Sunday, June 30, 2013

Soul Sunday

Life is not always what one wants it to be, but to make the best of it as it is, is the only way to be happy. 

The grand essentials for happiness are 
something to do,
something to love,
and something to hope for.



Thursday, June 27, 2013

Comparison Trap

So this morning on CBS they were discussing an article in the new Time magazine about the Pursuit of Happiness.  The discussion touched on how comparing can have a direct affect on one's happiness. 

Interesting because the other day I included a list of 10 ways to Zen in my Soul Sunday post and letting go of comparing was on there.  Truth is letting go of comparing is tough.  It's hard not to compare, especially in this age of social media.

Sometimes the world seems rather unbalanced where a few seem to have a lot and many seem to have little.  It's something that in this plentiful world seems hard to fathom.  And when we think others have more than us it can lead to feelings of unhappiness.

Between reality tv and social media we are able to see how others truly live.  While in some aspects it's interesting, in other ways it sets up people to fall into the comparison trap. 

For instance, we see someone post something on facebook about their beautiful house, seemingly perfect spouses or kids, awesome jobs, luxury cars, designer clothes, great health, amazing vacations or whatever else and our minds can start comparing our lives to theirs.  But comparing can be dangerous as it can lead to all sorts of feelings such as anxiety, envy, depression, jealousy, regret, stress and so on.

Ever since the emergence of social media comparison is hard not to do.  I admit sometimes I wonder what it would be like to be other people or have their lives. ha  Who knows the truth behind what we read or see it may not be all it seems, but it is enough to bring on the comparison.

I don't know about anyone else but when the comparison starts, I also find regret seems to surface.  All sorts of thoughts go through the mind such as what if I had done this and not that, etc. Honestly the mind could go crazy with such thoughts.  And in a sense it's silly because no one can change past choices, all we have is the present and why waste it by focusing on the past.

Lately I have been falling into the comparison mindset.  But I believe the universe has a way of trying to remind or show us what's important and this appeared on an inspirational site I follow....

You didn’t go to sleep hungry last night. You awoke this morning with a roof over your head. You had a choice of what clothes to wear. You have access to clean drinking water and electricity. You are online right now. You have plenty to be comfortable. Being wealthy is a mindset. Be sure you understand this. Want less and appreciate more.

What a great reminder.  So when trying to let go of comparing this might be good to keep in mind.  

Think the key is to focus on what makes you happy, don't worry about what everyone else is doing or has.  Everyone has their own lessons to learn, path to walk and journey to live.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Woof Wednesday

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

This little mixed Collie doesn't even have a name but she is really hoping for a family.  Please let's find her a loving home!

A1397331 - Los Angeles,CA

North Central Animal Care and Control
3201 Lacy Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(888) 452-7381

Julia is a Dachshund mix to find out more about her please contact the shelter listed below.  Please let's find her a good home.

 Julia - Los Angeles, CA

 North Central Animal Care and Control
3201 Lacy Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(888) 452-7381
Snicker doodles is a Basset Hound/Beagle mix who is an 8 year old cutie.  Okay a little bit of a mix, but what do you want – perfect.  I’m all basset hound personality with that charming attitude.  I love people and other dogs, however I am not wild of that four legged thing called a cat.  Please let's find him a great home!
Snickers -Keyport, NJ

 Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue
PO Box 132
Keyport, NJ 07735-0132

Sandy is a gorgeous Labrador Retriever/ Basset Hound mix. She came to the rescue after her owners were no longer able to care for her.  Sandy is a sweet girl, who likes to run and play.  However, she can be very shy and nervous of new people at first.  She is seeking a patient, loving family who is willing to give her the time she needs to become comfortable.  However, once she knows you, she loves you and will come right out of her shell!  Once she’s comfortable, she is quite jumpy and active, and will need an energetic, obedience-minded adopter who can keep up with her energy.  She will also need a family that can teach her how to be comfortable around people when eating.  All she needs is a chance.  Please let's find her a loving home!

