Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday Musings

This Monday still wearing a puffy winter jacket, which pretty much explains our still cold winter like weather.  The so called weather experts say it's going to warm up soon but not sure any one believes it at this point.  Global warming has apparently made this are of the world permanently cold. ha

In other news....Thursday was the man's birthday which we celebrated with one of his favorite meals hamburgers and ice cream cake.  Friday we celebrated Cooper's birthday with a special meal, cupcake, new toys and lots of extra attention. He seemed to enjoy it thoroughly.  Especially opening the gifts. It's interesting as Coopers birthday falls right after the mans, and Angels fell right after mine. 

Still trying to get the man to man up and take more responsibility for Cooper.  His lame excuse for not taking Cooper out is "he doesn't do his business for me".  In my opinion higher degrees don't teach common sense. A course in common sense and how to handle the basics of life need to be taught in high school and college. If he had read the puppy/dog books I asked him to on training maybe he would understand.  Everyone knows dogs need exercise and walks, they don't just do there business in a few seconds. Just like the man sits on the toilet for a little to do his business, Cooper deserves the same time and patience to do his.  :)  Men! (okay some men not all) haha

Meanwhile, my niece had her tonsils and adenoids removed.  They were large and interfering with her breathing.  She will be out of school for at least the week as she recuperates. Given the size of both she is in a decent amount of pain, doesn't have much of a voice yet and even drinking is very hard.

So the man and I visited her on Saturday.  Played wii, and a little indoor game of ball which got her drinking.  Everyone was worried as she would not drink but a little mild play worked to get her sipping again and we all celebrated!

I'm a telling you a day spent with my niece is just a beautiful.  Her energy is amazing, love hearing what she has to say.  If we just listen kids can be so enlightening.  Only wish we got to spend more time with her, wish some how there was a way we could all live a little closer to each other.

We also toured a house but decided the price was a little too high given the quality of the inside and surrounding neighborhood.  So the search for a charming house in our budget continues. Everyone tells me not to stress but it's hard not to. 

Sunday we chilled out, watched more March Madness basketball and even took a nap. 

My top back tooth is bothering me which is not good.  Means I'm going to have to suck it up, confront my fears of the dentist numbing agents again and some how find money to pay for more work. It doesn't help that I clench my teeth. And a mouth guard to help with clenching costs $400 which insurance won't cover. Crazy.

But for now I need to get back to work over here.  The typical Monday list of things to do, including paintings to be completed.  And continue dreaming about warm weather places to live!  :)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Soul Sunday

The often hectic nature of your life can frequently result in forgetting what's important. From the moment you wake, you’re already thinking about what you need to do, where you need to be, and how to go about accomplishing the things that demand your attention. Often forgotten in this daily routine are simple realities and truths of life that we all need to remember.

Some truths of your existence can indeed be complex – your purpose, relationships, psychology… but there are also simple, universal truths that your can and should recognize. The recognition and application of these simple truths will make your life flow more easily  Here are 7 simple truths that can help you in your daily life.
  1. Accepting your flaws is much easier than fighting them.

Everyone has things about themselves that they wish they could change – intellect, looks, health, and a myriad of other attributes. This is especially true when it comes to how we appear, physically and otherwise, to other people.

The important thing to remember here is that the people who truly love you do so with full acceptance, if not knowledge of, your flaws. Of course, in recognizing your “flaws” you take one step closer to loving yourself – the most important kind of love.
2. Attempting to fight things beyond your control can be fruitless (and even harmful).

Things “beyond your control” include any and all situations and events that happen without your influence. There can be countless other scenarios that are without a doubt tough situations, but ones in which your impact is limited or even null. The importance of recognizing and accepting things beyond your control is paramount. Many people go their entire lives attempting to control the uncontrollable. The result is excessive worry, stress, and impairment in the quality of life. Sometimes, this undue stress can manifest itself into physical symptoms if not controlled.

When a tough situation happens in your life, think of it as an opportunity to build upon your character and strength. Remember, “This too shall pass,” and you’ll be a better, stronger individual because of it. 
3. Emotional decisions are often bad ones.

Allowing temporary emotions, however strong they may be, to displace your logic and intellect is never a good practice. When you make an emotional decision, you are reactive and not proactive. These reactions occur with a very small amount of conscious thought and the presence of too many momentary feelings that will flee once you take yourself out of the situation.

A good rule of thumb is to allow yourself to feel whatever the emotion may be, take a few deep breaths, isolate yourself from the situation if possible, and give yourself a moment to think. Remember this quick practice whenever an impulse arises that may result in regret later.
4.  Every mistake is a teachable moment.

No matter how diligent, mindful, responsible, or disciplined you are you will make mistakes. Human beings are fallible, and although you are probably a good person, mistakes happen. It’s a part of life.

The beautiful thing is that every mistake that you make teaches you something new and takes you one step closer to your destination. Every time you make a mistake, it builds on that inner strength that already resides in your being.

Results of your mistakes always end up in one of two ways – you either succeed or you learn something valuable. Not a bad deal at all. Repeating the same mistake over and over without eventually learning from it is the only true error.
5. Life is too short not to appreciate it.
You are truly a fortunate creature – given an authentically unique existence that nobody else will ever experience. Regardless of the circumstances facing you, there are small things in your life to be grateful for. Life always has its beautiful moments, even if they go unrecognized some of the time.

The best advice here is to try and be mindful and present in every situation. For example, if you are eating dinner with your family, only eat dinner with your family. Turn the TV off, put away the smartphone, and just appreciate your loved ones while enjoying a meal. Whatever the situation is, just be present.  
6. You have gifts that no one else does.

Our society is a hyper-competitive one. It’s all about the next deal, money, promotions, a bigger house, a nicer car, more education, more overtime… it may feel you are chasing a train on a never ending track. The result of this mentality being ingrained into your being is that you end up feeling inadequate or shortchanged in some way.

But remember – you are different. You have different strengths and intricate abilities that truly no one else has. So when you find yourself playing a circus game with Life as the evil carnie, take a few moments to remember (even write down) your truly unique abilities and be grateful for them. 
7. Love is the most precious part of our existence.

The most important, simple truth of them all and one that can be easily taken for granted. At the end of your journey, what is going to matter the most to you? The response is simple for the vast majority of us – the time we spent with the ones we love. All of the possessions in the world won’t hold a stick to the moments you spent (being present!) with the people who love you unconditionally. In the end, truly nothing else matters.

