Monday, April 29, 2013

Monday Musings

In comparison with the sunny, warm weekend...this Monday is dreary, overcast and rainy.  But that's okay because it is a good day for cooking, which actually helps to warm up the house a little as well.  Meatballs, vegetable lasagna and even ground turkey for the little one are some of the foods being prepared.  The little one because of all her allergies and sensitivities has basically ate home cooked food since she was a pup.  Yes it requires a little extra work but she is worth it!

The weekend was rather busy, play date with the niece and running around doing errands yesterday.  Our kitchen trash can broke, so been trying to locate an inexpensive, white step to open model and learning just how hard it is to find. Walmart and Target are frustrating lately as merchandise is sorely lacking in stores here. Went on both stores websites, where it said the trash can we were looking for was available in the store nearby so drove to both only to find neither had the trash can.  In fact, both stores had little selection when it came to trashcans. Not sure where to even go now, maybe Bed Bath and Beyond?  Just not sure they have the price point we are looking for.

Totally off the trash can talk.  And maybe some will think it's sharing too much but I think it's funny.  For 24 hrs I have to measure my pee!  Literally have to pee in a measuring cup, then write down how many ounces and what I drank.  It's hilarious, and cannot help but laugh as I try to get it in the measuring cup. Not to mention try to remember how much and what I drank. Though I'm honestly I'm not a huge drinker sometimes a whole afternoon can go by without me evening taking a sip of anything. ha  Something I have to get better at as they saying drinking water is important.

Anyway, back to the measuring. They don't even supply you with a measuring cup, so I had to pick one up at the dollar store because it obviously will be thrown out after this.ha  As for why the test, well long story short I have been having an irritated, strong, pressure feeling....feels as if I have a UTI but tests show I don't. Had to endure a bunch of ultrasounds last week, which consisted of drinking 48 ounces which I then had to hold for a hour.  Talk about feeling ready to explode. Now I'm doing this measuring and waiting on test results which can be a little nerve wracking. Some how I seem to develop stuff that leaves doctors rather mystified.

So the man is home today as he isn't feeling well.  And so wish there was something I could do to make him feel better as he has been having a rough time of it lately.  Honestly, there is nothing worse in life than when our health gives us trouble, whether it be physical or even mental.  We don't realize how much we even take it for granted until we don't feel well. And we often don't realize just how many people are struggling with health issues so it's all the more reason to try to show compassion, to be kind and understanding of others.

Although given our crazy world that also requires using caution and judgment as well. Seriously listening to intuition is important too.  Just about a week ago the man ran into an old acquaintance, some guy he casually knew from a club they used to frequent in their early 20's.  They briefly chatted, talked about maybe hanging out sometime. Well he literally has turned into an obsessive stalker of sorts, for instance yesterday he called my man over 11 times!  Without the man even calling him back once, and it appears this guy may have even called in the wee hrs of the morning Sunday with a blocked number.  Luckily the guy does not know where we live or think I would be very scared!  I'm concerned as is.  But a good example of what I mean when I say be cautious as you just never know someone else's story.

Well after sharing a bunch of random thoughts this Monday,  I realized after cooking all that food and freezing it that somehow there is nothing to eat for lunch.  Feeling hungry and not wanting to go out in this rain again, think it's time to go mix up some pancakes. Perfect lunch for this rainy day.

Besides little one has her raincoat on patiently waiting to go outside, and so she says enough blogging for this Monday!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Soul Sunday

Change your thoughts and you change your world.

 Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. it means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, FL, IL, NY, PA, TX and WA all in need of good, loving homes!
Please feel free to share on social media, as it will help give these dogs an even better chance at finding homes. Thanks!
Meet Molly one of the newest Labrador Re puppies. When they rescued their mom Honey they realized she was expecting babies. Two weeks later arrived this beautiful litter of pups. Rocky is one of the active happy boys. If their personality is at all like Mom these will be kind and loving dogs who will be loyal to their family.You will get a response within 24 hours once you complete our simple and free online applications at the website listed below.  Let's find this sweet puppy a great home!
 Molly - San Diego, CA
Honey Puppy - Molly: Labrador Retriever, Dog; San Diego, CA
  California Labradors Retrievers and More, San Diego, CA
Jimmy is a small male adult West Highland Terrier.  Sweet guy who just wants to find a home.  Please let's find this little guy a loving home!
Jimmy - Miami, FL
 JIMMY: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Miami, FL

