Thought for the day ….

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

Happy Birthday to my brother “J.”

Wishing you a great day my brother.

The sky is overcast with smoke and clouds.

I so wished that it would RAIN.

Rain and put out all of the forest fires.

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

 

WE have been spending a quiet last day or so.

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

No windows open as it has been so smoky.

Too hot to move around much.

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

Just watching the babies.

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

But I will.

 

The babies are wanting to go downstairs.

I had a refreshing shower.

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

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

 

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

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

But I will.

 

Time to go check on the other babies.

Mine want to go outside.

I sure hope that it rains.

 

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

The cake is being delivered this morning.

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

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

 

Getting hot now.

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

 

Have a great day.

Keep cool and I hope that you are safe.

 

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

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Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 9th day of February, 2018.

Happy 41st Birthday to my eldest nephew “T.”

Hard to believe that you are 41 years old, where has the time gone?

Crazy ….

 

So happy that today is Friday and that I made it through this first week back to work after being sick.

Tomorrow is Mr. Alvin’s appointment.

The one that was post phoned from last Saturday.

He has to get his shots, nails trimmed, “bum squeezed” and I think that is about it.

Will be good to get those things caught up.

I do take him on a very regular basis.

 

Also this weekend I am hosting a belated 40 Birthday party for my friend.

It was supposed to have been last weekend, as well.

I am baking a cake tonight.

The party will be on Sunday.

Decorations, I want to come up with some new ideas.

Perhaps I should check out Pinterest.

Have the card and gift to finish wrapping.

 

Well I am also most happy about this …. the weather.

It is warming up one again.

Thank goodness.

Spring is also getting closer.

 

Well I guess I should get this show on the road.

I hope that you have an amazing day.

Oh, one more thing to share.

I met a young woman yesterday who gave me back my faith in humanity.

I cannot give details but suffice to say …. I have faith once again.

Not that I lost it altogether but it was failing.

 

Special Hello to: the birthday boy.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 7th day of May, 2016.

The sun is shining and the sky is blue.

You can smell smoke in the air which keeps us in constant thought of our neighbours to the north.

This is my story.

 

THE CAKE

This past Thursday night as Alvin and I were out on our nightly walk we happened to see our friend “P” outside in her backyard.

Alvin loves her and begged to come into the yard.

We immediately began to chat about the fires burning up north in Fort McMurray.

She told me that she had family living up there and how they had been evacuated and how her niece rescued neighbours beloved pets and others along the way.

My heart soared as she told me their story.

My friend also said that they are on their way to stay with them while things get sorted out.

As she was speaking my mind raced to “what can I do” mode.

I knew that the foodstuffs and extra bits of things in my pantry were at an all time low so I did not readily volunteer to cook something.

With no money until payday to start refilling the shelves.

There had to be something else.

Now I am not saying that I do not have anything to eat …. I am okay.

But to make something worthy of these folks it had to be special and that,I could not do at this time.

So I did volunteer my spare bedroom and my air mattress but my friend said they should be okay (they have a HUGE house).

On our way out of the yard we chatted about her flowers which by the way are amazing.

She is English, and truly has an English garden, no matter the time of year, so beautiful.

P offered me a fern as she has many ….. I accepted but we decided to dig it out on the weekend.

She gave me some bulbs last fall and I am proud to say that they are growing.

On our way home I was thinking that I did have a cake mix, yes a store bought one in my cupboard.

Usually I make from scratch but always good to have one on hand.

I knew that I had plenty of eggs and just enough vegetable oil and of course, lots of water.

So I knew that I could bake a cake and take it over on the weekend.

The only fly in my ointment was the “icing.”

I had only a small amount of icing sugar (clearly not enough to cover a 9×13 cake).

No vanilla, lots of butter, no canned milk and some condensed milk.

What to do?

I needed to borrow some type of milk.

So I went to one of my neighbours and borrowed a can of coconut milk.

That was all she had.

It would work I thought …. would not be quite the same, but okay.

So I baked the cake which turned out proper.

