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Half way through the week!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Half way through the work week or as we like to call it "Hump Day". Once we've hit Wednesday the week is on the other side of the hill and going downwards.

We have interviews to conduct today and tomorrow to fill a part-time position for the next year back in our department. We need someone to do all the receiving, or at least as much as possible as Gail and I concentrate on getting ordering done over the next year. Our budgets have increased substantially for 2010 to accomodate our moving to the new building and having twice as much space to fill. YAY! I'm trusting that I will be guiding as I make my choices and that the overall outcome will be positive.

Temperatures are on their way up...the deep freeze lid has been closed! We are actually supposed to go up as high as zero tomorrow! Very abnormal. But we will drop down again next week to more average temperatures for this time of year. My vehicle is still at the shop. The battery needed to be replaced as well as the cord for the block heater. Thankfully it is all still on warranty, so no cost. The unfortunate part is that the cord for the block heater is unavailable in Canada and needs to come from the States! So I wait! The blessing....we still have other transportation to get us around.

My positives:
Kaeli has been busy doing Christmas baking for us. Bless her heart.
I've got a great handle on this year's budgets at work and it looks good for them being all spent by year end.
We are hiring assistance for receiving for 2010 at work.
Geff (co-worker) is back home now, stopped to see him yesterday for a few minutes and he is looking great. Thinner, but color is so much better.
Almost finished my Christmas shopping...just stocking fillers left to do.
God, who always is there for my guidance and support.

Have a wonderful day all, keep on moving forward and being grateful for all that you have. When you are grateful for all that you "do" have, what you "don't" have looses it's importance.


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/17/2009 10:22AM

    Wanda, do all the cars in your area come with block heaters when you buy them or is it something you have to buy extra? Glad Kaeli is doing the baking for you...what a help that has to be. It is great to hear that Geff is back home and looking better. God has truly blessed him.

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STORMTMB 12/16/2009 8:11AM

    Happy Hump Day, Wanda! We are dependent on the State of Illinois for (tax) money at work. Since our state budget is so miserably messed up, we don't have the money we need to hire and purchase - so I am glad for you that you do have the money to do both of those things. Yeah for people who are responsible with their money - professionally and personally!

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Another "chilly" day in Alberta

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

News flash....when I got to work yesterday, it was to be told that apparently we were the second coldest place on Sunday on the planet....second only to Siberia! Now that is cold! It does not feel much warmer as yet, although like the donkey with the carrot dangling in front of us, we are told that we will see warmer temperatures by the end of the week. lol

Yesterday morning, my vehicle wouldn't start, despite being plugged in all night. Either the battery froze or the block heater quit working, not sure which. I ended up having to take my hubby's car to work, then he took Shyra's and dropped her off at work. He wasn't able to get my vehicle started until late afternoon and then took it to his place of work, where he could leave it in the shop over night. So once again we will repeat the procedure from yesterday. What a blessing that we have the vehicles that we can use.

My positives:

A warm way of getting to work.
A great week ahead...busy, but those budgets are almost spent! Sent three selectors from Adult services to do some shopping at our local book store yesterday! Now I need to receive it all!
Life in general...despite bumps in the road, which help me to grow and become a stronger and better person...life is filled with blessings.

Have a wonderfully blessed day. Take the time today to do something nice for someone else.


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/17/2009 10:17AM

    I think I'll just stay her in southwestern PA where it may be cold, but no ways near as cold as the temperatures you are having. Hope you have lots of wam blankets until you get a warm spell. I am getting to "old" to enjoy the cold any more. To think it isn't even winter yet!! Close but not quite. Do all you can to stay warm (like you have to be told that one. lol)
Blessings and hugs,

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1HAPPYSUSAN 12/15/2009 7:19PM

    Brrrr! That's quite a claim to fame, Wanda...the second coldest place on the planet! I like that!

Glad it worked out with all the vehicles. I remember living in Alaska and having to plug the car in when it got cold. Thankful to whoever created the engine block heater, indeed!

Keep up the positive spirit, dear woman. You brighten things up for the rest of us.

Hugs and blessings!

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YOYONOMORE1 12/15/2009 4:12PM

    I think I'll stay in MI, the coldest we might get here where I live maybe -20 and it's been a while since we've gotten that cold. Love your attitude even with the freezing cold.


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BUSYBRE 12/15/2009 1:43PM

    Wanda - Have a really wonderful Holiday - you have been a wonderfully thoughtful friend and I thank you for this ... I'm sure you will thoroughly enjoy them this year in your new renovations ... believe me I have been watching the news for Alberta and last night I really just couldn't believe my ears! There were some out your way that lost electricity and had to huddle in their 'living rooms' ... we are very dependent upon electricity (one man had to keep waking every hour to put a log on the fire - fortunately for his family they had logs and a fireplace) ... soOOooOooo COLD - they spoke of everyone's sense of humour in Alberta on the newscast I was watching!

