Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Acorn

The giant oak is an acorn that held its ground.


Such a great metaphor for life, don't you think?

And if you think about , the source of great inspiration.

Remember to never give up on your aspirations, dreams, hopes, faith, love.
Hold tight such things as good character, morals, and values.
Take responsibility for your life, your actions, and yourself.
Stay true to virtues such as honestly, loyalty, kindness, compassion and truth.
Hold tight when the winds blow and dance when the sun shines.
For within all of us is endless possibilities if we just stay strong and believe!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Monday Musings

Usually I write my Monday musings at the start of the day, but today has been so hectic this is the first I've had a chance.  

Spent my morning at yet another recruiter who informed me they don't have anything at the moment but hopefully in the near future.  I don't understand why they bring people in, only to inform us of that.  And honestly the recruiters haven't had many jobs for over a year now, that is the general concensus from all I have spoke with who are in the same boat.  And there were so many people at this office waiting.  One man said he has been laid of twice in four years.  Yikes!

So after that depressing start, I decided to browse a store or two just to put my mind at ease and try to create happier thoughts.  That and I was trying to find us a comforter deal.  Shopping without buying even something little is tough, especially during the holidays when everything seems to glitter and sparkle. 

Big news....after two plus years of waiting, we finally got a new mattress!   And because we went with memory foam the king fit up the cottage's small, narrow bedroom steps.  It is amazing that it fit. 

But of course my man had me do all the research, and then didn't listen to any of it. ; )  In fact, I'm even the one who bargained with the sales lady and completed the deal.  She explained more than once how the bed had to sit for at least 24 hours to air out.  And even ideally 2-3 days is really good for foam to air out and expand fully. It also lets any chemical gases escape. (foam mattresses come compressed in a vacuum type of seal for those who have not experienced it, hence why they give that advice) 

So I assumed we would sleep on the couch for a night. (yeah, yeah what can I say I like to follow by the book) haha   But he barely made a few hours before he decided he was going to bed on it tonight even though it wasn't fully expanded.  Which kinda of led into a stupid argument.  He wanted to know why I had it delivered at 6pm if it had to sit, ummm because I wanted both of us to be home in case they had a problem fitting it up or moving the old one downstairs. (Which to him makes no sense.)  He doesn't grasp how sometimes its nice to have a man around when a bunch of delivery men are in the house.

But it really got me thinking.  In all honesty, it didn't matter because I was the one who talked and dealt with them. (he didn't think they spoke english)  Here is where he doesn't seem to grasp how much I do.  If anything needs to be done it is usually me who does it.  I am the one who communicates with landlords, deals with sales people, researches whatever we need, household chores, helps keep his finances in balance, plans dates, does the outdoor work, you name it. 

Yet I'm the same one whose advice or whatever is often disregarded, who is given flack when I don't deserve it, and whose hard work is often times not appreciated nor respected.  Yeahhhhh that's right I'm venting. haha

He feels he does much harder mental work when he goes to work. (and maybe he does)  But I guarantee if he had to prep and paint one room by himself, he would be feeling sick and weak by the time he was done.  He has felt that way after vacuming  the house.  Though physical and mental are different types of work and it is hard to compare the two.

Oh don't mind me it's late and I'm venting.  Like I said this blog is a journal of sorts for me so I just express how I'm feeling at the moment which can change by tomorrow. haha   (and of course "my day" was cancelled)

I just think sometimes partners need to be more understanding and less judging.  Love is about understanding that the other person is just trying to help and follow the instructions they were given.  And instead of putting the other down and criticizing, do it yourself if you don't like the way the other does it.  And give affection freely and spontaneously.  Those are words to live by!  ; )

Okay. I'm going to go watch some Nightline now.  I like that Bill Weir is now on it.  He seems like such a pleasant guy.  And does some interesting news segments for ABC.  In fact, I enjoy a lot of ABC's reporters they just seem to have such interesting personalities and pleasant ways about them.  Anyone else watch Good Morning America?

Mondays are just so lovely.....

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life... a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year - and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God.

This morning in Philadelphia it feels more like Christmas, as it is snowing!  Our first snow fall of the season and it is on Thanksgiving.  It adds such a festive feeling to the holiday!

