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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 12th day of October, 2017.

Well there is no SNOW on the ground this morning which is a good sign.

More time without the pretty stuff.

We went for a short walk last night as the wind was freezing cold.

So thankful to be getting a ride home and to be getting home so VERY early.

Yesterday was home by 4:45 p.m. and we even made a couple of stops.

WOW …. normally on the bus I get home … well, let me think about that for a second ….. THERE IS NO NORMAL …. anytime between 5:15-5:45 p.m.

Feeling pretty spoiled this week, to be sure.

Nothing says FALL like a parcel from our good friend “V” ….

Truth be told ….. she spoils us ….. with goodies all year long.

She knows how to spoil me and Mr. Alvin.

There was a bag of treats for the boy.

Muffins, Pumpkin Snickerdoodles, Caramel Chocolate tarts, Brownies like a cupcake with chocolate icing and a piece of KIT KAT chocolate bars and a DEEP DEEP DISH APPLE PIE.

Now this would have been more than enough treats for us ….. she also gave me the most gorgeous turquoise pendant.

I am wearing it today.

I, we are so grateful to have such a thoughtful, kind and generous friend.

 

Footnote: to the treats for Alvin.  He went overboard and guess who was up SICK last night about 1:30 a.m.?  Not the Momma.  Note to self: do not keep letting him have treats …. he has no self control.  Have to teach him …. NO…..never too late to learn something new.  “ALVIN…”

There is so much to be thankful for this week and all the weeks of my life.

I am surrounded by great people.

I live in peace and joy.

I live knowing that if I truly would like to do something (legal of course), I may do so.

I live knowing I can make my dreams come true.

I live knowing that life is great at any age.

 

Whoops time to fly.

Have an awesome Thursday.

Happy Thursday.

 

Special Hello to:  my dear friend “V” who keeps me full of homemade sweet delectable treats …… thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 11th day of October, 2017.

Yesterday was a great start to my “work” week.

I accomplished everything on my work “to do” list.

As I was waiting for the bus with a guy that I know from the office; this car stops and someone was waving.

We looked at each other and wondered aloud was this someone that knew one of us? or thought that they did?

After a few seconds and before the light changed I decided to just walk closer to the car so that I could see who it was,c and it was for me.

A gal that I had met on the bus that lives in a neighbourhood north of me had noticed me so stopped to see if I would like a ride home.

How simply wonderful is that?

Pretty great, I will tell you.

As it turns out she had started to carpool with her son and he is on a week vacation so she is continuing to drive.

She works downtown so she drives right by bus stop.

She had wondered if she would see me.

We had a lovely chat on the way home and she advised that she should be able to give me rides home all this week.

My bus friend said that she will pick me up from my work.

Also said that her son loves tea and has started to drink more and wanted to see a catalogue.

BONUS.

Also our Canada Post is having FREE shipping on parcels every Tuesday in October for those who have this certain small business card, for which I do.

Anyway I had been unable to set up an on-line shipping account until yesterday.

Last night I went to my friend who uses it and was able to print the postage label for my parcel.

BONUS.

What a crazy great day.

Alvin and I had a wonderful walk after work.

I think that today is going to be even better.

So put on your easy going positive cap and walk out your door.

No worries ….. be joyful.

Good things happen.

 

Happy Wednesday.

Yes, my sister I had a great day yesterday.

We will SKYPE soon.

 

Special Hello to: my dear friend “V” ….. always in our thoughts.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 8th day of February, 2017.

Do you ever think back to the same day a year ago or perhaps two or three or more?

I wonder how many of these days draw exact parallels to each other.

Okay for starters today is Wednesday, and last year the 8th of February was a Monday.

So the actual day is not the same but perhaps the feelings are closer to being the same.

If we think that we stray from our core basic feelings over time  …. I would say that is not really true.

We may have the odd day or two where we stray from our true feelings, the ones in our core.

Our basic emotions.

BUT ….

It is funny that in large part it holds true one year later.

I did wake up feeling today was going to be a great day.

