Sunday, February 15, 2009

Kevin's Girl

'Forever Your Girl (Video)' by Paula Abdul
'Forever Your Girl (Video)' by Paula Abdul

Housecleaning Tips


This was simply too much of a time saver not to share it with you.

1. Put both lids of the toilet up and add 1/8 cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl.

2. Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.

3. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close the lid. You may need to stand on the lid.

4. The cat will self agitate and make ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from the toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this.

5. Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a 'power-wash' and rinse'.

6. Have someone open the front door of your home. Be sure that there are no people between the bathroom and the front door.

7. Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift the lid.

8. The cat will rocket out of the toilet, streak through the bathroom, and run outside where he will dry himself off.

9. Both the commode and the cat will be sparkling clean.


The Dog

Monday, February 9, 2009

Scatter Kindness

"No kind action ever stops
with itself. One kind action
leads to another. Good example
is followed. A single act of
kindness throws out roots in
all directions, and the roots spring
up and make new trees. The
greatest work that kindness does to
others is that it makes them
kind to themselves."
Amelia Earhart, U.S. Pilot

Friday, February 6, 2009

First help thy neighbor

I know you think you should
make a trip to Calcutta,
but I strongly advise you to save your
airfare and spend it on the poor in your
own country. It's easy to love people far away.
It's not always easy to love those who live right
next to us. There are thousands of people
dying for a bit of bread, but there are thousands
more dying for a bit of love or a bit of acknowledgement.
The truth is that the worst disease today is not
leprosy or tuberculosis; it's being unwanted,
it's being left out, it's being forgotten.
Mother Teresa

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


"It really doesn't matter
if the person who
hurt you deserves to
be forgiven. Forgiveness is a
gift you give yourself. You have
things to do and you
want to move on."


Since you get more joy out
of giving joy to others,
you should put a good deal
of thought into the happiness
that you are able to give.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Secret of Being Happy

One of the things I keep

learning is that the secret

of being happy is doing

things for other people.

~*~ Dick Gregory

Everyday is Christmas

Every day is Christmas
When you have the kind of mind,
That stores up all the goodness
And the sweetness it can find.
When you don't need an occassion,
To spread a bit of cheer,
But just keep on a-giving,
Of yourself throughout the year.

Every day is Christmas,
With a gaily wrapped surprise,
When you've learned
To see the friendship,
In someone else's eyes.
When you try a little harder,
And complain a little less,
Holding fast to all the fervor
Of the faith that you possess.

Every day is Christmas,
When you've found that you can be
More concerned with words like "you"
And less with "I" and "me".
When it's fun to do a favor,
And to lend a helping a hand,
When being understood means less,
Than when you understand.

Every day is Christmas,
With a beauty deeply cast,
When you find it doesn't matter,
If you're first or if you're last.
When you can face your conscience,
And be glad of what you are,
Then every day is Christmas,
With a stable and a star.

Personal War

Be always at war with your
vices, at peace with your
neighbors, and let each
new year find you
a better man.
Benjamin Franklin

Seeing Goodness

Rejoice and be glad. That is a hard request when pain and fatigue are constant companions. Isn't it annoying when people tell us to smile sometimes? And don't you just want to smack the yellow smile face stickers?

Did I make you smile? It does help really. Medical studies have shown us that laughter is good for us physically. But even if we cannot manage to find it in us to laugh out loud, we can be joyful in our spirit.

On even my worst days I try to look for things to lighten my heart. One of my favorite mugs states simply ..."Life is good" There are many good things to find in each day. Simple things. A warm cup of tea. A soft fleece blanket. The purr of my kitties. Just recently on a cold windy day I stepped onto the porch and found a tiny wild violet growing near my porch. I pressed it and put it in my Bible,maybe God put it there just that day, just for me.

I take joy in a warm bowl of homemade soup. The birds that flock to my feeder. The smile of a child. The blue of the sky on a clear day,and the peaceful sound of raindrops while I rest on the couch. Dear friends life is good. God is good. All the time.

The Road to Happiness

The road to happiness lies
in two simple principles: find
what it is that interests you
and that you can do well, and
when you find it, put your
whole soul into it -- every bit of
energy and ambition and
natural ability you have.
John D. Rockefeller III


Nothing is ever
lost by courtesy.
It is the
cheapest of
costs nothing,
and conveys
Erastus Wiman

A Meaningful Life

A meaningful life will not be found
in the next job or the next car.
The way you get meaning in your life
is to devote yourself to helping others
and creating something that
gives you purpose."
~~Morrie Schwartz in
Tuesdays with
Morrie by Mitch Albom

Each New Challenge

Each New Challenge

The faster you move forward, the more the wind blows against your face. When you encounter much difficulty and resistance, it is because you're in the process of making significant progress.
Those who have no problems are those who never venture out to accomplish anything. Those who face the most challenges are those who end up creating the most value.

When a particular problem arises, it is because you have progressed to the point where you can deal with it. When a challenge comes along, that's because you are truly ready for where it can bring you.

See the obstacles as gateways and you'll see their true value. Each new challenge is a stepping stone, a way point on the journey to real and meaningful accomplishment.

Feel the stiff wind as it blows against your face. And know that what you're feeling is your rapid movement forward.

