Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 16th day of March, 2018.

A thin layer of sticky snow is covering the ground this morning.

I want to send belated Birthday Wishes to my great niece “S.”

We hope that you had a great day.


Last night my daughter gave me a ride home from work.

We made a stop at COSTCO.

My daughter and son-in-law decided that Mr. Alvin needed a present as he has been under the weather.

Look at this nice, soft beautiful new bed.

Look at where Mr. Alvin is.

He sniffed the bed.

He walked around the bed.

He walked on it and off of it.

I know what I will be doing this weekend.

Yes, you got.

Napping on his new cozy, bed.

It is truly nice and soft.

The bed was meant more for him to use as a soft landing platform and maybe for takeoffs.

He is getting up there in age.


Well time to go and walk the “white trail” …….

It is Friday.

Are we happy?


Have an awesome Friday.

Smile, it catches.

Special Hello to:  belated birthday wishes …..

Always, Carol & Alvin



Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 26th day of February, 2018.

Another gorgeous day on the way.

Yesterday was so beautiful.

We/I had the best weekend.

Started off speaking with my sister for her birthday.

She was at her son’s home so I had the great opportunity to speak with my nephew and his wife.

Great way to begin the weekend.

Saturday night out for dinner and a movie with my friends.

Sunday morning my daughter brought Mr. Alvin home and also brought along grand-pup Milo.

We had pancakes together and a great visit.

In the afternoon, Teddy and his Aunt came for a visit and stayed for supper.

Teddy’s Aunt brought the fixings for a supreme TACO meal.

OMG, so good.

Absolutely delicious.

I supplied dessert which was pineapple and my homemade chocolate chip cookies with Steeped Tea’s “Coconut Key Lime Dip” added.

Best two days.

Both Alvin and I had a mini break surrounded by friends and family.

We are so blessed.

Hard to believe it is Monday morning already …. where does the time go.


The Olympics are over …..

I am very proud of all the Olympic Athletes for their participation in the games.

So very proud of our Canadian Olympic Athletes who came in 3rd in the overall medal count.

It is great to see the world come together and share such an amazing experience.


Well here we go again, almost time to go and catch that bus.

My daughter is giving me a ride home (YAY, Momma).

Last week I got a ride home every night.

So lucky.


Have an awesome day everyone.

Be kind and respectful.

Do your utmost best to be a good citizen of this planet.

Be there …. show up …..


Special Hello to: my friends and my family who made this such an amazing weekend.

Always, Carol & Alvin


Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 23rd day of February, 2018.

Today is a very extra special day as it is the birthday of my beloved sister “C” and one of my long-time friends “D.”

Happy Birthday Ladies …. Wishing you both the most wonderful day.


The house is oh so quiet this morning without my Alvin ….

I will say that I did not sleep soundly and at one point even thought that I heard him by our bedroom door.

He is in good hands and company for a few days with his sister, brother-in-law and niece and nephew.

But I miss that quirky guy.


So back to the Birthdays.

My sister is just a tad younger than me.

Growing up we had our moments but we were always there for each other.

We played together.

We have lived together as adults.

We have travelled together.

I love my sister.

She makes me laugh and smile.

She can make me so mad that I want to spit nails.

But not so much anymore.

We are older and wiser.

We do not waste time sweating the small stuff.

Time is precious and we know this.

We appreciate and are grateful for every moment we have together.

I love you my darling little sister.

I would have liked to have baked you a cake and decorated the house with balloons and streamers.

Next best ….

A photo of you and me on my 4th Birthday.


P.S. nice to have green in the background …..

Happy Birthday.

Have a great great day.

Well here we go again …. time to get ready to go and catch that bus.

Have a wonderful Friday everyone.


Special Hello to: the birthday girls.

Always, Carol & Alvin


Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 22nd day of February, 2018.

Warming up?

Spring only a few weeks away?

Time will tell.


Are you watching the Olympics?

Unbelievable performances.

I was watching the half pike last night.

Sure hope that is the right name.

Some of the athletes had some terrible falls but all that I saw got up.


Some over 5 meters into the air.



Well my little athlete was up extra early ….

At like 3:30 …. let him outside.

Then hit the sofa until 4:00 when we got up and he ate and then back outside.

Just I wait until the time changes ….. that is always fun.

Perhaps it will work out.

Tonight he is going for a few days to his sister’s house.

He will have fun minus the car ride.

His Momma will sleep until the alarm goes off, hopefully.


Well here it is time once again to leave the house.

