Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 12th day of May, 2018.

The sun is up although there appear to be some clouds in the sky as it is not bright as I look out of my office window.

We were up after 5:00 a.m. – thank you Alvin.

Then I set the alarm for 8:00 a.m. – we were up later than usual.

Last night when we went for a walk after our supper which was later than usual.

I did not have leftovers so made supper from scratch and while it was cooking I did some laundry and small chores.

It was really nice out last night.

I made the mistake of somehow thinking that it was cooler than it was and dressed in warmer clothing.

ARGH.

We bumped into many friends along the way.

AS we were visiting with one friend who was out working in her back yard other friends came along.

We joined them for a walk.

They live only two doors away from the woman that we were visiting by her back fence.

It was nice to walk and chat.

Well we had a nice surprise last night as Teddy’s Mom messaged me on FB to see if Teddy could come over today.

She has to work unexpectedly and her husband is going to the farm.

Absolutely, I told her.

Alvin will be most happy to see Teddy as will I.

That little guy is infectious, in a good way.

Also my neighbour called at work to ask if I could check in on Humphrey (the cat) and Cinder (the gecko).

Of course, said I.

I will be going over there shortly to feed Humphrey and check on Cinder.

Humphrey likes to snuggle and look out of the window.

So should open the window while it is cool.

Well as there are things to do here – I should get going.

Nothing wild and crazy.

Which is likely a good thing.

Just so happy it is the weekend and grateful for the amount of work that I accomplished this week at work.

Sometimes working through breaks pays off.

I know that I should not but to be basically caught up is a miracle.

One that makes me happy and less stressed as I go into the weekend.

I also took a couple of extra days off around the long weekend so being in this state will be good.

Otherwise coming back to a stack of work – not so nice.

 

Time to get this show on the road.

I want to go and wash a load of towels.

Get dressed and have breakfast.

Empty the dishwasher, clean the main floor etc. before Teddy arrives.

If time allows perhaps a walk to the park.

 

Looking forward to a nice Saturday.

Special Hello to: YOU, thank you and enjoy this day.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 10th day of February, 2018.

The sun is rising and the sky is clearing and it is WARM outside.

What a great way to begin the weekend.

Just about to get ready to take Alvin for his regular appointment at his Doctor’s and to include his slightly overdue vaccinations.

Somehow or other I missed seeing the reminder card in the mail but noticed it on one of the recent receipts.

So today we have an enjoyable walk and also get him back on track.

Also today I am baking a chocolate cake for my friend’s birthday party tomorrow which I am hosting.

I have to research to find out some ideas for decorations, something easy but unique.

There of course is always laundry and cleaning the toilets.

That is one thing that I could do without …. cleaning out the white porcelain bowl.

Oh well, that is life.

 

Last night the City of Edmonton had their big trucks out in the neighbourhood.

They were valiantly attempting to scrap the streets and sand them.

But of course there were so many people parked on the streets, making that almost impossible.

Doesn’t anyone listen to the radio, news or read signs?

People.

 

Well I hope that this finds you having a perfect Saturday morning.

I am so excited to go for a walk this morning.

It is so nice outside for a change.

Nothing tropical but considerably warmer than usual.

 

Happy Saturday.

Special Hello to: You, of course.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

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

Yay, it is the weekend.

A busy one ahead but it is the weekend, so looking forward to being at home with me Alvin.

We are puppy sitting “Master Teddy” for the day, today.

We are both excited for that lovely energetic ball of fur.

He so so cute and warms our hearts.

Besides doing laundry and the usual suspects like cleaning the bathrooms, I am working on my Christmas projects for my kids.

Time is running out so I must get them done this weekend.

I will get them done.

Both are started and just require me to FOCUS.

Do you ever have times where you know what you need to do and just cannot seem to settle into the task?

Oh my, do I ever.

Procrastination …… yikes.

Well I suppose we all do.

Sometimes snuggling with Alvin is more appealing than working.

