Friday, June 29, 2012

Grilled Peaches

After seeing a few cooking shows whip up this light summer dessert thought I might see what it was all about.  Not being a huge fan of cooked\ fruit desserts must say I was happily surprised.

This grilled peach recipe makes for a delicious dessert or snack.  Not feeling like heating up the grill for one peach I actually broiled it in the oven.

My version is easy too.  Simply cut peach in half, drizzle with a little melted butter, sprinkle with a very small amount of cinnamon and brown sugar.  Then put it on non stick aluminum foil under the broil until it became brown on top.  Since I didn't have ice cream on hand I topped it with whipped cream.


  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 fresh peaches
  • grapeseed oil (or vegetable oil)
  • vanilla ice cream 

In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut peaches along the seam all the way around and twist halves off the pit. Brush cut sides with grapeseed oil or vegetable oil. Cook, cut side down, on a hot grill until fruit has grill marks, 3 to 4 minutes. Brush tops with oil, turn over, and move to indirect heat. Sprinkle cut sides with cinnamon sugar. Cover grill and cook until sugar is melted and fruit is tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream (sprinkle on extra cinnamon sugar if you like).

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday.  Please meet some very special dogs from CO, NE, OK and  UT  in need of good, loving homes!
 Muffin is a Wire/Westie  mix . He is an owner abandonment rescue.  They just moved and left her.  Muffin found her way to a friendly foster home.  Her foster mom has been very caring and has taken all the steps to help her find a forever home.  She is social, knows some obedience commands, housebroke and all vetting completed.  Foster mom is having her own baby soon so she wants to find that forever home as soon as possible!  
 Muffin - Clinton, OK
Muffin: Wire Fox Terrier, Dog; Clinton, OK
  Friends for Life, Clinton, OK
Little Westie Sharon is very a gentle and very loving little girl. She gets along great with other dogs and adores people. She is 5-6 years old & is receiving all her tests, vaccinations, and spaying and also has her dental.
 Sharon - Omaha, NE
Westie-Sharon: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Omaha, NE
 Little White Dog Rescue Inc., Omaha, NE
 Momma is a Chihuahua/Dachshund mix and a really good girl.  She is house trained, crate trained, walk well on leash, ride well in the car, friendly, easygoing and generally quiet. She is very affectionate and get along with everybody. It wasn't her fault that herformer family got evicted and decided to leave her behind. Take her home and give her the love she so deserves.
Momma- Colorado Springs, CO
 Momma: Chihuahua, Dog; Colorado Springs, CO

Lucky Dog Rescue, Inc, Colorado Springs, CO

Lexi is an adorable little 11 month old  westie mix. She was rescued from a high kill shelter after being dumped with her sister. Our founder found her scared and clinging to the back of the kennel with fright. Thanks to much tender love and attention from her foster mommy and family, Lexi is learning to trust and is her playful little puppy self. She is on the shy side at first...but open her up and she will play and play. Lexi loves to play, especially in the backyard, where she can run and chase her sister.  She is great with other dogs of all sizes
Lexi - Draper, UT
 LEXI: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Draper, UT
BFF K9 Rescue, Draper, UT
"no paw left behind"
It's our mission!
{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 [] or leave a comment! We would Love to bring you on board! Or just start posting about a dog in need of a home on your blog or facebook page!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday Musings

This Monday started off rough.  And I came across this quote that resonated on some level.

"Think I'm afraid of being happy because every time I'm happy, something bad always happens."
Honestly it sounds rather pessimistic yet at the same time it feels so real some days.  Those moments in life where I feel or have felt overwhelming happiness.  They always seem to be followed by something bad or not so happy. 

It's comparable to the saying that has been around for years.

"If it seems too good to be true, it probably is"

That's the way I feel some days.  As if any good feeling or anything good that happens.... is simply too good  to be true that surely it will be followed by  the complete opposite.  Yes I'm actually scared, even petrified at times, to experience any kind of happiness.  Mainly because losing that happiness can feel so horrible, even be detrimentally stressful to the body and mind.  And that feeling is possibly one of the worst to feel.

It's just those moments in my life where I have felt genuine happiness seem to have gone away too quickly.  It's the hurt those moments leave that make it hard to trust in happiness. That's the thing with happiness when something happens to cause the feeling to disappear or be temporarily put on pause it can hurt in deeper ways then we think.  And even leave a scar or two as well.

