Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 13th day of February, 2019.

Well another COLD morning out there.

You can smell the COLD, that sharpness that burns the nose when you breathe in.

A reminder to us all to ensure that our babies, our children, our pets and ourselves are dressed appropriately for this weather.

 

So on this day …. how about some photos….

They always make me feel better …..

We are in a cold snap that is breaking 20 + years records…..

So here we go….

Jewellery made by me for a wedding a few years ago.

 

Gotta love the colours the reflection made.

Alvin loves flowers.

Finding a place to showcase this piece…

Summer of 2009, my first summer here in Edmonton

Love blue skies.

Deck complete, what a beautiful sight. Now for the flowers…. FUN. 2010

Cookies, anyone?

More cards …..

This is what happens when you make things!!

More Easter Crafts

Soaking up the sun ….

Christmas Sugar Cookies, anyone ….

Biscotti, how I love thee.

Coffee, KONO coffee from Hawaii.

So good.

I hope that you enjoyed a break from the everyday ….

Flowers, puppies, nature, cookies, books and bling ….

Doesn’t get better than that.

 

Happy Wednesday Everyone.

Stay warm….

 

Special Hello to: my friends and family all over the world.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

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Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 30th day of January, 2019.

Warming up and snowing.

Rides to and from work today, thankfully no riding on the bus.

Teddy comes for a couple of days as his parents are going on vacation.

Love having him in the house.

He brings joy to me and Alvin.

Lightens our moods.

I guess it is the energy of youth.

Hopefully it will work out so that we can walk over and pick up Teddy after work.

I have the song “HAPPY” by Pharrell Williams playing over and over in my head.

I would like it to keep me in this place.

Actually woke up feeling happy this morning.

That is a first in awhile and not that I have necessarily woke up grumpy but just not feeling gleeful.

Today is going to be full of glee.

I am on top of the world.

Yes, I am.

Keeping up the positive, joyful energy.

I guess there will be shovelling in our future.

The pups will enjoy the fresh snow.

Alvin will be burying his chew treats in the snow for sure.

What am I saying …. will be …. pretty much every one that I give him goes outside.

He takes his time and very careful digs with his paws and his nose a bed to bury his beloved treats.

I love watching him putting them to bed.

When he digs them up …. just as cute.

Carefully and with precision he brings them back to the surface and into the house.

Full circle.

How about some photos for a snowy Wednesday.

Random shots from my gallery.

I love this plant arrangement my neighbour gave me before Christmas.

Sadly only part of it remains alive but it is alive and transplanted.

Teddy, Alvin’s BFF with a chew treat almost his size.

Me and my siblings when we were very young.

One of my most favourite photos.

Ah, my babies, so cute.

How can you not love those faces?

Aspen and Milo patiently waiting for treats and Alvin, not so much.

I love this old canister, a great find from our trip last summer.

Nothing like mountains in the smoke

Books, one of my most favourite things.

Ending with some pretty flowers.

 

Gotta run and catch my ride.

Happy Wednesday.

 

Special Hello to: my friends and family, you raise me up and keep me going.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 18th day of January, 2019.

Another COOLER, okay COLD day on the way, er actually it is here.

But warmer weather will be here by Sunday.

This weekend will be fun.

Teddy coming tomorrow morning and coffee with my younger girl friends.

Alvin’s Birthday is tomorrow and then his party is on Sunday with our family and Master Teddy.

I feel like this morning should include photos.

The boys, Alvin and Teddy from another visit.

So cute.

My grand-pup Miss Aspen, who takes a glorious photo but does not like having them taken.

Oh, our baby Milo.

A game of JENGA, anyone.

Mmm, LAVENDER.

My birthday present to myself (Antique Mall in AIRDRIE).

Would have loved to have had wagon wheels in my backyard, somewhere?

CANMORE, a beautifully lined trail.

Gotta love a little coffee shop with BOOKS.

I even managed to get a photo of a truck filled with logs.

Pretty flowers from years ago

Not from my yard.

Everyone needs a rose on a Friday.

Mmm, homemade pancakes!

Love Dragonflies.

 

Well time to fly.

Again, almost time to go to work.

I hope that you all have an awesome day and that one or more of these photos brings a fond memory to mind or just a smile.

Happy Friday.

 

Special Hello: to all my family and friends.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 15th day of September, 2018.

