Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 23rd day of March, 2018.

Well the storm hit sometime between 9:30 last night and 4:15 this morning.

There is a new blanket of snow on the deck and on the ground.

The biggest thing is the WIND.

Very strong wind this morning.

Not good coupled with snow.

Most especially for those living in the rural areas and driving on the highway.

Great way to begin the weekend.


HOWEVER this blustery, stormy day has a HUGE RAY of SUNSHINE.

That would be MICHELLE OBAMA.

Yes, she is here in our city.

Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States is speaking at ROGERS PLACE today.

I am so blessed to have won a ticket to go and listen to her speak.

SO excited.

No words.

It was a huge surprise yesterday.

I think that I am still in shock.

I remember watching her on television when her husband was running for President.

She has a manner about her ….

She is elegant and gracious.

She is intelligent and compassionate.

She is a great speaker.

I cannot wait to listen to her speak and see her in person.


Well time to get going here.

I hope that you all have an awesome Friday.

Still in shock …. cannot believe that I am going to see Michelle Obama.


Special Hello to: all my family and friends.

Always, Carol & Alvin


Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 22nd day of March, 2018.

Well we did not wake up to any additional “white stuff” on the ground or in the air.

So I guess that is a good thing.

They are forecasting a couple of spring storms over the next couple of weeks and one starting today.

Are we excited?

Mmmm, not so much.

Okay enough complaining about the weather.

Actually the temperatures have been nice.

Yesterday was plus single digits.

It is spring in Canada and that is the way it works.

Always a mixture of weather.


So on this Thursday, Mr. Alvin joins me in the office as I write this blog.

He was right beside my chair and as I typed those words and looked down – he was gone.

I guess he figured the carpet is more comfortable in the hallway.

He would be right.

My poor guy and his ears.

I hope that they both heal soon.


Well I am running late – stayed up a bit later last night.

I hope that you all have an awesome day.


If there is anyone / anything in your life that intimidates you – remember this.

No matter who or what, YOU ARE AMAZING and  YOU MATTER.


There are always going to be those people that get under your skin, and somehow manage to take an intelligent people and make them sound “stupid.”


Have a great Thursday.

Special Hello to: my daughter who is the wind beneath my wings, always.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 21st day of March, 2018.

The first full day of SPRING 2018.

I hear that they have more snow in our long range forecast.

What I say to that is ….. that is okay as summer is right around the corner.

These end of winter spring storms are just, the end of winter.

Soon the snow shall me melted.

Soon our tulips shall be blooming.

Soon the bunnies will be all brown.

Soon there will be buds on the trees.

Soon we will be able to leave the house without warm winter boots with ice picks, heavy winter coats, scarves and mitts.

Soon we will be FREE from the winter weight.

Yes, it is going to happen, soon.


Update on Mr. Alvin.

Well we went to see his Doctor yesterday.

Now he has a yeast infection in the other ear.


So he has his final treatment in one ear and the first treatment in the other.

Next Tuesday will be the follow-up in one ear and the final treatment in the other.

Then we will be going back for the final follow-up.

Poor little guy.

I learned something yesterday.

Because he has floppy ears one has to keep them dry.

So when you are out walking or if he is playing in the snow, you must wipe them when he comes into the house.

Otherwise run the risk of a yeast infection.


Well time for me to fly.

Time always flies at this time of day.

I hope that you are all doing great.

Have an awesome Wednesday.


Special Hello to: all you bloggers out there – keep writing.

Always, Carol & Alvin


Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 20th day of March, 2018.

Today is the first day of spring.

The air feels warm as earlier I was out picking up last night’s and earlier this morning’s poop.

Yes, I am a pooper scooper.

If you have a dog or even a cat.

You become a human pooper scooper.

Okay enough talk of that.


The air is warm and so far the sun is shining.

Although it does not seem to be as bright as even a few moments ago.

I am home (vacation day) today with me Alvin.

He has his second ear treatment as he has an ear yeast infection.

It seems to be working as he has not been scratching his ear.

Maybe a little bit on Sunday night but that is all.

Sure am happy about that.

I think he wonders why I am home.


With the official day of spring here.

It should not be too long.

I want to say something – last night I saw a bunny.

The bunny still had a large amount of “white” fur.

A bit of brown but not as much as I would like at this time of year.

Our weather forecast for the next couple of weeks although the temps are warmer – they are saying some “- – – -“.

I cannot say the word.

You know the four-lettered word that starts with “S” and ends with “W.”


I am so tired of ice …. ice and most especially the ice.

Yesterday just as I was walking by one of my friend’s house on my way to work, I slipped on some ice.

Picked myself up and continued to the bus stop.

