Sunday, January 31, 2016

Soul Sunday

It is not length of life, but depth of life.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
Because there is a big difference between living and merely existing…
 
Constantly Educate yourself. – The time and energy you invest in your education will change your life.  You are a product of what you know.  The more knowledge you acquire, the more control you have over your life.
 
Take good care of your body. – Your body is the greatest tool you’ll ever own.  It impacts every step you take and every move you make.  Nourish it, exercise it, and rest it.
 
Spend as much time as possible with the people you love. – Human beings are emotional creatures.  Family and close friends makeup the core of your emotional support system.  The more you nurture them, the more they will nurture you.
 
Be a part of something you believe in. – This could be anything.  Some people take an active role in their local city council, some find refuge in religious faith, some join social clubs supporting causes they believe in, and others find passion in their careers.  In each case the psychological outcome is the same.  They engage themselves in something they strongly believe in.  This engagement brings happiness and meaning into their lives.
 
Excel at what you do. – There’s no point in doing something if you aren’t going to do it right.  Excel at your work and excel at your hobbies.  Develop a reputation for yourself, a reputation for consistent excellence.
 
Live below your means. – Live a comfortable life, not a wasteful one.  Do not spend to impress others.  Do not live life trying to fool yourself into thinking wealth is measured in material objects.  Manage your money wisely so your money does not manage you.  Always live well below your means.
 
Be self-sufficient. – Freedom is the greatest gift.  Self-sufficiency is the greatest freedom.
 
Build a comfortable, loving household. – Home is where the heart is.  Your home should be comfortable and lined with love.  It should be a place that brings the whole family together.
 
Always be honest with yourself and others. – Living a life of honesty creates peace of mind, and peace of mind is priceless.
 
Respect elders.  Respect minors.  Respect everyone. – There are no boundaries or classes that define a group of people that deserve to be respected.  Treat everyone with the same level of respect you would give to your grandfather and the same level of patience you would have with your baby brother.
 
Mix it up.  Try different things. – Seek as many new life experiences as possible and be sure to share them with the people you love.  After all, your life’s story is simply a string of experiences.  The more experiences you have, the more interesting your story gets.
 
Take full ownership of your actions. – Either you own up to your actions or your actions will ultimately own you.
 
Over-deliver on all your promises. – Some people habitually make promises they are just barely able to fulfill.  They promise perfection and deliver mediocrity.  If you want to boost your personal value, do the exact opposite. Slightly under-sell your capabilities so that you’re always able to over-deliver.  It will seem to others like you’re habitually going above and beyond the call of duty.
 
Listen more.  Talk less. – The more you listen and the less you talk, the more you will learn and the less you will miss.
 
Focus more on less. – Think in terms of Karate: A black belt seems far more impressive than a brown belt.  But does a brown belt really seem any more impressive than a red belt?  Probably not to most people.  Remember that society elevates experts high onto a pedestal.  Hard work matters, but not if it’s scattered in diverse directions.  Focus on less and master it all.
 
Exploit the resources you do have access to. – The average person is usually astonished when they see a physically handicap person show intense signs of emotional happiness.  How could someone in such a restricted physical state be so happy?  The answer rests in how they use the resources they do have.  Stevie Wonder couldn’t see, so he exploited his sense of hearing into a passion for music, and he now has 25 Grammy Awards to prove it.
 
Savor the natural joys of simple pleasures. – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the best things in life are free.  They come in the form of simple pleasures and they appear right in front of you at various locations and arbitrary times.  They are governed by Mother Nature and situational circumstance and captured by mindful awareness.  It’s all about taking a moment to notice the orange and pink sunset reflecting off the pond water as you hold hands with someone you love.  Noticing these moments and taking part in them regularly will bring unpredictable bursts of happiness into your life.
 
Reflect on your goals and direction. – Not doing so is committing to wasteful misdirection.  The process of self reflection helps maintain a conscious awareness of where you’ve been and where you intend to go, giving you the ability to realign your trajectory when necessary.
 
Leave time for spontaneous excursions. – Sometimes opportunity knocks at unexpected times.  Make sure you have enough flexibility in your schedule to respond accordingly.
 
Be here now. – Right now is the only moment guaranteed to you.  Right now is life.  Don’t miss it.
 
♥:
This week's Soul Sunday inspiration comes from Marc Chernoff.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes!
 
Chica is a miniature poodle who is around 1 year old.  Beneath all that fur is a sweet girl who just need some tender loving care.  Please lets find her a loving home!
 
Chica A4914377 - Los Angeles, CA
 
CHICA
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
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Tammy is a lovely Basenji mix who is 1 year old and 16 lbs. She is full grown.
Smart, confident, cheerful and very social, this sweetheart loves getting attention and affection from people. She seems to be a fast and great learner and she loves being rewarding with a good treat that she will gently take from you. Tammy is also friendly with other dogs and she could probably live with cats.  Because this cutie is energetic, she would benefit from a family that would provide plenty of enrichment for her such as exercise, socialization and usual obedience training. Delightful, Tammy would unquestionably keep your life active while fulfilling your heart with lot of love and joy.  Please lets find her a great home!
 
Tammy - Manhattan, NY
 
Tammy (Manhattan)
Bideawee Inc. Manhattan
410 E. 38th St. between 1st Ave. & FDR Dr.
New York, NY 10016
(866) 262-8133
 
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Lola is a Labrador Retriever mix who is 2 years old and 55lbs. She is a fun and loving girl who loves to play. Lola is great with other dogs and is very gentle and sweet. She would do better in a home with older kids. Lola needs someone to take her to training classes to help her excel in the wonderful dog she can be. Please lets find her a good home! 
 
