Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 6th day of October, 2016.

Dark outside typical of this time of year.

No moisture of any sort over night or yet this morning.

Great to be dry as we have had quite a lot of moisture this year.

Not complaining as we did need it over the spring and summer.

Most of the leaves are now off the tree out front.

Likely one for sure or possibly two times more to rake.

Forgot to keep a bag of leaves to decorate for Halloween.

I guess I should have enough to fill a bag before then.

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My thoughts as of late have been on our four-legged friends.

The little guy you named “Charlie” or the little girl you named “Daisy.”

Over the years they greeted you at the door after work tails wagging so happy to see you.

They cuddled with you when you felt as though your world had ended.

They kept you exercising through walking and tossing the ball because you felt it was good for them.

But all the while it was to keep you from vegging on the sofa (so smart they are).

Actually good for everyone.

Even though in the beginning there was no way he or she was going to sleep on your bed.

Now they are a permanent fixture.

They live in the moment.

There are also our feline friends who are just as much a part of our families as our canine ones.

Sally and Joe who lived with you since they were kittens.

Chasing each other all over the house bringing a smile to your face.

Sometimes we take for granted how much joy and goodness our four-legged friends bring to our lives.

They start out as kittens or puppies.

They make us laugh and cry throughout the learning  process but then we all grow up.

So if you think for one moment that they are just “animals” or just there for your protection or for your power trip, think again.

They are our friends, our companions, our family.

We play with them, we take care of them and we love them.

Just like any other member of our families.

Treat them well.

Respect them.

One day they will be gone and you will regret not being a good family member.

They do not ask for much.

Just food and respect.

So on this Thursday my thoughts and heart go out to all those family members that we lost this past year.

Watch over us.

We love you and miss you so much.

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Happy Thursday.

Special Hello to: my family and friends

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 3rd day of October, 2016.

We had a beautiful Sunday.

Bright sunny skies.

Felt warm.

Had coffee with two of my friends in the morning.

Went for a walk with Alvin in the afternoon.

Trimmed our tree in the front and raked the leaves again.

Likely will be a couple more times.

Flowers still blooming away.

No moisture over night.

YAY.

I have been trying to keep this cold at bay but alas this morning it has taken over.

Not too bad at this point and hopefully it stays this way or gets better.

This coming up weekend is a three day one which is nice.

Another weekend come and gone.

Another weekend enjoyed.

Back to work.

Note to self:  take kleenex.

I hope that you had a great weekend.

Happy Monday.

Special Hello to: You, just remember that you are awesome.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 22nd day of September, 2016.

Today is the first day of “FALL” or “AUTUMN” whichever term you prefer.

YAY, my favourite time of year.

Crisp but warm.

Colourful but calm.

I love this time of year.

This weekend we will make certain to take some walks and check out the different trees in the area.

We did not make it to many of the neighbouring parks this past summer so this weekend we will venture out.

Nice to see what is going on next door.

I pass this area on the morning bus ride to work.

The photo below is of my tree posted last year.

Love the colour of our tree

Love the colour of our tree

Our tree still has some green but has certainly amassed lots of yellow.

It looks so much fuller this year.

I must snap some photos.

Every year our tree grows.

The trees in our neighbourhood are getting so big.

IMG_0839 IMG_0836 IMG_0842 IMG_0823These photos are also from previous years but gives you an idea of how pretty that tree is.

I love the golden yellow colour.

The leaves so so soft when they fall off the tree and so many of them.

I know that not just from the look of them but from raking them up.

I hope that you have a nice tree(s) in our yard.

This is the time of year to thoroughly enjoy them.

Happy Fall Everyone.

Feels like a birthday or some other special occasion.

 

Have a great Thursday.

Special Hello to: Mother Nature, thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 6th day of October, 2015.

What a gorgeous evening last night …. slight chill to the air but beautiful nonetheless.

Alvin and I thoroughly enjoyed our walk.

 

I had quite the surprise as I approached our house last night after work.

Remember how I did all of the yard work yesterday …..

Well pretty much all of the leaves that were not on the ground on Sunday, were on the ground yesterday …..

Covering the grass in a warm yellow blanket.

Very pretty.

I will admit that I did figure that there would be one or two more raking sessions left to do before the end of fall.

 

I am so grateful to live in this great country.

I am so grateful to live in this great city.

I am so grateful to live in this great neighbourhood.

Where we from all NATIONS live in peace and harmony.

No matter what stories circulate about …… we live in the best country on the planet.

My only hope is that we always remember this, and that it continues forever.

 

Last night while out walking (was with one of my neighbours and her Jasmine) and almost home we saw this beautiful animal and his young “guide.”

