Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday Musings

Well the weather has been so warm lately that the thought of cold temperatures arriving this week has me almost panicked.  Cold weather just makes it so much harder to get and stay motivated.

I've been terrible at writing lately, promptly me to wonder should I even write here anymore.  But it's a nice outlet for thoughts so tend to keep it around.

Spent last weekend trying to catch up around the house.  Had Salvation Army coming to pick up household stuff, and wanted to clean out more to give them as well.  What's amazing is all the proceeds from the stuff they sell in their stores goes to fund their rehab centers.  It's nice to know where the proceeds go, hopefully it's helping some to recover and find a straighter path.

Although I did spend over 3 hours watching the Penn State vs Ohio State game as well Saturday afternoon, only to be completely disappointed when Ohio State came back and won the game.  That's the downside of sports. ha

Halloween rolled around and for two days it turned chillier, of course for the holiday right?  Bought a huge bag of candy, 250 pieces to be exact but only went through maybe half the bag.  Just not that many kids around I suppose, and some it seemed didn't even venture out that night.  So we have been nibbling on the leftovers. :)

The week was rather busy too.  My little nephew had to visit some specialists as he's had some GI issues and doesn't eat all that much, on top of it thyroid tests came back abnormal.  If they remain that way after next test he will have to take some thyroid medicine as it's a crucial hormones during those early developmental years.  So I met my sister at the doctors office to be there as help for her and to be able to hear what the doctors thought.

The nephew and I were out running errands Friday together, it's always a hoot trying to get these high tech strollers in and out of car. So many moving parts of them, and when one gets stuck I'm left trying to figure out how to get it unstuck.  But wanted to get back home as the weather was so warm, it was perfect day for being outside.

This weekend seemed just as busy.  Friday tried to clean things up as Saturday had a lot to catch up on.  Our bathroom shower drain had a rather big back up during the week, which required a plumbers attention, that left a mess to clean up in the bathroom. (my least favorite room to clean as the chemicals are way too overwhelming)

Sunday was all about fun.  We went to the Eagles vs Broncos game in Philly.  Tickets on the 40 yard line allowed for a good view of the game.  Did some tailgating before the game.  The portable charcoal grill comes in handy now, not only can be tailgate with it but the heat from it acts like a mini heater of sorts. The forecast was for 65, clouds and drizzle. It started off chilly so layered up well, but turns out the sun decided to peak out and warm things up.  So two layers had to come off at the start of the game.  Pretty much everyone around us was peeling off layers.

In Philly one is never quite sure how the fans will react to a fan of the opposite team.  Philly sports fans are not known as being the nicest.  So going when the man who is a Broncos fan definitely made me slightly nervous.  His promise to play it low key pretty much fell through as he sported his bright orange jersey.  The man is notorious for say one thing do another.  Luckily we had some nice fans around us who took a few playful jabs at the man but nothing nasty.  Of course when the Eagles beat the Broncos 51-23 think the fans would tend to be a tad nicer. 

We had some Sixers players sitting not far behind us too.  And young lovers in front of us who were making out more than watching the game.  Hey I'm a romantic so would never complain about something like that, just wish it was us doing the making out not them. :)  If only people showed more love and less hate the world might be a much better place!

Going to such a game though is a long day, we left at 9 and got home around 7. The traffic is absolutely insane, we even tried hanging out at a bar close by for a little to avoid some of it but it was still heavy by the time we made our way home. Funny too because the man said how he needed to stay awake until at least 10 but he was pretty much out by 8.

It's amazing this time of year how one day the lawn is perfectly clear and next covered in leaves.  I've been getting estimates on our front tree, as the tree is not only huge but not in great shape.  Two weeks ago a large chunk fell just missing the man's car.  The tree was improperly trimmed years ago which is made it regrow and form weakened areas that are rather dangerous.  The prices to take it down though are way higher than we expected.  But it might be worth it, in long run it would actually save money and time.  Not to mention help the lawn and surrounding flower beds.  But it's hard to put that kind of money into taking down a tree. Something to really think about for sure.

And I'm must realizing that by the time I post this is will be Tuesday already. 








Monday, October 23, 2017

Monday Musings

So enjoying this beautiful, warm summer like weather. Even if they are saying rain tomorrow.  I don't even mind the rain it's the wind we could do without as it will only knock the leaves off too soon.

The week was busy as usual.

The weekend was filled with family pumpkin picking, birthday celebrations on Saturday and cleaning the garage on Sunday for me.  Fun things always seem to go way too fast, especially when they involve spending it with people who mean the world to you. You just want to some how bottle those moments.

Today has been a whirlwind....taking care of nephew, trying to get three loads of laundry done before they start flushing out the fire hydrants in area which causes water to look odd, grocery shopping, cutting lawn, raking of pine needles, bike ride and who knows what else.  I'm too sore and tired to even think right now.

The man some how thinks fall signals no outdoor work, when in reality it may involve more work than summer.  Supposedly he says our lawn blower is too much for him to handle so has given up on blowing, which leaves a mess of sorts.  He's the one that sought out and wanted to buy a powerful one but now it turns out what we really need is a lightweight version.  Guessing he will eventually hire a lawn service as the man just isn't the outdoor type nor does he like a lot of work.

Haven't felt much like writing, guess all the doing has let me wanting to try to relax upon sitting down.  Who knows.

Quite frankly even right now I'd rather be baking, maybe a pound cake.  Yup sounds like a plan!






Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes!

Coco is a Labrador Retriever mix who is around 6 years old. She is sitting in the county shelter hoping to find a family who will love her lots and maybe even want to play too.  Please lets find her a loving home!

Coco - Los Angeles, CA

COCO
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
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Tobie is a Beagle/Basset Hound mix who is has lots of love to give. This beagle mix may love lounging on his bed, but he's always up for a day on the town.  He'll do his best to keep up with you (but no promises). He'd love to be part of your family, and you're going to love him for being part of yours. Please lets find him a great home!

Tobie - New York, NY

Tobie
Best Friends Animal Society New York
New York City, NY 10011
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Brianna is a 6 month old female mixed breed. She and her sister were strays and pretty scared of people. In fact, they had to be trapped and brought into rescue where the socialization began. Brianna was very timid of people and still stays back as you go toward her to pet her. Even cornered, she never shows aggression, just fear. She has a scary puppy hood as a stray and was unable to trust humans. She was on the run just trying to find food and stay alive. She easily takes treats from your hand and you can pet her. She needs someone who will take time to earn her trust. Consistent gentleness and love is the key to her heart. She just started wearing a harness and will begin leash training. Brianna loves her elevated dog bed and running after toys or her sister. She gets along great with other dogs too but hasn't been around a cat. She is a beautiful red color with a white chest and paws and has very expressive eyes. She is in a kennel with a dog house and a grassy area. She is used to going to bathroom on that grass and not on cement. Brianna is a work in progress but is sweet and healthy. She will make a great snuggle bunny someday. In fact, the progress she has made in just a month is amazing. If you would love to help Brianna learn to relax and open her heart to you, then apply for her. She is a wonderful dog who got a bad deal from birth until rescue saved her at 6 months old. Please lets find her a good home! 

