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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Monday Musings

The weather is humid, rainy and preparing to heat up again.  Have to admit we have been rather spoiled by all the cooler weather as of late.

Wanted to actually write yesterday but some how just didn't have a moment.  As I'm writing this can't help but think how mundane this seems compared to an old friend from college who is hiking Chamonix, Mont Blanc in France right now and posting some amazing photos of the mountain. Wondering it might have to join his crew on of these days on one of their excursions. Though I'd have to get myself in super shape to be able to do the hikes they do.  But he is truly living life to the fullest and it's inspiring to follow.  There are moments where I really miss my traveling days!
Anyway back to reality....

The man's company was preparing to move into a new office so he was home all last week and two days this week.  Out of all those days home we probably spent one day actually out doing something fun.  Pretty much thurs-sunday he spent resting on the couch watching golf. Thought football season was rough, golf is getting just as bad.  Not sure which is his bigger obsession sports or watching tv. I love to play golf and wish he would be more willing to play more together.

It's funny because I actually like sports, and watching football but the man pushes it to a whole new level where it becomes too much.  Anything of too much can feel monotonous. Think what it comes down to is I'm going to have to find a partner in crime who shares some of my other interests if I want to do fun things in the Fall. ;)

Tuesday had to go pick up a sleep study as my doctor suggested it a few months ago.  The man complains about how I'm snoring loudly these days and making weird noises in my sleep. There are times I wake up from sleep gasping for air, honestly it is a scary feeling and often after that feel tired the next day so they suspect sleep apnea. But not so sure it will show up on a tests and it doesn't seem to happen every night. Yet the test only was for two nights, and only one night came out good. The second the machine malfunctioned. So it will be interesting to see what happens.

Wednesday I had planned to go to an amusement park with my sister and her kids. Surprising since he was off, he actually wanted to go! (that's a big deal folks)   The park itself sits in the mountains of Pennsylvania and took us about 2 hours or so to get to.  We left at 9 in the morning and didn't get home until after 10.  The weather turned out a lot sunnier and hotter than expected but it was a lot of fun.  Think at one point we all felt heat beat but after a little rest and some food we all seemed good to go.

The whole crew rode rides while my nephew and I watched, walked around the park and played. He's too young to fit on anything but the small kid rides that adults can hop on with the kids.  I've never been a huge amusement ride gal guess it's because I was born with way too much adrenaline to begin with and just don't need that rush.  Besides with the dizziness the movement of rides would really aggravate and flare it up.  So me and the dman had fun watching everyone and just being silly.

Actually my sister took him on of those kids rides where they get to sit in cars and parents can go on with them.  Of course as I'm trying to take a photo of them missed the bench I went to sit on and had a rather awkward, hilarious fall.  It felt like slow mo while I tried to grab onto something to steady myself. Meanwhile a nice woman and few others got up to come to my aid.  Of course I started laughing at the sheer craziness of it all.

Thursday had to return the sleep machine.  The man and I also stopped to browse cars as his is getting old and not worth putting money into anymore. Then spent the afternoon watching my nephew as my niece ended up having to go to the doctor as she was having strong pains. She actually didn't feel all that well at the amusement park at times but really wanted to go.  The doctors surmised it was some kind of virus in her muscles or something they just recommended some tylenol.  It's amazing how many times even the so called experts just don't know what is causing something.

Friday I can't even recall at the moment couldn't have been too exciting.ha  Saturday had a bunch of stuff to do around house while the man watched his golf again.  Sunday went shopping with my mother for a little.  There was an Irish festival  I wanted to go to but the man's back was too sore to leave the couch. Think the ride threw him over the top, had a feeling he would be sore afterwards. As some of the old wooden roller coasters aren't exactly smooth rides.

Monday had a list of things to do, and also had to follow up with the cardiologist.  He keeps people waiting so you have to allot a few hours for an appointment.  Few months ago sought a second opinion and wanted to run by their suggestions with my long time cardiologist. He basically disagreed with their advice as felt the medicine they wanted to switch me too would only contribute to feeling more of the skips with a possible increase in side effects as well.  It's so hard to know what to do, or what might possibly help more than something else.

Been trying to keep to a work out schedule.  Since I had my bike tuned up been trying to ride it at least three times a week.  It's interesting as since each activity uses different muscles riding the bike again takes some getting used to, especially going up hills. Ever since my rib got injured I haven't done yoga, and really miss it. Hoping to be able to get back to it soon.  While some people might write yoga off think it definitely makes a difference and helps to relax the body as well.

Also trying really hard to not watch the news or even go on twitter too much.  Just think the news has become so one sided and biased that it's so hard to listen to.  Journalism used to be a field that was respected for their honesty and unbiased reporting but throughout the decades it seemed to lose more and more of it's respectability.  Just don't feel that all sides are represented fairly or there is any unbiased reporting of news. So why let it stress me out, it's easier to just tune it all out and find something else to hold my attention.  Anyway, whole other topic for a different day.

















Sunday, August 13, 2017

Soul Sunday

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. 

If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace. If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.

Peace is the not absence of  conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.  

World peace must develop out of inner peace. Be the peace you seek.

Oregon Forest. Beautiful light.


Note: Soul Sunday quotes have no name or ownership attached to them as to allow people to soak in what is being said instead of focusing on who said it which can cause some biased minds to shut down to the message.  Too often people write off something if they find out it's said by someone they don't believe in or support.  Soul Sunday is meant to open the heart, mind and soul in a non judgmental way.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Monday Musings

After some beautiful, cooler summer weather it's pouring rain today. That's okay as the occasional rainy day is sometimes needed. 

It was a very busy weekend, feeling sore and tired today.  Even sleep was completely restless last night.

