Sunday, April 20, 2014

Part 2: A Meeting of 4 Minds and Mediums

Our friend Ruthie Larkin, the Beantown Medium ( stayed with us an
 extra day after her big meeting with four families who each lost a teenage son last year. On her second day, we invited some friends who share medium-like abilities to come over in the afternoon for lunch and some medium-stuff, like meditations.
L to R: Troy, Ruthie, Tom, Kyle
   Tom and I had the day off of course, and we were joined by Troy C. and Kyle MacQ. Like us, Troy is a member of the Inspired Ghost Tracking Team, and he's also a pretty amazing medium. We recently befriended Kyle, whom I met during a presentation about ghosts/spirits at a UMBC class. Kyle also has an amazing intuitive gift, and we took him on a ghost investigation with IGT to an historic house, where he confirmed the messages that we also got.
Working on a meditation
  Ruthie led us in a guided meditation, and if you've never done one, you should. If you're missing someone that passed away, it can really help get in touch with them. Ruthie had us picture a beach, and then a ship on the horizon. Someone from the ship got into a rowboat and came to shore. That would be someone who passed. That person is up to you, of course, as is what happens next.

Chris Evans, lifeguard  in Rob's meditation
During the meditation I encountered my mom and dad, who didn't say anything to me, but we just all walked down a beach and were happy. I also tuned in to a visitor for Tom, too.

IT'S ALL ABOUT PERCEPTION -   What's interesting is how everyone perceives things.  Ruthie mentioned in the beginning that we had to ascend 10 stairs on the beach from the sand. So, while some were picturing wooden stairs to a parking lot, or twisting cement stairs, I pictured ascending 10 steps up to a lifeguard platform. Inside the platform was the hot actor, Chris Evans, acting as a lifeguard. I think my meditation was the most exciting. LOL

Of Dogs and Bunnies...

Dolly look-alike
 Easter makes our dogs think of one thing- hunt and chase that Bunny! We couldn't get our kids to wear Bunny ears, so we found these similar looking dogs on-line. Enjoy your day!
Tyler and Franklin look-alikes

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Part 1: A Meeting of Minds and Mediums

On April 10 and 11, we took the day off to welcome our friend and medium, Ruthie Larkin - who came to visit 4 families, each of whom lost a teenager in a car accident one year a
go in eastern Maryland. I (Rob) got to go with Ruthie and meet the families, and provided a background on how mediumship works, and how spirits send signs and messages.
Rob and Ruthie
RUTHIE'S IMMEDIATE CONNECTIONS - Ruthie really is amazing. She told me on the way over that someone's mother died in the last year or two (one of the teenage boys' grandmothers)  and that one of the boys is with her. She gave other details, too. Once in the house, she walked up to a young woman and asked if she was a sister. She nodded "yes." Ruthie said that her brother's spirit told her that she got a tattoo in her honor (the girl was wearing long sleeves and didn't have any visible tattoos). She rolled up her sleeve and showed Ruthie a big tattoo in her brother's memory.Ruthie stayed the rest of the day and met with each family member and provided a lot more amazing signs and confirmations!

A persistent Robin visits
  During Ruthie's opening, I got some messages that were confirmed.One was about robins, one was about airplanes.

ROBINS - MORE THAN A SIGN OF SPRING -  Two of the teenage boys' spirits told that their parents were sent Robins who lingered around them for days. That was a sign from them that they're both still around they're families.  
   NOTE: Spirits will send birds, insects or small animals to people to let them know they're around. It's just not a matter of a bird coming, but lingering and returning over and over, which is what happened here. 
  While I was giving my introduction, I mentioned this and two different parents acknowledged they each had a Robin around them. One father said that a Robin has been returning to his window over and over. Another father and mother said that a Robin has been around their lawn - the same one, over and over in a certain spot (not in a tree). 
U.S. Navy Fighter Jet. Credit: USN
AIRPLANES - One of the teenage boys also showed me visions of planes flying overhead and coming in for a landing. He "told" me that he loved watching planes and was fascinated by them. I clearly saw the underside of a  plane landing. He told me to tell his parents "whenever a plane flies overhead, I'm standing with you." His dad disappeared for a minute and returned with a photo of he and his son in front of a Navy fighter jet and told me his son loved airplanes.
   - It's simple messages that help identify a spirit and let others know that they're around.

NEXT: Part 2: A Meeting of 4 Minds and Mediums!

Friday, April 18, 2014

12 Surprising Uses for Leftover Coffee

Thanks to our friend Alan in Calif. for sending this really interesting article!
12 Surprising Uses for Leftover Coffee
There are lots of ways to reuse coffee grounds, but what about uses for leftover coffee itself? That brown beverage is good for more than just your morning wake-up.


On average, Americans spend almost $1100 per year on coffee, and you know that we aren’t drinking every drop of it. How many mornings have you poured out a few cups or even most of a pot of coffee that you didn’t manage to drink before work? All of that wasted coffee adds up, but you don’t have to feel guilty. Instead of pouring that precious leftover coffee down the drain, you can use it in your cooking, around your house and in the garden. Check out these surprising ways to reuse that leftover coffee!

