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Picking up where I left off...

Monday, May 30, 2011

We got back home yesterday and I sent an email in to the office to say that I was not going to be in to work this morning. It's been a busy and stressful weekend and I need today to catch up and organize.

Garry's Dad is at the stage of now needing to prepare for his journey "home". Although he was sent by ambulance to Saskatoon from his home town, by the time we headed out we had a phone call to tell us that he was being shipped by to Kindersley hospital and to head there instead.

Apparently there is nothing further that can be done for his Dad. The cancer has appeared now on his one remaining lung, they can no longer operate on anything else as he has had "too many" operations already and his immune system is shot. He is unable to eat and is being fed through intravenous . It is a very difficult time for Garry, his Mom and his siblings. His sister Launda arrived on Saturday and is staying until Thursday and then Fern will be arriving to stay for a bit. The siblings have decided to take turns staying with Garry's Mom for how ever long it takes. No one wants her to be on her own. All of course, are on "alert". Doctors says it could be days, weeks, or months, no way of telling. As harsh as it may sound, we hope and pray that it is sooner rather than later. Your prayers would be appreciated.

My Positives:
Okay, these really are positive pictures! Yes, our son was busy this weekend attempting to get as much done for us as possible before leaving this weekend for up north.
My fourth raised garden bed is done and planted!

Even the raised bed behind the first one has been stained!

My hardwood flooring is getting put in and will be finished today(even bigger bonus) Although we had wanted to do all the painting before laying the new floor, I'm not complaining. We will just have to be more careful.

Thirdly, because Q knew that the closet area that we are "remodeling" needed to be demolished before the flooring could be finished...he went ahead and demolished it for us. (actually saving us some big bucks...bless his heart)

Today, he is going to put in the new gyproc and prep it for painting. He's also doing the electrical for us, which means all we will have to get done is the built-ins installed.

Today Garry and I are both taking the extra day off to just breath.

Have a great day,

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/30/2011 3:06PM

    Keeping Garry's dad and the entire family in my prayers for all their needs, however different they may be. Brings back many memories of my dear dad who passed away in 1979 from lung cancer.
Can't wait to see some after pictures. Hope you are able to get some rest today before started back to work tomorrow.

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YOYONOMORE1 5/30/2011 12:39PM

    Glad you and Gary are back home and that Quinn got so much done for you while you were gone, what a good son. Sorry about Gary's dad, it's so hard to lose our parents, but there does come a point where you just want them to have peace and not be suffereing, I pray that they'll be able to keep his dad comfortable, will certainly continue to pray for all. We did have some funnel clouds touch down in different areas, but none real close to us, all is fine here. Take this day to regroup before heading back to work.


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NJMATTICE 5/30/2011 12:02PM

    Thanks for keeping us updated. I will certainly say some prayers for Garry's dad and family.
How nice that Quinn could give you such a nice boost in your remodeling and gardening endeavors. He's a big help!
Hope you finish out this May in fine style. I can't believe how quickly May flew by! Unbelievable!
Have a restful day.

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Last Friday of May

Friday, May 27, 2011

I just noticed this morning that we are already at the last Friday in May...who stole this month????
Next week we are already in June.

It finally stopped raining yesterday, but so far the skies are still overcast. Suppose to be sunny though this weekend and all of next week. Bring on the sun.

My heart goes out to all those living through the storms in the states. The power of nature is something to behold. It can certainly strip a person down to nothing in no time flat. Makes you really consider what is important and what is not.

My positives:
My troubles are nothing compared to many others.
It's Fabulous Friday once again!
I'm getting a fourth raised garden bed this weekend.
Great news from our insurance adjuster, our deductable and the items we lost in the flooded basement will cancel each other out, so we have no output of money and work will proceed now in putting the basement back together. What a blessing.
Quin has offered to do the demolition work and electrical work required for the conversion of the closet into a functional and useable space in the LR/DR area. We got the quote from Kitchen Essentials for the cupboards and figured let's go for it. With Quin helping us to do some of the work, that brings the cost down even further.
The birds are singing away outside, looks like it's going to be a great weather day!
So many blessings, big, small and in between. Thank you Lord.

Have a wonderful Friday, Hugs,

Thursday challenge : something I'm very proud of:

My girls

My son

I'll come back later and post Friday's Fabulous Moment.

