Friday, August 31, 2012

Beach Day

 It's hard to put into words why I love the beach.   Everything about it has this abundant feeling of happiness.  The ocean has a way of healing the heart, mind and soul.  In a sense bringing with it a renewal of sorts.  

Many days I still miss living by the ocean, and long to have a house by the sea.  At least it's only a hour and half drive, though on those days I long to fall asleep to the sound of the ocean or feel the sand in my toes it seems much further.

But going to the beach feels like such a treat now.  And every moment spent by the sea feels so cherished.   Our day at the beach felt not only needed but appreciated in every possible way.  My sister, niece and I tried to soak it all in.  No one wanting to leave but knowing we had to go home. 

After our day at the beach we simple wanted more.  For some reason that is how it is with the beach and ocean, they always leave the soul longing for more.   More warm sun, salt air, waves crashing, playing in the sand, sea gulls chirping and that feeling of serenity that seems to envelop one as well.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Woof Wednesday

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

Please feel free to use social media to spread the word about these dogs. The more people hear about them the better chance they have of finding homes. Thanks! (or as the dogs would say woof,woof)

Shelby. 3 yr old female. Sheltie/Beagle mix. Was hit by a car and just left. Luckily she survived with only a broken pelvis. She is just about all healed up and now begins her search for a new home. Sweet, loving, gentle and follows you everywhere. Not a barker, but will tilt her head and talk to you. Great with all other animals, kids, and people. Perfect, calm, easy going lady in the house. Just a great dog. Shelby has healed from her injury, and does not require any followup. However she will never be able to compete in agility or any other overly active sport. She can run and play, and chases the squirrels out of the yard, but would do best as a lapdog or causal walking companion.

Shelby - Bloomingtion, IL

Shelby: Beagle, Dog; Bloomington, IL
Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue, Bloomington, IL

These next two dogs not much is known about but they are sitting at the Killeen Animal Control, with many other dogs, just waiting for loving homes.

Yorkshire Terrier.

Ellen - Killeen,Tx   Pet ID: A051542

ELLEN: Yorkshire Terrier Yorkie, Dog; Killeen, TX

Happy  Pet ID: A051592

HAPPY: Labrador Retriever, Dog; Killeen, TX
Killeen Animal Control, Killeen, TX


Sampson: Greyhound, Dog; Maitland, FL
Greyhound Pets Senior Sanctuary of Florida, Maitland, FL
352-728-2839 or 407-923-8865 


 Salty is a Westie, what looks like makeup on his eyes is really damaged skin from his previous life of neglect.  His owner had him from the time he was a pup but then lost her job and things started spiraling out of control.  They lost their home and had to go live with strangers. Those people didn't understand that little dogs can't life forever in a basement. 
After living in the damp darkness for some time, he developed an infection in his eyes that caused the fur around them to fall out.  But that’s all in the past now. His owner found out about the Animal Support Project and she called them for help. They brought him to a nice foster home where we’re getting good food, grooming, veterinary care and lots of outdoor exercise. Now, with the infection gone, the fur is actually growing back around his eyes . Salty is frisky and friendly, and loves all sorts of dogs and people. Do you wish for a fluffy companion who really knows the value of friendship?  Salty is a great dog and just needs to find a loving home!

Salty - Cropseyville, NY

Salty: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Cropseyville, NY
The Animal Support Project, Cropseyville, NY


Baxter is a one year old Blue Heeler/Shepherd mix. He is neutered and housebroken. Baxter is the type of dog that is very playful. He loves squeak toys, he loves walks, and is also very good as a companion for car-rides! Baxter is inquisitive and young and sometimes this gets Baxter in to trouble. He would do excellent in an active home and one with some redirection, guidance and obedience training. We feel Baxter would excel since he is so eager to please and is a quick learner. Baxter would do okay in a home with a female dog but we feel a home with no male dogs would be best for him. Baxter is listed as urgent so lets find him a home!

Baxter - Pottsville,PA

Baxter-URGENT!: Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler), Dog; Pottsville, PA
Hillside S.P.C.A., Pottsville, PA
(570)-622-7769 Tricia

No paw left behind is 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 Ann Michele Lauren or leave a comment!  Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page! 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Americas Got Talent

So I'm sitting here watching America's Got Talent and there is so much amazing, unique talent that I just had to write about it.

