Lego my ego!

To love is like rain from above...

To love is like rain from above… (Image: Sandi Martinez)

 

In honor of April’s National Poetry Month!

Contributed by Sandi Martinez

The bone you carry

Appears to make you weary,

Are you tired?

The treasures you hide under that dirt pile

Grow larger every day,

May as well bury the rest under the hay

What will you do with so much?

And how will you remember

To give is to live

To love is like rain from above

Washes over the parts that we don’t see

And we are new – no more new stuff,

Old stuff, or too much is not enough

Lego my ego,

I want to be who I am

No fluff, buff, or shuff,

Just me, you, this little place we call house

And enough love that keeps on giving…

Lego my ego would ya?

I’m empty now anyway

Nothing has become enough

Lego my ego

©Sandi Martinez

National Poetry Month

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By Stephanie Finne (Guest Contributor)

April is National Poetry Month! I’m not much of a poet, but I found there are other ways to celebrate the month.  The Academy of American Poets has provided 30 Ways to Celebrate.  One of suggestions is to revisit a poem. Here is one I’ve always loved:

How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Be sure to check out the amazing poetry on this blog by the talented Sandi Martinez. We hope you find a way to celebrate National Poetry Month!

DIY Leash Holder

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By Stephanie Finne (Guest Contributor)

We have leashes hanging out all over the place. Finally, enough was enough. I looked on Pinterest for ideas and found this. It was perfect. I ran out to our local IKEA and grabbed a dog butt. Then I stopped at Hobby Lobby and picked up the wood sign and hanging hardware.  Everything else I had at home, so I got started. Here is how you can make your own.

What you need:

Wood sign (new or used with hardware for hanging – I found this sign at Hobby Lobby for $2.33 and the hardware was $1.99 for 6 pieces)
Primer
Paint in color of your choice
Paint brush
Paper towels
Garbage bag or plastic drop cloth
Gloves
Mod Podge
Superglue
Dog butt and screw
Patterned scrapbook paper
Scrabble letters (I had purchased bulk scrabble letters from Amazon)

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1. Cover your work area with the garbage bag or drop cloth to protect it from paint.  Paint your sign with primer.

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2. Once the primer is dry, place your patterned paper on the sign with the patterned side up. Align the pattern where you like it best. Crease the paper over the beveled edges to get a pattern for where you want the paper to sit. Cut out the pattern.

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3. It is time to add a base coat of your preferred color. To get complete coverage, two coats may be needed.

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4. It is time to apply the patterned paper to the sign. Add a thin layer of Mod Podge with a brush directly to the sign. Align the paper on the Mod Podge and smooth it to avoid bubbles in the paper. Allow it to dry.

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5. Decide which side of the sign is the top.  On the back, attach the hanging hardware.

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6. Lay out your dog butt and scrabble tiles to determine placement.

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7. Once you have your placement, mark where you need to put the screw. I took a pencil at the top of the hanging notch and tip it to the sign to place a dot.

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8. Add a small pilot hole with a drill bit. Then, add a screw with a screw driver.

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9. Place your dog butt and line up your scrabble tiles. Apply super glue to the back of the tile and set on your sign.  Once dry, your sign is ready to go.

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10. Hang your leash holder and keep your leashes handy and organized!

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This sign would make a handy addition to your massage therapy room. To find other items you may need for your practice, visit the RMSAAM store!

Gone, but always near…

Image                                                                Contributed by Sandi Martinez
Gone, but always near…

Some of you may remember me as the former Administrative Assistant and Receptionist for RMSAAM. I also was the blogger and blog Admin for this wonderful blog, (If I do say so myself!) and thought I would update you on the sad news of the departure of my best animal companion, Samson. He left me on February 26th.

Some of you were students here when I had my little man as my little assistant during my time at RMSAAM. Some of you even massaged him, and had quite a time getting him to sit still! In some cases I had to sit next to you, while you held him in a comforting and loving position in order to work on him; and indeed your hands were magic… he let you gradually melt away his angst and all the other stuff that comes with an adopted pup with a history. You were his human angels.

We have all lost a member of our fur-animal families… every one of you can attest to this. Yet, how do we live without them? I find myself becoming restless, and I feel empty and lonely.

He spoiled me – in retrospect, everyone might think he was spoiled but in reality, I was spoiled. He gave me love, care, protection, and a kind of company that no human is capable of.

Samson came to a point in his life when it was just his time. There was no dramatic or tragic end to his life – for this I am truly grateful. He stepped onto his next path quickly. I have no idea where he is right now as I write this. I only know there is light and love that surrounds him. He is ready to move on to his next great adventure, but he waits patiently for me to let him go so that he may arrive at his next destination with success.

I wish I could say I’m ready to let him go, but I’m not – yet.

How many of you have been here… right here where I stand? RMSAAM needs some inspiring and hopeful stories to help us move on to the next stage. Thanks in advance!

-Sandi

 

Carrot Horse Treats

By Stephanie Finne (Guest Contributor)

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By Stephanie Finne (Guest Contributor)

Introduce yourself to your equine clients with these tasty treats!

Ingredients
- 2 cups matchstick carrots (about 4 large carrots)
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup water
- optional: 1/2 cup of your horse’s feed or a sweet feed, bran, or flax

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1. Preheat the oven to 350. In a large bowl mix together the carrots, oil, and molasses until combined.DSC04515

2. Add the salt, oats, flour, and optional feed and stir until it’s combined. It will be a sticky, dough-like consistency.DSC04518

3. Form into small 1″ size balls with your hands or use a small metal scoop. Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.DSC04523

4. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden.DSC04533

Your client will love the snack!  To learn more tips for introducing yourself to massage clients, sign up for the Equine Massage Program.

Recipe adapted from: http://sarahhearts.com/2013-08-29/horse-treats/

 

Essential Oil Benefits of Lavender

By Stephanie Finne (Guest Contributor)

Herb Lavender

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Essential oils are the aromatic liquid that is distilled from plants, shrubs, trees, roots, leaves, and seeds. It takes an entire plant to produce one drop of essential oil. Because of the extreme processes needed to distill the oils, it can be expensive to purchase them. Despite the price, it is important to use 100% therapeutic grade essential oil.  These oils are the purest and the most potent. If you are able to find an organic, therapeutic grade oil then this is the optimum choice.

Essential oils should be diluted with an organic, high grade mixing oil such as coconut oil when used to massage animals. Large animals, such as horses, are generally not quite as sensitive and the oil may be applied at full strength once a smell test has been conducted. To learn more about contraindications, dilution ratios, and tolerance testing on animals, sign up for Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Animals.

Lavender is one of the common essential oils for soothing the spirit and relieving anger. It is said to help bring down high blood pressure, calm tension, and relieve insomnia. Lavender also quiets muscular spasms, which may help with sprains, strains, and rheumatic pain.

Here are a few other things Lavender can help with:

  • Inflammation
  • Sprains
  • Cell renewal
  • Insect bites
  • Arthritis
  • Infection
  • Skin tone
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Nerve damage
  • Scars and bruises
  • Tendonitis
  • Anxiety
  • Grief

To purchase lavender oil and other essential oils, visit the RMSAAM store.