Life

Setting the Mood

This morning we woke to snow on the porch. It is chilly enough that the birds are singing a lot less and no one is sure if it is rain, snow or ice coming down from the sky. It is in constant flux. As we all are. One day things are fine and the next nothing can go right.

I brought home two candles from work. They are locally made and soy based. I really enjoy the subtle scents from both. I have one lit beside me as I type this. It is called Sail Away. I can envision myself on a warm beach somewhere watching boats in the distance. With a soft warm breeze…. The other candle is Lavender Dreams. It has a very soft scent that is very relaxing. I got them both free because they were “damaged.” The tops had melted a bit so they looked a bit messy when you took the lid off. They each also have a cool carved Petoskey stone. It is carved in the shape of the lower peninsula. For those of you unfamiliar with the state of Michigan we have an upper and lower peninsula.

I also brought home two more Gerber daisies. Don’t judge. They were only $1.99 each. And they asked me to bring them home. Lol. With the weather the way it is I guess I will have to make my own Spring! We had a lot of rain yesterday but if the temperatures dropped enough to make snow I can only imagine what it did to the plants and such as they essentially froze. My clump of daffodils is defiantly done. They are droopy and wilted. The flowers look like they are made of a dirty clear wax. I worry about the local farmers. This has got to be reeking havoc on their plants!

I am trying not to think about my back. It hurt enough while I was sleeping that I dreamed I had been in an accident and pretty much all my dreams after that I was in pain in my dreams. I’m not quiet sure what I did to cause this. I have physical therapy again tomorrow morning (please let me remember) so I guess we’ll see what happens. I think I have yet a third person for my therapist tomorrow. Sigh…

I didn’t get any new photos yesterday. I’m not sure what today will bring. I need to try to relax but there are things that I want/need to do. Tomorrow is my first day as a manager in training. Wheee… Everyone seems pretty happy for me so I feel better about things.

I think I will wrap this up for now. I’ll add a few new pictures from the other day that I didn’t share. Thanks for reading and the wonderful comments! Stay safe!

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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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Keeping Up

I was dead to the world when my alarm went off this morning. That rarely happens. My brain usually wakes me up a few minutes before. That way I don’t wake everyone else up too. Essie got up with me and Stella came out a few minutes later. After breakfast and going outside Essie went back to bed with Chris and Stella is out here with me.

Physical Therapy was an exercise in frustration. Not only did I have a new person I was working with (so I had to explain everything over again to clarify the notes of my original therapist) but he was almost 10 minutes late. Once we got talking he also gave conflicting advice. So.

Once I got back home I proceeded to knock out my list (my physical therapist would’ve given me grief… I was told I needed to not try to knock everything out all at once) I got the floor swept, mouse cage cleaned, dishes done, trash out, laundry done (and put away except for the comforter in the dryer), plants watered, bird feeder filled and the house vacuumed. The house feels better for the cleaning I got done. I got everything on my list done except for working on the notes for the novel I am beta reading. So that will probably get worked on tonight and Sunday (my next day off). I did get some photos taken as well.

I got a really cool shot of a bird flying and the moon coming up. I will have to tweak it to get everything so you can see it the way my eyes did. I hope I have enough time before I need to get ready for work. I am downloading as I type this. For some reason my keys are not backlit anymore on the laptop. Damn it.

Stella is pulling an Essie. She is in and out of the bedroom and outside. I need to get going for my day. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Life

The Rollercoaster

I had hoped to sleep in today. But Essie had me up at 7:30am because she needed to go outside. She was out there for around 15 minutes. Long enough for me to wake and not be able to fall back asleep. So here we are. Stella has come out here with me. I have covered her up on the couch with a blanket. Essie is in and out of the bedroom.

Yesterday was a roller coaster of a day! To start with I was offered a promotion which I accepted. I am one of the night managers now. I do get a raise and that will start on next paycheck. I am excited but there is a voice in my head that is asking if carrying keys again is really what I should be doing. But there it is. I am excited to try and do this.

