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Feb 03

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Okay, today is a better day. I'm just feeling weepy that's all. But had a little chat with myself and reminded myself that I am the only person responsible for how I am reacting to things around me. After my little chat, I took myself in hand and said "You're alright and you will get through this". Gave myself a little mental hug and the afternoon was much better as was my attitude. I did realize that something...when I am feeling not on top of my game healthwise...I tend to personalize comments made to me! hmmmm. interesting observation...hence the little chat with myself.

My bath last night was relaxing, the ice packs were cold, and my face and neck are on the mend. Still aways to go, but I'm claiming health. I am choosing to not look in the mirror any more than necessary, cause there is a link between seeing the shingles and how much the pain seems to increase. Sort of like "out of sight, out of mind!"

Thank you to everyone for the warm thoughts and prayers, they are much appreciated. I realized something else about myself too...I am always ready to step up to the plate and offer support, encouragement and caring to others, but find it harder to accept it for myself. These past couple of days have been a real learning experience for me. So Thank you.

My positives:
What I don't see, I don't feel! lol
Kathy is back blogging, yippee....missed you.
That I recognize some areas that need work in my spirit.
I am grateful for having this episode of shingles because it has revealed those areas.
That listening to my spirit's voice is becoming easier and louder.
I am a child of God and spiritual being having a human experience for a reason.
I am a survivor.
I have the choice on how I react to things.
Interestingly enough, I am not the emotional eater that I always thought I was, in fact, I'm actually the opposite...I need to remind myself to eat.
The positive Bloggers team and all their support and love. Thank you.
It's Mauri's birthday today, and I hope it has been a wonderful one.

Lots of hugs,
Wanda

  
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MAURIZIA 2/4/2009 5:29PM

    Wanda, I belong to the same club as you...wanting to help others but feeling guilty when I think about myself in the same way. I expect more from me than from anyone. My counselor and I are working on changing that...I have a feeling it's a lifelong lesson!

Thanks for acknowledging my birthday - it was a wonderful one! Mother Nature gifted me with a snowstorm (how's that for turning something into a positive?) so I got to stay home, enjoy the girls, and read "The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society," a Christmas gift. I am loving it so much so am trying to savor it in small bites. Hey, maybe I'll learn to eat that way! :)

Mindful hugs...and caring...and gratitude,
Maurizia

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TERSIEFROG 2/4/2009 12:21PM

    I am so glad that you have such caring friends willing to offer you support. And I'm also glad that I am not the only one who has a difficult time accepting support from others. And finally ... I'm so glad you're willing to work through that and graciously accept the support that has been offered from your caring friends.

You are so self-aware and introspective. Thank you for sharing what you learn about yourself along the way.

Much continued healing thoughts and prayers headed your way!
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NJMATTICE 2/3/2009 11:29PM

    Since you are such a quick study, it seems to me that the shingles will be leaving you shortly. There can't be too many more "shingle" lessons left to be learned. Your self talk resonated nicely with me. The blog that I lost was very much the same. Talking your way out of a hurting place. Learning to do that without denying the feelings. Just moving through them. I am really enjoying the improvements in that area. Take the shame and victimhood away and it becomes something completely different. Way to model the way to handle the difficult challenges. Thanks for living the lessons.
Love,
Nancy
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NUPATH 2/3/2009 11:08PM

    Wanda-Sending some "Positive Vibes" your way for a quick recovery!

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KSNICKER 2/3/2009 10:09PM

    Wanda, Hoping that that little chat you had with yourself helps... If anyone can do it you can... And you are always the one to offer encouragement support and caring that is right... but learning to except it isn't as easy... Just breath and let all our healing thoughts help you through this time... I am picturing that healing white light surrounding you and taking all your pain and worries away... Imagine sitting on your nice WARM back porch listening to your ocean waves lapping the shore... Relax... relax... such a nice warm gentle breeze blowing by... Ahhhhhhhhhh

Sleep well my friend...

((healing hugs))

Kathy

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YOYONOMORE1 2/3/2009 8:32PM

    Oh Wanda, now I understand about the ice pack's. I've never experienced shingles but have known people that have and I know it's not a pleasant experience. Praying that they won't last long and that you'll have a good recovery.

Hugs,
Shirl

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Oh boy.....

