Wednesday, April 29, 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!
 
Sammie is a Terrier mix who is just sitting at the county animal shelter hoping to find a family.  Please lets find him a loving home!
 
Sammie - Gardena, CA
 
SAMMIE
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
 
 
Howey is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi mix who is also sitting at the local county shelter.  Please lets find him a great home!
 
Howey - Gardena, CA
 
HOWEY
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
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Digger is a Greyhound and stunning boy who impressed his rescuers.  He's mellow, friendly and happy.  He walks nicely on leash and is just happy to be with the person walking him. He's another one of our big "mooshie" boys that we love.  He is 2 years old and cat workable although he would be best without a cat. Please lets find him a good home!
 
Digger - Cherry Hill, NJ
 
Digger
Greyhound Friends of NJ, Inc.
PO BOX 4416
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
(732) 356-4370
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Falafel is a Havanese Mix. She would really like to find someone to share all her unconditional love with. Please lets find her a loving home!
 
Falafel - New York, NY

 Falafel
Best Friends Animal Society New York
New York City, NY 10011
(435) 644-2001
 
 
Rainbow is a Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier mix.  You'll usually find her chasing squeaky toy or napping in a ray of sunshine. She is the perfect combination of a relaxed adult dog who loves to curl up on your lap, with a youthful spunk and a love for toys. She is also pretty famous as she has been featured by People magazine and helped ring the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange. Please lets find her a great home!
 
Rainbow - New York, NY
 
Rainbow
Best Friends Animal Society New York
New York City, NY 10011
(435) 644-2001
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Jill is a lovely Beagle girl who was adopted about four years ago, and has lived happily with her owners ever since. Unfortunately, family circumstances are forcing a move to housing where dogs aren't allowed. So Jill is looking for a new place to hang her leash. Now about 6 years old Jill would do very well with an older couple with no small children around, as she's not a fan of little humans. Wtih adults, however, she is very, very affectionate and loves to cuddle. Please lets find her a good home! 

Jill - Doylestown, PA
 
Jill
 Almost Home Dog Rescue
PO Box 132
Doylestown, pa 18901
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Bud is a Schnauzer / Basset Hound Terrier mix.  He's about two years old and weighs about 28lbs.  He is a very nice lad, friendly and calm. Quiet even.  He is so sweet and even likes children.  He is crate and house trained too. Good with other dogs and likes a little outdoor play time. Please lets find him a loving home!

Bud - Houston, TX
 
Bud
 Schnauzer & Friends Rescue, Inc. dba Schnauzer Rescue of Texas
P. O Box 8583
Spring, TX 77387
 
 
  
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, April 27, 2015

Monday Musings

While the temperatures are still below normal, they say it's going to warm up soon.  It really hasn't felt all that much like Spring, especially when I'm still wearing the parka some days. My neighbor informed me today it was coldest winter on record.  So much for global warming here. ha

Saturday we went to see another house but the man felt the price was too high given what the house actually had to offer.  Still cannot believe we didn't get the house with the deck that we both loved. Feeling stressed about the house situation as there just isn't much on the market in our budget range. 

Afterwards we went to a local art festival.  Luckily the sun came out so it made a chilly day feel warmer.  Come evening we snuggled in to watch a movie. 

Sunday we both felt exhausted, so it was a total chill out kind of day. Though we did take Cooper for a walk which made him really happy.

Meanwhile the man still needs to work on his communication skills as all too often when he doesn't want to deal with or discuss something he get silent.  Silent leads to nothing but more problems as resolutions or compromises are not effectually reached. Come on I don't have a psych degree for nothing! haha

Lowes, Walmart, Produce Junction, Petco, Michaels, Kmart, Ollies, Giant Gas just a few of the places on my list of errands.  It's amazing even with these so called mega stores one cannot find everything they are looking for.  And with the weather having been so cold this Spring even garden stores stock is rather low compared to other years.

Spent hours working in the office as well. The shredder is working overtime. ha  I've been cleaning major house around here! What's frustrating is the mail these days.  Apparently our Comcast payment got lost in the mail but question is where does lost mail go?  Reminds me of a Seinfeld episode where Newman hoarded all that mail for years.

On a completely different note, I must be affection starved or something as been having rather steamy dreams. Interesting some of the people that have appeared in them as well. Not like I mind as they are actually rather entertaining.  Though might be more fun if they were recreated in real life not just the dream. :)

Well been on the computer way too much lately.  Besides got to make some time to play with the little guy too.  He waits patiently all day to play or go for a walk. Got love him!














Sunday, April 26, 2015

Soul Sunday

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
 
Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now.
 
With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more confident and more and more successful.
 
