Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 2nd day of September, 2017.

The sun is shining now as the sky begins to clear.

I was a “bad” girl and slept until just a few minutes ago which was close to 10:00 a.m.

Please bear in mind that I was up with Mr. Alvin at 4:30 a.m. so that he would eat and go outside.

Followed by 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. – so not a straight through sleep.

Sure nice to just be able to get up whenever …..

Now time to have a relaxing breakfast and enjoy a couple of cups of coffee before getting my chores done around the house.

 

I have been faithfully watering my friend’s flowers every night.

Alvin loves playing in her yard.

Last night another friend and her two small dogs joined us …. we were going to go on a walk together and I thought they could play in the yard while I watered the flowers.

Both of my friend’s dogs have gone through recent trauma so to be off leash with Alvin was a good thing.

On leash when we begin our walks they growl, lunge and snap at Alvin, who takes a step back and stays out of reach.

They are both chihuahuas.

So we had fun.

 

Today will be laundry, a few things around the house and outside as the forecast is for rain tomorrow.

On Monday in the earlier morning I am going to go and do a garbage/trash pickup in the neighbourhood in honour of LABOUR DAY.

So many people do not have the luxury of being at home on this day.

 

Well time to get going here.

Have an awesome Saturday.

Take the time on this long weekend to lend a hand to a senior, to someone in need or perhaps pick up the trash in your neighbourhood.

There is always someone or something that can be done.

Share your time.

 

Happy Saturday.

Special Hello to: my sister and brothers ….. thank you for a great time this summer.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 28th day of August, 2017.

The sky is begin to brighten as the days grow shorter with our sunrises later.

The grand-puppies are coming to spend the day with Alvin.

I only just mentioned to him and it brought him running from outside.

Hard to believe that the weekend is over.

Whenever you are having fun the time flies.

Well I will have to make this short as I have a couple of things to do to prepare for the grand-puppies arrival.

I hope that you all had an awesome weekend.

Ours was FANTASTIC.

Happy Monday to you all.

 

Special Hello to: my friends all over this country and the world.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Afternoon and it is Sunday the 27th day of August, 2017.

Alvin and I had the best visit with our friends from Quebec.

It seems like they just arrived and then were gone.

The children are 13, 11 and 10.

I always forget that my friend “L” is only 13 as she is so grown up.

“M-L” is now 11 and not the shy little girl she was when they moved away and “D” well he is still soft spoken and very much a 10 year old boy full of wonder.

We had supper together, walked with Alvin and watered our friend’s flower garden, the girls picked out beads to make a bracelet and necklace upon their return home, and to end the evening we

watched “Galaxy of the Guardians Volume 2.”

It was a jammed packed evening but one I will remember always.

These children are like my own.

I am so grateful they came into my life.

They all took turns snuggling with Alvin on the sofa.

The morning came all too quickly.

I am quite certain that their Dad is going to miss them when they return back home to Quebec tomorrow and that their Mom is going to be very happy to see them.

I can honestly say that this has been one of the best Augusts that I have ever had in my entire life.

Lots of company and getting to spend time with some of the best people on this planet.

Well back to norm ….. it has been a hot day.

Thinking of family that live in Houston, Texas.

To all the residents of Houston and surrounding area you are in our prayers.

Well time to get a few things done …. back to work tomorrow.

Special Hello to: my family and friends.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 24th day of August, 2017.

To be another hot day and possible thunderstorms.

Is this the end of August weather?

As August winds down, I am happy in the fact that I spent time with so many of the people that I adore this month.

Some from a distance and others from around the corner.

I write on paper every morning and say to myself multiple times each day of how blessed and fortunate I am.

To be surrounded by the most kind, thoughtful, compassionate, generous, funny and intelligent people.

Some of them are young ones and others in between and some older.

I have always believed that your friend base should be broad and of every age category / group.

This has kept me young and alive.

I will never forget the time that I spent with my sister this August.

The most time we have spent together in years.

It was wonderful and amazing.

She always makes me laugh and even sometimes provokes those conversations and feelings that get you going.

That is a good thing.

Learn and grow.

She is a smart lady and I love her very much.

Also this August I spent lots of time with my girl, my daughter.

She is simply the best person on the planet.

Her kindness, generosity and compassion are surpassed by no other.

Love you my darling.

Also my friend “V” from back in my other home ……

This woman is the best friend one could ever ask for ….

She is funny, intelligent, thoughtful, kind, generous and the BEST COOK on the planet.

I treasure our conversations whether on-line or on the phone.

I am hoping that we can visit before the year ends.

She also introduced me to a friend of hers named “J” and she is this incredible funny and wonderful lady.

Never met her but I feel like I have known her for years.

My friends in Edmonton ….. treat me like a Queen.

They are supportive, great conversationalists, thoughtful and kind and SMART.

How could one go wrong being surrounded by all these great WOMEN.

Now the men are another story.

I have some men friends and of course they have all of the above traits.

Including me Alvin.

Well almost time to leave for work.

I hope that you all have a wonderful day and that you are as blessed as I.

Special Hello to:  friends and family ….. you rock.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 20th day of August, 2017.

Happy Birthday to a young man named “D” who turns 10 today.

He was one of our first neighbours when I moved to Edmonton.

They moved back to Quebec in 2011 and I miss them all.

