Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 9th day of January, 2017.

Almost typed/keyed 2016.

Another cold morning and it has been snowing overnight.

My neighbour shovelled last night.

My turn tonight.

Had to shovel a bit of a path for Mr. Alvin this morning.

I wished that he had indoor plumbing or could somehow use it.

Another weekend over and another week just beginning.

Wonder what is in store this week?

Only good things.

Only kindness.

Only laughter.

Sounds like a good week ahead.

I watched the Golden Globes last night with Jimmy Fallon hosting.

He does a good job.

Such a talented guy.

Meryl Streep got the Lifetime Award which was well-deserved.

I loved the tribute to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.

But wondered why there was no tribute to others.

I know they do it at the Oscars and perhaps that is why.

So many tremendously talented people passed in 2016.

So many loved ones passed in 2016.

Well here we go for another work week.

Should be fun.

Wishing you all a great week.

May your days be filled mainly with laughter and smiles.

May your days be filled mainly with positive energy and love.

May your days be filled mainly with kindness.

Make sure that you pay it all forward.

Just remember we do not know everyone’s story and things may not be what they seem.

Special Hello to:  YOU, today.  Happy Monday.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 13th day of April, 2016.

How are you doing this fine mid week morning?

I am doing pretty good – we are doing very well, I mean.

Me and Alvin.

Alvin enjoyed having Elton come for the day.

I took the boys for a walk after they had supper and stuff.

We even visited with some folks in the neighbourhood.

It was a great walk.

Elton was so full of energy …. you would never know he was almost 13.

So wonderful to see.

I hope that when I am of equal age that I have that much “energy and fire.”

Age is something that truly creeps up on you …. even though it is just a number ….. there are things that come with age.

Like forgetting things (but you can do puzzles that help).

Like getting stiff (exercise more, most especially stretching, do some yoga).

Like wrinkles (wash and moisture and do no smoke).

Like insomnia (drink herbal teas and take warm baths before bed).

Like being grumpy (have some patience).

These are just a few things that have been noted between me and friends who are over 1/2 century mark.

But if you live your life – take things in stride.

Reach for the sky (dream).

Then age is just a number and it is what happens.

I hope that you have an awesome day.

Time for this cat to leave for work.

Special Hello to: my sister who is soaking up the sun in Hawaii …… wish I was there.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 17th day of March, 2016.

It is going to be a solemn St. Patrick’s Day for me with the recent passing of our sweet Penny.

My four-legged Grand-puppy …..

She has, and will always be in our thoughts.

It is always difficult to proceed after the passing of a loved one.

The first steps are always the hardest.

Seems strange to be going to work but it must be done.

Definitely is not an easy time.

I keep telling myself it is okay to be okay.

It is okay to smile and to be okay.

Your strength is what pushes us on.

Keeps us going.

Penny is not my first loss, and unfortunately will not be the last.

We grieve in our own ways.

It is most difficult for Penny’s Mom and Dad and for Elton.

She was a part of their daily lives ….. everything reminds them of her ….

It will be a long process but they will heal over time.

With the memories of her sweet face and her energy filling their thoughts.

I am grateful to my friends and family at this time for their support and kind words.

 

I hope that today is a good day for you.

May the sun shine down upon you on this St. Patty’s Day of 2016.

May your life bring you smiles and laughter.

May the memories be a reminder of goodness and light.

Happy Thursday …..

 

Special Hello to: all the little angels …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 18th day of February, 2016.

Wow, here we go ….. more than halfway through the Heart month.

Valentine’s Day is a recent memory.

I have completed my route canvassing for the Heart and Stroke.

March is just around the corner.

I love March because my daughter was born in that month.

March for me marks the beginning of spring ….

Although this year February feels more like spring.

The ice is melting on our street in the neighbourhood which is great.

The forecast is for snow so less ice underneath is always a good thing.

Today I was just thinking that sometimes you just have to let go ….

There are some things that come up in your day to day life, and although you would like to change them – they are just not worth the fight …. the energy.

So life carries on …..

Put it out of your mind and get back to living life without that crap.

 

I have not seen a bunny as of late …. wondering if they are starting to turn brown.

I know that some of the birds were confused with this weather.

I guess even Mother Nature gets things mixed up.

After all she is getting to be of an age …. like me …. only older … much but she is so graceful …..

Sometimes when I look around at the young stuff that surrounds me I do feel incredibly not with it and old.

Other times I feel young and alive and “with it.”

