Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Woof Wednesday

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

Nala is a Terrier mix who is around one years old. She is just sitting at the over crowded shelter hoping for a family. Please lets find her a loving home!

Nala - Los Angeles, CA

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

Sunshine is an adorable medium sized hound mix that was relinquished to a shelter along with her siblings and father Ace as the owner could not care for them. Sunshine and Ace had only a few hours left in the shelter and we were asked to help them both. We are happy to be able to welcome Sunshine who is 3 years old and Ace who is 6 years old. Sunshine is a very happy and lovable girl who is just looking for a family to call her own who will take care of her and love her. She is a playful, gorgeous girl. He is a playful boy but calms down and wants to hang out. They were interested in the cat but only briefly and mostly to play. Please lets find them a great home!

Ace and Sunshine - Cherry Hill, NJ

Greyhound Friends of NJ, Inc.
PO BOX 4416
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
(732) 356-4370

Marlon Brando is a Labrador Retriever mix. He has one of the sweetest, gentlest souls we’ve ever met. Marlon is an absolute ham with people, and he all he wants in life is the pleasure of your company. Whether it’s a long, leisurely walk, or cuddling up with you, he is content to spend the day by your side. He's house trained and good with kids.  Poor Marlon came into Bideawee originally in desperate need of medical care. He was suffering from an undiagnosed condition, and his skin was in terrible shape. Thanks to the hardworking team at Bideawee, he has been diagnosed, treated, and his coat is amazingly improved. Marlon is looking for a family that can continue to treat his condition, and who will give him the loving, patient home that he so deserves. Please lets find him a good home!

Marlon Brando - New York

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

Joy and Jetson are Terrier mixes who are looking for a new home because their owner is sick. He can no longer care for his two dogs and he is devastated.  Both are about 5 years old. They are extremely bonded and will not do well if separated. Both are under 30 pounds. 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 loving home!

Jetson and Joy - Doylestown, PA

Jetson and Joy
Almost Home Dog Rescue
PO Box 132
Doylestown, pa 18901

Astrid is a Miniature Schnauzer Terrier mix who is about 5 months old and weigh about 8 lbs with natural ears and tail. She is a little timid of people, but once she knows you, she is a snuggling monster and love being held on your lap. She was pee pad trained, but is learning about grass and the great outdoors. My foster mom thinks I’m adorable and very sweet. Please lets find her a great home!

Astrid - Spring, TX

Schnauzer & Friends Rescue, Inc. dba Schnauzer Rescue of Texas
P. O Box 8583
Spring, TX 77387

No paw left behind our mission!

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

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

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday Musings

The weather is hot and humid with supposedly severe storms later.  In fact the local weather channel just has listed damaging storms for the Philly area.  Doesn't exactly sound fun, not fond of such storms. 

This is the first Monday in awhile without the nephew here. Cooper kept looking out the window expecting his buddy to arrive, think he was a little disappointed.  And day hasn't been nearly as fun or exciting without the little nephew. 

So instead of sitting around dwelling I tried to get right to my next project...tackling the steps. As you recall we took the carpet, as well as all the nails and tacks up in the Fall. Then I sanded each step which turned into a real project. Just kind of been waiting on a good time to paint them. Was also trying to decide on a color.  Went with a darker grey for the step part, which matches the grey rustic floor we installed, the back and sides of step will be white.

Even though the steps were covered by carpet at one time they had a stain on them.  So after sanding they require a primer which is what I applied today.  In fact to be safe decided to do two coats of primer.  In my opinion it's good to let it set for a few days so they won't get their finished top coats right away.  Considering all the outside mulching and work we did this weekend it felt like maybe I took on too much so couldn't wait to be done. ha

Afterwards I actually got to see the nephew for a little as my sister had to stop by to pick up their wheel barrow, we don't have a vehicle big enough to get it back to them.  So I got to see his little smiling self for a moment or two which is always nice.

Last week not only did I get to watch my nephew but my niece joined us for the day on Thursday. And the man was off that day as well.  We had some fun, even went to the park for a little. Everyone should visit the park it reminds you of the miracle of nature.  We saw baby toads and bunnies, wild flowers and appreciated the warm weather as we walked. It's good to get outside and be surrounded by nature. 

Friday the man and I finished mulching, think we were both exhausted after that.  It was good though as Saturday turned into a wash out with heavy rain on and off all day. Plus it was very humid.

