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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Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Welcome to Tuesday morning.

At first I was thinking that perhaps the forecast was off for today but I see now that the sun is beginning to rise.

Was overcast for a bit.

Clearing a bit now but also could be smoke from the fires up north.

RAIN would be good.

 

Well I am feeling better but had to take something for the headache that I woke up to/with.

Some years I am bothered by allergies and other years not so much.

Thankfully it is usually not so much.

 

In this moment, Alvin is snuggled up on his little blanket bed beside my chair.

Catching a few zzz’s.

So cute

 

Yesterday, late in the afternoon we managed to get out for a walk.

I was so happy to see the adult geese with the baby goslings out swimming on the water.

They were closer to shore but I did catch a nice glimpse of them all.

That was at the beginning of our walk and on the return we saw them on the grass by the trees near the entrance to the park.

Lucky us.

Baby geese, goslings are so fluffy and cute.

Won’t be long and the fluff will be replaced by feathers.

They grow up so fast.

 

Do you ever wake up in the morning at the point in an odd dream?

Something that really makes no sense?

With people that you seldom if ever, see?

That was my morning dream.

We as per usual hit the sofa about 4:30 for about 40 minutes of extra sleep and I started to dream.

Part of the situation could have been related to our current circumstances at work.

Very odd.

 

This morning I am catching the bus to work as the carpool has appointments today.

Always seems strange catching the bus now that I carpool for the most part.

Will be catching the bus for a couple of weeks in June when she is on vacation.

 

Everyday I am grateful for good health, supportive and wonderful family and friends including Mr. Alvin, laughter, my home and to be employed.

Filling each day with gratitude is a must.

Positive energy and good will keep the world turning.

 

Well I guess ….. I see a nice walk to the bus stop this morning.

Mr. Alvin …. time to get up …..

 

Be kind to yourself and to others …. live each day to the fullest.

Be in the moment.

You cannot change the past, the future mainly depends on what happens today.

So live in the moment …. Living … one day at a time.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 12th day of March, 2019.

TODAY is the BIRTHDAY of A VERY SPECIAL YOUNG WOMAN.

That woman is my beautiful daughter, Amanda.

I cannot believe that she is thirty-nine years old today.

Seems like only yesterday that she was born.

Her birth was the best gift that I have ever received.

 

I want to share my post from June 22, 2010 – A day with my girl.

As I believe everyone that knows me, knows how much I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE spending time with my daughter Amanda.  She is the best person that I know.  Kind, warm and generous.  We love to be together.  This past weekend we did a couple of things that we absolutely love to do.  First thing was shopping, followed by an adventure, and ending with viewing show homes.  I must say it was the best Saturday.

We started out by going to Shoppers (okay a free plug).  They have the best rewards program going.  It is so nice to get free stuff after spending your “hard earned” cash.  Stopped by another favourite place of ours, and that is STARBUCKS.  We like to go to our local Starbucks,  sit in and enjoy our favourite blend while we are out shopping.  This time we picked up coffees, and were on our way to check out a possible “nursery” in the country not far from where we live.

We first found a place that sells shrubs, trees and rock but no flowers.  There was a kindly employee there that pointed us in the right direction.  Not far away, we found this awesome flower place.  The best part other than all of the beautiful flowers – okay perhaps there are a few things GREAT about this place.  First off, it is a short, easy drive from our homes. Secondly, it is in the country and is so pretty.  Third, they have more than just flowers and soil.  They have stuff.  All sorts of stuff.  They sell jewellery, crafts and too many things to mention.  For those people living in the Edmonton area the name of the place is “Dunvegan Gardens”.  Fourthly, they are open at Christmas.  YAY.  Another place to go.  So check it out.  They are great.  The staff are very knowledgeable.  Prices are good as well.  Once we picked out some flowers we were on our way.  It was a hot day on Saturday so we were happy for the air conditioning in the car.

When we got back to the city we dropped our flowers off at our each of our homes.  Alvin was spending the afternoon with Steven, my wonderful son-in-law and my grand-puppies Elton and Penny.  So I didn’t mind being away from home.