As my opinion has always been, if it has to be cold it might as well snow.  (of course driving and shoveling are the downsides to snow)  But overall if one can stay home and just enjoy watching the snow fall it is a rather magical feeling.

Heading to my sister's today for Thanksgiving.  She is having both her husbands family and ours so there are going to be a lot of people and kids.  Then again isn't that what the holidays are all about. 

I get so excited to see my niece I literally cannot sleep the night before.  She is such a blessing.  This Thanksgiving I am most thankful for my family, my dog and my man. Words cannot begin to express what they all mean to me. 

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.

Happy Thanksgiving!




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Tried to capture the snowfall this morning.  This is our backyard taken through the window. haha

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Woof Wednesday

This Woof Wednesday I'd like you to meet a special Westie who doesn't even have a name yet.  Poor little guy was found wandering the streets of New Jersey.  What a great Thanksgiving it would be for him to find a loving home.



West Highland Terrier, 2-3 years old
ID # D-38704
Burlington County Animal Shelter, Mount Holly, NJ
609-265-5073

{Please keep in mind a dog is a lifetime commitment. They need attention, love and time just like we do. In addition, adding a pet to the family does cost money in the way of food, healthcare,training,etc. So before adopting make sure you are willing to make that kind of commitment and have the resources to do so.}

*If you want to be apart of "Woof Wednesdays" email Lauren at [lcairdo@gmail.com] or leave a comment! We would Love to bring you on board!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Holidays

The official definition of a holiday is as follows.

Holiday:  1. a day fixed by law or custom on which ordinary business is suspended in commemoration of some event or in honor of some person. 2. any day of exemption from work 

A holiday is a day designated as having special significance for which individuals, a government, or a religious group have deemed that observation is warranted.  In modern use, it means any special day of rest or relaxation, as opposed to normal days off work or school.

So while I was standing in line this morning I noticed a sign in the store that said open on Thanksgiving.  Wait isn't Thanksgiving an official holiday?

I kept thinking....What!?!?  Really!?!? Noooooooo.

And this coming from someone who loves to shop, but that is just not what the spirit of Thanksgiving is about or any holiday for that matter.  Stores should not be open on holidays.  That is not fair to those who have to work at such places.  Holidays were created for the purpose of having a day off.  A day to celebrate the meaning of the holiday.

I'm really disappointed that all these stores are choosing to remain open.  Personally I feel it is a reflection on how materialistic our society has become.  Seriously, people can't go one day without shopping or just staying home?   This world needs more holidays where everything closes, or else what is the point of calling it a holiday.

Besides, isn't that the whole point behind Black Friday anyway?  Stores close on Thanksgiving, and then open Friday to kick off the Christmas season. Black Friday was meant for shopping not Thanksgiving.
The only way to get stores to remain closed for holidays is for no one to go shopping that day.  If they don't make money then they won't bother staying open on such holidays.  People can learn to get all they need the week, the day, the hours, before everything shuts down for one day.  It really is quite simple.

Why not just stay home with family, friends, pets, or even ones self.  Watch the parades, rent a movie, read a book, relax by the fireplace, snuggle in bed, make it a true holiday for everyone! (and give the cell phones a holiday too) 

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. 




Monday, November 22, 2010

Monday Musings

Mondays......last night we were discussing how the weekends seem to go so quickly.  And they really do.  Come on America four day work weeks would help to save so much money.  ; )

Anyway, yet again last night  I slept for maybe 2 hours, woke up at 2 am and could not get back to sleep.  Don't you hate that?  So there I was flipping around watching a little HGTV, little bit of a movie which turned out to be very touching if only I had looked at the title, and eventually dozed off around 5 only to wake up at 7.  Surprisingly enough I haven't felt as tired as I thought today.

Ran around doing errands the first half of the day.  It is crazy how many stores one has to go to, to find what they are looking for some days. (or to find the price they are looking for too)   And as I was saying to my man it is amazing how much little errands end up costing.  I do believe women have more expenses then men too.

