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Thunderstorms....

Friday, July 18, 2008

I received this as an email today and thought how very appropriate for all of us. Children are able to break things down to the very basics and teach us great lessons.

Enjoy and reflect.

'A Child's View of Thunderstorms'

A little girl walked to and from school daily.

Though the weather that morning was questionable and clouds were forming, she made her daily trek to the elementary school.

As the afternoon progressed, the winds whipped up, along with lightning.

The mother of the little girl felt concerned that her daughter would be frightened as she walked home from school and she feared the electrical storm might harm her child.

Full of concern, the mother quickly got into her car and drove along the route to her child's school.

As she did she saw her little girl walking along. At each flash of lightning, the child would stop, look up, and smile. Another and another flash of lighting followed quickly and with each the little girl would look at the streak of light and smile.

When the mother asked her 'What are you doing?'

The child answered 'I am trying to look pretty because God keeps taking my picture.'

May God bless you today and everyday as you face the storms that come your way...

Sometimes everything we need is right in front of us.

Take the time to put aside your worries and concerns and acknowledge that God is right there keeping you safe and watching over you. He doesn't promise us clear skies, but He does promise to be with us always.

Have a wonderful spirit filled day and evening,
Hugs,
Wanda

PS Fabulous Friday....I'm fabulous because I am learning and listening to God's voice daily.

  
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MAURIZIA 7/19/2008 8:01AM

    Wanda, once again you start my day with huge smiles! Just to acknowledge G_d's care and faithfulness to us makes me happy! One of my favorite spiritual books is "Practicing the Presence of God." It's about a monk who is frustrated because the first job they give him when he joins the monastery is dishwashing - and he thinks that he joined to praise G_d...and instead he's a dishwasher - but the lesson is that we are ALWAYS in the presence of the Lord - in our light and in our darkness. This little girl and you remind me of that. ~~ Hugs, Mauri

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POLLY20 7/18/2008 8:58PM

    Wanda,You are so fabulous & incredible as well..Thanks for always having the right things to say & being here for us.. You always open my eyes.. Love & Hugs Polly God is Our Teacher is right..

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ALFREDIA 7/18/2008 7:17PM

  Wanda

Your story brought tears to my eyes and filled my heart. What trust and innocence children have. The tears aren't from sadness but from filling full at the sense of awe. I know it was a story but I think children are about as close as one can come to touching God.

You're fabulous because you support and encourage all of us sharing the things God shares with you. Yeah Wanda.

Marie

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MARLA7 7/18/2008 5:38PM

    Wanda - I'll never be able to look at a thunderstorm the same now! emoticon Thanks for sharing that story with us.

I like what you wrote at the end too:
"Take the time to put aside your worries and concerns and acknowledge that God is right there keeping you safe and watching over you. He doesn't promise us clear skies, but He does promise to be with us always."

I'll have to remember that. Thanks again. You're always coming up with good ones.
Love ya, Marla


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Sunshine after the yesterday's storm.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

What a beautiful sun shine day today, just perfect for our Capital Exhibition Parade. 1000's of people lined the streets of Edmonton to watch the parade....I on the other hand was at work!
As much as I would one day like to be watching the parade live, I must admit that I enjoy watching on TV better! Mostly because I really have a difficult time with all the crowds that get into their vehicles after and all try to get to the where ever they are going at the same time! LOL.
The exhibition will continue now for the 10 days. I'd love to go to see all the exhibits, but we'll see if we actually get there or not. I'm not into the rides as I like my feet firmly planted on the ground...fast rides leave me feel a tad unwell!

Not much happening for news today. A nice peaceful day, work to keep me busy, meetings that didn't go on forever, sun shine, emails from friends, well within my calorie range, lots of water has been drunk, walking done, now it's time to put my feet up and enjoy the evening.

