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Summer, where have you gone??

Friday, August 13, 2010

Yesterday morning we went in for a meeting at 9:30 am and came out an hour later to find that we thought there had been a time shift. It was so dark outside, it looked like night. The lights had all come on in the building. We had such a down pour that concern for flooding was an issue. By late afternoon the rain had stopped, but started up again during the night. It's still raining very hard outside.

Garry sisters arrive this afternoon for an overnight visit. Sure hope it stops raining so we can still have our planned BBQ...otherwise we will need a change in plans for supper tonight.

I'm looking at my kitchen counter right now, it's showing a lovely display of canned pickles! I managed to get 14 pints of dills done yesterday after work. As I'm off work early today, I might even have the time to get my beets canned!

My Positives:

I'm rediscovered the joy of canning. It's been several years since I've had the time to even consider canning. I'm really enjoying it once again. If the rain ever lets up and the sun comes out again...I might even manage to pull a crop of tomatoes out of my own garden. Those plants are growing like crazy, but the flowers are struggling to produce some fruit for me with all this rain and cool temperatures.
Garry's sisters are arriving for an overnight visit.
So glad out sump pump is working so well, it's been kicking in all night making sure our basement stays dry. All this rain has raised the water tables quite high.
Only a half day for me today at work. Which for most people would be like having the whole day off. My half day finishes at 10:00 am!
It's Friday...Fabulous Friday!
God, who continues to help and assist me through my daily journey.

Have a wonderful day, thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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MAURIZIA 8/13/2010 10:46AM

    Wanda, ohhhh, what memories of my nonna and mom canning veggies - pickling peppers, cucumbers, canning tomatoes, zucchini, corn, beets...so we could have a bit of summer amid winter's cold and snow!! Ahhhhhhh....

Enjoy your visitors...My little Italian nonna would hang a rosary on the clothesline when she didn't want it to rain for an event...as a little girl, it seemed to me it worked every time! :)

Hugs!

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NJMATTICE 8/13/2010 9:28AM

    Nice to have an easy day at work. Getting a head start on your weekend! I'm impressed with your pickling endeavors. Especially since I paid $3.49 for a jar yesterday that will last about a day in this house. Perhaps I should discover the joy of canning. Right now I'm discovering the joy of cleaning. Trying to get all organized for the start of the school year. I got up early this morning and my goal is to make my new wake-up time 5 a.m. and my bed time 9 p.m. Something to aspire to. Have a fabulous Friday and thanks for sharing the good stuff!
Love,
Nancy

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Farmers Market success!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

After an amazing brief rainstorm that came through just as the girls and I were heading to Costco after work yesterday, the skies turned sunny again and the air smelt so clean and fresh.
The girls managed to get all their shopping done quickly and as they headed home, I headed to the Farmers Market. (Side line...I just looked out the window and I see that it is pouring outside once again!) Farmers Market was packed. It is such a popular event, I'm hoping that as it continues to grow that it can find a location that not only provides ample parking, but also indoor facilities so that we can have a Farmers Market year round.
I'm thrilled to say that I not only got some beautiful beets, but a large bag of pickling cucumbers and dill to go with them. Yay, dill pickles coming up and pickled beets as well as plain beets for making borcht this winter.
I just might have the opportunity to get started making my pickles after work today. I do have an appointment at 6pm, so not sure if I'll have enough time prior to the appointment or not and I don't want a late night...so will see.

My Positives:
Lots of little tomatoes beginning to be visible on my tomato plants. Yay!
Successful trip to the Farmers Market.
Nice rain coming down this morning...means I won't have to water the garden today...God has done it for me!
Fresh fruit to take for lunch today.
Life...there's just so many blessings that come my way. Thank you.

Have a wonderful day...be a creator of a positive ripple effect. Brighten your day as well as though around you.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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MAURIZIA 8/12/2010 11:52AM

    Wanda, I so need that ripple today...so thank you!!!

I love farmers' markets! There's a great one near my friend's house on Thursday afternoons...hope to get there one of these weeks!! I do pick up veggies in the CSA in which I bought a share...that I split with a friend since it is upwards of $400 for the share...This week I have lovely early tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh parsley, an eggplant and potatoes...oh, and fresh eggs! Yum! Hope to cook with them tomorrow eve when I'm finally home! Nothing like shopping at those places! Enjoy your veggies!!!

Hugs!

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NJMATTICE 8/12/2010 10:24AM

    Sounds like a delicious shopping trip! Have a great day and thank you for creating that ripple that is sending me on my way.
Love,
Nancy

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Hump day....

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Mid way through another work week already...time sure flies when you are busy and having fun.