Do something your future self will thank you for and take some time each day to remember number seven. Then, be with your loved ones as if nothing else in the world exists …for as long as you can.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Cooper's Day

Happy Birthday to our little man Cooper.  Otherwise known as Mr Cooper or Cooper Jake.  It's his first and he's trying to figure it out all. The gifts have his tail wagging.

Hard to believe he is a year already, seems like just yesterday he was all of 3 lbs.  Though he is a Westie like Angel, he has a completely different personality.

He is hyper, playful, loves to snuggle, scared of the oddest things, likes to steal socks, barks at every thing he sees or hears, some times quite a handful and overall a bundle of loving energy.  Luckily he is neutered as he loves to hump things, including our arms. ha  He brings a renewed sense of life and energy to the house.  He's a people person who loves to be outside in nature.  And keeps us on our toes for sure.

Soon he will be taking his first class to learn some manners.  And maybe even teach us a thing or two.

So today we celebrate our Cooper who we love with all our hearts.  Happy Birthday!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Losing A Piece Of Happiness

As if the past few years haven't been difficult enough.  Especially this past year after losing Angel, and struggling with this chronic dizziness.  All the man has gone through.  Truthfully at times the burdens have seemed so heavy.  So the other day when I got the call from our landlord saying they are finally ready to move back home my heart sunk.  All I could think was no not the house, it's my happy place.

Maybe no one will even relate to this.  But through all the rough times this little charming cottage house built in 1920 has been my sanctuary of sorts.  A source of happiness.  Not to mention it's filled with memories of Angel, especially the lovely front porch where her and I often sat together. Literally cannot imagine having to leave this house, and all the memories here. 

The house isn't perfect by any means. In fact it actually needs quite a bit of restoration and work, but it's been perfect for us.  Even without a dishwasher.  There wasn't a day I took living here for granted, every day in my prayers I gave gratitude for this house. I love the inside charm it holds....the fireplace, french doors, old claw tub, unique color of the walls in each room, the spacious basement to store stuff.
And for the beautiful front porch. The lovely outdoor gardens that surround the property and even the basketball hoop we play on.

So I don't understand why this is happening now. Many emotions that are hard to put into words.  One of my first thoughts was why God, he knows how much this house means to me. Haven't we already had enough hardships these past few years, now this. One of my neighbors told me to have faith, but my faith feels at an all time low. 

The neighbors are another wonderful aspect of this house.  They are the best, both next doors neighbors are amazing and nice.  We all try to help each other out when needed. They are hard working, good people. The same could be said about the other neighbors around us.  Not to mention Cooper has so many doggie friends who visit just to say hi and play.  Finding neighbors and neighborhoods like ours isn't easy. Leaving the neighbors will be just as sad and heartbreaking.

We honestly don't have much time to find another place as she is talking maybe mid summer.  It took us over a year to find this place as house rentals aren't easy to come by in this area especially within our budget and that are pet friendly too.  The rentals that are available go quickly as there is stiff competition for them.  I really wish we could find something in the same area and neighborhood. So not only do I feel very sad but really stressed and worried. And this kind of stress is not good right now.

Truthfully the plan five years ago was to save up for a down payment for our own home but life had other plans.  Between me having to give up full time work, then the man being out of work for two years things weren't financially ideal.  Hence there was no extra money to put aside to save. We are still working on trying to improve the mans credit.  Finding out this news just as the man started his new job locally feels rather devastating to us.  Especially since he  wanted a job close to home and finally found one.  Just as we are starting to get our feet back on the ground, to have to give up a home we love and try to find another rental now feels defeating.

At this age I just want a house of our own, no more rentals just something real that we can call home and mean it.  A house we can pour our heart and soul into knowing it's truly ours.

As with anything one love it hurts to give it up.  And my heart hurts right now.  Our cottage house means the world to me, it holds so many memories as well and I don't know how to let it go.  It's really hard to let something goes that has brought such happiness. And what if we can't find another house that evokes that feeling of happiness, what then? 

It's brings up so many deeper questions as well as I will never understand life. And wonder why when something good happens does something not good seem to happen too?  Do things happen for reasons, is there any rhyme or reason to it all?  So many questions and thoughts, yet little answers.

Here is a photo captured during the summer a few years back with our little Angel.  And another recent one during snow. Our piece of happiness that we wish we could hold onto forever. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Woof Wednesday

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

 Daisy is a senior Weimaraner Mix who really wants to find a family to call her own.  Please lets find her a loving home!

 Daisy - Los Angeles, CA

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

Daisy is one of thousands of dogs in need of homes at all the Los Angeles county shelters, these are high kill places where dogs are given only limited time to find homes.  

Jay is a lively happy go lucky 8 months, 25 lbs White/Orange Wirehaired Terrier/Beagle Mix.   He was thrown out of a car along with his sister and abandoned in Orchard Beach, NY. Luckily the folks that saw them being tossed, pulled over and saved them from getting hit by other cars. His sister has been adopted, but he's still looking for a home. He is just a happy puppy, very active and full of energy! He loves to run, play and get into mischief. He needs structured daily exercise/discipline and basic obedience training. He would be best to get my 'ya yas' out with another active young dog, person or a family who is very active. He would love a big fenced in backyard to do zoomies in and just play! He is very jumpy so it would be best for him to go with kids ages 8 yrs+. Please lets find him a great home!

Jay - Staten Island, NY

Baby Jay

Tails of Love Animal Rescue, Inc.
Staten Island, NY 10302

Wallace is a Labrador Retriever puppy mix. He is possibly the cutest and sweetest puppy ever. He  may not be able to hear you or see you very well, but that doesn't stop him from being a sweet cuddle bug. Wallace suffers from Micropthalmia and deafness but is otherwise healthy. He is very smart, and is doing well with house breaking and crate training. He loves his doggy foster brothers, it would be great for him to have a friend to show him the ropes. Please lets find him a good home!