Remember when you are going through something hard and wonder where God is, remember the teacher is always quiet during a test.
 
There is a lot that is good in life, don't take it for granted.  And don't get so focused on the struggles that you miss the gift of today.
 
Lago di Garda www.sognoitaliano.it

Wednesday, April 22, 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!
 
This little Terrier mix guy doesn't even have a name, let alone a family.  He's not the only one either there are hundreds of dogs sitting in California county shelters just like him.  Hoping to find a best friend, someone to love.  Please lets find him a loving home!
A4811066 - Gardena, CA
 
A4811066
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
animalinfo@animalcare.lacounty.gov
http://animalcare.lacounty.gov
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Callie is a precious and endearing hound mix, with droopy ears and an adorable face.  Callie is loving girl, who is seeking an active, dog savvy home that will love her for all of her hound like qualities!  True to her breed, she will follow her nose anywhere, loves to howl, and will make her great escape if given the chance.  She is an energetic girl, who would love a family that shares in her enthusiasm for adventure and life.  Callie is a very sweet pooch, and loves spending time with people, so she should be fine with children, under supervision.  She does well with other gentle, relaxed dogs, but some dogs are too much for her, so her adoptive family will need to have the right doggie pal.  A feline-free home is ideal for her as well.  Please lets find Callie a great home!
 
Callie - New York, NY
 
Callie (Westhampton)
Bideawee Inc. Manhattan
410 E. 38th St. between 1st Ave. & FDR Dr.
New York, NY 10016
(866) 262-8133
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Bailey is a Labrador Retriever 1-2 yrs old.  She is great for someone looking for a family friendly dog. She was originally in a home with young kids. Unfortunately she was surrendered due to a family member who became allergic. She is a sweet well behaved dog. Good with dogs, cats and house trained.  Please lets find her a good home!

Bailey - Philadelphia,PA

 Bailey
 Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
1810 Grant Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19115
215-545-9600 ext. 70
adoptions@phillypaws.org
http://www.phillypaws.org
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Petey is a young Chihuahua mix. He is a very sweet boy who came to his foster after being deliberately hit by a car. He went had surgery to fix his femur and has recuperated very well. He is a very happy boy who loves to play with his dog friends, he loves all sizes as long as they are not to rough with him. He also loves his toys, he prefers anything with a squeaker. Please lets find him a loving home!
 
Petey - Houston, TX
 
Petey 3
 Adopt A Rescued Friend, Inc
P. O. Box 62736
Houston, TX 77205
(832) 539-4004
info@aarfhouston.org
http://www.adoptarescuedfriend.com
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Casio is Miniature Schnauzer mix whois1 year old and 10 lbs. She has come a long way from that shy little girl who first came to us.  Now she is an outgoing dog who wants to play, play, play.  She will play with toys on her own or go for long walks to burn some energy.  She would do best in a home without small children, but is looking for a more active family.  Once she gets some exercise however, she is happy to sit in your lap and get some snuggle time in, but she isn't looking for a retirement home!  She is a younger girl who looks to be a Schnauzer mix.  If you are looking for a dog who is always looking for fun, check out Casio, she is bound to keep you active!  Casio is also dog selective, so would be happiest as the only dog in the household. Please lets find her a great home!
 
Casio - Mukwonago, WI
 
Casio
Bichon and Little Buddies Rescue
828 Perkins Dr
Mukwonago, WI 53149
bichonandlittlebuddies@gmail.com
http://www.bichonrescues.com


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, April 20, 2015

Monday Musings


The weather is back to extremes here, 80's one day 60's next.  Starting off Monday with heavy rain and possibility of storms. 

What a week. We had appointments scheduled to see a few houses.  The first went okay, it was nice but not a great neighborhood, most importantly it had hardly any windows so no light for all my plants.  The second appointment cancelled saying he decided to rent the house to his neighbor.

The third was a heartbreaker as we loved it.  Lots of windows, everything new, nice neighborhood would have been close to my sister, etc. When we left the woman said she was showing it Sunday but that it was more a formality as she liked us and had good vibe. We told her we were interested.  Then she contacts us Sunday to say she choose someone else. I was shocked.

Reason why...she liked all the people so she just drew names.  The excitement I felt about finding a place we liked quickly turned into disappointment.  As the man likes to say, guess it wasn't meant to be. Guess I got too excited as still feeling very disappointed. Other than the house stuff.

Friday wasn't a great night as poor communication led to a feeling of disillusionment which lead me to question some things. Good communication is huge, without it I feel relationships whether they be friendships, family, lovers, co workers, etc cannot exist. Not at least on the deeper level I desire.

