December 31, 2020 – last day

Good Morning ALL. Can you believe it? The very last day and down to last hours of 2020. 2020 came in with all of the promise and hope that a New Year could bring and is leaving us with thoughts of promise and hope that 2021 will bring. So we will start and end with the same dreams for the New Year although the in between could never have been predicted. This year has been the same and different for so many of us. I cannot compare my year to that of my friend who lives down the street and works in the healthcare field. We both have had much different experiences this past year. She has faced all of the stresses and anxieties that came with COVID19 and the Pandemic as she continued to work. Me on the other hand, when our employer announced that we would be closing our doors to the public on March 16, 2020, and start the process of having staff work from home, I had mixed feelings but mostly I was overjoyed. On March 19, 2020 I was sent home with my coworkers with a laptop and whatever supplies we required to work from home. Later that afternoon I was set up and March 20, 2020 I was working from home. In the beginning there were definitely some stressful times but over the last nine months I have smoothed out the kinks and working from home has certainly been a godsend. Of course, there are moments of stress, but that is inevitable, as my job can most certainly be stressful at times. But I no longer have to spend a minimum of 1.5 hours travelling to and from work. There are no worries about leaving a senior dog, my Alvin home alone for such a long period of time. We have figured out a few things over time and one being that we will need to go to the office for one day per month as we have some large print jobs where the documents need to be prepared to be mailed. I can handle one day each month. Of course, this may change over time. My friend down the street lost her beloved pup Abi in February and in July brought baby Bailey home. Having a puppy at any time is a lot of work and with the stresses of working during a pandemic has been difficult for our friend. We have kept in touch with porch / sidewalk visits, texts and video chats. We live only a few doors apart and yet our lives that were so similar are so different this year. She was not able to spend Christmas with her sister and brother-in-law who are expecting early in the New YEAR nor her parents. Her parents are in her sister’s pod as she is expecting. I on the other hand was so blessed to be able to spend Christmas with my daughter and son-in-law and pups. In January my friend will be hosting a “virtual baby shower” for her sister. So many firsts this year. This is a reminder that I must check out the registry and chose a gift for the new baby. I always love to buy books for little ones, cannot go wrong with books.

I am grateful that we have the technology to see family and friends. This is the time to use this technology so that no one is alone. Take a few minutes and reach out to family and friends. We are blessed to have the technology to physically see each other.

So as we wrap up this YEAR, I have mixed feelings. I would say for the most part I have positive feelings. Working from home was always a dream, a thought that I had but never thought would come to fruition. I missed spending time with my sister and brothers in August. My daughter and I did not take our annual girls road trip in August. Since March, I have mainly seen my friends from the doorway although we did have a few visits. Our girls Annual Christmas party was done virtually. I never thought that I would not enter a store for several months. From March until August, all of my groceries were picked up by my friends and my daughter. I have since that time been to the store a grand total of 6 times, been to the vet numerous times, to Shoppers once to mail Christmas cards and parcels on November 20, and to the Optometrist twice since August. I will say that the handful of times that I have entered a grocery store have been anxiety ridden for me. For the past month or so I have not been to the grocery store although I was to the Bone & Biscuit on December 11th, to pick up gifts for the fur babies including Alvin. I have been to the office three times, twice in September and once in November. Most of my time has been spent at home or going for walks. Thankfully we are able to go outside. As the time passes, I think that the only way that we can stop this virus is to follow the protocols set out by the Health Care Professionals and Government Leaders. While it is not ideal as we are social creatures, it is imperative to follow the rules. Wear masks when in public, wash your hands, stay home when you can and social distance. I will say that trips to the Vet are different now. The last time Alvin went I was not allowed to be with him, I sat with my mask on in one of the exam rooms while they took him to the back exam room. The Optometrist was definitely different. Two visits one for the exam and the other to pick up frames. They as the Vet only book one appointment per hour. Better to be safe.

Perhaps if we would have taken more precautions sooner and taken this more seriously – we would be in a better place, I don’t know. Going forward we must do what is right for everyone. This is not the time to be selfish. We do want to see our family and friends in the New Year.

