2021

Good Morning ALL! It feels strange writing so late on a Tuesday morning. I took the morning off as Mr. Alvin has a 10:00 a.m. vet appointment to check his ears as I believe he may have an ear infection. Seems strange to be taking half a day vacation but those are the rules. I am happy to have some extra time off. Yesterday I started later, off this morning and then I had booked Friday off a month or so ago. The sky is overcast and I hope that it does not rain during our walk to the vet or back home. Before or after would be perfect. I hope that Mother Nature is able to accomodate my request. Fingers crossed. We do need the moisture but I don’t want Mr. Alvin to get wet. He won’t melt or anything, I know. There is a breeze this morning and it is already 10 degrees celsius which is nice for this time of day. I have been thinking that it is time to turn off the heat. Forgot to check what the lows are for the next week and that will be the deciding factor. Likely not minus temperatures for sure. Who knows.

The house is quiet except for the clicking of the keys as I type/key these words and the tick tock of the clock in the bathroom next to the office. I do love the quietness. Closing my eyes and just taking it all in. Perhaps a bit of meditation! May 11, 2021. Today is the birthday of Kalekeni Kalamba from MALAWI. I sponsored him through World Vision many years ago. He will be a man now and perhaps married with a family. Wishing that we had not lost touch. I wish him a wonderful birthday and I hope that he is doing well. In good health, happy and successful.

Time passes. We change and the world around us, changes. I have now lived in Edmonton for 12 years. Hard to believe. I can still feel the excitement coursing through my veins and into my heart as I took the house key and unlocked the door to my new life, my first home on my own. A dream came true that day. You never know where life will take you ….. you dream big and sometimes if you keep those dreams alive …. they just do come true. I have decided that perhaps I need to put that energy, that faith, those thoughts and words, in planning to retire. I have been working what seems like forever. Now that is not that I want to sit on a chair with my feet up all day doing nothing. Nope, it does not. I want to do my own thing. Have more time to really concentrate on different forms of writing. I would love to learn how to paint. To set up a studio where I could play with large canvases. I have lots of ideas. Do some volunteer work. Just do the things that excite me and bring me joy. I do really like my job and I always have appreciated that this employer took a chance on an “older” person as I was almost 54 when I first started. Still cannot believe that it has been ten years in July since I started to work for this company. Time flies. As most of us, we cannot retire on just our good looks alone, lol – so have to get everything in order. I can do this.

In the meantime, I shall gratefully continue to do my job from the comfort of my own home. This is so amazing. I am happy to be home with Alvin, especially since he is in his golden years. We are doing this together.

Time to head downstairs and put on a pot of coffee. I must say that a cup of coffee in the morning is one of my most favourite things in the world. Truly.

I hope that you have a wonderful day. Be safe and take care. Do something just for you today.

Continuing to life this life with respect, kindness, compassion and patience for all.

Always, Love Carol & Alvin

Perhaps with a little help from the Universe !!!

2021

Good Morning ALL. How are you this morning? It is bright and sunny and still a bit on the cold side but far from the frigid temperatures of days gone by. I am happy that it is the weekend. Wondering why my font seems to have changed and I did not change it. Gotta love technology. I am also working on downloading/uploading photos from phone to computer, which it appears that I have successful completed. Now to add some to this post. For some reason as of late, this process has changed somewhat. Here goes!

I am not quite certain why the photos did not go to my gallery when I downloaded them but here a few recent photos and items that I saved to my phone.

The food photos are some of the recent meals that I have ordered from CHEF’s Plate.

I have also been saving quotes from THE SECRET that are posted on social media. A good reminder.

My geraniums are once again blooming. Nothing like having some pink flowers show up in time for Valentine’s Day. The Poinsettia is so pretty as it is beginning to turn red.

A photo of Mr. Alvin snuggled with one of his toys as I work.

The last photos were taken this morning in my office as the sun shone through the window ……. so beautiful.

