Wednesday, March 30, 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!

Mikey is a Labrador Retriever who is around 3 years old.  He is sitting in a cold, lonely county shelter hoping beyond hope that he gets adopted soon.  He just wants a family and home to call his own. Please lets find him a loving home!

Mikey #A4868173 - Downey, CA

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


Cindy is a Cocker Spaniel who is around 10 years old.  This sweet girl needs to find a warm home and loving family to spend her senior years. Please lets find her a great home!

Cindy# A4931144 - Downey, CA

CINDY
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Downey
11258 South Garfield Avenue
Downey, CA 90242
(562) 940-6898
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Sugar and Spice are Hound/ Pit Bull Terrier mixes who are 7 months old.  They are good with dogs, kids and overall very friendly puppies.  This bonded pair is looking for their forever family.  Please lets find them a good home!

Sugar and Spice - New York, NY

Sugar and Spice
Rescue Dogs Rock, Inc
PO Box 101 Gracie Station
New York, NY 10028
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Daisy (up front) is a 10 year old Malti Poo who thinks she is still 2.  She is very playful and loves squeaky toys! She is trained to use a pee pad but will go outside if you take her. She is a good girl for her groomer and doesn't mind being brushed. She loves to cuddle and would love someone to let her sleep with them. She also loves her older sister and checks on her often. Precious (rear) is a 15 year old Maltese who weighs around 6 pounds. She lays around most of the time and prefers to be sitting on a lap or with her sister. She uses pee pads but will also go outside every time she is taken! She is very sweet and gets around well for her age. We also should tell you that they are kind of attached and lay with each other a lot and the younger ones keeps an eye on her older/smaller sister. It would be awesome if they could stay together.  Please lets find them a loving home!

Daisy and Precious - Gilbertsville

Daisy Mae- Senior
Mostly Muttz Rescue, Inc.
PO Box 406
Gilbertsville, PA 19525


Char is a 2 year old lab/hound mix. She is mama to the Harry Potter litter and wonders why she's still waiting around for a forever home when most of her babies have found theirs! She is heart worm positive and ready to start her injections on 4/8, but don't let that stop you from adopting her as we'll cover the costs of her treatment! She is obedient and loving. Char is really an awesome dog. She would make a great addition to any one's home. She's easy to correct , house broken and an all around love bug. She gets along well with other dogs and loves everyone she meets. She will wait patiently for you to come home and does not destroy anything. So what are you waiting for. She deserves the best. Please lets find her a great home!

Char - Gilberstville, PA

Char
Mostly Muttz Rescue, Inc.
PO Box 406
Gilbertsville, PA 19525
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Lucy is a Schnauzer Terrier mix around 2 years old. . Lucy was recently returned to her foster family. Sadly, her elderly owner, who loves her dearly, is having health issues and is no longer able to properly care for her. She is still the sweet girl that she was before. Lucy was originally turned into the shelter by her owner, pregnant and scared. After a warm bath, a healthy meal and some TLC, I am coming to trust humans again. She is playful yet has good manners. She comes when called and respond to no. She adores older children, but because she is overly protective of her food, treats, toys and sometimes don't want to be bothered, she should only live with children 12 years or older.  She is not fully house trained yet, because, honestly she doesn't like going outside when it's cold or wet. Her crate is her safe haven and she loves it.  Please lets find her a good home!

Lucy - Houston, TX

Lucy
Operation Pets Alive
PO Box 132104
The Woodlands, TX 77393



No paw left behind our mission!

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


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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Social Media and Politics

It's been said politics brings out the worst in people, to a certain extent I would have to agree with it. Especially after reading this political rant a friend posted on Facebook the other day. If  I had to give advice on what not to say this would be a poster for it.

"Public Service Announcement: I am going to put this nicely....if you are reading this and you have either voted for or plan to vote for Donald Trump either in the primary or in the general election, please delete me as a FB friend. Immediately.

We can still hang out have a beer and chill. But deep down inside I think you are a stain on the fabric of this country that is helping to empower a moronic f*cktard of an Ass-hat to the point of giving him nuclear missile launch codes. The fact that you would even entertain the idea of voting for Trump makes me scared of you and voting for him makes me question your mental stability and intellectual capabilities. There is no way a douchebag like Trump should never be a POTUS and your enabling that to happen wants me to punch you in the neck.

So for all parties concerned, it's best that we not be FB friends during the election season or else I will have to let everyone I know how much of a dim-witted, fascist, racist, misogynistic fucktard you are. Cuz, the USA is a representative democracy....one where we vote for someone who believes in the same ideas as ourselves. And if you claim that your aren't any of those things, then you are a plain old moron for thinking Trump should be President. Period. And, I don't like you. And, you're as big a moronic f*cktard as Trump.

OH...and don't forget.....Donald Trump wants to f*ck his daughter. He literally said that....

This concludes the Public Service Announcement...we will return to our previously programming schedule of marginally funny memes..."

It probably should be signed idiot. but to say that would be resorting to his immature ways right?  We all have our opinions but there is no reason that people cannot find a more humane, intelligent way to discuss and express them that doesn't involve insulting others.

But then again isn't that all a reflection of the direction our society is headed?  We are a nation that forgets that with freedom comes a certain responsibility as well.

Serious there are certain subjects that cause people to lose all perspective on life, and what it means to be a decent human.  No one should resort to name calling or slandering others simply because they have different beliefs or ideals.  And no one should be considered less than another simply because they differ in their beliefs.

This particular friend has taken to calling his own friends morons, douche bags, losers, idiots, stupid, etc, I'm avoiding even mentioning some of them because they are just inappropriate. And who is he to judge anyone like that?

Think this election has brought out such craziness because so people have reached their limit.  They are tired of not having their voice heard, tired of promises and help that go unanswered, tired of working their asses off only to still barely be able to survive.  They desperately want change, yet what that change looks like varies. So many live in fear of those who differ from them as well.

Truth is crime rates are sky rocketing, the cost of living keeps rising, good paying jobs seems scarce, health insurance and medical care have become unaffordable for many hardworking Americans, the news is filled with terrorists who want to ruin the good of this world, we have cities and towns consumed by drugs and addictions, education system that is failing, military vets who are not being taken care of, the list of things that need help is long. And those things will never be addressed nor fixed if the people of the United States can't find away to set aside their differences and work together.

