Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Woof Wednesday

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

 Roscoe is an adult terrier mix who is sitting at the local animal control hoping for a family to call his own.  Please let's find him a loving home!

Roscoe A4608886  - Gardena, CA

  Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566

 Popcorn is a Chihuahua terrier mix.  He has a warm, calm personality; and is well behaved.  He is an adorable puppy and is happy all the time.  Popcorn gets along extremely well with other dogs and great with children and really loves all people.  He is committed fully to his family.  Actually, he has a devotion to a single person and that could be you.  He is alert, graceful and eager to please you!  He has energy and will enjoy exercising with you.  Popcorn will make an outstanding family pet who will brighten anyone's home!  He really needs a forever home. Come see him.  He is hoping you will.  In the canine heart there is always hope.  Every dog deserves a safe and loving home.  Please let's find him a great home! 

Popcorn - Bells Garden, CA

 Miracle Dog Rescue
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
Reyna (323) 383-8883

 Bitsy is a cute, sweet and very playful little beagle pup.  She gets along with our other dogs, although they do not always enjoy her puppy behavior.  She met a cat on our walk and was curious, but did not go after it.  She seems to be house broken and did well in her crate at night. Bitsy walks as well on a leash as any Beagle does. This is a great little Beagle girl to make part of your family. Please lets find her a good home!

Bitsy -  FL

SouthEast Beagle Rescue Inc.
PO Box 270631
Tampa, FL 33688-0631
(855) 422-3245

These adorable 5 year old Chichuachua sisters are casualties of stupidity and divorce.  Mom split and dad says the kids won't take care of them.  With the exception of the names they have known all their lives they are the best a Chihuahua can be. Please lets find them a loving home!

NY Pet-I-Care inc.
301 East 22nd Street
NYC, NY 10010
Julia at 646-429-8882
(212) 614-7194

Lulu is a poodle mix around 2-4 yrs old about 12 lbs.  Very sweet but very shy girl.  Prefers to stay close to people and really loves to be hugged. Reason for surrender to shelter: Lulu was surrendered by her owners because they could no longer care for her. Please lets find her a great home!

Lulu #A20754942- Philadelphia, PA

  Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-298-9680 ext 16
 Stella is a beautiful 7 year old Weimaraner who needs a family that understands the breed. She is super sweet but suffers from some degree of anxiety. Loves people but small children make her nervous. She would like a home where her people are not gone all day. Someone who can take her for long relaxing hikes & help her gain self confidence would be ideal. She is fine with cats & lived with another dog - a large laid back companion for Stella would be nice but she would be fine as an aonly dog as well. Please lets find her a good home!

Stella - Landenberg, PA

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

Liam is a smaller framed Scottish terrier boy who is approximately 18-24 months of age.  He has a very handsome black and gold brindle coat.  He is an active little guy and tends to want to dominate other Scots during playtime, however, he also has quite a sensitive side and can be shy when you first meet him. Lets find him a loving home!

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

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, August 27, 2013

Dear Khloe

So there have been headlines in the news lately about Khloe Kardashian's husband Lamar having a drug addiction. He's not the only athlete/celebrity in the news regarding substance abuse lately.  And it's true it's hard to know what to believe. But suppose it is true?  Being that I've experienced a loved one with an addiction wondered what is going through her head.  And thought about what I would say to her or anyone experiencing it, maybe it would sound something like this....

Remember it's never about you.... the pain, constant lies, endless broken promises, infidelities, forgotten moments, hurtful words, mood swings, selfish ways, etc.....none of it.  They were broken long before you.  While they love you, they love their substance of addiction even more.  Can you imagine loving a substance more than another human being?  But it's true, that is the very nature of addiction.  Yes it's hard to make sense of but yet it can happen to anyone, yes anyone.  It's the one thing that does not discriminate.  Even taking a few painkillers for a procedure and one can easily get hooked.

Addiction is selfish, addicts are selfish.  Its all about them, their needs.  Though we see our loved ones unraveling before us, they don't see it.   Often times it feels as if the substance has taken their soul.  The person we love becomes unrecognizable.  It's true what they say,  no amount of help will ever work unless the addict wants to truly help himself.  Sometimes it takes losing everything to even comprehend they have a problem.  Even then losing everything might have to happen a few times before they get it.   Some may never come around.  Though there are those who do and go on to remain clean.  So be realistic, even a little suspicious but think positive.

