Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 9th day of February, 2019

Happy Birthday to my eldest nephew who turns 42 today.

Happy Birthday T.

 

The sun is coming up and the sky is clear.

COLD again outside.

Hoping it warms up soon so that we can go for a walk.

We are getting cabin fever.

 

Yesterday I worked on some projects …. one for Valentine’s Day as we are doing a little something at work.

Alvin is doing great.

Humphrey is coming over to spend some times with us today.

Back on with the cone.

I have been watching Alvin and he has not gone near his incision/stitches on his eye area.

But having a cat in the house and besides he will have to wear that dreadful cone when I go back to work.

Better to be safe than sorry.

Although poor animals that have to wear those plastic things …. why has not someone come up with something better.

Something more comfortable.

Humphrey has a more comfortable cone – made of a soft material.

It is not quite as big as the one that Alvin has and is not clear.

 

Well I had better get this show on the road.

Breakfast and coffee shortly.

 

We wish you a Happy Saturday.

Have an awesome day.

 

Special Hello to:  all those dogs and cats that have to wear those cones.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 5th day of February, 2019.

I forgot to wish my niece “M” a very Happy 22nd Birthday for yesterday, February 4th.

We hope that you had a magical day.

 

Welcome back to the deep freeze.

Appears this may last for several days.

We folks that work inside warm buildings are grateful and we think of those souls that work outside so that we may work inside in the warmth.

From Farmers to Constructions to Oil Rig Workers and everything in between, thank you.

Thank you to my sister for reminding me of those who work outside.

 

Well two more sleeps until Mr. Alvin’s surgery.

I know that it will all go well.

But still it is surgery on my boy.

Positive thoughts.

 

I am so grateful to my friend and neighbour for giving me rides to work yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Just catching the bus home is okay.

I am very blessed.

Yesterday the bus driver called ahead when we were at West Edmonton Mall asking 119/117 to please wait for passengers.

The 119 was still there when we arrived (very late) and I would imagine it was late as well.

A young passenger and myself hoped off the bus ahead of the others and ran to the 119, yes, I ran.

Just as we were arriving at the 119 he started to pull away …. we both waved.

He pulled over and we got onto the bus.

I could not believe after all of that, he pulled away as we ran to the bus in full view of the driver.

What a guy.

But happy that in the end he did pull over.

Still was 20 minutes late getting home but at least I did not have to wait likely another 20 minutes for the next bus.

Felt blessed at that moment.

 

Well getting close to time to leave the house.

Still have to do the poop pickup before I leave.

Poor Alvin having to go outside in this bitterly cold weather.

I will say this …. he does not stay out long …. does his thing and back into the house.

I wait right at the back door for him, just in case I need to go and help him.

 

Emergency kits in the vehicle.

Layers while outside.

Pull those big WARM boots out of the closet – you are not making a fashion statement this week in most part of CANADA.

You just want to stay warm and retain all your digits and your life.

Be kind to your pets.

They are living breathing animals such as we, don’t leave them outside in these frigid temperatures.

Doesn’t matter …. just bring them into the house.

Watch the kiddos for signs of frostbite.

Drive them to school.

Or maybe keep them home (most of the buses are cancelled anyway).

 

Happy Tuesday.

 

Special Hello to: my family and friends.  Keep warm…..

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 2nd day of February, 2019.

Well this is going to be the second day of our “winter storm.”

Snow on the way or perhaps it hasn’t stopped.

All day yesterday whenever I looked out the window it was snowing.

Not the fluffy stuff, nope.

It looked like rain but was snow.

I had shovelled in the morning before I left home for work and of course, shovelled again upon arriving home from work.

Nothing like starting and ending the day with SHOVELLING.

Actually I don’t mind and it is great exercise.

Thankfully it was not heavy heavy snow.

Temperatures are taking a dip starting yesterday and working downwards over the next several days.

With any luck it will remain calm.

We are up well we were up earlier at 3:22 a.m. – yup someone other than me had to go “to the bathroom.”

I know what that is like so I cannot tell him to stay in bed.

When you have to pee you have to pee, right.

Most women get this ….

When you are expecting it is a huge thing and as we get older same deal.

Anyway …. I obliged him.

We hit the sofa for some solid sleep and I dreamt like it was 1922.

Stories kept changing and it felt like I had read several short stories with me being in every one.

So just before 7:00 a.m. …. yes, can you believe it …… WE ARE UP.

I have changing bedding on our bed, sprayed cleaner in the toilet bowls upstairs and put the ointment in Alvin’s eye.