Instead of bashing others on social media, people should use this amazing technology to instead work on making the country and world better. People should feel free to express their beliefs and opinions but in ways that don't hurt others. To listen more and judge less.  Instead of complaining and whining people should try to be the change they wish to see.

It's sad that we can't show respect for others opinions, thoughts or views.  And disappointing that people can't feel free to express how they feel or think without being attacked, harassed or worse. It's exactly why people are afraid to express their views publicly or on social media. Which is sad.

The beauty of America is we have freedoms other countries only dream of, the ugly part is we take those freedoms for granted.  Instead of trying to work together to create a better world we close our minds and alienate each other believing our beliefs are some how better than others.  When is this country ever going to learn to put their differences aside and work together toward a common goal.

Until everyone can put their differences aside, open their minds and work together things will never truly change.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Monday Musings

I'm over the weather. Feel like mother nature is teasing us with the one or two really nice days only to be followed by chilly, cloudy days.  By March consistent sunny, warm days is all I crave!

The weekend was busy.  Saturday was the man's birthday, he turned 40. So we had a little family celebration.  Also took Cooper to the local pet store, where he got to check out his ferret and bird friends.  Always feel so bad to see any animal caged up.  You know those pretty birds shouldn't be caged, God gave them wings to fly!

Villanova played in the Sweet Sixteen Saturday night and beat Kansas.  It was a great game, leaving everyone on the edge of their seats.  All the excitement made it hard to even fathom sleeping.

Sunday was Coopers birthday, our little man turned two!  Hard to believe two years have gone by already, where does time go?  Of course it was Easter too. So we spent the day at my family's house. My sister is feeling better though the virus left her feeling very fatigued.  Simple tasks become exhausting when recovering from such stuff.  Given the baby is due in four weeks she and everyone else is feeling a little nervous!

Easter was fun though, and of course the food was delicious.  Holidays seem to go by quickly, never seems you get enough time with the ones you love. The day exhausted us as think we were all pretty much sleeping by 10. ha

Feels like we have a lot on our plate.  Still working on wedding stuff, and now add looking for a house to that list.  Our lease is up in July, we literally have four months to find a house. And this time we are thinking about buying not renting.  Exciting stuff but not sure we are going to find a place in four months within our budget.  Of course the housing market has once again seemed to sky rocket, why didn't we buy when the market plummeted.  Plus there are finances to get in order as the procrastinator man still insists on putting everything off until the last minute.  It drives me crazy!

Sometimes I really just want to move some where warm again.  My soul is happiest living by the beach and ocean.  There are moments where I still miss living in San Diego. Yet to move to a warm place again would mean to be far from family, something I just can't fathom doing.  Lets face it even the most beautiful places feel empty without the people we love most to share it with. It seems like sometimes we can't have the best of both worlds no matter how much we desire certain things. Unless of course we are millionaires who can afford houses on both coasts.

Today I'm in one of those moods where I just don't want to deal with anything especially other peoples crap. Feel like telling everyone else to deal with it.ha   Those are the days I probably should stay away from social media sites like twitter.  As I'm not one afraid to express moods or opinions. ;) Though I'm also trying to stay off computer as been on it way too much again, in fact it's bringing on dizziness spells again.

Meanwhile I've done about five loads of laundry, vacuumed and mopped house, bathed Cooper, unloaded dishwasher and so apparently I'm in the cleaning mood!  Some how I always seem to manage to have a million to do lists.

One of those things on my list was to print photos. Fell about two years behind in uploading and printing the various holidays and other moments.  The one thing I dislike about photos on the iphone is they aren't in 4x6 ratio so they all needed to be edited and cropped which takes way too much time. Need to find a better way to print them or maybe just go back to using a regular digital camera. On Thursday I ordered around 245 prints from Walmart and surprising they arrived by Saturday.  Now if only I would get better with sharing more photos on my blog.

Though the man complained Saturday when I tried to snap some photos as he didn't like his hair. Hence the backward baseball cap in the photo.  It's your birthday dude, you should have known there would be some photos taken and looked the part.  It was late when I took this photo anyway, we were watching game in our pjs with our Villanova t shirts on.

Enough yapping for today...back to work I go!























Sunday, March 27, 2016

Soul Sunday


May our souls be open to the true meaning of Easter. 

It’s a celebration that the most hopeless of circumstances could be revived. Jesus resurrection symbolizes the eternal life that is granted to all who believe in Him. 

The resurrection of Jesus is the heart of the Gospel message and, perhaps even, the meaning of life: that there is hope. No matter how dark it gets, there is a light that shines.  



Thursday, March 24, 2016

Craigslist Scam

We have heard about craigslist scams, and even other worse things occurring from use the free site but you never think it's going to happen to you.  Well actually I worried it might, but the man not so much....until it did!

After over a decade of buying tickets for sporting events on craigslist we got scammed on Sunday.  The man decided rather last minute that we should go to Brooklyn to see Villanova take on Iowa at the NCAA tournament.  Being we are only a hour and half from the center it did seem to make sense, but only if we could get reasonable seats. 

Though I have to admit I'm usually excited about such stuff but this time I felt on the fence.  Wasn't sure we should be spending the money given all that is on our plate right now. And after not feeling good for two weeks wasn't sure about all the traveling.  But the man's excitement to go was contagious.

So after contacting a few people on craigslist about seats he started trying to negotiate prices with a few via email late Saturday night.  And left it that he would contact them the next day, if their tickets were still available we would go.  It's funny as I usually don't ask too much when it comes to purchasing tickets but did ask him a few times who he was corresponding with, and kept asking him if he had checked stubhub too.  It was almost as if my intuition was kicking in.

Sunday morning he finalized a ticket deal with one of those people, agreeing to meet in Manhattan to pick up the tickets.  The guy gave him his cell phone, they texted back and forth a few times.  We drove out of our way to meet this dude in Manhattan, as Brooklyn is actually closer to us. They meet in front of Urban Outfitters on 6th street and exchanged the tickets.  The guy even showed his receipt for the tickets.

Once the man got in the car though, and we saw the tickets something just didn't seem right.  They looked different in some way and felt light for a ticket.  The man shrugged off my concerns by saying he saw the guys receipt for the tickets.  Though he did say the guy was suspect looking compared to some he's bought tickets off of in past.

