Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 15th day of August, 2017.

The sky is blue and there is a cool breeze.

Kind of warm in the house but comfortable with fan blowing.

We had our company from Quebec and Calgary visit with us yesterday.

It was great to see the children as the last time was 2011.

Cannot believe how they have grown …. I guess six years will do that ….

Nice to see their Dad as well.

Well we are just on our way to the Vet as Alvin has his teeth cleaned this morning.

I hope that he does well.

I feel so bad not giving him any water or food.

Funny thing he has not fussed about it which is surprising.

I am not having water or food either.

Would not be fair if I did.

Well better get going ….. have to see if he will go poop ….. before.

 

Have a great Tuesday.

Special Hello to: Any LEOS out there celebrating a birthday today.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to the 8th day of August, 2017.

The skies are overcast but the weather channel had forecasted sunny skies for today (last night’s report).

I hope that the sun shines.

Lots of birthdays today …..

Happy Birthday to:  Niece-in-law “S”,  little “A”, cousin “T” and my dear friend “K”

August is a huge birthday month in my family and with several of my friends.

My friend “K” celebrates her birthday today and mine tomorrow.

 

We are almost ready for all the company descending upon us today.

Some dropping by for a visit while in the area visiting in-laws.

My brother will arrive from Calgary later this afternoon.

 

Started the prep work for supper so that I am prepared.

Bedding changed for a change in the guest room occupant.

 

Alvin is loving having the company.

Wonder what he will think when my nephew and his family arrive?

 

Happy Tuesday.

Have a great day.

Excited to see everyone …..

 

Special Hello to: Birthday Celebrators

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 7th day of August, 2017.

The sky is partially overcast here in Edmonton and we have already had a rain shower this morning.

The household is up and going already ……

Alvin had me up early and we were later going to bed.

But that is nothing new.

It has been great having my sister staying with us.

Yesterday we enjoyed our time at West Edmonton Mall and luckily were there early before the holiday weekend crowds began to show up.

Once early afternoon hit it was crazy busy with people scurrying about and by that time we were done so we grabbed a bus and came home.

Alvin was happy that we were not away for a long time.

Today we have some grocery shopping to do for the BIRTHDAY PARTY tomorrow night.

My brother arrives tomorrow night and also my sister’s son and family will be dropping in at some point as well.

It was unexpected for them as they were attending a wedding in Calgary but when my nephew had an extra week off from work they decided to come this way.

My nephew’s wife has a brother in a nearby smaller city not far from Edmonton.

So it all works out.

I am excited to see their three sons.

The eldest and I used to do everything together as I was living nearby from the time he was in his Momma’s tummy until I moved to Edmonton.

The next two were born after I moved to Edmonton and the elder of the two I saw only twice and the little guy, not once.

So it will be great to see them and catch up.

Of course, we have SKYPED before so I am not a total surprise to them.

Well time to get this show on the road as I have to prepare my shopping list.

Some housework to do today …… maybe a bit of decorating ……. a few streamers and balloons.

Have an awesome long weekend if you are lucky to have one …..

If not, I hope your Monday is a good one.

Special Hello to: all those folks celebrating a birthday on this day.

Always, Carol & Alvin

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Saturday, July 15, 2017 and it is the 26th day until my 60th Birthday.

I will say that it is a bit difficult putting a year to certain events.

Now were are at:

1988:  Just a good year with my girl.

1989: Beginning of year a long term relationship ended which brought on a year of getting my life back in order.

1990: We both went to Calgary with friends and had a great visit with my brother and his family.  Went to Banff and Heritage Park … so beautiful.

1991:  Went to Montana with friends and had one of the best vacations ever …. this was an adult only trip.  The weather was great.

1992: In the summer of this year we had a great visit with my Mom and all siblings and children in Alberta.

1993:  This year was filled with incredible highs and lows; births and the passing of family members.

1994:  Visited New York City while in area on business.  What an incredible city.  One of my fondest memories was to the World Trade Centre.  So grateful for that memory.

1995: Joined the computer project which would take me away from my regular job until 1998.

1996: Lots of overtime during this time not much time for anything extra.

1997: Continuing with the overtime but the extra money allowed some flexibility and we even bought a new television set, a bigger one.

 

Oh, how I wished that I had all of my journals summarized and in front of me at this time.  My life has been filled with so many amazing people, places and things.  Often times things run all together and the years seem like yesterday.  So much I have missed.  During this decade I travelled through work to Calgary, Vancouver (visited Victoria while in Vancouver), Toronto (visited Niagara Falls while in Toronto), Winston Salem, North Carolina and of course New York City.  Each of these trips held a special memory.

My daughter attended the Bon Jovi Concert in Saskatoon in 1993.  We increased our family by two nephews and a niece.  I

I was thinking the other day that wouldn’t it be great to keep a journal from say your earlier adult years, and just summarize each year on December 31st, 2017.  It would be something that you could hand down to each generation.  What a treasure.  I am hoping that my blog will also give my daughter some extra information and an on-line journal as such about her Momma and her life.

