Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 3rd day of September, 2018.

The sky is partially overcast as the sun makes a good attempt to break though.

What a crazy weekend.

Saturday, I trimmed our front tree – a fair sized job – so happy that it is done.

Sunday, my daughter came had breakfast and a quick coffee and then we were on our way to IKEA.

We left my house at noon and got home, yes back here at 5:00 p.m.

Needless to say IKEA was busy.

Busy does not quite describe it.

Mothers with children.

University Students grabbing desks and school stuff.

Families looking at sofas.

Young couples looking as though they were furnishing their first home.

People were jumping over and walking over people.

No manners to be found.

I guess there was one fellow who had his manners with him.

The rest ….. well I am not one to curse … but I was cursing under my breath.

My daughter had measured and had made a list of all the items that she was looking to purchase.

She was redoing her office.

Needing a desk, a chair, shelving and a few other items.

WE were lucky and found the chair that she had wanted.

The chair was really comfortable.

We had to call upon an IKEA employee to do the paper work for the chair which meant she made sure it was in stock and then gave us a paper to give to the cashier when making payment.

She saw another desk that she liked better so we write it on the paper (IKEA gives you paper and a pencil to record the item and location of each item).

We looked around and I found a few items to purchase.

At one point I lost my daughter – it was my fault.

I strayed.

She found me.

I stayed with her after that … (pretty much).

The two items that once I got home fell in love with and they were two off white with gold circles pillow covers.

They look amazing on my brown leather sofa and they match perfectly all of my blankets and throws.

A few items we carried in the bright yellow IKEA bags until it was time to hit the warehouse section where we grabbed a cart with no sides, you know what I mean.

I know there is a specific name for them but it eludes me at this time.

We proceeded to gather the items on our list.

We realized right away that we would need two of the sideless carts.

So my daughter ran back to the entranceway of the warehouse to grab another one.

We were just at the CASHIERS which is where her desk was located when we realized that there were none left or at least none there.

We checked with an IKEA employee only to find out that they were sold out until Monday (today).

My daughter thought no way is she coming back here tomorrow.

I strongly agreed.

So off we went to find the other desk that she had originally chose (at home).

So she built her own desk.

A tabletop, legs, then needed the shelving cupboard to go under.

We managed to get that all sorted out.

Then at CASH my daughter gave the cashier the paper for the chair, once the order was all paid for we had to go to the other side of the building to the FURNITURE warehouse, get in line and give them

the paper for the chair.

They took the paper and we had to get out of the line-up while they went to get the chair.

They took my daughter once the number came up on the screen to get back into the line-up to get the actual chair.

WOW.

In between the wait, I ran to the food counter on the main floor and picked us up a treat.

Can you imagine $1.00 for a soft frozen yogurt and $1.50 for a sundae?

So while we waited for the number to come up we had a lovely cold treat.

We must have been in that area for over 30 minutes.

Putting the purchases in the car went well.

Everything fit.

It take some getting out of the parking lot and to the street that would take us to the exit to take us home.

ARGH.

But we made it.

It was quite the afternoon.

Even thought we were frustrated to no end, I would not have traded the time with my daughter for all the time in the world.

We even managed to laugh amongst the “cursing.”

Once home, got Alvin ready for a walk.

We stopped at our friends N & I ….. I came to the door but Alvin wanted N … had to see him.

So funny.

N said that he would come today and check our A/C.

I am so blessed.

It was supposed to be yesterday but who knew that IKEA would take five hours?

No me, not my daughter.

After that visit we were on our way.

When we reached Teddy’s home …. Alvin made a bee-line for the door.

There was a young man walking on the sidewalk but we cut over the lawn.

He kept walking toward their house.

Everyone including Teddy was happy to see us.

I apologized for the unannounced visit as it was about suppertime.

But there was no stopping Alvin so I figured a moment would be okay.

We ended up being invited in and had a nice visit.

Teddy’s Aunt was still there and the young man was my friend’s son.

So got to meet him.

Well turned out to be a great day.

I did not get Alvin’s hair cut and bath done so we will be doing that shortly.

Once I have breakfast.

Hard to be motivated when the sky is overcast and it is raining.

Well time to get this show on the road.

Lots to do on this LABOUR DAY.

To all those folks who have been injured on the job and to all those folks who led the way to make things better for us all, thank you.