We made it to Brooklyn by 11:40am, had little less than a mile walk from parking lot to the Brooklyn center. It happened to be a cold, windy walk as snow showers were actually in the forecast.m As we stood in line waiting to get in a weird thing happened, the tear off edge of one of the tickets dropped to ground.  Which was weird, as I mentioned the tickets seem very thin and flimsy.  Sure enough when they were scanned an X showed up on the screen.  They informed us we needed to go over to the box office.  Of course we already knew what the box office was going to say....our tickets were bogus and we had been scammed!

Unbelievable is about all I could muster. Followed by some choice words for the guy who choose to take our hard earned money and scam us.  Dude if you ever happen to come across this post, which  you probably won't but if you do....karma is a bitch! 

The man was completely shocked and think embarrassed. I felt bad for him as he was so excited for the game and for that to happen just sucked.  He didn't want anyone to know that he had been scammed. We looked for a police officer but could not find even one as we figured it might be good to get their perspective on what to do next, such as maybe file a police report.  Finding none, and given the game was about to start we located a Buffalo Wild Wings across the street to watch the game.

We were pissed, stressed and feeling upset over losing $250.  The day had been ruined not to mention watching the game didn't even feel the same.  We ate some wings, watched the game and made our way back to Philly. What a long day is was.

Later that evening I happened to be googling people getting scammed on craigslist and found an article written earlier that day by the New York Daily news, the article went on to say how a man had been scammed on Thursday out of NCAA tickets from a man he met on craigslist also!  Here is the actual article NCCA Scam.  The local 19th police district even issued a statement through twitter warning people not to buy NCAA tournament tickets online.  If only we had seen that before our fiasco. 

So contacted the reporter who wrote the article, and within a hour heard back from the newspaper.  They said our situation sounded identical to the one on Thursday.  The reporter and I talked a little on the phone, sent them photos of our voided fake tickets and the cell number of the guy who sold them to us. They suggested we file a police report too.  But the man wanted to pretend like it never happened, he didn't want his name in the paper least his friends or the scammer see it. He pretty much gave up on the idea of filing a police report saying it's highly unlikely it will do any good and we won't get our money back either way. Even though the reporters didn't want to give up.

Interesting as that's one of the ways in which the man and I differ.  He is so laid back when it comes to things, I on the other hand am much more gung ho.  I wanted to do everything possible to catch the thief and scammer. Was all ready to go all soprano or even sons of anarchy on him, still am.  Not the man, he didn't want to deal with any of it.

To think people can scam others of their hard earned money, not only get away with it but than they are actually able to live with themselves afterwards is insane.  Talk about true sociopaths without any conscious. I'm not content to just sit back and let those kind of people take advantage of others. 

While they probably will have a very difficult time tracking this guy down it's worth a try.  And lesson learned while craigslist started off as a great place to find things such as tickets these days it has seemed to turn into more of a shady site for scammers and criminals looking to prey on people.

Though I did read some helpful tips to purchase legit tickets on craigslist is to one have an idea of what the real tickets to the event looks like, two tell the ticket holder you want to see their drivers license first to get their full information incase needed for the police and three always meet in front of a police station. 

Hoping this will bring awareness of some sort, and maybe even help prevent what happened to us from happening to others.  Try to be safe people, and if something doesn't feel right it probably isn't. 


Wednesday, March 23, 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!
 
Cookie is a West Highland Terrier mix who is around 8 years old.  This sweetheart just wants a family to call her own.  Please lets find her a loving home!
 
Cookie - Los Angeles, CA
 
COOKIE
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
 
 
Wilma is a Jack Russell Terrier mix who is around 5 years old. She is sitting at the local county shelter hoping to find someone who would like to make her a part of their world.  Please lets find her a great home!
 
 
Wilma - Los Angeles, CA
 
WILMA
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
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 Keith Urban is Shetland Sheepdog who weighs around 25 lbs. Apparently purebred sheltie landed in a shelter where he was in danger of being euthanized due to overcrowding. But this is the face of pet homelessness in this country. We find and rescue all ages and breeds and are happy to have sprung Keith Urban.  He would make a great dog for a laid back household. Keith's housebroken, crate trained, and, though timid initially, proven to be super snuggly once he gets comfy. Keith gets along easily with fellow canines and thrives with routine. His foster mom calls him well behaved and easy going. He just wants to be your everything.  Please lets find him a good home!  
 
Keith Urban - Brooklyn, NY
 
Keith Urban
Badass Animal Rescue
Brooklyn, NY 11249
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 Sadie is a Australian Cattle Dog who is 3 years old and 55 lb.  She is loyal and spirited, a true representative of her amazing breed.  They are on the genius level of canine intelligence  and welcome the challenge of physical and mental exercise.  Sadie is a perfect candidate for sporting activities like agility, flyball, disc and tracking trials. She is an alert student who responds well to training. Sadie is very affectionate and sweet hearted girl who likes to stay close to her humans.  She loves to cuddle and she loves getting belly rubs.  She comes when called and likes to play fetch. She also knows how to sit and stay.  Sadie has also discovered peanut butter and she loves her bones stuffed with peanut butter. Sadie is calm in the car, and likes the crate and goes in easily. Sadie is very playful and energetic.  She loves walks and could be paired with a runner.  Please give Sadie a chance she will really melt your heart!  She would be a fantastic therapy dog and could get her good canine certificate. She is a good girl and requires very little. She is also lovely on the leash. She is very sweet and rolls on her back for pets from everyone she meets. Sadie would benefit from a confident and calm leader who commands her respect and gives lots of positive feedback.  In return, this girl will reward her person with devotion, affection and an abundance of kisses and fun times.   Sadie is a special girl who wiould flourish with someone who wants a strong bond with their furry friend.  Please lets find her a loving home!
 
Sadie - Point Pleasant, PA
 
SADIE
Lulu's Rescue
P.O. Box 46
Point Pleasant, PA 18950
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Marley is Australian Shepard/Labrador Retriever puppy mix.  He is a typical puppy sweet, playful and curious.  This cutie loves to play with other dogs and he'd probably be just fine with cats too.  He will curl up in your lap when he's tired and take a nap.  He is working on his crate training, house training (he does know how to use the doggy door in his foster home) and leash walking.  Marley's ideal home environment would include another dog for a pal and a backyard to play in.  Please lets find him a great home!
 
