Monday, May 30, 2016

Monday Musings

The weather is a little overcast for the holiday but that's okay as we just had a mini heat wave with temperatures in the 90's and high humidity so can't complain.

Overall the weekend was quiet.  The man slept through much of it, think the heat wiped him out. Well that and the mens basketball league he plays in at work on Mondays.  At 40 the man isn't used to those highly intense, competitive pick up games.  By week two his groin even suffered a minor injury complete with bruising and he was overall sore.

Saturday I went shopping with my mother. Unexpectedly found some really cute summer shirts at the Gap, better yet in the kids department, on sale for only $8!  That's one of the benefits of being small you can fit in the kids clothing, which helps to save money too.

Sunday was more of a lounge day.  Did a little laundry, played with Cooper outside and also tried on some wedding bands.  Neither the man and I can find what we are truly looking for, at the price we desire.  I'm torn between a simple plain band or a small diamond anniversary band.  The man wasn't in the mood for shopping, or doing much so I browsed myself this time.  At least Cooper and I had some relaxing moments outside enjoying the beautiful weather. 

The man and I had a competitive game of chess later in the evening.  It's so funny how everything with the man has to be so competitive, he reminds me of my sister and brother in law.  I'm just not that competitive, honestly the only thing I ever care about really winning is the lottery!  ;)

Today involved a light cleaning of house basically floors and touching up bathrooms.  Cooper was in need of a bath as well.  Dozed a little in the afternoon as for months now the dizziness hasn't been allowing me quality sleep.  In fact, I'dd say overall my brain and head are not in good shape. 

The intense head pressure is back, combined with dizzy spells and even now headaches at times.  I'm sure all the stress of the past few months hasn't helped at all.  The specialists say stress is one of the worst things and that it can really hinder any progress.  Lately it's hard not to feel frustrated and overwhelmed by it.  The amount it interferes with my life is just unacceptable, it's so frustrating knowing there is no cures or even sure fire medicines to relieve it.  

Meanwhile, on the house search front we made another offer on a house we toured Wednesday evening.  We were the first to look at the house but had to wait for a sellers disclosure before being able to make an offer.  After receiving the disclosure we got the offer in first thing like our realtor said to do.  Only to find out the owners were going to continue to show it all weekend long and not be ready to make a decision until Tuesday.  

Of course by Saturday our realtor informs us five offers have already come in.  Given we can't afford to partake in a bidding war it isn't looking good.  Though I did write a heartfelt letter to the owners explaining how much we liked their home and would love the opportunity to at least have a chance at it. You never know right? 

All I know is some how I need to find a way to reduce all the stress, or find ways to cope with it better. There's just so many things going on in all areas of our lives right now, truthfully it's very hard to get a grip on any one area. There are so many things on my mind lately.  I've been on the fence about some things as well which is causing all sorts of emotions to surface.  Feel like my mind is constantly in some sort of thought process, that or in a state of adrenaline rush.

One of the hardest things in life is learning how to handle the uncontrollable, you know finding ways to deal with life in spite of the things we cannot control. While the serenity prayer is good to focus on, I've yet to even come close to mastering it's wisdom. 

Here was a moment from the weekend where Cooper and I tried to relax outdoors. 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Soul Sunday

Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made. If you want a different result, make a different choice. 

Ask your self what is really important, and then have the wisdom and courage to build your life around your answers. 

Remember the things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling. 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Home Prayer

House hunting is proving to be more difficult and stressful than imagined.  The market here is considered a sellers at the moment with low inventory, houses going quick and often times at list price or for more than they are even worth!  Considering we have a limited budget at the moment, and are trying to plan a wedding for this summer, the process feels overwhelming.

We have had to increase our budget as well, which scares me as things are already tight.  Honestly worried that we are going to over extend ourselves in this sellers market.  Problem is there are just no lower priced houses right now, the ones that are either need major renovations that would cost a lot or are in not so great neighborhoods.  Feels like we are stuck between a rock and hard place right now. 

Every time we look at a house, or get ready to make an offer my body keeps going into that flight or fight feeling of adrenaline rushes.  I get so nervous and worried it's crazy.  Our first offer we lost because someone out bid us. There were two other houses we went to make an offer only they had offers made and accepted before we could even get ours in.  I'm not so much of a competitive type, the fact that we have to compete financially against others for each house stresses me out.  The stress and worry is just too much at this point. The first thing that comes to mind is how very much we need God's guidance and input. 

