Man in a Cell Phone Tower

Yesterday was easier. Certainly not a tear free day by any means, and neither is today, but the acceptance is setting in. My Maisy’s death has certainly ripped a big hole in my heart with only emptiness to fill the void. Really all I can do is try to stay on task. Work is pretty easy but at home I don’t want to do anything but curl up into a ball and be. This is kinda putting a pinch on my Christmas wrapping and Christmas excitement. I’m just kinda numb right now to life. I didn’t realize how much my Maisy and I were intertwined at the heart. She brought me such joy. And my joy is now missing. I will find joy again. But it’s ok to acknowledge how much it hurts right now. Matter of fact I know it is healthy to do that. I am happy that I have the blog and good friends.

I snapped a pic of the sunrise coming over our neighborhood yesterday on the way to work. Was a pretty little sunrise. Most of the drive the sun is to my back but it was comforting in a way – a smile from God yesterday morning. A reminder that the Vitamin D is important this time of year especially. Leave for work when it’s dark and come home and it’s dark.

At lunch, it was in the high 50’s at that time and since I had a sandwich and not a meal that required a microwave, I drove to a cute little shady area of our complex. I watched a YouTube video and ate. It was a nice little much needed break. The sunshine of yesterday meant a lot too.

At least there are odd things here and there distracting me. Such odd things happen at our office complex. I mean for goodness sake, there was that BobCat that came and sat in my window at work not long ago. It’s a magnet of a place for odd things to show up. Right now there are these thousands of birds that show up at 4 p.m. every day, as if waiting for a refilm of Albert Hitchcock’s “The Birds”. But here’s a story for ya:

Last week, I walked to the UPS box to drop off an overnight packet. I heard a voice say “Help me, Help me”. It was distant. I looked around and I didn’t see anyone that needed help. I dropped my packet off in the box and turned to walk back to the office and the voice said “No, don’t go!”

I kept walking. Matter of fact I picked up the pace. It sounded like it was coming from a near RV lot. I thought I hoped someone had not gotten locked inside one and couldn’t get out. I finally settled on the fact that it was probably someone messing with me from a nearby hotel room. The voice didn’t sound urgent after all but had a more playful tone. I decided I was NOT going to investigate. I didn’t want to be a missing person mentioned on the news. Would I qualify for a Silver Alert? lol Probably not yet.

I knew it was not God. I mean after all, if God was yelling for help we are all in trouble.

I also decided that I would not tell my coworkers about it. I realize that I’m an odd, weird, eccentric, creative type and different from most. I am not going into my building and telling my coworkers I’ve just heard voices, LOL LOL LOL! Those clucking, waggin’ tongues and “sure ok’s” would have been running on overdrive.

But yesterday again to the UPS box and dropping off my overnight pack, I hear the voice again. Oh my Gosh I’m thinking – is there someone trapped somewhere? Surely if they had been trapped without food and water somewhere, they would be dead now as it’s been a week since I heard them last time. I was determined to see where this came from. No hotel window was open anywhere, no office window, no one peeking out of an RV window, no one from the nearby tree line that I could see. It sounded like it was coming from up high. I looked up. OH MY GOSH. There was a man on the cell phone tower. I saw him!!! Once I saw him, he quit talking. And he disappeared.

Now this was REALLY getting interesting. Had someone climbed up there and gotten stuck? Was it a worker or someone that was supposed to be up there? Had they been up there for a week? Was someone living up there? I know I saw him. I saw movement and reflections and the shape of a human.

Back at the office I decided to tell a couple of people. One person said “I heard the voice too”. lol. Upon further investigation with a coworker getting in the car and going by there – it was a worker and they were putting in new lines. Later I saw him repel down. The above pic is from my office window zoomed as far in as my iphone would zoom. Here’s a pic for reference.

What a crazy crazy thing. lol Very amusing.

So Last night, Roger became unsettled about 2 a.m. George got up about 3 times with him. He wanted out of bed, wanted water, wanted to go out, then I guess just wanted to roam. At 4 I finally got up, not able to sleep with all that. He actually jumped off the bed by himself and was ok one of the times. I told George I’d get up and fix coffee and he could roam the house. George is catching up right now on a bit of sleep he missed. I’m glad that he does not have to drive into work today. Now Roger is sleeping too at the bed here in my office (home office).

