Emotions, family, Life, Thinking

Talking Helps

This morning has dawned wet and windy.  All the snow should be gone soon.  I had a good talk with my Uncle last night.  We talked about my Aunt and things that she liked.  They have a few small dogs that are having a problem understanding where their Mom is.  That is going to be a rough road for all of them.  Unfortunately  I keep putting myself in imagination in a similar situation.  Something I need to stop doing.

Many months ago I did a presale for the sequel to Stephen King and Richard Chizmar’s novel Gwendy’s Button Box.  I received it in the mail yesterday.  I told my Uncle about this because I remembered my Aunt being a Stephen King fan.  I’m glad I did because that led to chit chatting about books and such which makes us both smile.

I am glad we talked.  I think it helped us both.  I felt guilty at first because we had been messaging back and forth and then he decided to call.  My phone never rang.  I happened to glance at it and saw that he had called.  I quickly sent him a message then rang him up.  I’m grateful he wanted to talk to me.  Truthfully I’m surprised. I’m not sure why. I guess I never really realized how close we had become over the years.

This is about all I can muster today. I am grateful that I have today off. I hope everyone has a great day.

Dogs, Emotions, family, Life, Thinking

Distractions

It’s hard to think that she will never see this sun rise. Or any other sun rise. I can’t help wondering what he must be going through. What would I be feeling in the same situation? I cannot imagine being faced with a life without Chris. But that is the problem. My imagination is very vivid and I can imagine every painful detail. But I cannot allow myself to because I will sink into a pit of despair that it would be hard to get out of.

Instead I try to distract myself with reading and tv. Or mahjong. The kids have done their best to keep me busy. Since there are doors on the garage the new game is I let them in the garage and they go ripping around chasing each other. Then Moose and Stella will run upstairs and rip around sounding like a herd of elephants then come as fast as they can down the stairs to run around some more. (Essie won’t do the stairs unless she has to.) This makes all of us happy.

I see that I need to get myself together for work. I hope everyone has a good day!

Emotions, family, Life

Loss

I don’t really feel like doing this today.  One of my Aunts died this morning and I am still trying to wrap my head around it.  They took her off life support yesterday afternoon.  I woke up to a message that she was gone.

I told both my parents what was going on as I found out.  Both of them had become close to her.  Mom met her at another Aunt’s funeral. Dad met her through the numerous family Skype seasons over the years.

She and her husband got me a very cool dragon shirt that I think I will wear today.

I am still fighting with the garage. The guys who were out said that everything was finished and the motor fir the door opener hadn’t even been installed. I called up and raised hell. And I’m not in the mood for it today so it better get done. They will get here and manage to leave while Chris is asleep and I’m not home. We figured maybe 3 hours at most they are here.

I am going to stop here before this turns into a rant. I hope everyone has a good day.

Cooking/Baking, Creativity, family, Food, Gardening, Life

Yet Another Great Day!❤️

I’ve been fighting with the WordPress app so this will be a bit short. I read as many blogs as I could.

Yesterday was busy. I did laundry, dishes, cleaned the mouse cage, cleaned the snake cage, played with the dogs, wrote and published a book review, spent more time with the husband and made lasagne for dinner. Needless to say I went to bed tired. But I got a lot done and I am grateful.

Today we will find out if my Aunt can undergo surgery or not. Without giving too many details she might not make it even with the surgery. This is hitting both my parents very hard, not to mention the rest of the family as well. All we can do is wait and see.

The lot should be fairly quiet today so I will be able to relax a bit there. I do have read and writing to catch up on so that will be a good opportunity. All in all I feel my positive attitude finally coming back. Hopefully to stay.

I forgot to mention yesterday that my awesome husband got me some cooking herbs. Instead of dried herbs in a jar they are plants. ❤️

I have rosemary, thyme and basil. I actually used them in my lasagne last night. I was worried that I did not add enough spices. It had been so long since I made it I was unsure (I only used a recipe the first time so each time is a variation of the original). I needn’t have worried. It turned out wonderful!

Nuts! I need to get going and fast! I hope everyone has a great day! Cheers!

Dogs, Emotions, family, Life, Sports

Best Day In a Long Time ❤️

Well I have to say that yesterday was the best day I had in a long time.  The dogs were awesome (minus the little incident between Moose and Essie).  I got everyone’s nails trimmed and they were all very good while we were gone.  I also did some coloring while I was waiting for Chris to get up.

Chris and I had a grand time out and about for a few hours.  I put on my U of M shirt before we headed out the door.  We ended up downtown Traverse just wandering.  I had a hankering for a big messy burger so we ended up at Mackinaw  Brew Pub.  The goal was to find a restaurant that did not have a tv.  I tend to get very vocal when watching a sports game I care about.  It had been a while since we had been to the pub.  The last time we were there they did not have tvs.  Weeellllll they had gotten some.  So when we walked in I was immediately scoped out to see which team I was rooting for.  I passed muster.  I got a nod from each of the patrons at the bar and they turned back to the game.  We got seated in the far back where it was quiet.  (Yes there was a tv and yes I was facing it.)

When I saw the score I was not happy.  We were losing.  But as we chatted and I watched the game unfold we scored and pulled ahead.  I yelled and did numerous fist pumps with Chris openly laughing at me.  I also pulled out my phone and played the U of M fight song.  The meal went swimmingly.  Chris offered to stay for the second half of the game but I said no.  We stayed long enough to watch them score again (again more yelling from myself (the other end of the pub/restaurant was vocal as well) and I suggested that we get while the getting was good.

