Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 7th day of August, 2017.

The sky is partially overcast here in Edmonton and we have already had a rain shower this morning.

The household is up and going already ……

Alvin had me up early and we were later going to bed.

But that is nothing new.

It has been great having my sister staying with us.

Yesterday we enjoyed our time at West Edmonton Mall and luckily were there early before the holiday weekend crowds began to show up.

Once early afternoon hit it was crazy busy with people scurrying about and by that time we were done so we grabbed a bus and came home.

Alvin was happy that we were not away for a long time.

Today we have some grocery shopping to do for the BIRTHDAY PARTY tomorrow night.

My brother arrives tomorrow night and also my sister’s son and family will be dropping in at some point as well.

It was unexpected for them as they were attending a wedding in Calgary but when my nephew had an extra week off from work they decided to come this way.

My nephew’s wife has a brother in a nearby smaller city not far from Edmonton.

So it all works out.

I am excited to see their three sons.

The eldest and I used to do everything together as I was living nearby from the time he was in his Momma’s tummy until I moved to Edmonton.

The next two were born after I moved to Edmonton and the elder of the two I saw only twice and the little guy, not once.

So it will be great to see them and catch up.

Of course, we have SKYPED before so I am not a total surprise to them.

Well time to get this show on the road as I have to prepare my shopping list.

Some housework to do today …… maybe a bit of decorating ……. a few streamers and balloons.

Have an awesome long weekend if you are lucky to have one …..

If not, I hope your Monday is a good one.

Special Hello to: all those folks celebrating a birthday on this day.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 14th day of April, 2017.

Happy Easter.

Well on a weather note:  SNOW.

Yesterday it was a snow/rain mix.

Today it is SNOW.

Sorry for the FLASH / reflection showing in some photos …. sheds a special light.

It is snowing pretty hard and the sky is completely white/grey with no sign of the sun or blue sky.

Looks like it is here to stay for a while.

 

So much for going out to clean up the trash.

That was on my TO DO List for today, as well as walking to the store which has kind of lost its’ appeal.

The only thing is ….. the fridge is getting pretty bare….

ARGH………

I guess shovelling will be in my near future……

I will put on Alvin’s winter jacket and we will go for a walk a bit later.

We always have a spring storm so I guess this is it.

I left the shovels out which is good.

Hauled out the lighter winter coat and boots yesterday.

Back into the garage with the rake (should have already done so).

 

 

 

Even Mr. Alvin had to take a second look.

At bed time it was raining and when we got up at 4:30 a.m. there was a small amount of snow gathering on the deck.

Oh how snow can change your day.

Well time to get into the shower, have breakfast and some COFFEE.

I always think more clearly with a cup of coffee.

 

Happy Easter to Everyone.

If you are travelling this long weekend – may your travels be safe.

Take Care.

 

Special Hello to: You.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

P.S. I can hear some birds squawking outside – I can imagine they are not too happy.  Hard to find food in this ……

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 11th day of March, 2017.

The SUN is trying to break through the cloud banks that cover the morning sky.

It is snowing as well ….. oh YAY.

More shovelling in my future.

But on the upside it is great exercise.

Because you are using different muscles that you would normally use in your every day life, I always take it slowly.

Stretch along the way ….. be careful.

If the snow is wet and heavy …… then really take it slow and steady.

 

Well this is a busy day as we prepare for my daughter’s birthday ….. hard to believe my baby girl will be “37” tomorrow.

Where has the time gone.

Three plus decades of my life has been watching her grow and become this amazing young woman.

She truly is just that ….

We want tomorrow to be extra special ….. after all you only turn “thirty-seven” once in a lifetime.

So we will have the house all in order, special cake will be made and the house will be decorated.

Should be fun with Alvin helping out ……

He will be running across the main floor with one end of the streamer in his mouth with Momma in hot pursuit.

We will have fun.

So grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning, baking, decorating and don’t forget SHOVELLING are on my list for this day.

 

Time to get this show on the road.

Laundry up …..

Coffee drinking as I go.

Happy Saturday.

Hoping that you have an awesome day.

Smiles wherever you go.

Thank you for your time.

 

Special Hello to: my baby girl ……

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 4th day of February, 2017.

The sun is rising.

It is cold out but not snowing.

Looks like the perfect winter day.

My daughter just called.

She is bringing Mr. Alvin home this morning.

YAY.

Me Alvin is coming home.

Always good to see my daughter.

 

Don’t you always love the weekends?

Even thought they are usually jammed packed with things to do around the house, grocery shopping and the like …

But it is at home in your home with your peeps …. your loved ones.

Even though we may like our co-workers and our job …. there is nothing like “Home Sweet Home.”

