Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 18th day of November, 2015.

Well it has been quite the night.

I made the mistake of giving Alvin one of his chew treats later in the evening and of course, he chewed it in bed for about two hours.

As it happened before and I knew he would need some water (so he did not choke); I went to get out of bed to go downstairs and get his water dish.

Only thing is, I missed the light and me ever graceful tipped over my water glass all over my night stand and the floor.

So at 11:20 p.m. I jumped out of bed to wipe up the mess grabbing my books, watch, glasses, lamp and the phone.

All got wet to some degree.

After cleaning everything up and for about twenty seconds blaming Alvin (which by the way it was me who gave him the treat in the first place); I went downstairs and got his water dish.

He was almost done by then and drank a good amount of water so he needed it.

After that ….. it was a broken up sleep …..that was the course for the night.

This morning at 5:00 a.m. just before the alarm went off, we got out of bed.

Alvin is such a good alarm clock.

Went downstairs …. had my socks on only as I have been getting brave as of last night ….. until Alvin sniffed about.

I knew something was up.

So I grabbed my winter boots.

On the way to the bathroom I checked the pantry.

Appeared the trap was gone.

Walked to the bathroom where his food container is temporarily stored and got some food for the boy.

Placed in back in the living room …. another temporary placement.

After he ate … we went outside …. freezing cold …. and WINDY.

When we came into the house I grabbed my little flashlight and checked the pantry again.

Found the trap a few inches away from it’s original location but flipped over.

It is not laying flat on the floor so I do not know if it is under the trap or not.

The way Alvin has been acting I am going to say NO but I am hopeful.

The surprise will have to wait until after work as I am not going to CHECK.

I have already sent an early morning FB message to my friend to come after work.

Well it is time to go and have a shower.

I had fun at the Brownie Cookie Sale last night.

There was an amazing variety of cookies ( I ended up buying two dozen but how can you go wrong for $8.00) and PEOPLE.

Oh, there were so many people and CHILDREN.

I have not been around that many of the little ones as they ran about ….

Time to go.

 

Today is BE KIND Wednesday.  ( I named it )

I think we should all be extra kind today.

Let’s show each other that we can be kind.

 

Special Hello to: my siblings ….

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 13th day of November, 2015.

This has been the most unusual morning ever in our house.

We, I slept okay …. at least got some sleep.

The past couple of mornings I have been coaxing Alvin to stay in bed until the alarm goes off at 5:00.

So far so good.

As you know there has been an unwanted “guest” in our house.

Still not caught so heaven only knows where it is at this point.

For some reason I feel safe upstairs ….

So this morning when we went downstairs, just after turning on all of the lights on the main floor, I donned my trusty winter boots.

Bravely I opened the bathroom door and said to Alvin …. “please check for me” and he knew.

He just walked in and sniffed about and turn to me as if to say “it is okay, Momma” and ” I am hungry, already.”

He is my HERO.

So I scooped out some food from the container that is now in the bathroom because a trap is set on the floor of the pantry.

Took the bowl back to the front door where his water bowl is now located.

When he was done – I went outside with Alvin.

I just cannot be in the house without him at my side.

Once back in, with my trusty winter boots on I made my oatmeal, grabbed a glass of water with lemon and a banana and we went upstairs to the office.

Kind of feels like camping.

Our whole schedule has changed.

But maybe that is a good thing.

So I wrote in my journal upstairs before I ate because I cannot sit at the table.

Then checked Facebook … now writing my blog and lastly I will put on my face and get dressed.

I know it is crazy …. but this is my current reality.

For me, even to be in the house is a move in the right direction.

I even made a simple supper last night ….. veggie burger in the oven ….. grabbed a bun …. mustard and cheese … and veggies … done.

I hope that this change is not long term.

Just want my life back.

Well almost time to go and get ready ……

I hope that you have a great Friday.

When there is no choice there is always change.

This is my thought as of now.

Happy Friday the 13th ….. almost mid November now.

Special Hello to: all those celebrating a birthday in November …. Happy Birthday.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 17th day of May, 2014.

Last night Alvin slept at his sister’s house as I worked at the store.

So this morning I did not have my “alarm” clock to get me up and mobile early.

