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Life is good!

Friday, November 14, 2008



Yep, life is really good! Enjoyed my day off work today, got so much accomplished despite spending time on emoticon .

My positives:

A lovely day off
I'm so excited that Kathy's calendar arrived and she is happy with it!
A nice healthy Sonama Chicken salad at lunch time, shared with my husband.
The lovely hall tree bench that I found yesterday, well Garry said that we could get it. He gave me some money to use as a down payment, and I'll just pay the rest off over the next 6 weeks until it arrives! I'm so thrilled...an early birthday present! We had to order it as I wanted the "mascara" (black) stain on maple wood, and we got the sale price!
All the laundry and ironing is complete.
A God who blesses me every day and helps me to grow spiritually.


Life is just so good when you look for the goodness in life.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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ALFREDIA 11/16/2008 12:17AM

  Happy Birthday

Have a wonderful day.

Marie

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POLLY20 11/15/2008 12:58PM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAREST WANDA..I'M GLAD THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO GET SOMETHING THAT YOU WILL BE SO VERY HAPPY WITH..BIRTHDAY HUGS & WISHES BEING SENT YOUR WAY~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
LOVE ALWAYS BIRTHDAY GIRL.. POLLY
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Just so happy that you got just what you wanted..

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MAURIZIA 11/14/2008 9:46PM

    Wanda, you set such a good example for us all! How blessed are we that G-d brought you to this...and to us!

Have to go see what a tree bench is...

Hugs and blessings,
Mauri

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ALFREDIA 11/14/2008 9:05PM

  An early birthday present. Glad you got something you wanted. Your house is all painted and Garry is going to replace floors. A new piece of furniture. You'll thing you have a new home.

Your day sounds FABULOUS.

Marie

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NJMATTICE 11/14/2008 8:14PM

    A Fabulous Friday! Wonderful. Life is good!
Enjoy your evening.
Love, Nancy

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KSNICKER 11/14/2008 7:19PM

    Wanda thank you again my friend... I just love my new calendar... Can't wait to hang it and ENOY it in my new office... I'll be Smiling daily for months to come... lol

So happy for you that you found that tree bench you wanted... I had to google it to see what you were talking about... I live a sheltered life I guess... lol

Thanks for the reminder to look for the good...

Enjoy your weekend...

((hugs))

K
athy


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Why worry!

Thursday, November 13, 2008



I love this picture! it just says it all for me. Why go through life being miserable when there is so much joy to be found. Why worry about things that are beyond your control. Reach out and find the laughter! God promises to meet our every need, we just confuse "wants" with "needs". So if God is to be believed and He promises to meet our every "need"....what is there to worry about.

My positives:

A God who meets my every "need" and often times my "wants", because like any parent He loves to see His children happy.
I found a hall tree bench today, now I have to see how it will come about.
I have tomorrow off work as well as a bonus Monday! Woo Hoo! and paid to boot.
Love in my world.
Answered prayer.
Being blessed today by my extended family.....The Wonderful Team of Positive Bloggers.

There is so much in my life to rejoice over that I find it hard to even remotely contain the joy. My wish for all of you is that you too find that place of absolutely joy and wonder of how blessed you really are.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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MAURIZIA 11/14/2008 3:54PM

    Wanda, all that JOY came flying out of my computer! And you have no idea how much I needed that today!!! WOOHOO!!

Hugs, Maurizia

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NJMATTICE 11/14/2008 12:36PM

    Looking mighty Tiggerish. Bouncy! Enjoy that wonderful buoyancy. You have created it! Wonderful!
Have a Fabulous Friday!
Love, Nancy emoticon

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MARLA7 11/14/2008 5:05AM

    Wanda - What a wonderful uplifting blog! I'm so glad I took the time to read it this morning. Thank you. You started my day with a huge smile & a good outlook! Love you, Marla

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KSNICKER 11/13/2008 8:46PM

    Thanks Wanda... Wow that is some powerful JOY you got going there... Thanks for sharing it my friend...

I too hope to be in that place some day... It will happen for me I know it...
Just like finding the positives did... lol

((Big Joyful Hugs))

Kathy

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I feel like Tigger today!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008



Yesterday's snow fall is rapidly turning to today's wet mess! It's supposed to rain now today...weird weather!