Monday, February 02, 2009

Well I think I have finally realized what has been wrong with the left side of my neck and lower face. It's been very itchy, feels like it's on fire and now I can hardly touch my face and neck without it feeling like I'm pushing shards of glass into it. I thought I had a reaction to the paint fumes from work on Friday...but realized today that I have most likely got a re-occurrence of shingles! Oh boy...this is not the most pleasant of things to have. Usually it occurs on the back side of my neck and left shoulder. It's been many months since this has happened.
This is what happens when I am not listening properly to my body...it finally tells me that it needs some attention! Okay...I'm listening now! Because I can not take medication, I will have to use my ice packs and some serious meditation to right things going on in my system.

My positives...yes there are still lots of positives in my day!

I believe that I have figured out what is wrong. There fore I will take measures to listen to what my body needs.
Took a lovely long relaxing soak in the tub filled with lavender salts.
Did some stretching and meditation.
Deep breathing and letting go of any and all lingering stress.
A renewed appreciation of listening better to my body...those ice packs pack a cold awakening!
Drank lots of water.
God, who when I get too busy to listen to what my spirit needs, reminds me in no uncertain terms.

Have a great evening everyone, I'm off to bed to get some much needed rest.

Hugs,
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MAURIZIA 2/3/2009 3:54PM

    Wanda, hope you got some relief from those ice packs. Sending prayers your way!

Hugs,
Mauri

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BUSYBRE 2/3/2009 2:37PM

    hope you're feeling better soon. I read your sparks page & realize I think I'm still using 'lose' instead of 'eliminate' ... I'll try to be more mindful now!

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TERSIEFROG 2/3/2009 10:30AM

    Oh no Wanda!! Do take care of yourself. I'm sending healing thoughts and prayers your way.
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NJMATTICE 2/3/2009 8:30AM

    I am so sorry for your woes! Sounds as though you have a plan for relief. Nasty stuff, those shingles. Time to put you on the "prayer chain", I think. Take care of yourself. And speedy recovery!
Love,
Nancy

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KSNICKER 2/3/2009 8:27AM

    Wanda - I had shingles one time... Not a good thing and very painful. Hope you get some relief with those ice packs...

Glad you are able to still see the positives...

((hugs))

KAthy

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Feb 01

Sunday, February 01, 2009

A new month has begun...a new opportunity to create change in my life.

Last night we had a really good time. We attended a performance at Jubilations Dinner theatre as a family (part of our Christmas gifts). The performance was so good. It was a musical spoof on a TV show that airs in Canada called "Corner Gas". The performers did a great job. Part of the fun is that they also mingle with the audience serving dinner and drinks. They serve the meal in courses and between the courses they perform an act.
It worked out perfectly as an opportunity to meet Kaeli's boyfriends family as they attended also and we all shared a table. I must say that I was able to take some steps forward in last week's challenge of learning to make small talk with strangers. Having the performance to fill in some of the moments really helped also. They are very nice people (not that I expected otherwise) and we are making plans to get together again.

The only downside to the evening was coming home and finding that someone had performed at hit and run on Kaeli's car. They had to had known that they had hit her car as they did a fair amount of damage to the tail end. Pieces were left lying on the ground. Good thing cameras are so handy. Kaeli took pictures and will report it to the police. Not that they are likely to be able to do anything about it, but one can only trust that whomever the culprit is will finally feel remorse. We are sure that their car had to have sustained damage also.

My positives:
A great evening at the theatre.
A relaxing day yesterday.
A day for meditation and filling up with renewal today.
Last weeks challenge has seen some progress made for me.
Warmer temperatures and sunshine predicted for all week!
I love my new haircut and have received some lovely compliments on it. (I'll try for some pictures later)
My weekend chores are all done.
God.

Have a wonderful serenity Sunday all.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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TERSIEFROG 2/1/2009 9:48PM

    Oh no! I'm sure you're right ... if they did a lot of damage, their car should definitely be damaged as well. I'm glad you enjoyed your dinner and were able to practice that small talk. :) I hope you have a Fabulous February full of positive change!!
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MAURIZIA 2/1/2009 4:48PM

    Wanda, sorry about Kaeli's car. Once when in college, someone did that to my car in the parking lot and I thought, "How nice that they left their info on the windshield." Turned out the note read, "I hit your car. Sorry." That was it. Ah, well.

