Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 26th day of October, 2015.

Hard outside so hard to tell what it is actually like …. not wet so that is a good sign.

Just a few more sleeps until Halloween.

I am happy that it falls on a Saturday.

Hoping that the weather holds out so that the kids and parents can have a fun night without having to bundle up in winter coats and boots.

We had a great Sunday.

One of my friends that lives a few blocks away came over for coffee and a visit.

Another far away friend left me a beautiful voicemail message.

My daughter called and sent the finished photos that she took of me and Alvin for our annual photo shoot.

Feeling loved ….

Well almost time to put the finishing touches on getting ready for work.

Monday always seems to show up quickly.

I know it doesn’t but isn’t it funny how quick time goes when you are having fun.

Mind you I am so busy at work that time passes quickly as well …..

I guess no matter what is happening as you get older the days just seem to pass more quickly.

No matter.

We will enjoy each one as they come.

Should be another nice walk for us this evening.

Last night was beautiful.

Note: when you have to perform a new task whether at work or in your personal life “be prepared” and take deep breaths.

There will always be new things along the way.

That is life.

That is learning.

I have something new to do at work today, and thought about it all weekend.  I am prepared but still nervous.

It will be fine, I do know that.

Well time to get going here.

Special Hello: to all friends and family …. thank you for the support.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Evening and it has been Monday the 28th day of September, 2015 all day.

I was away sick from work today ….. some bug got me but I feel much better after resting most of the day.

Mr. Alvin likes to keep me up …… always going to the door.

I am grateful that by sleeping for several extra hours and just resting the worse is over.

The sun is shining and I can tell you it has been a beautiful day ….. because Mr. Alvin spent a lot of time in the back yard.

So in the remaining hours of this Monday I am writing my blog.

Did you see the moon last night?

I saw it at the half way point but unfortunately the highlights of the evening were out of my sight.

I guess I might get to see it in 2033 ….. I will only be 76 so a date in the future.

Well I should go and check on Mr. Alvin ….. we won’t be walking tonight ….. as much as I think the fresh air would be good .the

walk is better left until tomorrow….. just going up and down stairs can be tiring.

Have a great evening and I will be back tomorrow.

Special Hello to: all those folks who are surrounded by four-legged friends ….. always treat them lovingly and with respect.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 7th day of July, 2015.

The sky has been mostly overcast until this point at just after 6:00 a.m. when the sun is breaking through.

That is the view from my office window which faces southward.

Now the sun almost casts a glow over the houses as the trees sway in the morning breeze.

I am so grateful to live in such a great place.

I am grateful to have my own home.

I am grateful to have such a great guy as a companion, Mr. Alvin.

The best four-legged friend this Momma could ever ask for …… mmmm

Last night before Alvin and I went for our walk we had a couple of errands to do in our neighbourhood.

Dropping stuff off.

After completing our task we proceeded on our nightly walk.

The air was perfect.

Not too hot.

Not too cool.

Just the right amount of a breeze.

We bumped into Mr. Alvin’s girl friend’s Moms (they are sisters who live down the street from us).

Mr. Alvin loves his Abby ….. unfortunately she had gone for an earlier walk and the girls were out for a run.

We chatted and caught up and then we all went our separate ways.

Running is not for me.

I love to walk ….. not run.

I like to stop and smell the roses.

Just before we arrived home we saw our friends who have the most gorgeous yard.

The grass is now the most lush that I have ever seen it to be.

Just the right amount of TLC ….. oh my goodness so green … the perfect shade.

They have beautiful flowers …. a rock garden …. hedges ….. roses ….. just spectacular.

Nicest people and Mr. Alvin loves them.

Funny thing the girls caught up to us ….. LOL….. we were visiting again.

Well it was the best evening.

We have a great many of them and I am truly grateful.

Now if I could only persuade Mr. Alvin to use the new sofa ottoman to get onto and off of the bed.

Still isn’t using it all of the time…..

Stubborn boy …. not good with change.

Well time to put on the finishing touches before going to catch the bus.

Oh and my sister called me last night.

Didn’t I say it was the most perfect evening.

Could not ask for more…… family, friends …..

Special Hello to: my sister …. thank you for your call.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 11th day of June, 2015.

