Saturday, January 30, 2010

Zippy is Sending Her Love

I have had several people asking me how Zippy is doing. She is doing much better. I have found more time to cuddle with her and she isn't whining as much. As I type this blog she is staring at me wanting me to get off the computer and watch a movie with her. I thought I would show you how pitiful she looks when she wants my attention. Signing off to go watch a movie with Zippy.

Computer Problems

This past week I have not posted because I was frustrated with my computer. Last Monday I spent the day helping my husband battle a worm on his computer, solved the problem by going through the DOS to use an antivirus program. While helping him, I was downloading stuff on my computer (from the net) to help him. I must have picked up a buggie bo that caused my computer started running slow and having difficulty opening programs. I put of dealing with it intently all week...too much going on I ended up trying to fix it on Friday. Well, to sum it all up I had to reformat my fun. Spent the evening last night putting programs back on my computer and trying to remember what sites I had in favorites and user names and passwords. With this all done, I did not want to be on the computer at all today. Although, I am on here tonight to post a note to thank everyone who commented on my post and dropped me a note through other sites. So I am back up and running again and will post another picture of Zippy for you all to see.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

So I Have Too Much Time On My Hands

It's only funny, because if she could she would.

Friday, January 22, 2010

What's Up With Zippy?

This past week my dog, Zippy, has been driving my entire family crazy. She has been following us around and whining. She usually only does this when she is in heat or having a false pregnancy, both of which she is not. She has become very needy and demanding of our attention. How does she do this you ask? She will stand in front of you if you are sitting, standing or walking and stare at you while giving us her "puppy dog" look. If that doesn't work she whines.

I have been busy with my writing and seeking employment, as well as my husband and daughter. So, all this whining and neediness could be a result from a lack of attention to the "princess". When my sons gets home from work she runs to them and employs her pitiful behavior on him. As you can see from the picture above, they are suckers for her.

I am now in search of some doggie psychologist to help me figure out how to deal with this spoiled dog. I have completely made a mess of this dog and have to fix it before we all go crazy and I find a job outside the home. Any suggestions are appreciated. I guess I just need to put a sign on my door that says, slave to needy dog .

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Bed and Breakfast

My secret vacation would involve a Bed and Breakfast. I think they are so romantic. I recently discovered a Bed and Breakfast Paris has to offer, how romantic! While sightseeing Paris you can travel by bus, which looks like so much fun. You might even be able to see Thalasso Bretagne while you are there. You'll have to check these places out. I bet you'll find them as wonderful and romantic as I did.

How to Accompany on Piano

I have to admit I am musically illiterate. No kidding, I have tried to play several different instruments throughout my life, which usually ended in someone begging me to stop. My husband on the other hand has a natural talent and thankfully my children were blessed with his genes. The one instrument I have always wanted to be able to play is the piano. While I was online googling the other day I ran across a web site on how to accompany on the piano. I found it completely fascinating and thought I would share it with my blogging friends.

It is a series of 3 DVD course on how to accompany a singer on the piano. It teaches you how to break down a chord and make choral notes that are interesting. It also shows a variety of rhythm styles that can be introduced. It sounds like so much fun. This DVD set sounds like it would be a lot of fun to try out. I think after I accomplish Mary Had a Little Lamb, I might give this a try.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Beautiful Blogger Award Goes To........

I was recently awarded a beautiful blogger award from a very sweet lady. The rules of receiving this award is to pass along this award to 7 others and to reveal 7 things about your self that not many others know.

1) As a child I slept with my glasses on in case the boogey man showed up, I could see him.

2) I love to pull pranks on other people and tend to laugh when someone else falls down or hurts them self. My good friend, Andrea has this same affliction.

3) I have absolutely no patience. Okay, this one is obvious if you already know me....but at least I am willing to admit it. Next step, therapy :)

4) I use to play cowboys with the neighbor kids when I was young. We would drink pickle juice and pretend it was beer. In our mind it was so horrible tasting, that was the closest thing you could get to beer without drinking it.

