Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

We actually had sunshine, clear blue skies yesterday for the first time in days.

I hope that this means that the forest/wild fires to the north of Edmonton are perhaps lessened.

But more than likely it is because the wind changed.

Yesterday was quite warm.

I brought Humphrey the cat over to spend the day with me and Alvin.

Again they never cease to amaze me.

Sharing the space.

I felt bad taking Alvin for a walk last night as I know how much Humphrey likes to walk sniffing as he goes.

But he was in the backyard for time over the course of the day.

He is quite the cat.

We walked at 7:00 p.m. thinking it was cooler than earlier but only to find out it was still quite warm.

Thankfully I always carry Alvin’s special water bottle/dish with us.

We did not see the geese who were probably near or in the water keeping cool.

In between things yesterday I even left them for a short time while I headed to the grocery store.

Seemed strange but they did great.

 

Today is Sunday.

Love Sundays.

Pancake breakfast.

Oh, I forgot to grab the frozen blueberries out of the freezer.

Will have to do that right away.

Also going over to pick up Humphrey the Cat (have to make sure that he did his morning ritual before he comes over to spend the day).

Cinder the Gekko has to be fed.

I wished that I could bring her over to my house, too.

Also am going to give Alvin a trim and a bath.

That should be fun.

We always enjoy those, not.

 

Well in this very moment; I am gleefully happy.

Feel great.

Sitting at the computer clicking away on the keys while Alvin waits outside the office door.

Not sure why ….

I think he knows that his friend will be here shortly.

Spending the day with animals is wonderful.

They warm your heart.

 

Well time to go and look after my charges: Humphrey the Cat and Cinder the Gekko.

I love my life.

It would be great to be retired with no mortgage and spend my days writing stories and looking after our four-legged creatures.

Alvin, Teddy, Humphrey and Cinder.

Perhaps others from time to time.

 

Okay, Living … One day at a time …. you never know what will happen.

Does not hurt to look forward a bit as long as do not dwell.

 

Happy Sunday.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 19th day of July, 2018.

What a gorgeous morning.

Alvin and I went for a walk at 5:15 this morning.

The birds serenaded us as we walk around our ponds – park area.

The fountain was silent as they turn it off at night.

So no water falling.

Robins hopping along looking for breakfast.

We did receive a shower in the early morning hours which helped to cool the HOT MUGGY air and give the plants, trees and flowers some extra moisture.

Our house is WARM.

I have the windows open, the electric fan and the furnace fan ALL going but it remains warm.

Not as cool in here this morning as it was yesterday morning.

Accumulated heat?

Luckily it is not to be as hot today.

The sky is that beautiful pale blue with a few morning clouds floating around.

The sun is shining brightly already high in the sky.

I captured a couple of photos of cool cloud formations last night.

Those stiff WHITE ones, the ones that look as though they mean business.

Something coming.

You know the ones.

 

Well it is almost time to go to work.

I need to go and make sure that I can have the house as cool for Mr. Alvin as possible.

Leaving the bathroom door open on the main floor as it is always cooler in there.

Always good idea at this time of year as it is on the inside wall – in event of a storm.

 

I hope that you are enjoying your July …..

I can hear the crows cawing, cawing ….

Have an awesome Thursday.

 

Special Hello to: my sister … not long now.

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 23rd day of May, 2018.

I started to key/type Tuesday the 22nd day of May, 2018 before I realized that it was mid week already.

WOW, when Monday is a stat holiday and you take Tuesday as a vacation day, the week really goes by quickly.

Yesterday we went for a walk bright and early (for us) before it got too warm.

Chatted with my sister a couple of times via FB messenger, which was nice.

We really had a quiet day and enjoyed my last day of vacation.

Back to work today.

But what a short week.

Can only imagine what it would be like to be home all of the time, retired.

Getting up when you chose to.

Taking on whatever projects you wanted to as money and time were not an object.

Does everything always boil down to time and or money?

Most of the time unfortunately it does.

But the choices we make bring us to the places of arrival.

The bright blue sky of a few minutes ago on the north side of the house has diminished somewhat due to some cloud cover at the south side of the house.

