Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 16th day of May, 2017.

The SUN is SHINING and the sky is a pretty much that gorgeous powder blue with a hint of pink.

There appears to be a bit of a breeze.

With hope of a beautiful day.

We needed the rain but now we could use the sunshine and some warmth.

I have held on and have not turned the heat on in the house.

This morning it was 60 degrees F ……

Not sure how Alvin feels about the coolness but if he did not have a toasty warm fur coat on – I would not have put him through this….

I will say one thing both of us are sleeping better.

Alvin has been sleeping past his usual 3:00-3:30 a.m.

So perhaps it is hypothermia …. not really …..

But definitely the cool temperature is good for sleeping.

 

Cute story.

Last night on my way home from work – I bumped into “A” and Abi.

Whenever Abi sees me she gets so excited.

“A” let go of her leash and with firm instructions said “Go see Auntie Carol.”

With her tail flying madly she raced toward me.

Ready to give me a doggie kiss.

Once she arrived at her destination I grabbed the leash.

She is so cute.

We walked and talked on the way to my house where I invited them in ….. advising that Alvin would need to go outside first ….

But first thing he did was to look at Abi and then run upstairs.

He brought down his chew treat and proceeded to hop up onto the sofa.

His little tail wagging all the way.

Then he was down and then up and then ran to the kitchen.

I let both of the pups outside.

Alvin did his business and they were back inside the house.

He did not really give her much attention as he was not quite sure what to do as usually I come home, he goes outside and then has supper.

Oh bad Momma.

After a few minutes and a treat for Miss Abi …. they left.

Alvin had his supper and I got changed into after work clothes and we were on our way out the door for our walk.

We did not get very far and we saw the girls coming back ….

It had just started to rain BIG drops.

They were on the other side of the street and Abi pulled making a bee-line for us.

Carefully looking for traffic they crossed to us.

We had a short visit before going on our way.

This time Alvin greeted her properly.

Our walk was cut short as it started to rain hard ……

A fun start to the evening.

 

Happy Tuesday.

Sometimes it is good to change things up ….. does not have to be anything big.

 

Special Hello to:  YOU, today.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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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

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 11th day of April, 2017.

Well we were up again with the birds – actually I think it was well before the birds.

4:08 a.m.

ARGH ………..

So Mr. Alvin eats and has a drink of water and of course, then outside.

So while he is outside he decides it is time to go digging by the fence in the mud to retrieve his chew treat.

ARGH, again, I say.

It took me 15 minutes to coax him into the house.

After he barked several times ……

He was not able to get his chew treat during that time but was able to be covered in mud.

So after several minutes of scrubbing him by the back door and feeling sort of comfortable that he was clean, I let him come into the kitchen.

After journalling and eating ….. he wanted to go outside.

I figured that he had not done his business as yet so I let him out.

BIG MISTAKE !!!

BIG !!

So he retrieved the black mud encrusted chew treat and was proudly holding it in his mouth.

Standing at the back door.

ARGH, again.

So I got my trusty wet fibre cloth and towel and carefully let him into the back door area …. even carefully the mud was falling all around him.

Not happy Momma and this was at 5:30.

Finally was able to grab a couple of blueberries from my breakfast and con him into dropping the chew treat and faster than an eagle I grabbed that mud infested chew treat and threw it into the

garbage can outside the back door.

Not happy Alvin.

Anyway long story short as now I am running late …..

He is clean and chew treat less for now.

Not too happy with the Momma, methinks.

Well time to go to work.

I hope that you all have an awesome Tuesday.

Hopefully not as early start as we …. but if you did I hope that you can at least smile ….. like me.

Even though I was not happy with the mud – I love me Alvin – no matter what.

He was just doing his thing.

Happy Tuesday.

 

Special Hello to: my friends and family all over the world including my globetrotting sister …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 19th day of February, 2017.

Well after some snow last night, I see shovelling in my immediate future.

Front sidewalks, deck and driveway at the back.

