Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 13th day of October, 2017.

Well the ground is dry but there is a heavy frost on the cars.

It is that time of year.

Yesterday was cool but when the sun shone it was quiet lovely.

I love this time of year.

We were asked to watch one of our friend’s doggie for tomorrow.

I am excited and I tried to explain to Alvin and he just looked at me and turned his head this way and that.

Perhaps he understood what I was jabbering on about …..

I hope that we all have a wonderful Friday.

Remember to be kind …. on the phone ….. in person ….. in the written word.

I know that sometimes I can be less than what I want to be ….. always a work in progress.

Always learning to be better and knowing that somedays it is difficult to get to that “better place.”

Have an awesome day.

I am grateful for a good week and look forward to the weekend.

Happy Friday the 13th ……

 

Special Hello to: all those folks who try everyday to be better than the day before …..

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 3rd day of October, 2017.

Frost this morning ….. it stands out on the cars as I looked out the bedroom window.

We are going to have double digits to the positive up to and including Friday.

Not sure about the weekend as yet.

I am so grateful that ALL of my yard work is complete.

Well almost ….. the grass has to be raked ….. my neighbour said she would give it one last cut and that would take care most of the fallen leaves.

So at that, I guess I am ALL done.

So grateful for a great neighbour.

 

I was speaking to Mr. Alvin this morning while I was getting ready this morning.

Saying that “yes” we are getting older but that is okay.

He cocked his head to one side and then to the other.

Agreed or not.

 

Well getting close to time to leave.

It is difficult to get up when it is starting to get colder outside.

All our bodies want to do is SLEEP.

I would have made a great BEAR.

Mmm, maybe not.

But I would have the hibernation thing down pat.

 

I hope that you all have an awesome Tuesday.

Special Hello to: my friend “V” who has a relative that is dying ….. I wish her peace and to be surrounded by love.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 16th day of September, 2017.

Bright, sunny morning to start the day.

Looks like a bit of a breeze but it is SUNNY.

YAY, supposed to be a bit warmer than the past few days but it was great to have some rain.

Yesterday on the bus ride to work in the lower lying areas like the golf course, there was a light frosting.

Luckily my flowers survived for another day.

Perhaps it is time to start putting away the deck furniture and what not.

But alas it seems that as soon as you do that ….. something is closer to being on it’s way.

I can wait for it a bit longer.

Try and hold off putting things away until after Thanksgiving….. time will tell.

Some year it is a mad dash to put things away when the weather changes.

OR it freezes so hard that you cannot put out the plants and then you have to cut them down and put out the roots in the spring (talking about the pots that I have on the decks).

We are so excited because the grand-pups are going to being spending a few hours with us this afternoon, so excited to see them.

I was so grateful to find that blade for Alvin’s grooming kit so this morning will clean up his hair cut so that he looks his most handsomest self.

Well I guess nothing gets done if I am in the office …. laundry calling ….. have to eat and make COFFEE.

It would not be a Saturday morning without my perked coffee.

Oh, more more quick story.

Yesterday at work after having kind of a couple of trying days one of my co-workers (a guy) came up behind and said “Carol” …. I turned about to see that he was holding a massive amount of all different

coloured GERBER DAISIES in his hand and proceeded to tell that me “that because me and some of the other co-workers (girls) were also having a rough day or so he brought us flowers”.  We each got to

pick out our favourite colour.  How sweet.  I did feel badly for being out of sorts.  But truly I did have a situation that dropped me to my knees (work related so cannot give details) and made me gasp

with another’s reality and later made me realize that when people forget to do things, really they are little things but may be extra work for you ….. I should not complain (which I did) …. vented.

Anyway sorry for the semi cryptic message.

It was nice of my co-worker to give us flowers, very thoughtful and he is a sweet guy.

So onto the weekend …. hair cut sprucing up for Alvin ….. laundry ….. visit from the pups ….. YAY.

Special Hello to:   You and yours …. have a safe, happy, dry, warm, great weekend.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

P.S. always remember not to sweat the small things …. I have to remember that ……

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 14th day of November, 2016.

So dark out at 6:00 a.m. – easy to tell the season.

Beautiful day yesterday.

Alvin and I enjoyed a morning walk visiting with neighbours along the way.

Our weather has been absolutely incredible for this time of year.

We had rain Saturday and even into the night.

The grass is green.

On our walk yesterday I noted that the water on our lakes is still flowing no frost in sight.

On the lake were some ducks.

I guess they did not get the memo.

I am pretty certain they normally do not hang around here for the winter.

But Mother Nature has been temporarily tricked.

I hope that they will be safe and “warm.”

Alvin and I had a good weekend.

I spent several hours over Friday and Saturday with my daughter preparing for and then entered in a craft sale.

It was disappointing but at the end of the day it was great to spend the time with my daughter.

I guess we have to determine where and when we want to spend our time.

Our time is more valuable than money.

That goes without saying.

