Monday, April 30, 2012

Mystique Jewelry - The Spirit Within

Give her the key to your heart and you can't go wrong.
Black Key W/ Red Rhinestones & Red Crystals in Black
Manufacturer: Cathy Collar
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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Thoughts From Cathy~ For The Love Of Salt

For The Love of Salt
By Cathy Collar

 Okay, I admit it. I am a saltaholic. There I have said it, but I am not ashamed of it. I LOVE the taste of salt. I do not have high blood pressure. I do not retain fluid and I am generally a very healthy person, so therefore when I decide, and it is MY decision, to use salt on my food I should not be criticized for it. In fact when I was pregnant with my 3rd daughter I cut back on my salt intake like any good little mommy to be should. The results were a severe blood pressure drop that caused very annoying dizzy spells every time I stood up. Not knowing what was causing this problem I of course went to my doctor who abruptly told me that even though he would not say this to very many pregnant women I NEEDED TO EAT MORE SALT. So of course I did, in the very healthy form of tomato juice. No more dizzy spells after that. I also remember getting leg cramps during high school basketball practice and having to take sodium pills for that. So I will eat my salt and be very happy that I can without any adverse side effects. I did check pluses and minuses for salt consumption for “Normal” people. We all need salt or actually sodium in our body for it to function normally.
Our body needs a small amount of sodium to help maintain normal function of nerves and muscles, especially in relaxation and contraction and keep normal blood pressure. Also sodium functions as a proper hydrator, Lower level of sodium in our body results in dehydration. Insufficient sodium can also cause an imbalance in pH level of blood and bad muscle function. The daily intake of sodium for a healthy adult is 2,400 mg, but this may differ with each person.
So, I am going to continue to salt my food, even after it has been cooked and use seasoned salts when I cook. Those people who think this is wrong or BAD for me can just eat with someone else.  To all of my salt lover friends out there let’s raise our salt-rimmed margarita glass and salute our tasty seasoning, SALT!

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Blue Lace Agate " The Stone Of Harmony "
I am a peaceful stone who creates hope, harmony and optimism. I calm the mind and bring serenity into your life.
Blue Lace Agate Flower Pendant W/ Chips in Silver
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Books By Me

It is in print! My story Whispers in The Wind and Jennifer Collar McMurrain New Beginnings along with many other wonderful clever fiction love stories will be in my hands by May 1. If you are interested in purchasing one message me or go to our website @

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tessys Tales :The Bad Decision

Tess the Mess
& The Bad Decision
 Hi! It’s me Tess popping in to let everyone know that I am feeling better! I feel so good that I think it is time for mom to take me back out to the farm so that I can run and play and hunt!
But I haven’t convinced mom and vet Angie yet. I have done everything I can think of to let them know I am fine. I am gaining weight. I don’t feel like I need to eat all of the time, even though I do still gobble down my canned dog food as quick as I can. I gobble it down mainly so no one else will steal it from me, even though there isn’t anyone else in the back yard when I am being fed you never know when something’s gonna sneak up on ya.
Mom makes me take this yucky medicine. First she pries my mouth open and drops two pills in my throat. Then she tells me to swallow them. There isn’t much else I can do because she holds my mouth shut until I do. After that she gives me my canned dog food, but she pours this icky powder on the top of it, so I have to eat through it to get to the good stuff. I hate taking my medicine! 
I was a bad girl yesterday but it wasn’t my fault. That stupid squirrel was to blame. I was sitting in the yard watching the birds in the trees, when it jumped up on the fence! It hopped and skipped and made mocking clicking sounds at me. I had to get that squirrel! I ran to the fence but was violently jerked back by my tie out. I had to get off! I know this trick. If I grab my color with my mouth and pull it up then I can use my paw and sometimes I can get the clip on my tie out to open. After a little work I got it and I was off! The stupid squirrel was still on the fence, so I went straight for him, unfortunately, he got away cheating by climbing up the tree. It didn’t matter though, cause I was FREE! I jumped the back gate and headed out for a good long run, but I forgot that the two little dogs, Missy a Chihuahua, and Reiley a Lhasa Apso, were in the backyard and they both told mom that I had escaped. I ran to the next block down, but there were a bunch of other dogs there and they told on me also.
            I spotted mom’s big car and changed direction. I didn’t think she saw me, but I ran as fast as I could just in case she did. I smelled something really good so I headed downtown. It wasn’t very far away, but I was getting really tired. I must not have been as well has I thought. I knew I needed to go back home and rest. Just then I saw mom drive by my in her big car. She was hollering my name. As she stopped I ran to the car and whined. She heard me panting and got out to open the door so she could take me home. Believe me, I was more than ready to go. I jumped into the big car and mom took me home and put me back on my tie out, this time with a double hook. She was a little mad at me.
            So now I am stuck on the double tie out in the backyard again, but that’s all right for now because I am more than ready for a good long nap. But tomorrow is another day.
Written by My Mom
Cathy Collar
Because I don't have Thumbs or Fingers

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Thoughts from Cathy ~ Insignificance

Though you might think you are plain and insignificant, God sees you as the shinning diamond that you are with in.~ CLC ~

Friday, April 13, 2012

Everything's Coming Up Roses

Everything’s Coming Up Roses
By Cathy Collar

You smile at someone and brighten their day.
To someone lonely, a kind word you say,.
You receive in return a good feeling inside,
And everything’s coming up roses!

