Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 24th day of October, 2018.

I am back.

Was down yesterday with a headache and just not overall feeling well.

Feeling better.

Later yesterday afternoon Alvin and I went for a walk.

The first bit of the walk I was thinking perhaps this was a bad idea and then once I ploughed through it – all was well.

Sometimes this happens after you have not been feeling well and then do a big chore or exercise.

Anyway we enjoyed the walk.

It was the perfect calm.

It was the perfect temperature.

It was the perfect walk.

Of course another side effect of staying home and sleeping ….. is that you are awake all or most of the night.

Oh well, it happens.

 

We are so happy to have this beautiful fall / autumn weather.

Sunny skies.

Warm temperatures.

Happy Dance.

 

Hard to believe that Halloween is right around the corner.

Next Wednesday.

I guess that makes it exactly one week away.

I have the house decorated and a bit outside.

I have bought the treats.

I am just deciding what to wear for work.

The carpool took the day off so that means I will have to dress up when I get to work.

Meaning I will have to leave extra early for work.

ARGH….

I guess it means keep it simple.

I can do that.

 

Master Teddy is coming for a sleepover and then will go home Thursday night.

YAY, Alvin will be happy.

 

Well it is almost time to leave for work.

Just a few things to do and see if Mr. Alvin needs to go back outside.

I hope that you all have an awesome WEDNESDAY.

Next week we can call it “WEIRD WEDNESDAY.”

Happy Wednesday for this week.

 

Special Hello to: my younger brother who is also beginning his “blogging – writing” journey.  I cannot wait to read your work and I know that you will be GREAT.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 6th day of August, 2018.

Gorgeous sunny morning although there are some dark clouds looming in the sky.

Alvin and I went for a walk about 8:30 a.m. as the forecast is to be hot.

Tomorrow is the BIG DAY.

My daughter and I are taking a two night – three day road trip.

I cannot wait.

I certainly will miss Mr. Alvin but he will be in great hands as he is staying with my son-in-law.

He will have company with Miss Aspen and Baby Milo.

 

The house is quiet now as all of our company left yesterday.

It was more than I could ever have imagined it would be.

Everyone had a great great time including and most especially me.

Alvin is resting and not even hungry.

Makes me think that he had too many TREATS.

 

My neighbour will look after the house and water our flowers.

Our flowers have been absolutely magnificent this summer.

The best ever, I would say.

The pots are overflowing with blossoms of pansies, petunias, daisies, lavender, snapdragons and a couple others that I do not recall their names.

There are purples, pinks, corals, yellows and some mixed with white.

Delicate and perfect.

Also my poor sunflowers took a beating the other night in the storm and are bending over.

So will find something to stake them, give them some support.

Perhaps now before it gets hot.

That flower bed should be a bit more dry now.

 

I am so blessed.

I am surrounded by wonderful, kind, generous and supportive family and friends.

I have Alvin as my companion.

I am able to live in this dream house with a yard and deck space for entertaining and for flowers.

I am in great health.

I am happy to be alive.

I live in a great neighbourhood and city.

I am learning something new everyday.

I can make my own choices and decisions.

It is good to be me.

It is great to be me.

Happy Day.

 

Well time to get some work done.

One more post before I go on a mini break with my daughter.

Have an awesome Monday.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks who read my blog; I am forever grateful.

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 21st day of July, 2018.

Absolute perfection outside this morning.

We were up at 5:00 as Alvin wanted to go outside and then to eat his breakfast.

Back to the sofa for some extra zzz’s as on a Saturday who NEEDS to get up for the day at 5:00 AM if not necessary.

So we did and then about 7:30 Alvin started to stir and finally just before 8:00 I was up ….. basically grabbed him and off we went for a walk.

Covered up my PJ’s with a long sweater.

The air was cool and refreshing.

SUN high up in the sky already but not hot.

The water fountain in the pond was turned on and the sound of the water was delightful.

We had a great walk and even picked up the odd piece of trash along our walk.

Once home turned on the first load of laundry.

Our plans changed as my daughter and grand-pups were to come for a sleepover.

