Monday, November 30, 2015

Monday Musings

Feel like I'm all over with this blog.  Some days I feel like writing, some not so much and others just don't have the opportunity to.  Find that my deepest thoughts come while listening to the radio or trying to get to sleep, the hard part seems to be capturing them in words. And while I love to take photos find myself becoming more stingy about what I feel comfortable sharing.  I'm always surprised at how openly some people share their photos, to me some photos feel too personal to want to share with the world.

The condo deal is officially off, the owners would just not compromise enough with the pet addendum to make us feel comfortable signing a 18 month lease. Meanwhile we continue to battle the elements of this house.  What's crazy is our heater has to be set at 75 to even get register 65-68 in most rooms.  Today I may have found the reason why just as I suspected there are holes in the heating vent ducts.  So I contacted the local code enforcement office who handles such things in the town where we live, hopefully they can help.

With the holiday thrown in it made the week feel more like a weekend.  Thanksgiving started off rough as being woke up by a serious vertigo attack around 5am was anything but pleasant.  It was weird because a little before that happened I had intense ear pain while sleeping. 

Meanwhile, the man was annoyed at being woke up, I was annoyed that he wasn't trying to help me.  Some men will never get it.  After all this time you think he would understand but he has not a clue what I go through.  He's telling me to relax, while I'm trying to prop myself up as laying flat makes it worse.  Some how made my way downstairs where it's easy to prop myself up on couch.  Then it's basically trying to wait it out, how long it will last is anyone's guess.  Luckily Cooper followed me to the couch, kissed my tears away and snuggled right into me.  Truly a dogs unconditional love is like no other.

Luckily I was able to fall back in and out of sleep for a few hours.  When I got up at 10 felt better, still rather foggy and had to becareful of how I moved.  My hearing was ultra sensitive as well, every sound felt amplified. 

Thanksgiving we went to my family's but it was sister's year to spend with her in laws so we didn't get to spend it with my niece.  Not getting to spend it with her and my sister doesn't make the holiday seem complete.  Plus getting the man to leave the house for holidays to go to any family get together is always a big deal and involves a lot of complaining on his part.  Not sure if it's because he hates social situations or it drags him away from the tv, probably a combination of both. (I've even called him the Debbie downer of holidays) haha 

Friday through Sunday the man basically spent on the couch watching sports and tweeting away.  Friday was beautiful here. We took Cooper for a little walk around the park, and played Monopoly for a few hours in the evening.  Saturday I spent doing laundry, cleaning up house, watched a little bit of made for tv movie before dinner and then sort of just hung out playing with Cooper while you guessed it watching more football.

Sunday my mom and I met early to do some shopping before the stores got crowded, of course we had fun. and accomplished a lot too. Spent the afternoon watching football, napping and making homemade baked ziti. Sunday night watching the Broncos game with the man became too annoying as he spent more time tweeting every detail of the game than watching it. ha 

Feel like I spend too much time trying to convince him to live life than watch it on tv or social media, though not sure he quite gets it yet.  In a sense it took me a while to understand the idea, especially of living in the moment and focusing on who you're with.  Now that I get it need a partner in crime to live and share the adventures with. 

That's something to think about this Monday, are we living life or watching it?  (or maybe just going through the motions)  How could any of us better live in the moment, appreciate what we have or those around us and how can we make full use of our days in a more positive, loving way? 

Some deep thoughts this Monday....

Oh and while we took some crazy family selfies on Thanksgiving they won't be posted here. haha  This is my favorite of all the Thanksgiving photos.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Soul Sunday

