Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday Musings

The weather is hovering around 50's not warm but not too cold just yet.  During last weeks high winds we were sure we would lose power but the lights only flickered.   So on a mild, windless weather day like today whoever would have thought we would lose power, and yet we did. Go figure.

Losing power though reminded me of just why we wanted gas powered heat and stove top, as both can still be used during an outage.  While the fireplace wasn't a must have it's something we secretly desired and are thankful for as well during such moments.

It was a rather crazy day, then again the weekend felt that way as well.  Surprised it isn't a full moon or something.

While watching my nephew today he had an explosive poop to the point it covered his little body.  Of course it's not like we have a kid tub, so had to improvise.  There is nothing quite like finding poop everywhere. There was even poop stuck to our tub that had to be scrubbed and bleached. It's funny while I seem to be able to handle dog poop rather fine, human poop sets me over the edge. The germaphobe peeks out to quickly access what needs to be wiped down a million times with bleach. haha

The week was busy.  Wednesday my niece joined the nephew for at half the day, so had two kids to not only watch but entertain.  It's amazing the attention spam of kids, they just go from one thing to the next. The man was home so he joined in the fun too.  Him and I spent the afternoon picking up leaves and trying to accomplish some tasks around the house.  By evening we were wiped and sleeping by 9.

Thursday we went to my family's house for Thanksgiving.  It's always nice spending time with everyone.  Right now we realize how quickly kids grow up, so we are trying to appreciate the moments we get to spend with my niece and nephew before they become teenagers who want nothing to do with us adults.  We ate plenty, at least two helpings for this chick.  Though I paid for it later in the way of a stomache that kept me awake for a little.

We pretty much just spent Friday lounging in bed, napping and watching tv.  In fact we even ate dinner in bed!  Sometimes you just have to give in and enjoy those type of days.  I'm usually poor at being able to sit around and doing nothing but on this occasion it felt much needed.

Saturday the man's mother came down from Long Island to visit but as often happens the visit turrned into a stressful, tension filled house.  She hadn't even been here a hour before she was complaining that the man was ignoring her, and choosing to watch a game over spending time with her.  Even though he told her it wasn't a good day to visit, that he would be watching Michigan as it was a big game and to come later she didn't listen.  Honestly she never does, she just does what she wants. So when she started ranting to me I said look I'm not getting in the middle, if you have an issue with him talk to him about it.

Yet she expects others to respect what she tells them. Such as the past when she told the man quite a few times her house was a mess and she didn't want me coming with him to visit. Even when she was in hospital and the man might need support with him, she told him she didn't want me coming.  I remember how hurt and offended I felt but she didn't care. Or when we did come to visit in the past I slept on couch with some old, dusty blanket. She never even had any breakfast available. Then she forbid us bringing the dog so over the years it felt less stressful and easier to stay home.

Oh the drama has been going on for years and she wonders why I don't want to come visit now, because she has never gone out of her way to make me feel at home.  She preaches that she has changed, she is all spiritual,etc, yet the way she acts does not always indict that.  There's just a long list of things that have happened over the years, even her being unkind at the rehearsal dinner of our wedding that continues to push me further and further away from wanting to be around her.  I literally go into the flight or fight adrenaline reaction when she's around now, it's not good to feel that stressed or upset around anyone. Not sure what is going to happen.

Anyway talking about it doesn't do any good, as if someone doesn't see any wrong in their actions things just won't change.

Sunday I went to do some errands but of course had a vertigo attack in the middle of a giant Walmart. Honestly just froze hoping I could at least walk a semi straight line to get to car. Then it's trying to sit and wait it out to see what kind of attack it will or won't turn into. Ugh it's so ridiculously frustrating and guessing it was brought on by all the stress felt saturday. Like all the specialists I've seen say stress makes can make worse any condition.  Though honestly it's very hard to remain calm when feeling the fight or flight adrenaline response come on.  I say this all too often but need to get back to meditating and trying to really learn the art of mindfulness meditation.

