Monday, October 23, 2017

Monday Musings

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

The week was busy as usual.

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Woof Wednesday

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

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

Coco - Los Angeles, CA

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

Tobie is a Beagle/Basset Hound mix who is has lots of love to give. This beagle mix may love lounging on his bed, but he's always up for a day on the town.  He'll do his best to keep up with you (but no promises). He'd love to be part of your family, and you're going to love him for being part of yours. Please lets find him a great home!

Tobie - New York, NY

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

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

Brianna - Yardley, PA

Brianna B
Crossing Paths Animal Rescue
Yardley, PA 19067

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

King - Stafford, TX

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

No paw left behind our mission!

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

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

Monday, October 9, 2017

Monday Musings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Woof Wednesday

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

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

Rob A5117300  - Los Angeles, CA

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

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

Minnie - New York, NY

Pound Hounds Res-Q
415 West 24th Street, # 1A
New York, NY 10011

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

Estella - Doylestown. PA

Almost Home Dog Rescue
PO Box 132
Doylestown, pa 18901

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

Kerri - Houston, TX

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

No paw left behind our mission!

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

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

Monday, October 2, 2017

We Must Do Better

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday Musings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Soul Sunday

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

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

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

5 Proven Truths About Happiness

1. About half of our happiness level is controllable.

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

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

3. Quality relationships make us happier.

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

4. Happy people are more successful.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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