Actually most times but that is okay, I am proud to actually be crafting gifts for each of my kids.

It is fun ….. all it takes is an idea.

Big or small and run with it.

Well Teddy will be here (time seems to be going quickly) just before 9:00 am and already it is after 7:30.

Yikes.

Time to start the laundry, have breakfast, make coffee for me and my neighbour, bring my craft projects back downstairs and we should be ready.

I hope that you all have a great day.

Oh, update on my sprained hand – it is feeling much better.

In between all of the madness that surrounds you at this time of year remember to take some time for YOU.

If you do not do this – no one else will.

Happy Saturday.

Last weekend before Christmas …… no actually we have next weekend or at least part of it.

Breathe, crazy woman, just breathe.

Okay we can do this ….. we can.

Happy Saturday.

Whoops, I said that already.

Well, yes, I did.

That is okay.

Long conversation with myself…..

Time to go.

 

Special Hello to: all my fellow bloggers around the world…..

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 5th day of August, 2017.

The sky was sunny earlier but clouds have come rolling in just a little bit.

But inside our house the atmosphere is BRIGHT as my dear sister arrived for a visit last night.

My daughter and I met her at the airport.

We were waiting patiently at the ARRIVALS gate but we did not realize that she was on a small prop plane and they walked in from the tarmac and did not come through the regular arrival gate.

But we did hook up …… so happy she has arrived.

Now the fun can begin …..

We had to sleep in as we were both exhausted after working for the day and then she flew here and of course we were up later.

But time to get this PARTY started.

Sounds like we will have some additional company as my nephew, his wife and three sons will be stopping by at some point.

My nephew will join us on our sibling road trip to see our other brother.

Keeping this short today.

I hope that you all have a wonderful day.

 

Special Hello to: all my fellow bloggers ….

Always, Carol & Alvin

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Thursday, July 20, 2017 and it is the 21st day until my 60th Birthday.

Time is a skipping along.

When I think back over my life thus far I am both happy and sad but mainly overjoyed.

I have really nothing to complain about for my life.

Of course, there have been some incredible lows but without them how would you ever appreciate the highs.

We all deal with losing loved ones well before their time, and I have had more than my share.

But it makes you realize that time is precious and you must live your life; whatever that means for you.

I am quite content with spending quiet time in my home with Alvin – in my house.

Putzing in my yard ….. growing flowers ……

Yes, really, I own my own house.

“I am a homeowner.”

Those are words I only dreamed of saying and to be honest a part of me never really believed would happen.

It was only when I made the decision to retire from a career of 30 years that I realized that it was even a possibility.

I knew it meant if things worked out that I would only semi-retire or take time off and then would go back to work.

I only wish that I was independently wealthy and that would solve so much but at this point in time, I am not quite there.

Have to leave that door open for possibilities.

Because after all anything is possible.

I will leave you with that for today …..

 

P.S.

One thing I wished that I had the house when my daughter was young instead of her growing up in an apartment.

She spent the first 22 years minus 18 months in an apartment.

Perhaps then she could have had a puppy – something she always wanted so badly.

But in adulthood has adopted four …. she made up for lost time.

I guess things always have a way of turning out ….. if you want them to ….

 

Always, Carol

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 6th day of July, 2017.

Hot day ahead and over the few days days projected to be in the 30’s.

Too warm for me.

Thankfully I do not have to work outside in the hot sun.

I wish “cool” thoughts to those who do.

 

Last night on the bus ride home I had a conversation with a young man who is in Canada from Ireland on a work VISA.

I so love the Irish accent.

He is a bricklayer by trade.

Said so hot working outside.

He told me that Ireland has not come back from a recession.

No work or not much so he decided to come to Canada.

Came by himself.

We had a great conversation.

He said there is more to do here than back home.

Ireland he said has only about 3 million people.

Mainly Irish as people do not often immigrate there.

Said it is beautiful there.

I told him of my Irish roots.

