Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some special dogs from CA, GA, NJ, NY and TX  all in need of good, loving homes.

Stacey  is a spayed tan female Beagle. The shelter thinks she is about 2 years old.  She weighs approximately 11 pounds.   The little girl is on urgent status go to West Valley Shelter, 20655 Plummer Street Chatsworth, CA 91311 to adopt her.  Their number is 888-452-7381.  Please we need to find this dog a home now!

Stacey A1368453 - Chatsworth, CA

Ace of Hearts Dog Rescue
P.O. Box 2357
Beverly Hills, CA 90213
(310) 358-3344

Bridget is a bright eyed little female Schnauzer-mix dog.  She's about 2 years old.  She's lively and happy a real fun little dog.  Let's find this sweetie a loving home!

Carroll County Animal Shelter
251 Automation Drive
Carrollton, GA 30117
(770) 214-3590
Wyatt is an adorable westie with a little bit of something else mixed in.  When found as a stray in the south suburbs of Chicago he was filthy, covered in fleas, hair matted, toe nails curving they were so long.  He has adapted to the good life in his foster home very well, making himself right at home on his very own dog bed, running in the yard with his new foster brothers and enjoying a lap for some well-deserved loving.  The shelter that found him shaved much of his hair due to the flea infestation but his hair should grow back nice and soft.  He's been to the vet and after a spa treatment, a nail trim, etc, he's in great shape. We are not certain of his age but everyone believe he's between 3-5 years old. He really likes his new toys and wants to play with you a bit.  Wyatt doesn't appear to have any obedience training and would really benefit from some basic training.  He is quick to learn and now runs to his crate at meal time.  He has also learned that he's supposed to stop barking when his foster mom shakes a water bottle with a few coins in it.  Let's find this adorable guy the home he deserves!

Wyatt -  Naperville, IL

 Wyatt: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Naperville, IL
 Westie Rescue of Missouri - Illinois Representative, Naperville, IL   

Silver Spoon is such a beautiful little girl with the softest coat. She's a little unsure of herself and new things and would benefit from being with another greyhound to feel comfortable.  She's calm and enjoys being petted and we could tell that she wants to enjoy and relax. She's 2 years old and cat tolerant with supervision.  Let's find this sweetheart a great home!

Silverspooon- Cherry Hill, NJ

Greyhound Friends of NJ, Inc.
PO BOX 4416
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034-0669
(732) 356-4370

Just look at this handsome boy. Tucker is blind and is an absolutely awesome dog. Sweet as pie loves everyone and always has a smile on his face. He is a very special boy. Despite the neglect and what ever this poor dog went through at human hands he is still loving and gentle and will make someone an awesome pet. We think he will do best with people that work from home and with another dog. We want to find him a home where he will be treated with tenderness and love. If you are looking for a big cuddle bunny this is your boy. We want him to see the other side of life, the good side, the side that shows him humans are wonderful and good parents. He surely has not given up that hope. If you want to adopt Tucker you will be getting a wonderful companion full of love and devotion.  Let's find this special dog a good home!

Tucker- New York, NY

White Angels Hope 
New York, NY 10023
 Margret -

Cute and curly-haired, this delightful mature lady comes to rescue from a very special owner, who was just a fifth grader when she saw an ad in the paper: “3-year-old female Golden for sale.” She emptied out her piggybank & collected all her pocket money and bought Honey. That was nine years ago, and one look at this dog tells you how much she has been loved. She’s healthy, friendly, and self-confident. Sadly, family circumstances meant a move to a no-dogs-allowed apartment, and you can’t hide a Golden! …so the owner began hunting for a new family for Honey. She's wonderful and she just wants her settled in a home who will love her and give her lots of attention.