Lola - Yardley, PA
 
Lola B Tidwell
Crossing Paths Animal Rescue
Yardley, PA 19067
 
 
Tom is a Jack Russell/Fox Terrier mix who is around 2 years old and 20 lbs. He is a sweet boy, loving and gentle. He is your happy go lucky kind of guy. He has a pretty coat pattern. Tom gets along good with other dogs, he is not a barker, walks well on a leash. Tom is your all around great little guy. Tom is ready for his forever home, and family. He is current with his monthly preventions, vacc. and he is neutered. Please lets find him a loving home!  
 
Tom - Yardley, PA
 
Tom B
Crossing Paths Animal Rescue
Yardley, PA 19067
 
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Lucy Ginger and her brother Gordo are Brittany/Collie mixes. They were returned by their owner after adopting them 3 years ago because his job requires him to travel too much to give them good care. As you can imagine these siblings are a little confused but are ready for a loving home. Since they have lived together for 3 years now and are wonderful companions, we would ideally love to get them adopted to the same home. Lucy Ginger and Gordo are really easy dogs who just want to be loved and petted. Both of them have very sweet and calm personalities. They are both potty trained, crate trained and know commands. They can be left out of their crate all day without any issues. They also love going on walks/runs. Lucy pulls when walking on the leash. This girl is always happy and eager to please. She is the protective big sister in the sibling duo. She does needs a little work on her jumping up when she gets excited. She would do better with older children or need some training for her jumping. Lucy is really sweet and just wants a family who will love her forever. There has to be a person/family out there looking for two larger dogs who will show them unconditional love.  Please lets find them a great home!
 
Ginger and Gordo - Houston, TX
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
K-9 Angels Rescue, Inc.
5533 Weslayan
Houston, TX 77005
 
 
 
 
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, January 25, 2016

Monday Musings

Well the blizzard here will go down as the fourth largest snowfall in Philadelphia history.  We got over 2 ft of snow, the drifts reach even higher!  Needless to say the whole area is snowed in as where do you put all the snow.  Schools are closed, roads are reduced to one lane and so on.  Our driveway itself is rather impassable.  Also realize that a snow blower is a must, as neither the man and I can handle shoveling such enormous amounts. The news was evening warning about the dangers of shoveling such amounts.  It's crazy, you think your in shape until you try to shovel the snow that a blizzard left behind!

If you don't have to be out driving in it snow can be so beautiful though.  The pure white flakes falling from the sky is so peaceful to watch.  And in the sun the snow glistens like beautiful diamonds. Cooper and I have been doing our fair share of frolicking in the snow.  Not sure who comes in more covered in snow him or I.  Doesn't matter though because we are having fun and lots of laughs as I get stuck in the snow chasing him. :)

The man on the other hand is still glued to the sofa, he isn't much for the outdoors than again most couch potatoes aren't. It's a bummer because it would be even more fun if he would join us.  Keep trying to tell him if he got off the couch and did more maybe he would feel better.  Quite truthfully he doesn't even look his normally polished self lately. But I know all too well you can't change anyone they have to want to change and better themselves.

Meanwhile I've been trying hard to do just that.  My cardiologist keeps stressing the importance of exercise, doesn't have to be anything crazy but he suggests walking or swimming.  So I've been making a point to walk the treadmill again, with the dizziness it's not easy.  I kind of have to retrain my brain to get used to the movement, while on it try to focus straight ahead on something stationary.  Some days it doesn't always work but I still keep trying.  Also including yoga and free weights in the mix, might as well try to build a little muscle too.  The yoga can also instigate the dizziness so have to be real careful of how I move my head. But it's better than nothing right!

The week felt very busy.  Everyday I found myself out running errands, or trying to take care of something via the phone.  Plus everyone was busy preparing for the blizzard as well.  Other than playing in the snow Saturday was spent making homemade baked ziti and watching some SOA of course.  We are already on season 6, hard to believe and will feel let down when its over.  Besides the great acting and writing, highly enjoy the hot men on the show.  Find myself doing a lot of fantasizing when watching it.  Man better step up his game soon. ;)

The wedding planning is sort of reaching a standstill. The man felt his parents would contribute but after speaking with his mother it doesn't sound hopeful. There is a possibility his dad might but not holding our breathe. So it may be put on the backburner for a while.  It shouldn't be so hard but nothing comes easy with the man nor his family.

There is plenty more shoveling to be done today.  Along with a phone appointment at noon. The man is taking advantage of all the snow by working from home, which in his mind really just means watching tv all day. ha  Cooper will expect to play more in the snow as he really seems to love it. He pretty much seems to take after me for his love of the outdoors. Dare I say he's a mommas boy!

That's life here for now. 















Sunday, January 24, 2016

Soul Sunday

 
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature...trees, flowers, grass...grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...We need silence to be able to touch souls.
Mother Teresa
 

 
 
 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Snowy Blizzard

Nothing like a blizzard to spice up a normally boring cold January!   This storm has been the topic of conversation all week.  Would everything fall in place to create a winter northeaster.  Weather forecasters were pretty certain the storm was going to happen just not sure how much snow.