Very nice young man.

Made the hot ride from downtown to West Edmonton Mall so much more bearable.

Good company always does …..

 

I was walking down the street heading toward home from the bus last night after work.

When I spotted a beautiful dog off leash going in and out of yards across the street.

I watched him to see if his owner(s) were about and there were no humans to be found.

So I tried to coax him over to see if I could check his tags.

He/She came across the street with me watching for traffic and ready to stop any vehicles.

The dog came across and ran onto a lawn and then up the steps of that house and stood at the door.

I followed him/her but the dog growled at me so I backed off.

He/She was panting so bad as it was mighty hot and I had no idea how long the dog had been outside in the heat.

So I ran to the next door neighbours hoping they were at home.

A man answered the dog and happened to have a similar dog in the house (by coincidence).

He said they had two Golden Retrievers next door but they are never out.

So I finally after a couple of minutes coaxed him to come with me to the house next door.

When we got there the dog was gone.

My heart skipped a beat.

I asked the man if they were at home and then he went to the door and rang the bell.

A woman answered and I relayed my story and she said her dogs were at home and I said “Are you sure?”

She came outside onto the porch.

A dog barked and then came around the corner from the back lane.

The woman recognized the bark and called the dog.

The dog came to the house.

I reminded the woman to give the dog water as “she” was clearly thirsty.

She said that her grandchildren had been over.

I was thinking to myself “So you did not miss this big huge dog?”

No matter – happy ending.

Dog and Human reunited.

She thanked me and I went on my way.

I thanked the man who had helped me.

So happy that it was a happy story.

 

So good conversation on the way home and a rescue.

Great way to end the day after a long day at the office.

 

Special Hello to: Family and Friends.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 6th day of May, 2017.

Another gorgeous morning here in Edmonton.

The sun is shining and the day has more than begun.

Feeling a bit lazy and wanted to stay in bed or actually I had been directed to the sofa BUT Mr. Alvin had something else in mind.

He let out little barks not even barks actually, until I got up.

Alvin will not let me stay in bed past a certain time.

Not sure why.

Well actually part of it is that he likes to lay down on the spot that I was on.

Crazy guy.

But thankfully I am up as I have LOTS to do.

When you are the only one in the household all the chores both inside and outside are yours to do.

Not complaining as it was my choice to buy a house (which I love).

There is always the first couple of weeks getting everything in order outside before it is just maintaining over the summer.

Soon the grass will need to be mowed.

The flower beds need to be watered.

I want to wash down the deck and then put out the furniture.

Wash down the house as well.

Then at some point closer to June purchase some flowers.

There is a small piece of siding at the back of the house that needs to be tacked back down.

Unfortunately it is on the second floor so I need a taller ladder so I will borrow one and get that done.

I have asked to borrow one so will do that over the next couple of weeks.

Just have to wait until I have someone to hold the ladder and to give instructions as I have not repaired siding.

So as a homeowner there is always lots to do.

But it is fun ….. at the end of the day.

It is like most things in life …. sometimes we grumble just a bit during the ride but we are happy when we have arrived.

Right….

Well I must get to it ….. Alvin certainly is not going to change the bedding or start the laundry.

He is good company as I go about my chores.

I hope that you have an awesome Saturday.

I am most grateful that I have a Saturday to have …..

It is a good day to be alive.

It is great to be here, now.

I am looking forward to having the deck covered in flowers.

Also my perennials in the front bed are coming up ….. there be green in that bed.

I am so excited for that …..

Okay, deep breath and get going.

Happy Saturday.

 

Smiling now…..

Special Hello to: my friend “V” back home ……

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 12th day of April, 2017.

The sky is beginning to brighten earlier with each passing day.

Love this time of year.

Thank goodness no DRAMA in our household this morning.

OH my goodness that boy of mine, sometimes.

Somewhere along the way, he went from hiding his chew treats under pillows and in corners, to the snowbanks, to the muddy grass areas of our backyard.

