Monday, September 30, 2013

Monday Musing

Absolutely beautiful Fall weather here.  Sunny, temperatures in the mid seventies....if only it could stay this way.  There are moments in life you just want to freeze, weather like this is one of them.

Saturday went shopping with my mother.  Actually bought skinny jeans!  Even though most people consider me skinny I could never find a pair of skinny jeans that actually fit right.  Well Old Navy had them on sale for $19 she kept insisting I try them on.  Luckily I listened as they fit nicely.  Usually a size two in Old Navy swims on me so I buy the kid jeans.  But in the Rock Star Skinny jean because they are so skin tight I was able to fit into a size six. Though all their other skinny jeans the size zero is too tight and the size two are too big....go figure. ha  

Also on our list for shopping was a phone.  My mother needs a new mobile phone.  As a long time customer of Verizon both the man and I have been disappointed.  Yes they tout having the best coverage and most cell towers but their prices seem high compared to competitors.  And there is no leeway in negotiations for a better deal or plan. 

The Verizon representative actually admitted since Verizon thinks they are the best they feel they can charge higher prices.  He actually happened to be very nice. (much nicer than the store sales people)   Compared our plans to AT&T, T Mobile, Sprint,etc, and Verizon literally costs us at least $50 more and doesn't offer half of what the competition.  Needless to say my mother is completely undecided as to what phone or even plan she should get.

So here is a big question for any one who comes across this....who is your mobile phone provider and are you happy with them?  Also what phones would you recommend?  (please don't be shy would love to hear all thoughts on this)

Sunday was spent watching football.  Unfortunately my Falcons aren't playing well this season, there is still a lack of defense and even the offense looks very shaky this year.  Of course the man's Broncos are playing phenomenal.  With Peyton at the helm they look Super Bowl bound. 

Oh and it was the season premiere of Revenge.  Like I have mentioned I don't watch all that much tv, or well at least like that many shows but Revenge and Person of Interest are on my must watch.  Both keep you guessing and actually make you think a little as well.  It's nice being able to just get lost in something for a little.

Little one's allergies are flaring up and nothing seems to be working.  We have even added Zyrtec but it isn't helping much.  Since she was a puppy she always had severe allergies to everything, her skin is affected the most in fact she will never have a thick, full coat of fur because of it.  They have tried everything including a special diet but she still has flare ups.  Things can get crazy for her, it's why she wears t shirts sometimes because they help protect her skin.  But look at how cute she is, seriously I would do anything for her.  On that note there is some snuggling that needs to be done.  :)

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Soul Sunday

Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.

Think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.

Keep in mind nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, FL, NJ, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes!
 These  Fox Terrier puppies are sweet, calm and love children, dogs and cats.  They are house trained and smart thinkers. They will grow up to be bold, proud and focused.  They love to play and are somewhat entertaining.  They will be very responsive to positive, gentle training.  They would like a secure fenced in yard to run and play.  They are waiting for a forever home.  In the canine heart there is always hope.  Every dog deserves a safe and loving home. Please lets find these cuties a loving home!

Fox Terriers - Bells Garden, CA

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

Henry is a Hound Retriever puppy mix. Handsome Henry is a dream.  He is friendly, healthy, sweet-tempered, playful, and well-socialized with dogs, cats, and humans.  Henry is the most outgoing and people-oriented of his litter and always wants to be with people and share in their activities. He is very smart and curious about the world.  Henry is great with kids and very well behaved for his age.  He is learning basic commands and is going to be a wonderful companion for a lucky person or family.  Please lets find him a great home!
Henry -  Gainesville, FL
  Plenty of Pit Bulls
Gainesville, FL 32601
Otis is a 5 year old happy Basset Hound who loves other dogs and children.  He is house trained too.
The rescue asks all potential adopters to complete their application and approval process first so they can discuss the dogs that fit your home.  Please lets find him a good home!

