Sunday, November 30, 2014

Soul Sunday

This weeks inspiration comes from the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.  A great reminder for the soul....

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 strength to start all over again.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Woof Wednesday

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

Nate is a Beagle/Dachshund mix who is just sitting at the local county animal shelter hoping for a best friend.  Please lets find him a loving home!

Nate - Downey, CA

 Los Angeles County Animal Control - Downey
11258 South Garfield Avenue
Downey, CA 90242
(562) 940-6898
Los Angeles County Animal Control shelters are filled with dogs needing homes, many are high kill facilities that leave these precious dogs little time to find homes.
Ryan is a little poodle looking for love.  He is good with cats,dogs and children. He would love nothing more that someone to pay alot of  attention to him and give him the love he deserves. Please lets find him a great home!
Ryan - Mt Laurel, NJ
 Animal Sanctuary Society Inc.
PO Box 24
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054
(856) 642-0004
Sammy is a 3 year old, 12 lb Yorkshire Terrier mix.  He gets excited to interact and play with his human, and wags his tail playing tug of war like a champ.Loves to play, does not like to be picked up and guards food a bit so best with no kids. Please lets find him a good home!
Sammy - New York, NY
Zani's Furry Friends
NYC, NY 10028

 Daisy is a Basset Hound who came into BDRA because her owners were going to put her down because she went blind. The doctor called BDRA instead.Daisy is a sweetheart who doesn't know what to do with the cats in her foster house, but she is curious about them and doesn't hurt them. She loves her foster brother, but not her Foster sister dog so much.Daisy loves to snuggle and spend time in the back yard exploring. She gives kisses sparingly, but will let you rub her tummy until your hand falls off.  Daisy is house trained. Please lets find her a loving home!

Daisy - Philadelphia, PA

Blind Dog Rescue Alliance
PO Box 63401
Philadelphia, PA 19114
(877) 254-6301
Duchess is Bernese Mountain Dog / Great Pyrenees mix.  She is 2 years old and 60 lbs. She is just a giant sweetie looking for a loving new home. Loves to cuddle on the couch and watch TV, go for long walks, hang out at a patio restaurant and everything else with you. Loyalty and socializing are a specialty of hers, she loves to be near you and all your friends, kids and other dogs all the time. But don’t be fooled by her beauty, shes got giant brains too, learned how to sit in 4 minutes, it impressed her foster mommy so much. While at home she is perfectly behaved, never touched shoes or furniture, and is totally housebroken. However she doesn't really like to be alone, she gets really scared that you’re going to leave her forever and can get a little naughty out of fear. She needs someone who works from home or will be with her a lot, don’t worry she'll just lay down in the corner and not bother you, but she needs to know you’re there if she needs you. Please lets find her a great home!

Duchess - Houston, TX

K-9 Angels Rescue, Inc.
2125 W Alabama
Houston, TX 77098

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!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Soul Sunday

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
–Friedrich Nietzsche
The wisest, most loving, and well rounded people you have ever met are likely those who have known misery, known defeat, known the heartbreak of losing something or someone they loved, and have found their way out of the depths of their own despair.  These people have experienced many ups and downs, and have gained an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, understanding and a deep loving wisdom.  People like this aren’t born; they develop slowly over the course of time.

 In many cases people feel stuck and lost, unaware of their own brilliance, blind to the fact that their struggles have strengthened them and given them an upper hand in this crazy world.

Truth be told, when hard times hit, and the challenges you face are great, you can either let your situation define you, let it destroy you or let it strengthen you.  The choice is yours to make.

Here are a few powerful, yet easily forgotten truths that will help you choose wisely and grow stronger even through the hardest times…

1.  Pain is part of life and love, and it helps you grow.


So many of us are afraid of ourselves, of our own truth, and our feelings most of all.  We talk about how great the concepts of life and love are, but then we hide from both every day.  We hide from our truest feelings.  Because the truth is life and love hurt sometimes, and the feelings this brings disturbs us.

We are taught at an early age that all pain is evil and harmful.  Yet, how can we ever deal with real life and true love if we’re afraid to feel what we really feel?  We need to feel pain, just as we need to feel alive and loved.  Pain is meant to wake us up.  Yet we try to hide our pain.  Realize this.  Pain is something to carry willingly, just like good sense.  Because you can only learn how strong you are when being strong is the only choice you have.

It’s all in how you carry the things that don’t go your way.  That’s what matters in the end.  Pain is a feeling.  Your feelings are a part of you – your own reality.  If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting the lies of insecurity destroy your reality.  You should stand up for your right to feel pain – to endure it – to own your scars – to deal with the realities of life and love, as you grow into the strongest, wisest, truest version of yourself.

