Thought for the day …..

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

What a difference in temperatures between Sunday night and last night.

It really cooled down.

Did not even need the fan on during the night.

The sudden drop in temperature always freaks me out a bit as it generally means a storm is brewing.

They did forecast some tornadoes in central Alberta last night.

We are grateful to sleep with just the window open.

Well Mr. Alvin did not sleep through the night last night.

I am beginning to think that it had something to do with the “fan.”

Will try with fan on tonight and see what happens.

Having a small rain shower at this moment.

The air is cool and crisp ….. thank goodness for a cool house.

 

Just thinking about this ….. due to the cancellation of my bus in the morning …. I now arrive later but on time of course.

So instead of worrying about making coffee ….. one of my co-workers who changed her work schedule just recently ….. well she just whips up a couple of pots.

Thinking of me ….. they are ready for when I arrive.

How lucky am I?

I guess what goes around comes around …..

So for the summer I will have my morning coffee made for me.

In the fall when the bus schedule returns to norm …. I will gladly assume my coffee making duties.

What a great life I have….

 

I was thinking about great it would be to have 1,000 followers on my blog.

Years ago when I first started writing this blog on Word Press, I so badly wanted 1,000,000 followers.

Perhaps that was a bit on the high side.

Now reality has set in and this small town …. big city girl is grateful to have 665 followers.

Shooting for 1,000 ….. why not?

 

Special Hello to: all those folks who read my blog.  I am so grateful.  This is making my dreams come true.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

 

 

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Tuesday, July 11, 2017 and it is the 30th day until my 60th Birthday.

Okay, now we are less than one month until my Birthday.

I am so excited.

My sister is coming from Saskatchewan to stay with me and Alvin for TEN days.

So excited about that.

My youngest brother is also coming from Calgary for an undetermined amount of time.

Any amount of time I can have with my family is time well spent.

When I think about all of the time over the years that we have spent together it makes me HAPPY.

Doing the Happy DANCE right now.

When you surround yourself with the ones you love and laugh, you know the real deep down belly laughing.

That is the absolute BEST.

Also my daughter is on vacation at the same time as me, and I am looking forward to spending some extra time with her as well.

Sometimes the BEST VACATION of all is sitting around the kitchen table drinking coffee with your sister, your brother and your daughter.

Perhaps throw in some freshly baked cinnamon buns.

Not sure where that came from …….

Simple times ….. are the best.

So many thoughts …..

 

Always, Carol

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 25th day of June, 2017.

We have had a glorious weekend here in Edmonton.

The sky was a bright blue earlier but now is clouding over…

I am planning to mow the grass so hopefully if it does rain that it waits for a little while.

Yesterday morning I helped my neighbour move things about from her garage to mine, temporarily.

Alvin had some anxiety issues and one of my friends from down the street heard him and came to the rescue.

She was worried that something had happened to me.

I guess when you live by yourself having people watch out is a good thing.

He was whining and barking as I had put a little wall so that he could not come into the garage from our backyard.

I did not want him to go into the back lane and a car come zooming down …. well you know what I mean.

I had been checking on him everything I came back into the garage but he is definitely a Momma’s boy …. has to be at my side on the weekends.

He is fine during the week but on the weekends when I am home ….. I have to be accessible to him.

All is well.

We had a play date with our friend and her little dog Presley although they really did not play with each other much.

Work in progress.  We had fun and Alvin played with a toy in the back yard …. running and chasing.  So cute.

Well after spending almost 45 minutes on my COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60 post I had better get going.

Lots to do.

 

Have an awesome Sunday.

Looking forward to mowing the grass.

Happy Sunday.

 

Special Hello to: my friend “V” who has the best ideas.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 18th day of June, 2017.

Was overcast earlier then turned to bright sunny skies and now there are some clouds gathering.

Today is Father’s Day.

Alvin and I would like to wish all of the Fathers a happy, joyful daughter filled with love and laughter.

Our day will be quiet (which is okay by me).

Yesterday we had the Vet visit first thing followed by coffee break with my friend and neighbour “S.”

In the afternoon laundry was first item on the old TO DO LIST and in between I worked on the back garden space.

A couple of years ago I dug out the cedar tree that had died after only a couple of years and a few weeks ago dug out the diseased roses and dead shrub.

With three holes on display and only two small shrubs in the garden (one on each side in the front); I had to do something.

But what, as I do not have the extra money to go and purchase more shrubs or flowers or ornaments.

