Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 12th day of May, 2017.

The sky is overcast and rain is in the forecast for today and the weekend.

I hope that it will have clear points so that I am able to do my outdoor “tasks.”

Alvin has a Vet appointment tomorrow morning, I HAVE to clean up the neighbourhood (driving me crazy) and get few items at the store.

I guess only time will tell.

I do have an umbrella and Alvin has sort of a rain jacket.

Last night was gorgeous and we enjoyed an extra long walk.

Stopping to visit with new friends along the way.

Meeting a young dog named “Oswald” AKA Ossie.

We had a grand time.

On our way home I stopped to pick up the mail.

Inside a purple envelope stood out from the stack of flyers.

We always have lots of flyers for the recycling.

Back to the “purple envelope.”

It had familiar writing …. my friend “V.”

But what could it be …. not my birthday.

Once we arrived home I quickly opened the envelope ….

Inside was a beautiful Mother’s Day card with a perfectly written inscription.

My friend also had written a poem about me.

Wow, no one has ever done that before ….

We kind of challenged or more like mentioned that we should do some writing together.

I would love to write a book with her.

I am so grateful to have such a thoughtful friend.

It is kind of funny that we knew each other for like twenty years but never were “friends.”

Not that we were the other …. simply just knew each other in passing.

I wished that I had known her better back then ….

I believe that things happen for a reason and I guess it was just our time to be friends.

Thank you my friend…… Alvin, thanks you as well.

We are hoping to see you this summer for a visit.

Well time to get going for work.

Catching a ride this morning.

Happy Friday.

Special Hello to: my friend “V.”

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 10th day of April, 2017.

Another Monday Morning ….. but the only 10th of April 2017.

I had the most perfect Sunday …..

Started with pancakes, hot cross buns, fruit and coffee with my favourite daughter and best neighbour.

My grand pup babies came with my girl.

We had the best visit …. lots of laughter ……

We even squeezed in a  wonderful walk with our pups ……

Mr. Alvin did not even push his way to the front of the line …..

It does not get better than that …..

To be surrounded by “family” on a Sunday is priceless.

 

Precious Moments:

Sitting at the kitchen table with my daughter sharing our lives.

Lying on the sofa at 4:40 a.m. with Mr. Alvin’s head next to mine on the pillow, snuggling close.

Mr. Alvin laying on the bath mat outside the shower with his head away to “give me privacy” but remaining close.

Walking down the street with my daughter, baby Milo and Miss Aspen and Mr. Alvin.

Making pancakes and coffee a Sunday routine and sharing them with the girls.

Talking to my friend, and setting up a coffee date for next weekend.

 

It is the small things in life that truly bring us the most pleasure.

So when you are feeling down …… close your eyes and think of the walk in the park with your daughter; snuggling on the sofa with your doggie, or sitting on the porch enjoying the warm spring air.

Whatever moments, whatever precious moments belong to you ….. remember.

No matter what happens in those moments they are precious as they will never come again.

 

Have an awesome Monday.

Take a moment and reflect.

Special Hello to: my friends back in Regina …. thank you for the ST order and to my friend “G” for hers……so grateful.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 6th day of April, 2017.

Happy Birthday to my friend “L” back in Regina.

Alvin and I would like to wish you a very Happy Birthday.

 

Well forecast for today is 15 degrees celsius.

WOW, that is warm for April and we will take it.

Perhaps by the end of the day the remaining snow on my front lawn will be gone.

If not, I will give it a hand …. spread it out a bit.

 

Well as per usual it is hard to believe that we are already one week into April 2017.

It seems with every passing year the time just seems to pass more quickly.

I guess it is a signal that we need to live our lives consistently in the moment.

Enjoy every second no matter what is happening.

There always will be a situation that comes along that is not the most favourable.

It is up to us in how we react to said situation.

One thing I always have to work on … is to think before reacting.

Sometimes we say things in the heat of the moment that generally we would not ….

I am always a work in progress when it comes to “situations.”

Live and Learn.

Not a bad thing.

Sometimes frustrating.

 

I will say that at the end of every day I get to come home to the cutest little guy on the planet, me Alvin.

He warms my heart with his waggling tail and his big brown eyes.

I guess lesson here is no matter what happens during your day – you can always go home.

Hopefully home is your sanctuary, your safe place.

I love my house, my home.

It is everything I have ever dreamed of having ….

 

Well here it is time to leave for the bus once again.

I can hear trucks running outside in the “hood” and I would suspect others are getting ready to leave home for work, as well.

 

Happy Happy Thursday.

Have a great day.

 

Special Hello to: my sister who leaves for South America very early tomorrow morning.  Safe trip my darling sister.  Enjoy and I am excited to see the pictures.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 3rd day of April, 2017.

Yay, guess what?