Otis - Pennsville, NJ 
Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue
Pennsville, NJ 08070
Cookie is a friendly and sociable Terrier mix who is just 1 year old. This 18 pound pup has a great temperament with people and other animals. Since he has some permanent damage to his eyes with limits his vision slightly, a calm and gentle family with kids over the age of 5 is recommended. Cookie seems to be housebroken already but he might need help getting used to a new routine. Please lets find him a loving home!

Cookie - New York, NY

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

 Tweedle is a miniature poodle and super cute guy.  His owner didn't want him and gave him to animal control, but lucky for him he got out of there pretty quick and into foster care.  He is very sweet, they think he's about 5 years old and  weigh 9 lbs.  He is am a pretty chill guy and mostly just want to be with you all the time, whether it's following you around the house or curled up next to you on the couch,  just likes to be near his people. He is house trained and does well staying in a crate when alone but at night he really just wants to cuddle with you in bed. He doesn't take up much space and doesn't shed, so it works out pretty well for everyone involved.  He loves to go on walks. Strangers make him a little nervous though and it takes a bit for him to warm up. Please lets find him a great home!
Tweedle - Philadelphia, PA

PO Box 31942
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(267) 997-6451

  Brandy and Sandy are two year old Golden Retriever sisters. Sandy & Brandy are short full figured gal which are full grown at 55 lbs. They are currently on a diet and exercise routine.  Best guess is they are mini Golden Retriever mixes. The girls are always together. They enjoy relaxing, splashing around in shallow water, car rides, other dogs, the dog park, playing chase with their dog friends. They are both good girl when they get a bath, nails trimmed and ears cleaned.   Both girls are good on a leash. Sandy likes to walk behind while Brandy likes to walk in the front. They are house trained and goes to their crate on command. They are allowed to sleep where ever they want at night. Please lets find these two sisters a good home they can go to together!
 Brandy and Sandy - Arlington, TX

 Shelter2Rescue Coalition
Arlington, TX 76013
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, September 23, 2013

Monday Musings

Fall weather is officially here, and this beach girl is already missing the warm, humid air.  The dryness of the weather has me running to slather lotion on. Not sure how much lotion I go through but it's a lot.  It's always interesting how the sun slowly makes changes as well, and less daylight seems to arrive all too quickly.

It was a weekend to be outdoors.  Saturday we went to a local carnival with my niece and sister.  Not sure I have ever seen my niece so excited.  From the time she arrived at our house she kept asking if we could go.  When she got there she ran around happily enjoying herself, though so did my sister and man. They had a special so they were all able to ride unlimited rides for three hours. And my niece won her fair share of prices as well. In fact, one of the game attendants was so amazed at how she threw a dart with a spiral he let her have some free throws. Overall it was a really fun day!

With the dizziness I cannot partake in amusement rides but felt happy just seeing everyone else having so much fun. Though I did get to ride down the giant slide a few times which was great.  And of course took lots of photographs.  Though I don't like to share a lot of personal photos online I take millions of photos.  The other day I had to delete over 700 photos from my phone just to download the new IOS7 update.  The man thinks I should be a professional photographer. Wish I felt more comfortable sharing more on here.  I tend to even blur the photos of family a little when sharing.  Honestly that Catfish show, not to mention other stories online make me feel leery. Probably a little silly because I laugh when writing it but it's
the way I feel. :)

Sunday we took the little one and walked around an Art Festival.  Bringing her is like walking around with a celebrity the attention she garners is adorable.  It makes me happy for her because everyone tells her how pretty she is, how they love her little shirts and that she is so well behaved.  She lets people pet her and seems to enjoy when they talk to her. Being she cannot see it's challenging for her but she does an amazing job.

Monday has so far involved a lot of cleaning, and after a busy weekend I'm feeling tired.  The man's football team plays so it will be a late and loud evening.

On that note I need to finish up some work before I can officially just chill.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Soul Sunday

Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax.

Let your soul relax.  Just be.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Ride Through The Storm

Came upon this story on successify, written by Kris Heap and felt it was a source of inspiration meant for sharing!  Who could not use a little inspiration right?  :)

Last Tuesday morning I hopped on my bike for my early morning bike ride. I leave my house at 5 am so it is pretty dark out. I couldn’t see any clouds and the streets were dry but as I pulled out of my driveway, I could see lightening far to the north of me and also way down to the south. I figured that they were storms that had passed during the night and that I would have no problem on my ride. (I could write a whole other post about paying attention to the warning signs life gives us.)

