Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 16th day of November, 2017.

 

The past couple of days has seen some snow.

Back to work today after being home sick for a couple of days.

Not sure what happened but started with the chills.

Alvin liked having me at home but I am ready to head back to work.

Weather to be warming up this weekend which is good for walking.

Poor Alvin has not had a walk since the weekend and I am sure he will be ready to head out for one this evening.

 

Yesterday was my nephew “J’s” 31st birthday …… cannot believe he is 31.

Just like I cannot believe that I am 60.

Where does the time go?

Evaporates, me thinks.

 

Well back to the slate …. to the quarry ……. been thinking of the Flintstones as of late.

I loved watching the Flintstones.

 

Funny about what you think about when you are home sick.

I had the strangest dream last night and this morning.

Travel …… airport …… I still have not updated my passport.

 

Well I guess time to get this show on the road.

Have an awesome day.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks who are not feeling well …… feel better.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 6th day of November, 2017.

So this year we have snow and quite a lot of it.

Last year on this day it was raining and not freezing rain.

Funny, how things can be so different from one year to the next.

 

Alvin and I enjoyed our coffee company yesterday morning.

Our old neighbour came by for coffee and to pick up some tea catalogues.

It is that time of year when folks start thinking about picking up gift ideas.

We are keeping our gifts buying to a minimum.

Once again we are going to make and reuse items from around our homes.

It was so much fun last year and so much more environmental friendly.

Those are the gifts that mean the most, the ones that had thought go into the making.

Easy on the pocketbook or wallet, as it goes.

 

So perhaps something to consider.

We all have things around the house that we do not use any longer.

Perhaps something that a family member or friend has mentioned about liking.

Even repurposing an item.

So many great items.

Check on-line for ideas …. Pinterest.

There are so many places to check ….

 

Well almost time to bundle up and head out.

Have an awesome Monday.

 

Special Hello to: those folks who are thinking about what they can do to help the environment.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

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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 Sunday the 29th day of October, 2017.

Windy overnight and the sky is clearing although to the east the dark blue clouds crouch into the light.

No moisture overnight and that is good.

Each day without at this point is a good thing.

Two days until Halloween and then only a few sleeps after that until we decorate for Christmas.

Yesterday Alvin and I puppy sat our little friend “Teddy.”

He is a bundle of energy and loves to cuddle.

He really did not like to be outside but definitely followed me wherever I went.

We had a great day.

I worked on some of my Christmas crafts throughout the day and played with the pups.

This morning it is coffee with my girls in the hood.

We try to have coffee quite regular but sometimes our lives get crazy and we miss a few weekends.

Each one takes a turn hosting although I think it must be my turn by now.

Seems like it anyway.

Oh now, just had several sneezes in a row.

I have had this “cold” thing for a little bit now but nothing much.

So many people at work and on the bus coughing and sneezing and hacking away.

 

I hope that you all had an awesome Saturday and that your Sunday is amazing.

Remember take some time for yourself.

Play with your pups.

Spend time with your children.

Go for a walk with your spouse.

Remember to tell your loved ones that you love them.

Even when your day is going to heck in a hand basket …. find the good …. find the positive and let it set sail.

Happy Sunday.

 

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 19th day of October, 2017.

Another gorgeous day on the way and with luck with a tad less wind.

Have to share my Wednesday story as this all happened after I left from home and after I wrote my blog.

As I walk up to the entrance to our office building, I come across one of my co-workers with her travel mug in one hand and a Tim Horton’s coffee in the other.

She smiled and handed my the Tim Horton’s coffee and said “this is for you.”

For no reason ….. not my birthday ….. no special occasion ….. just because she is thoughtful.

I was so touched …..

Now this would have been the best way to start a work day BUT then after almost reaching my desk …. another co-worker … held out his hand with a bagged “apple danish” from McDonald’s…. Would you like this?

I said sure …. as I had my hands full …. he placed it on my desk.

Could not have been a better start to the work day to be sure.

Our office was closed to the public and I was to attend along with some of my immediate co-workers a training seminar on “deescalating situations.”

I was a bit intimidated by the whole role playing and the fact that I was missing quiet time at my desk.

To have no phones and no interruptions at work is always a good way to get work completed.

But into the training I realized that this was in fact most valuable.

I learned two things:

  1. that at 60, I had learned and knew how to react to escalated situations.
  2. and that at 60, I still had room to learn new ways to react to escalated situations.

No matter your age – there is always something new to learn, and we can always be taught something new.

After a long day of role playing and waiting around while our team-mates took their turns …. the day was over.

I walked to the bus – happy to get home to me Alvin.

Shortly after I made it to the bus stop …. my new friend E.Z. arrived at the stop.

It was not long after that when two of the buses that we can catch, pulled up….

The first bus appeared to be full so we walked to the second bus and that is when I heard “Carol” ….. hey that was my name.

As I looked a couple of vehicles behind the bus there were the OILERS FLAGS blowing the wind and my friend in the red vehicle.

I said good night to my other friend and ran over to the red vehicle.

Surprised to see her – she explained that her son was working late and she thought as she had to go right here anyway …. she would take the chance.

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?

What a lucky day.

Unbelievable.

Coffee / Apple Danish / Learn New Things / Ride Home

Great Day.

 

Now this Thursday is going to be amazing.  I can just tell.

Perhaps I should check my LOTTO Ticket ???

OMG.

 

Special Hello to:  all those folks over 60 – still learning new things.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 15th day of October, 2017.

What a beautiful morning as the sun rises into a clear blue sky.

The temperature for the next few days is forecasted to be in the double digits….. over 10 degrees celsius …. seems like a cooler summer day.

Looking forward to our walk this afternoon.

