Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 3rd day of June, 2018.

What a glorious morning!

Bright sunshine with a tad bit of a breeze.

Alvin and I were up earlier but then back to the sofa for some extra zzz’s.

I heard one of my neighbour arrive back home from her vacation.

Humphrey will be happy to have her back and I will miss my snuggles with him.

Last night was special.

He wanted up.

He made it very clear.

So I picked him up.

He sat on his backside on my lap with his back against my chest and his front paws draped over one of my arms.

I stroked him with the other hand as he nestled his head against my hand.

He purred like I have never heard him purr before as he was just loving that moment.

The sound of his purring filled the room.

Oh Humphrey you are quite the cat.

After a few minutes of “cat heaven” he started to get restless and wanted down.

He wants to do what he wanted to do when he wants to do it.

That is a fact.

 

Yesterday was a grand day.

When I was mowing the front lawn I had Alvin watching my every move from our open living room window to Humphrey sitting in his open living room window.

The only difference he was meowing loudly wanting my attention.

I would go over to the window and he would settle down.

Then I would walk away and he started to claw at the screen.

I was scared that he may chew the screen and make his getaway but thankfully that did not happen.

The grass was long and with my little push lawn mower and the babies at their perspective windows; it took way longer to complete this task.

Alvin was so happy when I was done.

So this weekend I spent time going between both homes keeping the babies company.

Obviously more time at my house but you get the picture.

I wished that Humphrey would be okay with dogs as Alvin would love to have him over.

May someday.

 

We spent most of the day actually outside and in between did laundry and a bit of cleaning.

There was even a midday rain shower just to keep us in check.

 

So today will be a less physical when it comes to work around here.

Just the usual getting ready for work week things.

I like to make porridge (steel cut oats) ahead for a few days.

Prepping lunch.

I already picked out my clothing for the week, so that is done.

I finished putting away the laundry this morning.

 

Sometimes it is the small things in life that are the most pleasing and satisfying.

Time with Alvin and Humphrey.

Mowing the grass and raking.

Having coffee on the deck enjoying the summer air.

Enjoying the scent of my flowers.

Watching Alvin sniffing the flowers.

Watching a movie.

Cleaning the house.

Quiet time.

 

I am so grateful that I have my own home.

I am so grateful that I am employed.

I am so grateful that I am surrounded by loving, supportive family and friends.

Truly grateful for my life.

 

Well time to go and get dressed, have breakfast and make coffee.

I love having coffee in the morning.

I wish you the most wonderful day surrounded by goodness.

Happy Sunday.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks who live in their lives in joy and kindness.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 8th day of October, 2017.

The morning is a cooler one with wind and deep blue clouds filling the sky.

Sunbeams no where to be seen.

 

I am so excited because today, Alvin and I have the pleasure to spend some time with our family …. my daughter, his sister, my son-in-law, his brother-in-law and the grand-pups Miss Aspen and Baby Milo.

We are always happy to spend time with this group of amazing beings.

I hope that wherever you are ….. whatever you are doing ….. that you are safe, warm, dry, that your belly is full of good food and you have access to clean drinking water.

May you always show your gratitude to those around you.

We need to be more grateful for others.

Grateful for the bus driver that drives you home from work, just doing their job.

Grateful for the cashier at the grocery store, standing all day, ringing through your items, just doing their job.

Grateful to all the truck drivers for spending hours and hours sitting driving all the things we need to the stores, just doing their job.

Grateful to all the rescue personnel for spending their days and nights keeping us safe, just doing their jobs.

Grateful to all the nurses and doctors for spending their days and nights tending to our wounds, just doing their jobs.

Grateful to have police officers for spending their days and nights keeping us safe, just doing their jobs.

Grateful for the city councillors out and about even on a long weekend, just doing their job.

Grateful for the men and women that keep the peace for our country and all around the world, just doing their job.

Grateful for all my neighbourhood children who think it was great fun to rake my leaves, no work at all, just being kids with no agenda.

Grateful for all of my FAMILY and FRIENDS, you are dear to me and Alvin.

Grateful for each and every one of you.

It is all of us that make this world.

Spread the gratitude and kindness.

Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Special Hello to: YOU, and YOU, and YOU ……

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 26th day of October, 2016.

Another one of many dark mornings to come.

Appears to have been raining overnight.

Still mild so sidewalks and streets should be ice free.

Please be careful …..

Wow only a handful of days left until Halloween and then my time.

My time to put up the tree.

My time to decorate the house inside and out.

My time to send Christmas cards, letters and current photo of me and Alvin.

My time to BAKE.

