Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween

Halloween always brings mixed emotions.  Think the dressing up part is fun but never enjoyed the giving out candy aspect.  If trick or treaters could be trusted I'd just leave a big bowl of candy outside for kids to pick from without having to actually stand at the door giving it out.

It's not like I'm a shy person, quite the opposite but there's something about the holiday that tends to freaks me out a little. ha  Maybe if I dressed up to give out candy I would like it more, who knows.  As I get older think I'd just prefer to spend it with my niece.  There is nothing like seeing it from a kids perspective and being around the excitement they feel!

Mr Cooper and I browsed costumes trying to pick something fun for him. We thought a hotdog would be a perfect fit.  Here is our little hotdog, who is hoping for some treats!

Happy Halloween!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Woof Wednesday

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

This week I would also like to note that many of the dogs featured here are in over crowded local city animal control centers and shelters. These places don't have the means or money to support the large numbers of animals they receive.  Many of these dogs only get a short time to find a home, if they don't they are killed. Too many great dogs are losing their lives for senseless reasons.  This is why we do Woof Wednesday to give every dog a chance at love!

Please visit your local city and county shelter to see all the great dogs just hoping for a chance.


This 4 year old Terrier mix doesn't even have a name, let alone a family. Please lets find him a loving home!

 A4767577 - Los Angeles, CA


Los Angeles County Shelter Carson
216 W. Victoria St. Gardena,
CA 90248  
(310) 523-9566
 animalinfo@animalcare.lacounty.gov


This little guy is a Dachshund mix who just wants to find someone to love. Please lets find him a great home!

Bats A4767561 - Downey, CA

BATS
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Downey
11258 South Garfield Avenue
Downey, CA 90242
(562) 940-6898
__________________________________________________

Meet Roxi and Rocky, two young at heart pooches who have been best pals since they were puppies over 10 years ago! Sadly their current owner can no longer take care of these wonderful and devoted friends, and they are in desperate need of a hero who can provide them a stable and loving new home. These caring and obedient buddies love cruising in the car, taking bathes, getting towel dried, and meeting new people. Roxi is a female Boston Terrier and Beagle mix, born 9/30/2003. She is very smart and easy going, getting along well with other dogs, kids and strangers. She knows many commands and is just a wonderfully happy, contented pup. She is spayed, housebroken, leash trained, and in good health. Rocky is a male Pug/Beagle mix born 8/8/2004. The poor guy lost an eye when he was three but does not let it dampen his loving spirits. He gets along wonderfully with other dogs, kids, and adults, and just lives for affection. He is also housebroken, leash trained and understands many commands. He is allergic to chicken based dog food but hasn’t had any issues since he was put on a diet of hypoallergenic dog food. They are ready to adopt now, so contact us for details or to schedule a time to be won over by these wonderful pooches. Please lets find them a good home!

 Roxi and Rocky - Brooklyn, NY

Lifelong BFFs Roxi & Rocky
 Brooklyn Animal Action
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(877) 415-4889
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Sawyer is a 4 month old Lab mix. He has an endearing personality, so sweet and so gentle. He is calmer than most pups his age. Sawyer is already a pro at fetching and is excellent with other dogs of all sizes. He will be a big dog, probably 60-70 lb. Sawyer is ready for someone to show him the world.  Please lets find him a loving home!
 
Sawyer - Yardley, PA
 
Sawyer H~B Great boy!
Crossing Paths Animal Rescue
Yardley, PA 19067
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Langston is a Rat Terrier who is 6 years old, 22 lb puppy at heart. He is always smiling these days, but not very long ago, was found in a ditch....bloody, hungry, and at death's door. That is when his foster dad took him in from the cold and rainy night.  He has some memory loss from being hit by a car but is now I am healthy and happy.  He still has some problems due to his injuries. He can be a little unsteady and fall down sometimes but  doesn't let it stop him.  He doesn't see so well out of one of my eyes but it doesn't bother him a bit. He has a big heart and is very loving and loyal. He is very gentle and likes to be near his foster mom all the time.  He needs a family who will be patient with him as he can be a little shy.  He gets along great with other dogs, not sure about cats and children though since I haven't been around either.  He is grateful for his second chance at life. And now, ready to find his forever family.  Please lets find him a great home!

Langston - Houston, PA

Langston
Red Collar Rescue
Houston, TX 77002


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, October 27, 2014

Monday Musings

It's been perfect Fall weather here in Philadelphia.  Higher 60's with abundant sunshine. Almost too good to be true, as if it's the calm before the artic air or winter storms. ha  Either way I'm trying to appreciate it.

After finding a tick on Cooper Thursday and panicking, Friday spent a few hours cleaning up outside.  Raking leaves feels much like shoveling snow.  But this property has a lot of brush that needs to be cut down.  It's an enormous job.  But long grass and piles of leaves attract ticks something we can't afford.

Been trying to get the man to do more, anything but sit on the couch. We were suppose to carve pumpkins Saturday but he bailed to sit on couch, watch football and tweet. He heard about it, but I had fun carving the pumpkins anyway!