Saturday night the man and I went to a local pub for dinner.  We actually planned to eat elsewhere but with the nice weather guess everyone had the same idea as places were packed. Plus the man's hockey team was playing so the place had to have an accessible tv to watch game.

Sunday I was busy cleaning out the office, even filled two bags with shredded paper work. Been working on trying to go through each room, to really try and make an effort to get rid of the stuff we don't use. What I need is the man so start going through his stuff.

Though the man isn't overly motivated. When he wasn't working he came up with every excuse why he couldn't help around house. Now we are just back to the lame o excuse " I work".  If one wants to help they will, if they don't they find excuses. The excuses are laughable at best. Who can't find ten minutes to get off couch to walk the dog?  Even running errands to store is a lot for some.  As ESPN says "come on man" ha

Today I'm feeling worn out by everything.  Including people, the dizziness still bogging
me down and the house search.  Really thought I would be writing about how we found an awesome place but instead I'm feeling disappointed. Sometimes it's hard to remain positive when faced with adversity yet what choice do we really have?  Positive or negative life still goes on and suppose it's up to us how we choose to live it.

Meanwhile have a list of things to accomplish but honestly just feel like curling under a blanket and sleeping off the way I feel. So better get to it before I give in to that desire!

While trying to get a photo of us out the other night the man was being camera shy, so thought I'd share his silly photo face.  If he is going to make them, might as well feature them. :)






Sunday, April 19, 2015

Soul Sunday

“Speak from your heart.” 

This is advice we’ve all probably heard at one point or another and it makes sense. For a close, connected and genuine relationship, opening up your heart and communicating from a place of love and compassion is a great idea. Except…

Many of us misunderstand exactly what that means.

 Heart centered communication is easy when all is smooth and harmonious in your relationship and life, but when stress rises, crises occur or disagreements develop, it can feel impossible to speak and listen in this way.

This is when our misunderstandings of what heart-centered communication can escalate tensions and lead to painful separation within ourselves and with the one we love.

To speak from the heart is sometimes assumed to mean that you can only agree or say yes because that’s the loving thing to do. It is often believed that speaking from the heart is all about being nice, spiritual or saying only what should be said to preserve the relationship peace and not hurt the other person’s feelings.

According to what many of us think heart centered communication is supposed to be, we shouldn’t always be honest or upfront about how we truly feel and what we really want. In other words, the way we misunderstand speaking from the heart leads us to speak from our minds and neglect what’s alive in our hearts.

This, as you may occasionally (or often) experience in your own life, can be about the most  un-peaceful thing for all involved.

When you’re not honest and you’re trying to avoid arguments or disappointing your partner, you erode trust and put distance between the two of you. You also intensify the internal conflict within you. You may have temporarily avoided an argument or dodged your partner’s disappointment, but you have done so at great emotional cost.

We invite you to question your beliefs about what speaking from the heart can mean for you– not what you think it should mean. Stretch yourself to find ways to communicate with integrity and also with the intention to keep relationship connection healthy and close.

Be honest with yourself. 

 You absolutely cannot speak from your heart if you’re out of touch with it. If you’ve trained yourself (maybe not intentionally) to ignore your feelings because you’re mostly focused on others and on what you think they want, you’re not helping anybody.

Take regular time to hear what’s alive within you and what you are called to be and do.

Meditation is a powerful tool to open up communication between you and you. You can meditate by sitting quietly for as little as 10 or 20 minutes a day, by walking outdoors and simply being present to your surroundings or in some other way that invites you to slow down and return to yourself. With a clearer mind, you can more easily understand how you’re feeling and when your answer to a request or puzzling situation is a yes

when it’s a no and when it’s a maybe.

Question either/or.
The big misunderstanding about heart-centered communication can actually fall into two extremes: There is a belief that either you push down your true feelings to keep peace in your relationship or you spout off what’s true for you in a raw, impulsive way.

“I’m just being honest,” is often uttered after people say something harsh or unkind. And while it feels true for you, it’s not necessarily fair and accurate or even true for you beyond that heated moment. Spewing raw and unexamined feelings on your partner can damage intimacy and tear you two apart. This is also not heart centered communication.

Heart-centered communication operates between the extremes and nourishes both you and your relationship…even when it’s not easy or comfortable.

Speak your truth with love.

 In between those mistaken assumptions about heart-centered communication is a lot of space. There’s room for you to communicate about what you’re feeling with integrity and there’s room for you to speak it in a way that your partner can hear and then respond to with integrity as well.

Use consciously chosen words like, I feel hurt when you shout at me and I

 don’t understand what you mean when you say you want more time for yourself  and I don’t agree with you on this and I’d like to talk more so we can find a solution we’ll both feel good about.

