Friday, November 30, 2012

Falling off The Physical Cliff.....

It is always interesting to watch the antics of our government, especially those of President Obama. He often reminds me of a small bully in the schoolyard, always threatening others just  to get his own way. As the leader of this country whom we all elected into office for another four years its a poor reflection of who we are.

Coming out and threatening to sick the American public on the representatives for not caving in to his demands is frankly childish. I expected better from him as a man and as a sitting president representing us all to the world. It is a little embarrassing to see the maneuvers going on in Washington as he again tries to pressure those around him.

You may be saying to yourself, “Hey we are headed to a financial cliff here." Well maybe falling off that cliff would force our government to fix a broken system. We all know its broken but no one wants to deal with it unless there is something in it for them. Would forcing our government to reevaluate our tax code and perhaps rewrite it be such a horrible thing? Something has to give. We cannot afford to continue to raise our debt ceiling in this country or we may someday be known as citizens of China, Mexico, or even Cuba.

I am neither right wing nor left wing, just a concerned mother, grandmother and citizen who is tired of watching us fall down the rabbit hole while we insist nothing is wrong. You wouldn't let your kids or your spouse get away with that so why are we willing to look the other way and insist everything is just fine? Is it our inability to believe that our famous democracy could  fail? Or are the handouts that good right now?

Please think about this, when all is said and done, and we have spent all that we can who do you really think is going to pick up the check? Our government or us as everyday citizens consisting of middle and lower income families? When we stop believing in the ideals of our constitution we fail as a country. When we refuse to honestly deal with our issues we fail as a country. President Obama asked for another four years of our trust to fix the problem, doing whatever he had to. Its time he puts his pride and arrogance aside rolls up his sleeves and in a non I ME way helps our representatives fix the problem. They say pride comes before the fall, well we have an overabundance of pride  residing in our white house and government and I honestly hope he can pull it off and not fall because of his own pride. 

If you're going to tweet, text, Facebook, or whatever send one to President Obama and let him know being president isn’t about his wants but the greater good of the people he is representing. No matter what nationality you may come from you would have to be blind and dead not to see that the problem has to be dealt with by all of our representatives including the one in the oval office.  

Friday, November 23, 2012

Life Goes On

Life Will Always Go On.........................

Sometimes it is OK to be a little sad. Truthfully I know I am in a funk right now and that is ok.In part because I realize I have to keep going. I get up go to work, take care of my family, and make sure I take care of Annabelle and the others in my life. Yes I miss Gunny, its hard to make people understand that such a small silly creature could provide so much love and joy or that losing her could shred my heart so completely.

I am thankful for Tom, and that he has the capacity to love as much as he does. You wouldn’t think so if you met him. Big tough retired Marines are supposed to be tough and he is, but he is also the only man I can honestly say I want by my side when I hurt. He has never made me feel like I was alone in all of this, he was right there with me. Today there are so many people who are either out of touch with their feelings or they’ve gone completely the opposite way and everything is about there feelings. It can be overwhelming at times when you meet people like that.

That balance I have in my world with Tom is what keeps me going. We each have our own weaknesses and strengths, we are both incredibly stubborn, and can be hard headed at times. Yet at the end of the day when all pretense and baggage from life is put aside it is just the two of us. There for each other, lending our strength and love to each other without thought or hesitation. Life is by no means perfect and it has only been a week since we lost our Gunny but I know it will get better. There are moments when we are just sitting and talking and one or the other will remember something she did that made us laugh or smile and we are there to share it with each other.

So for right now I can admit I am still a little off kilter from everything.I don't feel like talking or making nice. I need my space too come to terms with the changes this has made in our life. That is ok, for now I’m not drowning in sorrow, I am putting the pieces together and moving on one day at a time.

I have to make myself do my homework at the moment because I really don't feel like it. “I can't believe I said that” . However it is the truth, each night I sit down and got to work on my assignments. Pushing myself to do what I need to, because life doesn’t stop. It doesn’t end when someone or something we love ends.

