WANDAH3's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WANDAH3 WANDAH3's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Mar 27, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900471 Yesterday at work was a day that set me on edge and I had to bit my tongue or explode inappropriately. My manager made a remark about a recent vendor meeting that she was not even at that saw me seeing red. Perhaps if her comment had been made to just Gail and I instead to our whole department, I might have reacted differently, but I doubt it. Her comment of our vendor representative being "pushy, because that is what salesmen do" did not sit well with me. Bless Gail's heart for being more ag... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:20:34 EST Mar 24, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898608 Between general business, snow shoveling and doing taxes life has been crazy these past few days. On the plus side...I'm alive to be doing it all! <BR> <BR> So many blessings and so much gratefulness in my life. Here is just a few. <BR> <BR> 1. Once again taxes are done for the year, netfiled and trusting that they have been done correctly. It usually takes me a weekend to get them done as there is a lot involved with my hubby's. So grateful to have them done. Thank you, thank you, thank yo... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:07:33 EST Mar 18, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895107 A crazy day today. I get to go into work 2 hours later than normal. YAY...downside...I was still up at my regular time! Oh well, it's all good. I do get to leave at my regular time as I have 2 appointments that I couldn't (wouldn't) change just because work changed it's mind about things. <BR> <BR> I am not looking forward to catching Kismet and caging her to take her to the vets this afternoon. It's time for her nails to be done again and she is not a happy camper when that has to be done... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 08:39:32 EST Mar 16, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893750 A new week, a new day and moving forward. <BR> <BR> A good weekend filled with lots of items on the "to-do" list all done. Spring is coming and the feeling of time running out until the wedding is creeping in! <BR> <BR> 1. So blessed to have the daughters that I have and the friendship that we share. It was fun to spend a good portion of the day on Saturday with Kaeli running errands and finding success in hunting for bargains. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> <BR> 2. Although I did n... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 07:14:28 EST Mar 12, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891545 It's been a very busy past few days and my blogging has fallen behind. <BR> <BR> So much to be grateful for and so many blessings on a daily basis. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> <BR> 1. What a lovely blessing to be invited over to Shyra's last evening for supper and a visit. Shy made a great new recipe. She made baked sweet potato chips from scratch and then used them in a lovely very healthy nacho recipe. We used salsa and greek yogurt to accompany them. So good and a recipe I'm su... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 06:52:55 EST Mar 5, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887328 Lots of celebrations happening today. A long time co-worker has her retirement party at noon. It will be so sad on one hand to see Janet retire, but on the other hand it is a whole new phase of life for her and I wish well. <BR> Today is also our grandson's 6th birthday. It is exciting to be celebrating a first birthday with him as he and his sister are new to our family. So many changes happening and I'm open to them all. We are blessed beyond measure. <BR> <BR> 1. I am grateful for the wom... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 07:26:19 EST March 3, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886018 Yay...done the 7 day cabbage soup diet. I did ok, not as good as I would have liked to see, but still happy with the results. Moving forward, I need to continue to eat in as healthy a manner and see where it takes me. I would like to try the diet again at the end of this month, but I will do a couple of things differently...1. Be more prepared with my food choices 2. Find an acceptable substitution for meat. <BR> All in all a good jump start to things and I'm looking forward to a continued do... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 06:58:54 EST Mar 1, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884728 A brand new month, which means new goals and a review of my month of February and it's goals. I'm am generally pleased with how I did on my journey in the month of February. I still have 2 days left on my 7 day cabbage soup/veggies/fruit diet...a sneak peek at the scales says that it is doing what it is supposed to be doing. I believe that I will have made my goal of eliminating 8 pounds in February, but my weigh in on Tuesday morning will be the confirmation of that. (Yes, I know that it sho... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:23:16 EST Feb 26, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882927 I am entering Day 3 of the Cabbage Soup diet and feeling good. I am looking forward to today as I get to have both fruit and veggies and tomorrow I get to have bananas as my fruit. I will be having the bananas with almond or coconut milk though as they are both lactose free. I have discovered though that although I like cabbage soup...I don't like cabbage soup everyday! Oh well...I will stick with the plan as it's only a week and as long as I see some results with kick starting myself...I wil... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:12:57 EST Feb 24, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881605 I'm giving myself a kick start to get off this plateau that I have been on and very slow decline of the scale. I have been tracking and drinking my water and doing my exercises, but I think that my body has become used to the routine and needs to have a jolt once again. I'm going to take the next 7 days and eat my cabbage soup and fill myself full of fruit and veggies and see if that won't make a difference. What I like about this type of a jolt is that it is healthy and very short term. <BR>... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 07:06:42 EST Feb 21, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880375 I took a day off from just about everything yesterday. It was great! I did mind what I ate and I did drink my water, but I didn't write things down. I wasn't as productive in my walking, but it was a nice change to just relax. <BR> <BR> Today is a new day and I will be back to doing my tracking. <BR> <BR> 1. I appreciate the joy of just being without any expectations. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> <BR> 2. I appreciate a great visit with Kaeli and Sylvain and the fun games of Farkle... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 09:13:47 EST Feb 19, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878560 This has been a very long week for some reason. Usually the time goes by so fast, but it's dragging this week. Maybe it's just the universes way of telling me to take time to smell the roses *grin* <BR> <BR> 1. I appreciate life's little lessons even if I don't always understand them. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> <BR> 2. I appreciate having the time yesterday to stop at the bank and then being able to pay for Garry's mom trip to Mexico with us. Bless her heart for sending the money... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 07:11:22 EST Feb 16, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876656 Today would have been my Mom and Dad's 70th wedding anniversary. They set such a great example of always working together to make their marriage successful. Their path was not an easy one. We always knew though that we were a family and had each others backs. Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad. <BR> <BR> So much to be grateful for: <BR> <BR> 1. I am grateful for the example that my parents set for me. For having taught me what "family" means and that when things get tough, that's when we really ... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:53:29 EST Feb 11, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873667 Happy Hump day for those of us in the working world and Happy pay day today for me! <BR> <BR> 1. I appreciate being able to locate a couple of the large gallon jars so that I can re-use them to store my food stuffs in. It will so nice to label them and be able to see what is in them at a glance. Organizing my cupboards, YAY. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> <BR> 2. I appreciate microwave popcorn and that it was a healthier choice for me when I was graving a snack last evening. Thank ... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 07:24:44 EST Feb 09, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872291 The weekend is done and it's back to work once again. <BR> <BR> 1. I appreciate that I have a job that I enjoy doing and co-workers that I enjoy working with. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> <BR> 2. I appreciate the time off from work on the weekends to be able to catch up on my own agenda and spend time with family. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> <BR> 3. I appreciate the abundance that we have been blessed with and that all our needs are met. Help me to be ever grateful. Tha... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 07:19:48 EST Feb 07, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871157 Dawn is breaking and it looks like we might have some sunshine today. YAY! <BR> <BR> 1. I am grateful for being able to sleep in past 4:30 am this morning...work week is done! Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> <BR> 2. I am grateful to not have to shovel snow this morning. The past two days of shoveling snow, although calorie burning, have also left me with a sore lower back for lifting all that snow to the top of the snow banks. Time to recover before Monday's predicted snow fall happe... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 10:06:16 EST Feb 5, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869846 Another week almost finished. Before we know it the time will be here for Shy and Kyle's wedding. So much to do, so little time *grin* <BR> <BR> 1. I appreciate Garry getting up to help me shovel snow this morning. We got a big dump of it overnight and the driveway and sidewalks needed to be done before I could back out of the garage. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> <BR> 2. I appreciate that I have been motivated to walk extra this week. It's nice to see those miles piling up, now let... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 07:13:30 EST Feb 2, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868162 Happy Ground Hog day! Yep 6 more weeks of winter, not surprising *grin* <BR> <BR> 1. I appreciate the humor that surrounds that furry little rodent that has us all sitting on edge waiting for his prediction. LOL Thank you, thank you, thank you for fun in life. <BR> <BR> 2. I appreciate being able to easily handle shoveling the snow on our driveway and sidewalk after work. It was light and the temperatures were not bad without the wind. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> <BR> 3. I appr... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 19:59:54 EST Feb 1, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867055 A new month and a new set of goals! I was pleased with my January results despite not quite making my goal of eliminating 10 pounds...I did eliminate 7 pounds and have been tracking everyday. Even managed to get 8 glasses or more into me almost everyday! <BR> <BR> This months goals: Eliminate 8 pounds (shorter month, so shorter goal). Track everyday, walk a minimum of 5.5 miles a day. Add some more workout exercises to my routine...in other words...work with my weights at least once a day a... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:19:13 EST Jan 30, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865721 Another month has almost gone by and it will be time to review my progress from the this month and set my goals for next month. <BR> <BR> 1. I appreciate the successes that I have had so far this month and will embrace what I need to do to continue success for next month. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> <BR> 2. I appreciate the skill of my hairdresser who helps to keep me looking and feeling good with my hair cuts. I'm off to see her again today. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> ... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:10:20 EST Jan 28, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864260 So blessed... <BR> <BR> 1. I am blessed to have my hubby in my life. We have known each other since we were 13 and 14 years old. We have been married for coming up 41 years. So basically we have been together almost our entire lives. We have traveled this life journey through valleys, dips and mountains together. I am so grateful for the companionship and love. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> <BR> 2. I appreciate all those that work for the highways crews and the county crews that hav... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:10:56 EST Jan 27, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863888 We were supposed to get snow overnight and that didn't happen...now we have severe freezing rain warning issued through out the county. Crazy weather. <BR> <BR> 1. I appreciate that I have been able to set up my phone so that I get the weather alerts for the county directly to my phone. It is good to know what to watch for in the way of road conditions. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> <BR> 2. Kaeli and Sylvain have a new boxspring and mattress being delivered on Saturday and YAY! we ... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:13:46 EST Jan 25, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862129 I missed two days of blogging! Where did those days go. <BR> <BR> I had a great day with the girls yesterday. We headed into the city early and didn't get home again until supper time. Lots of walking. I think it might have been the first time for all of us that we spent an entire day at West Edmonton Mall. Usually we are in and out of there as quickly as we can be because it is so crazy busy on weekends. <BR> <BR> My Positives: <BR> <BR> 1. I appreciate spending the entire day with my gir... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:23:47 EST Jan 22, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860048 So much to appreciate about my life. <BR> <BR> 1. I appreciate the amazing adults that my children have become and how our relationship although will always be Mom and Dad, we are privileged to also be friends. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> <BR> 2. I appreciate how our staff at work comes together and works as a great team, especially in times of disaster. Clean-up from the flood will take some time, but already round about ways have been established to continue to offer our service... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 07:16:41 EST Jan 20, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858849 What an eventful day at work today! <BR> <BR> 1. I appreciate that due to the circumstances at work this morning, I was able to leave work early and enjoy having more time at home. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> <BR> 2. I appreciate the quick response not only from staff but from all those that responded quickly to what could have been an even worse situation at work. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> <BR> 3. I appreciate the County staff for moving very quickly and getting the ... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:07:23 EST Jan 19, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858059 A beautiful sunny day today, certainly goes a long way in improving peoples attitudes! <BR> <BR> 1. I appreciate the smiles and happiness on peoples faces as they enjoy the sunshine and very mild weather we are having. The brighter it is outside, the brighter the smiles and cheerful greetings. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> <BR> 2. I appreciate my hubby who always makes sure that my vehicle is maintained and functioning properly. Such a blessing to know that I can rely on him to take... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:19:56 EST Jan 18, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857078 It's a gloomy overcast day here, but it still is nice outdoors. Only minus 3. We are having a very mild January! <BR> <BR> My Blessings/Thankfuls/Gratefuls: <BR> <BR> 1. I am so grateful for the gift of a new FITBIT that my girls gave me for my birthday. I have finally received the missing part from the box and now have it all set up and ready to go. My old one was so old that it was struggling to update things anymore. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> <BR> 2. I appreciate the wonderf... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 11:46:27 EST Jan 17, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856331 It's a great day to be alive! <BR> <BR> 1. I am grateful that my creator has granted me another day of life. An opportunity to grow and learn and hopefully be a blessing in someone Else's life. An opportunity to make a difference. <BR> Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> <BR> 2. I appreciate my local health food store that is so incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. I came away with great information and a couple of products of all natural items that I am hoping will do what I need them ... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 10:22:12 EST Jan 16, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855567 Writing down some of my thankfuls, blessings and things I appreciate each day help to keep me focused on all the positives and good things that occur in my day. <BR> <BR> 1. I appreciate how much putting my positives in writing keeps me focused on what really matters in my day. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this lesson learned so long ago. <BR> <BR> 2. I appreciate the unconditional love that Shy and Kyle little dog shows each time she greets someone in her family. It's such a wonder... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 07:22:31 EST Jan 15, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854841 We are having some very spring like weather right now...it's hard to believe that in the middle of winter we are experiencing plus temperatures and rain! I'm not complaining though as every day like this makes getting through the winter months that much easier. <BR> <BR> 1. I appreciate running water that allows me to freely obtain hot or cold water from a tap inside my home. I do not have to care or haul my water. Such a blessing. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> 2. I appreciate being ... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 07:31:56 EST Jan 13, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853667 My appreciations <BR> <BR> 1. I appreciate the milder temperatures today, even without the sun shining, it is pleasant out. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> 2. I appreciate being able to stop at the store on my way home from work. Bless the hearts of those that serve others as clerks, bagging and stocking shelves. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> 3. I appreciate the greek salad that I had for my lunch today...not sure the onions are agreeing with me, but the salad was very good. I... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:35:06 EST Jan 12, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852852 Yay I got to leave work on time today, no overtime! <BR> <BR> 1. I appreciate that I am able to accumulate my overtime and that it usually allows me then to take off every Friday from May to September ( a deal that I have worked out with my supervisor in order to use it up). It is nice working only a 4 day week during the summer months. Even if I usually end up working over time still on those 4 days *grin*. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the flexibility at work. <BR> 2. I appreciate my... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:58:00 EST Jan 11, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851668 Ahhh, love the quiet time first thing in the morning before my home starts to stir with noise and activity. <BR> <BR> 1. I appreciate the quiet time when I first get up and my home and neighborhood are still quiet and asleep. A time for me to quietly reflect and spend time with God. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> 2. I appreciate Shyra driving over to our place last evening when the roads were no so good so that we could do some wedding planning and get things organized. Thank you, th... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 09:53:53 EST Jan 9, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850506 Yay, it's Friday...my favorite day of the week. <BR> <BR> 1. I appreciate that my knee held up well today considering the steps I got in yesterday. So far today 5.26 miles. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> 2. I appreciate my job immensely, but am so looking forward to the weekend and relaxing. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> 3. I appreciate my co-workers and how we all in our department work so well together and as a team. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> 4. I appreciate bein... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 17:05:16 EST Jan 8. 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849558 Not sure how I managed to miss doing a blog yesterday, but I did! <BR> <BR> 1. I appreciate being able to come home from work early today, using up some of my overtime hours. YAY. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> 2.I appreciate having the extra time at home to get a nice supper going for tonight. I have doing well with my tracking and really want to stay on track, so having the time to cook a nice meal helps. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> 3. I appreciate the angels that surround... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 14:07:01 EST Jan 6, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847841 My list of appreciations <BR> <BR> 1. I appreciate that it is warming up outside. Today it is only -17, lots warmer than yesterday. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> 2. I appreciate that I get to work at the time of the morning that I do as I don't have to search for a parking spot in the parkade. Parking is becoming an issue for employees and being as I'm the first one there...no problem. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> 3. I appreciate the skill and dedication that our World's jun... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 16:30:06 EST Jan 5, 2015....really it is the 5th today not yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846826 Back to work today and hopefully into a more regular schedule. <BR> <BR> 1. I appreciate that I was able to get some extra steps into my morning this morning. The entry scanners weren't working on level 2 where we have to park, so walked up to level 1 only to find that the elevator that would take me directly into my section of the library wasn't responding. Got some extra steps in with having to walk across the parkade and then up to the main County building so I could notify security. Then... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 16:10:05 EST Jan 5, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845476 It's a great day to be alive and well! <BR> <BR> 1. I appreciate the quiet time in the morning to spend in silent contemplation and slowly wake up my mind and body in preparation for whatever the day holds for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> 2. I appreciate our angels watching over us yesterday as we were rear ended at a stop light. No bodily damage, just damage to Garry's new truck. The plus side is that the repairs will come out of the other guys pocket not ours and there was no ... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 10:03:25 EST Jan 03, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844641 I love how life gives you opportunities to become the person you are truly meant to be. My job is to keep my eyes open and recognize those opportunities! <BR> <BR> 1. I appreciate that the snow has stopped falling and is now quietly blanketing my gardens beds and will provide them with much needed moisture for the spring planting. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> 2. I appreciate the time I will have today to pack up the Christmas decorations, store them safely and at the same time have ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 11:21:41 EST Jan 2, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844014 My appreciation list <BR> <BR> 1. I appreciate my hubby who got up this morning at 5am to shovel all the snow for me so I could get to work and then came home before I got off work to shovel again. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> 2. I appreciate being able to leave work on time today so that I didn't have to drive on the bad roads in the dark. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> 3. I appreciate a nice warm bowl of soup and crackers for my lunch...hit the spot just right. Thank you, t... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 15:19:28 EST January 1 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842712 It's been awhile since I have listed any of my blessings. My word of guidance this year is APPRECIATE. Time to get back to appreciating in writing all my blessings. <BR> <BR> 1. I am blessed to have a new artificial knee that is healing and working well, enabling me to once again walk and move my body. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> 2. I am blessed with wonderful family and friends that endeavor to make me feel loved and appreciated. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> 3. I am bles... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 11:12:01 EST My Gratefuls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759481 So many blessings and so many gratefuls. <BR> <BR> 1. I am grateful for the new windows that we are having installed. They will keep us nice and warm this winter with no drafts. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> 2. I am grateful for the time off this week from work so that I can get the stair railings all sanded in preparation for a new coat of paint. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> 3. I am grateful for the time that we had a the reunion last weekend. So many memories and so much f... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:11:44 EST July 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734330 It's been a busy past few weeks and I'm hoping that the next few weeks slow down a bit! <BR> <BR> Shy and Kyle are all moved into their new place. They just have a few straggler bits to move then clean up of the condo in preparation for their renter. Their new place is coming along. They will have new carpet installed in the Master bedroom on Thursday and the painting is going well. <BR> They are beginning to feel the excitement once again now that their chore list is becoming more manageab... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 07:18:08 EST Happy Hump Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725408 This week has been going by quickly. It's already Hump Day (mid work week). For me it seems to go by even faster with only working Monday thru Thursday for the summer months. <BR> <BR> It's looking pretty stormy outdoors this morning. The humidity is high as is the temperature in the house. Sleeping last night was a challenge. I'm thinking that we are going to be in for a good ole storm today. <BR> <BR> My Blessings: <BR> 1. Thank you for the kind words that others leave on my blogs. They a... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:44:01 EST Still counting my blessings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724655 Even though it's been less consistent with my blogging, I have still been counting my blessings! It does feel better when I write them down though...they stare you in the face and you do appreciate them more. <BR> <BR> 1. Thank you for the blessing of this past weekend with family. We are so blessed to have our girls living so close. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> 2. Thank you for the blessing of the rain and sunshine. Natures' way of tending to my garden. I might plant the seeds, bu... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:32:15 EST Heigh Ho Heigh Ho...it's off to work I go. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718902 How come my weekends seem to go by so fast while the work week takes so long! I had a great weekend though. We celebrated Garry as the wonderful father and husband that he is and managed to also get some outdoor projects completed. <BR> <BR> Garry, bless his heart was able to get the front deck all sealed...it's only taken us 2 years! Now it's done and it's good to go for several years. He made a start on sealing the new privacy fence, but that will be a job that gets completed over the nex... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 07:39:15 EST So much to be grateful for. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713327 It's been a while since I listed all my blessings in a blog, time to do it again. <BR> <BR> My Blessings and Thank yous: <BR> 1. Thank you for the wonderful surprise visit with my eldest brother and his wife last evening. Such a lovely visit with them dropping by the house. The timing was great as we had all just gotten back from a dinner out. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <BR> 2. Thank you for the blessing of the girls significant others. They have fit into the family so well and are tru... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 09:35:26 EST Why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704963 Why has been remembering to do a blog each day become something that feels more like a chore than something I like to do? I have always enjoyed taking the time to write a few words each morning as I start my day, but lately it's become just one more thing that I need to get done before heading out the door to work. <BR> Am I less grateful for all my blessings, NO definitely not. Am I lacking the time in the morning...perhaps as it means I need to get up earlier and I've gotten used to having ... Wed, 28 May 2014 07:50:48 EST Yard projects are progressing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700532 Our yard projects are progressing, thanks in part to a friend of Garry's that is helping us out. Each year we try to tackle a major project that we want to have done. Much easier on the pocket book and even on ourselves. <BR> <BR> This year the big project is to tear down an old fence and build a new privacy fence in it's place. We wanted something that was appealing from both sides, not just in our yard. We came up with the idea of building a pergola (but on a smaller scale). On the side fa... Thu, 22 May 2014 07:54:57 EST Spring...is it really here??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697567 It's the May long weekend and the usual time for gardens to begin to be planted in my neck of the woods. Can we trust that this year we won't get another snow fall??? Last year I waited until the weekend after the long weekend to plant and we got a dump of snow. So far the weather forecast says no snow...so I've got my onion bulbs all planted. I need to get my potatoes and carrots into the ground yet. I have two great tomato plants growing in pots and I have another 6 small ones to get plante... Sun, 18 May 2014 10:02:07 EST