Anyway eventually came home, ate lunch and tried to relax a little then set out to finish the banister. The amount of work it involved was surprising and still have the steps to do.  While the man napped and watched football there was me finishing up what I started on the banister, only took 4 hours! Think the man has no idea how much work and time I've been putting into renovating our house, if he did he would be offering to rub my sore muscles every day! haha

Oh and though the furniture store promised the sofa and love seat would be here by now it still has yet to arrive.  Some people have said it's fairly common for furniture stores to promise one thing and it be delayed.  That doesn't seem fair, these furniture places should be held to higher standards when people are spending their hard earned money on such pricey items that have such a huge mark up to begin with.  Some day soon we might actually have real furniture to sit on!  Beginning to think we should have just bought bean bags or something. ha

That's the story and though I didn't set out to write as much this sure turned into a long winded tale of rants. Guess all the pent up adrenaline from the weekend wants to release itself. ;)

Well at least there is a photo to share this week, a thanksgiving one of course...filled with the people I'm most thankful for in life.  Though some how our dog and the nephew were too busy to get in the photo!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Monday Musings

The weather here has been nothing short of extreme.  Saturday was sunny, with warm temperatures almost near 70.  It felt more like Spring than Fall.  Sunday arrived with fierce winds that knocked power out at times, snow flurries and temperatures that felt as if it was Winter.  In fact the winds are still ferociously howling!

The week seemed to fly by.  Between priming the banister and sanding the steps it seemed to take up any free time.  Stripping the banister was a job pretty much every painting company said would involve too much labor to be worth the cost, replacing it would be cheaper and easier they said.  Of course if you've read my other posts I decided to tackle it.

What a tedious, labor intensive job it turned into.  Physically not sure I have even recovered yet as every muscle is sore. ha  With just bits of paint remaining here and there I went ahead and applied a bonding primer.  Which quite frankly took awhile to apply to each spindle and crevice.  It's understandable now why most wanted the astronomical fees they did to take on such a task.  We are talking prices of $1200 and more.

While the primer has been applied to both banister and railings, there is still the task of painting them now too.  Not to mention the steps have to be primed and painted as well.  And the man whines if I ask him to blow some leaves in the yard or take out the dog.  He has no idea how much work I've been doing. Anyway....

On top of all that I decided to tackle organizing the garage and shed.  Since it was so warm it made since to do it before the winter weather moves in.  Throw cutting some of the back lawn in and it basically turned into an all day task.  Which left me feeling overly annoyed that the man didn't at least offer to help. While he goes through spurts with helping, overall I would say he isn't very consistent.   If there were ever opposites it's me and him.  TV should give us our own show as I think overall many would find it highly entertaining. ;)

The furniture has yet to arrive so we are still using the free leather couch we got from an old neighbor years ago. I'm glad we were able to sell most of our furniture but maybe we should have waited to do that until there was an actual delivery date on the new furniture.  The main rooms feel rather empty right now.  Sunday we thought we would be able to have furniture for the living room but of course the one we like is out of stock and has to be specially ordered.  Even the desk I wanted for my office is back ordered. Never realized it would be this hard to furnish a house.

We then went to Lowes only to find out the closet door we need would have to be specially ordered as well. What happened to having things in available and in stock?

 Of course it was hilarious as I'm showing the Lowes door guy a photo of the closet and the man is saying we aren't figuring the size right as there is a wall jutting out. The man kept insisting this so we couldn't order anything until we went home to inspect it once again.  What do you know....I was right and there was no wall jutting out.  If the man would put down his phone and actually pay attention he would have known that.

He's not the only one everywhere we seem to go people are glued to their phones, seriously feel like yelling get off your phones people and be in the moment to focus on what you are doing.  It's becoming a dangerous distraction. People seemed more tuned out than ever to what's going on around them.

Anyway basically after Lowes and not being able to accomplish  as much as I was hoping felt frustrated.  So came home started a fire, zoned to football and made a crock pot dinner.  The Eagles lost but honestly I've learned to just let it go, it's only a game and it's crazy to get upset about something so trivial.  Though I must admit it's more fun when your sports teams actually win.

Meanwhile my phone is filled with over 2000 photos yet I seem to share less and less of them on here.  Not sure why that is but feel there are so many to not only browse through but edit as well.  With all the dizziness issues it just makes it  incredibly hard that I seem to only get further and further behind.

