Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 28th day of September, 2017.

Another gorgeous day on the way.

So grateful for these warm beautiful sunny days.

What a great way to celebrate FALL.

The leaves on the trees are turning to yellows, oranges and reds.

Still lots of green ones waiting to turn.

The grass in most areas remains a bright green mainly due to the rain last week.

So it is a gradual process and that is the perfect way to bring in FALL.

I love this time of year.

There is something comforting about it all.

The smell of fall …… oh, the taste of FALL.

Who does not love pumpkin.

Me, I do, I do.

Every year more and more products add some with pumpkin to their fall line-ups.

Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin chocolate, pumpkin lip gloss ……

You name it and someone has made it.

Alvin and I have been enjoying our walks ….. the colours in our park are amazing.

Parts of the park are more visible now with some of the leaves having dropped from the trees.

So now you can see clearly across the lake to the other side of the park.

So pretty.

Some ducks and geese swimming about ….. just adds more pleasure to our view.

Happy FALL.


Well it looks like it may be almost time for me to grab my lunch and shoes and go.

Nice to be able to wear only a sweater again.

Also nice to be dry when I get to work.  LOL.


Have a great THURSDAY everyone.

Special Hello to: my sister, Hello.

Always, Carol & Alvin


Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 23rd day of September, 2017.

The sky is overcast and there appears to be no breeze.

I can see the sun through the clouds.

Yesterday was the most beautiful day.

It was warm but not too warm.

Cool enough but not too cool.

Sunshine and no rain.

Bit of a breeze, perfection.

A few days ago we were left a plastic bag with a tag on it.

It was a Church group that were gathering food stuffs for the Food Bank.

Alvin and I only had a few cans in the pantry but we gladly gave 50%.

I placed the bag on my doorstep as per the instructions.

I kept checking over the next few hours.

Then at one point Mr. Alvin jumped up onto his chair and I glanced out the window to see a Mother and small Son picking up the bag ….. she smiled and mouthed the words “THANK YOU.”

My heart exploded.

Perfect timing for both of us.

It would be great to be at a point where people did not have to access the food bank.

I am so grateful that I have been able to provide for me and Alvin without assistance.

We also enjoyed a wonderful walk …… when we approached the park I saw a man let his large dog off leash ….. we turned and went another way.

I will not take any unnecessary chances with me Alvin.

We enjoyed the different route …..

Also picked up some papers that were littered about …..

Community Service – check.


This morning Mr. Alvin and I are preparing for company.

Originally it was to be Miss Aspen, Baby Milo and their houseguest Miss Betty Ann.

But Miss Betty Ann has shown some negatives tenancies toward Baby Milo and Alvin on another occasion that the kids are opting to leave Miss Aspen and Betty Ann at their house.

They are only bringing Baby Milo to visit.

Miss Aspen can handle herself and is good with Betty Ann so no worries there.

I guess four pups might have a been a lot but it would have been okay.

We were prepared.

We are looking forward to spending time with Baby Milo.

Will miss Miss Aspen and seeing Betty Ann.

The kids definitely know best.


When the kids come for Baby Milo we will have an ice-cream cake for my son-in-law’s Birthday which is on the 26th (next Tuesday).

His favourite is ice cream cake.


Well better go and have breakfast and let Alvin outside again as he is waiting patiently for me to finish writing my blog.


Have an awesome day.

Happy Sunday.

Special Hello: to all those folks working tirelessly to make a positive change for this world.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 15th day of July, 2017.

Another hot one on the way… is late morning and already you can feel the heat and humidity.

I wished that I would have stayed up at 7:00 during one of the times that Alvin had my out of bed / sofa.

But alas I did not so we went on a walk at just before 10:00 a.m. – we were only a short way into the park when Alvin decided he was ready to go home.

The breeze was cool to me but not to Mr. Alvin.

I always carry water with us but it was not enough.

I listen to the boss so we went home.

At home I watered all of my outdoor plants and flowers and moved the flower pots into the shade.  Most of them anyway.

Supposed to be 31 degrees celsius today and then much cooler tomorrow.

We really could use some more rain.


I wish for rain for our neighbouring province to the west, British Columbia.

I cannot get them out of my head ….. the farmers … the animals ….. domestic and wild …… the ranchers …. trees …. the people.

Please pray for rain ……

Thinking of you my neighbours …….


Well today is going to be low key.

As with no functioning air conditioning movement in the house makes you hot.

I have a fan thankfully and the furnace fan is helping.

I only am concerned about me Alvin but for now he is okay.

If need be we will sit on the sofa by the fan drinking coffee and eating BON BONS …… likely not the sweets but could be coffee.

Lots of water nearby for both of us.


Last night I held a Mary Kay party at my house.

My dear friend “G” came over and we played with makeup all evening long.

It was great.

I felt so pretty after it all …… even got my eyebrows looking good!

