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Keeping my focus

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

I'm gearing up for a long day at work today as I have a mandatory meeting which will add another couple of hours on to my work day. I am keeping my focus on the positive though, much easier that way.

It's back to a blustery rainy day again today. I did get a bit of time yesterday to get out and pull some of my onions. Although, I'm going to have to pull them in to a drier spot to cure as the sun is not available to do it's job. I'll put them back out if things dry up a bit.

Our summery weather seems to have deserted us already. These blustery days of fall seem to be what is in store for us. Siggghhh.

My gratefuls:
1. I'm grateful for having a nice bit of weather yesterday to get a few outdoor chores done.
2. I'm grateful for sales that allowed me to get some new sheers for my DR and LR windows at a very good price.
3. I'm grateful for all the steps I was able to get in yesterday, they keep my knee active.
4. I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve on different committees at work, they teach me much about cooperation and teamwork.
5. I'm grateful for having the truck this morning to drive myself to work as I have a long day today and can get home without taking Garry away from the busy part of his day.
6. I'm grateful for a healthy lunch to take to work, I don't have to buy something at the the restaurant.
7. I'm grateful for my Aunt and Uncle who just celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. Such a great example to follow.
8. I'm grateful for love, laughter and hugs that make each of us feel so a part of this family.
9. I'm grateful for the grace that God provides me with each day that helps me to be a better person.
10. I'm grateful for freedom of choice.

Have a wonderful day,

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YOYONOMORE1 9/4/2012 2:42PM

    Wow, 62 yrs. congrats to your aunt & uncle, that is quite an accomplishment. I got some cleaning done before the humidity snuck back in to the day. Good gratefuls.


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DARLY55 9/4/2012 8:01AM

    Well stated.

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SNUGLBUNIE 9/4/2012 7:20AM

    Have a great day Wanda.

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Holiday Monday!

Monday, September 03, 2012

Yay, it looks like we might have at least one day of this long weekend as a warm and sunny day! The weekend so far has been cold and blustery with periods of rain. The sky looks clear this morning and there is no wind. Woo Hoo.

I heard our chime clock go off at 6 am this morning and was half way out of bed with an exclamation of "oh sh..." before I remembered that I didn't have to be at work this morning. Kismet looked at me like I had lost my mind as I had disturbed her sleep too.

My positives:
1. I am grateful that today is a holiday Monday and that I was not late for work as I jump started my morning.
2. I am grateful for what appears to be a nice day shaping up so that I can get some of my garden work done.
3. I am grateful for Garry taking time yesterday to get my new curtain rods up in the dining room and I now have lovely sheers up on the windows.
4. I am grateful that our girls live so close and we are able to be there for each other and help each other out as needed.
5. I am grateful for the joy of a new day and the opportunity to make healthy choices.
6. I am grateful for the internet that allows me to stay in touch with friends.
7. I am grateful my fitbit that motivates me to keep walking.
8. I am grateful for Estelle for joining me in my virtual walk as she also keeps me motivated.
9. I am grateful for the daily challenges that come my way as they allow me to grow and learn.
10. I am grateful for having a yard that I can transform into a productive garden space, which enables me to grow healthy foods.

Have a wonderful holiday Monday.

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SNUGLBUNIE 9/3/2012 1:54PM

    LOL, I can just picture you this morning. Hope you have a wonderful extra day off :)

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BUSYBRE 9/3/2012 9:24AM

    I am googling fitbit now ... have a great day in the garden!

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3G1RLS4ME 9/3/2012 9:03AM

    Happy labor day what is fitbit
Send some cold thoughts to TJ please this heat is driving me nuts lol

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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,

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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,

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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.


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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.


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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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