Good Morning ALL! How are you this Monday morning? We are doing well. I will say that we are still working on the sofa arrangement. Why is it when we used to sleep on the bed but would end up on the sofa, we would be comfortable and have a good sleep? I can nap sitting up with my head resting on the soft pillow backing of the sofa but cannot seem to settle down to sleep.
But it is something that I am going to get sorted out over the next several weeks. Making the most of our newly changed life. Which is temporary, yes it is. We had a great sleep last night. Up at 1:00 abouts to go outside for a pee, nope not me but Mr. Alvin and then slept until the alarm went off at 6:30. So happy. Feeling rested.

Yesterday was great. The temperatures were a reprieve from the heat of last week. So grateful that our air conditioning will get serviced on Wednesday and then we can enjoy comfort without having to sit/lay in front of fans.

I am so grateful to to my friends. Gillian picked up my favourite bread: sourdough and stayed for a visit. Most of our visit was enjoyed out on the deck and near the end of our visit we moved into the house as Alvin was getting warm. Poor guy.

Later another friend dropped off bananas and we visited on the front porch.

I am so lucky to have great friends that help, support and feed my soul.

If you are blessed to have good friends, true friends, people that are there in good times and in bad, you are very fortunate. I am fortunate.

Now that we are not able to take our daily walks, I have noticed that when Alvin sees another dog out for a walk, he will stand up on the sofa and stare. Poor guy, I hope that once he has the surgery he will recover quickly so that we can resume our walks. In the meantime we can enjoy the view from the sofa of our tree and our small view of the neighbourhood and our backyard. Thank goodness for flowers, our little patch of grass in the back and our deck. Life is good.

When life sends you lemons you can choose to squeeze them and make lemonade or add the zest to a vanilla cake batter. All I mean is that we can choose how we are going to go forward in any situation. Sometimes things are not easy but as long as we remember that we make the choice as to how we react in every situation. Our reactions are how we survive, how we live and how we are perceived by others.

So today on this musical mystery tour we call life, we will, I will have a great time. I will be kind and respectful of others. Patient and Compassionate with Alvin. Understanding, loving and grateful to myself and to all others.

Always, Carol&Alvin

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 9th day of January, 2014.

Another gorgeous day….. temperatures on the rise.  YAY.

I believe that the “topic” of friends/friendship deserves a few editions on “Thought for the day…”

Friends are those special people or animals that light the flame in your heart, and make you feel warm and wonderful.

They are there to listen, to give advice, to lend a helping hand, to see things that might not be obvious to you.

They laugh with you, they cry with you and jump for joy with you.

They are mothers, daughters, fathers, sons, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, grandparents …. they all fall into one or more of those roles.

They are your friends.

If you are lucky enough to have friends then you are truly blessed.

You must remember to be there for them, as well.

Friendship is a two way street.

It is important to always give more than you receive.

I am truly blessed to have so many friends and each friendship is unique and special.

I believe that people come and go during your lifetime …. some they go because they move or because they pass on.

But each friendship is there for a reason.

They come at that time …. when needed the most either for yourself or for them.

Some are forever …. others are not.

If you sit and think about it you will notice that each time a friendship has been forged during your life ….. it has been for a reason.

Perhaps you met someone on a trip …. you just clicked …. you love to laugh …..

Perhaps your parents had friends who had children ….. you became friends when small, and remained that way your whole life.

Perhaps it was a four-legged furry little guy,  that graced your life with a friendship that you wanted to last forever.

So many variables.

Something to ponder for sure.

Happy Friend’s Day.

I love my friends.

Special Hello to: my childhood friend “D” who is always in my thoughts …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 7th day of January, 2014.

Today my thoughts revel around “FRIENDS” ….

I have a line from an old song whirling around my head “YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE FRIENDS” ……

I would say from my experience that friends are as important to one’s life as family.

My friends have always played an important role in my life.

Some of my best memories from childhood are from times spent with my best friend.

She was my saving grace.

Over the years we have not lived close to each other but that has not withered our friendship.

We are joined by the heart and she always has mine.

Good friends are so wonderful.

I really would like to explore this topic further ….. tomorrow.

Have a great day.

I spoke to one of my dearest friends last night as it was her birthday.

We had such a great telephone conversation ….. yes, a land line, no less.


Call a friend today and say thank you for being my “friend” …..

Special Hello to: “D” my longest friend ….. I love you.

Always, Carol and Alvin


Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday, the 22nd day of July 2013.

What a fantastic morning it has been thus far.

When Alvin and I got up this morning it was walk time …. no more putting it off.

We were going to go.

When we got outside there was a breeze, a good mix of cool and warm; huge dark blue rain clouds hung off not to far away and there was lightning.

I hesitated and then thought “we have time” and we put on a good pace and did our complete walk.

Once we got back home, I decided to pull the flower pots close to the house for protection and to put the patio cushions in the garage.

Just back in the house and I heard a noise and looked out to see huge raindrops hitting the deck.

We were so lucky.

It has been pouring almost since that time which was about 5:30 so almost one hour.

I think we have enough moisture now.

Anyway, I am so grateful that we were able to get out and walk this morning.


I have one more “thought for the day” ….. bit more on the serious side.

Have you noticed these days with all of the social media how easy it is to “by a key stroke end a friendship.”

Perhaps it is not actually ending the friendship but certainly it is ignoring it.

Years ago …. people would physically ignore you or call on the telephone to “say it was over.”

Perhaps that was more if you were dating.

But how sad is it?

We are becoming a society of individuals that do not communicate.

No responsibility …. no face to face.

I am always surprised by the amount of “rudeness” there is in the world.

Anyway, I just wanted to mention that if you are less than happy with someone or have a gripe with them ….. call them or go see them.

Do not just “un friend” them.

Take responsibility for your actions and thoughts.

How would we ever know what the issue was ….. if no one says anything.

Speculate … that’s not good.

Sometimes there might be things we do not wish to hear but they need to be said.

That is how we grow and develop as humans.

So on this rainy Monday ….. “remember to talk” …. really talk ….. not just keying some abbreviations and signs.

Take Care.

Special Hello to: all my fellow bloggers ….. you rock.


Always, Carol and Alvin


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