Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 22nd day of August, 2015.

It is a gorgeous morning here in Edmonton and it is the weekend, doubly great.

Just sipping on a cup of coffee in between changing bedding and typing this blog.

We will be off to see Dr. Karen (Alvin’s Doctor) in a few minutes for his regular monthly pedicure and “stuff.”

He likes the staff at the clinic and I am so grateful for that …. now if he would be more quiet when he gets his nails done.

How are you this morning?

Have a long “TO DO LIST” ?

I started to make one up and it is running onto a second page.

Arrgh.  (not really a word but it truly states how we feel about too long lists).

Oh well ….. break it up over the weekend and it should be doable.

If only Mr. Alvin could vacuum or mow the lawn.

What ….. he can mow the lawn….

Have you seen him out on a walk and after he takes a quick “pee” (gross, sorry) he always mows the grass.

Just have to figure out how it could apply to the whole lawn not just a small patch of grass.

Oh well ……

I guess I had better get this show on the road.

I hope that wherever you are the sun is shining and that you have help with your “to do list.”

I hope that you take time to relax and sip on that cup of coffee …..

Happy Saturday …..

Enjoy your weekend.

P.S. We were off from work a bit early yesterday so I decided to run a couple of errands at West Edmonton Mall. One of them was going to the “store” (Bath & Body Works) to pick up some hand soap.  I was so happy to see some of my co-workers.  One of them even mentioned that one of the guys from a place I used to go and pick up supper from, asked about where I was?  Sweet.  I certainly do miss my friends.  They were the best group of people.

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 8th day of June, 2015.

It is slightly overcast as the sun comes up here in Edmonton with no breeze.

I had such a great Sunday.

First of all, after having breakfast, I made chocolate chip cookies to take to my friends at Bath & Body Works.

Hopped on a bus and went to the mall.

It was so great to see them ….. not everyone was there.

I do miss the staff and the ambience of the store ….. the scents ….

While I was at the mall, I decided to walk around and see what was new.

Nothing really …..

Still a bunch of people ….

It always amazes me on how many people are always in that mall.

West Edmonton Mall, that is.

I went into some of my favourite stores …. tried on some summer dresses.

I did find a few things, and then back to the store where I picked up some hand soap.

I love the tropical scents.

Back on the bus and home to me Alvin.

As always, he was happy to see me.

I am so glad for that.

Well this morning I am catching a later bus so that is nice.

Gives me extra time at home.

More snuggles with MR. Alvin.

I hope that you have a wonderful Monday.

Special Hello to: all my friends at Bath & Body Works … miss you guys.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 7th day of June, 2015.

WOW, another glorious morning and I feel like shouting it from the rooftop.

YAY …..

I have had a great weekend.

The only thing missing was seeing my daughter and her family.

Yesterday by the time the birthday party started at 10:00 a.m. …..

The flowers front and back were all watered, quickly mowed the back lawn, vacuumed and washed the main floor, dusted and prepared for the party.

The birthday party was a huge success …. the birthday girl enjoyed her gifts and red velvet cupcakes stacked high with my “not to secret” icing and LAUGHTER and CHAT.  We three girls can run the field with every topic under the sun.

It was the perfect party.

After the party …. I mowed and raked the front lawn before it got to hot and finished off the back lawn.  LAUNDRY …. there is always that to do……

By about 3:00,  I decided to call it quits other than finishing the laundry ….. RELAXING TIME.

We curled up on the sofa and just watched a movie.

After supper ….. returned a phone call and then we went for a walk.

I was going to bake cookies to take to Bath & Body Works today but I was pooped …. so bedtime it was.

Well it is just after 9:00 a.m. …… the cookie dough is all made up now and ready for me to scoop it into the oven to bake.

I wanted to take a treat to my friends at the store ….

It has been way too long …. I haven’t been back since my last shift on April 4th.

Somehow the time just has simply got away on me.

I guess after 4 years of working two jobs and for a good portion of it 6-7 days per week …. I had to RELAX and get some things done at home…..

Although it does seem strange that I used to manage to get everything that needed to be done at home and worked two jobs.  Somehow we find the time and strength to do it all.

I will say that I love being home with Mr. Alvin in the evenings and weekends.

Well time to go and get those cookies baked so I can catch the bus to the mall.

I hope that you all have a wonderful day.

Special Hello to: all my friends on the planet …. you rock.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 5th day of April, 2015.

Happy Easter.

The sun is shining here in Edmonton on my first official day not working at Bath & Body Works.

Yesterday’s shift was bittersweet.

My shift was from noon until 8:00 p.m.

