Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 21st day of November, 2018.

Another beautiful day on the way.

Alvin and I enjoyed the most wonderful walk last night.

The air was calm and warm.

The sidewalks were about 80% clear of ice and snow.

We walked slowly where need be and took in our whole walk.

On the way home we bumped into our friends “A” and Abi (Alvin’s girl friend).

She squealed when she saw us.

She is so cute.

Abi always jumps up and gives me a kiss.

She always makes my day.

It has been awhile.

I had forgot that Abi and Alvin were the same age or pretty close.

Four-legged buddies.

We caught up in each other’s news.

Then on our way home.

 

Tonight is the Guide Christmas Cookie Sale.

I am going with my friend “S” and her daughter.

Should be fun.

There always is a bit of waiting to get into the sale and it is always packed to the rafters.

But one manages to find some cookies and then on our way.

 

I heard on the news last night that CANADA POST says that the strike could go into the New Year.

They were talking about the effect on small businesses whether in stores or on-line; parcels and Christmas cards.

If they are on strike, I am going to wait and mail my cards in January.

It would be a waste of money as there is always the possibility that they would not reach their destination.

Better late than never.

I send cards, photo(s) and letter.

Time spent is not to be wasted.

 

Well here we go again.

Time to leave for work.

 

How are you doing today?

Are you on your way out the door to work or to school?

Do you work from home?

Stay-home Mom? (hardest worker of all)

Whatever you do.

Wherever you go.

May you have a productive, safe, happy day.

 

Special Hello to: my friends all over the world.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 20th day of November, 2018.

Feels not too bad outside this morning.

I can always tell by the way that Mr. Alvin reacts to going outside.

If he hesitates for too long ….. then it is cold.

Our walk last night was not even half of our regular walk due to the ice.

As it was almost dark when we left home – taking a chance and slipping, no.

Happy that we were able to get out for some fresh air and exercise.

Especially for Mr. Alvin as he is stuck in the house all day long.

I was lucky that I had a nice walk at lunch break.

 

Can you believe it?

The 20th day of November already.

U.S. Thanksgiving almost here – Thursday, November 22nd, 2018.

Canadian Grey Cup – the 106th game is this Sunday, November 25th, 2018 here in Edmonton.

Lots going on this week.

Alvin has his regular pedicure and “stuff” this Saturday morning.

Although it does not rank up with Thanksgiving and the Grey Cup – it is VERY important to Alvin and to me.

 

How about Christmas?

The 5th Monday from today is Christmas Eve, December 24th.

YIKES.

ARGH.

OMG.

Perhaps I did not count correctly.

Double checked, no I am right.

Where did the time go?

Sure wished that I could bottle “TIME.”

Guess I would have “Time in a bottle.”

I am grateful that Christmas is pretty low key in our family.

My biggest jobs are baking and Christmas cards.

But both take some time, quite a lot actually.

I mail about 75 cards and then hand deliver another 50 cards.

All of the cards that I mail have a handwritten note/letter.

Most of the cards have a photo or two.

This takes time.

I have the cards already bought.

My daughter has taken the photos and edited them.

I just have to send them to be printed.

Then pick up stamps and then of course, mail them.

The baking I make 4 or so different items.

I end up with about 500 individual pieces.

These are packaged up and mostly given away to friends and family.

I make up individual packages and take to my immediate co-workers at the office.

So this is where most of my time is spent.

Decorating takes me some time but I have that all done.

Sometimes it pays to do things early.

My daughter and son-in-law have a pact that this year we are breaking for the first time in years.

We had been either making each other’s gift(s) or it had to be something from your house.

Something gently used and an item that you knew that person would like.

We are still doing part of that but we can spend a bit of money this year.

 

Tomorrow night, I am attending a GUIDE COOKIE SALE with my friend and her daughter.

I think that I will just give away the cookies that I purchase.

Or at least most of them.

I am always amazed by the number of different cookies at this sale.

