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Feb 07

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Sorry I missed blogging yesterday. I went to get my eyes checked after work and ended up with the doctor putting drops in my eyes to expand my pupil. When I got home I tried answering posts and blogs on SP with the team, but found it was still too hard to see properly. Amazing how your vision changes with dilated pupils! The screen on the monitor was just too bright and I ended up with a bit of a headache. Much better today...I can see to type! lol.

Results of my test...my glasses are now too strong...the doctor feels in could be as a result of my weight elimination. Another bonus to eliminating weight. I do have to go and see a retina specialist though in March. In the meantime I will take the vitamins that have been recommended for eye sight and continue to thank the Lord for my improved eyesight. Wouldn't it be wonderful if glasses were no longer needed???

Today is Silly Saturday...so much go and hunt up a funny to share on the challenge. As for the rest of the day, the girls are coming with me to choose some new frames, then I am thinking I will head to the store that I received a gift certificate to at Christmas as see what is there for me today. Maybe something, maybe nothing...but that's okay...it will be a fun outing.

My positives:
I need weaker glasses.
It's Silly Saturday.
My laundry is all done, only some cleaning and vaccuming left to do.
It's supposed to be sunny today.
I have a gift certificate to one of my favorite stores that I still haven't used.
My age and BMI on Wii Fit is improving. I'm now 10 years younger than my actual age...woo hoo!
I'm feeling positive and excited about a new day before me.
I'm going to create a wonderful day.

Have a great day.
Hugs,
Wanda

  
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MAURIZIA 2/8/2009 10:32AM

    Wanda, I thought your eyes looked healthier! :) Way to go!! Another reason to eliminate those lbs. Hope you had fun with your silly Saturday!

I'm enjoying my serene Sunday...since this is my last post for awhile...Going back to my back, some tea and the girls!

Hugs,
Mauri

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MARLA7 2/8/2009 7:29AM

    Wanda - How'd I miss your blog? Woo Hoo on the new glasses. Eliminating fat in the eyes... new concept!!! emoticon

I hope you found something nice at the store for yourself. I love shopping! It does a body good!
Love ya, Marla

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NUPATH 2/8/2009 12:42AM

    Congratulations on being 10 years younger! See, your eyes already knew you were younger! So many benefits of having a healthy lifestyle and positive attitude!

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FATCATTN 2/7/2009 9:32PM

    Congrats on the eye sight improvements. Surprising but nice side effect!

Hope you enjoyed your day!

Missy

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YOYONOMORE1 2/7/2009 8:04PM

    Wanda great news on the eyes, woo hoo! Have fun shoppping and your outing with the girls. Have a serene Sunday!

Hugs,
Shirl

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NJMATTICE 2/7/2009 1:04PM

    That is a terrific side effect of weight elimination. Who ever thought it. . .fat eyes. . .amazing. Enjoy your day out and about with your girls. Have lots of fun, it's good medicine. I am going to go out and do some shopping as well. Have a great day!
Love,
Nancy

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KSNICKER 2/7/2009 12:30PM

    What Awesome news Wanda... Eyesight improving because of weigh elimination. Woo Hoo...
Enjoy your wonderful day...

I too am creating a wonderful day... I love being outside in the garden and in the Sunshine... And today we have some, so I've been playing outside... emoticon Saved a little sunshine for you too... Maybe it will melt some of that snow... Wow I couldn't get over all those pictures of the snow up there...
I will do my best NOT to whine about a little cold weather we are having... LOL

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It's a much better day...

Thursday, February 05, 2009



Okay, it's a much better day today. My shingles are beginning to fade, still some raw nerve endings on my face, so a bit sensitive yet...makes washing one's face a wonderful challenge. I've made some adjustments in my priorities both at home and at work and I'm feeling like I'm coming back around to a more even keel.

Spent most of my day at work, thoughtfully and patiently teaching someone else how to do acquisitions, despite the fact that I am very behind in my ordering. But decided that I will let the stress go and allow myself to move with the current, instead of battling it. A good decision.

Thoughtfully went and picked up Shy from work so she did not have to walk home on the still very icy sidewalks. Lots of prayerful thoughts for those on my prayer list. So all in all a great day.

My positives:
I'm learning to let go of more things and let God.
I'm on track.
I've put in exercising every day this week. Accepted our challenge on the Positive Bloggers.
It's lovely and sunny out, the days are getting longer once again.
Had success in removing some of the built up ice on the sidewalk in front of our house. Now it's all filled in again with water....but at least it's not slippery!
Emails from friends.
Polly on facebook....anyone else want to join in?????
I'm alive and so very blessed.

Have a wonderful evening, remember tomorrow is Fabulous Friday...think of why you are fabulous and toot your own horn.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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TERSIEFROG 2/6/2009 3:35PM

    I'm so glad you're having a better day! The sun is shining here, working hard to melt some more of this ice. I had a very nice lunch with some old friends I used to work with. I have a fun-filled weekend to look forward to. It looks fabulous all the way around here! And I tracked you down on facebook too, by the way!
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MAURIZIA 2/6/2009 2:35PM

    Wanda, after drama on another of my teams...and a stressful morning meeting with a bigwig at an international company, your blog has relaxed me and made me smile. Thank you. I know that was the only reason you wrote this blog! :)

I'll be searching for you on facebook...but be prepared because the invite will come in my American name...which is what is on my birth certificate...See you HERE and THERE! I hope!

Hugs & blessings,
Mauri

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YOYONOMORE1 2/5/2009 9:02PM

    Wanda glad to hear the shingles are getting better. I don't think I could handle anymore computer time I am lucky to get it done here. Letting God and letting go is a good thing. Thanks for all the great e-mails and all the visits to my blog. Looking forward to fabulous Friday, lets make it a great one. Will see if I can find that recipe and will share with you.

Hugs,
Shirl

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BABSDOTTER 2/5/2009 8:31PM

    It seems everyone is on facebook but me....I don't know....I just can't convince myself to do it yet...but if I ever do, I'll ask to be your friend, for sure! Glad you're feeling better. I'm with Nancy...let's all have a fabulous friday. Janet

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NJMATTICE 2/5/2009 7:30PM

    I'm glad that your shingles are subsiding. I am looking forward to Fabulous Friday. I am going to have a great one, how about you? Enjoy your facebook. I have plenty of computer time right here. Any more involvement on the computer and I will evolve into a head. Keep taking good care of yourself.
Love you.
Nancy



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KSNICKER 2/5/2009 7:13PM

    Wanda,
I'm glad you are taking your own very good advice and letting go and letting God... It really helps...
And I joined Facebook... And I found you right away and wasn't even looking for you... lol Now to figure out what Facebook is... lol I've just taken a couple minutes for far... But looking forward to learning something new.

See ya out there...

((hugs))

Kathy

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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,
Wanda emoticon

  
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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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