So glad the evening turned out well with the BF's family...and sounds like a fun evening. There's a local theater here in my town, "Second Story." They have a restaurant downstairs and the actors who are not in the play are the wait staff. Fun to chat with them between their roles!

Mindful hugs,
Mauri

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YOYONOMORE1 2/1/2009 3:51PM

    Wanda sounds like the evening went nicely. Sorry about Kalie's car, it may be whoever hit it doesn't have insurance, here in MI we have that darn no fault insurance, maybe the neighbors saw it happen and could give a description of the vechile. Many years ago I accidentally backed into a parked car after dropping our babysitter off, and I left a note with my name, address and telephone number, because if I hadn't of the guilt would have gotten to me. I've watched that show Corner Gas a few times on tv. Pictures coming soon, I hope, of the new do. Hope this first week of February is a good one for you.

Hugs,
Shirl

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KSNICKER 2/1/2009 3:14PM

    Wanda - So glad that you enjoyed the evening and the boyfriends parents... Whew...Thank goodness that initial visit is over... lol
It will go great next time... lol
To bad about Kaeli's car...

Hope your Sunday is going great..

((hugs))

Kath
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LACEEJO11 2/1/2009 11:51AM

    Sounds so nice (some people, who could just hit & run like that?) I am glad you had a good evening tho. Hope you have a wonderful week. LaceEjo11 emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NJMATTICE 2/1/2009 11:25AM

    Sounds like a nice evening. Have a wonderfully serene Sunday.
Love,
Nancy

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Jan 29 What an interesting day...

Thursday, January 29, 2009

What an interesting day I am having. Have today off work and it's been one interesting occurrence after another all day. You know when you start your day off with an attitude of gratitude and let God know that you are open to receiving whatever blessings He is bringing your way...such interesting things happen!

I got up this morning and had such an overwhelming abundance of energy...not sure where it's coming from...but I'm thinking it's because I'm choosing to have an awesome day. I tackled the masterbedroom bathroom, cleaned it from top to bottom, including "THAT" drawer that always seems to accumulate bits and pieces. The drawer is now almost empty and waiting to receive it's next batch of incoming miscellenous items. Next it was off to the kitchen, hauled out the crockpot and the ingredients to make a stew for supper. Used up all the veggies I had in the fridge, including a couple of canned items. YAY, that's simmering away now.
Phoned Shy and left her a voice mail. She has her lunch break from 11:30 to 12:30. Met her for lunch. We went out to my new favorite restaurant...Burrito Libra and had a very healthy veggie filled burrito bowl. I love the name as it doesn't include a burrito only the makings. Then off to the grocery store to stock the pantry once again. It is bonus points week at the store and I got my bonus points! YAY me!
Now the groceries are all put away. I was supposed to get my haircut and styled today...it needs it badly. But alas, the owner phoned me to let me know that yet once again, they have had to delay their opening due to unfinished construction. She has had to postpone my appt twice now, and is feeling really bad. Not a problem...as she offered to come to my house tonight at 8pm to cut my hair...now how often do you have that happen. She doesn't even know me! Bless her heart...another blessing from God, as He knows we have a full weekend of events going on, that I wanted to look my best at.
I chose a great day to have off work, as the repairman has started painting in our department and Shy says the fumes are bad, I would have had to go home anyway. Yep, another blessing. I'm just trusting God that the fumes will not be strong tomorrow as I go back.
Decided to buy a lotto ticket today also, something I don't do on a regular basis. Figured if the universe is conspiring to give me such an awesome day, I might as well increase my chances of having an "really" good day! lol

My positives:
Full of energy.
A day off work.
Met Shy for lunch and had a great healthy lunch.
Grocery shopping all done for another week, earned my bonus points.
Crockpot simmering away with a nice veggie stew for supper.
It's beautifully warm outside, snowing a little, but melting at the same time.
I don't have to go out to get my hair cut...I'm having a home haircut!
God who delights me in so many ways with all His blessings.