Saturday we moved our mattress and box springs out in anticipation of our new bed frame arriving only to find out when it arrived it was damaged, Yup all that work for nothing.  Called Wayfair who said to just donate it, so now we are stuck trying to move and get rid of a large headboard. We thought it was a whole bed frame not just a headboard so that was disappointing as well.  Wayfair can be rather misleading in their photos.  In the meantime we ordered a similar bed from a local furniture store which really is a better price for what you get, hoping it arrives ok but you never know anymore. 

Since the bedroom was already torn apart I decided to use that opportunity to clean the bedroom and redo my closet.  The only downside to this new house is the closets as they are older, and we could really use two walk in closets but hey not going to complain.  Trying my best to downsize my clothes anyway.  It's crazy how many clothes I have collected that barely get worn.  I'm great for buying something simply because I like the color, plaid or floral print but not so much the fit. 

Sunday we ran an errand or two. Tried to relax a little, the man it a few golf balls. And watched the US Open which is why he took of Thursday and Friday in the first place.  He seriously can sit for hours watching sports. I of course like it too but eventually if it's not my team playing I get bored. There is only so much golf I can watch before wanting to go play!  

Today think it's all catching up to me as I'm feeling tired just trying to write this.  Interesting how I can feel tired yet still only be able to sleep four hours. I'm jealous of those types who can sleep a straight seven hours of refreshing sleep without tossing or turning. I couldn't even do that as a kid.

Anyway it's grown very dark here so looks like those storms have arrived.  Since I have the laptop charging it's getting unplugged as it's not in a surge protector at the moment. Good moment to go rest too. :)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Soul Sunday

Sometimes we should express our gratitude
 for the small and simple things
 like the scent of the rain,
or vibrant color of a sunrise,
 the taste of a favorite food,
 or the sound of a loved one's voice.
There is beauty in simplicity. 


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Yard Makeover

Not sure we ever imagined tackling the backyard as we have.  Remember when we first saw the house thinking the backyard may have too many trees, though I don't believe the man was as intimidated. He appreciates shade a little more, I was worried there wouldn't be ample light for flowers and gardens. 

When we first started clearing some of the pine trees it was mainly for Cooper. We didn't want him venturing under all the low hanging brush, quite frankly we weren't even sure what lurked under it all.  It was a real mess. 

We started out clearing a little, than the neighbor behind us joined in.  He said previous neighbors had let it become an overgrown mess, so he was more than willing to help.  He brought over his chain saw which allowed us to cut down even more branches.  Overall we took about 6 ft off the underside of each spruce. And all those branches and needles needed to be broken down to fit into bags to put out for lawn recycling waste.  It was a tedious process for sure.

Then we discovered years of pine type needles had accumulated under the trees, raking that all up was another big task. That took awhile, and it felt like more fell. We wondered whether we should just take them all down. But upon getting estimates we just didn't think it was worth it and weren't sure if we really wanted to give up the privacy they provided. Plus they are something green to look at when everything else is brown in the winter. 

After trimming it all what we discovered was a chain link fence behind it. Large neighbors dogs that backed up to our property diagonally on both sides.  Big, not overly friendly dogs.  Cooper seemed scared to even go near certain areas of yard. And I was some what afraid the one dog might even jump the fence.  So eventually we decided to put up a privacy fence that matched our neighbor on the side.  This way Cooper could have the whole yard to play and run. 

Luckily the weather provided unusually warm temperatures in February, we are talking 80's which is rare here. So we were able to take the chain link fence down and prepare to install a white privacy fence.  

Of course once that was accomplished we kept looking at thinking it still needed something.  So I planted shrubs that could handle the conditions and special soil of being under spruce trees.  As the weather continued to warm up the ticks became an issue.  Supposedly ticks are worse than ever this season. Of course it turns out they like pine type trees, and Cooper loves to hang under them. So after we coated the area with a bug treatment and blocked the area off for awhile.

We researched mulches and decided to try to go with a wood chip as ticks don't particularity like them.  Problem is the amount we needed would have cost us a lot.  So while walking the nephew in the park the other day I came across a tree company who was willing to give us around 10 yards for $75.  Quite the bargain compared to the $40 for one yard we were coming across. 

Literally two hours later the tree company was dumping their freshly ground wood chips on our driveway.  It basically took up a good portion of our driveway.  Wednesday we spent two hours in the evening and another four hours laying the wood chips.  The man shoveled them into a wheel barrow and dumped them, I raked them around the trees. 

We are rather sore and tired, as it was hard work.  Our neighbors were surprised we applied it as quickly as we did.  Think the the threat of rain in the forecast we didn't exactly have much of a choice as it would have weighed more when wet.

Wednesday, June 14, 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!