Next stop was the show homes.  We actually checked out some on our way to the garden places.  They were very nice.  The ones that we have especially been wanting to view were the “million” dollar ones that are situated by the lake in our neighbourhood.  As always, there were ah’s and mmm’s happening as we made our way through the homes.  I am always amazed at the decorating.  We found one that was especially interesting.  In one of the children’s bedrooms they decorated it realistically by scattering clothing, an empty chip bag, and other things on the floor and throughout the room.  At first I thought it was odd especially in a new home but it made an impression and I won’t soon forget it.  We certainly had a good giggle over that bedroom.  We even found a couple of homes that had “walk thru pantries” ….. the one thing that I think is so important in a house/home.  For all those contractors (would be nice if one read this), take the time, space and money and make a walk thru pantry off the kitchen when you are building these homes.  For all those of us who are getting older and even for those younger it is so much handier.  Instead of having all those kitchen counter top appliances taking up space on the counter – you can put the ones that you do not use in the pantry.  Easy to get to.  I love the fact that you can actually see what you have instead of forgetting a can of corn in the back of the pantry …. finding it ten years later.  Okay perhaps that is an exaggeration but you get my point.  Amanda loved the main floor or upstairs laundry rooms.  She would love to have her laundry area right beside her bedroom.

We had a great time, Amanda and I, last Saturday.  I urge you to spend more time with your children whether they are five or thirty.  So good for the heart, mind and soul.

Happy Days ……

 

Alvin and I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.

Here is a sneak peek at what awaits you….

Happy Happy Birthday My Darling Daughter.

May your life be filled with good health, great joy, much love and laughter and abundance.

We love you so much,

Love Mom & Alvin….

 

 

Special Hello to: the Birthday Girl.  We love you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

P.S.  the fruit pizza has not been made just yet, I will make it on Sunday morning so it is fresh, fresh, fresh.

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 11th day of February 2019.

Well back to work.

Have to leave Mr. Alvin alone now after four days at home with him.

I always love our time together.

The weather remains cold but now it is snowing.

I would like to make a correction to the name of one of the movies that I noted on my post yesterday.

It was The Incredibles 2 not The Invincibles 2.

When I realized that I had posted the wrong name, I felt very silly.

Not the end of the world, of course.

But still felt silly.

Correction done.

 

How are you doing today?

Feeling great and full of energy.

Ready to take on your world.

Ready to be the best YOU ever!

I hope that you have the most awesome Monday in recorded history.

 

Did you watch the Grammys last night?

I think that Alicia Keys did great.

Man, can she play the piano and sing!

Love, loved, loved Dolly Parton.

Great singer and song writer.

Probably one of the best song writers ever.

She has written so many of the greatest songs recorded.

Diana Ross, 75, are you kidding me?

She looks incredible …. and that dress.

Love her music.

MOTOWN, some of the best music ever.

I really enjoyed Lady Gaga singing Shallow from A Star is Born.

Can you imagine if Bradley Cooper was singing with her?

Off the charts, for sure.

I only watch until I heard all of the above so that was just after 8:30 p.m., I think.

 

Well “here we go again.”

I have had that song in my head and singing all morning.

Not sure if Alvin really appreciates my gift??? or not???

 

Wishing you a fantastic Monday filled with kindness, respect and always laughter.

We have to have laughter.

Always, a giggle or three.

 

Special Hello to: My Daughter, My Sister and My Dear Friend – thank you ladies, you rock.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 10th day of January, 2019.

Starting to warm up and it has been lightly snowing off and on since last night.

Always know when it is snowing if not obvious – is when Mr. Alvin comes into the house with a light coating of snow.

 

So another new Year.

I am always on the look out for new information.

Educating yourself.

I believe that meditation is important.

Staying still and closing the ego and traffic out of your mind is beneficial in so many ways.

Even just a few minutes each day can help so much.

 

Listening to yourself first.

To that gut instinct.

Listening to others is also important.

Without being drawn into or brought down with the negative chatter.

 

Being positive.

Finding the silver lining in every situation is a talent, believe me.

 

Remember we all have crisis or bad things that happen to us.

You are not the only one.

Be mindful of others.

 

REMEMBER TO LAUGH.

Really life is funny.

 

Just a few things I know for certain.

I am running late.

Not sure what happened here.

Life, I suppose.

Cannot blame Mr. Alvin – it was all me and time.

 

Happy Thursday.

This afternoon I have a dental appointment, a crown.

I am becoming ROYALTY.

Lucky me.

 

Have a great day.

Special Hello: my friend V, who makes me laugh and is so helpful.  Great qualities.  Thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 17th day of September, 2018.

Another weekend done …. Alvin and I had a great weekend.

Only missed our walks due to the continual rain and snow.

We are going tonight.

I have to get a rain coat for my boy.

Yesterday we entertained our friends for coffee/tea in the morning.

We girls always have a good time.

We share our stories of work and home life.

What is new?

What we would like to be new?

Our dreams and aspirations.

But most of all we, LAUGH.

I think that is my most favourite part.

My favourite part of all my relationships, is laughter.

Without that component where would we be in life?

Not very happy.

