Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 4th day of February, 2019.

Another cold, snowy day has arrived.

First really COLD week all winter long so we really cannot complain.

Make sure that you bundle up in many layers when you go outside today and all this week.

I am grateful that both Alvin and I have a nice warm home.

We are truly blessed.

Yesterday was a fairly quiet day with the exception of some “battery” issues.

Who knew that all 3 volt batteries are not created equal.

So when my friend was out and picked me up a 3 volt battery; I was surprised when it did not fit.

Not the low battery / failure signal keeps on wailing.

With some luck perhaps it will not disturb me Alvin while he is home today.

My daughter ordered me some batteries from Amazon and I hope they arrive today.

 

I am again grateful for the ride to work this morning.

Grateful that I have a warm coat and boots for the wait and walk from the bus after work.

Always seems colder and perhaps it is in the morning.

 

I am rereading the book “THE MAGIC” by Rhonda Byrne.

All about gratitude.

Counting your blessings …. being thankful ….. certainly does make your life brighter and easier.

Negative, which as of late I have fallen into, can drag you down.

Negativity takes away the brightness and makes things harder.

Every time that we criticize we cancel out the blessings that were on the way.

Negativity takes away the Positivity.

Take some time every single day maybe even all day to be grateful.

Say aloud or write on your computer or on paper – all of the things that you are grateful for ….

 

I am grateful for my house as it shelters me and Alvin from the elements.

I am grateful for me Alvin as he is a great companion and makes me smile.

I am grateful to be employed as it enables me to have this house, food on the table, to pay bills and to live my life.

I am grateful to have rides to work this week as it is bitterly cold outside.

I am grateful to my friend who is giving me and Alvin a ride to and from his surgery on Thursday.

I am grateful to be alive….

 

Well time to start gathering up things and start putting on the layers.

I hope that you are safe, warm and happy on this Monday and always.

We are so blessed …. a good thing to remember.

 

Special Hello to: my sister, keeping warm here and hope you are there, too.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 17th day of December 2018.

Another quite nice day on the way – weather wise.

Yesterday I was feeling more energized after the tooth extraction on Friday.

Dental Assistant did say to relax for 48 hours.

So I did a few things on Saturday and the remaining chores yesterday.

Got a real workout vacuuming all three floors one right after the other.

Usually I do them different times.

Cleaning things as I went.

Poor Alvin ….. he just always wanted to be on the side of the vacuum cord beside me.

He definitely is a “Momma’s Boy.”

House is clean, yay.

 

Last night we went to the Christmas Zoo Light Event at the Edmonton Zoo, of course.

My son-in-law was not feeling well so we asked my friend’s daughter to go with us.

So we three girls hit the Zoo.

The Zoo is a quick drive from my house.

My daughter who has the car – had a bit of a drive – but not too bad.

When we arrived at the Zoo parking lot we were greeting by a ICE RINK.

Seriously it gleamed in the lights.

Very carefully with small penguin steps we walked to the Zoo.

Inside the Zoo area it was icy but at least there was sand/gravel in places.

To be fair there was a bit of sand/gravel in the parking lot near the entrance.

We were greeting at the entrance by OLAF from Frozen.

So cute.

I even had a hug from OLAF, I am in love.

Next stop was the REINDEER.

There were two of them out and about with their Zoo Assistants.

Talk about beautiful antlers.

I noticed a chunk of snow stuck to the side of one of the REINDEER and made a comment (not too loud but hoping that perhaps one of the staff heard and would brush it off).

Thankfully they did not allow the people including us very close.

They “drew” a line in the snow actually it was a row of rocks and asked everyone to stay on the other side.

I love the Reindeer.

 

During our first few minutes at the zoo we heard an announcement about someone falling on the ice – calling for an ambulance.

Sounded serious.

I never heard the sirens.

 

There was a bridge covered in flashing lights.

So pretty.

 

We walked around and my daughter took some photos of us near some of the light displays.

A couple of the large trees were covered in lights and were so pretty.

We happen to walk by the housing for the Eagles.

One of them was out and my daughter and I happen to walk over.

We just admired him/her.

Right behind us comes a couple of women and a child.

Wouldn’t you know that they would be out with their cameras and on with the flash.

The poor Eagle was traumatized by the light.

I tried very nicely to say something but nope they did not stop.

My heart feel low at that moment.

What is wrong is people?

I could not believe the stupidity.

How would they have liked someone shining this bright light in their eyes.

Honestly…. lately I am never surprised by the lack of common sense in people.