Heard from the job, you know the one I went on the interview with Friday.  So it is a no go, though I'm not surprised.  Given the questions, or should I say the questions that were trying to get more personal answers then are really allowed to be ask during an interview, I got the distinct impression they were looking to hire someone a tad older, who gets medical benefits through their spouse. (seriously you would get a good laugh at some of the questions I was asked)  Oh well, the search continues.

Our weekend flew by as we had a Sixers game Friday night (free tickets courtesy of my mans work), followed by a delicious Pat's steak (a must if ever you are in Philly), Villanova basketball game Saturday night, and food shopping Sunday.  Not to mention I spent all day Saturday cleaning and hanging outdoor Christmas lights.  I really need to find a new product to clean the shower with.  One that doesn't smell, isn't harmful to breathe in, disinfects against many germs, and is easy to use.  Do they even exist?

Our Christmas lights are wrapped in this evergreen looking garland.  Well it has been around for a few years and the garland is starting to fall off. (it gave me a good laugh because I kept thinking of the movie Griswald Christmas)  So just have to replace a few areas of the garland and then it will be good to go. 

I normally wait to after Thanksgiving but last year I did that and the weather turned so cold it was hard to hang the lights.  So since Saturday was in the low 60's here I thought might as well take advantage of it.  To be honest I still feel very in the Fall mode. 

After errands today gave myself a pedicure.  Dinners in the slow cooker.  Football game tonight as my mans team is the Broncos.  And since Tebow is now on the team I enjoy watching them even more. (if only he would get more playing time) haha   Anyway....that's the story this Monday. 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Reality Check

This morning I had a job interview, and it really was a reality check of some sorts.  We all hear about the poor economy, high unemployment, etc, etc..  But fact of the matter is until it affects someone you know or your own family,  it's hard to understand how really bad the economy is at the moment.  And with the holidays coming up is it going to be very tough for so many families and individuals.

Anyway, let me focus on today.  The interview went well, the woman was pleasant, and so we got to discussing the economy.  And she was telling me how within 10 hours of placing the job posting online she was bombarded with over 500+ emails.  Honestly, do you know how many resumes that is to receive in a matter of hours?  It is crazy.

I used to review resumes for a previous company I worked for, and back when the economy was good one might receive a quarter of those resumes over a week span of the posting. 

Pretty much every job I have interviewed with have said how overwhelmed they are with resumes.  And having to weed through the resumes is an even more daunting task.  Not to mention they are getting people that are so over qualified for the positions, that it makes it even harder for them to choose who to hire.  Tuink about it....500 + people competing for one position.  The odds are similiar to getting picked for American Idol. (well you know what I mean)

Interviewing in this economy is definitely tough, not to mention the competition is fierce.  It's a whole new ballgame.  And what is interesting is the pay scales/benefits vary so much too.  One job offers great salary but only a weeks vacation.  Another offers incredible vacation time but low salary.  And in the end the job seeker doesn't have whole lot of bargaining room because there are hundreds in line who could fill the position.

Ahhhh....what a reality check.  And one has to wonder how our country is ever going to get the economy back on track. I hear the Republicans want to prevent unemployment benefits from being extended.  Really?  Are they living in reality?  Probably not.  Personally, I think all these politicians need to go live with an average American family for a few months, because they just don't see the world as it really is.  It isn't about being right or wrong, what party one belongs to, etc.,  it all comes down to what will help the people of this country. 

The stories are happening all across the country,,,,families who can't afford their houses, to feed their children, who can't find work after being employed for over 20 years, etc..  We are talking about people who have worked hard their whole lives and now can't find a job to support their families and themselves. 

This isn't about being right or wrong, this is finding a solution and helping those in need.  This country needs to come together to seriously address these issues and more.  Personally, I don't understand how we can send money to help other countries out, yet bark at helping our own citizens.  I'm a firm believer that you help your own people out first.  But such is life everyone has their own opinions right.

Some days I wish I could run for president.  Be that write in name on the ticket. haha   Imagine that an average American, not some career politician being elected President.  Now that would be awesome!

It's just frustrating.  And I just wonder what the average American can do to make a difference. A real difference.  Know what I mean?  