I wish you a bright happy Saturday. I hope that some flowers arrive for you this weekend to brighten your day. This is also a long weekend for me which makes me happy. I love spending time doing my own thing. Sometimes that thing is laundry. Yup that is high on the list. When I arrive downstairs again, coffee will be the first task to be done. My daughter said she will come for a visit at some point this weekend and I look forward to seeing her.

I was experiencing technical difficulties and somehow the last paragraph did not save. Of course, I do not remember exactly what I said so here goes.

Continuing to live with kindness, respect, compassion and patience (even with technology, as I paste a smile onto my face).

Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. Daughter just texted tomorrow is the visit date. We are over the moon.

Second Half of the NEW YEAR – last quarter

Good Morning All. How are you doing on this fine Wednesday? I am doing great. The Steeped Tea or Sipology order arrived perfectly yesterday. Two friends have already come and picked up their orders. I am so grateful that we were able to have a COVID 19 visit meeting the protocols. Masks and social distancing. Today another gal is coming to pick up hers and I am delivering one to another friend who lives close by. The delivery arrived in time for me and Alvin to head out for a walk during my lunch break. The wind was a bit cool but otherwise divine. Good old fashioned “fresh air” can be so uplifting.

Mid week. I always like mid week. Wednesday is the date that my daughter was born. I even had the pleasure of choosing her actual birthdate. Something not maybe Moms are able to do. She was born by c-section so it was a planned “event.” As she grew up I soon realized that perhaps I should have chosen a couple of days later due to paydays but who knew that was ever going to be a thing. Anyway we, she, me all survived to tell the tale. Life is always what you make it. I am once again reading some books by Mike Dooley. THE UNIVERSE guru. I so enjoy reading his books as he gives us a different perspective on living our lives. Always good to learn new things and then reread books to remind us, just in case a Pandemic has hit and all good and common sense has gone out the window. Because clearly in some cases, this has happened. Always be mindful of what you can do not only for yourself but for others. Our THOUGHTS DO BECOME THINGS. Those things drive your life. “think about it.” If you are continually thinking I am tired – you will be tired. If you are always thinking no one likes me or I am no good or I am unlucky – then you will be all of those things. Experiment, if you don’t think this could be true. Also I am quite certain that in 2020 you have heard of a “little known book” called THE SECRET. Just try – what do you have to lose, nothing. You can even take the book out of the library if you do not have access or the means to a copy.

Well almost time for me to head on back downstairs. This 1.5 hours or so in the morning (sometimes shorter) always seems to evaporate. Most especially when I sit down to write. The words seem to pour out of me some days and then it is time to go to work.

I wish you good health, that you are safe, that you are kind and respectful to yourself and to all others. It is the only way to live your life.

As Always, Carol & Alvin

P.S. one of these days I am going to surprise you with some new photos and likely myself as well.

Second Half of the NEW YEAR.

Welcome to Tuesday, the 4th day of August, 2020.

The sun is shining so brightly and the sky is a beautiful blue dotted with a few white whimsical clouds.

There is a slight breeze.

But already you can feel it is going to be another warm day.

Although the weather channel is forecasting 25 degrees celsius for today; I think there is a strong possibility it will be much warmer.

We just arrived home a few minutes ago from a lovely early morning walk.

We bumped into a gal with two pups named Luna and Bella.

 

Yesterday in the early afternoon my daughter came for a visit and to help me with a craft project.

She picked me up a couple of supplies from Michael’s.

We had pancakes with fresh blueberries and coffee before working on my project.

My daughter is one of the best human beings that I know.

She is intelligent, caring, compassionate, supportive and loving and has a great sense of humour.

There are not enough words to describe her or what she means to me and Alvin.

We love her very much.

I am most grateful that she is able to take time away from her busy life to spend time with us.

I am blessed.

 

Today is my defrost the fridge and clean the oven.

Two large jobs that I wanted to get done.

As it is a bit cooler now – decided to do the fridge now.

So this will be short.

I guess I should have stayed up at 5:11 when we were first up and the fridge could have been done before our walk.

