Animals, Creativity, Dogs, Emotions, family, Learning, Life, Thinking, Writing

I’m Sorry…?! What?

Things are going to be a bit crazy this week so I’m not sure how long the posts will be. When I got my work schedule for this upcoming week I find that I am working 7 days straight. My next day off will be next Friday. I was hoping for a day off during the week to get some things done but I will have to make due. Things will have to get done either before or after work. I’m not looking forward to any of this but things need to be done around here and I can’t shirk. Tomorrow is going to be the real tough one. I close tonight and I have to be at work by 7am tomorrow morning (I am finally training in the deli). I also have my paper for class due Monday morning. I can’t get up earlier than 6am and expect my brain to function. Not with everything going on. So I will either have to figure out what to do after work tonight or try to get it all down on paper and type it in tomorrow sometime.

Trying to keep a positive attitude with all this is a bit much. I get things under control and even more things are piled on my plate. Moose doesn’t seem to do well in the mornings. I think he doesn’t eat because he will get sick. This morning he was licking his chops but refused to eat. Not long after that he wandered outside (he looked like he wanted to be sick). That’s another thing. I need to make puppy treats but when? I guess try to tack it on to everything Monday (I’m going to try to mow and then do treats… talking to Dad will need to wait until Tuesday or later).

On a good note I did get to come home an hour early last night. We were over staffed (they thought we would be as busy as we were on Friday and we weren’t by a long shot) so they were sending people home. I am glad. It was an extra hour of daylight with the family.

As I am looking at the clock I might be able to get atleast part of my paper done and handed in if I give it a go now. So I will stop here. Thanks for all the support and for reading! Stay safe!

Animals, Dogs, family, Gardening, Nature, Thinking, Writing

Planning

No one wanted to get up this morning. We all slept long and hard last night. Yesterday at work was as intense as Black Friday at Younker’s. We had lines pretty much my whole shift. I came home exhausted. I did get to spend some time with the family though so that was good. Hopefully the schedule will be out today. We lost some people so he had to redo the schedule last minute.

I still need to finish writing my piece for class. I did get my article done yesterday for the paper. Classwork is due Monday. I don’t have any meetings nest week so I may use that to get ahead in class again. It will depend on my work schedule.

Today is one of those days that I just want to stay home and work in the yard. There is a lot that needs to be done, especially will Fall coming on. I replaced the battery into the mower. Hopefully she will fire up when needed now. The flower beds up front and on the side of the house need to be cleaned out. I also need to remove a bunch of saplings that I have let go for too long. At this point I might just cut them down and worry about digging them up later. I need to go through the backyard and clean up the branches that have fallen from the various trees before I mow. I got rid of a pretty big branch that came down in the winds when I got home last night.

I need to research more about the milkweed plant. Pretty much all of them have pods now. Can I cut them down safely? I think I can with the ones that have had all their leaves eaten by the caterpillars but I’m not sure about the rest. I let them go wild so that the Monarchs and other critters would have some place to eat and stay. But now it is the end of the season and it just looks messy with the plants standing naked of leaves and falling over. The butterfly bush is going strong. I am very happy about that as the other four have died over the years. That again came down to knowing when to cut them back for the season. I cut them back at the wrong time and it killed them. Again more research. I find if I don’t do it as soon as I find out what to do then I manage to forget which season it is to cut things back. It doesn’t help that some of the plants I have get cut back in the Fall while others it is the Spring. What I need is just a day to work in just the yard. I could get a lot of the stuff done over the course of the day. Again this will depend on my days off. I try to mow when Chris is not here because of his allergies so if I have a week day off I can work on everything else until Chris goes to work then mow the yard. If I time it right I should be able to do the front and back the same day. We’ll see.

I see I have gone on a bit. The kids are bugging me to go outside with them. The sun has come out and is warming things up. Which means probably another busy day at work. Atleast the time goes faster that way. But I need to wrap this up and spend some time outside. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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

Keeping It Together

This morning I am worried about Moose. I feel that there is something wrong that I cannot see. I don’t think he feels good. He is slightly off this morning. I can’t tell you what but he is. I need to get him in to the vet to get his blood checked again. I think I will leave a few minutes early in hopes that the schedule for next week is out so I can set up an appointment. If push comes to shove I will tell them I will be late coming in one day so I can take him in. My worry for him will probably be with me all day. Especially if we need to wait for an appointment.

