Friday, December 31, 2010

Reflections

Wow say it isn't so....2011 almost here?  Time, where does it go.  It seems like when you are young time doesn't move fast enough.....usually we can't wait to turn sixteen, then 21.  But after 21 no one really warns you that times starts to move quickly.  Seriously before you know it your in your mid twenties, and then 30's and the numbers seem to grey out quickly.

Wish I had known that at twenty, maybe then I would have taken resolutions more serious or put more thought into them.  I'd like to think I would have reflected more, and maybe delved a little deeper into the mysteries of life.  Or tried to hurry up the learning process a little quicker, or maybe have found more ways to gain wisdom and knowledge.  Who knows it is easy to look back and say what we may have or have not done differently had we known what we do in the present.

And the present is the only thing we really have, it is the time to change or become who we want to be.  Try to shape our lives into what we dream or desire them to look like. To pursue happiness.  To choose whom we want in our lives.  To express how we really feel.  To try to be the best we can be.  To rid our lives of anything unhealthy, negative or that bring us down.  Essentially to take stock of our lives. And what better time then the New Year.

I'll say this, 2010 was nothing like I expected.  Lost my job this time last year and my hopeful plan to  find something within six months, nada.  Six months turned into almost a year and I can hardly believe I am where I am.   Never thought I would be one of the 15 million Americans without a job. (obtaining a university degree guarantees nothing) haha

But you know what?  I've learned a lot, things I could have never learned had it not happened!

Most importantly....I am not what I do for a living, nor are you, or anyone else in this world.  There is far more to each of us then some job title.  Why didn't I get that growing up?   I would have probably majored in something completely different had I thought about happiness over money/title.   Now suddenly it is all clear....

 It isn't about what you grow up to be, it is about who you grow up to be!

Titles, degrees, whatever.... don't make someone better than another.  I believe it is ones character, ones values, morals....ones heart, ones soul, our capacity to give, to be kind, to love, to understand right from wrong, and well the list is long.  Know what I mean?

The true a ha moment came in conversation with my man when in conversation he nonchalantly said he would never want to marry just a secretary, bartender, or certain other occupations.  And I could not believe what I was hearing.  What?  How judgemental is what I exclaimed.  But then I realized he probably isn't alone.  I mean how many other people tend to be just as judgemental, many more than we even know or what to believe.  And what a learning moment it was when I truly thought about what the enormity of it. Anyway....
I've learned it doesn't matter if you live in a mansion or shack, as long as it is a safe, healthy place where the heart feels at home.  It doesn't matter who designs what we wear as long as we have clothes and feel good in them.  And quite frankly it feels better to know I stained a $10 than a $40.  ; )  I've learned coupons really do save money.  And slow cookers time!

 I learned that insulation in a home is very important, and that is it hard to look/feel good with 4 layers on. ( If only they could make sexier, heavier sweaters/shirts for us girls in cold climates.)  I learned that in challenging times you find out who your real friends are, and who really loves you just for you.   I who math is a foreign subject learned to do all household finances.  I learned that reading blogs is not only fun but incredibly inspiring somedays. And I'm sure there is lots I'm leaving out but I gotta start cooking dinner.  ; ) 

All I know is reflecting back makes me realize how much I have learned, and how much there still is to learn.  Life is a mystery in many, many ways none of us will ever be able to explain why certain things happen.  But what is certain is come New Years each of us has the ability to start anew,  we get the chance to try to be better ourselves, and become better people and hopefully make this world a better place.  New Years holds possibility, or possibilities.  And possibility can change not only one soul but many! 

Happy New Years to all!  And may all our desires ,dreams, hopes, wishes, and whatever else come true this year!