While I've been praying for help with our house search think I need to have more faith, trust that whatever is meant to be will happen.  We need to put it in God's hands, to trust him with our hopes and desires.  Even the bible says "ask and ye shall receive"  So I'm going to put my dream house out there for God and the universe to help guide us to.  Whatever we shall receive we will be grateful for. With that I offer up this prayer.

Thank you Lord for hearing and responding to my prayer for our housing situation.  I release my anxiety and fears, and focus on my faith in your power and provision.  I stand on my faith believing that our housing needs of a beautiful place to live with 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, renovated kitchen, hardwood/laminate floors, dry/finished basement, fenced in yard, lots off windows and light, central air, nice porch/deck, ample storage/closets, great neighborhood close to family will be realized.  A house we can comfortably afford on our budget. I will know when we have found the right place to live because I will feel peaceful on every level.  

Thank you for placing us in the right place at the right time to meet the right people.  I thank you God in advance for how you can work this out. I have no fear, for you are with peace, my protection and my provision. Thank you for placing heavenly and earthly angels in my life to guide me. I believe what you have done for others, you can do for me. I am willing to receive the richness of your blessings and anticipate a joyful outcome in all respects. 

Grant me favor so that I may learn soon of approval of my place to live.  I will share our goodness with others so they may know of your power and glory.  I trust your promise from 1 Corinthians 2:9 "that no eye has seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the hearts of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him."  So I will dream big and keep my worries small.  I feel better, encouraged and ready now for my breakthrough.  Thank you God for being the center of my joy and the source of my amazing new home! Amen. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Monday Musings

The weather has continued to be chilly, overcast and rainy, the temperatures are a well 10 degrees below normal.  Though supposedly warm weather is moving in.

Today started off frustrating.  I waited over 6 months to finally buy the old eye frames, took them to the local store two weeks ago to have the most recent prescriptive lenses put in....only to pick them up Friday to find I cannot see anything close.  Seriously, does anyone take the time to make things right these days?

So this morning there I was sitting at the eye doctors office explaining my dilemma only to have them inform me the prescription is correct in the new glasses.  They can't figure out why I can't see clearly out of the old frames and not the new ones.  After much investigation, and bending my precious new frames which completely freaked me out...the eye doctors office informs me the pd or optical center is incorrect which means now I have to go back to the Pearle Vision.

After another 2 1/2 hours spent at Pearle Vision the technician finally agreed the pd did appear off and would order new lenses, he also feels the focal point has to sit higher.  The first girl never even took measurements which is a requirement for ordering glasses. Hopefully he's right about his assessment as since they didn't get the measurement right the first time it's hard to trust them this time. It just always seems like we are having to return defective things. No one seems to pay attention or do their jobs right in the first place.  By the end of the morning I was fired up!

Things have been so busy around here. Last weekend we celebrated my nieces birthday with a party at my sisters house. The man also did double duty as a catcher at my nieces pitching clinic, something he definitely enjoyed helping with as he loves sports. Have I mentioned how in love I am with my new nephew Dylan?  He is absolutely precious. Getting to spend any time with my sister and him is a real treat.

Got my hair highlighted, I've been opting to go some what lighter which seems to require more frequent touch ups.  Definitely not good on the wallet but what can a girl do.  It's crazy because I spent most of my younger years blonde, but then as I got older decided to go with my natural brown color which started really liking but then those stubborn grey strands started to appeal.  It's much easier to cover and hide those strands with blonde color.

My grandfather used to always say "don't get old" never fully realized what he meant until now.  So many things like hair color, skin texture, hormones, sleep and vision change as we get older..some days it feels scary.

Cooper had a play date with his Westie friend MacTavish on Sunday.  He was good until the food came out, then a piece of cheese dropped and all chaos broke out.  Cooper gets very protective and aggressive when it comes to food around other dogs.  Then once he got in that state it was hard to snap him back into good boy mode.  Trying to play after that he continued to be a tad snappy so we called it a day and went home.  Hopefully we can work on those issues and find a way back to training classes too.

Oh and of course home made cookies were on the menu this weekend as well.  White chocolate chip and chocolate chip which we turned into ice cream sandwiches. :)

Meanwhile the house search is proving to be much tougher than even I imagined.  There is just not a lot on the market right now, and what is available is very old and in need of hardcore renovating. Those house hunting shows make it look rather easy to find nice homes but in reality in our budget the market is slim pickings. Sure if we had 700,000 to spend we could simply buy one of the newer houses being built here but since our budget isn't even close to that range just yet it's a dream for now. Good houses and neighborhoods come with quite a high price in our region.