Initially they were on moderate side, until blizzard warnings went in effect and snow totals got increased to 18-24 inches.  Needless to say there was the usual rush in the stores for food, shovel, salt and other winter gear.  Not everyone is trusting of forecasts as lets face it there are plenty of times where mother nature has her own plans that no radar seems to be able to predict.  This was not one of those cases though.  In fact, it very well may be a historic storm!

This might be the most accurate the weather experts have been in awhile.  The only thing that deviated from their original forecast was the snow is powdery instead of the heavy, wet snow they believed would occur.  Of course sleet has been mixing in with the snow all afternoon so suppose that could change as well.  The wind is extremely high so there is a real concern of power outages.  With these cold temperatures that would not be good.

And 24 inches even seems low at this point.  The high winds are causing all kinds of tall snow drifts as well.  One drift on the side of the house is just about as tall as me.  We cannot open our front door due to incredibly high piles of snow.  Thank heavens for back doors. ;)  They have declared a snow emergency in the city and surrounding suburbs so basically everything is shut down and they are telling people to stay off the roads. 

Meanwhile, Cooper is loving it!  He is like a little kid when it comes to snow, but then again so am I.  There is a feeling of excitement in the air during such storms.  Have to admit I love to play in snow just as much as him.

So far we have been out three times!  Given it's very cold, windy and the snow is so deep it's hard to stay out for too long.  Walking through such deep snow feels like walking through large san dunes. Couple that with shoveling and it can bring on fatigue quickly. Plus my heart tends to increase at too high of a rate during such heavy physical exertion such as shoveling snow so have to be careful how much I do.

But I'm trying to have as much fun as possible too. Snowstorms like this don't come around every day so it's fun to take advantage of it.  The man has been out once so far, his low energy self much prefers to nap on couch or watch sports, rather than play outside. It's a shame as he misses out on fun.   Meanwhile Cooper and I are outside frolicking in the snow and appreciating the beauty of nature.

Snow makes the cold days of winter a whole lot more exciting, and when it first falls coating everything in a glittery white powder it's so beautiful.

Storm still has a ways to go. Given the amount of snow we may just be snowed in for a few days!



Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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!
 
 Emma is a young West Highland Terrier/Maltese mix. She was living with a family who loves her but their landlord changed his mind about having the tenants having dogs and she was kicked out. For financial and health reasons, the family cannot move at this time. They tried keeping her with friends but in the end that was a temporary solution and now they realize they have to find her a forever home.  Emma is a super cute girl and very lovable. Emma's got a lot of energy but she loves to be held and cuddle. She loves to walk on leash and is fantastic in the car. Emma is good with other dogs and children. Emma can be timid at first but she warms up and once she does, she's a complete love bug. Please lets find her a loving home!
 
Emma - Burbank, CA

 Pacific Coast Dog Rescue
Burbank, CA 91504
Ingrid (310) 480 6030
pcdrapps@yahoo.com
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Franklin is a young Hound/ Pointer mix. He is currently living in foster care. His foster mom reports that he just wants love.  He follows her everywhere. He seems to be mostly housebroken so far and cries to go out. He is a loveable, playful boy. Please lets find him a great home!
 
Franklin - Cherry Hill, New Jersey
 
Franklin
Lynn's Animal Rescue
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
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Cookie is a Dachshund  mix who is around 8 years old. When Cookie first came to Best Friends, he was extremely overweight, as well and shy and nervous. But this handsome fellow has dropped about 10 pounds and blossomed into a charismatic character who loves to play fetch or tug-of-war with his squeaky toys. Cookie would do fine in a home with most other dogs, and would do best in a home without small children. Please lets find him a good home!
 
Cookie - New York, NY
       
Cookie 
Best Friends Animal Society New York
New York City, NY 10011
(435) 644-2001
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Erma is a Bloodhound mix who is around 3 years old and 83 lbs..  She is beautiful and sweet. She loves everybody - people and dogs alike.  Sweet Erma was found down south with her two boys - Rick and Glenn.  These three were found by fabulous rescuers who helped them get on a freedom ride north to our safe haven.  Erma is fully vaccinated, spayed, and microchipped. It's hard not to fall in love with Erma.  Please lets find her a loving home!
 
Erma - Philadelphia, PA
 
Erma
Delaware County SPCA
555 Sandy Bank Rd
Media, PA 19063
(610) 566-1370
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 Wally is a Schnauzer mix who is 7 months old and weighs 25lbs. He is a bit timid still.  Finding a loving home wasn’t supposed to take a turn into the animal shelter. But it did.  He does like hishuman friends…it just takes him a couple minutes to warm up. Then look out as the fun begins! He loves walks and does great on a leash, especially for being so young. He does well with other dogs and  plays nicely. He is crate trained, and working on his house training skills, he just about there.  He does okay in the car and like to go places.  He also loves to cuddle so make a little room on the couch.  Please lets find him a great home!
 
Wally - Spring, TX
 
Wally
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.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Oscar Dilemma

With all the hype over boycotts and lack of diversity regarding the Oscars felt like weighing in.  Honestly these award shows seem all the same didn't even realize at first the academy awards were the oscars. So you can see how much they mean to some of us. ha

The all white acting nominees, and even lack of women in certain categories seems to be causing quite the controversy.   But why?  Plenty of difference races and sexes have been nominated in the past, and won.  Isn't it more important for the best talent to be nominated, than for people to be nominated just because of their color or sex? 

