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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

American Made Cars vs Foreign

So recently I was rear-ended, requiring me to relinquish my car to an auto body, and forcing me to drive a vehicle other than my own.

If this event had happened in the summer or fall, it wouldn't have been a problem, all I would have had to do is drive the 1993 Camaro Z28. However since the Camaro has very large racing tires, it didn't seem like a good idea to pull it out of storage to drive in this awful Minnesota winter.

I was authorized the use of a brand new Volkswagen Jetta. Under normal circumstances, I'd probably never have the chance to drive this type of car, because from the time I was a kid, it was impressed upon me the importance of buying an American made car, seeing as numerous family members, my Dad included, all held a job for Ford.

 Naturally most of the family drove Fords, not only because they're good, reliable cars, but because employees get a pretty nice discount on new cars. Plus, since they work for Ford, most of them worked on cars too, so it made sense.

Anyway, I really enjoyed driving the Jetta, much more so than I thought I would. I went as far as looking into costs, and things like that.

I got my car back on Monday, and it sure is nice to have it back. My Focus has snow tires, and the Jetta didn't, so I definately saw a difference there. In retrospect, I wonder if the reason I liked the Jetta so much isn't so much the brand per se, but the fact that it was brand new.

My car has 141,000 miles on it, and I know with the miles I drive everyday to and from work, it won't be long and it will be time to look for a new vehicle.  As of right now, here are the cars I'm considering:

Ford Focus
Ford Fiesta
Ford Fusion (Love this one)
Dodge Dart (Love this one too)
Volkswagen Jetta

Its nice not having a car payment though,and until we pay off the Harley Davidson, we can't afford a car payment anyway..

Thanks  for reading! :)

Gratitude

When you express gratitude, you raise the vibrations around you to a higher frequency. You create positive energy that emanates out from you and returns to you as wonderful experiences. You become magnetic. Good things and good people gravitate toward you because you’re such a joy and delight to be around.

An attitude of gratitude is naturally attractive. It has the power to turn challenges into possibilities, problems into solutions, and losses into gains. It shifts the energy. It expands our vision and allows us to see what might normally be invisible to someone with a limiting attitude.

Gratitude is a prayer for goodness to abound. I think the words “ thank you” are two of the most beautiful words in the language. They can light up someone’s face and help the other person know that he or she is appreciated. It opens the doors to our hearts and allows us to feel connected.

Let’s spend as many moments as we can every day being grateful for all the good that’s in our lives.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

You're Always There In My Heart



Spring is shining and its blowing,
but you're always in my heart.
life's wonderful, everything beautiful,
'cause you're always my other part.
summer coming, sun keeps shining,
'cause You're always in my heart!

Seasons come, seasons go
But you're always there in my heart.
Raindrops fall, breezes blow
But you're always there in my heart.
Photos fade, years have gone
But you're always there in my heart.
Time goes by, life goes on
But you're always there in my heart.

You're a part of me, as I am of you
I can't leave you behind.
You're a part of me, and whatever I do
You're always on my mind.

Through the years, joy and tears
You're always there in my heart.
Always near, ever dear
You're always there in my heart.
Always there in my heart!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Stand, by Stephen King - big screen movie!

So, my favorite book of all time, which I re-read and listen to in audiobook format, is “The Stand” by Stephen King.

I’m sure we’ve all seen the TV Miniseries that was done in the 90’s – which in my opinion wasn’t bad. 

I think that Gary Sinise was the perfect Stu Redman. 

Also, Adam Storke as Larry Underwood was spot on.

For the last 2 years, rumors have been floating around about a big screen remake of this, for which I am a huge supporter and I can’t WAIT for more details.

Currently I am listening to the audiobook of “The Stand”, and as I enjoy this, I am imagining in my mind which actors I’d like for characters.

So, for fun, here is my dream cast – so far. What do you think?

Randall Flagg – Tom Cruise
(Don’t you think he’d make the ultimate “Dark Man”)?

Nadine Cross – Jessica Alba

Stu Redman – Josh Holloway

Fran Goldsmith – Natalie Portman 

Larry Underwood – Justin Timberlake

Lucy Swan – Drew Barrymore 

Glen Bateman – Anthony Hopkins

Nick Andros – Jared Padalecki (Rob Lowe nailed it, btw)

Tom Cullen – this is a tough one – the guy who played him originally did so well, its hard to imagine anyone else in the role. Maybe Leonardo Dicaprio?

Mother Abigail – Wanda Sykes

Trashcan Man - Billy Bob Thorton


This is all I can think of now. 

