Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 18th day of November, 2018.

Our buddy Teddy left for home with his Mama yesterday morning so the house is SO quiet with only me and Mr. Alvin.

My plans for the day changed when one of my friends called to invite me to go with her to a neighbouring city “St. Albert” to the Enjoy Centre which is a greenhouse/nursery/retail space

where a large “Craft Sale” was being held.

All the vendors had made their wares.

There were all mediums of art: painting on regular canvases, ceramics, woodworking, stained glass and glass art, illustrator/graphic designers, doll makers, coffee brewers, jewellery of every possible

description, things for your pets, fudge and different types of candy, dried mushrooms, condiments, pie maker (not ordinary pies), and so much more.

We came across the paintings, Art by Monk.  She is a famous West Coast Artist and her work was amazing.

My friend and I were speaking to one of her agents and did not even realize that she was on the other side of the display, painting.

I saw a painting of a FOX that was incredible and had the nicest frame on it, as well.

So many things.

I was on visual overload.

I was so excited to come across the same artist “Mackenzie Jones” that my daughter and I bought rings from in a store in Canmore on our girls road trip this past summer.

Love our rings and I wear mine everyday.

Our second trip and each time I have bought a ring made locally and I wear them daily.

A fond reminder of our Mother/Daughter time together.

Needless to say in between the time Teddy left and I went on the craft trip, not much was done so today I have lots to do.

I did go for a short walk with Mr. Alvin in between the craft trip and the Christmas party.


Our “friends” Christmas party that was slated for December 1, 2018 was moved up as one of the girls is leaving for down east next week with her daughter and husband and

will not be here for the party.

We had it last night.

So much fun.

The girls provided the snacks and refreshments and told me only to bring myself as there was very short notice about the change in plans.

Even though I had just ate supper, it was not very long when I caved and had some goodies.

ARGH, it begins.

With no car not so easy to pop out and pick up items and no time to bake the “Oreo Cheesecakes” that was I going to bring.

We laughed and caught up in our news.

Some selfie shots were made but ended up only getting odd head shots of the three of us.

A time to laugh for sure.

Alvin stayed home and slept.

The gal that hosted the party gave us all a gift which we were not doing but she is a bad girl and doesn’t listen.

I received a bottle of “Vanilla Bean Noel” foaming hand soap from Bath & Body Works, a necklace of Christmas lights and light up and some peanut butter/chocolate Reese pieces.

So excited about the necklace as I will wear it to work.

We love our necklaces.

Best present ever.


She also picked me up some hand soaps from Bath & Body Works when they were at West Edmonton Mall yesterday morning to see Santa (with her daughter).

The mall was crazy busy and I was grateful she ran the errand for me.

The hand soaps were on for a really, really good price.

On the way home last night it was snowing.

It was still snowing a bit at 5:30 when we first got up this morning but had stopped when we got up to stay up about 8:15 a.m.

I was pleasantly surprised when I looked out the window to see the front walk shovelled.

Must have been my neighbour to the west …. so nice.

Earlier I thought I hear some noise out front but did not pay attention as we were snoozing on the sofa from 5:30 to 8:15 a.m.

Well time to get this day going.

I popped the first of four loads of laundry into the washing machine.

Coffee has been made so need coffee.

Such a great Saturday.

I seldom go out and almost never TWICE in the same day.


Lots to do today submit a Steeped Tea order, clean bathrooms, do some laundry, walk with Alvin and more.

Happy Sunday.

I hope that you were able to spend time outside of your home.

Another warmer day on the way.



Special Hello to: all those folks who are artistic and make things.  You rock.

Always, Carol & Alvin





Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 23rd day of December, 2017.

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and then Christmas Day.

Wow, that came upon us quickly.

Seems like it was yesterday that it was December 1st.

Almost Christmas and almost the end of another year.

This has been a great year up until my “fall” off the bus back on December 7th.

I cannot believe that it has been just over two weeks since it happened.


This morning is overcast and it has been snowing ever so slightly.

The air is cool but not bitterly cold.

I received a couple of voice messages that my glasses are ready to be picked up so will go pick them up today.

Yesterday was productive.

This morning two of my girl friends are coming for coffee and tea.

Followed by preparing our dessert for Christmas Day.

I am making chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches and OREO mini cheesecakes.

Something different.

Anything goes with turkey.

Turkey back on the menu.


Well I guess it is time once again to fly …… get things ready for my company.

I hope that all is well in your house.

I hope that you are settling into some days off.

If you have to work today …. I wish that you are able to take a quiet break and breathe.


May your days be MERRY and BRIGHT and

May all your Christmases be light …… enjoy this time.


Special Hello to: EVERYONE ….. Happy December 23, 2017.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Welcome to my day off …..  today is Friday, July 20th, 2012

Wow, past the mid point in July already and what a July this has been.

We have had hot, hot temperatures followed by and with a mixture of torrential rains and winds.

The timer just went on the oven.

I made OREO mini cheesecakes for my company that arrives tomorrow.

A couple of girls from work are coming over to meet Alvin, see where I live and have a visit, some food and see our Dear Stella Jewelry.

So should be a great day.

So today I want to finish cleaning the house and do some more food preparation.  We are doing a potluck so it makes it easier for everyone.

I work tonight at Bath & BodyWorks so only have until 4:00 p.m. to be done.

I shall be DONE.

I have three sort of small jobs but have turned into HUGE jobs because I do not know where to start.

The first one is this new fangled bathroom tissue holder of mine came apart …. it can be fixed ….. I am unsure as to how?  But I will figure it out.

The second one is all of the electrical cords hanging down from my wall mounted television.  WHY, OH WHY ….. wished everything was cordless and without batteries.

The third on and one that I can fix ….. is that I had four wall mounted gallery wrapped framed photos on my kitchen wall, and one of the top little ones came loose and fell down.

We had originally put it up with those velcro things…

So not huge things but as the days and weeks have passed by …. just enough to be a PAIN.

Now you know that normally I do not get frazzled or un positive but really ….. what does a girl do?  I wished that Mr. Alvin could help me out.

Somedays being a single woman on her own …. is not “fun” ….

I sometimes wished that I had a handyman around the house.  A girl can dream, right.

Okay enough about my “small things” ….

The sky is slightly overcast and it looks like the sun wants to come out.

Perhaps it was waiting for me to get over myself and get back to reality.

Just do it.

I am a intelligent woman and I can figure things out.

So I shall.

Yes, I shall.

Well better get going and have a cup of coffee and WORK.

Last night:

I did mow my front lawn as well as the neighbours on both sides and my back patch of grass.

Did three loads of laundry and straightened out the laundry room after I had let that damp patch of concrete dry out.

So last night I did quite a bit after work.

I love having company and as you can tell sometimes get a bit over the top ….. worrying about the cleaning and stuff.

Normally my house is pretty clean and always ready to receive company.

But I always strive to be the “best hostess”  ….

I hope that you all have a great weekend.

Special Hello to: all those hostesses and single ladies who fret when trying to make everything extra “perfect” and this could be for single guys, too.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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