Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 26th day of June, 2016.

Wow only a handful of days left in the first half of the 2016.

Crazy hey.

It  has been a crazy first six months.

My neighbour since I moved to Edmonton in 2009 has moved out and shortly new ones will move in.

She married a couple of years after I moved in and now they have built a big new house.

I will miss her as she has become a good friend.

I know that we will see each other but it will not be the same.

We used to decorate our side of the duplex the same for the holidays and always received compliments and views from people passing by.

Well the garage sale was a huge success and we sold the majority of what we have for sale.

Still a few items so will post them on Kijiji or our Neighbourhood FB page.

Alvin enjoyed his visit at his sister’s house.

They are also sitting for a friend so he had “Betty Ann” to play with and a couple of times she got a bit carried away but they managed.

Alvin is pretty easy going but is a DIVA when it comes to having his ears cleaned and paws trimmed.

Oh, he is sporting a new hair cut and is oh so handsome.

Thank you to his sister and brother-in-law for giving him such a good hair cut.

Yesterday at the garage sale I even met several different people from Saskatchewan.

One lady was from by Swift Current I believe and knew one of the girls I knew from SGI (Saskatchewan Government Insurance).

It was a FUN FUN day.

Started raining and muggy and EARLY (some folks were at the garage sale down the street that started at 8:00 and had seen mine posted on line; they  caught me as I was going out the front door to go and post the sign by the park down the street).

My friend “S” and her daughter “M” always come and sit with and even buy stuff ….. they came once again.

I always appreciate her support.

Well time to get this show on the road.

I hope that you have an awesome day.

Special Hello to: my friend “M” – nice to see your sister yesterday when she came to pick up the tea.  Thanks Mo for your order.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 13th day of June, 2016.

It is a beautiful, bright, blue sky morning here in Edmonton.

On a sad note, my neighbours are moving into their new house today and I shall have new neighbours.

On a happy note, (I love to get the sad out of the way first) ….

On a happy note, yesterday I spoke to my friend “M” on the telephone, actually heard her voice.

Sounds just like she did over twenty years ago.

Elton is coming to spend the day with Alvin so that is nice.

He spent a few hours with us yesterday.

Last night it just happened that a few of us neighbours met up on the front porch to chat about our years together.

Funny how fast time passes.

I have lived here seven years ….. hard to believe.

It will be different without S & M next door …. they have been great neighbours and friends.

 

Funny that no matter where life takes you …. your friends, your true friends will always be there.

Sometimes you do not see each other for decades and then life brings you back together.

It is as though no time has elapsed.

I am grateful for that.

 

Well I had better get this show on the road.

My ride will be here early this morning.

I want to be ready to go.

 

Have an awesome day and you never know where the day will take you.

Surprise.

 

Special Hello to:  my friends “M” and “W” ….. one known since before my daughter was born and the other worked with for decades.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 17th day of April, 2015.

Well there is a quietness over our household that marks us being alone.

My daughter, son-in-law and grand-puppies moved into their brand new house yesterday.

It is going to take awhile for me and Alvin to get used to the stillness.

We will have to make some noise.

When my daughter and son-in-law came to pick up Elton and Penny after the movers were done …. they helped me move my bed back into the master bedroom.

It seemed so strange but yet so familiar to be back in that room.

Alvin hopped right up on the bed but then took a long time to settle down.

I think he could smell Elton and Penny’s scent left behind in the room.

Even this morning I know that he misses most especially Miss Penny.

They got to be such good buddies over the past months.

So this weekend I am going to give myself a break and simply get used to being alone in the house.

Do some laundry ….. do a bit of cleaning but the most of the weekend I will spend with Alvin …… giving him extra attention.

WOW, even in the office without the bed it echoes.

Funny how a piece of furniture can make such a difference.

Well I need a shower and then to get on with this day.

Funny now without the kids here and no second job it seems unbearably quiet …. I know that we will get back into our routine and that will be sooner than later for sure as it is back to work at the office on Monday.

I am grateful for all of my many blessings.

To have my own home after almost three decades of living in an apartment.

I am grateful to be in great health.