Wallace - Philadelphia, PA

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

Charlie, or Chet as he is nicknamed is a male Terrier Mix approximately 1 year old. He weighs between 16 - 17 lbs and am full grown. He is a bit timid, some say a bit shy until he gets to know you, but if you have an empty lap he would sure enjoy being in it. He is the one and only snuggle buddy if you let him. He loves to play and dance around when he gets excited. He is good around other dogs his size and loves to play with them. He is still learning to play with those a little bigger than him. He likes playing with all kinds of toys, will patiently lay and play with them while he watches you all day. He is house trained and is learning to sleep in a crate at night but would prefer sleeping next to his person if that is allowed. He just wants to be close. He has a lot more to learn including walking on leash, but is a fast learner. Please lets find him a loving home!

Chet - Wylie, TX
 DFW Pup Patrol 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! 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday Musings

Given it's officially Spring didn't think I would be talking about snow again, yet mother nature some how didn't get the note about the season change.  As Friday 6 inches of snow fell covering any foliage that might be starting to grow. Of course all the weather forecasters were only predicting 1-3. They might have the best job ever, get paid a lot of money and get to keep their jobs even if their forecasts are wrong more than right. And cold air is only sticking around, our temperatures are below normal not to mention it's taking a toll on people's spirits as well.

March Madness officially started so we were basically glued to watching games from Thursday on.  At least mid week we got out for a little shopping for the man.  Some new cologne and jeans.  His jeans were on sale at Macy's and with coupon they literally came to $15 each.  Now that's a bargain! I even got some great bargains on t shirts at Target they were running their annual $5 t shirt sale.  These days I refuse to pay more than $7 for tees as the materials are just too thin to pay anymore.

Friday we were snowed in.  Saturday and Sunday watched basketball, napped and did a few errands.  Still feeling completely exhausted, the dizziness is still disrupting my sleep.  Basically desperately search for something that might help me sleep and/or just help this chronic dizzy feeling that won't seem to let up.  The lack of sleep has me feeling not only exhausted but foggy, cranky and out of it.

In fact cooking a homemade pizza I sustained a very bad burn on my thumb, it formed an instant large bubble. Had to sleep with a cold wet towel wrapped around it because it burned so bad. Currently not feeling much as the bubble actually numbed area for now. Surely a result of my feeling so dang exhausted and off balance.  While I love to cook have to be careful when feeling so off balance.

Meanwhile Villanova got knocked out of the tournament by NC State.  Very disappointing to fans as many felt they would be playing in the championship game this season.  To not even make it to the sweet sixteen was surprising and crushing for fans. Then again that's why they refer to it as madness, a lot of games and never know who is going to come out with the win.

Honestly I didn't feel Villanova was going to make it far in the tournament, nor did I pick them in my bracket.  Though I was hoping they would. Needless to say our plans to head to the Sweet Sixteen tournament are now no longer.  Which would have been fun, and a little getaway would have been nice.  My bracket is holding up but still a lot of games to be played. Though when your team gets knocked out it kind of takes away something from watching the games.  Congrats if your team advanced to the sweet sixteen.

The man started his new job today.  After two years of being home together it's going to be a change.  It's not easy for anyone to go back to working full time after being off for so long.  During that time he worked on his sports website but it's not the same as having to go into an office everyday and work 40 hours.  Think he felt both apprehensive and excited about the opportunityu.  Hoping he likes it as it took awhile to find a small, innovative and rather laid back company.  And guess who happened to find the job for him, me! 

It's going to feel lonely and quiet around here as though he isn't a huge talker we still had conversations throughout the day.  It took awhile to get used to having him home all the time and it's going to take equally as long to get used to him not always being around now.  We miss him.  Though luckily the company happens to be local so that's a bonus too. We'll see how it goes.

Today I've got a list of things I would like to accomplish.  So before I screw up my brain by being on the computer too long going to go get to it.  Did I mention it's Spring and that we are still wearing heavy fleece to keep warm?  Not to mention winter jackets and snow boots.

If it's warm where you are enjoy it for those of us who are still stuck in Winter.  And maybe invite us for a weekend too?  :)

Oh and it's National Puppy Day so of course have to share a photo of Cooper man as a puppy! This is him at 12 weeks.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Soul Sunday

We often here of ways to increase physical strength, but what about spiritual strength?

Like building physical strength when you work out, building spiritual strength is similar but on the inside. Building your “spiritual strength” activates your spirit and connection to the divine from within, giving you the power you need to live a life of purpose and fulfillment. Even though you already may be living a fulfilling life, your spiritual exercises will make life that much sweeter.

Just like the feeling after a physical workout, spiritual exercise allows your energy to flow more freely, and the feelings of love and positivity will fill your being. Negative thoughts will be forgotten and negative experiences will diminish.

When you give and receive positive energy through these exercises, you immediately feel happier. Here’s 7 simple spiritual exercises you can try right now.

7 Exercises for Spiritual Strength

1. Spend more time with loving, encouraging family/friends.

Think of your relationships for a moment, does it paint a picture that you’d like to improve?

Some of your best moments in life can be with family, but some others may not be so memorable. Don’t hold on to the negative memories – they’re too much of a burden to bear. Release them and know that they will be taken care of for you. You are meant to be happy and enjoy life, especially happy times with those who you are close with. When you’re focused on being spiritually centered, you are always divinely protected. Some negative thoughts can come up and try to bring you down, but you can be confident in your spiritual strength, letting it speak for you – kind of like a bodyguard!

Give this time with your family or friends the attention and love it deserves. When your heart opens up to your loved ones this way, new patterns and thoughts develop in you. From these new thoughts, you can build the foundation to healthier relationships.

Take action to show those important to you how much you appreciate them. It can be as simple as a phone call or email to warm someone’s heart. It could even turn their whole life around.

2. Go outside as much as possible.

Getting outside is vital to building your spiritual strength. An increased connection to nature and the Earth places you in alignment with the real living energy. It directly connects you to the divine, allowing positive energy to channel to you and through you. Enjoy the sunshine and let it shine on your face (your pineal gland is actually light sensitive) You can do this more by making it a habit to eat outdoors or even take a walk to watch the sunrise or sunset.

As you spend more time outside, be aware of the sights and sounds of nature. Feel the energy of the wind as it blows past you and be sure to smell your surroundings. You were meant to be pleased through your senses, and nature can do that in multiple ways.

3. Reduce distractions. (TV, Radio, Internet, Newspaper)

Media can fill your mind with thousands of ads, episodes, and events that are nowhere near vital to living your best life. When you reduce the absorption of participating in these activities, there is far less manufactured stimuli being fed in, and your brain has a chance to be silent. These moments of silence gives you an opportunity to strengthen your spiritual connection and those around you.