Most people get used to singers winning this competition every year, but the overwhelming feeling when you hear people talking about the show especially on social media is that they want to see a non singing act win it for a change.

Well this season the non singing talent is fabulous.  And it really is refreshing to watch all these original, unique acts. It's inspiring as it shows how everyone has some kind of talent.  To see and hear the dreams of all these contestants who work so hard at what they do is what the American Dream is all about.

The three comic acts Jacob Williams, Tom Cottor and Todd Oliver are better than many of the already established comedians, the Olate dog act is simply spectacular, the two artist acts Joe Castillo and David Garibaldi are original bringing a whole new meaning to art, the earth harp of William Close is beautiful and the dance teams of Rebecca/Donvan, Academy of Villains,Turf, All That are just as strong.  And there are other acts as well.  So many great acts yet only a few will advance.

This season has been filled with an abundance of talent that it doesn't seem fair only three acts get to move on each week leading up the the semi finals.  How do you vote when so many of the amazing, original, talented acts deserve to win!


Germs, Cleaning and Sickness

Yes I realize germs are everywhere, that they are rather unpredictable as far as who picks what up and when.  But that doesn't keep me from being a germ phobic.  I cringe when I hear on the news there are outbreaks of anything. But even worse I panic when someone in my own household, or someone that comes in contact with someone in my own household comes down with something. It automatically sends me into a state where I think I have it or panic that I'm surely going to get it.  I can even relate at times to the extreme germ phobics like Howie Mandel. 

Having to touch public objects like escalator handles, doorknobs, cart handles, credit card machine pens, public restrooms or even just touching raw meat is gross.  Of course I touch the stuff but always scrub good after.  Raw meat has me scrubbing a few extra times.  Yup I'm an overall clean freak of sorts.

I think what created this sheer panic and phobia of sorts is past experiences.  Whenever I have come down with something in the past, my body always seems to turn it into something bigger leaving me with scars of some sort.  For example after bouts with stomach bug as a youngster I ended up with severe ibs and stomach issues that lasted for years, and still affect me to this day. That's merely one example there are many others but I'll spare the not so pleasant details.  Plus let's face it no one likes being sick.

So yesterday when the man came home early with a headache and feeling nausea that panic feeling began to rise, and when he informed me this morning he threw up last night I went into somewhat of a panic mode.  Plus I have dealt all week with my little one having an upset stomach it has been germ overload.

On another note there is a little part of both of us that is wondering is it just a stomach virus, or could it be west nile.  We are over run by mosquitoes here, literally cannot step foot out of the house without them swarming. Sitting on the patio means either spraying from head to toe in bug spray or being covered in mosquitoes   Philadelphia and all surroundings counties have sprayed but it's not working.  It's been confirmed in the area, and at least a few people have come down with west nile already. And the man has a lot of the symptoms. Or did he possibly pick up something from her? So he is going to the doctor.

In the meantime I have been be wiping everything in the bathroom down with bleach, as the man would never think to clean up.  He doesn't worry about germs nor even spreading them.  A toilet could be completely covered in gunk for a good year and it would never cross his mind to clean it, boy I wish I could be like that!  But instead I'm a cleaning fiend who likes things to not only sparkle but be free of germ/gunk. Though I very much dislike the strong smell of any cleaning agent so it's not an easy task nor remotely fun. (pretty sure those chemicals cannot be good for the body either)

And that's the thing with being a germ phobic it doesn't keep one from getting stuff, well I should not say that as the extra precautions may help in avoiding to pick certain germs up.  But reality is germs are everywhere, worry or not there is still the potential to pick anything up.  So does it pay to be scared or even panic over germs probably not but it is what it is I suppose.  

It's the yin and yang of life.  There are people who live in spotless homes and others not so much.  Maybe all my cleaning and germ avoiding tendencies make a difference, maybe they don't.  But I am who I am, yes there are times I might wish to be more laid back, choosing the couch over cleaning like the man.  And if I could afford a cleaning service to do it for me I probably would.  

There will always be a slight envy towards those people who are not scared of being sick, can live surrounded in filth, eat without washing their hands and never worry about cleaning, germs, or that other stuff.  I could do without the fear and panic associated with being sick.  But to some extent I will always be a germ phobic of sorts and I'm okay with that as there could be worse bad habits I suppose.

