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December 17th

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Today was our department staff Christmas lunch. We went to a little place called "Taste of Vietnam". I was somewhat apprehensive about going as I usually find Asian dishes filled with all kinds of meat, oils and quite often deep fried. I was pleasantly surprised to find some very nice vegetarian dishes, they were even marked as vegetarian on the menu. I did choose a wonderful dish....Vegetables in coconut curry sauce with a side bowl of rice. Not necessarily the least calories on the menu, but I figured seeing as I had a very light breakfast and this was lunch and I could still moderate my calorie intake at supper time, I was going to be within my calorie range. The meal was very delightful and the bonus....our supervisor picked up the tab! Merry Christmas!

Tomorrow is our Shy's 21st birthday. My children are all grown up now! The birthday person gets to choose if they want to go out for dinner or if they want a home cooked meal....Shy wants to stay home and wants "hashbrown casserole" for dinner and an ice cream cake for dessert! Love that girl...she has really helped out my pocket book! Not that anyone ever chooses an expensive place to go anyway, but this year things are a little tighter!

My Positives:
A busy day at work, the day flew by.
A lovely lunch out and paid for by our supervisor!
Kaeli is making a pot of homemade chicken soup for dinner tonight! YAY, I don't have to cook.
My Christmas parcels are all sent.
Holidays start at 2:30pm on Friday....and last until January 5th. Time to take care of all those last minute things!
Had a Reiki treatment last night that very renewing.
Friends who keep me inspired and encouraged by their caring.
God who shows me in so many ways that He loves me.

Love this quote:


Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must first
be overcome.

-- Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English Author

Have a fabulous evening,

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YOYONOMORE1 12/19/2008 4:20PM

    Wanda glad you enjoyed your lunch and what a nice treat from your supervisor. My mom would ask us what we wanted for a home cooked meal for our birthday, when I was maybe 12 I asked for Chop Suey and a butterscotch pie, she made a really good butterscotch pie. Your a good mom. Enjoy your two weeks off.


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TERSIEFROG 12/18/2008 9:56AM

    Wow, your lunch sounds like it was wonderful. I've never had Vietnam cuisine. That might be next on my list of places to try when I go to Columbus again. I'm in love with Indian food, personally. Soooo many vegetarian choices and so much flavor. Yum.

Where was I? I got sidetracked thinking about food! LOL!

I hope Shy had a happy birthday. It sounds like my kind of birthday celebration. My oldest will be 16 on New Year's Day. She wants a new year's eve/birthday party at her grandfather's house. Our house is so small and not well suited for parties, unfortunately. I'm a little torn up about the fact that she's turning 16. I can't even imagine the day she'll turn 21. *sob*

Take care and I hope you're having a beautiful Thursday!

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MAURIZIA 12/18/2008 7:34AM

    Wanda, I love Asian restaurants...and it seems more of them here in RI & nearby Massachusetts are offering vegetarian dishes...which pleases me greatly! Tho' I do eat fish.

What's a hash brown casserole? HAPPY 21ST BIRTHDAY, SHY!

When I was growing up, my mom always asked what we wanted for dinner. We never went out to eat when I was a child unless my uncle took us for grandma's birthday and once a year for a "shore dinner." My choice was always Shepherd's Pie! I may have to try to make it with veggie protein this year!!

Hugs and enjoy your holiday time!

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WANDAH3 12/17/2008 7:42PM

    Marla, no offensive taken only doubling over with laughter! Thanks for the great giggles.

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MARLA7 12/17/2008 6:59PM

    Wanda - Always so good to read your blogs. You're always so full of it.... ummm... positiveness that is! LOL (no offense intended)

Oh, enjoy your time off from work... enjoy Shy's birthday celebration tomorrow. Send me some of that ice cream cake!

Love ya, Marla

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Dec 15

Monday, December 15, 2008

Brrrrrrr....it's cold outside! I'm so thankful for remote start on my vehicle. I had to start my vehicle about 3 times during the work day today. Wanted to make sure that it didn't freeze up on me. So nice to not have to go outside to start it and let it run for 10 minutes.

A busy day at work today, getting all the final orders input and ready to send on Friday. I'll send them all on Friday as it's my last day at work until January 5th. Yay...holiday time. Time to spend with friends and family enjoying the Christmas season.

My positives:
A lovely card in the mail today from Kathy...thank you and thank you for your new address.
Remote starter on my vehicle. I even have heated seats...so nice to slide into a vehicle where you don't freeze your tooshie off!
Bills are all paid now until the January ones begin arriving. I'm so glad that we don't use credit cards...that is one bill we never have to be concerned with. Only the utilities bills.
Family and friends.
God who watches over us and helps me to see the beauty in each day.

Have an awesome evening all.