And if you’re not ready to give these things up or reduce your intake (we understand), just try to sharpen your focus on what you do want to see, rather than what you don’t.

4. Observe your thoughts about the people around you.

It’s very important to send positive energy to others as well as opening up to receive it yourself. There’s no room in this life to judge others, as you may be judged by others for your own actions. Focusing on pain, gossip, fear, or sadness does not serve anyone.

The energy you send others can help them hurdle their challenge, or stumble trip and fall. Be kind to all people. See the good (and the God) in them and help try to amplify that voice to help lead them to their best life. You may have no idea the kind of battle they’re fighting right now – the energy you send them is very important.

5. Step out in faith.

Be confident to stand strong in the face of adversity. Know that the Divine has got your back, and that a bigger breakthrough is in store for you beyond your challenges. There may be forces that have an investment in keeping you from receiving your best life, but when you decide to stand up or speak out, knowing that your faith is bigger than your fear, the illusion of fear that’s trying to hold you down will diminish and eventually disappear.

You become stronger and wiser when you step out in faith. The lessons brought about by all people and situations we come into contact with are our teachers AND our exams – take this chance to get an A+!

6. Be of service to others.

History shows that the most spiritually strong, peaceful, loving people were focused on being of service to others. Jesus, Buddha, Mother Theresa, Gandhi… the list goes on. There is real power and peace in service for its own sake. Take time to help someone in need, or share a contact with them who can. You don’t have to be special to be the turning point in someone’s life – every person you encounter is brought to you for a specific reason. Serve the situation and your spiritual strength will surely grow.

7. Make prayer/meditation a habit.

Regular observance of the “unseen” helpers and guides, angels, or whomever you call on that surrounds you, will cause a change in you. A great exercise for spiritual strength is to pray or meditate (however you prefer) at least two times a day.

Prayer or meditation usually has a formal beginning like “Dear God,” or “Dear Heavenly Father,” or “Oh Great Healing Spirit.” Other faiths have specific rituals, such as the Muslim religion reciting “The Opening” in a specific posture. It can be practiced in a variety of ways and positions, but all will ultimately help build your spiritual strength and lead you to your best life. As you pray/meditate, sit quietly and allow the divine to come into you to strengthen and illuminate your spirit. Keep your requests in the positive tense, focusing on healing instead of sickness or disease, abundance instead of scarcity, and so on. If you acknowledge the negative energy, you claim ownership to it and allow it to stay in your life. Flood it with the positive!

Be sure to also set aside specific times for this spiritual exercise and try your best to stick to this schedule. This discipline shows the divine that you are ready to show up for life. You can practice prayer and meditation at any time however, you can connect with the divine whenever you like, just by reminding yourself verbally or through thought that you are always one. Over time, you will see many positive results from this spiritual strength exercise.

Develop a routine from these exercises and remain steadfast in your focus of growing your spiritual strength. As you practice, you’ll see your life improve in front of your eyes and will also see that there’s far more strength inside you than you could have ever imagined. Spiritual strength creates beautiful life experiences that cannot be explained in physical terms, gives you confidence, and lets you know that you’re moving in the right direction of life.

Sunrise, morning mist, misty, fence, tree, sunbeams, sun, field, beauty of Nature, photo

Thursday, March 19, 2015

March Madness

Let the March Madness begin, may the best team and bracket win!

Got a favorite team? Who is your pick to win it all?

We are hoping Nova goes far.  Always been a big fan of Villanova and Temple both local Philly teams and schools.  Since Temple got robbed of a spot this year all focus is on Villanova.   On a side note their coach Jay Wright, best dressed coach around, also went to my high school.  And my favorite player Ryan Arcidiacono grew up in same area.

They won the Big East this season but can they win it all? We'll see....

Let's Go Villanova!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Woof Wednesday

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

Murphy is a West Highland Terrier mix. He is 1 years old and 14 lbs. What a playful dog Murphy is. He is smart and knows simple commands. He loves to play with dogs and nice with people too. He can initially be cautious when meeting people but warms up pretty quick and then is a BFF. Because he can be a bit shy we suggest kids over 12yrs. He enjoys indoors and outdoors. He enjoys sitting next to you on the couch. He is a happy & good boy considering he was found abandoned, filthy and depressed living on the streets of East L.A.  He is even house trained.  Please lets find him a loving home!

Murphy - Marina Del Rey, CA

 Starpaws Rescue
333 W. Washington Blvd P.O#309
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(424) 229-1614


 Curly is an amazing 4 year old, 60lbs purebred Bull terrier. He lives with a small child and another dog. He is not good with cats, he just gets too excited. He is fully housebroken, knows basic commands, its your typical sweet and playful Bull terrier. We would love for him to go with someone that is breed experienced, that can provide him with the love and care he deserves.  If interested go to the website below and fill our application. Please lets find him a great home!

Curly - New York, NY

 Social Tees Animal Rescue
325 East 5th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 614-9653

 Sam is a very sweet little beagle. He is 24 pounds, and definitely needs to gain some weight. He was very nervous when he arrived, so we've given him some time to settle. He loves people, and just wants to be around you. When we come home from work, he hears our voices, and his tail goes a mile a minute. He is such a people dog. He's happiest when he can cuddle with someone. He's doing very well with our 4 dogs (sizes from 30 to 70 pounds). He wasn't sure of them at first, but once he settled in he was fine with them. He likes romping in the yard. I don't know if he's ever been walked on leash, as he's a bit uncertain about that, but he's definitely doing better. He also didn't know about stairs, but we've worked with him and he is good with them, too.  He is just a sweet, low key guy who wants a family to love him. Please lets find him a good home!

Sam - Philadelphia, PA

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


  Charlotte is a Labrador/Golden Retriever mix.  She is 3-4 years old and 45 lbs.  Charlotte is very sweet, friendly, great with other dogs, happy and well mannered. Please lets find her a loving home!

Charlotte - Houston, TX

 Red Collar Rescue
Houston, TX 77002

 Harley is a Chihuahua. She is a sweet heart who is finding herself in need of a new home.  She is 10 but still has love to give.  She had some teeth pulled recently and feels great.  Her owner is being impacted by the current economy and asking the rescue to find her an awesome forever home. Please lets find her a great home! 

