Lovely Linens

Then other day I had sat down to my dinner after a long day of work. My husband sitting across from me with fork in hand ready to dig into his dinner as well.

He asked me about my day, I ask him about his. Just the normal table talk. Then I glanced over to a chair next to me and there sat a box of vintage linens! My eyes widened. "What?, oh my gosh! Where did you find these!". I said with excitement. He just smiled and said, "They are yours to do what you want with them. Use them, sell them, put them away, just whatever".


If you follow my blog, you have heard me mention before how I love vintage linens along with Pyrex and Fire King dishes. With the linens, its mainly the tea towels I adore but I love it all. Something about the waxy yet soft feel of the cotton and the simplicity and character they display.


I think I swallowed my food whole before grabbing the box of goodies. The rest of the evening, I spent playing with them like a little girl in a mess of doll clothes. 
I examined each piece and tossed them in the washer.


The next day (or two), I ironed and sorted them by color, and texture. Then sorted them by size and later sorted out the ones that were too damaged by age.


Though I love these pretties, I have no use for them. I took out the tea towels and table cloths to keep for myself and put the other pieces in my Etsy shop so they can find a new home. If they do not sell, I'm ok with it. Its just something about having them around I don't mind.

Its just an obsession, but not necessarily a collection.
If you would like to purchase any of these linens, just visit my shop by clicking HERE or on the tab at the top of my page.

What are some old things you always got an eye for? 

Nutrisystem Cookies n Cream Mug Cake

Have you noticed I like to play and experiment with foods? Most of the time its Nutrisystem foods. I've been on Nutrisystem now for two years and three months. I lost all my weight within eight months on the program but I continue eating the foods to maintain my weight. I also eat a lot of my own foods too. I've learned how to eat healthy throughout the program. I'm still so pleased with the results I got with Nutrisystem, I simply can't let it go. 


I admit, the Nutrisystem cookie sandwiches are not my favorite ( neither are Oreos) but I ordered some again anyway. This time I didn't dip them in milk....I mixed them in milk and with a couple other teaspoons of this and that, I made a cookies n cream mug cake. It was a fun new way to enjoy a dessert that normally I would not like. 


It was easy to make and only took about 5 minutes from start to finish. Add another 10 minutes trying to take a perfect photo. Ha!
If your not on Nutrisystem, use Oreos or something. Im sure it will be just as good.
I chose to keep it healthy. It turned out a little dry but good. 


 Nutrisystem Cookies n Cream Mug cake

4 Tablespoons- All purpose Flour
1/4 teaspoon- baking Powder
1/4 cup- mini chocolate chips (this is your sugar)
4 tablespoons- milk (I used 2%)
1/2 tablespoon - vegestable oil
2 cookies 

In a mug or remkin, melt chocolate chips and milk together in microwave. 
Add remaining ingredients. 
Mix until smooth.
Fold in crushed cookies.
Microwave for 1 minute.

Im not sure what the Nutrisystem count is for this recipe, but I think its a dessert and one smart carb. 

Stuck in the 70's

Ah the 70's. I was one year old in 1970. I'm still living in it. Yep, I live in a 70''s style ranch house. The era of tall dark cabinets and Formica counter tops. The years of the pink and yellow bathrooms with 2 inch tiles covering the walls, ceramic tubs and don't forget that paneling.

When we moved in, we installed hardwood floors throughout, took out the book selves in the den, tore out most of the paneling throughout, carpeted the bedrooms, installed new kitchen appliances, fixtures  and painted the walls. 

But its still that mid modern 70's! 
Its the kitchen!!!

We do not want to spend any money remodeling. We simply do not have it. We make do with what we have.

I plan to lighten it up soon with new curtains and brighter accent rugs. If the cabinets get a face lift, that will be up to the husband. I cant do it myself and will not even attempt it without his support. We never do large purchases or changes without the others approval. We stay in the same boat.

Then I sit back and look around. I begin to think. This was at one time, some woman's dream kitchen.

