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One more project down!

Friday, September 11, 2009

One more of the many projects going on in our house has been completed!
At the end of this month...my new kitchen and flooring is on the agenda. I will be so glad when all the renos are done.

Fireplace before:




The after results. Even if I say so myself...Garry did a pretty good job for someone who hasn't had a whole lot of experience in the woodworking department!
evening:

daylight:


What a huge difference it makes in the family room. It's so inviting now to sit in. With the change of paint color and the "new" fireplace, even Garry is spending more of his evenings sitting in the family room instead of heading up to the bedroom to lie down and watch tv!

My positives:
A husband who although he has no clue where to start and what to do on the projects that I dream up...is very willing to tackle them.
Owning our own home so that I have the freedom to personalize and make it how I would like it.
God, who blesses us with the help and information we need when we need it and who blesses us with the finances to accomplish what we have set out to do.

Thank you for stopping by to view my "new" fireplace.

Have an awesome evening and weekend.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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SHER2BE8 9/13/2009 8:03PM

    very nice!

It is a blessing to have your own home and as much work as it is, to be able to do the renovations yourself.

looking forward to seeing more.

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KSNICKER 9/13/2009 12:12PM

    Nice job Garry! You done good! LOL

Wanda it is beautiful...
Enjoy having your family together a little more now. And having another project accomplished!

((hugs))
R>Kathy

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MAURIZIA 9/12/2009 8:03AM

    Oh, Wanda, it's BEAUTIFUL!!! I love that fireplace reno. How comforting that room seems! I have 3 fireplaces in my apt. but none are working ones because of the age of the house & the cost to upgrade them...One in the kitchen (in front of which sits my stove and IN which the cats hide from me; one in the spare bedroom that serves as a dresser/chifferobe room...since the other 2 bedrooms are small...and one in my living room...I just love having them.

Enjoy, my friend! Kudos to Gerry!!! Great job!

Hugs!

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ALFREDIA 9/11/2009 8:16PM

  Congratulations on those accomplishment. Your fireplace looks really nice. We're planning some renovations but not until after the first of the year. I am and I'm not looking forward to getting those projects underway. Since you have so much experience you can coordinate ours. LOL Just kidding.

You are making so much headway in all areas of your life.

Marie

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NJMATTICE 9/11/2009 7:46PM

    The fireplace is lovely. You are going great guns on those projects. Looking great. Enjoy your weekend. Don't work too hard!
Love,
Nancy

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Family

Thursday, September 10, 2009

What a lovely surprise we had yesterday. Garry's sister surprised us with a visit. She happened to be spending the day working in Edmonton for her company and was able to come over for supper and the evening. We had a lovely visit and were able to enjoy a BBQ out on the deck as the weather was warm enough to sit out there for the evening.
Shyra's friend joined us also, as they had planned on going out for the evening after supper. We had a lovely impromtu meal. I was able to put together a greek salad, a pasta salad and a baking dish filled with carrots, potatoes, peas and baby corn, as well as Garry cooked up some skewers of pork on the BBQ.

Today promises to be another lovely day...our summer appears to not be quite finished as yet. YAY! This weekend is supposed to be in the high 20's all weekend. I love it! I am just not looking forward to those cold snowy winter months. lol

My Blessings:
I woke up this morning.
Fern was able to stop by for a visit....first time she has been to see us in almost 8 years!
It promises to be a lovely warm day.
Telephone repair man is supposed to show up today after I get home from work. Once again, we have no phone service....hopefully this time they can figure out why we keep losing our service. We are just blessed that Garry has a cell phone and we can still be reached.
God, who continues to love, support and guide us in our every day experiences.


Have a wonderful day.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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YOYONOMORE1 9/10/2009 4:37PM

    You did good, putting together a nice healthy meal on short notice, it's nice you were able to eat and visit with Gary's sister, 8 yrs. is a long time between visits. I usually get with my brotherat least once a year, hopefully when my sis and her daughter get back from their trip to Kentucky we'll all be able to get together. It turned into a rather muggy day today, but not complaining, as fall is fast approaching and the cooler weather. Hope you had a good day at work and get your phone problem taken care of.