{And thanks to all those you follow my blog.  This started out as a simple way to express my thoughts much like a journal.  Somehow in the process I have not only come across some amazingly, beautiful blogs but souls as well, for that I am grateful.  Your comments are always welcome, whether we agree or disagree is not what matters, what matters is that one has an opinion or thought, and feels free to express it.  And please always feel free to directly email me as well, as you never know when the possibility of a great friendship or inspiration may be found!}


Favorite Moments Of 2010

{relaxing spring day at beach}

{hayride and punpkin patch with neice}

{gorgeous, stress relieving golf outing on a perfect sunny day}

{moving day into the cottage}

{swallowtail hanging out on my butterfly bush....simply amazing}


{free tickets to Phillies game always fun on a hot summer night}

Monday, December 27, 2010

Monday Musings

This Monday we are trying to dig our way out of the snow.  Philadelphia for the most part has been under blizzard like conditions since yesterday.  

So much so that the nfl actually cancelled the football game schedule for Sunday night. (which by the way disappointed a lot of fans here who wanted to see a game played in snow) In fact, our governor is basically calling the nfl wusses. haha   Guess he just feels if other teams like Minnesota, Green Bay, New England and Detroit can play in snow why not Philly. 

As for the weekend festivities.  Christmas Eve seemed to go by so fast, isn't that always the way when you are having fun.  My Italian feast that I prepared went over quite well, in fact there were hints that maybe we should make it an official tradition.  I must admit that is the most stuffed I have felt in a while.  If I could have I would have just kept eating.

My niece was thrilled with her toys, which she kept us all busy playing with.  I would recommend the Melissa and Doug brand to anyone.  Their food sets are amazing, so real and children can actually cut the food because each piece velcros together and when you cut the food it even sounds like the real thing.   The toys they have these days are pretty amazing.


{this is their cookie set, the icing on each cookie is attached by velcro}

So after eating a ton, playing like we were kids again everyone eventually headed home around 10 because the little one needed to sleep.  Though I wish everyone could have stayed later.  My man declared it had been a long day so he went to bed as soon as everyone left, I was rather energized after eating all the food and dessert so I decided to watch a movie what better flick than Twilight. (I've lost track of how many times I've watched it now) 

Christmas Day the man went to Long Island, NY to spend the day with his sister and mother.  I went to my sisters instead because his mother doesn't allow our dog in her house. (even though she is house trained, doesn't shed and basically just sleeps most of the day)  But we won't even go there.  Usually we leave her with my family for the day but this year with my parents house under renovation that wasn't an option.  
Christmas Day at my sisters house was a blast. 

So in a way I'm glad I stayed here because it was so much fun and we had a lot of laughs.  I love those silly moments.  My niece opened more toys, wanted all of us to play and dance with her which we did.  And my sister cooked this amazing dinner which I think should become another family tradition as well.  Ham,chicken, string bean casserole, sweet potatoes, bread, you name it.  The chicken had cooked for awhile, and the little timer would not pop, which turned into a rather funny moment too.  With everyone crowded around the oven trying to figure out if it was done.


{my brother in law carvering the chicken}

And of course my family brought me presents even though I asked them not to this year.  Even my man's family brought me presents.  I was very surprised.  Being unemployed this year I expected we would all just take a break from gift giving and pick it up next year when I had money.  But my mother said no way, that parents are allowed to spoil their children no matter how old.  Oh you have to know my mother, she is the kindest most giving person I know! 

And she surprised me with a kitchen aid mixer, literally it brought tears to my eyes.  I never expected such a gift and for her to buy something like that.  I have a little hand held mixer that barely navigated cookie dough so now I can really bake.  Giada watch out AM is taking over the kitchen!  ; )

And yeah I know the man and I said we weren't going to exchange gifts this season, but of anyone, I was secretly hoping he would get me something. (I like to have little things to associate with him each season)  He went shopping for his mother and sister, so I was hoping maybe.  But that's okay because he is just following what we said we would do this year. And quite frankly I'm disappointed we didn't exchange gifts because I love buying gifts for him. 

In general I enjoy seeing the look on peoples faces when they open gifts.  I love trying to pick special gifts for people.  Oh well, if I dwell on it too long I'm only going to feel depressed. haha   At least I got him to take a photo which isn't always easy. (he just doesn't like taking too many photos)  Think for the New Year I have to get him to make a resolution to like more things. haha

{yeah a family photo}

Sunday basically did laundry, cleaned up the house a little, and then watched the snow fall.  Also had to try and shovel a few paths so my dog could have a place to walk. (her legs are too tiny to navigate deep snow).  The shoveling took a much harder toll then I expected let's just say my heart didn't like it too much. 