Our time to appreciate all that we have.

I am so grateful that I can make my own choices when it comes to the above.

I am so grateful for all those who watch over and look after us all.

I am so grateful for my family and friends.

It was a late night and early morning.

I honestly slept in a bit so have to cut this short.

So much running through my head.

One thing:  can I really leave the house with my hair like this?

Yes, I can because I have no time.

It is clean but a little wild.

Will blame it on “being older.”

It could work.

Maybe.

Good for a giggle.

Honestly it is not that bad.

Really.

Am I trying to convince myself?

Yes.

Time to go.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Live in the moment and be mindful.

Special Hello to: my friends and family.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 11th day of September, 2016.

Wow, for a split second there I thought something was wrong with me or the computer as I was so certain it was the 12th.

Whew.

Until I took a gander across the room to the calendar and it said SEPTEMBER 11th.

Isn’t it funny how something can completely throw you off track and get you so worried in like a nanosecond?

I had one million thoughts going through my brain at the speed of light.

Back to reality.

The sky is overcast and we had another good soaking last night.

The wind is howling away making it seem like it is bitterly cold outside.

I am so happy that Alvin and I enjoyed two wonderful walks yesterday.

We went out in the morning and then again after supper.

It was glorious.

So nice to enjoy the weather while we can.

Last night I decided to make homemade black bean / vegetable burgers.

I pretty much followed the recipe and definitely know what I will do a bit different next time.

They may not look like much but they are so full of flavour once you get past the consistency.

First attempt definitely a pass …..

Next time will be a touchdown.

I am not a big football follower but figured the terms just fit perfectly.

Today is going to be a quiet maybe enjoy some television kind of day.

Perhaps a movie.

We will wait and see what the day brings before going for a walk.

Hopefully the wind will die down.

Today is a do things on the computer kind of day.

I did the laundry and tidied the house yesterday.

Just debating about putting the deck furniture away but think I will wait for another weekend.

Most of my flowers and shrubs are doing great.

The ones that were not I pulled or trimmed back depending on whether or not they were annuals or perennials.

We still have a good week of weather ahead of us according to the long rang forecast.

Might as well enjoy it while we can.

So on this quiet Sunday – I hope that you are unable to enjoy time with your family and friends.

Maybe just a day where you can sit and relax ….. enjoy some laughter, good company and good food.

Take care.

Special Hello to: my friends near and far.  Thank you “V” for you never ending support.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 4th day of March, 2014.

I feel out of sorts this morning and I will be honest.

My full-time job has changed and after two years of in the position I was just getting comfortable and settled.

The office has restructured and I find myself not dealing with the changes as well as I should and perhaps I should not even be writing about this but writing is my way …. I am a writer.

Also our unwanted house visitor was not found last night so that causes me much anxiety.

I feel like my life is unravelling before my eyes.

I know that is a bit of an exaggeration.

I have not felt like this in many years ….. perhaps it is also because my Alvin is not here.

He slept over at his sister’s house.

Because we have traps out by the dishwasher I did not want to have him in the house.

Anyway …. I need to wipe my tears and suck it up and get on with it.

I thank you for “listening” to my early morning “whining” and I am not even sure if you can call it that …..

So I will keep this short as I need and want to get myself together before I go downstairs.

Maybe it found it’s way inside the trap and that part of my anxiety will be over.

I can only hope.

With regard to the office ….. well all I can do is take it one day at a time.

I am not the only one ….. big changes and it always takes a while to get things back to normal ….. a new normal.

Thank you my friends …..

Have a wonderful day.

Special Hello to: all my friends and family ….

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Welcome to Monday, December 17th, 2012 and it is now “7” sleeps until Christmas Eve.

Wow …..

Are you ready?

Sugar cookies baked on Saturday and gifts wrapped and under the tree.

So I am all done.

I have heard on the radio that sales are up and that Canadians are spending more on Christmas.

I did spend more than last year but last year I did all of my gifts for less than $20.00.

This year it was a bit higher but not much.

I have been trying to be creative without spending a fortune.

I think that somewhere along the way we have lost what Christmas and the Holiday season truly means.

I see it when I am working at the store ….. most people are friendly but they are rushed ….. lose their manners and such.

We need to show more community at this time of year.

Less gifts more love and respect.

Spending quality time with your friends and family without a price tag is more rewarding at the end of the day.

Because unless you give a gift from the heart ….. people do not remember what they got two days after Christmas.

I was one of those people ……

Give from the heart …..

Anyway have to go and finish getting ready for work.

I hope that you are enjoying this last week of work before Christmas.

Have a great Monday.

