Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 4th day of July, 2018.

Happy 4th of July, 2018 to our neighbours to the south.

This morning in Edmonton the sky is overcast and looks like more rain.

We had a downpour yesterday afternoon with a bit of hail.

Thankfully the hail was smaller than a pea so did not appear to do much damage.

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 4th day of July, 2017.

Bright sunny morning …. beautiful day.

Happy 4th of July to our neighbours in the United States.

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 4th day of July, 2016.

Happy 4th of July to all my American friends, and to ALL our neighbours in the United States.

Have a great day filled with kindness, love, respect and FUN.

Happy 4th of July, 2016.

 

The sun is shining this morning and there is a breeze.

We had a good weekend filled with sun and rain showers.

A good combination.

 

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Spend the day spreading kindness.

Have an awesome Wednesday.

 

Special Hello to: my sister, talk to you soon.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 2nd day of July, 2018.

WOW, we are now in July, the first full month of summer.

Starting out with rain in the forecast.

Alvin and I are going for a walk right away before it begins to rain.

Rain is in the forecast for the next three days.

 

Yesterday I saw a part of the fence in the back yard near the top had loosened.

It appears that the wood has rotted.

So it will need to be replaced.

I also was checking out the rest of the fence in the back yard and found that the section of fence between my neighbour in the duplex is starting to lean.

At first I thought that perhaps the wood had rotted and was starting to give way.

This morning when my neighbour was over to get some coffee; we chatted about the top boards that had loosened between us.

I asked her to come and see the other side.

She thought perhaps it was due to the stonework on the other side which is pushing against the wood causing it to lean.

ARGH.

No matter what, I am not sure how to fix it.

There is no way that the neighbours will be digging up the stone work to fix the fence, or at least not likely.

So will have to figure something else out.

Anyway kind of relieved that there is another possibility other than rotting wood.

It won’t be long and the fence should be replaced anyway.

That will be interesting.

One side is stone work with a garden and on my side is deck right up to the fence.

This could be interesting.

OH well, that will be for another day.

There are always things to be done and or fixed when you are a homeowner.

I see painting in the near future.

It has been way too long.

 

I woke up yesterday with a plugged ear and this morning when my neighbour was here it unplugged.

Those first sounds are so loud it caused me to stop talking.

 

Well time for us to hit the road for a walk before the rain arrives.

I hope that you are all having a great long weekend if you live in Canada.

If you live in other parts of the world, I hope that life is treating you with kindness.

Happy Monday.

 

Special Hello to: my sister ….. hello …..

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 17th day of June, 2018.

Happy Father’s Day to all the DADS out there.

It does not matter if you are a biological father, a father by marriage or by adoption or a Dad to fur babies.

Every DAD is important.

Happy Father’s Day to all the FATHERS in my life.

Thank you.

 

Well this was an unusual morning.

We stayed up and watched a movie, the new TOMB RAIDER, Lara Croft one after my family went home.

We had a great visit and supper together.

So much laughter.

This was a company weekend and we both it enjoyed all of our company.

So this morning we were up at 5:30 or Mr. Alvin wanted me to get up.

We got up and he had breakfast and went outside.

Back to the sofa and then it was almost 9:00 when we got up.

Figured would eat first and then go for a walk as it looks like a hot one on the way.

We left home about 9:30 and got home about 11:10 a.m.

Had a few stops for visits along the way with the last one being with our friends at the corner.

Alvin enjoyed running and sniffing in their back yard while we sat and visited on the swing.

He laid and rolled in the grass, so cute.

He loves their back yard and so do I.

 

Looks like a hot week ahead.

No complaints as our summers are so short.

We had a nice morning no rushing.

Just having coffee now which is late but that is okay.

 

ON our walk we saw the geese down by the water by the trees.

Did not see the goslings.

Disappointed.

 

Well time to get some things done and to enjoy a CUP OF COFFEE.

I love that first cup of coffee.

 

I hope that you are enjoying your Sunday with your family and friends.

Maybe you are looking forward to a quiet one and that is okay, too.

OR perhaps you are working away from home as is my nephew.

Have a safe and wonderful day.

 

Looks like this is going to be great summer.

I hear that company is company is coming to our house at the end of July.

My daughter and I are taking a road trip in August.

Just gets better and better.

 

Happy Sunday and Happy Father’s Day.

 

Special Hello to: all the FATHERS out there …..

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 16th day of June, 2018.

Fast approaching the official FIRST day of summer and the longest day of the year.

Already it remains light at 10:30 p.m.

Bright and sunny this morning.

I had some unexpected company from Saskatchewan last night.

My nephew stopped by over an overnight visit on his way to work up north on a oil rig.

I love this guy so much.

He is 20 years my junior and feels like he has always been in my life.

First born nephew.

He is smart and funny, handsome and good-natured.

So much fun to be around.

He even took his “old Aunt” for groceries with no complaints.

We went for supper together.

Watched a movie at my house and visited.

Alvin loves him, too.

We gave up our bed for the night as he is a tall guy and the spare room bed is only a double.

Anyway he left earlier this morning.

The house feels empty.

We are on our way to get food for Mr. Alvin and possibly a bag of chew treats.

Then home to do laundry and prepare food for my kids who are coming for a visit and for supper.

Fruit pizza is for dessert so I have to get on it after returning from the Vet.

Supper is roasted root veggies: potatoes, carrots and parsnips lightly coated with olive oil, sea salt and pepper.

Roasted chicken breasts.

If desired can place some RENEE’s Caesar dressing and sliced avocado.

 

Time to fly here.

Gotta get things done.