Mr. Alvin did not wake up until 4:45 a.m. which is 15 minutes before the alarm goes off.

WOW.

First time in I would say months leading to year(s).

Happy Momma this morning.

Happy at least until I turned on the outside light to let Mr. Alvin outside only to see “white fluffy stuff” floating gently to the earth.

Argh ….. really …… the snowbank from my front lawn had almost disappeared.

I am guessing that it will not hang around but nevertheless really ….. could it just rain.

Oh well …..

We had a great weekend.

Did you know that you could freeze pancakes?

I did not know until my neighbour told me.

Last weekend when I made pancakes …. way too many, of course.

I layered the leftovers ones between sheets of parchment paper and then into a zip lock bag placing a paper towel around the ends.

Into the microwave and they were almost like freshly made.

Good thing to know ….. now I will not have to eat them for several days so that they do not go to waste.

Happy Momma.

 

Last night I did the SKYPE visit with my sister who is planning a trip to South America with her long-time friend.

Actually not planning they leave at the end of this week.

How exciting.

 

I feel happy this morning.

Do I know that it is Monday?

Yes, I do.

Does it matter?

No, it does not.

Happy Monday Everyone.

 

One thing …. I put all of my winter jackets into the closet in the basement so that they can be cleaned in the fall for the next one.

Washed up my winter scarves and mitts and hats and into a rubbermaid container to keep clean.

One pair of boots remain in the front hall closet – just in case.

You never know.

I hear that down east they are having a wicked amount of the white stuff.

Not good.

 

Well here it is time to leave for the bus once again.

Mondays seem to come just as quickly as Fridays do.

Time just goes ….. in record time…..

 

Have a great Monday.

Special Hello to: my family and friends back in Regina.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 31st day of March, 2017.

Another gorgeous spring morning here in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

How are you?

I am great.

Not only is this the last day of March, and Friday, it is the Birthday of my dear friend “P.”

We have known each other and been best friends for almost 40 years.

Happy Birthday my Friend – Wishing you the most wonderful day and year to follow.

 

So yesterday on my walk from the bus I noticed more garbage laying about where I had spent hours cleaning on the weekend.

What happened?

Did the garbage fairy rain on my parade?

Not likely but someone did.

It is disappointing after picking up trash one day to find more just a few days later.

This could likely be a full-time job for someone.

Not for me as I have a full-time job and a part-time one.

Oh well, it gives me something to talk about and I should not complain as least I am able to go out, walk and pick it up.

Now I will say that lugging those big full bags of garbage for several blocks was more of a work-out than I anticipated but nevertheless it was good exercise.

I took a plastic bag with me and picked up trash along my walk to the bus yesterday morning.

That was the one part of my route that I had not been able to do last weekend so I figured why not do it on my way to work.

Not letting it being dark hinder me, no sir.

So I might grab another bag as there is more.

There is always more ……

 

Well time to hit the road …… time to go to work.

Earn the money to keep Alvin in the lifestyle that he has grown accustomed to ……

Just kidding.

 

Have a wonderful last day of March, 2017 and Friday.

Keep a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Be Kind ……

Life is short and might as well be happy and joyful than sad and bitter.

 

Special Hello to: the Birthday girl.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 23rd day of March, 2017.

So grateful that last night the temperature was perfect, no wind and we had the best walk in a long time.

Yes, spring is here.

Alvin was loving the time outside.

I noticed that instead of jumping over some puddles he ran right through the puddles with his head held high.

It was a deliberate action.

He was telling me that the towel in his basket at the front entrance is there for a reason and will be used tonight.

I figured what the hay.

He reminded me of a small boy standing in the mud puddles and jumping up and down.

We did enjoy our walk.

I am so happy for us that the weather is changing and there will be no ice to keep us from walking.

 

NOTE to ALL:  if you have a dog or a small child always keep a towel at each entrance, just in case.

Mud puddles are meant to be enjoyed.

 

I could/should take a lesson from Mr. Alvin ……

Guess I could use some rubber boots …

 

Well here we are once again ….. time to don the outerwear and hit the trail for the bus.

I am so grateful that most of the ice has melted making my walk to the bus so much more enjoyable.

 

HAPPY Thursday to YOU ALL.

 

Special Hello to: my friends in Regina …… each and every one.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 1st day of February, 2017.

WOW, another new month.

February 2017 …. has a nice ring to it.

Snowing this morning here in Edmonton.

It was a cold walk to the bus yesterday morning after being so spoiled with over zero temperatures for the past couple of weeks.

But this is winter and part of it is cold temperatures and snow.

So we just dress for it and then grumble about it.

That is what we do.

We are grateful for all that we have and for where we live but from lack of sunshine and only on some days, we just grumble about it.

That is okay.