 

Special Hello to: you, today.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

NOTE:  reminder to self not to attend IKEA on the long weekend before school starts……

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 20th day of July, 2018.

A bit cooler outside this morning and some beautiful cloud formations.

We had two walks yesterday which was great.

So grateful that it was cooler in the house last night.

Cooler weekend on the way which will be nice as my daughter and grand-pups are coming for a sleepover (actually two nights).

So excited.

 

I have some questions and I will provide my answers, what are yours?

  1.  Favourite place to visit in the world – my country, Canada and I have another New York City, USA.
  2.  Favourite season – Fall, love the colours of the trees and the smell in the air
  3. Favourite food to eat – that is way too hard.  I am a foodie and love most things but if I had to narrow it down:  chocolate cake and potato salad (not together)
  4. Favourite time of day – sunrise and sunset
  5. Favourite companion – Alvin (my four-legged guy)
  6. Favourite song – Don’t Stop Believin’ – by Journey
  7. Favourite colour – periwinkle blue, purple, but most of all “Kelly GREEN”
  8. Favourite thing to do – anything creative, walk or have coffee with my girl friends and my daughter and working in my flower garden.
  9. Do you like surprises? – only the good ones
  10. Are you a negative or positive person? – definitely more on the positive side, although I have my moments
  11. Are you on-time or late in general? – definitely on-time but usually early.
  12. One thing that ticks you off the most? – people that have total disregard for animals, people and the environment.

Well I guess that is it for now.  Almost time to leave for work.

Have an awesome Friday.

 

Special Hello to: my friends sprinkled all over the world.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 14th day of July, 2018.

It is overcast and considerably cooler than it has been over the past several days.

Relief actually to be a bit on the cooler side after the heat.

Much better for sleeping.

The sky is filled with deep dark clouds but every one in awhile the sun peers through and makes us happy.

There is a breeze as I can see the trees swaying.

 

Yesterday was an unusual day at work.

We had been closed since Tuesday as we are implementing a new version of our computer system.

Our higher ups made certain this time around that staff were involved in the process and ending with us having proper training and time to “play.”

Having that time to go into the test environment and practice is crucial to learning the new version.

On Friday after the testing had been done we had some “play – fun” time.

We had a couple of game competitions with prizes, snacks and lunch provided.

After a long week.

It was so much fun.

I was exhausted.

The system is LIVE on Monday so that will be fun.

Will be busy after being closed for 4 days and there be MAIL, FAXES and DROP-OFFS …..

 

Well today and for the weekend I am pet/house sitting for a neighbour and friend.

Already went to see Humphrey the Cat and Cinder the Gecko a couple of times.

Time for laundry and cleaning.

Tomorrow the girls are throwing me a birthday party as everyone has busy weekends until almost September.

Also my daughter and pups may be coming for a visit.

So have to get all of my house work and laundry done today.

 

I am so blessed to be surrounded by good people.

People that are kind and nice, supportive and loving.

I should sign off as Mr. Alvin needs his Momma.

 

I hope that you have a wonderful Saturday.

See you tomorrow.

Also need COFFEE…..

 

Special Hello to: my sister …..

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 7th day of July, 2018.

One week into July, 2018.

Up early this morning as Master Teddy is spending the day with us.

Outside the air is a bit cool which is refreshing.

Windows open to take advantage of that coolness.

Yesterday was a HOT one.

We managed to get through it.

 

Was grateful that I was able to pick up groceries on way home from work last night.

Also grateful that our office closes early at 3 p.m. on Fridays during the summer months.

Still made it home close to regular time in carpool.

 

The sky has the most glorious looking marshmallow fluffy white clouds dotting the powder blueness, this morning.

Okay, perhaps that is a mouthful, but oh, so true.

 

We went to bed early as I am reading one of the books in the series of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.

Such good books.

You truly feel like you living in Botswana, Africa.

With the majestic landscapes and friendly peoples.

 

Do you ever feel like you are all over the place?

That is me this morning.

I had a good sleep or perhaps should have had .. but the heat plays havoc with one’s sleeping patterns.

Still feeling a bit sleepy but perhaps a nap later.

It is Saturday after all.

I know once I get into the swing of things …. like laundry, making breakfast, coffee, Teddy’s arrival etc. …… I will be AWAKE.

 

I do remember a small piece of a dream from early this morning.