Felt so odd going in to work today after having yesterday off. Seemed like a Monday yet I only have 1 more work day this week as I have Friday off and now next Monday also. My boss wants me to use up some of my overtime hours...I'm okay with that. My ordering has slowed down as budgets for 2008 are well on the way to being spent and the 2009 orders can't be sent yet! Woo Hoo....time off for good behavior! lol

My positives:
Some holiday time that worked into my schedule so nicely.
2008 budgets almost spent.
A card from my daughter in Greece.
The designs that we put together for our Audio visual material with Midwest Tapes has been approved by the Administration.
Had a really good sleep last night, despite waking up several times. I felt very refreshed this morning at 5 am! Yay!
Our negative co-worker has finally decided to retire...now that's real cause for celebration! (oops, was that sarcastic???, sorry, I really am pleased that she has the opportunity to retire and I do wish her well. )
Just had an awesome day, no real reason, it just was!


When we look for brightness in our day...we usually find it!

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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ALFREDIA 11/12/2008 10:19PM

  Wanda

I think your snowfall looks so pretty. Peaceful and I love snow........it just seems to cover everything making it look so pure. But then I can enjoy it from afar with no shoveling. LOL

Marie

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MAURIZIA 11/12/2008 8:58PM

    Oh, Wanda, that 4-letter word! SNOW! Yikes! It's too soon!!! It's so pretty but I don't like it since I have to drive in it! Not as much fun as when I was a little girl! :) Glad you had a bouncy day! Woohoo!!

Hugs, Maurizia

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NUPATH 11/12/2008 6:33PM

    Wanda,
You not only have a beautiful view from your window, you have a beautiful view in your head and heart! Have a great day!
Your friend,
Judi

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KSNICKER 11/12/2008 6:10PM

    Wanda - what a great day eh? I too see you bouncing around... Don't slip on that snow... lol Brrrr... It looks beautiful... Do you ever make Snowmen?

Enjoy your evening...

((hugs))

Kathy

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NJMATTICE 11/12/2008 5:48PM

    Thanks for the visual of you bouncing around on your tail. Very nice! Sounds like today was one of those delightful gifts! Enjoy your evening!
Love, Nancy

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November 11th a Day for Remembrance

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Each year as this day rolls around, I struggle with emotions. This day brings my father so close to me once again. I still miss him. Although he did not have to make the ultimate sacrifice during the war, he instilled in us the respect and responsibility that we must have towards those who did, those who do and those yet to come. Only by remembering, can we hope to change our future to one of tolerance, respect, peace and love.

Let me share a bit about my Dad. He was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of 8 years. The youngest in the family with an uncertain future ahead of them. His mother had been given only 6 months to live due to TB and need for a different climate. They moved to the Schuman farms in Bladworth, Saskatchewan and like any farming people worked hard to make a living. His grandfather moved with them and spent his remaining years in Canada. Although has now been re-interned to the family site in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

Dad received his grade 8 education (the highest he could formally go in the country school) under the tutorage of his eldest sister...the school marm! He was an avid learner and continued on to obtain his grade 9 & 10 education by correspondence with first class honors. Unfortunately although he had enrolled for grade 11 he was forced to drop out due to finances and was sent to work on a farm away from home. Education was always something extremely important to Dad, something that he tried hard to instill into his own children.
Dad spent the next few years where ever the work and his wonderlust would take him. He was a very dedicated and hard worker and well respected by those he worked for or with.

He spent time in construction and never lost his love of building things, usually building things from nothing....he loved to experiment with designs and making the unusal. He built an wonderful wood shed for our home using scrap 2x4's hunted out from the local dump, cut into 1 foot sections and stacked in such a way as to be sturdy, eye appealing and looked like lattice work. The holes he said were to allow the wood to air dry! He constructed a beautiful cedar hope chest for Kaeli out of small pieces of cedar that he found somewhere and painstakingly pieced together in small stripes until he had a gorgeous large chest made. She still cherishes it to this day. He constructed a lovely set of baby furniture when Quin was born, we didn't have any furniture other than a crib and because I had mentioned how I wished that I could get a dresser and a toy box,when he came out to BC to visit, he set about designing an constructing not only the toy box, but the dresser and a second dresser with open shelves on one side that I was able to use as a change table. We still have them and use them! Another example of how he used nothing to make something...Dad built a lovely bassinet for Shyra out of cardboard. He wanted her to have a bed to come home to! I only wish that I had been able to transport that bassinet back home with us to BC. He managed to build that beautiful gift in a small apartment with Quin and I living there too! and me being none the wiser. When I became pregnant with Shy, I had to bring Q with me and we moved to live with my parents for 6 months due to being a high risk pregnancy. Garry and Kaeli remained in BC while Q and I live in Alberta. Not only did Mom and Dad willing give up their own lifestyle to accomodate two additional people in their small apartment, Dad was always available to take me into the city from where they lived every week for my assessments and then crawl out of bed in the wee hours of morning, with snow beginning to fall to transport me to the hospital when my water broke and I went into labor early. Family was very important to Dad and to Mom and I will eternally be grateful that they shared that and instilled it within each of us. They may not have said the words "I love you" to me, but Dad always showed it.

