Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 25th day of February, 2019.

Well appears that we are in for another cold spell.

With one day this week possibly in the single digits.

But time will tell.

In the meantime dress in layers, wear your toque or hat, scarf, winter coat (if you don’t have a heavy one wear sweater underneath), mitts (warmer than gloves) and BOOTS.

Always keep your heat, feet and hands warm covered when outside.

Watch your children and your pets.

Keep them protected.

 

Well the OSCARS, the 91st Academy Awards were on last night.

There were definitely some surprises but then again I am used to seeing that….

Green Book won for Best Picture.  My favourite was BLACK PANTHER.

Black Panther won for Best Costuming and Best Production Design (Doing the Happy Dance).

Roma won for Best Foreign Film.  I did not have a favourite in the category as usually I have not seen any of these films.  But happy they won.

BlacKkKlansman won for Best Adapted Screenplay.  Spike Lee’s first Oscar.  So well deserved.

Bohemian Rhapsody won for Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing.

Original Song – SHALLOW – Lady Gaga (very happy)

  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Mahershala Ali in “Green Book” 
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Regina King in “If Beale Street Could Talk” 
  • BEST ACTOR in LEADING ROLE – Rami Malek in “Bohemian Rhapsody” 
  • BEST ACTRESS in LEADING ROLE – Olivia Colman in “The Favourite” 

There were so many well deserving movies and people and I was pleased to see that a wide diversity of winners.

Really enjoyed all of the original songs performances.

Well done.

Most especially enjoyed Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s performance of SHALLOW.

Even the Devine Miss M ….. well done.

Not just one sweeping each category.

I was a bit disappointed that some of my favs did not win but the winners were well deserving.

I will admit that I only saw BLACK PANTHER and saw it many times.

Definitely going to watch some of the others.

Footnote:  they went less than 30 minutes over, not bad.  I will admit that as soon as they announced BEST PICTURE, I went to bed.

But that was the last award for the night and that was about 9:10 p.m. – so likely not much after that but the credits.

 

Well looks like almost time to go and pick up the poop, yup one of my morning chores.

Somedays wished that Alvin could use the indoor toilet.

OH well, hope this poop story brought a smile to your face.

Thankfully it is winter and the poop freezes almost as soon as it touches the ground.

Making it easy to scoop up.

Another good use for my “ice pick shovel thingy.”

 

Whoops gotta go.

Have a wonderful day.

Keep warm and save.

Smile as often as you can.

Be kind to yourself and to others.

 

Special Hello to: all those who love movies.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 24th day of February, 2019.

The sky is clear and the sun is rising.

It is beautiful looking out the window.

Outside it is cold.

So dilemma, walk or not walk.

I will be giving Mr. Alvin a hair cut and bath in a little while.

So afterward I won’t take him for a walk not with a fresh hair cut and bath.

Will check the temperature before making a decision.

 

We had a great weekend thus far.

I did not realize just how many people I know have birthdays on February 23, 2019.

My sister, my sister from another mother, neighbour and friend down the street, a co-worker from SGI and I think that I am missing someone.

Popular day for birthdays.

Yesterday we cleaned the house, er actually I cleaned the house.

Mr. Alvin is a great Supervisor.

He follows me from room to room to ensure that I do it right.

After supper, I even whipped up a triple batch of RAISIN COOKIES.

They are so full of yummy raisins.

I love raisins.

We did start our Saturday with messaging my sister for her extra special day, followed by changing bed, hauling laundry to basement, preparing coffee and then going to the Vet

to have Mr. Alvin’s stitches removed from his eye area.

He was not too happy about the whole thing but then again if someone was coming at your eye with scissors, you might squirm and cry, too.

But they are out.

Dr. K said the incision has healed well.

They remarked too on how well he comes out of surgery, and wants to go home right away.

Oh, I started a tea order and will submit it shortly.

So few things to do before the OSCAR programming begins.

They have the RED CARPET and the PRE RED CARPET.

WOW, crazy hey.

The OSCARS or the ACADEMY AWARD program actually starts at 6:00 p.m. – Edmonton time but the “fashion stuff” starts at 2:30 or 3:00 p.m.

Oh, we love our MOVIE STARTS.

I sure hope that BLACK PANTHER wins for best picture.

I have seen that movie about five times, no six (including twice yesterday).

LOVE that movie.

 

Well I suppose it is time to get this show on the road considering I have been up for over one hour and most of the time has been spent on the computer.

Time flies when you are sitting in front of this magic box.

Doesn’t it?

 

I hope that wherever you are and whatever you are doing that you are in good health, warm and safe and surrounded by love.

Happy Sunday.

 

Special Hello to: ALL those folks who take the time to read these posts / my blog.  I am eternally grateful.  Still working on reaching one million readers/followers , have a bit to go.  LOL.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 5th day of March, 2018.

Happy Birthday to my Aunt “L,” who lives in British Columbia.

Wishing you a great day.

 

The snow finally stopped just after lunch yesterday.

Thank goodness for that …… six times I shovelled the deck …..

We had a nice walk yesterday but the park had not been plowed so we did not get too far.

