Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 28th day of November, 2018.

We missed the first freezing rain that went through our area but woke up to ice.

Appears that overnight we had freezing rain.

Time to be extra careful whether walking or driving.

I can see the glare ice on my sidewalk.

BE CAREFUL.

 

Tonight our friend Humphrey the Cat is going to be spending some time with me and the Alvin.

Also a few hours tomorrow night.

It will be interesting to see how spending the evening together goes.

Now both are used to seeing each other.

Both are used to cats and dogs and dogs and cats.

They were together the other night and so growling or hissing happening.

I will be careful watching them.

Also have to ensure that Humphrey does not scratch anything with this claws.

Will have to semi prepare things and perhaps bring one of his smaller scratching posts over to my house.

I am excited to see them interact.

Perhaps they will just say hello and then go there own ways?

Who knows.

Time will tell.

 

Earlier I saw some cars and a truck drive by so people are out driving.

Our temperatures are to reach +3 later today.

The joys of winter.

I should write a book on the JOYS OF WINTER IN CANADA.

Certainly could fill a book with our Canadian Winters.

The GOOD, The BAD and The UGLY?

What do you think?

 

Well I am thinking of our drive to work this morning and hoping that the City has been out sanding/salting whatever they put on the ice.

It won’t help 100% but some traction is better than nothing.

If you are reading this and living in Edmonton area – please be careful.

 

Have an awesome Wednesday.

Special Hello to:  EVERYONE TODAY – YOU ARE ALL SO GREAT.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 18th day of April, 2018.

Well the snow went by us yesterday with the exception of a few flakes later in the evening.

Otherwise we had mostly sunshine yesterday.

This morning the sky is the most glorious yellow and pink hues on the rise but a few scattered clouds from the night hovering above.

Looks like a beautiful day ahead.

I am going with a positive mindset as this snow has to go.

The water in our backyard has all but disappeared.

The streets are dry again and the sidewalks will be there as soon as the snowbanks on our lawns have melted.

Summer is just around the corner.

I heard a Crow cawing yesterday.

So excited to see my first Robin as they are one of my favourite birds.

 

Alvin and I hit the sofa for some extra zzz’s this morning.

So nice to have that extra time snuggling.

 

I was able to print off the RECYCLING DO AND DON’TS from the City of Edmonton’s website.

Just want to ensure that I am doing everything properly.

Sometimes folks it does not hurt to check and make sure that you have not strayed from the proper way to do things.

We all innocently forget sometimes.

 

I hope that you all have a great day.

Today we all will learn something new.

Doesn’t have to be rocket science – just something new.

Whether the name of a bird or a flower.

How to plant a garden?

What to plant in your garden?

 

Special Hello to: my friends back in Saskatchewan …. always nice to catch up.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 10th day of April, 2018.

Spring is slowly making its’ way.

The streets and most sidewalks are pretty much clear of snow and ice.

We just have to be patient.

I know it is hard sometimes.

Last night after work, Alvin and I enjoyed an extra long wonderful walk.

The breeze felt warm making the walk most enjoyable.

Alvin a bit out of character lately.

Has not been in a rush to eat his supper.

Mmmm.

Will be keeping an eye on him.

 

I was thinking this morning as I was getting ready for work.

Wondering if the 7+ Billion humans on this planet – are happy with their lives.

Of that the adult population, are we/they/I, passionate about whatever work they are doing?

I would like to like we are but I am hinging on doubtful.

Do you bounce out of bed most mornings?

Happy to leave the house?

Smiling as you enter your workplace?

Acknowledge your co-workers with a “cheerful Good Morning?”

Something to think about.

What would your perfect life involve?

Would you like to have your mortgage paid in full?

Perhaps you would like a house and the mortgage would not matter so much.

Would you like to live a simple life?

Just no mortgage, enough to life comfortably and be at home with your dog.

Comfortably, of course means something different to each and every one of us.

 

Well I guess this leaves some things for us all to ponder.

I have to go and catch the bus for work.

Have an awesome day.

 

Special Hello to: You All …..

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to the 14th day of February, 2018.

It rained yesterday in Edmonton so by the time I left work at 4:00 p.m. it was pretty icy.

Thankfully downtown some of the businesses had salted/sanded the sidewalks in front of their businesses.

The longest stretch of sidewalk that I have to walk by is a Senior’s Complex.

Unfortunately it was not salted nor sanded.

A young boy slipped although he was it was fun.

His brother on the other hand did not see the joy in his slipping and sliding about nor did his Grandmother.

After I took one step on this walk and started to slip, I decided the best course of action was to walk in the snow by the trees.

At least I could stay upright.

An older woman (yup, older than me) was coming toward me and she was walking in the snow as well.

