Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Good Morning,

Today is Thursday the 13th day of August, 2020.

Almost half way through August now and fall/autumn is fast approaching.

In some areas of the country the leaves are already beginning to change colour.

The grass in places is beginning to turn yellow/brown.

The grass and trees are still pretty green here in Edmonton due to the rain.

The air is cool.

The mad heat of the summer was short lived – only being about ten days this year.

We had a great many rainy days but have been blessed to have sunshine.

The weather during my vacation has been very nice with most of the hot days falling during this time.

 

Ah, summer.

Ode to Summer.

Short and oh so sweet.

 

I will say that fall is my favourite season …. I do love the freshness of spring and the smell.

Now that being said …. when I was growing up on the farm … back in 04 (just kidding) ….

There really was a fresh smell to spring.

A scent to the snow melting …. we did not know about snow mold back on the farm.

The crocuses covered pastures with a purple blanket.

Snow melted over a few weeks time.

I do remember once, when I young that we still had some dirty snow on the northside of our house in July.

That was crazy.

 

Back to modern times.

So this is Thursday, then Friday and the weekend and Monday is back to work.

For the most part the time has gone by at a reasonable pace until today and now it seems like work is right around the corner.

Back to getting up earlier.

Thankfully not as early as back in March when I had to leave the house at 6:40 or so or earlier if I was catching the bus.

I am grateful that the decision was made for us to remain working from home until at least January 2021.

Perhaps our leadership team will find that working from home just works better for staff.

I do love being at home.

No commute.

Time for extra walks.

Being with Alvin …. No. 1 reason for loving working from home.

 

Yesterday we had so many visits.

In the afternoon, Teddy, his sister Kobi and Mom came for a visit.

First visit from them in months although Teddy did spend some time here a few weeks ago.

After supper we went for our second walk of the day.

It was so nice outside.

We were almost past Pauline’s house, the friend with the glorious garden, when we heard her call out to us.

Alvin enjoyed running and sniffing about her yard and I enjoyed checking out the flowers and chatting with our friend.

Her flowers are still so beautiful.

A young lady named Jenna and her small dog named Ellie stopped by.

Pauline introduced me and Alvin to them – they had met while walking about a month ago.

My friend had been out walking with her grand pup George when they met.

I love meeting new people.

We had a nice long visit before returning home and not empty handed, I might add.

Pauline gave me some succulents to plant in my back garden.

I did not have time to plant them last night as we found Humphrey and his Mom on the front lawn visiting other folks from the neighbourhood.

Alex, Janet and their yellow labs “Eddy” and “Bruno.”

Alvin got a little freaked out as they saw me and pulled on their leashes to come and see us.

We had a nice visit on the front lawn.

I am so grateful that we have such lovely people in our neighbourhood.

By the time we got into the house it was 8:30 p.m. and we had left the house at 6:30 p.m.

A nice couple of hours outside enjoying the fresh air.

 

Well it is time to hit the shower as it has been a couple of days.

My hair looks like it needs to be washed.

The sky is now overcast and after the shower, I want to get those succulents into the ground as soon as possible.

They are resting in some water at this time.

 

I hope that you are enjoying August 13th, 2020.

Another friend celebrates a birthday today.

So many August birthdays.

Happy Birthday Caroline.

 

Alvin is standing in the doorway and staring at me.

Now he is stretching.

He is good at stretching, I could learn a lesson from the boy.

 

Well I think after my shower I will put on long pants.

Other than next Monday the weather forecast is for high teens and low 20’s for the next couple of weeks.

Last night it got down to plus 8 degrees celsius.

 

Living life with kindness and respect.

We all have our differences, our opinions and similarities.

No one human being is exactly the same.

That being said “we have to be better at living with each other.”

We should all be striving for the same thing.

Peace, respect and kindness and compassion for all human beings, for all living beings and for the environment.

When we notice disrespect, violence and non compassionate actions we need to speak out and change this.

No one person whether adult or child should have to live in fear or violation.

No animal should be chained up.

Cruelty and violence should be two words that are not in our vocabulary.

We need to be better.

We have to be better.

If we look back historically at the different centuries …. we are no better now.

The only different now is technology.

My hope that during my lifetime we humans learn to peaceful, respectful and compassionate.

 

I/We shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Well, good morning.

How are you doing today?

I am doing well.

Today is Thursday – which is great.

 

We finally were able to go for a walk last night.

A full walk.

It was so nice out.

Shortly after we left the house, like about 3 seconds, it began to snow.

Just a light snow but snowing all the same.