For the first 10 miles of he ride,everything was perfect and I really enjoyed the cool morning air. Then the streets started getting really wet and it was obvious a lot of rain had recently hit the area. But I pressed on. (Again, future blog post about ignoring the warning signs out of stubbornness). At exactly the half way point in my route, it started sprinkling, the raining, and then torrential downpour. It was coming down so hard that I could hardly see more than 20 feet in front of me. There were rivers of muddy water flowing across the road, sweeping debris everywhere.

I don’t like riding in the rain. In fact, I find it pretty miserable. At that moment I got off my bike, in kind of a bad mood, and thought, “This really sucks. I don’t want to be here. I don’t like being drenched and I really don’t want to ride the next 12 miles back home through this.”

But then the thought came to me, “What else are you going to do? You are in the middle of a storm and it sucks but what are you going to do about it? You can’t just sit here complaining about it as it gets worse and worse. You can’t just give up, throw your bike in a ditch and curl up in a ball on the side of the road. The only way to get through the storm is to get on your bike and ride through it.”

And so I did. I got back on my bike and started pedaling, fully expecting to get a flat tire or be washed away by a flash flood. Now I’m a pretty positive guy so I’d love to tell you that once I got going my attitude changed and I found a new love for riding in the rain…but that’s not what happened. I disliked every minute of that ride up the long hill back to my house.

But you know, even though I was riding pretty slow I eventually rode out the other side of that storm. Just as quickly as it had started, the rain stopped. An when I got to the top of the hill I had a great view of the entire valley. The sky was absolutely beautiful as the sunrise hit the clouds covering the city. And directly below me there was that one dark cloud formation, just sitting there soaking the area I had come from. It was like one renegade cloud had just decided to try and ruin my day. It reminded me of Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh who often had that small dark rain cloud following him around.

The point is that on this side of the storm, the morning was beautiful. The colors in the sky were gorgeous, the temperature was perfect, and apart from my soaked clothing, I felt great. Riding through the storm sucked. Having ridden through a storm and made it out the other side was awesome.

Life hands us rainstorms from time to time. Sometimes we are riding along pretty smoothly and then all of a sudden it seems like everything is falling apart. Some rainstorms last a day and some last years, but they often come into our life without warning. When those storms come, you have a decision to make.
What are you going to do?

Will you sit there and complain about how life isn’t fair and this should never have happened to you? Will you do nothing and hope that the storm passes on its own? Will you give up, call it quits, and curl up in a ball in the corner? Or will you get back on your bike and ride through the storm.

One way or another, you have to get back home. You have to get through the storm and get to the good stuff on the other side. And the only option that will get you there is to move forward. The quickest way to get through the storms of life is to turn your face into the wind and rain and move right through them.

One of my favorite authors/speakers is a man named Rory Vaden, who wrote the book Take the Stairs. He shares an example of this when he talks about the difference between the cows and buffalo in northern Colorado. When a rainstorm moves in along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the cows in the pasture will start to run away from the rain. Since they can’t move faster than the storm, running in the same direction causes them to spend the maximum amount of time getting wet.

The buffalo, on the other hand, will turn their face directly into the wind and run into the storm and then out the other side, thereby minimizing the amount of time they have to be in the rain.

If you have to pass through life’s storms anyway, the quickest way to get through it is to point your face into the storm and move through it with determination, so you can come out the other side as soon as possible. If you try to run from your problems, you will only maximize the amount of time you have to deal with them.

Don’t be a cow! Don’t be the person that sits there complaining about how life is always unfair for you. Don’t be scared of the storms that come into your life. You are strong enough to overcome them all.

Recognize the storm, decide where you want to go, and then get back on your bike and ride. I promise that almost all of the good things in life are waiting on the other side of some challenging weather. Winston Churchill said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going!”

