Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 16th day of February, 2017.

Another gorgeous morning here in Edmonton.

OH my goodness, the temperature was +16 degrees celsius here in Edmonton yesterday, reminiscent of a summer’s day.

Forecast for today +10 degrees celsius which is still wonderful for February.

Pinch me, pinch again.

Really and it is mid February not June???

Well we have had another odd winter to say the least.

Off and on.

One week -25 or so and the next plus temperatures.

Gotta love this neck of the woods so to speak.

 

Oh and the sunrise yesterday morning was gorgeous …..

 

Well I am also glad that today is payday.

Also a good day.

 

Alvin and I enjoyed a walk last night although getting to the park was kind of …. well it was icy…. I will leave it at that.

Even Mr. Alvin was slipping as he ran along pulling his Momma behind him.

Somedays he reminds me of one of the huskies pulling a sled.

 

Well almost time to leave once again for the bus.

Tossing around what to wear.

More ice than snow.

More ice than clear sidewalk.

Some water ….

No rubber boots.

Shoes or winter boots.

Yesterday on the bus my feet were so HOT.

Remember it was +16 ….. down to 15+ by the time I caught the bus but still hot.

Winter coat, winter coat with no liner or spring jacket.

What to do.

Have to decide before I get downstairs – I have less than 10 minutes before out the door.

 

Have a great Thursday.

Enjoy the day…..

 

Special Hello to: All those folks who read my blog, thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 25th day of January, 2017.

Another foggy morning …..

Happy Wednesday.

 

Last night when I got off of the bus after work and was walking toward the entrance to my neighbourhood; I spotted my friends one of them being Alvin’s girlfriend “Abi.”

When her Mom saw the bus she wondered if I was on it and when she saw me …. they started walking toward me.

It was only a few seconds when Abi saw me and came running full speed to me.

Her Mom let the leash go and Abi ran to me.

Jumping up and giving me kisses and all the time making her Abi “happy to see me” sounds.

I was so taken.

What a great reception.

They joined me on the walk home.

Abi and her Mom live only a few houses from me and Alvin.

Such a great walk home.

 

Well I am running late somehow.

So have to cut this short.

Just wanted to share my happy story.

 

Special Hello to: Miss Abi and her Momma.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 24th day of August, 2016.

Rain cleared up and now time for some sunshine.

I want to share some of the beautiful and wonderful treats that have come my way this week.

Let us start with Sunday.

My roses are the most delicate of pinks I have ever seen.

They are blooming like they have never bloomed before and oh so gorgeous.

These little darlings have decided to take a peek through the railing – I suppose just to see what is on the other side.

Thought you might enjoy them.

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Everyone loves a Tuesday when parcels arrive one in the mailbox and the other on my doorstep.

The parcel in my mailbox was addressed to both Alvin and his Momma, well that would be me.

I picked up the parcel before going into the house and Alvin knew, he could smell because right away he jumped up to see

what had arrived.

But good Momma that I am – I made us both wait until after Alvin had supper and our walk before we opened the package.

Can you believe my friend?

She was just supposed to be sending me this new toothpaste that she uses and loves.

She gave me a small tube and I loved it, too.

My friend ordered me some and then mailed it to me.

Only thing is ….. my friend ….. well she can never just mail one tube of toothpaste.

The box as you can see in the photos was LARGE.

OMG, the goodies that filled it were/are amazing.

There were cheese buns, regular buns, this delectable pumpkin loaf with walnuts and fruit with chocolate icing, pumpkin – carrot muffins, Saskatoon berry chocolates, some healthy soy sauce in a cool spray bottle, a brush for when she comes to visit and bakes me buns (she said that), small tongs and a package addressed specially for Mr. Alvin.  Oh my he was so excited.  He jumped up.  In fact as you can see in the photo his Momma did not get a clear shot as he inspected the package and read the note addressed to him (he is home schooled) ….. he absolutely loved his special treats for his teeth.

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Now if that was not enough of wonderful treats my last tea order arrived.  I packaged up the orders and ready to deliver tomorrow.

The first photo is all MINE ….. so excited.

I am happy to try out my new MATCHA Shaker and all the new teas and things.

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So as you can see  …… the special delivery GODS were shining down upon my on this Tuesday.

I just know that this week is going to be epic … full of more wonderful surprises.

P.S. not to be excluded from the greats treats but my neighbour from the other half of my duplex stopped by for a visit just night before last.

They are settling into their new house.  Alvin and I are so excited to go in September for a visit.

Well …… see what a week.

Met some new people …… loving this week.