Dad's life experiences included many things, from farming, to construction, to working in Alaska at a placer gold mine, to digging up a mamoth tusk, to working on a dragline, freight line driver (probably where my brother comes by his career naturally), travel, to finally finding his passion in life....Flying! He was not afraid to try new things, life was an adventure and he enjoyed it.

Althought still an American citizen, Dad enlisted with the Royal Canadian Airforce in 1942 and obtained his license, which took him into the war. It was during this time that he met my mother and they were blessed with 57 years together before his passing. Another life lesson he taught, was that no matter how difficult things get, you find a solution! He was a hard man in a lot of ways, but always someone that you could count on in the difficult times. He had his point of view and if you didn't agree with it, that was your problem! Not always appreciated as someone growing up in his household, but you did learn to compromise and you did learn that you didn't have to always agree, but you did have to live together. I think alot of his thinking was a carry over from his military training and his experiences during the war.

Dad went on to obtain his commercial license when the war was over and spent most of his career years as a commercial bush pilot. As a result we spent our growing up years living in remote locations and usually at the airbases. Prior to Dad getting his commercial license, he and Mom owned a small fur trading store, which also housed a small cafe, gas station and post office. It was very hard work and very draining on both of them. I think they were both glad when Dad finally got his license and could begin doing what he really loved.

For me remembrance day will always include memories of my Dad. A tough man, but one that could be counted on. His gentle side was always there for his grandchildren and their memories of him are plentiful. He missed out on his own children's growing up years to a great degree because of his job, but, I think because of that knowledge was determined to be a part of his grandchildren's lives. Something we truly treasure. It's also a time for me to reflect and remember my Dad's brother, Uncle Harry, who was severely injured during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, my cousin Bucky, who served in Vietnam, my great-grandfather (same one who immgrated) who joined the Pennsylvania Volunteer regiment and fought during the Civil War and the numerous other friends and family who served and continue to serve in the present day wars. May God bless them and forever keep them safe.

Thank you for allowing me to share my memories and to in some small way honor those who gave me the life I now enjoy.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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MAURIZIA 11/12/2008 11:59AM

    Wanda, I wish I knew your dad...but I also know why you are such an amazing woman! You're the daughter of an amazing man (and I bet, woman, too). I know what it means to share who our parents are, for as you know, I have written several times about mine. As a result, I know with what love and pride you shared him with us. My eyes are filled with tears...tho' my face shines with a smile for your special relationship!

Hugs,
Mauri

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POLLY20 11/12/2008 12:06AM

    Wanda, Your Wonderful Father would be so very proud to call you His Daughter.. You showed so much of who he was & still is.. He was so happy to have you & Garry & His Grandchildren as part of his life & he showed it.. He truly was a man of honor & you did him proud by sharing His story with all of us.. He was blessed with so much love in his lifetime, which made it all worthwhile.. Blessings Always Polly

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ALFREDIA 11/11/2008 6:59PM

  Wanda

Thank you for sharing those memories with us and for helping us remember how blest we are.

We call it freedom but we always need to remember it wasn't free. Many have sacrificed not just their lives but time with families to serve their country so we may enjoy this freedom. It should make us even more aware of how we spend our time and our talents.

Your father was a special man and you express very well your admiration of him.

Marie

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MS-CEE 11/11/2008 4:06PM

    There is nothing more special, more brilliant than a girl's father! Do you ever wonder, Wanda, that you Dad is truly your First (male) love??

I believe my Dad is, bless his little heart!

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Cee

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TERSIEFROG 11/11/2008 3:06PM

    Oh Wanda. This was beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing. Your father sounds like someone that I would have loved to have a chance to have known. I'm glad you had such a strong and loving father in your life.
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BABSDOTTER 11/11/2008 2:13PM

    Wanda, what a loving tribute to your dad! Thank you for sharing it with us. Janet

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NJMATTICE 11/11/2008 2:07PM

    Thank you for the thoughtful Remembrance day tribute.
Love you, Nancy


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KSNICKER 11/11/2008 1:59PM

    Wanda,
What a Wonderful tribute to your Father... You have brought tears to my eyes as well... What a wonder story... to have known him and his journey is such a blessing...
I knew so little of my father...

