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A Day For Me

The sun is out in earnest this morning. And it will have a time of it warming things up. It was almost cold enough for frost this morning. That being said it is supposed to warm up quite a bit for the next few days so I may uncover the plants in the memorial garden and pull out the ones I brought in. I am hoping the nights stay as warm as they say or warmer. I don’t want to bring them all in and out everyday.

Today is 9/11. It feels like a somber day for those of us that were alive when the 9/11 bombings happened here in the U.S. It seems as though we have gone from outside enemies to inside enemies since then. With no end in sight. I had to unfollow a fellow blogger this morning because of the posts they were writing. They were getting angrier and angrier. Anyone that did not do and think as that person did would incur the wrath of God because that person was right. I don’t need to see that on my feed. That type of thinking is part of the problem. It certainly is NOT part of the solution.

It feels weird not watching the clock to see how much time I have before I need to get ready to go. A good weird. I got a bunch of stuff done last night after I got home so that will be less I have to do today. I do need to see if I can get the mower going today. If not I may ask for help from our neighbors across the street.

I feel like I want to work on my writing today. I got inspired by a documentary on Amazon last night about the controversial Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark. I had all three books as well as the on based on the movie (thanks Mom!). I really love the art and the content. For those who have never read the books they are a collection of scary stories and folktales from all over. This type of book is what got my love for horror started. Just sitting around telling stories to each other in the dark (or with just a flashlight). I still have my first collection that I convinced my parents to buy me (they were still married so I had to be in the single digits with my age). It was at the local bookstore in Ferndale, Michigan called “Paperback Books Unlimited.” This place was a staple of my childhood. I snuck a peek at my first Fangoria Magazine there as well. My parents tried to take me there as often as they could. I just dug the book out of my shelves. It was printed in 1973 so I had to be around 5 or 6 years old. Some Things Strange and Sinister edited by Joan Kahn is the book.

I have always loved short stories because they are small bites that you can snack on if you aren’t in the mood for a full novel (or don’t have the time). It has been a long time since I last wrote a short story. The last one I sent out into the world was college and was a runner up in a contest. They were only going to print the winners but they liked mine so much they made and exception. I still have the copy of the magazine. I have a few done that I need to polish and get out there. But, again, I need to get myself a copy of WordPerfect. Everything is digital now. Very few places will accept hard copy sent through the mail. So I need a reliable program that I can edit and send my work on. That may be something I save up for. I need to make sure bills get paid and Moose has a vet appointment coming up.

Ok, I see that I have talked quite a bit. I will wrap this up and share a few photos. I hope you have a great day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Animals, Books, Cooking/Baking, Dogs, Emotions, family, Holiday, Life, Nature, Photography, Reading, the World, Writing

Ahhhh… This Is What It Feels Like to Relax

Yesterday was a bit of a lazy day.  I got bills paid but when I tried to do the “free” car payment online it was $50 more than if I just sucked it up and dealt with traffic.  So I loaded up Moose and Stella and we went to the bank.  With Moose all but in my lap and Stella peering around my shoulder from the back seat the teller and I chatted for a bit about the times and dogs (it was video drive thru and there was no one behind me).  Once we got home (much swearing and the use of my phrase “damn tourists” repeated ad nauseum) we settled outside.  No I lie.  I wanted to bake the cupcakes for the kids birthdays before it got too hot (the one ac unit can’t keep up with all the heat and humidity this week).  Once those were done and cooling I did some thing unusual.  I grabbed my Minion quilt, my bag of books and writing, my camera bag and a few other things and we headed outside.  I laid out my quilt in the shade and set up shop.  Stella came and sat right next to me until I started to read my latest book The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma then she laid down beside me.  Moose and Essie were in and out.  As the sun moved so did we and we moved across the whole yard by the day’s end.  The kids spent most of the time out with me despite the heat (it didn’t feel so hot laying in the shade).  It was a relaxing day had by all.

I got some cool photos (I will download them from the camera and put some in this post) yesterday as well.  I found myself playing with the light.  I think I paid more attention to it because we were in the shade most of the time.  Especially when sunset neared.  The lighting got really cool then.

