Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 1st day of April, 2017.

Happy April’s Fool’s Day …..

It is overcast here in Edmonton (for real) and has been raining off and on for the past few hours.

I will point out that it had not rained here when we were up at 3:30 a.m. and 4:40 a.m. (Alvin’s clock is just a TAD bit off).

We have his regular appointment at the Vet at 10:00 a.m. so will be leaving in just over 1/2 hour.

We, er I just have time to have a cup of coffee which is downstairs having finished brewing when I was getting ready.

I can smell those toasty hazelnuts.

This is a new blend – come highly recommended by my daughter.

So my neighbour and I will be drinking hazelnut coffee for a bit.

Mmmmmm mmmmmmm mmmmm

Yesterday both on my way to work and on the way home I filled a regular plastic grocery bag.

I figured if I take something to put the trash in and have my trusty “purple glove” on that I can pick up most everything.

They are the non-latex ones as I am allergic and I have a good supply of them.

This way helps keep the trash down to a dull roar.

I am amazed by how much was on the walk home (knowing that I had picked up every little piece just last Sunday).

Kind of heart wrenching to think that so many people have no thoughts about the environment and just toss their “crap” on the ground as they go.

Oh well.

I am trying to do what I can.

 

Well I should get going here so that I can have that cup of coffee before his appointment.

I can always have another when we get home.

Luckily for us his Doctor is only about a few minute walk from our house.

So grateful for that ….

 

Well Happy Saturday everyone.

Have a great Saturday.

Enjoy the day …..

 

Special Hello to: my daughter who will have a gaggle of young lasses with her today and they are going to the movies.  Have fun.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 8th day of January, 2017.

Just saw a magpie (bird) fly by my office window.

The sky remains overcast with the morning cloud cover but in gapes I can see pure blue sunny sky.

It is quiet in the house.

Alvin is laying in the hallway waiting for me to come downstairs and start our day.

We were up several hours earlier so that he could go outside and have his breakfast, of course.

But then I felt it was too early to rise so back to bed (not the sofa this time).

Last night my sleep was filled with many dreams.

Unfortunately I do not remember them.

We have had a good weekend.

Yesterday my daughter and our newest addition came to visit before and after Aspen’s Doctor visit.

I love having them over.

Aspen tried her best to induce Alvin to play but he just could not find his way yet.

He will.

We feel as we watch interact that they will one day soon.

One of those things ….. they just need to spend more time together.

Alvin is not a puppy any longer so things sometimes take longer.

One of those “age” things ….. which I can attest to.

Baby Milo has already figured things out but then they are with each hour 24 hours each day.

Aspen is such a sweet creature, and I am so happy that she has joined our family.

We love her and I am grateful that she found her way to us at the most perfect of times.

She brings a loving, calm, peaceful presence with her.

She is a YING to Milo’s YANG.

They balance each other.

She will continue to teach him good things.

He is definitely still a puppy and she has taken the mother role.

We do miss our Elton and Miss Penny, and they will forever be in our hearts and minds.

 

As time passes on the younger ones will take over most of our everyday thoughts.

But always our beloved Elton and Penny will be in our hearts.

There is room for each one in our hearts for all time.

To all those who have lost a loved one recently whether two-legged or four the grieving process is different.

Take your time, remember them, and always keep them in your hearts as a memory for all-time.

To Sundays a day to reflect and perhaps relax before heading to the week ahead.

Special Hello to: my sister, thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 3rd day of August, 2016.

We actually went for an extra long walk around what we lovingly refer to “The Big Lake.”

It was funny about half way around Mr. Alvin turned to go back (I guess he figured that was enough).

But I coaxed him onward between gentle words and some water we carried on.

I always carry a puppy water bottle with us on our walks in the summertime.

Even on a cooler day such as today animals get thirsty.

I mean the health professionals are always saying that when you are out for a walk we humans are to take water with us.

Personally I think the poor puppies need it more than we do ….. after all they are sporting fur coats when we have shorts and tank tops on as as example.

Honestly other than my daughter and her husband I have yet in the six years since I adopted Alvin have ever seen one person walking with their dog(s) that was carrying some kind of water bottle for them.

No one does.

I am slightly no I am in total disbelief of this action.

I know that most of the folks I have seen love their animals as they are out walking with them, they are well groomed for the most part …. so why no water.

It truly has been bugging me for a long time.

