Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Loss of a Friend

Losing a friend is never easy. Sometimes there is an argument, sometimes a misunderstanding, sometimes it's just time to move away and move on. I can recall the piece that was making it's way around the Internet discussing how sometimes people come into your life for a reason or a season. Then they go out just as quickly as they meandered into your life. But sometimes they just die.

Wow. That sounds so cold..."just die"...but in this case, it's true.

I'm old enough to have lived life a little. I've been married and divorced, I've traveled to many places, I've lived on the East Coast and the West Coast, I've bought and sold homes, moved countless times, and have loved and lost at least 2 dozen pets, but I very rarely have lost a friend in the way that I've just lost my friend. She died. And I am very sad.

You see, I really haven't known this person for a very long time...only seven months, but she was the type of person, that special type of person you just grow an attachment to; develope a bond with for no other reason but you have a gut feeling...intuition and the deep down reality that the person was just So. Damn. Special.

What makes this situation even worse is she took her own life. I'm still trying to wrap my head around that one. She definately had more than her share of issues; physical and emotional. On the outside, she looked like she had it all together, was coping and was happy. I admired her for the strength she exhibited and how she took one day at a time, took one step and then another and kept going! She was intellegent and funny and amazing. I know now that on the inside, things were very different. I wish I could have seen the inside. Not only have seen it, but been able to prevent the unthinkable act that ocurred, but I couldn't and I didn't.

My heart is breaking for her family, her boyfriend, her other friends that I never got to meet and it's breaking for all those people around me who go through some type of hell every day and hide it from everyone until one day, they just can't take it anymore.

Rest in Peace, my dear, dear friend. I'm just glad that I got the chance to hug you and tell you that I loved you. I will miss you.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Hope is the sunshine that filters through my bedroom window in the morning. Hope is the purrs of my cats as they lie on my yoga mat while I try to breathe through the pain in my hips as I begin my morning practice. Hope is the cup of tea made with love by my husband even if he was up half the night trying in vain to sleep, but can't. Hope is the sound of my brother's laughter even though he lives with debilitating headaches day after day. Hope is in the eyes of every teenager struggling to find herself in the maze of life. Hope is found in every person who puts one foot in front of the other and continues on in spite of the depression, the hurt, the endless prescriptions and blank faces of humanity. Hope is all of us who are reaching out to offer friendship and laughter, to hold a hand or send a hug halfway across the world to people who are only photos on a blog or a social media site, and hope is taking a deep breath and continuing on, not so much for yourself, but for others that need to know that there is someone else out there...struggling and living and smiling...YOU are hope.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Loki Finds a HOME!!!

Great news on the animal adoption front. My awesome friend Laura jumped in and found a home for Loki last week. She is now in her forever home in Anaheim, CA with a wonderful couple and a new doggie friend.

Well Done Laura!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Loki needs a home...

My husband and I have 3 cats and an iguana. We like to travel and our families live out of state. When planning a vacation or overnight trip, we must consider our pets.

So last month, when searching for a pet sitter in order to take a trip to Pennsylvania to visit my Mom, we were lucky enough to find KC. She is an absolute gem! She came to visit our cats twice every day, fed the iguana and misted him; she even watered the plants. She sent
pictures of our critters EVERYDAY !! I trusted her with my four-legged family. Hell! I would trust her with my life.
Now she needs some help. A few months ago, she found a miniature pincher puppy in the park near her apt. She took the cutie pie in and has been loving and caring for her ever since. The pup gets along with other dogs, with children and with her cat Stitch. She just found out that although she can have a cat in the apartment, dogs are forbidden. This puts KC in the horrible position of having to find a loving home for her pup.ASAP! Can you help? They are in Long Beach, Ca. I have more info if you are interested. Just leave a comment here with an email address and I will contact you. Please help if you can.
And *hugs*

Monday, June 18, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012


Waiting at a hospital for a loved one having surgery is not something that I particularly like to do, but very necessary.

Waiting for anything is contrary to out "must have it now" society, but this kind of waiting is nerve-racking. I will just let my faith help me through this period and see me safely to the other side.

My husband had to relinquish his wedding ring before the surgery, so it's on my finger for now. It's giving me a great deal of comfort. But I cannot wait to place it back on his finger, especially since we will be celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary next week. So I will look forward to that day with joy and look back on today with relief...as soon as he's safely out of surgery. Until then, I'm in this uncertain place; praying for the man I love.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Hearing Scheduled to Save California's Shelter Pets

Please click on the link below to help save California's shelter animals from being thrust back into the dark days of euthanasia practices. After making so many strdes to save adoptable animal lives, this puts all the efforts back to zero.

Hearing Scheduled to Save California's Shelter Pets

Thanks for signing!


Friday, January 27, 2012

If dogs were teachers...

This guy here is Claude (a.k.a. Bonzo the Wondersheep. My husband called him that name and it is how I remember him now).  He was my best friend for almost 18 years. He went to the Rainbow Bridge in March of 2010. Even though we now have three cats that I wouldn't trade for all the money in the world, I still miss him; miss having a dog around...maybe one day, but I digress... The point of this post today is to state pretty much the obvious lessons of life. I have heard these before, but it took an email from my friend Sharon to remind me of the power behind these words. I wanted to share them (and the photo of my little poodle-man) here.

If dogs were teachers you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
Take naps.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Be loyal.
Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

Remember these simple rules:

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.
There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama  and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who  make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good.

So, love  the people who treat you right. Think good thoughts for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy.

Falling down is part of LIFE...Getting back up is LIVING...
Have a great day!
Have a great life!

Friday, January 6, 2012

23 Adult Truths

The following list was sent to me in an e-mail. I found it so entertaining that I decided to post it here. I really want to rant about some of the lame customer complaints I have received recently, but I will save all those for the book I'm planning to write when I retire. Until then...enjoy. I hope at least one of them makes you giggle. :-)

1. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind-of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Light than Kay.

17. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

19. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

22. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.

23. The first testicular guard, the "Cup," was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.