I thought of Jensen Ackles for Stu Redman, but Josh Holloway’s southern accent is perfect for the character. Also thought of Terry O’Quinn for Glen Bateman, but I think Anthony Hopkins would be a better fit.  

Friday, February 28, 2014

Rear Ended - AGAIN

On April 18th 1995, I was involved in a car accident. My Camaro was rear-ended and it was totaled. I was in physical therapy for 1 year after.

Monday February 24th at exactly 4:40 pm, I was on the way to go pick up John from work. I was at the interesection of 18th Ave NE and Fillmore. I stopped at the 4 way stop (it is a residential type neighborhood), and had just started across the intersection, when B A M! I was hit from behind. I didn't see him coming at all.

The other driver drove a foreign made pick up truck and had slid right through the intersection and slammed into me. He did try to swerve, so most of the damage is on the rear passenger side of my car. My bumper is broken on both sides, and cracked in the middle. It looks like its going to fall off.

When the guy came to talk to me, he didn't want to give me his name, phone number or insurance info. He said all I needed was the licence plate number.

Really?

So....what I just look up the information on the internet or something? Right.

I insisted on getting at least his policy number and the name of his insurance company.

What a run around I am getting from them.

At first, it would be a day or two tops, and they'd get my car into a garage and fixed. Then it would be another day or so. Now its looking like next week.

Yesterday the insurance adjuster came and checked out my car.

The roads here in Minnesota are absolutely HORRIBLE. Pure solid, thick ice on most side streets, and then in other places, thick ice mixed with dry pavement, giving you that genuine off road experience while driving.

This has been by far one of the worst winters on record for Minnesota, and I know I speak for MANY when I say we're ready for it to be D O N E.


Friday, January 24, 2014

26 Things Minnesotans Do That Seem Odd To Everyone Else


Some things Minnesotans do are actually mind-blowing-ly odd to people from other places.

1. We use snowballs to play fetch with our dogs. Sometimes they don’t know what to do with them.

2. At random during the winter, Minnesotans take a break from their day to just start their cars. Not to go anywhere, just to hear the glorious sound of an engine starting (and to make sure the engine will start at -40 degrees). We also leave our cars running sometimes when we go shopping. We rely on Minnesota nice maybe a bit too much.

3. We get so much snow on the top of our cars that those scrapers just don’t work. So we use push brooms.

4. What’s that you say? The temperature is over 32 degrees? Shorts and t-shirt weather.

5. In April, yes April, we sled down 2 story tall snow hills created by plowing snow off of parking ramps.

6. We eat hot dish. The rest of you call it casserole, but you’re wrong.

7. We consider sledding a date night activity. Nothing says romance quite like bundling up like the Michelin man and going up & down the hill until you just tackle the other person, all beautiful with rosy cheeks and running nose.

8. We own the Ice-skating bike.

9. Have you ever seen a frozen waterfall? We have. Yep, it’s that cool

10. We buy large, expensive machines called snowmobiles to only drive a couple months out of the year.

11. Hockey – an amazing game where talented folks strap blades to their feet and hit each other with sticks. In Minnesota, that’s what we call a good time!

12. We walk on water. Well, frozen water that is.

13. We drive trucks on water too, and even put houses on our lakes and drink beer in them. Sometimes people call this beer-drinking-on-lakes,  “ice-fishing.”

14. A favorite winter activity of ours is lying in the snow and flailing our arms and legs around, also known as snow angels.

15. We go outside in the middle of blizzards.

16. We use can coozies, not to keep our beer from getting warm, but to keep it from freezing. They’re like a little jacket for our beer.

17. We make our dogs wear jackets and boots. And not just because it’s cute….even though it is.

18. We grow beards not just for the look, but for the functionality of keeping our face warm.

19. We call beverages like coca-cola, mountain dew and sprite, pop. Can I get you a cold pop?!

20. We think that the “No Wake” sign for plows on the highway makes perfect sense.

21. We ride our bikes in the snow, and have ingenious ways of keeping them from getting covered in snow by plows while they are parked.

22. “Whatever” means we’re disappointed. We say “You bet” because we don’t have a strong opinion. “That’s different” means you have an opinion but don’t want to discuss it.

23. Not all of us are coordinated enough for skating. Or maybe we just had one too many beers. In that case we play broomball or boot hockey. Sometimes we wear special shoes and sticks for broomball. Sometimes we duct tape old brooms and use those.