Addicts are full of excuses as to why they don't need rehab, meetings, therapy and over all help.  They always think they aren't as bad as the next addict. They tend to blame everyone around them too.  And they never think they need to change.  Even when their lives are spiraling out of control they vehemently deny it all.

You yourself will feel a range of emotions anger, frustration, sadness, disgust, hurt, stress....oh the list is long.  Maybe you will choose to leave or maybe you will choose to stay, either way take care of yourself first.  Stop catering to their needs and cater to your own.  Make them take responsibility for their actions and behaviors.  Let them fall if they have to.  It's sometimes the only way many addicts learn or realize they have a problem. 

They are broken, and will take a lot of work to repair.  As it usually runs a lot deeper than just whatever they are addicted to.  That substance is an escape from reality for them. They hide themselves behind their substance. But why do they need such an escape becomes the bigger question.  Uncovering their true selves, dealing with life, issues, improving themselves, taking responsibility, etc., is only something they can do though therapy can help a lot.  But getting them to the help, and to stay with it can feel impossible. Either way it's a long road with many turns and an endless struggle at times.  Know there are plenty of people who are in both your shoes, who have conquered it or are at least trying. 

Lots of people will want to give you advice.  Everyone will have an opinion of what you should do.  But you have to listen to your heart, your what you believe to be right and true for you.  There is no right or wrong in such situations.  As for trusting again, who knows only time will tell.  It's something that will require a lot of effort as well.  Keep in mind every day is a learning experience when you have a loved one with an addiction.   Always focus on just today, don't try to predict or what if tomorrow.

Al Non and Nar Anon for the family and loves ones can help too.  At least read their literature as it's powerful.  There is a lot more I could write but it's not always easy to talk about, at times it still feels rather raw. All I know is that if one person can be helped by talking about it then it's worth talking about.  Remember their addiction has nothing to do with you. It's theirs alone to deal with, to heal and to overcome. You can help but only they can do the work that needs to be done. Remember that love isn't just about words it's about actions. Anyone can say they love you but their actions will speak even louder.

So surround yourself with people who love you. Focus on what makes you happy. Every second is a chance to turn your life around.  One day at a time. Stay strong.

And some words of wisdom that are great to print.....

Monday, August 26, 2013

Monday Musings

So for weeks now we have been experiencing beautiful weather, in fact at times it felt like fall here.  But now the heat and humidity is returning so it's beginning to feel like summer again. The flowers and vegetable garden could not be happier!

Had another play date with the niece, and this one was even better because my sister got to spend the day with us too.  We had a nice dinner at Cheesecake Factory, believe it or not I had not dined there before.  The menu is great, the food was delicious though the prices seemed a little high....4.50 for a Raspberry Lemonade? 

The man came alive for the first time in a two weeks, he was back to talking, seemed happy and was doing more than just laying on couch.  Not sure if it was coincidental, related to the dental procedures relieving his pain or it was just time for him to come out of his funk.  Probably should not speak too soon though as today he pretty much hasn't left the couch. Funny because quite a few people ask me how I deal with it, honestly it's not at all what I expected when he resigned from work and there are plenty of days I feel frustrated.  Suppose it's what happens when a type a doer lives with a type b couch potato.

Meanwhile, I just got back from Victoria's Secret as had picked up some cheekinis instead of bikinis.  Maybe this is too much info but I'm an old school string bikini fan but they are getting harder and harder to find.  Seriously either it's hip hugging briefs, cheekinis which to me feel more like a thong and oh yes the infamous thong.  But honestly none in my opinion compare to the comfort (and sexiness) of a string bikini.  And I really wish all the stores would bring them back! 

While they are at it could they make them in simple colors like plain white and beige, you know some of us are a little ocd liking to match them to our bras.  Now that I'm on the topic a thin, pretty waist band without the designers name splashed across it would be nice too.  Seeing that it's becoming impossible to find what I desire maybe I should just become a lingerie designer. :)

Did I mention it appears Angel has boyfriend?  There is a small Yorkshire terrier mix named Bo who walks down the street with his daddy.  This little guy has a fierce bark and according to his daddy can be a nipper. But so far he treats Angel with respect and they seem to enjoy walking with each other.  Neither can walk very far so they are perfect little walking companions for each other.  It's really cute to see!

Speaking of little one look at who is waiting for a walk.  So on that note off we go!


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Soul Sunday

Watch the pounding surf. Watch the waves lap against the shore, their beginnings somewhere far out to sea, their beginnings in a storm we might never see.  Know your oneness with those waves, with the water of the seas.

