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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 23rd day of December, 2016.

“1” more SLEEP till Christmas EVE.

Can you believe it?

Are you ready?

Is your heart beating a bit faster than usual?

Are you excited?

Are you nervous?

Are you sure?

I am all of those things.

I will profess I am a self-proclaimed CHRISTMAS “nut.”

I love the turkey, the baking, the Christmas pudding, the cranberries, the lights, whipped potatoes and gravy, singing of Christmas Carols, the music, the movies, the company, the, the, the ………………

I love everything about the holiday season although when it comes to gifts I have simmered down.

Mainly because I no longer have small children.

So I gift baking.

A tray of goodies here and a tray of goodies there.

Even recycling, reusing making something new for someone.

Christmas is really about sharing ….. sharing your heart with those around you.

Give from the heart and you will not be sorry.

I was able to sleep in this  morning as we have a Family Christmas Party/Breakfast at the office.

Getting close to the time to leave but I still have some time.

Enough time to write, catch up on FB and share a banana with Mr. Alvin.

He loves to have some banana every morning with his Momma.

Likely more about the banana than me, but I like to think it is about me and the banana.

I noticed earlier this morning (yup Mr. Alvin wide awake earlier than normal and wanting to get up) that we have a skiff of fresh snow.

So looking forward to Christmas with my family, new and old and to time away from the office, time to charge the old battery, to visit with friends and to relax.

On this day before Christmas Eve I hope that you are enjoying this time and not stressing too much.

No matter what it will always be perfect.

Perfection can always be a bit on the less than side, after all.

Happy Thursday.

Special Hello to: my family and friends, new and old.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 8th day of August, 2016.

Today is the birthday of two special people in my life.

Happy Birthday to “S” who is married to my nephew and she turns 40 today.

We wish you a great day.

Happy Birthday to “K” who is a co-worker and friend.

We wish you a great day.

August is a big birthday month for family and friends.

I know so many people who have birthdays this month.

In case I missed your birthday – Happy Birthday.

 

Well I am “sort of up” as I am working today and tomorrow.

I know it seems odd to be on vacation for a week and then back for two days and then off the rest of the week.

But that is the way it just worked out.

Nice to work a short week although getting up this morning was a bit of a nightmare as I did not sleep at all last night.

Note to self: do not look at FB before bed.

I saw something that brought me to tears.

The human race never ceases to disappoint me that is all I will say.

Never again will I refer to “MANKIND” as mankind because we are anything but.

I need to get the visual out of my head as I get ready to go to work.

But it is not out of my heart and I do plan to speak up.

 

 

The sun is coming up and the sky looks clear .

A good day ahead weather wise.

The deck does not appear to be wet so no rain overnight.

 

Well time to go downstairs and have breakfast.

The house is quiet as Mr. Alvin is away visiting his sister.

Oh, I just caught a glimpse of the sun rays bouncing off the neighbour’s garage.

 

I hope that you will be a good citizen of the world in all that you do.

Thank you.

 

Special Hello to: the birthday girls …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 3rd day of October, 2015.

It is overcast and windy here in Edmonton.

Just a few minutes ago my cousin left for home.

We had a wonderful evening.

Short but so great.

I was reminded over the course of the evening and this morning on how much I miss our conversations.

She is such a well read and good thinking person.

With common sense and logic.

I have always valued our talks and have learned so much from her.

Sometimes in our everyday lives we forget the importance of good conversations.

You know the proper exchange of information and opinion.

No one being right.

No one being wrong.

Just good talk ….

There are no words to express how much I needed that conversation at this point in my life.

In today’s world we read what is posted on multi-media, and then react.

Sometimes it is a positive experience and sometimes, less than.

I like the back and forth ….. the “Ying” and “Yang” of conversation.

Now, I know as I love to write that we express in words both our feelings and opinions otherwise there would not be books.

But somehow the art of conversation seems to have gone by the wayside.

Or at least to what I have noticed.

So many people have cell phones and are busy checking info on the internet, posting on FB and such.

To talk face to face or hold a conversation has become “old school.”

Much like letter writing……

Okay I am definitely showing my age.

I just wanted to share my recent experience and to remind us all about how important it is to just talk.

So maybe on this Saturday you go and see your Grandmother or your Dad or a neighbour ….. have a cup of tea or coffee and just chat ….. about the world, about your flowers, about conversation.

Thank you cousin for bringing me some good information and breathing some fresh ideas into my conversation, and helping me to remember …. we are all humans living on this planet and all we want is to LIVE.

Sometimes a visit is so much more than just a visit.

This was the case.

I am so grateful to my cousin “J” …..

I feel my old self again …… by the way the play was well done, and having a late supper (after the play) and chatting till 2 a.m. priceless.  By the way it was super cool to be at the opening night for the 50th Anniversary of the Citadel.

Thank you.

On a fun note:  Alvin went for a sleepover to his sister’s house …… oh, how I miss my boy…..he, as does his sister, brings me great joy and appreciation for life.

Happy Saturday ……. Enjoy.

Special Hello: to my cousin “J” …. safe trip home and thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 15th day of August, 2015.

It is overcast here in Edmonton and the deck remains wet from the rain, overnight.

We could use some moisture so it is all good.

At least here in the city.

Farmers well that will be another story.

I am so excited to be back and as always it was something so simple.

Doesn’t it just figure.

Something I could have done myself …. something I did do myself.

When plugging the computer and equipment back in I plugged it into the wrong “jack.”

Can you imagine?

The young man “Abdul” was very sweet and did not make me feel “stupid.”

I did write a few lines on FB yesterday just after I was “live” again after one week.

The troubleshooters for our cable/communications company are in a country on the other side of the world from us.

