It is a NEW YEAR.

Yay, Saturday morning.

Alvin and I were up at 4:05, then again at 6:00 and then a few minutes ago.

I was tired.

Perhaps it is in part the extreme cold temperatures that causes that sleepy feeling.

Who does not want to curl up under a cozy blanket and just sleep.

Oh well, we are up now and have a full day ahead of us.

That lazy feeling removed my desire to take down the Christmas tree last night.

So today and tomorrow.

Down comes everything.

The temperature is way too cold to go outside unless it is a necessity.

No walking for sure.

 

Last night after watching a segment on one of the shows that I record about LIVING CLEAN; I decided to do this.

I went on social media and challenged family and friends to reduce their household and life usage of plastic.

Every day I will post a tip, something that I have learned to be more GREEN or to LIVE MORE CLEAN.

I also enlisted them to post anything ideas that they had as well.

Within a few minutes several friends had posted a tip to share.

 

Perhaps in 2020 we all need to be LIVING CLEAN AND BE GREEN.

We just have so much stuff that we do not use or need.

So many items are purchased out of convenience or just plain desire.

Even me with my love of Christmas.

I like the tree and all of the decorations.

But is it necessary, no.

Absolutely NOT.

 

Over the years I have mostly ditched the plastic grocery bags and use recycled bags and boxes.

I seldom purchase plastic storage bags and mainly use glass and “tupperware” containers for storage.

But I am still using some plastics.

So many things that we use on a daily basis come in plastic containers.

Shampoo, conditioner, dish soap, laundry soap, cleaners and the lost goes on and on.

Attempting to purchase less grocery items that come in plastic wrap.

I must confess that I have purchased the net bags for my produce, and have not used them.

I WILL be using them for ALL future produce shopping.

 

This year I am going to use up what I have and go as green as possible.

Making my own household cleaners, finding items to replace personal hygiene products that are not harmful to me or to the environment.

Away with the chemicals.

It is not easy and good things seldom are … but I am going to do the best that I can.

I care deeply about the environment.

I care about what we are doing to marine life and wildlife.

It has to end.

Not necessary.

Cut out the conveniences and companies need to step back from the greed that envelopes them and make changes.

 

Okay, time to get this day going.

Please post any ideas that you have for my quest.

Let’s do this together.

Together we can change the world.

Together we can save the world.

 

Have an awesome Saturday.

Remember this is the moment to make changes that will give future generations a chance to live on this beautiful planet.

I believe that is not too late.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and today would be TUESDAY, the 7th day of January 2020.

As I was getting ready this morning …. washing my face and applying moisturizer followed by a wee bit of makeup.

I was thinking “there really isn’t a magic pill for life.”

Every year people spend millions and billions of dollars collectively on face creams, diets and fads hoping to wipe away time.

It does not happen like that.

There are a great many entrepreneurs on this earth and they have made a lot of money attempting to “find that magic pill.”

If you are fortunate to have good genes plus doing basic hygiene such as washing your face and applying some moisture; it may appear that you have slowed down time.

Perhaps you have done just that.

But human beings are vain creatures.

If you think about it planet wide we spend billions and likely trillions of dollars on makeup and entertainment.

Not every person on this planet can go out and buy the newest make from SMASHBOX or URBAN DECAY or CLINIQUE.

Not every person on this planet can go to a music concert.

Does not matter whether you live in Canada, the United States, China or Africa.

At the end of the day it is all of the “stuff” that we are using in an attempt to turn back the hands of time that fills our lakes, rivers, oceans and landfills.

Cosmetic containers and half used or old makeup are only a few of the items that are cluttering up and destroying our planet.

We certainly need to give our heads a shake and although this industry does employ a great many people; does that offset the damage it is doing to the environment.

I know that the oil & gas industry, pharmaceuticals and the list goes on, does more harm than good to the environment.

But perhaps it is worth taking a moment to consider.

Also did you know or even think about all of the companies that still test on animals?

Are you kidding me?

In this day and age, this should not and must not happen.

Educate yourself when you purchase something that makes you feel good.

At the end of the day for that feeling is it worth it?

I am working on it everyday.

Read.

 

Well it is time to head on downstairs.

The poop awaits.

 

Have an awesome day.

Keep it simple.

We can always do better.

I am nowhere near perfect but I am trying always to do better than yesterday.

