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Night guard...hmmmmm!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Half way through the work week already...time seems to once again be flying by.

Yesterday I had a dental appointment after work. My new night guard was ready for me to pick up and learn all the ins and outs about. Last night I tried it for the first time. As I put it in, I was thinking , oh boy...I'm supposed to sleep with this in my mouth all night! Not that it was uncomfortable, but it was something that was going to take a bit of getting used to. Sort of like starting a new lifestyle...not that it's uncomfortable...just different and requires some getting used to.
The funniest part was having Garry ask me something just after I put it in, and cracking the both of us up when I responded sounding very much like "Daffy Duck". Yep...this is going to be interesting.
As I lay there attempting to go to sleep, I'm thinking...wow, my tongue no longer fits in my mouth, why am I salivating so much, I'm going to drown by morning, this is really tight, and a million other thoughts that seemed to center around my mouth. I figured if it got really crazy, I would just remove it and then sleep through the night...sort of defeats the purpose of the night guard though don't you think Wanda?
Next thing I knew, it was morning and time to get up....hey! I slept through my first night with the night guard! Wow...look at that...I survived and the best part...the muscles in my face and around my jaw joints are relaxed! Now this was worth waking up to. Yep...I'll give it another go tonight...perhaps with continued practice and use, this will become my new way of life.

Just like changing your lifestyle to a healthier one....it takes a bit of adjusting and lots of persistance to achieve the end results you are looking for.

My Positives:
Spending my first night with a night guard in my mouth and surviving!
Seeing the comparisons between adjusting to a new lifestyle and adjusting to anything new in my life...it takes a willingness to make those changes and adjust.
Waking up this morning with a relaxed jaw. It's amazing how much clenching your teeth at night can cause you to start your day off feeling tense.
I'm driving a truck this morning...Garry has sold my Trail Blazer. Another new experience to get used to!
I'm learning to "go with the flow" in so many more areas of my life.
Family, friends and God...such a huge part of my life.

Have an awesome day everyone. Don't sweat the small stuff!

Hugs,
Wanda

  


June 22

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Just after I posted lasted night, our weather system was down graded to Tornado watch from warning. Yay.
We did get some hard rain, but nothing worse. Skies are still overcast this morning and it looks like it's not entirely finished with us yet. I'm still grateful though that we are not dealing with the flooding that is occuring in the southern part of our province. They have gone from drought conditions to flooded conditions in a very short space of time.

It's time to get out the cayenne pepper again and re-do the garden and possibly the deck by the windows. The neighbor's cat made a visit this morning about 4am and our cat was going crazy. Don't you love being woken up about 30 minutes before you actually have to get up! Going back to sleep just isn't going to happen! Oh well...an early night tonight I think.

My positives:
My garden is coming along very well. No sign of the lettuce though, not sure whether is just takes a long time to appear or if the seeds maybe weren't good.
Some rain last night, cooled things off nicely so we could sleep.
Dental appt after work today to pickup my new night guard.
Garry sold my latest vehicle, it will be leaving our possession on Saturday. Although new vehicle to get used to driving for awhile. Not sure what yet, but I'm sure it will interesting.
Garry's brother will be coming from BC this weekend. We'll drive down to Red Deer to meet up with him on Sunday. It will be nice to see him again.
Next week...holiday time! Yay.

Have a wonderful day, keep your eyes and heart open to the blessings that wait for you to acknowledge them each day.

Hugs,
Wanda

  


Running late this morning!

Monday, June 21, 2010

I'm running late this morning, so very short blog.

I can't remember that last time I've misplaced my vehicle keys. I always leave them in the same spot when I come in the house. This morning as I was gathering everything up for work, I noticed that my keys were not where I always put them. Oh oh. Now the mind starts to verge on panic. I check all the places they may have perhaps been placed. Then I begin to think about the fact that I had them with me when we went walking the nature trails on Saturday (I haven't driven my vehicle since Friday...but my house and work key are on the ring). At this point it's time for some assistance! Angels...I need help!
Calm the mind, think back, allow the assistance to come through. Grab Garry's set of keys and go out to the vehicle and see if out of habit I had brought them with me when we went out Saturday evening (Garry was driving). Unlock the door, look around, then check the glove box...Eureeeka! There the little darlings are! Thank you Lord and angels!

My Positives:

Remembering that I only need to ask for assistance from God and the angels and it will be supplied.
A beautiful weekend filled with exercise and family time.
My family.
God.


Have an awesome day, remember you are never alone. There is always support and encouragement ....all you have to do it ask and receive.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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CROBINGO 6/21/2010 9:47AM

    So frustrating when you misplace things. BTW, I don't know if you have used this but I often send up a prayer to St. Anthony (patron saint of lost items). I have found amazingly hard and old things when looking, ususally within an hour, after I reach the point of sending up that prayer. It works amazingly well. (Although it sounds as if you didn't have an hour this morning).