Certainly been a WONDERFUL weekend and is going to get better with my kids coming over.

PS:  my son-in-law came over while waiting for winter tires to get changed out on their car and spent the afternoon with Mr. Alvin.  They even did a walk together.

Have an awesome weekend.

Lucky here.

 

Special Hello to: my sister ….. so nice to see “T”

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 1st day of June, 2018.

First day of June.

June showers bring July flowers.

We are having a nice rain shower at this very moment.

It has been raining since we first got out of bed.

The trees and grass are now glorious shades of green and the flowers are looking amazing.

It is a bit on the cool side in the house these past few mornings but the “summer” heat will return soon enough.

Alvin is back on the blue blanket once again.

It has become a routine.

He has always liked to be right close to me.

Definitely a Momma’s Boy, for sure.

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June 1st, last year.  I always like to check out what was going on.

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 1st day of June, 2017.

The skies are overcast and the wind is blowing here in Edmonton.

It is a refreshing morning.

Alvin and I both had an off night and were up and down but at the end of it all are okay.

Not sure what hit us …..

But not serious ….. might have just been heat and humidity.

I am running late as I semi slept in so I will just share a cute story from my bus ride home last night.

There always seems to be something happening on the bus so I am just start riding regularly about those experiences.

BUS RIDE STORY:

Tonight on the bus ride home – there was a Mom and three small children.

The older boy who was likely six asked his Mom this question:

“Who controls the rain GOD or SATAN?

Best question ever.

I had to smile to myself.

It definitely made the stuffed into the bus like sardine trip easier to take. STILL SMILING……

By the way I did not hear what the Mother replied.

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I will always love that Bus Ride Story and just had to share it once again.

Well time for me to go.

Guess June 1st carries forward some aspects from year to year.

I am running just a tad late same as last year.

Time to go.

Have an awesome day.

Remember to LISTEN as you never know what you will hear.

The Bus Story still brings a smile to my face.

Children are the best.

Okay, sorry Mr. Alvin ….. second best.

Smiling away as I key these words.

 

 

Special Hello to: all those folks who bring a smile to our faces everyday.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 1st day of May, 2018.

First day of May …..

The sky is overcast here in Edmonton.

Looks like rain.

Cool in the house and that is taking a bit of getting used to.

Last night after a cool start to the day was BEAUTIFUL.

Alvin and I enjoyed our walk.

We bumped into friends/neighbours – always nice to see everyone.

 

Alvin is lying on his blue blanket by my chair in the office.

He looks so cute curled up …. black and white on blue …..

On cool mornings I would love to stay under the blanket curled up on the sofa with Alvin.

But alas must work …. if one wants to pay the mortgage and eat.

Oh well,

 

Oh, Alvin news.

I checked with his Doctor’s office last night as I had to stop there and pick up food for the boy.

They said likely he got the idea from Teddy about soft food …. he liked just having to lap it up …. no chewing OR he may have scratched his mouth on a chew treat OR it may be a bad tooth.

Said I could try the hard food once again and if he did not eat – try not feeding him for a couple of days.

Dogs unlike cats apparently will not let themselves starve.

I did not really love that idea so much.

When I got home, I tried his regular food and at first …. no …. he turned and looked at me and I said “Alvin, eat your supper.”

Guess what – he began to eat his food.

After a few bites – I switched it out with a bowl of softened food that I had in the fridge (in case).

This morning – he easily ate his breakfast with no coaxing.

Oh, my boy.

He certainly had me worried.

 

Brr, I am cold.

The a/c seems to be working in overdrive at work.

I was glad to have a sweater on yesterday.

 

Well life goes on.

Almost time for the carpool to arrive for pick up.

I am grateful for car rides these days.

The bus is okay but great to have a ride in a car.

 

Have an awesome May 1st.

WOW, May 1st.

 

Special Hello to:  my sister and all my girl friends.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 27th day of April, 2018.

The sky continues to be in the mornings as of late filled with hues of pink and orange as the sun rises in the sky.

I wonder what last year was like on this date?

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 27th day of April, 2017.

The sky finally appears to have clear breaks ….. our morning sky has been pretty much been overcast for days now.

Some sunshine would be very welcome.

We have had enough moisture for a bit …… I would love some sunshine.

The weekend holds promise weather wise so that is good.

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It would appear that this week compared to last year was beautiful.

We could use some moisture and if that would appear next week – I would be most grateful.

It has been so great to be able to grab a pair of shoes and put Alvin’s harness on and go.

No more worries about walking and ice.

Last night when we were on our walk as we approached one of our friend’s homes; I could tell that Alvin spotted in outside somewhere.

Long before I did.

He stopped and did not wish to continue.

I looked up and there she was sitting on her upper deck reading a book.

She spotted us and came down.

After I threw a poop bag and some garbage that I had picked up into the trash; we went and joined her upstairs on the deck.

She had treats for the boy, of course.

We enjoyed chatting outside basking in the warmth of the sun.

After we had chatted for over 1/2 hour – we had to go as another friend was coming to our house after supper.

I still had to have supper.

Lucky me, lucky us, we had the absolute pleasure to visit with two FRIENDS last night.

Does not get better than that for a Thursday night.

Well I am catching the bus to and from work this morning as my carpool took the day off from work.

It will be a nice walk to the bus this morning.

I hope that you all have a wonderful Friday.

Love that Mr. Alvin has taken to laying on his blue fuzzy blanket beside me in the office.

Love that guy.

 

Happy Friday.

Do something new today?

Take a chance.

Special Hello to: my friends, I am so grateful that you are a part of my life.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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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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