What is happiness?  An“enlightened happiness” is  feeling positive energy about yourself and your life or feeling positive energy about the progress you’re making in either area. The thing about happiness is that we can’t take it for granted and expect it to magically appear. Happiness is a skill that we can always develop and improve. Here are five ways to do that:
Own your happiness
This is the starting point. You have to care about your happiness enough to take it off the back burner. What do you need to create the life you really want to live? Do you have the confidence to do what you want with your life without anyone else’s validation? 
Do you say “No” to others and “Yes” to yourself without guilt, shame and fear? Are you living the life you want to live or are trying to meet someone else’s definition? Own your happiness by prioritizing it and by discovering what gives you positive energy in life.
Recognize how happy you are
When I was a psychotherapist, my clients who were clinically depressed would often tell me they were always depressed. They didn’t notice when they felt okay, a little hopeful, or when they were feeling good. I would ask them, “Tell me about a time you were not as depressed as you usually are?” If they could do that, that’s a start.
To grow your happiness, start by recognizing “positive energy.” It happens more often than you might think. If you want to feel happier more often, pay attention throughout the day. Notice when you’re feeling hopeful, excited, motivated, interested, curious, energized, focused, grateful, kind, compassionate or relaxed. We can be “happy” in many ways without realizing it. 
Adopt a “growth mindset"
According to Carol Dweck, Ph.D, people with a “fixed mindset” think their intelligence and talent are set in stone. Whatever they have is all they’re going to have. They’re tormented when they make mistakes or fail because they believe mistakes and failures mean they’re not smart or talented. They need to win to feel good about themselves. 
People with a “growth mindset” believe their brains and talent are just the starting point and with dedication and work they can learn, grow and improve. Their self-esteem isn’t assaulted when they blow it or fail. They learn what they can and are motivated to try again. 
Nurture your relationships
Human beings are wired to be social—we need to be connected to feel happy. Some people need a lot of friends and some only need a few. Whatever you need when it comes to relationships, it’s important to relate well and to connect with others at work and at home. I’m sure you do well when it comes to communicating and relating to others. The question is, “How much better can you get?”
Happiness (positive energy) is nurtured in relationships—but not just in any kind of relationship. If you’re experiencing unhappiness and ongoing frustration in a relationship, make it a priority to find out how to resolve what’s going on. If your career is going well, but your personal life isn’t because of a significant relationship, do whatever you have to (within reason) for things to improve.
Practice extreme self care
You know you need certain things in life to survive. But beyond physical needs, you also have psychological and emotional needs that must be met. However, life isn’t about surviving—it’s about thriving. Make thriving your aim and you won’t have to worry about surviving. 
When we don’t take care of ourselves, it’s often because we don’t value ourselves enough to do so. If we’re taking care of those around us and neglecting ourselves, what message are we giving to ourselves and others? This brings us back to owning your happiness. Own your happiness and take exquisite care of yourself and you will be on your way to developing and improving your own real happiness.
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This weeks inspiration from executive coach Alan Allard.

Wednesday, November 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!
Regalo is a 4 year old Chihuahua. He is just sitting at the local animal county shelter lonely and scared.  Please lets find him a loving home!
Regalo - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Downey
11258 South Garfield Avenue
Downey, CA 90242
(562) 940-6898
Larry is a young Yorkshire Terrier. He is housetrained and just wants someone to love.  Please lets find him a great home!
Larry - New York, NY
Pound Hounds Res-Q
415 West 24th Street, # 1A
New York, NY 10011
Susie is a beautiful Labrador Retriever mix who is 3½ month old. She weighs 14 pounds and she will probably become a large sized adult. Susie is very bright, confident and active, yet incredibly loving and gentle. This happy pup would stay by your side and her company is so enjoyable. This cutie is an absolute love bug. In addition she is friendly with other dogs and she might be good with cats. Since she has a good energy level, she will benefit from a household that will provide plenty of enrichment and exercise for her. Her home would also need to continue the usual puppy housebreaking and obedience training - we recommend group puppy classes for the whole family.  If you are looking for a cheerful, energetic and very sweet companion Susie is the one for you.  Please lets find her a good home! 
Susie - New York, NY
Susie (Manhattan)
 Bideawee Inc. Manhattan
410 E. 38th St. between 1st Ave. & FDR Dr.
New York, NY 10016
(866) 262-8133
Whitely a Poodle mix who is 2-4 yrs old and 20 lbs. He is is a neat guy with a wicked sense of humor. When you pick up his leash, he runs as fast as he can in the other direction, and then sneaks right back like he's laughing at you for falling for his trick. He'll roll over and over on his back to get your attention so you can rub his tummy.  He was surrendered because someone in Whitely's family became allergic to him. Whitely is a sensitive guy - he'd prefer to be in a home with older children who would understand the need to be gentle. He could also be happy in a home with other dogs or cats for company but it's not essential.  Please lets find him a loving home!
Whitely - Philadelphia, PA
 PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society)
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 
215-298-9680, ext. 16
 Tillie is a Schnauzer mix who is about eighteen months old and weighs about 12 pounds. She is a very nice and gets along with everyone.  She loves her human and dog friends. Tillie is just love and fun.  She loves being cuddled and even likes the groomer.  She likes riding in cars and going for long walks. She does pretty well on a leash. Tillie is crate trained and working on her house training skills.  Please lets find her a great home! 
Tillie - Houston, TX

 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, November 23, 2015

Monday Musings

The unusual warm fall weather has given way to more winter like weather.  Where as temperatures were above normal, they are now below normal.  Go figure.