The week was equally busy, and spent what seemed like a whole day just putting together a shelf for my office. Literally 45 screws had to be screwed in back of bookcase without any pre drilled holes, talk about time consuming. Luckily the man bought us a battery operate drilled as it came in handy for this project. My office is slowly coming together!

I've been storing my diploma at the my parents house for a long time waiting to hang it when we actually bought a house. And of course now the diploma is no where to be found. haha So looks like I need to order another one from the university.

Friday we chilled out, ordered take out, got some water ice and just watched Live PD. Seems to be the new show the man is hooked on and it's rather entertaining though scary too.

Saturday morning worked outside while the man cut the lawn. Afternoon was a girls day with my niece and family.  We did some shopping, were hoping to find her a back to school outfit but the accessories of the stores prove to be just too distracting.  She would rather look at those, including shoes, than clothes. In fact we actually all left Target without buying anything, who does that? ;)

We ordered some lunch and ate outside on our patio so my nephew could be free to run around and play. It's hard for a 15 month old to sit still long enough to eat in a restaurant.  He's been pretty good about it but had his recent vaccination the day before so wasn't quite himself.  But it was beautiful out so it was actually more fun to sit outside eat, talk and even play a little too.  Of course Auntie had to join in on playing tag. Might just be a big kid at heart as still enjoy playing. :)

Sunday the man and I painted his office room.  It's been sitting for over a year with just his stuff all boxed up.  It took us just about all day between prepping the room, taping and painting two coats. Plus the clean up takes a little too.  Of course did plenty of laundry as well.  I felt exhausted and sore by evening.  Could not wait to just relax. So we ordered pizza and chilled the rest of the evening.

Big Brother was on but I'm just not into this season.  The behavior of the people on the show just seems so immature, can't stand to see adults bullying others or acting so childish. Surprised that these reality shows cast such people, maybe they want the dramatic, immature types to some how boost ratings but it's a turn off.  Wish more people would just boycott such tv shows so that networks might produce more quality shows. Anyway....

The man's office is moving but his new office isn't ready yet so they are all working from home this week. He likes his old office and the location, so isn't excited about the new location as it doubles if not triples his commute time.  He left a previous job because of too long of a commute so it will be interesting to see what happens. His company has work at home options so hoping he takes advantages of those. 

Spent half of my day on the phone trying to schedule appointments. Found this odd growth on my back, when the man saw it even he thought I better get it checked out.  Two dermatologists on my insurance I called but they had left their practices, another wasn't available until November, finally eventually found one that's available to see in a few weeks. Still a few weeks seems too long. Crazy how hard it is to find availability with specialists let alone something close in distance.  

Well don't feel much like writing as just want to soak in a hot shower and relax.






Sunday, August 6, 2017

Soul Sunday

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. Nature has the ability to heal, soothe and awaken the soul. 

Our world must not only appreciate nature but preserve and respect it. In many ways it holds the key to the soul and to life itself.

格桑花~ -

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Step Renovation

From the moment I saw the steps knew they would need a complete overhaul.  Carpet on steps that come into a house just seem to accumulate dirt and stains no matter how much vacuuming. In this case the previous owners cat fur was all over them as well.

Once we pulled the carpet from main room and hall way it was a given the steps would have to come up as well.  It was a quite a job as carpet on steps is filled with nails, tacks and staples.  It was tough to get it up, but removing every nail, staple (many of which split while trying to remove) and tack took a while and lots of patience.  Some of the real tiny nails or remaining split staples I just hammered in.

Next step was sanding the steps as since they had some kind of stain on them this was necessary before trying to paint.  Sanding steps created a dusty mess.  Even using a power sander it took a lot of man power as well.  Given my small statue had to take a lot of breaks during this part of the renovation. Even then had to go back to remove nails or staples missed.  After it was all sanded it needed a good wipe down.  In fact the steps got wiped down a lot in the process.

After all the sanding there were gaps and holes in the wood steps that needed to be filled.  Went with a basic wood filler, once it dried those areas were sanded as well.  It was then ready to be painted and as I mentioned before they did have a stain on them so decided it would be best to cover them in a primer first.

Used a basic white, water based primer from Lowes. And because of the condition of the steps, the former stain and what not used two coats.  The primer drys rather quickly so was able to apply two coats in the same day.  To make sure the primer had optimal time to set I let it dry and sit for at least a week.

Since I was painting the steps two tone colors, started off painting the back, sides and molding around the steps in a semi gloss white.  Semi gloss is much easier to wipe clean and makes it ideal for such areas.  Again I let that set for probably about a week as well.

Then I taped around all the white areas with painting tape to try to keep the steps lines and prevent the grey paint from escaping onto the white.  The prep work took a little, it's not something I like to do but it's helpful.  Once everything was taped I applied a semi gloss grey floor paint to the actually step part of the steps. Was able to get a custom color in the floor paint at Lowes to match our rustic grey toned flooring in the main room. Like the primer I applied two coats in one day.

Eventually we plan to put small stair treads on the steps as well to make them more slip proof, but using specially designed floor paint helped with this also.

Like the banister, steps really aren't something I would want to have to get involved with renovating again but it was worth it.  It not only looks better and matches the flooring but is also much easier to clean.




 




Wednesday, August 2, 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! 

Cindy is a Poodle Terrier mix who is 1 1/2 yrs old and 12 lbs. Small in size this pooch will be ready to go where ever you go. She is sweet and playful. Cindy walks well on a leash and loves to ride in a car. She gets along with all; dogs, adults, children. Cindy will make a wonderful companion. You can also see her mama Ashley below she needs a home as well. Also Cindy's hair was shaved because their owner didn't get her groomed, but once her hair grows back she will look even more beautiful. In the canine heart, there is always hope. Please lets find her a loving home!

