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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 18th day of April, 2018.

Well the snow went by us yesterday with the exception of a few flakes later in the evening.

Otherwise we had mostly sunshine yesterday.

This morning the sky is the most glorious yellow and pink hues on the rise but a few scattered clouds from the night hovering above.

Looks like a beautiful day ahead.

I am going with a positive mindset as this snow has to go.

The water in our backyard has all but disappeared.

The streets are dry again and the sidewalks will be there as soon as the snowbanks on our lawns have melted.

Summer is just around the corner.

I heard a Crow cawing yesterday.

So excited to see my first Robin as they are one of my favourite birds.

 

Alvin and I hit the sofa for some extra zzz’s this morning.

So nice to have that extra time snuggling.

 

I was able to print off the RECYCLING DO AND DON’TS from the City of Edmonton’s website.

Just want to ensure that I am doing everything properly.

Sometimes folks it does not hurt to check and make sure that you have not strayed from the proper way to do things.

We all innocently forget sometimes.

 

I hope that you all have a great day.

Today we all will learn something new.

Doesn’t have to be rocket science – just something new.

Whether the name of a bird or a flower.

How to plant a garden?

What to plant in your garden?

 

Special Hello to: my friends back in Saskatchewan …. always nice to catch up.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 14th day of April, 2018.

The sun was shining brightly when we got up for the day.

Now it is slightly overcast.

They were forecasting a temperature of +8 celsius for us in Edmonton, today.

We shall see.

Anyway the snow melted considerably yesterday and soon we shall see blades of green grass coming up.

I love those first blades of green grass, so fresh and beautiful.

The buds on the trees are exquisite.

As a child, spring captured my heart and imagination.

The fields full of purple fuzzy flowers named crocuses.

The buds on the willow trees in and around the sloughs (ponds).

Rabbits at that in between shade between white and brown.

Birds returning home to nest.

My favourite being the Robins.

I love ROBINS.

Babies being born on the farm.

Calves were perhaps my favourite but the pigs were also very cute.

We temporarily had the runt of a litter come join us in our house.

That little pig.

I can still seeing him trying to run on my Mother’s waxed living room floor.

I am certain that we gave him a name but some 50 years later, I have forgotten the name.

As we get older it is more important to write the stories of our youth as we might remember the story – just not all of the details.

I also remember the snow melting and water running and the smell.

There was a definite fragrance to spring.

That has long since gone.

I am not certain if it was a farm thing or a young girl thing or a young girl’s imagination.

So on this Saturday at the mid point of April, I am just going to enjoy and appreciate this time, this spring.

 

Alvin has his regular “pedicure” appointment this morning.

He needs more food, imagine that.

Lots to do this Saturday.

Laundry, clean the house and just be ready.

 

Happy Saturday.

Special Hello to: my sister and brothers ….. thinking of the good old days.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 24th day of March, 2018.

This morning the sun is shining and I hope that the birds are singing.

I want to share my Friday story.

 

Yesterday although it started with wind and snow by afternoon the temperature had rose significantly and the sun was shining.

The sun was certainly shining at Rogers Place in Edmonton yesterday afternoon.

Okay, now my Friday may have started with wind and snow but when  the former First Lady Michelle Robinson Obama made her way onto the stage at Rogers Place; the sun rose high in my sky.

She wore a bright floral dress and heels.

I have watched and admired Michelle Obama since her first television appearances back when her husband Barack ran for President of the United States of America.

I had the absolute pleasure and distinct honour to be among the many thousand people in attendance to see and hear  Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States of America.

Canadian Olympic Hockey two-time gold medal winner Cassie Campbell moderated the conversation.

We listened as Michelle recalled her childhood.

She was just like all the other girls and, never dreamed that her life would someday take her to the White House.

When asked what she wanted to do when she grew up, she replied “a Paediatrician” because the adults would be pleased with that choice.

She was born in urban Chicago, Illinois in 1964.

Her Father provided for the family while her Mother was a homemaker.

They were not a wealthy family but education was important to her parents and she was loved.

It was seeing her Father go to work everyday while he suffered from multiple sclerosis that gave her the determination to do well at school.

 

Michelle met Barack when he was a Summer Associate at the same same law firm.  They asked her to be his mentor / advisor (she thought likely because he was a young

black man.  She was not really impressed with him, as he was late on the first day. They did become good friends before their first date.

 

She spoke about how Barack went from being a Senator to running for President of the United States.

In the beginning she did not think he would be elected but by the time they campaigned in IOWA, things had changed.

IOWA in the primaries.

If you do well, it is a good indicator that you will win the election.

THEY WON.

There were stories of the Inauguration which mostly Michelle said were a “blur.”

The First Lady told of her first month in the White House and how they basically went from their home to the White House overnight.

The staff at the White House moves one First Family out and the next one in, in only a few hours.