Over the course of the day I said good-bye to my friends ….. some I have worked with for almost four years others not as long.

I shall miss them all.

There were hugs and tears.

I received email addresses and phone numbers so that I may keep in touch.

There is a group of us that meet at Bath & Body Works and we shall get together from time to time.

It seems weird not getting ready to go to work at the store but I am so excited to begin this next chapter in my life.

Everyone enjoyed the chocolate chip cookies and card that I made.

I shall miss meeting people and all of the fragrances, too.

 

Our office had voluntary lay-offs so it has doubled my work load.

So this will be easier for me only having “one job” so to speak.

Now I shall have time to visit my friends on a regular basis and to do all of the things that I have been either putting off or doing occasionally.

So on this Sunday …. my plan is to do laundry and give Mr. Alvin a much needed haircut and bath.

 

If you are on the fence about making chances …. just do it.

Sometimes it is scary but at the end of the day sometimes you just have to move on.

Try something new.

Work on the things that you love.

 

Well off to enjoy some coffee and get out of my p.j.’s …..

I wish you a great day …. full of sunshine and laughter.

 

Special Hello to: all of my friends at Bath & Body Works …. you rock.  Best Wishes to everyone.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 4th day of April, 2015.

Well it is overcast and snowing here in Edmonton.

On the deck the snow is sticking as it makes touchdown.

Just a steady stream of rain-like snow coming down.

When I look out of my front window the streets and sides are only wet.

What a start to the weekend, yesterday was bright and sunny, and I think it was 15 degrees celsius here.

Now today exact opposite.

 

Well today is my last shift at the store.

Last night I baked a bunch of chocolate chip cookies to take to the staff this morning.

To show my appreciation for them all.

I am both excited and sad for this day.

Excited to have Friday night and the weekends back but sad to not to see all of my friends.

Today will be bittersweet.

 

Alvin is intently gazing out of our temporary bedroom window.

The kids move into their new house on the 16th which is right around the corner.

So much happening right now.

Still busy but at least now it will be on my own timetable.

 

I hope that if you are travelling on this Easter long weekend that you have clear skies if you are flying and dry safe roads for driving.

I hope that you are surrounded by the love of family and friends.

I hope that you are surrounded by laughter ….. always good to have some giggles.

I hope that perhaps you reach out to someone less fortunate than yourself.

I hope that if you see an animal in distress you help them.

May this weekend be all about love and respect for yourself and others.

Always remembers “others” includes all beings …..

 

Have a great Saturday.

Special Hello to: all those folks who read my blog, thank you so much.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 24th day of March, 2015.

I can now share my “life changing” news with all of you.

I firstly had to ensure that most of the staff knew before the rest of my world.

Last Friday before my shift at the store, at my home away from home, Bath & Body Works – I gave my two weeks notice.

It was definitely one of the most difficult decisions that I have ever had to make.

I had been feeling as of late, as if my life was getting away on me.

I missed more walks with Alvin than I took him on.

I rarely got to see my girl friends.

In the near eight months that my daughter has been living here – we made jewellery once.

I had no time for video chats with my sister, friends and family.

I went from the office to the store …. scheduling always changing.

I missed just having a weekend at home.

I missed doing stuff around the house.

The little things.

Seems like a lot of  I’s …… but truly sometimes you have to be selfish, and look after yourself.

You are responsible for you.

I am not responsible for you and you not for me.

Decisions.

So I decided to resign from the store.

In the near four years that I have been employed by Bath & Body Works – Canada; I have always enjoyed the work.

The staff are always changing and always amazing … treating me like family, and I, them.

I have met some of the best people that I know and have made friendships that will last my lifetime.

I loved meeting all the new people every shift, and then seeing repeat customers from time to time.

I love smelling the new fragrances and being in the mall.

It was the best second … well actually first job one could ever ask for to be sure.

After all, it was Bath & Body Works that hired me four years ago when I was job hunting.

They took a chance of hiring someone who had a ton of experience but not in a related field, and most especially not in retail.

Of course, all of my life I have been giving great customer service translated you do not have to work in retail to be a customer service “agent.”

I am forever grateful.

Who knows perhaps someday I will return. ….. maybe for next Christmas.

I will always have fond memories of my time there.

Great job – great people.

New Chapter about to begin.

I look forward to the next weeks and months.

With a smile on my face and a song in my heart.

Sometimes the song is a bit sad but mostly it is a HAPPY one.

Special Hello to: my family and friends who have always been a great support system for me.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 22nd Day of March, 2015.

IT BE WINTER AGAIN …..