Cooking with Leftover Coffee
1. Make coffee ice cubes. Frozen leftover coffee cubes are great for iced coffee that won’t get diluted as the ice melts, or you can put the cubes in a glass of vegan milk for instant(ish) iced coffee.
2. Add it to your oatmeal. Thin your oatmeal with leftover coffee instead of milk. Yum! Pro tip: add some cinnamon and dried cherries or apricots.
3. Doctor up hot cocoa. Replace some or all of the liquid in your homemade cocoa with coffee.
4. Make brownies. Replace some of the milk in your next batch of brownies with coffee for mocha brownies.
5. Make iced coffee. This might seem obvious to some folks, but not everyone thinks about iced coffee as just hot coffee that’s gone cold. Store leftover coffee in a pitcher in the refrigerator for an iced coffee any time you want one. This is how we “made” our iced coffee at the coffee shop I worked at in high school and college.
6. Season your chili. A little bit of coffee adds a nice depth of flavor to a pot of chili.
7. Frosting. Instead of using milk to thin your frosting, use leftover coffee. It adds a little bit of color and flavor.
12 Surprising Uses for Leftover Coffee
Home and Garden uses for Leftover Coffee
8. Feed your plants. In moderation, you can use leftover coffee to water acid-loving plants like tomatoes. Just try not to do this too often, because even plants that like acidic soil don’t like it too acidic. See Buffalogal’s comment on this thread. She pours about half a pot of cold, leftover coffee on her lupines every couple of weeks.
9. Dye fabric. Coffee is great at staining fabric, so put that stain power to use! Soak fabric in leftover coffee for a lovely, earthy mocha color.
10. Create coffee-dyed paper. Give your next paper craft project a lovely aged look with coffee.
11. Clean the grill. The acid in coffee will cut through the cooked-on grease on your grill. This is best if you have a lot of leftover coffee, since you’re going to be soaking the grates.
12. Repair scratched furniture. Simmer some leftover coffee until it reduces by half, then rub that paste onto any scratches in your dark wood. Wipe away the excess with a damp cloth.
Have you found any interesting uses for leftover coffee? I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ouch! Franklin's Painful Trouble

Anyone who says having dogs isn't like having kids doesn't likely have a dog. Kids are kids, and our 10 year old Dachshund Franklin got into trouble and pain yesterday.
Franklin recovering from losing a nail
  In the mornings I let the 3 kids outside to do their business at 4:45 a.m. then they come in for breakfast with Tom. Yesterday morning I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary when they came in and ate.  After Tom left for work I noticed that there was a stain on one of their blankets where Franklin was laying and he was licking his foot. That's when I realized that one of his entire toenails had come off outside!
  Of course, there was blood, so I needed to clean that up. It was a bit of a struggle to put hydrogen peroxide on his foot because it hurt so much. I gently wiped it with a towel, then soaked his paw for 10 minutes in epsom salts. After drying it, I applied triple antibiotic ointment and bandaged the area, topping off his foot with a sock (and velcro around his leg so he  can't tear it off to get to the bandage).
  So, he gets his foot bathed and cleaned, re-medicated and bandaged daily. He's also on pain meds and recovering this week.  Kids!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mulching Time! Now it's Springtime!

Today, April 16th we had a freeze. We'll have another one tonight, too, sadly. Spring is really screaming to start... so we thought we'd help it out.

Last week we hired a great guy named Fernando to mulch and prep  the yard for the springtime. It's so much easier to hire someone whose not only good, but brings 3 other hardworking guys.

Look! ONE FLOWER!! Spring?!?

On April 7, the high temperature in central Maryland was only around 48 Fahrenheit (okay, so it crept up to 51F for an hour, big deal), so it still felt like February in early April. Despite the colder than normal temperatures, there's something about a newly mulched yard that makes it feel like spring!

 Today, April 16, temperatures will also only top out at 48F for an hour, with wind chills in the 30s all day long. Tomorrow, in the low 50s (big deal). However, the weekend promises to warm into the low 60s, closer to where we should be this time of year.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tyler's New Shirt: Mischief Maker

Tyler in his "Daddy's Hero shirt
Our 4 year old black and tan Dachshund Tyler doesn't mind wearing tee shirts when he goes outside, especially when it's wet and muddy in the backyard. 
  The  tee shirts can just be taken off before he comes in, and he's clean (except that we have to wipe his paws). 
Tyler's New shirt "Mischief Maker"
  Because he's just 14 pounds and a little guy, we buy human baby's one-piece outfits (the kind with snaps that open to change diapers). We just cut out the lower back part, so that Tyler can pee without wetting it. They fit perfectly, and they're really helpful in keeping the dogs clean! 
  One of his tee shirts says "Daddy's Hero" and the other, more appropriate tee shirt says "Mischief Maker!" 


Monday, April 14, 2014

Book Review! Murder She Wrote: Queen's Jewels

I (Rob) am a HUGE Fan of "Murder She Wrote" and the novels that are companion to the TV series never disappoint. I love these books. The latest I read was "The Queen's Jewels" and you feel like
you're on board with Jessica Fletcher as she tries to solve the mystery. She meets some interesting characters and some you may remember from the TV Show that made appearances from time to time.  The story will leave you wanting to finish quickly. HIGHLY Recommended!!

BOOK SUMMARY: Jessica Fletcher has always wanted to take a transatlantic voyage on the legendary Queen Mary 2. Now, she's finally getting her chance. But when the investigation of a stolen diamond follows her up the gangplank, she must try to enjoy the sumptuous seaborne surroundings while searching for a priceless diamond-and the person desperate enough to take a life for it.
To Order on Amazon: Murder She Wrote: The Queen's Jewels

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