Sending my prayers and positive energy and thoughts to the animals and people of the Continent of Australia.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 31st day of December, 2018.

The last day of December and the last day of the year 2018.

 

WOW, what a year – 2018.

Right.

The world has struggled to come up with a game plan regarding the environment or at least one that ALL countries will join.

Wars, struggles and strife continue all over the world.

We have listened to the rants and raves of leaders.

Weather has been off the charts this past year between fires, floods, hurricanes and tsunamis.

Even at home there has been peaceful conflict between those who want the pipeline built and those who do not.

There have been advances and disadvantages.

We have lost dear ones.

Babies have been born.

 

For me, I continue to work, to be employed.

At a time where jobs are held dear.

I am most grateful to be employed.

I am grateful to have supportive family and friends.

I am grateful that despite the recent political atmosphere I/We live in a peaceful country.

I am grateful to have clean drinking water.

I am grateful that I can write and am not shut down for voicing my opinions.

I am grateful that Alvin and I are in good health.

I am grateful that I am able to live in a home/house that I can call my own.

I am grateful that I can see, hear, smell, taste and touch.

I am grateful for books, music and nature.

I am grateful that I can make a difference – should I choose.

I am grateful to be me.

I am grateful that during the last eleven days of this year that I was able to visit with my cousins and many friends.

To be surrounded by good people is the best feeling ever.

A great way to end the year.

 

For the New Year, I simply wish that all nations would come together peacefully to solve or at least begin to resolve the damage done to our beloved environment.

Let us hope that it is not too late.

Our environment is like our own personal good health; without it, we will perish or at least live very restricted lives.

 

I know that this sounds like a doom and gloom post but sometimes we have to dig our heads out of the sand and speak up.

There is a break in the clouds this morning.

The sky is no longer white.

The sky is filled with dark blue clouds which I can see clear blue sky.

There is hope that we will have sunshine today.

I wish HOPE for everyone – everywhere.

I wish SUNSHINE for everyone – everywhere.

 

Happy New Year.

Happy 2019.

 

Special Hello to: all of my family and friends, wishing you all a very Happy New Year.

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 25th day of May, 2018.

Last night just as I was arriving home it began to rain …. at some points it was a nice steady rain.

We certainly could use it and were so grateful for the moisture.

The trees and grass and plants are definitely a more vibrant green this morning.

The flowers were happy to have a rain from the heavens and not one from my watering can.

Everyone is doing a little happy dance this morning.

 

As I am sitting here I can feel the humidity.

You know after a shower and then you get dressed.

The air seems more humid and hot.

Even the temperature in the house had got warmer over night.

It cooled down with the rain but not for long.

 

Looking forward to the weekend after a shortened work week.

We have lots to do.

We are pet sitting for a friend in the neighbourhood.

A birthday party Sunday morning for one of my girl friends.

The usual watering, likely mowing grass, laundry, cleaning and on.

 

Perhaps we will get some more rain.

Another nice shower would be good.

 

Alvin and I enjoyed a lovely walk last night in the rain.

As we left the house it appeared to be snowing.

Some of the flowers off of our tree were raining down in the wind and rain.

Just a nice gentle rain with a bit of a breeze so not too many mosquitoes.

By the time I got home I was WARM as I had slipped on a jacket before leaving the house.

 

Mr. Alvin is snuggled up on his blue blanket on the floor beside me.

 

Well almost time to get this show on the road.

Nice to be Friday.

I hope that you are enjoying life.

Every moment is precious.

Every life should be treated with kindness.

Be gentle with the environment …. we do not want to leave a footprint.

 

Special Hello to: You …. celebrate life …. you deserve to have fun.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 7th day of April, 2018.

The house is quiet once again except for the furnace running to heat the house during our coldest spring in thirty years.

The snow does seem to be slowly disappearing but not due to hot sunny days, that is for sure.

Most likely due in part to the wind.

The winds have been brutally cold.

Yesterday it was almost minus 20 degrees celsius with the windchill when I left work.

Thankfully I am a smart adult and was wearing my winter coat.

So many young and older folks were wearing spring jackets.

Likely just getting tired of wearing their winter ones.

I am starting to lose my patience with Mother Nature.

It is time for warmer weather, please.

 

Well onto something else, whining is not something that I like to do for long periods of time.

My daughter is bringing Mr. Alvin home this morning.

I promised my daughter a “pancake breakfast” when she arrives.

