Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 13th day of November, 2015.

This has been the most unusual morning ever in our house.

We, I slept okay …. at least got some sleep.

The past couple of mornings I have been coaxing Alvin to stay in bed until the alarm goes off at 5:00.

So far so good.

As you know there has been an unwanted “guest” in our house.

Still not caught so heaven only knows where it is at this point.

For some reason I feel safe upstairs ….

So this morning when we went downstairs, just after turning on all of the lights on the main floor, I donned my trusty winter boots.

Bravely I opened the bathroom door and said to Alvin …. “please check for me” and he knew.

He just walked in and sniffed about and turn to me as if to say “it is okay, Momma” and ” I am hungry, already.”

He is my HERO.

So I scooped out some food from the container that is now in the bathroom because a trap is set on the floor of the pantry.

Took the bowl back to the front door where his water bowl is now located.

When he was done – I went outside with Alvin.

I just cannot be in the house without him at my side.

Once back in, with my trusty winter boots on I made my oatmeal, grabbed a glass of water with lemon and a banana and we went upstairs to the office.

Kind of feels like camping.

Our whole schedule has changed.

But maybe that is a good thing.

So I wrote in my journal upstairs before I ate because I cannot sit at the table.

Then checked Facebook … now writing my blog and lastly I will put on my face and get dressed.

I know it is crazy …. but this is my current reality.

For me, even to be in the house is a move in the right direction.

I even made a simple supper last night ….. veggie burger in the oven ….. grabbed a bun …. mustard and cheese … and veggies … done.

I hope that this change is not long term.

Just want my life back.

Well almost time to go and get ready ……

I hope that you have a great Friday.

When there is no choice there is always change.

This is my thought as of now.

Happy Friday the 13th ….. almost mid November now.

Special Hello to: all those celebrating a birthday in November …. Happy Birthday.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

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

Happy Belated Birthday to my nephew “T” ….. hope you had a great day.

Part II

Well yesterday did not have a happy ending.

I wished that those small creatures would just stay outdoors.

Anyway ….. I washed my winter boots and wore them on the main floor (no carpet) as they were my strength.

Alvin stayed close thank goodness.

We managed to get through most of the day …..

I cut up and cleaned the huge Halloween pumpkin.

Half of it I gave to one of my neighbours and the other half I cooked.

It was so yummy warm with some butter, salt and pepper.

Alvin had some plain ……

It was after that which was about 5:00 p.m. that I realized Alvin had not had his supper yet.

So I opened the pantry door …. grabbed his bowl and his food container and about that time … the MOUSE ran out of the pantry …. SCREAMING, I managed to place Alvin’s glass bowl on the counter and yell instructions to Alvin who by this time was in hot pursuit of this not welcome guest.

Screaming I watched it run under my fridge and I managed to get Alvin to come to me.

It did not come out.

I scooped up Alvin and ran over to the neighbours.

Gasping and sobbing I told them the story ….

“S” came back to the house with me.

Decided to put down the sticky traps not that I particular like the thought of them but I cannot live in fear.

One in the bottom of the pantry …. (removed Alvin’s food container and the two boxes with garage bags).

After that was done …..

While she was here I put back into the fridge my salad ingredients because I did not want to stand in the kitchen.

Grabbed the last muffin and two oranges and we stayed in the living room.

Twice I quickly walked Alvin to the door and outside.  I went with him.

This morning no sitting at the kitchen table to write in my gratitude journal.

No lemon water.

No oatmeal.

No banana at the table.

Instead I grabbed Alvin food container out of the bathroom (next to the pantry) and fed him.

We both went outside.

I grabbed a banana from the table and we stood near the edge of the cupboards at the living room entrance and shared the banana.

Then I took my journal, pen and our water and came upstairs.

In just a few minutes my neighbour is coming over to check the traps before I leave for work.

One is in the pantry and the other in the oven drawer (which is empty).

I feel so helpless even though I am much better than the first go around with those little beasts.

I just wished they would go elsewhere …..

Thank goodness for great friends and neighbours and Alvin who truly is my hero.

I think he knows …..

Well I better start getting prepared … downstairs …. Alvin will need to go out again.

Funny how something so small can make you so scared.

I know how people feel that have these phobias ….. not fun.

I hope that you have a great Thursday.

Hopefully the deed is done and that is that.

I will be wearing my boots regardless for a few days ….. will have to buy some indoor foot wear that has solid soles and goes up the calf.

I feel somewhat guarded … protected.

 

Special Hello: to my nephew “T” … I called you but your phone was not in use …. perhaps you stopped with the land line…..

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 11th day of November, 2015.

Today should be all about remembering and it would have been that way …. until about 23 minutes ago.

There is a dark shadow lingering in my house.

Alvin and I got up about 4:30 a.m. …. per usual and then once he had eaten and gone outside we hit the sofa for some extra ZZZ’s.

It was about 6:15 when Alvin jumped up off the sofa and tore off into the kitchen.

My heart skipped a beat.