Well here it is time to leave for work once again.

The evenings seem to zing by as do the small amount of time I have in the mornings.

I always feel bad leaving Alvin as it must be lonely …..

Wishing you a great Wednesday.

Almost time for a new month to begin.

August has been wonderful.

Special Hello to: my friend “V” back in Regina, thank you once again for the lovely Surprise Package.  The pumpkin loaves with the chocolate icing are my new favourite.  Alvin loved loved loved his treats and I will not tell him that they are good for him.  LOL

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 16th day of June, 2016.

It is a bright sunny morning here in Edmonton, a little crisp but beautiful.

Sometimes I like to check and see what was going on on this date a year ago or maybe the first year that I blogged, here is this date last year.

Funny the similarities ….. 

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 16th day of June, 2015.

Bright sunny morning here in Edmonton.

Spent the evening outside last night with Mr. Alvin ….. first we went for a walk ….. then we, well me … cut the front lawn and raked, pulled some dandelions, watered the flowers front and back, and lawn and visited with neighbours who happened by.

It was absolutely gorgeous out last night.

Unplanned evening but great.

I am so grateful to live in this house with me Alvin in this city and in this country.

We are so blessed.

Well this morning we were up ultra early and then hit the sofa for some zzz’s so the Momma is a bit on the tired side.

Almost time to hit the trail to catch the bus to go to work.

I hope that you all are having an amazing day thus far.

OMG, I almost jumped …. out of the blue … Alvin jumped up quick ….. it would seem that there is a fly in the house …. likely because I had the back door open most of the evening while we were outside.  In the beginning Alvin was in the back yard and I wanted him to be able to come in and see me out front.

Poor little fly does not stand a chance with Mr. Alvin on guard.

Take care ….. be kind to each other.

Have a great day.

Special Hello to: all those tea drinkers out there ….. I just tried the best tea ever …… Roobios (not sure of the spelling) but it had coffee in it …. from Steeped Tea,so yummy.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 14th day of April, 2016.

Wow it is beginning to get light before 5:30 in the morning and soon it shall be light at 10:00 at night.

How cool is this?

Soon it will be light before 5:00 a.m.

I love long days and nights.

Makes me feel as though I have had a day most especially when I leave the house so early and am gone for so long.

Good for Alvin, as well.

The past couple of nights not sure what has got into me but I have been wanting to hit the sofa for extra sleep in the morning.

Perhaps the changes in the weather – tires one out more.

Oh well ….. that is life.

Mr. Alvin is quite the character ….. I switched the piece of rug around that my computer chair sits on and now he is laying at my feet under the desk on the rug.

He does love to be near his Momma.

I guess that is a good thing.

I will never get lost.

Or the other way around.

Well I am running a tad late ….. so have to go.

I hope that you have an awesome day.

Just remember that “every moment is a new opportunity.”

If we look at life in this light it makes it easier to make mistakes and carry on.

Those are my thoughts.

 

Special Hello to: all my fellow bloggers ….. keep up the great work.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 13th day of February, 2016.

One day before Valentine’s Day.

I am going to start this blog by sharing a great little story from yesterday.

Sometimes you have a day that is well not exactly what you had in mind ….. less than perfect.

Perhaps part of it …. began with me going to empty a glass of water into the sink but instead literally tossed it the opposite direction and onto the countertop.

The countertop that help my electric percolator and electric mix stand, and other stuff ……

But as the water travelled in slow motion through the air …. I realized what I had done. 

I never moved so fast ….. where was my brain at that moment …

During the day I struggled to accomplish what I had planned because I had several unexpected interruptions.

Now I did get several things done but not everything ….. oh well …. before I knew it I was on the bus heading home.

As I unlocked the door my friend “S” was just driving by and stopped for a moment to see how things were and to see if I would be making coffee later and I said “of course, I can.”

She had to carry on as someone drove up behind her ….

When I entered the house  Mr. Alvin was happy as ever to see me, and to go outside to relieve himself …. oh what the hay to go “pee” ….. much better word.

I decided to go straight outside and clean up after him ….. and also finished my conversation with the neighbour who had by now parked her car and was going into her house.

The plan was to feed Alvin, have supper and then make us a cup of coffee.

Originally I had planned to finish up canvassing for the Heart and Stroke Fund but it was snowing and blowing pretty hard making it hard to keep paper dry etc.

So another change in plans.

Oh well.

After I had given Mr. Alvin his supper …. I decided to go upstairs and onto the computer to send a FB message to a friend and to my surprise I had a message from another friend.