The second big hit yesterday was that I saw Moose. Yes, my baby boy that dies in January. A truck pulled into the gas station that had a dog that looked exactly like my boy. When the gentleman came to pay at the window I handed him some treats and asked him to give them to his dog as well as giving him some love from me. I explained about Moose. He gave his sympathies and thanked me. I went on to another customer at the counter. When I turned around his wife was at the window…. with the dog. She looked at me and said, ‘He wanted to come say Hi” as she patted the sill for him to put his paws on there. So I got kisses and I got to love on my Moosie. I am crying as I type this. I miss him so so much….

The third to happen yesterday was physical therapy. I got there and I wasn’t on the schedule. Yep. Apparently the gal that I talked to forgot to put me in the system when I called on FRIDAY to change my Monday appointment to Wednesday. And no one was available. So. Instead of recooping today I will have PT at 10:15am and then come home and take care of the household stuff. I have my little list going. So far there are seven things on it. There are the simple things like laundry, dishes, watering the plants, filling the bird feeder… then there is vacuuming (I gotta move a lot of things around), cleaning the mouse cage (both tanks I use in the process are heavy and awkward) and finally writing the critique for the novel I am beta reading.

I should probably get this wrapped up before it gets too long. I also need to get some photos downloaded. I want to thank everyone for their comments and advice over the past several posts. I really appreciate it! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Early Morning Whatsits

I’m not sure what will fill the page this morning. I don’t have any new photos. My brain is still trying to process being awake this early. I’ve actually been awake since Chris came to bed at 3:30am. I woke up and could not fall back asleep. I stopped looking at the clock at midnight last night.

Stella is asleep behind me on the couch and Essie has gone back to bed. A bit of a roll reversal. Essie also ate all of her breakfast while Stella did not. Odd. But I told both the girls that I would be home early even though I will need to leave about an hour and a half later for physical therapy. Essie just came out and took a quick tour out here. I haven’t heard her hop back on the bed though.

I started watching a lovely horror period piece called “Crimson House” last night. I am half way through it. I didn’t realize that it was a two hour movie when I started it. It has a stellar cast and I am really enjoying it. It’s a Victoria ghost story so far with graphic death scenes. But it is a part of the story. The graphic isn’t to be graphic. It is just what happens. If that makes sense. I can’t wait to get back to it tonight!

Mom and I are not hooking up this afternoon. She is trying to get her house ready to be seen by a realtor friend of mine to possibly sell it. The big dilemma at this point is what to do. She wants to move out here closer to us but she has to sell her house to have enough to make an offer on anything she might find out here. Soooooo if she does sell we need to find her a place to stay while she finds a new home out here. Normally we would have said she could stay with us but one of her dogs and one of my dogs wants nothing to do with the opposing side of dogs. We have tried several times to get them acquainted but so far no luck.

I have tomorrow off so this will be later (I hope) than I normally publish tomorrow. Hopefully I will have some new photos as well. But since I have no new photos this morning I will use some that I like from previous posts. 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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Breaking New Ground

Everything is dark dark this morning. It keeps trying to rain. That might be why I am so sleepy. I was exhausted when I went to bed but could not fall asleep. I have drug out my copy of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and decided to go through that 12 week journey again. I am hoping to start improving my writing and photography. Not just the actual task but help my creativity expand. I find my self in a dry spell creatively so I am hoping that this will get me out of my own head.

I am slowly ticking things off my to do list for other writers. I finished the first read through of a novel (I am a beta reader for her… or a first reader). I need to read through a second time to get my notes together. Then I can send them to her. I feel bad because I am a bit behind schedule. I did send her an email explaining but I never got a response so I’m not sure if she even got it. I just hope that she did respond and I did not inadvertently deleted it. I try to go through all my junk mail visually to check that it is actually junk (I’ve had my favorites list end up in junk mail for whatever reason).