With an intention to stay connected and deliberate choice in how you say what you want to say, you can be honest and real with your partner even when you don’t agree or you’re certain your partner won’t like what you have to say.

That’s the way to build connection and nourish love.
 
 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Hello Communication

There are those that are so bent on talking they forget to truly listen.  The type that while others talk they aren't really hearing what they say, only hearing what they want to hear.  Instead of  truly listening they either selfishly tune others out or are so focused on their own reply or opinion that what others say gets overlooked.

Tonight I had one of those experiences.  Trying to talk to a poor communicator is basically like banging one's head against the walk, it's just pointless and accomplishes nothing. 

As I tried to open the doors for open communication, to discuss a subject that this person and I don't see eye to eye on, but with whom I would like to work out a mutual resolution, they just shut down.  Were talking childishly shut down and refused to talk. 

We have tried to unsuccessfully talk about the same subject before but just as tonight it can't seem to be discussed like adults and a mutual compromise or resolution reached.  This person doesn't get the idea that one can hold an adult conversation in which people disagree and actually work on reaching a resolution both parties can be happy with.  Hello compromise, a very important aspect of any relationship be it personal or professional.

Yes it's one thing to have maybe talked about it in past but if a mutual resolution hasn't been reached than it's worth trying to discuss until both parties can reach an understanding of sorts instead of just retreating into silent mode which causes more long term harm than good.  Trying to ignore it only harbors resentment or negativity to grow.

But I'm learning there are people who for one reason or the other just don't understand how to communicate effectively. Or maybe they selfishly just don't care. Suppose their are numerous reasons for poor communication, too many to even go into right now. ha

Just feel very disappointed that this person couldn't have been more understanding and been willing to simply open the doors of communication, talk about how a mutual understanding of sorts could be reached so both of us could feel content.  That's what good communication is all about.  And when communicating these questions can be helpful too.....




Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Woof Wednesday

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


 Clive is a one year old, 18 lb West Highland Terrier. This gorgeous lad was roaming the streets for almost 4 months before the rescue was able to capture him just a few days before Christmas . Clive is a super dorable and playful guy. He is very smart, athletic and snuggly. Clive will do best in a home with another playful dog his size, children over 12, and a big sofa to cuddle up on after hours of playing with his family. Please lets find him a loving home!

Clive - El Segundo, CA

Clive
 Marley's Pit Stop Rescue
El Segundo, CA 90245
(310) 995-1221

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 Ralph Lauren is a young Dachshund mix.  He's hoping to find a family to love.  Please lets find him a great home!

 Ralph Lauren - Gainesville, FL

 RALPH LAUREN
 Alachua County Animal Services
3400 NE 53rd Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32609
(352) 264-6870

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 Boots is a Labrador Retriever/Wire Hair Fox Terrier mix.  He is uniquely handsome, 30 lb, 6 year old. Surrendered by his inadequate human to the NYC shelter system in the fall of 2014, he was so terrified he ended up on the euthanasia list. Boots is not a fan of strangers but has great manners when out and about and adores humans he has come to know.  Please lets find him a good home!

 Boots - New York, NY

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

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Izzy is a Airedale Terrier mix.  She is a fun loving girl who recently emigrated  from South Carolina in search of a better life for herself. She is 6 months old and weighs about 23 lbs. Loves toys, bones, mealtimes, and playing with her canine buddies. She's also being fostered with four cats, but hasn't met them yet, so we'll soon know whether she's cat friendly as well. Izzy can run like the wind, and would love a home with a fenced yard where she can romp with a canine buddy or two. She's a sturdy pup, so would probably do best with a male her size or larger. Izzy seems to be housetrained, and sleeps quietly in her crate at night with the door open, where she also enjoys napping during the day. Please lets find her a loving home!
Izzy - Doylestown, PA
 
Izzy
 Almost Home Dog Rescue
PO Box 132
Doylestown, pa 18901

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Quill's is a Boxer/Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler mix. He loves to play just as much as he loves to hang out. He's a little shy but get to know him and he's all yours. He's affectionate.  Quill is very balanced when it comes to his activity level, meaning he loves to run around and play just as much as he loves to settle down with a good chew toy. He's a little shy at first but get to know each other and you've got yourself a best friend.  Please lets find him a great home!
 Quill - Houston, TX
 Quill
 Adopt A Rescued Friend, Inc
P. O. Box 62736
Houston, TX 77205
(832) 539-4004

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, April 14, 2015

Wishes....

Today as I left another home feeling disappointed, kept wondering if I looked at the stars tonight and made a wish for my dream home would it come true?  As a kid I so desperately wanted to believe that wishes could magically come true just by wishing.....