It was the "better homes" style at the time. 
I picture a mother with bouffant hair in an apron hosting a kids birthday party. 
I picture a dad with sideburns coming in from work while a roast is waiting in the oven. 
I picture Tupperware parties 
and macrame plant hangers.

I sometimes think I'd like to keep hold of the 70's style, I mean since I can't have the french country look I adore, I'll just revamp the 70's style! Brighten it up but keep the look. Maybe add some retro fixtures and decor, and just go with it. Let it be the look I'm going for in case anyone ask......
Wait, husband just shook his head "no". 
Ok I do have a plan B. 

For the record: No my bathroom is not pink. But we do have a yellow one with a golden throne! 

New Blog Look

Guess what? I won! Yes I entered to win a free blog make over at over at life and linda and two days later I got the memo that I had won!


I now have a "My Fairy Blogmother". 

So, what do you think? 

It was about time It got a face lift and I was planning on eventually giving it a redo but there is only so much you can do from Blogger itself. They have some nice templates but I like my own personality to show through mine. Frankly, I was just too lazy to mess with it. 

Linda contacted me via email and got some ideas of the look I was going for and it took off from there. 
I even learned a few things along the way. 

Did she make it look great or what!? Be sure to visit her site and see example of her other blogger designs.

My blog is not the only thing that got a new look today. My butterfly bush got a nice trim and decor. My daughter came for a visit and we made an Easter tree. We also baked cookies.


My daughter is an adult and lives out on her own. Living 30 minutes from us, she manages to visit every few weekends. When she comes home, my mommy engine goes full throttle. I fix her meals to eat, we bake, shop, tell stories and laugh a lot.... And yes, I have to throw in those life lectures (maybe to much). No matter how old she gets, I somehow can not let her grow out of those fun childlike traditions we have during the holidays. 

Need A Makeover

I have been putting a lot of thought into giving my blog a makeover. I have been blogging for seven years now using the same template. I can't believe I've let this happen. I like change.
I have changed my colors and back ground photo before, but not the layout.

I'm skeerd I will not like it or that it will mess up my other past post. I'm not real smart on the whole "backing up my blog thing", which you need to do before you make any changes, just in case.
However, I could and would figure it out.

Then this happened. I found a blog makeover giveaway over at life and linda. She is also known as "My Fairy Blogmother". I signed up. Maybe I will win. I'll know by Sunday. Fingers crossed.

If I do not win. I may go ahead and tackle it myself. Blogger has introduced some new templates and clean looking layouts. I just don't know if I want the type of layout that readers have to click "read more" to move on to the rest of the story. That's what it seems everyone is doing now. Well see. I think I'm pretty good with HTML codes once I get into them. That's something MySpace (before facebook) taught me years ago when I used to help my daughter set up her site. MySpace was all by HTML codes. Now I know why older folks leaned more toward Facebook. ha!

So, I'll sit here and wait to see if I win a blog makeover.
Either way, be prepared to see a change coming soon to my blog look. Don't worry, The name and link with stay the same. Just the layout will look different. If I don't chicken out first it will be sometime next week.

I hope in the process I do not lose anything. Wish me luck.

The Tomato Pincushion


Remember back to your mother or grandmother. Do you remember seeing a tomaoto Pin cushion sitting around their home somewhere? I bet you did. I bet you at least have seen one in someones house you know.
I remember my mom had one. In fact, I think she still uses it.


Back in the middle ages, Pins and needles were costly. Women would use pin cushions not only to store their pins and needles but would also use pin cushions to display these expensive necessities. By the 1700's pin pillows were more for decoration than for use.

Back in the Victorian era, A tomato was placed on the mantels of new homes. It was a folklore that they were used to ward off evil spirits. When they realized that tomatoes were not always in season, people started makeing pillowed tomatoes out of cloth and stuffed them with sand or saw dust. Through out the years, the stuffed tomato became a good luck symbol eventually doubling as a pin cushion. this is why most pin cushions are still round.


Attached to the top of the tomato pin cushion, is a small stuffed strawberry. This was filled with sand or originally emery which was fine metal shavings. The strawberry was used to sharpen the pins and needles.

