Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 24th day of February, 2018.

The sun is shining brightly and the sky is a beautiful blue.

Smoke from neighbours chimney signifies that it is still winter and the snow resting on the garage roof tops.

All this I see from my office window.

A birdie flew by …. ah.

The house is quiet without my Alvin.

He is visiting at his sister’s home since Thursday night arriving back home tomorrow morning.

I miss the little guy.

I think that I tossed and turned more than I slept …. too used to have Alvin snuggling next to me.

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Some of the gals that I work with had purchased a LOTTO MAX TICKET for last night’s draw.

The draw was for $60 MILLION DOLLARS.

We did not win.

The lucky ticket was purchased in one of our ATLANTIC provinces.

Great to see them win for a change.

I cannot imagine what it would be like to have no thoughts about money.

Imagine having $15 MILLION as that would have been my share.

No mortgage, retirement sooner,than later, and so much more.

It would be wonderful to have access to that kind of money.

If you wanted to donate a large sum to charity – you could.

If you wanted to hop on a plane and go visit family and friends – you could.

If you wanted to hire a professional painter to paint your entire house – you could.

If you wanted to spoil yourself – you could.

If you wanted to pay for someone’s education – you could.

If you wanted to help your siblings and children to retire and make life changes – you could.

If you wanted to help a friend pay off their mortgage – you could.

If you wanted to buy a house for someone that would likely never have that opportunity – you could.

The dream will keep running.

Not giving up.

What would you do with $15 MILLION DOLLARS?

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I guess it is time to go and have breakfast, make coffee, empty the dishwasher, tidy up the house and prepare for finishing up canvassing for the HEART AND STROKE FUND.

Followed by dinner and a movie.

Night out with the girls.

I usually stay at home, so this is a nice treat.

Happy Saturday everyone.

Special Hello to: all those folks who are celebrating birthdays today and this month.  It has been a busy birthday month.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 29th day of December, 2017.

Another bright sunny morning with no dark clouds in site.

The sky is a pale blue with smoke rising slowly out of the chimneys.

It is another bitterly cold morning which means once again no walk for us.

We are on the upswing if you will ….. today is the last day of bitter cold.

Now that was the forecast yesterday so it may have changed but I sure hope not.

Forecast for the first week of the New Year is to be walkable temperatures.

Thank goodness.

Yesterday I took down the majority of the Christmas decor.

Leaving up the Christmas Cards, one wintery wreath, my ADVENT Calendar which was a gift and a few small items upstairs.

Oh and there is he tree in my office.

The main floor looks BARE.

 

Two sleeps until New Years Eve.

Alvin and I will stay home and snuggle on the Eve of the New Year.

Last year I went out wasn’t gone long and went back home for me Alvin.

I just cannot leave the little guy home alone when I am not at work.

Our Christmas vacation just seemed to zoom by.

Isn’t it crazy how fast ten days can pass?

 

Well today is laundry, tidy up and put away things in the basement.

Rearrange mostly.

 

Time for a shower.

This cold weather just makes me want to sleep.

Thankfully it will pass soon.

 

I hope that you all have a wonderful day.

If you are wishing to do something in the NEW YEAR ….. how about VOLUNTEERING?

There are so many ways to volunteer.

You can help at a Seniors Home, Hospital or Animal Shelter.

You can help at a Shelter.

You can help by picking up trash in your neighbourhood OR shovelling snow for seniors or someone who cannot.

Deliver meals on wheels.

There are so many things that we can do.

Look around and find a need and fill it.

Simple as that.

Happy Friday.

 

Special Hello to: YOU, today because you are super special.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 19th day of August, 2017.

We had a storm last night with quite the wind.

Cooled things down and also blew out the smoke.

The sky is now a lovely powder blue.

There remains a breeze this morning and I am thankful.

Will have to get all of our windows open to receive some fresh air.

This morning two of my friends are having a birthday party for me.

There was no other time so the decision was to have it later and honestly this is great.

I have been celebrating my birthday for two weeks.

How lucky am I.

 

Sometimes a slight roadblock may arise but keep a positive mindset and things will work out.

I always tell myself this ……

 

Have a great Saturday.

Special Hello to: my friends all over the world.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 18th day of August, 2017.

The air is cool this morning in Edmonton and the sky is a white colour with hints of pink.

The fires that surround us to the north and in British Columbia have been changing our sky-scape.

The smell of smoke fills the air and slowly finds it’s way into the house.

I can only imagine what it is like in the areas affected by the fires.

We hope and pray that they are out soon.

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I have a friend who is fighting to have our city by-laws changed with respect to dangerous dogs after her little dog was viciously attacked and killed, a few short months ago.

She just did another interview, this one on the radio.

She was out walking their two small dogs with one of her sons.

The family’s second little dog was also seriously injured in the attack and required surgery.

That horrific scene plays over and over again in her mind.

I cannot imagine.

I hope that our city changes the by-law back so that there are more strict laws in place concerning the ownership of specific large dogs.

When you have a dog of any size for not only the sake of your dog, you and anyone else you may come in contact with …. please put your dog on a leash.