Most people think I'm an optimist, which at the core of my soul I believe is the truth.  In general being optimist about life, people, love,etc., yet personally speaking when it comes to myself or my life I'm more cautiously optimistic.  Meaning I basically feel like a scared optimist. 

Yet I also believe you attract like energies in life.  So if I'm scared to feel happy or of happiness, if that fear remains in the background won't I be attracting the very stuff I fear because of holding those thoughts?  

Okay maybe I'm getting too deep here it's just I want to be able to feel happy without looking up thinking the sky is going to fall on my world if I do.  I want so badly to believe that happiness can stick around, that there isn't something looming around the corner to take it away. 

Maybe the truth of happiness lies in this quote.

Judge nothing, you will be happy.  Forgive everything, you will be happier.  Love everything, you will be happiest.

Though that seems a whole lot easier said then done.  But I suppose much of life is about acceptance.  Acceptance in a sense that there will be moments of both happiness and not happiness.  Life cannot always be happy right? Also those unhappy moments can possible teach us a lot, they can help us learn in ways that could possibly lead to great happiness. 

Somehow it's learning to appreciate the moments of happiness for what they are and not letting the not so happy ones consume us.  Or for that matter not letting those not so happy moments harden us or make us fearful to feel happiness.  That is what is most important.

This Monday I simply wish I could believe and trust that full heartily.  Just want to trust the feeling of happiness without fearing it.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Soul Sunday

Sometimes the bravest thing we ever have to do is accept a different answer to a wish, a dream, a hope, or a prayer than the one we were asking for, and trust that it is still going to work out okay in the end.

No one is immune from disappointments, and confusing turns of events, and things turning out way different than we planned on. Our characters are built, our patience is grown, and our hearts are strengthened when these things happen, in ways that they could not have otherwise.

A lot of suffering can be passed by when we just trust
 that things are working out, even when we can't see how it is possible. So many times we have to travel through the 'rough parts of town' to get to the most beautiful parts. And there is no other way but through those parts. If you are in one of the rough parts right now, just keep moving. Soon you will see the places that you were headed to when you set off on this journey. If you stop now, you will be stuck exactly where you are.

So keep moving friend. Keep your chin up, keep your thoughts in happy places, keep believing, keep dreaming, keep hoping, keep wishing, keep praying. And most importantly, keep the faith. This is all headed somewhere good!

Written by Brave Girls Club.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Easy Smoothie

Raspberry Smoothie

4 Servings

Combine 2 cups cranberry-raspberry or pomegranate juice, 2 cups 2% low- fat milk, 1 bag (12 ounces) raspberries and 1 container (6 ounces) vanilla yogurt in a blender. 

Cover and blend until smooth but still thick.

Note:  I use blueberry pomegranate juice and rice milk. Also could use a raspberry yogurt instead of plain vanilla.  The ingredients in the smoothie could easily be substituted with other juices or fruits.

Calories Per Serving 194
Fat 1 gram
Protein 7 gram
Carb 41 gram
Fiber 4 gram
Sodium 95 mg
Chol 4 mg

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Saving Baby Bird

In the bush next to our house, which happens to also be next to a window, a Robin created a nest.  We can literally open our window, peer right into the nest filled with the cutest baby birds not to mention chirping sounds.

We literally camp out trying to get a peek, especially of them being feed.  Yesterday morning I happened to be doing exactly that when I decided to try and get a photograph.  Well I stuck my arm out the window and accidentally brushed the bush.  This small movement scared one of the baby birds who then jumped from the nest!

What?! Huh?!  Oh my gosh I'm freaking out as I'm thinking why did I reach so far.  Stupid, stupid.  So I run outside and there is the baby bird running fast down our driveway.  Baby bird is trying to fly but he cannot yet.  He parks himself in the middle of the street.  But when I approach he only runs away.  Nooooo.....

Call the man at work, "what should I do". The man " you have no choice but to lead baby bird back onto our property or scoop up into box".  Well I cannot leave the baby bird to get box so option one is the only choice.

I basically kept cornering and chasing baby bird along the street until he was back walking in direction of our property.  Not sure how long it took but I got him back on lawn.  Of course he hops back on lawn right into the only big tree trunk around and doesn't know how to get around it.  With my guidance once again we maneuvered around the tree and made way back onto lawn.

Meanwhile baby bird sits down in grass.  While I google away on my phone trying to figure out if it's okay to touch the baby bird. Yes it is but experts say to use gloves.  From there I sprint in house get my big red cleaning gloves and go back outside with intent to place him back in nest.  First attempt he squirmed but I finally got him securely in palms and hurriedly made way to nest.