Sandy - New York, NY

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

 Mary Ellen and Sandy come from puppy mills.  Both of these girls are young, spayed and gorgeous.  But because they came from puppymills- they need a little extra tlc, the company of another dog (one who is gentle, nice, happy), and a physically fenced in yard. That fence must be secure, escape-proof and in good shape.  These gals are going to be a little skittish at first, they may bolt and will not come back.  So the fence is non-negotiable.  Mary Ellen is an 18 mos. westie mix.  Yes, she is too cute for words and is remarkably resilient so the transition should be fairly smooth. Westies are known for the perky personalities and adorable prancing way of walking.  They are smart too- and easily trained.  But they are terriers so we think that given their background ideal home will be in a relatively quiet home with dog savvy people.  Sadie is a Pomeranian mix and like Mary Ellen is simply too cute for words but has not had her spa day yet.  That is okay-you will have days with bad hair, sloppy sweats, and Sadie will still love you.  Poms are fun and feisty and have personality plus.  They are loyal and loving.  Sadie will do best with a friendly canine companion, lots of human companionship and fun.  Small requirements for winning the doggie lottery prize if you are lucky enough to adopt her. Please lets find these two cuties a good home!

Mary Ellen and Sandy - Downington, PA


All Things Pawssible Animal Rescue
P.O. Box 866
Downingtown, PA 19335
Caprice is a 11-year-old female. who has plenty of living left to do. She comes from a family of greyhounds whose elderly owner was no longer able to care for them. Caprice is a senior girl but don't tell her that. She acts like a 5 year old, following us from room to room. She is a velco dog who loves attention but not in a demanding way she's just happy to be in the same room with you.She enjoys her morning walk and wants to greet everyone she sees. She is good on a leash, walking with her foster brother and sister. She lives with two cats, she likes to follow them on occasion but only to see where they go. She would love to play with them but they ignore her most of the time.She appears to be fine with all sizes of dogs; she visits with several on her walks. Her house manners are impeccable, no issues. She does not tell you when she needs to go out so we just encourage her to go regularly and she always rewards us.  She will sleep until we get up, we let her out soon after. She enjoys her meals but doesn't always finish right away, she may graze and likes to check out the other dogs food even thought it is exactly the same. She will sample their bowls if you allow her but understands no and moves away immediately.Caprice is a loving girl with soft silky fur, she loves to be stroked and talked to. Lets find her a great home!
 `Caprice - Dallas, TX
 Greyhound Adoption League of Texas, Inc
3400 Carlisle St Suite 310
Dallas, TX 75204-1265
(972) 503-4258

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!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Monday Musings

So this week is starting off hot in Philly, they are forecasting a heat wave.  The humidity in Philadelphia can be rather unbearable during summer.  It's funny how people complain about the cold/cloudy winter weather and wish for summer, but when summer gets here they complain it's too hot and crank up the air conditioners so their houses feel like winter.

This weekend I was able to escape for a little and spend a lovely day shopping with my mother.  Exactly what every girl needs.  Of course came home with a few new items of clothing as well.  It was relaxing, plus there were some great summer sales.  Come evening the man and I rented another movie Promised Land.  It was good but a little slow in some parts.  Though we learned a little about fracking and overall it had a feel good theme of sorts to it.

That relaxing day was quickly shattered on Sunday as woke up to find flying ants covering the office room.  Seriously they were on the curtains, windows, walls and not just flying ants but the regular ones were swarming the floor. Even the dog bed was covered in ants.  It was a mess.  Needless to say I spent a good four hours cleaning the room while the man slept.  It seems like when the humidity rises here so do the bugs.

Speaking of the man his tv habits and lack of help around the house are officially driving me crazy.  Work was his excuse before but now that he's not working that excuse isn't either.  So if he doesn't step up soon I'm officially going on strike.  Though would he even notice as I don't think he understands how much I do.  But of course if I didn't make dinner every night he might. :)

And on that note I'm going to wash the car I tried to get him to wash! (his father is visiting this week so thought it might be nice if the car was clean)

Little one wanted to help but I told her that her white fur would get all dirty, so she is going to watch from the porch.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Soul Sunday

 Sometimes the very things our soul needs to do, are the hardest to do.  

The Buddha would say the way to enlightenment and happiness is to simply let go.  So today's inspiration and wisdom comes from his beliefs. 

10 to Zen

1. Let go of comparing.
2.  Let go of competing.
3. Let go of judgements.
4. Let go of anger.
5. Let go of regrets.
6. Let of worrying.
7. Let go of blame.
8. Let go of guilt.
9. Let go of fear.
10. Have a proper belly laugh at least once a day.
 (especially if it's about your inability to let go of any or all of the above)

 Let go, and find what makes you truly happy.

Saturday, June 22, 2013


This is a delicious and simple stromboli recipe.  Each loaf produces about eight slices depending on how thick they are cut.  A variety of cheese could be used in this recipe, mozzarella is the standard but I prefer American sliced cheese. The meat could easily be substituted with vegetables.  Keep in mind that frozen pizza dough needs at least six hours to defrost.


