It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Morning ALL,

Wow, can you believe that it is April 30th, 2020.

Last day of April already.

 

Yesterday was an OVER the TOP FANTASTIC day for me and I will include Mr. Alvin in that declaration.

This is what happened:

  1. One of my girl friends picked up some light bulbs that I had been needing.
  2. My daughter and one of my grand-pups came for a visit, we did not hug and practiced social distancing and she wore a mask inside the house.  She also brought me lunch and a cold treat which I forgot to have for dessert last night.  My favorite “buster bars” from Dairy Queen.  She also gave me some “dilly bars.”  So great to see them and catch up in real time.
  3. EPCOR phoned and arrived just before 2:30 p.m.
  4. My friend the plumber arrived shortly thereafter.
  5. TAP fixed with only a couple of momentarily hiccups just after 4:00 p.m.
  6. Found out that my smoke detectors had expired (did not realize if they were hard-wired that they had to be replaced, but if one thinks about it, makes sense).  Check yours.
  7. Went for a walk with Alvin.
  8. Another friend down the street who is an electrician happened to be out walking with his youngest son  – so I asked him about the smoke detectors and replacing them.
  9. Our friend P and her grand pup Georgie were out working in her backyard and she invited us in for a visit.  Social distancing of course.  We stayed in the backyard.
  10. Happy to hear the sound of silence throughout the evening.
  11. My neighbour mowed the front lawn and I was so caught up with everything that I did not notice when we arrived home from our walk.
  12. Lovely evening …. just hanging out and watching episodes of “Love It or List It, Vancouver.”
  13. Perfection and a full day.
  14. I also worked in the morning.

 

What a incredible day.

I am over the moon happy to have the kitchen tap fixed.

Now I have a few more things to get repaired/replaced.

YAY.

It is the small things (and not to say that these are small things).

Does not have to be a luxury trip around the world.

Does not have to be a lotto win.

Having a tap fixed.

Lunch with your daughter and grandpup.

Chatting with a friend in her yard enjoying the early blooming spring flowers.

Having someone mow the lawn unexpectedly.

I am so blessed and so grateful.

 

Okay time to grab that coffee and do the poo pick up.

I wish you a world of small things.

Enjoy your Thursday.

With kindness and respect.

 

I/We remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

It is a NEW YEAR.

Good Thursday Morning.

The sun is shining brightly with hopes of a warm day ahead.

The inside of our house is quite cool as you may remember I turned the heat off on Monday, I believe.

Nothing like waking up and departing a nice warm bed to a cool floor.

I certainly grab some socks fast.

 

Well our household was crazy yesterday.

Work is super busy.

I have had this leaky kitchen tap for quite some time now.

Likely left it for way too long but that is my own doing.

Some things you just need people with those skills.

I asked a friend to look at it and he deemed it would need a new rubber ring and another small piece to be fixed.

He was taking too long and as of the past few days it has been dripping with more intensity and I cannot jiggle and make it any less.

So yesterday at lunch time when we were out for a walk I took along the end of the tap (three small pieces) and walked to our friends to ask.

When I knocked at the door there was no answer.

So we continued walking.

As we got further down the street,I had this thought hit me like a brick so that I took notice.

We have another friend who lives further down the street and he is a plumber by trade.

A practicing one …. not someone with just “skills.”

So we stopped by and I explained my dilemma.

He said unlikely that it was a matter of replacing that rubber ring and the other piece and said if okay with me, he could stop by later.

Such a good Dad he is – he was in the middle of “school work” with his children.

I said that sounded good.

So later on he came over.

We took the necessary precautions.

Apparently I do not have a shut off valve under the sink.

So we doddled on down into the basement.

There he was aghast as the shut off valve had this cheap lever which upon trying to turn off the water, had to remove and use pliers.

After a short time, he decided that best he not continue as he was concerned that he would not be able to turn it back on.

Homebuilders …. some of them are cheap buggers ….. I would go as far as to say criminals.

I sure hope that now there are more rules and regulations in place to prevent this shoddy workmanship.

He suggested that I call EPCOR and have them come out and turn off the main water valve to the house.

So I called EPCOR.

Three people later.

Was told that they charge $110.00 to come out.

They make an initial trip to ensure that the valve can be easily reached.

Then they contact the department that I spoke to and advise okay to set up an appointment for someone to come out and turn it off when required.

So waiting for EPCOR to come and do the initial check.