24. We don’t worry about our beer getting warm. Snow = permanent beer chiller.

25. We skijor. That’s where we tie up our dogs and have them pull us across the snow on skis.

26. It takes us a really long time to say goodbye. We just don’t want you to feel like you have to leave and we want you to know that we really like you and enjoy hanging out with you…
“Are you sure you don’t want to stay a little longer? We could make you some cocoa. It’s cold out there! What about some leftover tator tot hot dish? We could heat some up for you. Speaking of heating up tator tot hot dish, do you happen to have any new hot dish recipes? One of the ladies in the church basement said she tried crushing up some wheaties on top of some chicken……”
……and soon it has been 30 minutes and you’re still standing in the doorway all bundled up saying goodbye.

27. We play Duck Duck Gray Duck. The rest of you that play that other game are just wrong.


Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas Baby Goose

This is my first year without my Katie Goose.

We didn't get out our big indoor Christmas tree, we didn't bring in our assortment of beautiful ornaments, we didn't bring in our stockings with the names on them. We have a 12" tree sitting on our kitchen table.

Neither John or I wanted to bring the big tree, ornaments and stockings in. Neither of us wanted to see Katie's stocking that we wouldn't be hanging this year.

Every day I miss my Katie Goose.  Very much more so now, as I am not buying presents for my Goose.

John and I bought a little Boston Terrier ornament and put it over by where Katie's ashes are, that is our present to her and my sweet Rommy bear.

I just found out, that the neighbor who lives behind us, upon hearing of Katie's passing, cried and cried. I found out that she would play ball with my Gooser every day when I was at work. Such a special little dog.

Thank you God for allowing me to know and love Katie for the 12 years you did.

Merry Christmas Baby Goose,

Love, Mom & Dad

Monday, December 16, 2013

Santa Claus

I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma. I was just a kid. 
I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on the day my big sister dropped the bomb: "There is no Santa Claus," she jeered. "Even dummies know that!"
My Grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been. I fled to her that day because I knew she would be straight with me. I knew Grandma always told the truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot easier when swallowed with one of her "world-famous" cinnamon buns. I knew they were world-famous, because Grandma said so. It had to be true.

Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm. Between bites, I told her everything. She was ready for me. "No Santa Claus?" she snorted...."Ridiculous! Don't believe it. That rumor has been going around for years, and it makes me mad, plain mad!! Now, put on your coat, and let's go."

"Go? Go where, Grandma?" I asked. I hadn't even finished my second world-famous cinnamon bun. "Where" turned out to be Kerby's General Store, the one store in town that had a little bit of just about everything. As we walked through its doors, Grandma handed me ten dollars. That was a bundle in those days. "Take this money," she said, "and buy something for someone who needs it. I'll wait for you in the car." Then she turned and walked out of Kerby's.

I was only eight years old. I'd often gone shopping with my mother, but never had I shopped for anything all by myself. The store seemed big and crowded, full of people scrambling to finish their Christmas shopping.

For a few moments I just stood there, confused, clutching that ten-dollar bill, wondering what to buy, and who on earth to buy it for.

I thought of everybody I knew: my family, my friends, my neighbors, the kids at school, the people who went to my church.

I was just about thought out, when I suddenly thought of Bobby Decker. He was a kid with bad breath and messy hair, and he sat right behind me in Mrs. Pollock's grade-two class. Bobby Decker didn't have a coat. I knew that because he never went out to recess during the winter. His mother always wrote a note, telling the teacher that he had a cough, but all we kids knew that Bobby Decker didn't have a cough; he didn't have a good coat. I fingered the ten-dollar bill with growing excitement. I would buy Bobby Decker a coat!
I settled on a red corduroy one that had a hood to it. It looked real warm, and he would like that.
"Is this a Christmas present for someone?" the lady behind the counter asked kindly, as I laid my ten dollars down. "Yes, ma'am," I replied shyly. "It's for Bobby."

The nice lady smiled at me, as I told her about how Bobby really needed a good winter coat. I didn't get any change, but she put the coat in a bag, smiled again, and wished me a Merry Christmas.

That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat (a little tag fell out of the coat, and Grandma tucked it in her Bible) in Christmas paper and ribbons and wrote, "To Bobby, >From Santa Claus" on it.
Grandma said that Santa always insisted on secrecy. Then she drove me over to Bobby Decker's house, explaining as we went that I was now and forever officially, one of Santa's helpers.
Grandma parked down the street from Bobby's house, and she and I crept noiselessly and hid in the bushes by his front walk. Then Grandma gave me a nudge. "All right, Santa Claus," she whispered, "get going."

I took a deep breath, dashed for his front door, threw the present down on his step, pounded his door and flew back to the safety of the bushes and Grandma.

Together we waited breathlessly in the darkness for the front door to open. Finally it did, and there stood Bobby.