Meanwhile Cooper and I took a walk, decided to go on a different route and he seemed scared.  The barking of another dog caused him to freeze.  At that point we were a little ways from home, so I had to carry him and asked a neighbor if he would mind me jumping their fence to get home quicker.  He didn't mind at all even opened his gate for us.  Had to laugh at how funny it must have looked to the guy. 

Paper work, cleaning up house a little, home made pizza, some outdoor stuff, took up much of the day. Penn State had a big game Saturday night, the man was hogging the big tv so watched it in bed which was actually quite nice. Though a few obvious bad calls by the refs cost Penn State the game. Refs should be held accountable.

Sunday was very windy not a great day to be outside, and so football took up much of the day.  And a tweet of the man's had me shaking my head.  Saw him bragging how we have 8 tv's.  Um what?  We have two, a small and medium one. So of course I had to comment.

He didn't like my comment about our real tv situation so he freaked, he's so afraid his followers will read my blog and stuff about him. ha  Because on this blog I do truth. I'm a firm believer that this world needs more of it.  And he needs to stop pretending to be someone he isn't, just live in truth.

What happened to just being you, if people don't like it they aren't worth knowing or doing business with. Let's face it not everyone is going to like us. Yet there is such beauty in living a honest, truthful life. Knowing people like, and even love you for exactly who you are is priceless.

That's a great thought to leave this Monday with.  Be you!

 













Sunday, October 26, 2014

Soul Sunday

Change is a simple word, often with a difficult meaning.  Even though the soul may know change is needed the mind isn't always open to it.

Yet progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. If you want something in your life you've never had, you'll have to do something, you've never done.

There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist or accept the responsibility
for changing them. Change is never easy, you fight to hold on and you fight to let go. Don't be afraid to change.  You may lose something good but you may gain something better. 

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

Make a wish, take a chance, make a change. Every new day is another chance to change not only your life, but the world around you.  

There is beauty in change.
Beavers Bend State Park is nestled between the shores of Broken Bow Lake and the Mountain Fork River in the mountains of southeast Oklahoma.  Guests can stay in the park's lodge, rent a cabin or camp in one of several park campgrounds.  The park offers hiking, water sports and seasonal vendors for horseback riding, canoeing, boat rental, and train rides. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage

Here is the delicious recipe I mentioned earlier in the week.  Highly suggest doubling the sauce as depending on slow cooker used it can dry up fast.
 
Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage
 
Ingredients
    For the rolls:
  • 12 leaves cabbage
  • 1 cup cooked long grain rice
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped white or yellow onion
  • 1 clove finely chopped garlic
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  •  
    For the sauce:
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons catsup
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
 
Directions
1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Boil cabbage leaves for 2 minutes. Whisk together tomato sauce, honey, spices, lemon juice, catsup, the salt and pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.
2. In a separate bowl, combine the cooked rice, egg, milk, onion, garlic, and ground turkey. Add in 1/4 of the sauce and combine well.
3. Scoop about 1/4 cup of the ground turkey mix into the center of each cabbage roll. Roll up the leaves, tucking in the ends. Top with tomato sauce and cover.
4. Cook on low for 8 to 9 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours.
  
Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 2 cabbage rolls | Calories: 218 | Previous Points: 4 | Points Plus: 6 | Total Fat: 7 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 93 mg | Sodium: 201 mg | Carbohydrates: 23 g | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugars: 12 g | Protein: 17 g

Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Friday, October 24, 2014

Hot

While outside raking, cutting down brush and other overgrown things my thoughts began wandering to things I find hot.  Hot in regards to the opposite sex and relationships. Why that topic entered my mind I'm not so sure.  Maybe because I wished the man was outside working too?  Or maybe it was the topic of hotness on The Talk recently.

Whatever the reasons when I came inside decided to write my thoughts down.  Here are my ideas of hot....

- Hard worker.  Man who gets things done, doesn't procrastinate.  Who does outdoor work, indoor work and everything in between.  He's a doer not a sitter.
-  Romantic. Flowers, cards, candy, little notes or other expressions of love. Being able to express ones feelings and creating romance is hotter than hot.
- Strong, yet sensitive type is so sexy.
- Men who take care of their bodies.  Eat healthy, work out and don't do drugs or drink too much.  Athletic types make me swoon.
- Stylish guy.  Is there anything hotter than a well dressed man?  Mix of  preppy meet surfer.  Yum.
- Unselfish.  You know they grasp the meaning of love when they are willing to put your needs before their own.  And go out of their way to make you happy without expecting anything in return. That's down right sizzling.
- Kind. Who ever said nice guys finish last must have not been a nice guy. How else could that be explained? Nice guys are the ultimate hottie!
- Conversationalist.  Someone that can hold a conversation on various topics whether deep or silly is awesome in my book. Because if you can't truly talk to someone what's the point?
- Affection. Kisses, hugs, holding hands and snuggles are what makes the world go round.
- Spiritual with beliefs that really mean something to him. Throw in some good virtues and that's smoking.
- Wait I cannot forget dependable, loyal or honest. There's nothing like knowing someone has your back and you can count on them....no matter where, when or how.  Hot tamales!

Probably a bunch more I'm overlooking but got to go with first thoughts. 

What's your idea of hot?