2.  Mindset is half the battle.


It’s okay to have down days and tough times.  Expecting life to be wonderful all the time is wanting to swim in an ocean in which waves only rise up and never come crashing down.  However, when you recognize that the rising and crashing waves are part of the exact same ocean, you are able to let go and be at peace with the reality of these ups and downs.  It becomes clear that life’s ups require life’s downs.

In other words, life isn’t perfect, but it sure is good.  Our goal shouldn’t be to create a perfect life, but to live an imperfect life in radical amazement.  To get up every morning and take a good look around in a way that takes nothing for granted.  Everything is extraordinary.  Every day is a gift.  Never treat life casually.  To be spiritual in any way is to be amazed in every way.

Do not let the pain of a situation make you hopeless.  Do not let negativity wear off on you.  Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.  Even though others may disagree with you, take pride in the fact that you still know the world to be a beautiful place.  Change your thoughts and you change your reality.

And mindset is especially powerful when it comes to accepting that…

3.  Your biggest fears don’t really exist.


When times are hard it can be difficult to follow your heart and take another step, but it’s a tragedy to let the lies of fear stop you.  Although fear can feel overwhelming, and defeats more people than any other force in the world, it’s not as powerful as it seems.  Fear is only as deep as your mind allows.  You are still in control.  So take control.

The key is to acknowledge your fear and directly address it.  Fight hard to shine the light of your words upon it.  Because if you don’t, if your fear becomes a wordless, obscure darkness that you avoid, and perhaps even manage to briefly forget, you open yourself to future attacks from fear when you least expect it.  Because you never truly faced the opponent who defeated you.

You can beat fear if you face it.  Be courageous!  And remember that courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid; courage means you don’t let fear stop you from moving forward with your life.  

4.  You are growing through experience.


Over time you will find that life isn’t necessarily any easier or harder than you thought it was going to be; it’s just that the easy and the hard aren’t exactly the way you had anticipated, and don’t always occur when you expect them to.  This isn’t a bad thing; it makes life interesting.  With a positive attitude you will always be pleasantly surprised.

When you stop expecting things to be a certain way, you can appreciate them for what they are.  Ultimately you will realize that life’s greatest gifts are rarely wrapped the way you expected.
Experience is what you get when your plans don’t go as planned, and experience is the most valuable commodity you own – it builds your strength.

You have the power to turn your wounds and worries into wisdom; you just have to do something about them.  You have to accept what has happened and use what you’ve learned to step forward.  Everything you’ve experienced has given you the upper hand for dealing with everything you have yet to experience.  Realize this and set yourself free.

5.  You can’t change situations you don’t take responsibility for.


Sigmund Freud once said, “Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.”  Don’t let this be you.  When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you surrender power over that part of your life.

Make no mistake, in the end, the price of happiness is responsibility.  As soon as you stop making everyone and everything else responsible for your happiness, the happier you’ll be.  If you’re unhappy now, it’s not someone else’s fault.

Ultimately, your happiness depends on your self-reliance – your unshakable willingness to take responsibility for your life from this moment forward, regardless of who had a hand in making it the way it is now.  It’s about taking control of your present circumstances, thinking for yourself, and making a firm choice to choose differently.  It’s about being the hero of your life, not the victim.

6.  The present is all you really have to deal with.


Life is not lived in some distant, imagined land of someday where everything is perfect.  It is lived here and now, with the reality of the way things are.  Yes, by all means you can work toward an idealized tomorrow.  Yet to do so, you must successfully deal with the world as it is today.

Sometimes we avoid experiencing exactly where we are because we have developed a belief, based on past experiences, that it is not where we should be or want to be.  But the truth is, where you are now is exactly where you need to be to get to where you want to go tomorrow.  So appreciate where you are.

Your friends and family are too beautiful to ignore.  Take a moment to remember how fortunate you are to be breathing.  Take a look around, with your eyes earnestly open to the possibilities before you.  Much of what you fear does not exist.  Much of what you love is closer than you realize.  You are just one brief thought away from understanding the blessing that is your life.

Happiness is a mindset that can only be designed into the present.  It’s not a point in the future or a moment from the past; yet sadly, this misconception hurts the masses.  So many young people seem to think all their happiness awaits them in the years ahead, while so many older people believe their best moments are behind them.  Don’t be either of them.  Don’t let the past and the future steal your present.  

7.  There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.


Life is better when you’re smiling.  Being positive in a negative situation is not naive; it’s a sign of leadership and strength.  You’re doing it right when you have so much to cry and complain about, but you prefer to smile and appreciate your life instead.

What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you were thankful for today?

Think of all the beauty that remains around you, see it and smile.  Be thankful for all the small things in your life, because when you put them all together you will see just how significant they are.  At the end of the day, it’s not happiness that makes us thankful, but thankfulness that makes us happy.

