Living … One day at a time.

Hello,

What a crazy week this has been.

Sorry that I missed writing yesterday but the office was under “renovation” so to speak.

Da-da

The green paint looks different in every light as does most paint.

My friend’s husband who is a professional did the work (it was unexpected).

Anyway I love it.

Love it so much.

Sorry but am running late as I have been most of the week.

Will give you all the details later.

Office is not back together yet as this happened Wednesday night.

Have an awesome Friday.

 

Remember “Kindness” and “Respect”

Happy Friday.

 

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 22nd day of April, 2019.

The sky is slightly overcast this morning as the sun rises in the sky.

Forecast is for above 17 degrees celsius today.

Yesterday was glorious.

We were up in good time yesterday morning and spoke to my daughter via the telephone followed by a call from my friend P to go for a walk with her and her grand pup Georgie.

Just when I was sipping my coffee we received another phone call from our friend V in Regina, Saskatchewan.

The phone rang off the “wall” so to speak yesterday morning.

So great to chat to the girls.

Alvin and I met P and Georgie at the entrance to the nearby park and then continued for a nice long walk.

Just a few minutes into the walk we noticed a bright white flock above us filling the sky.

I was distracted by a larger dog and was paying more attention to Alvin and the dog than the birds.

P told me quick look it is a flock of SWANS.

She had heard on a news report that there were swans in our area.

This is not their normal flight route.

A historical flight change for sure.

The sky was white with the huge number of swans.

In all my years I have never seen a swan flying overhead.

How cool is that?

We continues about our walk and enjoyed everything that nature had to offer us.

Everyone was out walking their pups yesterday.

One hour later we returned home.

We, well I spent the day taking apart the office.

Everything down from the walls, packed up the closet and filled two garbage bags.

There are still a number of items and boxes to take to the basement for storage.

Once the room is clean except for the computer desk and chair; I will begin to prepare for painting.

Then at some point – there will be new paint in my office and I will finally hang my bulletin boards that my daughter made me for Christmas a few years ago (3 actually).

Sometimes it takes a while to get things done.

ARGH.

I also pressure washed the deck yesterday early afternoon.

Alvin and I even went for another walk late afternoon – early evening – 30 minutes.

Lots of exercise for us.

Was so great to get it all cleaned and now ready to put out the patio/deck furniture.

I might just put out a few things for now.

Another successful day.

Today will be shower for me after this post, then make pancakes, put on another load of laundry, COFFEE, take boxes and items to the basement and give Mr. Alvin a bath.

I am hoping to trim his front paws and legs a bit more before the bath.

I am excited to have today plus tomorrow off from work.

Feeling like I am accomplishing so much this weekend.

The weather has been great for walks.

Perhaps our daughter/sister might pop by today for a visit.

I will make pancakes and perhaps that will bring her here this morning.

Well time to hop into the shower.

Already changed our bedding.

All fresh for clean human and dog tonight.

We will be freshly clean as well.

 

I am so grateful to have this beautiful house.

I am so grateful for my daughter and her family.

I am so grateful for my sister and brothers.

I am so grateful for all our family.

Young and old.

I am grateful to have had this extra long weekend to get some tasks/chores accomplished; to have had extra walks and to have had some wonderful relaxation time.

Feeling pretty great.

 

Big celebration today is EARTH DAY.

Please be kind to our Earth this day and everyday.

Pick up trash.

Don’t destroy our Environment.

Turn off unnecessary lights.

Plant a tree.

We can all work together and make a difference.

Celebrate this beautiful planet we call EARTH.

Happy Earth Day.

Be kind to our precious EARTH.

Happy Earth Day.

 

 

Have an awesome Monday.

So much to celebrate today.

 

Special Hello to: my family and friends.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 2nd day of July, 2018.

WOW, we are now in July, the first full month of summer.

Starting out with rain in the forecast.

Alvin and I are going for a walk right away before it begins to rain.

Rain is in the forecast for the next three days.

 

Yesterday I saw a part of the fence in the back yard near the top had loosened.

It appears that the wood has rotted.

So it will need to be replaced.

I also was checking out the rest of the fence in the back yard and found that the section of fence between my neighbour in the duplex is starting to lean.

At first I thought that perhaps the wood had rotted and was starting to give way.

This morning when my neighbour was over to get some coffee; we chatted about the top boards that had loosened between us.

I asked her to come and see the other side.

She thought perhaps it was due to the stonework on the other side which is pushing against the wood causing it to lean.

ARGH.

No matter what, I am not sure how to fix it.

There is no way that the neighbours will be digging up the stone work to fix the fence, or at least not likely.

