Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 12th day of January, 2018.

Last day of the work week, yay.

Been a cold week but a good one.

I was so grateful to have another ride home last night with my friend.

So grateful not to be standing out waiting for the bus for a long period of time in this cold weather.

Tomorrow is to be “0” …. I guess we shall see.

I hope so, Mr. Alvin is going just a little stir crazy with no walks.

I get that.

 

I was reading one of the books that I have written by Mike Dooley “Thoughts from the Universe.”

These books inspired me to write my thought for the day.

I used to receive a daily email from him but as of late or actually quite a while, now that I think about it, have not received them.

I miss them.

This weekend I shall look into it and see if I can once again receive them.

Or perhaps there is a charge now – they used to be free.

 

So many things in life come with a price tag.

Very sad.

 

Well almost time to get this show on the road.

Takes me a few minutes to get into all of my winter apparel.

I hope that everyone keeps warm and safe in this frigid weather.

We welcome warmer temperatures and hopefully with clear skies and sunshine.

 

Special Hello to: Mike Dooley, somewhere out there writing on behalf of the Universe.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 11th day of January, 2018.

Another cold BLAST today and tomorrow and warming up on the weekend.

Yesterday while I was waiting for the bus another bus stopped.

Someone on the bus was waving madly at me.

I could not see the person at first as my glasses were frosted over.

Then I saw her, it was my friend who previously had stopped in her car at the stop or close by and given me a ride home.

She parks away from downtown so catches the bus to her car.

So I was lucky and received a ride home.

Much appreciate in this weather.

We even stopped at the grocery store – we were out of bananas and that is almost a tragedy for this household.

I am most grateful for the ride home from my friend.

The night before I waited in the minus thirty temperatures for just over 15 minutes for the bus.

 

Last night I was thinking after I laid down for bed about my day.

This is when I take a look at my day and if I did well, I am pleased with myself and if not, then there is always room to correct the behaviour.

Sometimes in the moment we are quick to judge.

I have found that life is more grey than black & white.

This is something that I am always working on, and that is not to be too quick to judge.

Not that I judge every single soul that I come across in the course of a day, I am not saying that.

But we all have ideas, preconceived notions in our heads that stay with us.

I am working on those.

Some need working on and others are fine the way that they are ….

 

So that is today.

Be easy on ourselves and be easy on others.

We never know what their last conversation was or last thought before our encounter.

So think hard, long and softly before speaking too quickly.

 

Time to leave to catch the bus.

Time to don the layers.

Have to be warm.

Minus 30 something with the windchill.

 

Special Hello to: my friends

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 11th day of December, 2017.

Appears to be another nice day on the way.

My hand is still sore depending on what I am trying to do.

Should be interesting at work as I have some things to do that require writing and that is something that is not easy to do.

I have been writing with my right hand which is not my dominant one.

Will have to power through and write with my left as most of the writing is numbers.

I am grateful to my daughter who came over yesterday and helped me finish the Christmas baking.

Showers and getting dressed take time.

Found that putting on “stretch” – legging type of pants, I cannot do without pain.

No jewellery, hardly any make-up.

Fun and games.

I feel naked.

Watch on opposite hand.

ARGH.

But at the end of it all I am most grateful that I can key without too much discomfort which helps and that I am feeling pretty good.

Although I have not really stopped since it happened.

Good or bad, I do not know.

Alvin has been at my side as I figure he knows something is up.

Oh, my darling boy.

Well almost time to go as it will take me a few minutes to don the coat, boots and slide into my back pack……

No complaints as I know it could have been much much worse.

I am grateful for that and for the girls and work and for my daughter for the help.

So happy Monday everyone.

Special Hello: to my sister and fellow blogger for their concern and comments.  I have learned that I can only trust me to make sure that I look after me ….. if someone is coming on the bus, I will

just get out of the way until I have 100% exit.  Better to be safe than sorry.

Thank you everyone.

