Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Well it is Saturday …. made it to the weekend.

I can hear the hum of the cars and trucks as they make their way along the highway that runs a few blocks away from my house.

The office window is open just a bit to let in some fresh cool Saturday morning air.

I am grateful as always to have the option to open a window and to be able to smell and feel that tinge of coolness as it lights upon my face and body.

There is a bit of a breeze and the sky is dotted with clouds.

Welcome to Saturday morning.

 

Alvin and I were up earlier and hit the sofa for some extra zzz’s as we were up late.

We have his regular Doctor appointment this morning.

His not so favourite thing …. getting his nails trimmed.

He will be surrounded with people who love him.

 

I also found out this morning that a family back home lost their beloved Jersey, who was 16.

Their four-legged baby.

She filled their lives with great joy and hers with theirs.

Jersey lived her life to the fullest until she could not.

The love was honest and genuine and there is not much more one could ask for …..

You will be missed darling Jersey.

 

On this Saturday morning may you be surrounded with love and joy.

May laughter be a constant companion.

Spread kindness and respect everywhere.

 

Happy Saturday Everyone.

The sun is clearing the clouds.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 1st day of May, 2019.

A brand new month.

Our morning was greeted with fresh white snow gently falling from the sky.

The streets are wet but the lawns, decks, rooftops are all covered with a blanket of snow.

A spring storm.

Moisture it is and we are grateful.

 

Last night after our walk and supper and dishes were done.

We were surprised by an unexpected visit from Alvin’s BF Teddy and his Mom.

She brought Alvin some beef treats for another day or two or three.

They always bring joy to our house.

Thank you Teddy and his Mom.

 

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On this morning please take the time to hold in your thoughts and hearts your loved ones.

Life is precious.

Often times, more often than not, we take our family and friends for granted.

Send out positive energy to each and every one you hold dear.

Perhaps if we all did this …. the planet would be healed.

Be kind to all those souls that you meet and greet each and every day as you know not their stories.

Visualize everyone living in good health.

Visualize everyone laughing and enjoying life.

Visualize parents and their children and their children living their lives growing old together.

Visualize this moment and hold it dear.

I hope that you all have a wonderful Wednesday.

May joy surround you and envelope you always and forever.

May this day be full of healing and love.

May life continue to amaze and surprise us.

 

Special Hello to:  everyone needing extra help on this day ….. sending positive healthy energy to you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 24th day of February, 2017.

It is snowing lightly those every so tiny small balls ….

I noticed that the temperature dropped last night.

Still well within the parameters of a Western Canada Winter.

Spring is on the way and that is good.

With every passing day it brings us one day closer.

With all of the beautiful weather caught in between the normal coldness of our winter it has shorten the time.

Today is the last work day for me this week.

I am excited for another weekend.

Alvin has his regular Vet visit …. pedicure and stuff.

Also I will be finishing my canvassing for the Heart & Stroke Fund this weekend.

In between groceries, cleaning the house and laundry.

If it snows more then there will be shovelling.

Just a regular weekend ….

 

If we work on spreading the kindness the result will be more love and joy.

Sneak in some laughter along the way and you have the perfect recipe for a good life.

 

Happy Friday.

Special Hello to: YOU, my friend.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 29th day of December, 2016.

It is almost 8:00 a.m. and I can just see to the far southeast the sunrise.

Really looks cool as the rest of the sky is dark blue, looking like rain clouds.

Turning my head and trying to see to the east I see more of the sunrise.

I look forward to the time when the sunrise earlier.

Somedays it is difficult to get yourself up and about when it is dark outside.

Always different when you have to go to work but when you are on vacation, man it is hard.

I guess it doesn’t matter as I do not have things planned but then a pang of guilt washes over me thinking that I could have done / should have done more.

Oh well.

Today the Christmas Tree and Decorations come down.

Big job ….. it is time.

I enjoyed the tree and the lights one last time for 2016 last night.

I love starring into the tree catching the reflection of the lights on the ornaments.

As 2016 winds down I can only imagine what 2017 will bring.

I wish only good health, much joy and abundance for all.

The perfect year.

I think that is what 2017 will be …. the perfect year.

Time to reflect over a year almost over.

I hope that you have a great Thursday.

Special Hello to: all my fellow bloggers …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 24th day of December, 2016.

No more sleeps this is Christmas Eve.

Today is the day.

So glad that today is Christmas.

We are pretty much ready.

Just a few housekeeping last minute items.

Last minute dust job and vacuum and such.

It snowed last night so of course there is shovelling on my list before my company arrives.

With any lucky no more will fall before the company arrives.

 

As Alvin and I put on the final preparations for this Christmas we remember how different our Christmas will be without our beloved Penny and Elton.

We spent so many Christmases together, and they will forever remain in a special place in our hearts.

I would like to share a few photos of our special fur-babies as we think of them this Christmas.

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Christmas 2015 – Miss Penny Lane Hobbs

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Christmas 2015 – Elton John Hobbs and Penny Lane Hobbs

Miss Penny, again she is quite the model....

Miss Penny, again she is quite the model….

Alvin and Penny .....

Alvin and Penny ….. he misses her…..

Ah, Miss Penny a few years back

Ah, Miss Penny a few years back

Ah, my puppies ..... Elton and Penny

Ah, my puppies ….. Elton and Penny.

