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Dish TV

This is such a random post – but since we all tend to write about what we like, I thought I would share a pretty cool feature from Dish TV.

We have always been cable TV people, but when we recently relocated to east of the mountains in Washington, cable TV seemed expensive compared with Dish or Direct TV.  It was suggested that we try Dish TV.   One of the many features that we LOVE is the ability to record programs – but play them back on iPhone, iPad or anything portable with WiFi.  This has been a HUGE benefit, as there are many times that Greg wants to watch football or other sports shows on our flat screen and now I am not forced to watch them as well.  I can just log into our Dish account and watch my recorded programs on my iPad with my headphones on and be in the same room.  It’s pretty nice 🙂

Dish also has a cool feature called “The Hopper” which automatically skips all the commercials for prime time TV shows.  It also records all the prime time programs so you can watch them anytime.  With “The Hopper” DVR you can record up to six programs at once.  So handy!  We could only record two at a time on cable and many times had to choose between a third program we normally recorded and watched.  Now we don’t have to choose.

 

If you are wondering if Dish saves money – it does!  There is a promotion on right now – sign up with Dish and get a free iPad or $20 off every month for the first year.  We pay only $44.00 per month.

English: Logo of Dish TV

English: Logo of Dish TV (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Are You Present?

Queen of the day

Queen of the day (Photo credit: simon.hucko)

 

Last weekend I was invited to go with Greg as he officiated a wedding.  The venue was the Columbia Winery nestled in a scenic part of Woodinville, Washington.

 

This was a unique gathering – most were relatives of ours, although we had never met the bride and I can’t remember meeting the groom either.   Greg has a long history with the step father of the groom – it is his Uncle (just 2 years older than himself)  and had in fact also officiated this Uncle’s wedding just 10 years ago.

The young couple was married on a romantic beach in Lake Tahoe last summer so this ceremony was simply a formality for the relatives and friends who live here in Seattle.

 

What I observed was something I usually do not see at a wedding.  I was watching the bride throughout the ceremony.  She was having fun!  She would look around the room and notice all those in attendance and smile in recognition.  She was present in the moment.  She did not have tunnel vision – she saw everyone.

 

How nice not to be tired, nervous, hyper focused and mentally absent – like most brides are on their wedding day.  The pressure was off for this bride – since she was already married – she could enjoy herself fully – nothing to worry about – just have fun and enjoy her guests.  What a concept.

 

I wonder how many of us actually enjoy events that are a BIG DEAL.  Like our wedding day?  How many of us can say we are present in the moment of important days?  Most of us get so caught up in things being a certain way that we can’t enjoy the moment when it happens.

 

This year I plan to be present in the moment for all the upcoming festivities.  Thanksgiving is next week – and so what if my house isn’t perfect.  I will not wear myself out in planning and preparing – and lose sight of what really is important.  I will get my proper rest and be able to enjoy the day.  Christmas is looming ever closer with gatherings, a recital and a trip to California to see Shawn.  I am going to enjoy each one of those things – concentrate on being present for each one of them.  I will not be robbed of what is really important and be too tired physically and emotionally drained.

 

When I am relaxed in mind and body I am able to take in and give out.  Like a bride already married on her wedding day – I will be ready, relaxed and at peace.

 

 

 

God Bless

 

On A Clear Day

Driving to Seattle on a clear day is very revealing.  It shows me what I’ve been missing all the other days of the year.  The things that are there, yet hidden.  The Cascade Mountains, for one.  Suddenly I’m aware that my world isn’t so small after all – and just beyond my ability to perceive them lies untold beauty.

Views of Gas Works Park and Lake Union facing ...

Views of Gas Works Park and Lake Union facing towards the North East from Queen Anne, Seattle WA. The Lake Washington Ship Canal Bridge is in the background with a backdrop of the University of Washington and the Cascade Mountains. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How many times are we like a cloudy, rainy day in our thoughts – going along through the day with all the correct motions and intentions, and yet perceiving our world as much smaller than it really is.

I was challenged to take a lesson from nature – open up my eyes and LOOK around me – for things I cannot see with my natural limited senses.  I want to reach far beyond the box of “normal” and see with God eyes all the beauty I’m missing.