I even told my daughter I would like to buy a bunch of pet water bottles and hand them out to people when me and Alvin are out for our walks.

Also one time earlier in the summer on a warm day …. it was after work and we were out for a walk.

A man was walking with his dog …. a collie I believe …… long long hair and the dog was panting to beat the band.

We had said hello.

I was giving Alvin a drink and he asked about his water bottle.

I explained to him that when dogs pant they are not only trying to cool down but they are stressed.

They get stressed when they get hot.

I immediately offered some water to the dog but he said they were on their way home.

He asked where you buy the water bottles and I told him.

I sure hope that he did pick up a bottle.

He had talked about going for two walks every day so I know that he cared about the dog.

Just amazes me that no one thinks to carry water with them for the dogs.

Anyway …..

GREAT NEWS.

Sir Elton, my daughter and son-in-law’s boy and my grand-puppy had a check up / follow up appointment with his Doctor yesterday.

My daughter said the appointment went great.

She said that the Doctor was almost giddy with joy over Elton’s amazing recovery.

As are we.

He is a stubborn, old guy that just will not give up.

We are so grateful for that …..

My kids are great parents to Elton and I know their love and support through these past few months have truly made a difference.

More news:

Yesterday I received a necklace that I earned through Steeped Tea.

It is a blue/turquoise glitter ball made for Steeped Tea by Hillberg & Berk, a Saskatchewan Jewellery Company out of Regina.

The necklace is absolutely gorgeous.

Also the new Fall/Winter Steeped Tea Catalogues along with my second last tea order arrived yesterday.

It was an awesome day for good news.

Ending the day Alvin and I walked by our park and met up with our friends and their puppies.

We had a fun walk.

Today let me see:

Agenda ….. clean bathroom fans ….. one thing about having three bathrooms …. there are three fans.

I will also take apart some catalogues and place the individual pages in page protectors and folders for my customers.

I am also putting together a couple of packages to mail over the next couple of days …. I do need the big envelopes, though.

I also am going to continue to pull weeds from back and sides of the garage.

Some of the neighbours have just let the back go and therefore makes it harder for the rest of us to be weed free.

Always cleaning to do.

Also I am going to dig up an area out front by the front sidewalk to the street and make a new flower bed.

It is a big job so likely won’t start it until Friday or Saturday.

Well time to get going here.

Coffee time.

I hope that you all are doing well.

Have an awesome Wednesday.

Special Hello to: my friend “V” ……. gathering your package contents up to mail tomorrow or Friday.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 25th day of May, 2016.

YAY, the sun is shining and it feels good.

The sky is that pretty blue.

I am not complaining about our almost five days of rain, no sir.

Because it was just what the Doctor ordered.

But now he orders sunshine and that is good.

I am so grateful for the moisture and hopeful that we will receive more over the course of the summer months as it is needed.

 

Mr. Alvin was so funny last night.

We were chilling on the sofa, the Momma watching the taped VOICE and watching the top four perform and Alvin with his chew treat beside him.

One minute it was on the sofa and the next it was on the floor and then the whimpering began.

So the good Momma that I am – I picked it up for him.

Not in the beginning paying too close attention to what was going on.

As I mentioned I was watching the VOICE and also enjoying a cup of “steeped” tea.

Again, the treat was on the floor and the whimpering began.

Again, I picked it up and next thing I knew I saw him out of the corner of my eye pushing it to the edge and off.

It was a game.

He got me.

So cute.

We played the game for a bit.

Best of two worlds …. playing …… snuggling with me Alvin and watching the VOICE.

If you know who won …. I do not as yet.

 

We enjoyed our first walk in a few days last night.

It was a great evening.

 

Well here we go again time to go to work.

The evenings sure pass quickly.

 

Have an awesome day everyone.

Take Care.

 

Special Hello to: my sister ……

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 31st day of January, 2016.

Last day for January, 2016.

I just remembered as I was going to bed that I need to pick up my bus pass.

Will have to go out and pick that up today.

 

Yesterday was a good day.

Alvin had a good report …. the lump had “broken up” over the past couple of days so the Doctor is pretty certain that it is a cyst.

It must have had an exit spot and drained in the inside as there was nothing on the outside.

She told me to keep an eye on it and if there were any changes other than it getting smaller to call right away.

I will keep an eye on it …..

 

The sky is overcast for the most part except for small clearing to the south …. that is my view from the office window.