So will have to figure something else out.

Anyway kind of relieved that there is another possibility other than rotting wood.

It won’t be long and the fence should be replaced anyway.

That will be interesting.

One side is stone work with a garden and on my side is deck right up to the fence.

This could be interesting.

OH well, that will be for another day.

There are always things to be done and or fixed when you are a homeowner.

I see painting in the near future.

It has been way too long.

 

I woke up yesterday with a plugged ear and this morning when my neighbour was here it unplugged.

Those first sounds are so loud it caused me to stop talking.

 

Well time for us to hit the road for a walk before the rain arrives.

I hope that you are all having a great long weekend if you live in Canada.

If you live in other parts of the world, I hope that life is treating you with kindness.

Happy Monday.

 

Special Hello to: my sister ….. hello …..

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 29th day of June, 2018.

It is overcast at the moment with clear skies to the south (we are facing south at this time).

Feels okay outside as I was out earlier in my p.j.’s and there is no breeze.

We had a shower overnight.

Never heard a thing.

I took a vacation day to have an extra long weekend.

Yesterday we had a request to look after Master Teddy for today and tomorrow.

So he will be joining us soon.

I have changed my plans somewhat but I am flexible.

One can go through photos on the computer just as easily on Sunday as today.

One can delete emails just as easily on Sunday as today.

It all works out.

 

Well last night was our Ladies Paint NIGHT.

It was a blast.

The artist instructor was very nice.

She tried to be funny and all the ladies were not quite sure what to do.

So we laughed where appropriate and carried on.

She had done something like 242 classes.

Crazy hey.

We sat at tables at the Tony Romas Restaurant in St. Albert.

It did feel at bit awkward as I felt low in proximity to the canvas.

But that is no excuse for my “starfish.”

I tried to follow her instructions for the most part and found myself going my own way.

She claimed as my paint tray was messy that was a sign of an “artist.”

Not quite sure about that but we GIRLS did have so much fun.

We laughed and almost cried.

The girls, my friends did a great job.

We are going to find another one to do.

I thought perhaps a landscape with trees.

Practice.

I have always like abstract and that has been my thing.

But here is a few shots of my “work of art.”

My starfish’s name is “Fred” after Freddy Flintstone.

 

 

 

Well should sign off for now as Master Teddy will be along shortly.

I wish you all a wonderful Friday.

I know that I am going to enjoy this day.

 

Special Hello to:  my sister …..

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

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

Well after some snow last night, I see shovelling in my immediate future.

Front sidewalks, deck and driveway at the back.

I just have to recant a cute story from actually just a few minutes ago.

Alvin wanted to go outside.

He took with him one of his chew treats.

Just as he went out – we both noticed a Magpie sitting on top of the fence with one of Alvin’s chew treats in his/her beak.

Well, I chuckled out loud while Alvin jumped up to try and retrieve the chew treat but the Magpie was too quick and flew away.

It was one of the cutest things that I have ever seen but happened so quickly that I had no chance to grab my camera.

Note: to Alvin, do not leave your chew treats on the deck.

I would have loved to have seen the Magpie picking it out of the snow.

Time to go and shovel.

My daughter and grand-puppies are coming for a visit this morning.

I guess that will depend on the highway.

I would not blame her if she passed …..

The plan is to have pancakes with a surprise ingredient.

I will not say as she usually reads my blog.

So if you have snow or even if you do not …..

Somedays you just need some beautiful flowers.

Okay, perhaps a lot of pretty flowers.

After you glimpse these beautiful flowers – simple close your eyes and imagine the most glorious fragrances.

Now what a great way to start your Sunday.

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Summer of 2009, my first summer here in Edmonton

Summer of 2009, my first summer here in Edmonton

More pretty flowers......from my first summer in Edmonton

More pretty flowers……from my first summer in Edmonton

FLOWERS FOR FRIENDS

FLOWERS FOR FRIENDS

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Finding a place to showcase this piece…

Beautiful roses, Not long away, My gift to you, Happy Easter .....

Beautiful roses,
Not long away,
My gift to you,
Happy Easter …..

Flowers for Easter ..... Happy Spring.

Flowers for Easter ….. Happy Spring.

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Flowers

Flowers in the garage ready to be planted.

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More flowers

More flowers

My flowers .... so proud

My flowers …. so proud

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Flowers still blooming late in the season

Flowers still blooming late in the season

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The flowers are from over the past few years. Some from my garden, others from Devonian Gardens near Edmonton, a painting, special occasions and more

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Special Hello to: my friends back in Regina……

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 29th day of December, 2015.

The air seems to be foggy but not at ground level.

