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Monday, October 13, 2008

Wow, 2200 km in less than 72 hours....I have a numb bum from all that sitting! lol
We had a fabulous time though. We spent overnight in Valemount BC after traveling through a white out snow storm for about 20 minutes near Edson Alberta, and then some rain. Got up in the morning to -7 degrees, scraped frost off the windows and headed through peasoup fog for Kamloops(3 more hours of driving) and spent a very short couple of hours visiting with Garry's aunt and uncle...who really are our good friends not just relatives. Sure do miss those more frequent visits with them now that we aren't living in BC. It was great to see them and catch up on each others lives. I invited Jeannie to stop by SP and our team. Told her I was going to looking for her, so if she takes up the offer, I know you guys will make her welcome. Our trip from Kamloops to Williams Lake was much nicer weather wise and we didn't encounter any freezing rain/snow until just before Williams Lake. Got there about 4pm Saturday afternoon.
Hazel and Rod are thrilled with their new vehicle that we delivered to them. They had purchased a new vehicle through Garry. Hazel made a marvelous Thanksgiving supper (yes, turkey and all the trimmings). Other friends of our joined us for supper and a great time of playing cards and visiting. It was great timing as Terry and Carol had just sold their home and are moving to Kelowna BC. We played cards and a crazy game called "Mexican train". Had a blast...just like old times where we got together almost every weekend to play cards or board games.
After an early morning of breakfast, we were on the road again heading back home. Almost 11 hours of straight driving saw us home late last night. A whirl wind trip for sure, but so worth all the aches and numb bum today!

Missed you guys, so I'm off now to check out the blogs and posts and find out what you have all been up to the past couple of days.

My positives:

An opportunity to share SP with Jeannie, Hazel and Carol.
Visiting with friends.
Safe trip.
Singing along in the vehicle with Garry and just sharing and chatting. It was either that or silence....when you are driving through the mountains the radio reception is non-existant!
Getting back home again.
Knowing that God has us exactly where we are supposed to be...seeing Williams Lake again after 8 years of being away just confirmed we are glad that we moved! Other than missing our friends...there are no emotional ties to the place at all. And that's a good thing.

Have an awesome day.


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MARLA7 10/13/2008 10:04PM

    Wanda - Welcome home! We missed ya! I'm so glad that you & your Dear Hubby enjoyed your visit & your holiday! Love you, Marla

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NJMATTICE 10/13/2008 6:38PM

    Sounds like a great trip. I guess sometimes it's good to go back so you see just how far you have come. Now, just get your behind back in order and you'll be all set. They have this lovely glute stretch in the Spark Fitness area. Could be just the ticket. Have a great evening and it is very nice to have you back in our midst.
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POLLY20 10/13/2008 3:13PM

    Wanda, The" Welcome Home Banner" is hanging here just for you & Garry's return.. Glad that you made this business trip count for a great homecoming.. You were missed & though of so very often.. I'm so glad that you all got to celebrate your Thankgiving together.. Happy Thanksgiving Dear Sweet Wanda.. Glad that you are back safe & sound & hope that your numb bum is felling better.. Glad that you were singing to your hearts content.. Love Ya Always Polly Today is Donna H's birthday & her friend was hoping that we all might send an e-card or message so that when she gets her internet back she'll be able to read it.. Cheers

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A day filled with laughter

Thursday, October 09, 2008

This is where we are going tomorrow. It will take us about 12 hours of driving to get there.

Well, it's been a long, long work day today. A 10 hour day, but now I'm on holidays! Yippee!.

What a great and crazy day at work. Seemed like everyone in our department had got the singing bug and were filled with crazy antics. We were even singing Christmas songs! Fridays are usually the day that craziness happens in our department, but today was the new Friday!

Tomorrow Garry and I are heading out to Williams lake, BC. Friends of ours purchased a new vehicle through Garry and we are delivering it to them and bringing back their trade-in. We'll make a detour through Kamloops to see family then head to Williams Lake on Saturday afternoon. Because it's where we used to live, we will hopefully see lots of friends. Hazel is planning a dinner party for several Saturday night so that will be fun.

We hope to be back late, late Sunday night. On the off chance that we don't get back until Monday, I'm going to try to post next week's challenges early. I probably won't have access to a computer while away, but I'll be thinking of you. I'm even planning on wearing my elastic band and ping and sing while gone! Now that's dedication for you! lol.

My positives.