 

We walked to the IGLOO (not a real one) to warm up (actually for the young one).

We saw Santa and Mrs. Claus – waiting to have their photos taken with the children.

 

On the way back to the exit – we came across the gift shop.

Wouldn’t you know it – it was open.

We went in and both the girls did some shopping.

My daughter picked up a couple of items for a gift for one of her friend’s baby.

Our young friend picked up a few things.

 

When we left we once again walked very carefully to the car.

Once in the car, I said to our young friend to sit in the front so she could have the “bum warmer.”

Just after we were all in the car ….. she turned to me and gave me a Reindeer card and then one to my daughter.

I had seen her purchase them in the gift store and did not know that they were for us.

What a sweetheart – so thoughtful.

 

Well I am catching the bus so have to get with it.

Might be icy so am wearing my ice picks.

 

Have an awesome day.

Happy Monday.

 

Special Hello to:  Everyone …..

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 21st day of April, 2018.

As April winds down and we edge closer to summer, I am reminded that soon we shall be running outside in flip flops and there will be leaves on the trees.

It has seemed as though it would never happen this year but as the temperatures slowly begin to rise in the + double digits, and the snow begins to melt, here is hope.

Yesterday my daughter picked me up from work.

Oh, how I love our conversations on the ride “home.”

We both try to remember the things that we have wanted to share in person.

Sometimes one or both of us “forget” and that is okay.

We have decided that it is not an “old mind” that can forget but that all minds do.

She was feeling a bit “peckish” and had both an apple and orange in her bag.

We were not able to wash the apple in the car so I decided that I could peel the orange for her to eat.

We laughed oh how we laughed.

I somehow managed to get the orange peeled without creating too much mess.

I had my trusty tupperware lunch bag with me which has a washable inside.

All of the peels were tossed inside the bag.

Now breaking the orange into bite sized pieces was a bit more of a challenge.

With only the odd squirt of orange juice.

We just laughed.

As I was handing her a piece of orange at the RED STOP LIGHT a truck stopped alongside us.

I am certain he saw us and I hope that the feeding of the orange brought a smile to his face.

The orange hit the spot.

What fun.

All on the way for a quick stop at COSTCO.

I think that everyone had the same idea as there were a TON of people at COSTCO.

Somehow we managed to zip in and zip out in pretty good time.

Back at the house Alvin was waiting for me.

I had mentioned that we should just park in the garage, as we had all the groceries to carry into the house but my daughter forgot in the moment, and started to pull in by the front of my house.

I could see Mr. Alvin stand up in his chair at the window.

He knows her car.

So cute.

We went around to the garage.

He was happy to see us.

We had our favourite COSTCO – KIRKLAND Black Bean Burgers for supper with a slice of the Lemon cake that I had baked on Monday.

We had a great visit over supper.

Followed by fixing the downspout and then she was on her way.

I so love my daughter.

It is always wonderful when we share a car ride, a meal; time together.

After she left for home, Alvin and I went for a walk.

It was so nice outside.

At bedtime it was still almost 12 degrees celsius.

 

I hope that you all have an awesome Saturday.

Always try to spend time with your children, your family and your friends.

Even a car ride can me most memorable.

 

Special Hello to: my daughter, thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

P.S. so looking forward to our road trip this summer.

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 20th day of April, 2018.

Another beautiful day in the forecast.

Alvin and I are so enjoying our walks.

Soon the sidewalks will be dry and then our walks will be perfection.

 

Here is something that I noticed last week and kept forgetting to post.

Last week while riding on the bus I noticed a sign that had a most unforgettable message:

VAMPIRE FACE-LIFT

COMING SOON

Wow, I wonder what that is all about.

It was on a sign at the street side of a strip mall parking lot.

Kind of creepy, scary and curious, all at the same time.

Sometimes you never know what you will see on a sign.

Perhaps I should GOOGLE that phrase and see what I get.

OR maybe not.

 

Well today is Friday.

I am hoping that it will be a quiet, productive day unlike yesterday.

I love the morning sky.

 

Tonight after work it is repair the downspout.

Oh, I have something else to share.

Yesterday my direct line rang at work.

I looked at the number and it so of looked familiar and then not.

But not many people have that number so I quickly picked it up.

It was my friend who is vacationing in Florida with her daughter and parents.

They were at NASA.

When she had mentioned that she was going to NASA, well I had to ask if there was any way that she could pick me up a tee shirt (which I would gladly pay for ).

She said “yes, of course.”

She just is that kind of friend.

So she was calling from NASA.

I could not believe it.