 

Today is my eldest grand-pup “Miss Aspen’s” 2nd Birthday and today also is the day that my kids adopted Baby Milo (who was just a few months old when he was adopted).

Happy Birthday Aspen and Happy Adoption Day Baby Milo.

Aspen and Milo – first Christmas with our family – Dec 2016.

 

Puppy watch went great yesterday.

Teddy and Alvin got along just fine.

Alvin of course, if Teddy wanted his chew treat (which at the time he had in his mouth) would growl.

But nothing out of the normal there.

They even played a bit ….. although Alvin is working on his technique.

I played with Teddy some and snuggled as he likes that per his Momma.

It was so cute when he first arrived he ran and ran and when his Momma came to pick him up he ran and ran.

This cute black and white ball of fur.

We enjoyed our time with Teddy.

It looks like we are on for next Saturday as well.

 

Today is the work day ….. finish off the laundry….do some cleaning ….. change bedding……walk…..go get groceries……some other odd and ends.

That is okay we had an awesome relaxing, fun Saturday.

 

Time to get to work.

Even got to sleep in this morning.

Coffee …………

 

Happy Sunday Everyone.

I hope that wherever you are and whatever you are doing that you are having some fun and laughing.

We all need to laugh more.

Tell someone a joke or just have a giggle.

 

Special Hello to:  all those dreamers ….. keep on dream’

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 13th day of October, 2017.

Well the ground is dry but there is a heavy frost on the cars.

It is that time of year.

Yesterday was cool but when the sun shone it was quiet lovely.

I love this time of year.

We were asked to watch one of our friend’s doggie for tomorrow.

I am excited and I tried to explain to Alvin and he just looked at me and turned his head this way and that.

Perhaps he understood what I was jabbering on about …..

I hope that we all have a wonderful Friday.

Remember to be kind …. on the phone ….. in person ….. in the written word.

I know that sometimes I can be less than what I want to be ….. always a work in progress.

Always learning to be better and knowing that somedays it is difficult to get to that “better place.”

Have an awesome day.

I am grateful for a good week and look forward to the weekend.

Happy Friday the 13th ……

 

Special Hello to: all those folks who try everyday to be better than the day before …..

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 12th day of October, 2017.

Well there is no SNOW on the ground this morning which is a good sign.

More time without the pretty stuff.

We went for a short walk last night as the wind was freezing cold.

So thankful to be getting a ride home and to be getting home so VERY early.

Yesterday was home by 4:45 p.m. and we even made a couple of stops.

WOW …. normally on the bus I get home … well, let me think about that for a second ….. THERE IS NO NORMAL …. anytime between 5:15-5:45 p.m.

Feeling pretty spoiled this week, to be sure.

Nothing says FALL like a parcel from our good friend “V” ….

Truth be told ….. she spoils us ….. with goodies all year long.

She knows how to spoil me and Mr. Alvin.

There was a bag of treats for the boy.

Muffins, Pumpkin Snickerdoodles, Caramel Chocolate tarts, Brownies like a cupcake with chocolate icing and a piece of KIT KAT chocolate bars and a DEEP DEEP DISH APPLE PIE.

Now this would have been more than enough treats for us ….. she also gave me the most gorgeous turquoise pendant.

I am wearing it today.

I, we are so grateful to have such a thoughtful, kind and generous friend.

 

Footnote: to the treats for Alvin.  He went overboard and guess who was up SICK last night about 1:30 a.m.?  Not the Momma.  Note to self: do not keep letting him have treats …. he has no self control.  Have to teach him …. NO…..never too late to learn something new.  “ALVIN…”

There is so much to be thankful for this week and all the weeks of my life.

I am surrounded by great people.

I live in peace and joy.

I live knowing that if I truly would like to do something (legal of course), I may do so.

I live knowing I can make my dreams come true.

I live knowing that life is great at any age.

 

Whoops time to fly.

Have an awesome Thursday.

Happy Thursday.

 

Special Hello to:  my dear friend “V” who keeps me full of homemade sweet delectable treats …… thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 6th day of October, 2017.

Another beautiful day on the way.

Last night we enjoyed our walk – it was shorter than usual as Alvin decided we should go home early.

But it was great all the same.

Also my daughter not only did she drive me to work after a last minute change in plans but she picked me up after work and came for supper.

We always love having her in the house.

She is my claim to fame.

She is my umbrella on a rainy day.

She is the light at the end of every dark tunnel.

She is the sunshine to my days.

I am most grateful to have been blessed with my darling daughter.

 

On this upcoming Thanksgiving weekend – we should all take some time to be grateful.

To be grateful for the food in our fridges, cupboards and pantries.

To be thankful for family and friends.

To be thankful to live in peace and in the best country on the planet, Canada.

To be thankful for clean air and drinking water.

 

There is so much to be thankful that the list would fill many pages.

 

Take care.

Have an awesome Friday.

Keep the faith.

Be kind and generous.

 

Special Hello to: my sister ….. miss you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 5th day of October, 2017.

Another beautiful warm day on the way.

We are so happy to have these days at this time of year.

Last night our walk was absolutely delightful.

No breeze just warm air on our faces.

We enjoyed “sniffing” as we walked along our path.

The fountain is still on at our lake and it looks so pretty against the backdrop of yellow, orange, red and green leaves.

I love this time of year.

Perhaps it is the calmness after the summer and before the hectic Christmas season begins.

Not sure but I love this time of year.

 

Well we or rather Mr. Alvin is having company today …. Miss Aspen and Baby Milo will be here shortly.

So I am getting a ride to work today which is awesome.

I guess that I better go and put the finishing touches on the house ……

 

Have an awesome day.

Enjoy this time ….. each moment is precious as it will never come this way again.

Special Hello to:  all those folks out there who are missing a friend or loved one, you are in my heart today and always.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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