8.  Great things take time.


Instant results are rarely the best results.  With patience, you can greatly expand your potential.  If your desires were always fulfilled immediately, you would have nothing to look forward to.  You would miss out on the joys of anticipation and progress.

Remember, patience is not about waiting; it’s the ability to keep a good attitude while working hard for what you believe in.  It’s the willingness to stay focused, confidently staking one small step at a time, knowing that the way you move a mountain is by moving one stone at a time.  Every stone you move, no matter how small, is progress.

Bottom line:  You deserve more than mere instant gratification.  Value that arrives in an instant is often gone in an instant.  Value that takes time and commitment to create often outlives its creator – you.

9.  Other people cannot validate you.


When we’re struggling to achieve something important, sometimes we look to others to validate our progress.  But the truth is, they can’t…

You are not in this world to live up to the expectations of others, nor should you feel that others are here to live up to yours.  Pave your own unique path.  What success means to each of us is totally different.  Success is ultimately about spending your life happily in your own way.

You don’t have to be flashy to be impressive.  You don’t have to be famous to be significant.  You don’t have to be a celebrity to be successful.  You don’t need to be validated by anyone else.  You are already valuable.  You just need to believe in yourself and what you wish to achieve.

You can be quietly humble and still be amazingly effective.  Just because people don’t fall at your feet and worship you, doesn’t mean you are a failure.  Quiet success is just as sweet as loud, flamboyant success, and usually far more real.  Success is how you define it, not what everyone else says it must be for you

10.  You are not alone.


In the midst of hard times, it’s easy to look around and see a bunch of people who seem to be doing just fine.  But they’re not.  We’re all struggling in our own way.  And if we could just be brave enough to open up about it, and talk to each other, we’d realize that we are not alone in feeling lost and alone.
So many of us are fighting the same exact battle alongside you.  We are all in this together.  So no matter how embarrassed or pathetic you feel about your own situation, know that there are others out there experiencing the same emotions.  When you hear yourself say, “I am all alone,” it’s just your worried mind trying to sell you a lie.  There’s always someone who can relate to you.  Perhaps you can’t immediately talk to them, but they are out there.

If you’re feeling desperate right now, hear me:  I often feel and think and struggle much like you do.  I care about many of the things you care about, just in my own way.  And although some people do not understand us, we understand each other.  You are not alone.

One of life’s greatest gifts is the fact that life is difficult.  Because in dealing with life’s difficulties, we build invaluable strength.  This strength enables us to successfully fulfill our deepest, most meaningful purposes.  It is precisely because life is difficult that we are able to make it great.  It is because life is difficult that we are able to rise above the difficulties.  We are able to make a difference and we are able to truly matter.

So remember this…

When times are tough, you must be tougher.  Don’t pray for an easy life; pray for the strength to endure a tough one that leads to greatness.
 Todays oul inspiration comes from author Marc Chernoff.

Wednesday, November 19, 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!

Alicia is an Australian/Maltese Terrier mix who is 8 months and 10 lbs. She is good with animals and families.  She is energetic and spry. Loyal and house trained. They are known for their ability to adapt to different situations, making the breed ideal for either the city or country lifestyle. They make affectionate and loyal companions and enjoy walks and spending time with their owners.  She loves adults and children and plays well with other dogs. She does well in car rides. Please lets find her a loving home. 

Alicia -  Bell Gardens, CA

Miracle Dog Rescue
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
(323) 383-8883
Abby and Hunter are two small female and male beagles that need a home now.  Owner is moving and cannot take them. They are sweet dogs and house trained. Owner does not want to bring them to a shelter. They are bonded dogs and need a new home together. Please lets find them a great home!

Abby and Hunter- New York, NY

Abby and Hunter - female/male COURTESY POST 
Senior Pets NYC/Saving Older Beagles
New York, NY 10009
Nikki is a Poodle mix around 2-4 years old and 15 lbs.  She is good with children, cats and dogs. She was found wandering the streets.   Please lets find this cutie a good home!

Nikki - Philadelphia, PA
 Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-298-9680, ext. 16
 Charles Clifton is a Labrador Retriever who is 2 years old and and 80 lbs.  He is a lovebug.  He is very sweet, goofy and full of love.  He trys to be gentle but being 80 lbs makes him a little clumsy at times. He loves to take walks and carry a toy at all times. He loves water, being with people and other dogs. He loves toysespecially his tug rope. He is very smart and has learned how to sit and shake hands. He is a little timid around strangers until you tell them they are okay.  Please lets find him a loving home!

Charles Clifton - Houston, TX
 Charles Clifton
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!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Tend to be surprised when people ask personal questions such as "when are you getting married" "have you talked about marriage" "why aren't you married yet" and the other numerous questions one seems to get asked when in a relationship but not yet married. Being in that category I am quite familiar with what at times feels like the inquisition.