 

Saturday

From out my upstairs office window the trees are swaying in the wind.

The sky is grey almost white, heavy with moisture.

There is rain falling one minute.

The next you can see snow flakes falling down, down.

It seems quite peaceful or is it only an illusion of such.

 

The overcast sky and rain mixed with snow makes me sleepy.

It feels like a slow melodic dance that hypnotizes the viewer.

Making my eyes droop and my body so relaxed.

That all I desire is to sleep.

Sleep, sleep, sleep.

 

Mother Nature is wise.

 

It was Alvin that awoke me on several occasions this morning.

Once to go outside.

Once to trick me into getting up.

Once to eat.

Once to eat.

 

I am up now.

There are birds up and flying outside my window high in the sky.

While a magpie lands on the rooftop of the neighbour’s garage.

I guess the creatures big and small are starting their day.

Shall I?

Perhaps others were up early.

I am not an early bird except for work.

Out of necessity not desire.

 

So this is Saturday thus far.

Here I go.

CY Lewis, written September 15, 2018

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I was inspired to write a poem this morning by my daughter.

She gave me a poem written by Mary Oliver, a great American poet.

This reminded me of how much I loved to write and read poetry.

Also an extra reminder that I bought two books of poetry while on our road trip this summer.

 

Have an awesome Saturday.

Remember to take time for yourself and to spread kindness.

Special Hello to:  all those writers out there …..

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

VACATION Summer 2018 – Thought for this day

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 20th day of August, 2018.

This kept me busy for most of yesterday …..

Welcome to my vacation.

Road trip from Spruce Grove-Edmonton to AIRDRIE, Alberta.

Momma and her daughter.

Take the scenic tour.

Most of the photos were shot as we drove down the highway.

Some poor “bugs” were lost along the way and I was sorry that their lives ended.

My daughter drove all of the way …..

We passed by many a red barn.

Some of the shots were blurry.

Most of those I deleted because why would you want to see those.

Oil digging machines.  Big round bales.

Beautiful green countryside.

Even time for a selfie when we were stopped for construction.

Those poor workers out paving the roads in the HEAT.

As my daughter would say ….. “Another photo of a sign”

I thought they would always remind me where we were.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE.

They have had some of the best signs.

 

Okay perhaps the 7-Eleven sign was over the top.

Pretty flowers ….

Our first stop was CAROLINE.  I managed to get a photo of the Town OFFICE.

Disappointed in missing the entrance sign.

A map to show us the way (we had GPS, too).

Dirty windshield.

Sorry poor little bugs.

The trees were absolutely thick, green and glorious.

The highway just stretched out in front of us.

 

We stopped in SUNDRE for lunch at this local establishment.

 

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They had a wall filled with Record Album Covers …. so cool.

We had to have a photo taken in front of it.

When asked us if we wanted dessert?

We hesitated and then said “sure” and she gave us Saskatoon pie for FREE.

We did not have to pay for the pie.

Can you believe it?

Such a nice person.

 

After lunch we headed over to a book store that my daughter had spotted on our way into the town.

Shout out to “CAMELOT BOOKS.”

Unfortunately per the owner only in business until end of August, 2018.

After all, one can never have too many books, right!

This was a used book store with something to suit everyone’s imagination.

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They had some books over 100 years old.

Such treasures.

What a great place to stop and investigate.

I picked up two books of poetry that were printed before I was born.

So I know that there are some things older than me.  Ha.

After we spent some time checking out the books and of course leaving some of our holiday money at the bookstore, we were on our way once again

 

 

The way to AIRDRIE.

Somehow or OTHER I managed not to get a sign for AIRDRIE.

How did that happen?

Disappointing.

Three hundred and some odd photos and none of our destination, well that just plains SUCKS.

We arrived at AIRDRIE just after 3:30 p.m. and drove straight to the hotel to check in before heading to our REAL DESTINATION.

IT was the antique shop/mall named “WHERE ON EARTH …. DID YOU GET THAT?”

One of my daughter’s friends who lives in Calgary met us at the antique stop/mall for a visit.

She brought her Mother and baby son ….

Now for some reason I did not take any pictures of the store or the SIGN at this time.

What was I thinking?

Perhaps distracted?

After all I am or was almost “61” at the time.

After we hung out at the store for a few hours and it was about to close up, I asked one of the staff for the name of his three favourite restaurants in town?

He gladly gave me the names of them and even wrote them down.

