Monday, October 29, 2012

Monday Musings

This Monday the wind is howling, heavy rain is pounding the windows and I'm wondering how long the power will last.  The news is filled with warnings, businesses and schools are closing, even the whole transit system in Philadelphia has been shut down.  The perfect storm has begun.

This hurricane is meeting up with another storm from the northwest bringing with it cold temperatures as well.  So just in case power goes out I turned up the heat this morning to warm things up a little.  Not sure that will really keep things warm long term but it helps to at least start off warm. :)

This weekend was pretty much consumed with getting ready for this monster storm.  Storing outdoor stuff in the garage, tying down what cannot be put inside, securing flower pots, cleaning gutters, raking up leaves, stocking up on food and trying to lift anything that cannot handle water to higher ground in the basement. By last night I felt exhausted. Just hoping the power stays on as it would be costly to lose all the food in the fridge, not to mention the blood sugar would rebel without hearty cooked meals.

For now all we can do is wait and see what happens.  Hope for the best and pray for the safety of everyone in this storms path.

Be safe everyone and please no matter what happens take your pets with you.  All shelters are welcoming pets!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Soul Sunday

As a monster storm approaches the east coast here we are reminded that no one is immune from the storms of lifeSometimes storms cannot be avoided nor even resolved in those moments yet our soul still looks for inspiration to get us through them.  So today a little inspiration for those moments.  And prayers to all going through a storm, in whatever form it may be. 

“Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain.” 

“Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm”
 “In our lives there is bound to come some pain, surely as there are storms and falling rain; just believe that the one who holds the storms will bring the sun.”
 The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but deliverance from fear”
 " Life has so much to offer. Take each day as it comes because after every storm, there is a rainbow and every burden carries its own blessing. Surely all will be well with time, even birds do sing after a storm and so can anyone."
  “There's always another storm. It's the way the world works. Snowstorms, rainstorms, windstorms, sandstorms, and firestorms. Some are fierce and others are small. You have to deal with each one separately, but you need to keep an eye on whats brewing for tomorrow.” 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Perfect Storm

What do you do when where you live is in the supposed path of what they are saying could be the perfect storm. What is a perfect storm?

This so called perfect storm would happen if a storm system moving in from the midwest combines with the hurricane moving up from the south.  Sam Champion even referred to it as an atmospheric bomb.

Now for those of you who are not familiar with Philadelphia, it's only about a hour and half ride from the Jersey shore.  So this area pretty much feels the effect of any coastal storm.  The news is filled with warnings, weather models predicting it will come ashore. Yet still too early to know where the storm will make actual landfall, which factors into what areas get hit the hardest.

The man seems to think it's a lot of hype, that maybe the weather people might be wrong.  He worries, stresses about nothing except sports.  But with the potential such a storm is capable of I think it's better to err on the side of caution, try to plan ahead a little just in case it makes landfall here.  So I'm trying to make sure items are raised as high as they can go in the basement, stuff is tied down outside and that we buy the necessary items as last hurricane water, batteries, ice were completely sold out before storm even hit.  When a perfect storm is heading this way there is much to consider.

Losing power is a concern as it would mean losing all the food in our fridge and having the sump pump in the basement not be able to work which could create a flooding mess.  Both would not be good financially either. If power does go out food that doesn't have to be cooked would be essential as buying a generator isn't exactly in our budget, plus many are sold out already anyway.  And we hope those old tree lurking over the house can withstand the wind they are predicting or that could be a real issue as well.

The so called perfect storm has the potential to do real damage.  Amazing how in situations like these we realize just how much we take for granted and how spoiled we essentially are.

Though with all the concern also comes a sense of excitement.  There is always a sense of that with any kind of storm. Something out of the ordinary that most don't get to experience tends to do that.  What will it be like, feel like, will people be able to get to work, kids to school or will things have to close?

Let's face it mother nature can be awe inspiring at time.  The waves a hurricane creates are amazing. The beauty of blizzard as snowflakes fill the sky and everything is blanketed in white. The fierce sky of a tornado approaching. The power of an earthquake to move mountains.  Nature brings with it an energy all it's own. It's a reminder of sorts that something much higher and powerful than the world we know exists.

