Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving,
For the beauties 
and abundance of the earth,
for family near and far,
for friends old and new,
for the gift of each brand new day
and the chance to make a difference,
Let us give thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, NY, PA, TX and WI all in need of good, loving homes!
Benny is a West Highland Terrier mix who is sitting in animal control hoping to find a family soon.  To find out more about him contact the shelter.  Please lets find him a loving home!
 Benny - Van Nuys, CA

 East Valley Animal Care and Control Center
14409 Vanowen Street
Van Nuys, CA 91405
(888) 452-7381
 Powder Puff is a mature gal who has come along way since they rescued her out of a local shelter where she was on death row.  She has recedntly had a teeth cleaning along with a few teeth pulled (ouch!).  Power Puff is up to date on all of her vaccines and is ready to spend time with some lucky person.  Please lets find her a great home!
 Powder Puff - Redlands, CA
 Arrowhead Animal Protection League
912 New York St. Suite A
(909) 213-7373
 Misty is an 8 week old Boxer/Labrador mix, and she's desperate for a forever family. She's as playful, sweet, and adorable as any puppy you could imagine. She gets along wonderfully with every person and animal she meets. She loves chasing toys, frolicking around with her puppy siblings, and passing out in your lap.  This dog was recently rescued from a kill shelter in Tennessee and will arrive in New York in early DecemberIf interested please submit an application at Please lets find her a good home!
Misty- New York, NY
 Social Tees Animal Rescue
325 East 5th Street
New York, NY 10003
 Frankie is a Shepard mix around 1-2 yrs old who was surrendered to the shelter because his owners could no longer care for him.  He is a lovable pup who will find his way into your heart with his playfulness and lovable nature. Frankie is good with other dogs, kids, and cats. Frankie suffers from separation anxiety, so he should have an owner who is home much of the time and has a support system available to take care of him when he or she must be away. Frankie is a frequent participant in our dog playgroups and enjoys socializing with the other shelter dogs. The rescue team has all fallen in love with his innocent, goofy personality and they know you will too. Please lets find him a loving home!
Frankie - Philadelphia, PA
 Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-298-9680, ext. 16.
Pebbles is a Dachshund mix who is 11 weeks old and 4 lbs.  She is cute, fun, playful and cuddly.  Pebbles is an all around darling gal.  She has spent time in a home with other dogs, and plays sweetly with all of them. Good with dogs, cats and children. Please lets find her a great home!
Pebbles - Plano, TX
 Second Chance SPCA
1700 J Avenue
Plano, TX 75074
(972) 424-0077
 Banana is a Labrador Retriever who is 8 months old and 33 lbs.  Someone decided to throw him out.  He wandered the streets for a while, hence why he is rather skinny and needs to put on some weight.  He was scared of other dogs at the pound at first but warmed up quickly.  He has a great personality, enjoys playing and snuggling. Please lets find him a good home!

Banana - Saukville, WI
 Tail Waggers 911
121 W. Niesen Dr.
Saukville, WI 53080
(262) 268-7031
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, November 26, 2013

Second Opinions

If you follow my blog you know I have received second, third and even more opinions regarding the dizzy spells....with pretty much each specialist giving a different opinion or theory as to the cause.  Even so I would suggest to anyone experiencing any kind of ailment that it's always good and even helpful to get other opinions.

So it should be no surprise that a visit to the dentist today resulted in a difference of opinion from the other dentist I saw back in Spring.  Back then the dentist informed me I needed two root canals, two crowns or could opt to have the two back teeth pulled.  Given my dental phobia it sent me into a major panic at the time, not to mention the cost was something I simply could not afford.

Fast forward to the present, finally secured dental insurance which may not be the best plan but it's better than nothing.  Found this new dentist in my insurance plan's directory.  His perspective happened to be completely different.  He felt there was decay in the one tooth but that he could go in remove decay, seal it up and crown it.  Though he did say if the root didn't look healthy it's possible a root canal may need to be done.  The tooth next to it he felt needs to be cleaned out, old filling removed and new one put in.  It was surprising as the previous dentist acted like there was no hope for either tooth.

And it's yet another great example of how different opinions can and do matter.

Overall this dentist seemed to have a lot more input and suggestions than the other.  Since I have  dental fears, which mainly center around Novocaine, he also felt the more on top of things he could stay the less serious stuff he would have to do. 

For instance my bottom two teeth have slight decay so he wants to try to take it off the top and seal it up to try to prevent what happened to the top teeth.  Which makes me wonder why the first dentist suggested more drastic measures and why didn't she suggest such preventatives?  Of course the skeptic in me also thinks maybe this new dentist is trying to make more money or does he seriously care about doing all he can to help?  It's just interesting because he had much more detailed advice, input and suggestions.

In reality second opinions can feel confusing too because if they do have differences of opinion, which one is essentially right?

How to decide becomes the even bigger question. When I googled those sentiments this is what I found.
  1. Research your options
  2. Ask trusted advisors
  3. Step back and look at the big picture
  4. Evaluate the pros and cons of each option
  5. Play with best and worst case scenarios
  6. Ask for wisdom
  7. Check within for the answer
  8. Set aside the voice of fear
  9. Trust yourself and move forward
  10. Acknowledge yourself for doing your best
And suppose if a decision is really a struggle one could wait to give it more time until they feel confident in their decision or just leave it to chance by flipping a coin.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Monday Musings

So the frigid, arctic air is upon us here in Philadelphia which means I've begun contemplating the pros and cons of moving somewhere that has a year round warm climate.  The exact moments I pine to be back living in San Diego, or at least be a millionaire who could afford to keep their heat at 75. Anyone living in a warm climate feel free to extend an invitation this way.  :)

Seriously though my hands and feet seem perpetually cold. I'm constantly rubbing my hands together or blowing on them hoping to some how warm them up.  Bought a Vornado space heater but the electricity in our little cottage is so old that it blew a circuit.  Some of the sockets have been fixed but basically the whole house needs to be rewired and more powerful individual circuits added.