A couple of nights before I thought that I remembered seeing this beautiful dog out with an older man (was the young man’s Father, we found out).

I say guide because owner makes me cringe.

Anyway the dog is special.

At 12 weeks he is more than twice as tall as Alvin and still growing.

He is a Romanian Shepherd and brought here by his now Romanian Family.

We all need each other whether two or four-legged.

We learned more about another family.

Thank you.

 

Well looking like once again it is time to leave to catch that old bus to work.

Actually the bus is not old.  Smiling as I think that ……

 

Have a glorious day.

Remember that we are all in this together.

If we treat each other with kindness and respect it is only an even better place to live.

Special Hello to: all those people that I have met and who have taught me so much.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 12th day of May, 2015.

Sun coming up …..

Great start to this wonderful Tuesday morning.

Last night I raked the front lawn and gathered up the hundreds of cork size bits of soil from the aeration.

I thought it would never end.

There literally were hundreds of them.

Also just saying ….. THEY WERE HEAVY when placed in the recycling bag.

Followed by a good watering.

The ground is so dry that watering is likely in the future if we want green grass unless Mother Nature decides to help us out.

Mr. Alvin was out with me for a bit until he was so excited by something that I could not see that I let him back into the house.

It was so relaxing and so much fun being outside doing this small amount of yard work.

No matter what our days are filled with …. work …. school whatever …. we have our homes.

Most of us are so blessed to have our own homes.

I know that I cannot speak for everyone.

If you are blessed enough to have your own yard or even a balcony or patio space ….. go OUTSIDE.

Use it.

Plant some flowers ….. maybe some herbs or veggies …. put a chair out there.

It is so great to be outside ….. most of us do not fully utilize our green space.

Even if you do not have your own ….. there are parks usually not far away …..

Have fun, enjoy.

We also enjoyed a beautiful walk last night.

Well time to finish getting ready to go to the office.

Have a great Tuesday ……

Deep breath … you can do it.

Special Hello to: my cousin “J” in Saskatoon ….. miss you cousin.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 19th day of October, 2014.

It is another gorgeous morning here in Edmonton.

The temperature here yesterday was 21 degrees celsius ….

Isn’t that crazy?

We were so grateful for the nice weather.

Well another day at the store.

I am excited because it is Sunday and I love Sundays.

Yesterday was great for another reason more good news about my nephew; he opened his eyes for a longer period of time.

That is definitely  good/great/fantastic/……. news.

So glad that is is on the mend ….

It will be a long recovery but that is okay.

Yesterday I raked the front lawn yet again …. so many leaves.

The colours were amazing.

They seem to get blown from all up and down our street.

It looks like most people are waiting until the trees are bare before raking.

Me, I have rakes three times.

It is good exercise and fun to crunch the leaves.

Also trimmed my front bushes.

So nice to be working outside on such a gorgeous day.

Afterwards I put in a five hour shift at the store.

So busy day.

Well almost time to leave again.

I hope that you have a great Sunday.

It will be whatever you wish it to be.

Parking stalls and all.

Special Hello to: family ….. hello….

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 3rd day of May, 2014.

WOW, here we go.

May …..

Summer is right around the corner.

Do you take a summer vacation?

Perhaps you take the family and go camping?

Or perhaps you and the family hop in the car and drive to see “Grandparents” or “Siblings” in a faraway location.

ROAD TRIP …..  could be a day trip…. the possibilities are endless.

Or maybe it is just you …… you hop on a plane ….   go visit Vegas to do some shopping ….  see some shows.

All sound nice.

Maybe you take the vacation days you have earned and just stay at home.

Catch up on things …… then sit out on the patio or deck and just enjoy the fruits of your labour.

Whatever you do ….. time away from work is always a good thing.

Time to unwind and relax.

Even if what you are doing may not exactly be “unwinding or relaxing” …… it is in a different environment and that is what helps you to recharge those batteries.

Being around different people and doing things other than what you do for employment helps you.

I hope that you are all able to slip away and enjoy those “summer days and night.”

I would love to see my family and friends.

My daughter and I would love to take a road trip.

I would love to see more of my relatively new home city “Edmonton.”

Like the river valley that winds through the city.

Driving by in the early morning on the way to work entices my senses and makes me want to go check it out.

So start thinking …. start planning or I am sure you already have ….. right!

Take the well deserved time off …..

Even if you do not get vacation time … always good to take a few days off of work to enjoy yourself.

Think about the possibilities.

There are always things to do and price wise…. do what you can afford.

Have a great Saturday.

I can hear laundry calling me and also the rake …. front lawn needs a good “combing” ……………………..

I will be back tomorrow.

Special Hello:  everyone …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

 

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