Monday, August 31, 2009

Great Lecture

This week Tedd and I are in Kansas City, Missouri on "business". I have to have continuing education for my job as an R.V.T. and to do that I decided to attend the CVC conference this year. Anyway, I finished the third and final day of seminars today and I learned A LOT of new information. I know that no one who blogs (that I know of at least lol) is not nearly as interested in animals as I am, but I wanted to write a little blog blurb about a specific 2-hour lecture that I found sad but facinating.
The lecture was given by Dr. Lila Miller who works for the ASPCA. Her entire lecture was on "When the Bond Breaks: Relinquishment, Hoarding and Abuse"
I think you'll be astonished at some of these facts...
She started the lecture by telling a few facts about the Opposite end of the spectrum...the good things.
She said that 63% of U.S. households own a pet. The estimated amount of money that was spent on pet food, toys, and veterinary care in 2006 was 38.5 BILLION dollars. And that was in 2006! Crazy huh?

She also shared some scary facts with us:
1.Most pets who are relinquished (given up), euthanized for no "good" reason, or are abused or neglected is because HUMANS have inaccurate and inappropriate expectations of their pet's medical and behavioral needs, and their role and responsibility in providing for these needs.
2. Animals who have been neutuered or have been to the vet for medical care are less likely to be relinquished. Its proven that the majority of relinquished pets, or pets that have been not taken care of come from homes with less education, less income, apartment dwellers, parents and people who have had the animal for less than a year.
3. People abuse animals to control family members, to instill fear in other people or animals, to shock people or gain attention, for revenge, or to displace hostility.
4. Many people believe that animal abuse is something that children do and will "grow out of". But in a study done over 10 years, 62% of children who abused animals still did TEN years later...eeek
5. A large percentage of people who commit violent crimes against animals also commit violent crimes agains HUMANS

I could go on and on...but its scary! lol I know this is a soapbox of mine but I encourage you all to think of things carefully. First of all God put every single animal on this earth. I truly believe that we should respect his creation. You don't have to have animals or spoil them. In fact MOST of us in the veterinary field would rather people NOT get animals who are not willing to take care of their basic needs. But if someone does get them, they should take care of them. It IS an expense to take care of them properly. This is a cost that should be researched BEFORE getting them. They are not stuffed animals or play things. They are living, breathing creatures who have needs and who feel pain.

What are these people teaching their children? That its ok to get an animal but then when you "can't" take care of it anymore you can just relinquish it or euthanize it? Don't get me wrong I think that humane euthanasia has its place. But I also believe that in the very least, if you decide that you are going to give up responsibility (because thats what it is) for a living thing, you should at least have the decency to drop it off at an animal shelter to give it a chance...or find it a good loving home.

This is all competely unbelievable to me that these people are not only doing this to these animals but then also raising their families to think that its okay.

First Friend Making Monday

"Friend Makin' Monday"
-I couldn't get the pic to load!!! Anyhow...

1. Do you cook every night? No, there are only two of us so I meal plan every week and make usually about 4-5 homecooked meals a week and the rest of the time we eat leftovers. But I guess you could say almost lol

2. What kind of laundry soap do you use? Purex, then line dry...mmm I love line dried clothes

3. Do you do laundry everyday or loads at a time? on my days off from work I do most of the laundrey (usually 4-5 loads) but if we need clothes during the week...some weeks its a load a day

4. How often do you eat out? we try not to, but its still more often than we should. Usually its just fast food but probably once a week

5. Where do you usually eat out? Usually fast food, but our fave is OLIVE GARDEN...yum

6. Favorite Retail store? Lately, its been wal-mart...sad i know

7. Favorite drink? Water and Diet Coke

8. Do you take vitamins? I should but i dont

9. What % of the household chores do you do? 80-90%...but the sickening part of it is that I
LIKE doing these things. I really like doing laundrey especially

10. Do your kids do chores? Well I don't have kids...BUT animals are like our children in our family and I am trying to teach Amos to put his toys back in his toy basket... does that count? lol

11. Do you attend church? Yep

12. Do you use a housework schedule? Yes I do, i have a three ring binder with the weekly and monthly household tasks that need done. They get checked off and dated when they are. And I also keep lists almost daily.

13.Do you keep a working budget? Yes but we're currently trying to do some work on that since Tedd is still unemployed

14. What do you do at night as a family? Well we don't have TV so its usually work inside or out until its dark and then we play a lot of board games or read. Tedd LOVES to read. Oh and we play with the animals.

15. How do you prepare for the week? Meal Plan, Grocery shop, make lists, look at my planner, prep bills and get them ready to send out, finish laundrey for monday

16. What does your morning look like? Well if I'm working that day its getting up at 5AM. Feeding and caring for all of the animals, taking a shower and getting myself ready, packing my lunch, eating breakfast, usually tidying up the house and leaving by 6:30 or before. I get to work at 7:30am and usually i don't get home until 7:00pm or later that evening.
If its a day off, I still don't sleep past 6:30...too much to do

17. What time do you get up? usually 5Am sometimes 6 or 6:30

18. What time do you go to bed? umm about 10-10:30 hopefully...i'd love to say 9:30

19. How do you manage all the paperwork that floods you house? Every day when we get the mail, it gets sorted into either the trash or the decorative mail bins hanging by the desk. Two to three times weekly that gets filed (usually not much is left since most mail is junk). The sorted mail goes into file folders such as "car insurance", "cell phone" and if its a bill that needs paid it goes into the "bills pending"folder. Then ONCE weekly i go thru the bills pending folder and pay the bills.