This happens while they are at the inauguration – swearing in ceremonies.

During the first month it was all about getting their girls settled in school and into the “House.”

 

The First Lady spoke about working on those things that she wanted to champion during her time at the White House.

They worked on those initiatives during the first year before making them public.

She started with a vegetable and fruit garden.

The garden was planted on the grounds of the White House.

It was a great place to begin as who could find “fault” with carrots and peas.

It was a garden, only a garden, after all.

The garden was her first step in addressing the childhood obesity in the United States.

After that first year she launched, and led four key initiatives:  Let’s Move!, to address the challenge of childhood obesity; Joining Forces, to support veterans, service members and their families; Reach Higher,

to inspire young people to seek higher education; and Let Girls Learn, to help adolescent girls around the world go to school.

She continues this work today.

 

She briefly spoke about their two dogs Bo and Sunny.

 

We laughed as Michelle told about the differences between the East and West Wings of the White House.

The East Wing was the fun side and the West Wing was the dead side.

East Wing houses the First Lady and her staff.

Although they had serious initiatives and work to do,  they had made it fun.

Michelle had a bowl of apples in her office and joked about the National Security Advisor coming to her office and not wanting to leave.

She gave him an apple and told him he had to go back to the West Wing.

We know that in all of the serious business – she has a sense of humour.

The West Wing houses the Oval Office, the Situation Room and the offices of the President’s staff.

A much different environment.

 

When asked about Hillary Clinton and a female President of the United States – she told the audience that women did not vote for Hillary – women were not ready for a female 

President.  She was hopefully someday there would be a female President and many more minorities in government.

 

She talked about her daughters growing up in the White House.

Her Mother stayed with them and helped with the girls.

They had sleepovers and tried to keep the girls grounded.

She teased about the girls and school saying that even though their Dad was the President, they still had to go to school.

There was even a sleepover on the night before they left the White House.

Scrambling to get everyone out that day.

 

Michelle spoke of travelling the globe and meeting some of the most influential people of our time.

She met two Popes, the Queen of England and many others.

The one person that had the largest impact on her was Nelson Mandela.

She mentioned about taking her daughters and mother to meet former President Mandela and his family.

By this time his health was not good.

Nelson Mandela fought for his South Africa his whole life never giving up.

After being imprisoned for decades he went to become the first black President of South Africa.

He was a great man.

 

We listened and applauded Michelle during the sixty plus minutes of conversation with Cassie.

She did not disappoint.

 

At present they continue to work with their Foundation to help Youth, the future of our planet.

The future is very important to the Obamas.

It was obvious that she is young at heart and that she was ever evolving and growing.

 

She is probably the most engaging speaker that I have ever heard.

The main reason for sharing my Michelle Obama experience is for two reasons: for future years when I may not remember what she spoke about and for those girls, women who were not able to see and hear her

in person.

I know one thing for certain when I am ninety years old, I will always remember the moment she stepped out onto the stage at Rogers Place here in Edmonton, and was visible on the large screen.

The feelings that rose in me bringing tears to my eyes, because at that very moment,  I knew that I was in the presence of someone, not just anyone, but this truly genuine, warm, humble, compassionate, intelligent

remarkable woman.  I realized that to be where and who she is that having a sense of humour was important.  She is a funny lady in addition to all of the other qualities.

A woman that is changing not only the United States of America but is changing and challenging the WORLD.

 

Michelle Obama will forever be remembered for her compassion, her work with children and families, her never ending energy, her warmth, charm and wit.

I was truly touched by this woman.

How could you not want to be a better person, a better woman, a better mother and inhabitant of this planet.

Thank you Michelle for coming to Edmonton.

 

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Time to get dressed and head out for coffee with the girls.

Special Hello to: all those women in my life who continue to inspire me each and every day.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

P.S.  this is going to be one post that I keep going back and editing (adding to).  Had coffee with the girls and thought of more things that were discussed at the Conversation with Michelle Obama.

 

 

 

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 23rd day of March, 2018.

Well the storm hit sometime between 9:30 last night and 4:15 this morning.

There is a new blanket of snow on the deck and on the ground.

The biggest thing is the WIND.

Very strong wind this morning.

Not good coupled with snow.

Most especially for those living in the rural areas and driving on the highway.

Great way to begin the weekend.

 

HOWEVER this blustery, stormy day has a HUGE RAY of SUNSHINE.

That would be MICHELLE OBAMA.

Yes, she is here in our city.

Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States is speaking at ROGERS PLACE today.

I am so blessed to have won a ticket to go and listen to her speak.

SO excited.

No words.

It was a huge surprise yesterday.

I think that I am still in shock.

I remember watching her on television when her husband was running for President.

She has a manner about her ….

She is elegant and gracious.

She is intelligent and compassionate.

She is a great speaker.