Miami-Dade Animal Services, Miami, FL
  Feather is a ten year old West Highland Terrier.  She is intelligent, affectionate senior girl looking for a companion to enjoy long strolls, fine dining and an occasional nap.   Feather's lost her owner and was grieving terribly causing her to scratch her skin.  She still has a little bit of a skin condition but with continued care and medication, it should clear up in a couple more weeks. Her hair is growing back and she should have a beautiful coat soon.  Feathers has an age related cataracts but her eyes and ears have cleared up nicely. Feathers will need to continue her antibiotics and skin medications for a while longer as well as stay on a healthy, nutritious diet and exercise routine. She is a spunky girl that loves her walks.  Feathers is looking  a kind and loving family that can spend time with her because that is what she is accustomed to. Also a home that is familiar with treating Westie skin conditions.
Feathers is a beautiful Westie with the intelligence to match.  She is a sweet little lady so fill out an application today.  Please let's find her a good home!
Feathers - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
 Feathers: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
 Sunshine State Westie Rescue, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
 Sparkle is a young, small dog, weighing about 25 pounds. She has an incredibly sweet demeanor though she is shy, as she has survived many harrowing experiences in her young life. She was born in Thailand and is a victim of the dog meat trade: she was captured and stuffed into a small, wire crate with so many other dogs, that movement was impossible. Days passed like this, with many around her perishing - smothering in the tropical heat, and lacking food and water. Luckily, Sparkle was aboard one of the few trucks that would be raided by the Thai government before it crossed the border with its unlucky cargo, the drivers were arrested, and the dogs confiscated.  She received some medical care when she reached the brink of starvation and exhaustion, and her photos were posted online. Some animal lovers saw her pictures, heard her story, and sponsored her for paperwork, transport to Bangkok, and intensive veterinary care. She is now recovering at an amazing clinic in Bangkok, gaining weight, and learning to love and trust again. She was persecuted by large, aggressive dogs while at the shelter and may still be fearful around strong-willed dogs. It will take love, patience, and time for her inner wounds to heal as she gains confidence around people and other pets she can trust not to hurt her. This investment will pay off a thousandfold for one very lucky adopter.  Her journey has been long and hard, and she desperately yearns to find a home. Please lets find her a loving home!
 Sparkle - Chicago, IL
 Sparkle: Labrador Retriever, Dog; Chicago, IL
  International Street Dog Foundation, Chicago, IL
 The darling Lhasa Apso/Shih Tzu mixes have some kinda story to tell, but all we can do is piece together the details of their sad tale. Annie and Sweetie Pie were found roaming the streets together in a Hurricane Sandy Disaster Zone. From first meeting they appeared to be quite bonded, which suggests that they were housemates in an owner's home. When we saw their shelter mugshots, we were moved by these two girls whose beauty was disguised under layers of matted, dread locked fur. Initial vet exams revealed evidence of long term neglect. Somehow, during the hurricane, these girls flew the coop and went searching for a new life.
They have found it with us. We have really enjoyed the rehab process on Annie and Sweetie Pie. Now both the girls are in tip top shape and have been cleared for adoption.Despite all the poking and prodding that these girls have been through, their spirits are soaring. Annie is the friendlier and more outgoing of the two, while Sweetie Pie takes longer to warm up. Sweetie seems to be a bit protective of Annie, suggesting that they may be siblings. 

Both Annie and Sweetie Pie have excellent house manners and enjoy relaxing by the fire more than vigorous exercise, but a few leisurely leash walks a day would be required as part of their exercise regimen! Otherwise, they are fantastic house companions for laid back adopters who live a quiet, stress free lifestyle. In this sort of environment, the girls will blossom beautifully. These adorable girls deserve a shot at a better life. Adopters will need to focus on diet, nutrition and moderate exercise.  Please lets find this sweet girls a loving home they can go to together!

 Annie and Sweetie Pie - New York, NY
Sweetie Pie: Shih Tzu, Dog; New York, NY
Eskies Online American Eskimo Dog Rescue, New York, NY 
Make Peace With Animals is a not for profit organization that specializes in finding homes for retired racing greyhounds.  Please let's help these greyhounds find homes.  By going to the website listed below you can see what dogs are in need of adoption and submit an application as well.  Greyhounds are great dogs, let's find them good homes!

Philadelphia, PA

Many Available: Greyhound, Dog; New Hope, PA
  Make Peace With Animals Inc., New Hope, PA
Dexter and Jake are young Cocker Spaniels.  Don't let these boys fool you they may be camera shy but this isn't what we generally see. Jake has improved so much, he was afraid when he arrived. His brother Dexter is far more social and is always up for hugs and play.  Both are sweet boys looking to be adopted together.  Please lets find these boys a great home!
Dexter and Jake - Austin, TX
  Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Austin/San Antonio, Austin, TX
Chevy is a Labrador Retreiver between 1 and 2 yrs old.  He was found wandering the streets of a small Texas town where some nice people took him to a shelter.  They treated him very well there but his time was growing short and they had a very worried look on their faces.  Fortunately a nice lady, called a foster mom came and rescued him.  Chevy loves everybody even other doggies.  He is crate trained and sleeps quietly in his crate at night. He just wants a family who will love him.  Please lets find him a loving home!
 Chevy - Seattle, WA
 Chevy - look how cute I am!: Labrador Retriever, Dog; Seattle, WA
Labs Etc. Rescue, Seattle, WA
Clare and Henry are a bonded pair that were rescued from a California high kill shelter.  Clare was pregnant at the time she was dumped at the shelter with Henry.  The rescue was able to get her out before she gave birth and we drove her, Henry and the 8 puppies up to Seattle, as they could not fly yet.  Clare, Henry and the 8 puppies were in foster with the founder of emerald city pet rescue until the pups were weaned and went to their amazing new homes.  Now Clare and Henry are ready for their home and family.  Clare is Cocker/Doxie and Henry is an American Eskimo they are both microchipped, completely vetted, up to date on vaccines and spayed and neutered. These two are so adorable together and they are amazing dogs who would make an incredible addition to any family.  Clare and Henry like kids, other dogs and cats. They were named after the time traveler's wife book/movie due to their bonded and loving relationship. 
 Clare and Henry - Seattle, WA
 Clare and Henry: Cocker Spaniel, Dog; Seattle, WAClare and Henry: Cocker Spaniel, Dog; Seattle, WA
  Emerald City Pet Rescue, Seattle, WA

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 Michele, Lauren or leave a comment. Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Creative Life

All too often while partaking in creative endeavors I have moments where I stumble upon wondering if I have done something right, or if others will find it as appealing.  Instead of focusing on doing it as I feel or in ways that speak to my mind, heart or soul.