I just have to recant a cute story from actually just a few minutes ago.

Alvin wanted to go outside.

He took with him one of his chew treats.

Just as he went out – we both noticed a Magpie sitting on top of the fence with one of Alvin’s chew treats in his/her beak.

Well, I chuckled out loud while Alvin jumped up to try and retrieve the chew treat but the Magpie was too quick and flew away.

It was one of the cutest things that I have ever seen but happened so quickly that I had no chance to grab my camera.

Note: to Alvin, do not leave your chew treats on the deck.

I would have loved to have seen the Magpie picking it out of the snow.

Time to go and shovel.

My daughter and grand-puppies are coming for a visit this morning.

I guess that will depend on the highway.

I would not blame her if she passed …..

The plan is to have pancakes with a surprise ingredient.

I will not say as she usually reads my blog.

So if you have snow or even if you do not …..

Somedays you just need some beautiful flowers.

Okay, perhaps a lot of pretty flowers.

After you glimpse these beautiful flowers – simple close your eyes and imagine the most glorious fragrances.

Now what a great way to start your Sunday.

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Summer of 2009, my first summer here in Edmonton

Summer of 2009, my first summer here in Edmonton

More pretty flowers......from my first summer in Edmonton

More pretty flowers……from my first summer in Edmonton

FLOWERS FOR FRIENDS

FLOWERS FOR FRIENDS

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Finding a place to showcase this piece…

Beautiful roses, Not long away, My gift to you, Happy Easter .....

Beautiful roses,
Not long away,
My gift to you,
Happy Easter …..

Flowers for Easter ..... Happy Spring.

Flowers for Easter ….. Happy Spring.

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Flowers

Flowers in the garage ready to be planted.

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More flowers

More flowers

My flowers .... so proud

My flowers …. so proud

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Flowers still blooming late in the season

Flowers still blooming late in the season

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The flowers are from over the past few years. Some from my garden, others from Devonian Gardens near Edmonton, a painting, special occasions and more

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Special Hello to: my friends back in Regina……

Always, Carol and Alvin

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

Another day in the deep freeze but a reprieve is on the way.

I heard that the weekend and next week are supposed to be nice.

That would be great.

Finally we have had some sunshine.

It seems as though most of this winter has been overcast / foggy.

Even though it is cold – I was grateful to see the sun yesterday.

 

Not sure what happened last night but I was feeling out of sorts just after supper.

Dizzy to begin with so we headed for bed before 8:00 p.m.

Then went through nausea and the other end.

Alvin just happened to have a “chewie” (which was my mistake as I was not paying 100% attention).

Once he has it there is not much chance of taking it away from him.

So he chewed and chewed.

He wanted to go outside twice before 11:00 p.m., and all the while I am feeling dizzy.

Going up and down the stairs was not fun, I will say.

Happy to report that I am feeling great this morning.

So grateful that it only lasted a short while.

There are so many colds and flus going around …..

I want to stay in good health.

 

Well almost time to get this show on the road.

No road for this girl today.

Bundle up and go.

Keep warm – stay safe.

 

Note to self: treats are not to be around before bed.  (applies to dogs and children)

 

Have a happy Wednesday.

 

Special Hello to: all my fellow bloggers.

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 3rd day of June, 2016.

Another gorgeous bright sunny morning with the grass sparkling in the sunshine.

It started to rain last night just as I was nearing my house …. only a few big drops.

Shortly afterward these small I would say M&M sized hail began to fall.

Luckily Alvin had been outside before this happened.

Needless to say with the thunder/lightning and hail we did not go for a walk.

My tea order arrived last night so that was perfect timing.

I was able to get a ride to work today with my neighbour so I can take all of the work orders with me.

So excited for this weekend.

Tomorrow morning Birthday party for “G” at “S’s” house …… yay.

Sunday, Elton is coming to stay with me and Alvin as parents have something to attend.

Sunday evening I get to SKYPE with my sister.