I cannot wait to listen to her speak and see her in person.

 

Well time to get going here.

I hope that you all have an awesome Friday.

Still in shock …. cannot believe that I am going to see Michelle Obama.

 

Special Hello to: all my family and friends.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 7th day of March, 2018.

According to the weather forecast last night and the opening of the back door this morning; it is safe to say that it is COLD outside this morning.

If yesterday was any indication it will be nice by the end of the day.

We thoroughly enjoyed our walk last night.

Double digits temperatures in our near future?

I am so done with winter.

I am longing for spring.

Winter was as winter is.

Cold, Icy and SNOWY.

But we did have lots of nice days in between, so really cannot complain.

We would not be CANADIANS if we did not talk about, stress about and complain about the WEATHER, most especially our WINTERS.

Anyway, I love spring and it is close at hand.

 

Last night I started the second book from Alexander McCall Smith series “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.”

It is named “Tears of the Giraffe.”

I cannot remember when I bought these books – more than several years ago.

I love them so much that I reread them every so often.

Here we go again.

Mr. Smith’s description of this woman and her life in Africa is warming, funny and makes you feel like you were there.

I have never travelled off the continent of North America so I really enjoy being able to travel through his books.

 

I hope that you are enjoying the last bit of winter wherever you are..

Now I know that the folks in Saskatchewan and Manitoba are not enjoying the crazy amount of snow that has been thrust upon them.

We had quite a lot of snow last weekend but I somehow don’t think as much as Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The photos on FB appear to show more than what we had … meaning Edmonton …. around my home….

Because everyone knows that you could have one inch of snow in your neighbourhood and a few blocks or miles away they may have had a FOOT.

ARGH ……

Gotta start doing the Happy Dance ….. if nothing else.

 

Well time to hit the trail ….. I was going to say  “dusty trail” but that would be VERY WRONG …..

More like snowy, icy in parts trail.

Happy Wednesday.

I hope that no matter what you are smiling just a little or shall I hope that you are laughing.

Thank you.

 

Special Hello to: my family and friends in Saskatchewan and Manitoba ….. it will be end (the snow).

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to the 14th day of February, 2018.

It rained yesterday in Edmonton so by the time I left work at 4:00 p.m. it was pretty icy.

Thankfully downtown some of the businesses had salted/sanded the sidewalks in front of their businesses.

The longest stretch of sidewalk that I have to walk by is a Senior’s Complex.

Unfortunately it was not salted nor sanded.

A young boy slipped although he was it was fun.

His brother on the other hand did not see the joy in his slipping and sliding about nor did his Grandmother.

After I took one step on this walk and started to slip, I decided the best course of action was to walk in the snow by the trees.

At least I could stay upright.

An older woman (yup, older than me) was coming toward me and she was walking in the snow as well.

I stopped when I got to her and we briefly chatted about the ice and I held her arm and we did a little turnabout so that neither would fall as we passed each other.

Coming home, I simply walked on the streets as only a couple of houses had their walks salted/sanded.

Most folks may not have been home yet.

I have a pool of water in front of my house due to drainage/snow melting.

My walk was icy coming up to the house so I walked in the snow.

This morning I am donning my ice picks once again to safely walk to the bus.

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Now back to this day, this particular day.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

The day of flowers, candy and dinners out.

Or perhaps a card expertly written by your love stating their  love for you.

I will not have the flowers, candy, dinner or even the card.

But I did receive some chocolate on Sunday from my friend and her family, so that counts.

It was specially for today (just arrived early).

But I know that I am loved, supported and care about; truly that is all that matters in the grand scheme of things.

I have the best family and friends.

Honestly just knowing that you are not alone is more than enough.

When I was younger and was dating I received the flowers, candy and dinners out and even cards.

Been there – done that, I suppose you could say.

Here are some flowers for you.

Just in case you are not surrounded by them.

I have lots to go around ……

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day from me and Alvin.

Special Hello to:   All our family and friends.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 15th day of December, 2017.

Wow, guess what happened overnight and earlier this morning?

Clear stuff coming down.

Yes, it was raining in the middle of December, 2017.

Kind of scary ….

Sure hope that it does not get colder over the course of the day or the STREETS, SIDEWALKS and ROADS will be ICY.

Be careful if you live in the Edmonton area.

For some reason the morning has evaporated on me and I am running late.

Up on time, not sure what happened.

Last night right after work my neighbour came over and I got a hair cut.

Makes me feel good.

She is quick and GOOD.

Just about the 15 minute mark and even styled.

Amazing.

Then about 1/2 hour later we had coming.

Our neighbour from down the street ….

We laughed and had a great visit.

So a good Thursday night.

Unfortunately we missed our walk so will go tonight for sure.

Well time to go.

Have an awesome Friday.

Take care.

Special Hello to: You ….. it is all about you, today.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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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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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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