 

Saturday night I rented “BOOK CLUB” and enjoyed it so much that I watched it yesterday again and again.

Now the second time I actually watched it and the next two times (yup, I played it 3x yesterday afternoon) I watched it in between making lunch for today and supper and stuff.

It is one of those movies that I could see a million times and still never grow tire of it.

The movie is so well written and executed by the actors: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candace Bergen and Mary Steenburgen and then the men Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, Ed Begley Jr.,

Richard Dreyfuss, Wallace Shawn, and one of the daughters played by Alicia Silverstone and the list goes on.

By the way, the soundtrack is excellent.  (Meatloaf)

 

Well here it is almost time to leave once again.

I am hoping that the forecast is correct so that we can walk tonight.

We both need some exercise.

 

Happy Monday Everyone.

 

Special Hello:  my friend “V” – you would enjoy this movie.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 30th day of August, 2018.

Almost another August onto the books.

Our temperatures have dropped below seasonal averages to anywhere between 14-18 degrees.

Still not bad that is for sure.

It has been raining here off and on for the past couple of days.

I pray that it reaches the FIRES and puts them OUT.

 

Last night my daughter picked me up from work.

We stopped at Safeway and picked up a few items.

One of the things that I wanted to pick up there as I only recently found out that they sold was ADULT BUS TICKETS.

So instead of going to Save-On and Shoppers as my daughter had to stop at Safeway …. I figured one stop shopping.

When came time to pick up the bus tickets …. alas they were sold out.

We ended up going to Shoppers ….. always have to have a PLAN B.

I laughed because what else can you do.

I do enough “crying” at work … not really.

After our shopping we came home and threw together a little supper for the two of us.

I made some corn on the cob in the microwave.

A trick that I learned from my brilliant sister earlier this month when she was visiting us.

We also had some Chicken Curry Soup …. from the deli at Safeway.

Crackers and cheese.

YUP, I even bought “saltines” for the occasion.

Simple but yummy.

Sometimes that is the best, right.

We had a great visit and supper.

 

The plan was to go for a walk after supper with Master Teddy and his Aunt J but alas it was raining.

So no walk for us.

I hope that tonight it is not raining as a walk is a must.

Perhaps if only a light rain ….. we will go.

 

Other quick story.

Yesterday in the afternoon at work.

One of the Managers came to my desk.

I was about to call a client and she motioned for me to hang up.

So I did.

She said come on, let’s find a empty space and play JENGA.

What … JENGA.

YAY, I love JENGA.

We had played during some down time at work on day and it was so much fun.

So we played a couple of games of JENGA.

When the blocks came down the first time, we both yelled/screamed.

Brought a staff person running.

After that …. we held it.

I am so grateful to her for giving me a much deserved break from the craziness that is my job.

We are so busy …. that made me take a break …. which most days I do not in the afternoon.

The second game I WON as well, and we were more quiet.

YAY, JENGA, I love that game.

I would like that game.

 

Well almost time to go back downstairs and finish getting ready for work.

It does not appear to be raining at the moment.

I hope that you all have a great Thursday.

I hope that if you are farming …. you are finish the harvest or at least that it is dry so that you can finish.

Happy Thursday.

One more day before the long weekend.

 

Special Hello to:  YOU, thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 17th day of June, 2018.

Happy Father’s Day to all the DADS out there.

It does not matter if you are a biological father, a father by marriage or by adoption or a Dad to fur babies.

Every DAD is important.

Happy Father’s Day to all the FATHERS in my life.

Thank you.

 

Well this was an unusual morning.

We stayed up and watched a movie, the new TOMB RAIDER, Lara Croft one after my family went home.

We had a great visit and supper together.

So much laughter.

This was a company weekend and we both it enjoyed all of our company.

So this morning we were up at 5:30 or Mr. Alvin wanted me to get up.

We got up and he had breakfast and went outside.

Back to the sofa and then it was almost 9:00 when we got up.

Figured would eat first and then go for a walk as it looks like a hot one on the way.

We left home about 9:30 and got home about 11:10 a.m.

Had a few stops for visits along the way with the last one being with our friends at the corner.

Alvin enjoyed running and sniffing in their back yard while we sat and visited on the swing.

He laid and rolled in the grass, so cute.

He loves their back yard and so do I.

 

Looks like a hot week ahead.

No complaints as our summers are so short.

We had a nice morning no rushing.

Just having coffee now which is late but that is okay.

 

ON our walk we saw the geese down by the water by the trees.

Did not see the goslings.

Disappointed.

 

Well time to get some things done and to enjoy a CUP OF COFFEE.

I love that first cup of coffee.

