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Two blogs in one...

Monday, May 19, 2008

I'm doing two blogs in one, catching up on yesterday and doing todays early.

A very lazy and relaxing day yesterday. I stuck to home almost all day, catching up on things around the house, did some cleaning and laundry, then sat outside on my new chair cushions and read a terrific book : Schuyler's Monster : A father's journey with his wordless daughter by Robert Rummel-Hudson. What a great book. Highly recommend it.
Spent the evening watching my favorite TV show, season finale....Extreme Home Makeover. It's my tissue show. My daughters giggle at me as I blubber away. But it's all good, I occassionally catch them trying to inconspicously wipe a tear away also.
So today, the sun is shining again and I have shorts on and intend on going out and enjoying some sun. Going out with my husband for the day and not sure what it will entail. It's a holiday Monday here so we are making the most of not having to go to work. It's starting off with Garry making scrambled eggs for breakfast and they are almost ready, we'll eat breakfast out on the deck and enjoy the beginning of our day.
I'll touch base later with all of you.
Enjoy your day, find your positives and just be thrilled with who you are and who you are becoming! Don't live for tomorrow....live for today!

  
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MARLA7 5/19/2008 3:29PM

    Wanda - Your holiday sounds like it'll be fun & exciting. Spending time with Garry.... having him cook breakfast & served out on the deck. Sounds like you have a keeper too! I also love reading & am in the middle of book myself right now. So glad you got this 'extra' day to enjoy yourself. Have some fun!
(((((((Hugs)))))))) Marla

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POLLY20 5/19/2008 12:10PM

    Wanda, Sounds very relaxing ~ Almost like Retirement~ Wouldn't that be great.. Living for today is a great plan~ I love
Extreme Home Makeover too~ I missed it, but we all cry here too
Keep your positive energies generating Go Wanda Go.. Keep making your moves in the right direction~ Enjoy your day off with your Dear Hubby Garry~ Live Life For You, Your Wonderful Fam & Friends~ Enjoy this great day~ Lola is still not doing well
seemed better yesterday.. Not eating or drinking at all.. I'm not going to be on the computer much for today~ Love & Hugs Always, Polly

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KSNICKER 5/19/2008 12:00PM

    Oh Wanda... Enjoy your day! It's sounds great! Especially eating breakfast out on the deck...

We are finally getting some much needed rain... My grass is turning brown... But they aren't sure that it will be enough to help with the wild fires on the east coast... But we can hope it will...

Enjoy your Victoria Day! It's even on my calendar... lol

((hugs))

Kathy

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KATHEE3 5/19/2008 11:39AM

  Sounds like the best kind of day to me. Sounds like you have a perfect spot to relax.. Glad you enjoyed your weekend. |I saw last nights Extremme Makeover as well for the 2nd time last night and sobbed away again.

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ALFREDIA 5/19/2008 11:35AM

  Wanda
Lazy and relaxing how wonderful. What holiday are you celebrating. I always enjoyed the holidays but the day after was usually a killer trying to catch up. LOL Do you read daily? I've noticed different books you have shared with us. I used to read a lot but have gotten out of the habit. I may need to revisit that part of my life. It usually makes me sleepy when I read though but I know it helps keep our minds active. I get sentimental when I watch movies read books etc. The movie Steel Magnolias makes me cry every time I watch it.

Breakfast on the deck with your husband -----a day off-------sun shining---what a beautiful start of your day. Enjoy!!!

Love and hugs

Marie

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DHARBBY 5/19/2008 10:51AM

    Sounds like a wonderful day! Enjoy yourselves whatever you do.
I'm a big cry baby too over commercials, tv shows, you name it and I'll cry at it!!! Welcome to the club. LOL My son's just roll thier eyes or haltingly touch my shoulder or walk away when I get started! LOL I don't think they know what to do, God bless em.
Today should be a nice peaceful one for me. Nothing planned and nothing to do but some laundry. My son's home today, but has to leave for 2 days tomorrow for work and my grandson has his medication appt. at 5, so that's about all I'm doing today. The weather is beautiful and I'm just enjoying life!
You have a wonderful day today too and talk to you later. Love and hugs.

