Monday, February 29, 2016

Monday Musings

With temperatures warming into the 60's it felt like Spring yesterday.  Even though we are still technically in Winter I'm grateful for the warmer weather, especially after last year's harsh cold weather.

The week was a busy one with plenty of lists to do which seemed to take up much of the week.

The weekend felt equally as busy.  We had a bunch of things planned. Though Saturday evening we were able to relax by trying out a new restaurant.  We sort of stumbled upon it, luckily it was good.  Though I didn't exactly dress for the colder evening weather, and spent much of the night cold. ha 

Pretty much any temperature below 75 seems to leave me feeling chilly.  That's where Winter drives me crazy as I'm not one who likes to have to wear a lot of layers, but always feeling cold kind of makes me have to wear layers which just doesn't fit my style of dress. I'm much more a cute t shirt and jeans kind of girl but when you live in a colder climate it's hard to wear just that.  Hence why I should really live some where warm again!  ;)

Sunday we had another meeting to do with wedding stuff.  And since the weather was so nice we made sure to give Cooper some time running around outside as well.  By later afternoon think we all needed a nap.  Homemade chili was on the menu for dinner too!

We've been trying to find new shows to get into in the evenings but not having as much like finding something we love as much as SOA.  Of course we have been watching the political debates too and just laughing at the absurdity of both parties.  Honestly there should be a ban placed on negative slandering of any candidate, and any candidate who does it should be automatically disqualified.  The negativity and inability to work together, to do the right thing is what makes politics so incredibly annoying and frustrating.  And yes I actually do tweet my opinions to the candidates in both parties, not like they actually care or listen but figure it can't hurt. ha

This Monday I'm not exactly feeling inspired to post much on the blog or to even write for that matter.  Some days are just like that.  I'm in a much more introspective mood it's one of those days that if possible I would spend it gardening.  Since the weather isn't warm enough for that just yet it really isn't an option. 

Though I'm rather sore from wiping out on the hardwood floor while playing with Cooper.  If only I could train him to fetch some ice, though I did receive lots of doggie kisses.  Play hard or don't play at all right?  Have to remind myself of that when I'm sore tomorrow.  Having said that it's time to put the feet up and simply relax!

Taking photos is at an all time low over here but of course I captured this one of Mr Cooper working hard so had to share.  Maybe he could take over my blog on those days I don't feel inspired to write.  :)

Wednesday, February 24, 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!
Oso is a Beagle/Dachshund mix who is around 5 months old.  This little puppy needs a home where he can learn what it means to be part of a family and be loved. Please lets find him a loving home!
Oso # A4921410 - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Downey
11258 South Garfield Avenue
Downey, CA 90242
(562) 940-6898
 Dorthy is a sweet little Corgie mix and Maude is a beautiful hound mix. These best buddies are looking for a home together. Their owner passed away and then they were dumped at a shelter. They are great dogs, they love each other and they would be great family pets.  They are playful and sweet. Please lets find them a great home!