When I try to put baby bird back in nest he slips onto branch.  Sits perched there looking scared.  I think to myself I have to get him back in nest.  So once again I scoop baby bird up and this time successfully put him in nest!

Then I wonder but will mother bird come back to feed after I have touched the baby bird, and gone near nest.  I actually called a bird sanctuary where I was assured I did the right thing.  And they were right as the mother jumped right back in the nest to feed them. Whew.

Of course in my panic over baby bird didn't think about what I was wearing. Yep been running around in street with just my pjs which consist of tiny boxers and a very light weight tank. Oh my neighbors must have thought I was nuts as the baby bird was so tiny they probably thought I was chasing nothing. Well that and they got quite a view. 

I'm just glad baby bird is safely back in the nest.  And just in case anyone else might like to see them here is a birds eye view. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Woof Wednesday

 Welcome to Woof Wednesday.  Please meet some very special dogs from  NY, FL, TX and VA               all in need of good, loving homes! 

Marco and his mother were rescued together and their story is all to common these days. They were previously owned by an elderly person who could no longer care for them physically or financially so he surrendered them to a local shelter. Marco had severe yet treatable skin allergies due to neglect. With proper nutrition, medications and loving his skin, ears and eyes have improved dramatically.  Marco is 7 years old.  He is very smart and loves to cuddle when given the chance. And when you are out and about and return home he is ecstatic to see you!  This beautiful Westie is starving for attention. He has been in a situation for so long where he lacked physical contact or human interaction. It's love he seeks and will return it ten-fold! Won't you give him the love and attention he has missed for so long? 

Marco - Sarasota, FL

 Marco: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Sarasota, FL
 Sunshine State Westie Rescue, Sarasota, FL

Frosty and Snowman are 2 male Jack Russell terrier mix dogs that came from an Orlando pet hoarder. They were part of a massive rescue of 35 dogs. Underdog rescue of FL pledged for as many dogs as they were able while not knowing their medical condition. As it turned out, Frosty and Snowman had heartworms which needed to be treated along with being neutered. Today, after all treatments, Frosty and Snowman are healthy and happy, house-trained, leash-trained, crate-trained, and ready to be adopted.  Frosty is 7 years old, 24 pounds, and Snowman is 4 years old, 30 pounds. They love playing, attention, and love. They haven't had a life until now.  Please help them live a good life they deserve after all their neglect!

Frosty and Snow Man - Terra Ceia, FL

 FROSTY and SNOWMAN: Jack Russell Terrier, Dog; Terra Ceia, FL

 Almost Home Dog Rescue, Inc, Terra Ceia, FL

These adorable young puppies are Ara's pups! Ara is a sweet beagle mix girl, around 25lbs. She was rescued from the shelter along with her puppies. They are about 10 weeks old. They are ready to find their new families!  Of course Effie is a puppy so she will require more training and someone willing to make the commitment to her as well.  But how could anyone not want to give this sweet girl a loving, home.

Effie - Red Hook, NY

Effie: Beagle, Dog; Red Hook, NY

Perfect Pets Rescue, Red Hook, NY


 This is Henry and he has a personality that is so special. Sweet as can be, a cuddlier and an all around great companion. He was rescued from a local high kill shelter when his owners turned him in. They knew very little about him because they said he was neutered.  He is very social, loves to cuddle, is completely house trained at my house, uses a doggie door great, minds, is crate trained, altered, micro chipped, up to date on shot, heartworm negative abd on preventative. He does have an allergy to fleas. So flea prevention is a must. You have to watch his dog food because Westies tend to have food allergies. We have had him on no wheat, no corn and no by products, with no issues.

 Henry- Baytown, TX

 Henry: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Baytown, TX
 Homeward Bound, Baytown, TX


 Angus is an adult male that was found as a stray in Northern Virginia and released to WRI by a local animal shelter. Angus suffered from skin issues that required on-going treatment. He is now available for adoption and would do best in an adult home with another westie or canine companion. He is shy around new people until he feels comfortable. He is food motivated, so a pocket full of goodies will make him your new best friend. Angus is super friendly when meeting other dogs, rides well in the car and is housebroken. A secure fenced yard is required. If interested please complete an application to be considered for adoption of this Westie.  Lets find this little guy the loving home he deserves!
 Angus - Bluemont, VA

 Angus: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Bluemont, VA
Westie Rescue Inc., Bluemont, VA

{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 [] or leave a comment! We would Love to bring you on board!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Thoughts on Health

So I have been asked by more than a few lately how the dizziness is, and if I'm still getting spells.  Yes I am. 