Thinking of you all and trusting that your evening will be just as enjoyable.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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DHARBBY 7/18/2008 7:51AM

    I'm with you about the rides!! It's funny how things change. When I was younger, I LOVED roller coasters!!!! The bigger and more dangerous the better I liked it, but NOW!!!!! NO WAY !!! You couldn't PAY me to get on one! LOL And you're so right too about the crowds and getting out of there! LOL You take your life into your hands doing that!! lol
I'm glad you had a nice peaceful day. I hope you have a good day today! And hey...it's FRIDAY!!! So that automatically makes it a good day. LOL Love and hugs.

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MAURIZIA 7/18/2008 7:36AM

    Wanda, so what's that like - meetings that don't go on forever?? Hahaha...The ones that do seem not to accomplish much - do you agree? That parade sounds like fun - but I second the vote that watching it on TV is best! That's what I do with the Bristol 4th of July parade here one town south of mine ! This year they estimated about 200,000 people - YIKES! I get anxious just thinking about that horde! :) Glad you had such a good day! ~~ Maurizia

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ALFREDIA 7/17/2008 11:38PM

  Wanda

I don't always like to be in big crowds. When we have gone to ballgames I am a little tense until we get out of traffic. It seems everyone wants out right now and if I were driving we wouldn't leave for at least thirty minutes so I wouldn't have to worry. LOL Bob always pretty much takes it in stride.

It's great that we have the technology that brings such events as the Capital Exhibition Parade right into your living room. What wonderful gifts God blesses us with everyday.

What a relaxing and great day.

Hugs

Marie

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MARLA7 7/17/2008 9:15PM

    Wanda - I'm like you... I don't like rides either. I get sea sick!!! LOL Enjoy the exhibits if you get to go. If not... just relax & take life easy.
Love ya, Marla

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POLLY20 7/17/2008 8:42PM

    Wanda, You are really enjoying watching the Capital Exhibition Parade.. What an exciting event going on right there in your own town.. A short meeting, that is wonderful.. Three cheers for the one who put it together.. What a great gift not to have been listening & maybe half falling asleep with a long & drawn out presentation.. I just checked out Marie's Blog & I actually got chills, while I was reading & responding.. It's a good decision that you made to keep your feet grounded.. I'm getting a little seasick just thinking about the rides.. I'm a little dizzy anyways.. Little Vertigo going on.. I really hope that you & Gary find some Peacefulness in this evening
Keep smiling & enjoy this world that we live in.. You brighten up our lives, & Marie Lights up our lives.. True Motivators.. Love Ya
Polly

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Here's a list worth reading....

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

You may have seen this before, but a reminder is always a good thing! Even if you can't do everything on this list, doing one thing if a start!

Tips for an exceptional, superb & powerful life!

This is long but so worth the read and so refreshing.

1.) Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It
is the ultimate antidepressant.

2.) Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if necessary.

3.) Buy a TIVO (DVR), to tape your late night shows and therefore get more sleep.

4.) When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement,
'My purpose is to________ today.'

5.) Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.

6.) Watch more movies, play more games and read more books than you did last year.

7.) Always pray and make time to exercise.

8.) Spend more time with people over the age of 70, and under the age of 6.

9.) Dream more while you are awake.

10.) Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat fewer foods that are manufactured in plants.

11.) Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.

12.) Try to make at least three people smile each day.

13.) Clear your clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.

14.) Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires,
issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead, invest your energy in the positive present moment.

15.) Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class....... but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

16.) Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

17.) Smile and laugh more. It will keep the energy vampires away.

18.) Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

19.) Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

20.) Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

21.) You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

22.) Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

23.) Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

24.) Ladies - Go on and burn those 'special' scented candles, use the 600 thread count sheets, the good china and wear our fancy lingerie now. Stop waiting for a special occasion. Everyday is special.

25.) No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

26.) Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years, will all this matter?'

27.) Forgive everyone for everything.

28.) What other people think of you is none of your business.

29.) Time heals almost everything. Give time, time!

30.) However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

31.) Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch with them.

32.) Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

33.) Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. God
provides remember?!

34.) The best is yet to come...........in Heaven!

35.) No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

36.) Do the right thing!

37.) Call your family often.

38.) Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:
'I am thankful for __________.' And Today, I accomplished _________.

