Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 3rd day of February, 2017.

Another winter morning but it does warm up over the course of the day.

Another super quiet morning with Alvin away at his sister’s house.

He comes home tomorrow.

I spoke to my daughter last night and apparently Alvin is trying hard to play with Aspen.

She gets so excited when he signals play-time that she runs around and scares Mr. Alvin, poor old guy.

Perhaps soon they shall get on the same page and actually have fun and not give each other a bit of anxiety.

But they do love each other and that is the important thing.

The playing will come in time.

Practice makes perfect.

I had a great time at the mall last night.

Ran my errands and did a bit of shopping.

Pretty surprised by the amount of people in the mall.

By listening as people passed there were lots from out of town.

I had decided to treat myself to supper at “Freshi’s” in the food court closest to Bath & Body Works, my old haunt.

The gal in front of me placed her order and had turned to the side.

When I was placing my order she turned around when she heard my voice and low and behold it was one of the girls I worked with at Bath & Body Works.

We ended up having our supper together.  She goes to University and works part-time at one of the stores in the mall.

It was great to catch up.

What are the chances of meeting a friend in line for food.

I will take those chances …..

 

Well here we are almost time to hit the trail again.

Friday, though and that is good.

Have a wonderful day.

Special Hello:  Lots of Birthdays today ….. Happy Birthday Everyone.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 16th day of October, 2015.

YAY, it is another beautiful morning here in Edmonton.

I am really certain that Mr. Alvin thinks it is time to turn the clocks back.

I guess I will be ready for that as he has been waking me up at 3:00 a.m. the past few mornings.

What can you do?

I mean we do not get up then I do manage to get him to lay back down for a little bit …..

What a guy.

So excited for this weekend.

Tomorrow is my Open House for Steeped Tea and looks like there will be lots of people attending followed by dinner and a movie with my pals from BBW.

So excited.

So much in one day ….

Mr. Alvin is going to his sister’s for a sleepover so he will miss all of the company but better he be with his sister.

He would be so excited ……

I am so grateful to have this life …. to be living and breathing and breathing and living my life.

So on this Friday be grateful …..

Somedays we lose it ….. I mean we might yell and scream ….. a good release of stress.

Then we just get back to living our lives.

We are so blessed.

Happy Friday.

Special Hello to: my sister who I am going to SKYPE with on Sunday ….. so excited … what a weekend.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 8th day of February, 2015.

The sun is trying to shine this morning as I type/key these words.

The temperatures are once again beginning to warm after several cold ones.

All in all, our winter has been pretty great.

More warm days than cold.

Alvin is looking out the window checking out the neighbourhood.

Yesterday was a great day for the most part there were a couple of hours later in the afternoon that I could have done without but upon review there will always be something that happens.

Saturday morning we had a birthday party for one of my girl friends.

She was surprised and pleased.

We had a good visit with a trip to Costco after lunch.

The birthday girl was going so my daughter and I went along.

IT WAS BUSY.

Well here I am once again getting ready to go to work.

It kind of seems like I am always going to work ….. guess when you work 6 days a week that would be the case.

Oh well, it is an end to a means.

Well just enough time to finish my coffee before grabbing my coat.

I hope that you had an awesome weekend.

One thing I learned from someone who did not provide great customer service (it was not Costco) that I will continue to be the best that I can be.

Man when you are the customer and someone does not know their job …. yikes …. very stressful ….. depending on what their job is …..

I will know as much about what I do and sell that I possibly can.

Special Hello to: all those who work in the service industry …. customer service is so important.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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Well here it is Monday, June 11th, 2012.

The skies are filled with dark blue clouds but on the southern horizon the sky appears to be clear.

Perhaps we shall have sunshine yet today.

Although we do/did need the moisture …. we always appreciate the sunshine.

I had a great day yesterday.

Worked at Bath & BodyWorks.  Met so many cool people.

I love working at that store.

Working in retail is a total 360 compared to working in an office.

So off today to the office.

I have such an interesting life ….. everyday is different.

My Alvin is curled up small on his ottoman under the window.

He always needs/wants to be in the same room as me.

I love that ….

Well for this day …. I just wanted to point out that we all have very interesting and different lives compared to one another.

Listen to each other’s stories and remember your own.

