Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 11th day of February 2019.

Well back to work.

Have to leave Mr. Alvin alone now after four days at home with him.

I always love our time together.

The weather remains cold but now it is snowing.

I would like to make a correction to the name of one of the movies that I noted on my post yesterday.

It was The Incredibles 2 not The Invincibles 2.

When I realized that I had posted the wrong name, I felt very silly.

Not the end of the world, of course.

But still felt silly.

Correction done.

 

How are you doing today?

Feeling great and full of energy.

Ready to take on your world.

Ready to be the best YOU ever!

I hope that you have the most awesome Monday in recorded history.

 

Did you watch the Grammys last night?

I think that Alicia Keys did great.

Man, can she play the piano and sing!

Love, loved, loved Dolly Parton.

Great singer and song writer.

Probably one of the best song writers ever.

She has written so many of the greatest songs recorded.

Diana Ross, 75, are you kidding me?

She looks incredible …. and that dress.

Love her music.

MOTOWN, some of the best music ever.

I really enjoyed Lady Gaga singing Shallow from A Star is Born.

Can you imagine if Bradley Cooper was singing with her?

Off the charts, for sure.

I only watch until I heard all of the above so that was just after 8:30 p.m., I think.

 

Well “here we go again.”

I have had that song in my head and singing all morning.

Not sure if Alvin really appreciates my gift??? or not???

 

Wishing you a fantastic Monday filled with kindness, respect and always laughter.

We have to have laughter.

Always, a giggle or three.

 

Special Hello to: My Daughter, My Sister and My Dear Friend – thank you ladies, you rock.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 2nd day of February, 2019.

Well this is going to be the second day of our “winter storm.”

Snow on the way or perhaps it hasn’t stopped.

All day yesterday whenever I looked out the window it was snowing.

Not the fluffy stuff, nope.

It looked like rain but was snow.

I had shovelled in the morning before I left home for work and of course, shovelled again upon arriving home from work.

Nothing like starting and ending the day with SHOVELLING.

Actually I don’t mind and it is great exercise.

Thankfully it was not heavy heavy snow.

Temperatures are taking a dip starting yesterday and working downwards over the next several days.

With any luck it will remain calm.

We are up well we were up earlier at 3:22 a.m. – yup someone other than me had to go “to the bathroom.”

I know what that is like so I cannot tell him to stay in bed.

When you have to pee you have to pee, right.

Most women get this ….

When you are expecting it is a huge thing and as we get older same deal.

Anyway …. I obliged him.

We hit the sofa for some solid sleep and I dreamt like it was 1922.

Stories kept changing and it felt like I had read several short stories with me being in every one.

So just before 7:00 a.m. …. yes, can you believe it …… WE ARE UP.

I have changing bedding on our bed, sprayed cleaner in the toilet bowls upstairs and put the ointment in Alvin’s eye.

Writing this post and then will get this day really going.

Breakfast first for us both as Alvin is quite the gentleman and usually waits for me.

Then cleaning, vacuuming and some book work.

The new Steeped Tea Catalog is out so I have to tell all my customers.

There are plenty of new items including the flowering teas.

Excited for that.

Teddy went home just after 5:30 p.m. last night.

His Aunt picked him up.

When he saw her car pull up …. he jumped off my lap and to Alvin’s chair to look out the window.

Barking all the way.

So happy to see her.

So quiet after he left.

We had a great time with Teddy as per usual.

He sure loves to play and has even put the “play bug” into Alvin.

 

I have a birthday party to attend just before 3 p.m. today.

One of my young friend’s who lives just a few doors away celebrated her 41st birthday yesterday.

Her daughter is hosting a “surprise birthday party” today.

Not so much a surprise but that is okay.

My friend is working with her to make it seem like a surprise.

What a mother will not do for her child and what a child will do not do for her mom.

We even have a secret door knock.

When “M” called me yesterday to let me know that her Mom would be back home by 3:15 p.m. and to be at their house before that time so that we could get ready for her arrival;

she also told me that there was a secret door knock.

I giggled and told her “please keep it simple or I may forget.”

So what did she say “knock three times and then ring the door bell.”

I replied “well that is easy as I remember an old song named “Knock Three Times.” and then ringing the doorbell makes sense.

Birthday party here I come.

Oh, I need coffee, too.

Cleaning and cleaning.

I need to do that ….

Been to busy the past few weekends to do a deep clean so have to get that done.