2 loafs frozen bread dough, thawed
1/2 pound sliced turkey
1/2 pound sliced ham
1/2 pound American cheese or 2 cups shredded
1 cup marinara sauce

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Roll each loaf of dough into a rectangle about 8 inches by 12 inches.
3.. Layer turkey and hame down center of each rolled loaf lengthwise.
4. Top meats with cheese for each roll.
5. Fold short ends of each loaf in about 1/2 inch and seal.  Roll long sides and pinch well to seal the entire
6. Bake, seam side down on non stick aluminum foil or greased baking sheet for 20
    minutes or until golden brown.
7. Cut each roll into 8 slices and serve with marinara for dipping.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, NJ, NY, PA and SC  all in need of good homes.
Feel free to share on social media, as the more their stories get shared the better chance they have of finding family's and homes! 
Benji is an adult West Highland Terrier mix who is just sitting in the Orange County Animal Care center wishing he had a family and a home.  Contact the center for more information on Benji. Please lets find him a loving home!

Benji - Orange County, CA

Orange County Animal Care Center
561 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 935-6848
 Justin is a steadfast and self-assured Greyhound with a great depth of character.  Gracious and gallant to all, he is like a king who reigns with dignity and daring.  He is generally calm, cool and collected but beneath his luxurious, fuzzy teddy bear coat beats a puppy heart that takes such pleasure in all of the simple joys that life has to offer.  Justin is politely playful and ever-appreciative of treats, toys and games that engage his active mind.  He is a quick and methodical thinker who enjoys mental and physical challenges, he really enjoyed clicker training and even took on some beginner’s agility obstacles.  Socially, Justin is gentle and supportive of his friends, whether they need to lean on him for his strength or his silliness.  He is especially caring and watchful over his brother Eddy, and the two would make a wonderful team if they were homed together.  He loves meal times and neck rubs beyond all measure.  Overall, Justin is cooperative in nature with a noble, loving spirit.  After the completion of his racing career Justin was enrolled in a teaching program at a college, where he helped students learn the fine art of responsible animal care.  He has done a great service for the community by helping the animal professionals of tomorrow learn to be compassionate and capable in their field of study.   Justin has some experience in a real life apartment which has helped him become familiar with the skills he will need in his new life as a beloved pet.  Please consider meeting him if you are looking for an intelligent and affectionate friend.  Justin is great with people but no cats. Please lets find him a good home!

Justin -  Cherry Hill, NJ

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

   George is a three year old Cocker Spaniel who was surrendered to our Center along with his best friend Tommy, when their family could no longer care for them.  George is a laid back kind of guy who enjoys a nice walk and some time in our doggie playground.  George is ready to be out of his kennel and back into a loving home.  Please lets find him a great home!

George - Lindenwold, NJ

Animal Adoption Center
501 North Berlin Road
Lindenwold, NJ 08021
(856) 435-9116


This handsome and charming Labrador Retriever mix is Anderson.  He came to Bideawee after we rescued him from a high-kill municipal shelter, just before he was out of time.  Anderson is a sweet, social, and active young man, who loves to meet new people.  He is seeking an energetic home, which can keep up with his energy.  He also needs a home that is willing to continue his obedience training, and who can teach him not to jump when greeting new people.  Anderson is very smart, though, and should catch on quickly to everything he’s taught.  Due to his size and exuberance, children over 9 may be best for him.  All this loving boy needs is an opportunity.  Please lets find him a loving home!
 Anderson  - New York, NY
 Bideawee Inc. Manhattan
410 E. 38th St. between 1st Ave. & FDR Dr.
New York, NY 10016
(866) 262-8133

 Mickey is an older Maltese mix who is understandably nervous about his future. His owner died and then the family he was living with gave him up after many years because they could no longer afford a dog.  Mickey is used to living in a home, and would like to return to one. He has lived with a female Maltese before and could again. He could also live with cats. Because he is nervous, we don't think a home with children under 10 would be good for him. Please lets find him a good home!
Mickey - Philadelphia, PA
 Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-298-9680, ext. 16
Joshua is 8 month old Weimaraner.  He was found running loose and picked up by animal control.  He has lots of energy.  He will need to take an obedience class.  We feel Joshua will be best suited as only dog but can be placed in a home with a female as long as you are willing to work on his resource guarding issues.  He is a very sweet loving boy and he just wants everyone to love of him.  Please lets find him a great home!
Joshua - Wagener, SC

 Weimaraner Rescue of SC
125 Sharon Road
Wagener, SC 29164
(803) 467-7548

 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, June 18, 2013


Lately I seem to be thinking too much.  Dwelling on the past. Questioning everything.  Feeling indecisive. Wondering about a lot. Wishing for things that seem impossible.  And it's getting me no where but in one big confusing funk. 