Farmers Market tonight, yay. I'm looking forward to making some nice fresh veggie purchases. Hoping that I can pick up some nice beets and get those canned right away. We love pickled beets as well as borscht soup. It will be nice to have all the ingredients at hand this winter and know that they are lovely and fresh, not something I buy in the store and you wonder when they were picked.
The girls want to make a Costco run after work today also. Seeing as Mom is the one with the Costco membership...they need me along too. Always up for some time with my girls. Poor Shy has been feeling ill the past couple of days. She snagged herself a very bad summer cold. It's really affected her sinuses. She had to call in sick for work yesterday they were so bad.


My positives:

Another great night of sleeping last night.
It's mid way through another work week.
Company coming this weekend.
Farmers Market tonight, also one tomorrow night that has different vendors.
Had a good performance review from work. Yay...I still have a job lol
A Positive attitude and a grateful heart.

Have a wonderful day, keep focused on what you want your life to be like. What you think, you can create,

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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NJMATTICE 8/11/2010 8:48AM

    Thanks for the report and the reminder to maintain that proper focus.
Happy Hump Day to you.
Love,
Nancy
p.s. enjoy your outing with the girls!

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Life is good

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Yesterday was a great day, especially for a Monday! Monday's at work, can be very busy...not that it wasn't busy, but things just flowed along nicely.

I came home after work and it was nice enough to sit outside for a bit on the deck and relax. Had an opportunity finally to sit and visit with our son. We've been like two ships passing in the night the past few days. He's been busy as have I.
It was nice to just chat.
Study group last evening was great. Only three of were able to attend, which was still very nice. It will be interesting to see if this becomes the trend.

I have my performance review this morning at work...a great opportunity to sit down with my supervisor and go over my job description and refine it.

Garry's sisters will be arriving around 4:30pm on Friday, spending the night and then heading off to their other brother's on Saturday afternoon. We have all the kids coming over for dinner on Friday also. It should be a great time of having fun.

My positives:
A very energizing and spirit filled study group last evening.
A great sleep and I'm raring to go this morning.
A beautiful lightning display to watch with Garry after I got home last night.
A busy day ahead at work.
Family gathering this weekend.
Life and all that it entails.
I'm grateful for the negatives that come along....without them I wouldn't appreciate the blessings so well.

Have a wonderful day. Thank you for stopping by.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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MAURIZIA 8/10/2010 12:22PM

    Wanda, sounds like a wonderful Monday! What is the study group? I probably missed reading about it in an earlier blog!!

Nothing like spending time with those you love!!

Hugs and blessings!

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YOYONOMORE1 8/10/2010 10:33AM

    I like your positive about the negative, it's true too. Sounds like you had a good Monday, busy, but good, me too. If we didn't have some bumps in the road we wouldn't know how truly blessed we are. Have an awesome Tuesday.

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NJMATTICE 8/10/2010 8:22AM

    Have a great day Wanda. Sounds like you have a full and lively schedule this week. Enjoy.
Love,
Nancy

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CROBINGO 8/10/2010 8:20AM

    Life IS Good. I enjoyed reading your blog and felt your good day. Congratulations!

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August 9

Monday, August 09, 2010

A busy weekend has come and gone. Back to work for another week.

I've made a start on some of my canning. I managed to get 7 pints of pickled onions and red peppers done yesterday. I'm hoping that they are going to taste as good as they look. The recipe called for using cider vinegar rather than pickling vinegar....the smell of cider vinegar was not a favorite in our household! lol
I'm hoping to hit the Farmers Market this week and see if there are perhaps any pickling cucumbers ready for purchase yet or at the very least some carrots.
The Hutterites might have them ready as they seem to always have such beautiful veggies at the market. I figure if I do a little bit at a time, my canning might not be so busy. I'm sure it will be crazy once all my tomatoes ripen, but we'll see.

My Positives:
A start on my canning.
A new day, a new week, to be creative in.
Study group tonight...we missed last Monday evening due to the long weekend.
Health
Family and friends.
Life.


Have a wonderful day. Take the time today to be all the you have been created to be. Be in control of your life.


Hugs,
Wanda

  
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YOYONOMORE1 8/9/2010 10:05PM

    My mom did a lot of canning and I helped her, I loved seeing the fiinshed product all those lovely jars sitting on the shelves and it all tasted so good through the long winter. Enjoy your time of canning. I don't know if anybody else was having trouble today but I could not login and spin the wheel or post on any threads, it seems to be ok now. Hope you had a good study group this evening. Tonight was stamp club for me and it had been a very busy day, I am about ready for bed. Have a restful night.

Hugs,
Shirl

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CROBINGO 8/9/2010 8:11AM

    I haven't canned in years. I was never patient enough for it for the veges but used to make great jam! Very jealous of your skill level to do that and have them taste great when you open them!

Great weekend it sounds like; very productive! Have a great week.

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