P.S. update on Telus and the data exceeded …. guy called me at 6:50 instead of 6:00 as promised…..then spent another 50 minutes on the phone with him ….. on the computer ….. only to tell me that I would need a technician to come out……argh.  Kept saying there is another device on my … whatever it is called.  I told him what I had…. I also said I am 60, why would I lie??  Anyway.

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 10th day of December, 2017.

The sky is broken up with clouds and lighter patches where the sun wants to appear.

The temperature has been absolutely beautiful.

Yesterday was over 10 degrees celsius, what a glorious day for December.

Just one more weekend before the Christmas weekend begins.

I apologize for not writing on my blog yesterday.

I had so many things to do and with my hand injured I had to choose what I could do without getting to carried away.

Well I got carried away but luckily things worked out okay.

I learned that there are just some things that I cannot do with my right hand or with my left hand “sprained.”

So I will take you back to my Thursday.

The day had unfolding beautifully, I had a great work day and had taken a couple of vacation hours to go to West Edmonton Mall and do a bit of shopping.

Nothing to exciting.

Alvin required some “poop bags” (not him, I needed them) and we have adoped four seniors at work through London Drugs (they adopt seniors, they give a list and foster groups adopt them for Christmas).

I wanted to pick up some small items from their list which had pretty much already been fulfilled.

So I went to the mall (yes it was busy even at 2:30 pm on a Thursday) and did my shopping.

I found them some word searches and some bath salts and the poop bags and some other small items that I required.

In and out of the mall in about one hour.

Feeling really good.

I didn’t wait long and the bus pulled up.

Got on the bus, had to stand as it was full.

No worries.

At the second bus terminal got off and the 117 was there so got onto that bus.

Again it was full so remained standing.

About ten minutes later approaching my stop so pulled the “bell.”

I noticed someone waiting at the stop.

I grabbed my bags.

My purse was made into a backpack and I had two bags one on each hand.

The driver stopped the bus.

The woman outside came toward the bus and as she came forward, I tried to move around her, the step had not been lowered (did not know at that second) and I lost my balance and

went flying threw the air landing on my face and left hand.

The bags went flying.

I laid there hurting and humiliated for what seemed like forever (likely only seconds).

I lifted my head noticing that my left glass lens had been scratched or at the least was dirty.

By this time the bus driver had come off the bus.

He asked me if I was okay, I said yes.

The driver also said that I was “bleeding” and went back to get some paper towel from the bus.

I wiped the blood from my face, which was not much.

He asked me if he should call for medical and I said absolutely not.

He asked me this question a couple of times.

I started to move after a few minutes, and get my bearings.

By the way the girl that started this did not get off the bus.

She had to have known or seen.

I began to see if I could get up when I realized that my left hand was hurting and injured to some degree.

As I tried to get up the driver lent an arm and I pulled myself up gathering the items that were now littered about on the sidewalk and placing them into the bags.

I stood up, fuming and crying at the same time.

The driver all the while kept saying to me “that woman tripped you.”

My final response to him beside “thank you” was that the step was not lowered and yes, she should have waited until I was off the bus.

Common sense, you see some with their arms full coming off the bus ….. would you not step back out of the way.

Anyway the driver got back onto the bus and waited for a minute or so.

I started to walk in between the tears and the curse words home.

It was a slow walk with me crying and saying curse words the whole way, but I made it home.

Somehow swearing makes you feel better??? Not really.

When I arrived home it took a couple of minutes to get my backpack off and get the key out and the door opened.

I was early and Alvin was not at the door ….. he arrived seconds later.

I as quickly as I could got my boots and coat and mitts off and headed to the back door to let him out to pee.

He actually stopped for a drink and then went outside.

He came in and followed me upstairs as I wanted to get out of those clothes and see what the damage was to my knees and body.

As I neared the top landing I noticed in the middle of the floor (yes carpet) a huge mound of poo.

I said “Oh, Alvin.”

Followed by grabbing the paper towel and cleaner from the bathroom.

Cleaned up the poop …… laid an old towel on the floor to absorb the cleaner.

Thankfully it was not “loose poop” if you know what I mean.

Poor Alvin ….. he has not had an accident in the house since his first night with me almost eight years ago and then he was sick and with a stranger.