Honey Belle is just as sweet as they come, with lots of life and energy. For a 12 1/2-year-old, she has a ton of spunk! She has chased a tennis ball and can go for a 15-minute walk (she’s excellent on lead). She’s a real lady in the house and fit right in with the pack. She’s a great car rider and snoozed on the ride here. She takes treats with a very gentle mouth. She enjoys her meals of kibble mixed with veggies and fruit and cleans her plate. And needless to say, she is fully housebroken and completely trustworthy indoors.   Besides being fine with other dogs, she’s great with cats in her former home, two cats pawed at her, lay on her, taunted her & she took it all in stride. Now that’s a good dog.  Let's find her the special home she deserves!

Belle - Austin, TX

Gold Ribbon Rescue
PO Box 956
Austin, TX 78767
(512) 659-4653

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)

No paw left behind 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, January 29, 2013

Winter Blahs and Inspiration

It's a fact Winter can be a harsh season....both mentally and physically.   The lack of sunlight, nature, warm temperatures, fresh air and all the other good things that come with warmer seasons.  People lose motivation, energy, sickness is more prevalent, some feel blue, down or just fatigued, the cold weather keeps people inside and a host of other things....which many refer to as the winter blahs. 

Winter always seems to feel like the longest season.  Here in the Philadelphia region it seems to take forever for things to really warm up.  We never seem to get enough of those lovely 80 degree type of's either chilly or really hot.  And the only thing that makes winter remotely fun is snow, yet it really doesn't snow all that much here.  This winter has been much colder then normal and rather cloudy. 

Usually by January I find myself dreaming about living somewhere warm again, and this winter is no different.  It's when I truly miss living in San Diego.  And start to dream about living in a small beach town again, or even what it would be like to live on a Caribbean island year round.  I'm a beach girl, it's hard enough living a hour and half from the beach let alone living in a cold climate.

Yet those very same things that tug at my soul to live at the beach, also tug at my soul to be close to family as well.  Leaving me often feeling torn between the two.  Then winter comes and that desire to be in a warmer climate by the sea grows even stronger.   I watch surfing competitions, golf tournaments and house hunting shows from island locations and get completely lost in daydreams.  There is a feeling of living vicariously through those living in warmer climates.  And of course any videos made at the beach during summer tend to get played as well.

And if it can be afforded and fit into the schedule this is usually when vacations to warmer places get put into motion.  Due to our rather tight budget it's been a few years since we took a vacation to some place warm, or spent a week at the beach and truth be told even vacationing can be tough as sometimes it only strengthens the desire to live some place warm.  :)

Ah the joys of living in a climate with four seasons.  So when I saw this posted on facebook I thought it was exactly the kind of inspiration that needed to be shared during this winter season.  Along with a photo of a beautiful summer day!

7 Things Happy People Say Every Day

1.  Today is going to be a great day.

If you’re reading this right now, smile, you’re alive.  The possibilities ahead of you are infinite, it’s true.  Think about this and let it inspire you. A good life begins right now with a choice.  It’s going to be fun, finger-snapping kind of day if you want it to be.  Choose wisely and indulge in the goodness.  Enjoy the sights and sounds, watch the clouds, stare at the stars, and imagine yourself dancing among them.

Your life is for smiling, imagining, exploring, learning, hugging, sharing, caring, helping, and healing.  Choose to do these things.  Choose to make the most of the gift you’ve been given.  Wake up every morning in such a way that the negativity committee lingering in the back of your mind says, “Oh crap, not another happy day!”

2.  I’m looking forward to it.

William James once said, “Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.”  Everything you do is only as big as you are, and you grow by taking action and working hard.  But even more importantly, remember that hard work is only ‘hard to do’ only when it has no meaning to you.

If your daily work is becoming uninteresting, so is your life and so are you.  Your work is going to fill a large percentage of your time on Earth, so the only way to make the majority of it lively and interesting is by enthusiastically injecting yourself into work that aligns with your purpose. That’s the key.  Find work that means something to you, or connect your work to a goal that has meaning, and then persist at it. 

3.  I’ll give it another try.

Forget failure, or any other outcome whatsoever.  If you try something – to improve yourself, to eliminate debt, to lose weight, to make a relationship work, to make the world a better place, etc. – you have already achieved something brilliant regardless of the end result.  Trying is always enough.