Marley - Houston, TX
 
Marley
HOMELESS & ORPHANED PETS ENDEAVOR
210 W LANE DRIVE
HOUSTON, TX 77027
(713) 662-4673
 
 
 Fred is a Terrier mix. He's a happy, young dog that's energetic without being hyper. He's also quite responsive when spoken to. It can take him a little time to warm up to new people but with more experience and exposure to different people and situations he will likely learn to be more trusting. He's a loyal little guy to those he knows. He has no known experience with kids. Fred loves a good game of fetch and walks on a leash without pulling. He can be good around dogs and cats but they don't always appreciate how he plays. He's housebroken and sleeps in a crate at night without complaining. Someone found Fred as a stray in his neighborhood, so little is known about his background before coming to hope. An experienced dog person might be his best match as an owner. Please lets find him a good home!
 
Fred - Houston, TX
 
Fred
HOMELESS & ORPHANED PETS ENDEAVOR
210 W LANE DRIVE
HOUSTON, TX 77027
(713) 662-4673
 
 
 
No paw left behind our mission!

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


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Monday, March 21, 2016

Monday Musings

So the weather is all over lately.  Spring like one week, cold the next. We even had some snow flurries yesterday though it's suppose to warm up again.  Sure hope so as it's hard to be given a taste of Spring, even Summer like temperatures only to have them taken away so quickly.

The week was crazy!  That pain I mentioned two weeks ago has been lingering.  On Friday it was hard to move.  Saw a little rash on my back so doctor said to come in Saturday morning for her to check it out.  It took almost two hours of waiting Saturday but eventually got in to see her, patients should receive a discount when doctors aren't on time.  It sucks having to sit in a stuffy room with people suffering from contagious stuff!

Anyway....she looks at rash on back and thinks it could be shingles.  Even though it would not exactly be the standard textbook case but doctor thinks it could explain the pain.  We are unsure of that diagnosis as it just doesn't seem to match up with what we read or keep seeing images of.  There's a lot that still just doesn't make sense.  Overall I'm just not feeling 100%, and now even the dizziness appears to be flaring again.  Serenity now!

Meanwhile my sister is still fighting pneumonia and complications from the flu, the doctor ordered her to stay home again this week from work.  It's very hard for her right now, even trying to do simple tasks is leaving her exhausted. She has missed three weeks of work as well, and my sister isn't the type to just take off so I know it's hard for her. Its her birthday too. So keep those prayers coming for her it would be greatly appreciated! 

We had our wedding tasting on Wednesday, the food was delicious.  In fact it was hard to pick just two entrees.  Still have a lot to do. With about 5 months to go I still have no dress.  The bridal stores informed me if I wait much longer they won't be able to order one in time.  Even ordered a dress I  loved online but when it arrived the top was beige instead of white and it didn't fit at all. 

Being tiny, having simple taste and wanting to keep the dress under $1000 is making it even harder. My ideal dress would be ballerina but they don't seem to make that style anymore.  And more than one bridal shop has informed me their prices started at $1800 and above. Yikes, for a dress that one only wears once? Sorry but those kind of prices make no sense to me. I'm an idealistic when it comes to some things but more a realistic when it comes to spending money on a dress or even clothes. 

March Madness is consuming a lot of our time.  Saturday we watched basketball and food shopped. Fun stuff folks.  Sunday we drove up to Brooklyn for the Villanova basketball game, and for the first time in almost a decade of buying tickets online got scammed!  Yup that's right. Tune in tomorrow for that crazy and rather hilarious story. It got us both fired up, and today we are still trying to calm down about it.

For now I got a list of things that need to get done. 







Wednesday, March 16, 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!
 
Peanut is a Terrier mix who is about a year old.  She needs a little tlc as under all the fur is a sweet, beautiful girl.  Please lets find her a loving home.
 
Peanut # A4928059 - Los Angeles, CA
 
PEANUT
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
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Mickey is a Terrier mix who is 2 year olds and 14 lbs. This fun loving pup is very social and sweet. He loves playing and cuddling with people. He also enjoys walking outdoors. Mickey likes other dogs and he could probably live with cats. His family would continue the usual obedience training.
Mickey is a delightful pup who would make a wonderful companion.  Please lets find him a great home!
 
Mickey - New York, NY
 
Mickey (Manhattan)
Bideawee Inc. Manhattan
410 E. 38th St. between 1st Ave. & FDR Dr.
New York, NY 10016
(866) 262-8133
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 Splinter is a 9 month old Irish Terrier puppy. He is happy, friendly, fuzzy faced boy who's looking for a new place to hang his leash.  His foster mom told us that he gets along wonderfully with other dogs when he's off leash, although he can be a bit reactive when on leash. He's wonderful with kids, and is an absolute people lover in general. He loves making new human friends of all ages, shapes and sizes. Splinter seems to be completely housetrained, and sleeps quietly in his foster parents bedroom overnight, on his own doggy bed. He mostly chews on his own bones and toys, although we've discovered he also has a fondness for shoes, fluffy pillows and greeting cards. Although he is usually quiet in the house and yard, he will alert bark if he sees someone passing by the front window, or sees people on the golf course next door. He is usually fine with quiet older cats, but will chase feisty young felines for fun. He hasn't hurt them, just seems to like the thrill of the chase but just to be on the safe side, a cat free home is preferred for Splinter. His ideal home also would have a nice fenced yard where he can burn off some of that puppy energy, and a canine buddy to play with, too. Splinter just made the long trip north in search of his new family, and we discovered that his shelter photo really doesn't do him justice, this boy is just adorable. His wiry hair coat makes him a low shedding pup, so he may be a good companion for a family where allergies are an issue. His leash manners still need a bit of work, but he does know to sit politely for treats. He's been started on clicker training, and seems to be a very smart little boy.  Please lets find him a good home!
 
Splinter - Doylestown, PA
 
Splinter
Almost Home Dog Rescue
PO Box 132
Doylestown, pa 18901
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Violet is a Golden Retrieve mix who is 1 year old.  She has a brown eye and a beautiful blue eye.  Her foster mommy found her in the rough streets of Houston covered in mud and infested with fleas. She was scared and alone but thankfully was found on time and given a second chance to live the life every dog wants and deserves.  She gets along great with all dogs and cats. She loves humans of all ages.  Loves to give kisses and snuggle.  She loves sleeping in her crate and chewing on bones. She really enjoys going for walks with my foster brother and is still trying to figure out how the leash and harness thing works. She spends a lot of time running in the backyard.  Please be patient with her as she is still learning to walk on a leash and that the only place to potty is outside or the potty pad. She is still a pup and has a lot to learn.  She sits and shakes your hand for treat. She is a sweet and beautiful girl. She promises to always love you no matter what. Please lets fine her a loving home!
 
