February 11, 2024
I slept restlessly through the night and had 3 intense nightmares where I woke up in a sweat and laid there awake a while after each dream before going back to sleep. I officially woke up at 5 a.m. and was grateful to have a slow morning. I wrote my blog and after a while I made lime tea and relaxed in the banana hut. It was luxurious lying in bed until later in the morning. I cuddled with Little Bit and Fluffy and was happy and content. Around 7 a.m. I got dressed and talked with Christopher before he left to get groceries. It was so quiet without Angel, I would be getting her from her adopted grandma tomorrow evening.
I enjoyed having fresh grape juice for breakfast and drank 32 oz. of it throughout the morning. I debated whether to stay home or go to church but decided to go. It was good to see everyone at church. I was still feeling tired and dozed a little during the sermon. I had this pressure in between my eyes that I had been feeling for a long time and it seemed to be more pronounced today. Sitting with my eyes closed seemed to relieve it somewhat.
After church I drove to the gas station in Milano and saw a lady there with 7 week old puppies. We had been wanting to get a puppy that would grow into a bigger dog to be more protection for our ducks and chickens, since they are all free range. That’s what Chance was supposed to do, be a guard dog, when we got him for Angel but he already had so many bad habits that he had to be watched at all times. He got much better with training but his new home is a perfect fit and he is very happy there. I love seeing how happy he is when I go there to clean and visit with my friend Kim.
I looked at the puppies and they were red heeler/golden doodle mix. They would be good guard dogs for the birds. I decided to get one and picked out a boy. Little Bit wasn’t too happy about the puppy but by the end of the day he was ok with him. Before heading home, I messaged one of my cleaning clients. I had been debating about not cleaning for this client anymore. It was the only house I cleaned that I didn’t enjoy. They never seemed happy with how I cleaned no matter how much effort I put into it. I’ve been on the fence about not cleaning for them for over a year and things were not improving; but I knew they needed the help so I kept cleaning for them. Today I finally followed my intuition and told them that I wouldn’t be cleaning for them anymore and gave them names and numbers of 2 other house cleaners I know. They were not happy about my decision but I knew they would be ok and find someone else. After sending the message, instantly the pressure I had been feeling between my eyes for months released. Wow! I had no idea the stress of cleaning that house had been causing that pressure. It’s amazing how everything affects our bodies even if we don’t realize it.
I brought the puppy home and introduced him to our other dogs LacyJane and Jake. Jake smelled him, then immediately peed on him marking him as his territory. I took that as a good sign and washed him off. LacyJane liked him too but thankfully she didn’t pee on him being a girl and all. I took him to Christopher out at his shop. Christopher immediately fell in love with him. I said his name was Healer, I had picked out the name on the drive home. Christopher liked it and he came in the house and helped me find our small kennel to have available to put the puppy in if we needed it. Then we ate lunch, I had a banana and fresh grape juice smoothie. I was going through the grape juice fast and I will easily have it all drank up before it goes bad. I originally had made 3 1/2 gallons Wednesday night and now I had a gallon and a half left. It lasts 5 to 7 days if kept cold.
Healer wandered around the house and checked things out. I gave him some of my homemade dog food and he ate a bunch of it. Then Christopher took him out to his shop with him. My friends Carla and Debbie were coming over and I picked up around the house and yard until they were about to arrive. I met them at the gate in the side-X-side and they followed me in. It was great to see them, I gave them a tour of the homestead. Then I showed them around the property in the side-X-side. It was a bit chilly and windy but we still had a good time and it was fun showing them around. Before they left, we went over by Christopher’s shop, they met Healer and we chatted with Christopher for a while. Then we said our goodbyes and they headed home.
After they left, I went in the banana hut with Little Bit and Healer and did my taxes. It didn’t take me as long as I thought it would since I didn’t get too detailed and just did the standard deductions. I was getting money back, yay! That money will go straight to getting either the side-X-side or the pick up paid off. I want to get those paid off ASAP. I haven’t had a car loan in years until now and prefer being debt free.
When I finished my taxes I realized I had started a bath an hour ago. I ran out of the banana hut, handed Healer to Christopher and turned off the bath water. It had been overflowing and once again I was grateful it was outside and only gave the plants around it extra water rather than flooding the house. I had a long hot relaxing bath. It felt good to be toasty warm in the bath with the cold wind blowing all around. When I got out, Christopher and I ate dinner, I had a big yummy salad and we shared what we were grateful for.
Before bed, we hung out in the banana hut and talked. Healer fell asleep next to me and we decided he would sleep with me tonight since he was already settled in. We put the chickens and ducks to bed and said our good nights. I went to sleep early at around 7:30 p.m. listening to Fear: The Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm by Thich Nhat Hahn.
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