Jazzy is a Jack Russell Terrier mix who is around 1 year old.  She is sitting at an overcrowded local county shelter and really needs to find a family to call his own.  Please lets find her a loving home!

Jazzy - Los Angeles

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

Tobie is a Beagle/Bassett Hound mix who is around 4 years old. Tobie has lots of love to give. He 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

Best Friends Animal Society New York
New York City, NY 10011


Micky is a 1 year old, 23 lb. beagle/dachshund mix who is active and loves the outdoors. He is great little companion. He loves leash walks, squeaky toys, and playing and cuddling with his humans. He's initially a little shy in new situations but adjusts quickly. He gets along well with other dogs but we would not recommend Mickey being placed in a home with cats as he wants to chase them. He gives lots of kisses and is a good little watchdog.  Please lets find him a good home!

Mickey - Doylestown, PA

Almost Home Dog Rescue
PO Box 132
Doylestown, pa 18901

 Lilly Sue is a white miniature schnauzer who is about 12 years old and weighs about 12 lbs with natural ears and a docked tail. Her mom moved and said she couldn’t take her with her. She doesn't don’t understand why, but at least she is safe with SRT who is looking for someone who wants a sweet girl. She is house, crate and leash trained. She has been around little children and do fine with them, but really a senior girl doesn’t want to be bothered by toddlers, so older children please.  She is also good with other dogs and even cats. She is ready to cuddle with you. Please lets find her a loving home!

Lilly Sue - Houston, TX

Lilly Sue
Schnauzer & Friends Rescue, Inc. dba Schnauzer Rescue of Texas
P. O Box 8583
Spring, TX 77387

No paw left behind our mission!

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

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

Monday, June 12, 2017

Monday Musings

The hot, humid, sunny weather makes it feel like summer today and who doesn't love summer?   With predicted highs of anywhere from 95-98 it's going to be a scorcher so the man put on the a/c.  While the a/c feels nice on days like this I still prefer sitting outside and basking in the warm!

The nephew arrived later than normal today as he had an appointment with a GI specialist at Children's Hospital due to his low weight and very poor eating habits.  At almost 14 months he is still fitting into 0-3 months clothes and is on the low weight spectrum.  He doesn't want to eat much, even bottles are hit an miss.  So the doctors are worried he might not be absorbing his nutrients and are going to run some tests. :(

When I agreed to watch my nephew not sure anyone knew what to expect including me.  You know the man and I don't exactly have kids, though we do consider our dogs kids. ;)   And while I've made some questionable decisions in the past this has not been one of them.  In fact it's one of the best decisions I've ever made, the joy this little guy brings is indescribable.  He has enlightened my world in ways I never knew possible.  Look forward to our daily adventures together.

My sister is a teacher and she is done school this week.  Even writing that brings a flood of emotions to the surface as I'm going to miss spending my days with him. They aren't sure what the plan is for next school season.  I've given it plenty of thought, and have offered to watch him if they want. My niece was put in daycare at the age of one, which is what I think the original plan was for him. But honestly can't imagine this special dude having to go to daycare just yet.  Why be a number in a class room when you can be the center of attention and have daily adventures with your aunt every day. :)

Anyway....we'll see what happens.  But one thing is for sure I will miss him lots and am so glad to be both him and my nieces godmother as they both mean the world to me.

The weekend was rather busy.  Friday night we decided to try a new place to eat, the first place was packed to the point getting in the parking lot was a line.  So we hit up another one on our list Bar Louie. The place was packed too, though we at least got seated right away.  Overall the food was ok not spectacular and not a place we will be rushing to get back to anytime soon.

Saturday morning the man was busy working on yard stuff while I was busy in the kitchen making us some cold pasta and potatoes salads. Given the weather is so hot cold salads are perfect.  Even tried out a new pulled pork recipe in the slow cooker which was awesome!  We chilled our briefly in the afternoon before playing our first mini golf round of the season. Of course the man won. ha  Saturday evening he had this great idea to move the tv outside. The weather was perfect so we enjoyed a nice evening on the patio watching a movie on the stick. Why Me was actually rather funny, and kept us laughing throughout the entire movie.  Good choice, good night.

Sunday was all about relaxing for the man.  He wanted to watch some soccer and golf.  While I cleaned out the garage, did some laundry and relaxed on the patio.  Sunday evening the man wanted to watch the hockey game though I didn't as just felt like the Penguins were going to win. Tired of the same old teams winning it and really wanted to see Nashville win. We kind of flipped around a little watching a little bit of everything as we tried to unwind for the evening.