Violet - Houston, TX
 
Violet
Adopt A Rescued Friend, Inc
P. O. Box 62736
Houston, TX 77205
(832) 539-4004
 
 
 
No paw left behind our mission!

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


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Monday, March 14, 2016

Monday Musings

It's overcast with rain here today, the dreary weather rather fits my mood.

Interesting as over the years I've become almost scared to feel happy, as whenever I felt happy things seem to drastically go wrong or change for the worse.  It's why I don't often talk about the real happy moments on here afraid that some how even talking about them will ruin them.  It sounds silly I know but I'm being honest. It's almost like I want to box up those happy moments and just keep them to myself.

So recently when I started to feel happy and rather excited about life, where I felt like the difficult times were finally starting to be put behind us....a fear came over me, thinking that everything is going too right, almost too good that it would be ruined some how.  Yes I realize one should not think like that, some would even say just thinking like that will bring on the bad. It's something I have to really work on changing...to believe that happiness can actually last.  Or at least simply ebb and flow.  Anyway, sure enough over the week the happiness felt was overshadowed by a shower of rather not so good stuff.

Over a week ago my sister came down with the flu during her high risk pregnancy, which today we learned has developed into pneumonia.  She spent the day in the ER, ran tests... even a chest x ray. They gave her a breathing treatment and IV antibiotics. If she doesn't improve within the next 24 hrs they will admit her. To say we were worried about her and the baby is an understatement.  Hoping that everyone could say some prayers for her and the baby.

And as I mentioned in a post last week, I myself was at the ER for severe abdominal and back pain. For which they had no definite answers as to why. I've had the pain for over a week now but instead of getting better it's gotten worse.  In fact it seemed to intensify over the weekend, so followed up with my primary care doctor.  She is worried since parts of my abdomen are tender, the back pain has worsened, feel nausea and turns out I have a fever.  So she did some tests which will take at least 2 days to get back and is sending me for an ultra sound tomorrow. Guess one or two things showed up on the abdominal scan for which an ultrasound was suggested.  Of course I'm feeling very nervous now too!

The week was low key due to not feeling well, didn't even work out as the doctors said to rest. The man went to New York Friday night for the Big East tournament, a bunch of his former frat brothers in college were all meeting up for the Villanova game.  We were originally going to go this year but when the opportunity came up he decided to go since he hasn't seen many of them in a while. Saturday and Sunday basically involved a lot of rest, little work but mainly just computer stuff.

Then on top of all that my vertigo medicine went missing from my purse.  Yes the very stuff I keep in my purse in case of a vertigo attack while away from home. Who would do that right?  I mean you have to be pretty low, heartless and maybe even verging on sociopathic to take another's medicine. A very important medicine I might add.  Given I keep impeccable track of all medicine, even going to the trouble of locking it up it makes no sense, and I'm pissed!

All I can say is shit is hitting the fan this week!

Wish I had happier or more uplifting things to write about but it's just one of those weeks I guess. Life seems so full of ups and downs.  Sometimes the moment you feel you have made it to the top of the mountain life sure has a way of bringing you back to the bottom.  Can someone please throw me a rope so I can easily climb back to the top again! 

Btw, what does one do when feeling blue...well of course they paint their nails blue. ;)










Sunday, March 13, 2016

Soul Sunday


Sometimes the soul can get overwhelmed by stress. Here are some enlightening ways to let go of any stress that may be weighing your soul down.

1. Consider getting a pet.


Sharing negative feelings with close friends can significantly reduce stress. Studies show that spending time with pets relieves stress in the same way. Also, when you’re accompanied by a pet in stressful situations, it prevents your stress level from rising.

If you don’t have a pet, consider getting one. It may change your life in surprising ways.
 
2. Stop dwelling on your problems.

Kant State University had an eye opening discovery. Apparently, the more you talk about your problems, the more you’re likely to suffer from depression.

Of course, it’s healthy to share what you’re going through. But when you’re mindlessly dwelling on your problems, it doesn’t solve anything. Try to actively seek solutions instead of blindly mulling over things that could stress me out.

If you’re fortunate to have supportive friends, do seek their support. What’s important is that you don’t just whine about your difficulties, but actually act.

 3. Shower yourself with gifts.

You’re being brutally hard on yourself. You take success for granted. Worse, you exaggerate failure. When you’ve reached a goal, you move on nonchalantly. If you don’t, you torment yourself mentally. You scold, devalue, and deprive yourself.

Reward yourself for reaching goals. Research shows that when you’re rewarded for an action, you’re likely to repeat it. This is called a positive feedback loop. It’s much more effective than punishment.

If you gain stress from failure, without happiness from success, the only outcome is stress. If you earn happiness from success, without stress from failure, the only outcome is happiness.

 4. Exploit bad habits to your advantage.

Don't run away from problems. Escapism may entail over eating, indulging in unhealthy foods, TV, Internet, porn, smoking, and drinking. Over time, they form destructive habits. Exploit escapism by using it as an anchor.

Pick healthy alternatives, such as meditation, stretching, listening to motivational talks, napping, or light exercises. Before you escape, do thirty seconds of an alternative first.

Say you’re angry with your partner. You think you need to eat some junk food to calm down. Before that, meditate for thirty seconds. Then you’re free to indulge. Do this for two months. Then increase good habit time weekly, until the good habit completely drowns out the bad.

This way, you build new automatic responses to stress and break the escapist habits completely.

 5. Unleash your anger (and cry yourself to sleep).

Don’t always try to appear perfectly calm. You need to express difficult emotions—anger, for example. Discuss your frustration with friends. Journal your rage and analyze it objectively on paper. You can even confront the object of frustration assertively.

Remember to release your anger under control. Don’t throw tantrums or yell impulsively. Express it as a means of problem solving. This applies to other difficult emotions, as well, like sadness. It’s healthy to express these “negative” emotions.

 6. Reach great heights by letting yourself suck big time.

Learn to accept the negatives. Some people cannot accept mistakes. Everything has to be perfect from the start. They think others will look down on them if they appear to be flawed. These people are frequently stressed.

