Thought for the day …..

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

Whoops, almost said Monday.

The air felt warmer than I expected when outside this morning.

GUESS WHAT?

We went to bed late for a work night but I was engrossed in the OLYMPICS, Figure Skating.

Pairs Dancing …. they were all so good.

I am not sure if I saw all of them but there were almost ten or so pairs that I was able to enjoy their performances.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching them.

Was very thrilled to see CANADA win the GOLD …. Congratulations.

The FRENCH team were a joy to watch ….. they were all very good.

Anyway, back to this morning.

I woke up just before 4:00 a.m. and Mr. Alvin was still sleeping away.

Watching the clock 4:15, 4:30 and then 5:03 and then the alarm went off at 5:10 a.m.

ALVIN SLEPT until the ALARM WENT OFF.

I think quite honestly this has to be the first time in years …..

He certainly did jump when the alarm went off.

Now I am in dilemma, do we go to bed later and sleep to the alarm?

Would it even work two days in a row?

I do miss our hitting the sofa for some zzz’s and cuddling.

I guess we shall see what tonight and tomorrow morning brings.

 

We had an awesome FAMILY DAY weekend.

Alvin and I entertained and we worked and relaxed.

Does not get better than that.

I am so happy that Alvin has had Teddy around so much lately.

The little guy is good company for Mr. Alvin.

They even played ….. chased each other around the main floor.

Quite cute.

 

Well almost time to hit the road again.

Man, it seems like I say that often.

Happy Tuesday.

I hope that you all had an awesome weekend.

 

Special Hello to: You …. yes, you.  Thank you for being kind and have an awesome day.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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

The sun is shining brightly.

The wind is blowing so it is not real warm outside.

Today is FAMILY DAY here in Alberta.

So we have the day off from work.

Alvin and I spent the morning thus far up and down from bed and cuddling.

Isn’t that the way most people spend FAMILY DAY?

We had a grand time yesterday with our company.

Teddy and his Aunt.

Company was good.

Food was good.

After they left I watched some of the WINTER OLYMPICS followed by a MOVIE.

So it was late when we went to bed and then I read for awhile.

Alvin slept until 5:00 a.m. which was one whole hour than usual.

It would seem that six hours is the magic number of hours of sleep at night for him.

So this morning we were up and down.

But that is okay …. most of our work has been done already.

Garbage day is tomorrow so you know what that means.

Also there remains looming in the backyard the enormous snowbank in the grass area.

We had a huge amount of snow when I had the flu and I never kept that area shovelled.

So today is the day ….. I see shovelling snow and gathering up garbage.

Shovelling will mean fresh air and exercise so that is good.

I think that Alvin will need his jacket.

Always have to watch that his paws do not get too cold.

They can freeze, you know.

It is quiet in the house, usually is in the morning.

Alvin is laying at the entrance to the office on the rug.

I am clicking away on the keyboard writing this blog.

Life is good.

I am so blessed.

When Teddy’s Aunt J and I were talking last night at supper about family and friends, I told her that I was so blessed and also very grateful for my daughter and son-in-law, siblings and many friends.

My kids are supportive and wonderful.

My friends, well I have the best.

No matter how I may feel every once in awhile, I truly lead a charmed life.

Sometimes in the moment things may seem dark but by the end of the day the light is shining most brightly and life is good.

So it is a decision to put your mind over matter.

To have faith in yourself and others.

To truly believe that life is good and that things will work out.

It is also true that working out may not mean that you won the lottery.

So on this FAMILY DAY …… thank you to my incredible loving, supporting, generous and kind family.

They make me laugh and keep me grounded.

Thank you.

 

Happy Family Day to EVERYONE.

 

Special Hello to: my FAMILY whether you are blood or chosen to be, thank you.  I am grateful to have you in my every increasing circle of life.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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

It is slightly overcast and does not feel bitterly cold so that is a good thing as I am going to venture out and canvas for the Heart & Stroke Fund.

I think this is about the 7th year that I have canvassed since moving to Edmonton.

Back in Regina over the years I canvassed for the Heart & Stroke, Cancer and United Way to name a few.

I have about three blocks to do and figured this is a good time before our company arrives this afternoon.

Our friends Teddy and his Aunt J are coming about mid afternoon and then will stay for supper.

We are both excited.

Yesterday I was so proud of myself as I took on a couple of minor household repairs.

The wooden trim around the ceramic tiles at the base of my fireplace had come loose and was always in the way.

Finally I got out my super duper GORILLA glue and did the repair.

The only thing was it is a long strip and typically you should have some kind of clamps to hold it tightly, well I did not.