Each story fills us with wonder, gladness, interest, sometimes sadness and life.

So have a great day and listen to the stories.

We are all stories.

Special Hello to:  all those folks that are surrounded by sunshine …. pass it along….. (thank you).

Have a great day.

Always, Carol and Mr. Alvin

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Happy Monday, March 5th, 2012 …..

On my way home from BBW yesterday late afternoon the air was filled with huge wet snowflakes.

It continued to snow for several hours and it appears for most of the night.

Funny how we have received more snow in the last couple of snowfalls than all winter.

Wow, it is March ….can you believe it?

I hope that you are having a grand day thus far.

My day is going great …..

Alvin slept pretty much till 4:40 which is great for him before “needing” to get up.

So on this fantastic Monday morning I wish you joy, laughter and abundance.

Have a blessed day everyone.

Special Hello:  Happy Birthday Aunt Lorraine, I hope you have a great day.

Always, Carol and Alvin

P.S. thank you to all those people who take the time to read my blog…..

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Wow, welcome to DAY   ” 777″  which represents the number of days that Alvin and I have been together.

Isn’t that crazy!  Seems like only yesterday that he came to live with me and then again it feels like we have been together forever.

I think that we should be celebrating …… that is a long time ….. a great deal of days and nights….

We actually did celebrate a bit early …. we both got “hair cuts” …. me on Friday and Al yesterday.

Both way shorter.

I do not know about Alvin but I feel so much lighter and younger.

My hair was past the half way point on my back ( I have not had my hair that long since I was 17-18 ).

Today is Monday, February 20th, 2012 and it is FAMILY DAY.

Celebrated all across this wonderful country of ours.

I am over the moon as I am blessed to have today off from both of my jobs.

Yesterday I worked from 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at BBW …..

We were as I would like to call us: the “Fairy GodMother Effect”  …… wave your wand and voila.

Only the “voila” took us four hours of “sweating” to accomplish…

But everything looks brand new again….

I am so happy that the sky is blue and the sun is shining for my last day before heading back to my office job.

Oh, I have one more story to share with you.

Yesterday as I noted we had to be at work extra early and I got to the mall about 6:30 a.m.

I parked the car and went on my way to work.

Unbeknownst to me …..

When I arrived back to the car after work which was about 3:40 p.m. …. from a distance I noticed that the driver’s window appeared to be open, wide open.

My heart was in my stomach.

OMG, what happened.

I had not considered for one moment that someone might have broken the window.

As I neared the car and confirmed that the window was open, my heart sank.

It had been snowing off and on for part of the day.

Luckily for me ….. there was only a little snow inside the car.

I quickly closed the window and began to wipe up the snow.

Afterwards I cleaned off the windows and as I was about to get into the car to head home …. a young man wearing a bright yellow jacket came toward me.

In bold black letters:  S-E-C-U-R-I-T-Y.

My heart sank temporarily …..

What now?

I found out that he was in fact my “ANGEL” in disguise of a construction security guard.

He told me that he had got to work about 6:40 a.m. that morning and when he happened to glance over to where the car was parked it appeared that the back window was out and then he noticed the drivers window.

Thinking it had been either vandalized or perhaps a stolen vehicle …. he wandered over (it was very close by).

He found the driver’s window to be wide open and the back window was closed.

He told me that at this point he did not know if it had was stolen or not.

So when he saw me ….. he was relieved.

Talk about luck ……. on the first day that we have had snow in a long while ….. and only a little bit got inside the car …..

Talk about luck ….. that this particular young man took the time to come and check the car…. and then

Talk about luck ….. when he watched the car all day long until I got there.

I am so blessed …… when I told the kids about what happened ….. well you see it is their car ….. they were surprised and relieved.

So on this Family Day …. I am feeling more than great …… I have the best family, friends and also blessed with the kindness of strangers.

Really what more can a person ask for ……

Time to go as Amanda is on her way over and we are going to work on some jewelry today.

I also want to bake some banana muffins or perhaps a loaf….

Have a great day everyone.

Special Hello: to all of the families out there …… remember families can be of all configurations …… Happy Family Day!

 

Always, Carol and Mr. Alvin ……. together forever ……. 🙂

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Well here we are, and welcome to Monday, February 13th, 2012.

I hope that you all had an amazing weekend.

