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Thursday's blog

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Thank you Mauri for the wonderful challenge today...I was able to really focus on things in my life this day and appreciate all the little things that we often overlook as being unimportant. I appreciated the exercise in thankfulness.

My Positives.

This TEAM... you all are such an important part of my life.
Beautiful emails from friends who think of me during their day.
Shy made grilled cheese sandwiches for us for supper....thank you Shy.
Time to sit for a bit out on the back deck, enjoying the sounds of nature and the sunshine.
Enjoyable laughter and conversations at work.
The opportunity to chat with a co-worker about some deeper subjects.
Chatting with my eldest on the phone last night. She surprised me with a call. She is doing some exciting work in her field right now.

So many blessings, my day is full, my glass is even full!

Have a wonderful evening..

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NJMATTICE 9/24/2009 9:55PM

    Isn't it amazing how Mauri set our day up for success? It was a wonderful day. Have a good sleep and I look forward to Fabulous Friday.

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1HAPPYSUSAN 9/24/2009 9:14PM

    It seems to me that every day I discover more and more to be thankful for, even on those days (such as today) when things don't go as planned and I'm feeling less than fantabulous.

God in His Goodness does continue to bless me and to help me see all the beauty and abundance in my life. I need to remember to focus on that beauty and abundance and not on the junk that creeps into my heart.

Thank you for the positives and for the joy you share with us.

Hugs and blessings, Wanda!

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Wanted to share with you all a beautiful email:

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

This might have you reaching for a tissue...it's okay...I had to. If you have seen it before, I'm sure it touched your heart, it's worth a re-read.

It was a busy
morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80's arrived to have
stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an
appointment at 9:00 am.

I took his vital signs and
had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would
to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided,
since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On
exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the
needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor's
appointment this morning.

He said no, he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast
with his wife.

I inquired as to her health.
He told me she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer's
Disease. As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late.
He replied she no longer knew who he was, she had not
recognized him in five years now . I was surprised, and asked him, 'And you still go every morning, even though she doesn't know who you are?'

He smiled as he patted my hand and said,

'She doesn't know me, but I still know who she is.'

I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and
thought,That's the kind of love I want in my life.

True love is neither physical, nor romantic.
True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not

With all the jokes and fun that are in e-mails, sometimes there is one that
comes along that has an important message. This one I thought I could
share with you.

The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make
the best of everything they have.

I hope you share this with someone you care about. I just

'Life isn't about how to survive the storm,
but how to dance in the rain.

My Positives:
Friends who share such beautiful messages with me via emails.
Knowing that God has given me the ability to dance in the rain, I just have to move my feet.
An absolutely gorgeous day outside.
That daily, I am learning to see the positives and blessings

Thank you to all who have stopped by and shared an encouraging word.


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STORMTMB 10/7/2009 1:03PM

    Love is choice, not a feeling. Commitment is so important. My parents have been married 59 years and have provided an excellent example of these concepts. Thankfully no alzheimers.

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1HAPPYSUSAN 9/24/2009 9:10PM

    Beautiful, Wanda, and bless you for sharing. Love is an amazing thing, isn't it.

Take good care and let's keep enjoying the lovely weather while we can!


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ALFREDIA 9/24/2009 7:32AM

  I love this story. That is commitment to marriage and the mate we chose. That is true love.


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NJMATTICE 9/23/2009 5:15PM

    Keep counting those blessings. It brings such Joy to life.
Have a great evening.

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So blessed....

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

We are being so blessed with absolutely beautiful weather for this time of year. It's warmer out now that it was for most of the summer. 30 degrees today and predicted 31 for tomorrow. I'm loving this extra blessing of sunshine and warmth. We have been breaking temperature records all over the province. Woo Hoo

Our emergency plans for the pandemic H1N1 flu are starting to come together at work. Let's hope that they become unnecessary and nothing occurs....not likely according to the WHO, but at least we are prepared and can take as many precautions as possible.
Many of us may end up working from home and things are quickly being put into place for that occurance. Thankfully, I work in a secured area of the library, so don't have as much face to face contact with the public...but that doesn't make any of us immune. My husband works directly with the public as does Shyra. I'm pleased that my place of employment takes the threat seriously and isn't just brushing it aside.

My positives:

A wonderfully sunny and warm day...they are sure a treasure at this time of year.
A great job and a great place of employment.
I've stepped up my exercise routine and although tired by the time I'm done it, I feel mentally much better.
I don't have to go to Calgary next week. YAY. Not that I don't enjoy the people that I would have been interacting with...I just wasn't looking forward to a very long 16 hour day.
My Granddaughter's gift is in the mail....Yay...I'm not late this year. lol

God who daily blesses this family.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful evening.


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ALFREDIA 9/22/2009 9:45PM


You are such a positive influence.

Congratulations on kicking up the exercise routine. Your work place really seems to be a neat place to work. Especially preparing for the possibility of a H1N1 break out. May none of us experience this potential illness.



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1HAPPYSUSAN 9/22/2009 9:14PM

    Unseasonably warm here in Oregon, too, Wanda, but I'm like you...I'll take it! Soon enough it will be cool and rainy, rainy, rainy!

Good for you on kicking the exercise up a notch! I'm proud of you!

Seems there's so very many things to be grateful for each day. I am continuously blessed and love being aware of even the smallest of blessings. Especially blessed to know such positive people like YOU!

