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January 2, 2010

Saturday, January 02, 2010

My first blog of 2010...how odd it feels to be actually writing the year 2010...it's almost surreal.

Well, we survived another crazy busy month of December and now as things slow down somewhat, I am gearing up for an exciting new year. Not sure exactly why this new year feels so full of anticipation, but it does.

We brought in the New Year with wonderful friends that we have known for almost 30 years. Even though we live so close, it seems we only manage to get together a couple of times a year. Their lives are busy and time just slips away from all of us. It was so nice to just sit around and visit and then watch the celebrations and countdown on TV at midnight. Quin and Shy were out ringing in the new year with friends, Kaeli was home with us. Although, Quin and Shy did "text message" us at midnight to share in the celebrating.

Today we will dismantle all the decorations in the inside of the house and pack them away until next year. We are doing this earlier than usual this year, usually we leave them up until after Ukrainian Christmas on Jan 7th. Not sure why we aren't leaving them up, but it just feels like it's time to get the house back into some organization before work and schedules begin to overload us all again. Decluttering, perhaps!

My Positives:
My word is chosen for 2010, Encouragement.
I'm getting back into being focused on my goals again.
We have had a wonderful family time over the holiday season.
I'm excited about the whatever 2010 has to bring to us.
My cousin will be coming home from Afghanistan for 3 weeks family time in 24 days, even though he will be heading back again, it will be nice for his immediate family to have him home again. What a blessing the internet is for being able to keep in touch.
Our family has a project laid upon our hearts that we are excited about. This next year will be spent in assembling all the items that we know we will need.
My Positive Bloggers team and Sparkpeople for all they represent in my life.

Thank you for stopping by, have a wonderfully blessed day. It's Silly Saturday...so take the time to share a laugh, a giggle or a smile with those around you.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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NJMATTICE 1/2/2010 6:33PM

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Loved the update and photos that you sent. I am so grateful for having completed a "positively fabulous" year. I know that this year holds that same promise for fulfillment. Thanks you for the continued encouragement. I hope to return the favor in this new year.
Lots of love and gratitude,
Nancy

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STORMTMB 1/2/2010 3:29PM

    Wanda,

I hope that we can be an Encouragement to you as you are an Encouragement to all of us! Have a wonderful day!

Tina

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EARTHSEAME 1/2/2010 2:15PM

    Encouragement is a great word. Have fun with it!
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MAURIZIA 1/2/2010 12:11PM

  Wanda, happy 2010! What hope we have on the 1st day of a new year! And how times have changed as the years change! I remember thinking I'd be retiring in 2015...not anymore! Hehehehe...

Looking forward to another wonderful and POSITIVE year...CONNECTING with you...ENCOURAGING and receiving ENCOURAGEMENT from you!

Hugs and blessings!



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We are almost there!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2009 is almost over, our first decade in this new century! WOW.

I usually don't remember exactly what I was doing on New Years 10 years ago, but perhaps because 2000 was such a significant year that is why the day is so marked in my memory.
So much hype took place as to whether or not the "world" systems would crash. Was the world as we knew it going to end. Amazing, we are still all here and going strong.

Now the next so called world catastrophe is 2012...the Mayan calendar ends. I don't believe the world will end, but I do believe there will be major shifts and changes that will take place. They are already starting and having been in place for some time now. The next years will be interesting and hopefully mankind will make wise choices in all aspects of their lives.

So instead of "worrying" about things that are not yet come, I will take the gift of each day that I have in the "present" and I will concentrate on being the best that I can be. I will do my best to make wise and healthy choices not only for myself, but as much as possible for my family and for Mother Earth. I will do my best to cultivate a loving, caring and positive attitude towards others as well as myself, I will take the gift of each day of life and learn to express gratitude and joy for the blessing and opportunity to be alive and grow spiritually. I will be the change that I desire to see in this world.

We have a new decade before us, let us all work to make it the best decade yet!

My positives:
Being blessed with a deeper understanding of what it means to be creator of my own life circumstances.
Having my family around me.
This past decade of learning personal as well as spiritual truths.
My relationship with God.
Connecting with others who share the same desire to become all that we have been created to be.
A healthier me, mentally, physically and spiritually.
The opportunity to "plan" ahead, but the knowledge to know that "today" is the only guarantee that I have been given.

Wishing all who stop by a wonderfully Blessed 2010. Let today be the day that you commit to honoring the life you have been given. Thank you for taking the time to stop by for a visit. I look forward to sharing a new year of growth and success with you.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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BUSYBRE 1/1/2010 5:51PM

    Nothing wrong with some major changes in the forecast for us all - nice sentiment!

