Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

Good Morning ….

What a glorious Monday morning it is.

When I was outside with Alvin about one hour ago it felt warm considering I had a nightgown and sweater on exposing my lower legs.

So off to a great start.

Each weekend or the time off that you have from work is precious.

Most of us have a billion things to do on the weekends or on our time off away from the job.

There is always laundry, cleaning, yardwork, shopping for groceries at the minimum.

If we are able to take time to relax …. that would be in front of the television watching a movie or the like with a glass of wine or your favourite beverage.

But is that really relaxing?

Not really.

But we ALL do the very best that we can.

I am more fortunate than most as I do not have children at home although some would say that Alvin might rank a close second.

He is my partner in crime that requires help being fed and bathed and groomed.

But other than that …. I have more flexible time.

I can/could sit on my bed, in the middle of the floor or sit on a comfy chair and just meditate for some time.

But do I do this on a regular basis …. not really.

I did for a time but find it difficult to sit “quiet” without doing something.

This week I am going to make a point of sitting “quiet.”

Quiet means with NO outside distractions.

Now Alvin I have no control over but I will say if he has been fed and gone outside, he general would lay down beside me if I am on the sofa or bed.

So this is the week that things change.

I have also done quite a lot of reading and everyone says that it is important to do some weight bearing exercises as you get older.

So this week I am going to start doing some of those.

Off to an easy start, nothing to crazy.

I have some hand weights which will be perfect.

Now just for some proper instructions and I will be off to the races ….

We all try to do the best that we can.

But I think even though we think that we do – there is always room to pump it up a bit.

So that is my personal challenge for this week.

To start ….

More quiet time … no outside distractions like the television or phone (yes, I can see where these can get you into trouble).

Trying some weight bearing exercises.

I want to be in the best health that I can be in as I get older.

Never too late to start.

 

Okay the clock on the wall says that it is time to get this show on the road.

Well I hope that you have an awesome day.

Turn the lights out and lock the door when you leave for the day.

Remember a walk on your break is always better than a cookie and coffee.

Happy Monday.

 

 

Kindness and Respect always place the perfect reflection on you.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 3rd day of December, 2018.

For a split second I started to type January, erased and then started to type November.

WOW, in a hurry to see the New Year.

Skirting the last month of the year?

 

Well folks we definitely have WINTER in a big way.

More snow now that we have had so far this fall/winter.

Considering officially WINTER has not started.

We are currently in the throes of winter.

Thankfully the snow that has been falling is the fluffy kind.

So shovelling is easy, peasy.

My neighbour and I have collectively shovelled the front since the snowfall on Saturday about ten times.

I shovelled the deck in the later part of the afternoon yesterday and this morning you could not tell.

Also shovelled the driveway for the first time since the snow began to fall and surprisingly enough there was only about 5 inches.

I was pleasantly shocked/surprised.

Poor little Alvin …. almost getting lost in the snow.

So at 5:30 a.m. – I was out shovelling.

At least there may only be one foot by tonight instead of two.

The deck is beginning to look like one giant snowbank.

I love this fluffy snow though.

When the light shines it appears to be a billion trillion diamonds.

So beautiful.

 

Well Mr. Alvin is laying on his little blue blanket beside me.

Just resting away.

 

Well I should go and shovel the front before leaving for work.

The street is one big snowbank with a couple of tire tracks down the middle.

When vehicles one has to pull over and then watch them spin trying to get back on track.

 

Have a Happy Monday.

I hope that you are safe on your travels.

 

Special Hello to:  all those people who take the time to help ….. thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 22nd day of January, 2018.

Weather wise another good weekend except for the ice on the sidewalks.

This week to be pleasant as well.

Here is hoping that the ice goes away before spring.

We had a great weekend, me and Alvin.

Yesterday we hosted coffee with the girls.

One of our friends was sick was coffee with the “girl.”

We had a great visit.

 

Shocker this morning.

We went to bed just after 9:00 p.m. last night …. by the time actually crawled into bed closer to 9:30 p.m.

I set the alarm clock for 5:10 a.m.