The house is not hot now either which will help.

I have more stuff in the fridge than I planned.

Freezer things will go into a rubbermaid container to keep the cold contained.

I will have to work fast.

 

I hope that you all are doing well.

Last night we had the storm of all storms.

Lots of thunder and lightning with the lights flickering from time to time.

The rain was coming down in buckets full.

I am glad that I moved my flowers.

 

One more thing to mention.

I decided at the last moment to check Telus ON DEMAND and see what was there for movies.

I saw that THE SECRET had a new movie on demand.

“Dare to DREAM”

It was skipping the theatres and available to rent.

I was shocked it was renting for $20.00.

I really have enjoyed all of the books that Rhonda Byrne has written and published.

Something told me to go for it.

If I had gone to the theater by the time I paid for my ticket and treats it would be more than $20.00.

So I rented the movie.

Really good and inspirational.

Another reminder that you do receive what you think about the most.

Time to change those thoughts patterns once again.

It is so easy to get into a rut.

 

Well time to go.

I can always watch the movie again later as I have access to it for two days.

It was well worth the $20.00.

I guess an early birthday present to myself.

 

Living with kindness and respect.

Alvin is barking downstairs.

Time to go.

Fridge and Alvin are calling me.

 

I/We shall remain,

As Always, Carol & Alvin

 

 

 

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 25th day of September, 2013.

Well we had another gorgeous day yesterday.

This morning early on, ( about 5:00 a.m.) the sky popped with the brightest view of the moon and stars, I was so in awe “I said, “WOW.”

It was truly magnificent.

Making me feel so grateful to live on this planet with this incredible view.

Thank you.

ALSO:

I made an even more conscious effort to be extra kind to everyone that I came in contact with throughout the day.

That was yesterday.

It worked I felt so good.

Like I had just conquered the world or went to the moon or better yet “won the lottery” (actually I think going to the moon would be pretty spectacular).

So let us try this again tomorrow and the day after that and so on.

Can you imagine what a great place this world would be …. if we were all kind and respectful …. warm and generous.

Well that is going to be my mantra …..

“KIND and RESPECTFUL … WARM AND GENEROUS” to everyone that I meet.

Special Hello to: all those people who follow the SECRET ……. it is a great thing to be in your company.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday, the 24th day of September, 2013.

Last night it was raining and even “thunder” or at least it sounded like it.

Alvin and I had a quiet evening watching some of the new shows on television.

It was nice to relax after supper, dishes and a few chores.

Work was busy but then again it always seems to be busy.

How was your Monday?

Yesterday at my lunch break I was reading some of the inspirational stories that are published on “The Secret” website.

I am always inspired to be a better me after reading them.

I consider myself a work in progress.

Perfection is in the eyes of the beholder and perhaps only a wish away.

So SMILE ….. LISTEN …… be KIND.

Sometimes being the best you is just listening to someone tell everything that they are experiencing,  with you just lending your ear and the odd acknowledgment that you are there.

I did that yesterday at work…… being able to listen is a good thing – actually a great thing.

So on this Tuesday …… practice “listening” …….

Thank you.

Special Hello to: all those folks who stop and listen

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Monday Morning Everyone !

I was reminded by a thought when I was in bed last night of something that happened to me when I was a little girl.

This event changed my life forever.

It made me realize that I can do anything ….

If you have read the book “THE SECRET” ……

Then you have heard or read the term “Thoughts become Things” ….

This is so true.

So funny that I have read the book so many times and have been practicing the positive feelings and outlook.

I have read all of the amazing stories of people who using the Law of Attraction have brought miracles of all description into their lives.

Only I had not remembered yet about my miracle.

I can use my mind and my thoughts to create the life that I want ….

Dream BIG.

I am so blessed and I am so grateful.

So on this Monday …… use your mind to create your day ….. deliberately ….. intend it.

This is the best Monday ever!

 

Special Hello to:  Linda, Mary Lynn, Pat (my coffee buddies from Regina).

 

Always, Carol

 

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