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Thoughts on Money

Collecting has become such a popular pastime these days. People collect all sorts of things. They think their items will become valuable down the road but guess what?  They don’t!  My advice on collecting is this…. Collect your money instead.

This is very valuable advice. I’ve spent a lifetime collecting worthless junk thinking it will become valuable. Has it? No. Most things have actually gone down in value. Besides going down in value there is the loss of space due to having to store these items. They sit in boxes in the attic virtually untouched for years and years. I could have all that money sitting in a money market account or invested in something, reaping interest or dividends.

When we buy things we get that temporary high. But once it’s home and unpacked that’s the end of the high. We forget about it and move on to the next worthless piece of crap we want to buy.

That is why my advice is to just save your money. Start a savings account and at the end of every month take whatever is leftover in your checking account after paying your bills and sweep it in there. You’ll be shocked at how quickly it will add up.

Live a simple life. Remember… the less you have, the less you have to clean!

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Organically Speaking

Last week I decided to go completely organic. I’d been eating a semi-organic diet for quite some time.  What that means is I was eating organic foods as long as they were on sale. I think that’s what most people do. I doubt I was getting the full benefits of eating organic foods when I was mixing them with pesticide-ridden chicken and beef.

I recently read an article about a family in Sweden who changed their diet to fully organic for two weeks. The results were dramatic. Here is the article in case you’re interested in reading it.

https://www.treehugger.com/family/swedes-show-how-eating-organic-nearly-eliminates-your-pesticide-load.html

For me the greatest benefit so far has been the lifting of the brain fog I’ve experience for so long. When I say long, I mean a decade or so. I also have increased energy and feel clean on the inside. I don’t really know how else to describe it but it’s a good feeling.

I hate it that organic food is so much more expensive in the grocery stores and that because of that young couples and small children are left eating foods that are chemically-ridden only because that’s all they can afford. I look forward to the day when everyone can enjoy the health and benefits that come from eating organically grown fruits and vegetables. It seems like there should be laws about selling food that is known to be unhealthy. Maybe one day….

Laura’s Most Cherished Poems

“I walked a mile with Pleasure;
She chatted all the way;
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.

I walked a mile with Sorrow;
And ne’er a word said she;
But, oh! The things I learned from her,
When Sorrow walked with me.”

Robert Browning Hamilton

Hurricane Irma

I recently fled the state of Florida and my home in order to keep myself and my dog safe. While I could have gone to a shelter, I learned that only a couple of them in my evacuation zone accepted dogs and they were already full to capacity.

I’ve always wondered how it is that during these kinds of crisis pets get left behind. Now I know. I used to blame the pet owners but now I’ve come to be a little less judgmental.

Fortunately for us, we had a safe haven for us to go. We drove for 14 hours in heavy traffic but finally made it to my son’s little farm in Tennessee. We were blessed to be welcomed with hugs and kisses. However, I realize that not everyone had that option.

State Representatives need to realize that in our present economy there are still many people who are living paycheck to paycheck. They can’t afford to just pick up and leave and go to a hotel. Additionally, not all hotels will accept animals and the ones that do fill up very quickly.

I hope that the states that have recently been effected by these tragedies will see the need to put something in place to provide for more “pet friendly” shelters in the future. If not, then we can’t prosecute people when they are forced by circumstances beyond their control to leave their pets behind. It is wrong to place people in a position where they have  to choose between the safety of their children or elderly family members and their beloved pets.

Wouldn’t it be great to live in a world that has an abundance of “pet friendly” shelters rather than what we have now, which is a tremendous shortage of them.

 

All Veterinarians Are NOT Created Equal

After moving to a new state one of the first things I knew needed to be done was to find a new veterinarian for my senior dog.

I found a nice looking place nearby my home but looks aren’t everything. It didn’t take me very long to realize that all veterinarians are not created equally.

Maybe my other vet spoiled me. She was an amazing woman who truly had a gift and a love for animals great and small. Even if we weren’t there to see her, but only for a nail trimming, she always made it a point to peak her head in and say hello…. not just to me… but to whichever pet I was there with that day.

When my Sheltie became arthritic she would kneel down on the floor to do her examinations so as not to cause discomfort to my baby. To me that was the true sign of a great veterinarian.

On the other hand, my new vet, well I don’t think I’ve even met her yet. I made my initial appointment to see her so we could introduce ourselves and get acquainted with each other but instead I met her Physician Assistant. I was charged the full doctor’s office fee without actually seeing the doctor. That didn’t go over very well with me.

Anyway, pretty sure I’m going to be looking for a new vet in the very near future.

 

 

 

Life is just one cliche’ after another…

It’s been a fabulous four-day weekend! Life is good. The universe is full of surprises and I’ve learned in my recent years that it truly is better to wake up with a grateful heart.

After spending a good chunk of my life trying to hold on to a past that no longer wanted to hold on to me, I’ve finally come to understand the meaning of “Letting Go”.  And yes, it is freeing.

Life truly is about flow. It’s true that one journey ends and another begins. I’ve never really grasped that concept until now. We have to let go. We have to eagerly let go and eagerly and vigilantly seek out the new.

As a young girl I instinctively knew this. If someone wasn’t treating me right or a situation didn’t serve to move me closer to what I wanted, I said adios and moved right along.  Somewhere along the journey someone got the thought into my head that this was selfish. Someone somewhere convinced me that I should give people second chances. The problem with second chances is they became third chances, and fourth chances, and so on and so forth.

