Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 16th day of January, 2018.

Well yesterday turned out to be a bit on the colder side, especially with the wind.

Tomorrow is to be about ZERO …..

Still so much better than the minus 30 windchill of last week.

 

Last night as I was watching Alvin outside …. I was thinking about a commercial that I had seen earlier in the evening.

The commercial was about the stress that people are under at this time of year due to DEBT.

Mainly credit card balances from Christmas gifts and the holidays.

It hit me like a ton of bricks, I have no CONSUMER DEBT.

I do not have to worry about trying to come up with the money to pay off a credit card.

Everything in my house from the sofa down to the cutlery is paid in full.

I do not OWE any money.

So on those odd occasions when I am feeling like I would like to go shopping – just because I think I need to or actually more like want to….

I will breathe a sigh of relief knowing that I am DEBT FREE.

Funny how things come out of nowhere …. the Universe was just telling me how lucky I am.

I feel like I could jump up into the air and click my heels together or break into the song “HAPPY.”

I feel like I lost a ton of weight.

I look at it this way – I purchase what we need and not what I want.

After all so much of what we have is not really what we need.

I am creative when it comes to gift giving.

It feels great not to be drowning in credit card and loan payments.

So on this day, I am very proud of myself.

I am very grateful to be where I am.

I am grateful for the support of my family and friends along the way.

I am grateful to be navigating life in a positive manner.

I hope that you all have a great Tuesday.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks who are wondering what to do ….. learn about your money.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 30th day of October, 2017.

One more day till Halloween and second last day of October, 2017.

The time surely does fly by.

We had a great weekend.

Pup sat with Teddy …. such a cute little guy.

Alvin and I had some walks and lots of snuggles and cuddles.

I had coffee yesterday with my two of my girl friends.

We always have fun.

We even got to pick out Halloween Costumes as the hostess has a big container full.

I had not decided what to be beforehand so it was perfect timing.

I am going to be a HIPPIE complete with the stove pipe pants or bell bottoms.

I made a big pot of tomato sauce with the garden tomatoes from my friend “P’s” garden.

So good.

Finished my gifts for my friend “V” and got them packaged so that they can be mailed this week.

One down ….. few to go.  YAY, me.

I even had some to freeze after making a pot of pasta for supper and for leftovers.

So grateful to have a freezer full of tomatoes.

Well almost time to fly here.

Better get going.

I hope that you all had a great weekend.

Happy Monday …..

Take some time for yourself.

Do not allow yourself to be second ….. it is just like being on a plane and the oxygen masks come down ….. if you do not look after YOU first ….. how can you possibly help anyone else.

 

Special Hello to:  my sister ….. hopefully later this week, we can SKYPE.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Afternoon and Welcome to Saturday the 13th day of December, 2014.

WOW, what a glorious day.

I have accomplished so many things today that I feel on fire …… at this rate I will have plenty of time to relax and wrap Christmas gifts tonight.

YAY.

What beautiful weather we are having here in Edmonton.

It has been incredible.

The kids took a drive out to Spruce Grove (location of their new home which is being built at this very moment) to take a peek at the progress and to take the puppies for a walk in the nearby park.

So I am alone and just catching up on a few things.

Like writing this blog.

Normally I write early in the morning before I leave for work but on Saturdays sometimes life just gets in the road and it happens later.

I feel so incredibly wonderful ….. a great feeling.

I picked up my new eyeglasses and sunglasses this morning so I will be posting a photo at some point in the near future.

Always takes a bit of getting used to and perhaps that would begin with me actually wearing them.

Usually at home I do not wear them but I had better before I go to work tomorrow.

Well loves I must get this show on the road and get to my list.

I want to be organized so me and puppies can just relax on the sofa after supper and watch some television.

Likely will wrap gifts before the sitting on the sofa.

The kids are going to a Christmas party this evening.

Have a wonderful rest of your Saturday.

Thank you so much for reading my blog …..

I so appreciate it.

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

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Monday Morning ….. December 12th, 2011.

Yesterday while working at my job at Bath and Body Works …. I observed the following:  many people were shopping with a list.

So I spoke with a few of them and this was the majority of responses.

“We made a list and are sticking to it.”   “Waited until two weeks before Christmas.”

“This way we go in and out.”  “Do not overspend.”

How great is that!

My take on Christmas this year ….. is a bit different.

My object is to “do Christmas gifts” without spending any money.

So far I am on track.

I am crafty, make jewelry and stuff.  Making gifts means you took the time to consider what someone might like, and then took the time to make it.

Make a gift basket with things that you have around the house.

Perhaps you have an extra box of tea or unopened bag of coffee …

Samples from the drugstore …..  unused perfume …… makeup ….. lightly used books …. the list is endless..

BAKING…… everyone loves homemade cookies…

There are so many ways to do Christmas and not spend hundreds of dollars.

After all the gift giving portion is more a gimmick or a ploy by advertisers.  (I know it also employs folks).

We all love to give, and that is great but to spend so much money that it takes months and years to pay it off ….. is not worth it.  (I know)

Another way is to redeem air miles …. you can get gift cards, and so much more.

Why not take advantage of what you have at your fingertips.

Also you may have a piece of Grandma’s china that a family member had been eyeing so why not share.

After all, we do ….. (let’s be honest here) …… have way too much.

Every year things change.

So why not change with it.

Take a chance to do something different.

That’s what I am doing….

Have a great Monday everyone.

Special Hello: to everyone that sends Christmas cards.  Hello…

Always, Carol

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