Archive for December, 2009


Those who have been fortunate to be in some of my classes have had the opportunity to meet my little dachshund Courtney, otherwise known as C-Dog.  Courtney is a lot of fun to have.  She keeps me centered and happy.  She is now 8 years old, but when she was about one she became very sick.  I took her to several vets in San Jose and no one knew what to do.  Finally we found Dr. Moore who did some exploratory surgery and discovered she has pancreantitus.  She was put on Prednisone and Metronizodol.  Each time we tried to wean her off the meds she would become very sick again.  It was sad and heartbreaking.  Just before I moved out of the bay area Andrea did some research and found Dr. Walt McCall, a homeopathic vet.  What a miracle he has been.  He told me to take her off the meds and to start giving her some herbs he had made.   She immediately began to get better.  She still has her flare ups, but is much improved.  This past week she started getting symptoms again and wouldn’t eat (which, if you know Courtney then you know if she doesn’t want to eat, she is VERY sick!)  I had the opportunity to go see Dr. McCall yesterday and he is quite the miracle doctor, she started feeling better right away.  Now I am wondering if it was the pancreantitus or maybe she was just allergic to Modesto.  Anyways, thank you to Dr. McCall and all that you do for animals.  He is an amazing man and I am so thankful that he came into my life.

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Being grateful…

I have spent this past week traveling up the coast of California enjoying meeting new friends, wine tasting, bike riding, dog walking and kayaking.  The central coast is beautiful with its majestic shoreline.  Even though I love my desert, there is always a peaceful feeling when I am on the coast.  This trip was especially meaningful as I spent Christmas kayaking at one of my favorite destinations near Monterey, Elkhorn Slough.  I love it because of all of the seals and sea lions that surround you.  They jump right out in front of you in the water as they frolic and play.  That night I finally made it to my parents house and have spent a few days enjoying some of my mom’s home cooking.  I was able to spend time with my oldest son, Kent and my daughter Kristen and later today will be spending the day with my sister.  I am truly grateful that I can enjoy my family and then go back to my beloved desert that I love so much.  Later this week I should be able to spend some time with my two younger boys in the bay area.

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Support your local library

Yesterday I spent part of the morning in a tiny little local library in a town called Los Osos.  The library was adorable.  The books were displayed neatly on the walls and on the shelves.  If I could buy library cologne, I think I would.  It is such a pleasant smell for me, it makes me feel safe and secure.  I spent many hours as a child in the library.  Some of my favorite memories revolve around the books and the shelves.  I remember my mom used to read to my brother, sister and me when I was too small to read to myself.  I can remember eating summer eating lunch on summer afternoons and listening to my mom read a great children’s story to us.  When I got older I would spend hours visiting the Seven Trees Branch Library and even became president of the Book Worm Club.  I remember checking out as many books as I could carry.  Each time when my mom would pick me up she would say the same thing…are you sure you can read all those books in one week?  Of course I always did.  Books were my friends and the librarian that started me on my journey was amazing.  She knew all of the books that I would love and encouraged me to write about each one I read.  She loved my input on each book I devoured.  (I would read so much that many times for punishment, the worst thing my mom could do to me was to take my books away).  When I read through the whole section of the children’s library, she began ordering more books for me from the main library in town.  So as you can see, sitting in that library many miles from San Jose can still transport me back to that 10 year old girl who loves words…

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Love what you do…

Last night while watching Monday Night Football, I saw the new Blackberry ads.  The theme is to love what you do.  I was asked just the other day by my friend if I could have any job that I wanted what would it be…hmmm, I thought…I really love what I do so I don’t know if there would be anything out there better than what I am doing right now.  I suppose maybe a chocolate tester would be cool, but there aren’t very many things in this world that I would rather be doing than what I am doing right now.  Ahhh, life is good!

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Amazing movie…

Just came back from seeing the 3D Avatar movie.  I have to tell you, it wasn’t even on my radar.  I saw the previews and it didn’t look too great, blue aliens and war helicopters…a real bore fest so I thought.  This was my first 3D movie and wow, what a treat.  From the opening scene to the closing credits, I was spellbound.  James Cameron wrote AND directed this.  I recommend this movie to all my friends out there.  It kind of reminded me of when I was a middle school student and I went with my friend Diane to the movies to see Star Wars for the first time.  I was spell bound, this is an awesome movie…see it in 3D, costs extra, but worth it!

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