Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Determination and choice, two excellent words that when you apply them in your life will get you to where you want to go.
I'm now through Day 1 of the second week of my eating plan. Has it been easy? Not always, but by determining that I will and can do it, I am making it through each day. By setting my goal of "one day at a time", the end result is not so unachievable. Today, it's onward into Day 2 of the second week.
I did not get my pickles made yesterday as I decided to make a different sweet mixed pickle recipes which called for doing things a bit differently than I had already planned....no problem, I can now do them when I get home today after work. I might even get some of my carrots pulled from the garden and get them pickled also. While out checking on my garden yesterday, I noticed that a couple of my tomatoes are now starting to show some red color. YAY. I'm thinking that by the end of this week, I will be busy canning some of tomato recipes.
Friends, who keep me encouraged and offer support, what a blessing and God's timing is always perfect.
Heat and sunshine this week to help my garden flourish.
Having the ability to preserve the harvest from my garden.
Blessed with the ability to read and enjoy the books available to me through my library.
A new day to be creative in and to make wise choices, to learn from the challenges that might come my way.
A husband who is a blessing.
Have a wonderful day, keep on choosing to be a success and determining your own path.
Monday, August 22, 2011
I had a successful week last week with regards to eating and eliminating some weight. Let's see if this week will be the same!
It's the beginning of harvest time from my garden (and from Farmer's Market). I got the first batch of pickles done yesterday and another batch needs to be done after work today. All dills/garlic yesterday, and today will be a mix of dill/garlic and sweet mixed.
The girls came over yesterday afternoon to enjoy some sun shine on our back deck. They ended up staying for supper and Dad did the BBQing. We had fresh potatoes from the garden as well as fresh carrots. My carrots are just the right size for pickling, so will need to get some of those done also.
I had a very successful week last week with the new eating plan, that I've decided to give it another go this week, but with a few tweeks that I hope won't change the outcome. I'm not a meat eater by choice, and eating that much at one time doesn't sit well with me, so I'm going to try and modify it a bit to include the protein, but in a form I can digest. Even using veggie "meat" products is too much meat for me.
More canning accomplished...yay, I'm getting there and my shelves are looking good with all the stuff prepared for this winter.
A gorgeous sun shining day yesterday and a great time of visiting with the girls.
More sun shine predicted for this week.
All the blessings that have been flowing my way, big and small. It's the small ones that we tend to overlook, but they are usually the ones that when you take the time to appreciate them are filled with the most blessing.
My children, my hubby and my friends.
Have a wonderful Monday, keep on moving forward.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Yesterday the girls picked me up and we headed for the Farmers Market in the city. Yay, I got all my pickling cucumbers.
I had planned on pickling them yesterday, but we ended up going to Whyte Ave. having a lovely lunch (I had a salad, so stuck as close as possible to my eating plan) and then we walked around for a couple of hours. The Fringe festival was on, so the girls took in one of the performances, while I sat in the shade and enjoyed people watching.
Once we headed home, it was laziness that set in and I decided to wait until today to start my canning. Now the temperature is supposed to be very hot today, so will probably wait until this evening when things cool down a bit...I'll see how the day progresses.
Got 14 pounds of pickling cucumbers, a good start for my pickles. I just might end up going back next week for more, as I have a couple of different recipes I would like to try.
A great day spent with my girls.
I've broken through my plateau...even so some of it might be water weight, I'll happily take the 6 pounds weight elimination. YAY.
It looks like a gorgeous day is in store for us weather wise.
Had a good chat with hubby last even, we are on the same page now on a couple of issues. I love when both of us are willing to compromise and we can reach a mutually please result.
We are going to try to get the rest of the cupboards installed today in the new built in area. It will be so nice to get things organized in them and have my room almost completed. We just have the baseboards and blinds to install once the nook is done. Garry needs a bearing for his chop saw though. That's needed to finish cutting the baseboards.
Life...how incredibly blessed we all are as we wake up each morning and get to celebrate a new day and turn it into a great one!