Meanwhile, plans to move to the townhouse I mentioned last week are not to be.  After we signed the lease and thought it was a done deal, the owners decided they did not like the revised pet addendum our lawyer had drawn up.  They wanted to stick with the original which says this "If the landlord determines the pet is annoying, bothersome or in any way a nuisance to others landlord will notify the tenant in writing and tenant will remove the pet immediately from property. All other terms and conditions of lease will remain in full force and effect. Tenant' failure to remove pet from property is a breach of the lease, and landlord will have all remedies as stated in the lease."

What pet owner would sign such an addendum? Nuisance is a very subjective term, if we were ever told our dog had to go...well we would want to go to and not be held to a lease.  The owners are not dog people by any means, and they just don't get it.  Our dog is a huge part of our family, just like a child is to other families.  Would a clause be put in a lease stating the same about a child?  Just makes no sense.

Our lawyer revised the lease to say that if such a scenario ever did arise with the dog, tenants would have 60 days to remedy issue, if it could not be remedied then owner or tenant could be let go from lease but owners didn't go for it.  Though we love the place we just aren't sure it's worth the risk.  Plus we would also be locked into a 18 month lease as well.  Given our current house has some serious issues we don't know what to do.

We also just realized that to obtain 68 degrees in most of the rooms the thermostat has to be set to 75. And that the bedroom at that setting is lucky to reach 63.  Add that to the already long list. ha  We would really love to build a tiny home from scratch nothing crazy small but something around say 1000 sq ft that utilities space well.  A cottage or even craftsman style with covered porch would be ideal. Just not sure we could find land for sale in the areas we want or for that matter afford the price  land might cost.  Average price of Pennsylvania homes is 269,000 but in the areas we like they go for double and triple that.

Friday night we had a fun date at the Cheesecake Factory, we got a rather private table and the food was great.  Neither one of us likes to be in the center of a crowded restaurant, we always hope for the seat in the farthest corner.  Saturday was all about football as our teams Penn State and Michigan played each other so it was a big game day in our house.  Penn State isn't playing that great this season and they lost to Michigan meaning the man was happy but me not so much. ha 

Saturday night we finished off our month marathon of the show Oz.  We literally became addicted to the show, so when Sunday night rolled around and we didn't have another episode to watch we felt bummed.  Especially after a long weekend of watching football we wanted more Oz shows.  It's funny how after watching a show for a while characters can start to feel so real. 

Sunday was all about the leaves.  We spent the day blowing and raking leaves.  To say we are sore is an understatement. 

Today was all about running errands, and the stores were crazy and crowded.  Usually Monday's are rather deserted in the supermarkets but right before Thanksgiving seems to change everything.  Carts bumping each other, people in a rush, long lines and that holiday spirit talked about in songs seems to be missing.

But now my attention turns to hockey as my favorite all time athlete and hockey player Rod Brind'Amour is being inducted into the Flyers hall of fame. He played with a heart and soul like no other. Maybe he isn't the most skilled but his work ethnic is like no other. Here's to you Brindy!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Soul Sunday

Learn to love without condition.
Talk without bad intention.
Give without any reason.
And most of all,
care for people
without expectation.
Moraine Lake, Banff NP - Things to see near Vancouver, Canada:

Wednesday, November 18, 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!
Chloe is a Jack Russell/ West Highland Terrier mix. She is 7 months old and the cutest little girl.  We are guessing on the breed, she could possibly have some poodle in her but we don't know for sure.  She is a wonderful little girl, great with both dogs and cats.  Happy and very outgoing. Please lets find her a loving home!
 Chloe - Orange County, CA
 Friends of Orange County's Homeless Pets
26423 Scott Road
Menifee, CA 92865
(714) 280-4993
Buster is a Golden Retriever who is around 7 years old.  He is just sitting at the local animal control hoping to get luck and find a family to love him.  Please lets find him a great home!
Buster  A4898109 - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
Steve is a stunning Weimaraner mix puppy who wins over everyone’s heart. Indeed, he is incredibly sweet and loving. At 6½ months he weighs 52 pounds and he will surely become a large sized adult.
Steve is a curious pup and he enjoys every new environment and people introduced to him.  Very affectionate and gentle, he also has a playful and joyful personality. He truly is a fantastic boy.
This sweetheart is friendly with other dogs and might be good with cats as well. His household will provide plenty of enrichment and exercise for him and will need to continue the usual puppy housebreaking and obedience training - we recommend group puppy classes for the whole family!
Delightful, this precious puppy would fulfill your heart with lot of love and happiness. He would make an amazing addition to your family.  Please lets find him a good home!
Steve -
Steve (Manhattan)
Bideawee Inc. Manhattan
410 E. 38th St. between 1st Ave. & FDR Dr.
New York, NY 10016
(866) 262-8133
Gabe and Gavin are Chihuahua mix. Gabe is around 4-6 years old and is tan in color.  Gavin is 2-4 years old and he is mostly black.  They are an adorable, hysterical duo that are looking for their forever home. They were sadly surrendered to Animal Control because their owner had too many pets and could no longer care for them.  They are the best of friends and do everything together. They walk wonderfully side by side when outside. They can be a bit standoffish when you first meet them because he has to size you up first to see if you meet his high standards. After that, they are spunky little guys who want what every chihuahua wants - a nice lap, good company, and regular meals. They get along with other dogs and cats. Come meet this fantastic bonded pair, who must be adopted together.  Please lets find this cute duo a loving home!
Gabe and Gavin - Philadelphia, PA
*Gabe and Gavin*
Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
 215-298-9680, ext. 16.
 Hazel is a Great Pyrenees  is a one of a kind girl looking for a very special home. She is a cutie pie with personality plus. She loves to follow you around, especially if you have treats. She will greet you at the door with a welcome home wiggle that will make you smile. She is house trained and very smart. She really needs to be the one and only at her forever home because she can be very picky about her friends. She is scared of leashes but she does well in the backyard. Hazel needs a quiet home without children because of her fear of being pulled and tugged. So, if you are ready to share your home with a special little lady, Hazel is your girl. Please lets find her a great home!
Hazel - Spring, TX
Great Pyrenees Rescue Society
Spring, TX 77388
No paw left behind our mission!

 {Please keep in mind a dog is lifetime commitment. They need attention, love and time just like we do. In addition, adding a pet to the family does cost money in the way of food, health care, training,etc. So before adopting make sure you are willing to make that kind of commitment and have the resources to do so.}

 If you want to be a part of Woof Wednesdays email Ann Michele, Lauren or leave a comment. Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Monday Musings

What a week.  Monday was lots of fun but it kind of spiraled down from there. ha

Spent most of it with a nasty cold, and not a lot of sleep.  Tea, honey, chicken broth, cough drops, cough medicines, airborne, tissues seemed to become my best pals for the week.  It was actually the first cold I've had in a few years so guess I shouldn't complain.  But gosh it makes you appreciate the days you feel good!

Meanwhile, we are in negotiations for a new house.  Well not actually house it's considered a condo though looks more like a townhome.  This will be something new as we have always rented single family homes.  Our current rental home has been some what of a disaster, though we thought it had been somewhat renovated turns out it has serious issues like mold and mice infestation that would not even pass inspection.  The owners don't want to fix it so they said we are free to find something else.  It's amazing how people buy real estate to make money but don't want to do the work and maintenance required to actually make the places safe to live.

It's hard having to give up a house we already put so much work into, including painting 80% of feels like we don't have much of a choice though. Wish the man would get his act together so we could just buy a house. Still very much miss our cottage house with the great porch and neighborhood. Though the family that owns it and moved back in loves it just as much.  :)  So it's back to packing, something that took two months this past summer, but this time we only have two weeks. 

The man and I got into a little tiff this weekend, which truthfully had me contemplating just moving to the beach and starting a new life.  Sometimes that seems better than dwelling on the same stuff that the man can't seem to get a grip on.  It doesn't matter how smart people are everyone has their weaknesses that cause their common sense to go right out the door.  But I find it harder to accept when smart people make poor decisions, and harder to forgive if that makes sense.

Of course what happened in Paris over the weekend is a great reminder how precious life is.  How every second matters, that we need to focus on the good and living life to the fullest.  Strongly feel our world needs to focus on banning together to oust the bad guys, and allow people to live in peace in their own countries without having to flee to other countries for safety.  Everyone in our world should be able to live peacefully and safely where they are.  That is something the world seriously needs to work on achieving.

Life is not exactly fair, but maybe if we all work together and unite for once, we could some how make it more fair.  It's up to all of us to make the world a better place.  It's seems like a simple concept yet one that the world can't seem to grasp just yet. 