Wake up Hollywood maybe the people that were nominated deserve it, maybe it has nothing to do with race.  How do any of these so called celebrities like Jada and Spike even know for a fact that the all white nominees have anything to do with discrimination?   Did they ever stop to consider people simply voted for whom they felt had the best performance. 

Honestly feel it's being completely blown out off proportion.

The man chirped in by wanting to know if the celebrities boycott NBA games siting lack of diversity, because he said there sure isn't much diversity in the NBA these days.  Spike sits in the front row of plenty of basketball games and never complains about that.  Should everything in life be fairly balanced to meet a quota of say race, sex and even age?  Isn't even that discrimination in some odd way too.

I'm not even sure things like Affirmative Action have been all good.  In its original form, minorities and women were to receive “special consideration" in determining entrance to universities, employment hiring, and receiving federal contracts when competing with equally qualified white males.  Affirmative Action has attempted to rid America of discrimination against minorities and women, sometimes at the cost of what has been labeled “reverse discrimination" towards white men.

Yes being a woman I get the plight of how hard it is to be a woman in what many deemed a man's world for centuries.  How hard it is to even get the positions or salaries equal to the so called"white man".  Yet at the same time I don't want to be accepted to any school or given any job just because I'm a woman and they need to fill some quota.  If I don't qualify, or didn't earn the right through hard work and talent than it means little.

Just like I would never want to be nominated for an Academy award just to fill a race or sex quota.  Many feel frustrated and tired of the race or sex card always being used when something goes wrong or someone doesn't get what they feel they deserve.

Lets face it, Hollywood caters to what brings in the most money.  Plain and simple they make films and hire actors based on that.  Yes it would be great to see more diversity regarding age, race and sex in tv shows and films. But honestly it would be great to see more based on talent too.  Hollywood is a superficial place where who you know and what you look like tend to triumph over talent anyways.

There are plenty of tv shows probably even movies that are critically claimed, with great acting and watched by millions yet never win awards, even get cancelled without ever a good reason.  Sure people could argue on some level there is a type of discrimination in regards to those as well.  But when you have little proof of that it's hard to just go around throwing accusations around.  Which is what feels like is being done in regards to the Oscars this year.

Let whoever wants to boycott the Academy awards do it, seriously I doubt any one will miss them nor most of the world will even notice.  While we are at it lets boycott their films too, the ones they made all their money on....the ones society spent their hard earned money on that made them famous and wealthy in the first place.

The man always says pick your battles, as sometimes the battles become so redundant people just start tuning them out. Discrimination whether it be for age, race, sex or even disability sucks.  But in this case it just doesn't feel like that's what's really going on.  So maybe everyone needs to step back and truly exam the situation for what it is, instead of making it into something it's not.




Monday, January 18, 2016

Monday Musings

Started off the day with temperature and wind chills in the single digits.  Yes the artic air is here! It snowed a little yesterday, Cooper was more than ready to go outside and play in whatever snow he could find. And so him and I ran around playing in the snow for a little.

The week involved an annoying cold that had me pretty much on couch rest all week.  An intense scratchy throat left me without much sleep for two nights which in addition to all the other cold symptoms had me feeling out of sorts and tired.  It seems to be still lingering as my sinuses are congested now. 

It drives me crazy to sit around though as I get rather bored, so today decided to clean house.  Not sure if it was the best idea but a clean house feels so nice! 

The weekend involved looking at a few wedding venues. Then basically settles in to watch playoff football. Wow were there some wild games. The last second throw, or Hail Mary as it's known as, by Aaron Rodgers in the Green Bay game to send it into overtimes had me jumping up in bed Saturday night.  And the Broncos last minute touch down on Sunday had the man doing the same.

Watching a Broncos game, or any sports team of the man's in a playoff game is an experience. He literally takes the games so seriously that his mood quickly becomes anxious, sulky, nail biting, no talking but to yell at tv.  While I try to remind him it's just a game it's to no avail as it falls on deaf ears. Should be interesting to see who wins and makes it to the Super Bowl next weekend!

In addition to all our playoff football, we of course continued our Sons of Anarchy Marathon, we are already on season five. Yes we are officially addicted to the show, and me with Jax Teller as well.  Almost want to slow down our watching of it to savor it more, but each episode always leaves us wanting more so we watch another one. ha  Seriously who would have thought we would both like a show about a biker gang so much. We don't always like the same type of tv shows but luckily we both love this one!

That about sums up everything.  Think dinner is a calling!












Sunday, January 17, 2016

Soul Sunday

The best remedy for a soul that is afraid, lonely or unhappy
is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet,
alone with the heavens, nature and God.
Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.
 
Be still. Wisdom comes once we learn to be still.
In the silence of the heart one learns the journey of the wise.

A-ma-zing beauty..:
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes!
 
 Dalilah is Labrador Retriver/Great Dane mix who is 7 months and 40 lbs. She is a sweetheart.  Even though she is a large girl, she is calm, good-natured and very affectionate. Dalalah plays well with others, she is good with all people and children. Dalilah is learning all the good puppy commands. Even though Dalilah needs adequate exercise she would love to be a lap dog! Dalilah really needs a forever home. She is hoping you will. In the canine heart there is always hope. Every dog deserves a safe and loving home.  Please lets find her a loving home!
 