I had a good chat with Mom yesterday. We hadn’t texted since Tuesday and I was concerned. I saw that she had read what I sent but I got no response. All is well. She is making great progress getting her backyard cleaned up. I am excited to see the results!

We ate our first tomato off the plant yesterday. It was soooo good! Sadly though I looked at the green pepper plant last night and it dropped the peppers that were growing so it doesn’t look like we will get any peppers. The ones in the memorial garden seem to be doing well but the nights are getting chilly and I worry that it will be too much for the plants. We will see!

I keep looking at Moose. He just looks so sad and venerable.

I was out taking photos of the sunset last night (I deleted some photos so that I had room for a few because of the colors in the sky) when our neighbor stopped by as he was walking his dog. We started chatting and I showed him some of the photos I had taken. He was amazed at all the technology that was available: being able to view and delete photos without wasting film, the amount of photos I could take with my 16GB memory card (332) and all the other fun things you can do with my camera. It was a fun chat. His dog Pumpkin actually came into the yard to greet me. She never does that to anyone. She always stays at the side of the road by him. I felt proud that she liked me enough to come over and see me.

I was able to watch the meeting last night. It was a near thing though. I could not find a link. It took a few tries before I did and then I couldn’t get the damn thing to work on my laptop so I was scrambling to get it to work on my phone at the last minute. It was a short meeting but I guess I need to get my bicycle ready or next month as we are going to pedal around to all of the parks in the Village and see what (if anything) needs to be done. I need to have Chris fix my front brake on my bicycle so I can ride it. The brake keeps sticking and gradually closes as I ride. Very frustrating when you are pedaling at speed.

I am downloading some photos from last night’s sunset. I am pretty pleased with the color results. My new memory card should be here…. Wednesday. So I will be able to start taking a lot more photos. Time to get ready for work. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Animals, Cooking/Baking, Creativity, Dogs, Emotions, family, Food, Learning, Life, Thinking, Writing

Trying New Things

Well this will be interesting… I guess the new template for the blog dropped today. Needless to say I have never taken the time to see what it’s all about since they told us about it back in June or so. So if this looks weird when I am done you know why. Lol.

Stella has been a bit of a pain since last night. After we went to bed every little while she would find something to bark at. She was constantly barking the hour that Chris got home. Then she was a mess when he came to bed smacking Moose and I with her tail. Ironically she is in my office with me right now sleeping at my feet. With her ball. Moose has gone back into the living room to sleep on the couch.

Yesterday’s work started with me freezing my butt off in the cooler to stock the grocery cases. Because no one thought to mention I should bring a jacket (I didn’t really find out that I was in grocery til that morning) I ended up buying one of the Torch Lake zip up hoodies (we mostly sell them for the tourists but I like it). Then I was courtesy counter the rest of my shift. This was the second day in a row there. The day before we had a call off. Annoyingly I am picking things up there so I am pretty good at it. So we’ll see how often I get put there.

I pause every once in a while to look at the “new tools” to the left on my screen for the blog. Hmmmm… it seems ok. It will take a little bit of hit and miss but I think that this might be a better version, once I learn where everything is. I thought that I might go back to the original editor on here but now that I am messing around I think I will keep the new one. I wonder what the phone app will look like. I usually write on my laptop then use my phone to add photos etc. I’ll let you know.

I am trying not to psych myself out. I have things to do but not an overwhelming amount. It involves a lot of phone calls as I tried to do the other stuff over the rest of the week. Last night I cleaned out the mouse cage instead of saving it for today. The only non phone things I have to do are get gas for the mower (please let it start!), grab my paycheck and deposit it (easy enough since I will get gas at work and deposit my check via my phone app) and make treats. Oh and I am making lasagna for dinner tonight. I have a meeting to cover at 7pm via Zoom so that will have to be taken into consideration as to how late we eat. But all in all not too much work. Mentally I still feel overwhelmed because I want a day of rest where I don’t do anything but hang out with the family at the house.

