Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 16th day of October, 2015.

YAY, it is another beautiful morning here in Edmonton.

I am really certain that Mr. Alvin thinks it is time to turn the clocks back.

I guess I will be ready for that as he has been waking me up at 3:00 a.m. the past few mornings.

What can you do?

I mean we do not get up then I do manage to get him to lay back down for a little bit …..

What a guy.

So excited for this weekend.

Tomorrow is my Open House for Steeped Tea and looks like there will be lots of people attending followed by dinner and a movie with my pals from BBW.

So excited.

So much in one day ….

Mr. Alvin is going to his sister’s for a sleepover so he will miss all of the company but better he be with his sister.

He would be so excited ……

I am so grateful to have this life …. to be living and breathing and breathing and living my life.

So on this Friday be grateful …..

Somedays we lose it ….. I mean we might yell and scream ….. a good release of stress.

Then we just get back to living our lives.

We are so blessed.

Happy Friday.

Special Hello to: my sister who I am going to SKYPE with on Sunday ….. so excited … what a weekend.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day……

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 2nd day of April, 2015.

Well that snow did eventually stick as it snowed all day long.

We now have snow covering the deck once again.

It is that heavy wet snow …. the kind that is hard to shovel.

Great for snowmen or snow people.

Once the sun stays out it will melt.

We always seem to have a snow storm at the end of March ….. beginning of April.

This is quite normal.

I am grateful for the moisture as the ground was dry.

Should help clean things as well.

Well tomorrow our office is closed for Good Friday and also on Easter Monday.

Tomorrow and Saturday will be my last two shifts at the store.

As much as I will miss all of my friends there – I am so looking forward to having a life once again.

By that I mean …. coming home every night ….. walking with Alvin on a regular basis …. every night.

Having the weekends at home to do whatever I wish.

Last night after work my daughter and I stopped at West Edmonton Mall.

She wanted to use the last of her gift card at a store named DeSerres ( art supplies and more ).

I ended up picking up some coloured “fineliner” pens and a mini sketch pad.

I plan on getting back into making my own cards and also doing some sketching.

We did also at the start stop at the TARGET store just to take a walk through.

There is barely anything left but we did find some make-up.

We were both appalled by the damage customers had done to what remained of the products.

Like the makeup …. packages opened ….. powders all over ….. dirty kleenex’s thrown in with the products in the bins …… just very dirty and messy.

I feel so much for the employees …. they did not deserve such disrespect.

For the most part any of the staff that I saw seemed to be putting on a brave face.

I hope that they all found employment.

We also had a nice dinner together at FRESHI’s ( my favourite place to eat ).

Followed by a trip to the SKETCHERS store (where we each bought a pair of shoes).

Quick trip to CHAPTERS but they did not have what my daughter wanted.

After a stressful day at the office it was just what the doctor ordered.

Well time to leave for work.

I hope that you have a great day.

Wherever you go and whatever you do …. please show respect for the folks around you.

Also if you happen upon our four-legged friends please be kind to them as well.

We share this planet.

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 Sunday the 8th day of February, 2015.

The sun is trying to shine this morning as I type/key these words.

The temperatures are once again beginning to warm after several cold ones.

All in all, our winter has been pretty great.

More warm days than cold.

Alvin is looking out the window checking out the neighbourhood.

Yesterday was a great day for the most part there were a couple of hours later in the afternoon that I could have done without but upon review there will always be something that happens.

Saturday morning we had a birthday party for one of my girl friends.

She was surprised and pleased.

We had a good visit with a trip to Costco after lunch.

The birthday girl was going so my daughter and I went along.

IT WAS BUSY.

Well here I am once again getting ready to go to work.

It kind of seems like I am always going to work ….. guess when you work 6 days a week that would be the case.

Oh well, it is an end to a means.

Well just enough time to finish my coffee before grabbing my coat.

I hope that you had an awesome weekend.

One thing I learned from someone who did not provide great customer service (it was not Costco) that I will continue to be the best that I can be.

Man when you are the customer and someone does not know their job …. yikes …. very stressful ….. depending on what their job is …..

I will know as much about what I do and sell that I possibly can.

Special Hello to: all those who work in the service industry …. customer service is so important.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 26th day of April, 2014.

Well I slept through the night …… woke up to the phone ringing and no one on the other end @ 7:30.

Those calls always scare me ….. because normally they do not bring good tidings and joy.

Unless perhaps a dear friend or loved one won the lottery and could not wait to tell you.

Now that is a thought.

Oh well, I did fall back to sleep and I had a great sleep.

It was nice to wake up at first to the sunshine …. clear blue skies ….. alas something was missing.

Ah, it is my Alvin ….. he slept over at his sister’s because I worked last night.

If he had been home we would have been up at 5:00 a.m. …….

But there is something to be said for waking and get up early …… the early bird catches the stone …..

I think that is it but does that make sense.

Why would a bird want to catch a stone?

Maybe bird seed.

Oh, I just remembered it is the early bird catches the worm …. ha ha …. how silly am I?

Anyway  …. it is a lovely morning and I have the window open and the fresh air feels amazing.

My Alvin will be home soon and we will resume our life.

It will be a great day for a nice long walk.

It is funny how we get so used to a routine ……

Sometimes so much so that when it has been interrupted we feel a bit of stress.

Well I am okay …. just gathering up laundry and writing my blog.

I love to write in the mornings …. most especially ….. I will say that my greatest inspirations come just after I get comfy in bed.

