2021

Good Morning ALL! How are you today? Alvin and I are doing well. We have been up for awhile now and had a reasonably good sleep. Towels are drying and a bedspread, blanket are in the washer, also in the midst of cleaning the upstairs bathrooms and am dressed for the day. The top cover that I have on my bed covering the bedspread is one that I received as a wedding gift back in the summer of 1977 which makes it 44 years old in August or thereabouts. It is a pretty palette of pink, blue, purple and lime green. The material has become very fragile and there are many places where the material has separated and is fraying. The edging needs to be sewn back together in places. I think that will be my project for today. I do not wish to give up this beautiful blanket just yet. I seldom put it out but all of the blankets that I use to lay on the end of the bed were in the laundry so out it came to enjoy once again. Maybe a professional could restore it but to what cost? I will do my best. Not sure how many more times it will survive being washed. I hope many, as it reminds me of my final year as a teenager before hitting my 20’s. I turned 20 one week after I was married. When I think back to 1977, it seems like a hundred years ago. My eldest nephew was born February of 1977. Elvis died in 1977. I left the “innocence” of my teen years behind and I was not so innocent but not bad either. Somewhere in between for sure. The 70’s, wow so much happened to me over that decade. I started out living on the farm in Saskatchewan. Great Grandmother passed away. Moved to British Columbia. Went to five different schools in three different provinces for High School. Oh and we, my family moved to Alberta after British Columbia. My Grandpa died tragically in a combining accident. I fell in and out of love a couple of times (you know being a teenager). Moved from my family at age 16 to live with my Grandma back in Saskatchewan who was by herself on the farm after Grandpa died. In Grade 11, I joined my best friend from Elementary school days. That was a great time for me. Grandma and I moved from the farm into a neighbouring town where I took Grade 12, another new school. Meeting new people/new kids/new friends was my life from Grades 9-12. I was always the new kid and sometimes it worked out and other times it did not. I remember being teased for what I wore, for being new, and for whatever else they could dream of. I tried not to ever let it get me down. Everywhere I went I managed to find a friend. Also, I liked being different – that meant that I was unique. I was never one early on to follow what everyone else was doing. Although I did go through a period where I did feel the need to follow what my friends were doing at the time. That phase did not last long. I had several jobs in the 70’s. I worked at Alberta Government Telephones “AGT” for a summer when I was 16/17, also cleaned houses for Seniors and looked after children. Also worked at Sears after High School. When I was married we flew to the West Coast of the United States in a four seater airplane with friends (they owned the plane). It was one of the best experiences of my life as I love to fly and had always wished that I had gone for my pilot’s license. Sticking my toes in the Pacific Ocean was amazing and going to DISNEYLAND was something I had never thought about doing. Eating food that I had never even heard of was great. I also had a drink in a licensed establishment in Los Angeles as a 20 year old who was legally licensed to drink in Saskatchewan. Now that was another story and so funny. Definitely a highlight.

How did this post start out with a mention about a bedspread from 44 years ago. WOW. To finish the 70’s decade, I graduated in 1975. Married in 1977. I lost another Grandpa (1979). Friends were lost in the 70’s as well. To end the decade I was expecting my first and only child (happy day). I am quite certain that I likely forgot some very important items. My parents separated/divorced when I was in grade 12. That was huge. Cousins married. The 70’s were a time of joy and sadness for me. I always tried to land on the joy side. Burying oneself in grief and sadness does not help anyone ever. This is so strange everytime I think I am done, I think of something else. We survived a fire (my family and I). So much happened to me during those years. Likely could be said for most of us. But it is time to go and finish cleaning the bathrooms, Alvin has said that he does not clean toilets. Period. End of story. WOW, I said. Really, would be so nice if you helped out around here. LOL.

The sun is shining and quite possibly there are birds singing (would like to think so). Most of the snow has melted. We did have a few hours of coldness last night as the wind got up. Even a few snowflakes.

Wishing you all a Happy Sunday.

Continuing to live with kindness, respect, compassion and patience.

Always, Carol & Alvin

It is a NEW YEAR.

Oh my how the wind is gusting this morning.

You can hear the vents clanging away.

The air is moderately warm for this time of day.

Alvin is resting on his blue blanket beside my computer chair.