I stopped when I got to her and we briefly chatted about the ice and I held her arm and we did a little turnabout so that neither would fall as we passed each other.

Coming home, I simply walked on the streets as only a couple of houses had their walks salted/sanded.

Most folks may not have been home yet.

I have a pool of water in front of my house due to drainage/snow melting.

My walk was icy coming up to the house so I walked in the snow.

This morning I am donning my ice picks once again to safely walk to the bus.

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Now back to this day, this particular day.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

The day of flowers, candy and dinners out.

Or perhaps a card expertly written by your love stating their  love for you.

I will not have the flowers, candy, dinner or even the card.

But I did receive some chocolate on Sunday from my friend and her family, so that counts.

It was specially for today (just arrived early).

But I know that I am loved, supported and care about; truly that is all that matters in the grand scheme of things.

I have the best family and friends.

Honestly just knowing that you are not alone is more than enough.

When I was younger and was dating I received the flowers, candy and dinners out and even cards.

Been there – done that, I suppose you could say.

Here are some flowers for you.

Just in case you are not surrounded by them.

I have lots to go around ……

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day from me and Alvin.

Special Hello to:   All our family and friends.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 26th day of January, 2018.

Well we have snow.

Beautiful white snow.

In the morning it was snowing but just the tiny round balls or appeared to be so.

They did not really collect throughout the day.

It started to snow around suppertime – about 530 p.m. and did not stop at bedtime.

During the evening I decided to go out and shovel as we already had a very thick blanket covering the deck and front sidewalks and it was not stopping.

Alvin came outside with me in the back yard.

He looked so cute covered in snow.

So I shovelled and shovelled and this morning you can barely see the shovel marks.

Oh well, we are in winter.

Snow happens in winter.

Good exercise.

Yes, I guess so.

I can definitely see shovelling in my future.

I do love the fluffy stuff.

Easy to shovel and easy to walk through.

When I look out the bedroom window I can see how some of the snow has laid to rest on the branches of our tree.

Ever so carefully.

So beautiful.

So white.

 

Well almost time to get this show on the road.

I am leaving the house a few minutes earlier this morning to allow for the snow.

As I know most of my neighbours did not shovel last night.

 

Happy Friday Everyone.

Special Hello to: my fellow bloggers, thank you for reading and for sharing.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 15th day of December, 2017.

Wow, guess what happened overnight and earlier this morning?

Clear stuff coming down.

Yes, it was raining in the middle of December, 2017.

Kind of scary ….

Sure hope that it does not get colder over the course of the day or the STREETS, SIDEWALKS and ROADS will be ICY.

Be careful if you live in the Edmonton area.

For some reason the morning has evaporated on me and I am running late.

Up on time, not sure what happened.

Last night right after work my neighbour came over and I got a hair cut.

Makes me feel good.

She is quick and GOOD.

Just about the 15 minute mark and even styled.

Amazing.

Then about 1/2 hour later we had coming.

Our neighbour from down the street ….

We laughed and had a great visit.

So a good Thursday night.

Unfortunately we missed our walk so will go tonight for sure.

Well time to go.

Have an awesome Friday.

Take care.

Special Hello to: You ….. it is all about you, today.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 24th day of November, 2017.

Really …. how did that happen?

Time ……

Well our temperatures have turned mild for the next little while.

We had freezing rain yesterday which played havoc with sidewalks.

I walked along the edge of the sidewalk in the snow on my way home from the VET.

I got off the bus by the VET clinic and then just had the one way home.

Man, you sure had to be careful.

This morning I am thankful to be hopping a ride with my neighbour.

Now all I have to do is get from the house to the car.

Carefully.

I love the warmer temperatures for sure but not good for walking.

We had to skip the walk last night.

I was disappointed as was Alvin.

We just played in the back yard / deck for a bit.

Hopefully the sidewalks are better tonight.

I almost forgot until this very second ….. I purchased those ice pick things that you can put onto your boots.

Gotta run ….. find them and put them onto my boots.

Have an awesome day.

 

Special Hello to: all my friends and family …… stay safe.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 30th day of June, 2017.

I was sitting on my sofa sipping on a cup of tea when I saw a few people excitedly running about across the street.

So I grabbed my shoes and ran out.

Then I saw the smoke and the flames billowing out of the duplex a couple of doors down and across the street.

I asked if there was anyone at home and they said no.

The neighbour in the half that was on fire had grabbed her cat and got out.  I briefly spoke to her and carried a couple of her things that had been dropped on the grass in front to the other side of the street.

She was clearly distraught.

I asked some people to move their cars so that the firetrucks could get in and the actual fire hydrant was down the street from me and they had to run the hose down the street.

When the fire trucks pulled in – I went back into the house – too many people and I did not think it was necessary for me to remain out side watching.