Searching for houses has thrown off our schedules some what. We've been eating out a little more as well.  Friday night we even tried a new mexican restaurant which reminded me of the authentic ones in San Diego.  Living there introduced me to some of the best mexican food it's been hard to find anything that lives up to it on the east coast.

Right now there feels like much stress and not enough fun to balance it. So going out feels like a much needed treat. It's exactly why I thought we should start looking for a house at least 6 months in advance.  It's hard knowing our lease is up in July and we need to find a place to live as soon as possible. Yet we don't want to make the mistake of settling for something either, not when it involves such a big purchase as a house. I just keep praying and hoping the house meant for us will appear soon.

Sure all the various stress I've been feeling has taken a toll somewhat on my body. It's not good for the dizziness which has made sleep really hard the past two months as well.  It's the worst feeling dizzy when you try to sleep.  The man and others just doesn't understand how hard the dizziness makes life sometimes. Like everything else if you don't experience first hand you have no idea how bad it can feel.

Anyway, this post feels like a bunch of ramblings by a stressed out me.  While I'm doing my best to keep up with working out, I'm failing miserably with meditating. When I'm all hyped up trying to make time to meditate feels impossible, just trying to sit still and not think is so incredibly hard. Yet I know if I could take meditation more seriously it would help bring a calming influence.

For now though there's more lists to be accomplished!

Wednesday, May 18, 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!

This little guy is a Terrier mix who is around 8 years old.  He doesn't even have a name let alone a family to call his own.  Please lets find him a loving home!

A4944052 - Los Angeles, CA

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

This guy is a Terrier mix who is around 2 years old.  He doesn't have a name either. It's awfully lonely sitting in the cold, hard floored shelter.  Please lets find him a great home!

A4941548 - Los Angeles

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

Daisy is a Labrador Retriever mix who 3 months and 19 lbs. Daisy is a very sweet 3 month old Labrador Retriever mix. And will probably be a large sized adult.  She is shy and needs some time to break out of it. Once she warms up she is cheerful. This sweetheart is absolutely affectionate and she loves snuggling. She also likes other dogs and seems fine with cats. Daisy needs a gentle home that would provide plenty of enrichment for her such as socialization, exercise, as well as the usual puppy housebreaking and obedience training - we recommend group puppy classes for the whole family.
Daisy is a wonderful pup.  Please lets find her a good home!

Daisy - Manhattan, NY

Daisy (Manhattan)
Bideawee Inc. Manhattan
410 E. 38th St. between 1st Ave. & FDR Dr.
New York, NY 10016
(866) 262-8133

Joey is a handsome Collie / Shepherd mix who is 11 months old and weighs 35 lbs. Joey may just be your family's new BFF. His foster parents say Joey is very loving towards all the members of our family especially their two little girls.  He loves dogs, cats, and people. Sadly, he lived in a home with a verbally abusive man for the first few months of his life. As a result he is intimidated by some new men, but he gets past that quickly and acts like the snuggler that he is.  Joey is active, but very responsive such a nice dog. He rides nicely in a car. You can see in his video that he absolutely loves running around the fenced in backyard. Joey's sweet, playful, super friendly, affectionate and energetic. Please lets find him a loving home!

Joey - Point Pleasant, PA

Lulu's Rescue
P.O. Box 46
Point Pleasant, PA 18950

Royal is a Great Pyrenees/Golden Retriever mix who was found dirty and starving as a stray in Laredo, with a microchip that was linked to a disconnected San Antonio area phone number. He has an old injury to his foot that has healed, but it doesn't seem to bother him. His finder was a good samaritan that searched for his owners, even posted him on facebook with no replies and so he found his way to our rescue. He is good with other dogs and cats, but is protective of his food probably from being on the streets alone for so long. He has blossomed into a beautiful boy with good care, and would love to have a stable family. Please lets find him a great home!

Royal - Spring, TX

Great Pyrenees Rescue Society
Spring, TX 77388

No paw left behind our mission!

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

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

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Soul Sunday

10 Ways To Life Your Spirits During Rough Times

1. Picture your life a month from today.

You will overcome your problems and your life will go back to normal, but most of the time it won’t happen overnight. It helps to have a long term perspective to get detached from the overwhelming stress of today.