Dalilah _ Bells Garden, CA
 
DALILAH
Miracle Dog Rescue
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
(323) 383-8883
 
 
 
Colita is a Poodle Terrier mix who is around two years old.  She is sitting at the local animal county shelter. She is lonely and scared, hoping to find a family who will show her love.  Please lets find her a great home!
 
Colita A4909876 - Los Angeles, CA
 
COLITA
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Downey
11258 South Garfield Avenue
Downey, CA 90242
(562) 940-6898
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Amber Heard is a Terrier mix who is approximately 2 years old and about 35 pounds, she is long, short-legged, and very adorable. She gets along with other dogs and furious tail wagging ensues anytime she sees meets a human. She likes the great outdoors and loves chew toys, but Amber also all right chilling at home. She's just getting started with her obedience skills, but she's already cratetrained, mostly housebroken, and has so much fun learning the ropes.  Please lets find her a good home!

Amber Heard - Brooklyn, NY
 
Amber Heard
Badass Animal Rescue
Brooklyn, NY 11249
 
 
Daisy is a Labrador Retriever/Collie mix who is around 20 months and 50 lbs. She would love a doggie sibling and a backyard to play in. She's house and crate trained and is learning all her commands. She's affectionate and cuddly. Please lets find her a loving home!
 
Daisy - New York, NY
 
Daisy
Rescue Dogs Rock, Inc
PO Box 101 Gracie Station
New York, NY 10028
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Hercules is a Great Pyrenees/Wolfhound mix who is around 1 years old and 100 lbs. He is one big, powerful, large and in charge canine.  He is very tall, like a horse really- all his dog friends love to run underneath him when they play. He has a lot of energy. Is not a couch potato and wants to run, jump, gallop around and play with toys all day long. He also loves playing with other dogs.
His homes must have a sense of humor since he is very goofy and loves to clown around. He needs an experienced dog owner that is active and will take him for walks and trips to play with dog friends. One has to have some muscles to walk with him. He is friendly and exuberant, also perfectly  safe with kids- but older, bigger kids might be best.  He is very smart and knows some commands but his manners could certainly be more refined.  Best part is his love won’t cost a thing because a generous donor already paid my adoption fee so he is free to the right home.  Please lets find him a great home!
 
Hercules - Media, PA
 
Hercules *Sponsored Fee*
Delaware County SPCA
555 Sandy Bank Rd
Media, PA 19063
(610) 566-1370
 
 
Peter is a Jack Russell Terrier mix who is 6 months old. He is a bouncy, happy little guy.  He is a super fun and adorable.  He  took his freedom ride to our safe haven from an overcrowded southern facility. He is ready to make your life and home complete. Please lets find him a good home!
  
Peter - Media, PA
 
Peter 
Delaware County SPCA
555 Sandy Bank Rd
Media, PA 19063
(610) 566-1370
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Leonardo is a Schnauzer mix who is about 7 months old. He was found inside a box in a dumpster with his 5 siblings. A good samaritan rescued them.  For being a puppy he is a calm dog.  He loves to play with his sibling puppies, and is very affectionate toward people.  He is great with kids.  He is crate trained and house trained too.  Please lets find him a loving home!
 
Leonardo - Spring, Texas
 
Leonardo
Schnauzer & Friends Rescue, Inc. dba Schnauzer Rescue of Texas
P. O Box 8583
Spring, TX 77387
 
 
Dixie is a Dachshund mix. Shewas found after she had been hit by a car. Dixie has a broken pelvis and is heart worm positive, but she is on the road to recovery. A few weeks of bed rest and then she should be perfect. What a sweet personality. She is a little love bug.  Please lets find her a great home! 
 
Dixie - Houston, TX
 
 Dixie 5
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, January 11, 2016

Monday Musings

After a rather warm Sunday, the artic air has arrived.  Snow flurries are even in the forecast this week! 

Started off the day with a yearly checkup with the cardiologist, while I wasn't exactly thrilled with the early 9 am appointment time, with him it pays to make it as early as possible.  Literally sat waiting for two hours in the afternoon.  Mine was suppose to be the first of the day but they some how managed to squeeze an appointment before mine, offices can be sneaky like that. ha 

Then it was off to run errands...supermarket, ups store, pearle vision and target to name a few.  Of course always seem to get home only to realize there was something else needed....like today didn't realize we had run out of pizza dough until browsing through fridge.  Pizza dough is a must have and usually a staple in our fridge. 

Browsed glasses at Pearle Vision though still not having an easy time finding small enough frames, they all look so enormous on my face. Still have yet to replace the glasses that were ruined when Dow Chemical product Great Stuff Gap Filler exploded hitting my face and favorite glasses.  Since I followed the products instructions to a tee it seemed dangerous that it would explode as it did. It's been about 6 months since I contacted Dow about the incident, simply asked if they would reimburse the damaged glasses but so far they have no answer.  Now I understand why people hire lawyers!

The week was rather low key as the man was away on business.  His company decided to have their first kick off meeting of the year at a mountain resort in the Poconos. Not many of the employees were psyched about it, including the man especially about having to room with a co worker for a week.  As expected the man was exhausted when he got back, think my couch potato loving man was just glad to be back on the couch. haha

Our SOA marathon got put on hold while he was away, so I caught up on romantic movie or two. Nothing like a good romance movie, only wish they made more of them.  Went out to dinner with my parents as well, had the best waitress she was so friendly and down to earth.  Whenever I experience a good service make sure to contact the company or restaurant and give lots of accolades to the people who deserve it.

