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August 19

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Our friends arrived safe and sound late last evening. I got a phone call at work to say that they would be arriving late. They had not yet been able to leave on their journey due to the fire situation. The fire was only 3km away and they were all on evacauation notice. They wanted to ensure that their children and grandchildren had a safe place to go and to make sure that what ever they wanted to keep was moved to a safe location. Prayers for our friends and last place of residence are greatly appreciated. The fire that is threatening the town is a huge one and if it jumps the river the town is gone. It is presently burning over 40,000 hectacres. We have many friends whos home are in the direct path.
BC is so dry this season and they have so many out of control fires burning.

We on the other hand have had nothing but rain! This morning, looking out the window...big time fog! There is so much dampness in the air...and the temperatures are cool.

I headed to Farmers Market last evening and managed to pick up more pickling cucumbers, peas, carrots, zucchini and onions. Seeing as our friends were going to be arriving late, I managed to get my bread and butter pickles all sliced up and ready for canning today, I got 3 quarts of dill and garlic pickles done, 3 pints of pickled carrots and a mixed pint of pickles and carrots. Yay! I figure if I do a bit each day....I'll be well prepared for this winter. I divided up my peas and put them into meal size freezer bags and now they are ready. I can't believe how much I am enjoying getting back into canning. Makes me wonder, why did I stop in the first place!

My positives:

Safe arrival of our friends.
Being able to obtain fresh produce and the ability to preserve it for later months.
Having the day off work to spend with our company.
Even though everyone else was snacking late last night...I didn't! YAY ME!
No fire worries in our area. There is a plus side to all the rain we have been having.
Life...God is so good to us.

Have a wonderfully blessed day. I'm off to spend time with our company now.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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MAURIZIA 8/19/2010 10:22AM

  Wanda, do you have a room for me?? All that canning sounds wonderful...yum!

Prayers for those in the fire's path. With all our technological know-how, I often wonder why no one has figured out how to gather water from those of us who get so much of it and transport it to the places that need it. Perhaps because my cousin Tony is an LA firefighter, it's always on my mind with those California flames.

Enjoy your friends!! Blessings!

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NJMATTICE 8/19/2010 9:54AM

    Reading about your canning makes me want to take it up as well. I've never canned. I made freezer jam from an abundance of strawberries, but that's about it. Perhaps I'll set canning as a goal for next August. I'll make a note of that. Thanks for sharing the joy.
Enjoy your company!
Love,
Nancy

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Farmer's Market day

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Farmer's Market day today. We have company arriving also for a couple of days. Thankfully, I'm able to get tomorrow off work, unfortunately, Garry isn't able to get tomorrow off. Oh well. If my company arrives early enough, I'll haul them along to Farmer's Market with me. I want to pick up some more fresh veggies for canning.
I noticed at the last market that there were fresh peas, all ready shelled and in in large bags. I want to pick up some to freeze. I like the freshness of peas that are frozen as opposed to canning them.

My positives:

Being able to take tomorrow off work to spend with company.
Seeing friends and sharing laughs.
Having the ability to can, so that my family will have produce this winter that is healthy for them.
Taking one of my breaks yesterday and walking. It was nice to have a co-worker join me. I have set a goal for myself this year of taking my breaks at work, something that I usually forget to do!
A nice fresh fruit salad for my lunch today.
Life in general. My life is so wonderfully blessed each day.

Have a great day. Take the time to appreciate each moment, you never know what nuggets of blessing each one might hold until you look for it.


Hugs,
Wanda

  
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NJMATTICE 8/18/2010 10:16AM

    I enjoyed envisioning the little pea people peeking out of the plastic bag at you. "Pick me! Pick me!" Enjoy the beauty of the market. I have yet to discover a nice farmer's market. I saw one advertised not too far from me on Thursday evenings. I think I'll check it out tomorrow. I must tell you that Ms. Wood makes accommodations for the vegetarian and vegan types. The cleanse just has you eliminate top vegetarian allergens for the duration. No dairy, eggs, soy, nut, nut butters and seeds. You add more beans and lentils for the cleanse and for vegans you add more starchy vegetables and legumes. It works as an elimination diet as well, so you add those foods back in slowly and carefully noting the effects. She is very accommodating.
Peas are okay. They are not on my specific menu, but they are not on the "don't eat me" list.
Enough food talk. Have a great day. Thanks for the support and I'll keep my eye out for you.
Love,
Nancy emoticon

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MAURIZIA 8/18/2010 9:18AM

  Wanda, have fun at the farmers' market and with your visitors!

I LOVE fresh peas! Got lots of them earlier this season at my CSA! I even eat them raw...love the snap, crackle, pop of them!! Hope they have them today...

I got sweet potato leaves at my CSA last evening...can't wait to find out how to prepare them and what the flavor is.

Hugs!

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ROSE5328 8/18/2010 8:29AM

    Enjoy your day off and the Farmer's Market. I have Friday off and am hoping to hit up our local Farmer's Market.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/18/2010 7:07AM

    ENJOY the Farmers Market. I love going there! Make some wonderful memories with your company and have a great couple of days with them as you count your blessings. Great positives!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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POLLKAT 8/18/2010 7:02AM

    Enjoy the day AND the farmers market. LOVE to go to those. Be blessed

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The early mornings are chilly already!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Temperatures are already beginning to drop overnight. Car windows are covered with dew and there is a nip in the air. Each year, it seems I am less ready to embrace the long cold winter months. Yet, here I dwell, so once again, I will need to adjust my attitude about winter and be grateful for all that winter brings with it. It's almost as much work as choosing a healthy lifestyle! lol

Had a good study group evening last night. It seems like our little group, might finally settle on being five of us. I'm okay with the small group as it allows more time to hear each others thoughts and questions.

