Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Hand To Hold

Everyone needs a hand to hold. 

No matter how independent one might think they or others should be, no matter if one feels they are a loner, or one who requires a lot of space.....one is never, or should never be, beyond holding a hand or letting their hand be held.

It's what life is all about.  Just being there for one another wherever, whenever, and no matter what.

Life is meant to be shared.  Family, friends, lovers, or whomever else.

Hold a hand today, tomorrow, and always. 

Monday, June 27, 2011

Monday Musings

So since I was actually able to be on the computer for a short period Sunday evening thought I might as well create a posting for Monday too. 

This weekend was rather uneventful, we spent quality time lounging.  Grilled an amazing steak with portobella mushroom sauce.  And tried to pick out new glasses since I was told they need to reduce my lens prescription, hoping it might help the dizziness.

Well picking out frames is not exactly easy with my small head, and rather large eyes.  The frames are usually too big, if I do actually find a small frame my eyes are too big for those. haha  I like the frames I wear now but it would actually cost more to just have new lenses put in them, then get a new pair. Go figure right!

Now the man hates to have to shop for anything that is not related to him.  Think that is a man thing.  He can shop at hours at Brooks Brothers or a sports store for himself but when it comes to having to help me pick out things he gets ancy and complains before we even get there. (if it takes longer then half a hour I hear about it)   So he finds a seat at Pearle Vision and pulls out a magazine glancing up occasionally when I asked him if he liked this or that frame, not exactly what I had imagined. ha
Keep in mind I'm trying to pick out frames with this dizziness/off balance sensation, so I was trying to rush because of that and him.  I went in with the intention of wanting a frame less pair like Sarah Palin's, and found exactly what I wanted!   But was informed my prescription is a little too strong even if I got the thinnest lens they make.  Really?!  Yikes.  So out of many, many frames only a few actually fit my face but nothing I absolutely loved.
Given I shouldn't really drive much at the moment looks like I'll be waiting until they find a solution for this dizziness because the man said he isn't going anywhere else to look at frames. (even though we only looked at one place so far)  Maybe it's time to enlist outside help who would be willing to help me browse a few stores for frames. (and I find men often time give more brutally honest opinions which I need when it comes to frames because they need to last for a few years and might be wearing them more now then the contacts)  Plus, frames are very expensive, so before I invest money I don't  have I want to make sure they truly are the right fit.
The buy one, get one free deal at Pearle Vision would cost me $572+ and they are their lower price point frames!  To just have new lenses put into my old frames would cost $340 and get a second pair would bring the price to $650+!  I have to get these high index lenses that are essentially made ultra thin to fit in the thin frames and which come with anti reflective coating but still its a lot of money.
If anyone knows of any good places, that are a little more reasonably priced, to get the latest style in frames please let me know.  I'm thinking maybe I will try Lenscrafters next but not sure where to look after that. 

Anyway, not all that exciting or interesting of a post this Monday but it's something I've been thinking about and trying to figure out all weekend. haha
By the way, if you have 20/20 vision count your lucky stars! haha
Okay I've really pushed the computer usage to the limit this evening as the whirling sensation is coming on strong, so time to power down.  May your Monday be filled with whatever brings your joy!

Example of the glasses I like.

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Love these as well but I've called around and no one seems to sell them.  Buying eyeglasses online doesn't seem like a good option as I want to see how they feel and look first.

Sunday, June 26, 2011


Hope is that one single star, we can always find in a dark and cloud sky.

Here is hoping I find that star soon, the dizziness episodes have taken a turn for the worse.   They feel almost constant now.  In fact, this is the first time in three days I have even attempted to go near the computer.

Reading, driving, even trying to sort through photos.....anything that requires focus seems to bring a the dizzy, spasm, whirling sensation.  I feel trapped right now because it's limiting my life way too much.  And I hope the doctors figure this out soon because it simply sucks to not be able to participate and do all the things in life that bring happiness and joy.