Fast forward a month from now. Think about you living a happy, normal life again. It will lift up your spirit, and in no time you’ll be living there once more.

2. Create a peaceful space for yourself.

Your environment matters.

The last thing you want when you are under stress is to sit at a sad-looking desk with piles of paper and clutter. When you are surrounded by chaos, you add unnecessary stress to your life. If you create a peaceful space around you, you’ll be able to breathe deeply and relax more easily.

So even if you feel like you have no time, spend fifteen minutes to put stuff away and create a quiet surrounding. You won’t regret it.

3. Remove yourself from negative, draining conversations.

It’s impossible to isolate yourself from “negative people,” all the time. We all have hard days and get a little negative every now and then. When you’re having a rough week, it might be tempting to fall into that self-pitying place. Increase your odds of maintaining a positive mindset by avoiding negative, emotionally draining conversations.

Don’t let negativity suck up all your energy. You’ll end up in a depressive conversation, and your day will go further south.

4. Celebrate your small wins.

When you are in the middle of a storm, it may be a while till you have a big win. But you can celebrate the small things and lift up your spirit.

It may be a task accomplished, a good report, or that you took the high road when somebody criticized you. Purposely find the small things that made you proud of yourself throughout the day. Make a mental note about them.

Reflect on your small wins and let that cheer up your weary spirit.

5. Selfishly set your limits.

You are ultimately responsible for your own well-being. Nobody will care about you the way you do. You know when you are reaching exhaustion better than anybody else. You need to start saying no, way before you reach your limit.

Be selfish about your time. When you see a stormy week on the horizon, it’s time to cancel all the nice-to-do things that snuck into your calendar (unless it’s something that would refresh your soul).

6. Make someone delightfully happy.

Something interesting happens when you focus on somebody else’s happiness. When you make someone else happy, it comes back to you.

You’ve experienced that before. Maybe you wrote someone a heartfelt note, or you put a special effort in giving someone a present. And they loved it! That act of love and kindness filled your heart the way nothing else would have.

So think about calling a friend to tell them how much you appreciate them, or taking a break to invite someone you love for dinner. It will transform your week, and it might brighten their week, as well.

7. Wake up twenty minutes earlier.

It may seem counter intuitive, because of course you want to sleep as much as you can. But you’ve got to trust me on this one. The first hour of your day sets the mood for the whole day. If you start your day having to rush to wherever you are going, things will go downhill from there.

On crazy weeks you are already on edge, so don’t push yourself even more. Instead wake up a little earlier. Get ready and have breakfast slowly. Don’t rush. Your peace during the first hour of your day will go a long way.

8. Accept the imperfect.

When your life feels like a sinking boat, it’s the wrong time to insist on every detail being perfect.  Of course, some things will need to be finished perfectly, but many others won’t.

Is dinner slightly overcooked? Then nobody will get food poisoning. Your shoes don’t match your outfit? Unless you are the editor of Elle Magazine, nobody will care.

You only have twenty-four hours a day, but now your plate is much fuller than last week. You need to accept some things won’t be accomplished the way you’d like them to be.

Be kind to yourself and let some high standards slide.

9. Lean on an authentic friend.

It’s hard to be an objective observer when you are going through tough times. Having a good friend, spouse, sibling, parent, co worker, whomever it may be to help you is invaluable.

You have to be careful selecting this friend. If you find yourself getting more and more depressed when you are talking to your friend, you should stop talking to him or her for now.

You need a friend that can listen and sympathize with you, and at the same time help you get out of the hole.

10. Focus on your awesomeness.

It’s hard to see ourselves through a positive lens in the middle of a storm. But you haven’t changed. If anything, you are growing stronger and more resilient during tough times.  You need to remind yourself about your amazing qualities.

List them. Ask your best friend to help you. Keep them in front of you at all times. Because that’s the true you, not the overwhelmed, stressed out version you see in the mirror.

You Can Stay Happy Even During Crushing Times

It’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when you are going through the valleys of life.  You wish life were always good. But tough times are inevitable.  They will happen every so often, even if you put your best foot forward to try to avoid them.

So, sooner or later, you’ll need to learn how to stay happy in the middle of a storm. The pay off is astronomical. Your heart and mind will thank you.


Wednesday, May 11, 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!