Is this perhaps an age thing?

He is now a Senior according to our Vet.

I guess it is not like he can go out and buy a fancy red sports car.

So instead he DIGS.

Middle age ….. OLD ……

Thank goodness that I am not hiding my chocolate under things, in the snow and in the mud.

Oh well.

That is what life is like living with me Alvin.

He keeps me hopping ….. sometimes hopping mad but only for a short minute and then he brings a big SMILE to my face and to my heart.

We enjoyed a nice walk around our park/lakes.

The sidewalks are almost dried.

Gotta love this guy ….. he is curled up on the little piece of rug that is under my computer chair and under the desk.

Has to be near me at all times.

I do not blame him ……. small giggle …. big SMILE.

Well almost time to leave for work.

I am catching a ride with my neighbour as we are having a baby shower for a co-worker and taking the gift on the bus ….. better in a car, when possible.

I hope that you have a great day.

Remember to smile at whatever life brings you even when you feel like yelling, screaming or pouting.

Happy Wednesday.

Long weekend right around the corner and this Momma is happy for that …….

 

Special Hello to: my daughter, thank you for your love and support in all that I do ……

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 12th day of September, 2016.

Dark outside but not raining.

That is a good sign these days.

We have had a wet summer and appears to be the same going into fall.

Rain is good but we would really like/need some sunshine.

 

Do you ever sit or lay in bed and wonder what other people are doing at this very moment all over the world.

Are they getting ready for work?

Are they writing a blog and wondering if people are reading their words?

Are they sleeping?

Are they sick and wondering if today will be there last day on this earth?

Are they happy?

Are they mad?

Are they jealous?

Are they bad?

What are people thinking and doing?

It boggles the mind.

Truly …..

Are they suffering?

Are they glad?

What are they thinking and where are they going?

Food for thought?

I wonder if someone else on the other side of the earth has these same thoughts?

 

Have an awesome Monday.

Special Hello to: my sister ….. yes SKYPE soon.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 21st day of July, 2016.

What a glorious past couple of days and I am sad that my friend will be going home tomorrow.

We have one more evening and early morning together.

Alvin has grown quite attached, and even Mr. Elton was happy to have a new friend.

You know him he sometimes takes a while to warm up to people.

Last night when I arrived home from work in the rain I opened the door to find my friend standing in the kitchen starting to make buns.

She had arrived to the house a few minutes before that and was making the preparations for the buns.

So lucky me now has fresh cinnamon buns, cheese buns and regular buns.

How grateful, and happy for those treats am I.

It was another fast paced evening between the kids coming for Elton, watching over my “Cinder” (neighbour’s pet), making supper, we walked, the buns, of course, visiting, clean-up and visiting.

The minutes just zipped by.

It was another 11:30 night but I am so happy to have had this opportunity.

She is such a great person and friend.

Alvin is so smitten with her ….. he lays beside her in the protection pose.

So cute.

He is wondering this morning as she is still in bed as there is no reason for her to be up and out at this crazy early time.

The air is so humid.

So humid in fact that by the time I leave the house my eyebrows have come off.

Okay shall I explain.

Everyone knows as you get older you hair lightens and finally turns white or grey.

Well mine have lightened a LOT.

So I have befriended an eyebrow pencil.

I have been using them for years just to add a bit more depth and colour.

Well now I really need that good old pencil.

So I had better check them out as I fear they have melted in this humidity.

Well almost time to pack my lunch into my back pack and head out to work.

Almost the end.

This weekend marks the beginning of K-Days (big city fair).

We are having a pancake breakfast at work tomorrow morning so that will be nice.

Short day as we close so that everyone can take in the parade.

Busy weekend ahead with Open House for Steeped Tea at my neighbours, garage sale in my garage for a friend, my Tea Tasting on Sunday.

Time to go here.

I hope that you have an amazing Thursday.

Special Hello to: all those people visiting friends and family – we thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

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