Which is silly when I think about it because there is no right or wrong when it comes to creating something. The whole point of being creative is to do something different, original and unique.  Something that speaks on some level to the person creating it. And there is no right or wrong process to achieving that. 

Being creative is essentially about being yourself.  And there is no right or wrong in that.  Emerson once said that "to be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."

And so when I stumbled upon these words of wisdom I found them to be of great inspiration, especially for those who strive to be creative each day.  

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Monday Musings

Our weekend consisted of art store, the park, home cooking and nba playoffs. 

Wish I could say it feels like Spring here, but it's back to feeling like winter.  Seriously lows are hovering around 35 and winter clothes are still very much needed.  This is actually colder than normal for our area.

Of course it's fueling my desire to live in a warmer climate, like I always say this kind of weather  makes me miss and long for San Diego.  Even begun to dream about living in more tropical climates such as Florida or the Caribbean.  Though I'm not sure we could handle the year round humidity of those places. Even here in Philadelphia the humidity in the summer can become unbearable.  But it might be worth the trade off because at least we could sport our summer styles year round!

Speaking of summer styles, I much prefer my warm weather clothes over my winter ones.  Bulky sweaters, jackets and having to wear oodles of layers to stay warm just does nothing for me.  Am I the only one that feels this way? 

Seriously though this Monday I never felt so torn before between wanting to live close to family, yet also wanting to go back to living in a warm climate by the beach!

Oh and today is Earth Day!  I'm going to plant a few seeds to celebrate.  If we all planted a few seeds whether it be plants or trees we could all contribute to making this plant greener and our air healthier as they help reduce air pollution.  And the air sure could use whatever help we can give it!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Soul Sunday

Happiness....state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment, bliss, pleasure, to intense joy.

What does it feel like for you.  What does it mean to you.  When do you feel happiness.
Most importantly is your soul happy. 

Create a life that feels good on the inside, not one that just looks good on the outside. 

All too often in life we try to be someone or something we are not.  Trying to live up to others or societal expectations, standards, ideals, etc., or comparing ourselves constantly with others.... instead of just being who we are and doing what makes us truly happy.

 This quote says it best....
"When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” 
So how can each of us create more happiness within our souls.  Here are some ideas.

1. Be generous. Volunteer for social work, practice random acts of kindness, and be generous. The act of giving always makes the heart more content with self. Peace and selfishness do not coexist very well.

2. Love Yourself. Don't be too hard on yourself. No one is perfect. Love yourself and love life in all its forms. Be open to accept things in a positive manner.

3. Ignore negative comments. Remain cool and calm as a person. Ignore the negativity (negative comments, happenings, people) around you.Be understanding: many times hard feelings exist due to not understanding the person's view point. When you start putting yourself in the person's place you begin to understand why he says what he says and you start breaking the wall of ego.

4. Be friendly. Be friendly and helpful toward everyone you meet. Being friendly does not mean you have to bring home everyone you meet, but you can always put up a good, warm behavior in front of others. When you give positive vibes, you will attract positive vibes.

5. Never argue. Do not enter into an argument for silly things. Nothing is worth fighting over and you cannot change other people. Remember these two rules before picking up a fight. It's not worth it after all.

6. Stay busy. Keep yourself busy with something constructive. But do keep some time for relaxation too.

7. Think positive. Always. Take lessons from the events in your life. Do not get disappointed by anything. If you think positive, things will turn positive for you sooner or later. 

8. Forgive and forget. Don't let hatred breed and settle inside you. If you forgive you will be able to forget. Forgiving may not be easy but it brings you tremendous peace. Forgive for your sake

9. Be yourself. Never compare yourself with others. Everyone is unique in this world. Cherish the fact and feel nice about yourself. You have everything including a nice heart.

10. Be honest. Be honest with yourself and what you want, and what you expect from yourself and others. It is not easy at first. If you know what you really want, then you could achieve your goals easier.

11. Stay calm. Being calm keeps a person from making hasty decisions. Once something is said or done, it cannot be taken back. It takes practice, so hang in there.

12. Making assumptions can be painful. You are only in your head. You never know what someone else is thinking or what they meant by their comment. Ask questions if you want to be sure.

13. Remember not to take things personally. Rarely anything anyone does is about you. It is based on their own dreams and desires. You never know how someone else's life is going.

14. Give service to others. True happiness can only be found when you stop worrying about yourself and try to look out for those around you. Helping family members, co-workers, and friends can give your life meaning and joy. Selfishness, on the other hand, will only provide temporary pleasure. Obviously there are some aspects of life where you must focus on yourself, like your body's need for food and sleep, but only focusing on your own needs will never result in true happiness.

15. Smile. Smiling is infectious. If you make yourself smile for a minute, you are using all kinds of facial muscles, and you can't help but feel good.

16. Do try. If you can accomplish even the smallest goal, it will pave the way for bigger and better things. With goals accomplished, it sends a message to yourself, that you are a winner, and can do what ever you set your mind to.

17. Never, ever, give up. You are unique and special in all the world. If life knocks you down get back up. Failing is not in getting knocked down, it is in staying down. 

18. Always be true to yourself. Meaning choosing your way of life without being pressured by anyone.

19. Know that by being truthful , positive and by helping others, you can have more.

20. Cherish the values of love generosity courage and kindness in their own right as being worthy of getting you closer to happiness,

21. Be simply good it is advantageous to you as an individual , and to the human species as a whole and remember the words of Confucius' Truth and sincerity is the basis of all virtue.