So maybe this hurricane will decide to go another way, as just like life mother nature is unpredictable.  Yes there may be stormy days ahead but the sun will eventually shine again too!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Chicken Marsala

As one always trying to find easy, yet delicious recipes I happened upon this one and it did not disappoint. It's simple and has only a few ingredients which is rather budget friendly as well.  

Chicken Marsala

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 stick butter
1 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 cup milk
3/4 cup marsala wine or chicken broth
1 cup sliced mushrooms

In large saute or fry pan, melt butter. While butter is melting, combine flour, salt and          pepper in small bowl. Dip each piece of chicken in milk; shake off excess. Dredge chicken in flour mixture and add to fry pan. (I like to cut chicken breasts in half before coating.)
Saute chicken in butter over medium to medium-high heat until browned and cooked through, turning often. Add more butter as needed. (Be careful turning chicken so as not to break off any of the flour coating.)

Remove chicken from pan and place on platter. Keep chicken warm while making the sauce.

Turn heat to medium high and add the mushrooms; saute until cooked. With mushrooms still in the pan, deglaze with the wine, stirring to get all of the brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Turn heat to medium low and continue to cook sauce, stirring frequently, until sauce has thickened slightly.

(Note: Sauce should be tasted frequently, and more wine or butter can be added as necessary. If sauce does not thicken properly, add a little bit of flour and continue to stir.)
When sauce is ready, add chicken back to the pan and turn to coat.

Remove chicken to serving platter and top with remaining sauce. Decorate with parsley sprigs.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some special dogs from IN NJ, NY and PA 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)

Meet Bear a Jack Russell Terrier.  Bear is an adorable, absolutely wonderful little fella!
He is slightly active but yet mostly calm, sweet, & very well behaved. He is very sweet and is friendly to all people, including children, other dogs, & cats too!  He is a complete joy to be around and will make someone very happy!  Bear is neutered, vaccinated, & housebroken but he is currently Heartworm positive.  Bear will receive his Heartworm treatment prior to adoption.
Bear has been patiently waiting to meet his new forever family and is truly hoping that someone is you! 

Bear - Mount Royal, NJ

South Jersey Rescue
129 Bell Ave
Mount Royal, NJ 08061

Tula is a 12 year old senior, weighing approximately 17 lbs, whose owners no longer wanted to care for her medical needs. They dropped her off at a high kill shelter because they were tired of giving her needles for her diabetes. She is a beautiful, little dog who has alot of love to offer, but will need an owner willing to take care of her medical and grooming needs. If you can offer this sweet girl this kind of home, please fill out the online adoption application.  Let's find this special girl a loving home!

Tula - Willingboro, NJ

Burlington County Animal Alliance
7 Pioneer Way
Willingboro, NJ 08046
(609) 880-1235

Email Lorraine

  He is a sweet Shepherd type mixed breed dog.  This poor guy has had a hard life already and he isn’t very old.  When he originally came to the shelter, Chip had an injury to his leg that resulted in him having to have his right front leg amputated.  He weighs approximately 40 pounds and is about 1½ years old.  He has been vaccinated and is now available for adoption. He is great with other dogs, cats, children and even housebroken.  Please lets find this guy the family and loving home he deserves.  

Chip - Hillsdale, IN

Parke Vermillion County Humane Society

1884 S. State Road 63
Hillsdale, IN 47854
(765) 492-3540

Denise King
Cell: (609) 314-4664

Madison is 2 Years old, very friendly and playful, right now she is in Columbus, IN in a foster home. She gets along great with other animals and all people.
She was rescued frrom living chained her whole life and is such a loving and sweet dog who did not deser ve such a lonely and sad existence!
She is fully vetted and including vacinations and spayed.
Lets show this sweet girl what it means to have a home.  Please lets find her a good home!

Madison - Marion, IN

Dogs Deserve Better of Indiana
Marion, IN 46953
(765) 517-1532

Jason is a Cocker Spaniel/ Poodle mix, he is a senior male who is looking for a loving home.  Please let's find this great guy the home he deserves.