We checked the parking meter and we still had 25 minutes so off we went for more adventure. In and out of shops ooooing and aaahhhhing as we went. We found a fabulous candy store (just like those old school penny candy store of yesteryear). Hundreds of sodas and such lined the walls. Tons of different candies to chose from. Awesome tin signs to read along the walls. Fun little toys and do dads to get. We left with a six pack of sofa. My favorite is a rather huge bottle called Pirate Fizz Soda. It is Blackbeard Coconut Lime. It is soooooo good! Chris picked out an Agave based soda (sorry it’s all pop to me) and his fave sassparilla.

After that we headed to get groceries. Once we got going I’d check the score on the game and cackle gleefully (we were leaving them in the dust) and Chris would chuckle. I am always entertaining when I am having fun. Close to the end of the trip I checked the score one more time and a fellow Wolverine (this is our team mascot) said that it had been 34 to 10 in our favor the last time he looked. As I checked the final score I let out a happy yell and proceeded to ding our fight song. I informed everyone that we won 44 to 10.

We checked out and headed home. I had asked if Chris would get the kids some soup bones since they had been so good. He did. So when we got the groceries in I passed out bones and they were occupied for the next 2 hours. I rounded out the evening drinking one of my U of M beers that Chris got me and chatting with Mom. All in all a fabulous day. ❤️

I hope yours was just as awesome! Here’s to having another one today! Cheers!

Creativity, Life, Sports, Writing

The Big Game

Well today is a big day here in Michigan.  It is the game of the season for a lot of us. University of Michigan versus Michigan State. (This is American football.) I am a diehard U of M fan. I spent a lot of my childhood in Ann Arbor (where the U of M campus is) and many of my closest family and friends have graduated from there. And since Mom is a die hard fan it kinda comes naturally. I have many good friends and family that are just as crazy about that “other team” but I try not to hold it against them. Too much.

My awesome husband (who really could care less) sang the Michigan Fight Song with me last night. I was so proud that he learned it! They even brewed some special beers for us fans…

My husband brought home some of the Haze & Blue for me. ❤️💛💙 I will crack one at game time I think.

Writing may end up getting out off until tomorrow. But I may still be able to squeak in a few words before he gets up and the game starts. He wants to get me out of the house for a bit today so once he gets up there will be no point in trying.

This morning dawn beautiful so I am hoping that means the sun will stay out all day (or atleast most of it). Here’s to all of us having a great day! Cheers!

Life, Writing

Blink! And Gone!

Another cold day has dawned.  I did a little more this morning than I intended with the dogs so I am running a little behind.  There is supposedly just one more bit to install on the garage and it will be done.  I don’t think so since I know there are things that have not been addressed yet but that is the theory.  We are very frustrated and angry with the whole situation.  Oh and we still have to have a final inspection.  Ha ha ha.

I don’t have much to do at the lot today so I am hoping to get some of my reviewing done.  I have reviews I need to rewrite as well as books to read for new reviews.  So I think I might be able to get quite a bit done.  I hope.

I did a lot around the house yesterday.  Now that the oven is fixed I even made a loaf of bread!   I may do some lasagne this weekend.

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Well I guess this is all I have time for this morning.  I hope everyone has a good day!  Cheers!

Creativity, dreams, Emotions, Life, Thinking, Writing

Am I a Writer?

I never did get my second post done yesterday. My day was destined to be busy busy busy. I ended up working over at the lot. And normally that would’ve been ok but it was miserably cold and it was snowing as well as extremely windy. Over an hour in that and I was more than ready to go home. Because I was late I missed seeing Chris off for work. I hoped to get a lot done and I did. Just not things that were on my agenda.

I wanted to start doing more positive posts. I have my ideas a suggestions all ready to go the night before. Then morning comes and I am blah. I guess what this says is I am still a night person. I get good ideas at night but I have started writing in the morning because that is my uninterrupted time. Also (now that I think about things) I am relaxing. There is no pressure to write or come up with anything. Whereas in the morning I know I have to write and the internal editor comes on and starts go on about what I should and should not write.

One of my goals for the winter was to do more writing. I figured with the weather we normally get up here that would leave me more time inside with seemingly nothing to do. Well I can tell you the house looks much better than my writing at this point!

So here I sit. Staring at my various screens (I’m writing this in my phone since my laptop is updating) feeling a bit lost. I’m not sure what the day will bring or what I will get done. But I will try to give my writing a better priority.

I hope you have a great day! Cheers!

Life

Prequel

I’ve got two articles to write before work so I may not get to write today’s blog until I get home from work. The good news is the garage should be finished today. 😱

So until I write later today have a great one and thanks for checking in!

Creativity, dreams, Life, Thinking, Writing

Accountability

I feel optimistic, even with the snow coming down. I am going to head out shortly to Elk Rapids to cover a meeting. 4 wheel drive will probably be in use most of the way. There is just enough on the roads to make it messy.

I had planned on doing my article before I left for last night’s meeting but I overslept. I’m not going to rush myself since I can do both articles either when I get home or in the morning tomorrow. It will depend on whether or not someone shows for the garage and when the repairman shows for the oven.

I got a new anthology to review. I’m hoping it will light a creative fire under me. I am just going through the motions anymore. I need to follow through on things. I shouldn’t change my mind and not just because “no one is watching.” (I suck at holding myself accountable.)

I am glad to have the day off as it seems to be getting busier and busier with things that need to get done. And this is a good thing because then I’m doing things instead of channeling my inner bear and just trying to hibernate the winter away.

By the clock I need to get going. I need to clean off the car and have some extra time to get to the meeting. Thanks for reading and have a great day!