20. How do you keep your house organized? Well first of all, i am NOT a packrat. I get rid of almost everything I will not need. Remember this...EVERY SINGLE item you have, requires your time. You have to take care of it and clean around it and maintain it. I'm all about simplicity. The less "junk" you have the less you have to clutter things up with. Before you bring anything into you're home (even junk mail) you need to decide if its worth your time. Personally I'd rather spend it outside with my family and animals.
But lists, and having a plan of action...and staying ON TASK keeps things going pretty well around our place.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather in my neck of the woods: The sun is coming up over the trees, its about 70 deg. right now...and beatiful
One of my simple pleasures: taking pictures
On my bedside table: same as last week
On my TV: Nothing
On the menu for tonight: Oven Fried Chicken, potatoes from the garden, green beans
On my To Do List: Clean out the barn
New Recipe I tried last week: 3 of them
In the craft basket: making a chalkboard decoration of of an old barn window
Looking forward to: starting exercising this week :)
Homemaking Tip for this week: Write in your cookbooks!!! I try new recipes VERY often. And every time i do I write if we liked it, loved it, or hated it. I also write notes to myself about what we could add or do without. When i go through many of my cookbooks i already know which ones are hits :)
Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
Favorite photo from last week: :( i didn't take many last week
Lesson learned the past few days: Prayer works miraculous wonders
On my Prayer List:Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses: 1 Thessalonians 4: 11-12
"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Ok...the recipes arrive!

I don't know about you all but my favorite recipes are the EASY ones. On the days that I work, I work long hours so I need quick recipes, or ones that I can make ahead of time. Here is a dessert recipe that I took to the Gaerte Christmas in July. The recipe comes from "Gooseberry Patch" all time favorite cookbooks (nope not being paid to say that lol). Oh another fun the book it says that the recipe was contributed by a woman in Avilla huh?!

Cookies and Cream Dessert

20 oz pkg choc. sandwich cookies, crushed
1/4 c margarine melted
2- 8 oz. pkgs crm cheese, softened
2- 8 oz containers frozen whipped topping, thawed and divided
2- 4oz pkgs instant chocolate pudding mix

Instructions: Mix cookie crumbs with margarine; press into the bottom of an ungreased 13x9 baking pan. Combine cream cheese with ONE container of whipped topping; spread over cookie crust. Prepare pudding according to package directions; layer on top of cream cheese mixture. Top with remaining whipped topping; refrigerate until firm. Makes 15 servings.

A few tips from Jess :) -- I let my pudding set up for about 10 minutes in the refrigerator before layering on the cream cheese layer. If I'm going to take this dessert somewhere I will wait until I get there to put the 2nd tub of whipped topping on...this recipe is made for a 13x9 pan but it will be VERY full. If you put your topping on, you WON"T be able to put a lid on to transport it.

Hope you all enjoy!

I'll post the other recipe maybe later today or tomorrow (shannon:))

Monday, August 3, 2009

Happy Homemaker Monday

So I decided to do this even though I work outside our home, I still love being a homemaker:)

The weather in my neck of the woods: Cloudy and 80's today, with a nice breeze

One of my simple pleasures: Taking my time hanging laundry on the clothesline :)

On my bedside table: "Simple Life" by Wanda Brunstetter

On my TV: Don't have one

On the menu for tonight: Chicken and Sausage Paella

On my To Do List: Paint Back Porch, Buy or Make curtains for Back Porch, Hang shelf

New Recipe I tried last week: Penne Pasta Ham

In the craft basket: Painting signs for around the minifarm, and painting a shelf that Tedd made me :)

Looking forward to: a good nights sleep :)

Homemaking Tip for this week: Instead of going through the hassle (and the time) of planning a garage sale, take all of your unwanted goods to your local auction house. You don't have to deal with ANY of the hassle and in a few weeks you'll get a nice little surprise check in the mail. Its great!

Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):

Favorite photo from last week:

Lesson learned the past few days:
Everyone is different...instead of trying to change it, just accept it:)

On my Prayer List: Uncle Jerry (back in the hospital), my sis and new baby, Janeen and baby Caiden at Riley, Tedd, family and friends

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses: "Let your light so shine before Men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven" Matthew 5:16

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Zoo Trip!

I had this past Friday off, so Tedd and I decided to go to the zoo. We took Caleb (nephew) and Megan (Tedds sister) because they both like animals. We had a lot of fun! Here are a few pics with my fuzzy camera ( i think its time for a new one!)
This first pic is of Cubby on his way to the zoo. I'd say he was pretty excited!

Below is Megan...sideays lol.

Above: Tedd and Cubby under and Elephant!

Cubby in the train, love the face buddy!

Megan next to the huge elephant

Our next stop...the rainforest!

This is my hand and Caleb's hand inside the handprint of the orangatangs!
They can live to be 65 years old...crazy!

Caleb's foot...he's got a few years to go until he can fill out that footprint lol
Caleb sitting on a monkey lol
The sky ride was a lot of fun but VERY high. I think I was the only one that was scared.
We had so much fun! Thanks Megan and Caleb for the great day!