In between cleaning and cleaning and more cleaning ….. okay maybe not quite that much to do but there is some.

Dust seems to come in from somewhere.

There will be time for extra snuggles with me Alvin and coffee on the deck.

I see maybe a bath in Alvin’s future but again he needs a haircut.

Furry little guy.

Maybe next weekend.

Oh, this morning …. forgot to tell you because I am barely awake.

He, Alvin did not really sleep much past about 3:00 a.m.

Not sure why.

We were up at 4:30 and he had breakfast and then went outside.

He stayed outside until 4:50 chewing and digging and digging and chewing with the chew treat.

20 minutes at that hour.

Meanwhile after I got my breakfast ready I set the timer and hit the sofa until he “knocked” at the door.

What a guy.

It might be a long day or early evening.

Well time to go.

I do not want my ride to wait.

Have an awesome Friday.

Special Hello to: my sister …. see you Sunday …

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 17th day of January, 2016.

Yesterday was one of our coldest days of the winter.

The kind of cold that sucks the breath out of you.

We did not go for our usual walk …. thought it was just too cold.

So Alvin just went on very many short trips out to the backyard.

Sometimes just to go pee and sometimes to take his chew treat for a walk.

I say for walk because he has I think three out there and two are in plain sight.

Others he buries in the snow.

He looks so cute with his nose and face covered in snow.

One of his favourite things to do, I would say is to bury chew treats.

At least in the winter the treats when he does bring them into the house are clean unlike in the summer.

Well you can imagine…..

I have to chase after him and try to wrangle the treat so that I can rinse the dirt off before he takes it all over the house.

Oh we have our fun.

Actually at one point he brought one in and I noticed this square about four by two inches of white before realizing that it was snow.

I love watching him outside however having to open and close the door so many times during the day when it was bitterly cold did not make this Momma happy.

But oh well.

So today is Sunday …..

In a couple of hours I am going to the Baptism of one of my friend’s two sons followed by lunch.

After supper I am going to a belated Ukrainian New Year’s party at another friend’s house.

She is having drinks and dessert.

This party will be a short one as most of us have to work tomorrow.

In between I want to wrangle Mr. Alvin down to trim his paws as I noticed once again his nails are getting to long and it will be time for his regular pedicure next weekend.

Well I guess time to hit the shower and get ready.

Have breakfast and make coffee for my neighbour and me.

I hope that you have a wonderful Sunday.

Perhaps you are out and about or maybe just hanging out at home …. just have fun.

Special Hello to: YOU ….. thanks for being a great and wonderful human being.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 10th day of January, 2016.

A welcome sign this morning the sun is actually rising and the sky is somewhat clear this morning.

This winter the sky has been overcast so much that we miss seeing the sun shine.

With not having the sun shine it is actually depressing.

I know many people suffer from a type of depression when the sun does not shine from the lack of light.

Today we are good.

 

Yesterday was an awesome day my baby, my darling, my daughter came for a visit and surprised me and Alvin by bringing both Elton and Miss Penny along.

Our dear Penny is not the same energetic bouncy vocal girl she once was but that is what a serious disease will do to one.

Mr. Elton is in pretty good health other than his hearing and that makes for some interesting moments.

He cannot hear us and thinks we cannot hear him.

There are some things about getting old that I am not looking forward to …..

It was so great to have them all here with us and we ENJOYED IT SO MUCH.

The walls are still smiling and the air remains full of song this morning.

I made pancakes for we girls and afterwards we made jewellery.

Well actually my daughter made jewellery and I practiced making flowers.

I came up with the idea kind of in a day dream about making petals …. flowers.

Then ladies can place a drop of an essential oil on the flower ….. and it will be like having flowers with you.

Obviously you cannot just start making “flowers” to be used so it will take some practice.

I did make two and they look pretty good for the first time.

My daughter left me some clay so that I can practice.

I can tell you it is so relaxing and FUN.

