Canvas Awnings

I have been checking into canvas awnings since I went to a friends house in New York State. Canvas awnings were added to their back patio for a sun shield and made all the difference in the world in how much they could use it. In the summer, it gets too hot sometimes and that heat radiates on their patio doors and makes their interior hotter too. Then in the winter, they have a patio fireplace and with the awning, they can use the space more as it helps hold the heat from the fireplace better and can be used as a wind blocker to keep your home warmer too.

They were telling me about Roll Out Awnings which would be perfect for my patio but I don’t live in that area. With the roll out awnings, you can roll them out when you need them or if you want the sun, you just leave them rolled up. That helps to make your patio or deck more functional and will probably have you out on your deck or patio more.

She even had Door Hoods added on her basement and side doors so when it rains and they use those doors, they’re is a cover over them. That allows you to open and close your umbrella outside instead of inside. You’re adding value to your home, space that is used more and they look great too. Now I have to find someone close to where I live to install some on my townhouse.

Do you like healthy muffins?

I love muffins but they can be fattening. I have found a recipe for healthy muffins that aren’t too bad. The best part is you make them one at a time right in a coffee cup in your microwave oven. If you’re used to eating a big muffin for breakfast then you can make two of them. One is enough for me. It’s made with Flax seed meal. Flax seed is good at lowering your bad cholesterol and raising your good cholesterol so they’re healthy. Here’s the recipe just in case you’re interested. Oh you can buy Flax seed meal in some grocery stores but if not, check your local health food store.

1/4 cup    Flax seed Meal

1/2 tsp    Baking Powder

1/2 tsp    Ground Cinnamon

1 tbsp      Splenda

1 egg

You can add raisins or other fruit like blueberries if you like. Mix well and put in a coffee cup that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

Microwave for 1 minute on high. It’s that simple to have a fresh muffin in the morning that’s good for you too.

I’m a ‘Pick-up Truck’ kinda girl

A lot of ladies like the little sporty cars or the cute little cars but I’m a pick-up truck kinda girl. I think I should have been a boy. I never have been what you might call a ‘girly girl’. I was always a tom boy. What ever Daddy was doing, I was too. Daddy had a dodge 1500 and I loved it. In fact, I bought Daddy’s truck from Mom when we lost Daddy.

I had thought about trading it for a 2009 dodge 1500 but decided to keep Daddy’s because the new truck just wouldn’t smell like Daddy the way his did. They are really good trucks too. In fact, if you want to check them out, they have dodge 1500 reviews you can check out online. You’ll see what good trucks they are from that.

I like just about any dodge they make in all reality. I love their vans. After all, dodge came out with the first vans and they make the best still today. Once I get married and have kids, I’ll probably have a dodge caravan. I love them. My sister has one and it has a DVD player in it with the stow-n-go seats. That’s the best thing they ever came out with in a van. It really gives you a lot of room in the back if you need to haul something.

Do you have allergies?

I didn’t have them either but I do now. Mold and dust kills me. I got a air cleaner for my house that has an ionizer on it and I’m a lot better as long as I’m at home anyway. But when you have allergies, you’ll take any relief you can get even if it’s just at home. The HEPA filtered one I got is a darn good air cleaner. As long as you change the outer filter about every three months, the HEPA filter will last for about 3 years. That’s not too bad. Some air cleaners have you change the filter ever 3 to 6 months and that can run into some money. 

What an amazing animal!!!

The K9 above is Brutus, a military K9 at McChord. He’s huge – part Boxer and part British Bull Mastiff and tops the scales at 200 lbs. His handler took the picture. Brutus is running toward me because he knows I have some Milk Bone treats, so he’s slobbering away! I had to duck around a tree just before he got to me in case he couldn’t stop, but he did.

Brutus won the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2008from his tour in Iraq . His handler and four other soldiers were taken hostage by insurgents. Brutus and his handler communicate by sign language and he gave Brutus the signal that meant ‘go away but come back and find me’. The Iraqis paid no attention to Brutus. He came back later and quietly tore the throat out of one guard at one door and another guard at another door. He then jumped against one of the doors repeatedly (the guys were being held in an old warehouse) until it opened. He went in and untied his handler and they all escaped. He’s the first K9 to receive this honor.

If he knows you’re ok, he’s a big old lug and wants to sit in your lap. Enjoys the company of cats.
K-9 Congressional Medal of Honor Winner

Thought you’d find this interesting. Talk about animal intelligence and bonding with humans! Remember that they can’t do a lot of things for themselves and that they depend on you to make their life a quality life!


1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can’t bear to watch. Don’t make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.

~Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them.

Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God’s critters