Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 5th day of December, 2017.

The wind is howling away outside as the temperature rises past zero degrees today.

Another mild day on the way.

I am hopping a ride with my neighbour this morning as I have Christmas Cards to deliver and some cookies for my immediate co-workers.

Yesterday at lunch when I was checking my emails, I noticed three emails from my internet provider resulting in the last one stating that I exceeded my DATA plan, what??

Now could that be??

They even show how much I used over the last year and get this the highest I used out of 300 was 42 (cannot remember the actual measurement amount) so why now would I be at 318.

So I called them ….. I placed the call just before 6:30 p.m. and the recorded message stated it would be about an ONE HOUR WAIT …… really, I thought.

SO I have learned better to put the phone on speaker and carry about your business.

As I had the emails and my account open on the computer I stayed in my office instead of going downstairs to have supper …

I was late away because we went for a walk and delivered thank you card and some money for our friend who fixed our clothes dryer and then stopped at another neighbour ….

So I did some things on the computer while waiting for them to answer.

Not a fan of the music ….. sounded like the theme song from one of the daytime soaps ……

Decided while I was waiting so long that I had better eat as I was starving so warmed up my leftovers.

Not even five bites into supper ….

So after one half hour a female voice said “Hello” ….. she confirmed who I was and the problem before stating “Oh, I will transfer you to the technical support department and it will be about a 15-20 minute wait.”

Okay, I said half stunned.

What kind of customer service is this?

I guess because in Canada there are only a handful of internet providers that they have cornered the market.

I don’t know but here we go again.

Dessert …… then

Finally at the hour mark …. a male voice, said “Hello” and asked what was the problem.

I said I thought the other customer service person was going to explain at least that was what she said.

So I explained.

He even agreed with me that the usage seemed out of whack.

Figured that possibly I was hacked.

He gave me a $20 credit to my bill and after a total of one hour and fifty minutes, I was no further ahead but had a $20 credit to my bill.

Said he would follow up on Sunday and see if the usage continued to climb.

He did recommend that I change my user name and password, which I did.

If you ever have to call your internet provider and have to wait – just get some food and they will answer.

Well time to fly here.

I am disappointed in the customer service.

There is no customer service.

Bad buzz words.

 

Have a great Tuesday.

I am laughing because there is no way I am paying for more DATA and I certainly do not use anywhere near the limit I have now.

 

Special Hello to:  all those folks out there who spend precious time waiting for customer service via the phone.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 3rd day of December, 2017.

The sun is shining brightly this morning.

Lots to do again today.

Yesterday I baked over 14 dozen SUGAR COOKIES and decorated.

One major bake down only two more items to bake.

My daughter brought Mr. Alvin home yesterday around lunchtime and stayed until late afternoon.

It was so nice to have her here and she helped me with the Sugar Cookies.

We make a great team and I am thankful for her every day of the year.

 

Looks like today I will have a clothes dryer that is functioning once again.

It has been over three weeks now and will be nice to have it working.

So many thanks to my friend “N” for researching parts, taking it apart and all running around getting parts.

I am so grateful.

 

I think before our friend arrives, Mr. Alvin and I will take a walk and deliver more Christmas cards.

I still have a bunch to deliver in the neighbourhood.

 

Oh, Mr. Alvin looks like he wants to play as he is pretending his chew treat is a hockey puck and pushing it around the floor with his paws.

He has a great imagination and would make a good forward.

Maybe the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Team could use a fast little guy like him.

 

Well my friends if I could figure out how to move my photos from FB to this blog … I would show you my cookies.

Let me try.

Finally I figured it out.

Time to go and get some fresh air.

 

Happy Sunday.

 

Special Hello to: to my sister ….. perhaps we can SKYPE later this week or on the weekend?  Missing you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning well actually it is almost noon on Saturday the 25th day of November, 2017.

The sun is shining brightly and the air is warming up.

Today is the birthday of my first born niece.

Happy Birthday “D” …….

 

Not sure what happened to me other than I was up later than usual but I slept in until almost 10:00 a.m.

But factor in that I was up with Alvin at 4:30 and again at 6:30 and then again at 7:30 …..

I do feel rested.

Normally I am up between 7-8:00 a.m. on the weekends and is all dependant on what time we go to bed.

