Monday, July 30, 2012

Monday Musings

Mondays sure seem to arrive quicker than any other day of the week. 

So our weekend probably would have turned into a tv marathon but I saved it Saturday by suggesting a play date with the niece at my family's house!   Surprisingly the man agreed, though he brought work which I was hoping would get left home.  Unlike him I immersed myself in play....dancing, singing, blowing bubbles, playing nerf mini golf, you name it we played it.  And it was great fun!

Sunday was me cleaning house, paying bills, cooking,etc, oh and checking out a possible house. But the house turned out to be a no go.  It was too small and oh yeah next to a strip club, that pretty much nixed it.  In the middle of a quiet, nice, suburban neighborhood a strip club was put....seriously? (wonder how that ever got approved)

I'm just praying a good home comes our way soon!


Now to the man I worry lately.  Summer's half way through and he has shown absolutely no enthusiasm for grilling, golf or wanting to do much.  We mentioned taking a mini beach vacation but nothing so far.  If he isn't zoned out to tv/computer he's sleeping. (Not to mention those broken promises) Just think that between the heavy workload at work and working on his website at home it's too much.  Too much work, too little fun and that can really break a persons spirit! 

I even suggested he get a physical and complete blood/hormonal work up.   He blames everything on coming off the back medicine, but honestly he is tired whether on or off it.(overall seems drained mentally/physically)  I suggested maybe he has low t (those commercials bombard tv) but he doesn't seem to agree.  Seriously in both men and women hormones can really wreck havoc on the body. Meanwhile his back/neck issues are flaring up but he won't try alternatives, his stubbornness and unwillingness to listen or waiver from his way/views gets frustrating.  It's as if he puts up a wall to life.

There is only so much I can do,  as that saying goes you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make them drink from it.


On another note I've mentioned I like to watch Oprah's new network it's packed full of inspiration. So I was catching up on her new shows and saw an amazing interview with Devon Franklin if you catch it in reruns be sure to watch it.  His soul oozes inspiration, and who cannot use a little of that!   Though the Olympics are rather inspiring as well but haven't been able to watch much yet. 

All right those are my thoughts this Monday.  Note to self....happiness and fun should always be the goal, play as often as possible!
 
 
 
 
 











Sunday, July 29, 2012

Soul Sunday

Don't ever compromise yourself or your principles. Sometimes doing the right thing is the hard thing but, if it is the right choice to make, God will know what is in your heart and will help you overcome any difficulties that making the right decisions might seem to bring your way.
Character is much easier kept than recovered.   Character is higher than intellect. 
Don't try to be different.  Just be good.  To be good is different enough.
 The measure of a person's real character is what they would do if they knew they never would be found out.
 The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.  
Laws control the lesser person.  Right conduct controls the greater one.
  Try not to become a person of success but rather try to become a person of value.  
Kindness is an inner desire that makes us want to do good things even if we do not get anything in return. It is the joy of our life to do them.  When we do good things from this inner desire, there is kindness in everything we think, say, want and do.
 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday.  Please meet some special dogs and real gems from  CA, OH,  PA and TX  all in need of good, loving homes!

Any and all help is always appreciated, feel free to use any means of social media to get the word out about these dogs.
Vinny is a friendly 3 year-old male who looks just like a Norfolk Terrier. He was a stray that we pulled from a rural county dog pound so we don't know for sure if he's a Norfolk or not but he sure looks like one. Vinny was adopted for a couple of months and recently returned because he didn't get along with the grandchildren in the home. Vinny would prefer to live with a mature family where he wouldn't have to deal with any small humans. He's a very affectionate dog who loves to sit on your lap and cuddle. He doesn't really play with toys and just wants to be your pal. Vinny likes to go for walks and his previous adopter said he was house trained. He doesn't really enjoy being in a crate but has adapted to it in his foster home. He gets along well with the dogs in his foster home but might prefer to be the only dog in the home so he can get all the attention.
 Vinny - Garfield Heights, Ohio
Vinny: Norfolk Terrier, Dog; Garfield Heights, OH
Canine Lifeline, Garfield Heights, OH
 
http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/23606205 
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Meet Tootsie one look at this little doll and you will be a smitten kitten.  She is just as perfect and wonderful as she looks and will make a super addition to the lucky family who adopts her. Tootsie's people are seniors and their living situation has changed and they cannot bring Tootsie with them. Imagine how sad they are but you can make that sadness disappear by fostering and/or adopting this girl. At 9 mos. she is spayed, completely house trained, happy, great with dogs and kids- and of course she is playful and energetic. Westies are merry little dogs- and Tootsie seems to have all of those traits. Her unknown genetic donor must also be super because this dog is a gem.....a real gem!

Tootsie - West Chester, PA
 Tootsie: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; West Chester, PA
 All Things Pawssible Animal Rescue, West Chester, PA
atpar3@yahoo.com
www.atpar.org

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/23568184
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Angus & Sara 5 year old Scotties came to us as a transfer from another rescue.  They had been in a home, but were no longer wanted.  They are an adorable couple!   They have great personalities and of course are loyal Scotties through and through.  They will only be adopted together.  Let's find these sweethearts the loving home they so deserve!