The kind that leaves you afraid to do anything for fear of making a wrong choice, decision, mistake, move, you name it.  Sometimes challenges in our lives have a way of doing that.  It feels like we lose a sense of guidance, positiveness and faith when we most need it. 

But even in such moments I can't help but believe there are still signs of various sorts trying to help guide us.  Like coming across words of wisdom just when we need to hear them most.  Such as these that in a sense remind us to just be, to have faith.  And least we not forget that sometimes faith means means taking the first step even when we don't see the whole staircase.


Monday, June 17, 2013

Monday Musings

This weekend consisted of a bunch of little things such as cooking, weeding, house work, a movie and lots of golf.

The US Open golf tournament was in town but because of the smallness of the course tickets were limited and rather expensive.  Practice rounds are actually cheaper to attend and fans are allowed to bring cameras in on those days as well. The first half of the tournament started off stormy, but the weather eventually cleared for weekend play.  So when not at the tournament it was on our tv day/night, but then again when isn't the man watching tv. :)  It looked like Phil might win but instead Rose surprised everyone and took home the trophy.  Still feel disappointed for Phil.

The man has been willing to rent movies lately, which has been great it feels like we are finally catching up.  And some how we have grown a fondness for Mark Wahlberg, other wise known as Marky Mark. Does anyone else remember his Calvin Klein days? :)   He has come a long way and it just seems he makes good movies. 

Overall the highlight of the weekend was this little plant.  A neighbor handmade this pot for me, even included a lovely ficus plant as well.   Home made things always feel special because of the effort, heart and time put into them.  What a great reminder that sometimes the little things bring the greatest joy.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Soul Sunday

Found this inspiration online thought it was perfect for sharing today.  May we all open our souls to it's message.  And remember that living a beautiful live requires taking time to create it.

10 Ways to Live Life

As Kurt Vonnegut once said, “Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are:  “It might have been"

Forget the past.  Forget your age.  Today is the first day of the rest of your life.  At the end of it, let there be no excuses, no explanations, and no regrets.

Here are ten ideas to get you there…

1.  Wear your truth. – As long as you keep being you, as long as you keep staying true to yourself and the passions that move you, it doesn’t matter how many jobs you get or don’t get, how many mistakes you make, or how many times you have to pull a u-turn.  None of it matters.  What matters is that you’re living in your truth.  The people who need you will eventually find you, the real you.  And you will find the people you need.  You will find the answers you need.  But more importantly, you will find the questions you would have never thought to ask. 

2.  Take time before it’s too late.  Before you know it you’ll be asking, how did it get so late so soon?  Take time to figure yourself out.  Take time to realize what it is you want.  Take time to take risks.  Take time to love, laugh, cry, and forgive.  Life is shorter than it often seems.  Take time before it’s too late.  Look straight ahead and say yes to the opportunities coming your way.  Happiness and success never come to look for you while you wait around.  You’ve got to get out there, take chances, and work at it to make your dreams come true.

 3. Be the leader of your own journey.  There are far too many capable people who don’t pursue their dreams and goals because they let their fears and others talk them out of it.  They give up before they even try, and simply let life’s river flow them downstream.  Choose to be stronger than that.  Choose to swim upstream when you have to.  Choose to do the things in life that move you.  Let others lead small lives.  Let others argue over small things.  Let others cry over small wounds.  Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands.  But not you. 

 4. Take calculated risks.  There is no excuse for being an amateur forever.  Life is short.  The day is rapidly approaching when the risk to remain perched in your nest is far more detrimental than the risk it takes to fly.  Fly!  Spread your wings.  Start now.  What a disgrace it would be for you to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of your full potential.

5. Change your thoughts. Thoughts are power.  They create and destroy.  What is possible is everything.  What you do is up to you.  Look around and you will see that almost your entire life has been born out of your thoughts.  Know this, and plant your seeds accordingly.  You can change your mind at any moment.  So go ahead.  Change it right now.

6. Think you can.  If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.  And change breeds growth.  So when a goal seems big and a plan looks tough, just start, push through it for awhile, and soon the next thing you need to do will look possible.  Step by step you can get through anything – this is the truth and you have to believe it.  In the end, you’re going to succeed because you’re crazy enough to think you can.

