2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you today? I am well. Everytime I typed “2021” – I feel as though I am living in the far future. But yet here we are and I guess when I was a little girl in the early 1960’s – 2021 would have felt very futuristic. I also cannot believe we are less than four years away from 2025, which is another year that always interested me. Not quite sure why. Anyway. Got slightly sidetracked. This morning I am going into the office. We have quite strict protocols in place when we go to the office. I had to submit an online self assessment which I was finally able to do. At first I get receiving messages that my password or server weren’t something or other. Did not work. After many attempts I was able to complete the self assessment. YAY, me. This not very tech savvy “woman” was able to download the APP if that is the correct terminology and then actually get signed in and do the assessment. Well it is just over thirty minutes before my daughter picked me up. She is in my “bubble” or “pod.” I am not sure which term to use as I have heard both used. Guess it really does not matter. Mr. Alvin is feeling that something is up. It will be a long day for him without his Momma. Thankfully our neighbour Sonja will pop in and check on him. Let him outside and give him a treat or two. Then she will feed him at supper and let him out. He is used to eating around 4:30 p.m. and I won’t make it here by then. So grateful to have such great neighbours. I can smell the coffee perking as I am making some to take to work. I have my snacks or rather my breakfast on the go which consists of almonds and grapes. Usually I have oatmeal with cinnamon and cranberries but I didn’t want to eat this early and I also did not wish to take that to the office where I would have to warm it up in the microwave. Just want to keep my contact down to a minimum.

Well it is Friday and that is a good thing. I am looking forward to the trip to work chatting with my daughter along the way. I am excited to see the handful of staff including my Manager and a gal that is retiring and today is her very last day. I will have an opportunity to personally wish you all the best. We had a virtual Retirement party for her yesterday ….. no food, no card, no gift to hand to her. That part was sad. Some of us including her Management team had lots of nice things to say. She worked for our company for almost 39 years.

Okay time to go and finish getting ready. I am thinking I can get away with only wearing shoes instead of boots. Not much snow. I will be brave.

Have an awesome Friday. Continue to live our lives with kindness, respect and compassion.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 15th day of January, 2016.

Another round of snow ….

We had the snow globe effect off and on yesterday and overnight.

I love the white fluffy stuff …. easy to shovel and looks so pretty.

Like diamonds shining in the sky …. but laying on the ground.

So beautiful.

Makes me want to lay down and be one with the snow…..

Well maybe …..

Likely at 58 that is not a great idea …. but it is a thought.

Last night after Alvin had his supper and stuff …. we went out onto the deck ….. figured I would do some shovelling.

Once I had the deck shovelled ….. Alvin decided he wanted to play.

Oh, how I wish that I had taken my camera outside and grabbed a quick video of him.

The game is …. I pretend I am a monster ….. I walk with my legs wide apart …. arms in the air and say “GRR GRR ” and so on.

Anyone listening or seeing would be laughing at me for sure …..

He loves it ….. he literally runs in circles and when he goes between the different levels of the section closest to the house and the mid part he does this little hop, skip thing.

OMG, it melts my heart and makes me laugh out loud.

He will do this forever ….. as long as I will …..

I figured after doing this for awhile that would take the place of the walk to the park ….. he definitely got his fresh air and exercise.

He has personality that one …. oh me Alvin …… I love you.

 

I did want to mention and I am certain that everyone has heard of their passings but we lost this past few days:  music genius David Bowie, actor extraordinaire Alan Rickman and Rene Angelil, superb manager to Celine Dion and many others over the years.

We shall miss them all and their creativity.

 

Well almost time to start putting on the finishing touches before I leave to catch the bus to work.

The bus ride is basically one hour and is a wonderful time to reflect and sometimes even catch some extra sleep.

Have a wonderful day.

Special Hello to: all those tea lovers out there ……

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 6th day of February, 2015.

I almost keyed January …. I guess that means it flew by.

Winter has come again to our City and Province and most of Canada.

Yesterday was blustery and quite a lot of snow accumulated over the course of the day.

The forecast is for more today, as well.

Waiting for the bus after work was an unwelcome treat ….. just a hint of sarcasm.

Really it was not too bad but not great.

Thank goodness for the bus shelters.

I gave up standing in the blowing snow after 15 minutes and popped inside.

Nothing like stinging snow to brighten your afternoon.

Okay enough complaining.

I was quite happy when the bus did arrive only to find that it was stuffed literally to the rafters ….

there was only enough for one person to enter via the back door and three people got on board…

then the doors wouldn’t close.

I did ask if anyone could wait as I was on my way to my other job but they all ignored me.

How nice is that?

If someone would have asked that of me ….. I certainly would have let them.

Really what is happening to our society that our manners have totally fallen by the wayside.

Food for thought.

Even a woman in the bus shelter commented on how she noticed no one will move for an elderly person or someone that needs a seat.

To wrapped up in their own selves and comfort that they do not help or sometimes likely even notice.

Well that is my rant for the day ….. all out of my system ….. so I can get on with my day.

I know that all of you would give up your seat to an elderly person or someone in need of the seat or standing room at the back.

I guess the high point was that the next bus which was late ( they were all late ) had room for all of us to sit.

I got to the mall with just enough time to grab something to eat for supper and eat before starting work.

The manager was kind enough to let me start a couple of minutes late …..

I am one of those people who always likes to be early ……

Next time word to self …. CHILL….

It always works out …… being late once in a lifetime is okay …… only thing was supper ….

I just thought might be a good idea to eat before working until 10:00 p.m.

I hope that you have a great day.

I hope that anyone you encounter will have manners.

Kindness goes a long way in the world.

Special Hello to: all those folks who give up their seat on the bus, who hold open a door, who help someone carry heavy bags up the stairs …

Thank you as well.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 7th day of November, 2013 and my  ” 1,000th” BLOG.

I cannot believe it.

Sometimes all you have to do is “start” and the rest is history……

I did not think when I started to write this blog in April of 2010 that I would some day be celebrating my “1,000th” blog.

This has been such an adventure for me.

There is so much that I want to say and do via this forum and I am doing it one day at a time.

Another milestone for me is actually following through with a story.

My idea to write one line per day a feature on this blog has been such an incredible joy for me.

I have always since a young girl wanted to be a published writer.

I will say that writing one line per day without no contemplation or editing has been a bit of a challenge.

Sometimes I think the story is going slowly and other times not so.

But it is mine and I am proud.

Someday my dream of promoting a book on the “TODAY SHOW” will be a reality.

Perhaps sooner than later.

All in good time, I suppose.

So on this terrific Thursday as I celebrate my accomplishment, I give thanks to all those folks who have taken the time to check in with me and read what I have written.

Truly “thank you” is not enough but alas it will have to suffice for now.

We should all celebrate our lives, our accomplishments no matter the size.

For in our hearts we are all celebrity and deserve our time on the “stage.”

Take care this day and have a great one.

I wanted to mention this because it is important.

This morning about 5:15 a.m. I called our “311” number to check on the time that I need to catch the bus this morning (usually carpool).

The 311 operator that answered and identified herself as Josephine and asked how she could help me.

I gave her the info and she gave me the time.

She was so professional, friendly and cheery for that time of day.

It is a reminder that we all do not work regular business hours, and when she was so happy and well NICE,  so early in the morning it gave me new found energy.

Thank you Miss Josephine.  I am going to contact her Manager and give her KUDOS.  She is very deserving.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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