So I looked around my house and garage and had an idea.

A few years ago I had bought a couple of tall planters that were made of something that resembles concrete but not that heavy.

I had left them outside over a few winters and they had slowly been to break away in spots.

One of them was pretty good and it was on the deck and the other had been tucked away in the garage – just waiting.

I decided to reuse the one in the garage.

I had a sort of plan in mind.

So I grabbed a shovel that I had borrowed from my neighbour and then realized that I needed something else, scissors.

With scissors in hand I carefully trimmed away the black material that was sticking out around the holes where the roses, shrub and tree had been.

Then I dug out the hole in the back area of the garden as that is where I wanted to place the planter.

After getting the hole dug – I went to the garage and carefully carried out the planter.

It was heavy and awkward but I managed.

When there is a will – there is always a way.

At least that is what I have found – my whole life thus far.

I set the planter into the hole and turned it on an angle so that the fern embossing was showing and the best part of the planter faced outward.

Filling in around the planter was easy.

Then I set about moving more rocks to fill in the other holes.

Once done, I placed the rocks back over the dirt.

There were a few spots that needed something so I took some stone pieces that I had set under the back steps on the deck and placed them strategically in the garden.

I had a stepping stone that was nice so I set it in the garden, as well.

As I did not have any extra plants to place in the planter, I took the two of the three solar light fixtures from the other planter (the tallest ones) and put them into the container.

VOILA ….. no cost …… just a bit of medium labour and it looks good.

I am proud of myself.

Alvin tried to help ….. he kept coming up into the garden and sniffing away …..

I perhaps will add a bit of rock from between the garages once we get the bark chips in there but for now it looks good.

After supper we ended the day with a walk followed by a movie.

Happy Saturday.

Happy Father’s Day to all the GUYS out there whether you have two-legged babies or four.

Thank you for all that you do.

Special Hello to: My youngest brother who is a great day and my nephews.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 17th day of June, 2017.

What a gorgeous morning outside with the sun shining brightly and a stiff breeze to keep things comfortable.

We had, I had a semi nice sleep as Mr. Alvin was up at 4:30 and then every hour or so after that …… argh, I will say.

He does not like me to sleep in …… not at all.

Oh well, time to get this day on the path.

We are finished breakfast, sipping on coffee and have already made the bed and wrote in my gratitude journal.

After this post and then my Countdown: 60 days to 60 post – I will be hitting the shower as Mr. Alvin has his regular vet appointment at 10:30 a.m.

It will be a lovely walk for us.

If I were ready in time we could take the long way but that is not likely going to happen on this day but we have done it.

We will have another walk later today.

After the vet appointment ….. coffee with the girls …… coffee with one of the girls as the other is busy this weekend.

Nice to get together with friends and catch up on the goings of each household.

I love watching the trees swaying in the wind.

We did have some rain for a few hours last evening which cancelled our walk with our friends.

Rain good for our plants and flowers and grass and trees.

All plant life is the most beautiful green at the moment.

Also last night before and after supper I worked on the back lawn ….. which worked out perfectly with the rain later in the evening.

My neighbour gave our front lawn a proper cut and it looks amazing …. which worked out perfectly with the rain later in the evening.

We had perfect timing …..

I have these spaces in my back garden now because of the shrub removal earlier in the year.

So I have a grand idea that will not cost me any money and I like that idea.

I have these tall – planters (heavy not made from plastic or resin).

One of the planters is on the deck just holding some solar lights and the other is tucked away in the garage.

One of them had partially disintegrated and so I placed it in the garage.

Just a bit on the bottom ….. making it not look nice.

Anyway I think I can make one or both of them work in the garden space.

They can be actually planters or some kind of cool holder …..

Excited to get going …..

Well now to write my 60 days to 60 which is now 54 days to 60.

I am both excited and nervous …..

Have an awesome Saturday.

Also, my daughter may be coming for a visit.

That is always GREAT NEWS for us.

We love having her over …..

Special Hello to: my daughter and son-in-law who always give us love and support.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 4th day of May, 2017.

What a gorgeous morning outside.

I had planned this weekend to work hard and get everything or most items done on Saturday so that Alvin and I could take a walk to one of the “northern parks.”

It was our “spring, early summer” adventure before it gets too hot.

So yesterday after four hours Alvin had another haircut and bath.

OMG, I had even more anxiety than he had by the third hour….. if he would just let me know it ….. the haircut would be over in likely about one hour.