Anyway, it's Monday, we have lots of snow, it's freezing, and we decided to make this a lounge in bed afternoon!

{the snow is taller than her and if we don't make paths she gets stuck in the snow trying to pee}


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

As the lights of Christmas Eve fade
and the joy of Christmas morning
illuminates the faces of all,
may we give thanks for the gift
of those we hold dear. 

Merry Christmas!




Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Woof Wednesday

This Woof Wednesday I would like to mention the Westie Rescue Of The Mid-Atlantic States Inc..  They are an organization trying to help place Westie's who have been given up into loving homes.   To learn more about their organization and how to adopt a West Highland Terrier I have provided a link to their website.  following link:  http://www.westierescue.com/index.asp

And please meet Paige this weeks Woof Wednesday's dog who is in need of a loving home.  She currently resides at a rescue in Michigan.  Just proof of the numerous rescues and shelters that need our help in finding their dogs loving homes.   I'm trying to focus on different areas of the country hoping to give even more options to anyone who might come across our Woof Wednesday posts.

Paige
West Highland Terrier
Contact Karen at  269 694 4703
7 years old

{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!

Christmas Eve

So our big Christmas Eve family dinner has been handed to me this year.  I'm excited because I like entertaining but rarely get the chance, so hosting sounded like fun to me.  ; )   Christmas Eve in our family has always been when everyone gets together, cooks big dinner, exchanges gifts, and as a kid it always seemed even more exciting then Christmas Day.

Although, I will miss being at my family's house because they have such beautiful trees each year.  My family is actually in the process of major renovations to their kitchen, they have combined their dining room and kitchen into one big gourmet kitchen.  So it won't be officially down for another week.  Which I can't wait to see because they chose a very cottage/french country style.  And I love the little preview I got to see. Not to mention this is something they have wanted for a long time. 

Anyway, the menu so far consists of all Italian foods.  Which is funny considering my heritage is mostly Irish/Russian. haha  There is lasagna, baked ziti, caesar salad, and garlic bread.  Dessert is going to be homemade vanilla poundcake and gingerbread cake.  My father is also bringing walnut, carmel apple pies. And going to put out a few snacks beforehand like crackers/cheese and maybe even some candy.

Usually every Christmas Eve I have tried to come up with a creative dessert.  One year I made these frozen ice cream desserts that looked like snowballs...they were so good.  Imagine a scoop of ice cream covered in vanilla icing and then frozen.  I'd love to make them again but it takes freezer space that I just don't have at the moment.  So I'm just going with homemade cakes instead.

Most important to me is that my niece is happy because Christmas is such a magical time for kids.  So I bought extra Christmas candy and have put up a few more decorations just for her.  And of course Santa is dropping off presents for her as well.  I want to make sure she feels Christmas all around her when she arrives.

Got a lot of cooking ahead of me! 

And when I think of the holidays I'm always curious as to what others traditions are.  How they spend the holidays?  What kind of food is on their menu?  Where do they go?  What do others gift exchanging and giving involve?  I like to hear and learn about others traditions.

So if anyone is reading and feels like sharing I would love to hear your holiday traditions!




Monday, December 20, 2010

Monday Musings

Once again Monday has come rather quickly.  Though after this weekend I am welcoming it for a change. 

What I had anticipated to be a fun, festive weekend filled with holiday activities turned into the complete opposite.  In fact, any holiday spirit I seem to have this season feels like it was crushed. 

And really this is just a personal rant to express my feelings which I feel only hurt the body when suppressed.  So by all means skip this post of mine today, unless of course you like a little drama. haha (and you know life changes quickly so by the time you read all is probably good again)  ; )

The original plan was to go to Peddlers Village which is near New Hope, PA.  They have unique shops, and the lights they put up for the holidays have always been a holiday attraction.  We have talked about going there during the holidays for a few years but never got around to it.  So when we made plans to do it last week I was so excited!