Jason - New York, NY

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
424 E. 92nd St.
New York, NY 10128
(212) 876-7700

Kate & Spencer are a bonded pair of bichons. Both are spayed/neutered. They have lived together their entire lives so we will be looking for a family who will take both dogs together. Kate is 9 yrs. old & Spencer is 7 yrs. old. They came to DVBR a couple of years ago and were placed with an older person, however, she is ill at this time and can no longer care  for this wonderful pair of dogs. Kate and Spencer LOVE one another. They are absolutely fine with other dogs. We don't know about cats. We would assume they'd be fine with kids, although they haven't been around kids in many years. Both dogs are lovable, affectionate and sweet but also playful and rambunctious at times. If you are interested in this pair, go to our website complete an adoption application. Once we have received it, someone from the rescue will contact you.  Let's find these sweethearts a home they can go to together!

Delaware Valley Bichon Rescue
P.O. Box 2411
Cinnaminson, NJ 08077
(856) 829-7615

 My name is Otter and I am 80 lbs of fun loving dog! I just love people and I am a guy with some manners. People here tell me I am a silly boy. I'd like to think that is a good thing. I arrived here with my VERY best friend Pika. I really would like to go to a home were Pika and me can stay together but I do understand if we can't. BUT just in case, you can check out my friend Pika on the rescues website.  I am approx. 4 years old. I know how to sit and wait. I can be a lap dog and snugly if you want or I can be bouncy and play ball too. I aim to please. I am a good boy, really. I might bark some times when Pika decides to bark. I like to join in. I am not a digger and I am not destructive. Pika and I like to take walks together and I am good on a leash with him by my side. I like older kids. The small ones I am a bit afraid of hurting by bumping into them and knocking them down. I wouldn't TRY to but sometimes it can happen. I have heard people say I am a handsome guy. So if you are looking for a guy that is handsome, likes to play, take walks and will cuddle, you found him! Give us a call real soon. And don't forget about Pika. Thanks! 

 Otter - MIllerstown, PA

OTTER: Labrador Retriever, Dog; Millerstown, PA

Perry County PA Animal Rescue, Millerstown, PA

No paw left behind is our mission! 

{Please keep in mind a dog is 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 a part of Woof Wednesdays email Ann MicheleLauren or leave a comment.  Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Monday Musings

Is it really Monday.  After falling asleep early, I of course woke up at 4 this morning then spent the wee hours engrossed in a movie the man turned on. (a criminal drama that was probably a tad too violent for that hour of the morning)  A rather interesting way to start a day.  And blueberry pancakes were a much needed energy boost.

Nothing like the rather relaxing weekend that's for sure.  If only every weekend could be like this.

Pumpkin patches, beautiful Fall foliage, temperatures that felt more like Spring, delicious food, playing with the niece, time spent with family and snuggling with no distractions while watching football, even a home cooked meal by the man. Other than the beach, it may just be one of my favorite ways to spend a weekend.

Some how none of the men got in the photos.  Though I'm sure they don't mind as if it were up to them no cameras would be allowed on premise.  
And though Fall isn't my favorite season as far as temperatures the beauty of it never goes unnoticed.
Plus with temperatures in the 70's it's much easier to appreciate the season.  And that is exactly what we did over the weekend.

Though I really need to get painting as with all the household stuff I have been trying to take care of lately I'm really falling behind in my art.  And this beautiful weather can be somewhat of a distraction as it leaves me wanting to sit on the porch to soak in the warmth of the sun.  But alas there is work to be done so before I get distracted I'm shutting off the gadgets and engaging in life!

The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one's appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding and living life.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Soul Sunday

Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes - every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man.  ~Orison Marden

If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I'll bet they'd live a lot differently. 

In the wee hours of this morning I stood outside in hopes of seeing the Orionid meteor showers.  The sky was predicted to light up with many shooting stars.  Disappointingly I did not see any, though I have in the past. Early morning hours sitting on lounge chairs, bundled up in so many layers it was hard to move just to take in nature's spectacular shows.

Even without the shooting stars there is something incredibly spectacular about a star filled sky.  How little one can feel when looking up at all those stars burning brightly, a romantic awe for life fills the soul, a reminder that we are not truly alone, that something larger than our world exists, the fact that the universe if filled with mysteries.  In those moments I wonder how anyone can look up at a star filled sky and not believe that something greater then what we know exists.  How can it not?