Hugs,
Shirl

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NJMATTICE 9/10/2009 9:26AM

    Hi Wanda. I'm am glad to be home and glad to read your positive update. I'll have to work on one of my own. Have a great day.
Love,
Nancy

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KSNICKER 9/10/2009 9:03AM

    Good Morning my friend...
How wonderful that you had such a nice evening. Those surprise visits are so great... Especially when you like the people surprising you. hee hee
Sounds like you pulled together a nice healthy meal for all as well... WTG!
Now about that weather... I know that your 20 is not in degrees... so hope you enjoy it while it last...

Since I haven't done a blog in ages... I'll let you know that not much has changed around here... BIL is home from a 2 weeks stay at the hospital and awaiting his next appt which is on the 17 of Sept. Not sure there is much they can do for him at this point. He is in a lot of pain.
As for me... I've finally turned myself around AGAIN and have been able to get back to healthier eating. Managing all the stress is a full time job... But the positive is I'm doing it THIS WEEK! LOL

Thanks for continuing to share your positives and leading the way for all of us.

((BIG HUGS)))

Kathy

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What a great Girls Time!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

I'm so happy to be back home again....maybe I can get some rest now! lol.

We had a fantastic time, the two girls and I. I love that my daughters are just as in to our "girl time" once a year, as I am. This year saw Shy and I heading off on Thursday morning for an 8 hour drive to Fort St. John BC to meet up with Kaeli.

Shyra loading her pillow and "blankie" into the vehicle.


We had a great day for traveling. Not too hot and not too much traffic as the long weekend really didn't start until Friday for most people. The scenery was beautiful and we had lots of giggles and laughs about some of the signs and sights we saw along the way. The one that really got Shy and I were the two big signs that said "Watch for Pedestrians on the Road"....excuse me, but why???? This is a major highway in the middle of nowhere! Then we started to notice that along the sides of the road, randomly placed would be a bench or an old car seat. Obviously, people like to sit and watch the traffic go by! At least that was one of the crazy stories we made up as we were traveling.

Only in Canada do you see the Canadian beaver so proudly displayed!



Friday saw the girls and I once again on the road. We traveled to the W.A. C. Bennett dam to take in the wonders of man vs mother nature. What a spectacular sight. Throughly enjoyed the tour that took us 500 metres under a mountain to see the inner workings of dam and feel the power of the the Peace River as it flowed through the controlled passages.

Some of the beautiful scenery on the way to the dam



We passed through the town of Hudson's Hope and took the time to stop in at the museum there. Just a small little museum, but filled with all kinds of fossils of plants and dinosaur bones and tracks. Even a lovely Mammoth tusk on display.


Part of the Peace River that flows through BC on it's way to the dam.


Kaeli considering trading in her present mode of transportation for a "new" mode. lol

Unfortunately at the dam (due to security reasons) we were not able to take pictures of us in our lovely apparel of hard hats and colorful vests. But we did get to drive across the top of the dam to the look out spot.



The lake that was created by the dam is an amazing site, very cold as it is glacier fed.



The view from the other side of the valley looking down on the dam. The mountain directly in front is the one that we got to go down underground in.


Kaeli and I enjoying the lakeshore

My crazy girls Shyra and Kaeli

Shy, myself and Kaeli


There were so many fossils just lying around, unfortunately everyone that we found was too big to bring home!



I did manage to bring a small chunk of coal home though. The black in the background is coal. Everywhere you look on the sides of the canyon are bands of coal. Quite an interesting sight.


Saturday saw us bringing home Kaeli's new "Baby". Nevi is all of six weeks old and such a cutie. She is a cross between a mini rex and a lopp ear. We aren't sure if her ears will eventually flop or not. She is a real sweetheart.



The girls I headed out to a movie Saturday night and then an evening of visiting at a local pub. Seeing as I don't drive...I got to be the designated driver...not that it was necessary...but we were prepared! lol We went to see "All about Steve". What a crazy fun movie.

Sunday at noon, saw Shy and I sadly saying goodbye to Kaeli and making the long trek back home. Next year's plans are already in the works. We are going to take in the "Mummie exhibition from Mexico" We know that they are in Detroit this October, but that they will be touring six other US cities between 2010 and 2012. So as soon as we can get further information as to where, we will choose a location and plan our trip. Woo Hoo USA be prepared the "Husak girls" are coming!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing some of our fun times with me.