Pretty cool huh? So, if your mom had one, it was probably because everyone else had one. If she sewed, It was used a lot, and my moms did just that.

I bet your thinking back or looking around the house right now, huh?.

Arbonne -My Review

I'm just putting it out here.

I'm a 47 year old Mom. I have wrinkles and I have gray hair hidden under a bottle of root touch up.
I do not feel my age but I can see it when I look in the mirror. I love the sun and I have skin damage.
When I take selfies I tend to hold the camera up above my head looking up to camouflage the laugh lines and crows feet. I have age spots and freckles. The struggle is real.

So when a friend of mine asked if I would like to try a product called Arbonne. I figured, why not?
I usually shy away from independent consultants selling products. I do not like being pushed to "join" or "host" parties, but I was willing to give this one a try by sampling some of the skin products and more.

It really scared me when she asked if I would take some before and after photos. "What? no make up? Show my wrinkles? Oh crap! I guess I will. Some make up will be applied but I will not use any filters or editing as I want to see the real results, so bare with me as I brave the task.

Arbonne has everything you need to stay healthy, from skin care to nutrition. Its made of pure safe botanical ingredients that are scientifically tested and with no animal or by-products. Whether you want to feel great, get fit or have great skin, Arbonne has the solution. They also offer acne solutions, makeup,and hair products. They even offer products for men and babies.

At the end of my post, I will have the links to find these products and much more from Arbonne Consultant Heather.

Within a couple days, I received a package in the mail full of some really cool samples to try from Arbonne. Including skin care products, fit chews, fizzy energy drink sticks, eye shadow and face wash along with interesting information on Arbonne Products.

The first thing I tried was the Genius nightly Resurfacing Pad which made my facial skin look and feel healthier after just one application.
I followed this with the "Lifting and Contouring Eye Cream". It's made to lift skin around the eye area to give a more awaking appearance as it firms and tightens.

             Results of the lifting and contouring eye cream.

Did I like it?:
After applying the eye cream, I felt some tingling on my skin. This only lasted a couple seconds then I could actually feel the skin tightening. No redness and no irritation.

Did it work for me?
I think it did pretty good within two days. I can see a little difference. I think it plumped a few of those creases around my eyes. The little bags under my eyes seem to diminished dramatically.
I can imagine how well it would work after the recommended 8 weeks. I give this one a thumbs up.


Next I tried the "RE9 Advanced Set".
This is a five step daily process that includes cleanser, regenerating toner, renewal serum, corrective eye cream, and day/night repair and restore cream with broad spectrum SPF 20.

Did I like it?:
First I have to say I loved the refreshing smell. It had a citrus orange aroma as I applied it each day and that awakened me enough alone! It also had a tingling sensation that only lasted a couple seconds. My face felt clean and fresh all day even under make up. I liked the toner and renewal serum best as it made my face feel fresh and smooth.

Did it work for me?
Since it was only a sample, I could not get the full effects. But after a few applications, I could see a slight difference in my appearance. It made my face feel refreshed. I really noticed the toning of my skin and almost felt like not wearing any makeup. The blotchy redness I usually have on my face was lighter and less noticeable and my skin felt tighter. I give this a thumbs up.


My package of samples also included a couple of the "Energy Fizz Sticks" .
These you add to your water for a refreshing bubbly flavor and burst of energy without the caffeine or dangerous ingredients in the canned energy drinks. These are a great kick start before workouts. They have antioxidants and include a blend of Ginseng and Guarana combined with vitamin B to temporarily help promote alertness and enhance performance.

Did I like it?
It was OK. At first sip, It tasted to me like drinking an Alka-seltzer, blahh! But after I chilled it a bit and drank more, it wasn't so bad. It was like a flavored soda water. My favorite flavor was the Pomegranate but the citrus was OK too. I've heard others say they love these.

Did it work for me?
It gave me a little energy. By 3:00 in the afternoon, I usually start feeling sluggish and tired. This fizzy drink enhancer kept me energized enough to feel good until dinner time. It actually helped with some hunger cravings too. However, to be honest. I'm not a big fan of energy drinks.