Life really can throw us curve balls sometimes.  And I know it's moments like these where we need to have faith and hope but quite honestly it's not always easy.  Guess we all hit rough patches in life but lately I feel like I'm hitting huge holes that are sucking me in and causing me to become stuck. May sound silly but that's how it feels.  Right now that one shining star seems rather far away.

My words of wisdom today are simply this "enjoy the moment, the things that make you happy or bring you joy, do them as you never know how quickly they can disappear or change"

My reading, comments, and postings might not be as frequent as usual but please bear with me.  Thanks!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday, please meet Miranda a West Highland Terrier Mix from Chicago, IL.  Although most Woof Wednesday posts contain detailed information on the dogs posted, there is actually not much known about Miranda yet. 

She was part of a group of dogs recently rescued in by Animal Care and Control who then came to New Leash On Life Chicago.  Hence why she is still a little shaggy looking, but she is already a cutie so imagine how pretty this girl is going to look when officially groomed.

What is known is the fact that she needs to find a good, loving home.  So if you or anyone you know in the IL area is looking to adopt a dog you can find her contact information below. 

Miranda: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Chicago, IL

Miranda: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Chicago, IL
Weest Highland Terrier Mix
 6-7 yo, 23 lbs

New Leash On Life Chicago, Chicago, IL    
Phone: 312-458-9839

{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!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Monday Musings

Musings of this Monday.....

Since we pretty much spent the weekend watching golf, congrats to Rory for winning the Us Open.  Nice to see a new generation of golfers winning, and not just being dominated by Tiger. 

We had the parents for a simple breakfast on Sunday, where my dad got to also play Wii golf with my man and my mom said that is all he talked about the rest of the day.  It seems he loved the wii golf.  We all shot some hoops, and get this I beat the men at PIG.  Nothing but net boys! haha

Still battled the dizziness this weekend, while eating breakfast and trying to focus on people talking thought for sure I was going to fall off my chair.  And I seem to have this odd pressure feeling in my head too.  Trying to focus on anything is rather difficult.  And didn't spend anytime on the computer, which by the way is getting to old to handle todays technology and may just have to be tossed out the window. ha  Anyway, it's definitely frustrating and puzzling......

So this weekend I had one of those aha moments walking around outside, as I stumbled upon this beautiful red lily growing in the middle of a hodge podge of long grasses, branches,etc, and it reminded me of the symbolism that goes along with the lotus flower.

Within the lotus flower is a powerful symbol of life.  It essentially drops its seeds into the darkest mud, yet it seeks the light and with intense determination  it transcends the muddy water to burst forth a beautiful flower.  Well that is what this beautiful red Lilly seemed to behold.  In the middle of all this overgrown brush there it was standing tall, beautiful, and full of life.  At that moment a rush of inspiration flowed through me.

And I know whatever I'm feeling at the moment I need to try to accept.  Not only that but through the dark moments of life, how important it is to focus on the light, maintain hope,faith,positiveness, and all that other good stuff.  Life is always going to hand us lemons but it's up to us to make the best possible lemonade we can. 

We will never know or fully understand why things happen as they do.  In many ways life may always be a mystery.  But maybe the most important thing any of us can do is like the lotus flower don't let ourselves become bogged down by the muck in life, don't let the muddy parts of life hide the beauty and light that do exist.

As I write this the most beautiful red bird flew by.  Oh it's Monday and we can focus on all the negatives that might go along with this day, or we can focus on all the beauty this day might possibly hold too.  Let's all remember to focus on the flowers not the weeds of life!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thursday Thoughts

Update, the eye doctor has not a clue as to what is causing the dizziness.  She recommended a neuro opthamologist and neurologist.  Also changing my vision prescription to a lesser degree, as it turns out my glasses are too strong.