Have a wonderful Sunday.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Yay, it's the weekend. My girls are picking me up this morning and we are heading into the city to the Farmer's Market.
I'm hoping the I can pick up some pickling cucumbers so that I can get my pickles done this weekend.
I went to the store last evening to see if they had any, only one store had some, but they must have put them in a cooler that was too cold or they were really old as they were already wrinkled and soft on the edges. Not good for canning.
Pulled some more beets from the garden last evening also. I will freeze these ones for winter use.
Rather overcast out this morning, not sure if it's going to rain or not. Hopefully we will get the sun that has been promised.
Made it through Day 5 of my eating plan. I did have some blueberries and a nectarine though, which weren't on the list. But I wasn't really feeling up to anything else for breakfast, and at least they were healthy.
Time with my girls today.
A lovely email from my cousin.
How wonderfully God blesses this family with love and caring.
Have an awesome day, it's Silly Saturday, so remember to smile and be silly.
Friday, August 19, 2011
My day was progressing as usual yesterday until I got home from work. As I came home I could here someone's house alarm going . Apparently it had already been going for some time. There didn't appear to be any unusual activity going on in the area, so I went indoors.
At first I thought that perhaps there had been a break-in, but figured if it's been going for awhile, that surely there would have been a response by the police or perhaps they were on their way. I had planned on spending some time out on my back deck doing mediation, but the noise was not going to be too helpful in the area, so I stayed in the house.
Slowly it began to register with me that this was going on far too long and that niggly little thought started working it's way into my mind..."what if the home owner is in distress and setting the alarm off was the only way they could think to get assistance". I hate it when I get those kind of thoughts that just won't leave you alone and you know that you have to make a decision to act on them. The thought was very presistant and I just couldn't shake it. I put my shoes back on and as I couldn't see from my house, where exactly the sound was coming from, I took a walk down the street. By now it's getting close to the supper hour and still no one else seemed to be concerned about the noise. I wandered down to where I was certain the house alarm was going off. There was a car in the driveway, was someone at home?
Just then the neighbor drove up into his driveway, got out of his vehicle and asked what was happening? I filled him on the alarm ringing by now for about 3 hours, asked if he knew his neighbors, were they home. He went to look in the windows and knock on the door, but couldn't see anything or get a response. At that point, I said I was going to phone 911 on my cell, as I was concerned that perhaps someone was inside and needed assistance or that perhaps there had been a break-in.
I called while outside the home and 911 could hear the alarm over the phone, said they would send the police, asked for my number etc. While on the phone the alarm stopped...go figure!
I went home and about 20 minutes later I got a phone call from the police to ask some questions. I really didn't have much I could tell him other than I had called because I was concerned about the possibility of someone needing assistance. He said there were no signs of a break-in, but that as he couldn't get a response at the door, he had called for a locksmith to come and help him get in.
About 15 minutes later I heard the alarm go off again and went outside to see if I could see anything. Not much, other than the police car in front of the house, and what I assume, may have been the owners walking around on their driveway.
What happened...I still don't know, but at least I feel good about following my instincts and calling. I would rather that nothing was wrong, than to have done nothing and found out that someone needed help and they were ignored.
It just brought home to me once again, how as a society, we choose not to get involved more often than reaching out and how alarms seem to be so common place in our daily lives that we tune them out. I see both sides of the issue...get involved and you might get hurt, ignore what is happening because surely someone else will step up to the plate or trust your instincts and get involved and perhaps be of assistance to someone.
I followed the nudges of spirit and regardless of knowing the results, I know that I did what needed to be done.
I've made it through Day 4 of my eating plan. Day 5 calls for meat, so not sure yet what I will do as I am not a meat eater by choice. I think I might substitute vegetarian meat for the beef that is called for. I assume it is the protein that is being called for...hmmmm.
Blessed with another day of life...awesome!
Have a wonderful Fabulous Friday...it's the weekend!
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