Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 9th day of March, 2019.

WOW, one week into March and one week closer to spring.

The first day of spring is fast approaching but will it be the actual date that spring arrives.

Time will only tell.

This coming week we are to have above zero temperatures and with that more SNOW.

I shovelled twice yesterday …. once being leaving for work and once after Alvin and I went for a walk.

When we walked only about half of my neighbours had shovelled.

Alvin did his hop jump through the snow dragging me behind him.

What a sight that must have been.

For some reason once again we were up about 3:00 and now have been up since before 6:00 a.m.

Early, early for a Saturday.

Normally on the weekend we are up a bit later …. say 10 p.m. and then up about 8:00 p.m.

Not today.

At least on the bright side, I will have my work done early.

By 7:00 a.m. I will have my blog posted, bedding changed, laundry gathered, and the first load of laundry in the washing machine.

Also coffee on and starting breakfast.

Already did some work on my taxes this morning before this post.

I guess there is something to be said for getting up early.

But I am up at 5:00 or earlier during the week ….

Oh well …..

Today will be different …. will see what happens.

 

The sky remains dark out of my office window.

Must be overcast.

No light on the horizon.

ARGH, does that mean more snow for today?

No, please no more snow.

I just want birdies singing, buds on the trees and blades of grass sticking out of the nearly melted snow.

Is that too much to ask?????

Am I having a moment, sorry I am.

 

Well I better hop to it.

Lots to do.

Really looking forward to coffee this morning.

 

Have an awesome day.

Remember …. no matter what happens ….. SPRING is closer than WINTER.

Winter is ending ……

 

Happy Saturday.

Special Hello to: all my friends and family ……

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 19th day of September, 2018.

I almost said June …. not sure what I was thinking about …. ???

It was dark but dry but when we got up this morning and nothing has changed thus far.

They are forecasting temperatures of about 14 degrees celsius, which would be BEAUTIFUL.

Last night Alvin and I went for a walk after work with our friend “P.”

We walked around the big lake to the north of us (first of all we walked to our friend’s house as we were ready more quickly than I first thought).

It was beautiful.

Some of the leaves are changing colour to hues of yellow and orange while the others are bitterly hanging onto to their greens.

Lots of folks out walking with loved ones both two and four-legged.

The SUN was shining and there was just the perfect warmth-cool mix to the air.

We thoroughly enjoyed our walk.

We will be going again tonight.

 

After our walk and before supper, I decided to put away the remaining or at least the bigger pieces.

Leaving only the bistro table (which I should not lift into the garage) and its’ two chairs.

The deck looked so bare.

I decided as we only have a couple of days left without the forecast of moisture (rain & snow) to put the flowers back onto the deck.

I had placed a few pots into the garage last week.

Kept them watered and they lived.

The only pot that I left in the garage is the lavender plant as I want to dry the flowers and put it in the basement to winter there.

 

I decided mid point in the week is a good time to put up some photos.

The ones with the snow were from this past Saturday and the one with the flowers in the “sunshine” are from last night.

There was even a reflection on the fence by the sunflowers, do you see it?

All I can say is my poor Sunflowers from Saturday.

The one on the left, actually broke right at the base of the stalk and was just kind of there.

Poor thing

 

 

My friend P said that the Snapdragons are quite hardy.

The impatiens …. they were starting to get weak in the garage.

Anyway, that was last night.

I am glad to see some colour on the deck even if it is only for a couple more days.

 

I hope that you all have an awesome Wednesday.

Happy Birthday to my old neighbour who built a new house, and moved to a neighbourhood about 6 minutes away by car.

Happy Birthday “S” ……

 

Special Hello to: my sister and my friend V …… ladies you rock.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 5th day of September, 2018.

Wow, mid first week of September 2018.

That came fast.

I was at home under the weather yesterday – so I did not post on my blog.

I hope that life is finding you well, energized and happy.

I am doing well.

Alvin and I had a nice walk last night.