22. Have a purpose in life and here I quote a is the meaning and purpose of life , the whole aim and end of human existence.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, GA, NY, OH, PA and WV all in need of good, loving homes!

Emery is a black and white Terrier mix. The shelter thinks she is about 12 years old and weighs approximately 18 pounds. Emery is in danger of euthanaisa at the East Valley Shelter, please go directly there to adopt.  Please lets find this girl a good home!

Emery ID# A0469080 - Van Nuys CA

East Valley Shelter
14409 Vanowen St,
Van Nuys CA 91405 
888-4LAPET1 or 888-452-7381

Maddy is a spayed female, white and gray Terrier mix. The shelter thinks she is about 17 years old. and weighs approximately 23 pounds. Maddy is in danger of euthanasia at the East Valley Shelter, please go directly there to adopt.
Maddy ID #A0270613 - Los Angeles, CA

West Los Angeles Shelter
11361 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064
888-4LAPET1 or 888-452-7381


 Copper is a Dachshund Spaniel mix puppy who is neutered, up to date on shots, and microchipped. He is currently on heartworm prevention, flea and tick prevention, and comes with one free month of pet insurance. He is very friendly and is great with other dogs.  Please come adopt little Copper!

Copper - Barnesville, GA

DollyGoodPuppy Society
Barnesville, GA 30204
(770) 468-2626

Miracle is a Parson Russell Terrier who is sitting at the New York animal control just wishing for a family.  Please let's find this little girl a great home!

Miracle A0961432 - New York, NY

Animal Care and Control of New York City - Manhattan
326 East 110 Street
New York, NY 10029
(212) 788-4000

 Sophia  is a darling sweet as sugar 3 year old female grey/white Schnauzer, weighing 12lbs who was saved from an abusive puppy mill situation in TN. Luckily they were saved in the nick of time. Sophie arrived very pregnant and she just gave birth. They all seem to be healthy. It's still so early to tell even the sex of the pups but they are taking advance applications for them so they will be ready to go to their forever homes once they are 2-3mos old.  Please lets find Sophie and all the little pups loving homes!

Sophie and pups - Staten Island, NY


 Tails of Love Animal Rescue, Inc.
47 Tabb Place
Staten Island, NY 10302
(646) 436-3625


Starsky and Hutch story is a sad one....their former owner of these brothers confined them to a horse trailer for the entirety of their young lives, depriving them of the one thing dogs want most: simply to be with their people. Damage was done. The complete void of love, human contact and socialization accounts for their shy and fearful natures. Starsky and Hutch were rescued, literally, from death's door. Their owner was taking them into a high-kill county shelter just as a rescue was coming out. She knew all too well the certain fate of such terribly shy dogs in a stressful, overpopulated shelter, and she took them home with her. It was the beginning of the end of their nightmare.  Starsky (the hunky dark-haired one) and Hutch (the blond heartthrob) spent their first days at our shelter hunkered together under a sink, terrified of everyone and everything. They had to be carried to the yard. They had no idea how to walk on leash. Didn't know what it meant to be touched or loved by a human. Damage had been done. 

A week later, they were walking to the yard and back like seasoned pros and accepting if tentatively affectionate pets. With an inspiring resiliency that makes us realize yet again that dogs are far superior to us humans, Hutch has really blossomed under the daily TLC of STAF volunteers. He greets us at the front of his run with a smiling face, a crazy-happy tail, and those gorgeous brown eyes. Starsky, too, has come a long way, but has a way still to go. Looking into his soulful dark eyes, we see a spirit desperate to be let loose. So we continue to work with him, providing him with the love, one on one attention and daily routine that will bring him out of his shell and into the world of the living.

Starsky and Hutch must be adopted together. We will never know if they are true brothers, but they are in their hearts, and we do not want to break that bond. We request that you have a fenced in yard. They are afraid of new things that we feel they become to stressed on a walk and may try to bolt. Our volunteers take them on walks so they are getting used to the traffic, but they are still unsure.  Their perfect home will provide the sense of security they need to continue to heal emotionally, training to teach them confidence, and joyful celebrations with every small step they take toward becoming the trusting, loving and loved dogs they were meant to be. Recently a volunteer has taken Starsky & Hutch under her wing and has started taking them on home visits.  After their initial show of insecurity from being in a new place, they turned in to the silliest happiest dogs.  She thought they would wag their butts off, and every time she would say something to them they would start wagging even harder.  They are good boys, no getting in to anything, no chewing up anything.  They love to go out in to the backyard and just lay in the sun.  They also love her cat, who knew?
Starsky and Hutch are going to need a lot of positive help from their human(s) when first settling in.   Do you have a quiet home that has room for two boys?  A home with enough room on the floor for two dogs beds?  A home that would welcome two of the sweetest, bravest souls we have ever known in to their lives?  We are hoping there is someone out there that can give them their chance at happiness.  They have been at STAF for two years.  That is two years too many.  Please lets find these two sweethearts a loving home!

