3:30pm today. So I will try to give Mom a call before I leave for the airport (Mom sleeps late and probably won’t see the message I sent her until well after noon).

Stella is asleep on her back on the couch. When she stretches all four legs go straight up in the air and the paws come together. Then they all fall back and there is a big sigh. I know her ball is still on the bed so we’ll have to find something for her to play with in the meantime. If she even wants to play. She has been snoozing.

I am trying to figure out what to do with my day. Get the tiller put together and work on the novel top the list. I also need to pull my cold weather gear from the car. I am going to cross my fingers that I won’t need any of it. I also need to check on a friend to make sure she is doing ok. She has been in a bad place mentally and I try to check in with her atleast once a day. I also need to check in with both my parents, even if it is just messaging (I worry that if Mom and I start talking it will be several hours until we hang up now that I think about it). I also want to spend time with Chris since this is his one day off. I have tomorrow off but I have a meeting at 9am and another at 6:30pm. Oh and I need to write down that last Thursday’s meeting has been rescheduled to this Thursday before I forget. I also need to start cleaning the house if we are having people over on the 20th for the BBQ. Which also means I need to start looking seriously at picnic tables. And I need to plan the day as well as set money aside for the meat. I am asking people to bring a dish to pass. I might have a few sides just incase. I have a sign up sheet in the office but most of the we’ll be there’s have been verbal. So I need to write down how many people are coming so far.

I guess I ought to wrap this up and get it together. Stella has gotten off the couch and shaken herself to let me know I have spent enough time on this. She is ready for her attention now, lol. On that note I hope you all have an amazing day! Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Feeling Broken

This morning neither Stella nor I feel good. We were both in a funk last night and this morning isn’t much better. We woke up with upset stomachs around 2:30am. Stella had to keep going out. This morning she went out and stayed out a long time. She is curled up on the couch under some blankets. I am not much better. My body is having a hard time getting around. I think/hope that it is temporary from everything I did over the past few days.

I am not in a good head space either. Part of it is lack of sun but part of it is watching things around me fall apart. I talked with one of my coworkers (he was a friend even before he started working with me). He has been in Floridia for the past month visiting family. He drove down because he had several stops along the way. He is in his 80s. Turns out he had a stroke while he was down there. He seems to be ok but I’ve not seen him in person yet. He can’t drive his truck so he has flown back. He will arrange to have the truck shipped back. But we talked and he is going to stop by the store to talk to me. I’m not sure if he will have to quit or what. Then Mom pulls a “who’s that?” when I ask her if she would reach out to a mutual friend. I tried to remind her of who the person was. A few hours later she claims that she was only joking. She knew who it was. I’m not so sure.

On a positive note I did get work done on my novel. That’s all I have. I’m sure there are other things but right now my mind isn’t there. So this will be a short post. I will have to recycle some photos as I got none taken yesterday. I hope you have a great day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Start, Stop, Repeat

Eh? What? Already? But I just shut my eyes! Fine. I’m up. 😢😴

Yesterday was one of my longest work days. I got to fill out an accident report (my first since I stepped up to management), we had yet another drive off, two call-ins which meant I did some work in the deli again. Oh and a lot of unhappy coworkers.

I have been given the option to get out early if I want. A mere phone call away. We’ll see what the day brings. It is supposed to rain at one point. We need it. Things are drying out. The temperatures are becoming steadily warmer. Dare I start to move plants outside? Is that you Spring?

I have the next two days off so I might putter in the gardens. I want to get my little tiller put together and maybe try it out as well. Even if it is just one of the raised gardens that gets cleaned up.

I am worried about making it through the day. I am well and truly tapped out. But I see by the clock I need to get going. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Brewing Something New

I am drinking this morning’s coffee via French press. The Keurig decided that it was done. Just after Chris finished the descaling cycle. So, thankfully, we have other means of brewing our coffee in case of emergency. The coffee is questionable as it is a hodgepodge of many put together. It doesn’t taste bad, just different. I will get some preground at work tonight. I prefer to grind it myself as it keeps its flavor and richness as it is brewed but the grinding process is not a nice idea when loved ones are sleeping.

Another disappointing writing day. As in it did not happen. I tried but I let things get out of hand with other things around here. A headache did not help matters. So I will try again today. I am up earlier and it seems that I got to this faster due to my homepage not working. But I think Miss Stella negated that when she got up. She came and sat next to me and I just sat and scratched her while I read you blogs. Then some more when I was time to write this. Every time I tried to get her up to go eat she seemed to collapse further into my lap.

The tourists are starting to trickle back up. I am not looking forward to tourist season. I never do but what will make things worse is lack of staff. If we have a huge season this year (and I think we might because everyone has cabin fever) it will not go well. We might even lose good people because of the actions of one person. Such drama! Work can be very much like a soap opera.

Stella is across form me on the couch asleep. I might take her for a walk before work. If I give myself 30 minutes to work on my novel and do nothing but I should have time to take her out.

I need to replace the brakes on my car. I also need to check my air box again. The last time there was hesitation on acceleration it was because there was a nest in my air box. Stella also needs to go in for her annual visit. I need to call today to set that up. (She has just curled up into the tightest ball she can make. Hang on while I go cover her up.) I will also mail out the next to last of my medical bills. I will just have one big one left that I should be able to get rid of in short order.

In order to get myself going I need to wrap this up. I just keep finding new thing to talk about, lol. Thank you for all the support, love and encouragement. I really appreciate it! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Blown Away

The wind is still blowing. Maybe not quite as strong as yesterday but it’s up there. Power went out just before I left for work. Chris had to go and get the garage door opened for me. We had never tried to figure out what to do to get the door open in case of power loss. It is easy once you know the secret. So thankfully I wasn’t late. I also got things squared away with my tattoo. He wants to go bigger to get the detail in. I’m ok with that.

There is so much going through my mind right now. Work was a zoo with the power outage. All of Rapid City was out but us. But the gas pumps went crazy every time the power blipped. So I wanted to try to reset all of them. I had four pumps down but not enough “Out Of Order” bags for the handles. So two of us parked our vehicles at the other two pumps. But it took around three hours before I had all the pumps empty so I could reset everything. It wasn’t any less crazy inside the store. Other things I am thinking about are trimming my turtle’s nails. They are way over due. I also got a read through of the first page of my novel from an editor so I am going over what she said in my head. Mostly I am working on my novel in my head.

I did get some interesting photos of the weather last night. I am going to add them and then try to get things going around here. I need to get to work an hour earlier than yesterday. Tomorrow’s post might be even shorter due to the fact that I need to be to work at 6:30am. Regardless thanks for reading and stay safe!