After writing my blog, I will slip into the shower before starting to cook the pancakes.

My dear old electric fry pan of over thirty years is starting to show signs of its’ age.

Part of the element is not heating up so of course, things do not cook evenly.

This morning I will use a smaller pan on top of the snow.

Hopefully that works better.

I am sad that my dear old electric fry pan is not working properly.

These days electric appliances and anything for that matter do not last any length of time.

I figure that I got at least six lifetimes from her than the ones made in recent times.

Unfortunately when appliances and such stop working over shorter periods of time not only do they cost to keep replacing BUT we are destroying our environment.

Just last night on the weather channel they were speaking about finding small microscopic bits of plastic in our drinking water.

They are already finding all sorts of plastic and garbage in all sorts of marine, bird and animal life.

They said within thirty years there will be more plastic in the oceans than marine life.

Is that not a scary thought.

That should drive people to smarten up.

I sure hope so.

 

Well that is food for thought.

We need to realize that we DO NOT NEED every gadget and gismo.

Less of this and that.

More about healthy relationships.

 

I hope that you all have a wonderful Saturday.

Special Hello to: my sister who makes me laugh and my brother who is working on our family history.  Thank you guys.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 2nd day of January, 2018.

There is a breeze this morning and it feels warm.

Could it be that the temperatures are warming up?

Well back to work today after a nice break.

I was wondering what my thoughts were on this date last year.

I think it still applies and of course brings us only two years from 2020 and even closer to 2025, which I think seems so futuristic.

 

January 2nd, 2017.

Did you wonder how 2018 was going to feel being one more year closer to 2020?

It feels so futuristic …. as though cars should be flying or at least driving without human invention.

I would have thought that we would have been further along the road to peace.

I would have thought that we would have cured every disease.

I would have thought that we would be treating other species with care, kindness and respect.

I would have thought that we would be the best planetary caretakers regarding the environment.

I would have thought that greed and power struggles would not be the underlying statement.

I would have thought that we would be further along than we are ….. disappointing, yes.

I hope that during 2018 we find it in our hearts and minds to work harder toward more safe technology and make things last longer so that the landfills and eco stations are not filled to capacity with no place to go.

I hope that during 2018 we find it in our hearts and minds to work together as a planetary collective and not as individual countries to solve all the ills of the world.

I hope that during 2018 we find it in our hearts and mind to bring peace at last to this beautiful emerald planet of ours.

I hope that during 2018 we realize that each and every living organism on this planet plays an important role in our future.

I hope that during 2018 brings stabilizing change for all of us.

I wish us all the best now and in the centuries to come.

 

Special Hello to: all those people who work hard every day for our future.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 23rd day of September, 2017.

So grateful for the sunny blue skies of this morning.

What a great sight after several days of cloud and rain.

 

How can the rest of the world quietly stand by and listen to two “powerful” leaders bully and demean each other, and threaten nuclear war.

Are we not taking this seriously?

Perhaps we should.

It is the actions of mad men that truly scares me.

The stark reality of this is nuclear war if other countries do not intervene.

At the very least much unrepairable damage to the environment.

How can reports say this will not happen?

Are you kidding me?

Kim Jong Un  just wants a reason, and he will not step down on his own.

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump are taking “leadership” to a whole other level.

I would be so incredibly embarrassed if my Prime Minister spoke or acted in this manner.

Maybe, everyone on this planet needs to step up and put an end to this craziness.

It is hard to believe that in 2017 we still have mad men leading countries and wars killing millions.

I guess nothing has been learned over the last thousands of years.

Feeling disappointed …..

 

Back to my current reality of doing laundry, cleaning the house, grocery shopping and such.

But I do think about the status of the planet and the human beings that inhabit it.

Feeling sorry that we are in this state of affairs.

 

Special Hello to: every creature on this planet and I wished that I had a way to stop the madness.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 11th day of September, 2017.

Just starting to get light but too dark to put on my sun glass clips when I leave the house.

But partway into the bus ride the sun will be up and I will need them.

Funny this time of year.

 

I have just started reading a book that I acquired.

Written by past United States President Bill Clinton.

The name of the book “Giving” How each of us can change the World.

As I read the book and hear of how many and how much has been given for years and continues to be given, I wonder:

  1.  How much would it take to fix the Environment, is it even possible?
  2.  How much would it take to end world hunger, is it even possible?
  3.  How much would it take to bring peace to the world, is it even possible?

