Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 10th day of June, 2018.

The sky is filled with rain clouds, the trees are swaying in the wind and the sun is desperately trying to peer through the darkness.

It has been raining for a few hours and the pavement is wet, the grass is happily smiling a rich green, the trees are singing for the rain as they are moving about in the wind.

I can hear the rain drops coming down to the ground.

We needed the rain, the moisture, that balance.

 

Last night as the dark clouds filled the sky and the odd rain drop began to fall; I decided to move my flower pots into the protection of the house.

I could not have every pot in total cover and not that I wanted to as they need that glorious nectar that falls from the sky.

So they still receive the moisture but are protected in the event of hail and strong winds.

I noticed that some of the flower petals had fallen off and were covering the soil inside the pots.

What can you do?

 

We are going to visit a friend later this morning rain or shine.

So hopefully it is not pouring although I can carry my large umbrella and Alvin can walk close beside me.

He really needs a summer rain jacket.

He has one but it does not really fit him anymore.

At least it is not cold outside and we can always dry off later.

 

What are you doing today?

Is it raining where you are?

What do you do on a raining day?

Stay inside?

Go for a walk?

Read a book?

Write a book?

Watch a movie?

Eat popcorn?

Go shopping?

Do housework?

Hobby/craft time?

Go through closets?

 

I hope that wherever you are that you are enjoying this day.

Perhaps it is a work day for you or perhaps a day of leisure.

No matter what … enjoy.

Take in the sights and sounds around you.

Hold them close.

Appreciate them for what they are ….

Happy Sunday.

 

Special Hello to: my sister …. who is one of the best joke tellers I know.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday, the 21st day of July, 2017.

This is what happened last night.

The skies got so dark just after 8:00 p.m. and luckily we had made it from our walk with a few minutes to spare.

I knew something was coming.

Well when I was thinking about watching one of my Christmas movies this weekend, perhaps I was not far off the mark.

Part of the deck looked like it had snowed as the hail stones huddled together creating quite the sight.

Like diamonds …. in the sky or on my deck, actually.

I am by no means a photographer and I only have a small Canon PowerShot so some of the photos are out of focus due to the flash and lightning and what not.

But I think they turned out quite cool.

It was hailing on the deck which is on the south side of the house and when I ran to the front which faces north there was no hail and the water was flowing like it was a small river.

I am so grateful for the drainage in my yard as it quickly runs down the middle of the front lawn between my house and the neighbours out to the street and down the storm drain.

It truly looked like a small river running to the street.

There was quite the lightning show and a bit of thunder but not too much.

My poor lilies out front took the brunt of the wind and heavy rain while the flowers in the backyard were pelted by hail stones.

I hope that they survive as I want to show them off to my company in August.

Well Happy Friday.

We are so lucky at my office as we are having a pancake breakfast at 7:30 – 9:00 and then we get to go to the parade for K-Days (Exhibition-Fair) or go home.

I am helping serve the breakfast so will be leaving home extra early to be there before or by 7:30 p.m.

I love pancakes …… which reminds me that would be a good thing to make my company for breakfast a day or two while they are visiting.

Special Hello to: my Sister and my Brother who are coming to visit us, soon.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 2nd day of May, 2017.

Did you say day #2 of May?

When it that happen?

I guess today.

This week is going to be FANTASTIC weather wise and otherwise, too.

The sky is overcast but does not look like rain clouds.

Strange.

I guess we shall see if the forecast is correct.

 

Just have photos to share with you.

Two of my favourite things and the other well just something to share.

 

Photo #1: Alvin last week with long hair and snow.

Photo #2: Alvin last night before bed sporting his new hair cut and no snow.

I swear he is 5 pounds lighter with the new hair cut.

Definitely cute puppy dog alert ….. oh, how I love me Alvin.

Photo #3: Yesterday’s thunder/hail storm, proof of hail on the deck.

Photo #4: You can see the hail jumping up off the deck.

Photo #5:  My new favourite food to make.  Homemade pizza.  My recipe.

Simple:  Pizza with tomato pizza sauce with garlic and parsley, then sprinkle oregano, followed by wait for it ….

my new favourite thing – caramelized onions and topped with cheddar/mozzarella cheese mix.

I must say that I love caramelized onions and funny thing.

After cooking for over 50 years – I have never caramelized onions before now.

Just been seeing many chefs on HGTV and FOOD NETWORK doing this …..

OMG, so GOOD.  Cannot believe.  I am hooked.

So tasty, seems amazing and is CHEAP to make.

Great for everyone’s budget.

Photo #6:  Note to self, watch parchment paper under the broiler.

 

My mouth just waters – looking at the photos.

 

I hope that you are smiling now and ready for a new day.

Be kind and have fun.

After all what is the use of be alive if you cannot or do not have FUN.

Enjoy the day no matter what it brings.

If you are enjoying the day it will bring good things.

 

Special Hello to: my sister …. did you make that request??

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 1st day of May, 2017.

Well April showers hopefully will bring May flowers.

We had a great couple of days to close out April.

Yesterday only a few minutes after I finished raking the front lawn including my neighbours we received HAIL.

YIKES.

Thunder shower with hail that is how we ended April 2017.

 

Alvin and I enjoyed our walk.

We only were a few houses away from home when we bumped into neighbour/friends so we had a short chat to catch up.

We have changed our regular walk as the pathway around the lake has been wet and muddy.

So as we were on our way around the big lake – friends of ours spotted us and of course, we went to join them.

We ended up chatting for quite some time before we decided just to walk together on our way home.

The temperature was perfect …. no wind …… just perfect.

We listened to the frogs in the lake and birds chirping from the trees.