The soul needs those moments.  Nature is ours for the enjoying yet cannot help but wonder how often it goes unnoticed or unappreciated.  Not only that but how many people live in polluted or dense urban areas where nature becomes depleted.  Where star filled skies cannot be seen.  Some not even knowing such skies or beauty exist.

Nature, and it's star filled skies have much to teach us.  So much beauty and light to inspire us.  A sense of peace and serenity.  But we must open our souls to it, get out of our own way.  Put aside those distractions that keep us all from truly living, from enjoying what we have naturally been given by nature. Not only that but help protect this beauty as well.

This Sunday do whatever it takes to find that beauty of nature.  Do whatever it takes to maintain it, increase it and appreciate it.

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls. ~Mother Teresa

God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.  ~ Martin Luther

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Mac and Cheese

This is an easy Mac and Cheese recipe.  I even substituted the milk for rice milk and it tasted delicious.

Mac and Cheese

Serves: 4 Edit
Prep Time: 45 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Oven Temp: 350

1 package(s) (8 ounces) elbow macaroni
3/4 cup(s) (about 1 1/2 slices bread) fresh bread crumbs
4 tablespoon(s) butter or margarine, melted
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon(s) all-purpose flour
1/4 tablespoon(s) dry mustard
1 teaspoon(s) salt
1 teaspoon(s) ground black pepper
1 1/2 cup(s) milk
8 ounce(s) (2 cups) Cheddar cheese, shredded

In 3-quart saucepan, cook macaroni as label directs. Drain well.

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease 9-inch square baking dish or casserole. In small bowl, toss bread crumbs and 2 tablespoons melted butter until moistened. Set aside.

To saucepan, add remaining 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add flour, mustard, salt, and pepper; stir until blended. Stir in milk; cook, stirring, until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in cheese.

Spoon macaroni into prepared baking dish. Pour cheese sauce over macaroni. Sprinkle crumb mixture over top. Bake until bubbly and top is golden, about 20 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes for easier serving.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Dog Day

Usually the little one likes to sleep all day but today she had other plans....

It started off with a morning meeting with mommy.  Trying to explain to me it was a beautiful Fall day outside and we should be enjoying it. 

So we got in the car and went for a ride.  As the little one listened closely and smelled the fresh air of the open window her expression revealed all I needed to know.  She was happy and content.

How can anyone resist this look?  So we drove some more, luckily even the dizziness didn't hold us back, as it interferes a lot with driving.  

Then to my surprise when we got out of the car she stood just enjoying nature. Usually she rushes to get inside.  What a great reminder to smell the flowers.  So we did that too. 

And the dog who pretty much despises walks decided she was game for a small one.  So off we went.

Since the little one also decided to scooch her butt along the ground a bath was needed upon stepping foot inside.  Of course it was followed by a lunch of chicken biscuits, not to mention  a little begging for some of my mac and cheese.

With that she curled up and took a nap.  Thanks little one for inspiring me today.  

But don't let the pooped out little one fool you by early evening she was up and waiting the arrival of daddy.  Her eyes filled with anticipation, tail wagging when she hears a car wondering is he home?

And of course anxiously waiting to play ball.

Then from all that playing her usual low cry reminding us that dinner is approaching and we might want to begin making it.  Is dinner ready yet?

After eating her home cooked meal, the little one snuggles up to the family and calls it a good day.  Though still hoping for a cookie for dessert.

Yes our little one is spoiled, but if you can't spoil the ones you love who can you spoil!

There are other great dogs looking to be spoiled over on my Woof Wednesday posts.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some special dogs from CA, FL, NJ, NY and PA  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)

Charlie is a sweet boy. He is a West Highland/Tibetan Terrier mix.  Very shy when he first meets you, but with some patience and lots of love he does come around. He is approx 4 years old. He gets along well with other dogs. He is quiet and laid back, and he does well indoor and outdoors. He even crates well. He just needs a patient family to give him time to adjust. He will make a wonderful companion. $78.00 fixed with shots and some goodies.  Please let's find this sweet dog the loving home he deserves.
Charlie - San Diego, CA  Id# A027447

