Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Sun rise beautiful and the skies are a mixture of clouds and light.

So we will take that…..

The heavens opened up while I was on the bus on my way home.

In fact, the rain started when I was about 10 minutes from my bus stop.

By the time, I got off the bus, the rain had slowed down.

Luckily for me and all my fellow bus riders.

I managed to be mostly dry upon reaching home.

Which was a good thing.

Alvin went outside to the back yard and did his business.

We decided as it was still raining to have supper first.

Ended up walking about 8:00 p.m. and it was wonderful.

The air was fragrant with fresh rain and roses.

I keep forgetting to mention the roses that line the entrance to the park by my house and in other spots throughout the park and other walkways.

The rain …. oh, they love the rain.

The fragrance …. I closed my eyes and stood still for a few moments breathing in the beautiful fragrance.

Even Alvin took a moment to take it all in …. he likes to get right in there.

I have warned him about the thorns but he is a dog and most times has to figure it out firsthand.

There is no fragrance on this earth like roses.

Seldom can man come close to this amazing smell.

I love roses.

Can you tell?

But these roses.

The “wild” roses not the ones that have been tampered with by man throughout the ages.

Just a plain rose …..

We met a new friend “Rickie” last night on our walk and stopped to see others as they were sitting in their garage.

It was a great walk.

Alvin was over the moon that he did not have to wear the dreaded red rain poncho.

I thought he looked handsome and debonair but he did not.

 

Sometimes you just get to bed later and then want to sleep more.

So am running a tad late here.

 

Wishing my darling cousin L, a very Happy Birthday …..

Wishing my best friend from early childhood and her twin sister a very Happy 62nd Birthday.

I am getting close to that special year as well.

 

Well time to fly here as Mr. Humphrey will be spending the day with Mr. Alvin.

He has a doggie friend at his house.

So as my Alvin and Humphrey get along so well ….

Humphrey will be coming over here.

First time ever.

One cat and one dog for the whole day with the Mama.

I am quite certain that they will be fine.

At least they have two floors in the house ….. space.

 

Happy Thursday.

 

Kind and Respectful.

Even with cats and dogs.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Welcome to Tuesday morning.

At first I was thinking that perhaps the forecast was off for today but I see now that the sun is beginning to rise.

Was overcast for a bit.

Clearing a bit now but also could be smoke from the fires up north.

RAIN would be good.

 

Well I am feeling better but had to take something for the headache that I woke up to/with.

Some years I am bothered by allergies and other years not so much.

Thankfully it is usually not so much.

 

In this moment, Alvin is snuggled up on his little blanket bed beside my chair.

Catching a few zzz’s.

So cute

 

Yesterday, late in the afternoon we managed to get out for a walk.

I was so happy to see the adult geese with the baby goslings out swimming on the water.

They were closer to shore but I did catch a nice glimpse of them all.

That was at the beginning of our walk and on the return we saw them on the grass by the trees near the entrance to the park.

Lucky us.

Baby geese, goslings are so fluffy and cute.

Won’t be long and the fluff will be replaced by feathers.

They grow up so fast.

 

Do you ever wake up in the morning at the point in an odd dream?

Something that really makes no sense?

With people that you seldom if ever, see?

That was my morning dream.

We as per usual hit the sofa about 4:30 for about 40 minutes of extra sleep and I started to dream.

Part of the situation could have been related to our current circumstances at work.

Very odd.

 

This morning I am catching the bus to work as the carpool has appointments today.

Always seems strange catching the bus now that I carpool for the most part.

Will be catching the bus for a couple of weeks in June when she is on vacation.

 

Everyday I am grateful for good health, supportive and wonderful family and friends including Mr. Alvin, laughter, my home and to be employed.

Filling each day with gratitude is a must.

Positive energy and good will keep the world turning.

 

Well I guess ….. I see a nice walk to the bus stop this morning.

Mr. Alvin …. time to get up …..