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CAMMIECAT 12/16/2008 11:27PM

    Heated seats..... wow. I can only imagine. And I used to commute an hour one way. Some of those winter nights got a little cold. Some heat on my seat would have fit the bill nicely. Enjoy all of your blessings. I love how you list them. It reminds me that I am responsible to find the positives in my life.

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NUPATH 12/16/2008 7:15PM

    Oh so much to be thankful for! A warm car. A warm house. No bills. Health, family, happiness and Vacation! True joy!
Today it was cold and it is snowing out right now. We are expecting snow every other day for the next 5 days. So what! It is the season! Joy to all!

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TERSIEFROG 12/16/2008 11:52AM

    oooh, remote start and heated seats. You are blessed.
I hope you enjoy your holiday time off from work.

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MARLA7 12/16/2008 6:48AM

    Wanda - I used to have a car with heated seats too. They were very nice, especially on my back. I would love a remote car starter, especially on my dialysis mornings (5:30 am). I should've told Santa this year.... but Kevin & I aren't buying for one another so I guess Santa won't be stopping for me!

I'm so happy you're having a vacation coming up. Enjoy!

Love, Marla

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MAURIZIA 12/16/2008 2:52AM

    Wanda, brrrr....It's 53 F here at the moment (2:51 AM) but predicted to drop into the low 30s with sleet & snow just in time for the commute home! YUCK! But I will be off work after today until Dec. 29th...Yea! Concentrating mostly on baking cookies for the holiday!

Stay warm, my friend!

Hugs, Mauri

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INNERPUPPIE 12/16/2008 1:18AM

    Let's see: bills are paid, house is warm, everyone I love is happy and healthy, food in the house, car that runs, fuzzy kitties to cuddle with me, great dogs that listen when I talk to them. I could list much more because Wanda got me going and thinking and thanking.

It's colder than snot outside and I barely ever want to leave the house due to the cold (I live 1 mile from the Canadian border) so the warm house and healthy food are real treasures.

Yes, oodles of things to count as blessings as the Christmas Season draws more near.

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December 13

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Even my plants don't escape being decorated when Garry decides to help out with the decorating!

We had a lovely time celebrating Q's birthday. We had a family dinner out at Montana's Steak House. It was rather funny...as I watched and took note of what everyone ordered....I think my healthy eating is rubbing off on them...they all ordered a healthy meal and no one wanted dessert!
We had a nice time visiting as a family and reconnecting.

I'm not going to Yoga this morning, but am going for my massage. Somehow a couple of days ago, I moved funny and pulled a muscle in my hip and leg. Now when I put any pressure on it, it hurts, so figure that even though Yoga is light stretching and movements, it's not the best thing to keep irritating those muscles. Especially when some of the stands are one legged! Instead, I'll go for my monthly massage and have her work on it.

Very little snow to shovel this morning. so not much burning of calories, but they are predicting more for today. I'm hoping it holds off until this evening anyway, as I would like to go into the city and don't like driving when it's snowing.

My positives:
It's massage day!
A wonderful evening spent with family last evening.
Shy's birthday present bought...her birthday is Dec 18th.
Almost finished making the gifts I'm creating.
A weekend to relax in.
Reading a good book.
A warm house to live in, food on our table and friends and family to visit with.
My December "to do" list is almost complete.
God in my life, Who continues to bless me in wonderful ways.


When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look
so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been
opened for us.

-- Helen Keller (1880-1968) American Writer

Have a wonderful Silly Saturday.

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TERSIEFROG 12/15/2008 3:05PM

    I'm glad the birthday dinner was nice! And how great that your healthy eating is rubbing off on your family!!

Take care of yourself and I hope the massage helped with the muscle pain.

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KSNICKER 12/13/2008 9:59PM

    I love that quote... I need to remember that with this move to the new house... I've been looking at it as a not so positive thing lately and just thinking about all I am giving up here... When there is so many good things to this move... Thanks my friend...

Love your positives... You always remind me to simplify... (It's been tough doing even that lately)

Oh and...Garry did a fine job on decorating that plant... lol

Psst... I got your Christmas card today... Thank you so much... I will put it on the mantel at the new place... It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas over there... lol

Enjoy your evening...



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MAURIZIA 12/13/2008 7:47PM

    Wanda, glad you recognized that you need to rest that muscle. I didn't and that's why I'm still limping...but I'm moving!! So there, muscle, take that!

I love that quote you shared from Helen Keller! Thank you!!

Hugs and laughter,

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Fabulous Friday Dec 12

Friday, December 12, 2008

The girls and I got into a cut-throat game of trivial pursuit last evening and that meant I didn't take the time out to do my blog. I managed to hold my own pretty well against the girls. Shy won! We had a great time. Winter time and especially Christmas time is when all the board games start surfacing around our house and the competitions are on.

A short blog this morning as it snowed over night and I need to get out there are burn some calories with all that shoveling.

