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 Sunday the 10th day of June, 2018.

The sky is filled with rain clouds, the trees are swaying in the wind and the sun is desperately trying to peer through the darkness.

It has been raining for a few hours and the pavement is wet, the grass is happily smiling a rich green, the trees are singing for the rain as they are moving about in the wind.

I can hear the rain drops coming down to the ground.

We needed the rain, the moisture, that balance.

 

Last night as the dark clouds filled the sky and the odd rain drop began to fall; I decided to move my flower pots into the protection of the house.

I could not have every pot in total cover and not that I wanted to as they need that glorious nectar that falls from the sky.

So they still receive the moisture but are protected in the event of hail and strong winds.

I noticed that some of the flower petals had fallen off and were covering the soil inside the pots.

What can you do?

 

We are going to visit a friend later this morning rain or shine.

So hopefully it is not pouring although I can carry my large umbrella and Alvin can walk close beside me.

He really needs a summer rain jacket.

He has one but it does not really fit him anymore.

At least it is not cold outside and we can always dry off later.

 

What are you doing today?

Is it raining where you are?

What do you do on a raining day?

Stay inside?

Go for a walk?

Read a book?

Write a book?

Watch a movie?

Eat popcorn?

Go shopping?

Do housework?

Hobby/craft time?

Go through closets?

 

I hope that wherever you are that you are enjoying this day.

Perhaps it is a work day for you or perhaps a day of leisure.

No matter what … enjoy.

Take in the sights and sounds around you.

Hold them close.

Appreciate them for what they are ….

Happy Sunday.

 

Special Hello to: my sister …. who is one of the best joke tellers I know.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 2nd day of April, 2018.

The sun is shining brightly and still a bit cool outside.

Hard to believe we are in April.

Grateful that we are getting closer to no ice and snow.

It has been a long winter.

It was wonderful to have a four day weekend off and to be at home.

I wouldn’t say that I accomplished as much as I may have planned earlier on.

But it was relaxing and was able to spend time with some of my friends, my kids and grand-pups and Alvin.

Alvin and I watched the new STAR WARS movie “The Last JEDI” last night.

I really enjoyed it but I think it was too long for Mr. Alvin.

He dozed off within the first half of the movie.

Today will be out preparing for the work week ahead.

Iron clothes, make lunch etc.

I guess tomorrow is garbage day as well.

Also we will head out for a nice walk this afternoon.

 

I am very grateful for the long weekend.

I am very grateful for my family and friends.

I am very grateful for Alvin and all of the pups in our lives.

I am very grateful that we are in good health.

 

So time to get this show on the road.

Time flies by.

Thank you for sharing your precious time with me.

 

Special Hello to: my family and friends, near and far.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 21st day of December, 2017.

Official day of WINTER.

Longer days start again, YAY.

Welcome WINTER.

Payday …. always a good thing.

Last day of work for this year.

That is always a good thing.

Alvin is excited for me to be at home.

That is always a good thing.

My daughter is picking me up from work tonight.

That is always a good thing.

Found something newish that never wore before and that is always a good thing.

Life is good.

Are you counting your blessings?

Do you count them?

Are you grateful for your world?

I mean the things in your life?

No one has what anyone might deem a perfect life but then again perfection lies in the eyes of the beholder.

Perfection for you might not be for someone else and that is okay.

We are individuals after all.

So on this Thursday my last day of work which excites me more than you will ever know (and I do love my job).

Just nice to have a break and most especially at this time of year.

Time to enjoy family and friends, perhaps do some purging …. like spring cleaning but on smaller scale …. like a drawer or a closet…..relax……eat some good food…..perhaps watch a movie or six.

Have a great day.

Looks like it is time for me to go.

Have a bus to catch.

Happy Thursday.

Remember to be kind to yourself first and then it is much easier to be kind to others.

Special Hello to:  my friends, thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Sunday, July 23, 2017 and it is the 18th day until my 60th Birthday.

What makes me happy? joyful?

Simple things, actually.

I love walking with Alvin in the earlier part of the morning before it gets warm (in the summer).

I love reading a good book.

I love sharing a good cup of coffee with my daughter and all my friends.

I love snuggling with me Alvin on the sofa watching a movie.

I love good food, nothing complicated, simple, honest food.

I do love chocolate (try to do in moderation not always successful).

I love to laugh with my sister and my brothers.

I love ALL time spent with my daughter.

I love doing creative projects with my daughter whether jewellery making or something else.

I love good conversation with my super knowledgable son-in-law.

I love sitting on the deck in the summertime gazing up at the stars.

