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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