The happiest and most successful people focus on improvement. They love mistakes and flaws, because they see them as opportunities to grow. Learn from these people.

Have lofty goals, but have realistic standards. Don’t judge yourself based on the results of your action. See them as feedback, and seek improvement from there.

 7. Be shameless about not doing things.

You don’t have the time and energy to do everything you want to do. Inevitably, things are left undone, and you beat yourself up. This creates stress.

Consider what’s truly important to you. This way, you gain more time and control over your life while making more progress. Focus on a few things that are really important to you.

8. Declare war on useless crap.

Clear up your spaces where you live and work. It will help make you feel more relaxed, concentrated, and in control. Psychologists found that clutter competes for your attention and overloads your brain. This makes you stressed and even damages your ability to think.

Trash this useless crap ruthlessly. Begin with discarding one item per day, for two months. It’s easy, and it trains you to detach emotionally from your possessions. Later, you can expand to junk more items daily.

 9. Learn how to use your body wisely.

Try to keep your back straight and try to appear confident. Why? Because posture has a direct relationship with your mood and behavior. When you position your body in a natural and comfortable way, you feel less stressed.

Also, when you appear confident, you feel more powerful and in control. Confidence balances out stress. Read books on correct posture and body language. These skills not only reduce stress reliably, they also keep your body healthy.

 10. Extract everything from your overloaded head.

When your mind is overloaded, you feel agitated, you malfunction, and then you collapse.

Extract all your mind clutter in one place, out of your head. Observe your thoughts for five to fifteen minutes, and let information resurface from your mind. You’ll be surprised how much stuff pops up. Things you have to do, things you’re waiting to do, open loops, creative ideas, long-term plans, and many more.

Write down everything as soon as they come up, no matter how trivial they may seem. This helps organize your life and clears even the smallest mind clutter. When you can see everything on paper, you’ll find them more actionable. Life becomes less overwhelming.

11. Learn from the Chinese: the spectator’s eyes.

Stressed people are masters at exaggeration. They magnify every little problem.  You can’t see the big picture when you are caught up inside a problem. Then you begin to exaggerate and freak out.

A Chinese saying goes, “The spectator’s eyes are always clear.” Ask a friend for his honest opinion on your problems. This will likely help you recognize when something truly isn’t a big deal. Learn from spectators, and analyze your problems objectively. Then you can see problems as they are, and act wisely.

 12. Laugh: meet apocalypse with humor.

Watch comedies they give a brief escape from my stressors. Visualize these scenarios: bombing a job interview, getting fired, being unemployed, getting robbed, getting sued, getting rejected by the opposite sex. Disasters. But they’re all funny in comedies. There’s something funny in every problem.

Maybe you burned your food. Maybe you dropped your phone into the toilet. Have a laugh!

Once you can do this, you’ll completely turn your perspective around. You’ll see the positive in every situation, and face problems happily.

 This Second, You Can Transform Stress Into Happiness

It’s not impossible. Many people have done it. Pick one lesson that looks appealing to you, do some research on it, then act. You’ve let stress dominate you long enough. Now is the time to live differently.

Do you want to stay crippled by stress? Or do you want to turn life into happiness? The choice is yours.

A beautiful moment.:

Friday, March 11, 2016

The Day In the ER

So since Saturday I've been having abdominal pain that radiated through my back as well.  Initially thought it might be some type of muscle strain but as it got worse began to question that idea. Saturday was horrible, as felt very nausea and stomach pain as the night went on.  The pain and nausea were up and down for days.

Tylenol and heating pads weren't exactly helping either.  Since my doctor wasn't available I went to the urgent care yesterday. They put something on my finger, made an odd face and then took me right back.  Then I hear them say they may need to transfer me to the ER.  What?

So I'm asking them a million questions, getting no answers but feeling frustrated as to what is going on.  Why aren't they telling me what that little finger test showed. Why are they saying I may need the ER. It was crazy.  Plus the fact that I had not eaten anything yet that morning was making me feel horrible.  Kept trying to explain the the nurse that I dry heave when my stomach gets too empty or hungry.  But of course they didn't listen and gave me a shot of Zofran in my ass for nausea.  A few saltines would have done the trick.

Anyway, after a urine test they inform me they think I have a serious bladder, possible kidney infection.  They write all these prescriptions for me to take, saying I need to have labs and maybe even a scan done but they don't have that capability there.  If in 12 hours I didn't feel better to go to ER.  Feeling unsure of their diagnosis something told me to just head to the ER.  When I asked the doctor what he thought he said he couldn't tell me what to do but that it might be a good idea.

So after talking it over with my family they agreed I should just go to ER.  Once there I waited a little but then they took me back started labs right away and informed me given the area of pain they felt a Cat Scan was needed. Ugh.....I'm not fond of tests that involve radiation or dyes but since it was the sixth day of feeling the pain agreed.

They gave me two hours to drink the contrast dye, which wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be.  But when it came to going in the scan I panicked, I'm laying them telling the techs what a complete baby I am, and yes I may have shed a tear over having iodine dye injected.  The thought of anything unnatural and chemical being injected freaked me out. And then knowing scans aren't great for the body just added fuel to the fire, and still is!  Luckily the techs agreed with me, and all said they feel the same way about such tests.

Luckily the man came by as his presence definitely help calm me.  He kept telling me how cute I looked in my gown. Bonus points for him. ;)

The scan came back 20 minutes later they informed me my appendix looked okay, my kidney showed a few very small cysts, might have a fibroid as well but they didn't think those were source of all the pain I've been feeling.  Doctor came back in to say she felt it was some sort of virus or even minor food poisoning of some sort.   Even though I still felt the pain they released me saying if it got worse or any other symptoms developed to come back.

Oh yeah but before they released me the blood pressure machine went off alerting them my reading was too low.  So more people came in, took another reading of my pressure and were debating whether to give me more fluids. I tend to have very low pressure to begin with. 

But who is one suppose to believe. Urgent cares says they think it's a serious bladder or kidney issue. ER disagrees saying their test show little to prove that.  Two tests done on same day two hours apart and both come back different. Meanwhile I'm still in pain, and a little worried as the idea this abdominal and back pain is just a virus of some sort seems odd.