When we reached the park we bumped into a Mom and her Puppy.

Their names were Lori and Luna.

Luna is a labradoodle, about one year old pup.

Alvin and Luna did pretty well.

She wanted to play and Alvin not so much.

But there was only a couple of growls from Mr. Alvin.

Luna as with all young ones was full of energy.

She did well and listened to her Mom.

They just moved to our neighbourhood and I was happy that I was the WELCOME WAGON, so to speak.

We had a nice visit before heading onward.

Would be happy to see them again.

 

Last night I spoke to Humphrey’s Mom.

We had heard from them in at least two weeks, perhaps one of the longest periods of no communications.

She is in the throes of YEAR END and AUDITS and all things, financial at her place of employment.

So she has been working overtime even on the weekends.

We had a nice chat and when I found out that she had to go for a late curling game after the office, I asked if I could go and pick up Humphrey.

She said “he’s okay.”

I said that I would go and pick him up and bring him back here for a couple of hours or so.

Alvin and so happy to see Humphrey and I think Humphrey was happy to see us, too.

He did make his way upstairs and curled up on the spare room bed which I have now dubbed “Humphrey’s Room.”

What a guy!

We did miss him so much.

 

Humphrey is back and we are happy.

For some reason the other photos that I snapped of him did not upload/download.

But there the boy is in all his cuteness.

By the second photo you can see that I was fiddling about with the camera.

Oh well ….

 

Well time to hit the trail.

One last time outside for Mr.Alvin.

Time for me to don my outer apparel.

 

Have an awesome Thursday.

Treat yourself and others with Kindness and Respect.

That is the only way to live our lives.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 12th day of May, 2017.

The sky is overcast and rain is in the forecast for today and the weekend.

I hope that it will have clear points so that I am able to do my outdoor “tasks.”

Alvin has a Vet appointment tomorrow morning, I HAVE to clean up the neighbourhood (driving me crazy) and get few items at the store.

I guess only time will tell.

I do have an umbrella and Alvin has sort of a rain jacket.

Last night was gorgeous and we enjoyed an extra long walk.

Stopping to visit with new friends along the way.

Meeting a young dog named “Oswald” AKA Ossie.

We had a grand time.

On our way home I stopped to pick up the mail.

Inside a purple envelope stood out from the stack of flyers.

We always have lots of flyers for the recycling.

Back to the “purple envelope.”

It had familiar writing …. my friend “V.”

But what could it be …. not my birthday.

Once we arrived home I quickly opened the envelope ….

Inside was a beautiful Mother’s Day card with a perfectly written inscription.

My friend also had written a poem about me.

Wow, no one has ever done that before ….

We kind of challenged or more like mentioned that we should do some writing together.

I would love to write a book with her.

I am so grateful to have such a thoughtful friend.

It is kind of funny that we knew each other for like twenty years but never were “friends.”

Not that we were the other …. simply just knew each other in passing.

I wished that I had known her better back then ….

I believe that things happen for a reason and I guess it was just our time to be friends.

Thank you my friend…… Alvin, thanks you as well.

We are hoping to see you this summer for a visit.

Well time to get going for work.

Catching a ride this morning.

Happy Friday.

Special Hello to: my friend “V.”

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 31st day of August, 2016.

Last day of August.

It was a great month celebrated my 59th Birthday.

I was almost going to say “how fast time goes by” but I caught myself.

Wow the sky has been lit up with huge bolts of lightning and of course rumbling thunder.

There was rain overnight and a few minutes ago we had a quick downpour and now it has stopped.

I was so cautious about the lightning this morning that I decided to leave my hair for another day and have a sponge bath.

Not taking any chances.

Also considering turning off the power bar for the computer.

I guess it would not do any harm.

Perhaps I will.

Just because I thought of doing so and if I did not and lightning struck, I would be miffed with myself.

Still thunder and lightning.

I do love the sheer magnificence and natural beauty of lightning.

The way it lights up the dark sky.

You can see it for miles.

I think it is closer than miles away for sure.

Alvin was out on the deck this morning after his regular visit and was not put off by the thunder and lightning.

I am thankful as I would not wish him to be scared of storms.

Well I hear rain coming down once again.

Definitely will have to take my umbrella ….. not happy about carrying that in a lightning storm.

But cannot take the chance of getting soaked on my way to work.

Would not be a comfortable way to begin the day.

Something extra to share:  Last night on our regular walk we came across so many people out walking with their dogs.

Naturally our walk took twice as long because we always have to stop and visit.