So we will just get some extra housework done – like the BLINDS, argh.

Sounds like they will come tomorrow for a visit – perhaps come for PANCAKES as I have all of the ingredients.

That would be WONDERFUL.

Coffee is perking and I love that smell as it wafts through the house.

Madonna is singing AMERICAN PIE …… love that song.

I have GREAT news – misunderstanding as I thought that my sister would only be here for a couple of days at the end July / start August.

She will be here for almost one week ….. YAY …. so excited.

I love having my sister at my house ….. we LAUGH and LAUGH and LAUGH.

Crazy girls …..

Well I guess it is time to get to work.

Perhaps should have some breakfast …..

Could even sit outside and soak up that glorious morning air.

 

I hope that you are enjoying your day and that you have great NEWS this day or soon.

Special Hello: to my sister …. so happy that you are able to come and be here for extra time.  FUN is on the way.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 1st day of July, 2018.

In CANADA, we are celebrating “CANADA DAY.”

Today we celebrate our “ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-FIRST BIRTHDAY.”

In Edmonton, in our neighbourhood there is quite the breeze and a somewhat sunny sky.

Clouds roll in and roll out.

A beautiful day to celebrate CANADA.

To all my fellow Canadians, Happy Canada Day.

A day to celebrate the peace that we are honoured to live within our borders.

A day to celebrate the grand beauty of this amazing country.

A day to celebrate each other.

Happy Canada Day.

 

Yesterday was day two of Teddy’s sleepover.

Here are some photos of the boys.

I think you can see what is happening here.

Boys each with a chew treat.

Alvin with two chew treats.

Alvin making certain no one has his second chew treat.

I made certain that both boys had treats.

So cute.

Someone may notice that the sofa in the bottom three frames/photos is near the window.

Yes, it is ….. I decided to change the furniture around in the early afternoon.

I like to change things up from time to time.

 

Teddy left for home about 4:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon.

It is late already this morning.

Neither of us have had breakfast which is strange but we will take a walk shortly.

 

Happy Canada Day Everyone.

Enjoy the day with your family and friends.

CELEBRATE what we have and who we are …

 

Special Hello to: my fellow CANADIANS.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 24th day of June, 2018.

Another beautiful sunny morning.

Alvin slept from 10:00 p.m. until 6:40 a.m. (he must have been pooped after his sleepover with Teddy.

He had a moment this morning and did not wish to walk down the stairs.

So I gingerly picked him up to carry him downstairs.

He wasn’t really happy about that and perhaps he did not trust that I could manage carrying him down the stairs.

I was carefully as after all he is “me Alvin” and I would never intentionally put him in harm’s way.

We made it to the bottom of the stairs and I carefully set him down.

After that he has been up and down the stairs.

He has been looking around and not sure if he thinks that perhaps Teddy is here somewhere.

 

Yesterday my daughter and Milo came for an unexpected visit.

Timing was perfect as I was giving Mr. Alvin a haircut.

Teddy just watched and perhaps was thinking “Yikes, I may be next.”

Even with the two of us we were not able to get Alvin’s front paws trimmed very short.

So it is what it is.

He looks good and will be much cooler.

Now after tomorrow the temperatures are cooling off.

I give him a trim/cut once a month.

Timing.

The boys had fun playing and hanging out.

Milo and Teddy got along well.

So great to have Teddy come to hang out with Alvin.

We enjoyed having him over.

 

Happiness means something different for everyone.

What brings you great joy?

What makes you feel giddy with joy to the very bottom of your being?

Happiness for me is being in good health, being surrounded by family and friends and being at home.

I have always wanted as long as I have lived to have my very own home.

This belongs to me (and to the bank), and I am so grateful to call this mine.

I can come home every night after work to my little piece of heaven.

I have flowers in the spring until fall.

I have room for me Alvin to relax and to run around.

There is room to sit for me, Alvin and company.

I can sit under an umbrella and sip on a cup of coffee and read a book, if I wish.

I can lay down if I wish but have to watch out for the “ants.”

They seem to be living everywhere these days.

I can take in the sunshine, the moon, the stars.

I can breathe fresh air sitting on my deck.