Be Safe!

lots of love

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CROBINGO 12/15/2009 11:18AM

    Ouch! That is COLD!

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STORMTMB 12/15/2009 9:26AM

    I think my positive for your blog would be - at least you weren't at the absolutely coldest place in the world; you could have been in Siberia!!! Keep up that wonderful positive attitude that you share with us! You're so encouraging.

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WANDA68 12/15/2009 7:33AM

    I like your positive attitude hope it rubs off to me someday!! Stay warm!

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SEONAG 12/15/2009 7:29AM

I remember the cold from the eleven years I spent in Peace River Country. Like your positive attitude! Keep warm! emoticon
Here's a low-calorie hot chocolate to keep you warm. (Or herb tea, but it's just not the same!)

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Heigh, ho, heigh, ho..it's off to work I go!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Dec 14...one more full week of work and three days of next week and then I'm off for a few days holiday! This will be a very busy week at work. Tracking budgets and trying to guess how much of what is still on order is likely to make it before year end. What doesn't seem like it will arrive, needs to be moved over to next year's budget, freeing up the encumbered monies to be spent at local book stores. Just like a puzzle, figuring out how things will fit together.

The moving van got all unloaded into the garage yesterday. Bitterly cold out -36, but we got it done. Now it's a matter of juggling vehicles so everyone gets a chance to plug theirs in during this cold weather. The big blessing with having so many vehicles....three will fit side by side in the driveway.....not much room for snow to fall...thus less shoveling in the mornings for me! See there is a plus side to everything! lol

My positives:
My family is all home.
Kaeli has offered to do some Christmas baking for me.
Kaeli's bunny and the two cats seem to adjusting to each other. Nevi (the bunny) seems in no way fazed by the two cats. The cats on the other hand are still trying to puzzle out what the heck "it" is.
Temperatures are supposed to warm up this week.
Co-worker Geff is doing well, he hopes to be home sometime this week. WOW...they sure don't keep them long in the hospital!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. If you haven't had a chance to check out this week's challenge, swing by and join the fun.

Have a great day,

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/17/2009 10:05AM

    So glad to see that everyone is adjusting and you are enjoying having your family home. Praise God that Geff is doing so well. Praying for him and his family during this time. What a marvelous Christmas present!!
Blessings and hugs,

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YOYONOMORE1 12/14/2009 8:47AM

    Glad you have a full house once again. Glad the pets seem to be excepting each other ok. Yes, we need to talk about that weekly challenge, lol. I want to do the Christmas songs again, I think they were easier, but I'll try my best on this one. It's so nice you are going to have some time off to really enjoy your family.


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For all my American friends...to help you better understand the Canadians!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

I've reprinted this entire page from the website entitled "An American's Guide to Canada" because it is funny and TRUE! The author is an American who lives in Canada. She has this to say about The True North: "This country is endearing and civilized and charming, and I am very, very fond of it. I hope I can convey some of that fondness in these pages."

I say, anybody who knows our Canadian mannerisms and idiosyncrasies this well and still loves us has got to be a friend, eh? So, here's the lowdown on how to tell you're in Canada (if you're still not sure that's where you are, that is).

Everything is labeled in English and French.
Everything is measured in metric. (No, the temperature does not drop fifty degrees when you cross the border, and the speed limit doesn't double.)
Milk comes in plastic bags as well as in cartons and jugs.
There's hockey gear everywhere. A guy can get onto a bus wearing goalie pads, a helmet -- everything but the skates -- and nobody gives him a second look.
Restaurants serve vinegar with French fries.
There are $1 and $2 coins. The paper currency is in different colors, and it's pretty.
The Trans-Canada Highway -- Canada's analogue to the US Interstates -- is two lanes wide for most of its length. (There are great big huge wide highways around the major cities. The 401 north of Toronto is sixteen lanes wide in places.)
There is still the occasional musical variety show on network TV, and such a show that was on until recently was hosted by a very, very large woman (Rita McNeil).
The CBC's evening news anchor is bald and doesn't wear a toupee.
When new coins are introduced to replace paper currency, people actually use the coins.
Contests run by anyone other than the government have "skill-testing questions" that winners must answer correctly before they can claim a prize. These are usually math problems, and are administered to get around the law that only the government can administer lotteries.
Lots of people run around in clothing from Roots.
The following gas stations are around (and don't exist in the US):
Esso (instead of Exxon -- a visitor suggests "Esso" comes from the "S" and the "O" of Standard Oil)
Petro Canada
Irving (only in eastern Canada, and a visitor advises me that there's now at least one in Maine)
Canadian Tire
Mohawk (primarily in western Canada)
These are the biggest department stores:
The Bay (the Hudson's Bay Company, the oldest company in North America and possibly the world -- it was incorporated on May 2, 1670)
Eaton's (Toronto, Montréal, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver are among the cities that have large malls called the Eaton Centre (Centre Eaton in French)). Eaton's has been having financial troubles for several years now, and finally closed a number of its stores and sold the rest to Sears Canada.
Zellers -- owned by the Bay, Zellers is similar to KMart (which recently pulled out of Canada) or Target (which isn't in Canada at all).
These are the big banks:
TD Canada Trust
Bank of Montreal
Royal Bank
The Bank of Nova Scotia
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)
The National Bank of Canada
The HongKong Bank of Canada
These banks are national and have branches all over the country. One sure sign you're in Canada: the federal government has blocked two big bank mergers (the TD wanted to merge with CIBC, and BMo wanted to merge with the Royal), ostensibly because reduced competition is bad for Canadians. Wow.
Credit unions are also popular in Canada, especially in Quebec, where they're called caisses populaires.