I've talked in previous posts about my rather debilitating dizzy spells and other symptoms that have plagued me for awhile now.  It's been quite a journey of sorts something I haven't mentioned too much.

Through the whole ordeal I've seen so many different doctors and specialists, for a lack of a better word it's been crazy.  The various personalities of all the doctors....some so genuinely caring and nice, others cold, aloof and to the point you just want to yell pull the stick out of your ass.   And then there's the receptionist staff.....again some so kind and others full of such attitude it makes me want to run out the door.

The differences in beliefs is interesting as well.  Some focused only on western medicine, yet others are open to eastern medicine.  Some believe in a combination of both.  There are those who refuse to acknowledge anything but prescription medicine, and others more prone to recommending alternative medicines or methods.  

And the wait times are truly insane.  The average time being anywhere from 3-6 months (even heard a year) by the time the appointments arrive the symptoms either temporary have calmed down or are so flared up that the wait seems like a nightmare. Can you imagine having to wait months when you feel bad, that is exactly what happens to many these days.  Then when the appointment actually arrives one is lucky if they get 10 minutes of the doctors/specialists undivided attention.

Now then there is the cost of it all.  Luckily I do have insurance, expensive insurance I might add that could make one go broke.  And every specialist visit and test adds up to a very expensive bill!  If only insurance companies would start covering alternative methods of healing such as massage, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathic remedies, nutritionists, reiki and all the others.

Lastly the most frustrating part is one specialist visit always leads them to send me to another specialist.  Each one seemingly more puzzled than the next.  Even more scary, one doctor seems to miss something the other notices.  This worries me the most as....are they so busy trying to get patients in and out, to make money, that they don't take the time to do the through evaluations that should be done?  How else do you miss things another sees.

Truly that is the craziest part of it all.   Well that and the fact that some of the top specialists have absolutely no answers whatsoever.  It's one big mysterious, a mysterious that has left me with the dizzy spells and other uncomfortable, sometimes scary symptoms. 

Yes I admit it scares me. Feeling anything but normal pretty much does that to me.  And I worry about how I am ever going to make a substantial living if it doesn't eventually subside.  As I spent eight plus hours a day on the computer, and now I'm lucky if I can be on it for a hour or two.  There is this huge unsettled feeling that overwhelms me at times.  Then again isn't the not knowing aspect of anything the hardest. 

It has taught me some things such as there are many conditions, diseases, ailments, etc., that are a big mysterious to the medical community.  Sometimes it's one big guessing game with little results.  Even the best of the best still don't have all the answers, suppose the only one whoever will is the big guy in the sky.

I don't have any answers , some days I run out of ideas and just don't know what to do.  Cures or solutions seem more like the odds of winning the lottery at this point.  Which has also taught me that we each have to take responsibility as well....don't sit back waiting.  Do lots of research, change diet/eliminate certain foods, keep records, try supplements, etc.  Maybe just maybe something along the way will help, and maybe not but at least one can say they tried. 

Anyway, that's my latest on the health stuff.  There are good, bad and lots of in between days.  Most importantly I'm simply trying to learn to live and adjust to life with these dizzy spells and other symptoms.  Trying not to focus on it.  Doing stuff in spite of them which I feel is important and can even help the brain compensate in some circumstances.  Changed up the food menu to include healthier food. Basically doing a bunch of little things here and there.

That's the story and of course it's always an adventure of some sort over here!  Thanks to those who inquire about it from time to time, and for the support as well.   And I think this says it best....

Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday Musings

Hard to believe it's Monday already.  Yeah I pretty much say that every Monday but it's the truth.  Weekends go by so quick, exactly why everyone should have three days off instead of just two. 

The man is back to work after his little vacation.  The week was rather interesting, the first half was all tv.  But as the week progressed we actually did some things as well.  And that was really nice!

Evening strolls, a little shopping, golf, lunch with the niece and snuggle moments made the week more special than I had originally imagine.  When I actually get him away from the tv and other gadgets he is a completely different person.  Hence why I love any thing we do that doesn't involve electronics of any sort.  The house feels so quiet and empty with him back to work, downside of being home all day is it eventually gets lonely.

