Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

What a smoky morning.

Thoughts are with all those affected by the forest/wild fires to the north of us.

I opened the windows when we were first up at 3:30 and was hit with the smoky air.

Opened the door to let Alvin outside and bam – hit once again.

Cannot imagine what it would be like closer to the fires.

We are thinking of the Firefighters and First Responders and volunteers that are up there battling the fires.

One nice thing about having the windows open you can hear the birds chirping or in this case “honking.”

Oh how I love the geese.

Alvin spotted a dog running by with his human just as sun was rising.

Perfect time to be out before the temperature rises.

We have missed two walks but when it is 29 at bedtime what can you do.

We do not need to be walking in the heat nor do we want to be breathing in the smoke.

Edmonton had a poor air quality grade yesterday.

No wonder with the smoke.

 

Well today is Thursday.

In a few minutes time to head out to work.

Thankfully the house will be cooler today.

Surprisingly enough last night even though the thermostat read “77” when I arrived home … it did not feel that warm.

Dropped by more than 3 degrees this morning in the house so good for Mr. Alvin.

 

I am reading about Meditation (again).

I have so many great books and I read them over and over gain.

Perfect reminders should one get off the “path” whatever that may be.

It is different for us all as we are all unique beings.

Even twins have their differences.

Breathe and take some time to quieten your mind.

No phone, no television, no distractions.

I have to work on that again.

Make my energy positive once again.

We can easily turn to the “dark side” if we do not practice positive enforcements.

Meditation is good to bring us back, down and centred.

Happy Thursday.

 

Wishing you a great Thursday.

Remember no distractions.

Quiet time.

Quiet your mind.

Be stronger.

 

Still Living …. One day at a time.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 20th day of July, 2017.

Almost the weekend …. not like I am wishing time away or anything.

Talk about crazy weather.

One day it is 30 and so hot in the house and the next day it is COLD in the house and cool outside.

Truthfully I am pleased that it is not 30+ as I think it is too hot.

The air is filled with smoke from the fires in our neighbouring province British Columbia.

If our air quality is so bad here, I can only imagine what it is like there.

I wish for rain and no lightning.

I wish that no human starts a fire.

 

Well the countdown is on until my company arrives which is a few days before my birthday.

My beloved sister is coming to stay with us and arrives in the evening of the 4th of August.

We are excited.

Starting this weekend we will start to prepare.

First off, I have been making the lists so that nothing is forgotten and so that everything is perfection.

Excited that my baby brother will be joining us a few days later.

Excited does not cover how I am feeling right now.

It is hard to remain focused and on task at work.

But I will get things done and be ready for my two weeks vacation when it arrives.

So happy to have two whole weeks off in a row.

First time in almost six years.

Party time …..

 

Happy Thursday Everyone.

Special Hello to:  all those folks who are taking vacation or are on vacation – enjoy.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

P.S.  one of my friends and co-workers gave me some fresh herbs out of her garden.  One smells of oranges and the other is spearmint.  Heavenly.

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 28th day of December, 2015.

It is almost 9:00 a.m. and the sky looks like a huge snowbank.

Certainly does not give one the energy to get up and get going.

We went to bed late it was almost 11:00 p.m. as I had been watching a movie.

Up at 6:00 for Mr. Alvin and then back to bed until a few minutes ago.

There are things that I should and can do but somehow laying there listening to he stillness was appealing.

Well now that I am up …. first on the list is to write my blog.

 

Yesterday I had coffee in the morning with my neighbour and took Mr. Alvin along …..

He did not settle down right away and walked every square inch of the main floor sniffing.

Finally after a couple of pieces of some fruit he laid down.

We had a great visit.

During our conversation we decided to take a trip to what is named “The Antique Mall.”

The mall is a huge building filled with a great many vendors that sell various bits and pieces of antiques.

You can buy pretty much anything there from heirloom jewellery to china to that 70’s patchwork leather chair to a 40’s full length fur coat.

There were tablecloths, tins from every decade, old catalogues, magazines and books.

What a fun way to spend a couple of hours.

I found a replacement China plate.

I inherited my Grandmother’s “Lavender Rose” Royal Albert China set.

Somewhere along the way one of the dinner plates was cracked.

Not sure why but I was happy to replace it and for reasonable.

My friend told me that her Mother had mentioned to her that the future of all our fine China is about to change as they are not making it in England it will be made in China.

The way it is manufactured is going to be different so any of the previously made China like mine will not match.

You may not notice if you are buying new but you would notice if you were replacing a piece.

I think suddenly all of China found in Antique stores and the like will become even more pricey.

I was so happy to purchase the plate for $17.00.

In the store it would be many times that price.

I do want to top up the set.

Thinking I could use some small fruit dishes or “nappies.”

Even odds and ends that would go with my clear glasses dishes from Princess House to use everyday.

I also have some luncheon plates from Princess House that are a beautiful green that go with the clear dishes.

Not sure what else …. I want to pull it out and take a look.

Why would they have to change the way something has been made for hundreds of years, why?

I do not think that more things need to be manufactured in China.

That country’s air quality gets worse with each passing minute.

I enjoyed our adventure to the Antique Mall and was pleasantly surprised by all of the people that were out yesterday.

Of course, most of the vendors had percentages off their treasured items so not too surprised.

Time for breakfast and that first cup of coffee.

Happy Monday.

I have seven days of vacation including today ….. it started at ten …. time flies.

So happy to be off and at home.

I hope that whatever you are doing on this first Monday after Christmas that you are “happy and content and safe.”

Special Hello to:  Antique Lovers ……

Always, Carol and Alvin

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