Brianna - Yardley, PA

Brianna B
Crossing Paths Animal Rescue
Yardley, PA 19067
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King is a Collie mix who is 3 years old and 75 lbs.  He looks like an old time Scotch collie or and English shepherd. King is always HAPPY! He has an exceptional temperament. He is sweet and gentle. King knows basic commands, such as "come," "sit," "down," "shake.," and his favorite, "kiss." He walks nicely on leash and loves walks. He rides well in the car (although he may climb a seat to get closer to people.) King is reliably housebroken and crate trained. He eats and sleeps quietly in his crate. He should do fine loose in the house. He is very quiet in general. King has nice house manners. He does not get on the furniture. King gets along with dogs of all sizes and genders. He likes to play with other dogs. He has not lived with cats but ignored the cat during his cat test. He cannot live with chickens. King enjoys playing with stuffed toys, rope toys, and balls. He will play fetch. He loves all humans, including children. He enjoys pets, scratches, and giving kisses. King is adaptable and will be a wonderful addition to most homes. Please lets find him a loving home!

King - Stafford, TX

King
Houston Collie Rescue
PO Box 526
Stafford, TX 77497
(281) 564-6852



No paw left behind our mission!

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

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Monday Musings

Weather is tropical...high humidity with rain.  But hey I won't complain about rain as the lawn needs it and it means I don't have to water! ;)

Where to start the weekend was great.  Friday we grilled some burgers up and caught up on some shows we taped on dvr.  Followed by some live pd, watch that show and you will quickly realize just how many crazy, delinquent people exist. 

Saturday morning seemed to do a lot of laundry, and other household stuff.  But luckily the afternoon was followed by an arts and crafts festival in skippack, pa.  Where the man and I just walked around browsing some pretty cool stuff.  We had great time and weather was perfect, overall a good date!

Though evening we embarked on putting together his desk he bought for his home office.  The box arrived by special shipment as it was 177 lbs.  Needless to say the thing is solid, and came with a ton of pieces to put together.  Three hours into putting it together Saturday night the man decided he had enough for the day. 

So of course Sunday involved reconvening to put it together.  It took another 4 hours and decent amount of work but we did it, of course we had football on in the background. After putting mine together I didn't really want any part of putting together another one but some how got roped into it. ha  Sunday felt like an exhausting, long day as was going a bunch of stuff before even helping the man put the desk together. 

By night we were ready to just chill out.  It was all about BBQ slow cooker chicken. And watching some more shows on dvr with a little football mixed in.

Monday has been a whole other story.  The nephew arrived with a cold, me being the germ phobic I am felt rattled by that.  Especially after all the colds we sustained last year from the little guy.   In fact he had a cold this time last year too.  You think by now with all the technology there would be something to prevent colds or at least stop them from being so easily transmitted, but alas there is not. And so I will continue to fret. (fret is probably even putting it mildly)

The man stayed home from work because the weekend's work proved too much and he is super sore.  Pretty much you can guarantee the man will either go in late or not go in at all on a Monday if we've done a lot on the weekend. He always needs one day to just rest. He's a piece of work that's for sure! ha

I am feeling tired as haven't been getting good sleep. Think good sleep is something we all take for granted, and you only realize it when you aren't getting it.  The dizziness for some reason seems to be the biggest contributor to disrupting my sleep. You think sleeping would some how calm it but it seems to instigate it especially if I wake up in certain positions or in certain states of sleep. It really is nuts.

Lack of sleep can make you feel so cranky at times too, it's like stress in a sense it can make any little thing just annoy you. Little things that probably wouldn't annoy you in a normal situation.  Like today I read yet another political post bashing the president by a friend on facebook.  It took everything in me not to just let loose on her.  This one particular girls loves to blame Trump for everything and all I want to say to her is "sweetheart so many of the deeper issues of this country existed long before he did so sit down and shut up" But I maturely refrained myself, had a good laugh and thought to myself why bother stirring the pot.  It's not even worth it.

Honestly there are two parties to our political system, both are equally responsible for helping the country and it's people. If one party fails essentially both parties fail because the whole point is to be mature enough to work together for the better of people, to compromise and develop fair solutions.  Maybe it's time the people of our country got to vote on everything, not just for our politicians but on the real issues. Our country has become so divided we may as well just split into two countries at this point. Anyway....

That's enough of all that for now.  Need to chill out!








Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes! 


Rob is a Jack Russell Terrier around 1 year old. Little guy is just sitting in the shelter lonely and scared. He is hoping to find a family to love, play and snuggle with. Please lets find him a loving home! 

Rob A5117300  - Los Angeles, CA

ROB
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
http://animalcare.lacounty.gov
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Minnie is Beagle/Rat Terrier who is 7 months old and 25 lbs. She is very bright and lots of fun. Affectionate and friendly, she gives kisses generously and loves meeting other people and dogs. In her foster home, Minnie happily wrestles with a dog four times her size and is quiet in her exercise pen all night long. By day, she can be very focused on what she wants and vocal about it – typical of her breed make-up. Fortunately, Minnie takes well to training, and is quickly learning to quiet down. Minnie also has been making great progress with some resource guarding behavior she’s displayed. In virtually no time, she’s learned the drop-it command, and now she readily gives up prizes she would have guarded before and can be further convinced with a tasty treat. If you’ve been searching for a beautiful, playful pup with an expressive personality, look no more. One soulful gaze from Minnie’s beautiful brown eyes, and you’ll be hooked. She can keep a non-reactive dog entertained for hours and is also content to cuddle with you. Still just a puppy, she has plenty of time to find her place in your home, and summer’s the perfect time to get to know and love her.Minnie is housebroken and crate trained, and walks nicely on leash. She enjoys playing with other dogs and is friendly toward cats. Children middle school age and older. Please lets find her a great home!

Minnie - New York, NY

Minnie
Pound Hounds Res-Q
415 West 24th Street, # 1A
New York, NY 10011
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Estella is a Spaniel-Corgi mix, about 2 years old, and weighs 32 lbs.. She certainly has the most incredible thick, wavy, black coat. She is very sweet and loves to be by your side at all times. Stella is great with people dogs and cats. She has an easy-going friendly personality. She's happiest curling up on the couch or bed with her person. Estella does have crate anxiety so can't be crated and a bit of separation anxiety so would do best in a home where someone is home with her most of the day. She's fine with being left for a few hours. Please lets find her a good home!

Estella - Doylestown. PA

Estella
Almost Home Dog Rescue
PO Box 132
Doylestown, pa 18901
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Kerri is a Female Rat Terrier/Chihuahua Mix who is around 1 year old and weighs 12 lbs. She is an adorable sweet young girl. She loves to play with toys, chew on bones, chase balls (and squirrels in our yard), go for walks, and cuddle when it's time to nap. She's fine with our two small dogs (male and female), never aggressive, already spayed, completely potty trained, and sleeps quietly through the night in her crate. Kerri would be best in a relatively active household with a fenced in yard or an owner who would like a companion for jogs and walks. She is very polite, but also playful and happy. Please lets find her a loving home! 