Hopefully they figure it out soon as I can only do short periods on the computer now, even reading has become rather challenging.  Plus I just get such a strange sensation on one side of my body face down to toes.  For a lack of better words it's scary and a bummer, especially given I'm an avid reader and also need to spend more time then I am capable of on the computer. (for some reason I seem to develop things that leave the drs puzzled)

It's amazing how life works.  I mean do we ever stop to think about all we take for granted some days?   Each day that we feel good really is a blessing in itself.  And most often it isn't until something goes wrong, we don't feel good, or can't do what we are accustomed to that we realize this. If anyone comes across this stop for a moment.... think about all the blessing in your life, and if you feel good today well that is the biggest blessing of all!

So, given I'm on limited computer/reading I'm growing a tad bored.  Painting, cooking and gardening are now becoming a larger part of my day.  Upon picking up a paint brush I seem to lose track of time.  And I love the feeling of creating something, whether it be a painting, meal or flower garden.  Those are the things I find myself loving more and more. Oh and have I got good recipes to share!

Quick thoughts for this week as well.....

What is up with these men/women using social media as a way to cheat or not be loyal to those they love.  Seriously....enough. (note to both sexes if a person lists they are in a relationship back off no need to exchanged photos, emails,texts, etc., find someone that is single)   I feel so sorry for that politicians wife.

Congrats to Boston for winning the Stanley Cup.  Shame on Vancouver fans for destroying their own city just because their team lost.

When will GMA bring back Chris Cuomo? :)  By the way, thier weekend morning show is fun to watch Bianna does a great job. And I like the addition of Ashleigh Banfield as well.

Keeping Up With The Kardashians started this week, have to admit for some reason I always enjoy watching the show.  No idea why but that family is entertaining.  Bruce is my favorite!

So is sunscreen waterproof or not?   And where has this knowledge been hiding all this time.

Us Open this weekend.  I'm liking Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, and Luke Donald.   Btw, if you haven't seen this already check out this funny video created by some of the golfers. Even if you don't like golf I think you might enjoy it....Golf Boys.

And if I haven't said it before this.....thanks for taking the time to check out my little blog. 

Enough thoughts for this Thursday, I need to get off the computer.  So I'm going to make homemade bread and make sure to set aside time to snuggle with the little one!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday, please meet two West Highland/Jack Russell mix puppies....Frosty and Snow.

Frosty (smaller) and Snow (larger) are 2 little pups looking for new homes. They are about 10 weeks old, full of energy and play. The boys love to wrestle and are typical puppies, snuggly too. They were found in a high kill shelter in eastern KY recently. Now safe in a Rescue foster home, they are sure to bring lots of fun to your family.

For more information or our online application, please email cafuerniss@hotmail.com  Include your location and a phone number for future communication.

Let's find these sweet puppies a good, loving home!

Frosty and Snow
10 weeks old, males
Washington Grove, MD

{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, June 14, 2011

Random Quotes

"Ours will only then be a truly spiritual nation when we shall show more truth than gold, greater fearlessness than pomp of power and wealth, greater charity than love of self"    -Gandhi

The strength of a nation is derived from the integrity of its homes. - Confucius

"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."

"Life is not a matter of milestones, but of moments."


Monday, June 13, 2011

Monday Musings


And let me just start by saying the Mavs victory against the Heat last evening was a joyous occasion.  It's been awhile since I felt that excited for any team to win, maybe it's because people were treating Dallas like such underdogs or the attitude of the trio of Lebron, Wade and Bosh or maybe the last straw was Wade and Lebron making fun of Dirk for being sick even though he played through it....whatever the reason it just felt  good to see the Dallas Mavericks win the championship.

And like the Cleveland Cavaliers owner Gilbert said " There are NO SHORTCUTS. NONE."

That being said, the game could be a good analogy for life actually. 

As many of the Dallas players are older now, many waited years to get to this level, and unlike Lebron there was Dirk who stayed 12+ yrs with his team through the good and bad (rare for any player these days).....working, hoping, and believing that one day his team would get there. 