I thought of the song “On a clear day you can see forever” and was reminded that it is clearness in both our eyes and thoughts that can give us that unique perspective on things around us.  And I want to always remember what is invisible when the storms of life close in on me and I cannot see.

Dear Lord – help me to hang on to that clear vision from those clear days – and to use it when those tough times close in around me.

When was the last time you saw things with “clear vision”?

I heard the following song on Spotify today from a local Seattle band – and have been writing this article with this tune in my head.

Enjoy and God Bless

Tell me somethin’, give me hope for the night
We don’t know how we feel
We’re just prayin’ that we’re doin’ this right
Though that’s not the way it seems

Summer gone, now winter’s on its way
I will miss the days we had
The days we had
I will miss the days we had
The days we had
Oh, I’ll miss the days we had

Loving, leaving, it’s too late for this now
Such esteem for each has gone
Has time driven our season away?
Cause that’s the way it seems
In the world of the speech that is new
I’ll be back again to stay
Again to stay
I’ll be back again to stay
Again to stay
I’ll be back again to stay

In Like A Lion

Snow Cat

Snow Cat (Photo credit: clickclique)

It is March 1st today and there is no sign of warmer weather in the Pacific Northwest.  I was reminded of the saying, “In like a Lion, out like a Lamb” and sure hope that will be true this year – as we are all freezing here!

I was born in Calgary, Alberta and up until I turned 8 years old.  I am a March baby and  I remember snow on my birthday every year when living in Canada.  But from then until a few years ago I had not seen snow on my birthday here in Washington State.  March is typically rainy in western Washington – but usually not cold enough to snow.  However the weather patterns have been slowly changing and the things I don’t remember in the seasons 40 years ago, or even 10 years ago – are indeed happening today.

And so we make a fire almost every night – bundle up when we go outside to take a walk and try to stay warm in the house during the day – and pray for warmer weather to finally arrive.

And so Happy March to all of you whether you are in cold weather or experiencing spring already.  We will more than likely catch up with you at the end of the month when we get that “out like a lamb” kind of feeling.  Lambs are definitely much more preferred right now in Seattle 🙂

God Bless

Adopting A Puppy

I’m going to be a mommy again.  We are adopting a Bichon Frise puppy – the end of September.  I have always wanted one of these dogs – looked up their history and temperament and talked to several people who know about them or have owned them.  I was sad, however to learn that they are expensive dogs.  And no wonder – they were the ones that the French royalty had as lap dogs for several centuries.  So I had given up and started to inquire about other mixed breeds that had 1/2 Bichon in them.  Bichon’s don’t shed and are considered hypo-allergenic and have a cotton like hair all over their bodies – soft and luxurious.  When mixed with the Royal Cavalier or other shedding dogs – they are perfect non-shedding dogs.  But as I inquired – I was more and more discouraged.  Even the mixed breed dogs were expensive.  And adopting a puppy from the human society or pound in our town was really expensive.  Who knew?  But we did look and inquire.

Everything about another breed of dog didn’t fit well with me.  I needed a house puppy with a pleasing temperament, sweet, gentle, smart and loyal.  One that would adapt to me and my lifestyle – enjoy children and music lessons –  not be hyper or yippy.

I found my puppy on Ebay classified ads – and she is in the Tri-Cities area of Washington – raised by a loving family who only have Bichon Frise dogs – and know everything about raising them and loving them.  I am getting my puppy at a much less rate than other mixed breeds and only a fraction of the price that she is worth!  Why?  Because this family really loves their dogs and believe that there are good owners out there regardless of how much money you make – and know that some of the best owners are not rich – but instead have a loving family that should be allowed to adopt a puppy like this.  She apparently liked what she was hearing from me – and knew that this puppy would be my baby and be loved and treated right.   I spent over an hour on the phone with the owner of the mama dog last night.  My baby hasn’t been born yet – due the end of July.  But I have several pictures of the mother and father Bichon and other puppies so I’m sure about what my puppy will look like.  She is a pure-bred AKA dog – if I desire to show her – or breed her, I would probably not do either – but it’s nice to know her pedigree and rich history – just in case.