Kerri - Houston, TX

Kerri
K-9 Angels Rescue, Inc.
9415 Winsome Ln
Houston, TX 77063


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, October 2, 2017

We Must Do Better

It upsets me to read people turning this mass shooting into more political jargon and trying to blame one side. Mass shootings have occurred under both Republican and Democrat leadership. When do we start putting aside parties, differences and whatever else divides us to unite to solve these serious issues plaguing our country?

This time it was a gun, but it could have easily been a car, bomb, knife, chemicals, etc... violence, mental illness, hate, evil, lack of respect for human life, kids growing up lacking ways to achieve better life, gangs, drugs, abuse, corruption and so on have to start being addressed. Our country is filled with violent crimes that take innocent lives everyday in the United States.

When does our country start addressing a failing mental health care system that often times is not covered or too expensive for those who need it. People are talking about gun laws, yet like drugs people will find ways to obtain guns. News is filled with stories of horrific abuse, crimes, violence, trafficking, drug overdoses...when does the country put aside their differences and unite to stop it?

Why can't people stop arguing and try to work together on solving the problems. Why do we keep electing politicians decade after decade who can't unite to address and resolve these issues?

Bigger question is....how do you stop the violence? the drugs? the gangs? the mental breakdowns? the abusers?  the weapons? (and all the other issues)

For decades no president or politician has been able to effectively figure it out, nor solve it. And if our politicians and citizens remain so divided and filled with such hatred for each other it will never be resolved.

It's time to do better. To be better human beings. To love more. To hate less. To put aside differences and find effective solutions!  

Monday Musings

Okay so the warm, summer like weather over the weekend gave way to Fall.  It was so cool this weekend I actually turned on the heat at night. But have no fear the weather is warming up again!

The week felt long for some reason, kept thinking I was a day or two ahead.  It was busy and on top of that still filled with watering the lawn.  The lawn needed the aeration and over seeding was just hoping the man would step up more and help with watering. But surprise the sportsboss was too busy with his sports. Sports is also what keeps the man up late then he's grumbling about how hard it is to get up in the morning.

Friday involved cleaning house, the nephew loves to help me with such stuff so did a little while he was here, and plenty more after he left.  We are talking whole house, including sheets cleaned by night.  Needless to say romance and take out were definitely needed by Friday night!  :)

Saturday the man took off for Long Island as his friend was having a 40th birthday celebration.  He actually rented a hotel instead of staying with his family.  Funny as he has on occasion gotten on my case about not wanting to visit his family home in Long Island but he himself doesn't even want to stay there.  It's sad how dysfunctional his family is. No one really communicates effectively or honestly with each other.  There's this disconnect with family for him, exactly why the man can't understand why I'm so close to my family.

Meanwhile, I spent Saturday morning working on all sorts of projects.  Then went over my family's house to clean closets out.  Yes I still had two closets full of stuff at their house.  Been putting off cleaning it out thoroughly for years, tried here and there but always had trouble getting rid of stuff.  We had bags of bedding, clothing and even shoes for donation.  Kept only one small bag of clothing and some shoes of course. Hey if the shoes are good why let them go to waste. ;)

Saturday night I went out to dinner with my mother, we had a great meal. Of course later I laid down to catch up on some dvr shows and dozed off.  But then woke up as I was too cold so had to put on the heat, and resumed watching the dvr shows.  Since the man was out, knew it would end up being a late night for him, which some how always turns into a late night call to me. That's something he would always do when first dating years ago.  But I didn't want my sleep messed up so put it on sleep mode.

Sunday started off with laundry, followed by an early morning bike ride, watering the lawn and then I finally just flopped on the sofa to chill out.  Chill out isn't something I do well as eventually seem to get bored.

Awoke today to the news once again filled with horrific, senseless violence which I will comment on more in another post.











Sunday, October 1, 2017

Soul Sunday


Happiness is a state we all want to achieve, but it often seems elusive. Have you ever felt happy one moment and then thought that it won’t last, which makes you feel less happy in the next moment? How frustrating is that?

What is happiness? Is it a state of mind, a mood, or a way of living? Is there a way to increase it?

While there is no magical way to make us happy forever, there is a science of happiness. And when we better understand the nature of happiness, we become more skillful at staying happier, longer.

5 Proven Truths About Happiness

1. About half of our happiness level is controllable.

According to The How of Happiness by researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky, about 40 percent of our happiness is under our control. The other 60 percent is predetermined by biological set points and recent life events. We are all born with different temperaments and, all else being equal, have a tendency to maintain a certain happiness level over our lifetimes, high or low. Some people are just "born happier" than others—think of a smiling baby versus a fussy baby. Life events like getting married, graduating from college, or being promoted can affect our happiness levels, but their effects diminish over time in a process known as “hedonic adaptation.” What was novel and exciting yesterday becomes "the new normal" today. We can, however, reduce the power of hedonic adaptation by deliberately practicing new attitudes and behaviors on a daily basis.
2. A happy life is different from a meaningful life.

Researchers like Roy Baumeister have compared people’s perceptions of happiness versus meaningfulness. There is quite a lot of overlap between the two states: People who see their lives as meaningful are happier, and vice versa. But there are also differences: Happiness seems to be a transient state whereas meaningfulness is more enduring. We experience happiness in the present when our needs are satisfied, while meaningfulness involves tying together the past, present, and future in a way that makes sense and reinforces our positive attributes. For example, having more money may make you somewhat happier, but whether it makes your life more meaningful depends on how you spend it.

3. Quality relationships make us happier.

Harvard University psychiatrist Robert Waldinger conducted a 75-year multigenerational study of students at Harvard and people from Boston’s poorest neighborhoods to determine the causes of health and happiness. He found that the quality of relationships was strongly connected to happiness. Lonely people were less happy and had poorer health, and people with higher-quality social ties were the happiest. But it wasn’t just having a relationship, but having one with a stable and consistently caring person that made the difference. Having lots of acquaintances or being in a relationship with an unreliable or abusive partner did not make people happier.

4. Happy people are more successful.

New research shows that happier people are more productive at work, and more creative and energized than less happy peers. A recent study by economists at the University of Warwick found that workplace interventions to increase happiness made people 12 percent more productive. In another study, they found that employees who were unhappy due to recent life events were 10 percent less productive. Researcher Shawn Achor claims in a TEDx talk that it isn’t success that makes us happy, but happiness that makes us successful. Optimism is the greatest predictor of success as an entrepreneur: It helps you tolerate the down times and maintain your vision even when things don’t go your way. According to Achor, "Only 25 percent of job success is based upon IQ. Seventy-five percent is about how your brain believes your behavior matters, connects to other people, and manages stress.”

5. There are proven ways to increase happiness.
Researchers have found that practicing certain actions, deliberately seeking out positive states of mind, and improving the quality of our relationships can make us happier. These habits require consistent efforts over time: Savor your daily experiences. Pause to delight in the smell of a flower, the sight of a hummingbird, or, like Proust, the taste of a madeleine.

Get involved in meaningful volunteer activities. Research shows that giving to others can make the giver and the receiver feel happier (and seeing less fortunate people can make you more grateful for what you have).

Find a more optimistic point of view. Is there a way to look at your life with more hope or appreciation? Can you focus on your strengths and achievements rather than beating yourself up for your failures?