~~Ralph Marston


When one door of happiness closes, another opens;
but often we look
so long at the closed door
that we do not see the one which has opened
for us.
Helen Keller

Making a Difference

Today I will Make a Difference

Today I will make a difference. I will begin by controlling my thoughts. A person is the product of his thoughts. I want to be happy and hopeful. Therefore, I will have thoughts that are happy and hopeful. I refuse to be victimized by my circumstances. I will not let petty inconveniences such as stoplights, long lines, and traffic jams be my masters. I will avoid negativism and gossip. Optimism will be my companion, and victory will be my hallmark. Today I will make a difference.

I will be grateful for the twenty-four hours that are before me. Time is a precious commodity. I refuse to allow what little time I have to be contaminated by self-pity, anxiety, or boredom. I will face this day with the joy of a child and the courage of a giant. I will drink each minute as though it is my last. When tomorrow comes, today will be gone forever. While it is here, I will use it for loving and giving. Today I will make a difference.

I will not let past failures haunt me. Even though my life is scarred with mistakes, I refuse to rummage through my trash heap of failures. I will admit them. I will correct them. I will press on. Victoriously. No failure is fatal. It's OK to stumble... I will get up. It's OK to fail... I will rise again. Today I will make a difference.

I will spend time with those I love. My spouse, my children, my family. A man can own the world but be poor for the lack of love. A man can own nothing and yet be wealthy in relationships. Today I will spend at least five minutes with the significant people in my world. Five quality minutes of talking or hugging or thanking or listening. Five undiluted minutes with my mate, children, and friends.

Today I will make a difference.

~~ Max Lucado


About Hugs
The Basic Essentials of Life:

1. Air
2. Food
3. Water
4. Shelter
5. Clothing
6. Hugs!!!

What Is Hugging?

Hugging is natural, organic, naturally sweet, free of pesticides and preservatives. Hugging contains no artificial ingredients. It's 100% wholesome. No calories, no caffeine, no nicotine.

Hugging is nearly perfect. There are no removable parts, batteries to wear out, no periodic checkups. It consumes little energy, while yielding a lot.

It's inflation-proof. It's non-fattening. There are no monthly payments. No insurance requirements. It's theft-proof, non-taxable, non-polluting, and fully refundable. And it costs very little.

Hugging is healthy. It assists the body's immune system, it cures depression, it reduces stress, it induces sleep, it invigorates, it rejuvenates, and it has no unpleasant side-effects. Hugging is no less than a miracle drug.

Adults, Infants and Hugging

Adults love to hug babies and they do it as often as possible. Adults love to hug other adults, too, yet they seldom do. The reason for this is surprisingly simple ... adults are not afraid to initiate and enjoy hugging with infants because there's little chance of rejection.

What Sort of People Like Hugging?

Nice people. People who like to share things. People who make themselves and the world they live in a little happier by hugging.

The Best People, Places, and Times to Hug?

Anyone. Any place. Any time.

The Value of Hugs

Hugs are free ... perhaps that's why so many take them for granted. If hugs cost a lot of money, people would probably knock themselves out to make enough to buy them.

Although hugs are free, they're worthless if they aren't used. An unused hug is lost forever. On a planet that's starved for affection, can we really afford to lose a single hug?

Asking for Hugs

Scientific Research Has Shown the Following:

Every human being needs four hugs per day merely to survive.
Eight hugs per day to maintain oneself at a strong emotional level.

Twelve hugs per day to grow and become a better person.

For those who aren't always comfortable with the traditional hug, you should at least try one of the other following forms of Hugs:

A kind word.
A touch.
A loving smile.
A "Thank you!"
A "Forgive me."
A "Can I help you?"
A "I'm Sorry."
And anything else you can do to make a person feel good about him or herself.

Types of Hugs

HUGS come in every shape and size,
And mean so many things,
Like the hug that says, "I'm happy
For the joy your friendship brings."

There are hugs for saying,
"I'm so proud of all the things you do!"
Hugs that say, "There's no one else
In all the world like you."

There are gentle hugs and tender ones
For feelings that are sad;
Hugs that say, "I'm sorry,"
When someone's feeling bad.

There are hugs for all occasions,
And reasons big and small;
Tiny hugs and big bear hugs ...
Short to extra tall!

But the nicest hug is one that says,
"I'm always thinking of you;"
The special kind this brings your way ...
The hug that says,


A daily prayer

Everyday I need you Lord...

Every day I need you Lord
But this day especially,
I need some extra strength
To face what ever is to be.

This day more than any day
I need to feel you near,
To fortify my courage
And to overcome my fear.

By myself, I cannot meet
The challenge of the hour,
There are times when humans help,
But we need a higher power

To assist us bear what must be borne,
And so dear Lord, I pray -
Hold on to my trembling hand
And be near me today.
~ Author Unknown ~

My Enemy's Gift

"The best thing to give
to your enemy is forgiveness;
to an opponent, tolerance;

to a friend, your heart;

to your child, a good example;

to a father, deference; to your mother,

conduct that will make her proud of you;

to yourself, respect; to all men, charity."

—Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790);

philosopher, printer, writer, inventor, scientist