The only downside to yesterday was the loud music and fireworks.  The music I could deal with.  When the fireworks started they were sparse so Essie was going around the yard barking at them (she does this when the locals are shooting too close to the house).  But as the displays ramped up (we seemed to have them on all sides) Stella started to really freak out.  Essie and Moose were uneasy but coping because I had background noises going and I was nonplussed with the noise.  Stella began pacing around the house, a sure sign that she is freaking out.  So I pulled out the anxiety meds and snuck them into a cupcake for each.  That seemed to help but Stella would wake up (I decided to hunker in bed and read so we’d all be together) with some of the louder fireworks and just stare to make sure all was ok.  Things wrapped up around midnight or so.

I got a few books yesterday.  Well one is actually a pamphlet but you get the idea.  The pamphlet and one books are on Michigan butterflies.  We have so many different varieties this year I wanted to know more.  So I can sit outside with my bird book and butterfly books and see what we have this year.  The third book is actually a memoir.  It is part of my learning about the surfing culture books that I have on my Amazon list.  It looks so good and I really want to start it but I am making myself finish The Fishermen first.  I am halfway done and it is a very good book.  I get lost in the story (and it’s in Nigeria) every time I pick up the book.  But I really really want to read the new one!  Barbarian Days A Surfing Life by William Finnegan looks so good!  And I have a first novel coming in a few weeks from a new writer I discovered John Fram.  So I will be busy reading.  I am hoping this will compel me to get more writing done.  We’ll see.  It seems to have worked today!  This is a long one!

I will stop for now and download some of the photos from yesterday.  Thanks so much for reading this long post!  Have a great day and stay safe!

Emotions, family, Holiday, Life, Motorcycles, Riding, the World, Thinking


I am trying not to be bitter and angry as I see all the out of state license plates as the tourists start to pour in for the holiday weekend.  I get especially angry when I see plates from states with growing COVID-19 cases.  I really wish they would stay home.  Up here we are fairly isolated so we haven’t been hit hard.  But I am willing to bet that after this week and weekend we will see a very large spike in cases.

Local government and the State government both require travelers to self isolate for 2 weeks after their arrival.  No one is going to do that if they are only up here for the week or weekend.  Hell I doubt if they would do it anyway!  I understand that people are a bit stir crazy from all this but now they are putting all of us at risk just so they can have a good time.  And once everyone gets drinking I’m pretty sure that social distancing will be forgotten.

It is so frustrating to be doing the right thing and seeing that it is working then in a matter of days it all gets thrown to the wind because people from out of town come up here and don’t give a damn.  They might be forced to wear masks at home but by God they are on vacation!  They don’t have to!  Besides, everyone up here is relatively healthy so they don’t have to worry about catching anything.  Selfish bastards.

I apologize for the rant.  The kids and I ran to the vet to get their monthly medicine and M72 was packed with tourists.  I even saw plates from Texas and that really got me going because Texas and California are the two hot spots (oh and Florida) for the new outbreaks that are getting out of hand.  Yes, please come and share.  Grrrr…  And the fireworks.  The dogs don’t like it any more that the vets with PTSD.  But no one bothers to think about that.  Especially right now.  With everything going on it is showing how selfish people can be.

Chris has the rest of the week off.  If he wants to go anywhere I might have to say no unless we are riding the motorcycles.  And even then I will probably refuse to get off and go in anywhere.  Atleast on an a motorcycle I have my helmet and such.  I have fussed enough.  Thanks so much for listening.  Stay safe!

Animals, Dogs, Emotions, family, Gardening, Life, the World, Thinking

Moose’s Turn

This is a late post even though I have been up since 7am.  I covered a meeting last night so I got up early to write the article and send it out before I had to leave to take Moose to the vet.  It was very close.  I had time to change, collar the dogs and get out the door with Moose.  I am hoping I can get him before the 3:45pm they suggested.  He was so miserable when I left him in the vestibule!  He kept rushing the door trying to get to me.  It took them a bit to get him in the building.  I hid do he couldn’t see me but I needed to make sure they got him in ok.  I couldn’t just hop in the car and leave.  He’s supposed to be the first one in so he doesn’t have to spend a lot of time there yet I am picking him up much later than I did Essie.  Not happy about that.  Essie has been concerned because Moose didn’t come home with me.  Stella was pretty meh about it.  She was more concerned that I was ok.  Essie understood that I took Moose to the vet and since he is not a fan either…

Our governor has pretty much reopened the state of Michigan with certain restrictions.  I am not a fan of this as I see how flippant the tourists are as they arrive here.  They are not following the guidelines and they look at those of us who are like we are weird or stupid.  Perfect example was me at the grocery store the other day.  All the locals were wearing masks while the tourists were loud and not wearing masks.  I kept getting the eye from them because I was (I overheard a few comments).  I get frustrated with disrespect for others safety.  But I should get off my soap box.