What a crazy day.  It happened to be a record setting weather day too with temperature in the 80's and I missed the entire beautiful day. The ER was packed, and the waiting area was even more packed.  When you see such sights it makes you realize how much we take our health for granted. It's an eye opening and extremely enlightening experience.

Meanwhile I'm still very much panicking about having those dyes in my system and having to go through a scan like that. Those tests are no joke, they take a toll on the body as well.

There are a lot of things out of our control but realizing more and more how important it is to eat healthy, to exercise and do everything possible to help ourselves too.  Sometimes it's even crazier to think that we can do all the right things and still not feel good. How is that possible, it can be so frustrating.

Sometimes wish the world could understand the bigger picture too.  We make dangerous chemicals that leach into the air, water,  foods, products and even on such things as flooring or furniture in our houses.  It's even scary the pesticides that are used on our food. Our bodies have a lot to fend and fight off everyday.  But to a certain extent the control is in our possession yet we continue to poison our beautiful earth we've been given.

Days like yesterday make me realize that while medical and technology have made huge improvements over time, there is still a long ways to go.  Still so many unknowns. There will still always be a certain extent that is beyond our control.  But what we can control we should work harder at improving especially when it comes to our environment, and food or water sources.

Anyway, sitting hunched over the computer probably isn't all that great for the pain either so I'm going to try to rest and relax.  Though might have to relearn the meaning of relax as it's something I'm not very familiar with nor very good at. ;)











Wednesday, March 9, 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!
 
Kandi is a Basset Hound who is around 9 years old. She needs to find a safe and special family to enjoy her senior years with.  Please lets find her a loving home!
 
Kandi - Los Angeles, CA
 
KANDI
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Downey
11258 South Garfield Avenue
Downey, CA 90242
(562) 940-6898
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Oreo is a Chihuahua who is around 7 years old.  This sweet little girl needs to find someone to share all her love with.  Please lets find her a great home!
 
Oreo - New York, NY
 
Oreo
Best Friends Animal Society New York
New York City, NY 10011
(435) 644-2001
 
 
 
 BamBam is a Chow Chow/Pit Bull Terrier mix who is around 2 years old.  This quiet gentleman has a calm demeanor and sweet disposition. He is looking for his forever family, might that be you.  Please lets find him a good home!
 
Bam Bam - New York, NY
 
BamBam
Best Friends Animal Society New York
New York City, NY 10011
(435) 644-2001
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Holly and Sandy are Labrador Retrievers who are 7 years old. They are sisters from the same litter.  They are a bonded pair looking for a new home together.  Holly is wearing the red collar and Sandy the blue collar.  They're both very friendly, curious, affectionate, and enthusiastic.  Holly is a bit more active than Sandy and Sandy likes to eat sticks and paper products.  They both love to play tug and fetch. They don't look or act their age both are in good health and have a lot of energy  and are about 75-80 pounds.  When they get very excited, they do tend to jump up and they also pull on the leash during walks.  They both know basic commands, including sit and down.  They also know stay/wait but could use some refresher training here.  An ideal home for them would be one with a person/family to give them a lot of attention and exercise.  They are active but will settle down and hang out with each other and you too.  Since they've never been around them, a home without cats would be best.  Also, due to the knock down factor, a home with kids 10 and up is preferred. Please lets find them a loving home!
 
Holly and Sandy - Warrington, PA
 
Holly and Sandy
Brookline Labrador Retriever Rescue
P.O. Box 638
Warrington, PA 18976
(215) 343-6087
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Auroa is Miniature Schnauzer  who is around 4 years old and 17 lbs.  She is a sweet girl and friendly with people.  She is very good about getting bathed and groomed when she came to SRT with her two boys and a girl. She has lots of love to share. Please lets find her a great home!
 
Aurora - Spring, TX
 
Aurora
Schnauzer & Friends Rescue, Inc. dba Schnauzer Rescue of Texas
P. O Box 8583
Spring, TX 77387
 
 
 
No paw left behind our mission!

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


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

Monday, March 7, 2016

Monday Musings

So there was snow on Friday but hopefully that will be it for Winter, as the weather here is warming up.  Maybe the ground hog was right about Spring coming early!

As for writing I haven't been so good at that lately.  Even missing my favorite posts of all Woof Wednesday this week.  Problem is there has been so much research and work to do on the computer as of late that it leaves little time for posting to the blog.  Remember I'm working with limited time allowed on the computer due to the dizziness issues.  The way the computer affects my brain with the dizziness definitely makes getting all I want to accomplish much harder.

The man was away in Florida visiting his father for six days, so it's just been me and Cooper hanging out all week.  Got a lot of errands done early in the week, than spent way too much time on computer doing work. Some how the man always seems to have nice little get aways.  It was planned last minute, or else I might have went.  He got to go to a ski resort in the mountains back in January for work for a week, and now sunny Florida.  Feel like I'm lagging on the vacations, in fact it's been over 6 years since I've been on a true vacation. We went to Barbados back in 2009 I believe. The world traveler has become the home traveler. ha

Meanwhile, we had been planning for months to have a girls day with my mom, sister and niece to shop for wedding dresses on Saturday but life had other plans.

My sister who is 8 months pregnant came down with the flu, even in spite of the flu shot the doctors insisted she get, she still came down with it.  And things are not good.  Her pregnancy is already considered high risk, every day for months she has to give her belly shots of blood thinner.  And every week goes for check ups, ultra sounds and echocardiograms as well.  Now this.

She had a fever doe days which they can't get down, even with constant Tylenol. Which is just about all they can give her at this point.  She is a teacher and is going to be out of work for a little as the doctors told her no work until fever is down and she feels better. My brother in law is taking off work to care for her. And my niece is playing nurse.

In addition to a constant fever, she has a terrible cough, can barely talk and her whole body is hurting.  Please I ask anyone who reads this to say a prayer for her and the baby. The flu is never a good thing to come down with for an average healthy person, but it's worse for a high risk pregnant woman.  I simply ask everyone to pray and send positive thoughts to Jenn.

Given the time crunch my mother and I still went dress shopping on Saturday. Though of course we could barely focus because we were worried about my sister and of course missing her too.  We visited five bridal shops, and had little success in finding a dress.  They were all too fancy, expensive and some just weighed me down. The girl who was helping me put me in this one dress and I wasn't sure anyone could even find me in it, needless to say we all had a good laugh.