The sun is up although it appears to be cloudy. This is the last day of 2020. I hope that 2021 brings us hope and promise. I know that it will take months and likely most of this next year before the vast population can be vaccinated and at this point we do not know if that is the complete answer or not but I remain positive that the scientists will figure it out and we will end 2021 in a better place. To all of those folks who lost loved ones this year, I keep you in my heart and hope that your memories will help to bring you comfort. To all those families who lost beloved pets, I keep you in my heart and hope that memories of them will bring you comfort.

May the New Year be filled with hope and promise. May you find your way through this next year with faith, hope and grace. Continue to be kind and respectful and compassionate to all others. We need each other even more now than ever.

Thank you for taking your precious time to read my words, this post. I appreciate your time.

So from our home to yours, Alvin and I want to wish you and your family a Happy New Year.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to January 1, 2019.

There is a wall or a bank of dark blue clouds half way up the horizon and clear sky above that …. so beautiful.

I have not seen this in a long time.

There was more snow over night.

There is a crescent shaped moon hoovering in the morning sky.

There is something near it but not a star.

Could it be the space station?

I suppose so.

I am not certain if it is visible to the naked eye.

These are the views from my office window as I key these words for this blog.

A beautiful peaceful morning.

The first day of 2019 and the last day before heading back to work.

It will be shock to both Alvin and I as we have been staying up late, getting up late, he has been eating later.

Tonight will be to bed on time so that 5:00 a.m. does not totally shock our bodies.

 

Alvin and I enjoyed a walk in the early afternoon followed by a visit from one of our friends who lives nearby.

I had decided to leave the tree and decorations up so that she could see them.

Most years they are up and down before we see each other.

Not this year – I left the tree and decorations up and they will come down today.

Lots to do on this first day of the New Year.

Back to the regular routine tomorrow.

Back to a new office as well tomorrow.

 

Just curious did you stay up until Midnight to bring in the New Year?

We managed to stay until 11:00 and were in bed by 11:20 p.m.

I am pretty sure that I was asleep before midnight but woke up about 1:30 a.m.

 

I used to make resolutions but have decided against doing so the past couple of years or so.

Now I just make the conscious decision to “live my best life.”

I want to continue to be a good person.

Be kind and good.

Helpful and compassionate.

All those types of traits.

I want to continue to be healthy and will walk more, eat less and drink more water.

Try more new things.

Write more …..

 

Well time to get going here.

Nice to see clear morning sky.

HAPPY NEW YEAR.

 

I will not be drinking coffee in the afternoon.

I have totally enjoyed these 11 days off from work.

I spent the days with friends and family.

Bit of work around the house but mainly just enjoying the days.

 

Special Hello to: everyone, Happy New Year.  Have an awesome first day of 2019.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

PS – warm temperatures today – perfect for a nice long walk.

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 1st day of January, 2017.

Yes, 2017.

Happy New Year.

I hope that you all had a wonderful time last night.

My evening was awesome.

One of my neighbours invited me over along with two other friends of hers.

We had good food, mainly non-alcoholic drinks (which is fine by me), chatted and played cards.

We laughed and shared stories.

It was so much fun.

It was a nice change from sitting at home although I missed snuggling with Alvin.

So here we are ….. Alvin will be home in a little bit which is great.

He is slowly getting used to Aspen our newest addition.

Her size kind of intimidates him.

Both the sky and the ground match in their white grey hues this morning.

Sure would be nice to see the sunshine.

Seems like we have not seen much of old Mr. Sun as of late.

Temperatures are to be cooling down just in time to go back to work but that is okay.

One more day before heading back to the office.

It was a great week or so off ….. relaxed ….. ate way too much …… spent time with family and friends both in person and via SKYPE.

Time to go and have a “late breakfast” …….  I got to bed late and in turn eight hours later I am up at 10:30, argh.

Happy New Year to You All.

Special Hello to: All my Family and Friends …… thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 21st day of December, 2015.

YAY, there are only 3 days left until Christmas EVE.

Both Alvin and I are super excited this Christmas.

We are travelling a short distance to spend Christmas with my daughter, his sister and my son-in-law and his brother-in-law and the grand-puppies, his niece and nephew.

YAY, Spruce Grove here we come.

Just a few days ….

Christmas dinner will be catered.

Can you believe it?

I feel so pampered and blessed.