Dad wants to FaceTime (apparently he got it working again) today.  I sent him an email telling him we could but I didn’t know when I could pick up Moose.  I don’t want to do anything til I can get him back home.  After I pick him up we will go to the bank to make my car payment.  I will probably stop at McDonald’s and get him a cheeseburger too.  He has earned it.  The girls were really good about no food or water until I got back.  Moose didn’t seem too concerned either.  He laid right behind me on the couch as I wrote my article this morning.  I don’t like the feeling of not having him here with me.  Hopefully I get a phone call soon to tell me he is ok.

I got some planting and repotting done yesterday (I bought some more plants…. sigh).  Most of them are coming along swimmingly (I always wanted to use that phrase).  I am just babbling here so I will wrap this up.  Thanks so much for reading!  Stay safe!

Animals, Creativity, Dogs, dreams, family, Gardening, Learning, Life, Nature, Photography, the World, Thinking, Writing

Considering Options

I was proud to see my state mentioned under peaceful protests this morning.  The police in Flint, MI actually joined in the peaceful protest yesterday.  Hopefully something good will come of that.  The day has dawned with full sun and bird song.  Cliché but there it is.  The kids have been rotating in and out.  Right now Stella and Moose are in with Essie out.  Stella has been out pretty much since they finished breakfast.  Once I am finished with this I will be moving the plants out.  I think (with the exception of a few plants) I will be leaving them out for now 24/7.  The nights look to be warming enough that it should be comfortable for them.

Today is the first day of June.  That is also the first day of summer for most of us in our heads.  So much will be going on from here on out.  I find myself making daily lists to keep track of everything.  Meetings to cover, vet appointments (please let this be the last for a while!), things to do around the house, places I need to check in at.  With life seemingly coming to a standstill one day looks very much like the last.  I can understand why retirees have problems keeping track of appointments and such.  I set an alarm on my phone to remind me when I have a meeting to cover otherwise I would probably just roll on with my night and forget to attend the meeting on Zoom.  Truthfully if I did not have the time and date on my electronics I would be lost.  Even calendars don’t help when you don’t have a clue.  Speaking of which I need to switch all the calendars today.

I am contemplating on upgrading this site so that I can post more photos.  I really think some of them are good and would like your opinion but the free account won’t let me add any photos even if I deleted some of what I have.  The only way will be to pay for it.  I probably won’t use most of the other “upgrades” although I should probably look them over if I do this and learn to use them.

I am still torn on whether or not to get a camera.  I have Mom’s old Cannon but it is near impossible to find film and get it developed anymore.  Atleast it is here.  And I want to try to capture things as I see them.  Not as the i-phone sees them.  And if I practice I might even be able to get paid to take my photos.  Not to toot my own horn too loudly but some of the stuff I have managed to do with the phone camera is pretty damn good.  If I can get a real camera then I am excited to see what I could accomplish.  Then there is the laptop.  I want to replace it because it is old enough that I can’t get a useable current copy of WordPerfect.  I need a newer computer for that.  And I really do need to get a word processor on my laptop.  Simple things like word counts (I count my articles by hand still) and being able to send things to editors and keep track would be a godsend.  But I need to take care of Moose and the Jeep first.  I don’t know how much the Jeep is going to cost to fix.  Hell I don’t even know what is wrong yet.  I know the problems it is having but not the causes.  So I sit on my hands some more.

I need to get things going so I can get through my to do list.  I hope you have a great day!  Stay safe and thanks for reading!

Animals, Creativity, Dogs, Emotions, Life, Nature, Reading, the World, Thinking

Grey Skies, In and Out

This morning is cold and raining.  Essie wouldn’t eat breakfast and has been pacing between laying the man cave on the dog bed and laying on the couch with Moose.  Stella is behind me.  I came out here with my pillow and a Minion blanket around 5am.  Essie wedged herself between Chris, Moose and I.  Then she kept kicking to readjust herself.  I just wanted to sleep so I came out here.  Guess who the first one out was?  She curled up on the couch.  Then Moose came out and he went to sleep in the man cave.  Stella came out around 7am and curled up with me on the couch.  Moose did too after that.