Arbornne has a whole catalogue of products that are healthy and good for you. I was a little spectacle after reading some other reviews but I think these products will hold up to their name. I had no side effects and was pleased with the effects I saw. You should give them a try.
You can contact Heather through these links. She will be happy to help answer any of your questions and lead you to the products you need to look younger and feel healthier.

Click here to view catalog and purchase

Heathers Blog: My Journey with arbonne  (fun read)

Note: I am not affiliated or being paid by Arbonne. These are my own volunteered, honest opinions and the results are real.
Individual results can differ. 

My Ear Update

Im being a little slow on my blogging. It will get better soon.
I've just been a little busy. Between working and fighting my ear problem, Ive been working up some crochet chemo hats for a loved one.

I'm still suffering something aweful with my ear. I have tinnitus (ring ears). I could have meniere desease. It's  more advance symptoms of tinnius, that includes vertigo, sound sensitivity and inner ear pressure. I'm feeling it all.


Im currently taking "Lipo Flavonoid" for relief, but so far it has not helped. The bottle says it can take up to 30 days to work and so far Ive been taking it for about 15 days. I don't have much faith in it.
Unfortunatly, there is no cure for Tinnitus or Meniere's Desease. There are only some relief remedies.


Since I haven't been sleeping well, it was suggested I get a white noise machine. This did help some during the night but I worried so much that it would keep Nick awake, I couldn't relax. He assures me each night that it doesn't, so I'll continue.

A friend told me last week to take two shots of whiskey before I go to bed.
Now, my daddy always told me to stay away from that stuff.  Sorry dad, I had to try it.
It didn't work so no worries on me becoming an alcoholic. Ha.

Tonight I'm gonna try some Melatonin to see if it helps me sleep. Just like the Flavonoid, its not a drug. Just natural ingredients.
I stay away from medicines unless its Allegra for allergies or Ibuprofen for Pain.

The doctors are shocked when I tell them im not on any medication. Women my age are usually on something. Not this girl. I hope to never have to rely on a drug. I'd rather drink the whisky.
Just kidding.

It's off to bed now. Hopeing for finally a good night sleep. 


Great Day For a Picnic

Well, today we packed it all up and headed home from the beach. The weekend was too short. The weather was windy and cold but we made the best of it. After seeing some kids shoulder deep in the ocean, I had to test the waters myself. Suprisingly, it didn't feel that cold.

Like always, the day you have to go home turns out to be the prettiest. 

The drive home was a nice one though there was quite a lot of traffic. There was a large car show at Myrtle beach this weekend. We did not go to it but we did see a lot of old fancy cars while we were on the road. All the way home we would call out the year and make of the old cars we passed. I guessed a lot of them right. 

We have our favorite half way stop in Mcbee right outside of Darlington called McCleod Farms. We decided to pass up all the fast food places and have a picnic outside of McCleods. It was sunny and 62 degrees. Perfect for a picnic. First I went to the counter and ordered an apple crisp. That intitled me to some plasticware to use on the Dukes mayonnaise for a tomato sandwich. I cut the tomatoes before we left. You just never know when your gonna pull over and make a mater samich.  


Nothing beats a good tomato sandwich,  and "it has to be Dukes".

I remember when I was younger, when we would take family trips, we would find a roadside picnic table where dad would pull off the road and we would all gather around for a picnic lunch. I rarely see those anymore. They used to be everywhere. 

We enjoyed our picnic. We talked and laughed and we watched the birds wait for us to finish so they could grab some bread crumbs. The picnic tables sat next to the tractors outside a vintage museum so we walked over to take a look. I'm always fascinated with these for some reason. 


Nick snapped a shot of me playing around on one of the tractors before we got back out on the road. 


Until next time, its back to work come Monday and ill be counting down the days until our next trip. 

At the Beach

Hope everyone had a fun and fabulous St. Patricks Day!

It was an absolutely wonderful day for me. Why? Because I took a day off and we decided to head on down to the beach.