I got to play with my niece for a little, yes I actually jumped on a big wheel and rode around with her.  Which always leaves me asking....why don't people play more?  Life would be much more fun if adults could simply play like kids, you know without having to ingest alcohol or other substances to have fun. 

The USOpen was rather exciting it's nice to see someone other than Tiger dominate.  Of course after watching all that golf we ventured out for a little chip n putt. 

And about now I need a nap.  My Monday has involved scrubbing the shower which is never easy, cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming, loads of laundry and a bath for the little one.  Pretty much when I discovered she had poo stuck to her everything in the house got cleaned.  She is probably one of the cleanest dogs you will ever meet as because of her severe skin allergies she gets bathed at least once a week.  And of course I'm rather a germ freak of sorts but that's a whole other story.

Is it play time yet? :)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Soul Sunday

A friend posted this on facebook last week so I saved it thinking it would be perfect for today.  It is filled with inspiration.  And let's face it who doesn't need a little inspiration.  On this Sunday simply sit back and reflect on what makes you, and those around you, genuinely happy.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Starry Sky

 “For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”

 As we took a stroll under a perfect starlight sky this evening, I could not help but wonder how many people actually take a moment to gaze at the stars each evening. 

What if people spent as much time looking at the starry sky as they do watching tv.  Would it change their perspective at all?  
Nature holds such beauty and mystery yet how many truly appreciate it? 

There is nothing quite like staring at a star light sky.  Especially with one you love.  There is such a sense of awe and wonderment. 

“To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your own path, and don't worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest”

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Woof Wednesday

 Welcome to Woof Wednesday.  Please meet some very special dogs from , IL, MN, TN and WI who are in need of good, loving homes!

Many of the dogs featured today were given up by families who could not longer afford them, or had time for them.  These stories always make me so sad as can you imagine being given up for those reasons by a family you had been with since birth?  So I really want to find these dogs great homes please help me by spreading the word to as many people as we can and especially in the areas listed today. Thank you so much for your help!

 Duster is a busy little boy. He loves attention and would love a playmate. Duster has lots of energy and likes to play play play. He also likes to play with other dogs and he's a tough little guy.

 Duster- Oxford, WI

 Duster: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Oxford, WI

Eyes of Hope Shelter, Oxford, WI


 Rookie & Tucker have been beloved family members for several years, but sadly, their mom and dad are planning a move and have a young child at home, as well. The elements all added up together simply doesn't make for the best environment for Rookie & Tucker, and their mom and dad want that for them. They have asked Westie Rescue to help find them a new home where they can stay together. These boys may be age 9 and 11, but they have been impeccably cared for, and in the "Westie World," those ages are considered mid-age. These boys would do well in a home with folks that are home a great deal of the day and can spend the time with them that they deserve.  Please lets try to find these boys the loving family they so deserve!

Rookie and Tucker - Franklin, TN

Rookie & Tucker: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Franklin, TN Rookie & Tucker: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Franklin, TN

 Westie Rescue of Tennessee, Franklin, TN 
(615) 456-9964

 Donald & Daisy are a darling, spunky 3 year-old pair of Westies that sadly found themselves without a home. Through no fault of their own, their family underwent a number of changes and could no longer care for them. They were thus surrendered to one of our volunteers in East TN. Completely healthy, vetted, housebroken and crate-trained, they are a precious pair that must stay together. These high-energy Westies are great with other dogs and also must go to a home with a traditionally-fenced backyard and someone who is home a great deal of the time for play and lots of attention . Whoever has the good fortune of adopting these sweeties will have double the fun and double the smiles that go along with them

Donald and Daisy - Franklin, TN

Donald & Daisy: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Franklin, TN
Westie Rescue of Tennessee, Franklin, TN


This adorable underbite having little 6 month old westie/poodle mix is 8 pounds and loves dogs!Mikey was purchased at a pet store and dropped off at an open access shelter when the people decided they didn't want him sad!! Because he is only 6 months old the shelter director contacted us and we grabbed him that very day. He warms up quickly and is totally a happy, wiggly little guy.if you'd like to meet him, please complete our application at

Mikey - Chicago, IL
Mikey: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Chicago, IL
Project Rescue Chicago, Chicago, IL


 Max is Westie/Schnauzer mix who is 7 years old.  His previous family was unable to keep him (reason unknown). He was brought to the Martin County Humane Society and after spending some time on the adoption floor there, he made the trip up to the Twin Cities for more adoption opportunities! Max is very peppy and fun loving. He loves to meet new people and is friendly with everyone. He has a cute, silly disposition. Max loves to be where you are. He likes to play ball or with other stuffed toys. He loves snuggling next to you. He enjoys being outside and is very content to watch what is happening. If he has a ball he can chew on, he can entertain himself easily. The best thing about me, besides my wonderful personality is that I don't shed.