With all the rain the backyard looks like it needs to be mowed again.  I find my mood and mind soured.  The cool morning and the current news did not help.  So what to do?  I have read through the two Supernatural novels I got.  Chris is working six days this week.  So.  Again with the what to do?  Maybe reading magazine articles will help.  I have a bunch of my writing magazines here I can go through.  I don’t think I can focus on a story right now.  I still need to make puppy treats.  I just don’t know.  I need something to get me out of my head.

It is chilly enough I had to turn off the fan and turn the furnace down so it wouldn’t go on.  Today’s high is supposed to be 55F (12C) and the low 34F (1C).  I had a hummingbird right outside the kitchen window tis morning.  He was sitting on a branch of the Halloween tree (so called because it is a small dead tree with various Halloween decorations on it).  I am glad because that means more hummingbirds have found the feeder.  It has been a lone female til now.

My coffee is gone so I will wrap this up and brew some more.  Maybe read.  Essie still needs to find her frisbee too…   Stay safe and thanks for reading.

Emotions, Life, the World, Thinking

Phoenix Rising?

I got a lot done yesterday despite the storms.  The front yard got mowed and edges trimmed, I broke up egg shells and sprinkled them around the four (I found a few more rose plants hiding) rose bushes for food, I got some more weeding done in the rock garden.  I took my time and didn’t push myself.  Later last night I did some more stretching to try to get the rib to heal.  I guess I did too much stretching.  Sharp pain woke me in the wee hours this morning.  I’m not back to square one but close.

When I scanned the news this morning I was shocked at everything going on.  It feels like everything is snowballing.  It seems as if everyone was getting worn thin with all the pandemic restrictions and then senseless things happen.  Just lighting the fuse on the powder keg.  All over.  I am grateful to live up North and not be directly involved in most of this.  But it all still scares me.  It feels like everything is rapidly going up in flames.  And I don’t think the fire is going to burn itself out anytime soon.  The best we can hope for is to be able to rise from the ashes like the phoenix did.

I’m sorry for the bit of a downer post.  Everything just kind of hit me this morning.  Whatever else I had planned to write about left my head when I started reading the news.  On the plus side this is a brief post.  Stay safe and thanks for reading.

Aging, Emotions, family, Life, Motorcycles, Nature, Riding, the World, Thinking

What the Future May Hold

Apparently there is something wrong with the laptop. It acts like it gets online but then it cannot find anything online. So I guess I will be doing the blog on my phone. Joy. It if frustrating because it gets online for my email but it cannot find anything once I get into the main search program.

I am trying not to be frustrated with my Mom. If I tell her about Dad’s family or a mutual friend she turns nasty and starts making derogatory comments. To which I always reply keeping things is a positive light but I am getting tired of the nastiness. It is pervading more and more of our conversations regardless of the topic. So no, I can’t not mention someone or something and she will stop. She is turning into a bitter woman. And she knows that she is too. She just doesn’t care. It is very frustrating.

I ended up doing my main yoga routine outside on the deck yesterday. I still surprise myself as to how much I can still do. There are only a few poses that I can’t do fully. I’m pretty proud of that! Now to just keep it worked onto my morning routine… and that will mean getting up early when I finally go back to work. But there it is.

I find myself unhappy that the lockdown is ending. Mostly because I will have to deal with people on a regular basis. Despite being able to highly function when I am out and about I don’t do well with people. I don’t like going out and being around them. This seems to have developed over the past few years. On the outside you would never know but on the inside…. that is why I am thinking I might stock groceries or something instead of deal directly with the public (such as being a cashier). The lockdown has really brought out the ugly in people here in Michigan. I just don’t want to deal with it.

It sounds like Chris will finally have a weekend off! Yay! I know he wants to dig into his project bike (I want to get the Pearl into the garage and out of that cramped shed too). I offer to help as a) I enjoy stuff like that and b) his shoulder might prevent him from doing something. It should be fun for both of us. If my arm is stable enough I might take Rogue out for my “around the block” run (about a 30 minute ride). I am just concerned that I won’t be able to hold the grip. There are times when my right hand will just let go of whatever I’m holding. Not a good thing on the motorcycle.