Right?

I decided to get a jump on things and did a few items from my list last night so it will make my “to do list” a bit shorter.

More time to spend cuddling and playing with Mr. Alvin.

 

Just thoughts of gratitude this morning.

I truly feel blessed and grateful to have my own home, amazing family and friends, a job, good health and so much more.

Take a moment if you are feeling grateful and just SMILE.

Nothing like smiling to bring up your joy level.

I know on my way home from work when I am on the bus and all I really want to do is just get home and cannot wait …. I smile.

People might wonder …. so be it.

Smiling makes me feel good.

 

So smile today.

Have an awesome Saturday.

Excited to have coffee and catch up with my girl and snuggle with me Alvin.

 

Special Hello to: my family and friends ….. I am smiling at you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Evening and Welcome to Monday the 23rd day of March, 2015.

Sorry …. what a morning …..

I decided to go back to sleep for a few extra minutes.

Then my kids both were sick so had to make other arrangements for the ride to work.

My daughter said I could take the car but I decided not today.

So I called my neighbour.

We both work downtown.

The first time the call went to voicemail.

The second time she answered and said she had been running late and had wanted to be gone already ….

Lucky for me I had ten minutes before she was going to leave so I brushed my teeth, put on my eyebrows, got dressed, rushed downstairs, grabbed my lunch, grabbed my boots, purse, bag and coat … locked the door and was gone (in less than ten minutes).  WHEW.

I got to work by 6:50 a.m.

Anyway … I felt bad as I was not able to write my morning blog.

“Forgive me” …….

After rushing …. sometimes that can jinx your day but I actually had a very productive awesome day.

When I got home I made a quick trip to the grocery store.

NOTE TO SELF:  EAT SOMETHING BEFORE YOU GO GROCERY SHOPPING.

Argh …. spent way too much ….. reminder for next time.

My veggie burger is in the oven so I thought this would be the perfect time to send you all a little note.

Better late than never, I suppose.

Also, talk about mucky out there ….. melting snow …… mud ….. dirt …..gravel…..

I sure hope that you guys had an awesome day.

Well time to go and get the trimming ready for my burger ….. the bun, avocado, mustard, cheese …. my mouth is watering.

Have a great evening.

Special Hello to: my new friend “Lisa” …. thank you so much for reading my blog.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 14th day of September, 2014.

Oh, what a gloriously beautiful sunny warm morning.

It feels like summer again but with a hint of coolness to the air.

You know the feel that you have in early fall.

It is so nice outside.

I spent a couple of hours outside yesterday (it was beautiful, too) mowing grass, pulling weeds, trimming back my roses (which I am going to pull as they just are not doing well), emptying most of my plant pots (a few were not affected by the recent frost) and just general tidying up.  It was glorious.

This is truly my favourite time of year.

Oh, I hear the geese honking up a storm as they are preparing for “winter” or travelling south.

Some stay for the winter ….. others do not  ….. I should google to see why.

Anyway …. they were flying by and saying hello.

I certainly have enjoyed this weekend.

How much better than this does it get:

-started Saturday morning off with coffee at my friend “G’s” house.

-then home and Penny had gone to the Vet with her Momma & Dad so decided that me and the boys should go for walk.

-we did, it was so nice out.

-then home mowed grass and did yard work ….

-laundry and some cleaning.

-made supper.

-went for groceries after supper.

-then had tea and watched a Star Trek movie or at least part of one. (I have already seen them all a million times, so I know how they end).

-then to bed …. snuggles with Mr. Alvin ….

PERFECTION.

I hope that you had a perfect weekend thus far.

Today I am off to work at the store.

Just enjoying a cup of coffee and some quiet time before I leave.

Have a great Sunday.

Do something fun today.

If you have sunshine ….. go outside and enjoy ….. no boots or heavy jackets …….

Special Hello to: my sister back in Regina ……. HELLO ……

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 12th day of July, 2014.

Bright and sunny morning.

Today is going to be a busy day.

We start off with Alvin’s “pedicure” at 9:00 a.m.

Then the finishing touches to the garage sale which starts at 10:00 a.m.

The sale goes to 4:00 p.m.

After the sale:  trip to Michael’s, grocery shopping and laundry.

Whew.

Do you have a busy day?

Just make sure that you have everything written down.

Check each item off as completed and before you know it you will have time to sit back and relax.

Maybe with a nice cup of iced tea or even just a glass of cool water.

So on this busy Saturday I wish you a fun, happy day.

Well I had better get going and have some breakfast …..

My daughter will be here in about one hour.

I am excited to meet people at the garage sale.

It will definitely be a FUN day.