Alvin has one get up time and that is 4:30 a.m.  …… matters not when he goes to bed.

He is resting in the sunbeams here in the office while I write my blog.

 

So today is laundry and I am still without a functioning clothes dryer.

I am grateful for my friend who took the dryer apart, determined what the problem was and ordered the part and paid up front for the part.

He ordered it from the U.S. so it should be here this coming week.

Thankfully I have tons of towels and bedding so don’t have to worry about going elsewhere to dry those items.

My clothes – just hang up.

I air dry most of my clothing anyway ….. so it works out.

 

Today is stay home and get some work done.

I have most of my Christmas cards and letters written up and photos placed in the cards.

Ready to mail and hand deliver the ones close by.

The remaining Christmas cards to write up are for my co-workers at the office.

I will do them today.

Also have to make the list for baking supplies and yes, SUGAR COOKIES are once again back on the list.

I had no idea they were so popular.

YAY, me, I guess.

We have cleaning to do, er, no Alvin, I have cleaning to do.

We will go for a walk and deliver cards at the same time.

Lots to do ….

Tomorrow is the shopping day …. one of my girl friends is giving me a ride to and from the stores.

 

I guess it is a busy time for most people.

We have to remember to be kind to the people in retail – they do not get paid enough for you to disrespect them nor should we do so at any time of the year.

I know everyone is out there clambering to get the best deal – but be polite – be kind – everyone’s time is important.

Just relax and do what you need to do.

 

Have an awesome Saturday.

Alvin ….. let’s get to work.

I am happy to see the sunshine.

Happy, happy, happy.

Doing the chair, sit down happy dance.

Humming away….. smiling.

 

Special Hello to: the birthday girl.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 22nd day of November, 2017.

Woke up to a fresh thick blanket of snow ….. temperatures warming up.

To be plus 5 degrees celsius tomorrow.

One day minus 20 something the next plus.

Go figure.

 

Last night I attended a “Snowflake Tea” hosted by the Girl Guide Troops in our area.

The daughter of one of my friends is in Guide ….. cannot remember which level.

They had a cookie sale.

It was held in the basement of a church and so many people and so hot.

Lots of yummy things to purchase – was hard to make a decision.

When we three friends sat down to have a cold drink from a variety of cold juices we compared our hauls.

Everyone found something different.

Imagine that.

I missed out on the fudge ….. missed my radar… will have to work on that…..

There was fudge somewhere, sugar cookies of all sizes, shapes and decorations, ginger cookies and gingerbread men, slices and squares and so many different kinds of cookies.

It was a nice outing.

Sorry to have to leave Alvin at home but that would not have been a good place for him.

I seldom go out during the week but this was for such a good cause – fundraiser for the Girl Guides.

 

Footnote:  I had decided not to make “my” Sugar Cookies this Christmas and try something else.

When we were talking about baking and I mentioned that I was not making sugar cookies this Christmas my girls were both outraged at the possibility.

What, a Christmas without Carol’s Sugar Cookies.

No, they said …. You have to make them.

They sent bribes and “crocodile tears” my way and twisted my “rubber arm” …..

Sugar Cookies are once again back on the baking list.

Oh, well…..what can you do?

 

Time to get this show on the road.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Special Hello to: my sister, we are doing great.

Always, Carol & Alvin

COUNTDOWN: 60 Days to 60

Today is Tuesday, July 25, 2017 and it is the 16th day until my 60th Birthday.

It is safe to say that I have a thing with food.

A love – dislike (cannot say hate) relationship.

I love food and it loves my belly.

Just a few things that I happen to snap photos of over the past few years.

I love to bake and most especially at Christmas time and for special Occasions.

Cookies, anyone?

Fruit Cocktail Cake

One of my Vegetarian Creations ….. so yummy…..

Amanda’s 33rd Birthday cake

Unbaked Chocolate Macaroons, Anyone?

Sugar Cookies

Fudge

Fruit Pizza – OMG so delicious

the fixings …. this was a supper we had a couple of weeks ago.. (when the kids lived with us) my version of a taco salad.

Breakfast ….. nothing like pancakes and fresh fruit

Cupcakes from Steven’s Birthday in September.  Decorating is not really my thing but I try.

