Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 19th day of March, 2015.

One day closer to SPRING.

Are you getting excited?

Perhaps for some folks you may still have a ton of snow but with the sun higher in the sky it is warmer, and it will melt more quickly.

Not to worry.

Spring is right around the corner.

We are so blessed as our sidewalks are almost clear of the ice.

The streets and sidewalks are now topped with tiny bits of gravel from the City dusting the ice over the winter months.

There is dirt in the air ….

I am so excited for some rain …… just a nice shower would do.

I am so grateful that Mr. Alvin and I have been able to walk every night after work.

I can feel our “winter weight” slowly beginning to disappear.

Mr. Alvin still has not “taken the steps” up to the bed.

Perhaps in time.

Either that or I am going to purchase another stool from IKEA (the one that has a gradual incline, perfect width and doesn’t look like stairs).

Perhaps he just doesn’t like stairs.

Oh well, time will tell.

I feel like a million dollars this morning.

Like someone removed a hundred pounds from my shoulders.

Sometimes just little decisions make the world of difference.

So on this Thursday I feel like a million dollars.

I just have to remember, we all do that when doors close more open.

Fact of life.

Take that step …… go for it.

I am.

Have a wonderful day.

It is payday at the office …… how great is that.

Another thing to be grateful for and I surely am.

Well time to go and put the finishing touches on …

I want to wear my shoes that lace up today …..

My new laces are slippery so sometimes they do not stay done up ….

Note to self: go and look for new ones.

Happy Thursday …..

Special Hello to: all those folks who read my blog.

Thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin


Thought for the day…..

Good Monday Morning and Welcome to the 29th day of April 2013.

The second last day of this month …..

At this very moment we are having a mix of snow and rain coming down.

I am most grateful for the rain as it cleanses everything it touches.

There was so much snow mould and dirt from the sanders that rain is very welcome right now.

We had a beautiful weekend.

I even got out on Friday and did my very official “trash pick-up” …..

Two big bags full …. where on earth does it all come from ….. yikes.

I hope that you had a great weekend …

Mine was unexpected …. I will say.

Not to dwell on it but just after I returned home on Friday from picking up the trash …. I spotted a piece of paper in my front flower bed.

So I hopped over to pick it up.

I noticed a small patch of ice and did not really give it another thought.

I was not careless but in a split second ….. my left knee twisted and I fell down onto that leg with my right hand somehow under as well.

In a split second.

I felt nauseous ….. not sure why.

It hurt and I was thinking …. what if I cannot get up and there was no one to help me.

Alvin was watching out of the window.

But after a few seconds (always feels longer) … I pulled myself up and wiped away the tears and went into the house.

My knee was hurting but I knew that it was not broken …. perhaps sprained or twisted.

So I called the store as I knew that I would not be able to work that night as I am on my feet for the length of the shift.

They were so gracious and said that they would find someone to replace me for that shift.

I was heartbroken as I love my job at the store.

I also called my daughter as she always takes Alvin for the night.

So out of the blue my whole afternoon and most of the weekend changed.

I am so happy to announce that m knee is feeling about 80% better.

Still twinges once in awhile when I turn it the wrong way but all things considered I am so grateful that my “wipeout” was not serious.

I am grateful to my neighbour Sonja for going out and picking me up some pain relief in both cream and pill form.  Those items helped immensely.

Well it is getting close to the time that I must go off to my other job.

I did work yesterday at the store but had to cut the shift short by one hour ….. 11:30 till 5:00 ( I didn’t want to push it).

So I am truly thankful.

I hope that whenever you are doing things …. do not lose focus …. always be aware …. it was only a small patch of ice and I think the only one left in the whole City of Edmonton.

Have a great day ….

Take Care.

Special Hello: to my great niece Selena …. I saw your Mom’s email but was unable to open the video.  You see my young niece is a writer and performed her first poem.  I am so proud.  Wished that I had been there.  You rock, Miss Selena.