The inside of this town home we viewed was updated, I'll admit probably the best we have seen so far.  But it lacked the charm of our cottage house, most importantly it lacked windows and light.  Every side of our current house has nice, spacious windows.  Next to the porch, all those windows with light flowing through them are my one of my favorite parts of this house.

When I walk through the door of the next place we live just want to feel as if I've come home, not that I'm settling for a few years until we find something that we love. Though I try not to show it, I feel sad as giving up this piece of happiness with everything else that has been going on over the past few years hurts.

So I wonder do wishes come true,  is it as simply as asking?

Star light, star bright,
The first star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.

A lovely cottage house is what I wish for.  With lots of light and windows, charming but updated, little fenced in yard for Cooper, 2 bathrooms and nice neighborhood. 

Deep down know it's more than just wishing, it's about praying too. Putting my trust in a higher power to help guide us to a house we will love....
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Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday Musings

It's with much enthusiasm that I write how our temperatures are in the 70's. Could this be Spring?  Windows are open, even found a little moment to bask in the sun.  Though rain is in the forecast we'll enjoy the sunshine while it's out.

During the week went to see another house.  A cute rancher only problem was inside was very outdated, in fact I didn't even think any of the windows were safe as many didn't open.  It was disappointing. Though the cottage we live in now is from 1920 much of it, except maybe the kitchen, is updated.  It has such a charming feel.  Hoping we can find that again.

Fridayevening the man had a work call so I fiddled around the house. 

Saturday Cooper had a fun doggie play date with other Westies MacTavish and Spencer.  MacTavish hosted at his house, his parents even had lunch for all the doggie parents.  I was happy that the man was game to go. Beautiful weather, nice day and made some new friends too. He was exhausted after all the play.  Come evening we watched a movie, The Neighbors.  Pretty funny!

Sunday we took Cooper for a walk, then settled into to watch golf. And it was the premiere of Nurse Jackie on showtime.  Highly recommend watching, it's a very intense show about a nurse addicted to painkillers. It's so realistic, leaves you speechless because it's unbelievable what one person is capable of. 

Watching all that tv wasn't ideal for the dizziness.  It took it's toll, in between tried to nap or rest my eyes.  It's just amazing what affects the dizziness, never quite know when a spell might pop up.  That's what makes it so annoying and difficult to deal with it.

Today involved cleaning of entire house, errands, many loads of laundry and so on.

Also bought Cooper treats by Fresh Pet, grilled chicken biscuits that are soft and need to be refrigerated. Usually they smell great but after giving him one I realized this was not the case.  Called the company right away to report it, they didn't sound too concerned at all just said he might experience stomach upset and they would issue an coupon for a new bag.  Meanwhile I'm worried, hopefully he will be okay.  Never know with any food, all the recalls are getting crazy!

Oh and those Masters picks I mentioned the other day.  Spieth one of my picks won it. :)

Here is our little with his new friends MacTavish and Spencer!










Sunday, April 12, 2015

Soul Sunday

“Peace cannot be kept by force;
it can only be achieved by understanding.”
–Albert Einstein
Peace of mind transpires and thrives when you let go of the things that limit your growth and happiness.

You work for this peace every time you give up…

1.  Old regrets and excuses.

 

You can’t always choose what happens to you, but you can always choose how you feel about it and what you do about it.  You don’t have to be defined by the things you did or didn’t do in the past.  Don’t let yourself be controlled by regret.  Maybe there’s something you could have done differently, or maybe not.  Either way, it’s merely something that has already happened.
Be done with these old regrets; they’re just an excuse for people who have failed, and failing only happens if you learn nothing and give up.  Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making these empty excuses.

Think about it, you rarely fail for the things you do.  You fail for the things you don’t do, the business you leave unfinished, the things you make excuses about for the rest of your life. 

2.  The burning desire to have all the answers.

 

Accept the feeling of not knowing exactly where you are going, and train yourself to love and appreciate this sensation of freedom.  Because it is only when you are suspended in the air, with no destination in sight, that you force your wings to open fully so you can fly.  And as you soar around you still may not know where you’re traveling to.  But that’s not what’s important.

What’s important is the opening of your wings.  You may not know where you’re going, but you know that so long as your wings are spread, the winds will carry you forward.

3.  The false hope of a pain-free life.

 

Pain is a part of life, and life’s pains have many shapes and sizes.