7. Concentrate on being your best self.  Negativity becomes a life altering habit, just the same as positivity; the difference is the amount of belief you hold in yourself, and how you use this belief to fuel your growth.  Never think that what you have to offer is insignificant.  When the time is right, there will be forces out there in need of exactly what you have to offer.  So hang in there, stay positive, and remember that the connections you’re looking for in life typically become visible when you’re working hard at being your best self, and not looking at all.

8.  Pay attention to life while you’re living it.  Realize that life is simply a collection of little chances for happiness, each lived one second at a time.  That some time each day should be spent noticing the beauty in the space between the big events.  That moments of dreaming and sunsets and refreshing breezes cannot be bettered.  But most of all, realize that life is about being here and now, watching and listening without a clock and without anticipation of results at every moment, and sometimes, on good days, for letting these little moments fill your heart with passion and love.

9.  Share your love openly and honestly with those you love.  No matter what, you’re going to lose people in your life.  Realize that no matter how much time you spend with someone, or how much you appreciate them, sometimes it will never seem like you had enough time together.  Don’t learn this lesson the hard way.  Express your love.  Tell people what you need to tell them.  Don’t shy away from important conversations because you feel awkward or uncomfortable.  You never know when you might lose your opportunity.

10.  Say goodbye so you can say hello.  In life, goodbyes are a gift.  When certain people walk away from you, and certain opportunities close their doors on you, there is no need to hold onto them or pray to keep them present in your life.  If they close you out, take it as a direct indication that these people, circumstances and opportunities are not part of the plan for the next step of your life.  It’s a hint that your personal growth requires someone different and something more, and life is simply making room. Setting you up for an even better hello.
From TheHackLife

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Strawberry Shortcakes

Classic Strawberry Shortcakes

1 quart (4 cups) strawberries, sliced
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/3 cups Original Bisquick® mix
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup whipping cream

1. Heat oven to 425°F. In large bowl, mix strawberries and 1/4 cup sugar; set aside.

2. In medium bowl, stir Bisquick mix, milk, 3 tablespoons sugar and the butter until soft dough forms. On ungreased cookie sheet, drop dough by 6 spoonfuls.

3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, in small bowl, beat whipping cream with electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form.

4. Split warm shortcakes; fill and top with strawberries and whipped cream.  Makes 6 servings.

Note: I don't mix the strawberries with sugar but many prefer the sweet taste it gives them. Also I reduce the sugar in the biscuits by a tablespoon.  The strawberries can be substituted for blueberries, blackberries, raspberries or peaches.  For whip cream usually a Reddi Wip or Cool Whip type cream work great.

Classic Strawberry Shortcakes

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, NJ, PA and TX all in need of good homes.
Feel free to share on social media, as the more their stories get shared the better chance they have of finding family's and homes! 

McCartney and Wonder were found on the streets together.  McCartney is a West Highland about 4 years old and weighs 20 lbs. The rescue would like to find them a home they can go to together. Please lets find them a loving home.

Wonder and McCartney - Marina del Ray, CA

Forte Animal Rescue
PO Box 10085
Marina del Rey, CA 90295
(310) 362-0321

Haily and Henry are the sweetest pair of Chihuahuas you will ever meet.  They are lovable and huggable   They love to cuddle.  All they need is someone to cuddle with.  Please lets find them a good home!

Haily and Henry -  Helmetta, NJ

 Haily and Henry: Chihuahua, Dog; Helmetta, NJ

Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter, Helmetta, NJ

Myla is a little Mini Schnauzer mix sweetie-pie pup is super friendly, frisky, and fun.  She loves being petted and giving kisses. Sadly, her person couldn't take care of her. Please let's find her a great home.

Myla - Philadelphia, PA
Myla: Schnauzer, Dog; Philadelphia, PA
Morris Animal Refuge, Philadelphia, PA
Tiger is a Cairn Terrier who made his way to Philadelphia by way of Kentucky after being surrendered by his owners  that's a pretty long journey.  Please lets find him a loving home!
Tiger: Cairn Terrier, Dog; Philadelphia, PA
Operation Ava, Philadelphia, PA
215-816-5301 or 215-240-1240

Ginger is a beagle mix puppy who was seen wandering in a local rv park.  She was hungry, dehydrated and full of fleas.  Ginger appears to have been on her own for approximately 2 weeks trying to find someone who would give her a safe, loving home.  Luckily she made her way to the home of two caring people who were willing to take care of her while she waits for a home.  Her foster family says she is very loving, playful, and gets along well with their larger dogs but they don't know how she will react to cats.  Ginger is showing her beagle heritage by being very vocal but already knows her name is learning some basic obedience and walks fairly well on a leash.  She is also doing very well regarding her house training and has had few accidents in their home which they believe were their fault for not recognizing her signals.  Ginger likes her wire crate and sleeps in it at night.  Her foster family believes she would enjoy a younger canine playmate but might not be a good choice as a companion for a senior dog since she is still a playful puppy. They also believe that she would be fine with children as long as the children were old enough to handle her.  Ginger is a sweet girl who would be a great companion for the lucky family who adopts her. Please lets find this little girl a good home!