Have a good day!

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Happy Father's Day!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's on SP!

It's looking like another beautiful day out today. The sun is shining and the temperature is rising.

Yesterday, Kaeli picked me up and we spent the day walking. As we headed out to Elk Island National Park, we decided to make a side trip to the Ukrainian Cultural Historical site. It had been a couple of years since we had been there. A great way to spend some time walking. The site is a 5 km walk as you make your way around from the small sod huts that the immigrants from the Ukraine first built on their arrival in Canada to the progression through the years. It's always so much fun, because the people that work at each location remain in character the whole time that you are visiting with them. At first they speak no English only Ukrainian. But it's amazing how much you can communicate. (It helps too that we have a Ukrainian background, so the language is not unfamiliar). As you progress throug h the different homes, schools, stores etc, the English language becomes more common. You still leave 2010 behind you though and enter the 1800's and early 1900's.
From there we headed to the Elk Island National Park and choose a 3.5 km trail that stated would take us 1 to 2 hours to cover. It was called a "kettles and knobs" terrain trail. Okay. We found out what that might stand for as we headed out on the trail...all hills and valleys! We certainly got a great work out. There were lots of different trails to choose from, right up to 5 hours trails, but seeing as we had already done a fair amount of walking we decided to choose a shorter trail this time. We'll be back!

My positives:
Some great walking exercise yesterday.
Time spent with Kaeli.
A lovely evening spent with Garry last evening. Today he is going golfing with some other guy friends... his day to do as he wants.
Girls are coming over this evening and bringing Dad a special cake they have made for him for Father's Day.
Phone call from Garry's sister yesterday to let us know that his brother from BC will be in Calgary next weekend. We haven't seen Lyle for far too long. He will be traveling to Red Deer next Sunday, where we hope to meet up with him.
A lovely day to relax and enjoy my back deck today.

Have a wonderful day, remember that special "Dad" in your life.

Hugs,
Wanda

  


Walking trails...here we come!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Kaeli is picking me up in a couple of hours and we are spending the day doing some walking on the nature trails in Elk Island Park today. I've got my water bottle already and my shoes are ready too! The sun is shining, so promises to be a great day.

We had a lovely evening out last night. We were invited to friends for a BBQ. There were eight of us all together and we had lots of good conversation and laughs. Donna had made three different salads, all of them very good. I had purchased myself a veggie burger to take to put on the grill and then promptly forgot it at home, but no big deal as the salads were more than enough to fill me up. My favorite salad was the Pecan-Pear Tossed Salad. I even managed to snag the recipe for it from Donna...I'm sharing it with you also. Give it a try!

Pecan-Pear Tossed Salad

Raspberry dressing:
2 tablespoons fresh raspberries
3/4 cup olive or vegetable oil
3 tablespoons cide vinegar
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon of sugar (this might be able to be reduced or even eliminated)
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Press raspberries through a sieve, reserving juice. Discard seeds. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine oil, vinegar, sugar, pepper and reserved raspberry juice; shake well.

Salad:
4 medium ripe pears, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons lemon juice
8 cups torn salad greens (mixed salad greens work really well)
2/3 cup pecan halves, toasted
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
1/3 cup (2 ounces) crumbled feta or blue-cheese

Preparation:
Toss pear slices with lemon juice; drain. In a salad bowl, combine salad greens, pears, pecans, and raspberries. Sprinkle with cheese. Drizzle with raspberry dressing. Yield 8 servings.

Hope you enjoy as much as we did.

My positives:
A great evening last night with friends.
A day to spend with Kaeli and getting some exercise in.
The sun is shining.
My garden is coming along nicely. I noticed that my green onions are starting to appear. Not sure about my lettuce though...waiting and hoping!
So far it appears that the cayenne pepper is working on keeping the cat from next door out of my garden! Yay! (I'll wear a mask if I have to redo the sprinkling or I'll get Garry to do it!)
The day lies before me filled with infinite possibilities...I'm planning of making the most of them. Woo Hoo. Life is exciting when we choose to make it our plan.

Have an awesome day everyone. I'll stop back later for a visit on the posts.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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YOYONOMORE1 6/19/2010 6:47PM

    Ummm, the salad sounds delish, thanks for sharing with us. Enjoy your day of walking. A Happy Father's Day wish to your DH. We will be going to DD's for a cookout in the afternoon tomorrow. I got roped into babysitting for my oldest DD today, but I had put supper in the crock pot before I left this morning, then I went Father's Day shopping after leaving her house, not a bad day at all. I was really surprised when the internet was working right when I got on here late today, not counting on it working like this tomorrow. Enjoy this weekend.

Hugs,
Shirl

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DOLLIE6 6/19/2010 10:55AM

    Thanks for the recipe, it sounds wonderful. So glad you are having a wonderful weekend.

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