After that, it was six loads of laundry, mowed the front lawn including my neighbours that we share and the back, weeded by the garage on both sides, vacuumed upstairs and main floor, cleaned two out of the three

bathrooms, made pizza for supper and made chocolate pumpkin muffins ….. and then crashed.

We did not even go for a walk ….. we both were done.

So this morning after getting up ….. having breakfast ….. got dressed and headed out.

We spent about two hours outside walking and even sat down at the North park on one of the benches.

I placed Alvin on my lap and we sat there enjoying the cool breeze.

WHERE ARE THE GEESE?

Then we  saw some two geese and a gosling managed to snap some photos.

Bear in mind some are a bit shaky as I was holding Mr. Alvin who was sniffing and investigating on his leash, the camera, and his bottle of water.

So it was tricky to say the least.

As I was trying to take some photos of the geese with the goslings – a lady stopped and held Alvin while I quickly snapped some photos.

Also I had to keep stopping to delete some old photos.

Note to self:  time to buy a new memory card.

I always download the photos but I do not like to delete them all.

It was fun …..

Mr. Alvin wanted to come home even before we got past the middle park.

But I pushed him to go further.

We stopped for several water breaks (for Mr. Alvin).

I carry water for him but not for me.

So here are the photos that we took on our little adventure and then I need COFFEE

 

The geese are the first ones that we saw.  These photos are from what I nicknamed the “Northern Park.”

 Oh, the goslings were so cute.  Two adult geese were watching over the gaggle of goslings.  I could not count how many there were …….

Wild roses ….. the fragrance filled the air.  The roses by our park are not blooming ….. I hope they do.

Okay time for that coffee which has been brewed for several minutes now.

Ready to kick back and relax.

Happy Sunday.

Special Hello to: all those nature lovers …… nothing better than a walk with trees, geese, roses and a cool breeze and Mr. Alvin, of course.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 27th day of May, 2017.

It is a glorious morning here in Edmonton with the sunny shining full blast and a breeze to keep it all in check.

The birds are singing.

There were an assortment of birds landing and taking off from our deck this morning.

Alvin wanted to catch the magpie.

But I invited him back into the house.

Birds are free to fly …..

Alvin not so much.

 

Excitement ….. we are hosting a Birthday Party for one of my friends who happens to live in the neighbourhood.

I do love a good party.

Nothing better than friends, coffee and CAKE.

Great way to begin a weekend.

After the party Alvin and I will check in with our friends and perhaps take a walk followed by the ZOO.

I am excited to go with my daughter to the ZOO this evening for our OFFICE PARTY.

Two events in one day ……

BUSY and I LOVE IT.

So excited to spend the day with my dear girl friends and my daughter.

Alvin will be happy to have so many girls around …..

 

Well 35 minutes to party time.

Just have to remove the p.j.’s and get some actual clothes on …..

Sipping on coffee ….. putting clothes away from the laundry that I did last night.

The cake was baked last night and I just iced it a few minutes ago.

Decorated last night.

Wrapped the gift and wrote up a card last night.

House clean.

I think we are almost ready except to put on a fresh pot of coffee.

I could not wait till 10:00 a.m. …. so I made a pot earlier for another neighbour and I to share.

She lives next door ….. we share a pot of coffee on the weekends.

 

Beautiful weather …. I am so giddy with excitement for the most PERFECT DAY.

I hope that wherever you are and whatever you are doing that you are surrounded by loving, kind and generous of heart people.

I am so blessed.

SO blessed.

 

Have an awesome Saturday.

Back tomorrow with photos of the ZOO ….. so excited …… I hear that they have paddle boats so hoping to try that out.

 

Special Hello to:  YOU, my friend ….. you rock.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 21st day of May, 2017.

Another glorious morning here in Edmonton.

Alvin officially has the title of “Out of bed Enforcer.”

He will do whatever it takes to get his Momma out of bed ….. this morning starting at before 4:00 a.m.

I have to just get up stay up.

Not perhaps at 4:00 a.m. but the next time he instructs me.

We are just on our way out for a morning walk …. there is plenty of sunshine and a slight breeze making it PERFECTO.

I must tell you about our yesterday ….

Yesterday it started with mowing the grass in the back, transplanting some flowers my friend “P” gave us, cleaning the back garden and the rocks.

While I was trying to dig out the rose bush that has been unhealthy for a few years …. I had to ask for help.