We even get to pack a bag …… how cool is that …. a sleepover.

Visiting and playing games and relaxing …. that will be my Christmas.

How wonderful is that?

 

The next few days will zoom by …..

Next thing we know it … Christmas will be here.

Today is the cookie exchange at work.

3 dozen iced sugar cookies will be on their way shortly to the office.

Thank goodness that I am able to catch a ride with my neighbour.

 

I am all ready for the big day.

So excited.

 

All my family and friends that I cannot see for this holiday season you hold a special place in my heart and mind.

I think of you each day with a smile on my face and a song in my heart.

Merry Christmas to each of you and the most wonderful New Year.

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

Pack up those cookies ….. and lunch, too.

 

Special Hello to:  YOU ….

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Cookies for work.

Cookies for work.

The fudge wanted to get into the photo with the cookies.....

The fudge wanted to get into the photo with the cookies…..

 

Thought for the day…..to end the year….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 31st Day of December, 2014.

The last day of this year.

I have been away from writing since my blog on Christmas Morning.

I just did not have words to write …..

Perhaps it was a good way to end the year.

Giving myself some time to reflect on the year and the holiday.

Yesterday when I was updating my excel spreadsheet with the purchases that I had made over the last couple of weeks; I came across a notebook with only a few pages written upon.

Crazy but they were from the first three days of January, 2014.

Usually in addition to writing this blog I write in a gratitude journal everyday.

This past week I have not written in that journal either …. perhaps that is why I feel like I am just wandering about and not doing much.

This is the entry from my gratitude journal and I would like to share it with all of you:

“DAY 1565, Friday January 3rd, 2014 – 5:05 a.m.

Looks like rain turned to snow overnight.

Still mild out.

Back to work as feeling better.

Using one of my new notebooks from Manda.

Hard to believe Christmas over and already Day 3 of the New Year.

I’m reading Dr. Wayne Dyer’s book – “Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life.”

One important thing: watch judgments – as without opposites we would not be – can’t have short without tall, high – low etc.

I want to be only kind and positive.

I want to serve humanity and help animals.

Alvin is on my lap.  I love to cuddle with him.

Today is a great day.

We are safe, warm, happy, kind, grateful and alive.

I am a money magnet.

Money comes to me easily and effortlessly.

Thank you for this great life, and this wonderful day.

Signed with a “THANK YOU” and a “HEART.”

 

I guess this sums up my thoughts and feelings of late.

Sometimes we just run into a roadblock that keeps us from doing what we love.

I am happy to report that I am back.

It doesn’t matter if one person or five hundred people read my blog.

It only matters that I love to write it.

This New Year I want to add more to my blog ….. I did start way back when but got caught up with work ….

Photos are nice.

I need to share some of this past year.

 

Dear Stella Jewellery Open House in November.

Dear Stella Jewellery Open House in October.

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Another Dragonfly adorns my front wreath this summer.

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Creating a bracelet for the Bride. Wedding #2 and in Las Vegas.

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Necklaces for the Bride

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Diaper Cake for Co-worker at the Office.

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Beautiful Sky near my Home

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Fruit Pizza for my 57th Birthday

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My brother’s neighbour’s baby calf …. so cute.

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Flowers at my brother’s acreage.

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Young kitten at my brother’s.

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YAY, they installed a fountain in one of the small lakes near my house.

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Front porch for fall.

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Jewellery out for our October Open House – Dear Stella Jewellery

Well it is time to go and take down the Christmas Tree.

I usually keep it up for New Year’s Eve but then I was thinking about time over the next few days … figured better to take it down now.

Then I can get the house back to norm.

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The sign says it all ….. Halloween Day at the Office

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House decorated for Christmas 2014

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Several dozen iced sugar cookies ….. yummy

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Treats made by my friend “S” for Christmas…

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Above my fireplace

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Rudolph and Santa’s Elf above the fireplace.

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Me by the tree on Christmas Eve …. opening gifts. Sure looked tired ……

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Mr. Alvin with one of his Christmas gifts ….

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My favourite thing to take photos of ….. the Christmas tree

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Special ornament from my BF back in Regina ….. he looks so dignified standing at attention.

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Sweet treats at office Halloween Lunch

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Nutcracker Collection

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The little Angels were made by my Mom and my daughter over twenty years ago.