Dorthy and Maude - Mt Laurel, NJ
Dorthy and Maude
Animal Sanctuary Society Inc.
PO Box 24
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054
(856) 642-0004
Abel is a Labrador Retriever/ Pit mix who is 18 months old and weights 50 lbs. We saved Abel from the NYC ACC, he was emaciated and weighed 25 lbs.  He would do well with a submissive dog who likes to play either male or female.  He does have separation anxiety and cannot be left alone for more than a couple ho urs until he gets use to his environment. He can stay in a crate and he is house trained. Abel is very affectionate and just wants to hug and kiss. Abel.  Walks great on a leash and prefers men but warms up to women quickly. Abel is a doll and needs a home so he can relax and feel loved.  The rescue will provide any supportive care that is necessary such as supplies and a trainer. Please consider opening your heart and home to wonderful Abel.  Please lets find him a good home!
Abel - New York, NY
 Rescue Dogs Rock, Inc
PO Box 101 Gracie Station
New York, NY 10028
Tanner is a Yorkshire/Chihuahua mix. He is beautiful little guy. Tanner was rescued from a hoarding situation down south. When he was rescued, it was discovered that he had a heart condition called PDA. We raised the money and had little Tanner's heart fixed. He is now 100% healthy and looking for his forever home. Tanner is about 6 1/2 pounds and 5 months old. He gets along with everyone. Please lets find him a loving home!
Tanner - Parker Ford, PA
Forever Home Rescue
PO Box 44
Parker Ford, PA 19457
Fuzzy is a Hound mix.  He is around 6 months old and will eventually weigh 30 lbs. Please lets find him a great home!
 Fuzzy - Parker Ford, PA
Forever Home Rescue
PO Box 44
Parker Ford, PA 19457
Wookie is a young Siberian Husky /German Shepherd mix.  He is sitting at the local county shelter hoping to find a family of his own to love.  Please lets find him a good home!
Wookie - Conroe, TX
Montgomery County Animal Service Center
8535 State Highway 242
Conroe, TX 77385
(936) 442-7738

Mollie is an Australian Shepherd /Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler mix. She is an extremely good natured dog. She is good with children, pets, cats and people.  She is 100% potty trained.  She can adapt to any household.  She would be an ideal pet for those that want to skip the puppy, chewing and potty training stage but still want a young dog who will keep the gang company. Let me repeat no biting, barking or accidents. Mollie also likes to trot around the yard with a grin on her face and take snoozes while you watch TV.  Please lets find her a loving home!

Mollie - 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.}

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, February 23, 2016

A Life of Adventure

For much of my twenties life seemed like a big exciting adventure.  Life was fun filled, I moved around quite frequently, took numerous road trips cross the country and even around the world, held various jobs, there were romances and the occasional heartbreak at times, but the possibilities always seemed endless.

The thought of settling down back then seemed rather remote. The typical house, kids and marriage wasn't exactly on my radar. While it seemed nice guess in a sense I still desired to be free, to roam where my heart desired, to see as much of the world as I could and live life to the fullest.

As I came into my thirties things started to slowly changes, friends started settling down, adventures seem to become less frequent, spontaneity seemed to be replaced by schedules, responsibilities of life began to weigh more heavily and things beyond my control especially health issues seemed to take more of a reign over life.

Looking back there are plenty of days where I miss those adventurous moments. The moments where life seemed carefree, without the stresses, health woes or responsibilities that come with age and leading a so called adult life. Where romance and hot steamy nights seemed more alive than ever. The possibilities seemed endless and invigorating. Where living with passion, following the heart and pursuing dreams was the main focus.

At times I feel like the so called normal life seems rather routine and stale. Don't get me wrong routine can be comforting too but sometimes life needs more spice. It needs adventure, exploration, play, learning new things, romance, pizazz and lots of hearty laughs. 

Sometimes the lack of stimulation and commitments of a daily routine can start to feel suffocating.  Even lounging on the couch, zoning to tv in the evening and on weekends with the man can sometimes feel monotonous.   Though lets face it as we get older it's not always about just us anymore, it's finding ways to fuse our lives with those we love and share our life with. 

Sometimes the people we choose to share our lives with also can be our very opposites in nature, and so it takes compromise and mutual understanding to create a life everyone feels happy with.  The man and I are no different we are opposites in many finding a way to incorporate my high energy self with his low energy self isn't always easy.

Often my quest for adventure is in direct opposition to his quest to relax.  While my exuberance and passion might actually overwhelm him at times, it also gets him to embark on adventures he might not otherwise.  But how do we find that sense of adventure when the every responsibilities and stressors of life tend to stand in our way as we get older.

Maybe we can't have the same crazy adventures we had when we were younger I do believe we can find adventure in everyday life.  Think opportunities exist to explore and experiment everywhere, we just need to be open to them.  And so here are some great ideas on how to incorporate such adventure into daily life....