39.) Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

40.) Enjoy the ride. Remember that this is not Disney World, and you certainly don't want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life, so make the most of it and enjoy the ride.

LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH. LIFE'S A GIFT ... UNWRAP IT!

Have a Blessed day.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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MAURIZIA 7/17/2008 11:22AM

    Wanda, such a wonderful list...that is getting printed here as well - a copy for home and a copy for work! I learn so much from you...thank you for sharing...Being a positive blogger (tho' I've missed 2 days thanks to work & a virus) has made SUCH a difference in me - even in this short time. Thank you!!! ~~ Hugs, Maurizia

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POLLY20 7/17/2008 8:29AM

    If everyone could live this way, what a wonderful world this could be
Just to take the time to make it all happen & make it all a habit..
Great message.. I do have a copy of this as well.. I just need to read it more often.. Love & Hugs Polly Thanks for sharing this with everyone Wanda emoticon

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TRES_ME 7/16/2008 10:51PM

    What a great read Wanda! Thanks so much. emoticon

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KSNICKER 7/16/2008 9:20PM

    Wanda,
What a wonderful list... I know that I've read it before, but like you said worth the reminder... I thought that #14 was a good one too... Think I'll send a copy to DH... LOL
I'm saving a copy for me too... Thanks...

AND Thanks for the Anniversary Song... hee hee
You even sang on key... LOL

Talk to you next week...

((HUGS))

Kath
y

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ALFREDIA 7/16/2008 9:18PM

  Wanda

Even when you've seen these before it always bears reading and implementing.

Donna is right you always have such wonderful things to share with us. Thanks for being so supportive.

Marie

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DHARBBY 7/16/2008 8:02PM

    I loved this also. I am definitely copying this too to put up in front of me. It boggles my mind every night when I read your blogs!!! I just don't know how you do it. It's easy to read on paper, but so hard to do, at least for me, but at least I'm not giving up and every single thing that you and our fellow bloggers write help keep me going! So thank you again for another inspiring writing and directions on the right way to live a happy, positive life! I knew there had to be directions somewhere!! LOL
Have a wonderful night. Love and hugs.

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MARLA7 7/16/2008 6:38PM

    OH Wanda.... I love that. I'm copying it. Thank you. I especially could relate to #14 & #20! I'm going to keep the list on my fridge where I can read it daily. Thanks again for sharing.
((((((((((Hugs)))))))))
)) Marla

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Tuesday's blog

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A very chilly morning this morning as I headed out the door to work. Only 11 degrees C. (51.8F). Where did summer go???
Weather forecast is for continued thunderstorms and very little sunshine until the weekend, when it should get back up to about 25. Our Capital X days start this Thursday, they kick off with a big parade Thursday morning. Alas, I have to work, so will miss the actual parade, but I think they are going to be telecasting it on one of the local channels later. It lasts for 10 days, and if I can persuade my hubby that we should go to walk around the grounds and see all the exhibits, I may have accomplished a minor miracle. He hates the crowds and noise!

A good day today, got in some walking on both my breaks and then when I came home, I went for another much longer walk before having to pick up Shy from work. Managed to burn those 500 extra calories today with walking...yippee! I am focusing on reaching the 170's by the end of this month. I'm so close now...I can see them peeking over the hill! lol.

My girls and I are getting excited about our annual girls time. Last year Shy and I flew to Vancouver to meet Kaeli and then headed to Victoria for a weekend of fun and girl time. This year, we decided that seeing as Shy is low on funds after her Australia trip and Kaeli will be heading to Greece to complete her final semester in September that we would make our girls time just a day long event here at home. We booked ourselves in to an all day session at a spa. What a treat, we are really looking forward to it. Saturday is our big day! Next year, it will be Shy's turn to plan where we go, and what we do. We made the decision that no matter what, once a year we three get together and spend girl time together. With everyone going in different directions, we wanted to place a priority on staying connected to each other.
I love that the girls want to stay connected in this way.

Not much news in my day today, it was just a great day, lots of giggles and laughs at work.