Happy Saturday.

 

Special Hello: to all those folks who dream big and live even bigger.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 17th day of January, 2019.

Lightly snowing outside and has been throughout most of yesterday and last night.

Surprisingly not much has accumulated.

YAY, light snow is easy to shovel.

Temperatures are slowly going down over the next few days but single digits once again on Sunday.

Just in time for Mr. Alvin’s Birthday celebration.

Last night we hand delivered Alvin’s best friend’s party invitation and also invited him for a sleepover Saturday.

He will be at our house for the day on Saturday and I thought it would be nice to have him sleepover.

Teddy’s Mom & Dad were so thrilled by the invitation.

They told me that this was his first invitation.

You will notice a blue light surrounding the guitar …. it was just the flash on the camera.

But worked out perfectly …. looks so cool.

Teddy was so excited to see us last night.

Once I had removed our coats and outerwear; I stepped over by their sofa and was talking about the party, the sleepover – Teddy jumped up on the sofa and onto the arm of the

chair and started to give me so many kisses.

I guess he was excited to have the invitation as well.

I know it will be fun.

Now just to get some Birthday cookies and party favours.

This is going to be fun.

Alvin’s first actual celebration.

I cannot believe that he is ten.

Most days he does not act his age but then again neither do I.

Guess that is what keeps us young.

Well almost time to fly.

Went to bed in good time but Alvin had to get up at 3:00 a.m. to go outside and that threw me out of whack.

The routine – that is.

 

Happy Thursday.

Pay day and that is always a good thing.

Have an awesome day.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks who have four-legged family members ….. treat them well.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 30th day of December, 2018.

 

WINTER

The wind is blowing.

The sky is overcast and that white once again.

Part of the walk that I shovelled yesterday has now blown in again with snow.

The deck is inches deep with snow, once again.

It is snowing and the wind is tossing it around as if it were nothing.

Nothing that will at some point land upon the ground.

Asking me to shovel once again.

The wind’s voice is deep and arrogant making me feel cold even though I am warm inside my house.

Oh weather.

Winter is here.

There is no doubt.

At least for one day or two or even three or four.

That winter is here to stay.

Oh winter, with your cold temperatures, snow and winds.

Somewhere in my heart there is love for you.

Somewhere there is respect for what you can do.

Winter, your name commands it.

Winter, the final season of every year.

Winter, the first season of the New Year.

Thank you Winter …..

 

Written by: CY Lewis, December 30, 2018

 

This is what my brain is wrapped around this morning.

Special Hello to: WINTER, yes you are definitely here.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 26th day of December, 2018.

Wow, another Christmas onto the books.

I did not even make it up into my office to write my blog.

We slept in this morning until 7:00 a.m. and then back to the sofa until almost 9:00 a.m.

The sky is overcast and is a heavy grey colour as it sends snowflakes softly to the ground.

Just makes one want to sleep.

I would love to see sunshine.

 

Back to Christmas.

We had a wonderful Christmas.

Alvin and I hosted my daughter, son-in-law and two grand-pups Miss Aspen and not so baby anymore Baby Milo.

Somehow his handle seems to have stuck as both Aspen and Milo are close in age.

We also watched over Humphrey the Cat and Cinder the Gecko while their Mom was away with family for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.

Christmas Eve:  I hung out with Alvin, Teddy for a bit, Aspen and Milo and Humphrey and Cinder while their parents attended other family Christmas parties.

It was nice just vegging with the pups and in between checking in on Humphrey and Cinder.

We watched Christmas movies until my daughter and son-in-law arrived here about 11:00 p.m.

Then it was gift opening.

We always have fun opening gifts.

My favourite gift was a framed piece of my daughter’s artwork.

It is absolutely gorgeous and I cannot wait to hang it on my bedroom wall alongside another one of her creations.

I think that I am going to request more and fill the wall.

The pups seemed to be the winners in the gift category this year as the main floor was covered in toys.

Everyone was tuckered out so after gifts we retired to bed.

then it was CHRISTMAS DAY.

 

Christmas Day is usually quiet.

I made the hot CHEESE DIP again and it was a hit.

We nibbled here and there throughout the day on veggies, mini quiches, hot cheese dip & bread and oranges.

My daughter and I took Aspen and Alvin for a nice walk.

It was snowing quite heavily then and we looked like snowmen when we arrived back home.

There were phone calls made to family and friends.