I shared with the Consultant and my Friend a pitcher of Steeped Tea’s Winter Sangria with ginger ale.

So yummy…. the only thing missing was some ice.

Note to self:  make some ice cubes….


Have an awesome day.

Keep cool and hydrated.

Stay in the shade.

Keep your pets in the shade and hydrated as well.

Remember they have fur coats on and even though you might love the heat – they do not.


Special Hello to: my sister ….. very soon …..

Always, Carol & Alvin




Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 6th day of June, 2017.

Here we are one day closer to the official first day of summer.

This morning the sun is shining brightly in the beautiful blue sky.

The birds are singing and Alvin enjoyed a few minutes on the deck just taking it all in.

Oh my boy.

Likes to soak in the moment.

I must say that one of my most favourite times each day is the time that we snuggle on the sofa before getting up to stay up.

I have this rectangular pillow from IKEA that is just long enough for my head, Alvin’s head and a bit of space.

When I lay down on the pillow and throw a blanket over me ….. once Mr. Alvin has done his thing ……

He plunks himself down and his head hits right on the pillow beside me.

He really does with some force plunk himself down.

He snuggles right in and it is the best start to my day …..

We have a bit of a snooze before getting up to start the day.

Most every day for the past couple of weeks we have been walking with our friends “S” and “P.”

S is my neighbour whose dog was attacked and killed by an off leash dog in an on leash park.

So we have been walking with S and her dog Presley.

I get such a kick out of Presley ….. he came running down the sidewalk to meet us last night and when he arrived …..

He sniffed, growled, nipped at Alvin, and then went in another direction.

Both the dogs are comfortable around each.

If Presley nips Alvin ….. Alvin just walks away.

I wished that I always had his patience and grace.

Now if food was involved ….. that may go out the window.

But I am proud of Alvin for taking higher ground to give the little guy some space and time to grieve the loss of his beloved friend.

While we enjoyed a great walk last night …. our friend “P” was out in her amazing garden.

She called us over and we walked away with snapdragons for both of us girls and I got a tomato plant.

We are so lucky.

All of the plants that my friend “P” has given me are doing great…… best gardener.


Okay time to hit the road.

Mr. Alvin needs to head outside one last time.

Happy Tuesday.

Enjoy the sunshine.

Be safe.

Spread kindness ….. it is the only way.


Special Hello to: my friend “V” who has yet another business ….. so busy ….. not sure how she does it.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 4th day of May, 2017.

What a gorgeous morning outside.

I had planned this weekend to work hard and get everything or most items done on Saturday so that Alvin and I could take a walk to one of the “northern parks.”

It was our “spring, early summer” adventure before it gets too hot.

So yesterday after four hours Alvin had another haircut and bath.

OMG, I had even more anxiety than he had by the third hour….. if he would just let me know it ….. the haircut would be over in likely about one hour.

After that, it was six loads of laundry, mowed the front lawn including my neighbours that we share and the back, weeded by the garage on both sides, vacuumed upstairs and main floor, cleaned two out of the three

bathrooms, made pizza for supper and made chocolate pumpkin muffins ….. and then crashed.

We did not even go for a walk ….. we both were done.

So this morning after getting up ….. having breakfast ….. got dressed and headed out.

We spent about two hours outside walking and even sat down at the North park on one of the benches.

I placed Alvin on my lap and we sat there enjoying the cool breeze.


Then we  saw some two geese and a gosling managed to snap some photos.

Bear in mind some are a bit shaky as I was holding Mr. Alvin who was sniffing and investigating on his leash, the camera, and his bottle of water.

So it was tricky to say the least.

As I was trying to take some photos of the geese with the goslings – a lady stopped and held Alvin while I quickly snapped some photos.

Also I had to keep stopping to delete some old photos.

Note to self:  time to buy a new memory card.

I always download the photos but I do not like to delete them all.

It was fun …..

Mr. Alvin wanted to come home even before we got past the middle park.

But I pushed him to go further.

We stopped for several water breaks (for Mr. Alvin).

I carry water for him but not for me.

So here are the photos that we took on our little adventure and then I need COFFEE


The geese are the first ones that we saw.  These photos are from what I nicknamed the “Northern Park.”

 Oh, the goslings were so cute.  Two adult geese were watching over the gaggle of goslings.  I could not count how many there were …….

Wild roses ….. the fragrance filled the air.  The roses by our park are not blooming ….. I hope they do.

Okay time for that coffee which has been brewed for several minutes now.

Ready to kick back and relax.

Happy Sunday.

Special Hello to: all those nature lovers …… nothing better than a walk with trees, geese, roses and a cool breeze and Mr. Alvin, of course.

Always, Carol & Alvin



Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 30th day of May, 2017.

WOW, almost June.

Can you believe it?

We are well into summer, I guess.

