Living … One day at a time.

Hello, my fellow Canadians.

HAPPY CANADA DAY.

What a glorious bright, sunny, breezy Monday morning.

I am so grateful to have this day off from work and to be at home with “me Alvin.”

He is resting beside me on his blue blanket as I key these words on the keyboard.

 

We have so much to be grateful for in this country.

The list is long but what I am most grateful for are the following:

  • peace
  • freedom
  • clean fresh water
  • beauty of our country from coast to coast

 

A day to celebrate the peace that we are honoured to live within our borders.

A day to celebrate the grand beauty of this amazing country.

A day to celebrate the freedoms that we enjoy on a daily basis.

A day to be grateful for the clean water that is easily accessible.

A day to celebrate each other.

Happy Canada Day to all my family and friends.

Happy Canada Day to all CANADIANS.

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Yesterday Alvin and Teddy and I just spent a quiet day together.

We went for a walk.

We played.

We had treats.

We even had a nap.

It was a great day.

 

I did manage to get out for groceries and to see my girl for a visit.

So I guess today that means that I need to get to work.

Well there will always be things to do when you are the only “person” in the household that can clean the house, mow the grass, pull the weeds, cook etc.

But that is okay.

One good reason to keep things clean as you go.

Then it is only light cleaning.

That is my mantra.

Keep things clean as you go.

Put things away …..

 

Okay, time for breakfast and coffee.

Perhaps even two walks today if the weather holds.

That would be lovely.

Great way to spend Canada Day.

 

Happy Happy Canada Day.

Be kind and respectful as you continue on your day.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

My flowers on the deck from my first summer in Edmonton

2009

I can tell as there is grass peeking out from the end of the deck.

Cannot believe it has been ten years since I moved here.

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 29th day pf April, 2019.

Wow, second last day of April 2019.

This morning the sunrise is crazy beautiful as it rises there are some puffy dark blue clouds that appear to be suspended from the clear blue sky above.

Looks like someone just added them with a paint brush.

Oh so pretty.

 

I was thinking this morning as I was getting ready for the day about how much we all take for granted our lives.

We take for granted our health, our family and friends.

Our jobs and our homes.

Usually it is not until we lose something or someone, that we realize this.

How precious every aspect of our lives is …..

When you can swing your legs off the bed and touch the floor and stand up.

Be grateful.

When you can turn on the tap and have clean healthy water to drink and use.

Be grateful.

When you can walk for exercise and enjoyment.

Be grateful.

Every time you make a mortgage payment on your home.

Be grateful.

Every time you pay your taxes be grateful as that money goes for health care, roads and more.

Every moment of every day is a blessing.

A blessing that we can breathe clean air.

A blessing that we are surrounded by family and friends.

A blessing that we have homes and a bed to sleep in at night.

A blessing that we have jobs to make that mortgage payment and to buy food.

A blessing that we are alive.

So on those days when you are feeling woe is me; remember.

Life is a blessing.

Be grateful.

Yes, I know perhaps there will be days that are less than perfection.

But at least we have those days.

Please do not spend your precious moments walling in self pity or complaining about someone or something.

Spend your time being grateful.

Life will always be better if you spend it in a state of gratitude.

 

Have an awesome Monday.

The sky is blue.

The clouds are delightful.

I am alive.

I have my buddy Alvin at my side.

Thank you.

I am most gratefully for all that I have and that I saw my kids yesterday afternoon.

Thank you.

 

Special Hello to: you and you and you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 2nd day of April, 2019.

Dark outside so not sure if the sky is overcast or not.

We had some rain yesterday afternoon.

I am feeling much better now.

Alvin is laying on his blue blanket beside me as I write this post.

My security blanket on his security blanket.

What a great companion.

 

Last night Sir Humphrey the Cat stayed with us.

Boys did well.

Sometimes Humphrey keeps his distance and others like last night he jumped up on the sofa and walked my outstretched legs until he reached my chest.

He stopped and stretched one of his paws to touch my face.

Very softly he touched my face with his paw.

He sat there for just a few seconds and looked into my eyes.

I am not sure what he was looking for but it was sweet.

He that that twice last night.

A record for him.

Every time that Mr. Alvin went outside – Humphrey went outside.

He wanted to go down in the grass which is a mucky mess now and made it down there once without me seeing him.

I fixed it by shovelling some of the snow around the steps going down to the grass area.

He doesn’t like the wet snow so much.

Kept him clean that way.

