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September 12

Monday, September 12, 2011

It was a regular Winnie the Pooh sort of day outdoors yesterday. The wind was on the blustery side, the skies were overcast and rain was intermittent.

A lazy day at our household. We were finally able to get the third coat of stain on the wood counter top. It took forever for the second coat to dry...we think that it may have been due to how hot it had been weatherwise and the humidity in the air. Once this coat is dry we can begin putting the final gloss coat on and hopefully be able to install the counter top right quick. This feels like the project that never ends! *grin*

I managed to get all my pearl onions peeled and ready to pickle. That will be added to the canning as soon as I get my jars of salsa ready. Hopefully in the next couple of days.

This week will see I think, the finally clean-up in the garden. Weather forecast is calling for sunshine this week, but frost in the evenings. I just might have to pick all the tomatoes ripe or not.

My positives:

A great weekend of family time and relaxing.
A mostly successful Week 2 for Septembers goals.
Gearing up for a busy canning week.
How blessed our family is.
Although my sleep last night was not the best, I'm ready to face the day.
Friends, family and God in my life.

Have a wonderful day. You have the choice of a positive attitude...or a negative one!

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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BUSYBRE 9/12/2011 9:19AM

    there are some green tomato relish recipes if necessary - not salsa I know but here's where to go for one just in case ... http://www.farmgirlfare.com/2005/09
/saving-harvest-green-tomato-re
lish.html

Good Luck

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TURKEYCALLER 9/12/2011 8:17AM

    Stoppin in to wish you a "Magical Week" full of precious moments to remember. emoticon

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SNUGLBUNIE 9/12/2011 7:59AM

    Have a wonderful day Wanda!!!

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Cool today with overcast skies

Sunday, September 11, 2011

It's a cool one today with overcast skies. We are supposed to have mid 20's temperatures yet for next week. I'll be watching things closely as I still have things in the garden that need time.

I did get some tomato sauce made yesterday and it looks great in the jars...here's hoping it tastes great too!
Not enough of my romas were ready yet to tackle the salsa. Hopefully during the week they will be. I went for groceries yesterday, so I have all the fixings for making it, just waiting on the Romas.

The girls came over last evening and we spent the evening out on the deck until it got too cold. Did a lot of star gazing which was fun.

Not much to report today.

My positives:

A start on the tomato preserves...Yay.
A great visit with the girls.
A SKYPE call with Quin yesterday morning.
I achieved my Week 2 goal for September. Now it's on to Week 3 while continuing to keep the goals I've already made.
Made some progress with the basement. Hopefully we will be able to call to have the carpet installed very soon.
A new day ahead to enjoy.

Have a great and wonderful day,
Hugs,
Wanda

  
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NJMATTICE 9/11/2011 7:27PM

    Thanks for sharing your lovely weekend with us. Have a great week ahead.
Love,
Nancy

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SNUGLBUNIE 9/11/2011 3:08PM

    I am POSITIVE it will taste great. Have a great day or at least what is left of it Wanda.

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BUSYBRE 9/11/2011 10:54AM

    Wanda - Thanks for such a lovely comment on my blog this morning. I was tickled beyond belief to read the documentations of gardening on your blog ... you know we're both fully addicted now right!

[This year I managed to keep all my tags in place during the tomato planting and to properly plan & document where each of my 76 tomatoes went in the garden ... and it all made sense, exotics together, pastes together, cherries together, etc. Then when I went to get the Master Sheet copied & laminiated - I misplaced it. ]

It's one of the most surprising and best things I've ever decided to do. I am so very glad you are enjoying it so much, too. There is so much to learn (not the least of which, for me, is to not lose the list of where I've planted what) and I'll bet it's added many wonderous (and I don't mean wondering what kind of tomato I'm eating either) years to our lives as well.
LOL

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Technology can be a real blessing.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

I'm loving technology today. I turned on my computer this morning and it started beeping away at me. I realized that I had a phone call coming in through SKYPE. Yay, I got to talk to my son first thing this morning. I haven't talked to him for several weeks.
I'm amazed at how well it works. I choose not to answer with video this morning as I had just got up and didn't want to scare him! *grin*

I'm heading out to the garden shortly to see if I have enough tomatoes ripened to do some preserving. If not yet, then I'll start the other household chores and drive Garry to work so that I can go for groceries. Having one vehicle has been working out pretty good for us. I actually hope that we can keep it up over the winter months. So much less expensive having only one insurance and one gas bill.

Shyra and her boyfriend came over last evening and spent time with Garry and I out on the back deck enjoying conversation and being outdoors. I have been informed that our deck will be the gathering place again tonight. Woo Hoo. I love that the girls enjoy spending time with us.

My positives:
Weather forecast says one more week ahead of us of nice temperatures before it takes a nose dive. Yay...time to get all my garden in.
Skype...what a great invention. Got to talk with Quin this morning.
It's the weekend and now it's my schedule for getting things done.
Being alive to enjoy all the blessings and learning experiences that come my way.

Have a great day. Smile and enjoy life.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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SNUGLBUNIE 9/11/2011 9:11AM

    Skype is definitely a great computer tool as I have it to and speak with my sister when she is in Malaysia for the winter.

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday Wanda!!!!

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NJMATTICE 9/10/2011 12:41PM

    Making the most of the technology! Good for you. I had a nice day of subbing yesterday. I was a bit apprehensive about making my way back into that mode, but as usual, the fears were unwarranted. Right now I'm stalling on getting into my sewing, so with that confession I will be signing off and getting to work. Have a wonderful day and thanks for sharing your positive energy. Very refreshing!
Love,
Nancy

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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.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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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.

Hugs,
Shirl

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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,
Hugs,
Wanda

  
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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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