Mahatma Gandhi once said "be the change you want to see in the world."

Those are words to live by, but question remains....can one person really make a change, a change that leads others to follow, a change that has the good of all in mind?



Thursday, November 18, 2010

Vertigo Mystery

Vertigo....such an out of control feeling.   A mystery of some sorts.

Yesterday in the middle of doing computer work I experienced it.  Now this isn't something new as I have been known to experience it before,  more so in the past than recently.  But from time to time I still get the wretched feeling. 

It is a horrible sensation.  And it can come completely out of the blue at times too ,which is really scary!  

The definition of vertigo is as follows:  1. a sensation described as dizziness. n  2. a sensation of the room revolving about the patient or the patient revolving in space. It is a form of dizziness.  Feeling that one is spinning or that one's surroundings are spinning around one, causing confusion and difficulty keeping one's balance, sometimes accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

Yup that is pretty much what it feels like.  Imagine being on a merry go round, spinning really, really fast and not being able to get off.  Hard to put into words for those who have never experienced it.   One can't do anything when it happens.  Driving is impossible, and walking becomes more like crawling. 

What is crazy is doctors don't have a real cure for most cases.  Often times they can't even tell you why it happens in the first place.  There are a few medicines out there, Bendryl types, but they don't work all that well.  I visited all kinds of sepcialist about it many years ago...ear specialists, neurologists, etc..

Oh they have seen it first hand too, but no one could make a real diagnosis as to the cause.  Like most other conditions there are a host of reasons that can cause or bring it on.  I can't even lay on my left side because it brings the sensation on....which left the ear specialist puzzled.  And doing too much work on the computer can also produce the sensation at times.  Of course so can stress.  I gave up drinking because one drink would even bring it on.  And so it is, another mystery of life.

I know others both men and women who experienc it as well, and have pretty much been told the same thing.  More women seem to experience it than men which at times makes me prone to believe it has something to possibly do with our hormones?  Anythings possible.

If you have experienced it you know what I mean, and if you haven't well count your lucky stars.  I have to admit experiencing it really makes you appreciate the days you don't.

Seriously, how often do we take for granted the days we feel good?  We don't even stop to think about it most days right.  We bitch and moan about all that other things in our life that might not be perfect, but we never stop to think that if we feel good....well then we are perfect and wealthy in a sense we truly cannot comprehend.

So life will continue to hand us medical mysteries such as vertigo, that is life.  Not everything can be explained, cured, or treated.  Maybe one day it all will be but for now we somehow have to learn to deal with the ones that can't.....and in the case of vertigo one just prays they can find a safe place in the middle of an episode, that one is surrounded by understanding people, and pray that it will pass quickly.  Although, given all the technology in the world I sure wish they would find a real solution for it.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Woof Wednesday

Woof Wednesday is here and I have a special guy named Max I would like you to meet.

Due to special circumstances, his family had to give him up.  You see a child in his home had
become severely allergic to Max.  So with much regret they had to give up Max.  Can you imagine?  So please, please consider giving this guy a loving home. 

He is located at an SPCA about 20 minutes outside of Philadelphia, PA.  Even if you aren't in the local area Philadelphia is only a few hours from New York, Maryland, Washington D.C, Delaware, and other such places so you could take a mini vacation, see the sites, and add a loving companion to your household.

Max
West Highland/Jack Russell Terrier Mix, Age 4
Contact: Delaware County SPCA 610-566-1370 or Adoptions@delcospca.org. 
If you want to read more about Max click on the link below: 


{Please keep in mind a dog is a lifetime commitment. They need attention, love and time just like we do. In addition, adding a pet to the family does cost money in the way of food, health care,training,etc. So before    adopting make sure you are willing to make that kind of commitment and have the resources to do so.}
 
*If you want to be apart of "Woof Wednesdays" email Lauren at [lcairdo@gmail.com] or leave a comment! We would Love to bring you on board!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Good Life

Most of us struggle with our endless search for "the good life".

Our quest for what we think will make us happy keeps us in "the grass is always greener" syndrome.

Actually, the grass may be fine right where we stand today.

And if we nurture it, we can even grow a garden!