 Angus and Sara - Dallas, TX
Angus & Sara: Scottish Terrier Scottie, Dog; Dallas, TX Angus & Sara: Scottish Terrier Scottie, Dog; Dallas, TX


Scottie Kingdom Rescue, Inc., Dallas, TX
Rescue@scottiekingdom.com

www.scottiekingdom.com

 http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/22479445
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Bart and his sisters Bess and Brie are part of the hoarder group.  They are Jack Russell/Poodle Mix terriers. Bart is the smooth coated one and the girls are the fuzzies. They are still very shy and will need patient, loving people in order for them to realize their full potential as companion dogs.  All of them are great with other dogs and would do best in a home with another dog for them to model their behavior after. 


 Bart, Bess and Brie - Lindsay, CA

 Bart, Bess and Brie: Jack Russell Terrier (Parson Russell Terrier), Dog; LINDSAY, CA
CENTRAL VALLEY RESCUE RAILROAD, LINDSAY, CA
559-799-1775
  cvrr@verizon.net

www.cvrr.us

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/23085832 
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This sweet little Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier doesn't even have a name. Not much is even known about her.  Please she desperately needs a good home.  When contacting the shelter her Id number must be given.  Let's find this little girl the home she so deserves! 

A903754 - Bakersfield, CA

A903754 URGENT! ADORABLE YOUNG FEMALE AT KERN SHELTER!: Chihuahua, Dog; Bakersfield, CA


KERN COUNTY BAKERSFIELD ANIMALSHELTER 
 661 868-7125 or 661-321-3000

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/23596285

 


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 [lcairdo@gmail.com] 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, July 23, 2012

Monday Musings

Started off Monday half asleep as the man woke me up at a little before 4am, of course then I could not get back to sleep.  Lately his bedtime seems to get earlier and earlier, this is a guy who used to keep me awake at 1am up watching tv. 

Yes he has been a rather trouble maker as of late. ha Although we went to the Phillies baseball game on Saturday which was a lot of fun, I was still feeling rather perturbed over the bmw thing.  And the fact that he won't apologize for breaking his promises makes it worse.  His "I don't care get over it" attitude is wearing thin.  Funny the man and his mother butt heads sometimes, yet the very things he complains he doesn't like that she does, he does or is. Life is always full of interesting lessons.

And it's funny how when you are overwhelmed with stress the little things bother you more easily.  I mean the littlest thing like the kitchen trash overflowing and/or clean laundry piling up but never being put away left me wanting to nudge the man off the couch yesterday. Sometimes weekends get a little too lazy around here. hahahaha 

But today was a surprise escape from the stress I have been feeling as I spent the day with my niece.  Play time, laughter and a bunch of other fun stuff.   It was much needed.  And yes she always seems to remind me how important play is in our lives.  No matter ones age or circumstances play should always be a high priority.

I just know I've been feeling restless lately, I do think more fun, play and maybe trying new things might help and would finding a permanent home to put my energy into. And less tv and more doing definitely work. ;)  Oh who knows I think I'm babbling at this point, tired from all the play.  So maybe I should just leave it at that for now. 






















Sunday, July 22, 2012

Soul Sunday

 “Sometimes the difficulties, hardships and trials of life, the obstacles… are positive blessings.  They knit the muscles more firmly, and teach self reliance.” 

 "Turn your wounds into wisdom." 


 Adversity is the first path to truth.

 Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns. 





Friday, July 20, 2012

Truths To Help Us Grow


Yesterday's post was draining for me, it's hard writing about personal things yet the need to release those feelings and thoughts was strong.  Yet seeing as I am feeling an enormous amount of stress it's hard not to talk about.  

So I stumbled upon this at what felt like one of those moments I needed some positive perspective. And since I felt I needed a break today from my own thoughts and writing, it felt right to share this which contains truths that I think we could all use to hear during those stressful moments of life and that help put things in perspective as well.

11 Tough Truths that Help You Grow

As you look back on your life, you will often realize that many of the times you thought you were being rejected from something good, you were in fact being redirected to something better.  You can’t control everything.  Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out.  Let go a little and just let life happen.  Because sometimes the truths you can’t change, end up changing you and helping you grow.