Remember, in any crisis there are really only two things you can control:

#1 – Your attitude
#2 – Your effort

If you get those two in the right place, everything else will fall into place.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Woof Wednesday

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

 Wally is a white, 1 - 2 year old, 20 lb., Westie/Terrier/possible Corgi mix. Such a sad story...their mom lost her house due to forclosure and brought her 2 dogs into the city shelter. She was crying and the dogs were crying when she left Wally and his brother there (Wally's brother got adopted). Wally gets along great with other dogs and cats. He's young and has a lot of energy. He loves to run and play with other dogs and we must place him with another dog around his age and size. He needs a calm, loving environment. He is very affectionate, sweet and adorable. Wally is healthy, housetrained, neutered, current on all vaccines, and micro-chipped. Adoption only open to Southern California residents. An adoption application must be filled out prior to anyone meeting any of our dogs. We do not adopt any of our dogs to households with children under 10 years old. Please lets find this little guy a loving home!

Wally - Marina Del Ray

 Death Row Dogs Rescue
Marina Del Rey, CA 90295
(818) 380-1219
Wilma is now known as Chelsea. She is a Yellow Labrador Retriever mix who is looking for her new family. She has been in the Cell Dog Training Program for the past five weeks and only has a few more weeks before she will be on the hunt for hopefully you! She is a great girl but will need to probably be in an only dog home. She loves people and likes other dogs but at home she gets jealous. Somebody invested almost $700 in me so I have some more manners, am crate trained, and can walk on a leash very nicely! Her ideal family probably won't have kids. Go to website listed below for information on how to adopt her. Please let's find her a great home! 

Wilma - Westminster, CO

  Mile High Labrador Retriever Mission
PO Box 1975
Broomfield, CO 80038

 Jim Mason is a 3 year old Greyhound.  He is one amazingly handsome red boy with huge brown eyes that are very expressive. He has funny ears in that they can't seem to figure out which way they want to land. He is extremely snuggly and if possible, loves to sit near or next to you.He gets along with other dogs . He respects their space and at times is playful with them. He walks really well on a leash along with other dogs.  He also can be vocal after he eats and stretches out and gets all comfy on a dog bed. It's pretty darn cute. He loves taking treats from your hand but is not quite sure what toys are. It's fun to see him blossom everyday with each discovery. All in all he is a beautiful boy. He is very sweet and loving.  Please lets find him a good home!

 Jim Mason - Cherry Hill, NJ

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

 Romo is a sweet and friendly Maltese mix who weighs just 10 pounds. This 6 year old little guy seems to get along with other dogs and he can probably live with cats as well. Since he is small and slightly timid with strangers, a calm and gentle family with kids over the age of 5 is recommended. Romo seems to be housebroken already but he might need help getting used to a new routine. Please lets find him a loving home!

Romo - Manhattan, NY

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

Chance is a Terrier mix who was found as a stray.  He is a great little guy who really, really wants to be in a home. When we first saw him at Animal Control, his sad eyes drew our attention immediately, and when we opened his cage, he flew straight into our arms and began kissing us. This dude will be a great dog for a family, although perhaps some lessons in manners might be a good idea. Please lets find him a great home!

Chance #A20967619  - Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-298-9680  ext. 16.

These two sweethearts are Bichon Frise who are around 7 years old. This bonded pair love each other and the rescue is requesting they be adopted together. Please lets find them a good home!

Baby and Teddy - Waco, TX

Fuzzy Friends Rescue
6321 Airport Road
Waco, TX 76643
(254) 754-9444

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, September 17, 2013

Monday Musings

A week of Summer like weather turned into chilly Fall like weather by the weekend.

The niece came over for a little bit, and she had her first soccer game this weekend.  Watching little kids play soccer is so awesome.  Some are really into it, others easily distracted.  At that age they don't quite understand all the ins and outs of the actual sport, so it tends to be a bunch of kids all chasing the ball. There is no official goalie at that age either.