Starsky and Hutch -  Cincinnati, OH

 Save The Animals Foundation
Cincinnati, OH 45227
(513) 561-7823 


Gorda was surrendered after the family's living arrangements changed and the new landlord wouldn't allow her. She is a 6 year old Yellow Lab mix who has been a wonderful family dog, she raised two kids. If you give her a chance to warm up you will see her true personality come out. She is tentative when meeting new people as her family didn't get her out & about. She would be a good companion for someone home alone during the day & will alert you when people come to the house. Gorda speaks Spanish & is learning English commends in her foster home. She is also learning leash skills & she would love someone who could continue her training & take her for hikes. Gorda has an athletic build but can also be a couch potato. We are looking for a home for her where she will be able to get out and enjoy life & see some of the things she has missed being a sheltered pup. Gorda is spayed, vaccinated & will be heartworm tested prior to adoption. Adoption fee $165. Please fill out an application at website listed below so we can schedule a meet and greet with you and her foster family.  Please lets find her the a good home!

Gorda -  Landenberg, PA

CompAnimals Pet Rescue Inc
1497 Flint Hill Rd
Landenberg, PA 19350


 Murry is a sweet Golden Retriever mix, who happens to only have three legs.  He is in desperate need of a loving home.  The price for dogs at PARC is $40. This price includes sterilization (if you use our vets), first shots, first worming, and if over 16 weeks, a rabies vaccination.  Please lets find Murry a great home!

Murry Id# 14595 - Winfield, WV

Putnam Animal Relief Center (PARC)
1 Sabre Road
Winfield, WV 25213
(304) 586-0249

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 Michele, Lauren or leave a comment. Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Thoughts on Boston

I used to live in Boston, in fact I even finished my degree in Clinical Psychology there.  It has always been a favorite city as well.  Compared to some cities in which I have lived, I considered Boston both beautiful and as far as cities go rather safe.  And well the Boston Marathon is a huge event there, people coming from all across the world to run it.

And yesterday it dawned on me there is no truly safe place. Maybe there never was.

My thoughts kept coming back to the same things though....what has become of our world?   The world knows better, yet it continues not to do better.  Why?

The violence that is taking over the world just doesn't make any sense.  We live on a beautiful planet but yet we don't seem to notice the beauty given us, in us and amongst us. 

Most importantly we cannot let evil win, no we just cannot.  We must somehow find ways to stand up to it.  Find ways to stand up for those who cannot as well.  And as a world we must find ways to let the good outshine the bad.  Because as Maya Angelou said when we know better, we are suppose to do better.

Is it possible that for every evil act, each of us goes out and immediately does a good act? Would that at least be some kind of start toward creating more good?  Because if everyone did just one good act would that positive energy flood the world, and in a sense drown out the bad?

What are the answers....they must be there if we listen and look closely enough.  

Blessings and prayers to those in Boston, and to all those around the world suffering.

 For you bless the godly, O LORD; you surround them with your shield of love. ~ Psalm 5:12

Monday, April 15, 2013

Monday Musings

The weekend wasn't exactly the best.   The man is experiencing a neck flare up, which produces a lot of pain so he spent three days on the couch, and pretty much was not in a good mood.  And moods are funny as in some ways they can be contagious.  Kind of crazy how that works.  Plus I was dealing with pms on top of it. So though I tried to remain upbeat it was a little challenging. :) 

Of course my credit card statement arrived as well, some how I blew my budget right out of the water this month.  Might have to go on the Ramen noodle diet for a month! ha   Wish I had new clothes or something pretty to show for spending so much.  But honestly most of the money went for food, medical and vet expenses.  It really is amazing how it all adds up. 

So the weekend was feeling weighed down by a lot of heavy stuff.  Until Sunday afternoon when The Masters came on tv.  Which happens to be one of my favorite golf tournaments.  This years Masters happened to be magnificent. It remained close right up to the 18th hole, play even went into overtime.  What made it even better was my favorite golfer Adam Scott was the one tied for the lead.  Literally sat on the edge of my seat, and then it happened he hit a long putt to win!  And yes like a little kid I screamed and jumped around in joy! That moment of joy felt so good.  
What a great reminder it was as well.....don't give up as anything is possible!  Seriously sounds cliche I know, but Scott hasn't always been the best golfer.  His game struggled for awhile, but he worked hard to perfect his skills and that hard work  has begun to really pay off for him. Good reminder for the rest of us that when we feel like giving up, don't....

Keep doing what you need to do, to get to where you want to be! (there will be good days, bad days and lots of in between ones as well....but keep going)

In regards to winning Scott said "he found his way today".  What a great thought for this Monday, let's all seek to find our, tomorrow and every day!

 Adam Scott of Australia after winning the Masters.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Soul Sunday

There are those moments our souls become impatience....wanting answers, solutions, dreams to come true and so on.  Oh the list of things the soul feels impatience about can be long some days.  

This Soul Sunday here are wise words written by Melody Beattie to inspire the impatience soul.

"Watch the surfers as they work their way out to sea.  See them watching the waves, waiting for the right movement, the right timing, the right swell.  Sometimes the waves come quickly.  Sometimes they have to tread water patiently for a long time, waiting and watching before they can ride the wave. 

Learn to ride the energy in your life.  Learn to wait for the right time to take action.  Learn to wait until your senses, your emotions, your body and the universe give you the signal you need.  Yes, you have a list of thins you want to do.  But as soon as you have made that list, visualized what you want, you've already begun a powerful force.  You've already begun to engage the universe in helping bring you what you want.  There are moments that are more perfect than others to initiate action, to make that phone call, to finish that task. 

Untimely action will not get the job done any sooner.  It will simply waste your energy and send you back to sea, waiting for the right wave.  Focus on your goal, muster all your forces and head out to sea.  Then wait patiently for the right time, for the right energy, for the right wave.

