Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 9th day of August, 2017.

Well the day has finally arrived.

I am officially 60 years old.

Last night my daughter, son-in-law and grand-pups joined me, my sister and youngest brother for the birthday celebration.

I was happy to make supper for everyone and enjoy it all with my family in my own home.

Oh and Mr. Alvin, cannot forget him.

Earlier in the day my nephew, his wife and three sons stopped by for a visit.

Today we are getting ready to go to Fort Edmonton Park.

Well I have to go but will give details more later.

I have to thank my co-worker “C” for making me such a delicious birthday cake (carrot cake with cream cheese icing).

 

Have an awesome day.

 

Special Hello to: All you Birthday folks out there.

Always, Carol & Alvin

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 and it is the day before my 60th Birthday.

Wow, the time really has flown.

It has been quite the experience trying to come up with new things relating to me and my life for each post for 60 days.

There are so many August Birthdays between Family and Friends that it almost fills up my birthday calendar.

I am hosting my birthday supper this evening and am excited.

Cooking some of my family’s favourites.

One of my co-workers bakes cakes so I asked her to do mine for me.

She dropped it off at the house yesterday.

It is gorgeous.

Will post some photos tomorrow.

Carrot cake – my favourite and I cannot wait to dig in.

My sister’s son and family are unexpectedly in the area so they will be dropping by for a visit this afternoon.

My brother from Calgary will be arriving later this afternoon.

My daughter, son-in-law and grand-puppies will be coming for supper.

Cannot wait.

Well time to get going.

Tomorrow is all about photos.

Life in photos ……

Always, Carol

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 30th day of July, 2017.

Do you sometimes feel like you cannot get your thoughts away from a certain thought?

 

 

The temperatures have been hot the past few days.

I remember taking this photo a few years ago of an ice cream truck.

Making me feel cool…….

OR

Fresh snow on a sunny day.

OR

Maybe an ice cream cake.

I hope that you are smiling as I am really not that hot, just a bit.

Have a wonderful Sunday as we finish the preparations on the house for my company arriving this coming Friday night.

 

Special Hello to:  all those folks celebrating a birthday today….

Always, Carol & Alvin

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Thursday, July 13, 2017 and it is the 28th day until my 60th Birthday.

Okay back to memories ….. this may take some doing.

I think I was at 1967?

1967: Having my birthday party at the lake with cousins, roasting hot dogs over a fire and a homemade birthday cake.

1968: My family packed up the station wagon and drove to McAllen, Texas where we rented a house and spent the winter.

1969: Baling hay in the summer with my sister and pulling weeds in our HUGE garden.

1970: A bright pink jersey peasant style dress, and my first dance at school.  I can still hear the music in my head and see everyone lining the walls swaying to the tunes.

1971:  Moved from the farm in Saskatchewan to British Columbia.  Some of the saddest days of my life.  Moving away from my best friend. High School…. Picked berries with my Mom & Sister for the summer.

1972:  Moved to Alberta, another new High School in another province.

1973:  My Grandpa died in a farming accident and I moved back to Saskatchewan to live with my Grandmother (age 16).

1974:  Moved from the farm into neighbouring small town (Saskatchewan).  Changing schools yet again.

1975:  First summer after High School Graduation and then started first real paying job with SEARS in Regina.

1976:  Major life change ….. got engaged.

1977:  Another life change …. got married. Another life change – I became an Aunt for the first time…… my first born nephew…..he is the best.

 

Always, Carol

 

 

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 28th day of May, 2017.

A bright gorgeous morning here in Edmonton.

A slight cool breeze at this time making it absolute perfection.

I love these kind of mornings.

My neighbour is out trimming the lawn.

Her battery would not charge on her lawn mower and my push mower is too small to cut the grass which has grown at lightning speed over the past week and a bit.

We tried to start my son-in-law’s mower which I still have but to no avail.

My neighbour’s father is coming over so he will see if he can figure it out.

Off to a start.

Soon I will be out mowing the back yard again ….. I mowed it last weekend and it has grown lots.

After the grass gets cut it will be giving Mr. Alvin a hair cut and bath.

Followed by a walk and perhaps some more laundry and few small chores around the house.

 

Yesterday was fantastic.

Started out with the birthday party of my friend “G” …… we did a good job hosting.

The decorations looked good, the cake turned out to be yummy and she loved her gift.

We had good conversation and even the odd laugh.

Afterward Alvin and I went for a short walk.

Our friends were busy and could not make it but we are going today.

THE ZOO.

OH my gosh.

I had the best 10 minutes of my life on the PADDLE BOATS.

My daughter accompanied me on the Office Event.

We had a barbecue supper, salads and dessert.

Then everyone went checking out the Zoo.