I love the simple things in life.

The smell of a baby.

The smell of the roses that line the pathway to our parks.

The touch of a cool breeze on my face.

Walking through puddles of water and splashing (just like a little one).

The list is a mile long but always simple things.

 

Always, Carol

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 27th day of February, 2017.

How are you this morning?

I am doing well.

Just about ready to head out for another Monday work day.

Alvin and I had a great weekend.

Most of which was spent at home …. the rest was out running errands.

 

We watched the OSCARS last night ….. well rather I watched the OSCARS last night.

Alvin was not to excited about seeing who had the most beautiful dress or who won BEST PICTURE.

In fact, he was ready to head up to bed about 8:30 p.m.

He definitely is a creature of habit.

At least by going to bed later he did not wake up at 3:00 a.m. …. closer to 4:30 a.m. which was a nice treat.

 

The temperatures this week are single digits below zero which will be nice.

Yesterday was kind of cold.

We had a quiet day.

Somedays you just ignore the “TO DO LIST” and do your own thing …. which in this case was “not much.”

I always do the necessities, of course.

But sometimes it is nice to just chill and watch a movie or something.

Snuggle with me Alvin …..

 

Well here we are again time to catch the bus to work.

Have a great Monday.

I hope that you had a great Sunday and had time to chill.

 

Special Hello to: my family all over the world.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 20th day of February, 2017.

Today is “Family Day” in Alberta and in other parts of Canada.

We have the day off from work and celebrate family.

Yesterday my daughter and grand-pups came for a visit.

We girls had pancakes flavoured with chocolate honey from south of Edmonton.

They were so yummy.

Alvin is beginning to calm down around Miss Aspen.

They actually laid down on our sofa without any growling coming from Mr. Alvin.

It was so nice to have them here.

My neighbour “S” also came for coffee and pancakes and a visit.

Yesterday was my Family Day.

Following the company I went canvassing for the Heart & Stroke.

Not many folks were at home.

Last night Alvin and I just relaxed and watched a couple of movies.

It was a nice evening.

This morning I had coffee with my neighbour.

We always have great conversations.

So today not much planned.

I did plan to give Alvin a bath and may do so.

So icy out there that I think we may just hang out in the house and perhaps on the deck for some fresh air.

Wishing everyone a Happy Family Day.

Special Hello to: All my Family & Friends.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 11th day of September, 2016.

Wow, for a split second there I thought something was wrong with me or the computer as I was so certain it was the 12th.

Whew.

Until I took a gander across the room to the calendar and it said SEPTEMBER 11th.

Isn’t it funny how something can completely throw you off track and get you so worried in like a nanosecond?

I had one million thoughts going through my brain at the speed of light.

Back to reality.

The sky is overcast and we had another good soaking last night.

The wind is howling away making it seem like it is bitterly cold outside.

I am so happy that Alvin and I enjoyed two wonderful walks yesterday.

We went out in the morning and then again after supper.

It was glorious.

So nice to enjoy the weather while we can.

Last night I decided to make homemade black bean / vegetable burgers.

I pretty much followed the recipe and definitely know what I will do a bit different next time.

They may not look like much but they are so full of flavour once you get past the consistency.

First attempt definitely a pass …..

Next time will be a touchdown.

I am not a big football follower but figured the terms just fit perfectly.

Today is going to be a quiet maybe enjoy some television kind of day.

Perhaps a movie.

We will wait and see what the day brings before going for a walk.

Hopefully the wind will die down.

Today is a do things on the computer kind of day.

I did the laundry and tidied the house yesterday.

Just debating about putting the deck furniture away but think I will wait for another weekend.

Most of my flowers and shrubs are doing great.

The ones that were not I pulled or trimmed back depending on whether or not they were annuals or perennials.

We still have a good week of weather ahead of us according to the long rang forecast.

Might as well enjoy it while we can.

So on this quiet Sunday – I hope that you are unable to enjoy time with your family and friends.

Maybe just a day where you can sit and relax ….. enjoy some laughter, good company and good food.

Take care.

Special Hello to: my friends near and far.  Thank you “V” for you never ending support.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 29th day of May, 2016.

It is another glorious morning with the sun shining and blue skies.

I am hosting another garage sale today and thank goodness for “light” blue sunny skies this weekend.

Alvin went to his sister’s for a sleepover and to be with them during the garage sale.

He gets so excited when people come and it is kind of boring for him to be stuck in the garage with me all day.

Not much fun.

I have a good feeling about this one and know it is going to be great.