If things don’t work out the way you had hoped, hold your head up and be proud that you gave it your best shot.  Then try again.  Ultimately, each mistake teaches you something new about your goal and yourself.  There is no failure except in never trying again.  It is always the courage to continue that counts in the end.

4.  Hello.

Life is a choir made up of many voices, including your own.  Join in and sing your part.  Let the harmony ring.  It may sound silly to you now, but sometimes all you need in life is for someone to sing beside you.

One day you’re going to look back on smiles and songs you shared with others and smile and sing some more.  Because it’s sincere human connections – the sharing of a moment – that gives life it’s best music.  Sometimes it happens when you reach out and help someone sing their verse, and other times it’s allowing another to reach out and help you sing yours.

5.  Thank you.

Gratitude leads to greatness.  It can literally turn what we have into more than enough, jobs into joy, chaos into order, uncertainty into clarity, and bring peace to an otherwise chaotic day.

The greatest way to make your blessings count is to count your blessings.  Acknowledging the good things you already have in your life is of the essence, because whatever you appreciate and give thanks for will grow stronger in your life.  

6.  I’m OK.

How you respond to life’s little tragedies is what shapes your character.  Crap happens sometimes, you’ve got to deal with it and move on.  Don’t hide from it.  If your dreams are out in the world somewhere and you’re inside hiding, the only new things that will gather in your mind are anxiety and bitterness.  Eventually that anxiety and bitterness will eat away at you and leave nothing behind but an unhappy shell of your former self.

So when the crap hits the fan, as it sometimes will, stop and say it out loud:  “I’m OK.” Besides, the ones who fall and get up are so much stronger than the ones who never fell.  Often it’s the deepest difficulties which empower human beings to rise and grow into their highest, happiest selves.  The ones who win the race in the long run are usually not the quickest or luckiest, but the ones who have endured the most.  

7.  It was a busy day.

Happiness is a quest – a journey of magnitude.  It’s a something you feel – a longing that pulls your thoughts and efforts in a specific direction.  You strive for it daily, persisting in your pursuit against the odds, and sometimes find yourself traveling to faraway lands to get closer to it.

The happiest moments will be the unexpected breakthroughs on this lifelong journey, as you participate relentlessly in exploring and manifesting your own blessings.  Happiness will never be something you hold at the end, but something you do to get there. Once you find yourself in this state of happiness, it means you have found the right rhythm.  Don’t stop.  Maintain your efforts.  Enjoy yourself.  Keep journeying onward and upward.  

Monday, January 28, 2013

Monday Musing

Light snow kept us in on Friday so we baked some Halibut fish using a Mexican recipe that was delicious. Which I posted for all to try. Saturday we spent hours browsing the mall returning a few holiday gifts to the point both our feet ached.  Sunday was spent relaxing.  But the best part was these beautiful flowers the man brought home with their own special meaning.  It's true what they say the little things mean the most. And learning to appreciate those little things and not take them for granted is important.  Though it is cold and rainy here these flowers make it feel sunny.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Soul Sunday

  Something to think about.

How often do we pray only to be confused, disappointed or upset when we feel our prayers have not been answered. Sometimes even losing faith or questioning our beliefs.  But what if they are answered. Answered in ways we might not understand but that are best for us, for those around us and for those we may not even know.  

Maybe you have seen this before, maybe not but it's a good reminder that sometimes prayers are answered just not always in the way people expect, want or wish.

I asked for strength...        

I asked for strength and
God gave me difficulties to make me strong.

I asked for wisdom and
God gave me problems to solve.

I asked for prosperity and
God gave me brawn and brains to work.

I asked for courage and
God gave me dangers to overcome.

I asked for patience and
God placed me in situations where I was forced to wait.

I asked for love and
God gave me troubled people to help.

I asked for favors and
God gave me opportunities.

I received nothing I wanted
I received everything I needed.

My prayers have all been answered.