Just took this one though, it captures perfectly how not only the dog is feeling but me too!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

When Life Makes No Sense

Two weeks ago a friend of mine from back in the college days was in a serious accident.  Being the fighter he is so many were confident he would pull through, even though things seemed not so good. 

Unfortunately he succumbed to his very serious injuries.  God obviously had bigger plans for him but the loss seems unbelievable and unbearable for those who knew, cared and loved him.  It felt so shocking many collapsed in utter grief and tears upon learning of the news. 

It makes no sense. He was a genuinely nice, fun, loving, always willing to help, do anything for anyone type of guy.  He had struggles just like anyone else throughout his life but he always seemed to manage to turn them around into something good. 

He found a house he loved in a more rural area, he adopted/help rescue dogs, he even started what was turning into a very successful painting business and overall seemed to find a good happiness of sorts. So to many it made absolutely no sense how such a terrible thing could happen to such a great guy at the point in his life it did.  

What are people to do when life feels like it makes no sense?

Why does it always seem the good are taken way to early, yet the bad linger too long.  Is there a purpose or reason to any of it?  

It also brings with it a fear of sorts as people realize that nothing is guarantee not even tomorrow.   How quickly life can change.  The realization that life in so many ways is out of our control. 

That we may never understand in this life why things happen as they do, the only thing anyone can do is to live life to the best of their ability.  To do good, to live fully, to love deeply and laugh often while trying to appreciate every moment. 

And if anyone would like to pay it forward please donate to Almost Home Dog Rescue 9140 C Pennsauken Highway Pennsauken, NJ 08109 or Recycled Tails All Breed Rescue at ( in Brian's name.  He made a difference in other lives so lets help make a difference in the causes he loved and supported.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs all in need of good, loving homes! 

 Usually dogs from various states are featured but this week due to very over crowded shelters in Philadelphia these dogs urgently need to find homes.  There are plenty more dogs just like them who can be found by clicking on the links to the shelters below.  Shelters can only take in so many dogs when they become over crowded innocent, loving animals quickly run out of time to find homes.  

Clearfield is American Pit Bull mix, who is around 3-5 years old and weighs 50 lbs.  He is the most dashing and handsome boy on the block.  He's also very well behaved and knows how to conduct himself properly during a photo shoot as you can clearly see. He came to us as a stray but evidently had a home before since he's a champ at sitting.  He is an active and playful pup who also aims to please. He's very proper and takes treats gently. His light brindle coat is not only fetching but super soft too. You'll want to pet him for hours and he wouldn't mind cuddling with you either. Please lets find him a loving home!

Clearfield A33962305 - Philadelphia, PA

Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia
111 W. Hunting Park Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19140
(267) 385-3800  phone

Deblin is a Fox Terrier mix who is 3 years old. He was found as a stray but is super friendly.  This handsome man seems to crave attention but does have a playful side. Deblin will need a refresher in house training but he is ready for anything.  Please lets find him a great home!

Deblin - Philadelphia, PA

Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia
111 W. Hunting Park Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19140
(267) 385-3800  phone

Buddy is a Corgi mix who is 4-6 years old and 21 lbs. This a little guy who would be a great companion, but who is having a run of bad luck at the moment. He's been surrendered twice in 2 months! Buddy's original owner regretfully surrendered him because of allergies and his second because he has so much energy. He would really like a yard to run around in. He is quite the conversationalist - if you ask him questions, he'll talk back to you, baying like a hound! He'll also sing with you. Buddy can be a little shy sometimes, but he gets along well with other dogs, cats, and older children. His first owner says that Buddy knows "sit," "stay," and "go to your bed.  Please lets find him a good home!

Buddy -  Philadelphia, PA

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

Posey is a Poodle mix who is 6-10 years old and 15 lbs. She is a shy and sweet girl. Posey came to us covered in filth and we've begun the cleanup process. So far, her fur looks like it is going to be lovely and silky. Posey is so grateful for attention after all this time without any, that she wags her little tail every time she hears you speak to her. Posey could live with children and other dogs, but we don't know about cats yet. Please lets find her a loving home!

Posey - Philadelphia, PA

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

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, November 14, 2016

Monday Musings

It felt like a whirlwind of a week.  Some of which I seemed to spend more time trying to make sense of, yet not really finding that sense I was looking for.  Honestly I've decided there are things that will just never make sense.