But first I had to have my traditional St. Patrick's Day breakfast. I love me Lucky Charms. I absolutly could eat a whole box in one sitting.
Luckily, they make these single serving sizes.


We had been planning on going to the beach this weekend for a while but the crazy weather decided to turn cold on us and we were not sure if we wanted to go this weekend or the next. Next weekend looked more rainy but warmer. After thinking about it, we decided to go on down this weekend. A cold day at the beach is better than a cold day at home if you ask me.

This is our first trip of the year. We hooked up the water and plugged in the electricity. Then we did an inventory of things we needed for the season and headed out for a nice walk. We will head out to Walmart after dinner and pick up the things on our list.

Its always nice to walk around the campground and we never fail to find friends or family staying at the same park. Since the car show is this weekend down in Myrtle Beach, we are seeing a lot of nice old cars around too.

After lunch, I was looking for something St. Patrickish to get into. We walked up to the nearest ocean side bar which was about three hotels down the coast from us. 


We found a warm spot in the sun and an enjoyed a little rest with a view. Nothing green to see here.
Afterwards, we walked about half a mile down to my brother in laws place to pay them a little visit. 

Saturday morning we woke up to a cloudy day. It was cold. That did not stop us from getting our walk in. We could see the sun popping through the clouds. 


Now we are cuddled up in the camper where its warm so I decided to write this little post. We hope it will warm up, but I doubt it as the wind is riping through the air. This is definatly not a great weekend to catch some warm sun, but its still a getaway we needed badly. 


Later we plan to go out to a nice dinner and maybe a cruise down the boulavard. 


Frankincense- "A wise mans cure".

I know most of you have heard of Frankincense. It's such a precious oil, that it was brought to baby Jesus as a gift the day he was born.
I bet Mary and Joseph used some of it. 
It's was known for its sweet aroma and many medical uses.


I have been curious about the benefits of all these essential oils I've been hearing about. It seems like everyone I know is a distributor of  Young Living Essential oils.
I read up on a few of the oils they offer and one that struck me the most was the Frankincense .

Funny story:
When I was little, I thought the three wise men brought Jesus Gold, "Frankenstein" and Myrrh.
Sometimes when I talk about Frankincense, I will still say Frankenstein just for the fun of it.

I have friends and family members that sell these essential oil products and when my dad heard about it and attended some of the informational classes, he was sold. He is now a distributor.
My dad is retired but he is a professional salesman. He has sold everything from chemicals to grave lots. He is also a certified insurance salesman and now for fun, he sales essential oils.

He called me up the other day and said "I'm coming by your house. I have you some Frankincense". He pulled in the driveway like a wise man (except he was driving a Dodge not a donkey) and handed me a tiny little bottle of oil. I could not wait to use it as it has a relaxing and calming aroma.
I ran into the house with my little bottle of potion and added a few drops to my diffuser I already had as a gift from my sister a couple years ago.

I use the diffuser in my powder room as I'm getting ready for work each morning. The Frankincense smells so good and the mist has some positive effects on my mood. Unfortunatly I don't want to leave the room therefore making me late for work each morning. ha.

Here are a just a few benefits of Frankincense oil:
  • Immune System: It's a natural antibiotic. My cousin puts a drop on the roof of his mouth each day and has stopped taking medication. His last blood tests came back perfect. 
  • Oral health: Prevents bad breath, mouth sores, and cavities. You can actually make your own toothpaste with a drop of this oil and baking soda. 
  • Healthy Skin: Its also good for the skin as it can contract muscles and blood vessels to reduce wrinkles. Inhaled, or applied to skin it can also reduce acne, boils, scars and stretch marks.
  • Menstrual Periods: It can relieve pain, nausea, fatigue and mood swings. "Gimme!"
  • Digestion: Gives intestinal relief from gas, uneasiness and indigestion. 
  • Stress and Anxiety: Promotes deep breathing and relaxation.
  • Cancer: It regulates estrogen hormones to reduce cyst and tumors that can cause uterine cancer.
  • Respiratory: Soothes coughs and bronchitis.
  • Disinfectant: Keeps air clean in your home.
The list goes on......

