Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 26th day of September, 2015.

Well it started out being overcast and now at this point it is bright and sunny.

There are still a few clouds but it is sunny ….. doing the happy dance.

I am excited as today is my third Steeped Tea Party, second one on my own.

My friend “D” is hosting and it is going to be fun.

We are doing LATTES.

Only my second time making them so should be interesting and FUN.

My neighbour “S” just popped by and had a cup of coffee with me.

We had a nice visit discussing several topics.

Lots going on in our world as of late.

Alvin was so happy to see her.

Today is my son-in-law’s birthday, Happy Birthday “S” ….. me and Alvin wish you a great day and look forward to seeing you tomorrow for supper and cake.  Alvin has a present for you.

Today is also another birthday ….. another friend’s Mom has a birthday today …. she will be at the Tea parTEA.

So almost time to go and have a shower and get ready for the parTEA.

Make sure that I have everything ready to go.

I wish you all a great Saturday.

Remember to take time for yourself…..a few quiet moments to reflect and recharge.

Special Hello to: the Birthday folks …. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU.

ALWAYS, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 25th day of September, 2015.

It is a beautiful morning here in Edmonton.

Alvin and I had a great walk last night.

We bumped into a family that we know down the street.

Dad and son were outside playing on the front lawn with a skateboard.

Son was so happy to see us and wanted to call their dog, Daisy to come out to see Mr. Alvin.

So out comes excited to see Alvin again, Miss Daisy.

They play and play …. so cute.

Then Mom comes home.

She was so happy to see Mr. Alvin.

Gave him lots of loving attention.

We had a nice visit.

Just a reminder to all the love and joy that a dog can bring to your lives and to the lives of others.

Special Hello to: all those dog owners out there ….

Always, Carol and Alvin

Good Afternoon and today is Sunday the 9th day of August, 2015 and my 58th Birthday.

Well I found out this morning that I will not have internet or television until Friday when they come to make a service call.

Technology is a wonderful thing until you do not have it.

I am over at my neighbour’s on her computer so that I could write my blog.

It breaks my heart not to write for a whole week …..

It has been a great birthday …… two birthday cakes ….. balloons ….. lots of presents.

We celebrated yesterday ….. in the morning with two of my friends and at supper with my kids.

Got to have coffee with friends and cake, go shopping to IKEA and get the desks that I want for my office at home followed by supper brought to me by my daughter and son-in-law along with yet another birthday cake and more gifts.

I feel truly spoiled and so blessed.

A great day.

Oh, I cannot forget the joint birthday party I had last Friday with my siblings and nephew.

I had wanted to share photos …. I only have access to the ones previously shared.

I am one lucky lady.

Here are some of my passions and loves ……

Sisters

Sisters

Me and my Manda

Me and my Manda

My brother whose birthday is August 11th .....

My brother whose birthday is August 11th …..

Jeff and Five of Five (Tyler, Cindy, Carol & John) - 1992

Jeff and Five of Five (Tyler, Cindy, Carol & John) – 1992

AKA: Conehead

AKA: Conehead

Casey, Elton and Alvin .... just missing Miss Penny.

Casey, Elton and Alvin …. just missing Miss Penny.

My Mom, nephew Troy and Amanda ..... memories

My Mom, nephew Troy and Amanda ….. memories

One of my favourites...1980's

One of my favourites…1980’s

Flowers

Flowers

My Grand-puppies Penny and Elton

My Grand-puppies Penny and Elton

Christmas at my house

Christmas at my house

One of my favourite things to do ..... bake sugar cookies.

One of my favourite things to do ….. bake sugar cookies.

Jewellery .... ours

Jewellery …. ours

My version of taco salad .... salad ... and all the fixings. Another passion of mine.

My version of taco salad …. salad … and all the fixings.
Another passion of mine.

Love dragonflies ... they visit my house.

Love dragonflies … they visit my house.