While Dad and I were talking last night I found out that I have actually put down roots here. Now that I am an active part of the local community (not driving all the way to Traverse City to work) I feel more connected. Even the short period of time that I have been at the grocery store I have my regulars. As a matter of fact I guess one of the guys went to management to make sure they did not overwhelm me by sticking me by myself in the gas window on my first days. He wanted to make sure I was going to stay and then asked me if I was staying. So it’s nice to be a part of that. If I need something I can usually find someone to help instead of freaking out trying to think if there is some place (usually expensive) in Traverse that I can get something or get something fixed. We really do have all we need here in tiny little Rapid City.

I usually look in the lower right of my screen for my word count to see how long I have been going on but that seems to have disappeared with the new editor on here. So I may have gone on a bit more than normal. Sorry about that! I’d better get going though. I need to work on my classwork and make my phone calls. Hopefully I can get all that and make treats before Chris gets up. I’ll probably take the kids to go get the gas and my paycheck as it is a bit chilly this morning and I’m sure they would like the break from staying at the house all the time. Sigh…. sorry. I see I am rambling on again. Lol. Everyone take care and thank you so much for reading!

Both photos are from yesterday morning as I headed to the Jeep to go to work.
Animals, Creativity, Dogs, Emotions, family, Learning, Life, Thinking, Writing

What to Do First?

I am so behind!  Lol.  I finally got almost a full night of sleep (a coughing fit was to only real interruption… air too dry) and the kids let me sleep in until almost 9:30am.  And since it is my day off I read a few more blogs than normal.  And here it is almost 10:30am and I haven’t even posted to my blog let alone looked at my classwork.  Normally it would be all be done by now buuuuuut….  The kids aren’t helping as Stella and Essie wander in every few minutes to try to get me outside.  I told them if the sun came out today (it has been cool, overcast and rainy the past few days) we would spend some quality time outside.  My babies.. Chris has also been a gem with everything he is doing around the house to help.  ❤

I made up a whole to do list for today.  There are a few things that I may put off til Thursday.  It feels like so much needs to get done.  But I guess now is as good a time as any to start prioritizing everything.  I still haven’t talked to my parents since last week.  No, Mom and I talked the other night after I got home.  That taught me that I shouldn’t do that on days that I work.  Trying to catch up on everything just before bed is a bad idea.  Mom messaged me that I should talk to them about my hours.  I will mention to them that I have worked every weekend since I hired in.  I was told that I would not be expected to do that but I have.

I can’t believe that tomorrow is the first day of September already.  Tomorrow is Tuesday but since today feels like Sunday since Chris will be home with me the week will be off.  I’d rather have my week off and spend time with him.  Tomorrow also is the 29th birthday of my eldest son (wherever he is).  I am constantly amazed at how much time passes.  So I guess that is a sign to make the most of what I have.  And as I type that Stella has come in to put her paws on my chair to remind me to go outside.  Again.  Lol.  So I suppose that I will try to get through my classwork and then outside we go.  (If I was still ahead with my classwork I might let this week’s slide but I’m not.)  Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Animals, Dogs, Emotions, family, Gardening, Learning, Life, Nature, Photography, Thinking, Writing

Light at the End of the Tunnel (and It’s Not Flashing)

And the drama continues… hopefully after today it will be done.  Atleast in regards to the electricity.  Without going into too much detail the house/garage was not properly grounded out.  Since that has been remedied things have been ok.  They will be tweaking a few other things today (assuming it doesn’t rain) and then we will see where we stand.  So the kids have to deal with the power going out one more time so things can get fixed.  I am grateful Chris has the day off and can stay home with them.

I didn’t get much sleep last night.  Despite being stressed I couldn’t sleep so I was awake until 1am.  Amazingly the pups were awake too.  Everyone is sleeping now though.  I tried to sleep in but didn’t.  I got home later than normal too because of the extra work closing at the courtesy counter.  They are doing all kinds of things to keep their employees happy at work.  I won $50 cash this week in a drawing.  Last week (?) was a $40 gift card.  I am hoping that I get Monday and Thursday off next week.  Chris has taken them off to be with me.  Monday was his suggestion but Thursday I have a meeting.  I should know today.