Here are eleven such truths…
  1. Everything is as it should be.  It’s crazy how you always end up where you’re meant to be – how even the most tragic and stressful situations eventually teach you important lessons that you never dreamed you were going to learn.  Remember, oftentimes when things are falling apart, they are actually falling into place.
  2. Not until you are lost in this world can you begin to find your true self.  Realizing you are lost is the first step to living the life you want.  The second step is leaving the life you don’t want.  Making a big life change is pretty scary.  But you know what’s even scarier?  Regret.  Vision without action is a daydream, and action without vision is a nightmare.  Your heart is free, have the courage to follow it.  
  3. It’s usually the deepest pain which empowers you to grow to your full potential.  It’s the scary, stressful choices that end up being the most worthwhile.  Without pain, there would be no change.  But remember, pain, just like everything in life, is meant to be learned from and then released.
  4. One of the hardest decisions you will ever face in life is choosing whether to walk away or take another step forward.  If you catch yourself in a cycle of trying to change someone, or defending yourself again someone who is trying to change you, walk away.  But if you are pursuing a dream, take another step.  And don’t forget that sometimes this step will involve modifying your dream, or planning a new one – it’s OK to change your mind or have more than one dream.
  5. You have to take care of yourself first.  Before befriending others, you have to be your own friend.  Before correcting others, you have to correct yourself.  Before making others happy, you have to make yourself happy.  It’s not called selfishness, it’s called personal development.  Once you balance yourself, only then can you balance the world around you.  
  6. One of the greatest freedoms is truly not caring what everyone else thinks of you.  As long as you are worried about what others think of you, you are owned by them.  Only when you require no approval from outside yourself, can you own yourself. 
  7. The only thing you can absolutely control is how you react to things out of your control.  The more you can adapt to the situations in life, the more powerful your highs will be, and the more quickly you’ll be able to bounce back from the lows in your life. Put most simply: being at peace means being in a state of complete acceptance of all that is, right here, right now.
  8. Some people will lie to you.  Remember, an honest enemy is better than a friend who lies.  Pay less attention to what people say, and more attention to what they do.  Their actions will show you the truth, which will help you measure the true quality of your relationship in the long-term.
  9. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never have enough.  If you are thankful for what you do have, you will end up having even more.  Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold; happiness dwells in the soul.  Abundance is not about how much you have, it’s how you feel about what you have.  When you take things for granted, your happiness gets taken away.  
  10. Yes, you have failed in the past.  But don’t judge yourself by your past, you don’t live there anymore.  Just because you’re not where you want to be today doesn’t mean you won’t be there someday.  You can turn it all around in the blink of an eye by making a simple choice to stand back up – to try again, to love again, to live again, and to dream again.
  11. Everything is going to be alright; maybe not today, but eventually.  There will be times when it seems like everything that could possibly go wrong is going wrong.  And you might feel like you will be stuck in this rut forever, but you won’t.  Sure the sun stops shining sometimes, and you may get a huge thunderstorm or two, but eventually the sun will come out to shine.  Sometimes it’s just a matter of us staying as positive as possible in order to make it to see the sunshine break through the clouds again.  Author Marc from Marc and Angel Hack Life 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Broken Promises

Promise- A promise is a commitment by someone to do or not do something.

Over two years ago my man made a few very important promises.  Ones that  meant a lot to me, ones I truly believed he meant.  But recently I found out two of those promises had been broken.

I knew years ago when we went to get a place together he had bad credit, debt he blamed on identity theft.  I trusted what he said until in 2010 when his bmw almost got repossessed because of unpaid bills. That's when I found out that most of the debt was his. (though he somehow found money to pay a bookie in his younger years he avoided paying off his accruing bills)  Somehow we got through it.  But only because he promised, basically swore it would never happen again.

Fast forward to the present.  I took over the finances and seeing that they were paid on time.  He only had to handle his car and phone bill, as he wanted to maintain some responsibility.   I would go over bank statements to confirm he was paying on time.  Until the vertigo hit then for months on end I was unable to read.  And he fell behind , literally had five months of late car payments.  And few phone ones as well. For no reason as there was enough money in his account to cover both.

Those little decisions and his procrastination are costly, as they may cost us an opportunity to buy a house.  To say I'm upset is putting it lightly.  I trusted him, he let me down.   You see, the banks may have overlooked his past debt especially since he has been attempting to pay it off,  they will also do that if in recent years payments have been made on time.   The fact that a large loan wasn't may now have a substantial impact.  He is a financial analyst with an MBA! (how did he let this happen)

If house hunting was stressful before it is now almost in a state of desperation.  He isn't worried as he says he has always found places....yes years ago before the major debt showed up, or rooms in friends houses, had to settle for towns that were not exactly safe, or put in lots of work to even be considered.

Worst yet he hasn't even offered up an apology, nor looked at the report to confirm it's correct. His response tends to be oh well, get over it.   His actions lead me to feel he just doesn't care.   To think all those weekends/nights/mornings he zoned out to tv , working on his website or tweeting away.... and .all it would have took was 5 minutes...a measly 5 minutes once a month to pay the car bill.  Problem is when he isn't working, he doesn't want to be bothered with anything other than his website.  Even doing dishes gets him annoyed.  It's great that he feels such passion toward his sports website but he needs to be more present in other areas as well. There needs to be more of a balance. This could be said for anything in life.
 