The weekend was busy.  Friday involved visiting yet another furniture store.  Trying to find affordable, quality furniture that fits the look and size we need has been challenging.  Saturday involved errands, raking leaves, cleaning up house as flooring was officially installed, watching some football and even took advantage of the fireplace since it was chilly.  Sunday spent the day with my mother, sister and niece shopping then out to lunch while the man played golf with my brother in law.

It's funny as the election seemed to create such a stressful week for so many.  We were very happy with the outcome but as always happens each election half the country wasn't.  Though I felt those who weren't happy took it a little too far with the melodramatics, protests and even violence displayed by some.  Our society has become a bunch of whiners if you ask me.  When Obama won twice us anti Obama people didn't cry or take to the streets in protests we simply dealt with it.

Just once I'd like to see all these so called protesters, protest for a worthwhile cause.  Do these protesters realize there are millions of people starving in our world?  Do they realize all the children and animals that get abused on a daily basis?  Do they realize there are people being tortured by terrorists around the world?  Do they realize we are losing the war on drugs and losing precious people to rampant addictions?  Do they realize women are being trafficked everyday?  Do they realize how many people are struggling to make ends meet, let alone support families or have decent healthcare? Do they realize the impact that crime, violence and even gangs are having on our society? The list of real causes is long, yet they protest Trump.  Come on man.

Seriously protesters take your head out of your asses and start protesting something worthy, something that will actually make a real difference in the lives of people who are being affected by those things.  If you want to stand up to government start addressing all governments around the world not just the US.  It just drives me crazy with all the really bad crap that happens in the world that this is what people choose to protest.

Meanwhile found out news about a friend from back in the college days who suffered a very serious brain injury along with all kinds of fractures that they can't even address yet.  There are no words to describe the utter heartbreak I feel for him and his family.  Like everyone else he's had struggles in his life but he really turned them around and was doing such an amazing job at creating a new life with his own business.  Life just seems to make no sense at times.  Though such events put things in total perspective.

Anyway, I shouldn't even be on the computer as it's instigating the dizziness once again.  That's the thing I can take a break from using the computer but once I started up again it just brings on the dizzy spells.  In a day and age where life seems to revolve around computers it basically sucks.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Election Day


The polling places here open at 7am, the firehouse I vote at said people were starting to line up at 6:30.  I got there at 8 and there was already quite a line.  It took me half hour to get into a polling both.  

I was officially #155 to vote.

God bless America. 

May all the corruption, lies and dishonesty of politics some how be resolved. May our politicians find a way to do whats best for the American people not those they are now in debt to.  Too many families are struggling, we need to do something now.  The United States need real change, when that will actually happen remains the question.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Monday Musings

The weather is turning chillier, as daylight savings now causes darkness to fall too early.  Winter always seems like the longest season and summer the shortest why is that?  While some like the start of boot season, bulky sweaters and winter coats I myself would be content in shorts, tee and flip flops year round.  :)

I'm feeling frustrated at the moment with politics, certain people, retail and pms.

The politics stuff even had it's own posted devoted solely to it.  As for people I just don't understand why some feel the need to cop such attitude, disrepect and unkindness toward others, just because people aren't like you or do things differently doesn't give anyone the right to talk to another the way some do these days.  Get over it, deal with it, put your ego in check and simply realize part of life is communicating.  If you don't want people bother or talking to you than go be a loner or maybe even a monk instead of torturing others with such unkindness.

Retail, where do I even begin.  Seems like anything we order these days there is an issue with.  We ordered something engraved and person for my mothers 70th, it was guaranteed to ship overnight and until it didn't show up until a week later.  Way to ruin someones special birthday.  I won't blow up the retail store as they did make manage to right the wrong by giving us the item for free.

But I will blow up Mealeys who we ordered furniture from.  They originally estimate 6-8 weeks for furniture we ordered, informing us they would keep us updated and call in two weeks after we placed order.  Fast forward no call after two weeks, no contact until the week before it's due to be delivered and we are told there was a fabric delay.  And no one though to call us sooner to give us option to pick another fabric?  They are not sure when it might arrive, even the manager cannot get updates. They offered to give us another $100 off but with what we paid to begin with is seems little like way too little. So we wait to hear from the manager.....