Today I'm simply going to appreciate the beauty around me.  And going to start with the gorgeous lilies my man brought home.  They are slowly starting to bloom and the house is filled with the smell of fresh flowers. 

Monday, November 15, 2010

Monday Musings

Welcome to Monday....it is now 6 am and I've been awake for about 2 hrs already.  I tossed and turned for awhile, then my mind started thinking about stuff, and from there....well there was turning back.  So, I decided I might as well get up and peruse job listings. Fun stuff at 4 am.

Overall the weekend was the best I've had in awhile.  Dare I say....it was almost perfect. Started with my man bringing me a beautiful bouquet of lilies Friday evening, followed by us attending a Villanova basketball game.

Saturday we took a trip to IKEA to do a little browsing, watched some football and then he took me out to dinner in Chestnut Hill. (which if you aren't familiar with the Philadelphia area is a small, quaint dining/shopping area nestled right outside the city....you know the kind with white lights on the trees, cobblestone roads, and overall one of those places with a romantic feel to it)


It is rare for us to have such an evening together, dining out isn't popular in our household.  So the fact that we not only dined out, but that we dined in a place with a romantic atmosphere was very, very special!

 In fact, it left me wishing we did such things more often because it invokes such a feeling of closeness. Those shared moments with no outside distractions are awesome.  Those moments where the stresses of life disappear and love becomes more the focus. 

If only there were more of those moments in life.  More affection, more love, more time to just relax together.  Ahhhh....I feel myself starting to daydream now.  ; )


Sunday wasn't as perfect. I had to work on household finances which is never fun.  We usually save all our receipts and monthly expenses then split them at the end of the month.  It is my job to tally all expenses.  Let me tell you....there is nothing fun about it.  And I can understand how finances are a rather large antagonist in many a relationship.  Talking about anything money related is just dreadful. 

Even though I have told my man to save all receipts, every month he claims he doesn't have all his receipts and that there must be somethings missing. Ughhhhh.....which then seems to always turn into a very stressful conversation about money. 

And every month when I have to work on the finances I seem to end up awake, sleepless, and stressing about money for about a week after.  I put a lot of effort and time into it, but I've learned that once the work is completed it still requires both parties to discuss the stuff, which is by far the hardest part.

Ironic too, because upon first learning my man was a financial analyst many years ago I got excited thinking I met a man who is smart with money,numbers, investing and has sparkling finances". Not in the sense like he was wealthy, but in the sense I've met someone who can teach me about finance, investing, and budgeting.  As math has always been my weakness.

Truth of the matter is when it comes to personal finance he wants nothing to do with it, instead I've had to learn and do those very things I thought he  would be an expert in. Although, I have learned a lot in the process so I guess it is all good.

Anyway....that's my weekend in a nutshell and if only I had held off on working on the finances it would have been a perfect weekend!  Oh well....that is life.  It was still an overall great weekend!

Wow it is almost 7 am., not only did I get to do a little writing but also sent out at least 10 resumes this morning too.  At least I'm off to a productive start.  And waking up this early does occasionally have it's advantages such as being able to take in the sunrise.


Truth be told I'm starting to feel real tired.  So think it's time for a little breakfast and vitamin water!
Mondays aren't they great.....

Friday, November 12, 2010

Decorating Ideas

I've been completely absent from writing this week, not that I haven't had a lot to write about but just been in one of those moods where I haven't felt like taking the time to sit and organize my thoughts.

The whole cold thing really set me back, in fact I'm still playing catch up with sleep. It is amazing how antibiotics can help but can also leave other parts of your body in a state of disarray.  The antibiotics led to a host of other symptoms that seemed to sideline me more. Anyway....

Finally got a chance to paint the bedroom. Painting a sloped cottage, type bedroom is not an easy task. After much thought I decided to go with a neutral shade titled toast. Why is it on the paint cards the color always looks darker? After two coats of paint it still looks very pastel, instead of the rich toast I imagined. haha 

Toyed with painting the room a country blue, sage or even lavender but with the sloped ceilings I thought it might be too overwhelming. Even though I left the ceiling white I just thought that maybe too dark of a shade would make it feel closed in. I've done a lot of research and everything said it is better to go with lighter, airy shades for such rooms.