 

I watched the OSCARS last night …. 90th Annual.

Very impress with 94 year old Eve-Marie Saint who presented.

She was in the movie “On the Waterfront” in 1954.

Her memory and voice was crystal clear.

 

Well I am running late.

I hope that you all have a great day.

I know that Saskatchewan was getting the snow that we had and I hope they are all okay.

 

Saw a bunny run by in the snow and he/she was still WHITE ….. ARGH.

 

Take care.

 

Special Hello to: family and friends.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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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

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 26th day of February, 2017.

Another bright sunny morning here in Edmonton.

So far our weekend has been great.

Yesterday morning we started our TO DO LIST with Alvin’s routine visit to the Vet’s Office in our neighbourhood.

One of the part-time helpers was there to help Dr. Karen.

We had not seen her in a long while and it was great to catch up.

She was so happy to see Alvin ….. she calls him “baby Alvin” …. her pet name for him.

We had a good visit and had Alvin’s appointment completed before heading out.

When we got back home I took a coffee break before heading out once again to do my errands.

All on foot …. good exercise.

First stop was the Optometrist to adjust one of my new pairs of glasses.

Once done I crossed the street to go to Shoppers Drug Mart to pick up a bus pass for March.

It crossed my mind as I was approaching the store “Wonder when there next Gala is?” and “Guess what”?

It was then …..

So I purchased a ticket as $5.00 of the $15.00 goes to help Women and the remaining $10.00 is deducted from your purchase so win/win.

Also they have free gifts, goodies to eat and drink and the possibility to win baskets of all sorts of items.

In the past my daughter and I have won on several occasions and that was nice.

I have not heard as yet so perhaps not but that is okay.

I also saw two staff that I have got to know over the years so it was nice to catch up with them.

After winning 1,000. free optimum points and having a visit, some treats and making my purchases including the bus pass, I was on my way.

Next stop the grocery store.

Just had a few items to pick up as long gone are the days when I can carry twenty bags of groceries home (I am not kidding).

When I got home …. Mr. Alvin was happy to see me and me, him.

He had to go outside …. me, too (not outside, though) ….. perhaps too much information.

Here is where you are smiling and perhaps even snickering a bit.

After I had a bit of a break and safely stored away all of the purchases, I grabbed my canvassing materials, of course coat, boots etc. and was on my way.

It was disappointing as I did not receive any donations this year except for my daughter and I will make one.

Some people on my first round said that they would make a donation on-line so that would be nice.

After home I started the laundry and some cleaning.

One item that I had wanted to do for a couple of weeks was to call my internet, cable and telephone provider to change up my cable packages/check about unlimited data plan.

First of all I spoke to a young woman and after being on hold in between her checking she transferred me to another person.

On hold again …. finally this young man came on and introduced himself as “Brandon.”

He said “repeating my name Ms. Louis” …… I politely corrected him and said Lewis and asked him where he was located.

He replied “Guatemala.”

So my Canadian internet, cable and telephone provider uses a Central American Country to serve as Customer Service, interesting.

I guess I had found that out the last time I called.

He was really nice and we had a couple of chuckles.

I asked what the weather was like there and he said “HOT.”

I told him about our minus 30 and snow weather of a short time ago and he almost lost his breathe.

There is no way he could even fathom what that meant as he said of course, they do not get snow, there.

He was very helpful and I even got an extra good deal and am so grateful to that very lovely young man from Guatemala.

I will say this, he was shocked that I knew where his country was …..

After the phone call …. continued with laundry and stuff.

After supper I started watching the Star Trek Voyager series from the first show (on Netflix) …. memories.

Also I was so lucky that it just started to snow as I finished up canvassing for the Heart & Stroke ….. pretty lucky.

There is some shovelling to do this day but not much.

Luckily it is light and not heavy/wet stuff.

Well today is cleaning and later watching the “OSCARS.”

My how time flies.

I hope that you all had a great weekend.

Looks like a clear sailing and a great week will follow.

Well time to get this show on the road.

Shovelling, laundry to finish and some cleaning.

Oh, time with Alvin and a walk.

Special Hello to: my daughter and her family.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 9th day of January, 2017.

Almost typed/keyed 2016.

Another cold morning and it has been snowing overnight.

My neighbour shovelled last night.

My turn tonight.

Had to shovel a bit of a path for Mr. Alvin this morning.

I wished that he had indoor plumbing or could somehow use it.

Another weekend over and another week just beginning.

Wonder what is in store this week?

Only good things.

Only kindness.

Only laughter.

Sounds like a good week ahead.

I watched the Golden Globes last night with Jimmy Fallon hosting.

He does a good job.

Such a talented guy.

Meryl Streep got the Lifetime Award which was well-deserved.

I loved the tribute to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.

But wondered why there was no tribute to others.

I know they do it at the Oscars and perhaps that is why.

So many tremendously talented people passed in 2016.

So many loved ones passed in 2016.

Well here we go for another work week.

Should be fun.

Wishing you all a great week.

May your days be filled mainly with laughter and smiles.

May your days be filled mainly with positive energy and love.

May your days be filled mainly with kindness.