One of the first things we did was go on the paddle boats.

Neither of us had ever done that and it was great fun.

There was a narrow passage way around some trees and we did not make it through either time.

The boat got turned sideways and we had to back it up and up to get turned around to get out.

We laughed so hard – I almost peed my pants.

So much fun.

The Zoo staff did remark that the boats were hard to steer.

Best time ever.

We spent the rest of the evening walking around checking out the animals which including SEALS, OTTERS, ARTIC WOLF, VARIOUS MONKEYS, CALVES, SHEEP, GOAT, LAMA, OWL, and so many more.

ZEBRAS …… so beautiful.

Did not see tigers or Lucy, the Elephant.

Some of the little creatures were sleeping ……

We even rode on a small train that took us for a little ride.

As we walked around the zoo we laughed about how much fun we had on the paddle boats.

If I could have a small body of water on my property I would totally have a paddle boats.

Best fun …..

NOTE:  usually I do not post photos of people but decided sometimes you just have to and I know that they would be okay with that……

The tulip garden celebrating Canada’s 150 Birthday this year was beautiful.

Tulips are my daughter’s favourite flower.

The grounds are beautiful…..

Some breath-taking trees.

Perfect ending to a perfect day.

Surrounded by friends in the morning and my daughter for the evening (and of course, fellow co-workers).

GREAT DAY.

 

Now time to get back outside and finish the yard work.

My neighbour just finished mowing the front lawn.

We managed to get my son-in-law’s lawn mower going with her Dad’s help.

I have mowed the back and hand trimmed the edges.

Going to rake now.

Decided that Alvin can wait till next weekend for a hair cut.

I may even take next Friday afternoon off and do it then ……

Have an awesome Sunday …..

 

Special Hello to: my daughter, thank you for a great evening.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 27th day of May, 2017.

It is a glorious morning here in Edmonton with the sunny shining full blast and a breeze to keep it all in check.

The birds are singing.

There were an assortment of birds landing and taking off from our deck this morning.

Alvin wanted to catch the magpie.

But I invited him back into the house.

Birds are free to fly …..

Alvin not so much.

 

Excitement ….. we are hosting a Birthday Party for one of my friends who happens to live in the neighbourhood.

I do love a good party.

Nothing better than friends, coffee and CAKE.

Great way to begin a weekend.

After the party Alvin and I will check in with our friends and perhaps take a walk followed by the ZOO.

I am excited to go with my daughter to the ZOO this evening for our OFFICE PARTY.

Two events in one day ……

BUSY and I LOVE IT.

So excited to spend the day with my dear girl friends and my daughter.

Alvin will be happy to have so many girls around …..

 

Well 35 minutes to party time.

Just have to remove the p.j.’s and get some actual clothes on …..

Sipping on coffee ….. putting clothes away from the laundry that I did last night.

The cake was baked last night and I just iced it a few minutes ago.

Decorated last night.

Wrapped the gift and wrote up a card last night.

House clean.

I think we are almost ready except to put on a fresh pot of coffee.

I could not wait till 10:00 a.m. …. so I made a pot earlier for another neighbour and I to share.

She lives next door ….. we share a pot of coffee on the weekends.

 

Beautiful weather …. I am so giddy with excitement for the most PERFECT DAY.

I hope that wherever you are and whatever you are doing that you are surrounded by loving, kind and generous of heart people.

I am so blessed.

SO blessed.

 

Have an awesome Saturday.

Back tomorrow with photos of the ZOO ….. so excited …… I hear that they have paddle boats so hoping to try that out.

 

Special Hello to:  YOU, my friend ….. you rock.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 26th day of May, 2017.

Friday ….. did someone say Friday!

YAY …… my daughter is picking me up from work (always nice to have a car ride home and chat with my girl).

Plan is to walk with my friend and her dog Presley.

They are the ones that lost their beloved Lola last Saturday.

I also am baking a birthday cake for another friends “early” birthday celebration which is 10:00 a.m. tomorrow.

Have to do laundry as I am actually attending an after-work function tomorrow night.

Normally I do not attend after work events as I do not have a car and do not wish to bother anyone.

But this time we are going to the Zoo (not that I am particularly happy to see animals caged up), and my daughter is going with me or I am going with her as she has the car.

So lots to do tonight.

Busy is good.

The sun was shining but now the sky has clouded over so I guess that means a jacket.

I hope that the forecast is correct for the weekend ….. low 20’s (celsius) and SUNNY.

 

I would also like to send my thoughts and prayers to the young family of my dear friend (we have been friends since toddlers).

Her son-in-law has received a bad diagnose.

Always hard to hear negative news …..

There seems to be no rhyme or reason for such things but it happens more and more.

 

Time to finish getting ready and hit the road to catch the bus to work.