Then I went to work on the icing …..

Earlier I had taken the butter out of the fridge so it could soften before I made the icing.

I placed the icing sugar into my mixer bowl, followed by some cocoa, and butter which was not clearly soft enough but in my need to get this done, I went ahead.

I added some condensed milk and some of the coconut milk.

Started to blend.

The butter was not mixing so I turn off the mixer and went about some other business.

Returning a while later …. mixed some more.

Still not perfect.

Returned a while later.

This went on for over three hours …… that butter just did not want to break down.

Finally I mixed and squashed the butter by hand.

The consistency is not the same as usual as there was not enough icing sugar, no vanilla and no canned milk.

But it tastes good …. so just after 11:30 last night I put the icing on the cake.

It spread well as it was not thick.

I covered it with some sprinkles of coconut as I thought with the coconut milk it might add to it.

Also threw on some of our Steeped Tea raspberry sugar …..

The point of this story is not really about the cake but to my need to immediately help out.

I have learned that it is better to wait for some time than to rush in and not be prepared.

The cake is baked and I had my neighbour check out the icing and she said thumbs up.

So I am relieved.

Later today I will take over the cake for the heroes visiting our city.

It is not much but it is from my heart and that is what truly counts.

I have heard of so many stories of how people have given so much when they have little themselves.

It is “our way” ….. to reach out and help those in need.

We have an office up north that my place of employment is affiliated with that was destroyed in the fires.

Some of the employees at that office have lost their homes as well.

I volunteered to go up if they need a hand knowing that Alvin can easily go and stay with my daughter and son-in-law.

We continue to hear stories of bravery and heroism and they will continue for a long time to come.

We all want to help.

No matter what you give as long as you give it from your heart – it is enough.

Time to go and give Mr. Alvin a much needed hair cut.

I am thinking that I could foster a doggie if needed.

Special Hello to: all those people from Fort McMurray you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 11th day of March, 2016.

One more sleep until my darling daughter’s 36th Birthday …..

One more sleep until my first tea party of 2016 ……

No more sleeps until the weekend …..

The weather truly has been spring-like ….. with double digit temperatures.

YAY …….

 

I would like to mention something that I think is cute.

Both Wednesday and Thursday mornings on the bus ride to work; I noticed a Service Station that had the GAS PRICE POSTED at 8.888.  

Should have been 88.88.

I giggled the first morning and thought to myself “how long will it take before someone notices and the price is corrected.”

Well when I went by said station yesterday morning and saw the same price 8.888, I almost peed my pants.

I mean really …… no one noticed.

I did double and triple check because I thought my eyes were deceiving me.

Anyway one of those things.

But funny all the same.

With prices on the rise – they might want to correct that number.

 

I baked my daughter’s birthday cake last night and as she always reads my blog I will not reveal the kind.

Only thing I will say is that I made it 100% from scratch – no boxes were used.

It was a recipe that I have had since before she was born.

 

Well here were are almost time to get out and go to work.

Yesterday I decided to wear my spring jacket and although it is warm out …. I found not quite warm enough in the morning for my spring jacket especially wearing a short sleeved top underneath.

Happy Friday Everyone.

 

Special Hello to:  YOU ….. we cannot live without you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day……….

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 10th day of August, 2014.

It is overcast and cool this morning which is a nice way to begin the day.

I had the best “57th” Birthday one could ever ask for or even dream about ….

I was surrounded by those that I love.

I received many Birthday Wishes from near and far …

We shared good food ….. some of my favourites which I prepared.

My favourite dessert: fruit pizza covered in a zillion fruits.

Received some beautiful flowers in radiant shades of pink, and unexpected gifts.

We took all of the puppies for a walk after supper.

Just before the movie one of my neighbours dropped by with beautiful hand crafted gifts including the card.

Oh and I also received several beautiful and thoughtful cards.

Ending with a movie at home with my family.

It was the perfect day.

No stress ….. just love.

Just perfect.

I am so grateful that I am able to be home for one more day before returning to the regular routine.