Thank you my friend for sharing your father with me...

((hugs))

Kathy

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MARLA7 11/11/2008 1:50PM

    Wanda - What a beautiful tribute to your Dear Dad... I'm sure he has tears in his eyes... tears of joys that you honored him today. God rest his soul. Your blog brought tears to my eyes thinking of my own Dad... he never served in the service but I feel the same way about him as you do your father. We were/are so Blessed. Love you, Marla

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Things just go better when you share the work!

Saturday, November 08, 2008

What a great day today. Up early and headed for my Yoga class...so enjoyable! Did discover that I have very poor balance when trying to balance on one leg with the other leg bent and clasped close to my chest! But didn't feel bad, as everyone else was having the same problem. It's a great opportunity though to see how much my balance will improve by the time this 8 week session is complete. A goal to aim for. YAY!
After yoga, I had to make a quick dash for my monthly massage appointment. Needless to say, by the time that hour was up, I felt very much like a wet noodle!
Home to find that my wonderful husband had already completed all the cutting in with the primer and all I had to do was rolling on of the primer. It went very quickly and we even managed to complete 2 coats of the "harbor mist" color. Once that was done, the trim and the doors looked really bad...so Garry went and purchased some lovely high gloss white trim paint and set to work painting all the trim. The doors are going to have to come off and be painted. Now that Garry has gas heat installed in the garage, he'll be able to complete those doors out in the garage. We still have th alcove where the washer and dryer is and the inside of the hall closet to complete....but over all a very productive day and it went so much quicker with the two of us tackling it.

At Yoga class this morning they made some annoucements about a few upcoming events. There are two that I would really like to attend. I have to go in on the website for details and costs though. One is a drumming session, sounds like fun and the other is a meditation workshop given by a Tibetan monk. I'll keep you posted on both of them.

My positives:
The hallway is almost complete...once the alcove where my washer and dryer are and the inside of the coat closet are all painted...it's a done deal! Course, now the flooring looks bad and Garry said "that is going to have to be done too". Yay.
A great morning at Yoga and then getting my monthly massage.
Quin has been able to move back home for the winter months. He was having to stay in the city with a friend because of transportation issues for his job. But one of his fellow co-workers on the night shift only lives about a block away from us and offered to drive Q to work and back for the cost of some gas money.
Although I'm a bit nauseous from the paint fumes, it's not as bad as last time and I did have an opporutnity to get out of the house for awhile this afternoon between the two coats of paint.
More monkeys off our backs...the load is lifting and the house is taking on a brighter appearance.
Laundry is almost done, last load in the dryer.
A husband who understands how difficult it is for me with fumes and despite hating to paint, volunteers to help out.

Have a wonderful evening all, Serenity Sunday is coming up.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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POLLY20 11/10/2008 12:00PM

    Wanda, Yoga you go Girl.. So interesting.. You'll see some dramatic improvements soon..Just
relex with it all.. Drumming, I have a friend Celeste that goes to tapping in Canada.. It's using drums & tapping to some sounds in your head.. She really enjoys it so much..I wonder what your drumming is like? Glad that you & Garry are working together.. We have so much to paint & restore as well.. I know that we will try to get to it too.. Take care & go for whatever it is that you are led to accomplishing.. (((HUGS)))

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MAURIZIA 11/10/2008 8:24AM

    Wanda, you've been busy while I've been "gone." Love the name of that color - harbor mist. Hmmm...makes me feel calm! Thank you, too, for your comment on my Spark page...Needed some time off to rethink my goals...and restructure my days as programs wind down for the year...and to think about my word for 2009. Thinking I may try to incorporate it into my 2009 daily blogs...

Hugs, Mauri

P.S. Glad Quinn can be at home...for you to enjoy!

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MEYCHEY 11/9/2008 10:16PM

    I love my visits to massage therapy! Wishing you a great week.

Thanks for your kind thoughts for Nathan.

Peace. Meychey

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KSNICKER 11/8/2008 9:15PM

    Wanda I remember when I first started doing the Yoga, I was very unstable on one leg, but before I knew it I was doing that Tree pose ( I think they call it) with ease... I know that you will do just fine with it...
So happy for you that you have accomplished all that painting... I bet it looks so fresh and new...
Enjoy your Serenity Sunday my friend...

((hugs))

Ka
thy

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NJMATTICE 11/8/2008 8:49PM

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