Living … One day at a time

Hello, good morning …. I miss the early morning sunrises.

Yesterday was the OFFICIAL day of FALL / Autumn.

My tree out front has almost entirely turned to a beautiful yellow.

Some of the leaves have fallen to the ground covering the green grass with a crunchy yellow gold blanket.

I do love the colours of fall.

Warm and rich.

I am going to stay positive with the hope that the weather will hold for a few more weeks at least.

It would be wonderful if the days would remain the same as this past weekend.

We had in the mid 20 degree days with lots of sunshine.

So beautiful.

I am so grateful that we had lots of walks.

I had extra ones with my grand pups here on Saturday.

 

I was looking at my flowers in the front and back raised beds and the ones on the deck.

Soon it will be time to trim them back.

Soon I guess with a tear in my eye it will be time to put away the patio furniture and prepare for that next season.

There was not even a day (except for last weekend) to put out the white and blue patterned pillows for the second patio set.

They remained in bags in the garage all summer long.

Our summer was more like a combination of spring and fall with flowers.

My SNAPDRAGONS insist with the recent sunshine to bloom in all their glory.

A beautiful site to behold.

 

The marigolds are doing quite well, too.

 

On this Tuesday, I think about how very blessed I am.

I live in my very own home.

I have Alvin as my steadfast companion.

I am surrounded by great friends and neighbors.

I have the best family on the planet.

I am employed.

I am in good health.

Feeling very happy and blessed.

 

 

Remember most people and animals are drawn to those who are kind and respectful.

Why not take the time, make the time.

To treat every being you encounter with kindness and respect.

Why not?

 

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 13th day of September, 2018.

Well we have snow on the ground that has not melted.

Yesterday it pretty much was a wet snow rain mix all day long.

Some places to the north had snow that was sticking in the morning yesterday but we wait until today.

The leaves in my neighbourhood are all latching on for dear life.

It was likely a surprise to the flowers in my front and back gardens when they were hit with that white stuff.

Meaning snow.

I have not looked at my sunflowers who were standing tall and proud.

They too are likely thinking …..”Mother Nature, what is going on here, winter before fall?”

Each snowflake has latched onto another and are covering each blade of grass.

Poor grass ….. covered in snow.

The grass as well as most of our trees was still green.

I think that there were a hand full of leaves on my tree that were yellow.

We noticed on the way to work – well actually downtown in what would be an older area the big, big trees were already yellow and had shed their leaves as the ground and street below was covered in a

yellow blanket.

I said to my carpool yesterday “Oh how I wished that I would have my camera with me.”

Those beautiful big trees formed a canopy over the street ahead of us.

Their leaves were gorgeous shades of yellows and oranges.

Delicate but sturdy.

That was the street that was covered in a yellow blanket.

What a photo ….. but I have it locked in my memory banks to bring forward whenever I wish.

This weather is to be hanging around for a few days and then next week is to be mid teens.

Bye bye snow.

I hope that all of the plants survive the snow.

As I do not think it is time to sleep just yet.

 

Alvin was not really happy about the snow this morning.

He hesitated for awhile before going out.

He was careful walking on the snow as he lifted each paw and placed it carefully as he walked out onto the deck, down the steps and onto the snow-covered grass.

 

Well time to go and start getting ready.

Winter or at least this weather …. you need shoes …. zip up coat …. mini gloves and perhaps a scarf.

ARGH.

But then again Halloween and Christmas are just around the corner.

This was Mr. Alvin trying out his new look for Halloween.

He thinks he should go as a Mr. Alvin the Vampire.

What do you think?

Such cuteness.

In the last photo – which was one of the first ones that I took, I forgot to turn off the FLASH.

My poor boy.

He had this chew treat that was outside and got wet and soft.

Which makes for good vampire teeth of sorts.

Using imagination.

 

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Image may contain: dog and indoor

Image may contain: dog and indoor

Well time to fly.

Have an awesome Thursday.

Special Hello to: all of my friends and family and family and friends.  Love you all.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 6th day of September, 2017.

The coolness of the morning air is so welcome.

So much easier to sleep when it cools down at night.

Fall is almost here.

My favourite season of all.

Another day of hot weather …..

Although I do love the renewal and rebirth of spring.

So mid week already – don’t you just love long weekends as they bring a short week ahead.

I now have to start catching the earlier bus once again so have to train myself to get up earlier.

It was not so easy this morning but have to start.

Yesterday was a few minutes late arriving at work because of more stops, construction and traffic.

It was odd.

