Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 3rd day of December, 2018.

For a split second I started to type January, erased and then started to type November.

WOW, in a hurry to see the New Year.

Skirting the last month of the year?

 

Well folks we definitely have WINTER in a big way.

More snow now that we have had so far this fall/winter.

Considering officially WINTER has not started.

We are currently in the throes of winter.

Thankfully the snow that has been falling is the fluffy kind.

So shovelling is easy, peasy.

My neighbour and I have collectively shovelled the front since the snowfall on Saturday about ten times.

I shovelled the deck in the later part of the afternoon yesterday and this morning you could not tell.

Also shovelled the driveway for the first time since the snow began to fall and surprisingly enough there was only about 5 inches.

I was pleasantly shocked/surprised.

Poor little Alvin …. almost getting lost in the snow.

So at 5:30 a.m. – I was out shovelling.

At least there may only be one foot by tonight instead of two.

The deck is beginning to look like one giant snowbank.

I love this fluffy snow though.

When the light shines it appears to be a billion trillion diamonds.

So beautiful.

 

Well Mr. Alvin is laying on his little blue blanket beside me.

Just resting away.

 

Well I should go and shovel the front before leaving for work.

The street is one big snowbank with a couple of tire tracks down the middle.

When vehicles one has to pull over and then watch them spin trying to get back on track.

 

Have a Happy Monday.

I hope that you are safe on your travels.

 

Special Hello to:  all those people who take the time to help ….. thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 5th day of November, 2018.

Time changed over the weekend.

So even though the clock shows 6:15 a.m., it still feels like 5:15 a.m.

We set our clocks one hour back …. Fall back.

We will get used to it at some point.

Change is good?

 

Rain and snow mix gradually over the course of the day and night turned to just the white stuff.

So we have a nice white blanket covering the ground this morning.

This means some shovelling in my future (tonight).

Exercise – it is all good.

Also is a reminder to get out and pick up poop as it happens otherwise you may have to seek it out and that can be difficult.

Okay, perhaps that was a bit more information that you needed or wanted.

Sorry.

 

I was just thinking this morning about something.

Was there a point in your life that defined your future?

Something that changed the way you thought about the future  or the way that you looked at the world, your world?

An event perhaps that spoke to you?

Someone you met?

A place you travelled to?

Something you ate?

Now there could absolutely be more than one point that changed the trajectory of your life at that point.

These babies, my four siblings.

Changed the trajectory of my life.

They were my first babies.

And, feel so to this day.

I have felt like their Mom, their teacher, their protector.

These four lights changed my life forever.

They formed me into who I am today.

I am forever grateful.

 

Well almost time to don the winter garb and head out.

Happy Monday.

Special Hello to: my sister and brothers.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 27th day of October, 2018.

Wow, I could have slept longer or at least stayed laying down if Mr. Alvin had not kept at me to get my butt up.

We have been up and down since about 3:00 a.m. hence the reason for me being a sleepy head.

Anyway all is well …. we are both up and the day has started.

I snapped some photos as another beautiful day on the way.

I am happily shocked and surprised that my SNAPDRAGONS are still blooming.

It is almost the end of October, 2018.

WOW.

So I have some photos for you to check out.

The sky looks like an artist’s canvas with streaks of white, yellow, dark blue and grey.

The sun is piercing with it’s brightness.

What a glorious sky.

So beautiful.

A few minutes ago when I snapped the above photos the sky had more pinks and light blues but now is as described above.

Funny how the sky had change in mere minutes.

I am sad that I will be digging up the rest of my flowers but wanted to enjoy them as long as possible.

There should be lots of seed pods for me to pick for spring.

You would never know it is almost the end of October from the above photos other than the scarecrow and a few less flowers in my back yard.

Isn’t life grand.

 

Last night my daughter picked me up after work and we made a trip to COSTCO.

I still have lots of fruits and veggies so I only needed a couple of items.

Bananas and tomatoes.

A staple in our kitchen.

My daughter stayed for supper and I shared some homemade chilli with her.

We had a visit which was pleasantly interrupted by my friend who popped by to grab the chair to fix in his garage.

After she went home I received a phone call from my youngest brother who lives in Calgary.

We had a great chat.

He is starting his own blog and asked for some tips.

 

Well I guess it is getting late here and there is lots to do.

Next weekend on Friday my daughter is sleeping over and we are putting up … wait for it ….

the CHRISTMAS TREE.

I am over the moon excited for that as it always gives me extra energy and makes me smile.

 

Have a great Saturday.

Happy Birthday to one of my friends “S” who celebrates a birthday today.

 

Special Hello to: my brother T …… enjoy blogging.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 24th day of October, 2018.

I am back.

Was down yesterday with a headache and just not overall feeling well.

Feeling better.

Later yesterday afternoon Alvin and I went for a walk.

The first bit of the walk I was thinking perhaps this was a bad idea and then once I ploughed through it – all was well.

Sometimes this happens after you have not been feeling well and then do a big chore or exercise.

Anyway we enjoyed the walk.

It was the perfect calm.

It was the perfect temperature.

It was the perfect walk.