Just as I was blowing my hair dry the phone rang and it was my neighbour; offering me a ride to work.

A great way to begin the day.

This gives me about twenty extra minutes.

I immediately walked over to the bed where Alvin was laying watching me and gave him a big hug.

I do know that when the early morning is great, the rest of the day will be fantastic.

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 8th day of February, 2016.

Have you ever awaken to feel like this is going to be a great day.

A day like no other.

Feeling like something magical, fun, wonderful and absolutely fantastic is happening to you on this day.

Well that is how I feel on this Monday morning.

I will admit a bit unusual for a Monday morning …..

Usually I do not sleep well Sunday night and Monday mornings are sometimes a bit of a strain to get up and get motivated but not TODAY.

I will admit that I asked Alvin to stay in bed until the alarm went off but it was not because I did not want to get out of bed.

Just because I wished to lay there and soak in the morning …. un-feted (is that even a word) by the day.

So here we are ….. breakfast done, shower check, make-up check and writing blog …. almost check.

Mr. Alvin is as usual laying outside the office door waiting for me.

He is so loyal ….. we could all learn lessons from our four-legged friends.

He is always waiting by the front door for me to arrive at home after work.

He is always happy to see me and I know he has to pee and is hungry …. but nevertheless he always takes that minute to ravish me with attention.

Now what a way to welcome someone home.

It doesn’t matter if I am gone all day or for 20 minutes ….. he welcomes me in the same way.

So today is the day …..

Perhaps a dream will come to fruition or just something nice.

It does not matter ….. I just feel great and that is what matters.

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So on this 8th day of February 2017 – life is magical.

I am so happy to be here right now in this place surrounded by magic.

Have an awesome day.

Fill your heart with joy and the magic will follow.

Happy Wednesday.

Tea deliveries today ……. that makes me happy.

Special Hello to: my darling sister.  Baby Milo is fine.  Are you available to SKYPE on Sunday?

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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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

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 12th day of January, 2017.

Although I thought it was warmer yesterday – the temperature was warmer – but there were huge wind gusts all day.

At some points while standing and walking to and from the bus I thought I may blow away.

Now I think that would be quite the feat but nevertheless it was a strong possibility yesterday.

Today the temperature has fallen again but seems to be calm.

I have secured another ride with my neighbour.

Thank goodness for her.

I am so blessed.

Otherwise I would be walking to the bus stop and catching the bus.

Do not get me wrong it is not a bad thing but as you get a bit older the cold seems to affect you more.

Anyway when I have a ride I am grateful.

When I do not have a ride I am grateful.

At the end of it all I have a ride whether by car or by public transportation.

Mr. Alvin is patiently waiting for some nicer weather so that we can go for some overdue walking.

I just have felt with his poor little legs and the fact that it is pretty clear that he has the onset of arthritis that staying in the house instead of being out in the cold is a much better course of action.

He is taking glucosamine (I think I have the spelling right as there are no red lines, yay me).

Sometimes trying to spell words this early in the morning is not easy.

I love to spell and use new words when I can.

I will tell you this that we have been enjoying quiet evenings.

Once I get home from work and do the shovelling …. I am pooped.

The snow was drifted in on my front walk and was hard as nails.

It was not easy to shovel but I managed.

We did a quick cleaning of the deck (did not do the driveway).

Actually I am hoping that the driveway did not collect as much with the wind.

Oh, winters in Canada.

Oh, winters in Western Canada.

Oh, winters in Alberta.

Oh, winters in Edmonton.

Well almost time to finish getting ready.

It is almost funny that most of our conversations in the winter in Canada revolve around weather.

Could be worse, I suppose.

Have an awesome day.

Keep warm – Stay safe.

Special Hello to: my friend “V” …….

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 20th day of December, 2016.

Wow, only FOUR sleeps until Christmas Eve.

That cannot be right.

I have counted even on my fingers to make sure that my eyes were not deceiving me as they reviewed the dates on the calendar.

Where did the time go?