The sun shone yesterday which was nice but it was not quite as warm as it had been.

We have had a beautiful January …… only a couple of bitterly cold days.

Normally January is cold, cold, cold.

Still chipping away at that ice out front and have managed to get most of it cleared.

As my small friend said “it is hard work.”

 

Tomorrow is February …… wow….

I have some Family Birthdays, Valentine’s Day and Family Day.

We get Family Day off here in Alberta so that is nice …. a long weekend coming up.

 

Well my “TO DO” list remains a yard long so I best be getting to it.

I keep thinking of things that need to be done …. some are small things..

Oh well …. that is life.

 

Getting to it …..

Have a great January 31st and enjoy your Sunday.

 

Special Hello to: everyone who has a daunting list of things to do …. just do one thing at a time…. start at the top ….. cross them off when completed…. You will get there.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 30th day of January, 2016.

The second last day of the first month of the New Year.

I just had a thought ….. my message is still the Holiday one ….. time to change it ….

The sky is very pretty this morning at just after 8:00 a.m. ….. filled with shades of pinks and yellows as the sunrises.

It is always quiet at this time of day as the neighbourhood slowly starts the weekend.

Soon there will be cars zipping down the street.

Soon there will be children playing outside on the sidewalk sliding on the ice and splashing in the water.

 

Last night after work I worked once again on the massive ice/water pool out front of my house.

One of the little girls from down the street stopped as I was chipping away at the ice and wanted to help.

So she took the shovel and was scooping the water/ice into the path to the storm drain.

After two very small scoops with the shovel she exclaimed “it is too hard on my hands.”

I giggled and said “I know, it is hard work.”

Once I put down the shovel …. she wanted the ice chipper …. I asked her to be very careful and she tried to break up the ice but she is small so not to successful.

After that she kind of fell / sat down in the snow bank in front of my house.

It was nice to have company as I worked.

Alvin patiently looked out of the window.

 

We have not been walking as it is crazy on the sidewalk down the street.

Not everyone is trying to break up the ice.

There are some that have it all chipped away but they do not have the snow melting to the storm drain so it is easier.

 

Alvin and I have his appointment at the Vet this morning so that will be an interesting walk ….

Thank goodness I have my spikes but poor Alvin will be a slipping and sliding.

I am going to take a small towel with us so that I can wipe him off when we get to his Doctor.

Well time to get this show on the road.

Someone is coming to take a peek at the dryer tomorrow so that is good.

Today I will just wash clothes and hang them as I did last weekend.

Until tomorrow have a great one.

Special Hello to : all those folks just watching the sunrise and loving them.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 19th day of May, 2015.

It is bright, sunny and warm.

Well it is almost noon ….. not the usual early morning start.

Mr. Alvin was sick to his stomach last night.

So we spent all night awake.

I have realized that I am not 20 when it comes to staying up and then functioning the next day.

So I took a vacation day to stay at home with him and to also get some sleep.

I made an appointment with his Doctor for after lunch to have him checked.

He seems okay but not quite his own self this morning.

Kind of jittery ….. and just like a child, clingy.

He goes from room to room with me …. stuck like glue.

I hope that he is okay and I am sure that he is ……

I am so grateful that his Doctor is close by …..

He is my little guy, and important.

Changed bedding and time to throw it all into the laundry.

Thank goodness for the spray cleaner that my daughter gave me for little messes such as these.

Have a great day.

Special Hello to: all those people with four-legged babies …. they are our babies.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 2nd day of April, 2015.

Well that snow did eventually stick as it snowed all day long.

We now have snow covering the deck once again.

It is that heavy wet snow …. the kind that is hard to shovel.

Great for snowmen or snow people.

Once the sun stays out it will melt.

We always seem to have a snow storm at the end of March ….. beginning of April.

This is quite normal.

I am grateful for the moisture as the ground was dry.

Should help clean things as well.

Well tomorrow our office is closed for Good Friday and also on Easter Monday.

Tomorrow and Saturday will be my last two shifts at the store.

As much as I will miss all of my friends there – I am so looking forward to having a life once again.

By that I mean …. coming home every night ….. walking with Alvin on a regular basis …. every night.

Having the weekends at home to do whatever I wish.

Last night after work my daughter and I stopped at West Edmonton Mall.

She wanted to use the last of her gift card at a store named DeSerres ( art supplies and more ).

I ended up picking up some coloured “fineliner” pens and a mini sketch pad.