I am wearing a new pair of pants that shrunk after being washed.

Wha a a, oh well.

I think shorter is in style right now.

No time to change and I am not wasting a new pair of pants.

After a few washes they will be capris and right in time for summer.

Laughing ….. smiling …. gotta go.


Special Hello to: all of you folks who take the time to read my blog.  Thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 18th day of February, 2018.

It is slightly overcast and does not feel bitterly cold so that is a good thing as I am going to venture out and canvas for the Heart & Stroke Fund.

I think this is about the 7th year that I have canvassed since moving to Edmonton.

Back in Regina over the years I canvassed for the Heart & Stroke, Cancer and United Way to name a few.

I have about three blocks to do and figured this is a good time before our company arrives this afternoon.

Our friends Teddy and his Aunt J are coming about mid afternoon and then will stay for supper.

We are both excited.

Yesterday I was so proud of myself as I took on a couple of minor household repairs.

The wooden trim around the ceramic tiles at the base of my fireplace had come loose and was always in the way.

Finally I got out my super duper GORILLA glue and did the repair.

The only thing was it is a long strip and typically you should have some kind of clamps to hold it tightly, well I did not.

So my hands were the clamps as I sat cross legged with arms stretched out to the side holding each corner.

Good stretching, anyway.

Seems to be okay this morning.

I also had purchased many years ago a utensil container from IKEA, I believe.

Well the glue that was holding each separation in place came loose after years of placing knives, forks and spoons in each compartment.

I FIXED it, too.

Feeling mighty proud of myself.

YAY, Carol ……

In between all of the glueing, I vacuumed up down and all around, washed the main floor,  lots of laundry, changed bedding, cleaned out “tupperware drawer.”

Managed to get some chores accomplished and even slept in.

Sometimes you just have to “stretch yourself” …… are you laughing, my sister.

Well I guess it is time to get this show on the road.

Quick shower and have a coffee or two before going to canvas for the Heart and Stroke.

Typically my daughter and I donate more than I actually collect but that is okay.

Most people do not answer the door and the ones that do some say they have already donated and others do not understand English or the homeowner is not at home.

But that is okay.

I will do what I promised to do and that is to visit each door on my list.

Happy Sunday Everyone.

I, we are enjoying the awesome treats from our friend “V.”


Special Hello to: all those single people out there who think they are not “handy” ….. you may surprise yourself if you just try.

After all you can check on-line and find video instructions for almost anything these days.

Always, Carol

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 16th day of February, 2018.

YAY, it is Friday.

Forecast is for SNOW, oh yay.

Can you sense my enthusiasm?

I am happy it is the weekend and a long one at that.

Monday is FAMILY DAY so we have the day off from work.

A nice treat.

I think that today shall be photo day, favourite photo day.

I am going to post some of my favourite photos.

Hoping that they bring a smile to your face and perhaps spark a good memory for you.

The most yummy CARROT CAKE and it happened to be for my 60th Birthday.

Oh, me Alvin ….. just relaxing.  Every weekend morning we lay on the sofa as he likes to get up at 4:00 and his Momma not so much.

So we get up, he eats and has some water and then goes outside to do his morning constitutional (his business) and then we snuggle on the sofa for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

But normally I would be on the other side of him.  He is so darn cute.  CUTENESS alert.

I love owls and they always remind me of my Mom.

She is gone but not forgotten.

Nothing more special than a Momma and her babies.

Alvin and I saw this beautiful family when we had been out for a walk in the summer.

Babies are so fuzzy and cute.  Momma is graceful.

Tulips for Canada’s 150.

I love Tulips because they are my daughter’s favourite flower.

My grand pups ….. more CUTENESS.

Miss Aspen on the my left and Baby Milo on the right.

So cute.  Aspen is reserved and Milo, sometimes a holy terror.

We love them so much.


One of my most absolute photos is of my grand pups that have since passed.

Miss Penny on the left with the red scarf and Sir Elton on the right in the blue.

They were the loves of our lives for many years and we hold them in our hearts and thoughts forever.

Deck complete, what a beautiful sight. Now for the flowers…. FUN

Back in summer of 2010 one year after I moved in ….. I contracted this deck to be built.

No regrets.

Back when he was still a young one …. Mr. Alvin basking in the sunshine on the deck.


First snowman me and my sister made since we were kids ….. (2009)

Our Beautiful Mom Jeannie,

Wrapped gifts …. so beautiful….

I love wrapping gifts for Christmas.


Whoops time to go.

Have a great Friday.