Me and my sister .... the good old days.  I am on the left holding a dolly

Me and my sister …. the good old days. I am on the left holding a dolly

FLOWERS FOR FRIENDS

FLOWERS FOR FRIENDS

First snowman me and my sister made since we were kids ..... (2009)

First snowman me and my sister made since we were kids ….. (2009)

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 23rd Day of May, 2015.

It is a gloriously beautiful sunny fresh morning here in Edmonton.

In a few minutes my daughter and grand-puppies will arrive.

They are coming for coffee and a visit.

Alvin will be returning home with them as today is furnace cleaning day.

I was also invited to a “STEEPED TEA” party at a neighbour’s house so will try and attend.

Also check in on Miss Aussie …..

Lots to do.

Last night Alvin and I went out for a later than usual walk.

It all started with him at the top of the stairs.

He doesn’t like putting his harness on …. even though his Momma handles it all with care.

I noted “his girlfriend” Abi had gone by earlier and was hoping that the mere mention of her name would bring him running.

Did not happen.

So when I saw Abi and her Mom going by I went out to say hi and asked Abi to come in knowing that would bring him down.

IT WORKED.

I grabbed his harness and we were out the door.

After a short visit with them we were on our way.

We were a few doors away from home when I stopped another friend out watering her grass.

We stopped for a chat and ended up visiting on her back deck.

As the sun was starting to go down I figured we had better get on our way.

Approaching the park near our house I saw in the distance a large black dog and his Dad.

So I decided to walk around the park inside of going into it until I realized it was our friends.

Into the park we went.

The large black dog is CASH and he is only three.

He loves to play.

So visiting again …..

We then decided as the mosquitoes were starting to get bad to walk home.

They live down the street by our house.

Once we got to their house …. guess what.

We stopped once again ….. we got home at 10:30 and I think it was just after 8:00 when we left ….

It was a glorious evening and so nice to be out and about.

We both enjoying the time with our neighbours and friends.

I am so blessed to be surrounded by great folks.

Make sure that you get to know the people around you ….. spend time with them.

On those spring and summer evening when you are out and about …… stop for a visit.

Well time to get going …. gotta check on Miss Aussie before the company arrives.

It will be a day of yard work once the furnace is cleaned ….

I am pulling some shrubs, mowing grass and watering.

I hope that you are having an awesome Saturday and weekend.

Special Hello to: all my friends

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 25th day of August, 2014.

August 25th is a busy day birthday wise in our family and close circle.

Today was my Mom’s Birthday, my niece’s husband and my brother’s partner.

So many ….. Birthday Wishes going out today.

The sun is starting to come up.

 

Well I had a great weekend.

The weather was wonderful and we spent a great deal of the time sitting on my brother’s deck reminiscing.

A couple of his friends dropped by to liven up the conversation.

 

I even got to go and see a baby calf.

Somehow the Momma deserted the baby so my brother’s friend and neighbour bottle feeds the baby boy.

 

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Have you ever seen anything so cute?

What a sweetie.

I hated to leave him but there is not room in my backyard and house for a baby calf.

 

Well here it is time to go to work.

Better get my butt in gear.

I hope that you have a great day.

 

Good to be home but I thoroughly enjoyed my trip.

 

Special Hello to: my sister and brothers and to the birthday boys.

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 17th day of May, 2014.

Last night Alvin slept at his sister’s house as I worked at the store.

So this morning I did not have my “alarm” clock to get me up and mobile early.

So I slept in ……

It is always funny how you will wake up when the body figures it is time but then your mind takes over and goes “well” it is still early I will just stay in bed a bit longer.

So needless to say, I did on all counts.

But I am up now.

My daughter reminded me as any great daughter would ….. “It is okay, Mom to sleep in” …… oh, how I love me daughter.

Now I do not feel that foreboding sense of guilty that if I had got my butt out of bed two hours earlier I could have done this and that …. that and this….

Anyway …. if you are thinking the same thing ….. S-T-O-P ……. if you want to relax in bed for a few minutes, a hour or two extra that is okay.

Now I know if you have small children that may not work.  Maybe your spouse would watch the kiddies in that case.

