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 Sunday the 27th day of December, 2015.

I had to check the calendar for the actual day of the week.

My computer shows the calendar date on the bottom so I knew it was the 27th before I knew it was Sunday.

Where has the time gone?

We always seems to ask that question.

I think it is likely the most asked question of all time?

Here we are Christmas for most folks is done.

There are some folks who celebrate Christmas in January.

There are others who celebrate the holidays several times due to family being in different places.

But for me and mine it is over.

The preparations, the excitement and the final act are all done.

It was a great one.

One of my gifts was an “Adult Colouring Book” and Crayola pencil crayons …. I have always loved to colour.

Honestly other than colouring in one of the children’s books and with the wax crayons that I have in the house, I never thought there would be such a thing as an Adult Colouring Book.

There are 60 pencil crayons ….. man would have been great to have had that many as a child.

There are colours that I have not seen before …. so happy to colour the DRAGONFLY and the OWL in my Enchanted Colouring BOOK.

I had been saying that I had wished it had been my idea …. this new old craze.

The first Christmas since moving to Edmonton where we held the celebration somewhere other than at my house.

I truly enjoyed being pampered at my daughter and son-in-law’s new house/home.

We all thought that having the Christmas meal catered was the best thing since “sliced bread.”

At first we debated about the amount as it sat in the small boxed containers but as we started to dish it found it was more than enough.

Perhaps I should reword that …. there was enough of everything but POTATOES, we are used to having about 10 pounds of them…. I think there was about 1 pound mashed.

It was funny…..

Alvin …. well he did start venturing up and down the stairs without being coaxed.

Will have to work on the sleeping thing.

Yesterday I called my siblings and spoke to each one of them.

They all celebrated with family and friends.

It is a good thing that there remain a few days in December.

Just five days until we bring in the New Year.

Five days to think about the past year.

Five days.

Well I hear the shower calling me… for some reason this morning my muscles feel sore.

The shower will loosen them up.

I hope that you have a great Sunday December 27th, 2015.

Can you believe that we are only a few days over four years away from the year 2020 ….

Blows my mind.

So cool…..

Sounds space age …..

Hopefully the human race will work out some things over the next four years, and we will be better caretakers of this oasis we call “Earth.”

Happy Sunday.

See you tomorrow.

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

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Afternoon and today is Saturday the 26th day of December, 2015.

Boxing Day here in Canada.

Lots of folks are likely out and about shopping looking for deals.

Spending Christmas money and gift cards.

My kids dropped me and Mr. Alvin off just a little while ago.

They have some shopping to do.

We had an awesome Christmas….

So nice to spend Christmas with my kids in their new house.

Mr. Alvin was not quite as pleased with his new surroundings as his Momma.

He did finally go upstairs and both nights he really did not sleep.

The first night …. Christmas Eve we slept upstairs in the bonus room.

They have an open railing at the top of the stairs and we think it freaks him out.

My daughter put these mats/runners on the steps hoping that the puppies will go up and down.

They would not go up before as the steps were slippery (laminate).

Mr. Alvin did master the stairs which was good.

He would stand at the bottom whining before the mats.

 

Last night we slept in the living room as I thought he might settle down better.

But really not much difference.

He will definitely sleep well tonight.

 

We had an awesome Christmas and now back home.

I hope that you all had an awesome Christmas.

Special Hello to: my family ……

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 12th day of July, 2015.

The sun is desperately trying to break through the smoky haze that has taken over our skies for the past few days.

I can only imagine what it is like near the fires.

The smoke filling the air …. hard to breathe.

I was thinking of all of the poor creatures that lived in the forest with no where to run unlike we two-legged ones that can jump in a car or be flown out of the danger zone.

My heart bleeds today for them all.

If they are fortunate to escape the fire zone then what?

They end up in a habited area and then we do the unthinkable because we think they are a threat to us.

I am just grateful to be where I am …..

This has been an odd weekend.

The basement pretty much done ….. the “DRYWALL” ( I thought of the name ).

When I was vacuuming the more fine dust the filter on the vacuum decided to be done.

A bit later I found a wee small dead mouse behind the furnace tucked behind a small opening ….

Where and when ….. OMG ….. they creep me out.

I also hooked up the dryer vent hose and levelled the dryer (all by myself, found that it wasn’t difficult). YAY, me.

I was just about to start laundry and entered the laundry area (furnace) and found water by the furnace.