In looking back, I can see that every time I gave someone or some situation a second chance I was actually lowering my vibration and cheapening my value. Not only did they lose respect for me but I lost respect for me too. Every time I accepted less than I desired or deserved the Universe took note and sent me lesser and lower opportunities.

I used to lament that all I had to choose from were crumbs …. but I had been the one who had set the table.

I no longer think it’s selfish to want to surround myself with good people and move toward achieving my goals. Not every person or situation that you come in contact with deserves a place in your life. We must choose wisely.

It’s ok to take your time and be particular and selective with your own life. It’s not only ok, it’s necessary for your self-esteem and confidence. With each choice you make you’re creating the life you want to live. That’s not selfish, it’s smart.  The better the choices we make the better choices the universe offers us.

Raise your vibration! Start today! It’s never too late.

 

 

 

Pho

My son took me to this little hole in the wall place for some Pho a while back. Not sure how or why he went in there in the first place since it was so secluded and hidden.

I was kind of amazed to find this place packed and we even had to wait a few minutes for a table.

There were several choices on the menu but gazing around the room it was obvious why every one was there, and that was for the Pho.

I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do with this gigantic bowl of soup when it arrived. My son advised me that I was supposed to put some of the things the waitress had put on the table in it for seasoning.

I watched what he did and tried to do the same as our tastes are fairly similar. Oh my! Mine didn’t come out anything like his at all!

Being the gentleman that he is he insisted that we trade. I felt bad but he ate it all so it couldn’t have been that bad.

Don’t think I’ll be going back for Pho any time soon but it was fun to try something new. More than that, it’s always a pleasure to spend an afternoon with my son.

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. It began as a day that included churchgoing, the distribution of carnations, and family dinners.

As with everything else, it’s become an over the top commercialization that has ruined the sanctity of it. I despise that. In my opinion, love should never be measured by the cost of a gift.

My favorite Mother’s Day memories remain the ones that began with serving mom breakfast in bed. Cards were handmade. The day was spent together as a family riding in the country. Dinner was a picnic at a park bench before heading back home. These are my early childhood memories and these are the values I’ve tried to instill in my own children.

My mother always said that the best gift you can give someone you love is your time and that costs you nothing. I do believe she was right.

While a $100 bouquet of flowers sent by FTD is thoughtful, it doesn’t compare to spending an entire day with someone and going out of your way to try and make the day special for them. That requires real effort and thought. That’s like getting a bouquet of dandelions picked by little hands that includes a big kiss and a huge hug. One gift you remember fondly, the other is a memory you cherish forever.

A Cardinal Serenaded Me Today

This morning I went out for my walk as I always do. It’s such a beautiful time of year right now! Everything is in bloom. The colors are all so vibrant. As I’m walking I get whiffs of honeysuckle, gardenias and lilacs. I just love it!

Today, as I was strolling down my regular path I heard something above me. I looked up to find this cardinal sitting perched on a branch right above me. My first thought was, “Great, watch him poop on my head!”  Instead, he started singing.

I’ve always heard it said that when you see a cardinal it’s a deceased loved one wanting you to know that they’re around. The word cardinal actually comes from the latin word cardo which means hinge or axis. In a sense the cardinal is like a hinge on a door that opens briefly between our world and the spirit world. What a delightful thought!

I don’t know which deceased loved one might be wanting to contact me. I could think about that for hours and never really know for sure. So I choose not to ruin a beautiful moment and I let it go. It doesn’t really matter to me. It’s a loved one, that’s all that matters. I hope they’re happy with what they see and know I love them.

 

Kentucky Derby Hat Tradition

This weekend is the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The first race took place on May 17, 1875. The winner was Aristides and his rider was Oliver Lewis.

The Kentucky Derby has become a grand tradition and is the first race in what is known as the Triple Crown. The Triple Crown  is a series of three thoroughbred horse races for three-year-old horses..  It is considered one of the most difficult and prestigious accomplishments in horse racing.  The grueling schedule requires a three-year-old horse to win the Kentucky Derby, then two weeks later win the Preakness Stakes, and then three weeks later win the Belmont Stakes.  In all of racing history, only twelve horses have achieved the Triple Crown. They are:

1919 Sir Barton
1930 Gallant Fox
1935 Omaha
1937 War Admiral
1941 Whirlaway
1943 Count Fleet
1946 Assault
1948 Citation
1973 Secretariat
1977 Seattle Slew
1978 Affirmed
2015 American Pharoah

Along with the Kentucky Derby comes the tradition and spectacle of the  Kentucky Derby Hat Parade. It is part of what makes the derby one of the greatest people-watching events in the world!

The fashion tradition was started by Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr.  It was his vision for the Derby to be an event that the high-class would attend, similar to European-style racing events, which mandated full morning dress for men and women.

The pre-Kentucky Derby racetrack was not considered a place for women and  children because of the gambling and drinking that took place there.

The Colonel was inspired by his trips to London’s Epsom Derby and Paris’ Grand Prix. These were elegant and stylish events that attracted an upper-class crowd. Clark’s intention was to transform American racetracks from places associated with immorality and vice to places that would attract a wealthier crowd.

With the help of his wife, they were able to enlist a full wagon of high society women to go door to door telling their friends they were going to have a picnic at the racetrack. The event quickly became just as much about the fashion as the racing. Going to a horse racing event became an opportunity to show off the latest in spring fashion and women were known to coordinate their hats, dresses, bags, shoes, and even parasols.

That tradition lives on today with women’s hats being even larger, brighter, and more extravagant than ever!

For more in-depth information about the weekends events go to https://www.kentuckyderby.com

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