Fifty years haven't dimmed the thrill of those moments spent shivering, beside my Grandma, in Bobby Decker's bushes. That night, I realized that those awful rumors about Santa Claus were just what Grandma said they were -- ridiculous. Santa was alive and well, and we were on his team.

I still have the Bible, with the coat tag tucked inside: $19.95."

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Believe


If you believe you can, you will.
If you believe you can't, you won't.
If you believe you are not lovable, you won't be.
If you believe you are not smart enough, you won't be.
If you believe you will die from your disease, you will.
If you believe you are not good enough, you never will be.
If you believe other people are against you, they will be.
If you believe money is more powerful than you are, it will be.
If you believe you have no influence over other people, you won't
If you believe other people are more powerful than you, they will be.

Whatever you believe is what becomes your REALITY.
When your self-identity and beliefs merge, differences feel threatening.  You are likely to defend your turf, become righteous and angry, and possibly shame or abuse other people who see things differently.  When people adopt a belief--be it about religion, politics, sex roles, or whatever--as the one, correct belief, their minds get locked up in a rigid box, and other people with differing beliefs are seen as the enemy.  And what do you do to the enemy?  Abuse them, shame them, hate them, or even kill them. . . .
Listen to your beliefs, think about how you learned them, and realize that they are not genetic, nor are they the "only way."  You are free to acquire new perspectives, to absorb new ideas, and to question everything you were taught to believe.  As your mind opens to exploration and change, you'll feel a new lightness and more joy.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Being right - Rachel, this one is for you

Misunderstanding and disagreement in any relationship can actually be an opportunity to learn about ourselves.  However, most of the time we simply focus on how the other person is wrong.  It is easier to point the finger than to look to ourselves and face the unpleasant truth that we may share some or all of the responsibility.  We think, "If he (or she) were only more considerate, had more time for me, or did the dishes more, then I'd be happy."

Instead of looking at our own behavior, we believe that the other person is the problem.  We believe we are justified, reasonable and more than fair.  They need to change.

When I believe I am right, I spend an exorbitant amount of time re-hashing the situation in my mind.  I obsessively review the other person's responses and actions to find the evidence I need to be right.  In this internal dialogue, nothing changes.  I try to rebuild my case, yet I get nowhere.  If I continue down this path, when the time comes to discuss the matter with the other person, I've already become the judge, jury, and executioner.

It really does take more energy to hold on to being right than it does simply to be responsible for our behavior.  When we are willing to let go, problems can be solved more easily.  People are more willing to listen, to be open, and even to acknowledge responsibility when they are not under attack.

Practice
Identify Your Expectations:
First acknowledge you have expectations.  Then ask yourself if you are willing to give them up.  Stop expecting others to read your mind, to know what you want and need, and to satisfy your unspoken expectations.  Stop waiting for people to complete you.

Stop Keeping Score:
Yesterday's argument doesn't have to carry over.  Don't bring it into your next dispute.  Don't throw things in each other's faces.  Accept that we are all human.  We all make mistakes.  We have our moods, our reactions, our fears.

Acceptance:
Love people for who they are and who they aren't.  Allow them to change and grow.  Be willing to see them newly.  Don't put them in a box.  Instead of trying to make them be who you want them to be, give them the space to be who they are.

Give up Being Right:
Ask yourself--how important is your position, really?  Is being right more important than your relationships?

Friday, September 27, 2013

I've been promoted!!!

Hi Guys! 

So on Friday of last week, I get a call from my boss in California. He asked if I would be interested in taking over as office manager for our office in Roseville, Minnesota. 

I was really surprised to say the least. (me? an office MANAGER?) 

I accepted.

Over the last year I've been slowly been taking over more and more tasks from the current office manager, and now I get the whole kip & kaboodle. 

She isn't fired or leaving or anything, but this frees her up to take care of her growing list of other duties involving sales representatives.  

I haven't gone to college. No technical schooling, yet here I am making good pay as an office manager in a job I actually enjoy and like. 

Had to share - thanks for reading. 

April

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Positive Thoughts

May every day of your life bring you fresh hopes for tomorrow- because hope gives all of us our reason for trying.
May each new day bring a feeling of excitement , joy, and wonderful sense of expectation . Expect the best, and you'll get it.
May you find peace in simple things , because those are the ones that will always be there.
May you remember the good times and forget the sorrow and pain , for the good times will remind you of how special your life has been.
May you always feel secure and loved and know you are the best.
May you experience all the good things in life - the happiness of realizing your dreams , the joy of feeling worthwhile , and the satisfaction of knowing you've succeeded.
 May you find warmth in others , expressions of love and kindness , smiles that encourage you , and friends who are loyal and honest .
May you realize the importance of patience and accept others for what they are. With understanding and love , you'll find the good in every heart .
May you have faith in others and the ability to be vulnerable. Open your heart and really share the miracle of love and intimacy.
Above all , may you always have Positive Thoughts.

