Living … One day at a time.

Hello, Good MORNING …. still dark outside.

I brought my remaining plant pots out of the garage yesterday afternoon and placed them on the deck.

The remaining flowers mainly SNAPDRAGONS can survive until minus 8 degrees celsius.

I also have some Trailing Verbena and Marigolds.

They made it through the night which dipped to minus 2 degrees celsius.

The colours are still so rich and vibrant.

The next few days are to be sunny for the most part and warm or at least much WARMER than it has been the last couple of days.

Okay photo time.

I love FALL.

The rainbow of colours on the trees.

I love the leaves on the ground getting all nice and crispy.

I love that yellow blanket covering my lawn.

Yesterday morning the sun was shining brightly.

A breeze arose and then the leaves started to rain down.

I did try to capture that moment with my phone hence all the photos that look the same.

But I cannot help myself.

I love FALL.

I love AUTUMN.

I love that my flowers are still blooming.

I have a SCARECROW watching over my garden and yard.

A few photos from inside ….. the GERANIUM is blooming.

Oh, how I love fall.

NOTE:  the flowers by the fence in the second row were taken as I was waiting for the bus yesterday.


Well the checkup went well.

He even cleaned my ears.

I am prone to excess wax building …. isn’t that nice.

It happens.

Went for blood work.

Tomorrow is the Mammogram and dropping off of the STOOL sample (FIT)

to the lab.

Thankfully all within walking distance of my office.

Yup, successful prepared that good old stool sample at 5:30 this morning.

What a wonderful way to begin the day.

Also with the Mammogram (something new for me) …. no coffee (argh), no tea (argh) and no chocolate.

Oh, and no deodorant before the test.

All the best things ….. so I am being a good girl.

The test is the morning coffee at work.

But I will only fill my water bottle or perhaps have some hot water.

Well almost time to leave for work.

I hope that you are having a wonderful day.

If you have not got around to doing your ANNUAL CHECKUP for more than a year ….. do it.

Best thing that you can do for yourself.

If you do not look after yourself …. you know.

It is something you have to do for you.



Happy Wednesday.

Enjoy the leaves and the day.

Kindness and Respect is what we all deserve, each living being, each creature on this planet.


Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 14th day of March, 2014.

Well it has been a scary, heart-pounding, frightening morning for me.

Starting at the beginning you all know that I have had a “mouse” in my house.

A few days ago we caught it in the old-fashioned trap that I set up in a box in the main floor bathroom.

I was so happy and relieved and also cautious. 


Today is my day off from the office so I thought that I would take the opportunity to hit the sofa for some extra zzz’s after I got up at 5:30 to feed Alvin.

Just “90” minutes …..

So I curled up on my comfy sofa and Alvin jumped up beside me only he did not actually “curl up as he usually does.”

Instead he just kept looking toward the kitchen only to jump up and go sniffing …..

At first I just let him go …

Finally when he didn’t come back I stood up on the sofa and turned on the kitchen lights ( my living room and kitchen are all one open space divided by a half wall ).

He kept sniffing by the stove and I didn’t see anything.

So I laid back down.

Left one of the lights on low.

He would come back to the sofa about three more times until he finally got up and started barking by the stove.

I knew something was there.

His nose is never wrong.

So I donned my winter boots and with my long pointy end umbrella in hand I pulled out the oven drawer …… nothing ran out.

So I put the kettle on for my oatmeal and also ran some water to do some dishes that I had left from last night (was boiling eggs and potatoes for potato salad).

The kettle was about to boil and the hot water was running down …..

All of a sudden Alvin ran ….. I heard a commotion and turned to see a mouse and Alvin heading for the back door.

Then to my absolute horror I saw a tail hanging out of Alvin’s mouth.

I screamed and screamed …. lost my breath.

Yelled at Alvin …. he dropped it ….. it ran toward a “swiffer type mop” that I had temporarily stood by the back door.

It moved for a second and then did not.

I yelled at Alvin to stay away and grabbed the phone.

It was about 7:00 a.m. and I called my daughter’s house ….. thank goodness my son-in-law answered.

I very shakily with heart pounding out of my skin told him what happened, and he said he would be right over.

A few minutes later he arrived ….. thank goodness.

He came over and disposed of the mouse.

We removed all of the traps from the main floor and found that the one behind the fridge …. the mouse had popped off the top of it to get at the peanut butter.

Smart little thing.

We moved everything out and I sprayed a disinfectant and cleaned …..

I need COFFEE ….. and oatmeal.


Nothing like something that terrifies you to get you energized or scared half to death …. not sure which at this point.

I was going to return the traps to Canadian Tire but decided they are full of poop as they just ate the peanut butter and left.


The ones that did work were the old fashioned spring loaded ones and of course, the best hunter on the planet, me ALVIN.

So hopefully this is it….. I really need it to be.

I have not found anywhere for entry at this point.

But will keep looking and make certain that I always have lots of treats for me, Alvin …… he will get lots of banana this morning…

So that is my heart racing story for this day.

So grateful for Alvin.

He is quick ……

So grateful that he did not eat him.

Time to fly here.

I hope that you all have a great day.

Special Hello to: everyone for their support throughout this ordeal ….. I would have been okay …. it was seeing the tail in Alvin’s mouse …..

 By the way, I donned disposable gloves and brushed Alvin’s teeth as best that I could.

Breathe, breathe ……


Always, Carol and me, Alvin 


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