Life isn’t about the extraordinary once in a while; life is about the everyday and the everyday can be extraordinary.  Here's some ideas how to turn everyday into an adventure....

Explore Your World

You can become an everyday explorer without leaving your home and loved ones behind. I believed adventures only awaited in exotic lands. Then my eyes were opened to the truth: Everywhere is somewhere.
1. Take a different route to work.
You’ve no idea what you’ll discover.
2. Discover an unexplored world.
Take a sabbatical from your usual haunts on the weekend and try somewhere unknown. Forget guidebooks just get out there and roam freely.
3. Journey to a faraway land without leaving home.
Pick a country you know little about, and have a theme night. (Invite friends.) Cook a traditional meal, and immerse yourself in an unknown culture—explore the history, art, and music, maybe even learn a little of the language.

Find Buried Treasure 

Pull on your buccaneer boots, and realize this truth: If you search for the hidden treasures in your own life, you’ll discover wealth far greater than any rusty chest of tarnished gold.
 1. Uncover your forgotten skills.
We all underestimate what skills we have and what we can do with them. For instance, have you ever arranged a yard sale or got the neighborhood together to raise money for a local project or to clean up the area? If so, you probably have forgotten skills in project management, delegation, budgeting, and cooperation. What other forgotten skills could you uncover and have an adventure with?
2. Unearth your hidden talents.
You’ve no idea what you’re capable of until you try. Say yes to things you might have previously said no to. Try your hand at a different sport, or join your local amateur dramatics group.

3. Bring your buried blessings to the surface.

 Embark on a voyage of gratitude. Discover that your “dull” life is actually filled with bright blessings; you just need to recognize them to transform your everyday.

Unleash Your Inner Entrepreneur

You can become an everyday entrepreneur without having to leave your job. It’s just a question of looking for opportunities.
1. Run yourself as your own company.
Even if you’re employed, you can seize opportunities to thrive and grow. Decide where you want to be in five years career-wise, make a plan, and work toward it. Don’t leave it to others to choose your destiny.
2. Learn to stand up for yourself and speak out.
Say no to dead-end requests to be free to say yes to real chances of advancement. Rather than oppose change in your company, be the first to embrace it, and see where it can take you.
3. Put yourself forward.
Take the initiative and find ways to be more valuable..take a class, offer to take on more responsibilities or projects at home or work.

Challenge Your Beliefs

“Adventure is not outside man; it is within.” ~George Elliot

You can become an everyday pioneer by stepping outside your comfort zone but staying totally inside your safety zone.
1. Be an everyday seeker of knowledge.
Challenge your belief that learning stops after high school or college. The adventure of learning never stops. Turn your boring evenings or weekends into an exciting quest for knowledge. You can learn anything from accounting to zoology, often for free, with online universities such as the Khan Academy.
2. Freshen up your perspective.
Have a break from everything you normally read, watch, or listen to. Pick different genres, explore, and experiment. Turn an everyday couch-side veg-out into a fascinating, inspiring journey into new worlds.
3. Question all your limiting self-beliefs.
Limiting self-beliefs stop one from taking a risk and trying new things. Overcoming these mental barriers is an adventure in itself that can transform your life.

Take a Chance on Love

You can have your own Romancing The Stone adventure without risking life and limb.
1. Take the blinkers off.
Searching for love? Abandon preconceptions about your “perfect partner” and where you might find each other. Approach someone even if they don’t seem like your type.
2. Never stop exploring.
Settled in a relationship? Shake up the romance with a challenge to see how close you can become. Regularly play a fun game of writing out what you'd  like life to be like.  Keep asking questions, go on date nights, make out or make love, do what it takes to ignite that love spark.
3. Have an affair—with yourself.
Go on a personal voyage of discovery to fall in love with yourself. Perform an act of self-love each day. Journal all the positive things you did and said, and all the people you helped. Begin to see what a wonderful human being you are.

