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Sept 11

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Today will always be a day of significance for me. Not only is it a day of Remembrance for 9/11 but it is also a day that I remember my Mom...today is her birthday. Although she is no longer with me...I still celebrate her day.

I just shake my head at all the controversy that is going on right now. When is enough enough? When will we stop creating yet more strife? When will common sense prevail? I understand the deep feelings, the anger, the hurt, the frustration. 9/11 affected all of us, not just Americans. But there comes a time when we need to move beyond that in order to heal. Blaming a whole religion for the actions of some fanatics is wrong on our part, the same as all Americans being blamed for the actions and words of one radical preacher. I agree that the building of an Islamic church at ground zero is very insensitive given what happened, and there needs to be dialog and understanding taking place, not radicalism. Do I have the answers...NO. But I do know that laying the ground for more violence is not the answer. My prayers are for God's people to stop, take a deep breath, and then calmly and rationally begin a dialog inviting God/Allah to be present. We are our own worst enemies. We are the creators, each of us individually, of our lives...so lets create the world of peace that we all want. Let our thoughts and actions be positive. Let's be the change that we want to see in the world. It all starts with each of us making the decision that wars, lack of understanding, hate, negativity is NOT working for us. Let's stop the blame game and start the change towards a better tomorrow. Thank you allowing me to voice my opinion. I know that many will not agree with me and that is their right.


Positive Quote of the Day:

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.
-- Author Unknown



My thoughts and prayers are with you all today as we remember together one of North America's greatest tragedies.

Hugs,|
Wanda

  
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RASLALIQUE 9/11/2010 9:45PM

    Great post. I wish you pleasant memories of your mother today. Have a great weekend!

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MAURIZIA 9/11/2010 7:43PM

    Okay. This needed its own box:

Happy birthday, Wanda's mom. Thank you for giving me such a beautiful and compassionate friend...and a positive role model. Thank you for passing what I'm sure was YOUR generosity of spirit to Wanda...who shares it with me.

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MAURIZIA 9/11/2010 7:41PM

    Wanda, as I commented on Shirl's blog:

AMEN!

One of the memories that most sits in my mind on that 9/11/2001 as I was glued to the television is of the U.S.' longest and most loyal friend, Canada. The Prime Minister, with representatives of your government, gathered and singing "G-d bless America." It was the moment that made me weep that day...on a day when the U.S. was attacked, it was such a supportive, compassionate, and beautiful moment. I never hear or sing that song without that image in my mind.

Thank you, our Canadian neighbors, for standing by us...for fighting with us...for taking care of all those folks who landed in your country that day...This is one U.S. American who holds Canada in a very special space in her heart.

With gratitude.
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RACINGSLUG 9/11/2010 5:44PM

    Thanks for that. Sometimes I just want to scream at the world, ''Can't we all just get along?!!!''

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 9/11/2010 1:21PM

    Thank you for sharing. My thoughts are with you as you remember your Mom. God Bless America.
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JESSYWUV8705 9/11/2010 12:30PM

    I could not agree anymore with you, well said lady..well said.

And I will say a little 'happy birthday' in my prayers tonight for your mother.

Have a wonderful, healthy, and happy Saturday!!

Cheers :)

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/11/2010 11:30AM

    emoticon blog!! I totally agree with you. We need to stop the blame game and start praying before it is too late.
Blessings to you on your mom's birthday!!
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YOYONOMORE1 9/11/2010 9:15AM

    I totally agree with your well written blog. We need to keep praying and working for peace for all people.

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TRACYANNE81 9/11/2010 8:52AM

    Great blog... I completely agree with you! If only people would take a step back and get a better visual of the situation, maybe we could move forward toward something better for our world.

Thanks for being a voice of reason in a time when reason seems to be lost on most.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and my prayers are with you & all SparkPeeps


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Fabulous Friday!

Friday, September 10, 2010

I love Fridays! They are such an exciting day. The end of a work week, the beginning of a weekend! To me, it's just a powerful day! The beginning and the end. I know, silly, but that's it in a nut shell for me.

Today I will take my camera with me and record my visual as required in this week's challenge. Look for the posted completion!

Had a lovely chat with my aunt last evening. It's my uncle's (her husband) birthday today. They are the couple that just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Such an accomplishment.

My positives:
Enjoying reading the book "The Power" by Rhonda Byrne...she is the author of the book "The Secret". So far, I'm finding that the book is basically saying the same thing as her first book, only using a few different words thrown in. But it's a good read, mainly because it is a great reminder of how our thoughts manifest the life we are living.
Making progress on the filing cabinets and cupboards at work. We are beginning the process of packing up things that we won't be needing for the next few weeks in preparation for moving them to the new building.
Yay, no frost this morning! We are supposed to keep having this damp cold weather over the weekend, but I'm praying for some sunshine yet.
My hours will change for the last couple of weeks in October. I won't need to go into work until 7am....woo hoo! Although it will be strange to not have to get up at 4:30 am!
It's a new day, a new opportunity to make wise choices and be happy.