And as friends and former co workers of ours, who have been together much less longer than us get married, marriage is something I ponder. As far as I'm concerned marriage is a sacred thing.  A vow only to be taken if one can remain true to the virtues associated with it.  I have always felt that the person we choose to marry should be someone we deeply connect with on many, if not all levels.  Not because of who they are, what they do, own, have, look like or even out of convenience.  No I'm talking about a much deeper soul connection.

It's something I don't take lightly, some times haven't exactly been open to it and for most my life didn't exactly come across.  Maybe with my first love but obviously there were lessons still needed to be learned.  Quite truthfully I was not always great with relationships either, though maybe because for whatever the reason that soulful connection remained elusive.  Honestly there were times I felt down about it. As had hoped to happen upon a soul mate and marry much earlier, but I suppose for whatever reason it wasn't meant to be.

Fast forward to the questions.  While the man and I have been together almost eight years, and known each other even longer people always seem to want to know why we aren't married.  Sometimes it's a question that leaves me feeling puzzled as well.  As I think to myself where has time gone.  When Angel was alive the man would say don't worry she will be around for our wedding one day.  That meant more than anything. Yet time passed all too quickly, as did she. And with it my desire to marry in some way seem to fade.

Suppose in some ways living with someone for over seven years makes you feel as you are already married.  Except legally you aren't, miss out on some benefits as well, plus the vow of through better and worse hasn't officially been taken. Sometimes think that dating or living together too long before marriage takes away from the sacredness and specialness of marriage as well.  There are moments I envy those friends of ours who just went and got married after only a few years together.  In some regards it feels more romantic and spontaneous.

Of course I haven't hidden the man's battle, or how issues associated with it took a toll at times.  It's been a recovery process of sorts. Stressful as well.  Some of the changes I thought it would bring it hasn't exactly.  It also made me aware of differences.  Amazing what a little perspective and time can do.  I have grown and evolved on many levels. Desiring things I may not even have thought or valued before.

It's amazing all I have learned.  Truth is I'm not getting married until I feel those deeper connections are true, and know the virtues I desire are genuine and real. One of the most important lesson I've learned is that words mean little if actions don't back them up. And action is what I need as words have meant little over the years.

Dependability, trust, honesty, loyalty, love, compassion, understanding, good communication, unselfishness, fun, common interests, are some of the musts. Things I've learned throughout the years that every relationship needs at it's core.  Most importantly to me is someone who doesn't need to be nagged, yet gets stuff down. Whether it be raking leaves, cutting lawn, putting away laundry, clean a house, cook a meal, walk the dog, plan a date or balance a check book, basically step up to help their partner in any way possible. Even more important someone who will be supportive, loving through the good or bad times, and capable of pure, selfless love. 

So when people ask those questions I usually just say your guess is as good as mine.  Or deflect the question to the man seeing men seem to get asked it less than women.

If life wants me to be married it will find a way to let me know and make it happen. And hopefully those who mean the most to me are there to share it with me. That's all that really matters.  Oh and the beach of course.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday Musings

It seems the so called polar vortex has dipped down bringing artic air eastward.  Needless to say it is cold, and only going to get colder.  The weather experts say we are 20 degrees below normal.  It even snowed on Thursday.  We are talking wind chills in the teens!

It's going to be interesting because Angel did her business and wanted to go right in.  But Cooper needs his walks before he does his business.  Meaning I'm going to be outside in this winter weather a lot more.  And I'm not a winter girl.

So I ordered a parka from llbean that has a warmth rating of -40, it's rather light feeling.  As I was trying to order they were selling out.  For an extra small its rather roomy. Like my sleeves and overall length longer hence tend to order regular, even though petite is probably more my fit. This coat hits to about my knees so it's little longer than expected but hopefully good for the cold.

The man's excuse for not braving the elements is that puppy boy never pees for him.  He always has an excuse, doesn't understand dogs need to walk around a little outside before doing their business. Yet again it falls on me, an all too familiar pattern.  If I sound a tad bitter, well I am.  Bitter like the cold arctic air blowing here. ha 

Overall haven't been feeling all that great lately.  The dizzy spells are back so computer time is very limited again.  Watching tv the other night I had a doozy of spell.  The spells seem to throw my whole body out of whack.

Still waiting on John Hopkins.  My insurance authorized one visit but the girl organizing the whole thing ended up leaving on an emergency medical leave. While she was gone things got overlooked.  Now that shes back it will be January until they can get me in.  It's frustrating, the insurance had to actually extend the authorization, plus it's a shame they can't see me during an actual flare.

Think it's a combination of things that have been adding to me not feeling well....of course the underlying issues to begin with but then I find these things might contribute to making it all worse....the cold weather is something my body always had a hard time adapting to, hormones mine seem to be all over the place and too much stress.

