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Good Morning All! How are you this morning? Alvin and I are doing well. Bed about 10:00 pm last night and the first time Al woke up was 4:00 am. So that was great. Looks like there are some clouds looming in the morning sky as the sun rises. So it is Sunday. We have a walked planned this afternoon with our friend Pauline. Yesterday we had a lovely walk and did our whole walk. I think it had to have been at least 20 degrees celsius. It was great. I did laundry all day which seems strange for one person but then I did not start until about 10:00 a.m. Also I got sidetracked and ended up cleaning out and changing up some of my kitchen drawers. Emptying the junk drawers (yup, I will own up to it I had about four drawers that held miscellaneous items). So I moved my kitchen towels to the larger bottom drawer. I had a drawer filled with tools of all kinds so I decided to get one of my three tool chests from the garage and empty one into the other two and bring it into the house. Now all of my tools including a hammer from the garage are in one tool chest. I was shocked to find out that I have three heavy duty measuring tapes. Not sure how that happened. Anyway I can measure everything. The remaining drawers had a mixture of recipes, papers, office supplies, and a multitude of other items. The top of the kitchen counters were slowly driving me mad. You know what I mean. Suddenly you go from a couple of items on the counter to having a good portion of that real estate covered with kitchen gadgets and other things. I had some medications and things for Alvin taking up space on the counter so I put them in a drawer. Lots of things were put in the garbage, recycling and a box for giveaways. At the end it looks a lot better but I still want to declutter more.

My plants in the kitchen are slowly taking over the once open and bright bay window. They love the light and are growing like there is no tomorrow. I had a bright idea to move the largest plant upstairs to the guest bedroom and had to rearrange things but it looks great. Nothing like a large plant to change the ambiance of a space. I also opened the blinds so that it could get that beautiful southern exposure light. Certainly helps that two of my three bedrooms face south as well as the kitchen. My office has one desktop filled with plants. With the largest of the plants moved from the kitchen it brightens up the space and does not make me feel claustrophobic.

I did some things that I had not planned to do but definitely glad that I did. In between I cleaned the bathrooms and vacuumed. It was a busy day but so rewarding.

Yesterday I was thinking and planning Christmas gifts. I did wish that I had started a “gift book” years ago and every gift that I gave to someone, wrote it down. Because you reach a point where you forget what you gave people and I certainly do not want to duplicate a gift. I usually write the gifts down sometimes in my Christmas card book but not always. So this year I am going to grab a new notebook and start a gift book where I will write the names of my friends and family members that I gift gifts on a regular basis and every time I give them a gift, I shall enter it in the book. Then I will know. Also in this book you could write down everyone’s favourite colours, what they like and do not like, sizes, if they read, like to eat out, etc. I think I need a huge book. You can also write their birthdate beside their name. So many ideas are running through my mind. Hopefully if you are struggling with any of the things I have mentioned – I will have given you some ideas.

I would hope that at age 64, I would have some good ideas. Right, lol.

Well I had better get downstairs to the boy. He has been pretty good but I think I can hear him starting to squawk.

Oh, I am so excited as I caught a glimpse of the Pioneer Woman t.v. show yesterday morning and she was making all sorts of things in sheet pans (cookie sheets). One of the things that she made was pancakes. It was so much easier than cooking them individually and way faster. So this morning I am going to try making my pancake recipe in the oven on a cookie sheet/pan. Wish me luck.

Yesterday was a good day for ideas!

I am looking forward to a mug of coffee before the pancakes.

Wishing you a wonderful day.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, understanding, love, laughter and gratitude.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Sometimes you just need a bit of cuteness to start your day. Mr. Alvin at one of his laser therapy sessions.

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 3rd day of October, 2015.

It is overcast and windy here in Edmonton.

Just a few minutes ago my cousin left for home.

We had a wonderful evening.

Short but so great.

I was reminded over the course of the evening and this morning on how much I miss our conversations.

She is such a well read and good thinking person.

With common sense and logic.

I have always valued our talks and have learned so much from her.

Sometimes in our everyday lives we forget the importance of good conversations.

You know the proper exchange of information and opinion.

No one being right.

No one being wrong.

Just good talk ….

There are no words to express how much I needed that conversation at this point in my life.