Cindy - Bells Garden, CA

CINDY
Miracle Dog Rescue
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
(323) 383-8883


Ashley is a Poodle Terrier mix who is 3 yrs old and 12 lbs.  Ashley walks well on a leash and loves to ride in a car. She gets along with all dogs, adults and children. Ashley will make a wonderful companion. If you are really wanting to do something special you could adopt Ashley and Cindy to keep them together. Please lets find her a great home!

Ashley - Bells Garden, CA

ASHLEY
Miracle Dog Rescue
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
(323) 383-8883
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Memphis is a Labrador Retriever / Pharaoh Hound Mix who is 2 yrs. This prince is extremely sweet, good with people and animals, very gentle, good on a leash. He's simply the whole package. Please lets find him a good home!

Memphis - New York, NY

MEMPHIS
NY Pet-I-Care inc.
301 East 22nd Street
NYC, NY 10010
(212) 614-7194
______________________________________________________

Bliss is a Beagle mix who is 3 1/2 yrs. She is a sweet female Beagle mix that was living life as a stray and having a litter of puppies every 6 months of her 3 1/2 years until rescue saved her. All that is behind her now and she is spayed, completely vetted and is just a wonderful, gentle, loving dog that would be perfect for any family. Bliss is a quiet girl who loves human contact and tummy rubs. She has the saddest eyes that looked like they are rimmed with eye liner but don't let those sad eyes fool you. She is a happy girl and absolutely adores getting treats. She is used to being outside and using the potty in grass. It is not known if she has ever had the pleasure of being inside a home or laying on a soft bed. Right now she has her own kennel, dog house and elevated outdoor bed to laze around on while she waits for her forever home. Bliss tested negative for heart worms and is on prevention. She is up to date on all her shots and is ready for adoption. She is a typical beagle with short, tri colored fur. Bliss deserves a loving home and hand and plenty of treats after being unwanted for just too long.   She truly is a gentle and sweet, low key dog. Please lets find her a loving home! 

Bliss - Yardley, PA

Bliss B Sweet girl, great family dog
Crossing Paths Animal Rescue
Yardley, PA 19067
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 Blake is a white Schnauzer/Scottish Terrier mix who is around 4 yrs old and 26 lbs. He loves other dogs and would enjoy a companion or could just be your one and only.  He is good being bathed and groomed and riding in the car. He is house crate and leash trained. He should be good around children, though not tested yet. Please lets find him a great home!

Blake - Spring, TX

Blake
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, July 31, 2017

Monday Musings

Some beautiful summer weather lately, some cool days followed by some hot days.  Summer always seems to go too fast.

The week was interesting. The man had taken off Wednesday through Friday as we originally were suppose to go to North Carolina to visit his aunt who was having a family reunion of sorts.  We thought originally Cooper could stay at her house but then found out he couldn't. So the man procrastinated and never bothered to make other arrangements to find a hotel.

My family is working too many hours and very busy right now to take on watching Cooper during a work week.  So he ended up still taking the days off, his official words were "we can do some fun things". But I know the man too well what he says and what he actually does can be very far apart at times. He doesn't balance work with play all that well.

Wednesday was an awesome day, one of those types you would like to freeze.  We went to a local historic park which has a nature reserve and amazing tower that you can see the whole area from.  Did some exploring and hiking, even had a picnic lunch.  The evening was filled with fun too. It's good to get out in nature.

Had hoped that we might actually do fun things on his mini vacation. (he took off the previous week two days but to watch golf)  Thursday rolled around though and could tell the man was already going into tv mode. Of course some senior golf was just starting which he had to watch. Fitting that it was a senior tournament as at 40 the man is turning into a senior!  Finally convinced him to at least run two errands with me to look at stuff we need to finish some house stuff.

Friday was much of the same. Had to meet up with my dad as took in my mountain bike to get tuned up and needed his suv to pick it up.  Still trying to figure out what kind of bike rack to get for my car. Want something sturdy but don't want to pay hundreds for it.  Yet the ones made to fit over spoilers seem to be higher priced.  The bike guys tuned it up, filled tires with air and put new brakes on. Test rode it and it seemed good to go though the one brake seems to squeak a little still.

Anyway back to the man, keep telling him that he is 40 going on 80. He wasn't always like that but the older he gets the worst it's becoming.  Think he needs a good multi vitamin and shot of enthusiasm.  I offer to play golf just about every weekend but he's always too tired or sore. That's the thing though the more one sits around the more sore and tired they can make them self. ;)

Actually we were set to go out to dinner until I stepped out in backyard and found these swarms of flying bugs all over lawn. Given rain was in forecast for that night thought we should treat lawn, so there I am trying to cut lawn ultra low so I could apply the bug stuff. The man went to buy the treatment. By the time it was all completed though it was already after 7 so we just showered and ordered take out.

Saturday had to get out of the house as I felt bored. So went shopping with my mother. Come evening actually got the man to go to my nieces basketball.  Since the game was a little far my mother hopped a ride with us as well. It's a summer league which plays outdoors, not only is it fun to watch her play but to spend time with family too. Basketball is one of my favorite sports to watch and play.

The weather was perfect for the game, a cool summer night.  Saw the most beautiful sunset on the way home too. Love the games that are out in the country with farms and open fields around. Wish our country could preserve more land.

Since they won the game they got to play in the championship game the next day.  So Sunday we were all back at the field for some more basketball.  My niece not only played great but so did her team and they won the championship game!  After the game I had some gardening and other things to do outside including playing with Cooper. Got the man to leave the couch to grill so we dined al fresco on the patio.