Wish the weather could stay this sunny and warm year round.  Everyone is in such better moods, seems to have more energy and wants to be doing.  Unlike winter where everyone seems to want to hibernate.  I find winter tough has as I'm always cold so it makes it hard to get motivated when all you want to do is sit under a warm blanket.  The lack of sunlight during winter hurts everyone. Winter always seems like the endless season. On beautiful days like I always think of moving back to San Diego or even Florida but that tie to my family is just so strong that whenever I've lived in those places always felt like something was missing. Without them there to enjoy it with it just wasn't the same.

Hopefully the man and I can take a vacation this summer, it's been a long time since we had a real vacation.  Just a few days at the beach would be nice. :)

For now though we are enjoying hanging out here.  (our extra tv got moved outside for movie night)

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Soul Sunday

Solitude is very different from a 'time-out' from our busy lives. Solitude is the very ground from which community grows. Whenever we pray alone, study, read, write, or simply spend quiet time away from the places where we interact with each other directly, we are potentially opened for a deeper intimacy with each other.

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.

Going to Sun Road, Glacier National Park, Montana - this is one of the most scenic roads you could ever drive on:

Monday, June 5, 2017

Monday Musings

Cloudy, cool and showers is the weather for the next few days.  Maybe it's good in a way as I'm feeling....


Pretty much every muscle in my body feels sore, especially my chest and ribs.  Literally feel as if I could lay on the couch for days, that's something I don't say too often.  Feeling both physically and mentally drained.  Ever since having that nasty cold a few months ago still think my body hasn't fully recovered, in fact the rib is still recovering.  And think the overall crazy, business of the weeks has all caught up.

Two weekends of digging out the ground cover and then mulching this weekend, was the last straw.  Going into it I was super sore but afterwards well exhaustion can only describe it. Everyone thinks they are in shape until they attempt to repeatedly do physical intensive work it's only then that they find out the truth.

It's in such moments I wish we were billionaires who had our own private chef and masseuse. Maybe even cleaning staff too. ha

Though I did  finally got to my hairstylist, who was able to correct what the hair cuttery chick did and brighten with some highlights as well which were long over do.

Friday night we enjoyed a nice dinner out at a new local restaurant followed by some delicious yogurt sundaes. Saturday we engaged in a lot of work, and yes the man helped out this weekend too. He's really not used to such outdoor work so he was exhausted as well.  Sunday was all about recovery and rest.

Today was back to hanging out with the nephew and my niece actually joined him.  So it was double duty.  If only the weather had cooperated and given us some sun so we could have went to the park. My nieces school was actually closed due to a shelter in place being issued for their local area.

Apparently a prisoner escaped during transport, seriously you can't make this stuff up anymore.  It sounds more out of a movie but it's true. If you are not familiar with a shelter in place it just means the local authorities warn people to stay in and not leave their houses. Turns out the guys dad helped him escaped by picking him up and dumping him in the middle of a drug riddled section of Philly. In case you are wondering what the guy was even in jail for that would be drug related offenses. The world has seriously gone crazy, don't even get me started on it.

That's about all I have in me right now, my arms and every other inch of me is screaming chill out.

Wednesday, May 31, 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!

Forest is a Dachshund / Poodle mix who is 2 years old.  He needs to find a home not sit in a cold, over crowded shelter.  Please lets find him a loving home!

Forest - Gardena, CA

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


Bowie is a hound mix who is young. He is so glad its the weekend so he can focus on what's really important - relaxing! Bowie is a Badass lowrider looking to find his Fantastic family. Bowie is deaf, but that doesn't stop him from being the life of the party! This boy loves goofing off with his foster siblings, is super sweet with humans, and loves to kiss all up on everyone. This magical mutt already knows a few commands in sign language, and is working on mastering his city manners. Please lets find him a great home!

Bowie - Brooklyn, NY

Badass Animal Rescue
Brooklyn, NY 11249

This is Penny , she came into the shelter as a stray , we guess her to be 1-2 and a small terrier mix, about 18-20 lbs, she is super sweet and such a cutie !! Sits on command and crate / kennel trained . She is active but also loves to snuggle. She was found on a farm and the family that found her said she was chasing chickens , so may not need to be around small animals.she loves people and is good with other dogs. Penny is higher energy so would love an active family, a  fenced yard and possibly a doggie buddy to play with. Please lets find him a good home!

