Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 19th day of September, 2017.

Well it is dark out with no signs of sunrise as it is overcast and raining.

The deck was a tad wet when we first got up but now the rain has set in and it is soaked.

Poor Alvin.

He thankfully had a visit outside at 4:30 a.m. as at 5:40 a.m. it was raining and he did not wish to go outside.

That is one thing about the rain and the cold for our poor fur-babies.

 

I am grateful to have a jacket and umbrella and good sweater to wear under said jacket to keep me warm.

The wind is blowing so likely the umbrella may not be of much use but time will tell.

I believe he has to go outside.

This is short.

 

Be kind and supportive.

 

Have a great day.

Special Hello to:  all those celebrating birthdays.

Always, Carol

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 16th day of September, 2017.

Bright, sunny morning to start the day.

Looks like a bit of a breeze but it is SUNNY.

YAY, supposed to be a bit warmer than the past few days but it was great to have some rain.

Yesterday on the bus ride to work in the lower lying areas like the golf course, there was a light frosting.

Luckily my flowers survived for another day.

Perhaps it is time to start putting away the deck furniture and what not.

But alas it seems that as soon as you do that ….. something is closer to being on it’s way.

I can wait for it a bit longer.

Try and hold off putting things away until after Thanksgiving….. time will tell.

Some year it is a mad dash to put things away when the weather changes.

OR it freezes so hard that you cannot put out the plants and then you have to cut them down and put out the roots in the spring (talking about the pots that I have on the decks).

We are so excited because the grand-pups are going to being spending a few hours with us this afternoon, so excited to see them.

I was so grateful to find that blade for Alvin’s grooming kit so this morning will clean up his hair cut so that he looks his most handsomest self.

Well I guess nothing gets done if I am in the office …. laundry calling ….. have to eat and make COFFEE.

It would not be a Saturday morning without my perked coffee.

Oh, more more quick story.

Yesterday at work after having kind of a couple of trying days one of my co-workers (a guy) came up behind and said “Carol” …. I turned about to see that he was holding a massive amount of all different

coloured GERBER DAISIES in his hand and proceeded to tell that me “that because me and some of the other co-workers (girls) were also having a rough day or so he brought us flowers”.  We each got to

pick out our favourite colour.  How sweet.  I did feel badly for being out of sorts.  But truly I did have a situation that dropped me to my knees (work related so cannot give details) and made me gasp

with another’s reality and later made me realize that when people forget to do things, really they are little things but may be extra work for you ….. I should not complain (which I did) …. vented.

Anyway sorry for the semi cryptic message.

It was nice of my co-worker to give us flowers, very thoughtful and he is a sweet guy.

So onto the weekend …. hair cut sprucing up for Alvin ….. laundry ….. visit from the pups ….. YAY.

Special Hello to:   You and yours …. have a safe, happy, dry, warm, great weekend.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

P.S. always remember not to sweat the small things …. I have to remember that ……

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 2nd day of June, 2017.

Happy Birthday to a special niece back in Saskatchewan ….. Best Wishes “D.”

Well here in Edmonton on this Friday morning the sky is filled with rain clouds.

When we first got up at 4:30 it was dark and overcast and dry.

A few minutes later when Alvin needed to go back outside it was started to rain.

Even some thunder and lightning earlier.

Now a couple of hours later it is very wet.

WINDY and RAINING.

Good combination of the umbrella and the walk to the bus stop.

Perhaps I will take on the role of Mary Poppins this morning.

Just kidding.

Put up the hood.

I knew there was a reason that I did not completely dry my wet hair.

What would be the point.

But it is Friday and I am happy about that.

It has been a good week with just a couple of small hiccups.

Hiccups are okay once and awhile.

Tomorrow Alvin needs a haircut and bath.

I think he will feel better.

Seems like forever but has only been a few weeks.

What are your plans?

Work …. play …… play ….. work ….. a good combination.

Make sure that you always mix it up ….. we always need time to play.

Too much work ….. well you know.

I hope that you enjoy your Friday wherever you are and if you have any appointments and such that they go well.

Take care.

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. – picture this: what if you could gather every single person that you are related to or are friends or friendly or even just know together.  I wonder what that picture would look like.

Likely need to take an aerial shot, right?  Have a great day.

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 20th day of May, 2017.

Well I have now been up for a bit and I must say not as long as Mr. Alvin would have liked ….

He was trying to get me up since 7:00 a.m. and before …..

We were up at 4:30 for his breakfast and visit outdoors.

I wanted to stay in bed but not him.

He had the right idea.

Note to self:  get thee back end up earlier …..

This morning is absolutely gorgeous.

My neighbour called when I was still deciding whether or not to get up off the sofa so that was the deciding factor.

Have had coffee with my neighbour, a visit and breakfast.

Now time to get down to things.

I have a list of things that I want to do most of being outdoors.

In our back yard I have a small raised corner “shrub/flower” bed that needs to be semi deconstructed.

I want to wash the rocks that are on top, clean up the shrubs as some do not appear to have made the winter, remove the rocks, the black cloth and top up the soil; oh and pull out the roses which are not doing well.