I oven roasted two turkey breasts which was a nice change along with whipped potatoes, gravy, stuffing (just stove top), corn, carrots, homemade cranberry jelly (yup, I did) and beet pickles.

We had some sugar cookies and fudge for dessert – although no one was very hungry.

I am so grateful that my kids live close by and that we spend Christmas together.

After supper we watched the Netflix movie “The Christmas Chronicles” with Kurt Russell.

I had watched it before but was happy to see it again.

The day just seemed to evaporate into history.

The kids packed up and in a blink of an eye were back home by about 9:00 p.m.

Alvin and I tried to stay up but by just after 10:00 p.m. we were in bed – snoozing away.

 

Now today is Boxing Day.

As I am not one to hit the stores for Boxing Day sales, I will just spend a quiet day at home.

I can hear a doggie barking ….. would someone please let him or her into the house.

Oh, I have a story.

I was speaking to my friend from Regina and happened to be looking out the window when I saw a dog run by on the opposite side of the street.

Clearly not on a leash.

I relayed the situation to my daughter and we watched to see if anyone was out looking for him/her.

Then we saw a truck turning and stopped a guy got out.

Then there were about six people on foot running after this poor doggie.

Who just kept running as they chased him.

We were so relieved that the dog had family out looking for him/her.

They finally got him….. happy ending.

 

Well I guess that I should get this show on the road.

Still snowing.

Dog still barking.

I am breathing.

Alvin is patiently waiting in the hallway.

Guess that I should get dressed or NOT.

 

Happy Boxing Day.

 

Special Hello to:  all my “sisters” out there ….

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

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

Our buddy Teddy left for home with his Mama yesterday morning so the house is SO quiet with only me and Mr. Alvin.

My plans for the day changed when one of my friends called to invite me to go with her to a neighbouring city “St. Albert” to the Enjoy Centre which is a greenhouse/nursery/retail space

where a large “Craft Sale” was being held.

All the vendors had made their wares.

There were all mediums of art: painting on regular canvases, ceramics, woodworking, stained glass and glass art, illustrator/graphic designers, doll makers, coffee brewers, jewellery of every possible

description, things for your pets, fudge and different types of candy, dried mushrooms, condiments, pie maker (not ordinary pies), and so much more.

We came across the paintings, Art by Monk.  She is a famous West Coast Artist and her work was amazing.

My friend and I were speaking to one of her agents and did not even realize that she was on the other side of the display, painting.

I saw a painting of a FOX that was incredible and had the nicest frame on it, as well.

So many things.

I was on visual overload.

I was so excited to come across the same artist “Mackenzie Jones” that my daughter and I bought rings from in a store in Canmore on our girls road trip this past summer.

Love our rings and I wear mine everyday.

Our second trip and each time I have bought a ring made locally and I wear them daily.

A fond reminder of our Mother/Daughter time together.

Needless to say in between the time Teddy left and I went on the craft trip, not much was done so today I have lots to do.

I did go for a short walk with Mr. Alvin in between the craft trip and the Christmas party.

 

Our “friends” Christmas party that was slated for December 1, 2018 was moved up as one of the girls is leaving for down east next week with her daughter and husband and

will not be here for the party.

We had it last night.

So much fun.

The girls provided the snacks and refreshments and told me only to bring myself as there was very short notice about the change in plans.

Even though I had just ate supper, it was not very long when I caved and had some goodies.

ARGH, it begins.

With no car not so easy to pop out and pick up items and no time to bake the “Oreo Cheesecakes” that was I going to bring.

We laughed and caught up in our news.

Some selfie shots were made but ended up only getting odd head shots of the three of us.

A time to laugh for sure.

Alvin stayed home and slept.

The gal that hosted the party gave us all a gift which we were not doing but she is a bad girl and doesn’t listen.

I received a bottle of “Vanilla Bean Noel” foaming hand soap from Bath & Body Works, a necklace of Christmas lights and light up and some peanut butter/chocolate Reese pieces.

So excited about the necklace as I will wear it to work.

We love our necklaces.

Best present ever.

 

She also picked me up some hand soaps from Bath & Body Works when they were at West Edmonton Mall yesterday morning to see Santa (with her daughter).

The mall was crazy busy and I was grateful she ran the errand for me.

The hand soaps were on for a really, really good price.

On the way home last night it was snowing.

It was still snowing a bit at 5:30 when we first got up this morning but had stopped when we got up to stay up about 8:15 a.m.