I know this morning it slightly evaporated as it is almost time to leave the house.

This morning I am blessed to have a ride to work with my neighbour “S” ….. she offered as I am taking treats to the office this morning.

I ran out of containers that it would fit in …. imagine that ….. running out of containers at Christmas Time.

Anyway I am happy to have a ride.

Last night I made a tray of goodies / treats for her and one for the office.

I am working on my Christmas projects which are gifts and they should / will be done in time for Christmas.

I know that my daughter reads my blog so cannot share any details.

The weather is amazing …. it was +2 degrees celsius on my bus ride home from work last night.

CRAZY because on Saturday it was minus 30 degrees celsius.

So tonight my tea order arrives and I am grateful that I can have it sorted/packed and take to work tomorrow so that it arrives before Christmas.

Well lots going on and when the announcement is made, I will share.

Only good news.

No, not a lotto win, just yet.

But I feel it coming.

Say “My friend just won $60 Million Dollars” ……. oh, that would be crazy good.

Well have a great day….

Gotta go and retrieve the baking from the fridge and my lunch which pales in comparison.

Honestly I have not been hungry for a couple of days.

Wonder why???

See you back here tomorrow morning.

Special Hello to: all of you ….. you are special.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 20th day of September, 2016.

In just a few minutes my daughter, son-in-law and Sir. Elton will be arriving.

Elton is spending the day with me Alvin and I have a car ride to work.

Lucky for all of us.

Alvin is excited to have the company for sure.

His eyes lit up when I mentioned that Elton was coming over.

I am so happy that he has some company once each week.

I feel bad that he spends most of his days alone.

I cannot imagine.

But today is a good day for him.

Makes me feel better as well.

 

Our mornings are getting cooler.

Soon I will go outside in the morning and my flowers will have passed for the season.

I am so happy that they have lasted this long.

This is my favourite time of year, I think I may have mentioned that before in passing!!

The colours are vibrant and rich.

The yellows, oranges and reds.

Varying degrees of natural beauty.

 

Perhaps it might be a good idea to check out the long range forecast so that I can figure when a good time to put away the deck furniture.

I started the clean up process of plants.

Soon I will have to trim back the bushes.

They look so amazing at the moment.

 

Fall is such an amazing time of year.

Feels more relaxing and calm.

 

Well almost time to finish here as my ride and Alvin’s company will be arriving.

Have to be ready.

 

I wish you the happiest of Tuesdays.

Enjoy your day.

Special Hello to:  my sister “C”

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 13th day of September, 2016.

Alas, morning darkness has swept across the nation.

Too dramatic?

Well that is how I feel this morning.

It is more and more difficult to get up in the morning.

Okay perhaps a bit overdone.

But gone have the dog days of summer.

I have always wanted to write that …. what does that really mean?

Getting up in the darkness and in a few months we will be going home in the dark, as well.

Wha Wha Wha !!!

Okay off of the self pity train here.

 

I am grateful for this week ahead as the forecast is for low 20 degree days (that would be celsius).

That is so wonderful.

Alvin and I enjoyed our walk last night.

The grass is still a plush green.

I mowed the grass in our backyard last night and it looks the best it has been all summer.

It will go out in style that is for sure.

The leaves are turning but the flowers are still quite pretty.

My impatiens plants are so full and colourful.

There was a chance of frost last night but I believe that we missed it.

I will find out for sure when I go to work.

Guess that is sooner than later.

Catching this earlier bus now kind of sucks but oh well …..

It is less packed so that is nice.

I am so grateful that my ride in the morning is seated down because most nights going home it is not.

At least not all the way.

I am getting onto which bus to take at night so that I sometimes can sit and then catching another one going home and actually getting home a few

minutes early.  Last night I was home by 5:00 – pretty good considering I get off at 4:00 p.m.

Well time to fly.

Have a wonderful Tuesday.

Enjoy the days.

Special Hello to: my friends all over the world.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 6th day of July, 2016.

Overcast and going to be a bit cooler today.