I was going to cross a busy street and there was a light.

On the other side were a bunch of people that I knew …. seems like they were saying good-bye to someone.

Beside me out of nowhere appeared a big black dog.

He had a collar and seemed to be friendly.

I wanted to grab his collar to keep him safe from the traffic.

When the light changed to GREEN and WALK, he seemed to know it was time to walk.

He stepped out onto the street and took a few steps, and before I could even take a step.

He was back beside me.

It was at that moment that I turned around a saw a giant grey WOLF not far away from us.

In that split second I glanced up and noticed in the other direction at the gas station, there were several large grey wolves.

All that I remember was people screaming across the way and the big black dog had got between me and the wolf.

Next thing I know I am out of danger but see that the big black dog is on the ground.

He is not moving.

I think that he is dead.

Woke up.

 

Time to go.

Have an awesome Saturday.

Special Hello to: my sister, our lives, hey.  Looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 14th day of June, 2018.

Started to rain just as we were going to bed last night.

But does not appear to have rained for any great length of time.

We watered our friend’s flowers and plants last night.

The north side of her house the flowers were still wet but on the south side they needed a drink.

North side does not get the hot afternoon sun but the south side, well yes it does.

All of our flowers are doing great.

She has some awesome looking tomato plants.

They are huge …. look like small trees.

I have a tomato plant and it is doing well….

My friend has this green thumb …. me, well I do love it and give it my best effort.

Looks like the clouds are blocking the sun or at least on the south side of our house … from our office view.

Now just a second ago at the north side … our bedroom side ….. there was bright sunshine.

 

I forgot to tell you all guess what Mr. Alvin and I saw the other night while out for a walk?

A goose and a biz-llion goslings.

OMG, they were so cute.

I just wanted to go and hug them.

Alvin used to be so taken with them when he was a pup.

We would spend hours watching them at the lake.

Now he just takes a look and is on his way.

Oh, Mr. Alvin.

 

Friends.

Do you have a special friend?

A best friend?

Perhaps you have several friends.

Just acquaintances!

Or maybe 20 dear friends.

Some of us are so blessed to have a great many friends in our lives.

Whether they are what people deem to be “best friend” or your “BF,” it really does not matter.

We all need someone to chat with, to confide in, to listen to, to just be near ….

We are social creatures, after all.

We have to remember the health benefits to having a friend or friends in your life.

So take the time …. today ….. call a friend.

Connect …. maybe go for coffee …. or just chat on the phone or SKYPE.

 

Well almost time to hit the road once again.

Have an awesome day.

Do not forget to call a friend today.

They really are your life line.

 

Special Hello to: all my friends and family all over the world, thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvlin

Thought for the day ….

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

The sun is shining but there are some clouds scattered throughout the sky.

There is a strong wind blowing.

Woke up with a headache this morning.

Had been invited to one of my friend’s homes for morning coffee and visit but decided to cancel this time.

Alvin needs a hair cut and bath.

That needs to be done.

No excuses there.

 

We have had a good weekend.

Laundry and some cleaning was accomplished.

We enjoyed our walks.

So nice to have most of the sidewalks dry now.

Finally.

 

Was happy that yesterday was not an all day rain fest.

In fact it did not start raining until well into the afternoon.

Alvin and I beat the rain and had a lovely walk.

We saw one of our neighbours who lives on the opposite side of the street.

He was raking his lawn.

We still have snow and ice on ours.

Funny how that is.

 

Well time to get going.

I can hear a big dog barking to the south of us.

Oh, how I wish that people would not leave their dogs outside for long periods of time.

 

Have an awesome Sunday.

 

 

Special Hello to: my friends and family.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

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

As April winds down and we edge closer to summer, I am reminded that soon we shall be running outside in flip flops and there will be leaves on the trees.

It has seemed as though it would never happen this year but as the temperatures slowly begin to rise in the + double digits, and the snow begins to melt, here is hope.

Yesterday my daughter picked me up from work.

Oh, how I love our conversations on the ride “home.”

We both try to remember the things that we have wanted to share in person.

Sometimes one or both of us “forget” and that is okay.

We have decided that it is not an “old mind” that can forget but that all minds do.

She was feeling a bit “peckish” and had both an apple and orange in her bag.

We were not able to wash the apple in the car so I decided that I could peel the orange for her to eat.

We laughed oh how we laughed.