Love the charm of older homes but they do require a fair amount of work.  Things such as electricity, plumbing, insulation and the foundation are amongst the things that often need to be updated.

Our weekend involved a play date with the niece on Saturday which always is full of fun.  Sunday  morning consisted lots of wash and cleaning, followed by snuggling under a blanket while watching football.  The man was so disappointed with the Broncos loss to the Patriots that he seems to be still sulking.  Little one is still experiencing a lot of skin problems even after a week of medicine and at least two baths per week her belly is smelly and wet.  At times she seems to perplex the vets.

Mean while thought I might have a guest video spot on The Talk today but it seemed to turn into more of an odd fiasco than anything which I will explain in further detail tomorrow.  As got a list of things that have to get to this Monday. 

Of course I have to share a photo of little one trying to stay warm in this frigid weather.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Soul Sunday

Inspiration for life.

 Growth and Change

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~Anaïs Nin

Discontent is the principal necessity of positive growth, but only if you do something constructive with it. Without deviation from what you’ve been doing, progress is not possible. Don’t be someone who goes through greater lengths to avoid change than you do to obtain what you desire. You must define and embrace the necessary changes that move you forward.

Your life will begin to improve when you define precisely what ‘improve’ means to you. The agonies and frustrations will start to ease only when you have something real and positive to replace them with. Be specific. Happiness is not a goal, it’s the result of a life well lived. The question is: How do you want to live going forward?

To effectively move away from an unfavorable situation, you must decide exactly where you wish to go. Create a formidable intention for yourself, and feed that intention with the passion and energy that’s in your desire for change. Go beyond your discontent for what is, and instead focus on imagining and creating the best of what’s possible. Clearly know where you wish to go, and then take the first real step that gets you there.

Problems and Opportunities

“What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every difficulty has an opportunity.” ~ J Sidlow Baxter

Truth be told, you have to create more opportunities than you are handed in this world, and you have to design them with your own blood, sweat and tears. The effort, however, is well worth it.

There’s no shortage of problems waiting to be addressed. When you see problems piled on top of problems, and when there seems to be no end to the work that must be done in order to resolve them, what are you really seeing? You’re looking at a mountain of opportunity. You’re looking at a situation in which you can truly make a difference. You’re looking at an environment where you can reach great heights by raising the stakes and pulling the reality of what’s possible along with you.

When you look at a problem, but see opportunity instead, you become a powerful source that transforms grief into greatness.

Hard Work and Achievement

“It shouldn’t be easy to be amazing. Then everything would be. It’s the things you fight for and struggle with before earning that have the greatest worth. When something’s difficult to come by, you’ll do that much more to make sure it’s even harder or impossible to lose.” ~Sarah Dessen

There is no shortcut to a great achievement. There is no substitute for doing the work. Meditate on this every day: “I will do the work.” As Einstein once said, “Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work.” You must run to be a runner. You must write to be a writer. You must actively work on a business venture to learn how to run a successful business.

By all means, find ways to be more efficient in your work. But make no mistake that it takes diligent effort to build something worthwhile. There are certainly some success stories out there about people who excelled rather quickly, but you will usually find they had put in years of related work long before anyone was paying attention to their seemingly rapid success. In other words, their current state of achievement is simply all those years of work coming together flawlessly in the present.

Put in the required effort. Plan your work every morning, and then diligently work your plan every day.


"Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.” ~Paulo Coelho
 Lack of focus, not lack of ability, is the most common problem that holds people back from their potential. We all have strengths and difficulties, and we all have the same twenty four hour days and seven day weeks to work with. If you find it difficult to deal with where you are, or how life is treating you, it’s time to change your focus.

Start focusing on what you want going forward. Set a specific goal, keep your routine centered on it, and you’ll find the strength to move steadily in a positive direction. When you focus on the right thing, even the difficult steps will seem easier. The burdens of the moment become much more bearable when you connect with the purpose behind them.

Your time, energy, and resources will get used no matter how well you focus them. By choosing to focus properly, you get the highest return for the efforts you invest in your life.

 Positive Thinking

Our thoughts about what we are and what we can be precisely determine what we can be.” ~Anthony Robbins 

The reality you live through daily is a process of your thinking. You are essentially who you design yourself to be most of what you experience is the direct result of your own creation. This reality cannot be changed without first changing your thinking.

Yes, there are lots of inherent events in life that occur completely independently of you birth, death, loss, sickness, aging, and unexpected changes of all kinds but these life events do not have to cause ongoing confusion and suffering. They happen, you experience a little stress, you adjust, and you move forward. The problem occurs when you don’t adjust and move forward, when your mind clings to these events in a negative light and intensifies their significance into perpetuity. If your mind does this, of course, it completely overlooks the subtle feelings of excitement, adventure, love, and joy that come from the essence of overcoming a new challenge.

Bottom line: 99% of the time the discontent and frustration you feel is entirely your own creation. If you dwell on the positive thoughts and possibilities at least as much as you dwell on negative thoughts and painful emotions, life’s challenges help you improve your reality.


“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

No matter what you’re going to make mistakes; it’s an unavoidable truth. But the good news is, if you follow your heart and intuition, the mistakes you make will be steps in the right direction. Just because you fail once at something doesn’t mean you’re going to fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on and believe in yourself. Keep your head held high, your chin up, and above all, smile, because the most beautiful part of it all is that there’s so much left to smile about.

Life is what you make it. It’s a wild rollercoaster. Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does. And then just when you think it can’t get any better, it does. Every day is a beautiful mystery. Let go of yesterday’s mistakes and enjoy the mystery as it unfolds today.