 Harley - Brookfield, WI

JRs Pups N Stuff
Brookfield, WI 53005
(414) 640-8473

 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, March 17, 2015

Saint Patrick

On this day of celebration for Saint Patrick thought it might be interesting to learn more about the man behind the name and rather popular holiday.  The one day where everyone is Irish and wears green.  And many seem to use it as an excuse to drink too much. On a side note, the man's name is Patrick though he hasn't exactly lived a saint inspired life. ha So lets get back to Saint Patrick....

Saint Patrick was born about 385 in Scotland. His parents, Calpurnius and Conchessa, were Catholic Romans living in Britain in charge of the colonies. This might even make Saint Patrick an Italian. At the age of fourteen, raiders captured Patrick and took him as a slave to Ireland, a land of Druids and pagans. Patrick learned the Irish language and customs.

While a slave, Patrick's faith in God grew and he wrote "The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was raised, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same." "I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain."

When Patrick was twenty, he had a dream in which God told him to leave Ireland by going to the coast. He escaped and found a boat that took him back to Britain and his family. Later Patrick dreamed that Irish were calling, "We beg you, holy youth, to come and walk among us once more."

Patrick studied, became a priest, and, later, a bishop. In 433, he went to take the Gospel to Ireland. Patrick preached the Gospel throughout Ireland, converted thousands, and began building churches. Patrick is famous for using the shamrock (a three-leaf clover) to explain the Trinity. Patrick preached for 40 years and died on March 17, 461 at Saul, where he had built the first church.

Patrick's feast day is March 17 and he is the patron saint of Ireland.  But that's only a brief summary, to learn more in depth about Saint Patrick's amazing life visit this link....Saint Patrick

May we all be inspired by Saint Patrick today and everyday!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Monday Musings

This might be the first Monday in a while that I'm not talking about snow. Though Spring still seems far off as our temperatures are still only averaging mid forties, high fifties if lucky.  There have been a few days that even seemed more Fall like.

Our weekends haven't been all that exciting, unless you consider watching sports 24/7 to be.  March Madness is here so that explains some of it, and then some of it is just the man's thing. It's true the man's one true love and obsession in life is sports. His life revolves around it and everything else pretty much takes a backseat to it. And while he balks about having to spend money, especially pay debts, he always finds enough money for a big sports game.

Though I did spend a good amount of time cooking. Trying out a new lasagna roll up recipe and baking homemade carrot cupcakes complete with cream cheese icing.  Without a dishwasher cooking such elaborate things can make clean up take quite a while. Love cooking but can't say the same of hand washing everything.

Meanwhile I'm sinking into exhaustion.  This so called Vertigo Migraine and chronic dizziness is kicking my butt. It literally has been disrupting my sleeps for months now. Basically toss and turn all night in bed because I feel dizzy during sleep, then wake up feeling groggy, sleepy and dizzy.

My doctor finally arrived back from India, she goes there for a month or two every year.  Upon her arrival back she was swamped. Her disappointment after learning of my less than stellar John Hopkins visit was evident, she didn't like how the specialists basically put everything on her to figure out. As she put it he's the specialists trained in that area not her.

The list of medicines he suggested we could try did not impress her as she felt many were too risky, strong and came with even worse side effects. But she said it's up to me if I want to become a lab rat of sorts, if I'm willing to endure some suffering in the process and understand that none of them are guaranteed. 

Honestly not knowing what to do, not having real answers is the hardest part.  It's a scary feeling. It makes you realize how uncontrollable life can be.  Even my daily prayers seem to go unanswered.  The other night while outside walking the dog found myself so completely frustrated with the situation that while gazing up at the stars I questioned God himself. Then thought to myself who does that? Uh me.

There I was asking if even he existed, if so what about my prayers.  Why couldn't he heal me of this dizziness and vertigo for good. Then of course I felt terrible for even doubting him, then again my personality tends to lean itself toward a doubting Thomas of sorts.  Guess I just don't understand how such suffering can exist in life, and why would any God allow it.  But that's a whole other topic for another day.

Villanova won the Big East and a one seed in the tournament.  Watch out they are a team to be reckoned with this season.  Go Nova! Though there are always a few teams that seem to deserve making it that don't, which doesn't seem fair.   In football the Eagles acquired Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray. Fans feelings were mixed on Bradford given his injury riddled past and the fact we had to give up Foles for him, but with all the change there is also a feeling of excitement as well. Of course today even more rumors swirled as Tebow worked out for them. Even though they already have three quarterbacks. If only he would entertain the idea of switching positions he might actually be playing in the nfl.

Meanwhile all the snow kept Cooper inside more which may have been what brought on a urinary infection.  Out of no where the other night the little guy started peeing in the house after he had just been outside.  The vet said they see much more of such things during in climate weather.  Of course the man tends to be rather lazy when it comes to taking Cooper out. He feels Cooper should not have to go out as frequently, so often times discounts the moments Cooper indicate he needs to.  So I've got him on a new schedule where no matter what we are doing he goes out at set times, it's much easier to track that way.

Which brings me to pet peeves, laziness drives me crazy.  Along with things such as selfishness, procrastination, messiness, crazy drivers, narcissists, poor attitudes, weak communication and rudeness.  Seems like a lot but frankly are probably more. ;)  Do you have pet peeves,if so what are they?

Oh and I'm guessing some one that may be reading this right now is actually experiencing Spring, if so remind me of what it's like.....

Haven't taken many photos lately but here's one of Cooper with his new bone. A trip to Petco resulted in new food, treats and toys.  Life is short you might as well spoil the ones you love!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Soul Sunday

“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.”

Have you ever wondered what gives some people the willingness to move without fear or hesitation? They do things you believe you can’t do because you’re afraid of the outcome, of the unknown, of the pain.

You see people who can let go of things that might matter to them, and move on with their lives without struggling too much. You see people who can quit or change their jobs, end difficult relationships, and travel around the world, just like that.