Ginger - Livingston, TX

 Ginger: Beagle, Dog; Livingston, TX

  SPCA of Polk County, Livingston, TX

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, June 11, 2013

Taking Over Mommy's Blog

Yes you read correctly, the dog is taking over today.  Shutter to think I even typed that word 'dog' as I consider myself a little human, think my mommy and daddy pretty much think the same.  But yeah I understand technically everyone else thinks I'm just a dog.

In case your wondering I'm a West Highland Terrier. The best breed around, well at least I think so. But  pretty much every dog will tell you that in the hopes of you making them a part of your family and giving them a good home.  :)  

As for me I try to live a simple life, and focus on what's really important.  What's that you ask?

1.Spending as much time as possible with the people I love especially my parents. Which usually involves  
    snuggling of some sort.
2. Eating my mom's home cooked meals, you see I have severe allergies which require a special home
    cooked diet.  People say I eat better than most humans, maybe I do but all I know is salmon,
    broccoli, chicken and golden stuffed oreos taste amazing.
3. Playing wiffle ball, and even though I have little eye sight left I can still hear the ball roll on the hard wood
4. Getting plenty of beauty rest besides who doesn't enjoy a good nap.  My parents even bought a king bed
     just so I would have a nice spot to sleep. Some how though I still prefer sleeping on top of them.

Well that's a little insight into what is important to me.  Oh and the polo shirt I'm wearing helps protect my fur as due to my allergies my skin is very sensitive.  This was fun, hope mommy lets me write again soon!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Monday Musings

This Monday we have torrential rain and tornado watches.  It's actually been this way on and off since Friday. Though it's refreshing it's making quite a mess.

Meanwhile the US Open golf tournament is in town, usually they have practice rounds that the public can attend but even those have been cancelled.  Which is a shame as since the course is so small there are only limited tickets available for the tournament which basically sold out and are being resold for very high prices. The practice rounds allow for more people to get to see the golfers at a lower cost.

Speaking of golf I have to brag just a little here as I won a game of chip n putt against the man.  In fact I had a chip shot that even went right in the hole.  It was unbelievable and fun, especially since the man likes to think he wins everything and tends to talk a lot of trash about how our matches are not competitive enough.

We had dinner with my family which was nice.  Nothing like grilled steaks, homemade french fries, fresh corn on the cob and good conversation with the ones you love.  I don't even take as many photos as I used to because I really try to appreciate the moments for what they are.

Overall we didn't do a whole lot this weekend as we really need to save money.  Though we did watch the movie Savages.  And what a movie, the concept of one woman/two men union was done in a rather intriguing way....dare I say romantic?  If you haven't seen the movie you probably think I'm a tad crazy but honestly who would not love being showered in affection and love as she was.  Anyway, we have definitely been catching up with movies which has been great!

Its been about a month since the man resigned and has been home with us.  The day he first told me I remember feeling a little apprehensive....wondering what his plan was and what would it be like being around each other 24/7.  Of course his expectations of what he was going to do during this time off were completely different than mine. ;)

Here is what I have learned so far , every relationship there are similarities and differences.  Some couples may be like two peas in a pod, others polar opposites.  I believe we fall some where in the middle.  Sometimes though being around anyone 24/7 the differences can become a little more pronounced, or say things that might not otherwise annoy, have the potential to.

Yes we have some distinct personality differences. He watches tv 24/7, I prefer 1-2 hours a day.  He is a procrastinator, I'm the lets try to get it done now type.  He would rather pay people to do housework, I believe we should do it ourselves.  He's reserved, I'm playful.  He's lower key affectionate, I'm overly affectionate.  He's quiet, I'm talkative  He's mellow, I'm hyper.  So these differences can make it interesting and even challenging sometimes too.