Hugs and blessings!

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NJMATTICE 9/22/2009 8:56PM

    Glad that work is serious about your health too. Congratulations on kicking the physical aspect or your program up a notch. It's a good kind of tired. Have a good sleep and looking forward to journeying with you tomorrow.

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Monday Sept 21

Monday, September 21, 2009

YAY, I've got one week of streak tracking and blogging under my belt once again. It's funny how you go along just great forever and then something happens where you miss a day and then another day and before you know it you are only doing it sparadically. Last weeks challenge put me back on track and I'm glad that so many others felt the need to accept the challenge also. It means that I'm not alone! Woo Hoo....thank you fellow teammates for accepting the challenge of getting back on track.

We had an interestingly noise day at work today...and it wasn't even our department making the noise! lol. There is digging up and repairing going on outside out delivery door and windows. Between the jackhammer, and what ever else they had been using...we pretty much had our conversations drowned out. You could feel the vibrations right through the floor and into your chairs...weird feeling, but did cause some crazy conversations!

My positives:

My Granddaughters birthday present is purchased, I just need to get it sent.
Sun shine still today...even though it was only 6 our this morning.
This whole week is supposed to be warm and sun shine. YAY
Nancy, who always is on the look out for me to log on and gives me the opportunity to have a quick chat. I'm becoming more skilled at doing two or more techie things at once. YAY ME.
Wonderful teammates who have delighted me in joining in last weeks challenge and many have opted to continue with this weeks challenge. Thank you...I was getting lonely doing the challenges.

Have a wonderful evening, thank you for stopping by. Hope you had a great motivation Monday and that your glass is half full!


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YOYONOMORE1 9/22/2009 9:33AM

    The challenges are great, keep em coming!


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NJMATTICE 9/21/2009 6:02PM

    It is refreshing to have a nice group of positive people working along side to make some healthy progress. Mixing up the status quo and getting things charged up for change. Thanks for your willingness to lead. Have a wonderful evening and a good sleep.

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Saturday's blog

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Interesting observation today. I had set my treat as a Tim Horton's French Vanilla coffee if I met all my goals for this week. I still had today to get through, but my husband brought home Timmy's this morning and I didn't want to be rude to his generousity. I decided that Ok...it would have the Timmy's. Now this has always been my favorite drink and to be honest has become a bit of a downfall for me. I'm not a coffee drink as a rule...but these drinks really had me hooked. I gave them up and decided that if I was able to meet all my goals for this week, I would then have one on Sunday. I'm not saying that I didn't want one during the week, I really did, but I decided that I was not going to let it become another downfall week. So today when I accepted Garry's lovely gift, I was really torn...do I refuse his gift or do I say ok, it's a day early and I have been very good in meeting my goals so far this week...I will choose not to have one tomorrow and instead have it today.
Well, I took a sip anticipating that lovely taste....and What The Heck!...it didn't taste good at all. Okay, maybe it's just because I'm feeling a little guilty for having it a day early, let's have another sip.. YUCK! I made an attempt to drink about 1/2 of the drink before I just couldn't do it anymore and dumped the rest of it down the sink when Garry was outside. So what happened here?
Well I'm thinking one of a couple things....1) my guilty feelings for having it a day early wouldn't allow me to enjoy it or 2) my taste buds really have changed and because it is no longer in my system the desire has gone.

Regardless...I know that although I just might have one again someday down the road....I no longer feel "hooked" on them and I'm delighted.

To some this might seem silly...but for me, I was getting concerned about "wanting" a Timmy's everytime I turned around....I have always been a water drinker and this was becoming my new drink.

My positives:

My "need" for a Timmy's is I believe a thing of the past...I have moved forward.
I have stayed on track all this week.
My water intake is back up where it should be.
I found a great baby gift for not only the new parents, but the new grandparents as well.
Shy and I had a good time together wandering up and down Whyte Avenue window shopping.
Garry was able to get the garage mostly cleaned out in preparation for the old kitchen cabinets to be put into his "workshop" in the garage.
The opporunity to offer prayer and support to my neighbour as she deals with the stress of a husband in ICU.

Thank you Lord that you watch over my family and for your strength and caring.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoyed your silly Saturday.


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GRCLC123 9/20/2009 8:27AM

    Hi, Wanda. I think that it is your tastebuds have changed. This happened to me with soda pop and sweet tea. I vowed to stay away from this to aid in my weight loss, and when I was tempted this last week to taste the soda, it was way to sweet. I couldn't even finish it. Wanda, maybe you need a new goal, huh? LOL Well, good luck! emoticon

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MAURIZIA 9/20/2009 8:02AM

    Wanda, as always you lead by example. Until I read your blog today, I hadn't realized that this has happened to me with Tropicana Coolatas from Dunkin' Donuts (our version of Tim's...though there are a few Tims here or there down here). SOOOOOO...no Tropicana Coolata when I am driving home from theater today. No sirree!

Hugs...and thanks!

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NJMATTICE 9/19/2009 7:54PM

    I did, thank you. I haven't figured out what reward I would give myself for completing this week's challenge. I am not good about that. I will have to come up with something. I'll blog about it tomorrow. Sorry that your reward was such a bust. Onward and upward. Thanks for leading so well this week. It was a good week. Have a great evening and hope to see you tomorrow!

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