You make a new friend from an old foe.
To a small child, patience you show.
You receive in return a good feeling inside,
And everything’s coming up roses!

To someone in need you lend a helping hand.
In defense of a friend, you take a firm stand.
You receive in return a good feeling deep inside,
And everything’s coming up roses!

You touch each heart with gentle love.
You’ve earned a place with God above.
You’ve received a good feeling deep inside,
And everything’s coming up roses!

Monday, April 9, 2012

MYSTIQUE - STONE MAGIC (The Spirit Within)

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Running Horse Pendant W/ Turquoise & Purple Party Beads
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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Tea for Two

Tea for Two
By Cathy Collar
   “I’m so glad you came by. I was so needing a visitor today, I have been feeling a little lonely and the sight of your smiling face, well let’s just say you made my day!  I’ll put on a pot of tea.  It’ll just take a minute.  Have a seat and I’ll be right back.”
Dorothy busied herself in the small kitchen of her apartment.  She hummed softly as she filled the pot and placed it on the gas burner.
“There.” She said as she bustled into the small living room. “It’ll just take a minute.  Oh! I see you have been shopping today. Did you find any bargains?  I would love to be able to go shopping, but I can’t you know. The Doctor says my kidneys are failing and trips downtown aren’t allowed.  Please tell me all about it! Have they put out the springtime clothes? I do need to get a new dress for church. I fear the other women are getting tired of seeing me in the same old thing every Sunday.” She smiled. “I’m just kidding of course. They are all very nice and friendly.”
The teapot whistled it’s happy tune from the cozy kitchen.
“It’s ready!  No, I don’t need your help honey. You just sit there and I’ll be right back. I do believe I have some cookies in here that I snuck out of the cafeteria. Yes! Here they are. I hope you like oatmeal raisin. They are my favorite, even though these are not near as good as my homemade recipe. I don’t cook much anymore.”
Dorothy carried the ornate silver tray from the kitchen and placed it on the dainty coffee table.
 “Do you take sugar or cream?” Oh yes, I remember you like yours just plain, like your coffee. Did you get to go to the country house this winter?  It was always my favorite place. The air was so fresh and clean. I loved taking midnight strolls in the garden and gazing at the millions of dazzling stars above my head.  I haven’t seen the stars in so long.  The bright lights of the city drown them out.”
Dorothy sighed.  She placed her china cup down on the silver tray and rose from her seat. 
“I’m getting worse, you know. I can’t remember things like I use to. I feel like my life is wasting away here. The help are all very nice and they take good care of me. My clothes are always cleaned and pressed. My meals are prepared daily and a nice nurse comes by to check on me if I haven’t been to the main room.  I have friends, but they are all slowly leaving and going to their heavenly home. I feel so lost and lonely sometimes.”
Lou Anne placed her teacup on the tray and walked over to her mother’s sister.
Tears gathered in her eyes, but she would not let them fall. She placed her arms around her aunt and gave her a small hug.
            “I think it is way past time for you to leave this place and come live with your family.” She said.
            Dorothy took a step back, a look of disbelief on her frail face.
            “I can’t leave.” She said. “The doctor said I can’t take a trip down town, more or less one five hundred miles away!”
            “When did you last see your doctor?” asked Lou Anne.
            “I can’t remember.”
            “Okay, how about this? We’ll go see your doctor tomorrow. If he says it is okay, will you come and live with us? We don’t want you to be alone. My girls and I will take care of you and you will never have to go into a nursing home. That is why you called me isn’t it? You think that you are headed there. We don’t want to see that happen. You belong with your family.”
            “I don’t know what to say.  I have been here for so long, but yes, my health is getting worse and I know that soon that is where I will be.  I just don’t know.”  She paused, sat down on the Queen Anne sofa and held her head up high. 
            “Yes.” She finally said. “If I wait, they will say I am out of my mind, take my money and things and move me to the north end. No one comes back from there.”
            “We will move your things with you. You can keep what you want and put it in your room and we will put the rest safely in storage. No one will steal it.”
            Dorothy lay in the backseat of the suburban cuddled under a soft blue blanket.
Lou Anne glanced at her in her rearview mirror.
            “Are you okay?” she asked. “You are being awful quiet.”
Maybe she is regretting making this move Lou Anne thought. But it had to be done. Surely she realized that. The doctor had said that she was fit enough right now to make this trip, but her kidneys were deteriorating. Within the year they would no longer function and she was too old to be put on the transplant list. He thought she needed her family with her in these last days. She stepped on the accelerator ready to have the long trip behind her.
“Aunt Dorothy, are you sleeping?”
Dorothy smiled. “No, my dear. I am just enjoying the sight of these wonderful, beautiful stars! There are so many! It has been ten years since I have had the chance to see them. I really missed my beautiful stars. Thank you so much.”
Lou Anne choked back a sob as she looked back at her aunt.
“Where we are going you will get to see a million stars every night.”
Dorothy smiled and snuggled under her blanket. No regrets. She had made the right decision. Her last days would be filled with family, love and freedom.