So my hands were the clamps as I sat cross legged with arms stretched out to the side holding each corner.

Good stretching, anyway.

Seems to be okay this morning.

I also had purchased many years ago a utensil container from IKEA, I believe.

Well the glue that was holding each separation in place came loose after years of placing knives, forks and spoons in each compartment.

I FIXED it, too.

Feeling mighty proud of myself.

YAY, Carol ……

In between all of the glueing, I vacuumed up down and all around, washed the main floor,  lots of laundry, changed bedding, cleaned out “tupperware drawer.”

Managed to get some chores accomplished and even slept in.

Sometimes you just have to “stretch yourself” …… are you laughing, my sister.

Well I guess it is time to get this show on the road.

Quick shower and have a coffee or two before going to canvas for the Heart and Stroke.

Typically my daughter and I donate more than I actually collect but that is okay.

Most people do not answer the door and the ones that do some say they have already donated and others do not understand English or the homeowner is not at home.

But that is okay.

I will do what I promised to do and that is to visit each door on my list.

Happy Sunday Everyone.

I, we are enjoying the awesome treats from our friend “V.”

 

Special Hello to: all those single people out there who think they are not “handy” ….. you may surprise yourself if you just try.

After all you can check on-line and find video instructions for almost anything these days.

Always, Carol

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 17th day of February, 2018.

It is a glorious morning with the sun shining and not TOO COLD (no wind).

Yesterday when I arrived home from work the wind had blown over my decorative tree that was sitting in the corner of my front porch.

Some of the red flowers had got loose and were laying in the snow.

I grabbed the flowers and set the tree back up.

This is the second time in about one week that the wind has blown over the tree so time to put it into the garage.

So after I went into the house and let Mr. Alvin outside (as he really had to pee, bursting at the seams) and gave him his supper; I put the tree away into the garage.

Well after dozing and relaxing until quite late this morning 9:10; we got the day started.

Now Mr. Alvin is another story – he first wanted up at 4:30 – had his breakfast and hit the sofa for some extra zzz’s.

Man, 4:30 a.m. is way TOO early on a Saturday for this Momma but if the boy needs/wants to eat etc.; well I just have to accommodate him.

We did not stay laying down from 4:30 to 9:10, no way, we were up about five times.

Sometimes I think he just wants me to get up early and stay up.

As soon as I rise, he quickly lays down in my spot.

Guess he is trying to tell me something.

The coffee is on and brewed and I smell can the glory of the aroma wafting up to my office ….. I want to share a day in our life from Thursday, February 17, 2011.

Alvin had been a part of our family for just over one year at that time….

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Well here it is Thursday, February 17th, 2011.  Wow.  The sun is shining.  I imagine the birds are singing if there were any around.  The weather channel states the temperature with the windchill to be minus 34.  YAY.  Alvin is lying on the hallway floor.  I think he is bored.  I am kind of bored, too.  There are lots of things that I should, and could be doing but somehow “my get and go” has got up and left.  I am going to my daughter’s this afternoon to visit with the puppies (that will perk me up).  I think it is the “winter blues” …… or at least part of it.  But I will dwell only upon GOOD FEELINGS.  I am blessed.  I have abundance in my life.  Last night I went out.  Yes, I did.  Went with my neighbour and friends to the Jubilations Dinner Theatre at West Edmonton Mall.   It was amazing.  The play “Mamma Mio!” was based on Mama Mia, the musical.  It was great.  The actors were both funny, and had great singing voices.  Some of the audience members that were asked to join them on stage at different times during the evening …… really got into the spirit of the evening.  Most of the ladies at our table had the vegetarian meal (so wonderful that they had something on the menu for us non-meat eating folks).  The main course and the dessert (I had the triple layer chocolate cake) were EXCELLENT.  I had a taste of going out again.  It has been awhile since I have gone out for an evening.  I had such a glorious time.  We visited in between acts and enjoyed each other’s company.  Two of the ladies were friends of my neighbour’s so I was meeting them for the first time.  The other two gals were relatives of my friend (and neighbour), and I had met them prior to last night.  We had a blast.  I love people.  Love meeting people.

So I guess the thought for this day is …….. no matter where you are in your life.  Surround yourself when possible, with people.  Get out there and meet new “friends”.  We “human beings” are SPECTACULAR & AMAZING.  I always love hearing each person’s stories.  It is great to learn about the lives of other people.  What makes them happy, excited and gives them flight.

Alvin stayed at home, and as always for the first 20 seconds was HAPPY to see me.  Then after that …… he was more than happy to show me “who really is the boss in our house” and you know what that is okay.  He’s my guy.