They were having trouble deciding on a name for their team my niece wanted green elephants, others came up with ninjas, turtles, lizards, and so on but they could not all agree. The coach didn't seem to know what to do. So I piped up and said how about Eagles. Don't you know that's the name they went with! ha

We all had a good laugh over the fact that I game up with the name. It got me thinking maybe I should volunteer to coach little kids sports. Not because of getting to choose a name but because my sister said they need volunteers especially proactive, organized ones.  Hmmmm.....maybe.

The overall week was a rather trying one.  A conversation with the man's mother left me feeling a little down.  Not to mention xanax prescribed by the doctor for mri tests went missing. When you have a recovering addict in the house that is not exactly a good thing, just going to leave it at that for now.

Meanwhile the man went and spent $200 on a football ticket.  He still has many bills that need to be paid so I felt upset he would choose a game over paying a bill.  He is not exactly proactive when it comes to such stuff.  Owning any kind of business that generates substantial income requires quarterly taxes be paid, if not you get penalties and a huge bill come April. (on average around 30% of income goes to taxes)   He doesn't do this and ends up owing come tax season.  The more taxes he owes each tax season, the harder it's going to become for him to ever pay it off.  As much as I try to help him it's of little use unless he starts taking responsibility for it, his spending and finding ways to pay off the debt. None the less it can feel stressful.

Which brings me to a great quote a friend posted this morning "Your life is a result of the choices you make.  If you don't like your life it is time to start making better choices" 

Something to think about for sure. 

Haven't exactly been getting great sleep lately.  The man now stays up late and turns out some kind of animal is in our bedroom wall.  The scratching and clawing starts in the wee hours of the morning, and it's loud.  Not sure what is exactly in there nor how to go about getting it out. We don't have an attic in this house the bedroom is where the attic would be, so trying to figure out where the thing is getting in at. But did put one of those plug in rodent repellents in the room yesterday and the sound disappeared.  Whether it stays like that or not is another story.  If it works I'm buying one for the basement too!

Yesterday I had a big dizzy spell while watching tv so think it's probably a good idea not to spend too much time on the computer.  Yet it feels good to write my thoughts. Sometimes thoughts, like feelings, get pent up with no where to go and being able to write them out can be such a release of sorts.

Must also mention that Angel and my niece got matching t shirts.  Yes my little one fits into children size small t shirts.  Her allergies are really bothering her, so to protect her skin we have found wearing t shirts helps.  Well my niece was so excited to get matching shirts.  While everyone else was posting back to school photos of their kids, Angel wanted me to post a photo of her in her new shirt! (there is a super cute photo of her and my niece wearing them together too)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Soul Sunday

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. 

Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.

Life isn't about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing them self.

Wednesday, September 11, 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!

Marty is a young male Airedale Terrier who is sitting at animal services hoping for a family.  Please lets find this guy a loving home!

Marty A1549652 - Bonita, CA

San Diego County Department of Animal Services - South Shelter
5821 Sweetwater Road
Bonita, CA 91902
(619) 263-7741

This sweet Cocker Spaniel mix doesn't even have a name but she would love a family.  Please lets find her a great home!

 A1550466 - Bonita, CA

 San Diego County Department of Animal Services - South Shelter
5821 Sweetwater Road
Bonita, CA 91902
(619) 263-7741

Keeper Drive Gal, who answers to Bridget, is a real flirt. What a personality! She very affectionate but not pushy about it. This gorgeous 3 year old loves people but no cats.  Please lets find her a good home!

Bridget - Cherry Hill, NJ

Greyhound Friends of NJ, Inc.
PO BOX 4416
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034-0669
(732) 356-4370
Curly is a sweet and friendly Poodle mix who is just 1 year old. This 11 pound boy can be a little shy with new people, but he quickly warms up and becomes affectionate and playful! Curly seems to get along with other dogs and he can probably live with cats as well. Since he is small and slightly timid, a calm and gentle family with kids over the age of 5 is recommended. Curly seems to be housebroken already but he might need help getting used to a new routine. Please lets find him a loving home!

