Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 1st day of December, 2018.

Foggy and overcast this morning.

SNOW is on the way on this first day of December, 2018.

Perhaps some snow will make walking a bit more easy.

Alvin and I are going for a walk here shortly.

Just wanted to write this post and get dressed (having coffee).

Mr. Alvin has been waking up at 2:30 and then every two hours for the past week or so.

He doesn’t appear to be in any kind of pain.

Just wants to get up and pee at 2:30 ( I can identify with that).

After all we are both getting on in years and that seems to follow us as we age.

Then at 4:30 p.m. he is ready to get up and eat.

I do try and keep him in bed but then I cave, there is no point.

So up and he ate.

Then outside and then we laid down on the sofa.

Then up at 6:30 and back outside.

We really, okay, I really should have stayed up.

By this time which is close to 10:00 a.m., I could have basically had some major chores done by none.

But there is something about just laying there and dreaming or sleeping or combination of both on a non-work morning.

During the week we are up to stay around 5:00 a.m.

I hear the medical reports about getting up at the same time every day but I just cannot do it.

Perhaps I should try a bit harder.

Then I could always have a nap later.

But unless I am sick, I am not really a nap person.

Oh well.

That has been our morning so far.

Picked up poop outside in my pj’s (covered with a coat).

It is warm outside.

Made coffee and had some breakfast.

Stripped the bedding for laundry and put on fresh bedding.

Love the smell of clean sheets before the bodies lay on them.

Now just writing this post.

Happy December 1st.

One of the major jobs on my list is to give Mr. Alvin a hair cut and bath.

I am thinking as it is already 10 a.m. that perhaps I might put that job off to tomorrow.

Then get some cleaning, laundry, our WALK and Christmas cards done today.

Then tomorrow would just be him…..as it is a big job.

Supposed to be a snowy day anyway.

I will check the temperature for tomorrow ….

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

Lots to do.

Also wanting to confirm my menu for the Christmas party that I am hosting for some of my co-workers.

The immediate group.

 

Have to share my COSTCO story.

My daughter picked me up from work yesterday.

I took some extra vacation time and left early.

That was such a treat to leave work at 2:30 p.m.

My daughter had an eye appointment just after 3:00 p.m. at COSTCO.

We decided upon arrival that she would look after her appointment and picking out new glasses AND

the Momma would take both of our lists and start the shopping.

No where did it dawn on us that perhaps I should tag along with her and help her pick out new specs.

I took a quick peek at the non-food things like Christmas decorations, clothing and books before heading to pick up the food items on our lists.

We made an arrangement to meet in that area at 4:00 p.m.

I was there with everything on both lists at 3:55 p.m. (there were a couple of things that were sold out of )

I waited and waited.

Strolled with a full cart from display to display looking for my girl.

Even walked over to the eye area …. did not see her.

Finally at 4:35 p.m. – I spotted her.

The Doctor was late and neither of us even considered the time it would take to pick out new frames.

With a sigh of relief and a bit of impatience TONE – we were almost ready to hit the lineups.

We picked up photo orders (photos to enclose with Christmas cards).

After we girls had gone our ways after arrival, I had been looking at mats/rugs to put near the front door.

I have one from COSTCO but was thinking with Christmas and so many people arriving … perhaps a longer one would be a good addition to what I already have…

So I picked up two and then when found my daughter later …. decided to go with the long narrow one.

Everything was paid for ….. we continue to the car …. my daughter stopped to pick up a bottle of wine while I continues to the car to start putting things away.

We loaded the car and continued on to SAVEON ….. another grocery store.

To pick up a few things that I could not get at COSTCO or at least in a lesser quantity.

Arrived home.

I grabbed some things and into the house to let Mr. Alvin outside.

We unloaded the car.

Once unloaded …. made supper ….. visited ….. ate supper.

It was not until my daughter was leaving for home that I realized two things …. I did not have my bag of avocados which I know that I had picked up two and the long ma

t/rug.

So we searched the car and nothing.

I was willing to just take it as a loss but …

My daughter said that she would go to COSTCO and check the carts outside to see if the rug / avocados were there.

When she got there one of the guys was gathering the carts and said that he found the mat.

However, the receipt was left with me and he could not just give it to her.

No avocados.

I did however notices on the receipt that we were only charged for one bag … so that was okay.

So I took some photos of the receipt with my tablet and sent them to my daughter.

She went into the store with the staff and they allowed her to take the rug/mat (as I had sent proof of the sale).

I felt bad for her as they had to escort her out of the store as she had no receipt.

The exit staff would not have let her out with the rug/matt without a receipt.

