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It's a Winnie the Pooh day outside today!

Sunday, September 02, 2012

It is very wet and blustery outdoors today. The temperatures have dropped enough that I'm contemplating having to turn the furnace on! So much for doing any gardening and harvesting today. On the plus side, Monday is still a holiday, so perhaps I will be able to get it done then.

It's a good day for staying indoors and maybe putting the fireplace on and having a cup of hot chocolate....oh boy "winter" activities already *grin*.

I haven't done my tally for this week, but I'm pretty sure that I have reached my destination of Cass Lake, MN. I'll hang about abit exploring and waiting for Estelle to arrive and then start my journey back home. I wonder if I can make it home for Christmas....I will have to really step up the pace I think to do it. Will have to see how well the knee holds out!

My list of thankfulness.
1. I am thankful for a day spent with Garry yesterday running small errands and just having time to be together.
2. I am thankful for Bre's safe return to Canada and am looking forward to hearing all about her time in Paris.
3. I am thankful for my home that protects me from the elements.
4. I am thankful that Kismet's paw seems to doing alright, she hasn't been showing signs as yet of any infection and she seems to be allowing it to heal on it's own.
5. I am thankful for having a cold storage room that I can keep all my potatoes and onions in as well as providing us with a well stocked pantry.
6. I am thankful for the blessing of my kefir grains. They provide my family with probiotics in a healthy way.
7. I am thankful for my juicer which allows me to juice fruit and veggies to obtain not only the juice from them, but the pulp that I can freeze to use in baking.
8. I am thankful for the gift of hearing that allows me to hear the world around me.
9. I am thankful for the love that is such a huge part of our family.
10. I am thankful that God deems me worthy of daily blessings.

Have a wonderful day,
Hugs,
Wanda

  
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SNUGLBUNIE 9/2/2012 11:54AM

    Wanda, congrats on getting to Cass Lake :) If you are going to make it home by Christmas, you better leave now, LOL. You will have to double your steps in order to make it because it took you 8 months to get there and there is only 4 months to go for xmas. I know you can do it, LOL. I think I'll fly home, hee hee :) Have a great day and stay toasty.

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BUSYBRE 9/2/2012 11:24AM

    Hi - I'll have to google fitbit and see what it is. I have a little 'somethin-somethin' for you, too. I'll be putting it into an envelope and mailing it. I can't believe you need to put the heat on already. I've been testing out a new raw chocolate w chile peppers in it - that might heat things up a little more for your 'hot chocolate' ... enjoy the remainder of the long weekend!

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Weekend off to a busy start!

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Yesterday (Friday) was my last Friday off before starting back to my regular work schedule. Although the day looked like it might be just a relaxing day, the opposite ended up being true.

I headed out the door at 8 am to the vet's office to inquire about obtaining something to give Kismet to sedate her so that I could bring her in for the Vet to have a look at. We finally were able to determine what had been causing her to limp for the past few weeks. Bear in mind, this is a cat that doesn't allow you to touch her if she doesn't want you to and a cat's natural instincts to keep hidden as much as they can any injuries. It turns out that she had an embedded claw nail in her paw. Apparently this is something that can occur in older cats as they don't seem to scratch as much to keep their nails short.
The vet's office didn't want to give me anything as they had never seen the cat before and were willing to see her even with the knowledge that she would not be happy and would most likely fight. Off I went to the purchase a pet carrier that would have a big enough opening in it to easily allow me to get her into a cage. I came home and left the cage on the floor for her to get a bit accustomed to, put one of her blankets in it and they proceeded to start in on the bags of apples that I needed to process.
Spent the next 4 hours processing apples and getting them into my freezer for winter's use. YAY. I still have more to do yet this weekend.
Off to the vet's office with Kismet in the cage, so far so good. She was actually pretty quiet on the drive there and until the vet's assistant opened the cage door in the treatment room. Then the fun began. They had two assistants, towels and leather gloves that came up to their shoulders on and a leather mask to put over her face that allowed her to breath but not to bite. Let's put it this way...they were brave, Kismet was not happy and I learned how terrifying a cat's angry scream can sound! It was a good thing that I was able to get her there and that they were able to control her enough that the Vet was able to do what needed to be done. She had two more claws on the verge of embedding as well as the one that was. An hour later, she was back in her cage, draped in towels to darken it and help to calm her down, all vaccinations done, an injection of a 2 week antibiotic in her system, claws all clipped and a paw free of an embedded claw. Poor wee girl, very exhausted, frightened and wanting to just go home. She is doing fine this morning and has forgiven me enough to allow me to give her a cuddle. I will just have to watch her paw for any signs of infection.
The girls came over for home made pizza supper and camp fire so the day ended on a great note.