Roger is a Poodle/Terrier mix who is sitting at the local animal county shelter. He just wants someone who will play, take him on walks and love him.  Please lets find him a loving home!

Roger # A4932987- Los Angeles, CA

Downey Shelter.11258 South Garfield Ave
Downey, California 90242

Sammie is a Boxer/Pit Bull Terrier mix. who is about 5 months old. He was shot in the head, spray painted, dragged behind a vehicle and left for dead. Well guess what they failed. Sammie is very much alive and with our veterinary partners. Sammie is a good boy and he will have a great life. His life will be the life of a King. Sammie is up to date on shots, good with all people. This little 5 month old boy didn't deserve what was done to him, and we want to show him the world and the people on it are not all rotten.  We want to show him that there are kind, caring, compassionate people out there, a family for him that will treat him wonderfully and give him a loving home.  Please lets find him a great home!

Sammie #1069- New York, NY

Rescue Dogs Rock, Inc
PO Box 101 Gracie Station
New York, NY 10028

Opal is a Terrier mix who is 2 years old and 20 lbs. Opal and her babies were being given away free in Alabama. Then, they were dumped in the woods to fend for themselves. What kind of person does this? Sadly, the puppies all ran away when rescuers tried to capture them, all except 2. Opal now has only those 2 babies left and we imagine she must be sad. Opal is good with people and other dogs she doesn't even mind the cat. She loves to snuggle with kids, and she walks well on leash. Opal is housebroken. Opal is the perfect family dog and would be a great addition to any home. Please lets find her a good home!

Opal #1034  - New York, NY

Rescue Dogs Rock, Inc
PO Box 101 Gracie Station
New York, NY 10028

Ernie is a Pointer/Hound mix who is 1 1/2 years old and 30 lbs.  He is great with kids, dogs and cats. Ernie would love to have a fur sibling. His foster mom says he is  is super smart and super fun to be with. He learns quick and is a pleasure to be around.  Please lets find him a loving home!

Ernie - Point Pleasant, PA

Lulu's Rescue
P.O. Box 46
Point Pleasant, PA 18950

Shiloh is a Great Pyrenees. He is a big bundle of love that is eager to please. He is a friendly guy that stays close to his people, and loves to give hugs, even if you are standing up. He is working on having manners  but he is just so happy to have a home! Due to his young adult energy level, he should have training classes and also daily activities like long brisk walks, to keep him active and happy. Shiloh is good with cats, and other friendly dogs of all sizes but he can play rough, so should be with dogs that have his same energy level. He could also be good in an only dog home, if they are home a lot. Overall, he is a very good natured guy who enjoys a good grooming session, even allowing his nails to be clipped without issue if it comes with a nice long belly rub. He is crate trained and almost house trained. He loves being inside with his people. One thing to note is that he is a very good escape artist, due to his size and his headstrong determination to do what he wants to do, and he does not want to be left alone in the backyard by himself  so secure fencing is a firm requirement. Please lets find him a great home!

Shiloh # D150347 - Spring, TX

Great Pyrenees Rescue Society
Spring, TX 77388

No paw left behind our mission!

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

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

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Monday Musings

The weather can be described in one word....dreary.  We had over 8 straight days of clouds and rain. Not sure how people who live in such climates don't develop severe gloominess, just about everyone has been complaining about the lack of sun here.  It's amazing to think about how much the sun influences our moods.  All the warm, sunny days back in March made us believe Spring was arriving early but it appears it was only mother nature teasing us.  Hoping the sun decides to grace us with bright, sunny days soon!

Our house search feels much like the weather as we aren't finding anything we love let alone like,  if we do everyone else loves it too and we seem to lose out in the bidding wars.  After not getting the previous house we made an offer on feel like I've lost interest.  With the lack of houses for sale in our budget the whole house search is feeling more stressful than imagined.  It's why I suggested to the man we start looking six months ago as felt it would take us some time to find a home.  We now have less than 3 months to find a house.

In fact we have even opened up our search to include more areas, house types and so on.  Trying to give ourselves as many options as possible.  I'm not good with change so the idea of moving to a new area seems exciting yet nerve wrecking too.  There is a part of me that loves the area we live as it's close to shopping, trains and even the city.  Yet the other part of me would like a little more space between neighbors, to hear a little less traffic and be closer to family.