The right wave will come.  When it does, grab your board, jump on and ride it for all it's worth. " 

Beautiful waves for surfers

Waves are inspiring, not because they rise and fall.
But because each time they fall,
They never fail to rise again,
To succeed, you need to try,
Try until you succeed. 

Waves make their own way, down their path.
And on the beach there's a footpath,
Each grain of sand sinks to a print,
And everyone's path means something to the world.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Truth of Addiction

Throughout the years I have known plenty of people who drank alcohol and dabbled in drugs from high school, college and onward.  I learned at an early age that  alcohol and drugs don't discriminate they affect all ages, groups, races, economic classes, educated/non educated, you name it.  Athletes, housewives, professionals, scholars, students, celebrities,  etc., no one is immune.  And in this age of easily obtained prescription and street drugs, not to mention abundance of alcohol ....addiction can happen to anyone.

We hear those words it can happen to anyone but we don't think it could happen to someone we know.  But it does, and it happened to someone close to me.  Not sure I have yet to accept the reality or seriousness of the situation.  It's rather new, so at this point what I feel  is a profound sense of hurt, confusion and even a little anger some days.

It's been said that addiction is selfish to a certain extent that is true. Addicts for the most part don't think about others so much as what they are addicted to, how they feel or what they need.  It eventually becomes their sole focus, often times consuming their life.  Even their finances are destroyed in the process.

I feel one of the most painful aspects for loved ones of an addict is the deception, dishonesty and lies that go hand in hand with any kind of addiction.  The constant lies, excuses, secrets and inability to tell the truth are incredibly hard on loved ones and can seemingly destroy the best of relationships.  Lying becomes second nature to them, almost as addictive as their addiction.

Truth is addiction affects not only those with the addiction but anyone close to the addict.  The Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde personality that tends to develop can be extremely hard to understand. Sweet/loving one day mean/moody the next.  Saying one thing and doing another becomes the norm.  Many times they isolate themselves, putting up walls that can be extremely hard to get through. As hard as it is on the addict, it is equally as hard on those who love them.

Not being able to help is very difficult, as even though everyone around the addict may know they have a problem they themselves have to come to the realization. The people around an addict see them suffering in ways even the addict themselves cannot fully see.  Though people can try to guide them to help, and be there to support them....they themselves must be willing to seek the help, to be willing to commit and devote their time to recovery.  Recovery involves action and work. Recovery must be their number one priority. 

There is no short term fix or cure for addiction. The addict needs to learn how to live life again, how to deal with cravings, responsibilities, people, stress, work, all while being clean.  They need to build a strong support system, and let go of any friends who are not clean.  There is no magic pill or quick fix.  It involves A LOT of hard work, behavioral and lifestyle changes, soul exploring, open mindedness, support and a lifetime commitment of sorts to some form of recovery program.

In addition, family/loved ones must seek support....Al Anon, Nar Anon, and many other support groups exists for this sole purpose.  Counseling, books on the subject, etc., can all help as well.

Addiction in whatever form destroys people and lives. Their former selves eventually become unrecognizable.  Alcohol and drugs can literally destroy personalities, health, families, careers, lives and the effects eventually trickle down to all areas of society.  Drugs sold on the streets affect us all.  And if we think we, or the ones we love, are immune to it we are kidding ourselves.

Fact is, going in for any kind of surgery and being given painkillers can lead to an addiction.  If there is a genetic susceptibility the risk is even greater.  Being given prescription drugs known to be addictive, for any ailment can lead to addiction as well.  Or the kid/adult who starts experimenting with drugs for social fun, who eventually finds that one substance they need more of and cannot stop taking.  Or the innocent social drinking that can easily evolve into an addiction. Or the drink after work to unwind that eventually leads to needing more each day.

The avenues that can lead to addiction are endless. And the people it affects vary as much as the avenues that lead to it.

All I know is that I cannot pretend anymore.  Truth is I wanted to pretend for a while that this person didn't have an addiction, I knew deep down but just didn't want to accept it.  But it's time to accept reality.  It's painful, it hurts, there is a sense of apprehension/fear and the lies feel unbearable. To see them suffer brings a sense of sadness yet a strong urge to help.  There are thoughts such as why, how, when, what can I do to help yet not enable.

They sought treatment a few months ago and are in the process of  trying to work a recovery program.  Key word is trying, truthfully at times it's been a struggle.  There will be ups and downs along the way.  It won't be easy that's for sure.  I know the healing, learning, coping and recovery process will be a lifelong journey for everyone.  There are a lot of various aspects that need to be implemented for a successful recovery. It's like any other disease.

Writing this post isn't easy but I feel it was in some way necessary.  I want people to know it's not something that should be hidden or people should feel ashamed of.  It's life.  And who are we to judge anyone before we have walked in their shoes?

I don't feel ashamed of this persons I tend to feel more sadness as I think it has cost them so much mentally, physically, financially, spiritually, emotionally, intellectually.  In many ways it has affected jobs, relationships, hobbies, goals, dreams,etc.. Essentially it feels like it has taken their enthusiasm for life, their motivation, anything that used to make them happy and basically numbed them to everything. 

We think of addicts as being homeless on the streets, and yes eventually it can progress to that point. But there are many so called functional addicts that live and work amongst us as well....going to school, work,etc, who many of us would never know had a problem with alcohol or drugs. But behind the front they try to portray to the world, they are actually suffering.