In today’s world we read what is posted on multi-media, and then react.

Sometimes it is a positive experience and sometimes, less than.

I like the back and forth ….. the “Ying” and “Yang” of conversation.

Now, I know as I love to write that we express in words both our feelings and opinions otherwise there would not be books.

But somehow the art of conversation seems to have gone by the wayside.

Or at least to what I have noticed.

So many people have cell phones and are busy checking info on the internet, posting on FB and such.

To talk face to face or hold a conversation has become “old school.”

Much like letter writing……

Okay I am definitely showing my age.

I just wanted to share my recent experience and to remind us all about how important it is to just talk.

So maybe on this Saturday you go and see your Grandmother or your Dad or a neighbour ….. have a cup of tea or coffee and just chat ….. about the world, about your flowers, about conversation.

Thank you cousin for bringing me some good information and breathing some fresh ideas into my conversation, and helping me to remember …. we are all humans living on this planet and all we want is to LIVE.

Sometimes a visit is so much more than just a visit.

This was the case.

I am so grateful to my cousin “J” …..

I feel my old self again …… by the way the play was well done, and having a late supper (after the play) and chatting till 2 a.m. priceless.  By the way it was super cool to be at the opening night for the 50th Anniversary of the Citadel.

Thank you.

On a fun note:  Alvin went for a sleepover to his sister’s house …… oh, how I miss my boy…..he, as does his sister, brings me great joy and appreciation for life.

Happy Saturday ……. Enjoy.

Special Hello: to my cousin “J” …. safe trip home and thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 29th day of October, 2014.

Wow another glorious fall / autumn day.

Only two more sleeps until Halloween.

Still haven’t decided what to wear ….. I will dress up for the office and then change before heading to the store.

Always fun …..  any ideas???

Last night I had an update on my nephew, and he seems to be making some progress although still not out of coma.

My daughter and I are going up to the hospital this evening after work.

When I write on my blog in the mornings it is with careful eyes watching me, “ALVIN’S, of course.”

He always makes certain that he can see me …. when I am at home seldom am I out of his sight.

Even as human beings we like to have our space from our loved ones.

It appears not to be the case with this puppy “dog.”

He is definitely a “Momma’s Boy” and at home he goes from room to room with me.

There is a bond between me and Alvin that is strong as iron ….. I do not remember nor do I wish to remember what life was like before he entered my life.

I am so grateful for being in great health, for having employment, to have my bills paid every month, to have lots of food in the house, to be surrounded by loving family and friends, for telephones ( the ones that are portable but do not fit into your pocket), for time and energy.

So on this day I wish you grace and purpose, joy,abundance and love.

Keep dreaming and bring your dreams one step closer to fruition.

Special Hello to: family and friends

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Last night as I laid down to sleep …… I thought of something great to relate to you this morning on my blog.

But alas, my memory seems to be on “slow recall” and those favoured thoughts have faded somewhere in between going to sleep and my dreams.

I know that I was dreaming ….. but of what !!!

I do keep a pen and notebook in my night table.

So the thought for this day is …… when you are going to sleep and get a grand idea for the next day or whenever ….. WRITE IT DOWN.

Sometimes depending on memory when you are going to sleep can be ….. well you get the picture……

I truly wished that I could pull those grand thoughts to the forefront of my memory ….. use some magic trick to bring them forward.

Oh well, no use “going on about such things” …..

I hope that you have a blessed and grand FRIDAY.

May you receive something special ….. today…..just for you……something that you have been wishing for …. for a long time…..

Happy Friday….

Keep your thoughts good …. because your thoughts do become the things of your life.

I know this for sure…..

 

Always, Carol

 

P.S. Both Alvin and I slept until the alarm clock went off …… oh, I didn’t count the time that I got up (around 3:00 a.m.) to go to the little girl’s room.  LOL

Perhaps that was sharing too much.  But as you get older …. it happens….. O Happy Days…….

Thought for the day……

I am so excited about 2011.  Lots of ideas are floating around my head …… just have to grab them and get to work.

So the thought for this day is ……. take a chance……..you are a being of perfection …… you can do anything you chose…..

Remember to dream and go for it…….

Have a great 2011 ……. smile it is catching……..  🙂

Always, Carol

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