Now I do not have the soil so I will only get the rocks prepared for now.

The bed just needs some TLC as it has been seven years since it was built.

The sky is blue and the sun is shining so I can bring out the cushions for the patio furniture.

Pull up the umbrella on the bistro table ….. time to have coffee on the deck once again.

Anyway lots to do.

I have some flowers that my friends gave me that are in the house waiting patiently to be potted.

I think it is safe to plant them …… if it gets cold at night I will take the pot into the garage.

Anyway …. I love this time of year …… putzing in the yard in the dirt.

Always great to get your hands dirty.

I can hardly wait for my trip to buy flowers for my pots.

Happy Saturday.

For all you Canadians out there “Happy Long Weekend” as it is the Victoria Day weekend.

Alvin is ready to get going.

It will be nice for him to spend time with me outside.

We can work and play in between.

Have a wonderful day.

Special Hello to: all my friends and family.

Always, Carol & Alvin

The garden that I am speaking about is the one beside/behind the railing .

Now there are shrubs much bigger but that is from the first summer, first built summer of 2010.

WOW, seems like yesterday but now 7 years ago.

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 16th day of May, 2017.

The SUN is SHINING and the sky is a pretty much that gorgeous powder blue with a hint of pink.

There appears to be a bit of a breeze.

With hope of a beautiful day.

We needed the rain but now we could use the sunshine and some warmth.

I have held on and have not turned the heat on in the house.

This morning it was 60 degrees F ……

Not sure how Alvin feels about the coolness but if he did not have a toasty warm fur coat on – I would not have put him through this….

I will say one thing both of us are sleeping better.

Alvin has been sleeping past his usual 3:00-3:30 a.m.

So perhaps it is hypothermia …. not really …..

But definitely the cool temperature is good for sleeping.

 

Cute story.

Last night on my way home from work – I bumped into “A” and Abi.

Whenever Abi sees me she gets so excited.

“A” let go of her leash and with firm instructions said “Go see Auntie Carol.”

With her tail flying madly she raced toward me.

Ready to give me a doggie kiss.

Once she arrived at her destination I grabbed the leash.

She is so cute.

We walked and talked on the way to my house where I invited them in ….. advising that Alvin would need to go outside first ….

But first thing he did was to look at Abi and then run upstairs.

He brought down his chew treat and proceeded to hop up onto the sofa.

His little tail wagging all the way.

Then he was down and then up and then ran to the kitchen.

I let both of the pups outside.

Alvin did his business and they were back inside the house.

He did not really give her much attention as he was not quite sure what to do as usually I come home, he goes outside and then has supper.

Oh bad Momma.

After a few minutes and a treat for Miss Abi …. they left.

Alvin had his supper and I got changed into after work clothes and we were on our way out the door for our walk.

We did not get very far and we saw the girls coming back ….

It had just started to rain BIG drops.

They were on the other side of the street and Abi pulled making a bee-line for us.

Carefully looking for traffic they crossed to us.

We had a short visit before going on our way.

This time Alvin greeted her properly.

Our walk was cut short as it started to rain hard ……

A fun start to the evening.

 

Happy Tuesday.

Sometimes it is good to change things up ….. does not have to be anything big.

 

Special Hello to:  YOU, today.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 3rd day of May, 2017.

The SUN is rising in the eastern sky and the view from my south facing window is gorgeous.

Blue sky with high lights of sun beams.

How lucky am I?

Very…….

 

Well today I wrote my “3286” entry in my Gratitude Journal.

That translates to approximately 9 years in a row of writing every morning.

I pretty much have been writing every morning for decades but this is all about GRATITUDE.

It is an awesome way to begin each day.

Also this is my 7th year of writing this blog.

Cannot believe how quickly the time is flying by.

This past January was 7 years since I adopted Mr. Alvin.

My daughter turned 37 years in March.

I will be 60 in August.

I have worked at my office job here for 5 years last November.

So many milestones.I am one lucky woman.

 

If you sometimes think that you have not accomplished anything or are just feeling lowly …. sit down and make a list.

I guarantee that you will be pleasantly surprised.

 

Well it is time for me to leave and Alvin needs to go outside.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Special Hello to: my friend “V” ……

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 19th day of March, 2017.

The sun was shining in through my kitchen windows this morning.

I still have the decorations from my daughter’s birthday party hanging in the window and they are BUTTERFLIES.

They are so pretty I decided to leave them up for awhile.

They were used originally for a store display.

Lucky me.

So pretty …… they are well made and will last for years.

 

We were up early as usual and then before heading back to the sofa I turned on the dryer to fluff up the load that I had left in the dryer from last night and put in the last of the two loads to wash.

Always grabbed all of the clothes that were drying and brought them upstairs to be put away.

I put away the dishes that were air drying in the sink.

Pulled out my baking dishes as I plan to bake banana muffins this afternoon after my morning coffee party.

 

Then we hit the sofa.