I just entered the SURVEY from Save-on-foods.

It would be great to WIN a $1,000.00 gift card for groceries from there.

That would last me for months.

Keep positive thoughts flowing …. or how lovely ….. I won free groceries.

 

Back to work this morning.

The weekend zipped by as they so often do.

Yesterday the sun shone for most of the day and the air was warm.

However, it was so icy and messy that I elected for us to stay in the house.

I did go to the mailbox and mail a card to my Aunt in British Columbia.

With hopes it reaches her by her Birthday.

The sidewalks were so ugly that I did not dare to take Alvin out.

We both cannot afford to slip and fall.

He tends to pull a bit at times although he does seem to understand when it is icy out to be careful.

He usually walks until he sees ice and walk and then walks around on the edge of the street where there is snow.

After my one fall earlier this winter … he usually turns around to ensure that I am still there.

What a gentleman, my boy is.

 

Yesterday I spent some time going through this small trunk/toy chest.

Sorting through papers and things.

Also going through containers that have cards etc.

Every so often I go through to see if I can downsize a bit more.

Just trying to keep the most special ones.

I am just catching a glimpse of some cards that my daughter has given me over the years.

There are a handful that I have posted to my wall size bulletin board.

She always chooses the most beautiful ones with the best thoughts.

That daughter of mine turns 40 in a couple of weeks.

Hard to believe.

 

Well almost time to head on back downstairs.

I am catching a ride to work for the next couple of weeks with my neighbour.

Grateful for her.

 

I hope that you have an awesome day.

Filled with kindness and respect and fun and laughter.

We always have to have a bit of the latter.

No fun is no way to live your life.

 

Happy Monday.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Living … One day at a time.

Good Morning and here we are at Tuesday morning.

Back to work.

Alvin and I had a good snuggle this morning.

Yesterday Humphrey joined us for the day.

I mailed my out of town Christmas Cards to British Columbia, points in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec and SWEDEN.

Mailed cards to virtually half of the Canadian Provinces.

On my way home from mailing the Christmas cards and actually quite close to home; out of nowhere I slipped and went down on one knee on the sidewalk.

I had been coming off the road onto the sidewalk.

I was so careful but I guess not quite careful enough.

Luckily everything being me and my phone were okay.

When I got home I checked and even though my coat and my pants covered my knees there was a big patch of skin gone.

It was sore but not super painful.

 

I was not home very long when the phone rang and it was Teddy’s Mom.

She was wondering what we were up to as they were thinking of going for a walk.

I told her about my spill and that strangely enough I was feeling kind of nauseas.

She said that they could walk over and if we wanted to join them on the walk home that would be great.

Always nice to see them and this time the baby was going to walk on her on.

She followed right beside her brother and walked all the way to our house.

Pretty impressive for a 14 week old pup.

She is so cute.

We had tea and a visit.

Before they left Teddy’s Mom who is a “Energy Healer” gave me a treatment.

She said that I had been blocked by old old energy and that the new experiences/new energy were not getting in because of the old stuff.

She told me that it felt like old paper.

As she worked on my knee, I could feel something leaving and just felt so energized.

My friend told me she could see it in my eyes and hear it in my voice that I was feeling better.

So out with the old and in with the new.

Feeling like a new person today.

We are all energy beings.

Everyone should try this …. so cool.

Just to note that after the treatment I could actually kneel and put weight directly on that knee.

 

Well it is almost time to head downstairs.

One thing that I must work on is my posture.

Also sitting.

The computer chair that I have is pretty hard for me to sit back fully in and comfortably type on the computer keyboard.

But I am going to work on sitting tall and properly.

Will help with the sometimes achy back that I have.

 

I am catching a ride with Humphrey’s Mom as my car pool is off today so that she can drive her husband to a medical appointment.

 

May you have an awesome Tuesday.

Surrounding yourself with love, kindness and respect.

Happy Tuesday.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 25th day of September, 2018.

The darkness is here to stay at this time of morning until spring, early summer.

In just over one month we will adjust our clocks back by one hour hoping to catch one hour of daylight at the end of the day.

Time will tell.

Time will let us see if the forecasters are correct about the long range weather.

Will we have a long fall ….. we were off to an interesting start.