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Awesome day...

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Life just keeps getting better and better. I find that the more I focus on the positives and the more that I encourage others to find their positives, the more my life is just overflowing with positive energy. Thank you all who leave me such encouraging messages on my blog and my page. I get excited about all the incredible things that are happening in each of your lives.

Today has been a great day, sun shining, temperature reached 29 degrees. My youngest daughter and I went jean shopping for her, she managed to find 2 pair of jeans that fit her wonderfully and they were each on sale for 20.00! woo hoo! I was able to exchange a new pair of capri size 14 pants (not yet worn, as the weather has only now started to be summer like) for a pair of size 12 shorts! I had purchased 2 pairsof capris early in the spring, and at that time size 14 fit great, now they are too big....talk about a blessing! My scales don't show that I've eliminated much since I purchased them, but I guess all the walking and strength training has firmed things up!
My husband had today off also, and we went to IKEA and managed to find new cushions for our lawn chairs...great buy! I really like IKEA stores, they have very affordable things! So now I have orange and white cushions on my chairs....very lively!
We stopped at East Side Mario's for supper, I had a Tuscan Chicken Salad...so managed to stay well within my calorie range for today. Even indulged in a couple of teaspoons of my husband's cheese cake dessert!
I went for a nice long walk first thing this morning, it was still cool out then and quiet so had some nice time for thinking and talking to God. Marla and Kathy, I took you with me too. Marla, I know you enjoyed the walk, as the weather was just right, Kathy had to put on a jacket, but that's okay, she still managed to keep up with us bare armed girls! lol
I'm going outside now to try out my new chair cushions and enjoy the pleasure of sitting and listening to the wind rustle all those new leaves....sounds just like sitting at the sea shore and hearing the waves break on the shore...ahhhhh! love that sound. I'm such a water baby!
Have a wonderful evening, keep smiling and counting your blessings, life is just getting better all the time.
Hugs.
Wanda

  
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ALFREDIA 5/18/2008 8:13PM

  Wanda
Congratulations on the size 12. You are a real inspiration to the rest of us. I so enjoy reading your blogs and always look forward to your responses to mine. Such encouragement because I feel that I really don't have a lot to share but your responses and everyone else's makes me think I do anyway. LOL

Marie

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KATHEE3 5/18/2008 9:39AM

  Wanda! It is so incredible the number of us that you have inspired to remember the positive we have in our lives. I guess that swaying "What goes around comes around" really is true.
I'm with you about being a water baby. There is no where else on earth that makes me feel closer to God.
It does sound like you had a great day, specially the size 12 pants. m I 'll have to check out Ikea. It just costs me so much every time I go there...lol.
Thanks!!

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POLLY20 5/17/2008 10:51PM

    Wanda, it all comes together.. The right attitude Positiveness..
The right habits of walking as much as possible..Helps to clear the mind & free your thoughts of being thankful & enjoying the Peace & beauty of life.. Smaller size capri's How much better can it be..You are definatelly on the right path, with both of your feet on the ground.. Knowing the reasons & holding on to them, never letting them slip past you again for better health sakes..
I love how you included Marla & Kathy with you on your morning
walk.. It's nice to have friends to share a great experience with..
God too.. right by your side.. Time to feel the quality time for yourself.. I can just imagine, what might be going on in your thoughts.. Sharing them with all of us sure does help us to see just how comforting your Walks are for you & your Spiritual reflections.. Never let go of the You that you have become, We Love You just the way you are.. Love & Hugs Always Polly

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MARLA7 5/17/2008 10:05PM

    Wanda - Thanks for taking me on the walk. That cool, crisp air felt wonderful!!! I've been sitting out on my porch this evening even though it's cool & rainy out... just love it. I can breathe better when it's cooler.

Yeah! On the size 12's. You got it going!!! Keep up the fantastic job of eliminating weight!