I was so thankful that the matt/rug was found.

Next visit I will have a new mat/rug for near the entrance way.

What a night!

 

I hope that you all have an awesome first day of December, 2018.

Happy December.

Love DECEMBER.

 

Special Hello to: my sister ….. Happy December…..

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 14th day of June, 2017.

Overcast now and was raining earlier.

I was “putting on the face” a few minutes ago and hear these voices and then they broke into song.

I realized that it was Sir Elton John and James Corden.

You see last night before I went to bed I had been watching a couple of the Karaoke Carpool with James Corden and his Special Guests.

I always turn on the computer before I start getting ready so that I can just sit down and write my blog without having to wait for the computer to start up.

Anyway nothing like hearing “Your Song” first thing in the morning.

Great way to start the day and I am grateful.

I will say this James Corden is my new favourite guy.

He is funny, smart, can sing, is compassionate and caring.

If you have not watched his Carpool Karaoke Videos – you must.

He has interviewed and sung with some of the greats:  Adele, Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder,Ed Sheeran, Lady GAGA, and the list goes on …….

Anyway it is getting onto time to leave for work.

I was so happy to hear some music before leaving the house as usual it is quiet except for the odd thud as Alvin jumps off the bed onto the rug below or the odd bark …..

Happy Dancing …… I am Happy Dancing.

Have an Awesome Wednesday.

Even though the skies are grey – they are clear to me.

Happy Wednesday.

 

Special Hello to: my friends back in Regina …… always thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 12th day of April, 2017.

The sky is beginning to brighten earlier with each passing day.

Love this time of year.

Thank goodness no DRAMA in our household this morning.

OH my goodness that boy of mine, sometimes.

Somewhere along the way, he went from hiding his chew treats under pillows and in corners, to the snowbanks, to the muddy grass areas of our backyard.

Is this perhaps an age thing?

He is now a Senior according to our Vet.

I guess it is not like he can go out and buy a fancy red sports car.

So instead he DIGS.

Middle age ….. OLD ……

Thank goodness that I am not hiding my chocolate under things, in the snow and in the mud.

Oh well.

That is what life is like living with me Alvin.

He keeps me hopping ….. sometimes hopping mad but only for a short minute and then he brings a big SMILE to my face and to my heart.

We enjoyed a nice walk around our park/lakes.

The sidewalks are almost dried.

Gotta love this guy ….. he is curled up on the little piece of rug that is under my computer chair and under the desk.

Has to be near me at all times.

I do not blame him ……. small giggle …. big SMILE.

Well almost time to leave for work.

I am catching a ride with my neighbour as we are having a baby shower for a co-worker and taking the gift on the bus ….. better in a car, when possible.

I hope that you have a great day.

Remember to smile at whatever life brings you even when you feel like yelling, screaming or pouting.

Happy Wednesday.

Long weekend right around the corner and this Momma is happy for that …….

 

Special Hello to: my daughter, thank you for your love and support in all that I do ……

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to the 20th day of March, 2017.

YAY, today is the first official day of SPRING.

Are we excited?

Yes.

It did snow last night and the wind did blow.

Much the same as Saturday night but without the rain (or at least I did not hear or see signs of rain).

Back to work after a great weekend.

Yesterday, I had coffee with two of my girl friends followed by a nice walk with Mr. Alvin.

We finished the laundry, baked some banana muffins and a banana loaf.

My daughter had given me some rhubarb/strawberry dried fruit so I added some to the mixes.

I submitted my tea party orders and made my lunch and then made oatmeal for three breakfasts.

Followed by tea and watched TRANSFORMERS, Age of Extinction (the newest one).

I have seen them all and for some reason I love them and have watched them numerous times.

Last night after supper I SKYPED with my sister.

We caught up on all the news and had a couple of laughs along the way.

Well over one hour later we said “good-bye”  …… you know the 1-2-3 and then hung up.

The time always flies by when we chat.

I am looking forward to this summer as she plans to come for a visit.

So on this first day of spring, I am at a loss as to what to wear for a coat.

Will have to check the temperature on the weather channel before donning my outer clothing.

I hope that you had an amazing weekend.

Wishing you a Happy First Day of Spring …..

Perhaps wherever you are …. the flowers are blooming.

Ah, so cute …. Mr. Alvin is laying under the computer desk on the wee piece of rug …… all curled up.

Usually he stays in the hallway but today he wants to be right beside me.

I sure love the little guy ……

Well time to get going …. gotta check the weather.

Hopefully it melts the bit of snow that fell through the night so that I do not have to shovel.

I keep chipping away at the ice out front.