Penny - Doylestown, PA

Almost Home Dog Rescue
PO Box 132
Doylestown, pa 18901

Magnolia is a brown Schnauzer/Yorkie mix, about 18 months old and weigh about 15 lbs. For some unknown reason her owners dropped her off at a shelter. She is with a  nice foster family and they will help share her story and provide more information. Please lets find her a loving home.

Magnolia - Spring, TX

Schnauzer & Friends Rescue, Inc. dba Schnauzer Rescue of Texas
P. O Box 8583
Spring, TX 77387

No paw left behind our mission!

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

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

Monday, May 29, 2017

Monday Musings

The week was busy as the nephew spent everyday with me.  Though it was a little extra work overall it was a lot of fun!

Thursday and Friday the man was off. Thursday he spent resting (surprise I know) and Friday he had to get dental work.  Though he also made the mistake of overdoing it while hitting golf balls.  Two buckets of balls proved to be way too much for his body to handle. And he needed to rest before our big grocery shopping spree.

Saturday the man got us all involved in a girls day.  Him and my brother in law decided to golf, then agreed to watch my nephew so we could have a girls day.  Unfortunately my niece wasn't exactly in a cooperative mood. At 9 she likes to give my sister a hard time and being a little deviant. Though in her defense she leads a very busy life, so sometimes think she is just too overly tired and goes into melt down mode because of it. It's tough as think as kids we had more down time to relax than say kids today.

They eventually arrived about a hour half later than intended but luckily we were able to have a nice lunch and got to do a little shopping as well.  It's hard for my niece to shop for clothes as she gets distracted by all the accessories that stores overwhelm people with these days, especially kids stores. Think it's easier to go out early in the day as everyone has have more energy than later.

By the time we were finished the shopping the man was sleeping and brother in law had taken my nephew home as he was becoming cranky and needing sleep himself.  My man would probably benefit from my nephews sleep schedule as for a 40 year old he sleeps more than anyone I know!

Sunday started off with an early walk with Cooper around the neighborhood.  Something very peaceful about that hour of the morning before everything gets going, there is a quiet stillness that is nice.  And of course Mr Cooper is always happy to go for a walk.

The walk was relaxing compared to rest of morning as I decided it was time to tackle the over grown grass and ground cover under the tree in front.  So while the man slept I went at it with the shovel.  Probably more than I should be doing with my rib right now but it's got to get done.

It was rather intense as ground covers are the worst but when intertwined with grass it's really hard to dig up. It took man power I don't even have. ha  Basically after a few hours and trying to take rest breaks here and there, about 3/4 of it is up.  The remaining is some deep ground cover that might need more strength to pull out than I have. Sprayed some weed stuff on it, which I rarely like to do but this required some heavy duty methods.  (much prefer organic methods but they don't always work on tough ground covers and vines, or as quickly as needed)

Meanwhile the man needed to rest as golfing for four hours the day before appeared to wipe him out. He couldn't even pull a few weeds.  Really think he needs to take more vitamins, drink more energy drinks or maybe some serious shots of testosterone.  Not sure I know anyone who needs as much rest as him, or who can sit for days watching tv and not get bored. I'm bored after laying around for one day. He's a Finance director so while he's very busy during the week he mostly sits at a desk all day which isn't great for the body.  It's important when home and on weekends to move a little more.

I like to get things done he's the opposite as he's much more of a procrastinator.  He does work around here but not on a consistence basis. For instance his office is still not painted and continues to be a dumping ground.  Every weekend he talks about painting it but so far something nothing. While he may do more now that we own a house, when he decides to actually do it is a little hit or miss still. Guess some progress is better than none, try to focus on the positive! lol

Monday was more of the same me working outside trying to remove the ground cover and applying the lawn fertilizer while the man lounged on the couch for a second day. My neighbors couldn't believe I removed as much as I did at least they are appreciative of the hard work and how nice it's going to look.

While I'm feeling sore and exhausted at least I got something accomplished around here which makes me feel good. But admit to overdoing it for sure as my heart is racing and muscles feel hard to move.  Don't think I'll be making any dinner tonight, especially the stuffed peppers I had planned. Feels more like a take out night.

And on that note I'm officially resting!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Soul Sunday

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

Fotos de gatos,animais especiais e de beleza irretocável!:

Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday Musings

Some how I keep planning on getting back to writing on here yet seemed to get side tracked.  Feel like there are many things I've missed writing about.  While there are days I want to write just don't want to be on the computer.  Computers still and will probably always instigate my brain when it comes to the dizziness.  I find it almost easier to just post a photo on instagram. And don't get me started about twitter where I seem to find myself having to comment on political posts, some days think I should just delete the app from my phone. Anyway....

