Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 26th day of March, 2016.

Can you believe it?

We are on day 26 of March 2016.

Wow, this year is certainly zipping along.

It sure seems that the years are evaporating ….. good thing or not??

I guess we are so busy that time flies ….

No regrets …..

It is just a fact of life.

Nature.

Time.

 

I remember as a young girl thinking it would take so long for school to start after summer holidays.

I remember as a young girl thinking it was forever until Christmas.

It is because as a child you are focused in the present.

As a child you live in the now.

Children do not dwell on the past or the future.

Of course, we thought of past events or future ones.

But by in large our thoughts were focused in the present.

Once you get older you think about what you should/would have done and what you could be doing.

It is not thought based on today or the present.

Most adults live partially in the past and in the future.

It just seems to be that way.

Life …….

 

So on this Saturday …. I am preparing for a Steeped Tea party at my house right after lunch.

I am excited as it is some of my co-workers coming over.

It will be nice to share some tea with them.

I told Alvin that we were going to have company today and his little tail started a wagging.

 

Yesterday his sister brought him home.

My grand-puppy Elton came with her and we had a wonderful visit.

Sharing photos and videos of our Penny.

She was shocked that I had over 28,000 photos/videos on my computer.

She was so happy to see some videos that I had of the puppies.

When you lose a loved one photos and videos bring back happy memories.

To see that one in happier times is good therapy …. good to help with the grieving process.

So when someone says you take a lot of photos and videos …. just tell them you are preparing a life journal for your loved ones.

 

So as we cherish the past, are happy to be living today and look forward to tomorrow ….. remember to do what you can today ….. live a life with no regrets.

Tell your family and friends that you love them and that they are important.

Take that photo, that video clip.

 

Have a wonderful Saturday.

Thank you for reading my blog.

 

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

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 13th day of December, 2015.

Twelve days until Christmas Eve.

It is snowing here in Edmonton and the sky is completely filled with snow clouds no sunshine to be found.

The sun did not shine yesterday either …

Temperatures remain warm.

I see more shovelling in our future.

Yesterday was an awesome day at my house.

Started by sharing a cup of coffee with my neighbour ….

Ended with a cup of tea before bed.

In between the elves were making jewellery ….. earrings and necklaces …… chattering and laughing ….. they even stopped at the store …. did some laundry …. and lots more.

My daughter and I had a great day ….. so wonderful to spend the entire day with her ….. it was very late afternoon when she left our house.

Alvin and I enjoyed a walked last night but the wind did get up and that was chilly.

Today is going to be a more calm day in our household ….. wrap some gifts ….. deliver some cards ….. shovel some snow ….. stuff like that ….

 

I do have to share a story from yesterday at the grocery store.

My daughter dropped me at the grocery store while she ran to do another errand.

While she was gone I did my grocery shopping.

The last item on my list was “cranberry sauce” ….

I looked high and I looked low and down every aisle.

Finally I asked a young man in the produce aisle and he said “Are you sure you do not want these ones and pointed to a bag of fresh cranberries?”

I said “no thank you, I would like the canned ones.”

I asked him if he knew where the canned ones were and he said let’s go and take a look at the inventory sheet at the end of the aisle.

So on we went.

He then directed me to aisle 7 – canned goods.

Not there.

So I looked by myself for a while.

Finally ended up back in produce and I found the young man again … told him that I had not found them.

I found it hard to believe that cranberries would not be front and centre this time of year.

But they were not.

So we began our quest to find canned cranberries.

We stopped at the cashiers and he asked another young man ( I said we should ask the girls?)

I kind of thought it might have been a guy thing …. you know ….

But alas, I did not mind following a nice young man around the store or two.

This other young man said “yes” I know where they were and the guys ran to grab the cranberries with me in hot pursuit.

Literally in hot pursuit …

I temporarily lost them … but found them….

Voile …. they found the cranberries.

Guess where …. at the end of one aisle ( I cannot remember the number ) on the very bottom corner shelf.

There would have been no way that I ever would have located them.

I should have found the manager and asked why they were tucked away at this time of year and to rave about these young men.

I will remember for next time…..

But I left the store with the cranberries that I really wanted ….

Thank you to two such great young men …. most especially to the one who never gave up and gave the best customer service ever.

 

What a glorious day that I had ….. spent time with two young men at the grocery store and with my daughter.

The evening was quiet and relaxing just chilling watching the movie “Tomorrowland” with another cute guy “George Clooney” …. and Mr. Alvin, of course.

I was so tired almost feel asleep during the movie…..

Tonight I am SKYPING with my sister ….. YAY ….

 

Happy Sunday and remember you receive what you give …..

 

Special Hello to:  George Clooney …… just because…

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

P.S.  just looked out the window and the size of the snowflakes have grown … they are HUGE.

 

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 ……

Today is Wednesday the 14th day of October, 2015.

Wow, can you believe it?

Where does the time go?

As of late, I have noticed several people over the age of 40 mention about how fast time goes.

The consensus of opinion was “once you have children” the time flies.

Do you remember when you were 5 and waiting for Santa to arrive?

Trying to figure out how he could come into your house because you did not have the obligatory brick chimney!

Do you remember when your Mum said only 5 sleeps until your Birthday party?

You thought 5 how much is that ?

When you are a child time seems to pass slowly but it is because you live in the present and the future seems far away.

Even one day.

As we get older ….. we live in the future …. our thoughts are always for tomorrow.

We also live in the past so naturally time will fly …..

I guess one thing we can learn from the children is to live in the present …..  live today.