Friday, September 20, 2013

"Follow Up"

Greetings!

I have my follow up appointment today with the digestive specialists to go over the results of my colonoscopy. Good news - no disease activity, no present inflammation, and the biopsies they took are all non cancerous. She did point out that I am at high risk for cancer so they are going to continue to closely monitor me.

YAY!

Monday, September 16, 2013

To "let go"

To "let go" does not mean to stop caring,
it means I can’t do it for someone else.
To "let go" is not to cut myself off,
it’s the realization I can’t control another.
To "let go" is not to enable, but to allow
learning from natural consequences.
To "let go" is to admit powerlessness,
which means the outcome is not in my hands.
To "let go" is not to try to change or blame another,
it is to make the most of myself.
To "let go" is not to care for, but to care about.
To "let go" is not to fix, but to be supportive.
To "let go" is not to judge, but to allow another to be a
human being.
To "let go" is not to be in the middle arranging all the
outcomes,
but to allow others to affect their own destinies.
To "let go" is not to be protective, it is to permit another
to face reality.
To "let go" is not to deny, but to accept.
To "let go" is not to nag, scold or argue, but instead
to search out my own shortcomings and correct them.
To "let go" is not to adjust everything to my desires,
but to take each day as it comes and cherish myself in it.
To "let go" is not to regret the past, but to grow and live
for the future.
To "let go" is to fear less and love more. 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Jax vs Booth vs Dean

So I was watching Sons of Anarchy yesterday, and the thought popped into my head, out of my 3 favorite shows, which lead actor would win?

Round 1:

Jax vs Booth = In this round, I am confident in saying Jax would beat Booth. Hands down.

Round 2:

Jax vs Dean =  tough call, but I am going to say Dean would win, for the simple reason he has Castiel as the ultimate back up, plus supernatural type weapons. Also, I sort of  feel that even if he didn't win per se, Jax wouldn't waste much of his time with Dean.

Round 3:

Booth vs Dean =  similar to round 2, I am going to go with Dean on this one. Same arguments.

I'd like to think that Booth could win out over all the above, I think ultimately, Dean Winchester is a smarter,more cunning adversary with a unique arsenal at his disposal that neither Jax or Both have.

Silly blog post? Probably, but ya know what? my blog, my rules. :)

Have a nice day. :)


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Oh, yeah, and....

This coming Friday, September 6th is my annual (every 6 months I get to do this) colonoscopy, to check the progress of the disease and to check for cancer again.

Last time we did this song and dance, they found pre-cancerous stuff, which is the kind of thing that when it grows up it turns into cancer, so persona non grata.

Which means, after midnight tonight -NO solid food. (cries!)
NO food at all to be consumed until oh, 3pm-ish on Friday.

No. I am not nervous or scared. I'm sure you've all heard before the prep is worse than the experience of it - which is true.

I'll let you know how it all goes. If you recall 6 months ago when I did this, I had to go to the emergency room as there was a ton of internal bleeding from where the doc took a biopsy. Hoping not to relive that experience.


Who are you, mysterious reader?

So every once in a while, I check how many "pageviews" Land of Osbourne has. Usually I'm unimpressed. 9 views here. 4 views there.

The last week or so, there are like....38 page views....43 page views....

Which begs the question, who are you? Do I know you? Did you stumble across "Land of Osbourne" by mistake? Are you stalking me? (wink, wink)

Feel free to comment, make yourself known!