Discover That the Greatest Adventure Is in Helping Others

Adventurers throughout history have sought personal fame or fortune. But, there is greater gain in helping others and greater reserves to be found in your heart than in any bank.
1. Make the first move.
Befriend a stranger at work or in your neighborhood. Be the first to break the ice and introduce yourself. Offer them a sincere compliment, and make their day. A stranger is just a friend-in-waiting.
2. Try your hand at fund-raising.
Explore inspiring ways to assist a charity you believe in to raise vital funds. Organize a car wash, or put on a local talent show.
3. Immerse yourself in someone else’s world.
Challenge your own preconceptions by volunteering.

Turn the Ordinary into the Extraordinary

You are too extraordinary to live ordinarily. You truly are an adventurous spirit.
That’s exactly why you must live your own life of everyday adventures.
You just have to unleash your curiosity.
You can stay in your home, your job, your life. Your adventurous spirit can thrive right where you are now.
Pick an idea from the list that lights your adventure torch. Start with one, and build in some others when you’re ready.
Get out there and experiment, explore, and experience.
Go make the everyday extraordinary.

“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.” Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine, #1):

Monday, February 22, 2016

Monday Musings

Warmer spring like temperatures are a pleasant surprise this week, though they bring rain with them too.  There has been too much wetness not enough sunny days to let the ground dry out.  Our backyard is a muddy mess which leads to Cooper coming in with some very muddy paws!

Spent much of last week working on wedding stuff, honestly cannot believe how much goes into planning even a small wedding.  Contacting vendors about availability, pricing and then setting up times to meet isn't exactly my idea of fun.  I'm more type A in that I like things accomplished right away instead of having to compare services and waiting.  Just want to hire the first available and move on to the next. ha  

The man has been extremely busy at work, so he tends to come home mentally and physically tired.  Probably the hardest part about our relationship is our different energy levels.  My hyper self comes with more of an energy level of like 'lets do this, lets do that'. Where as the mans non hyper self comes more with an energy level more like 'lets just rest'.  At times it creates tension when we can't get on the same page. ;)

Friday we basically ordered in and caught up on some tv.  Saturday we had a little family party for our birthdays. Luckily the weather was gorgeous, we are talking 60 and warm.  It felt more like April which was a refreshing change!  If only all of winter could be so nice.  When my family comes together it feels like a whirlwind, and the day always seems to go too quickly. 

Though was a little worried about the man as he was having problems with his legs, they felt very wobbly and weak. He came home from the party and pretty much fell right asleep.  Wish he would make more of a conscious effort to adapt a healthy diet and lifestyle. He spends too much time sitting on the couch and eating junk food. It's even evident from the weight he's put on while we've been together.  When we first met he was really skinny.

Sunday the man spend the day on the couch while I did some work and few errands too.  After a few hours on the couch I usually get bored and want to find something a little more engaging to do.

Since we completely SOA we haven't had anything nearly as entertaining or fun to watch in the evenings.  We started a show called Narcos which is okay but it has a lot of spanish subtitles at bottom of screen which distract from actually watching the snow.  And honestly it's missing something Sons of Anarchy men!  Of course watching hot man can be tough as the mind wanders to all kinds of fantasies if you get my drift.  Fantasies that can't always be lived out in reality. It's the truth! haha

Today feels like a hodge podge of stuff to get done.  At least it's a great day to be outside!

Took more than our share of photos but of course have nothing ready to post.  That's when I wonder does anyone read blogs or do they just prefer to skip right to the photos....