I actually am wearing pants today instead of a skirt or capris as it is so COLD in our office.

I am grateful for air conditioning – please do not get me wrong – but it can be most hard to regulate in a multi-story building.

Anyway, that is okay.

Dressed for it, today.

 

Last night after work was literally a blur.

One of my co-workers and her husband gave me a ride home as they were buying a couple of items from me.

We arrived at home and Mr. Alvin greeted them with his ever abundance exuberance.

I proudly gave them a tour of my house and later realized that I forgot to show them the main floor bathroom as I had left the door open (for Alvin in case of a tornado – inside walk and all of that) closing it when we were looking out the back door at the yard.

I love my main floor bathroom ….. the sink/cabinet and my decor.

Oh well.

In between the tour my neighbour called to say that her car and others parked out front had been broken into the night before ……

ARGH.

One of the items they were buying was my deep freezer.

My friend’s husband is having back surgery so we were on deck (although he helped here and there with caution).

The freezer was light only awkward.

We managed to get it up the stairs from the basement across the main floor and out to the truck and loaded without causing too much havoc.

I scraped the paint just a tad on the wall coming up from the basement but no big deal.

After they left I went into the basement to turn of the lights and noticed they forgot the other item.

I frantically looked in my Steeped Tea stuff for her phone number and found it but her phone went to voice mail.

Oh well.

I figured as Elton was visiting today and I was getting a ride to work that I would just take it with me.

Problem solved.

Then two other friends called before I had a chance to make supper.

Oh, plus we went over to meet a prospective new neighbour as my friend “S” was looking to adopt a dog and we wanted to give him the Alvin test.

Alvin loved him right off the bat which is odd as BIG dogs usually scare him.

In the end she decided her duplex was likely not the best fit as he is one big guy.

We all felt bad but looking out for him.

I know that he will find a lovely home as he is a wonderful laid back boy.

Supper.

Relaxed while I ate.

Then took Alvin for a walk and by the time we got home it was after 8:30 and almost time for bed.

Oh made lunch for today in between there.

It was one thing right after another.

Now it is almost time to leave for work.

So I had better get going.

They are going to be here soon.

Well it was an interesting evening for sure.

I even got some extra extra exercise with the freezer.

See what two women can do.

Have an awesome day.

Special Hello to: all those women who think they cannot well guess again, YOU CAN.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 3rd day of June, 2016.

Another gorgeous bright sunny morning with the grass sparkling in the sunshine.

It started to rain last night just as I was nearing my house …. only a few big drops.

Shortly afterward these small I would say M&M sized hail began to fall.

Luckily Alvin had been outside before this happened.

Needless to say with the thunder/lightning and hail we did not go for a walk.

My tea order arrived last night so that was perfect timing.

I was able to get a ride to work today with my neighbour so I can take all of the work orders with me.

So excited for this weekend.

Tomorrow morning Birthday party for “G” at “S’s” house …… yay.

Sunday, Elton is coming to stay with me and Alvin as parents have something to attend.

Sunday evening I get to SKYPE with my sister.

In between cleaning and cleaning and more cleaning ….. okay maybe not quite that much to do but there is some.

Dust seems to come in from somewhere.

There will be time for extra snuggles with me Alvin and coffee on the deck.

I see maybe a bath in Alvin’s future but again he needs a haircut.

Furry little guy.

Maybe next weekend.

Oh, this morning …. forgot to tell you because I am barely awake.

He, Alvin did not really sleep much past about 3:00 a.m.

Not sure why.

We were up at 4:30 and he had breakfast and then went outside.

He stayed outside until 4:50 chewing and digging and digging and chewing with the chew treat.

20 minutes at that hour.

Meanwhile after I got my breakfast ready I set the timer and hit the sofa until he “knocked” at the door.

What a guy.

It might be a long day or early evening.

Well time to go.

I do not want my ride to wait.

Have an awesome Friday.

Special Hello to: my sister …. see you Sunday …

Always, Carol and Alvin

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