Saturday, September 26, 2020

Rescue Dog Poem

My dog Maggie is a rescue. A lab/pointer hybrid, she was expected to be the ultimate hunting dog. During her training, her owner wasn't happy to learn she was gun shy. Despite beatings, she never overcame her fear so he dumped her and five pups in a field somewhere in northern Michigan on a cold December day. A farmer found her and her babies and took her to a local shelter. She was nursed back to health, her pups weaned. After being spayed, she went up for adoption. I saw her photo and fell in love. When I first saw her, she sat on my feet and gave me kisses. She jumped into our truck, sat next to our toddler and waited to go home. She knew we were her family. 

Maggie, after being with us for a couple years.

Once I was a lonely dog, just looking for a home.
 I had no place to go, no one to call my own.
 I wandered up and down the streets, in rain in heat and snow.
 I ate whatever I could find, I was always on the go.
 My skin would itch, my feet were sore, my body ached with pain.
 And no one stopped to give a pat or a gently say my name.
 I never saw a loving glance, I was always on the run.
 For people thought that hurting me was really lots of fun.
 And then one day I heard a voice so gentle, kind and sweet,
 and arms so soft reached down to me and took me off my feet.“
 No one again will hurt you,” was whispered in my ear.
 “You’ll have a home to call your own where you will know no fear.“
 You will be dry, you will be warm, you’ll have enough to eat.
 And rest assured that when you sleep, your dreams will all be sweet.”
 I was afraid I must admit, I’ve lived so long in fear.
 I can’t remember when I let a human come so near.
 And as she tended to my wounds and bathed and brushed my fur,
 she told me about the rescue group and what it meant to her.
 She said, “We are a circle, a line that never ends.
 And in the center there is you, protected by new friends.“
 And all around you are the ones that check the pounds,
 and those that share their home after you’ve been found.“
 And all the other folk are searching near and far
 to find the perfect home for you, where you can be a star.”
 She said, “There is a family, that’s waiting patiently,
 and pretty soon we’ll find them, just you wait and see.“
 And then they’ll join our circle they’ll help to make it grow,
 so there’ll be room for more like you, who have no place to go.”
 I waited very patiently, the days they came and went.
 Today’s the day I thought, my family will be sent.
 Then just when I began to think it wasn’t meant to be,
 there were people standing there just gazing down at me.
 I knew them in a heart beat, I could tell they felt it too.
 They said, “We have been waiting for a special dog like you.”
 Now every night I say a prayer to all the gods that be.
 “Thank you for the life I live and all you’ve given me.“
 But most of all protect the dogs in the pound and on the street.
 And send a Rescue Person to lift them off their feet.”
  by Arlene Pace September 18, 1998

Maggie has been a part of our lives for 12 years. She is retired from visiting nursing homes and senior centers where she spent time giving joy. Maggie was blessed with fur sisters who were also rescued: Molly a chocolate lab joined us a year after Maggie but passed away this year; Mona a tabby cat joined us 6 years ago and still greets Mags with a head bop daily.



Friday, September 25, 2020

Sexy Games Lovers Play - Guess What This Is

Sexy games can bring the spice back to any relationship. You may have had a terrific sex life before, but the hassles of day-to-day existence have made sex less of a priority. Maybe you and your honey are looking for a little something different, something to add some zing to your love life. Perhaps, you simply need an exercise to encourage intimacy.

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Sexy games don't have to be confusing or complex. Find a game that both of you would enjoy to have fun and created intimacy.

Discuss the need to set some ground rules before playing sexy games. Be sure to respect each other's vulnerability, especially when trying something new in the bedroom. Both partners must be able to end the game at any time, for any reason. 

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A fun game is GUESS WHAT THIS IS

 This game requires some thinking and planning. Have two baskets, one for you and one for your honey. Start by thinking tactile and have your honey fill his basket with items and you do the same. Do not tell each other what your baskets hold! 

Item suggestions: What could be used on your lover’s skin to create goose bumps? Gather things such as feathers, ice, a piece of fur, light string or rope, a length of silk, wool, and a knobby fabric. Other items to use might include a soft ball, a back scratcher, or a damp sponge. Let your mind go wickedly wild. Assemble all the textures and place in a basket. 

Take turns blindfolding each other and lay in a comfortable position. Begin by massaging your partner with an item from the basket. Massage or tickle his body and let him guess what is touching his skin. Ask your lover to describe how it feels.

Enjoy your time together and enjoy each other!

Minute of Morning Romance

Take a moment in the morning to appreciate what you have.  Give your honey a hug that lasts a little longer.
Enjoy morning coffee together. Take in the peace of the day and simply BE with each other.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

#Thursday13 - Flirty Lines

Flirty lines are common in Romantic Comedies and some lines stick with us. Some are sweet and tender, others are goofy and dorky. 