Sometimes you regret not trying harder to follow in the footsteps. And you wonder…

What do these people have that I don’t? What’s their secret?  
Here are some time tested strategies for courageously living life without regrets:

Be as weird as you are. – Don’t be afraid to provoke the status quo. Maybe some of your ideas are crazy. But crazy ideas are what shake the world. Crazy ideas make revolutions. So don’t be afraid to be different, and don’t be afraid to break traditions. Sure, some people will be frustrated and opposed to your weirdness. Some people might even criticize you. But even if it takes time for them to embrace your ideas, you’re showing them a new way of thinking. You’re planting a seed in their heads and opening their minds – and you’re opening your own mind too. The minute you understand that you can be weird and mold life your own way, you allow yourself to shake off the erroneous notion that life is just there, and that you’re just going to exist in it, rather than embrace it, change it, improve it, and truly live it.

Choose to act even when you’re unsure of your ability. – Everyone has doubts about their abilities. You might think you’re not good enough, not smart enough, or not strong enough. And it’s okay if you’re not great at something, because you don’t have to be. It doesn’t matter if you don’t do things perfectly either. What matters is that you dare to try. Instead of looking at the end result (the big picture), divide your project into pieces and tackle the piece you feel most comfortable with first. You need to be content with small steps in life. Honestly, that’s all life is small steps that you take every day, and then one day when you look back down the road it all adds up and you know you covered some serious distance.

Fearlessly follow your intuition. – Intuition is seeing with the soul. It’s about giving your God-given instincts a say in the matter. Of course, at first this may seem irrational. You might think the more you over-analyze, the more you’ll make good decisions, right? But more often than not, doing so can actually lead you to make poorer decisions. Exclusively using your rational mind, or relying on your ego, keeps you safe and secure – meaning there’s no room to take calculated risks and learn and grow from them. Using your rational mind 24/7 allows your fears to overcome you. And those fears can cloud the signals that your body – that powerful communicator and receptor – sends you. So you need to be in the present and pay attention to your body’s sensations: tightness in the chest, goose bumps, odors, visions, etc. That’s your intuition! Don’t be afraid to make decisions that seem a little irrational from the outside, yet feel totally right on the inside.

Stand up for your values (even at the risk of rejection). – Never compromise your values. Don’t let the fear of being rejected stop you from affirming what’s important to you. The right people will respect you more and hold you in higher regard if you’re rigorous about your principles, if you’re honest, and if you stay consistent about what you believe in. This is a powerful way to solidify your relationships and to gain mutual trust… Maybe not in the beginning, but in the long run. Furthermore, standing up for your values instantly makes you a leader, as it’s the most heroic quality one can aspire to.

Speak your mind even if your voice shakes. – At times, you may think your word has no weight. But it does (regardless of how miniscule you may think it is). Your opinion will be an eye-opener for some people, and it will be a source of liberation for others. We all have an altruist nature buried within. We all want to help the people around us in some way. So instead of being stuck in your mind, ask yourself how your thoughts and words might help the ones around you, and focus on them instead of the ones you believe might judge you. Let people take you as you are, or not at all. By being yourself, you put something beautiful into the world that was not there before. And this helps everyone who’s worth helping including you.

Be willing to be vulnerable. – Nothing is wrong with telling someone else how you truly feel. Sharing something personal makes you stronger in people’s eyes, and most importantly in your own. Being able to show the real you when most people would rather hide behind a fake mask is an admirable quality. So don’t be ashamed to shed a tear. Being vulnerable only shows that you’re able to face the truth – even the hard truth – with dignity. Open yourself up. Allow yourself to feel, to be mindful and authentic. Tear down any emotional brick walls you have built around yourself and experience every exquisite emotion, both good and bad. This is real life.

Be willing to be judged. – Don’t let fear of embarrassment stop you from trying something new. Sometimes we withhold ourselves from novelty because we’re afraid some people might call us silly or stupid. Shying away from trying something new stops your growth and your evolution. It stops you from acquiring new skills and knowledge. And life is a continuous school. Don’t miss out on opportunities to learn something enriching. If you think your new project might seem ridiculous to some people, turn those thoughts around in a funny or a disarming way, and go ahead and take the classes that interest you. And if people judge you for it, feel sorry for them, for simple minds are usually amused by simple things.

Admit when you’re wrong. – You would think that pride is a positive emotion, but it’s not when it’s excessive. Excessive pride is a reaction to insecurity. So when you know you’re wrong, instead of trying to protect your self-esteem in the eyes of others, hold your tongue for two minutes, take a deep breath, and find the lesson. Consider the fact that being wrong is OK, and then admit that you are wrong. Yes, it’s hard. Yes, it takes strength to admit it, but it makes you more humble and commendable. And even more importantly, realize that when you’re wrong, you’re meant to be wrong so that you may outgrow the things you need to outgrow.

End hurtful relationships. – One of the very hardest parts of loving someone: You have to give things up for them. And sometimes, you even have to give them up. Of course, it’s always difficult to let go of someone you care about (or cared about) without getting hurt in the process. Even if this person has hurt you a hundred times, you start thinking of all these what ifs – these maybes about the future. But that’s just the thing… there’s nothing concrete and reliable about these feelings and fantasies. The reality of their actions has disproven them. When someone shows you their true colors time and time again, it’s best to believe them and carry on without them.

Forgive (even when you’ve been deeply hurt). – Forgiveness isn’t holding on to someone who hurt you; it’s coming to peace with what happened and moving forward with your life, one way or the other. Some of us have a tendency to hold grudges against people. We’re unable to let go of the past. But grudges are a toxic emotion – an emotion that can rot inside you and turn you into a bitter, egotistical zombie. Know that pain is short-lived. Emotional pain is a call to acknowledge it and address it, instead of letting it get the best of you. In fact, forgiveness is the sweetest revenge. If you can forgive someone who did you wrong, you’re at least one step ahead of them in the karma department, and one step ahead of everyone else who’s still holding on to old grudges that are holding them back.

Life is not about maintaining the status quo.  Life is not about playing it safe.  Life is not about standing still. It’s about connecting with your soul, respecting your integrity, and telling yourself that you’re able. It’s about taking a few steps, regardless of how little they may be, so you can move forward, and evolve.

That’s why you were put here on this earth: to grow. You can be challenged, scared, and stretched to your limits, but taking action will make you feel gratified beyond belief.  And the best part is you become more decisive, more playful, and more vigorous.

So don’t be afraid to let go of your inhibitions. Don’t be afraid to be disappointed. Don’t be afraid to get hurt.  Ask yourself about the costs and implications of not taking action. Then think of the new possibilities that could arise if you do dare to act. As the saying goes one cannot discover new oceans unless they have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Be daring and courageous!  Get moving and live it!