Oh and I meant to say that Roger greeted me when I got home yesterday. I was not expecting that and that warmed my heart. He was happy to see me. He actually followed me around a bit like Maisy did. I wonder if he is missing her too. George has been home with him since he’s working from home so he hasn’t been by himself much since she has been gone. I think he will really miss her too especially when we are out.

Today is my work Friday. I’m so glad. Taking a PTO day tomorrow. I had planned on going out and getting a few things done tomorrow but I think it’s going to be more productive if I start the day early. by wrapping. I am too tired to fool with it by day’s end. I’ve kinda always been that way about wrapping but it’s especially hard since Maisy is gone. I don’t want to do anything at the end of the day but put on jammies and be under my warm blanket. So I will be home tomorrow with the door closed and iTunes playing and get George’s things wrapped so I can see what things are left I need to get. I think it’s stocking stuffers. I will have two other days or after work next week to make the kamikaze shopping trips if needed to finish up. But maybe I can finish it up this weekend with quick trips out. Mainly at the grocery or wine store. I just need a good day at home wrapping more than anything and will figure out the rest. Maybe my spirits will lift by then too so I’ll be better able to do well with my selections.

We have not decided about the Saturday party. Well I’ve kinda decided but not sure George has. I just don’t think it’s safe and wise right now to be going to a gathering. He doesn’t want to make the final decision until Saturday……well ok. I want and need to see our beloved friends but I think it’s just not a good time for it. Every day we have record high numbers. More and more coming down with it having been exposed being around people. It keeps on coming closer and closer. I don’t want Christmas ruined further. (Thinking of how pitiful Thanksgiving was and how my Maisy girl quit eating and is now gone.) But it’s 2020, I know better than to think that Plan A will remain a plan. I gave up trying to plan much. God wins in the end. I know that. But there is nothing I can do to stop all the crazy things going on in our world and impacting our lives until then. In some ways I’m just so far over it I could scream. In others I’m like – yay, let’s just stay home and read and play games, eat, drink, watch Netflix and YouTube, and make videos of us cleaning the house. lol

OK over and out for more coffee. I’m OK guys! Just need to do some devos, and spend time with God and be grateful for what we do have. The grateful wagon is pretty overshadowed by Maisy’s death. But I’m trying. Or trying to try. I’m trying to care about other things in life. But it’s a little hard right now. I am thankful for the little things in each day that have big meaning. And tomorrow’s off day is big right now. I just need it. Losing a dog and having to do life as if nothing happened is not easy. So I’ll get through today and will get to be here and just knock out the wrapping in my PJ’s. If I wanna cry I will. If I wanna smile I will. If I wanna pout I will. I just need a day – or two or three- in jammies! lol.

Twilight Zone

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I kind of felt like I was in the Twilight Zone yesterday. And yes, I AM often in my own world that only I understand, but yesterday some weirdness happened that made me believe the “Smile you are on Candid Camera” dude would pop around the door any minute.

Someone called me and we spoke and hung up and then my phone immediately rang again and I said “Hello” and then the person on the other end said “Hello” and I waited for them to ask me their question or state the reason they were calling and it was an pause and she finally said “can I help you”. If I weren’t astounded, I would have laughed, but I said “you called me, can I help you?” She retorted, “I didn’t call you, you called me.” I said “No ma’am, I was sitting here and the phone rang and I picked it up and you were on it”. She said “well I didn’t call you”. I said “well I didn’t call you”. Again I think we would have laughed if we were not so confused. Sometimes you wonder if someone plays games or if our phone system is really that weird. And I tell you now that EITHER is a possibility. LOL

So the next thing is that time sheets print from one of our plants and I notice that people’s time is coming in past 24:00 (military time). It’s coming in a 25:25 and up to 26:00. In communication with the plant they proceed to tell me their military time goes up to 26:00 not 24:00 b/c they are two hours behind us. ??????WHAT???????? LOL LOL LOL. I send her the correct military chart and said “no the time clocks don’t go past 24:00 and that is midnight”. But she said “no it’s always been this way”. Because they are on our server they are always two hours behind. So if they work 5:30 it shows as 7:30 and if someone works til 10:00 that is 24:00 and midnight would be 26:00. What is even more surprising is our system will configure up to 26:00 and it seems to pay them accurately. So yes indeed we evidently use alternative military time charts.