Just happened that Alvin noticed our neighbour “S” at her patio door ……

She was over in a second to help remove the rose bush and then ended up helping to pull out the huge shrub.

It was the centre piece of that garden but showed absolutely no signs of life.

Brown and broken …..no green.

So we dug it out.

The roots were huge.

So the garden is a mess.

Two small shrubs remain.

I cleaned the rocks.

Now it is ready for me to remove them, pull out the black cloth and fill the garden with some good soil.

So we are part way there.

I can hardly wait to go and get some flowers.

My flowers in the front bed are growing like crazy well at least most of them.

I had to pull out two that I had purchased from a nearby nursery about three years ago. ARGH.

Not sure how much dirt I am going to need.

BAGS or maybe a yard of dirt or half a yard?

How much really is a yard of dirt?

I have seen the bags that are a yard and honestly do not get it?

Well Mr. Alvin is ready for our walk and perhaps a little adventure.

Time to grab his water bottle.

Have an awesome Sunday.

We, will.

Then home after the walk – make some coffee – perhaps enjoy some on the deck under the umbrella and then bake a chocolate ginger loaf (from Steeped Tea) for the barbecue.

Happy Sunday……

YAY ….. it is summer.

No longer are we freezing in the house.

Last night it was 72 degrees in the house – 12 degrees warmer than two days ago.

Special Hello to: all those folks who take the time to follow our story ….. me and Alvin.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 20th day of May, 2017.

Well I have now been up for a bit and I must say not as long as Mr. Alvin would have liked ….

He was trying to get me up since 7:00 a.m. and before …..

We were up at 4:30 for his breakfast and visit outdoors.

I wanted to stay in bed but not him.

He had the right idea.

Note to self:  get thee back end up earlier …..

This morning is absolutely gorgeous.

My neighbour called when I was still deciding whether or not to get up off the sofa so that was the deciding factor.

Have had coffee with my neighbour, a visit and breakfast.

Now time to get down to things.

I have a list of things that I want to do most of being outdoors.

In our back yard I have a small raised corner “shrub/flower” bed that needs to be semi deconstructed.

I want to wash the rocks that are on top, clean up the shrubs as some do not appear to have made the winter, remove the rocks, the black cloth and top up the soil; oh and pull out the roses which are not doing well.

Now I do not have the soil so I will only get the rocks prepared for now.

The bed just needs some TLC as it has been seven years since it was built.

The sky is blue and the sun is shining so I can bring out the cushions for the patio furniture.

Pull up the umbrella on the bistro table ….. time to have coffee on the deck once again.

Anyway lots to do.

I have some flowers that my friends gave me that are in the house waiting patiently to be potted.

I think it is safe to plant them …… if it gets cold at night I will take the pot into the garage.

Anyway …. I love this time of year …… putzing in the yard in the dirt.

Always great to get your hands dirty.

I can hardly wait for my trip to buy flowers for my pots.

Happy Saturday.

For all you Canadians out there “Happy Long Weekend” as it is the Victoria Day weekend.

Alvin is ready to get going.

It will be nice for him to spend time with me outside.

We can work and play in between.

Have a wonderful day.

Special Hello to: all my friends and family.

Always, Carol & Alvin

The garden that I am speaking about is the one beside/behind the railing .

Now there are shrubs much bigger but that is from the first summer, first built summer of 2010.

WOW, seems like yesterday but now 7 years ago.

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 13th day of May, 2017.

The rain has definitely set in ….. no clear blue sky to be seen.

The sky is a light grey colour.

A bit on the windy side.

Perfect for our walk to the Vet this morning.

Mr. Alvin has his 6 week pedicure and bum squeeze (perhaps that is a bit personal, sorry Alvin).

We will don as close to rain gear as we have for our walk.

I am very grateful that Dr. K. is only a ten minute walk from our house.

 

Will enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee on the return home.

 

Looks like this is going to be an indoor kind of weekend.

Although I may just go out and clean up the walk way.

I was thoroughly disgusted last night as I walked through on my way home.

Even if I just clean that up I will feel better …. wet and heavy, I do not care.

Has to be done.

Just getting worse.

Perhaps if people see me out in the rain …… they might think twice.

Likely not but one has to remain positive, right.

 

I hope that you all have an awesome Saturday.

Whether wet or dry.

Be kind and generous and POLITE.

Please.

 

Time to go and capture Mr. Alvin to don his harness and jacket.

He is going to love that….. not really.

 

Happy Saturday.

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

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