I must say that one of my most favourite moments in time is when Alvin and I snuggle on the sofa in the morning before getting up to stay.

We have this pillow from IKEA that is rectangular on the sofa.

I lay it flat and place my head at one end and then Alvin shuffles around before laying his head next to mine.

Placing our favourite red blanket over top of us and with my arm over his body we nap for a little longer.

It is truly one of my favourite moments in time.

What a wonderful way to begin the day.

 

Usually after I get up he moves over to my spot and I cover him up.

He lays there while I write in my gratitude journal and once I have breakfast including the always “banana” – he will leave the sofa and come to the table.

We always eat breakfast at the table …… he has his food much earlier but we always share a banana.

His fav.

 

Last night it was raining …. yes, raining in March and windy.

This morning we woke up to snow.

Actually I knew it had snowed because I looked out the window at 2:30 a.m. (bathroom break).

 

While writing in my journal this morning – Alvin got up to go outside.

I decided that I would grab my coat and boots and shovel off the deck …..

 

So time to hit the shower as I have a coffee date with my girls this morning.

Not my turn to host.

I will be walking most carefully this morning.

Feels quite warm out so it should melt today.

Sky is clear so that is a good sign.

Gotta run.

Also want to make coffee for my neighbour before I leave for coffee.

 

Have an awesome day.

Special Hello to: my sister …. SKYPE at 6:30 p.m. ????  If different time call me, please.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

P.S.  Mr. Alvin looks so good in his new hair cut and feels so soft after the bath.  The longer is hair the more course it is ….

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 14th day of March, 2016.

WOW, they are forecasting +5 degrees for today.

I do believe spring is even closer than we may have thought.

I do hope so.

Last night it was not dark until almost 8:00 p.m.

Oh, what a welcome change from December and dark at 4:00 p.m. or so.

I can hardly wait to see if my spring flowers will come up.

I hope that they survived the winter.

When our temperatures go from the + degrees to – double digits it is hard on the trees and other plant life.

We have snow and then it melts.

Then it gets colder.

More snow.

The cycle continues.

Melts …. snows…..cold….

Been a crazy winter for weather.

 

Well here it is Tuesday and almost the middle of the month.

Tomorrow is my great niece’s birthday.

I believe that she may be a teenager – if my calculations are correct.

OH my goodness.

Truly the time flies.

 

Well the time is almost near for me to don my outside apparel and hit the road.

Catch the bus and go to work.

My bus ride is about one hour in length.

I usually take the time to snooze, relax, meditate and think about my day.

If you take public transportation ….. other than checking out things on your phone.

You could snooze, relax, meditate and just ponder life.

Somedays I think that in future generations children will be born with bent necks and thumbs.

Maybe that is because I do not have a phone ….. no, I am certainly not jealous.

It is the constant contact that people seem to need with that rectangular box.

Food for thought.

 

Gotta run.

I hope that you have an awesome Tuesday.

Just try and put your phone away for a period of time.

There is a whole other world out there just waiting for you…….

 

Special Hello to: my sister ….. Sunday ….. SKYPE, well YES.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 25th day of January, 2017.

Another foggy morning …..

Happy Wednesday.

 

Last night when I got off of the bus after work and was walking toward the entrance to my neighbourhood; I spotted my friends one of them being Alvin’s girlfriend “Abi.”

When her Mom saw the bus she wondered if I was on it and when she saw me …. they started walking toward me.

It was only a few seconds when Abi saw me and came running full speed to me.

Her Mom let the leash go and Abi ran to me.

Jumping up and giving me kisses and all the time making her Abi “happy to see me” sounds.

I was so taken.

What a great reception.

They joined me on the walk home.

Abi and her Mom live only a few houses from me and Alvin.

Such a great walk home.

 

Well I am running late somehow.

So have to cut this short.

Just wanted to share my happy story.

 

Special Hello to: Miss Abi and her Momma.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 15th day of January, 2017.

The sky is mottled with dark blue clouds but happily you can see clear blue sunny peering out.

Yesterday was absolutely gorgeous ….. warm temperatures and no wind.

Alvin and I thoroughly enjoyed our walk after lunch.

We bumped into one of our friends and while we visited the pups played.

Alvin and Willow played hard …. Willow is about one year old and full of energy.

Willow is a girl (are you surprised).

He loves the girls.

That is for sure.

They had such a good time.

Alvin was certainly pooped after a good play.

I was glad that we happened upon them.

Thank you “K” and Willow.

So we are hoping that the weather today will be just enjoyable.

We are most happy for this change in the weather.

We both needed some fresh air and exercise.

I do get a bit on my walks to and from the bus but nothing is more enjoyable than a walk with a friend.

Chatting along the way.

He may not speak back in words that I can totally understand but he usually manages to make me understand in his Alvin way.

I love our walks.

So on this Sunday …… if you are experiencing a break in the winter deep freeze …. go outside.

Get some fresh air … and the exercise is a great bonus.

Happy Sunday Everyone.

Special Hello to: You …… you are a rockstar…..always keep that in mind.  Never forget how special you are.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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