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A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

Let’s see how fast I can write this…. Yesterday was a full day. I wrote to my new pen pal (my latest issue of Poets and Writers had an article about a woman who put together a site to help potential pen pals get together during the pandemic so I went to the site and signed up). Well one of two pen pals. I have on in Great Britain that I need to write to yet. The one I wrote to yesterday is in Maryland. I plan to stop by the post office and get an international stamp either on the way home today or some time tomorrow. I may hit the Dollar Store for some stationary too. If anyone wants the site let me know and I will be happy to share.

For those of you wondering the chipotle pork chops turned out rather well. I would’ve preferred that the spices got into the meat more (the recipe calls for thick steaks and the spices are essentially a rub). I cooked them in a cast iron pan. I think that always adds to the flavor as well. I am curious to see what next month’s recipe is.

We had company yesterday as well. A friend from my Younker’s days stopped by for a few hours. She and I caught up on things. She didn’t know that both Moose and Dante were gone. She’s been through a lot of crap too. But it was good to sit and talk. And give her the tour. She’d never seen the garage before and she always loves going around my office and the bedroom asking about the story behind various things. The girls enjoyed her visit as well. They got extra love and play time!

I can hear Essie snoring in the living room. She wouldn’t eat breakfast nor has she gone out to go potty. Stella, fortunately, has done both. She also stayed in here when I first started this to get her morning scratches.

I’ve been awake since 3:30am. Atleast that was the last time I looked at the clock. I seemed to wake up every hour or so starting around 11pm or so. No idea why. But I get out at 2pm and I have tomorrow off. The question is should I talk to Dad tonight or tomorrow night? I guess I’ll wait and see how I feel when I get home.

I better wrap this up. I still need to warm up my car. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Dinner

The sun is fighting to be seen through the clouds. Strong winds are helping move the clouds around or even disperse them. I can see more and more blue sky. It is still a bitter cold out though.

I need to shower, do laundry and work on my writing today. It feels like all I did yesterday was anticipate going to Pearl’s. The sad thing was once we I got there I was ready to go. I started feeling like I was getting a cold the other day. At dinner I felt achy and my nose was running. When I don’t feel good I get very quiet. So Chris kept up what little conversation we had. There was hand holding and a lot of looking around, not just at the people but at all the stuff in, on and along the walls. Pearl’s is a New Orleans themed restaurant and has Mardi Gras as well as New Orleans things all over everywhere. I especially liked our waiter. He wasn’t there all the time just hovering but he was there enough to make sure we had everything we needed when we needed it. He did forget Chris’s cup of gumbo but made up for that by buying him a bowl of gumbo to take home (Chris had decided to upgrade the size and take it home for later to eat). The food was excellent as always. They have discontinued the sampler platter but we made up our own. I picked a good time for our meal as it was happy hour so a lot of what we got was specially priced. I had hoped to do dessert (I had my heart set on bananas foster) but I was just too full from the meal (I actually ate most of my plantation dinner as well as the appetizers which is unusual for me). On the way home we made a couple of stops (one was to get the missing ingredients for tonight’s dinner, chipotle pork chops, I’ll share how that turns out tomorrow) then we hunkered in for the night.

We set out some mouse traps last night (these are not mice that I feed the snake… but I have) for the mice that have come into the house from the cold. The little bastards (pardon my language) managed to get the peanut butter licked off the traps without setting them off! For those of you who think that I am being cruel I don’t mind sharing the house with them but when they start destroying things and we find their excrement in places like the silverware drawer I have issue and they must go.

I slept later than my normal late time so all I have for photos are of the girls. I’ll work on getting some decent shots to share today. Thanks for reading and thank you for all the support! Stay safe!

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Bits and Bobs

It has been snowing for a few hours now. Bah humbug. I have been reading more blogs this morning than normal (since I finally have my weekend off) and now my coffee is cold. Lol. We slept in til almost 8:30am. I spent a few minutes lounging in bed loving on the girls. I dreamt about Moose last night. I won some kind of coin operated game and got three balls for him to play with. He was a happy boy. The girls were there too.

I finally got photos of the knives I got Chris. I’ll share them on this post. I also got a refund for my shipping from Amazon since the one knife was late. I thought that was a pretty decent thing to do. It showed up the next day and the delay probably wasn’t their fault but I appreciate the gesture.

My one article is set to go live on March 1st. I still have my interview and two reviews to do. I think the interview will be a cut and paste from our exchanges. I started reading the short story collection that she helped put together. It’s very good abut I’m sure it’s not for everyone. In fact I think most of the people I know would put it down in short order. Just because it is very graphic. It deals with body horror. I am enjoying it because it is something new for me. Like I said the writing is very good.

I need to make sure we are out the door and headed to Pearl’s by 3:30pm today. I am rather excited. This will be the second time we’ve eaten out since this whole thing started last year. Speaking of which… I had to check to see if the restaurant that Mom and I went to for her birthday would be open. Looks like we are good to go. We just need to make a reservation.

I have been monkeying with my camera to no avail. I am trying to get the frame rate slowed enough that you can see the snow falling. Right now with both the Nikon and my phone if I take a photo when it is raining or snowing you don’t see the rain or the snow. And the photos I got this morning would’ve been beautiful if I could’ve frozen the snowfall (pardon the pun). Oh ho! It looks as if the sun is trying to come out!

Well geez. Essie is all up in my business! I got up to take a few photos (with both the Nikon and the phone) and she heard the shutter clicks and thought I was done in here for now. So I guess I’d better stop here so I can add the various photos and thus go spend time with her. Lol. Thanks for reading! Thanks for caring! 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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A Little Better?