Trying to talk to him about the finances, bills or anything important is like pulling teeth.  The man shuts down, gets defensive, makes it difficult to have a conversation.  He has pushed me to the point where I think to myself why do I bother, if he doesn't care why should I?  But the fact is I care.  I'm not one that can just sit back and not try to do something, not try to help, or give everything I have.
For once I feel so let down that I'm not sure what to do.  Breaking a promise, especially one by a loved one, simply sucks. What more can I even say.

I felt so elated the other night at the possibility we finally were on the path to buying a house. (especially with the interest rates at an all time low)  That all the hard work I thought we had been doing was about to pay off.  I've spent hours on the phone, computer and reading books trying to find us a place.  But then to find out the most important loan on the report was not being paid on time felt like I got kicked in the stomach.  As for the other broken promise I have yet to process that one. The doctors say to avoid stress  but it seems impossible.  It's near impossible to remain calm let alone not get upset in certain situations.

Oh there will always be ups and downs in relationships like in anything else in life. Good, bad and the in between.  Ask a couple who has been together for 50 years they stress over and over it takes work combined with numerous other virtues.  And promises may occasionally get broken or be tested.  But getting past broken promises is tricky because it just leaves you wondering if you can ever trust someones word again.  That's the hard part. Oh I'm sure I will eventually get over it but for now I simply feel hurt.

Lesson learned, my mantra now....always check both you and your partners financial statements every month no matter how you feel.  Analyze, compare, balance, confirm due dates of bills or loans and make sure they are being paid on time....don't just assume they are.  Finances should be talked about openly when in a relationship this is very important as the experts say finances are the leading cause of disagreements among couples. If you get in financial trouble seek help right away from consumer counseling groups.  In addition, run free credit checks....all 3 credit companies allow reports to be run for free once a year meaning every four months one could run a report if need be.  It's good to stay up on those things especially in this day and age of identity theft.  Having good credit especially in a poor economy can mean a lot.


And the wise words of this quote says it all.  It's simple people need to care it makes all the difference in the world between defeat and success!

“Unless someone cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.”

This was a little inspiration I found as well.  As I strongly believe on trying to focus on the positive.




Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Woof Wednesday


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

Lets spread the word, social media is a great way to make sure these dogs find homes so if you can please take a moment to let the world know about these great dogs. Thanks!


 Rocky is a 1 year old, 12 lb Poodle / Yorkie mix boy. He is such a sweet baby! Rocky loves playing and if you give him a tennis ball he will amuse himself for a long time! He gets along great with other dogs. Rocky takes medicine to keep him from having a seizure, but that is no big deal...a lot of people and animals take medicine or vitamins each day. It isn't a big deal to Rocky and he does just fine. Rocky will shower you with kisses if you give him the chance. He enjoys going on walks. One of Rocky's favorite things to do is snuggle up on the bed and let you brush him. Rocky needs a home that will work with him on the basic obedience that comes along with a young dog. 

Rocky - Orlando, FL

Rocky: Poodle, Dog; Orlando, FL
Poodle and Pooch Rescue, Orlando, FL
(321)277-3089
 
http://poodleandpoochrescue.org/adoptable_dogs
http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/22805139


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This poor girl doesn't even have a name she only goes by A1089917.   Not much is even known about her.  Let's find this Norfolk Terrier mix the home she so deserves. 

A1089917- Houston, TX

A1089917: Norfolk Terrier, Dog; Houston, TX


City of Houston, BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions, Houston, TX
713-229-7331

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/23559189


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Rover is approx 30 lbs and 2 yrs old, he is schnauzer mix, he has a long body and fairly short legs and was shaved down as he was so matted but has a very pretty soft cream coat, he is a sweet dog, quiet and well behaved, loves kids and loves kids to take him on walks, he plays very well with the other rescues and just loves his toys and treats, a very good all around happy dog


Rover -Glastonbury, CT

Rover: Schnauzer, Dog; Glastonbury, CT

The Chi Society of CT, Glastonbury, CT

 http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/22710129


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Jack and Jill are brother and sister Westie Mixes who are 6/7 years old.  Sadly their senior owner died.
They need new home and are waiting for someone to come and take them to a new life. Happy together and as you can see will sleep in your bed on a blanket. Nice pair good fur and happy. Very friendly now that they have been in our care a while. Stress of loosing home was a lot for these little ones. Lots of energy and love playing with humans. Please lets find these two a loving home they can go to together!

Jack and Jill - Dunn Loring, VA

Jack and Jill: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Dunn Loring, VA


Westie Rescue of the MidAtlantic States Inc., Dunn Loring, VA
703-671-1039 
 MidAtlantic@westierescue.com
 http://www.westierescue.com/

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/23501079
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Angus is an adult male that was found as a stray in Northern Virginia and released to 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. No exceptions will be made. Invisible or electric will not be considered for this Westie. If interested please complete an application to be considered for adoption of this Westie.

Angus - Bluemont, VA

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

Westie Rescue Inc., Bluemont, VA
540-554-2963
 info@helpwesties.org

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/19784304




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 [lcairdo@gmail.com] 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!



Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Me, Myself and I

I have yet to participate in a link up like this but thought it sounded fun so here we go!

 Me, Myself, and I Party

1. What is your biggest phobia? 

Just one?  I'm probably one of the biggest all around phobics that exist.  But the first two things that come to mind are heights and spiders.  Both leave me shaking. Such as this one from our own basement.  Yup Pennsylvania has some big ole spiders!




2. If you could relive any day of your life, what would it be and why?

 The day I got my dog.  Puppies are like babies when they first come into your world it's overwhelming at first, people don't always get to appreciate the details and moments of that first day because it's usually so hectic.   So it would be fun to experience again, to be able to simply take in every little detail, feeling, moment and whatever else. Just thinking about it makes my eyes swell with tears.


3. If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?

Wow honestly I'm not sure there is a particular age. Maybe the early twenties just because life seems a little less complicated and more fun.  It's before many of the major life responsibilities and stresses weigh one down.
4. Which celebrity do you get mistaken for?
I don't really get mistaken for any celebrity that often, but when I was a blonde there were a few people that told me I resembled Britney Spears though I never saw it.  And at a bar once someone told me I reminded them of Sheryl Crow.  My man thinks I resemble Giuliana.  Go figure.  Honestly when I compare myself to these ladies don't see any resemblance except maybe we all have similar shaped faces and brown eyes?  haha 
5. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?


You Are Loved - Josh Groban (inspiration)
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor (saw me through the early 20's)
Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
Fix You - Cold Play
I Am By Your Side - Corey Hart
Everybody Dance Now or Gonna Make You Sweat - Cece Music Factory

You know there are plenty of songs for different moods, moments, times, etc., maybe I should not even list any as it's just too hard to pinpoint a few songs.   Can we just call this the songs that inspire or that we love instead.  And I am leaving out plenty of good ones but there is work that needs my attention over here and if I keep writing I won't get to it.  






Link Up Here
My Beautiful, Crazy Life


Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday Musings

We've got to hold on ready or not,  You live for the fight when it's all that you've got.  We're half way there - Livin' on a prayer......yup Monday Musings has turned into some Bon Jovi tunes. ha


Today as I was cleaning house the song came on, and then I found myself belting out the tune while dancing around the house pretending to be the next big star on America's Got Talent.  Silly....probably, Fun....totally.   Truth be told I cannot carry a tune, no exaggeration either.  Oh I hear the correct melody in my head but when it comes to vocalizing I'm millions of octaves.

My ipod is filled with tunes from all decades and genres.  That song just happened to come on in mix mode.  But you know it kinda felt right as there have been moments lately where I felt like we are living on a prayer.   As in life there is only so much one can do sometimes, then it's trusting a higher power and heartfelt prayer to guide the way.

Anyway, the weekend was filled with a bunch of errands.  The man did take me out to dinner at a nice restaurant though.  We had a delicious dinner.  Afterwards he was trying to get a photo of us but his droid camera was not cooperating in the dim light.  We happened to browse Best Buy on the way home, and he was still determined to get a photo so there we stood phone propped up on car trunk taking a photo in the parking lot!  I could not stop laughing.  The man is not one for a lot of photos so the fact that he wanted to take one, well I was willing to take it anywhere he wanted!
Alrighty the man's got Fear Factor on and it looks like a good on so that's all for today folks!




Sunday, July 15, 2012

Soul Sunday

We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds. 
 

 When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.



Saturday, July 14, 2012

Thai Grilled Chicken

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes 
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon lime juice

1. Prepare grill for direct cooking.  Place chicken in shallow baking dish. Combine soy sauce, garlic and pepper flakes in small bowl.  Pour over chicken, turning to coat. Marinate 10 minutes. 

2. Meanwhile, combine honey and lime juice in small bowl, blend well.  Set aside.

3. Place chicken on grid over medium coals. Discard remaining marinade.  Grill, covered 5 minutes.  Brush both sides of chicken with honey mixture.  Grill 5 minutes more or until chicken is no longer pink in center.

4 Servings


Friday, July 13, 2012

Joys Of House Hunting or Not



Oh I want to say we found the perfect house, but truth of the matter is the house hunting isn't exactly going smoothly.  We are literally running out of time, I fret day and night about it.  Either we will be homeless or stuck in some tiny, ghetto place. (not that I have anything against ghetto but that's what it will feel like after living in such a great house/neighborhood as we do now)

Of all the places I have lived, and there have been a lot....I'm totally in love with this house and neighborhood.  In fact, I'm worried I may just break down when we have to leave.  No actually I know I will!

Oh I know think positive, I am trying hard but then I see the date on something and panic sets in. I have scoured Craigslist only to find many obstacles "no pets allowed", "2000/month rent", and then there are the scam ads for fake houses or locator services that promise listings for a fee .  It's a crazy thing.  I have been told the market is slim right now there just isn't much available especially in the price range we need.

