Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 26th day of April, 2019.

Sunrise this morning is partially covered by a deep blue cloud bank.

The forecast for this weekend in Edmonton is cooler and wet.

We could use some rain.

 

Last night after work my daughter picked me up and gave me a ride home.

I absolutely love our conversations in the car ride home.

Trying to squeeze in and also to remember every bit of news that we can.

There is usually a bout of laughter about something or other.

I love my girl very very much.

We made a couple of stops including one at Alvin’s Vet to pick up some food for him before reaching home.

I was surprised as the cost of his food had increased by almost $3.00 per bag.

So lovely that everything rises in our daily lives but our income.

Why is that?

I often wonder how big families afford to buy food, good food?

Anyway ….. just thinking.

We had a quick visit at the house.

One of the other stops we made or rather I went into the store while I was waiting for my girl …. BON TON BAKERY.

They have been in business for over 60 years.

I could see why.  Busy place.

The baked goods smelled so delicious.

WOW, it was amazing.

I ended up buying a few things …. a loaf of bread, 1/2 dozen cinnamon buns, two muffins and an oatmeal raisin cookie.

I know it was an odd mix of items.

A bunch of carbs ….. do the raisins count to fruit?

They even gave us a lovely fresh “FRENCH BAQUETTE” as we were leaving the store.

As my daughter was leaving the phone rang and it was our friend P wondering about a walk.

Ten minutes later I was changed, had Alvin in his harness and out the door (his water bottle, too).

We walked all about the big lake to the north of us ….. we walked for about 50 minutes.

On the way home I stopped at the mailbox as we had a parcel waiting for us.

I even managed to carry the parcel (which was big), some mail, Alvin’s water bottle and of course, the boy.

The boy I did not carry, though.

Anyway home we opened the parcel which for Alvin could not happen fast enough.

He barked and barked.

I took out his present from our friend V and placed it on the floor.

He was able to get partially opened and then needed some help.

I took some video and photos.

Alvin got a can of some nice wet food and a toy.

He was happy.

I got well V’s famous cheese buns, regular buns, a carrot cake in the shape of Mrs. Rabbit.

The carrot cake is too die for …… so good.

I had to stay away from the fridge after the first piece.

A bunch of chocolates all kinds, a handmade dish cloth, a fancy sponge and more.

Well I see carbs in my near future and my belly is going “oh, no.”

 

Well I would have posted some photos but as I was going to do so found that my camera needs a change to the battery pack.

I do not have a spare one at the moment.

So no photos.

 

Well time to leave for work.

I hope that you have an awesome Friday.

Teddy comes tomorrow …. that always makes me and Alvin extra happy.

 

Happy Friday.

 

Special Hello to: our friend “V” who always spoils us.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 11th day of May, 2018.

Perhaps you may have wondered what happened to my post yesterday.

Well I had quite the morning.

Wednesday night my left ear plugged just before bed.

My little four-legged alarm clock woke me up at 4:00 a.m. – Thursday.

We toddled off downstairs so he could go outside (not raining yet) and have his breakfast.

While he was outside I always do the prep work for my breakfast.

Took the pre-cooked steel cut oats out of the fridge and placed in a bowl.

Placed the bowl in the microwave with a lid …. ready to be heated later.

Put a banana by the bowl to share with Alvin at breakfast.

Grabbed the water jug and lemon juice out of the fridge and made my lemon & water.

Poured a glass full.

By this time Alvin was ready to come back into the house.

I had already set the alarm for a 75 minutes which would have had us up about 5:20 a.m.

Opened one set of blinds in the living room.

We then headed to the sofa to have some snuggles and extra zzz’s till the alarm on the microwave went off.

I made sure that I slept with my right ear upward so that I could hear the buzzer.

At some point I jumped up and looked at my watch.

In sheer panic and disbelief, I noted that the time was 6:40 a.m.

A little over 5 minutes until my carpool arrives.

I ran upstairs like I was on fire.

Into the bathroom, brushed my teeth while grabbing my face soap – ready to wash my face.

Then the moisturizer.

Looking about 3 seconds into the mirror, I figured no time for makeup.