5) I would love to go back to college and get a journalism degree.

6) I have achluophobia (fear of dark) and aquaphobia (fear of drowning).

7) would love to travel all over the world and do missionary work.

Now for the BEAUTIFUL BLOGGER AWARDS by Valea's Thoughts

Al`eh's Writings - I'm a bit partial to her blog since she is my daughter, but her poetry is inspirational and beautiful. I love her depth and originality. She is a beautiful person inside and out.

Dew Sparkles - Her knowledge of herbs is fascinating and she is a wonderful writer with alot of talent. She also happens to be my daughter-in-law. She is also beautiful inside and out.

Heartland Perspective - Is a great blog stocked full of information. She is a wonderful friend and a great talent in writing. I love reading her blogs!

Baili and I - I have enjoyed reading her writings they always put a smile on my face. She has a wonderful sense of humor that she adds to her writings.

Outnumbered - I love his humor and writing

Very Top Five - Is a fun blog to follow. The top five favorites of random things.

Thur My eyes - Is an informative blog stocked full of information.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Babies R US

As a soon to be grandmother, I take my job seriously. That would include shopping. I went with my daughter in law to register at the local Baby R Us store yesterday. It was so exciting and exhausting! Where do you begin with all the latest gadgets for babies? I was overwhelmed with the items they have for these new parents. It amazes me that we ever raised children without these gadgets. They have car seats that have attachments to your stroller. Heaven forbid you actually take the child out of the car seat and place it in the stroller. How did we ever survive? They also have these pillows/foam forms for the nursing mother. I can remember a day when you actually help your child while he/she was nursing. They have swings. slings and things that glow. Not sure how a child will be able to sleep with the solar system on the ceiling. Instead of counting sheep I imagine it will count stars. I will admit it was alot of fun, these new fangled contraptions are very interesting.

My personal moment of "ahhh" was in the child proofing your home area. Child proofing your home is now an art form. If it opens, they have a lock for it. If it turns on, they have a guard for it. The only thing it doesn't protect the child from is life. Give them a few years, I'm sure they will sell a very expensive gadget for it.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Parco San Marco

I don't know about anyone else, but winter's cold weather has left me wanting a beautiful warm vacation. I was surfing the internet the other day and came across the beautiful Italian, Lake Lugano vacation. On one of the private beaches of Lake Lugano is a resort called Parco San Marco. It is a fabulous Italian Spa Hotel which has something for everyone needing to get away and find a inner peace. Their spa focuses on holistic health that incorporates body, spirit and soul. I definitely would enjoy the luxury of a day of massages and meditation.

My husband on the other hand would rather enjoy golf at the Lake Como Golf Course. A Parco San Marco receptionist will gladly reserve his start time and all he would have to do is hop on the shuttle that they provide to the golf course. He doesn't even need to worry about packing his clubs, as they have club rentals at Parco San Marcos partners -Golfclub Menaggio & Cadenabbia. Which also provides private lessons to improve his game.

Both of us would enjoy the private beaches of Lake Lugano and the beautiful pools at Parco San Marco. A sun and spa vacation is definitely what I need. No more Midwest winter for me!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Power of Prayer

Scientifically, studies show that the power of prayer can heal a body. My personal opinion is your faith that the prayer will be answered is the reason you are healed. After reading another blogger's article, this blog was inspired along with certain events in my life recently. The mind is one of the most fascinating creations. We haven't even began to understand the depths of the power our minds yield. I do not buy into the "new age" thinking. I believe our creator made a marvelous creation, our minds. The power of positive thinking or negative thinking (stinkin thinkin, as I call it).

On our journey through life the people who surround you can either edify you or bring you down. These things effect how you think and feel. When you speak love and kindness and positive things to those around you it lifts them up and you as well. The peace you have in your life also effects your thinking. If you speak negativity to those around you, you feel negative and stressed. Stress we all know can effect you physically and emotionally, so why is it hard to believe it can effect you spiritually.