Meanwhile the weekend was low key.  Sports wise....Eagles got crushed by the Packers, Penn State beat Temple.  My dizziness kept me from doing stuff I wanted. Though did get to snuggle and play with Cooper which is more important anyway. Felt annoyed with the man, especially when he couldn't help rake some leaves.  Made some fabulous homemade chili which was perfect given the weather. 

Felt envious of friends on facebook vacationing in warm destinations.  Seriously have a few couples on my facebook page who literally travel to some of the best destinations locally and around the world frequently.  Literally every weekend of theirs is packed in fun. They defy my man's theory of getting older.

Caught up on some shows as well.  Revenge is crazy this season.  Suppose good writers always have the ability to change things up and keep the viewer hooked.  Wondering is anyone else watching Revenge?  If so, thoughts. 

Well think I've probably already exhausted my limited time on the computer so got to give the brain a rest.  Here's the new parka coat. Hood and fur are both removable. As my niece says cool beans!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Soul Sunday

This weeks Soul Sunday inspiration is about ways to make the dreams of your soul a reality.

7 Simple Ways to Turn Your Dreams into Reality

At some point in all of our lives, we begin to realize our true purpose. This can happen at any stage in someone’s life, but it often involves a complete upheaval of how we used to live. We might move to a new city, find a new job, set out on a worldwide adventure, or start writing that first novel we dreamed about writing for years. Whatever the case might be, you will feel a deep longing to do something differently, and fulfill your dreams no matter what you have to go through along the way. 

However, the gap between dreams and reality often discourages people from following their dreams, and they continue to live with their dream still inside them, trying to forget about their true purpose.
Once you have discovered your deepest passion, though, it will keep nagging you until you take that leap of faith. Below are 7 easy ways to bridge that gap between dreams and reality, and start living your best life now!

1. Don’t Give Into Fear

Have you ever heard the saying “There’s nothing to fear but fear itself?” Keep that in mind when you tell yourself all the reasons that you can’t follow your dreams. Most fear arises from a lack of knowledge about what’s to come; it’s the fear of the unknown. Humans naturally fear what they don’t know because they have no control over unfamiliar circumstances. It all centers around a lack of control and knowledge, but the best way to get over the fear is to just dive in headfirst, and forge ahead into unknown territory. After all, you never know unless you try.

If you’re afraid of something, you should probably do it. Remember when you first went to an amusement park, and rode that roller coaster that you thought you could never face, let alone come off of alive? After your first ride, you probably wanted to ride it again and again. Following your dreams is much the same; life’s a roller-coaster, and the only way to know what lies ahead for you is to get on and see where it takes you.

2. Forget About Normal

Many people never follow their dreams because they believe they must live their lives according to what’s “normal.” But, what’s normal for one person may not be normal for another. One person might be destined for a desk job which leads to an executive position later on down the road. However, your destiny might lead you to a foreign country where you teach English to natives or become a travel writer.

Don’t give into society’s idea about how a person should live. You can create whatever reality you want, so remember to walk your own path. Follow your heart, not the herd.

3. Don’t Listen to Others

This one might seem a little defiant and harsh, but ultimately it’s true. If you spend your life listening to everyone else telling you how you should live it, you will have spent all that time pleasing others instead of yourself. Everyone else loves to tell others how to live their lives because it gives them a sense of control and empowerment, but no one knows as well as you what makes you happy.

Trust yourself; your heart is trying to guide you in the right direction, but if you let others lead you astray, you will always walk every path except for the one you’re meant to follow. It doesn’t matter if others think your idea is crazy or that you will never follow your dreams; do what you have to do and everything else will naturally fall into place for you.

4. Stop Seeking Approval

This relates to the previous topic about listening to your own voice rather than everyone else’s. However, it’s equally important to not be a people pleaser. I believe this goes back to what we were taught by our parents and teachers when we were young; we’re often taught to ask others for guidance or seek other’s advice before we do something. If the person we ask for advice says something isn’t a good idea, we tend to believe them and trust their guidance. We all just want to be well-liked by everyone, which is normal. However, “there is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”—Aristotle.

You only need the approval of one person: yourself. You will never make every person in the world happy, so don’t bother trying. Just do what makes you happy, and other people will either be happy for you, or be jealous. Understand that jealousy is also a form of flattery in itself, and people are often jealous because they wish they had the courage to do what you’re doing with your life. Encourage these people to follow their dreams as well; if everyone followed their dreams, imagine how different the world would be!  

5. Get Comfortable with Uncomfortable

Humans are creatures of comfort; once we get into a routine or pattern, it becomes very difficult to break. That’s why getting out of your comfort zone often helps facilitate growth; the comfort zone is just that: a comfortable place where you can lay your head at night, but nothing grows there. Many people don’t like change and will do anything to avoid it. However, the only difference between following your dreams and letting them go unfulfilled is in change. Nothing ever changed by doing the same thing over and over again; you must make a change in order to see different results.