Shy just came into the computer room and wanted to know if I wanted to walk to the store with her....why not, more exercise and another 30 walk in for the day.

Have a wonderful evening, find ways to stay connected to those that matter to you...the pay off is awesome.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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DHARBBY 7/16/2008 8:23AM

    I think it's wonderful about your "girls" day out. It's so important to stay connected, especially in our world today where everything and everyone is moving at 100 miles an hour constantly. Good for you all!!! You guys know what's important in life. What exactly is Capital X? I've never heard of that. But it sounds like fun! LOL You certainly are a little whirlwind with getting in your walking. You're doing so great!!! I'm hoping to catch up to you real soon!! LOL (I don't thing it's possible to catch up to you)
You have a terrific day and enjoy your spa day.
Love and hugs.

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REDCHICK5 7/16/2008 6:33AM

    Awww what a lovely idea - girls day! I must start something like that with my sisters and mum - esp now that we all don't live at home and are embarking on our independent lives! :)
Hope the spa is lush! thats my reward for my next goal weight...and I can't wait!! :):)
have another good day m'dear! :)

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KSNICKER 7/15/2008 8:59PM

    Brrrrr I thought it got a little chilly today... it was in the 80's here... I think 88... LOL
How nice that you have started this girls day with your daughters... Mine wouldn't even go for it I don't think... We'd have to make it a girls get together HOUR and that might be pushing it... lol

Andy's the same and Garry about those types of things . I rarely go unless I can talk my girlfriend into going which is rare too... Oh well... If you get there... Think of me and enjoy something special... lol Thanks... lol

Oh and yes Thursday is the big day... we'll be gone until Sunday... Not sure what time we'll be back...

Enjoy your girls day... Sounds so good...

((HUGS))

Kathy

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MARLA7 7/15/2008 8:56PM

    Wanda - Your girls day out sounds great! What a good idea!!! I wish I had the funds to do something like that with my daughter. She lives with us so at least we stay connected daily!

What an accomplishment you're doing with your walking. I cannot wait until my knee heals so I can get out there too. It's such a wonderful feeling!

((((((((Hugs))))))))))) Marla

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ALFREDIA 7/15/2008 8:43PM

  Wanda

You never know miracles may happen. I do know how he feels about crowds. When it gets really big and crowded I'm ready to go home.

Staying connected with your girls is awesome. Enjoy that walk. Getting to the 170's Yeah. Is there really a numer like that on the scale. It goes by so quick on mine. Especially since it's digital. LOL

Wow that weather up there if it keeps that up you may need to hunt up the fall and winter clothes.



Marie

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Weekend report

Monday, July 14, 2008

We went away this weekend. It was a great opportunity for me to see just how much my lifestyle has changed. I didn't have access to a computer and we were attending a family celebration where I had no control over what would be served. I'm thrilled to say that my thinking has definitely changed. I was very aware of the foods that I did eat, and because they were also foods that I was familiar with, I had a pretty good idea of what the calorie count would be. By my calculations (mentally calculations...oh oh!), I believe that I stayed with in my calorie range quite well. I ate lots of fresh veggies and fruit, yogurts, baked potato, passed on the meat, more because meat just not appeal to me, passed on the desserts, as once again, I don't have a sweet tooth and they really didn't appeal to me, drank lots of water(I took my own water with me, so always had some ready), as I don't drink alcohol that worked out great. I found it very interesting how my first thought before reaching for any food, was....can I afford to eat this today! LOL. I even managed to get some walking in, not as much as I would have liked, but figured the visiting with family that I hadn't seen for years was good mental exercise. We did have a great weekend. Garry's Mom and Dad were there, his brother and SIL came from BC and aunts and uncles from Saskatchewan as well as his sisters from Calgary, and I wowed them!
I was interested to note that the first remark from any of them was "You look fantastic...you look so young!" the weight elimination was secondary. I did some meditating on the "look so young" part and came to the conclusion that it may have more to do with the facts that I have so little stress now in my life and the spiritual journey that I am on has brought me so much more peace and acceptance, my positive outlook on life and refusing to allow negative energy be a part of my life, than with the actual weight elimination. Not to say that the weight elimination doesn't have something to do with it, but it seemed to be of secondary importance to those I talked to. Coming from my husband family, that is big....weight is a much discussed subject with many of them!
I'm thrilled to report that when I weighed in this morning...I have eliminated another pound! Go ME!
I am feeling much more confident that I will not have a hard time of maintaining this lifestyle once I have reached my goal weight. Although it was only a weekend, it was a weekend of no computer access and knowing that it was an automatic response to ask myself "can I afford to eat this today" has been a wonderful boost to my confidence. When we go away now in August to another reunion, we will be gone for 4 full days, no computer access, and again no control over foods served, but I will pack up my own snacks, fruit and water, and I'm set.