 

Be kind to yourself and to others …. live each day to the fullest.

Be in the moment.

You cannot change the past, the future mainly depends on what happens today.

So live in the moment …. Living … one day at a time.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 11th day of October, 2017.

Yesterday was a great start to my “work” week.

I accomplished everything on my work “to do” list.

As I was waiting for the bus with a guy that I know from the office; this car stops and someone was waving.

We looked at each other and wondered aloud was this someone that knew one of us? or thought that they did?

After a few seconds and before the light changed I decided to just walk closer to the car so that I could see who it was,c and it was for me.

A gal that I had met on the bus that lives in a neighbourhood north of me had noticed me so stopped to see if I would like a ride home.

How simply wonderful is that?

Pretty great, I will tell you.

As it turns out she had started to carpool with her son and he is on a week vacation so she is continuing to drive.

She works downtown so she drives right by bus stop.

She had wondered if she would see me.

We had a lovely chat on the way home and she advised that she should be able to give me rides home all this week.

My bus friend said that she will pick me up from my work.

Also said that her son loves tea and has started to drink more and wanted to see a catalogue.

BONUS.

Also our Canada Post is having FREE shipping on parcels every Tuesday in October for those who have this certain small business card, for which I do.

Anyway I had been unable to set up an on-line shipping account until yesterday.

Last night I went to my friend who uses it and was able to print the postage label for my parcel.

BONUS.

What a crazy great day.

Alvin and I had a wonderful walk after work.

I think that today is going to be even better.

So put on your easy going positive cap and walk out your door.

No worries ….. be joyful.

Good things happen.

 

Happy Wednesday.

Yes, my sister I had a great day yesterday.

We will SKYPE soon.

 

Special Hello to: my dear friend “V” ….. always in our thoughts.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 22nd day of August, 2017.

Well today my vacation ends and back to work begins.

Argh.

Part of me just wants to stay curled up with Mr. Alvin on the sofa.

He was getting used to our new routine as he no longer has been waking up at 4:00 – 4:30 a.m.

This morning it was the alarm that woke him up …. I woke up before the alarm but due in part to not sleeping much.

You know it is like a Sunday night when you cannot shut down your brain.

My mind was running wild.

Oh well, we had a great two weeks vacation.

Not back to reality.

 

We have some out of province coming to spend Saturday night with us.

Our friends from Quebec will be coming for a bit longer visit.

I am happy about that.

 

Well almost time to get this show on the road.

Our bus route has changed for a few weeks and I am wondering how that is going to work.

City is doing some road repairs / construction.

Perhaps should have checked before now but I know that my stop was not affected.

Hopefully we get to work on time.

 

Have a wonderful Tuesday.

Special Hello to: friends from a distant.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 3rd day of August, 2017

Well the day is drawing near.

Putting the final touches on the preparations.

Mowed the back lawn and fixed up the yard in the back.

Inside, just a few more last minute details.

One more sleep and that would be tonight and then tomorrow later in the evening we go to the airport to pick up my sister.

My daughter and I will pick her up from the airport.

Mr. Alvin is going to be surprised.

Company.

He loves company.

 

Thank you again to my friend who sent me the most thoughtful birthday parcel.

So kind and I love everything including the “treats” for Mr. Alvin.

He knew as soon as the door opened that he had something coming.

My, how I wished that my sense of smell was that good……

In between all of the wrapping and the box – he could smell his treat.

He did not even eat supper until I unwrapped the parcel and gave him his “treat.”

I would say that we are both terribly spoiled.

Thank you again my friend.

 

Well here we are once again and it is almost time to hit the road ….. to the bus stop.

One more day after today to work and then vacation until August 22, 2017, first day back.

So excited.

No words.

Have an awesome Thursday.

 

Special Hello to:  our friend “V.”

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 17th day of March, 2017.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Everyone …..

Today is the 60th Birthday of my dear friend “TW” back in Regina.

Wishing you the best day and all things wonderful for this year and all the years to come.