Bichon Frise dogs live 15-20 years and become real members of the family.  We are excited around here for our new addition and need a suitable name for an all white precious little baby.  Any suggestions for cute names would be appreciated – I’m knocking around about 25 names right now!  How do you choose???

What kind of puppy do you have?  Are you a cat or dog lover?  Or both?

God Bless

Things That Go BOOM In The Night

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Last night – Greg was working late in downtown Seattle and I was awakened by something.  It was 2:00am.  I looked around at the clock – thought, ‘it’s going to be another late one for Greg’ – and closed my eyes again.  Suddenly the room went completely black.  For a moment I didn’t know why – it was strange.  Nothing is ever completely dark in our bedroom – because we have a skylight – and the street lights outside always give a little glow – even the light on the digital alarm clock cast some light in the room – so this was odd.  I looked at the clock – and sure enough, thought to myself – ‘it’s a power outage‘.  Seconds later I saw what looked like lightning – 3 flashes and then followed by a very LOUD BOOM!  Again strange – it was a clear night – how could we have thunder and lightning?  Then it happened again – more flashes of ‘lightening’ and then another BOOM!

Shawn’s door opened at the end of our hallway – and I called to him – “Shawn – what was that?”  He came quickly down the hall into my room – totally ‘freaked out’.  He said, “I don’t know – Mom – the whole town is out of power”  – he walked to look out our window and in the distance saw some flashing red lights – adding to his horror.  I decided to have a little fun with him and said, “Shawn, I think it’s the end of the world – maybe that’s a UFO (har har, chuckle, chuckle)  To which he responded, “Mom – stop doing that!” I kept saying that there HAD to be an explanation for this – and wasn’t going to allow my imagination to get the better of me – or him.

Knowing it – and trying to figure it out was beyond any explanation I could offer – I’d never experienced something like this before and it was a little freaky.  I imagined something had blown up – some power lines – I thought maybe the ones right next to our house and the thought wasn’t  comforting to me at all.

Shawn said, “I’m calling Dad”  and proceeded to dial.  Dad can solve anything – and it’s comforting just to hear his voice in a crisis – and besides – I’m not so comforting – just wanted to make jokes about it – he needed some real assurance.  With Greg on the phone assuring Shawn it was probably a transformer – I think he felt better.  Nothing was ‘out’ in Seattle – so we assumed it was something close to home.  We grabbed the flashlight – it was SO black – and thought we’d take a look around the neighborhood – and walk to the power lines right next to our house.

As we were walking out – I heard the voice of our neighbor, Adam – speaking from the darkness – he said, “Is that you Greg?”  I told him who we were and that Greg was in Seattle working – no problem there – so this must just be our area.  We all agreed it was a little freaky – never happened here before.  In fact – when other homes lose power in storms – our neighborhood NEVER does!  I like to think we’re close to God up here on the hill in Fairwood – you decide.

I had a lovely talk and walk with my son in the middle of the night – and it sparked some interesting conversation.  A crisis – (or a perceived one) will often do this – and bring special bonding opportunities with your children.  It was a great experience – and one Shawn and I will always remember.

In about 15 minutes the power came back on.  Amazing.  It was told to me this morning by my friend, Eric – that there was an explosion and a fire at a substation – and some parts of the city were out for about an hour.  It’s nice to have friends like this in crisis – that are well-informed and seem to have a ‘pulse’ on everything that’s going on.  Where were you Eric last night – when we were all ‘freaking out”?  Maybe he was sound asleep?  Or out checking it out like we were?  Yes – I’m sure that was it 🙂

Well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  One thing’s for certain – I know how the animals feel when they are somehow ‘aware’ that a disaster is about to take place.  It was strange how I just ‘woke up’ for some unknown reason right before the blackout.  I might have been asleep and totally missed it – then wondered why Shawn was freaking out.  No  – it was better this way – I need a little preparation time – I need time in the middle of the night to think of something humorous to say 🙂

Have a great day!

God Bless

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