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 18th day of February, 2019.

The sun is up.

Shining brightly on this Family Day.

This is a Statutory Holiday here so our office is closed today.

I am grateful to have another day at home with Mr. Alvin.

 

We were up at 4:00 a.m. as he had to go outside.

Thankfully we were in bed about 10:30 p.m.

I caught the first 30 minutes of the Elvis Presley Celebration.

Thankfully I had the mindset to record to watch at a later time.

 

The weather channel is forecasting warmer temperatures over the coming days.

YAHOO, walking will be in our future.

We did manage to take a short walk to the park yesterday afternoon.

It was cold but so much better than the past over two week period.

 

I have decided to take one hour every weekend to go through my on-line photos and delete the ones that are out of focus or duplicates.

When you have 30,000 photos on your computer – it is time to do something.

I also have about 10,000 hard copies of photos in boxes that need to be sorted.

A HUGE JOB.

 

Well I am thinking that today is a good day to make some pancakes.

My daughter might be coming over for a visit.

I love making pancakes for her.

 

So another day in paradise.

We are so blessed, me and Mr. Alvin.

 

My thoughts do go to all of the bunnies, birds and other wildlife that are desperately foraging for food.

We have quite a bit of snow.

 

Happy Family Day.

I  hope that you enjoy your time with your family.

Family may be described as any being that you “love.”

May be two-legged or four or winged or …..

Family are the ones that are ….

They may be of same blood, related or not ….

Family are the ones that you want to spend time with ….

Whether you spend the day playing board games or baking together…

Whether you talk on the phone or go to see a movie.

Just spend time together.

Just be.

Happy Family Day.

 

Special Hello to: all of my Family, related and those who are not, we love you and have a Happy Family Day.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 18th day of January, 2019.

Another COOLER, okay COLD day on the way, er actually it is here.

But warmer weather will be here by Sunday.

This weekend will be fun.

Teddy coming tomorrow morning and coffee with my younger girl friends.

Alvin’s Birthday is tomorrow and then his party is on Sunday with our family and Master Teddy.

I feel like this morning should include photos.

The boys, Alvin and Teddy from another visit.

So cute.

My grand-pup Miss Aspen, who takes a glorious photo but does not like having them taken.

Oh, our baby Milo.

A game of JENGA, anyone.

Mmm, LAVENDER.

My birthday present to myself (Antique Mall in AIRDRIE).

Would have loved to have had wagon wheels in my backyard, somewhere?

CANMORE, a beautifully lined trail.

Gotta love a little coffee shop with BOOKS.

I even managed to get a photo of a truck filled with logs.

Pretty flowers from years ago

Not from my yard.

Everyone needs a rose on a Friday.

Mmm, homemade pancakes!

Love Dragonflies.

 

Well time to fly.

Again, almost time to go to work.

I hope that you all have an awesome day and that one or more of these photos brings a fond memory to mind or just a smile.

Happy Friday.

 

Special Hello: to all my family and friends.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 13th day of January, 2019.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BROTHER “T” who turns 54 today.

Cannot believe that my youngest brother is 54.

Where has the time gone?

 

Well the sun is rising but not quite as spectacular as yesterday morning.

But clear skies and not so unpleasant temperatures.

Yesterday was so nice.

I was able to get a few things done around the house before heading out for Alvin’s Vet appointment.

Received a phone call from Teddy’s Mom that they were not going to the farm after all.

Teddy’s Mom was just getting over a cold and his Grand Mom was just out of the hospital.

So they decided to stay home.

She asked if he could come for a play-date and that they could drop him off after Alvin’s appointment, if okay.

I said “Yes.”

We ended up being early to his appointment.

I like to be early.

Had a nice visit with the staff and Dr. K while she administered his second ear treatment.

We set up his next regular appointment which at that time he will need a vaccination (do not remember which one at this point).

So appointment ready for first Saturday in February.

As we approached our house; I had a grand idea.

With the temperature being so warm, I decided that we would walk to Teddy’s house and pick him up for his play-date.

It was 10:00 when we arrived at Teddy’s house which was the time of Alvin’s appointment (talk about early).

Teddy was so excited to see us …. we had a quick visit and then were on our way.

At home I started more laundry and then got some coffee on.

