Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 30th day of August, 2018.

Almost another August onto the books.

Our temperatures have dropped below seasonal averages to anywhere between 14-18 degrees.

Still not bad that is for sure.

It has been raining here off and on for the past couple of days.

I pray that it reaches the FIRES and puts them OUT.


Last night my daughter picked me up from work.

We stopped at Safeway and picked up a few items.

One of the things that I wanted to pick up there as I only recently found out that they sold was ADULT BUS TICKETS.

So instead of going to Save-On and Shoppers as my daughter had to stop at Safeway …. I figured one stop shopping.

When came time to pick up the bus tickets …. alas they were sold out.

We ended up going to Shoppers ….. always have to have a PLAN B.

I laughed because what else can you do.

I do enough “crying” at work … not really.

After our shopping we came home and threw together a little supper for the two of us.

I made some corn on the cob in the microwave.

A trick that I learned from my brilliant sister earlier this month when she was visiting us.

We also had some Chicken Curry Soup …. from the deli at Safeway.

Crackers and cheese.

YUP, I even bought “saltines” for the occasion.

Simple but yummy.

Sometimes that is the best, right.

We had a great visit and supper.


The plan was to go for a walk after supper with Master Teddy and his Aunt J but alas it was raining.

So no walk for us.

I hope that tonight it is not raining as a walk is a must.

Perhaps if only a light rain ….. we will go.


Other quick story.

Yesterday in the afternoon at work.

One of the Managers came to my desk.

I was about to call a client and she motioned for me to hang up.

So I did.

She said come on, let’s find a empty space and play JENGA.

What … JENGA.

YAY, I love JENGA.

We had played during some down time at work on day and it was so much fun.

So we played a couple of games of JENGA.

When the blocks came down the first time, we both yelled/screamed.

Brought a staff person running.

After that …. we held it.

I am so grateful to her for giving me a much deserved break from the craziness that is my job.

We are so busy …. that made me take a break …. which most days I do not in the afternoon.

The second game I WON as well, and we were more quiet.

YAY, JENGA, I love that game.

I would like that game.


Well almost time to go back downstairs and finish getting ready for work.

It does not appear to be raining at the moment.

I hope that you all have a great Thursday.

I hope that if you are farming …. you are finish the harvest or at least that it is dry so that you can finish.

Happy Thursday.

One more day before the long weekend.


Special Hello to:  YOU, thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin


Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 22nd day of December, 2015.

Only TWO days until Christmas EVE.

Can you feel it in the air?

This year it feels more like Christmas than it has in a few …

Likely as I was not working in retail …. there is something about people being grumpy …. grabbing and pulling to take the air out of your balloon.

I am very grateful for my time in retail as it has made my resolve stronger when it comes to my feelings of those who work in the industry of customer service.

I would ask that during these last few days before the big day that you treat those working in stores, restaurants and the like with care and respect.

They are working to support their families and themselves just like you and me.

They are no different …. we are all the same.

I treat the person who sweeps the floors the same as the person who runs the company.

We all have jobs to do and deserve respect ….

Remember you are no better and no worse than the person next to you.

We are all living breathing beings.

SO whether you are a Customer Service Representative in retail or the CEO of a big corporation, it does not matter.

Each job we do is important.

How about ……

Turn the frown into a smile.

Turn that hasty snide remark into a compliment or holiday greeting.

How about we start a new trend …. being nice to all those folks we encounter during the course of our days.

It doesn’t take anymore work to be nice than naughty.

I tell you …. you will feel like a MILLION DOLLARS.

Let us warm our hearts this Christmas and Holiday Season.

I would like to add that there are a great many folks out there that would come into the store and treat each of us with kindness and respect.

But it should be 100% of people that are nice not just a few.

We also need to extend this kindness and respect to every creature whether two-legged or four.

Happy Holidays.

Time to start the final stages of preparation for work.

I hope that you have an awesome Tuesday.

Are you smiling?

You will accomplish more with a smile than a frown…..

You will, trust me.

Special Hello to: my friend “M” and my sister who faithfully read my blog, thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin



Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to a snowy Saturday the 21st day of March, 2015.