Then have to set up an appointment and make sure in sync with my friend the plumber.

So likely and hopefully will be this next Monday.

I am filling large containers with water as not to waste and using for various things, watering plants, cleaning the deck and more.

But now will have to listen to that god forsaken drip drip drip.

My friend is also going to install a proper shut off valve in the basement for the water.

If I should ever need to turn off the water, I will be able to easily.

I was thrown and mad.

Work is crazy busy at the moment.

It was not a great afternoon for me.

We went for a walk after work.

Then I made my first meal from Hello Fresh.

Oh, my tea order finally arrived just before I was done work for the day.

The meal was a Chicken Pharm something or other.

It was kind of fussy but I really was not in the mood.

The food was fresh and delicious.

So no complaints there.

 

Now that I have calmed down.

Realizing that I am blessed to have found someone I trust to do the plumbing job.

Blessed to have the money to pay for this work.

Blessed to have had a yummy meal last night.

Blessed to be surrounded by great friends and the most wonderful daughter.

She offered to pay for the plumbing work (could be my Mother’s Day / Birthday present) if I needed them to …. so thoughtful.

 

Well it is Thursday.

I better go and grab my coffee.

Almost time to sign on for work.

Lots to do.

One step at a time.

I have to not look at the big picture right now.

Just one thing …. one phone call …. one at a time.

Sometimes that is hard but I will do it.

 

I hope that you are doing well.

Wishing you a day filled with kindness and respect.

Happy Thursday.

 

Living with Kindness, Respect and still learning patience.

I/We remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ……

Good Afternoon and Welcome to Saturday the 14th day of December, 2013.

Just over a week now until the big day …. how did that happen?

Seems like only yesterday it was Halloween.

Had to sleep in this morning as I worked both jobs yesterday, and till midnight at the store as the mall had their MIDNIGHT MADNESS.  

I can just barely see some sunlight peering through the blue clouds.

Oh, how I wish that the sun would shine.

Please I hope and pray that moisture stays away for awhile.

I shovelled this morning before my daughter brought Mr. Alvin home …. at the entrance to the garage …. I shovelled Thursday night ….

There is no room to put any more snow.

I am now throwing it between our garages ….

The deck looks like someone threw a snow bomb back there.

The roof tops ….. I hope it melts some before we get more.

But alas there is more snow in the forecast.

But a girl can hope …. and pray …. and then hope again and then pray and WISH.

My sister had a Friday the 13th story, that I just read and I would love to share with you.

My sister and (her son) my nephew were supposed to be coming to Alberta to visit one of my brothers.

She was all ready to go …showered …. makeup done ….. just going to put a couple of things in a bag, and go downstairs to feed the kitties when she heard a SSHHHH ….

Running downstairs to the bathroom she saw that the pipe from the toilet had sprang loose, and water was spraying everywhere.

Spraying her in her face and soaking her from head to toe.

Just like in the movies.

Panicking she called my nephew and no answer.

So she called her boyfriend and no answer, then she called his work number and he rushed over and turned off the water.

She was able to get in touch with her son and found out he had during the night  come down with the flu, and not the kind that you can travel with …. was unable to come to help.

His wife came in with their shop vac so at least they could mop up most of the excess water.

My sister was able to get hold of a plumber recommended by my nephew and he came out within a couple of hours.

She also phoned our brother, and he said the roads were terrible and it was still snowing.

These are her exact words and they are perfect:

My take on all of this …. We weren’t supposed to go yesterday!!!!!  Something not only stopped one of us, BUT BOTH OF US RIGHT IN OUR TRACKS.  Now that’s a message from the universe if I’ve ever heard one.

So true.

See the Universe always tells you what to do or at least points you in the right direction if only you listen.

Thank goodness it was a strong message.

You see the important part of this story is …… where my brother is living in Alberta the roads were terrible and it was storming.  No travel was recommended.  If my nephew had not come down out of the blue with this bad flu and the water pipe had not burst they would have been on the road.  

Thank you Universe for keeping my family safe.

HUGE REMINDER TO LISTEN TO THAT INNER VOICE ….. THE UNIVERSE AND SOMETIMES IT IS AN OBVIOUS PIPE BURSTING OR STOMACH FLU THAT STOPS YOU RIGHT IN YOUR TRACKS.

OKAY, now it is time to check on the laundry and then take Mr. Alvin for a much deserved walk.

Special Hello and THANK YOU to: THE UNIVERSE.

 

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

 

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