Sunday, March 16, 2014

IS IT SPRING YET? Where is Mother Nature when you need her.

I don't know about the rest of you, but this winter as kicked my ass. The freezing temperatures have drained me emotionally & financially. Oh, how I long for spring! Call me crazy but it feels as if Mother Nature knew we rescued a dog this year and I would be spending more time than usually outdoors walking my furry little friend. Good Golly.
Bailey, our new family member, had a tough start. She was transferred from Florida to a shelter in New Hampshire, so the snow and cold temperatures were difficult to adjust to. As you can see from this video, though, she has come along nicely.
My hubby took this video on one of the many snow days here in MA. My daughter is laughing her butt off - she has her new best friend. Sorry for the quality. A cameraman Jeff is not!
Bailey has consumed most of the last few months. It it like having a new baby. We have had to rearrange our schedules; understand her needs; and find the perfect routine.
Tuesday, she begins her first "Ruff Diamonds" training class. This is a specific class for dogs who have difficulty socializing with other dogs. A class with dogs who don't like each other - wish me luck!
Bailey has been an excellent dogs in so many ways. She is fantastic with kids - a huge plus with all the kids in our neighborhood - and she loves to snuggle and have her belly rubbed ..... but, put another dog in her site, and she becomes unravelled. She barks and growls, lunges for them, and makes walking her difficult to say the least. So, training it is. We had to wait a bit for the class to start, but I am hoping this does the trick.
Coming from a shelter, I assumed she would be fine with other animals.  Not so. Who knows what she has experienced on the streets as a stray dog over the last few years. It may take awhile to get her more comfortable and realize that she is in a safe environment now; we won't let anyone hurt her. She has become very protective of the house and our family. Now we need to help her cope with her fear of other dogs. She will get there - she just needs the love and patience.
Any advise you all have would be welcome!


Wednesday, January 1, 2014


As with every new year, each one of us will reflect on events that have transpired over the last 12 months. We review our last year’s resolutions and many may be disappointed in the lack of achievement. Here I sit in the same boat, kicking myself for not doing all the things I “planned” on doing. I am, however, happy to feel more at peace than the year before.
I always start off with such high hopes every January...always giving it my best jump-start. Get healthy; get organized; spend less money/save more…yada yada yada.
Normally, I try not to make a New Year’s resolution list because of my failure rate, but secretly I have one or two "improvements" I do think about each year. We are all such over achievers, and when it doesn’t “happen”, we feel disappointed in ourselves. But why be disappointed? Of course we fail. We make a list of what we would like to change. The list is always far too long with little to no plan of attack – no deadlines, no agenda. It is no wonder that most resolutions are long forgotten before January is even over.
Let’s not beat ourselves up over it. Instead, reflect on all you have accomplished! And then, if you are still prone to adding a new goal for 2014, own it! Let it be as grand or as practical as you want it to be. Pick one thing, plot out the steps it will take to get there, make sure you add a deadline to each step, and then go for it!
For me, I am going to stick with just being happy with what positive things happened last year and leave it at that. The last few years have been stressful and I want to enjoy the positive moments of 2013.
Appreciate what has happened, enjoy the present, accept life as it comes, and stop stressing over the future.
Maybe that should be my resolution! LOL

"We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential." Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist.

Happy New Year! May you all find peace in your hearts, laugher in your souls, and the wisdom to appreciate the “now”.

BTW - Have the new camera - need to figure out how it works now :)