Monday, October 31, 2016

Monday Musings

After a record breaking weather weekend, yup temperatures hit 80 again, the weather has cooled down.  Oh the love I have for 80 degree, sunny warm days.  ;)

This week and weekend involved a lot of work on the house.  Then again feel like that's been almost the norm since we moved in.  All the carpets are officially up and awaiting new flooring.   Oh yeah and we got a call from Mealeys our furniture has been delayed another month.  We have been waiting 8 weeks already, the sales girl Maggie calls the week before it's supposed to be delivered saying there was a fabric delay.  And she waited 8 weeks to inform us of that?

In the meantime I decided to strip and sand the murky brown peeling banister and railings. I've gotten a few opinions from actual painters, they said who ever originally painted them didn't do it properly.  There should have been a primer beneath the paint to prevent the peeling. All the painters we got quotes from basically said same would cost more to strip and repaint then to just buy a new banister. To save money they recommended simply painting over the murky brown color with a primer and two coats of paint.  Though it would eventually need touch ups.

The frugal me decided to tackle the project myself.  So sanded it down quite a lot but it still wasn't enough for the spindles and smaller sections. Hence after reading reviews decided to try the so called low odor Citristrip paint stripper.  While the odor wasn't toxic horrendous like most paint strippers it still omitted an odd citrus smell that eventually became overwhelming and require opening all windows for two days.  Again though not nearly as noxious as the regular paint strippers.

 It didn't quite strip the wood bare like I expected, not to mention it took a lot of woman power to scrape the not exactly sure I would highly recommend it.  The guy at Lowes told me to forget it just sand whatever may be peeling and put a bonding primer over it.  Everyone I talked to basically agreed that stripping any surface is a nightmare and a lot of work!  (the man some how got himself out of this one and didn't even offer to lend a hand, think he was intimidated by the amount of work and smell)

Sunday also involved lawn work. The man blew the leaves I picked them up.  Then he cut and weed whacked lawn while I worked on cleaning up outside. Cooper had a great time just being outside, he was so exhausted from spending the day outside he slept the night away and much of today.  We also put up a little mini picket fence as well.  You would think we were putting up a regular size fence though the way the man was complaining about how spent he was.  Imagine if the man tackled some of the projects I have, he wouldn't be able to move for weeks.

 As to be expected the man was absolutely exhausted and sore by night. So much so that he had to work from home today, which doesn't so much involve work as it does laying in bed resting all day. He should simply call them a day off instead.  And of course I informed him he better start working out or something as there is going to be a lot more yard work now that we own a house.

Honestly we went from talking about tiny homes to owning at least a quarter acre and a four bedroom home.  Think we are way over our heads as the man isn't one for doing a lot of physical work and maintaining this house is going to require more than just laying on the couch all the time. haha

Cooper and my nephew joined in holiday festivities by dressing up for Halloween.  My niece decided to be a mermaid so they joined in with sea creatures as well.  Cooper is a shark and Dylan a penguin. Trying to get photos was funny.  Neither looked happy to be in costume though that may be due to tiredness more than anything. And on that note enjoy the holiday.

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 28, 2016

The Moments

This morning as I sat holding my six month old nephew kept thinking how I wish the moment could be bottled.  The smile he was giving me and the laughs we were having.  Those moments are what make life worth living.

Yet how many of us really take a the time to appreciate those moments?  How many of us are too zoned out to phones, tvs, computers or a slave to our work lives that we overlook the actual feelings of the moments of life? How many of us let ourselves seemingly block the ability to appreciate the moments because we are too hung up on the past or the stresses of daily life?

When I look back on all the adventures taken there are only two regrets one don't think I understood how to fully appreciate the moments as maybe I could have and two that the people who mean the most weren't always there to share in many of them.

How do we even know when we are fully appreciate a moment anyway?  Only way to answer that seems to be to say when all the senses come alive, when our hearts are simply filled with joy and love for the moment we are living. While all the while understanding not every moment can be earth shattering joyous yet knowing in some sense the not so joyous shall pass.   As even in those ebb and flow moments of life there can be such a sense of enlightening and learning.

Something as simple as enjoying a amazing brewed cup of coffee or the awe feeling that overcomes one when gaze at the star filled night sky.

The world gets so hung up on the trivial, mindless thing forgetting the beauty of simply appreciating the life around us. Basking in each moment we have been given here, focusing on the things that make us happy, being present for those who care, love and make an effort to spend time with us.

The moments are what life is about.  The moments are what weave our hearts with memories and strings to others that some how have an infinity far beyond what we will ever be able to understand.

Wednesday, October 26, 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!

Emerson is a West Highland Terrier/Lhasa Apso mix who is a little over a year old and about 30 lbs. He is the perfect companion for an active, but mellow family. He enjoys playing in the yard, going on walks, and cuddling by your feet.  He loves human affection and although he does well with submissive dogs, we believe he will thrive in a home as a single pet. Please lets find him a loving home!