Goodness! I have been going on! I need to wrap this up and go and read your posts! I hope you and yours are safe! Thanks for reading!

Animals, Bicycles, Dogs, Emotions, family, Life, Motorcycles, Nature, Riding, the World, Thinking, Writing

Late but Motivated

I slept way later than I had intended.  Last night’s meeting lasted three hours so my brain was still thinking it was earlier than it was.  So I ended up going to bed a lot later than normal.  I’m surprised the kids let me sleep so late.  It was almost 9am when I rolled out of bed.  I’m feeling guilty because that means Chris isn’t getting his normal allotted time alone to sleep.  I hope he sleeps later since he was out the door by 1:30pm yesterday with all that he had to do before work.

I am on my second cup of coffee if that tells you anything.  The rain has finally stopped and the wind is down by maybe half but it is still blowing around.  And it is still very cloudy.  Yesterday it was announced that certain parts of the state would be opening this weekend with restrictions.  And guess where…. the upper part of the state since we are the least affected.  Problem is that means people from downstate are going to come up here.  And everyone is so stir crazy from being stuck at home that no one cares.  They will just pack up and go to get out of the house.  A lot of the communities up here are very anxious about this weekend.

I did do yoga after I posted yesterday.  It was a bit tricky because Moose was sure that I either needed help or that I need a coach.  He finally just sat down beside where I was doing my poses on the floor and watched.  Towards the end Stella drifted over to see if she could help.  I didn’t do the four times through the warm up.  I just did twice.  But I did do two times through the Sun Salute.  I did feel a lot better afterwards.  I didn’t think much of it then I noticed that I actually did feel noticeably not in pain.  I forgot how much I enjoyed yoga.

This weekend is supposed to be nice again.  Maybe I will try taking the motorcycle out.  If that is too much for my arm I may just take the bicycle down the road and back.  I should be doing that anyway.  I’m tempted to take a dog (then I could do three trips) but two things stop me.  One is that the last time I rode the bicycle I about died by the time I made my way back home (I stopped several times because my legs hurt and such… I think it is a mile or two….Ooof.  I just checked.  One way is 1.4 miles (2.25 km) so round trip was 2.8 miles (4.5 km) so that was a bit much for the first time on a bicycle since high school but I did it!).  The second thing stopping me is that none of the kids are particularly good on a leash if they seem something that interests them.  I can see me getting pulled to the ground with the bicycle and dragged.  So I need to pedal more and I need to walk the kids on a leash with some training.  Maybe go around the front yard to start with.  It will be something to do.

I am anxious about things opening back up.  There are too many idiots that are going to make things worse.  They balk at the least amount of restrictions and do everything they shouldn’t just to make a point.  Regardless of anyone getting hurt.  I guess we need to start somewhere.  Speaking of which I have made this an extra long post.  Sorry about that!   I will sign off and head to do my yoga.  Stay safe and thanks for reading!



Animals, Dogs, Emotions, family, Holiday, Life, the World, Thinking


Today is Mother’s Day here in the United States.  Mom and I had a good long talk yesterday.  She loves her football jersey (fortunately it arrived earlier than predicted).  Her Football For Dummies should arrive some time this coming week.  I am grateful that I can finally do some thing nice for her this year.

I went to Meijers to get groceries yesterday and it was a mad house!  People all over the place, some wearing masks, some not, carts all seemed to be full.  The store had taped directional arrows on the floor to indicate what direction everyone should be walking down each aisle to help with the social distancing but that was mostly being disregarded.  I tried to do it but having to walk over an aisle and then all the way up the aisle I was just at in order to get what I needed made for an irritating shopping experience.  And having to go around people who were going the wrong way anyway just mad me throw up my hands.  I was grateful to get out of there.  I could’ve shopped today and maybe had less people but today is Chris’s one day off and I wanted to be home with him.

Dad sent me a Happy Mother’s Day text this morning.  Which I thought was very sweet.  I have sent a text to Mom.  She is probably still asleep.  Everyone here is asleep.  I find that I am still very tired this morning despite all efforts to sleep last night.  I am glad that the girls are finally eating but I still think there is something wrong with Stella.  It might be due to the vaccinations that everyone got at the vet’s the other day.  I hope that is all it is.  I may call up Monday and ask.  We’ll see how today goes.

Well this Mom is going to wrap this up.  I hope you are all safe and happy!  Thanks for reading!