I walk with Alvin all the time and would never, never consider letting him off leash.

When you have a dog it is your responsibility to care and look after that creature.

It is a big deal.

Not to be taken lightly.

They take time, effort and money.

A couple of weeks ago now I was walking with Alvin in the morning and saw ahead of us a man walking with a large dog (pit bull) off-leash.

I stopped dead in my tracks and brought Alvin close to me holding my breath not knowing if the dog would see us or not.

Praying that Alvin would not bark.

That is what happens when people do not look after their dogs properly.

They scare others and even worse.

When I felt a bit more secure with distance I yelled to the man about “putting the dog on a leash.”

He ignored me and I am pretty certain he heard me.

When we got to the safety of our home …..  I tried again and he yelled back “I don’t care.”

I went into my house.

It is arrogance and ignorance that kills and injures.

I had no way of taking a photo to report him.

I will say that whenever I am walking with Alvin I am on high alert.

Gone are the days when we can walk with no fear.

Leisurely walks are a thing of the past or at least until people take responsibility.

 

Special Hello to: my friend “S” ….. stay strong and we are with you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 14th day of August, 2017.

We had a thunder/lightning/rain storm last night.

The air was filled with the smell of smoke last night.

The grass is wet and sparkles like diamonds in the sunlight this morning.

The air is cool with no breeze.

 

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY GREAT NEPHEW “A” WHO TURNS 12 TODAY.

IT WAS GREAT TO HAVE SEEN HIM AGAIN …..

So great to have my boy back home.

I surely did miss him.

 

We are having semi unexpected company today.

Have to get things organized and get out for a walk while it is still cool although the forecast is for low 20’s today.

Our company is a family that moved back home to Quebec several years ago but they were here when I moved to Edmonton in 2009.

We spent a lot of time together as I was semi-retired when I moved to Edmonton.

The Children spent a lot of time with me as I had air conditioning and it was hot the first few summers that I was here.

We did crafts and watched movies.

They were here when I adopted Alvin.

So excited to see them again.

 

Well I must get going as I am not certain when they will arrive and I have lots to do.

Mr. Alvin goes tomorrow to have his teeth cleaned so he cannot eat after 10:00 p.m. tonight and cannot drink after midnight.

Tomorrow morning will be interesting as he loves his food.

I will not eat or drink as that would not be fair.

 

The house is quiet at the moment with no sister or brother ….. but more company coming.

I am so grateful for the great vacation and to have two weeks off from work.

 

Time to fly.

Have a wonderful Monday.

Special Hello to:  all my friends and family.  Thank you to “J” for the most thoughtful Birthday card.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 20th day of July, 2017.

Almost the weekend …. not like I am wishing time away or anything.

Talk about crazy weather.

One day it is 30 and so hot in the house and the next day it is COLD in the house and cool outside.

Truthfully I am pleased that it is not 30+ as I think it is too hot.

The air is filled with smoke from the fires in our neighbouring province British Columbia.

If our air quality is so bad here, I can only imagine what it is like there.

I wish for rain and no lightning.

I wish that no human starts a fire.

 

Well the countdown is on until my company arrives which is a few days before my birthday.

My beloved sister is coming to stay with us and arrives in the evening of the 4th of August.

We are excited.

Starting this weekend we will start to prepare.

First off, I have been making the lists so that nothing is forgotten and so that everything is perfection.

Excited that my baby brother will be joining us a few days later.

Excited does not cover how I am feeling right now.

It is hard to remain focused and on task at work.

But I will get things done and be ready for my two weeks vacation when it arrives.

So happy to have two whole weeks off in a row.

First time in almost six years.

Party time …..

 

Happy Thursday Everyone.

Special Hello to:  all those folks who are taking vacation or are on vacation – enjoy.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

P.S.  one of my friends and co-workers gave me some fresh herbs out of her garden.  One smells of oranges and the other is spearmint.  Heavenly.

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 13th day of July, 2017.

Rained some yesterday ….. but a beautiful day overall.

The house is cool to start this morning which will be great for Mr. Alvin.

Warming up again.

The smoke from the fires in British Columbia is slowly seeping into our city.

When you can see, smell and taste the smoke one can only imagine the density and severity of those fires for the residents of the affected areas.

To all the people and the animals whether domestic or wild you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Please rain.

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On a more personal note:

Sometimes someone will make a remark that makes you think and take notice.

I will admit that somedays, okay perhaps a bit more often as of late,  I feel frustrated with/at “work.

My job can be stressful for sure.

I think that a great many people are under stress these days and I am not alone, for sure.

So as, with most people there is that frustration whether it is because the workload is daunting and never ending.

Or office politics.

Whatever it may be ….. it does have an effect on us all.

 

But at the end of the day it is the work that keeps one employed.

I have never turned away from work and most of my jobs over the years have carried a substantial workload and that is okay with me.

Sometimes it is just a combination of things.

So time to perhaps change things up a bit …..

This morning when I walk through the door at my employment; I will be me once again.

Back to the kinder, gentler, less stressed, less frustrated and more sympathetic ME.

Take things in stride and have patience.

Do not sweat the small stuff.