I rechecked the schedule and it would appear that my bus is back so time to make the change.

Well on this catching the bus earlier morning – I shall say bye for now.

I hope that you have an awesome Wednesday.

Take in that air ….. go for a walk.

Special Hello to: all those folks who love to walk.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 27th day of September, 2016.

Yesterday was this amazing fall/autumn day.

Sun shone, not too hot and no wind.

Another enjoyable walk with me Alvin.

Tonight we are hosting my Son-in-law’s birthday supper.

So last night we, I mean I iced his birthday cake.

Boiled the eggs and potatoes for a potato salad.

Completed other tasks to prepare for tonight.

I am able to leave work one hour early so that will give me the extra time to get things done after arriving home.

Elton is spending the day with Alvin.

They should be here soon.

The wind is blowing this morning – too good to last.

We seem to have a lot of wind.

Not a good thing for all of those people who placed their small cardboard boxes loosely out for pickup.

I will never understand why people do not think ahead.

So later today and tomorrow as some of us are out and about we will be picking up other’s garbage that they did not secure.

I guess this will always be a pet peeve of mine.

Perhaps I need to change the script in my head.

Think that they will always secure the garbage and our neighbour is always clean.

There we go.

Well it is almost time to leave – the kids are picking me up as they are dropping Sir Elton off to spend the day with Alvin.

So I get to ride in a car to work this morning.

YAY for me.

Somedays people are annoying on the bus so it is nice to have a ride.

Maybe I am annoying as well, who knows.

Happy Tuesday.

Looking forward to chocolate cake tonight with my family.

Have a wonderful day.

Special Hello to: all those folks celebrating something today.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 26th day of September, 2016.

Today is the Birthday of my son-in-law “S” …

Alvin and I would like to wish you the most wonderful day.

See you guys tomorrow night for supper and birthday cake.

The chocolate cake was baked yesterday.

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Forecast for this Monday is 23 degrees celsius.

Yesterday was amazing.

Alvin and I left our house at 11: 45 a.m. and walked past our immediate neighbourhood, past the neighbouring area and into the next one.

It was the most glorious day hovering somewhere around the 22 degree mark.

Just a guess.

It was perfect.

I made certain to take two important items with us.

One being water for my boy.

The other my camera.

I just knew that the leaves would be beautiful.

Never knew about the geese, they were a pleasant surprise.

Water fountains galore.

Trees and grasses.

 

 

 

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Alvin taking in the sights as his Momma snaps some more photos. We took several water breaks along the way.

The reds and yellows.

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Alvin saw the bronze deer from a distance and began to growl.  I explained to him that it was just ornamental.

He walked up to it as if to say “I got this” and then he was over it. He sniffed and checked out every spot we passed.

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We have many of these bronze deer of all sizes in every park in the area.

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The one of my shoulder – an odd one.  I believe it happened when I accidentally turned my camera the wrong way.

Really not meant to be a selfie….. laughing aloud.

That is what happens when you are holding a leash, a certain someone’s water bottle and trying to take photos.

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So pretty.  I love this path.  The trees are right up beside the path making one feel like you are walking through a forest.

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Coming home.  The stop sign is across the street from the park closest to our home.

The flowers in the planters and the wild roses are still blooming like crazy.

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Well it was so much fun.  I hope that you enjoy our photos.

I am so glad that we decided to go on this adventure.

We had the best two hours.

Alvin is pooped this evening.

Happy Monday.

Have a great day.

Special Hello to: my friends near and far.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 22nd day of September, 2016.

Today is the first day of “FALL” or “AUTUMN” whichever term you prefer.

YAY, my favourite time of year.

Crisp but warm.

Colourful but calm.

I love this time of year.

This weekend we will make certain to take some walks and check out the different trees in the area.

We did not make it to many of the neighbouring parks this past summer so this weekend we will venture out.

Nice to see what is going on next door.

I pass this area on the morning bus ride to work.

The photo below is of my tree posted last year.

Love the colour of our tree

Love the colour of our tree

Our tree still has some green but has certainly amassed lots of yellow.

It looks so much fuller this year.

I must snap some photos.

Every year our tree grows.

The trees in our neighbourhood are getting so big.

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I love the golden yellow colour.

The leaves so so soft when they fall off the tree and so many of them.

I know that not just from the look of them but from raking them up.

I hope that you have a nice tree(s) in our yard.

This is the time of year to thoroughly enjoy them.

Happy Fall Everyone.

Feels like a birthday or some other special occasion.

 

Have a great Thursday.

