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Blessings come in many forms.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

I love to lie in bed at night and mentally review my day. It always amazes me the number of blessings that have filled my day. They always outnumber any negatives.

Yesterday was filled with so many little blessings that by the end of the day I could truly say...What a blessed day!

Shyra called me bright and early to see if I was still on for a day of being together and tackling West Edmonton Mall. We had such a great day together. It is so much fun to go shopping with her, as we shop the same way. We wander into a store and if something catches our eye, we stop and look and if nothing jumps out at us we leave. It works great for us and we usually find whatever we are looking for while shopping this way. No wasted time, just allowing what is meant for us to be brought to our attention. *grin*. And Yes, there were things brought to our attention. Shyra did find the items that she had been looking for and looked wonderful in all of them. I found some books and a possible curtain for my DR windows...no dragonflies on it, but the colors were a good possibility. The books are keepers and then will get donated to our Bookmobile for their circulation. The curtain (I only bought one panel, just to see) doesn't work for the area as it blocks out too much light. I can return it and it has confirmed that sheers are definitely what we need for that area. Not a lost cause.

Garry in our absence was able to get the maple wood counter top all finished for the new built in. It looks great, now we are just determining what shade to stain it. We have a couple of samples going on some left over pieces and will decide today the final choice. We will make a final choice today on the back splash also.
Then we need to decide on the hardware for the cupboards. It's almost finished, thanks to all the hard work Garry has put into it.

We have found a great way of recycling the old wine cabinet that sits in the family room. It is a lovely (but very heavy) solid wood cabinet that we use as an end table right now. Garry is going to take it and removed the wine racks and glass holders, build in shelves and also sand it down, paint it and we will use it in the DR in the small alcove between the two windows in the DR area as a buffet. I will now have a place to store all my Christmas dishes and fancy serving dishes. It is the perfect size for area and a much needed useage. I'm excited because we don't have to go out and attempt to buy what we need, and we get to re-purpose something that we already have.

I now have SKYPE installed on my computer and have been able to chat with our son up north much easier. Still trying to figure out all the ins and outs of the program, but it's great so far.

I see more color in my garden...the tomatoes are ripening. I should be able to get them preserved in salsa, tomato sauce and canned tomatoes very soon. My garden has supplied us with wonderfully fresh veggies this summer and will provide us with bounty for this winter also. I'm amazed at myself at how much I have been enjoying the gardening.
Growing potatoes in the pots has been so successful...anyone can do it! It's so nice to walk out to my potato pots and dig out some fresh potatoes for a meal. I'm hoping to plant a couple of varieties next year. I might even attempt to grow one pot in the house this winter to see if it's possible..

It's a beautiful sunny day this morning and the predication is for a very nice warm and sunny week. Yay....I can enjoy my back deck for longer!

Have a blessed and wonderful Sunday.
Hugs,
Wanda

  
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YOYONOMORE1 9/4/2011 3:45PM

    Wanda, great job on staying the same, I think we did good. This next week should go ok, next week I have three different days of not eating at home, that might be a bit more challenging but will strive to do my best, may have to work in more exercise. It sounds like you have been having a lovely weekend. I finally got to play with my new toy this afternoon and got a couple Sept. birthday cards made, that was fun and they turned out nice. Enjoy what's left of the extended weekend. Shopping with our girls can be so much fun, I love it.

Hugs,
Shirl

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LEXIE63 9/4/2011 11:55AM

    That is a wonderful selection of blessings. I particularly like you and Shyra's way of shopping. I must try it myself. I get tugs when shopping sometimes and they always steer me to nice goodies at a bargain price. Someone around me loves to shop for bargains. :-)
I must learn to be more aware of those tugs. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx

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A nice long weekend ahead!

Saturday, September 03, 2011

I have a super nice long weekend ahead of me...I've been able to take Tuesday and Wednesday off as well. Woo Hoo...now I have lots of time to get all my garden harvested and things put up for the winter months.

