Saturday, January 08, 2011
Was on another mission today to take a dog from its owners who found the shedding to be too much. I think that has to be one of the stupidest excuses for relinquishing ownership of an animal but that is just my humble opinion. This little dog is only about 8 months old, was adopted from a shelter about 4 months ago, and now the novelty has worn off.
Luckily we had a foster family in mind so John and I were asked to find some kennels and to sanitize them before we delivered the equipment to the foster home. Now you are all thinking they had to be sanitized from being at our house, but the kennels were actually borrowed from us and were at a dog grooming place. Hence the need to make sure they were free of other dog's germs.
What a little sweetie pie! She looks like a small terrier, all white except for an eye-patch black spot right above one of her eyes! I said she looks like a wee little pirate with her eye patch resting on her forehead. We saw no excess fur coming off of her but she did seem to crave attention. Apparently, she was either left tied on all day or left in a porch with no human contact except in passing. WHY would somebody do this to an animal?
The woman who had Maddy before us, would take away all water and food from him at 6:00 p.m. and lock him in a dark room and only let him out at 10:00 the next morning. Again, why have a dog if you are going to do that to them. No wonder Maddy is known as a Cling-On for his mommy! Ha.
I really wanted to take this little dog today but I'm finally learning to accept my limitations. I know I can give Maddy and Lou a good life but at this point, any more than two would cause me more harm than good.
So, I would like all of you out there who have pets, to please give them a good belly rub tonight in honour of all of those homeless, sheltered, abused fur-covered souls out there. We think that we are rescuing them but how many times does a little pet actually bring us pure joy and fulfillment.....everyday if you let them!
Again, thanks for reading and putting up with my opinions.
Friday, January 07, 2011
All I can say to begin with is "Thank goodness it is Friday" because I'm pooped! There is nothing like a two week break from work to make you tired the very first week back. I'm glad to be back though, all the same, as I really need structure in my life. Oh dear, I'm turning into a fuddy duddy!
My question of the night is "how do you keep the names of your SparkFriends straight"? I know most of you sign off your blog responses to me with your real names but when I look at your pictures I "see" your Spark names and not your real names. Then I feel bad when I send a message because I can't seem to keep the names straight.
There used to be a television program here in Newfoundland called Romper Room. Mind you, this was back in the 2 channel universe, one of which was the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) and NTV (Newfoundland Television). CBC was traditionally really structured while NTV was mostly local.
Anyway, the hostess of Romper Room was a young lady you called herself "Miss Anne" and she would have sing-a-longs and other fun things children would enjoy. The fun part of Miss Anne was that she would have a mirror-like thing and she would look right at the camera and say "and I see Johnny, and I see Susie, etc" so all of us children watched eagerly to see if Miss Anne would somehow magically "see" them through their television sets. Oh the miracles of television and young minds!
Okay, so you are wondering what the connection is to Miss Anne? Well, I wish I had a device that would flash my friends real names across my screen when I'm trying desperately to remember if "FatinSeattle" (I made that up!) is Judy, Joanne, or Dwayne! Ha!
So, here I sit, going to send out messages to all of you and I hate to get your names mixed up....hopefully that will explain the generic "To Whom it May Concern"!!! Just joking!
I hope all is well with each and everyone of you in your respective corners of this world!
Thursday, January 06, 2011
Although I nothing earth shattering to share, I thought I would continue on with my blog writing, for my own benefit, it not for anyone elses.
I've been walking more this week which is really helping my mental health. I guess it is helping my physical health as well but that is something you don't really notice on a day to day basis.
Speaking of mentally, does anybody else find that the weather really affects their state of mind? It does nutty things to me! Whenever we have rain, drizzle, and fog I would just as soon stay in bed or at least indoors with the lights on and the curtains closed.
That being said, I was thrilled that the past few days have finally turned cooler and the sun has come out! We still don't have any snow.....unless you count the 1/2 inch that is lying on the grass. I've been walking wearing my sneakers rather than warm winter boots because of the warm temperatures. Sneakers are much more comfortable and allow me to walk the dogs and me further!
Funny dog story....well, not so funny for poor Maddy. Yesterday we went our normal route and met up with a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Blaze. Blaze is about two and is WILD! Well, I think Lou now has a boyfriend because didn't they have fun chasing each other and knocking into one another. Of course, they are both 60+ pounds so it was kind of even.
Enter, our ferocious ball of fluff, Maddy who eagerly joined in the play. All was going well until Blaze slipped, crashed into Lou who knocked Maddy off his feet. The expression on Maddy's face was priceless. He ran up to me, and looked at me as if to say "Mom, did you see what they did to me" before he took off racing again. Needless to say, they both crashed when they got home and were well-behaved doggies all night. LOL.
I hope all of you are doing well on your journeys. I will try to get in touch with each of you over the weekend.
P.S. Thanks to those of you who suggested some great organizing tips! I checked out the FlyLady website...wow!
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Just got back from a nice stroll with the dogs during which I did some more thinking. I think I should earn "brownie points" for all the calories I burn when I think too much.....ha!
Anyway, I have to confess that I'm chronically disorganized. My husband refers to me as the most disorganized-organized person he knows. I try to be organized but then life happens and it all goes out the window.
So, along with fanning the flames of my Spark, I am going to embark on trying to get myself organized. I'm going to approach it with the same game plan I did when I joined Spark. I'm going to take it slow and steady. I am teaching myself to always put my keys in the same spot when I come home. Same goes for my wallet and cell phone.
I think I'm so messy because a) we never had kids so we act like two teenagers and b) I was raised to be anal about any clutter that I rebelled. But now, I'm ashamed of myself.
Any ideas on setting up routines for housework, meal planning, laundry, etc.? I'm going to try to write down my plan and keep it out where I can see it. Maybe then life will seem a little less crazy.
I don't know what I would be like if I had children or worked full time?! Maybe, I'd be okay because then I would only have a set period of time to do stuff. Right now it feels like I spend half of my life cleaning up and there always seems to be a mess, of some sort, around.
Talk to you later!
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Today was my first day back to work since December 21st, so I'm a bit tired tonight. Funny how that is, isn't it? I was up half the night again coughing and to cope I kept sipping on honey which probably put me in sugar overload! Ha!
Speaking of sugar, I had to take Mom to a diabetes clinic today as starting tomorrow she has to start taking insulin injections twice a day. She was first diagnosed 20 years ago and except for the first year, she did not make any lifestyle or dietary adjustments.
When we were talking to the nurse today, I found out that I have an increased risk of developing diabetes as well since both Mom and her sister had/have it. Plus, I'm overweight.....by a lot!
I was reading a newspaper article yesterday that stated that Newfoundland has the highest rate of diabetes in all of Canada and we are double the national average. That is scary!
So, what can I do? I guess I have to accept the family history but I can change my diet and lifestyle. I think I'm working on both of that now. I'm also exercising and trying to get my weight down to an acceptable range. Apparently, it has a lot to do with the circumference of your waist. I'm doomed....or am I?
The same nurse told me that the changes I am making are great. She also explained that I should be eating my fruit with meals rather than as snacks because the other foods help prevent spikes in blood sugar, Interesting.
Anyway, I'm not going to worry about it but I will make an effort to become more informed to see if I can beat the odds!
Thanks for reading! Still a balmy 5 degrees Celsius here!
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