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Our big snowfall of 2014 – early in December.

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Gifts under the tree.

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Oh, how I love taking photos of the tree.

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Ignore the wrinkly hand …. was eyeglass shopping. Bring on the hand cream.

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More gifts.

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Friends brought me coffee from their trip to HAWAII

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This sweet treat arrived in the mail and I so enjoyed them ….. My friend send me a second batch and I still have some to have later.

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Back yard.

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“ME ALVIN” looking out of our temporary bedroom window …. a new place for him to look.

Okay time to go ….. I just could not help myself sharing more photos.

Have a great New Year’s EVE.

If you drink do not drive.

If you drive do not drink.

If you drink stay at home.

If you are out ….. pack a toothbrush and spend the night.

Happy New Year.

I wish only good things for everyone.

Me and Alvin wish you all good health, great joy, much love and laughter and abundance.

HAPPY NEW  YEAR.

We will be snuggling on the sofa and watching movies tonight.

Perhaps having some Bailey’s and coffee as I bought some for Christmas and have not cracked the bottle yet.

Okay I am signing off for now.

Special Hello to: every living being on the planet …. our hope is that you are all safe and warm.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day ……. HAPPY NEW YEAR

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the very first day of January and of the New Year “2014.”

Well we were in bed before midnight.

We did see the ball drop in New York due to the time difference, thank you.

Someone in the neighbourhood lit fireworks so we listened to them but I was too “lazy” to get out of bed to see them.

I read the first chapter of one of Dr. Wayne Dyer’s book “Change your thoughts …. Change your life.”

Good way to end 2013 ….. reading.

I hope that you all had a great New Year’s Eve.

Now we are entering another New Year.

Time to be better people.

We can do it.

Starting today ….. be kind ….. be good …. be generous and be grateful.

Well I am on my way to the store to work a shift.

Should be fun …. I get to say “Happy New Year” ……

Much more fun than “Good Morning or Good Afternoon.”

Thank you for reading my blog.

I am so grateful.

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

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

WELCOME EVERYONE …… TODAY IS TUESDAY, JANUARY 1st, 2013 ……

Can you believe it?  2013.

It sounds like a line from a futuristic movie or a book.

This morning is absolutely gorgeous here in Edmonton.

Alvin and I were out on the deck for a few minutes while the coffee was brewing.

You know picking up the poop and scraping off the ice from the steps to the garage.

You know typical stuff for a dog owner and for living where there is ice and snow.

I had a great night last night.

We, me and Alvin snuggled on the sofa and watched a couple of movies.

My favourite was a movie from last year called “New Year’s Eve” …… it had so many of my favourite actors.

I called my sister back in Regina (they are one hour ahead of us) at 11:15 p.m. Edmonton time and wished them a Happy New Year.

Watched the ball drop in Times Square, New York City.

As the clock hit midnight ( I joined in the Canadian countdown ), and gave Mr. Alvin a little kiss on his cheek.

I think he figures I am just a tad crazy.  Oh well, that’s what you do when it is just you and the puppy dog..

Just a few minutes after Midnight  my daughter called me (hard to believe we were both still awake) to wish us a Happy New Year.

So here we go again ….. another year……full of brightness and promise…..dreams ready to be realized……hearts ready to fall in love.

I hope that on this first day of the New Year that you are enjoying yourself.

I plan to make a list of all the things that I need/want/wish for …… and post it so that I can see it everyday.

Point me in the right direction and one by one each item on the list will come to fruition…. I will make it happen.

 

I wish all of my friends and family a great and wonderful New Year, Happy 2013.

I hope that good health, much love and laughter, abundance, wealth and joy paint your path as you go through each day of this New Year.

In fact, I wish this for all of us ….. we all deserve to be healthy, happy and living in abundance.

So let us make it happen.

 

Happy New Year …… Happy 2013…..

 

Special Hello: to all my readers for without you I am just a writer of words, and with you I am an author.

 

Always, Carol and Alvin ….  🙂

Thought for the day….

WELCOME TO MONDAY, DECEMBER 31st, 2012 …… the last day of 2012 …. NEW YEAR’s EVE.

WOW, truly this year has flown by.

It has been a great year for me and Alvin.