A fabulous day at work, so many laughs and so much craziness.
Managed to get the mole hill on my desk reduced sufficiently.
Email from Kaeli.
Phone call tonight from Hazel wishing us a safe trip.
Knowing that we'll be seeing family and friends this weekend. What a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend (it's Canada's)
This team that brightens my day with their enthusiasm and support.
God who blesses my life.
My garage door is finally fixed.

Have an awesome evening, and weekend. I'll post the challenges tomorrow before leaving.


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POLLY20 10/10/2008 10:01AM

    Wanda, I bet that it'll be so nice to celebrate Thanksgiving with some Friends.. Happy Thanksgiving..I'm glad that so many of you have found the Spirit a day earlier.. Now you can all expand on the funship with friendship..
Sounds like your trip will be heading you for a long drive..Just being together makes it all worth while.. I know that you & Garry will enjoy each other company.. I'll be here to respond to you next blog before you head out to your trip.. Have a safe trip & Blessings for Thanksgiving.. Love Ya Always Polly

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NJMATTICE 10/10/2008 9:33AM

    Have a Fabulous Holiday. Come back all refreshed and infused with new energies. I will think of you as I read anything positive that I may pick up at my local library today. I think I may browse the used book store also as a fun thing to do. See if I can find a bargain to own. Safe journey to you. I look forward to your tales from "abroad".
Nancy emoticon only car I could find for a "road trip" sticker

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MAURIZIA 10/10/2008 6:59AM

    Happy Thanksgiving, Wanda! Now, do you all celebrate with turkey & fixings like we do here in the states? Yesterday must have been pre-Christmas voice training...We were assembling bags for "Flames of Hope" on Saturday night...and were singing Christmas songs...and learning to count to 5 in Italian, Thai, German, Spanish, French, Laotian...

Have a safe trip!

Hugs, Mauri

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MARLA7 10/10/2008 5:04AM

    Wanda - Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your trip & don't stuff yourself with too much turkey and pumpkin pie! Will miss ya. Love ya, Marla

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ALFREDIA 10/9/2008 11:48PM


I'm smiling because I'm sure I heard all of you singing today. What I always liked was when we sometimes made up our own lyrics simply because we couldn't remember the real ones. LOL I can hear all of you laughing.

Enjoy the trip but I'm sure you will. You always seem to make the best of any situation.


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a long blog .....

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

I just had to post these two items from Daily OM. They certainly fit right into my day. On top of the emoticon that I received today as my sticker...I'm thinking the good Lord has been trying to communicate with me!!

October 7, 2008
Avoiding Negative Vibrations
Taking on the Energy of Others
There are times when you may find that being around certain individuals or groups of people leaves you with feelings of discomfort. It may be that spending time with a particular friend feels draining or that dealing with a specific coworker exhausts you. Being around toxic or angry people is also draining. And you may even find that being surrounded by a crowd of people lowers your energy levels rather than perks you up. This is not that unusual. Each of us radiates energy and is capable of being influenced by the energy of other people. It is important to learn how to shield yourself, so you donít unknowingly take on someone elseís energy. While some people know how to instinctively protect themselves from being adversely affected by energy, most of us need to discover and practice the technique that works best.

There are a number of ways to avoid being affected by peopleís energy. Shielding is one preventative technique you can use. Center yourself and envision being enveloped in a cocoon of loving and protective light. This protective layer should allow you to consciously regulate the energy around you. The intent to shield oneself is all you need for this technique to work. You can even create a trigger word to assist you in quickly creating a shield. Say this word each time you create a new shield, until the word and the shield become automatically associated in your mind. If you run into a person whose energy you find draining, you may want to cleanse your own energy field after your encounter. Sage, cold showers, singing, mineral water baths, spending time in nature, and a simple break to recharge are all ways to accomplish this.

While it is important to know how to shield yourself from energy, there are those energies that you may not want to shut out. The energy of laughter from a newborn baby, the feeling of joy radiating from someone in love, and the frequency of calm emanating from an enlightened teacher are just some of the energies coming from others that you may want to have around you.

October 7, 2008
Take Relaxation Breaks
Scorpio Daily Horoscope
You could have a full schedule of appointments and meetings, which may mean that you feel busy today. Although it may be stimulating and interesting to engage in so many activities throughout the day, you might wish to take breaks and allow yourself time to slow down, rest, and relax. Making room in your schedule for yourself today can help you to not only feel better about your own well-being but can also give you an additional boost of energy to meet the demands of your day. Even something as simple as taking a walk through the park during lunch or meditating for a few minutes during your break could make it easier for you to get through your tasks in way that is healthy, calm, and peaceful.