It read “GO CHECK YOUR MAILBOX.”

I blinked a few thousand times in utter excitement because when this friend says go check your mailbox …. you just know it is going to be GOOD … no I mean,  GREAT.

So I literally RAN down the stairs …. grabbed my boots and coat from the closet, a bag to put the mail in …. grabbed keys …. locked the house on my way out and carefully WALKED fast to the mailbox.

When I opened the mailbox door I saw the RED tag of the key for one of the PARCEL boxes and lots of flyers.

HEAVEN ….. I knew that I had a parcel ….

I threw the flyers and odd piece of mail into the bag…..

Holding my breath I opened the mailbox with the parcel inside ….

There was a huge box with my NAME and ADDRESS printed on it …..

The return address ….. yes it was from my friend “V” in Regina …..

I quickly closed the door and put the key into the letter slot and was on my way home.

I yelped with excitement and decided to stop and see my neighbour “S” ….. she was the one that I had seen just as I was arriving home.

She came to the door …. I was so excited …… quickly explaining that  there would be some good treats inside for sure.

I told her of the chocolate covered biscotti that this friend had sent me a couple of years ago AND said that we would have a treat with our coffee later.

Then she told me “thank you and to be careful walking down the sidewalk and home.”

I abided by her and in a couple of minutes was safely back home.

Parcel in my hot little hands.

OMG …. I do love receiving packages …..

Alvin was not sure what happened to his Momma.

So I grabbed the letter opener and some scissors and ran upstairs as my computer was on and my camera was upstairs as well.

I placed the parcel on my desk …..

THE PARCEL

THE PARCEL

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THIS IS WHAT GREETED ME WHEN I OPENED THE BOX

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THERE WERE DIFFERENT KINDS OF BUNS …. CINNAMON ….. CHEESE AND PLAIN AND THIS HUGE WHAT I THOUGHT WAS A COOKIE BUT TURNED OUT TO BE THE BEST BROWNIE EVER MADE.

The Brownie was/is heart-shaped and decorated with perfection.

I was totally overwhelmed ……

How extraordinarily kind, wonderful and thoughtful is my friend “V”.

My day went from being kind of a disappointment in some ways to being so WONDERFUL …. it felt like winning the lottery.

I had this overwhelming feeling that I was so extra special.

Alvin as I mentioned was not certain was had happened but he knew it all smelled great.

The next thing I did after snapping photos was to post my surprise to Facebook, thanking my friend.

Not only did she send all of the sweet treats but she wrote me a special letter, gave me a Valentine’s card, she put in some napkins with pink hearts and forgot to mention …. she had filled the card full of tiny red hearts that flew all over my desk and the floor when I opened the card.

I know that I am babbling and not using proper punctuation and all of that ….. but this is straight from the heart.

This gal knows that she is very blessed to be surrounded by the most wonderful people on the planet.

I do not take any of them for granted.

This morning I want to thank each and every one of my friends for choosing me to be a part of your life.

I know that without your love and support I would just be Carol.

This morning I want to send a special thank you to my friend “V” back in Regina ….

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You are so kind and thoughtful.

You lightened my dreary day.

You made me scream with delight.

You made me feel special.

You filled my tummy with the most exquisite treat.

You are talented beyond words.

You are the best …..

Thank you.

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So now I had better get this day going …. I have massive amounts of towels and bedding to launder as now my dryer is fixed thanks to other friends.

On this Saturday morning I am feeling so blessed to be surrounded by good, honest and caring people.

My friend and my family are the most incredible beings and I am so grateful to have them all in my life.

Thank you

 

Special Hello to:  “V” in Regina …… there are no words ……

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

P.S. ….. “V” …. my neighbour loved the brownie, too.

 

 

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 23rd day of December, 2015.

WONDERFUL only ONE day until Christmas EVE.

I am so excited ….. if I can just get through today …. it will be smooth sailing.

Last night after supper one of the neighbours from down the street “A”, and our very good friend stopped by.

She had in her hands something loosely wrapped in tissue paper with instructions that it was for me Alvin.

Alvin jumped off the sofa and went over to say hello but was not really interested in the present.

Unfortunately he was rather involved with a chew treat and no matter how excited I was for this present he would not open it.

Finally just before she left he stuck his nose into the tissue paper giving us a bit of a show …..

I did feel bad ….

“Just wait I said until I opened the bag of treats …. he will remember then where they came from” …. we both giggled.

What a character he is …..

I see a bath in your future Mr. Alvin.

Should have done that on Sunday but I am thinking that he needs a bath so that he is fresh and clean for Christmas.