Practice gratitude. Research shows that writing daily or weekly gratitude diaries or writing letters of appreciation can improve your mood and health.

Meditate. Meditation actually changes areas of the brain related to managing stress and regulating mood. Long-term meditators are more able to find and maintain positive states like joy and compassion. Studies by Richard Davidson and colleagues found that long-term meditators also have increased brain activity in areas related to happiness.

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This Soul Sunday post comes from Psychology Today and was written by Melanie Greenberg.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Monday Musings

Maybe I should rename is Tuesday as that's when I seem to actually write.

Weather has been so summer like it's been unreal, hot and humid.  Of course this summer girl is enjoying it but hear the cool fall like weather will be making a return soon.  In the meantime, I will try to bask in this warmth!

The week was super busy. Although did have Thursday off but feel is went by quick as I seemed to be watering lawn all day, catching up on errands, hanging shelves and art.  Hanging the shelves took a little bit of power, sometimes have bigger ideas and plans than my 100 lb self can tackle by itself.

Honestly I do probably ten times the amount of work around here compared to the man but hey whose keeping count. ;)  In fact, he took off Friday and is home today too.  It's really nice to have a job with an open vacation policy.  We are talking no maximum days off they can take whatever they want.  It fits his personality perfectly. (though it's kind of funny as he actually complains about others taking off too many days) ha

Friday the niece came over with the nephew so it was a real busy day.  We were pretty much constantly on the go.  Checked out a bigger local park, this one we had to drive too but it was worth it as the kids loved it.  Had a much bigger jungle gym and this cool safety town where kids can ride bikes or big wheels.  It has buildings with lined streets to replicate the real thing. Honestly give me a big wheel and I could have spent some quality time riding around the mini streets.  Total kid at heart.

Saturday the man and I were all over.  Conshohocken for a funfest, stopped by a cool candy store filled with all types of old school candy and then a trip to Villanova to pick up some things at their bookstore.  Followed by a visit to the Campus Corner which has one of the best cheesesteaks in Philly and is quite popular with Villanova students.  Then the night was pretty much filled with watching college football and watering the lawn.  And of course eating the candy for dessert. Would have liked to had the man for dessert too but the guy was too tired, imagine that. ;)

Sunday I had enough of all this NFL bs, seriously our athletes and celebrities get paid to entertain not to preach politics and disrespect this country.  Find other ways to protest their causes but don't impose their views on others who are tuning into watch sports for fun and escape reality for a little.  So for first time ever I just boycotted watching.  Maybe that's what this country needs to turn off their tvs, phones, computers and do more!  That's the thing everyone complains, protests, whines about what's wrong in world but what do any of us actually do to bring about real change?

Do people in this country even realize how good they have it compared to other countries?  Hey the United States isn't perfect by any means, and there is still a lot of work to be done in certain areas but it's a better than a lot of the world deals with everyday.  Think many people in the United States take for granted what they have, and don't even realize how much others have sacrificed to obtain those things. Anyway....

Not watching felt good as I got a whole lot more accomplished and had fun. Went for a long bike ride, tried a new recipe for slow cooker, baked some carrot cake cupcakes, continued watering the lawn, caught up on a bunch of other household stuff and well you get the gist.

Did I mention I'm rather over watering at this point.  Aerating and overseeding are great for a lawn but gosh it's a lot of watering.  Though at least the grass is starting to sprout in some areas already, it's nice to the fruits after putting in the labor.

Well there is a lot still to do so that's about it for now.














Sunday, September 24, 2017

United We Stand

As I turn on the news to see grown men arguing about standing for the national anthem I simply shake my head at the absurdity of it all.  When I hear about protests that turn violent I am not only disgusted but embarrassed for our country.  Honestly the animals of this country act better than the humans.  It's hard to believe humans resort to such childish, immature ways. Seriously have we become that uneducated and uncivilized?

What's even crazier is how the serious issues of this country get so overlooked and spiral more out of control.  What happened to united we stand?

The United States faces daily violence occurring to many innocent people, is in middle of a major drug epidemic, has an overwhelming number of citizens who are homeless and living on streets, has people who cannot afford basic health insurance or proper medical care, has an education system that is falling behind other countries, is filled with corruption especially our political system, and well hopefully by now you get the gist of where I'm going with this.

Seriously our politicians and athletes are going to squabble over the national anthem instead of talking about and trying to solve the real serious issues of this country.   They are going to boycott such events as going to the white house, instead of using it as an opportunity to sit down and discuss the real issues.  What does avoiding and boycotting anything accomplish?  And what does having spats back and forth on social media really accomplish either? 

Lets take the flag for a moment the thirteen stripes represent the original thirteen colonies that declared independence from England; fifty stars symbolize the current 50 United States. White signifies purity and innocence, red signifies valor and bravery; and blue signifies vigilance, perseverance, and justice. It has become a powerful symbol of Americanism and represents the land of the free.

Yes the land of the free where supposedly we are free to protest whatever we want, say whatever we want and so on. But freedom comes with a price I suppose because ones freedom of expression can directly insult another's causing further divide. We don't all have to think the same or agree on everything but should be able to find a way to respect each other.  Not sit on social media like these men are doing, and calling each other out like little boys. Two wrongs don't make a right.  Come on sit down like real men, discuss the real issues and devise ways to solve them. Develop a plan of action that involves everyone.

Truth is the United States if like a house of sorts and the citizens of it are in many ways a family. Within that family is going to be huge amounts of dysfunction but that's what we all have to learn to work through together. Kind of like marriage right as for better or worse you stick by each other. You work your ass off to deal with and try to solve the issues that might develop. But you also find a way to show respect for each other and the differences that exist as well. 

Problem is there is no respect.  No one has respect for anything or anyone these days. And that needs to change. Our political parties are a complete and utter embarrassment, how can they not find a way to work together to help all the struggling american people?  Better yet how can they live with themselves everyday knowing the corruption that exists and all the bs lies they spew?  It's not just one parties, it both parties. Enough is enough, why are we electing these people who accomplish so little and are willing to sell out for money and big corporations?  We need to call everyone, including all our politicians out when they don't do the right thing.  Number one rule for all should be follow the law or there will be consequences. And same consequences for all no matter who you are. 

And what about the NFL? We are a talking about a league that has been filled with controversial athletes over the years...domestic violence, violence in general, shootings, drug issues, dog fighting, rape, cheating, etc, issues the NFL refuses to truly take seriously.  It's not just the NFL it's other sports as well.  There are plenty of athletes who are not and will not ever be role models for ours kids but yet they are. It's time all of the sports world clean up their acts especially if they want to be true role models for our kids and advance their causes. Again show some respect for yourselves, for the people in your life and for the world around you.  Be the change first!

Colin Kaeperink started kneeling during the anthem because in his words "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color". Personally I think he could have choose a million other better ways to promote his cause than by disrespecting the national anthem which stands for the very freedoms our country stands on. 

Our forefathers fought hard the freedoms we experience and often times take for granted today. And our military continue to fight for those kinds of freedoms all across the world. So is it really too much to ask that everyone show some respect for those freedoms and the very people who gave us those freedoms, by simply standing for the national anthem and having respect for our flag?