If you aren’t happy with your current job, then leave. You aren’t a tree, you can move any time you please. We didn’t come to this life to be comfortable, but rather, to challenge ourselves and reach our fullest potential. The most successful people only reached the level they’re at today by getting uncomfortable often. By challenging yourself, you become who you’re meant to be.  

6. Believe in Yourself

If you started believing in yourself, imagine what you could accomplish. You don’t have to know exactly how you’ll get from Point A to Point B, and you don’t even have to have a destination in mind to believe in your journey. If you wholeheartedly believe in your dream, you don’t need anything else. You are already enough, exactly as you are. If you believe you’re smart enough, confident enough, healthy enough, brave enough, etc, then you are. Humans believe what they want to believe, and have incredible power over our own minds. We can literally shape our realities based on our own thoughts and actions, so keep this in mind when you wake up every morning.

If you start believing in your dream and do everything in your power to make it come to life, you need nothing else. Having faith in yourself makes you an unstoppable force of nature, and the Universe will help you make your dream happen as long as you believe in it.  

7. Focus on Love

Love is the opposite of fear, so do everything in your life from a place of love instead. Be loving toward yourself, other people, the environment, other animals, and everything around you. Once you match your energy to the natural loving energy of the Universe, you will get everything you ever wanted. Life is merely a game of energy, and mastering it only requires you to be what you were meant to be, which is love.

Every person is born into this world with loving intentions, and is the embodiment of Love itself. However, hate, fear, stress, and violence are learned behaviors and operate on very low frequencies. Once you strive to come from a place of love with every thought, action, and emotion, you naturally raise your frequency and the Universe responds to that! Love is the answer.

Putting these tips into practice will help bring you closer to truly living a life you deserve, the life of your dreams! Add to the discussion below and share what has helped you live a life that you’ve always imagined
Today is a new day make those dreams a reality! from author Kristen Butler

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Spinach Stuffed Chicken

This is a scrumptious and simple recipe.

Spinach Stuffed Chicken 


1 (10 ounce) package fresh spinach
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup shredded Jack cheese
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast
halves - pounded to 1/2 inch thickness
1 pinch ground black pepper
8 slices bacon


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2. Place spinach in a large glass bowl, and heat in the microwave for 3 minutes, stirring every minute or so, or until wilted. Stir in sour cream, cheese, and garlic.
3. Lay the chicken breasts out on a clean surface, and spoon some of the spinach mixture onto each one. Roll up chicken to enclose the spinach, then wrap each chicken breast with two slices of bacon. Secure with toothpicks, and arrange in a shallow baking dish.
4. Bake uncovered for 35 minutes in the preheated oven, then increase heat to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C), or use the oven's broiler to cook for an additional 5 to 10 minutes to brown the bacon.

Note:  If you prefer bacon crispy I would recommend broiling it.  And maybe even flipping so both sides crisp up.  Also I pan cook the spinach in a little olive oil until wilted.

Wednesday, November 12, 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!

Meeko is a Jack Russell Terrier who is sitting at a shelter that doesn't give dogs a lot of time to find homes. He just wants a chance at having a real friend and experiencing love. Please lets find him a loving home! 
Meeko A4773491 - Gardena, CA

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

Boots is a uniquely handsome, 30 lb, 6 year old Labrador Retriever/ Wirehaired Fox Terrier mix of some sort. Surrendered by his inadequate human to the NYC shelter system in September, he was so terrified he ended up on the euthanasia list. He is good with other cats. dogs and is even house trained.  Please lets find him a great home!

Boots - New York, NY
NY Pet-I-Care inc.
301 East 22nd Street
NYC, NY 10010
Julia  646-429-8882.

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, 11 yrs old. 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, 10 yrs old. 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. 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

Shaggy is a Terrier mix who is 2 years old and 12 lbs. He is an independent little guy who has lots of energy to burn. He is initially selective with his dog friends, but once he has been properly introduced he warms up quickly. He is having a ball in PAWS play groups. He would not be a good match for a home with children, and probably would not be a good match for any but the most confident of cats. Shaggy would benefit from basic obedience training to help with basic commands and his leash walking skills. Please lets find him a loving home!

Shaggy A23600943  - Philadelphia, PA
 Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-298-9680 ext. 16

 Baxter is a Beagle mix, who is around 4-6 years old and 27 lbs. He is a social, laid back friendly guy. who is easy to handle. He gets along with cats, dogs, children and is house trained.  He came to shelter as a stray suffering from severe flea allergic dermatitis. He is been recovering nicely in foster care where he is living the life of a pampered pet.  Please lets find him a great home!