I jumped up onto the arm of the sofa and turned on the kitchen light and found Mr. Alvin in hunting stance by the stove.

He was sniffing and barking and barking and sniffing.

So I know that this is some creature that does not belong in our house behind the stove.

He stood there what seemed like forever ….. then walked back and forth to the fridge sniffing as he went…

He walked over across the room and just starred at the stove.

I quickly moved his water dish into the living room and ran upstairs as somehow I feel safe up here.

We are in my office with the door semi closed so he has to stay with me.

He is whining at the door so I know my day will not be as planned and my near future is scary.

It is too early to be calling my neighbour but we shall hang out here as long as I can keep him here.

My daughter and son-in-law live too far away.

I feel so alone.

Thank goodness for Mr. Alvin otherwise I would not have known.

It is funny one should be here as I just moved some boxes of food from the upper cupboards back into the pantry.

They are up on the higher shelves in the pantry but it was likely not a smart move.

When I can I will be placing all boxes into a rubbermaid container for safe keeping.

Why is it they have to come into my house?

I keep a clean house.

There are not bits of food laying about.

My heart is racing and I just want it gone.

I want my house back again.

I could just cry …. my eyes are tearing up and my throat rasping …

What do I do?

I am afraid that Mr. Alvin will catch it and OMG I do not want it in his mouth.

He is standing at the door to the office … now pacing.

I know that he wants to go back downstairs and but I cannot.

I feel almost glued to the chair.

I wished that I had a solid row of cats that were hunters standing all around my house protecting us ….

It could be an invisible row ….

Please bring magic to me now.

I am afraid.

I have to make a decision shortly before Alvin goes crazy.

Time to call my neighbour …. my saviour.

I just want to be snoozing on the sofa. ….. why today?

I guess better today than tomorrow.

 

Special Hello: to all those folks in my position…. I understand

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 25th day of September, 2014.

Still dark out, why am I surprised?

Oh well, now we are working towards the shortest day of the year.

Something to look forward to, I guess.

Perhaps this is just a tad on the “dark” side for this awesome Thursday morning.

It is awesome; after all any day that you wake up and can place your feet on the floor and stand up and walk, is amazing.

Any day that you wake up and have food in the fridge and pantry so that you may enjoy breakfast before going out into the world, is amazing.

Any day that you can go into your closet and pick out something different  (and that is clean) from what you wore the day before, is amazing.

Any day you wake up with a house filled with love, is amazing.

I guess this is a pretty awesome day …… whether the sun is up or not.

It is amazing.

Soon it shall rise and beam that gorgeous light all over us and it will be amazing.

Take a look around …. there is always something good to be grateful for ….. right.

I am so blessed.

Thank you.

Special Hello to: all those folks out there who just need to see kindness …. we shall show them that today.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 11th day of December, 2013.

Are you counting the days until Christmas?

15 sleeps till Christmas ….

I hope that you are enjoying the holiday season.

In between the shopping and the baking and the children’s concerts and the late nights at work – I hope that you are just enjoying listening to some great Christmas music while enjoying the lights as they sparkle on the Christmas tree.

Take some quiet time to reflect on the past year and think to next year.

Be grateful for what you have.

I hope that you are as blessed as me.

To have a tree.

To have a home.

To be able to hear the music.

I also believe at this time and all throughout the year that we should help those less fortunate than ourselves.

If you know someone who needs a bit of help or perhaps some encouragement …. lend an ear or a hand.

Even when you do not have an excess amount of cash to help others there are many other ways to do so.

You can invite someone over for a meal.

You could go through your pantry and make up a package for a nice meal.

You can go through your closet and give away that coat or sweater that you have not worn since last year.

Give a pair of mittens or a scarf.

Volunteer at a shelter for humans or animals.

Go visit a senior’s centre.

Bake some cookies for a neighbour.

Shovel a sidewalk for someone disabled or elderly.

All the creatures on this earth can use a hand.

Be mindful and be kind.

So on this mid week day I challenge you all to be “mindful of what you do and say” and “to be kind to every living creature.”

We all inhabit this beautiful planet and are all here for a reason …..

Special Hello to: SURPRISES …. you never know when or how.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and welcome to the third last day of November, 2012 ….. the “27th” …

Wow, where did November go?

I guess we always think that near the end of the month.

This morning there is a fresh blanket of snow covering the ground.

At this time of year ….. I usually write up a special “TO DO LIST” and by now that would be done.

So I am a tad bit late with that but okay ….. there is still time.

So between today and tomorrow I will have the list prepared.

The list is combined with a calendar so that I know what days I have available.

It works pretty good.

I write down everything from Christmas card buying to stocking the pantry with items for the holiday season.

I schedule in visits, baking and “relaxing” ….. literally anything that needs to be done by the big day and by that I mean Christmas.

So I do have the tree up, house decorated and the outside is done.

I have pulled out the leftover cards and will use them ….. check.

I have wrapping paper, bags and bows…..check.