Always makes a person feel better to get some fresh air.

 

My carpool is on vacation this week so catching the bus this morning.

Back to the normal bus schedule now as the kids are back to school.

I will catch the earlier one which gets me to work about twenty minutes early.

 

Alvin is semi curled up on his blue blanket on the office floor beside me.

He is like an attachment.

When I am at home – he is never far away.

Oh, how I love this little guy.

 

The temperature seems to be warming and ended up being warmer than original forecast.

Today mid to late teens so that will be nice.

 

Alvin is noticeably licking his paws now.

Not sure if the new “egg shell membrane” medicine is working better or worse than the glucosamine.

 

I was watching a bit of a show in between sleeping yesterday and caught Jamie Lee Curtis speaking about her life.

She said that she never was particularly good at school or sports and was not considered to be pretty.

She just went by unnoticed until as a young adult she started to do the things that she was interested in acting and later writing.

Jamie just published her 12th children’s book.

Very inspirational.

 

Well almost time to grab my things and my shoes and hit the trail to the bus.

I hope that you all have an awesome day.

 

We have to remember that having all the education in the world does not guarantee you happiness UNLESS you are passionate about your chosen path.

I am not saying that education is not good nor am I saying that it does not help.

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 31st day of May, 2018.

Wow, May is coming to a close.

Hard to believe it is the last day of this month.

Tomorrow is June.

How on earth did that happen?

Still overcast but has stopped raining.

It is cool outside.

Far cry from a few days ago.

Alvin and I are enjoying our walks.

The past couple of days we have walked before he even ate supper.

Guess he likes to eat a bit later.

 

Paw Patrol (pet sitting) is going well.

Humphrey is quite the Cat.

He makes me giggle.

We are having fun together.

Last night he was in the cuddling mood, so that we did.

 

We always try to do better, right?

Stop to thinking before speaking.

Listening to your inner voice and not letting it escape before it should.

Perhaps a bit of editing.

I am not saying that we should watch with delicate care as to every word that we say but far too often our inner voice in the heat of the moment is far too emotional to escape to the outside world.

Most times saying exactly what you think does not make you feel any better, certainly does not make the situation any better, so editing helps.

No need to fuel the situation.

Every day WORDS are spoken in the trillions and more …. far too many to actually count.

So why not make them as positive as possible.

Yes, sometimes criticism is necessary but not all of the time.

There are times that I want to scream but I take a deep breath and just say something to myself.

Because it is not actually necessary to speak to every conversation.

Sometimes SAYING NOTHING is far more powerful than speaking out.

Just some thoughts this morning.

 

Well almost time to leave for work here.

I hope that you have an awesome Thursday.

Wishing you to be surrounded by positiveness.

 

Special Hello to: my friends all over the world.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 3rd day of May, 2018.

Well here we are ….. entering into the month of May.

Last night was beautiful even though it felt quite cool in the morning.

The wind was BLOWING so hard last night that at one point earlier in the evening, I took down my “spring/summer” wreath from the door.

Thankfully it is calm this morning.

We did receive a few drops of rain last night in the evening.

Not really enough to even settle the dust.

Who knows what summer will be like.

Will it be hot and dry?

Will it be hot, raining and muggy?

Will it be cold and wet?

Will it be cold and dry?

Will it arrive?

I am sure one way or the other that it will arrive.

Time will only tell.

Even the weather forecasters do not seem to know for sure.

I think that weather would be one of the most difficult things to forecast.

 

Well Alvin is continuing to lay on his blue blanket beside me in the office.

I love when he is close to me.

He heard some birds this morning outside in the back yard.

They sounded like swallows, something small but loud.

Anyway he barked three times and that was it ….. went out and brought him into the house.

Cannot stand the chance of someone calling to complain and after all it was about 5:50 a.m. – not sure I would like to listen to a door barking at that hour either.

Anyway he did his thing for a brief while and I think it was important for him.