Alvin did not get up until 4:50 a.m.

Just 20 minutes before the alarm was to go off.

This is amazing for him as he usually gets up about 4:00 a.m.

Is this a new chapter in our never ending saga of up during the wee wee hours of the morning.

It would be so nice if he would sleep longer.

I do understand that he sleeps all day (or at least that is what I think as I have never set up a camera to check).

Anyway on this Monday morning, I am one happy Momma.

He seems to be feeling good as that is the first thing that I thought about.

This is a great way to begin the week.

 

We are doing well and hard to believe that once again it is time to go to work.

Where does that time go?

Wouldn’t it be nice for the five day work week to seem like two days and the two day weekends seem like five days?

Now that would be GREAT.

 

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

I guess I will leave my ice pick things on my boots.

It is still icy out there as far as I know.

I know our front walk and due in part from keeping all of the snow shovelled.

Sometimes a bit of snow is a good thing.

 

Have a wonderful Monday.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 16th day of October, 2017.

What a glorious Sunday we had …. beautiful warm day.

Alvin and I loved our walk.

He sniffed and I took in the sights.

Back to work.

Why is it that Monday morning always seems to show up so quickly?

Time is supposed to pass at the same rate but really does not appear to.

Oh well.

Back to work.

We had a busy weekend but relaxing and productive.

Yesterday got groceries, finished the laundry, walked with Alvin, started some Christmas projects and assisted my neighbour in fixing my entrance light.

YAY …..

 

So today is our civic election here in Edmonton.

If you live in Edmonton, please go and vote.

 

Have an awesome Monday everyone.

Special Hello to: all my fellow Earthlings ….. remember we share this planet with all creature and we owe them kindness, compassion and respect.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 5th day of June, 2017.

Well this morning is unlike the past couple of mornings as it is overcast, windy and was raining.

The winds last night seemed close to gale force as they rocked the neighbourhood accompanied by lightning and thunder.

What a show it was.

Unfortunately with all the excitement it did not make for a very good night sleep.

Oh well ….. that is what happens sometimes.

 

We had a good weekend and enjoyed our little adventure to the “Northern Park.”

I call it that as it is two parks north of our house.

The baby geese always hang out there or at least most of them.

So each year me and Alvin make sure we take a walk up there.

It is not really that far but it is so much different than our “parks” and is most enjoyable.

The path through the area has not been touched for the most part it is wild as far as the trees and plants go.

The wild roses were blooming unlike ours in our nearby parks.

The fragrance filled the air.

I could sniff that scent all day long.

Close your eyes and imagine the most wonderful scent known to man.

We had a great two hours.

We did not walk steady as we would stop and take it all in and I snapped as many photos along the way as I could with a leash in one hand and a water bottle for Alvin in the other.

The rest of our Sunday was quiet and relaxing.

 

I have come to realize and have for some time that “one must always keep an open mind.”

It is something that is not always one hundred percent easy to do but we need to try.

There will always be changes.

Changes in life happen every second.

We just have to keep an open mind.

 

Well here it is time to leave for the walk to the bus once again.

Seems like it was yesterday but that was two days ago.

Time flies.

 

Have an awesome Monday.

Happy Monday All.

 

Special Hello to: those adventurers who enjoy life one second at a time.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 27th day of June, 2016.

This morning the sun is shining brightly in the morning sky.

Today marks the 65th Birthday of my eldest first cousin on my mother’s side of the family.

Happy Birthday Cousin, we wish you the most wonderful day.

Today is the birthday of my life long friend “D” ….. she is one of two.

Happy Birthday to the twins.

Why is it that Monday mornings seem to arrive so quickly.

Not as usual but some Mondays I play beat the clock and this is one of them.

So unfortunately this will be very short.

I hope that your Monday morning did not arrive too quickly.

Wishing you all the best Monday on record.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Special Hello to: all my cousin and friends who celebrate birthdays today.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 21s day of September, 2015.

Rained all night but has stopped now.

I think we have had more rain in September than all summer or at least it seems that way.

How are you feeling this fine Monday morning?