They have tables and tables filled with cookies.

Hard to make a decision.

 

Well here we go again.

Time to go back downstairs and put the finishing touches on getting ready before heading out the door.

Alvin is resting on his blue blanket.

I love listening to him breathe.

I could snuggle next to him all day long if I had the time.

Such a good guy.

 

Okay, time to fly.

Have an awesome Tuesday.

I hope that you have a great day.

Remember if you have lots to do to prepare for Christmas.

Start early.

Do one thing at a time.

Break it down.

 

Special Hello to: my friend “V” …. hello …. have a great day.

Always, Carol & Alvlin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 7th day of January, 2018.

A successful day on all front was Saturday.

Alvin and I had a great walk in the sunshine and warm air.

I managed to do all of the laundry, clean the bathrooms, make a lovely roasted vegetable supper and baked a spice cake for our coffee party this morning.

In between I watched the STAR TREK movies that were played on the SPACE CHANNEL.

I had forgotten that they were going to be on so missed recording the first two but recorded all of the rest.

I have most of them on DVD.

One of my favourite television series and movie series ever.

I miss William Shatner as Captain Kirk but Chris Pine reminds me of him, a great deal.

 

So I decided after writing about my beautiful Christmas Cards yesterday that I would snap some photos and give you a show of them.

Here they are:

the very first card was actually handmade by a family friend’s daughter, how colourful and great.

I am painting my office in the spring and will have one wall with all of my cards for Birthdays, Mother’s Day and Christmas all displayed.

When you hang them up on a string from corner to corner you can change them out whenever you like.

DYI, instead of wallpaper string up CARDS …… once this is done, I will post this project.

 

Well time to go and have breakfast and prepare for my company.

Happy Sunday.

Another warm day on the way before colder weather coming.

 

Special Hello to:  my sister.  SKYPE tonight at 6:00 p.m. my time?

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 6th day of January, 2018.

Happy Birthday to a dear dear friend “L.”

Wishing her a very Happy Birthday.

The sun is out and it is raining.

Yes, it is raining.

January 6th and raining.

WOW.

Slept in a bit later than I had planned but oh well.

I will get everything done ….. just a later start.

Most of my work is in the house anyway …. so the time I start does not matter.

Must go and get that coffee on for my neighbour.

I make the coffee and we share the costs, great deal.

 

Last night I received another Christmas Card.

This one was friends who were spending time in the U.S.A.

Christmas Cards are one of my favourite parts of the Christmas season.

I love writing them up for friends, family, neighbours and co-workers.

I love to hand deliver and to mail them.

I always send photos to as many folks as I can.

A short note in each and some years,  I write a separate letter on pretty holiday decorated paper.

It is a huge part of my preparing for Christmas.

I love receiving them from all over the world.

They come from Sweden, the U.S.A. and all parts of Canada.

It is alike to writing letters which is an art form that has all but passed.

Christmas cards are not as popular as they once were now with the arrival of e-cards and email.

But it is a tradition for me that I keep close to my heart and will continue for as long as I am able.

I do believe that folks love opening the mail box to find cards.

I do believe that folks love receiving a card with a gift.

I do believe that finding a card on your desk at work makes you smile.

Christmas Cards ….. they are for me.

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

Wishing you all a great Saturday.

Special Hello to: my friend “L” who is having a birthday today.  Wishing that I was there.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 29th day of December, 2017.

Another bright sunny morning with no dark clouds in site.

The sky is a pale blue with smoke rising slowly out of the chimneys.

It is another bitterly cold morning which means once again no walk for us.

We are on the upswing if you will ….. today is the last day of bitter cold.

Now that was the forecast yesterday so it may have changed but I sure hope not.

Forecast for the first week of the New Year is to be walkable temperatures.

Thank goodness.

Yesterday I took down the majority of the Christmas decor.

Leaving up the Christmas Cards, one wintery wreath, my ADVENT Calendar which was a gift and a few small items upstairs.