We went from a mini heat wave to cool Spring like temperatures by the weekend.  Those kind of drastic temperature changes make it hard for the body to adapt.  Though the cool weekend temps were great for the outdoor work we had to do, and the heavy rain today helps soak in the grass seed.

Yes most of the weekend was spent outdoors which is perfectly fine by me. We took up grass to create a flower garden, re did some parts of our lawn that were low and tackle the mini forest as I like to refer to it by in the very back of the yard.  The fact that the man joined in was even better!

Pine trees aren't on my favorite list that's for sure as their needles create a mess. The only pro I can think of is they stay green in winter, other than that they tend to ruin grass and attract ticks. Have to start sharing some of these renovation photos of both the indoor and outdoors we have been busy working on.

Think we are probably both sore, in fact the man was home from work today. Not sure he even recovered from Metallica last weekend.  Plus I'm still healing from the rib injury.  Visited the doctor again who said that injured intercostal muscles take awhile to heal and he wasn't joking.  It's still hard to lift things, very hard to get up from laying and making it a point to still ice frequently.

The man's friend from college stopped by with his kids on Saturday.  I would have preferred to keep working outdoors.  It was okay but his kids were a little hyper as they ran up, down and around the house. Creating a tad bit of a mess. ha  It's funny because when we grew up we would have never thought about running around someones house, jumping on their furniture, touching others things, etc, when we visited some where with our parents we just always sat quietly and played nearby wherever the adults were or went outside to play. In my opinion it seems many kids get away with a lot now and lack a sense of manners.

As I sit here writing I'm listening to my nephew sleep.  He is so precious, and I've really enjoyed being able to watch him. Now that he's beginning to walk we are really exploring and keeping busy. It's amazing the ways in which he has enlightened my world. Oh and now I totally get why moms don't dress up, sweats are much preferred as they can handle the many stains accrued throughout the day so much better.

Never exactly been a kid type of person but this little guy has my heart. Having so much fun and finding joy in every moment I get to spend with him. Think this age is just amazing to be a part of and experience. Listening and watching him nap even feels so special.  :)

Speaking of special the man came home with just because flowers this weekend, carnations and tiger lilies.  I love flowers to the point I should probably just be a florist or own a floral shop.  Think I drive the man crazy with all my flowers and even houseplants.  So of course I love being surprised with flowers. The little things mean the world.

And that's the perfect thought for this Monday, be grateful for all those little moments and things!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday Musings

Gosh it appears it's been over five months since I wrote a Monday post, since before Christmas?  Not sure why but writing isn't something I've felt much like doing. Think I've wrote more about politics this year than anything else.  Have to change that as finding dogs homes is what I'm more passionate about and those blog posts have become less as well.  That's got to change! has been crazy and busy.

Having fun watching the nephew though also come down with more colds in one year than I've probably had in ten. Every other month we seem to come down with something it's been nuts. The.latest cold actually turned into bronchitis, the cough was so bad I injured my rib.  Talk about excruciating pain and it's hard to heal because it's one of those muscles that's in constant use.  Trying to cough with such an injury is just sheer pain, can't even touch the area.  Praying it heals soon.

Quite frankly as I'm writing this wonder if I might even be coming down with another cold. It's almost like I can feel them coming on. Which makes me wonder what is going on, how come my immune system seems so low?  Maybe I need to exercise more, eat better, take more vitamins than I already do or just move to a warmer location where I can be outside all the time not stuck inside with dry, germ filled air?

It has definitely been a rough health year.  But I'm not the only one as the man has pretty much caught just about every cold I have. Yes we are a mess. ha

It made me realize just how much we take certain things for granted.  How often do any of us stop to think about all the ways in which we use our rib and rib muscles?  

Meanwhile I have a list of things that need to get done but some how just keep getting sidelined. Was feeling excited about Spring and the opportunity to do some outdoor gardening and work.  But with this rib injury could be sidelined much longer than I'd like from doing it.

That's life I suppose sometimes not everything is in our control.  And for a control freak like myself that's hard to admit. Right now I'm feeling impatient as just want to get working on what needs to get done.  Resting and doing nothing isn't exactly my style.

The house is slowly coming along.  Been working on each room.  We gave in and put a privacy fence around the whole property as we felt it would be better for Cooper. Though it limits our contact with the neighbors behind us who we happen to like, it also limits the other crazy dogs from trying to get into our yard.  There are two dogs on different neighboring properties who aren't exactly friendly toward Cooper and we are all about protecting the little man as best we can.  Plus it makes the yard look nice too and gives us a little more overall privacy as well.

