Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 13th day of November, 2014.

It is winter …… one step closer to Christmas ….. YAY.

As my mind wanders I think of the things that I have to do to be ready for the big day ….. actual the season.

I do have my house pretty much decorated except for the upstairs banister.

Oh and the outside is done.

I picked up printer cartridges last night from Costco so I can now print my letter ( just have to write it ).

So next on the agenda is Christmas Cards.

Last weekend at the store somehow got on the topic of Christmas Cards with some customers.

Mr. told me that they gave up on sending out cards because no one sent any back.

Every year I do receive less and less but I still like to send them out.

It is not about what you receive it is all about what you give.


So I will be sending out cards again this year.

It is a tradition that is fast dying and I want to keep it alive as long as I am able.

Next will be to do some Christmas baking ….. down to two different treats for this year.

Sugar Cookies and Fudge.

They are everyones favourites.

I heard someone say the other day that there were “42” days until Christmas.

I have not counted the remaining days …. perhaps not quite just yet.

So let me see what else will need to be done.

Cards, Baking …… oh, I know ….. GIFTS.

My shopping list is small ……

At this point in my life it is more about time with loved ones ….. good food and conversation than gifts.

So on this cold winter morning I hope that you are doing well and are smiling as you finish reading my blog.

Thank you for reading.

Special Hello to: my friend “T” …. back in Windthorst, Saskatchewan as she celebrates a birthday.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 7th day of November, 2014.

WOW, one week into November ….

Isn’t that wild?

Well I survived my first Thursday night shift at the store and by that I mean I am up and ready to go to the office and then onto the store for another four hours.

I do love working at Bath and Body Works but was wondering how it would go working until 10:00 p.m. on a Thursday night but so far so good.

It was nice being in the mall on a Thursday night.

I can hear my son-in-law stirring as it is only me and the boy going into work this morning …. actually only half a day for him.

The kids have every second Friday off which is great ….. we used to have it at the office but when our scheduling changing the “compressed time” went out the window.

I do miss it.

But it was nice to have it while it lasted.

Do you think that I am rambling?

Well one more sleep and my little sister will be here.

Oh, how I miss her ….. always a treat when she comes to visit.

I am excited for the day when I can go back home and visit all of my family and friends ….. back home is Regina, Saskatchewan.

It has been raining here off and on for the past day and the deck appears to be wet this morning.

It was so nice and warm as I walked home from the bus stop last night.

I thoroughly enjoyed my walk but missed having my Alvin with me.

Well another Friday ….. another weekend just around the corner.

What are your plans?

I have so much on the go but am happy that I am able to have lots on the go.

Today work both jobs.

Saturday ….. up early and give Mr. Alvin a much needed hair cut ( okay, I am certain it was last month that he had a hair cut ) and then a bath; stop for a coffee break ….. always need a nice cup of brewed coffee …… call my sister and see if they are ready to come over …… do a bit of housework while I wait for them and LAUNDRY (need clean clothes); at 1:30 a quick trip to the VET as Mr. Alvin needs his annual shot, time for another nail trim and he needs his ears checked and then home visit with my sister and her boyfriend and then off to see my nephew in the hospital and did I mention LAUNDRY in between …… that should keep me busy, methinks!!

Well time to go and get my things packed up for this day.

I hope that you enjoy your day wherever you are and whatever you are doing ….. do it with finesse (love and kindness) ….. which is my idea of finesse……. style ….. you know what I mean.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Special Hello to: my little sister who will be leaving Regina in less than 9 hours …… hip hip hooray!!  Doing the happy dance … on my stool at the computer ….. HAPPY ….. Oh, how I love that song …. Mr. Williams you ROCK …….

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 3rd day of October, 2014.

Thank you so much for your comments.

It is nice to hear from each of you ……

I love hearing about the different places where you live.

Always good to learn more about one’s fellow human beings.

I believe that everyday there is opportunity to learn something.

It might be something so small that you do not even realize that you have learned something new.

Might be automatic …. something our conscious mind does not even recognizes.

Or you might learn how to drive a car ….. pilot a space craft or learn to sew.

Maybe you learned a new language …. or maybe you learned to write your name.

Isn’t life grand.

So many things.

So on this fantastic Friday let us all go out into the world and learn something new.

It can be something small or something big …. doesn’t matter.

Perhaps you have been wanting to sign up for a cooking class.

Let us challenge ourselves.

I will say that pretty much everyday I am challenged and learn something new.

Some days it is a small thing but that is okay.

