Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 3rd day of August, 2016.

We actually went for an extra long walk around what we lovingly refer to “The Big Lake.”

It was funny about half way around Mr. Alvin turned to go back (I guess he figured that was enough).

But I coaxed him onward between gentle words and some water we carried on.

I always carry a puppy water bottle with us on our walks in the summertime.

Even on a cooler day such as today animals get thirsty.

I mean the health professionals are always saying that when you are out for a walk we humans are to take water with us.

Personally I think the poor puppies need it more than we do ….. after all they are sporting fur coats when we have shorts and tank tops on as as example.

Honestly other than my daughter and her husband I have yet in the six years since I adopted Alvin have ever seen one person walking with their dog(s) that was carrying some kind of water bottle for them.

No one does.

I am slightly no I am in total disbelief of this action.

I know that most of the folks I have seen love their animals as they are out walking with them, they are well groomed for the most part …. so why no water.

It truly has been bugging me for a long time.

I even told my daughter I would like to buy a bunch of pet water bottles and hand them out to people when me and Alvin are out for our walks.

Also one time earlier in the summer on a warm day …. it was after work and we were out for a walk.

A man was walking with his dog …. a collie I believe …… long long hair and the dog was panting to beat the band.

We had said hello.

I was giving Alvin a drink and he asked about his water bottle.

I explained to him that when dogs pant they are not only trying to cool down but they are stressed.

They get stressed when they get hot.

I immediately offered some water to the dog but he said they were on their way home.

He asked where you buy the water bottles and I told him.

I sure hope that he did pick up a bottle.

He had talked about going for two walks every day so I know that he cared about the dog.

Just amazes me that no one thinks to carry water with them for the dogs.

Anyway …..

GREAT NEWS.

Sir Elton, my daughter and son-in-law’s boy and my grand-puppy had a check up / follow up appointment with his Doctor yesterday.

My daughter said the appointment went great.

She said that the Doctor was almost giddy with joy over Elton’s amazing recovery.

As are we.

He is a stubborn, old guy that just will not give up.

We are so grateful for that …..

My kids are great parents to Elton and I know their love and support through these past few months have truly made a difference.

More news:

Yesterday I received a necklace that I earned through Steeped Tea.

It is a blue/turquoise glitter ball made for Steeped Tea by Hillberg & Berk, a Saskatchewan Jewellery Company out of Regina.

The necklace is absolutely gorgeous.

Also the new Fall/Winter Steeped Tea Catalogues along with my second last tea order arrived yesterday.

It was an awesome day for good news.

Ending the day Alvin and I walked by our park and met up with our friends and their puppies.

We had a fun walk.

Today let me see:

Agenda ….. clean bathroom fans ….. one thing about having three bathrooms …. there are three fans.

I will also take apart some catalogues and place the individual pages in page protectors and folders for my customers.

I am also putting together a couple of packages to mail over the next couple of days …. I do need the big envelopes, though.

I also am going to continue to pull weeds from back and sides of the garage.

Some of the neighbours have just let the back go and therefore makes it harder for the rest of us to be weed free.

Always cleaning to do.

Also I am going to dig up an area out front by the front sidewalk to the street and make a new flower bed.

It is a big job so likely won’t start it until Friday or Saturday.

Well time to get going here.

Coffee time.

I hope that you all are doing well.

Have an awesome Wednesday.

Special Hello to: my friend “V” ……. gathering your package contents up to mail tomorrow or Friday.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 28th day of November, 2015.

The sun is coming up with pale shades of orange and blue almost clear.

It is quiet here in my neighbourhood.

Likely households are just beginning to stir.

The only sound I can hear is the buzzing in my right ear.

I guess time to start using the oil for my ears …..

Perhaps a bit too late but will try that first.

It would appear that as I glance out of the office window that my neighbour’s garage is final complete from the shingles to the lights.

It is quite the sight as it almost completely blocks the sight of their house and about half of the view from this window.

Looks nice though.

 

Yesterday the craft sale was good.

Some of the “vendors” were saying that the traffic was down from last year.

My neighbour is a nurse and works at the hospital so we had all of her co-workers and people she knows, so that definitely helped.

Compared to the Trade Show we attended a couple of years ago in a neighbouring community there were a thousand times more people.

We did not sell out but did quite well.