 Oh yeah and David Beckham. :)













Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Woof Wednesday

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

Frisco is a young Poodle mix just sitting at the shelter hoping for a family to call his own.  Please lets find him a loving home!

Frisco - Orange,CA

 FRISCO
 Orange County Animal Care Center
561 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 935-6848


Buster is a Terrier mix who is just sitting dreaming of finding a nice bed and warm meal.  Please lets find him a great home!

Buster -  Downey, CA

 BUSTER
 Los Angeles County Animal Control - Downey
11258 South Garfield Avenue
Downey, CA 90242
(562) 940-6898
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 Susie and Sissy are two adorable blue and white puppies who look to be Hound mixes. These friendly and playful girls are just a few months old. Currently, Susie weighs 11 pounds and Sissy weighs 9 pounds; they will be medium to large adults. They both get along with other dogs and they should do well with active families without very young kids. Their new families will need to continue their housebreaking and obedience training; we recommend group puppy classes for the whole family.  Please lets find them a good home!

Susie and Sissy - New York, NY

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

 Sandy is a beautiful teenage puppy who appears to be a Hound mix. This super sweet girl weighs 25 pounds currently; she will be medium to large adult. She gets along with other dogs and she will do well with an active family without very young kids. Her new family will need to continue her housebreaking and obedience training; we recommend group puppy classes for the whole family. Please lets find her a loving home!

Sandy - New York, NY

Sandy (Manhattan)
 Bideawee Inc. Manhattan
410 E. 38th St. between 1st Ave. & FDR Dr.
New York, NY 10016
(866) 262-8133
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 Ellie is a hound mix. She is a blind/visually impaired dog that is living in a home, but owner can no longer keep her.  She is good with dogs,cats and children.  Ellie is house trained as well.  She was featured on here before but is still in needs of a home.  Please lets find her a great home!

Ellie - Philadelphia, PA
 Ellie (Owner Surrender)
Blind Dog Rescue Alliance
PO Box 63401
Philadelphia, PA 19114
(877) 254-6301
 ______________________________________________

Pee Wee is a Chihuahua mix who is affectionate and loving. He just needs family to love.  Please lets find him a good home!


Pee Wee - Austin, TX

*PEE WEE
 Austin Town Lake Animal Center
1156 West Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 972-6045

 

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, October 21, 2014

Nervous energy

So I mentioned being nervous yesterday, and it's because Cooper is scheduled to be neutered and chipped today.  Given his early puppy tremors felt a little apprehensive about him having to undergo anesthesia.  Ever since we schedule the appointment a few weeks ago it's basically been at the forefront of my thoughts. Felt rather indecisive about it.

Woke up extra early so he would have time to take a little walk and do his business.  Luckily he was first up so they took him in right in at 8, and by 9:30 I got my call saying everything went well.  Except he had a dental x ray because two baby teeth are still in, turns out there are no adult teeth behind them. It's something we will have to watch.

They even called to say I could pick him up early. Of course the anesthesia still has to wear off, and as it does he is crying a little as well.  Little guy is sleepy yet trying to do his normal activities.  Suppose to be on restricted activities, but trying to keep a puppy from jumping is tough.  He freaked out at the vet basically shaking the e collar off and sending it across the room.  So we got him an inflatable collar.  He's basically napping and resting with the occasion cry mingled in.  Oh how I adore my little guy.

Oh yeah, we had planned to take him together but the man was still conveniently sleeping. First he blamed it on not knowing the appointment time, even though the vet told us and I told him at least a few times.  Next excuse, wanted to know why I didn't wake him up. Maybe because at 38 he should be able to handle that responsibility himself.  Don't know why I'm surprised as the only thing I can depend on him for is to be undependable.  If he were a friends mate I would probably tell them that their guy sounds lazy, selfish and rather irresponsible. True that.

And might as well tell the story as is, if people want me to write warmly about them they should behave better.  That's a mantra to live by, don't you think?  :)

Day was filled with lots of nervous energy, it's amazing what one can actually accomplish in that state. Bunch of errands accomplished including a few new toys for the little guy, cleaned bathroom, some wash and managed to fit in baking some apple crisp. Even had a pleasant conversation with a guy at the gas station about our dogs. After all the ups and downs of the day just want to snuggle and enjoy being home.










Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Musings

Mondays seemed to have turned into a long list of need to get done tasks, including cleaning house which seems to take up half the day. Plus feel like I'm working on less sleep lately.

The man that used to be asleep by 10, getting annoyed if any noise woke him up has now become a night owl. Keeping us all up with his bright light.  Weird but those moments sometimes make me miss being single.

Going to bed when I wanted, shutting off tv to fall asleep to either jazz or ocean sounds, praying by candle light, etc., overall not having to deal with another persons sleep habits.  Now I understand why my grandparents often slept in other rooms, to enjoy their personal sleep preferences. Smart couple. :)

Overall the weekend was fun.  Saturday involved pumpkin picking at a local farm, followed by a family party for my mom's birthday.  Of course the day started off with a vertigo attack, but it remained on the mild side for most of day.  Had to be careful how I moved and could not look down or else everything was spinning.  Just grateful I was able to go and enjoy the day as often times attacks leave me bed ridden. Other than it being a little windy the weather was perfect!