So back to cleaning folks. 




Monday, August 27, 2012

Monday Musings

Where to begin this Monday.

Overall the weekend was rather mellow, in other words the man was glued to the tv and I was doing stuff around the house.  Saturday little ones stomach issues reared themselves again.  The poor little girl had the runs with blood yet again.  And an accident in the house as well because mommy was in the other room working and missed her standing by the door, as we all know when you have stomach woes you gotta go there is no holding it. So the floors got mopped twice, she got bathed yet again and basically the house is sparkling clean.

As for little one she has colitis. She's on bland diet of boiled chicken and rice until it clears up mixed in with a powder antibiotic to help the inflammation.  She was making terrible faces after tasting it, upon googling it found that dogs dislike the taste. (you think they could make it flavored)  Hence have to be creative putting it in peanut butter but getting the powder in was no easy task and judging from the face made she still seems to taste it.  Looks like no more corn on the cob for the little one as it irritates her stomach too much.  It's a shame because she loves it.  And even eats it like a pro straight across.

Other than that though the weekend was almost too mellow.  The man is so laid back sometimes I just want to light a fire under his ass to get him motivated and moving! Or just enthused about doing a variety of fun stuff.  :)

By chance I stumbled upon a house listing today which I actually felt excited about.  Even though we have been given an extension on our rental it never hurts to check out something that might be great.  Well it was anything but great,rather run down and felt so discouraged when I got home.  It's amazing the competition that exists for houses both to buy or rent.

There were like ten people looking at this house in the short 10 mins I was there.  And it makes you realize how competitive housing can be.  The man just doesn't get how very important this is.  He thinks because we got an extension that he can sit back but that's not the case.  We need to get this debt of his cleared up asap.  And that's where it gets so frustrating and discouraging. It just feels like such an uphill battle.  Not only am I stuck with all the grunt work but also trying to get him to follow through with it all.

This is where I have to learn to let go of the stress better and not internalize it.  I'm the type that lays awake at night thinking about all the stuff that needs to get done or whatever other stress.  I've never been good at relaxing or just letting things slide. It must be nice to be one of those laid back personas especially the type that can sleep through anything.  I wonder what that even feels like.

There are just some moments in life where it's hard to have faith and trust everything will work out.  Though I suppose those are the very times we tend to learn a lot as well.  And I keep saying I'm going to master the art of meditation yet seem to give up after a day.  Honestly sitting still, turning off my thoughts and being quiet is hard for me. Need to seriously work on this as I keep reading so many great things about meditation. Oh well that's enough for now I'm treating myself to a double stuff golden oreo!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Soul Sunday

All work and no play can leave the soul feeling stagnant, creating a boredom of sorts.  Take a step back, put the gadgets down, evaluate what is important and enjoy life.  