I always have to boost myself up after Sunday nights.

Usually I cannot settle down and go to sleep …. too many thoughts.

Are you this way?

It is just like the night before going on a big trip?

You go through your suitcase ….. do a checklist.

You make sure in your mind that you have your passport, traveller’s cheques, cash.

Because you keep imagining the airline clerk asking for your passport and you cannot find it.

I had that dream and wasn’t even going anywhere.

Who knows … what that means?

You make sure that you gave the spare key to your neighbour who is watching your house while you are gone.

You make sure that unnecessary electrical appliances are unplugged.

The whole gambit …. you go through.

For me most Sundays nights I go through that day, the next, the week and it certainly did not help that it was raining.

Oh well, I made sure that I had some energy boosters for breakfast ( oh, the natural ones of course ).

Green tea – MATCHA ….. very good.

Just in case you are going somewhere ….. always have a checklist.

Passport anyone!

Well it was an interesting Sunday …. my daughter was supposed to come but was not able to in the end.

Part of the plan was to make pancakes (which I did … pumpkin spiced ones) and give Mr. Alvin a hair cut & bath.

OMG, he is such a DIVA.

I will admit that I raised my voice …. likely close to yelling very briefly when I struggled to trim his paws.

Finally I managed to get them trimmed pretty good or at least way better than the time before …..

We did have a good Sunday …… all in all.

Well I guess I had better get this show on the road.

Almost time to go and catch that earlier bus ….

So happy it stopped raining and hopefully the sun will shine today.

Special Hello to: my friends back in Regina …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 20th day of April, 2015.

Well I am disappointed and confused this morning.
Up extra early so that I will be ready to start our new routine.
I go into Word Press to find that the format has changed.
No time to fiddle with things to figure it out.
Oh well …..

Guess this will be short as I have to leave for the bus shortly.

I hope that you have an awesome day.
Will get this figured out …..
I wished that I had better computer “figuring out” skills.

Happy Monday everyone.

Special Hello to: Family and Friends on this Monday.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 27th day of October, 2014.

The end of October is fast approaching.

Why is it as you get older that time seems to past so quickly?

I think it is only because in your youth time is not something you consciously think about.

As you get older in the second half of life you think about time as you ponder all of the things that you want to do or all of the things that you did not do yet and might think it is too late.

Of course then – it does seems to pass quickly.

Does this make sense?

Well it is Monday morning and some Mondays “making sense” might be just a dream.

Well maybe this is too deep for a Monday.

I hope that you are easy on yourself as you get older …. do what you can and be happy that you are able to do that.

Don’t lose sleep over time.

Live in the moment ….. be aware of what you are doing at that moment and life will still pass as it always does.

I hope that you have an awesome Monday.

Special Hello to: YOU …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to “snow covered rooftops and vehicle windshields” on this Monday the 8th day of September, 2014.

Not that I was surprised or anything but perhaps a little disappointed that Mother Nature decided that we needed to have that white stuff at the end of the first weekend in September.

All things considered it is okay.

I know that it will not stay.

It will go away and come again another day.

I just hope that it is later.

Yes, I know I am rhyming ….. pretty good for 6:30 on a Monday …….

Oh, silly me.

There was a bunny curled up on the front lawn this morning …. still brown … no white patches that I could see.

Poor little guy (actually not so little) must have been cold after a hot summer.

Perhaps it was refreshing…..

I always have wondered how even on a minus thirty day they can be out hopping about ….

Just makes me cold to think about them.

I know that they are suited but still I worry.

How are you this extra cool morning?

Ready to turn on the furnace.

I am going to try and hold out for a little bit.

Seems strange to turn on the furnace only a couple of days since it was 27 degrees celsius ….. (it was that warm here on Saturday).

There are lots of blankets for the puppies to curl up in and of course, they have there fur coats on …..

They will be warm do not worry.

So I guess it is almost time to go to work.

I hope that you have a wonderful Monday.

Thank you for reading my blog ……. I so appreciate your sharing your precious time with me.

Special Hello to: all those folks who read blogs and who write them ….. we do make a difference.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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