Saturday, March 31, 2012

Lessons of Life

I received this in an email and thought it was very good and worth sharing with everyone. These are the 45 Lessons in Life, plus 5 bonus ones.

Written by: Regina Brett


"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It
is the most requested column I've ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry..

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey
is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood.. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come...

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

46. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

47. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

48. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

49. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.

50. If you don't ask, you don't get.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Animal Artists

Hi all, I am subbing on the blog today for Pauline.

I found these cute artistic animals on YouTube to share.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Jake and the grooming problem

Dear Pets Jubilee Team,

My newest dog, Jake, the Yorkie, is scared to go to the groomer :( I've used the same groomer now for 22 years -- amazing, huh? I KNOW it is nothing she is doing. My other dog likes to go. I've sat through complete groomings at her shop more times than I can count. She is wonderful and takes such pride in her work -- in the quality of their hair and its cut, their nails, their ears. It's just Jake. He's a rescue and I imagine in my mind that he is afraid he is losing this home as he lost so many before. I feel so guilty now to have to take him. This has really gotten worse and he has even begun to hide under the couch when I get ready to go out, I guess in case he is about to be taken somewhere (the groomer's). My groomer would be so upset to know he doesn't like to come -- she is crazy about him, says he is so good for her. She would be crushed :( That just adds extra heartache to the situation. He goes every two weeks so he doesn't get too out of shape, and the sessions aren't very long at all. I am sure he isn't being mistreated, so that's not the problem. I don't really know what to do. It breaks my heart and I guess that this morning I will be dragging him out and taking him anyway.... Any advice would be so appreciated :)


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fun Cat Facts

THE AMAZING (and not so amazing) FELINE

~ Felines sleep two thirds of the day. 
On average, the facts about cats confirm they generally sleep about two thirds of every day. If you do the math, it means your nine-year-old kitty has pretty much slept away about six years of life. Chances are, they'll find a particular place they enjoy and it becomes their favorite napping spot.
~ Cats have human-like emotions.
A cat's brain shares some remarkable similarities to a human brain. Although experts disagree on the depth and range, all confirm that kitties feel emotions similar to people. Happiness, excitability, playfulness, depression and anger are all there. Perhaps that's why you think your cat likes to retaliate?
~ Cat bites are dangerous.
It's true - the bite from a cat can be toxic and dangerous. According to the existing facts about cats and their owners, approximately 40,000 individuals are bitten by cats in the United States every year. Vets recommend treatment for serious bites from your doctor as it IS possible to die if left untreated and an infection develops. 
~ Cats can jump high.
Did you know that some cats can jump up to five times their own height in just one leap? Hmmm....guard those tuna fish sandwiches with your life! And perhaps those lovely prized art pieces from your friends! 
~ Cats have internal GPS systems.
Lost cats really can find their way home. Various experts point to sunlight angles, the earth's magnetic fields and another capability referred to as PSI Traveling. Whatever the case, recorded facts about cats confirm their often long and arduous journeys to reach home and a favored human companion.
~Cats can use pet doors.
Cats can use doggie doors!  Know who came up with the idea? Gravity King Sir Isaac Newton! According to various tales passed down over the years, Newton was experimenting with light in a darkened room and one of his most prized cats (reportedly named "Spithead") kept opening the door and disrupting the experiment. To keep his work intact and allow the cat free roam, he cut a small hole in the door and covered it with cloth. That evolved into what is today known as a pet door, suitable for both cats and dogs.
~ Cats have a lot of hair.
A cat's body is covered with approximately 130,000 hairs for each square inch. Everybody knows what that means for your house or apartment: hair, hair, everywhere! I am going to patent a Cat De-Hairifier. It will be a tube about 18" high and three feet long with holes all around for attaching about 10 vacuum tubes. It will have 'oil de nip' rubbed on the inside. Cat walks in and searches wildly for the catnip; all the while his hair is being sucked out. Great idea, don't you think?!
~ Cats can use the toilet...and they can flush.
Possible? Really? According to experts you can really train your cat to use the toilet!
Cat Facts was taken partially from THIS article.
By Patty from Catcalls 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Today's blog post features one of our newest members on the PetsJubilee Team.
Her name is Sue Ann, and she is not only a great person and a great addition to the team, and the nicest person you ever want to meet, but she is also an artist. Don't believe me? Take a look at the art work she just made for my husband and I of my dogs, Giupetto and Gianna.
She also sells her art on etsy. Check out her shop at
Well it all started with a bowl, and she made the Giupetto and Gianna figurines.
I sent her a bunch of pictures which she printed and had behind her the whole time.
I love the way she includes the spikes on Giupetto's head, the detail to their fur, the shading, the unusual color of Gianna's tongue, even the individual differences in their tails. I love the charicature expressions that she uses on all of her dogs, and I could not be happier with the piece she made for us.
After many laughs - here is the progression of pictures in a slide show, and the final piece.
Thank you Sue Ann, for all of your hard work. We will treasure this piece. We just love it.