So far for me, its worked for a mood enhancer and good smell. There are no known side effect and its all natural. 
My husband plans to rub some on his shoulder next time the pain flares up. It's also suppose to work for muscle pains and arthrist. 

Did you know there are over 188 references in the Bible pertaining to essential oils? That should say something there.
I'm a believer that natural is better and if I can find some cleansing, refreshing, calming and relief without medicine or chemicals, I'm going to try it.

The next oil I would like to try is Thieves. I hear that's a good one for allergy sufferers. I can really put that one through the test.

Note: I am not affiliated or getting any compensation for this post from any essential oil company or distributor. Information found in this post can be found online from various searches including:

Sweet Spinach Muffins

I'm getting all green for St. Patricks Day. 
I have a new green shirt and even painted my nails green. Its a different look from the usual red and do not plan to get used to it. Im not a fan of the color green but its fun to celebrate St. Patricks Day. 
As the day approaches, I'll be adding more to the list.

Last night I decided to make these green spinach banana muffins. They are so good! I guess they are healthy since they include a whole bag of spinach and a couple bananas in the mix.


These muffins were delicious with the texture of a cupcake. The main flavor that tickled my tastebuds was the cinnamon. I really thought they would taste more like banana. 
The spinach?  You would never know its in there. You can not taste the spinach at all. 


Know what that means? That means you can trick your kids into eating this healthy veggie. 
Really! Do not tell them. Just call them monster muffins, frog cakes, or Leprechaun buns and enjoy watching the kiddos gobble them up. 


Spinach Banana Muffins

Preheat oven to 350

Mix in large bowl:
  • 2 cups self rising flour.
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Ground cinnamon.
Mix and puree in blender:
  • 1/4 cup canola or vegstable oil.
  • 3/4 cup milk.
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1- 6 oz bag fresh spinach.
  • 2 ripe bananas
Add liquid mixture into dry mixture and mix well.
Pour into lined or greased muffin pan.
Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Makes 16 muffins.
140 calories each.

They got the thumbs up from my husband and I wish my daughter was here to try them. 
It was hard not to eat more than one. 
I will be having a green muffin for breakfast with a hot cup of coffee. Yum.

Snow Really?

Here in North Carolina the weather has been unseaonably warm. Its been as high as the 80's already and its still Winter.

After dinner Friday night, my husband asked if I wanted to go walking or go shoe shopping? Well, there was no question there, so off to the mall we went. I wanted some new tennis shoes and flip flops for summer. I had Spring fever and we are planning a trip to the beach real soon. 
We walk through Belks department store and low and behold, they have free wine tasting and free cupcakes! Needless to say, I never got any shoes. We went back out on Satuday and tried it again. I got some new shoes, new jeans and a new shirt. I went old school on the shoes and bought some white leather Adidas just like they wore in the 80's. I couldnt afford them then but can now. Ha. 

We went to a family dinner Saturday night and I want even mention that double layer German Chocolate cake that my Mom made! 
Ooohhh it was soo good, it would make your tongue slap you forhead.
When we got back home, it was late, we took our showers, turned our clocks up and went to bed. 

I got up this morning and looked out the window. I said, "oh no! Snow! It was snowing like crazy! It had powdered the ground and was coming down like a pillow fight from heaven. I jumped back into bed , whining and complianing. Im so ready for Spring. 
Here was my view this morning.


If you slept late you probably missed it because by noon the temps were back up in the 40's and there was not even a sign of snow. 

The news station pretty much summed up the day with this meme.


Lunch With A Friend

It's been a long time since I had a lunch date with my friend E. We met years ago at dance class and she is also the sister of my primary doctor and worked in his office. We would often speak when I made a visit there.

We decided it's time we meet up again. We usually meet for dinner after work but she currently has another job that allows her to take an hour lunch and is not located to far from my office. So we agreed to do lunch this time.

We met halfway at a restaurant called Dino's in Bessemer City. It's a little Italian place tucked alone off the hwy. This was my first time visiting.

I'm really wanting to stay on my healthy eating plan this week as I'm still trying to shed a couple pounds I gained the past couple months.