City of Norco Animal Control Division
98 East 6th Street
Norco, CA 92860
(951) 737-8972

Hello there, I'm Myles a Polish Lowland sheep dog. My sister Fanny and I came to the shelter because of a divorce.  I had never heard of the word before, but found out quickly that I don't like it.  This word made the life I use to have just disappear. My dad took us to Francisvale and he was so incredibly sad when he left.  I thought he was coming back, but my sister told me we were starting a new life without dad.  I was heartbroken.  I really hope that my sister and I can go to a new home with each other. I would hate to lose her along with the rest of my family. We are such a great team. We play and wrestle like we were puppies.  She pretty much is the leader and I follow her cue on just about everything. She's my best bud. I don't know what I would do without her. I'm a silly dog though I'm considered a senior at 8 years old, there is nothing elderly about me.  I will greet you enthusiastically when you come in the door. And if you have treats, oh boy I will not leave your side. We love to snuggle on the couch. If your lap is open, watch out!   They are a great duo.  You will have double the love and joy if you adopt both of them. 

Fanny and Myles - Philadelphia, PA

Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals
328 Upper Gulph Road
Radnor, PA 19087
(610) 688-1018

Manny is a great little Jack Russell Terrier. He is about  years old, up to date on his shots and neutered. Manny is a total lovebug.  Let's find this little guy the great home he deserves!

 Manny - Edgewater, NJ

Global Rescue Welfare League
1160 River Rd
Edgewater, NJ 07020

Driver is a sweet young Maltese in need of a family and good home.  Let's get him out of the shelter and find him a real home!

Driver - New York, NY

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
424 E. 92nd St.
New York, NY 10128
(212) 876-7700

 Stanley is a Terrier of some sort.  He is really cute and could model for TV ads.  He is about 10 yrs. old, in good health for a fella of his age.  Weighs 26 pounds and am up to date on all vaccinations and had my teeth cleaned too.  Here is my story.  Marilyn my foster mom came up to the shelter to pick up my friend Ginger, a sweet Lhasa Apso mix girl.  Well, no one was interested in me.  Well, things were looking bad and my time was up.  I was a stray and someone called and said that I was their dog and that they would come and get me. A week went by and no one came.  I looked for them every day. I was so sad and then all of a sudden I was riding in the back seat of a Van and it was just beautiful to be able to look out the window.  I had a bath and felt so good.  I now have a soft bed and lots to eat and no more fleas.  Life is good.  I would love to have a new home.  I just need a place to spend my retirement years.  Maybe you could love me and take care of me for my golden years. I walk well on a leash and love car rides.  I sure hope someone gives me another chance.  Come on lets find this great guy the loving home he deserves!

Stanley - Orlando, FL

Bratpack Rescue Inc.
PO Box 807
Mount Dora, FL 32756
(352) 577-0036

No paw left behind is our mission! 

{Please keep in mind a dog is 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 a part of Woof Wednesdays email Ann MicheleLauren or leave a comment.  Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

One Chamomile Tea Please

Yes that's right I think a cup of Chamomile tea will be needed this evening, maybe two.  With the Presidential debate about to take place again this evening I'm torn, part of me wants no parts of it as I find the tone of them rather stressful yet another part of me feels drawn to hear what they have to say.  But to watch I almost feels like one has to fall back on a remedy of some sort that will induce a sort of calmness, like one of those sleepy time Chamomile teas that can even fit in a Keurig now.

Politics is a crazy thing.  It should not be stressful, nor about money or even power but let's face it, it has turned into that.  The focus should be on the improvement of people's lives and world around us.  We hope the people we elect to office hold those ideals, and won't be swayed by the corruption that does exist.

They do feel stressful, but politics is one of those things that can be stressful especially when it comes to discussion.  Everyone has their own ideas, opinions, thoughts, views....yet instead of just respecting those differences it turns into arguments not only among the candidates, but the American people.  Twitter set an all time record during the last debates.  People all heated about the debates and what was being said.  One would think that kind of discussion would be good for this country but instead it always seems to cause more division then unity. It takes on a negative tone, almost one of bullying.