I have contacted realtors but only one has called me back. (even waited a few weeks and called a few back but still not a return call)   Now I bet if I had a million dollar house for sale they would be calling me back pronto.   Seriously Prudential and Remax around our area seem to have no interest in the little folks.  Weichert was the only realtor to actually call me back, kudos to them!

Then the other stuff that is preventing us from actually buying the house of our dreams starts playing in my in mind.  Why didn't I save more when I was younger, why does this dizziness have to interfere with me working at the moment, why does the man have to have such enormous debt, why was he so reckless with his spending/paying bills when he was younger, why doesn't he care more, why do we live in such an expensive in demand housing area.  Nothing productive can come from that kind of questioning. Those whys only lead into a downhill spiral of thoughts that I know isn't good to focus on.  But lately I feel stuck on them. 

Of course then I come across blogs where early, twenty something couples just bought their dream homes and envy sets in.  Complete utter envy!  Yes I admit it I envy and am jealous of anyone who owns a home by the age of 24.  Seriously do they know how lucky they are?  And at such a young age to even own a home? 

It always amazes me as when my friends and I were in our early twenties we were not even thinking on those terms yet....we were too busy traveling the world, socializing, going out to the latest clubs/bars, basically leading rather sex in the city type lives and not thinking about saving money.  Hence the idea of even a house seemed foreign, but it eventually all catches up and one finds themselves wanting more than that temporary lifestyle of a renter....wanting a real place to call home to establish roots.  Guess it just takes some longer than others.

Anyway, I just simply needed to release these pent up thoughts.  Now if only I could find a cow costume as Chick Fil is giving free meals out to anyone today that comes dressed as a cow.  You know since it is Cow Appreciation day and all.  And a free meal sounds awfully good about now.


 P.S. Please wherever you are charming house find us as we are waiting!







Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Woof Wednesday

 Welcome to Woof Wednesday.  Please meet some very special dogs from IL, IN, LA and TX all in need of good, loving homes! 
Also if you have a moment please feel free to tweet, facebook, or use whatever social media available to get the word out there about these lovely dogs.  Thank you!
 
 Lucy Lou was almost a statistic of a shelter that shoots their dogs. She was saved and now needs a real home to call her own. Lucy Lou is 2 years old and weighs about 35 pounds. She loves people but isn't fond of other female dogs. Male dogs are ok. She even loves cats!
Lucy Lo - Centerpoint, IN
Lucy Lou: Wirehaired Terrier, Dog; Centerpoint, IN
  911 Pet Rescue, Inc, Centerpoint, IN


http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/21547310
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Freckles is a 7 year old Beagle who was brought to TAPS when his owners no longer had enough time for me.  He is well behaved and gets along with other dogs, even knows his manners around younger children.  He loves to walk around and explore in, especially to be outside the kennel.  He is also a big fan of belly rubs!
 Freckles - Pekin, IL
Freckles - $25 Adoption Fee: Beagle, Dog; Pekin, IL
APS No-Kill Animal Shelter, Pekin, IL
309 - 353 - 8277 
http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/23384830
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 The dog had a 30-foot climbing rope tied with a slip knot around his neck and it was wrapped around a pole and debris from a burned out building.  He had some deep lacerations on his face which required surgery. There is no telling how long he had been there in such dire straits. The vet said maybe 2 or 3 weeks. Extremely emaciated, dehydrated and traumatized, he remained at the clinic until healed.
Elfie is about3 years old and about 35 pounds, Although not much of a snuggler yet, he likes to be stroked and hear kind words. He has been known to give loving good night kisses! He is a good boy.  Elfie gets along nicely with other dogs and is very sweet to cats. He plays well with his dog buddies and has such a good time. He enjoys quiet time in his crate, which is kept open during the day so he can come and go at will. He loves to take naps on his porch, a square of soft blankets in front of his crate. Not surprisingly, Elfie is easily startled by loud noises and sudden movements. He is a quiet dog who rarely barks for any reason. If this dog touches your heart, take him home and make him your own. He is waiting for you. You will enjoy showing him how great life can be and you will have his sweet company in exchange.
 
 Elfie - Austin, TX
 Elfie: Dachshund, Dog; Austin, TX
  Vision Hills Sanctuary, Austin, TX
512-308-9247

 httphttp://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=4722848559200145555#editor/target=post;postID=8938301281365898105://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/22100766
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Molly loves to play.  She would love to spend her days playing with another pet. She could also adapt to being the only love in your life.  Molly is a great dog who will make a great companion.  Please lets find a good home for this sweet girl.
 Metairie,LA
MOLLY: Cairn Terrier, Dog; Metairie, LA
 Zeus Place
504- 304-4718 
michelle.ingram@gmail.com

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/22837133

 
"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 [lcairdo@gmail.com] 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!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Small World

When people say it's a small world, sometimes I can seriously relate. 