It had run down into the area under the stairs ….. grabbing towels I got it wiped up …

Thinking it was the humidifier … I called my neighbour as she had removed the top part by the filter.

She came over and we found it was not the humidifier …. she called her friend’s husband who is a plumber, heating and a/c guy ( they were here in just a few minutes or so it seemed).

He was pretty certain that the a/c pan that is enclosed in the furnace unit was over flowering because it was plugged somewhere and then the water has to come out somewhere …..

So he cleaned it all out and the water stopped running.

Note to self: must have the a/c unit on the furnace checked annually.

It was an invaluable lesson.

Just seemed like one thing after the other.

So glad that it is fixed and that the a/c continues to work when we need it to …..

Once again and I am in continuous gratitude to be surrounded by great people …. truly I have the best neighbours on the planet.

This morning I am on my way to another friend’s place just down the street for coffee and muffins.  A third gal, neighbour and friend is going to be there as well.

This weekend I am so grateful.

I also want to send some love to Miss Aussie, neighbour cat who had surgery on Friday and needs some love and positive energy to make her well.  Come on girl you can do it.  We love you …… Alvin, too.

Well I should go and do a couple of things before heading out to socialize ……

I hope that wherever you are that life is treating you well and that you are treating life well.

Spread the love, gratitude and positive energy …..

Thank you.

Special Hello to: to all those folks who try something new and spread their wings daily.

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 23rd Day of May, 2015.

It is a gloriously beautiful sunny fresh morning here in Edmonton.

In a few minutes my daughter and grand-puppies will arrive.

They are coming for coffee and a visit.

Alvin will be returning home with them as today is furnace cleaning day.

I was also invited to a “STEEPED TEA” party at a neighbour’s house so will try and attend.

Also check in on Miss Aussie …..

Lots to do.

Last night Alvin and I went out for a later than usual walk.

It all started with him at the top of the stairs.

He doesn’t like putting his harness on …. even though his Momma handles it all with care.

I noted “his girlfriend” Abi had gone by earlier and was hoping that the mere mention of her name would bring him running.

Did not happen.

So when I saw Abi and her Mom going by I went out to say hi and asked Abi to come in knowing that would bring him down.

IT WORKED.

I grabbed his harness and we were out the door.

After a short visit with them we were on our way.

We were a few doors away from home when I stopped another friend out watering her grass.

We stopped for a chat and ended up visiting on her back deck.

As the sun was starting to go down I figured we had better get on our way.

Approaching the park near our house I saw in the distance a large black dog and his Dad.

So I decided to walk around the park inside of going into it until I realized it was our friends.

Into the park we went.

The large black dog is CASH and he is only three.

He loves to play.

So visiting again …..

We then decided as the mosquitoes were starting to get bad to walk home.

They live down the street by our house.

Once we got to their house …. guess what.

We stopped once again ….. we got home at 10:30 and I think it was just after 8:00 when we left ….

It was a glorious evening and so nice to be out and about.

We both enjoying the time with our neighbours and friends.

I am so blessed to be surrounded by great folks.

Make sure that you get to know the people around you ….. spend time with them.

On those spring and summer evening when you are out and about …… stop for a visit.

Well time to get going …. gotta check on Miss Aussie before the company arrives.

It will be a day of yard work once the furnace is cleaned ….

I am pulling some shrubs, mowing grass and watering.

I hope that you are having an awesome Saturday and weekend.

Special Hello to: all my friends

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 19th day of March, 2015.

One day closer to SPRING.

Are you getting excited?

Perhaps for some folks you may still have a ton of snow but with the sun higher in the sky it is warmer, and it will melt more quickly.

Not to worry.

Spring is right around the corner.

We are so blessed as our sidewalks are almost clear of the ice.

The streets and sidewalks are now topped with tiny bits of gravel from the City dusting the ice over the winter months.

There is dirt in the air ….

I am so excited for some rain …… just a nice shower would do.

I am so grateful that Mr. Alvin and I have been able to walk every night after work.

I can feel our “winter weight” slowly beginning to disappear.

Mr. Alvin still has not “taken the steps” up to the bed.

Perhaps in time.

Either that or I am going to purchase another stool from IKEA (the one that has a gradual incline, perfect width and doesn’t look like stairs).

Perhaps he just doesn’t like stairs.

Oh well, time will tell.

I feel like a million dollars this morning.

Like someone removed a hundred pounds from my shoulders.

Sometimes just little decisions make the world of difference.

