Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 1st day of November, 2017.

Woke up to SNOW, SNOW and more SNOW.

Poor Mr. Alvin did not wish to go out to the back yard.

The first snowfall always makes him hesitant.

 

We had an awesome Halloween.

I dressed up as a Hippie and it went over well.

Pretty comfortable costume, I will say.

That is the mark of a great costume – if you can comfortably wear it all day or most of the day.

We got to pick the best costumes at our office and at noon we had the best POTLUCK ever.

The food was great and the treats even better.

I had a pasta (macaroni) with cheese and veggies.

It turned out so yummy.

I wrote the recipe down.

That is the trouble I always make up recipes and then do not usually write them down.

I am getting better at writing them down.

Last night the first treater showed up at our house at 5:45.

I was sort of surprised to see the boy get out of a vehicle.

I asked him as he was older, I would say 11-12 approximately “if he lived in the neighbourhood?”

He said no.

I asked him where and he named an area about 10 minutes or so away.

AS I was asking questions, asked him why they would drive to our area and he said we give bigger and better treats.

Yikes, I thought.

So because we give better treats people are driving their kids here.

There were several vehicles that stopped and let kids out.

Some would be due to the weather but some come from elsewhere.

Funny ….

I had about 92 treaters.

There were a couple of times that my steps were filled with children so I may have missed one or two.

This is the least amount that I have had since I moved to Edmonton.

Two cute stories from last night.

First one:  the doorbell rang and there were three boys and a man standing just a few feet away from the steps.

I answered the door with the obligatory “Happy Halloween” and proceeded to hand out some treats.

The man stood more into the light and said “Hello” …. we just wanted to thank you again for bringing our dog home ….

One of the boys said “yes, thank you so much for bringing (cannot remember dog’s name) home.

I almost cried.

This is a dog that had accidentally got out of the yard.

Anyway, it has been about three years since this happened and every year they stop by to thank me.

How sweet.

Good deeds do not go unnoticed.

The second story …..  Alvin was on his leash as he loves to check out the children and as we know so many of them ….. he was right with me at the door.

One of the Dad’s said from the darkness ….. “Hi, Alvin …. he is so cute” and stepped into the light and here was this guy that I had met on the bus.

So Alvin is a star.

We had fun.

I took some photos on my tablet but unable to get downloaded but here are some from work and home from my camera.

Then gotta run.

Decided better not to post photos of people as I do not have their permission.  The two officers (reflections) were/are masked.

Have an awesome Wednesday.

Special Hello to:  you

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 1st day of November, 2016.

Last night was perfect for the Trick & Treaters.

We had about “98” that I could count … might have missed couple.

Sometimes there would be none and then there would be a gaggle of them.

It is always fun seeing all of the costumes.

Lots of our friends from around the neighbourhood dropped by.

Alvin and I both enjoyed seeing everyone.

He loves seeing all the kids.

Each year he settles down a bit more.

I still put his leash on because I am afraid that he would join them.

We had a few people suggest that I dress him up and we go out.

So I thought that may be a good idea.

I would do things in reverse.

With not being at home and no one to hand out treats – might as well just take a big bag of candy with us and hand it out as we walk around the

neighbourhood from house to house.

We had a good Halloween potluck at work and most everyone participated in the costume contest.

The top three were awesome:  Zombie, Broken China Doll and Three Blind Mice.

Carol’s Creepy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies were a smash, none leftover.

It was a great Halloween.

 

Tonight will take down the Halloween decorations and make way for the Christmas stuff.

Oh, overnight we received some snow.

Just hanging onto the lawns, cars and buildings and the sidewalks are wet so likely icy.

Snow boots with grips today are on the menu.

I am going to leave a few minutes early.

 

Well almost time to leave for work.

I hope that you had a safe, happy Halloween.

Have a wonderful Tuesday.

 

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

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 31st day of October, 2016.

Happy Halloween Everyone.

It is eerily FoGGy outside this morning.

Please drive safe to work if you live in our area.

Here is how our home decorates for Halloween:

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We do not go FANCY.

We do not go FRIGHTFUL.

We do not go FREAKY.

We just do FUN.

We just take a few fun things that we have and decorate for my second favourite day of the year.

The next one is right around the corner.

FRom OUR home to YoUrs, HaPPy HaLLowEEn.

Alvin says eat some candy but not too much.

Have a wonderful day and I hope that the weather stays nice for all the kiddies and their parents.

 

Special Hello to: All ThE TrIcK or TrEATors out there.

Always, The Spider Witch and Mr. Alvin

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 30th day of October, 2016.