Most days I am okay with the speed that time seems to go …

Others not so much.

Guess lesson learned …..

Always live for today ….. tomorrow will come soon enough.

If you always worry about today and think of tomorrow where are you really living?  Yesterday?

Yikes, too much heavy thinking for 630 a.m.

Time to leave for work.

The office is calling …..

Er, perhaps first being the bus.

Staying focused.

Special Hello to: my sister …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Evening and it has been Monday the 28th day of September, 2015 all day.

I was away sick from work today ….. some bug got me but I feel much better after resting most of the day.

Mr. Alvin likes to keep me up …… always going to the door.

I am grateful that by sleeping for several extra hours and just resting the worse is over.

The sun is shining and I can tell you it has been a beautiful day ….. because Mr. Alvin spent a lot of time in the back yard.

So in the remaining hours of this Monday I am writing my blog.

Did you see the moon last night?

I saw it at the half way point but unfortunately the highlights of the evening were out of my sight.

I guess I might get to see it in 2033 ….. I will only be 76 so a date in the future.

Well I should go and check on Mr. Alvin ….. we won’t be walking tonight ….. as much as I think the fresh air would be good .the

walk is better left until tomorrow….. just going up and down stairs can be tiring.

Have a great evening and I will be back tomorrow.

Special Hello to: all those folks who are surrounded by four-legged friends ….. always treat them lovingly and with respect.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 23rd day of January, 2014.

How many folks visualize the future?

How many folks visualize their favourite dessert?

How many folks visualize company coming?

How many folks visualize their upcoming tropical vacation?

How many folks visualize flowers blooming in their garden?

How many folks visualize a new dress or new suit?

How many folks visualize cheques arriving in the mail?

How many folks visualize extra money in the bank?

How many folks visualize their bills being paid?

How many folks visualize a shopping trip to the mall?

How many folks visualize their next meal?

How many folks visualize clean water?

How many folks visualize a comfy bed?

How many folks visualize peace?

How many folks visualize happiness?

For all of us all around the world ….. visualizing can very different and yet the same.

But in the end all we really want is to be safe, warm and happy.

 

Special Hello to: my family all over the world…..you are all my family.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 28th day of December, 2013.

Only three days left in December.

Looks like I can see shovelling in my near future.

My get up and go has got up and gone.

But I will get that shovelling down.

I do have a coffee date.

It was supposed to be at one friend’s house but her hubby is sick so now changed to the other friend’s house.

So I can see coffee on my near horizon.

It seems so quiet without Mr. Alvin at home.

Time to get a new project on the go.

Now that my five month long story is complete.

Perhaps get working on some jewellery.

My daughter has been making things like crazy and me, not so much.

I guess sometimes we lose our “energy” temporarily.

That’s okay.

Well time to go and put on my eyebrows, eat a bit, shovel and then go for coffee.

So have a wonderful day.

Special Hello to: all those people who are out and about getting things done.

SPECIAL SPECIAL HELLO: to my neighbour “S” who has a birthday today.

Always, Carol and Alvin

I guess we all

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday, the 24th day of April 2013.

Did I say “Wednesday” …… I must have missed a day …… WOW.

I am really looking forward to this weekend when my daughter and I will sit down at my kitchen table and bring out all our beads and baubles and make jewellery.

I love that we share the “creative” gene.

I am so proud of us.

If you had asked me six years ago what my future held…..well I had not dreamed this reality for myself.

I did dream of someday living near my daughter.

I had dreamed of owing my own house but thought it was near impossible.

I had dreamed of being known worldwide.

I had dreamed of having a dog.

I had dreamed of publishing a book(s).

 

So now I have made most of those dreams come true.

I own my house, have a dog, make jewellery and have sold it all over the world, I write my blog (close to being published, have to work on that one) and live three blocks from my daughter.

So sometimes things happen on a bit different scale that you imagine or dream but they happen.

I just keep telling myself work towards and dream big.

So as my life continues in a forward motion, I am so blessed and happy that I have what I have and am who I am.

 

On this bright Wednesday morning I hope that you are following your dreams and making them come true.

Just keeping thinking about what you want and it will happen.

 

Have a great day.

Special Hello to: dreamers ….

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Wow, the sky is a beautiful “light” blue and the SUN is shining and it is Thursday, June 14th, 2012.

Almost at the midpoint in June.

It has been a great month with all the green grass, trees, flowers blooming and the ROSES.

OMG, the wild roses that line all of the neighbourhood walkways are the most glorious shade of PINK and the fragrance.

OMMG, the fragrance is like nothing else on this EARTH.

I absolutely love it.  Really over the moon, LOVE that smell.

When Alvin and I went for a walk last night as we drew near to the walkway the fragrance came out to greet us.

It was wonderful …. I was in heaven.

I wonder what Mr. Alvin thought when I walked over to one of the bushes and started smelling the roses.

I wished that I had a wild rose bush in my back yard.

Anyway, that is my thought for the day ….. something that comes back to life in the spring and brings so much pleasure to people … something that nature gives us, and it doesn’t cost a penny.  Something that we should ensure continues into the future.  The wild rose.  It is the most scent-full flower ( that I know ) and so beautiful.  So today take the time to check out all the wonderful treats that Mother Nature gives us throughout the spring and summer months.  We are truly spoiled.

I hope that you all have “wild roses” near you.

Special Hello to: all those people out there in the world that have read my blog, it means so much to me.  THANK YOU.

 

Always, Carol and Mr. Alvin …..

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