Curly - New York, NY

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

  Donkey Kong is so silly, they thought  he should have a silly name too.  He is 8 months old, pure bred and about 65 lbs, so he'll be a big boy - his owners couldn't keep him because they said their house was too small for him.   My foster mom is working on training with him (especially walking nicely on a leash and house training/crate training) and is a smart boy so he is picking things up, but will need continued training in his new home.  He loves being with people and will follow you all around.  He is pretty energetic and fun, so he would like an active home.  Please lets find him a great home!

Donkey Kong - Philadelphia, PA

PO Box 31942
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(267) 997-6451

 Tebow is a sweet boy, who is really a cutie. He is afraid of men but is working on it. With some special love and care sure he will grow to trust them, but he needs someone special who will love him and want to help him trust again.  He really loves women though.  He is  heartworm positive but is in very good health and has  been on monthly heartworm prevention since his arrival at The Sanctuary. Please lets find this little guy a good home!

Tebow - Liverpool, TX
Noah's Ark Bayou Sanctuary
P.O. Box 307
Liverpool, TX 77577
(281) 330-5238

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!
d, loving homes!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Monday Musings

This Monday it's hard to believe Fall is upon us, where did Summer go.

Summer was interesting though it wasn't exactly how I imagined.  I'm an idealists of sorts, not to mention romantic, so I tend to create all these great scenarios in my head.  Might even make a great writer if I could eloquently express all those thoughts into a condensed, organized form. But usually my thoughts are much grander than I can find ways to express them in words. ha

Since the man was home thought for sure there would be many days spent at the beach but in fact there were none. Thought maybe he would feel inspired to do things, to have fun, to enjoy the warm summer days doing outdoor stuff together but instead he spent much of it sleeping or zoning to tv.  When he resigned in May it was not how I imagined Summer. Thought he would use those months productively, actively seeking out new jobs, working on himself, making positive changes, just doing stuff, etc.. Overall his lackadaisical ways felt rather confusing at times.

On the other hand, got to spend more time with my niece than ever imagined for that I am grateful.   Getting to play with her this summer was amazing and fun beyond words!  We biked, skateboarded, danced, climbed jungle gyms, had fashion shows, etc., and for someone who suffers from dizzy spells the mere fact I was able to do those things felt like a miracle. There are days walking a straight line around the block are tough so being able to do that stuff was like icing on the cake.  Plus, I got to spend time with my mother and sister as well which was just as awesome!

The weather was amazing, even though they claim it was the rainiest summer in history I thought it was rather perfect.  There were plenty of beautiful sunny days, with temperatures in the eighties and low humidity.  The flowers were beautiful and the vegetables seemed to flourish. Surrounded by the beauty of nature made sitting on the porch feel like a little slice of paradise.

Though may not have accomplished as much as I desired it's okay.  I learned to put things in better perspective. To try to appreciate the present moment more.

Just know I'm not ready for Summer to be over.   Need more warm weather days, flowers blossoming, beach days, gardening, sitting on the porch, fresh vegetables, grilling and all that other good stuff of Summer.  And more of these....

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Soul Sunday

Promise Yourself....

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you. ~Christian Larson


Thursday, September 5, 2013


So the other day I came across this great post from Life of Bon on blogging.  In many ways I could relate to what she wrote, and probably even add a few things as well.  It's interesting as it comes at a time in which I have felt rather disillusioned with blogging. It's tough as just like everything else in life blogs change as people change. 

If I went back even fifteen years I'm sure my blog would be so very different as I was always on the go.  Can only imagine what I would have been writing about back then, probably would have been all about my travels.  Or to have even had the blog back in the high school or during college, how interesting it would be to look back on thoughts recorded during those various ages, stages and learning periods of life.  All the highs, lows and in between.

Blogging can be something some days I struggle with.  As when I first created my blog I considered it to be a journal of sorts.  A place I could come to write about whatever was going on in my life or even the world, a way to express all those feelings, ideas, opinions and thoughts I tend to have. But occasionally as time goes on one can find themselves filtering what they write, occasionally worrying about what others or even a particular someone might think and so on. That's when the posts feel not as authentic, and in a sense may even become a little more generic.