April Osbourne, author of Land of Osbourne

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Relationships


  • Some relationships will be blessings, others will serve as lessons.– Either way, never regret knowing someone.  Everyone you encounter  teaches you something important.  Some people will test you, some will  use you, and some will teach you; but most importantly some will bring  out the best in you.
  • When times get tough, some people will leave you. – When you are up in life, your friends get to know who you are.  When  you are down in life, you get to know who your true friends are.  There  will be lots of people around when times are easy, but take note of who  remains in your life when times get tough, especially the people who  sacrifice the resources they have in their life to help you improve  yours when you need it most. These people are your real friends. 
  • Life is full of fake people. – Sometimes the person you’d take a bullet for ends up being the one behind the gun.  It’s so easy to believe someone when they TELL you exactly what you want to hear.  But when a person  SHOWS you who they really are, believe them the first time.  Some people are only nice for their own convenience – the type of people who only  call when they need something or come around when it’s beneficial to  them.  Not everyone has your best interests at heart.  But sometimes you have to be tricked and mislead by the wrong lovers and friends once or  twice in your life in order to find and  appreciate your soul mate and real friends when they arrive.
  • People can easily be insincere with their words.  – When someone truly loves you, they don’t have to say a word.  You will  be able to tell simply by the way they treat you over the long-term.   Remember, actions speak much louder than words.  A person can say sorry a thousand times, and say “I love you” as much as they want.  But if  they’re not going to prove that the things they say are true, then  they’re not worth listening to.  Because if they can’t show it, their  words are not sincere.
  • The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve.– Don’t settle to just be someone’s downtime, spare time, part time, or sometime.  If they can’t be there for you all of the time, especially  when you need them most, then they’re not worth your time.  
  • Harsh words can hurt a person more than physical pain.– Taste your own words before you spit them out.  Words hurt and scar  more than you think, so THINK before you speak.  And remember, what you  say about others also says a whole lot about YOU.
  • A mistake is an accident.  Cheating and lying are not mistakes.– They are intentional choices.  Stop hiding behind the words “mistake” and “sorry” and stop putting up with those who do.
  • Excessive jealousy doesn’t tell someone how much you love them.– It tells them how much you dislike yourself.  And no amount of love,  or promises, or proof from them will ever be enough to make you feel  better.  For those broken pieces you carry, are pieces you must mend for yourself. 
  • When people get nasty with you, it’s usually best to walk away.– When someone treats you like dirt, don’t pay attention and don’t take it personally.  They’re saying nothing about you and a lot about  themselves.  And no matter what they do or say, never drop down to their level and sling dirt back.  Just know you’re better than that and walk  away.
  • People will treat you the way you let them treat you.– You can’t control them, but you can control what you tolerate.   Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negative  people.  Doing so does not mean you hate them, it simply means you  respect yourself.  
  • One of the most difficult tasks in life is removing someone from your heart. – But remember, no relationship is a waste of time.  The wrong ones teach you the lessons that prepare you for the right ones.
  • Resentment hurts you, not them. – Whisper a small  prayer of gratitude for the people who have stuck by your side, and send a prayer of good will for those who didn’t.  For should these people  hear your prayers, those who have been there will know how much you  appreciate them, and those who left will know that you appreciate your  own happiness enough to not let resentment destroy your capacity to live with a compassionate heart.
  • Monday, August 26, 2013

    Tears for Katie

    I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
    I could see that you were crying...you found it hard to sleep.
    I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear.
    "It's me, I haven't left you...I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."
    I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea.
    You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.
    I was with you at the shops today, your arms were getting sore.
    I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.
    I was with you at my grave today, you tend it with such care.
    I want to reassure you that I am not lying there.
    I walked with you toward the house, as you fumbled for your key,
    I gently put my paw on you. I smiled and said, "It's me."
    You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
    I tried so hard to let you know that I was standing there.
    It's possible for me to be so near you every day.
    To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."
    You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew...
    In the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
    The day is over...I smile and watch you yawning
    And say, "Goodnight, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."
    And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
    I'll rush across to greet you and we will stand, side-by-side.
    I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
    Be patient, live your journey out...then come home to be with me.

    Tuesday, August 13, 2013

    My Sweet Katie Goose

    So you guys know that my beloved Boston Terrier Katie crossed the rainbow bridge on June 15th.

    Being an avid Boston Terrier lover, I am a fan of any and all Boston rescue efforts. One of the ones that I "like" on Facebook is MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue - their website is: http://www.adoptaboston.com/

    They have a deal where you submit a photo of your Boston Terrier, and a $25.00 donation, and your Boston Baby is guaranteed a spot on the 2014 Calendar.

    I found out about this right around the time I lost my Goose. What better way to remember my sweetheart than to donate to this wonderful rescue site and immortalize my Goose?

    Here is the last picture I took of my Katie, the day before she crossed the rainbow bridge - this is the one I submitted. I received confirmation today that my Goose will indeed be on the 2014 Calendar.

    I cried a little, out of sadness and joy all at the same time.

    I love you Katie Goose.

    I'll see you again someday sweetheart.

    Until then I'll see you in my memories and dreams.


    Friday, August 9, 2013

    Osbourne Update

    Greetings & Salutations! 

    I figured I haven't updated my millions of fans out there so I am taking time to do so today. 

    I think when we last spoke I told you about my Katie Goose who crossed the rainbow bridge. I am doing better. 

    Earlier this week, I dreamt that I was in a mental hospital because I couldn't stop crying. I kept telling everyone I lost my Goose, and that if I could just find her I would be okay. 

    They showed me a picture of my goose and asked if this was her, I said yes. 