Think of it like this what you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.  Live life instead of being a spectator.
Wisdom on how to live life. 
Because there is a big difference between living and merely existing…
  • Educate yourself constantly. – The time and energy you invest in your education will change your life.  You are a product of what you know.  The more knowledge you acquire, the more control you have over your life.
  • Take good care of your body. – Your body is the greatest tool you’ll ever own.  It impacts every step you take and every move you make.  Nourish it, exercise it, and rest it.
  • Spend as much time as possible with the people you love. – Human beings are emotional creatures.  Family and close friends makeup the core of your emotional support system.  The more you nurture them, the more they will nurture you.
  • Be a part of something you believe in. – This could be anything.  Some people take an active role in their local city council, some find refuge in religious faith, some join social clubs supporting causes they believe in, and others find passion in their careers.  In each case the psychological outcome is the same.  They engage themselves in something they strongly believe in.  This engagement brings happiness and meaning into their lives.
  • Excel at what you do. – There’s no point in doing something if you aren’t going to do it right.  Excel at your work and excel at your hobbies.  Develop a reputation for yourself, a reputation for consistent excellence.
  • Live below your means. – Live a comfortable life, not a wasteful one.  Do not spend to impress others.  Do not live life trying to fool yourself into thinking wealth is measured in material objects.  Manage your money wisely so your money does not manage you.  Always live well below your means.
  • Be self-sufficient. – Freedom is the greatest gift.  Self-sufficiency is the greatest freedom.
  • Build a comfortable, loving household. – Home is where the heart is.  Your home should be comfortable and lined with love.  It should be a place that brings the whole family together.
  • Always be honest with yourself and others. – Living a life of honesty creates peace of mind, and peace of mind is priceless.
  • Respect elders.  Respect minors.  Respect everyone. – There are no boundaries or classes that define a group of people that deserve to be respected.  Treat everyone with the same level of respect you would give to your grandfather and the same level of patience you would have with your baby brother.
  • Mix it up.  Try different things. – Seek as many new life experiences as possible and be sure to share them with the people you love.  After all, your life’s story is simply a string of experiences.  The more experiences you have, the more interesting your story gets.
  • Take full ownership of your actions. – Either you own up to your actions or your actions will ultimately own you.
  • Over-deliver on all your promises. – Some people habitually make promises they are just barely able to fulfill.  They promise perfection and deliver mediocrity.  If you want to boost your personal value, do the exact opposite. Slightly under-sell your capabilities so that you’re always able to over-deliver.  It will seem to others like you’re habitually going above and beyond the call of duty.
  • Listen more.  Talk less. – The more you listen and the less you talk, the more you will learn and the less you will miss.
  • Focus more on less. – Think in terms of Karate: A black belt seems far more impressive than a brown belt.  But does a brown belt really seem any more impressive than a red belt?  Probably not to most people.  Remember that society elevates experts high onto a pedestal.  Hard work matters, but not if it’s scattered in diverse directions.  Focus on less and master it all.
  • Exploit the resources you do have access to. – The average person is usually astonished when they see a physically handicap person show intense signs of emotional happiness.  How could someone in such a restricted physical state be so happy?  The answer rests in how they use the resources they do have.  Stevie Wonder couldn’t see, so he exploited his sense of hearing into a passion for music, and he now has 25 Grammy Awards to prove it.
  • Savor the natural joys of simple pleasures. – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the best things in life are free.  They come in the form of simple pleasures and they appear right in front of you at various locations and arbitrary times.  They are governed by Mother Nature and situational circumstance and captured by mindful awareness.  It’s all about taking a moment to notice the orange and pink sunset reflecting off the pond water as you hold hands with someone you love.  Noticing these moments and taking part in them regularly will bring unpredictable bursts of happiness into your life.
  • Reflect on your goals and direction. – Not doing so is committing to wasteful misdirection.  The process of self reflection helps maintain a conscious awareness of where you’ve been and where you intend to go, giving you the ability to realign your trajectory when necessary.
  • Leave time for spontaneous excursions. – Sometimes opportunity knocks at unexpected times.  Make sure you have enough flexibility in your schedule to respond accordingly.
  • Be here now. – Right now is the only moment guaranteed to you.  Right now is life.  Don’t miss it.  
(How to live life wisdom is shared from over at  Marc and Angel where inspiration abounds)

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Late Night Thought

For some reason as I sit here in the dark, listening to the sounds of nature and enjoying a cool breeze that has been all but non existent for most of the summer, I ponder the meaning of love.

And I keep coming back to this quote....

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

It was a rather long day, started at 6:30 am when my little ones stomach began acting up again.  It continue all day, leaving quite a mess to clean up all over the house.  The floors got scrubbed twice, outside kept having to be hosed down, baths, you you name it.  A vet visit that keep us waiting for almost a hour to be seen.  I felt utterly exhausted but through it all not a smidgen of negative you see I love the little one so much I would do anything to see she her happy.  

And then I thought about that, yes that's love.  When you would do anything to see that another is happy. Even if it means a lot of work, giving up something, going out of your way, doing things we might not be fond of, etc.  Love simply asks us to ensure the one we love is happy.  And often times in making those we love happy we are given that happiness back....many times and more.

Then I thought what a better world the place would be if we could all feel that way.   To simply put another's happiness before our think how profound that is.


Friday, August 24, 2012


Fun is a day spent playing with my sister and niece.  It puts in perspective what is truly important in life.

And yes after all these years I can still skateboard. (though not so much on the dizzy days)  :)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday.  Please meet some very special dogs from CT, NJ, NM, PA and SC all in need of good, loving homes.  