Today I've been busy cleaning.  Poor Mr Cooper's stomach is flaring up bad.  He has inflammatory bowel disease which requires a strict diet.  Well since he was doing so well we added some food and treats, which unfortunately have not agreed with him.  Unusually we have more signs leading up to an attack but this one came on rather quick.  He woke me up in the wee hours of the morning to go out and it was a blow out to point I needed to water down lawn. Honestly it's a mess, lesson learned we just cannot give him certain types of food.  Hopefully it calms down soon.

Anyway, I'm feeling tired and just rambling at this point.




Sunday, July 30, 2017

Soul Sunday

There is a lot of beauty in the world but sometimes it requires getting off our couches, turning off the tv, putting down the phone, signing off the computer and exploring life to find it. 

We can let the stress and negatives of life wear us down and retreat from fully living or we can seek to find the peace and positives of life that bring our souls to life.  There is a magic to life that exists, a passion to the soul, a deeper kind of love, an unbridled enthusiasm of sorts....yet no one will ever truly find it by staring at a tv, phone or computer. It only comes with engaging in life, those around us and the force that created it all.

He said, "There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live."

scenery colorful cloud The last day of spring in the Rhodope Stoikite.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Perfect Moments

There are moments in life that you just want to capture, freeze or at the very least have more of.   For me one of those was yesterday.

Why you ask?

Well I was able to pull the man off the couch, away from the tv and  constantly checking social media to go for a hike at a local historic park.  The transformation is always amazing.

He became this fun, happy, energized guy the opposite of the quiet, don't bother me, tv zoning guy. The man doesn't always understand my desire to want to do fun things, to get out and about, to have adventures and explore the world together...yet what I described above is exactly why I desire such moments.

Once he gets doing anything he is like a whole other man, even he admits it.  And when you get him out somewhere he always says why don't we do this more often or comes up with other cool ideas of things to do. (if only he could keep up the same enthusiasm he feels in such fun moments to follow through with those same ideas)

Truth is getting out, especially in nature it changes all of us.  It's food for our body and souls.  There are have been a bunch of studies to show that doing stuff, physical activity and even just being outdoors brightens moods, lessens depression and anxiety, reduces stress, increases endorphin's and so on.  Not to mention I strongly believe that couples who play together stay together.

Think if you sit on the couch always watching tv day, night and weekends, or always staring at the phone you are living vicariously through others instead of truly living life. Zoning to tv constantly is like being high on drugs you waste time being zoned out to the magic of life around you. Same goes for working all the time, though many don't have a choice when it comes to that. Yet those things hinder us from truly living and connecting. But back to our day....

We started out with a nice picnic lunch, followed by a walk around a nature preserve, followed by a rather treacherous hike up a mountain to reach a tower that sits at the top.  We took lots of photos and enjoyed the time in nature.  And the fun spurred an even funner evening....we took a nice shower, worked in the kitchen together as the man cooked us a homemade cheesesteak dinner, an evening walk in the park with Cooper, water ice for desert, the man was affectionate, talkative and full of life. Perfect moments that created dare I say a perfect day.  :)

Reminds me of perfect moments we had last year at a wedding in Cape May, NJ. That weekend felt so amazing too. Gosh how I savor such moments with him.  Maybe he will never understand how happy such moments make me or how deeply they resonant, oh but they do.

It's amazing the moments we can create when we step away from our tvs, computers, phones and other distractions. When we are fully present with those we care about or love and embark on adventures together.  Now if only I could convince the man that such moments are way better than any sport or show on tv!

How are such meaningful moments created well I think it's a combination of small things such as... being present, appreciating the little things, doing not sitting, focusing on what and who really matters in life, expressing gratitude and love, freely showing affection, exploring new places, trying new things and being open to adventure are a few good ways to start.

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Wednesday, July 26, 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! 

Brantley is a Terrier mix who is around 3 years old. This guy is a cutie underneath all that fur, he just needs a good bath and groom.  What he needs even more is just a chance at a good life.  Please lets find him a loving home!

Brantley A5082809   - Los Angeles, CA

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


Donnie is a Chihuahua mix who is around 3 years old.  This cute guy wants out of the overcrowded shelter. He wants a family to love, a bed to snuggle into and yummy treats. Is that too much to ask for? Please lets find this guy a great home!

Donnie A5082952  - Los Angeles, CA

DONNIE
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
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Mrs. Abrea and Bacon are American Staffordshire Terrier mixes. They have lost it all and now , they are about to lose each other and their lives if they are forced to go to a high kill shelter. These sweet seniors are beyond perfect! They are dog, cat and kid friendly.  They are a wonderful paid. They are bonded and cannot afford to be broken up. They're family tried hiding them from the landlord and sadly, that didn't go over too well. They were forced to put them into boarding and now the boarding facility is kicking them out bc they have other dogs coming in. The dogs will be sent to the acc slaughterhouse if nobody steps up they need a miracle. Please lets find this sweet pair a good home!

Mrs Abrea and Bacon - New York, NY

MRS. ABREA & BACON
NY Pet-I-Care inc.
301 East 22nd Street
NYC, NY 10010
(212) 614-7194
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Paisley is a Beagle mix who is two years old and 30 lbs. She is looking for a new home as she used to live in a big house on a 3 acre property and loved playing outside. The family moved into an apartment and Paisley doesn't get the exercise she needs. Her family loves her very much and wants her to be happy so is looking to rehome her to a family with a fenced yard where she can play outside again. Paisley is obsessed with humans, she'll love and lick you. She used to have tons of energy and run it all out with fetch and games and sleep under blankets by the end of day, but that hasn't happened since we moved. Paisley just has this happiness about her, no matter the day, or time, or weather outside. Although she hates rain. She loves all dog toys and is crazy over chasing balls and even waterbottles. Shes such a fun, lively dog. Living here has noticeably took a toll on Paisley already, its honestly no way of life for her. There isn't a single thing wrong with her, besides i feed her in her cage and separate from my pug because my pug will try to steal all the food and they'll go back and fourth. Shes spayed, shes current on all wellness and vaccines, This girl needs a blessing, a fenced yard or enough time outside in the grass and play time in a home. Please lets find her a loving home!

