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

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 7th day of December, 2017.

Another gorgeous day on the way.

To be 7 degrees celsius.

Soon there will be no snow but there remains ICE.

 

Just thinking this morning about how grateful I am to be surrounded by wonderful people.

Just thinking this morning about how grateful I am to have found my companion, Alvin.

Just thinking this morning about how grateful I am that I have choices.

Just thinking this morning about how grateful I am that I can choose to be kind and loving.

 

Happy Thursday.

Feeling blessed.

 

Special Hello to: you, today.  You are awesome and do not forget it.

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 Friday the 18th day of August, 2017.

The air is cool this morning in Edmonton and the sky is a white colour with hints of pink.

The fires that surround us to the north and in British Columbia have been changing our sky-scape.

The smell of smoke fills the air and slowly finds it’s way into the house.

I can only imagine what it is like in the areas affected by the fires.

We hope and pray that they are out soon.

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I have a friend who is fighting to have our city by-laws changed with respect to dangerous dogs after her little dog was viciously attacked and killed, a few short months ago.

She just did another interview, this one on the radio.

She was out walking their two small dogs with one of her sons.

The family’s second little dog was also seriously injured in the attack and required surgery.

That horrific scene plays over and over again in her mind.

I cannot imagine.

I hope that our city changes the by-law back so that there are more strict laws in place concerning the ownership of specific large dogs.

When you have a dog of any size for not only the sake of your dog, you and anyone else you may come in contact with …. please put your dog on a leash.

I walk with Alvin all the time and would never, never consider letting him off leash.

When you have a dog it is your responsibility to care and look after that creature.

It is a big deal.

Not to be taken lightly.

They take time, effort and money.

A couple of weeks ago now I was walking with Alvin in the morning and saw ahead of us a man walking with a large dog (pit bull) off-leash.

I stopped dead in my tracks and brought Alvin close to me holding my breath not knowing if the dog would see us or not.

Praying that Alvin would not bark.

That is what happens when people do not look after their dogs properly.

They scare others and even worse.

When I felt a bit more secure with distance I yelled to the man about “putting the dog on a leash.”

He ignored me and I am pretty certain he heard me.

When we got to the safety of our home …..  I tried again and he yelled back “I don’t care.”

I went into my house.

It is arrogance and ignorance that kills and injures.

I had no way of taking a photo to report him.

I will say that whenever I am walking with Alvin I am on high alert.

Gone are the days when we can walk with no fear.

Leisurely walks are a thing of the past or at least until people take responsibility.

 

Special Hello to: my friend “S” ….. stay strong and we are with you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 13th day of July, 2017.

Rained some yesterday ….. but a beautiful day overall.

The house is cool to start this morning which will be great for Mr. Alvin.

Warming up again.

The smoke from the fires in British Columbia is slowly seeping into our city.

When you can see, smell and taste the smoke one can only imagine the density and severity of those fires for the residents of the affected areas.

To all the people and the animals whether domestic or wild you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Please rain.

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On a more personal note:

Sometimes someone will make a remark that makes you think and take notice.

I will admit that somedays, okay perhaps a bit more often as of late,  I feel frustrated with/at “work.

My job can be stressful for sure.

I think that a great many people are under stress these days and I am not alone, for sure.

So as, with most people there is that frustration whether it is because the workload is daunting and never ending.

Or office politics.

Whatever it may be ….. it does have an effect on us all.

 

But at the end of the day it is the work that keeps one employed.

I have never turned away from work and most of my jobs over the years have carried a substantial workload and that is okay with me.

Sometimes it is just a combination of things.

So time to perhaps change things up a bit …..

This morning when I walk through the door at my employment; I will be me once again.

Back to the kinder, gentler, less stressed, less frustrated and more sympathetic ME.

Take things in stride and have patience.

Do not sweat the small stuff.

Remembering that it is okay not to be SUPER WOMAN each and everyday.

 

Outside of work I am that kind, gentle, easygoing, happy person.

I, as with everyone on the planet has bad days even at home but on a whole I am a good, happy, hard working gal.

Just somehow it changes when I go to work and not everyday for sure but somedays.

 

Special Hello to:  All those folks who work outside the home …..

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

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