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Ahhhh Friday!

Friday, August 24, 2012

I managed to get all my priority things cleared off my desk yesterday by working a bit later. Now I'm able to have my Friday off. Only two more Fridays to have off before I need to head back into my regular work schedule. It's hard to believe that we are almost at the end of August already.

Garry's niece and her hubby are going to stop in on Saturday afternoon, which works out really well for all of us. This way Garry and the girls are going to be able to be home for sure.

My list of gratefuls:

1. I am grateful that I was able to get all my priorities off my desk so that I could with clear mind take today off work.
2. I am grateful for the rain yesterday that meant I did not have to go out and water my garden.
3. I am grateful for my milk kefir grains that survived in my fridge over the time we were gone.
4. I am grateful for the great sleep last night, even though falling asleep seemed to take forever.
5. I am grateful for Samara and Robby being able to accommodate our schedule into theirs.
6. I am grateful for all the people that have commented on our holiday pictures, thank you.
7. I am grateful a new day of life which allows me the opportunity to be the best I can be.
8. I am grateful for my family...I am so blessed with my hubby and children.
9. I am grateful for the daily guidance in my life that teaches me to grow and learn.
10. I am grateful for our library that supplies me with wonderful material to read without me having to buy it.

Have a blessed and wonderful day.
Hugs,
Wanda

  
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YOYONOMORE1 8/24/2012 9:41PM

    Woo hoo, you got your Friday off. Once again you have a wonderful long list of gratefuls. It's been hot here today and is suppose to continue like that through the weekend, then next week we'll get a little cooler temps and less humidity. Margaret and I are going for an early morning walk tomorrow. I wish I could say I was good this week, but had a few days where I did not get my exercise in and ate bad, but next week is a new beginning and will do better. Enjoy your visit with family tomorrow and the rest of your weekend.

Hugs,
Shirl

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SNUGLBUNIE 8/24/2012 10:33AM

    I can't believe how quickly the summer has gone by :) Have a great long weekend.

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Busy day ahead

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Not only has it been a short week, it's will be a shorter week than usual too! Monday, I didn't work as I was still on holidays, and technically tomorrow I still have off as part of my Fridays off schedule. Hmmm, three days of working this week...could get used to that *grin*.
I will have to see how much I get through today as whether or not I actually take tomorrow off or not.
Our department is taking our summer student out for lunch today as a thank you for all her hard work this summer.
Garry's niece and her hubby are in town and want to get together also. I'm still trying to catch up on chores around the house from being away. Somehow we will make it all work.

My positives:
I am grateful that I am making headway in the work that piled up on my desk while I was away.
I am grateful for a comfortable bed to sleep in allowing me to get some much needed rest.
I am grateful for fresh fruit to have for breakfast, such a nice way to start the day and my metabolism.
I am grateful for technology that allows me to share my holiday pictures.
I am grateful my children and our relationship.
I am grateful for the unconditional love that my cat gives.
I am grateful for a new day of life, a chance to embrace new opportunities.
I am grateful for a body that functions without assistance.
I am grateful for the ability to my job thus earning a living.
I am grateful for the Lord and all that He provides.

Have a wonderful day,
Hugs,
Wanda

  
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LEXIE63 8/24/2012 9:23AM

    I really loved seeing your holiday photos both here and on Facebook. So glad you all had such a great time!

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HONEYPOT319 8/24/2012 6:40AM

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YOYONOMORE1 8/23/2012 3:45PM

    Enjoy the lunch with your student, love all your grateful's. I am grateful for your friendship and that you are back, missed you while you were gone. Thank goodness Lexie joined me on some of the threads. You got a lot of really nice vacation pictures. Hope you get enough work done that you can take off tomorrow.

Hugs,
Shirl

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SNUGLBUNIE 8/23/2012 7:33AM

    We are taking our summer student out for lunch tomorrow :) Have a great day Wanda! Lucky you for the very short week, hee hee.

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SNUGLBUNIE 8/23/2012 7:33AM

    We are taking our summer student out for lunch tomorrow :) Have a great day Wanda! Lucky you for the very short week, hee hee.

CRAP I sent this, it didn't look like it went anywhere and now it's there three times, SORRY :(

Comment edited on: 8/23/2012 7:38:30 AM

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SNUGLBUNIE 8/23/2012 7:33AM

    We are taking our summer student out for lunch tomorrow :) Have a great day Wanda! Lucky you for the very short week, hee hee.