1. Come live in my heart and pay no rent.

2. I had a really bad day today and it always makes me feel better to see a smile. So would you please smile for me?

3. Did the sun just come out or did you smile at me?

4. Excuse me, I think you have something in your eye. Oh wait, it's just a sparkle.

5. I want to taste something sweet. Could I taste your lips?

6. If you don't wanna have kids with me, they why don't we just practice?

7. I know milk does the body good, but DAMN how much did you drink?

8. They say Disney World is the happiest place on earth, obviously they haven't been in your arms.

9 Your lips look so sweet, just one kiss and I swear I could give up sugar for life. 

10. If you were holding 11 roses I would see 12 of the most beautiful things in the world.

11. There's so much to say, but your eyes keep interrupting me.

12. I value my breath so it would be nice if you didn't take it away every time you walk by.

13. I love you with all my circle, not my heart. Hearts break but circles go on forever.

Do you have a favorite flirty line from a book or movie? 

Have you ever used a flirty line? What line did you use and what was the response?

Visit THURSDAY 13  for some more fun lists.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Take Time Together


Home is where the heart is, so take time to spend together at home. You can find many delightful ways to spend time together around the house. Morning coffee in bed is one of my personal favorites or breakfast on a sunny deck. A card game or watch a video on a rainy day. Unplug yourselves from the electronics and quiet time at home can be simple. Just sitting together watching a ballgame is cozy contentment. Go for a walk or take a nap. In the evening, enjoy a glass of wine, play soft music and give each other a massage.


Take a break from the daily grind and revive that feeling of being relaxed and close.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Grandma's Apple Raisin Bread Pudding

Spring may be the season of love with all the birds and bees stuff but I love the romantic flavors of Autumn. Apples, pears, raisins, cinnamon and clove, pumpkin and squash all ticking the senses to inspire warmth and love. To share my love of the season with my family, I've turned to a favorite recipe of Gram's. Growing up on a farm during the early 1900's she learned at an early age to utilize whatever you have on hand and turn it into something delicious. Over the years she tweaked her recipes for us "modern folk" but they never lost the ingredient of love.

Grandma's Apple Raisin Bread Pudding

Preheat oven 350 degrees            Grease a 7x11" baking dish


4 cups bread cubes (I pick up a loaf of bakery bread from the "day old shelf", cut into cubes then leave them on a cookie sheet overnight)

¼ cup raisins

2 cups peeled and sliced apples

1 cup brown sugar

1 ¾ cup milk

¼ cup butter (1/2 stick)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon vanilla

* In a large bowl, combine bread, raisins and apples

* In a small sauce pan over medium heat, combine 1c brown sugar, 1/24 c milk and 1/4 c butter (1/2 stick). Cook and stir until butter is melted.

* Pour over bread mixture. Blend gently then pour mixture into the prepared baking dish.

*In a small bowl whisk together the cinnamon, vanilla and eggs. Pour over the bread mixture.

*Bake in the preheated oven for 40-50 minutes or until center is set and apples are tender.

While pudding is baking, make the Vanilla Sauce.

¼ cup white sugar

¼ cup brown sugar

½ cup milk

½ cup butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

OPTIONAL:  1 teaspoon – 1 Tablespoon bourbon or whiskey, I like to add ¼ cup of powdered sugar to thicken

Mix the white and brown sugars with the milk and butter in a small sauce pan. Bring to boil then remove from heat. Add the vanilla (and the optional ingredients). 

Serve over pudding.

The orgasmic flavor and the look on your honey's face once this amazing dish touches the pallet is soooo worth it!!!

Allergy Sufferer Finds Romance

 There is nothing romantic about suffering allergies but that doesn't mean something romantic can happen.

I raised my boys to share and like a good son, #3 shared his sore throat with me. Oh, joy!As I lay on the couch suffering in silence, hubby brought me a steaming cup of tea. Awww......and it gets better. It was a cup of herbal tea designed to ease a flaming throat! AWWWWW! He's such a romantic guy. *sigh*

The primary ingredient in this herbal tea is Slippery Elm. Native Americans especially the Eastern Woodland Peoples have been using Slippery Elm for ages to treat a variety of ailments. The inner bark when combined with water, created a gummy substance that could be used as a soothing ointment. Gram said the Chippewa peoples of our state cut small flat dolls from the bark. Because of the calming attributes, the dolls were often chewed upon by fussy, teething toddlers.

I've used Slippery Elm in tea for years due to suffering sore throat issues regularly since childhood. Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat is one of my go-to teas. I like the silky licorice flavor, reminding me of Gram's homemade tea, thus adding an extra layer of comfort. Keep in mind there are several variations of Throat Coat depending on which flavor you prefer or what you are trying to achieve. Some blends are good for overall health, while others add in improving respiratory health or the immune system. Check out Amazon for a list of all the teas for a side-by-side comparison.

In the name of romance, I will sit and enjoy every cup of herbal tea hubby brings to me.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Sexual Daydreaming

Sexual daydreams are pretty common and most definitely normal. But what do they mean?

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 "People often ask me if sexual daydreams are normal. They are! Here's what the most common ones say about you." Dr. Hilda Hutcheson, a clinical professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

1. Sex with another man
(usually he's a celerity). This doesn't mean you're dissatisfied with your real sex life, just that your excited by new experiences and, of course, gorgeous stars.