So I slept in ……

It is always funny how you will wake up when the body figures it is time but then your mind takes over and goes “well” it is still early I will just stay in bed a bit longer.

So needless to say, I did on all counts.

But I am up now.

My daughter reminded me as any great daughter would ….. “It is okay, Mom to sleep in” …… oh, how I love me daughter.

Now I do not feel that foreboding sense of guilty that if I had got my butt out of bed two hours earlier I could have done this and that …. that and this….

Anyway …. if you are thinking the same thing ….. S-T-O-P ……. if you want to relax in bed for a few minutes, a hour or two extra that is okay.

Now I know if you have small children that may not work.  Maybe your spouse would watch the kiddies in that case.

So on this Saturday morning I am now ready to go ….. I made my bed, washed my face and threw on a bit of makeup, got dressed, gathered the laundry and am writing my blog all before heading downstairs.

I can be quick once I get going….

So have a great Saturday.

I am going to enjoy the sunshine …. we are going to C-O-S-T-C-O ……..

Later we are going to put up the posters for the neighbourhood clean-up that I am organizing with the help of my friends and daughter.

Oops gotta run I am also watching “Aussie” the cat ….. she will need some fresh food and water and ATTENTION…..

Special Hello to: all you folks who slept in ….. it is okay…. the laundry will still be there when you get out of bed ….. so will the rest of your TO DO LIST.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 10th day of March, 2014.

Clocks turned back Saturday night / Sunday morning so my body still feels in limbo.

So grateful that Mr. Alvin seems to have adjusted this time more easily as he did not “attempt” to get by before the alarm went off.

Our weather is springlike with warm temperatures melting the snow.

Spring is on the way.

Hurray ….. so happy for that.

I was just thinking if I turned back the clock ten years where would I be?  What would I be doing?

So that would be March 10, 2004.

Well I would be in my apartment back in Regina.

It would be two days until my daughter’s 24th birthday.

It would be her second year living away from home. (She moved here to Edmonton).

I would be wanting to see her.

I would be working for the Insurance Company.

Likely yearning for spring.

It is funny when you think back how much you really do not remember in the moment.

I have kept a journal for years so I can look back  and find out what my days were like and how I was feeling.

So zip forward ten years to present time.

I retired from the Insurance Company after almost thirty years and moved to Edmonton.

Now I am living back in the same city as my daughter (so happy for that).

I am living in my very first house (very different from living in an apartment).

I have a dog.

I now work two jobs.

So very different from ten years ago.

I do know one thing for sure and that is that life is meant to be lived and changing things up every so often is a good thing.

Sometimes I think living in an apartment with no responsibilities and working at a job that I was super comfortable in, would be nice.

Then again, having my own house, living close to my daughter and having Alvin, and my dog is fantastic.

Perhaps working two jobs ….. I might change that …… who knows.

FORWARD TEN YEARS …. no idea what changes might be …… have to think on that ….

I hope that you have a great week.

Wish me luck in the mouse catching department.

Today is the day ……

Special Hello to: family – I have the best.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 5th day of February, 2014.

WOW, we are certainly in a bit of a cold snap.

I am hopeful that it will end soon.

It is making both me and Alvin want to hibernate.

Although this morning I woke up five minutes before the alarm went off and even before Alvin “paws” me to wake up.

I wonder if  other countries in the winter people just want to eat and sleep;  sleep and eat.

I wonder if animals dream when they hibernate.

Ah, me Alvin, so cute as he is lying on his side on the hallway floor just outside my office.

I sure love the little guy …..

Well despite the cold it is off to work …. that is okay …. I am grateful to have an inside job.

That sounds weird.

Oh well …..

Have a great day folks.

Remember to smile and have a laugh or five.

Tell a joke …. think of something that makes you smile.

Thanks for reading my blog …. I appreciate you so much.

Special Hello to: all those folks travelling …… be safe.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome Everyone to Wednesday, the 29th of May 2013 …..

Third last day of May ….

Looks like the sky is clouding over ….. we had a wonderful rain yesterday.

The grass is so nice and green.

 

This morning I have been thinking that me and Alvin should be going for a walk in the morning before going to work.

It sounded like such a grand idea before I went to bed last night.

But somehow in the morning ….. when the realization hit …… walk or sofa …..

Well you can guess which one won over.