I have most of my gifts ….. check (still have a few to make).

So I am on my way.

Well speaking of way …. time to finish getting ready for work.

Alvin out, refill his water, put on outdoor gear, grab lunch …… that sort of thing.

So on this third last day of November, I hope that you are having a great day.

May it be filled with love and laughter, joy and abundance.

Till tomorrow.

Special Hello to: all those people who have lists and to all those people who are going to make one …… you rock.

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

Spending time with Amanda….

As I believe everyone that knows me, knows how much I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE spending time with my daughter Amanda.  She is the best person that I know.  Kind, warm and generous.  We love to be together.  This past weekend we did a couple of things that we absolutely love to do.  First thing was shopping, followed by an adventure, and ending with viewing show homes.  I must say it was the best Saturday.

We started out by going to Shoppers (okay a free plug).  They have the best rewards program going.  It is so nice to get free stuff after spending your “hard earned” cash.  Stopped by another favourite place of ours, and that is STARBUCKS.  We like to go to our local Starbucks,  sit in and enjoy our favourite blend while we are out shopping.  This time we picked up coffees, and were on our way to check out a possible “nursery” in the country not far from where we live.

We first found a place that sells shrubs, trees and rock but no flowers.  There was a kindly employee there that pointed us in the right direction.  Not far away, we found this awesome flower place.  The best part other than all of the beautiful flowers – okay perhaps there are a few things GREAT about this place.  First off, it is a short, easy drive from our homes. Secondly, it is in the country and is so pretty.  Third, they have more than just flowers and soil.  They have stuff.  All sorts of stuff.  They sell jewellery, crafts and too many things to mention.  For those people living in the Edmonton area the name of the place is “Dunvegan Gardens”.  Fourthly, they are open at Christmas.  YAY.  Another place to go.  So check it out.  They are great.  The staff are very knowledgeable.  Prices are good as well.  Once we picked out some flowers we were on our way.  It was a hot day on Saturday so we were happy for the air conditioning in the car.

When we got back to the city we dropped our flowers off at our each of our homes.  Alvin was spending the afternoon with Steven, my wonderful son-in-law and my grand-puppies Elton and Penny.  So I didn’t mind being away from home.

Next stop was the show homes.  We actually checked out some on our way to the garden places.  They were very nice.  The ones that we have especially been wanting to view were the “million” dollar ones that are situated by the lake in our neighbourhood.  As always, there were ah’s and mmm’s happening as we made our way through the homes.  I am always amazed at the decorating.  We found one that was especially interesting.  In one of the children’s bedrooms they decorated it realistically by scattering clothing, an empty chip bag, and other things on the floor and throughout the room.  At first I thought it was odd especially in a new home but it made an impression and I won’t soon forget it.  We certainly had a good giggle over that bedroom.  We even found a couple of homes that had “walk thru pantries” ….. the one thing that I think is so important in a house/home.  For all those contractors (would be nice if one read this), take the time, space and money and make a walk thru pantry off the kitchen when you are building these homes.  For all those of us who are getting older and even for those younger it is so much handier.  Instead of having all those kitchen counter top appliances taking up space on the counter – you can put the ones that you do not use in the pantry.  Easy to get to.  I love the fact that you can actually see what you have instead of forgetting a can of corn in the back of the pantry …. finding it ten years later.  Okay perhaps that is an exaggeration but you get my point.  Amanda loved the main floor or upstairs laundry rooms.  She would love to have her laundry area right beside her bedroom.

We had a great time, Amanda and I last Saturday.  I urge you to spend more time with your children whether they are five or thirty.  So good for the heart, mind and soul.

Happy Days ……

Thought for the day

I just have to share this with you all.  If you have not as yet read the book “THE KIND DIET” by Alicia Silverstone, please do yourself a huge favour, and do so.  It is the best book and it will change your life.  Slowly over the past year I have been “flirting” with being a vegetarian.  After reading Alicia’s book I have given up meat and fish and most dairy.  I feel great.  There are so many wonderful plant based products on the market in addition to all of the vegetables and fruits and nuts that it has been easy.  I will say the one thing that I have craved is chocolate.  Once I have my pantry and fridge totally converted I will even bake with non dairy products.  I have found that most recipes can be converted.

If you cannot totally give up “meat” and “dairy” – try making a lentil casserole or perhaps a meatless chili.  I will post some of my new recipes.  Give it a try.  Better for you, better for the animals and our planet.

Another sidebar is your grocery bill will be much less.

Ask your local grocer to order any items that they do not carry.

Spend the summer cruising your local farmers markets.  Yummy.  Nothing better than fresh local grown produce.  Love fresh potatoes, peas and carrots.

I would also mention in this rather lengthy “thought for the day” – give your dog a carrot or try broccoli, cauliflower or even an apple.  Alvin, my dog loves carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and apples.  We share an apple at lunch time.

Now that I am back to writing on my blog.  I would appreciate your feedback so if you read my “stuff” please leave a note.

Have a great day.

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