Looks like spring has made a grand entrance giving us more “SNOW.”

My deck was cleared and now there is a snowbank from shovelling.

The streets were cleared and now there are icy ruts once again.

There are couple of good things about the snow.

It will help clean up the dust …. actually it is now covered.

Did I say two things?

Oh well, Mother Nature always has the last word and she likely figured that we needed one more winter storm before spring settles in.

Really our winter has been pretty good ….

Just a few cold days.

Lots of snow and ice though.

The ice I could definitely have done without but it is winter and we just do the best and get on with it.

I am just doing some laundry and my blog and in a little bit will be getting ready to go and work at the store.

The store will likely be busy with this weather ….. who wants to stay in a comfy cozy house when you can go out in a snow storm and SHOP?

Who I say?

It is crazy how many people come out in the middle of a snow storm.

Lucky for all of us the temperatures are mild.

Well I guess time to go and do a couple of things…

Enjoy a hot cup of coffee …..

I hope that you have an amazing day whether you are at home or out and about.


Remember to take a few moments and breathe ….. relax.

ME ….. ME ….. ME …. time, okay.

So often we rush through the days, weeks, months and years and do not take any precious time to just unwind and relax.

I will be back tomorrow.

See you then.

Special Hello to: all the shoppers out there ….. I do quite understand, actually all the folks who go out into “bad weather” to shop.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 27th day of January, 2015.

Four days left of what is normally our “coldest” month of winter.

We had a very “un” normal month of January.

With the last four days I hope that they continue being “different.”

Gotta love not being normal.


Well I think that celebrating people no matter their vocation is important.

Some of you felt the same.

So perhaps we start celebrating those closest to you ….. maybe you have a store that you revisit all of the time and you even know one of the associates by name.

How about next time you go to the store when you know she/he is working and drop off a coffee gift card.

Several years ago I did that with the girls at Shoppers in the “Glam” department ….. there were several that worked on a regular basis.

So I went to Starbucks and picked up a few gift cards.

The girls were so tickled …..

Good customer service should begin with each of us.

How about if the customers gave back.

Not a bad idea.

Not just retail but anyone that you do not normally give some type of gift to …. tip etc.

Well I hear my ride almost ready.

So time to fly.

I hope that you will give this a go.

Everything begins with each of us.

Have a wonderful day.

I appreciate each and every one of you.

Special Hello to: all those people who read my blog ….. thank you so much.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 9th day of December, 2014.

Yes, one more day closer to Christmas.

My favourite time of the year.

I do love the decorations, the hustle and bustle, the baking, the Christmas Cards, the hooting and hall hauling, the music and the fuss.

I must admit I truly love this time of year.

I have another friend who loves this time of year as much as me.

She lives not quite a block away.

We had tea and homemade cinnamon buns last night at her house.

I love her decorations.

Every time we get together the hours seem like minutes, seconds even.

I absolutely love spending time with her ….

We talk …. we laugh ….. we talk ….. we laugh …..

Her husband usually chats at the start of our visit and at the end.

They are such a lovely couple ……

Looks like a trip to Costco this evening after work ……

Just we girls…..

I wonder how busy it will be.

I was surprised at how many shoppers were at the mall last Sunday.

Seems early but likely not.

We seem to forget from year to year.

Well today is another day.

Each second is new and precious.

Even though there are a few seconds here and there that I could do without for the most part I am over the moon grateful for my life.

I have learned so much by my errors or slips in judgement or from lack of information.

Life is all about learning.

I am a student of life.

I guess that is a good thing.

So take the time today to learn something …. even a new word.

Always worthwhile.

You never know when you could use that word or that action you learned to help yourself or others.

So off to the office I go.

Thank you for reading – it means the world to me.

Special Hello to: all those people who create and share their creations with the world.

Always, Carol and Alvin



Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 1st day of December, 2014.

Only 24 days till Christmas …..

My daughter and I have been looking for this necklace for days and just now out of the blue it came to me where it was and sure enough it was there.

Isn’t it funny how the mind works.

After working in retail for a few years and being a shopper myself – I have come to realize that it might be a good idea if they had all high school students worked a holiday season in retail.