So on this Thursday I feel like a million dollars.

I just have to remember, we all do that when doors close more open.

Fact of life.

Take that step …… go for it.

I am.

Have a wonderful day.

It is payday at the office …… how great is that.

Another thing to be grateful for and I surely am.

Well time to go and put the finishing touches on …

I want to wear my shoes that lace up today …..

My new laces are slippery so sometimes they do not stay done up ….

Note to self: go and look for new ones.

Happy Thursday …..

Special Hello to: all those folks who read my blog.

Thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 6th day of February, 2015.

I almost keyed January …. I guess that means it flew by.

Winter has come again to our City and Province and most of Canada.

Yesterday was blustery and quite a lot of snow accumulated over the course of the day.

The forecast is for more today, as well.

Waiting for the bus after work was an unwelcome treat ….. just a hint of sarcasm.

Really it was not too bad but not great.

Thank goodness for the bus shelters.

I gave up standing in the blowing snow after 15 minutes and popped inside.

Nothing like stinging snow to brighten your afternoon.

Okay enough complaining.

I was quite happy when the bus did arrive only to find that it was stuffed literally to the rafters ….

there was only enough for one person to enter via the back door and three people got on board…

then the doors wouldn’t close.

I did ask if anyone could wait as I was on my way to my other job but they all ignored me.

How nice is that?

If someone would have asked that of me ….. I certainly would have let them.

Really what is happening to our society that our manners have totally fallen by the wayside.

Food for thought.

Even a woman in the bus shelter commented on how she noticed no one will move for an elderly person or someone that needs a seat.

To wrapped up in their own selves and comfort that they do not help or sometimes likely even notice.

Well that is my rant for the day ….. all out of my system ….. so I can get on with my day.

I know that all of you would give up your seat to an elderly person or someone in need of the seat or standing room at the back.

I guess the high point was that the next bus which was late ( they were all late ) had room for all of us to sit.

I got to the mall with just enough time to grab something to eat for supper and eat before starting work.

The manager was kind enough to let me start a couple of minutes late …..

I am one of those people who always likes to be early ……

Next time word to self …. CHILL….

It always works out …… being late once in a lifetime is okay …… only thing was supper ….

I just thought might be a good idea to eat before working until 10:00 p.m.

I hope that you have a great day.

I hope that anyone you encounter will have manners.

Kindness goes a long way in the world.

Special Hello to: all those folks who give up their seat on the bus, who hold open a door, who help someone carry heavy bags up the stairs …

Thank you as well.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 4th day of October, 2014.

It has been an interesting morning thus far with the weather.

When I got up with Alvin about 6:00 a.m. ….. the sky was beginning to lighten but the deck was wet.

Hint that we had received rain sometime between I got home from work just after 10 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Alvin and I of course, hit the sofa for some extra zzzz’s and when we got up the sun was shining brightly.

Now it is almost 11:00 a.m. and it is overcast and windy.

All sorts of weather this morning …. but it remains beautiful out.

Well it is Saturday, my day off …. so I put some pinto beans, chick peas and kidney beans for their long soak; had breakfast and shared my banana with the puppies (they love banana); gathering laundry to do; trimmed my hair as I want to colour it in a bit and then get started on this day.  I always have an ambitious “TO DO LIST” for my day off but at the end of it all I feel very much rewarded when I look at all that I have accomplished.  It just makes my work week easier if I get all of my household chores done on Saturday.

In there I brewed a pot of coffee because one must have some of that before tackling the LIST.

I do want to take all the puppies for a walk at some point likely early this afternoon.

The kids are off to watch over their friends children for the day.

So it is just me and the puppies.

I am excited to colour my hair (it will be like I am a new person and so easy just with a box from the drugstore and 20 minutes on the clock)

Also get the house tidied up ..then this evening I can sit back and get caught up on my recorded shows and or watch a movie.

So on this now bright sunny Saturday morning I hope that you are busy doing things that you love.

I am surrounded by love and my puppies.

Doesn’t get better than that …..

After all when you arise in the morning and can walk down the stairs, breathe in and out, see the rain or the sunshine, hear the dogs bark and taste your breakfast …. it is life’s simple pleasures that we often take for granted …. but at the end of the day it doesn’t get better than that…..

Special Hello to: all those folks who have Saturdays off ….. ENJOY…..

Always, Carol, Alvin, Elton and Penny …… I have to include my grand-puppies as it is just us today.

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