“For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.” ~Henry W. Longfellow

What you must realize is that you don’t really need more time; you just need to appreciate life in the current time. It’s a beautiful and bitter way of thinking all at once. If you don’t have what you want now, you don’t have what you want, but you still have a lot. Be thankful for what is; and also be thankful for what has not yet come to you, for that means there are still many possibilities available to you.

Find peace in the thought that you can’t ever have it all or know it all. You are always just a fraction of the whole. For if you weren’t, there would be nothing more to experience. Value what you know, and also value the countless things you don’t yet understand. For in what you do not understand, there is the joy of growth.

Life will always be incomplete and a bit asymmetrical. Realize this and embrace it. Be happy and sad at the same time, be hungry and thankful at the same time, be nervous and excited at the same time, and be okay with it.

Confidence and Beliefs

“Sometimes beautiful things come into our lives out of nowhere. We can’t always understand them, but we have to trust in them. I know you want to question everything, but sometimes it pays to just have a little faith.” ~Lauren Kate

Believe in yourself through tough times. Believe in your capacity to succeed. Believe that your relationships are worth the effort. Believe that people make mistakes on their way to greatness. Believe that people can be foolish and intelligent, selfish and generous, and stressed and happy all at once. Believe that very few people hurt others on purpose. Believe that there are many roads to what’s right. Believe in your intuition, especially when you have to choose between two good paths. Believe that the answers are out there waiting. Believe that life will surprise you again and again. Believe that the journey is the destination. Believe that it’s all worth your while.

The Present Moment

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” ~Mother Teresa

Regardless of what’s happened in the past or what might happen in the future, it’s being here now that’s important. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t edit it; we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if it will ever come.

This moment right now is your life. Say yes to it. Don’t ignore it by pretending that you’re living in some other time and place. You aren’t doing so is impossible. The only life you can live is the only life there is the moment you are in right now. Ignoring this fact is reckless. Ignoring it is denying reality, and denying reality is rejecting the entire process of living.

Start paying attention to the present. Start paying attention to your life. Right now, say yes to the life you‘re living and notice how it starts to flow with you rather than against you. From 1,000 Little Things

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Movember Mustache

The official Movember mustache is back! Check out to get involved in raising awareness and funds for men's health issues. 

While I'm not exactly fond of mustaches or a lot of facial hair I do admire the man for growing one each year to help such a great cause. It's something that has directly affected his family so there is a strong sentimental value as well.  

It's a good reminder that men of all ages should have regular physicals and focus on creating healthy lifestyles. So spread the word and get those special men in your life to schedule a wellness visit.


Wednesday, November 20, 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!

 Crystal is a Terrier/Chihuahua mix brought to the shelter in an emergency c section this baby was surrendered when they owner having no money just walked away. Saving as many puppies as possible she and her puppies are now available for adoption. Please lets find her a loving home!

Crystal - Los Angeles, CA

  The Pet Care Center
Los Angeles, CA
562 -544 - 0090
 Stevie is a sweet 10yr old boy Maltese and weighs about 7 pounds.  He came to SCMR from a shelter where he was running out of time.  He was very thin and not feeling so good, because during his dental, he lost 27 teeth!  Yes, that was a lot, but he feels so much better now and is able to eat without pain now.  If you are looking for a boy that loves to snuggle and be close to his human, this is the boy for you!  He loves to be held and needs that little jump assist when being picked up!. He is on some meds to help his kidneys and an intestinal infection, but we feel this is due to the extreme paradental disease that he had and expect him to respond really well. Please lets find him a great home!
Stevie - Gainesville, FL
Southern Comfort Maltese Rescue
Chattanooga, TN 37409
Ahso is a very sweet boy Maltese about 10 years old, he is loving but independent at the same time, and so very handsome. He loves to be outside, using the doggie doors to enjoy the outdoors. He gets along with his foster siblings, loves to sleep in the bed with his humans picking a corner of the bed that he stays on.He does need to watch his figure, as he loves food, but it's not hard to control using the Lives Abundance weight loss formula. And he does have a health concern for something similar to diabetes but he does not need to be on any meds at this time. He is good with other dogs as well. Please lets find him a good home!
Ahso - Gainesville, FL
 Southern Comfort Maltese Rescue
Chattanooga, TN 37409

Pelusa (tricolor; 1 year old) and Lassie (red; 3 years old) are a sweet little pair of long haired Chihuahua mixes. Both were surrendered to the kill shelter when their owner could no longer care for them, and we rescued them from the euthanasia list. It's impossible to believe these angels ever ended up there in the first place. These fox like creatures have happy, golden souls and so much love to give. Pelusa is a kiss monster and loves to jump into your lap and burrow under your blankets. Lassie is more of a guardian and prefers to lie at your feet. Both are super playful and working on their housebreaking skills. They are good with dogs, cats and children.  Please lets find this pair a loving home!

Pelusa & Lassie - New York, NY

Social Tees Animal Rescue
325 East 5th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 614-9653
 Scotch is a bouncy Westie about 1-2 years old, 19 lbs who is just looking for love. He'll want to be a part of everything you do. He was found as a stray. He appears good with dogs, cats and children. Please lets find him a great home!
 Scotch  - Philadelphia, PA
 Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-298-9680, ext. 16.
Zara is a Labrador Retriever girl who is one of a kind, she only has three legs but don't let that fool you she is full of life and loves to run and play. Zara is a sweetheart and never meets a stranger she doesn't like.  She is good with dogs, cats and children. Zara is house trained, crate trained, leash trained, doggie door trained. She loves to play in water and ride in the car.  Please lets find her a good home!
Zara - San Angelo, TX
Texas Sporting Breed Rescue, Inc.
415 East Sherman Street, A1
Denton, TX 76209
(940) 453-6894
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, November 19, 2013


While listening to a discussion about happiness the other day on The Talk the man said something that made me think.  In regards to them discussing what makes people happy and making a list of those things he sort of wondered if his happy list might fall short of his unhappy list.