Author Unknown

Friday, January 25, 2013

Baked Mexican Fish

Tonight we splurged on Halibut.  I say splurged because for a pound it cost $28, compared to say Salmon which for a pound averages $6.  But we figured if we went out to eat a meal would cost just as much or more.  For this recipe a simple cod or tilapia would work fine.  This might just be our favorite fish recipe yet as it was delicious!

Mexican Baked Fish

1 1/2 pounds cod 
1 cup salsa
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup coarsely crushed corn chips
1 avocado - peeled, pitted and sliced
1/4 cup sour cream

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease one 8x12 inch baking dish or use non stick aluminum foil.
2. Rinse fish fillets under cold water, and pat dry with paper towels. Lay fillets side by side in the prepared baking dish. Pour the salsa over the top, and sprinkle evenly with the shredded cheese. Top with the crushed corn chips.
3. Bake, uncovered, in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until fish is opaque and flakes with a fork. Serve topped with sliced avocado and sour cream. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some special dogs from CA, NY, PA, SC and TX  all in need of good, loving homes.

Beanie is a 5 month old, male, Basset Hound mix. He was rescued from a shelter with his brother. He is a low energy dog, but loves to play with his dog toys. He loves attention and is very happy sitting next to you while you pet him. He is almost house trained, but defiantly crate trained. In fact, if you leave the door open, he will go in there for a nap on his own. Beanie is a submissive pup that wants to be your lap dog. Please lets find this little guy a great home!

Beanie - San Diego, CA

Labradors and Friends Dog Rescue Group
2307 Fenton Parkway #107-160
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 990-7455

Simon and Kudos are American Eskimos. They came from a rural Humane Society, where these boys were after Animal Control officers confiscated them from neglectful owners. Simon and Kudos were left in the yard during recent blizzard conditions, for days on end with no food or water. Concerned neighbors were tossing over food scraps, until several complaints were filed with Animal Control and ultimately, these 3 year old, miniature Eskie beauties, were seized and brought to safety. 

The boys have both had thorough vet exams and are in excellent health, albeit a bit thin and malnourished. Their coats are matted and stained, but nothing so dire that a proper grooming and change to healthy diet won't fix. Shelter volunteers have reported that Simon and Kudos have gentle, sweet personalities, but are a bit shy and timid around strangers. Please lets find these sweeties a good home!

Simon and  Kudos   - New York, NY

Simon: American Eskimo Dog, Dog; New York, NYKudos: American Eskimo Dog, Dog; New York, NY

Eskies Online American Eskimo Dog Rescue, New York, NY
  • 720-903-0636

Tiny is a scrumptious little terrier mix lady, just 1 year old.  She can be a little shy at first, but is very sweet .  Sadly, her person couldn't take care of her any more. Please lets find her the loving home she deserves!

Tiny - Philadelphia, PA

Tiny: Terrier, Dog; Philadelphia, PA

Morris Animal Refuge, Philadelphia, PA
  • 215-735-3256

Pops is a sweet 8 yr old Schnauzer who is good with other dogs.  He is hard of hearing but still has some spunk.  Please help Pops find a loving, warm home.

Pops - Columbia, SC

Pops: Schnauzer, Dog; Columbia, SC

SQ Rescue, Columbia, SC
  • 803-238-2124
  • ______________________________________________________________

This charming gal lives to be with, and please, her humans. She gets along with other dogs and even cats, but humans really are her thing, which given the way she was treated in the past is quite amazing. She and her dog buddy we kept in a back yard, tied to a tree. During a thunderstorm one night her buddy was so scared that he wrapped himself so tightly around the tree that he choked to death. We don't know how long the two of them were there before a good Samaritan neighbor stepped in and took her in.
Sugar Pie is very quiet, loves to sleep with you or in a bed next to yours, knows the doggie door, and walks well on a leash.  She is a very low heartworm positive with no microfilaria, but because of her age they have chosen not to put her through the very harsh heartworm treatment. She is receiving monthly doses of Heartgard, which will eventually kill off all of the adult worms that she has, and of course it prevents her from developing any new baby worms. In the meantime, you would never know that there is anything wrong with her - she has a great combination of spunk and love that she gives to anyone that she meets. You just can't help but fall in love with her.
Sugar Pie - Austin, TX
Sugar Pie: Dachshund, Dog; Austin, TX
Central Texas Dachshund Rescue
PO Box 200429, Austin, TX 78720

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)

No paw left behind 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, January 21, 2013

Monday Musings

This Monday I have a bunch of random thoughts.