Let me remind you that we basically sold all our furniture upon moving in the new house except for one very old leather white sofa, so we really need the furniture to arrive.  Meanwhile since the flooring is being done this week we can now officially go and pick out a sofa for it.  Since we went with a rustic grey tone flooring for the living room we want to be sure of what the room actually looks like with it first before picking a color for any furniture.  We basically spend more time in the bedroom than any other room right now. ha

Meanwhile for what seems like two weeks that gnawing pain is back in my navel area.  It's a crampy, gnawing, feels like shards of glass type of sensation.  The same type feeling that sent me to the er a few months ago, back then they did a abdomen CT scan but couldn't figure out the cause of the pain. Interesting enough it started around ovulation back then just like it did now, so I'm guessing it might be hormone related.  Wonder if it might be endometriosis though I'm no expert.  Guess if it continues it's back to the doctor.  But these days health care costs are getting to be affordable between the premiums and co pays it's getting out of hand, yet another reason Trump is getting my vote.

Today the flooring guys came out to start installing the new flooring.  They arrived a hour earlier than expected, the man's plan was to stay home in the morning so he could talk to them and even watch them.  But of course do you think that happened?

Nope the man basically laid in bed scrolling his phone as I talked to the installers. He seemed completely uninterested in being a part of the situation or answering their questions.  This is the same guy that will then have questions later or misunderstand someone because he wasn't present in the moment or paying attention to what others say. Sometimes think he needs a swift kick in the arse and a lesson on doing the right thing.  At times I think he can come across as rather arrogant which can be a real turn off.  One thing is for sure he is not a morning person. ha

My nephew wasn't too happy with all the noise it definitely interfered with his napping.  It felt like a very long day.  And they are back at it again tomorrow as they still have to install the upstairs flooring.  Think I need a vacation away from everyone and everything.  In fact if Hillary wins I may just move to Barbados, perfect destination for a warm weather babe. ;)

Well it's off to try a new recipe for dinner, taco pie.  Maybe I should be making something more bland but truth be told that doesn't sound as appetizing.


Pennsylvania, The Election and Why I'm Voting

Pennsylvania along with some other key states is an important vote for this election. And today I'm speaking out, telling like it is from my perspective!

Today Hillary and her so called celebrity friends are taking over our city of brotherly love to preach more of what I call nonsense,  As she thinks getting celebrities to endorse her will somehow make us want to vote for her?  Why would anyone turn to Beyonce or Bruce Springsteen for political advice?

These celebrities don't understand what it means to live in the real world, work real jobs at minimum wage, or not be able to afford health insurance or proper medical care, they have no clue what it means to work two jobs and still not be able to support a family.  They send their kids to private schools never having to worry about a good education or if their schools have enough funding.  So please so called celebrities don't tell me who to vote for.

Seriously, one more day until this country elects our next leader.  While I have pondered how out of all the great, intelligent, honest, kind humans this country did these two get nominated?   Fact is they did and we have a huge choice to make!

I'm not hiding how I feel anymore.  No way should a lying, corrupt, bs career politician who out right breaks the law and rules be able to run for president, a woman who simple ignored all her husbands sexual assaults on women throughout the decades, or how about the utterly disgraceful way she handled Benghazi, it's an atrocity.  She is the biggest hypocrite around, please do your home work before voting.

We let these politicians get away with ridiculous and even dangerous things, why?  What do they do for any of us?  Have they actually made the american life better for the average person?  The parties are rarely ever willing to work together or compromise to actually help us, they cater to whoever pays them the most money.  Politics is corrupt there is no doubt about that as are many of the politicians. But when is enough is enough to make us all want to stand up and actually do something about it?

Look if we all vote for Trump it will send a very clear and loud message, which basically would be one of fuck you to all our corrupt, elite cronie politicians.  It will let them know how disgusted and tired we are of all their centuries of games, manipulations, corruption, lies and not doing a thing to truly make life better for the average american.   The United States needs real change.

Wake up Pennsylvania and the rest of America. This is our time to be heard.  For once we have the ability to shake up Washington by electing a non career politician.  This election has the potential to send a strong message to all those bs, no good, dishonest, corrupt politicians that Americans want change, that we want someone different.   We are tired of the establishment and its cronies who never seem to accomplish anything but getting richer while we get poorer.