Paisley - Doylestown, PA

Paisley
Almost Home Dog Rescue
PO Box 132
Doylestown, pa 18901
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 Daisy Mae is Schnauzer mix who is around 5 years old and weigh about 12 lbs. She lost her family due to some human issues…but at least they brought her to SRT, where she'll be safe. She is a little skittish, so think she would do best in an all adult home (or at least a home with older children). She is fine around other dogs, but really don’t need a pal to hang around with. She is submissive around four legged friends. Please lets find her a great home!

Daisy May - Houston, TX

Daisy May
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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Monday Musings

The steamy heat wave seems to be winding down, storms this evening are officially suppose to bring in cooler temperatures.  Though I got impatient, turned off the ac and realized the humidity was still rather high.  Might have to turn it back on to sleep. ;)

So the man went back to work after his four day golf vacation. And when I say golf vacation I'm talking four straight days of watching golf on tv.  Pretty sure that over the decade plus I've know him he's taken more days to watch tv/rest than go on a real vacation/do something fun.  Everyone always seems surprised but hey each to their own. Everyone has to do what makes them happy!  (I once dated a guy who all he ever wanted to do was watch movies every night so think it's also important that people try to variety things up as well)

I'm always amazed at some of the friends on my social media, some of them always seem to be doing something whether it's weekday or weekend.  Don't they ever get exhausted from always being on the go?  And second how do they hold jobs yet take so many vacations, better yet how do they pay for all these vacations?  Also wonder how some seem to drink as much as they do? (it feels like so many people can't have fun unless they have a drink in their hand)

There are a few couples on my facebook page who literally I feel tired even trying to keep up with their adventures.  Not that it doesn't look fun, sometimes even have envy for all the adventures and trips they take at this age yet do think it's hard to stay that motivated to constantly be out doing and also even find that many fun things to do. Not to mention the cost of everything.  Plus we wouldn't want to leave our doggie home alone that much, it's hard enough being away a few days or finding someone we trust to watch him. (that is the hardest part of traveling now compared to when we were in our twenties)  Anyway.....

Given the man was in golf watching mode the weekend wasn't crazy busy.  Friday we decided to order out through eat24 online, literally the food took a hour and half to get here. When you are hungry patience is hard to muster. Guess we should have got off our lazy butts and picked it up instead. But hey isn't that why offer delivery and charge extra for it. ;) 

Saturday I was busy working on stuff around the house. Convinced the man to run an errand to Walmart with me as we needed a cheap trash can for outdoor stuff but of course it was out of stock, even though their online site it said they had plenty at the store. Word of advice never trust those online stock numbers, check with the store first.  Walmart is good though in that their lower prices on many items cannot be beat.

I refuse to pay a lot for a trash can that's just going to get beat up being used for outside stuff.  Those brown refuse bags always seem to collapse under the weight of all the grass, weeds and branches we put in them. Had to laugh as think I went through four as they kept breaking before I could get them to the curb. It looked like something out of candid camera.  And one even broke on the garbage men as well.  So time to change it up and use something more sustainable and cost effective.

Meanwhile, I've been trying to decide whether to get a new bike or fix mine. Well after talking to a local bike shop made the decision to fix my 20 year old trek. Actually bought the bike when I lived in San Diego and it's pretty much moved around the country with me. Had to borrow my mothers suv to get it over to the shop. The bike guys said they felt it just needed a tune up and new brakes. And it still would cost less then a new bike.  When I told them my choices they laughed, saying they felt a 20 year old Trek was still better than a Schwinn at Walmart.

When I got back from doing all the bike stuff we decided to head out for dinner. Tried a new place which we thought was a nice steak house but it turned out to be more of a family style restaurant. Not that it's bad but we were expecting say more of a romantic ambiance. Thought it was a nice atmosphere and the food was okay.  Still trying to figure out why I went with a sandwich instead of an entree as the man's dish looked good. The skies opened up while we were dining, and the night turned rather stormy fast.  There were drenching rains on and off the rest of the evening. 

Sunday the man was back to watching golf. I had a nice mid morning nap, woke up with a headache and just feeling blah so the nap was much needed. It gave me the energy to tackle the garage. Cleaned it a few times now and have made real progress. Sold some items, got rid of others and organized the rest into plastic storage boxes. It's looking much better! Might even be able to make it into a home gym eventually.

 After golf was over the man suddenly was energized...hitting golf balls, cleaning our cars, did some errands, cutting lawn, pulling weeds and think he did too much at once because by night he wasn't feeling all that well.  He doesn't always eat well so think it has tendency to catch up with him too.  I'm trying to get him to eat more frequent, healthy meals a day instead of the skipping meals or sweets he tends to reach for. Since summer is here we are back to watching Big Brother as well. Not sure how anyone agrees to go on that show for fun, being stuck in a house with strangers with no access to the outside world for three months just seems like torture. ha  At least on Survivor it's only a month and they usually are on some cool island.

Today is all about catching up on a long list of things I need to get done, so enough musings for now!
















Sunday, July 23, 2017

Soul Sunday

Sometimes we get so caught up in trying to accomplish something big, that we fail to notice the little things that give life it's magic. 

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Banister and Railing Renovation

So the stairs tie into the living room renovation I wrote about last week.

Since we have what is considered a bi level the steps connect both levels. When we took up the carpet in the living room the carpet on the steps basically had to come up as well.  It was a mess, not only dirty but covered in the previous owners cat fur.  