Life is full of joy and sorrow, that we are guaranteed. How you choose to deal with these two emotions is your choice. It is easy to rejoice when you are happy and there is joy in your life. Choosing to find the positive in bad situations is not so easy. Nothing in life happens by chance. Understanding in every bad situation, there is a positive purpose. You just have to look for it.
No one said life was easy, it's how you choose to walk it out that determines how bumpy the road.

Choosing the power of prayer can make a difference in these times of sorrow. It can lift a burden too heavy for you to carry alone. Releasing your burdens and looking for the positive results of prayer can make your walk easier and walk of those you pray for easier. Never underestimate the power of prayer.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Zippy's Spoiled

I can't help it, but I am partial to my dog Zippy. She's an only child/dog. I spoil her to the point of ridiculous. She has her winter coats, sweater and sweat shirts, spring t-shirts and summer tank tops. I have to admit, I don't buy all these clothes. Many have been given to her by friends and family. Before Zippy came into my life, I felt dressing an animal was cruel. This dog actually loves her clothes. She loves her sweaters because she is always cold. There is no way to convince the people, who think like I use to, that this dog actually loves to wear clothes. So, I will share all the other ways I spoil this doggie diva.

She has her toy basket, which she recently was given a new dog toy by a friend. She has her dog bed which is next to my bed. Her bed contains her own doggie blankets which she has had since she was born. Although, her favorite place to sleep is my bed. My husband doesn't spoil her, so she isn't allowed on the bed, not that it stops her.

I think the reason I spoil Zippy so much is the fact she is so human-like in her behavior. Her face is very expressive, friends have told me it is easy to read what she is thinking, but I already knew that. Zippy is never without a human friend.

She isn't much for the canine or feline friendships. She is an alpha dog, so she is pretty bossy. Most dogs submit to her, but occasionally she runs across another alpha and that doesn't go well. She does have a bff, my sisters dog "Oscar". She gets so excited when we head to "Oscar's" house. Occasionally, they have sleep overs if we are on vacation. Last vacation, my nephew inquired if he could keep Zippy. Obviously, he was very disappointed in my lack of cooperation to give my dog away.

What Zippy lacks for in looks, she gains from in personality. Although, a mother/owners love believes all her kids/dogs are cute. Okay, I'm a little biased in my thinking. Let me know what you think.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Insurance options

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

SRC Lists

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Home Plans and More

If you are looking to build a new home or start a home project you should visit Home Plans and More web site. Their new website design makes it easy to view the thousands of home designs. You can search by architectural design, multi-family home plans or by their best selling home plans. However you choose to search you will not run out of home plans to choose from.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Cures In the Kitchen For the Common Cold

Many people do not realize that in their kitchen are natural remedies to the common cold. We take for granted the things that are available right in our own back yard. Over the centuries people have used minerals and plants for medicinal cures. When the Europeans came over to the United States, they brought with them seeds and plants. They also learned from the Native Americans which plants were used for different cures. A typical wife and mother were knowledgeable about herbs and how to use them for medicinal purposes. Some of modern day medicine originated from plants and herbs. As people moved toward a more industrial society and into the cities, they became more dependent on pharmaceutical companies to supply their medicine.

People have become unlearned about these old time rememedies. These natural rememdies still work and are available in your kitchen to this day. Salt, apple cider vinegar, oinion, garlic, anise, ginger, honey are a few of the items in your cabinets that can cure the coomon cold.

At the first sign of a sore throat, gargle with warm salt water. Salt has been used for centuries to remove bacteria from meat. Farmers soak their meat in salt water to remove bacteria. I have used this remedy with my family for years. Place a teaspoon of salt in an 8 oz glass of warm water. Gargle the entire glass; this will remove mucus and dilate the capillaries increasing the blood flow. Do this several times a day and you will feel so much better.