Your emotions are like the surf. Sometimes they pound gently, sometimes fiercely.  Sometimes the color is blue, sometimes gray. They may be the result of a storm, sometimes a squall far away.  Let them pound.  Let them pass through.  Let them subside.  Let them turn into the next wave.  Each emotion is connected to a belief, a belief embedded in your soul.  I am abandoned.  I am deserted.  I am separated from God and love.  But you are not your emotions.  Your emotions don't control your life, no matter how fierce, no matter how strong.  No matter how relentless.  No matter, at times, how overwhelming.

Let the emotions pass through.  Feel all you need to feel. Say all you need to say to let the storm subside.  Then pause. Wait. Rest. Let your body regroup and heal.  You will have grown.  You will have changed.  And you'll be on your way to learning something new.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
1/4 cup orange juice (pref. freshly squeezed)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups shredded carrot

1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners..
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, spices and salt.
3. In a large bowl, beat together sugar and eggs until smooth. Whisk in melted butter, orange juice and vanilla extract. Gradually stir in flour mixture until only a few streaks of dry ingredients remain. Stir in shredded carrots, then divide evenly into prepared muffin pan.
4. Bake for 16-18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
5. Cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

Note: I always substitute applesauce for eggs. And rice milk in place of milk.

Cream Cheese Frosting

4 tbsp butter, softened
4-oz cream cheese, softened
2 1/2 – 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1.Beat together butter and cream cheese in a medium bowl. Beat in milk and vanilla extract, then gradually blend in the confectioners sugar until frosting is thick and creamy.
2.Spread frosting evenly on top of cupcakes, save a little to make carrot decorations on top. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, GA, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes!
Marco is a West Highland Terrier who little is known about.  What they do know is this little guy needs a family.  Please lets find him a loving home!
Marco A1417485  - Los Angeles, CA
South Los Angeles Animal Care and Control Center
3612 11th Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90018
(888) 452-7381
Buddy is a beautiful Golden Retriever mix with blond and red fur. He weighs a very healthy and lean 60 pounds. Buddy is neutered and up to speed on all of his shots and vaccinations. He has not had health issues in the 18 months or so we have had him, and we were not made aware of any prior to that time. He eats dry food very well and is not a fussy eater. He does like to chew on rawhide bones and loves Milkbone dog biscuits. He sleeps very well in a crate (which we would provide) or does well out in the open. Buddy is very smart, and will sit, shake hands, and speak upon command. While playful, we have never experienced or seen any destructive tendencies towards furniture, clothes, etc. He is very protective of his family and surroundings, and makes a great watchdog. At times hesitant with new people, he quickly adapts and is very loyal and playful. He is great with other dogs of all sizes, and loves to run in the yard of the farm we occasionally send him to for exercise. Please lets find him a great home!
Buddy - Savannah, GA.
 Georgia Animal Rescue & Defense, Inc.
100 Dichroic Dragon Dr.
Pembroke, GA 31321
(912) 653-2480
 Flying Asbury is a big, handsome Greyhound boy whom we have come to love.  He's a friendly boy who is calm and just a nice boy.  He had a broken leg in Florida which was treated there. Flying Asbury loves people and gives kisses.  He is not good with cats though.  He is 3 years old.  Please lets find him a good home!
Flying Ashbury - Cherry Hill, NJ

 Greyhound Friends of NJ, Inc.
PO BOX 4416
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034-0669
(732) 356-4370
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 in the right home. Please lets 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

Sassy is a tan terrier mix who was brought to Animal Control when her owner became ill.  She arrived at the shelter completely matted, with ingrown nails. However, after a very nice grooming she looks good as new.  Sassy is also blind and while she is a bit hesitant on walks, she finds her way around areas she is familiar with like a dog with eagle eyes.  She loves to cuddle and would be happy anywhere as long as she has a lap to sit in.  If you are looking for a lower energy dog to cuddle with in front of the TV.  Please lets find her a great home!
Sassy - Philadelphia, PA

Sassy: Terrier, Dog; Philadelphia, PA
Street Tails Animal Rescue, Philadelphia, PA 267-761-9434
 Sully is a Scottish Terrier mix who was dumped in a Walmart parking lot and an employee watched as he waited by the door for someone to help him.  The employee took him home and cleaned him up and contacted us for help.  He had a few wounds but with some love and care from one of our fosters he is doing really well and is ready for his forever home.  We believe he is about a year and half old.  He gets along well with other dogs, adjusts to new surroundings pretty well and overall has a great personality.  He is not too needy or fearful of people.  He sleeps in his crate and night and while he is doing really well on his house training he is not quite 100% house trained yet but is getting close to it.  Please lets find him a good home!
Sully - Helotes, TX