These are the most well-known Canadian restaurant chains:
Harvey's -- fast food burger joint
Mr. Sub -- similar to Subway
The Keg (Le Keg en français) -- a big, high-end yet still generic steakhouse
Pizza Pizza -- similar to Domino's
Tim Horton's -- do(ugh)nuts! See below.
Swiss Chalet -- sit-down chicken and ribs place
Robin's -- another do(ugh)nut chain, popular in western Canada.
The big mass-market beers are Molson and Labatt, and they're a lot stronger than US beers. Molson Golden was recently reintroduced to the Canadian market, but I hardly ever see anyone drinking it -- I get the feeling Molson ships most of it to the States and tells the Americans it's good.
The major cigarette labels are Player's, Craven A, DuMaurier, Matinee, and Export A. Canadian cigarettes are milder than American ones.
Mountain Dew has no caffeine.
Coke and Pepsi use real sugar instead of corn syrup.
Instead of seeing Barnes & Noble and Borders bookstores, you see Coles and SmithBooks and Chapters and Indigo.
There are lots and lots of do(ugh)nut shops, especially ones called Tim Horton's (named after the hockey player who started the chain). (The number of Tim Horton's diminishes as you go further west, but I'm assured there are lots of them in Edmonton.)
When you step on someone's foot, he apologizes. (This really happened.)
There are billboards advertising vacations in Cuba, and Cuban cigars are freely available.
Nobody worries about losing a life's savings or a home because of illness.
In pharmacies, you can buy acetaminophen or ASA with codeine over the counter, but you can't buy hydrocortisone ointments or creams without a prescription.
When you go to the dentist to get a cavity filled (or worse), she or he puts a needle in your mouth first to "freeze" it. (Asking for Novocaine (a brand name) immediately pegs you as an American.)
At county fairs and the Canadian National Exhibition, red ribbons indicate first place and blue ribbons indicate second. (Canadians: it's the other way around in the States.)
Submitted by visitors:
Any conversation will inevitably include a brief discussion of the weather.
It's almost impossible to get a glass of iced tea in downtown Toronto. (This person must have been a Southerner -- in the US South, "iced tea" is unsweetened, and "sweet tea" has sugar. "Sweet tea" is what you get when you ask for "iced tea" in Toronto.)
Teenagers can drink legally. The drinking age in Quebec, Manitoba, and Alberta is 18; it's 19 in the rest of the country.
Potato chips come in flavo(u)rs such as salt and vinegar, ketchup, and "all dressed" (a collection of just about all possible seasonings -- the person who suggested this one liked it to a "suicide slush" in the States).
There are "chip vans" (aka "chip trucks" or "chip wagons"). These are like the van driven by the ice cream man, only they sell French fries. They are most ubiquitous on the roads to "cottage country." (A visitor from British Columbia noted that "chip trucks" don't sell French fries in BC; they drive on logging roads and carry wood chips there.)
Every weekend during the summer, southern Ontarians go in droves from Toronto and its environs to their second homes (ranging from campers to great big houses with all the amenities) in cottage country (usually Muskoka -- I'm told that calling it "the Muskokas" marks you as an outsider).
Every weekend during the summer, southern Quebecers go in droves from Montréal and its environs to their cottage country (usually the Laurentians; the Eastern Townships; Burlington, Vermont; Lake Champlain, New York; or Plattsburgh, New York).
Every weekend during the winter, the cottage country people go back to cottage country to go snowmobiling. Gas stations are just as likely to be filling snowmobiles as cars or trucks.
Cars (especially on the Prairies) have electrical plugs sticking out from under the hoods. These are for block heaters, to prevent engines from freezing when it's -40.
People give distances in times, not miles.
People ask whether you'd like "a coffee" rather than "some coffee."
Canadians tend to use British spelling. They write about "colour," "cheques," "theatres," and so forth. Most use the American "-ize" rather than the British "-ise" verb ending, however.
People drive with their headlights on during the day. Since 1989, all new cars have had to be fitted with daytime running lights.
In Ontario, you can buy beer only at the Beer Store (formerly known as "Brewers' Retail"). The experience of going into a beer store is documented nicely in the 1983 film Strange Brew.
Movie theatres have one night a week, usually Monday or Tuesday, where they charge matinee prices.
There is no mail delivered on Saturdays.
"Lieutenant" is pronounced "leftenant."
Mortgage interest is not tax-deductible. The interest rate on most mortgages is not fixed, but rather, is renewed at the end of a term which can be as short as six months or as long as seven years.
Most Canadians will tell you that the last letter of the alphabet is pronounced "zed." Sharon, Lois, and Bram, popular children's entertainers, make it a point in their performances of "The Alphabet Song" to say "zed" instead of "zee."
People end sentences with "eh," eh?