My brain is firing and working and learning … and that is always a great thing.

How many times did I use the word “thing” …… am just realizing “a lot”…

Happy Friday Everyone.

Thank you for reading my blog and sharing your thoughts.

I do so enjoy reading them.

Special Hello to: all my blogging friends …… write away ….. keep sharing.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 27th day of September, 2014.

Thank you to all those folks who read my blog and to those of you who leave me such wonderful comments.

I love hearing back from you.

I know from experience that writing a blog and then trying to read others is a feat all in of itself.

So thank you ….. I do appreciate all of the time you spend with me……

I love to write down what I see and hear.

Just my take on life.

If I can generate laughter, then I have been successful.

If I can generate you to ponder and think of something new, then I have been successful.

If I can generate emotions and have you feel, then I have been successful.

If I can write and you read my words, then I have been successful.

I am so blessed, thank you.

I hope that you all have a great weekend.

I am off to do laundry, give Mr. Alvin a much needed hair cut and then bath, some house cleaning and a few odd jobs followed by supper with family and friends to celebrate the son-in-law’s 40th Birthday.

What a great Saturday.

Take Care.

Special Hello to: all those folks turning a new decade it is all good.  Just remember every time you celebrate a birthday you are alive and that is a good thing.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 15th day of May, 2014.

The sun is shining brightly in the sky after a raining night.

The grass is beginning to turn green and of course the leaves.

YAY, we are on our way.

I am so grateful that I have the best neighbours and friends.

Last night I stopped at one of our neighbour’s house to let them know the details of the clean-up.

“C” was so helpful and volunteered to do some extra things, I am so grateful.

Also my dear friend “L” from Regina called me last night and we chatted for 2.5 hours.

Yes, you heard it right …. somehow there is always a few months in between phone calls so we always make up for it.

She is one of those people who no matter how long the time in between calls/visits it is just like we talked yesterday.

I miss her.

I miss my friends in Regina.

Not sure why but Mr. Alvin would not settle down last night.

He did not appear to be sick but he did keep me up most of the night.

I am a bit on the tired side.

So happy that the sun is shining that will keep me pumped full of Vitamin D.

Check – reminder ….. to go for a walk on my breaks or at least one of them.

So on this Thursday I hope that you are surrounded by family and friends.

Perhaps lending a hand to someone in need or maybe even organizing a neighbourhood clean-up.

Always remember to call your friends and family.

Well time to got to work.

Happy Thursday.

Thanks again for reading my blog ….  I know your time is precious and I do very much appreciate your time.

Special Hello to: my BF “L” …… such a great visit last night via the telephone ….. not cell ….. the old fashioned one…

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday, the 13th day of March, 2014.

YAY, it is Thursday.

So happy for Thursday …..

Tomorrow is my day off from the office and the store.

So exciting to have two days off in a row.

I have lots to do ….. will start the day with coffee with my friend who leaves for Hawaii on Saturday.

Lucky girl.  So happy for her and her family.  A great trip.  Someday I will visit there.  It is on my “bucket list.”

Then working on the preparations for the Trade Show next Saturday.

We, Dear Stella Jewellery ….. (my daughter and I make jewellery in our spare time).  We rented a table.  First time.

I am nervous but excited.

Also, me and Alvin are hosting a birthday supper for my daughter, his sister Friday night.

Alvin needs a hair cut …..  the laundry ….. stuff ….  there will be time to kick back and watch a movie or three.

What do you do on your days off?

Are you grateful that you get time off from work?

Most people do not even think of anything different.

I know a girl that happens to work two full-time jobs ….. 80 hours a week.

She works 7 days a week.

I admire her ….. and I am grateful that my two jobs total on average 50-55 hours per week.

I know that there are so many people out there who do not have the luxury of working only a 40 hour week with weekends off.

These days most people need at least two jobs to pay the bills.

I remember reading over the years …. especially just before the new millennium arrived that we would all be working shortened work weeks and have more time to relax and be with family.

Well that never happened and in fact, I would say it has lengthened.

Too bad.

Pension plans have all been hit by the economy and by bad management.

So whenever you have time away from work ….. be grateful ….. always take some time to relax and have fun with your family.

I hope that you all have an amazing THURSDAY.

I am so looking forward to today, tomorrow and the next.

Thank you for reading.

Special Hello to:  all those who realize that gratitude does make a difference.

Always, Carol and Alvin


Thought for the day ……. HAPPY NEW YEAR

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the very first day of January and of the New Year “2014.”