Snow in September.

Perhaps this is beginning to be the new norm?

 

Yesterday I took a day of vacation.

It was a lazy day.

I read a book that my friend loaned me.

The new one by Dan Brown, certainly has been exciting and given much food for thought.

If you get a chance, read it.

I cleaned out the back flower bed.

It was wet so I was not able to “till the soil.”

We had a nice walk and stopped for a visit with our friend who was working in her garden.

Making preparations for winter.

Mr. Alvin was laying on his blue blanket and now is sitting up.

A little “fruit fly” has been flying by me for a couple of minutes.

I do not like it when they fly in my face or go up my nose.

No, no, no.

Interesting last year at this time I took yesterday off as well.

 

Now Mr. Alvin has moved by my feet on the little piece of rug that my chair sits on.

He likes to be close to me.

I guess you could call him a Momma’s boy.

 

Well it is almost time to sign off.

Carpool back to work today after she had a nice little trip to Vernon, British Columbia.

 

I hope that you all have a beautiful Tuesday.

Be kind to everyone you come in contact with.

If you cannot be kind …. just walk away.

Negative energy does not help anyone.

Life can sometimes be short and why would we want to waste a second of it to any type of negativity.

Live a good life.

Be kind, compassionate and good.

 

Have an awesome day.

 

Special Hello to: my friend “V” who is the busiest “cookie” I know.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 8th day of September, 2018.

The sky appears to be multitude of pinks, greys and blues this morning as the sun begins to rise in the morning sky.

Yesterday was over 26 degrees celsius and we enjoyed it.

Today is forecast to be around 20 degrees celsius and then we have rain with mid teen days.

I hope that all of the farmers out there were able to complete the harvest of all their crops.

Sounds like British Columbia is having rain and rain in their forecast so hopefully the fires will all go out soon.

Today Master Teddy – Alvin’s BFF is coming to spend the day with us.

His Papa is going to the farm and his Momma is working so he will come and keep us company.

Just a great play-date.

He is such a happy little guy and always brings such joy to our house.

Both Alvin and I love to have him here.

Bundle of energy that one.

Alvin has his regular 5 or so week pedicure and check-up so Teddy will accompany us.

 

Oh, I did not have to catch the bus home last night as my daughter picked me up from work.

We went to COSTCO.

COSTCO was busy as usual.

For some reason it took us longer than usual.

After my daughter dropped off me and the groceries and said HI to her little brother.

Alvin of course had his supper.

I put away all of my purchases.

Then went to change out of my work clothes.

After our usual Alvin go round the table or actually under the kitchen table, he was in his harness and we were out the door.

Just Alvin, his water bottle and me.

Poop bags and keys in hand.

It was so beautiful last night.

We thoroughly enjoyed it.

When we arrived near Teddy’s house we saw his Papa outside walking back toward the garage.

Alvin made a dash for him and our friend yelled out in his soft voice “Alvin, hello.”

He invited us into the house.

Teddy ran and jumped up into my arms and gave me a kiss.

He is so darn cute.

I quickly undid Alvin’s leash and he was off – checking every place for food.

Teddy eats a bit here and a bit there so they leave his food out all day.

Not me Alvin.

He eats whatever is out and then looks for more.

We had a nice visit and then off as I needed to get the lawn mowed.

Last night mowed the front and back, trimmed some of the plants in the front flower bed and watered everything as no rain in the forecast until tomorrow.

Well here it is almost time for Teddy to arrive and I need to put on a load of laundry and get that part of the day going.

I hope that you have an amazing Saturday.

Take some time to “stop and smell the roses.”

We actually have roses lining the entrance to our park and I always stop.

It is a reminder to be still and enjoy.

Take care.

 

Special Hello to: all of my friends all over the world.  Thank you for joining me on this adventure called “life.”

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 29th day of August, 2018.

It is dark out although the sky appears to be getting light now at 6:15 a.m.

No rain overnight.

The smoke seems to have lightened mostly and I hope that the fires in British Columbia and elsewhere are going out or have gone out.

I wanted to share another “Apple Crisp” story …

Last night with nothing left that resembles milk in any fashion; I opted to use the “choke cherry syrup” that Teddy’s Mom gave me.