I plan on getting back into making my own cards and also doing some sketching.

We did also at the start stop at the TARGET store just to take a walk through.

There is barely anything left but we did find some make-up.

We were both appalled by the damage customers had done to what remained of the products.

Like the makeup …. packages opened ….. powders all over ….. dirty kleenex’s thrown in with the products in the bins …… just very dirty and messy.

I feel so much for the employees …. they did not deserve such disrespect.

For the most part any of the staff that I saw seemed to be putting on a brave face.

I hope that they all found employment.

We also had a nice dinner together at FRESHI’s ( my favourite place to eat ).

Followed by a trip to the SKETCHERS store (where we each bought a pair of shoes).

Quick trip to CHAPTERS but they did not have what my daughter wanted.

After a stressful day at the office it was just what the doctor ordered.

Well time to leave for work.

I hope that you have a great day.

Wherever you go and whatever you do …. please show respect for the folks around you.

Also if you happen upon our four-legged friends please be kind to them as well.

We share this planet.

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

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day…

Good Evening and it has been Saturday the 10th day of January, 2015 all day!

Slept in ….

Good sleep….

Quick breakfast …..

Doggies shared banana …..

Shower….

Dressed …..

Wrote up Birthday card(s) for my youngest brother who turns “50” on the 13th.

Yes, I know …. may not reach him by birthday.

YIKES.

Bad sister.

Grabbed bags of clothing for goodwill.

Out the door …..

To Doctor’s office where my daughter and I waited for over one hour to see Doctor.

Nothing serious.

Now I can hear again out of my left ear….

Oh …. that wax build-up …… “AGE”

Out the door ….

To Shopper’s to mail said Birthday cards and some late Christmas cards.

Mailed cards.

Out door ….

To Safeway ….

picked up few groceries ….

HAD CUP OF COFFEE AT TIM HORTON’s IN Safeway.

OH, how we needed that coffee….

Out the door …..

Dropped off bags at drop off boxes for goodwill….

Back to Shoppers where I picked up a few more things….

Then home …..

Only to find we still needed more things at the grocery store ….

This time to Save-On …

It is closer to home.

Out the door again ….

This time by myself….

“Did you notice all of the name dropping?

In between started laundry.

Home ….

Walked the puppies….

Few things done ….

Now time to start supper at 6:10 p.m.

Time to relax after supper …

Wow …. that day sure flew by.

I hope that you had a HAPPY SATURDAY.

Special Hello to: YOU.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Friday Morning and Welcome to the 10th day of May 2013.

I must apologize as I did not write on my blog yesterday morning.

On Wednesday afternoon at the office, I noticed that my left foot was swollen.

This was due in part to the injury I sustained from falling on the ice near my front flower bed two weeks ago today.

I thought it was getting better until that moment.

So it raised concerns and I took yesterday off from the office to go and see the Doctor.

Wednesday night my neighbour was over (she happens to be a registered nurse) and she checked it and told me to keep it elevated and iced.

So I did that.

The Doctor said there did not appear to be fluid built up on my knee, and seemed to be soft tissue / ligament damage so he is sending me for physiotherapy / to see a physiotherapist.

That is a first for me.

So two weeks of therapy – hopefully less and I should be as good as new.

Honestly it doesn’t bother me for the most part ….

Anyway it changed some of my plans …. I was going to work an extra long shift today at the store as it is my day off from the office but the Doctor said “only work half of the shift.”

So as always they are so accommodating at the store, I love those guys.

Yesterday my grand-puppies spent the day with me and Alvin as they had out of town company in for a visit.

So it all worked out.

It was gorgeous outside and I left the door open so that the puppies could run in and out more easily (saved me getting up).

Today promises to be beautiful as well.

I know that perhaps I have taken my health for granted and that is about to change.

We only have one chance at this and in order for me to reach “100” – I need to remain in perfect health.

That is my goal so to speak …. I want to be healthy, happy, abundant and surrounded by great people all through my years on this planet.

I hope that you are enjoying this spring weather if it is spring where you are …..

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and I enjoy reading others when possible.

That is another goal of mine …. to read more and more blogs.

I love to read …. I just need to be slightly more organized.

So have the best day everyone.

This is a good day for some exercise.

Enjoy.

Take Care.

Special Hello to: all my fellow bloggers …. you truly rock… keep up the great work.

Always, Carol and Alvin …..

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