Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I love getting up before anyone else in the morning. I'm up at 5am and really enjoy that quiet time to wake up quietly and gently. Time to talk with God and ask His protection and guidence for the day. It's my time! I gather my thoughts and prepare for the day ahead. Open to receiving the blessings that God brings my way. When I start my day out in an attitude of thankfulness and joy, my day rarely is anything but wonderful. Even on those days where there seems to be more stress or negativeness around, I now find it much easier to stay or at least refocus my thoughts on to the positive. This hasn't come easy to me, I have not always been this way. I have had days of utter darkness and feelings of total hopelessness. Times where I have just wanted to give up. Through it all though, God has always been there for me, I have not always been there for God. This is the freedom of will (choice) that God allows us. God knows that He can not force someone to do what is best, just as any loving parent knows they can not force a child. The action without the heart only builds resentment. Sometimes we have to get to the very bottom of the pit before we finally acknowledge we need God's help. It has been a long process of learning and being willing to acknowledge that I am the one responsible for my choices. I am the only one who can change the direction of my life. I am the creator of my own reality through the choices I make. It's the reason I cherish my time in the morning, it's my opportunity to start my day off on the right foot and to make the choice to be glad that this is the day that the Lord has made. This day has been given to me, an opportunity to be the best that I can be. To make good choices, to be open to receiving blessings and to sharing blessings. It's a new canvas every day, and I get to be the artist! What a priviledge!
Yes my day was great, because I chose to make it great. How was your day?
Monday, June 23, 2008
Started my morning off with my strength training routine, then logged on to the computer to catch up with SP friends and do my posting. As I had today off work, there was no rush to get things accomplished. Grabbed all the comforts off the beds and set them outside to get a good airing. Did a load of laundry.
Then the really fun part of my day began. Kaeli had today off also, we headed into the city to Whyte Avenue (it's an area of the city with lots of little shops). We had never been on the High Level Bridge trolley. We decided to purchase a couple of round trip tickets, hopped on the trolley and enjoyed the 20 minutes excursion. Back at Whyte avenue, we strolled up and down the street and little side streets looking in all the little shops. Giggled over silly things and generally enjoyed ourselves. Stopped for lunch, shared a plate of nachos and had our concession to health by drinking glasses of water. Kaeli tried on several dresses as she has been on the hunt for a dress to wear to a wedding in August. She found a really cute one....on Sale! She is very thrilled with her purchase. Headed home about 3:30pm so we would be in time to pick Shy up from work. All and all a very enjoyable lazy day!
Guess it wasn't really that lazy, as we did a lot of walking, just didn't feel like we had done much.
Tomorrow is back to work. I've had a great weekend, active and busy and most of all very enjoyable.
Hope you all take the time to enjoy the little things in life and at the same time continue to be active.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Sometimes you just have to be implusive. Last night we decided that it's been far too long since we got together with members of Garry's family.
We phoned his Aunt and Uncle in Red Deer and said that we would like to meet them for lunch on Sunday, then phoned his brother and his wife and said the same thing. Early this morning we hopped in the vehicle, headed for the gas station and then on the road to Red Deer (it's about 1.5 hours away).
We dawdled our way there as we weren't meeting anyone until 1pm. We made side tours to some little towns along the way, finally arriving in RD about noon. We had agreed to meet at a little restraurant called "Rusty Pelican". Had to stop and ask for directions but found it with no difficulty. There was a mall close by, so we decided to spend the extra time wandering around the mall seeing as the weather was very damp outside...pouring to be exact!
Had a wonderful visit with Garry's family. Spent 2 hours over lunch catching up on news and family events. Why do we allow so much time to pass between visits?? We just get so busy in our own lives that before you know it, it's been months since you've seen each other.
Lovely restraurant...great food and inexpensive to boot! I had a great taco salad, which was low in calories as I never eat the taco shell and use the salsa and sour cream sparingly. Filling all the same.
Brunch was still being served and some had the omelet and roasted potatoes, I waffled over having it also...but 4 eggs! in the omelet...too much for me!
We enjoyed the trip home, despite all the rain and now I'm catching up with all of you.
Hope you all had a great day, I'm off work tomorrow too, another added bonus to this weekend.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Oh what a delight to log on and read all Kathy's "fabulous" statements. Kathy thank you for the giggles and sheer enjoyment you gave to me today.
I had a great day...started my day out feeling truly blessed and it's continued that way all day. It is definitely "fabulous" Friday.
I've got Monday off work, need to use up some of my overtime hours...yippee! What a treat to realize that I could have Monday off.
I've put in lots of extra steps today...well on the way to having burned my 500 calories by walking. Go Me! (I'm trying to burn 500 calories a day just with walking)
Nothing out of the ordinary happened in my day, just feeling very blessed and happy! Do you ever have those days, where you almost feel giddy with happiness, no special reason, just plain and simple happy and content with life? Well, that's me today!
Have a wonderful evening, take deep breathes and fill yourself up with the pure enjoyment of just being alive.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Thirsty Thursday results for me....so far 12 glasses, I'll probably get 1 more in yet before bed!
Another busy day at work, but lots of silly laughter going on too. It's so nice to have the laughter back after such a rough beginning to the week. Spent the afternoon in a meeting that was very informative. We had a lawyer and legal aid representative in to give us a very informative session on wills, power of attorney, and personal directives. We have alot of inquiries at the library on these subjects. It was nice to get the information not only for our own benefit but also for our patrons. I was fairly familiar with all of it, due to being my Mother's legal guardian, executor for both parents and they both had living wills, but there have been changes and it's nice to know about them. I was pleased to learn that at the end of June there will be a nation wide Personal Directive Registry in place. This means that if you have your personal directive registered with them, should an emergency occur the hospitals or EMT's can access the registry to find out who is your representative and what your wishes are.
A beautiful sunshine day, fairly breezy, but a great day to go out walking, which is what I did after work and before having to pick up Shy from work.
We are having a gas line put in tomorrow to the back yard so that Garry can hopefully get a gas barbeque next year. We need to replace our BBQ and hoping that it last for this year. We still have to finish the deck expansiion so that we can all sit out there at the same time. But every time it makes it up to the top of the priority list...something else comes along the supercedes it! Oh well, that's life.
I'm reading two really good books at the moment...one I'm having a hard time reading more than a couple chapters at a time, as it is very emotionally for me. "Mistaken Identity" by Don & Susie Van Ryn and Newell, Colleen & Whitney Cerak. It is a very wonderful book filled with faith and miracles. I feel things so intensely that I have to keep putting the book down and leaving it for awhile, yet at the same time it is a very powerful book and well worth your time to read. The other book is "why is God Laughing? The path to Joy and Spiritual Optimism" by Deepak Chopra. I've just started it and am greatly enjoying it too. If you are looking for a couple of great reads this summer...I recommend both of them.
Almost bedtime for me, 5 am comes early, and I need to go and check up on the positive bloggers. Have a great evening, remember that tomorrow is Fabulous Friday.....there is your blogging topic for tomorrow. lol.
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