I encountered a bit of an annoyance for class.  What they did was have the next set of classes start on the day you finished.  So working ahead only worked for the previous class.  I am back to having to make sure I turn in my papers on time instead of being a week or more ahead.  So Monday (or my next day off) I will try to get atleast a week ahead of things.

I worry that Stella is getting an ear infection.  I notice that more and more she is shaking her head.  That is usually a sign of an ear infection.  Not to mention all the dirt that girl gets in her ears chasing that damn ball!  I try to clean them out ever once in a while to keep the dirt from getting too deep into her ears but that is a losing battle.

I found a small frog sitting at one of our ponds yesterday.  That made me feel good.  I don’t think it is a peeper.  I think it is still a baby.  In regards to the gardens the tomatoes are going like crazy but none are ripening yet.  We probably have about twenty growing on the one plant.  The beans are still going well and the green pepper plant has atleast three peppers starting on it with the possibility of more buds.  The memorial garden is going very well too.  Some of the flowers are blooming so I have hopes for the food stuffs in with them.  I will try to take some photos soon.

I had better wrap this up for today.  Thank you everyone for your kind words and support!  Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Animals, Dogs, Emotions, family, Gardening, Learning, Life, Photography, Thinking, Writing

Electrifying!

This morning I was setting things up in my office and the electrical started doing the whole flashing on and off thing.  I turned off Chris’s computer and the AC  in the living room and that seemed to stabilize everything.  I can get online again.  I can barely see the keyboard because I am surrounded by the dogs (the power surges really freaked everyone out… they finally stopped shaking) and can’t reach the switch.

It is almost as dark as night but according to the Weather Channel no precipitation.  We’ll see.  I was hoping to get some class work done this morning.  I was awake at 6am but didn’t really want to get up.  I gave up at 7am.  I don’t have to be to work til 1pm today.  But I am hoping a friend will be able to come over before I go to work to help with the electrical.  Especially after the surging this morning.  If we can’t leave the AC on then it is going to be way warm for the dogs.  With the AC on it was still pretty warm when I got home last night.

This whole thing with the electrical really worries me.  I don’t want to come home to a fire.  We still have to get the fixes done on the garage before the snow flies and my Jeep fixed.  I should have a check waiting for me at work today so I can get that deposited and pay bills before work tomorrow.  That will be a relief.  That will catch me up for the month I believe.

I think I will ask our neighbors across the street to keep an eye on the house today while we are gone.  I will feel better if I can message them every once in a while to make sure all is well.  I am surprised they are all still in the office with me.  My babies.

I haven’t done much with the camera.  Partly because not enough time but the other thing is I don’t know how much space is left on the memory card.  I need to get another one.  I’ll see if I have some extra.  They aren’t too expensive.  Then I can start adding some more to the blog.  I need to get out and check the gardens too.  I’ve not been out there in a few days.  I am getting some beans in finally!  There are a TON of tomatoes coming in on the one plant.  I am hope the one in the memorial garden will start to blossom soon.

I should wrap this up and try to get some of my classwork done.  Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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I woke during the night feeling guilty.  No idea why.  I hadn’t done anything to feel guilty about.  But that feeling spurred a line of thinking of things that I had done wrong over the years that I did feel guilty about.  So I tossed and turned trying to think of something else.  Not much sleep happened.  Even my dreams I thought in the dreams that I wasn’t going to get much sleep.

I got batteries for two of my favorite toys, my Trex and my dragon from the Harry Potter books Norbert (he came from the egg that Hagrid got).  The Trex has a controller that makes him walk (forward only) and Norbert yawns, eats, burps fire, sneezes fire, giggles (there is a spot you can tickle him) and stretches his wings.  I had rechargeable batteries in both toys but they never lasted very long so I splurged and got regular batteries.  Chris got a good laugh when I brought each of the toys in and ran them through what they could do.  The dogs were not amused.

I am glad I have the day off but I find myself leaning toward not wanting to go back to work.  I suppose that if I didn’t have to work the courtesy counter I would be less inclined to not wanna be there.  But I am getting everything done that I need to so I shouldn’t complain.

Well crap.  I just realized that I will need to send in my word count for this month soon and I don’t seem to have any of the papers set aside so I will need to rely on my emails.  I hope I have kept all the emails from this month.  I should probably print them out after I finish this.  It is so unusual for me to not keep the papers.  Hmmmm…..