We have the chance to elect a man who isn't afraid to stand up to anyone.  And that's the kind of leader I want running this country.  At this point the election it goes way beyond character it's about creating real change.  Overall our country is in dire shape, we cannot just stand by and keep electing these career, corrupt politicians who aren't doing anything to truly change the system nor help improve the lives of the average american.

Below are ten of the reasons why I feel strongly about about voting for Donald Trump and why I urge you to vote for Donald Trump as well.

1) Supreme Court: At least one and possibly up to three or four Supreme Court justices will be replaced during the next four years. Trump has provided a list of judges that he will select from. All of them are judges who will used the Constitution as their guide rather than trying to legislate from the bench. Since 1970 the average time a judge sits on our nation’s highest court is 26 years the nominations are extremely important.

2) Obamacare:  Trump wants to eliminate Obamacare and substitute free market solutions. Clinton wants single-payer. Single-payer healthcare is wrong for so many reasons, the biggest of which is that healthcare becomes a commodity and even more than in Obamacare the government controls what medical procedures are possible. The VA is a single payer system and we’ve seen what has happened to the VA in recent years — like the systems in Canada and other single-payer programs there are horrible waits to receive treatment (that’s why those who can afford come to the U.S. for treatment). The government wants to manage costs, the patients want to get healthy.

3) Borders: Controlling who comes in and out of the United States is not just an immigration issue it’s a national security issue. For example Judicial Watch has reported that ISIS is operating a camp in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, just eight miles from the U.S. border. Screening people who come into this country makes sense, especially from a part of the world that is home to radical terrorist groups. Donald Trump wants to protect americans no matter what race you are. No matter what gender. Hillary wants open borders, it makes no sense. We can't continue to support illegals coming into this country when we can't even support our own first. Sorry it's just not fair, come here legally or don't come at all.

4) Improving the American Gene Pool: Not mentioned often but the election of Donald Trump will guarantee the gene pool of American citizens will improve.  All those annoying so called celebrities can move to Canada or wherever else they say they are going.  And of course come crawling back when they aren't paid ridiculous amounts by other countries for their lack of talent or because other countries can't pay them the millions they've come to expect. ha

5) Restoring America as leader of the free world: The Obama/Clinton lead from behind philosophy has encouraged nations such as Iran, South Korea, and Russia to take advantage of America. Under Trump the U.S. will no longer be a laughing stock to our enemies, and our friends will start to trust us again.
6) Taxes: Trump will lower taxes on everyone including the middle class, Hillary would raise taxes on everyone including the middle class. Trump will also lower the corporate taxes, ours are the highest in the developed world. Lowering the corporate taxes will keep industry in the U.S. and lure more companies here leading to job growth.

7) Mainstream Media: If Donald Trump wins the election, there will be absolute horror in the mainstream media. Either their heads will explode or they will be reduced to babbling (even more than they babble now). Come on who isn't sick of the biased media by now?  I've given up watching the news all together.

8) Terrorism:  The United States has the best fighting force in the entire world, it is not even close. The main reason we haven’t crushed ISIS is that our civilian leaders puts restrictive rules of engagement on our heroes overseas. You don’t beat Terrorists who welcome martyrdom as a way to heaven by being nice Hillary will continue the Obama policies, Trump will say to the Generals “give me a plan that will win somnabitch!” We will crush ISIS and crush them quickly.  And finally seek justice for the men and women who have been tortured by those ISIS assholes!

9) Pro Life The amount of abortions in our country is horrifying. Hillary believes that even minutes before delivery, a baby does not have constitutional rights. That is absolutely absurd.  She can talk about other social issues but her views on abortion show how little she values human life. Trump believes abortion should be banned at some point in pregnancy, with exceptions for rape, incest or life of the mother.

10) Mike Pence  Talk about of character this guys got it.  If he willing to hire him imagine who else of character and intelligence he might choose to surround himself as part of his administration. 