Even though I will be the first to say that without money it is difficult to have stress-free time.

If you cannot pay your bills or buy food – not good.

Sometimes we get in over our heads just to have some of the things that we think we want or need.

That is not good.

But human nature is always wanting.

Thinking we need when it is more like we want.

Well here it is almost time to leave the house for another Monday morning.

I wish you all a wonderful, stress-free, productive Monday.

Think about what it is that you really need and focus on that instead of all the things that you want.

 

Special Hello to:  my friend “V” who always makes me feel better than I am.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 22nd day of October, 2016.

It is about 8:44 a.m. here in Edmonton.

The sky is clear and the sun is coming up and is bright.

There is FROST.

The leaves on the front lawn are covered in frost and there remains a bit of snow on the edge of the lawn.

I plan to give the front lawn once last rake this weekend.

The forecast is for a nice day so let us hope the temperature rises.

This will be the fourth time that I have raked the leaves over the last few weeks.

Most of the leaves are from various neighbour’s trees ( I can tell from the colours ).

My leaves are always YELLOW.

This morning after it warms up a tad I plan to go on one last trash pickup in the neighbourhood.

The walkway that I take coming home after work from the bus is disgusting.

I cannot believe how many take out coffee cups and disposable food containers and bags are lying there on the ground and under the rose bushes.

Likely enough to fill a large garbage bag.

I am debating as to whether or not I can manage to do the whole area as the bags get heavy.

When I used to do the area that I have cleaned for years my daughter and my son-in-law lived about half way round so I could drop any full bags off

at their house.

Now that is not the case.

So a dilemma, I have.

I guess I will wait and see how strong I feel.

As things will be a bit wet from the heavy frost we shall see.

I am excited to get that cleaned.

Just wished that people would take more care.

Please just carry their trash home with them and dispose of it properly.

I guess I will put in yet another request to the neighbourhood association to please put in a trash barrel.

But then who looks after that …..

The City or the Association.

Somedays you cannot win.

Oh well.

It is great exercise and fun trying to keep away from the thorns of the roses bushes that line the walkway that I will be cleaning.

Thank goodness that I have one of those trash pickers….

Enough complaining, I apologize.

It is the weekend.

Time for toast with honey, share a banana with Mr. Alvin and have a cup of coffee before heading out.

I hope that you have an awesome day.

I wish you sunshine and laughter.

Enjoy the weekend.

Oh, tonight is the night that we set our clocks back.

Alvin has already done so.

Special Hello to: my sister …….

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 13th day of September, 2016.

Alas, morning darkness has swept across the nation.

Too dramatic?

Well that is how I feel this morning.

It is more and more difficult to get up in the morning.

Okay perhaps a bit overdone.

But gone have the dog days of summer.

I have always wanted to write that …. what does that really mean?

Getting up in the darkness and in a few months we will be going home in the dark, as well.

Wha Wha Wha !!!

Okay off of the self pity train here.

 

I am grateful for this week ahead as the forecast is for low 20 degree days (that would be celsius).

That is so wonderful.

Alvin and I enjoyed our walk last night.

The grass is still a plush green.

I mowed the grass in our backyard last night and it looks the best it has been all summer.

It will go out in style that is for sure.

The leaves are turning but the flowers are still quite pretty.

My impatiens plants are so full and colourful.

There was a chance of frost last night but I believe that we missed it.

I will find out for sure when I go to work.

Guess that is sooner than later.

Catching this earlier bus now kind of sucks but oh well …..

It is less packed so that is nice.

I am so grateful that my ride in the morning is seated down because most nights going home it is not.

At least not all the way.

I am getting onto which bus to take at night so that I sometimes can sit and then catching another one going home and actually getting home a few

minutes early.  Last night I was home by 5:00 – pretty good considering I get off at 4:00 p.m.

Well time to fly.

Have a wonderful Tuesday.

Enjoy the days.

Special Hello to: my friends all over the world.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

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

Happy Spring Everyone !!

Today is the first day of spring ….. it is now official.

My spring bulbs will start to grow over this next while.

I look forward to seeing the flowers as I do not remember what I planted.

They were a gift from a friend.

The forecast for today is sunny and about 7 degrees celsius which is a lovely day.

The weekend thus far has been beautiful.

Frost lightly covers the windshields of cars and rooftops.

Looks so pretty with the early morning light.

Most of the snow from our front lawn has melted.

We no longer have six inches of ice built up on our front sidewalk.

It is always a challenge over the winter months and spring to keep it clear as it is a low spot and drains from our backyard and from the neighbours.

The storm drain is several feet away.

 

Mr. Alvin continues to heal and recover from his dental surgery/cleaning.

Always happy news …..

 

I guess time to get going ….. I hope that you have an awesome first day of SPRING.

We are definitely going for a long walk in the early afternoon hours.

To celebrate this day.

 

Take care.

We miss and mourn our losses and think of them always in happy times.