Special Hello to: Mother Nature, thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 21st day of September,2016.

It is getting close to the official first day of Autumn.

One more day.

The leaves are turning each and every day.

Wherever I walk they crunch under my feet.

In our neighbourhood we have rose bushes lining the entrance to the park.

They are still blooming.

Their fragrance is amazing.

If I could only bottle that exact fragrance.

We are in the transition period between summer and autumn.

Nature is preparing for the colder months ahead.

The bunnies are beginning to turn from brown to white.

I do love that colour change.

Birds are flying south.

Amazing how the pigeons for example stay all winter.

They have adapted.

Find a cozy warm chimney and don’t get too close.

Our walks in the evening are so enjoyable.

Alvin sniffing everywhere.

More so now.

I love fall.

Time to get things ready for fall / winter.

Argh not to say the “w-word.”

Although November 1st my Christmas Tree goes up.

I love that part.

Well here we go again ….. where does the time in the mornings go.

It evaporates.

Time to get those last things done before leaving for work.

I hope that you have an enjoyable Wednesday.

Take a walk and crunch some leaves.

I love to do that …

Happy Wednesday.

Special Hello to: all those folks who love autumn

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 20th day of September, 2016.

In just a few minutes my daughter, son-in-law and Sir. Elton will be arriving.

Elton is spending the day with me Alvin and I have a car ride to work.

Lucky for all of us.

Alvin is excited to have the company for sure.

His eyes lit up when I mentioned that Elton was coming over.

I am so happy that he has some company once each week.

I feel bad that he spends most of his days alone.

I cannot imagine.

But today is a good day for him.

Makes me feel better as well.

 

Our mornings are getting cooler.

Soon I will go outside in the morning and my flowers will have passed for the season.

I am so happy that they have lasted this long.

This is my favourite time of year, I think I may have mentioned that before in passing!!

The colours are vibrant and rich.

The yellows, oranges and reds.

Varying degrees of natural beauty.

 

Perhaps it might be a good idea to check out the long range forecast so that I can figure when a good time to put away the deck furniture.

I started the clean up process of plants.

Soon I will have to trim back the bushes.

They look so amazing at the moment.

 

Fall is such an amazing time of year.

Feels more relaxing and calm.

 

Well almost time to finish here as my ride and Alvin’s company will be arriving.

Have to be ready.

 

I wish you the happiest of Tuesdays.

Enjoy your day.

Special Hello to:  my sister “C”

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 19th day of September, 2016.

Yesterday I spent the afternoon with my daughter, one of my girl friends and her husband and two sons.

We had a photo shoot at the Devonian Gardens just south and west of Edmonton.

If you have never been – you should truly go.

Such a beautiful tranquil magical spot.

Waterfalls, a bridge over the water, rocks, flowers, plants, trees, shrubs.

It was such a great place to walk about ….

The colours were such a vibrant mix of end of summer and beginning of autumn.

Here are a few of the photos I shot in between:

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Our selfie …… whoops.

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Well okay maybe more than a few.

All but a few that had people in them.

We had the best time.

Lots of beautiful photos taken.

We had a wonderful afternoon.

I hope that you enjoy the photos.

Best outing.

First outing in a long, long time.

So much fun.

 

Happy Monday.

Special Hello to: all those folks who spent Sunday afternoon exploring new places.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 16th day of September, 2016.

According to one of the meteorologists on the Weather Channel this is the last Friday of summer.

I guess it is just that as fall officially begins in a few days.

My favourite time of year.

Last night one of my neighbours came over for coffee, that was great.

Alvin and I had a wonderful walk and met up with some of our friends so we had mini visits along the way.

The temperature was perfection.

It truly was one of the most perfect evenings on all counts.

Yay it is Friday and the weekend.

Tonight our Lotto Max jackpot is $60,000,000 dollars.

What would you do with $60 million dollars?

It is a huge amount for sure but I know exactly what I would do.

Bring it on.

I would never have to walk to the store for groceries again !!

Financial freedom.

Financial freedom.

Retirement.

Retirement.

Did I say Retirement?

Well I would investigate more creative options.

Food for thought.

One thing about winning that much money – you would have to be prepared.

Life would / could change over night.

Well almost time to hit the road this morning.

Hey guess what?

Last night after work I had to turn the heat off and the AC on …..

Just left it on and will turn it down a bit so it cuts in later when it heats up.

Isn’t that crazy …. air conditioning mid September, gotta love it.

Happy Friday.

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

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

P.S. Cheer up …. your life is about to change for the very best.

 

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