I guess that is life ….. do the best that you can in every moment and for the ones that lack your best ….. well there has to be a few of those around to keep things “interesting.”

 

Okay almost time to get this show on the road.

I seem to say that several times in the morning.

I guess I am the “show.”

Pretty funny …. don’t you think?

 

I am grateful for me Alvin, my daughter, my son-in-law, my grand-puppies, my family and friends, for my home, to be employed and to be healthy.

All the basics are covered ….. so life is good.

Have a great Thursday ….

& oh, today is payday so that is always a good day.

 

Special Hello to: my sister back in Regina ……and to my brothers in Alberta.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 2nd day of February, 2016.

There have been a few flakes wondering down from the sky to take their place on my deck, onto the ground.

It feels a bit cooler this morning but perhaps it is only because I had the door open to let Alvin out into the back yard in my PJ’s.

Today we find out if spring is sooner or later.

I am hoping for sooner and not because of the winter being super cold and miserable but because the lack of bright sunshine has made me feel a bit blue.

Our winter here in Edmonton has not been unusually long or bitterly cold for long periods but we have not had the sunshine.

I miss the sunshine …..

A part of it might have to do with my location at the office …. desks block the daytime sunshine.

So unless I get up and walk about which is not much other than to the printer and there is no sunshine that way either ….

Not that I am suffering the way someone would with an illness but more in the energy field.

Lacking in motivation.

I work on being bright and cheery, positive and energized.

I have some MATCHA (ground green tea into fine powder) with my oatmeal.

It helps but there is a looming cloud ….. anyway enough of gloom and doom ….. I like the sound of the OOM ……

Okay perhaps a slight bit over the top.

More than a bit over the top ….

Enough of the drama.

January was drama and February is all about the calm and GREAT

 

Last night Mr. Alvin and I went for a walk.

There was so much salt on the sidewalks to combat the ice that it was not a fun walk for us.

As soon as I got home I quickly washed his feet and I always wash them before bed.

That way any “stuff” on them will not make it into bed with us.

 

I had a phone call from the Captain or Area Leader for the Heart Fund …. I volunteered to canvas for them.

He will be dropping off the package tonight.

 

Well almost time to leave for the office.

The sun will shine today ….

Both Alvin and I hear a cat meowing …. the same one methinks that we heard just after going to bed.

We have to go and investigate before I leave for work.

Poor thing…..sounds distressed.

 

Special Hello to:   CATS

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday December 30, 2015.

Today is the second last day of 2015.

I noticed this morning that the temperature seems to be warming.

It has been cold the past few days.

 

Yesterday my friend “P” and her grand-puppy George came for a visit.

Alvin was so excited when he saw them come up the walk.

I opened the door just a crack at first so that he would not escape.

When they were on the porch I opened the door and Alvin ran toward little George growling as he zoomed by me.

I immediately ran and grabbed him as he got close to little George.

“P” picked up George and we all got into the house …. too cold for standing around outside.

 

Alvin continued with the growling and I was confused.

This is not his usual demeanour …. sometimes with bigger dogs he growls but not with little one

 

I took George from my friend so that she could remove her coat, mitts, scarf and boots.

All of a sudden we heard this loud whistle and I realized it was the tea kettle.

I ran to the kitchen to remove the kettle from the burner ….

George squirming all of the time …. it was like holding a wild animal and I ended up with a few scratches.

Once “P” was settled she took hold of George still squirming like crazy …

I grabbed Alvin and held him.

My friend put George outside for a minute.

He just whined.

Back into the house.

Alvin growled.

I put Alvin outside ….

Did not work.

Too cold for one thing …..

 

We were not off to a great start.

 

After only a few minutes my friend decided that this was not going to work and decided to go home.

No tea …. I was sad.

Mr. Alvin …. what came into him.

Perhaps it was the fact that he was small and so full of energy.

I do not think he would have hurt him but then again I could not be certain.

My friend did leave me some treats she had brought over …… so thoughtful.

She gave me homemade meat pies and what her family lovingly refer to as “moose poop.”

It is a sweet treat.

There is a long story …..

Another time.

 

Alas the tea party lasted for less than 15 minutes.

We joked that at least they warmed up before leaving for home.

I was sad.

 

I did manage to snap a couple of photos that George stood still in …. most of them he was moving so much they were blurry.

Isn’t he the cutest little fur ball you have ever seen?

Apparently he will not get much bigger than this.

So cute and so full of puppy power.

