Wednesday, June 28, 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!

Tiana is Silky Terrier mix who is around 2 years old.  She is sitting in a crowded shelter and needs a family to call her own.  Please lets find her a loving home!

Tiana - Los Angeles, CA

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

Bruno is a Boxer mix who is 1 year old. He is looking for his furever home! 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

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

Ginger is a Labrador Retriver/Hound mix who is 6 years old. She is a sweet girl who is looking for a new place to hang her leash. Ginger is playful and energetic but settles down nicely and loves to snuggle with her person. She is house trained and doesn't require a crate, gets along well with other dogs and kids but kitties are too much fun to chase. A cat-free home would be best for Ginger. She knows basic commands and loves to go for walks. Please lets find her a good home!

Ginger - Doylestown, PA

Almost Home Dog Rescue
PO Box 132
Doylestown, pa 18901

Smiley is a Border Terrier mix who loves to smile. He was left behind by his previous owners but luckily he got swooped up by AARF rescue and they got him all fixed up!  He loves to play and cuddle with you all day every day, let him prove it to you. Please lets find him a loving home!

Smiley - Houston, TX

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

No paw left behind our mission!

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

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

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Monday Musings

The weather has cooled off to create perfect summer weather, even if it's just for a few days.  It's a nice change from all the hot and humidity, not to mention storms.

Things have been busy hence why I'm just getting around to writing today.

Thursday I got to hang out and watch my nephew all day.  We had a lot of fun. Walks, playing outside, laughing and snuggling.

Saturday we had a family picnic at my sisters. Her brother in law, who we consider family as well, is being deployed to Afghanistan for the 5th time. He's been in the military for over 17 years, and didn't think he had anymore deployments ahead of him so this came as a surprise.  Not exactly a good time to be going over there either with all the battles going on. Think everyone feels concerned.

The picnic was fun. Any time spent with family, the niece and nephew is always good.

Sunday the man worked on the lawn, I did a little weeding.  It's surprising how much grows between paver patios. While they look good they also require a decent amount of upkeep as well.  Later we went to the mall to get my rings inspected and cleaned. Picked up some new scents. Got some lunch and spent the rest of day relaxing. Well kinda as later in the evening the man decided to trim some of our trees in back as I played with Cooper.

Monday I was back at painting the steps.  Patched a few holes and sanded. Applied two coats of white semi gloss to the back and sides of steps, also to the molding around steps and hallway. The step part is going to be painted grey so have to wait a little for white to set.  Given I felt tired and rather sore it was tough.  The two tone painting involved with the steps is more tedious than some of the other painting I've done in the house. And it requires more prep work and taping.

Haven't got good sleep lately and it's catching up.  It's crazy how when you get older sleeping through the night becomes much harder.  My rib is still sore and hurts when doing physical stuff. They aren't kidding when they say torn rib muscles take a while to heal.

Wanted to tackle my office today so started early this morning. Of course that turned into some how cleaning the whole house including laundry room and bathrooms. What was I thinking.  It's hard once you get on a roll, and get all dirty there's that thought of why not just do it all. Which sounds good until your body rebels into an exhausted, sore state and you find yourself laying on the floor wanting to take a nap. Actually took a break to put the heating pad on tight muscles.

And might have to finish up writing later as now dinner is buzzing!

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.

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