Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 15th day of August, 2018.

It is 6:35 a.m. and still dark outside.

What a change from a week ago.

The sky appears to have be overcast but as I lean out the window I can smell smoke.

It is almost eerie.

The lightness of the sky seems to provide light on the objects below.

From my office window it appears as though people have a dim light shining on their decks, in their yards.

Just having the windows open for a short time for the cool air.

Our temperatures have cooler down which is good for sleeping and for our fur babies.

 

Last night my daughter gave me a ride home from work.

We stopped at a local Japanese restaurant and picked up noodle bowls for supper, my treat.

I just wanted something different.

They were really good and neither of us could finish so leftovers for tonight.

 

The birthday cake made by my co-worker has been a HUGE hit.

Carrot cake with cream cheese icing, how can you go wrong.

 

Alvin and I went for a walk last night making a stop at our friend’s home ( I and N).

I had packed up some birthday cake for them.

I was going to call ahead and decided not to.

We walked over with the cake in tow.

Rang the door bell twice.

No answer.

Called out for them by the garage as their vehicle was parked in the driveway.

Nothing.

Walked beside the house thinking they might be in the backyard and did not hear the doorbell.

No reply.

Okay, that was odd.

So cake in tow we walked home and I called our friends.

She answered right away.

They were working in the garage and had the radio turned on and up.

Did not hear us.

So we walked back there (not far) and we gave them some birthday cake.

We stayed and had a visit.

I had not realized that it was still that warm so afterward we walked home.

A short walk but that is okay.

Too much smoke to be breathing in ….

 

My carpool called this morning and they are staggering the entry to her office building this morning so she is picking me up at 7:30 a.m. instead of 6:45 a.m.

If I missed telling you this story.

On my last day of work – my friend’s office building was closed down due to a water main break.

Two weeks later it is being reopened.

Unexpected vacation for some folks.

My friend had most of the time already booked off for vacation.

You never know what can happen.

 

Oh, the smell of smoke is getting stronger.

I will have to close the windows that are still open.

Do not wish to fill the house in smoke, not good for Mr. Alvin.

He is laying patiently on his blue blanket beside me in the office.

 

Well time to go and work on the photos so that I can post about my trip.

Lots to add to my word press library which means I have to delete others.

I am so excited to share both the photos and our trip with all of you.

Coming soon!

 

Have an awesome Wednesday.

 

Stay safe.

In the heat watch your children and animals closely.

DO NOT LEAVE in a vehicle.

HOT sidewalks / pavement can burn the pads of a dog’s paws.

 

Special Hello to: my friends and family who make my world turn around.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 27th day of July, 2018.

We made it through another week and a lovely weekend ahead.

The sky is overcast with that hazy pink smoky grey and on the other side of my house you can see the sun shining.

Funny how a direction can change things.

My carpool is not running again today as she had to make another trip to the hospital with her son.

Keeping them in thoughts and prayers.

 

Alvin decided for some reason unknown to me to get up at 3:00 p.m.

Perhaps it was due to his over eating last night.

After work and after Alvin was looked after, I checked my messages on FB.

I found one from the Momma of Master Teddy inviting us over for supper.

So I sent a message back stating we would love to come if it was not too late.

I called her as well but no answer.

A little while later the phone rang … it was our friend and she had been out for a walk with Teddy.

So supper was a go.

After completing a few small tasks we went on our walk and as they live on our route we stopped there for a visit and supper.

We had a great time.

She has a beautiful home and yard.

The evening zipped by and it was after 8:00 p.m. when we left … continuing our walk home.

Alvin got into Teddy’s food as Teddy’s food dish is always out and he just eats as he is hungry.

I could never do that with me Alvin – he would just eat it all at one time.

It was a great Thursday night.

I do not often go out during the week and seldom for supper.

It was a great treat and most appreciated.

Always so nice when someone else cooks.

She is a great cook.

We had salmon (it was so good).

 

Well my friends …. that was our evening.

I am so grateful to be surrounded by wonderful people.

I know sometimes work drives me crazy but I can come home to me Alvin, who even when he gets me up in the middle of the night, he is my light.

Tonight my daughter is picking me up after work and we are making a run to COSTCO.

Need a few things before the company arrives next week.

 

I wish you a wonderful Friday and that you are surrounded by love and light.

Happy Friday.

 

Special Hello to: my daughter, thank you for being you and for helping your Momma….

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 17th day of July, 2018.

What a gorgeous morning, clear blue skies.

This morning when Al and I went for a walk at 5:15 a.m. – there was quite a lot of activity at our lakes/park.

