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Good Morning ALL! How are you today? Alvin and I are doing well. We have been up for awhile now and had a reasonably good sleep. Towels are drying and a bedspread, blanket are in the washer, also in the midst of cleaning the upstairs bathrooms and am dressed for the day. The top cover that I have on my bed covering the bedspread is one that I received as a wedding gift back in the summer of 1977 which makes it 44 years old in August or thereabouts. It is a pretty palette of pink, blue, purple and lime green. The material has become very fragile and there are many places where the material has separated and is fraying. The edging needs to be sewn back together in places. I think that will be my project for today. I do not wish to give up this beautiful blanket just yet. I seldom put it out but all of the blankets that I use to lay on the end of the bed were in the laundry so out it came to enjoy once again. Maybe a professional could restore it but to what cost? I will do my best. Not sure how many more times it will survive being washed. I hope many, as it reminds me of my final year as a teenager before hitting my 20’s. I turned 20 one week after I was married. When I think back to 1977, it seems like a hundred years ago. My eldest nephew was born February of 1977. Elvis died in 1977. I left the “innocence” of my teen years behind and I was not so innocent but not bad either. Somewhere in between for sure. The 70’s, wow so much happened to me over that decade. I started out living on the farm in Saskatchewan. Great Grandmother passed away. Moved to British Columbia. Went to five different schools in three different provinces for High School. Oh and we, my family moved to Alberta after British Columbia. My Grandpa died tragically in a combining accident. I fell in and out of love a couple of times (you know being a teenager). Moved from my family at age 16 to live with my Grandma back in Saskatchewan who was by herself on the farm after Grandpa died. In Grade 11, I joined my best friend from Elementary school days. That was a great time for me. Grandma and I moved from the farm into a neighbouring town where I took Grade 12, another new school. Meeting new people/new kids/new friends was my life from Grades 9-12. I was always the new kid and sometimes it worked out and other times it did not. I remember being teased for what I wore, for being new, and for whatever else they could dream of. I tried not to ever let it get me down. Everywhere I went I managed to find a friend. Also, I liked being different – that meant that I was unique. I was never one early on to follow what everyone else was doing. Although I did go through a period where I did feel the need to follow what my friends were doing at the time. That phase did not last long. I had several jobs in the 70’s. I worked at Alberta Government Telephones “AGT” for a summer when I was 16/17, also cleaned houses for Seniors and looked after children. Also worked at Sears after High School. When I was married we flew to the West Coast of the United States in a four seater airplane with friends (they owned the plane). It was one of the best experiences of my life as I love to fly and had always wished that I had gone for my pilot’s license. Sticking my toes in the Pacific Ocean was amazing and going to DISNEYLAND was something I had never thought about doing. Eating food that I had never even heard of was great. I also had a drink in a licensed establishment in Los Angeles as a 20 year old who was legally licensed to drink in Saskatchewan. Now that was another story and so funny. Definitely a highlight.

How did this post start out with a mention about a bedspread from 44 years ago. WOW. To finish the 70’s decade, I graduated in 1975. Married in 1977. I lost another Grandpa (1979). Friends were lost in the 70’s as well. To end the decade I was expecting my first and only child (happy day). I am quite certain that I likely forgot some very important items. My parents separated/divorced when I was in grade 12. That was huge. Cousins married. The 70’s were a time of joy and sadness for me. I always tried to land on the joy side. Burying oneself in grief and sadness does not help anyone ever. This is so strange everytime I think I am done, I think of something else. We survived a fire (my family and I). So much happened to me during those years. Likely could be said for most of us. But it is time to go and finish cleaning the bathrooms, Alvin has said that he does not clean toilets. Period. End of story. WOW, I said. Really, would be so nice if you helped out around here. LOL.

The sun is shining and quite possibly there are birds singing (would like to think so). Most of the snow has melted. We did have a few hours of coldness last night as the wind got up. Even a few snowflakes.

Wishing you all a Happy Sunday.

Continuing to live with kindness, respect, compassion and patience.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 30th day of September, 2017.

The last day of September and possibly the last day without snow.

If the forecast is correct.

Hopefully it is only a temporary situation for now as it is far too early for winter.