I'm trying hard to get the man to loosen up, play, let go of the tv or rest and be willing to have more fun and love filled rendezvous with me, plus be open to doing more around the house.  But it's not an easy sell as he is very set in his ways. So let's just say I think we are both learning lots. :)

Oh and I made a delicious, summer dessert that I will be featuring on a recipe post this week. 

The weather may be rather unusual here this spring but the flowers sure seem to be enjoying it.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Soul Sunday

  I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as making a life. I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. - Maya Angelou

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetables

Vegetables of ones choice (zucchini, yellow squash, peppers, potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic)
1 tablespoon olive oil (or more, to taste)
Kosher salt

1. Preheat oven to 425F. 
2. Wash the vegetables with water. Trim the vegetables, cutting away stems and roots and any rough edges. If needed, peel. Cut the vegetables into pieces of even size. Smaller pieces for faster cooking, larger pieces for longer cooking and put into bowl.  Add the oil and with your hands or a spatula, turn the vegetables several to many times to evenly coat with oil. Season with salt.

3. Cover a rimmed baking sheet with non stick foil. Arrange the vegetables in a single even layer.

4. Place in the oven.  Roast for 30-40 minutes, checking halfway through to toss. The vegetables are done when they are cooked through, the centers soft, the outer edges golden and a little crispy.

Note: Serve hot as a side dish. Save the leftovers for topping salads and tossing into soups. Vegetables shrink when they’re roasted so you may want to allow for that. One pound for two servings and two pounds for four servings.


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, GA, NY, PA and TX all in need of good homes.
Feel free to share on social media, as the more their stories get shared the better chance they have of finding family's and homes! 
 Gimli is a West Highland Terrier mix, who will constantly put a smile on your face with his playful antics, love of affection, and all around good-naturedness.  Gimli came to us from Kern County in early May, and his pictures are of him around 3.5 months.  Born in early February, he will continue to grown until the fall, but we think he won't get much bigger than 20-25 pounds.   If your goal in a doggie companion is to have a doting, playful pup, then Gimli will do doubt fit the bill. Please let's find this guy a loving home!
Gimli - San Diego, CA
Gimli: Glen Of Imaal Terrier, Dog; San Diego, CA

The Barking Lot Rescue, San Diego, CA
This is Luke. Luke is about 7 years old but the years have been good to him as he’s in perfect health and stunningly beautiful. He is wonderful in the house and a great companion dog.  Let's find him a good home!

Luke - Atlanta, GA
Luke 4 (aka Hershey): Chocolate Labrador Retriever, Dog; Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Lab Rescue, Atlanta, GA
404-261-LABS (5227)
Maximillian is a sad and lonely seven year old,  robust Jack Russell Terrier who was cast off by his Owner, along with his lifelong Lady Love, Bonnie, and dumped in a harsh Animal Control facility. Maxx and Bonnie had tag teamed the family cat. Terriers and cats are not a match made in heaven. People should know better.  Soon after arriving at the Shelter, Maxx and Bonnie contacted kennel cough, and while Maxx was able to fight off the bug, sadly Bonnie did not make it. Maxx was a bit sullen for a while, but now he has brightened up in foster care, and is settling in nicely. Maxx has buddied up with a few of our small foster dogs and has begun to enjoy life again. Our Maxx has begun to show some signs of joy.Maxx would be a great family dog in a cat free home. He is quite friendly and seems to greet everyone with the same good cheer. Maxx would be a good companion for older kids. He is a sturdy enough dog to stand up to rough horse play. Maxx could easily join a multi-dog home, or be a great companion to an active single or couple. He loves attention and action, but would be content to lounge in his crate during the work day. We'd describe Maxx as the "Anti-Jack" in that he is spirited, but not over-the-top frantic like some of the high energy Jack Russells we have known. He does need a far amount of exercise and focussed playtime. As an adult dog, Maxx is well past the puppy destructive stage and has mellowed into adulthood. Maxx would be a great choice for a first time JRT owner. He is fairly calm for his breed and easy to handle.  Please let's find him a great home!
 Max - New York, NY
 Maxx: Jack Russell Terrier, Dog; New York, NY
  Eskies Online American Eskimo Dog Rescue, New York, NY
 Jagger is a beautiful greyhound.  He's mostly white with a bit of brindle.  He has an outgoing personality.  He loves toys.  He is recovering from a track injury but that should not cause him any issues once he's completely healed.  Please let's find him a loving home!
Jagger - Philadelphia, PA
 Jagger: Greyhound, Dog; Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Greyhound Connection Inc., Philadelphia, PA
Hope is a Dachshund mix who has an inner beauty that comes from having survived the worst and still believing in the best. Hope was rescued by a Good Samaritan who found her abandoned, hungry, and with what appeared to be burn marks on her skin. Hope's rescuer took her in and cared for her, treating the burns, getting her back to the perfect weight, catching up on all her shots, and making sure she was heartworm negative an on preventative. Hope is now well and ready to be adopted. She has healed from her burns with no scars and has been spayed. She is ready to start a new life with a loving adopter. Hope has a very sweet, calm personality. Through all this time, Hope has remained positive and cooperative. She likes people, gets along with other dogs, and really appreciates being rescued. Don't let the gray fool you- Hope is a survivor with a lot of life in her, and she has a heart of gold.  Please lets find her a good home!
Hope - Dallas, TX
 Hope: Dachshund, Dog; Dallas, TX
  Dachshund Lovers of Texas, Dallas, TX
(214) 577-7536
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!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Monday Musings