The weekend was not quite what I anticipated, yes I should learn not to have too high of expectations or get too excited but the optimist in me tends to forget this.  And so it was rather disappointing.

Including the Falcons loss to the Niners.  Thought for sure Matt Ryan and the Falcons would be heading to the Superbowl but alas that was not the reality.  It's hard to describe to those who don't like sports but when you really love a player or team, when that player or team is one game away from the championship game....well it's a very disappointing feeling when they lose.  But hey there are much worse things in life than losing a game.

Though we did try a new restaurant Friday night.  Honestly it's been over a month since we were out to eat, so it was definitely the highlight of the weekend.  But we also found that now that we watch Restaurant Impossible on the Food Network we pay attention to details we probably would not have before.  And might even have higher expectations of restaurants as well.  If you have not seen this show I highly suggest you check it out. 

Another thought for today....isn't it amazing how others moods can affect our own?  I do believe there is truth in what the experts say about how others energy can be contagious. For instance sometimes low energy can bring us down, high energy can lift us up.  Makes sense when they say choose who you surround yourself, or spend time, with.

Today I decided to participate in the GFC blog hop (included a link to it on the sidebar), and was pleasantly surprised as I found some beautiful blogs.  It's nice expanding my reading and also getting to know the amazing bloggers out there.  If you happen to be new to my blog....welcome, thanks for following and look forward to getting to know you!

And now I need to go play, as someone is patiently waiting with their wiffle ball!


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Soul Sunday

Seize the day....
(no work, no electronic gadgets)

Take chances.

Have fun.

Live without regrets.


Live, Laugh, Love and love some more.


Try something new.

Do something different.



Enjoy the people in your life.


Be kind.

  Cherish every moment you have.

Saturday, January 19, 2013


Besides love, I'm not sure there is any greater feeling than knowing one can truly trust another.

In a day and age where deceit, dishonesty, lying and mistruths seem to happen all too often trust is a precious commodity.  They say it can take years to earn, only seconds to break. 

Essentially trust is an assured reliance or firm belief in the truth, character, ability, strength or reliability of someone or something.   It basically involves being able to depend on another and know they will be honest. But it's more than that, yes trust runs deeper than that.  It's knowing someone is good for their word, they mean what they say, they hold true to their promises and so on. 

It's what makes trust so difficult though. How many people can say they are true to their word, keep their promises and mean what they say?  How many people can say they are or always have been honest?  How many people can say they never lie or tell white lies? How many people can say they have always been faithful and loyal to others?  How many people can say they are always reliable and would always do the right thing?  As this is what trust involves. 

How is trust formed in the first place?  How can it be maintained and sustained?  And what happens when trust is broken?  Can it be fixed or rebuilt?  What would it take to do that?  How can each of us become more trustworthy?  As it's often said you get what you give so might that hold true with something such as trust?  

I'm not sure but there have been moments in life where trust is something I have struggled with. And those moments have been difficult.  They made me realize how deeply important trust is.  Not only does my world need more of it, but this world needs more of it.  Shakespeare once said this of trust....

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Woof Wednesday

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

Jay Jay is a sweet, playful, and handsome little Cairn/Yorkie Terrier mix. He is about 2 yrs old.  He was rescued from my previous owner, who neglected him for my entire life, left him to live out in the cold, forgot to feed him daily, and even hit him so hard it dislocated his hip which later healed magically on its own. He was saved by a good Samaritan. He is a a wee pup just 12 pounds and has a healthy zest for life!  Small enough to be carried around but big enough to walk own his own too. Loves to give kisses, enjoys being held and kissed and looks forward to daily walks.  He loves so snuggle and will curl up in bed with you too.  He needs a quiet home with or without another dog who will love him despite his rough beginnings.  Please let's find this sweetie a great home!