 

We headed back to the hotel and found my youngest brother hanging out (waiting for us).

We went to a restaurant named “PEPPERCORNS” by the water which is in the background of the following photos.

At first we were wondering where the water was until we opened the blinds at our table and voile, WATER.

It was great.

Snapped a few photos.

Some of the homes lining the water were so pretty and their back yards …. well I was a bit envious.

 

We found these bushes by the water that were this grey colour with same colour berries.  Very cool.

Ducks as there should be in water.

The sun was setting and the smoke gave it an eerie look.

We had a great visit with my youngest brother from Calgary.

 

The next morning (Wednesday) instead of heading off to “DRUMHELLER” to see the dinosaurs we decided to go to the mountains.

CANMORE.

We could not believe how far out Calgary has grown – almost reaching AIRDIE.

Here are some shots of the ever growing city of Calgary.

HAZY due to smoke and heat.

Police van across the highway keeping everyone safe.

 

Photos of everything.

I had to get one of the truck hauling LOGS.

On the way to the mountains…..

 

I see mountains….. yay.

 

Sign for CANMORE.

We went to this bookstore in CANMORE.

Yup another bookstore.

So very cool.

On one side of the store there were new books and little gifts and on the other side used books and a coffee shop.

We had coffee and goodies …. coffee break.

 

 

 

We took a walk about Canmore and took in some of the local stores.

Vintage store.

We had lunch along the way.

The best CHICKEN and FISH TACOS ever (I am not sure that I have had them before but they were good).

I cannot remember the name of the restaurant.  Not a chain.

One of my favourite things was we bought locally made rings to mark our trip.

I shall treasure them forever.

I should have taken a photo of them.

I wear one or both of them every day along with the one that I purchased on our Mother/Daughter Trip to Jasper in 2009.

 

When we were on our way out of Canmore, we turned down a street and found this walk way by the river.  There was not much water in the river but the sights were beautiful.

This was a wonderful find.

 

 

 

 

Along the way ….. taking in the sights.

 

On our way back to AIRDRIE.

Shots from the car.

 

Everyone needs a shot of the big SHOPPING MALL sign.

Designer stuff ..

We laughed all the way about me and my sign obsession

 

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Finally the morning we were leaving AIRDRIE and one last stop at our favourite ANTIQUE place.

I decided to take some photos.

Neglected to take a photo of the sign on the store.

But I took some photos of some cool items.

There were so many items that I would have loved to have brought home with me.

Alas not enough room or money.

I desperately wanted one of those wagon wheels for my back garden.

The rusted old water pump would have worked, too.

Just before I left …. five minutes before leaving the store.

On one last look about I found the item that sung to my heart.

THE ROOSTER WEATHER VANE.

Rooster is my Chinese sign.

This was my gift to myself.

It remains in my garage at this time until I find the perfect spot for it.

Likely will wait until spring to display it.

So grateful that I found the most perfect item.

 

On our way home.

More shots from the car.

Those buildings in the next photos …. store the big round bales.

Very cool.

More photos of logging trucks, not sure why.

Another red barn.

We stopped again in SUNDRE and hit the bookstore one last time.

I found ten more books …. love to read.

 

Construction ….. trees ….. this truck ahead of us ….. we followed him for over one hour…… we thought he was taking us home.

Cool churches, a tractor.

Electrical tower.

 

BACK TO SPRUCE GROVE.

 

Here are some photos of my finds from the Antique Store …. some for me and others for gifts.

Books ….

Teddy and Alvin ….. the day after we arrived home … Teddy came for an overnight stay.  We missed him.

So that was our trip.

We had a blast and have vowed to do it again next year.

We only have to convince my daughter’s husband, my son-in-law that it is a good idea.

Just kidding …..

We were gone for two nights – three days but had the best time.

Saw my little brother, the mountains, ate in great places, shopped in book stores and antique shop,  and took lots of photos of signs.

What could be better than that.

Oh, spending time with my daughter and my little brother.

Okay ….. done.

 

Special Hello to: my daughter who is the best travel partner ever, thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

PS:  just in my office putting the finishing touches on this blog before going to POST.  I sat down in my chair and Alvin came up to me and put his paw on my leg.  He does this when he is asking “politely for something.”  Here he was asking for me to put his blue blanket on the floor as I had forgotten.  How cute is that?  I love this little guy.  Makes my heart sing.

