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
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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
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