 Sully: Scottish Terrier Scottie, Dog; Helotes, TX
 Helotes Humane Society, Helotes, 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!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Monday Musings

This Monday I'm feeling out of sorts.  And swear my hormones have gone completely out of whack. Or could it be the full moon?  Actually the two combined together can be potent.  Sometimes I wonder what it's like to be a man with none of the crazy hormonal ups and downs.  Moving on....

The weekend consisted of an all day play date with the niece that was nothing short of action packed. There is no sitting when she is around.  Luckily my mother came over to join in the adventures because not sure I could have handled it all without her.  We even joined the niece in climbing the jungle gym. Plus my neighbor has a girl my nieces age who comes over to play as well.  By evening we were all feeling rather exhausted.

Sunday was one of those days, after bathing the dog I pretty much did not want to leave the couch.

The man is still experiencing a lot of pain related to his teeth so he has been rather miserable lately, and honestly think it's starting to rub off.  Even the dog is feeling it. Sometimes the man seems to retreat into his own little world, where he forgets about others or that we might have needs too which can be hard to deal with. There are many days I envy him just laying on the couch watching tv while I do the work around the house. Okay enough, not going to attract the positive if I'm focusing on the negative right? ha  Though my blog is my journal in a sense so I just need to let feelings out sometimes.

Realized after trying to bike with the niece that the chain on my mountain bike is rusted. So need to figure out how to fix that, any bike experts out there? :)

Curious if anyone else watches Big Brother, it's one of the mans favorite shows. But this season the racism and overall meanness have gotten out of hand.  The people are just cruel.  And instead of playing the game they seem to be afraid of the others in the house so no one stands up for anyone or anything.  I saw the ratings are actually down which is no surprise. It's just sad to see people be so unkind and that sort of thing really bothers me.  Why can't everyone just be nice? 

This Monday let's spread some niceness! 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Soul Sunday

They say there is great value in acts of forgiveness.  Yet forgiveness does not always come easy.  How does one forgive those who have deeply hurt them or others?  And for that matter how does one forgive themselves?

Here is some great steps how. 

Today though let the soul reflect on the wisdom in these quotes and the idea of forgiveness.

Forgiveness is recognizing the reality that what has happened has already happened, and that there’s no point in allowing it to dominate the rest of your life.

 Everything is just as it needs to be. And if we would forgive, our minds and hearts would open and we could see another possibility. 

Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could be any different.

Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it forgoes revenge, and dares forgive an injury.

We must learn that sometimes sorry is not enough. Sometimes we actually have to change.

Forgiveness is not always easy.  At times it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it.  And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.

To err is human, to forgive, divine.

beautiful ocean wallpaper

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, CO, 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.
 Rowan is an approximately five year old Airedale mix. He is just a spectacular dog! He knows how to sit, down, shake, come when called & is crate trained. He loves going for walks & playing fetch. Rowan loves all people and is good with most other big dogs. No small dogs or cats. The rescue is looking for a foster or a wonderful forever home for this very special boy! Rowan is neutered, housebroken, current on all vaccinations & micro chipped. Please lets find him a loving home!
Rowan - Santa Monica, CA
 The Forgotten Dog
1112 Montana Ave #166
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 990-2020
Jack is a Parson Russell Terrier who is full of love and just wants a family to share it with.  Please lets find him a great home!
 Jack A207106  - Denver, CO
 Denver Animal Shelter
1241 W. Bayaud Avenue
Denver, CO 80223-1212
(303) 698-0076
 This adorable Toy Australian Shepherd mix puppy is named Raz. At about 4 months old, Raz weighs around 7 pounds currently, and he will likely be a small-to-medium adult. Raz seems to be friendly with other dogs and he can probably live with cats as well. Since he is a baby and because he is small, we recommend that he goes home with kids over the age of 5. His new family will need to help him with his housebreaking and provide him with plenty of exercise and socialization.
 Please lets find him a good home!
Raz - New York, NY
 Bideawee Inc. Manhattan
410 E. 38th St. between 1st Ave. & FDR Dr.
New York, NY 10016
(866) 262-8133
 Buddy is a super sweet Cocker Spaniel.  He found himself at ACCT when his owner moved and couldn't take him, but cares4pets saw how awesome he  was and found him a foster home, so he didn't have to stay there long.  His owner was super upset so she didn't tell the shelter much about me, but the vet thinks he's about 5-6 years old and says he seems healthy.  He's on the bigger side at about 35 lbs.  He like other dogs so far, but he hasn't gotten to spend a lot of time with them yet. Please lets find him a loving home!
Buddy - Philadelphia, PA
PO Box 31942
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(267) 997-6451
Dudley may not be a young Basset Hound but there's a lot of advantages to being older. He doesn't chew, dig, or be destructive. He's a lover boy. His time had run out at the shelter but a lot of people were cheering him on and helped BRAT to bring him into their program. He was worth saving just ask him.  He would prefer a home with no other dogs.  If you want an older gentleman who has great manners, please apply for him.  Please let's find him a great home!
 Dudley - Carrolton, TX
 Basset Rescue Across Texas, Inc.
PO Box 116225
Carrollton, TX 75011
(972) 798-2343
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, August 13, 2013