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YAY, it is Friday.

Yesterday with this change in weather again ….. more ice.

So yesterday morning I left the house a few minutes early so that I could take my time walking to the bus stop.

I found that the sidewalks were too icy as I almost wiped out just across the street from my house so I walked on the streets where I could.

On the walkway I had to walk on the border to the sidewalk which in summer is grass and in winter is SNOW.

Thank goodness it was only about 8 inches deep but I still managed to get snow in my boots and my pants were wet on the bottom when the boots came off at work.

ARGH.

Oh, the best part.

After most carefully walking and managing to remain upright ….. just as I was approaching the street the BUS whizzed past.

Of course, he did not see me.

Of course not.

Really, I thought.

I was almost there.

ARGH.

So I thought what is the point in getting upset so I just patiently waited for the next one to arrive knowing that I would not be late for work.

I catch the bus that I do, so that I have extra time (you never know).

After a waiting for about ten minutes a silver SUV came around the corner and stopped at the bus stop.

Now it was kind of dark so could not see inside until she turned down window and I saw my neighbour ….. so ended up getting a ride to work and being almost 1/2 hour earlier than usual.

So it worked out.

This morning I called my neighbour to see if I could catch a ride with her so that I do not have to go through that again knowing it is even more icy today than yesterday.

Luck of the IRISH, methinks.

I found a SHAMROCK charm and placed it on a silver chain that I have ……. along with a green and silver necklace and green sweater I am all set for St. Paddy’s Day.

 

I think that Mr. Alvin is feeling bad that he does not have anything green to wear.

Maybe tonight I can find something for him……

Guess I will have to buy him a green sweater for next year.

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to my IRISH Family and Friends all over the world.

Special Hello to: my friend T. W. ….. today is your birthday …… WOW, what a great day to celebrate.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 29th day of September, 2016.

I heard the most dreaded four-letter word on the weather channel last night.

So I guess tonight I will be giving the back lawn one more cut, putting the patio furniture and nick knacks into the garage and covering up the air

conditioner.

At least I will be part way prepared whenever it hits.

I sure hope that it is only a few flurries and melts as it hits the ground and only last for about 60 seconds.

Was kind of hoping for a warm October and into November.

Still hope.

This morning I must put the pedal to the medal as yesterday I just arrived at the bus stop and the bus was coming.

Too close for me.

My heart …….

My mind has been swimming with the latest news.

I guess in Montreal they are banning pit bulls.

That does not bode well for those poor animals.

I cannot believe we human beings.

We have no regard for life.

It is not the animals that are to blame for aggressive behaviour.

We breed, train and abuse animals and it is no wonder that they behave poorly at times.

I feel so bad for all the animals of the world.

I apology for my fellow human beings as we are greedy, mean, horrible creatures.

Now I know that not everyone is like that but really we are all too blame.

The good ones should report the bad ones.

But instead most people turn a blind eye to poor behaviours especially if it does not concern them.

Why?

How about we throw off the blinders that we have for way too long worn, and do something to help dogs, cats, children, animals that are

hunted for sport and the list goes on and on.

How can we continue to go on this way?

I mean really pass the news along ….. wake up people.

Come on let us not let bad people continue to do horrible things.

Please ….

 

I hope that this gives food for thought and that you will find a way to help.

Maybe it is by reporting bad people when they do horrible things instead of turning a blind eye.

This is 2016 ….. we should have learned by now.

 

Special Hello: to all those good people on the planet who continue to do good work.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 18th day of May, 2016.

Yes, it is the 18th of May – your eyes are not deceiving you.

I could barely believe it this morning when I saw it on the calendar.

Another month zipping along.

 

We finally had some rain yesterday.

It rained on the way to work and luckily not too heavy until I made it to the bus shelter at my stop.

 

Well I am in the process of preparing for yet another garage sale.

This one is happening this coming up weekend.

My friend “G” was over to help me organize everything.