 

We all live in duplexes so could have been worse.

I am grateful that it did not happen last night or the night before with the gale force winds.

Might not have had a home.

Gives you cause to pause and be more prepared because one never knows.

There must have been about 100 people from near and far – people I have never seen coming to see.

People lining the sidewalks all around including in front of my house and then others riding their bikes over my lawn to get around them.

People on bikes pulling a stroller.

Argh, people sometimes.

 

Found out later that two 15-year old twins and younger sibling were at home while parents were working.

They ran out right away.

The neighbour in the other half and her cat got out.

No loss of life and that is what is most important.

Thankfully again no wind and everyone is safe.

 

Firetrucks still outside …. likely for hours yet.

Want to make sure …..

 

Pause for thought  …. be prepared.

 

Special Hello: to family and friends

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 24th day of March, 2017.

YAY, it is Friday.

I have often been thinking as of late that somehow the weekdays seem to evaporate as quickly as the weekends.

 

Mr. Alvin was just standing in the doorway to the office and starring at me and “doing that quick little whining thing that he does.”

He does that when he is nervous about something.

Whining isn’t quite what the sound is … more of a nervous bit of a noise.

Anyway he has this thing for the laminate flooring that is all over my house except for the stairs and landing.

For some reason during the past year or so he fidgets and fusses when he has to cross the floor.

Or at least when he stops to think about it.

Anyway I coaxed him to come in and now he is sitting under my computer desk on the bit of rug for the chair.

He most days sits outside the office while I write my blog.

Today he wants to be near me.

Oh, me Alvin.

Gotta love my boy.

 

Well our weather has been warming up …. single digits on the plus side.

Most of the snow and ice has melted.

I have been debating all night and morning thus far about whether to wear boots or shoes.

I have decided to wear my winter boots today.

Either would work.

So happy that the sidewalks are almost clear.

 

Another thing likely on my TO DO LIST this weekend is picking up the trash on the walkway that I take coming home from work and also the rest of the neighbourhood.

This year seems worse than last.

So many pieces of cardboard, disposable cups from nearby fast food restaurants and coffee shops ( I will not name them at this time ).

Not the business fault.

If people would start by securing their recycling at garbage time, that would help immensely.

Also STOP throwing their empty coffee and cold drink cups on the ground when they are finished with them.

Such a pity.

Beautiful neighbourhood littered with CRAP.

Does make me mad.

Oh well, it is great exercise for me although it is an hour or so away from me Alvin, which makes me sad.

People do not think of that of course ….. silly people.

 

Time to fly …. gotta get on my BOOTS not shoes and coat and head to the bus stop.

Have an awesome Friday.

Please ensure that you are placing your trash in the appropriate garbage container.

Thank you.

 

Special Hello to: YOU …. Happy Friday.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 17th day of March, 2017.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Everyone …..

Today is the 60th Birthday of my dear friend “TW” back in Regina.

Wishing you the best day and all things wonderful for this year and all the years to come.

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YAY, it is Friday.

Yesterday with this change in weather again ….. more ice.

So yesterday morning I left the house a few minutes early so that I could take my time walking to the bus stop.

I found that the sidewalks were too icy as I almost wiped out just across the street from my house so I walked on the streets where I could.

On the walkway I had to walk on the border to the sidewalk which in summer is grass and in winter is SNOW.

Thank goodness it was only about 8 inches deep but I still managed to get snow in my boots and my pants were wet on the bottom when the boots came off at work.

ARGH.

Oh, the best part.

After most carefully walking and managing to remain upright ….. just as I was approaching the street the BUS whizzed past.

Of course, he did not see me.

Of course not.

Really, I thought.

I was almost there.

ARGH.

So I thought what is the point in getting upset so I just patiently waited for the next one to arrive knowing that I would not be late for work.

I catch the bus that I do, so that I have extra time (you never know).

After a waiting for about ten minutes a silver SUV came around the corner and stopped at the bus stop.

Now it was kind of dark so could not see inside until she turned down window and I saw my neighbour ….. so ended up getting a ride to work and being almost 1/2 hour earlier than usual.

So it worked out.

This morning I called my neighbour to see if I could catch a ride with her so that I do not have to go through that again knowing it is even more icy today than yesterday.

Luck of the IRISH, methinks.

I found a SHAMROCK charm and placed it on a silver chain that I have ……. along with a green and silver necklace and green sweater I am all set for St. Paddy’s Day.

 

I think that Mr. Alvin is feeling bad that he does not have anything green to wear.

Maybe tonight I can find something for him……

Guess I will have to buy him a green sweater for next year.

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to my IRISH Family and Friends all over the world.

Special Hello to: my friend T. W. ….. today is your birthday …… WOW, what a great day to celebrate.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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