In addition the banister and railings were painted this unattractive brown color.  From the moment we walked through the house I knew they would need to be changed.  Could not believe they had painted over a nicely stained banister and railing with this flat color brown.  

Guess there had been a nice wood door with character on the house but the previous owners replaced that with a fiberglass door that was painted this brown color as well. (the door will eventually be painted a brighter color)  It appears they matched banister color with the door.  Anyway, back to the banister and steps.

Painters came to give me estimates, they all ranged from $1200 and above. They all warned how much effort and work was involved in stripping wood that had been stained then not properly painted over.  It seems the previous owners never primed or sanded before painting over the stained wood so the paint was peeling.  Most of the painters didn't think it was worth the effort to strip the wood or pay that kind of money to do so, they said it would be cheaper to buy a new banister and railing.  Also suggested coating it with a primer and then painting over it but eventually they thought it would peel again.  The man didn't seem to want to get involved with replacing the banister as with new flooring being installed in few weeks we had limited time.

So of course what do I do?  Well I decided to take on the project of stripping, sanding, priming and painting it all myself.  Never imagining just how much work would be required and how crazy it would drive me.  Maybe breaking it down by steps will be easier to explain and helpful for anyone interested in actually tackling such a project.

1. Sanding.  Luckily my brother in law has amazing tools and let me borrow his sander.  I set out to sand the banister but quickly found out how challenging it is.  The shape, detail and curves of each spoke make it almost impossible to get a sander properly into.  The sander is powerful, it leaves your whole body vibrating afterwards, and can easily take off too much as well.  I had to make sure to take breaks, it's something I kind of wish the man might have jumped in to help with but it was football season and he was too busy watching football on tv. 

Sanding makes a mess, I mean everything is covered in find wood sand.  Curtains, walls, furniture,etc., now I understand why professionals cover everything in plastic.  Though that might seem like an annoying extra step it's well worth it.  Wearing a mask is very important as well. Because not enough old paint was coming off on some spots I realized a stripper would be required. (hey get your mind out of the gutter...lets clarify that a paint stripper) lol

2. Stripping.  Something I wanted to avoid at all costs as they can be messy and the odor extremely overwhelming.  My body does not handle such strong chemicals and knew I had to find some kind of safer alternative than the standard strong chemical stripper that can not only leave one feeling awful but overwhelm a house as well..  While researching paint strippers came across Citristrip which was supposed to be a safer stripping alternative which came with no harsh fumes, biodegradable and could strip multi layer of latex or oil paint.  
  
Citristrip was interesting definitely better than the harsh chemical paint strippers. Though it still has a citrus odor that can eventually be overwhelming so wore a mask while using it. And kept all windows open for days. The smell was odd and lingered as well.  They say the gel stays wet for 24 hours and had read the longer it sits the better it works but that was not the case with the banister.  Found that the longer it sat it dried up and was impossible to removed. The paint did not always peel up as the label suggested it would. 

So I would suggest applying a thick layer, letting it set for maybe 30 minutes to a hour at most most then using a metal scraper to remove it and paint.  It did an okay job but still left a lot of paint in some places. And in the places it dried it was hard to remove especially the odor.  Had to buy another product that is made to clean off the paint stripped.

Honestly stripping was just a tedious, unpleasant job. Understand why so many of the painting estimates we got suggested replacing the banister instead.  It seems no one, including professional painters like to tackle such a project.  Not even sure my husband realized what a project I took on as he sometimes can be oblivious to the amount of work I do on home projects. ha  It's one of those things where if you aren't doing it yourself it may look easy but when you are the one doing it, it's far from being as easy as it looks on those HGTV shows. 

3. Cleaning.  After the sanding and stripping was complete next came the cleaning.  As the wood has to be clean and dry before painting.  So I bought a special paint stripping cleaner wiped everything down with that.  After it dried I then wiped the banister and railings down with a mix of warm water and dawn dish soap.  In fact because of the lingering odor of the citristrip I did this more than once. Overall think I let it dry at about a week before painting.

4. Priming.  Once the wood was dry the next step was to prime. Priming was important because not all spect of the paint was removed. So to make sure those remnants didn't come through or eventually cause peeling I used a water based primer. Water base primers have a much lower odor and are more easily cleaned up than oil based ones. Since the wood has been sanded and stripped felt a water based primer would be fine.  So applied two coats to the banister and railings.  Let the primer dry for at least seven days to make sure it soaked into the wood. 

5. Painting. Before painting went over any areas of the primer that might be imperfect with fine sand paper to make the surface as smooth as possible. Applied two coats of semi gloss white paint to the banisters and railings. Semi gloss tends to be a thicker paint and can be a little harder to apply then say a flat or satin wall paint. But it holds up better and has the ability to be wiped down without taking off any paint. 

So would I do it again?  Honestly probably because just can't see spending $1200 to pay someone else to do it. Though when I was actually working on it I'd probably have said no way. All I know is I'm glad the project is finished.  Changing the brown to white was definitely worth it and goes great with all the other renovations.

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Wednesday, July 19, 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! 

Charlie is a West Highland Terrier mix who is around 10 years old.  This guy needs to spend his senior years being spoiled and loved, not in a over crowded shelter.  Please lets find him a loving home!

Goldie A5087143   - Los Angeles, CA

GOLDIE
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
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Millie Brady is a Havanese mix who is around 3 years old and 20 lbs. She is full of love and cute as a button. Please lets find her a great home!

Millie Brady - Brooklyn, NY

Millie Brady
Badass Animal Rescue
Brooklyn, NY 11249
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Tara is a Terrier mix who is 11 weeks old. This sweet little terrier mix, who joined her mom, Tessie, and brother, Tinker, in coming to Almost Home in search of homes of their own. She is good with dogs, cat and kids. Because of her size they would like to place her with a family with kids older than 10.  Please lets find her a good home!