So excited to have her calling from NASA and for the tee shirt.

I was so excited that I immediately sent her a note on Facebook, the only thing being that I spelled NASSUA ( the other one ).

So funny ….. I could not believe it.

 

Well here we are almost time for me to finish getting ready.

So happy that I can now wear shoes and not boots to work.

Light jacket instead of big heavy coat and scarf.

I wear mini gloves in the morning to protect my hands not because it is cold.

The air is cool in the morning and my hands still are splitting from the coolness.

Will be happy when it is warm all day long.

 

Have an awesome day.

I hope that someone calls you long distance from a cool place.

I am still smiling.

 

Special Hello to: my friends who are having a blast in Florida.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 24th day of November, 2017.

Really …. how did that happen?

Time ……

Well our temperatures have turned mild for the next little while.

We had freezing rain yesterday which played havoc with sidewalks.

I walked along the edge of the sidewalk in the snow on my way home from the VET.

I got off the bus by the VET clinic and then just had the one way home.

Man, you sure had to be careful.

This morning I am thankful to be hopping a ride with my neighbour.

Now all I have to do is get from the house to the car.

Carefully.

I love the warmer temperatures for sure but not good for walking.

We had to skip the walk last night.

I was disappointed as was Alvin.

We just played in the back yard / deck for a bit.

Hopefully the sidewalks are better tonight.

I almost forgot until this very second ….. I purchased those ice pick things that you can put onto your boots.

Gotta run ….. find them and put them onto my boots.

Have an awesome day.

 

Special Hello to: all my friends and family …… stay safe.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 25th day of October, 2017.

Well the forecast is for cooler temperatures today with WIND.

So I will wear a lighter winter jacket – just in case.

You never know.

 

Happy Birthday to my friend “C” …… she has the Oiler Flagged Car.

Wishing her a great day.

Guess what ….. she gave me another ride home last night.

Feeling so lucky.

 

Do little things ….. good things happen to you?

They have been happening to me on a regular basis as of late.

I am not saying that the rest of my life did not have good things happening.

I am so grateful for having a ride home for over two weeks.

I am so grateful to be meeting wonderful people.

I am so grateful for the generosity of others.

I do like to give as much as I can on a regular basis.

Giving always makes a person feel better.

 

Met another gal walking with her doggie named “Bruno” last night.

We chatted about life and about our dogs.

Alvin and I are so blessed.

 

Well looks like again (how did that happen?) it is time to leave for that bus.

The days and nights just seem to blend together ….. on high speed.

Going, going, gone.

So have to ensure that you and me enjoy every moment ….. or at least the majority of them.

 

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Take some “me” time.

Always do that.

 

Special Hello to:  the Birthday girl.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Well today is Sunday, June 11, 2017 and is the 60th day until my 60th Birthday.

I would say that this has been on my mind, as of late.

Not that I am stressing over this upcoming date.

Just pondering the path behind and the road ahead.

Over my lifetime to this point;  how I envisioned my life is not exactly how it has turned out.

In the early days I wanted the white picket fence, the house, the husband, the four children-two sons and two daughters, summer vacations and to be a nurse and writer.

However that is not exactly the course that my life has taken.

I do not have the white picket fence.

Fences are not all that necessary.

I finally got the house on my own just months before I turned 52.

I do have have a husband, and that is okay.

I was married and have been divorced for several decades.

I do not have four children.

I do however have ONE amazing, wonderful DAUGHTER and a great SON-IN-LAW and GRAND-PUPPIES.

I adopted my four-legged companion, Alvin in 2010.

He brings great joy to my days.

I am not able to take summer vacations.

I am not a nurse.

But I write ….. this I have done since I was 6 years old.

So life changes as the days and years pass.

Our dreams change over time.

I will say that I never thought that I would be single, take early retirement after 30 years with a company and then start another “career” and am now almost 6 years into it.

Time flies.

I kid with folks and say that I am “OLD” but truth is …. I feel young even though somedays my body reminds me otherwise.

I love to laugh and when I find that I am taking life too seriously I change directions and find the laughter once again.

 

I watched a video last night of James Corden doing an interview with Ed Sheeran in a car.

They were driving along ….. singing and talking ….. talking and singing.

Enjoying life.

I must say I love ED SHEERAN and pleasantly surprised by James Corden’s voice (he easily could have been a singer).

You may wonder what Ed and James have to do with 60 days to 60 but in actuality it is partly the choices we make about music and such that keeps us young.

Think young ….. act young ….. be young.