Our bedroom furniture is white, so the toast color still isn't dark enough to give it the contrast I want. Hence, I'm going to have to add contrast by adding some color through photo frames, art, and what not. Honestly, the sloped ceilings and whole layout make it hard.  We had to give up our armoire and bureau drawers because they would not fit up the tiny, curved stairway that is boxed in by walls.

Still waiting on the man for our bed.  So cannot completely set up the room because I'm not sure if we will be using our brown comforter or buying one of those complete bed in a bag assembles.  Not quite sure what color scheme to go with in this room, especially since the color on the walls is a little off from the toasty brown shade I was expecting.

Do you ever feel like you have all these ideas of how you want it too look but no idea where to find the very objects you imagine? I need a store with cottage and/or country type items. Does anyone happen to know where I might find such a place, that would have inexpensive items too?  ; )

Well gotta long day ahead of me so that's all for now.  I have included a photo of the newly painted bedroom. There is still much more work to be done.  Honestly, I would welcome others opinions of how to decorate and set up this space. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions please feel free to share. Thanks!
  
{lots of space but very hard to decorate given odd shape}


{stairs won't allow for any big furniture items but this just feels too plain, I'm used to bureau with mirrors over them but with sloped ceiling that won't work either}


{thought color was going to be a more toasty brown but here is the actual shade, any ideas what to compliment this color with}

{That is a queen size to give you an idea of how much room we have to work with, and our new bed will be raised much higher.  Most likely even with the night stands.}

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Colds, remedies, and

Over the past few years, I have been rather lucky avoiding just about all colds and other viruses.   Fast forward to now and I feel like my body is making up for it all.   Honestly 3 colds in 9 months?! 

Seriously, I have had this lingering cold for over 11 days now. (this is the worst of the 3 so far) Nagging cough, sore throat, sore ears, little stuffy, and basically just all over aches.  I'm not one for taking medicine, but I actually gave in and took cough syrup and acetaminophen so that tells you how bad I felt.  Oh and used Vicks rub which actually worked better than the cough syrup.  Last week I literally got no sleep, at least I'm getting more sleep this week.

Anyway, went to the dr on Tuesday who said it might have been just a cold last week, but this week she felt it was more of an infection so she wanted me to take antibiotics.  And rest.

Antibiotics?  Noooooo.....I mean you really have no idea how much I hate having to take anything.  I have an ridiculously sensitive body that seems to react to everything.  And sure enough the Amoxicillin she prescribed has upset my stomach. (definitely won't go into detail but let's just say it's not good) ha  So now on top of the cold symptoms my poor stomach is being hit.  Ugh.

Rest is tough too.  I'm a doer by nature so after a hour of lounging on the couch I get restless.  And start looking for things to do.  I have browsed On Demand looking for new movies but haven't found anything that seemed all that interesting.  (if only they offered the Twilight movies....I have yet to see New Moon or Eclipse, those might be able to hold my attention) haha

Enough is enough, I want to feel better.  As this is starting to make me feel cranky. haha 

I understand where and whom I caught them from, but still in years past I had been around others who were sick, and somehow my immune system was stronger.  I used to think when I was younger that as adults one became immune to such stuff but that doesn't seem to be the case.  My poor sister and her husband seem to come down with whatever my niece brings home. 

Which brings me to the present.  I'm wondering how I can boost my immune system, get it back to it's old self again.  Maybe I should be taking vitamins again, hence I would need to find myself an all natural chewable or something.  I'm guessing the shear fact that I let myself get so run down, and had been experiencing a lot of stress is probably what helped bring all this on. 

My personal feeling is the best remedy would be to sit on a beautiful beach in the Caribbean for a week.  Soaking up the sun, enjoying the warm ocean waters, and just basking in simple relaxation.  Since that isn't going to happen I need to find good remedies here.

So, if you happen to be reading this and you know of any good remedies, or have any suggestions please leave a comment or email me.  How do you protect yourself from getting sick? And if you do get sick what have you found helps you feel better the most?