Emerson - Los Angeles, CA

Ace of Hearts Dog Rescue
P.O. Box 2357
Beverly Hills, CA 90213
(310) 358-3344

Paquito is a Yorkshire Terrier who is 8 years old and 16 lbs.  He is sweet dog.  He was surrendered due to unforseen circumstances and has been bounced around; but is very resilient boy and  friendly to all. He is nervous around too much excitement so it's best he go with adult only or kids ages 10 yrs+. He is selective with dogs but good with cats. He is still very active and would likes to go for long walks, hikes and/or have a fenced in yard to run around in. He walks well on a leash but loves to chase squirrels so you have to hold on tight.  He can be a bit barky esp when people are at the door or if he's not familiar with you. Once he gets to know you he issuper affectionate and will follow you and lay by your feet or sit by your side. He needs a quiet home preferably adult only or older kids,  Please lets find him a great home!

Paquito - Staten Island, NY

Tails of Love Animal Rescue, Inc.
Staten Island, NY 10302

Duncan is a Border Collie mix who is 7 years old and 10 lbs.  He is a sweet, high energy terrier mix with a lot of love to give. He would do best in an active home. He could live with a dog or cat who would tolerate his energy and pushiness, though we don't know yet how he feels about kids. He would enjoy a big backyard where he could safely chase the squirrels and birds he takes interest in. Please lets find him a good home!

Duncan - Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-298-9680, ext. 16

Violet is a Labrador Retriever Mix who is 1 year old.  She has a brown eye and a beautiful blue eye. Her foster mommy found him 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.  She loves to give kisses and to lay on my foster mommy's lap. She loves sleeping in his crate and chewing on rawhides/bones. She really enjoys going for walks with his foster brother. She spends a lot of time running in the backyard and would make the perfect running dog. She finally learned to potty outside and walk/run on a leash. She even sits and shakes hands for treats. Please lets find her a loving home!

Violet - Houston, TX

Adopt A Rescued Friend, Inc
P. O. Box 62736
Houston, TX 77205
(832) 539-4004

No paw left behind our mission!

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

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

Thursday, October 20, 2016


They say the truth will set you free.

Truth is....a single lie discovered is enough to create doubt in every truth expressed.  Could not agree more.

If people want to be trusted the have to be willing to live in complete truth and honesty.

How many of us can say we live in complete truth?  Live every day, in every way the truth.  No bs, no lies, nor secrets not even what some consider little white ones.  I mean live life completely baring ones soul, not afraid to simply expose who you are and all you are, strengths and weaknesses, to the world.....

And for that matter how many of us can say we have at least one person in our life that knows everything, and I mean everything there is to know about us? Someone who we dare to be ourselves with putting everything out there for them to know and see.

Even that deep soul love that many desire to find and some actually obtain in this lifetime....that only comes when willing to live in such truth.  When willing to be completely open and honest with not only ourselves but others. That's to key to any kind of soul connection.  Yet so many struggle with what seems a rather simply concept.  

Back in college we had a friend who lied about going to college because she wanted to fit in with the rest of us, the reality was she had a full time job and wasn't enrolled in school.  No one would have cared but something in her felt felt insecure or fearful to be honest so she lied. Think at some point her habit even rubbed off on others. I'm not perfect either and pretty sure truth wasn't always at the forefront of my younger years at times as well.  Even the man struggles with living in truth, a difference that could easily ruin us one day. Sometimes even about the most trivial stuff.  Such as one time I caught him posting a photo on twitter of a friend's house who happens to have wall to wall tvs, he told people it was our house. Suppose he wanted to look cool in the eyes of his sports buddies and social media followers.  Of course my truthful comment quickly got blocked. ha

Living in truth is hard there is no doubt about it....there are numerous reasons why people even lie. Lying to get out of something, lying to avoid something, lying to impress, lying to make one feel better, lying to protect, lying out of insecurity, anxiety, fear,doubt, whatever the reason. Of course there's even more complicated lying such as that of a narcissist or even sociopath as well.

When my little one Angel passed over two years ago it was an awakening of sorts.  She was what I consider to be a real life earth angel, so when she passed thought for sure if anyone would be seeing heaven it had to be here, especially after all she had been through.

Of course then the panic set in, thought to myself will I ever see her again and have I been good enough to go where she is. Truth is one of the first things to come to mind.  Not only did I have to be a good, kind, caring and understand soul to go where she was but live in truth along with faith.

What stands in the way of living in truth though?  Is it fear that holds people back, the fear of being bullied, harassed, made fun or not liked if they showed the world their truth, maybe.  Some may even think it would appear weak but in actuality it takes more courage and strength to live ones truth. Of course theres though who use lies to try to impress, which is sad they feel they have to stoop to that level.

It's not easy being completely honest and open but my gosh it's worth it.  Never worrying or forgetting what you say because you never feel the need to hide, lie or pretend.