I am grateful to be surrounded by good neighbours and friends.

So here we go, me and Alvin on another adventure.

With the sun shining and a hefty breeze we will start this new chapter.

I thank you for staying with us.

Have an awesome Friday.

Special Hello to:  family and friends …. all those folks beginning a new chapter in their lives.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 14th day of April, 2015.

YAY, my last day of work for the week.

I am so excited to have the rest of the week off and also the weekend.

Five days in a row.

Sad, part of the week is that tomorrow night is the last night the kids will sleep in my house before moving into their brand new house.

We are all excited.

I am excited to see the house all done and they are excited to live in it.

The pups will be wondering what the heck is going on but we will all adjust.

So many last ones …. so many first ones.

Another chapter over another one beginning.

The sky is overcast this morning …..

I hope that it shines tomorrow and Thursday for the move.

The kids pick up the keys tomorrow and then we (me and the pups) get to see the new house.

We will move some of the smaller stuff and then Thursday the movers will arrive.

It will definitely seem strange without them here.

The past eight months have flown by …. seems like yesterday they were moving in with us.

Well time to go and tackle my last day at the office ….. lots to do there.

Busy place.

Special Hello to: to all those people confronted by change ….. just go right at it……. you can do it.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 13th day of April, 2015.

Wow, almost halfway through the month of April.

What a life altering month thus far for me.

It has been a thoroughly enjoyable weekend at home.

You could not wipe the smile from my face or the joy from my heart.

I truly love being at home in my house with Alvin and my family.

The kids are packing up as they move into their new house this coming Thursday.

Excitement – galore.

I can hardly wait to see their new digs.

So exciting.

We will miss them but once again we open to a new chapter of our lives.

I am only at the office Monday and Tuesday this week as I am home to help with the move.

It is exciting to be at home for five days in a row.

Alvin and I will have to get used to a new routine for the two of us.

But we are looking forward to it …. well at least I am…..for the most part.

Wishing you a happy Monday.

May you have joy in your heart and happiness on your face.

Special Hello to: my friends and family.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 30th and second last day of July, 2014.

Wow, what a month July has been.

Some rain storms, hot weather, kids moved in, cleaning their house, and I hit 500 followers on my blog.

What a month.

What a great month!

Well tonight we should finish up at the house and the new owners move in on Friday.

My kids lived in their house for seven years.

Moved in July 2007 and moved out July 2014.

Lucky 7’s.

After tonight we will start to get into a regular routine.

The puppies will be happy about that …..

The sky seemed to be overcast earlier and I am quite certain that we saw some lightning flash in the sky during the night.

Alvin woke up and was up at the window barking at something in my neighbour’s yard.

Not sure if a cat got in there or not ….

Well almost time to go to work.

Another day another $1.00 …. isn’t that how the saying goes.

But thank goodness it is more than that…

I seem to use the word t-h-a-t several times in this blog ….. or maybe I use it a lot.

Celebrate being alive on this Wednesday.

Be grateful for all that you have and all that you are …..

May grace and kindness guide you.

I love that Alvin lays outside our room as I type this in his “guard” protector mode.

Or at least it looks that way.

Special Hello to: you all ……. everyone on the planet.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 27th day of July, 2014.

It is a grand day here in Edmonton at my home.

My daughter is downstairs finishing (tying off) the necklaces for our wedding jewellery order.

I am writing this my “1301” blog.

Alvin is lying in the hallway outside the office/bedroom door.

One of my grand-puppies is with my daughter and the other with my son-in-law still snoozing.

We are just getting ready to go for day two of cleaning.

Day one was just moving the odds and ends that were left behind from the big move and smaller trips.

Day two is the nitty gritty ….. cleaning …..

First off, I am going to take Alvin and Miss Penny for a walk.

They have been slightly neglected the past few days.

They deserve a nice walk.

There is a nice cool breeze coming in through the small opening (left window open).

Feels nice.

Thank you again to my first follower and the 500th and everyone in between.

I am so very grateful for your kindness, generosity of time and support.

Time to sip that last coffee and then get ready to go for a walk.

Have a great Sunday.

