Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Puppy Acupressure

As you know, I have a dog that I love very much. When you look at him, you will see that he has GREAT ears:

And, I admit, I love petting and rubbing his ears. I was doing this recently and recalled a scene from the movie The Truth About Cats and Dogs where the Janeane Garofalo character was explaining over the phone to the Ben Chaplin character how to calm down his recently acquired dog who was wearing roller skates. She said to slowly and consistently rub his ears from base to tip as these were acupressure points. I then did a search on dog acupressure and found many videos on how to do this, including this one, which speaks specifically to the ear region:

Sadly, though, it got me thinking about those dog breeds that typically will have their ears clipped because that is the "standard" of beauty (Dobermans, American Bull Terriers, Great Danes, etc.) and can only wonder about what they are losing out on if one of the calming pressure points have been removed. Makes me want to go rub my baby's ears just to make up for it.

What A Site!!

A couple of weeks ago as my sister and I were driving down to La Grange, I look out of the window and I see these fields of sunflowers.

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I had never really noticed these fields before. Typically, when driving through Texas, you would see corn or wheat or soybeans or cotton or some other grain that my Dad could name from a glance, but I would have no idea what it is. But, there were fields upon fields of sunflowers.

Then, last night as I was driving to meet Sara for our recurring pedicure and dinner catch up discussion, I look over and see more fields of sunflowers and cars pulled over with people getting out and taking their picture with them as the Texas sun was setting (and yes, Texas has a completely different sun than the rest of the with it). Seeing all of those sunflowers opened and blooming and faces up to the sky made me so very happy and I got to thinking about what joy simple flowers can bring to me...especially the unpretentious sunflower.

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I think if I ever get married, I wand to carry sunflowers in my bouquet.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Weekend Recap

This is pretty much how I spent my weekend, so there is much to recap. I laid around on one couch while the dog laid on the other and then we would switch. I know, not very exciting. I thought that when I decided to get rid of my cable television that it would curtail my television watching...boy was I wrong about that. While I no longer random switch channels and watch drivel that is on, I still spend a lot of time watching television. I have hours and hours of television at my finger tips that I can access via Netflix streaming and HuluPlus.

This weekend I started watching The Monarchy series. I only have the first two seasons, but it was enough to get me through, and since I dozed off a couple of times, I had to rerun some of the shows as I would miss a king or two. I did learn some from watching these shows and it provided some insight into the Jacobite Risings, which I keep coming across in maybe, if I am going to laze around watching television at least it is intelligent shows where I'm learning things...right?