After all we are still enjoying FALL in all of its’ GLORY.

I love this time of year.

Our tree in the front year is full of the most beautiful YELLOW leaves.

It is windy out this morning so they may not hang on for too much longer.

But I hope so.

I do love watching the leaves slowly dancing their way to the ground.

Not so much a fast trip to the ground in a big wind.

WE are off to a bit of a later start this morning.

Alvin’s internal clock is all over the place.

We were up off and on several times since 4:00 a.m. – yikes.

Anyway sipping on coffee with breakfast out of the way, dishwater emptied, bed made and laundry gathered we are well on the way.

I have a major project to get done today and that is the back garden.

I have to remove all of the rocks today so that I may plant some irises that my friend “P” gave us last night.

She gave me some others and I planted them out front last night and cleaned up the flower bed …. trimmed the plants all back.

So that is done.

Well I had better get going.

One more thing to mention.

While catching 45 zzz’s on the sofa just before getting up for real ….. I was dreaming that my friend “H” and “R” from Regina were outside, trying to get my attention but I did not hear them with water running in the

house ….. finally realized someone was calling my name.  We laughed and they gave me “heck” for not hearing them sooner.  Surprised that it took so long for Alvin to notice as well.

They had with them a bucket of KFC chicken and some other items that I now have forgot.  Came into the house and all of a sudden another friend was there sitting at my table “D.”  My longtime friend.

It was so bizarre.

What is the meaning of this, I wonder.

Well it for some reason filled me with energy so that is a good thing.

Gave me some ideas on some future projects.

I also watched “SARAH” OFF THE GRID while eating breakfast and sipping on the first cup of coffee.

That also gave me ideas.

Not time to get going.

Those rocks are not going to move on their own and neither is the laundry going to magically wash.

Have an awesome day.

Life is great …. you just have to live it.

Took a few vacation hours from work yesterday afternoon.

It was great.

Oh, I found new winter boots at West Edmonton Mall.

I found them at the most unlikely place for me to go.

PAYLESS.

The associate was simply amazing.

Friendly and helpful.

After I checked out SEARS and THE BAY and MARKS and a few others.

It was great to find a pair that are made for minus 20 ( I have ones for the really cold).

Best of all in my price range.

 

No rush and I was home one hour before normal so Alvin was happy.

A bit warm and I was dressed way too warm but I had fun.

Nice to be able to look around.

Time to get this show on the road.

Wish me luck “rock picking” ….. AKA remove the rocks from the back flower bed.

ARGH.

Good for the core …..

Have an awesome Saturday.

Special Hello to:  my friends back in Saskatchewan “ALL OF THEM” and my sister.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 19th day of November, 2016.

Sky is overcast at just after 8:00 a.m. and there is a light dusting of snow covering the ground.

Busy day ahead for me and Alvin.

Some company, laundry to do (always), cleaning (always), preparing for a TEA PARTY tomorrow at one of my neighbours and

then whatever else comes our way.

Yesterday I was so excited I took a small amount of vacation time and went to West Edmonton Mall from Work.

I wanted to check out the big sale at SEARS with hopes to buy some, wait for it, wait for it ….. new …. new

UNDERWEAR.

Yes, I was so excited to buy some new underwear.

It is a big deal as it is one thing that is super expensive and we always wait until what we have is almost falling apart.

I received a gift card from my neighbour for looking after her gecko, Cinder while she was away.

So I am proud to say that I spent the card and got some new underwear.

Now I have to part with the old stuff (some I was not able to replace it all).

Perhaps there will be a lotto win tonight so that I can replace every old piece.

Would that not be the best shopping trip ….. to buy all that…. mmm, a girl can DREAM.

Well hopefully I have made you giggle, laugh or just smile at this point.

If that is the case my job is done for today.

Take some time and smile.

Think of all of the people that you love and care for and for all of your great memories.

No matter where you are in your life or where you have been (trust me I know); you can always find good memories.

For some people they may be in short supply or for others they may be living a dream life, full of awesomeness.

No matter …… at some point there was something that was great/good.

I hope that you have a great day.

You are so special.

You are wonderful.

Take care.

Special Hello to: all those folks who read my blog, I so appreciate your time.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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