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Good Morning ALL! How are you this Monday morning? Alvin and I are well. We had a good night sleep…. so much closer to pre surgery days or nights, I guess I should say. I still keep tapping on the snooze button. This is actually odd, never in my life until recently have I ever used the “snooze button.” I guess my life has changed so much that I now find the need to use it. Oh well.

How was your weekend? Did you relax? Did you have some fun? Did you go for a walk in nature? Did you tackle a couple of things from your TO DO LIST FOR FALL? I hope that you said YES to all of these questions.

Let me answer them. My weekend was great overall. Yes, I had some downtime. I likely should have have a real time “me time” and had an at home “spa treatment” but I did not. Still relaxed and watched a movie and snuggled with the boy. I did have fun which was during our walk. The leaves are so beautiful and it was so much fun just walking taking our time enjoying the scenery and the fresh air. I guess I incorporated three into one. But I did have fun. Yup, I sure did tackle some items from my TO DO LIST for FALL. Saturday I cleaned out the front flower bed and yesterday I cleaned the kitchen light fixture and before moving to the front entrance fixture I noticed as I was up on a ladder that it was dusty on top of the cupboards. As I got closer to inspect I found it was not just dust but greasy dust, the not so easy to remove kind. Usually I place paper towel or wax paper down so that it is an easier clean up but somehow I only put paper towel down on the section above the fridge, which is so odd. Not the rest. So I grabbed some hot water and dish soap (not DAWN but wished that it had been) and start to scrub with a Norwex cloth but just made a mess. I tried CLR. I tried vinegar. I even tried my new hand held steamer. I tried everything that I could think of until I thought of the magic white powder, yes ….. you guessed it “baking soda.” I put some warm to hot water in a dish and piled in the baking soda and grabbed an old toothbrush of Alvin’s (longer handle) and went to to work. With a bit of elbow grease it came off and bye bye sticky gunk. I think that I am going to once a month clean the top of my cupboards. Whatever designer / contractor / builder decided that cupboards that do not go to the ceiling are a good thing – did not have to clean them. So if you want a fairly easy and cost effective cleaner for the top of your cupboards, I highly recommend some good old fashioned baking soda and warm to hot water and an old toothbrush. This is also GREEN and gives you a bit of exercise to boot. I use baking soda for a lot of things but never thought to use for this. I also took it to task to clean the outside of the microwave and stove and everything was so nice and shiny. I also cleaned the bathroom ceiling fans. Another thing I found out. Usually I clean the bathroom fans twice or three times each year. I remove the cover and vacuum the dust and they are usually dusty. For the past few months I have been using the fan for the house ….. I do not remember what it is called but it pulls in the air from outside…. it actually reduced the amount of dust in the fans. I had no idea. But it did. So that was an easy cleaning job. I am getting those items off my list two or three at a time. Much easier and less stressful. That was it. I enjoyed some time with my favourite cats Humphrey and Bogart as well.

The sun is just beginning to rise in the morning sky. A new day.

I hope that you are doing well. Happy Monday ALL.

Have a great day.

Continuing to live this life with respect, kindness, compassion, patience, understanding, love, laughter and gratitude.

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. Another night upstairs in our bed, thank goodness!!

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 30th and second last day of August, 2014.

It is bright and sunny here in Edmonton as we approach noon – one hour away.

The kids are off to Canmore and I had a wonderful visit with my neighbour “So” …… she is Miss Aussie’s Mom….

Me and the puppies are hanging out.

Doing laundry and housework and also high on the priority list is cleaning out the bathroom fans.

Isn’t it funny how one never seems to notice when they are clean but once they become “dusty” ….. your eyes naturally are averted there.

Oh well.

I am so excited for supper as my friend who is more like a sister and her daughter and grand-daughter (niece and great-niece) are visiting from Regina.

They are in Edmonton to do some back to school shopping at our “WEST EDMONTON MALL” ……. it will be busy there today for sure.

Last weekend before most of the kids go back to school.

I am so excited to see them.

“H” will likely be taller than me now ….. she turned 12 this summer.

Well my darlings I am off to get some laundry done and then fetch the ladder to clean the three bathroom fans.

I wish you all a happy and safe long labour day weekend.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Special Hello:  to all those who are travelling drive carefully …. no texting or talking on the mobile phones when you are driving. We want you back safe and sound.  Enjoy your travels.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Welcome to Thursday, September 13th, 2012.

Well here we are ….. the middle of another month.

The mornings are a bit cooler here in Edmonton …

The days noticeably shorter…

The moon is noticeable for I think a longer period after sunrise…

The trees are starting to change colour…

The animals are starting to prepare…

INCLUDING US????

So have you packed away your summer clothing, shoes and jackets?

Have you pulled out your flowers that are no longer bright and vibrant?

Are you rearranging your garage to put all your summer stuff away?

Have you cleaned your windows, checked the seals around the windows, cleaned your bathroom fans, cleaned your furnace, or started?

I am still wearing my summer clothing, most of my flowers are still doing okay despite the dip in temperatures the night before last, my stuff is still on the deck, I have begun the getting your home ready for winter part.

I have a furnace cleaning booked for the end of September.

When you own a home there is always lots to do ….

Last night I enjoyed a lovely walk with Alvin…

It was a perfect evening … no breeze …. temperature just right for walking.

Rescued a baby jack rabbit (only a couple or three weeks old) from my basement window well!

That is another story.

Bought the winning lotto ticket (have to check and see how much we won).

Watched “THE VOICE” …. love that show.  The judges are a perfect mix of entertainers and personalities …. they work well together.

I LOVE THAT SHOW.  It is my favourite.

Well on that note I shall say “farewell” until “morrow” ….. which is my day off ….. but I will write something just for you…

Have a blessed, grand, wonderful, awesome, spectacular, great, fantastic, WOW kind of a day ….

Special Hello to: all those volunteers who help people and animals …. you TOTALLY ROCK and are amazing.

 

Always, Carol and Alvin…

 

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