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Wow, three days in a row of 30 degrees!

Friday, September 09, 2011

We are finally getting summer! Three days in a row of 30 degrees. If today reaches that same high we will have broken a record and actually set a heat wave! Seems ridiculous considering that it is September, but I'm not complaining...we are finally getting some summer weather.

I had a long day at work yesterday...lots of work in my in basket. I'll probably have another long day at work today. I'm okay with that as I would rather be busy than not and besides it's FRIDAY!

My positives:

Another beautiful day outdoors yesterday...some time to sit on my back deck and unwind from the work day.
A brief message from our son to let us know that he will contact us via Skype tonight. YAY.
I had a great day remembering to drink all my water yesterday. It's tougher at work as I get busy and forget. I can do this though, because I'm choosing to do it.
Picked some more of my ripe tomatoes yesterday. The bowl is filling up on the kitchen counter.
We are managing rather well with having only one vehicle. It would be nice it we can continue with just one vehicle for awhile yet.
Being alive...so many things to learn and so many blessings.

Have a wonderful Friday...smile and enjoy being you.


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YOYONOMORE1 9/9/2011 2:43PM

    I never liked slow days at work, made the day drag out, much perferred to keep busy. Sounds like you are having some real enjoyable weather, finally. I have not done so great with my water drinking this week and next week is a very busy week, but will just do the best I can. I have a feeling that maybe the last week of Sept. may go back on the plan for a week so I can detoxicify. We just have to keep trying to make our habits better all the time. remember we are all works in progress. Have a wonderful weekend.


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SNUGLBUNIE 9/9/2011 7:30AM

    WOW, I got to ask Wanda where you live that you are only getting summer now, hee hee? I can totally understand about work. I don't much to do lately and it makes for very long days. Hope you enjoy your Friday!!!

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MISSFORTE 9/9/2011 7:27AM

    Yeah happy to hear you are doing well great job on your tomatoes mine didn't turn out!

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FCARMICH 9/9/2011 7:19AM

  Have a good day = enjoy while you can

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TURKEYCALLER 9/9/2011 7:08AM

    Keep drinking your water my friend and enjoy your summer weather!!!

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Week two's goal is being achieved.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Yay, my week two goal for September is being achieved. My water intake is way up. This is what I needed to do to have success in this area...I needed to write my goals out and then focus on one goal at a time.

Although my tomatoes were not ready for processing during my couple of days off, I hold great hopes that they will be on the weekend. I'm not as concerned about them as I was seeing as our temperatures are the warmest they have been all year. In fact according to the forecaster, since May 2010! We are supposed to have these temperatures right through the next 10 days! Yay, no frost!

I did get all my apples juiced yesterday and a then 3 vacuum sealed packages of 5 cups each of apple pulp into the freezer, carrots chopped up and into the freezer as well as zucchini. All ready now for winter use. I still have lots of carrots in the garden that I am letting get a bit bigger before pulling and enough beets yet for another feast of homemade soup.

It's back to work today for two days and then a busy weekend ahead. I could get used to this working only a couple of days a week *grin*. (Working outside the home that is!)

My positives:

The bounty from my garden. Although it is lots of work harvesting and preserving, it's also a great feeling of accomplishment as you see it all packaged in the freezer or on the shelves in jars.
Beautiful warm weather...we are finally having summer.
I am grateful for my pay cheque that allows me to get the things that we need.
I am grateful for the internet that allows me to find different recipes to preserve the foods from my garden.
I am grateful for friends and family and the support and encouragement they offer.

Have a wonderful blessed day,

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BUSYBRE 9/8/2011 11:04AM

    Wanda - WOW - how very impressive that you have been doing so much gardening, harvesting and preserving - sounds like you're hooked now ... freezing is a good way to get things put away - I am considering buying a little freezer to put in my garage but need to get out there and create space for that to happen (as it is, my car barely fits into the space provided and I have an Echo Hatchback - that's condo living though) ... kudos on the good weather finally - the temps have dropped substantially here over the past few days so I'm just hoping for one more ripen load of tomatoes ... then it's fried green ones.

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TURKEYCALLER 9/8/2011 9:10AM

    Congratulations on achievement of your goal with the water intake. I have always been able to drink lots of water. I find that it is best chilled, an keep a chille pitcher on hand at all times.

It sounds like you will have alot of healthy foods for you and your family this winter. Enjoy the fruits of your labor!!