Writing this post and then will get this day really going.

Breakfast first for us both as Alvin is quite the gentleman and usually waits for me.

Then cleaning, vacuuming and some book work.

The new Steeped Tea Catalog is out so I have to tell all my customers.

There are plenty of new items including the flowering teas.

Excited for that.

Teddy went home just after 5:30 p.m. last night.

His Aunt picked him up.

When he saw her car pull up …. he jumped off my lap and to Alvin’s chair to look out the window.

Barking all the way.

So happy to see her.

So quiet after he left.

We had a great time with Teddy as per usual.

He sure loves to play and has even put the “play bug” into Alvin.

 

I have a birthday party to attend just before 3 p.m. today.

One of my young friend’s who lives just a few doors away celebrated her 41st birthday yesterday.

Her daughter is hosting a “surprise birthday party” today.

Not so much a surprise but that is okay.

My friend is working with her to make it seem like a surprise.

What a mother will not do for her child and what a child will do not do for her mom.

We even have a secret door knock.

When “M” called me yesterday to let me know that her Mom would be back home by 3:15 p.m. and to be at their house before that time so that we could get ready for her arrival;

she also told me that there was a secret door knock.

I giggled and told her “please keep it simple or I may forget.”

So what did she say “knock three times and then ring the door bell.”

I replied “well that is easy as I remember an old song named “Knock Three Times.” and then ringing the doorbell makes sense.

Birthday party here I come.

Oh, I need coffee, too.

Cleaning and cleaning.

I need to do that ….

Been to busy the past few weekends to do a deep clean so have to get that done.

Happy Saturday.

 

Special Hello: to all those folks who dream big and live even bigger.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 15th day of November, 2018.

Today is the birthday of a  very special nephew “J.”

Happy Birthday Buddy – Wishing you an awesome day.

 

Woke up to rain.

Pups got a bit damp on their first time outside for the day.

 

Here are the photos that I was unable to download yesterday morning.

That arrangement with the green and red just simply pops.

So beautiful.

The pups …. Teddy lounging on the foot stool, Alvin waiting for something and then Alvin stretching.

 

 

What a great way to start the day.

Love the photo of Teddy stretching.

Both pups stretch first thing after waking up.

Yesterday was a great day.

Our off-site staff meeting was awesome.

Thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Home a bit earlier than normal.

So able to take the pups for a full walk before it was dark.

Even saw our friends out for a walk and stopped for a moment to chat.

 

Life is pretty great.

If you live simply and simply live your life.

Life is pretty great.

I say again Life is pretty great.

Don’t complicate things.

Surround yourself with all as much positive energy as you are able.

Keep positive.

The glass half full view is much better than the opposite.

 

Special Hello to: my family and friends, their love and support keeps me living my life.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 11th day of November, 2018.

 

Remembering

Today, as we should every day, think of those brave women and men who gave up their lives for our freedoms.

Not only to keep us safe but so that we have a multitude of FREEDOMS.

Freedom of speech.

Freedom to practice one’s religion or not.

Freedom to be who we are free from persecution.

Freedom to live, love and play.

We thank them with who we are and with what we do each day.

By working, by contributing to society and by being good citizens of this country and of the world.

Thank you.

 

Today is the birthday of my very special nephew “T” …… he has a warm, soft heart and I love him.

I have known him since his Mom, my friend had him growing in her tummy.

Happy Birthday buddy and I hope that you have a special, special day.

 

Back to the boys as Alvin wants to be upstairs with me.

I can hear him barking.

 

Let us all take us some today to be grateful for all that we have and for all that we are ….

If it were not for the bravery of others we would not enjoy what most of us take for granted today.

 

Have a good Sunday …..

 

Special Hello to: my nephew “T.”  Happy Birthday

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 28th day of October, 2018.

Happy Birthday to my dear friend “L” ….. we love him dearly.

We have been friends for over 35 years.

Wishing him a wonderful day.

 

Yesterday did not turn out near the way that I had planned.

That is always part of the problem with “planning.”

Instead I had company for coffee, a tea order in the morning, spent time with Humphrey the cat who is recovering from two surgeries in less than four days in morning and afternoon,

worked on laundry off and on all day, went for an mid afternoon walk with Alvin and ended up having tea at Teddy’s house with his Mom and stopped at another friend’s house to borrow

a costume for HALLOWEEN (check).

So then I decided today would be the day to get some housework done and also to pull my beautiful Snapdragons.  Still blooming.

I would like to share my story about Humphrey the cat who lives close by.

He had to have surgery as he had crystals or something that blocked him from peeing.