Can you imagine?

Perhaps when you visited the grocery store the package of hamburger would be in the freezer and not in with chocolate bars at check-out.

Perhaps when you visited clothing stores and other ones …. people would put things back down after looking at them.

Just a thought …..

If they learned as kids maybe as adults they would be more respectful.

Just a thought…..

Well time to go to the office.

Wow, December 1st already…..


Special Hello to: all those shoppers who survived the Black Friday Weekend/Week.

Always, Carol and Alvin


Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 28th day of November, 2014.

Today is the day deemed “BLACK FRIDAY” by the retail world.

It actually has morphed into Black Friday week and in some cases weekend.

For my store it began yesterday and goes to Sunday.

It will be interesting to see what the numbers are for early shoppers are this morning as we got a lot and I mean a lot of snow between Wednesday night and this morning.

Buses were slow …. cars got stuck ….. people late.

I worked at the mall last night and it was quite slow.

For those shoppers who were out last night some of you got the benefit of Black Friday without the pain of standing in line and the crowds.

Well we have to leave in a couple of minutes ….

I am sure that the roads will slow us down somewhat this morning …..

Just to be safe.

Have a great day and remember stay safe.

Special Hello to: Black Friday Shoppers

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 20th day of November, 2014.

Another beautiful morning here in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

It was a great night at the store last night.

Had some awesome customers.

Two Managers from other stores stopped by, and it was great to see them (used to work at West Edmonton Mall store).

There were quite a few shoppers out and about picking up things for Christmas and others getting ideas.

So another Thursday … tomorrow Friday ….. wow, it sure seems like it happened yesterday.

I guess when time passes quickly that is a good sign …… means I am keeping busy and doing things that I enjoy.

Mr. Alvin even sat on my “lap” this morning as I wrote in my gratitude journal.”

I love when he does that …… he used to want up all of the time when I was at the table writing but as of late it has been sporadic.

Which is okay ….. a Mom will take any cuddles time she can get ….. 🙂

Thank you to all those wonderful people who take the time to read my blog.

Between working two jobs, having a house to look after, my Alvin, visiting my nephew at the hospital, the jewellery business; I do not often have the time to read many of my fellow bloggers fine work but I do try, and read as many as I can.  I appreciate you taking the time for me.

Special Hello to: my fellow BLOGGERS – you guys rock – keep up the great work.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 5th day of April, 2014.

It is quiet here in the house as “me Alvin” had a sleepover at his sister’s house.

Work at the store last night was great.

I always enjoy going there …… my co-workers and management are wonderful, the work is great and I get to meet people who are there to shop.

I have always loved to shop.

Some parts of my life I was able to shop more than others but nonetheless I do love the experience.

Whether I buy something or just look.

Now at this point in my life there isn’t too many things that I really need or even want for that matter so I use my imagination.

I picture myself in that new outfit from head to toe.

I see those new pillows adorning my chairs and sofa in the living room.

I love to see all the people who come into the store and sometimes catch a glimpse of those walking by.

Being at West Edmonton Mall there is never a shortage of interesting people going by.

Every kind of outfit and look possible.

We see it all.

I love it.

Oh, and I see the sun starting to break through the morning sky ….. YAY and YAY.

I am just on way downstairs to have a quick bite to eat before going out for coffee to my friend’s house and then shopping for beads with my daughter and groceries.

What a perfect day.

There will be laundry and cleaning in there somewhere but the high points are above AND drumroll …… I will have a nice walk with me Alvin after supper.

Time to go and have some breakfast ….. the most important meal of the day.

So given the opportunity just go to the mall and shop with your eyes …..

Picture yourself in that new dress from your favourite store or those new jeans or whatever it may be.

DO NOT BUY ANYTHING ….. just look.

It can be most enjoyable.

Just to pretend …..

If you go into the store looking as though you could or would buy anything in the store but then decide not to ….. it is a great feeling.

Have a great Saturday.

Spend time with friends and family ….. always good to do on the weekend.

Thanks for reading.

Special Hello to: all the shoppers out there ….. the real shoppers ….. you know who you are……

Always, Carol and Alvin

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