Have a great day, enjoy, celebrate and be happy.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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MAURIZIA 9/10/2010 3:00PM

    Wanda, hope you get some sunshine...but just in case...
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Thursday, September 09, 2010

I finally had to break down and turn the furnace back on yesterday when I got home from work! The temperature in the house was only 16. Even the poor cat was cold. She was all curled up tight in a ball and stuffed amongst the cushions on the sofa.
A miserable day weather wise. Cold and raining, yet again! On the other hand...it was rain and not snow! So there is something to be grateful for. Apparently the next 10 days are supposed to be more of the same...my poor tomato plants...siggghhhh!
I ended up not going to Farmers Market yesterday as it was raining and I was cold. I just didn't feel up to braving walking around in the wind and rain.
Plus side...I was home to receive a call from our son. Woo Hoo. They have been having very cold weather and lots of rain too! But he says the fishing has still been good.

My positives:
A lovely phone call from Quin.
A catch up phone call with Kaeli and hearing all the news about her trip.
I get my hair cut today...no more shaggy dog look!
I'm alive and have another opportunity to be all that I can be!
I'm keeping a positive attitude.
I'm feeling great!
I am blessed.

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

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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YOYONOMORE1 9/9/2010 8:41AM

    Talking with son and a daughter much better than walking in the wind and rain. It got in the 40's here last night. I remember one year right after Labor Day DH and I had gone to Copper Harbor, way up in the Upper Pensuila and it was spitting snow, it isn't often we get snow in Sept. where we are at, thank goodness, but it can happen. Love your positives. Have a good day.

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FOSKED 9/9/2010 7:49AM

    I hear you!, The last couple of days have been cold and rainy here. I am resisting turning on the furnace. In fact I'm resisting even closing the windows. Summer can't be over yet! I have broken down to close the door to the balcony in the evening.

I'm sorry that you have had such a wet summer. That can really get you down. Better put, that can really get ME down. you seem to be able to withstand the blues.

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CIVIAV 9/9/2010 7:21AM

    Sounds like you are looking in the right directions. Congrats on seeing the bright and beautiful in your day! emoticon

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CHELLESDOINGR8 9/9/2010 7:06AM

    Wishing you all the best in your healthy lifestyle journey!!!

Cheers!!!


Michelle :))

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GLOWORM1963 9/9/2010 7:03AM

    Hang in there! Keep up the good work!!

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Almost time to turn the furnace back on!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

It's a bit on the cool side in the house this morning...only registers 17. If the weather doesn't start warming up a bit during the day time, we are going to have to turn the furnace back on. It's too early! Although, I do recall that we did have to turn it on in JUNE for a couple of days.
Time to phone our friend and have him come out and inspect the furnace and see that it is already for the winter. It's much too early in my books, but obviously, Mother Nature and I have different versions of the book! lol.

My positives:

Doesn't appear to have been any frost last night...woo hoo, one more day that my tomatoes are growing.
Made a start on cleaning out filing cabinets etc at work yesterday. No sense moving stuff that doesn't have to be moved.
A good sleep once again last night...yay!
Knowing that I have a warm bed to crawl into each night.
A lovely salad to take for work today.
Some fresh fruit to grab also.
Farmers Market tonight....might have to break down and buy some tomatoes! lol
Going to check to see if there are some nice turnips too. Found a great recipe for "Curry and paprika pickled turnips" that I want to try.
Feeling upbeat and happy.

Life is good, let's celebrate!

Have a wonderful day, keep on enjoying each moment.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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NJMATTICE 9/8/2010 8:19AM

    Boy! The cold is coming upon you fast. You better come visit nice, warm Texas! It doesn't seem that the cold is dampening your spirits in any way. That's a good thing. My personal opinion is that you had better pick up tomatoes this evening. I haven't any subbing positions lined up today, so I'm getting ready to plan a busy day at home. Thanks for the challenge that reminded me that it's a good idea to set a goal daily. I've got another clean/sort goal set up for today. Have a great day. Stay warm.
Love,
Nancy

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JOHNTJ1 9/8/2010 7:25AM

    I Told Joan for months that I thought we would completely miss fall and go right into winter. For the past month I have seen this mass of butterflies, which are beautiful, but are headed towards warmer weather.

Hope you have a great day

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Long weekend is over and it's back to work.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Heigh ho, heigh ho, it's off to work I go!

Next long weekend for Canadians is Thanksgiving weekend in October! I'm sure it will be here faster than we think too!
These next few weeks are going to be crazy for us at work. We close our doors to the library at the end of this month and then will be spending the month of October moving everything to our brand new building! Woo Hoo! We are so excited to finally be seeing 5 years of planning coming to fruitation. We will be doubling our present size to 67,000 square feet. Finally some room! We are not an archival library, so that means that most of our material that we supply to our patrons is "new" material. We will be introducing two new formats when we open our doors on November 1st...Blu-rays and e-Books. We have one of the best Dvd collections going outside of our local video stores. Our collection of Dvd's is presently sitting at 10,000 copies. Something we are pretty proud of for a library. We are excited to now be offering the collection in Blu-ray format to accompany our Dvd collection. We will have more program rooms and our winter programs are already booking up. It will be wonderful to be able to accommodate more patrons instead of saying "sorry, we are full". Yep, it's an exciting time, but also stressful.

My positives:

A great visit with our friends.
Sunshine mostly yesterday...not the predicted rain that was supposed to happen.
A short work week.
A good night's sleep last night, I'm feeling energized this morning. Probably helps that I've had a couple of days off to recharge.
Lots of small green tomatoes on my plants...I'm praying!
God, who loves me and guides me.

Have a wonderful day. To all those heading back into a work week...we are already ahead of the game, only 4 work days this week! lol

Hugs,
Wanda

  


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