Lots of comments which gave us ideas for the future.

Some that made me think …. “did you forget to use your inside voice as the comments were not perhaps what one would deem flattering.”

I was reminded by my ever so wise daughter ….. not to take it personally ….. there are all kinds of people.

But then there was this woman who was so sweet.

She was at the hospital as her boyfriend was having surgery.

The dear lady lightly joked with us about him and having to look after him after the surgery when he goes home.

Clearly she was worried.

She loved our jewellery, and I showed her a pair of earrings and she remarked that there were too fancy for her as she was too plain.

“Ah”, I said …. “you are not plain and you wear what makes you feel good.”

My daughter showed her our pinecone earrings which are so sweet.

She tried a couple of necklaces on and checked them out in a mirror we had with us.

She decided on the pinecone earrings and one of the necklaces.

We chatted for a few minutes.

We girls, remarked how great she looked and she was on her way.

Just after she left … my daughter found her glasses.

We did not see which way she left so could not follow, so we were hoping she would come back later.

There was always the lost and found.

She came back later …. very worried as they were her only glasses and she needed them for driving.

I asked how the surgery went and she said “well.”

My daughter handed her the glasses and she was so grateful.

I gave her a hug and she was on her way.

We are so blessed that she stopped by as it reminded me how fragile the human spirit is and how we must we kind to one and other.

 

Overall I would say that it was successful.

Time spent with my daughter is always a great thing.

It was a nice change from the office.

Two of my friends stopped by to show their support so that was wonderful.

Pretty much everyone else I know was working.

But that is okay …. great experience.

 

Well in just over one hour we will be leaving for Alvin’s regular 6 week pedicure appointment, he also needs some food.

Then home to prepare the orders for the recent tea parties so that I can submit them today.

One of my friend’s is stopping by to take me to run an errand later and possibly stay for tea.

Then it will be laundry.

 

Well looks like I had better be getting this show on the road.

I hope that you have a wonderful Saturday.

 

One thing … my thought for the day …..

“Chose your words wisely before opening your mouth to speak”

Being hurtful or ingenue or less than kind is not how we should treat our fellow human beings. 

The old adage “if you cannot say something nice then do not say anything at all” ….. it works.

Just saying.

 

Special Hello to: my sister and our friend “M” back in Saskatchewan …. thank you ladies for always your kind words and support.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 23rd day of June, 2014.

I am on a vacation day to work on the jewellery for a wedding in August.

So lots to do.

Such a beautiful morning the sky is blue and there is a breeze.

I have the beads all out and ready to begin.

Now to access my imagination and let the creativity begin.

I am so grateful that I found my creative side.

I think being creative helps you unwind after a long day or week at work.

Always good to make things with your hands.

I do love working with beads …… different shapes and sizes and colours.

I can just let my mind and hands go crazy ….

So on this quiet Monday I am going to work on the jewellery.

I hope that you find your inner creativeness and explore it.

I believe that everyone has the ability if they take the time.

Happy Monday everyone ……

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This was my last project …. necklace and bracelets.

So much fun.

Special Hello to: all my fellow jewellery makers/designers.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to the second day of summer Sunday, the 22nd day of June, 2014.

It is bright and sunny out this morning and the air has a slight coolness from the breeze, making it practically perfect.

This morning I was reminded as I gathered the jewellery that I always wear …. you know the rings and watch and then touched off with bracelets and a necklace, perhaps earrings.

One piece that I have worn every single day since it was given to me back in the summer of 1976 – a jade ring.

The ring is smooth and green ….. an ever ending circle of friendship.

It was a gift from my then best friend, Carolyn.

My forever friend, Carolyn, I might add.

We met in Grade Twelve.

She got married right after high school.

She had gone on a trip to the United States and had brought it back for me.

It is strange that I have no other piece of jewellery that I have consistently wore for that length of time.

This summer is is thirty-eight years since she gave it to me.

We were inseparable for a long-time and always kept in touch.

But somehow like many relationships go they slowly slip away.

I miss her.

We have and had such an amazing friendship that no matter how much time had elapsed we would just pick up from that point, like we had just spoke that day.

To my knowledge she still lives back in Regina and hopefully someday we will meet up again.

I am grateful for the jade ring a fond reminder of love and friendship.