Creating relaxation breaks for ourselves infuses our tasks with fresh energy. There are always times when we have so much on our plates that it feels almost energizing. If we can recognize that during these times our energy doesnít come from running around but from slowing down and taking care of ourselves, we will be more able to take our responsibilities in stride. Meditation breaks or silent walks in which we listen to the sounds that surround us are ways in which we can balance the things we must do with our well-being. By taking relaxation breaks today you will become more effective at what you need to do for you will be able to step back and see things from a more relaxed perspective.

Sorry for the long blog, but there are just those days that the messages you receive are just so appropriate.

My Positives:
A God who cares so much for me, that He keeps on repeating His message until I get it.
Finally getting a very difficult order sent and off my desk and do list!
Meeting that went well.
My SP friends who make all this so worth while. Thanks for all your support and encouragement.
Knowing that I only have two more working days until I am once again on holidays! Yay...I'm on holidays from Oct 10 to the 21st.
Being so blessed.

Have a wonderful evening ,

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KSNICKER 10/8/2008 7:35PM

    Wanda - So sorry that I missed your blog too... Geez Spark is having problems and I haven't been getting any messages ... So today I'm thinking that I need to just go check and sure enough there are blogs I haven't seen... lol

BTW - I thought of posting that same Daily OM ... The first one... lol I'm so happy that Mauri sent me one and that I joined... I love all the post they send...

Enjoy your Holiday... I'm thinking that all of you in Canada get extra Holidays... LOL I have another friend that lives there and she gets like 5 weeks a year... lol

have a great evening... Hope you are getting messages from Spark...

I did a special blog today that I am very proud of... It's about my journey with Spark...



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POLLY20 10/8/2008 11:37AM

    Wanda, You're always keeping us on our toes.. I always enjoy your blogs..I
try to avoid the negatives as much as I possibly can.. Positives just glow inside out.. Love & Hugs Always Polly

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GERRYD8784 10/7/2008 11:44PM

    Lots of interesting ideas in this blog, Wanda. Thanks for sharing!

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ALFREDIA 10/7/2008 10:38PM

  Thank you for the information.

Love the holiday positive. Time off.


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TERSIEFROG 10/7/2008 10:35PM

    Isn't it nice when we receive those messages that we need to hear exactly when we need to hear them? I love when that happens.

Is that you on the surf board???

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NJMATTICE 10/7/2008 6:39PM

I have questions. But the information had some good answers too. I'm on a relaxation break right now. And now I am going back to tasks. Thanks for the positive break.
Thanks for the emoticon

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Life is good!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Motivational Monday...think I needed some help in the motivation department today...sigggghhhh. Must have been all the work we accomplished on the weekend. Even our garage was in protest! When I went to leave for work this morning, the garage door wouldn't open, a spring snapped and broke. Good thing my car was parked outside and I was able to get to work. Unfortunately the repair people can't come for a couple of days, so now we need to use the front door (like normal people would lol),
Busy day at work, poor Geff ended up going home sick, a good indication that flu season is beginning. Tomorrow we have meetings all morning and then I need to get an excel sheet updated and sent to a vendor so they can finish doing the computer connections on their end. This is a new vendor we are adding, so want to get everything done right the first time.

Quin made it home late last night, and will take a couple of days to relax before heading out the door again to his winter job.

My positives:
Quin is home, even if only for a couple of days.
My car was parked outside the garage instead on inside like last time!
Geff took his sick self home so he didn't spread the germs.
Managed to pick up some groceries on the way home today, so I don't have to go out again.
Life is a positive, at least I choose to make it so!

Have a wonderful evening all,

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STORMTMB 10/5/2009 8:40PM

    Wanda, Do you ever go back and read your old blogs? You've been doing it for a long time... this one was a year ago!

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POLLY20 10/7/2008 11:26AM

    Wanda, Sounds lie the Flu is starting & making it's way around to lots of people.. Glad that your car was outside & It was great to see Quin.. So much
fun to visit with him.. Stay healthy & sending love & Hugs Your way.. Love Ya Always Polly

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KSNICKER 10/6/2008 10:48PM

    Wanda, Sounds like you were a little tired from all that work this weekend eh? Well hope you get rested up tonight... You'll see, you'll be back to your motivated self in no time...

I'm so glad that Geff went home instead of passing his flu on to everyone else... I never understood when people would do that...

Hang in there my friend...

