Thursday, September 30, 2010

It's Been That Long.....

I feel like it's been FOREVER, since my last blog post, so hopping in for a quick update!



I just weighed in on my second week of Weight Watchers and now have a total of 6.8 pound loss!  I'm very excited.  I'm not even using all my daily points, as I'm just not hungry.  I'm not depriving myself and I'm eating much healthier.  HURRAY!!



Doing some major file moving in my file room at work.  The whole room was set up with the assumption that old files would be scanned when they reached a 7 year period.....well it doesn't look like that's ever going to happen.  So to make things eaiser to find, I'm combining all the older files all by number (and not separated out by year) - big project but it's actually moving along pretty well.



And That's My Update!


Monday, September 20, 2010

A Product Endorsement

During our almost 3 hour grocery shopping spree Friday evening, CC and I came across this little treasure:



The "light" version comes in at ONE weight watcher point and they are rather large!! They taste so much better than regular bread (especially the diet kind) and their website shows you dozens of recipes! Today I used it as a wrap along with deli thin ham and weight watchers swiss cheese with a little bit of mustard; but I'm thinking pizza real soon! Gotta check tomorrow to see if we still have the toaster oven at work. If you don't find them in your bread aisle, check near the deli - that's where we found ours.


So far the diet is okay. I'm not hungry at the moment but I have 7 points I can still use - amazing! And the little veggie scoops from the last post - YUMMY!!

I'm A Snacker, I'll Admit It!!

One of my dieting problems is that I'm a snacker.  Oh, I start out okay but at some point - I want to snack!  So I've hopped over to Green Lite Bites which is a division of Roni's Weigh and found some Veggie Scoops.  I'm going to try these later with some mushrooms, tomato and salsa.  If you're dieting I highly suggest this website..she offers so much and even has videos to watch!

For the sweet tooth in me, you can't beat these Delicious Cakes from Hungry Girl.  Rather than doing a whole cake, I do cupcakes instead!  YUMMY!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

UPDATE, UPDATE, UPDATE....

Yes, I've been a very bad blogger; can't help it way too much going on!

First off, this is for Kim!  Thanks for all your advice with the kittys.  Just for the record, we've done all that...but no decision has been made yet and actually Spunky has been using the litterbox!  Sebastian's skin condition seems to be clearing up...so we're out of decision mode for the time being.  And Kim, no, I was never mad at you for your first comment...I just didn't want anyone to think that because the cats weren't "perfect" I was going to take the easy way out.  My pets are my children - I'd do anything for them!

CC and I joined Weight Watchers this week.  So far everything seems to be going okay and I found the meeting very informative.  I really liked the leader as it took 3 times at Weight Watchers for her to lose her weight (and keep it off), so she understands the ups & downs of dieting.  That always helps!  I think physically going to meetings and having CC along for the ride, will keep me more accountable and in line.

Work's been ho-hum....same stuff, different days...nothing seems to change.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

This & That

I know that I missed my Shure Pets post yesterday and that I've missed the Thursday Thirteen more than once - hopefully I'll get that worked out!

I'm house/pet sitting at CC's this weekend.  While she's off at Cape May, NJ enjoying some beach time.....I'm here breaking things at her house - lol!!  No kidding, I got out of bed last night and was somewhat disoriented (suppose I forgot where I was) and knocked over and broke a perfume bottle off the dresser (yes we all smelled wonderful after that)...so I had to clean that up and am very much hoping it wasn't a family heirloom or something.  All the animals seem content though, so that's always good.  And even though there probably is that little stress of wondering where the regular people are, it's still better to be in a familiar place than in a kennel with strangers.  And besides it's only a weekend, not a week, so there's no problems with it and my own home.

Hubby and I are taking the dogs to the Dog Plunge at the local pool this afternoon (hopefully I'll get some photos).  Other areas often do this at the end of the pool season, but this is first with our area.  It wasn't without much complaint though:  "City ordinance says no dogs (other than service animals) are permitted in the pool."  "I will never swim at that pool again if they allow this."  "Dogs carry germs and you can imagine what they'll do in a pool."  Etc....

This is the reaction you get when people don't read thoroughly...see the pool closed for the season, and after the dog plunge it will be completely drained and cleaned and then refilled for the next season.  And really now, you wonder what dogs will do in a pool?  What about little kids???  Or even adults for that matter!

