Feel-good Friday: Furry Friends

I would like to introduce you to our new little furry female family member,  a one-year-old sheltie named LAYLA.

THEN – first meeting

Big brother Jia Jia is thrilled to have her and considers Layla his dog.

She brings some sunshine to our days following the one month anniversary of Don’s passing.  We are still grieving and Jia Jia was very depressed and moping around.  Now he has come back to life.  Layla too for that matter.  It’s a bittersweet story of how we got her.

Don was the instigator because he started sourcing breeders when we were last in Palm Springs.  He located a breeder in the Kootenays (British Columbia) and asked me to make the call.  It was a husband/wife team. They were expecting a litter in May but I told them we would be fine with an older female for our male sheltie.  They had a female who they were planning to breed and would be happy to let her go after she had a litter.  We decided to take a trip in June to see her.  Believe it or not, Don drove most of the way there and all of the way back. The dog was Layla.  Jia Jia and she immediately hit it off.  We saw the puppies too, which as you can imagine, were totally adorable.  They were not ready to let her go as she was coming into heat at that time.  So we went on our way and said we’d be in touch.

We got the call early August that she did not get pregnant as planned, so they were going to have her spayed so that she’d be available for pick up. I asked Don what to do as his health had deteriorated to the point of not being able to look after himself at that time.

He said “go for it.”  He met her and loved her.  Said she’d be great company for Jia Jia and good for me too.  So I said okay.  I made plans to pick her up in Summerland early September where they were headed to a dog show.  It was also half the driving distance to where she lived.

Then about a week after Don passed away the breeder called and told me that Layla was very sick.  She had been spayed but didn’t come out of it so well.  She stopped eating for several days and seemed to have a possible problem with her esophagus.   They would not be able to sell her and they thought they might have to put her down.  I was doubly devastated now.  This was the dog that Don, Jia Jia and I made the trip out to see and now not only can we not have her, but she might not even make it.  I asked them to please keep me posted on her progress nonetheless.  Hoping that they would at least be able to keep  her should she survive.

Fast forward two more weeks.  I received an e-mail that Layla was eating again and x-ray showed that all was fine. Clean bill of health from a terrible scare.  It was just an alarm and she had a bad reaction to the anesthesia.  She was available once again.  So I made a quick decision to pick her up the very next day in Summerland where the breeders were showing one of their dogs.  They were not even planning to take her.  And I was lucky to get a hotel room because everything was booked for either the dog show or a classic car show.

NOW – getting acquainted with her new HOME and adapting amazing well

She’s a very sweet, smart, playful little girl.  It took her all of one day to get settled. My only disappointment is that Don not be here to witness how well the two of them get along together.  But he is responsible for finding her and he did meet her (above photo).  I’m very thankful for this gift from Don.  At least this story has a happy ending.  I absolutely adore her!

Have a Happy Weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

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Feel-good Friday: when there’s rain…

…there’s Rainbows

Lucky Dog!
Lucky Dog!

Jack, staring out his living room window is thinking one of three things:  Where did my humans disappear to?  What will I eat for dinner? Are there really rabbits, squirrels and mice at the end of the rainbow ? (as told to him by his mother as a young pup).

Why are there so many songs about rainbows
And what’s on the other side
Rainbows are visions
But only illusions
And rainbows have nothing to hide

All of us under its spell, we know that it’s probably magic

I’m a big kid at heart.  I love this song performed by John Legend, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy (another style icon), and Queen Latifah.  It is definitely Feel-Good.

On another Feel-good note:  The many faces of Carol Burnett.

carol1carol3I’m so glad we had this time together.  Fond memories of simpler times and fun clean comedy.

Tomorrow I’m really excited to see Carol Burnett at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver.  I have no idea what she’s going to do but that’s okay, she can just stand there for all I care.  I loved watching her Acceptance Speech for a well deserved Life Time Achievement at SAG Awards 2016.  If you haven’t seen it and you’re a fan you should google it.

I vividly remember watching the Carol Burnett show with my family and grandparents. I had the pleasure of meeting Harvey Korman when I was called to work on another popular TV series while living in Tokyo.  He was a regular on Carol Burnett and as suspected he was extremely pleasant.  When doing their live TV skits the cast tried hard not to make each other laugh but always ended up cracking each other up. They didn’t care so much about being overly slick. Show is SOLD OUT!

Photo of Bangkok Jack: by Took

 

 

 

 

Feel-good Friday: pretty & powerful

My Intuition says:20150117_121335even if these natural gemstone bracelets (designed by Shaman Sisters) which are beneficial for a multitude of reasons didn’t work, they’ll still make you feel good wearing them. Here is a sampling of what they do:

Black Tourmaline –
  • Powerful protective stone
  • Grounds energies
  • Transmutes negative energy into positive energy
  • Helps with positive thinking
  • Protects from electromagnetic frequencies from computers, cell phones etc.
Labradorite –
  • Powerful protective stone
  • Enhances psychic abilities
  • Increases self confidence
  • Inspires creativity
  • Regulates metabolism
  • Chakras – Sacral, throat, crown
Tigers Eye –
  • Attracts good luck
  • Increases manifesting
  • Balances emotions
  • Helps release fear
  • Sacral and Solar Plexus Chakras
  • Grounds energies
Magnesite Turquoise –
  • Opens heart Chakra
  • Calming stone
  • Assists with headaches and migraines
  • Enhances psychic abilities
  • Crown Chakra

20150117_122903Bracelets stretch over your wrist. Comes smudged with sage and charged with healing energy.  Includes silk pouch.  SOLD!

To purchase and view whole collection: http://thenursesshift.com/collections/all

*Shaman Sisters is passionate about women’s empowerment and transformation, a percentage of every purchase is donated to women’s shelters.

Nice touch ladies!

photos: d. king

Re-Fresh Friday

Ready for the Weekend?  Happy 4th of July to my American friends and relatives.

Changes are good.  I decided to change Friday to a fuss free day (kind of like dress down Fridays) for something fresh & different.  It will still be personal but it might be a photo (or photos), a story or a suggestion from a reader or fellow blogger.  I won’t know until it’s Friday.

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Today I want to begin with
something all us women/girls of all ages love…..BLING!

These photos I took from a little gem of a shop called “House of Jewels” where my last four pairs of earrings, a gold-fill bracelet and a really cute striped t-shirt came from.

 

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my purchases
my purchases
http://www.houseofjewelsboutique.com/
http://www.houseofjewelsboutique.com/

Find out more about House of Jewels on the new web based series http://TheGab.TV please visit this link to view new collection by Irit Sorokanhttp://thegabtv.com/?page_id=131

Objects of Desire Board on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/intrigueimports/objects-of-desiremostly-jewelry/