The birds everything from ducks, geese, robins and more where chirping, quacking, singing and communicating.

There were frogs and crickets.

The ponds (not actually lakes) were alive with all sorts of wild and wonderful creatures.

It was glorious to listen to it all as we made our way through the park.

 

Another HOT HOT one on the way.

OMG, yesterday was so hot.

The fans and air conditioning barely keeping things cool.

 

Somedays you just need to share some photos.

Here are some photos from my “61” BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.

The partying beings ….. a tad early but who am I to rain on my parade.

Why not celebrate for a month?

Right.

Party complete with Birthday Banner and Balloons.

Nothing like FRESH GLORIOUS FRUIT

Homemade CARROT CAKE to die for ….

The Birthday Girl hiding behind your PRESENTS.

Oh, I love presents.

So blessed …. received yoga pants & top and sweater and long no-sleeved fancy tank top.

I had so much fun with my girl friends …. we laughed and laughed.

 

AFTER the birthday party my daughter and grand-pups came for the afternoon & stayed for supper.

Both Aspen and Milo looked out the window pretty much the whole time that my daughter was out.

She slipped out for a few minutes.

Oh the babies.

My LILIES be blooming.

They are the most gorgeous shade of red, the ferns are taking over the front flower bed.

Who does not like impatiens?  I kind of missed most of the flowers.

They are filling up two pots on the front step.

What a glorious Sunday I had.

Absolute perfection.

 

Well here we are at Tuesday.

Will be trying to keep cool.

Thank goodness it is cool at 5:15 am when we go for a walk.

 

Special Hello to:  YOU, thank you for reading my blog.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 16th day of June, 2018.

Fast approaching the official FIRST day of summer and the longest day of the year.

Already it remains light at 10:30 p.m.

Bright and sunny this morning.

I had some unexpected company from Saskatchewan last night.

My nephew stopped by over an overnight visit on his way to work up north on a oil rig.

I love this guy so much.

He is 20 years my junior and feels like he has always been in my life.

First born nephew.

He is smart and funny, handsome and good-natured.

So much fun to be around.

He even took his “old Aunt” for groceries with no complaints.

We went for supper together.

Watched a movie at my house and visited.

Alvin loves him, too.

We gave up our bed for the night as he is a tall guy and the spare room bed is only a double.

Anyway he left earlier this morning.

The house feels empty.

We are on our way to get food for Mr. Alvin and possibly a bag of chew treats.

Then home to do laundry and prepare food for my kids who are coming for a visit and for supper.

Fruit pizza is for dessert so I have to get on it after returning from the Vet.

Supper is roasted root veggies: potatoes, carrots and parsnips lightly coated with olive oil, sea salt and pepper.

Roasted chicken breasts.

If desired can place some RENEE’s Caesar dressing and sliced avocado.

 

Time to fly here.

Gotta get things done.

Certainly been a WONDERFUL weekend and is going to get better with my kids coming over.

PS:  my son-in-law came over while waiting for winter tires to get changed out on their car and spent the afternoon with Mr. Alvin.  They even did a walk together.

Have an awesome weekend.

Lucky here.

 

Special Hello to: my sister ….. so nice to see “T”

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 5th day of June, 2018.

The sun is shining brightly in the morning sky.

It is a bit cool but that is okay.

 

The sky is filled with that glorious yellow sunshine and there is a bit of a breeze.

Alvin is laying on his blue blanket beside me and for this moment in time, my life is absolute perfection.

If we just go moment to moment and take the positive our lives will be perfection.

There always will be “crap along the way” and that is life.

But it is up to each one of us as to  what we do with that crap that will define us.

If we wallow in the crap then we will be miserable, bitter and unhappy.

If we chose to find that silver lining in every day no matter what is going on …. then we will have perfection.

As I get older I have found that worrying and stressing for long periods of time DOES NOT HELP.

In fact, it makes things even worse.

So you take that moment when the sun is shining, the air is cool, your Alvin is beside you and live in perfection.

It only takes a moment to define your day.

Think about it.

If you are in heavy traffic and someone cuts you off or you miss an exit.

Say you get ticked off and so mad that you want to literally scream or worse.

That one moment in time can define your whole day or even longer.

So why not take that glorious moment and let that define you …. define your day.

Try it.

What can you lose?

 

Moment to share from last night.

My daughter picked me up after work to make a run to COSTCO.

We arrived at COSTCO to find two staff out directing traffic and we had already guessed that the power was out as the traffic lights were not working.

