It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Wednesday Morning,

Alvin and I enjoyed another wonderful walk last night in the warm air.

So happy to see the sidewalks becoming more and more clear of ice and snow.

The moon has been glorious for the past few days.

Full, round and present.

I have seen some of the photos taken in New York City and the moon appeared to be sitting beside the city skyline of skyscrapers.

So beautiful.

The colour appeared different than it has here in Edmonton, a few thousand miles away.

2427 miles to be precise ( that is what google is for when we are not quite sure ).

My moon shots were not that great.

Perhaps if I played with the settings on my iPhone, I could have taken better shots but that is okay.

Not everyone is gifted with the eye for taking great, spectacular photos.

I am good at other things.

Like we all are ….

We all have our special gifts.

When you are having a moment and believe that you are not special, that just is not so.

Every single being on this planet, every spark of life, is special and holds a place within the biosphere we call Earth.

I know that it may be difficult some days to think in this way but we must.

No one person is any better than the next.

We all have our quirks, our desires, our ambitions, our creative energies, the way we comb our hair to the way we handle our days.

If we learn to stop, smell the roses, take the time to relax and just be.

Be well, be good within ourselves.

Perhaps maybe we may realize how special each creature is to our very existence.

I hope so anyway.

That is not to say that we all do not have those moments, oh believe, you me …. I have them.

We all do and that is part of what it is to be human.

We run the gamut of emotions.

 

Well it is almost time to head back downstairs to finish the “getting ready” process.

There be poop to pick up (as always), some last minute snuggles with my boy, lunch to grab out of the fridge.

The coat, the mitts, the scarf and the boots and remember to take my purse and phone.

 

I wish you the best of Wednesdays.

Happy Birthday to all those celebrating today.

May you be covered in eternal joy, good health and enjoy much laughter and abundance.

 

Days to be filled with kindness and respect.

Today will be …..

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Living … One day at a time.

Hello, what a gorgeous morning.

Mr. Alvin and I are just in from a glorious walk.

Only meet up with two sets of folks out walking with their pups.

One was a 14 year old with his/her Mom & Dad and they were close to us so we stopped after checking with them first.

Said hello.

The other was on the way home and it was a large dog with his Dad.

They were on the opposite side of the street.

That dog clearly wanted to come to our side of the street but the Dad kept on walking.

Likely better.

We stopped and took in the sights as we walked around the ponds on our walk.

So beautiful.

There was/is a bit of a cold breeze which felt so refreshing as it feels like a warm one coming.

The sky is a brilliant blue with no rain clouds in sight.

We did not see the geese anywhere in plain view.

So likely they were in the shade of the trees by the water.

Birds chirping their morning songs as we walked along.

I appreciate the work that some folks put into their yards.

Filled with beautiful flowers of every description; manicured shrubs and lawns.

We managed to get both the front and back lawn mowed yesterday.

My neighbour mowed the front with her electric mower and I mowed my back.

We take turns mowing the front lawn.

 

So excited as today is finally the day that I have planned to get this room back to normal.

Or at least most of it.

Some of the items that will be hung – will have to wait until I have extra hands.

Unfortunately Alvin’s paws won’t work.

I know that he wants to help.

 

Yesterday we changed things about slightly on the main floor (not furniture), dusted, vacuumed and washed the floors.

Today it is all about the upstairs.

Mainly the office.

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

Breakfast first.

Oh, my toaster gave up/gave out yesterday so had to use the oven broiler to make my toast.

The toaster does not owe me anything as I had it for ten years.

But will have to get another one shortly.

Coffee is ready …..

 

Also after trying in vain to find a new spot for my LARGE plant, like it was an umbrella plant; I gave it to my neighbour.

She was happy as one of hers just recently passed.

So it worked out for everyone.

Beautiful healthy plant.

But just TOO big to fit in nicely.

 

I hope that this Sunday brings you great joy.

That you show kindness and respect to all living creatures and it is shown in return.

Happy Sunday.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 8th day of March, 2019.

Woke up extra early ….. Alvin needed to go outside.

Then we hit the sofa for more sleep.

As our sofa is so comfy, I always make sure to set the timer on the microwave so that we do not sleep in…..

Only thing with that is ….. have to do it in chunks of 99.99 minutes.

When you are up at 2:30 a.m.  …… you get the picture.

Oh well, it is Friday.

So tomorrow morning it doesn’t matter.

I only thought of this now but I guess I could set the timer on the stove instead of the microwave…..

Holy catfish ….. what a great idea!!

 

We also woke up to SNOW.

Yup, it has been snowing since 2:30 a.m.

Or at least at our house.