Until the snow melts from my lawn and the neighbours – there will be chipping and removing ice and water from the front.

Have a great Monday.

Special Hello to:  my sister, thank you for the chat.  Have an awesome day.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 14th day of April, 2016.

Wow it is beginning to get light before 5:30 in the morning and soon it shall be light at 10:00 at night.

How cool is this?

Soon it will be light before 5:00 a.m.

I love long days and nights.

Makes me feel as though I have had a day most especially when I leave the house so early and am gone for so long.

Good for Alvin, as well.

The past couple of nights not sure what has got into me but I have been wanting to hit the sofa for extra sleep in the morning.

Perhaps the changes in the weather – tires one out more.

Oh well ….. that is life.

Mr. Alvin is quite the character ….. I switched the piece of rug around that my computer chair sits on and now he is laying at my feet under the desk on the rug.

He does love to be near his Momma.

I guess that is a good thing.

I will never get lost.

Or the other way around.

Well I am running a tad late ….. so have to go.

I hope that you have an awesome day.

Just remember that “every moment is a new opportunity.”

If we look at life in this light it makes it easier to make mistakes and carry on.

Those are my thoughts.

 

Special Hello to: all my fellow bloggers ….. keep up the great work.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 7th day of March, 2016.

Well we have “winter” once again …… it was like being in a snow globe yesterday afternoon and into the evening.

Over those hours the ground is covered in a thick white blanket.

We will need the moisture so it is all good.

 

Well it did not help my friend find her way in a somewhat strange city.

The GPS system in the car was outdated.

Needless to say it was a long out of the way trip to my house.

But she made it, and we had a great visit.

Shared a cup of “Steeped Tea.”

Note: to self …. alway check directions even if you have a GPS system in the vehicle.

 

Wow, here we are one week into March.

Next Sunday we push our clocks ahead one hour.

That will seem odd …. we lose an hour which takes a bit of adjusting.

Alvin and his internal clock – well that is another story.

 

Lots of “thoughts” this weekend.

I need/want to get back to my old positive self, as of late I seem to have gone over to the dark side.

Not entirely that is for sure …. not even half but I want to be 98% positive.

Makes for one JOYFUL Momma when your thoughts are on a silver lining that lack of…..

It is easy to slip into that negative Nelly mode for sure.

Sometimes you do not even realize.

But I do and I will get myself back to where I want/need to be.

 

Mr. Alvin is quiet this morning.

Curled up on the piece of rug that my computer chair is sitting upon ….. he is so cute.

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

I am going to have a wonderful day and hope that you do as well.

So happy that my friend made it safe and relatively “sound.”

 

Special Hello to: friends near and far …… Hello, How are you?

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 23rd day of February, 2016.

Today is the Birthday of my sister and two of my girl friends.

We wish them all the most wonderful of days.

May this day be filled with love and laughter.

May your year be filled with good health and abundance.

Happy Birthday “C”, “D” and “A” ……

 

Our weather has been absolutely incredible as of late.

The next few days are to be seeing plus temperatures ….. single digits but that is okay.

Hard to believe that it is February.

The lack of snow is not a good sign for spring and the farmers.

Who knows maybe we will have a wet spring and then it would all work out great.

I do not remember if the groundhogs saw their shadows or not.

Only time can tell.

 

I just heard a huge sigh from Mr. Alvin as he lays curled up on the small piece of rug under my office chair (it is longer than it is wide so there is room for him at one end).

It is amazing that 99% of the time when I am at home ….. he is right there at my side.

Dogs are such loyal creatures.

I can see where some of them seek out their human friends when they pass on.

So sad as they can not articulate their feelings ……

So for our time together on this plane of existence …… I will continue to treat him with kindness, love and respect.

My buddy …… my pal.

He looks so small when he curls up in a ball.

He is so cute ……

 

Well here we go again can you believe ….. time for me to finish getting ready for work.

The nights sure seem to pass by so quickly.

Last night I slept right through …… that is definitely an accomplishment for someone of my age ….. LOL.

 

Happy Tuesday ……

Remember to express your kindness wherever you may go …..

Everyone deserves to be treated with kindness.

 

Special Hello to:  Happy Birthday Ladies ……

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 16th day of January, 2016.

BRR, it is mighty cold outside.

Supposed to be minus 25 celsius today and that does not include the windchill.

I was going to give Alvin a trim and then he would have to have a bath but am thinking it might have to wait until next weekend.

Will have to check his nails as paws must be trimmed before the pedicure.

My boy has to be in tip top shape.