So we went back to my house and looked after Alvin and had supper.

My daughter called COSTCO and after the power had been out for a total of 2 hours – it was back on.

We went back and picked up our things.

Luckily for us the store was not stuffed to the rafters.

After I put away the groceries and was taking out the garbage …. Mr. Alvin did THE THING.

This THING is the cutest thing in the world.

He runs and jumps as though we were playing MONSTER on the deck.

He ran …. not easy to explain.

But he runs and has this little jump and he lets out a little bark along the way.

Anyway it is so cute.

Makes me laugh.

I did have to watch as he wanted to go outside the garage.

 

 

Time to go for work.

Have an awesome day.

Special Hello to: my sister …. had a great night ….. talk soon.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 31st day of May, 2018.

Wow, May is coming to a close.

Hard to believe it is the last day of this month.

Tomorrow is June.

How on earth did that happen?

Still overcast but has stopped raining.

It is cool outside.

Far cry from a few days ago.

Alvin and I are enjoying our walks.

The past couple of days we have walked before he even ate supper.

Guess he likes to eat a bit later.

 

Paw Patrol (pet sitting) is going well.

Humphrey is quite the Cat.

He makes me giggle.

We are having fun together.

Last night he was in the cuddling mood, so that we did.

 

We always try to do better, right?

Stop to thinking before speaking.

Listening to your inner voice and not letting it escape before it should.

Perhaps a bit of editing.

I am not saying that we should watch with delicate care as to every word that we say but far too often our inner voice in the heat of the moment is far too emotional to escape to the outside world.

Most times saying exactly what you think does not make you feel any better, certainly does not make the situation any better, so editing helps.

No need to fuel the situation.

Every day WORDS are spoken in the trillions and more …. far too many to actually count.

So why not make them as positive as possible.

Yes, sometimes criticism is necessary but not all of the time.

There are times that I want to scream but I take a deep breath and just say something to myself.

Because it is not actually necessary to speak to every conversation.

Sometimes SAYING NOTHING is far more powerful than speaking out.

Just some thoughts this morning.

 

Well almost time to leave for work here.

I hope that you have an awesome Thursday.

Wishing you to be surrounded by positiveness.

 

Special Hello to: my friends all over the world.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 20th day of May, 2018.

The sun is shining so brightly as it has for a few hours now.

The sky is that palest of blues.

There is a breeze blowing in through the open office window.

We were up earlier and then back to bed.

I am still feeling the effects of staying up for 24 hours which in hindsight was a mistake.

I should have just got up with Alvin at our regular 4-5 a.m. and I would not have missed anything important.

Oh well …..

Excitement had set in and I wanted to watch it all.

I love a Royal Wedding.

Wonder what they are doing now?

Yesterday my daughter and son-in-law attended a wedding.

The wedding was at noon – same as the Royal Wedding.

My son-in-law was a groomsman.

No one will forget their Wedding date / Anniversary.

 

There are some hot days in our forecast so I am thinking that perhaps Mr. Alvin should have a hair cut and bath today.

As it is fairly early in the day …. I should get into high gear and get his hair cut.

If I start in the next little bit I could have it done before lunch …. before it gets hot.

Oh, my we should have gone for a walk …. now while it is cool.

Decisions ….. ARGH.

Hair cut ….. stay on the path ….. this is what happens when I am over tired ….. hard to keep a decision firm in my head.

Oh, how that breeze feels good.

Open the windows, that is great idea.

 

Okay, time to get this show on the road.

Mr. Alvin – hair cut time.

We can always walk after supper ….

Tomorrow morning and Tuesday we will go early in the morning.

This week we will get up earlier and go before work.

Oh, and last night when we were sitting on the deck … there were mosquitoes.

Lots of those flying swordsmen.

 

I hope that you have an excellent Sunday.

Happy long weekend for those of use living in Canada and perhaps in other parts of the world.

We celebrate “Queen Victoria Day” on Monday.

 

Special Hello to: my sister ….

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Saturday the 21st day of April, 2018.

As April winds down and we edge closer to summer, I am reminded that soon we shall be running outside in flip flops and there will be leaves on the trees.

It has seemed as though it would never happen this year but as the temperatures slowly begin to rise in the + double digits, and the snow begins to melt, here is hope.

Yesterday my daughter picked me up from work.

Oh, how I love our conversations on the ride “home.”

We both try to remember the things that we have wanted to share in person.

Sometimes one or both of us “forget” and that is okay.

We have decided that it is not an “old mind” that can forget but that all minds do.