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 7th day of July, 2018.

One week into July, 2018.

Up early this morning as Master Teddy is spending the day with us.

Outside the air is a bit cool which is refreshing.

Windows open to take advantage of that coolness.

Yesterday was a HOT one.

We managed to get through it.

 

Was grateful that I was able to pick up groceries on way home from work last night.

Also grateful that our office closes early at 3 p.m. on Fridays during the summer months.

Still made it home close to regular time in carpool.

 

The sky has the most glorious looking marshmallow fluffy white clouds dotting the powder blueness, this morning.

Okay, perhaps that is a mouthful, but oh, so true.

 

We went to bed early as I am reading one of the books in the series of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.

Such good books.

You truly feel like you living in Botswana, Africa.

With the majestic landscapes and friendly peoples.

 

Do you ever feel like you are all over the place?

That is me this morning.

I had a good sleep or perhaps should have had .. but the heat plays havoc with one’s sleeping patterns.

Still feeling a bit sleepy but perhaps a nap later.

It is Saturday after all.

I know once I get into the swing of things …. like laundry, making breakfast, coffee, Teddy’s arrival etc. …… I will be AWAKE.

 

I do remember a small piece of a dream from early this morning.

I was going to cross a busy street and there was a light.

On the other side were a bunch of people that I knew …. seems like they were saying good-bye to someone.

Beside me out of nowhere appeared a big black dog.

He had a collar and seemed to be friendly.

I wanted to grab his collar to keep him safe from the traffic.

When the light changed to GREEN and WALK, he seemed to know it was time to walk.

He stepped out onto the street and took a few steps, and before I could even take a step.

He was back beside me.

It was at that moment that I turned around a saw a giant grey WOLF not far away from us.

In that split second I glanced up and noticed in the other direction at the gas station, there were several large grey wolves.

All that I remember was people screaming across the way and the big black dog had got between me and the wolf.

Next thing I know I am out of danger but see that the big black dog is on the ground.

He is not moving.

I think that he is dead.

Woke up.

 

Time to go.

Have an awesome Saturday.

Special Hello to: my sister, our lives, hey.  Looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning, well actually it is afternoon and welcome to Saturday the 19th day of May, 2018.

Yesterday was a glorious day.

My daughter picked me up and we went to COSTCO and then to CREEKSIDE GREENHOUSE.

Between the two places we picked up dirt and lots and lots of flowers.

I spent 3.5 hours from 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. bringing out flower pots, deciding which pots the flowers should go in and then planting.

So great to have an array of colour on the back deck, on front steps and in the front flower bed.

Will post some photos later on.

Love having flowers.

 

Likely some of you may have wondered why I did not write earlier in the day and this is why.

I have always had a fascination with the ROYAL FAMILY.

I have read and watched them at every opportunity available to me.

When Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer on July 29, 1981 – I watched in awe.

I followed them with great interest over the years to come.

I watched and read about their two sons: William and Harry.

It was sad to see their marriage end.

But they are just like us and some things just do not last.

Unfortunately a fact of life.

When Diana was killed in that horrific accident on August 31, 1997; I joined the world in overwhelming sadness.

A life cut way too short.

Over the next decades we watched as her/their two sons grew up and blossomed into fine young men.

She would have been so proud, as I am quite certain that Prince Charles is as well.

I watched when Prince William met and married Catherine (Kate) Middleton  on April 29, 2011.

What a day.

We watched and were so happy when they had their first child, Prince George followed by Princess Charlotte and most recently Prince Louis.

Earlier this morning I watched as Prince Harry married Meghan Markle.

I stayed up all night and watched hours of their life bringing them to this moment in time.

The wedding was not to disappoint.

Prince Harry looked so handsome in his uniform and Meghan in her very simple but ever so elegant off the shoulder white dress with a long train and veil.

The dress was glorious.

Likely this paid homage to his Mother as her train was some 25 feet long.

Poor Alvin was not sure what was going on with me not going upstairs to bed at all.

Now my day starts at 1:30 p.m. which feels odd but it was worth the change in schedule.

Time for breakfast.

Another Royal Wedding on the books.

Prince Harry and Megan Markle married Saturday, May 19, 2018.

Almost thirty-seven years after his parents were married on July 29, 1981.

Oh, I remember that dress.

We are always excited to see the dress and the guests.