No worries.

Next steps were into my bed where I was greeting with my bed tore apart.

I always make my bed in the morning and place all my throw pillows onto the bed so that it looks nice.

The throw pillows were thrown about ….. the sheets and bedspread were pulled back.

My pjs were pulled out from behind the pillow ….. I actually said to him, “Buddy, did you have a party while Momma was gone.”

As quickly as I could I got changed.

Not quickly with one hand.

I noticed that my right knew was scraped but not other bruises on my body.

My left hand was swollen and hurt.

I went into the bathroom and checked out my face.

My left glass lens was scratched and would need to be replaced.

My nose was scraped.

The left side of my upper cheek was scrapped a bit.

My lip was cut (small).

It was my hand that bore the brunt of the fall.

Not broken as I could and can move it.

A sprain by all accounts.

I had one drugstore painkiller at home so I took it (think it was Advil).

I gave Alvin his supper and called my daughter.

She wanted to come over and I said that I was okay and that if my hand got worse, I would get to the Doctor.

My daughter thought that perhaps Alvin because he could not get outside to poop got a bit crazy and tore the bed apart.

He also moved both the matts in the upstairs bathrooms around.

Oh well …..

 

There was silver lining to all of this …. my friend “V” had sent a package.

A huge package.

It took some time to get it opened with one hand but I managed.

Both Alvin and I were excited to see all of the treats that she sent to us.

Thank you again, my friend.

We are truly spoiled.

 

I went to work on Friday …. I got a ride with my neighbour.

Work was slow.

I could not write with my left hand and I am left handed, of course.

But I can write (out of practice) with my right hand.

So managed to get a few things done.

Long day.

One of my co-workers gave me some more ADVIL and also wrapped my hand in a tensor bandage.

My hand has and is swollen.

Depends on how much I do and what I do.

But between ADVIL, breaks, heat and ice compresses, I am good.

I did put a claim in with the City of Edmonton.

Not likely that anything will happen there but it felt like the right thing to do.

I was able to take my glasses in yesterday and it cost me just a few dollars short of $200.00 to get the lens fixed.

You have to pay at least half up front and with paying the full amount, now I can submit it to my Health Spending Account.

So at least I have insurance to cover it but am mad that I have to pay for someone else’s neglect.

So that is the story.

I managed to get groceries yesterday morning, more bus tickets, go to the Optometrist, do laundry, take Alvin for a walk, made a double batch of fudge (that was later last night) and puppy sat in the afternoon.

So a productive day.

 

I know that I cannot easily mix with my left hand and not with my right as I found out with the fudge.

My daughter is coming over today to help me with the last of the baking.

Time for coffee and breakfast.

But I wanted to fill you all in and to let you know that I just could not get this done yesterday.

I feel good today.

My hand remains sore but manageable.

 

Have an awesome day.

If you ride the bus – watch for people getting on.

 

Happy Sunday.

The sun is shining and it will be a great day.

 

Special Hello to: my friends and family, thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 4th day of December, 2017.

What a grand weekend I had …

Dinner out with my girls and party at my house to follow.

Me Alvin came home and his sister spent most of the afternoon with us and helped me with the cookies.

Clothes dryer fixed on Sunday along with hand delivery of more Christmas Cards.

Even managed to wash three loads of bedding and pleasantly surprised that each load was dried with the cycle.

Fancy that.

I am so grateful to have the best family and friends.

Feeling so grateful this morning.

Back to work but before you know it, Christmas will be here.

More baking to do this coming up weekend and over the next couple of weekends also finish off my gift projects for my kids.

The weather has been wonderful.

Oh, last night I made my first ever “peanut sauce” from scratch and it tasty oh so yummy.

Great weekend.

Alvin has been staying close since his return.

Such a cutie.

Oh, my Alvin.

Here are my main floor Christmas Decorations.

Finally got photos posted.

The table set up for our girls Christmas party on Friday night and under the towel were some treats.

Time to go to work.

Have an awesome Monday.

Special Hello to: my friends all over the world.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 1st day of December, 2017.