We are healthy, live in a beautiful house and have great family and friends.

We have the perfect life, and each day I am grateful for all that we are and all that we have.

I hope that as the year ends for you that you can reflect with a smile on your face and joy in your heart.

There will always be things that happen during each year that truly are not wonderful whether it is a passing of a family member or a dear friend …. the memories keep them alive in your heart and mind.

I lost some dear friends and family this year and although life will not be the same without them, it was my very great pleasure to have known them, and they made my life all the richer and complete.

We are so blessed to live in a country where peace reigns supreme.

Where for the most part we can walk down our streets undisturbed.

Where we can speak our minds without personal danger or imprisonment.

I hope that on this New Year’s Eve that you stay safe.

If you go out celebrating, please make certain that someone who is not “drinking” drives the car or better yet catch a bus or take a taxi.

BE SAFE and keep those safe around you.

Have fun wherever you go.

Alvin and I will be at home …. curled up on the sofa….. enjoying each other’s company and a movie.

So from our home to yours ….. have the best last day of 2012.

May 2013 be your best year ever and I wish that all of your dreams would come true.

May perfect health, love and laughter, great joy, abundance and wealth surround and keep you in the New Year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!

Always, Carol and Mr. Alvin ……..

Thought for the day…..perhaps the NEW YEAR !!

Well, here we are …. December 31st, 2011 ….. winding down the last few hours of this year.  I wonder where did the time go?  It has been a crazy year for me, Alvin and my family.  Upon reflection, the events of this past year have made through conversations; me realize that yes in fact, I do have something worthwhile to write, and have published into a book.  It has been a dream on mine as you all know …. to be a published writer in my life-time.  I have been writing since I was a child.  There has been many a poem, short story, lyrics for songs and starts to novels …. more than I can say.  But it has been this last year ….. that has really awaken the “writer” in me and made me realize that yes, I have the stuff that is required to be an author.  I love words and love putting them together in whatever form may “hit” me at whatever time.  So with the love and support of family and friends I boldly enter my next chapter …… 2012 will be my biggest and best year ever.  Forgive all the “I’s” ….. but I know it to be true and I believe it to be true….. this is MY YEAR ….. 2012.  I am going to make all of my dreams come true.

Instead of making New Year’s Resolutions ….. I am going to make a few statements, and work on them throughout the year.

1.  Every week I shall endeavour to go though a drawer, box or cupboard …. the HOUSE, and make certain that each and every single item in my house is something that I will continue to use for the next year.  If an item is not being used … it will be given to someone who would value it , sold or recycled.  A portion of any sales will be given to charity.

2.  I will walk with Alvin at least six nights each week.  (every night I will give Alvin a belly rub as has become our nightly ritual)

3.  I shall begin and finish my first book during this year being 2012.

4.  I shall be the best person that I could ever be ….

5.  I shall continue to be a positive energy …. a beaming light …… a grateful human being to all my family and friends and to all that I encounter ….. whether two or four-legged (or perhaps one with a fin)……

6.  I shall remember to laugh each day.

7.  I shall smile for no apparent reason.

8.  That is all …. I was going to write ten things but have decided that seven is enough.

I hope that love, joy, laughter, abundance, perfect health and wealth rain down upon you this day and for the coming year.

May you treasure the moments with yourself and loved ones.

May you smile for no reason and laugh till it hurts.

May you continue to be the best you.

May all your yesterdays highlight your todays, and bring promise to tomorrow.

HAPPY NEW YEAR ….. ONE AND ALL.

Special Hello to:  my family and friends who I could not have sustained any kind of “sanity” this past year….. details to follow in my book ……

Always, Carol

Thought for the day……

Well here it is, December 21st, 2010.

The sun is shining (which is great).

Santa will be here in just a few sleeps. (yes, I have been very good )

Alvin and I are almost ready. (okay, he is ready LOL)

Just a few gifts to wrap.

Baking to be delivered to friends and family.

Some cleaning for company.

Time to sit and share some coffee or hot cocoa with friends and reflect

It has been a wonderful year – a great year.

I am so blessed to be surrounded by awesome people of all ages.

Thank you.

May you all be as blessed as me.

Happy Winter’s Solstice.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year..

Always, Carol

 

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