Good for him and good for me.

Funny though when we have been walking by our ponds every night and the geese are there …. he does not even acknowledge them.

They don’t mind him either.

It is definitely a funny thing …..

 

I have been trying to find out what the temperature is but I am dressed in capris, top and a mid length cardigan.

I will be wearing that no matter what.

I checked weather for Edmonton and got so many hits and then none of them are easy to access.

Gotta love the NET.

 

Oh well, I will soon know.

Thank goodness I will step outside and wait only a few minutes before climbing into a nice warm car.

Oh, I love these days.

Carpooling, it is the life.

Definitely makes this part of the day more pleasant.

Although now I am missing out on four walks everyday.

So am working on a weight routine to do each day in addition to the walk with Alvin.

Have to do something ….. it was a long long long, yes long winter.

There be a tire there ….. argh.

Anyway …. that is what happens when you eat and do not exercise much.

That was this winter.

Even Mr. Alvin has expanded his mid section.

 

Well time to go and put the finishing touches on ….

Have a wonderful Thursday.

 

Special Hello to:  my sister …. HELLO, there.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 21st day of March, 2018.

The first full day of SPRING 2018.

I hear that they have more snow in our long range forecast.

What I say to that is ….. that is okay as summer is right around the corner.

These end of winter spring storms are just, the end of winter.

Soon the snow shall me melted.

Soon our tulips shall be blooming.

Soon the bunnies will be all brown.

Soon there will be buds on the trees.

Soon we will be able to leave the house without warm winter boots with ice picks, heavy winter coats, scarves and mitts.

Soon we will be FREE from the winter weight.

Yes, it is going to happen, soon.

 

Update on Mr. Alvin.

Well we went to see his Doctor yesterday.

Now he has a yeast infection in the other ear.

ARGH.

So he has his final treatment in one ear and the first treatment in the other.

Next Tuesday will be the follow-up in one ear and the final treatment in the other.

Then we will be going back for the final follow-up.

Poor little guy.

I learned something yesterday.

Because he has floppy ears one has to keep them dry.

So when you are out walking or if he is playing in the snow, you must wipe them when he comes into the house.

Otherwise run the risk of a yeast infection.

 

Well time for me to fly.

Time always flies at this time of day.

I hope that you are all doing great.

Have an awesome Wednesday.

 

Special Hello to: all you bloggers out there – keep writing.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 7th day of March, 2018.

According to the weather forecast last night and the opening of the back door this morning; it is safe to say that it is COLD outside this morning.

If yesterday was any indication it will be nice by the end of the day.

We thoroughly enjoyed our walk last night.

Double digits temperatures in our near future?

I am so done with winter.

I am longing for spring.

Winter was as winter is.

Cold, Icy and SNOWY.

But we did have lots of nice days in between, so really cannot complain.

We would not be CANADIANS if we did not talk about, stress about and complain about the WEATHER, most especially our WINTERS.

Anyway, I love spring and it is close at hand.

 

Last night I started the second book from Alexander McCall Smith series “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.”

It is named “Tears of the Giraffe.”

I cannot remember when I bought these books – more than several years ago.

I love them so much that I reread them every so often.

Here we go again.

Mr. Smith’s description of this woman and her life in Africa is warming, funny and makes you feel like you were there.

I have never travelled off the continent of North America so I really enjoy being able to travel through his books.

 

I hope that you are enjoying the last bit of winter wherever you are..

Now I know that the folks in Saskatchewan and Manitoba are not enjoying the crazy amount of snow that has been thrust upon them.

We had quite a lot of snow last weekend but I somehow don’t think as much as Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The photos on FB appear to show more than what we had … meaning Edmonton …. around my home….

Because everyone knows that you could have one inch of snow in your neighbourhood and a few blocks or miles away they may have had a FOOT.

ARGH ……

Gotta start doing the Happy Dance ….. if nothing else.

 

Well time to hit the trail ….. I was going to say  “dusty trail” but that would be VERY WRONG …..