I can be proud of what this is and I am.

I can admire the flowers.

I can watch the clouds rolling by.

I can smell the fragrances of the flowers.

This is it.

Happy Days.

These were taken last night about mid evening before the sun went down.

 

 

 

 

 

Love the reflection of the night sky in the garage window.  It was so perfect out last night.

Well I guess I had better fly into the shower and then head out for coffee with my girls.

Always enjoy our get togethers.

Happy Sunday.

Enjoy what you have …..

Big or small …..

It is yours……

 

Special Hello to:  my sister – these flowers are for you …

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 22nd day of June, 2018.

HOT temperatures blasted our City for the past few days.

Thankfully it has been cool to walk in the morning.

 

Thankfully during the night we had some rain and it has cooled things down outside a bit and there are crashes of thunder happening now.

Looks like more rain.

We opted for no walk this morning as with the rain comes mosquitos as that was apparent in the back yard.

We will go for a walk tonight.

 

Cute story from yesterday morning.

AS you know I caught the bus to work.

On the way to the office I stopped by a nearby 7-11 to see if they had bus tickets.

They had tickets on hand,  so I decided to also grab a cup of coffee.

I almost pulled out a row of cups for the cool drinks with my bag, how funny.

Just call me “Grace.”

After I decided on which blend of coffee, I poured the size that I wanted and gingerly carried the cup to the other side to grab a wrap to put around the hot container.

There had been a young man on the same side pouring his coffee so that is why I went to the other side for the wrap.

After I slipped the piece of cardboard onto the cup, I looked for the lids.

Did not see lids?

So I asked this very handsome young man “Excuse me, do you know where the lids are hiding?”

He smiled and replied “Over here” and as he carefully grabbed one he said “Oh, I am sorry if I got germs on it.”

I replied “No worries, a few germs don’t hurt you.”

He laughed.

We carried on a conversation about germs until we reached the counter.

He got there first and started his transaction and then told the cashier that he would pay for my coffee.

I blushed and said “thank you but I am getting bus tickets so that is okay, but thank you for making my day.”

We went back and forth for a few more seconds before he was on his way.

Polite young man.

He had said that someone recently had out of the blue paid for his coffee and he was surprised by a stranger’s generosity.

Nice to see such kindness.

He made my day for sure.

I will continue to speak to strangers and ask questions about coffee lids.

 

Yesterday the power went off in the late morning at morning and with it the A/C.

So home we were sent.

I was signing leases when the power first went out and managed to finish them.

Thankfully one of the higher ups gave me a ride home so that I would not have to wait for the bus.

 

With this heat one’s energy seems to drain quickly.

Alvin and I had a long nap yesterday afternoon by the fan.

 

Teddy, our little four-legged friend arrived last night and will stay with us until Saturday.

So grateful that Alvin has company.

 

So important during the summer heat to keep hydrated.

Keep animals and children and seniors and YOU out of hot vehicles and hydrated.

If you think going for a walk is nice when it is HOT – your small children and DOGS do not.

They can get very sick or every DIE from being OVER HEATED ….. heat exhaustion/heat stroke are real.

Another real situation is the burning of a dog’s pads on their paws.

 

A few years back we found a lost dog wondering by our house on a hot, hot day – we managed to secure the poor one and bring into my back yard.

I had Alvin and also my daughter and two pups visiting with other family members.

Back yard was a good choice in the shade to check the doggie.

This poor dog was in bad shape.

We had no idea how long she had been outside in the heat without food or WATER.

We gave the doggie some water, slowly and found when checking that the pads on the bottom of her paws, were raw from the HOT PAVEMENT.

We took this dog to the EMERGENCY VET Clinic for treatment.

 

PLEASE be aware that when you are walking your dogs on these incredibly hot days whether on the sidewalk or pavement that it is BURNING HOT.

How would you like to be forced to walk in your bare feet on scorching hot sidewalks and pavement, you know that you would not.

Be KIND.

So please either take your dogs for a walk early in the morning before it becomes too hot.

Walking in the early morning is so relaxing and enjoyable.

Always have water with you regardless.

