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We need rain!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The wild fire just north of us has once more been whipped up by the winds and is out of control again. The crews that have been battling it are exhausted and frustrated as the ground is so tinder dry and all that they are doing seems to be of little effect. The smoke that is hanging in the air makes it difficult to breath when one is outsidefor any length of time. There have been rain clouds gathering for the past couple of days, but they seem to just float on by. Maybe today, as they seem darker and more plentiful.

Yesterday when I got home, I spent time transplanting some of the lovely plants I had purchased into their new pots and summer location. Ran out of dirt and was too tired to go and get some more. Called Garry and asked him if he would bring some home on his way home from work. Yep, he remembered. So today, I will finish my job. If there is enough dirt, I will even get my potatoes planted in the containers that I plan on using. I'm actually very excited about the potatoes.
Nothing tastes better than a freshly dug potatoe!

My positives:
Love the sun, but we really need some rain...a good soaker rain.
How I've gone from a person that really had no interest or desire to do gardening, to someone who is planning gardens, planting gardens and attempting to grow things outdoors. THANKS BRE!
A good sleep last night.
A long weekend coming up this weekend....YAY...if all goes as planned...my raised garden bed will be finished and planted.
Life...it's filled with wonders, all you have to do is be open to receiving them!

Have a wonderfully blessed day,
Hugs,
Wanda

  
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MAURIZIA 5/18/2010 3:43PM

    Wanda, isn't life amazing if we are only open to the new things it brings to us! Enjoy your gardening...since I don't have a home of my own, hope you don't mind if I live vicariously through you! I can't wait for the CSA in which I bought a share starts to produce fresh & organic veggies!! So exciting!

Hugs! Praying for rain!!!

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KSNICKER 5/18/2010 7:29AM

    Good Morning Wanda,
Hope you get some rain that you need to help with those fires.
And Woo hoo on that garden you've got going. Andy just brought in a few potatoes from his garden yesterday. Not many but enough for the two of us to enjoy. We are still having problems trying to grow in this sand. LOL He too has been making raised boxes to grow in. It's working out very nicely too. I'll think of you when I'm eating these potatoes. lol Have a wonderful day.

Hugs

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CEPEARL 5/18/2010 7:27AM

  Enjoy your garden.. I pray that it will rain for you soon............ Stay Positive!!!!!!!!

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Moving a little more stiffly this morning!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Both Garry and I are moving a little more stiffly this morning...yesterday, actually the whole weekend saw a lot of yard work accomplished, with Garry ending up doing the bulk of the grunt work. Bless his heart.

Yesterday saw us both making multiple trips back and forth carrying quarry stone block (each weighing 33 pounds). We carried a 100 pieces to the back yard and are now ready for this week's work of leveling the ground and installing what will be my new raised garden bed. We will then have to fill the whole thing with dirt and get my garden planted, with God's grace, this coming long weekend. It will be so nice to get that project all finished and begin to enjoy the fruits of our labor.

We had all the kids home last evening for a BBQ. Quin's girl friend and Shy's "gentleman" friend joined us also. Quin and Kaeli had spent the day in the garage constructing a portable rabbit run for Kaeli's rabbit. Now she will be able to let her run around outside at times. I've a feeling that we will see it set up in our backyard more often than not...but we are okay with that.

My positives:
Seeing ideas and dreams beginning to take place...I thought about having a garden, I dreamed about and now it is in the process of being built! YAY!
A husband that may groan as I come up with all the projects and dreams, but works hard to help me make them happen.
Having the kids all home for suppers and visits.
Another busy week ahead of me at work, I will attempt to get on the computer as much as possible after work. Usually after a whole day of working on a computer screen...my eyes are very tired...but I don't like missing out on what everyone on the team is up to either! lol
The entrepreneurial young man that stopped by our place last evening and wanted to know if we would like our front lawn aerated...what a blessing for Garry! It saved him a chore.
God who so abundantly blesses our lives.

Have a wonderful and successful day,
Hugs,
Wanda

  
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BUSYBRE 5/18/2010 7:54AM

    if my calculations are correct - that's 3,300 lbs you & yours lifted! Isn't gardening great! It's THE most expensive hobby I've EVER had! lol Glad you are enjoying it. It is one of the most rewarding ones as well - so very well worth it.