 

Well I guess if I am to write things for 60 days about turning 60, I should stop now.

Safe to say the next 59 days worth of posts will be shorter.

I hope that my journey to 60 will perhaps inspire you, make you laugh, maybe even bring a tear to your eye but most of all I hope that it brings some joy to your day(s).

Now yikes only 59 days till I turn 60……………

 

Always, Carol

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 12th day of April, 2017.

The sky is beginning to brighten earlier with each passing day.

Love this time of year.

Thank goodness no DRAMA in our household this morning.

OH my goodness that boy of mine, sometimes.

Somewhere along the way, he went from hiding his chew treats under pillows and in corners, to the snowbanks, to the muddy grass areas of our backyard.

Is this perhaps an age thing?

He is now a Senior according to our Vet.

I guess it is not like he can go out and buy a fancy red sports car.

So instead he DIGS.

Middle age ….. OLD ……

Thank goodness that I am not hiding my chocolate under things, in the snow and in the mud.

Oh well.

That is what life is like living with me Alvin.

He keeps me hopping ….. sometimes hopping mad but only for a short minute and then he brings a big SMILE to my face and to my heart.

We enjoyed a nice walk around our park/lakes.

The sidewalks are almost dried.

Gotta love this guy ….. he is curled up on the little piece of rug that is under my computer chair and under the desk.

Has to be near me at all times.

I do not blame him ……. small giggle …. big SMILE.

Well almost time to leave for work.

I am catching a ride with my neighbour as we are having a baby shower for a co-worker and taking the gift on the bus ….. better in a car, when possible.

I hope that you have a great day.

Remember to smile at whatever life brings you even when you feel like yelling, screaming or pouting.

Happy Wednesday.

Long weekend right around the corner and this Momma is happy for that …….

 

Special Hello to: my daughter, thank you for your love and support in all that I do ……

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 5th day of February, 2017.

 

The sky is white.

Rooftops are white.

Ground is white.

No sign of the sun.

Appears to be cold.

This is Sunday morning.

 

The house feels full once again with the arrival of Mr. Alvin back home.

I am grateful to his sister, my daughter and his brother-in-law, my son-in-law for taking such great wonderful care of my boy for the time away from home.

We sometimes feel like an old married couple.

We miss each other when we are apart but when once again together we fall into the old routine quickly.

He barks and I said say “no barking.”

Does he listen “no.”

Does he get his own way “yes.”

When he is away – I do not sleep well.

But when he is home – he lays next to me, and I sleep.

We are happy together.

Just this way.

 

I had a wonderful visit with my daughter and it is never long enough.

Usually when she comes over – I have errands to run so she lends me their car.

This shortens our time together.

I am grateful for every moment with my daughter.

She is the very best “being” I know.

 

The past couple of weekends I have been making necklaces like crazy.

Just feeling creative.

I have a big bowl of beads nearby and just create.

Last night I made two more.

Well the weekend is winding down.

Still some things to do around the house to prepare for the week.

 

I am happy, feeling very blessed to have this life ….

 

Happy Sunday Everyone ….

Special Hello to: YOU

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the Day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 16th day of January, 2017.

Our weather feels like spring ….. a reprieve from the deep freeze of the past couple of weeks.

So grateful.

Yesterday Alvin and I enjoyed yet another wonderful extra long walk.

Sun shine ….. so great.

There was a bit of a breeze.

I have not had the “creative feeling” for making jewellery in a long while and when it started to flow yesterday; well I sat right down, and started to make some new pieces.

At one point Mr. Alvin jumped up on the sofa (had to be beside me) and stuck his head in a bowl filled with coloured beads.

(Normally I do not sit on the sofa and make jewellery but the coffee table made the perfect spot to set my things).

When he brought his nose out along came several small seed beads.

There were seed beads flying through the air and all over the floor.

It was so funny … I could not be mad.

I don’t think he inhaled any as he did not sneeze or appear out of sorts afterward.

It was definitely a sight for sure.

It is always nice to be creative.

I love to write, make jewellery and from time to time do craft projects.

Nothing better than creating something.

That was my Sunday …… exercise, laughter and a creative mindset.

 

Also I received a surprise phone call from one of my friends back home.

It was so great to catch up with her.

 

P.S. Forgot to mention I found out where the missing bus shelter went, did I mention that “my” bus shelter went missing.

Apparently a young woman took it out with her car.

They have replaced it with an old one but something is better than nothing (especially when it is windy or snowing).

 

Happy Monday Everyone.

Special Hello to: all those people in the world who like to make things.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

 

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