Imagine if your father/mother, brother/sister, spouse/partner, cousin, niece/nephew, best friend, etc. had an addiction, what would you do? say? how would you help?  Addictions aren't even just about drugs/alcohol it could be gambling, porn, electronics, hoarding, eating disorders, video games, shopping, the variety of addictions run wide these days.  Instead of judging I strongly feel we need to try help those who need it. Fully realizing there is a fine line between supporting and enabling.

I strongly believe in the power of prayer and simply ask for prayers.  I pray everyday that this person close to me will give recovery their all, can overcome their addiction, come through it feeling better than they were before it and find a way to live a happy, honest life.

My intent is to share this journey in some way, maybe one day a week on the blog.  And maybe through blogging I can try to help those who need it as well.  It won't be just about personal stories but inspiration and finding ways to be positiveness during any tough time as well.  I have some ideas and I'm sure it will evolve with time into what it's meant to.

What I know is....each of us can help make the world a better place. Yes we must be the change we want to see that is true,  but we must also try to help others be the best they can be too.... we simply have to try.  We can help build not only ourselves up, but others as step at a time.  Maybe by talking about it, it will help someone, somewhere!   

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, FL, NY, PA, TX and WA  all in need of good, loving homes!

This is Finneus, also known as Fin.... is an adorable Irish Terrier mix with a fantastically electric bright orange coat.  He has very warm and expressive eyes and is the perfect size...under 15 lbs full grown.  Fin is also has a great personality..happy, loving, well adjusted.  He loves to play and run and hike and cuddle.  Fin is great with other dogs and kids and would make a great family dog.   He's an all around great dog and at under a year he has a full life ahead of him. Fin was saved from a high kill county shelter and is now fostering with a family in Hollywood.  If you want to meet Fin, email about your home situation and what you are looking for to Jennifer listed below.  Fin is neutered, updated on shots and has a microchip.  He's healthy and ready for his forever home.  Please let's find this guy a great home!

 Finneus - Los Angeles


Foster mom: Jennifer Parker
Cell: (323) 893-3584

 Bark Avenue Foundation
3030 South Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 840-0153

 Beemer is a sweet 4 year old Westie Poodle mix that weighs about 20lbs.  He came to rescue with his brother Bentley and they would really like to stay together.  We are sure once you meet them both you will just have to have them.  Beemer is a well mannered, house trained and walks well on a leash.  Beemer is very happy and healthy and enjoys spending time with his family.  Bentley is a sweet snuggly 8 year old Westie Maltese mix.  Bentley weighs about 2olbs and is in great health. He is very well mannered and loves to be with his human and his brother Beemer.  Bentley is house trained, quiet, and loves to go for walks.  Bentley is young at heart and very happy. He has been through obedience class and is sure to make a wonderful companion.  Both are is fully vetted, has all shots, neutered and micro-chipped. They are great lap dogs.  If you are interested in adopting Beemer or Beem and Bentley please visit their website listed below and complete the application to adopt. Beemer aand Bentley are great dogs who deserve a great home.  Please let's find them a loving home they can go to together!

 Beemer and Bentley - Bontia Springs, FL

 Beemer: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Bonita Springs, FL

 Wee Waggin Rescue, Inc., Bonita Springs, FL

Lancaster is a Yorkshire Terrier who is very lively.  He runs like a youngster and even eliminates on the way. He climbs up and down the stairs and hops on the bench next to me for a petting session. Quite an energetic little man. Lancaster is really cute, well groomed and wears a very silky coat. He owns sparkling eyes. He is a very friendly character who seems to like other dogs passing by. Lancaster is a little dog full of life, cute as a button and affectionate. You can meet him at the Manhattan Care Center. He is waiting for you to start his life all over again. Please lets find this little guy a loving home!

Lancaster - New York, NY

Animal Care and Control of New York City - Manhattan
326 East 110 Street
New York, NY 10029
(212) 788-4000

  Begley is a Labrador Retriever Owner surrender. Scheduled to die but was pulled by 2nd Chance.   Please fill out an adoption application if you are interested in this sweet little guy.  Please lets find him a good home!

Begley - Elizabethtown, PA


2nd Chance 4 Life
PO Box 549
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
Bridgette is an adorable little Scottish Terrier that is only about 18 months old.  Bridgette was very shy at first, wanted to hide but she has come out of her shell!  Bridgette loves to play with other dogs, enjoys playing with toys, and loves to sit on people's feet when they are sitting.  This rescue prefers to adopt to families with Terrier or terrier like experience if possible.  Their goal is to match the dog with a home that they think best matches his/her personality. We are looking for the best home for each of our rescue dogs.  We don't have a facility, we have these pets in our homes so that we can give them the love they need and deserve.  We get to know these sweet babies and we put a lot of love into them.

Bridgette - Abilene, TX


 Pawed Squad
P.O. Box 7121
Abilene, TX 79608

Stella is a Dachshund who is cute as they come.  Too sweet to stay long.

Stella - Spokane, WA

Dachshund Rescue NW and Dachshund Club of Spokane
PO Box 1383
Airway Heights, WA 99001

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 Michele, Lauren or leave a comment. Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


In life there are going to be moments, days or even periods when we all need inspiration.  Sometimes it's easier to dwell on the negative, focus on the fear and let ourselves feel frustrated with life.  Yet those are the very moments we need to seek out inspiration.  Today feels like one of those days.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Monday Musings

Here on the east coast it's starting to actually feel like spring with temperatures soaring into the 70's and it feels much needed. Ah the joys of sun!