 

Even though we lost our dearest Elton and Penny this last year and our hearts are aching for them, we think of all those other families who are struggling with loss this Christmas.

May their memories warm your hearts, and keep the conversation alive now and forever.

This Christmas we have additions to our family.

It will mean new traditions and more stories.

We will share with them our old stories and life will go on.

 

So on this Christmas ….

May you live your life with some “wreck-less abandon.”

Remember to be kind and generous.

Remember to be grateful …. always a good place to start.

May Santa bring you that special gift that makes you giggle with joy.

That would bring a smile to my face and more warmth to my heart.

Happy Christmas.

Special Hello to: all my family and friends, near and far, we are thinking of you and wish you were here or we were there.

With Love Always, Carol and Alvin

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Fall 2016 me and me Alvin …..

Merry Christmas To All and To All a GREAT NIGHT.

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 7th day of April, 2016.

This second is pure joy and is now gone but we have the next second and the next second.

Wow one week into April 2016.

This morning my daughter and son-in-law are bringing over Elton so that he can spend the day with Alvin.

I get a ride to work and both our babies have company for the day.

I am going to share a couple of short poems I write back in 1974 ….. sounds like a song.

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Look at our mascot !

He is depressed.

‘Cause we’ve just had exams and

Are not at our best.

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Life bring excitement.

Life bring change.

Life brings cold and arthritic pain.

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I also wrote for our school paper.

Out of the  mind of a 17 year old from 1974

Both written by Carol Mills (back then).

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I hope that you have an awesome day.

Try something new on this fantastic Thursday.

I will if you will.

See you back here tomorrow.

Thanks for reading.

Special Hello to: my family and friends all over this beautiful Earth of ours.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 4th day of September, 2015.

Well it has been raining overnight and I totally slept through it.  YAY.

We could use the moisture but if the farmers have not finished harvesting the rain will be a stop.

This is our long weekend …. Labour Day weekend.

My friend “P” is already in Edmonton and another friend’s house.

Tomorrow she arrives here.

I am so excited ……

I have known P for over 30 years.

We have share joy and sorrow.

She is a good person.

We are having the grand-puppies spend the day and evening with us as Mom and Dad have a birthday party tonight.

So we will have them visiting.

Happy for Alvin to have the company.

Well I am running late as I just had to take another 15 minutes on the sofa.

Need coffee this morning for sure.

I will get a ride to work this morning.  NICE.

Wishing you safe travels and a great weekend.

Special Hello to:  P……. and Happy Birthday to nephew “E” …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 29th day of July, 2015.

Third last day of July, 2015 ….. so excited for August.

The sun is shining so brightly ….. there is a breeze ….. it is wonderful.

I am so grateful to be here now.

I am in the perfect place at the perfect time.

Yesterday while I was at work one of my friends who was on her last day of vacation came to the house.

She gave Alvin a treat …. let him outside ….. then took him for a nice long walk.

We are so blessed to have “S” as our friend and neighbour.

We are surrounded by great people and I am eternally grateful.

Well it is almost time to get downstairs and grab my lunch and umbrella (just in case) and head to the bus.

I treasure these mornings as they are perfect weather wise.

The roses that line the walk way are perfection and the fragrance should be bottled.

Oh what a lucky lady / woman I am.

Only two more sleeps till the big SIBLING weekend ….

I wish you so much joy this day.

May your day be filled with laughter.

May your day be filled with love.

May you have the perfect day.

Special Hello to: all the siblings out there ….. get together ….. you are special to each other.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 27th day of May, 2015.

Another gorgeous morning here in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

I am so reminded of life’s simple pleasures this morning.

As I sat at the kitchen table and looked onto the deck at all the flowers I had planted.

The colours melted my heart and brought me joy.

A bit later Mr. Alvin was out on the deck doing his Al thing …. walking about.

At one point I was looking out at him and he was looking back at me with his head peering over the top of a flower pot.

Writing in my gratitude journal each morning … I have so much to be thankful for …..

It is these things that bring me joy ….

It is these things that make me happy …..

It is the simple things in life ….

Not complicated ……

Just a moment when simple beauty actually seems to stop time ….

It has been one of those mornings.

Somedays one may think that oh I don’t have a car or perhaps I do not travel.

But it was just over one half hour ago that I was reminded that I truly have more than I need.

I am happy …..

I pass this onto you ….

Take a look around ….. it is  most likely that you have much more than you think to be thankful for and that you are surrounded by joy and happiness ….. do not make it complicated …… for it is simple ….. it just is.

Time to get on my way …..

Happy Wednesday ….

Special Hello to: my friends back in Regina ….. have a wonderful day.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 13th day of April, 2015.

Wow, almost halfway through the month of April.

What a life altering month thus far for me.

It has been a thoroughly enjoyable weekend at home.

You could not wipe the smile from my face or the joy from my heart.

I truly love being at home in my house with Alvin and my family.

The kids are packing up as they move into their new house this coming Thursday.

Excitement – galore.

I can hardly wait to see their new digs.

So exciting.

We will miss them but once again we open to a new chapter of our lives.

I am only at the office Monday and Tuesday this week as I am home to help with the move.

It is exciting to be at home for five days in a row.

Alvin and I will have to get used to a new routine for the two of us.

But we are looking forward to it …. well at least I am…..for the most part.

Wishing you a happy Monday.

May you have joy in your heart and happiness on your face.

Special Hello to: my friends and family.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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