 

Always, Carol

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Tuesday, July 11, 2017 and it is the 30th day until my 60th Birthday.

Okay, now we are less than one month until my Birthday.

I am so excited.

My sister is coming from Saskatchewan to stay with me and Alvin for TEN days.

So excited about that.

My youngest brother is also coming from Calgary for an undetermined amount of time.

Any amount of time I can have with my family is time well spent.

When I think about all of the time over the years that we have spent together it makes me HAPPY.

Doing the Happy DANCE right now.

When you surround yourself with the ones you love and laugh, you know the real deep down belly laughing.

That is the absolute BEST.

Also my daughter is on vacation at the same time as me, and I am looking forward to spending some extra time with her as well.

Sometimes the BEST VACATION of all is sitting around the kitchen table drinking coffee with your sister, your brother and your daughter.

Perhaps throw in some freshly baked cinnamon buns.

Not sure where that came from …….

Simple times ….. are the best.

So many thoughts …..

 

Always, Carol

 

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 4th day of August, 2015

It is a glorious but sad morning here in Edmonton.

My sister and brother who I have been with since Friday are leaving for home.

My sister is going to my brother’s until tomorrow and then flying home to Regina.

Home for my brother is Calgary.

Alvin has enjoyed their stay the past couple of days.

This will be short so that I can spend the last few minutes with them before they leave and before I leave to catch the bus to work.

Alvin will miss having them here as will I.

I hope that all is well with you all.

Have the best first Tuesday in August, 2015.

Special Hello to: my friends and family.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 26th day of June, 2015.

YAY, it is the weekend.

It is a gorgeous morning here in Edmonton.

Few clouds clearing up from our rain and lightning storm overnight.

Sun rising.

Breeze keeping it cool for now.

Forecast is for another hot day.

Yesterday on the bus ride home ….

Several times over the radio a female voice announced to the drivers “that another driver was pulled over and sick to their stomachs” …. she also reminded them to keep hydrated and if they feel faint or sick to PULL OVER.

Our bus driver comments “they are dropping like flies.”

That is a great reminder to everyone in this heat “KEEP HYDRATED” ….

That is also a HUGE REMINDER to those people who have children and pets …. KEEP THEM HYDRATED.

I was kind of upset as I noticed on my bus ride home all of the people out walking their dogs in this heat.

Honestly some people do not think before they act.

Hot weather is not great for anyone, and can you imagine with a fur coat.

That is why animals in the wild stay in the shade during the heat of the day.

Hopefully today people realize that and keep their pets cool and hydrated.

Also not one of those people owners had water with them.

Well it is almost time for me to leave to go to work.

I am so grateful that I have central air.

I am so grateful that Mr. Alvin will be home and comfortable.

We always wait and walk later in the evening although I am sad to say that we have not walked the past couple of nights.

But better to be healthy than suffer from heat stroke.

Animals get heat stroke, too.

Same as us.

Special Hello to: my sister who is leaving Regina for Calgary this afternoon …. safe drive, you guys.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 28th day of January, 2015.

Well last night as I was chipping away at the ice at the front of my house it was raining lightly.

The storm drain is at the front of my house so all of the ice that melts collects there and if not kept clean it accumulates into one big sheet of ice.

As hard as I try sometimes to keep it ice free sometimes it gets away on me.

So I finally was able to get a good bit of it free so that at least when folks are walking on the sidewalk they can walk around.

Some of the ice is too thick for me to remove.

Anyway …. this was the point I was getting to …..

It was pouring rain again last night …. yes, pouring rain in January in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Not our normal evening that is for sure.

Over night the rain turned to snow so that is some very sticky snow covering the ground.

What crazy weather we all have been experiencing this January.

Calgary had 19 degrees celsius the other day as well as some places in British Columbia. (which I could see).

Only a few days left of January 2015 and hopefully the weather holds.

So anyone out walking …. be careful.

To our neighbours to the south on the east coast ….. take care.

We have been there.

Stay warm and safe.

Stay home if you can.

Well time to go ….. all thoughts just go to this crazy weather.

One of my shows that I normally record was over taken by a weather report.

Have a great day everyone.

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

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day……

Well here we are at Wednesday, January 4th, 2012.

Last night before Alvin and I went to bed …. it was raining outside and this morning when we went outside it was still raining.

Wow, can you believe it …. rain in January in Western Canada……we are in Edmonton …. I could almost see this happening in Calgary but here!

I am in awe of this winter weather ……. so much different from the early forecasts.

So for all of friends and loved ones who booked trips to sunny lands …… our weather has been so great.

I hope that wherever you are …. your weather is beautiful ….

I must say that Alvin and I have been enjoying our walks in the evenings.

I am most grateful for these gorgeous nights.

So almost time to sign off and do those last minute things before leaving for work.

Have a blessed, gorgeous, safe and wonderful day to everyone.

Special Hello: to all the pets all over the world and to all those animals looking for a wonderful home …. may you find the perfect one today.

Always, Carol

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