This is your one shot…take it, today! 

Makalawena Beach - Kailua Kona, Hawaii
Inspiration from Naïby Jacques.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Monday Musings

I mentioned the possibility of snow last Monday, not only did we have ice and snow Tuesday but a major snowstorm on Thursday. Yes 10 inches of snow blanketed the ground which was already ice and snow covered. That was then followed by two days of arctic cold temperatures. While temperatures are suppose to warm week they are saying there could still be cold air to come.Which has a lot of people asking what happened to Spring?

Cooper loves all the snow.  For a small dog he acts like a big dog charging right through the snow, snow that's higher than him.  He loves to chase the pieces of snow that scatter when walking through it.  Even in his puffy jacket his fur was still covered in balls of snow. When inside he just spent his time watching it fall and hoping to go back out and play.

The man on the other hand has no enthusiasm for such things.  He wanted nothing to do with playing in the snow so it was me and Cooper.  We took walks in the neighborhood, snow covered roads and trees are  pretty.  Played in the yard, chasing snowballs and even making a snow angel. I feel grateful for any moment I feel good and able to do those things.

Overall least two days we were iced or snowed in, even Friday the roads were still not in good shape. Basically tried to get some errands accomplished in between, and some cleaning on the days we were stuck in.  Friday I went to town on the floors as between the ice, snow and mud on shoes and Coopers it's a mess.
When all this snow finally melts it's going to be even a bigger mess. 

The weekend was low key. Watched some basketball, caught up on a few shows.  Saturday morning at 5 am turned over onto my side in sleep and pretty much woke up immediately with vertigo, the dizziness has been kicking my butt for months now.  It's baffling how sleep can bring on some of the worst attacks. Even the doctors are baffled. Meanwhile it's driving me crazy!

And the news is driving me even more crazy.  Some of the stuff that is happening in this country, and world make little sense.  Why can't everyone just be kind, find ways to compromise and do the right thing?   Those little things could help create an amazing world.  The media can be the worst as they seem to pick and choose what's worthy of news, often times swaying stories instead of telling the whole story.  Don't even get me started but as I sat waiting for a doctors appointment let's just say I blew up twitter with my thoughts. At the same time sat there contemplating how to create positive change and wondering how we can stand up the negative.  It all seems rather simple....if people did the right thing wouldn't there would be less bad news to report and more good?

Just a thought this Monday. 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Soul Sunday

You are the books you read, the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, the conversations you engage in. You are what you take from these. You are the sound of the ocean, the breath of fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner. You are a collection of every experience you have had in your life. You are every single day. So fill yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence. Let the words run through your veins and let the colors fill your mind. What one does, what one becomes. The power is within us.

06Boundary Range, Alaska

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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!
 Butter Cup is a Chihuahua mix. This little girl was wild when the rescue got her and she has really come a long way.  She has some special needs. She will take some time to get used to you and once she does, she is a little doll. If you are looking to really rescue, then this is the one. Please lets find her a loving home!
Butter Cup - Los Angeles, CA
 Butter Cup
Fur Baby Rescue
3030 S. Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90011
(213) 840-0153

Chris is a West Highland Terrier  who is two years old and 22 lbs.  He is a beautiful dog that needs a short time to trust you. Once he trusts, within hours he loves your attention as his buddy. He is very smart and attentive. He is eager to please and looks at you as tho he knows what you are saying. We believe he has had some training as he knows sit, stay, no and come.  He has a lot of puppy like energy and will benefit from walks/exercise & structure. We would recommend doing a training class for bonding. He plays with dogs his size & smaller... and more compatible with girl dogs. He does try to hog attention...maybe because he was neglected for a long time?  House broken, not destructive in home that we can see.Please lets find him a great home!
Chris - Marina Del Rey, CA
 Starpaws Rescue
333 W. Washington Blvd P.O#309
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(424) 229-1614
Lucy is a Greyhound who is  9 years old.  She Lucy is just one sweet girl.  She was relinquished as the family lost their other dog and Lucy was very lonely.  Also, the adopter felt that because their two boys have gotten older and more active that Lucy was just less and less happy in their home. Lucy enjoys singing for her breakfast in soft whimpers. She likes peanut butter once she got the knack of it and expects a teaspoon after every outing.  From her picture you can see she plays with all her squeaking stuffies. She walks beautifully on a leash, loves running with other greys and is also well behaved all alone.  Please lets find her a great home!
Lucy - Cherry Hill, NJ
Greyhound Friends of NJ, Inc.
PO BOX 4416
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
(732) 356-4370
 Candy is a Maltese/ Poodle mix who is a total doll. She is 7 years old, about 12 lbs, and she's blind but she gets around fine once she has the opportunity to learn her environment. She's low maintenance and low energy, and she gets along with everyone she meets. She's surprisingly open to new situations and very eager to snuggle and enjoy the warmth and love of her special people.  If interested go to website listed below and submit application. Please lets find her a good home!
Candy - New York, NY
 Social Tees Animal Rescue
325 East 5th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 614-9653
Izzy is a Dachshund Mix who is around 6- 10 yrs old and 10 lbs. Izzy's family were getting a divorce and no one could take custody of her. Laid back little low rider lady. She  is a medium energy gal, wagging her tail and happily greeting new people. She's social and wants to meet everyone she sees. Izzy could live with other dogs, cats and older children. She's up and ready for anything. Please lets find her a loving home!
Izzy - Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-298-9680, ext. 16
Kash is a Labrador Retriever/ Australian Shepard mix who is 1 year old and 40 lbs. He is happy, playful young pup and full of wonder about the world around me.  He loves to play with other dogs, and his squeaky toys.  He also like to play a funny game where he trys to stop you from putting on socks and shoes if he doesn't want to you go.  He is a wonderful companion you could dream of having.  He is a total lovebug!  He is very calm on his walks and doesn't try to pull.  He is very good and housetrained.  When he's tired, he will go put himself to sleep in his kennel.  It's his quiet place. Please lets find him a great home!
Kash - 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, March 3, 2015

Have You Seen This

Curt Schilling, who is a former professional baseball player, went on a twitter rant of sorts to defend his daughter.  Here is the link to his post on his blog which explains it all.  After reading it you will understand why. Think it's something bloggers and any one who shares anything on social media understands all too well.  It should not only enrage us all, but also make us think about what we share online. 

