Golden Love…Retrievers, That Is!

Golden Love…Retrievers, That Is!

Since I was talking about an inexpensive form of therapy yesterday (crocheting) I felt compelled to share another one today…our Goldens!

Now,  I have had dogs and, yes, in my younger days…those apartment years… I even had cats.  As I have said before I love all animals but there is one breed that stole my heart about sixteen years ago…Golden Retrievers!

Just look at these babies!!!

Bailey, on the left, is our girl and answers to Bailey, Bailey-Boo, Boo, Bailey-Marie, Bay, Boo-Boo…believe it or not I could go on…  Gabriel, on the right, is our boy who answers to Gabe, Gabey-Baby, Goob, Ba-Donk-A-Donk…    😉 Everyone in our family has  a multitude of nicknames, dependent upon the situation, and our four-legged family members are no different.

These two are by my side every single day.  If I am in my office working, they work with me.  Most days, Gabe actually gets under my desk and Bailey sleeps in my office doorway…no coming or going without them knowing it.

If I am working in the garden or yard, they are out there helping me.  Gabe is always intrigued by the good bugs crawling around in the garden.

When we are happy, they are right there with us, smiling and in a playful mood.

If we don’t feel well, they stay right by our side sharing their positive energy and trying to make us feel better.  Gabe is especially good at this!

When we are down we get right in the middle of them and soak up their love – feeling better in no time!

There is no limit to their dedication or love of our family members.  It is for this reason that they are THE BEST form of therapy there is…

Dog really is GOD spelled backwards.  They are the purest form of love and connection to Source  in this realm.  Humans, take note!!!

Dear me, I need to go smooch some puppy noses!!!  Here’s to a lovely day~

 

Are You Suffering From Allergies?

Are You Suffering From Allergies?

It is that time of year, my friends…allergy season….that is!  If you are feeling run down, energy-less and just not “up-to-snuff”…you could be experiencing symptoms brought on by allergies.

I just read an article from Organic Gardening News (4/2/2012 edition) with some helpful info regarding some of the natural allergy remedies available to us from the produce section:

  • Broccoli
  • Citrus fruits
  • Kale
  • Collard Greens
  • Stinging Nettle
  • Butterbur (I had never heard of this one)
  • Elderberries
  • Onions & Garlic

For specific information on these natural remedies, visit their site:  http://www.rodale.com/allergy-relief?page=0,1

I MUST add, though not in the produce section, LOCAL honey has worked wonderfully for us as far as allergies are concerned!  We certainly don’t mind having a piece of toast with coconut oil and local honey every morning either!  🙂

“The idea behind eating honey is kind of like gradually vaccinating the body against allergens, a process called immunotherapy. Honey contains a variety of the same pollen spores that give allergy sufferers so much trouble when flowers and grasses are in bloom. Introducing these spores into the body in small amounts by eating honey should make the body accustomed to their presence and decrease the chance an immune system response like the release of histamine will occur [source: AAFP]. Since the concentration of pollen spores found in honey is low — compared to, say, sniffing a flower directly — then the production of antibodies shouldn’t trigger symptoms similar to an allergic reaction. Ideally, the honey-eater won’t have any reaction at all.”    (http://health.howstuffworks.com)

And….that must be why it has worked for us.  We are gradually building an immunity against the allergens in our area.  Isn’t that just amazing???

Who needs those chemicals produced in a lab???  Not I~


 

Beware….Frost Advisory!

Beware….Frost Advisory!

I was so excited!  I took all of the plants I had been storing in the garage outside yesterday.  I am not talking just a few plants nor are they small plants.  I cleaned them up and re-potted many of them and placed them lovingly and yes, strategically (for those of you that know me) :), outside.

They look so nice that Bailey, our youngest Golden, kept posing in front of them to have her picture taken.  (She is NOT camera shy like her Momma (me) for sure – she actually poses!!!)

Those plants make the outside look ‘dressed’, homey and so inviting.

But, guess what?

There is a FROST ADVISORY in effect Tuesday morning  from 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.  Yep, that’s right – a FROST ADVISORY for the Piedmont!

See the peaches all over this little tree we planted in the fall?  It is LOADED with what we hope will be fresh, organic peaches IF they survive the frost!!!

Doesn’t Old Man Winter know that spring has sprung BIG TIME here in the Piedmont???  That we all finally said, “Okay, so this is it…this is the way it is gonna be this year…no real cold weather to speak of….cool, I think I like it!  No….I LOVE it!!!”

And…we start whipping out our shorts, tank tops and flip-flops,  putting out tender plants, even contemplate starting our gardens early!  Our excitement is hardly containable – you can just feel spring-fever in the air!

But the joke is on us and the truth is Mother Nature has a sense of humor…I can just see her giggling as we all scamper around trying to bring in and cover up everything in sight to keep it safe from the impending frost!    Bottom line – if you have tender plants outside, bring them in and if you can’t bring them in, cover them up!

Guess you know what I will be doing today~  As we say here in the South, “Bless…” and you Southerns know my intonation as I type that and exactly which ‘Bless’ definition to apply 😉 !

Gabe thinks I am funny and is loving the fact that we will be outside most of the day today!  Come to think of it…I am, too!  Let’s get to it~