Oh, did I mention that I booked off from the store ….. I always work there on Sundays.

A regular fixture…..  giggling ……

Special Hello to: all those people back in Saskatchewan who enjoyed Beyonce and Jay-Z last night.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 29th day of June, 2014.

Wow, two days left in June ……

Then Canada Day ……

It has been a very rewarding weekend thus far.

Considering I spent 3.5 days last week with dental issues, I am happy to say all is well.

Me and Alvin moved our bed from the master bedroom to the office.

My daughter, son-in-law and grand-puppies are moving in with us in July.

They are building a new house and their current home has sold.

We are very excited.

I gladly, gave up the master bedroom to have them move in with us.

It will be wonderful having someone other than Alvin to talk to ….. although he is great company …. not much of a “talker.”

Anyway, we have our bed, night stand and computer …… don’t need more than that.

I feel like a little kid ….. so excited to have a “new room.”  ……

I want to hang up some pictures etc on the walls.

I moved all of my book cases and books and odds and ends to the guest bedroom …..

It looks actually quite nice and I was pleasantly surprised that they all fit and it looks great.

I will share photos later ….. just getting ready to go to work at the store.

I have decided to have a garage sale in a couple of weeks.

Give and sell things.

I have so much and I feel like downsizing ……

Mr. Alvin seems to have settled in as he is standing up on his hind legs looking out the window.  (on the bed which is close to the window).

Last night he wasn’t sure …..

When we went to bed …. he went into the master first and then when I said “to bed” ….. he seemed to understand.

We are happy ….. I am truly so excited to have them with us.

I am grateful that I have the room/space for them to live with us.

How very cool.

They are the best kids and so good to me and Alvin ……

Canada Day, I am working at the store which is cool ….. so anyone shopping I can “wish them a Happy Canada Day.”

It is overcast and windy at the moment.

Mr. Sun is trying to come out from behind the clouds.

I think Alvin really like the new bedroom ……. some new views for him to look at …..

Last night I baked a rhubarb (from my friend) and apple (from my brother) crisp and also tried a new recipe from my friend, Val – a rhubarb (threw in a few apples) upside down cake.

Between the moving upstairs, some cleaning and laundry ….. baking down at 11:00 p.m.

Nothing like baking and then going to bed ….. the house smells amazing.

Well I hope you all have a great Sunday.

Wherever you are and whatever you are doing – play and work safe.

Happy Sunday.

Special Hello: to my cousin “J” …… thank you.  I am feeling much better now that I got my “mouth” tended to and also getting the bed and stuff moved.  Haven’t tasted the crisp but I added brown sugar …. smells amazing.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 28th day of June, 2014.

It was bright and sunny and windy when I first got out of bed this morning.

The sky has now become overcast with some dark blue rain clouds and a few drops of rain.

Over the past couple of days I have noticed that people all over our city have packed up for the long weekend.

Whether they are just taking a road trip for the long weekend or starting their summer vacation, it is always interesting watching people pack up.

I noticed people in the neighbourhood packing up their cars and SUV’s ….. packing in all of their luggage ……

Most interesting when there are kids and pets ……

I am always surprised as to how much “stuff” we take while going on vacation.

In recent times, we have such a thing as laundry facilities …… at most places.

But we still tend to pack everything but the kitchen sink.

Oh well, that’s the life of we, humans.

So on this long weekend I am working and relaxing and relaxing and working.

I am doing the regular house stuff like cleaning and laundry adding in working at the store and also preparing for my kids move.

So exciting to have company for a few months.

Will be easier to cook for three than one.

Will be nice to have someone to talk to other than Mr. Alvin …..

No offense, my buddy.

Oh well ….. time to get things underway …..  mmm, first on the list start the LAUNDRY ….

Thank goodness for modern machines ….. when I was little laundry was an all day or two event.

I remember having to use a wringer washer …. oh, that was fun.

We put the laundry on a clotheslines to dry ( but the smell was amazing ) and we ironed everything.

Those were the days.

I hope that you have a grand Saturday.

Special Hello to: all my those people out there going on vacation ….. I hope you have safe travels.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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