Oh and there is he tree in my office.

The main floor looks BARE.

 

Two sleeps until New Years Eve.

Alvin and I will stay home and snuggle on the Eve of the New Year.

Last year I went out wasn’t gone long and went back home for me Alvin.

I just cannot leave the little guy home alone when I am not at work.

Our Christmas vacation just seemed to zoom by.

Isn’t it crazy how fast ten days can pass?

 

Well today is laundry, tidy up and put away things in the basement.

Rearrange mostly.

 

Time for a shower.

This cold weather just makes me want to sleep.

Thankfully it will pass soon.

 

I hope that you all have a wonderful day.

If you are wishing to do something in the NEW YEAR ….. how about VOLUNTEERING?

There are so many ways to volunteer.

You can help at a Seniors Home, Hospital or Animal Shelter.

You can help at a Shelter.

You can help by picking up trash in your neighbourhood OR shovelling snow for seniors or someone who cannot.

Deliver meals on wheels.

There are so many things that we can do.

Look around and find a need and fill it.

Simple as that.

Happy Friday.

 

Special Hello to: YOU, today because you are super special.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 5th day of December, 2017.

The wind is howling away outside as the temperature rises past zero degrees today.

Another mild day on the way.

I am hopping a ride with my neighbour this morning as I have Christmas Cards to deliver and some cookies for my immediate co-workers.

Yesterday at lunch when I was checking my emails, I noticed three emails from my internet provider resulting in the last one stating that I exceeded my DATA plan, what??

Now could that be??

They even show how much I used over the last year and get this the highest I used out of 300 was 42 (cannot remember the actual measurement amount) so why now would I be at 318.

So I called them ….. I placed the call just before 6:30 p.m. and the recorded message stated it would be about an ONE HOUR WAIT …… really, I thought.

SO I have learned better to put the phone on speaker and carry about your business.

As I had the emails and my account open on the computer I stayed in my office instead of going downstairs to have supper …

I was late away because we went for a walk and delivered thank you card and some money for our friend who fixed our clothes dryer and then stopped at another neighbour ….

So I did some things on the computer while waiting for them to answer.

Not a fan of the music ….. sounded like the theme song from one of the daytime soaps ……

Decided while I was waiting so long that I had better eat as I was starving so warmed up my leftovers.

Not even five bites into supper ….

So after one half hour a female voice said “Hello” ….. she confirmed who I was and the problem before stating “Oh, I will transfer you to the technical support department and it will be about a 15-20 minute wait.”

Okay, I said half stunned.

What kind of customer service is this?

I guess because in Canada there are only a handful of internet providers that they have cornered the market.

I don’t know but here we go again.

Dessert …… then

Finally at the hour mark …. a male voice, said “Hello” and asked what was the problem.

I said I thought the other customer service person was going to explain at least that was what she said.

So I explained.

He even agreed with me that the usage seemed out of whack.

Figured that possibly I was hacked.

He gave me a $20 credit to my bill and after a total of one hour and fifty minutes, I was no further ahead but had a $20 credit to my bill.

Said he would follow up on Sunday and see if the usage continued to climb.

He did recommend that I change my user name and password, which I did.

If you ever have to call your internet provider and have to wait – just get some food and they will answer.

Well time to fly here.

I am disappointed in the customer service.

There is no customer service.

Bad buzz words.

 

Have a great Tuesday.

I am laughing because there is no way I am paying for more DATA and I certainly do not use anywhere near the limit I have now.

 

Special Hello to:  all those folks out there who spend precious time waiting for customer service via the phone.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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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

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 27th day of November, 2017.

Well we have a bit of snow ….. the sticky stuff …… now covering the ice.

At least this should make our walking a bit more safe.

Alvin needs to go for a walk tonight.

We will do it.

 

Update on the clothes dryer saga.

This is the third week without one.

I have been air drying my clothes, which works fine.

