It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning and Welcome to the DEEP FREEZE.

ARGH, cold temperatures for the next week.

On the plus side our winter has been relatively mild until this cold snap.

Should we be complaining?

Likely not.

But will we?

Likely yes.


My carpool decided to take today off from work.

Usually this would mean that I would be taking the bus.

Lucky for me, my neighbour is giving me a ride to work.

I am on my own going home.

One way is okay.


Well this has placed a damper on our walks for the next days.

Usually Alvin likes to mull around outside when he is out doing his business or just hanging out.

Not now.

He does his business and runs back to the house.

Not much coaxing which is fine by me.

No offer of a treat to come inside.

Likely best for the waistline.

So we are playing more ….. Alvin is playing more if truth be told.


Tonight down comes the Christmas tree and then I will spend part/most of the weekend taking down the decorations.

Thankfully I only have a couple of items outside.

The wreath on the door and a small tree on the porch.

The wreath I can quickly grab despite the cold but the tree can remain on the porch until the temperature warms up.

It will be good to get back to the normal decorations although it does seem bare in the house for a few days.

But sometimes BARE is good.

Actually I have so  much Christmas ….. it looks like a store.

The rest of the year is much more low-key.

So that is good.


I was thinking of something as I was going to bed and of course, did not write it down.

A topic to write about this morning.

Note to self: when a great idea comes to your mind – WRITE IT DOWN, you silly girl.


I am also going back and forth between glasses this morning.

I have two pair.

One is older but as my prescription did not change, I can continue to wear them.

One pair has plastic frames, and the other are wire/metal.

The metal/wire frames sometimes bother by my ears.

But they have a slightly bigger lens and I like that.

I have to decide before wearing them for more than a minute or two otherwise will have a headache.

Small decision.

Will check out in the mirror and then decide.


What is new with you?

Did you set out with New Year Resolutions?

I did not, really.

I just try to do better than I did the year before in all aspects of my life.

Body, mind and soul.


Well almost time to head off downstairs.

On poop patrol.

Now those brown packages freeze before they hit the ground.

Easy to pick up.


I hope that on this cold Friday that you are warm and safe.

I wish that rain would extinguish ALL of the fires in Australia without massive flooding.

I wish that there would be PEACE in the Middle East and around the world.

I hope that everyone has a good day.

Yes, everyone.

Remember to breathe.

Go to the bathroom and fake yell if you need that release.

Shake it off.

Put one foot in front of the other!

Soon you will be walking out the door or opening doors to better things.


Happy Friday.


Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 7th day of March, 2015.

How are you doing this morning?

I am doing well.

The sun is shining and I can see the neighbouring trees blowing in the wind.

Thank goodness for the wind ….. it will help dry up the water/ice.

It was so icy on the way home from the bus last night.

I literally took careful and deliberate steps all of the way home.

This is my last Saturday off for a bit so I have a few chores to do.

I was thinking that I need a boost so I will colour my hair.

Mr. Alvin, I think it is bath time and perhaps a slight hair trim.

The house is quiet as the kids were out late at my son-in-law’s brother’s 50th birthday celebration.

I worked until well after 10:00 p.m. so was home after 11:00 p.m.

I love when Alvin sits on the bed and looks intently out of the window.

He zeros in on something ….. could be a cat ….. could be a wild “bag” that is flying around the ‘hood.

My darling.

I look forward to the time when I can spend more of my time at home with him.

How lovely to once again go on two walks everyday.

Especially in the summer/fall.

Well time to get this day in motion.

I am dressed – check

Bed made – check

Glasses on – check (just being silly because sometimes you just have to be)

Blog written – check

Time for coffee – check (have to made said coffee)

Time to start laundry – check

Have a great day – check

Special Hello to: all my fellow bloggers …. what a cool way to get to know the world.

Always, Carol and Alvin





Reminder to Everyone – Life is like that…..