Oprah Magazine

So I have received various messages asking if it is me in the September issue of Oprah, yes it is.   And to those who sent such kind words....thank you!

Of course when Oprah posed the question "If you could make over anything, what would it be"?  Animals were my first thought, never imagined it would be featured in her magazine.  It's just a little excerpt but nonetheless it's rather neat!

The best part is my little Angel is in the photo. It's her that inspired the answer, who inspires me everyday to try to help, protect and take care of animals.  And something as small as Oprah magazine using a photo of Angel and I together means a lot.

Now if only my answer to the question could become a reality for all the animals of the world.

Here is the excerpt for those who don't receive the magazine.  Think about it....what would you make over?

Monday, August 12, 2013

Monday Musings

Mall fashion show, build a bear, bike rides, candy land, chutes and ladders, mac and cheese, swing rides, fun conversations, can only mean one thing....time spent with the niece.  Definitely the highlight of my week.  For being only five she feels like an old soul as she seems to know things way beyond her years.  She watches people intently and listens even more intently.  Life through her eyes is amazing to experience.  And I'm thankful for every moment I get to spend with her.

Little one had a scare, she usually sleeps in but the other morning she let out a few barks and was roaming all around the bed.  I knew something wasn't right.  She didn't even make it out the door before peeing, and the pee was bloody.  As soon as the vet opened we took her over, here she had a urinary tract infection.  By later that evening the antibiotic kicked in and the pee was back to normal. Though she has to be on antibiotics for ten days she doesn't seem to mind, as wrapped in  peanut butter it's a treat to her.  I found a quality probiotic to give her as well, just like humans, dogs can benefit from them as well.

On another note, the man has been undergoing extensive dental work.  He wasn't in good spirits before all the work but now is even more miserable after it as the pain is intense.  On top of it he stills needs more root canals, and has a severe abscess that so far three different antibiotics have not been able to heal. When the man doesn't feel well he pretty much shuts down, withdraws and is miserable. Yes things have been a little crazy.

But I did manage to fit in a hair appointment.  It's been about a year since I had a haircut and highlight.  Because of the dizziness I cannot extend my neck back in hair salon chairs.  So I go with pre washed hair, she then cuts and foils it.  I drive home with all the foils in my hair, sit around the house for a hour until I can wash it out in the shower.  I can only imagine what people, especially men, must think when they pull up next to my car and see my head covered in foils.  Usually I have a good laugh on the ride home just thinking about it.

Anyway, I keep thinking there must be something to be learned from all the craziness and challenges that seem to infiltrate our life.  For one thing the dizziness has taught me it's good to know a hairstylist that works out of their home. :)

So why not capture our before and afters, except the man's as taking his photo when he feels the way he does, well he is liable to pull a Kayne West or Alec Baldwin and toss the camera.ha
Though I just realized it's hard to see the highlights as I didn't go real blonde so it is more a subtle lightening.  And that's the little girl feeling not great but after her medicine she was ready to play!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Soul Sunday

 You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.  
Happiness is the settling of your soul into its most appropriate spot. This spot contains the ideas, passions, people, and places that move you.