11) Social Security or Medicare  Unlike Hillary he doesn't believe in cutting benefits. Instead plans on growing the economy to save those programs that our hard earned money is contributing to.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016


As I stood outside with Cooper this morning taking in a beautiful sunrise it causes a rather serene sense to wash over me.  The awe and beauty of nature can do that.  It some how seems to bring out the deeper desires of the soul.

That serene feeling fell away after a rather hostile encounter of attitude and unkindness.  Sometimes wonder what is wrong with people, is it that hard to be nice or show a little kindness and respect?  What happened to love makes the world go round. But then it came to me discord tends to exist when souls don't connect or are closed off in some way or another.

Which got me thinking about connections.....

There are some people we meet who within minutes we feel and sense such a deeper connection, the kind of people we could sit gazing the night sky with and never run out of conversation. Or not even have to say a word yet know they completely and utterly understand us.  They are the people that make our souls feel alive, happy, content and nurtured.  These are the people we know we can trust to always be honest, loyal, understanding and loving.

Then there are those we know years or even lifetimes yet never truly connect with. It's as if  some kind of wall is up that prevents our souls from truly connecting.  There is an awkwardness, an aloofness, a negativity of sorts and knowing that no matter how hard we try that soul connection will never be there.  They are the people that seem to bring us down, cause discord, unhappiness and us feeling anything but nurtured.  These are the people we know deep down we can't trust to be honest, loyal, they show no understanding only judgment and they aren't people we could ever share our true souls with.

Not even sure where I'm going with this but just thinking why do we ever let the types we will never connect with into our lives?  Why do we let them affect us, instead of simply realizing their souls are on different levels than ours and move on?

How do we find and form those deeper connections?  Is it by listening to our hearts and intuition?   Is it by working on ourselves, allowing our souls the opportunity to be open to such connections?  Lets face it there are many people who are just closed off to change, their egos and minds are too closed and selfish they have a hard time even understanding who they are, let alone forming deeper connections with others. Some souls are simply not in the right place to be kind or loving, they still have much work to do.

Kind of like the hostile encounter this morning, the way that soul reacted reveals a lot about them.  Of their shortcomings and weaknesses that would treat another that way.

Which makes you wonder why do some people even cross our paths?

Tend to think that everyone we cross paths has something to teach us or us to teach them.  Whether it be good or bad there is something that is meant to shape our lives from meeting them.  Maybe we will help them in some way, maybe they will help us.

And some where along the way we meet those deeper connections who enlighten our lives in deep fulfilling ways, some of whom will always be a part of our life.  And eventually learn to let the ones the connection just isn't there with go.

The serene feeling of the morning sunrise reminded me how important those deeper connections are to our souls and life here.  Each day is another chance at creating, finding and making those connections. It begins with being change, to life, to love, to kindness, to understanding, to compassion, to slowing down enough to actually appreciate and notice the life around us.

Wednesday, November 2, 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!

Tupper is a minature Poodle mix who is 9 years old.  The poor little guy is just sitting at the local aniaml county shelter.  Please lets find him a loving home! 

Tupper - Los Angeles, CA

West Los Angeles Animal Care and Control Center
11950 Missouri Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(888) 452-7381

Kenya is Dachshund/Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix who is 1 year old and 12 lbs. She is an energizer bunny.  She was surrendered along with my brother ringo due to the child in the family having allergies. She is a little shy at first in unfamiliar settings but once he gets used to you. She is very friendly and a social butterfly. She loves dogs and can be a little vocal at first when she passes them because she wants to say hello. She is good with kids and does like to chase cats at first but once she gets used to them she is fine with them. She pulls a little on the leash, but his fosters are training him  not to walk all over the place. She is mostly housebroken.  She has a lot energy and is still young but  not hyper or frenetic. She loves to go for walks and would make a wonderful jogging partner. She is super agile and athletic. She is super smart, very quick to learn and eager to please. She already knows sit, stay, lay down and am highly trainable! She would love to be with an active person/couple/family that will bring out the potential in me to be a wonderful fun silly happy loving companion.  Please lets find her a great home!

Kenya - Staten Island, NY

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

Stevie is a Terrier mix who is 2-4 years old and 12 lbs.  He is a wild and
 crazy guy looking for an energetic person to call his own. Stevie has lots of energy to spare and would love to run and play with you all day. Stevie hasn't expressed his preferences with regard to dogs and cats yet, but he would not be suited for a home with young children. Please lets find him a good home! 