A million times I have just snuggled in for a good night’s sleep and I have this great thought …. great story line ….. a poem …..

Most times I do get up and jot some notes.

Then there are times that I do not …. I keep thinking I will remember this thought when I get up.

I repeat it over and over.

Guess what when I wake up ….. it is gone or most of it ….. oh well.

So on this lovely Saturday I hope that you are enjoying this very moment whether by yourself or surrounded by loved one(s).

Happy Saturday.

Special Hello to: all those early birds ….. just catching all those “worms.”

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 13th day of April, 2014.

Another sunny morning with a few dark clouds to the south.

It is so great to wake up to the sunshine.

Gives you an extra boost.

Especially when you are on your way to work.

I am on my way to work at the store in about one hour.

I do love to work there.

My co-workers always brighten my day.

Most days we are drama free and I love that ….

No stress.

Just do your job and go home.

Go home happy and like you made a difference.

Earned your salary.

So time to go and have coffee.

I hope that you have at least one thing that you love to do in your life.

If you have multiple jobs as most folks do these days …. I surely hope that you love one of them and at least like the others.

I am blessed.

Mmm, I can smell the coffee …… it is calling my name.

Alvin gets to go for a car ride today ….

I hope that he finds it easier.

He does get stressed but we are working on little buildups to help him over this.

Special Hello to: YOU ….. remember you are very special.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 27th day of March, 2014.

How are you?  I am great.

Last day to work at the office this week …..

Working at the store tomorrow night and Sunday, YAY.

Guess what more snow overnight!

I shovelled after work ….. the driveway, the deck and out front.

Good exercise, though.

Mother Nature always throws a few things at us during spring.

I guess it is her way of making us grateful for the beautiful weather once summer arrives.

Oh well, it is okay.

I am grateful it is only snow and we are prepared.

 

During my almost 1.5 hours of being out of bed – I have been thinking about things – life.

I guess the number one thing that has been crossing my mind once or twice during the past few weeks is this?

Am I doing what I am passionate about?  How about you?

Do I love what I am doing?  Are you sure?

I do know the answer.  Do you?

But I have been spinning my wheels trying to figure out how to change things around …..

Sometimes we get caught in a rut doing things because we “think” we do not have a choice.

We do have choices but then there are the bills ….. sometimes it always seems to come back to the money angle.

The job pays for a roof over your head, lights and heat and food in your belly.

So sometimes we end up doing things that we are okay with but are not really passionate about.

I hope that if you have been or are in this situation that you would share any thoughts you may be thinking.

I know as I crossed that bridge to the second half of the century …. I want to do things that make me happy.

Doing things that constantly stress you out …. that is not living your best life.

Well almost time to leave for work …..

Food for thought.

I am so blessed because so many aspects of my life are truly great ….. writing this blog …… making jewellery with my daughter ….. working at BBW …. and so much more.

I guess I may be a bit greedy ….. I want 100% JOYFUL.

Thank you so much for reading my blog and sharing your thoughts …..

Have a great great day.

Special Hello to: all my fellow writers …. this is one of the most joyful parts of my life and to share it with you is simply amazing.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 8th day of December, 2013.

IT’s Christmas …..

I am listening to Blake Shelton’s Christmas Album that I got a year or two ago.

It is so great.

 

My daughter just came for “tea” before she drives me to work.

I am such a lucky Momma.

I always look forward to Sundays when she comes for “tea” or “coffee” ……

We have a little visit and share our week.

 

So on this wonderful Sunday I wish you a rainbow.

If you are out shopping – have fun and try not to stress.

A gift from the heart means more than one from the store.

Have a great day…..

 

Special Hello to: my family …

Always, Carol and Alvin

Take Care ……

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 21st day of November, 2013.

It is fast approaching the crazy time of year when people feel the urge to buy everything in sight.

Most people spend way beyond their means.

I learned that lesson all too well.

For the past few years I have made the holidays about those people that I love, and not about buying the perfect gift that I thought they would want.

I made special gifts, took advantage of free items, refurbished items, gave my time.

Essentially, I gave from my heart not my pocketbook.  The first Christmas that I did this I spent $5.00 and that was on doggie treats.

With all the commercials, flyers and such it is almost impossible for people not to feel that they need to shop.

We should pay attention.

Take a look around the trash on December 26th.

How many things are tossed away because people did not like them or want them.

Selfish, perhaps.

But we have gone way too far.

Simplify.

Take the time to find out what a loved one might really want …. that might be a home cooked meal or someone to watch a child or a pet while they go out for an evening.

AGAIN FIND OUT WHAT PEOPLE REALLY LIKE AND NEED – NOT JUST SOME HIGH TECH GADGETS TO BE LIKE THE JONES.

Give your time to a local hospital or senior’s home or animal shelter.

Perhaps it might be a small basket of items that your sister might love – like her favourite shampoo, soap, socks or lipstick.

Make a hand-made book of coupons for different things using your time.

Simplify.

Our landfills are an indication of how commercial we have become.

Anyway …. my point is this.

Just give from the heart not from your pocketbook.

Have a great day and don’t stress about the holidays.

Give your time …. it is invaluable.

I think this Christmas we should all make something for loved ones or give the gift of your time.

Spend less …. less stress.

Give yourself a challenge to see just how little you can spend on Christmas but giving at the same time.

You will be pleasantly surprised.

Special Hello to: ALL THOSE FOLKS WHO GIVE WITH THEIR HEARTS …

Always, Carol and  Alvin

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