It's sad that somehow we cannot find a way to just agree to disagree, to put aside those differences work together for the common good of the world and it's people.  Maybe there should not be one President maybe that's the problem.  Maybe there should be one Democrat, one Republican and one Independent.  Or maybe we should just do away with parties which cause more judgement and division.  As crazy as it sounds it might lead to a more unified country where something great actually gets accomplished.

I do not consider myself a Democrat nor Republican, no I'm somewhere in the middle does that make me an Independent?  I suppose.  But what never made sense to me is that if one isn't register as Democrat or Republican they cannot vote for either parties candidates in the primary elections, you know the one leading up to the general election.  If our country is going to be Democratic and fair, it should not matter what party one is registered as.  Anyway, back to the debates....

Maybe politicians should make only minimum wage, and campaigns should be capped at a few thousand.  Maybe all politicians should be required to volunteer so many hours a week at shelters, jails, rehabs, schools or live with an average American family for a little.  Maybe we should hold them to their promises before being elected if they don't accomplish them they cannot be reelected.  Just thoughts.

These candidates spend millions on campaigns, just think what a waste of good donations and money.  Money that could be spent on improving our educational and health systems, investing in our economy, helping non profits, fighting crime, oh the list of how all those millions could help our country is long.

So many people don't want to get involved, they feel defeated like nothing they do could make a difference but it's just that attitude that lets the politicians get away with stuff.  Everyone should vote, just like everyone should feel free to speak up for what they believe. No one has to agree this is America that's the beauty of living here we are free to say and think whatever we so choose.

Yeah I'll probably tune into the debates this evening.  And in the my head that Lennon song will be playing Imagine and I will be wondering why we just cannot all get along.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Monday Musings

Everyone has a breaking point, things can build up to the point the smallest thing, or even biggest thing can set one off.  Well that was me this weekend.

Nothing went as imagined. And seeing as I already felt like a simmering pot of food ready to boil over lately, well that pot boiled over.  That's what happens when you let things build up especially negative emotions, feelings, ideas, people, problems, things, news, etc.  Now it didn't even pertain to just one area of life, it pretty much came down to every area of life. haha (I can laugh at the feeling now)

Of course being in that boil mode causes the mind to over analyze, wondering things like has anything gone as wanted for awhile now? Do I ever get what I truly want?  Is there anyone I can fully depend on or trust with anything, everything, during the hard times and with my inner most self?  Have any of my desires or dreams really come to fruition lately? Why is the man so obsessed with tv/ his website?  Are there any nice people left?  What happened to fun?  Why do all families have some form of dysfunction?  Why do bad things happen to good people?  Do you really attract to you what you are? Why do companies say things are in stock then you get to store and they are out?  Oh so many more thoughts kept flowing. Oh how the mind has a way of spiraling, yes my thoughts were in overdrive.

And when thoughts are overflowing it creates what I like to refer to as a danger zone, when one usually says more than they should.  Leading to miscommunication, misinterpretations or even regret.  Where the stress from it can be detrimental to the body.  Yes all those happened. Or the tendency to make haste, rash decisions in those moments as well. Luckily I refrained from the rash decision or I might be in Florida right now, not that it would be so bad as the warm weather would feel great. :)

The boiling or spilling didn't produce many resolutions. Sometimes that's the problem there is no resolution, or at least quick resolution, hence why it build ups in first place. Maybe it involves learning to accept circumstances, people, situations as they are, if that cannot happen having the courage to try to change it or maybe simply knowing when to move on. Maybe some of it involves working even harder, if that is possible.  Sometimes the mysteries of life will be bigger than all of us and no resolution will be possible.

Sometimes it just involves patience and time, but sometimes when we really desire something it's hard to be patient or give it time.  Also maybe we must be open to change, as sometimes its the universes way of pushing us out of our comfort zone to show us how to live a fuller, productive, better, more loving life.  Sometimes our minds are so closed to what we think is normal, right, just, best for us or whatever else that we miss out on some really great things.  Boiling over moments can be used productively if we allow them.

So this Monday I'm wishing for a weekend do over, since that isn't possible I'm just going to hope for a better week! :)

Here is the perfect quote for this Monday....


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Soul Sunday

A lovely story and reminder of what's truly important, may the soul be open to the message....

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class 

began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..

'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else---the small stuff.