So have a great Thursday everyone.

Always, Carol

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Well back to reality ….. get into day time clothes ….. finish gathering the laundry ….. DRINK COFFEE.

Have an awesome Saturday.

Special Hello to: my sister, who always makes me laugh; oh, you crazy girl.

Always, Carol & Alvin.

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

YAY, it is Friday.

Forecast is for SNOW, oh yay.

Can you sense my enthusiasm?

I am happy it is the weekend and a long one at that.

Monday is FAMILY DAY so we have the day off from work.

A nice treat.

I think that today shall be photo day, favourite photo day.

I am going to post some of my favourite photos.

Hoping that they bring a smile to your face and perhaps spark a good memory for you.

The most yummy CARROT CAKE and it happened to be for my 60th Birthday.

Oh, me Alvin ….. just relaxing.  Every weekend morning we lay on the sofa as he likes to get up at 4:00 and his Momma not so much.

So we get up, he eats and has some water and then goes outside to do his morning constitutional (his business) and then we snuggle on the sofa for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

But normally I would be on the other side of him.  He is so darn cute.  CUTENESS alert.

I love owls and they always remind me of my Mom.

She is gone but not forgotten.

Nothing more special than a Momma and her babies.

Alvin and I saw this beautiful family when we had been out for a walk in the summer.

Babies are so fuzzy and cute.  Momma is graceful.

Tulips for Canada’s 150.

I love Tulips because they are my daughter’s favourite flower.

My grand pups ….. more CUTENESS.

Miss Aspen on the my left and Baby Milo on the right.

So cute.  Aspen is reserved and Milo, sometimes a holy terror.

We love them so much.

 

One of my most absolute photos is of my grand pups that have since passed.

Miss Penny on the left with the red scarf and Sir Elton on the right in the blue.

They were the loves of our lives for many years and we hold them in our hearts and thoughts forever.

Deck complete, what a beautiful sight. Now for the flowers…. FUN

Back in summer of 2010 one year after I moved in ….. I contracted this deck to be built.

No regrets.

Back when he was still a young one …. Mr. Alvin basking in the sunshine on the deck.

 

First snowman me and my sister made since we were kids ….. (2009)

Our Beautiful Mom Jeannie,
1938-1993

Wrapped gifts …. so beautiful….

I love wrapping gifts for Christmas.

 

Whoops time to go.

Have a great Friday.

Special Hello to: You.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Alvin and I had a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

We had a surprise package from our friend “V” from Regina.

She sent both of us treats and even a homemade dish for my supper.

TACO PEROGY …. it was amazing.

We are very blessed and are so grateful.

This has been such a long winter with not many walks and both Alvin and I are feeling our middles most especially expanding.

I guess it is time to break out the yoga mat and get to it.

Will have to start walking the stairs on my breaks, yes that would mean actually taking them.

I find that I spend way too much time at my desk, sitting.

I mean other than the time I am working.

I drink coffee at my desk and eat my lunch at my desk.

TOO MUCH SITTING.

This morning after looking in the mirror – it hit me – GET TO IT.

One should get to it before it gets out of hand and then becomes difficult but NEVER impossible.

Perhaps some of the goodies will be frozen and some given to my daughter and family.

At the end of it all, I am very grateful, as is Mr. Alvin.

I took a video of him but not time to upload/download it this morning.

 

Well here we are again and almost time to leave for work.

Our friends came over last night.

Teddy and his Aunt J, we had a great visit.

It was a good night.

Too many treats for the boys, though.

 

Happy Thursday.

I hope that wherever you are – that you are safe, warm and happy.

Special Hello to: my dear, to our dear friend “V” who always treats us extra specially.  Thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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

It rained yesterday in Edmonton so by the time I left work at 4:00 p.m. it was pretty icy.

Thankfully downtown some of the businesses had salted/sanded the sidewalks in front of their businesses.

The longest stretch of sidewalk that I have to walk by is a Senior’s Complex.

Unfortunately it was not salted nor sanded.

A young boy slipped although he was it was fun.

His brother on the other hand did not see the joy in his slipping and sliding about nor did his Grandmother.

After I took one step on this walk and started to slip, I decided the best course of action was to walk in the snow by the trees.

At least I could stay upright.

An older woman (yup, older than me) was coming toward me and she was walking in the snow as well.

I stopped when I got to her and we briefly chatted about the ice and I held her arm and we did a little turnabout so that neither would fall as we passed each other.

Coming home, I simply walked on the streets as only a couple of houses had their walks salted/sanded.

Most folks may not have been home yet.