It is overcast and has been all weekend.

No sight of the sun.

It is on those days that one seems to lose energy.

It is on those days that one just wants to eat and to sleep.

It is on those days that you just want to bake cookies, right?

Well that I did last night.

With tomorrow being Halloween our office holds it’s Annual Halloween Potluck.

This year I decided to take my “famous” Carol’s Creepy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies.”

It is my forever Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

Only this time as I made a quadruple batch the first ones spread out on the cookie sheet because I use butter and waited to add

a bit extra flour until after the first couple of dozen.

They are big and extra chewy, which is perfect for Halloween.

I added some more flour after that, and they were less chewy and for the final ones I added some of my “Salad Topper” which is

dried cranberries and seeds.

Decided not to take those to work in case of allergies.

But the cookies whether the first ones made or the last ones are all super YUMMY.

I have the best recipe for sure.

The past couple of days I have been trying to think of what to be this year.

Has to be easy.

Has to be something that I can make up without buying anything and voile I am going to be the “Spider Witch.”

I have black pants and a black long-sleeved top.

I have a black full length cape.

The best thing of all I have this black and purple witch hat which is unique because on the netting that comes down over the face is covered

with baby spiders.

Perfection.

I also borrowed a big spider from my daughter.

He will be placed accordingly.

I used to have spider earrings but am not sure where they may be.

If I can find them today I will be wearing them.

A bit of makeup, a couple of funky antique rings and black shoes and I am SO ready.

No current cost.

I will post my Halloween decorations tomorrow.

For Tuesday I will post a photo of me in my costume.

Hard to take a full length “selfie” of oneself.

Alvin is not too good at taking photos.

He has tried but it is not easy for the little guy.

Well time to go and have breakfast and COFFEE.

Have a wonderful day.

Special Hello to: all those people who love to dress up and decorate for Halloween.

Always, Carol and Alvin.

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 25th day of October, 2016.

Dark outside.

Rained overnight.

I could feel the moisture in the air last night as it cooled off during our walk.

Hopefully the roads are not icy.

Still reasonably mild.

Well almost Halloween.

Do you like Halloween?

Do you dress up?

Do you stay home and greet the “Treaters?”

I love Halloween.

I decorate my house inside and out.

I normally dress up.

We are encouraged to dress up at work.

We also have a Halloween potluck which brings out some truly creative dishes and treats.

Some years are more elaborate than others.

Most times I just pull together something from my “tickle trunk.”

Actually I had a tickle trunk so to speak years ago and when I moved to Alberta, I gave away most of my Halloween costume items and decorations.

So over the passed few years I have slowly amassing some Halloween items.

My favourite costumes have been made from take pieces from my closet and adding some makeup.

Surprising what you can do with little or no money.

Trust me if there is a way – I will find it.

There is no reason to spend a fortune on a costume that you will likely wear for only a few hours.

I have snapped photos of my decorations and will post them closer to Halloween.

Nothing fancy just a few things in my house and outside.

Some of my neighbours clearly enjoy decorating as they have strung  white spider webs all throughout their trees.

I think it might be interesting taking it down.

Well here we go again time to leave for work.

I want to get away on time just in case it is a bit icy.

Have a wonderful Tuesday.

Special Hello to: my sister.  Miss you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 23rd day of September, 2016.

Second day of Autumn for 2016.

We had a bit of rain overnight and this morning.

I will be taking my umbrella just in case.

So grateful for such wonderful neighbours.

One of my neighbours was home yesterday so she came over and let Mr. Alvin outside into the back yard for a bathroom break, visited with him and gave him a couple of treats.

Thank you “S” ….. we are so grateful to have you as a neighbour.

Sometimes when you are having a bit of a pity party.

Sit down, lay down or just stand there and close your eyes.

If you gave it even a second of thought you would realize that you have so much to be grateful for …..

 

Well I am running late and the bus will not wait.

I hope that you all have a great Friday.

Keep dry, warm, cool and happy – wherever you reside on this beautiful amazing planet of ours.

Happy Friday.

Thank you.

Special Hello to: my friends back home.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 1st of November, 2015.

We had a great Halloween.

85 children came to our door.

There were gypsies, Luigi and Mario, princesses, puppies, ghosts, cats and so many more.

Really great costumes.

Alvin was so good.

I had him on his red leash which is shorter, and he was so excited to see some of our neighbours and, of course some new people.

Near the end of the evening …. he was laying on the sofa and when the door bell rang and I said “stay” …. he actually stayed.

Totally surprised me.