Happy Friday.

Remember be kind to everyone around you ….. we do not know their stories ……

All living creatures deserve to be treated with kindness and respect.

I also think we should treat nature as such …..

 

Special Hello to:  my friend “D” ….. thinking of you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 11th day of March, 2017.

The SUN is trying to break through the cloud banks that cover the morning sky.

It is snowing as well ….. oh YAY.

More shovelling in my future.

But on the upside it is great exercise.

Because you are using different muscles that you would normally use in your every day life, I always take it slowly.

Stretch along the way ….. be careful.

If the snow is wet and heavy …… then really take it slow and steady.

 

Well this is a busy day as we prepare for my daughter’s birthday ….. hard to believe my baby girl will be “37” tomorrow.

Where has the time gone.

Three plus decades of my life has been watching her grow and become this amazing young woman.

She truly is just that ….

We want tomorrow to be extra special ….. after all you only turn “thirty-seven” once in a lifetime.

So we will have the house all in order, special cake will be made and the house will be decorated.

Should be fun with Alvin helping out ……

He will be running across the main floor with one end of the streamer in his mouth with Momma in hot pursuit.

We will have fun.

So grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning, baking, decorating and don’t forget SHOVELLING are on my list for this day.

 

Time to get this show on the road.

Laundry up …..

Coffee drinking as I go.

Happy Saturday.

Hoping that you have an awesome day.

Smiles wherever you go.

Thank you for your time.

 

Special Hello to: my baby girl ……

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 25th day of September, 2016.

Bright sunny morning and NOT windy.

So grateful for this nice morning.

It has been quiet …. we slept in ….. well we were up at 4:30 …. back to bed …. up and then hit the sofa for a bit.

Is that not what is referred to as a “lazy morning.”

Now we are up and at it.

Shared some coffee with my neighbour.

Working on some tea stuff.

After my mug of coffee is done we are going for a nice long walk.

I thought for something different we would walk to another neighbourhood.

Never know how many more beautiful Sundays we will have to do that so off we will go to see what we can see.

This afternoon I have a tea order to submit and then bake my son-in-law’s birthday cake for Tuesday’s supper.

It is so nice to have the time to just sit and ponder life.

To just kick back and enjoy the moment.

No worries.

Just happy in one’s own skin.

Just relaxed and enjoying life.

Feeling pretty content at this moment.

In the back ground music playing from my iPOD (actually my daughter’s).

Sun is shining brightly in through the office window.

Yesterday I took down all of the Spring/Summer ornaments / pictures from the main floor and brought up the Fall / Halloween decorations.

Not long before I am taking Fall / Halloween decorations down and bringing up the CHRISTMAS stuff.

Oh that is my favourite day of the year ….. November 1st.

Well unfortunately I have to work that day but I will put up the tree and begin the process of decorating the house.

Well I hear Mr. Alvin moaning and groaning – he is bored and would like to go for a walk.

Or maybe he does not appreciate the music that is playing.

Oh well…..

Time to get this show on the road.

I hope that you are enjoying the Fall weekend.

Happy Sunday.

Special Hello to: all my friends and family

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 10th day of August, 2016.

Today was the birthday of a very special life force in our lives, our beloved Penny.

AKA: Penny Lane Hobbs.

She came into our lives with all the zest and zeal of a puppy, and that she was.

She chewed things, was adventurous, had a mind of her own and had the best voice and knew how to use it.

Penny loved walks, FOOD but most of all loved her Mom, Dad and big brother Elton.

She accompanied them on camping trips and loved to be outside exploring.

Alvin and Penny were a force to be reckoned with whenever they were together.

They played and they bugged each other and they played some more.

She left us in March and we were profoundly sadden by her departing but the memories of her will stay with us for an eternity.

Miss Penny

Miss Penny

My Grand-puppies Penny and Elton

My Grand-puppies Penny and Elton

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Alvin and Penny .....

Alvin and Penny …..

Just TOO Cute......

Just TOO Cute……

Alvlin getting to know his "new" family....

Alvin getting to know his “new” family….

Miss Penny

Miss Penny

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Our Penny

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Elton and Miss Penny Christmas 2015

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Wait for it ….. wait for it….

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A rose for our girl …….

Amanda's 33rd Birthday cake

The cake was for Amanda a few years back but it is appropriate that I post a photo of a cake in honour of Penny’s love for food and for her birthday.

 

Happy Birthday Penny.

We loved your energy and were so grateful that you were such a big part of our lives for over ten years.

We miss you and think of you every single day.

I was happy to be called your Grandma.

Rest in Peace our baby girl.

Love Your Family…..

 

Special Hello to: all those who share a birthday with Penny ….. have a wonderful day.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

 

 

 

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