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Soul Sunday

A new day is God's way
of saying one more time,
go make a difference,
touch a heart,
encourage a mind,
inspire a soul,
and enjoy the day.
Never stop believing in hope
because miracles happen everyday.
The colors of nature with the sunshine breaking through the pines with the blue sky behind it.  Lovely morning view.:

Wednesday, February 17, 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!
Pebbles is a Terrier mix who is around 3 months old.  This small puppy should not be sitting at a cold, lonely shelter.  Please lets find her a loving home!
Pebbles # A4919452 - Gardena, CA

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

Samantha Bee is a Basset Hound/German Shepherd mix who is around 5-7 yrs old and 50 lbs. She is smart and funny and looking to launch a new life after suffering idiot humans for too long. Sam's great with people, gets along with other dogs, but isn't interested in sharing a home with cats. She is spayed, UTD on vaccinations, and microchipped.  Please lets find her a great home!
Samantha _ New York, NY
Samantha Bee
 Badass Animal Rescue
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Olaf is a young Australian Shepherd who is 25 lbs. Olaf was found as a stray just wandering the streets, no one wanted to claim him which is so sad since he is an adorable, loving pup. He is young and still has his puppy energy. He loves playing with the other dogs and has very little fear, he just goes for it.  Olaf can only see shadows as he has a congenital eye disorder but all the more reason he needs a family to show him the love he so deserves. Please lets find him a good home!
Olaf - Philadelphia, PA
Blind Dog Rescue Alliance
PO Box 63401
Philadelphia, PA 19114
(877) 254-6301
Lola and her brother, Tucker are Labrador Retrievers who have been at the rescue three weeks. They are both very sweet and would love to stay together. They interact well with our two dogs and three cats. They are learning commands such as sit and stay when it comes to feeding time and respecting everyone's space. Very quick to potty train and have had minimal accidents in the house. They are kennel trained when no one is home and at night.  Please lets find them a loving home in which they can go to together!
Lola and Tucker - 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.}

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, February 15, 2016

Monday Musings

Artic air officially moved in over the weekend as temperatures plummeted to wind chills of -10.  Cold is not even an accurate description of how it felt.  Snow is falling as I write, a few inches is forecasted which is suppose to change into ice before temperatures rise producing heavy rain.  At least it's suppose to warm up!

Today is officially my birthday too. Celebrations sometimes felt awkward,  used to cringe at the thought of getting older, especially after turning 35.  It seemed like another year to dread in the getting old process. There were even times I used to lie about my age.  But now that seems silly as age is simply a number, what we make it is up to us. 

While we can't exactly fight the aging process, we also don't have to bow down to it either.  Life is a gift, any day we get to live it should be celebrated.  And especially the day we came into this world.  I've followed anything but the typical path or so called time line in life, yet learned very valuable lessons because of it.  And possibly the biggest one is to forget about the numbers just live each moment, celebrate each birthday and milestone of life, do what makes you happy and follow your heart.

Meanwhile, the man isn't exactly fond of celebrating holidays let alone birthdays but I'm trying to  help him change that.  He didn't grow up surrounded with all the little things my family did for us that made each birthday and holiday feel so special.  They some how always managed to make even the little things feel s magical.  I always looked forward to the little gifts, flowers and parties they held for us.  To this day if the man doesn't bring me flowers I feel disappointed, but don't dwell on it instead I go buy myself some.

Since I can't eat the standard bakery cake because of my egg allergy usually make homemade eggless cakes. So for my birthday made carrot cake cupcakes, eventually I hope the man learns how to make these eggless cakes too.  And maybe even how to serve breakfast in bed.  In the mean time Cooper is stepping up to help, and daddy wonders why he gets so many rubs.  ;)

The weekend was a busy one.  Saturday my mother and I went to see the wedding venue. Then she took me out to lunch for my birthday.  We went to Miller's Ale house they have the best food, their chicken cheesesteak with mushrooms and peppers is out of this world.   After eating we browsed the mall for dresses. The mall was more crowded than Christmas, there were roped off lines just to get in some stores.  Later on the man took me out for a Valentine's dinner.

Sunday was all about catching up on some laundry, watching a few movies and the man gave me flowers for Valentine's Day as well.  Yup I adore flowers, so much so that I should probably own a flower shop!