It was so good, I may have to use it instead of milk for awhile.

The syrup was so good.

 

Of all the time we spend on this earth most of it is spent fashioning relationships.

We have positive and negatives relationships.

There are ones that make you want to pull out your hair and then there are ones that you simply cannot live without.

I think because we have both YING and YANG in our life’s relationships that keep us growing and living.

They keep us falling in love, in love and falling out of love.

They help us manage our lives.

Without relationships we would not exist.

In my opinion.

Even if you live on your own like me, relationships of all sorts play an important role.

 

My relationship with my four-legged buddy, Alvin.

He “loves me unconditionally.” (more when I have treats, of course).

He is happy when he gets a neck massage.

He makes me smile.

He makes me feel important.

 

My relationship with my daughter.

One of the most important of my life.

She is the best and not just because she is my daughter but because she is this warm, kind and generous human being.

She lights my day and night sky.

I feel as though she was my most best achievement.

Giving birth to her changed my life.

 

We have our relationships with our siblings.

My sister and I share this incredible bond.

Our lives.

We sound almost identical and are eighteen months apart, so not twins.

She has been there forever ( I am the older of us).

She makes me laugh and no one tells a joke like she does.

She is a great reminder of what was, what is and what can be.

I have two brothers whom I love very much.

My only regret is that I do not know them as well as I should.

Life happens.

 

I have relationships with people that I grew up with, school chums, work mates, neighbours and other folks that I have met on the bus or along my 60+ years.

They all play an important role in who I am.

I am what I am because of all of these relationships.

Mostly positive.

 

Well time to go to work.

I hope that you will think about your relationships as they are so important to each of us.

 

Happy Wednesday.

 

Special Hello to: my sister and all of my girl friends.  Thank you for being in my life.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 18th day of August, 2018.

The sky is that same grey white smoky colour.

The wind is blowing as I can see the trees swaying.

The air SMELLS of smoke.

I opened the window earlier and had to shut it right away as the smell was so strong.

My heart and prayers go out to ALL those folks living in and near the areas affected by the fires.

I think of all the birds, bears, deer, moose, insects, foxes, the wildlife that may not escape the red lashes and breath-taking fumes of the fire.

I hope that they do not suffer.

I think of the domestic cats, dogs, cows, chickens, horses, pigs that are not able to escape.

I hope that they do not suffer.

 

Last night after supper, I decided to mow the grass front and back.

Followed by watering the plants, trimming and deadheading the plants and flowers.

 

Not long afterward Alvin and I were sitting on the sofa watching some television …. it had got dark rather quickly.

I looked out to see that it was raining.

I did not hear the rain at first as I had the electric fans on, the furnace fan on and the television.

Not long after that there was ferocious THUNDER and LIGHTNING that lit the night sky.

Some claps of thunder made my jump.

One minute the rain was coming down in a mad rush and the next minute it stopped.

My flowers and plants will not be thirsty for a few days now.

Likely too much water.

I did not see where they were forecasting rain for last night.

They will be okay.

 

Hopefully British Columbia is receiving some rain.

No lightning, please.

Just rain.

 

I am grateful to all those FIREFIGHTERS that come from across the world to help out.

They are a breed all to themselves.

You always hear of ours going somewhere to help and then others coming here.

Thank you MEXICO.

We are so grateful.

Guess more people could take a page from these brave souls.

I pray that they are all SAFE.

 

Well today will be staying indoors for the most part.

Lots to do in the house.

CLEANING and LAUNDRY.

The fun things.

 

Have an awesome day.

Be kind to every creature whether two or four-legged, winged or crawling.

We all play a role in this place we call EARTH.

We need each other.

 

Happy Saturday.

 

Special Hello to: all my friends and family who have made this the best summer, thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 7th day of August, 2018.

It is almost 7:40 a.m. and my daughter is likely on her way to pick us up.

The sky has that overcast (perhaps smoke from the forest fires in British Columbia) look.

The sun is up.

Alvin and I went for a walk at 6:00 a.m. before the heat of the day sets in and our last walk until I get back home.

My daughter is picking us up and then we are dropping Mr. Alvin off with my son-in-law.

He will stay with “S” and Aspen and Milo.

Alvin had a bit of a limp this morning but did not appear to be in pain.