Last evening, Garry and I were invited to the girls for supper. Kaeli had made a lovely pot of homemade veggie soup, a very yummy salad and she had fresh bread (which, as good as it looked, I didn't have). It was a very filling and tasty supper.

This morning, Shyra and I are heading out to some Mom and daughter time. She wants to go to West Edmonton Mall to do some fall clothes shopping, so that is our day. Lots of walking and lots of exercise. Yay.

My positives:

My children...such blessings.
Being invited out for dinner last night.
A good nights sleep.
A nice long weekend so accomplish all that I need to do.
Lots of great books to read.
Weather is supposed to be in the mid 20's for the next week and sunshine!
Spending time with Shyra today.
Being so blessed in so many ways.

Have a wonderful day, hug someone today and really mean it.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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MAURIZIA 9/4/2011 7:31AM

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NJMATTICE 9/3/2011 4:27PM

    Happy Holidays! Sounds like you will be enjoying your time off.
Love,
Nancy

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My September weekly goals are set .

Friday, September 02, 2011

I am committed to achieving the September weekly goals that I've set for myself.

I'm well on the way to a successful week this week. I'm glad that I had set the goal prior to last night supper time. I almost gave in to having a piece of pizza with my hubby for supper, then remembered my goal as I looked on the calendar! My alternative choice was much healthier and definitely wheat free. Rice and veggies.

I like the challenge of setting smaller goals for shorter periods of time. I don't get bored or overwhelmed with them and ultimately I will arrive at my long term goal, which is a healthier me

My positives:

Having my calendar attached to my fridge for easy viewing. Having my goals written in red ink...they stand out so much better.
Shyra wants some Mom time this weekend as she goes shopping.
I've been able to arrange to take Tuesday and Wednesday off next week as part of my holiday time...lots of time now to get the rest of my canning done!
Time to sit on my deck yesterday and enjoy some meditation time.
Going for dinner tonight at the girls...woo hoo, no cooking for me.
It's Friday and the long weekend is just around the corner.

Have a wonderfully blessed day, make choices that resonate with your healthy self.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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TURKEYCALLER 9/3/2011 7:03AM

    Enjoy your holiday with your family.

Keep on sparking. Life is just toooo darn good :))

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LEXIE63 9/2/2011 1:12PM

    I'm still not sure about September's challenges, and the first week is disappearing already. :-) Never mind, I'll keep thinking.
Hugs,
Lex xxx

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YOYONOMORE1 9/2/2011 10:09AM

    Sounds like you have a very nice long weekend ahead of you with some extended holiday time, woo hoo! Enjoy your time with DD and getting supper fixed for you, always a plus. I like the Sept. challenge, I had been thinking along those lines and was going to sparkmail you, but I was thinking of one thing to work on for the whole month, kind of like it takes 30 days to make a good habit, but your challenge is good as we get to work on different things throughout the month.

Hugs,
Shirl

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NJMATTICE 9/2/2011 10:08AM

    Sounds like you are going to have a nice little holiday! I'm off to accomplish this week's goal. Gotta sew up a blouse. I spent the morning choosing my fabrics for this month's goals. My next task is pre-shrinking the fabrics. While they are in the wash I'm setting up my space. I'm ready to roll. A nice long weekend to get things underway here. Enjoy your time and your family. Nice work on resisting the pizza temptation. Talk to you soon!
Love,
Nancy

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Happy September 1st!

Thursday, September 01, 2011

September...where did the other months go? It's hard to believe that we only have four months until the end of this year! Already Christmas things are appearing in the stores and my mind is shifting into the Christmas mode. Wow!

I had to turn the furnace on last night, the temperatures have dropped enough that the house was just a bit too cool! We have been promised warm weather though by Saturday. Our coldest day is supposed to be tomorrow.

My positives:

I have a furnace that I can turn on to warm the house up.
Weather person assures me that we are not done yet with summer weather and sunshine.
Quin's girlfriend offered us some apples from their tree, as they have too many. Yay...I will have apples to cut up and put into the freezer.
Shy wants Mom to come with her this weekend shopping. We haven't done that for awhile...should be fun.
I made it through another day with no wheat products.
I had a good day of staying on track yesterday. I've even pulled some carrots from the garden for snack at work today.
Blessed with another day of life.