Painful, how horrible.

That was last Friday.

Then over the weekend we wasn’t peeing again so back to the Vet and instead of completing the unblocking surgical procedure the Vet suggested to my friend to have him “made female.”

I did not realize that was a thing.

So they removed his little penis and made it so now he pees like a girl.

So that helped him from having to have the unblocking procedure which by this time he has had twice (once before) and then this passed Friday.

Now this all makes a difference in his bathroom practices meaning the litter box has to change.

He cannot use the regular stuff that he uses but has to use pellets or something.

I have never had a cat.

Anyway yesterday when his Momma had to go out to the Vet to get him some medicine to deter him from licking his wound and after my unexpected date had left, I went over and spent some time

with Humphrey.

He was laying in the spare room in the sunshine upstairs.

So I decided to lay down right beside him.

He is wearing the dreaded CONE OF SILENCE.

I stroked his head and spoke quietly to him.

Humming along the way.

We just hung out.

He loved the company.

At times to get comfortable with his front paws outstretched he folded them and rested his CONE on his paws.

This made it easier for him to rest.

I did not have a watch on and just continued to lay and speak to him.

Stroking him gently and just being.

Once during the time I was there he playing with a shoelace the rest of the time he was content to just lay there in the sunshine.

Which at times was bright and I had to cover my eyes and move a bit.

By the time I decided to get up – it took a bit of doing to get up.

Remember I am not 20 something any longer.

But not 100 either.

Anyway …. he had walked into my friend’s office and I noticed something was running on the floor and he seemed to be interested.

Then I realized it was a MOUSE.

Not a real mouse …. a computer generated one.

My friend left a tablet going on the floor …

I really was startled.

After that I gently picked him up and carried him downstairs.

He did not stay on the sofa and wondered to the patio door looking longingly outside.

He loves being outside but he cannot go out now after just having the surgery.

Humphrey laid down under the chair and continued to look outside.

By this time it was 2:30 p.m.

I decided that I had better go home and see the Alvin.

He would be wondering what happened to me.

So homeward I went …. laundry ……

 

Today means getting some work done.

That is okay.

As my wise friend said …. if you have clean clothes to wear and food in the house that is all you need to worry about.

I have that …..

So I will get done what I can do and enjoy my time with me Alvin.

I am so grateful to have had that time yesterday with Humphrey.

Both Humphrey and Alvin lay with their front paws outstretched and folded.

How cute.

 

Okay, time to get dressed and have breakfast and COFFEE.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Have an awesome day.

 

Oh and guess what the winning $60 million LOTTO MAX ticket was sold in Edmonton.

Was not me but nice to see sold here.

Maybe I know the winners.

Who knows.

 

Happy Sunday.

Time to get out of these PJ’s and get some stuff done.

 

Special Hello to: my siblings …. happy day here and ahead.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 10th day of October, 2018.

Happy Birthday to our friends, the twin boys “R” and “R.”

 

Well mid week today.

Alvin is curled up on his blue blanket as I write this post.

All is well in our world.

 

Life reminds me that these extra pounds that have begun to accumulate around my middle, will not go away without extra work.

So I have to get my butt in gear.

I have been talking about doing “yoga” and “pilates” for awhile now and just have not been able to get into the routine.

But now is the time.

With winter right around the corner – there is no time like the present.

As we age it is so EASY to put on those extra pounds.

Our metabolism slows down or seems to be napping in my case.

Before things get out of hand and my health is affected – I am going to make this pledge to myself.

One form of exercise in addition to walking every night after work.

15-20 minutes.

I have two yoga mats, yoga bricks, yoga strap and yoga & pilates recordings.

I have no excuses.

None.

Not a one.

Plus I have my new yoga outfit that my friend bought me for my birthday which has been collecting dust in the closet.

Well no dust but you know what I mean.

Time to take action.

I would like to have my waist and “flatter stomach” back again.

A bit pouf is okay but not this.

No more muffin top ….. why do we put food related comments to being overweight.

Extra weight adds stress to your back, to your internal organs, to your overall health, to your mind and to your clothes.

No one wants to go and buy a larger size, argh.

NOT this “cookie”, so not appropriate.

NOT this person ….. now that is better.

Time to put down the sweets and cut back on portions.

I love veggies and time to add more to my diet.

We got this …… we got this.

I am also going to do a couple of extra flights of stairs at work today.

Start small and work up.

 

Happy Wednesday everyone.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks like me who just want to be a few pounds, “okay may more than a few” pounds lighter.  We got this. We can.