Still lots to do but a good start.

She made me an iced coffee and brought it over as a treat while we worked.

Good strategy on her part.

It was so yummy.

Not something I normally drink but so good.

I am also hosting a “tea tasting” on Monday so this is going to be a busy weekend.

Isn’t “tea tasting” what you do on the celebration of Queen Victoria’s Birthday?

I thought so.

Garage sale Friday and Saturday and ending the weekend with a Tea Tasting.

I like that.

 

We are excited because Elton is coming to spend the day with Alvin.

I mean he is excited as I will be at work.

First time Elton has been here since his surgery.

I am so excited to see him.

I had a chat with Alvin this morning and explained to him that he had to be careful, treat him gently.

No horsing around ….. no rough housing that sort of thing.

So they will likely just lay around and quietly visit and catch up.

 

Well almost time to leave for work.

The kids will be here shortly.

A few things to do before I leave.

 

I hope that you have a great day.

I hope that you are surrounded by loving and caring creatures whether two or four-legged.

I hope that at least one of your dreams comes true this very day.

I hope that you never stop dreaming.

 

Special Hello to: my friends, you rock.  I could not have made it this far without you (yes, sister that includes you).

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 24th day of February, 2016.

Appears to be another beautiful day weather wise.

Alvin and I sure enjoyed our walk last night to the park.

The ice is melting and it is easier and much less dangerous to be out walking the past few days.

So happy about that.

Spring is on the way ……

I did notice a couple of bunnies out and about yesterday morning on my walk to the bus stop AND wait for it …… drum roll please.

THEY ARE STARTING TO TURN BROWN.

That is always a great sign.

Spring is on the way …..

 

February sure seems to be a month for birthdays.

I seem to know a great many people celebrating birthdays this month.

Happy Birthday Everyone.

 

I kind of twisted the muscles in my neck when I was going to bed last night.

Wouldn’t you know it.

Anyway it was difficult to get comfortable and certainly is a bit painful this morning.

Unfortunately I do not have anything to take …. I did find one bottle with one tablet ….. but the bottle had an expiry date of 2014 …..

Not sure if the one tablet was that old but did not wish to take a chance.

Oh well ….. hopefully throughout the day it will work it’s way out.

It is truly funny/sad/strange how easy it is to hurt one’s body with no malice intended.

Age …. likely …… probably ….. maybe not.

Oh well ……. I will just suck it up and get on with the day ….

 

I hope that you enjoy this Wednesday …. middle of the week.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks out there celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, finding a job, finishing school ….. anything that makes you feel happy.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 14th day of May, 2015.

Well the sun is coming up ….. still a bit on the cool side in the mornings.

I still am wearing a jacket for my walk to the bus stop.

Maybe in a week or so ….. a sweater will do.

This morning I went to retrieve a voicemail message on my home telephone.

The old fashion touch tone portable phone …. I do not have a cell phone yet.

There is static on the other end.

Guess time for new phones.

They sure do not make things like they used to ….. everything is disposable.

Why oh why.

I do know the answer, but really I would love for manufacturers to have love for their products and make with integrity and quality.

It is so disappointing when items do not last.

I remember a deep freezer that my grandparents had on the farm.

It was there when I was a child, and it was moved from the farm to town.

I figured why it was about 30 or so years old.

Stoves and fridges used to last for 25 years or so.

One would tire of them long before they broke down and then most times they could be repaired.

Can you imagine house hold appliances and gadgets lasting that long?

Or at least make things to be repaired and not throw away.

Okay, I have had my little “rant” for the day.

Just disappointed …. I am not mad or sad …. just disappointed.

Well almost time to get back downstairs, grab my lunch and jacket (will need shoes, too) and snuggle with Mr. Alvin for a few minutes before heading off to work.

YAY, tomorrow is my day off and I am so excited.

Have a great great day everyone.

Special Hello to: all those people who take the time to read my blog, I so appreciate it.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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