Always love to have coffee in the morning.

The rest of the day ended up playing with the pups, putzing around the kitchen cleaning out cabinets etc.

Just got odds and ends done which was nice.

Teddy went home about 5:00 p.m. or so.

We had a great day.

I always love Teddy’s zest for life.

He loves us and we love him.

 

Alvin just sneezed.

His sister is coming for pancake breakfast and a visit.

I have not told him as yet as he still has not eaten his breakfast.

He eats when he wants to.

That is okay.

As he is getting older – his routine is changing – most especially on the weekends.

 

Great day ahead.

I hope that you enjoy this Sunday and that sunny skies are shining down upon you.

 

Special Hello to: my brother on his Birthday …. Happy Birthday …. I will call you later.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 3rd day of November, 2018.

The air feels warm this morning and it is later, much later than I usually write but then again it is the weekend, after all.

The sun is already getting high in the sky.

Last night my daughter picked me up after work.

We stopped at the grocery store and picked up some groceries part of which was the fixings to make a chicken stir-fry.

One of our favourite meals.

Surprisingly I cannot remember the last time that I made this for supper.

Oh, during the day it SNOWED and SNOWED and SNOWED some more.

Looking out the window it would appear to be well into winter and not the first BIG snowfall for the season.

We have had a couple of other snowfalls but not quite as much as this one.

So my daughter shovelled the driveway to the garage while I made COFFEE, an absolute must for a Friday evening’s Christmas tree decorating.

Followed by making the stir-fry for our supper.

We picked up a date square for dessert as they were on sale.

Not that we needed it but I thought it would be nice.

After all of the shovelling and supper and dishes were over.

We brought up the tree and ornaments and set to work.

By the time we started it was already 8:00 p.m.

My daughter chose a Christmas Movie from Netflix …. not one that I had seen before.

The movie was filmed in Regina …. my sort of home town ….. I guess I spent a good chunk of my life there.

Was cool to see familiar homes, the shopping mall and other places.

I do not remember the name of the movie at this time.

So by 9:00 p.m. we had the tree up and adjusted the lights.

There appears to be at least one if not two strands of the pre-lit lights burned out.

My daughter brought an extra strand of lights and I had one so we made them work.

I placed a few ornaments on the tree before joining my daughter to watch the remainder of the movie.

Enjoying our coffee before bed.

Those two things do not mix well.

Alvin wanted to have some attention so I made an executive decision to finish the decorating today.

We had a great night.

Putting the tree together and making the lights look nice.

Visiting.

I love having my daughter for a sleepover.

Alvin wasn’t sure at first as he figured this might be a ploy to get him into the car and leave.

He does not like “road trips.”

This morning once again as he has done all week, Mr. Alvin awoke at some super early hour.

I begrudgingly got up and followed him downstairs.

He did go out and went pee so then I only felt a twinge of guilt as I had tried to get him to go back to sleep.

I have to remember he is getting older as well and as I do, sometimes we need to PEE during the wee hours of the morning.

This morning I couldn’t sleep …. decided to just get up.

Emptied the dish washer, did some shovelling, made coffee and made ready the batter for pancakes.

My daughter also decided to get up earlier than we had planned.

While I cooked the pancakes she put some music on the iPod … the newer one that she gave me.

It holds way more music and that is great news.

So the Christmas music is now playing.

We enjoyed pancakes with blueberries and bananas.

A few pieces of banana for Mr. Alvin.

After breakfast she helped bring up (actual most) the rubbermaid containers filled with Christmas decorations.

Then it was time to go.

My son-in-law made a play-date with the pups and forgot about her sleepover.

I went along with her and we stopped at the vet to grab some food for the boy.

Then she dropped me at home.

Such a great night and morning.

One for the gratitude journal and this post and for the memory banks.

I just put on a load of laundry once home from the vet.

Then this post.

The music is playing.

A reminder for me to get going on the decorating.

I wish each and everyone a wonderful Saturday.

Time to start decorating.

I will post photos tomorrow.

 

Have an awesome Saturday.

Live for today and dream about tomorrow.

I try not to get hung up on yesterday as it is over.

We can only change what is ahead of us.

No worries.

Be happy.

 

Special Hello to: my sister, my friend …. thank you for always being there.  Have an awesome day.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 22nd day of July, 2018.