There’s the cold feet pain of moving on ‒ graduating, taking the next step, walking away from the familiar and into the unknown.  There’s the sharp growing pains of trial and error, of failing as you learn the best way forward.  There’s the immense, dizzying pain of life slapping you in the face when everything you thought you knew wasn’t true, or everything you had planned for falls through.
There are the more ambiguous aches and pains of successes, when you actually get what you had hoped for, but then realize that it’s not quite what you had envisioned.  And then, from time to time, there are the warm, tingling pains you feel when you realize that you are standing in a moment of sweet perfection, a priceless instant of achievement or happiness which you know cannot possibly last ‒ and yet will remain with you forever.

Even though so many folks forget, pain is actually a good thing.  It means you’re breathing, and trying, and interacting with the endless possibilities in this world.  Pain is for the living only; it’s worth fully accepting and dealing with while you still have a chance.

4.  Ties to insensitive people.

 

People are extremely difficult to change.

Throughout your lifetime people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad.  Don’t consume yourself with trying to change them or win their approval.  And don’t make any space in your heart to hate them.  Simply walk away and let karma deal with the things they do, because any bit of time you spend on them will be wasted, and any bit of hate in your heart will only hurt you.

5.  Obsessing yourself with negative news.

 

For every prominent newscaster who howls about how bleak and unjust life is, there are thousands of other people behind the scenes working tirelessly to make a positive difference in the world.  For every disheartening crisis that is breathlessly reported, there are thousands of real, meaningful success stories that don’t get the attention they deserve, but that have an enormous positive ripple effect on humanity.

Try not to obsess over the negative news; learn from it and use your knowledge to work your way eagerly toward a brighter tomorrow.  Life does get better and better when you choose to make it so.

6.  The belief that fulfillment resides in the end result.

 

Fulfillment is not a matter of achieving a specific goal.  It is a matter of mindfully enjoying the process required to achieve that goal.  Fulfillment flows from focusing your life around specific and authentically held intentions – ideas and activities that genuinely speak to your purpose.  When these intentions are clear, consistent and meaningful, you have sufficient means to bring fulfillment and joy to your life, whether you ever fully achieve your intended goal or not.

In other words, the right journey is the destination.

7.  Measuring your success by material wealth.

 

We’re bombarded with images of stuff, with the implication that this stuff somehow elevates personal value and success.  So I encourage you to think about how much of your self-worth is connected to owning, giving, and getting stuff.  Because truthfully, success, happiness, and peace of mind have little to do with stuff.

So what does help create these things?

To laugh often and love genuinely.  To respect others and judge less.  To win the affection and sincere smiles of children.  To earn the regard of honest peers and endure the betrayal of fake friends. To appreciate the beauty surrounding you wherever, whenever you are.  To find the good in people and situations.  To give what you can and leave the world a little better than you found it.  To have explored ideas and passions and sung at the top of your lungs with jubilation.  To know that at least one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

This is what makes a life successful.  This is how happiness and peace of mind are attained.  

8.  The need to keep everything the same.

 

Things change.  People and circumstances come and go.  Life doesn’t stop for anybody.
Life moves very fast.  It rushes from calm to chaos in a matter of seconds.  It happens like this to people every day.  It’s happening to someone right now.

Sometimes the shortest split second in time changes the direction of our lives; a seemingly innocuous decision rattles our whole world like a meteorite striking Earth.  Entire lives have been swiveled and flipped upside down, for better or worse, on the strength of an unpredictable event.

Most of the time these changes come when you’re not asking for them and not expecting them, but they happen.  So are we helpless?  Are we puppets?  No.  These changes are going to come; you can’t help that.  But it’s what you do afterwards that counts.  That’s when you grow; that’s when you find out who you truly are.

So when you find yourself standing on a threshold, the crossing of which will seemingly change everything, don’t fight it.  Begin the next chapter-- in your life.

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Inspiration from Marc Chernoff

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Masters

Golfing seems to have become a year round sport.  When it's cold in one continent play seems to move to a warm one.  With all the tournaments though The Masters is still my favorite.  The one I would really like to be able to attend in person too.

The course is beautiful during early Spring with the azaleas in full bloom. Temperatures just warm enough to enjoy being outside for the day. Ahhhh.....

And when it comes to the bigger golfing tournaments, like in other sports the man and I like to create pools and pick who we think is going to win.  When it comes to golf we usually each pick 7 golfers with top 5 scores counting.

It makes it more fun to watch, and of course one of us likes to think they are the expert sports picker when we win.  Lets just say I have won my fair share of picks, pools, fantasy teams and other such things.

Here are my picks for The Masters this year in no particular order.

Spieth, Day, Walker, Scott, Matsuyama, Phil and Stenson. (rounding out my top ten list was also Rose, Haas and Casey but since we pick 7 I had to eliminate 3)

The man's picks are as follows.