Heading to make yet another bowl of soup and crackers.  Followed by yogurt.  Yummy. 



Wishful dreaming......

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Woof Wednesday

Well, I didn't have time this morning to write both an update and new dog post.  So without further adieu please meet.....Achilles. 


 
Achilles
West Highland Terrier Mix
His age is unknown.
He was found as a stray.
He is located about 2 hours outside of Philadelphia.
 
 
This little guy looks like he is in need of a real loving home.   He may need a little training so take that into consideration.   Oh doesn't he look like a sweetheart though!
 

*If you want to be apart of "Woof Wednesdays" email Lauren at [lcairdo@gmail.com] or leave a comment! We would Love to bring you on board!



Woof Wednesday Updates

Good news....both Mickey and Missy have found homes! 

{mickey}
{Missy}

They were just recently featured over the previous two weeks.  To be adopted so soon is just wonderful news, as there are many a dog that wait for what seems like an eternity to find a loving home and family.  And some sadly never find a home.  Hopefully we can change that and make sure all dogs find loving homes!

I'm so glad I came across Lauren's blog because I feel the more people who read, the more people who participate....the more dogs we will help save.  This is why I participate in Woof Wednesday because you never know who is reading our blogs who might just be in need of a bundle of unconditional love....which is what one gets when they bring a dog into their lives.

And sometimes the adoption process of some centers may seem tedious, the paperwork, screening, etc., but that is because they want to make sure these dogs are going to safe, loving, responsible people and homes..  In our society today one can never be too safe, as there are many unscrupulous individuals out there in the world who don't have the best interest of the animal at hand. 

So please be patient and understanding with the adoption/rescue centers because they are trying to find their dogs the best homes possible. 
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Monday, November 1, 2010

Monday Musings

Is it really Monday already?  Honestly all the days feel like the same lately, the whole month of October feels like a blurr.  And really cannot believe it is November already.  Although it feels it as the weather in Philadelphia went from gorgeous highs of 70's to low 50's.  The nights are already dipping into the 30's. Yikes!

Thought for sure I would have a job by now.  And now deep down I'm starting to panic a little.  Oh I've heard all the stories from those unemployed but I guess I just didn't think it would be as hard as they said. Yeah it's definitely not a picnic. And seems different from city to city.  Praying that something great comes along soon! (this morning I applied with yet another temp firm but even they don't have many jobs) 

As for the new place, done a lot of work this month, and it is finally starting to feel more like a home.  Moving is always an adjustment of some sorts,  not only because of the change but because you have to make a house feel like a home by putting your personal touches on it.  And that is what I have been working hard to do, which would be so much  easier without such a real limited budget.  By the way, does anyone know of a great place to pick up small, inexpensive storage type baskets?

Oh and all that last minute packing my man did has really come back to bite him.  He can't seem to find anything, and loves to point the finger at me.  But I'm quick to add, that had he just took the time and packed/unpacked in advance things might be more organized.  My theory is you can't point the finger at anyone else unless you make a conscious effort yourself. 

On another note, the cold is still lingering....with an annoying cough for over a week now.   For about 5 days I got only 2 hrs of sleep every night.  So now I finally starting to feel the affects of that and feeling real tired.  Hoping it clears up soon.  I have found that Vicks works better then cough syrup. Weird huh?

Between the cold and Halloween yesterday I was completely distracted and forgot to set my fantasy football team and got crushed because 5 of my players had a bye. That hurts because my team was in 3rd place, doing pretty good, and I needed the win.  Would have beat the team I was matched up against had I put in my other players. Oh well.

And one more thing....this Fall I feel like I have missed the whole Fall festivities.  I had a plan to go hiking in the fall foliage, to go pumpkin picking, and to take the doggie for a stroll in scenic parts of Pennsylvania but things have just been so hectic they seemed to have taken a back seat this season.  Hoping maybe this weekend we might be able to plan a little something before all the beautiful foliage is gone. (that is if I can convince the man to get off the couch for a few hours) haha  With everything that has been going on we haven't had a real date night in awhile now. And think every couple needs date nights.  ; )

Anyway, those are my musings for this Monday. 


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