Well we were in bed before midnight.

We did see the ball drop in New York due to the time difference, thank you.

Someone in the neighbourhood lit fireworks so we listened to them but I was too “lazy” to get out of bed to see them.

I read the first chapter of one of Dr. Wayne Dyer’s book “Change your thoughts …. Change your life.”

Good way to end 2013 ….. reading.

I hope that you all had a great New Year’s Eve.

Now we are entering another New Year.

Time to be better people.

We can do it.

Starting today ….. be kind ….. be good …. be generous and be grateful.

Well I am on my way to the store to work a shift.

Should be fun …. I get to say “Happy New Year” ……

Much more fun than “Good Morning or Good Afternoon.”

Thank you for reading my blog.

I am so grateful.

Special Hello to: friends and family all over the world.

Always, Carol and Alvin


Thought for the day…..

Good Morning All and Welcome to FRIDAY the 6th day of December, 2013.

WOW, here it is past 9:30 already, and I am just getting a start to my day.

Oh my how lucky I am that I got to go back to bed for extra sleep this  morning.

Sometimes it seems like a good idea, and then once up thinking I could have had an extra couple of hours doing stuff.

Do you feel this way?

I try just to go with the flow but sometimes I do slip.

But this morning I am just plain grateful that after getting up a 5:10 with Alvin; we could go back to sleep.

You see I have the most comfortable sofa and I love to have a nap or two there whenever possible.

This whole week here in Edmonton has been bitterly cold.

There is an upside to it all ….. it has stopped SNOWING.

The sky is clear and the sun is shining.

Note: self dress warm whenever outside ….. COVER UP.

I have had a great week and am looking forward to the weekend.

Tomorrow my daughter and I are going to work on our jewellery.

I always enjoy any time that I spend with my girl.

Today, I will finish up the cards for the office (ones to mail are ready for stamps).

My thought for the day is: DO NOT BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF.








So take the time for you ……

Have a great great Friday ….

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

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday, the 27th day of March, 2013.

Wow, third last day of the month.

Last night as I got ready for bed and carrying onto this morning, I have been thinking.

You know the five billion different questions and thoughts that buzz through your mind every waking moment of every day unless you have mastered meditation and can lock them out.

I was thinking.

Does it pay to work so hard?  AM I where I should be?  Am I doing enough?  Am I smart enough?  What can I do to make my dreams come true?  How can I make a living doing what I love?

How do some people get away with so much?

How come I am called out on every mistake that I make (they are not that often)?

How can I make my life easy and fun?

Why do some people seem to have it all?

They do not work any harder than me.

What direction do I go?

There are a million questions that one asks each day and I am certain that some of you might be asking the same questions.

I know that the law of attraction plays a large role.

Well time to go … I am running very late.

Have a great day.

Thanks for reading.

Special Hello to you all.


Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013….

YAY, no snow overnight …..

I do love snow but in smaller quantities.

This winter making snow angels is an easy thing to do because we always seem to have fresh snow.

Last week before dipping into double-didgit temperatures – I saw several snowmen (or snow people) around the neighbourhood and the city.

It is hard to believe that it was plus 10 or so last week for a day and above zero for three or so.

Weather is such an amazing thing.

You never quite know what to expect.

Last night I finally got Alvin out for a walk.  It has been a few days.

First off the sidewalks were covered in slush and quite deep  water in spots, then it froze and then it started to snow.

It was about minus 12 or so when we went out which isn’t too bad but we were not far from home when he started to lift one of his paws ….. which they do when they are cold.

I asked him if he wanted to go home but he forged ahead ….. I think he missed our walks.

Usually we go every night and only once or twice have we ever missed more than two nights (since I adopted him in January of 2010 ).

I just remembered it just passed …. his third anniversary with me or his fourth birthday if you go by the number on the first vet report.

I am so sorry my boy.

It has been a great three years minus the first couple of months.

The first couple of months were a huge adjustment period for both of us …. mainly me.

We survived and now we are inseparable…

I know this for sure because he follows me everywhere … even in the bathroom.

But in a true gentleman fashion he sits with his back to me….

Well time to get the show on the road.

I hope that you all have a great day.

Happy Birthday / Anniversary my Alvin….

Looking forward to the next four years …..


Special Hello to:  all those people who love to read …. share the wealth.  Teach someone ….. it is such a wonderful gift …. to be able to read.  We sometimes forget that …..


Always, Carol and my Alvin ……

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