Diana, Giupetto and Gianna

Monday, March 26, 2012

Handmade Pet Products 3/26/12

Each weekday, the members of the Pets Jubilee Team on Etsy choose an item to promote from all of the active members. Here are last week's handcrafted &/or vintage items:

Please click on the image to go to the item and click on the name to visit their Etsy shop.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Showing Off The Furkids

Charlie (AKA The Grumpy Old Man)
He is not really a poser for the camera.  Can you tell?

Sasha (The Camera Hound-Yes, she poses for pictures all the time.)

Sasha's I So Pretty Pose

Sasha's The Vulnerable Wiener Pose

Sasha's Hey I Smell Bacon Pose

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Soda Water Dogs

Video found by
Sams FurKids by Sue Ann

Friday, March 23, 2012

Pom Video

Pauline (paulinesfashions) wanted to share this video with you all today.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Alice Wanted To Share This With You All Today

Alice of makingstuffwithlove wanted to share this story she found with you today.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Squirrels actually made the front page of the local backyard news section of the Pocono Record this Sunday.
I have been admiring these beautiful jet black squirrels for some time now, so it was interesting to see an article about them.
Following are some quotes from the auther of the article, Rick Koval.

"A black squirrel is a melanistic color phase of the easter gray squirrel. Although rare throughout Pennsylvania, this color morph was more common hundreds of years ago, but seems to be increasing throughout the Poconos."
"Black squirrels look exactly like gray squirrels in size and shape, except for their dark pigmentation. However, it takes a mixed pair to produce the black phase. Gray and black squirrels interbreed, producing offspring that can be the typical gray, jet-black, or a black-brown phenotype. all which have been found in the poconos...."
"Backyard squirrels are often considered nuisances at the backyard feeders, but the black variety is often welcomed..." (I wonder if Sasha would agree)
((Maybe next week they will discover the little red squirrel that I have also been admiring, the rare times I see them in my backyard.))

Monday, March 19, 2012

Handmade Pet Products 3/19/12

Each weekday, the members of the Pets Jubilee Team on Etsy choose an item to promote from all of the active members. Here are last week's handcrafted or vintage items:

Please click on the image to go to the item and click on the name to visit their Etsy shop.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Most Popular Dog Breeds According To The AKC

Sue Ann From SamsFurKids wanted to share this link with you all today.

Friday, March 16, 2012

True Story By Pauline's Hubby, Vern


I forgot to tell my wife this yesterday, and since she’s not home at the moment, I’ll email it her so I won’t forget.

Yesterday I went to the Fleetwood centre to work out. I went to the bathroom first (good idea) and noticed some unravelled toilet paper on the floor in the stall, but I kicked it out of my way and went about my business. Then I exited the washroom, turned up my headphone music player, and made my way past the main workout area, to the stretching chairs in the far corner, overlooking the pool. I was about 3/4 of the way there, with the mp3 player making me oblivious to everything around me, when a young lady jumped off her cycling machine, ran up behind me, tapped me on the shoulder (which scared the liver out of me), and then she pointed downwards behind me.

I was trailing about 4 feet of toilet paper behind me, stuck to the bottom of my running shoe. I got the giggles, picked it off, put it in the garbage, and looked around. Everybody was looking at me standing there grinning foolishly. Nobody was smiling. Nobody said a word.

What a bunch of bozos.

Pauline's (paulinesfashions) Hubby, Vern

Thursday, March 15, 2012

What your pets do while you are at work.

pictures provided by Alice of makingstuffwithlove

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

And you thought YOU were fat!

And you thought YOU were fat!

Always play dead when it's weigh in time. 

I am NOT a stuffed kitty! 

She left me the inheritance - yipeeeee!

No thank you, I've had enough cake for my birthday. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012



OK, this last picture is of Owl finches, but I just love them. Some day I will have a pair:


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sasha's Hangover

On Friday, Sasha and Charlie had their first dental.  Sasha's teeth are nice and clean now.  But, most of Friday night and Saturday Sasha was a little hung over from the drugs.  Here are some pics during those wee hours of the morning when Sasha was realizing she just wasn't quite herself yet.

Sasha- "How come Mommy has three heads?  Why is the world spinning so fast?"

Sasha- "Did squirrels spike the water bowl again?  My head hurts and Mommy stop flashy thinging my eyes!"

Charlie- "Ah, stop your whining cry puppy and enjoy the ride. I am just thankful no more parts are missing like the last time I had the all day night night sleep at the vet's office."

Sasha- "Is this what I am suppose to do with a hangover?  Hang my head over the edge of the chair?"

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Sing Along

A very musical duet:

Friday, March 9, 2012


Pauline from paulinesfashions wanted me to share this with you all.

"Friendship isn't about who you have known the longest .. .
It's about those who came and never left your side."