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LEXIE63 5/28/2011 6:05PM

    Love your photos. :-) You all look so happy. :-)
Lex xxx

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YOYONOMORE1 5/27/2011 4:01PM

    I like your pictures of your girls and son, what a nice family you have. It's hard to believe June is almost here, now where is the june like weather, hopefully on it's way. It's been dreary here all day, it's not raining but not sunning either. Enjoy your weekend.


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NJMATTICE 5/27/2011 11:59AM

    Have a fabulous Friday. I look forward to your "fabulous moment" picture.

I'm off to school. See ya later.


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The rain can stop anytime now!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Okay, three days of raining is enough! My plants are watered and now they and I need some sunshine. Weather forecast says we should get some this weekend.

Kaeli stopped over on her way home from work yesterday to pick up some of my "extra" tomato plants to pot and grow and her home. I'm taking in the rest to a co-worker today. Geff and his wife have kindly offered to take the rest of my "extras". Yay!

If you haven't read Nancy's Wednesday challenge picture blog, I recommend stopping by her blog and giving it a read. It is great! This week's challenge has been rather fun to do, thanks Nancy for joining me.

My Positives:
Yesterday was payday, that is always a plus in my world.
A nice visit with Kaeli yesterday, even persuaded her to stay and join Q and I at supper.
Had a quick chat with our granddaughter's Mom. All is well in their part of the world.
No headache this morning.
Keeping a positive attitude.

Have a wonderfully blessed day, smile and appreciate that you are alive.



Wednesday challenge

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Okay, so this isn't exactly what I had planned, but that's okay. I was going to take pictures at work, but forgot my camera at home. So...instead I took some lovely pictures of outside in my back yard in the rain!

This is what my day looks like...rain!

Following Nancy inspiration of finding the positives in the rain, well here goes.

My garden beds are being gently watered by God, saving me from having to come home from a long day at work and tend to the garden.
The garden will flourish with the nice rain (hey, I'm being positive on this one!)

So they don't look like much yet, but give them a couple of weeks of sunshine and rain...and they will look a lot less like dirt and more like something growing *grin*
I'm excited because my hubby and Q are going to build me a Fourth raised garden bed in front of the large one by the fence. They will leave a walk way between the two beds so that I can easily reach everything.

Yes, this has become a typical day for me once I get home from work. Garden, cat and unwinding. Kismet was whining to get outside. When she ran out, she suddenly realized that it was raining and was pretty quick to get back in the house. Crazy cat.

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KNAUGHT61 5/25/2011 6:26PM

    Thanks Wanda. I used to have a white cat. And your garden beds look fantastic, I can't wait to see pictures of them with all the plants grown in.

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Settling in...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Yesterday was a busy day at work. My desk and all my "things" were moved to my new location over by windows that open. Last Friday was the first time in many months that I came home from work without a headache. The decision was made to permanently locate me to that area of our department. I am no longer sitting directly under the lighting system and with being able to open the windows, the air that I am breathing in is somewhat "cleaner". Moving everything was a major undertaking as it resulted in two other people taking the opportunity to move their desks also. We started to laugh as we moved things around, as it's "spring" and this seems to be what our department does every spring...we move things around!

Garry and Q have informed me that they are going to build me a fourth raised garden bed. YAY, and it was all their own suggestion. This weekend will see the construction of it. I will then move all my watermelon plants over to it and give them their own space entirely. Some of the tomato plants that I have planted into pots will now come out of the pots and go directly into the garden space that the watermelon plants are presently taking up. I'm so excited about getting another bed. Now I can retire some of the pots that I have been using.

My Positives:
If you are going to dream, dream big! Look at how my garden has expanded!
My desk and "things" have all been moved to what we trust will be a better location for me at work.
My plants survived the dip in temperature the past couple of nights.
I'm working on being very mindful of my nutrition and as a result feeling healthier.
I am grateful and very appreciative of all that I have been blessed with.

Have a wonderful Wednesday,

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NJMATTICE 5/25/2011 8:53AM

    Nice of your men to jump right into the spirit of healthy gardening.
It's great to have some good helpers to do the "heavy lifting".
Happy Wednesday Wanda!

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