I somehow managed to get the orange peeled without creating too much mess.

I had my trusty tupperware lunch bag with me which has a washable inside.

All of the peels were tossed inside the bag.

Now breaking the orange into bite sized pieces was a bit more of a challenge.

With only the odd squirt of orange juice.

We just laughed.

As I was handing her a piece of orange at the RED STOP LIGHT a truck stopped alongside us.

I am certain he saw us and I hope that the feeding of the orange brought a smile to his face.

The orange hit the spot.

What fun.

All on the way for a quick stop at COSTCO.

I think that everyone had the same idea as there were a TON of people at COSTCO.

Somehow we managed to zip in and zip out in pretty good time.

Back at the house Alvin was waiting for me.

I had mentioned that we should just park in the garage, as we had all the groceries to carry into the house but my daughter forgot in the moment, and started to pull in by the front of my house.

I could see Mr. Alvin stand up in his chair at the window.

He knows her car.

So cute.

We went around to the garage.

He was happy to see us.

We had our favourite COSTCO – KIRKLAND Black Bean Burgers for supper with a slice of the Lemon cake that I had baked on Monday.

We had a great visit over supper.

Followed by fixing the downspout and then she was on her way.

I so love my daughter.

It is always wonderful when we share a car ride, a meal; time together.

After she left for home, Alvin and I went for a walk.

It was so nice outside.

At bedtime it was still almost 12 degrees celsius.

 

I hope that you all have an awesome Saturday.

Always try to spend time with your children, your family and your friends.

Even a car ride can me most memorable.

 

Special Hello to: my daughter, thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

P.S. so looking forward to our road trip this summer.

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 7th day of April, 2018.

The house is quiet once again except for the furnace running to heat the house during our coldest spring in thirty years.

The snow does seem to be slowly disappearing but not due to hot sunny days, that is for sure.

Most likely due in part to the wind.

The winds have been brutally cold.

Yesterday it was almost minus 20 degrees celsius with the windchill when I left work.

Thankfully I am a smart adult and was wearing my winter coat.

So many young and older folks were wearing spring jackets.

Likely just getting tired of wearing their winter ones.

I am starting to lose my patience with Mother Nature.

It is time for warmer weather, please.

 

Well onto something else, whining is not something that I like to do for long periods of time.

My daughter is bringing Mr. Alvin home this morning.

I promised my daughter a “pancake breakfast” when she arrives.

After writing my blog, I will slip into the shower before starting to cook the pancakes.

My dear old electric fry pan of over thirty years is starting to show signs of its’ age.

Part of the element is not heating up so of course, things do not cook evenly.

This morning I will use a smaller pan on top of the snow.

Hopefully that works better.

I am sad that my dear old electric fry pan is not working properly.

These days electric appliances and anything for that matter do not last any length of time.

I figure that I got at least six lifetimes from her than the ones made in recent times.

Unfortunately when appliances and such stop working over shorter periods of time not only do they cost to keep replacing BUT we are destroying our environment.

Just last night on the weather channel they were speaking about finding small microscopic bits of plastic in our drinking water.

They are already finding all sorts of plastic and garbage in all sorts of marine, bird and animal life.

They said within thirty years there will be more plastic in the oceans than marine life.

Is that not a scary thought.

That should drive people to smarten up.

I sure hope so.

 

Well that is food for thought.

We need to realize that we DO NOT NEED every gadget and gismo.

Less of this and that.

More about healthy relationships.

 

I hope that you all have a wonderful Saturday.

Special Hello to: my sister who makes me laugh and my brother who is working on our family history.  Thank you guys.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 17th day of February, 2018.

It is a glorious morning with the sun shining and not TOO COLD (no wind).

Yesterday when I arrived home from work the wind had blown over my decorative tree that was sitting in the corner of my front porch.

Some of the red flowers had got loose and were laying in the snow.

I grabbed the flowers and set the tree back up.

This is the second time in about one week that the wind has blown over the tree so time to put it into the garage.

So after I went into the house and let Mr. Alvin outside (as he really had to pee, bursting at the seams) and gave him his supper; I put the tree away into the garage.

Well after dozing and relaxing until quite late this morning 9:10; we got the day started.

Now Mr. Alvin is another story – he first wanted up at 4:30 – had his breakfast and hit the sofa for some extra zzz’s.