Tara - Dolyestown, PA

Tara
Almost Home Dog Rescue
PO Box 132
Doylestown, pa 18901
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Hayden is a Great Great Pyrenees / Australian Shepherd mix who is 6 months old. He is a fluffy handsome fellow who is very sweet and submissive, but not very sure of people right now. He was an owner surrender with his siblings, after being in the fields with livestock in north Texas. He will learn that people can be fun and nice.  Please lets find him a loving home!

Hayden - Spring, TX

Hayden
Great Pyrenees Rescue Society
Spring, TX 77388
http://www.greatpyreneesrescuesociety.org



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, July 17, 2017

Monday Musings

The weather is back to be steamy, kind of like my dreams lately.

Seriously what is the deal with dreams?  For instance last night my dream was filled with lots of flirting and love. Always seem to be falling in love in my dreams. Occasionally they may involve someone I know but for the most part it's strangers. Could it be I need more affection in my daily life? (maybe the man needs to step his game up) ha  It's odd how some dreams can feel so real. And that's exactly how today started!

The week was rather busy.  We did manage to get someone out to fix the ac even though it was quite the process. By Tuesday afternoon it was fixed, and boy did it feel good.  Think people take for granted having ac but when it's 95 and your sweating your ass off you quickly realize how luxurious central air is. The guy who fixed the ac actually grew up in Siberia. It's amazing the people you meet, and the stories they have to share.

Also went a little nuts on cleaning house but it felt and smelled so good. A clean floor really does feel so different on bare feet then a dirty one.  And dusting makes such a big difference as well, it's scary how much dust accumulates around a house.

The weekend was a little busy, wanted to go golfing but the man wasn't interested.  I could probably go golfing every weekend in the summer, especially chip n putt.  Might even like it more than the man.  While he loves to watch golf on tv I would much prefer to play it. Why sit and watch when you could be out playing? Though the cost is somewhat of a deterrence at times.

Friday was the best day as got to watch the nephew.  My sister and niece had a girls day so they dropped him off on their way.  We had lots of fun playing, walking and even got some snuggles. Come evening we got some takeout and watched Live PD.  After a week of work the man usually just wants to chill out.

Saturday I did some food shopping. Then the man and I went to this animal rescue festival at a local pet store near my sisters house.  He saw a puppy listed at a rescue which he really wanted to see in person.  Of course we arrive only to find out the rescue he was interested in wasn't going to be there until Sunday, he got the wrong day.  The rescue that was there had some cute Lab puppies who were really cute and hard to resist but little too big for what we are looking for.  Think he was bummed. We stopped on way home to pick up some grass seed and a new bird feeder. As a squirrel decided to eat the top off our plastic bird feeder.  (it's amazing what some animals can eat through)

We came home had some lunch and embarked on some lawn work.  He cut lawn while I pulled crab grass and replaced the bare parts of lawn with seed.  The lawn hasn't really ever been cared for by previous owners so it needs some work.  There is a mix of all types of grasses, combined with a lot of various weeds as well.  It's going to take a little while to get it back in shape and looking lush.  After all the work we just hung out on the patio for awhile chatting and relaxing.

 Some how I also found time to make a banana cream pie.  It's a first and it came out pretty good.  Of course being the party people we are think we dozed off after dessert. ha  Funny as I see some of my married friends constantly bar hopping or at parties every weekend and sometimes wonder how they do it.  Not that I don't think it might be fun occasionally but couldn't drink like they do. Just wonder how they manage to work and keep such busy social schedules as well.  The man is done after a week of working he just doesn't want to do much. Anyway....

Sunday the man chilled out watching golf while I did some work.  We grilled out again. We bought a small charcoal grill when our gas was giving us issues. And what we found is charcoal actually grills food better.  There is way less charring of food without the intense flame of the gas grill. Burgers and chicken that we grilled both stayed more moist and shrunk way less cooking over charcoal.

Downside to charcoal is you have to clean and change out the charcoal each time you grill which costs more than a gas tank.  A tank for the gas grill can last all season. Overall there is less cleaning with gas grills too as you don't have to empty charcoal every time you grill, you simple wipe the grill grate.  But the good way it cooks up food and overall taste may be worth the extra effort.

Today I removed more crabgrass from the front lawn and replaced it with grass seed.  It was definitely more work than I anticipated think the hot, humid weather made it feel worse. Pretty much felt exhausted the rest of the day. In fact sat down to make some calls and  even dozed off. Have a list of things I need to get to.

We are back to watching Big Brother as well.  The man loves that show while I like it don't understand the man's obsession with wanting to be on the show. He even auditioned for it once and wants to again. Who would want to be on a show where you can't have any contact with the outside world for three months? Who would want to go that long without talking to loved ones?  Besides he can't even go a few minutes without looking at this phone or watching tv and he thinks he is going to be able to go three months. ha

On that note realized I've been on this computer way too long, that is not good for the brain or dizziness.  Better go make some dinner anyway!




















Sunday, July 16, 2017

Soul Sunday

Trust the wait. 
Embrace the uncertainty. 
Enjoy the beauty of becoming.
When nothing is certain, anything is possible.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Living Room Renovation

Upon moving in we realized the previous owners cats had taken their liberties all over the carpet upstairs and downstairs.  The smell was pungent and overwhelming, how we didn't smell that when looking at the house still amazes us.  There was little choice but to pull the carpet.  We already knew we wanted to change the paint colors on the wall too.