Oh and come on down and take a swim in my Spa pool of 83 degrees... hee hee I knew you would like that...



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ALFREDIA 10/6/2008 9:21PM

  After your weekend of clearing out the garage I can understand why you might have needed some motivation. Lots of work.

The car being parked on the outside ..........isn't it wonderful the way God looks out for us.

Sounds like you are busy.


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De-cluttering, an ongoing saga!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

I was so tired last night that I just went to bed. Garry and I got a fair amount accomplished yesterday in the de-clutter department. Still lots to go, amazing where all this "stuff" comes from. You don't notice it as you gradually put stuff here or put stuff there over the years and then when you start to actually deal with it....wow...there is lots!
We basically concentrated on the garage yesterday, with just some minor things brought up from the basement. The basement is going to be another marathon weekend of cleaning out. At least the garage is now useable again for parking a vehicle in. I spent a couple hours yesterday just shredding old papers. Boxes of old personal papers/income taxes files that are now over 10 years old and can safely be shredded. What a great feeling to finally be able to clear that out. Because winter is coming, we decided that doing the garage first was a wise idea. Tackling one room at a time makes more sense to us, than trying to do it all at once.
The previous owners of the house had left stuff here that they have never come and gotten, even after repeated calls to them, so yesterday all the bottles that they had cleaned and saved for bottling their own beer got hauled to the bottle recycle depot and the bench seat from their vehicle, Garry is going to take to the auto wreckers to sell. They also left a really nice old trunk, which we decided we would keep and use.

Sorry, I got interrupted, but in a good way...Kaeli just phoned! I've have now passed the phone off to her Dad and sister. She is enjoying Greece and the excavation, but missing everyone. Only a couple more months and she will be home again...how time passes.

Quin will be home today also. He phoned last night to say that he should be here sometime late today. The lodge is now closed until next May. The ice is beginning to form on the lake already!

My Positives:
More de-cluttering accomplished.
Feeling like we are making head way in becoming more organized.
Kaeli's phone call, always a huge positive!
Quin will be home today.
Serenity Sunday today.
God's many blessing in my life.

Have a wonderful serenity Sunday everyone.


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MAURIZIA 10/6/2008 10:56AM

    Wanda, you're inspiring me! I managed to get one corner cleaned out of boxes, eetc. and did a corner of my office this a.m. ~~ Hugs, Mauri

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ALFREDIA 10/6/2008 10:30AM

  After that work out no wonder you were ready for bed. It's always great to get things straightened out but a good work out.

Love hearing from my children. As they get older they become more independent but that is what they should become. I know you will be happy to have your son return home........Kaeli too when the time comes.


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GERRYD8784 10/5/2008 9:51PM

    Wanda, you've accomplished quite a bit in this de-cluttering effort! I got sidetracked, I'm afraid, and have made very little progress.

I'm glad your daughter is enjoying her time in Greece. It will go quickly I'm sure! Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday. To answer your question, my daughter is in the DR for work -- she works for a large resort corporation, spent the last year in Florida, and has now been transferred to a newly renovated resort in Punta Cana. We are hoping to visit her while she's there, but have no definite plans yet.

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POLLY20 10/5/2008 9:37PM

    Wanda, You've got a jump on the De-Cluttering.. Me too, but still so much to go with the sheds & garage.. That's going to wait uintil spring.. I feel so great about my kitchen..You sounded so excited with you phone call & Son coming home.. There's nothing better than Family.. Love Ya Always Polly

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TERSIEFROG 10/5/2008 9:18PM

    Hi Wanda! I know what you mean about how things accumulate over the years. I'm glad you're making progress with your decluttering! I think it will be an ongoing saga for me for the rest of my life. lol! I'm such a packrat!

Take care and I hope your week starts out beautifully!

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NJMATTICE 10/5/2008 4:42PM

    sounds Healthy good over here. Out with the old, in with the new.
Just like breathing.
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In and out.
Thanks for stopping by my page. Have a wonderful Sunday, my friend.
emoticon Hockey puck for Canada (I think. Perhaps it's a badly burned cake)

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KSNICKER 10/5/2008 3:12PM

Good for you getting that Garage cleaned out... And you are right...It's much better to tackle one room at a time... That's what I am doing... I've been washing and packing for two days now... But the best part is, I'm also donating to the boxes of things to get rid of... Thank goodness... Where does all this stuff come from... LOL

I'm glad that you got to talk to Kaeli today... Boy time sure does fly... She will be home before you know it... And so will your son...

Enjoy your evening...



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