Which got me pondering happiness.

Psychologist Ed Diener, author of Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth, describes what psychologists call “subjective well-being” as a combination of life satisfaction and having more positive emotions than negative emotions. 

Yet Martin Seligman, one of the leading researchers in positive psychology and author of Authentic Happiness, describes happiness as having three parts: pleasure, engagement, and meaning. Pleasure is the “feel good” part of happiness. Engagement refers to living a “good life” of work, family, friends, and hobbies. Meaning refers to using our strengths to contribute to a larger purpose. Seligman says that all three are important, but that of the three, engagement and meaning make the most difference to living a happy life.

And so it brings up many questions about happiness. But what do we really know about happiness? Can we study it? Are we born with it? Can we make ourselves happier? Who’s happy and who’s not, and why? What makes us happy? Are we all born with different levels of emotions?  Do we have set points for emotions?

In Psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky book The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want, she reports that 50% of our happiness is set by our genes, 10% by life circumstances beyond our control, and 40% by our own actions. Researchers believe we have a “set point,” or baseline, of happiness that is partly determined by genetics. When something good happens to us, we’ll be happier for a while, but then adapt to our new situation and return to our set point.

Chasing and achieving wealth, fame, and good looks may actually make us less happy. The researchers found that young adults who valued intrinsic goals, such as personal growth, close relationships, and community involvement, were more satisfied with their lives than those who had extrinsic goals, such as wealth and “achieving the look I’ve been after.”

But they are also learning how positive emotions actually cause us to be happier. They have even demonstrated that positive emotions undo some of the physical effects of stress.

As social scientists gather more and more data about happiness and well-being, we can see who tends to be happier.  Here are some interesting statistics regarding happiness that have surfaced. But I'm sure there are plenty more waiting to be uncovered as well.
  • People with strong ties to families and friends are consistently happier than those without social ties.
  • Some personality traits tend to go along with happiness. People who are optimistic, have high self-esteem, and are extroverted are more likely to describe themselves as happy.
  • Married people are happier, though scientists aren’t sure whether this is because of the marriage or because happy people are more likely to get married. It doesn’t seem to matter whether the couples are parents or not.
  • People who grew up with parents who divorced or in a home with a high level of conflict are less happy than people who grew up in homes with intact marriages.
  • In the United States, Republicans are happier than Democrats. Worldwide, conservatives are happier than liberals.
  • People who attend worship services regularly are happier than those who don’t.
  • The middle-aged and seniors are happier than the young; and this does not seem to be generational, as this is consistent across time in longitudinal studies. Younger people tend to have higher levels of negative emotions such as anxiety and anger.
  • People with enough money to make ends meet are happier than people who are poor, but beyond that more money doesn’t make much difference.
  • While men and women report similar levels of happiness in most studies, men now are somewhat more likely to be happy than women. This is a switch in recent decades; women used to be happier than men. 
Happiness is a fascinating subject, one that will continue to be studied.  But just think if you were to make a list of what makes you happy and what makes you unhappy....which list would be longer?  To find out make those lists now. After those are made make a list of what you could do to make yourself happier?

For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin...real life.
But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through fiirst,
some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid.
At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.
This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness.
Happiness is the way.
So treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one.
Happiness is a journey, not a destination! ~Souza

Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday Musings

Spent the morning cleaning, wish there was an easy way to clean bathrooms.  The natural products aren't strong enough to get rid of mold or soap scum, plus require a lot of intense scrubbing. And the strong smelling chemical products do the job but are harsh.  Meanwhile the self cleaning oven set off the smoke alarm, filled the house with such an intense smell and smoke, it took open windows and a bunch of candles to try to eliminate smell.  Understand why people who can afford to pay people to clean their houses do!

Little one's allergies are still going strong. On Friday the vet put her on both an antibiotic and yeast medicine as the allergies eventually lead to skin infections.  One of her cysts even burst.  She has been a real trooper letting me bath her twice a week in a special shampoo that has to sit on her skin for at least 10 minutes.

Went to the ear, nose, throat specialists who seems to think this feeling of something in my throat is a tonsil stone.  The tests to try to look at tonsils or other parts of the throat are not exactly pleasant....a long handle mirror down back of throat area and mini camera up nose. But....

The weekend was all about fun.  Saturday consisted of niece's soccer game, followed by a team pizza party, then the man and I got to play all afternoon with her. I'm a believer that everyone needs time for play and fun things they love.

Sunday did a little work in the morning then spent the rest of the day watching football while snuggling on the couch.  And watched Revenge which is really heating up this season. Though think the writers could add a little more true romance into all the stories. A little more love in any story or show never hurts. 

Now it's time to whip up some dinner, and check my fantasy football team!  

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Soul Sunday

The world is so hungry for authenticity, and the best gift you have to offer is you.  You were born to be real, not to be perfect. You’re here to be you, not to be what someone else wants you to be. Stand up for yourself, look them in the eye, and say, “Don’t judge me until you know me, don’t underestimate me until you challenge me and don’t talk about me until you’ve talked to me. 
You are powerful when you believe in yourself, when you know that you are capable of anything you put your mind to. You are beautiful when your strength and determination shines as you follow your own path, when you aren’t disheveled by the obstacles along the way. You are unstoppable when you let your mistakes educate you.
No matter what happens, no matter how far you seem to be away from where you want to be, never stop believing that you will somehow make it. Have an unrelenting belief that things will work out, that the long road has a purpose, that the things that you desire may not happen today, but they will happen. Persist and persevere, your desired path remains possible.
Keep in mind a rowboat resting safely on the sand won’t get you to new places.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA,NJ, NY, PA, TX  and Canada all in need of good, loving homes!
Trixie was rescued from a high kill shelter and is waiting for your call to adopt her. Her only "crime" is that she is one of hundreds of thousands of small dogs in Southern California without a family to call their own. We are located in the Redlands area and have Pet Adoption Shows every Saturday. You may also meet her during the week by appointment.  Thank you for considering one of our deserving pets. Please lets find her a loving home!