Not officially ……


This morning for some reason ( likely because I was not in bed until almost 10:00 p.m. ), I am tired.

We enjoyed our walk last night but on the way home ran into some people with their large dog off leash in our park last night.

Just on the way home ….. really, people.

They were quite offended/upset I think when we mentioned “Did you know that this is not an off leash park?”

I do not understand people.

They said that their dog was trained but seconds before he had walked through a gate into someone’s yard.

Good training.

I feel for all the dogs caught in the middle of all of this …..

If only people would use some good old fashioned common sense.


Well I am running late …… but food for thought ….. common sense ….. leashes ….. dogs.


Have an awesome day.

Happy Tuesday.

Windy but to be a hot one today.


Special Hello to:  my sister …..

Always, Carol & Alvin


Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 22nd day of May, 2017.

The sky is partially overcast but it remains somewhat sunny.

I do not think there was rain the forecast but then again I have not check the past couple of days.

We have had a mixed weekend with emotions running from happy to extremely sad.

I was pleased to get some big jobs done over the weekend and to attend a barbecue late yesterday afternoon at one of my friend & neighbour’s.

Yesterday earlier in the afternoon there was an unexpected knock at the door.

Both Alvin and I went to the door to find our friend and neighbour “S” from down the street.

She was clearly upset ….. tear stained eyes.

She wanted to tell me that the afternoon before being Saturday about 3:00 p.m. – their beloved Lola was killed by an unleashed dog – a Pit Bull.

I felt as though someone had punched me at the knees.

Lola was a five year old Chihuahua.

My friend had been out walking at the park where we always walk.

We always obey the rules and have our pups on leashes.

It is seconds near their home and we pass by their house at the outer rim of the park.

She had been walking with their 12 year old son and their two doggies Lola and Presley.

Presley received serious injuries and under went surgery that day.

He was doing okay and was resting at home.

Not comfortably as she said he was clearly traumatized by this event.

Not to imagine what their son is going through.

The owner of the Pit Bull did not even realize until my friend began to scream that anything was wrong.

He had been playing ball with friends and was clearly not paying attention to his dog.

Our park is a family park and is NOT an off leash park.

I will say I am a little concerned about walking there now.

I will stay on the sidewalks and not walk around the lakes on the grass.

I will always take something in my hand that I could throw …. Alvin’s water bottle.

My heart goes out to this family …… Lola was their baby girl and now she is gone.


I do not know why some people feel like they can disobey the rules.

They are there for a reason.

We do not even know if he lives in the neighbourhood.


My thoughts and prayers are with the family on this day and all the days to follow.

Our four-legged babies are our family.

When they leave us it feels the same as losing a two-legged family member.

They are just as important.


So I will be on guard on our walks and pay close attention.

I usually do but now there will be no drifting off or zoning out for even a second.


Please make sure that if you have a large dog and most especially a Pit Bull that you have him or her leashed when in a public place.

They may be the most gentle animal that you have ever known but one split second can change the lives of a family of a neighbourhood.

Please think twice.

Be good citizens.

Be compassionate and responsible.


Okay time to go on our walk.

Have a great day.

Today is a holiday in Canada – Victoria Day ( for long since past Queen Victoria of England ).


Special Hello to: all those folks who lost their four-legged babies … my heart goes out to you all.

Always, Carol & Alvin.




Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 7th day of May, 2017.

Well looks like today may not be quite as beautiful as yesterday …. cloudy this morning but the sun is peeking through in spots.

Yesterday was amazing.  Nice and warm.

I do not know what the temperature was but Alvin and I enjoyed hours outside.

I washed/hosed down the front, side and back of the house – as far as the hose would reach.

I washed/hosed down the deck – carefully getting into all the little spaces.

I brought out the patio furniture and washed it down before bringing out the cushions and putting it all in order.

Now just need some pretty flowers.

Also cleaned out the garage.

Started by folding up all the Steeped Tea cardboard boxes.

I had a lot of them.

Reorganize, rearranged, and then swept the floor.

Looks like a new place.

Lots of garbage for Tuesday morning.

In between did several loads of laundry and vacuumed.

Felt like I accomplished a lot.

After supper we went for a walk and not far away from home bumped into one of my guy neighbours with his dog “Jersey.”

Jersey is part bull-dog and I do not remember the rest but she is so cute and Alvin likes her.

They were on their way to the park.

He had a remote control truck with him ….. said that Jersey liked to chase after it at the park.

They usually go to the little area in between the lakes that is closed off except for the opening.

So quite enclosed.

He asked if we would like to go with him, so we did.

Ended up some kids were playing soccer in the little area so we stayed to the side which was away from the streets on both ends.

So cute watching Jersey chase after the truck.

You could tell she loved to catch the truck.

After a few minutes the battery died on the truck.