 Max - Minneapolis, MN

 Max: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Minneapolis, MN

Pet Haven Inc. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

{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 [] or leave a comment! We would Love to bring you on board!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Rainy Day

"In our lives there is bound to come some pain, surely as there are storms and falling rain, just believe that the one who holds the storms will bring the sun" 

It rained all day here.  But sometimes rainy days are perfect in their own ways. 

And when the sun does eventually peek out from amongst the clouds it some how means so much more. 

 "Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life."

Monday, June 11, 2012

Monday Musings

This Monday I'm feeling rather restless, my mind feels overwhelmed with a million thoughts.  Yet there is a feeling of having no where to go with all the thoughts, if that makes sense.  Both the house and health issues have really been on my mind lately, just wishing for some sort of resolution I suppose.  And I feel like I have reached a wall with my art, ever heard the term writers funk?  Well I'm in an art funk. The creativity is not flowing. Or I have an idea but cannot create it as I imagine. The extent of my creativity has involved doodling and coloring like a kid while working on many other things.

The man is on vacation this week but his plan is basically to chill on the couch and watch tv all week.  Not that it is any different than most weekends, but there is a reason behind it this week but he doesn't need me to blog about it. (somethings need to be private)  It's nice having him home but as I have said before him zoning constantly in front of tv drives me nuts sometimes. As I just wanna do fun stuff with him. ; )

Luckily my mother came over this weekend and we had fun.  Her and I spent the day running errands, which means we went shopping.  Honestly I don't know why but I enjoy shopping.  Unfortunately I'm not a millionaire so have to work within a budget. (hence why I avoid shopping at certain places all together as I don't want to be tempted)  I find the easiest way to avoid temptation is to simply not even go near those things in life that hold temptation.

In need of sleep clothes I have been at a total loss, either everything is cut so low rise it fits like one big wedgy or perfectly cut but ridiculously expensive.(and I just refuse to pay a lot for clothes knowing the huge market up that occurs)  Luckily I came across the perfect short sets at Walmart not to mentioned perfectly priced at $4.50 and sets at $8.47. 

Followed by some food shopping so I could whip up this new Pumpkin Bread recipe.

And lately our shopping adventures have been followed with a cherry berry chiller at McDonalds.  No matter where we decide to eat lunch we still get a chiller.  They are delicious, and I highly recommend trying it. (though I wish they were a tad cheaper)

Sunday was basically clean up day, oh and it seems I have taken over grilling duties in our household as well.  Seriously just call me the grill master please. ;)  Though I welcome grilling tips as there is always room for improvement and lots to learn.  And would much prefer the man be in charge of the grill but if I have to well I might as well learn as much as I can about the art of cooking on a grill.

Which brings me to Monday.  The Kings play tonight and I'm hoping they can win this game.  Why you ask would any Flyers fan be routing for another team?  One the Kings have four former Flyer players (not to mention they got our cute ones) and two Jersey always knocks us out of the playoffs.  So it makes  sense.  And is Justin Williams not a cutie.  Let's go Kings!  Anyone want to watch some hockey with me?

Pumpkin Bread

Super Easy Pumpkin Bread 

Servings: 4-6


    • 1 1/2 cups flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 cup pumpkin puree
    • 1/2 cup olive oil ( can sub with canola or vegetable)
    • 2 eggs, Beaten
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
    • 1/2 cup walnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Sift together flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda.
  3. In a separate bowl combined pumpkin, oil, eggs, water, and spices.
  4. Then, combined with dry ingredients but, do not mix too thoroughly. Stir in walnuts.
  5. Pour into a well-buttered 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Bake 50-60 minutes until a thin skewer poked in the very center of the loaf comes out clean. Turn out of the pan and let cool on a rack.
  6. Makes one loaf. Can easily double the recipe.
  7. If desired, you can use them in a muffin tin as well. They come out just as moist. If you use muffin tin bake for 20-25 minute.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Soul Sunday