    They took me down the hall and brought me into this little room, and opened a door, and Katie came running out, and into my arms. I sat on the floor with my legs crossed and held her in my arms and cuddled her and told her how much I loved her. She looked up at me and kissed me and she telepathically told me how much she loved me too. She was young, and slender and healthy. 

    Sorta neat huh? 

    You guys know I have birds, Gouldian Finches to be exact, also know and "Rainbow Finches". 

    Romeo, one of my male birds, had some pin feathers coming in on his right wing, and thus hadn't been flying much, mostly just hopping from perch to perch. Saturday evening, I went to give them fresh food and water and discovered my Romeo covered in blood.  At first I was worried the other birds were picking on him, but he was picking at himself. So sad. He was too injured to save and I had to put him to sleep. I now have a male and female Gouldian, "Booth and Brennan", and a male and female pair of shaft tail finches "Latte & Breve". Those two are neat. The way they whistle and chirp they sort of sound like R2D2.  I am not going to replace Romeo & Juliet until I get a larger cage. I've had my eye on a "Vision" bird cage, which looks great - but is pricey.  

    Saturday, John was helping a friend work on his car. I'll spare you the details, but he lost his wedding ring. :( 

    A coworker recommended I see if my homeowners insurance would cover it - so I figured what the hell. I'll give it a shot. 

    They WILL cover it! I submitted a claim yesterday and found a picture of what his ring looks like online to submit. (he had a black star sapphire on 14k gold with 2 diamonds). 

    Mom and Dad are touring Canada currently and visiting friends, I am happy for them. I hope they have a great time. 

    Hope you're all doing well. 

    Take care! 

    April Osbourne

    Thursday, July 18, 2013

    Letting Go

    To let go isn't to forget, not to think about, or ignore.  

    It doesn't le
    ave feelings of anger, jealousy, or regret.  
    Letting go isn't about winning or losing.  
    It's not about pride and it's not about how you appear, and it's not obsessing or dwelling on the past.  Letting go isn't blocking memories or thinking sad thoughts, and it doesn't leave
    emptiness, hurt, or sadness.  
    It's not about giving in or giving up.
    Letting go isn't about loss and it's not about defeat.  To let go is to cherish the memories, but to overcome and move on.  
    It is having an open mind and confidence in the future.  Letting go is learning and experiencing and growing.  
    To let go is to be thankful for the experiences that made you laugh, made you cry, and made you grow.


    It's about all that you have, all that you had, and all that you will soon gain.  
    Letting go is having the courage to accept change, and the strength to keep moving.  Letting go is growing up.  
    It is realizing that the heart can sometimes be the most potent remedy.
    To let go is to open a door, and to clear a path and set yourself free.

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

    Your Dreams Will Come True


    Stay true to all your beliefs and goals.

    Stand tall.

    Through all life's setbacks and disappointments, your dreams will come true.

    When no one else is with you, and no one seems to care, just whisper to yourself,

    "I am the controller of my destiny. It's up to me what comes to pass,
    and if I keep my thoughts positive and strong, my dreams will come true."


    When what seem to be impossible obstacles stand in your way, just think of all the times
    you got through yesterday.

    There is a place for you in this world.

    Stay on your chosen path.

    All the power is within you; be true to what is in your heart.

    Be honest within yourself; if you are, then you cannot fail.

    Your dreams will come true.

    Friday, July 12, 2013

    Boston Terrier Information

     Boston Terriers…
    • Are lively and active; generally NOT couch potatoes or over-the-top hyper
    • Are house pets and must be inside with air conditioning in the summer months and heat in the winter months
    • Are energetic but NOT jogging partners, as they overheat easily, especially in hot, humid conditions
    • Are amusing and can play on a moments notice, but can also settle down into your lap when playtime is over
    • Love to cuddle and give wet kisses
    • Are enthusiastic and occasionally rambunctious
    • Have a great sense of humor and can sometimes be mischievous
    • Are a great family pet. patient, tolerant, and reliable with children
    • Are eager to explore new things in their environment
    • Love to be the center of attention
    • Have a high degree of intelligence but can be headstrong
    • Often aim to please their owners
    • Do well with other pets, though they can play rough
    • Love for their owners to take part in their activities (playtime and one-on-one time is important)
    • Prefer sleeping in bed with their owners, usually under the covers
    • Are low-maintenance dogs with little grooming required
    • Have short hair and shed lightly
    • Are short muzzled known to snore, sneeze, wheeze, and snort
    • Do not bark much unless making you aware of the presence of another dog or person
    • Would prefer not to be away from the family for long periods of time
    • Are alert and quick to react to sounds
    • Are big dogs in little dogs’ bodies (average size is from 17 lbs. to 25 lbs., but they think they are Great Danes!)
    • Take pride in defending their master