Cooper was happy as he got a new toy for Valentine's too.  Though think he would have probably preferred a playdate with a pretty girl dog.  ;)

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Soul Sunday

Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement.
They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful.
 There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever.
Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face.
 In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon.
You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.  Inspiration from Bob Marley
Seek the love that sets your soul on fire, the one that makes you want to be a better person.

Wednesday, February 10, 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!
Cookier is a Cockapoo/Maltese, Terrier Mix who is 2.5 Years  and 12 Pounds.  If you are looking for an adorable and lovable little pooch with a heart of gold, Cookie is definitely worth meeting!  Cookie is housebroken, easy on a leash, knows how to sit on command, quickly learning to sleep through the night in her bed, enjoys treats, good at riding in cars, loves to snuggle every chance she gets and fetch as well however, sometimes she likes to keep the ball just for herself.  She is excellent with all dogs and adores children of all ages.  We have no doubt that Cookie will do great in a home where she can receive care and affection from her people, and she will return the favor with a lifetime of unconditional love and gentle doggie kisses. Please lets find her a loving home! 
Cookie - Bells Garden, CA
Miracle Dog Rescue
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
(323) 383-8883
Nashville Girl is a Greyhound who is 3 years old. What a striking girl with a personality to match. She is very friendly and seemed to enjoy everyone's company. She welcomes attention but was not overly pushy. She is a snuggler and liked to bury her head in our laps or arms, what a cutie. Once she settles in, she walks nicely on leash.  Although she loves people, no cats. Please lets find her a great home!
Nashville Girl - Chery Hill, PA
Nashville Girl
Greyhound Friends of NJ, Inc.
PO BOX 4416
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
(732) 356-4370
Isa is a beautiful Dachshund/Chihuahua mix who is 10 years old. She is super sweet, loves to cuddle and go for short walks. She is housebroken, sweet, good with dogs and cats and is looking for her forever home to live out her golden years. this girl is all you ever wanted, come meet her now.  Please lets find her a great home!
Isa - New York, NY
 Social Tees Animal Rescue
325 East 5th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 614-9653
Jill Beagle who is 6 years old. She was adopted about four years ago, and has lived happily with her owners ever since. Unfortunately, family circumstances are forcing a move to housing where dogs aren't allowed so Jill is looking for a new place to hang her leash. She would do well with an older couple with no small children around, as she's not a fan of little humans. With adults, however, she is very, very affectionate and loves to cuddle. She loves to run outside and chase the squirrels.  Please lets find her a good home!
Jill - Doylestown, PA
Almost Home Dog Rescue
PO Box 132
Doylestown, PA 18901
Grace is Labrador Retriever / Border Collie mix who is 1 year old.  She is house and crate trained. Grace loves to run and play, especially in the water. She is not treat oriented, but she does like them. She likes to eat apples, carrots and pineapple. Grace loves to go on long walks. If trained, she would make a good running partner. She would also do good with agility classes. Grace loves to be close to her person.  She will follow you everywhere you go. She also likes to go riding.  Please lets find her a loving home!
Grace - Houston, TX
Belvie pup - Grace
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, February 8, 2016

Monday Musings

Shall we talk about the Super Bowl?  The Broncos won, they are the man's team so the man was elated.  He was in full on sports watching talking unless it had to do with sports, serious sports face, yelling at the tv and sitting on the edge of his sit.  They weren't the favorites to win but they proved the spreads wrong.  Given it was more of a defensive match up it was not very interesting for the average watcher.

What does the Broncos winning around here mean?  The man will get another tattoo to signify the win.  He took off work because....well in his mind his team being in the big game gives him a good excuse.  He watched highlights all night, today and will for years to come.   The man is obsessed with sports the way other man are obsessed with sex.  Yup I really just said that!  ;)

Lets talk half time show, in my opinion Coldplay was awesome!  Love there music and was disappointed to see some criticizing them on social media.  One chick commented that all Coldplay fans are sorry chickie but this girl does not smoke and happens to love their music.  Good example of why we should not judge others. Okay but I feel like judging for a moment too because what is with BeyoncĂ©....why does she always wear those bodysuits, her act feels
monotonous.  Lady Gaga on the other hand always seems to be able to reinvent her act, last night she showed a classy, patriotic side that was beautiful and refreshing.