Of course another side effect of staying home and sleeping ….. is that you are awake all or most of the night.

Oh well, it happens.

 

We are so happy to have this beautiful fall / autumn weather.

Sunny skies.

Warm temperatures.

Happy Dance.

 

Hard to believe that Halloween is right around the corner.

Next Wednesday.

I guess that makes it exactly one week away.

I have the house decorated and a bit outside.

I have bought the treats.

I am just deciding what to wear for work.

The carpool took the day off so that means I will have to dress up when I get to work.

Meaning I will have to leave extra early for work.

ARGH….

I guess it means keep it simple.

I can do that.

 

Master Teddy is coming for a sleepover and then will go home Thursday night.

YAY, Alvin will be happy.

 

Well it is almost time to leave for work.

Just a few things to do and see if Mr. Alvin needs to go back outside.

I hope that you all have an awesome WEDNESDAY.

Next week we can call it “WEIRD WEDNESDAY.”

Happy Wednesday for this week.

 

Special Hello to: my younger brother who is also beginning his “blogging – writing” journey.  I cannot wait to read your work and I know that you will be GREAT.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 16th day of October, 2018.

Another beautiful day on the way.

So gorgeous yesterday and tomorrow will take the prize at +18 degrees celsius.

YAY, we have fall, we are so HAPPY.

Doing a little jig ….

Doing a little happy dance…

 

Quick story about Mr. Alvin.

Yesterday my daughter had the day off and stopped by the house to pick up a couple of things.

When Alvin saw her coming I guess he started to quiver and shake.

My daughter said that he was so anxious.

She tried to feed him (as it was later in the afternoon and I was catching the bus home) but no luck.

She picked him up as he would not go outside to pee.

He likely thought that she was taking him in the car.

Without me at home, he panicked.

He does not love the car ride.

He does not like the car ride.

He barely tolerates the car ride.

He loves to be at home.

Poor boy.

When I arrived home a little bit later, he was fine.

I would never had know he had been in that state (unless my daughter told me).

That’s okay Mr. Alvin we will just stay at home.

 

I have been doing a lot of reading as of late.

Back to doing what I love and I love to read.

I came across this line and I think it to be true in a lot of situations.

Sometimes all you have to do is shift your perspective to see someone else’s truth.”

Is that not the best line ever.

Or one of them anyway.

Love that line.

 

So here in Edmonton, life is pretty great.

Alvin and I are enjoying our walks in the evening.

Work is busy but I am grateful to be employed and able to pay my mortgage.

Always good to have food in the fridge and heat in the house.

I am very grateful to have the best family and friends.

So grateful that I have my life.

 

Have a great Tuesday.

Special Hello to: my sister ….. you are the best sister ever.

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. so grateful to be carpooling most days to work.

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 8th day of October, 2018.

Well winter has arrived or at least one of the main components of that season.

SNOW.

SNOW.

and MORE SNOW.

The rooftops are covered.

The ground is covered.

 

My snapdragons are covered. (Perhaps it is time to remove the seeds and pull the plants).

They have been blooming for a long time now and were so pretty.

Yellows, corals, pinks and white.

The last memories of summer ……

The temperatures are to warm up again.

This will give everyone a chance to do that last minute “fall/winter prep.”

 

We, me and Mr. Alvin had a grand time with our family.

Last night before supper we walked to a nearby park and took some photos.

Unfortunately the wind got up and there were several drops of rain.

But we managed to get some good photos.

We ate, relaxed, visited and played the board game “Sequence.”

A good time was had by all.

Another Thanksgiving on the books.

All done and thank you to my kids for hosting.

It was wonderful.

 

Last day before heading back to work.

Time to get some final loads of laundry done, perhaps some shovelling, get ready for tomorrow and leftovers for supper.

I made a big dinner on Saturday which was Quinoa, chicken, peas, mushrooms and pesto.

So delicious.

I have enough for a couple more meals.

 

Well time to get some work done.

Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Special Hello to:  all my family and friends.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 4th day of October, 2018.

Well into the first week of October.

Darkness in the mornings takes a bit of getting used to …. but the temperatures have been okay.

Perhaps a bit cooler than a “normal” fall day.

But really what is the norm anymore?

We enjoyed a beautiful walk last night with our friend ….. chatting about life.

As we walked the leaves scrunched under our feet.

Alvin looks so cute walking through piles of leaves (especially the ones still out front).

Bad Momma has not raked them as yet.

Just no energy when I get home from work.

To go for a walk and make supper and clean up and get ready for the next day is about all I can do.

Now something is clearly wrong with this picture.

I am old school in that I think I am “super woman” and if there is more to do, I will find a way to do it.

Like working through breaks, starting early and sometimes working a bit later.

Between conversations with myself this morning and my friend last night.

I realized that I am doing more harm than good by not taking breaks.

Not good for physical or mental health.

It does not give an accurate picture of the work load or what can be done in a regular day.

If we are working “hard” during the rest of the day …. that is enough.

That is all that I will say as I try to keep this post not work related.

Sometimes though you just have to get things off your “chest.”