So not sure what I'm going to do but think a simply white formal dress would be more me than a fancy, big wedding dress.  I'm a jeans, t shirt and flip flop girl, so want a simple yet elegant dress that reflects that.

Sunday I ran a bunch of errands. Feel like there is so much that needs to get done.  Sometimes the hardest part is trying to decide.  For instance I need new eye glasses but cannot decide which ones feel, fit or look the best.  Also want to order a dress online but can't decide between sizes. Size charts are impossible as the 0 says 25 waist and 36 hips. Well I have a 27 waist and 31 hips. So my hips aren't on any adult size chart and my waist would be a 4 according to them.  Go figure.

Saturday night, Sunday and even today still I've got stomach pains, my mom thinks I might have pulled  stomach muscles trying on some of the dresses.  As some of them felt so tight, heavy and were hard to get in to. Not sure if that is the cause of the pain but whatever it is, is still very much lingering.  Woke up at 4 am with it two nights in a row. So I'm going to try to take it easy with a herbal heat pack or two.  And since the weather is warm spent a little time outside letting Cooper run around and play.  Of course there is more computer work to do but it's already irritated the dizziness too much so might have to put that on back burner for now.

Today the man is arriving home, it will be nice to have him back. As it did get a little lonely without him here. 

When the beach chair comes out Mr Cooper knows exactly what to do. :)









Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Women Vote

As a woman I felt extremely insulted by Madeleine Albright's recent comment in regards to Hillary Clinton's campaign...."There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women."

Reminds me of the childish people on social media who will drop friends and followers simply because they don't like their political beliefs or opinions.  What happened to being open minded, and sharing opinions in an intelligent manner as not to offend others.  It's only through differences that we learn. I personally like to hear others opinions, like to learn why and how they feel or think the way they do.

Back to Madeleine, so she was insinuating since a woman is running we as women should automatically support and give her our vote.   As if we don't care what she stands for?  In my opinion it was a dumbing down moment for women.  As if we don't have the intelligence to choose the best candidate.

There are many women who will probably want to give Hillary their vote simply because she is a woman.  Truth is I would like nothing better than to see a woman run this country.  Heck if I could get the votes I'd run for president. ;)  But I won't just give my vote to any woman who decides to run.

Even though I'm a registered Republican I don't consider myself a true Democrat or Republican.  You see my opinions and thoughts consists of beliefs shared by both parties.  It's why I don't like the whole party thing in this country.  I'd like to see people run on what they stand for than having to run based on what a party stands for. It seems so ridiculous making people believe in a certain set of beliefs to be part of a political party so they can run for office.  In reality there should be many more political parties to reflect all the variances in beliefs.

But back to voting. I take the time to research all candidates before making a decision of who to vote for office.  I don't give my vote based on party, race, sex or whatever else.  I base my vote on who I truly think can help this country and the American people the most.  Quite frankly there have been elections where I thought neither candidate was suited to be president.  Those are the worst kind of elections where a coin toss actually seems an easier way to decide.

When it comes to this election my first thoughts have been.....is this really the best candidates our country has to offer?  And my answer is an emphatic no.  In no way do I think any of these candidates represent the best and most qualified to run this country. 

Like many people I have grown tired of the career politicians who do little to help the actual American citizens. They seem to live in their little words not realizing the struggles that the average American faces everyday, or if they do realize they do little to change or help. 

I believe we need term limits for Senators and Congress people.  They should not be allowed to make politics a lifetime job.  Two terms only for all public office from the President down to state and local yahoos. And how about they get paid minimum wage.  Then, once they are out of office, they have to pay for insurance like we do. Have them pay into an IRA instead of paying them a guaranteed retirement salary.....let's see how they like living like regular folk. Guarantee things change a whole lot more quickly if such policies were in effect.

I'm trying to refrain from getting too annoying and whining here.  But when is the last time this country can say we truly had a successful president who truly understood the plight of the average American?  Who actually helped this country not hurt it?

When it comes to Hillary what holds me back from wanting to vote for her are such things as her disgraceful handling of Benghazi, White Water fiasco, the classified email server debacle, her dishonest nature, past scandals, too liberal, even her lack of backbone to leave her lying, cheating scumbag husband reveals a weakness that I don't want in a president. She was even a registered Republican back in 1964. Madeleine Albright can say whatever she likes about us women voters, but this chick is not going to just give her vote to a woman for the sake of voting for another woman.

Who I vote for will be determined by a huge pro/con list, and how the republicans handle their nomination.  Already I feel the Republicans are scheming to steal the nomination from who the people vote.

Quite frankly I'm tired of all the bashing on the Republican side.  The Republicans had a few decent candidates running but they have all pretty much dropped out of the race, except Kasich who is hanging in but with very weak numbers.  Rubio's comment the other day about the size of a man's hand all but had me cringing, serious dude are we in junior high?  It's hard to believe these are grown men saying such things.  Honestly both the Democrats and Republicans need to reevaluate their party's as their presidential candidates have been extremely weak over the past two decades. Coupled with both poor actions, behaviors, spending habits and overall inability to change is bringing our country down.

Also tired of the constant bashing of Trump, love him or hate him at least he isn't afraid to hold back his true opinions.  He's not trying to be politically correct which is actually refreshing.  Of course he's got negatives just like every other candidate of both parties.  While I might not exactly be able to explain it, I like that he's running.  I like that a non political guy is in the race, and would like to see more of that in the future.

Why not try something different? It would be interesting to see how a non career politician would run this country.  Given the state of the United States anything new is worth trying. Can't be any worse than the reign of Obama these past eight years.  Just think both parties need to wake up and start listening to what the American people want!  Hello we the average people of the United States are struggling, we need someone who will fight for us and our rights.

In some sense my vote is still up for grabs. Until both parties have officially nominated a candidate I assume most people's are.  It will be very interesting to see what happens.

Of course if all else fails this election, maybe we could convince Charlie Hunnam to run for president as an independent. Or could we just take his character Jax Teller....make for a real interesting candidate for sure.  Imagine a candidate who believed in anarchy?  With the way this country is heading nothing would surprise me.  Of course imagine the chaos that would ensue around the world if we had such a hot president, bet there would be plenty of Monica Lewinsky types coming out of the woodwork to volunteer to help out. ;) 

So if we can't decide on a candidate to vote for, shall we just write Charlie's name in for an independent?  All in favor vote yeah or nah.














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