Meanwhile, the niece was over for a play day Friday.  We created, drew, danced, laughed, played and basically enjoyed the moment.  My sister and her stayed for dinner so we got some extra time in as well. Saturday the man and I laid low.  The house needed cleaning and sports basically consumed the tv.  Already missing Sons of Anarchy.  Going to have to find another show like it as it was such a great distraction and something to let the mind become engrossed in every night.  Nothing like a good distraction!

I've been battling ear pain, which seems to radiate to my tooth as well.  Feeling slightly panicked as not sure if it's from a lingering cold or it's an indication of a dental issue.  The ladder of which would not be good especially financially.

Been thinking a lot lately about stress, is life ever not stressful?  Just feel like there is always something to stress about. When one stressor is resolved another seems to appear.  Is that life's way of teaching us lessons, and helping us learn?  Life isn't so much about avoiding stress but learning how to live and deal with it effectively.

Right now we have a lot on our plates.  In a mere seven months we need to buy a house and plan a wedding.  For two people on a very strict budget it feels almost impossible.  That plan also involves paying off the last of the man's debts.  Short of winning the lottery just not sure how we are going to pull it all off.  Probably why I'm not sleeping well lately because subconsciously it's all weighing on me. The man amazes me with his ability to just ignore the very stuff that keeps me up at night.

Even the prospect of marriage has me feeling slightly unnerved. After almost ten years of living together we feel married, so I weigh the pros and cons of rocking the boat to make the union official in the ideas of the law and God.  Taking those vows isn't something I take lightly. Occasionally
worry the ways in which we are opposite might eventually cause issues. Sometimes even
think I can be a commitment phobic of sorts when it comes to certain things in life. Oh well.

In trying to plan a wedding I also realize how expensive they are, and now I understand why so many can't afford to get married. It's truly insane the cost of even a dress that a woman only wears once.  And photography and video prices are even more crazy. How did prices get so out of hand?  I just cannot fathom spending such enormous amounts of money for a few hour event, rather put that toward a house. And that's where I'm feeling torn and stressed.  Even a backyard wedding costs with all the rental fees is more costly than I imagined.

If I'm all over the place in this post today, it's probably a great reflection of my thoughts at the moment.

What better photo to share today than of the boys in their Bronco jerseys.  Don't let Cooper fool you he also sports an Eagles jersey for mommy's team too.  He knows how to make everyone happy, and of course get lots of treats too!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Soul Sunday

If you're not making mistakes, you're not taking risks, and that means you're not going anywhere. The key is to make mistakes faster than the competition, so you have more changes to learn and win.
A winner is someone who recognizes his God given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday.  Today is a special Woof Wednesday as the ASPCA urgently needs the publics help.  Please read their message below....
ASPCA responders are on the ground in Raeford, North Carolina, assisting authorities in the removal of nearly 700 animals from a sprawling, unlicensed facility known as The Haven. More than 270 dogs, 250 cats, 40 horses and numerous pigs were discovered in filthy kennels, cages, outdoor pens and paddocks on the 122-acre property. Many animals had no protection from the elements and are suffering from serious, untreated medical issues including open wounds, severe upper respiratory disease and emaciation.
The ASPCA responded at the request of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Hoke County Sheriff’s Office, who began investigating The Haven after receiving numerous complaints of sick animals adopted from the facility. It was suppose to be a safe haven for rescued animals unfortunately it was anything but.  The Haven’s owners were arrested on charges of animal cruelty, and the ASPCA is assisting with evidence collection, animal removal, transport, sheltering and medical care.
This is one of the largest animal seizures the ASPCA has ever conducted in our 150 years as an organization. We have a team of more than 130 responders on the ground to remove and care for these hundreds of neglected animals who have clearly not been receiving adequate care. Our goal is to help them become healthy and ultimately find them homes.
Our responders are on the scene providing much-needed medical attention to animals in critical condition, and will transport the animals to a temporary shelter to continue to care for them until custody is determined by the court. Our Forensic Sciences team is collecting evidence to support the criminal case, and the ASPCA will provide ongoing legal support.
The ASPCA is an amazing organization, it helps to protect and save innocent animals. Please help them by donating whatever you can.  Or visit your local ASPCA and adopt a dog who desperately needs a loving home. There are so many great dogs available for adoption at various shelters and rescues around the country. 
The ASCPA would be grateful for any donations it receives no matter how big or small, here is their direct link ASPCA Donate.
Thank you. 
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, February 1, 2016