Some advantages of being “60” – I am not out to impress anyone.

No no makeup.

Luckily I always have my clothes laid out the night before so they were ready for me to put on.

I even took a second to put on earrings, my rings, and a necklace (which was laid out).

I even remembered to wear deodorant and underwear.

Check – pants and top on.

Although without having the thermostat turned on – it has been pretty cool in the house in the mornings – so unlikely I would forget my pants – just saying.

I am not totally without some sense of moral obligation – I grabbed my eyebrow pencil, lip stuff and mascara and took them downstairs.

Alvin looked confused as I flew threw the kitchen.

Opening the back door and now it was raining.

I left the door open to see if he needed to go back outside.

No time for breakfast, I grabbed the oatmeal out of the microwave and put into the fridge.

While in the fridge I grabbed my lunch and picked up the banana and placed into the lunch bag.

Somedays it pays to be prepared.

Alvin decided not to go back outside again.

Locked the back door and ran to the front door.

Opened the closet door.

Grabbed some shoes and threw off my socks.

Grabbed my purse, umbrella and jacket.

Managed to get my coat on …. set the alarm.

I remember Alvin looking dumbfounded as I said a quick good-bye, have a great day and was out of the door.

Luckily my ride was a couple of minutes late but I was already out of the house …. ready to be picked up.

When I explained my morning ….my friend just smiled and said “Next time, call me …. we are early enough that you could have had a few minutes.

Nice friend, right.

All the way to work I had to have my head facing toward her to hear what she said as my left ear is plugged.

ARGH.

I get to work and usually I am one of the first ones there so most times I make the coffee.

Not that day …. another coworker had stopped at Tim Hortons and picked up coffee and tim-bits.

My hero.

So I had a banana and tim-bits for breakfast.

What a morning.

It is amazing what one can do in a handful of minutes.

I am grateful for two things (actually a great many things) and that is being prepared in advance and the second being it is was not a shower day.

Thankfully my hair looked okay.

Did I mention that I quickly brushed it and put it back (at home).

At work I decided to forego the make up …. except for a wee bit of eyebrow pencil.

So that is it ….. my reason for no blog….. my reason for no writing in my gratitude journal and no breakfast at home.

Usually when my routine is disturbed that much – the rest of my day pays for it.

Not today.

I got so much work done.

Perhaps because I could only hear out of one ear and was not disturbed.

We are all connected to our routines, that is for sure.

Well I hope that this brought a smile to your face.

I am quite certain that I looked pretty funny as I played SUPERWOMAN zipping around the house yesterday morning.

NOTE to self:  remember you really are not old ….

Special Hello to: my daughter who is a reminder that life is certainly worth living

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

PS:  I managed to coax the boy to remain in bed until closer to 5:00 a.m. – we did have 20 minutes on the sofa – but I was really careful and did not fall back to sleep.

The sun is rising and the rain clouds have passed over.  We did get a great bit of rain yesterday – hopefully enough to help out the grass, trees, gardens and such.

YAY, today is Friday.  I am so happy for that …… enjoy, my friends, enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 10th day of June, 2017.

The sky is overcast and it is windy.

Inside the house is cool ….. no it is cold.

But no furnace is being turned on at this time.

I decided to make a choice to be more upbeat and positive at work.

Making it deliberate.

Sometimes in my job it is not the easiest thing to do but even my co-workers noticed a difference.

We can always make that choice – does not matter what is going on in your life.

Make the choice to be kind, love, receptive and abundant and then all things are possible.

If you send out this most perfect blend of energy it will come back to you.

After all you receive what you give.

Needless to say I had the best day at work.

I did not take things personally.

I realize that not everyone sees things with principles.

It is a gentle reminder that no matter how badly people act you must find a way to treat them in the manner to which you would like to be treated.

I have found that when you have that good energy it is most difficult for people to keep up the negative and poor behaviour.

Win – win for everyone.

 

Alvin and I are super excited as my daughter, his sister and our beloved Miss Aspen are coming for a visit.

Aspen has a Doctor Appointment.

My daughter is taking me to COSTCO.