My gratefuls:
1. I am grateful that prayer was answered in being able to get Kismet into a cage and transported to the vet to have her paw and claws fixed.
2. I am grateful for the bravery of the assistants and Vet in being willing to help Kismet despite all the angry sounds emitting from her.
3. I am grateful for having the day off to be able to take Kismet to the Vet's as well as to get my apples processed.
4. I am grateful for a wonderful ending to my day, the girls coming over as well as Shy's boyfriend to enjoy each other's company and unwind.
5. I am grateful for this long weekend that gives me time to accomplish many tasks on my to do list.
6. I am grateful for my knee brace that helps me to keep my knee stable.
7. I am grateful for the blessing of a new day, a new opportunity to be the best that I can be this day, spiritually, physically and mentally.
8. I am grateful for the harvest that my garden is providing allowing me to feed my family with healthy products and saving money.
9. I am grateful for a husband who is beginning to see the value of being prepared for all emergencies.
10. I am grateful for the wisdom that is given to each of us so freely when we choose to quiet our spirits and listen from within.

Have a fun filled and wonderful day,
hugs,
Wanda

  
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BUSYBRE 9/1/2012 6:02PM

    Sorry I was laughing too ... I wondered if at the vets they wished they'd given you the sedative you originally came for - heheh.

I'm back from all my adventures and ready to get with the program again - slow & steady.

Feels good to be back.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your long weekend!

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YOYONOMORE1 9/1/2012 1:50PM

    I am sorry, but I had to laugh reading your description of the adventure of getting Kismet to the vet and taken care of, as a cat lover I know a trip to the vet can be quite the experience, I am so glad for all of you that the vet and assistants could get done what needed to be done for her, bless her little heart. Love your list of gratefulls. I am glad also that your day ended enjoyable.

Hugs,
Shirl

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SNUGLBUNIE 9/1/2012 12:48PM

    Wow eventful day with cat and all. Have a great one today

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SUNSHINE99999 9/1/2012 10:49AM

  Not everyone is so grateful so well done. I hope your fall is great. Blessings.

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Labor day Long Weekend

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Labor Day Long weekend, the signal that Fall is here. School starts, new TV programs are on the horizon, clubs and services begin again. September to me is a time of renewal. So many things begin again in September.

Although I'm always sad to see the beginning of the end of summer days, Fall does offer so many new opportunities also.
It's the end of my gardening, but at the same time it's the beginning of see my pantry and freezer filled with good choices. It's all in how you choose to look at things.

My positives:
1. I am thankful for my garden that allows me to put up healthy choices in the fall to feed my family during the winter months.
2. I am thankful for cooler days of fall as I can sit outside longer and enjoy the beauty of God's handiwork.
3. I am thankful for finally discovering why my cat has been limping...and trust that I will know how to fix it.
4. I am thankful for having this Friday off work so that I can enjoy a 4 day weekend before our very busy time begins at work.
5. I am thankful for the blessing of two large bags of apples from Susan which I will turn into apple slices in my freezer for winter dishes.
6. I am thankful for Garry having such a blessed month with earnings at his work as it ensures our mortgage and other bills that he covers are met for September.
7. I am thankful for being able to sleep in this morning until 7, I am ready to face the days tasks.
8. I am thankful for the little squirrels that scurry back and forth along our back fence, they teach me much about being industrious.
9. I am thankful for the wisdom and guidance that God and my guides provide for me when I take the time to truly guiet heart and listen.
10. I am thankful for opportunities as yet unrevealed that this new day has to offer me.

Enjoy being alive, recognize that it is a gift offered to you.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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PEPPYPATTI 8/31/2012 5:25PM

    How awesome your words are! I just love your gratitude list. I love fall as well, it makes me think of the smell of pencils-lol!
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SNUGLBUNIE 8/31/2012 1:19PM

    Woohoo for long weekends. Have a great one.

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Skimming the surface...

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I'm just skimming the surface on my brain waves this morning. Nothing profound or meaningful is presenting itself. The only thing running through my mind is a continuation of the past couple of days of blogging. Just a review of the thoughts that have run through my mind. From this, I assume, that the spirit is still got something to teach me and that is why I haven't moved anywhere else in the thought process. I'm okay with that. Happiness and choices...there is much to learn, review and consider about those thoughts.

I'm greatly enjoying the exercise of listing 10 things that I am grateful for each morning and why. It is becoming easier to find those 10 things as I continue to do this exercise. I have always listed my positives in my blogs, but this exercise feels deeper somehow. Perhaps, it is just that it is more focused, not sure.