“God will help you do anything. Even still, at times, there is only so much you can do. Sometimes you just need to take a break and recharge your batteries so you can get back to moving full speed again once you’re rested. Even God took a break on the seventh day.”  – Elmer Laydon
When I came across this quote it seemed perfect for this Sunday.   Christians believe Sundays should be observed as a day for worship of God and rest.  They believe it's the Lord's Day.  Other religions set aside a similar day for Jewish it is Saturday and Muslims Friday.  
No matter what one's religion though taking such a day is important.  We all need moments to rest, recharge and to even be able to focus on what really matters in life.  Often times within the daily grind of chores, work, schedules, etc., we can lose sight of those people and things that mean the most to us. 
But how many of us can really take a whole day to rest. It's tough for sure.  I know around here the list of things to do always feel so long.  And some how it always seems to fall on me to get it down.  If I rest for a few moments I'm lucky and know many people feel the same.  
But then I read quote like the one above and it reminds me that those things to do will still be around tomorrow, so would it really hurt to put them off for one day.  And besides there is only so much we can do before we burn ourselves out.  But in taking such a day it's also important to include things that fulfill our souls as well.  Days for fun, happiness and opposed to just zoning out in front of the tv all day. 
Just something to think about this Sunday.
 Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold.  But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow. 


Saturday, June 9, 2012


"There is a difference between being alone and feeling alone."  

Sometimes there are moments, where no matter how many people surround us be it none, one or many, we may still feel alone or even lonely.  It's usually a variety of things that can bring on such a feeling.  

Usually for me lack of sleep can be a contributor.  As is a lack of communication or even miscommunication, feeling unappreciated at home, the notion that the weight of the world is on my shoulders, selfish people, pms, overall sometimes just a general disconnected feeling to those I love due to something they do or don't do,etc., well you get the idea.  Anyway, it was one of those days that by evening left me feeling rather that way.

Oh these feelings usually are fleeting and pretty much disappear as quickly as they emerge much like a shooting star.  And as I sit and looked up at the stars this evening they are a great reminder that we are all connected some how.  That at times it may not always feel like we are, but we are.  And that somewhere out there in our vast universe someone is feeling the exact same way as another.  When put in that perspective it can change everything.

Nature is great at that.  Just sit out in nature day or night as it' a great reminder to let whatever may be bothering us go.  And if we let it, it can also be a great reminder that no one is ever truly alone there are stars to light our nights, sun to give us life, flowers to show us miracles and animals to keep us company when humans cannot.  Ah yes there may be moments where we might feel alone but eventually the universe will some how subtly find a way to reminds us we are not. 

 “Loneliness, or feeling alone, adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.  If accepted it becomes a gift leading one from a life dominated by ego to discovery of one's true self and finally to the heart of longing and the love of God or a higher power."

Thursday, June 7, 2012


“Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.  It is 

when the other person's happiness is more important than your own.”


We can say we love someone, but words only go so far and then it requires action.  Love needs to expressed, to be shown.  What better way than to do little things one knows will make another happy.  Sometimes that may even require putting another person's happiness before our own. 

We know what makes us happy but do we really know what makes those we love the happiest?  And better yet are we willing to do those things that may make the ones we love happy but may not make us happy? 

Words are good but actions are even better.  Showing love can mean everything and then some!

"People love others not for who they are but for how they make them feel. Don't take people for granted, no matter how much they love you people get tired."

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday.  Please meet some real sweethearts from FL,NJ, NC and NY in need of good, loving homes.

 Prince is a personable, friendly little man. He is a young West Highland Terrier who walks well on the leash and has a happy go lucky air about him. He is definitely inquisitive and interested in what is going on around him. He also likes to be petted and will climb into your lap for affection.
Prince - Bloomfield, NJ

Prince: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Bloomfield, NJ 

 Township of Bloomfield John A. Bukowski Shelter for Animals, Bloomfield, NJ


Wooster is a mix of West Highland Terrier and Poodle, and 4 years old. He loves to play catch with his toys and also loves to snuggle. He is very smart and respectful, can be bouncy and playful but also be a couch potato with the best of them. He has been together with his sister Jeeves since birth and they love to spend time and play together. He am also trained to be in my crate when my owners are not home, and bunk with his sister. We would like to keep Wooster and Jeeves together, so will only consider applications from adopters who will adopt both. 

Wooster and Jeeves- Rochester, NY

 Wooster: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Rochester, NY

Wooster: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Rochester, NY
Nuts for Mutts Rescue, Inc., Rochester, NY


  Aspen is a 4 year old schnauzer/westie mix girl, and she weighs about 25 pounds. Aspen is super sweet, and a very quiet girl. She much prefers her time with her people, and prefers the company of humans to other dogs, but gets along with other dogs just fine. She is shy at first, but will warm up when she feels comfortable with you. She loves being brushed every day. She is housebroken, and will bark to let you know when she is done outside, as she wants to come back in when she is done. This lovely girl deserves a good home so let's find her one.