Monday Musings

Much of last week was spent being snowed in, that's what happens when you have over 24 ft of snow covering everything.  Quite frankly I'm not the best driver my perception tends to be poor, so when there is ice or snow on the roads I try hard to avoid them as best I can.

The man worked from home Monday as the streets were in poor shape and everyone was still just trying to dig out.  Cooper and I spent a lot of time playing in the snow, as everytime I had to take him out required suiting up in major snow figured we might as well make the most of it.  But after a few days the appeal of all that snow wore off, and now with temperatures warming up it's a muddy mess.  As there's to much snow and no where for it all to melt.

So far I'm sticking with my mission to commit to working out again.  Trying to walk treadmill four times a week, with free hand weights twice a week and yoga two to three times a week as well.  Maybe it's a little too ambitious of a schedule to start with, so just hoping I can stick with it.  For me the hardest part of working out as I get older is just sticking with it.  Sometimes its hard to fit in, or feel good enough to do it and other days it's just hard to get motivated.

The man and I ordered in Friday, spent the time night catching up on shows on our dvr.  Saturday was all about getting stuff done around the house, the man relaxed watching college basketball and we went out for dinner to Red Robin.  Which seems to have become our new favorite burger joint. Decided to try the mushroom burger, lets just say it lived up to its description and more....overall a great dinner!

We stopped by Walmart on the way home to pick up yet another vacuum. We go through vacuums like some go through candy.  Seriously after one or two years they just lose their suction.  We have tried various brands but all result in same issues.  Read on consumer reports that the average vacuum should last at least 5 years but that many don't. Why?!  Does it have something to do with everything being built in China these days?  Do industries just build things poorly so consumers will have to buy new things every so many years and spend more money?   It's crazy how nothing seems built to last anymore.  And if you happen to be reading this, and know of a spectacular vacuum for which you would highly recommend please comment below with the make and model.  Thanks. :)

Also dealt with major head pressure and a nagging kind of headache all weekend.  Probably related to hormones but nonetheless it was bringing on some dizziness which isn't exactly pleasant and makes sleeping difficult. 

Sunday was all about food shopping, and it was mobbed!  Guess last week's snowstorm kept everyone in so this weekend people were out in full force.  Seriously the supermarket shelves were wiped clean of many items.  And we aren't talking some small grocery store, we were shopping at one of those super Giant's.  We literally had to wait for a spot that how crowded the parking lot was, it looked like the mall at Christmas.  Luckily we some how got in and out with too much of a hassle considering we did our big monthly shop.

Oh yeah and I forgot to mention we are ploughing through Sons of Anarchy.  Only one more episode to watch, the show finale!  We surprised ourselves by how much we love the show and wanted to watch it every night. It was always hard to just watch one episode, we would start one and three episodes later realize how late it was.  Took us about two months to watch all 7 seasons.  And we are going to miss it.  So now have to think about what to watch next, and hope we can find something that holds our attention just as much! 

Well that's all the musings for today.  Got to start making some chili for dinner! 

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