Tomorrow is my last Friday off of work before heading back into my regular work schedule. i have really enjoyed have Fridays off for the past 3 months. The bonus is that this weekend is also a long weekend, so instead of 3 days off, I will have 4.

My Grateful list:
1. I am grateful for my job that has allowed me to work a 4 day work week for the past 3 months. It has been a benefit to myself in giving me a 3 day weekend each week and benefit to my company as I have been able to use up my overtime hours.
2. I am grateful for fingers that have freedom of movement enabling me to do my work on the computer at work and at home.
3. I am grateful for Susan who has offered me her excess apples from her tree, I will be able to make juice as well as apples sliced up in the freezer for later use.
4. I am grateful for Facebook which reminds me of family and friends birthdays.
5. I am grateful for having the freedom of choice so that I might live my life the best way I can.
6. I am grateful for Garry as he shares his day with me and trusts and values my opinions.
7. I am grateful for my children and the close relationship that we have. They are amazing adults with much to offer those around them.
8. I am grateful for my family's health that allows us all to live medication free.
9. I am grateful for the opportunity to have a performance review once a year at work so that I am able to share my thoughts and learn and grow in my job.
10. I am grateful for the blessing of another day of life, to start anew each day and become a healthier and better person.

May your day be filled with blessings and will power to do what is best for yourself.

(Just had to share this one, as I thought hmmmm, what a great excuse *grin*)

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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PEPPYPATTI 8/30/2012 6:37PM

    That is a great gratitude list! Just love the pic!
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SNUGLBUNIE 8/30/2012 7:33AM

    Love that :) Have a great long weekend. I'm off as of noon and so looking forward to it. I will be in touch during my vacation.

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TELFERS01 8/30/2012 7:19AM

  You go!

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Happiness

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Happiness...Webster's definition:
1 obsolete : good fortune : prosperity
2 a : a state of well-being and contentment : joy b : a pleasurable or satisfying experience
3 : felicity, aptness



How often do we think we will be happy" if only"? The fact is...we can choose to be happy regardless of who or what is in our lives. We do not need to rely on this happening or that happening, or this or that person being in our lives.
Happiness comes from within ourselves. We decide if we are going to be happy. Happiness is only dependent upon whether or not we decide we are going to be happy regardless of circumstances. Oh, I know there are circumstances out there that seem impossible to rise above, the fact is though, when we allow those circumstances to decide for us, we are giving away our power. We are giving those circumstances rent-free head space, we giving the circumstances the power to control us.
No, it's not easy to be happy all the time, but it is our choice. Do we keep ourselves in a situation that surrounds us with negativity, or do we choose to remove ourselves from that situation. By creating positives in our lives, we create a happier life. Our thoughts have the power to manifest themselves. The more we think on our thoughts (negative or positive) the more those thoughts work to create the life we are thinking about.

My grateful list:
1. I am grateful for today, it is a new opportunity to be the best I can be.
2. I am grateful for my family and friends that through their actions and reactions teach me many lessons.
3. I am grateful for the coolness of the night time that allows me to sleep comfortably.
4. I am grateful for my job, work that I enjoy, which allows me to earn a living.
5. I am grateful my knee brace that is helping to keep my knee stable and perhaps move along the path to healing.
6. I am grateful for the internet that allows me to stay in touch with family and friends.
7. I am grateful for my local library that allows me to borrow books to help me to learn and grow as well as to provide me with entertainment.
8. I am grateful for my Fitbit that helps me to keep motivated and moving.
9. I am grateful for my back yard and the tranquility that it provides.
10. I am grateful that God never gives up on me, even when I give up on myself.

Have a wonderful day, choose to be happy today.



Hugs,
Wanda

  
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DARLY55 8/29/2012 8:49PM

    You must have inside information to my brain waves!
We share a common philosophy!
Thanks for putting it writing so eloquently.

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LEXIE63 8/29/2012 2:28PM

    Nice blog. :-)


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YOYONOMORE1 8/29/2012 1:36PM

    Wonderful blog. Liked the daily challenge you gave us yesterday, you do good work. I chose to be happy today, it sure beats being sad and mopy (sp). I have a cool smooth jazz station playing over my internet, it mellows me out, tomorrow Ill be doing more cleaning so will put the oldies back on. Tomorrow is the last of the free summer concerts, hope our DD, SIL and GS will join us again. Happily enjoy your evening.

Hugs,
Shirl

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TDEMAIO2 8/29/2012 7:58AM

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LATTELEE 8/29/2012 7:37AM

  Interesting!

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SNUGLBUNIE 8/29/2012 7:24AM

    I always love your blogs, but this one has hit home this morning. I will choose to be happy today. Thank you my friend :)

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