Aspen - Orlando,FL
 Aspen: Schnauzer, Dog; Orlando, FL

 Florida Little Dog Rescue, Orlando, FL 


 Ozzie is a 3 1/2 year old purebred Westie who is in search of a great home.  His companion Marney is also available for adoption and they would like to find a home together since they are very bonded. He is sweet boy who loves to play so he does require a fenced in yard to keep him safe. Marney is a such a sweet girl who loves to be climb in your lap and get love.

Ozzie and Marney - Monroe,NC

Ozzie: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Monroe, NCMarney: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Monroe, NC
Furever Angels of Charlotte, Monroe, NC

Let's find all these beautiful, loving dogs the loving homes they so deserve!

 {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 [] or leave a comment! We would Love to bring you on board!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Oh Gwyenth

So in the news today was a story on Gwyenth Paltrow's use of the n word in a tweet.  Thought I would provide the link to the story as opposed to having to rehash it.

Of course it went on to be a hot topic on various radio and tv shows today.  In fact, as topics such as this usually do many got in a heated debate over it. 

In my opinion there should be nothing to debate.  It's time to let the word go, no one should be using the word. Honestly why can't it be that simple? (in fact while we are at it let's get rid of some other not so nice words as well in the English vocabulary)

Its just that if certain people are going to continue using it in songs, titles, referring to each other, etc., then be offended when others use the word....then stop using the word like it means nothing.  If a word is that offensive should it not be used at all?  Doesn't that make sense, why would anyone want to use it?

Such a topic brings up many very sensitive issues that our society just seems to continue not to deal with.  When will the world ever just be able to live as one....see each other for who people are, not what color,ethnicity, sex, religion, etc, they are? (or for that matter whatever other things we seem to find to judge others on)  So tired of the judgement that happens in our society everyday.  It's time to stop all the judging and some how come together as one. 

Wish we could all live in harmony....


Monday, June 4, 2012

Monday Musings

Monday!  And what a day already, woke up thinking it was 7 only to find out it was 3 am.  Pretty much stayed up the rest of the night so sleepiness is definitely starting to kick in.  After a rather busy weekend I was surprised I had such difficulty sleeping but then again pms will do that to a woman.  ; )

Weather wise it was unusual as we went from sun to storms most of the weekend.  Luckily we were able to fit in some outdoor activities around all the storms. 

Friday afternoon the little one and I enjoyed each others company as we sat on the deck inhaling the flowers and beauty around us.  It's so important to have moments like these, I find being out in nature puts the mind in a whole other world.  If only I could convince the man to spend more time outside and less in front of the tv.


Of course after our beautiful afternoon in the warmth of the sun.  Friday night turned quite stormy, to the point tornado warnings were flashing on screen to warn us a tornado was headed in our direction.  As we learned the next day it never made it to the ground.  We most worry about the little one, can we protect and keep her safe in such strong winds.  As you can see she prepared for all the stormy weather.

Saturday was pretty much spent food shopping, between shopping for five weeks worth of food then cutting and freezing it all, well it basically takes up a day.  And wouldn't you know while trying to cut all the chicken up I had dizzy spells. (for some reason looking down can really bring them on)

The man always partakes in his weekend morning ritual of running errands and going for a drive alone. He can be such the loner at times.  And while he got quality couch time this weekend I seemed to be working my butt off and stuck with a boat load of dishes.

Though Sunday I did convince him to partake in a little mini golf.  The man doesn't like to do things but once he gets going he has fun.  He is funny like that.  And yes due to the dizziness I now pretty much always wear a hat when out in the sun.  So much for my hair getting those sun kissed summer highlights.

This Monday there is much to be accomplished but after little sleep I am struggling to get off the couch.  That is why I feel stressed when I cannot sleep as I dislike the groggy, cranky, anxious, sleepy feeling it leaves me with the next day.

Oh and I never did convince the man to part from the tv for some romance.  What did people do before the tv was invented, do you think they had more romance back then?  I just need a little good old fashioned romance.  It's something that tends to get overlooked in our society these days.  Maybe that's why I'm singing the theme to the Love Boat this morning.  Who knows but my sleepy butt needs to get off the couch and get moving.

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