Special Hello to: my friend Carolyn wherever you are ………

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday, the 21st day of June 2013 and the first official day of summer.

Today is my day off from the office.

As I sit here beginning to write I cannot help but think of my family and friends.

When I came into my office this morning I looked at my bulletin boards that are filled with photos of me and my sister when we were small and throughout our lives, photos of my Grandma Stella, ones with me and my best friend Linda and her family, photos of me and my brothers, my Mom, my nieces and nephews, cousins, Alvin and me, and my beautiful daughter and her hubby and of course, my grand-puppies.  I have photos of vacations, weddings, stills of special items and so many more.

What fills your walls?  Do you have photos of family and friends?

I have always loved photos and had my very first camera at age 12.

Photos were/are  like special friends – family to me, and I carried them over three provinces, and over 30 moves over my lifetime thus far.

They are my treasures.

Even though with technology we seldom print actual photos I have over 20,000 photos on my computer and saved in other means.

I have over 10,000 printed photos.

I could likely cover every spare spot in my home with photographs.  Wouldn’t that be great?

I am so grateful to those pioneers who came up with the idea of capturing moments on “paper.”

Crazy, did you know that some of the first photos were on tin.

As I grow older I am even more grateful to have all of these special treasures to remind me of everything I have done over my life.

As memory lessens over time I will always have these great treasures to remind me of a life so rich and so blessed.

Once in awhile I take out all of my photo boxes and look at each and every photo.

I take the time to remember.

Some of the people in the photos are no longer with me whether moved away or passed on, so I remember them.

Perhaps it was a favourite top, a gift, a vacation, a pet, a first home or a rainbow.

I remember it all.

When the days become long or the nights are lonely ….. I can always pull out my photographs and remember times gone by.

Here are a few of my favourite photos ….. I have likely somewhere in the number of 30,000 …… LOL.

Ah, my puppies ..... Elton and Penny

Ah, the puppies…..

Miss Penny

Miss Penny

Miss Penny, again she is quite the model....

Miss Penny, again she is quite the model….

My first great niece and nephew when they were small......

My first great niece and nephew when they were small……

One of Alvin's first hair cuts after he came to live with me.  He looks so little....

One of Alvin’s first hair cuts after he came to live with me. He looks so little….

Being creative .... one of our first bracelets.

Being creative …. one of our first bracelets.

Wrapped gifts .... so beautiful....

Wrapped gifts …. so beautiful….

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

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

So I hope that you have a great weekend.

I am going to do some housework and enjoy a cup or two of coffee.

Love seeing the sun shine.

Take Mr. Alvin to the Vet …. this afternoon.

Work at the store later.

Tomorrow I am going to finish a special necklace, I am so excited.

It is beautiful.

Take Care.

Special Hello to: all my friends and family ….. those in Southern Alberta I hope that you are safe and dry.  May the sun come out.

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and welcome to Monday, October 22, 2012 ….. whoops I missed a date somewhere.

Earlier when I was writing in my gratitude journal I marked today as Monday, October 21st, 2012.

So somewhere over the weekend I got one day behind…….

Oh well …….

So what is your plan for this day, for this week …..

I have work for the first three days followed by a one day seminar/course at work and then my Friday off.

I am so blessed that I can work the extra time each week so that every second week I can get an extra day off.

It makes having a second job easier with having a two day weekend here and there.

This past weekend was grand.  I got lots of housework done (still have to do the fans, light fixtures and baseboards but perhaps that will be this coming up weekend).

Also was able to have a couple of “coffee visits” and spend an afternoon working on jewelry ….. I made a beautiful necklace with touches of red.

It will be posted on FB over the next week or so.

I love making jewelry …. so relaxing.

So that was my weekend and my week to come.  I hope that you are enjoying life.

Even though most of us have to work to support our habits of having a roof over our heads and eating …. (giggling out loud) …. I hope that in between you can find the time to relax, have a few laughs and simply enjoy your time on this earth.

I am going to practice being a better person ….. I always try to do better than the day before and perhaps one day I shall strike perfection …. whatever that may be.

So on this Monday …. I hope that you are feeling great ….. that you had a wonderful sleep and that you have a comfy bed.

I hope that you are surrounded by love and laughter.

Take care.

Special Hello to:  us all …….

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

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