Accept responsibility for making these things possible in your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else. Be honest with yourself. If you catch yourself following the crowd on automatic pilot simply because it’s the easiest option, it’s time to pause and reflect.
There are things that you already know yet haven’t allowed yourself to fully see. Maybe it’s a change you need to make, a relationship that needs to shift, a goal you need to focus on, or a dream that needs to be put front and center. Simply asking yourself the question, “What do I know that I haven’t let myself see?” is the way to discover deep truths that can change your life in wonderful ways.
Find the place inside yourself where anything is possible. It starts with a dream. Add confidence, and it becomes a belief. Add commitment, and it becomes a goal in sight. Add action, and it becomes a part of your life. Add determination and time, and your dream becomes a reality.
 Most importantly spend time with nice people who are smart, driven and like minded. Relationships should help you, not hurt you. Surround yourself with people who reflect the person you want to be.  Happy, positive people who you are proud to know, people you admire who love and respect you, people who make your day a little brighter simply by being in it. 
If you don't make the time to work on creating the life you want, you're eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don't want.  Most importantly make happiness a priority, find your sunshine.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Tomato Mozzarella Salad

Tomato Mozzarella Salad

- 2-6 Tomatoes (depends on size, I used three small and it was perfect for two people)
- 8 oz Mozzarella Ball (used about half of ball)
- Fresh Basil Leaves
- Olive Oil

1. Rinse and cut up tomatoes. Basil can be torn into pieces by hand.
2. Cube mozzarella ball into small balls or squares. 
2. Put tomatoes, mozzarella, basil in bowl, drizzle with olive oil and mix.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Angels Among Us

Life is full of mysteries many of which we will never know the answers to. 

And when I came upon this story in the news about a Mystery Priest there was a feeling of intrigue. It's not the first I've heard of such encounters, yet they never seem to get old.  In fact wish we heard more stories like these as think it would help infuse hope and maybe other positive things into our world.

While I believe there are human Angels among us, something we may even choose to be through the way we act and live.  I also believe there are real Angels sent from the heavens above amongst us as well. 

Truth is each of us is free to believe whatever we choose.  The universe is vast, mysterious and sometimes it's just waiting for us to believe in the things we cannot always see.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA,FL, IL, NY, PA, TX and WI  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.

 Summer is a West Highland Terrier  who had forgotten what it was like to get a meal twice a day and have a soft fluffy place to lay her head at night. She had been wandering the streets for awhile trying to make it on her own. Some kind citizen turned her in to Westie Rescue and they have taken such good care of her!  She loves to investigate and discover new things.  She will check inside, behind, over and under everything in your house and your garden looking for critters and new friends.  She doesn't even mind be covered with leaves and grass.  Shes an adventurer and is  anxious to settle into a new home where she can explore and play.  She is also a great cuddler and loves people of all ages.Summer is approximately 4 years old, current on her vaccinations and weighs 16.5 lbs. The rescue prefers you submit an adoption application with any inquiries, the link to their website is listed below. Please lets find her a loving home!

Summer - Huntington Beach, CA

 Summer: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Huntington Beach, CA

Westie Rescue of Orange County & Beyond, Huntington Beach, CA

 This sweet girl has changed quite a bit since entering foster care. She spent several weeks dealing with some extreme anxiety, especially when her foster dad would leave the house. She loves her foster mom, but she’s definitely a daddy’s girl. To help her calm down and learn to adjust to life as a pet, the rescue started Jenny on fluoxetine (Prozac). She has improved tremendously and no longer panics or has extreme reactions when out on a walk (except when she sees a cat or the neighbor’s bulldog – apparently she does not like bulldogs at all!) She’s adjusting to her foster dad’s comings and goings, although she would definitely prefer him to take her with him. Jenny will do best in a home where there are no cats, and where someone is home most of the time and she doesn’t have to be confined in a crate, which truly causes her great anxiety. She is a lovely girl who just needs a very understanding family to help her realize that she is finally home.  Please lets find this precious girl a good home!

Jenny - Tampa, FL

Jenny: Greyhound, Dog; Tampa, FL

Greyhound Rescue and Adoptions of Tampa Bay, Tampa, FL

 Lilly is a beagle who recently become available for adoption. The staff is getting to know her and will soon be posting more information so check back or better yet, visit me at The Anti-Cruelty Society.  Please lets find her a great home!

 Lilly - Chicago, IL

 Lilly: Beagle, Dog; Chicago, IL

The Anti-Cruelty Society, Chicago, IL

 Buddy is a Wheaten Terrier who is an owner surrender because his owner was put into hospice. He is a sweet, quiet dog that would love a forever home. He is good with children and other dogs.  Please let's find him a loving home!