Special Hello to: all those crafters out there ….. making things …. you rock.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Oh what a gorgeous Saturday morning.

Of course Mr. Alvin wanted to get up at 4:30 to go out to the bathroom, but that was okay.

So we hit the sofa for some added zzzz’s.

Of course, Mr. Alvin wanted breakfast at 5:00 so of course, his Momma complied.

So we hit the sofa again for some additional zzzzz’s.

Of course, Mr. Alvin made sure that his Momma got up at 7:30 just as she wished.

So despite the choppiness of sleep this morning ….. I feel rested.

I am excited to go to work for a few hours today as it is our big Home Fragrance Event.

Should be fun.  My first one in Home Fragrance.

Then tonight I am having a girl’s night.

So I invited all of my new friends and of course my Amanda and some long-time friends to the party.

We will have a blast.  We are going swap things that we believe a woman might like or need as well as play games, eat and visit.

I have waited a long time for this night and am putting on the finishing touches to make the evening perfect.

So time to go and have a shower, have coffee and look at my list to see what else I have to do this morning.

Have a great great Saturday.

I hope that you are surrounded by friends and family on this beautiful day.

Always, Carol

Thought for the day……..

Wow, what a beautiful August morning.  The sky is such a pretty blue and the sun is coming up on the horizon.

My life is great.  I had the best birthday yesterday.  Thank you to all my family & friends who are my family, too.

You know you are blessed and lucky when:

…. your seven year old friend calls from Quebec to wish you a Happy Birthday before you leave for work in the morning (that’s early)

…..your friends and family send you best wishes via phone, e-mail, the mail and Facebook

…..your daughter and son-in-law prepare you a yummy supper followed by a super delicious chocolate birthday cake

…..your neighbours decorate your front porch with balloons, streamers and a birthday banner and birthday wishes  written in coloured chalk down the front sidewalk and gifts inside the house

I am so incredibly blessed.

…..the best gift of all was that my dog Alvin was at the door when I arrived home to greet me ….. with kisses and lots of love.

I always think that it is so cute.  Those first 20 seconds after I unlock the front door,  he rushes to greet me, wagging his little tail, he is so excited he knows he has to pee, he wants to give me love and attention

but he is also hungry, he stops between the back door at the pantry for just a second.  He’s back and forth for those seconds …… I guess I would be confused as well (or perhaps I am a bit) LOL.

Thought for this day is:  be grateful for the blessings in your life each and everyday.  There is always something to be thankful for ….. clean water to drink, food in the fridge, family, your dog or cat, friends, the air that you breathe, the fact that you can breathe everyday is always super good.

Have a great Wednesday everyone.

Always, Carol

My front door yesterday

 

Sidewalk out front ..... Happy Birthday

Front porch - Happy Birthday

 

 

Thought for the day……Just such treasures…

Wow, today is December 22nd, only two days till Christmas Eve …..

I was hanging the most recent Christmas cards that we received and decided to write up the card that I bought for Alvin.

Yes, of course he gets a Christmas card……

My eyes welled up and my heart felt warm and fuzzy as I realized  just how much I love the little guy and my life.

I am so incredibly blessed.

I have an amazing family that loves me.

Some are near and some are far away.

But I treasure their love, and keep them close in my heart.

Friends, I am so blessed in that regard as I have too many to count.

Some from years ago and some just new.

I have always known that I am surrounded by Angels.

Some have four legs and others well just the two.

But nonetheless, I have them all around me.

I know just how blessed I am and how lucky and how fortunate.

My life is perfect.

I have great health, wonderful family and friends, a beautiful home, abundance all around, and a little dog named Alvin who in his own way loves me, too.

So each day is such a treasure and they just get better and better.

So when someone comes into your life despite their arrival ……. things always have a way of working themselves out.

After all, just about one year ago this four legged little creature came into my life.

He threatened to give me a nervous breakdown in the beginning but I can see now that it was “God’s” way of saying …… it won’t be easy.

This relationship you will really have to work on – each and every day.

He will rely on you 100% for all of his days on this earth.

You are his “pack leader” – his friend, his Momma ….

So lesson learned and I am stronger now than ever.

I treasure our days together and miss him whenever I have to go out.

He has taught me many things, likely number one is patience, a close second is LOVE.

I am so amazed at him.

He greets everyone, every soul, whether two legged or four with his “puppy dog” hello and a wagging of his little tail.

He loves everyone…….

I guess that is another lesson learned.

Spread the love around.

Love everyone ……. smile, say hello.

I wish you all the most amazing Christmas ever …… filled with “just such treasures” ….

Always, Carol

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