Make sure that you pay it all forward.

Just remember we do not know everyone’s story and things may not be what they seem.

Special Hello to:  YOU, today.  Happy Monday.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 29th day of February, 2016.

WOW …. the last day of February 2016.

Yesterday was the birthday of one of my nephew’s “D” …… not sure how I could have forgotten your birthday but I did.

Happy Birthday ……

Also found out that yesterday is also the birthday of one of my neighbour’s ….. another guy.

Alvin and I were out for a walk in the afternoon and they called us over to their house to chat.

It was then I found out it was his birthday and her birthday is a few days before my daughter’s.

Lots of birthdays.

 

Well we woke up to a fresh blanket of the white stuff.

Spring is definitely here as we usually get some snow about that time.

Mother Nature likes to keep us guessing.

On the plus side ….. temperatures are going up after today ….. so it will melt quickly.

It was almost gone ….. had more ice left than snow.

We just keep chipping away.

 

Did anyone watch the OSCARS last night?

I watch until just after Lady Gaga sang one of the nominated songs.

By the way, I will say this again ….. that girl can SING.

This year was one of those years that I did not see many movies ….

I did see “The Martian” and before I went to bed, it had not won one of the big categories.

Kind of disappointing as I did think it was very good.

Too bad about the controversy ……

I will say this.

I go to a  movie or rent a movie for this reason:  IT HAS A GOOD STORY.

It does not matter if Leo, Denzel, George, Halle, Bruce, or Anne had a starring role ……. I go to the movies for the story.

I have not seen every movie that Leo has been nor have I seen every movie Halle has been in either.

In fact most of the movies I see are not the ones that are up for the big awards.

So whether they got the gold statue is mute.

Anyway just my thoughts.

 

I hope that you have an awesome day.

Special Hello to: all of the actors on the planet Earth ….. great job.

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 3rd day of March, 2014.

Happy March ….. how are things going on the third morning of this March?

Did you watch the “Oscars” last night?

I recorded them as I worked until 6:00 p.m. and upon arrival at home …… well a little outside creature decided to make an appearance.

This little thing has been loose in my house seemingly on the main floor only since last Wednesday.

I have prayed that when the door opens that it would run back outside but alas it has not happened.

Thank goodness for great neighbours as they came in with me and it was my friend “T” who found it sitting in my pantry.

I guess with the house being empty all day and dark it was out and about …..

Anyway we meaning my friends were unable to capture it so alas it remains somewhere in my house.

I am going to visualize it leaving ….. and soon.

Back to the OSCARS …… I did manage to watch some of them and I am glad that I recorded them.

Oh well, not exactly the evening that I had planned but what can you do.

Alvin is sleeping over at his sister’s house so he wasn’t here to protect his Momma.

Oh well ….. not something that I want to do but more that I needed to do and that was have traps set ….. they have been set since he first arrived.

Hopefully soon he has gone to “little creature heaven” ……  I am afraid to look.

I have been debating about borrowing a friend’s cat.

Oh what to do.

I am sorry for taking the life of another breathing being.

Back to the OSCAR’s ….. I saw the young lady win for Best Supporting Actor …… her speech was inspiring and heartfelt.

So perhaps tonight I can watch the rest of the awards.

Please help me visualize several cats guarding my house inside and out.

Perhaps this will help.

Thank you.

Special Hello to: Dave and Baby …..  my sister’s cats …. oh, how I wished that they were here.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 2nd day of March, 2014.

Wow March already ….. perhaps with it coming in like a lion it will go out like a lamb.

Like the old saying.

Sure hope so.

With it being March the sun is coming up earlier and sunset is later, which is always great.

Soon we will hear the songs of Robins and others as they come back to nest.

Soon the snow will be melted and the grass will start to poke it’s tops up showing us that glorious green.

The trees will be in bud and then voila overnight (or so it always seems to be as of late) leaves appear.

People will be out and about walking.

Children riding bikes.

Me and Alvin will definitely be out and about.

Bless their hearts when I see owners of some of the big dogs in our neighbourhood out walking in this brutally cold weather.

Giving them the exercise they need and so deserve (and fresh air).

Spring ….. oh spring…..

I have mentioned this before in previous blogs but it is worthy of another mention …… “CROCUSES” ……

When I was a child in the spring there would be fields full of them (or so it seems from my memory banks).

They were a purple and kind of furry …. which I always thought was funny.

Oh, spring ….. I can start to plant some flowers ….. YAY.

I was thinking of planting some herbs this year ….. fresh parsley and chives …. oh, how lovely.

I hope that you enjoyed your weekend and were able to stay indoors and have fun with your family.

If you had to venture out, I hope that you stayed warm and safe.

Time to get ready for work ….. yes, I have to go out.

But I am lucky as I will get a ride to work, and then catch the bus home from the mall (shelters there).

Oh, the OSCARS tonight …… I only have seen one of the Best Picture Movies ….. “GRAVITY” ….. so I shall vote for it and for Sandra Bullock, who was amazing.

Have a great day.

Special Hello to: my friend “D” ….. my long-time BEST FRIEND ……. hope things are going well back in Regina.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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