Trixie 13-0004  -  Redlands, CA

 Arrowhead Animal Protection League
912 New York St. Suite A
Call or Text 909- 213-7373
Leave message on helpline 909-867-9999

 Wow this girl is amazing and so beautiful. Cannot catch a picture that really captures her true beauty.  Ginger is a Labrador Retriever 9-12 months and weighs about 40lbs. She is very small and petite and won't get much bigger. She came to visit us from Virginia. She is searching for a home to settle down in and call it hers forever.  While in her foster home she has been nothing but fantastic. She is house trained, polite, and very loving. She loves to sleep in bed with you all cuddled up.  She only chews on her toys and is has great manners. She is good with dogs, cats and children.  Ginger eats very slowly and nicely.  She takes just a little bit to warm up to other dogs, but it doesn't take long at all. Please lets find her a great home!

Ginger - Willingboro, NJ
 Burlington County Animal Alliance
7 Pioneer Way
Willingboro, NJ 08046
(609) 880-1235

 Lovely, gentle Cessa is a 12 year old Poodle girl who was used for breeding, neglected, and dumped at the kill shelter in NYC where she made the list to be euthanized.  She is good with dogs, cats and children. Cessa is even housebroken.  This is Cessa's earliest video and this is her most recent taken on August 28, 2013  Please lets find her a good home!
Cessa - New York, NY
 NY Pet-I-Care inc.
301 East 22nd Street
NYC, NY 10010
Julia at 646-429-8882

 Sweet Baxter Beagle with the gorgeous golden eyes loves to be around people in fact, his foster family has started calling him because his happy little tail always seems to be wagging! Baxter is between one and two years old and weighs in just under 25 lbs. He is housetrained, crate-trained and fairly good on a leash. He's sweet and gentle with kids, and likes other dogs once he gets to know them. He is a little too interested in cats and may do best in a cat-free home but if the cats don't run and they give him a swat,he is the one who will turn tail and run away. According to his new foster mom, Baxter is very treat motivated and will be quite easy to train. He would like a fenced yard, but that isn't a must, since like most Beagles he should be supervised when outside anyway. He is currently under a vet's care following a recent seizure, which just means he has to take inexpensive pills daily which he's happy to do if they are wrapped in a bit of cheese and have occasional blood work done. But please don't let that scare you away from this precious little guy  his condition is easily controlled, and that sweet face is so worth it. This snugly people pup would love a chance to be part of a family Please lets find him a loving home!

 Baxter - Doylestown, PA

Almost Home Dog Rescue
PO Box 132
Doylestown, pa 18901
 Sophie is a Schnauzer who was turned in to the local kill shelter because her owner had too many dogs. She was scared and wasn't sure of what was going on. She is 
young, only seven months old and there are so many things she wants to learn about.  She has heard there are families that love their pets and she wants a family. She has a huge gift to give love!  She loves people and loves to play with other dogs . See more pictures and fill out an application form by visiting our website below.  Please lets find her a great home!

Sophie - Abilene, TX

 Pawed Squad
P.O. Box 7121
Abilene, TX 79608
 Kaity is a 5 year old Setter mix who is happy to be around other dogs and does not bother with the cats. She is quite comfortable just laying on a dog bed watching the world go by. She is not super cuddly but does like to sit next to you and get ear scratches. She rides great in a vehicle and is not stressed at all, even during long trips. She has even been left alone in the car for short periods of time and just slept on the seat while waiting for her foster parents to return. Kaity is nice and mellow in the house but is ready to go for a walk outside at the drop of a hat. She'll be able to keep up with anyone who enjoys long strolls in the park or even short hikes in the mountains. At the same time, she'd be equally content for short walks around the neighborhood and fun and games at the park. She is definitely a bird dog and is constantly on the look out for things passing by but she is content to just watch, not bark.  Please lets find her a good home!

Kaity - Lethbridge, Alberta Canada T1H 2G2

 Windy City Canine Rescue
Lethbridge, AB T1H 2G2
(403) 359-3139

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, November 12, 2013

Positivity, Reality, Dreams

Be happy with who you are now, and let your positivity inspire your journey into tomorrow. Everything that happens in life is neither good nor bad. It just depends on your perspective. And no matter how it turns out, it always ends up just the way it should. Either you succeed or you learn something. So stay positive, appreciate the pleasant outcomes, and learn from the rest. Your positivity will help encourage those around you.

Sometimes we stumble upon words just when we need to hear them. Which makes me wonder do we stumble upon them or are they put there just for us? Is it destiny or serendipity? Or maybe me just thinking too deep? :)

Whatever it is some days I seem to come across just the words I need to hear. For the most part I try to think positive, but have my moments like everyone else.  Moments that can evoke our inner desires and thoughts to reveal themselves.

For instance recently a friend of mine got married, and another engaged. While I feel incredibly happy for them I can't help but think it should be us. These past few years they have worked hard at building and creating joyful, loving life together. Noticed the word worked, as I truly believe nothing in life including relationships thrives without attention, nurturing and work.

Meanwhile, the man and I have been together a while, longer than many married couples. Living together all these years feels like we are married though it isn't quite the same. My neighbors all assume we are married. My friends and family ask when we are going to make it official. And yes I can pretend it doesn't bother me but truth is a part of me would be lying.

Yet it's also personal and sometimes hard to put into words as even my views sometimes change. Of course it's even harder to understand on here as only a small percentage of everyone's lives are shared, we get little glimpses but not exactly whole pictures. 