What a difference a few feet can make.

I have the windows open and you can hear the roar of vehicles on the nearby highway as folks travel to and from work.

Today is to be plus 30 degrees celsius.

 

So on this Wednesday I am going to continue to dream.

I dream of the day when I will retire.

Sleeping in if I wish.

Taking on whatever projects I wish as I will have more time.

But not to lose sight of today and making the most of each second, minute and hour.

 

Well here it is almost time to leave for work.

I hope that you all had a great long weekend.

Happy Wednesday.

 

Special Hello to:  my sister.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 20th day of September, 2017.

Well another rainy dark morning here in Edmonton.

I caved after work and turned on the HEAT.

After hearing that during the day we had a SNOW RAIN mix (it did not stay), I felt so sorry for Mr. Alvin.

Home in the dark with no heat.

I know that he has a fur coat but just the same ….. he needed some heat.

So it is the first warm morning in the house for awhile.

Sure was nice having a shower without freezing before the warm hit me body.

Too much information …… sorry.

 

According to the weather channel this is our reality for a few days.

Rain and more rain.

Low temperatures.

Hopefully I will be able to dig out the flowers once the sun comes out.

If it freezes it will make it almost impossible until spring.

Oh well.

I guess I should have paid closer attention to the forecast.

I just could not bear to clean out the pots when the flowers were still somewhat green and the flowers were blooming.

Some of the snapdragons were so pretty that I picked them Monday night and am glad that I did.

Perhaps once this wet cool snap passes we shall have a nice long warm fall.

That would be nice.

Well almost time to hit the road.

Extra layers and shoes that lace up.

Umbrella, of course.

Cannot leave home without it.

 

Have an awesome Wednesday.

Special Hello to: my sister ……

Always, Carol & Alvin

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Thursday, July 27, 2017 and it is the 14th day until my 60th Birthday.

Well as I am gearing up for the big day – I am wondering what would be appropriate or good to post today.

Quite frankly, I am running out of thoughts to share.

Maybe it has been the heat, I do not know but please forgive me on this day …..

I will share a couple of photos that make me feel relaxed and calm.

To you on this day.

May you have a wonderful, stress free, joyful day.

 

Is it wrong to post a bowl of cookies here?

But honestly they do make me feel joyful, less stressed and calm (oddly enough).

Always, Carol

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 27th day of July, 2017.

Well I will say one thing ….. as much as I do enjoy summer …. when the temperatures rise over about 22 degrees …. it is too much for me.

Yesterday it was over 28 degrees celsius in the City which really feels warmer.

Today is supposed to be 30 …… makes me wish that I had gotten my air conditioning serviced sooner.

Oh well ….. I make sure that Mr. Alvin is comfortable in the house while I am at work.

I am drained …… looking forward to a little bit cooler temperatures but do not wish to complain about the warmer weather as it will be w–t– soon.

We walked last night with our walking companions but really we should have stayed home – too warm for us.

I really feel the heat and am thinking that my supper was not an appropriate choice either.

Oh well ….. moving on.

 

So as my brain is drained and it is early morning which is not likely a good sign …. to start the day…

Oh well, such as life.

Time to get this boat on the river …..

Have an awesome Thursday.

 

Special Hello to:  All my friends who are placed all over the world.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 10th day of July, 2017.

We had a hot Sunday here in Edmonton.

Wow, second day in a row that Alvin has not woke up before me.

Either is the heat or the fan.

We had an early start yesterday and accomplished so much before 8:30 a.m.

Even though we had a walk earlier in the morning – we went again about 11:00 a.m. with our friends.

It was very humid.

Our house was hot except for by the fan so we just had a relaxing afternoon and even had a NAP.

Yes, we did.

Thankfully it is going to be cooler for the next couple of days.

So happy for that.

Thoughts and prayers with the people of British Columbia where fires are raging out of control and the province has issued a State of Emergency.

In this situations it is all of the wildlife and poor animals that are not able to get away from the fires that I worry about the most.