This evening while taking a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood I found out that a guy I briefly dated over 15 years ago lives on the street behind this house only about three houses down.  Talk about weird.  Though I didn't say anything as one I was caught off guard so I just walked quickly by hiding under my baseball cap and two my body was in need of food at that point so I wanted to get home to get the bloog sugar up.

Plus, I was trying to check out this other house that looks like it was abandoned by has no sale sign yet up. (yes still very much stressed about finding a house as it just seems a reasonable rental market is non existent here)

It's funny because I just said to the man not too long ago that years ago I knew one guy in this area we now live.  And it just so happens that I now find out he lives only houses away?  Life is strange and full of synchronicity sometimes.  Just think it was especially weird after just going through all that old stuff over the weekend as well. 

Do you ever notice that?  I mean sometimes you think of someone or something, and then somehow they or it appears?   Just strange when that happens.  And sometimes I wonder if it's coincidence or something deeper that the universe has got going on. 

Oh well that's my little story for today.  Just makes me wonder about the vastness of the universe, yet the smallness of it as well. 






Monday, July 9, 2012

Monday Musings

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

This Monday I'm pondering those wise words of the Buddha.   As my tendency lately has been to either dwell on the past or focus on the future too much.  Concentrating on the present I have found difficult stress 
So I spent the weekend at my family's home going through boxes and boxes of stuff we have stored in the basement throughout the years. The boxes I have stored at their house were filled with stuff from high school on up.  Wow talk about a trip into the past.  And though it can be fun it can also be filled with twinges of regret.  

And by regret I simply mean that as I have grown older I have gained a knowledge or wisdom of sorts about life that I wish I had known back then or at a much earlier age.  There are just things I would have done differently.  Yet if I had it would probably have led me down a much different path then where I am now, which is mind boggling to ponder as well.  But I just cannot help wishing I had known then what I know now.
As Oprah says "when you know better you do better".  I find that very true, but why does it takes some of us so much longer to learn those things?   Or to understand what's truly important in life?

There are those who grasp that kind of wisdom at an early age and others who may never grasp it. 
Now I find myself at an age where I wonder if I can put into affect any of those changes now?  Is it to late to begin anew with all the wisdom I now understand, do I have the strength or courage to go after what I really desire, want, dream or even patience to make the changes I would have made then?  Life changes a lot in the process as well.  Though I think there is truth in the idea that it's never too late to change, there are circumstances where it may not always hold true.  

But none the less it was enlightening to relive some of those old memories.  To simply reflect on things.  To realize just how much I have learned throughout the years.  And not only that but to understand that each day lies within it a learning opportunity, a moment to better ourselves and the world around us.  Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of life those opportunities and moments can get overlooked. 
It also was a reminder to take lots of photos as they are so much fun to browse through and look back on.
Overall it was a enjoyable weekend, a nice mini getaway from all the stress I've been feeling at home, plus not having to do it all just felt good.  But it's Monday which means focus on reality once again.  Yet I think this says it best.

What you need to know about the past is that no matter what has happened, it has all worked together to bring you to this very moment.  And this is the moment you can choose to make everything new.  Right now.
If only I knew then what I know now.  :)
 




Sunday, July 8, 2012

Soul Sunday

For it is in giving that we receive.  

Remember that children, marriages and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.

Blessed are those who can give without remembering, and take without forgetting.

That's what I consider true generosity. You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
Small things sometimes say everything.



Saturday, July 7, 2012

Grilled Salmon

Currently it's 103 degrees in Philadelphia combine that with the humidity and things are feeling swampy.  In this type of weather no one feels like eating a heavy meal, nor being in a hot kitchen.  This recipe is perfect for those hot summer days. And perfect for grilling outside!  


Grilled Salmon

1 1/2 lbs Salmon
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup  brown sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil

1. In a small bowl, stir together garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, water and vegetable oil until sugar is dissolved.  Place fish in large resealable bag with soy sauce mixture, seal and turn to coat.  Refrigerate for 2 hours. 

2. Preheat grill for medium heat.

3. Lightly oil grill grate.  Place salmon on grill and discard marinade.  Cook for 6-8 minutes per side or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Note: we usually put salmon in non stick aluminum foil, with a few holes punched in it.  It makes it easy to remove the fish and prevents it from falling through grill grates.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Thoughts

"Be tolerant of yourself and others. Don't give into frustration. Demonstrate calm stability with persistent courage in trying circumstances. You do have the strength of character needed in adversity. Do not let your emotions control your actions at this time."

Found comfort in those words today.   It feels like adversity has been hanging around a little too long. 
Even find myself struggling with blogging....to write how I really feel or simply sugar coat everything to sound peachy.  

There has been much going on lately, stressful moments yet there is also a weird sense of boredom as well.  My mind is trying to process so much right now that the circuits feel overloaded and almost burned out.  Stress is a weird thing.  A little can almost be motivating, but too much almost causes a shut down. 