Jay Jay - Cypress, CA

Furrever Grateful Feline Rescue 
Cypress, CA 90630

Lady is a very sweet and loving Beagle/Cocker Spaniel mix that came to Bideawee via a municipal shelter. This 6 year old girl can be wary of new people, but once she feels comfortable with you, she loves to sit on your lap and give kisses. Lady weighs about 18 pounds and she is already housebroken for the most part. Due to her small stature and insecurity, she should go home with a calm and gentle family with older children. Lady gets along with most other dogs and she would probably be fine with cats as well.  Let's find this girl a good home!

Lady -New York, NY


Bideawee Inc. Manhattan
410 E. 38th St. between 1st Ave. & FDR Dr.
New York, NY 10016
(866) 262-8133


Apollo is a blind/visually impaired Red Heeler breed dog that is living in a home, but their owner can no longer keep them.  He is good with children, other dogs and is even housebroken.  Let's find this special guy the loving home he deserves! 
Apollo - Philadelphia, PA 
 Blind Dog Rescue Alliance
PO Box 63401
Philadelphia, PA 19114
(877) 254-6301
 Snoopy is a cute little Chihuahua Dachshund male mix that came into foster when he was very young.  He is very friendly little guy and gets along well with other dogs. Because of his small size he would do best in a home with children over the age of eight years of age. Let's find this little guy a good home!
Snoopy - Austin,TX

 Austin Dog Alliance
12129 RR 620, Suite 401
Austin, TX 78750
(512) 335-7100

No paw left behind 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, January 14, 2013

Monday Musings

Saturday morning had to wake up early to head to a lecture.  It was good though because it was a learning experience.  The rest of the weekend consisted mainly of lounging and watching football, it was still rather exciting as the Atlanta Falcons won.  And it was no ordinary with less then a minute left in the game Atlanta had to score.  Honestly I had all but given up but what seemed impossible quickly turned into the possible when they kicked a field goal. 

It's funny I was happy they won, but felt so stressed over the closeness of the game and knowing there were more games to be played.  Not sure I can handle another game like that one. ha

Followed by a little Revenge.  Seriously I usually don't find many tv shows I enjoy but this show keeps my attention. Wish there were more shows that actually made the audience think a little.

Today was kind of catch up day as work needed to get done, of course I got so engrossed working on a painting that before I knew it was time to start cooking dinner.  And Angel decided to scooch all around which creates the smelliest odor so in the midst of cooking she needed a bath.  Sometimes dogs have issues with their anal glands, especially dogs with severe allergies like my little westie. It causes them to rub their butts against the ground releasing the craziest smell.  There really aren't many products on the market that can get rid of the smell other then bathing.  Anyway....

That's my Monday in a nutshell. Check the little one out she smells so good after her bath!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Soul Sunday

God presents Himself in the light; He also conceals Himself by the light.  Just as we present ourselves in our garments and conceal ourselves by our garments. 
 Though my soul may set in darkness,
It will rise in perfect light,
I have loved the stars too fondly
To be fearful of the night.
 How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one finds darkness not only in one's culture but within oneself?  There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions.  You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.  Yes find that light within. 

 The stars are the street lights of eternity.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Lifes Problems

As I stood letting the water cascade over me in the shower today, kept wishing it could wash away every problem, trouble, issue, hurt and all the not so good of late and maybe ever.  A small part of me even wished I could be transported back to a less complicated time of life....if there even is such a thing?

I realized as I stood there that when it comes to issues/problems/the not so good of life we can deny, ignore, procrastinate, pretend they don't exist and even try to wish them away.....but none of those things will make them disappear, it wont resolve or even solve them.  The only way anything can be resolved is through accepting, addressing, action, communicating, coming to terms with truths... basically give those issues/problems/the not so good of life ones attention, all the energy and focus one can muster, facing them head on and trying our very best to turn it into something good using all means at our disposable.