 

I love turning the page on the calendar and seeing the new picture.

I have a calendar from Zoe’s, an animal rescue society.

The animals are all rescues and the captions along with the photos are guaranteed to melt the coldest of hearts.

I love the Happily Ever After Stories …..

I am proud to say that “me Alvin” is a rescue and he certainly rescued me right back.

That is what they do……

 

Yesterday I posted my very first blog from way way way (okay not that many ways but it certainly feels like a long time ago) back on April 5, 2010.

I love to write.

I love to give information.

I love to share.

I love to make people laugh.

So if I am doing any of the above, I am feeling pretty great.

To my sister and family and friends back home; I miss you all as well.

 

Well looks like almost time once again to hit the cold hard icy road …. literally …. not physically.

Yesterday I hit an icy patch and went down on my knees.

That was on the way to the bus.

Will be extra careful this morning and will remain upright for sure.

 

Have a Happy Happy Wednesday.

Making dreams come true one day at a time.

I hope that your dreams are coming true one day at a time.

 

Special Hello to: all my family and friends back in Regina …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 13th day of January, 2017.

Today marks the 52nd Birthday of my youngest Brother, “T.”

I remember when he was born, I was 7 turning 8 that August.

We had just moved into our new house on the farm.

All news things at that time.

From Edmonton to Calgary all of us wish him the best day and year to follow.

 

Well today being Friday is a good thing.

The weather is warming up.

Supposed to be +5 degrees celsius on Sunday.

Cannot believe that as yesterday was minus 30 with the windchill.

This morning somewhere around minus 20.

Oh winters in Canada.

Yesterday was minus 40 something with the windchill back home in Regina.

I was thinking of my family and friends back there.

Good thing that warmer weather is on the way.

YAY.

We are ready for it.

Flip flops and shorts for sure.

Also nice to see the sun shining for longer periods each day.

 

Well here we go again, almost time to leave for work.

Today is back to taking the bus.

Have been fortunate to have had a ride with my neighbour Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to work.

I forgot to mention another plus about the car.

This is so important.

The bum warmers in the seats.

Best invention ever.

It was so nice.

 

Time to fly.

Have a great great day.

Special Hello to: my little brother, Happy 52nd Birthday.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 6th day of January, 2016.

Today is the birthday of one of my dear friends back in Regina.

Alvin and I would like to take this opportunity to WISH her an awesome Birthday.

Happy Birthday “L.”

 

On the home front, I picked up my second pair of new glasses last night and I love them.

Now I have two new pairs of glasses that I can alternate.

One of them has custom sunglass clips so that I no longer require to carry around a separate pair of sunglasses.

So much easier.

 

Alvin helped me shovel the deck and driveway last night.

I shovelled the snow from the front by myself.

It was starting to get cold or at least with the wind so the back was enough for Mr. Alvin.

We shovelled our neighbours front and back not obviously not her backyard.

Nice to get some extra exercise.

 

Well for some reason I tossed and turned and was feeling nauseated so did not sleep well.

I feel great this morning but unfortunately I am running a tad late.

How does that happen?

 

Fridays are a great day to show some extra kindness to someone.

Pick up a coffee for someone.

Shovel the walks for a elder neighbour.

Take a friend/neighbour’s dog for a walk.

Have a wonderful Friday and thank you for helping out.

 

Special Hello to: my friend in Regina as she celebrates a birthday today.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 12th day of December, 2016.

Wow, could it be so.

Just 12 sleeps until Christmas Eve.

I think so.

Are you kiddies getting excited?

I am ….. but I must confess, don’t think Santa will come this way as I have not been as good a girl as I should have been!

That is okay because this gal has everything that she needs.

 

Me Alvin came home yesterday afternoon from his three night sleepover at his sister’s house.

Baby Milo stopped by for a short visit while his Daddy went to pick up some items at the store.

He sure has grown since he first joined our family – almost doubled his weight.

So cute.

He loves Alvin …… follows him everywhere.

Alvin is adjusting.

 

Last night I video chatted (Skype) with my sister and great-niece.

Thank goodness for technology.

I remember being a young girl and dreaming of the day when we could see people as we spoke to them “over the phone.”

Crazy hey.

I am talking about in the early 60’s ……

We had a wonderful chat …. I always love talking to my sister.

When she smiles she lights up the room.

Not much new with them but that is not a bad thing.

The girls were putting up their Christmas Tree just before we chatted.

 

Well looks like it is almost time once again to leave for work.

I cannot believe how quickly time goes on the weekend.

So am looking forward to our week off between Christmas and New Year’s.

Time to walk ….. extra snuggles with Mr. Alvin and some time with my girl.

 

Okay … time to leave here.

I hope that you have an awesome Monday.

Special Hello to: my sister ….. I love you, Sis…..

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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