I finally wrote everything out in my journal. I feel a little better. Yesterday work was a mad house and that didn’t help. I couldn’t fall asleep until late. I just need to get through today and tomorrow. A friend at work has gotten us seating at on of the local restaurants for Saturday at 4pm. Yesterday was our 30th anniversary but we will be celebrating this weekend.

I got one article written and submitted and the interview questions sent out before work yesterday. When I got home (about half an hour late due to craziness at work) I printed the questions as well as her responses. I’ll read it over and tweak things. Then I can copy and paste things sprinkling what I need in. Hopefully I can submit it by tonight (I work til 3pm so I should be able to pull it off).

I am hoping I make it to work right now. My tummy isn’t doing too well. Since work is so close I’ll probably go to work and see what happens.

I mentioned earlier that we were celebrating our anniversary this weekend instead of on the day. I had hoped to have his two gifts for the actual day but no joy, I got him two Damascus knives that he wanted. I’ll share photos when they arrive. I received a leather satchel (buffalo hide) and a lovely leather journal. My satchel resembles the one Indian Jones carried in Raiders of the Lost Ark, one of my favorite movies.

I am going to wrap this up for today. Thanks for reading and your continued support! Stay safe! ❤️

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Rambles

It’s funny how I can fake not hurting when I talk to people but when I write I feel everything. I should be happy today but I’m not. I feel even more hurt. I can’t hide it in my writing. I’ve tried. I tried writing about other things and can’t get past one sentence and it all dries up. So I guess I will let out a little of the hurt on to the page and see if that helps.

Yesterday I tried my best to be happy and I faked it pretty well. Everyone seemed to think that I was back to my old self. But as I told my manager it was either do that or cry. I haven’t told anyone why. Telling the story just makes it hurt more. And I get enough random reminders via the news and local conversations. I just feel like one big emotional bruise.

But I have things to accomplish today. I promised the writer that I am interviewing that I would send her the interview questions (she is sick and doesn’t want to share) either last night or today. I also have to atleast get two articles written for my online editor. I hate that I have put them off but there was just no way I could write anything. But I have people that I promised articles to and I need to step up. Maybe this will help I don’t know.

Only two more days until I get my next day off. I am very excited that it is so close. Even though most of my shifts are shorter it is still a long stretch for me. The sun is out again today. Full and bright this time. I think that will help. Essie is already bugging me to play (she let me sleep until 8:30am this morning). So I guess I’d better wrap this up so I can get things written. I did take a few photos this morning while the girls ate and went potty. I’ll add those. Thanks for listening to me ramble and thank you to those that have reached out over the past few posts. I really appreciate it. Stay safe.

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Holding On

I feel marginally better. Mentally I am still a mess but it has been contained somewhat. The highlight of yesterday is that the furnace went out on us. It was 54F (12C) in the house by the time it was going again. Outside it was even colder (in the negative with windchill). Work was freezing for everyone as well. Today won’t be much better as I am carry out so I will be doing a lot more outside.

In my dreams last night I was taking photographs with my Nikon from a small cruise ship at sunset. And it must have been Spring because it was chilly still but things were blooming and the colors were beautiful.

I’m watching the various birds peck away at the bark on the maple trees making bare spots in some areas. I feel a lot like the maples. Like I am being picked at and bits and pieces torn off.

I still haven’t written the articles and reviews. I am grateful for an understanding editor. I got up early (I couldn’t get to sleep and stay there) to do this and try to do one of the articles. We’ll see what happens. I know Essie wants some attention (I didn’t do much before work yesterday).

I just don’t know what else to write. I am trying to be optimistic but that will only get me so far. Not having Moose to help me through this is making it worse. He would always be by my side and cuddle when I needed to. The girls will but only for so long. Moose never cared as long as he was with me. I’d better stop here before I get to crying again. Thanks for reading and being patient with my meanderings. Stay safe.

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From Inside the Clouds

The sun really struggled to come out for a while this morning. But it got swallowed up by grey clouds filled with snow. I did get some photos before she disappeared. I feel much the same way. I felt good, mentally, when we got up. Now… like I am lost in the cold snow filled clouds. The snowflakes are steadily getting bigger and falling faster. Makes me wonder how much snow we will get. One of the smaller woodpeckers has hunkered down in the middle of the trunks and gone to sleep. (For those of you that didn’t know the maples that I have the bird feeder in is actually a group of four trees grown up together. I don’t know the logic behind it as the person that did it was supposedly a “Master Gardener” with a degree but there it is.)

I am partly looking forward to work because it will get me out of my head but at the same time I will have to be social. I don’t really want to talk to anyone. Speaking of my head I can’t seem to get rid of this headache either. Might be the weather. The snow is coming in from the West so we’ll probably get a lot. The bird feeder has gotten very busy all the sudden. I think I will try to fill it when I am done writing this.

Today is the first day of a seven… no six day stretch. But I am not working any really long shifts and I don’t have to be to work any earlier than 9am on any given day. I’m grateful. That will make things easier. I don’t have any meetings this week. Just one the following week. I do need to get my head straight and get my article and two reviews written. Maybe I will try today. I have rough drafts done so all I need to do is fluff them up a bit. We’ll see. I couldn’t focus much yesterday so I read a lot until everyone got up then I pretty much lost myself in CSI. When bedtime rolled around I read some more.

I will add the photos I took this morning and get this posted. Then I need to try to do some stuff around here. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Broken?

This morning I have no words. I have no pictures. All I have is a bruised and battered heart.

As a writer I should be able to explain things…. how I feel, why I feel that way, what I think etc. But I can’t. Isn’t that ironic?

Essie knows something is wrong. She keeps pacing through the living room. I’m going to join her. Thanks for reading. Stay safe.

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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!