I imagined walking around in the cold winter air, holding hands, drinking coca and just enjoying all the festive lights and holiday cheer around us.  I thought it would be a great way to really get in the Christmas spirit.  Then I thought we might drive around looking at Christmas lights and maybe even do a little Christmas shopping.

Let's just say nothing went as imagined.  Instead come Saturday the man didnt feel like going. Guess he would have preferred to sit on the couch watching tv. (but that happens pretty much every weekend and the holiday lights only happen once a year).  Well  we went but he was silent, forget holding hands, no cocoa, and absolutely no appreciation for the lights or festivities around us. 

Originally, I had wanted to go out to dinner but didn't even suggest that because I thought that would be pushing it. (he doesn't enjoy eating out)  So since we weren't planning on eating, I decided we might as well bring the dog.  And the lovely attention people bestowed upon her was the one bright spot.  People were stopping to pet her, tell her how pretty she was, and she seemed to enjoy it as she strutted around.

Anyway, we drove 40 mins, to walk around for maybe 15 mins.  I had warned my man to dress warm, bring gloves, scarf,etc. but he didn't.  So he basically started feeling cold pretty soon after arriving. (although we have weathered cold, rain and sleet while sitting at a football game before)  So this weather wasn't quite as bad.  Overall, let's just say he was in a bad mood. The car ride home was tense as I listened to him inform me he didn't care for it, that it was just lights, too crowded,cold etc.. And the conversation just went downhill from there. 

As he informed me he brings me flowers which is just for me, and wanted to know what I do just for him.

Hmmmm.....I cook homemade meals every night, do dishes, weekly cleaning, laundry, house painting, gardening, finances, etc, but he feels that is for me as well as for him.  Ok how about the time spent trying to figure out his credit report, debt and bills. Or other issues that I have tried to be supportive of and stand by him through.  Or all the weekends over the years I've sat on the couch watching tv because that is what he likes to do. And while we were dating I spent every weekend driving to his place, which was 50 mins away. (having to leave my dog with family)   Or when his mom was sick I was there offering help in any way I could, willing to talk to doctors, do his sisters laundry, be there for him.  Drove him to dental surgery twice, waited/worried while he was under, filled meds, and took care of him afterwards.  Or the moments I try to talk to him, ask him what he wants or try to plan something only to have him get annoyed because he not only dislikes questions but making plans ahead of time.  Even if those don't count these should....

I've tried numerous times making him breakfast in bed/coffee in the morning but nope he doesn't like that.(goes to wawa every morning instead)  Used to buy him cards, and write little love/inspirational notes didn't like that.  I have planned romantic evenings with candle light dinners and naughty itineraries nope not into that either. Baked special cakes for him.  Try to plan fun date nights. Shower him with affection. I've suggested plays, museums, and even Atlantic City.  He says those are things I like, but he doesn't. And so I asked him besides sports tickets (which I can't afford right now) what could I possibly do that is just for him, that would make him happy?   He had no answer. 

And the whopper comment....if it wasn't for me you would probably be living with family.(hey now I pay rent and half of all bills around here, it's not like he supports me)   And then I thought so what if I did.  But to him only losers do that after the college years.  And if you know me one thing I really dislike is using words like that.  I hate name calling, judging others, and not fond of unkind sarcasm. So that got me fired up.   My motto has always been to never judge anyone or their situation until you understand the whys and how, or have walked in their shoes. 

Whatever I do I always think of him, try to be supportive, even when I haven't agreed with certain things I never made any negative comments.  I feel I'm always looking out for his happiness.  But that tiny comment got me thinking of how in the grande scheme of life I really don't ask for much.  Kindness, compassion, affection, honesty, loyalty, good conversation, fun, understanding, love and a few date nights here and there is all I truly desire.

I explained to him how I felt his words were very unkind, that he doesn't seem appreciative of all the little things I do or ways I help him.  And that his words basically crushed my spirit.  He apologized but he also said he was expressing how he felt.  And I'm still waiting to hear what exactly it is he would like. What in his mind is equal to him buying me flowers. And I'm still trying to figure out if there is anything besides sports and the couch that he truly enjoys.