I was pleasantly surprised when I looked out the window to see the front walk shovelled.

Must have been my neighbour to the west …. so nice.

Earlier I thought I hear some noise out front but did not pay attention as we were snoozing on the sofa from 5:30 to 8:15 a.m.

Well time to get this day going.

I popped the first of four loads of laundry into the washing machine.

Coffee has been made so need coffee.

Such a great Saturday.

I seldom go out and almost never TWICE in the same day.

 

Lots to do today submit a Steeped Tea order, clean bathrooms, do some laundry, walk with Alvin and more.

Happy Sunday.

I hope that you were able to spend time outside of your home.

Another warmer day on the way.

YAY.

 

Special Hello to: all those folks who are artistic and make things.  You rock.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 25th day of May, 2018.

Last night just as I was arriving home it began to rain …. at some points it was a nice steady rain.

We certainly could use it and were so grateful for the moisture.

The trees and grass and plants are definitely a more vibrant green this morning.

The flowers were happy to have a rain from the heavens and not one from my watering can.

Everyone is doing a little happy dance this morning.

 

As I am sitting here I can feel the humidity.

You know after a shower and then you get dressed.

The air seems more humid and hot.

Even the temperature in the house had got warmer over night.

It cooled down with the rain but not for long.

 

Looking forward to the weekend after a shortened work week.

We have lots to do.

We are pet sitting for a friend in the neighbourhood.

A birthday party Sunday morning for one of my girl friends.

The usual watering, likely mowing grass, laundry, cleaning and on.

 

Perhaps we will get some more rain.

Another nice shower would be good.

 

Alvin and I enjoyed a lovely walk last night in the rain.

As we left the house it appeared to be snowing.

Some of the flowers off of our tree were raining down in the wind and rain.

Just a nice gentle rain with a bit of a breeze so not too many mosquitoes.

By the time I got home I was WARM as I had slipped on a jacket before leaving the house.

 

Mr. Alvin is snuggled up on his blue blanket on the floor beside me.

 

Well almost time to get this show on the road.

Nice to be Friday.

I hope that you are enjoying life.

Every moment is precious.

Every life should be treated with kindness.

Be gentle with the environment …. we do not want to leave a footprint.

 

Special Hello to: You …. celebrate life …. you deserve to have fun.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 30th day of March, 2018.

Today is “Good Friday.”

Here in Edmonton the snow is lightly falling to the ground.

It is just after 10:30 a.m. and I can see in the near future – some shovelling for me.

 

Update on Mr. Alvin.

His ears are healing nicely.

We went yesterday for a follow-up and went well.

He will be going again next week to ensure that the final treatment did the work, and his ear has healed.

 

We are preparing for company tomorrow.

Master Teddy will arrive tomorrow morning for a sleepover.

The afternoon will bring my daughter and her family for a visit and supper.

Looking forward to our company.

 

So today is laundry, cleaning and SHOVELLING.

 

I hope that wherever you are that you are safe and happy.

Drive carefully.

Be good to each other.

As always treat every living creature you encounter with respect.

We share this world.

Also to note “the living creatures” includes our environment.

Our environment … the trees ….. the plants ….. the water…. the air …… insects ……

We need it all.

If we work together this planet could last us indefinitely.

Be selfless not selfish.

 

Have a great day.

Remember to play and enjoy.

With respect.

 

Special Hello to: my family and friends.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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

The sky is white.

The rooftops are white.

The cars are white.

The tops of the fences are white.

The trees are white.

The snowbanks are white.

The ground is white.

It has been snowing since yesterday except for a small break earlier this morning.

Fine snow coming down.

Coming down.

Coming down.

It appears to be heavier now.

Shovelling, shovelling, shovelling.

I shovelled yesterday on my second visit to see Humphrey.

OH my Humphrey, what a guy.

He is a three legged orange fluffy cat.

The new love in my life. (don’t tell Mr. Alvin).

On my second visit of the day after we had snuggled in his favourite position.

Better description …. I picked him up ….. he was sitting in my lap upright with his back to me.

I placed one arm under his front paws and he rested on me.

The other hand I used to massage and stroke him.

He purred and I relaxed in the moment.

What a guy.

When I went to put him down when it was time for me to go home to Alvin.

He placed one paw on my leg as if to say “please stay.”

I did.

How can you say no to that.

I knew Alvin would be wondering what was going on.

Oh my boys.