Just a thought.....

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Soul Sunday

Honesty, without it our souls cannot thrive nor develop into who we are meant to be.  Nor can love reside. Living in honesty and truth essentially creates an authentic life that lead to a higher enlightenment.  God or a higher power always knows the truth so doesn't it make sense to live in truth. When the soul lives in truths it creates a freedom unlike any other.
The Five Levels of Truth Telling: First, you tell the truth to yourself about yourself. Then you tell the truth to yourself about another. At the third level, you tell the truth about yourself to another. Then you tell your truth about another to that other. And finally, you tell the truth to everyone about everything.

No legacy is so rich as honesty.

Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all the people all the time.

Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the Truth. 

The Light is more than some abstract, unknowable energy force. Light is Truth. If Light is truth, then darkness must be lies. Each and every lie we tell to ourselves and others casts the shadow of separation upon us. Every time even the most minor deception is revealed and the truth is made known we are re united with the Light. So, Let there be Light. Those are the words by which you can create your own magnificent world

   Always tell the Truth. That way, you don’t have to remember what you said.

   The biggest consequence to telling a lie is, it leads you to telling another one.

 Who lies for you will lie against you.

No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.  

 A half Truth is a whole lie.

With lies you may get ahead in the world, but you can never go back.  A lie has speed, but Truth has endurance.
The truth feels right and good and loving. Love doesn't hurt. Truth allows you to live every day with integrity. Everything you do and say shows the world who you really are....let it be the truth.
 Dishonesty will always keep the soul bound, but the truth will always set you free.
Nature photography is the type of photography where beautiful objects and moments of nature are captured within a photograph.:

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Paris will rally, rise and win, and so will the world!

We will not be silenced by evil nor hatred, nor cowards that hide their faces behind masks and violence. We will stand in goodness, knowing full well that it may require a courageous and valiant battle but knowing that eventually goodness will prevail.  And let us never take for granted our freedom because it always comes with a price.

Prayers and God Bless.

Wednesday, November 11, 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!
Kemp is a West Highland Terrier mix who is around one year old.  He is sitting at a local shelter hoping to find a family to call his own, and a warm bed to sleep in at night.  Please lets find him a loving home!
Kemp #A1423711 - Orange, CA
Orange County Animal Care Center
561 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 935-6848

Magic is a charming Black Labrador Retriever who is 9 years old. He is 80 lbs of pure special sweetness.  He was surrendered by his owner due to unforeseen circumstances; but was very loved and well taken care of.  He is soo friendly, loving and easy going.  He is good with everyone big and small, dogs and cats. All that he needs is a quiet home with a big couch for him to lay on and possibly a large yard for him to stretch out in the grass and chase balls. Won't you please open your heart & give him a quiet loving home so he can live out his golden years.  Please lets find him a great home!
 Magic - Staten Island, NY
Tails of Love Animal Rescue, Inc.
Staten Island, NY 10302
Petunia is a 11 week old puppy saved from a shelter in West Virginia. Petunia is a ball of fun who loves being outside and playing. She loves to cuddle and play. Adopters will not be considered without completing an application.  Please lets find her a good home!
Petunia - Newtown, PA
American Bulldog Rescue
4 Terry Drive, Suite 1D
Newtown, PA 18940
Bailey is Border Terrier mix who is 7 weeks old.  He is just sitting at the local animal county control. He hopes to find a family who he can play and snuggle with.  Please lets find him a loving home!
Bailey - Pasadena, TX
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.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Colds and Home Remedies

At least yesterday was perfect. 

Today is all about this cold the man brought home.  He came down with it last Tuesday, so figured as days went by and I felt okay that maybe it would skip me.  You know basically went into stay away from me mode and spent each day wiping the house down with Lysol.  As you can see that plan didn't exactly work. haha

As come Sunday evening the start of a scratchy throat lead to a full out cold today. Worst part with a scratchy throat is it makes it impossible to sleep   Spent most of the day in bed as I feel wiped out but napping was futile as every time I tried it lead to more coughing.  So now I'm still in bed with a raging scratchy/burning throat, headache and cough even Robitussin hasn't helped.

I've tried all the home remedies that I know of.   Honey, ginger tea, Airborne immune booster, probiotic, hot shower, ricola honey herb and halls menthol cough drops.  It's days like these that leave me wanting my mom's homemade chicken soup and tender loving care.  Feel like homemade chicken soup might be the best remedy of all.  Of course when sick it's the last thing one feels like getting up to actually make. And the man would not know where to begin when it comes to making a homemade soup.