COOKIE TIME

Christmas Fudge

 

WHAT …..

LOTS OF ICED SUGAR COOKIES

 

Notice a consistent pattern here?

I am not able to bake just a small amount.

Perhaps I need to consider selling my baking at Christmas time?

 

 

Always, Carol

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 19th day of December, 2016.

Only 5 sleeps until Christmas Eve.

I almost counted incorrectly.

Well the weather reporters were correct; the temperatures have warmed up.

I believe it is +2 degrees celsius here in Edmonton this morning with a breeze, of course.

Alvin and I were able to enjoy a nice little walk yesterday afternoon.

He is not much these days for long walks but any walk is better than none at all.

Yesterday in addition to the walk; I baked and I baked and I baked.

Ended up making 110 (iced) sugar cookies for my friend, 5 dozen macaroons, 5 dozen chocolate chip cookies and a double batch of fudge.

I was going to cut back …. perhaps a little.

Anyway baking done and neatly packed into the fridge.

My friend picked up her sugar cookies and was so excited for them.

Well almost Christmas.

We had our first Christmas Dinner instead of meeting at one of the three’s homes and exchanging gifts.

It was nice to eat out as I almost never do …. so it was a great treat.

Well here it is once again time to leave for work.

We only work four days this week and then on Friday we go to the office for our Family Christmas Party and then home early.

So lots to do at work this week but I am hopefully to get it all done…. Fingers crossed.

I hope that you are having an awesome day.

Remember to take some time for yourself.

Last night at 7:00 p.m. I was falling asleep on the sofa.

We went to bed at 7:40 or closer to 8:00 by the time we got upstairs and ready.

Wouldn’t you know it as soon as I laid down I was wide awake.

Oh well ……

Have a great Monday.

Special Hello: to my friends near and far.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 18th day of December, 2016.

Only 6 sleeps till Christmas Eve.

Last night from the time I was picked up for our Girl’s Christmas Out Christmas Supper, I noticed a change in the temperature.

This morning even the slight bit of breeze feels warmer.

So warmer temperatures are on the way.

We had a great time at a nearby restaurant for our First Annual Christmas Supper for one of my trio of friends.

They are the young ones (closer to my daughter’s age).

We shared stories and good food.

It was a wonderful evening out.

Today is my baking day.

I am baking a batch of my sugar cookies for one of the friend’s that I was out with last night.

She absolutely loves them and purchased all of the ingredients and I am making them for her.

After they are done I am going to whip up some fudge, chocolate macaroons and chocolate chip cookies.

Not multiple batches as previous years.

Just enough to give a bit away (my other friend of our trio “G” has a son that loves my fudge so he will get some) and some for us for Christmas and over the holidays.

After that I just have to put the finishing touches for the gifts for my kids and wrap them.

We are reusing things from around our homes.

No money has been spent.

Actually this is fun and I have enjoyed putting things together for them.

Definitely will be taking Mr. Alvin for a walk today ….. so thankful for the warmer temperatures.

Well time to get this show on the road.

I hope that you have a great Sunday and week ahead.

Need coffee ……. then time to clean off the counter and start mixing the dough for the cookies.

Then while it is chilling I can relax and sip on a mug of coffee before getting hard core into the baking.

Happy Sunday.

Special Hello to: my friends back in Regina ….. miss you gals and guys.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 17th day of December, 2016.

Only 7 sleeps until Christmas Eve.

A bitterly frosty cold morning here in Edmonton with a windchill of minus 30 degrees celsius.

Guess what they are forecasting minus 9 degrees celsius by tomorrow morning with a high of minus 3 degrees celsius for Sunday and guess what for Monday?

PLUS ONE …… with snow flurries and possible freezing rain.

How crazy within twenty-four hours we go from minus 30 to minus 3.

Oh well ….. next week is supposed to be relatively nice with single digit temperatures except for Friday when it dips to minus eleven.

The sky is so pretty this morning with hues of pinks and yellows.

The chimney smoke wrapping itself into the colour and disappearing into the sky.

 

Last night Mr. Alvin decided to wake up before 3:00 a.m. – I think perhaps his poor front paws are bothering him.

More than likely arthritis ….. he has started to lick them a lot.