Yet it puzzles me as to why the truth is such a struggle for so many.  We are bombarded with news of politicians to celebrities lying their asses off.  Even the very people we know and love can struggle with keeping it real and living in truth.

We as a society have become all to accustomed and accepting of it, when in reality it should be more frowned upon and come with not only apologies but actions that make up for it. And when the lies break the law there should be punishments as well.  Even all these politicians if they get caught lying there should be it no running for president and/or they lose their position.  That's the only way to start giving truth a chance at a come back.  Of creating a society that is based on truth, and people who can actually be trusted.

Wish even people I know could understand the concept of living in truth better. By not being able to there's a chance it will lead to a drifting apart as one soul grows and the other remains stuck repeating the same lessons until learned.

For most living in truth is easier, it doesn't destroy or hurt like lies.  By not living in truth we are creating facades and putting up walls to becoming who we are truly meant to be.   We cannot grow in positive ways nor obtain the wisdom needed to grow as souls without truth.  If you have the courage to live in truth it really will set you free!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Monday Musings

It's October and 80 degrees here in Philadelphia, we are around 20 degrees above normal and loving every moment of this summer like weather.  If only it could stick around for awhile but more Fall like temperatures are supposedly on their way.

Hard to believe its been over a month since I wrote anything on this little journal of mine. It's not even officially Monday but felt the urge to start writing again.  Feels like it's been such a whirlwind between buying the house and getting married. Still not even sure I've had time to process how I feel about any of it,  Still get inklings where I want to just take off on a cross country trip and live with more passion!

That's what I find is missing sometimes from daily life, passion.  Find myself wanting to be surrounded by more enthusiasm and passion. Neither of which the man really possesses unless it has to do with sports. ha  He's content to watch life on tv where as I want to be out engaging and exploring it. 

Fixing up the house, caring for my 5 month old nephew and hanging with Cooper is taking up much of my time these days.  And to try to ward off the pesky dizzy spells in between I try to limit my computer usage which really hinders writing on here.

It's amazing what I'm learning by spending the days with my nephew.  Seriously I commend all mothers as it really is a full time job, and can't imagine having to work full time and raise kids these days, seems near impossible.  Even mothers who get to stay home still have so much on their plates.  Think it's something that not many men can comprehend, if they could think they would offer to help a lot more!

He literally keeps me on my toes.  Yesterday was pure chaos there was running poo that seemed to end up on everything, and just as I'm trying to clean him up, he conveniently sprayed me and the surrounding with pee.  Yet he's helping me see life in a new perspective which is good. Sometimes we all need to step back, take a good look at life and really focus on the moments spent with those we love.  Let all the nonsense and stuff that doesn't really matter just go.

Meanwhile the house is coming along.  We had no plans of taking up all the carpet in the main rooms but due to an overwhelming cat urine odor from previous owners it left us with no choice.  We tried everything, even had the carpets professionally cleaned but the odor remained.  So we've been working on taking up all the carpet which has been real fun, not. ha   In the process even cut my finger needing a little urgent care service.  

We went back and forth on flooring options...wood looking tile, laminate or luxury vinyl planking. While I love hardwood floors the man has never been fond of them. With dogs in the house we think it makes sense to go with this new luxury wood looking vinyl planking.  It has the rustic look we love, is waterproof, softer and more affordable than tile.

In addition, I've been working on painting and sanding the woodwork trim around doors, windows and floor.  Trying to organize closets, set up rooms and fixing anything that might need it.  I was able to sell some of our furniture to make way for new furniture.  We ordered sofas for the family room which won't be available for another few weeks, and still in process of trying to find furniture for the living room.  Until the furniture arrives we are living with one old leather couch in family room and one chair in the living room, with half the flooring up.  

It's driving the clean, ocd, organized side of my persona crazy. Just want to be able to set up rooms, hang photos and it to feel more like home soon. On top of all that still doing outside work such as trimming trees, landscaping and working on the lawn. Honestly we wanted more property but now that we got it, it feels a littler overwhelming to maintain.  

The neighbors seem nice though still nothing like the neighborhood where we rented our little cottage house.  That neighborhood was one in a million when it came to cool, friendly neighbors.  It just had that small town feel that is very hard to find.  At least this location puts us close to family, good restaurants and a decent amount of stores. 

The man is very busy at work, and seems super tired when home.  He still loves to zone out on the couch and watch football, somethings will never change.  He tries to help around the house but tires out quickly.  I'm always trying to tell him if he would just get up, start moving and doing he would feel better than always just laying around.  In my opinion once you start your day off by laying around it's hard to motivate yourself to do anything but that.  Plus his sitting at a desk looking at a computer all day isn't good, think it's important to make sure to keep active and enjoy nature more when not at work. But that's just how I think, the man would much prefer to veg out to tv.

Anyway, maybe soon I will get around to uploading all the photos that overload my phone, so much so that the warnings pop up about how there is no more storage available.  You wouldn't believe the amount of photos I actually take but fail to post.

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