I had a great weekend.

Friday night off (from BBW), and then I worked the Fragrance Event (launch of Pink Chiffon) on Saturday, and then yesterday afternoon.

The new fragrance is absolutely lovely….(All sorts of lovely fruits in the top notes like peach and pear. Apple blossom and jasmine in the mid notes followed by  chiffon musk, creamy coconut and sandalwood (to name a few) in the dry notes).

In between I did laundry, bit of house cleaning, had coffee with “G” and also with Amanda AND,  gave Mr. Alvin a much deserved and needed bath.

Such sad news about the passing of Whitney Houston.  She will be missed.  I was listening to some of the special programming about her last night and she did have an amazing voice.

One of my all time favourite songs was sung by Whitney and written by Dolly Parton.  “I will always love you” …… such a beautiful song (words and melody).

I pray that her daughter Bobby Christina will always be surrounded by love and great memories of her Mom.

Make sure that you always leave friends and loved ones on a good note ….. saying “I love you” ….. in fact, we should always leave everyone we meet each day on good terms.

Always on a positive note.

I hope that you all have a great day …. take care …..

Special Hello to:  I would ask you on this day to take the time to say Hello to people.  A simple hello and smile could mean the world to someone who might be feeling alone or troubled.

Always, Carol and Alvin ….

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Good Monday Morning ….. Happy December 5th, 2011.

Wow, really …. December 5th.

Where did December 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th go?

I know that I worked yesterday at BBW and had a great day.

Met lots of wonderful people.

I love working there ….. always get to meet new people.

I learn so much about myself through these conversations.

I feel like a kid in a candy store ….. meeting all these folks.

From the babies to the elders …. I get to meet them all.

Funny, how you can get to know so much about someone by a quick chat in a store.

Anyway, I challenge or rather invite you to get to know someone new today.

Whether it is someone that you work with …. that you really do not know.

Or someone new …..

I love meeting people and I believe that it is good for the soul.

Definitely good for your heart and head.

Keeps you thinking and interesting.

So go forth and chat up a storm.

Please ……..

Have a marvellous, spectacular, amazing Monday.

Special Hello to: ALL THE PEOPLE THAT I KNOW …… that would be you, of course you and most definitely you.

Always, Carol

Merry Christmas ……..

P.S. I apologize for not posting some photos on my blog.  They are coming….

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Good Monday Morning All,

I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend…

Mine was spectacular ….

I had two great shifts at BBW …

Hosted a Ladies’ Night … our Christmas party…..

My daughter surprised me with a yummy Christmas coffee from Starbucks…..

Had a couple of good walks with Alvin…..

Did lots of housework……

Spoke on the phone with my BFF Lea from Quebec on Saturday morning, and her Mom last night….

SYKPED with my sister on Saturday morning …..

Missed having our routine coffee date with Gillian as one of her boys was sick ….

Did some writing ….. had some down-time …..

Enjoyed the rain on my way home from work….

Yes, raining in Edmonton on November 27th…..how crazy is that !!

It was the perfect weekend….

Wow and here it is Monday morning once again…..

Even though I feel that I accomplished lots over the weekend …. the time still seems to fly by.

But that is okay …. I HAD THE BEST WEEKEND.

I am grateful for my weekend and all it’s joys.

I hope that you upon reflection of your weekend can say the same thing.

Even if you only had moments that were great ….. that is good.

So have a great day on this beautiful Monday morning.

Enjoy.

 

Special Hello to my: BFF which means Beautiful Friend Forever …. Miss Lea …. Hi Lea ….. Alvin and I miss you…..

 

Always, Carol

 

Thought for the day……

Another great weekend.  The icing on the cake was a visit from one of my sisters “Diana” from Regina along with daughter Danielle and her daughter Hayleigh.  It was their first time meeting Alvin.  Amanda came over, too.  We had a grand visit.  They came on a shopping trip to West Ed.  Popular place, that mall.  I am so blessed to have so many dear friends that are more like family than friends.  Today be thankful, be grateful for all those amazing friends and family in your life.  I sure am.

I am on my way there today to work for a short shift.  YAY.  I love meeting all the customers that come in from everywhere.  I have met people from every corner of the planet.  So wonderful.

Have a great Sunday.

 

Always, Carol

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