Happy Birthday to my younger brother’s youngest “Z.”

WOW, another beautiful morning with a BREEZE.

Perhaps more than a breeze but it is keeping it cooler.

Hopefully cooler at least until I have a shower and get out for a morning stroll with the boy.

What a busy weekend.

We, rather I cleaned all the blinds in the house (10 sets of them).

How often do you clean out the window wells in your garage?

Likely not often.

Figured good time to vacuum the bugs and then give them a good washing.

WOW, they look amazing.

So when I decided to that, I first had to move some things around so that I could get into the window properly.

The garage got cleaned up, once again and a good sweeping.

GARAGE done.

PULLED WEEDS, with all this rain they are everywhere.

Weeds between the garage and the fence.

Weeds in with my flowers in the front flower bed and the back.

Weeds beside the driveway in the back.

Now this is more than weeds as some of the neighbours chose not to take care of them.

Now there is grass of all sorts.

I do my best to pull them out but they take hold quickly.

We will have to use some WEED/GRASS control agent to ourselves of them.

ARGH

In between LAUNDRY ( always ).

Just as we were about to finish the garage, I saw that these LARGE rain clouds were looming in the sky so I turned down the umbrellas and moved my tomato plant into the protection

of the garage ….. then back inside to put away my cleaning stuff.

Only it started to RAIN, no time, turned off the light and yelled at ALVIN to run just as the HEAVENS opened WIDE.

We were soaked by the time that we reached the HOUSE – which is not far.

In the house we dried off.

 

I made a big pot of what I will call a CHILLI TOMATO SOUP (a mix mash of things but oh, it tastes so good).

USED up all of the bags of tomatoes left in the freezer.

They were from my friend’s garden last year.

Enough to freeze and to eat.

I have red tomatoes on my one lone plant.

The sunflowers are growing as well.

 

Finally after supper we crashed and watched a movie.

THE Agatha Christie movie “MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS” was to rent for $1.00.

Cannot beat that so that is what we watched before retiring at 9:30 p.m.

 

Good old fashioned “cleaning” can sure play one out.

Good exercise and good for the soul.

So today just odds and ends before back to work tomorrow.

I am making PANCAKES for breakfast.

Just have to shower, walk and then EAT.

PANCAKES with MAPLE SYRUP and raspberries & blueberries on top.

MMMMM

Well better get this show on the road.

I hope that you enjoy your Sunday.

Take some time for yourself.

 

Rainclouds are coming back in ……

ARGH, hopefully we get our walk in …..

Otherwise will have to try later.

 

Special Hello to: my siblings ……

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 21st day of July, 2018.

Absolute perfection outside this morning.

We were up at 5:00 as Alvin wanted to go outside and then to eat his breakfast.

Back to the sofa for some extra zzz’s as on a Saturday who NEEDS to get up for the day at 5:00 AM if not necessary.

So we did and then about 7:30 Alvin started to stir and finally just before 8:00 I was up ….. basically grabbed him and off we went for a walk.

Covered up my PJ’s with a long sweater.

The air was cool and refreshing.

SUN high up in the sky already but not hot.

The water fountain in the pond was turned on and the sound of the water was delightful.

We had a great walk and even picked up the odd piece of trash along our walk.

Once home turned on the first load of laundry.

Our plans changed as my daughter and grand-pups were to come for a sleepover.

So we will just get some extra housework done – like the BLINDS, argh.

Sounds like they will come tomorrow for a visit – perhaps come for PANCAKES as I have all of the ingredients.

That would be WONDERFUL.

Coffee is perking and I love that smell as it wafts through the house.

Madonna is singing AMERICAN PIE …… love that song.

I have GREAT news – misunderstanding as I thought that my sister would only be here for a couple of days at the end July / start August.

She will be here for almost one week ….. YAY …. so excited.

I love having my sister at my house ….. we LAUGH and LAUGH and LAUGH.

Crazy girls …..

Well I guess it is time to get to work.

Perhaps should have some breakfast …..

Could even sit outside and soak up that glorious morning air.

 

I hope that you are enjoying your day and that you have great NEWS this day or soon.

Special Hello: to my sister …. so happy that you are able to come and be here for extra time.  FUN is on the way.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 3rd day of September, 2017.