So for once I'm glad it's Monday because it's time to start anew.  Time to put the past behind and focus on the present.   I still believe...."The simply pleasures are life's truest treasures. Indulge yourself."

Sorry if it wasn't the most positive of posts but somedays I just need to keep it real.  And this post captures the raw emotions I felt. And that is why I started blogging in the first place to capture those emotions of life. But everyday is a new day, people agree and disagree, they have good days and bad, and people aren't always going to agree. That's life!  ; )

Blessings.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Woof Wednesday

Woof Wednesday is here and I have two special dogs that need to find a loving home.  This story really touched my heart because I know how important it is for some dogs to be kept together. 

You see their owner's father has to move in with them and his allergies are forcing them to have to find them another home. These Scotties love each other so they don't want to separate them and need to be adopted together.  They are affectionate, well mannered, healthy and love to be around people.

Provided below is a link to read their full story.  Really hope someone will find it in their heart to adopt these Scottish Terriers.  So please let's try to find these sweet Scottish Terriers Shorty and Piper a loving home. They are currently at the Scottish Terrier Club of Greater New York Rescue, Rockaway, NJ.


Shorty and Piper
5 yrs old
Contact Erica Cerny ecerny@optonline.net or 973-361-6790



{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, December 14, 2010

Twilight Saga

Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn....I'm officially in love.  With the overall story,  Edward, the bond between Edward and Bella, and pretty much all the other characters of the Twilight Saga.

And while the books and movies have been around for a little, for some reason I seemed to miss all the hype when they came out.  I remember hearing it mentioned from time to time, or hearing that the opening had taken in a lot of money.  Or randomly hearing the actors mentioned. But not until recently did I actually understand  it.

While searching tv for something to captivate my attention, I happened across the movie Twilight. (and was instantly hooked)  Which led me to the internet to learn more. Oh I had heard about it before but never paid much attention, not even sure why.  Though I'm asking myself that now.

Maybe I assumed it would be some cheesy teen movie, which it is definitely not.  The story is appealing to any age. (though wish the movies could be made with more of an adult theme to them)  What can I say I'm a sucker for romantic passion!  ; )

Well it led me on a quest for more, so on Thanksgiving I finally got to watch New Moon, and recently followed by Eclipse.  In fact, I've watched both Twilight and Eclipse twice already. (I never do that so it just goes to show you how much I like it)  And it took me only a few days to read Breaking Dawn leaving me very much desiring the next chapter in the saga!

Only wish I had read the books before each movie, though I plan on going back and reading each book anyway.   I honestly could not put Breaking Dawn down., and don't remember the last time I felt that way about a book. 

I think it is a combination of two things really, the love story and the supernatural twist. 

Don't all souls wish they had what Bella and Edward share.  The love that runs so deep that one lifetime together would never be enough, the chivalrous ways, the protective tenderness, the desire, intensity and longing they share for each other.  The overwhelming need to be with one another, to know one another, and the feeling as if they are meant to be. 

The supernatural twist makes it even more enlightening and adds the excitement necessary to keep any book or movie interesting.  It is different than say the Anne Rice novels, and different in a good way.  I like that each individual seems to have something special about them or to offer. The other characters were equally as intriguing.  Whatever....I don't even want to analyze the reasons why, all I know is I'm in love!

And would really like to read more. Then again Breaking Dawn had such a lovely way of wrapping things up that I don't know if I would want that to change.  But I am sad to have read it so quickly because I am definitely left with the feeling of wanting more....

Monday, December 13, 2010

Monday Musings

Monday....and I'm awake at 5 am.  Completely sleepless and stressing.  Know what that means????  Yep I've been working on the dreaded monthly expenses yet again.  Seriously, every month when I have to deal with these I end up sleepless for a few days.  Ughhhhh....what a way to start a Monday. 