Saturday my sister, mom, niece and I had a girls day.  Though I wasn't in the best of moods to start, just felt frustrated over some stuff that needs to get done and isn't getting done.  I've mentioned probably too much but the man's procrastinating ways drive me crazy.  I'm going to blow up that old Nike logo "Just Do It" and put it all over the house, including his car. At least my niece was able to put me out of the mood and get me dancing.  So between a delicious lunch, little shopping and dance party with the niece I felt more relaxed! 

Sunday was all about laundry, organizing house and watching playoff football.  And wow were they some games! 











Sunday, January 10, 2016

Soul Sunday

The most important kind of freedom is to be what and who you really are. 
 
Give up the bad habits, the negativity, get out of the ruts you have fallen into, don't let laziness side track your souls purpose. 
 
Remember when you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch up.
 
"Live deep instead of fast." —Henry Seidel Canby ..*:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Technology Malfunctions

This week there have been plenty of malfunctions.  In this great day and age of technology advancements I find things just don't seem to be built to last.  It's more like they build things to last a few years as opposed to a few decades. 

For instance we have only had our Vornado whole room heater maybe two years, already it's stopped working.  Of course it chose to stop working during the coldest week of the Winter so far.  It's frustrating when something so recently purchased malfunctions.  Find myself mumbling things just aren't built to last anymore.

Then when I'm tasked with scanning bunches of paperwork that need to be submitted as soon as possible our all in one printer/copier/fax/scanner machine decides to malfunction.  Again this multi printer is not even two years old yet.

I'm not the only one a friend has a fairly recent dryer that has stopped heating.  Remember growing up we had appliances that lasted for decades, now people are lucky if appliances make it one decade.  A washer repair man even told me how it's easier and cheaper to fix the old machines as compared to the new ones.  Even heard mechanics say how it was easier to fix cars before they were equipped with such digital technology stuff.

Computers and phones become outdated within a few years.  How can anyone afford to keep up with technology, nor afford to fix such things when they start having issues within a few years of buying them.  The average person just doesn't have that kind of money.  Warranties these days seem to come with so many clauses that half the time they don't cover the problems, it ends up costing more to fix the stuff than just replace it.

The bigger question is why are things not built to last?  One has to wonder if they do this on purpose so that companies make more money only a few years later when such technology breaks down.  Or is it poor materials and workmanship causing such early malfunctions?  Do companies spend too much time cutting corners trying to save money that the products suffer, this I don't even have to ponder but believe to be true.

We live in a day and age where practically everyone is dependent on some kind of technology.  Government, transit, schools, stores and even such things as doctors offices can be completely shut down when the technology and machines they depend on malfunction.  It's scary to think we have become to dependent on technologies that seem to have such weaknesses and malfunction so easily.

For now my Vornado is on it's way back to it's manufacturer to be examined and hopefully fixed.  Meanwhile have to try to find the receipt for the Epson multi printer to see what can be done, if anything to fix it.  Ah the joys of technological malfunctions!










Thursday, January 7, 2016

Simplify

This afternoon I was questioning stuff.....

Such as how is it that the man gets an all expense paid trip to the Poconos for a week with his company for a kick off meeting. Skiing, indoor water park, all meals paid for.  While I'm home working on all the other stuff in our life that needs taking care of.

While I was on the floor with mounds of paperwork surrounding me today, trying to weed through the man's tax returns and other paperwork...the thought that it didn't really seem fair came to mind. How it is I get stuck handling all this stuff came to mind a few times too.

Fact is in our household I basically do everything....inside or outside if it has to be done it's usually me who gets it done.  And it just feels like there is always something that needs to be done, taking away from precious free time to do what I truly desire.

The word simplify came to mind.  When one is surrounded by mounds of paperwork the thought of who needs all this space or stuff takes over, and the idea of simplifying sounds quite appealing. 

It's exactly why the idea of a tiny home is becoming more appealing.  Less house, less stuff would equal less maintenance, and free up more time to do what I or we really desire. 

Of course no matter how tiny the house, until the man gets all his junk cleaned up, especially finances there will always be oodles of work and paperwork to go along with it.  The very stuff he likes to avoid ends up getting him in more trouble by procrastinating.  But maybe if there was less room to put stuff he would learn not to procrastinate as much?  Wishful thinking but it's always possible....

The idea of a tiny house though is anything but wishful thinking, in fact it's becoming more realistic. Some think it would be impossible, others think all our stuff especially clothing would never fit into a tiny home. But I disagree, as we aren't talking crazy small, thinking more on the lines of 850 sq foot.  Designed efficiently with proper storage and with a basement think it would be just what we need. 

Free up time, get us off the couch and out into nature more.  Hardest part would be finding land to build it on.  Around here land comes with a premium price.  So maybe it seems like somewhat of a pipe dream but where there is a dream there is a way right? Or at least sort of.

Maybe big houses represent wealth or the American dream to some but I think smaller houses allow people to spend more time living life and doing what they love. Think about it they cost less not only to buy but to maintain.

Look at these cute cottage homes.  They have a charm all their own.  For now I'm going to work on simplifying, hopefully the perfect house will fall into place when it's meant to.  :)

Small cottage:


Tumbleweed cottage... This is my dream house!:





Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes!
 
Bon Bon is a West Highland Terrier mix who is around two years old.  With a bath and good trim he is going to be a handsome dog.  He is sitting in a cold, overcrowded shelter.  Please lets find him a loving home!
 