2. Ménage a trois. If you're picturing yourself with two men, you want to be adored and doted on, heck, maybe even fought over. Thinking about yourself and your guy with another woman ignites the very sexy idea that other ladies find your guy attractive too.

3. Domination. This fantasy allows you to engage in sexual stuff that may seem taboo, without any guilt. Seeing yourself as submissive can signify a desire for a loss of control, freedom from responsibility is thrilling!

4. Sex with a woman. No, this doesn't necessarily mean you're questioning your sexuality. It shows that you appreciate the sexiness of the female form (we are gorgeous) and that your open-minded about pleasure.

5. Last but not least: Sex with your guy. This is the most common fantasy for women. It's usually more exciting than your average rol in the hay,say, a replay of your hot honeymoon. And it simply means that sex with your partner turns you one. What a great thing!

Dr. Hilda Hutcheson is a nationally renowned expert in women's health. She is a firm believer in education and is often found speaking across the county or dolling out information via a monthly column. Her medical commentary has been featured on TV, magazines.

By Hilda Hutcherson, M.D.

Hilda Hutcherson, M.D., is a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City and the author of Pleasure. 

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Vanilla-Infused Oil for Mouthwatering Romance

Sunday is a good day to set aside for some personal spa time. I don’t mean GOING to a spa, I’m referring to a make-it-at-home spa. Create healthy, soft skin during this somewhat therapeutic activity. Some ingredients you might already have on your pantry shelves; others can be found in a local market or health food shop. Your honey, a daughter or friend might want to join in the event as well.

Welcome to Sunday Spa

It has been said that men prefer scents of “edibles” such as vanilla, citrus and spice to those of flowers and powders. Maybe that’s were the saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” comes from. Use a vanilla-infused oil on your skin and you just might get him drooling over you.

Vanilla-Infused Oil

8 oz jojoba oil or carrier oil of your choice (almond and coconut are nice too)
2-3 vanilla beans 
4 vitamin E capsules

What you will need:
Double boiler (if one is not handy, I use a glass measuring cup placed in a saucepan then fill pan half full with water.
Strainer, 8oz bottle, funnel.

1.    Boil water then turn down to simmer. Add carrier oil to top of boiler or glass measuring cup.
2.    Using a sharp knife, slice the vanilla beans lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with the edge of the knife. Put the seeds in to the oil.
3.    Chop the vanilla pods into small pieces and add to the oil.
4.    Cover and let simmer for an hour or longer. Check periodically to make sure there is still enough water in the pot.
5.    Remove from heat and let cool.
6.    Pour into bottle. (Straining is optional.)
7.    Pierce the vitamin E capsules, squeeze the liquid out. Discard gel caps.
8.    Place cap on bottle tightly and shake.
9.    Will keep 2 years or longer if stored in the bottle in a cool dark place out of direct sunlight.

Use as a moisturizer, massage oil or add a couple of teaspoons to bath water. Can be used as a base for body scrubs too!

Where's The Romance in Fall Football?

 Fall brings football to our little town. The stands full of families cheering, hot chocolate flowing, and cuddles under warm blankets. But 2020 has different plans.

This year, is so very different. Each player is allow two guest per game. I picked up my season passes in the office this week. Despite being so few, we still hung banners, cheered loudly and rang our cowbells in support of our boys. We don't complain, this season wasn't even supposed to happen. The Michigan governor wanted football to be played in the spring. Ah... we have snow until April. (?????) Lucky for us the powers-that-be in high school athletics managed to keep fall sports in the autumn but with few adjustments. (Read the MHSAA article.) We parents complied because our kids NEED this and the games are for them not us. We are simply supporters.

Nevertheless, the game went off without a hitch. Our team is wearing a first of it's kind type of  shield on their helmets so they don't have to wear fabric over their mouths on the field. (Read the article here.) The players have matching gators around their necks they pull up when they are on the sidelines sporting their team name and colors. Coaches sport masks and gators showing their team spirit and unity.

2020 Montrose Rams games look very different than years past.

Teams are a little smaller this year and they struggle with all the Covid restrictions. No team dinners or bonding exercises are allowed. Masks, spatial codes, crazy school schedules, online courses and mental stress are all factors weighing on these boys. Somehow, the boys manage with a team group chat and having fun on the field. 

As I sat in the stands, I closed my eyes for a moment. Was the romance of fall football gone?

The cool breezed carried the faint smell of  bonfires and grills tickled my nose. The grunts and and smacks of powerful young men pushing themselves to their limits for the love of the sport could be heard between the cheers of proud parents. 

I opened my eyes to look around. Bottles of water and a thermos or two were spotted among  the small crowd. Moms were chewing on their nails when their boys hit the ground. Dads jumped and shouted encouragement to their sons. Couples cuddled close and smiled at each other with love as if to say, "That's our boy!". The sky blessed us with a lovely sunset. 

Love and pride abundant. The romance of fall football remains.