There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do to bring her back alive and healthy again but I know she is in a better place. Letting go is sometimes what we have to do, even when it breaks our hearts to do so.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Goodbye My Gunny Sleep with the Angels

Goodbye My Gunny, 1/2011-11/12

Today I lost my best friend, it wasn’t a car accident or old age. It wasn’t cancer or even to a seizure. Today we had to put Gunny to sleep due to health complications. Her beautiful brown eyes won't look at me again while she begs for food while drooling on my leg. She won't push open the bathroom door while I am going to the bathroom. There won't be anymore crazy games of fetch  that she loved so much. Or morning meds to control her seizures while getting ready for work. I won't get to fall asleep listening to her gentle snore, or wake to her face in my face on my pillow because she snuck up on the bed in the night. 

I was only allowed to share my life with her for just under two short years and her gentle sweet spirit will be missed by everyone in our home. We are all a little heartbroken today for the loss of someone so special to us. As I stroked her soft fur for the last time and kissed her head to say rest in peace my friend I knew I had lost someone irreplaceable to me. I knew I had left a piece of my heart with her.  

There are some connections we make in life that open our hearts even more than we thought possible. For me Gunny was one of those beings. I know I will miss her and feel this loss for a long time to come.

I do feel it is important to say thank you to the Drs. at Berkeley Veterinary and Garden State Veterinary Hospital for their care and compassion in dealing with Gunny these past months. In sending us in the right direction to help treat her seizures and for understanding that our hearts were breaking as we said goodbye. Thank you Thank you so very much, each one of you deserves to be recognized for the caring professionals you are. Your level of service and real care for your canine and feline patients shows real character and involvement. 

I do recommend you for anyone looking for a excellent caring veterinary office. Located on Route 9 in Bayville you are the best.

For my sweet girl Gunny Goodnight and go with god, if all dogs do go to heaven you are surely there now. Our life will not be the same without you, thank you for sharing your time here with us. I will miss you so very much my friend.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012



No matter who you are or where you live, Vote. Vote your heart, your conscience or your mind. Vote for who you believe in. One of the rights we all share that was won by our forefathers is the right to vote for our elected officials. Vote, it isn't just your right its your responsibility to yourself and your children. 

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Sandy After The Storm

Bouncing Back From Sandy

Living in Ocean County New Jersey it wasn’t hard to see all the devastation Sandy did on a first hand basis. Today we are at day 6 since the storm hit  and refashioned the New Jersey Shore. Many are still without power or heat  as temperatures are beginning to drop down to the 30 degree mark overnight. Not unlike many others who have been affected by the storm New Jerseyans are bouncing back one step at a time.

Sure the lines at the pumps may be longer than during the 70’s gas crisis, but we survive. Our block was fortunate to get power back late Thursday night but I know there are many who are still struggling, or blocked from getting to their homes. There are still power lines down, trees, and homes that have washed away.We are tough here and we will get through this.

Our governor has shown he has the moxy to get us through in a tough organized way. No I don’t give Obama credit for how we are doing, Fema and the American Red Cross are on site here(that’s there job) For that I am thankful. 

Thursday night as I sat down for the first time able to turn on the News and hear and see just what Sandy had done. I was shocked to see how badly Staten Island, Queens and other area’s of New York were doing. Blumberg & Cuomo weren’t prepared to deal with the aftermath and it showed.
I think this clearly does show that is falls to the organization of your state officials first on how quickly you bounce back. A total of 4 days had passed before either the mayor of NY or the Governor got it together and did anything. FYI it took that long for the President to get on board also with New York. Why is that?

We may have a lot of work to do here in New Jersey to rebuild and clean up from the incredible devastation that took place, but I know I personally will sleep better at night knowing we have people here in New Jersey in charge who can meet the challenges that we are all facing. I didn’t miss the presidents quick tour of our coastline, or the fact that its good PR on his part. I also notice that he could have done a fly by of NY’s coast as well and didn’t. When you are a sitting president it is YOUR JOB to know what is going on. Why didn't they get the quick assistance that we did? How was it that 4 days after the storm people in New York were still without help? Is it that our governor is able to speak up and theres didn’t?

This is one of those situation where we need to look at how things are really being handled and by whom? Obama knew going into this storm he couldn't make a mistake or he risked losing favor here in New Jersey. Not unlike a chess game moves have been made, and we are the pawns in the game. The question is are we smart enough to see them for what they are? Are we intelligent enough to see  the political games that are being played?

Personally for me, my heart goes out to all of the families in both NY and NJ who have lost everything. Fema and the Red Cross are there to help and will. If for some reason you're hitting roadblocks raise your voice, to where it will be heard. Having been a lifetime resident I know the people of this state have the strength and character to help each other and rebuild.

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