Here in Philly we basically had a week of scorching temperatures, enough for the weather experts to declare an official heat wave!  Think the man probably wishes he was back at work as to save money I requested we hold off putting in the window a/c unit downstairs just yet.  Wish he had picked winter to resign from work not summer as I like fresh air, windows open come summer, but he prefers to make the house feel like a dark, cold cave.  He needs one of those man cave basements! 

Anyway, we all basically sweated it out for a few days.  Though the man had the bedroom a/c blasting cold air come night.  If he would simply turn off the big screen tv during the day he might not feel so hot, when the thing runs 24/7 it gives off crazy heat making the main room feel hotter than normal. 

Not sure if anyone else has ever noticed that about big screen plasma tvs, but they really generate heat! (in the winter it's great but during summer it's not)  Anyway, we have rain today so hopefully that will help cool things off just a little. We seem to skip Spring here, it goes right from cold to scorching temperatures.

With the weather so hot we stuck to mellow activities.  Stocked up on produce at Produce Junction, barbequed, ran errands, painted, planted some flowers and worked outside, little trip to Barnes and Noble.  Though last week the dizzy spells flared up and they are still lingering.  For some reason a side effect of them seems to be blurred vision so at the bookstore I found myself unable to read. And I could read for hours, it's something I really miss! (the audio books just aren't the same)

Interesting enough I had a check up with a neurologist last week, who is still just as baffled. (all the specialists have been)  I don't pass some of their tests yet they cannot figure out what causes the dizzy spells.  She decided to order a few more tests that haven't been done yet. (tests are never fun)  Think what baffles them the most is that reading, computers, tv and looking down really bring on the spells more than anything else.  None of the medicines they tried worked, leaving them with no new ones to even suggest.  And the mysterious saga continues....

Anyway, this week I'm hoping the man might get off the couch, and turn off the tv.  But that's for another post. haha   His being home 24/7 with us is, well, rather interesting.  :)  

And why is it Monday's I always find myself pondering so much.  For instance they say life is what you make you believe that to be true, why or why not? 

Of course a rainy day would not be complete without a rainbow....

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Soul Sunday

Here are some beautiful quotes to motivate the soul.

Don’t judge yourself by your past, you don’t live there anymore. Just because you’re not where you want to be today doesn’t mean you won’t be there someday. You can turn it all around in the blink of an eye by making a simple choice to stand back try again, to love again, to live again, and to dream again. ~ Marc Hacklife

Don't chase success, instead decide to make a difference and success will find you. ~Jon Gordon

 Knowing we will never change the current reality by simply resisting it; we must each actively create the change. We do this by living passionate and adventurous lives that realistically, optimistically embrace each stage of the journey and recognize that life is a gift.  That being beautiful is not about age or looks but about substance and love.  ~ Paul Boynton

And what a better reminder than this lovely inspiration....

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Banana Bread

Banana Bread

2 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp soda
1 tsp baking powder

Combine separately:
3 lg very ripe bananas, mashed
2 eggs
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c milk
zest of a lemon
2 tsp vanilla

Mix dry and wet ingredients until just well incorporated.

Pour into a generously greased and dusted loaf pan (I used 3 small loaf pans and filled 3/4 up). Bake at 350 for about 50 min (for one large loaf) - my 3 loaves took 25 minutes on convection bake - a toothpick inserted in center should come out clean. Wait 10 minutes before removing from pan and placing on a rack to cool.

Note: The little brown sugar in this recipe can easily be reduced or substituted, 1/4 cup worked fine. Also I use applesauce in replace of eggs, 1/4 cup applesauce combined with 1 tsp baking powder is equal to one egg.

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