George

George

 

My friend and I post phoned tea for a later time.

George

George

I was unable to get one of him facing me……

 

Well onto another day …. halfway through the ten days off from work.

I hope that you are enjoying your days.

Looks like another sunny day …..

Have a great Wednesday.

 

Special Hello to: everyone who reads our blogs …. thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 28th day of December, 2015.

It is almost 9:00 a.m. and the sky looks like a huge snowbank.

Certainly does not give one the energy to get up and get going.

We went to bed late it was almost 11:00 p.m. as I had been watching a movie.

Up at 6:00 for Mr. Alvin and then back to bed until a few minutes ago.

There are things that I should and can do but somehow laying there listening to he stillness was appealing.

Well now that I am up …. first on the list is to write my blog.

 

Yesterday I had coffee in the morning with my neighbour and took Mr. Alvin along …..

He did not settle down right away and walked every square inch of the main floor sniffing.

Finally after a couple of pieces of some fruit he laid down.

We had a great visit.

During our conversation we decided to take a trip to what is named “The Antique Mall.”

The mall is a huge building filled with a great many vendors that sell various bits and pieces of antiques.

You can buy pretty much anything there from heirloom jewellery to china to that 70’s patchwork leather chair to a 40’s full length fur coat.

There were tablecloths, tins from every decade, old catalogues, magazines and books.

What a fun way to spend a couple of hours.

I found a replacement China plate.

I inherited my Grandmother’s “Lavender Rose” Royal Albert China set.

Somewhere along the way one of the dinner plates was cracked.

Not sure why but I was happy to replace it and for reasonable.

My friend told me that her Mother had mentioned to her that the future of all our fine China is about to change as they are not making it in England it will be made in China.

The way it is manufactured is going to be different so any of the previously made China like mine will not match.

You may not notice if you are buying new but you would notice if you were replacing a piece.

I think suddenly all of China found in Antique stores and the like will become even more pricey.

I was so happy to purchase the plate for $17.00.

In the store it would be many times that price.

I do want to top up the set.

Thinking I could use some small fruit dishes or “nappies.”

Even odds and ends that would go with my clear glasses dishes from Princess House to use everyday.

I also have some luncheon plates from Princess House that are a beautiful green that go with the clear dishes.

Not sure what else …. I want to pull it out and take a look.

Why would they have to change the way something has been made for hundreds of years, why?

I do not think that more things need to be manufactured in China.

That country’s air quality gets worse with each passing minute.

I enjoyed our adventure to the Antique Mall and was pleasantly surprised by all of the people that were out yesterday.

Of course, most of the vendors had percentages off their treasured items so not too surprised.

Time for breakfast and that first cup of coffee.

Happy Monday.

I have seven days of vacation including today ….. it started at ten …. time flies.

So happy to be off and at home.

I hope that whatever you are doing on this first Monday after Christmas that you are “happy and content and safe.”

Special Hello to:  Antique Lovers ……

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 12th day of July, 2015.

The sun is desperately trying to break through the smoky haze that has taken over our skies for the past few days.

I can only imagine what it is like near the fires.

The smoke filling the air …. hard to breathe.

I was thinking of all of the poor creatures that lived in the forest with no where to run unlike we two-legged ones that can jump in a car or be flown out of the danger zone.

My heart bleeds today for them all.

If they are fortunate to escape the fire zone then what?

They end up in a habited area and then we do the unthinkable because we think they are a threat to us.

I am just grateful to be where I am …..

This has been an odd weekend.

The basement pretty much done ….. the “DRYWALL” ( I thought of the name ).

When I was vacuuming the more fine dust the filter on the vacuum decided to be done.

A bit later I found a wee small dead mouse behind the furnace tucked behind a small opening ….

Where and when ….. OMG ….. they creep me out.

I also hooked up the dryer vent hose and levelled the dryer (all by myself, found that it wasn’t difficult). YAY, me.

I was just about to start laundry and entered the laundry area (furnace) and found water by the furnace.

It had run down into the area under the stairs ….. grabbing towels I got it wiped up …

Thinking it was the humidifier … I called my neighbour as she had removed the top part by the filter.

She came over and we found it was not the humidifier …. she called her friend’s husband who is a plumber, heating and a/c guy ( they were here in just a few minutes or so it seemed).

He was pretty certain that the a/c pan that is enclosed in the furnace unit was over flowering because it was plugged somewhere and then the water has to come out somewhere …..

So he cleaned it all out and the water stopped running.