I agree with Donna & Kathy.... where would we be without you coaching us into positive blogging? I hardly blogged before this now it's a daily thing for me and I love it. I love reading everyone else's blogs too. Really look forward to it.

Enjoy yourself. Sounds like you do anyway.. but just wanted to remind you to! LOL
((((((Hugs)))))) Marla

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KSNICKER 5/17/2008 9:43PM

    Wanda,

I too am so thankful that you challenged me that day... And that you keep on challenging me... Keep those positives flowing... lol

I'm so glad that your day was a nice one... I know that you enjoy spending time with your family... And to go jean shopping with your daughter... what fun. Too Cool that you're in a size 12 now... That's great.

Well, now that I know where my Mojo is... ( Donna has it lol) I'm gonna try and get it back... I miss not exercising daily... I need to get back into that... Slowly... but still... I know that the walking dvd's were toning me... And that's what I miss... I just remembered that, when I read what you wrote... The scales aren't showing it but you can feel it in your clothes...

Thanks for taking me on the walk today... I needed to get out in that fresh cool air... brrr lol Thanks for the jacket too... lol

Have a great evening my friend...

((hugs))

Ka
thy

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DHARBBY 5/17/2008 9:19PM

    Wanda, I was just commenting on my blog how it seems as if we are all getting our "mojo" (Kathy, LOL) back!! It IS exciting.
I can just see your orange and white cushions on your chairs and feel the peace and hear the wind rustling the leaves. I feel like I'm meditating while writing this! LOL I'm with you, life IS just getting better and better. You challenging Kathy with this blogging and Kathy challenging me and then the rest of our special friends joining in I think is the best therapy we could have. We are all getting to know ourselves and learning to trust and confide in people we have never even seen. That's wonderful when you think about it! So, once again, I thank you.
I look forward every day too to getting that little beep thing I get to let me know I have mail, and get so excited when I see it's one of you having posted your blog!
Well, you enjoy your evening on your new cushions and give yourself a huge pat on the back for having help change the lives of a lot of people who were in trouble and didn't know what to do.
You are truly a remarkable lady and I am very honored to call you friend.
Love and hugs.

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Fabulous Friday...

Friday, May 16, 2008

This has been such an exciting day for me. I've been like a kid waiting for Santa to arrive, I could hardly wait to get home after work so that I could log on and read who had accepted yesterday's challenge to blog about their Fabulousness.
I wasn't disappointed....what fabulous reads as well as seeing how accurately each of you hit the nail on the head about why you are fabulous.
Thank you all for making my day so delightful....Donna, I'm waiting to read yours yet!!!!! Cheryl...join in the fun, you are more than welcome.

I'm Fabulous because I live each day walking with the Lord. I follow His directions and through that have been able to help others. I'm fabulous because my friends are fabulous, they accept my challenges and as a result we are all better for it. I'm a caring person, I am open to following how my spirit leads me and as a result I witness miracles each day. I am fabulous because I continue to grow spiritually each and every day. I am a loyal friend, I make friends slowly, but once you are my friend you are a friend for life. I am fabulous because I try each day to encourage others and help them to see the positives in their lives and to change their focus from the negatives. And like Marie said....I'm Fabulous because God created me...a unique individual!

Positives in my day....
My wonderful friends who inspire and encourage me.
It's Friday and I now have a whole long weekend ahead of me!
The sun is shining.
I've made a head start on my laundry and will have it all done today, that leaves the weekend free to do fun stuff!
I am so blessed!

Thanks for making my day.
Hugs,
Wanda

  
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MEYCHEY 5/17/2008 3:29PM

    Wanda, you are indeed a fabulous person. You somehow always manage to hit the right note with each person and encourage them along their path.