Special Hello to: You.

Always, Carol & Alvin







Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 20th day of January, 2018.

I believe another beautiful day is on the way.

Yesterday Alvin received a huge amount of BIRTHDAY WISHES and we thank all of our family and friends for them.

We had a quiet but great evening.

He must have had a little extra something that I did not see as he had me up to go outside just after midnight and then up at his regular time of 4:00 a.m.

I think that we are going to have to work on the “getting out of bed time.”

I had a raging headache earlier but it seems to have dissipated.

Thank goodness as we are puppy sitting for the day.

Our friend Teddy is coming to stay with us.


I am grateful for my yesterdays, todays and tomorrows, as they have shaped me into who I am.

We all have those times that we would rather not have to remember but they define us.

We learn from yesterday, try to do better today and dream for tomorrow.

No one has the perfect life.

The grass is not always greener on the other side.

So while you are trying to get to “the other side” why not make it green for you.


Have an awesome Saturday.

Time to go and start the laundry, have breakfast and make coffee for me and my neighbour.

Time to empty the dishwasher and prepare for the company.

Happy Saturday.


Special Hello to: thank you to all those people who I have encountered throughout my life thus far.

Always, Carol & Alvin


Just heard a series of loud noises from outside, I had better go and investigate.



Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 9th day of January, 2018.

At 4:00 a.m. it was starting to snow, every so gently, a few small round flakes.

Not much has accumulated as yet but it is in the forecast.

Temperatures being to drop over the day and colder for the next few.

I am so grateful that we had some perfect days for walking and that we were able to walk last night.

Alvin did not wish to go far but we still got a walk in and that is what is most important.

Most especially for Mr. Alvin as he is cooped up in the house all day.

Fresh air is good for him and good for me.

Good for mind, body and soul.


Well short post today as I am running late.

Now how did that happen, I wonder?

One minute I had 30 minutes and the next 5.


I wish for 2018 that we all find a way to live our lives with kindness and respect to all living creatures.

Can you imagine?

I can.

What a wonderful world it would be.


Special Hello to: my sister, thank you for the chat on Sunday night.  You always make me smile.  Have an awesome day.

Always, Carol & Alvin


Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 8th day of January, 2018.

Happy Birthday to my great niece who celebrates her birthday today.

I believe she will be ten.


Another beautiful weather day on the way.

We had an awesome weekend.

Walks with Alvin.

Did some housework and laundry.

Coffee with two of my friends.

Messenger chat with my sister.

Great weekend.


Wanted to share another thing that I love to do and that is to wrap Christmas gifts reusing as much packaging and decoration as possible.

This year I used the packing paper that came with my STEEPED TEA orders and reused ribbon and bags from past years.

I try to reuse as much as I can from year to year.

I love using ribbon to make gifts extra special.

Sometimes combining different colours of ribbon as shown below.

Also taking unusable pieces of Christmas wrap and cutting into strips to use as a border on the gift.

So many different ways to make use of old wrap, ribbon and bags.

The packing paper could also be used to mail parcels.

We can save money and help the environment all at one time.

Plus it is so much fun.

Be creative, stay on budget and be environmental.

Just some ideas.


Well here we are once again time to leave for work.

Seems like only yesterday.

Special Hello to: the birthday girl “C”

Always, Carol & Alvin


Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 27th day of December, 2017.

Another COLD COLD day for us here in Edmonton and in Western CANADA.

We had a wonderful Christmas with our family.

Chatted with my brothers on Christmas Day and my sister.

Chatted with our friends from Regina…

Hard to believe that Christmas is all over for another year.

The decorations and our inflated bellies are all that remains.

I tried “Jamie Oliver’s” recipe for cooking the turkey and gravy this Christmas and was happy with the results.

An easy and extremely tasty way to make the turkey and gravy.

SANTA CLAUS was good to both me and Alvin.

My daughter and her family slept over two nights at our house which was so nice.

We ATE and ATE and ATE too much.

We played a new game for the kids but not new for me, “SEQUENCE.”

So much fun ……


It feels like early in the morning but here it is almost 8:30 a.m.

The sun is not up.


I am most grateful to have this week at home.

Our office is closed this week.

So grateful.


Well time to go and have a shower and wake up.

Alvin has an appointment this afternoon at his Doctor’s.

No worries, just his regular pedicure and stuff.

We are grateful that our friend is giving us a ride for I fear a walk in this cold would freeze his paws.


Have an awesome day.

Special Hello to: all my friends all over the world.


Always, Carol & Alvin




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