 

Special Hello to: my family and friends in B.C.  – keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.  Be safe.  I am praying for rain.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 6th day of September, 2016.

The long weekend is over and it is back to work for me and many others.

It would appear that it rained overnight.

I thought that I heard it rain last night.

Well it was an extremely productive weekend for me.

I accomplished everything from laundry to mowing the front and back lawn to defrosting the fridge to picking up trash in the neighbourhood.

Busy but good.

It was nice to have so much time with Alvin, too.

After waking up to cool temperatures in the house and it not climbing after several hours, I broke down and turned on the heat.

With the temperatures being the mid teens this weeks it would have been too cool for the boy.

During the self imposed break from writing I did not plan on where I wanted to go from here.

So it will just evolve over time.

I guess that is a decision that I must make.

I am debating whether or not to catch the earlier bus this morning.

My regular time is back on the schedule.

Back on schedule because the kids are back to school and they added more times to the routes.

YAY.

It will be good in the winter when the bus is usually running a few minutes late.

I do not want to be late for work.

It leaves every 15 minutes so I have wiggle room.

 

I was inspired to write more poetry so that is for certain.

Something that can be done anywhere ….

Just have to have a pen and paper with me.

I hope that you had a great weekend.

Time to go and finish getting ready.

Thank you for reading this post and my blog.

 

Special Hello to: all my friends and family.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 12th day of May, 2016.

The sun is coming up and it was cool overnight.

Last night I broke down and turned the furnace on/up ……

Sweater and socks worked for me but poor Mr. Alvin not so much.

After consulting the weather channel I decided it deemed turning the heat back on/up.

Not worth shivering all the time.

I noticed almost seconds after I turned on the heat that my skin started to feel dryer and I immediately felt stuffed up.

Definitely need to check the furnace filter – consult the calendar and see when due for a cleaning.

I have an environmentally safe one so all I do is wash it with soap and water.

Works great.

I think Alvin is happier that the heat is on although he did snuggled under a corner of the sheet last night and right up beside me as always.

He is my guy for sure.

Pleased to report that our beloved Elton is doing well.

He always seems to perk up when my daughter arrives home.

But all things considered he is doing great and they/we are waiting to hear the latest test results.

Well here we go again time to leave for work, really how does that happen?

It feels like I just got home from work and now going back.

Last night it was almost 7:30 before I finished having supper and cleaning up closer to 8:00 p.m.

Normally we start heading up to bed just after 8:30 p.m.

The night just seemed to evaporate.

Well as the sun shines and glistens on the neighbourhood garage windows, I shall sign off.

I hope that you have an awesome Thursday.

Special Hello to: my fellow bloggers … keep up the good work.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 26th day of February, 2016.

I feel as though I have missed a day and I guess I have, at that.

On Tuesday evening when I was getting into bed …. as I leaned to turn off the light and fall back onto the bed ….. I pulled/strained a neck muscle.

I could tell straight away ….. it was very painful.

All that night I struggled with getting comfortable, and with sleep.

The next morning which was Wednesday …. I got up and ready (hot shower helped), and went to work.

It was painful and even making me feel nauseous ….. I got some pain relief from a friend at work.

So it was manageable for the rest of the day.

That evening once the pain relief had worked off …. back again.

I did the heat on my neck and that helped.

So yesterday Thursday I stayed at home ….. resting it ….. applying heat.

Finally today it feels so much better, I can go back to work ….

So in essence I missed a day ….. a day with you.

I hope that everyone is doing well.

So happy to get back to normal.

Makes me so grateful to be healthy once again.

We often too many times take for granted good health.

Having something wrong as minor as it was ….. it is great to get back to the usual routine.

I think that Alvin like having me at home ….. he enjoyed being outside off and on during the course of the day.

My daughter came after work bringing supper and then taking me for groceries.

So thoughtful she is ……

Well I guess it is almost time to pack up and get ready to leave for the bus …..

Another gorgeous morning ….

We are so blessed.

Have an awesome day ….

So glad to be back.

Special Hello to:  YOU ALL ….. Have the best day ever!

Always, Carol and Alvin

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