Pets and Unconditional Love

Our pets offer us unconditional love. Free of judgement and prejudice, a pet is always there to support us after a long, hard day at work. How often have You returned home to find Your dog or cat waiting patiently by the window or the door  as You arrive home? My Cat, Charlotte often sits by the kitchen window. She seems to know I am on My way home. As I arrive, she purrs a friendly hello, and gives me a playful head but. When I work too many long hours She does not hesitate to voice Her disapproval. I adopted Charlotte when She was only seven weeks old at an SPCA adoption event in a pet store in West Edmonton Mall. She was so tiny !!! I raised Charlotte from kitten hood. I trained Her to answer to Her name “Charlotte” early on, using a bell and quite a few treats !!!august 16, 2008 003I don’t know what My life would be without Her. She has Her own unique personality. She is very vocal and loves to talk. Friendly with all, She loves visitors. She loves to play games. Other favorite activities include napping, eating , hiding in boxes, and pouncing from behind a doorway. Charlotte spends most of Her time indoors, but I do let Her outdoors, with supervision, of course. I live in central downtown Edmonton. I have never allowed Her to roam overnight in the neighborhood. There is too much traffic. Safety is a big concern for pet owners in a large city.


Many of My neighbors have pets. This provides Charlotte with lots of company and companionship. The Two dogs which live next door are two of Her dearest friends. Many cats in the neighborhood drop in to visit Charlotte as well also. I may as well have a sign posted reading ” Cats Welcome” !!!

Our pets help us to relax, to play, and to slow down and smell the roses. Cat owners are documented as  having healthier blood pressure levels. Dog owners get a brisk amount of  fresh air and exercise walking a dog each day, several times. Charlotte is always there for Me. I don’t get sick often, but if I have a cold or the flu,  She keeps a watchful vigil throughout the night, as I sleep.  She often sneaks into the bathroom, as I  am taking a bath to supervise the process. There is no end to Her fun and frolic. Each morning, on arising, She holds court with a detailed and varied conversation of meowing. This is Her way of starting the day. Charlotte expects Me  to participate, one hundred per cent.


If You have ever considered adopting a cat from a shelter, I recommend You do so. Offering a home to a cat could be life changing for Yourself as well as Your cat. Unconditional love is a priceless gift. There are many events around the world held weekly to help cats find wonderful and loving homes. Do not hesitate. You will find a friend for life.

Ten Ways To Build Health And Vitality

Too often, we take our health for granted. When illness arrives, we panic. The best strategy is to build health and wellness by making wise lifestyle choices. Take action to build health and vitality. Many of the following suggestions are old fashioned common sense.

  1. Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol,  along with the use of recreational drugs. Join support groups or seek professional guidance to accomplish this if necessary. Drugs  alcohol  and cigarettes,  tear apart health, families and careers.
  2. Cultivate a healthy diet. If You have special health issues ask Your doctor to refer You to a professional dietcian  In this manner You will be able to create a customised meal plan which is right for You. Avoid extreme fad diets. Instead cultivate healthy eating. When ever possible, purchase organic foods.
  3. Discover a form of exercise that You really love. Experiment until You discover what is right for you. Never waste Your time on activities You hate.  If You love what You are doing, You will develop consistent exercise routine. There are countless options to consider for exercise. I have discovered I like cycling, yoga and swimming for exercise. I also work in My garden and on home renovations.
  4. Find time for relaxation. Create a relaxing bedtime ritual to follow each night before bed. A  good night’s sleep is one of the most important health building tips. While We sleep, our body recharges and our cells are regenerated. Make restful sleep an important priority.
  5. Create wellness plan with Your doctor and  health care providers. Consider the benefits of massage therapy, chiropractic treatment, acupuncture, reflexology or reiki. Complimentary therapies are a wonderful tool to build wellness  and energy .Ask Your Doctor questions. This is important. You have the right to be fully informed to the  advantages and disadvantages of any treatment or prescription.
  6. Plan quiet time for meditation or  prayer . Create a sacred space for this in Your home or garden. Spending time on spiritual development is essential  to well being. True balance and and success requires the balance of spirit,  mind, and body.
  7. I have always enjoyed reading  spiritual and metaphysical books and have a small library of such books in My home.

  8. Learn something new – Develop a new skill, hobby or interest. Develop Your interests.  Self expression is an important activity. We need to learn to speak up and speak out.
  9. Consider vitamins  and supplements to boost immunity and vitality. Research this carefully for best results. For extensive research, hit the library. Be wary of scams, while remaining open to new products. Experiment to see what works for you. There are so many options availaible.
  10. Learn to let go of negative thinking, negative situations, and negative people. Surround yourself with positive upbeat friends. This is an important process. We often accept the bad behaviour of others without questioning the effects on ourselves. Be compassionate to the problems of others, but be firm. Do not take on the baggage of others.
  11. Learn the art of visualisation. This is a fun and dynamic way to set goals and make things happen Learn to create a vision board. This is a powerful way to to accomplish goals and make changes in Your lifestyle. I have used vision boards for years. The results are fantastic.



Stay Warm In The Cold

Now that winter is officially here, it is important to stay warm.  In Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the temperatures may  dip between minus thirty to minus forty degrees celsius.  In this part of the world, We consider temperatures of minus ten to fifteen degrees celsius to be “mild” during the winter season.  Allow Me to share My strategies for staying warm in the cold.
Drinking hot tea is a wonderful way to maintain a warm body temperature. There are so  many varieties to choose from –  Peppermint, , Ginger, or Chamomile. My personal favorite is Green Tea. Alternatively,  consider hot coffee or hot chocolate. Make sure to have a hot breakfast – oatmeal is a great option.  During cold weather, your  body will require calories to maintain body warmth.  This is not a good time to skip meals.
 A cold winter morning requires  extra layers of clothing , along with  extra time to dress up. If You are driving, You will need to allow for extra time to reach a destination.  Make sure to cover any areas of exposed bare skin  with mitts and a scarf.
Your vehicle may require  extra time to warm up.  If hazardous road conditions exist, consider purchasing  winter tires for Your vehicle. Plan activities around road conditions.  If blizzard conditions are indicated, avoid driving. Postpone low priority  errands.
A discussion of winter conditions must include the mention of snow removal.  If You work outside, be sure to dress warmly. Take short breaks , going indoors to warm up. Insulation around doors and windows of Your home to keep warm, indoors. For increased  energy savings consider insulating the attic.
I like to stock up on groceries in January. Homemade soup is My specialty. I  use My slow cooker for this, to preserve nutritional content.  If You enjoy baking this a great time to make use of Your oven. Cinnamon is one of My favourite spices to use.  Honey is another excellent natural  flavoring. During a cold snap I add both to My tea or coffee. A stack of cozy and warm quilts is essential. I keep five quilts on hand. Lighter blankets are useful too. Many people in Canada spend time skating and skiing.
Winter is a fantastic time to catch up on reading. A stack of books that I haven’t had the time to read awaits. Make a list of projects You have  been meaning to tackle. Keep this list ready – when cold weather arrives, take advantage of the extra time available to complete these projects. Reading, sewing, home renovation, and blogging are on the top of My list. Listen to music, watch a favorite movie, or play a musical instrument. To celebrate the true spirit of winter, I like to  read books by the great  Russian writers. When the temperature drops, many people report feeling sleepy.  Sleep and the dream world are more accessible. This is a great time to consider meditation.  Take advantage of this by getting more rest. Indigenous cultures set  time aside in the winter for family, storytelling and bead work. Create Your own personal traditions for winter.