I cannot believe that I am actually excited about going to COSTCO on a Saturday and a rainy one at that.

The fridge is pretty bare and the pantry.

We have made due and used mostly everything up and it is time to refill the fridge and pantry.

I made up a recipe to use a can of pumpkin that I had in the pantry making the most delectable “Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins.”

They were perfect for lunch with some vegetables.

It will be nice to be restocked, for sure.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT TO MAKE:

A few days ago I had an idea to write my thoughts about turning “60.”

It came to me a little while later to do a Countdown: 60 Days to 60.

It doesn’t really seem real to me to be turning sixty.

Kind of crazy actually.

I will add a Category to this blog: Countdown: 60 Days to 60.

So starting tomorrow Sunday, June 11, 2017 being the 60th day and ending on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 being my Birthday; I will write.

There will be daily remarks, observations, feelings, thoughts, and perhaps pearls of wisdoms.

This will be fun.

 

Well gotta run and get ready for our company.

Have a wonderful day.

Special Hello to: my family and friends who without I would be just a female human being.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 20th day of December, 2016.

Wow, only FOUR sleeps until Christmas Eve.

That cannot be right.

I have counted even on my fingers to make sure that my eyes were not deceiving me as they reviewed the dates on the calendar.

Where did the time go?

I know this morning it slightly evaporated as it is almost time to leave the house.

This morning I am blessed to have a ride to work with my neighbour “S” ….. she offered as I am taking treats to the office this morning.

I ran out of containers that it would fit in …. imagine that ….. running out of containers at Christmas Time.

Anyway I am happy to have a ride.

Last night I made a tray of goodies / treats for her and one for the office.

I am working on my Christmas projects which are gifts and they should / will be done in time for Christmas.

I know that my daughter reads my blog so cannot share any details.

The weather is amazing …. it was +2 degrees celsius on my bus ride home from work last night.

CRAZY because on Saturday it was minus 30 degrees celsius.

So tonight my tea order arrives and I am grateful that I can have it sorted/packed and take to work tomorrow so that it arrives before Christmas.

Well lots going on and when the announcement is made, I will share.

Only good news.

No, not a lotto win, just yet.

But I feel it coming.

Say “My friend just won $60 Million Dollars” ……. oh, that would be crazy good.

Well have a great day….

Gotta go and retrieve the baking from the fridge and my lunch which pales in comparison.

Honestly I have not been hungry for a couple of days.

Wonder why???

See you back here tomorrow morning.

Special Hello to: all of you ….. you are special.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 11th day of November, 2015.

Today should be all about remembering and it would have been that way …. until about 23 minutes ago.

There is a dark shadow lingering in my house.

Alvin and I got up about 4:30 a.m. …. per usual and then once he had eaten and gone outside we hit the sofa for some extra ZZZ’s.

It was about 6:15 when Alvin jumped up off the sofa and tore off into the kitchen.

My heart skipped a beat.

I jumped up onto the arm of the sofa and turned on the kitchen light and found Mr. Alvin in hunting stance by the stove.

He was sniffing and barking and barking and sniffing.

So I know that this is some creature that does not belong in our house behind the stove.

He stood there what seemed like forever ….. then walked back and forth to the fridge sniffing as he went…

He walked over across the room and just starred at the stove.

I quickly moved his water dish into the living room and ran upstairs as somehow I feel safe up here.

We are in my office with the door semi closed so he has to stay with me.

He is whining at the door so I know my day will not be as planned and my near future is scary.

It is too early to be calling my neighbour but we shall hang out here as long as I can keep him here.

My daughter and son-in-law live too far away.

I feel so alone.

Thank goodness for Mr. Alvin otherwise I would not have known.

It is funny one should be here as I just moved some boxes of food from the upper cupboards back into the pantry.

They are up on the higher shelves in the pantry but it was likely not a smart move.

When I can I will be placing all boxes into a rubbermaid container for safe keeping.

Why is it they have to come into my house?

I keep a clean house.

There are not bits of food laying about.

My heart is racing and I just want it gone.

I want my house back again.

I could just cry …. my eyes are tearing up and my throat rasping …

What do I do?