They do not know the setups (this was from the tech that came to my house).

These people just read from a script so not their fault.

He said they do not usually mention the “jack” in the script ….

If they had – I would have tried putting it in the other jack.

It is very sad that it is always about the money.

Companies having to make more and more money.

Anyway I am very grateful to have television once again and the internet.

So on with life.

I found during the week …. the house to be quiet.

So we listened to more music.

Spent more time outside.

Watched movies on DVD.

Snuggled more.

I think it was a good thing at the end of the day.

I did miss writing my blog, watching my recorded shows and going on FB.

But it was a good thing all in all.

Today I am hosting my second “Steeped Tea” party and am so excited to announce that I am now a Consultant for Steeped Tea.

I love the product and look forward to learning more as time goes on.

Well I have a bunch of things to do before my guests start arriving and thank goodness my “leader” will be leading the party and I will be watching and learning.

I had a wonderful Friday …. my daughter and grand-pups spent the day and slept over.

She helped me put together the second desk for my office and it looks great.

I will post some photos once I get the room in order (not today).

We walked with the pups in the rain.

I won a big prize at our company barbecue on Wednesday.

It was all about popcorn (hot air popcorn maker, ceramic popcorn container, popcorn to pop and Chicago mix popcorn, liquorice, M&Ms and two movies).

The popcorn tasted so yummy as we watched a movie.

Well I had better get this show on the road.

So good to be back.

I hope that you are all well and enjoying your Saturday.

Take Care.

Special Hello to: all of my friends and family who sent me wonderful Birthday wishes … it was a wonderful day.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 1st day of September, 2014 and Labour Day.

It is quiet here in the house as Elton and Penny remain on the sofa while Alvin joined me upstairs to get dressed and to write my blog.

I had planned to have a quiet day but alas once I started writing out a TO DO LIST things have changed.

I guess we can always find things to do ….

Who knows perhaps that will change, too.

Maybe I will just do the necessary things like take the puppies for a walk.

We went after work last night …. two before supper and one afterwards.

I took them separately and that worked out much better.

They enjoyed the walk and so did I.

The most well behaved one was Miss Penny …. she gets the gold star (if I was handing them out).

It was enjoyable.

 

The sky is overcast and it is breezy.

Yesterday was sunny and breezy.

When the sun was out it was warm but when those clouds roll in it was cool.

Funny how quickly things change as soon as we hit August and now September.

This is my favourite time of year.

It won’t be long and the leaves will begin to turn colour.

The days are already much shorter.

I love the smell of the air …. that crispness ….

Warm but that cool thread to the air.

ODE TO FALL …..

 

So on this Monday I hope that you are well.

Perhaps spending the day with your loved ones.

Maybe you are getting the kids ready to go back to school or maybe you are getting ready to go back to school.

Maybe you are just getting home from being on vacation.

Maybe you are home just doing some chores around the house.

Take care.

 

Special Hello to: my friend back in Regina “V” who nominated me on FB to take the Grateful Challenge.

( I do write in my journal every single day …. minimum of ten things that I am grateful for )

I think it is a good practice.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 12th day of November, 2013.

Today would have been my Dad’s 80th Birthday.

My Dad passed away twenty years ago.

I would not say that we were close but he was my Dad, all the same.

Yesterday on FB,  I saw a photo of a dog laying on the back step of a house covered in snow.

There was a caption that said about bringing your pets indoors.

Last night when I was getting ready for bed I could hear a dog barking and barking.

I have no idea where exactly the dog is located.

It made me sad because this dog was outside.

Clearly the poor little guy needed to get inside and clearly the human that he is living with is not at home or ignoring him.

I wished that someone would help that dog.

I could tell that Alvin was listening to the barking.

When I opened the office window …. Alvin stood and barked.

He knew what was going on.

I wished that people would not be cruel.

What is wrong with people …. I just want to cry.

Why do we treat animals and each other with such contempt?

We need to protect each other, be kind and loving to every creature whether four-legged or two.

Special Hello to: my sister who brought me an unusual message this past weekend.  Thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday, January 7th, 2013 …..

The start of a new week.

Last night I was dreaming of my friends back in Regina ….. it has been awhile since I have seen them, and was thinking of them.

Thinking of special events and such.

I treasure all of my friendships new and old.

Some of my friends I have known since I was a toddler and I am now fifty-five….. so really all of my life.

I am so grateful to have such wonderful friends.

I am blessed as I am able to keep in touch with most of them via social media ….. like FB and now can SKYPE with them as well.

So on this day …. take time to think of your friends …. perhaps send them an email or give them a phone call.

I wish all of my friends everywhere a great day.

I miss you and hope to perhaps see you this summer ……

Take care everyone and have a great day.

Special Hello: to FRIENDS, mine and yours ……. you rock.

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday, November 20th, 2012.

Thank goodness life is back to being great ….. only a few minutes here and there of being less than stellar but I AM BACK.

It truly takes a lot of steam out of a person when you are not feeling your 100% best self.

I think it takes less energy to feel great …..

Yesterday morning just after I finished writing here I went onto FB to just check out what was new with everyone quickly.

I do this every morning after I write on my blog.

There was one short video clip about this two-year old boy that was dancing to an Elvis tune at what appeared to be a wedding dance.

He truly had the moves and you could tell that the more his “audience” cheered, clapped and laughed the more he performed.

I laughed and felt so amazing ….. children had this way.

Now Mr. Alvin needs to go out so this will be cut short.

I hope that you all have a great day.

Take care and remember to “laugh” or “giggle” here and there …… even if it is to yourself.

You will feel so much better, I did, I do.

Thank you for reading my blog and making my day.

I really appreciate it.

Special Hello to:  “YOU”

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

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