We met some new folks with a dog named Willow.

Willow is special.

They adopted her (not a rescue) at Christmas Time.

The family Mom and Dad lived in a condo by the golf course and there was no fence around their yard.

So the only way they would let her outside was to tie her up and that would not do so they put their house up for sale.

They now live not too far from us in a house with a yard.

Is that not a wonderful story.

Well I better run …. pouring now …… YIKES.

Have a wonderful day and stay dry wherever you are unless you are on vacation with a body of water nearby.

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

Always, Carol and Alvin

PS really coming down ….. argh.

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 11th day of June, 2014.

Wow, morning sure came fast.

It is so beautiful as I look out my office (at home) and see the sun shine with a clear blue sky.

There is not even a hint of a breeze.

NICE.

I was up just a tad later than usual ….. not even home at 10:00 p.m.

First time in likely years that I was actually away from home on a week night.

Once I got home and ready for bed and read a couple chapters in my book it was almost 11:00 a.m.

I am so blessed that Alvin’s sister asked him to spend the night ….. so no Alvin getting up at 4:45 a.m.

It was a great treat.

I was invited to go to a home party (of a product) from a gal that I work with at the office.

It was so much fun.

I know her husband and her grown-up daughter.

Met so many nice people and also her future son-in-law ….. just so happens we are making the jewellery for this upcoming wedding.

I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

I did miss me Alvin, though.

My friend has two dogs ….. a big dog named “Buddy” who is older but so gentle and quiet.

Their second dog “Elmo” …. more like my Elton was a shy but vocal little one.

Love meeting new doggies.

So all in all it was a great Tuesday evening ….. something different than my usual one

Do you once in awhile do something out of the norm for you?

It can be something as small as going to a home party on a weeknight.

 

Whoa, I just noticed that one of my neighbours to the south a few blocks has their furnace turned on as I see smoke going out of the chimney.

Guess they are feeling a bit chilly.

It has been a bit cool in the house in the mornings but I am not turning on the heat.

I have been wearing my winter p.j.’s on those nights when it has been rainy and cool inside the house.

Okay, not sure why I did not notice before but now I see another one.

First time that I have noticed people having their furnaces on in June.

Yikes.

 

Well time to go and have breakfast and write in my gratitude journal.

I usually do that after Alvin has had his breakfast and done his morning constitutional.

I turned things around for something different this morning.

Time to eat……

I hear oatmeal calling my name ………………..

 

I hope that you continue to stretch and grow …. try something new.

Even the smallest of things is good.

Special Hello to: my daughter who faithfully reads my blog and is my biggest supporter;  I am so grateful for having last night out and about.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 2nd day of April, 2014.

How are you this morning?

I am doing pretty GOOD.

I think.

Although Alvin has been sniffing again …… oh, please …..

I wish with all my heart and soul that the only living breathing beings in my house are me and Alvin.

I am listening to the song from the movie FROZEN ….. “Let it GO” …..

It is a reminder to let it go …….

Only keep what you need and want …..

Let the rest of the stuff go.

I know it is not always easy.

I can tell you from my heart …..

It is not always easy but you have to let it go.

Keep the good stuff.

When Alvin does his thing ….. or else I hear a noise that I am unsure of ….. my mind wanders to that bad place…. you know …

I would love to shut down all those silly voices ….. throw away those thoughts …..

Each day I work on ME.

That is all you can do after all.

On the UP side last night Alvin were out for a walk after supper and while out met a nice couple from the United Kingdom (England).

We chatted for a long while ….. they are moving to Canada for work.

Now listening to “HAPPY” by Pharrell Williams.

Good song to listen to ……. I like the line “if you feel like a room without a roof” …… if you feel like happiness is the truth …..

Listen to your favourite song or perhaps a new one.

Always good to expand.

Have a wonderful day.

Special Hello to: my friend “P” from back in Regina …… I didn’t forget your birthday …. Happy Birthday…

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Mm, let’s see what were my thoughts for the day…. considering that it is coming on near 6:00 p.m.

I know that I am grateful for who I am and what I have.

I know that I am grateful for a simple cup of coffee with a dear friend. (you know who you are)

I know that I am grateful to have my dog Alvin who makes a walk in the park ….. “so much fun”.

I know that I am grateful for new friends.

I know that I am grateful that I have my own lawn to mow.

I know that I am grateful for the roses that line the walkways and entrances to the nearby parks.

I know that I truly love my family and friends.

So there you have it …….

Have a great rest of your day.

May the sun shine upon you always and forever.

 

Always, Carol

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