It is warm out but overcast here this morning in Edmonton.

We had a great evening last night me and Mr. Alvin.

Our friends “I” and “N” were riding their bikes by as I went by the window last night.

I quickly opened the door to say hi and to show them which house was ours.

They live a few houses away but we always see them when we are out for a walk.

So we visited for a few minutes and I could hear Mr. Alvin in the house.

He did not wish to put on his harness so at first I just carried him out and set him on the ground between

us so that he would stay.

Alvin squeaked and squealed with excitement over our friends.

Unfortunately that did not really go well … so I picked him up ….

I guess I need to lift more weights …..

I held him for all of our visit until near the end when my arms would hold him no more and we went back to the steps where I set him down.

It was great.

He loves them so much.

Safe to say that Mr. Alvin has a lot of friends here in the “hood.”

A bit later we got ready and went for our walk and saw our neighbour out watering her flowers, so we stopped.

This time Alvin kind of held a back seat to the visiting …. he patiently stood waiting for us to go.

What a guy.

Well I am running late ….. just a tad.

You see I was having this dream …. it was very odd.

Up at 4:30 with Alvin and then back to the sofa till 5:30 and had to have 15 more …..

I hope that you have an amazing day.

It is always the little things that are the best.

Oh and the “wild” roses that line our walkways by the parks are oh so fragrant.

I wished that I had one of those bushes in my back yard.

Special Hello to: all of our family …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 30th day of May, 2015.

It was sunny earlier this morning but now as they have forecasted the skies are beginning to fill with dark blue clouds.

I have a couple of chores in the yard to do but if it rains before I get out there then they will wait for another day.

There is always enough work to do when you own a house.

And so it goes.

I hope that you are doing great on this fine Saturday morning.

I am so grateful that I am able to now have the evenings and weekends at home.

So nice to actually have the time to do things.

There is a long list.

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed with the TO DO LIST?

I hear you …..

Sometimes it is better to have a MASTER List, and then each weekend or evening, take a couple of items from the list and do it that way.

It seems to me that I keep adding things to the list and not taking any away.

So having a few things to accomplish each day makes it more manageable and much less stressful.

We all have to remember to take time for our ourselves, our families, and friends.

Well as I sip on my delicious cup of coffee I am thinking it is time to get this show on the road.

I always have to run out to do a couple of errands.

It sure feels cold today compared to the beginning of the week.

Ah, spring.

So happy second last day of May …..

Have a blast.

Take time for you.

Do one thing at a time.

Don’t fret ….

Sing out loud ……

Dance like you know you want to …..

Happy Saturday everyone.

Special Hello to: FAMILY, FRIENDS and STRANGERS.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the Day …….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 21st day of April, 2015.

It is starting to lighten outside and it is 5:48 a.m

Oh, doesn’t that sound early?

I always have thought anything before 6:00 a.m. is ultra early.

It is for me.

But I am slowly adjusting.

One day at a time.

Alvin is like me …. one day at a time.

We enjoyed a whole hour outside walking and visiting along the way.

It was great …. what a wonderful way to spend a Monday evening.

The perfect way.

What did you do last night?

I will admit that I like to relax and not make any commitments as usually I am pooped after a Monday.

But it was great being outside enjoying the warm temperatures.

I turned the “furnace” off again and it was cool, is cool in here but it warms up so much over the course of the day that I figured might as well.

Soon it will be summer anyway.

I do love those weeks when the sun is shining before 6:00 a.m. and then stays up long after we have gone to bed.

It is great on those weekends, for sure.

Well time to go and catch that bus.

Day #2 …… I do miss the carpool ….. but the walking is good for me and my “middle” …… once the mid starts to expand you have no choice but to work on it.  The older you are …. well let me just say ….. it is a bit more challenging.

Special Hello to: all my fellow bus riders ….. you rock.  Early risers and all that jazz.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 6th day of April, 2015.

Easter Monday ……

I have the day off from the office and am just getting ready to go and have brunch with my neighbour and friend.

The sun is shining with a slight cloud cover.

How exciting I have had two days off in a row.

I am sure enjoying my time at home.

It is just the beginning.

Alvin looks so handsome with his new haircut.

He is all nice and clean after his bath.