Special Hello to: my friends back in Regina ……

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunny Saturday the 10th day of May, 2014.

So happy that the sky is blue and the sun is shining.

It is going to be a great day.

Alvin is at his sister’s as per usual …. he always sleeps Friday nights there as I work at the store.

So the house is so quiet.

I could hear a pin drop …. well maybe.

But he will be home soon along with his sister who usually comes for a cup of coffee.

I love our visits.

Also today I am going to call my siblings ….. time to catch up.

YAY.

So between laundry and housework and a walk with Alvin, I will chat with my family.

What a grand way to spend my day off.

Truly it is great.

Oh and throw in a quick trip to the grocery store and organizing a neighbourhood clean-up.

This is my life and I would not change a thing….. 🙂

On this awesome Saturday I hope that you are able to connect with family or perhaps a friend who lives far away or maybe even close.

Go for coffee with your sister or drop by and see your Mom and Dad.

It does not have to be for Mother’s Day …. or Father’s Day.

Everyday is special …….

I know you are busy as am I but we need to take those few minutes or hours and visit with those people who are special in our lives.

We spend more time with the people we work with than our family and friends.

So that take time …. most important.

I received a phone message from my sister last night …. she said that one of our brothers had called her to talk, and asked how and where I was …..

So a reminder that even though I work six days a week and have a lot on my plate – I must take the time to call him, her and them ……. family.

I think of my family and friends all the time.

Have a great day.

Special Hello to: my sister and my brothers and my friends.  You are all amazing and have been so supportive and I apologize for not calling more often…..

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 7th day of April, 2014.

WOW, another weekend over and a new week just beginning.

I am always amazed at how fast time seems to go by even though I am an intelligent being and know that it passes at the same rate always.

Nevertheless – the weekend did seem to fly by.

I hope that you had a great weekend.

Mine was busy but was great.

I was able to do some bead shopping and grocery shopping with daughter, had them over for supper, did some house stuff and laundry and worked at the store.

Also managed to take Mr. Alvin for a nice long walk Saturday night which was awesome.

Our weather seems to have changed for the better.

Over the past few days most of the snow and ice has melted and we are well on our way to seeing 100% ground without the covering.

This week will be busy as I have a custom jewellery order to complete and then the usual things.

My throat was feeling a bit scratchy but is feeling better now.

Seems odd whenever Mr. Alvin does not sleep at home ….. oh, how I miss the little guy.

But he will be home tonight and that will be wonderful.

Well time to go and finish getting ready for another day at the office.

Whatever you are doing I hope that you have a wonderful day.

May you be surrounded by love and laughter, joy and abundance.

Take care.

Special Hello to: all of you …… thank you for reading my blog.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Welcome to Monday, August 20th, 2012 ….. the sun is starting to rise here in Edmonton.

With promises of a great, great day.

I hope that you all had an awesome weekend.

Mine was fantastic.

Friday I slept in, and then had coffee with my friend G and her boys and two of the kids that she “looks after” ….. it was great.

Then I did some cleaning and the usual …. I mowed my front lawn and two of my neighbours Thursday night so that freed up some time on Friday.

Also picked up Alvin’s food and then bam boom bam it was time to get ready for work at the store.

Saturday I had completely off so spent it working around the house and also picked up the trash from around the neighbourhood.

Only one bag ….. that was the best part.

I ended the day with our walk (me and Alvin) and watching a movie.  Perfect Saturday night.

Yesterday morning, my daughter came for coffee before I went to work. (Alvin spent the day with them).

One of my close by neighbours was having a front lawn sale so we bought some items.

I spent the day at work handing out coupons which is different for me.

Usually I spent my shifts in the Home Fragrance section of the store, and I love it there.

Being out front of the store handing out coupons was great ….. the people.

Wow, the mall was crazy busy yesterday.

There were people everywhere …… some happy and some not, families and not, men and women and children, all nationalities, all fashion styles … it was great.

I love it best when I am surrounded by people …… I greeted everyone with a smile and enthusiasm.  (the coupon was a great offer, if I do say so myself).

So I was busy but I also had a fantastic time.

My house is clean, me and Alvin got lots of exercise, had time to play with Alvin, mow the grass, did some writing, grocery shopping,  and yard work and worked two shifts at the store and cleaned up the neighbourhood.

Man that sounds like I am SUPERWOMAN or something ….. well I am just Carol …..

Well just Carol has to fly as today is my early shift at work ….. so my ride will be here shortly.

I hope that you all have a wonderful Monday …… talk to you tomorrow.

Special Hello to: all those people who are always incredibly busy but still find time for the little things.

 

Always, Carol and Alvin.

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