Food for thought?

 

Well I am running late ….. just some questions that I doubt can ever be answered ….. not in my lifetime.

Have a wonderful day as we each ponder these questions.

 

Special Hello to:  all those who give and make a difference.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 13th day of July, 2017.

Rained some yesterday ….. but a beautiful day overall.

The house is cool to start this morning which will be great for Mr. Alvin.

Warming up again.

The smoke from the fires in British Columbia is slowly seeping into our city.

When you can see, smell and taste the smoke one can only imagine the density and severity of those fires for the residents of the affected areas.

To all the people and the animals whether domestic or wild you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Please rain.

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On a more personal note:

Sometimes someone will make a remark that makes you think and take notice.

I will admit that somedays, okay perhaps a bit more often as of late,  I feel frustrated with/at “work.

My job can be stressful for sure.

I think that a great many people are under stress these days and I am not alone, for sure.

So as, with most people there is that frustration whether it is because the workload is daunting and never ending.

Or office politics.

Whatever it may be ….. it does have an effect on us all.

 

But at the end of the day it is the work that keeps one employed.

I have never turned away from work and most of my jobs over the years have carried a substantial workload and that is okay with me.

Sometimes it is just a combination of things.

So time to perhaps change things up a bit …..

This morning when I walk through the door at my employment; I will be me once again.

Back to the kinder, gentler, less stressed, less frustrated and more sympathetic ME.

Take things in stride and have patience.

Do not sweat the small stuff.

Remembering that it is okay not to be SUPER WOMAN each and everyday.

 

Outside of work I am that kind, gentle, easygoing, happy person.

I, as with everyone on the planet has bad days even at home but on a whole I am a good, happy, hard working gal.

Just somehow it changes when I go to work and not everyday for sure but somedays.

 

Special Hello to:  All those folks who work outside the home …..

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 18th day of May, 2017.

Clear blue skies and sun rise.

Great start to this Thursday.

 

Last night I noticed a post on FB asking if you agreed or disagreed to teachers placing student’s cell phones in a central location until class was over.

My stance is absolutely put them away.

There is nothing that they need to be seeing or doing while in class getting their education.

Nothing on social media or email or the world wide web that should keep them from learning about the environment, science, our planet, social and health and so on.

I know that most people, adults and young ones of all ages are reluctant to give up their phones, it is as if they were an extra appendage.

Perhaps in the future we will have a built in device to communicate with ….. who knows but for now they are hand held.

But in the meantime ….

In class no and at work no.

If there is an emergency it can be dealt with the same way they have been for many years ….. phone the principal or the employer.

Or using these devices on your breaks whether at work or at school.

 

Why we feel the need for instant gratification is beyond me.

Just my opinion.

I do think that they serve a great purpose but with some restraint, please people.

Everyone on the bus has their cell phones out either surfing on the internet or talking to someone.

Some people do listen to music …. which is okay ……

People walking down the sidewalk with their heads bent over with full attention to that little screen.

People thinking that they can drive and walk and text …. well that is just …… I will not say the word(s).

 

Personally I do not have a cell phone.

Yes, I am almost 60 and no cell.

I have a land line.

Old school.

I do not wish to be in constant contact.

I have voice mail so that people can leave message if they call and I am unavailable.

I have email on my computer.

Not that perhaps someday I will obtain one but for now it is a luxury that I do not need.

 

I do think that our “social ness” is slowly slipping away.

Not enough face to face conversation.

Manners are almost a thing of the past.

Some folks cannot even have a family supper without every member sitting at the table checking their phones.

Something seriously wrong with that picture.

How important do we think we are anyway?

How important is it to reply to every little message or post?

What is it with selfies anyway?

I guess coming from someone who has taken photos at every event her whole life with no photos of herself or at least not many.

Perhaps it is not totally a bad thing.

 

Anyway food for thought.

Perhaps at the dinner table phones should be left in the bedrooms.

Out at a restaurant leave them turned off in your purse or pocket.

We waited before and we can wait again.

The world did not come crashing to an end because you did not post that selfie of you eating a tomato or liking a photo someone posted.

 

Well time to go to work.

Another day.

Happy day …. sunshine….temperature warming up.

I still have not turned on the heat.

Good or bad …… it is a little nippy in the house.

Happy Thursday.

 

Special Hello to: all those cell phone users ……

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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