April 05, 2013
April 03, 2013
Early last month I finally did it!! After many years and countless distractions I finally made my first blood donation!! I really have meant to become a blood donor for many, many years but always there would be a reason why I didn't......clinic was closed when I went, wasn't feeling well that day, I'd forget again for long stretches of time, my iron was low (one time period in my life)....you name it......not really excuses, just *things* would happen and it never got done!
Well, no more! Early March saw me at the blood donor clinic.....wooohooooooooo!!
So, then today, my shiny white blood donor card arrives in the mail and has been securely added to my wallet as I plan on using it often (well, as often as the guidelines permit which is approximately 6-8 times a year). Along with the card they also advise you as to what your blood type is and I am a universal donor having O+ blood.....39% of Canadians are O+. O+ donations are always in high demand because:
- it is the most common blood type in Canada
- it can be given to all patients with ANY positive Rh blood type (O+, A+, B+ or AB+), representing 85% of the population
- it is most often used in emergency situations which may require a larger volume of blood
It really feels good to have finally leaped over that hurdle and really the whole procedure from start to finish was incredibly smooth and the folks that run the clinic are all just so very pleasant and positive. To know that my one donation has the potential to affect 3 people's lives is incredible!
My calendar's already marked for my next donation and as the logo states.........
.....won't you consider giving as well??
That's all Barb Blackstock had to say at 8:07 PM
April 02, 2013
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them
When it is in your best interest, practise obedience
Let others know when they have invaded your territory
Take naps and stretch before rising
Run, romp and play daily
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm
Never pretend to be some thing you are not
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently
Thrive on attention and let people touch you
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do
On hot days, drink lots of water and lay under a shade tree
When you are happy, dance around and wag your entire body
No matter how often you are scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout - run right back and make friends
Delight in the simple joy of a walk
That's all Barb Blackstock had to say at 11:53 PM
March 31, 2013
....I am resolved to get rid of and banish the negativity that has hi-jacked my brain of late....and I plan to do this each and every day until it becomes a habit to NOT focus on anything negative again!!
"The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves."
There really is NO reason for the negativity....really and truly there isn't.....and it absolutely DOES feel like it's just been allowed (by me) to become a habit.....soooooo what do we do with bad habits?? We change! As the insanity quote goes ".....insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
That's all Barb Blackstock had to say at 11:48 PM
January 05, 2013
That's all Barb Blackstock had to say at 8:15 PM
December 27, 2012
The question rolling around in my head today is this........
.....to make New Year's resolutions or not?? Everyone's got an opinion and everyone has their own way of doing things. So, being a typical Gemini who sometimes has difficulty making a definitive decision.....I'm just going to open it up and put it out there and see who responds........
.....but in the mean time, say hello to my new, adorable little puppygirl.......she is just the cutest, sweetest little thing who's already grown in just the 5 short weeks I've had her. I got her at 8 weeks from an amazing breeder just a little bit north of here....I'd researched and visited many different breeders but this one was just head and shoulders above any of the others in terms of their history, professionalism, care and dedication to their life's work and their follow-through. Anyone looking for a Golden Retriever I cannot recommend highly enough the folks at Kyon Kennels -- just check out their website and their Facebook page and you will see for yourself!!
Anyway, withought further ado........
**drumroll please** heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere's Bailey......
......I sadly, and very suddenly lost my gorgeous, amazing Molly this past August.....within 8 hours she developed a very odd, non-productive cough and was being held overnight at the clinic for observation and an ultrasound the next day and suddenly I was returning to the clinic to say good-bye to my beloved companion of 11 years......
That's all Barb Blackstock had to say at 5:35 PM
September 29, 2008
|You Are a Prophet Soul|
You are a gentle soul, with good intentions toward everyone.
Selfless and kind, you have great faith in people.
Sometimes this faith can lead to disappoinment in the long run.
No matter what, you deal with everything in a calm and balanced way.
You are a good interpreter, very sensitive, intuitive, caring, and gentle.
Concerned about the world, you are good at predicting people's feelings.
A seeker of wisdom, you are a life long learner looking for purpose and meaning.
You are a great thinker and communicator, but not necessarily a doer.
Souls you are most compatible with:
Bright Star Soul and Dreaming Soul
That's all Barb Blackstock had to say at 12:50 AM
September 01, 2008
....this past long weekend!!
..............lol minus the pony-tail mind you!!
Somehow I missed spring cleaning this year.....starting a new relationship might have had something to do with it....that or just plain laziness...who knows?? Well I think I've made up for it the past 3 days....nothing like a bit of spring cleaning inside AND out to instill that nesting feeling and make everything right with the world again!
AND....I had help this time around.....the gf pitched in and helped out like the awesome trooper she is!! One of the many things I love about my girl is that she has a keen sense of pride of home ownership....wether it be her house or my house we are working on....gotta love it!!
After we were done my gf left for her home with 15 bags of my garbage -- her city's garbage restrictions are much more liberal than mine.....soooooo I have pilaged and burned my house and home....and ALL the junk is outta here already.....woooohooooooooooo!!
That's all Barb Blackstock had to say at 7:27 PM