But what if we do but those around us don't?   What then...

As let's face it many of lifes issues/problems/not so good things often times involve others as well.   Family, partners, friends, co workers,etc..  Life is never just about us.  It's interconnected in ways we often times don't even see or understand. 

Lately that's what I have been dealing with.  The man and I have two very different ways of dealing with the hardships of life.  I'm more a type A, he a type B.   As in I like to deal with things head on, he is more like a turtle who wants to hide under his shell.  I'm a huge communicator feeling as almost anything can be helped even resolved by simply talking about it, he avoids communication/talking at all costs. (this is a huge hurdle one that can even make problems worse)  He is a procrastinator, I'm not.  I like to plan he does not.  I want to address things immediately, talk them out, create plans, seek help when needed, basically do whatever it takes to make things better, him not so much. 

And right now the man is going through something very hard that not only affects him, but us and to a certain extent everyone in his life.   But dealing with it is not easy because one it was ignored for so long and two because of the differences mentioned above. Though I'm trying to be as supportive as possible I am struggling with our different ways of dealing with it.  And find myself wanting him to be more proactive especially in regards to seeking help, accepting the truth or at least trying to communicate more effectively and openly.  But right now he is in a very shut down mode and that is very hard to process and understand.  Even finding the right words for this post was tough.  As sometimes what we feel and think can be hard to accurately put into words.

I will do what I can, and hope he will to.  And pray that it's enough for now. 


Friday, January 11, 2013


Lying and Selfishness.  Two things I have come to dislike and detest.  The two seem to go hand in hand though.  And have the potential to cause so much harm and hurt.  A hurt that never seems to even resonate with those who dish it out.

Most liars don't have the courage to come clean on their own, or even explain the truth behind their reasons for lying.  They rarely take responsibility for their lies.  Often times coping out on a lie by turning it around to blame another,  or with an excuse that they think makes it okay.  I've never understood how a person can tell lies and never feel bad about it.  Forget the hurt they may cause, their concern is usually with themselves hence why they told the lie in the first place. That or they suffer from a psychological disorder.  Maybe a conscience of sort is missing in those who consistently lies, or maybe it's purposely avoided. 

The question remains though....why are some people selfish, why do some people lie and how can it be prevented or resolved? 

Sometimes it's frustrating to think we live in a society that doesn't place more value on honesty, more value on selflessness.  As maybe if we did, maybe there would be less lies.  Maybe more people would actually care about others not simply about themselves. Just a thought, though wish I had the real answer.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Woof Wednesday

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

Bruno is Terrier Mix he is 1.5 years old and weighs 22 lbs. He is very good with other dogs, good with children and cats are OK. He is very friendly and playful, very easygoing, walks well on a leash and loves to be around people. Bruno was found as a stray in Tijuana by a friend of Baja Animal Sanctuary.

Bruno - San Diego, CA

Baja Animal Sanctuary
P.O. Box 439060, PMB 626
San Diego, CA 92143
(619) 786-7928

Colby & Jack are 2yr old Australian Shepherd brothers. Colby is the one with orange and jack has the gray.  Colby is blind and deaf and Jack is deaf but does have some limited eye sight.  He is great at finding you. They both function very well in a home using their sense of smell and limited vision. They are good with other dogs, and just love them. They are the biggest clowns they roll around and wrestle.  Colby is not a friend of the kitties. Don't let his condition fool you, he has no difficulties chasing them. They are both sweet and docile, but because Colby is not always aware of what is going on around him he can sometimes be surprised. A home with older kids would be best so no one falls on him unexpectedly. Colby also has a habit of growling to himself or the wall because he just doesn't know he is doing it. However, they do not bark a lot and are very quiet well mannered boys. They like to walk on a leash, enjoy laying outside and soaking up the early morning sun. They are very friendly with people and once they smell you, they are on your lap. They are also great in the car.  Colby and Jack are such beautiful, sweet, nice boys. They would love a home with patience and understanding about their condition.  If they could go to that home together, that would be better. They have so much love to give, they just need someone to give it to.  Please let's find this special boys the loving home they deserve!