The Mayan calendar like ours allows a page be turned at the end so to begin again.

Happy New Year to you as well Wanda - hope your holidays have been both restful and invigorating at the same time!

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CROBINGO 12/31/2009 8:07AM

    Great blog and so true! Thanks.

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EARTHSEAME 12/30/2009 3:06PM

    emoticon for a beautiful and inspirational blog!

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STORMTMB 12/30/2009 11:21AM

    As a technology geek, I can tell you that many problems WERE avoided because of the re-writing of our systems. I was personally on such a project at the State Farm Corporate HQ. I do know of systems that went down because they were missed/not updated. No serious crises, but it did cause the IT people the world over to look closer at the code they were writing. We still consider" Y2K issues" to be avoided when establishing new programs today, a decade later! The moral of the story is that we (IT people) learned from the mistake of being too short-sighted.

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WORKINGSTIFF 12/30/2009 10:27AM

    Y2K...now we look back and laugh!

Hard to believe a decade has already gone by. I'm with you-worry gets us nowhere. Looking outward and upward is the way to go.

Best to you this Happy New Year!

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CMR132 12/30/2009 10:18AM

    What an inspiring blog! I too do not believe that the world will end, but I do believe there will be major changes. As I get older and the years go by I recognize what is most important and I feel if everyone took that into consideration,we could solve all of the worlds problems! Anyways, thank you for inspiring and making my day a little brighter!

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Dec 28th

Monday, December 28, 2009

It felt so strange to lie in bed this morning while Shy and Garry got up to go to work! I was going to get up, then thought...I never get to just lie here, so that is what I did.
I'm not sure if I'm enjoying not going to work yet or not...I'm so used to be up and already at work for a couple of hours at least before anyone else even thinks about getting up. So why am I not enjoying this holiday time more....hmmmm, great question. So many possible explanations: my mind and body have forgotten how to just relax (I find myself still thinking about work related things), it's a habit, getting up at 4:30/5:00 am, I'm out of my comfort zone...my routine is not the same, maybe I'm worried that I will get used to not going to work and really enjoy it when I know that I have to go back to work, I like knowing what is going on at work...it has become a way of life. WOW....some stuff to consider here. Who knew having holiday time could create so much deep thinking!lol

I have enjoyed the opportunity though to complete some tasks at home. I have decided to start a new tradition. Because of my job and December being such a busy month both at work and at home with birthdays, Christmas etc., I found the past couple of years that I was just feeling so much pressure about getting Christmas letters and cards done and they were getting later and later to the point that last year it became a "New Year's" letter instead of a Christmas one. I decided that instead of Christmas letters and cards, I am going to enjoy the relaxed time after Christmas and create a New Year's letter (a year in review of our family) and send those out. Tremendously easy to do with the assistance of computer equipment and the aid of all the email addresses that I have for family and friends. For those whose email addresses that I don't have...well then, I need to print the letter out and mail by snail mail. It works! I love it. I'm excited about making this decision and so far the response that I've received back from friends and family has been great.

My Positives:
I've chosen my "word" for 2010, actually my word chose me! ENCOURAGEMENT.
New Year's letter is done and all sent to my email addresses, and as soon as I get more ink for the printer...the snail mail ones will done also.
I'm on holidays...I will learn to relax!
A wonderful Christmas celebration with family.
Dinner out last night with two couples from Garry's work.
Although Garry sold my vehicle (sob!), I have another one to drive. It's the nature of Garry's business...I never have the same vehicle for long, so now instead of my wonderful Rendevouz (or as I called it the "wandavous), I will have a TrailBlazer to drive for awhile.
I am so Blessed.

Thank you to all who stop by for a visit. I am trusting that you have enjoyed the Christmas celebrations and are looking forward with anticipation to an awesome 2010.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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STORMTMB 12/28/2009 11:42AM

    I have also gone to a New Years letter. This year was just too hectic, so I decided it was just not that important. Now I can relax and think about what I want to say/share with my friends. Have a relaxing week off.