So posing the question to anyone that might come across this post.  What home remedies do you find help or actually work for colds? 

Meanwhile I will continue to hide under the covers, watching mindless daytime tv and trying to find the elusive home remedy that might actually work!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Monday Musings

Weather wise we had a week of beautiful 70 degree sunny, warm days.  

Spent much of the week fiddling around the house trying to accomplish a to do list. Though since it was so nice also made some time to be outside as well.  When I sit in a chair Cooper is content to sit on my lap and watch nature.  It's really a special moment coming from him who seems to prefer to bark and chase other animals of nature.

Thursday and Friday were a tad stressful, some unexpected things popped up.  The kind of things that leave you trying hard to figure out what the heck is going on. ha

The weekend was rather dull.  Though my niece livened things up by coming for a sleepover Sunday evening.  She arrived just in time for dinner and football.  Though instead of just watching the Eagles her and I played some board games.  Until her and Cooper dozed off together, pretty much called it a night.  While they slept the man and I were up late watching the Eagles game that went into OT.  And a scratchy throat pretty much kept me from a good night sleep anyway.

The man battled the cold all week, and thought maybe I could avoid it but it appears not.  I'm terrible when it comes to contagious stuff.  Overly affectionate me becomes a germphobic nut.  Oh I don't mind taking care of someone as far as making soup, getting medicine, etc, just prefer they stay in a closed room as not to spread their germs.  Think it probably drives the man but I've been that way since I was young.   This time the man took off two days from work so his germs were all over the house, and all the Lysol wipes appear to have not contained it.  And now I'm really hoping the niece doesn't come down with it.

Her and I started off the day with the board game Sorry, then spent much of the morning at the park.  Have to admit I love playgrounds, I'm a total kid at heart who loves to be climbing on the jungle gyms, gliding down the twisty slides and even swinging can be so fun.  Swinging can be challenging with the dizziness, one good days its feasible on bad days not so much.  Some how today I was able to swing high and even do the dare devil stunts of jumping off in mid air.  I actually get really excited when I can do such things.  Fun stuff!  We then picked up some chick fila, watched a little tv and spent the afternoon drawing. 

And so it was a perfect day, even with a cold that I feel is about to rage itself.  :)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Woof Wednseday

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

Millie is a miniature Poodle who is around 10 years old.  She needs to be spending her senior years with a family who will love her and spoil her.  Please lets find her a loving home!

Millie #A4890064 - Los Angeles, CA


Los Angeles County Animal Control - Downey
11258 South Garfield Avenue
Downey, CA 90242
(562) 940-6898
Mac is a very handsome light fawn Galgo Greyhound, he is 5 1/2 years old.  He has been blind in his left eye since birth, but this only seems to affect him when someone comes up on his blind side or he gets overwhelmed with someone/something approaching him from the front.  Mac can initially be a bit reserved, but once comfortable he comes into his own and is happy and looking for affection and love.  Mac's best day would include being able to curl up on the couch with his human close by, and he will let you know that he is not happy until that circumstance is accomplished.  We are working on Mac's housebreaking skills; he is a good eater and travels nicely in the car.  Mac is good with children but not with small animals.  Please lets find him a great home!
Mac - Cherry Hill, NJ
Greyhound Friends of NJ, Inc.
PO BOX 4416
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
(732) 356-4370
Princess Labrador Retriever/American Pit Bull Terrier Mix female Puppy. She is 4 months old and 20 lbs. Princess' foster mom say she is the perfect family dog. She loves to be around people and to give kisses and snuggles and get belly rubs. She enjoys romping in the yard and chewing on her bone. Princess loves everyone, including strangers and children. Despite being a puppy she plays with small kids very nicely. She is housebroken, crate trained, and enjoys the company of other dogs. Princess would do well with a family that has the time to devote to continuing her crate training and continuing to teach her proper doggy manners.  Please lets find her a good home!
Princess - New York, NY
 Pound Hounds Res-Q
415 West 24th Street, # 1A
New York, NY 10011

Cody is a Labrador Retriever who is 7-8 years olds.  He is sweet, handsome and healthy. Cody was given up due to families issues and his Mom called Brookline to help find him the best home ever. Cody is good with everyone, but may knock over little children when he gets excited. After a few minutes Cody walks good on a leash too. He loves to swim and play with his favorite squeaky toy the Duck. We don't know how Cody is around dogs and cats as he did not get out much to meet them. A home with no dogs and cats would be great or a dog savvy family that would be willing to help Cody learn to live with another dog. Please lets find him a loving home!