Mcilroy, Snedeker, Westwood, Watson, Johnson, Fowler, Cabrera

Let the best man or woman win! :)

And did I mention my favorite golfer just happens to be quite handsome too....

 


Wednesday, April 8, 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!

Lucky is a Chihuahua who is sitting at the local animal control hoping to find someone to love him.  Please lets find him a loving home!

Lucky - Gardena, CA

LUCKY
 Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
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 Dakota's Chappy is a very handsome Greyhound who is happy and friendly.  He's curious an eager to learn.  He walks nicely on leash and prances as he walks.  He's very sweet and his tail never stopped wagging.  Chappy is 3 years old and workable with cats in that he could be directed away from the cat but did show interest. Please lets find him a great home!
 
Dakota Chappy - Cherry Hill, NJ
 
 Dakota's Chappy
 Greyhound Friends of NJ, Inc.
PO BOX 4416
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
(732) 356-4370
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Savannah is a Golden Retriever / Australian Shepherd mix. She is an elegant and very gentle lady. She is about 4 years old and 45 lbs. She's super smart and very eager to please but fearful of men and would do best in a girls only home or with a family that can give her the patience and TLC she needs to build up her confidence as she learns to trust guys again. She is well behaved but a little jumpy and would do best in a quiet home.  The rescue asks that you please do not call if you want to apply to adopt this dog complete an adoption application here: http://socialteesnyc.org/dogapplication.  Please lets find her a good home!
 
Savannah -New York, NY

Savannah
 Social Tees Animal Rescue
325 East 5th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 614-9653
 
 
July is an Irish / Maltese Terrier mix.  She is about 4 years old and 17 lbs. This girl is truly unique looking and gets loads of attention everywhere she goes. She is a bit shy at first but warms up quickly and is very smart and eager to please. She's a friendly girl, good with other dogs, and learns quickly! She's do best in a low key home and ideally a doggy friend. Her foster mom says July is a super sweet pooch that gets along with humans and other dogs. Those living in apartment buildings will be happy to know that she is not a barker and is a very quiet pup. She mainly keeps to herself until she has had some time to adjust to her surroundings. Right now she feels more comfortable being approached by humans and dogs versus having to do the approaching herself. July is 100% housebroken and has not had a single accident in her foster home. She knows to go when outside or when there is a wee-wee pad placed out for her. She does not seem to know how to walk on a leash, but seems to have been trained to stay next to her owner off-leash. She will start walking on a leash if you walk ahead of her and given her very gentle tugs, so she just needs a bit more training. July has a good appetite but knows to stop when she is full and doesn't overeat. She doesn't beg for pets and belly rubs, but when you do give them to her, she is extremely appreciative.The rescue asks that you please do not call if you want to apply to adopt this dog complete an adoption application here: http://socialteesnyc.org/dogapplication.  Please lets find her a loving home!
 
 July - New York, NY

July
 Social Tees Animal Rescue
325 East 5th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 614-9653
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Cookie is a 1 year old Beagle/Spaniel mix who was surrendered to a high kill shelter through no fault of his own (his owner fell on hard times). His foster mom told us that Cookie is an absolute sweetheart not much of a barker, a very laid back little guy. At just 21 lbs., he's still small enough to scoop up and snuggle in you lap, which he thinks is a great idea. He's happiest when hanging out with his people and would do best in a home where someone's around most of the time. It's hard not to fall in love with this little guy when he gazes hopefully at you with those soulful brown eyes. Cookie gets along wonderfully with other dogs he knows how to play with the playful ones, and won't bother the ones who aren't interested, so a home where he'd have a canine companion would be ideal. Please lets find him a great home!

Cookie - Doylestown, PA
 
 Cookie
 Almost Home Dog Rescue
PO Box 132
Doylestown, pa 18901
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Hank is a puppy Boxer / Labrador Retriever mix.  Please lets find this little guy a good home!
 
Hank - Houston, TX
 
 Hank
 Adopt A Rescued Friend, Inc
P. O. Box 62736
Houston, TX 77205
(832) 539-4004
 
 
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, April 6, 2015

Monday Musings

So the temperatures are warming up slightly, by that I mean I've downgraded from the parka to a puffy vest.  It's actually suppose to be 70 today then dip back in the 40's and rain for days. While global warming may be happening across the world our little section is becoming colder.  Maybe Philadelphia, New York and Boston will become the new North Pole.

It was a busy week.  Wednesday we had a meeting with a dog behaviorist.  She was nice, had good ideas but truth is it comes down to us putting her methods into practice.  I had to laugh when the man asked about sessions as it seemed like he believed she would be working with Cooper as we watched. Not realizing that dog training is hands on. 