Tina

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Another Christmas has come and gone.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

It's now December 27th and another Christmas has now come and gone. What a lovely Christmas it has been. All our children were home once again to celebrate with us. Each year I think, this could be the last year that we are all together in one place, and each year, we get blessed with one more day of togetherness!
Now that all the hussle and bussle of getting ready for December 24/25 is over for another year, we begin to settle down into a less hecktick routine. We have some get togethers still with friends, beginning with this evening's dinner and dessert. Then carrying on to a dinner with Garry's co-workers and my brother and SIL. But those will not be me doing the preparations, so much more relaxed.
We have the girls to move yet around the 9th of January, so some big things going on as yet. At least this move, there are lots of friends to help out, so should go quickly. We are just trusting that the weather will be a bit more co-operative than the minus 40 when Kaeli was moving home!
Garry is already planning his next reno project in the house. He wants to put down hardwood in the computer/craft room. He figures it's a smaller space and he can gain his experience in there before tackling the big area of the livingroom/dining room. I'm hoping to get the ceiling and walls painted first in the livingroom/dining room before we start any flooring. Which means, I'm hoping that it doesn't take place until spring at least, when I can open some windows and keep the place aired out while the painting occurs! lol

Hope that everyone has a wonderfully blessed Christmas and that we are all geared up for a wonderful 2010.
PS...I've chosen my word for 2010 (and it's actually a single word, not a phrase this year!). My word just popped out at me one day as I was reading a post. It was like there were neon lights flashing all around it and I knew it was my word for 2010. "ENCOURAGEMENT". Woo hoo, I like this word. I'm planning on making a sign to place in my work place at work also as a reminder. I'm excited about my word...have you chosen yours yet????

My Positives:
One more Christmas will all my children at home.
A quiet and peaceful time with friends and family.
Getting outside yesterday and spending shoveling time with Kaeli. We shoveled the back deck off...what a job that was...almost 18 inches of snow that had packed itself down.
Dinner out tonight.
My word chosen for 2010.
I'm enjoying holiday time still...I don't have to go back to work until January 11th. WOO HOO!

Thank you for stopping by for a visit. I'll post the weekly challenges once again after New Years. One more week of freedom for you all! lol

Have a fabulous day,
Hugs,
Wanda

  
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STORMTMB 12/27/2009 4:10PM

    I have chosen my word "Now" and the acronym No Opportunity Wasted. I am really excited about having a word for the year. I agree that Encouragement certainly fits what I know of you!

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YOYONOMORE1 12/27/2009 3:51PM

    Wanda that's a good word for 2010. I haven't chosen a word yet, will have to think some more about it. Glad you had such a wonderful family time at Christmas. We enjoyed our family time yesterday. Enjoy the rest of your gatherings.

Hugs,
Shirl

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MARLA7 12/27/2009 12:55PM

    Wanda - I'm glad all your children could once again be home for Christmas. Mine were too! That meant more to me than any beautifully gift wrapped package. The joys of being a Mother! Glad you have time off from work! How nice. Enjoy your holiday! Love, Marla

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MARLA7 12/27/2009 12:55PM

    Wanda - I'm glad all your children could once again be home for Christmas. Mine were too! That meant more to me than any beautifully gift wrapped package. The joys of being a Mother! Glad you have time off from work! How nice. Enjoy your holiday! Love, Marla

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/27/2009 12:55PM

    So glad you were all able to be together for Christmas. Encouragement...what a great word for 2010!!! Enjoy your vacation and the rest of your parties. Love your positives!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/27/2009 12:55PM

    So glad you were all able to be together for Christmas. Encouragement...what a great word for 2010!!! Enjoy your vacation and the rest of your parties. Love your positives!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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Dec 23

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Okay, so my holidays were supposed to start today....well, with luck they will, only a bit later than I had hoped.
Too much yet to be done at work that needs to be done before year end. I will head in this morning and hopefully be done by noon at the very latest.
First I need to shovel my way out! This snow just doesn't want to quit!

My positives:
I'm getting some much needed exercise with shoveling snow.
Although I have to delay the start of my holidays, I know I will enjoy them so much more knowing that I have completed what needs to be done.
Still time to finish off Christmas preparations. Besides Kaeli is a huge help.
Tomorrow is our big celebration. We celebrate the Ukrainian traditions of our big meal on Christmas eve. (Only we use Dec 24th instead of Jan 6th)
So blessed.

Thank you for stopping by. I'm not sure that I will get any computer time tomorrow so I will wish you all a Very Merry Christmas, be safe and enjoy the blessings of the season.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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STORMTMB 12/23/2009 9:51AM

    Merry Christmas to you as well. Enjoy the time with your family.

Tina

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CMR132 12/23/2009 8:38AM

    Merry Christmas to you too!!!!!!

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YOYONOMORE1 12/23/2009 8:29AM

    Enjoy!

Shirl

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FCASTELO 12/23/2009 7:18AM

    merry xmas

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