I have a pool of water in front of my house due to drainage/snow melting.

My walk was icy coming up to the house so I walked in the snow.

This morning I am donning my ice picks once again to safely walk to the bus.

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Now back to this day, this particular day.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

The day of flowers, candy and dinners out.

Or perhaps a card expertly written by your love stating their  love for you.

I will not have the flowers, candy, dinner or even the card.

But I did receive some chocolate on Sunday from my friend and her family, so that counts.

It was specially for today (just arrived early).

But I know that I am loved, supported and care about; truly that is all that matters in the grand scheme of things.

I have the best family and friends.

Honestly just knowing that you are not alone is more than enough.

When I was younger and was dating I received the flowers, candy and dinners out and even cards.

Been there – done that, I suppose you could say.

Here are some flowers for you.

Just in case you are not surrounded by them.

I have lots to go around ……

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day from me and Alvin.

Special Hello to:   All our family and friends.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 13th day of February, 2018.

Well it is actually warm outside this morning – hovering around the minus 3 degrees celsius.

Forecast for this afternoon plus 3 degrees celsius.

We are having a heat wave – a tropical heat wave.

YAY, we are excited, I am excited.

Can you tell?

Doing a little happy dance while sitting down at the computer.

 

Last night my daughter picked me up from work and we went to COSTCO.

YIKES, that is always an experience.

So many people …. some actually surprised me with manners …. which is always nice.

I love our rides together as we have some of our best conversations travelling together.

 

I have noticed with myself and with others that it seems to be getting more difficult to maintain, retain, be positive and happy.

Between social media and regular news and the interactions with others in general.

Well it is no wonder that people are suffering from increased mental illnesses.

The anguish, the depression.

We are constantly bombarded with a huge amount of negativity.

I understand how people feel the need on social media to state their thoughts and feelings.

But sometimes it is too much.

Actually there have been many times that I strongly consider not going on FB.

I mainly use it to keep in touch with my friends and family and for my Steeped Tea business.

We have to find a way to be more positive and kind.

 

Well it is time for me to finish getting ready to leave for work.

I am excited for our walk tonight.

I am certain that Mr. Alvin is as well but I cannot tell him now.

Have an awesome Tuesday.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks who are trying …..

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 12th day of February, 2018.

Happy Birthday to one of my co-workers who celebrates today.

Another cold morning but warming up for a few days.

 

We had a great day yesterday.

Alvin and I hosted a belated Birthday party for one of our friends.

Two adults (Moms) and three children attended.

We had a great visit and the chocolate birthday cake was a hit.

We had a bit of time in between our next set of company.

My friend’s sister and our little four legged buddy “Teddy” came for an afternoon visit.

We really liked J, she is such a nice person.

Great conversation.

I do look forward to their next visit, as does Mr. Alvin.

They are coming over on Wednesday evening for a short visit and then for supper on Sunday.

I think they get lonely in such a big house.

 

Well I cannot believe that it is Monday already, where did the weekend go?

I guess we were so busy that the time just got away from us.

I wish you all a wonderful Monday.

Dress warm, stay safe and be kind.

 

FLASHBACK Monday – photos of me in mid 20’s and Alvin as a young pup.

Ah, Mama’s boy…….isn’t he cute!!!

Baby Alvin

AKA: Conehead

Happy Monday.

Special Hello to: my friends and family back in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 11th day of February, 2018.

The sun is shining brightly but it is COLD outside, brrr, cold.

Really COLD, did I tell you it was super cold out.

Yes, it is.

Just in from picking up poop from earlier this morning and shovelling off the back deck.

Still have the front to do but it can wait.

We are hosting a birthday party at our house this morning.

One of my girl friend’s celebrated her 40th Birthday on February 1st, 2018.

I was down with the flu and had to post phone the celebration.

The balloons are up and the streamers.

I personalized the streamers by writing her Name with Birthday Wishes and “40.”

Looks good.

Remember Teddy, the 4 year old pup that stays with us from time to time.

His Aunt is looking after him while his parents are in Mexico for a month.

They will be coming for coffee and a visit this afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

I guess this day is officially “party/visit/fun” day.

Good thing that I got everything done yesterday.

I have not met my friend’s sister “J” as yet.

 

On this COLD Sunday I hope that this finds you well and preparing to have an awesome Sunday.

Whether you are home or at work, have the best day.

Own it / make it wonderful.

It is all in your hands, it is up to you.

Only you can make your day wonderful.

Happy Sunday.

This photo of Alvin is not from today but I think it is a good one of him.

Just wanted to share.

 

Special Hello to: all my family and friends.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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