My father got drafted in the Vietnam War, my grandfather's and uncle both fought in various wars. Do you think they had a choice, no but they took it like men and stood up for this country even though they might not have even agreed at the time.  So why can't our NFL players stand up like men on the field and fight their causes off field in intelligent ways that might actually accomplish real change other than dividing this country even further? 

Think about it besides kneeling during the national anthem what has Kaepernick really done to solve this issues of racial inequality that he feels is a huge problem in this country? It's one thing to kneel but how about he actually take some real action to advance his cause, no? If you are going to cause such divide in this country by kneeling the for anthem, than start being a man and working to actually fix the problems you believe exist in this country. 

It's like all these protesters who go out causing disruption and violence, what are they really achieving but more division and hate in this country?  There are much better ways to try to achieve change than such barbaric tactics..  Seriously until everyone finds a way to grow up, work together and find a way to compromise nothing is ever going to change. This tit for tat stuff obviously isn't working. 

Yes anyone can call out American for all it's problems but if they do, then actually do something about it. And maybe find a better way to express his outrage than by disrespecting the very thing that stands for freedom?  Like I said earlier the United States is riddled with serious issues that are only growing worse by the day.  Maybe these athletes could use their millions to put into advancing their causes and helping society rather just whining about what needs to change.

Love to see these same athletes and celebrities talk and do something about the daily violence that is occurring everyday, in every city and town across the country. Do they not care about all the innocent people, of all races losing their lives to senseless violence?  There are gangs controlling many streets yet don't see any of our athletes having the balls to call them out?   Or why not speak out against the rampant drug epidemic that is destroying this country?  Or how about all the homeless who need help?  What about all the kids born out of wedlock these days, who have no father figures in their lives? Or education that is failing our kids in many parts of the country, especially inner cities?  There are so many issues that needs addressing, yet our athletes and so called celebrities are going to bitch about Trump? Come on everyone needs to get it together. 

Our athletes and even celebrities get paid millions, yet they continually seem to always find a way to whine about something.  Our military who put their lives on the line everyday get paid little and you rarely hear them whining. The very men and women who are fighting for our freedoms. It's crazy to think about. And  exactly why I am disgusted that any player would choose to kneel during the national anthem. 

Let's all start showing a little more respect for each other, starting being the change. 


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Oh, say can you see,
By the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed,
At the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars,
Through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched,
Were so gallantly streaming.
And the rocket's red glare,
The bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night,
That our flag was still there.
Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave,
For the land of the free, and the home of the brave.






Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday Musings

Weather has been warm which is nice for summer people like me. :)

The week was overall busy, between the nephew, Cooper and trying to still work on small things around the house it went fast.  Just placed an order for shelving for our dining area, hoping it works out and looks like I envision.  Our kitchen and living room are very open concept, though that seems to be the popular thing these days I find it harder to situate furniture and decorate such rooms.  The man and I both prefer more defined rooms.

It's amazing all the little things we do during a day, often times I don't even take the time to write about all the things on my schedules or to do list or what I'm working on daily. Kinda of just give a general synopsis half the time.  Funny how that works I will share some things but not others.

Today I'm feeling exhausted and sore.  While Saturday started off good with a nice long walk with Cooper, followed by some grocery shopping and a nice cinnamon breakfast it quickly involved more work than I was desiring.  Especially given I cleaned the entire house early evening Friday.

Since we are getting our lawn aerated it first had to be cut short and bagged.  Well the man waited two weeks, instead of doing it in small increments like I suggested. (because if you don't have a degree in it the man for some reason doesn't listen to anyones advice) ha  By waiting as he did bagging became a major chore, and there was so much grass the bag couldn't even handle it. Clumps of wet grass as he didn't even wait until it was dry to cut.  Which required me to help rake as the man was in over his head.

Since the weather was so hot and humid it made the task seem even harder. And what a mess it left the lawn and mower, the man has no clue that the mower has to be cleaned when clumps of grass are stuck to it like that...he just puts in back in shed.  He may have a MBA but kind of needs a degree in common sense at times

By Saturday afternoon we were both wiped and could barely move.  Needless to say there were naps and we pretty much didn't leave the sofa the rest of the day.  Not sure if the man even realized how much work he made for him and I by prolonging cutting like he did. Anyway....

Sunday was all about some laundry, followed by a day of relaxing while watching football.  Got my super soft blanket out, reclined the sofa and snuggled into it.  Watched some Eagles, took a power nap, made some mac and cheese with a new chicken dish and tried not to do too much physical stuff.

Monday was all about the nephew.  And after he left it was all about the lawn again, had to touch up spots the man had left chunky. Oh and weed whack with scissors as the man could not get the weed whacker to start, my dad stopped by as well and he gave it a try but nothing either.  So had to resort to using some big scissors.  Weed whackers always seem to come with issues, someone needs to a design a hassle free one.  Needless to say now I'm really feel wiped, even making dinner felt tedious tonight. Doing nothing sounds good about now but probably not going to happen.

American Ninja Warrior finals are tonight, though only one woman made it.  Which is kind of disappointing because as a woman I like to see other woman succeed in such physical challenges, even have my favorites who compete on the show. The obstacles seem to keep getting harder which sometimes isn't good as you want to see people finish the courses too.  It's a show worth checking out though, find watching it just makes you want to get in shape and try it. Though given most who compete seem to be in major shape, with some major muscle it would take a little bit of work!

Trying to find some new shows to watch this season as so many of the ones I've watched have seemed to retire.  Always looking for suggestions for good shows, please share if you know of any. :)




Sunday, September 17, 2017

Soul Sunday

A desire is anything but frivolous. It is the interface between you and that
which is greater than you. No desire is meaningless or inconsequential.

If it pulls you, even a little bit, it will take everyone higher. Desire is where
the Divine lives, inside the inspiration of your desire. Every desire is
of profound importance with huge consequences, and deserves your
attention.

Sometimes desire can feel like a wave overwhelming the soul, 
other times like a wave for the soul to ride.

As is your desire, so is your will.
As is your will, so is your deed.
As is your deed,
so is your destiny.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes! 

Tabitha is a Dachshund/Chihuahua  mix who is around 9 years old.  This sweet girl deserves a soft bed and family who will care for her.  Please lets find her a loving home!

Tabitha - Los Angeles, CA

TABITHA
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
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Bowtruckle  is a Hound mix who is 2 years old.  He loves getting kisses from all the misses. Contrary to his magnificently large ears, this 2 year old boy is deaf; but nothing can stop this magical mutt.  Bowie is currently mastering his sign language commands while working on his city manners.  The lowrider pup is always goofing off with his foster siblings, is super sweet with humans, and loves to kiss all up on everyone. Please lets find him a great home!

Bowtruckle - Brooklyn, NY

Bowtruckle
Badass Animal Rescue
Brooklyn, NY 11249
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Stroganoff is a Terrier mix who is around 6-9 years old and only 7lbs. He's really tiny and has a big personality. It looks to us like he would really like to be the king in his castle, and everyone will work for him. That being said, he could live with teenaged, dog familiar kids. He hasn't mentioned any feeling about cats yet. He's a very chatty little man and is a little reactive to other dogs. Please lets find him a good home!