 

I just noticed Mr. Alvin was laying outside the office with something between his paws ….. ah, shucks he had one of my socks.

Jumped up and grabbed the sock before it has a hole chewed in it ….. he pulled it out of the laundry basket.

What a guy.

So I blocked the basket with another until I finish this and we go downstairs to start the day.

This morning I found it difficult to get my butt out of bed.

Could be because I have the minus twenty something in my head and just wanted to stay tucked up warm as a bug in a rug.

We were up twice earlier for Mr. Alvin ….. breakfast and then couple of hours later he had to go outside again.

Anyway we are now up ….. bed has been made …… clothes gathered up for laundry …… washed and groomed (eyebrows on), dressed and it is almost 9:30 a.m.

Mid morning …. late morning I guess.

Oh well …… most of my things today were not time sensitive ….. the laundry does not care what time it gets done ….. the bathrooms do not care what time they get cleaned.

So it is okay ….. I always feel bad when I get up late …..

Okay I am finished moaning and groaning.

It is a lovely day …… just doing some things around the house ….. perhaps run to the store ….my neighbour said I could borrow her car.

It would be a cold walk and the bananas would be frozen by the time I got home.

 

Well I hope that you have a great Saturday …. don’t hit yourself over the head if you decide to stay in bed a bit longer …. it is Saturday.

If it is your day off …. the laundry can be started at noon and the toilet can be cleaned in the afternoon ….. right.

 

Special Hello to: my friends and family all around the world.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 6th day of July, 2015.

It is bright and sunny with a very slight breeze here in Edmonton.

By the end of the day yesterday it was shorts weather once again.

We had a lovely Sunday me and Mr. Alvin.

Well Mr. Alvin is still getting used to his new “stool” (ottoman) for the bed.

I thought because it was longer and a bit wider than everything else we have tried that he would like it.

Not sure at this point.

He will jump onto the bed using it as a halfway jumping point but hesitates coming down.

He looks as though he is studying it carefully ….. then jumps avoiding the ottoman landing on the rug.

I have a narrow piece of carpet that is placed carefully under the ottoman to give it extra grip.

Hopefully he will get the hang of it and be comfortable using it.

He has such short little legs, and he is now middle age so I want him to be careful.

Man, can he jump.

For a little guy he has a high long jump.

Oh dear, me Alvin….. what shall we do……

I just worry about him …….

Well back to work after having a few days off followed by the weekend …. it was a glorious five days.

I sure do love being at home…..

Well here it is almost time to leave for work ….. picked up my bus pass yesterday so that is good.

Wishing you a Happy ….. Happy Monday.

Special Hello to: my daughter …. thank you for a great Saturday …… it was so much fun…..

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 24th day of June, 2015.

It is a gorgeous morning here in Edmonton ….. the sun is shining ….. bit of a breeze ….. birds are singing.

We had a shower last night along with lightning and thunder…..

Well, it is pretty much perfect.

Alvin is laying outside the office on the rug with his front paws crossed over and his back ones (that is a bit of surprise) and from time to time he opens his eyes and stares at me.

He is quite the character.

Definitely an early bird.

4:30 a.m. …… seems to be his time to get up.

He wakes up around 4:00 – 4:10 or so and then I manage to get him to settle back down until 4:30.

Then 4:30 strikes ……

Alvin always does the “Ask Nice” …. by placing his paw on me …. how can you refuse someone with manners?

I am so grateful that our sofa is comfortable as sometimes I get some of my best rest there.

Oh well, that is my boy ….

Set in his ways.

That is middle age for you.

Four sleeps until my daughter and I go to see our nephew who was in the coma and is now in a brain-injury rehab hospital.

They have the best facility and he is making great progress.

My sister, her boyfriend and my youngest brother are going to meet us there.

She is coming from Regina and my brother lives in Calgary.

My sister’s fella has a son and family in Calgary.

Family all over the place.

It will be great to see everyone on Sunday.

Well here it is almost time to go and catch the bus …..

Seems like I just walked in the door after work.

One other thing I wanted to share ….. this morning in my bathroom which faces north ….. the blind is not quite down and there is about a space of one inch where the sun is coming in …… the sun ray glistens as it goes across the room as if it were a runway of diamonds.  I do not think that I have noticed this before now.  It is absolutely breathtaking.  Tiny diamonds floating across the room.  YAY …… would that be nice or what.  Likely dust particles or something.  Too scientific for my brain at 6:25 a.m.

Okay time to run.

I hope that you have an amazing day …… the a/c is set for Mr. Alvin so that he remains comfortable.

Special Hello to: my sister and brother so excited to see you guys …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

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