I set the alarm for 5:00 a.m. and usually Alvin wakes up between 4:30 and 5:00.

If I am lucky I can coax him to stay in bed closer to five, but that is not too often.

So we go downstairs and he has his breakfast and then outside to do his morning “constitutional” ….. sounds better than going outside to poop and pea..

Okay I said it….. yikes.

Anyway … then it is about 5:00 so I set the timer on the microwave for another 20-30 minutes and we hit the sofa.

Likely if my sofa wasn’t so darn comfortable maybe I could convince my body that it wasn’t a great idea.

But I am going to challenge myself ….. really I am.

Once we get up….. actually I get up …. he stays on the sofa.

Then I write in my gratitude journal, eat breakfast, shower/bath – makeup and get dressed.

Once I am ready I go onto the computer and write on my blog.

Sometimes there are a few other chores I squeeze in like emptying the dishwasher.

Anyway ….

Then after the blog it is downstairs to grab lunch, one last time outside for Alvin and have my stuff ready by the door so that I can make a quick getaway when my ride arrives.

It is almost time to fly here …..

There comes the SUN…… YAY.

So you see my dilemma …… walk or sofa.

I do love to walk but that early …… it would be good for both of us.

Well I have to find a way ….. perhaps do the walk first before I get ready.

Have a great day.

Special Hello to: all those folks who get up and walk early in the morning.

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

When you wake up in the morning?

How do you start your day?

Do you moan and groan when the alarm goes off?

Do you jump out of bed, ready to start the day?

Do you wipe the sleep from your eyes and say “here’s another one” ?

Do you jump for joy and recite what you are thankful for?

Or perhaps you are somewhere in between?

How many spend too much time trying to decide what to wear?

How many spend too much time thinking that they have nothing to wear?

How many eat breakfast?

How many play with your dog?

How many go on your computer before leaving the house in the morning?

How many have breakfast with your family and talk?

Well however you start your day ….. I hope that you have a great one?

Remember always a good thing to have breakfast.

I know, your Mother and your Grandmother told you …. “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”.

Note: this is not an old wive’s tale, this is true…

Have a great day.

Always, Carol

Thought for the day…..

Good Monday Morning.

How are you feeling today?

I am truly feeling “great” …… wonderful in fact.

At 4:56 a.m. – I woke up before the alarm went off.  YAY.

Alvin slept through the night which is always great.

I slept through the night as well.

Nothing like getting up to go to the bathroom a couple of times during the night to “break up” your sleep….  LOL.

So what are you doing this lovely morning?

Going to work.

Retired or on vacation.

Just enjoy your day.

No matter where life takes you.

Remember you are in the driver’s seat ….. (whether actually driving or walking or taking the bus).

Considering we are at August 29th today ….. our weather has been so incredible.

Warmer this month than July.

The nights are so beautiful – perfect for walking – yourself, with your family and or dog.

Alvin and I bumped into our family when we were out walking last night.

I love when that happens…..  🙂

So for the second last day of August of 2011 …… just enjoy your day.

Have fun and smile.

Always, Carol

Thought for the day….

As the sun comes up on this Friday morning …… I am reminded of all the many blessings that

surround me in my life.  Each day I find so many more things to be thankful for …… on this day …..

take a look around and remind yourself …… what you are thankful for……

I am grateful for:  the clean air that I breathe every day ….. blue skies…… beautiful sunrises and sunsets….

of course, my faithful companion, my dog Alvin……my gorgeous & amazing daughter Amanda and her husband …. they both

make me laugh on a daily basis (laughter is the best medicine) (*Elton & Penny, my grand-puppies) ……. all the great people that I am blessed to spend time with on a daily basis….

all the new folks that I come into contact everyday and for all the things that they teach me……for all the great food that I am blessed to have in my

fridge and pantry ……for this great country, CANADA……butterflies and dragonflies and ladybugs……spiders….(yes, them too)……my wonderful

family and all of my friends near and far…….all the people that read my blog everyday and perhaps I might bring a smile to their face……there

are so many things from the big to the small ……

Thank you for this wonderful morning.  I am so grateful that both Alvin and I slept completely through the night……YAY….. just woke up when

the alarm went off……I am thinking waking up to music might be nice…..  🙂

Have a great day.

 

Always, Carol

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