 

Most of the snow in the back yard has now melted.

Even the ice build up on the front sidewalk seems to have melted.

So grateful to have almost dry sidewalks.

Likely not completely dry until the snow on the front lawn has melted.

How many sentences can one type with the word “melted” at the end?

Seems like 3 thus far.

Oh well.

 

Question?

If you could have just one WISH or realize one thought what would that be?

Would you like:

$10 million dollars

A new house

WORLD PEACE

A new car

END WORLD HUNGER

No more flooding

END DISEASE WORLD-WIDE

RETIRE

Start a charity to help animals.

Start a charity to help animals and people.

Library of Books

Fresh clean water for everyone on the planet.

Good healthy food for every being on the Earth.

Only JOY found on this planet.

 

I guess that the list could go on and on.

What would you like?

Would it be for you, your family and friends or for the world.

 

Time to head on downstairs.

We are “UBERING” today as my carpool was rear-ended on her way home from work last night.

So grateful that she was not hurt but the car did sustain damage.

I hope that you have a great day.

Ponder the question.

 

Have an awesome Tuesday.

 

Special Hello to: all my fellow humans …. remember to be kind to all living creatures.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 12th day of February, 2019.

Well forecast for next week shows minus teen numbers for temperatures.

What a heat wave is on the way.

Without the WINDCHILL effect that would certainly feel like summer compared to what is going on now.

Time will tell.

 

I miss our walks and just feel it is too dangerous for us to be out there walking.

Mind you it is getting dangerous in the house as we are really needing some fresh air and exercise.

Now I am lucky as at least I walk to the car in the morning and at night.

So I get what 20 steps in the fresh air ( being sarcastic ).

Not complaining about getting a ride that is for sure.

I am  over the MOON grateful to be in a carpool who picks me up at the door and drops me off at the door and all over again each day.

I am grateful that my “carpool” had a great vacation in Mexico.

So grateful and feeling so blessed.

 

I am over the MOON grateful that Mr. Alvin is healing nicely and hoping stitches come out perhaps this Saturday.

We are grateful for the furnace that heats our home and keeps toasty warm 24/7.

We are grateful to have clean water at the turn of a tap.

We are grateful to have good food to eat.

We are grateful to have family and friends who love us.

We are grateful to be alive, to live in this city, in this country on this planet.

I want to fill my life with gratitude so that there is no room for anything else.

Only positive energy.

 

Well time to go and do a couple more things before leaving for work.

Thank you for reading this post and my blog.

I am so grateful to have people interesting in my writing.

Thank you.

 

Special Hello to: my friend “V” who is one of the hardest working people, women I know.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 24th day of December, 2017.

Christmas Eve has arrived.

It has arrived with a subtleness that can only be this day.

I love Christmas Eve ….. the final preparations are made in anticipation of the BIG day.

We now have quite the blanket of snow so it will definitely be a WHITE CHRISTMAS.

Also means shovelling for millions of us.

Likely a bit of exercise is good before we start to consume HUGE amounts of foods.

It is always the SWEETS that get me this time of year.

There have been years where I was strict with myself and did not OVERDO the amazing sweets that surround us this time of year.

But that is Christmas.

Alvin and I are pretty much ready for Christmas.

My kids are sleeping over this evening so they will have the master bedroom and we will go to the guest room.

So I will just move my clothes and bathroom stuff over.

Changed the bedding a few minutes ago.

One quick dust, vacuum, and that is done.

Just that last minute make sure everything is perfect for company.

As I was writing this blog, I could hear a noise and ran to my bedroom to see my neighbour out shovelling our walks out front.

We share shovelling in the winter and mowing grass in the summer.

She is a great young woman who could be my daughter.

I love her as if she were my own.

My daughter is fond of her as well.

Me and Alvin and fortunate to have her as a neighbour.

She has lived next door (not in the other half of the duplex) since I moved to Edmonton in 2009.

I am grateful for the less snow to shovel as my hand is not really up for lots of shovelling.

I did move some of the snow around on the deck last night and it is light and fluffy which makes it a whole bunch easier.

Well I should go as I am hosting coffee for my hard working neighbour in a few minutes.

 

I want to wish you and your family the most glorious Christmas of all.

May you be surrounded by never ending love and laughter.

May your health be perfect now and forever.

May you keep an extra plate on your table as a reminder of those in need and spend the rest of the year helping those in need.

Give kindness and compassion now and all the days of your life.

It seems as we continue to occupy this planet that there are more folks in need of clean water, food and a safe place to live.