He climbed up the stairs easily and on and off the bed.

Mm, a cool breeze just wafted in through our open office window.

It is only a few minutes until we leave on the ROAD TRIP.

My daughter and I are going to AIRDRIE, Alberta which is just outside Calgary.

There is a HUGE antique “mall” there for us to explore.

We are meeting one of my daughter’s friends at the antique place about mid afternoon and then later meeting my brother at the hotel.

We will go for supper together.

Tomorrow we are hoping to drive out to DRUMHELLER, the home of the dinosaur museum (TYRELL MUSEUM).

Explore and relax.

Home on Thursday.

The forecast is to be in the 30’s so we likely will not get much walking in but that is okay.

As long as we are together.

Gotta run and make sure that I have everything and have the house closed up properly.

 

I will be back on Friday with photos and stories.

Have a great week.

 

Special Hello to:  YOU ALL, thank you.

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 18th day of August, 2017.

The air is cool this morning in Edmonton and the sky is a white colour with hints of pink.

The fires that surround us to the north and in British Columbia have been changing our sky-scape.

The smell of smoke fills the air and slowly finds it’s way into the house.

I can only imagine what it is like in the areas affected by the fires.

We hope and pray that they are out soon.

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I have a friend who is fighting to have our city by-laws changed with respect to dangerous dogs after her little dog was viciously attacked and killed, a few short months ago.

She just did another interview, this one on the radio.

She was out walking their two small dogs with one of her sons.

The family’s second little dog was also seriously injured in the attack and required surgery.

That horrific scene plays over and over again in her mind.

I cannot imagine.

I hope that our city changes the by-law back so that there are more strict laws in place concerning the ownership of specific large dogs.

When you have a dog of any size for not only the sake of your dog, you and anyone else you may come in contact with …. please put your dog on a leash.

I walk with Alvin all the time and would never, never consider letting him off leash.

When you have a dog it is your responsibility to care and look after that creature.

It is a big deal.

Not to be taken lightly.

They take time, effort and money.

A couple of weeks ago now I was walking with Alvin in the morning and saw ahead of us a man walking with a large dog (pit bull) off-leash.

I stopped dead in my tracks and brought Alvin close to me holding my breath not knowing if the dog would see us or not.

Praying that Alvin would not bark.

That is what happens when people do not look after their dogs properly.

They scare others and even worse.

When I felt a bit more secure with distance I yelled to the man about “putting the dog on a leash.”

He ignored me and I am pretty certain he heard me.

When we got to the safety of our home …..  I tried again and he yelled back “I don’t care.”

I went into my house.

It is arrogance and ignorance that kills and injures.

I had no way of taking a photo to report him.

I will say that whenever I am walking with Alvin I am on high alert.

Gone are the days when we can walk with no fear.

Leisurely walks are a thing of the past or at least until people take responsibility.

 

Special Hello to: my friend “S” ….. stay strong and we are with you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 20th day of July, 2017.

Almost the weekend …. not like I am wishing time away or anything.

Talk about crazy weather.

One day it is 30 and so hot in the house and the next day it is COLD in the house and cool outside.

Truthfully I am pleased that it is not 30+ as I think it is too hot.

The air is filled with smoke from the fires in our neighbouring province British Columbia.

If our air quality is so bad here, I can only imagine what it is like there.

I wish for rain and no lightning.

I wish that no human starts a fire.

 

Well the countdown is on until my company arrives which is a few days before my birthday.

My beloved sister is coming to stay with us and arrives in the evening of the 4th of August.

We are excited.

Starting this weekend we will start to prepare.

First off, I have been making the lists so that nothing is forgotten and so that everything is perfection.

Excited that my baby brother will be joining us a few days later.

Excited does not cover how I am feeling right now.

It is hard to remain focused and on task at work.

But I will get things done and be ready for my two weeks vacation when it arrives.

So happy to have two whole weeks off in a row.

First time in almost six years.

Party time …..

 

Happy Thursday Everyone.

Special Hello to:  all those folks who are taking vacation or are on vacation – enjoy.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

P.S.  one of my friends and co-workers gave me some fresh herbs out of her garden.  One smells of oranges and the other is spearmint.  Heavenly.

 

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