Feel like I'm overwhelming God with prayers right now, asking him for guidance and help in so many areas that even I'm beginning to lost track.  Times like these make me wonder is it true what they say, that whats meant to be will be?  

We officially bought a lawn mower and weed whacker. The man was busy cutting our overgrown lawn this weekend, he did an amazing job it looks like a new property. ha  Though given all the rain the lawn was quite wet, needless to say a lot of grass was tracked in on our shoes.  Plus I started planting our container gardens and some flowers so there is a lot of dirt around too.

Spent this morning cleaning house.  Vacuum, swifter, bathrooms, washed bedding and even Mr Cooper got cleaned up. He isn't at all fond of baths, and loves to jump out of the tub in the middle of getting suds up.

Meanwhile my sister is still recuperating from the c section, it usually takes a little to get back on ones feet after such a procedure.  They say anywhere from 4-6 weeks, especially no heavy lifting during that time. Dylan has gained some weight, and his sister's eighth birthday is today as well.  My mother is spending the next two days with her to help out.

The dizziness is still giving me such a hard time.  I seem to go through such ups and downs with it. Saturday I had one of those intense dizzy spells.  My sleep has really been affected by it as closing my eyes and moving my head can bring it on.  It makes it hard to find a comfortable position.  The lack of good sleep is definitely taking a toll on on everything.  Not to mention the dizziness gets in the way of errands or plans, it has a tendency to complicate life.

Of course Mr Cooper surprised me with multi colored roses and a sweet card for mother's day.  Such little things mean so much!

Before my brain brings onto much dizziness I better get off the computer.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Love and Time

Two years ago I wrote these words, today they came up as a memory on facebook....

I'm heartbroken. My sweet Angel, little soulmate and best friend fought so hard but lost her battle with lung disease today. She had such an indomitable spirit....taught me so much about life, happiness and unconditional love. Together we celebrated the good moments and got each other through the rough ones. Don't remember life before her, not sure how to handle life without her. Love and miss you so much my little one. My heart will always wear the paw prints left by you, until we meet again....🐾💔🐾

It hurts to even read those words now.  While they say time heals all wounds, I'm not so sure it does. Instead I believe those wounds form a type of scar but never completely heal.  Just because someone leaves us doesn't mean that love we feel for them goes away or even fades.  Losing anyone is a wound that cannot be healed, it's more about learning to cope with the feelings and trying to simply continue to live life in spite of the grief that feels consuming at times.  And can be very hard yet suppose enlightening as well. 

Oddly enough it's hard to believe it's been two years, yet at the same time it feels like forever.  Angel is missed in so many ways.  The hardest part of losing someone including a dog is the interaction...wanting to hear her barks, feel her snuggles or smell her scent.  I miss the special bond and unconditional love we shared.  With time the memories, scents, sounds can fade which make it even harder to feel connected to those who have left us. 

Think the love we feel stays with us no matter how much time has passed, with that kind of love comes a sense of eternity that can't always be explains in words only felt with the heart.

My little Angel will always hold a special place in my heart.

Wednesday, May 4, 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!

Cinnimon is a Jack Russell Terrier who is around 2 years old. She is a sweet heart just sitting at the local county animal shelter hoping to find a family to call her own. Please lets find her a loving home!

Cinnimon - Los Angeles, CA

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

David is a Terrier mix who is 1 years old and Gordon is a Chihuahua mix who is around 4 years old.  They were found running the streets of rural Georgia with his buddy Gordon. His foster mom calls him just awesome. David's got a happy, fun, and sweet personality. He's a team player but can't help standing out as a celebrity. He is good on a leash, cratetrained, and seems to have a housetraining foundation. He enjoys treats and will work hard for his people. Becks is ready to give it his all in Brooklyn and his hoping for a home where he can stay with his friend Gordo forever. Gordon's good on a leash, cratetrained, and seems to under stand not pottying where he eats. Gordon will work for treats. He's a happy little guy and would love to be adopted with his best friend Becks. Please lets find them a great home!

David and Gordon - Brooklyn, NY

David BeckhamGordon Ramsay
Badass Animal Rescue
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Dexter is a West Highland Terrier mix.  He is a super sweet easy going little guy with skin issues. He's hoping you'll take him home so he can love you and lick your face.  Please lets find him a good home! 