Keep everyone as cool as possible.

BASEMENTS are a good place to relax in the heat.

 

Have a great Friday and enjoy summer.

Special Hello to: all my friends and family.  Keep cool and safe and hydrated.

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 21st day of June, 2018.

DA DA DA …… (supposed to be trumpet) Today is the first day of SUMMER for 2018.

It is hot in the house unless you are sitting beside the fan or by the windows which are all open for the next bit.

Downstairs has cooled off so should be okay for me, Alvin.

 

Last night on the bus ride home the bus “broke down.”

We were only about ten minutes into the ride from where I get onto the bus when stopped at a red light; an alarm came on.

Sounds like a phone ringing.

Anyway everyone is looking at each other.

The back doors had come open.

The driver tried to close them to no avail.

So he called it in.

After turning the bus off and “resetting the computer” the alarm went off.

He managed to get the door closed but as soon as he drove the alarm went off again.

We sat for just over 15 minutes on a full bus in the HEAT with the alarm going off and on.

He called it in again and asked for buses to stop and pick up his passengers.

By this time people had escaped from the bus.

It was kind of funny one girl went to get off and the driver told her to get back as it was unsafe.

She in turn said well others have got off and he replied that she needed to sit down (nicely).

He was in the first hour of his shift when this happened.

I think he was hot and frazzled by that time.

Anyway we all climbed off the bus.

I along with 50 of my bus mates walked back to the bus stop (behind the bus) and waited.

One bus went by and the driver was out and managed to flag him over.

I could see the “100” which is the one that I catch (there are several at that time of day).

Some woman walked to be in front of me.

So I walked over and the driver of the 100 stopped right by me.

When he opened the doors it was my regular driver (he had been late and I had not asked if he turned into the 119 which takes me straight home from downtown with a few stops).

Long story short …. only about 20 minutes late getting home.

 

NOW for the cute story.

This morning as Alvin and I were out for our 5 a.m. stroll I spotted this black and white cat down in the trees by the water.

It was walking along as we were coming up to the benches and trash can.

As we approached it moved and sat under the bench which I thought was very odd.

It remained there as I steered Alvin away as not to start a commotion.

As we walked by the cat remained under the bench.

I looked down on the sidewalk and saw why?

There was his catch for the morning laying on the sidewalk by the bench.

Argh, a mouse.

We quickly continued on and as we turned the bend I looked back to see the cat jumping through the air and what looked like the mouse jumping, too.

Perhaps the mouse had only been knocked out or was playing “dead.”

OR the cat was batting him all over the place.

It was quite the sight.

So that was my morning.

Just about time to leave to catch the bus.

Have to close all of the windows.

 

Have an awesome Thursday and first day of summer.

We are having Teddy come for a sleepover beginning tonight.

 

Special Hello to: my daughter who is my pride and joy and who helps people in many ways.  Love you my darling.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 6th day of April, 2018.

Today is the birthday of a friend and past co-worker “L.”

Wishing her a wonderful day.

The house is quiet except for the sounds of the furnace heating the house.

Mr. Alvin is sleeping over at his sister’s house.

It take awhile for me to fall asleep due in part to the meeting and Mr. Alvin not sleeping at my side.

Definitely out of my regular routine.

Home later than usual and all of that.

We are creatures of routine and habit, for sure.

 

Well it feels like winter.

Forecasters are reporting this to be the coldest spring or April in thirty years.

I believe it.

The snow is not melting much as it is still cold.

“Mother Nature, if you are listening we would like some temperatures above 0.”

Please and thank you.

 

How about some pretty flowers to make a person feel a bit more like spring.

Had to throw in one of the boy.

A reminder of what is to come.

Patience they say is a virtue.

 

Happy Friday Everyone.

I hope that I learn and you learn something new today.

Each day of our lives should be a learning experience.

Does not have to be anything earth shattering.

But something.

Read something new.

Take a new path on your walk.

Meet someone new.

Do something differently.

Change things up.

 

Special Hello to:  all my friends and family who continue to love and support me everyday of my life.  Thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 5th day of April, 2018.

YAY, today is Thursday.