But let's go back a few days. Friday was just blah.  As I was making dinner the man texted me he was running to store for xmas.  Since we aren't exchanging gifts this year I asked for who, which he seemed to want to elude answering.  I thought it was a simply, standard question.  Which one would normally answer....mother,sister, whomever.  Anyway, not to him it wasn't.

And you see I'm the curious by nature type, I love to ask questions and he, well he hates questions. 

And I will say this, anytime people get defensive or act weird about answering simple questions I think they are trying to hide something.  I don't know if that is the psychologist or the woman in me.  As the quote says "truth fears no question"  Moving on......

Saturday was delightful, I was just able to have fun, laugh for no reason, and even be silly.  My sister,niece, and mother got together at my sisters house to make Christmas cookies. We literally baked from 9am to 5pm.  Then my sister and I donned a rather high latter to hang her outdoor Christmas lights.  We not only hung the lights but the hooks they hang on too, she has been waiting for years now.  (lets just say her husband put it off for awhile) haha  To see the happiness it brought her made me feel happy.  And her house looks so beautiful!





Although, my little doggie was up at 3 am with a stomach upset. (probably too many cookies)   Let me tell you, walking in the rain at 3 am is fun.  ; ) 


Sunday rolled around.  And reality of life was back.  Stress seemed to kick in gear.  You see....I love the holidays, love buying gifts and spoiling people!  (love it)   But this year without a job well that isn't a reality.  And I am feeling guilty and stressed over the fact that I can't buy gifts for the people I love.  It has me feeling out of sorts.  I'm just not fully enjoying this holiday season.

Yeah I know, I know the true spirit of the holiday season isn't about material things, but I want so much to be able to spoil and thank those in my family who give so much of themselves all year. (I love shopping for the little gifts that bring smiles and make people happy)  It is the feeling it brings people that I'm going to miss this year.

Second, the dreaded expenses are here again.  I swear the stress they bring with them is overwhelming. Mainly because without a job I'm trying to figure out where the money is going to come from, then in some way get upset with my man because he doesn't have to worry about the expenses like I do. (which isn't fair because he can't help that he has a job and I don't right now)  And then I get mad at myself for being jealous of his job and his not having to worry like I do.  Life is crazy. haha 

Just hate the way that stress can make you feel so on edge.  Like the little things that would normally never bother you, seem to bother you when your body is overwhelmed with the stress hormones.

Anyway, back to the holidays....

And did I mention, we are having Christmas eve dinner at our house this year! (that is huge and something my mother has always hosted)  But this year their kitchen/house is under revnovation.  So I just found out I'm hosting Christmas Eve and my sister will be hosting Christmas Day.   I'm kind of excited because I love entertaining. Though of course it would be the year I have no money to buy extras, and to really decorate this new house.  But my family has generously offered to buy the food. (because our Christmas Eve dinners involve lots of food) and for that I am grateful! (very grateful)

Back to the fact that it's Monday, which means it is a new start to the week.  And the optimist in me keeps reminding my soul that  everyday is a new beginning, full of possibilities.  And that somewhere, somehow there is a job that will be coming my way soon. (um how about now)  A job I will love. (okay at least like?)

And I think it is also good to keep in mind that sometimes out of bad comes good.  If I had not lost my job, I would have never found this lovely house.  Nor would I have gotten to see my niece as much as I have lately.  And it has helped to reawaken my spiritual side, I pray a lot more now.  Something I had sadly gotten away from for awhile.  I've started painting and reading again.  I even painted the house. I'm learning I can could do things I never imagined doing before.  And more so than ever, I am learning what is really important in life.

So this Monday I some how have to find a way to deal with the stress, and believe in the magic of the season!


The tree might be without presents under it this year but it still has that magical holiday feel when lit. This tree has been around for a few years now and I still love it.  And my father bought us pointsettas to complete the look. Which was a great idea because it added a nice touch!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Making A Difference

We must not, in trying
to think about how we can make
a big difference,
ignore the small daily differences
we can make
which, over time, add up to
big differences
that we often cannot forsee.