Am I excited about what I've learned, you bet!

Did I miss you guys, yep! Was thrilled to read your blogs this morning and see how positive you all are. See you don't really need me to help you see your positives, you are doing so well on your own! I'm a proud Momma! lol.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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DHARBBY 7/15/2008 9:17AM

    I have been anxiously awaiting the report from this reunion!! And I am definitely NOT disappointed in what I've read!! Good for you!! Not only did you make good choices, you ELIMINATED a pound on top of that!!! Yay for you! I'm proud of you. I agree with you that the reason for your "looking younger" is a result of your mental re-shaping than weight elimination. Nothing will age you faster than stress and unhappiness. I think you're going to be great at maintaining and handling your new lifestyle. You're working on the WHOLE package and not just the weight. I just can't tell you how wonderful I think you are. Love and hugs.

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MAURIZIA 7/15/2008 7:22AM

    Wanda, you are FABULOUS, girl! My vote is with Marla, Marie, Kathy & Polly - we missed you! I was so excited when I saw the email about your blog - your positive attitude rubs off on us - while we work at making it a habit for ourselves!

I'm so excited for you - especially that the weight was secondary to how stress and positive thinking can take years off one's body! I can't wait to get to the point where I don't have to write it down...but when I'm away - I keep my trusty little notebook handy - I still need that visual.

Welcome home! ~~ Hugs, Maurizia

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ALFREDIA 7/14/2008 11:20PM

  Wanda

Now that you stated where you were I now remember that in your blogs. Just a senior moment. We get so used to your encouragement and that contagious postive attitude of yours. You were missed.

Yeah on the reunion and all the positive comments you received from Gary's family. That sounds so great they were on the supportive side. Great job on the eating those times are always challenges. Can't wait until it becomes second nature for me and I can be fabulous because of it. LOL

Marie

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KSNICKER 7/14/2008 9:10PM

    Wanda - Don't go thinking we don't need you... You are our Positive leader... We DO need you... I'm still learning... lol So no weaning me off yet... hee hee

You did so well on your trip... and wowed everyone... Woo Hoo! But I knew you would... Thanks for sharing your tip about the comment..."can I afford to eat this today" I may use that one when I go for 3 days starting on Thursday. It will be the same for me... No computer and it will be hard to keep on track eating out most meals. I will bring fruit and water... but the other meals I will just have to make good choices... So hopefully I can learn from you...
I appreciate you sharing with us... It is such a help for me...Thanks

So glad that you enjoyed yourself...

Have a good night...

((hugs))


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POLLY20 7/14/2008 9:03PM

    Wanda I'm so glad that you & Garry got to go away.. It's great to visit other places.. Good for you both.. Getting away is always so good for the soul.. tom & I are going to Maine for an overnight.. We all missed you so much, but glad that you are back with us.. You also missed our Friday night Sock Hop.. Lots of fun & Music & Friends.. Love Ya Polly

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MARLA7 7/14/2008 7:52PM

    Wanda - Oh, but you're wrong. We do need you! Always. Missed you. So glad you had an enjoyable time, wowed them all & continued making your healthy choices. After all, this is our new way of life. So glad you're back.
(((((((((((Hugs))))))))))) Marla

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