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500 spark points on the wheel today!

Monday, August 08, 2011

I think that this is about the third time that I have had the 500 bonus points on the wheel...today I've treated myself to a virtual treadmill! Woo Hoo...walking it is.

It's back to work for me today. I have to wake Garry up in a little bit to drive me as we are down to one vehicle. Will have to do that all this week for sure. I am going to be walking home though. It will take me almost an hour to walk home, but look at the exercise I can get in. Wednesday might be the only day that is if for walking as "rain" is forecasted.

I got all the celery cleaned out of my garden and diced up. Popped 1.5 cup into vacuum seal bags with my food saver and now they are all in the freezer waiting the making of winter soups and stews. I got 14 cups all total done. I will have to plant more next year, but thrilled with my first attempt at growing celery. Hope to make a start on the beets in the garden this week. I made Raspberry (no sugar added) freezer jam yesterday afternoon. Used up all the raspberries that we brought home from Garry's mom's. I got 8 pints. Kaeli is bringing over all of the fresh picked apricots that she brought home from BC and we are going to turn that into jam also. I love the jams that you don't add tons of sugar to. This way I feel better about serving them to my family.

My positives:
Garry sold his car.
Raspberry jam all made as well as all my celery preserved for the winter.
A short work week, as I have Friday and Monday of the following week off.
Apricot jam making this week and beet canning.
My house is slowly becoming organized once again. Things are being moved back into their proper places after the renovations are nearing completion.
Opportunity to walk home from work today. Yay, some exercise to add to my day.
A new day, new opportunities.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

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MAURIZIA 8/8/2011 2:56PM

    Oh, Wanda, all that preparation of fruits and veggies are making me hungry!!! I miss having time (and an arm) to cook! This job takes too much of my time...

Woohoo! on the spark points!!!


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TRYINGTOLOSE64 8/8/2011 7:43AM

    I've never seen that on the wheel.

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My last day of holiday time...

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Today is my last day of holiday time, tomorrow it is back to work. Although, it will be a short work week as I have Friday and the following Monday off as part of my holiday time also, so two short work weeks in the making.

The long weekend that I have booked will be a weekend of canning, as much of my garden will ready to process. YAY. I will need to buy my cucumbers for pickling as we have had so much rain this year that they did not do well over the long haul. But that is okay as most things in my garden did very well. I am going to attempt to dig up my pepper plants and transplant them into pots that I can take into the house as the weather cools. They are doing well, just need more growing time. They haven't had the sun that they needed to produce peppers, but the plant is very healthy. Hoping to buy them some time by putting into pots to bring indoors. I hate to disturb the roots, but the alternative is they die from the cold anyway so not much of a choice.

My cold storage room is all finished and I'm thrilled to have it. We are building shelving in there now to hold all my canning and such.
Purchased the lower cabinets for the built in area in the LR/DR yesterday and we will assemble them and get them installed. We are doing a "pay as you go" with them as I hate owing money on anything. So will take us a bit longer than we had planned, but that is okay. The money that we had set aside for them needed to be used while Garry was traveling back and forth to Saskatchewan...a worthy cause also.

My positives:
I have greatly enjoyed my time off work...yep...definitely could get used to being at home full time. Still working towards that goal.
A lovely visit with Kaeli last evening. It was great to catch up on all her news and find out news from family and friends that she was able to visit with on her holiday.
Garry sold his car yesterday...a nice bonus...we will be down to one shared vehicle for a bit.
Lots of tomatoes on my plants, we just need some nice sunny days in a row to help them ripen.
God, who blesses our family with so much abundance.

Have a wonderful Serenity Sunday.

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NJMATTICE 8/7/2011 12:26PM

    Sounds bountiful. Hope that you are able to ease back into work tomorrow. Nice that you have a short week. That will help ease the transition. Enjoy your Sunday.

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LEXIE63 8/7/2011 10:04AM

    Wishing you some tomato-ripening sunshine! :-)

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It was a dark and stormy night...