In between our fun … I took a run (borrowed her car) to the grocery store.

It was a great day.

I felt like a million dollars with my family here with us.

I even managed to slip in a couple of loads of laundry throughout the day and early evening.

Alvin and I curled up on the sofa and watched a couple of movies that I had recorded and had the most relaxing evening.

The best Saturday ……

 

So on this Sunday there will be more laundry in my future.

I also want to call some folks and see about booking a tea party or two and secure some orders.

So phone calls also in my future.

So happy to see the sun shine.

The temperature is supposed to warm up so I can go for a walk with Mr. Alvin.

It has been a couple of very cold days so we did not go.

He did go in the back yard to bury his chew treat from time to time and take a run about.

 

I hope that you have a lovely Sunday ….. filled with a bit of work and relaxation time and above all LAUGHTER.

Happy Sunday.

Time for toast and coffee and perhaps banana to share with Mr. Alvin …. he is waiting.

Also share coffee with my neighbour ….. she buys the beans, I grind them and make coffee for us …. I make her a special one …. am I not the luckiest person.

I believe most days.

 

Special Hello to: everyone who reads my blog, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 23rd day of December, 2015.

WONDERFUL only ONE day until Christmas EVE.

I am so excited ….. if I can just get through today …. it will be smooth sailing.

Last night after supper one of the neighbours from down the street “A”, and our very good friend stopped by.

She had in her hands something loosely wrapped in tissue paper with instructions that it was for me Alvin.

Alvin jumped off the sofa and went over to say hello but was not really interested in the present.

Unfortunately he was rather involved with a chew treat and no matter how excited I was for this present he would not open it.

Finally just before she left he stuck his nose into the tissue paper giving us a bit of a show …..

I did feel bad ….

“Just wait I said until I opened the bag of treats …. he will remember then where they came from” …. we both giggled.

What a character he is …..

I see a bath in your future Mr. Alvin.

Should have done that on Sunday but I am thinking that he needs a bath so that he is fresh and clean for Christmas.

After all we are going to his sister’s house …. we cannot show up not in perfect condition.

Tonight is a bath before our company arrives at 7:30 p.m. ….. lots of time.

It was so funny last night ….. he really does get into his chew treats.

Loses all track of what is going on ……

Just like his Momma and a good book.

Well here it is almost time to leave for work.

One day until Christmas ….. Christmas Eve that is …. are you ready?  will you be ready?

Of course, you will.

Whatever is done …. is done and whatever will be … will be.

Happy almost Christmas.

Have a wonderful day everyone.

I will be back tomorrow …… with tales of the BATH …… for sure.

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

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 10th day of December, 2015.

Today …. this morning is about remembering holidays past and listening to Mr. Alvin with his deep groaning.

He has his chew treat in his mouth and then just let out a deep groan …. another one.

He is okay …..

Me and My Sister Christmas in the little house.

Me and My Sister
Christmas in the little house.

Charlie Brown had nothing on our tree…..

All Five of Us

All Five of Us in the New House …

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My sister in the back row …..

Christmas at my house

Christmas at my house – I love to decorate.

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Gifts wrapped and other the tree – not this year…..

That is the last thing on my Christmas TO DO List.

Wrapping this weekend.

Decorating the Christmas Tree is my favourite thing to do for Christmas……

It has become an annual event for my daughter and I…. we put on a Christmas movie,

drink hot chocolate and decorate the tree.

 

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Ornaments my Mom made with my daughter …. their last time together.

They are my favourite treasured Christmas ornaments….

 

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Baking 2015 ….. there is something about baking at Christmas time.

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I love to package up trays of treats for family and friends…..

Some have already been delivered…..

 

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Me with Santa a few years ago …..

 

I hope that you have an awesome Thursday …… remembering special days.

These are just a handful of special moments in time for me.

I have so many more that would fill this screen completely.

Have a Happy Happy Day…..

Special Hello to: YOU ….. have the best day.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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