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Peace. Meychey

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POLLY20 5/17/2008 2:04PM

    Wanda, What a Great Positive topic you have created for us~ It's so full of Love & Lifes energies~ You are FABULOUS in a way that makes us all feel your strength in The Love Of The Lord~ It makes
a big difference in how we all feel, just knowing that we are all leading a Fabulous Life For God Up Above.. He is Our reason for being here, & we should be thankful each & every day In every way that we are His chosen ones.. You have been an Inspiration to all of us, & the appreciation really does grow deeper & deeper..
I am looking forward to Blogging My reasons along with everyone elses.. Thank You for the oppertunity that you have shared with all of us.. Fabulous Friends Forever~ Love & Hugs, Always Polly

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ALFREDIA 5/16/2008 7:48PM

  Wanda

I too looked forward to reading the others blogs. I was excited to hear how they see themselves. It is something with which we are usually not comfortable. I could feel their personalities coming through. You presented a wonderful challenge and it helped make me appreciate who I am. It helped me to see myself as a person deserving to be as healthy as I can be. It's how we are able to help others. You have such a god given gift to challenge us to be our best. YOU ARE FABULOUS.

Marie

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KSNICKER 5/16/2008 7:38PM

    Wanda,
Thank you for this challenge and thank you for all that you do for me daily... I agree with everything that has been already said... You have showed me how to turn all my negatives into positives daily... I couldn't have asked for a better person to come into my live when you did... You were sent to me when I needed you.

Thank you for being you...

((Fabulous Hugs))))

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DHARBBY 5/16/2008 6:37PM

    Yes dear Wanda you are absolutely fabulous! You are filled with fabulosity!! You are an inspiration, a mentor, and a great friend.
I don't know what I am going to write, This is going to be tough for me. I have never in my entire life thought of myself as fabulous.
This will take some thought.
You enjoy your fabulous weekend. Love and hugs.

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MARLA7 5/16/2008 5:56PM

    Wanda - You ARE fabulous! Your blog said it all! I couldn't have described you any better myself except maybe to say that you're fabulous because you truly care. Your compassion is from your heart. emoticon I couldn't ask for a better friend than you and your positive attitude has helped me, for one, learn to look at the bright side of things & stop dwelling on the negatives. For that I thank you. To me, Wanda is not only fabulous, she's awesome! ((((((Love You)))))) Marla

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How we should be living....

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Here's a quote I came across that really says it all....if each of us lived our days with this intention, we would be able to leave this world know that we have lived a rich live and one with no regrets.

"This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind...let it be something good."

Author Unknown

It might take some work to do, but oh how much better our days would be if we consciously live each day to the very best.

My blessing for the day...

We have had a beautiful sun filled day, yesterday the leaves on the trees were pretty much non-existant, today the warm sun has brought all the leaves popping out, almost before your eyes. Such a beautiful green color. God's handi work, miracles.

Kaeli and I went for tea after my work today and before picking up Shy from work. We had such a nice time catching up with each other and spending time together. Now she is making supper (she loves to cook) so that I can spend time catching up with all of you! Hope blessed I am to have such a wonderful daughter and friend.

My favorite time of day....being on the computer after work and touching base with the group of positive bloggers who delight in finding all the positives in their day and sharing them with the rest of us. Such an inspiration and encouragement to everyone.

My husband phoned me at work to day and greeted me by saying " hi there skinny!" woo hoo...what a great way to be greeted. I also got to wear my new size 12 pants to work and got compliments on them and on me! Such motivation to keep on going.

Tomorrow is Fabulous Friday at the Beehive dorm, so I'm extending a challenge to everyone to blog tomorrow about why you are Fabulous! We are all fabulous. so lets tell the world why.

Have a wonderful evening thinking about what you are going to blog tomorrow!
Hugs,
Wanda

  
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KSNICKER 5/16/2008 9:24AM

    I too enjoy reading your blogs... you always have such positive things to share...
And...I agree with you... It would take a lot of hard work to live like your quote says... But what a great way to live...

Now... You know that I love your challenges, but this one is a tough one... lol but it's OK... I can do this... And I've got until 11:59PM to get it done... lol YIKES!!!!

Better get to it...

Enjoy your Fabulous Friday!

((HUGS))

Kath
y

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ALFREDIA 5/15/2008 11:07PM

  You have such positive quotes and I look forward to your blogs. I'll get you started on yours. LOL You are fabulous because you have so many insights that you pass on. You bring out the best in us. It's always easier to blow someone else's horn. Now I have to work on my own.