Looks like a new puppy …..

That’s my guy.

Last night I made a big supper of vegetarian meatballs, mashed potatoes, huge salad with apple crisp for dessert.

We have so much leftover … no cooking this evening.

So I am going to enjoy brunch with my friend.

I am going to enjoy a bit later a nice long walk with Mr. Alvin.

Quiet evening watching a bit of television.

Well time to go.

I hope that you all are having a great Monday.

I will be back tomorrow.

Special Hello to: my family and friends ….

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 30th day of March, 2015.

Well we are well into spring and not unlike past ones we always seem to be surprised when we get moisture.

Not today though.

But the last couple of days you never know.

Some rain would be nice …. clean things up a bit.

I am excited to see the street cleaners come down the street dusting and washing away the gravel and bits from winter.

I will be out soon cleaning up the neighbourhood.

Two more shifts left at the store.

I am excited and sad.

Spring is renewal and I plan to renew my lease on life.

Getting out there and doing things.

Keeping busy.

Me and Alvin both need to pursue evening walks with no hesitation or cancellation.

Soon the buds will turn into leaves ( I am thinking there are buds even though I haven’t really seen any ) and the robins will start to return.

I love robins.

Reminds me of my youth.

Just for some reason.

I do remember seeing many a robin’s egg and to this day I love that turquoise colour.

On this second last day of March, I wish you a pleasant reminder of your youth.

Happy Monday.

Special Hello to: all of my neighbours around the world ……

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 4th day of October, 2014.

It has been an interesting morning thus far with the weather.

When I got up with Alvin about 6:00 a.m. ….. the sky was beginning to lighten but the deck was wet.

Hint that we had received rain sometime between I got home from work just after 10 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Alvin and I of course, hit the sofa for some extra zzzz’s and when we got up the sun was shining brightly.

Now it is almost 11:00 a.m. and it is overcast and windy.

All sorts of weather this morning …. but it remains beautiful out.

Well it is Saturday, my day off …. so I put some pinto beans, chick peas and kidney beans for their long soak; had breakfast and shared my banana with the puppies (they love banana); gathering laundry to do; trimmed my hair as I want to colour it in a bit and then get started on this day.  I always have an ambitious “TO DO LIST” for my day off but at the end of it all I feel very much rewarded when I look at all that I have accomplished.  It just makes my work week easier if I get all of my household chores done on Saturday.

In there I brewed a pot of coffee because one must have some of that before tackling the LIST.

I do want to take all the puppies for a walk at some point likely early this afternoon.

The kids are off to watch over their friends children for the day.

So it is just me and the puppies.

I am excited to colour my hair (it will be like I am a new person and so easy just with a box from the drugstore and 20 minutes on the clock)

Also get the house tidied up ..then this evening I can sit back and get caught up on my recorded shows and or watch a movie.

So on this now bright sunny Saturday morning I hope that you are busy doing things that you love.

I am surrounded by love and my puppies.

Doesn’t get better than that …..

After all when you arise in the morning and can walk down the stairs, breathe in and out, see the rain or the sunshine, hear the dogs bark and taste your breakfast …. it is life’s simple pleasures that we often take for granted …. but at the end of the day it doesn’t get better than that…..

Special Hello to: all those folks who have Saturdays off ….. ENJOY…..

Always, Carol, Alvin, Elton and Penny …… I have to include my grand-puppies as it is just us today.

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 13th day of November, 2013

Yesterday was so beautiful and this morning is so warm, feels like spring.

Alvin and I had a great walk after work and his supper.

The air felt warm upon my face.

We are having a great November here in Edmonton.

I wanted to share something with you.

Last night I saw a photo on FB of a 7 week old puppy that someone had dosed with flammable liquid, and lit him on fire.

His ears were burned and his eyes are severely damaged.

Infections are still a concern.

They do not know if the little guy will make it.

His name was Nero.

I will see his little red face in my sleep.

I do not understand how someone could do this.

I do not understand.

I do not understand.

I do not understand.

Why so cruel?

Why.

All I can hope is that he survives and has a loving home.

Little guy you are in my thoughts.

It made me snuggle my Alvin even more this evening.

Please be kind to every living being.

Please, I beg this of each of you.

Thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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