Buddy- New York, NY

 Buddy: Wheaten Terrier, Dog; NY, NY

 Little Monsters Animal Rescue, NY, NY
Curly isa Bichon Frise mix who was found as a stray.  He is about 4-6 yrs old, weighs 21 lbs. Curly Moe is the happiest guy.  He's got a great personality and loves everybody. He's the whole package - likes kids and other dogs (we don't know about cats yet), and will make a great family pet. He's perhaps a little enthusiastic, and could use some help with manners - but basic obedience training will help with that. Please lets find him a good home!

 Curly Moe - Philadelphia, PA

 Curly Moe: Bichon Frise, Dog; Philadelphia, PA

PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society), Philadelphia, PA
215-238-9901 ext 30

Seth is a beautiful red wheaten Scottie boy that is approximately 18-24 months of age.  He has a high activity level due to his young age and is full of that Scottie mischief.  Please lets find him a great home!

Seth - Dallas, TX

Seth: Scottish Terrier Scottie, Dog; Dallas, TX

 Scottie Kingdom Rescue, Inc., Dallas, TX
 Jake is an English Shepard mix and is just a love.  He has the softest fur ever and a heart of gold.  Jake's a senior boy who is young at heart.  If you have it in your heart to open up your home to an amazing boy, please stop down and visit him for the shelter.  One pet and he'll win you over.  Please lets find him a loving home!

Jake - Plover, WI

 Jake: English Shepherd, Dog; Plover, WI

Humane Society of Portage County, Plover, WI

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, August 5, 2013

Monday Musings

There is such a thing as perfect weather, but here in Philadelphia it's not something we are accustomed to.  Usually it is either cold or hot, the in between has seemed to disappear throughout the years.  Until now, today has to be the most perfect summer day.  Bright sunny skies, upper 70's, no humidity and a delightful breeze!

Other than a competitive game of uno it was a rather quiet weekend. Watched a movie too....The Fighter, yes another Walhberg flick.  :)  Last week was rather busy so it felt good to just chill out. Honestly I just wanted to bask in the beautiful weather.  It's so nice to have all the windows open, and be able to sit outside enjoying nature. Planted butterfly bushes in the front of the house it's amazing to be able to sit on the porch and watch the butterflies feed on it.

Though while picking some flowers from the butterfly bush I got stung.  Never saw what stung me but sure felt it.  This was the worse sting I have experienced as it not only welled up but the stinging sensation lasted a good two days.  In fact it's turned into a red rash.  Judging from information googled it appears I got stung by a hornet or wasp, which makes sense because we have a huge nest under our high roof. Experts say as along as it's not in a high traffic area it's okay to leave it there.  Of course today it appears I may have found a wasp nest in the making under a bench in the backyard, near where I got stung.  Not sure which one stung me but would like to find some home made sting remedies.

Picked a bunch of tomatoes off the vines, which grow nicely in containers.  Even have a few peppers ready to pick. And the strawberries have even started to bloom again.  The man grilled some hot dogs for lunch, then salmon for dinner. The little one smelled all the food so she was patiently hoping and waiting for something to drop off the grill.

The man has a busy week ahead, he had two root canals today (two root canals, two weeks ago) and is scheduled to get four teeth pulled as well this week. Unfortunately he started smoking again, which isn't good and really bad for his teeth as it hinders the healing process.  He has been on strong antibiotics for weeks because of severe infections within his teeth/gum. He's smart but over the past few months I've begun to question his common sense. And feeling rather worried about him.

On another note I happened to log into twitter yesterday and noticed a bunch of arabic retweets by some account I knew I had not followed. Turns out my account was hacked, whomever hacked it decided to follow a bunch of middle eastern accounts which was rather odd.  So I promptly deleted their work, changed all my passwords and then people really not have anything better to do than hack?  Personally I could think of a million more fun things to do!  But each to their own I suppose.

Since the cooler weather has moved in little one has been exploring the neighborhood, even willing to take little walks.  Since her puppy days the little girl is not fond of walks, she would much rather play ball.  In fact, if we do try to take her for a walk it's not uncommon for her to just sit down in the street and decide she is not walking any further. So when she does venture outside I love taking photos of her in front of all the flowers.

This Monday I'm grateful for the beautiful weather, fresh produce and the beauty of mother nature.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Soul Sunday

Lately there has been a sense of being confusing situations with no answers, with individuals who feel as if they bring more hurt than happiness, fears that seem to cause a hold, circumstances that feel out of control, in others bad habits, in a lot of words but no action, in conflicting emotions and so on.  In general a sense of not knowing what to do, not feeling a clear path or purpose.