Basically it's up to us to train him. Problem is if the man won't commit to taking the time to help train Cooper it will be for not.  Truth is people always find time for the stuff they deem important, for instance the man always finds time to watch sports.  He has been known to take off work for a few days just to watch golf tournaments. ha

Thursday we had an appointment to see a house rental.  While it had a charming old house feel to it, there were things that just didn't feel right for us.  So we continue to look, hoping and praying we find something in our budget that we at least like.  Love would be ideal but I'd take even like. :)

The man went home to Long Island on the weekend to celebrate his mother's birthday and Easter.  Once again no dogs allowed so I stayed home.  Given his mother is replacing the carpet in the house in a few months it makes little sense why Cooper could not come.  She herself used to have a dog so I don't see why she all of sudden has an issue.  She always has an excuse which frankly are wearing thin. Sorry but no way is our little man being excluded and left home on holidays. His family isn't great at communicating, plus everyone tends to be rather close minded to understanding others perspectives or lives.  He isn't as close, nor does he even talk to his family as much as I do mine.

Saturday I hung out with my mother, we had a delicious cheese steak lunch and went through stuff of mine stored at my family's house.  No exaggeration there are two closets, part of basement and even small section of their office filled with my stuff.  To say I need to pair down is an understatement, but made progress as filled at least two big trash bags full of clothing to give a way. Another of trash, one bag for my niece filled with clothes and purses she uses to play dress up.  Even had a decent stack of books to give away.  Little by little getting there. Some stuff I would like to bring with me here but just don't have enough room yet.

Sunday spent Easter morning with family.  We got to hang out together before my sister went to her husbands family for Easter.  Got to see my niece's Easter basket which I love.  Then my niece kicked our butts in wii bowling.  She engaged us in a card game Spot It which was so much fun.  She's been introducing me to a lot of new games which is great. In fact have a list of the ones to buy.  Came home made some homemade mac and cheese, took Cooper for a walk and spent rest of day relaxing.

Today is all about errands.  We checked out another house which we ruled out just from seeing the outside and surrounding area which happened to be on a main road.  Sometimes after seeing places I come back home feeling deflated.  Love our little cottage house, so far nothing has even come close to it. There are a few that might come close but they are out of our budget.  Hoping....

Maybe Spring might appear soon too?  Cooper was enjoying sitting by the open window so I joined in and snapped a selfie.  :)























Sunday, April 5, 2015

Soul Sunday

Easter is a symbol of hope, forgiveness, goodness, love, renewal and new life. 

Let your soul's light shine.

He Is Risen. 

Blessings to all on this glorious day.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Woof Wednesday

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

 Chubby is a Siberian Husky mix. He is lonely and needs a family to call his own.  Please lets find him a loving home!

Chubby A4810254 - Los Angeles, CA

CHUBBY
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Downey
11258 South Garfield Avenue
Downey, CA 90242
(562) 940-6898
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Spice is a Labrador Retriever mix. She is sitting at the local county shelter hoping to find a place and best friend before they run out of room and it's too late.  Please lets find her a great home!
 
Spice A25146976 - Decatur, GA
 
 Spice
DeKalb County Animal Services
845 Camp Rd
Decatur, GA 30032
(404) 294-2165
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 Lely is a Skye Terrier mix. She has so much unconditional love to give. Please lets find her a good home!
 
Lely - New York, NY

Lely
Best Friends Animal Society New York
New York City, NY 10011
(435) 644-2001
 
 
 Rainbow is a Chihuahua / Jack Russell Terrier.  You'll usually find her chasing her squeaky toy or napping in a ray of sunshine. She is the perfect combination of a relaxed adult dog who loves to curl up on your lap, with a youthful spunk and a love for toys. She is also pretty famous and hs been featured by People magazine, even helped ring the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange. She can't wait to find her forever home and give you all her love.  Please lets find her a loving home!
 
Rainbow - New York, NY
 
 
Rainbow
Best Friends Animal Society New York
New York City, NY 10011
(435) 644-2001
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 Celia is a Terrier mix. She is adorable little girl who's looking for family. This 10 lb., 3 month old pup is so sweet. She is good with other dogs and children.  Please lets find her a great home!

Celia - Doylestown, PA

 Celia
Almost Home Dog Rescue
PO Box 132
Doylestown, pa 18901
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 This young Yorkshire Terrier doesn't even have a name let alone a home.  She is sitting in the local animal county shelter scared and hoping to find someone to love her.  Please lets find her a good home!

A111259 - Pasadena, TX

A111259
The City of Pasadena, Texas
5150 Burke
Pasadena, TX 77504
(281) 991-0602
 

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! 
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