My Positives:

Our good friends from BC arrived tomorrow.
I have Thursday off to spend with our company.
Farmers Market tomorrow evening also...yay, I get to buy more fresh veggies for canning.
A busy, but not rushed day ahead of me at work.
Not being rushed this morning...means my day flows better.
The support and encouragement that I receive from friends and family.
God.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit. Have a wonderful day.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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YOYONOMORE1 8/17/2010 6:49PM

    I don't want cold temps, but the last couple days of cooler temps have been so refreshing after all the heat and humidity, but they're saying the heat and humidity will be back towards the end of the week, so me thinks we still have a few more weeks of hot summertime. I also like the smaller study groups, I think you can get more out of it. Enjoy your time with your company.

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MAURIZIA 8/17/2010 9:57AM

  Wanda, if we could trade a few degrees, we might both like the temps! Opposite problem here...and the air is so heavy this morning that I found it difficult to breathe! Worry about all those people with pulmonary disorders and the elderly with this humidity.

Enjoy your guests and the farmers' market! I get to pick up my veggies at the CSA this eve! Always a surprise when I arrive there!

Tossing you big hugs!

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NJMATTICE 8/17/2010 7:39AM

    The short summer will not be kind to those baby tomatoes! Better pick some up at the farmer's market tonight.
I am so grateful to you for your faithfulness to your Spark Team and to me. It is a real blessing; you are a real blessing. Just stopping by your blog each day gives me encouragement to continue to treat myself well.
Chilly burns calories. That's my encouragement to you for today.
Have a great day and enjoy the beauty of the vegetables this evening.
Love,
Nancy

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August 16

Monday, August 16, 2010

I'm on the run this morning. I woke up and almost turned over to go back to sleep when I felt the urge to look at the clock....Yikes my alarm didn't go off! I've slept almost 30 minutes longer than I should have. So this morning is a bit of a scramble to at least get the basics done before heading out the door for work.

My positives:

Tuning in to the nudges that caused me to look at the clock this morning instead of rolling over and going back to sleep.
That despite being rushed this morning...my spirit is at ease.
A wonderful weekend with family and friends.
A great visit with Q's young lady yesterday. Loved the opportunity to get to know her better.
We are suppposed to get sunshine this week....yay!
That I have a job that will allow me a few minutes this morning to complete my sparking duties. I got to go now.

Have an awesome day...
Hugs.
Wanda

  
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MAURIZIA 8/16/2010 11:59AM

  Sometimes our bodies know what they need! Congrats on staying calm...unlike me this a.m. that panicked because I was running late! :)

Thank you for setting an example for me to BREATHE!!!!!

Hugs!

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YOYONOMORE1 8/16/2010 9:05AM

    Wanda, we are so blessed. Have an awesome day.

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Ahhhh Serenity Sunday!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A day to rest and recharge my batteries before heading into a new work week. Although it will be a 4 day work week for me, my day off comes on a Thursday. We have company arriving the evening of the 18th and staying for the day on the 19th, leaving the morning of the 20th. It will be nice to see them and it will put a nice break into my week. Although having to get up on the 20th for work will be strange, as I'll have to be up and gone before anyone else is even awake. It will all work out though.

I had a lovely phone call yesterday from our Nancy. Bless your heart for making my day even brighter.

Our company from the weekend left late Saturday afternoon to head to Red Deer and spend some time with Garry's other brother. It was sure nice to see his sisters.

Another raining looking day outside. We really need some sunshine if I'm going to actually have any tomatoes to pick off all my plants. The tiny wee little tomatoes that are beginning to form now are going to need heat to really become a useful product. I'm so looking forward to making salsa, tomato sauce and canned tomatoes.

My Positives:

A great family visit.
Friends arriving on Wednesday.
A phone call from Nancy.
Shyra got a job that she had applied for at the library. It means that she has a job with enough hours to qualify for benefits. She has been working two jobs at the library, but neither one of them had enough hours in either position to qualify her for benefits. Now, even though she will be still working two positions, one of the positions has more hours. YAY!
As I celebrated my 3 anniversary mark with Spark...it's awesome to know that I am so much further along my journey to health that I was three years ago. Not to my goal yet....but I'm okay with that, cause I'm not where I used to be.
Be blessed with internet access and all the support and encouragement I need.

Have a wonderful Serenity Sunday everyone.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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NJMATTICE 8/15/2010 11:54AM

    Ahhhhhh, I can feel the serenity. Thanks for passing it on. I have spent my morning taking a walk, taking a swim, enjoying a healthy frappe and getting dinner prepared so that my kitchen work is light the afternoon. I wish I could send you some of this warm Texas sunshine for your tomatoes. It's another sunny, sultry day here. Thanks for counting me as a blessing. You know that I consider you one of mine as well. Have a great Sunday. I'm going to chick out this week's challenge.
Love,
Nancy

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JOYCE561 8/15/2010 10:07AM

  Have a great week!

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