Stroganoff - Philadelphia, PA

Stroganoff
Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 238-9901
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Buster Brown is a Dachshund. Buster was rescued from a small town shelter after he was dumped by his family. He was a little on the chubby side but otherwise happy and glad to be sprung. He is house trained, good with dogs and kids. He was in serious need of a dental and the cost was over the top - he had a lot of extractions.  But the good news is he has a healthy mouth and won't be needing a lot of vetting in the future. Buster is an easy going and loving man that wants nothing but to please his humans. Give this guy a chance he won't disappoint you. Please lets find him a loving home!

Buster Brown - Pearland, TX

Buster Brown
All Texas Dachshund Rescue
P.O. Box 841336
Pearland, TX 77584


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, September 11, 2017

Monday Musings

Ah it seems the Fall weather is upon us, overall the temperatures have been cooler and even noticed some trees starting to change color.  Summer needs to be longer!

So I'm sitting in the guest bedroom, which has no tv I might add, writing this and it feels way past when I'm normally dozing. ha  Why you might ask because the man's football team is playing and game started at 1030pm.  Seriously why does the NFL and even NCAA Football have to start games so dang late?  Do they realize it interferes with sleep for many?

The conundrum is if I stay up and watch game I will be tired. Yet the man staying up to watch the game may interfere with my sleep anyway.  When he watches a game it's like being live at the stadium...he yells at tv, claps ridiculously loud and makes it impossible to watch anything else. So either way I feel like my sleep will be messed up, hence why I despise late games!  haha  And the man is notorious for staying up late to watch games that don't even involve his team, those are the ones that drive me most nuts. But that's what happens when you live with a over the top obsessed sports fan. And by the way obsessed is putting it lightly.

The nephew has been keeping me real busy, but a good fun busy.  As I've said before he sure enlightens my world, our world in ways we never knew possible.  He brings this happy little energy which just brightens up the world.

Saturday we went to a local Polish festival with my sister and her family.  It was a carnival of sorts with games, rides, crafts and even dancing.  It was a beautiful Fall day which made it perfect for such an event.  The rides were a tad disappointing compared to other carnivals we have been to as they didn't have a lot of adult rides or variety.  Afterwards the man and I watched some football. And I made this scrumptious homemade pancake dinner complete with home fries and all vegan bacon. Though we both fell asleep rather early.

Sunday I did more outdoor work, trying to prepare the lawn for aeration.  Something I don't think any of the former owners even did. We have a lawn that is going to take a little bit of work to get in shape. Aerating and over seeding seem like a good place to start.

We keep saying we are going to have family and friends over for a bbq or party but some new house project always seems to pop up that we want to tackle before unveiling the house to everyone.  The man needs a little push when it comes to such things as his procrastinating ways can really impede progress.  We painted his office a few months ago and he still has yet to furnish or set it up.  I'm telling you one big shot of testosterone a week might help give him the boost he needs.

Been watching all this hurricane coverage and just wondering why do they issue evacuations only to let reporters and media come into town and cover it live?  And what kind of human being loots places during such times? (oh wait they shouldn't be considered human beings if they do that right)  What is wrong with our society?  Media and thugs have one thing in common they are always looking to exploit situations.

As I listen to the crickets chirp tonight keep wondering will the world ever clean itself up?  As it just seems like things keep spiraling downward.  Our politicians are a joke, honestly they do nothing to actually help the average american.  They would rather focus on helping illegal immigrants then their own homeless citizens.  Crimes and drugs seems so rampant that not sure how they will ever fix those issues. And morals and virtues are things that have all but disappeared in our society.

Ugh why am I even going there. The more I think about such stuff the more it really bothers me.  Yet it's hard not to think about such stuff as the minute you sign online, turn on the tv or even radio one is bombarded by the reality of it all.

On that note before I go off on a much bigger tangent think I'll simply call it a night.

And yes for the American Ninja Warrior fans out there, I'm so disappointed that Jesse Graf didn't make it to the second part of finals.  She is my favorite chick on that show!

Photos will have to wait.






















Sunday, September 10, 2017

Soul Sunday

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, 
It's about learning to dance in the rain.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes! 

Dora and Mimi are Chihuahua mixes. Dora is 2 yrs old and 9 lbs Mimi is 7 yrs old and 8 1/2 lbs. Dora is a high energy level and housetrained dog. She likes to play with toys and chew them. She likes kids and adults; she just wants to be with you no matter your age or size. She´s a very social girl, so she gets along well with all sizes dogs. Dora would love to sleep with her owner just besides them, under her blankets. She would be willing to get a lot of kisses and go to walks with you every day, that´s why she behaves very well using a leash. She´s not a barker, she only barks when she hears another dog. She doesnt dig anything. She can be a great companion on your all day activities out of home because she likes car rides and is a smart and obedient dog, like a high energy dog she enjoys a lot to exercise and playing all day with you and with her toys.​ Mimi is a medium energy level dog. She is a house trained and a perfect companion for everybody. She loves to sleep with her owners just besides them, under her blankets. She would be willing to get a lot of kisses and go to walks with her owner every day, that´s why she behaves very well using a leash. She likes kids and adults; she just wants to be with you no matter your age or size. She´s a very social girl, so she gets along well with all sizes dogs. She uses to bark only when someone approximates to her house like a way to warn her family that visits are coming. She doesn't like to dig or chew anything. She can be a great companion for all day activities out of home because she likes car rides and is a smart and obedient dog. Mimi is the sweetest girl to love and cuddle all day long, a forever friend that can live up to 17 years old. She´s a social, adaptable and a loving dog to be with. Mimi would love to get adopted with her daughter Dora, they are inseparable. These girls are the perfect pair that any family would love to have. Please lets find them a loving home!

Dora and Mimi - Bells Garden, CA

MIMI
Miracle Dog Rescue
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
(323) 383-8883
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Sam is a Collie mix who is around 2 years old. Donning a fantastic ebony coat, and fluffy ears, it goes without say that he is a stunningly handsome pooch. Very much a spirited joker, Sam has a good sense of humor about him. Always up for a game or a prank, it’s hard not to laugh and be amused when spending time with him. Silliness aside, Sam has a heart of gold underneath, and cannot wait to share his love with his friends. He’s equal parts fun and affection. Although it never gets him down, Sam is currently under treatment for heartworm here, and is looking for a family that will upkeep with his care in the adoptive home. Bideawee will cover the cost, as long as it’s done at our Animal Hospital, as long as his adopter can give him the love and TLC he so deserves in the meantime. Please lets find him a great home!

Sam - Westhampton, NY

Sam (Westhampton)
Bideawee Inc. Manhattan
410 E. 38th St. between 1st Ave. & FDR Dr.
New York, NY 10016
(866) 262-8133
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Sue is a Jack Russell Terrier mix she is around 2 - 3 yrs old and 9 lbs. Shewas turned in to a SC shelter by her owner who only said she had her a long time when asked why she was surrendering Sue. Sue is very sweet and loves to sit in your lap. Please lets find her a good home!