There are many ways in which we can feel stuck.  The solutions to becoming unstuck can feel hidden or lost, or maybe we just don't want to face what it takes to get unstuck.  But when I stumbled upon these words, suddenly within that stuck feeling an inspiration of sorts took hold. If felt like food for the soul. 

What perfect inspiration to share this Sunday as let's face it at one time or another we will all experience feelings of being stuck.  The key is to keep moving even if it means taking small steps, be open to change, most importantly have the courage to follow our hearts and soul. 

Life is change; it is forever moving.  Staying stuck is a choice.

For it is a choice, not a chance, that determines your destiny.  The road may be long, but it’s wide open.  As Lao Tzu once said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”  If you don’t like the way your life is at the moment, you have the choice to change it.  Actually, you owe it to yourself to change it.  But you can only shift your current situation one small step at a time.

In other words, to get through even the most difficult times and circumstances you need to take baby steps, and you must keep on stepping.

So if you feel stuck right now, it means you aren’t stepping.  And it’s probably because…

1. You haven’t taken responsibility for your circumstances.  Too many people have a habit of blaming their circumstances or mistakes on bad fate or bad luck.  Too few will admit that their situation is a direct outcome of the choices they’ve made.  In life, this is the foundation you need to correct in order to grow.  You must accept your current situation, take responsibility for it, learn from it, make the necessary changes, and move forward. 
2. You’ve given in to your fears.  If you’re doing big things and pushing for your dreams, you are bound to encounter situations that scare you and make you feel uncomfortable.  So what.  Move forward with gusto.  Remember that the extent to which we sometimes allow fear to rule our lives is truly startling and unnecessary.  Especially when you consider one very important fact about fear: It’s a total figment of your imagination.

3. You continue to ignore your calling.  What you seek, whether you realize it or not, is the actual feeling of being alive and living your life your own way.  You don’t have to satisfy everyone else.  You just have to find something to believe in, something that anchors you and keeps you looking forward, regardless of what others are doing or saying.  For it is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.

4. You’ve become accustomed to negativity.  It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.  The biggest wall you must climb is the one you have built in your mind.  If you don’t control your attitude, then it will control you.  Negative feelings are like weeds; if you don’t fully extract their roots, they will keep coming back.  So take control of your destiny.  Believe in yourself.  Ignore those who try to discourage you.  Avoid negative people, places, things, and habits.  Don’t give up, and don’t give in to consuming the garbage these negative sources are trying to feed you. 

 5. You don’t appreciate what you have.  Pause for a moment.  Breathe in slowly and deeply.  Exhale.  Feel the miracle of your breath.  And say, “Thank you.”  You probably woke up with a few aches and pains this morning, but you woke up.  You’ve seen better days, but you’ve also seen worse.  You might not have everything you want right now, but you have everything you need to move forward.  Life isn’t perfect, but it sure is good.

 6. You keep worrying about a time that no longer exists.  You can’t have a better today if you’re still thinking and worrying about yesterday.  Whatever could have been or should have been, doesn’t matter.  This moment is here and now for you to live.  It’s okay to not have all the answers yet.  In fact, you’ll never have all the answers.  Just continue the journey, focus on the present, do you best, and trust the process.

7. You keep looking for happiness outside yourself.  Enlightenment is not the accumulation of knowledge; it is the full realization of who you already are.  True wealth has nothing to do with material possessions; it is the surrender to an abundance that has no limit.  What you seek is not somewhere else at some other time; what you seek is here and now, within you.  The more you look for it outside yourself, the more it hides from you.  Relax, remember the source of your deepest desires, and allow yourself to know their fulfillment.
8. You’re still looking for the easy road.  Someday you will look back on your life and realize that everything worthwhile you’ve ever accomplished initially challenged you.  And that is as it should be, because big challenges often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary success.  Every struggle arises for a reason for experience or a lesson.  A great journey is never easy, and no dose of adversity along the way is ever a waste of time if you learn and grow from it. 

9. You need to let go and move on.  Sometimes being strong and moving on are the only choices you have.  There are some things in life that you may never completely get over.  The best you may be able to do is get through them slowly.  But that’s okay.  The struggle forward is worth the effort.  There’s still a lot of beauty left to be seen on the road ahead.

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