People stopped to say hello with their dogs.

We met even more nice people and their fur-babies.

Absolute perfection.

 

After reaching home I went about finishing the last two loads of laundry, raking the back yard and then decided I may as well rake the front.

Why wait – perhaps it was not as wet as I had previously thought.

I was right.

So rake both mine and the neighbours.

Just in time as the thunder shower with hail happened just a few minutes later ….

 

After I make the fridge oatmeal, lunch and got supper into the oven – we had time to catch up on THE VOICE.

Such a lot of talented singers.

 

I noticed on FB, something that made me beam with pride.

At a recent hockey game in Edmonton when it came time for the guest to sing “The American National Anthem” there was a mic hiccup so he rallied the crowd and they sang.

It was amazing.

So Canadian Hockey FANS singing the American National Anthem and sounded like they knew the words.

Made me proud.

Thank you guys.

 

Well here we are time for me to leave for the bus.

Sun coming up …… promises to be a great day.

 

Happy Monday.

Be well everyone.

 

Special Hello: thank you sister for the lovely chat via SKYPE last night.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 9th day of June, 2016.

It is overcast this morning and has been since early on.

Last night after work as soon as Alvin had finished eating and having a drink we went for a walk.

We got almost half way round the lakes when it started to rain, big drops.

That was my cue to get us back home.

Sure enough it started coming down harder and harder.

We were only home about three minutes when the heavens opened and it POURED.

Mixed in with the rain were bits of ice – hail, about the size of a nickel, I would say.

I was so happy that we made it inside before the hail.

I do not mind getting wet although we would have been VERY wet, soaked to the skin.

We can use the moisture and it is a good thing.

I hope that the rain went up north.

Well today is a vacation day for me that is the reason for a much later than usual blog.

My grand-puppy Elton is spending today and tomorrow with us.

Yes, I have tomorrow off.

SO excited to just bum around.

I have some work to do on my tea business and perhaps re-organize another garage sale if the weather will be nice this weekend.

Otherwise for today …. the plan is to RELAX.

Just chill with my BOYS, my pack, my peeps.

Looks like the sun might be coming out.

Well I hope that you have a glorious Thursday.

Time to go and enjoy a big mug of COFFEE.

Take care.

Special Hello to: my sister …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

P.S. Elton is doing great and we are so happy.

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday, the 13th day of August 2013.

Today is my last day off before heading back to work.

I have had a wonderful few days away from the office.

Started by celebrating my 56th birthday which was last Friday.

On Sunday my daughter and I drove to see the oldest of my brothers who is younger than me.

We had a great visit.  I only wished that I would see him more often.

It has always seemed to be that way with my family.

We truly love each other but for the  most of our lives we have lived several hours apart.

With children and jobs and sometimes not much money those trips to see one another just did not happen.

I want to make the best effort I can in the last half century of my life to see my remaining siblings as often as I can.

Family is important.

So on this last day of my mini vacation I must get the things completed that I had planned to do when I booked these days off.

“THE OFFICE” …… here it is the last day and I have not started in here.

Oh well, I did have the most lovely visit with my brother and the road trip with my daughter that we had wanted to have….

We did have an interesting trip to see him.

On the way down part-way there it poured and poured and even some hail.

We had to pull over to the side of the road three times before reaching his acreage.

But we did arrive safe and sound in the pouring rain about 40 minutes later than we had planned.

On the way home the sun was shining and it was a beautiful evening.

We decided to stop at a small town and have supper …. over one hour later we were on the road again.

We hit rain just about at Edmonton and then in the City it hadn’t rained.

We stopped at her house to pick up Alvin and then just a few minutes after getting everything in the house and moving my flowers.

The heavens opened and it poured.  Lots of thunder and lightning.

I am thankful to my brother for his hospitality and all of the vegetables from his garden.

My brother has a green thumb.

His garden is amazing.

He is just a great guy.  Warm-hearted and generous.

I am so grateful that I had an opportunity to spend time with him.

Well time to go and pick up some food for Mr. Alvin ….. he did love the peas I brought home.

The sky is overcast.  A bit cooler but still a lovely day.

Thank you for reading my blog and today I plan to read more of yours.

Special Hello: to all those August birthdays …..

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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Wow, welcome to Thursday, July 12th, 2012…..

Last night or very much earlier this morning we had a huge SUMMER STORM.

There was lightning like I have never seen before …..

Rain coming down in buckets swirling to rush down the storm drain ……

WIND ….. and HAIL…….

Last night like a good gardener and after I took Mr. Alvin for a long awaited walk (missed a couple or three nights, sorry Al), I gave all of my flowers, shrubs and trees a good drink.

Literally in the middle of the night we awoke to thunder and lightning …..

I heard the hail and hoped for the best.

I think that my flowers on the back deck will come back and be as beautiful as ever……. petunias for one, are quite hardy …..

Anyway, I am certain that most of Edmonton and area shared in this story ….. rain/thunder/lightning/wind and hail …… it is summer, after all.

I also noticed that the tree, my one lone tree out front is missing several leaves as they lay under the tree ….

Oh well, we got some moisture and we need it especially with the heat.

It did cool the air down and earlier when I was outside with Alvin …. it was heavenly…..

I hope that you all have a great day.

I am a bit late in writing this morning as I took a couple of extra snoozes after getting up with Alvin (thank goodness for the microwave kitchen timer and a comfy sofa).

So have a grand day.

Remember it is a new day ….. smile and be grateful ….. always ….. I am so grateful for my family, friends and home.  I am so blessed.

Gotta run ….. my ride will be here soon.

Special Hello to:  all those who braved the storm ……

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

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