It looks like a Thomas Kincaid painting as I look out of the office window.

Well here we are at the halfway point of my ten days off …. where has the time gone?

It would seem that I ask that question a fair amount.

Or maybe it is because I have truly just been “relaxing” for most of these five days.

Guess it is time to figure out what I would like to do and get it done.

I thought last night if we went to bed closer to our regular time that I would want to get up and at it earlier but to no avail.

Just finding it tough to get my wheels turning …..

Oh well ….

Later this morning a friend who lives by the lakes/park down the street is coming for tea and bringing her grandchildren’s puppy “George.”

She is looking after him for a week while her daughter and family are away skiing.

Alvin will have a playmate for a bit so that will be nice.

 

I guess we are into countdown mode …. three days including today until 2016.

2016 will be a great year for us all, I can just feel it.

2015 was good but 2016 will be great.

 

Well I guess on that note I should hop into the shower and get this day going.

Alvin even slept in this morning ….. not his usual 4:45 ( it was 6:15 ) ….. surprised me.

We are both being lazy…..

 

I hope that you have a Happy Tuesday.

 

Special Hello to: my fellow bloggers as we wind down another year.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 14th day of November, 2015.

The sky looks frosty if that is possible and the roofs are all covered in frost … like a painting.

That is my view from the office window.

We were up early this morning much like other mornings.

As has been “routine” for the past mornings I quickly don my winter boots as I hit the main floor.

Grabbed Alvin’s food dish as it’s temporary home is in the living room.

I turned on all of the lights and followed Alvin into the kitchen where I gingerly turned the handle on the bathroom door.

Quickly turned on the light and spoke loudly before opening his food container and filling up a cup for his dish.

Returning to the living room he ate breakfast while I “cowered” on the upstairs steps.

How sad am I?

Once done we both went outside.

Alvin and my winter boots are my saviours these days.

I feel so helpless and stopped from doing the things that I need to do.

I have a long list of items that need my attention.

The craft show is fast approaching and I need to gather some tea orders.

I have to get past this situation.

It has been crippling.

The days that have been wasted because of this small little thing.

Well today is a new day.

I will tell you that after three days of this I am downright exhausted.

Made a decision to have my neighbour remove the sticky pads as I cannot bear it to be caught and have Alvin listen to it.

I do not think they pass right away and that is down right cruel.

Even thought this creature has turned my life upside down I just think I have to do the more humane thing ….

So this morning another friend is coming over to set a couple of the old fashioned “snap” ones.

I feel better about that.

Right now there is nothing in the pantry and I should be baking some pumpkin muffins so I shall have a shower and be brave.

Gather my baking items from the pantry and get on with it.

Boots and Alvin and all.

I need to get going on things.

So these are my thoughts for the day.

I am trying to be brave …. I am trying.

Somedays it would be nice to have a room-mate in addition to Alvin.

Although he has been the best …. does not leave my side…. I think that he knows.

Tomorrow is my nephew’s birthday …. the one that was in the accident last fall and in a coma for several months.

He is doing a world better;  his brother is taking him home for a day or two and renting a hall to have a party for him.

Happy Birthday ….. he will love seeing all of his friends, neighbours and family.

My daughter and I are going to go next weekend and visit him at Ponoka unless he already has plans.

We have to call.

Tick tock …. I have to get this show on the road.

Writing is not going to get things done.

I appreciate your support ….

Special Hello to: to all those people who live every day with phobias …. I know.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 15th day of June, 2015.

It is a bright sunny morning here in Edmonton with little breeze.

Hard to believe it is Monday morning already.

Me and Mr. Alvin had a great weekend ….. there were parts of it that I am pretty certain he would not agree were great but nonetheless it was pretty awesome.

It was almost like a spring cleaning kind of weekend.

The task that I am most proud of accomplishing was painting the porch.

It was windy and I did wear some but JOYFUL noise it is done and looks awesome.

All sparkling white and clean.

Sometimes it is those tasks that we put off because we are somewhat “nervous” or “scared” to do that gives us the most satisfaction when completed.

Now I feel like I can do almost anything.

So it was a great weekend.

We accomplished everything on the “TO DO LIST” and even had time for relaxing.

Snuggles with Mr. Alvin …..

My favourite time.

Yes, I cannot believe the weekend is over.

Time to move onto another week with another weekend coming up.

YAY.

So make some noise …. you deserve it …… you did it.

Now it is Monday …. the most dreaded day of the week.

Likely for the most part is because it falls after the weekend and most of us just want to stay home and sleep.