One cat named Humphrey.

One dog named Alvin.

Both guys that have won my heart.

Both so cute that you could just cry.

Time to go.

Shovelling to do.

Friends coming for visit at 10:00 a.m.

Coffee to drink and tea.

Visiting to do.

Laughter to take.

What a great day.

Exercise and laughter.

That will help my core …. the middle section of my body.

Who has decided to expand with perhaps a bit of help from me.

Oh well.

More exercise and more laughter.

That is and cut down on the amount that I eat.

That would likely help.

I cannot seem to remember that I am now 60 and not 20.

Watch what we eat.

Okay, time to go and do some shovelled.

Front first and then the back.

Alvin can come and help with the back.

Happy Sunday.

Good day to have some fun.

 

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

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 4th day of March, 2018.

Are you tired of shovelling yet?

If you live in Canada or parts of the United States; it is most likely that you have been a lot of the white stuff, namely SNOW.

I have shovelled more time over the past three days then I have done all winter long.

I think that this is the most snow that we have had accumulated for the winter of 2018.

I have decided to take a peek back to this exact date for the past few years, missed writing one March 4th.

Interesting how weather is how most posts begin, most I said, not all.

Nice to look back and I am grateful to have this platform to do so.

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Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 4th day of March, 2017.

Wow, it looks like a snow globe here in Edmonton this morning.

The once almost bare covered ground is now completely covered.

Winter, Part II.

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 4th day of March, 2016.

I had the most wonderful evening last night with my friends from Saskatoon.

No mention of weather …. I seem to remember that there was no snow.

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 4th day of March, 2015.

It is a great morning here in Edmonton.

I imagine the birds are singing.

The snow is melting.

The temperatures are warming up.

Time change on Sunday.

SPRING IS ON IT’S WAY.

HURRAY ….. HURRAY …..

SPRING IS ON IT’S WAY.

ROUND THE CORNER IS SUMMER.

THANK YOU FOR THE WINTER.

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 4th day of March, 2014.

I feel out of sorts this morning and I will be honest.

My full-time job has changed and after two years of in the position I was just getting comfortable and settled.

The office has restructured and I find myself not dealing with the changes as well as I should and perhaps I should not even be writing about this but writing is my way …. I am a writer.

No mention of weather but this seemed to be more important at that the time.

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Good Monday Morning and Welcome Everyone to March 4th, 2013.

THIS WAS THE MOST WEATHER WEEKEND.

I hope that you all had a great weekend.

Were you able to get some of the items completed from that “seemingly” never ending “TO DO LIST?”

Were you able to relax with family and friends?

Did you have some alone time?

Did you have supper with your family?

I hope that you checked off a resounding “YES” to all of the above.

It was a busy weekend and the weather was silly.

Just when the snow was starting to melt away and the grass was showing in spots ….. it snowed and it snowed and it snowed.

So after I spent considerable time chipping down to the storm drain so that the water could start draining from in front of my house and the lake on the street would hopefully find it’s way down …. it SNOWED.

It started out later in the afternoon on Saturday by raining and then these beautiful large wet flakes came down.

By the time it was finished we had a “down blanket’s worth” of fresh snow.

Our streets are crazy ….. the ruts are deep and it reminds me of driving down a country road but actually I think that those roads are much smoother.

Actually when my daughter drove me and Alvin last night after my shift at the store …. it was like being on a roller coaster.

So much for the shocks on cars …. they would take a beating for sure.

Anyway it was nuts …. our streets are packed with ice and water …. heavy slush.

So I hope that the sun shines for a few days and gets rid of some of the extra “ice and water” from the sidewalks and streets.

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Happy Monday, March 5th, 2012 …..

On my way home from BBW yesterday late afternoon the air was filled with huge wet snowflakes.

It continued to snow for several hours and it appears for most of the night.

Funny how we have received more snow in the last couple of snowfalls than all winter.

Wow, it is March ….can you believe it?

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Just to add, I thought that I heard a noise from outside but was determined not to stop until I was done writing my blog, no interruptions.

I could not wait and looked out of my bedroom window to see the front walk all shovelled, oh that neighbour.

I called her as I do not have the coffee ready and I was going to shovel out front but she said no worries, and that she was going out for a bit.

I am so grateful.

Time to get this show on the road.

I hope that you enjoy my weather + stories from this day or close to from years ago.

 

Special Hello to: all those people with their own weather stories, I hear you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

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