    Common Boston Terrier Health Problems

    Every breed has common health problems. For Boston Terriers, there are several:
    • Allergies (environmental or food-related): Ask your doctor about Benadryl and limited ingredient food, such as Natural Balance.
    • Luxating patella: Bad knee caps, which may require surgery due to discomfort and pain. This is common in small-breed dogs. This could be the issue if your Boston is only using three legs.
    • Tumors: This includes both fatty/benign and mass cell/cancer tumors.
    • Thyroid disease: Low thyroid is common. A dog may test in the low-normal range. Medication is recommended if 1.6 and lower. Tests should include the T4.
    • Heart disease: This could include a heart murmur, which requires medication, or congestive heart failure.
    • Kidney disease
    • Seizures: If you dog has more than one seizure in a 30-day period, consult your veterinarian immediately. Medication will be required, usually Potassium Bromide.
    • Eye injury
    • Breathing difficulties: Usually when stressed by exertion in hot and cold weather.
    • Reverse Sneezing: gulping air and wheezing.
    • Overheating: Bostons are indoor dogs and should not be left outside or in your vehicle for any length of time.
    • Anal gland infection
    • Gas: Bostons have sensitive stomachs, so feeding them the right food is important, Many foods will cause gas. Recommended dog food to eliminate gas problems in Bostons is Purina One Sensitive Systems, Purina Pro Plan Sensitive Stomach, or Natural Balance.
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    Thursday, June 27, 2013

    I've Learned....

    I've learned that if someone says something unkind about me,
    I must live so that no one will believe it.

    I've learned that you can make some one's day
    by simply sending them a little note.

    I've learned that the greater a person's sense of guilt,
    the greater his or her need to cast blame on others.

    I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today,
    life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

    I've learned that hotel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone.
    I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles
    these three things:  a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

    I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents,
    you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.

    I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life."
    I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
    I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both
    hands.   You need to be able to throw something back.

    I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you.  But if you
    focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing
    the very best you can, happiness will find you.

    I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart,
    I usually make the right decision.

    I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.
    I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.
    People love that human touch -- holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly
    pat on the back.

    I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. 

    Thursday, June 20, 2013

    Case of the missing song

    So by now, you've surmised I am a Elvis Presley fan.

    Naturally, I have numerous Elvis Presley CD's with a variety of his music ranging from early 50's to late 70's.

    I have an iPod and and iPhone. My music is with me always as such.

    I don't know if its happened to any of you, but occasionally a song is eaten by the iTunes monster and I have to find it for iTunes and show it where the file is so it will once again appear in my musical device.

    Song in question this time: King of the Road by Elvis Presley.

    I don't know where I got the song originally, as I couldn't find it on any of my CD's, and evidently I didn't download it from iTunes.

    Dad to the rescue.

    I emailed him my situation and within 30 minutes I had an email response with the attachement I needed! Just like that, "King of the Road" is back in my musical directory.

    Thanks Dad!

    A Reason A Season A Lifetime

    A Reason

    When someone approaches your life for a REASON, it’s usually to meet a need that’s been expressed. Whether it’s to assist throughout a difficulty, to give guidance and support, offer deep conversations or just to aid you physically, emotionally and spiritually; they seem God-send and they are. They’re there for the reason you need them to be and with no wrongdoing on your part the relationship comes to an end. They die or they walk away; sometimes an event happens that forces you to take a stand. Understand one thing though, your need has been met, their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and now the chapter is closed.

    The Season

    Next we have those who in our life for a SEASON, because the time has come to share, grow and learn. They meet our social needs as we experience peace and laughter and do daring things we’ve never done. It’s an unbelievable amount of joy but it’s only for a season.

    A Lifetime

    LIFETIME relationships teach us lifetime lessons, the foundations that need to be built. Our job is to accept the lesson, love the person and use what we’ve learnt in all our other relationships and areas in our life. Lifetime friends are as precious as jewels and will always be rare.

    What Are You?

    I’ve spent a long time selfishly complaining about my unmet needs without understanding that they have been met. Instead of looking for what I could get out of the people in my life, I should have searched for what I could give and asked myself what’s my purpose in them?
    We all desire lifelong relationships but if we never learn to value people and comprehend what self sacrifice is then a lifetime friend will only be a reason for a season.
    “Relationships are a gift from God and what you do with them is your gift back.” Categorize your friends and ask yourself…are YOU a reason, a season or a lifetime?

    April Osbourne

    April Osbourne

    John Osbourne

    John Osbourne