Bon Bon A4908874- Los Angeles, CA
 
BON BON
 Los Angeles County Animal Control - Downey
11258 South Garfield Avenue
Downey, CA 90242
(562) 940-6898
animalinfo@animalcare.lacounty.gov
http://animalcare.lacounty
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Jessie is a Terrier mix who is 4 yr old 15 lb . She's house trained and has a submissive, sweet temperament. Jessie gets along with all people, dogs and kids, she hasn't been with cats but thinking she may do fine. She doesn't bark or growl , she's a very stable affectionate gal. Please lets find her a great home! 
 
Jessie - New York, NY
 
 Jessie
Rescue Dogs Rock, Inc
PO Box 101 Gracie Station
New York, NY 10028
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Lola is a Labrador Retriever who is 2 years old and 55 lbs. She is a fun, and loving girl who loves to play. Lola is great with other dogs and is very gentle and sweet. She would do better in a home with older kids. Lola needs someone to take her to training classes to help her excel in the wonderful dog she can be.  Please lets find her a good home!
 
Lola - Yardley, PA
 
Lola B Tidwell
 Crossing Paths Animal Rescue
Yardley, PA 19067
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 Firefly is a Wirehaired Fox Terrier who is around 5 years old.  She is sitting at the shelter hoping to find a family.  Please lets find her a loving home!
 
Firefly - League City, TX
 
Firefly
Second Chance Pets
P.O. Box 1216
League City, TX 77574
 
 
 
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, January 4, 2016

Monday Musings

Weather is still wildly fluctuating, though the real warmth seems to have moved out and temperatures are rather artic today!

The man went back to work, though we can't complain as he was basically off from Christmas eve until now.  Only having to go into work one day, and even that was only a half one.  We didn't do all that much though. The man is so busy working on his sports website that he really didn't have much down time. One of my resolutions is to get the man out in nature more!

Tuesday my sister came over with my niece and we went out to lunch.  Spent the rest of the afternoon playing board games with my niece.  Wednesday had our heating ducts cleaning, it took a little and left a lot of dust around.  So spent the rest of the day cleaning house.  It's amazing how much dirt and dust collects in a house.  Literally dust seems to start adhering as it's being cleaned.

Feel like we should at least qualify for one of those boxes filled with swifter cleaning supplies they advertise on tv.  I asked swifter if they could send one of those sample boxes but got denied, so we bought the generic brand. ; )

Thursday actually had an appointment for some health tests.  Felt very apprehensive and nervous going into them but for now everything looks okay.  It's one of those watch and wait kind of things.  To be honest not something I feel like getting into now. 

Our New Years eve was so exciting, we watched the college football playoffs and then tiny house nation...don't be too jealous. ha  We actually feel asleep, with half hour before midnight we woke up changed the channel to the ball drop special then dozed off again.  We awoke just as people on the tv were screaming Happy New Year's. So we missed seeing the ball drop.  Though we at least got in a kiss!

New Years day involved more football, as did Saturday.  Michigan played on Friday and Penn State played on Saturday.  Won't lie I'm jealous of Michigan's coach, just don't feel like Penn State got a top ten coach in Franklin but we'll see you never know. 

Saturday evening we did run some errands to best buy and the mall.  We decided to buy a new tv for the bedroom for Christmas, we wanted something with better volume and smart tv capability.  It looks nice but we are disappointed as yet another tv whose sound just does not go low enough to sleep with on.  They keep making the sound on TV's louder, though they need a sleep sound mode that goes ultra low for sensitive sleepers.

Sunday I spent rearranging the house, putting stuff in storage, doing some outdoor work before relaxing to watch some football.  Meanwhile we are making serious progress with Sons of Anarchy.  We are already into season 4.  The man predicted we would not be done with SOA until April, so either he sucks at predicting stuff or we are addicted and simply can't stop watching it.  Part of me wants to slow down watching as I very well may go into Jax withdrawal when there's no more to watch.  In case you have never watched show he's one of the main characters, and hot at that. Always been such a sucker for blue eyed, blonde dudes. :)

Meanwhile been working on wedding stuff, wow did I just say that!  The ideas I have don't exactly match with the places or prices I'm finding.  I want something very small and casual not easy to find.  Plus places book quickly so finding places that still have openings can be tricky.  It kind of sucks as our old backyard would have been perfect for a wedding, and I would have loved to have it there.  Timing is crazy sometimes.

This post is all over the place today much like my thoughts feel.  Time to chill out!














Sunday, January 3, 2016

Soul Sunday



Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.

I don’t believe the world fits neatly into some massive yin yang with grateful people on one side and ungrateful people on the other; but rather, we all go through times when we feel high and low degrees of gratitude, and that’s only human nature.

It’s okay to
feel angry, despondent, and disappointed. It’s okay to wish things were different that we were healthier, or happier, or generally less lost in the world.

There’s nothing evolved about ignoring reality or repressing our emotions. But there’s a difference between embracing our feelings and stewing in them.  It might not be possible to be feel grateful all the time, but it is possible to be grateful more often than not.  By adopting and reinforcing the following beliefs it may help us all feel more grateful.

1. Everyone has something to teach or offer me.


That person who cut you off in traffic they likely are not a selfish jerk, but rather someone who’s having a stressful day and rushing. Annoying, yes, but thankfully this is an opportunity to practice patience.