I am afraid that Mr. Alvin will catch it and OMG I do not want it in his mouth.

He is standing at the door to the office … now pacing.

I know that he wants to go back downstairs and but I cannot.

I feel almost glued to the chair.

I wished that I had a solid row of cats that were hunters standing all around my house protecting us ….

It could be an invisible row ….

Please bring magic to me now.

I am afraid.

I have to make a decision shortly before Alvin goes crazy.

Time to call my neighbour …. my saviour.

I just want to be snoozing on the sofa. ….. why today?

I guess better today than tomorrow.

 

Special Hello: to all those folks in my position…. I understand

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 27th day of February, 2015.

It has been snowing overnight …. Mother Nature has been busy.

I think as she gets older her “dark” sense of humour comes out more and more.

Well we are almost at March ….. it is always an interesting month weather wise.

I always look forward to March because my daughter was born in this month.

I also have other family and friends that celebrate next month, as well.

Today at work we are having a baby shower for a co-worker.

Very exciting …. her first and the baby is a boy.

Gifts and Food ….

 

On this second last day of February ….

The month in which we celebrate all things hearts.

I believe we did just that.

 

Well time to go downstairs and get my things out of the fridge for the shower.

Have a great Friday.

See you tomorrow.

 

Special Hello to: all new Moms.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 25th day of September, 2014.

Still dark out, why am I surprised?

Oh well, now we are working towards the shortest day of the year.

Something to look forward to, I guess.

Perhaps this is just a tad on the “dark” side for this awesome Thursday morning.

It is awesome; after all any day that you wake up and can place your feet on the floor and stand up and walk, is amazing.

Any day that you wake up and have food in the fridge and pantry so that you may enjoy breakfast before going out into the world, is amazing.

Any day that you can go into your closet and pick out something different  (and that is clean) from what you wore the day before, is amazing.

Any day you wake up with a house filled with love, is amazing.

I guess this is a pretty awesome day …… whether the sun is up or not.

It is amazing.

Soon it shall rise and beam that gorgeous light all over us and it will be amazing.

Take a look around …. there is always something good to be grateful for ….. right.

I am so blessed.

Thank you.

Special Hello to: all those folks out there who just need to see kindness …. we shall show them that today.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 21st day of March, 2014.

And the SAGA continues at my house ……

Mr. Alvin has been sniffing around usually in the morning before I leave for work.

He sniffs by the stove and then the fridge…..

Yesterday morning he did his “hunter stance” and I should have clued in ….

But my inner voice kept saying “they are all gone.”

WELL my inner voice was “DEAD WRONG” ……

About one hour ago when we were first up ….. fed Mr. Alvin and he went out to to do morning ritual and then back into the house.

In the meantime I was sitting at the kitchen table writing in my “gratitude/daily journal” ….

With Mr. Alvin sniffing around by the sofa …. all of a sudden a FLASH and this little thing flew (almost) into the kitchen and under the dishwasher.

My nephew is here and that is keeping Alvin partially occupied so he is staying upstairs for the moment.

I did scream when I saw it ….. they always take me by surprise.

I truly thought that after a whole week they were gone.

I guess I should have baited all the traps and left them out.

Lesson learned.

Well with my courage getting ready and the rest of my courage sitting on guard at the top of the stairs waiting (thank goodness) for me …. I will go back downstairs.

I wished with all of my heart and soul that they would just stay outside.

I cannot find where they are coming in …..

Not sure what to do.

WISH ME LUCK.

Special Hello: to all those who are going through this ….

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 14th day of March, 2014.

Well it has been a scary, heart-pounding, frightening morning for me.

Starting at the beginning you all know that I have had a “mouse” in my house.

A few days ago we caught it in the old-fashioned trap that I set up in a box in the main floor bathroom.

I was so happy and relieved and also cautious. 

UNTIL …

Today is my day off from the office so I thought that I would take the opportunity to hit the sofa for some extra zzz’s after I got up at 5:30 to feed Alvin.

Just “90” minutes …..

So I curled up on my comfy sofa and Alvin jumped up beside me only he did not actually “curl up as he usually does.”