'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.' The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

author unknown -- happy to attribute if somebody knows


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Protein Pancakes

Usually when it comes to making pancakes I use whatever pancake mix is on sale at the supermarket. Of course only the brands that are egg free.  My pancake recipe usually consists of 1 cup pancake mix, 3/4 cup rice milk and 1/2 cup applesauce.  Simplicity at its best.

Of course I'm always looking for ways to increase my protein especially in the morning when blood sugar seems to be at an all time low.  So when I came across these protein pancakes on the The Naked Kitchen thought it was worth sharing. 

Protein Pancakes

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 tbsp plain unsweetened protein powder (Nutribiotic vegan plain rice protein was suggested)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1 tbsp ground flax seed
3 tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4- 1 1/2 cups non-dairy milk
2 tbsp sunflower oil plus a little to brush on the griddle
1 tbsp coconut crystals  or raw honey
In a small bowl combine the ground flax and water. Stir and set aside for 5 minutes.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, protein powder, baking powder and cinnamon (if using).
Add to the bowl with the flax mixture the vanilla, milk, oil and sugar. Stir and then add it to the dry mixture.
Whisk together until mixed. If the batter appears too thick add a little more milk.
Heat a griddle over medium heat and brush with a little oil.
When the griddle is hot pour 1/4 cup of the batter for each pancake onto the griddle in even circles.
Flip when bubbles appear and continue to cook on the other side until the steam stops or the cake is golden brown.
Top with your favorite topping and dig in.
Nutritional Info
Makes 12 pancakes.
Serving size 2 pancakes.
Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 153, Cal. from Fat: 55, Total Fat: 6g, Sat. Fat: .5g, Carbs: 18g, Fiber: 3g, Sugars: 1.5g, Protein: 6.5g, Sodium: 450mg, Chol: 0mg

This recipe can be doubled for a larger crowd or to have leftovers that can be easily frozen and reheated for a quick breakfast on another day. Just cool the pancakes on a wire rack and place in a zip top freezer bag. Store in the freezer for up to 6 months. To reheat just place pancakes on a plate and microwave 30 seconds to 1 minute depending on your microwave. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012


There is a vulnerability to basically everything in life, but lately I feel this way a lot toward blogging.   Blogging to me has always been about being able to write about anything that comes to mind, but especially feelings, thoughts or things going on in my world.  In the beginning I didn't even realize one could make a blog private, and when I found out it was possible I admit I tossed the idea around.

Because let's face it when I really pondered the whole idea, it was daunting at times to think complete strangers might be reading rather personal things.  Most difficult is writing about the not so perfect stuff, the negative or those things that bring unhappiness.  As I realize those can be very personal, often times misunderstood or misinterpreted.  Plus not everyone wants to read the not so perfect stuff as they are weighed down by their own stuff as well....which I think many people try to escape by reading blogs. In a way I suppose it's rather ironic. But also there are certain people a blogger might know personally that they don't feel comfortable having them read their inner thoughts or vulnerabilities as well.  It's an interesting dilemma one can face while blogging.

Yet at the same time it's amazing what you learn about others when you share those less than perfect moments, when you aren't afraid to reveal those vulnerabilities others open up about theirs as well.  Those moments are often hard to describe in words but many times priceless. 

It's a shame though because I think to a certain extent some bloggers may fears letting that kind of vulnerability into their blogs.  It feels like some believe they have to portray some kind of character to others, or only write about certain topics.  In the process sometimes losing the depth that resides behind who they truly are or really want to say.

Sometimes I wonder if blogging might have become too commercialized.  People not writing what they might really want to because they feel they need to get more followers or not lose the ones they have, worries over sponsors or whatever else.  Does that make sense?  I wonder if I'm making any sense at this moment. Especially since I'm trying to cook dinner too....steak broiling, roasted potatoes in over, broccoli in the microwave and one hungry dog circling my feet.

Anyway, there was a sense of vulnerability in a few blogs I read this week.  A more in depth look into who they are, I thought it was beautiful, inspiring and refreshing. 