I may or may not have just blown it again.

The items on the menu looked delicious, but since I'm not used to eating a big lunch, I chose just to have the Ruben sandwich. It was served open face with a side of home fries. As the waitress put our plates on the table, our eyes grew large as theses sandwiches were made for a giant. The waitress suggested we take a picture of them. Of course I will. I'm a blogger!!!

I ended up only eating half. I took the other half home for my husband to enjoy later.


The sandwich was delicious and I had a hard time skipping those home fries. I love any kind of fries! I managed to only eat a couple and leave the rest alone.

My friend E had the Roast Beef Club with french fries.

She talked about how good it was. She said it had lots of horseradish sauce on it which she liked, but again, it was way to much food and she ended up taking half of hers home as well.

I really needed this time with a girl friend. I work all day, every day around nothing but men.
Its nice to have a female to talk to. We had a lot of catching up and girl gossip to do. We had a great time and suggested we do this again. The only problem is we didn't have enough chat time as we both had to head back to work.

I'm Not a Dog Hater

I was called a dog hater the other day. This kinda pissed me off actually. It was said after I refused to take home a stray pit bull. Are you kidding me? OK before you start the "pit bulls are sweet" lecture, Let me just say, I know too many incidents where a very sweet loving dog chewed someone up regardless of what kind it is. So Lets keep those comments to yourself. I'm not dog prejudice.

I have been called a dog hater by others before too.

I do not hate dogs. I love dogs. I like to watch them play, and I like to hug and pet them and when I get my hands on one, Its hard to put it down,  But I choose not to own one.

I have my reasons.

1. My daughter has a real bad allergy to pets. She can stand being around them for a few minutes but then she turns into a sneezy snot machine. If a dog licks her skin, it will break out. I have allergies to them too but not as bad. I just feel like bugs are crawling all over me after I play with one.

2. I do not want the responsibility of finding someone to care for it when I go on a trip. I like my husband and me time alone.

3. Vet bills. Yes these can get expensive and I can't even afford my own doctor bills much less a pet.

4. They smell. I do not care how clean you say your pet is, they stink.

5. They die, then your heart broken. Face it. They do not live as long as humans. It happens.

Does this make me a pet hater? Why would I be labeled this?

Maybe its the look on my face when I see a pet owners dog slobber on their chair. Or that a dog licks itself then gives them a big snoopy kiss on the face. Yuk!

Because I do not like the way they smell and the allergic reaction my daughter has to them, I wish not to sit beside one at a restaurant. If I move, people will call me a dog hater and I'm shamed!!!! This bothers me too.
They do not get it. Is it really becoming a dog world?

I saw a dog in a grocery cart at Walmart the other day. Eeeesh. Though this grosses me out, I can't say anything or I'd be called a dog hater and shamed once again. But I really do not want my food packages to sit where I dog has been.

Sadly, this cartoon is how a lot of people feel. Its ridiculous.

At a family dinner, my family knows the reaction my daughter has with pets, and they still will bring their dogs to dinner. Then they hold them at the table, play with them and then handle the food!!!!!!! They also stink and I really do not want to smell it at the dinner table. No one notices the problem here since they all have a pet. They are used to it. My family of three are not even respected a little on this issue. I'm pretty sure all the act is on purpose.

I'm out numbered and can't say anything. Besides, its not my home. I have to just grit my teeth and hope for the dinner to end quickly and hope my sister doesn't start squeeking that toy! over and over and over.

Do I sound like a dog hater????
I grew up with a dog. But it was treated like a dog. It was loved, petted, talked to, played with and spoiled rotten but it was not treated like a child. It did not get to sit in the chair at the table or the front seat of the car. It did not wear a tutu or pajamas or get to go shopping with me.

Maybe I'm just being an old fart. But I'm not a dog hater.

For the record: 
If I had a pet dog , I would want a Boxer. Those are my favorite.
If I had a cat, I would want a Blue Scottish Fold. I love those!
I also like guinea pigs, and always wanted one of those too.
Sadly my situations prevent me from either.