Sometimes writing the truth can feel too personal.  Yet I never want to think I have to filter anything I write either. It would be great if blogger could offer options for individual posts, such as share it or keep private....similar to how facebook allows people to control who sees what.  The past few years have presented challenges I never quite imagined, ones I want to write about but which might not be the most uplifting of posts either.  That's where feeling too personal can come into play as well.

I've seen all kinds of blogging advice....don't talk about sensitive topics, don't write about anything too personal, nor negative, keep it happy, interesting and relationships in a fairytale light. Which sounds like a bunch of pretend, nonsense at times.  A blog is a blog, each should be unique and represent who the individual is not who society wants them to be.  Does that make sense?

Think the best advice is the simplest.....just be yourself. Be original.  Life is too short to pretend to be someone you are not.  As Dr Seuss says and which happens to be one of my favorite quotes “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” Listen to the voice of your soul above all others and just write from that place.  Don't worry about followers, money, others opinions, or whatever else, just write because it feels good!

And maybe the best advice of all....don't get caught up in comparing as those perfect lives that you are reading about are probably are not so perfect behind the scenes. Oh so maybe a few really are but most have their imperfections just like the next.

Honestly when I first started I knew little about blogging, nor the blogging community.  In some ways I was naive assuming not many people even read blogs.  In the beginning I didn't even understand one could make a blog private.  Even when I found out it could be made private I still opted to keep it public. Not sure why but maybe it was the notion that someone out there might be able to relate to something I wrote and in that a friendship could be formed, or even somehow help others. 

The fact that I do talk about personal stuff or give my opinions, has at times made me question whether it should be public or private.  But then I always come back to what if something I write helps someone? Or just opens others mind?  Or simply allows me to make a new friend?  And then of course I started a weekly post to help rescue shelter dogs so I need the publics help for that. 

Of course there are those moments when I wonder what people think when they read my blog?  It's so crazy to think that strangers read small excerpts of my life and draw conclusions based on that, know what I mean?  I worry sometimes that I don't include more well rounded posts about every aspect of my life.  And while this might sound a little ocd, there are times when I'm rather apprehensive to talk about any good stuff suppose in a sense I'm afraid talking about it will somehow take it away.  Which might sound a tad silly but I'm quirky like that. :)

And after watching shows like Catfish on mtv I even feel apprehensive to post personal photos as who knows who will come across them.  I don't know how other bloggers post so many photos of their kids or even themselves, as I get worried when posting even one photo of my niece.  Always thought photos were safe with a watermark across them until I came across an article saying that even that can be undone.  So basically nothing is safe that gets posted on the internet, it could end up anywhere.  

On the other hand I enjoy blogging.  I like writing, even if it's not Pulitzer prize material. Expressing my feelings, thoughts and whatever else feels liberating and refreshing.  I'm not exactly out to make money with my blog, frankly with all the blogs out there I'm surprised there is even money to be made.  But I do enjoy making friends, learning about people and hope that maybe something I write might help someone somewhere as well.

Plus I enjoy finding blogs I connect with, like blogs that open my mind or teach me new things, and love reading about the way other people live.  And appreciate those bloggers who take the time to respond to a comment, write a personal email and do those little things as well.

Not exactly sure where I'm going with this post, it's more like a bunch of random thoughts about blogging.  Guess after reading that post on blogging it just got me thinking. :)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Woof Wednesday