That person who broke your heart they are likely not a jerk who took pleasure in your pain, but rather someone who was human and hurting, just like you, and did the best they could. Distressing, yes, but thankfully this taught you a great deal about yourself and what a healthy relationship entails.

We learn something from every broken heart, broken hope, and broken promise. It’s helps us become a stronger, wiser, more compassionate, it's all how you choose to see it.

2. There’s something valuable in every challenge.


Just like every person can offer us something valuable, every challenge can contain an opportunity as well.

To be clear, I don’t think we need to see everything as a blessing in disguise. T
here’s nothing worthwhile about pretending we’re not shocked, saddened, and disappointed by the hardships that come our way. It doesn’t benefit anyone to ignore our natural feelings in the face of trauma and tragedy.

But it is possible to acknowledge that, while some things just plain suck, good things can come from them.
On the other side of loss there’s an opportunity for gain, if we’re willing to seek or create it.

3. Even if I don’t have what I want, I’m fortunate to have what I need.

Very few people have everything they want. True, some may have a lot more than others, but the vast majority of us have hopes that have yet to be fulfilled.  We have dreams, and goals, and ambitions. We want things and experiences and opportunities. We want to be a little richer, for life to feel a little fuller, and to generally get the sense that we’re moving forward, not backward.

Still, amid all the ups and downs and highs and lows, many of us have everything we need, or at least most of it. We have somewhere to live, food to eat, people to turn to, and the ability to pursue whatever it is we’d like to achieve in life.

Those things are not givens. Many people, and you may be one of them, do not have their basic needs met. If we don't  have those needs met challenges will certainly be harder.

4. The “little things” are the big things.

If you keep a gratitude journal, you’ve likely recognized just how many touching, fortunate, or fun little things happen every day. 
It’s not every day we get a new job, marry the love our life, or bring a child or passion project into the world. Most smiles in life stem from little things, appreciated.  Appreciate and notice the little things each day that make you happy.

5. I don’t have to have it all or do it all to be happy.

In the US especially, many of us hold the belief that we need to do it all, have it all, and be it all. We can’t miss out. We can’t fall short. We have to keep up, and keep accumulating. Sure, it’s nice to cross an experience off our life to do list, and we all love when we’re able to provide ourselves with something that’s caught our eye.

But grateful people realize that happiness comes from accepting and appreciating what is and knowing that even if we never have or do more, we can live a full and fabulous life.  This doesn’t mean we need to forsake all our goals and desires and grow stagnant.  We don't
need to sacrifice all our wants and dreams to be good people.

However, there’s something to be said for putting in the effort, surrendering to the outcome, and recognizing that whatever happens, life can be beautiful.

6. Everyone’s blessings are different, and that’s okay.

When you’re caught up in that race to do more and be more, it’s all too easy to look around at who seems to be ahead and feel resentful. Grateful people realize that life isn’t a competition, and
there’s no such thing as behind.

We’re all different people; we all have different talents, interests, priorities, and values; and we’re all on our own path.  What’s meaningful to me might not be meaningful to you. What’s valuable to me might not be valuable to you.

And you may have things I wish I had but there may be things I have that you want. And that’s totally okay. We’re all fortunate in our own way, for different reasons. All that really matters is that we recognize, focus on, and appreciate our own.

7. Things can and will change.

 Recognizing that nothing and no one will be around forever makes it so much easier to focus on the good things and appreciate what we have. This doesn’t just apply to people. It’s not a given that any of us will do the same job until we retire, or that we’ll make the same salary, or that we’ll have the health we have now to enjoy the same hobbies.

Try as we may to insure things won’t change with contracts, and policies, and commitments things can, and will, change. Nothing nurtures a grateful heart like recognizing this, and acting like it.
8. It could always be worse.

Yes, it’s a cliché, and not something we want to hear when we’re going through a hard time.  I recently found an anonymous quote that reads, “Saying someone can’t be sad because someone else may have it worse is like saying someone can’t be happy because someone else may have it better.”

Knowing that it could be worse does not have to mean denying our feelings. But it does put things in perspective and make it easier to move through them.

9. Life itself is a gift.

We live in a world full of teachers ,both people and experiences, that enable us to learn, grow, and continually evolve into the people we want to be.  We have many, if not all, of our basic needs met, providing a foundation that allows us to comfortably enjoy life’s abundant simple pleasures.

We may not have it all, or the same things other people have, but we each have countless things, people, and opportunities to appreciate and enjoy.  This moment will never come again, and there’s no guarantee the moments that follow will look anything like this. Knowing this somehow makes the present more precious even if things aren’t perfect.

10.  Life itself is a gift.

It isn’t always easy, or happy, but it’s one hell of a ride and it wouldn’t be without the bumps and turns.  Having gratitude helps us understand this.
 
As the new year begins open the soul to gratitude.
 
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
sunflower sunset:
 
 
 

 

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year

Hard to believe a new year is here.  While I wanted to recap the previous one it just didn't seem to happen. Maybe it's a sign to be more in the moment, focus on the present. 
 
I say forget resolutions that sound good, make resolutions that feel good. Focus on happiness, and what that means to you.  Find what it is that makes you happy, who it is that makes you happy.
 
Personally I want to....
 
Dream Big. Life life colorfully. Learn to relax. Create everyday. Laugh more. Love lots. Stay quirky.
Seek adventure. Do what I love. Think outside the lines. Try. Try harder. Fight for what is right.
Be kind and true. Focus on faith.
 








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