Marie

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DHARBBY 5/15/2008 8:03PM

    You are such an inspiration and I agree with Marla. I am so grateful for you starting this blog. I know that wasn't your original intention, but it was obviously something that you were meant to do and it has helped and continues to help so many of us. I can't thank you enough. This is the best therapy I've had in years and years!! It surprises me sometimes to realize what I am sharing and it doesn't bother me because I know I can do it without judgement; just with love, support, understanding , advice and help. It's great. And to think of all the money I've spent on therapists!! LOL
I love that quote, I've heard it before, but of course the good things like that seem to be the first we forget. Thanks for reviving it for me and the others who may not have heard it beforeYour hubby sounds like my kind of man!! You're a lucky woman and I know you know that.
As for that blog tomorrow, I might have some difficulty with that one. It's hard for me to blow my own horn. But as my father always says, "it's a sorry dog that won't wag it's own tail." LOL
I'll do my best.
Have a great night! Love and hugs.

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MARLA7 5/15/2008 7:34PM

    Fabulous Friday huh? I think everyday is Fabulous!!! emoticon

I like that quote. We should live each day to the very best we can. Life is way too short as it is. Might as well make the best of it while we can. None of us know from day to day what it will bring us either. If nothing else, this kidney disease has taught me that. So I plan on enjoying each & every day that I can. I hope you do too!

Love reading your blogs Wanda. Can't thank you enough for getting this "group" of "postivite bloggers" going! I think it's FABULOUS!
((((((Positive Hugs)))))) Marla

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Holiday weekend coming up....

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Weather forecast is predicting an absolutely beautiful holiday weekend for us. Sunshine a plenty and temperatures in the 20's. Woo Hoo!
Today has been a great day.
Reading the blogs of my fellow positive bloggers is always a highlight of my day.
Found out today that the price quote for re-shingling the roof is going to be better than we had thought, we might actually be able to do it this year. The roof will apparently be okay for a couple more years, but we'll see how God answers this prayer.
I got in my strength training, a walk and going to aquasizes in a few minutes. So exercise has been incorporated into my day....yippee!
Heard from Nancy Jane yesterday, she is doing well. Passed all her exams and will be trusting God for a teaching position this fall. She will be finished her job in a couple of weeks, her daughter graduates this year from high school and she is looking forward to getting back to posting and keeping in touch with all of us.
Must head out the door soon, so will bid you all a wonderful evening, and when I get home, I'll try to touch base with those of you that I 've missed.
Hugs,
Wanda

  
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ALFREDIA 5/14/2008 10:29PM

  Great to hear so many positives. I've been thinking about Nancy Jane and wondered how she was doing. A teacher WOW. I always admire who choose that vocation I do not have the patience for it. Have always been grateful to those who do. We need good teachers.

It's wonderful when you find out something is cheaper than you planned. Sounds like a great day.

Marie

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KSNICKER 5/14/2008 9:23PM

    I'm so glad that you are getting some nice sunshiny days... It's great to take those walks when the weather is nice...

I'm happy that Nancy is doing good... It will be nice to see her posting again.

And yes my day was good again today... I was busy again... I gave all three dogs a bath... What a job that is... lol But they are nice and clean and smell good... A definite positive... LOL

Enjoy your aquasizes tonight...

((hugs))

K
athy

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MARLA7 5/14/2008 8:41PM

    Wanda - Sounds like you've had a busy day again. Reshingling your house? That'll be nice when it's finished... you'll have to post a picture for us!

So glad to hear you heard from Nancy & she's doing alright. I miss her terribly.

Enjoy that beautiful weather you're going to have.... ummm.... what holiday?

Take care... keep on moving! (((((Hugs))))) Marla

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MEYCHEY 5/14/2008 8:21PM

    Re-shingling! You're doing a little bit of what we have been facing.
I'm glad to hear about Nancy. She's going to make a great teacher!
I hope you're enjoying your evening.

Peace and happiness. Meychey

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