Sunday, January 03, 2010
January 3rd...first day of the Positive Bloggers weekly challenge has begun. This is our first weekly challenge for 2010. If you are a member of the team and haven't yet checked it out...now's the time to do it!
We are starting out with some "back to basics"...and will progress through out the year. Let's see if we can't get our participation up from last year. We have only a handful that participate on a regular basis, we have 124 members! I know that not all members are active all the time, and some join for specific reasons and participate in posts and blogs only. Creating the Daily and Weekly challenges are not always easy and it's disappointing when someone goes to all the trouble to create them and then few participate. My suggestion...if you would like to participate but aren't finding any challenges that you would like to do...then let us know. Those of us that create the challenges would be happy to incorporate your ideas. Better yet...volunteer to take over one of the challenges!
When we join together, we support and encourage each other...the Positive Blogging is vital, but so is team participation. Let's make this a successful year for everyone.
Okay...rant is done! lol
Kaeli's bunny, Nevi, is recovering nicely from her fall yesterday. Appears that she may have only sprained her front leg.
Although I'm not thrilled with gaining weight that I had eliminated, I'm excited to learn from the lessons. I need to track faithfully my nutrition and I need to step up my exercise once again. These were great lessons for me to learn. I also learned that by "NOT" weighing myself on a regular basis, I allowed things to get out of control.
I'm back on track.
My Christmas indoor decorations are all down, not all put away in their proper places as yet. I have to wait until the girls move out this coming weekend to have access to the storage area.
We are expecting snow flurries today....that means "exercise". I'll get to burn some extra calories! woo hoo.
I have one more week off work!
Life...I am alive!
Thank you for stopping by for a visit and listening to me rant. I promise tomorrow will be better! lol ( not the ranting, but the attitude!)
Have an awesome Serenity Sunday,
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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????
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,
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