Please feel free to use social media to spread the word about these dogs. The more people hear about them the better chance they have of finding homes.  Thanks! (or as the dogs would say woof,woof)
  Vinny is a 1 year old Westie mix.  Such a happy guy as he was on his last day at a high kill shelter in Philly, when Home at Last stepped in and rescued him.  Hes so glad to have a second chance to find a loving home! His foster parents say he has a smile for everyone--no one's a stranger to him.  Also, he is house trained and sleeps very well in his crate at night.  Right now, he is living in a Foster Home with a canine brother and sister, and they all get along great. But Vinny would love to find a forever home--could it be with you?

Vinny - Philadelphia, PA

Vinny: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; North Wales, PA

Home At Last Dog Rescue, North Wales, PA

 Meet Snoopy a 9 year old beagle boy looking for a forever family! Snoopy loves to cuddle he is a true lover boy.

Snoopy - Albuquerque, NM  
Snoopy: Beagle, Dog; Albuquerque, NM

New Mexico Beagle Rescue, Albuquerque, NM
Pam 505-385-7422
 This charming and oh so good boy whose racing name is Winta Sea Luna and who is now called 'Apollo' was recently returned through absolutely no fault of his own.  This sweet boy was adopted 4 years ago but family circumstances changed and he had to go.  He is 7 years old and was described by the former adopter as a 'perfect dog who is good with other dogs, kids and cats'.  He has a corn on his foot which we are getting treated and hopefully he will be able to enjoy his walks again. He’s currently living with 4 other greyhounds and enjoys their company.  He would enjoy a fenced yard with soft grass, as sometimes it is difficult for him to walk on hard surfaces.  Apollo is a wonderful boy, and he needs to find his forever home won’t you consider Apollo as your new best friend?
Appollo - Cherry Hill, NJ
Apollo "Winta Luna Sea": Greyhound, Dog; Cherry Hill, NJ
Greyhound Friends of New Jersey Inc, Cherry Hill, NJ

Chrissy and Tiny are 2 small senior Shelties. Chrissy is Tiny's mother and is 14 years old and 24 lbs. Tiny is a male, 12 years old and 16 lbs. In the photos, Chrissy is the one with more white markings. They have lived together their whole lives and we would love for them to be able to stay together. These guys are very calm and sweet, get along with other dogs and cats, and love to nap and follow you around the house. They are both slightly hearing impaired. They get around just fine, but you may need to use a clap or loud noise to get their attention when they're sleeping. Both are house trained and crate trained.  Lets find this family of two a great home they can go to together!

Chrissy and Tiny - Columbia, SC

South Carolina Sheltie Rescue, Columbia, SC
(803) 920-0644

So pretty much not much is known about Gavin.  But this rescue has adoptable friends from MS to ME. If the dog that you are interested in is not in your state, they can be transported to you, providing that you are along route or willing to drive to the route.  And you can contact them for information on any dog.  This guy needs a home and how can anyone resists those eyes?

Gavin - Torrington, CT

Gavin: Yellow Labrador Retriever, Dog; Torrington, CT

North West Hills K-9 Rescue, Torrington, CT

No paw left behind is our mission.
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 Ann Michele Lauren or leave a comment!  Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page! 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Monday Musings

Oh Monday.  I feel so bad for our little one as her tummy is upset.

Due to her special diet for the allergies she gets feed a diet of cooked chicken/turkey and baked potato or rice.  With usually a small vegetable mixed in.  Corn has always agreed with her until now.  She had issues with colitis as a puppy, still gets it with certain foods.

It's difficult enough for a human let alone a dog, as it means extra diligence to make sure they don't poo all over the house. It can require going outside constantly and leave them with very unpleasant symptoms. Even the lawn needs to get hosed down.  Basically if it doesn't resolve in two days they said to bring her in.  She is supposed to go 12 hrs without food, but she is wimpering for food which makes it real hard to adhere to yet I know it's important. So me and her are sleeping on the couch tonight just in case she needs to make a quick run for the door.

Overall it was a busy weekend.  Friday was a play date with my niece, who along with my sister accompanied me to an eye doctors appointment we thought was going to be quick but they kept me waiting 2 hours! (no exaggeration, and I had already been given pupil dilation/numbing drops so it made leaving kind of hard as who wants to have to be given them again....shudder at the thought of those things)  After 2 hours the eye doctor only confirmed what I learned from googling my symptoms.  Those spots I saw are ocular migraines that he thinks are probably in some way related to the vertigo as well.  Just what I wanted to hear, not.  