Cody - Warrington, PA

Brookline Labrador Retriever Rescue
P.O. Box 638
Warrington, PA 18976
(215) 343-6087
Batman is aShepherd mix who is around 1 1/2 years old and 45 lbs.  He would like nothing more than a family to share his love with.  Please lets find him a great home!
Batman - Houston, TX

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.}

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Monday Musings

Lately blogging has taken a backseat for various reasons....dizziness, lack of interest, busy doing other things and well you get the idea.  I can only be on the computer for short periods of time, so by the time I actually do the stuff that needs to accomplished the dizziness already starts taking a toll.  At times it does bum me out because my woof Wednesday posts mean a lot and when I can't get those done it upsets me.  Oh well, it is what it is. 

The weather has warmed up here, 70's this week!  Wish it could stay this temperature all winter.  :)

This Monday was a little bit of a celebration as ten years ago we had a first date at Barnes and Noble.  Amazing when I think about it especially given all we have been through together.  Made a homemade Bolognese sauce over pasta and we ate by candlelight.  Followed by some snuggling of course.  :)

The week seemed busy, two evenings we had places to look at and since it was rather late ate dinner out.  We are turning into burger addicts, back to back nights of burgers.  Red Robin might be our new burger favorite.

 It's interesting because I always feel bad for animals when I eat meat, tell myself I'm going to go vegan yet never see to be able to do it.  I've tried before but my body doesn't seem to respond well to no meat, in fact my blood sugar gets nuts.  Maybe I'm just not finding the right protein substitutes.  Though I also think people have different body types, and respond to foods differently as well.

Saturday we carved pumpkins and watched some football.  Sunday we food shopped and watched more football.  Also been having nightly marathons of Oz on demand.  Yes I'm officially hooked on the gritty, raw show.  It's funny how attached to a show one can get, after watching one just want to follow up with another episode to see what happens.

Also went back to our old house to pick up a package and was overwhelmed with a homesick feeling.  It's funny how just driving through the neighbor got me feeling so nostalgic.   I miss our little cottage house, the friendly/warm neighbors and the small town feel of that particular area.  It's easy to dwell on those feelings yet I know as the man says you can't dwell on the past you have to focus on the present.  Sometimes that's easier said than done.  Especially when your heart loves something.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Soul Sunday

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

Sometimes changing your circumstances isn’t possible – or simply not possible soon enough. You can’t get to a new job in an instant. You can’t make someone else change against his or her will. And you certainly can’t erase the past. So what options do you have left?

Change your perception, belief or opinion about your circumstances. Doing so will help you change your attitude and ultimately allow you to grow beyond the struggles you can’t control.

The Greek philosopher Epictetus said it perfectly more than 2,000 years ago: “People are disturbed, not by things (that happen to them), but by the principles and opinions which they form concerning (those) things. When we are hindered, or disturbed, or grieved, let us never attribute it to others, but to ourselves; that is, to our own principles and opinions.”

Modern behavioral science agrees too. American psychologist Albert Ellis, famous for developing rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), has proven that how people react to events is determined predominantly by their view of the events, not the events themselves.

Have no clue how to change your perception of things – and improve your attitude? Here are seven easy ways to start:

Still your mind. – In order to gain conscious control of what goes on in your mind, you need to develop a keen awareness for this process. What helps is to hold still for a moment, take a deep breath and free your mind of all the chatter that’s going on inside and all around. This makes room for a change of state, for something new to enter. So give yourself a break. Don’t say you can’t. Yes, you have battles out in the world to fight, insecurities to overcome, loved ones to contend with and goals to achieve, but a break from it all is necessary. It’s perfectly healthy to pause and let the world spin without you for a while. If you don’t, you will burn yourself out. You must refill your bucket on a regular basis. That means catching your breath, finding quiet solitude, focusing your attention inward, and otherwise making time for recovery from the chaos of your routine.

Change your focus. – From the awareness of your thoughts and emotions you become able to consciously redirect your focus. It’s time to take it willingly away from something that drags you down, and zero it in on something that inspires you. Focus on the next logical, meaningful step. There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them. So keep your hope alive through positive awareness. Don’t let the pain make you desperate. Don’t let the negativity wear off on you. Don’t let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Spend your energy moving forward. Change your thoughts and you change your reality. Our thoughts are the makers of our moods, the inventors of our dreams, and the creators of our will. That’s why we must sort through them carefully, and choose to respond only to those that will help us build the life we want, and the outlook we want to hold as we’re living it.