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SNUGLBUNIE 9/8/2011 7:17AM

    WOW, your temperatures are going up and ours are going down, LOL. That's definitely good for your tomatoes though. Enjoy your day!!!! Congratulations on the water intake as it is such a big part of this healthy lifestyle.

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September 7

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

So far this month our weather has been better than August....makes one wonder if the seasons are actually changing.

Afton dropped over for a nice visit yesterday and brought a huge bag of apples with her from their tree. Today will be spent creating juice from the apples and freezing the resulting pulp for baking later.
I think I will have enough tomatoes to make a couple of sealers of canned tomatoes, but it does appear that the bulk of my tomato canning will result on this weekend. The romas are slowly ripening on vine and should be ready by the weekend.

I'm pulling onions today and more carrots. The carrots I will chop up and vacuum seal and put into the freezer.

Garry's brother Brian, spent the night last night as his job had him in town. We had nice fresh potatoes from the garden roasted on the bbq, fresh salad from the garden and I made borscht. What a treat is was to use all my own home grown items.

My positives:

Fresh and tasty produce from my garden.
Afton and the blessings that she brings into our lives.
Another day off work today to prepare even more of my garden yield for the winter months.
God, my family and friends. Each so important in my life.

Have a wonderful and blessed day. Take the time today to be grateful for all the happenings in your day. The positives to lift you up and the negatives that help you to grow.


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/7/2011 8:39AM

    Glad your garden is doing so well. You will be able to enjoy those yummies during the cold winter months! Love your positives too. Have a great day!

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SNUGLBUNIE 9/7/2011 8:32AM

    WOW, you are so lucky to have all these fresh vegetables and fruits Wanda. Have a great day!!!!!!!!

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Off to a good start

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

September's goals are set and I'm off to a great start. Week one's goal has been achieved and I'm working on week two's goal.

Not much to report today. Yesterday was a wonderful day, lots of sunshine and time with hubby. Even though it was nice and warm out, the second application on the counter top and backsplash did not try well enough to do the wet sanding and applying of the third coat. What this means, we did not get the counter top or backsplash installed yesterday as hoped. Oh well, it will get done this week and that is just as good.

My positives:
A successful completion of Week one's goal and a great start on Week two.
More tomatoes are ripening, but still not enough to make canning an option. We are supposed to get sunshine all this week though, so if I can't get anything done during the week, I'm sure that the next weekend will see things ready to go!
Garry and I had a lovely weekend together.
Life...so many blessings and so much to look forward to.
Learning to live with a grateful heart.

Have a wonderfully blessed day,

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MAURIZIA 9/6/2011 4:17PM

    Happy Getting Week 1 Done! I got off to a late start so this is my Week 1 and so far, so good...of course, it's only 3 days...but the nuns used to tell us if we used a new word 3 times, it was ours. Using that concept, the next 4 days should be a breeze! :)

Hugs and love.

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LEXIE63 9/6/2011 2:08PM

    Glad you had a good weekend. :-)
Lex xxx

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NJMATTICE 9/6/2011 10:46AM

    Happy week two to you and your goals. A wheat free week under your belt. How do you feel? I am still working on fitting my pattern. It's a process of putting the pattern on, making adjustments, taking it off, making adjustments, putting it on again, making more adjustments. BUT in the end, I will have a pattern that will translate into many wearable items. I am practicing patience, tenacity and more patience. I'm getting there, slowly but surely. I am reminding myself to enjoy the work.
Have a great Tuesday.

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SNUGLBUNIE 9/6/2011 9:19AM

    I absolutely love your positive attitude. Have a great day Wanda!!!!

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Holiday Monday

Monday, September 05, 2011

What a marvelous Monday it is today! It's a long weekend, I don't have to go in to work. I got to sleep in this morning, such a treat. Today will see the installation of our counter top and backsplash in the built in area. We just have two coats of stain left to apply to the maple and then it is ready for installation. I'm so proud of Garry and all his hard work.
The sun is shining and more of my tomatoes are ripening. I don't have enough yet to do anything in the way of preserving them, but they sure have been tasting great in salads!

The girls came over for BBQ last night and then we sat around and had a great visit. Shyra's boyfriend stopped over too, which was very nice.
Quin's girlfriend stopped by for a quick visit yesterday before heading to Red Deer for another year of schooling towards her teaching degree.

So many blessings...

Have a wonderful and marvelous Monday. Enjoy the long weekend. The next one is not until October !


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SNUGLBUNIE 9/5/2011 1:56PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend and everything is good Wanda!!! Happy Labour Day!!!!

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