Perhaps Mother Nature did this as we were up …..

Creating a bit of magic as with the lights on ….. appeared to be a large blanket of diamonds.

Can you imagine?

A blanket of diamonds the size of my deck.

That would be worth a couple of $2.00.

WOW.

 

Alvin and I went for a walk last night but only went part way before he headed back home.

For the second night in a row there has been a cold breeze.

I hope that tonight it is warm and no wind so that we can go the whole way round.

 

I am grateful that today is Friday.

Three things on my TO DO LIST.

The most important things to get done.

  1.  finish my Income Tax (doing all the extra stuff when you have Commission based business). I will be more prepared next year.  Lesson learned.
  2. wash floors up and down
  3. laundry, always laundry.

I hope that we have good days for walking this weekend.

Two of my friends are back from their month long holidays.

One from Mexico and the other from Hawaii.

Wow, I can only imagine.

Being in a tropical spot ….. laying on a lounge chair on a beach ….. palm trees swaying …. sipping on a fruity drink ….. taking in the sunshine.

Mmmmmmm.

Yup, that would be great.

 

Well I wish you all the very best Friday.

If it is snowing where you are ….. turn on a outside light or look where the street lamps are shining and you will discover a blanket of diamonds.

Truly makes one day.

I can close my eyes and see the snow sparkling.

So beautiful.

 

BE kind to yourself and to others.

BE kind to all the creatures living on this earth.

Remember we share this place.

We DO NOT own this place.

 

Special Hello to: my dear sister ….. close your eyes …. aren’t they pretty?

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 8th day of April, 2018.

The sun is shining and I think that I heard a bird chirping earlier in the morning.

There is now a light blanket of snow covering everything.

Over the course of the morning thus far it has been snowing in between the sunshine breaks.

The house is not quiet as me Alvin is back home once again.

We went to bed a bit later than normal and I read for awhile.

He did not get up until 6:22 a.m. and then only wanted to go outside, not wishing to eat.

So we headed back to the sofa until just after 8:00 a.m.

It still took him several minutes to eat which was about 8:30 a.m.

He shows no signs of distress or anxiety.

 

I think of all the creatures big and small on this earth so may not be quite so fortunate.

They are living in constant danger and fear.

Anxiety is a way of life.

How sad is that.

I just do not believe that we as humans have continued through the ages to be such mean, horrible, vindictive creatures.

Why?

What is the purpose?

Is it all about power, greed and money?

At some point in the near future we have to step away from that and simply to the right thing.

What would be so wrong about that?

I know that it is not everyone.

I know that there are so many good people.

But even us good people live in denial.

We do not look after the environment nor each other.

Let us face it ….. most people live their lives in denial and with blinders on.

As long as it does not directly impact our lives, we just say “It is not my fault”  or “Let the government fix things.”

Well I am here to tell you ….. it is YOUR fault and MINE.

Why would we think that the government would fix things when we do not?

We elect them.

 

Food for thought.

Please it all starts with being good residents.

Good residents of your home, of your neighbourhood, of your city or town, of your country and of this planet.

We should care about the future generations, what kind of planet will they live on?

If you have any kind of imagination, it is most scary, to say the least.

Start by picking up the trash in and around your home.

Pack your garbage and recycling properly.

There are winds in every area of CANADA.

Make sure that you check with your municipality to make sure that you are placing the proper items in the blue bins or recycling bags.

If not, they cannot be recycled.

This costs each municipality MILLIONS of DOLLARS each year.

It is up to each and every one of us to make this right.

Not the government and not your neighbour, it all starts with YOU …..

 

I hope that you have a great Sunday.

Special Hello to: all those folks who strive each and every day to make this planet healthy and safe for every creature.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 16th day of October, 2017.

What a glorious Sunday we had …. beautiful warm day.

Alvin and I loved our walk.

He sniffed and I took in the sights.

Back to work.

Why is it that Monday morning always seems to show up so quickly?

Time is supposed to pass at the same rate but really does not appear to.

Oh well.

Back to work.

We had a busy weekend but relaxing and productive.

Yesterday got groceries, finished the laundry, walked with Alvin, started some Christmas projects and assisted my neighbour in fixing my entrance light.

YAY …..

 

So today is our civic election here in Edmonton.

If you live in Edmonton, please go and vote.

 

Have an awesome Monday everyone.

Special Hello to: all my fellow Earthlings ….. remember we share this planet with all creature and we owe them kindness, compassion and respect.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 13th day of September, 2017.

Dark outside and started to rain sometime after 4:30 a.m. this morning.

It is quite dry so a bit of rain is great for the plants and grass.