Surrender your worries and embrace acceptance. – Realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace. Because inner peace does not depend on external conditions; it’s what remains when you’ve surrendered your ego and worries. Peace can be found within you at any place and at any time. It’s always there, patiently waiting for you to turn your attention toward it. Peace of mind arrives the moment you come to peace with what’s on your mind. It happens when you
let go of the need to be anywhere but where you are, physically and emotionally. This acceptance of the way things are creates the foundation for inner harmony. The need for something to be different in this moment is nothing more than a worry, and worries simply lead you in circles. Remember, the same part of you that longs for peace is the part of you that experiences peace. It is not complicated to achieve and is as close as your next thought.

Practice gratitude. – What you must realize is that you don’t really need more; you just need to appreciate what you have. It’s a beautiful and bittersweet way of thinking all at once. If you don’t have what you want now, you don’t have what you want, but you still have enough. Be thankful for what is, and also be thankful for what has not yet come to you. For that means there are still many possibilities available. Find peace in the thought that you can’t ever have it all or know it all either. You are always just a fraction of the whole. For if you weren’t, there would be nothing more to experience. Value what you know, and also value the countless things you don’t yet understand. For in what you don’t understand, there is the joy of growth. Life will always be incomplete and a bit asymmetrical. Realize this and embrace it. Be happy and sad at the same time, be hungry and thankful at the same time, be nervous and excited at the same time, and be okay with it.

Reframe your struggles as growing pains. – Remind yourself that there’s scarcely any happiness, passion or success without struggle. If the road is easy, you’re likely going the wrong way. Everything that happens helps you grow, even if it’s hard to see right now. Circumstances will direct you, correct you, and perfect you over time. Sometimes these circumstances knock you down, hard. There will be times when it seems like everything that could possibly go wrong is going wrong. And you might feel like you will be stuck in this rut forever, but you won’t. When you feel like quitting, remember that sometimes things have to go very wrong before they can be right. Sometimes you have to go through the worst, to arrive at your best. Because
our most significant opportunities are often found in times of great difficulty. Thus, you will face your greatest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle.

Look for the beginning in every ending. – Everything in life has to come to an end sometime. It’s important to acknowledge and accept the end of an era – to walk away sensibly when something has reached its conclusion. Closing the door, turning the page, moving on, etc. It doesn’t matter what you call it; what matters is that you leave the past where it belongs so you can enjoy the life that’s still available to be lived. This ending is not the end, it’s just your life beginning again in a new way. It’s a point in your story where one chapter fades into the next. Take a look at the first page of this new chapter; it’s a beautiful one.

When all else fails, use your body. – The mind reflects your body by responding to its levels of tension, rate of breath, speed of movement and mental focus. Likewise your body mirrors your thoughts, feelings, mood, and responds to your state of mind, the questions you ask and the words you speak. So if the mind and body are intrinsically connected – meaning that one has a direct affect on the other – it becomes clear that if we directly and consciously take control of one, it will influence and transform the other. So by mindfully adjusting how you use your body you can directly influence your state of mind, and dramatically transform your attitude. Just imagine you’re sitting there in a bad mood, shoulders hanging forward, shallow breathing and frowning. Go ahead and do this right now to experience how it influences your state of mind. And then do the opposite: stand up straight and put a big smile on your face. Take some deep, strong breaths and stretch your arms into the air. Notice how you feel better? Bottom line: Take the vehicle your creator has given you and use it! Your body is the best tool for changing your attitude in an instant.

The mind is your battleground. It’s the place where the greatest conflict resides. It’s where half of the things you thought were going to happen, never did happen. But if you allow those thoughts to dwell in your mind, they will succeed in robbing you of peace, joy, and ultimately your life. You will think yourself into a nervous breakdown, into depression, and into defeat. I know because I’ve been there.

Truthfully, there is so much about your fate that you can’t control, it makes no sense to neglect all the things you can control. You can decide how you spend your time, whom you socialize with, whom you share your life, money and energy with. You can pick your words and the tone of voice in which you speak to others. You can select what you will eat, read and study every day. You can choose how you’re going to respond to unfortunate situations when they arise, and whether you will see them as curses or opportunities for growth…

And most importantly, you can choose your attitude, which dictates pretty much everything else.
Inspiration from Marc Chernoff.
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