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

Meet Gus, a 2 year old Westie who is just the sweetest, well behaved guy.  He loves all people, other dogs and belly rubs.  He is a real looker after being dumped by his previous owners at the pound he sat neglected and filthy for weeks.  He is now out of there and safe with us while he patiently waits for his forever loving home.  Could you be his lucky new family?  Please lets find this little guy a loving home!
Gus -  Sun Valley, Ca
 People Loving Pets Rescue
11159 Fleetwood St
Sun Valley, CA 91352
This little Welsh Corgi is sitting in animal control shelter in desperate need of a family.  Please lets find him a great home!
Pembroke A1413870 -  Los Angeles, CA
 South Los Angeles Animal Care and Control Center
3612 11th Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90018
(888) 452-7381
Cooper is a petite, very pretty girl.  She's very friendly, outgoing, a real leaner and calm, a real charmer.  Cooper is 3 years old and cat tolerant with supervision. She sustained a broken leg in Florida that was surgically repaired there.  She's doing great and is healed and ready for her forever home. Please lets find him a good home!
 Cooper - Cherry Hill, NJ
  Greyhound Friends of NJ, Inc.
PO BOX 4416
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034-0669
(732) 356-4370
8 lb Destiny and her life mate, 16 lb Tiny were dropped off by their human at NYC Animal Care and Control. Although described by their abandoner as friendly with strangers and children, easy to walk, and housebroken (all of which is true), they were on the list to be euthanized. Instead now live to await a family who will care for and adore them the rest of their lives, no matter what. They are splendid dogs, active and engaging seniors, and both will have their teeth cleaned as part of their adoption fee. Please lets find them a loving home!

Destiny and Tiny - New York, NY 

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

Bear is a delightful poodle mix, between 2-4 years old, 15 lbs, who has just arrived at the shelter. He's good with other dogs, cats and kids. Bear was surrendered to the shelter by his owners who could no longer take care of him. Please lets find him a great home!
Bear #A20837402  - Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-298-9680, ext. 16
Bella is a Beagle and listed as urgent.  She is housebroken, good with children, other dogs and cats.  Please lets find her a good home!

Bella 12-5215- Manning, SC

Animal Shelter of Clarendon County
Manning, SC 29102
(803) 473-7075
 This handsome gentleman is Frost. He's a real peoples dog. Meaning he gets along great with all the other dogs in his foster family, but what he really wants is a person to call his own. He is a terrier mix, who is fully grown, around 12-15 pounds and sweet as can be! He is working on his crate and leash training in his foster home and doing quite well. Please lets find him a loving home!
Frost - Austin, TX
 Homeward Bound Dog Rescue
2305 Berry Hill Circle
Austin, TX 78745
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, September 2, 2013

Monday Musings

After a very hot, humid week storms have taken over here.  Though they caused me to cut short my walk this morning, one cannot complain as the cool breeze and rain feel great!

Saturday I had an amazing day with family, the girls went to lunch and then shopping.  It was a lot of fun and full of laughs.  It feels good to laugh, the kind of laugh that left my niece asking why the tears.  Not sure when the last time I have laughed as hard.  We ate at a place called Kitchen Bar, the menu had a great variety and the food was delicious. 

When it came to shopping my niece wanted to be pushed around in one of those two seat child extender carts.  Well guess who she wanted sitting next to her? Luckily I'm tiny as I not only fit on the cart but my sister was able to push it. ha (those carts are beasts to fit around the clothing racks, luckily the racks have wheels so they can be moved around) The store probably thought we were all nuts but that's okay because we had too much fun to care!

Sunday I put together a bookshelf as the man lounged on the couch. Actually the man hasn't really left the couch much in over a week. (and he wonders why he feels sore)  But back to bookshelf, we have one office room which has run out of storage options. Luckily there was room for another bookshelf.  Though maybe I should have bought the taller one as the shelves are already filled. Organizing the office room is challenging to say the least.   Overall the day felt like a let down compared with all the fun the previous day.

And while working on a new recipe today I got a little lazy, instead of using two hands and pot handlers to take a pan out of the oven I only used one.  Well the hot pan fell back and got my other hands wrist.  So of course I sustained a nasty burn, two hours of icing, fresh aloe vera and now a bandage around it have done little to alleviate the pain or swelling.  Since any movement is just intensifying the pain think that's a sign to give it a rest. 

A little American Ninja Warrior tonight, those athletes on that show are amazing!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Soul Sunday

Change your thoughts and you change your world.  One is but the product of their thoughts what they think, they becomes.

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.

Throughout your lifetime people will upset you, disrespect you, and treat you poorly. Let them be; let karma deal with the cruel things they have done. Hatred and negativity filling your heart and mind will only consume your potential. You will begin to heal and grow emotionally when you let go of these past hurts, excuse the people who have wronged you, and forgive yourself for your misjudgments.

 As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.

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