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August 23

Monday, August 23, 2010

More rain yet again last night. Temperatures dropped down to only 7 degrees last night. Sure hope September sees us getting some warmer weather and some sunshine! It's hard to believe that summer is on it's way out already.

Yesterday was a productive day for both Garry and I. Garry managed to get one of the doors replaced on the storage shed, as well as a start on repainting the shed. I managed to get some more canning done. Got Kaeli's "pickled garlic" completed and she popped over to pick them up along with a "care package" from Mom! lol

Study group tonight, I'll have to see if I can't sneak a nap in after work today. It's always so much nicer if I'm not yawning all the way through study group!

My Positives:

A decent sleep last night. Although I was waking up lots through out the night, I feel rested this morning.
My family and what a blessing they are in my life.
Seeing my shelves filling up with canning for this winter.
Life in general...it's filled with so many blessings.

Have a wonderful day, thank you for stopping by for a visit.


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MAURIZIA 8/23/2010 3:04PM

    Wanda, what satisfaction there is to that canning, I bet! Sounds so wonderful!

Hope you had a beautiful Monday...We are having rain...and I'm glad you didn't use that "s" word yet!! :)

Hugs and blessings

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NJMATTICE 8/23/2010 11:06AM

    Enjoy your motivated Monday. If you can, would you take a snapshot of those lovely canned goods. I would love to see what I'm missing!
I have never owned a waffle iron. I have never really had a need for waffles. I don't usually eat grains in the morning. Well, the cleanse has waffles for breakfast so I kept my eye out for a cheap waffle iron. I found one for $9.99 and this morning I had homemade, whole grain waffles for breakfast. Almost as exciting as eating your own home canned produce. Waffles today, tomorrow canning. How exciting! Hope to see you around later.

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August 22

Sunday, August 22, 2010

A great day yesterday. Garry filled the truck he borrowed with items to be taken to the dump. He brought stuff from Kaeli and Shy's also. A real good clean-up day.
Shy and I headed out to IKEA for a look see at what is new this year. It's been awhile since we last wandered the store. It will probably be awhile until we go again. Didn't really see anything that excited us, but then again we were just looking, not actually needing to buy anything. We did hit the bookstore though and came home with several new books to read! Once we have both read them, I'll pass them along to our bookmobile for them to add to their collection.

Garry and I were invited out to the girls for dinner last evening. We had a lovely evening and a very nice meal. We stayed for a nice long visit with them before heading home to bed.

Rain again last night, so no need to water the garden. I have some canning that needs to be done today. More bread and butter pickles waiting to be completed as well as Kaeli asked me to do her up a couple of jars of pickled garlic. I also have some zucchini and cauliflower t do up. I'm anxiously waiting to see if my tomatoes will develop enough to do anything with. With the lack of sunshine we've had this summer, I'm hoping that the tomatoes develop!

My positives:

Time with our girls.
I'm amazed at how much I've missed canning and how much I'm enjoying the opportunity to begin again.
The air is much cleaner this morning. The smoke from the fires in BC has lessened.
Some great books to read.
Looking at my shelves of canning and knowing that we have a good start on our winter food supply.
Friends and family.
Positive Blogger teammates that give me the encouragement to continue to check in.
Geff (my early morning co-worker) will be back from holidays tomorrow...yay I don't have to be at work tomorrow at 5:30 am.
Being so blessed.

Have a wonderful serenity Sunday.


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JOHNTJ1 8/22/2010 12:34PM

    Another Plesant Valley Sunday

Glad your weekend is progressing nicley


BR>PS We are cleaning out closets and I am ridding myself of fat clothes

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NJMATTICE 8/22/2010 9:20AM

    Sounds great. Enjoy your day!

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JULZ4784 8/22/2010 9:05AM

    emoticon great blog to start this beautiful Sunday!

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Silly Saturday....

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sure hope the wind changes direction soon. Wow, the amount of smoke hanging over our province is incredible. Everywhere you look it's smoke hanging in the air. Our air quality is very bad. Here I am moaning about the smoke here, I can't imagine trying to breath in BC where the fires actually are!

I'm off to a spend a day with Shyra. Yay...girl time! Garry is off to help Kaeli with some stuff, and Shy and I are doing things together. Love when we both get to spend times individually with our girls.

My positives:

Girl time.
Our friends in BC are safe.
We are cleaning out more "junk" today. Garry has borrowed a truck to haul some big items from Kaeli's and is going to haul some stuff from our house too. Renovations stuff that needs to find a new home!
Lots of little tiny tomatoes on my plants...please Lord...we need some warm sunshine now!
We got our rebate today from Costco and it's enough to once again pay for this next years membership. We haven't had to pay for our renewal for several years now!
A good sleep last night, only woke up twice during the night....woo hoo!
It's the weekend and I am planning on having a great one.

Have a wonderful day, embrace each moment with a positive attitude...at the end of the day, you'll be able to say "AWESOME".


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KNAUGHT61 8/21/2010 12:36PM

    Have a good "girls day" with your daughter, and thanks for the positives, I hope your tomatoes will get big and ripe. Kathleen

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NJMATTICE 8/21/2010 11:13AM

    Have fun with Shy!

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JOHNTJ1 8/21/2010 11:00AM

    Glad everyone is safe!!! I can now just pray for everyone's health and well being emoticon

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No deep breathes yesterday or today!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Our friends arrived safe and sound from BC Wednesday night. It sure was good to see them. They are headed to Manitoba to see family and will stop in here again the September long weekend for one night on their way back to BC.
By yesterday morning the smoke started rolling in to Alberta from BC and by midmorning breathing deep was not an option. The smoke is so thick in the air. At times there was even ash in the air. One of Rod and Hazel's daughters and her family had already been evacuated and the other daughter was on evacuation alert. It is a massive fire burning and threatening the town.
Alerts have been issued throughout Alberta about the air quality, so I can only imagine how bad the air quality is in BC.

My positives:

That our home is not threatened by fires.
Our friends safety.
Having an opportunity to visit and have some laughs.
Time to get my bread and butter pickles canned yesterday.
It's Fabulous Friday and a weekend ahead of me.
That my job requires me to work indoors...especially now with the air quality so bad.
Support and encouragement from those that care about me.
That Kaeli's asthma medication is helping her to breath okay. This smoke filled air is a challenge for anyone suffering from breathing issues.
God who watches over us.

Have a wonderful day,

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FOSKED 8/22/2010 5:29AM

    I used to live in BC, going to the Cariboo for wonderful cross-country skiing holidays. It's terrible reading about the fires there, and that the smoke has even reached Regina. I'm gglad your friends are safe and can only hope that rain this weekend will held to improve the conditions for everyone. Take care!

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MAURIZIA 8/20/2010 1:24PM

    Wanda, glad you had a good visit with friends! Nothing like it is there.

Prayers for all those affected by the fires...and now by the smoke.


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NJMATTICE 8/20/2010 8:28AM

    I'll say some more prayers. Have a fabulous Friday. I'm gonna try to get some work accomplished around the house today. I didn't try to go to the farmer's market last night because I lost my mind and bought vegetables at the store. You can't store TOO much produce if you don't know how to can it! Ah me. Things are going well in my nu-nutrition. (not a stutter, just a being CUTE). Today is day 7. I could stop now, or go for 21 days. I think I'll keep going and see how I feel as I add in some different food stuffs. I'm babbling. Have a lovely day and I hope to see you around this weekend.

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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.


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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!

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