She was feeling a bit “peckish” and had both an apple and orange in her bag.

We were not able to wash the apple in the car so I decided that I could peel the orange for her to eat.

We laughed oh how we laughed.

I somehow managed to get the orange peeled without creating too much mess.

I had my trusty tupperware lunch bag with me which has a washable inside.

All of the peels were tossed inside the bag.

Now breaking the orange into bite sized pieces was a bit more of a challenge.

With only the odd squirt of orange juice.

We just laughed.

As I was handing her a piece of orange at the RED STOP LIGHT a truck stopped alongside us.

I am certain he saw us and I hope that the feeding of the orange brought a smile to his face.

The orange hit the spot.

What fun.

All on the way for a quick stop at COSTCO.

I think that everyone had the same idea as there were a TON of people at COSTCO.

Somehow we managed to zip in and zip out in pretty good time.

Back at the house Alvin was waiting for me.

I had mentioned that we should just park in the garage, as we had all the groceries to carry into the house but my daughter forgot in the moment, and started to pull in by the front of my house.

I could see Mr. Alvin stand up in his chair at the window.

He knows her car.

So cute.

We went around to the garage.

He was happy to see us.

We had our favourite COSTCO – KIRKLAND Black Bean Burgers for supper with a slice of the Lemon cake that I had baked on Monday.

We had a great visit over supper.

Followed by fixing the downspout and then she was on her way.

I so love my daughter.

It is always wonderful when we share a car ride, a meal; time together.

After she left for home, Alvin and I went for a walk.

It was so nice outside.

At bedtime it was still almost 12 degrees celsius.

 

I hope that you all have an awesome Saturday.

Always try to spend time with your children, your family and your friends.

Even a car ride can me most memorable.

 

Special Hello to: my daughter, thank you.

Always, Carol & Alvin

 

P.S. so looking forward to our road trip this summer.

 

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 1st day of April, 2018.

WOW, it is officially April.

April 1st, 2018.

The sun is shining and the sky is a pale blue.

Still signs of winter with snow still covering rooftops and the ground.

Temperature feels colder than usual.

I am longing for the warmth of summer days and nights.

This has been a long winter.

Too much snow and ice.

We are ready for flip flop weather although yesterday when I was out for a walk with Alvin and Teddy, I saw …..

a young woman, a teenager most likely, wearing a zip up sweater and flip flops.

I could hardly believe my eyes.

Both Alvin and Teddy had on their winter jackets as did I along with my winter boots, scarf and mitts.

The sidewalks were not clear of ice and snow as she walked along in her flip flops.

This action brought a smile to my face and laughter to my heart.

WOW, it was about minus 15 degrees celsius and she had on a hooded sweater and flip flops.

The wind was COLD.

No mitts, no scarf and flip flops.

Yup, flip flops.

I wanted so desperately to yell out from across the street “to ask why?”

But I restrained myself.

Alvin was enjoying the walk and wanted to keep going however Teddy was not feeling it.

We were almost at the park when he stopped suddenly – planting his feet on the sidewalk.

Not moving forward.

It was at that point that I figured we might just as well go back home.

So I called out to Alvin that we were going home.

He turned around and looked at me as if to say “really?”

Back home we went.

It was funny anyway because Alvin was pulling on his leash going ahead and Teddy was lagging behind me almost tripping me with his leash.

At the end of it – chalked it up to a funny story and fresh air.

When back home I began to prepare supper for our company.

I made a huge pot of “Easter Chili” and for dessert “Apple-Berry Crisp.”

The boys stood beside me waiting for the possibility of a piece of apple to fall onto the floor.

I gave them each some small pieces.

Everyone happy.

My daughter and son-in-law arrived with their pups in tow.

They left Aspen and Milo with us as they had to make a quick trip to COSTCO.

Well me and four pups.

Milo and Teddy did not take to one another right away.

There was lots of growling and barking while they got to know each other.

At one point Aspen growled at Teddy as she was likely thought that he was hurting Milo.

It all worked out.

The kids were not gone long before arriving to better change the ratio of pups to humans.

Teddy reminds us all of our beloved Elton.

A few minutes later my friend arrived to take Teddy home.

She stayed for a little visit.

Afterward we enjoyed our Easter Chili and Apple-Berry Crisp.

We also had some homemade buns that my friend “V” had sent to me from Saskatchewan.

Supper was a hit.

After supper was over and cleaned up – we played a couple of games before my family left for home.

A great day.

 

Happy Easter Everyone.

Have a wonderful day.

 

Special Hello to my family and friends.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day ….

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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