Just looked at the kids from the sofa.

I believe he truly was pooped.

He was happy to see so many of our friends.

The costumes did not freak him out at all.

Well in a few minutes after I finish here …. it will be outside to take down the Halloween decorations and place them into the garage.

Then take down in the house and start bringing up the Christmas stuff from the basement.

I am so excited. ….. in fact when Alvin got up (which he thought 3 was 4 …. which is odd because he has been waking up a hour early for the past week) I wanted to stay up and start the process.

My daughter is coming over to help with the Christmas Tree ……. we will have hot chocolate and a special treat …. watch a Christmas movie …… so much fun.

The sky is overcast (it rained last night from about 7:30 onward) …..

Some of the kids managed to get out before it started ….

I guess it did not pour just drizzling.

Okay I am so excited …. please excuse me I have to go and get the Halloween stuff down so that I can bring up the Christmas stuff.

OMG ….. so excited.

I will be able to sit on my sofa this evening with the tree lights on ……

My favourite thing.

Have an awesome day.

Special Hello to: all my friends out there who like to put up their Christmas trees on November 1st ……

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 31st and last day of October, 2015.

Happy Halloween All.

I am expecting about 5 p.m. to have some Trick or Treaters to our door.

It is always exciting to see all of the costumes.

Sometimes there is a theme running through them.

Depends on the fad of the day.

Yesterday at the office our group won a PIZZA PARTY.

We received so many compliments for our costumes.

Snow White, the 7 Dwarves, the Evil Queen and her Mirror.

It was so much fun.

I ran to run an errand outside the office in the afternoon and one woman on the street initially thought I was Santa Claus until she saw the name on my toque “GRUMPY.”

It was funny because I was not dressed in red (my shirt underneath my coat was red but my coat was black).

The white beard confused people.

Others did not think that I looked like a Grumpy.

It was fun.

We had a pot luck in the office for lunch with so much food including awesome desserts.

There were so many great costumes.

An older woman, trolls, clown, Minnie Mouse, a show girl, the three fairies from Cinderella (great costumes) and many more.

Oh, on the way home from work on the bus I was showing the photos of our costumes to a friend and the lady beside her asked “where did you buy your costumes?”

I replied “we made them.”

She said that her friends wanted to go as that “theme” next year.

It was a great day.

Well before the treaters come about I have to do some errands and take Mr. Alvin for a walk.

It was raining hard on my home from work last night.

Now did that seem strange on October 30, 2015.

I hope that you all have an awesome Halloween.

Enjoy and be safe.

Be good out there.

I will post some Halloween photos tomorrow …..

Tomorrow the tree goes up …..

What an exciting weekend.

Special Hello to: all those people who participate in Halloween, have fun and be safe.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 30th day of October, 2015.

The second last day of October.

One sleep until Halloween.

Two sleeps until my Christmas Tree goes up.

YAY on all counts.

Today we are dressing up at work.

Our group is dressing up as Snow White and the Seven Dwarves ….. complete with the Wicked Queen….

The girls decorated our area so we are reminded of the fairy tale.

Mmmm ….. butterflies ……. banners flying (castle)…..trees …… we have a creative bunch.

I am excited to see how everyone dressed.

I am one of the dwarves …. GRUMPY …… I just was having an off day when they were deciding who would be who.

OH well …… someone has to do it.

I will share some photos later.

Alvin was wondering why I was dressing the way that I am ……

On this day where children will be dressing up to go to school and parents dressing up at work …..

Keep your eyes peeled for folks in costumes and who may not be able to see clearly from behind masks and such.

I hope that you have an awesome Friday ……

Hey this could be “FREAKY FRIDAY” …….

Special Hello to:  all those people who love to dress up.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 1st day of November, 2014.

Once month closer to Christmas, and the day that I put up my Christmas Tree.

This year I have my daughter right here to help with the actual putting up of the tree.

The decorating is the easy part just takes the longest.

My tree is big and difficult for one person to put up … so I appreciate the help close by.

Looks like the sun is coming out so a good opportunity to take down the Halloween decorations.

Rake the lawn one last time.

I worked at the store last night but my daughter and son-in-law were here to hand out treats.

Lots of kids despite the rainy evening.

There were lots of people in the mall last night with their children out treating.

Lots of amazing costumes at our office and also at the mall.

I hope that you have an awesome Saturday.

I have laundry to do and Halloween decorations to take down and then up goes the TREE.

YAY ……

Happy First of November …… time changes here early Sunday morning ……

Special Hello to: my friends who live all over the world.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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