More like snowy, icy in parts trail.

Happy Wednesday.

I hope that no matter what you are smiling just a little or shall I hope that you are laughing.

Thank you.

 

Special Hello to: my family and friends in Saskatchewan and Manitoba ….. it will be end (the snow).

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 25th day of October, 2017.

Well the forecast is for cooler temperatures today with WIND.

So I will wear a lighter winter jacket – just in case.

You never know.

 

Happy Birthday to my friend “C” …… she has the Oiler Flagged Car.

Wishing her a great day.

Guess what ….. she gave me another ride home last night.

Feeling so lucky.

 

Do little things ….. good things happen to you?

They have been happening to me on a regular basis as of late.

I am not saying that the rest of my life did not have good things happening.

I am so grateful for having a ride home for over two weeks.

I am so grateful to be meeting wonderful people.

I am so grateful for the generosity of others.

I do like to give as much as I can on a regular basis.

Giving always makes a person feel better.

 

Met another gal walking with her doggie named “Bruno” last night.

We chatted about life and about our dogs.

Alvin and I are so blessed.

 

Well looks like again (how did that happen?) it is time to leave for that bus.

The days and nights just seem to blend together ….. on high speed.

Going, going, gone.

So have to ensure that you and me enjoy every moment ….. or at least the majority of them.

 

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Take some “me” time.

Always do that.

 

Special Hello to:  the Birthday girl.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 21st day of March, 2017.

It is dark out at this time which is 6:12 a.m. and I can see the moon partially hidden by some clouds.

Our weather is warming up and after today should be plus temperatures for the next couple of weeks.

Unless the forecast changes.

Which happens.

More often than not.

Oh well, it is that time of year and the weather does change frequently.

Actually I think our weather changes all of the time whether spring – summer – fall or winter.

But that is okay.

 

So Tuesday today.

I am going to run to the nearby Save-On at my lunch break today and pick up bananas.

We cannot be out of bananas.

Mr. Alvin simply will not stand for it.

Which is the plain truth.

So I can always use the exercise and I will take a walk at lunch break.

I always want to keep my boy, happy.

A happy boy is a happy momma, I always say.

It is funny I was semi-frantically searching the house this morning for one of my light fold up bags to take shopping.

You know the cloth ones that do not take up half of your purse.

I looked and looked and looked.

Well I had one in plain sight, yes I did.

Hanging on my office door with some of our jewellery bags in it.

So I emptied it into something else and now I have a bag to carry our bananas.

Some days.

 

Well here it is time to leave for work once again.

I hope that you have an awesome day.

Take Care.

 

Special Hello to: my daughter …… thank you, always, thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 17th day of July, 2016.

A bright and sunny morning with a slight breeze.

Supposed to be a warm day today.

Started out at 15 degrees celsius which is warm for this time of day.

Alvin is curled up on the end of our bed …. sometimes he jumps down and lays near the entrance to the office.

This is one of those days where he will stay on the bed until I go downstairs on my way to work.

He is quite the character.

Definitely a foodie.

I tell everyone that ….. you can always win his heart by giving him food or a treat.

But with all foodie we all run the risk of the ever expanding waistline.

But somehow he manages to keep it within reason for the most part although there are times ….. there have been times ….. where we had to cut back on the extras.

Somehow we went from temperatures to food to waistlines.

How did that happen?

Well I am running a couple of minutes late …. I guess that would be Monday.

One more sleep till my company arrives ….. so excited.

Always nice to see friends from back home.

I can feel the humidity in the air and am wondering if I made the right outfit choice for the day although our office is always freezing.

It will do.

I must fly here.

Wishing you a Happy Monday.

May today bring you great joy and so much laughter that you almost pee your pants.

Nothing wrong with so much laughter.

Special Hello to: our friends near and far, old and new.  Hi my new friend “A” from across the pond ….. hope you had an awesome weekend.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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