Always, Carol

 

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 27th day of September, 2018.

Dark outside as fall continues.

We had a rainy Wednesday but does not appear to have rained overnight or at least the front sidewalk does not show any additional moisture.

So that rain kept us from our walk.

 

How are you this day?

Did you have a good Wednesday?

I have to apologize to my son-in-law as I sent on-line Birthday Wishes but I neglected to call him on the phone and wish him a Happy Birthday.

I will see him on Saturday and can apologize in person.

It is strange how we can get so wrapped up in “our little piece of the world” that we forget to do things OR perhaps it is a sign that I am aging.

ARGH.

I am reading and doing puzzles and working with the hopes to stave off the forgetfulness aspect of aging that comes with many years.

They say to exercise your brain.

I would say that I exercise my brain every day at work.

There is always something new and always different information to analyze.

 

Mr. Alvin had me up at 3:00 for now apparent reason.

OR perhaps it was because we went to bed earlier than usual.

I don’t know but those early morning wakening play havoc with my brain.

Then we were up at 4:00 and then up to say up at 5:10 a.m.

Perhaps it is only because he had to pee.

Now I can relate to that …..

Age what a wonderful thing.

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

I hope that you have an awesome day.

Remember whatever your age – exercise your BRAIN.

Learn something ….. do a puzzle …. do something.

So important.

 

Special Hello to: my sister …..

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 11th day of August, 2018.

Happy Birthday to my brother “J.”

Wishing you a great day my brother.

The sky is overcast with smoke and clouds.

I so wished that it would RAIN.

Rain and put out all of the forest fires.

The smoke has been intense here and I can only imagine what it is like in the areas affected by the fires.

 

WE have been spending a quiet last day or so.

Me and the boys (Alvin and Teddy) have been vegging in front of the fans.

No windows open as it has been so smoky.

Too hot to move around much.

I am also watching Humphrey the Cat and Cinder the Gecko.

Just watching the babies.

Too hot to spend the time that I need writing up my HOLIDAY POST complete with PHOTOS.

But I will.

 

The babies are wanting to go downstairs.

I had a refreshing shower.

I have found that a wet facecloth laid on the pups backs/tummies when they are laying down, helps keep them cool.

Funny how both of them actually just laid with the cloth on them.

 

I am so excited to share my Birthday trip stories and photos (there are lots of photos).

But with the heat and the smoke, I cannot spend much time upstairs on the computer.

But I will.

 

Time to go check on the other babies.

Mine want to go outside.

I sure hope that it rains.

 

The gal that baked my 60th birthday cake from work has been asked to bake me one for my 61st.

The cake is being delivered this morning.

I have invited friends over to share ….. this will be a two or three event.

Whenever people have time to come and have a piece of cake.

 

Getting hot now.

Have to move the fan back downstairs to cool the main floor.

 

Have a great day.

Keep cool and I hope that you are safe.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks who read my posts, thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 13th day of June, 2018.

Today is the 65th Birthday of my dear friend “P.”

She is a wonderful person and friend.

Alvin and I send our wishes to her for a great day.

Today is a great day to be celebrating a birthday as the sun is shining and there is only a slight breeze.

Happy Birthday to all those celebrating today.

 

So great to wake up to the sunshine and a light breeze.

Those gale force winds reeked havoc with some trees, plants, fences, signs and more.

Last night I took the bus home from work and noted all of the small boxes that scattered one of the walkways along my walk.

Not quite certain why people would feel the need to place small cardboard boxes loosely out in their garbage during gale force winds.

But then again “common sense” seems to be a fleeting thing these days.

So that will give me lots of trash to pick up before we have more rain.

Oh people!!

I was so grateful that we seemed to be intact after those winds.

I checked the birthday girl’s house last night as they are away to celebrate her birthday.

Only some newspaper had blown into their yard and was trapped in between plants and the fence, so I cleaned that up.

A couple of small pieces of tree branches had broke off and a few plants looked a bit wind blown.

No major damage that I could see and was grateful.

Alvin and I enjoyed our walk and our friend left a bag of treats in a water proof bag for Mr. Alvin.

How spoiled is he?

 

Spent some time last night moving flowers back to their spots on the deck.

I left the umbrellas in the garage until later in the week.

No need for them now, anyway.

 

Wow, so today is Wednesday.

Having Monday off – changed the pace of the week.

 

Well almost time to hit the road ….

I hope that you all have an awesome day.

Enjoy the sunshine and I hope that the sun is shining for you.

 

Special Hello to:  Hi Sister ….. glad to hear that your vacation is going well.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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