I guess I should see if there are any stories that I can read and review for class.  As of yesterday there was only one other student that had gotten as far as I had.  Thanks for reading and stay safe!

 

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Do This Now or Do This Later?

While I am grateful to have today off I am fighting with myself over what needs to get done today.  I have been trying to keep on top of things in my life and not put things off that I can do today.  To be sure I can get it all done today and relax tomorrow.  But I also know that I will not really relax tomorrow because I have the meeting that I need to cover for the paper tomorrow night.  So now the question is do I just divide things up between the two days?  I am very proud of myself for keeping up with as much as I have with everything going on.  I don’t want to lose that.

I plan to get classwork done as much as possible this morning.  I will try do do a bit more tomorrow morning.  It is nice because Chris is asleep and the kids can chill with me or go outside so I have relative quiet to watch the videos from class and do the required writing.  If Chris is still asleep then the kids and I will be outside.  I notice that the humidity has really effected the garden so I need to go out and water everyone today.  I know that they are reflecting how I have been feeling.  I make it a point to talk to the plants and thank them for not dying on me lol.

The body is sore from work.  Not bad sore but using muscles that I haven’t in a long time (well except for my right arm, that pain is the tendonitis).  We tried to have a nice dinner after I got home from work last night but the meat I brought home did not taste right so that kind of spoiled things.  But it was still nice to spend time with the family.  I barely made it through one episode of Supernatural before I had to call it a night.

Two things I do need to do today are call Mom and talk and FaceTime with Dad.  It has been over a month for Dad and I due to his computer being down.  Mom and I have done random texts but yesterday she needed to talk and had to leave a voice message because I was at work.  I may put making treats off until tomorrow.  I don’t plan on going anywhere so I shouldn’t need to dole any out.  Besides I have the hot dogs I can use for bribes if needed.

I should probably get to my classwork while I have time.  Thanks for reading and all the support!  Stay safe!

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Getting It Together

I just have to get through today.  I switched with the other Jennifer at work because they had me working 6 days in a row.  Yesterday morning was miserable.  Anything that could got wrong did.  I’m not sure why I am closing all the time.  I seem to be the only one that is doing that.  The other new hires are working more mornings and getting out at a normal time.  It was my understanding that I would be on mornings but… I guess not.

This morning I am writing in the living room.  I told the kids that I would come out here for a bit so they didn’t all have to cram into the office.  Moose takes up as much room as he can to keep his sisters out.  Then he gets mad because Stella is content to curl up and sleep on my feet.  Lol.

Next week will be my first week with both jobs (the grocery store and the paper) as well as class.  I am going to try to keep ahead a week for as long as I can.  That way if a week is too busy and I fall behind my classwork won’t suffer.

I’ve gone from all kinds of time to no time for family and friends.  Mom and I barely text and Dad has asked if we can FaceTime (I think his computer has been repaired but I’ve not had a chance to ask) but I’ve had to say no because I was at work.  I don’t think it would be such a big deal but it happened so fast.  I mean I was hired on the spot and started almost the next day and have been going full time ever since.

I think Monday will be my day to catch up on everything.  I need to do some stuff around the house and yard as well as try to catch up with family and friends.  I am grateful I have been able to come home to Chris and the kids these past few days.  I need to keep reminding myself that I have a meeting on Tuesday that I need to cover.  It is via Zoom so I can stay home and watch.  Out of the 4 monthly meetings that I cover only one still meets in person.  I prefer the Zoom meetings and will be sad when I have to start driving to all the meetings again.

I am happy to say that the Pearl (also known as the Black Pearl my 1992 Honda CBR600) is now residing in the garage.  My awesome husband moved her in there from the shed yesterday while I was at work.  I think I will atleast clean her up tomorrow.  I am very excited because this means I can start trying to get her running again.  She has been sitting stuck in the shed for many years (since I had to lay her down) so she needs to have everything gone through.  It would be awesome to have both bikes running! ❤

I have run on quite a bit this morning.  But the bottom line is things are looking up.  Thanks to everyone for their kind words and support!  As always thanks for reading and stay safe!