Man, 4:30 a.m. is way TOO early on a Saturday for this Momma but if the boy needs/wants to eat etc.; well I just have to accommodate him.

We did not stay laying down from 4:30 to 9:10, no way, we were up about five times.

Sometimes I think he just wants me to get up early and stay up.

As soon as I rise, he quickly lays down in my spot.

Guess he is trying to tell me something.

The coffee is on and brewed and I smell can the glory of the aroma wafting up to my office ….. I want to share a day in our life from Thursday, February 17, 2011.

Alvin had been a part of our family for just over one year at that time….

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Well here it is Thursday, February 17th, 2011.  Wow.  The sun is shining.  I imagine the birds are singing if there were any around.  The weather channel states the temperature with the windchill to be minus 34.  YAY.  Alvin is lying on the hallway floor.  I think he is bored.  I am kind of bored, too.  There are lots of things that I should, and could be doing but somehow “my get and go” has got up and left.  I am going to my daughter’s this afternoon to visit with the puppies (that will perk me up).  I think it is the “winter blues” …… or at least part of it.  But I will dwell only upon GOOD FEELINGS.  I am blessed.  I have abundance in my life.  Last night I went out.  Yes, I did.  Went with my neighbour and friends to the Jubilations Dinner Theatre at West Edmonton Mall.   It was amazing.  The play “Mamma Mio!” was based on Mama Mia, the musical.  It was great.  The actors were both funny, and had great singing voices.  Some of the audience members that were asked to join them on stage at different times during the evening …… really got into the spirit of the evening.  Most of the ladies at our table had the vegetarian meal (so wonderful that they had something on the menu for us non-meat eating folks).  The main course and the dessert (I had the triple layer chocolate cake) were EXCELLENT.  I had a taste of going out again.  It has been awhile since I have gone out for an evening.  I had such a glorious time.  We visited in between acts and enjoyed each other’s company.  Two of the ladies were friends of my neighbour’s so I was meeting them for the first time.  The other two gals were relatives of my friend (and neighbour), and I had met them prior to last night.  We had a blast.  I love people.  Love meeting people.

So I guess the thought for this day is …….. no matter where you are in your life.  Surround yourself when possible, with people.  Get out there and meet new “friends”.  We “human beings” are SPECTACULAR & AMAZING.  I always love hearing each person’s stories.  It is great to learn about the lives of other people.  What makes them happy, excited and gives them flight.

Alvin stayed at home, and as always for the first 20 seconds was HAPPY to see me.  Then after that …… he was more than happy to show me “who really is the boss in our house” and you know what that is okay.  He’s my guy.

So have a great Thursday everyone.

Always, Carol

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Well back to reality ….. get into day time clothes ….. finish gathering the laundry ….. DRINK COFFEE.

Have an awesome Saturday.

Special Hello to: my sister, who always makes me laugh; oh, you crazy girl.

Always, Carol & Alvin.

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 2nd day of January, 2018.

There is a breeze this morning and it feels warm.

Could it be that the temperatures are warming up?

Well back to work today after a nice break.

I was wondering what my thoughts were on this date last year.

I think it still applies and of course brings us only two years from 2020 and even closer to 2025, which I think seems so futuristic.

 

January 2nd, 2017.

Did you wonder how 2018 was going to feel being one more year closer to 2020?

It feels so futuristic …. as though cars should be flying or at least driving without human invention.

I would have thought that we would have been further along the road to peace.

I would have thought that we would have cured every disease.

I would have thought that we would be treating other species with care, kindness and respect.

I would have thought that we would be the best planetary caretakers regarding the environment.

I would have thought that greed and power struggles would not be the underlying statement.

I would have thought that we would be further along than we are ….. disappointing, yes.

I hope that during 2018 we find it in our hearts and minds to work harder toward more safe technology and make things last longer so that the landfills and eco stations are not filled to capacity with no place to go.

I hope that during 2018 we find it in our hearts and minds to work together as a planetary collective and not as individual countries to solve all the ills of the world.

I hope that during 2018 we find it in our hearts and mind to bring peace at last to this beautiful emerald planet of ours.

I hope that during 2018 we realize that each and every living organism on this planet plays an important role in our future.

I hope that during 2018 brings stabilizing change for all of us.

I wish us all the best now and in the centuries to come.

 

Special Hello to: all those people who work hard every day for our future.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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