Sometimes I think we fall victim to thinking if we aren't doing something big, don't hold some important title, didn't go to some fancy school, don't have lots of money, or whatever else that we aren't making a difference.

Which is really furthest from the truth.

Truth be told....each of us makes a difference every day.  Every word, action, decision, choice, etc., that we make, impacts not only us but those around us. For example, small gestures such as saying I love you, or something as simple as holding a door can profoundly influence others and make a big difference. 

We don't need money, power, prestigious jobs, schools, etc., to make a difference in life.  That isn't what it's all about.  Sure it would be nice to be able to donate a million dollars to a charity or other cause.  But what matters just as much is helping our world in any way we can. 

We should each make an attempt to start by trying to live a virtuous life.  It is amazing the difference it can have on others.  Be the best person you can be.  Help others.  Be polite. Show compassion.  Drive less aggressive. Stop texting/talking on phones interact with real life.  Plant a flower/tree.  Recycle. Help an elderly neighbor.  Stop swearing.  Say no to drugs. Believe in love. Be affectionate.  Have faith in others. Spend time with family.  Be honest. Eat healthy.  Don't judge.  Buy less. Think before one speaks. Stand up for what is right. Show gratitude.  Compliment people.  Forgive.

Those are only mere suggestions think of all the other possibilities that exist.. Making a difference in life is what matters, not the size of the difference.  We all make a difference, we just aren't always aware of how.


{google}








Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Woof Wednesday

Before I begin to write a Woof Wednesday post I spend time browsing various dog sites.  It is overwhelming some days to look at the sites because my heart aches, as I want to adopt them all.

To those who don't or have never had a dog, I'm sure it can be hard to understand.  And there are also many breeds of dogs....what might appeal to one person may not always appeal to another but that is what makes it special, just think there is a dog as unique as you waiting for a loving home. And you will know by the feeling in your heart which one is right for you. 

I myself have a special fondness towards Westie's something that happened while living in San Diego.  My boss at the time had a West Highland Terrier who often spent time at the office. Well I fell in love with the breed.  A few years later when I decided to bring a dog into my life, and was trying to decide upon a breed I just knew it had to be a Westie.

Upon meeting my Westie, which is a great story in itself, I knew she was the one for me. She was not perfect by breed standards (which I don't believe in anyway) but she was perfect for me!

Oh she came with some health problems, they developed around six months, which required many vet visits, and many a vet told me she was lucky as many others would have given up on her.  But given up on?  I can't even imagine that, not with all the greatness and unconditional love she has to give.  The very dog that has taught me the true meaning of love!

It is actually a great analogy for life because there have been articles written about how our society is becoming somewhat of a "throw away" society.  Everything is disposable, instead of appreciating what we have we are always looking for something better, more perfect, and willing to give up what we have thinking the grass is greener.  It boils over into our jobs, relationships, etc..  And animals often times get given up with the same mentality. 


That's life most would say, right?  But it doesn't have to be it.  "The person who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones."  One person, small steps, loving thoughts....it all makes a difference.

My dog and I have been through a lot together.  She has seen me through some very difficult times and I her. If you had told me she would change my life in the ways she has, well I would have said nonsense at the time. It was the best decision I have ever made. 

So when I do these Woof Wednesday posts it comes from a special place in my heart.  I want others to know the love that is out there and waiting for them.  Just as we are not perfect, dogs are not perfect either. But the love of a dog can do amazing things when given the opportunity.  So do the research, but follow your heart too.


And if for whatever reason you can't afford to bring a dog into your life at the moment, please think about volunteering at a local shelter.  It could be something as simple as walking a few dogs, or giving them the opportunity to play for a little.

Another option is donating to a local shelter as they can always use the help, dropping off such items as dog toys, cleaning supplies, food, blankets, dog beds can make a real difference. Or maybe think about donating such items to individuals and/or families who want to keep their dogs but can't afford to. The poor economy, coupled with high unemployment rates has affected not only humans but animals too, as people often times cannot afford them.

Today, instead of featuring just one dog.  I'm going to refer you to the a Westie rescue in Missouri.  They are working hard to find each Westie that comes to them a loving home.  Lately most of the dogs I featured have been from the Northeast/Mid Atlantic region so I wanted to expand beyond that a little too.