Like any couple we have experienced good and bad times. The good have sustained us through the more difficult times. We have dealt with some incredibly hard issues especially his pill addiction and the lies associated with it.  They all but ripped apart everything I believed to be true. Some of his actions during that time have been hard to forgive as they hurt deeply. The lies seemed almost surreal, like their own addiction. Plus the debt incurred during those years feels like a heavy weight. Not to mention personality changes as a person acts different high than sober.  And the recovery hasn't exactly been easy nor gone as imagined, as it's one thing to give up a substance but equally important to work on changing deeper things about oneself as well.  There's a lot of various components that's for sure.  Something for a whole other post.

Truth is building trust back, finding forgiveness are no easy takes commitment, open communication, honesty, patience, understanding, work and a lot of soul searching. 

Yes I realize I'm not perfect. I've had my share of struggles especially health, not being able to work at times,etc., those things haven't been easy either. Through it all it sometimes it feels like my dreams, desires and even values got put on the back burner and it's been difficult. Yet it's those very dreams that tend to sustain us during the tough times. In a way suppose they give us a sense of hope.

So when I see my friend getting married it feels happy yet bitter sweet. Even if we want to get married it's not exactly like there's any money for it now. When I think of some of the stuff that came before us it hurts.  Remember when the man brought home flowers....daisies to signify a new happy life together, and red roses professing his love. Talked about plans for a brighter future. Little did I know at the time the ups and downs still ahead. And it made me realize there were things that need more attention and focus....accountability, compassion, dependability, honesty, understanding, communication, to name a few.

Of course that doesn't mean that in my heart I still don't long for that fairytale stuff. Or that I don't dream of a heartfelt proposal and romantic wedding. Or beautiful sparkly ring. Or being able to buy a house. Or for my partner to always be dependable, honest, good communicator, loyal and loving. I'm a romantic so of course I dream of those things.  And there are days when I think we aren't getting any younger, and will those dreams come true.

Fact is there are good days and not so good. But isn't that life? Each one of us have our own struggles to deal with, journeys to walk and lessons to learn.  Least I forget that in many situations in life we have a choice as well. And our choices can very well lead to our dreams or lead us astray.

For the most part I try to think positive, try to focus on the good and creating a happy life. But things aren't always easy, and the challenges of life can feel daunting some days. Those moments can at times consume us but they also have the potential to make us stronger, wiser and lead us to who we are meant to be. And that is what is important to focus on.

Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect, it means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections. There are choices you can make every day to feel the effects of happiness. Choose to be around the right people. Choose to focus on what you have, not on what you haven’t. Choose a good attitude. Choose to express gratitude. Choose to forgive. Choose to take care of your body. Begin today by taking responsibility for your own happiness. The choice is yours.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Monday Musings

This Monday has been filled with errands.  Food, beauty, toys,etc, it all seemed to be on the list.  Staying on budget is another story.  It seems like frozen vegetables are always cheaper than fresh which drives me crazy.  I learned that A.C. Moore's prices on certain toys is cheaper than Target or Walmart which is surprising. And that eye drops are not cheap.

Little one not only has allergies but serious eye issues. On top of cataracts and glaucoma she doesn't make tears.  Not making tears anymore causing all the junk that tears usually wash out to build up.  That build up can cause her eyes to stick shut.  So it means cleaning out/administering eye drops at least a few times a day.  But we haven't found the right eye drop yet, so we keep trying.

Since I suffer from dry eyes as well, decided to buy us the same brand today to see if they might help more.  Of course I got approval from the vet before doing this to make sure it was safe. So combined I spent about $32 on drops.  Though other tear producing drops the vet prescribed were $80 for a small amount. The price of everything is just crazy.

On another note for weeks now I have been experiencing this feeling like something is stuck in the side of my upper throat.  Gave it plenty of time to resolve itself but it's only become more prevalent, trying to eat a cupcake leaves me feeling like it's stuck which is driving me crazy. So tomorrow I visit an Ears/Nose/Throat specialist to try to get to the bottom of it. Imagine that a mysterious ailment, not like I ever experience those. Yeah right I've become the queen of the mysterious!

As for the weekend it was another stay at home one. Spent a majority of it snuggled on the couch, the colder temperatures seem to bring a sense of hibernation and lack of motivation. Friday we watched Master Junior Chef which was amazing, it's hard to believe kids as young as seven can whip up dishes that could easily be signature dishes at any top star restaurant.  Not to mention it gave us ideas for meals as well. 

We also like to watch Shark Tank as it's interesting to see the ideas people come up with for businesses and products. Saturday and Sunday pretty much involved football and cooking. Tried out a new homemade chicken and honey glaze.  Of course had to make a batch of carrot cake cupcakes too. We also rented The Internship, overall thought the movie was good.

As you can see little one enjoyed herself as well. What's better than a snugly, soft blanket and sweet cupcake treats!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Soul Sunday

There are seasons and cycles in our lives, just as there are seasons and cycles to nature, to all of life. We move imperceptibly from one to the other learning, growing, laughing and crying along the way.

We accept with joy the seasons of nature. We honor them.  We wouldn't think of pulling at the tiny blades of grass in early spring to force their growth.  Neither would we chastise them for growing too slowly or wilting with the first frost of autumn.

We can learn to recognize and honor the seasons and cycles in ourselves. Th answers will come....small glimpses at first, like the first tender shoots of grass.  We get an idea, a clue, a hint of what we're about to learn.  Then come a series of experiences.  Sometimes we immediately see the connection.  Sometimes we don't. We go about the business of living our lives.

Then one day, we see.  That tiny shoot has become a full grown blade of grass, a rolling lawn covering the landscape.  We see the connections, the lessons and we'll honor all the feelings that we had along the way.  We're different. We're changed. We're new. A new season has arrived.

And just when we think that the way it is now is the way it will be forever, another season begins.  As naturally, as imperceptibly as the last.  It, too, will build on what has already happened and create something new.