The evening was capped off with a delicious dessert.  Golden Oreo ice cream cake which was seriously decadent. And it had no egg in it, perfect for those allergic to egg. Think it's a must have!

Sunday involved trying a new slow cooker recipe.  Stuffed cabbage which might be a new favorite of mine.  Liked it so much I will feature the recipe on here this week for all to try.  Of course football took up all of the day, overall there was a decent amount of lounging.

Social media has seemed to be filled with photos of fall activities, love seeing how everyone enjoys Fall.  Not to mention all the beautiful fall foliage photos as well. Though the weather is turning much cooler here something I'm just not ready for.  Colder weather makes it so much harder to not only get out of bed but to get motivated. 

Meanwhile I'm feeling rather nervous about something which I'll talk more about tomorrow. For now I have a list of things that still need my attention.






Sunday, October 19, 2014

Soul Sunday

Gratitude is the quality of being thankful and showing appreciation. It is a mindful acknowledgment of all that we have been given. When we focus on the abundance in our lives, we discover a greater capacity for generosity, cheerfulness, and contentment.

Expressing gratitude is a rewarding habit that affirms the grace of the giver. Gratitude opens our hearts, encourages us to savor each gift that comes our way, and magically frees us from jealously guarding our possessions. It lets us celebrate today rather than waiting for the next level of accomplishment or wealth. It is a reminder that one can always find reason to be glad.
 
 Experiencing and expressing gratitude is an important part of any spiritual practice.  It opens the heart and activates positive emotion centers in the brain.  Regular practice of gratitude can change the way our brain neurons fire into more positive automatic patterns. The positive emotions we evoke can soothe distress and broaden our thinking patterns so we develop a larger and more expansive view of our lives.  
 
 To begin bringing gratitude into your life, you can deliberately meditate on all the things in your own life that help you or give you pleasure.  You can also write a gratitude diary, posting pictures and writing about the things you feel grateful for each day.  Give, help, listen, do and be there for others to show your gratitude as well.  Gratitude can lead to feelings of love, appreciation, generosity, and compassion, which further open our hearts and help rewire our brains to fire in more positive ways.
 
Gratitude is an emotion of connectedness, which reminds us we are part of a larger universe with all living things. We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

Be thankful for what you have, you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough. Live in gratitude.
 
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Friday, October 17, 2014

First Loves

Maybe it has to do with the fact that I've been having unusual dreams about love, some even with ex boyfriends appearing in them, but lately I've been thinking about first loves. 

First loves have the potential to shape our lives, especially our love lives.  They can affect the choices and even paths we decide to take.

Looking back still some how remember the moment I met my first love.  Blond surfer hair,  blue eyes, tall athletic build, with great style.  Just like in the movies our eyes met and the rest was history. Of course in a club no less. ha  Yet there was an indescribable connection. 

But circumstances eventually unwillingly tore us apart.  The details would make for a great Nicholas Spark romance novel.  And how deeply it hurt losing someone I imagined spending my life with.  Looking back it's amazing to see how much that experience shaped everything after.

When it came to love before and even after I seemed to tire of relationships, that elusive deeper connection felt missing.  Yet something changed after my first love, felt like the deeper connections became less important, in a sense maybe out of protection. Some how I began to concern myself with rather superficial things, and less of what truly mattered.

That alone led down a road filled with ups and downs.  When your looking for the wrong things your of course going to attract them or at least find them.  Until suddenly you wake up one day and realize just how much you sacrificed.  Yet learning so much in the process, that maybe you would have never learned if you had not gone down that path in the first place. But also feeling like you wasted precious time trying to figure it all out.

And even finding that all those walls you tried to put up to protect your heart from those first love hurts, well they didn't really protect it any way.  That in shutting it off those feelings will eventually make themselves known some how, some where and maybe when you least expect it.

While may never understand the dreams I have, it could simply be my heart is trying to get my attention. I realize everything is a teacher and lesson in disguise.  

What I have learned is we all need love, not to settle for love or build walls against it.  But instead find that kind of love that makes our hearts and souls soar. It's not about finding the perfect person, no it's about finding that imperfect person that is right for us. That kind of love that connects on all levels and makes us want to be a better person. A love that is genuine, honest, faithful, loyal, unselfish, compassionate, understanding, non judging and feels safe to be yourself in. A feeling of sorts that is often hard to explain. 

Some people are lucky enough to find that kind of love first try, others it may take a while but it's out there some where.  And no one is going to find it until they are open and ready for that kind of love. Either way first loves, and even loves after have the potential to shape our paths, whether for good or bad.  So why not find a way to let it be good.


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Let Go

Let it go. Feel like I seem to be coming across that phrase more and more.  Think if we could all master it, well the world would probably be a better place. Or at least a little better?

Personally find stress one of the hardest things to let go.  I don't try to kid myself about it anymore.  Before I would laugh when people said I appeared to have a lot of stress in my life. Guess at the time I never saw it that way, but do understand now.

Stress if not dealt with seems to hang around until it wears you down, leading to a total exhaustion of sorts.  Sometimes wonder if some of the physical ailments I've developed over the years aren't directly related to stress. Being type A personality, letting go isn't exactly something that comes naturally. So how do we just let go?