I have nothing slated for this week except for my physical therapy on Wednesday after work. I’m supposed to go see Mom afterwards. I hope I feel up to it. We’ll see. My goal is to work on the novels every day. Even if it is just a single character sketch. I also want to upload some more photos to my site. I need to reshare my site as well. It seems to have gotten lost in the internet. I don’t think I’ve had any one view it in a month or longer.

Chris did an amazing thing yesterday. I’ve been talking about how the deck really needs to get pulled up (boards have been broken through) but neither of us has ever followed through until yesterday. He got the whole thing done yesterday while I was at work! He said it took him about three hours. Poor Essie isn’t used to the last step down being so long (it is a full step down instead of the half step to get to the deck) and she is always surprised when she runs down them to go after her frisbee. I hope she learns it soon. I worry that she will hurt her back legs. She’s almost taken a tumble several times. I think we are planning on paving stones this time instead of wood. That will help with the girls’ nails. I keep them trimmed as best I can but them running on cement will make a big difference.

This is the photo Chris sent me at work when he was done 🤩

I will wrap this up for now so I can get a few photos downloaded to share. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Blue Skies

The sun is out and the day is warming up. I finally got my article written and sent in. I hurt bad enough from physical therapy that I just couldn’t sit and type until today. I still hurt but it is manageable.

My hyacinth is blooming at a rapid pace! And whenever you go to the door you can smell it’s Spring perfume! Lovely! I spent most of the day reading and playing with the dogs yesterday. I finished reading Servant of the Bones by Anne Rice and am almost done with The Christie Caper by Carolyn G. Hart. I still have several books that I am dipping into at the same time. Several are research books for my novels. What needs to happen today before work is atleast a page written for one of the novels.

Stella isn’t too happy with me. I shut the bedroom door while she was eating her breakfast. Essie has this habit of pacing for about half an hour before she settles somewhere in the morning after she has eaten breakfast and I have settled in to do my writing. The up and down on the bed and moving of the curtain have got to be annoying so I shut the door. I will be home when he gets up so the girls won’t get into anything. Stella will go right back to bed after breakfast and stay there til Chris gets up.

I did get some photos taken yesterday as well. I need to add more to my web site but I keep forgetting. I also need to get my memory sticks downloaded on to this laptop so I can add them from here as well as my phone.

This will be a short one as I want to get outside in the sun for a while before I have to go to work. I hope you enjoy the photos. I was able to read some new blogs out there today. It was nice to see new faces on my reading list! I hope you all have a great day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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PT Day

I am looking out the window into grey skies. The grass is a rich green. Fortunately there is no snow falling from the sky. Mother Nature seems to be confused again as to which direction the seasons are going. Last week at this time it was summer weather. Now it is a rain snow mix with winter temperatures.

I think Essie has finally settled somewhere. She has been in and out of the bedroom for the past 30 minutes. Out here for a few minutes then back in bed. Then back out here. Then in bed. I also notice that the girls are more needy when I bring the laptop out versus work on my phone.

I go in this morning for my physical therapy evaluation. Part of me is looking forward to it and hopefully some answers. The other part thinks that it is just going to get worse again. But in order to get an MRI to see what is wrong I have to go through physical therapy. Wouldn’t you want to diagnose the problem before you start doing any treatment? The whole thing is just frustrating. Hence my attitude. I also have to leave extra early because I am supposed to get the 15 minutes early for paperwork and then extra early on top of that because they have expanded the hospital massively since I had PT there for my shoulder so I have no idea where I am going in the buildings.

I did sleep in a bit but the fact that I still had to get up to an alarm irks. It doesn’t feel like a day off. I am just tired, I hurt and thus crabby. I’ve tried to keep my crabbiness to myself but it will slip out once in a while.

If I am going to download photos I need to wrap this up. I hope you all have a great day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!