Apple cider vinegar is good for so many things. Colds, flu, headaches, digestion problems, insect bites and so much more. When you are coming down with a cold, your bodies alkaline level is unstable. Drinking apple cider vinegar will re-balance the acid level. Add apple cider vinegar to a glass of water, making it as strong as you can tolerate. Gargle and swallow this mixture twice a day. Apple cider vinegar kills streptococcus virus as well as adds extra potassium to your body as well. When using apple cider vinegar rinse your mouth out after drinking to rinse the acid off the enamel of your teeth.

Ginger contains nearly a dozen antiviral compounds and is a great cold remedy. First you must peel the skin from the ginger root. Grate fresh ginger into a cup of hot water. Seep for 10 minutes and add honey to taste. The tea will give your throat a tingy sensation.

Onion and garlic are from the same family and both contain antiviral compounds. Seep a sliced onion over night in honey. Take this mixture at intervals, like cough medicine. By eating onions and garlic you are ingesting these antiviral foods to your diet. Helping to fight the cold.

Anise is an expectorant to get rid of phlegm and also has antiviral compounds. Take one or two teaspoons of crushed aniseed and place them in hot water to seep for 10 –15 minutes. Anise is used to make Indian Chai tea as well. Drink this tea several times a day.

Honey is an antibacterial. Using honey with different herbs helps to fight bacterial infections that are sometimes second infections caused by the common cold. As you have read already, when making teas you can add honey to help the efficiency of the tea. Also adding it to other herbs to make syrup is beneficial. Either way, honey is definitely a yummy way to help cure the cold.

Lemon like apple cider vinegar is high in acid and will balance your alkaline levels in your body. It will also cut through mucus acting as an expectorant. You can mix lemon to any herbal tea or add it to water to drink.

Thyme is also used as an antibacterial. My mixing thyme leaves in hot water and seeping for 10 – 15 minutes. Even most herbalist forget the benefits of thyme as it is not commonly mentioned as a antibacterial herb.

Oregano is common known as marjoram has high thymol content. The fascinating thing about oregano is that fights bacterium, viruses, fungi and yeast. Using 1 – 2 teaspoons of oregano leaves in hot water and seeping for 15 minutes several times a day will help you fight the common cold.

Sage was one of the four sacred plants of the Native American. Sage helps with inflammation of the throat and with irritations of the throat. If you mix sage with apple cider vinegar you have a powerful cold cure.

Making rosemary tea will help with bronchial issues. Rosemary helps break up phylum. Giving you relief from congestion. Add 1 –2 teaspoons in hot water and let seep for 10 – 15 minutes.

Cinnamon is a natural germicide. Adding cinnamon to any herbal cold tea can enhance its medicinal purpose. By adding a ¼ teaspoon to honey and taking as a cough syrup will also help alleviate cold symptoms.

These are just a few natural remedies for the common cold and cold like symptoms. I know there are times when you just don’t feel like getting out to pick up an over the counter cold medication. You may already have these items in your cupboard and they work just as efficiently. The best cure for the common cold prevention. Remember to always wash your hands. Eat a healthy diet and make sure you are including foods with lots of vitamins and minerals. No virus or bacteria can live in a healthy environment. Remember to always eat healthy and live healthy.

Nintendo Wii and more snow

What an eventful last couple of days. My father in law showed up Friday with a Nintendo Wii for the family. There have been many times where we could have purchased this video game system, but I had refused to get caught up in the hype. I know there are alot of families who love the system as a way for a family game night. I myself liked the good old fashion board games or card games. As of Friday our family has been officially converted. I will admit, watching the family play was so much fun. Saturday night, the Wii fun continued until the late hours, while the snow was blowing outside. We awoke to 2 1/2 inches of snow and everyone slept in late, exhausted from a night of fun. As our plans for the day were canceled by the weather we look around at one another and I see a family game day in the making.