 

It has been quite the busy past 24 hours ….. flowers and a Royal Wedding.

Time to come back to reality.

I am grateful for technology and that I could join with everyone in watching the wedding.

 

Special Hello to:  all those folks who stayed up to watch Prince Harry get married.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 6th day of March, 2018.

Well here we are almost one week into March.

Spring is close, I hope, I have faith.

Our time changes this weekend.

We lose one hour.

I must say that I am not really tickled pink about that but on the up side we do have an extra hour of daylight each day.

I guess it works out.

The hard part is the morning.

Sometimes I think I may be a morning person as I truly love the early early mornings but when it actually arrives, I am not.

What part of the day do you love?

Are you in line with that part of the day?

Morning, Afternoon or Night or Late Late Night.

I am really not sure.

I love bits of each part of the day.

Love the sunrises.

Love the warmth of the afternoon sun.

Love after supper part of evenings, our walks and the stars and the moon.

Love the quiet of the late, late night.

Hard to choose.

Food for thought.

 

Last night we got to bed on time and I finished my book.

Such a good story.

I am going to grab the next one in the series of the

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.

Alvin decided to get up at 12:30 and had to go outside.

I get that …. the age thing and bathroom.

He did sleep until 5:00 so that was good.

 

Well here we go again.

Time to leave for work.

Have an awesome day.

 

Special Hello to:  YOU.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Afternoon and Welcome to Saturday the 4th day of November, 2017.

Well already it has been a great day ….

Up early …… my daughter slept over last night.

She had a dream about this REUSE centre located in our City and wanted to go at some point.

We decided after our pumpkin pancake breakfast to check this place out.

They carry mostly paper products ranging from cards to books and everything in between.

We were barely in the door and she noticed this cutting mat.

She has been looking for one for a long time.

It was brand new still in the retail plastic.

They normally sell for about $50.00 and our total including items for both of us was $5.00.

We both found lots of items that we will use ranging from cards to books to magazines to wall paper and stencils.

I found enough Christmas Cards to last me a lifetime.  Bonus.

We had a great Friday night after having homemade Chili and garlic buns with deep dish apple pie for dessert.

The tree is up and partially decorated.

I have all afternoon to decorate and do laundry.

After a busy evening and morning ….. it is time to head out for a walk.

Time for Mr. Alvin …..

It has been snowing with the sun shining this morning and into this afternoon.

Which seems totally strange but beautiful.

I hope that you all have an awesome Saturday.

Time to get this show on the road.

Thank you my daughter for a fun evening and morning.

Happy Saturday.

With the tree up ….. doesn’t get better than that.

 

Special Hello to:  special Relationships … those who are lucky enough to have them.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

P.S.  with the sun shining the snow is sparkling like diamonds in a glass showcase.

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 12th day of August, 2016.

Bright sunny morning with a cool breeze which is perfection in my books.

On Wednesday of this week when my daughter brought Mr. Alvin back home, she was helping me with something in my home office and then we ended up moving everything.

Now my desk and the computer are by the window so that I can look out …. the view is not spectacular as it is peoples houses and the back lane but it is a view nonetheless.

I can see a bit of green so that is nice.

Not quite high enough to see my back yard.

 

Well today is the last day of my vacation and then on Monday it is back to work.

It is has been a good vacation – time away from work – time at home.

I was able to purge some items from the house and garage which is excellent.

I feel so light.

There still are some things to go through but the majority of things to go are gone.

It is so worth it to take some time and go through closets, drawers, each room in your house and basement and the GARAGE.

We tend to collect things over the years that we seldom use or even look at …. that is the truth.

So time to clean / purge and be light.

 

Well I am attending a luncheon today with my Steeped Tea girls.

I am so excited for that – in fact this week has had me going out a few times and not having to cook.

Tuesday for my birthday supper.

Wednesday for burgers at my friend’s house down the street.

Friday, today, our Steeped Tea luncheon.

Oh and tomorrow two of my girl friends are having a “birthday party” for me.

We are having carrot cake and I am so excited for that ….

Good way to end the vacation.

 

Well I should go and have a shower ….

Spend some more cuddling time with Mr. Alvin.

Love cuddling with the boy.

 

I wish you all an awesome Friday.

May your dreams all come true.

 

Special Hello to: my sister … we are chatting tonight.  Last night I spoke to an old friend from back home.  YAY.

 

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