Well it's time to chill out, so that's all for now.  Maybe I will get better with writing on here, maybe I won't. ;)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Human Lives

Great so we live with Obamacare for the foreseeable future, that's the best answer the leaders of our country can come up with? 

Meanwhile so many families struggle to be able to afford the skyrocketing premiums, deductibles, co pays, prescriptions. Does anyone care about all the middle class, and others who are working their asses off who can't afford insurance, let alone proper medical care or doctor visits? 

This isn't about the Democrats, Republicans or any other party. We are talking about people's lives here, in a country so great everyone should have access to the best medical care available. While the affordable act has helped some it has left so many struggling too. If we are going to require healthcare insurance, and fine people for not having it, then it dam well better be affordable and good for everyone. And I mean everyone.

Why is the government not calling out the insurance companies, the hospitals and medical facilities, the drug manufacturers. Their prices are making proper medical care and health insurance absolutely not affordable for so many. Too many families are going in debt and some financial ruin over healthcare costs. Not to mention people don't always get the best available care possible due to money, is that right or make any sense? 

Both sides of our government need to grow up, but aside differences, stop the bs and start working together to truly help the people of this country.  Seriously we are talking about peoples lives here. But to the career politicians it all seems like some game.

None of them deserve to be re elected, it's time for term limits.  Time for fresh faces, ideas and some kind of reasonable intelligence to step into Washington. The corruption and political games have to end for anything to ever truly change. 

Think about it how many of our politicians actually do any good? Actually do anything to help all the struggling citizens of the United States?  Yet many keep getting re elected why?  

They have no problem given billions to help other countries, yet they leave our own struggling citizens left to hang out and dry.  People come on we need real change here, and neither side seems capable of putting aside their differences to obtain that kind of change. 

It's such bs, one of the greatest nations in the world have politicians with the mentalities of babies and consciousnesses that seem to prefer money and power over helping others. Change starts with each and every one of us.  Let's stop judging each other by party, race, religion, sex and whatever else start seeing each other as the humans we are, humans who need each other.  Who need to not only come together but work together to make this country and world a better place. 

Health insurance and proper medical care should be a right for everyone! 

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Wednesday, January 25, 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!

Yuka is a one year old Terrier mix who is sitting in an overcrowded shelter.  This sweet but scared little girl really needs a warm bed, good food and family to call her own.  Please lets find her a loving home!

Yuka # A5026327 - Los Angeles, CA

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

Noelle and Ninja are 8 year old Daschunds who grew up together. Noelle is female, and Ninja is male. These two babies were owner surrenders from Alabama. Sadly, their previous people no longer wanted them, stating that they "are going to have a baby and want them gone". We would like to show this pair that not all humans throw away their seniors, that most of us value their friendship no matter what their age is. They are up to date on shots, have been spayed and neutered, and are fine with other dogs and people. Please lets find them a great home!

Noelle and Ninja - New York, NY

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

Washington is Chihuahua/Shetland Sheepdog Mix who is 2-4 yrs old and 12 lbs. He is a shy little guy who startles easily.  For that reason, we recommend that he be adopted to a home with a calm environment and no younger children. Once Washington warms up to you, he'll be very lovely and be perfectly happy for you to pet his very soft and luscious fur all day long. He likes to stay busy investigating everything around him. He was found as a stray. Washington could live with other dogs, but we don't know about cats yet. Lets find him a good home!

Washington - Philadelphia, PA

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

Gracie is a Yorkshire Terrier mix who is around 2 yrs old.  She is house trained, good with other dogs, she likes to play and snuggle.  Lets find her a loving home!

Gracie - 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

Friday, January 20, 2017

Its Up To Us To Make America Great

Half the country is excited at the hopes a new president may bring to the United States, half the country is acting like the world is coming to an end.  That's the beauty of America.

Trump's goal is to make america great again. Who can argue with that?  

Love him or hate him he tells it like it is, or at least how he sees it.  I'd rather have someone who is brazen enough to say what he really thinks then hide behind some politically correct script. There is something refreshing about having a non career politician in office. It will be interesting to see what he can accomplish. Maybe we will love the guy, maybe we will hate the guy but first we have to give him a chance to see what he can do.

Personally I don't need to agree with everything the guy says or does, what I want is a leader who can create real change.  Change that will help all Americans. The reality is the United States has too many families struggling, something needs to be done.  Who knows if he will be the answer the country needs but it's worth a try.  Anything is worth a try.