Find myself wanting to vent about things. But I don't want to necessarily go there, yet it's whats most influencing my life, feelings and thoughts at the moment.   There have been moments of hurtful words or lack there of words, miscommunications galore, broken promises, utter procrastination, lack of appreciation/respect, hurt feelings, lots of stress, financial woes and just not knowing what to believe sometimes.  The feeling like I'm trying when no one else cares.  Even trying to get people to commit to any type of plan, fun or mini vacation has been impossible lately.  Trying to plan family get togethers even turns into a hassle.  I'm trying hard but life is simply not cooperating. 

Nothing feels in sync lately, maybe mercury is in retrograde?  :) 

Anyway, what good does it really do to focus on such feelings as I hate to dwell yet I feel stuck in that mode. Actually stuck is a good word as that is overall how I feel.  But I need to get out of that mode, and unload the stress that is weighing me down.  Now if only the universe would show me the way.  A little guidance from above never hurt. 

Kind of like that Jerry Maguire movie where the guy says "show me the money" I think in this situation "show me the happiness" would be just fine.  Although "show me less stress and more money" would be great as well.  I mean who doesn't wish for more money.  Oh I know it's not the key to happiness but it sure does make life a little easier.  : )   Anyway....

I did find some thing interesting on the internet while searching for ideas on how to relieve stress.  And came across a great article on Mindfulness Meditation.  The studies done on it are amazing, even the Marines are using it.  I've tried meditation in the past but never studied a certain technique and always had trouble sitting still.  This is something I am definitely going to make a conscious effort to learn though it sounds worth it.  If you google it you can find even more information about it.

So off to learn Mindfulness Meditation I go.  Better to do something then nothing!  :)





































.  .  And the process of learning how to live with things that cannot always be changed when we want them to be.

Yes sometimes stress can feel like a storm.  Those stressful things of life coming at us from all angles like the powerful winds of a hurricane,and we have to somehow hang on until those winds stop blowing. 

My soul has gotten to a point where it even feels broken. 






Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Woof Wednesday

 
Welcome to Woof Wednesday.  Please meet these special dogs from NJ and NY  all in need of good, loving homes!


 Fancy was turned into a shelter with a bad skin condition. She had to be shaved down due to bad matting and skin that has turned to a tough leather. She was covered in fleas and is allergic to them and has a skin Fungus that will need time to heal, we can not even spay her for at least a month. If you would like to sponsor her and help us get her better we would greatly appreciate it.  She is also up for adoption!

She is a sweet little terrier who just needs a loving, understanding family.  Fancy is a dream dog, she is quiet in the house, crates well but crating is not necessary, she is housebroken. She likes to follow you around and lie on your lap but also does fine alone, no barking or whining. She's a great little companion, also fine with cats and other dogs.  She has not been tested with small children yet. Please help this great dog find the loving home she so deserves. 

 Fancy - Flemington, NJ


 Fancy~Please help: Terrier, Dog; Flemington, NJ

 Catnip Friends Cat Rescue, Flemington, NJ 
LIndacps@yahoo.com


 http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/23398206
 
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 What a cutie Toby is! He's a 4 year old pure bred Westie who was recently surrendered to HHAS. He is listed him as special needs because he has some food allergies. However, the shelter has a whole list of foods that Toby can eat - and many of them can be purchased at any pet store.  This little pup is very sweet and friendly. He's waiting for you! Come visit us to meet this wonderful pup. Toby is all looking for someone to love and play with in a nice warm and caring home!

Toby - Milford, NJ

Toby: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Milford, NJ

Hunterdon Humane Animal Shelter, Milford, NJ
908-996-2525
 www.hhas.petfinder.org

 http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/23441403
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 Celeste is extremely loving and will make a wonderful friend.  Celeste's adoption fee is $300.00, transport fee $125.00.  You are welcome to call me to make sure that she is available.

Celeste - Staten Island 


CELESTE: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Staten Island, NY 
Homeless Pets Lifeline, Staten Island, NY

 479-394-2524 home or 479-216-6044 cell Janet
  dogtiredjanet@hotmail.com
 dogtiredranch.com

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/23320086

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Joy is a West Highland Terrier with Maltese mix.  She has earned her name. She is a true joy. She greets everyone with a wagging little tail and kisses. She adores children, even toddlers and is lovely with them.  She is probably 4 or 5 years old. She loves to play with toys including the huge ones she steals from her foster moms German Shepherd.  This adorable pup is totally housebroken (is a pro at using wee wee pads and goes almost immediately on her walks). She comes when called. Seems to learn quickly. Joy has a mellow, sweet, easy- going nature. She has been fine with all the dogs she meets, large or small. Who ever gets to have this little special girl in their life is the real lucky dog!

Joy - Brooklyn, NY

 Joy: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Brooklyn, NY


The Brooklyn Animal Foster Network, Brooklyn, NY
 pound2penthouse@gmail.com 
Susan: 202-309-0684

 http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/23286990






"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 [lcairdo@gmail.com] 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!
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