And as a team that is exactly what they did.  But it didn't happen overnight.  And that is what life is all about right?  Usually more times then none, those good things in life take time.  There simply are no shortcuts, even for those we think get the shortcuts or bonuses in life, there is always something one will desire that will take time to achieve.  And maybe the fact that there aren't always shortcuts, well maybe that makes people appreciate it even more.

This Monday congrats to the Mavs and for making people feel like dreams can come true, with hardwork, patience and time!

Thursday, June 9, 2011


"A kind word is like a Spring day"

"Kindness in words creates confidence.  Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.  Kindness in giving creates love."

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday....please meet Maggie a Scottish Terrier who was rescued from a puppy mill.  Maggie was used for breeding and lived in horrible circumstances. 

She is rather shy but when she warms up is playful.  And needs patience when it comes to house training, as remember puppy mill dogs often times are left to go in their own crates.  She would do great with someone who is home during the day. 

This sweet Scottie has never known what it means to be loved or have a real home.  So please let's not only find her a place to call home but a family who will show her the true meaning of unconditional love!

5 yo, Scottish Terrier
The Scottish Terrier Club of Greater Wash DC Rescue, Silver Spring, MD

{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, June 7, 2011

Dizzy Schnizzy

Okay, so lately my computer usage has been severely limited by a dizziness issue. And when I say dizzy I mean the kind that makes you feel like the room is moving. It started happening while working on the computer for long periods of time, and has only seemed to grow progressively worse.

Seriously I can barely make it through reading a few blogs without it coming on.  To say it is completely frustrating is an understatement.

Here's the situation....I will be writing, browsing, doing whatever on the computer then suddenly it feels like a spasm happens in my head/eye area which at that moment brings a sensation on much like vertigo and I feel a jolt of what I can only describe as a shock that seems to run down my arm/leg on the left side.  In fact, this weekend my foot ached from the sensation that went down my leg.  And when it happens I literally grab onto the desk to try and steady myself. Sometimes I feel a little nausea too.

The feeling was off and on, only seeming to occur while working on the computer, but now it seems to be lingering longer and affecting me even while watching tv or trying to read a book. Even as I type this I feel a pressure in my eye/head area that makes it very hard to focus.

Went to my dr, who upon hearing my story, immediately contacted an eye doctor in the area to inquire about how soon they could see me. (whenever any dr does that it makes me wonder)  She doesn't even want me to drive until they figure out what it is. (which is near impossible when you don't live in a city)  She wanted me to limit my computer usage as well.

Hence, I have been feeling bored and rather ancy lately because I can't spend much time if any on the computer, reading or even watching tv.  Plus, not to mention there is work that I need to do on the computer.

Tonight I am going to see the eye specialist because my dr feels like it seems to occur when I'm visually focused on something. And right now I have to admit I'm feeling rather worried.  It's bad enough I feel this sensation, but the fact that it's lingering outside of computer usage at this point has me concerned.

Yes I wear glasses, in fact my current lenses are only a year and half old, still crisp and clear. (even have the anti reflective coating on them)  And I do wear contacts but since this has been happening I haven't even been able to wear them, they only make the feeling worse.

So I'm wondering if anyone who might be reading this or come across my blog today,  has ever experienced such sensations?  Or felt such symptoms while working on the computer, viewing the tv, or reading for long periods of time? (now it's even to the point short periods of time on the computer can bring it on)

Friday, June 3, 2011


"Life can either be accepted or changed.  If it is not accepted, it must be changed.  If it cannot be changed then it must be accepted."

Change.  It happens pretty much everyday, every second.  Yet whether it is a big or small change, why does it seem rather hard sometimes.  Or hard to keep up with. 