Truthfully I feel annoyed at all the whining posts on social media.  Okay so maybe you didn't vote for the guy, like many didn't vote for Obama or other past presidents....but fact is the guy won and is now officially our president.  It's time to accept reality, move on and try to unite as a country instead of continuing to divide it even further.  No one person can unite a country it takes everyone working together.  

Instead of unfriending those who don't agree with us it's time to start truly listening to each other. It's may seem easier to shut out those who disagree with us then to try and have a open, honest discussion about the differences that exist.  We have become a society that is so quick to judge. What makes any of us better than the other?

What do the protests accomplish but to divide us.  These protesters display the same actions and behaviors they claim to detest....bullying, discrimination, harassment, hate, name calling, judging, labeling, violence, riots and so on.  Seriously if you don't agree with their beliefs and ideals they basically open war upon their victims.

Think this quote says it best "It's okay for you to believe what you believe.  It is not okay for you to insist that everyone else believe the same as you."

We live in a world where not everyone believes the same things, nor holds the same ideals, morals, virtues and so on.  That's life you cannot make people believe in things they don't.  The key is finding a way to compromise so both sides feel content, safe and understood.  For instance by boycotting events like some of the Democrats are doing it only creates more divide, they should be attending and trying to talk the issues out instead of retreating.

We are not only all Americans but humans just trying to live the best life we possibly can. If we can't find a way to unite, work together, keep open minds and stop judging each other it doesn't matter who is president nothing will ever change. Instead of bullying, whining, rioting, vandalizing, even resorting to violence....everyone needs to calm down, focus on creating intelligent discussions and real change.

Nothing will ever change until we can all put aside our differences and truly listen. Fact is both sides are close minded and until both sides can open their minds no real change can take place. 

Truth is making America great again is up to all of us.  The change must begin at an individual level. And if we want our voices heard we must find ways to intelligently do it.

God bless America, it's people and all those who are struggling.  May the new president and administration be guided to do the right thing, to help everyone not just some and truly make this country great.

What would you do to make America great again? 

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Rhyme or Reason

If there is a rhyme or reason to life I have yet to figure it out.

Swear when anything seems to be looking up, actually going right or feelings of happiness feel like they are safe to surface something or even things always seems to ruin some aspect of it.

There is a feeling of anxiety, sometimes even a melancholy of sorts that accompanied some heart issues which popped up out of the clear blue in mid December. The cardiologist says they are a nuisance for sure, yet the fear they produce can't even accurately be described in words. It's an automatic reaction of sorts that seems to just produce more adrenaline making the whole situation worse. Combine that with some other stressors and things have felt plain old nuts.

Of course sure it doesn't help that this happened in the midst of my least favorite season when a sunny day can be hard to come by and the frigid temperatures leave one wanting to just stay in bed. Winter always seems like such a bleak and cruel season, the only thing to make it even remotely okay might be some cool snow storms.  As snow can bring with it a magical and serene feeling.

Sometimes even wonder if I might suffer from some sort of seasonal affective disorder.  Being the summer type who loves sunny days, warm temperatures, being outdoors  and living life in shorts winter feels tough.  Seriously think it might be a good idea to consider a tropical climate the kind with the crystal blue waters.As I look up into a cloudy, grey sky can't help but wonder if sitting on a beach somewhere with a warm ocean breeze and my toes stuck in sand would make a world of difference. Always say my soul seems the most content by the sea.

For now though I'm just trying to make sense of life some days.  The ups and downs could drive one mad.  Maybe that's why it seems like half the world is either on something or trying to escape their reality.  At the same time I wonder if people knew there was a definitive rhyme or reason to everything would it make life feel easier at times?  Would problems, setbacks, issues that pop up along the way feel more manageable?

Or am I just talking in circles now.....

My mind seems to try to find answers, to sort through things that simply can't always be explained. Maybe there isn't so much of a rhyme to life as there is a mystery. Even when it comes to people, some have such different ways of seeing things that to find a common ground seems almost impossible sometimes.  What is right and wrong so often even seems to become a blur in our world today.

As I try to express my thoughts into words have to laugh because I wonder if that psychology degree of mine should have really been a philosophy one.  Think I'd like to sit around a table with some of the great philosophers and simply hear their thoughts.  In this age of technology or phones and computers with things such as social media the ability to just sit around with actual people and hold deeper conversations about the possible rhyme or reason to life seems like a lost of art.

Socrates once said "I only know one thing, and that is I know nothing."  Maybe we will never have the answers we seek but during the challenging times it can't hurt to seek them, even if it only serves as a distraction it may still be useful.

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