 

Special Hello to: family and friends ……

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 25th day of October, 2015.

We had the first hard frost last night and it certainly cleared the sky which is a brilliant blue this morning.

The sun is shining so bright.

I just downloaded some photos and I thought I would share them with you.

Our life in photos from late summer and now in fall.

In no apparent order ….. sometimes life is all in the photos.

I hope that you enjoy seeing our life in photos.

We have had an awesome past couple of months.

Flowers blooming, my dear friend from Regina visited, then my cousin from Saskatoon dropped by, Elton and Penny came for some visits, Autumn happened and our yard changed, oh and Steven my son-in-law had a birthday, decorated for Halloween, had a few Steeped Tea parties and life.  Have an awesome Sunday.

Flowers still blooming late in the season

Flowers still blooming late in the season

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Elton, ssh he's sleeping

Elton, ssh he’s sleeping

Miss Penny

Miss Penny

My friend visiting ... trying on earrings

My friend visiting … trying on earrings

Getting ready for a tea party .... A Steeped Tea ParTEA

Getting ready for a tea party …. A Steeped Tea ParTEA

My flowers .... so proud

My flowers …. so proud

More flowers

More flowers

Cupcakes from Steven's Birthday in September.

Cupcakes from Steven’s Birthday in September.

Mr. Alvin's Haircut - Oct 24th ... with thanks to my friend "C" who has great timing ...

Mr. Alvin’s Haircut – Oct 24th … with thanks to my friend “C” who has great timing …

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Shadow looks like a candle

Shadow looks like a candle

Guarding our house

Guarding our house

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Love the colour of our tree

Love the colour of our tree

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Our big pumpkin

Our big pumpkin

Decorations for Halloween

Decorations for Halloween

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Special Hello to my family and friends everywhere.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 18th day of September, 2015.

Well I was mistaken yesterday about the frost.

Jack hit ….

On my way to the bus I saw the frost on the lawns and vehicles.

During the ride to work there was fog in low lying areas and frost.

Luckily my flowers survived uncovered and I am grateful.

A few more days is wonderful especially when the weekend is supposed to be 20 degrees celsius.

It was absolutely gorgeous outside last night when Alvin and I went for our walk.

The air was warm, no breeze and the roses are still fragrant.

Well almost time to leave for work.

I am grateful that today is Friday.

Lots of things on my LIST for the weekend.

Outside chores ….. lawn needs to be cut ….. check out the shrubs I guess they should be trimmed before it get to cold.

Start putting things away.

Inside …. the regular laundry …. cleaning ….. preparing for next Saturday’s Steeped Tea party ….. what to pack my things in… you know stuff like that.

Well I am catching an earlier bus these days.

Time to get going …..

I hope that you have an awesome Friday …..

Special Hello to:  to all those folks who are prepared ……

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 17th day of September, 2015.

Another glorious morning ….. no rain overnight or frost.

So we are good on all fronts.

I was going to put all my flower pots into the garage just in case of frost and then saw that it was to be 5 degrees overnight so decided to take a chance.

This has been a long season for them to this point.

Pretty much all of my flowers and the ones in the neighbourhood are still blooming like crazy.

Especially with the rain over the past few days.

Now sunshine and we will be good for another few days or maybe even weeks.

This morning me Alvin decided that he wanted to be a “LAP DOG” …

Usually when I am writing in my gratitude journal he is laying on the sofa in the spot that I was on just a few minutes prior.

We still find time for a few minutes on the sofa before getting up to stay.

Anyway …. he was standing by the chair beside mine and looking up ….

I asked him “would you like up?”

He backs away ….

So I lean over and ask him once again.

Finally he walks over to me so that I can pick him up.

OO methinks that Mr. Alvin needs to cut back on the treats or more walks … yikes.

Footnote to his Momma …. you both need to start yoga ….. “downward dog” …… our cores need help.

As soon as I have him in my lap I place my legs on the other chair so that he has room to move.

With one arm around me Alvin the other one grabs the pen and begins to write.

Meanwhile Mr. Alvin does his “little 360” on my lap so cute.

He then ends up facing the other way with his head facing outward resting on my arm.

I always say to me Alvin and it is my favourite thing to say “cuteness alert” …..

He is pretty cute.

Mr. Alvin goes wherever I go.

He is attached to my hip.

I only hope that he is not too lonely when I am at work.

Hopefully he sleeps and keeps entertained with all that goes on in the neighbourhood during the day.

Anyway …. one more day this week … Friday…. once I start a day …..I am up so it doesn’t count.

I am taking different scheduled buses to find the best one for me to take.

Yesterday the bus got me to work at 7:25 and I start at 8:00 ….

Today I am hoping it works out to be at work by 7:40-45.

I wish you all the best day.

Also today marks the Happy Birthday of my Steeped Tea Leader “C” …. Happy Birthday.

She is an awesome person and I am glad to know her.

Special Hello to: my Steeped Tea Leader “C” …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

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