Have a great day, choose to be healthy.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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SNUGLBUNIE 9/1/2011 7:36AM

    Happy long weekend Wanda!!! Good for you for the apples and everything else that you have blessed with!

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NJMATTICE 9/1/2011 7:22AM

    Happy September 1st to you as well. I'm sorry that your furnace had to go on. We are getting cooler too. We are in the 90's instead of the 100's this week. Imagine that. I'm thinking about putting a garden in now. It was so hot this summer that everything just crisped as it bloomed. Have a great day, and a great September. I look forward to traveling with you.
Love,
Nancy

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Payday and mid week all rolled into one!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Yay, it's Hump day and it's payday! (and it's the last day of August)

The kids are all heading back to school today in our neck of the woods. Makes me happy that I head to work well before the streets get congested with all the kids and parents that are driving their kids to school. We live smack between a high school (one block away) and a junior high (three doors down). Congestion with traffic on our street is an understatement from 8-9 am and then when school lets out in the afternoon. On the plus side...I leave for work well before most people are even up in the mornings and then I'm home just before school lets out!

Garry picked me up from work yesterday and we headed into the city to check out a couple of counter top places. Found some lovely counter tops, but not prepared to pay those prices. I think we will end up either re-thinking some ideas or going with a maple wood counter top, which Garry would have to make.

Temps must have dropped a fair amount during the night as the house is on the cool side this morning. I hesitate to turn the furnace back on as I know it will warm up during the day as well as by the weekend the temps are supposed to be warm again. We didn't get the rain that was supposed to happen. That is a plus and the cold rain might have hurt my tomatoes still ripening on the vine.

My positives:

A nice long weekend this weekend, and hopefully my tomatoes will be ready to pick.
The ginger preserves turned out great. I have lots of ginger flavored liquid left over for making tea and adding to club soda for a gingerale mix. (No, I didn't grow my own ginger, but it's something that I'm going to look into )
It's payday today...I love being able to sit down at the computer and pay all my bills online. Such a feeling of satisfaction.
Hopefully after this weekend, my kitchen will once again be clean and tidy...no canning things on the counters. Almost done for this season.
Kaeli stopped in for a visit and to share supper with me last evening. Garry had to work late, so it was nice to have Kaeli here.
I'm doing good on staying away from wheat products.
Fresh tomatoes from my garden for my snack at work today. I have the perfect sized tomatoes to take...they are about the size of a golf ball.
Just being alive.

Have a wonderful day, keep your goals in view on your calendar and then just focus on achieving them.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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NJMATTICE 8/31/2011 2:51PM

    I am sharing in the excitement of the Wednesday payday and we have extra money this month. Time to get all caught up. Woo hoo! We made it through a tough financial August! Whoopee! I am also looking forward to a long and enjoyable weekend with a Monday holiday for all! Yippee. Life is particularly good today. Have a great Wednesday.
Love,
Nancy
ps I'm still rooting for that tomato crop!

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YOYONOMORE1 8/31/2011 10:31AM

    Well it's Wed. and I did weigh myself, up 2, so will look back at what I've been eating, I think I may have too much ww bread in my diet, I've increased my exercise ativity, had hoped that would help keep me down, I'll see what adjustments I can make and see where I am at Sunday, it's certainly a learning process, sort of trail and error. I did a Wanda today and shook things up on the daily challenge, I hope everyone will just have fune with it. We are low on fresh fruits and veggies so need to get to the store today. That's nice you had a DD to share supper with, I am going to see two of my DD's this Friday and Sat. I always enjoy being with them. We must of got your rain last night, but it was just a gentle, straight down rain, didn't even have to close windows. Have a great evening.

Hugs,
Shirl

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SNUGLBUNIE 8/31/2011 7:28AM

    Wanda, we seem to be on the same track. Like you, I love pay day Wednesdays and paying my bills online. It's such a good satisfying feeling emoticon Have a great day!!!!!!!

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