Frankly Freddie – Valentines Humbug

Roses are red

Violets are blue

I’m not allowed chocolate

Valentine’s day . . .  pooh

The only good thing about Valentine’s day is the candy and I never get any.  I sit alone, no valentines, no candy, no romance.  The only thing I get is dog food.

If you are sitting home alone on Valentine’s day with dog food you are not alone.

Freddie Parker Westerfield, Published Poet

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Click to find out how:

Sugar Increases the “happiness” neurotransmitter serotonin.

The Gentle Barn

We’ve been looking for a non-profit charity to donate profits from the CURIOUStotheMAX Zazzle Shop and found one that speaks both to our love of animals and children.

2019 Valentine profits from the CURIOUStotheMAX Zazzle sales will be donated to:

logo-gb-reindeerThe Gentle Barn

Teaching People Kindness and Compassion to Animals,Each Other and our Planet.

The Gentle Barn rescues animals from severe abuse and neglect who are too old, sick, lame, or scared to be adopted into homes. They are a sanctuary to horses, donkeys, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens, llamas, peacocks, emus, cats and dogs.

Once rehabilitated, the animals help give hope and inspiration to children with the same stories:   At Risk Youth       Special Needs        Educational Programs

To browse or purchase just click on the link:

Zazzle/CURIOUStotheMAX

Heart filled Woofer

P & J’s Curious Critter Creation for your Valentine

  Zazzle.

Here’s how it works:

  • We create the artwork and upload our images on Zazzle
  • Zazzle makes the merchandise
  • Zazzle prints our images on the merchandise,
  • Zazzle ships the merchandise to you 

So buy a whole bunch of stuff for yourself, family & friends . . . or strangers too . . . knowing our profit goes to charity.

Love group

Tweeter, Woofer, Meowie, Squeeker & the worm

 Click Here:  Zazzle.com/CURIOUStotheMAX Store

P.S.  Zazzle FREQUENTLY has special promo codes – anywhere from 20% – 50% off.

 

https://www.gentlebarn.org/

The Gentle Barn is a 501(c)(3) corporation, tax ID is #95-4776451.

Cook it Up Kitty – What Kitty wants, Kitty gets. 

 Good News for Kitty!

Sugar Increases the “happiness” neurotransmitter serotonin.

This Valentine’s day give your sweetie something sweet.  It’s a good way to quickly lift the mood . . . in the short run*. 

Cooooooookies!

Kitty knows

Eating refined sugars, with white flour, or other processed carbohydrates gives her the fastest serotonin boost. 

Three blue hearts. No one will notice if one is missing.

Kitty doesn’t know 

* In the long run sugar may set up an addictive craving cycle and is not healthy because her  blood sugar drops after a spike which causes her to eat more sugar cookies . . .

Two blue dotted hearts. No one will notice if one is gone.

But for one special day a year Kitty can indulge!

(and . . . read my poem I wrote just for YOU

Frankly Freddie -Valentine’s Day)

Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDP Canine Dog Poet

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Feel the love – Make it HOT

Holding a warm hand can buffer a stress response. The warmth of physical contact can lower heart rate and blood pressure during a stressful experience and physical affection between partners is associated with lower cortisol levels in work-related stress settings. 

“In a recent study, the brain activity of 110 volunteers (around half of whom were female) was monitored as they anticipated small electric shocks to their ankles while holding someone’s hand. They were tested in three conditions: they held the hand of the person they chose to bring along for the study (a friend or partner), they held the hand of a stranger or they did not hold anyone’s hand at all.”

“Holding the hand of the person they brought along resulted in a significant difference in the brain’s activity pattern. There was less activity in the . . . regions associated with self-regulation, when compared to not holding anyone’s hand.”

“The brain’s activity pattern when holding the hand of a stranger was comparable to not holding anyone’s hand at all. It seems we confer our loved ones with great power over ourselves, but we don’t easily give strangers this privilege.”

If you can’t find a warm hand, hold a cup of coffee instead!

 “In a study published in 2012, a group of volunteers played an online ball-tossing game which left some study participants feeling socially excluded. Those who felt excluded had colder fingers and also felt sad/stressed at the end of the experiment. Holding a hot cup of tea prevented this. Physical warmth and emotional warmth may, to some extent, be interchangeable. An increase in one compensates for a deficit in the other.”

“Briefly holding a warm cup of coffee can make people see others as having a “warmer” personality and increases social connection. Opioid signaling is thought to be involved in the mechanistic pathway since the opioid antagonist naltrexone seems to block this effect.”

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-stress-proof-life/201712/exposure-heat-can-improve-mental-well-beingMORE

Hmmm, I wonder if that’s what makes meeting at coffee shops so popular?

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