Note to self: must have the a/c unit on the furnace checked annually.

It was an invaluable lesson.

Just seemed like one thing after the other.

So glad that it is fixed and that the a/c continues to work when we need it to …..

Once again and I am in continuous gratitude to be surrounded by great people …. truly I have the best neighbours on the planet.

This morning I am on my way to another friend’s place just down the street for coffee and muffins.  A third gal, neighbour and friend is going to be there as well.

This weekend I am so grateful.

I also want to send some love to Miss Aussie, neighbour cat who had surgery on Friday and needs some love and positive energy to make her well.  Come on girl you can do it.  We love you …… Alvin, too.

Well I should go and do a couple of things before heading out to socialize ……

I hope that wherever you are that life is treating you well and that you are treating life well.

Spread the love, gratitude and positive energy …..

Thank you.

Special Hello to: to all those folks who try something new and spread their wings daily.

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 28th day of March, 2015.

Well it is overcast in Edmonton but the temperatures remain warm.

The snow is melting as I can hear and see the water running.

But alas the weather report calls for snow showers today.

Oh my what a “sense of humour” – Mother Nature.

Is it perhaps because we are not doing our part with the environment.

Maybe a reminder to us that when we want something like spring/summer instead of winter ….. that she holds off just a bit longer.

Hoping ….. maybe we will wake up, and smell the coffee.

 

Plants, animals and trees.

The air and the land.

The OCEANS.

We have swiped our “hand” and done more damage in the last 100 years than all of the years combined on this planet.

I think, anyway.

I am calling upon all of my fellow inhabitants of this beautiful emerald gem to please, do your part.

Pick up the trash.

Be kind to the environment.

Be kind to the plant and ANIMAL life.

 

Don’t buy some many throw away items that continue to fill our landfills.

All of those plastic bits end up in the ocean floating or in the belly of some poor unsuspecting creature … some land … some marine.

Reduce….

Reuse …..

Recycle ……

Just because you think you need something …. does not mean you really do.

Learn to live within your means.

Volunteer your time to neighbourhood clean-up groups.

Simply pick up the trash from in front of your house.

You know the blue bins that people place mainly paper and plastic cartons in …… well I have noticed that lots of people just set them out by the bags of trash.

Now one small wind and all of that paper is blowing into the nearby parks and neighbour yards.

 

Not sure where that came from other than the fact that I am pumped to now have the extra time once again to get out and pick up the trash from my neighbourhood.

Working six and days per week does not allow much time for extracurricular activities.

I am going to organize another clean-up for the neighbour this spring …. in May.

 

Well I hope that you have a great day.

Have fun looking after your part of the planet.

If we learn to treat the land and water and air and all living beings on this planet (including one another) with kindness and respect …

We shall have this planet around forever …. I hope.

Time to finish laundry and then in a bit get ready to work one of my last shifts at the store.

It will feel strange to be home Friday nights and weekends…..

 

Special Hello to: my fellow volunteers …. you rock and thank you for your time and energy.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 14th day of March, 2015.

My first Saturday to work at the store in a long while.

I used to work the occasional one but not on a regular basis.

This begins working Saturdays for a while with no day off.

Wish me luck or rather give me your great energy to keep doing what I need to do.

I have a fair amount of energy, and hopefully can keep it up for as long as I need.

Lucky for me I do love to work at the store ….. my favourite part meeting new people everyday and of course, running into our regular customers.

The sun is now shining so the promise of a another melting day is great.

YAY ….. finally our sidewalks are clearing up and then me and Alvin will be walking all of the time …..

Both of us have put on a “tiny bit” in the mid section …. okay maybe a bit more than a bit ….. but we will get back to being trim and toned over the next few weeks.

It will be interesting to see how busy the mall is on a Saturday …. from other staff they say it is busy and the time flies by.

I have a short shift which is good because I have “laundry on the mind” and other stuff …..

We all need clean clothes …… right !!

I am relaxing for a bit sipping on my delicious cup of coffee while I write/key these words.

Alvin is standing on the bed looking out of the window which I opened a few inches to gather some fresh air.

I might just leave it open for the day.

Well my darlings I am going to go and get that second cup of coffee.

Thank you so much for reading my words and giving me the energy to keep doing what I love.

It is between us both that I can keep doing this …..

Thank you.

Nothing like listening to Sam Smith while you are drinking coffee …. love his music.

Special Hello to: all those people who read my blog, thank you so much.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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