At least it was followed by the most ridiculously fun day in a while.  We played, sang, danced, talked, laughed, ate delicious food and all around just had fun.   My niece teaches me so much about life it's amazing how sometimes we simply have to see the world through a four year old's eyes to sometimes better understand it or shall I say appreciate it. 

Saturday was food shopping, one thing comes to do those extreme couponers do it? (is that even a word)  And where do they find all those coupons, I'm lucky if I find a few coupons for products we like.   If anyone knows the tricks of the trade when it comes to coupons please fill me in.

All right that's enough the little one deserves 100 percent of my attention and love this evening. But one more thing which could be a great tip if it works.  I read when a dog's stomach is upset two tablespoon per 10lb of the dog's body weight will help to calm it.  We tried it tonight if it works I will let all you dog lovers know! 

Probably a little too much of that....left the little one feeling like this.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Soul Sunday

We often tell ourselves that small steps are really not all that effective, and we use that as an excuse to stand still. When in reality, nine times out of ten, it’s those small steps that make those big changes happen. To begin all its takes is one very small, manageable step. And the very best time to begin, is right now.  Use what talents you possess, the woods will be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. There will always be people who doubt you. People who think you should do what’s easy, customary, and reasonable. Sometimes you may even be one of those people. Don’t think about them, instead, think about one simple step.
The habits that took years to build, do not take a day to change. By changing nothing, nothing changes. If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living. Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.Years from now you will be disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the one’s you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday, please meet these amazing dogs from CA, NC, SC, TN, TX all in need of good, loving homes.

Please feel free to use social media to spread the word about these dogs. The more people hear about them the better chance they have of finding homes.  Thanks! 

Samson is a handsome eleven month old male Basset hound / Beagle mix that weighs about thirty pounds.  What more could you ask this guy is so lovable!  Samson does well on his leash and loves attention.  Please come and rescue Samson today.

Samson 355/14 - Madera, CA

Samson-355/14: Basset Hound, Dog; Madera, CA

Madera County Animal Control, Madera, CA
(559) 675-7891

Freemont is going to make some family very happy.  He is sweet, affectionate, and very adorable. He may have diminished eyesight, but this is not severe enough to hinder his navigation. His right eye does not make enough tears to moisten his eye, so he needs ointment applied 3-4 times a day. He does not mind or fight this treatment. You can get this ointment from Amazon for about $5 and a tube lasts about 6 weeks.  Please give this boy a serious consideration. He has medical issues, but they are minor and likely related to a history of extreme neglect. In spite of this, he has a wonderful, loving personality! 

Freemont - Mountain City, TN

Freemont: Cairn Terrier, Dog; Mountain City, TN
Johnson County Humane Society, Inc., Mountain City, TN

This poor little guy doesn't even have a name.  He is a Westie but that's about all anyone knows about him.  Come on lets find this guy the home he deserves.

A634452-Austin, TX

A634452: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Austin, TX

Austin Animal Center, Austin, TX

Somehow this sweet dog Cailin ended up in a shelter.  She likes to play and have fun, but is not one of those hyper dogs. She likes other doggies.  Loves to give kisses and cuddle.  She is working on her potty skills and making a lot of progress.  She is just an all round good little girl looking for a family who will love her.  If you are looking for a sweet girl fill out an application and ask for her.

Caillin - Carrollton, TX

Cailin: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Carrollton, TX

Westie Rescue of North Texas, Carrollton, TX

This little girl needs a good home, yet another one that little is known about.  Let's change that for girl show her what it means to be loved and have a home!

Ipsa /16859933 - Columbia, SC
Ipsa: Jack Russell Terrier (Parson Russell Terrier), Dog; Columbia, SC

Pawmetto Lifeline, Columbia, SC

No paw left behind is our mission.
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!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Thank you

Just want to say thank you to all who read my blog.  I feel there is such wisdom to be learned from all of you! 

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

 At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Monday Musings

The days feel the same lately so the fact that it's Monday, well it doesn't feel like it.

Okay so I thought our weekends were going to be different this summer, you know less tv more fun. The man was suppose to be taking off from his website that lasted all of a month.  He zoned in front of the tv with all his gadgets as usual all weekend.  Oh but wait he decided to take me up on the mini golf idea, at 8:30 on Sunday night. Go figure....