Instead he just kept looking toward the kitchen only to jump up and go sniffing …..

At first I just let him go …

Finally when he didn’t come back I stood up on the sofa and turned on the kitchen lights ( my living room and kitchen are all one open space divided by a half wall ).

He kept sniffing by the stove and I didn’t see anything.

So I laid back down.

Left one of the lights on low.

He would come back to the sofa about three more times until he finally got up and started barking by the stove.

I knew something was there.

His nose is never wrong.

So I donned my winter boots and with my long pointy end umbrella in hand I pulled out the oven drawer …… nothing ran out.

So I put the kettle on for my oatmeal and also ran some water to do some dishes that I had left from last night (was boiling eggs and potatoes for potato salad).

The kettle was about to boil and the hot water was running down …..

All of a sudden Alvin ran ….. I heard a commotion and turned to see a mouse and Alvin heading for the back door.

Then to my absolute horror I saw a tail hanging out of Alvin’s mouth.

I screamed and screamed …. lost my breath.

Yelled at Alvin …. he dropped it ….. it ran toward a “swiffer type mop” that I had temporarily stood by the back door.

It moved for a second and then did not.

I yelled at Alvin to stay away and grabbed the phone.

It was about 7:00 a.m. and I called my daughter’s house ….. thank goodness my son-in-law answered.

I very shakily with heart pounding out of my skin told him what happened, and he said he would be right over.

A few minutes later he arrived ….. thank goodness.

He came over and disposed of the mouse.

We removed all of the traps from the main floor and found that the one behind the fridge …. the mouse had popped off the top of it to get at the peanut butter.

Smart little thing.

We moved everything out and I sprayed a disinfectant and cleaned …..

I need COFFEE ….. and oatmeal.

THANK GOODNESS FOR MY ALVIN AND MY SON-IN-LAW.

Nothing like something that terrifies you to get you energized or scared half to death …. not sure which at this point.

I was going to return the traps to Canadian Tire but decided they are full of poop as they just ate the peanut butter and left.

GREAT TRAPS.

The ones that did work were the old fashioned spring loaded ones and of course, the best hunter on the planet, me ALVIN.

So hopefully this is it….. I really need it to be.

I have not found anywhere for entry at this point.

But will keep looking and make certain that I always have lots of treats for me, Alvin …… he will get lots of banana this morning…

So that is my heart racing story for this day.

So grateful for Alvin.

He is quick ……

So grateful that he did not eat him.

Time to fly here.

I hope that you all have a great day.

Special Hello to: everyone for their support throughout this ordeal ….. I would have been okay …. it was seeing the tail in Alvin’s mouse …..

 By the way, I donned disposable gloves and brushed Alvin’s teeth as best that I could.

Breathe, breathe ……

 

Always, Carol and me, Alvin 

 

Thought for the day

I just have to share this with you all.  If you have not as yet read the book “THE KIND DIET” by Alicia Silverstone, please do yourself a huge favour, and do so.  It is the best book and it will change your life.  Slowly over the past year I have been “flirting” with being a vegetarian.  After reading Alicia’s book I have given up meat and fish and most dairy.  I feel great.  There are so many wonderful plant based products on the market in addition to all of the vegetables and fruits and nuts that it has been easy.  I will say the one thing that I have craved is chocolate.  Once I have my pantry and fridge totally converted I will even bake with non dairy products.  I have found that most recipes can be converted.

If you cannot totally give up “meat” and “dairy” – try making a lentil casserole or perhaps a meatless chili.  I will post some of my new recipes.  Give it a try.  Better for you, better for the animals and our planet.

Another sidebar is your grocery bill will be much less.

Ask your local grocer to order any items that they do not carry.

Spend the summer cruising your local farmers markets.  Yummy.  Nothing better than fresh local grown produce.  Love fresh potatoes, peas and carrots.

I would also mention in this rather lengthy “thought for the day” – give your dog a carrot or try broccoli, cauliflower or even an apple.  Alvin, my dog loves carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and apples.  We share an apple at lunch time.

Now that I am back to writing on my blog.  I would appreciate your feedback so if you read my “stuff” please leave a note.

Have a great day.

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