Sue - Doylestown, PA

Sue
Almost Home Dog Rescue
PO Box 132
Doylestown, pa 18901
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Wallaby is a Dachshund mix who is 2 yrs old.  She would make the best of friend. She is even great in her crate at night, not even a peep. She doesn't have any accidents at night as long as you let her out as soon as you get up!  She is still learning during the day but if her belly band is on she knows to try and hold it. She is learning no, but seem to understand a stern hey a little better.  She gets along well with her two foster sibs, which is a pretty big deal because they're a tough crowd. She is not high maintenance at all. She loves to just be with people. She is shy at first so it may take me a few days to show you her true spirit. Which is fun, gently playful, soft hearted, and eager to befriend. She loves laying in bed or laps. Please lets find her loving home!

Wallaby - Houston, TX

Wallaby
K-9 Angels Rescue, Inc.
9415 Winsome Ln
Houston, TX 77063


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, September 5, 2017

Monday Musings

Weather has heated up again enjoying this heat and humidity but unfortunately Fall is right around corner and temperatures will be falling again tomorrow, not to mention rain is in forecast as well.

Holiday weekends mess with the whole week so today feels like Monday. :)

So hard to believe summer is coming to a close, how is that possible?  Are schools really back in session?  Why does it seem like of all the seasons summer always seems to go way too fast?  

Last week I watched the nephew and niece for a few days, when I have them both it turns into a somewhat crazy day as the little guy doesn't like to nap when sister is with him.  And sister likes to keep busy so it's hard to come up with things to keep her busy.  But we managed to have fun for everyone. 

Spent much of the weekend trying to clean things up and organize the house.  Sometimes I just reach a point where I need to know everything is  sparkling clean, especially the floor as it drives me crazy to walk on crumbs and sticky stuff. :)

The man woke up very congested on Saturday morning and just didn't feel all that great all weekend. Wish he would take the vitamins I bought him. He thinks nothing of taking aleve, tylenol, over the counter cold stuff yet vitamins would do him even better.  Shutter to think that colds are already circulating.  Then again went to a doctors appointment last week that seemed to be filled with stuffed up, coughing people. Hello that's panic city for a germ phob like me! 

The man and I visited friends on Sunday they bought a new house months ago and we were excited to see it.  Monday we tried to search for some bargains and even art for our house but the stores were more crowded than we anticipated.  The long lines were a turn off so we didn't buy anything. 

The nephew is back for the school year. Time to not only play but help him learn a bunch of things too!  It's so cute to watch him interact with Cooper, they love to just follow each other around. Cooper especially loves when Dylan drops him treats.  

Meanwhile praying that Houston gets the help it needs, think that every millionaire celebrity, athlete, politician, etc.,should simply pick a few families and help them build new homes.  That way the money goes directly to the individuals that need it and doesn't have to go through all the red tape of organizations.  Many people from the Sandy hurricane in New Jersey still haven't gotten reimbursed or even have their places of residences back up yet. It shouldn't have to take that long but yet it always does.  We need our government and charities to find more efficient ways to run things.

Oh and wanted to talk about Big Brother the show the man loves and I watch because it makes him happy has gone off the deep end this season but I'll wait to talk about that in another post.  

For now I'm tired, got laundry to do and just want to relax with Cooper! 























Sunday, September 3, 2017

Soul Sunday

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.

We know we cannot be kind to animals until we stop exploiting them -- exploiting animals in the name of science, exploiting animals in the name of sport, exploiting animals in the name of fashion, and yes, exploiting animals in the name of food.

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The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.

We must open our souls to the reality of what is happening around the world to helpless animals, we must seek justice, and fight to help and protect the innocent animals of the world.  

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Monday Musings

Is it still summer as you would never know here.  Fall like temperatures have descended upon the area leaving the air feeling rather chilly.

Things have been rather busy around here.  There have been a few days spent watching my nephew. The man and I spent last weekend looking for a new car as his 14 year old bmw reached the point of not being worth what it would cost to fix.  Trust me it needs some serious work....two new catalytic converters, four new tires, leaking sun roof needs fixing and radio won't shut off.  The list of things just continued growing leaving him with no choice but to look for a new car.

The man loves his bmw but a luxury car just doesn't seem to fit right now, so he tried to find a car he liked that was a little more affordable and made in America.  Not exactly an easy task these days.  He came up with the dodge charger.  In fact we spent all last Saturday trying to negotiate a deal.  Not feeling completely sure we walked away but he began more negotiations on phone eventually getting car to price point he needed.  We decided a lease would be a better option to make sure he likes the car.  So Wednesday he went to pick it up in New Jersey.

Thursday and Friday the man had off again, all these days off I wish we could have used to visit the beach.  Thursday we did some outdoor work, and things around here. Friday the nephew spent the day with us, so there was a lot of playing!  Friday night the parents came over to join us for dinner.  My sister and brother in law took my niece on a little mini vacation to the water park at camelback.

Saturday was our anniversary.  The man did good.  He gave me a beautiful card, some very thoughtful gifts and we spent the day window shopping in New Hope.  Followed I might add by a romantic dinner, the restaurant even put rose petals on the table and took a complimentary photo of us.  Overall could not have asked for a better anniversary, it truly was a great day.

Sunday we pretty much just chilled out, I took a bike ride, did some stuff around the house and made sure Cooper got some good play.

Monday had a doctors appointment where I waited 45 mins, which is what seems the norm these days.  Followed by some grocery shopping, bike ride and eventually gave in to sorting through all the paper work that seems to always pile up.  Weren't computers suppose to reduce paper waste?

Honestly not feeling like talking about my world though as there's just so much more I want to write about what's going on in the world but think I'll keep that for another day.  Really beginning to wonder if the world has gone mad though.  In some many ways just wonder what has happened to humanity.  Think on that note I'll just let the writing go for today.








Saturday, August 26, 2017

Anniversaries

It's funny how things change as years ago anniversaries meant little to me. Now I realize the significance of them, and wonder why I didn't understand sooner.  Certain anniversaries have now come to hold such a special and unique place in my heart.

Even when it came to wedding anniversaries never gave them much thought, though probably not many unmarried people do. Yet in a society where our divorce rate is over 50% the importance of celebrating and honoring them makes sense now. Every year that a couple stays together in this day and age seems almost like a miracle of sorts.

The man isn't always one for holidays, or making a big deal of them. But he seemed to take our anniversary seriously. The thought he put into it really made the day even more special. Honestly was happily surprised as he created such a perfect day.

He bought me the most meaningful gifts, followed by a nice day walking around in quaint New Hope, followed by a romantic dinner in a very nice restaurant. (where I might add we got a quiet table on the balcony with rose petals on the table and because it was a special occasion the place even took a complimentary photo)   Never imagined him planning such an anniversary, yet he did and that speaks volumes.

Actions really do speak louder than words. Though in this case the words of his card were just as beautiful.

Though it's our first married anniversary we have been together awhile, maybe even longer than many married couples. And here's my thoughts....

After over a decade together, despite being almost complete opposites, some very tough challenges along the way and a rather road less traveled life..here we are. Love some how finds a way.....



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes! 