He is now on some chewy glucosamine.

Will give it another week and then see where we are at.

Could also just be in part to the fact that we really have not walked for two weeks other than down the street to my friend’s which took all of three minutes.

I think he also has been sleeping too much as a result.

Perhaps his jumping off the bed days are numbered.

So am going to spend time training him to jump off on the cushioned stool that is at the foot of our bed.

He uses it to jump up but not to jump down.

My poor boy.

 

Last night one of my neighbour’s had invited me over for a visit.

I dared not tell him where I was going or he would have been upset that he was not going.

They have a family member who has allergies so he cannot visit inside the house.

However they love him and in the summer we visit outside with them all the time.

All I have to do is to mention their names and he gets very excited.

If they are outside working in their garden and we are walking by he makes a bee-line to cross the street to see them.

We had a nice visit.

 

Today I have laundry and some baking to do.

Also I have to return a call from my great nephew … he heard my voice message and was giggling when he left his message.

He said “Grandma, er I mean Anta, this is “A”, can you call me back.” …… with little laughs and giggles, so cute.

Get my Christmas gifts ready for the kids.

We are doing the reuse items idea.

Find something from around your house that you do not need and that they might want.

I know what I am giving my son-in-law but have too many ideas for my daughter.

It is a good way to stay within a budget and also to reuse things that are sitting idle.

Tonight I am going out for supper to a nearby restaurant with two of my younger girl friends.

So excited …

We decided not to exchange gifts and instead to go out for supper and visit.

This year is full of changes.

Just thinking wonder who won the Lotto MAX, if there was a winner ….. oh maybe it was me.

Can you imagine?

OH my that would be crazy to have $55 million dollars.

Happy days ahead …..for sure.

 

Tomorrow to end the weekend I am baking sugar cookies for one of my young friends who I promised if she bought the ingredients I would make them.

So I will be mixing, rolling, baking and icing cookies tomorrow.

 

Well time to get the laundry started so that my under wear is dry for tonight.

Yes, I did say that.

It is the truth and it is funny.

 

Well as the bright sunshine streams through my office window, I shall say good-bye for today.

With gladness of warming temperatures so that Alvin and I can walk.

Actually tomorrow will be baking cookies and WALKING WITH me ALVIN.

 

Happy Saturday ….

Be safe, keep warm and enjoy the weekend.

 

Special Hello to: ALL ….. Merry Christmas.

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 Thursday the 1st day of December, 2016.

Yes it is December and yes there are twenty-three, 23 sleeps until Christmas Eve Day.

Are you ready?

Have you continued with your traditions or will you be starting some new ones this Christmas?

I am proud to say that every year we revamp our Christmas traditions.

Some years you may not notice but others you definitely would.

Last year Christmas was at my daughters and we had Christmas Dinner catered.

This year Christmas is at my house and I am cooking a turkey.

Nice change.

Last year we exchanged gifts and this year we had planned not to exchange them between myself, my daughter and son-in-law.

I came up with something different, not buying but still something to exchange.

Good for the recycle, reuse as we are all trying not to spend money on things that we at the end of the day do not really need.

So we will look through our homes and find items that we think each other would love.

Not too difficult.

There are so many ways to make Christmas extra special.

I think that the thing I love the most about this time of year is spending it with family and friends perhaps sharing a meal or just some treats freshly baked.

So when you are running around like the Mad Hatter stop and think about all of those purchases that perhaps you are putting on your credit card.

Do you really need to do this?

Does the person really need that $200 sweater?

Give more from the heart.

Start making things …. people love home-made.

It is the wave of the future.

For those people that you have no idea but want to give ….. bake some sugar cookies or fudge.

There are ways.

How about that vase of Aunt’s that you have had sitting on the shelf forever but your Sister loves it so much.

Give it to your sister.

The gesture will be priceless.

Think about your options.

Please do not get into debt over the holidays.

So not worth it.

Really I can tell you that from experience.

Well time to hit the frosty trail to the bus again.

Have a wonderful first day of December.

Don’t sweat things ….. make a list.

That is one of my tasks for tomorrow evening is to take a calendar and write down everything that needs to be done and purchased between now and December 31, 2016.

That way no surprises….

Bye for now.

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

Always, Carol and Alvin

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