Thankfully I have a closet full of towels and bedding so that is okay.

I will have a ton of towels and bedding to wash and dry once the dryer is working again.

I helped my friend with the dryer.

Found out that it was not of the fuses as he had thought.

So we ended up taking the drum out of the dryer and VOILE it was the heating element.

We could tell as you could see that the coil had broke apart in one spot.

Apparently that is what should happen.

My friend is going to find me a heating element.

Luckily this is something he will be able to fix.

I guess if we can take it apart we can put it back together.

Learning lots.

Not that I want to do it by myself next time but I know what to check and what to watch out for ……

Interesting.

 

I mailed all of my Christmas cards that were to be mailed yesterday but ONE …. it was the ONE that has to go out of the country.

The Post Office did not open until noon and I could not hang around that long so will have to get that done sometime this week.

Also got groceries …. I was surprised to see how busy both stores were ……. drugstore and grocery store.

Done for another week.

 

Well almost time to get my things on and head out for the bus.

Debating on which coat to wear and am grateful that I am able to have that debate.

 

Take care if you are in the middle of winter where you live …… drive carefully ….. whether walking or driving or riding a bike …. take your time…… those extra two seconds could save your life and they

will not get you to your destination noticeably sooner.

Happy Monday.

 

Special Hello: to friends …. we are grateful to have you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 26th day of November, 2017.

The sky is overcast with no signs of the sun at just after 8:00 a.m. this morning.

Yesterday was glorious with the sun shining.

Alvin and I donned our winter apparel including my ice picks on my boots and we got about ten steps away from our house and Alvin was slipping and sliding.

He almost did a Bambi on the ice.

Even with my extra grips on my boots, I was no match for the ICE.

So we carefully turned around and went home.

I removed Alvin’s winter coat and harness and left him in the house ( he was not happy ).

Grabbed my ice pick and went to break up some of the ice by our house.

I managed to get our sidewalk to the street done ( by the way it does not look like it this morning ).

The ice in front of our house that was not there a day ago was not as easy to do.

I gave up after a few minutes.

Alvin spent time in our back yard in several different intervals throughout the day.

So disappointed to have missed a walk in the sunshine.

We will see what today brings.

 

This morning I am going for groceries and to post the Christmas cards.

Later my friend is coming to fix my dryer ( I guess the part arrived ).

Will be a busy morning and early afternoon.

 

Time to hit the shower and have coffee before shopping.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

 

Happy Sunday ….

If you have ice – be careful.

 

Special Hello to: my friend “V” who amidst recent bad news – received some good news.  So great.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 12th day of November, 2017.

It is overcast but mild here in Edmonton.

There is no noise in the neighbourhood as likely the children are sleeping in or perhaps eating breakfast or maybe watching cartoons or playing videos.

I remember years ago on the weekend when my daughter was young …… we would get up and eat breakfast while watching cartoons.

We both loved to watch The Flintstones Cartoon.

We loved Fred and Barney.;

I wished that they would replay those cartoons on YTV …… maybe someday.

Ya Ba Dab A Do.

Say that two times straight …. yes you can.

Now our weekends are different.

Alvin is  not much for cartoons although some television interests him.

Oh the good old days.

 

Well almost time for a shower before our company arrives for coffee.

One of my girl friends and her sons are coming over for a visit.

Always love to see our friends.

Following the coffee break – Mr. Alvin is going to have a hair cut and bath.

Perhaps we will sneak a walk in before we do the hair cut and bath.

Yes, better walk first so that he does not catch a cold.

 

I started writing up Christmas Cards yesterday.

Always good to have them ready to post.

 

I hope that you are enjoying your Sunday.

I am grateful to have Sundays at home.

Always great to have company.

Always great to have a hair cut, right Alvin.

 

Happy Sunday.

Please relax, you deserve some down time.

 

Special Hello to: my friends …. yes, you and you and you ……. have an awesome day.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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