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CAROLYN0107 5/18/2010 3:13AM

    I have lots of flowers in my yard, but they are on bushes and bloom year round. I don't garden. A High School boy comes over sometimes on Saturdays and trims my bushes.

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CAROLYN0107 5/18/2010 3:13AM

    I have lots of flowers in my yard, but they are on bushes and bloom year round. I don't garden. A High School boy comes over sometimes on Saturdays and trims my bushes.

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MAURIZIA 5/17/2010 2:54PM

    Wanda, that kind of stiffness is so gratifying, tho', don't you agree? Great job! Can't wait to see photos of the finished product!

Hugs and blessings!

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TBONE13 5/17/2010 7:45AM

  NO PAIN NO GAIN !!!

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JUSTA123 5/17/2010 7:28AM

    There is something so relaxing and rewarding bout working outside. Sounds like you had a great week-end emoticon

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Where did the weekend go!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

It's Sunday already and I'm not sure where the weekend has gone. Yesterday seem to whiz by so quickly. What with catching up on housework, spending time with the girls at the greenhouses, attempting to catch up with all my computer stuff...it quickly disappeared.

I did manage to get some lovely new plants though at the greenhouse. I purchased some complete different things this year to try out. I got me some Passion flowers, dahlias and some other smaller fill in plants. Some plants that will spread out and provide some ground cover etc. Today we will get them planted if possible.
Garry did lots of yard work yesterday as I trapsed around with the girls at the greenhouses. We decided last night that the location we were going to put the raised garden bed really wasn't going to work, so we worked out another different location that we think will work much better. If it turns out to be not sunny enough this year, we'll still have a great place to put flowers that need only partial sun. It's a wasted spot in our yard that has had us trying to think of a use for for years. Now it will finally have a use. There will be much digging going on today and hopefully by next weekend it will complete and ready for planting. We are going to have to haul in lots of topsoil, but we would have had to anywhere we put the garden.
I put my tomoto seedlings outside this weekend and they are thriving nicely. I'm very hopeful that I'll see some great results. I moved several of my indoor plants outside once again and they are so happy to be getting some sunshine!

My Positives:
Time spent with the girls yesterday.
Family time again today.
A final decision made on where the garden will be located.
New plants...I love this time of year where you see all the flowers and new life appearing.
Sunshine and a lovely back deck to sit on and enjoy it in.
Grateful for the friends and family that we have, the support and love we get from all of them.
Being the creator of my own life and how I live my life. What a wonderful blessing to be able to choose our attitudes!

Have a wonderfully blessed day, take the time to appreciate all that you have and all that "don't" have. Life is meant to be wonderful.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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NJMATTICE 5/16/2010 9:48PM

    Hi Wanda!
I just read up on your last few days. Sorry about your friends loss. Glad that you had a fun evening out. And sounds like things are getting warmer up there in the Great White North. There are subbing positions coming out of my ears. I subbed full days every day last week and I've got a job lined up for tomorrow as well. (traveling monies!) Tim is also very busy and was out of town for four days last week and left again yesterday morning for 9 more days. Nutty! I read this weeks challenge and will try to keep up with it. Thanks for keeping the positive energy flowing.
Love,
Nancy

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MAURIZIA 5/16/2010 7:59PM

    Ah, Wanda, when my time is short I do miss your blogs...Now this one brings joy to my life - it must be spring if you're gardening!! :)

Hugs!

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What a fun evening...

Saturday, May 15, 2010

We had a great evening last night. We ended up going to our friends for dinner before heading out to the Roxy theatre to watch Mump and Smoot. It was such a lovely evening that we ate our dinner out on the patio. Mump and Smoot lived up to their reputation and provided lots of laughs. It was a "workshop" production, so a work in progress with audience feed back at the end of the show. The girls and their friends, as well as our friends enjoyed the show also.

It's massage day today. My monthly massage treatment. I am looking so forward to it. It's been a long week of sitting in front of the computer at work and my shoulder muscles and lower back are feeling the effect. It will be nice to have Wendy work on releasing some of those knots.

Once I get home, we are going to make a start on building my garden bed so that I can get my plants and seeds into the ground. I'm so looking forward to some success this year. My little tomato seedlings are growing nicely...just hope that I didn't start them too late and that I will get some tomatoes of of them before the season becomes too cold once again. Oh well...living and learning the ways of being a gardener.