I researched the idea and read plenty of articles on the topic. None really resonated until this one by Lori Deschene.  She is an author and founder of Tiny Buddha. So I printed it out and now am trying to focus on incorporating these ideas. As with anything letting go requires action, commitment and some work if one really wants to change.  If your like me and need to find more ways to let go I highly suggest reading Lisa's article below.

40 Ways to Let Go

“If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace.” ~Ajahn Chah

Eckhart Tolle believes we create and maintain problems because they give us a sense of identity. Perhaps this explains why we often hold onto our pain far beyond its ability to serve us.

We replay past mistakes over and over again in our head, allowing feelings of shame and regret to shape our actions in the present. We cling to frustration and worry about the future, as if the act of fixation somehow gives us power. We hold stress in our minds and bodies, potentially creating serious health issues, and accept that state of tension as the norm.

Though it may sound simple, Ajahn Chah’s advice speaks volumes. There will never be a time when life is simple. There will always be time to practice accepting that. Every moment is a chance to let go and feel peaceful. Here are some ways to get started:

Let Go Of Frustration with Yourself/Your Life

 

1. Learn a new skill instead of dwelling on the skills you never mastered.
2. Change your perception see the root cause as a blessing in disguise.
3. Cry it out. According to Dr. William Frey II, PH.D., biochemist at the Ramset Medical Center in Minneapolis, crying away your negative feelings releases harmful chemicals that build up in your body due to stress.
4. Channel your discontent into an immediate positive action make some calls about new job opportunities, or walk to the community center to volunteer.
5. Use meditation or yoga to bring you into the present moment (instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future).
6. Make a list of your accomplishments—even the small ones— and add to it daily. You’ll have to let go of a little discontentment to make space for this self-satisfaction.
7. Visualize a box in your head labeled “Expectations.” Whenever you start dwelling on how things should be or should have been, mentally shelve the thoughts in this box.
8. Engage in a physical activity. Exercise decreases stress hormones and increases endorphins, chemicals that improve your state of mind.
9. Focus all your energy on something you can actually control instead of dwelling on things you can’t.
10. Express your feelings through a creative outlet, like blogging or painting. Add this to your to-do list and cross it off when you’re done. This will be a visual reminder that you have actively chosen to release these feelings.

Let go of Anger and Bitterness

 

11. Feel it fully. If you stifle your feelings, they may leak out and affect everyone around you—not just the person who inspired your anger. Before you can let go of any emotion, you have to feel it fully.
12. Give yourself a rant window. Let yourself vent for a day before confronting the person who troubled you. This may diffuse the hostility and give you time to plan a rational confrontation.
13. Remind yourself that anger hurts you more than the person who upset you, and visualize it melting away as an act of kindness to yourself.
14. If possible, express your anger to the person who offended you. Communicating how you feel may help you move on. Keep in mind that you can’t control how the offender responds; you can only control how clearly and kindly you express yourself.
15. Take responsibility. Many times when you’re angry, you focus on what someone else did that was wrong, which essentially gives away your power. When you focus on what you could have done better, you often feel empowered and less bitter.
16. Put yourself in the offender’s shoes. We all make mistakes, and odds are you could have easily slipped up just like your husband, father, or friend did. Compassion dissolves anger.
17. Metaphorically throw it away. For example, jog with a backpack full of tennis balls. After you’ve built up a bit of rush, toss the balls one by one, labeling each as a part of your anger. (You’ll need to retrieve these litter angers the earth!)
18. Use a stress ball, and express your anger physically and vocally when you use it. Make a scrunched up face or grunt. You may feel silly, but this allows you to actually express what you’re feeling inside.
19. Wear a rubber band on your wrist and gently flick it when you start obsessing on angry thoughts. This trains your mind to associate that type of persistent negativity with something unpleasant.
20. Remind yourself these are your only three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it. These acts create happiness; holding onto bitterness never does.

Let Go Of Past Relationships 

 

21. Identify what the experience taught you to help develop a sense of closure.
22. Write everything you want to express in a letter. Even if you choose not to send it, clarifying your feelings will help you come to terms with reality as it is now.
23. Remember both the good and the bad. Even if appears this way now, the past was not perfect. Acknowledging this may minimize your sense of loss. As Laura Oliver says, “It’s easier to let go of a human than a hero.”
24. Un-romanticize the way you view love. Of course you’ll feel devastated if you believe you lost your soul mate. If you think you can find a love that amazing or better again, it will be easier to move on.
25. Visualize an empowered single you—the person you were before meeting your last love. That person was pretty awesome, and now you have the chance to be him or her again.
26. Create a space that reflects your present reality. Take down his pictures; delete her emails from your saved folder.
27. Reward yourself for small acts of acceptance. Get a facial after you delete his number from your phone, or head out with friends after putting all her things in a box.
28. Hang this statement somewhere you can see it. “Loving myself means letting go.”
29. Replace your emotional thoughts with facts. When you think, “I’ll never feel loved again!” don’t resist that feeling. Instead, move on to another thought, like “I learned a new song for karaoke tonight.”
30. Use the silly voice technique. According to Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap, swapping the voice in your head with a cartoon voice will help take back power from the troubling thought.