So grateful that they were able to visit me and Alvin this summer.

Happy Birthday Buddy …..

 

The sky is overcast this morning and I believe there is a chance of rain today.

Getting close to going back to work.

I have had the best vacation.

Lots of company, went places and had lots of time to relax.

Perfection.

 

Yesterday I had the last birthday celebration with two of my friends.

We had yummy food and cake and they spoiled me with many gifts.

I am so blessed.

We laughed and had a great visit.

 

Ah, tomorrow is the eclipse and then Tuesday is back to work.

 

Sometimes it is easy to slip into negativity but we must remember to focus on the many blessings in our lives.

 

Special Hello to: my sister …… we had a great time together.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 19th day of August, 2017.

We had a storm last night with quite the wind.

Cooled things down and also blew out the smoke.

The sky is now a lovely powder blue.

There remains a breeze this morning and I am thankful.

Will have to get all of our windows open to receive some fresh air.

This morning two of my friends are having a birthday party for me.

There was no other time so the decision was to have it later and honestly this is great.

I have been celebrating my birthday for two weeks.

How lucky am I.

 

Sometimes a slight roadblock may arise but keep a positive mindset and things will work out.

I always tell myself this ……

 

Have a great Saturday.

Special Hello to: my friends all over the world.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

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

The skies are overcast but the weather channel had forecasted sunny skies for today (last night’s report).

I hope that the sun shines.

Lots of birthdays today …..

Happy Birthday to:  Niece-in-law “S”,  little “A”, cousin “T” and my dear friend “K”

August is a huge birthday month in my family and with several of my friends.

My friend “K” celebrates her birthday today and mine tomorrow.

 

We are almost ready for all the company descending upon us today.

Some dropping by for a visit while in the area visiting in-laws.

My brother will arrive from Calgary later this afternoon.

 

Started the prep work for supper so that I am prepared.

Bedding changed for a change in the guest room occupant.

 

Alvin is loving having the company.

Wonder what he will think when my nephew and his family arrive?

 

Happy Tuesday.

Have a great day.

Excited to see everyone …..

 

Special Hello to: Birthday Celebrators

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 1st day of August, 2017.

Guess it is time to turn the page on the calendar and the countdown has really begun.

August 1st here we go.

Just a few sleeps now until vacation and my sister arrives.

The sunrise was amazing this morning.

The sky was filled with yellows, oranges and pinks all mottled together.

Now the sky has filled with deep blue clouds, perhaps rain?

 

Last night on our walk we saw our friend “P” out in her beautiful garden.

She invited us in or rather Alvin strong pawed his way inside.

He loves her and always checks as we walk by to see if she is in the yard.

Mr. Alvin was happy to see her and even more happy when she gave him some treats.

We had a lovely visit and were joined by one of her neighbours that I have met before ……

She had brought over “cherries” that she grows here in Alberta.

I did not believe her.

Cherries in Alberta.

But I guess why not.

Not quite the same as B.C. cherries as they are more red and a bit tart.

But delicious.

In honour of my birthday (because P spilled the beans) – she went back to her house and grabbed me a container of cherries.

She always brought back some raspberries that she had grown for P but somehow I managed to get them.

Lucky girl.

Well after a wonderful visit, more treats for Alvin and some plants later …. we were home.

It was 7:00 p.m. ( we had left the house at 5:40 p.m.) – late supper.

My friends both have beautiful flowers and gardens.

Lucky me.

I was proud to tell P of how well the flowers are doing that she had given me a few months ago.

 

Time to get this show on the road.

Work call….

Special Hello to: friends ….. Love you all ……

Always, Carol & Alvin

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 and it is the 9th day until my 60th Birthday.

Getting close now.

I am reminded each and everyday of how blessed I am to have such caring and thoughtful friends.

From the time I was a “wee girl” to today as a grown “mature” woman – I have been surrounded by wonderful friends.

Some of my friends I have known for a lifetime others I met when I moved to Edmonton.

Each and every one of them is special and holds a special place in my heart.

Honestly, I do believe that I have some of the best friends on the planet.

Always thoughtful and always there at each turn.

Sometimes with advice.

Sometimes just to listen.

Sometimes with leftovers.

Sometimes with treats from their garden.

Sometimes delicious treats made with love sent from miles away.

Sometimes just for a hug when life is getting you down.

Sometimes to make you laugh.

But always there.

So on this Tuesday, I am honouring my friends.

I am so grateful to have “friends” in my life.

 

Always, Carol

P.S. I have not forgot about the photos of the cherry blossoms.

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 31st day of July, 2017.

Cannot believe today is the last day of July, 2017.

We are seven months into this year.

I am almost at the end of my Countdown: 60 days to 60 which has been quite the experience.

In between the heat wave, we are preparing for company.

My sister arrives on Friday …… OMG ….. so excited.

Thankfully the temperature is supposed to be low twenties for the next couple of days.

Grateful for that ….

Now just to get most things caught up at work before leaving for two weeks vacation, wish me luck.

Okay …. short today.

Gotta run.

Have an awesome Monday and enjoy this day.

Special Hello to:  Friends and Family.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Love my red lilies and now there are yellow ones starting to bloom.

So many colours and I am grateful to have red and yellow.

What a gorgeous pop of colour in my front flower bed.

Happy Monday ……

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