Who knows perhaps I hold some winning lottery tickets …. that truly would be the icing on the cake.

Now off to feed Miss Aussie …. she is the cat of one of my neighbour’s.

Oh, I see the sun coming out.

Mmmm. Nice.

I hope that you all had a great weekend and that it continues on this peaceful glorious Sunday.

Thank you for reading my blog and bringing the number to now over 500.

How very cool …..

Special Hello to:  Happy Birthday to all those August babies.  I have more family and friends with birthdays in August.  I wished that I could celebrate with each and every one of you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Oh, I forgot to download some of my birthday photos ….. later …

Thought for the day…..

Good Monday Morning and Welcome to February 4th, 2013…..

Today is my youngest niece’s 16th Birthday ….. Happy Birthday “M” ….. we wish you a great Day and Year to follow.

OMG, “16” …… I remember being sixteen ….. that sometimes feels like an eternity ago.

I guess it was …. I just grabbed the calculator to do the math when I realized that I turn “56” this summer and that it was “40” years since I celebrated that special birthday.

What did I do?  …..I am not even sure if I had a cake but I do remember that it was the last birthday that I celebrated with all of my siblings.

It was my last birthday at home, and for that it was extra special.

My birthday is in August and that September my paternal Grandpa passed away several hundred miles away,  and I left home to live with my Grandma.

It was a totally different experience and even though I missed my siblings terribly it was good living with my Grandma.

She taught me so much.

I was “16” and she was “72” ….. what a combination.

I am certain that when I turned sixteen in August that I never for one minute thought that the following month I would not be living with my sister and brothers.

Things can change in the blink of an eye.

We always have to be mindful and live the best that we can in every moment of every day.

Now I grant you that some moments it might be less easy to do so but try.

I think seeing the glass half full and seeing yourself with abundance is more fun than the other way around …..

I know that sometimes you may think …. “I would love to stay in bed” or “Do I have to go to work?” or “Really, I have to cook yet another supper?”

But even though I have the odd moment of that …. I change it up and think “I have a comfy bed and am blessed” ….. “I have income so that I can live my life” ….. “I have good food to eat” …..

There is always a good side to everything …. sometimes you just have to look or think about it for a little bit.

But it is there.

So on this beautiful Monday morning I wish you a great day.

May you be blessed with a comfy bed, means so that you can live a good life and food in your belly.

Because we truly have so much …..

Shine on …. shine on ….. today is your day……  🙂

Special Hello to:  the Birthday GIRL “M” and all those folks celebrating birthdays and other special occasions today.

 

Always, Carol and Alvin ……

Try Something NEW !!!

Sometimes, I am a bit hesitant to try new things.  But not in the kitchen.  I love mixing and blending and making something new. My daughter planned to come for supper, and watch “Survivor”.  We are total Survivor nuts.  I have only missed two episodes in the 20 seasons that it has been on the air.  I decided to make lasagne for the main course, and a cake from scratch for dessert.  I couldn’t find the lasagne recipe that I used to use (incidentally it has been years since I made lasagne).  So decided to check the internet.  Too many choices.  Overwhelming.  So I pulled out my cookbooks.  Do you use your cookbooks?  I found one that was given to me by a girl friend back in Regina (thanks Barb).  It became the base for my recipe.  I decided to make a new one, recipe that is….  There was some good information on the lasagne noodle box as well.  So I had an excellent base.  Anyway, it was a BIG hit.  My daughter loved it.  I sent some home for lunches tomorrow, and another meal.  Now just to write it all down.  I am notorious for coming up with new recipes, and not writing them down.  Because we all know (from past experience) that we will not remember come the next time !!!

Dessert was this BANANA CHOCOLATE CHUNK CAKE …… took a recipe and made it my own.  Not your typical low cal dessert but another hit.  YUMMY.

So I promise to write these recipes down so that you can try them.  I promise your family will love them.

Always remember to try something new.  New recipe.  New walking path.  New coffee blend.  Just something new.

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