Let Go Of Stress

 

31. Use a deep breathing technique, like ujayii, to soothe yourself and seep into the present moment.
32. Immerse yourself in a group activity. Enjoying the people in your life may help put your problems in perspective.
33. Consider this quotation by Eckhart Tolle: “Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.” Questioning how your stress serves you may help you let it go.
34. Metaphorically release it. Write down all your stresses and toss the paper into your fireplace.
35. Replace your thoughts. Notice when you begin thinking about something that stresses you so you can shift your thought process to something more pleasant, like your passion for your hobby.
36. Take a sauna break. Studies reveal that people who go to sauna at least twice a week for ten to thirty minutes are less stressed after work than others with similar jobs who don’t.
37. Imagine your life ten years from now. Then look twenty years into the future, and then thirty. Realize that many of the things you’re worrying about don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things.
38. Organize your desk. According to Georgia Witkin, assistant director of psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, completing a small task increases your sense of control and decreases your stress level.
39. Use it up. Make two lists: one with the root causes of your stress and one with actions to address them. As you complete these tasks, visualize yourself utilizing and depleting your “stress supply.”
40. Laugh it out. Research shows that laughter soothes tension, improves your immune system, and even eases pain. If you can’t relax for long, start with just ten minutes watching a funny video on YouTube. 

It’s a long list, but there’s much left to be said! Can you think of anything to add to this list....other areas of life where we need to practice letting go, and other techniques to start doing it right now?


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Woof Wednesday

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

 Joey is a tan Maltese/Westie mix. About 10 months old and around 11 lbs. He is sweet and healthy, owner dumped him at shelter because they didn't have time for him.  Please lets find him a loving home!

Joey ID#A1474616 - Los Angeles, CA

 
  South Los Angeles Animal Care and Control
 1850 West 60th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90047
  (888) 452-7381 

  
 Penny is a Jack Russell Terrier mix who is about 1 year old.  She is adorable and loves everyone she meets. She is good with dogs of all sizes and ages as well as cats. She is potty trained and loves to go for walks.  If you are looking for a new best friend please consider Penny. She weighs about 16 pounds and is full grown. Please lets find her a great home!

Penny - Anaheim, CA 

Penny
Friends of Orange County's Homeless Pets
1431 Daly, Anaheim CA
 714-533-2267.

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Bella is a Dachshund Terrier mix.  She is a very good little girl, who is about 20 pounds. She is a very young 8 years old, she loves to play with other dogs and enjoys spending time on your lap Good with children, other dogs, cats and even house trained. She is spayed, up to date on her vaccines and looking for a new loving home. Please lets find her a good home!
Bella - Jacksonville, FL
 Bella
 Dachshund Adoption Rescue & Education (DARE)
4495-304 Roosevelt Blvd, PMB 179
Jacksonville, FL 32210
godiving@yahoo.com
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Lucy is a Greyhound.  She is 9 years old and greets the morning with a tail wag and quick trot to the kitchen for breakfast.  Then a short, brisk walk before finding the loftiest bed for her morning nap. Treats are eagerly welcomed and Lucy is a very neat snacker, finding every morsel. The rest of the day is spent lolling in her favorite bed, always hoping for a car ride or outdoor exploration. She is curious about small dogs, critters and the feral cat. Her owners gave her up because they had children and no time for her. Lucy is shy with noisy children and large dogs, but who wouldn’t be?  She enjoys her quiet time although she enjoys having her ears scratched and belly rubs. Please lets find her a loving home!

Lucy - Cherry Hill, NJ

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

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 Foxy is a Hound mix who is very gentle and shy.  She is a young adult who is looking for a patient and nurturing family to help her come out of her shell. This cautious pooch bonds to her caretakers, but it takes time and patience to gain her trust. Foxy is around 2 years old and she weighs about 39 pounds. She loves other dogs, and would do great in a home if she had a canine friend; kids are not recommended because she is so fearful. She seems to be housebroken already, but her new family will need to work hard to help her build up her confidence. Please lets find her a great home!

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

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 Rusty is a Beagle.  He is 8 years old and 30 lbs. He is good with children, dogs and cats.  He loves people and snuggling. Rusty suffers from dry eye where the right eye only produces half the tears it should and the left being borderline. They put him on Cyclosporine drops once a day to increase the tear production. His condition has resulted in limited vision in right eye that will not return. The hope is the drops will prevent it from getting worse. He has an autoimmune disease that is non life threatening, but will require a lifetime of maintenance medication, because of this he does have allergies which are minor and under control with medication.  Please lets find him a good home!