When I got to work I saw that my pants now have a worn patch on the knee from the concrete / ice.

My knee has a the skin scrapped off.

No pain except for the fact that those are/were my favourite pair of pants.

I will find a way to fix them.

It is not a huge area.

It is not even a hole but I am quite certain that once they are laundered there will be a hole.

Oh well.

I am okay and the pants, well I AM going to fix them.


Time to go and get dressed and have some COFFEE before we head out for Mr. Alvin’s appointment.


I hope that you all have a wonderful first day of spring.

I remember when I was a child walking into the pastures and seeing fields of purple.

Those beautiful furry little flowers named “crocuses.”

I loved the smell in the air and those flowers.


These days the air does not have that smell.

Crocuses, none in the City.

Good memories, though.


Special Hello to:  my sister who will remember those little purple flowers.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 19th day of March, 2018.

One more day until it is officially SPRING.


The snow has stopped falling.

Thank goodness.


Well this weekend was truly all about the animals.

I spent a good amount of time keeping HUMPHREY the cat, company.

He is such a sweetie.


I loved that he places his paw on your leg when he wants more “snuggles.”

Smart cat.


I also had the great pleasure of meeting two doggies.

Both very much pups.

One six months and the other I think was 1.5 years old.

The six month old is named LUNA and she is a pure-bred Lab.

The 1.5 year old is named ZEUS and he is a husky with the most beautiful blue eyes.

LUNA is just learning and ZEUS already knows.

I was helping my neighbour has she has been looking after the two pups along with a cat named INUBUS (not quite sure of the spelling).

The cat is older than the dogs and he is black.

I have met him before and have actually helped look after him.

LUNA likes to jump up and is full of energy.

ZEUS knows not to jump up but is too is full of energy but he listens well.

We had to go in the truck and my neighbour asked for my help.

LUNA does not enjoy a car ride but ZEUS would ride for hours and love it.

Beautiful boys and girl.


So when I arrived back home – Mr. Alvin came to greet me at the door.

He sniffed and sniffed and sniffed.

He knew that I had been “temporarily unfaithful” at least in his eyes.

Two that he did not know.


LUNA and ZEUS were out in my neighbour’s back yard here and there last night and he knew it.

I would said that he is definitely a jealous guy.

I just gave him extra snuggles and tried to build his confidence back up.


Well here we go again – time to go and catch the bus for work.

I hope that you had an awesome weekend.

Have a great Monday.


Special Hello to: all those people who have fur babies ….

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 18th day of March, 2018.

The sky is white.

The rooftops are white.

The cars are white.

The tops of the fences are white.

The trees are white.

The snowbanks are white.

The ground is white.

It has been snowing since yesterday except for a small break earlier this morning.

Fine snow coming down.

Coming down.

Coming down.

It appears to be heavier now.

Shovelling, shovelling, shovelling.

I shovelled yesterday on my second visit to see Humphrey.

OH my Humphrey, what a guy.

He is a three legged orange fluffy cat.

The new love in my life. (don’t tell Mr. Alvin).

On my second visit of the day after we had snuggled in his favourite position.

Better description …. I picked him up ….. he was sitting in my lap upright with his back to me.

I placed one arm under his front paws and he rested on me.

The other hand I used to massage and stroke him.

He purred and I relaxed in the moment.

What a guy.

When I went to put him down when it was time for me to go home to Alvin.

He placed one paw on my leg as if to say “please stay.”

I did.

How can you say no to that.

I knew Alvin would be wondering what was going on.

Oh my boys.

One cat named Humphrey.

One dog named Alvin.

Both guys that have won my heart.

Both so cute that you could just cry.

Time to go.

Shovelling to do.

Friends coming for visit at 10:00 a.m.

Coffee to drink and tea.

Visiting to do.

Laughter to take.

What a great day.

Exercise and laughter.

That will help my core …. the middle section of my body.

Who has decided to expand with perhaps a bit of help from me.

Oh well.

More exercise and more laughter.

That is and cut down on the amount that I eat.

That would likely help.

I cannot seem to remember that I am now 60 and not 20.

Watch what we eat.

Okay, time to go and do some shovelled.

Front first and then the back.

Alvin can come and help with the back.

Happy Sunday.

Good day to have some fun.


Special Hello to:  my friends and family all over the world.

Always, Carol & Alvin


Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 17th day March, 2018

Happy Birthday to my friend “T” back in Regina.

Wishing her a wonderful day.


Happy St. Patty’s Day to all the IRISH and everyone who loves to join in the celebrations.

I am proud to be part IRISH.


The sky is overcast here in Edmonton.

I am watching my friend’s cat and gecko while she is curling in the gold medal curling game (local one).