I follow a few celebs on Twitter, who doesn't....but have you ever read Brooke Burke's tweets?  Seriously the woman seems to have it all. (adventure, fun, love, health, good husband/family, beach house, travels, etc)  Her and the hubby always seem to be doing something either fun or romantic.  Even her blog posts seem too good to be true.

And of course when I'm sitting home watching the man stare at the tv for 12 hrs and being harassed by dizzy spells.....well reading her tweets makes me believe that the grass may sometimes be greener on the other side.  You know it's time to change things up when you find yourself living vicariously through others social media posts, or feeling twinges of envy when you read them. hahahaha

Changing things up is tough under normal circumstances but with this lingering dizziness it's even tougher.  Just when I think I feel good again I get walloped with days of it.  I do think when I feel stressed it gets worse.  Frustrating, and when do you ever heard this but I actually miss working.  Of course I miss the nice paycheck the most, but also the interactions with others and even having a reason to get dressed up.  Plus when your at home it's much harder to stick to a schedule, and to a certain extent I think schedules help keep us motivated. 

Speaking of money someone in the Philadelphia area won a million on the Power Ball this weekend.  Of course it wasn't us because we forgot to play.  Yeah I know the odds are crazy high but there are a lot of things with crazy odds yet they happen.  So you never know right?  Power ball $305 million I need you come to momma!   

On that note I'm off to bath the dog and vacuum the carpet. Yes she really did just scoot all over the carpet, much like a duck and expressed her little butt glands all over.  But you know we love her so much that it's hard to be mad at a little one that sometimes doesn't know better.   I mean look at this sweetie!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Soul Sunday

  Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked,  in which you can walk with love and reverence.

As a single footstep will not make a path on earth, so single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.  To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again.  To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.  Other people may be there to help us, teach us, guide us along the path, but the lesson to be learned is always ours.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.


Friday, August 10, 2012


It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped. Decisions determine destiny.

Today as I watched the rain create ripples in the puddles, I could not help but ponder how sometimes it's the smallest decisions that can change life.  Sometimes in smalls ways, other times in big ways.

One small decision that may seem rather insignificant can sometimes have a ripple effect much like  those rain drops or even a stone being thrown upon water.  Affecting not only the one who made the decision, but those around them, and even people they may not know or know yet.

Such thoughts filled my mind after discussing the man's debt with a banker.  I wondered what went through my man's mind when he decided to overlook payments. (especially after all the promises)  Did he realize how it would affect not only him but us.  Or how breaking a promise is a decision in itself that can cause more ripples.

It's the decisions before he knew me I wonder about too. When he was opening all the accounts, charging things as if he were a millionaire then failing to make payments.  Then again who hasn't at times. He is highly educated, but education only goes so far it doesn't teach the value of money, credit, spending, budgets, paying bills or the importance of communication when things go awry.  Not to mention student loans bring even greater debt.  Making the right choices, decisions it's something everyone has to learn through the school of life.  And finances often times bring the hardest decisions at any age. 

We all make questionable decisions, no one is immune to it.  I've made plenty of not so great ones in the past.  And absolutely no one knows or can predict the affects their decisions will have, or if they are even making the right decision.  But what one can do is learn from their mistakes, so that we don't continually repeat them over and over.  Better yet care enough, put as much passion into it as one would the things they love.  It's when the same poor decisions are made over and over again that they become dangerous, hurtful and much harder to forgive sometimes.

What I do know is all those past decisions could mean having to put off buying a house for another few years, which feels so crushing. (we have already waited years)  All the work I've put into helping fix the credit, scouring over reports trying to figure it all out, setting up payment schedules, analyzing/balancing bank statements, trying hard to get him to commit to a budget and devote time to it, etc.. After all of it he still may not qualify?  Yes to a certain extent banks don't care how much one makes they look at the bigger picture the dreaded credit report, where the past decisions comes back to haunt many.  And where they have to make crucial decisions as well.

Just feels like that stone thrown in the water creating the ripples hit me directly.  Um is it too much to ask to win the lottery?  Please, pretty please could I win the lottery?  Doesn't have to be some crazy amount 400,000 would suffice, just enough to buy a house and fix it up.  :)

Try to look for the lessons in obstacles. Guess the biggest lesson learned is to really think before one makes a decision. No matter what ones age.  Yes follow ones heart, listen to instinct but also analyze from all perspectives.  Put effort into everything, even the smallest things that may seem completely insignificant may not be.  And when it comes to finances always play it safe unless of course one happens to be a billionaire.  Nike says just do it, well I say think about it and the ripples....