Oso is a German Shepherd who is around 2 years old.  He is sitting at a high kill shelter hoping to find a nice home, with a fenced in yard he can run around in. And a family to play and snuggle with.  Please lets find him a loving home!

Oso - Los Angeles, CA

OSO
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
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Newton is a Jack Russell Terrier mix who is 5 years old. He has a gorgeous tri-colored coat and a fantastically friendly personality. This handsome pup is always ready for the next adventure whether it's a long walk in the park, a trip to the beach, or hiking in a forest, Newton just wants to be by your side. Newton is a happy and charming guy but he can be slightly timid at first. Around new people and in new environments it can take Newton some time to open up. But after you've spent some time with him and given him a few of his favorite treats, Newton's true colors begin to show. Then he'll run up to you and put his head right in your lap - which is Newton's way of telling you that he would like to be scratched. Newton likes some dogs but not all, so we recommend a meet and greet if you have a dog at home. Please lets find him a great home!

Newton - Manhattan, NY

Newton (Manhattan)
Bideawee Inc. Manhattan
410 E. 38th St. between 1st Ave. & FDR Dr.
New York, NY 10016
(866) 262-8133
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Joy and Jetson are both mix breeds who are around 5 years old and under 30 lbs. They are looking for a new home because their owner was recently became sick. He can no longer care for his two dogs and he is devastated. According to the paperwork on Jetson, he is a beagle mix although he looks nothing like a beagle.They are extremely bonded and will not do well if separated. Joy looks like a mini retriever if there such a thing. Both are good with people and kids. Not sure about cats since they have never been around any. They are both hyper and love to play with each other. Both are house broken and crate trained. At five they still like to sleep in the crate. Please lets find them a good home!

Joy and Jetson - Doylestown, PA

Joy and Jetson
Almost Home Dog Rescue
PO Box 132
Doylestown, pa 18901
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Mr. Smiley is a Border Terrier mix. He loves to smile. He was left behind by his previous owners but luckily he got swooped up by AARF rescue and they got him all fixed up. He loves to play and cuddle with you all day every day. Please lets find him a loving home!

Mr Smiley - Houston, TX

Mr. Smiley
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

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Soul Sunday

Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.

Be careful with your words. Once they are said, they can be only forgiven, not forgotten.  One of the main tasks of life is to find words that do not divide but unite, that do not create conflict but unity, that do not hurt but heal.

Your words have power. Speak words that are kind, loving, positive, uplifting, encouraging, and life giving. The best word shakers were the ones who understood the true power of words. They were the ones who could climb the highest. Remember the words you choose to use are a direct reflection of you and your soul.  

No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world. Though the path to change starts with words of love not hate. 

“When the road gets dark - And you can no longer see - Just let my love throw a spark - And have a little faith in me.”

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Woof Wednesday


Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes! 

Dora and Mimi are Chihuahua mixes. Dora is 2 yrs old and Mimi is 7 years old. Dora is is a high energy level and housetrained dog. She likes to play with toys and chew them. She likes kids and adults; she just wants to be with you no matter your age or size. She´s a very social girl, so she gets along well with all sizes dogs. Dora would love to sleep with her owner just besides them, under her blankets. She would be willing to get a lot of kisses and go to walks with you every day, that´s why she behaves very well using a leash. She´s not a barker, she only barks when she hears another dog. She doesn´t dig anything. She can be a great companion on your all day activities out of home because she likes car rides and is a smart and obedient dog, like a high energy dog she enjoys a lot to exercise and playing all day with you and with her toys. ​Mimi is a medium energy level dog. is a house trained and a perfect companion for everybody. She loves to sleep with her owners just besides them, under her blankets. She would be willing to get a lot of kisses and go to walks with her owner every day, that´s why she behaves very well using a leash. She likes kids and adults; she just wants to be with you no matter your age or size. She´s a very social girl, so she gets along well with all sizes dogs. She uses to bark only when someone approximates to her house like a way to warn her family that visits are coming. She doesn´t like to dig or chew anything. She can be a great companion for all day activities out of home because she likes car rides and is a smart and obedient dog. Mimi is the sweetest girl to love and cuddle all day long, a forever friend that can live up to 17 years old. She´s a social, adaptable and a loving dog to be with. Mimi would love to get adopted with her daughter Dora, they are inseparable. These girls are the perfect pair that any family would love to have. Please lets find them a loving home!


Dora and Mimi - Bells Garden, CA

MIMI
Miracle Dog Rescue
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
(323) 383-8883
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Bruno is a Boxer mix who is 12 months old. He is very sweet, gentle, playful, loves his toys, and is great with other dogs and people. He is learning his manners and loves to please, very easy to train. He gets along with other dogs as you can see from the photos. He would be a wonderful addition to your family, he is happy and fun loving. Please lets find him a great home!

Bruno - New York, NY

BRUNO
NY Pet-I-Care inc.
301 East 22nd Street
NYC, NY 10010
(212) 614-7194
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Layla is a beautiful, one year old, 75lb female black lab. She is spayed and up to date on all of her vaccinations. She did not have the best start to her young life. She spent 20+ hours a day in a crate in her first home, but that all changed when she came into rescue and foster care. She started her training with her foster family and has made wonderful progress, but will need a family committed to continuing her training. Layla loves to play fetch and would play all day if you let her. She also loves to play tug and will give you a great arm workout if you play with her! Layla is a young and active dog and would do best with a family that likes to be active and to exercise her daily. She loves running around the backyard with her foster family, and her ideal family would have a place for her to run too. Layla is currently residing with a foster fur-sister, but she did not have any exposure to other dogs prior to coming into foster care. She would probably do best as an only dog in the home. She promises to keep you entertained with her antics and enthusiasm. Layla has learned so much in her time in foster care. She is still easily excited and would do best in a calmer home. Layla is working on appropriate greetings, aka not jumping. She has made progress, but she does have a knockdown factor. She is a champion cuddler and when Layla is ready to relax, she will snuggle on the couch with her people. Layla is looking for a calm, structured home with lots of love, exercise and training.  Please lets find her a good home!

Layla - Doylestown, PA

Layla
Brookline Labrador Retriever Rescue
P.O. Box 638
Warrington, PA 18976
(215) 343-6087
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Sophie is a Silky Terrier mix. She is confident, friendly and fun loving. From her incredible ears to the tip of her stubby little tail (which is always wagging), she is full of love. Smart, confident and funny. She is definitely an "alpha", and thinks nothing of going up to the larger dogs and barking in their face to get their attention. Sophie was rescued from a very bad situation. She had been used as a breeder, then given to some not nice people along with 4 pups. Very skinny, yet still trying to nurse her precious babies. She has filled out nicely and becoming more beautiful each day!. Her lovely hair had been cut short, and once it begins to grow, she will be groomed correctly. It still doesn't take away from how pretty she is. She loves being next to her foster mom and follows her everywhere. The other dogs in house are just amazed at her prance as she goes from room to room. She would do really well as an only dog, or with another dog that is calm. If you're looking to add a small, smart, lovable girl to your family she is the one.  Please lets find her a loving home. 

Sophie - Houston, TX

Miss Sophie
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
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