My Positives:

I woke up this morning! Always a plus!
Snow to shovel...burning those calories and starting my day off with exercise.
It's Friday! and a Fabulous Friday to boot.
Family night tonight to celebrate Q's birthday from yesterday.
Yoga and massage to look forward to tomorrow morning.
Life is good, we have food on our table a roof over our heads and family.

Have a wonderful day, keeping moving forward, find your positives even if the day seems overwhelming. You'll be surprised how far a little positiveness goes!


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KSNICKER 12/12/2008 9:46PM

    I'm with Mauri... I was feeling blue too and was thinking that I really needed to find some positives... Well I did... I came to your blog... lol There's always positives here...
So happy for you that you are enjoying your family... That is how it should be especially this time of year... Thanks for sharing it with us, that don't have family close by...

Enjoy the party and Happy Birthday Q...

Love and hugs...


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MAURIZIA 12/12/2008 7:10PM

    Wanda, I'm so glad I read your blog...was feeling blue and you reminded me that I have a roof over my head, food for my table, 2 cats whom I love (and I think they love me), John, a job (for now)...and my Spark Buddies - especially my Positive Blogger friends!

Thank you!
Hugs, Mauri

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YOYONOMORE1 12/12/2008 12:51PM

    Hi Wanda, me and DH play Sorry and have so much fun. Is the birthday young man enjoying his special time? It's cold here and we do have sun again for the third day in a row, feel blessed for that, tomorrow is suppose to turn not so nice. Enjoy your weekend.


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TERSIEFROG 12/12/2008 9:32AM

    Board games are so much fun when the weather outside is frightful. I'm glad you had fun with the girls last night.

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Writing Wednesday

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Thank you Nancy for posting such a great assignment. I had to really think about all the Christmas's past to come up with the best one!

As promised here are my pictures:

Watcher in the Pines - Wolf , the first one I ever purchased.

My second purchase of the Watcher in the pines - Cougar

My favorite one...Watcher in the Pines - bear....my totem animal.

I'm missing the deer one, but it wasn't the same as these ones and I didn't really like it.

I managed to spend 5.5 hours at work today before our department was closed down for the day due to more fumes. The repair persons were in and when they started cutting out the damaged drywall etc, let's just say the odor was not nice. Lot's of black mold, we assume from previous floods!
A good day none the less.

My positives:
A wonderfully supportive team.
Nancy...you are the best! Thank you.
Able to go back to work today, even if it wasn't all day.
Caught up on my in basket at work.
Getting more comfortable with loading pictures into my computer and on to SP!
A lovely day outside today. Sunshine!!!!!YAY, YIPPEE, WOO HOO.
Emails for wonderful people.

Loved this positive quote of the day....too often we don't recognize the little things are just as important as the big things.

Most of us miss out on life's big prizes. The Pulitzer. The Nobel.
Oscars. Tonys. Emmys. But we're all eligible for life's small
pleasures. A pat on the back. A kiss behind the ear. A four-pound
bass. A full moon. An empty parking space. A crackling fire. A great
meal. A glorious sunset. Hot soup. Cold beer.

-- Anonymous


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DIVEGODDESS 12/12/2008 4:36AM

    I love the pictures. I especially like the cougar. I'm not sure what my totem animal is but I think it's a large strong feline. I've always been drawn to them, especially mountain lions, cougars and panthers.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/11/2008 8:53PM

    Wanda, I love your blog but your pictures are absolutely beautiful!!! Thank you so much for sharing. This touched me in a very special way. The bear looks like he is stepping right out of the picture.
I am sorry for all the mold, fumes and all...that makes for a very unhealthy work environment. Even though your work day was cut short, you still were able to get things accomplished. May God continue to bless you and keep you safe and healthy.

Comment edited on: 12/11/2008 8:54:45 PM

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TERSIEFROG 12/11/2008 8:44PM

    Oh my. I hope things get cleaned up at the library soon. The pictures are beautiful, by the way!

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NJMATTICE 12/11/2008 12:09PM

    You are getting very fancy with your technology! I like the bear. He has something special behind his eyes. And the hot soup and beer sound like a nice award to me. Have a thoughtful Thursday. I look forward to hearing about it.

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MAURIZIA 12/10/2008 10:34PM

    So, Wanda, I know you can guess my favorite - the COUGAR!! Feline, after all!! :)
They are so beautiful!

Sorry about the fumes but glad you had a short workday!!

Hugs to you!!

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KSNICKER 12/10/2008 7:31PM

    Wanda - I love that artwork.... my brother gave me these mirrors 30 years ago that when you put them together they make a beautiful lion... I mounted it and have enjoyed it since...
WTG on uploading those pictures too. Woo Hoo... lol



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MARLA7 12/10/2008 6:10PM

    Wanda - I can see why you fell in love with that art work. My favorite is the bear too... but that wolf... oh I do love wolves! A great investment. Garry is a very lucky guy! Thanks for sharing. Love ya, Marla

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