"Tell the story of who you are with your whole heart"

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some special dogs from CA, FL, NJ, PA and WI 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)

They are bonded siblings  and are always together.  They are Pointer mixed breed.  And they are very enthusiastically affectionate if you like getting licked. We do dig at our current home and get into the neighbors yard. They are housebroken, good with children and vaccinated.  Let's find these two siblings a good home in which they can go to together!

Bagel - El Segundo, CA

G.R.A.C.E. Animal Rescue Inc.
531 Main Street #229
El Segundo, CA 90245-3060
(310) 488-9403

Soldier is a scared little 8 lb cairn terrier mix between 2 - 4 years old. He was surrendered by his family because their landlord would not allow them to keep him.  Can you imagine being given up by the only family you have known?  He's been fearful in the shelter, but he is now improving with continuous positive feedback from the staff. His confidence needs improvement and will continue to improve with basic obedience training. We do not recommend that he go to a home with children who might try his patience. He could, however, live with a same size dog of the opposite sex.  If you are interested in adopting Soldier, please email for an application. If you are interested in seeing a specific dog, please speak with our adoption staff member at 215-298-9680 X16.  Now let's find this sweet dog the loving home he deserves!

Soldier Animal ID#A16432384- Philadelphia, PA  

Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 238-9901

In some ways the rescue feels Tucker is a special needs dog.  Tuck has been through a couple of homes already and although he's really a nice dog no one seems to be able to offer him an alpha leader and a job to keep him happy.  They feel a tired, satisfied dog is a happy dog.  Therefore are looking for someone with lots of experience that would like to train this dog. Tucker is a 5 year old Yellow Labrador Retriever.  He comes from a line of hunting dogs (his father was a champion) so he has lots of energy and stamina.  Tucker has never been taught any hunting skills himself and has been a family (with school aged children) pet.  Tucker is house broken, crate trained, and has some general obedience.  He loves playing with other dogs.  Tucker will need a household that has things for him to do...a job like hunting, hiking, jogging, etc.  He needs boundaries and a leader that will require his respect.  A fenced in yard would be best as he does not have a decent recall at this time.  Must be a humane individual with some time to devote to his wonderful dog.  Please lets find Tucker the special home he needs to thrive!

Tucker - Big Bend, WI

Rock's Positive K-9 Training & Rescue
W224 S8416 Industrial Avenue
Big Bend, WI 53103
(262) 662-4160

Lulu is thought to be a Westie mix. The Vet says she is about 6 months old. She was rescued, along with a sibling, who looks nothing like her, from a hoarding situation, where she had to scramble for food with 20 other dogs in a small two bedroom apartment.  Poor baby had never been outside or seen steps, but her foster mom says she isn't afraid of going outside now and has accomplished coming up steps. She doesn't know how to go down them yet but is working on it as Lulu gains confidence. Both her pad training and house training are coming along well. She's a sweet little thing, loves everyone, including children and other dogs.  If you are interested in adopting Lulu, please have a fenced yard, no very young children, and be willing to be patient and loving with her.  She is very sweet and wants to be loved.  Adoption Donation $395  Please fill out an application do not send inquiries. The rescue is all volunteers and cannot answer inquiries without an application on file.  If you are a match for the dog you will be contacted. Thank you for understanding.  Copy here for our application: Please specify which dog you are applying for in the space provided. Although this rescue may have stricter requirements than some please don't let that deter you from finding LuLu a good home.  She is a special dog who needs to find a loving home!

Lulu - Middletown, NJ

Oodles of Doodles, Inc.
Middletown, NJ 07738

Pippen is a 3-4-year-old Wheaten/Schnauzer mix or similar mix. He came from a local Animal Control before joining the ranks at Puppy Hill. He's a good boy and enjoys learning new commands. He can sit and lie down.  He does okay with other dogs, but would probably be happiest as an only dog. He does have some issues when it comes to men. It's not all men and not all the time, so Pippen would need to meet any male in the home before being adopted. He is a great dog though and has many great qualities. He's house-trained and crate-trained. He's very loyal and attentive. He is a beautiful boy with a lovely coat. Please lets find loyal Pippen a good home!

Pippen - Melrose, FL

Puppy Hill Farm
PO Box 1743
Melrose, FL 32666
(352) 478-1444

No paw left behind is our mission! 

{Please keep in mind a dog is 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 a part 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!

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