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Part 2 installment of holiday pictures

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


this is the lodge we stayed at and that our son works at. Jug Bay Sports Fishing lodge.



Main lounge area


Campfire time.


the boats that we used to travel the lake and fish.


Just like the town, there is not much left of the sign at Uranium City. This is where Garry and I did most of our growing up, also where we were married.


The fishing tackle is already...let's fish!



Shyra's 25 lb lake trout...awesome job for a first time fisherwoman.


Kaeli's 23lb lake trout....her sister beat her!

We had such a fabulous time. I have so many more pictures, but it is time consuming loading them on Spark. If anyone wants to see more....I have an album on facebook...send me an email as unless we are friends...you can't see them *grin*.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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HONEYPOT319 8/24/2012 6:39AM

    emoticon Love the pics! :)

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SNUGLBUNIE 8/22/2012 7:09PM

    Beautiful pictures, area and your daughter looks so cute not wanting to touch that fish too much, LOL. Don't see too many pictures of mom though, hee hee :)

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 8/22/2012 4:27PM

    What a fabulous trip. The fish look awesome!

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NJMATTICE 8/22/2012 4:01PM

    I started at the beginning. Thanks for posting the pictures. It looks like it was a wonderful family experience. Fantastic! Lots of good memories.
Enjoy your day.
Love,
Nancy

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For those of you who saw yesterday blog...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I added some more pictures and explanations to yesterday's blog "The best holiday in forever".
If you are interested, you might want to check back. I will add Second installment when I get home from work today.
I was having trouble connecting to the internet for some reason and especially Spark, hence not getting it finished last night.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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SNUGLBUNIE 8/22/2012 7:31AM

    I think they were doing maintenance on SP because I had trouble earlier this morning too. Have a great day!

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CMKARLS 8/22/2012 7:29AM

  thanks for sharing

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The best holiday in forever! (first installment)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

We had a fantastic holiday. It was wonderful to head back up to Lake Athabasca, spending time on the lake and revisiting Uranium City. That was a bit hard on the heart strings, but I think Garry and I both got some closure as well as the kids were excited to see where we grew up.

The fishing was fantastic. I don't have Shyra's pictures as yet of her catch, but when I do I will post them also. Shyra's first time fishing and she started off with a small 5lb lake trout and worked her way up to a 25lb lake trout. Kaeli caught herself some small ones too and then ended her trip with a 23lb lake trout.

It was great to hear the girls say that they had so much fun and would go again! We had wonderful weather while there. It only rained the first night and then we had some 29plus temps for the rest of the holiday.

We had to postpone our trip to the Athabasca Sand dunes to another trip. We started out, but the waves just got too big to make the crossing safely. We hadn't even made it to the middle of the lake when the swells were at 4 feet. Decided that our aerial views would have to do for this trip.

Spend some great time around the campfire at night. It was wonderful having no cell phone or internet access. So peaceful.

I over did things with my knee, but wasn't going to miss out on the tramping through the bush and seeing things. Actually I didn't realize how much walking I was doing until I got home, as I never checked the Fitbit while there. I have to take things a bit easier this week though as my knee is letting me know I over did things.

Getting Ready to Go:


Shyra being silly and giving me a "morning face". She really wasn't grumpy.


Kaeli is raring to go.


Garry doing his last minute checks.


Kaeli watching Garry help Shyra with her seat belt. We flew up to the lodge in a small 9 seater Caravan.

Shyra's first time in a small aircraft.

014 Leaving Ft. McMurray enroute to Lake Athabasca (Jug Bay) and the Gunner mine airstrip)


Approaching the Athabasca Sand Dunes on the south shore of Lake Athabasca






second installment coming soon! I will upload some more pictures after work today.

Have a great day,
Hugs,
Wanda

  
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SNUGLBUNIE 8/22/2012 7:32AM

    WOW, beautiful pictures and such an adventure :)

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SNUGLBUNIE 8/21/2012 7:07PM

    Lol someone doesn't look happy... very nice hubby :) and i thought i would get a upper hand on steps but not with you hee hee

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PJBONARRIGO 8/21/2012 7:05PM

    It sounds like you had a great trip. Awesome fishing too. Looking forward to some more pix- enjoyed the ones you did post :-) emoticon

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