Lots of people and lots of sales.

Bye bye stuff.

 

Last night I was invited to one of friend’s homes for a get together.

Family friendly.

In the beginning we sat in the backyard around a fire pit.

I was not there (only a couple of minutes from my house) very long when the skies started to cloud over and the wind got up.

We sat and roasted marshmallows and visited.

Then it started to “spit” (only a few drops) and we jokingly said “no it was sun rays” ….. trying to remain positive.

As it rained harder and harder – we pulled out the umbrellas as remained outside in the rain roasting marshmallows until it rained so hard we were forced to go inside.

That was after about one hour or so.

In the house we played cards …. so much fun.

Most Saturday nights it is me and Alvin at home – watch some shows or perhaps a movie but I do not go out anywhere unless we do a later walk.

We laughed and guess what I won the card game.

First time played it.

Luck of the Irish …. I do not know but it was so much fun.

I am so grateful to have been invited and for the evening out.

So grateful that Alvin was not home alone for that time, as well.

Likely another reason why I do not go out.

I figure he is alone all week while I am at work so he needs me at home all weekend.

Which is fair, I think.

Well time to get going and get some coffee on and have breakfast.

Get out and put up the signs and balloons.

Gather my stuff and IPOD and set up in the garage.

Actually everything is ready to go.

Have an awesome day.

 

The rain clouds are gone and sunny days ahead.

Life is great.

You just have to think outside the box …… just referring to a problem I had ….. but all is well now.

Remember if you are having a problem … try not to dwell on it ….. it is hard, believe me I know all too well.

If you just think of a solution that you might think initially would not work but then it does …. life is good.

Not everything is black and white.

There are people to help.

 

Have a great Sunday.

Now breakfast, coffee and GARAGE SALE.

 

Special Hello to: my daughter and son-in-law and Mr. Elton (who is doing so much better, we love you buddy) – thank you for caring for Alvin while I work the garage sale.

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 28th day of December, 2015.

It is almost 9:00 a.m. and the sky looks like a huge snowbank.

Certainly does not give one the energy to get up and get going.

We went to bed late it was almost 11:00 p.m. as I had been watching a movie.

Up at 6:00 for Mr. Alvin and then back to bed until a few minutes ago.

There are things that I should and can do but somehow laying there listening to he stillness was appealing.

Well now that I am up …. first on the list is to write my blog.

 

Yesterday I had coffee in the morning with my neighbour and took Mr. Alvin along …..

He did not settle down right away and walked every square inch of the main floor sniffing.

Finally after a couple of pieces of some fruit he laid down.

We had a great visit.

During our conversation we decided to take a trip to what is named “The Antique Mall.”

The mall is a huge building filled with a great many vendors that sell various bits and pieces of antiques.

You can buy pretty much anything there from heirloom jewellery to china to that 70’s patchwork leather chair to a 40’s full length fur coat.

There were tablecloths, tins from every decade, old catalogues, magazines and books.

What a fun way to spend a couple of hours.

I found a replacement China plate.

I inherited my Grandmother’s “Lavender Rose” Royal Albert China set.

Somewhere along the way one of the dinner plates was cracked.

Not sure why but I was happy to replace it and for reasonable.

My friend told me that her Mother had mentioned to her that the future of all our fine China is about to change as they are not making it in England it will be made in China.

The way it is manufactured is going to be different so any of the previously made China like mine will not match.

You may not notice if you are buying new but you would notice if you were replacing a piece.

I think suddenly all of China found in Antique stores and the like will become even more pricey.

I was so happy to purchase the plate for $17.00.

In the store it would be many times that price.

I do want to top up the set.

Thinking I could use some small fruit dishes or “nappies.”

Even odds and ends that would go with my clear glasses dishes from Princess House to use everyday.

I also have some luncheon plates from Princess House that are a beautiful green that go with the clear dishes.

Not sure what else …. I want to pull it out and take a look.

Why would they have to change the way something has been made for hundreds of years, why?

I do not think that more things need to be manufactured in China.

That country’s air quality gets worse with each passing minute.

I enjoyed our adventure to the Antique Mall and was pleasantly surprised by all of the people that were out yesterday.

Of course, most of the vendors had percentages off their treasured items so not too surprised.

Time for breakfast and that first cup of coffee.

Happy Monday.

I have seven days of vacation including today ….. it started at ten …. time flies.

So happy to be off and at home.

I hope that whatever you are doing on this first Monday after Christmas that you are “happy and content and safe.”

Special Hello to:  Antique Lovers ……

Always, Carol and Alvin

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