Remembering that it is okay not to be SUPER WOMAN each and everyday.

 

Outside of work I am that kind, gentle, easygoing, happy person.

I, as with everyone on the planet has bad days even at home but on a whole I am a good, happy, hard working gal.

Just somehow it changes when I go to work and not everyday for sure but somedays.

 

Special Hello to:  All those folks who work outside the home …..

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 25th day of February, 2017.

It is a lovely morning here in Edmonton with the sun shining.

The temperature is a bit cooler than it has been, but that is okay.

Just finishing up a couple of things before jumping into the shower and then we are off to Alvin’s regular Vet appointment.

He has a pedicure and “bum glands” squeezed (sounds terrible but not so bad), will check his ears and pick him up some of his “Thera-Bites.”

Thera-Bites are glucosamine which he needs for his arthritis or for the on-start at least.

I think we should have time to take the long way around and that would give us a good walk.

I also would like to finish up canvassing for the Heart & Stroke today.

Lots of errands to squeeze in as well like picking up a March Bus Pass and a few things from the grocery store.

There seems like there is always lots to do on the weekend.

I do miss having every second Friday off ….. it was a good day to get outside errands and running around completed giving more time at home.

Years ago there was talk of shortening the work week ….. has not happened here.

I can see from my upstairs office window the smoke from a neighbour’s chimney dancing around in the air ….. must be a bit cold.

With the sunshine it will feel warmer so that is good.

Mr. Alvin is excited to see the girls at the Vet Clinic.

He loves the 2 “Jens”, the Doctor and all of the staff.

Well I guess it is time to hit the shower …. yikes er, not HIT the shower as such.

I will walk carefully to my bedroom and go into the shower.

Sometimes by writing words they will take on a life of their own ….. you know.

Have an awesome Saturday.

I hope that you have some time to relax by yourself and have time with your family and friends.

Happy Saturday.

Special Hello to: The World.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 10th day of December, 2016.

Skies are clear as I gaze out of my home office window.

The sun rise is beautiful.

Love to see blue sky and the SUN.

Chimneys throwing out smoke as the furnaces work to keep our homes toasty warm.

Another cold day in paradise.

I have waited for at least a couple of months since I first decided to do this Christmas Shopping Event.

I am so excited for people to come.

It is today from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Last night I was up until 1:30 doing preparations.

Getting the treats ready.

I iced 68 sugar cookies, made a Garlic Chili Cheeseball and my Key Lime Coconut Dip.  Both the cheeseball and the dip are made with Steeped Tea mixes and additional ingredients.

So excited.

I cleaned and I cleaned.

Set up the Steeped Tea table.

Set up the Dear Stella Jewellery table.

I removed almost everything from my kitchen counter to make room for the treats and stuff related to the “party.”

My kitchen looks so different.

Put things away ( will be fun remembering where I placed them ).

I must admit my house looks darn good.

All ready for people to attend our Christmas Shopping Event.

One of my friends from work makes all Natural Bath products and she will have a table. (Love to Scrub).

So three vendors.

So exciting.

I also did the prep work for my dinner party which is tonight at 7:00 p.m.

Well I have a few things left on my list to one being a relaxing shower before I get dressed.

Wish me luck.

I hope that you all are doing great and are having an awesome Saturday.

Stay safe, keep warm and do something nice for someone you know or do not know.

Spread the kindness.

Missing my baby boy.

Mr. Alvin is spending a couple of days at his sister’s house.

Too much excitement for him to be home.

He would be too stressed.

Special Hello to: my sister, yes we are to Skype tomorrow after supper.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 20th day of May, 2016.

It is raining here in Edmonton.

Started last night and has not stopped.

Most welcome after the City was blanketed late yesterday afternoon by SMOKE.

The wind changed just right and the smoke came right on in.

Fox Creek, another of our northern towns is threatened by forest fires.

The fire has stretched from Fort McMurray to the neighbouring province of Saskatchewan.

So much devastation along the way.

I sure hope that this rain is going everywhere that it is needed.

Likely not such the perfect day for a garage sale but you know it will work.

As long as we are having some much needed moisture it will be okay.

After all the garage sale is inside the garage so we will be dry.

It is so nice to have today off from work and to be at home.

I can take my time and finish off getting ready for the garage sale.

My daughter will be over later to help.

I am excited to visit with her and everyone who comes to our sale.

We always meet such wonderful people from our neighbourhood and from the area.

 

One funny story to lighten the morning.

This morning Alvin did not wish to go outside.

He had to go …. really had to go if you know what I mean.

So recognizing the signs he “DOES NOT LIKE RAIN” …. I grabbed my huge big umbrella and donned my flip flops and we went outside.

Funny thing is he did not even want under the umbrella …. he just wanted his Momma outside with him.

I guess he figure if he had to go out …. then I did, too.

Made me smile ….. a great way to start the day.

Now time to shower and get going on the final preparations for our two day garage sale.

 

If you are in Edmonton please drop by.

Have an awesome weekend.

For we Canadians we celebrate “Victoria Day” and most offices are closed for the day.

 

Special Hello to: Everyone …. thank you …. remember you are so important to us all.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

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