There are seasons and cycles in us, just as there are in nature. Learn to recognize and honor the seasons and cycles of the soul.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Pasta in Chorizo and Tomato Sauce

Pasta in Chorizo and Tomato Sauce

    2 Tbsp olive oil
    1 medium-size yellow onion
    2 cloves garlic
    1 Spanish chorizo sausage
    1/2 red bell pepper
    1 tsp Spanish smoked paprika
    1 24 oz can crushed tomatoes
    1/2 lb. dry penne, rigatoni or spaghetti noodles

Peel and chop the onion into 1/4-inch chunks. Peel and chop garlic. Remove the seeds and veins from the pepper and chop. Cut chorizo into round slices or cubes about 1/4-inch thick.

Pour olive oil into a large frying pan and heat on medium. Once hot enough, sauté the chorizo slices, pepper, onion and garlic in the pan. Stir often. If necessary, add more olive oil to pan.

Once the onions are translucent, add the can of crushed tomatoes. Sprinkle in the paprika. Stir and cook on medium-low for 10 minutes, careful not to burn the sauce.

While the sauce is simmering, bring water to a rolling boil for pasta in a large pot. Add pasta and cook until al dente about 10 minutes. Drain pasta.

To serve, add pasta to frying pan and mix together with sauce. If you prefer, plate the pasta, then add sauce on top. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. 4 servings

Note: Chorizo is rather spicy so depending on your tastes more or less can be added to recipe.

Wednesday, November 6, 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!

 This is the amazing Mackenzie such a great dog.  Mac is an adorable mix of Corgi (in body size and easy-going personality) and Westie Terrier or maybe Wheaton Terrier (in coat and adorable antics).  Mackenzie is just adorable and such a terrific dog-- sweet, loving, quiet, good with other dogs, seems tolerant of cats.  She's great with people too and loves men, women and kids alike.  Mackenzie loves to hang out with you, walk and hike with you and mostly just to be a great companion. She is housebroken, micro chipped and spayed. She is a one in a million dogs and is going to make one lucky family very happy.If you want to meet her please email Jennifer (email listed below) a brief description about yourself and what you are looking for in a dog. Please lets find her a loving home!

Mackenzie - Los Angeles, CA

  Bark Avenue Foundation
3030 South Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Jennifer Parker
Cell: (323) 893-3584

  Bella is hound dog mix who is 1 1/2 years old.  She is active, energetic and sweet.  Bella is looking for her forever home and quite frankly you'd be lucky to have her. She has the sweetest personality, and is ready to please.  She knows "sit" and "down" although her execution is a little unorthodox because she have to wiggle with glee through the entire exercise. Please lets find her a great home!

 Bella - Gainesville, FL


Haile's Angels Pet Rescue and Boutique
5231 SW 91st Drive
Gainesville, FL 32608

(352) 505-0302

 Lucy and Molly, two wonderful 3 year old pitbull pups need a new home. They were rescued from a North Carolina swamp and are from the same litter, grown up together, they truly are sisters and complete love bugs. Both are housebroken. The couple that adopted them gave them a loving home nearly 3 years ago, then a year ago they split and their mom has been doing all possible to give them a good life, sadly she can no longer care for them as her personal situation has become daunting and must leave them alone too much. Please lets find this pair a good home!

Lucy and Molly - New York, NY

 Zani's Furry Friends
NYC, NY 10028

Emmy is a sweet, loving, 1/1/2 year young, all white, great Pyrenees mix who is being fostered in PA. She has a heart of gold and wants to kiss you and play with you. She loves going for long walks and getting attention from everyone she passes by. Emmy would thrive in an active home with older children (6 -7 and up) simply because she gets excited happy and tends to overwhelm little guys with her excitement. She is a completely submissive dog who immediately will give you the belly if you asked her. She is housebroken. She does well with other dogs that like to run and play. Emmy does have a timid side because she was rescued from a farm where she was beaten for eating the chickens (she was starving for goodness sake) but she has never once shown aggression or tried to bite. If anything, she drops and gives the belly.  Please lets find her a loving home!

Emmy - Pipersville, PA

 National Great Pyrenees Rescue
Beacon, NY 12508
(877) 739-3582

Baby and Teddy are around 7 year old, 10 lb Bichon Frise.  This bonded pair love each other and we are requesting they be adopted together. Please lets find them a great 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, November 5, 2013

Finding Your True Calling

Often we hear of people speak of their true calling, or purpose. Something they feel deeply, strongly and passionately about.  Think it's something we all wonder about at some point in life.  But what is a true calling, and how do we find it?

Found this article written by Lissa Rankin, a physician and New Times best selling author, who tries to answer those questions. It's full of great advice and inspiration.  Here's to finding true callings and purpose....

When I wrote 10 Signs You've Found Your Calling, many of you beautiful people wrote to me, saying you still haven’t found your calling, but that you have a strong impulse to do visionary work in the world. You asked for help knowing how to find your calling, so this post is for those of you who are still seeking your purpose.

Before I give you some practical tips, let me start by saying that finding your calling isn’t like going to medical school or getting your MBA. You can’t just sign up, jump through 12 easily defined hoops, and graduate with a full understanding of your Divine Assignment. It’s more like going for a wander in a meadow, with no marked trails, being led purely by instinct, synchronicity, pleasure, curiosity, and signs from the Universe.

So how can you write a post with guideposts for a trail with no markers? I don’t know. Let me try, but make sure you filter it through your own intuition before you trust my guidance!

1. Trust that your calling is seeking you, every moment of every day.

You're like soulmates, searching for each other from the far reaches of the planet, and you will find each other. I promise. Guaranteed. Pinkie promise. So take a deep breath and release the anxiety that comes when you just know your life has purpose but you’re not yet sure what it is.

2. You can’t force the process of finding your calling.

Worrying, struggling, striving, pushing, and “making it happen” doesn’t help. It’s the exact opposite. You surrender into your calling. You let your calling arrive. 