Baxter A24231285- Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-298-9680 ext. 16

Butterscotch is a Labrador Retriever mix who is 2 years old and 40 lbs.  He is a total sweetie, and looking for someone to love. He's never really had a home to call his own.  He's gentle, sweet, and really smart too. He is great on a leash, so perfect pal for a nice long walk. Though he's a bit shy at first, it doesn't take any time at all for him to warm up to anyone willing to give him a nice scratch behind the ears. He is great with other dogs, and mellow enough for even the littlest of humans.  His favorite things are cuddles, cookies, peanut butter and cheese.  Please lets find hm a good home!

Butterscotch - Houston, TX
 Red Collar Rescue
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 11, 2014

Veterans Day

On this Veteran's Day I want to sincerely thank my dad, grandfather, uncle, friends who have served and all our veterans.  For their bravery, courage, sacrifice and service.

Let us never take for granted the freedoms they have fought and worked so hard to obtain.  These freedoms are a gift.  May we use them in a way to help others and make the world a better place. 

It can be difficult to know how you can contribute, show your appreciation and give back to our veterans. Below are links to veterans organizations that help our veterans and their families.

Please use this day to make a difference in a veteran's life. A simple thank you can mean the world.

Disabled American Veterans  

Wounded Warrior Project

Homes For Our Troops

National Veterans Foundation

United States Veterans Initiative

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

Five Ways To Honor Veterans

Monday, November 10, 2014

Monday Musings

Well the weekend wasn't exactly what I expected.  Thursday evening dozed off while watching tv only to wake up with vertigo. Which lingered into the next day.  That's the thing with vertigo attacks they leave me feeling fatigued, weak and overall out of sorts for days after. 

Friday was spent on the couch, most of Saturday too though did a few things and Sunday just settled into couch for nfl football.  Those kind of not feeling well days are hard to deal with, they have a tendency to leave me feeling either anxious or even a little bit down.

For some reason when I feel awful or experience adversity it also seems to weaken my faith.  Then leads me to question why would any God let people suffer, and so on.  So then I start to ponder all the suffering of the world. Oy!

It's strange because around Fall and heading into Winter my symptoms always seem to worsen.  Sometimes wonder if I should try living in a warm environment like south Florida where the weather and temperatures don't have as many extremes.  Just a thought.

Today of course the house needed some cleaning, Cooper needed a bath and while I did it the man just watched.  A follower of my blog emailed me the other day to let me know I wasn't alone, though she added my man may even be lazier than hers. At least that made me laugh. ha

So I'm not the only one but at least her guy hired a cleaning service so neither of them have to.  Though think in his little fantasy world my man believes he does a lot.  Oh well, maybe some day he really will start those two businesses and sell them for lots, then hire someone to do the work he could easily be doing.  A girl can dream. :)

I have often wondered if people are more prone to be and do what they saw growing up.  Work, house cleaning, outdoor stuff, relationships, cooking, social lives, etc., often times those are influenced by our parents or other family.  And it's true that we should all pay attention to how people treat their parents because that's most likely how they will treat others they love. Anyway, there I go getting off on a whole other tangent.

At least I have this little guy to snuggle next to on those days I don't feel hundred percent or am worn out.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Soul Sunday

Simple and soulful inspiration for this Sunday.

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
 Watch your words; they become actions. 
Watch your actions; they become habit. 
Watch your habits; they become character. 
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

Wednesday, November 5, 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!

Malone is a Jack Russell Terrier. He is a gorgeous boy who is 3 years old and about 14 pounds. He is very well behaved with other dogs, even liking to curl up with the other dogs in his foster mom's house when he sleeps. Malone is very affectionate and sweet with people. This handsome little fellow is very athletic but is really the best of all worlds in the breed, because of his love of people and other dogs. He will make a delightful addition to about any lucky family. Please lets find him a loving home!

Malone - San Diego, CA
Russell Rescue CA, Inc RRCA
 San Diego, CA 92117
 Ally at

Mali is a 1.5 year old female lab mix and is looking for her forever home outside of the city.She is funny, loving and like to get belly rubs and snuggles. She is very smart and learn tricks easily. Knows many basic behaviors including sit, down, leave, stay, come, wait, search and paw.She has lovely household manners and great self control around food no table or counter surfing for her. She loves to play and be chased by her doggie friends but think she might do better in a home as an only dog. She has never been around cats so not sure how she would do living with them. She loves to learn new tricks, play, go on walks, go on hikes and swim, but at the same time she is a very mellow and relaxed dog around the home. She is originally from the south and is not adjusting well to the noises in New York City. She is very afraid of all the loud noises but oves being outside of the city She would be so happy in a home in a suburban or rural area. She bonds quickly with new people, but can be shy around strangers. Please lets find her a great home!