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/17/2009 10:12AM

    I loved this educational blog. Read so much information here that I had never heard of at all. Thank you so much for posting this.
Blessings and hugs,

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1HAPPYSUSAN 12/13/2009 5:55PM

    Wow, Wanda! This is truly educational and I thank you for sharing it. I make car rental reservations for Canadians every day and I'd already learned about "zed" and "eh". :) I almost always remember to say "unlimited kilometers" instead of "unlimited mileage"...but not always. Our Canadian customers are always exceptionally polite and patient with me and I appreciate that. Well, there was one guy that was quite angry because a local office closed at noon on a Saturday per usual...however...since he was exTREMEly inebriated it was not a successful call! Doubt he remembered, though!

What is your opinion of the health care in Canada, in your opinion? It's such a HUGE issue here in the States but the bit I've read from your posts it appears you have no complaints. (AND, if you don't care to respond to this, I completely understand!)

You are a blessing to me, Wanda. I appreciate, always, your kind words and support. Thank you for taking the time to post on my blogs. You do mean so very much to me. :)


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STORMTMB 12/13/2009 4:49PM

    How cool. I worked with a consultant from Canada several years ago when we implmented the HR computer system. She always said "zed" and of course "eh?" She also told me that if she ever got pulled over for speeding that she'd just say she was from Canada and thought she was going the speed limit (even though she did know better)! emoticon
She was wonderful and I enjoyed working with her tremendously. She was my first Canadian friend. Now, I have several! WooHoo!

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Yay, they are home!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Thank you to all who offered prayers on my family's behalf. Garry, Quin and Kaeli arrived home safe and sound about 8:30 last night. It was a long and very cold drive home, but the roads at least we in fairly good driving condition.
Kaeli's heater in her car quit working part way home, which made for a very cold trip. Quin bundled up in all his winter stuff and drove her car while she rode with Dad.
Today we will unload the moving van into our garage and then when the girls move to their place at the beginning of January, we'll load it all back up again and move them to their "new" place. The worst of the move is over though, just getting Kaeli home.

My positives:

My family is all home and like a mother hen, I'm thrilled.
Traveling mercies for my family.
Kaeli's rabbit "Nevi" and the cats are so far behaving nicely!
Although it is minus 36 this morning, weather reports say that by the end of the week, we'll be having only minus 3 temperatures! What a crazy winter!
No snow to shovel this morning. Yesterday was a bit cold out there shoveling.
Most of my Christmas presents are ready.
Life....how blessed we are.

Have a wonderful Serenity Sunday,

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/17/2009 10:01AM

    So glad they made it home safely. What a blessing it is to have a son who would bundle himself up and drive a car with no heat so that his sister could stay warm. He deserves some extra hugs and lots of hot chocolate for being such a thoughtful man!!! Glad they are home where you can "mother hen" them all!!! Hopefully you are having some warmer weather now.
Blessings and hugs,

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1HAPPYSUSAN 12/13/2009 6:01PM

    I didn't know about the concerns for your family, Wanda, but I'm so happy that everyone is home, safe and sound, cozy and warm.

Isn't it just an amazing blessing to be surrounded by family? The unconditional love and joy fill hearts to overflowing! Enjoy!


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YOYONOMORE1 12/13/2009 1:39PM

    You are one happy mama hen now, lol. What a nice brother to put up with the cold and let his sis be in where it's nice and warm. Glad they all made it home safe and sound. Enjoy having all your family home, what a joyus season it will be.


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STORMTMB 12/13/2009 10:56AM

    Glad they're all home safe and sound. I know you're relieved and happy as well.

Yeah for warmer temps. I always have to think hard about the C to F conversion to know what your temps really are! I just don't think metric! I know, we're the only people in the world who don't!!!

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