Have an awesome evening.
Hugs,
Wanda

  
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KSNICKER 9/9/2009 12:58PM

    Wanda - Woo hoo... What a trip huh? I bet it was wonderful seeing all the sites... And I love how you enjoy spending time with your girls and they you... Great pictures and memories made for all of you.
Glad you had a good time...
Love the new member of the family too... lol too cute.

Thanks for sharing it all with us...

((hugs))

Kathy

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/8/2009 10:00PM

    Wanda. What great pictures and very beautiful girls. Thank you so much for sharing. What wonderful memories you and your girls created...bless you for taking the time and doing great things with them. I am glad you are all safely home.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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KNAUGHT61 9/8/2009 9:42PM

    Such wonderful pictures! It looks like you and your girls had a fun time together. Family time together is so important, and sometimes hard to manage. It's great to set up plans on a regular basis. Thank you for sharing your vacation adventure. Kathleen

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YOYONOMORE1 9/8/2009 8:18PM

    Love the pictures, awesome. It sounds like you and your girls had a grand time together. Awww, the little bunny is so cute. Glad you had a nice time, but also glad you are back with us again. We have had rain off and on most of the day, it looks like it might be that way most of the week, at least Labor Day weekend was nice. Hope you have a good week. I posted pictures on my blog also of the zoo and family.

Hugs,
Shirl

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Sept 2

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

I'm logging on tonight and doing a blog, just incase I don't have time tomorrow. Shy and I are still thinking about starting our trip right after work tomorrow. We'll see how tired we are.

If not we'll be leaving early Thursday morning as we have an eight hour drive ahead of us.

Thank you to Shirl, who has volunteered to host the Friday and Saturday daily challenges. I'm sure that the rest of you will enjoy what ever Shirl plans for you. I won't have access to a computer while I'm gone...so will miss all the fun!

My positives:

We have had our son home for a few days holiday and greatly enjoyed his company...now he will be heading back up north to his job tomorrow.
Pay day tomorrow...how convenient is that! lol
It looks like wonderful traveling weather.
I'm excited about seeing my eldest again. I haven't seen her since May.
A lovely supper out this evening with Shy. Salads were our choice of menu. Garry and Q went golfing.
Teammates who are just wonderful....thank you all of you for sharing this journey with me.

Thanks for stopping by...have an awesome next few days...I'll see you when I get back.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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LADY_KATHY 9/8/2009 8:49AM

    have a safe trip. : ) Hope it 's enjoyable

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KSNICKER 9/7/2009 6:47PM

    Saw (on Facebook) that you were back from your trip... I bet your time was wonderful with the girls...
Glad your back safe and sound...

((hugs))

Kathy

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KATHEE3 9/4/2009 6:38AM

  Have a great holiday Wanda!

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MAURIZIA 9/2/2009 6:57AM

    Wanda, safe driving...and have fun! We'll miss you...but we'll also rejoice in your visit with Kaeli!!!

And thank you, Shirl!

Hugs,
Mauri

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The last day of August!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Another month has bitten the dust! I always seem to be working in the future, maybe that is why the days fly by. I received my first November magazine at work last week, and today most of my orders are for books that won't be published until 2010!
No wonder I have a hard time remembering the day of the week!lol

My positives:
My granite for the fireplace hearth is ready to be picked up. Wow, we ordered it on Saturday and it's ready today! I'm so excited about getting my fireplace refaced and looking nice.
A gorgeous sunny and hot day today and I got off work at 2:30 and could sit out on my deck with my feet up and a good book! Ahhhh bliss.
Only three more sleeps until Shy and I leave to see Kaeli.
Bills are paid.
Life in general....when you expect good things, that is what appears. If a lemon or two drops in...that's a bonus 'cause then I can make lemonade!

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a wonderful evening.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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MAURIZIA 9/1/2009 7:45AM

    Wanda, I always wonder about those magazines! emoticon

There are 3 fireplaces in my apartment, but they are not working ones. They need some work, but with my landlord/lady in their 80s, they're not about to invest money in fixing them...but I can dream in front of them, right?

Hugs...It's Tuesday, September 1, 2009. Hahahaha...

Mauri

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JWOOD635 8/31/2009 6:20PM

    Congrats for looking at the positives!

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