Mali - New York, NY

Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals
Attn: NYC Feral Cat Initiative
244 Fifth Avenue, Suite R290
New York, NY 10001
  (212) 330-0033
Moxie and Tater are Chihuahua mixes. They are 8 years old, Tater is 16 lbs Molly 21 lbs. The rescue were pulling dogs from a local kill shelter in the region and found these two. It was luck and similar handwriting on cage cards that helped us figure out that these dogs in separate cages were from the same place. Tater was social at the front of the cage willing to say hello. Moxie was shut down and terrified in another cage far down the hall. We put a leash on Tater and went to Moxie's cage and from behind the bars Moxie immediately perked up, and ran to the front of the cage to see his friend. We quickly reunited them, and took them both back to PAWS. We know that their owner died, but it's the only history we have on them. Tater is the confident one, Moxie is the shy one who has a hard time being confident alone. Because they are a little older, and Moxie is so bonded, we are trying not to split them up. They are small, get along with other dogs and are not exceptionally yappy little dogs. Little kids might be a bit much for this mature pair, but otherwise they enjoy meeting strangers and exploring new places. Please lets find them a good home they can go to together!

Moxie and Tater - Philadelphia, PA

PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) 
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-298-9680 ext. 16.
Scout is a 8 year old Basset Hound who was adopted from Basset Buddies in 2009 and recently returned through no fault of his own. He's hoping good fortune will strike again and a loving family will scoop him up for the rest of his life. Scout is healthy, houset rained, and friendly. Oddly enough, he loves cats but will do best in a home with no other dogs. Scout is very sweet and the perfect pet for older children. Please lets find this little guy a loving home!

Scout - Houston, TX

Basset Buddies Rescue of Texas 
P.O. Box 130244
Houston, TX 77219
(281) 657-7347

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, November 3, 2014

Monday Musings

We went from warm, sunny days to cold, freezing temperatures. And yesterdays gusty winds actually brought a chunk of our tree toppling down.  It's officially sweater weather, and my puffy winter coat is making an appearance already!

Halloween brought a lot of kids here, while it started off slow the later it got the more kids began to show up.  Being it was Coopers first he didn't know what to make of all the kids dressed up, lets just say he was barking up a storm.  The man actually met up with a friend later in the night so no parties for us. Though I'm thinking maybe we should throw one next year, it would be fun to get dressed up in costume.

Overall the week involved a lot of outdoor work.  Trying to clean things up, get the leaves ready for pick up and prepare plants for overwintering.

Saturday night we played scrabble, which has become a favorite.  The man seems to think he wins at all the games we play but it was I who won this match!  Not that I'm all that competitive but it is fun to occasionally win.  :)

Sunday was all about football.  The Eagles quarterback who I'm quite fond of broke his collarbone, so he will be on injured reserve for awhile.  Of course Philly finally has a quarterback I like and he gets injured.  Meanwhile the man's Broncos took a beating from the Patriots.  Needless to say he wasn't happy.  Weekends basically are consumed by his sportsboss business. Not sure he fully enjoys watching sports anymore when there is so much pressure on games he's picks for others to win.

It's interesting because I think pretty much everyone would like to run their own business, and have the freedoms that come along with it.  But in all honestly owning a business is a lot of work.  It doesn't come with benefits, there are actually more taxes taken out of ones pay and overall taking vacations isn't exactly as easy as everyone believes it will be.  Think there are more benefits to working for someone than being the boss that many don't even consider.  Though I think the idea of the freedom and hours not being set in stone is the most appealing aspect of owning a business.

Anyway not sure how I even got off on that tangent but I'm feeling tired, and not much like writing so I'm going to go try to relax and think of something to cook for dinner on this chilly evening!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Soul Sunday

You cannot heal what you refuse to first acknowledge.

You never change things by fighting the existing reality.  To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.  If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  You can’t keep doing the same thing everyday and expect different results. In order for your life to change, you must change, to the degree that you change your actions and your thinking is to the degree that your life will change.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer.  Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change yourself and the world. 

Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made.  If you want a different result, make a different choice.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Oreo Cheesecake Cookies

My obsession with Golden Double Stuff Oreos continues. Love to experiment with recipes containing them. This one is very light, in some ways reminds me of a butter cookie.  Highly suggest leaving the oreo pieces more chunky than crumbling them fine.

Oreo Cheesecake Cookies

2 stick of butter, softened
1 8 oz brick of cream cheese
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 1/4 cups white flour
20 Oreo cookies, broken into pieces

1. Cream together butter, cream cheese and sugar.
2. Add flour and mix well.
3. Fold in Oreo pieces.
4. Scoop 1 inch balls of dough onto prepared baking sheet.  Grease a little.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 14-16 minutes. You want edges to be slightly browned and the middle
    to be soft.
6. Let cool for 10 minutes on the cookie sheet before letting cool on rack/plate. 36 cookies.

Note: I cut recipe in half, and added a little less sugar than recipe calls for.

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