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Wow, did we have a thunder boomer come through here. It started about 2:30 am with raise you off the bed boom and continued with massive lightning and thunder up until about a half hour ago. It's 8am and I have to have the lights on in the kitchen due to how dark it is outside!

Garry had to head out in the storm to pick up Kaeli from the bus depot in the city. She was on her way back from BC. He's still not home, so not sure if the bus was late or if they maybe stopped for some breakfast.

I have to head out in a few minutes as my monthly massage treatment got changed to this morning. Yay!

My positives:

Kaeli will be coming over this evening so we can catch up on all her news.
Seems like the thunder and lightning might be over now.
Sump pump is working great...for which I am glad as the rain has been really coming down.
My cold storage room is all completed and now I can begin moving things back in there and get my canning supplies all unpacked for use.
God has generously watered my garden for me once again. Although I won't have any fruit off my apple and pear trees this year, they seem to have weathered the transplanting to my back yard fine. So maybe next year I will have some fruit from them.
Being blessed with a warm and dry home.
Being alive to enjoy a new day.


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LEXIE63 8/6/2011 4:52PM

    I do love a good storm, but recovering from a disturbed night can be ... interesting ... :-)
Enjoy Kaeli's company, and I'm so glad things are moving along with your renovations. :-)

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Basement restoration is coming along!

Friday, August 05, 2011

Woke up this morning all stuffed up...the restoration going on in the basement is getting to me. Even though we have been trying to keep the odors from drifting upstairs, they have made their way through out the house. Yesterday, the painting started and that is what is getting to me. I was stuck in the house most of the day yesterday as I was cooking and canning, but today's plan is to spend the bulk of the day outside...and it appears that we are going to have a lovely day to do that in. Yay!

Shyra joined us for supper last night and then she and I watched "So you think you can Dance". I must admit, I am thrilled with the 4 that are left in the competition and I think any one of them deserves to be the finalist. Amazing talent.

Kaeli will be catching the bus and coming home from BC. Garry will pick her up at the bus depot tomorrow morning at 7am. It will be nice to see her and catch up on all the news.

My positives:

Picked some beets from my garden and they look great. Perfect size, not too small and not too big!
Made a great pot of soup with carrots and celery from my garden. It is so nice to walk out my door and find fresh veggies to add to my cooking. I'm already planning next years garden *grin*
Progress is being made in our basement. I'll soon be able to put things back where they belong.
I will have a cold storage room in my basement now. YAY! Just in time for all the canning that I have been doing and have yet to do.
Hoping to pick up the cabinets that need to be installed in the LR/DR area by the end of this month. It will be nice to have that room all complete.
How God blesses us when we are opening to receiving His blessings.

Have a wonderful Fabulous Friday.


August 4

Thursday, August 04, 2011

I had a great day yesterday. My mangoes are all turned into preserves and I'm very happy about that. My accomplishments: 4 loaves of mango bread, 10 pints of peach/mango salsa, and 7 pints of mango jam. I've never tried the recipes before that I searched out on the internet. Sampled the mango bread and I'm sold on it! Even took a nice warm loaf over to our new neighbors as a "welcome" gift. The salsa is supposed to be good with chicken, so figured my hubby would like that. He is also a big jam person, so now he will have a new treat to go along with his raspberry jam.

Today's agenda includes more canning and making some "make-ahead" meals and getting them into the freezer. I figured while the cooking/canning bug has me in its grip, I had better get some results *grin*.

My positives:

I'm feeling energized, haven't felt this way for a long time.
Enjoying the opportunities that the day will bring my way. How exciting to know that each day is a new one with yet untold opportunities.
Friends, family and God.

Have a wonderful day,

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YOYONOMORE1 8/4/2011 6:59PM

    The bread and jam sound tasty, glad you had another successful day in the kitchen. Enjoy your evening.


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NJMATTICE 8/4/2011 2:36PM

    Sounds delicious at your house. Enjoy your energetic day.

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LEXIE63 8/4/2011 11:54AM

    Makes me wish I lived close enough for a taste or two of your wares. :-)
Lex xxx

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