My Positives:
A beautiful sunny day in store of us.
Hopefully making progress on my garden area.
A wonderful time with family and friends last evening.
My much looked forward too massage this morning.
Being a live and being so blessed.

Have a wonderful silly Saturday, I'll catch up with you all later. Enjoy the opportunity to laugh and be happy.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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BUSYBRE 5/15/2010 10:01AM

    Enjoy your massage. I loved your reference to 'human tetris' in your last blog - I live in a small condo and I'm spring cleaning so it resonated for me. Thoughts are with your friends family as well.

I might have planted my tomatoes too early ... they are chomping at the bit to get out and it's still too cold - yikes! Good Luck with yours and with your ever-expanding garden! I say plant lots - somethings are bound to grow really well. Have a great weekend.



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JOHNTJ1 5/15/2010 9:49AM

    Our Saturdays mirror each other except I am getting a manicure instead of a massage. Joan says I need to manicure myself because I am in the public eye so much due to my work lol

Have a good Saturday emoticon

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KATEPRUDE 5/15/2010 9:17AM

  Sounds WONDERFUL! Have a great weekend!

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Sad day yesterday

Friday, May 14, 2010

After writing my blog yesterday and before leaving for work, I checked my home emails. One subject line caught my attention and I immediately opened it. My heart ached and the tears flowed as I read the email.
A dear friends youngest son had died the night before as a result of a quading accident. Jordan was only 21. I won't go into further details, but if you would keep Louise and Brian and family in your prayers, it would be appreciated.

Space is at a premium now in our department. We have multiple carts of books lined up waiting to be received, processed and catalogued. In some cases then to be re-boxed as they are material for the new library. It's like playing human tetris as you come into our department. It's exciting at the same time it's overwhelming. We are on countdown now to the big move. September 17th we receive the keys to our new library and then we close the month the of October at our present location in order to make the move. It will be so nice to have space once again. Our new library will be double the space that we have now. It will be almost 64,000 sq feet! Our library is so well used and our patrons are just excited as we are. Our bookmobile has finally after a year of retro-fitting, got it's new bus on the road. This bus lowers to the ground and also has a ramp to accomodate those in wheelchairs, with walkers or Mom's with strollers. They have now added in some of the Senior's homes as well as some of the daycares. They have gone from operating 4 days a week to 5 days with more stops included in each day. We are expanding!!!

My Positives:
I can hug my kids each day and tell them I love them.
Mump and Smoot ....an evening of entertainment tonight.
Dinner out with friends.
It's Friday!
Massage day tomorrow.
Working on getting my raised garden bed created this weekend.
Although I had trouble falling asleep last night, I am wide awake this morning.
My life is blessed in so many ways.

Have a wonderful day, keep on moving forward towards your goals...you are worth it!
Hugs your loved ones today.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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CROBINGO 5/15/2010 8:28AM

    I will keep your friends in my prayers. Also, when I read about your work, I so enjoy it (love the comment on human tetris as I could totally visualize it). Sounds very exciting!

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ROSE5328 5/14/2010 1:25PM

    Your friends, as well as you, are in my prayers.

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DOLLIE6 5/14/2010 9:42AM

    I will pray for your friends.
I know you will enjoy more space.
Keep on Sparking.

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BLUEGOOSE2 5/14/2010 8:10AM

  How very sad. You and your friends will be in our prayers.

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JOHNTJ1 5/14/2010 7:40AM

    It never ceases to amaze me how we seem to only stop and appreciate all that we have when tragedy occurs. I include myself in this observation.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your friends.

Love

John

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MAURIZIA 5/14/2010 7:31AM

    Wanda, I will keep your friends...and you...in my prayers during this time of grieving. :(

The new library soounds so exciting! I usually buy my books (my OCD about not knowing who held the library book last) but a friend loaned me books on CD and I love listening to them in the car...so this weekend I'm registering at the local library...and to think it's at the top of my street! :) No excuse...plus I'll add steps to my days!

Asking G*d to hold you all in His hands.

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TLGREIG 5/14/2010 7:25AM

    They are in my prayers! Hope that you have a good weekend!

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TBONE13 5/14/2010 7:23AM

  IN MY PRAYERS FOR SURE !!

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