 

Well Mr. Alvin had me up at first about 3:30 a.m. ……

He is definitely off his clock.

He ate early before 4:00 a.m.

Went outside.

Anyway, we did manage to score some snoozes on the sofa.

Now it is almost time to leave for work.

 

I am taking a book and will be leaving my desk at break times to read.

No interruptions and will get that time that I need and earn.

 

Have an awesome Thursday.

Special Hello to: my fellow humans who put in extra time at their job – realize that often times it goes unnoticed and really does more harm than good.  Take time for you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 3rd day of October, 2018.

Yesterday weather wise was glorious.

The sun shone most of the day.

There was a breeze but did not feel cold.

While I was waiting for my ride to arrive yesterday morning.

I was looking at my tree.

Thinking of how beautiful all the leaves looked as the odd one would come floating down to the ground.

This is what I came home to last night.

My beautiful tree ….. is now bare.

All of the leaves gone in a single day.

 

The largest pile of leaves that I have ever had from this tree.

Usually they come off in stages.

Usually I rake at least four or five times.

Not this year.

 

Oh, so pretty.

I see raking in my near future.

 

Yesterday Calgary and areas south of us received a huge amount of snow.

We, I am grateful that we still have bare ground although we did have a nice blanket of snow only a short time ago.

I am just plain grateful that the ground is bare, my snapdragons are still blooming and I have leaves to walk in and to rake, soon.

 

You never know what is going to happen with Mother Nature.

We did enjoy our walk last night stopping to chat with our friend “P.”

She had unexpected company or she would have joined us for a walk.

 

Well almost time to leave for work.

Wednesday already.

I hope that you enjoy this day.

I hope that if you have snow that it melts so that you can enjoy FALL for a bit longer.

I do not kid myself to think that winter will not arrive before fall ends.

Not here, not in Alberta and not in Canada.

 

Have an awesome day.

Read a book, make some tea, make some soup or perhaps stew and share with a friend.

Have a great day.

 

Special Hello to: my friend “V” who is always creating some wonderful dishes for friends, family and customers.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

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

Well here we are October 2018.

My how the time flies.

No snow on the ground this morning which is always a good thing.

On our way home from a walk last night it started to snow.

Luckily they all melted upon touchdown.

 

Yesterday I read something about budgeting.

You know how they say do not spend more than 30% of your income on rent/mortgage.

You know how they say to save 10% of your earnings.

The new thing now was “budget for food.”

One said $200.00 per person per month including the extras like hygiene products and toiletries.

I am pretty sure that I spend over $200.00.

A few years ago when money was a lot tighter than now, I spent $50.00 per week, maximum.

It was not easy to buy fresh fruit and veggies on that budget.

Some items were just out of my league.

Both of those items have increased substantially since that time.

So I have decided as we just started October, that I am going to be super mindful of what I spend.

I am going to keep the $200.00 monthly amount in my head and see if I can do it.

It will be hard as I have to pick up laundry soap soon.

I spent $30.25 last night at the grocery store, so now I am down to $169.75 (did not even use a calculator).

Thankfully the $200.00 does not include Alvin.

I will keep posting on my progress.

Will see how I do.

I quite honestly do not know how large families do it.

If you are budget conscience and have some tips, please let me know.

Also I guess it depends if that report came out of the U.S. or Canada?

 

Well almost time to leave for work.

 

Alvin and I enjoyed our walk with the leaves and the geese.

Love FALL.

So nice to see the water fountain still going.

I love the sound.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks who budget and are successful.

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 26th day of September, 2018.

Today is the birthday of my favourite son-in-law.

Okay, I know he is my only son-in-law but he is still my favourite.

Alvin and I want to WISH him the best day.

We are looking forward to seeing him on Saturday for a party.

YAY.

Alvin has done all of the planning and he is so proud.

So excited.

 

Last night it was absolute perfection.

I got out my capri “sweats” and wore only a long sleeved denim shirt (no JACKET) and sandals.

YAY, so nice.

The air was warm, the birds were hanging out, folks were out walking with their pups, the leaves were so happy for the warmth that they were proudly displaying their greens.

The fountain was still flowing in our neighbourhood pond/lake.

Love the sound of water, like that.

I remarked to Mr. Alvin about the colour of one of the bushes by the lake it was a delectable green with pink coloured berries.

So so pretty.

There are some yellow, orange and red leaves for sure.

It was a perfect evening.

We so enjoyed our walk.

Our friends were out in the back yard preparing for the next season.

Even in FALL their yard is beautiful …. still some flowers blooming.

We stopped and had a nice visit.

 

Well almost time to put the finishing touches on before heading out to work.

Alvin is once again tucked up by my legs  ….. he does love his Momma.

So cute.

 

Have an awesome day.

No matter what lies ahead of you.

Just take it one step, one file, one job, one chore, one thing at a time.

That is all we can do.

It sometimes can feel daunting and overwhelming but in the immortal words of a wee character from one of my favourite Christmas (animated) movies: put one foot in front of the other and soon

you’ll be walking out the door…

 

Words to live by.

Special Hello to: my son-in-law …. Happy Birthday.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

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