I do make the mistake of sleeping in ….. besides really who wants to get out of bed at 5:00 a.m. when you do not have to … well okay, I can think of one little guy ….. me Alvin …… he always wakes up early.  We always get up but not always stay up.

Well time to get this show on the road.

Happy Monday.

Just take a deep breath …..

If I can move my “Fanny Farkle” up and out, I know that you can, too.

We can do it.

Today is going to be awesome, fantastic, great, spectacular and amazing.

It will …..

Special Hello to: my friends back in Regina …. miss you all.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 13th day of June, 2015.

It is a glorious morning here at my house in Edmonton.

There is a breeze, the sky is almost overcast with the sun peeking through in spots.

Yesterday I took half of a day vacation from the office and came home for the afternoon.

I made a few stops before arriving at the house.

Stopped at Shoppers and then at Save-on.

The one out of the ordinary item that I bought was one of those bags that is on wheels.

My daughter told me that I should get one and it would be easier to carry groceries home.

I really didn’t want to because it kind of made me feel “old.”

Now I know that shouldn’t be as I see all ages pulling those “carts” around filled with things.

It wasn’t the easiest thing to load.

Trying to hold the full grocery bag and load it into the bag …. took a few tries.

I have the recycled bags so perhaps the plastic might have been easier but oh well.

I am trying to do my part for the environment.

After loaded I did find it easy to pull home….. so much easier on my shoulders and arms and hands.

The main reason I took the afternoon off was to paint the front porch.

I will admit that I have kind of procrastinated on doing it but it is done.

There are pictures to prove my hard work.

There was a bit of a wind …. actually it was quite windy …. not gale force.

But from the looks of my hair, clothing and the landing you might think it was a strong strong wind.

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Now all white and pristine.

Looks pretty good for a non-professional and it was fun.

There was only one thing … Mr. Alvin.

I put the baby gate up at the door so that he could at least see me.

Didn’t work so much as he just sat there and “cried.”

I did not wish to take it down as I knew he would be running to one of the neighbours or the other.

So I just tried to be reassuring ….. “Your Momma is here.”

Or perhaps he didn’t think I was doing a great job.

Or perhaps he thought I may fall off of the ladder.

Anyway it is done.

In the fall it will be door frame and window frames.

YAY ….

I am so proud of myself….

Now it is your turn …. try something outside your regular comfort zone.

Well time to finish my coffee and get dressed as Mr. Alvin has an appointment for his regular pedicure.

His favourite thing to do …. NOT …..

I have a long to do list and I am going to accomplish every item and be all done by six o’clock tonight.

YAY …..

Have to have the house in ship shape for my Steeped Tea par-TEA next Saturday.

Besides always good to get the rest of my spring “cleaning” done.

Blinds ….. cupboards ….. you know.

Have a awesome Saturday.

Special Hello to: all you folks who are stretching and doing things outside of your regular routine.  Congratulations

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 12th day of March, 2015.

Today is the 35th Birthday of my darling daughter …..

Wow, I cannot believe that she is thirty-five, where have the years gone?

It really seems like only yesterday she was in high school and now it has been 17 years since she graduated.

There are so many wonderful things to say about this girl of mine.

She is kind-hearted, kind of shy in a way but not, smart and funny and super talented.

As far back as I can remember she excelled in the arts.

Didn’t matter if it was drawing, painting or taking photos …. she was really good.

I could tell at an early age that she had the “eye.”

She just could visualize ….

After taking some courses through the City of Regina in photography and art classes in High School she entered the Arts Program majoring in film at the University of Regina.

Two years later she decided to take a break and regroup.

All this time she worked at least one job sometimes two.

One day she called me at work to “say that she had figured out what she wanted to do.”

I was elated …. she knew.

She applied to NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology) in Edmonton for their photography program.

They only took a handful of applicants from all over the country and the likelihood of her getting in would be tough.

But she put together her portfolio with everything they asked for and was ACCEPTED.

The only student from Saskatchewan accepted that year.

Quite the feat.

During the two year program she took photos of “Buzz the Owl” at the Edmonton Zoo, photos at a cemetery, had friends model …. all for projects.

She even set up a cover for a magazine ….

Over the years she has taken photos of pets, children, families, weddings and nature.

In between we started our own “jewellery line” ….. Dear Stella Jewellery.

Now she takes photos of our jewellery ….

I could write for days of her accomplishments.

Today I found out that an art project she was working on with an artist and others will go to China to be displayed in a museum.

I am so very proud.

She has always been my special girl.

So today on her 35th Birthday I celebrate her life thus far.

Happy Birthday my Darling ……

May the next 35 be just as exciting and incredible as the first.

Special Hello to: my daughter on her 35th Birthday.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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