The past couple of weeks I have been working on medical appointments.  You know going to the Doctor for a check-up.  Well, now when you get a new Doctor – you must do the “meet and greet” and then see if they want to take you on as a patient. I found this strange but yet a great idea.  Guess it can work both ways.  Anyway, I met the Doctor, and he is nice.  He gave me the paperwork to go to the Lab for blood work, and urine sample and also to go and have a mammogram.

Also I made an appointment to go and have my eyes checked.  Lucky for me, all of the medical offices are in my neighbourhood.  My eyes only changed slightly.  My distance vision improved slightly, so that means my close-up has depreciated slightly.  Oh well, likely a sign of years.  One good thing is I got to pick out new glasses.  Always nice to get a new pair of frames.  Makes me feel like a new woman.  Giggling out loud or GOL.

Yesterday, I had the lab and mammogram appointments (both in same building, how very convenient and I am grateful).

First appointment was at the lab.  The technician, Alma took a few tubes of blood from my arm (which was absolutely painless, thank you Alma) which was followed by the “pee in the cup”.  They have a few rules that you must follow to give them a proper sample but it was painless.  Good instructions.  LOL.  Alma also presented me with this plastic ziploc bag with some papers and stuff inside.  She said “I have some homework for you”.  I thought great.  I haven’t been in school for what 35 years, and now I am getting homework.  Guess what the homework was??  Never thought it was a “stool collection”.  That is not my idea of “homework” more like yuck.  Horror all of horrors, taking a popsicle type stick and well perhaps the details here are not important (I am certain that you get the picture).  LOL.  Wow, just thought of something.  Why would we call something you sit or stand upon a “stool” …..?

Oh, I forgot to say that the building that housed the lab and mammogram offices …. also had some stores.  Zellers and Shoppers.  So guess what – I went shopping.  Always a good way to spend time when you are early.  Found some pj’s on sale, and picked up some notebooks for writing, and yes, the winning lottery tickets.  I have them…..  Reminder to always be early and book extra time in between appointments.

Also had to do the old mammogram.  I feel for those ladies who are less endowed as it is not entirely a fun process.  Although it certainly wasn’t awful.  It seems strange to me in this day and age, with all of our technology – that we do not have a better way to check our breasts for unwanted objects.  I mean really – sticking your boob between two plates of glass. There just has to be a better way.  The young lady that looked after my “boobs” for the mammogram was lovely.  Had a great sense of humour.  I think that would be number one on the list of things needed to do that particular job.  I felt complete, when I had the ladies in the waiting room laughing over the size of boobs.  Since I turned 50 – they really do start to do the Snow Bird thing by going south.  It is not a pretty sight with no bra.  But I know that I am not alone.  LOL.  Appointments completed.  Just have to do the homework.  Remember do not p-r-o-c-r-a-s-t-i-n-a-t-e on this one.

I was also grateful that my kids were able to drive me there and pick me up.  How wonderful is that.  I think that I should buy a car.  A beautiful shiny red – Toyota – RAV4.  That is the one that I would love to own.  Okay back to the story.

Upon arriving at home, I found a phone message from the Optometrists Office letting me know that my new eyeglasses had arrived.  So my wonderful daughter drove me over to pick them up.  When I first put them on ….. I thought yikes, I noticed the difference in the prescription right away.  Love the new frames.  They told me to start wearing them today (better to wait till morning).  Thank you.  Good advice.

Next item on my medical to do list is a visit to the dentist.  The appointment is a couple of weeks away.  Time for cleaning and check-up.

Well, that is it for now.  Just have to do my homework and go the dentist and ALMOST forgot ….. back to the Doctor for the “annual check-up” …… that’s okay.  I’m up for it……

So reminder to everyone – make sure that you have your medical appointments on a regular basis.

All of the technicians, nurses, and Doctors were amazing.  Made the process “painless” …….

Take care, be happy and healthy everyone.

Enjoy your life as much as I am enjoying mine.

Happy Days.

Always, Carol

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