(Insert twilight zone music here)

Then I get two letters from a state saying that we did not file w-2 information for last year. It’s a state that is new and has been very different from all the other states. I pulled the file and there is about three or four different places that you file various things – by places I mean websites, lol.

I had made a note that there was this one place that you did several things including w-2 information and a few other things (form numbers of various year end information). In my note I had said we only had to supply the total numbers that it didn’t ask for the individual w-2’s. Some states don’t want anything but the totals. Well it’s what July now and we are just getting a notice?

I could hear Gomer Pyle popping out at my desk going Surprise, Surprise, Surprise! Gaaaaalee! Shazam!

Anyway, I suppose all is well that ends well. We do have a small wee bit of time to get the date in before they slap a charge for every single w-2, and my boss is having IT figure out an upload file so we don’t have to handkey over a 100 w-2’s. I think it may be over a 100 due to turnover.

Anyway the day seemed a bit normal when it started but I was ready to go home when the time came. I did my *almost* 24 hour cleanse give or take a few hours. At least it was a very reduced calorie day and it felt good. I had the deep red berry cleanse blended into ice water two times yesterday and it keeps you full for a while. I had one chocolate square which is infused with green tea and a tiny bit of sugar to keep you from having a sugar dive. I had bone broth at lunch. And I had a BEA drink which is heavily infused with vitamins and a sparkling drink with adaptogens and a bit of caffeine – about like having a cup of coffee. I actually never even got a chance to have coffee or my fruits or greens as drinking all that kept me full. Plus I had regular water a couple of times.

Once home, George said he was fixing us a Monday Mojita. Well I was NOT turning that down. Fresh mint in it.

Then dinner was exquisite. Pan seared pork chops finished in the oven and green peas and carrots which are favorite of mine now. And then the little baked potato topped with a wee bit of sour cream and real bacon. It was a reasonable dinner. I did not have seconds but I do have them to take to lunch today.

And that is about all the news I have. I am feeling a bit like I need to be home to do a few things. I did more laundry and changed the sheets yesterday. Talked to Mom and my daughter and then it was time to eat and we watched Bloodline. We are two shows out from it being over and that is it. I didn’t realize it was an older show and I guess that is all there will be. So there is not another season coming. This will be it. This has been a fun one to watch. Very intriguing and mysterious and thrilling. All set in the Keys, mainly Islamorada – I think. Sissy Spacek has been excellent in this. And all the characters were great! Even Beau Bridges was in it.

Anyway, so much I want to do but have to work. lol It’s ok at least I like what I do now. But once I can I need to learn the camera, set up my wifi and software and get the pics out that I took over the weekend. Need to fix my vitamins for the week, need to vacuum, need to download my watch update, need to read/delete by 543 emails, need to do updates on Mac, iphones, etc. Need to do some planning. Need to pick my 45 Tags on here. And try to get more done on my to do list. I just need to do all my normal weekend stuff, but will get a little bit done each night and then I can play and be techi all weekend. Also need to get started on clearing out the old video and adding in the new. And then soon we’ll be packing for Texas. I always pack a week out so I have plenty of time to do laundry, and not rushing at the end. It’s harder the older you are to pack up and go somewhere for – in this case over a week.

Also need to touch base with our House Sitter who will be here to take care of things while we are gone. I also am happy we have a camera and system as well to keep an eye on things. That is a game changer.

So, off to do payroll, but one more thing….I finally finished In Defense of Food. I started a new book called “God and the Pandemic” by N. T. Wright. It was published by Zondervan I think. I prayed first before I selected it. I’m liking it so far. The author is reading it I believe and he has the nicest British accent. I love hearing his voice.

Anyway better go! Ya’ll have a great day!