Grateful for the “small,” “big” things in life!

Thankful, grateful are just two of the many words we use to express appreciation…

Many times we appreciate the small things we took for granted when we no longer have them: A smile, a beautiful walk on a sunny day, a hug reciprocated by someone we love, a heart to heart talk with a friend who is no longer with us.

Personally I already know I will be heartbroken when any of my companion pets will pass away.

For right NOW, I choose to be in this priceless moment fully! Enjoy this Thanksgiving with my daughter, Natalie and her husband, John and fully breathe in that unmatchable feeling of being the grandmother of two beautiful children.
The pictures in my hear could not be stolen or erased. Love does not run out of battery or out of style!
Love will always win!!!
Happy Thanksgiving to my family and friends. Without you, my life would be meaningless.image

Quick and Easy Dog Treat

We could add “healthy,” as by definition most dogs get into trash, so these treats are definitely healthier than trash!

Why I made these treats today, on Sunday? I could tell you the story about loving my dogs so much, I cook for them. It is actually, mostly true! I could also say, this is a special weekend treat. This too is true, as today is Sunday.

However, the real reason I baked these dog treats is because my dogs looked sort of depressed and I decided to try food therapy
using healthy inredients, of course… well what I had on hand, actually:


2 beat eggs
2-3 Tablespoons peanut butter (organic is best)
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup water
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup fresh chopped parsley (freshens breath, so no one could say your dog has dog breath and embarrass the pup!)
2-3 Tablespoons cocoa butter oil
2-3 Tablespoons olive oil
A pinch of salt

Mix ALL these ingredients well. Consistency should be like play dough, not too hard, not too soft, so you could shape in desired form and place on greased cookie sheet.
The above ingredients could be less or more, as long as you get the right consistency and the dough holds together.
Bake at 200 F for about 15 minuted, then at 350 for another 15-20 minutes, OR depending on shape of treats, until they are DONE.

The treats will harden as they get cold.
Refrigerate and treat your furry companions!

Please share your thoughts and experiences with pet home made treats.
Your thoughts are always appreciated! Thank you for being part of our international community.

Smart Phones and Less Smart Humans? Are Smart Phones Taking Over Our Lives? The Pros and Cons of Technology

Smart phones have become extensions of ourselves. If we misplace or loose or our phone is stolen we panic! Should it turn out to be lost forever, we probably mourn it because our lives are contained in these devices which have a mind of their own!

This morning there were in the news two stories related to smart phones:

The first referred to Selena, the famous tennis player, who while in a restaurant, placed her phone on the table. A quick thinking guy grabbed it and ran away, but hey, he messed with the wrong gal! Selena, the story continued, run after the thief and low and behold, caught him in no time and took possession of her phone. Great story!

The second story in the news today was about Google making the lives of their gmail users even easier than it already is.
They will prioratize the emails one receives in their box and get this, GIVE THE PERSON several options to reply! Multiple choice! The stated reason was that for people having small devices it is difficult to type.

Today’s technological revolution in which one either joins or is left out, and who wants to be left out, reminds me of a business I had many years ago, called “Affairs of the Heart.” My idea was to write “real love letters” for busy people and send them to their neglected but otherwise loved ones.

As part of my promotional strategy, I was holding workshops before Professional Singles’ Dances. During these workshops, I was underlining the benefits of sending a real letter and flowers after having a first date with a woman you really liked, but your business forced you to leave town immediately after the date, before having time to communicate to her how much you enjoyed meeting her.
I presented the audience sample letters they might receive after imaginary first dates with a busy professional man forced to leave town immediately after a first date:

“Which would you rather receive after a first fun date,” I asked one of the participants, a nurse in a prenatal unit, I was convinced her choice was going to be my carefully crafted letter expressing respect and love!
She read the letter, and said:
” To be honest, I’d be happy if he called me next time he were in town!”

That was the end of Affairs of the Heart and the lesson I learned was that we will be treated the way we allow people to treat us and sadly, the age of romance and showing respect seemed to be gone! Looking back, I also conclude that I might have been ahead of my time…

Twenty years after y fiasco of Affairs of the Heart, we are given multiple choices on a smart phone screen on all aspects of our lives and it is part of the new normal.

I continue to believe in “laughter is best therapy,” and would like to try and leave the readers of this post smiling…here is the story of a voice activated feature on a sart phone:

I understand and use technology to the degree required to “survive” in a system in which everything is done online. That being said, I must have pressed the wrong button and suddenly, activated “voice activated system” on my phone!

“You could ask me anything!” the system stated.
I was mute! I had no idea how to turn it off, as I didn’t wish to ask anything!
I randomly pressed buttons but IT insisted:
“For example, you could ask me, ” WHO IS OBAMA.”

Really, really? Does my profile say I am an idiot?
In a moment of desperation I turned the phone off and restart this annoying extension of myself who has such a low opinion of me!
Hmm… makes me wonder if this is good for self esteem:)

If you have smart phone experiences, please share with us!
They are here to stay, but so are WE!

Netflix Movie Review: NIGHTCRAWLER- Overooked Treasures

Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler, which marks the directorial debut of Dan Gilroy, could only be described as SUPERB!

This 2014 (R) production of Bold Films, has more than earned its FIVE- STAR RATING, especially if you are, like me, a Netflix fan and like movies in which the characters’s development exceeds expectations, yet remains credible.

From the start, the viewers are allowed to discover the essence of the main character, brilliantly played by Jake Gyllenhaal, yet, we are unable to guess just how far he would be willing to go in reaching his desire for power and fame.

Charming, manipulative, loving, but ruthless and certainly surprising! There are so many facets to this character that one could write an entire thesis, but than, watching the movie would be spoiled.

The main character, in the beginning a ruthless common thief, quickly discovers and understands the lucrative business of shooting sensational events in Los Angeles and selling them to a local news channel. What kind of events? They range from fires to… murder! What it takes to be number one in this cut-throat “industry? The movie captures the essence of what I believe could be the truth, but this is a matter of opinion!

Nightcrawler was nominated for the 87th Academy Award for Best Original Screen Play.
An more than deserving nomination

This outstanding movie could be found by searching the following categories: Drama, Thriller, Independent Thriller, or just the title.

Happy viewing and don’t forget to share your opinions and comment!