For instance I actually fretted about the new couch I had to reselect.  Which I did not have to change but our few year old couch was falling apart, the repair guys been out more than a few times, and we were told the company that makes it went out of business.  Meaning there are no replacement pieces available. 
So I could either let it wear down to the point we would have to buy a new one anyway or go with the replacement plan immediately.  Luckily I had a warranty on it so they had to replace it for equal value.

How silly is it that I actually felt apprehensive about having to let it go. (seriously a couch)   The new couch we ordered is nice although there weren't many options, as I had to stay in a certain price point. 

And just think....this is only a couch, imagine how I handle bigger changes.  Even changing a comforter recently had me feeling ancy.  My man picked out a bright, red leaf print comforter, with matching striped sheets, for our bed for summer, and that change almost left me sleepless as the color was so vibrant compared to the pale cottage look I find relaxing. I'm still trying to get used to it. haha

Whatever it may be, when it comes to change I'm the worst.  I tend to second guess just about everything.  In fact, even when I welcome the change I still seem to find a way to fret about it.

Oh I know I'm not the only one, as I think everyone in some way dislikes change.  But I just wish somehow I could deal with it a little better, you know, not dwell and worry like I tend to do.

And I suppose how one deals with change has more to do with how they think about and view it.  And of course the Serenity Prayer says it well....

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."   (and I might add to not sweat the small stuff)

In case your curious here is the old couch compared to the new.  The hardest part was finding a sectional with a sturdy high back, that wasn't just made of all pillows (which wore down in months in our previous couch) and stay at our price point. 

Both old and new couches also have light blue pillows on them but for photo purposes I took them off.  And while we were at it we added a shag rug.  I really do like the look of the new couch, the only thing it's missing is the lounge feel of the previous one, as it had such a big ottoman it was like a bed and perfect for snuggling.



Thursday, June 2, 2011

Simply Off

Yes...that is how I feel today.  Simply off.

Upon waking at the wee hour of the morning, yes that would be 2am and having not been able to fall back asleep....well I can't seem to focus one bit today. 

Things just feel a tad off, as if I woke up on the wrong side of the bed or something.

Though I'm not much of a napper I even tried to take a mini nap, which was unsuccessful as well.  In fact, that may have made the feeling even worse.  None the less I tried to do many a thing but nothing quite went as I would have liked. 

So I've gave up on trying to make this day a productive one, and decided to just go with the flow of how I'm feeling.   One word to describe that feeling....snugly.

And this photo captures it best.....

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Woof Wednesday

This Woof Wednesday I'm doing something a little different.  I want to share an article I came across on Facebook by the ASPCA which caught my attention....Abandoned Family Pets.

And so today I want to draw attention to this issue, as I was deeply saddened to learn that people would abandon their family pets in such inhumane manners.   Reality is with the hard economic times that so many people are experiencing it appears this is happening more than many of us might realize.

Oh I understand what it means to go through economic hard times but that does not excuse people from still taking responsibility, from still being good human beings.  To leave an animal who has shown nothing but love to starve in an empty house is disgusting, horrible, and shameful.  Especially given the numerous animal rescues, shelters, and organizations that do exist. 

When I read such articles I wonder are their really certain individuals in our society that could stoop to that level of cruelty, and show such a lack of compassion or love toward an animal?  And sadly there are.  Besides those kind of behaviors happen everyday in many puppy mills as well. 

I'm sharing this article in the hopes that maybe it will help save an animal.  I sure don't have all the answers but maybe just maybe articles like this will make others aware of such issues.
And maybe if anyone knows of a house being foreclosed in their neighborhood inquire as to if the family might need help with their pets, or after the people move out maybe do a sweep of the property to see if their might be any animals that have been left behind.  
The previous dogs listed on Woof Wednesdays over recent weeks are still available as well.  Please let's try to find these dogs a loving home.  And thank you for taking the time to read this very important post.!

Previous Woof Wednesday dogs still in need of loving homes....

Caeser and Chant

The Family Of Three



{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!

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