 

I hope that you are enjoying your Sunday with your family and friends.

Maybe you are looking forward to a quiet one and that is okay, too.

OR perhaps you are working away from home as is my nephew.

Have a safe and wonderful day.

 

Looks like this is going to be great summer.

I hear that company is company is coming to our house at the end of July.

My daughter and I are taking a road trip in August.

Just gets better and better.

 

Happy Sunday and Happy Father’s Day.

 

Special Hello to: all the FATHERS out there …..

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 2nd day of June, 2018.

The sun is shining bright and the wind is blowing.

The end to several days of off and on rain.

We were grateful to have the moisture.

Noticed on our front lawn this morning some little yellow flowers.

Dandelions.

They are on my half of the lawn.

So pretty but considered to be a “weed.”

The lawn is too damp to mow at this time but perhaps later in the day.

The grass has grown so tall in spots.

YAY, get to mow the lawn.

 

I would like to share something with you all.

Last night when I was on FB Messenger, I was chatting with my daughter.

We were going back and forth.

Then all of a sudden there was a second chat box appeared and I read the message.

I wondered why my daughter would still be at work after 5:00 p.m. but continued in haste without looking at the top of the message box.

So I quickly replied to her message taking into our previous conversation.

GUESS what ….. I replied to one of my friends with a message that was funny to me and my daughter but CONFUSING to my friend.

When she replied back and I realized what I had done.

I was laughing so HARD that I almost peed my pants.

OMG, how could I have been so careless.

It was not private but private enough.

I am quite certain that my friend is still baffled by the note even thought I tried to explain.

Next time I see her I can go into proper detail.

Anyway, NOTE TO SELF, when replying to someone on FB, make certain that you are talking to the same person.

I do know that a second chat box means a second conversation but somehow last night after work, tired, I did not think of that.

Anyway, it still brings a smile to my face.

I should check with my daughter to see if I could somehow use the details as it was SO FUNNY.

I still cannot believe it.

Be careful when hosting two conversations on FB messenger at the same time.

 

Well still on “pet patrol.”

Alvin was up at 5 a.m. therefore his Momma was up at the time as well.

After I looked after him with breakfast and outdoor visit; I went over to look after Humphrey and Cinder.

Yup, 5 a.m. ….. needless to say after that it was back to the sofa.

It was very foggy and calm at 5 a.m….

 

Well after I finish this post, drinking my mug of coffee and getting dressed; we are off to the VET.

Alvin requires more food ( I wonder why? ) and some glucosamine.

Then home and laundry and some cleaning.

Once it is dry enough I will mow the grass out front.

 

So off to another Saturday ….. lots to do.

I hope that you are enjoying the weekend so far.

Happy Saturday.

 

Special Hello to: my friend “V” who always gives me hope that I can do anything.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 18th day of March, 2018.

The sky is white.

The rooftops are white.

The cars are white.

The tops of the fences are white.

The trees are white.

The snowbanks are white.

The ground is white.

It has been snowing since yesterday except for a small break earlier this morning.

Fine snow coming down.

Coming down.

Coming down.

It appears to be heavier now.

Shovelling, shovelling, shovelling.

I shovelled yesterday on my second visit to see Humphrey.

OH my Humphrey, what a guy.

He is a three legged orange fluffy cat.

The new love in my life. (don’t tell Mr. Alvin).

On my second visit of the day after we had snuggled in his favourite position.

Better description …. I picked him up ….. he was sitting in my lap upright with his back to me.

I placed one arm under his front paws and he rested on me.

The other hand I used to massage and stroke him.

He purred and I relaxed in the moment.

What a guy.

When I went to put him down when it was time for me to go home to Alvin.

He placed one paw on my leg as if to say “please stay.”

I did.

How can you say no to that.

I knew Alvin would be wondering what was going on.

Oh my boys.

One cat named Humphrey.

One dog named Alvin.

Both guys that have won my heart.

Both so cute that you could just cry.

Time to go.

Shovelling to do.

Friends coming for visit at 10:00 a.m.

Coffee to drink and tea.

Visiting to do.

Laughter to take.

What a great day.

Exercise and laughter.

That will help my core …. the middle section of my body.

Who has decided to expand with perhaps a bit of help from me.

Oh well.

More exercise and more laughter.

That is and cut down on the amount that I eat.

That would likely help.

I cannot seem to remember that I am now 60 and not 20.

Watch what we eat.

Okay, time to go and do some shovelled.

Front first and then the back.

Alvin can come and help with the back.

Happy Sunday.

Good day to have some fun.

 

Special Hello to:  my friends and family all over the world.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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