Stevie - Philadelphia, PA

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

Harry, Ron and Hagrid are Terrier mixes who are 1-2 years old and 9lbs. They came to PAWS upon the death of their owner. All three of these boys are adorable and cuddly. Ron's the leader, Harry's the follower and Hagrid heads straight for your lap. In fact, all three of these boys like to sit in your lap at the same time, giving kisses freely. Hagrid could live with other dogs and older, gentle children, but we don't know how he feels about cats yet. All three boys do have medical needs that need to be taken into consideration by their adoptive owners, as they have heart murmurs and patellar luxation. Please lets find them a loving home!

Hagrid, Harry and Ron - Philadelphia, PA

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

Beethoven is a Border Collie mix who is 3 years old.  They  came in with his sister, Chula. They are very attached and would need them to be adopted together. Both are very sweet dogs. Likes to sit on laps and love to give hugs. Please lets find them a great home!

Beethoven and Chula - Houston, TX

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

No paw left behind our mission!

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

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

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Who Will Actually Make America Great Again?

Today I posted my first political photo post on facebook, something I've avoided doing this election. Honestly couldn't help myself when I saw the Oscar Meyer Weiner mobile, something we've actually seen in person and it's hilarious!  

Stumbling upon it made me laugh uncontrollably and knew it was something that just needed to be shared no matter what side of politics one might be on.  Of course I'll share here as well. ;)

Funny thing is I felt compelled to preface it with "all negative comments will be deleted"

This election is one I've come to despise, actually much like politics overall these days.  

The bullying, name calling and divide this election has brought seems almost unprecedented.  Lets face it neither of these candidates are worthy of being the leader of the United States.  Still I question how out of all the amazing, intelligent and great individuals that exists in our country these two are the ones actually running for president?  

Truth is the really smart, honest and full of moral types don't get involved in politics because they know just how bs and corrupt it all is.  Yet nothing is ever done about it or to correct it, why?

What has annoyed me most this election though is the fact that others think its okay to berate, bully and judge other's choices.  The beauty of America is that we all have the freedom to vote for whoever we choose.  And who are any of us to judge that?

Seriously how are people letting friendships and all kinds of relationships be destroyed over politics? Agree to disagree and move on.  People already know who they are voting for, the chances of anyone's bullying attacks, name calling, rants, lectures and whatever else against a candidate aren't really going to sway anyone.  

Hey I'd love to lecture you not to vote for Hillary but who am I to tell you what to do, and why would you want to listen to what I have to say anyway?  My advice has always been do in depth research on each candidate, know what they stand for, know where they came from, read about their past and present then decide who you are going to vote for.  Don't base voting it on just one thing such as party, sex, color or anything trivial like that....truly weigh the pros and cons of each candidate.  Vote for who represents your opinions, thoughts, morals, virtues, ideals and whatever else.  

If only all the delegates would take the time to weight their votes.  That's another thing about politicians the electoral college is outdated and makes too many people think their vote doesn't matter.  The electoral college needs to be officially abolished and popular vote needs to be the go to vote that matters.  It will give the actual american people more of a true say.  

What I really desire to know is....why aren't we asking the bigger question such as how did it get to this point of choosing between these two candidates?  Why are either of the sides getting away with lying, breaking the law, assaulting others, not knowing how to use email properly, scandals dating back decades, etc.?  Why are we as a society accepting the corruption, lies, breaking of the law, doing nothing to truly make American life better by any of these politicians?

There are protests for just about everything else in this country, so why are there not protests against the corruption of Washington and it's politicians?  Why are politicians being paid big bucks when they only seem to hurt the average american more?   Why don't our politicians get paid minimum wage and have to live off the standard health insurance plan take from their pay? Maybe then real change might happen and they might come to understand the plight and struggles of the average american.  

There are a lot of changes that could be made to end the corruption, lies and scandals of politics in Washington yet who can afford or is willing to make those changes?  

How can we all help make America great again?  Who and what will it really take?

And while I laugh rather uncontrollably at the pun on the weiner mobile, deep down I just want to squish that weiner guy in a hotdog bun and throw him in the trash.   But lets just leave it at that.  

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