So on this Saturday morning I am now ready to go ….. I made my bed, washed my face and threw on a bit of makeup, got dressed, gathered the laundry and am writing my blog all before heading downstairs.

I can be quick once I get going….

So have a great Saturday.

I am going to enjoy the sunshine …. we are going to C-O-S-T-C-O ……..

Later we are going to put up the posters for the neighbourhood clean-up that I am organizing with the help of my friends and daughter.

Oops gotta run I am also watching “Aussie” the cat ….. she will need some fresh food and water and ATTENTION…..

Special Hello to: all you folks who slept in ….. it is okay…. the laundry will still be there when you get out of bed ….. so will the rest of your TO DO LIST.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Good Evening and I hope that you had an awesome Thursday the 17th day of October.

Wow, hard to believe it is almost the weekend once again.

When we were on our walk last night Mr. Alvin ate something before I could stop him.

Last night we were up most of the night.

He threw up and I cleaned up.

He threw up again, and I cleaned up.

Changed bedding.

Changed bedding again.

Tried to comfort him.

Took him outside as he “asked.”

I am not certain how many hours I got of sleep but it was not nearly enough but as any good Mom would do “I survived.”

I did contemplate staying at home but I had way too much work to do and by morning he was much better.

So I went to work.

It was a good day.

So that is the reason why I did not have my blog to you bright and early this morning.

Too pooped to write …. to pooped to make sense.

I hope that you all had a great day.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to “FRIDAY” the 19th day of April 2013.

I love Fridays because one Friday in a two week period I work at the office and then go to work at the store and

the other Friday I have off from the office but work at the store.

I love going to work at Bath & Body Works ….. my favourite part is meeting people and my co-workers.

The smells are pretty great, too.

I want to ask you something this morning?

What are your favourite scents and smells from your childhood?

What are your favourite sights and sounds from your childhood?

What are your favourite scents and smells now?

What are your favourite sights and sounds now?

My favourite scents and smells from my childhood are:

-Fields of crocuses in the spring ….. just a blanket of purple covering the ground….so beautiful.

-Mom making french fries and fish ….. OMG…. loved smell and the vinegar….

-Spring, used to have a scent ….. fresh and clean…

-Lilac bushes …… the aroma …

My favourite sights and sounds from my childhood are:

-baby calves

-school bus picking us up for school

-playing in one of the clean sloughs and catching tadpoles

-Grandma’s flower garden

-playing with my siblings ….. hide and go seek most especially ….

Now here are some of my favourite smells, sights and sounds:

-flowers

-babies

-rain

-apples

-laughter

-sunshine

There are so many things that I love as an adult but it is funny how refined my list was from my childhood.

I did and do still love the simple things in life …..

Better add “COFFEE” to the list ….. I love the smell of coffee.

So as you are thinking back remembering those sights and sounds and smells …… smile and have a great day.

Happy Friday.

Thank you.

Special Hello to: all my childhood friends ……. you rock.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…….

Good Monday Morning – today is January 9th, 2012.

Another gorgeous morning.

Alvin is resting on the foot of my bed (he goes up there while I am getting dressed in the morning).

I was thinking this morning as I was writing in my gratitude / daily journal how much I loved having him snuggle on my lap as I write.

OMG, he can curl up ….. I shall deem him the MASTER of curling up.

He looked so cute.

He makes my mornings ….. somehow getting up at 5:00 is much easier with him here to go through the process.

He is such great company.

I hope that you all have someone to wake up to ….. whether four-legged or two …..

The four-legged ones (like Alvin) are there every step of the way (whether I am eating or getting dressed or brushing my teeth …. he’s there).

Today I am extra grateful to have Alvin here with me.

HAVE A SUPER GREAT DAY.

Special Hello to:  my great nephews Azlin, Zane and Ezzy (we SKYPED on Saturday and was so great to seem them all and of course, their Mom, Sara and their Grandma, my sister Cindy).

What a great way to begin a Saturday afternoon …… visiting with children …..

Always, Carol

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