Woke up to sunshine and a slight breeze.

Of course when we were first up it was still dark but that is another story.

There are no sounds except for the clicking of the computer keys as I “type” these words and the sound of Alvin licking his paws in the hallway.

The house is relatively quiet.

The office window is closed keeping out the morning sounds and the cool morning air.

Perhaps I will open the window to feel that coolness on my face.

I opened the window and can hear the leaves rustling as they blow in the breeze.

It begins as the leaves are begin to dry out and soon shall fall from the trees.

Autumn / Fall is only a few short weeks ago, officially anyway.

Now the birds are beginning to chirp, and I can hear magpies and crows.

“No, Alvin” I say as he starts to bark to reply to their conversation.

The sky just turned a bit dark and there is rain in the forecast.

No watering for me last night with the rain which was nice and looks like perhaps not today.

Good for the water bill and better for the flowers, plants and grass.

Time for a shower and then I am going to make myself some pancakes before meeting my friend for a walk with her pups.

Hopefully we make it out before the rain.

Time will tell.

I hope you have an awesome Sunday.

 

 

Open a window or go outside, close your eyes and listen.

Do not talk just listen.

Listen to the sounds of nature.

Listen to the leaves blowing in the wind.

Listen to the birds chirping and cawing and having a conversation.

Smell the air.

Feel the air.

Enjoy these moments.

Happy Sunday.

 

Special Hello to: the people affected by floods and fires, we hope you are safe, warm and dry.

Always, Carol & Alvin

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Tuesday, July 25, 2017 and it is the 16th day until my 60th Birthday.

It is safe to say that I have a thing with food.

A love – dislike (cannot say hate) relationship.

I love food and it loves my belly.

Just a few things that I happen to snap photos of over the past few years.

I love to bake and most especially at Christmas time and for special Occasions.

Cookies, anyone?

Fruit Cocktail Cake

One of my Vegetarian Creations ….. so yummy…..

Amanda’s 33rd Birthday cake

Unbaked Chocolate Macaroons, Anyone?

Sugar Cookies

Fudge

Fruit Pizza – OMG so delicious

the fixings …. this was a supper we had a couple of weeks ago.. (when the kids lived with us) my version of a taco salad.

Breakfast ….. nothing like pancakes and fresh fruit

Cupcakes from Steven’s Birthday in September.  Decorating is not really my thing but I try.

COOKIE TIME

Christmas Fudge

 

WHAT …..

LOTS OF ICED SUGAR COOKIES

 

Notice a consistent pattern here?

I am not able to bake just a small amount.

Perhaps I need to consider selling my baking at Christmas time?

 

 

Always, Carol

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 10th day of April, 2017.

Another Monday Morning ….. but the only 10th of April 2017.

I had the most perfect Sunday …..

Started with pancakes, hot cross buns, fruit and coffee with my favourite daughter and best neighbour.

My grand pup babies came with my girl.

We had the best visit …. lots of laughter ……

We even squeezed in a  wonderful walk with our pups ……

Mr. Alvin did not even push his way to the front of the line …..

It does not get better than that …..

To be surrounded by “family” on a Sunday is priceless.

 

Precious Moments:

Sitting at the kitchen table with my daughter sharing our lives.

Lying on the sofa at 4:40 a.m. with Mr. Alvin’s head next to mine on the pillow, snuggling close.

Mr. Alvin laying on the bath mat outside the shower with his head away to “give me privacy” but remaining close.

Walking down the street with my daughter, baby Milo and Miss Aspen and Mr. Alvin.

Making pancakes and coffee a Sunday routine and sharing them with the girls.

Talking to my friend, and setting up a coffee date for next weekend.

 

It is the small things in life that truly bring us the most pleasure.

So when you are feeling down …… close your eyes and think of the walk in the park with your daughter; snuggling on the sofa with your doggie, or sitting on the porch enjoying the warm spring air.

Whatever moments, whatever precious moments belong to you ….. remember.

No matter what happens in those moments they are precious as they will never come again.

 

Have an awesome Monday.

Take a moment and reflect.

Special Hello to: my friends back in Regina …. thank you for the ST order and to my friend “G” for hers……so grateful.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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