With the temperatures cooling down a bit – time to grab the spring/fall jacket.

Seems funny having long pants on two days in a row.

My legs feel odd.

Isn’t that the way it goes after all summer wearing shorts/capris/skirts and the like with bare legs.

Then fall comes and some days you need to wear pants.

That is the way she goes.

 

Well I am running a bit late ….. the extra clothing and lace-up shoes …… need time for that …..

I will say that we certainly enjoyed taking our walk last night – soon after Alvin had his supper.

 

Happy Wednesday you all.

To all those folks in the areas hit by the Hurricanes and flooding we are thinking of you.

We hope you are safe, dry and warm.

 

Special Hello to: my fellow human beings – please be kind to each other, to the planet and to all creatures big and small.  We need each other to survive.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 10th day of November, 2016.

Happy Birthday to my brother who rests with the angels, he would have been 53 today.

Gone but not forgotten.

 

The mornings are now dark until I am at work.

It is dark now as I walk home from the bus after work.

Up in the dark and down in the dark.

It is that time of year.

Our walk last night was so beautiful.

I wore a long sleeved t-shirt and a vest instead of a jacket and was plenty warm.

 

Perhaps you are feeling a little blah today with everything that is going on around the world and in your life.

Here is something to think about or ponder.

Hope is what separates us from every other living creature on this planet, and our ability to accessorize.

Perhaps we are not the most intelligent creatures on the planet but we are hopeful.

( I used “ability to accessorize” from part of a line from one of my all-time favourite movies “Steel Magnolias” ).

So no matter what is going on around you just remember there is always hope, always.

As long as human beings inhabit this planet there will always be hope.

It is what gets us out of bed in the morning.

It is what gives us the drive to do better.

It is what gives us a reason to live.

 

Have a great Thursday.

Special Hello to: my friends back home.

Always, Carol and Alvin

P.S. so excited for Saturday as my daughter and I are taking our Dear Stella Jewellery inventory to a craft sale.

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday August 18th, 2016.

It feels like fall in the mornings now as it drastically cools off at night.

Feels refreshing and is pleasant to sleep.

Alvin likes to sit on the deck for a few minutes until I call him into the house so that I can get ready for work.

We are fast approaching my favourite time of year.

The temperatures are most comfortable at this time of year on the prairies.

Which is nice for all creatures.

I see many posts from family and friends who are busy canning and putting away their garden crops.

I think most gardens seem to have done very well with the moisture and sunshine.

Some were damaged beyond repair in the summer storms that we had quite often.

 

Well here we are at Thursday already.

The 18th of August …..

I am grateful this day to be loved, appreciated, supported in whatever venture I take on, to be employed, and most of all to be surrounded by the dearest people on this planet.

I am truly blessed.

Family – Friends, they surround me.

Well I kind of slept in this morning – I think my body thinks I should be hibernating or at least preparing.

No actually it was likely the cup of coffee that I decided to have after I got home from work.

Or maybe it was because I just kept thinking of life and dreaming and waking up.

Whatever the reason, morning is here and I must get off to work.

Wishing you a splendid day …

Remember to keep it simple …… love your life and live your life……

Happy Thursday.

 

Special Hello to: all my fellow bloggers ….. great job everyone!

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 18th day of June, 2016.

A beautiful morning in the neighbourhood.

Sun shining and the air has a crispness to it still until the sun warms it all.

Had a cup of coffee with one of my neighbours this morning and working on laundry.

I have a long list to do and quite frankly I am at a stand still as to what to do next.

Likely the outdoor things as tomorrow is supposed to rain.

I guess start somewhere.

Mid afternoon I am planning to go and canvas for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

So much to do ….. not enough hours in the day.

Well I am going to get this show on the road.

Not putting things off any longer ….

Just get started.

That is my thought for this bright and sunny Saturday …. just start somewhere.

Have a wonderful day.

Special Hello to: all those folks who treat themselves, all creatures big and small and the earth with respect and kindness.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 29th day of March, 2016.

Today is a day that I cannot quite articulate my thoughts.

Here I shall try …..

 

 

              LIGHT

For all the Stars in the Heavens.

For all the Love in our Hearts.

For all the Boys would who be Men.

For all the Girls would who be Women.

For all the Creatures roaming this Earth.

For every Moment of Every Day.

For every Light that Shines.

For every Moment there is.

Let your heart be open – let your heart be light.

Let the love flow through.

Let the love be light.

 

Written by CLewis, March 29, 2016.

Trying to put my thoughts to paper ….

 

Special Hello to: my daughter and son-in-law and our dearest Elton …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

 

 

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