Let us make 2018 the year that we ALL come together and help each other with no blame, ignorance or hate.

 

Merry Christmas from our Home to Yours.

Special Hello to: all my family, friends and fellow bloggers.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Just a couple of my favourite photos – not recent.

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 14th day of July, 2015.

The sky is a clear blue and the sun is shining brightly.

It is a glorious morning here in Edmonton.

I am feeling over the moon filled with gratitude.

I am grateful to live in a peaceful country.

I am grateful to have my own house.

I am grateful that I can make my own choices.

I am grateful to be surrounded by loving and most importantly “supportive” family and friends.

I am just plain brimming with gratitude on this Tuesday morning.

I hope that you are as fortunate as I.

We all too often forget about the important things like being able to walk down the street during the day with no fear of being bombed or attacked.

We forget that we are able to make our own choices …. so very important.

Just the simple day to day life things that we take for granted … clean water …. good food.

So when you are feeling low because you do not have the latest iPhone …… remember……

Well time for me to go to work ….. am running late.

Have a great day.

Special Hello to: people all over the world ……

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 23rd day of January, 2014.

How many folks visualize the future?

How many folks visualize their favourite dessert?

How many folks visualize company coming?

How many folks visualize their upcoming tropical vacation?

How many folks visualize flowers blooming in their garden?

How many folks visualize a new dress or new suit?

How many folks visualize cheques arriving in the mail?

How many folks visualize extra money in the bank?

How many folks visualize their bills being paid?

How many folks visualize a shopping trip to the mall?

How many folks visualize their next meal?

How many folks visualize clean water?

How many folks visualize a comfy bed?

How many folks visualize peace?

How many folks visualize happiness?

For all of us all around the world ….. visualizing can very different and yet the same.

But in the end all we really want is to be safe, warm and happy.

 

Special Hello to: my family all over the world…..you are all my family.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Wow, here we are another Friday morning and today is June 29th, 2012.

Only a couple more days until July 1st, Canada Day.

The day that we celebrate our great country, our Canada.

We are so blessed to live in such an amazing country.

We have beautiful landscapes, fresh air, clean water, a diverse population from every corner of the planet, yummy food from all over the world, and most importantly PEACE  and FREEDOM.

We are peacekeepers….

What more could one ask for ….. I know that I have simplified how great Canada is…. as,  I could literally write all day about my beloved country.

I hope that you all have some great plans for the Canada Day weekend.

I will be at home (which is fine by me) …..

Saturday I will be catching up on the housework after last weekend’s three day garage sale.

On Sunday, I will be working at Bath & Body Works.

So that will be great – I will get to wish everyone a Happy Canada Day and see how people are celebrating.

When my shift is over at 6:00 …. I am invited to a friend’s birthday celebration.

Then on Monday my daughter and I are going to have a “jewelry making” day or at least part of the day.

So I will be busy starting today working both jobs.

Alvin gets to go to Amanda’s for a sleepover tonight and on Sunday….. so lucky him.

I hope that come Monday …. perhaps you will share some of your Canada Day Celebration stories with me.

Special Hello to:  all Canadians as we start our Canada Day weekend ….

Always Carol and Alvin

P.S. I was so excited that I published my blog and forgot to add my sign off …… oh well, it is Friday…..

See you all on Monday….. thanks for reading.

Thought for the day…..

Hello Wednesday.  Here we are on Day 28th of September, 2011.

Can you believe it?

The leaves on the trees have all turned to beautiful shades of red, orange, and yellow.

The grass is not quite as green as it was earlier in the season.

Everyone is beginning to think about and in some cases prepare for the next season.

Autumn is my favourite season and I wish that it would last longer.

I am grateful for this time of year.

I wish that the leaves would hang onto the tree branches for a few weeks longer.

But I understand that the trees are making way for the “winter”.

Yes, I said that word.  LOL.

These are my thoughts at 6:15 a.m. on this Wednesday.

Leaves ….. colours…….love……….ah, I could just close my eyes and ………

Have a great day.

 

Always, Carol

 

P.S.  on this Wednesday …… have patience …. on your drive to work, while waiting in a line-up or doing whatever it is that you are doing this day.  Waiting is a good time to relax and meditate and be grateful for all the wonderful things in your life.  Believe you me, there is always so much to be thankful for ….. the air that we breathe, the transportation that takes us where we need to go, a roof over our heads, food on the table, clean water to drink, electricity, heat ……

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