Anyway it got approval and is happening today.  Proceeds will go to help fund the Dog Park they are hoping to develop - which will be nice too!

CC and I go to the movies almost every Thursday.  Being on the weight issue again with myself, I looked up where some Weight Watchers meetings were and was surprised to see one was located at the mall we go to the movies at!  I emailed it to CC to see if she'd like to do it with me, since we could go to the movies aftewards.  Her immediate response was "I'm not feeling it."  But the next day she called and decided she was for it (she's done it before very successfully).  Did I know exactly where in the mall it was?  I got back on the WW's site and that location was now gone!!  DARN!!  The minute we make an concrete decision, it's pulled out from under us!  Since we we're going to the movies anyway, we decided to try to find it and thought maybe there'd be a sign on the door telling us where they may have moved to.

In reality - the location is still there (website must of had a hiccup) and it's not just a meeting room - it's a Weight Watchers Center, which means it's open all week and has varying times for meetings and weigh-ins rather than the type that just meets in a commnuity room/church once a week (not that that's a bad thing).  The last meeting was over but the workers were still in there so we walked in and asked questions.  They were all extremely nice and helpful without the pressure sale.  The leader has lost 60 lbs but willingly admitted she had fallen off the wagon at one time and gained back (it's nice when you can relate).   CC went ahead and purchased the books and some of the snacks (I already have the books) and we're set to do WW & a movie next Thursday.

I know what you're all thinking - again Laura?  I tend to do much, much better in a group setting.  I did well when I did the Weigh Down Workshop with the church...but once the 12 weeks ended, so did my diet.  Same with Curves, I did their diet for the 6 weeks and then when the classes ended, so did I.  I need that accountability and it's doubly nice to have a buddy to see you through the tough times, which I'll have with CC.  And WW is ongoing...no start and finish dates, so it can be non-ending if I want it to be; or at least I can stay long enough to get the habit instilled into me.

So we'll see how things go!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Just to Clarify....

I am not the type of person to put any animal down for behavior problems.  Unfortunately, Spunky's bad habit of going everywhere but a litter box isn't just on something washable - she's ruined the wooden back door and the hardwood floor in the upstairs.  We've tried Feliway, we've tried a special attractant litter...we've even tried the calming collar - absolutely nothing.  For the most part she's in one area of the house with her own special litter box - it never gets used.  You see the issue?  Which is why I think she's senile and an aging thing.  In her younger days she'd never do this.

Sebastian on the other hand, should be curable...or at least you would think so.  It's a skin issue.  One time I took him in and they gave him a Capstar pill (to kill fleas), put Frontline on him (which would start working within 24 hours at about the same time the Capstar wore off) and gave him a shot to relieve the itching.......nope, that didn't work.  Which is why I've always thought there has to be more to it then just fleas.  Plus the fact that I find it extremely odd that this use to happen to Spunky and the year it stopped happening to her; it began with Sebastian just out of the blue.  And the skin thing is out of the blue - it's not something I've been dealing with all summer; just within the past 3 weeks.  By the time it clears and he gets a full coat back...it will start again!  It's very odd and really isn't seasonal - just whenever.  And it doesn't seem to be contagious.  It's very very odd.

Right now, I'm trying to sneakingly put Advantage on Sebastian....he tends to lay on the computer desk when I'm here and I'm hoping to catch him off card.  He's not stupid though....the minute I came upstairs with the tube hidden in my pocket and hands free of anything, he's been suspicious!!!  Not a dumb cat.  It's always amazed me!!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Decisions, Decisions.....

So my "didn't go anywhere" vacation is now over and it was back to work today.  The ladies in the office did a very good job!!  Filing was caught up and all I had was a pile to make new folders for - HURRAY!!!

My ShurePets Kit was shipped out today and I can now start scheduling some parties!  Need to get some return on this investment.  But really, I am very excited of this opportunity and enjoy taking my love for animals a step further.  I also can't wait to shampoo Keyser & Toby with some of the products - they even sell a Creamsicle scented shampoo and spritzer for your dog - YUMMY!!  And Cooper & Joppa are going to love their toys!!!