Colby and Jack - Westminster, CO 

Animal Rescue for Furry Friends
Westminster, CO 80021


Charlie is a 2 year old Labradoodle.  He is good with other dogs, children and is house broken.
He loves to play ball.  Let's find Charlie a loving home!

Charlie - Orlando, FL

Rescuing Animals in Need
P.O. Box 608221
Orlando, FL 32860
(407) 620-9736


A lovable clown and a gallant gentleman!  Bubba is a playful, outgoing guy whose ear-to-ear grin just lights up the room to him, every dog is a potential playmate and no stuffy toy will go unturned in his quest for fun. Bubba spent the entire Fall as a cherished friend and valued teaching animal at Becker College in Leicester, Massachusetts in their Animal Studies program. He truly shined in his clicker-training work  it's not always easy for this boy to be brave, but encouragement, support and clear communication helped him accomplish every task set before him.  When work is done for the day, Bubba immediately falls into a deep, contented sleep and you can almost see the peaceful dreams drifting through his mind.  Bubba gets along well with almost everyone he would thrive in a home that wants to live and laugh along with him."  Bubba is a very handsome, sweet boy.  He might be slightly reserved at first but he is only being cautious. Bubba is 4 and is cat tolerant with supervision.  Lets find this special boy a great home!

Bubba - Cherry Hill, NJ

Greyhound Friends of NJ, Inc.
PO BOX 4416
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034-0669
(732) 356-4370


Jazper is a 5 year old blue male Weimaraner.  He is neutered, up to date on vaccinations and heartworm negative.  He is on the small side for a male at 63 pounds.  An addition of a new baby to house has left Jazper out in the cold.  There is no more time and attention to spare on Jazper so his owners have decided to find him a home where he can get the attention he needs.  He is a very loyal and kind dog.  Housebroken and crate trained. He is wonderful with children, great with the cats and likes other dogs especially small dogs.  Jazper is very energetic and will need a home where he can get plenty of exercise.  He enjoys car rides, swimming,  a very long game of fetch...he's a great retriever.   He has had some basic obedience and knows sit, lay down and leave it.  He needs some training on his leash walking and is not reliable at all when he is off leash.  Let's find him a good home!

Jazper - Ewing, NJ.

Tri State Weimaraner Rescue Inc.
We have no facility
Ewing, NJ 08638
(908) 751-3140

Lulu and Simba are Chinese Shar pei mixes.  They are around 7 yrs old.  Grew up with a toddler and cat. Well behaved and house trained. They are being surrendered by their owner who is moving.  Please lets find this sweethearts the loving home they deserve! 

Lulu and Simba - Brooklyn, NY

The Brooklyn Animal Foster Network
Brooklyn, NY 11215

This beautiful Scottish Terrier was found wandering the streets in a nearby town, and was picked up by animal control, who then called us for assistance in re-homing her.  Piper is approximately 3 - 5 years of age.  Let's find her the loving home she deserves!

Piper - Dallas, TX

Scottie Kingdom Rescue, Inc.
PO Box 551265
Dallas, TX 75355-1265

Willow arrived to rescue in the Fall with a litter of puppies.  She was an amazing mother, but now she is ready to be an amazing companion. Willow is a smaller girl, weighing about 50 lbs.  She is a young adult, but we are unsure of her true age. She has all of her basic skills:  potty trained, walks on leash, house manners, and knows the commands "sit", "stay", "come" and "in". She even gives hugs:  jumps up ever so lightly and wraps her arms around you and gives you a loving look.  Willow is slower to develop trust, and for that reason we recommend she not go to family with young children.  Once she gets to know you, she is your friend for life.  Are you the family to give Willow the life she deserves?

Willow - Brookfield, WI

JRs Pups N Stuff

No paw left behind 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.}

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