First I wiped the walls down, patched up holes and painted the living room, kitchen and hallway first. Changing the colors to a more serene cottage scheme.  The living room and kitchen walls were painted sea salt and the hallway irish cream. Painting open space rooms can be challenging. Usually I prefer a satin find them easy to clean if need be but our painter friend suggested a flat to better hide imperfections of the wall.  Thought maybe Sherwin Williams flat paint might be of better quality but it's very hard to remove the dirt and stains that sometimes get on the walls.  Think it seems to actually attract more dirt, I basically have to touch them up with more paint. So would not go with a flat again.  

Next I started removing the carpet and padding which was rather hard work.   Cutting strips of carpet and padding then rolling them up and dragging them outside was no joke.  The carpet knives are sharp and even ended up having to go to urgent care after slicing through a finger with one.  Next involved removing the carpet strips which are tacked or nailed down.  That requires going under the tack strips with a special small crow bar type of tool, tipping the edge of it with a hammer and then pulling the wood strip up.  Our padding was also stapled down in some areas so it meant trying to remove all those as well.  Those two things took the most patience and time. 

Next I swept, vacuumed and cleaned the wood floors thoroughly.  Since the wood floors weren't in as good of shape as we hoped we realized we would need to put down new flooring.  So I coated the wood flooring with a special enzymatic cleaner which is suppose to remove animal odors such a urine. 

Choices for flooring were refinish the wood floor, laminate, wood looking tile or luxury vinyl something we didn't even know existed. The man and I both love the new hardwood looking tiles but after much research we realized it might not be ideal for what we needed.  Tile can be slippery when wet, it has a cold feel and if things drop they will most likely break. The man doesn't like hardwood floors so refinishing them was out. Laminate was okay but worried about it standing up to a dog and getting wet.  The flooring company suggested luxury vinyl planking something we had never heard of.   It looks just like wood or laminate flooring but has the advantage of being water proof, slip proof, doesn't get cold like tile and is softer to walk on.

So we got a deal on flooring as it was not only on sale but we got a discount on the install.  After some research we chose a brand called Coretec, which also comes in the rustic look we prefer. Since we decided on a brown for the family room we went with something completely different upstairs. As you will notice the floor is grey with blue tones.  I loved the downstairs wood floor and would have put that upstairs too but the man really loved this grey look so we compromised. The floor has very tranquil feel to it. 

The toughest part was finding a sofa to compliment the floors and walls.  We didn't exactly agree on what we were finding in some of the furniture stores.  It was hard to find something with the look I had in mind, that was comfortable and affordable.  Finally we found this couch, it was actually in mint green  when we first saw it.  But they had a sample chair in grey, the sectional was actually on sale as it was considered their summer line.  

We already had the armoire which we used for storage in our previous home, thought it would make a good tv holder for the living room that way we could close the doors when not in use.  The white shelf was a great find at Target, it fits our coastal look and gives great storage options.  The end tables I ordered from amazon for a phenomenal price. Target is also where I bought the rustic wood lamps which go nicely with the wood finish of the armoire, the white curtains and rod. The curtains are a nice thick material which actually does a good job keeping light out when needed. The rods I'm less than thrilled with as they don't stay in place and they scratch very easily, in hindsight would have gone with a darker rustic brown or black. 

We plan on adding a few pieces as well, an area rug and some pillows to the sectional.   In another post I will go into detail about the banister renovation which can be seen in the photos as well.

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Wednesday, July 12, 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! 

Jolene is Chihuahua Terrier mix who is around 2 years old. She is sitting in a very overcrowded shelter hoping to be adopted by a good family. Please lets find her a loving home! 

Jolene # A5084755 - Los Angeles, CA

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


Romy is Terrier mix who is 10 years old.  This sweet senior girl would like nothing better than to find a family to be able to play, snuggle and call her own.  Please lets find her a great home!

Romy - Los Angeles, CA

ROMY
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
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Peach (the Puggle) is 5 years old, and Baby (the Doxie) is 4 years oldThese two cuties are a bonded pair and must be adopted together..  They came to the shelter as owner surrenders, by the sister of the owner, after their owner was no longer able to properly care for them. Peach and Baby are the sweetest, softest, most loving, amazing babies you'll ever meet. They love to cuddle with each other, and they love getting love and attention from just about anyone. If you are looking to add two beauties to your family, please consider this bonded pair. Please lets find them a good home!

Peaches and Baby - New York, NY

PEACHES & BABY
NY Pet-I-Care inc.
301 East 22nd Street
NYC, NY 10010
(212) 614-7194


Bella, Beth, Bobby and Benny are Wheaten Terrier mixes two are 4 years old and two are 2 years old.  These 4 dolls, 2 boys and 2 girls are the sweetest. They love people and other dogs and children. We think no cats however, after all they are Terriers.  They are mom, dad, daughter and son. They are a wonderful family. Please lets find him the loving home! 

Bella, Beth, Bobby and Benny - New York, NY

BELLA, BETH, BOBBY & BENNY
NY Pet-I-Care inc.
301 East 22nd Street
NYC, NY 10010
(212) 614-7194
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Dennis is a Chihuahua mix who is 9 years old.  He is a sweet dog who just wants to find someone to love. Please lets find him a great home!

Dennis 35833675  - Philadelphia, PA

Saved Me
860-862 N. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
215-240-1240
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 Natasha is a Labrador Retriever mix. She is  a beautiful girl who is affectionate, loyal, family & dog friendly, potty trained and such a Momma's girl. She enjoys long walks, playing with other dogs, with people and with her toys. She is cautious when meeting new people, especially men, but soon warms up to  them especially if they smell like doggy people. When AARF Houston took her
 in,she  had just had puppies; the rescue and fosters have been great to her and  helped find terrific homes for her precious babies; now it's her turn. Please lets find her a good home!

Natasha Bella - Houston, TX

Natasha Bella
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.}

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