For such a beautiful day I surely have been thinking way too much this Monday....

It's been said that God doesn't give us more than we can handle.  Though I know I should not doubt, sometimes I do.  For instance, these past few years it feels like before even one issue is resolved another comes to be.  Finances, health, house, work, you name it. Stress. I find myself all too often saying "when it rains it pours".  And I just wonder if the rain will ever let up, enough to get in some genuine sunshine. The moment I seem to see a glimmer of sunshine the clouds roll in.

Such as this weekend, the man got his taxes done this weekend.  In addition to working a full time job, he runs a small business on the side.  But he has never taken the time to create financial books, remove taxes, nor even keep track of how much he earns....leading to him now owing the irs a lot!  Lesson learned....if you run a business of any kind make sure to pay taxes as the irs is always out there lurking. Yes I know sounds like common sense but you would be surprised at the number of people who don't do it, or try to devise shady ways around it. Like I always say you can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink it. Anyway....

What does this all mean?  More stress for him which he certainly does not need right now.  More stress for me which I don't need either, yada, yada, yada.  Probably the biggest impact and disappointment is the realization that we won't be able to buy a house anytime soon.  Well unless I win the lottery. :)  Putting that house dream on the back burner yet again is a tough as it feels like it affects so much else.

Sometimes it's hard as some of the difficulties imposed upon us are out of our control, for instance many, no most of the health issues.  But even harder to accept, is those things that we can control but fail to do. 

Our life is a combination of both. Isn't everyone's?

This Monday I just want to bask in the sun, pretend to not have a care in the world.  Ah if only it was that easy.  Yet maybe it is as yesterday I shot some hoops, even got the man to play a round of horse and I have to admit in that moment all those troubles seemed to disappear.  If even just for a moment.  The key is in distracting the mind. Some days I find that play can be the perfect remedy for that. 

While I believe that one must deal with their problems head on such as creating/implementing solid plans, working hard, devoting time, doing lots of research, doing things we may not want to do, being open minded, not procrastinating, etc...basically doing everything possible that one can possible do to help or resolve the issue.  But when all that is said and done each day, the mind then needs to put it behind it for the day and find ways to distract itself from the negative to focus on the positive.

And today being in the high 70's seems a great of day as any to put that concept in motion!

So I'm grabbing the skateboard and hitting the pavement.  First goal is to simply smell the daffodils that are blooming all around here....

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Soul Sunday

"You are what you eat" is a common phrase.  It's a known fact that what we nourish our bodies with can have a direct impact on our mental and physical health.  But it's more than just about what we eat....

Who we choose to surround ourselves with, what we chooses to watch on tv or read on the internet, the books or newspapers we read, the places we live, the environments we work, what we do in our free time, how we spent our time, etc....can all directly impact us as well.  Those are the very things that not only nourish our mental and physical health, but they nourish our souls as well.

Essentially our souls need nourishment with more than just food.  How can we nourish our souls?  Our worlds seem more and more packed with more things to do, people seemed overwhelmed with to do lists and stress, few of these things do anything to improve our health or nourish our souls.  Think about it what could you do to nourish your soul more everyday?

Here are 20 ideas to help nourish the soul:

1.  Brew a pot of herbal tea, coffee or cocoa, sit down with a book or magazine and just take a break from the world.
2.  Smile. Even if you don’t want to.  Smiling tricks your brain into thinking you’re happy. 
3.  Have a good conversation with a loved one or someone close to you. (someone positive who just makes you feel good).
4.  Do something nice for someone else.  Sometimes just doing a good deed can bring so much joy to both the giver and receiver.  You can donate to a charity, take clothes you’re not using to Salvation Army, donate blankets to an animal shelter, pay for a stranger’s coffee at a cafĂ©, give books to your local library, and so much more.
5.  Tend a garden.  Don’t have one.  Find a way to join or start a community garden.  Even if you have a balcony you can grow some flowers or herbs in containers.
6.  Go for a walk.  Take a route you don’t normally take.
7.  Head to the park or a nature trail.  Pack a picnic or just enjoy some relaxation on a park bench.
8.  Give someone you love a big hug and tell him or her how much you love them.
9.  Sing…just for the joy of it.  Even if you think you can’t sing, do it anyway.  Freeing your voice is a good way to help heal your soul.
10.  Say “thank you” to the many people who help you in your day, whether they be a cashier, someone who bags your groceries, a teacher, a spouse, or a child, show them your gratitude.
11.  Look for the positive in your daily experiences.  Stop looking for the negative, or for that matter dwelling on the negative. Think positive.
12.  Write a letter.  Not just an e-mail, a good old-school letter to a friend or family member.  Just receiving a letter from someone can brighten their day too.
13.  Turn off the TV.  While there are many good shows, too many hours in front of the TV can deplete the soul.
14.  Better yet, take a media break.  Turn off the computer, cell phone, Blackberry, iPad, and the many other devices we often have clinging to us.
15.  Try your  hand at an art or craft:  painting, pottery, sculpting, knitting, flower design, cake decorating, bread baking, or some other pastime can free your mind of the mundane and help you to develop your creativity. 
16.  Take up a new sport like yoga, golfing or simply buy a bike to ride around town.
17.  Try a new recipe or even cooking class. Even better grab your partner and sign up for a couples cooking class.
18. Meditate, pray, go to church, sit amongst nature....find ways to connect with your higher power.
19. Write in a journal each day.
20. Simplify your life.  Try to live below your means. Focus on doing what makes you happy!

ocean sunset
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