This morning I spent about 20 minutes with Humphrey.

I gave him fresh food and water.

He had no interest …. only wanted to snuggle with Auntie C.

So snuggling we did.

He is such a pleasure to be around.

I came up with a new way of holding him which he loves ……

As I am not so used to cats, I picked him up carefully, and just the way he fell into my lap as I sat down – he was sitting backwards looking outwards.

I began to stroke him, and when my hands were just under his head,  he let his head rest on my hands.

He was comfortable.

We stayed in that position for fifteen minutes.

I will go and keep him company around lunch time and then after supper.

Now, our gecko friend named CINDER – well I wanted to give her some more water but she was on the plant close to the water dish so I decided not to disturb her and will do that later.

She has water so she will be okay.


Now for a late breakfast and COFFEE, need COFFEE.

Oh, I hear laundry calling my name and the floors saying “clean me.”

Never enough hours in the day.

Lots to do.


I hope that you all have a great Saturday.

May the sun shine in your heart even on a cloudy day.

Love what you do and do you what you love.

Happy Saturday.


Special Hello to: the birthday girl.  She has the best sense of humour, love our “T.”

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 16th day of March, 2018.

A thin layer of sticky snow is covering the ground this morning.

I want to send belated Birthday Wishes to my great niece “S.”

We hope that you had a great day.


Last night my daughter gave me a ride home from work.

We made a stop at COSTCO.

My daughter and son-in-law decided that Mr. Alvin needed a present as he has been under the weather.

Look at this nice, soft beautiful new bed.

Look at where Mr. Alvin is.

He sniffed the bed.

He walked around the bed.

He walked on it and off of it.

I know what I will be doing this weekend.

Yes, you got.

Napping on his new cozy, bed.

It is truly nice and soft.

The bed was meant more for him to use as a soft landing platform and maybe for takeoffs.

He is getting up there in age.


Well time to go and walk the “white trail” …….

It is Friday.

Are we happy?


Have an awesome Friday.

Smile, it catches.

Special Hello to:  belated birthday wishes …..

Always, Carol & Alvin


Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 15th day of March, 2018.

Spring is getting closer.

The bunnies are beginning to turn that glorious shade of brown.

The sun is bringing the temperature from winter to spring.

We are on the way.

The official day of spring is not far away.

Next week.

Alvin and I enjoyed our walk last night.

The sidewalks are starting to be free from ice now.

There is water in places and still lots of snow but that is mostly away from the sidewalks.

So grateful.


Alvin is doing much better.

He is still not quite his old self but he will be soon.

He is sitting in the hallway …. doing his short little whines as he does not like to walk on the floor in the office.

He does not like the laminate flooring for sure.

I guess it feels slippery to him.

At all of his favourite sleeping and watching places there are cushiony mats and rugs for him to have some security and for his little legs/paws.

As he ages I will need to find a better way for him to mount/dismount from his chair, the sofa and the bed.

There are options and we will find the best one for him.


Yesterday we had our semi-annual off-site staff meeting.

We had a great guest speak.

She has spoke about one year ago and was so popular that she was requested to return.

If you happen to live in or around Edmonton or in Alberta her name is Kim Silverthorn of TACIT Knowledge.

I could listen to her speak all day long.

She is interesting and engaging.

I also found out at our meeting that a newer employer knows my daughter.

Small world.


Well here we go.

Time to put on the finishing touches and off to work.

Special Hello to: all those folks who have aging pets ….. just love them and do what is the best for them.

Always, Carol & Alvin




Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 14th day of March, 2018.

Still dark out and it is after 7:00 a.m.

We have an off site staff meeting today and our office is closed.

One of my co-workers is picking me up so we are leaving later than my usual 6:25 a.m.


Update on my Alvin.

He has a “yeast” ear infection, and I guess it is pretty bad.

Bad Momma.

Not sure how I missed that …. that would be why he did not want me to clean his ear.

Usually he does not like his ears cleaned so I did not think further.

His other ear was okay.

My sense of smell must be way off.

Anyway he had his first treatment yesterday which lasts for one week.

Then his second treatment is next Tuesday and the follow-up the next Tuesday.

He is doing well and SLEPT last night.

That was great for both of us.

Reminder to everyone to clean your doggie’s ears.

Make sure that you use the VET recommended ear cleaner.

The VET said yesterday that someone was using vinegar ….. can you imagine?

Why would you use vinegar.

Oh my goodness.

When in doubt, ask someone.

Phone a VET.


Well almost time to go.

See if the boy has to go outside one last time.

I hope that you all have a wonderful Wednesday.


Special Hello to: my sister …. thank you for your thoughts for Alvin.

Always, Carol & Alvin


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