Dexter - Philadelphia, PA

Westie, West Highland White Terrier Mix Dog for adoption in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Dexter
Morris Animal Refuge
1242 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Duffy is a Schnauzer /Poodle mix who is around 3 years old and about 23 lbs. Good luck happens to people who work hard for it. Sometimes people just fall into the honey pot, but he's consistently strived to create whatever good fortune he can get in his life and strives just as hard not to screw it up once he has it.  And if you give it to him, he promises he won’t screw it up.  He was a bit of a mess when taken in and had to get the sheep dog clip done to his coat. He's a very sweet guy and is friendly with everyone he meets. He likes to give kisses, is good with other dogs, he is crate and house trained.  Overall he is calm and quiet. Please lets find him a loving home!

Duffy - Houston, PA

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.}

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Monday Musings

That beautiful warm Spring like weather that graced us back in February has been replaced by chilly, rainy weather that appears stalled over the mid Atlantic.  Oh how I long for sunny, warm summer days.

It's been quite a week here.

On Wednesday I became an aunt again to a sweet, little baby boy named Dylan.  He is absolutely precious. After a high risk pregnancy, not to mention a bout with the flu and pneumonia everyone felt some what nervous on the day of my sisters scheduled c section.  Luckily everything went okay, though Dylan is only 4 lbs.  He is so tiny and amazing!

Given all my sister's body has been through she is very sore and still experiencing a decent amount of pain.  It's not easy having a c section and trying to feed a baby every so many hours. I admire her resiliency and strength. Battling the flu and pneumonia a month before giving birth was very taxing on her body.  Hoping she will lean on us and other extended family for help as she recovers, I say hoping because we come from a very stubborn family who tend to push themselves a little too hard sometimes.

My parents who are 69 are still working full time, they won't even take sick days.  Their work ethnic is truly amazing.  That's on top of taking care of their house and property.  My dads always out cutting the lawn even with a bad knee.  And they rarely ask for help. I would say my sister takes after them in many ways. But I'm hoping she will ask for help, even if she doesn't I'll keep pestering asking if she needs help. ;)

Wednesday I wasn't able to get up to the hospital to visit her due to a vertigo attack that awoke me early that morning.  Rest assured though I made up for it by visiting her twice on Tuesday and spending eight hours hanging out with her and my mother at the hospital on Saturday.  Holding Dylan brings such a calming feeling, literally could snuggle him all day.  I felt completely in awe and filled with such love for him. Babies seem like such miracles, and gifts from God or a higher power.  It's been two days and I'm already in Dylan withdrawal.

Thursday we also toured two houses, fell in love with one for which was rushed to put in an offer.  It just seemed like the perfect house for us, and seemed even too good to be true.  Felt such an adrenaline rush could barely sleep.  Our realtor called us Friday morning to inform us that they would have a counter offer later.  So we waited all day only to be told later that evening that their realtor couldn't get in touch with the owner, which we pretty much thought was bs.  They were just waiting to see if more offers came in.

And of course they did, so they came back explaining 3 offers had been made so did we want to change ours.  Basically they were creating a bidding war, something we can't even afford to take part in as we had offered as high as we could go.  We found out later that someone offered 11 thousand over asking price and the owner accepted. Needless to say we are disappointed.

Trying to buy a house in a sellers market feels extremely stressful.  Too much stress as of late has really been affecting my body, couple mornings woke up in a complete flight or fight type of state....thought my adrenaline would never stop flowing.  Ever since that vertigo attack a few weeks ago I've been having the worst time especially sleeping.  It's absolutely crazy how one bad attack can set any progress I make back months.  I try to put on a good, happy front but inside I feel incredibly frustrated and worn down. Not sure even the man comprehends what I go through sometimes.  It's extremely hard to understand how there are no cures for such things. All the technology we have yet still so many physical ailments and conditions remain a mysterious.

The man went to New York for the weekend to meet his friends for the Mets vs Giants baseball match up. Sunday I met up with the father who is performing our ceremony, also decided to sit in on mass at their church.  There is something comforting and spiritual about sitting in church, especially the older ones with the beautiful stainless glass windows. Feel like I've strayed away from my spiritual side over the years, its something I need to focus on more.

It's not always easy with these dizziness struggles, as sometimes when suffering or seeing others suffer you begin to question your faith.  And all the larger questions that seem to go with it.  It's hard to understand how any God could let animals or humans suffer.  Suffering is the one thing that seems to question my faith more than anything. But that's a whole other topic for another day.

Any time on the computer is too much time for my brain so it's time to get off it and rest it for a little.

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