After all we are going to his sister’s house …. we cannot show up not in perfect condition.

Tonight is a bath before our company arrives at 7:30 p.m. ….. lots of time.

It was so funny last night ….. he really does get into his chew treats.

Loses all track of what is going on ……

Just like his Momma and a good book.

Well here it is almost time to leave for work.

One day until Christmas ….. Christmas Eve that is …. are you ready?  will you be ready?

Of course, you will.

Whatever is done …. is done and whatever will be … will be.

Happy almost Christmas.

Have a wonderful day everyone.

I will be back tomorrow …… with tales of the BATH …… for sure.

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

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 8th day of November, 2015.

Oh my goodness such a wonderful Saturday had by this Momma and Mr. Alvin.

We started out having coffee and tea with our friends …

The room was filled with love and laughter.

So much laughter.

My friends are such great story tellers …..

After they left my daughter arrived ….

We put ourselves ready and were off to the Shoppers Drugmart Gala.

They had such good treats including the most delightful chocolate cake with pink buttercream icing ….. yummy ….. melt in your mouth.

The cake was made at the bakery in the nearby Save-On Grocery.

We played spin the wheel and received free items (makeup) and after making our purchases we received more free items.

Then we went to the grocery store and then home.

First thing after putting groceries away was to go with Mr. Alvin for a nice walk.

The weather was absolutely amazing for November 7th …… it was in the double digits.

I think about 13 or so degrees celsius.

We are making some new items to add to our Dear Stella Jewellery Collection and worked on them over the course of the evening.

Something totally different and new.

Very exciting.

We started the process last night …..

I made stir fry for supper which is my daughter’s favourite.

Also preparing for an upcoming craft sale.

This morning after we have pancakes for breakfast we will be working out how our table will look for the sale.

We are sharing the table with my neighbour.

Four feet …. that is what we will have for space.

Well I had better get this show on the road.

What an awesome weekend.

The sky is overcast but perhaps the sun will shine at some point.

I hope that you all had a great weekend.

Happy Happy Sunday everyone…..

Time for coffee and to make pancakes and then back to the jewellery preparation.

Special Hello to: my friends all over the world.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 23rd day of June, 2015.

The sun is shining and the birds I imagine are singing away basking in the glow of the sun.

There is a bit of a breeze here in the city making it comfortable for walking.

Mr. Alvin is in his usual position laying on his tummy facing the stairs waiting for me to finish.

We have a routine.

He has this routine of waking up and wanting to get up at 4:30 a.m.

I have been getting up with him and then after he eats and goes outside we hit the sofa for some extra zzz’s

I would imagine it would be easier to just say “no” but that is one word that eludes me most often.

Oh well, that is okay ……

Last night we were out for our regular walk and we ran across some neighbours who have two small dogs.

He was happy to see them but the little ones were barking and I was so happy he just stood there.

Didn’t snap back …..

They couldn’t hurt him and he stood there calm as calm could be.

Even their parents were impressed with Mr. Alvin.

Finally he just walked away.

One of the little ones did want to play but she follows the other one and he didn’t want to play.

Funny ……

Anyway he was my good boy, and I was a proud Momma.

Well this proud Momma has to hit the road …… too long on the sofa this morning.

I started to read a book last night and had a hard time putting it down.

I wish you a wonderful day filled with love and laughter, kindness and patience.

Special Hello to: my sister ….. will see her in five sleeps ….. YAY.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 22nd day of June, 2015.

WOW, I missed until half way through the day that yesterday was the first day of summer.

The sun did not set until almost 10:30 p.m.

How glorious to see the sun setting as the stars are making an appearance.

I most especially love the first day of summer.

Of course, I was in bed by that time.

But I still love it.

Mr. Alvin and I were relaxing after a busy weekend.

We just watched a movie and looked at the Steeped Tea book.

Well I watched the movie and looked at the Steeped Tea book while Mr. Alvin snuggled beside me and from time to time requested to go outside which his Momma happily complied.

It was a glorious day.

We finished it off with a lovely walk.

Even this morning we both are pooped …… another day off would have been nice but not for me …. it is back to work.

The sky was bright and sunny earlier but now has clouded up.

Perhaps I should get downstairs and move my flowers about …… too much water ……

I hope that you all had a glorious weekend.

I hope that you enjoyed the longest day of the year.

I hope that you laughed and had a great time.

To my friend “M” …. thank you for your comments …. “Yes,” I am and I will.

Special Hello to: all my friends and family for your generous support of my blog … thank you for reading.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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