Rusty - Philadelphia, PA
 Rusty
Blind Dog Rescue Alliance
PO Box 63401
Philadelphia, PA 19114
(877) 254-6301

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Duke is a neutered Dacshund/Chihuahua mix who is around 2 yrs old and about 11 lbs. Elder is a Dachshund/Poodle mix who is around 2 yrs old and about 10 lbs. They live together with their foster family. They like rawhide chews and love to hide them strategically around the house and yard. They I play and cuddle well with each other, we sleep together at night in our kennel with no problems. They will sit quietly next to their foster mom and let her pet them while resting head on her lap. They give kisses, too, if you make the first move. They always excited to see their foster family and follow them around. They don’t pay much attention to the cat. They am making good progress with house training as well.  Duke and Elder are two sweet pups who were dumped on the rescue's Intake Coordinator's front doorstep with their paperwork from a local shelter. Adopted and now abandoned yet again. Please lets find them a loving home!
Duke and Elder - Houston, TX
DukeElder
 K-9 Angels Rescue, Inc.
2125 W Alabama
Houston, TX 77098
info@k-9angelsrescue.org
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 Pebbles is a Boston Terrier/Cocker Spaniel puppy mix. She likes chew toys. Pebbles is doing wonderful at potty training. Pebbles is not a clingy type. She would rather play, explore or nap then cuddle. She doesn't like when her sisters try to take her spot in the bed but she will let them be and just lay over them. Please lets find her a great home!
Pebbles -  Fond du Lac, WI
 Pebbles
 Sandi Paws Rescue, Inc
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
(262) 496-7815

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, October 13, 2014

Monday Musings

Monday involved yoga with Cooper deciding to lay on me while in the meditation portion of it.  So much for meditating but that's okay because love and kisses are better any way!  As for the rest of the day well it involved a lot of cleaning and busy work.

The weekend was rather mellow football basically dominated. Though plans were rather up in the air, and didn't exactly materialize as we had hoped.  But suppose we can't complain because it was rather relaxing and got some rest that was much needed.

Weather is soggy which reminds me I need to get a new pair of rain boots as mine are falling apart.  Been trying to get a rain jacket for puppy boy but so far they are either too small or too big. Meanwhile we are tracking in a lot of leaves and mud.

Feel like I've been blowing up twitter with tweets to our president and other government officials lately.  Which makes me wonder do they even read them?  Do they care what average citizens really think?  And if the majority of people felt the same way would they even make changes? Just things to ponder.

Sometimes wish I had majored in politics because there's a part of me that would really like to be president.  Many say they would dislike that kind of responsibility but honestly think I'd enjoy it.  But then again can anyone get to that role without being in debt to others and having to make decisions because of those debts? 

On a completely different happened to be flipping around the other night and came upon a new show Selfie on abc.  While the name sounds like it might be corny the show was surprisingly funny.  In fact, I haven't laughed at any comedy or non reality show like that since maybe Seinfeld.

And it appears I'm all over the place in this post today but that's how I feel so going with the flow.










Sunday, October 12, 2014

Soul Sunday


It’s easy to get frustrated by all the violence and pain being experienced around the world, and even easier to feel helpless about it. But rather than sitting around waiting for the world to change, it’s better to start making changes within your own sphere of influence. If everyone tended to their own selves the world would be the way we all want it to be. What can you do today that would help make the world around you a better place? By making the changes you wish the world would make you instantly and automatically make the world better.

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. Not just the creation of a thousand forests, but thousands of wooden products like desks and chairs. That acorn has a lot to offer, so don’t be discouraged if the tasks you’re completing seem miniscule. The potential of each little thing you do is great, and can lead to big things. You can also look at your ideas as the acorn, with so much abundance locked within, all that is required is the proper nutrition to get it to grow and produce more seeds, more ideas to grow into big trees. Every thing whether big or small counts. 

Do what you can, with what you have to make yourself and the world better.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Woof Wednesday

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

This sweet English Toy Spaniel mix doesn't even have a name let alone family to call her own.  

 Sandy is such an adorable 3 year old Westie mix that was found running on the freeway with no tags. Wags and Walks took him in. This cream, polite, 22 pound gentlemen has a wonderful nature and enjoys people and dogs. He walks nicely on a leash, seems quiet and housebroken. Bonds easily and is healthy, microchipped, neutered and up to date on vaccinations. Please lets find him a loving home!


Sandy - West Hollywood ,CA

Wags and Walks Rescue
West Hollywood, CA 90069
crystle@wagsandwalks.org
http://www.wagsandwalks.org


This sweet English Toy Spaniel mix doesn't even have a name let alone family to call her own. Please lets find him a great home!

A1503846 - Los Angeles, CA

  
 South Los Angeles Animal Care and Control Center
3612 11th Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90018
(888) 452-7381
http://www.laanimalservices.com
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 Diego is an adorable teenage puppy who appears to be a Dachshund mix. He is very sweet and a little shy with new people, but he is very affectionate. This little guy weighs around 12 pounds currently, and he will probably be a small to medium adult. He gets along with other dogs and could probably live with cats as well. Diego’s new family will need to continue his housebreaking and obedience training; we recommend group puppy classes for the whole family!.  Please lets find him a good home!

 Diego - New York, NY

Bideawee Inc. Manhattan
410 E. 38th St. between 1st Ave. & FDR Dr.
New York, NY 10016
(866) 262-8133
audrey.fisher@bideawee.org
http://www.bideawee.org
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Tina and Ike are Jack Russell Terrier mixes weighing around 14 lbs and around 4 years old. Tina is a social little girl and selective about her doggy friends. She's independent and opinionated, and one thing she does like very much is her buddy Ike. Ike is a reserved and sensitive gentleman who likes to survey his people before he decides whether to enjoy them or not. He is the same with other dogs he has to evaluate them before he decides whether he likes them or not. She and Ike were found together as strays and they share a kennel in the shelter. She bosses Ike around, and he does what she says. Tina doesn't strike us as a cat lover, but she hasn't weighed in on that issue yet. She loves the all the toys she sees the squeakier the better. Ike and Tina are so bonded that they must be adopted together. Please lets find them a loving home!
 