Always, Carol and Alvin


Thought for the day…..

Welcome to Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 ….. another gorgeous morning here in the City of Edmonton.

The sun shone yesterday although it was a bit cool but all in all, a gorgeous autumn day.

This past weekend was so beautiful …….  I so love this time of year.

My roses were still blooming last weekend …. the  most prettiest pink in all of the world.

I took some photos and must download them …..

They remind me of my Grandma Stella ….. delicate but so strong.

When everything else was touched by frost they remain untouched.

Thank you for the roses and also for my Grandma Stella.

She taught me so much,  even though sometimes I was irritated by her (there was a 56 year age difference).

She was 56 when I was born in 1957.

I was 16 years old when I came to live with her (as my grandfather had died in a farming accident);  she was 72.

I am so grateful to her for instilling in me manners, love of dance and music and the arts as well as academia.

She was a teacher who loved music.

Thank you Grandma Stella ….. I shall always be appreciative of our time together and what you taught me.

Do you have someone who left an impression on you?

A positive impression …..

Be grateful for those who helped along the way and for those who may not have been a positive influence but imparted “wisdom” that you learned from, all the same.

Thank you, thank you, thank you …… for all those souls who I have met and learned from along my path.

Today is for you.

Celebrate what you have learned, and give back to others …..

I hope that you have a wonderful day.

Special Hello to:  all those Grandmothers out there who are teaching their grandchildren the important things in life …..  🙂

Always, Carol and Alvin

Bedtime …..

Yesterday in the City of Edmonton, and for sure in my neighbourhood the air was warm and the sun was shining.  It felt like an early August summer day.  A few weeks ago, I decided to put the cover on the air conditioning unit outside, and not use the air conditioner anymore this year.  After all, it is almost the end of September.  So needless to say it got warm in the house.  I opened the windows upstairs and down.  I was watching the beginning of a new television show called “THE EVENT” when Alvin decided it was time for bed.  He went upstairs but I coaxed him back down.  He laid down on his tummy at the foot of the stairs as if to say “time for bed” ….. so the good Mother that I am (okay, he is spoiled), I turned off the television set and we did our usual bedtime routine.  First take Alvin outside to go pee, then brush his teeth and finally brush his hair.  Then upstairs we went.  For the first time in awhile, I didn’t bother going onto the computer – decided to just go to bed.  I wanted to spend more time reading, and was a bit more tired than usual.   Alvin, was confused I guess as he laid down in the hallway.  After a few minutes of coaxing he came into the bedroom, and I quickly shut the door.  The bedroom window was open as were the blinds.  So I closed the blinds on the one window that does not open, and on the open window left them slightly open (about maybe four inches).  So after I did my nightly routine, I crawled into bed.  Alvin was lying on his blanket …. on his tummy facing the open window.  I was pleased to see this as I knew he would be a little on the warm side.  Was reading away when we heard some voices outside.  Well, Alvin jumped up and off the bed.  He made this weird  bark, there is no real way of describing it other than to say it was both a deep and high pitched sound.  He was up to the window and scrunched down to see out of the window.  I wanted to laugh but figured it was not appropriate.  Up, I sprang from my comfortable position and closed the window and the blinds.  As I was going back to bed, I said to Alvin, “time for bed”.  He jumped up and laid down.  Honestly, he is so funny.  Just goes to show that for the most part he is definitely a creature of habit.  But I loved watching him look out the window.  He is so used to having the blinds wide open.  That is my Alvin story for today.  As I write this – he is curled up on my comfy leather computer chair while his Momma is sitting with her legs crossed on a stool from IKEA.  Now the stool is pretty comfortable for a bare bones kind of seat.  ….. LOL ..

It is all good, as I so often say.  Remember to spay and neuter your pets.  I heard on a television show yesterday that in the U.S. they put down 45 million pets annually.  I sure hope that I heard those numbers, incorrectly.  Please look after the little guys and girls that you have ……

Have a great day.

Always, Carol

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