I choose the Westie Rescue of Missouri, Inc., Kansas City, MO.  ttp://www.westierescueofmissouri.com/

Take a look at two of the dogs they have available for adoption. 

Theo




Winston



And I want to remind everyone that most dog breeds have some sort of rescue program out there.  If you google the dog breed you are interested it, you will eventually find one. 

Also, if you know of a good rescue or shelter organization that you feel I should feature on my blog please let me know. 

Thanks for taking the time to read the Woof Wednesday posts!  Blessings!



{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!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Monday Musings

Monday already?  How is it the weekends seem to go by so quickly....

And what a cold Monday it is.  Seriously temperatures are a good 20 degrees below normal.  And if it is going to be this cold, well let it snow.

Our weekend was filled with fun.  Started off with a Villanova basketball game on Friday night.  Saturday we babysat for my niece.  Talk about pure joy.  She is simply amazing.  What many would refer to as an old soul actually, as her knowledge and wisdom at the mere age of 2 is stunning.  And she is so much fun to be around! 

Sunday we decided since it was so cold to call it a bed day.  Now that we have a new bed it makes a perfect spot to lounge.  And that we did until this morning. Well we got up to eat dinner but quickly hurried back.  (and no it is not what you think....we honestly did spend it just lounging....get your mind out of the guters) haha  Watched football, a little Jerseylicious and then more football.  It is good to have those type days because they help refresh the soul.

Have I mentioned the treadmill is currently in the basement, in a spot that makes it hard to use.  Today I decided I should really try to get back to a semi workout routine again. (because the walk to the game the other night wore me out)  So I tried one of those On Demand videos.  Let's just say I'm completely uncordinated and laughed at my half attempted moves.  As picking up the routine was a workout in itself. No wonder I stick to the treadmill. 

For those of you who don't know, I have a condition known as Tachycardia.  Basically it produces a high heart rate, even while resting. And it can bring on some very uncomfortable symptoms as well. It is something I was diagnosed with out of the clear blue a few years ago. I take medication for it, but it makes working out more difficult, as finding something that isn't too strenuous, yet builds strength, endurance, and cardio isn't easy.

It makes sticking to a work out routine even more challenging somedays because I need to take my medicine and a little food before I would work out in the morning, but then that doesn't allow enough time when working.  Evening are always so busy, plus after a long day it is hard to get in the workout frame of mind let alone find the energy. 

And lately I've been battling dizziness big time.  Working at the computer and even watching tv can really bring it on.  So it feels like it has something to do with visual perception or something?  Who knows....

Well it's Monday, what more can I say.   Listening to Christmas music and drinking raspberry herbal tea to keep warm.  Preparing to spend my day searching for new job postings, sending out resumes, and following up on last weeks.  Fun stuff.  And I might throw in a home pedicure/manicure too. (gotta look good in case the last minute interview pops up)

Maybe I will just start standing outside companies with a big sign that says "hire me".  Could you imagine how funny that would be?  Honestly I'd do it because I'm tired of my resume being 1 out of 650 that were recieved for one job posting.   Gotta stand out somehow right? haha 

Todays calendar quote is "Try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward."   I like it and I think that is a great way to look at this Monday!

Blessings......

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Woof Wednesday

Here in Philadelphia, and all along the east coast the forecast for today is very stormy weather.  And just imagine somewhere there is a dog roaming the streets or stuck outside because they don't have a loving home to take comfort and shelter in. 

So let's change the life of at least one dog today, and find them a loving, safe home!

Welcome to Woof Wednesday meet a very, very special guy named Jake. 

Jake
West Highland Terrier Mix
Please go to http://www.lastchanceranch.org/ to read Jakes story.  As he is a  special dog, who has been through severe trauma. He is almost ready to be adopted and needs a very loving, supportive home.
Last Chance Ranch Animal Rescue
Quakertown, PA
215-538-2510
pets@lastchanceranch.org

{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!
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