We want to be excited for each day.

Always a good thing when you wake up in the morning.

Mr. Alvin is going for a sleepover to this sister’s house tonight.

I have a meeting right after work.

I have not mentioned it to him as I do not want to create anxiety for him.

He loves to see them but the car ride bothers him.

We did find out that he could have a small bit of GRAVOL to calm him.

 

Last night right after work we walked over to Alvin’s Doctor.

The final follow-up and cleaning of his ears.

Happy to report that they are all better.

No infection.

Thankfully all done.

 

I was shocked but not surprised by the amount of garbage on the streets and in the grass by the sidewalk.

GLASS.

Does not one SEE this?

I do not understand.

I can only imagine what their homes look like if they do not take the time to pick up the garbage.

It does not matter if you tossed the garbage we all need to be responsible.

We are always picking up trash.

Although Alvin does not actually pick up things, he does accompany me as we pick up items while we are out for a stroll.

In fact, I am going to start carrying my disposable gloves with me.

Soon when the snow and ice melts I can go and finish picking up those items that line the walkways and sidewalks in my neighbourhood.

It breaks my heart that people do not have any consideration.

 

Well almost time to go to work.

Carpooling is great.

Nice change.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks who take the time to keep their neighbourhoods free from trash.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 31st day of March, 2018.

The last day of March 2018.

Today is the birthday of a dear friend of mine from Saskatchewan “P.”

Wishing my friend the most wonderful birthday.

 

We had a guest for a sleepover last night.

Master Teddy.

His Momma dropped him off about 7:15 p.m. last night and she also stayed for a little visit.

Teddy’s Mom also brought both Alvin and Teddy this huge chew treat.

Somehow during that few minutes afterward Alvin was chewing on one and Teddy had none.

We looked all over the main floor and nothing.

Could it be that Mr. Alvin ate the huge treat in that short of time.

We looked under the sofa and chairs.

Under the pillows and throw blankets.

In the corners and everywhere.

Not to be found.

After our investigation it was plain to see that Alvin had been the culprit.

Eating most of both of the treats.

We visited for a few more minutes and then it was just me and the boys.

Deciding that Teddy should have some of the last remaining treat, after all it was his.

I managed to wrangle what was left of the second one and cut a piece off for Teddy.

Alvin had no problem sharing his new bed with Teddy.

Nice to see that someone loves the new bed.

Both black and white.

On older and one younger.

Both cuteness galore.

Having fun with these guys.

Alvin is learning to share ( a little ).

 

You never know what will happen at night time.

Teddy has a cute little black & white blanket and a stuff animal “Eyore”  (possibly not correct spelling).

Alvin thought that he should have it so I had to wrestle it away from him a few times.

 

While I was reading the boys started to get comfortable.

Alvin slept near the pillow at the head of the bed close to me.

Teddy had his blanket, Eyore and was by my legs.

I find it uncomfortable to sleep in one spot for the whole night.

I usually go from one side to the other after I have finished reading.

At one point the little one was sleeping in between my legs as I lay on my side.

But both settled in and both managed to snuggle close to me.

Nice to feel “wanted.”

Teddy ended up on the outside side of the bed next to me with Alvin beside me at the top of the bed.

It is always interesting to see what Alvin will do and he has not really surprised me.

He is a Momma’s boy.

 

Alvin as usual was up early but Teddy would have slept (given the opportunity).

At this time Teddy is laying on our bed chewing on a treat and Alvin has his treat on the blanket in my office.

He keeps going back and forth.

He really wants the treat that Teddy has but after being scolded earlier for attempting to take the treat from him, he has listened.

Imagine that.

Alvin listening.

Well time to go and get dressed and have some coffee.

We are enjoying this sleepover.

 

Later my daughter and family are coming over for a visit and for supper.

Will be interesting to see FOUR puppies …..

Funny …. Alvin is laying in the doorway to the bedroom watching Teddy.

What a guy.

 

Well I must get going here.

I hope that you enjoy the photos.

 

Happy Saturday.

Special Hello to: my friend “P” back in Saskatchewan enjoying a birthday.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

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