And leave us all wondering....what is wrong with people these days?  Those people who say the evil, disgusting, mean, nasty, vulgar, etc, there something serious wrong with them? Were they born that way or did their life experiences cause them to turn into such monsters?  Can they even be helped?

It's funny as my intentions when I started blogging were to just journal anything and everything.  Just planned on journaling about my life.  I wanted it to be a place filled with raw honesty where anything could be shared or talked about.  But I'll admit the hardest part became wanting to share actual photos.  Because like life the online world is filled with both good and bad. 

Sharing personal photos feels like a double edge sword at times. Often I wished there was a way to allow photos to be privately shared and writing to be publicly shared. In a sense being able to control the people who saw the photos while allowing anyone to read the posts.  And yes we can make blogs private but in many senses that takes away from the opportunity to meet new people and find new blogs.

Kudos to those who share a lot of personal photos on their blogs because it's not something I have never felt comfortable doing.  In my opinion who knows who is looking, or what they are doing with the photos they do see.  Know what I mean? I even try to watermark photos over the faces but sure that can be undone in this day and age. Yeah I know in a sense they are just photos. Yet photos can feel so personal.  And do I want the world to be privy to such intimate moments?

Curt Schilling's experience of a beautiful comment on twitter to his daughter turning into a nightmare is not  isolated. Such things happen every day to every one.  Even bloggers have to deal with ridiculous mean or even vulgar comments at times.  To post anything online these days people need to have thick skin as one never quite can anticipate the firestorm or ugliness  it might set off.

Many days the world terrifies me.  The news is filled with stories that seem more suited for a horror movie than the real world.  Unimaginable things are happening in our world these days   And social media is a direct reflection of some of these things. Of the evilness that exists.  How do we stop it all? 

And while we should feel free to share what we want, we might also want to keep in mind that nothing online, on our computers or even phones is ever truly private.   

Thanks to people like Curt Schilling for being a voice, for trying to stand up to these people.  We need more real men like that, and more real women too.  We need people not afraid to stand up to the idiots of the world. Maybe even get them help. More importantly we all need to band together, to say enough is enough.

Former Boston Red Sox pitching great Curt Schilling.

Monday Musings

Is there ever a Monday lately that I'm not talking about arctic air or snow?  People question global warming but aren't colder winters and crazy weather patterns in some places a result of global warming?  Whatever the reason I'm so over winter. If winter are turning into this than I may have to either move back to San Diego or try out Key West.

Over the weekend we had not only snow but an ice storm which left everything a sheet of ice.  Of course the snow hid the ice that's been on the ground for weeks now already and as careful as I was trying to be while walking Cooper I wiped out on it.  So now I got a very bruised hip and sore back.  And another snow and ice storm is headed this way today. It's March where is Spring? 

Meanwhile the week was rather busy. Had my first acupuncture appointment which was interesting. I felt a little apprehensive about having needles sticking all over my body and then having to lay still.  Honestly it was a tad scary especially when she put a needle through my ear.  Kid you not I could feel it sitting in my ear, that was the one that panicked me the most. And while I laid there waiting for the needles to work the magic I did feel antsy.

Overall not sure how it worked, I feel like I noticed a slight difference but would have to have more sessions to really know if it could help.  But can I convince my mind to relax enough to lay still again  to have it done?  Hopefully.  She also put very little sticky things with metal dots in points in my outer ear which I'm to press on for two minutes, twice a day.  At this point though I'm willing to try pretty much anything within reason.

Also had another doctors appointment with a specialist.  The neurologist at John Hopkins wanted me to have a complete Rheumatology work up as some autoimmune disorders can cause vertigo and dizziness as well.  Out of all the specialists I've seen was really impressed by this woman as she really listened, and did a through exam.

Or course nothing prepared me for all the blood they would have to take, 8 vials!  They warned me to take it easy and pretty much had no choice as I felt lightheaded for awhile after.  Given my small size they said that's normal, and exactly why they won't let anyone under 110 lbs donate blood.  Us small folks just don't have enough volume.

Meanwhile the man had another interview at the job I found him.  Combining all the interviews he has had with the company he has spent over 8 plus hours in interviews.  Kid you not, the first interview was over 4 hours. They even bought him a sandwich as it went right through lunch.  It's a small start up company of sorts, perfect for him and what he is looking for. After all his past experiences working for big corporate companies he really wants to work for a smaller company now.  In big corporate companies one tends to get lost, be contained to one role and become a number of sorts instead of true well rounded contributor if that makes sense.

The weekend was interesting.  Friday the man was working on website so it was more a tv night. Saturday spent the day running errands while he went to watch Nova game with friend.  Though it bothers me whenever he meets up with this divorced friend that it has to be at a bar.  The man is still technically in recovery state he should not be drinking, and if he does it should not be more than a drink or two.  But anything with this friend seems to involve stupid drinking and it upsets me. Not to mention the man never seems quite himself afterwards. I feel God gives us second chances but it's up to us to change our habits as well, to create healthier habits and make better, intelligent choices. Anyway....

Back to my errands, I haven't been in a Bed Bath and Beyond in awhile.  Probably for a good reason as I tend to want all the gadgets I see at those places.  Seriously walls filled with cooking gadgets and home organization items make me feel as if I'm in a candy store.  I want them all. ha  Lets not even mention their fully stocked beauty section.  One 20% coupon is not enough for this girl. ha  Needless to say I came home with a the Vidalia Onion chopper, a french fry cutter and a organizer for my hair tools. And a few other items as well.  I wanted a hair towel but 17.99 for one seemed like a lot.  Anyone know of a good hair towel for less?

Given Saturday night involved poor sleep for all, Sunday basically was a total couch day. Which given the snow and ice storm that day worked out good.  Though we had to keep taking breaks to try to clear the snow before the ice moved in.  By evening everything was a sheet of ice.  Even getting down the steps to take Cooper out became dangerous. Our yard has been covered in snow and ice for months now.  The air is so cold that little seems to melt, and what does melt during the day becomes frozen again by evening.

Well now that I've wrote a novel think and before the next ice storm arrives it's time to get back to my to do list.  While lists may seem overwhelming I find they are helpful in getting things accomplished.  

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