 It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Lifes Surprises

Okay, so I'm cooking dinner last night minding my own business when suddenly my vision gets blurry, I see zig zag lines in a purple yellow color, followed by everything looking distorted.  I run to the bathroom look in the mirror but could not make myself out. 

Panic sets in....what is happening, why can't I see.  I run into the main room screaming to the man I can't see.  Him being he ultra laid back dude he is, says just lay down.  I lay down, close my eyes but still see this zig zag flash of purple yellow.  Ten minutes later I'm going into full panic mode as everything is still distorted.   Out of fear I started shaking.  Call eye doctor who says I should just go to er.

So about 30 minutes after everything went blurry we hop in car.  But vision starts mysteriously clearing up, things are coming into focus again.   And I notice a strong headache in it's place especially around my eyes and base of head.  This headache is still around today.  So what happened?  It appears I may have experienced what they call an ocular migraine. Whatever the name it was scary!

Yet kind of makes sense because for over a year now I have been experiencing attacks of vertigo/dizziness which a few specialists believed could be an atypical migraine.  Of course, as I seem to attract anything atypical.  Things are never dull around here that is for sure.

And the man well he got angry at me for getting so upset.  He's sort of weird like that he doesn't show a lot of compassion or understanding during such moments.   He could not understand how scared I felt over my vision being blurry and distorted.  And  I remember after blood clot surgery a year ago, when I was in crazy pain, he was mad because it happened during the time he usually works on his website.  See what I mean not a whole lot of compassion.  He doesn't quite understand that sometimes we don't always have control of everything.  But that's life sometimes people deal with things in their own way even if it makes no sense to the rest of us. 

Anyway that was my exciting night.  Life is surely full of surprises. 

At least I have little one to snuggle with. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday.  Please meet some great dogs from PA, MD, NC, NY and VA  all in need of good, loving homes.   And we can always use your help in spreading the word through social media as the more who hear about these special dogs the greater chance they have of being adopted. Thanks!

This little guy a terrier mix was tossed-out with his brother on a country road by some cowardly sub-human! He is healthy, energetic and ready for a loving home!

No name - Salamanca, NY

NEW Pup: FUZZY: Scottish Terrier Scottie, Dog; Salamanca, NY

Friends Of Strays Inc., Salamanca, NY
716-945-5364 Kim


Beagle Rescue League has welcomed 36 4-5 month old male and female beagle puppies who need forever homes! Their story is here

Beagles -Yardley,PA
PUPPIES!: Beagle, Dog; Yardley, PA

Beagle Rescue League, Inc., Yardley, PA

Jack and Jill Brother and Sister Westie Mixes 6/7 years old, spayed and neutered, shots updated, teeth cleaned, blood tested all OK, health checked, and leash trained, house trained.  Senior owner passed away and they are waiting for someone to come and take them to a new life. Happy together and 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. 

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
Newton is large male and has some weight to gain. He loves to play with his toys and is a very easy boy around the house. He came to us as cat-friendly; however, we have learned since that time that he would not do well in a home with a cat.. Newton is being fostered in the area of Columbia, SC.

Newton - Charlotte, NC

Newton: Greyhound, Dog; Charlotte, NC

Gold Coast Greyhound Adoption/NC, Charlotte, NC

 Taco is a 4 month old Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix puppy ready for a forever home. KRI rescued him along his mom & sister who have both been since adopted. Now its Taco's turn. He is very friendly & outgoing. Taco loves to sit on your lap, wag his little tail & give kisses. He will make a great family dog or companion, and a perfect match for gentle children. He will do great with another doggie companion or kitty companion as well, or be fine as the only cute dog in the household.  Taco is crate trained but not yet housebroken so his adopter will need to continue his housebreaking regimen - someone who can let him out every 3 to 4 hours would be ideal. His adoption contract will require the adopter to get him neutered by the time he is 6 mos old.

 Taco - Germantown, MD
Taco: Chihuahua, Dog; Germantown, MD

Knine Rescue, Germantown, MD


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{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.}

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