We are now on the countdown to Christmas.

Can you believe it?

The house is VERY QUIET without me Alvin this morning.

I am going out tonight (yup, I am) with two of my friends for supper and then hosting dessert and party afterward.

Dessert:  Homemade Oreo cheesecakes (mini) and chocolate chocolate chip cookies that I made last night.

It is very seldom that I go out in the evening …… there is something about leaving him again after I have been away at work all day ….. that I just cannot do.

I love snuggling with him in the evenings.

One would think that I would have all this time but it took me twice as long having a shower and getting ready?

What is up with that?

I guess he keeps me in a healthy quick rhythm.

My daughter picked me up after work and then took her little brother home with her ….. he is not a good traveller but managed okay.

He will be home tomorrow.

 

Another nice day on the way.

I believe another plus temperature day.

Hopefully I can get some more of that ice chipped away.

The snow melted and the ice builds up in front of my house, go figure?

Just in the right spot.

 

I hope that this day finds you in a good place.

Happy with life.

Kind to yourself and to others.

Patient –  most especially when you are waiting in traffic, please no road rage.

Patient with yourself and with others.

 

Have an awesome 1st day of December,

I better go and have breakfast ….. whoops as it is almost time to leave for work.

How did that happen?

I had one hour?

 

Special Hello to:  my friend “J” who has a birthday tomorrow.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 28th day of November, 2017.

In all my RUSH on Monday, I forgot to wish my friend “K” a Happy Birthday.

Even spoke to “G” last night and forgot to wish her husband a Happy Birthday.

I guess too many things to do.

Well not a bad morning out there ….

Forecast is for another plus temperature day but with SNOW, I think.

Some snow would be okay ….. might help the ICE issue.

Another night we could not go for a walk.

I just do not want to take the chance of either of us falling.

Hard enough getting to the bus some mornings.

It is our side of the street facing north that is always the worst.

Well I received my TEA ORDER last night so delivery day today.

My neighbour is giving me a ride to work so have to fly here.

Happy Tuesday Everyone.

I hope that you have an awesome day.

We have to slow down ……

 

Special Hello to: my friend “V” who definitely is one of the hardest working people I know.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 20th day of October, 2017.

Well I am in the proverbial “dog house” although Alvin lives in my house, so I guess that really does not work.

Anyway yesterday was the 9th Wedding Anniversary of my kids.

My beloved daughter and son-in-law.

How could I have been so wrapped up in my “great Wednesday” that I forgot their special day.

My daughter said graciously “not to worry” and I know that she sincerely means it but still I feel like “BAD MOMMA.”

Cannot imagine if I had more than one child.

Odd thing is that I remembered on Monday (guess I should have made a sticky note) or PERHAPS looked to the right of my computer screen to the BIRTHDAY/ANNIVERSARY calendar hanging there.

I would have seen it …..

But no, I did not.

 

Happy Belated 9th Anniversary to the best Daughter and Son-in-law, a Momma could ever have ….

They make me so proud.

Good and kind and compassionate people, they are.

I am so happy that “S” joined our family 17 years ago, he is a great addition.

Thank you for joining this rag tag group of people.

Both Alvin and I send hugs and kisses to you both.

 

Well here we go again, time to leave to catch that bus.

Better run …. er, walk real fast.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks who are celebrating time together ….. Congratulations.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 17th day of October, 2017.

Another gorgeous double digit temperature day on the way.

Gotta love these days and cherish them as well.

We had our civic elections last night.

When I went to bed it appeared that the current Mayor won his second term.

Not certain about the City Councillors and the School Trustees.

Will find out shortly.

I hope that you all have an awesome Tuesday.

Remember to help those in need ….. always so important to help those in need.

No matter where you might be.

Well I am running just a tad on the late side so have to cut this short.

That is what happens when you tell yourself just 10 minutes more ….

Then it is ten minutes later ….

Oh well …… seemed liked a great idea at the time.

Always love more snuggles with me Alvin.

He is the best …..

 

Special Hello to: all those folks who go out of their way to help another living creature in need, in distress, thank you.

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

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