3. Consider the hardest struggle of your life and consider how you overcame it.

It was hard. It hurt. You felt lonely and ill-equipped to handle what you were forced to endure. But darling, this was your initiation. You survived. Now you can use what you learned to serve and help heal others who are struggling with what you’ve overcome. What is that struggle? Who could you help?

4. Follow the guideposts of your pleasure.

While callings may be scary, and while you may experience struggles in the process of fulfilling a mission, it will always, at its core, feel like bliss. If the way you’re trying to serve feels like pulling teeth, you probably haven’t found your calling. When you do, it feels like play. You can’t believe anyone would actually pay you to do what you’d do for free.

Does that sound too good to be true? Right now, I’m at a gorgeous beach house in Santa Monica with my friend and mentor Martha Beck, who wrote Finding Your Own North Star, and we’re filming a documentary about how the mind can heal the body. The ocean is right there. Martha is making me laugh so hard I’m about to pee my pants. And they pay me for this job! I’m not any more special than you are. Your calling will feel just as fun!

Yes, I’m kinda terrified. I’ve never filmed a movie before. I’m more than a little panicked that the medical establishment is going to burn me at the stake for preaching such heresy. But underneath it all, I am having the time of my life. And so will you when you let go of the story that all meaningful work has to be a struggle. As Martha teaches me, play until it’s time to rest. Then rest until it’s time to play. If it starts feeling too much like work, you’re off track.

Preach it, sister!

5. Find and follow your “hot tracks.”

Martha says that finding your calling is like tracking a rhino. If you have no idea where the rhino is going, keep moving backwards until you find the last hot track. What’s the last thing you loved doing? What lit you up? You might have to go all the way back to childhood if you’ve been selling your soul for a paycheck for too long.

 Don’t worry about whether your hot track is “practical.” If your hot track was selling baseball cards to kids on your Little League team or baking cupcakes for the Girl Scouts or tie dying T-shirts at summer camp, go with it! Your hot tracks will never let you down.

6. Stop thinking.

You can’t reason your way to your calling. Again, it’s quite the opposite. The more you try to use your intellect, the more you’ll sabotage yourself.

7. Start surrendering.

As Tosha Silver teaches us to pray in her gorgeous book Outrageous Openness, trust that “my perfect new path is already selected and will arrive at the right time. I’ll be shown the steps to receive it.” Don’t strong arm your calling. Call in Divine support. Follow the steps as they appear. Follow the signs when they guide you.

Whenever I’m frustrated with something that won’t seem to work itself out, I usually wind up laughing at myself. Who am I to think I can “fix” every little thing in the world? Why can’t I let go of my need to be in control? Turn it over to the Divine, then sit back and smile ... You’re about to get surprised in ways that will delight you.

8. Be willing to feel crazy.

The instincts that will lead you to your calling will likely leave you feeling like you’ve lost your marbles. If you feel that way, lean in! It’s a good sign. Means you’re getting close. When Martha was getting close to her calling, she bought a cowgirl hat—and then spent her life’s fortune on a horse ranch years later. And Martha didn’t even like country-western gear!

When I was getting close to mine, I let a spirit guide named Sebastian dictate an email to doctors I knew I could never send. And then I started the Whole Health Medicine Institute after Martha told me I was supposed to bring the doctors to her horse ranch for equine therapy workshops. (Cue Twilight Zone music.) Both of us were convinced we were about to get institutionalized. Then our callings broke through like wild stallions who had been seeking us all along.

9. Pick a new “everybody.”

 Stop caring what “everybody” thinks. Martha teaches us that most of us have a very short list when we worry what “everybody” will think. It’s probably Mom, your pastor, your boss, or Great Aunt Gertrude who loves to tsk-tsk everything she hears on the radio and always insists that the world is going to hell in a handbasket.

Instead, pick a new “everybody” and seek their counsel. Your new everybody doesn’t have to include even living people! Feel free to choose Jesus, Buddha, Martin Luther King, Maya Angelou, Gandhi, me, or Martha (we’ve got your back.) When you worry what “everybody” thinks, let go of Great Aunt Gertrude and replace her with your new council. Close your eyes and listen to what we would tell you. Trust that instead.


Monday, November 4, 2013

Monday Musings

The weather here has been warm one day, chilly the next, even had a few freeze warnings. I'm desperately trying to hold on the flowers by covering them on the cold nights. I love summer the thought of winter with no flowers, leaves on the trees, garden to tend and overall less sun brings on feelings of sadness and wanting to hibernate until spring.

Our entire house seems sensitive to the cold, dry weather.  The little one's allergies and eye issues, my rosacea, dry eyes and the man's psoriasis all flare up. Seem to go through Fall and Winter basically shivering and scrunched up trying to keep warm.  The lack of sun seems to bring on the winter blues. And yes we probably should live in a warmer climate but it's just not a possibility right now.  Funny as I took a test what state matches your personality and Georgia was the winner.  Not surprised at all as have seriously pondered the idea of living in South Carolina.

Our weekend was one of those stay at home kind. We did our big food shopping trip during the week.  Halloween brought lots of kids, little one dressed as a pumpkin. She looked adorable see the Halloween photos here.  Mischief night our neighborhood experienced some toilet papering, my neighbors pumpkin got stolen and some houses appeared to have even been egged. It was surprising as we haven't experienced that before.  Whoever thought to proclaim the night before Halloween mischief night anyway?

Well it's been a day filled with errands and research.  Dog treats, art supplies, and still have yet to decide on a space heater. I have read review after review and for pretty much all space heaters there are those who like and dislike each.  There is quite a difference in prices so that is what keeps me undecided. I'm the worst when it comes to making decisions, the type that will still doubt whether they made the right choice years later. ha 

Meanwhile little one is making snuggling look very appealing this Monday!

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