Which brings us to Spunky & Sebastian.  We've been tossing around having Spunky put down.  She's 14 years old and she just does her business everywhere but a litter box.  We're told it's a behavior problem and all suggestions have failed.  Tough call, I know...but I'm beginning to think she's just old.  She won't go outside anymore, and she use to love to do that as well.  Actually I'm pretty sure she's senile as I'm her new best friend - and she's always hated me!  Then there's Sebastian - he's Spunky's son at 13 years old.  Sebastian has never been a friendly cat and he freaks out at the slightest sudden movement or noise.  He can love you one minute and attack you the next.  I, unfortunately, have been the recipient of this behavior way too often - most recently several weeks ago.  He was laying on my lap purring up a storm as I petted him, when all of a sudden he just attacked my face.  It left me bleeding and I now have a small scar on my nose (fortunately he missed my eye).  But the worst problem with Sebastian is his supposedly flea allergy.

Spunky use to lose all her hair except what was on her face during the summer months.  We were told flea allergy - nothing would help with this.  Then one year, it just stopped and for some reason it started with Sebastian.  Right now Sebastian is practically hairless and has sores & scabs from scratching.  If you open any drawer anywhere in the house Sebastian will freak out - as he knows in some drawer is flea medicine - but it doesn't matter as you can't pick him up - he freaks!  One time he needed to be pilled.  Two of us could not pry that cat's mouth open to get a pill in him.  He's very strong. 

So we're thinking.....Spunky, Sebastian or both? 

It's a hard decision as by putting them down, I think we're failing them...but at the same time I'm at a point where I hate my house smelling like cat urine and I know poor Sebastian has to be miserable - he looks it.

What do we do?




Friday, September 3, 2010

Shure Pets Fridays At The Garden

I'm declaring Fridays SHURE PETS days here.  For those that haven't a clue what I'm talking about.  I've started a side business selling pet products via home parties, the web, festivals, etc...  (think Tupperware-only for pets).  Check my side bar for a link to view the entire catalog and to place orders you can simply go to my website.  Item in the catalog not appearing where you order?  Email me at the address on my website.

What I plan on doing is highlighting a product or two, that I think my pet loving readers would be interested in. 
For the Dog Lovers:



De-Shedding Products!!  I don't know about yours, but my dogs shed terribly.  Shure Pets has designed products to help with this issue.


Paramount De-Shedding ShampooSuperior, all natural shampoo that gently releases unwanted loose hair and undercoat while leaving an opulent shine by cleaning away unwanted dirts and oils.  Natural oat proteins, jojoba and aloe strengthen and moisturize the individual hair shafts giving your pet the healthiest coat condition possible.  Regular use reduces seasonal and non-seasonal shedding.   
12 oz. - $15.00

Paramount De-Shedding TreatmentUse the conditioner treatment on your pet as a finish to our de-shedding shampoo for the ultimate spa-like treatment resulting in a luxurious coat.  Regular use further reduces seasonal and non-seasonal shedding. 
12 oz. - $15.00


GroomerEZ-Groomer will remove your pet's undercoast eaiser than conventional brushes and grooming tools.  The small comb has 7 teeth and works best on cats and dogs with short to medium length coats.  The large comb has 5 large teeth and works best on dogs with long, dense coats.  Each brush measures 6" in length with a 3" wide head. 
Either size brush is $13.00


For the Cat Lovers:



I don't know about your cats...but mine really do get the hairballs.  Shure Pets Purr-fect Hairball Solution aids in the reduction of feline hairball concerns.  This product is designed from a state-of-the-art formula to eliminate hairballs and reduce the likelihood of future hairball formation. 
4 oz. - $25.00





Ahh, the fun task of the litter box.  The Litter Zipper is a problem solving device that makes cleaning your cat's litter box easier and more sanitary.  Waste is scooped and transferred directly into a collection tube with any bag of your choosing. 
$18.00





Refillable Hemp  Mouse.  This fun hemp mouse can be filled again and again with fresh catnip for hours of endless fun.  Comes filled with fresh, organic catnip.
$12.00

Host A Party and Earn Great Rewards.  If you live in the Waynesboro, PA / Hagerstown, MD and surrounding areas - contact me to schedule a pet party:




For contact information, please visit my website located in the side bar.

Thank you!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Isn't She Just So Funny!

"C.C wrote:

What no bikini pics? Just think in 2 weeks you will be at my house & you can sit on the deck and look at the pond! Doesn't that sound exciting?!"


The joke-ster that she is, CC left the above comment in regards to my last post on missing the beach this year.  What she has failed to explain is that while I'm on her deck over looking the pond (and mind you this is a little man-made pond in the garden) she'll be at the BEACH!!!  Yeah, I'm laughing about it!!