Hope you are having just as great a day.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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TERSIEFROG 1/31/2009 7:52PM

    Wow Wanda!! What a terrific day. Thank you for sharing that. You know, I used to do that. I'd wake up EVERY morning and pray that my heart is open to God's will throughout the day. I do remember having many days as you described here. I need to start doing that again. Thank for your the gentle reminder.

And thank you for all your kind and supportive words as I've been struggling lately. You are a true friend!
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WANDAH3 1/30/2009 5:18PM

  Kathy, you just have to keep making those positive affirmations and claiming them(even if you don't yet believe they are happening!) lol

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KSNICKER 1/30/2009 12:29PM

    What an Awesome day you had... Love it when the days goes like that...

But you attracted the day and planned for it... I gotta remember that... lol ( it usually doesn't work that way for me) But I keep trying...

Hope those fumes weren't too bad for you...

((hugs))

Kathy

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YOYONOMORE1 1/29/2009 7:08PM

    Your day sounded pretty darn awesome, hope you are a winner with your ticket. How did the haircut turn out? Will we see a picture? Inquiring minds want to know, lol. Have a great Friday, hopefully the paint fumes will be hardly noticable.

Hugs,
Shirl

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NJMATTICE 1/29/2009 5:03PM

    Law of attraction at work. Nice day. Have a wonderful evening.
Love,
Nancy
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MAURIZIA 1/29/2009 4:41PM

    Okay, Wanda. May I invite myself over for that stew? and a haircut? Teehee...Sounds like an awesome day!!! What goes out...or as an old Italian saying, "Che va su, vene giu." What goes up, must come down!

Mindful goodness,
Maurizia

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January 27

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A great day, much was accomplished at work. I finally feel like I am making some much needed head way with the orders that accumulated while I was on holidays. I'm living in awareness and when I feel myself faltering, I have been able to redirect my thought and actions to a more positive nature. Believe me, some moments that is really tough! I want to be that little spoiled and whiny brat that lets loose! lol.

I've had a good time touching base with SP friends that I haven't heard from in a long while and even chatted with relatives today. They are dropping their vehicle off at our place tomorrow until Monday as they need a place to park it that is safe while they are away. We have the room, so why not.

Garry's birthday tomorrow, we are planning on celebrating on the weekend as we both have busy weeks. I have a new co-worker starting tomorrow...yay, some of the work load will be eased.

I'm working on my plan of learning to make small talk with strangers. I'm practicing by asking lots of questions from Kaeli and Matt and ensuring that I have their support during conversations. I'm claiming peace and confidence.

My positives:
Warmer temperatures today, the sun forgot to come out, but...

The sun'll come out
Tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar
That tomorrow
There'll be sun!
Just thinkin' about
Tomorrow
Clears away the cobwebs,
And the sorrow
'Til there's none!
When I'm stuck with a day
That's gray,
And lonely,
I just stick out my chin
And grin,
And say,
Oh
The sun'll come out
Tomorrow
So ya gotta hang on
Tīll tomorrow
Come what may
Tomorrow!
Tomorrow!
I love ya
Tomorrow!
You're always
A day
A way!

Talking to Pat and Friday (relatives)
Garry might have his car sold!
Writing Wednesday assignment posted...check it out, have fun.
Shy and I did some Wii fit boxing, now that is a workout! (at least the way we did it! lol)
Life...it's just plain and simple wonderful.

Have a great evening,
Hugs,
Wanda

  
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MAURIZIA 1/29/2009 1:55PM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GARRY!!! emoticon

Wanda, I so needed THAT song...during this long hard winter! Thanks for reminding me I just have to wait 24 hours...of which I sleep for 6 (I hope!).

Mindful blessings,
Mauri

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/29/2009 1:55PM

    I needed to read your blog and hear that great song today. It is super cold here with lots of ice. But that too shall pass and we will be crying because of the heat...Not me though, I will just turn on the air conditioner. lol
Praise God for the change of seasons for they are all beautiful in their own way.
Have a great day...hope Garry's birthday was a happy one.
God bless.
Love and Hugs,
Helen

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NJMATTICE 1/27/2009 11:26PM

    Thank you for the serenade Ms. Orphan Annie! I would love to bet my bottom dollar and lose it! Guess I could just keep exercising and eating right. Have a good day tomorrow and Happy Birthday to Garry.
Have a good sleep.
Love,
Nancy
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