“J” said that he does not leave it fully charged as Jersey can not catch it.

He asked if we wanted to do the loop around the lake and “we” said yes.

I though that it was dry but apparently not as my shoes were soaked by the time we reached the sidewalk on the other side.

Oh, well.

Thank goodness I did not have my good ones on.

We bumped into friends along the way.

Such a great walk.

Nice to have conversation with a guy …..

Different perspective and all.

Great to have good neighbours.

After I got home I decided to bake some cookies.

Then we watched “Deepwater Horizon” ….. got to rent it for only $1.00.

Based on a true story from 2010.

Perfect ending to a great day.

Did I tell you that it rained all night?

Or for several hours anyway.

The grass out front looks more green this morning.

Well time to get dressed …. feeling lazy.

I was going to go out and do “my community service” and clean up the trash in my neighbourhood but ….. with the rain last night, I do not wish to pick up wet stuff.

It gets too heavy for me to carry.

I know that there is lots to pick up but I would rather it was dry.

Perhaps if it warms up and the sun goes out maybe this afternoon.

But my daughter may drop by for a visit this afternoon and she trumps everything.

I love time with my girl.

Well did I say time to get dressed, yes, I did.

I hope that you all had a great and productive and relaxing weekend thus far.

Happy Sunday.

Special Hello to my friends all over the world.

Always, Carol and Alvin



Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 9th day of April, 2017.

Well we are now one week and two days into April, our “spring” month.

Yesterday we had a nice rain and then the sun came out.

Always nice to have both.

Alvin and I enjoyed a lovely walk.

We changed it up a bit as our park was just a tad bit WET.

On our way home which was through “the Blue Park” we stopped to chat with a nice woman and her two doggies.

One of the doggies the elder one had a visible medical condition.

She was a paramedic and her dogs were both rescues.

Both of them were bigger dogs one a shepherd and I am not sure the other although I believe he may have been part golden lab.

Alvin initially had a little bark but settled down very quickly and we enjoyed the visit.

The one that was part gold lab as her lady said is very attached and protective of her …. she is learning how to be social.

We had a nice visit before we both left for our homes.

I always love meeting people and hearing their stories.


Just have to mention this ….. guess who got out again.

I just happened to look out the living room window and there was a young black dog.

He looked familiar.

I grabbed some shoes and locked the house before heading out.

Checked for traffic before crossing the street.

I managed to easily coax the little guy back home.

There were a bunch of people on the deck and one guy walked over to me when I approached the house.

I explained that this is a very busy street.

He did not really seem overly concerned and was not the owner.

The pup went into the back yard.

I hope that this will not be an ongoing thing.

I did ask what the pup’s name was ….. TUG ….. will make it easier if we meet up again.


We had a great day …. not quite sure why I decided to “wash the main floor on my hands and knees” but I did.

That is a work out.

Usually I use a mop of sorts ….. or borrow my neighbours steam mop.

I would love to get a steam mop.

Quick and easy.


Well my girl and hopefully the pups are coming for a visit.

I made pancakes yesterday – just made up enough for me and saved the batter to make them again today.

YAY …. pancakes two days in a row.

Does not get better than that.


I am excited to have a visit with them and so is Mr. Alvin


Have a great day everyone.

I hope that you are able to have some time with your family and or friends or maybe ALL.

Take some time and go on a walk.

Nothing better to clear your head and get your heart beating than walking.

You never know who you may meet.

You never know what you may learn along the way.


Special Hello to: all my fellow tea drinkers out there……

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 28th day of June, 2016.

Can you believe it ?  Honestly?  The second last day of June, 2016.

WOW.  So crazy.  I know.

Last night after work our neighbours of 7 years removed their odds and ends from our garage and took the remaining items from their half of the duplex for the last time.

That time went so quickly and I, we shall miss them.

Looking forward to meeting our new neighbours.

Another hot one on the way.

Alvin and I enjoyed an hour long walk last night.

We were on our way home when we bumped into one of our neighbours out walking (the one that had hip replacement in April) with her walker.

She is doing so well and is almost completely healed.

So we joined her and expanded our walk to include the lake/park north of us.

It was the perfect evening.

We laughed and chatted and had a great time.

Saw others along the way and even gave a dog owner some helpful tips about the care of doggies in this heat.

He hadn’t been carrying water with them and has a long haired collie.

He needs water.

The man liked the water/bottle dish that I was carrying for me Alvin.

Also he did not know that when dogs pant that is the way they cool themselves off because they are too hot.

I cannot believe how many people think they just “pant” which was what another lady thought earlier on our walk.

Anyway that is good …. always glad to help.

Well time to get going once again.

Seems like the mornings just evaporate.

I hope that you keep cool and hydrated.

Keep your pets hydrated and in the shade.

Happy Tuesday.

Special Hello: my friends all over the world.

Always, Carol and Alvin


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