Tina and Ike - Philadelphia, PA

 Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-298-9680, ext. 16
dogs@phillypaws.org
http://www.phillypaws.org
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  Aspen is a Labrador Retriever mix who loves to have fun.  She is a dog who will entertain herself and you.  This 3 yr. old dog is active and playful, with a charming puppy like personality. She loves to play with toys and play with you. She also poses for the camera perfectly. She'll be about 35lbs, when she is at her optimal weight and just a little taller than your knee...a perfect size. She's friendly, cuddly, and when you pet her, she'll dissolve into a wiggling ball of fur, belly up and asking for more. She's a perfect dog for taking on long-leash walks in an open field or park. Watching her run and play is like watching pure joy in motion. She's the type of dog who'll put a smile on your face as her zest for life is infectious. Please lets find her a great home!

Aspen - Houston, TX

 Red Collar Rescue
Houston, TX 77002
info@redcollar.org
http://www.redcollar.org

 
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, October 6, 2014

Monday Musings

Exhaustion is setting in. ha  How do professional house cleaners do it?  After a day of vacuuming, mopping, dusting and cleaning basically the entire house, combined with bathing the dog, doing loads of laundry and scrubbing kitchen I just want to curl up under a warm blanket and relax.

Remember back in college trying house cleaning for some part time money, think I lasted maybe two weeks.  As tiny me could just not keep up with the physical demands of the job five days week. Still find myself physically exhausted after a day of whole house cleaning.  Vacuuming and mopping an entire house are no joke. So cannot imagine how anyone cleans houses every day for a living, got to be one tough cookie. Anyway, that's my Monday in a nutshell. 

Friday involved a few errands. Saturday consisted of hanging out with my mother for a little, her dryer broke so she brought her stuff over to use ours.  Of course Cooper and I were happy to hang out with her.  Made a little home made stromboli for dinner. The man was boring with all his sports watching, he flips around like a mad man so I went upstairs and watched some taped shows on dvr. I don't know how he doesn't feel more bored. 

Sunday was spent watching football, of course I got demoted to the small bedroom tv because the man had to watch his red zone.  He's become quite the tv nazi.  It's why I refuse to chip in for the cable bill, figure why pay for something I barely use. ha  Oh and finally got around to cleaning out the office desk.  It's amazing how much paper still accumulates even though computers were suppose to eliminate it. 

Meanwhile, the warm, summer like weather is fading as more cool fall temperatures move in.  It might be a good time to start looking for a warm parka type jacket. As last winter was so cold that I realized just how much I need one.  Even though I'm afraid to see the price tag as usually anything that actually keeps one warm when temperatures dip below freezing usually costs a lot. 

Well it's getting to be dinner and have a new salmon recipe to try.  Plus hopefully more snuggle moments.


















Sunday, October 5, 2014

Soul Sunday

Change is what allows the soul to grow.  

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.

 For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.

 Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don't.  Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. 

 You alone cannot change the world, but you can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Quick and Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients

    Dough Ingredients
    3¼ cups flour
    2 tsp instant yeast
    ¼ cup white sugar
    ½ teaspoon salt
    1 egg
    ¼ cup water
    ¾ cup milk
    ⅓ cup butter, softened

    Filling Ingredients
    ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
    2 Tablespoons cinnamon
    5 Tablespoons butter, softened

    Cream Cheese Frosting
    4 ounce cream cheese, softened
    3 Tablespoons butter, softened
    1 cup powdered sugar
    ¼ cup milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

1.  To make the dough: In a small saucepan over medium low heat add the milk and butter. Stir until the butter has melted and remove from heat. Let stand until luke warm temperature.
2.  In a large mixing bowl whisk together 2¼ cups flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Add to the stand mixer with dough hook attached. (You can also make this by hand, just knead until smooth once all of the ingredients are added.) Add the egg and water and mix until just starting to combine. 
3.  Slowly add in the milk mixture and 1 cup of flour until the dough starts to form and become smooth. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
4.  On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a large 9×15 square. About ¼-1/2 inch thick.
 5.  In a small bowl combine the cinnamon and brown sugar for the filling. Spread the softened butter onto the dough keeping it about a ½ inch away from the edge. Sprinkle the cinnamon and brown sugar on top of the softened butter.
6.  Roll up the 15 inch side into a log and pinch the seams. Cut into 9-12 slices depending on how thick you want your cinnamon rolls. Place in a greased 9×13 inch pan and cover with a damp cloth and let rise for 30 minutes.
7.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 30 minutes or until just golden brown on the tops. Serves 8.

To make the glaze: Beat together the cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar until smooth. Add the milk, vanilla, until combined. Frost over warm cinnamon rolls. I use rice milk in place of regular milk.


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