Oh my ….. oh my ……

Mother Nature has such a “wicked” sense of humour.

That’s okay.

IT has been snowing non-stop since yesterday.

Any shovelling that we have done has long since been covered by a fresh thick blanket of the white stuff.

It does look pretty.

Oh well on the up side …. once we receive those double digit temperatures it will melt quickly.

I hope that you are enjoying your weekend.

Mine has gone great.

I love spending time with my co-workers at the store.

They are some of the nicest people that I have ever met.

On another note Mr. Alvin is watching very intently out the window…..

He must spy something ……

He has exceptional sight and smell.

Not sure about the sound as he doesn’t seem to listen to me.

Oh I am just kidding.

He is like my child so sometimes when he chooses he listens or not.

Just sipping on a cup of coffee which on the last sip, I am reminded that I need to warm it up.

I do enjoy a great cup of coffee.

Most especially first thing in the morning.

Well just time here to go and grab that cup of coffee ….

Oh, did I mention that I am listening to “Mr. Sam Smith” ….. I love his voice.

Well my dears you all have the best Sunday.

Whether you are at home to relax or going to work or just out and about …..

Remember to be kind and whenever possible help “one of our neighbours on this planet” ….

Two-legged or four-legged.

We all inhabit this jewel in the galaxy and we all deserve peace, love and kindness.

Go forth and be one of the good guys/gals.

Time to shovel to the garage …… yikes….

Thank you.

Special Hello to: all those folks who read my blog ….. you warm my heart and keep me writing which I love to do.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 19th day of February, 2015.

What a glorious and great evening I had.

Last night when I arrived at the store for my shift ….. I found one of our co-managers back.

She had left to pursue other things but she came back to us.

Just goes to show you that you never know what can happen.

I am so happy ….. over the moon.

She is such an amazing lady and a great co-worker.

Everyone was walking around last night with a extra big smile glued to their face.

Made my day ….. made my week ….. made my year.

Also last night on my walk home I realized that it was very warm and after 9:00 p.m. it was MELTING.

CRAZY ….. awesome.

So between my friend and the weather ….. I am extra happy on this Thursday morning.

Well almost time to leave for the office.

I hope that you all have an awesome day.

May someone special suddenly appear back in your life.

Isn’t life great?

Well, yes it is.

Special Hello to: my friend “S” who is back where she belongs ……..

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

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

What a glorious day it is.

I feel so happy and alive.

More so than ever.

 

Last night when I went to pick up my supper from one of the vendors in the mall, my favourite place – FRESHI.

I was greeted by huge smiles and even though I was about 4th in line; one of the employees – greeted me “Hello Miss Carol.”

I love how he calls me “Miss Carol.” ……

We are on a first name basis.

A couple of the girls have come into the shop where I work (you know Bath & Body Works) which is nice.

They are the most friendly, most kind, most efficient and professional group of employees that I have ever met.

The food is great, too.

They provide the ultimate in warmth and great customer service.

One of these days I am going to contact the owners to let them know.

I always look forward to going there to pick up my supper.

For a while I ate the same dish now I have been trying new things …..

 

Well almost time to leave for work …. I can hear my ride going downstairs.

Time to go.

Special Hello to: my friends.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 18th day of January, 2015.

Overcast but relatively mild here in Edmonton.

I had a great Saturday ….

Started off by having coffee with girl friends and our hostess made us treats …. yummy.

Two of us decided to take a quick trip to our nearby Target store.

By the way they are closing all of the Target stores in Canada ….. too bad about that.

I know several people that are quite upset about losing them, including me.

We did not go to see if there were great sales or anything we went because we like/love some of the brands they carry.

I splurged and bought new bedding for when I redo my bedroom in the spring and also new shower curtain, bath mat and several sets of towels.

AND two of the most gorgeous pillows for my bed.

SO exciting … they just happened to have the right colour selection and I happened to be able to afford them.

Perfect combination.

So my Saturday was awesome.

My daughter and I took all of the puppies for a walk.

Note to self: it is slippery …. ICY out there.

With these mild temperatures ….. have to be careful.

So today it is off to the store to work a shift.

Last day of our semi-annual sale so will be busy.

We recently started to sell our jewellery on ETSY and received our first sale yesterday.

Very exciting.

So many things to be grateful for and I certainly am.

Well just enjoying a delicious cup of coffee and then have to pack up and leave for work.

Wish you a great Sunday.

Oh, tomorrow is Alvin’s Birthday we will say that he is “6” as we are not sure of his actual birth.

Five years that we have been together……

WOW.

Have a great day.

Special Hello to: all those artsy folks out there …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

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